Suspected Bank Robber Turns Himself In To Police


On June 11, 2013 at approximately 7:00 AM, Steven Celaya came to the San Luis Obispo Police Department and identified himself as the suspect in the robberies of the Bank of America in Atascadero on June 7th and the Chase Bank in San Luis Obispo on May 25th. The investigation thus far has corroborated Celaya’s account of the robberies.  A ...

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SLOPD Forms Community Action Team To Address Transient Crime


During the past year the San Luis Obispo Police Department found that nearly one third of the Departments calls for service during the daytime hours were for transient related crimes, often repeat offenders. Approximately 80% of calls for service in our Downtown during the same time period are believed to be transient related. Last year SLOPD began developing a plan ...

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Group Gathers At City Hall To Protest Rehiring Of Firefighter Charged With Assault


The controversial reinstatement of a San Luis Obispo firefighter accused of beating another man caused a protest in front of City Hall yesterday.  Nearly two dozen people gathered and voiced their discontent to the rehiring of John Ryan Mason.   Mason was accused of assaulting Jory Brigham in a bathroom at Pappy McGregor's Bar and Grill in San Luis Obispo ...

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Prescribed Burn Today In Atascadero Part Of Training Exercise


The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in cooperation with local landowners and San Luis Obispo County APCD will be conducting a 25-acre prescribed burn today at the eastern end of Santa Clara Road in southeast Atascadero.    The burn is being conducted as a training exercise to provide fire crews with the opportunity to use live fire and gain ...

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Vandals Break Stained-Glass Windows At Los Osos Church


On Sunday about 4 a.m. the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office received a report of vandalism at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on 2050 Palisades Avenue in Los Osos. Seven stained glass windows and three other windows had been broken at the church.  Damage is estimated at approximately $40,000.   A witness reported seeing two young men in the ...

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Suspected Drug Dealer Arrested In Paso Robles


On Saturday, at approximately 10:00pm, detectives assigned to the Paso Robles Police Department Special Enforcement Team (SET) arrested Leonel Zavala Sanchez, 49yrs, of Paso Robles for possession of narcotics for sales. SET detectives initiated a traffic enforcement stop on Sanchez along the 2000 block of Riverside and subsequently utilized a PRPD canine to help search the car.  The canine alerted ...

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Burglars Caught On Camera Stealing From Santa Barbara Construction Site


At around 6:20 a.m. on Sunday morning, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a construction site in the 4300 block of Marina Drive in Hope Ranch.  A security company, hired to watch the site where a home was being built, noticed suspicious activity on its surveillance cameras.  The cameras detected two suspects in a gold van illegally entering the ...

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High Speed Pursuit From Buellton To Montecito Ends In Arrest


On Friday, June 7 a high speed vehicle pursuit ensued on US-101 southbound following a Buellton CHP enforcement stop attempt, which involved a 2013 Chrysler 300S being driven in excess of the maximum 65 MPH speed limit.  The driver of the Chrysler, later identified as Juan Francisco Rodriguez Jr. of Oxnard, fled from pursuing CHP Officers at speeds in excess ...

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Explosion Causes Fire In Atascadero Industrial Complex


Fire officials are still trying to determine what caused an explosion at an industrial plant on Sycamore Road in Atascadero Friday afternoon. The explosion caused a major fire which took two hours to put out. Nobody was injured. First arriving engines found the approximately 7000 square feet industrial complex fully involved with heavy fire and smoke conditions already coming through ...

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