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Eight-Hour Standoff Ends Peacefully


A 39-year-old Santa Barbara man was taken into custody by police yesterday following an eight-hour standoff. Nicola Mollo who lived on Bath Street was arrested and is facing multiple offenses stemming from an assault against a 61-year-old female relative. Police say Mollo barricaded himself in his home when officers confronted him about the assault. Mollo is being held without bail …

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Mike Byrd Announced Candidacy for 4th District Supervisor


Declaring that the South County seat on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors is “too important to be left to partisan political power brokers or powerful special interests,” Arroyo Grande business owner and longtime community advocate Mike Byrd has announced his candidacy for 4th District Supervisor in the June 3 primary election. Explaining that his desire is to …

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Early Warning System Sirens Undergo Growl Tests


Again today  the Early Warning System sirens located in the San Luis Obispo County Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) will undergo regularly scheduled low volume growl tests. Each of the 131 sirens throughout the EPZ will be tested individually for a period of a few seconds. This is only a test and no action is requested or required on the part …

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Allegations of SLO Detective Forcing Informants Into Dangerous Activity


Two alleged former drug informants are filing claims against San Luis Obispo. Kip Holland of Avila Beach, and April Stewart, of San Luis Obispo, say that a former SLO police detective forced them into helping engage in dangerous and illegal activity. Pierce was charged with  federal bribery in February 2013 and ultimately pleaded guilty to extortion. He was sentenced to …

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Car Accident Sends Two To Hospital


A two car accident on Highway 101 just north of Alisos Canyon Road last night sent two people to the hospital, one with major injuries.  The CHP says 31-year-old Keith Thompson,  of Santa Cruz, drifted from the southbound lanes into the northbound lanes and hit another car driven by 56-year-old  Colleen Harmon of Arroyo Grande, who was taken to the …

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Victim Identified in Car Accident


The woman who was killed Sunday when her car ran off the road in Avila Beach has been identified as 44-year-old Denise Snider of Los Osos.  Snider was driving a 1985 Chevrolet pickup on Avila Beach Drive near Sycamore Springs Resort at 12:25 a.m. Sunday when she drove off the road, struck a small tree, traveled down an embankment, knocked …

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Two Arrested After Allegedly Stealing Firefighting Equipment


On January 6, the San Luis Obispo Police Department received a report of a theft of property from a vehicle in the downtown area belonging to a San Luis Obispo City Firefighter. The stolen property included numerous articles of firefighting clothing, department equipment and accessories. Several hours later two males were seen by fire department personnel in possession of some …

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Sheriff’s Deputies Break Up Rooster Fight


At approximately 11 a.m. on Sunday, January 5, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a large group of vehicles gathered on private property located near the Santa Maria Airport on Mahoney Road.  When Sheriff’s Deputies arrived, they discovered about 20 cars parked in a field and heard the sounds of roosters. Upon finding out that law …

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Los Osos Woman Killed In Car Accident


A 44-year-old Los Osos woman was killed Sunday when she ran her 1985 Chevy pickup truck off the road near Sycamore Springs Resort on Avila Beach Drive at 12:25 a.m.  According to a California Highway Patrol news release, the as yet unidentified woman struck a small tree, traveled down an embankment, knocked over a telephone pole and then struck a …

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County Clerk-Recorder Won’t Seek A 6th Term In Primary Election


County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald has announced that she will not seek a 6th term in the upcoming primary election.  Ms. Rodewald has worked for San Luis Obispo County for 33 years and has served as County Clerk-Recorder since 1994.  Rodewald stated,  “ It has been a profound honor to serve the County’s residents for nearly 20 years.   The opportunity to …

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