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Fire in Pismo Beach

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A travel-trailer at a Pismo Beach trailer park was damaged in a fire early Tuesday morning. No one was inside the 40-foot fifth wheel when the blaze was reported at 2:19 a.m., according to Cal Fire. The trailer was in spot 119 at the Holiday RV Park at 100 South Dolliver Street. Firefighters controlled the blaze at 2:34 a.m. The fire caused approximately $50,000 in damage to the trailer, according to Cal Fire. Two nearby RVs were also damaged. No one was injured in the fire. The cause is still under investigation.

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Early Warning System Upgrade

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Toady  PG&E will begin upgrading the Early Warning System. They will be replacing components on each of the 131 sirens throughout San Luis Obispo county. The sirens will remain operational throughout the project, which should be completed in August. The Early Warning System sirens are used to alert the community of any local emergency.

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Small Plane Crash in Templeton

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A small plane crashed Saturday in Templeton, taking the lives of two Paso Robles men. Witnesses say the men were taking off in a single engine piper cub airplane Saturday morning from a private airstrip in the 5100 block of Vineyard Drive in Templeton. They say that it was clear there was something wrong. The plane took off and started banking right; it continued flying in a circular pattern until it spiraled downward, crashing into the ground. Family members, friends and a community are mourning the loss of the men tragically killed. The San Luis Obispo's Sheriff's Office identified the victims as 82-year-old Robert Berg and 66-year-old John Warren, both from Paso Robles.

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Helicopter Training Drill Today

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If you live or work near Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, you may see a Black Hawk helicopter land there this afternoon, but it's just a training drill. The Army National Guard is conducting a mock incident at Camp Roberts, and military personnel are practicing transporting someone to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center on the Black Hawk. The Black Hawk will land between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. on Sierra Vista's helistop, which is on top of the hospital's parking structure. The training drill is designed to improve communication between the military and people working at the trauma center, as well as to help military personnel practice working with patients with serious blast injuries and r Read More »

Great White Shark Sighting at Leadbetter Beach

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The Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol has shut down Leadbetter Beach because of a Great White shark sighting. The harbor patrol says they received a report of a shark sighting at about 10:30 yesterday morning and shut the beach down shortly after. They say they interviewed two witnesses, who described the fin and a side-to-side swim pattern. The beach will remain closed this morning, and harbor patrol has posted signs warning people to stay away. Those signs will be up for 72 hours.
 

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Homicide Investigation Update

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KVEC Morning News has an update on the homicide investigation in Templeton that we reported on yesterday. The victim, who was stabbed and died in the hospital, has been identified as Tina Beddow. The suspect has been identified as Phillip Haines. Investigators believe that this was an isolated case of domestic violence. Beddow and Haines and a five-year-old child who is related to the suspect were inside the home at the time of the murder. The child has been placed in Child Welfare Services. The investigation is still ongoing.

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Paso Robles City Employee in Jail

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A Paso Robles city employee has been sentenced to 20 days in jail. Charles Lorenzen, the former building, parks and streets supervisor of Paso Robles, was arrested on May 27 on charges of embezzling thousands of dollars from the city. Lorenzen faced three felony charges of grand theft and a misdemeanor charge of petty theft. In the plea agreement, Lorenzen plead guilty to the petty theft charge and the three felony charges were dropped. Lorenzen had been investigated for using his city credit card for personal purchases. He is currently out of jail on a $20,000 bond.

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Santa Maria Goes to Court Against Advocacy Group

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Santa Maria will be going to court against an advocacy group. The group, named CAUSE, is trying to get Santa Maria to change its election rules so city council members are elected by district rather than by the city at-large. CAUSE’s proposal needed more than 2700 signatures to be on the November ballot. The proposal ended up getting more than 5000 signatures in a two-month time span. But the city rejected the proposal on the grounds that it didn’t conform to the state election code. CAUSE believes that their errors are minor, and hence they are taking  the matter into court. A hearing is set for June 17.
 

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Memorial Service for Christopher Michaels-Martinez

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A memorial service for SLO High graduate Christopher Michaels-Martinez, who was shot and killed in Elliot Rodger’s shooting spree in Isla Vista on May 23, will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. The memorial will be at Mountainbrook Community Church, 1775 Calle Joaquin, in San Luis Obispo. Community members are welcome to attend.

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Election Results Are In

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The results from the election last night are in, and KVEC Morning News has obtained the results. Deputy District Attorney Dan Dow won the SLO County District Attorney, beating Assistant District Attorney Tim Covello 53% to 44%. Incumbent 2nd District County Supervisor Bruce Gibson cruised to reelection over Muril Clift, 67% to 33% and Morro Bay Mayor Jamie Irons kept his seat with 57% to 43% victory over Carla Wixom. Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian crushed his opponent Heidi Harmon 64% to 36%.

The new County Superintendent of Schools will be James Brescia, the only candidate running for the seat. Runoffs to November include the 4th District County Supervisor seat, which is Read More »

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