Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Local News

Amgen Announcing Route for Next Year’s Event


Organizers of the Amgen Tour of California are announcing the route for next year’s event, as well as another big change for the professional cycling race. Here on the Central Coast, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara will all host either a start or finish line. Stage 4 of the race will begin in Pismo Beach and end in Avila Beach.  The 2015 race will see an unprecedented three days of professional cycling for women. Former World Champion and Olympic silver medalist Mari Holden will be fronting a team.  The women’s race will start in South Lake Tahoe on May 8th before heading to Sacramento for the main race kickoff on May 10th.  The host cities for the 10th anniversary of the eight-day event were announced at a news conference in Sacramento on Monday.

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California Alcoholic Beverage Control Announces Grants


The California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has announced that it has awarded several mini-grants to over 20 local law enforcement agencies to help them combat underage drinking, alcohol-related crime and educate ABC licensees about alcoholic beverage laws in California through ABC’s IMPACT Program. Mini-grants ranging from $7,400 to $25,000 have been awarded to 23 local law enforcement agencies throughout California.

The grants were awarded by the ABC after it received funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Communities receiving the mini-grants are Elk Grove, Escondido, Eureka, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Los Gatos, Martinez, Menlo Park, Merced,

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Two College Students Trapped on Bishop Peak


At approximately 8:00 pm on last Saturday, the San Luis Obispo City Police & Fire Dispatch Center received a 911 call from the cell phone of two college-aged students who were trapped on the North face of Bishop Peak.  They reported that they were not injured, but had miscalculated the time it would take to climb down from the very high position they were currently stuck in.  It was now dark and they could not find their way safely down to the trail system. During the earlier daylight hours, the two uninjured victims had gone off-trail and climbed up a steep gulley to a lookout spot at the top of Shadow Wall, a named climbing face on the peak.  Using a location finding method via cell phone towers, our Dispatch Center was able to pinpoint the approximate location of the victi

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Housekeeper at Motel 6 Was Accosted on Saturday


On October 18, shortly before 1:00 p.m. a housekeeper was accosted at Motel 6 South in San Luis Obispo. The door to the motel room had been left ajar while the housekeeper was cleaning the room. Benjamin Kuhzarani entered the room, dropped his pants to his ankles, and exposed himself to the housekeeper. Kuhzarani then slammed the motel room door closed, locking himself in the room with the housekeeper. The terrified housekeeper began to yell at Kuhzarani, causing Kuhzarani to flee from the room.

San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Deputies were at the motel on an unrelated call for service and saw Kuhzarani running from the scene. The Sheriff Deputies were familiar with Kuhzarani and were able to provide his identification to the responding San Luis Obispo Police Officers.


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Driver Arrested for DUI After Crashing


On October 18,  shortly after 2:00 p.m. a gray 2002 Ford F-150 truck driven by Lisa Rae Davis rear-ended a gray 2008 Subaru Outback driven by a 46-year old female resident of San Luis Obispo. The Subaru had been stopped for a red traffic light at the intersection of Marsh and Nipomo Streets in San Luis Obispo. The impact caused a minor injury to the driver of the Subaru.  San Luis Obispo Police Officers conducted an investigation and determined   Davis had been driving her vehicle while impaired by alcohol (DUI) at the time of the injury collision. Furthermore, Officers discovered   Davis was driving her vehicle with a suspended California driver’s license that had been suspended for a prior DUI.   Davis also had an active warrant for her arrest for failure to appear on a

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Three Arrested After High Speed Pursuit


Three suspects are in custody following a high speed pursuit that started in the City of Buellton and ended with the vehicle hitting a Sheriff’s patrol car and crashing into a tree in a City of Santa Barbara neighborhood.   The two female suspects are the same ones involved in an October 3, 2014 pursuit on Highway 154 involving the same black Cherokee Jeep.  34-year-old Shane Lydick of Thousand Oaks,  36-year-old  Kristy DeLaCerna of Thousand Oaks and 24-year-old Camilla DePerna aka: Jessica Walters of Los Osos.   Both Lydick and DePerna, who were both believed to be drivers at different points in the pursuit, were arrested for felony evading with a motor vehicle.  All three suspects were additionally booked for possession of burglary tools.  DePerna also had a no bail fe

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Asian Citrus Psyllids Found in SLO


Insect trappers from the San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture have found more adult Asian Citrus Psyllids in a residential neighborhood in northern San Luis Obispo. Three adult Psyllids were found on a single property located very close to the original site in the northern part of the city of San Luis Obispo. Asian Citrus Psyllid is an insect that could spread Huanglongbing, also called citrus greening disease, a plant disease that is fatal to all types of citrus trees. A single citrus tree infected with Huanglongbing was found in a Los Angeles County backyard in 2012. To date no additional detections of the disease in California have occurred. The disease does not affect human or animal health and citrus fruit is safe for human consumption. Regulations restricting the m

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Critical Shortage of Precinct Workers for General Election


The County Clerk-Recorder’s office is experiencing a critical shortage of precinct workers for the November 4th General Election. The shortage is most prevalent in Cambria, Paso Robles and the 5 cities area. San Luis Obispo County employs approximately 1,000 precinct workers each election to work at the polls on Election Day and without a fully staffed precinct, voters could experience longer lines and delays in voting. Precinct workers must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a registered voter in California or a lawful permanent resident of the United States. While the polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. half day shifts are also available.

The Clerk-Recorder staff goes to a tremendous amount of work to conduct an election, but without precinct workers to

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Train Victim Identified


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the identity of the victim who was fatally injured by a train on October 11, 2014 at just before 6 p.m. at the Union Pacific railroad trestle at Vista Point.  The victim is 26-year-old Mingyue Yuan, a Chinese visiting scholar at the University of California Santa Barbara.  The Chinese Consulate and the University of California Santa Barbara assisted the Santa Barbara County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office in making a next of kin notification in China.

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Woman That Was Killed in Lompoc is Identified


The woman who was shot and killed at a residence in Lompoc Monday night has been identified as 37-year-old Rebecca Maxine Yap. She was allegedly shot by 64-year-old Clay Martin Burt Murray, who was at the home on the 300 block of N. Daisy Street when police arrived. Yap was still conscious but died at a hospital later on. Yap identified the shooter as Murray before she died. Murray was arrested and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of murder.

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