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Farm Equipment Vandalized

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On Tuesday, December 02, 2014, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Rural Crimes unit investigated a reported vandalism to farm equipment in the 1800 block of West Main Street, Santa Maria, Ca.  The equipment belongs to OSR Enterprises out of Santa Maria. The investigation revealed numerous pieces of farm equipment were targeted for vandalism.  The equipment consisted of three celery harvesting machines ... Read More »

Convicted Murderer Released Through Conditional Release Program

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Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that 24-year old Nicholas Bendle will be released from Patton State Hospital to a California Department of Mental Health (“DMH”) residential treatment program known as the Conditional Release Program (“CONREP”). On August 1, 2009, 19-year old Nicholas Bendle randomly murdered a pedestrian with a hatchet.  This murder was adjudicated to ... Read More »

DUI Taskforce is Ready for Holiday Party Goers

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This time of year, with all the holiday parties and festive occasions, many partygoers will be drinking. If you’re celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, the SLO County AVOID coalition has a message for you: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Due to the increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities around the holidays each year, law enforcement agencies across the country will ... Read More »

Mail Theft Ring in Santa Barbara

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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a mail theft ring and is asking for public assistance to help locate the two female suspects believed responsible.  The Sheriff’s Office also wants to notify residents and hotel owners about these suspects in an attempt to notify potential victims and to prevent others from being victimized as well. On November 25, ... Read More »

Two Attempted Robberies Last Night in SLO

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On December 3, at 5:40 PM, SLOPD Officers were dispatched to the report of a robbery which had just occurred in the 900 block of Chorro Street. The lone female victim called 911 to report she was walking on Chorro when an unknown Hispanic male, approximately 18 years old, ran past her and grabbed her purse. As the suspect fled ... Read More »

SLO City Council Decided to Postpone Action Regarding Vote to Overrule ALUC’s Findings

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At the most recent SLO City Council meeting, it was decided to postpone any action regarding a vote to overrule of the Airport Land Use Commission’s (ALUC) findings to a special Council meeting on December 9. Newly elected council member Dan Rivoire cited his desire to hear from more community members before making a decision. An overrule of the ALUC findings is ... Read More »

Landslide at Nojoqui Falls County Park

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At 11:41am yesterday, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBC FD) responded to a land slide at Nojoqui Falls County Park, located at 2356 Alisal Road. SBCFD responded three engines, an Urban Search and Rescue Team, Air Support Unit helicopter, two crews and a battalion chief to the scene.  SBCFD was assisted by American Medical Response, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s ... Read More »

Paso Robles Police Starts “Police and Community Together” Program

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The Paso Robles Police Department rolled out a new community based program yesterday, announced by Chief Robert Burton. The new program, titled ‘Police and Community Together’ (PACT), was created to promote community, government and police partnerships, implement proactive problem solving, and enhance the Department’s engagement with our community. According to Chief Burton, “The goal for PACT is to maximize the ... Read More »

Police Conclude 5-Year Murder Investigation

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Shortly after 3pm on December 2nd, Investigators with the Morro Bay Police Department concluded a 5-year long investigation with the arrest of 64 year old James Victor Lypps, a resident of Nipomo, CA, for the murder of his wife, Sherre Ann Neal-Lypps. Sherre Lypps, who was 62 at the time of her death in June of 2009, died under suspicious ... Read More »

Federal Regulators Must Reassess Earthquake Risks at Nuclear Power Plant

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Federal regulators need to reassess earthquake risks at California’s last operating nuclear power plant and hold hearings to determine if it’s properly accounting for potential threats. That’s according to testimony to be submitted Wednesday in Washington, where a Senate committee has scheduled a hearing on nuclear safety after Japan’s Fukushima disaster. California’s Diablo Canyon plant is located near several earthquake ... Read More »

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