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Assault Leads to Jail Time for Three Men


Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley has announced that three defendants appeared at a sentencing hearing yesterday as a result of pleading guilty on January 16, 2015 to voluntary manslaughter. Jonathan Andrade, age 21, was sentenced to six years in state prison. Roman Romero, age 19, was sentenced to three years in state prison. Carlos Medina, age 45, ...

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Santa Maria Police Apprehend Suspect Accused of Deadly Hit and Run


Santa Maria police have nabbed a suspect accused of a deadly hit and run in the parking lot of Louie B’s Bar early Monday morning . Police arrested 34-year-old Ismael Lares of Santa Maria on the 200 block of East Main Street shortly after 1:00 a.m. Lares was pulled over a few blocks away in a dark grey truck. An ...

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United Air Lines Flights to be Cut


If you fly to either LA or San Francisco out of San Luis Obispo, some of your flights are going to disappear in the coming weeks.  United Air Lines flights to San Fran will be cut from five to two, and LA will drop from 6 to three. In November, Skywest Airlines, which operates planes for United, said they were ...

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Prescribed Burn Scheduled in Morro Bay State Park


A prescribed burn will take place today and tomorrow at Black Hill in Morro Bay State Park. The burn project is part of the Hazard Fuel Reduction for vegetation management. It will take place between La Loma Street and Quintana Road.

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Drunk Driving Warning for St. Patrick’s Day


St. Patrick’s Day brings to mind shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, and good luck. But no amount of luck can save you from a drunk-driving crash. So whether you’re buzzed or drunk on St. Patrick’s Day, it doesn’t matter. NHTSA wants to remind everyone that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving—drive sober. The Pismo Beach Police Department and other police agencies ...

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Man Arrested for Assault After Going to a Hotel Armed With Knife


On Saturday at approximately 11:45 a.m, 40-year-old suspect Joe Sigala entered the Best Western Motel in San Luis Obispoand confronted employees in the lobby with a knife. He took a master key from one of the employees and entered an unoccupied room and smashed a sliding glass door. He continued through the Motel and was confronted by an officer at ...

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Armed Robbery in SLO


On Saturday at approximately 2:21 a.m. the San Luis Obispo Police Department responded to a reported armed robbery in the area of Palm and Toro Streets in San Luis Obispo. Two 21-year old female residents of San Luis Obispo were walking on Palm Street when they were approached by three men wearing dark colored clothing and ski masks. At least ...

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Coroner Releases Identify of Man Who Fell Off Cliff


The Coroner’s Unit of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of the man who died after falling off a cliff and into the water at Pirates Cove on Friday. The man is identified as 18-year-old Jose Rodriguez Gallardo of Santa Maria. Witnesses reported seeing the man walking along the cliff moments before he fell. The ...

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Man Sentenced to 38 Years to Life for Human Trafficking


District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley has announced that defendant Brannon Pitcher was sentenced to 38 years to life in State Prison.  Pitcher was convicted in the County’s first human trafficking trial. He was found guilty of two counts of human trafficking of a minor as well as the Special Allegation that he used force, fear, fraud, deceit, and violence while ...

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Fire Displaces Residents In Apartment Complex


A fire at the Vizcaya apartments on South Depot Street in Santa Maria displacing 33 people late Thursday afternoon. The fire broke out in one apartment and spread to others. One person was sent to the hospital with minor burns. The Red Cross was on scene to help those who were displaced. The cause of the fire is still under ...

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