• Source of gunshot sounds heard at Templeton Elementary School still unconfirmed

    San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Deputies responded, along with a school resource officer, to reports of automatic gunfire near Templeton Elementary School just after 3 p.m. today as school was letting out for the day. In a statement sent out to parents at 4:04 p.m., Templeton Unified School District Superintendent Joe Koski said that the source of the sounds still haven't been confirmed and added that the sounds were heard as far away as the Templeton Post Office.

  • Man attempts to abduct child in Templeton

    TEMPLETON — An attempted kidnapping occurred on Saturday, Jan. 20 at approximately 12:30 p.m. on the 1200 block of Bennett Way in Templeton. A 9-year-old girl who was playing in a mobile home park playground was approached by a Hispanic male who tried to grab her. She resisted and was able to break free and run home. The girl notified her family members who contacted the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. The young girl described the man as a Hispanic male, unknown age, approximately 6-foot-tall with a thin build, black hair, bushy eyebrows and black facial hair. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area and searched the neighborhood, but were unable to locate anyone matching the description. No witnesses have been identified at this time.

  • Teens and social media presentation held Thursday

    “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have someone with the savvy of a digital native, who not only stays abreast of the new platforms and their complexities, but who offers the full range of perspectives as far as the many issues they present families,” said A.M.S. Assistant Principal Will Wallace about Calandro. The idea for this forum came from A.M.S. counselors who recognized the need or social media education based on recent trends within the student body.

  • Mixed-use project headed to Council

    “The 400 square-foot commercial space on the ground floor of each unit could be used for offices, artist studios, or small retail commercial,” Senior Planner Callie Taylor said, adding the corner lot is approved for a drive-through car wash.

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Bomb Squad detonates suspicious package

SAN LUIS OBISPO - A suspicious package was located near the front door of the San Luis Obispo County Jail on Tuesday at approximately 7 p.m. Staff walking near the entrance noticed the suspicious package by the front door and immediately reported it. Jail staff recently received death threats associated with protests against several deaths at the jail over the past few years including that of Atascadero man Andrew Holland, who died in 2017 after being restrained for nearly 48 hours.

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Rainy morning causes several accidents

NORTH COUNTY — In the morning hours of March 13, there were several accidents due to the rain in the North County. At 7:45 a.m. there was a two-vehicle collision on Geneseo Road, south of SR-46, in Paso Robles. No one was injured. At 8 a.m. on Northbound Highway 101, north of SR-58, there was a solo vehicle collision with a minor injury. Also on Highway 101, north of SR-58, at 9 a.m., there was another solo vehicle with no injuries reported. Shortly at 9:15 a.m. on SR-46, east off Branch Road, there was another solo vehicle collision with no injuries reported.

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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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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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    City’s creekside property split into three parcels

    Atascadero — The Atascadero Planning Commission took the first steps Tuesday toward bringing a business back to the creekside property in Colony Square, the former location of Atascadero City Hall, which has been vacant since 2013. The Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve a tentative parcel map that would subdivide the parcel into three separate properties. The City would retain two of the parcels — a 9,000 square-foot area on the west side of the property that serves as the landing for the recently constructed pedestrian bridge over Atascadero Creek and a 6,000 square-foot area at the east side of the property that serves as the Atascadero Transit Center. The third parcel, a 1.82-acre area with an office building will be sold. The land and building are currently owned by the successor agency to the City Redevelopment Agency, which was dissolved by state mandate in 2012.

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    US highway 101 preservation treatment continues next week

    ATASCADERO — A project to place a protective overlay on US Highway 101 from the Traffic Way Undercrossing in Atascadero to the Vineyard Drive Overcrossing in Templeton will continue through next week. This project which is designed to extend the life of the pavement was suspended earlier this winter due to colder temperatures which made resurfacing the highway unsuitable.

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    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.

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    Atascadero man dies after flipping convertible on Highway 101

    A two-vehicle accident on Highway 101 in Atascadero Sunday afternoon left an elderly driver dead and his passenger with major injuries.

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    Road work at Highway 41 and Los Altos Road resumes after rain delay

    ATASCADERO — A project to extend the left-turn lane and reconstruct the intersection of State Route 41 from west of Los Altos Road to east of Old Morro Road will resume this week following delays due to rain in the area. Motorists will encounter one-way reversing traffic control at the intersection of State Route 41 at Los Altos Road beginning Tuesday, Feb. 13 through Friday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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    Immigration, politics and hope?

    Today’s column is on immigration, its importance to the country, the humanitarian side of it, how it’s being politically exploited, and hope for the future. We are a country of immigrants, from the Mayflower onward, waves coming from every corner of the world, always in search of a better life. Seeking religious freedom, economic improvement, searching for gold, fleeing famine, or fleeing tyrants, these are our citizens. Even forced immigration, i.e. slavery, was a migration. And every group faced challenges when they arrived, and every group made us more diverse, brought greater strength to the nation, and has made us who we are.

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    AUSD examines new state budget

    “Last year there was a lot of conversation and pressure regarding special ed funding and they were supposed to take the year to study it — they didn’t,” AUSD Assistant Superintendent Jackie Martin said.

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    Planners recommend zoning changes

    ATASCADERO — At a meeting Tuesday evening the Atascadero Planning Commission took one small step toward making the downtown area pedestrian-friendly and attractive for businesses looking to develop retail, restaurant, service and entertainment outlets in the area. The board voted unanimously to recommended changes to the City’s zoning code — changes that the Atascadero City Council will consider at a future meeting. As recommended by City staff, the changes will require any developer looking to open an office or medical building in the downtown zone to apply for a conditional use permit, which would have to be approved by the planning commission. The changes will also disallow new residential developments on the ground floor in the northeast portion of downtown near the National Guard Armory, which were previously allowed and remove requirements for new businesses on East Mall to have a 20-foot setback from the sidewalk in addition to the 20-foot right-of-way that exists in order to preserve the “parkway” feel, Community Development Director Phil Dunsmore said.

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Father/daughter dance comes to Atascadero Lake Pavilion

Fathers, grandfathers, uncles and others with special young ladies in their lives gathered at the Atascadero Lake Pavilion Friday and Saturday nights for an evening of music, dancing, desserts and more during Visit Atascadero's annual Father/daughter Dance.