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Lompoc Fire 90% Contained

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The San Miguelito vegetation fire has burned about 832 acres and caused $862,000 in damage since it started at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon on San Miguelito Canyon Road in Lompoc. The fire is about 90% contained. More than 500 firefighters spent the night containing the fire. Santa Barbara County Fire hopes to have the fire completely contained by this morning. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Real Estate Developer Pleads Guilty to Fraud

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Atascadero Citizen of the Year and former real estate developer Kelly Gearhart pleaded guilty yesterday in the federal court in Los Angeles to fraud and money laundering charges after scamming investors of up to $20 million. Gearhart, currently living in Wadsworth, Ohio, accepted a plea agreement in which he plead guilty to two counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. Prosecutors are going to seek a federal prison sentence of more than 11 years and restitution be paid to his victims.

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SLO Sheriff’s Deputies Search for Bear

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San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's deputies are searching for a bear last seen near Nipomo Regional Park. The bear, which according to KSBY is described as a large, chocolate-covered black bear, was first seen Wednesday morning near Tejas Place. Deputies went to a school near the bear sighting to protect elementary school kids.  The Fish and Game warden recommends bringing garbage cans inside overnight and not to leave pet food outside in order to keep bears away.

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Wine Festival Begins Today

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The 32nd annual Paso Robles Wine Festival begins today, and runs through Sunday. The festival celebrates everything the Paso Robles wine region offers, featuring special tastings, seminars, and more than 130 winery events. Saturday is the grand tasting. Paso Robles Downtown City Park will have wines from more than 60 wineries for tasting. Tickets are available at pasowine.com.

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Brush Fire in Lompoc

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A vegetation fire broke out in Lompoc yesterday around 1:30 p.m. on San Miguelito Canyon Road. About 700 acres have been burned. Reverse 911 calls had gone out to 1200 homes and businesses as well as numerous evacuation orders. Some evacuated residents can return to their homes, but there is still a mandatory evacuation order for people south of Willow Road. The fire is about 50% contained, with no property damage or injuries so far. A shift in the wind caused the fire to move towards Highway 1, causing Highway 1 to be closed for the day.

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Drug Raid in Arroyo Grande

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An Arroyo Grande drug raid led to the arrests of eight people last Thursday at around 7 a.m. on Sunset Drive. Police found heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and cash at the Arroyo Grande home. The home was deemed uninhabitable due to electrical issues and other hazards. Thirty-nine-year-old David Blashaw was arrested for possessing heroin for sales and methamphetamine, 20-year-old Haley Dockstader was arrested for possessing heroin for sales and bringing a controlled substance into jail, 39-year-old Dani Niemas was arrested for possessing heroin for sales, 30-year-old Kara Jeffords was arrested for possessing heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, 33-year-old Matt Jeffers was arrested for possessing heroin Read More »

Counterfeit Bills Being Used in Cambria

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A Cambria antique store and gas station reported a group of individuals using counterfeit $100 bills in their stores. A man and two women entered the antique store within minutes of each other, separately purchased a small item, and each paid for that item with a counterfeit $100 bill for a total of $300. Shortly afterward, the three suspects and an additional female entered the gas station and used another $100 counterfeit bill.

The suspects are described as being in their early to mid-twenties, with the male wearing a black baseball hat, two of the females have blonde hair and one of the females having brown hair. The serial numbers on the counterfeit bills were all the same. The Sheriff's Offi Read More »

Woman Questioned for Fire Tuesday Morning

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A woman is being questioned for possibly being connected to a Santa Maria apartment fire Tuesday morning. Crews arrived to North Broadway around 6:15 a.m. and found one apartment unit on fire and smoke coming from nearby units and the attic. The unit where the fire started is completely wiped out. Two people were believed to be inside when the fire started and one of them has been detained. No one was injured in the fire.

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Possible Norovirus Outbreak at Cal Poly

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A Cal Poly student tested positive for norovirus and 27 other students have similar symptoms. The virus, which has symptoms that include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, is the primary cause for the stomach flu and lasts one to three days. It is believed that the virus spread from the Stagecoach music festival in Indio, which was held April 25-27. Treatment includes adequate hydration and medicine for nausea. Campus physician Dr. Greg Thomas says that the number of cases of norovirus on campus is dwindling and that they hope they’ve seen the worst of it.

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Tour of California to be on Central Coast by Tomorrow

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The Amgen Tour will arrive in the Central Coast by the end of tomorrow. Some of the best bicycle riders in the world are heading into a difficult Stage Three of the Amgen Tour of California today.  Unusually hot weather with temperatures in the 90s will challenge riders as they tackle the 108-mile ride from east San Jose to Mount Diablo State Park. 

The route will feature a ten-thousand-900-foot elevation change, crossing over the summit of both Mount Hamilton and Mount Diablo. Stage Four tomorrow will start in Monterey and end in Cambria, and Stage Five will start on Thursday on the Pismo Beach Pier. Former Olympic champion and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins Read More »

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