Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Local News

Solvang Man in Custody After Slashing Tires


A Solvang man is in custody after going on a tire slashing spree in Solvang which included six United States mail delivery trucks.  Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 23-year-old Dakota Serge at approximately 12:45 a.m. this morning, February 26.  Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 400 block of Alisal Road after a passerby called 9-1-1 to report seeing a man slashing tires in the back parking lot of a business. When Sheriff’s Deputies arrived, they discovered Serge crouched near a car and tires slashed on 11 vehicles in the parking lot. 

Six of the vehicles were U.S. Mail delivery trucks assigned to the Solvang Post Office.  In all, 35 tires wer

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UCSB Student Attacked


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team has been called in to assist Sheriff’s Detectives, Isla Vista Foot Patrol Deputies and UCSB Police Officers in searching for evidence related to the brutal attack and rape of a UCSB student by a group of suspects on Sunday, February 23. 

The 19-year-old female victim was last seen walking alone between midnight and 12:30 a.m. in the area of Embarcadero Del Mar and Segovia Road.  The Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers were called in at 4:15 p.m. today, February 25, to help authorities canvas the area for any evidence that may assist with the investigation. 

They will be searching potential crime scene

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Robbery at Hayashi Vegetable Stand


On 2-23-14, deputies with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a robbery at the Hayashi Vegetable Stand in Oceano. The cashier at the stand told deputies, a man on a bicycle rode up to the stand, parked his bike, made contact with the cashier and demanded his cell phone.

At that time, the cashier says the man displayed a handgun and demanded money from the register. The man got back on his bike and made off with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was hurt in the incident. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult in his late 20's to early 30's.

He was wearing a red flannel shirt, black pants, and red hat. The suspect's bicycle is d

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Search and Recovery Team Working on Plane Crash


On 2-23-14, divers with the Sheriff's Underwater Search and Recovery Team working off the dive boat "Magic" located the wreckage believed to be that of the airplane that went down off the coast of Oceano on 1-14-14. Using all the information gathered from witnesses, radar, sonar and depth finders, the divers were able to locate a large debris field near the area they had been searching since the plane went down.

Divers found what appears to be the wing, the fuselage, and other parts of the aircraft. Two small pieces that were believed to be from the plane were recovered, including a carburetor and part of the manifold as well as a metal tube. No human remains were found. The

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Jeff Bridges to Receive 20th Anniversary King Vidor Award


The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF) and presenting sponsors, MidAmerican Solar and First Solar, are thrilled to announce that the 20th Anniversary King Vidor Award will be presented to actor Jeff Bridges. On Saturday, March 8 at the Fremont Theatre in San Luis Obispo, former King Vidor Award recipient James Cromwell will present the award followed by a conversation with Jeff Bridges, and a screening of one of his films. One of Hollywood’s most successful actors and a six-time Academy Award® nominee, Bridges’ performance in “Crazy Heart”—as Bad Blake, the down-on-his-luck country music singer —deservedly garnered the iconic performer his firs

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Ontario Ridge is Open to Hikers Again


The “No Trespassing” signs and barbed wire that have turned people away from the Ontario Ridge hiking trail in the Avila Beach area are gone. The property owner has removed the "No Trespassing" signs from the Cave Landing Road entrance. San Luis Obispo County Parks officials say the owner also has to remove the fences blocking the public's right to the trail. The property is owned by local software developer. Parks officials say he has until the end of the week to take the fences down, or legal action will be taken.

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Fire at Mid-State Fair Grounds


Firefighters are trying to figure out how a fire started at the California Mid-State Fair grounds or, if you like The Paso Robles Event Center. Firefighters got the call at around 9pm. When they arrived at the northeast corner of the event center, they found a maintenance building in flames. The fire was knocked down within about an hour. No injuries were reported.
The cause is under investigation.

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Fire Authority Funding


Residents of Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Oceano received ballots more than a week ago regarding a proposed property assessment. If the assessment is approved, The Five Cities Fire Authority could get roughly $1 million in funding. According to Chief Mike Hubert, that money would help maintain the current personnel staffing. It would also go toward consolidating the dispatch center, replacing aging equipment and maintaining things like the ladder truck. The funds would come from an increase in property taxes. The ballots have to be mailed in by April 4. To pass, the measure needs support by 50% of property owners, plus one.

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Bank Robber Competent to Stand Trial


Andrew Gilbertson, the Paso Robles man accused of robbing the Bank of America in San Luis Obispo last summer, competent to stand trial, according to the San Luis Obispo County Court. In October, Gilbertson, entered pleas of not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity. He was arrested on July 24, the same day the bank on Santa Rosa Street was robbed. Police said Gilbertson wore a hat and glasses to disguise himself and handed the teller a note demanding money. He was spotted in Atascadero a few hours later. He is expected back in court next month to set a trial date.

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Pet Owners Be Warned of Poison Meatballs


Pet owners are being warned of possibly tainted meatballs in a second San Francisco neighborhood.  Cooked meatballs laced with rat poison were found in the Twin Peaks neighborhood just days ago.  Now more meatballs have been discovered in the Outer Richmond District near La Playa and Cabrillo Streets.  ABC 7 says city Animal Care and Control officials don't yet know if the most recently discovered meat is tainted.  All of the meatballs have been sent to U.C. Davis for testing. 

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