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Fires Across Central Coast


Three fires occurred in the Central Coast yesterday. A fire consumed an empty two-story Lompoc home at around 9 a.m. Firefighters had it under control less than an hour later. One firefighter suffered minor injuries, but is back on duty. The home has been deemed unlivable. Another fire caused around $100,000 in damage at a Pismo Beach business yesterday morning. ...

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Three Teens Arrested for Carjacking a Woman


Three allegedly violent teenage carjacking suspects were arrested on northbound Highway 101 in Santa Margarita. The teens allegedly stole a silver Nissan sedan from a woman in Visalia. Officers stopped several other vehicles fitting the description of the stolen car before finding the teenagers. The suspects are not being identified because they are minors, but they are reportedly from Fresno ...

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Homes Evacuated for Potential Bomb Threat


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad and Vandenberg Air Force Base’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team investigated a potentially explosive military ordnance reported at around 3:30 p.m. yesterday on Copenhagen Drive in Solvang.  About 500 to 700 homes and businesses were evacuated.  Shortly after midnight, the Sheriff’s Bomb Squad and Vandenberg’s EOD team removed the military ordnance and said ...

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Reports of a Shooting


Santa Maria Police are investigating reports of a shooting. The report came in at around 5 in the afternoon yesterday and said a shooting occurred near North Broadway and Williams. There were no victims found at scene, and witnesses say the suspected shooter running away from the scene.  

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City of Pismo Beach Voted to Stop Prayers at City Council Meetings


The City of Pismo Beach voted last night to stop prayers at city council meetings and eliminate the chaplain position as part of a settlement agreement reached with the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The Freedom From Religion Foundation and Dr. Sari Dworkin, a local member of the Atheists United San Luis Obispo, sued the city last November on the grounds ...

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Starfish Being Killed Off


A disease is killing off sea stars, commonly known as starfish, West Coast beaches. Local marine science researchers warn that the effects of this could be harm, as sea stars eat organic material that decays on the ocean floor. The sea stars appear to be dying from a disease that causes their limbs to fall off, but researchers have been ...

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Body Found in Tent Has Been Identified


The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Coroner’s Office identified the man found dead inside a tent on March 13 in San Simeon. The man was identified as 58-year-old Brian Joseph Edward Boyer. Evidence suggests that Boyer was a transient and dead for four to five weeks before he was found and he died of natural causes. Boyer’s next of kin ...

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Lois Capps to be at Cal Poly Today


Today, Rep. Lois Capps will be on Cal Poly’s campus at 3:15 in the afternoon to discuss issues facing college students with Associated Students Incorporated, the university’s student body government. Capps will hold a discussion with students about college affordability, as well as her work in Congress on behalf of students.

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Political Aide Pleads Guilty to Hit-and-Run


A former aide to U. S. Representative Lois Capps has pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run death of a Santa Barbara woman last December, according to a Santa Barbara county prosecutor. Mallory Dies, 27, was crossing a street in downtown Santa Barbara whet she was hit by Raymond Morua. Morua will be sentenced to twenty years in prison as part of ...

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Foreclosure Rate Continues to Fall


Foreclosure activity in San Luis Obispo County continues to fall, down 38 percent from the same quarter a year ago, according to RealtyTrac. The county’s level of foreclosure activity has declined due in part to a recent resurgence in the housing market, which has pushed up home prices 22% from a year ago, according to DataQuick, which monitors real estate ...

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