Court Order To Decrease Prison Population Could Put Over 9,000 Inmates On The Streets


The California State Sheriffs’ Association unalterably disagrees with the Three-Judge Panel court order issued yesterday ordering the immediate release of prison inmates. “This order is unbelievably ill-advised and a tremendous threat to public safety,” said CSSA President, Sheriff Greg Ahern. “With the order to achieve 137.5% of design capacity in State’s prisons, this means releasing over 9,000 inmates to our ...

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23-Year-Old Grover Beach Woman Dies From Drug Overdose


On Wednesday June 19 at about 4:17 a.m., Officers of the Grover Beach Police Department were dispatched to the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital emergency room to meet with medical staff regarding a drug overdose victim.   It was reported to the officers that a 23-year-old female suffered a drug related overdose at a residence in the 1200 block of Longbranch ...

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Accused Embezzler Al Moriarty To Remain In Jail With Bail Set At $5 Million


Al Moriarty isn’t going anywhere any time soon.  The 80-year-old businessman accused of fraud and embezzlement will remain in SLO County Jail with bail set at $5-million.  He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. His name continues to adorn the scoreboard at Cal Poly’s Spanos Stadium.  Cal Poly officials aren’t commenting on whether or not his ad will remain. ...

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Spanish Springs Development Project Delayed


It’s going to be months before the controversial Spanish Springs project gets the go-ahead from the Pismo Beach City Council.   At a meeting Tuesday night, the council delayed the decision to move forward with the Price Canyon development, which includes hundreds of homes, hotel rooms and conference or event-type facilities in the canyon on 961 acres. A neighbor in ...

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Carlyn Christianson Wins SLO Council Seat In Special Election


San Luis Obispo has a new city council member.  In a special election by mail yesterday, Carlyn Christianson received 4,138 votes, or 48 percent of the vote. Paul Brown followed with 3,371 votes, or 39 percent.  The third candidate, Donald Hedrick, received 217 votes. Christianson will be sworn in on July 2nd. Paso Robles will swear in its new chief of ...

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Air Quality Advisory


The San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) and County Public Health Department are advising the public of deteriorating air quality in the Oceano Dunes/Nipomo Mesa area due to blowing dust and sand.  High winds, blowing sand and dust is forecasted to occur from Tuesday, June 18 through Sunday, June 23 from 11 am to 7 pm, ...

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Police Search For Suspect In Paso Robles Bank Robbery


On Tuesday, June 18, at approximately 9:20AM the Paso Robles Police Department received multiple 911 calls regarding an armed robbery in progress at the Wells Fargo Bank located at 546 Spring Street. The reporting parties stated an armed suspect entered the bank armed with a semi-automatic handgun.  The suspect committed the robbery and fled the scene prior to the arrival ...

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Abandoned Panga Boat Found At Tajiguas Beach


On June 17, at approximately 6:54 a.m., an off-duty Sheriff’s Deputy observed a possible “Panga” boat on the shoreline of Tajiguas Beach, north of Refugio State Beach.  Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies, along with Narcotics Investigators, responded and located a single-engine, approximately 25-foot “Panga” style boat on the beach.  Investigators found items of potential evidence inside and strewn ...

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Alleged Murderer To Be Arraigned Today


Mark Alan Andrews of Atascadero, charged in the shooting death of 52-year-old Colleen Maria Barga-Millbury last month, is expected to be arraigned today. Police believe they found the murder weapons at his home, which was searched. Police say the 49-year-old Andrews suffers from mental health issues, but they do not know if that played a role in the homicide.

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SLO City Council Approves 2013 Budget


The San Luis Obispo City Council in a special meeting last night approved its 2013 budget at just over $111 million dollars. The council decided to hire two new police officers to patrol downtown starting January 2014. The resources to pay for the two police officers came from other departments. The council vote was 3-1. Elections for a fifth council ...

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