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Robbery in Santa Maria Monday

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An AMPM market in Santa Maria was robbed yesterday morning. The market is located on Blosser road and occurred about 1:20. Two men with a rifle entered the store but didn’t take any cash, just some goods from the store. There was no description of the two suspects. Call the Santa Maria police if you know anything.

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Man Convicted of Driving Under the Influence and Causing Injury

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Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley has announced that a jury in Santa Maria convicted Benjamin Lee Bettencourt, age 39, of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, driving with a blood alcohol level over 0.08% causing injury, and found true the special allegation of inflicting great bodily injury. The convictions arose from a major collision that ...

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Goleta Beach Pier to be Temporarily Closed Through the End of the Month

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The Goleta Beach Pier will be temporarily closed from April 6, 2015 through April 30, 2015 for major structural, handrail, and decking repairs. The pier will reopen to the public on Friday, May 1, 2015. Portions of the 1,480 foot pier were damaged when powerful waves and a sailboat struck the pier during a storm in March 2014.  While the ...

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Project to Re-Pave Highway 101 in Both Directions will Begin April 8

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A project to re-pave U.S. Highway 101 in both directions from Avila Road to north of San Luis Bay Drive will begin on Wednesday, April 8, weather permitting. Motorists traveling southbound will encounter intermittent lane, ramp and shoulder closures during the overnight hours Monday night through Friday morning from 7 pm until 6:30 am.  Road work will begin at 8 ...

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Central Coast Bandit Sentenced

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Superior Court Judge John Trice sentenced Cristina Padilla known as the Central Coast Bandit to state prison for 16 years yesterday, for a series of bank robberies that occurred between February and August of 2013. Because some of the crimes of which she has been convicted are “violent strikes” her conduct credits will be limited to 15 percent. It is ...

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Search Warrant Results in Arrests for Child Pornography

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On April 1, 2015 San Luis Obispo Police Detectives served a search warrant at a residence in the 2800 block of Johnson Ave. The warrant authorized the search for evidence of child pornography. During the search Detectives discovered several images and videos of children under the age of 18 engaged in various stages of sexual conduct. These were found on ...

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Property Tax Assessments Due by April 10

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San Luis Obispo County property owners must pay the second installment of their annual property tax assessment by Friday, April 10, 2015 to avoid penalties. Late payments incur a 10 percent penalty and, if unpaid past June 30, can incur interest at the state rate of 18 percent. “Every year, some taxpayers make late payments and request that penalties be ...

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Two Die in Recent Motorcycle Accidents

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We have a couple of fatal accidents to tell you about, both involving motorcycles. Yesterday at about 12:30 pm, a Santa Maria man died on Highway 101 near Pismo Beach when his three-wheeled vehicle crashed into the back of a car when traffic suddenly slowed down. Two people in the car were not hurt. And the California Highway Patrol says ...

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Man Who Kidnapped School Children Set for Parole Hearing

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Remember the three guys who kidnapped a busload of school children back in the 70s near Chowchilla? James Schoenfeld is one of them, and he has been behind bars at the CMC since 1976. Yesterday has was found suitable for a parole at a hearing. He, his brother, and another guy kidnapped the school kids and bus driver. They were ...

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Water District to be Formed Over Paso Robles Groundwater Basin

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The San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau Board of Directors has voted to endorse the formation of a water district over the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin. The majority vote came at its monthly meeting, March 31, 2015, and following more than a year of discussions; presentations by interested parties, organizations, water and water law experts, government representatives and members – ...

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