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Small Airplane Crash in Santa Barbara Being Investigated


A Cessna 182 airplane, enroute from SLO County airport to San Diego, crashed in Santa Barbara County late last night, killing the pilot on board. The plane crashed near Jameson Lake, about 40 miles from Ojai. The NTSB is investigating.

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Questions Being Raised About Assault Suspects


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is aware of concerns raised within our local communities and various by various media outlets, relating to the two suspects in the July 24, 2015, assault of a 64 year-old Santa Maria resident.  Specifically, questions are being asked about the prior incarceration history of the suspects, their immigration status, and the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s …

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IRS Issues Statement Warning of Scams


Following the emergence of new variations of widespread tax scams, the Internal Revenue Service today issued another warning to taxpayers to remain on high alert and protect themselves against the ever-evolving array of deceitful tactics scammers use to trick people. These schemes – which can occur over the phone, in e-mails or through letters with authentic looking letterhead– try to …

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SLO Sheriff’s Office Concludes Investigation Into Child Abuse Allegations


The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has concluded its investigation into allegations of physical abuse inflicted on children who were attending the Leadership Empowerment and Discipline (LEAD) Boot Camp Program put on by the Huntington Park and South Gate Police Departments. The one week camp was held May 17-24 at Camp San Luis Obispo, a California Army National Guard …

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US Senators Introduce California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act


U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA) have introduced the California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act, legislation that would provide lasting protection to six majestic sites along the California coast by including them in the California Coastal National Monument. This expansion of the National Monument would provide visitors with greater access to the coast, improve management of these …

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Plains All American Pipeline May Have Spilled More Oil


Plains All American Pipeline may have spilled more oil off the Gaviota coast than they first thought. Originally they thought it was just over 100 thousand gallons. In a report released yesterday, the revised estimate is now 143 thousand gallons. In late June, the company had already incurred $92 million in cleanup costs. In the report, officials estimate the total …

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Shark Spotted Near Jamala Beach


Yesterday at 10:50 a.m., Jalama Beach County Lifeguards witnessed what appeared to be a large shark. The sighting occurred 40 yards offshore from the Jalama Store in approximately 15 feet of water. The dark grey dorsal fin was estimated at approximately 9 to 12 inches in height and the tail fin was also visible to lifeguards. County Parks will advise …

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Retaining Wall Construction on Highway 1 is Underway


A project to construct a retaining wall on Highway 1 in northern San Luis Obispo/southern Monterey Counties is underway.  It will serve as a permanent restoration effort in this area known for major slides. This week, drilling and placing metal piles continues. This phase of the project continues with full overnight closures on Highway 1 from Gorda to Ragged Point …

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Victim Identified in Fatal Car Accident


The California Highway Patrol says the man killed in a three-vehicle crash on Highway 41 near Morro Bay this weekend is Thomas Mercer, 77, of Templeton. The crash happened Saturday at around 2:00 p.m. on Highway 41, east of Mission Drive. Three others were injured. Mercer died after being hit head on.

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Phone Scam in Atascadero


Throughout the day yesterday, police dispatch center received numerous calls about a phone scam in Atascadero. In this scam, the caller will talk to the potential victim, or leave a message. The scam caller will call several times in some instances. The potential victims answer the phone or return the call. The scammer will talk to the potential victim and …

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