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Abandoned Panga Boat Discovered

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Yesterday, a State Parks Ranger was driving on Highway One when the Ranger noticed a break in the fence line about four miles north of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. Upon further investigation, an abandoned panga boat was discovered beached on the sand. Investigators believe the boat had been there for approximately 18 to 24 hours. Articles of clothing were discovered inside the boat and strewn around the beach near the boat.

Boat fuel was also discovered inside the boat. She Read More »

Arrests Made By Santa Barbara Sheriff Gang Enforcement Detectives

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After a three month investigation, Santa Barbara Sheriff Gang Enforcement Detectives arrested two gang members for possession of firearms, extortion, robbery, elder abuse and possession of a stolen vehicle. Gang Detectives are still attempting to locate two additional suspect associated with the case, who are believed to be in the Santa Maria area.  28 year old Mark Silvas  of Santa Maria is wanted for vehicle theft and gang relates charge. He has a $135,000.00 warrant issue Read More »

Alleged Assault on Child

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On the evening of June 25, at about 7:15 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the condominium complex located at 676 N. 12th Street for a reported assault on a child. The investigation revealed a 7 year old child was approached by a 60-year-old female adult identified as Julie W. Rodenhuis and was sprayed in the face and eyes with a poisonous weed killer. The child was immediately treated by family members and emergency medical personnel who responded to the scene. The child further received medi Read More »

Missing Person Found Unharmed

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On 6-25-14 Stephanie Brummond was located in the City of San Luis Obispo unharmed. The Atascadero Police Department would like to thank the media and citizens for their assistance in this matter.

On 6-21-14 Stephanie Brummond was reported to this agency as missing. On 6/19/14 Brummond was released from County Mental Health. Brummond is prescribed medication, but has refused to take them in the past. Brummond was captured on video surveillance on 6-19-14 at approximately 3:38 P Read More »

Settlement Agreement Has Been Reached to Eliminate Billboards

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A settlement agreement has been reached between the City of San Luis Obispo and CBS Outdoor LLC over the elimination of several billboards.  One of the billboards to be removed is a large two-paneled sign and is located at 1960 Santa Barbara Avenue adjacent to Railroad Square and the Railroad Museum.

The other two billboards slated for immediate removal are within the City’s popular Johnson Ranch Open Space. The future removal of a fourth billboard along the Calle J Read More »

Hearst Castle Tries to Cut Water Consumption by Closing Restrooms

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Hearst Castle, in an effort to cut water consumption because of the drought, are closing their restrooms July 7. Thirty eight portable toilets will be installed at the Visitor Center, along with six hand sanitizer stations. State Parks officials say the closure of the restrooms is expected to reduce water consumption by 40-50%.

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Deteriorating Air Quality Due to Blowing Dust and Sand

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The San Luis Obispo 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. Blowing sand and dust is forecasted to occur on very windy days from 11 am to 7 pm, with the dust forecasted to peak from 1 pm to 6 pm. 

Very sensitive individuals such as infants, as well as children and adults with existing respiratory or heart conditio Read More »

Alleged Santa Barbara Child Molester Arrested in Hawaii

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Thirty five year old, Ronald “Chad” Williams was recently arrested in Honolulu, Hawaii for molesting a minor while he was the director of the San Marcos Christian Camp.  The camp is located in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County off Highway 154.  The alleged crime occurred in the summer of 2005. The now adult victim recently disclosed the allegations to the Sheriffs’ Office.  The victim was 10-11 years old when he was allegedly molested by Read More »

Atascadero Searches for Missing Person

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On June 21 Stephanie Brummond was reported to the Atascadero Police Department as missing. On June 19 Brummond was released from County Mental Health. Brummond is prescribed medication, but has refused to take them in the past. Brummond was captured on video surveillance on 6-19-14 at approximately 3:38 PM boarding a 1st Line Transit bus in San Luis Obispo.

Brummond exited the bus at the transit center in San Luis Obispo on Palm Street at 3:45 PM and walked away from the cente Read More »

Search Continues for Lost Fireman

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Seven members of the Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue team (SBCSAR) joined the search over the weekend for Mike Herdman, an Arcadia City fireman that went camping with a friend nine days ago.  Herdman, 36, an experienced outdoorsman who had camped in the area several times before, was last seen June 13th.  He and another Arcadia firefighter-paramedic, Tyler Byars, were two days into a four-day backpacking trip when Herdman left a campsite late in the night to chase aft Read More »

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