Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Local News

One of the Busiest Travel Times is Over


Over one of the busiest travel period of the year, Californians rode trains in unprecedented numbers this Thanksgiving, despite gas prices dipping to their lowest level in six years. November ridership and revenue reports for Amtrak California are in and boast impressive gains. The Pacific Surfliner, the 2nd busiest intercity rail corridor in the nation, set records for the highest ridership and revenue in over a decade. The San Joaquin, the 5th busiest corridor in the nation that travels from both Sacramento and San Francisco to Bakersfield, had the second highest ridership and revenue in over a decade. “Intercity passenger rail is an important component of a sustainable, multimodal transportation system for today and the future,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “M

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SLO Sheriff’s SAFE Detectives Arrest Man With Child Pornography


The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) detectives, with assistance from the Arroyo Grande Police Department High Tech Crimes Unit, arrested a man for possession of child pornography on Dec 23rd.  Joseph Rizzardi, 48, was taken into custody in Avila Beach without incident, after detectives discovered videos of child pornography on a computer that was traced back to him. Several other computer devices were seized that detectives believe contain similar videos and images of children, with results pending further forensic investigation.

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For Many Retailers, Christmas Season Extends Past December 25th


For many local retailers, the 2014 Christmas season extends well after December 25th. Stores are busier than ever with customer exchanges and returns. Price changes for end of the year sales also keep clerks hopping. Discounts offer bargains for shoppers, however, if the price charged at the register is more than the lowest posted or advertised price, then any expected bargain vanishes.

“Retailers know it’s the law to have accurate prices. However, the potential for inadvertent overcharges is greater during the post-Christmas shopping season because of the higher volume of sales and the quickly changing discounts that are offered,” said Martin Se

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Man Killed in Car Crash is Identified


The CHP has identified the man killed in a crash on Los Osos Valley Road Sunday night. Sixty-five-year-old Mauricio Cardenas of San Luis Obispo was killed after being struck by a car near South Bay Boulevard,  about six p.m. Officials say there was no crosswalk in the area, and the driver told officers it was dark and he didn’t see Cardenas in the road. The accident remains under investigation.

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Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement in Atascadero



Atascadero Police Department will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on Saturday, December 27th, with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The department has mapped out locations over the past five years where pedestrian and bike collisions have occurred, along with the violations that led to those crashes. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and crashes occur in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.
Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries. Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to sto

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Valley Fever Cases Rising


Cases of Valley Fever are reported from most of the counties in California, with over 75% of reported cases in people who live in the San Joaquin Valley. “The number of reported Valley Fever cases in California is rising, with more than 4,000 cases reported in 2012,” says Kat DeBurgh, executive director of the Health Officers Association of California (HOAC). “This likely represents only a small number of the total cases of Valley Fever. This is partly because many physicians do not think about Valley Fever or are unaware of how to effectively diagnose this potentially debilitating disease. Therefore the illness often is misdiagnosed or the diagnosis is made late in the course of illness.”

Valley Fever is an illness caused by a fungus called Coccidioides which lives

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Early Morning Shooting Leaves Man Dead


An early morning shooting leaves a Santa Maria man dead. It happened around 6 a.m. in the 1000 block of W. Morrison. He was shot in a car. No arrests have been made.

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Stolen ATM in Paso Robles


On Friday, December 19, 2014, at approximately 7:03AM, the Paso Robles Police Department received a report of a burglary that had occurred at Sky Nails and Spa in the 2300 block of Theatre Drive.  Officers conducted an initial investigation and determined that an unknown suspect had broken out of the glass front door to the business with an unknown implement. The suspect entered the business and stole a free-standing automatic teller machine (ATM) containing an undisclosed amount of cash.  Officers reviewed surveillance video and determined that this crime occurred at approximately 6:14AM. The suspect is believed to be an Hispanic male adult, 20’s to 30’s, standing 5’-10” to 6’-02” tall and weighing approximately 230-240 pounds. The suspect has dark facial hair (mustac

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PG&E Reminds Customers of Fire Danger


As Californians approach the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reminds its customers that while holiday lighting truly adds to the celebration of these occasions, it can also significantly increase the potential for fire risk, injury and electric shock if the proper precautions aren’t followed while decorating.  Adding to possible safety risks, older, non-energy-efficient lighting can severely impact customers’ power bills. “Brightening our homes, businesses and communities with holiday lights is a great tradition, but we need everyone to be aware of their surroundings to avoid electric hazards and to prevent fires,” said Pat Mullen, PG&E’s local division director. “Our safety tips are simple to follow and help make sur

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Three Men Arrested in Connection With Stabbing


Three young males are in custody in connection with a stabbing that occurred in Old Town Goleta on November 21, 2014.  Early this morning, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives served a search and arrest warrant at a home in the 100 block of Orange Avenue in the City of Goleta.  The residence is located directly in front of where a male in his twenties was stabbed following an argument with a group of males whom he was not directly acquainted with.  19-year-old Mario Flores and 21-year-old Luis Gonzales-Guerrero, who both reside on the property, were taken into custody for their involvement in the crime.  Sheriff’s detectives also determined a third suspect involved in the stabbing, 20-year-old Bryan Ulloa, was already in custody at the Santa Barbara County jail on an un

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