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Increase In Prowling Activity Seen In SLO Neighborhood


Over the last several weeks the Police Department has experienced an increase in prowling related activity in the area of Sandercock and Broad. On one occasion a prowler physically entered into a residence where a female victim was sleeping. The victim awoke, confronted the prowler and the prowler fled. The prowler was described as a Hispanic Male, 45-55 years of ...

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County Jail Intercepts Greeting Card With Methamphetamines


On 12-11-13, a Correctional Deputy at the County Jail intercepted a greeting card addressed to inmate Samantha Jo Long that was found to contain a white powdery substance wrapped in plastic and hidden between two sections of the card. The substance later tested positive for methamphetamine. No arrests were made at that time and Long was released from jail while ...

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Santa Barbary County Sheriff’s Deputies Respond To Report Of Animal Cruelty


On Thursday, January 2, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a residence in the 4600 block of Hummel Drive in Orcutt to a report of an animal cruelty case. A male resident called 9-1-1 to report that his girlfriend, 43 year old Nellie Marie Palacios of Santa Maria, had gone into a home which she ...

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Nvidia Chipmaker Responsible For Intricate Crop Circles In Small Town Of Chualar


An intricate crop circle that appeared in the small town of Chualar wasn’t created by aliens after all. NBC-Bay Area reports Silicon Valley chip-maker Nvidia is behind the circle — first spotted one week ago by a photographer flying over the area. It turns out the company plowed through the grass to gain publicity for its new mobile chip, which ...

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Investigation Into Vandalized Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial


The Atascadero Police Department’s Investigations Unit has been conducting follow up investigation into vandalism hit and run and damage to Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial. Video surveillance has been recovered from the Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial. The suspect vehicle description has been updated to a 1988 to 1997 Chevrolet Crew Cab pickup with complete black lumber rack, maroon in ...

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“Turn Up The Volume” On Ovarian Cancer Loses Prominent Figure


Maureen Bernadette Clancy, 53 passed away on January 2nd, 2014. Maureen, or affectionately known as “Mo,” was born at St. Vincent’s Hospital on October 16, 1960, in Los Angeles to the late Michael and Theresa Clancy. Mo worked over 25 years in physical therapy mainly in Arizona. The past 11 years, Mo has worked in physical therapy at Arroyo Grande ...

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Jogger Killed in Traffic Accident


The 45-year-old jogger who was hit by a car in Santa Ynez on December 27 has been identified as Ryuta Yamaguchi of Santa Ynez. The CHP says Yamaguchi was killed after being hit by a minivan on Refugio Road at Deer Trail Lane. An 89-year-old woman from Solvang hit Yamaguchi in an intersection. Yamaguchi was taken to the hospital where ...

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Growl Test Scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday


There will be a growl test of early warning sirens on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Each of the 131 sirens throughout San Luis Obispo County will be tested for a period of a few seconds. This is only a test and no action is requested or required on the part of the public.  

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Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial Vandalized


Yesterday, at approximately 10:05 in the morning, Atascadero Police Officers were dispatched to the Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial, located at the intersection of Portola Road and Morro Road, regarding a vandalism/hit and run. A bystander observed a mid-1980’s red Chevrolet pickup truck drive through the Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial grounds damaging several benches and lighting fixtures. The vehicle ...

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Man Wielding Knife Arrested By Off Duty Officer


On December 30, 2013 at approximately 7:20 PM 41-year-old John Ensor from Bakersfield was in an altercation with several males near the intersection of Higuera and Chorro in San Luis Obips. Ensor allegedly pulled a knife out and held it over his head in a threatening manner. An off duty officer was walking with his family and saw this incident ...

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