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Inmate Dies in Central Coast Jail


The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s office is trying to figure out how a 33-year-old man died in his jail cell early Tuesday morning. Investigators say correctional deputies saw the man kneeling next to his bed, but thought that was a normal behavior. Deputies checked on the man every 30 minutes but when they found him with his head on …

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Jury Deliberations Continue in Murder Trial


After hearing 3 months of sometimes gruesome testimony in the trial of six men accused of torturing and eventually murdering Anthony Ibarra, a Santa Maria jury is now going to decide their fate. Investigators say Ibarra was tortured and killed in Santa Maria two years ago. His body was eventually found in a U-haul truck in Orcutt. 6 out of …

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Lawmakers Consider Speeding Up $1 Billion In Water Spending


California lawmakers are considering a plan to speed up more than $1 billion in water spending as the drought persists. The state Senate plans to vote on the bills this afternoon after committees in both chambers take it up. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders from both parties announced the fast-tracked water legislation last week. They’re offering more than $100 …

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Santa Cruz Supervisors Vote To Ban Commercial Pot Cultivation


Commercial pot growers are no longer welcome in Santa Cruz County.  The 3-2 vote by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors came after three-and-a-half hours of public comment on the divisive topic Tuesday night.  The normally pot-friendly community opted to shut down commercial growing operations in an effort to change its reputation and dissuade more growers from flocking to …

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Deputy Fatally Shoots Suspect Who’s Accused Of Deadly Shooting


A suspect accused of a deadly shooting is now dead in a deputy-involved shooting in the Westmont area of Los Angeles.  Sheriff’s officials say a suspect shot at deputies and they returned fire, killing the man around 1:30 this morning at South Vermont Avenue and West 102nd Street.  The suspect is accused of shooting a woman to death 45 minutes …

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Paso Robles Bookkeeper Arrested on Suspicion of Embezzling


A Paso Robles bookkeeper was arrested last week on suspicion of embezzling at least $700,000 from a local manufacturing business over a period of six years and possibly embezzling money from the North County youth sports nonprofit where she was treasurer for about seven years. Investigators say they are still looking into whether the nonprofit suffered any losses. 56 year …

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Teachers Rally for Reasonable Pay


Since July 2014, Five Cities-area teachers of the Lucia Mar Unified School District have been working without contracts, after unsuccessful negotiations with the School Board to receive 10 percent raises. Last month The District offered the teachers a two percent raise, but Union officials say the ten percent they had ask for would make average salaries competitive with nearby districts. …

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Lawsuit Filed Against School District For Allegedly Using Cancer-Causing Chemicals


The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is being slammed with a lawsuit over alleged illegal levels of cancer-causing chemicals in school buildings.  The suit was filed yesterday in Los Angeles federal court by a group of parents and residents.  They claim the district is violating the federal Toxic Substances Control Act by failing to decontaminate the elementary, middle and high …

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Man Tried To Kidnap Girl Outside Elementary School


Police are on the hunt for a man who tried kidnapping a young girl outside an elementary school.  Witnesses say a man in his 40s tried to take a seven-year-old girl from Skyline Elementary School in Solana Beach yesterday.  The little girl screamed and tried to get teachers to come help and he ran off through the parking lot.  The …

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Man Arrested After Son Injured by Homemade Explosive


Trevor Harris of Grover Beach is currently behind bars this morning. Authorities say he was arrested yesterday, after his 13 year old son was injured by a homemade pyrotechnic device. Deputies responded to a call on Canet Road in rural Morro Bay and found that the victim had built the illegal homemade device with the consent and assistance from his …

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