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FPPC Fines Developer For Not Disclosing Himself as Donor

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A San Luis Obispo County developer was fined by the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) for not disclosing himself as a major donor to County Supervisor Caren Ray’s campaign. The FPPC voted last week to fine Gary Grossman $400 for failing to properly disclose over $10,000 political contributions last year. Grossman was required by California law to report his donations to Ray and County Supervisor Adam Hill by Jan. 31, but Grossman didn’t disclose them until March 21.
 

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Shooting Early This Morning

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Santa Maria police are investigating a shooting that happened at 12:15 this morning. The shooting occurred at Donovan and East Avenue, where the victim, an unidentified man, was driving and was shot by someone in a vehicle that was next to his.

The victim drove himself to the hospital, where it was determined that his injuries were not life threatening.  The suspect vehicle is described as a newer four-door gray or white colored Ford Focus or Nissan with two men inside. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Santa Maria Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-800-9100.

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Woman in Jail for Embezzling Money

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A Santa Barbara County woman is in jail for embezzling large sums of money from a local property management company. Santa Maria police arrested 43-year-old Melissa Reynosa, a former office manager who allegedly embezzled money during her employment at the company. Reynosa is facing charges of embezzlement, preparing false documents as evidence, and aggravated white collar crime enhancement.
 

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Chumash Pulls Sponsorship from Clippers

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The Chumash Casino Resort and Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians pulled its sponsorship from the Los Angeles Clippers after owner Donald Sterling allegedly made racist comments. Sterling is not denying he warned his then-girlfriend to stop posting photos of herself with African-Americans. Vincent Armenta, the Tribal Chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, released an official statement saying, "We've always been proud supporters of the Los Angeles Clippers, however, the recent statements attributed to the Clippers' owner have forced us to reconsider our relationship. We remain supportive of the members of the team and we wish them the very best going forward.

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Marijuana Lab Causes Fire Sunday Afternoon

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An illegal marijuana lab caused a fire Sunday afternoon at 2:15 in San Luis Obispo. After San Luis Obispo police and fire personnel put out the fire on Stoneridge Drive, they found evidence suggesting an illegal drug lab in the house.

Detectives obtained a search warrant and found “highly flammable” butane gas to convert low-concentrated marijuana into “honey oil,” also known as “hash oil,” which they believe caused the fire. Twenty-six-year-old Arroyo Grande resident Camden Knoll was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, and charges are pending against 31-year-old San Luis Obispo resident Aaron McBurney, who was injured in the fir Read More »

Walnut Creek Couple Wins SLO Marathon

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A couple from Walnut Creek, California won the San Luis Obispo County Marathon yesterday. Twenty-five-year-old Ryan Neely and 24-year-old Kimberly O’Donnell were the overall male and female winners, respectively. Neely and O’Donnell broke course records with times of 2:34:46 and 3:04:33.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day Memorial

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A Holocaust survivor and the grandchild of Holocaust survivors will headline the Holocaust Remembrance Day memorial program tonight at Congregation Beth David at 7:00. Today is Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day that commemorates the six million Jews and five million other people that died in the Holocaust.

The program will feature Ruth Cairns Baker, who will tell her story of how she escaped Vienna and Daniel Deitch, a Cal Poly student, will talk about being the grandchild of two Holocaust survivors and the importance of carrying on their stories. There will also be teachings from local rabbis, music performed by local musicians and a candle-lighting ceremony led by local Read More »

Santa Maria Man Recovers After Stabbing

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says a man is recovering from being stabbed multiple times in the Tanglewood area near Santa Maria Saturday night. A 41-year-old man was found lying in the street of Ironwood Drive just after 11:00 p.m. with numerous stab wounds. His injuries are not considered to be life-threatening. The sheriff's office says the stabbing is still under investigation and they ask anyone with information about the incident to call 911 or their anonymous tip line at (805)681-4171.

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Felon Arrested with Firearms

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A convicted felon from the Cuyama area is in Santa Barbara County Jail after he was found to be in possession of several firearms. A woman called 9-1-1 from a home in the Ventucopa area last Tuesday at 4 a.m. to say she was being threatened by a man with a shotgun. The police did not find the woman, but did find the homeowner, 62-year-old Marc Steele. 

Steele, a convicted felon, told police he had gotten into a disagreement with a female escort and her male chaperone over payment.  He denied threatening the escort but admitted to having a shotgun.  Police confiscated the shotgun and arrested Steele for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Later that day, police searched Steele& Read More »

Two Fires Over the Weekend

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Two fires occurred in the Central Coast this past weekend. The first fire happened at a home on Hemlock Avenue in Morro Bay at 1:39 A.M. The Morro Bay Fire and Police Department found flames present at the main electrical panel on the exterior of the building. The fire was extinguished within minutes and contained to the outside of the building.

The residence was occupied and evacuated with no reported injuries. There was approximately $2,000 in damage. The second fire occurred at the Flying Flags RV Park in Santa Barbara County, where a neighbor got three people out of a cabin on fire late Saturday night. The fire started at around 11:10 in a 1,000 square foot cabin with a family sleeping inside.

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