Paso Police officer and bystander rescue fire victim

PASO ROBLES – On Sunday, March 11 Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services responded to an apartment fire at around 2:57 p.m. The fire was located at an apartment in a complex at 2041 Riverside Ave. in Paso Robles.

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Paso Robles East Side roads set to be paved

PASO ROBLES – The City of Paso Robles, Public Works Department has started the road repairs for the Bolen and south Trigo Lane neighborhood. These roads were constructed many years ago with inadequate infrastructure to accommodate the drainage issues, which is one of the reasons the surrounding pavement has deteriorated. In order to preserve the new re-paving work, the City will be installing concrete cross-gutters at various intersections within the neighborhood. In addition, there are also some localized areas where there is the need to perform some repairs by digging out the road surface, compacting the roadbed, and installing base. Once the cross-gutters are installed and the localized areas of repair are completed, then the entire road surface from curb to curb will be re-surfaced with new asphalt.

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North County's Most Wanted: March 9

Kevin Bruce Duckworth, 32, is wanted for first degree burglary, grand theft of a firearm, grand theft over $950, receiving/purchasing stolen property, possession of a firearm by a felon, unlawful possession of ammunition, committing a felony with a prior prison term within the last 5 years, obstructing/resisting a peace officer. Duckworth is White, 6’ tall, and 200 pounds. He is listed as a transient in North County. If you have information on his whereabouts please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 781-4550. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling CrimeStoppers at 805-549-STOP.

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North County's Most Wanted: Update March 9

ATASCADERO — The Most Wanted subject from Nov. 15, Max Aaron Gerarden, has been arrested and booked into County Jail on Feb.. 7. Gerarden was wanted for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. His bail was set at $50,000. Alejandro Rey Sanchez, our Most Wanted subject from early February, was taken into custody by Atascadero Police Department.

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Paso Robles Recreation Services offers spring break camps

PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles Recreation Services will present two hands-on STEAM inspired spring break camps for local students beginning Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30 at Centennial Park in Paso Robles. STEAM, the abbreviation for science, technology, engineering, art and math is an integrated approach to learning that encourages students to think more broadly and creatively, boosting problem-solving skills.

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Fire in Templeton extinguished

TEMPLETON — On March 7 in Templeton Cal Fire and SLO County Fire responded to a vegetation fire on Santa Rita Road at 12:50 p.m. At that time the fire had a slow rate of spread and was just a quarter-acre. At 1:11 p.m. Cal Fire updated its report that crews were making good progress and the fire was at three acres. By 1:25 p.m. Cal Fire gave its final update as firefighter crews had stopped the forward spread of the fire. Crews were expected to mop up the fire for another two hours.

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Community Volunteer Patrol Program orientation set for March 13

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Police Department Community Volunteer Patrol Program (CVPP) is offering an opportunity for the public to learn more about the program and what these volunteers do to assist the Police Department. On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, the CVPP will host an orientation program beginning at 7 p.m. in the Emergency Operations Center at the Public Safety Center, 900 Park Street.

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Police chase suspect driving 140 mph

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — On the evening of March 6, Mario Oseguera, 19, from San Jose, fled from police in a 2003 red Mercedes C240, leading them on a chase that spanned many cities and two counties. California Highway Patrol Officers from King City, Air Operations, Templeton, and San Luis Obispo all assisted in on the pursuit with speeds hitting more than 140 miles per hour. At 9 p.m., CHP monitored radio traffic from a pursuit entering the North County from King City. The suspect’s vehicle evading authorities southbound on Highway 101. Oseguera was seen driving on the right shoulder of the highway to pass traffic and nearly collided with other vehicles on several occasions.

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Two injured in multi-vehicle accident in Shandon

SHANDON — On Monday, March 5 the California Highway Patrol Communication Center received a report at 5:47 a.m. of a head-on collision at the Shandon Rest Area on State Route 46. Per the California Highway Patrols report, when units arrived, the road was blocked between the rest area and Lucy Brown Road. At this location, both directions of travel utilize what will eventually be the westbound lanes on the northernmost portion of SR 46. The collision involved four vehicles, three of which were semi-trailer combinations.

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Vista Oaks Way residential structure fire

PASO ROBLES — A residential fire occurred on the 2000 block of Vista Oaks Way in Paso Robles on Saturday, March 3. Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services responded to the fire at approximately 11:30 p.m. First arriving firefighters found smoke and fire emanating from an exterior wall and spreading into the attic. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the area of origin and worked to limit smoke and water damage to the rest of the structure.

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Deputy assaulted by inmate in County Jail

SAN LUIS OBISPO – An inmate at San Luis Obispo County Jail assaulted a correctional deputy Tuesday. The 26-year-old correctional deputy was moving inmates from one section of the jail to another around 12:30 p.m. when one of the inmates charged the deputy and began punching the him multiple times in the head and face. The Deputy was able to subdue the inmate, 27-year-old Joseph Allen Baker, of Nipomo. Other deputies arrived to assist and the deputy who was transported to a local hospital via ambulance. The deputy sustained injuries including a broken nose and an orbital fracture to his eye socket. The deputy is recovering at the hospital and the inmate, Baker has been re-arrested and is facing a new charge of assault on a peace officer.

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Early morning fatal accident near Shandon

SHANDON – Just after 6 a.m. Tuesday on Bitterwater Road north of SR-58, a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe was involved in a single-vehicle accident. Five passengers from Avenal were involved in the accident and one died at the scene. Veronica Ayala-Rea, 35, was driving the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe southbound on Bitterwater Road, 12 miles north of SR-58. Ayala-Rea failed to handle a curve in the road and crossed into the other lane and onto the dirt shoulder before rolling over multiple times. Two passengers not wearing their seatbelts — Alexis Jovani Ayala, 19, and Maria Rodriguez Tovar, 49, who were ejected from the vehicle. Alexis Jovani Ayla was transported to Kern Valley Medical Center and Rodriguez Tovar to Sierra Vista Medical Center.

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Pilot crashes plane in field near Paso Robles Airport

PASO ROBLES – Tuesday evening at approximate 8:30 p.m. the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services responded to an aircraft incident near the Paso Robles Airport. Arriving responders found an upright plane in a field just south of Dry Creek Road.

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Transient duo refuse to leave vacant home

PASO ROBLES — On Friday, Feb. 23 at approximately 12:10 p.m., the Paso Robles Police Department received a report of suspicious persons loitering around a vacant home in the 1000 block of Caddie Lane. Upon arrival, police learned that an alert neighbor saw two people hanging around a house and was the one who reported the suspicious activity. These neighbors knew that the house was for sale and vacant and called the police when they noticed the activity. The neighbor told the officers that the suspicious people and a dog had last been seen going into the backyard of the home. Officers checked the house and found the door to the garage open and personal items scattered about. They could hear people running through the house to the second floor and barricading themselves inside one of the rooms. Officers also found that the suspects had abandoned their dog as they fled.

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Ribbon cutting ceremony held for Central Coast Party Helpers

PASO ROBLES — The 2018 North County Wedding Expo Spring Show is this weekend. The Expo, in its third year, highlights northern San Luis Obispo County as a destination wedding location and features wedding professionals and venues from the area. This year, in response to the devastating fires and floods that shook the Santa Rosa and Santa Barbara communities, several vendors are offering discounts on their services to help brides who lost Venues or other wedding related necessities. Central Coast Party Helpers, one of the main sponsors for the 2018 Spring show, will offer 20 percent off their planning and staffing services. CCPH owner, Brigitte Faulkner, said she wanted to help brides from the two devastated areas, many of whom lost deposits on wedding related services due to the tragic weather related events.

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Proposed ballot ban on fracking and oil expansion

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — Volunteers will begin gathering signatures today to place the “Protect Our Water, Air, and Land: Ban Fracking and Oil Expansion in SLO County” Initiative on the November 2018 ballot. The initiative is sponsored by the Coalition to Protect San Luis Obispo County, a group of local volunteers working to protect local water, air and soil from pollution while encouraging a shift toward renewable energy, as called for in the county’s General Plan.

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Suspect wanted for stabbing

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Lucio Merino Cervantes, a 24-year old Paso Robles resident. Cervantes is suspected of stabbing another man during a fight in Paso Robles on Feb. 17. Twin Cities Community Hospital staff notified officers about the stabbing Saturday night, around 8:20 p.m., when the victim arrived for treatment. The victim and witnesses told investigators that Cervantes stabbed the victim while several men fought in front of a liquor store along the 3300 block of Spring St. earlier that evening.

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North County’s Most Wanted: Have you seen this man, Derek David White?

Derek David White, 27, is wanted for violating his probation for driving a car without consent. He is white, 6’ 05” tall, 190 pounds, and his last known address is in Cambria. If you have information on his whereabouts please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 781-4550. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling CrimeStoppers at 805-549-STOP.

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Sheriffs seek San Miguel burglary suspect

SAN MIGUEL — On Feb. 12 at about 1:58 p.m., San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residential burglary report on the 1300 block of L Street in San Miguel. While conducting a follow-up investigation to the burglary, deputies attempted to contact Kevin Duckworth. Duckworth fled on foot from deputies. Deputies attempted to pursue Duckworth, however, Duckworth was able to evade deputies efforts.

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Fire damages Angus Street home

PASO ROBLES — Paso Robles Department responded to a residence at approximately 7:48 p.m., on Angus Street for a reported trash can fire that had been extinguished by the resident. The initial crew reported heavy smoke coming from attic vents above the garage area and a structure fire response was initiated. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to one garage wall and the attic space above the garage, limiting the heat and smoke damage throughout the residence. The residence was occupied at the time of the fire. No firefighters or community members were injured.

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Man stabbed during altercation on Spring Street in Paso Robles

PASO ROBLES — On Sunday, Feb. 11, at approximately 1:40 p.m., the Paso Robles Police Department received a report of a two males involved in a physical fight on the 3100 block of Spring St. Upon arrival, officers located one male adult victim with an apparent stab wound to his lower left back. The adult male suspect left in a vehicle prior to officers’ arrival.

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Cal Fire provides funds to increase pace of dead tree removal projects

SACRAMENTO — Six million dollars have been awarded in a one-time grant to aid high-priority counties impacted by California’s historic tree mortality. CAL FIRE’s Local Assistance for Tree Mortality (LATM) Grant Program will provide the matching funds for counties to be able to tap into the California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA) administered by the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). The CAL FIRE LATM Grant Program will work cooperatively with the Cal OES CDAA program to increase reimbursement to high-priority counties to remove or fell dead and dying trees threatening public infrastructures, such as roads and buildings.

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Paso Robles couple arrested

PASO ROBLES — On Feb. 1 at 1:40 a.m., police were conducting a patrol at the Food-4-Less shopping center in Paso Robles when they noticed a man going through a dumpster, a violation of the municipal code. Officers approached the man, Daniel Lynn Otis, age 30 and noticed that he had a stroller with him. Police found an infant in the stroller under one year of age. During the investigation, they found that Otis was under the influence of a controlled substance. The officers conducted a welfare check on the child and discovered narcotics paraphernalia and a controlled substance in close proximity to the infant. Consequently, Otis was arrested on felony for child cruelty with possible injury or death, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a control substance (methamphetamine) and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

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$100 counterfeit bills exchanged in Paso store

PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Police Department is requesting public assistance with locating two women who are suspected of passing counterfeit $100 bills throughout Central Coast businesses. Janet Marie Deras and Ines Marie Jimenez allegedly attempted to pass two Counterfeit $100 bills On Jan. 31 at the J.C. Penny department store on Niblick Road. Deras, 21, and Jimenez, 30, attempted to spend the bills and claimed to have no idea that the money was fraudulent. The women were possibly accompanied by another person of interest, Joshua Lee Maddox, 38, who is associated with a yellow 2018 Chevrolet Camaro.

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Missing woman reported in SLO

UPDATE: It has been 40 days since Kristen Marti went missing. San Luis Obispo Police Department is still looking for her and posted a reminder on their Twitter page on Feb. 18. On Jan. 18, San Luis Obispo Police Department took a missing person’s report for Kristen Marti, 26, who has not been seen since Jan. 9. She was last seen on the 1800 block of Perfumo Canyon Road, in a parked maroon colored sedan, with an unknown adult aged male. Marti frequents hotels in the San Luis Obispo County area. Marti has not been in contact with family or friends since Jan. 9, which is unlike her.

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Men found dead in California Valley home

On Monday, Jan. 29 two individuals were found deceased in a residence located on the 12000 block of Arrow Bear Trail in California Valley. At approximately 11:17 a.m. the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible deceased subject in a residence. Upon arrival, the Sheriff’s Deputies, along with California Game and Fish and Wildlife Warden’s, found two deceased individuals, Edward Chavez Mendoza, age 70, a resident of California Valley and his son, Edmundo Eduardo Mendoza Jr., age 37, also a resident of California Valley inside the home.

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PRJUSD elementary students honored at board meeting

The 44 students were honored, tripling the number of high-earning students from the previous year.

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All PRJUSD elementary students receive weekly dance

Janessa Harris, Vincent Palmer and Ella Walker strike a pose while taking part in the second grade dance team at Pat Butler Elementary.

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Brynn and Brittni Frace remembered

Atascadero — A celebration of life for Brittni and Brynn Frace will take place at the Atascadero Bible Church, 6225 Atascadero Ave. on Friday, Jan. 26 at 4 p.m.

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TUSD warns parents after child is assaulted in Templeton

Dr. Koski, Superintendent of Templeton Unified School District issued a warning to parents this morning after a child was allegedly assaulted near her home in Templeton. “I want to alert you to a report of a stranger danger situation that occurred over the weekend,” Koski wrote in the statement. “On Saturday, at approximately 12:30 p.m., a student was playing near her home on the 1200 block of Bennett Way in Templeton when a man grabbed her from behind. She screamed and the man put his hand over her mouth. She elbowed him in the stomach and he let go of her.”

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Pig rescue faces issues with local ordinance

“And they’re thinking they’re literally getting this tiny housepet,” K&M Mini Pot Belly Pig Rescue Owner Marilu Elder said. “What happens is they outgrow that 25 pounds, guaranteed, and they don’t want it anymore. It becomes a burden. A 50, 100 or 150 pound pet that nobody knows what to do with.”

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Photos: Liberty High students visit Fiscalini Ranch

Nineteen students from Liberty High School took a field trip to the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve last week. The students were treated to a 2.5 plus mile hike through the coastal mountain range near Cambria over to the coastal bluffs.

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Paso Robles Assistant City Manager retires after 31 years

Her years in the City Manager’s Office have been characterized by challenges and opportunities in the extreme - the peak in the economy and growth in local businesses and economic development, the San Simeon earthquake and its after-effects; the Great Recession, the dissolution of redevelopment agencies; the development of the Uptown Specific Plan, Salinas River Corridor Plan, Paso ARTSFEST, recreational trails, and an increase in outdoor recreation and culture

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Additional Articles

  • City of Paso Robles reaches 1,000 solar home installed

    PASO ROBLES — Last month, Paso Robles resident Dan Robinson decided he wanted to save money and do the right thing when he called Solarponics and applied for a solar energy permit to install solar on his home. Little did he know that his application would be the 1,000th alternative energy permit filed in the city of Paso Robles. With Mr. Robinson’s solar install, Paso became the first city to reach 1,000 installs in San Luis Obispo county. “These seven panels on my roof can do the same for me as a multi-billion dollar power plant… with no pollution,” says Mr. Robinson. “Solar makes so much sense on so many levels. It’s the right way to go.”

  • Paso Robles streets repaired

    PASO ROBLES — The City of Paso Robles has completed five full years of Supplemental Sales Tax road repair projects and on February 20, 2018 the Paso Robles City Council approved new projects for the next phase of funding. Since 2012, over 100 streets have been repaired or replaced entirely, with construction and/or repairs to begin early this summer on 40 more streets.

  • Paso Police investigates possible threat at middle school

    Paso Robles — The Paso Robles Police Department completed an investigation into possible threats directed toward Lewis Middle School by a student. The PRPD, along with school district officials, have investigated this incident and do not believe the student poses a current threat to Lewis Middle School students or staff. Police have not specified the nature of the threat.

  • Hwy. 101 project in San Miguel continues

    San Miguel — A project to improve eight miles in both directions of US Highway 101 from San Miguel to Camp Roberts in Monterey County will continue on Monday, Feb. 5 with construction/ramp closures taking place in the following locations: ·A traffic switch that started on Feb. 5 to allow for the widening of the outside northbound and southbound 10th Street bridges and for reconstruction of the northbound.

  • Flooding in Paso threatens homes

    PASO ROBLES — Water was found flowing from Pino Way down to Jackson Drive from a broken pipe caused by a vehicle accident in the evening hours on Saturday, Feb. 3. The Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services received notification at 8:37 p.m. from local police of a broken water main threatening to flood nearby residents of Jackson Drive and Union Road.

  • California Valley deaths ruled murder/sucide

    California Valley —The Coroner’s Unit of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office released the cause and manner of death of the father and son who were found deceased in their home in California Valley on Jan. 29.

  • Construction begins at Larry Moore Park

    Work is scheduled to begin this week to install a new playground and renovate the existing restroom at Larry Moore Park in Paso Robles. Larry Moore Park, located along the Salinas River Trail, was originally built in the 1990’s as part of the Riverbank housing development and included in the resident assessment-funded Landscape and Lighting District. In July 2016, after meeting with neighborhood residents, the park became part of the City parks system, with operations, maintenance and youth recreation programming being provided by the City of Paso Robles.

  • Blood Drive to be held at Walmart

    “Nobody expects to need blood, but it is important to ensure that it is available, especially during the holiday season,” said Mona Kleman, Senior Donor Recruitment Manager.