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New Campaign Seeks To Improve Public Response To Sexual Assault

Numerous local criminal justice and community agencies have partnered to launch a unique public awareness campaign in San Luis Obispo County that focuses on improving the public response to sexual assault. The campaign is called Start by Believing, because a friend or family member is typically the first person a victim confides in after an assault, and each person’s reaction ... Read More »

SLOPD Searches For Suspects In Mission Plaza Assault And Robbery

San Luis Obispo, CA — On 1/21/2013 at approximately 2200 hours a man was walking in the area of Mission Plaza.  While he was walking he was attacked by two suspects described as “transient” by witnesses.  Both suspects were described as white males in their mid 20’s. One was wearing a blue crew sweatshirt and the other a grey hooded ... Read More »

Missing Ragged Point Hiker Rescued

Yesterday, at approximately 12:45 p.m., ground search crews located 44-year-old Richard Gates, a hiker who had been reported missing in the Ragged Point area of San Luis Obispo County.   Gates had left home on Saturday to go hiking, and when he did not return, his wife filed a missing person report on Sunday.   Search and rescue crews from ... Read More »

Phase Two Of Improvement Project To Begin In Grover Beach

Grover Beach, CA — Phase two of the West Grand Avenue improvement project in Grover Beach starts Tuesday.  The project involves construction of street and pedestrian improvements along W. Grand Ave. between 8th and 11th Streets.   The city says the goal of the project is to enhance and clearly define the city's downtown core.  The project costs more than ... Read More »

Motor Home Catches Fire In Grover Beach

Grover Beach, CA — Five Cities Fire responded to a motor home fire over the weekend at the corner of Oak Park and West Grand Avenue in Grover Beach. The driver of the motor home, 53-year-old David Jackson of Visalia, said while attempting to start the engine, he heard a backfire and observed flames coming from under the engine cowling. ... Read More »

Police Search For Missing Ragged Point Hiker

Sunday, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office was contacted about a missing person.  44-year-old Richard Gates had left on Saturday at approximately 6:30 a.m. to go hiking in the Ragged Point area along the north coast of the county.   He parked his vehicle at the Ragged Point Inn.  His wife says Gates would sometimes spend the night when ... Read More »

Gas Station Robbery Suspect Arrested

The suspect wanted for robbing two gas stations in a row in December has been arrested.  23-year-old Federico Yepez, who has ties to both Santa Maria and Los Angeles, was taken into custody yesterday in Santa Maria by Sheriff’s Detectives and Santa Maria Police Officers.  The arrest comes after a lengthy investigation by Sheriff’s Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau ... Read More »

Panga Boat Found On Goleta Beach

Goleta, CA — A Santa Barbara County park employee discovered a panga boat on the shore at Goleta Beach over the weekend.  The abandoned boat which measures about 30 feet had about a dozen life-jackets and more than 15 containers of fuel on board.  There was evidence of food and clothing in the vessel but no evidence of drugs.  No ... Read More »

Traffic Advisory For Highway 101

The northbound Hwy. 101 on and off ramps at Santa Barbara Road are expected to re-open on the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 23, weather permitting.  These ramps were closed for a paving operation.  The southbound Hwy. 101 on and off ramps at Santa Barbara Road are now open but will be subject to periodic daytime and overnight closures. These closures ... Read More »

Volunteers Help Community Through A Brush With Kindness Program

On January 12th and 13th, 31 volunteers from Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County and Bank of America branches throughout the county spent their weekend rebuilding fences, installing walkways, and creating a safe outdoor space for a Paso Robles resident, Jan Scuri, who suffers from vertigo.  This project kicked off Habitat’s new A Brush with Kindness program which ... Read More »

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