Monday, July 25th, 2016

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Man Sentenced to Ten Years for Financial Elder Abuse

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Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley has announced that Joseph Anthony Mele, of Ventura, California, was sentenced to ten years in state prison after pleading “no contest” to seven felony counts and two sentencing enhancements on November 12, 2015.  This includes multiple counts of Financial Elder Abuse, in addition to Grand Theft, Embezzlement, Money Laundering, and Filing False …

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Woman Allegedly Harassed by Stranger in SLO

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On January 13, at about 2:00 PM, a 15 year old girl was walking northbound on Los Osos Valley road. When she was in the 12000 block, near Auto Parkway, she was stopped by a suspicious male who was asking for directions to Higuera Street. The girl briefly spoke to the suspect as he sat in his red older model …

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Man Arrested for Alleged Kidnapping With Intent to Commit Rape

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Yesterday, SLO County sheriff’s deputies were called to a kidnapping incident which had occurred on 13th Street in San Miguel. An 18-year-old female says she was walking on 13th Street in San Miguel toward the bus stop on Mission Street when she was approached by a man who tried to lure her back to his motel room. When she refused, …

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Narcotics Detectives Arrest Four After Investigation Into Meth Sales

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Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s narcotics detectives arrested four people following a five month investigation into methamphetamine sales in the City of Lompoc. During the course of the investigation, detectives identified 34-year-old Gilbert Villareal of Lompoc as a methamphetamine trafficker and 43-year-old Rene Ramirez of Los Angeles as his methamphetamine supplier. Ramirez’s vehicle was identified as the suspect vehicle used to …

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Man Sentenced to 16 Years for Child Molestation

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Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced that Juan Carlos Medina, age 27, was sentenced to 16 years in state prison for committing five felony counts of non-forcible child molestation against a ten-year old child.  Mr. Medina pled no contest to the five felony child molestation charges on March 3, 2015.  He was sentenced on January 11, 2016, …

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Driver of Alleged Hit-And-Run Apprehended Yesterday

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Grover Beach police announced at 4:10 p.m. that the driver and vehicle allegedly involved in a hit-and-run yesterday afternoon had been located. The incident remains under investigation. No other details were immediately available. At about 1:15 p.m., the driver of a Red 1999 Toyota Solara hit a motorcyclist at the intersection of Oak Park Boulevard and Mentone Avenue and then took …

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Man Suspected of Robbing Two Banks Due in Court

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The man suspected of robbing two local banks is due back in court next week after he made an appearance yesterday. Johnie Dean Arnold, 54, was arrested January 6 at his home in Bakersfield.   He pleaded not guilty to the January 4 robbery at Heritage Oaks Bank on Froom Ranch Way in San Luis Obispo.   The District Attorney’s Office in Santa …

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PG&E is Hosting a Hiring Information Fair on January 14

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It will be held Thursday from 2:30 to 4:30 pm and 5:30 to 7:30 pm  at the PG&E Energy Education Center in San Luis Obispo.  Representatives from PG&E’s corporate office and its Diablo Canyon Power Plant, America’s Job Centers of California, Fluor Corp., Sodexo Magic, Engineers & Scientists of California, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Plumbers & Steamfitters will …

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DA Asking for January to be Named Human Trafficking Awareness Month

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Today at 1:30 p.m., District Attorney Dan Dow will ask the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to proclaim the month of January 2016 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Since June 2014, the District Attorney’s office has filed charges against five separate defendants for the crime of human trafficking in San Luis Obispo County. In November 2015, the first …

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Victim Identified in Train Accident

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the identity of the transient who was fatally injured by a train on Friday.  The decedent is 60-year-old Norman Horion.  The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the name of the 19-year-old female who was fatally injured by a train January 10, The decedent is Lilian Feng of Isla Vista, a …

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