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Goleta Traffic Unit to Conduct DUI Checkpoint


The Goleta Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI / Driver’s License checkpoint on Friday March 14th, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the ...

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Couple Arrested After Leaving Child in Car


A Santa Maria couple is arrested for child endangerment at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez.  At around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Solvang station responded to the Chumash Casino to a report of a 4-year-old child who was found walking by herself around the casino parking structure. The passerby, who found the child, ...

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Donation Jar Stolen


On February 6th, unknown suspects stole a donation jar from Bronco Burger in Paso Robles.  The donation jar benefits a young Paso Robles girl, Madelyn Gonzalez, who is battling Leukemia.  The stolen donation jar was located in a nearby residential trash receptacle by a concerned citizen and turned over to the Paso Robles Police Department. The donation jar was returned ...

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Inmate Dies at SLO County Jail


An inmate has died at SLO County Jail. Tuesday, 28-year-old Josey Richard Meche, a transient, was booked into the County Jail at approximately 11:26 PM by San Luis Obispo Police on a charge of resisting arrest. When Meche arrived at the jail he had no complaint of any medical condition and was cooperative with correctional staff. Approximately an hour later, ...

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Manson Follower Gets Chance at Freedom


A former follower of Charles Manson is getting another shot at freedom.  The state parole board has recommended parole for convicted killer Bruce Davis, who was convicted of murder for the 1969 killings of Gary Hinman and Donald "Shorty" Shea.  Prosecutors had said the now-71-year-old Davis carried out the killings at the insistence of Manson.  Davis has been recommended twice ...

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Capps Votes Against Flawed Immigration Bill


Wednesday, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) voted against a fundamentally flawed bill that, instead of addressing the critical need for comprehensive immigration reform, attacks the authority of the President’s executive power to help fix our broken system. H.R. 4138, the so-called ENFORCE Act, would enable a majority of one House of Congress to sue the President, heads of federal departments and ...

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Caltrans Construction on Highway 46


Caltrans will perform a grinding and paving operation on sections of Hwy. 46 between Bitterwater Road in Cholame and the San Luis Obispo/Kern County line beginning Monday, March 17 through Thursday, March 20 from 8 am until 2:30 pm. Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control during this maintenance work to improve the surface of the highway.  Caltrans will make ...

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SLO County Declares Drought Emergency


San Luis Obispo County has declared a drought emergency. SLO County is the 17th county in California to declare a drought emergency. The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 this week. It got input from ag interests and from the public. The drought emergency is active for 30 days before the Board of Supervisors has to renew it. County officials are ...

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Former Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputy Sentenced To Prison For Holding Up Rabobank In Cambria


A former Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to five years and six months in prison for holding up the Rabobank in Cambria last fall. Bruce Valentine pleaded guilty February 4 to two counts of robbery against him. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the bank for the amount he took during the robbery.

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Mayor Jan Marx’ Prius Smashed While Parked At Madonna Inn


Somebody smashed the windshield of Mayor Jan Marx’ Prius while it was parked at the Madonna Inn Monday. She was attending a Rotary Meeting at the inn. Nothing was stolen, and no other cars were damaged. Police don’t have a motive, but the incident did happen shortly after the City Council met to appeal a recent ruling that could require ...

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