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Water Rates Scheduled to Rise


Water rates are scheduled to rise for one north county community. At this week’s Paso Robles City Council meeting, officials voted 5 to 0 agreeing to a rate increase beginning January 1, 2016. A study done this time last year pointed out the city’s water operations fund would be broke by 2022/23 without an increase. Overall community water conservation, and …

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1500 Cal Poly Faculty Members Among Cal State Faculty Members to be Affected by a Strike Vote


1500 Cal Poly faculty members are among more than 25,000 Cal State faculty union members who will be affected by a strike vote that was approved by more than 94 percent of the union’s members. Discussions between the C.S.U. System and the faculty union have been at a standstill over a pay raise for 2015-16. The faculty group says it …

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Prescribed Burn in North Eastern SLO County


If you plan to travel to the Northern Eastern reaches of San Luis Obispo County tomorrow, you may see smoke from a 300 acre prescribed burn by Cal-Fire. The burn area will be 9 miles northeast of Pozo and 12 miles northwest of California Valley. 8 fire engines, 4 hand crews, 2 bulldozers and a helicopter will be on hand …

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Man Arrested on Suspicion of Molesting 2 Girls


The San Luis Obispo county Sheriff’s Office says detectives arrested a San Miguel man on suspicion of sexually molesting two San Miguel girls in San Miguel Park over the weekend. Investigators say an 8-year-old girl and a 5-year-old girl were victimized by family friend 58-year-old Paublo Vargas Ramirez Sr. While playing at the park with their families late Sunday evening. …

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County Blocks Medical Marijuana Dispensary in NIpomo


A number of marijuana measures are headed to the state ballot next November, but that won’t help what would have been the first brick and mortar medical marijuana dispensary on the central coast. With a 3 to 2 vote last night, the County Board of Supervisors decided to uphold an appeal blocking the planned shop by ethnobotanical on Hutton Road …

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Atascadero School Went On Lockdown During Police Pursuit of Suspect


San Benito Elementary School in Atascadero was on lock down yesterday for several hours when a suspected car thief abandoned a vehicle he had allegedly stolen in Paso Robles. Police say 20-year-old Jeremiah Lockaton fled the scene on foot, making his way onto the school grounds. That forced school officials to call for a lock down while police searched for …

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Sheriff Deputies Taser Man After Firing Weapon


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s officials say a deputy shot at a man who appeared to threaten officers in Orcutt yesterday. A department spokesperson says the deputies were called to a report of a suicidal, possibly armed man on Jullien Drive around 4 in the afternoon. Officials say the person who called the sheriff’s office for help reported the man claimed to have a firearm …

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Two Morro Bay Police Officers on Leave After Shooting of Burglary Suspect


Two Morro Bay police officers are on paid administrative leave while the district attorney’s office investigates the shooting of a burglary suspect, after the suspect allegedly struck one of the officers with a blunt object near Morro Rock early Friday morning. The suspect, 20-year-old Alec Cryan Stephenson, suffered a non life threatening gun shot injury to his leg and was …

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Nipomo Woman Hospitalized After Scooter Accident


A Nipomo woman suffered major injuries yesterday morning after her scooter crashed into the back of a car on the 101. According to CHP investigators, 57-year-old Juan Jose Hernandez of Santa Maria was trying to turn left from the slow lane into the center median to drive through a break in the guardrail. Nipomo resident 49-year old Bettina Williams didn’t …

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Three Facing Charges After West Hollywood Halloween Carnival


Police say three people are facing charges after West Hollywood’s 27th annual Halloween Carnival.  Officials say the three people arrested were busted for drinking too much.  Organizers say hundreds of thousands of people went to the massive event on Saturday night.  Sheriff’s officials described the crowd as mostly peaceful.

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