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Santa Maria Man Who Was Shot to Death is Identified


A Santa Maria man who was shot to death Friday night has been identified as 39-year-old Juan Francisco Valdez-Cortez. Cortez was shot about ten thirty near Cypress and Miller.  Police say they have nobody in custody and are now asking anyone who may have information that can help track down the shooter or shooters to give the police department a call.

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Several Missing People Found


Several missing people who went missing last week have all been found. On August 9th, at approximately 9:56 P.M. the Atascadero Police Department made contact with the missing mother and 2 missing female juveniles who were found to be safe and uninjured. All involved parties were reunited with family and it was determined that this was a simple case of ...

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Sheriff’s Coroner Positively Identifies Plane Crash Victims


The Sheriff’s Coroner’s Unit has positively identified the two victims who were killed in a plane crash on August 6, 2015.  The pilot is 58-year-old David Martz of San Diego and the passenger is 56-year-old Greg Bacino, also from San Diego.   Next of kin notifications have been made. Mr. Martz, a commercial pilot, was hired by Mr. Bacino to fly ...

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Investigation Into Sexual Assault Incident Concludes


On August 7, 2015, the Grover Beach Police Department Detective Bureau concluded an investigation into the sexual assault of a juvenile victim by a male adult identified as Joel Gerardo Valdez Vazquez, 31, a resident of San Luis Obispo. Vazquez was arrested for multiple sexual assault offenses involving a minor under the age of 16, in addition to Probation Violation ...

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Small Airplane Crash in Santa Barbara Being Investigated


A Cessna 182 airplane, enroute from SLO County airport to San Diego, crashed in Santa Barbara County late last night, killing the pilot on board. The plane crashed near Jameson Lake, about 40 miles from Ojai. The NTSB is investigating.

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Questions Being Raised About Assault Suspects


The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is aware of concerns raised within our local communities and various by various media outlets, relating to the two suspects in the July 24, 2015, assault of a 64 year-old Santa Maria resident.  Specifically, questions are being asked about the prior incarceration history of the suspects, their immigration status, and the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s ...

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IRS Issues Statement Warning of Scams


Following the emergence of new variations of widespread tax scams, the Internal Revenue Service today issued another warning to taxpayers to remain on high alert and protect themselves against the ever-evolving array of deceitful tactics scammers use to trick people. These schemes – which can occur over the phone, in e-mails or through letters with authentic looking letterhead– try to ...

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SLO Sheriff’s Office Concludes Investigation Into Child Abuse Allegations


The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has concluded its investigation into allegations of physical abuse inflicted on children who were attending the Leadership Empowerment and Discipline (LEAD) Boot Camp Program put on by the Huntington Park and South Gate Police Departments. The one week camp was held May 17-24 at Camp San Luis Obispo, a California Army National Guard ...

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US Senators Introduce California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act


U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein (both D-CA) have introduced the California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act, legislation that would provide lasting protection to six majestic sites along the California coast by including them in the California Coastal National Monument. This expansion of the National Monument would provide visitors with greater access to the coast, improve management of these ...

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Plains All American Pipeline May Have Spilled More Oil


Plains All American Pipeline may have spilled more oil off the Gaviota coast than they first thought. Originally they thought it was just over 100 thousand gallons. In a report released yesterday, the revised estimate is now 143 thousand gallons. In late June, the company had already incurred $92 million in cleanup costs. In the report, officials estimate the total ...

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