Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Local News

Cuesta College Board of Trustees Swears in New Representative


On December 10, 2014, the Cuesta College Board of Trustees swore in Pete Sysak as the District 4 representative. Sysak was elected to the Board in the November 4, 2014, general election. He replaces Charlotte Alexander and will serve a four year term representing the city of Arroyo Grande and the unincorporated communities of Oceano and Nipomo. “I am looking forward to helping with the continued success of our students,” said Trustee Sysak. “Accreditation will always be a high priority, along with the bond and developing future opportunities in the South County.” Sysak served as the Police Chief and Director of Public Safety at Cuesta College for 17 years (1991-2007), past president of the Cuesta College Management Senate, and past chairman of the San Luis Obispo County Cr

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Telephone Scam in Grover Beach Area


The Grover Beach Police Department is alerting members of the public and in particular the local business community to a telephone scam being conducted in the local area. The Grover Beach Police Department has recently taken two crime reports regarding a male caller contacting local businesses claiming to be a representative of Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The male caller then demands immediate payment for an “outstanding balance” on the businesses electric accounts. The male caller demands payment via pre-paid credit cards that he requests the business operator to purchase. The male caller threatens the business operator with an immediate interruption of electrical service if the payment is not received.
We want to remind the public that PG&E does not have repres

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Man Arrested for Possession of Drugs and Fire Arm


On 12-13-2014 at approximately 11:00am, Paso Robles Police Officers contacted 28 year old Fresno resident Stephan Alan Brewer in the 1000 block of Park St. in Paso Robles. During the contact, Brewer suddenly ran from officers. During the foot pursuit, Brewer reached into his pockets and threw an object onto the ground as he ran. That object was located and was found to be a methamphetamine smoking pipe. Brewer was apprehended a short distance later without further incident.

The PRPD Special Enforcement Team (SET) assisted in the foot pursuit, and then went to the motel where Brewer had been staying. Since Brewer was on felony probation out of Fresno and San Luis Obispo Counties, his room was subject to search. Upon searching the room, SET Detectives located 3.8 ounces of metha

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Thief Apprehended After WalMart Burglary


On Saturday, December 13, at approximately 6:00PM, the Paso Robles Police Department received a report of a theft which had just occurred at the WalMart Store on Niblick Road.

The initial investigation revealed that a lone male adult suspect had entered the business and walked directly to the electronics area. Once there, the suspect placed two flat screen televisions and one computer in a shopping basket and walked towards the front exit of the business. The suspect then walked by the cash registers and as he walked out the front doors with the merchandise, an employee questioned him as to whether he had paid for the items. The suspect walked out of the business to a vehicle parked nearby, followed by two employees who continued to question him. The suspect placed the compute

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Open Enrollment Through Covered California’s Health Insurance Marketplace


Today, Rep. Capps (CA-24) reminded Central Coast residents that open enrollment through Covered California’s Health Insurance Marketplace for health insurance coverage in 2015 has begun. While the open enrollment period will run through February 15, residents who want their coverage to begin on January 1 must sign-up by today, December 15. Covered California, an online insurance marketplace, allows individuals and families to shop for the best health insurance options or for eligible Californians to sign up for Medi-Cal. It is a one-stop shop to compare health insurance policies, receive financial assistance, and sign-up for high-quality health insurance coverage. Through Covered California, applicants cannot be denied for pre-existing conditions, nor will they face annual or life

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Structure Fire in Atascadero


There was a structure Fire at 9555 Santa Barbara Road, Atascadero yesterday.  It was single story, single family residence.  Upon arrival, fire crews found black smoke coming from the living room area of the structure. Fire crews were able to quickly find the area of origin and contained the fire to the living room. However, extensive smoke and heat damage occurred to the entire interior of the residence.

Due to the distances between fire hydrants in the area, firefighters had to lay over 1800 feet of hose to supply the fire engines.  The fire was controlled in ten minute. No injuries were reported. The fire was located near a wood burning stove in the living room. The cause was embers from the wood burning stove came into contact with nearby combustibles and spread to a

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SLOPD Hosted Multi-Agency DUI Checkpoint


The San Luis Obispo Police Department hosted a multi-agency DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, December 12, 2014 as part of the San Luis Obispo Police Departments commitment to public safety. The location of Fridays checkpoint was on the 500 Block of Higuera Street, in the City of San Luis Obispo.. The goal of the DUI Checkpoint was removing impaired drivers and to bring awareness to the public of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. In or about the DUI Checkpoint 5 drivers were arrested for DUI. 501 Vehicles went through the checkpoint.
475 drivers screened for field sobriety exams. 5 DUI suspects arrested. 4 traffic citations issued. 0 vehicles were impounded for 30 days 4 unlicensed drivers were cited. 0 drivers were arrested for driving

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Nipomo Man Killed in Car Accident


A Nipomo man was killed in a car accident Saturday morning on Highway 166. His Kia for some unknown reason entered the opposite lane and hit a big rig, whose driver was not hurt. The man was not wearing seatbelts and died at the scene.

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PG&E Working Hard to Restore Power


As a historic winter storm begins to subside in Northern and Central California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) crews continue to work around the clock to restore service for customers who have experienced storm-related outages this week. PG&E pledges to its customers that it will remain focused on its work until all power is restored throughout its service territory and life can return to normal. Strong winds, falling trees and major flooding have damaged electrical equipment throughout the company’s 70,000-mile service area. PG&E’s meteorologists reported that wind gusts reached 95 mph in some higher elevations and rainfall totals exceeded several inches in many locations. Since the storm hit Wednesday, Dec. 10, the utility has restored service to more tha

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SBCFD Responded to 78 Storm Related Calls


The Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) responded to 78 storm related calls for service throughout Santa Barbara County beginning at 6pm last night until approximately 3am today.  These calls included 33 calls for power lines down, 5 trees down, 15 flooding calls, 15 fire alarms, 4 structural problems, 2 fires, 2 flying debris related calls,  and 1 road issue.  There were no rescues related to the storm. According to the National Weather Service, rain total for San Marcos Pass was 4.89 inches as of 7am today.  At 9:55pm last night, the Santa Ynez weather station reported southeast winds at 37mph with gusts to 64mph. In anticipation of the storm, the SBCFD placed and three additional engines in service, and two overhead positions. The SBCFD continues to be in contact wit

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