Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Local News

Cal Poly Student Set to be Arraigned After Allegedly Posting Racial and Religious Threats Online


Charles Raymond Bird, the Cal Poly student charged with posting racial/religious threats on social media sites, will be arraigned today at 8:30 am in Judge Dodie Harmon’s Superior Court Dept 3.  The criminal complaint alleges felony criminal threats with a “hate crime” enhancement. Bird is suspected of leaving a package filled with chemicals on Sept 11 at San Gabriel School.

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Holiday Shopping Season is in Full Swing


For many retailers, the 2015 Holiday shopping season is in full swing. As quick as shoppers are moving about to fulfill their shopping list, so are businesses and employees in their efforts to maintain inventory levels while updating ever changing sale advertisements. Throughout this shopping season retailers in San Luis Obispo County will be at their busiest with customer purchases …

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Suspect in San Gabriel School Incident to be Tried as an Adult


After a “Fitness Hearing” in San Luis Obispo Juvenile Court yesterday, Bret Stephen Landen was found “unfit” for juvenile court, and his case was transferred to adult court. Mr. Landen was under 18 years of age when a suspicious object, suspected at the time to be a chemical weapon, was found on the grounds of San Gabriel School in Atascadero …

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Another Arrest in Meth Crackdown Operation


In a follow up to a narcotics investigation in April, members of the Sheriff’s Gang Task Force and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force arrested 32-year-old Octavio Castro of Oceano. Investigators had a warrant for Castro’s arrest and initiated a traffic stop on Elks Lane yesterday morning in San Luis Obispo. This was part of the federal investigation into a …

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Charles Paddock Zoo to Hold Ribbon Cutting for New Turtle Lab


On Friday, December 18th at 12 noon, the Charles Paddock Zoo will hold a very special ribbon cutting event to commence the opening of its brand new “Turtle Lab”! As part of its ongoing commitment to conservation, the Charles Paddock Zoo is creating a program specifically to aid in the long term research and propagation of Turtle and Tortoise species, …

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Two Hikers Rescued From Lizard’s Mouth Trail


At approximately 5:20 p.m. on December 12, the Santa Barbara County Emergency Communication Dispatch Center received a 9-1-1 call from two hikers in the area of the “Lizard’s Mouth” trail, approximately 5 miles north of Goleta.  The hikers, a mother and her adult son from Los Altos in Northern California, decided to go for a late afternoon hike.  The hikers …

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Residential Fire in Atascadero Caused by Burning Candles


Atascadero City Fire responded to a residential fire December 13 at 5280 Dulzura. Smoke was coming from inside a bedroom. The fire was spreading to the remaining areas of the structure as fire crews began suppression efforts. Firefighters were able to hold the fire to the bedroom of origin, but the interior of the residence experienced severe to moderate smoke …

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Goleta Police to Step Up Pedestrian Safety Enforcement


The Goleta Police Department will step up pedestrian safety enforcement operations on December 15th with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists and pedestrians.  Routine traffic patrols will focus efforts in trouble spots while special targeted patrols will also be deployed to crackdown on drivers and pedestrians who violate traffic laws meant to protect all roadway users. Locally, the …

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Camp Hapitok is Closing After Relationship with SLOCOE Changes


Camp Hapitok is closing.  In February Camp Hapitok learned that its relationship with the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education (SLOCOE) would be changing and that it would no longer be under their umbrella.  This coupled with the rising costs for camp put Camp Hapitok 2015 in jeopardy.  However, with a successful crowd-funding campaign and the generosity of Dr. …

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Public Assistance Requested in Locating Owners of Stolen Property


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies with Rural Crimes Investigations are requesting public assistance to help locate the owners of stolen agricultural property.  The items totaling more than $30,000 were recovered December 10, from a storage locker in Santa Maria.  The location of the storage locker is not being released due to the ongoing investigation. The property includes 31 rolls of …

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