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Suspect in Custody After Robbing Gas Station


The suspect wanted for robbing the Mobil Gas Station on Los Positas Road in Santa Barbara on February 2013 is in custody.  New DNA evidence from the crime scene indicated that 35-year old Travis Rosenblatt committed the robbery. Rosenblatt had previously been convicted of committing a bank robbery in Santa Barbara in 2006.  Sheriff’s Detectives obtained a search and arrest …

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Arroyo Grande Bank Robbery


Detectives are continuing their investigation this morning of an Arroyo Grande bank robbery. The robbery occurred around 6:00 p.m. last night at the Bank of America on West Branch Street. Arroyo Grande police say a man got away with some cash who is reported to be a white, six-foot tall adult male.

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Capps and Burgess Introduce Bill


Rep. Lois Capps, R.N. (CA-24) and Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26) have  introduced the Improving Access to Maternity Act, a bipartisan bill that would increase women’s access to maternity health care in urban and rural areas. Currently, the National Health Service Corps provides loan repayment to physicians and other health professionals who agree to work in areas designated as …

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An Atlas V Rocket Launched Today


An Atlas V rocket was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base this morning at 7:46 am. The rocket carried a weather satellite into orbit. The rocket could be seen cities as far away as San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno and San Diego.

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Four Central Coast High School Students Offered Appointments to Military Academies


Four Central Coast high school students, nominated by Congresswoman Lois Capps, were offered appointments at the nation’s top military academies. Vittoria Comin was offered an appointment at the U.S. Naval Academy. Vittoria ranks 6th out of her class of 323 students at Atascadero High School. She plays both softball and water polo and has participated in regional and national speech …

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Search Called off for Missing Man


The search for a missing man has been called off. The man, 42-year old Benito Flores was helping his cousin Pastor Maurigro Cervantes with a baptism near Guadalupe Dunes Park when a large wave hit them. Pastor Cervantes and another person made it back to shore, but Flores was missing. Local law enforcement agencies were told of reports that a …

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Wine Grapes Were Number One SLO County Agricultural Commodity


Wine grapes were the number one San Luis Obispo County agricultural commodity in 2013, according to San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures 2013 annual production statistics report. Despite the drought, wine grape production increased 10 percent. Total crop values were $960,710,000, an 11 percent increase from 2012. Strawberries were a close second. Mild weather and low rainfall …

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Distracted Driving Education


During the month of April, law enforcement agencies here are educating the public about the dangers of distracted driving.  The campaign is in response to the 3,328 people killed nationwide in 2012, and 421,000 people that were injured in crashes involving distracted driving. Distracted driving is defined as any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary …

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Insect Dangerous to Citrus Found in Arroyo Grande


The San Luis Obispo County Agriculture Department confirmed they found an Asian Citrus Psyllid on March 26 in Arroyo Grande. This is not good news for San Luis Obsipo growers, as the insect is capable of killing citrus trees. The Department of Agriculture has quarantined areas including Pismo Beach to Nipomo that forces growers to exterminate the insects before moving …

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Obama Signed Bill That Capps Had Pushed


President Obama has signed into law a bill that included a provision long championed by Rep. Lois Capps to adjust Medicare reimbursement rates so that they more accurately reflect the actual cost of practicing medicine on the Central Coast. The fix, which Capps had supported and pushed for more than a decade, will solve a long standing problem in which …

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