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SLO County Jail Put on Lockdown


SLO County Jail was in partial lockdown on Friday after an inmate was found dead. Timothy Janowicz, 29, was found unresponsive at 5:40 a.m. by his cell mates and medical staff declared him dead. Janowicz, a transient, was arrested by Atascadero police on Nov. 20 for possession of a controlled substance for sale, carrying a concealed weapon and violating probation. The cause of death is still under investigation and an autopsy will be performed in the near future.

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Cry for Change From Isla Vista Families


“Not one more”- the rallying cry by Richard Martinez after his son Chris Martinez was murdered in the Isla Vista shooting spree last Friday- has become big on social media. Martinez repeated the three words at the UCSB memorial on Wednesday, resulting in the audience chanting it and stomping their feet. The Twitter site predicts that over 28 million people have seen the #NotOneMore mantra. In response, California State Assembly Members Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) and Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) have proposed legislation allowing for a restraining order on individuals deemed too dangerous to own a gun.

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Homicide at Atascadero State Hospital


A homicide occurred at the Atascadero State Hospital yesterday at 2:15 p.m. The murder took place when one patient attacked another, and after being rushed to the hospital the patient was pronounced dead at 3:00 p.m. An Atascadero State Hospital employee was also injured and was hospitalized. There are two suspects that are being held in the hospital under surveillance by the police.

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Single Vehicle Accident


A single vehicle rollover occurred yesterday morning at 10:05 at the Spring Street exit from Highway 101 North in Paso Robles. The car had two people inside who were involved in a domestic dispute. The male passenger grabbed the steering wheel and activated the emergency brake, which is what caused the rollover. He fled on foot while the female driver was trapped inside.

The suspect, identified as Atascadero resident Jeffrey Barnes, was found at the Albertson’s on Niblick Road and arrested for domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon. The unidentified driver was hospitalized for moderate injuries that are not considered to be life-threatening. The investigation is ongoing and a

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Cal Poly Radio Station Scandal


Cal Poly radio station KCPR is facing a scandal. Student hosts Logan Cooper and Sean Martinez on their Saturday night sex talk show “Getting It In” offered to send pictures of their genitals for a radio station fundraiser. The offer on the show’s Facebook page was “For only $20 dollars, you can have a week of sexy snapchats featuring the hosts of Getting It In!” The Facebook post has been taken down. Journalism Department Chair Mary Glick told Mustang News that she is starting an investigation into the hosts’ actions and the long-term structure of KCPR. The story first broke at Cal Coast News, a website run by Cal Poly journalism professor Bill Loving. Read More »

Memorial Service Yesterday at UCSB


Twenty-thousand people gathered at Harder Stadium in UCSB for the memorial service to honor the six students that were murdered in Friday night’s shooting spree in Isla Vista. Religious leaders, Chancellor Henry Yang and UC President Janet Napolitano spoke at the memorial and said that instead of asking why, the focus should be on honoring the six that died.

Napolitano provided glimpses into the lives of some of the victims, saying that George Chen was an engineering student who loved playing basketball with his dad and was a volunteer YMCA counselor; Katie Cooper was captain of her high school water polo team, and James Hong volunteered at a nearby Chinese language school.

Richard Marti

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Truck Hauling Trailer Hit Utility Pole


A truck hauling a double trailer knocked down a utility pole at 8:47 yesterday morning in Arroyo Grande, closing both lanes of Los Berros Road until 10 last night and be closed again this morning at 9 in order for the scene to be cleared. The driver of the tractor-trailer was hospitalized with minor injuries. The truck was traveling at an unsafe speed and the driver misjudged a curve, causing the truck to overturn on the roadway, strike a pole and a tree and travel down an embankment. The collision with the utility pole caused the cable and phone lines to hit a second vehicle, but the driver was unhurt. The CHP is requesting motorists use an alternate route.

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Commercial Burglary in Morro Bay on Monday


A commercial burglary took place in Morro Bay on Monday at around 3:30 a.m. An unknown subject forced his way into a closed business and stole a safe. The suspect is believed to be an adult male wearing a dark blue hoodie, dark pants and black shoes. The business is reporting a $7000 loss from the robbery. Contact the Morro Bay Police Department if you have any information on the incident.

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Today is a Day of Mourning and Reflection for UCSB


UCSB has called today a “Day of Mourning and Reflection” and classes have been cancelled to give students time to grieve from the shooting in Isla Vista on Friday. A memorial will be held for the victims at 4 p.m. at Harder Stadium. UC president Janet Napolitano has reassured students that on-campus resources will be increased for those affected by the shooting.

The shooting spree occurred at 9:30 Friday evening when a Santa Barbara City College student allegedly murdered six people and injured 13 others. The shooter, identified as Elliot Rodger, stabbed and killed three people in his apartment complex, who have been identified as Rodger’s roommate Cheng Hong, George Chen and Weihan

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Man Arrested in Santa Maria for Burglary and Arson


A Canoga Park man was arrested yesterday morning in Santa Maria for burglary and arson. Local business security personnel called 911 and reported a man had shattered a window and opened a door into one of the building’s offices. Police surrounded the place and ordered anyone inside to come out, and shortly after Isael Vasquez surrendered without incident. Vasquez attempted to light a fire inside the building. He is currently in Santa Barbara County Jail with bail set at $50,000.

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