Residential Fire in Atascadero Caused by Burning Candles


Atascadero City Fire responded to a residential fire December 13 at 5280 Dulzura. Smoke was coming from inside a bedroom. The fire was spreading to the remaining areas of the structure as fire crews began suppression efforts. Firefighters were able to hold the fire to the bedroom of origin, but the interior of the residence experienced severe to moderate smoke …

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Goleta Police to Step Up Pedestrian Safety Enforcement


The Goleta Police Department will step up pedestrian safety enforcement operations on December 15th with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists and pedestrians.  Routine traffic patrols will focus efforts in trouble spots while special targeted patrols will also be deployed to crackdown on drivers and pedestrians who violate traffic laws meant to protect all roadway users. Locally, the …

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Camp Hapitok is Closing After Relationship with SLOCOE Changes


Camp Hapitok is closing.  In February Camp Hapitok learned that its relationship with the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education (SLOCOE) would be changing and that it would no longer be under their umbrella.  This coupled with the rising costs for camp put Camp Hapitok 2015 in jeopardy.  However, with a successful crowd-funding campaign and the generosity of Dr. …

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Public Assistance Requested in Locating Owners of Stolen Property


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies with Rural Crimes Investigations are requesting public assistance to help locate the owners of stolen agricultural property.  The items totaling more than $30,000 were recovered December 10, from a storage locker in Santa Maria.  The location of the storage locker is not being released due to the ongoing investigation. The property includes 31 rolls of …

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Short Police Chase Ends in Arrest


On December 9th, members of the Compliance Response Team (CRT) were in the area of Oak St. and N. O St. in the City of Lompoc when they observed a wanted suspect driving a black Honda Civic. 25-year-old Sean Saggese of Lompoc is known to CRT and was wanted for a violation of his Post Release Community Supervision.  Prior to …

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Cal Poly Accepts More Transfer Students From Cuesta College Than Any Other College


Cuesta College is excited to announce that once again, Cal Poly has accepted more transfer students from Cuesta College than any other college. This fall semester, more than twice as many Cuesta students applied for transfer to Cal Poly than any other college, and a total of 201 enrolled, making up 26% of the incoming transfer class. This is the …

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Two Teens Rescued After Getting Stuck in Storm Drain


Two teenagers were rescued yesterday after getting stuck in a storm drain in Orcutt on the corner of Orcutt Road and Patterson Road. The two 14-year-old females entered a storm drain. When it started raining the drain started to fill up. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department says rescue crews were able to pull the teenagers to safety. The teenagers did not …

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Man Pleads No Contest to Arson Charges


Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley has announced that Antonio McBride Villasana pled no contest to arson of an inhabited dwelling, manufacturing of a controlled substance , both felonies, and one misdemeanor count of child endangerment. The charges stemmed from an explosion and fire in an Ellwood Beach Drive apartment on July 21, 2014, in which the defendant …

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Increased Number of Norovirus Outbreaks This Month


The County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department has received an increase in the number of reported outbreaks of norovirus this month, which is expected this time of year. Norovirus outbreaks occur throughout the year with the majority of outbreaks occurring during the winter months. Affected facilities in the recent outbreaks include restaurants, schools and recreational venues. Norovirus is …

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Open Burn Season Starts December 14


December 14, 2015 marks the start of the 2015-2016 open burn season in San Luis Obispo County. The burn season, which typically runs through the end of April, affects the burning of residential yard trimmings in backyards and agricultural wastes.  Open burn season normally closes at the end of April when local fire agencies typically predict an increasing risk of …

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