Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Local News

Car Crashes into Nucci’s Pizza Restaurant


Ambulance-DrivingA car crashed into Nucci's Pizza Restaurant in San Luis Obispo yesterday at 3:45 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the restaurant. The driver was trying to park when her foot got caught between the pedals, causing her to press on the gas. Her car jumped the cement parking barrier, and crashed into the front window of the restaurant. An unidentified Los Osos woman inside the restaurant was knocked to the ground and suffered minor injuries from the window's shattered glass. The driver was not injured, and police do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved.

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Goleta Woman Leaves Baby Unattended in Car


A Goleta woman faces a possible child endangerment charge after leaving her nine-month-old son unattended in a hot car.  A passerby at Magnolia Shopping Center saw the baby alone in the car buckled in its car seat and called 911.  Even though the back windows were slightly rolled down, the temperature was about 95 degrees. The baby was taken out of the car safely and in good condition.  The baby was released back to the mother with a referral to Child Welfare Services. The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind residents to never leave a child in the car unattended on a hot day, as it causes the child to rapidly overheat and can have deadly results. 

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Lompoc Fire 90% Contained


The San Miguelito vegetation fire has burned about 832 acres and caused $862,000 in damage since it started at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon on San Miguelito Canyon Road in Lompoc. The fire is about 90% contained. More than 500 firefighters spent the night containing the fire. Santa Barbara County Fire hopes to have the fire completely contained by this morning. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Real Estate Developer Pleads Guilty to Fraud


Atascadero Citizen of the Year and former real estate developer Kelly Gearhart pleaded guilty yesterday in the federal court in Los Angeles to fraud and money laundering charges after scamming investors of up to $20 million. Gearhart, currently living in Wadsworth, Ohio, accepted a plea agreement in which he plead guilty to two counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. Prosecutors are going to seek a federal prison sentence of more than 11 years and restitution be paid to his victims.

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SLO Sheriff’s Deputies Search for Bear


San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a bear last seen near Nipomo Regional Park. The bear, which according to KSBY is described as a large, chocolate-covered black bear, was first seen Wednesday morning near Tejas Place. Deputies went to a school near the bear sighting to protect elementary school kids.  The Fish and Game warden recommends bringing garbage cans inside overnight and not to leave pet food outside in order to keep bears away.

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Wine Festival Begins Today


The 32nd annual Paso Robles Wine Festival begins today, and runs through Sunday. The festival celebrates everything the Paso Robles wine region offers, featuring special tastings, seminars, and more than 130 winery events. Saturday is the grand tasting. Paso Robles Downtown City Park will have wines from more than 60 wineries for tasting. Tickets are available at

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Brush Fire in Lompoc


A vegetation fire broke out in Lompoc yesterday around 1:30 p.m. on San Miguelito Canyon Road. About 700 acres have been burned. Reverse 911 calls had gone out to 1200 homes and businesses as well as numerous evacuation orders. Some evacuated residents can return to their homes, but there is still a mandatory evacuation order for people south of Willow Road. The fire is about 50% contained, with no property damage or injuries so far. A shift in the wind caused the fire to move towards Highway 1, causing Highway 1 to be closed for the day.

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Drug Raid in Arroyo Grande


An Arroyo Grande drug raid led to the arrests of eight people last Thursday at around 7 a.m. on Sunset Drive. Police found heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and cash at the Arroyo Grande home. The home was deemed uninhabitable due to electrical issues and other hazards. Thirty-nine-year-old David Blashaw was arrested for possessing heroin for sales and methamphetamine, 20-year-old Haley Dockstader was arrested for possessing heroin for sales and bringing a controlled substance into jail, 39-year-old Dani Niemas was arrested for possessing heroin for sales, 30-year-old Kara Jeffords was arrested for possessing heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, 33-year-old Matt Jeffers was arrested for possessing heroin

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Counterfeit Bills Being Used in Cambria


A Cambria antique store and gas station reported a group of individuals using counterfeit $100 bills in their stores. A man and two women entered the antique store within minutes of each other, separately purchased a small item, and each paid for that item with a counterfeit $100 bill for a total of $300. Shortly afterward, the three suspects and an additional female entered the gas station and used another $100 counterfeit bill.

The suspects are described as being in their early to mid-twenties, with the male wearing a black baseball hat, two of the females have blonde hair and one of the females having brown hair. The serial numbers on the counterfeit bills were all the same. The Sheriff's Offi

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Woman Questioned for Fire Tuesday Morning


A woman is being questioned for possibly being connected to a Santa Maria apartment fire Tuesday morning. Crews arrived to North Broadway around 6:15 a.m. and found one apartment unit on fire and smoke coming from nearby units and the attic. The unit where the fire started is completely wiped out. Two people were believed to be inside when the fire started and one of them has been detained. No one was injured in the fire.

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