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SLO Police Chief on Paid Administrative Leave


The City of San Luis Obispo has received several inquiries regarding the status of San Luis Obispo Police Chief Steve Gesell. The purpose of this release is to confirm that Chief Gesell is on paid administrative leave for an indeterminate period of time. Captain Chris Staley will be Acting Police Chief until further notice. The City of San Luis Obispo ...

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Fatal Residential Structure Fire in Atascadero


There was a fatal residential structure fire in Atascadero on Rosita Avenue May 8. First arriving engines found the structure to have heavy fire and smoke conditions in the interior of the residence. Crews also found an elderly female outside of the residence unconscious and unresponsive. Fire crews focused their efforts on assisting the elderly patient and confine the fire ...

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SLO Police Will Step Up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations


The San Luis Obispo Police Department will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations on Monday, May 11th with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. The department has mapped out locations over the past two years where pedestrian and bike collisions have occurred along, with the violations that led to those crashes. Extra officers ...

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Two Women Indicted on First Degree Murder Charges


Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced   that on May 1, 2015 the Grand Jury returned criminal indictments against Marjorie Good and Wanda Nelson for the murder of Heidi Good, on March 25, 2013 in Solvang, California. Two Santa Barbara County Deputy District Attorneys presented to a Criminal Grand Jury the Sheriff investigation into the homicide.  Thirty-three witnesses ...

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New Water Restrictions for Paso Robles


On April 1, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown issued California’s first ever mandatory water restrictions and ordered the State Water Resource Control Board to implement a mandatory 25 percent state-wide reduction in potable urban water use. On May 5 Paso Robles City Council reaffirmed a Level II water shortage condition and adopted Urgency Ordinance 1014 N.S. to add additional water restrictions ...

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Veteran of the Year to be Announced at Armed Forces Day Celebration


Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian will be announcing the 2015 Veteran of the Year for the 35th Assembly District during a special Armed Forces Day Celebration May 9. As part of his tribute to our veterans and active duty personnel, Assemblyman Achadjian joint-authored Assembly Concurrent Resolution 30, recognizing Armed Forces Day in California. The Armed Forces Day Celebration will give an opportunity ...

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SLO Fire Officials Looking for Arsonist


San Luis fire officials are looking for an arsonist who may have sparked six fires in the city Tuesday night. Investigators said either matches or a cigarette lighter was used. The fires were put out before they could gain any momentum.

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SLO County Sheriff’s K9 Unit Hosted Training Day


The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s K9 Unit hosted a Training Day on 5-6-15 for K9 units from all over California. In conjunction with the California Narcotic Canine Association (CNCA), this all-day training allowed K9’s to be trained and certified in the areas of patrol, narcotics and explosives. The K9’s and their handlers participated in several training scenarios at the ...

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Three Armed Robberies and One Burglary in Isla Vista


Sheriff’s deputies and UCSB police officers assigned to the Isla Vista Foot Patrol are investigating three separate alleged armed robberies and one residential burglary.  The first one occurred inside a residence at an apartment complex in the 6500 block of Seville Road at approximately 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning, May 3, 2015.   A resident called 911 to report that three suspects ...

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George Jessie Gonzales Changes Plea to No Contest


George Jessie Gonzales changed his plea to no contest yesterday, with respect to Counts 1, 3, and 5 of the Information, all of which allege robberies. The robberies were alleged to have been committed April 17, 2014, April 3, 2014, and March 21, 2014. Mr. Gonzales also admitted two “strike” prior convictions. Under the terms of a plea agreement, he ...

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