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$55,000 Returned to Phone Scam Victim


On Tuesday Detective David Marquez of the Sheriff’s Office was able to successfully return $55,000 to a local 84-year-old victim of a phone scam. This case began on July 2, when the victim received a phone call from a man who claimed to be an attorney representing the victim’s grandson. The man claimed the grandson had been in a car …

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Man Arrested After Allegedly Violating Terms of Parole


During the morning hours of Thursday, October 1, 2015, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Lompoc Police Department and Santa Barbara County Probation Department AB109 Compliance Response Team, along with the Santa Maria Police Department attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Jonathan Chavez in the 700 Block of N. Morro in Santa Maria. Upon contact, Chavez fled the residence …

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CHP Launching Adult Distracted Drivers Traffic Safety Grant


Year in and year out, thousands of people have been killed by distracted drivers and even more have been injured.  By simply changing your driving habits, you can help stop distracted driving.  The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is launching the statewide Adult Distracted Drivers traffic safety grant in partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety.  The grant is a …

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KCOY News Anchor Charged With Six Misdemeanors


Six misdemeanor charges have been filed against KCOY news anchor Paula Lopez Ochoa stemming from an incident in early September in which she was accused of driving drunk on the wrong way on Highway 101, and assaulting a couple of officers. The DA’s Office also says Ochoa was driving with a BAC over .15 and refused an officer’s request to …

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Atascadero to Use Goats to Aid Vegetation Removal


The City of Atascadero Public Works Department has announced that the City has contracted with “Central Coast Green Goats” of Atascadero to supply a herd (or tribe, according to the US Geological Survey) of approximately 75 goats to aid in the vegetation removal within Atascadero Lake, which is expected to be accomplished within approximately the next 60 days or so. …

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Man Arrested for Selling Drugs Out of Smoke Shop


A Santa Maria man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Narcotics Detectives served a search warrant at “Johnny’s Smoke Shop,” on South Broadway, in Santa Maria.  26 year old Joe Ruben Gonzales of Santa Maria, an employee of the smoke shop, was taken into custody after Detectives discovered Gonzales was selling various drugs under his control.  An …

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Deadly Crash on Highway 1 Yesterday


There was deadly crash on Highway 1 near Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo yesterday afternoon. The CHP says a 70-year-old bicyclist was hit by a truck near Dairy Creek Road. The bicyclist apparently changed lanes in front of the truck and the driver couldn’t avoid hitting him.  He was later pronounced dead at the scene.  No charges were made …

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Environmental Organizations Demand Stricter Regulations Be Put on Oil Company


Twenty–eight  environment organizations have gotten together demanding that stricter regulations be put in place before Plains All American uses its pipeline again. The line broke last May, allowing thousands of gallons of oil to be spilled off the coastline of Refugio State Beach. A letter drafted by the Environmental Defense Center urges a government agency to require annual inspections and …

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Capps Speaks on Planned Parenthood


Yesterday, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) spoke on the House floor against a bill (H.R. 3495) that would further impede women from receiving quality care from the health professional of their choosing by permitting states to deny Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood or other women’s health providers for non-abortion related health care. This is just the latest in a stream of …

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Fire Prevention Week in San Luis Obispo


The City of San Luis Obispo has proclaimed the week of October 4 – 10 as “Fire Prevention Week”. Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The San Luis Obispo Fire Department has adopted the National Fire Prevention Association’s official theme for Fire Prevention Week, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs …

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