Former Mayoral Candidate Arrested for DUI


Charles John Scovell II, a former Atascadero candidate for mayor was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of felony driving under the influence resulting in injury and felony hit-and-run after a late night single-vehicle crash. Scovell crashed his car into a tree and fence on Atascadero Avenue. Scovell’s passenger was treated for injuries. Scovell unsuccessfully ran for mayor against incumbent Tom O’Malley in …

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Sex Offender Cut Off GPS Ankle Bracelet


Yesterday at about 5:50 AM, California State Parole Agents notified the San Luis Obispo Police Department that a violent convicted sex offender, Avril King, had cut off his GPS ankle bracelet and was believed to be in the San Luis Obispo area. His bracelet was found by agents in the Mission area near downtown SLO. King was convicted for a …

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Women’s Shelter Program Will be Offering Expanded Counseling Services


Starting on March 31st, the Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County (WSP) will be offering expanded counseling services for child trauma victims and adult victims of domestic violence in its San Luis Obispo and Grover Beach counseling offices. Free weekly, scheduled counseling will be offered to assist adults and children heal from the trauma of violence and abuse. …

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California Agriculture Day Celebrations Today


On March 18, the California State Capitol grounds will come alive with farm animals, educational displays and entertainment to recognize and celebrate California Agriculture Day. Similar festivities will take place throughout the United States to commemorate National Agriculture Week, March 15-21. Locally, recognition is given to the men and women that provide safe, healthy, abundant, and affordable food, and a …

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Orcutt Woman and Daughters Missing


An Orcutt woman along with her two daughters are missing and police are looking for them. In what is being described as a parental abduction, 44-year-old Michelle Gibbs and 6-year-old Gabriella and 4-year-old Cassidy were last seen in February. Sheriff’s deputies believe they left the area and headed to Ojai. Gibbs was last seen driving a silver 2003 Ford Explorer …

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Man Arrested for Allegedly Shooting Another Man to Death


Santa Maria police have arrested Wilfredo Rodriguez Chicas for shooting to death a man in an apartment parking lot Monday night.  Detectives say a motive for the shooting is still under investigation, but there are no other suspects wanted in connection to the shooting. The name of the victim hasn’t been released. The shooting happened at the La Vista apartment …

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Assault Leads to Jail Time for Three Men


Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley has announced that three defendants appeared at a sentencing hearing yesterday as a result of pleading guilty on January 16, 2015 to voluntary manslaughter. Jonathan Andrade, age 21, was sentenced to six years in state prison. Roman Romero, age 19, was sentenced to three years in state prison. Carlos Medina, age 45, …

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Santa Maria Police Apprehend Suspect Accused of Deadly Hit and Run


Santa Maria police have nabbed a suspect accused of a deadly hit and run in the parking lot of Louie B’s Bar early Monday morning . Police arrested 34-year-old Ismael Lares of Santa Maria on the 200 block of East Main Street shortly after 1:00 a.m. Lares was pulled over a few blocks away in a dark grey truck. An …

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United Air Lines Flights to be Cut


If you fly to either LA or San Francisco out of San Luis Obispo, some of your flights are going to disappear in the coming weeks.  United Air Lines flights to San Fran will be cut from five to two, and LA will drop from 6 to three. In November, Skywest Airlines, which operates planes for United, said they were …

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Prescribed Burn Scheduled in Morro Bay State Park


A prescribed burn will take place today and tomorrow at Black Hill in Morro Bay State Park. The burn project is part of the Hazard Fuel Reduction for vegetation management. It will take place between La Loma Street and Quintana Road.

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