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Investigators Shut Down Major Cocaine Distribution Organization


After an investigation that began in November 2014, members of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit shut down a major cocaine distribution organization that was operating in San Luis Obispo County. Investigators served search warrants over three days at five locations in the county including Morro Bay, Los Osos, Atascadero and Paso Robles. The Sheriff’s Office waited until this week to conduct …

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Local Reservoir Levels Decrease Despite Record Rainfall


Despite record rainfall in many areas along the Central Coast of California from Hurricane Delores in July, local reservoir levels still decreased from the previous month. The Board of Supervisors established the need to continue the emergency proclamation made in March 2014 due to drought conditions in San Luis Obispo County. According to a County staff report, reservoir levels remain …

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SLO County Supervisors Approve Plans for New Airport Terminal


SLO County supervisors yesterday approved plans for a new airport terminal. The airport will break ground this upcoming fall, and the new terminal will be ready to open by spring of 2017. The decision was unanimous.

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American Red Cross is Deploying Volunteers to Saipan After a Typhoon


The American Red Cross of the Pacific Coast is deploying a volunteer to Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor blasted the island last week. San Luis Obispo County volunteer Karen Gray leaves for Saipain today to assist with health services relief efforts. Health Services volunteers like Gray play a critical role in the recovery process after a major disaster, assisting families by …

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Paso Robles Police Will Be Enforcing School Zone Traffic Codes


Be careful driving in or near school zones within the City of Paso Robles. The Paso Robles Police Department will be starting off the school year with maximum traffic enforcement and awareness efforts within city school zones. The Paso Robles Police Department wants to ensure the safety of students as they travel to and from school. The new school year …

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Santa Maria Man Who Was Shot to Death is Identified


A Santa Maria man who was shot to death Friday night has been identified as 39-year-old Juan Francisco Valdez-Cortez. Cortez was shot about ten thirty near Cypress and Miller.  Police say they have nobody in custody and are now asking anyone who may have information that can help track down the shooter or shooters to give the police department a call.

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Several Missing People Found


Several missing people who went missing last week have all been found. On August 9th, at approximately 9:56 P.M. the Atascadero Police Department made contact with the missing mother and 2 missing female juveniles who were found to be safe and uninjured. All involved parties were reunited with family and it was determined that this was a simple case of …

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Sheriff’s Coroner Positively Identifies Plane Crash Victims


The Sheriff’s Coroner’s Unit has positively identified the two victims who were killed in a plane crash on August 6, 2015.  The pilot is 58-year-old David Martz of San Diego and the passenger is 56-year-old Greg Bacino, also from San Diego.   Next of kin notifications have been made. Mr. Martz, a commercial pilot, was hired by Mr. Bacino to fly …

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Investigation Into Sexual Assault Incident Concludes


On August 7, 2015, the Grover Beach Police Department Detective Bureau concluded an investigation into the sexual assault of a juvenile victim by a male adult identified as Joel Gerardo Valdez Vazquez, 31, a resident of San Luis Obispo. Vazquez was arrested for multiple sexual assault offenses involving a minor under the age of 16, in addition to Probation Violation …

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Small Airplane Crash in Santa Barbara Being Investigated


A Cessna 182 airplane, enroute from SLO County airport to San Diego, crashed in Santa Barbara County late last night, killing the pilot on board. The plane crashed near Jameson Lake, about 40 miles from Ojai. The NTSB is investigating.

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