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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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Cal Poly’s Open House Begins Tonight


Cal Poly's Annual Open House begins Thursday night. Thursday is Club Preview Night at Farmers' Market in San Luis Obispo. Friday is the Admitted Students' Preview Day. Cal Poly officials are expecting over 7,000 guests for the Preview Day. They're asking that people help reduce traffic by avoiding driving on campus and in nearby areas as much as possible. Saturday …

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Police Search for Bank Robbery Suspect


Arroyo Grande police and the FBI have released additional photos of the suspect in Thursday's robbery of the Bank Of America on West Branch Street. One picture shows a close-up of the suspect's face. Two surveillance photos show the suspect leaving in a car that was described by a witness as a dark green sedan, and from the photos the …

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State Assembly to Discuss Offshore Fracking


A state Assembly panel will be conducting an informal hearing concerning offshore oil and gas fracking along the California coast.  The hearing will take place tomorrow in Santa Barbara involving the Assembly Select Committee on Coastal Protection.  Assemblyman Das Williams says offshore oil fracking has been taking place without the public knowing about it. Fracking is formally known as hydraulic …

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Possible Threat at Pioneer Valley High School


School officials at Pioneer Valley High School were notified today of a possible student threat that came in the form of a tweet. Staff immediately notified the Santa Maria Police Department. The campus was placed on lock down. Police responded and removed the student from campus. Parents are being advised.

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Attempted Assault at Cal Poly


Cal Poly University Police say a man attempted assault against a woman on campus at around 10 last night. The victim was walking in the Morro building in the Cerro Vista Apartment complex when a man attacked her from behind and reached under her skirt. She started to scream, and the man ran away. Police say she wasn't injured. The …

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Deltopia Statistics Relased


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is releasing preliminary numbers associated with the massive party called Deltopia on April 5. The crowd at Deltopia in 2013 was estimated between 15,000 and 18,000. According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office there were between 20,000 and 25,000 in attendance this year, 10,000 more than originally estimated. In 2013, there were 22 …

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