Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Local News

No Major Incidents in Isla Vista on Halloween


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to report there were no major incidents in Isla Vista for Halloween weekend, with very few arrests and citations issued.  Unlike previous Halloweens which attracted tens of thousands of people, many of them from out of town, this year the crowd was estimated at no more than a few thousand and consisted mostly of locals.  Although final numbers are not yet available, there were less than 40 jail bookings (the vast majority for misdemeanor offenses), and less than 40 citations issued.  As a comparison, in 2013 – a three day operation as opposed to two days this year – there were more than 200 jail bookings and almost 250 citations issued. The Sheriff’s Office attributes the decreased numbers in both attendance and arrests

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Tips for Upcoming Election


Check your polling place on the back of your sample ballot or on your yellow notification card if you registered to vote after October 6th. Many polling places have changed and you should not assume that you will be voting at the same polling place as the last election. If you cannot find your sample ballot, call the Elections office at 781-5228 for your polling place location. We will have additional phone lines open on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Voters can also look up their polling place on the Internet at

This is a very long ballot with many contests so it is helpful if you mark your sample ballot and take it with you to the polls on Election Day, so when you enter the booth you can

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Funeral Services Yet to Be Announced for Anna Deis


Funeral services for 25-year-old Anna Deis have yet to be announced. The Los Osos native was killed Wednesday night while riding her bicycle on Los Osos Valley Road. According to authorities Deis was crossing the road near the La Familia pumpkin patch when she was struck by a car by an 86-year-old man from San Luis. He was not cited. The CHP says Deis was wearing dark clothing and was not wearing a helmet. Deis died at a local hospital. She was engaged and was planning to get married on November 14.

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Big Crowd Expected in Isla Vista Tonight


A crowd estimated to be in the range of 30,000 people is expected this weekend for Halloween in Isla Vista.  In anticipation of the Isla Vista Halloween street party, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department will increase its staffing level by 25 personnel.  The increased staffing level will include the following additional resources: two chief officers, two group supervisors, two engines, two rescue ambulances, one mobile medical team, two medical foot teams, three arson investigators, and one public information officer. This increased staffing pattern will be reevaluated throughout the weekend. A temporary trauma tent will be set up to treat patients and additional rescue ambulances will be available to transport patients to the hospital.

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DUI Enforcement Tonight


The San Luis Obispo Police Department will be stepping up its DUI enforcement thanks to a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. The $218,000 grant will increase DUI operations and pay for a full-time DUI officer for the grant year. The grant will also fund DUI checkpoints and patrols, fund operations to target multiple DUI offenders, and offer specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE). The money will also go toward traffic safety enforcement for motorcycles, distracted driving enforcement, seat belt and child safety seat enforcement and speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement.

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DUI Task Force Will Be Out on Halloween


Halloween is quickly approaching, which for many people means celebrating with alcohol. As you carve your pumpkin or pick out a costume this year, keep in mind that one of the best choices you can make is to drive sober or designate a sober driver to get you home safely. The Avoid the 14 DUI Task Force is reminding all drivers that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving because every Halloween there are still some people who think they can drive after drinking.

“We want people to remember: like you plan to ‘Trick-or-Treat;’ make a safe plan to get home before the night begins” said Sergeant Caleb Davis, Atascadero PD. Before you take your first sip of alcohol on October 31, figure out who your designated sober driver will be. If you wait until you’re ‘buzzed’ to make a

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Environmental Groups File Lawsuit Challenging NRC Decision


Nine environmental groups including Mothers for Peace and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed separate lawsuits yesterday in the D.C. Court of Appeals challenging the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) decision to proceed with an “extended waste storage rule” and a generic environmental impact statement that fail to comply with a 2012 federal court ruling that had previously reversed the NRC. Three of the nine groups and NRDC brought the earlier lawsuit that resulted in the suspension of all U.S. reactor licensing and re-licensing decisions until the NRC completed a study of the environmental impacts of the longstanding failure to site a repository for disposal of spent reactor fuel.  The groups sued again today, charging that NRC had failed to meet federal

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San Luis Obispo County Has New Public Works Director


The County of San Luis Obispo has hired City of San Luis Obispo Utilities Deputy Director Wade Horton as the new County Public Works Director.  As Public Works Director, Horton will be responsible for leading the County Public Works Department as a key member of the County’s executive leadership team. The announcement was made at the County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, October 28 after months of vetting qualified candidates.  “The Board is excited to have Wade accept this position,” said Bruce Gibson, Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors. “We are particularly happy to have someone with Wade’s energy and experience. He knows our area and knows our key issues. We are fortunate to have him.”

Horton brings 16 years of combined public and priva

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Large Amount of Heroin Seized Based on Anonymous Tip


Yesterday, based on an anonymous tip, the Sheriff’s Office discovered approximately 230 grams of heroin located in a vehicle parked in the 2700 block of Cienaga Street in Oceano. A Sheriff’s Office K9 detected the heroin concealed within a compartment of a red 1996 Ford Bronco. The heroin has a street value of approximately $30,000. The Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit is now conducting an investigation to find the owner of the car and the narcotics.

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Arrests Made in Murder of Javier Alcantar Limon


For the past two months, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office detectives have been investigating the murder of Javier Alcantar Limon, whose body was found with multiple gunshot wounds on August 19, 2014, near the entrance to the Guadalupe Dunes.  As a result of their investigation, three Santa Maria residents have been identified and arrested in connection with Limon’s murder.   Detectives have determined the homicide is related to criminal street gang and drug activity. On September 11, Sheriff’s detectives arrested 26-year-old Gregorio Agustine of Santa Maria following a traffic stop in the City of Santa Maria.  He appeared in court yesterday, October 27 and is charged by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office with murder.  He is also charged with several

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