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SLO Police Chief and City Come to Agreement for Leaving Department

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The City of San Luis Obispo and Steve Gesell have reached terms regarding his separation from employment as Police Chief. The agreement ensures that no legal action will result from the separation, and is compliant with the severance clause in his offer of employment.  Negotiated severances are a common practice for at-will executives in both public and private employment. The ...

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Two High Schools Put on Lockdown

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Atascadero High School and North County Christian School were both placed on lockdown at approximately 9:30 a.m. yesterday after a teacher conducting an outdoor class heard a noise that sounded like gunshots. It is not believed that the sound came from on campus, but rather from the neighboring area & hillsides. A grid search was conducted and nothing was found. ...

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Naked Man Running Around Los Osos Arrested

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Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office received a number of calls reporting a naked man with blood on him, running down Bush Drive and then along Los Osos Valley Road in Los Osos. At this time, it appears the man experienced a narcotics overdose and then ran through a plate glass window at a home on Bush Drive where he sustained injuries ...

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Santa Barbara County is in a State of Emergency

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Santa Barbara County is in a state of emergency after a massive oil spill.  Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency yesterday after a pipe busted at Refugio State Beach, spilling over 100-thousand gallons of crude oil some of which made its way into the ocean.  The move allows Brown to use more state funding and resources to help ...

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Cause of Oil Spill May Be Revealed Today

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The cause of the oil spill that sent thousands of gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean off Santa Barbara County could be revealed today.  Oil company workers and federal regulators hope to begin excavating around the pipe today and figure out what caused the 24-inch pipe to rupture.  Plains All American Pipeline says the line had just undergone a ...

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Limited Water Supplies Have Led to Water-Sharing Agreement

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Limited water supplies as a result of four years of drought have led to a water-sharing agreement between Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Diablo Canyon Power Plant and San Luis Obispo County. In a plan unanimously approved today by the County Board of Supervisors, Diablo Canyon will soon begin providing desalinated water produced at the plant site to the ...

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Crews Working to Clean up Major Oil Spill Near Santa Barbara

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Crews are vigorously working to clean up a major oil spill near Santa Barbara.  Officials say a pipeline ruptured yesterday at Refugio State Beach spilling an estimated 21-thousand gallons of crude oil some of which flowed into the ocean about 50 yards.  The pipeline has been blocked so no additional fuel will leak out and the company who owns the ...

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CDFW Closes Fishing and Shellfish Harvesting in Santa Barbara County

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) closed fishing and shell fish harvesting in Santa Barbara County from 1 mile west of Refugio State Beach to 1 mile east of the beach at the recommendation of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) following the crude oil pipeline spill May 19. The closure takes effect immediately. It remains ...

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DUI Checkpoint in Atascadero This Weekend

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Atascadero Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on May 22, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that ...

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Man Arrested for Assault With a Deadly Weapon

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On Monday, May 18 at approximately 5:20PM, the PRPD communications center received multiple 9-1-1 calls regarding a male suspect who had attempted to stab another person in the area of the 1200 block of Corral Creek. Witnesses reported the suspect was running away from the area towards Creston Road. The adult male victim stated the suspect had challenged him to ...

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