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FBI Believes Two Recent Bank Robberies Are Connected


The FBI believes two recent bank robberies in Pismo and Arroyo Grande are likely connected. Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande police are working with the agency to track a suspect down. Based on surveillance photos, they are looking for the same person involved in both Bank of America robberies March 21 and April 3. Despite somewhat different descriptions, the FBI …

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Man Arrested for Kidnapping His Baby


A Santa Maria man was arrested Sunday, accused of kidnapping his two-month-old child and threatening the child's mother with a knife. The man arrested was 25-year-old Arthur Weston. According to the police, Weston went to a home on South Broadway around 9:00 Sunday morning, where he held a knife to the neck of his child's mother and made criminal threats …

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CHP Investigates Single Car Rollover


The California Highway Patrol is investigating a single vehicle rollover that occurred just before 8:30 Sunday evening in the Mission Canyon area of Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara County firefighters say a vehicle drove 50 feet over the side of a hill and rolled several times before landing on its wheels. Three people were inside the car. One of them was …

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SLO Traffic Stop Ended with Heroin Bust


A San Luis Obispo traffic stop Wednesday ended in the arrest of two men and the seizure of about $5,000 worth of heroin. At about 11 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy was driving on Madonna Road when he pulled over a Dodge Dakota pickup truck with Jason Michael Gauthier, 32, of San Luis Obispo and Jacob Charles Michael Collins, 29, of …

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Body Found in Tidal Pool


The Santa Barbara County Coroner’s Office has identified the body of a man who was found in a tidal pool near Guadalupe Dunes Park at 7:45 Friday morning.  The victim is 46-year-old Benito Flores of Santa Maria, who had been missing since March 30th.  Flores, along with two other people, was swept into the ocean during strong riptide conditions at …

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Tour Bus Crash Kills 10


Ten people, including two drivers, were killed and 35 others were hospitalized after a tour bus owned by a San Luis Obispo-based company crashed on Interstate 5 in Orland just after 5:40 on Thursday evening. Investigators say a FedEx truck driver might have been trying to avoid a passenger car that was also involved in the crash. The tour bus …

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New Found Glory Guitarist Accused of Sexual Misconduct


Attorneys sparred in a pretrial hearing in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Thursday over a former pop-punk band guitarist accused of sexual misconduct with underage girls. Atascadero resident Steve Lee Klein, 34, formerly of the band New Found Glory, is charged with five counts of lewd acts on a child, as well as one count of contact with intent …

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Road Work on Highway 101


A project to perform maintenance on a retaining wall on U.S. Highway 101 from south of the Nojoqui Summit to north of the Gaviota Tunnel will begin on Monday, April 14. The No. 3 lane of northbound U.S. Highway 101 will be closed for one-half mile, about one mile north of the Junction with Hwy. 1. This highway improvement project is …

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Paso Robles Man in Jail After Narcotics Investigation


A Paso Robles man is in jail after a narcotics investigation. The Paso Robles Special Enforcement Team served a narcotics-related search warrant at a home in the Oak Street in Paso Robles on Wednesday. Officers say they found 8.2 grams of methamphetamine, 235 grams of marijuana, scales, packaging for narcotics, two rifles, and $1,700. Jose Luis Echevarria, 36, was arrested …

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Student Arrested for Threats on Twitter


Threats over social media prompted a lockdown at Pioneer Valley High School at 11:30 yesterday morning, according to the Santa Maria Police Department. The student — a 17-year-old whose name was not released — was arrested. Pioneer Valley students defended of the student suspected of making the threat. By noon, a hashtag calling for the release of the student was trending on Twitter.

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