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Oceano Residents Facing Higher Water Rates


There’s a drought problem facing water suppliers up and down the Central Coast. The more customers cut back on water usage, the less money they spend on it, that means less revenue for the water supplier. Now, conservation minded residents in Oceano are facing higher water rates due to the loss of revenue to the Oceano Community Services District after …

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Man Booked on Sexual Assault Charges After Fourth Victim Identified


Investigators booked realtor and former Arroyo Grande Citizen of the year Lenny Jones on three additional charges yesterday after identifying a fourth victim. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s investigators say that victim is a 3-year-old boy who was at the same birthday party held last month at Jones’ home as three others. The judge in the case has changed Jones’ …

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Firefighters Attempt to Rescue Victim Trapped in Burning House


San Luis Obispo Firefighters were called out to a house fire on South Tassajara Drive yesterday afternoon at about 1:45.  A neighbor met the first responders outside the residence, and informed firefighters of a person still inside the burning building. Firefighters were able to rescue the victim who was taken to the hospital by ambulance in critical condition. Hospital officials …

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SLO Man Accused of Injuring Two While Driving Under the Influence


A San Luis Obispo man is accused of crashing the vehicle he was driving and injuring two passengers while driving under the influence of alcohol. Investigators say 22-year-old Marvin Abou, was driving a 2004 Jeep Wrangler in the 2100 block of Loomis Street when he lost control of the vehicle at about 1:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. The Jeep overturned hitting …

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Firefighters Contain Fire on TV Tower Road


Firefighters responded to the wildland fire on TV Tower Road on West Cuesta Ridge around noon yesterday.  Quick work by CAL FIRE crews kept the flames contained to about one acre, but firefighters say it was in an area with heavy fuel and in an area that is very hard to get to, which made it more difficult to put …

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Police Search for Suspect in Home Burglaries


San Luis Obispo Police are on the lookout for a suspect they say broke into two homes over the weekend. The first report came on Saturday around 2:30 a.m. Police say a cab driver dropped off an intoxicated woman in the 900 block of Peach Street. As the cab driver watched the woman enter her home, he saw a male …

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Driver Killed in Off-Road Crash


A driver was killed and four passengers sustained major injuries in an off-roading crash in Monterey County just before 2 am Saturday morning.  3 of the passengers are from San Luis Obispo.  CHP Officers said the driver was a 25-year-old from Lafayette died at the scene.  Authorities are not releasing the identities of any of the five men at this …

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Alleged Child Molester Due in Court


63-year-old Lenny Jones, The Arroyo Grande realtor and A.G. Citizen of the year, is expected to appear in court this morning to face charges of child molestation. Jones is scheduled to be arraigned on four felonies and two misdemeanors. Investigators say Jones molested two girls under the age of 14 at a party at his Arroyo Grande home last month. …

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List of Candidates for Capps’ Position Grows


After Congresswoman Lois Capps announced she planned to retire, the list of candidates wanting to represent the 24th district grew rather quickly, and included; Previous Republican candidate Justin Fareed, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider and Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal. Now, State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjlian plans to add his name to that list later this morning in Santa Barbara …

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Man Faces Manslaughter Charges After Punching Another Person


A man found outside Ralph and Duane’s Bar in Arroyo Grande last fall did not die from a fatal punch, according to a defense attorney yesterday. Yet a judge suggested that the man who leveled the punch could have been charged with murder. 36-year-old Ignacio Palomar of Oceano, faces a charge of voluntary manslaughter, plus several enhancements related to prior …

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