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Man Sentenced to 38 Years to Life for Human Trafficking


District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley has announced that defendant Brannon Pitcher was sentenced to 38 years to life in State Prison.  Pitcher was convicted in the County’s first human trafficking trial. He was found guilty of two counts of human trafficking of a minor as well as the Special Allegation that he used force, fear, fraud, deceit, and violence while …

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Fire Displaces Residents In Apartment Complex


A fire at the Vizcaya apartments on South Depot Street in Santa Maria displacing 33 people late Thursday afternoon. The fire broke out in one apartment and spread to others. One person was sent to the hospital with minor burns. The Red Cross was on scene to help those who were displaced. The cause of the fire is still under …

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SLO Police Serve Search Warrant On Suspicion Of Child Pornography


On March 11, 2015 San Luis Obispo Police Detectives served a search warrant at the home of Christopher Kluck 57 in the City of San Luis Obispo. Detectives had recently received information from Arroyo Grande Police Department Detectives that Kluck was in possession of child pornography. The Arroyo Grande Detective who provided this information is trained and affiliated with the …

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Sheriffs Respond To Shots Fired Near School


Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of shots fired in the area north of Lillian Larsen School in San Miguel. Out of an abundance of caution, that school and the nearby Almond Acres Charter Academy were placed on lockdown at approximately 12:17 PM. Multiple Deputies responded to the scene to check the area. Both schools were determined to be …

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LOVR On And Off Ramps Closed Monday


The northbound U.S. Highway 101 on & off-ramps at Los Osos Valley Road will be closed on Monday, March 16 from 9 pm until 6 am, weather permitting. This closure is needed in order to restripe, move k-rail, and shift traffic to a new alignment on the northbound 101 off-ramp. With this closure, the project officially shifts from Stage 2 …

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Man Accused Of Murdering Wife Going On Trial


A man accused of murdering his wife is going to trial. James lypps, who was let go by a judge last month because of lack of evidence was rearrested, is expected to be arraigned the end of  this month. Sherre Neal-Lypps was found dead in the bathtub in her Morro Bay home in 2009. Lypps was not arrested until this …

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Investigation Into Sexual Assault Allegation With Fraternity Reopened

An investigation into a sexual assault allegation at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity’s Halloween party last year is being reopened. New information has come forward from local law enforcement. The fraternity is currently under suspension for conduct issues and what went on at the party. An appeal of the suspension is on hold.

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Man Pleads Not Guilty To Vehicular Manslaughter Charges


Joseph Mondo, charged with vehicular manslaughter for killing one bicyclist and injuring another pleaded not guilty to the crime that occurred in 2014. The Paso Robles teenager whose cell phone slipped off his lap while he was driving on Nacimiento Lake Drive reached down to pick it up and swerved onto the shoulder hitting and killing a 62-year-old Los Angeles …

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Lois Capps And USPS Dedicating Post Office To Officer Killed In Line Of Duty In Lompoc Today


Today Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) and the U.S. Postal Service will dedicate the Lompoc Post Office as the Federal Correctional Officer Scott J. Williams Memorial Post Office. Senior Officer Specialist Williams was killed in the line of duty at the U.S. Penitentiary in Lompoc on April 3, 1997. He served with honor and distinction as a U.S. Marine during the …

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One Year Since Drought Emergency Was Announced


The County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors proclaimed a local drought emergency one year ago this month and, since then, the County has been hard at work to address immediate impacts of the drought.  On March 24, the County’s Drought Task Force will present a special public report detailing how the local government has responded to the drought …

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