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Man Faces Manslaughter Charges After Punching Another Person


A man found outside Ralph and Duane’s Bar in Arroyo Grande last fall did not die from a fatal punch, according to a defense attorney yesterday. Yet a judge suggested that the man who leveled the punch could have been charged with murder. 36-year-old Ignacio Palomar of Oceano, faces a charge of voluntary manslaughter, plus several enhancements related to prior …

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SWAT Team Used to Serve Search Warrant for Murder Suspect


The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office says, a swat team, a few deputies, and Paso Robles police swarmed a Paso Robles neighborhood last night to serve a search warrant. Officials say the warrant was served at the home of Thomas Yanaga. Adding that, the warrant is in connection to a homicide that happened in the driveway of Yanaga’s home …

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Man Arrested in Grover Beach on Possession and Weapons Charges


Grover Beach Police officers arrested 27-year-old Jeremy James Blacker, early yesterday morning on the 1700 block of Grand Avenue for numerous possession and weapons charges. Authorities were conducting a nightly patrol through the Vons parking lot when they discovered an unconscious man in the driver’s seat of a running pickup truck. After searching the license plates officers discovered the vehicle …

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Nipomo Man Wanted for Alleged Drug Trafficking Turns Himself In


A Nipomo man wanted by federal authorities in connection to an alleged south San Luis Obispo County drug-trafficking operation turned himself in shortly after midnight this yesterday morning. FBI investigators say 36-year-old Victor “Speedy” Gonzales, turned himself in to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. By the afternoon, he was being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in …

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Overall Crop Value Impacted by Lack of Water


In a report released by the San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture yesterday, an overall gross crop value for the County was reported to be $902,991,000 for 2014, a nearly 2 percent drop from 2013.. The report shows strawberries were the number one crop. While wine grapes came in second. The report also says “The drought continues to present …

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Man Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting Young Girls


According to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, the arrest of 63-year-old Lawrence Lucien Jones earlier this week, stemmed from an incident that happened at a birthday party in mid-March. Investigators say, two girls under the age of 14 were attending the party at Jones’ home in Arroyo Grande when the suspect allegedly assaulted them. Jones has been charged …

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Single Vehicle Accident in SLO


One person suffered minor injuries as a result of a single vehicle rollover that occurred on Capitolio Way east of Broad Street in SLO. The accident happened at about 8:58 yesterday morning. No other injuries were reported. San Luis Obispo police assisted SLO City Fire with traffic control. The incident is under investigation.

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Two Power Outages Yesterday on Central Coast


Two separate power outages left more than 4,000 county residents without power for a couple of hours yesterday afternoon. 1400 Cambria residents lost power at about 3:45 the cause of that power outage is under investigation. Then a pick up truck ran into a power pole on Johnson Avenue in San Luis Obispo, knocking power out to another 2700 residents. …

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Los Osos Middle School Put on Lockdown


According to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, Students at Los Osos Middle School were kept inside their classrooms for about 20 minutes yesterday, while Deputies investigated a rumored threat against the school. Sheriff’s officials say they received a call yesterday morning from the family member of a student who had heard about a rumor based on a social …

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Fire Departments Prepare for Fire Season


Today firefighters from the Los Padres National Forest, Ventura County Fire, Santa Barbara County Fire, CAL FIRE/San Luis Obispo County Fire and CAL FIRE/Monterey are increasing their staffing levels, fire engines, bull dozers, fire crews, helicopters and air tankers for this fire season. With a fourth year of drought and continuous record breaking temperature this winter, our wildland fire season …

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