Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Local News

Preliminary Hearing for Cal Poly Football Players Concluded


The District Attorney’s Office announces the conclusion of the Preliminary Hearing in People v Akins, Fort, Ivory, Brito, and Love – the former Cal Poly football players charged with the attempted armed robbery at a fraternity house and related crimes.  The incident occurred on August 10, 2014.

A Preliminary Hearing is sometimes called a “probable cause” hearing, because a judge hears testimony and determines whether there is “probable cause” to believe a felony has been committed, and if so, whether the charged defendant(s) committed that felony.  If the judge makes that finding, the defendant is “held to answer” and the case may proceed to arraignment and possible trial.

On Thursday 1/15/15 Judge Donald G. Umhofer he

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Central Coast Bandit Expected to be Sentenced


The Central Coast Bandit accused of robbing six banks in San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and Stanislaus counties two years ago is expected to be sentenced to 20 years in prison. Cristina Padilla withdrew her not guilty plea yesterday. Instead she pleaded no contest. She is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

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Cal Poly Football Players Continue Preliminary Hearing


Four former Cal Poly football players continue their preliminary hearing in San Luis Obispo. They are accused of attempted armed robbery at a local fraternity house last August. All have pleaded not guilty. A fifth suspect who also pleaded not guilty waived his pre-lim.

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Boy Shot in Santa Maria Yesterday


A 16-year-old boy was shot in Santa Maria yesterday afternoon. He was taken to a hospital for treatment. Gunshots were heard in the area where the boy was shot. Police are looking at a possible gang related crime but are following several other leads as well.

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Joseph Munoz Pleads No Contest


Joseph Munoz from Oceano has changed his plea in the stabbing death of 25-year-old Joseph Padilla during a fight in Oceano in June of 2013. Yesterday, Munoz pleaded no fcontest. He is scheduled to be sentenced January 28.

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Downtown SLO Store Burglarized


A downtown San Luis Obispo store was burglarized Tuesday night. The thief made off with high-end knives and outdoor gear. The Business was SLO Camp N’ Pack on Higuera Street. The case is under investigation.

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Next Week is No Name Calling Week


Next week, Santa Barbara Junior High School will celebrate kindness by joining thousands of schools throughout the nation in No Name Calling Week. This event was created by GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) in an effort to help address issues of bullying, name-calling and bias in schools.

Beginning on Tuesday, January 20, Associated Student Body (ASB) will work with students on a variety of activities designed to help them realize the impact of verbal bullying, and bring an awareness to strategies for coping with and putting an end to name-calling, including having an art contest, poetry contest, library exhibit and theme days throughout the week. At its core, No Name Calling Week is part of the school’s annual No Place for Hate campaign where s

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Lois Capps Introduces Water in the 21st Century Act


Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) HAS joined Rep. Grace Napolitano (CA-32) and 14 of her California colleagues to introduce the Water in the 21st Century Act, a bill that would help communities deal with drought conditions. The Water in the 21st Century Act would provide communities with incentives and investments for water use efficiency projects, conservation initiatives, and water recycling. The bill builds on additional Congressional efforts to help drought stricken areas by providing more long-term solutions and making them accessible to all communities. “While the rain this weekend was welcome news in California, this drought remains the worst on record and the most urgent problem our state faces,” Capps said. “There are no easy solutions. But the Water in the 21st Century Act wo

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Two Charged With Murder of Terence Richardson


Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley has announced that 19-year-old Ali Abdul Muhammed and 22-year-old Lavell Calvin White, have been charged with murder and attempted robbery, in connection with the December 30, 2014, shooting death of Terence Richardson, on the 1000 block of East Jones in Santa Maria.  Muhammed was also charged with an enhancement for the personal and intentional discharge of a firearm causing the death of Terence Richardson.  White was also charged with an additional firearm enhancement.  The matter has been set for continued arraignment on Friday, January 16, 2015.

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Arroyo Grande Has Interim City Manager


Arroyo Grande has an interim city manager while the search continues for a permanent selection. His name is Robert McFall who is a member of Regional Government Services. He is expected to serve the city for about four months. The cost to hire McFall is approximately $60,000. McFall worked for the City of Glendale for 33 years, before retiring in 2010.

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