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Lois Capps Announces Her Final Term


Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24), who has represented the Central Coast in Congress since being sworn in on March 17, 1998, released a video statement yesterday announcing that this will be her final term in the House of Representatives and that she will retire at the conclusion of the 114th Congress. Thursday and Friday, Capps will embark on a districtwide tour of the …

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Men Found Guilty of First Degree Murder


Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that a jury in Santa Maria found David Murillo Maldonado, 57; Jason Michael Castillo, 31; Reyes Gonzales, Jr., 44; Santos Manuel Sauceda, 35; and Ramon David Maldonado, 39, all guilty of the first degree murder of Anthony Ibarra and the special circumstance of committing the murder during the commission of …

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“All in the Family” Arrested For Selling Drugs


A group of 12 people that the FBI has dubbed “All in the family” were arrested yesterday for selling drugs. The 12 involved a Nipomo family that had ties to Mexico. All are charged with selling meth, hroin and cocaine. The operation was conducted over the last 18 months and involved the FBI, CHP, and SLO County Sheriff’s Office.  Also …

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SLO Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Man in DUI Accident


A San Luis woman allegedly responsible for killing a Los Osos man in a dui accident last fall pleaded not guilty in court yesterday. 52-year-old Jane Upton pleaded not guilty to felony charges of driving under the influence resulting in injuries and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated with gross negligence. Prosecutors have also charged her with a criminal enhancement of inflicting …

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Last Turboprop Jet Takes Off From SLO County Airport


No more turboprop jets at the SLO County regional airport. The last one took off last night. The prop places will be replaced with 50 seat jets operated by Skywest which handled United flights to LA and San Francisco. Since the jets are bigger, there won’t be as many flights. Less flight options translates to more available seating. The arrangement …

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Fire on Unmanned Fishing Boat


A fire broke out on an unmanned fishing boat in the Port San Luis Harbor Sunday night. No one was injured. The boat was the Sea Angler. The cause remains under investigation.

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Bay Area Man Killed on Oceano Dunes


A Bay Area man was killed on the Oceano dunes Saturday afternoon. 21-year-old Erwin Baker apparently drove off a large sand dune. Rangers, lifeguards and CAL FIRE responded immediately, but could not revive Baker and he was declared dead at the scene. The area where the accident occurred is fraught with danger. There was a similar accident there on Sunday …

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Robbery in Santa Maria Monday


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


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


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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