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Arroyo Grande Man in Jail After Driving Off Road and Killing Passenger


An Arroyo Grande man is in county jail after driving off High Mountain Road killing his passenger.  Paul Kravtsov faces Felony DUI and manslaughter charges.  Kravtsov, who is 18 apparently lost control of his pick-up in the early morning hours over the weekend and 300 feet down a mountainside. He sustained minor injuries but was able to crawl up the …

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Statement on Status of Senior District Attorney


In response to recent press inquiries concerning the status of Senior District Attorney Investigator A.J. Santana’s employment, District Attorney Dan Dow issues the following statement: “Effective February 14, 2015, Mr. Santana is no longer employed by the District Attorney’s Office. Due to applicable employee privacy concerns, we are unable to release any detailed information at this time. The District Attorney’s …

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Funeral Services for Rick Martel on March 2


Services for the late Rick Martel will be held March 2 at 11 AM at Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church in Arroyo Grande. Martel, anchor for KSBY news for 15 years, died this past Tuesday morning of kidney failure. A recent stroke limited his ability to speak and to sing, According to Martel’s wife story, all are invited to the services. …

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Amgen Coming to Central Coast


Amgen is once again coming to the Central Coast. The bike tour starts in May in Sacramento. It ends in Pasadena. Before it does, it will travel thru Pismo Beach and Avila Beach May 13.

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Mitchum Sues Capps for Defamation of Character


Former 24th District congressional candidate Chris Mitchum, a Republican, who lost the race for the hotly contested seat to incumbent Lois Capps in the November 2014 election has filed a lawsuit against Capps and others for defamation of character.

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Former KSBY Anchor Rick Martel Passes Away


Former KSBY news anchor and crooner Rick Martel has died. The 82-year-old icon passed away Tuesday morning, according to his wife Stormi. Martel anchored KSBY news from 1980 to 1995. He then took to the anchor desk at KCOY for 14 months. Martel suffered a stroke a couple of years ago which affected his speech and his singing. Stormi said …

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SLO City Council Voted Against Rail Spur Project


The San Luis Obispo City Council voted Tuesday night to oppose the Santa Maria Phillips 66 rail spur project, which would bring mile-long oil trains carrying 2.5 million gallons of crude nearly every day through San Luis Obispo. A letter will be sent from Mayor Jan Marx to the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission on behalf of the city council, …

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Guilty Verdicts in Vehicular Manslaughter Trial


Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley has announced the guilty verdicts in the Vehicular Manslaughter jury trial in Santa Barbara County.  In Santa Maria, a jury found Daniel Garcia Castillo guilty of two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated with methamphetamine as well as the special allegation of causing injury to more than one person.  Defendant Castillo …

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Whooping Cough in Santa Maria


A Righetti High School student has been diagnosed with Whooping Cough. The student is not attending school at the present time. The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District was contacted by Santa Barbara County Public Health officials late Tuesday. Students, parents and staff have been notified. School officials are urging anyone experiencing Whooping Cough symptoms to immediately seek medical …

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Mail Thieves Arrested


Saturday Sheriff’s Deputies received a report of an individual stealing mail from a house on the Nipomo Mesa in rural Arroyo Grande. Based on the description provided by a witness, the Deputies spotted the suspect’s vehicle and initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Highway 1 and Halcyon Road. Deputies observed multiple items of opened and unopened mail in …

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