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Four Arrested on Gang Charges


Santa Maria Police responded to the 1200 block of Bethel Lane Tuesday, after an anonymous caller reported seeing a man with a gun.  According to police, a large group of people starting running from them once they arrived. The officers detained several people, including one who had a sawed off shotgun and ammunition.  Vincent Cantu, 18, of Nipomo was taken …

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Deadly Crash on Highway 154


The California Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal car crash that happened east of Santa Barbara. The accident was reported just before 7:30 Tuesday night on Highway 154 at Windy Gap, just south of Painted Cave Road. According to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the driver of a pick-up truck, Rusty Flores, 66, of Camarillo, lost control of the …

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ExxonMobile Denied Permit


Santa Barbara County denied ExxonMobil’s request to transport oil via trucks on Highway 101. ExxonMobile requested an emergency permit to transport oil from Refugio after the pipeline broke, causing the oil spill.  The county denied the request in part due to what they said was a lack of proof of an actual emergency. According to the county, this decision is …

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SLO Man Convicted of Nine Counts of Child Molestation


Yesterday afternoon, a San Luis Obispo jury convicted Elias Sosa, 76, of nine felony counts of child molestation against four separate minor victims under the age of fourteen. The abusive conduct spanned from 1995 to 2011. Evidence showed that Sosa abused the victims while caring for the victims while the victims’ parents were working. Sosa faces a maximum sentence of …

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Minor Decoy Operation Finds One Store Selling Alcohol to a Minor


On Saturday, June 6, 2015, officers from the Paso Robles Police Department conducted a ‘Minor Decoy Operation’ designed to help reduce youth access to alcohol. This operation involved a minor attempting to purchase alcoholic beverages from Paso Robles businesses. The minor was being monitored by undercover officers. The operation took place at fourteen (14) different businesses in Paso Robles between …

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Man Recovering From Being Shot by Police


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the identity of the suspect who was involved in an officer involved shooting that occurred early Sunday morning, June 7, 2015, in Carpinteria.  23-year-old Oscar Varela Moreno of Santa Barbara is recovering from multiple, non-life threatening gunshot wounds at a local hospital.  He was booked in absentia on charges of felony brandishing …

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Santa Barbara Receives Emergency Permit Application from ExxonMobil


On June 4, Santa Barbara County received an emergency permit application from ExxonMobil to temporarily truck oil from Las Flores Canyon to destinations north on Highway 101. This is due to an oil pipe break north of Santa Barbara. The County’s Planning and Development Department is receiving public comment about this application and anticipates acting on the emergency permit application …

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Blocked Sewer Main Spills Into Street


Yesterday about 500 gallons of sewage from a blocked sewer main spilled into the street gutter on the southwest side of the 1600 block of Santa Rosa Street in San Luis Obispo. The remaining release then entered a storm drain which enters Fixlini Creek. An unknown amount of the sewage was recovered by a vacuum pumping truck. Two nearby residences …

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Lake San Antonio Will be Closed This Summer Due to Low Water Levels


Lake San Antonio will be closed this summer due to low water levels.  The Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted Friday to close the lake, which the “San Luis Obispo Tribune” says was only four percent full in December.  Lake Nacimiento will remain open and offers many of the same activities as Lake San Antonio, including camping and fishing.  Lake …

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Burglary Suspect in Custody


On Sunday morning at about 7:35, San Luis Obispo Police Officers responded to a burglar alarm at San Luis Print and Copy located at 265 South St. Upon arrival, officers discovered a burglary had just occurred with a loss of cash but the suspect was gone. At about 8:30, a resident in the apartment complex at 2221 King St. (approx. …

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