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Alleged sex abuse victim recants but judge dismisses her testimony

Ramoan Blackmon

A 15-year-old girl who accused her relative, a Santa Maria youth basketball coach, of molesting her over the course of multiple years took to the witness stand Monday and recanted her story. Nonetheless, a judge... (Continue reading)

Prison inmate from Paso Robles escapes

Brian Dill

A two-strike offender from Paso Robles is on the loose after escaping Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga on Monday. Brian Dill, 33, was being housed in the the minimum-security facility at the state prison.... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach officer on paid administrative leave

David Fear and his wife Terry Fear

The Grover Beach Police Department has placed the officer who owned a dog that attacked two people last week, killing a 64-year-old man, on paid administrative leave. On Tuesday, two of the officer’s dogs got... (Continue reading)

Major injuries suffered in Los Osos crash

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One person suffered major injuries in a crash on Sunday on Clark Valley Road in Los Osos. In the afternoon, a truck crashed into a tree and rolled down an embankment. Responders transported one person,... (Continue reading)

Note leads to grenade found near Orcutt

Santa Barbara sheriff

A man walked into the Santa Maria airport Saturday morning, handed a note to a TSA agent and then left. The note led authorities to a field south of Orcutt where they discovered a grenade.... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach man dies from dog attack

David Fear and his wife Terry Fear

The Grover Beach man attacked by a police officer’s dog died Friday evening. He was 64 years old. On Tuesday afternoon, the dog attacked Betty Long, 85, in her front yard. Long’s neighbor, David Fear,... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach officer owned dog that attacked old woman

a Belgian Malinois

The K9 officer-type dog that attacked and nearly killed an 85-year-old woman and a 64-year-old man belonged to a Grover Beach policeman, according to San Luis Obispo County Animal Services. Authorities have not identified the... (Continue reading)

Dumb criminal: Alleged thief tries to sell back stolen valuables

Kerry Lynn Allison

Two weeks after allegedly stealing a laptop and other goods valued at more than $14,000, a Paso Robles woman attempted to sell the property back to its owner for just $250, according to the San... (Continue reading)

Thieves get away after hitting Atascadero train store


A group of thieves broke into an Atascadero train store Wednesday morning and loaded numerous items into a pickup truck in broad daylight. The burglars fled just before police officers arrived, and they managed to... (Continue reading)

Orange County District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Department under investigation

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The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday it had launched a civil rights investigation into allegations the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Department withheld evidence and used jailhouse informants to illegally obtain confessions.... (Continue reading)

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