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Man In Jail For Allegedly Willfully Setting Off Fire Alarms



Saturday afternoon SLOPD and SLO City Fire responded to three separate fire alarm activations in the downtown area. The first alarm was activated at 12:57 pm at Aaron Brothers at 647 Higuera St. A witness in the store described the suspect as a white male adult in his 50’s, possibly transient, with dark curly hair and wearing a light colored t-shirt and shorts. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

A few minutes later dispatch received a call o

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Inadvertent Sounding of Early Warning System



The San Luis Obispo County Office of Emergency Services is reporting an Early Warning System siren sounded in the area of Orcutt and Biddle Road, San Luis Obispo sounded this afternoon … it was an inadvertent sounding.

In addition, when an Emergency Alert System message was sent out advising of the accidental siren sounding, it trigged the cell phone notification system that notifies the public of an emergency – however, there was NO emergency; there was NO need f

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Fire Burning Near UCSB



Fire crews are working to contain a fire burning near UCSB. It began at 9:41 last night.  Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) responded to a reported vegetation fire, located at Coal Oil Point in Goleta.  The fire grew initially from one to ten acres, at a moderate rate of spread.  The fire burned near the Venoco storage tanks and buildings. 

One residence east of the fire was threatened and evacuated due to a sudden wind shift.  No structures

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Abandoned Panga Boat Discovered



Yesterday, a State Parks Ranger was driving on Highway One when the Ranger noticed a break in the fence line about four miles north of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. Upon further investigation, an abandoned panga boat was discovered beached on the sand. Investigators believe the boat had been there for approximately 18 to 24 hours. Articles of clothing were discovered inside the boat and strewn around the beach near the boat.

Boat fuel was also discovered inside the boat. She

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Arrests Made By Santa Barbara Sheriff Gang Enforcement Detectives



After a three month investigation, Santa Barbara Sheriff Gang Enforcement Detectives arrested two gang members for possession of firearms, extortion, robbery, elder abuse and possession of a stolen vehicle. Gang Detectives are still attempting to locate two additional suspect associated with the case, who are believed to be in the Santa Maria area.  28 year old Mark Silvas  of Santa Maria is wanted for vehicle theft and gang relates charge. He has a $135,000.00 warrant issue

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Alleged Assault on Child



On the evening of June 25, at about 7:15 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the condominium complex located at 676 N. 12th Street for a reported assault on a child. The investigation revealed a 7 year old child was approached by a 60-year-old female adult identified as Julie W. Rodenhuis and was sprayed in the face and eyes with a poisonous weed killer. The child was immediately treated by family members and emergency medical personnel who responded to the scene. The child further received medi

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Missing Person Found Unharmed



On 6-25-14 Stephanie Brummond was located in the City of San Luis Obispo unharmed. The Atascadero Police Department would like to thank the media and citizens for their assistance in this matter.

On 6-21-14 Stephanie Brummond was reported to this agency as missing. On 6/19/14 Brummond was released from County Mental Health. Brummond is prescribed medication, but has refused to take them in the past. Brummond was captured on video surveillance on 6-19-14 at approximately 3:38 P

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Settlement Agreement Has Been Reached to Eliminate Billboards



A settlement agreement has been reached between the City of San Luis Obispo and CBS Outdoor LLC over the elimination of several billboards.  One of the billboards to be removed is a large two-paneled sign and is located at 1960 Santa Barbara Avenue adjacent to Railroad Square and the Railroad Museum.

The other two billboards slated for immediate removal are within the City’s popular Johnson Ranch Open Space. The future removal of a fourth billboard along the Calle J

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Hearst Castle Tries to Cut Water Consumption by Closing Restrooms



Hearst Castle, in an effort to cut water consumption because of the drought, are closing their restrooms July 7. Thirty eight portable toilets will be installed at the Visitor Center, along with six hand sanitizer stations. State Parks officials say the closure of the restrooms is expected to reduce water consumption by 40-50%.

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Deteriorating Air Quality Due to Blowing Dust and Sand



The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) and County Public Health Department are advising the public of deteriorating air quality in the Oceano Dunes/Nipomo Mesa area due to blowing dust and sand. Blowing sand and dust is forecasted to occur on very windy days from 11 am to 7 pm, with the dust forecasted to peak from 1 pm to 6 pm. 

Very sensitive individuals such as infants, as well as children and adults with existing respiratory or heart conditio

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