Worst Fire Seasons in California


Fire officials are calling this one of the worst fire seasons on record in California. The Lompoc Fire Department described the recent San Miguelito fire as “fair”, saying that residents need to be prepared to evacuate at any time. Otherwise, they could be trapped.

Officials say residents should have a “go-bag” filled with important documents, medication, identification and other important items ready just in case. To help residents be prepared, the Lompoc Fire Department is hosting a “Read, Set, Go” fire preparedness event on June 7 at the local Home Depot.

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Proposed Dorm Construction for Cal Poly


The Board of Trustees of the California State University will hold a public hearing today in Long Beach about the proposed dorms on the Cal Poly campus. The dorms would be at the Grand Avenue entrance to campus and would house about 1500 freshmen. Cal Poly hopes to have the dorms completed by 2018. Neighbors are concerned that there will be more noise, late night partying, vandalism, and traffic.

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Three Vehicle Accident


A three-vehicle accident occurred traffic collision occurred on Broad Street yesterday. SLO resident Derek Johnson hit the car in front of him, and the car propelled forward and hit another car stopped at a red light. The driver of the stopped vehicle was injured, although his injuries are not life-threatening. Johnson was arrested for a felony DUI causing a collision with injuries.

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Fight at a Wedding Ends With Arrests


A large fight occurred at a wedding reception at Moose Lodge last Saturday. The fight broke out in the parking lot, requiring officers from other police departments to break up the fight. The suspect, Oceano transient Daniel Berumen, was a guest at the reception and assaulted two people during the fight.

Both victims had severe injuries to the head and hand likely caused by a knife. The victims were hospitalized, but their injuries were not life-threatening. Berumen is currently in SLO County Jail and is being charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and battery.

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DUI Suspect Hospitalized After Crashing


A suspected DUI driver was hospitalized with major injuries at 9 Sunday night after a traffic collision on State Route 41. A 71-year-old from Cayucos was driving on State Route 41, south of Bear Ridge around 9:00 p.m. Sunday. Police say Atascadero resident Roberta Silva was driving north on Highway 41 and Silva over the double yellow lines right into the path of the other car. Silva was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, and authorities say she will face DUI charges. The driver of the other car and his passenger both suffered minor injuries. Two other accidents happened as a result of the first accident, including one car diving off the roadway, and a four-car rear-ending accident. Read More »

Stabbing in Santa Maria This Weekend


A Santa Maria man was stabbed early Saturday morning. Police officers responded to a report of a disturbance on W. Lee Drive in Santa Maria and detained several people who were driving away from the area. The unidentified victim was taken to a local hospital in a private vehicle, and his injuries were not life threatening. The stabbing is still under investigation.

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Single Car Accident Claims Woman’s Life


A Paso Robles woman was killed in a single car accident Friday. Investigators say the driver was driving on Spring Street a little after 1 a.m. when she hit a parked vehicle and then hit a curb, causing the car rolled onto the driver’s side. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and will not be identified until next-of-kin have been notified. It is unclear if alcohol or drugs were involved.

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Cal Poly Students Give House to Family in Need


Cal Poly students have given a family in need the house of their dreams. Through a program called Polyhouse, 26 Project Management graduate students give an extreme home makeover. They remodeled a family's home in Grover Beach and unveiled it on Sunday. The resident has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, so the home was remodeled to fit his needs. The remodeled home features a handicap accessible bathroom, a new kitchen, and a lift to help the man living there get out of bed and into his wheelchair. The students held fundraisers to pay for the remodeling and received donations from local businesses. The family would have had to pay $100,000 to renovate the house had it not been for the Polyhouse p

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Chase for Stolen Vehicle Ends Peacefully


The California Highway Patrol chased after a stolen vehicle yesterday. Police followed the car on Highway 47 it until they were able to stop it on Paseo Ladera Lane in San Luis Obispo County. The driver was identified as 41-year-old Angel Herrera III, who was a wanted parolee with a handgun and body armor.

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Motorcyclist in ICU After Accident


A motorcyclist is in the Intensive Care Unit after being hit by an SUV yesterday morning at 9:45. A 26-year-old female rider was riding her motorcycle at the intersection of Sacramento and Capitolio when the 47-year-old Arroyo Grande driver of an SUV didn’t yield the right of way to her and resulted in an accident. The motorcycle rider was transported to Sierra Vista hospital and is in stable condition but the extent of her injuries is unknown at this time. The driver of the SUV did not show any signs of impairment and was released at the scene.

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