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  • KSBY Investigates: Vanishing recycling centers and the CRV

    KSBY Investigates: Vanishing recycling centers and the CRV

    Thursday, February 2 2017 9:50 PM EST2017-02-03 02:50:35 GMT

    Hundreds of recycling centers have shut down across the state. Still, every time you buy a plastic bottle or aluminum can you pay California Redemption Value (CRV).  

    Hundreds of recycling centers have shut down across the state. Still, every time you buy a plastic bottle or aluminum can you pay California Redemption Value (CRV).  

  • More family doctors on Central Coast charging patients annual fees

    More family doctors on Central Coast charging patients annual fees

    Monday, May 9 2016 10:18 PM EDT2016-05-10 02:18:16 GMT

    There's a new trend in the world of healthcare. An increasing number of patients on the Central Coast are receiving notices from their primary care physicians about an extra bill.

    There's a new trend in the world of healthcare. An increasing number of patients on the Central Coast are receiving notices from their primary care physicians about an extra bill.

  • KSBY Investigates: Modern slavery on the Central Coast

    KSBY Investigates: Modern slavery on the Central Coast

    Thursday, May 5 2016 9:06 PM EDT2016-05-06 01:06:25 GMT

    California ranks as one of the top four states in the nation as a prime spot for human trafficking and the Central Coast is labeled as the natural passageway between our major cities to the north and south, according to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office.

    California ranks as one of the top four states in the nation as a prime spot for human trafficking and the Central Coast is labeled as the natural passageway between our major cities to the north and south, according to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office.

  • KSBY Investigates: The Ivan Nunez case

    KSBY Investigates: The Ivan Nunez case

    Monday, May 2 2016 10:11 PM EDT2016-05-03 02:11:50 GMT
    Police say this picture of Ivan Nunez was taken the day he went missing and shows the clothes he was wearing at the time.Police say this picture of Ivan Nunez was taken the day he went missing and shows the clothes he was wearing at the time.

    It was news that shook the community to its core: After months of searching, authorities found missing Santa Maria teenager Ivan Nunez dead.

    It was news that shook the community to its core: After months of searching, authorities found missing Santa Maria teenager Ivan Nunez dead.

  • KSBY News Investigates: How accurate are in-store or at-home blood pressure monitors?

    KSBY News Investigates: How accurate are in-store or at-home blood pressure monitors?

    Friday, April 29 2016 12:22 AM EDT2016-04-29 04:22:40 GMT

    We've all seen them, most of us have even used them: in-store, free-to-use blood pressure monitors at your local drugstores. In today's Healthy Living, we're taking a look at the accuracy of these blood pressure monitors.

    We've all seen them, most of us have even used them: in-store, free-to-use blood pressure monitors at your local drugstores. In today's Healthy Living, we're taking a look at the accuracy of these blood pressure monitors.

  • Restoration begins for St. Patrick's Cemetery

    Restoration begins for St. Patrick's Cemetery

    Monday, April 4 2016 9:36 PM EDT2016-04-05 01:36:37 GMT

    More than six months after a KSBY investigation about the dilapidated conditions at a historic Central Coast cemetery, a restoration project is finally moving forward.

    More than six months after a KSBY investigation about the dilapidated conditions at a historic Central Coast cemetery, a restoration project is finally moving forward.

  • Viewer tip helps solve John Doe mystery

    Viewer tip helps solve John Doe mystery

    Friday, March 18 2016 7:53 PM EDT2016-03-18 23:53:59 GMT

    A viewer tip following a KSBY investigation has helped investigators identify the remains of a man whose body was found in a river bed in Paso Robles back in 2012.

    A viewer tip following a KSBY investigation has helped investigators identify the remains of a man whose body was found in a river bed in Paso Robles back in 2012.

  • Santa Maria is not alone in 2015 homicide increase

    Santa Maria is not alone in 2015 homicide increase

    Monday, March 7 2016 8:43 PM EST2016-03-08 01:43:13 GMT

    The City of Santa Maria, which experienced a record 13 homicides in 2015, is not alone when it comes to such unprecedented violence. 

    The City of Santa Maria, which experienced a record 13 homicides in 2015, is not alone when it comes to such unprecedented violence. 

  • KSBY Investigates: Central Coast drug epidemic

    KSBY Investigates: Central Coast drug epidemic

    Friday, February 26 2016 4:00 PM EST2016-02-26 21:00:31 GMT

    The Central Coast is seeing a dangerous trend: a rise in accidental deaths due to prescription drug overdose.

    The Central Coast is seeing a dangerous trend: a rise in accidental deaths due to prescription drug overdose.

  • Concussions and soccer: Head injuries on the rise

    Concussions and soccer: Head injuries on the rise

    Monday, February 22 2016 9:18 PM EST2016-02-23 02:18:28 GMT

    When it comes to concussions in youth sports football comes to mind first since it represents the highest risk for head injuries. However, throughout the past decade, the concussion rate is on the rise in another sport: soccer. 

    When it comes to concussions in youth sports football comes to mind first since it represents the highest risk for head injuries. However, throughout the past decade, the concussion rate is on the rise in another sport: soccer. 

  • Locals working to provide housing for unaccompanied homeless youth

    Locals working to provide housing for unaccompanied homeless youth

    Wednesday, February 17 2016 2:21 AM EST2016-02-17 07:21:55 GMT

    During the 2014-2015 school year, it's estimated that San Luis Obispo County had 248 teens couch surfing or staying with a family other than their own. Fortunately, there is some help available for these "unaccompanied homeless youth."

    During the 2014-2015 school year, it's estimated that San Luis Obispo County had 248 teens couch surfing or staying with a family other than their own. Fortunately, there is some help available for these "unaccompanied homeless youth."

  • Growing problem of unaccompanied homeless youth on the Central Coast

    Growing problem of unaccompanied homeless youth on the Central Coast

    Tuesday, February 16 2016 3:11 PM EST2016-02-16 20:11:23 GMT

    If you think high school can be tough, imagine being a student who has nowhere to go when the day is done. That is the harsh reality for hundreds of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County high school students, according to educators.

    If you think high school can be tough, imagine being a student who has nowhere to go when the day is done. That is the harsh reality for hundreds of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County high school students, according to educators.

  • Feds to investigate health risks of synthetic turf used nationally, locally

    Feds to investigate health risks of synthetic turf used nationally, locally

    Saturday, February 13 2016 12:31 AM EST2016-02-13 05:31:33 GMT
    "Crumb rubber" is used to fill in artificial turf fields. (KSBY)"Crumb rubber" is used to fill in artificial turf fields. (KSBY)
    Under pressure following an NBC News investigation, three government agencies will now look into the health risks of synthetic turf used nationally, including on the Central Coast.

    Under pressure following an NBC News investigation, three government agencies will now look into the health risks of synthetic turf used nationally, including on the Central Coast.

  • KSBY Investigates: Some home day care centers located near sex offenders

    KSBY Investigates: Some home day care centers located near sex offenders

    Wednesday, February 10 2016 9:14 PM EST2016-02-11 02:14:16 GMT

    When it comes to deciding on a home daycare to take your child, you can trust that the state will do background checks on the people living in that home. However, the California Department of Social Services says they do not check on neighbors or other people around that house. 

    When it comes to deciding on a home daycare to take your child, you can trust that the state will do background checks on the people living in that home. However, the California Department of Social Services says they do not check on neighbors or other people around that house. 

  • KSBY Investigates: Nine "John Does" unidentified on the Central Coast

    KSBY Investigates: Nine "John Does" unidentified on the Central Coast

    Wednesday, December 30 2015 9:22 PM EST2015-12-31 02:22:04 GMT
    This clay model of a man's head was based on the unidentified remains found near the Cambria Cemetery in 1987. (San Luis Obispo Co. Sheriff's Office)This clay model of a man's head was based on the unidentified remains found near the Cambria Cemetery in 1987. (San Luis Obispo Co. Sheriff's Office)

    San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's detectives have been trying for 28 years to identify a man they call "John Doe 3." 

    San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's detectives have been trying for 28 years to identify a man they call "John Doe 3." 

  • KSBY Investigates: Death row debate

    KSBY Investigates: Death row debate

    Tuesday, November 24 2015 9:07 PM EST2015-11-25 02:07:22 GMT
    California has 746 convicted murderers, rapists, and torturers on death row, the highest number in the nation by more than 300 inmates. Since the death penalty was reestablished in 1973, only 13 have actually been put to death.  

    California has 746 convicted murderers, rapists, and torturers on death row, the highest number in the nation by more than 300 inmates. Since the death penalty was reestablished in 1973, only 13 have actually been put to death.  

  • KSBY Investigates: Missing on the Central Coast

    KSBY Investigates: Missing on the Central Coast

    Tuesday, November 3 2015 9:25 PM EST2015-11-04 02:25:24 GMT
    A KSBY investigation reveals that hundreds of people on the Central Coast have vanished. Some gone for decades, without a trace.

    A KSBY investigation reveals that hundreds of people on the Central Coast have vanished. Some gone for decades, without a trace.

  • KSBY Investigates: Saving St. Patrick's Cemetery

    KSBY Investigates: Saving St. Patrick's Cemetery

    Wednesday, September 16 2015 9:47 PM EDT2015-09-17 01:47:00 GMT
    St. Patrick's Cemetery, Arroyo Grande (KSBY)St. Patrick's Cemetery, Arroyo Grande (KSBY)
    When you drive north on the 101 through Arroyo Grande, it's hard to miss a dilapidated cemetery on a hill, just off the highway. Community members have tried for years to get Catholic Church officials to restore the deserted burial site where some of San Luis Obispo County's pioneer families are laid to rest.
    When you drive north on the 101 through Arroyo Grande, it's hard to miss a dilapidated cemetery on a hill, just off the highway. Community members have tried for years to get Catholic Church officials to restore the deserted burial site where some of San Luis Obispo County's pioneer families are laid to rest.
  • As oil spill clean-up efforts intensify, so do questions about pipeline company's history

    As oil spill clean-up efforts intensify, so do questions about pipeline company's history

    Thursday, May 21 2015 11:56 PM EDT2015-05-22 03:56:21 GMT
    Plains All American Pipeline officials say their history of incidents is within industry standards, but a KSBY News analysis suggests the company may be downplaying their record in the face of growing criticism over Tuesday's Refugio beach oil spill.
    Plains All American Pipeline officials say their history of incidents is within industry standards, but a KSBY News analysis suggests the company may be downplaying their record in the face of growing criticism over Tuesday's Refugio beach oil spill.
  • KSBY Investigates: Kristin Smart disappearance

    KSBY Investigates: Kristin Smart disappearance

    Wednesday, May 20 2015 10:10 PM EDT2015-05-21 02:10:26 GMT

    May 25th marks the 19th anniversary of the day Cal Poly student, Kristin Denise Smart, went missing.

    May 25th marks the 19th anniversary of the day Cal Poly student, Kristin Denise Smart, went missing.

  • The war on water: Pangas threaten national security Part 2

    The war on water: Pangas threaten national security Part 2

    Tuesday, March 3 2015 6:43 PM EST2015-03-03 23:43:40 GMT
    More than 50 panga boats have been abandoned along the Central Coast since 2012, only a handful seized at sea by authorities. Authorities say it's not just marijuana being dropped off, but people who are a possible threat to the nation's security.
    More than 50 panga boats have been abandoned along the Central Coast since 2012, only a handful seized at sea by authorities. Authorities say it's not just marijuana being dropped off, but people who are a possible threat to the nation's security.
  • The war on water: Pangas threaten national security Part 1

    The war on water: Pangas threaten national security Part 1

    Tuesday, March 3 2015 6:42 PM EST2015-03-03 23:42:25 GMT
    Panga boats have been beaching on the Central Coast since 2012. They are 25 to 30 foot boats traveling from Mexico carrying hundreds of pounds of marijuana and undocumented immigrants. Since San Diego County was originally the easiest to enter through, Homeland Security has taken action there. But now, the problem is heading north to the Central Coast.
    Panga boats have been beaching on the Central Coast since 2012. They are 25 to 30 foot boats traveling from Mexico carrying hundreds of pounds of marijuana and undocumented immigrants. Since San Diego County was originally the easiest to enter through, Homeland Security has taken action there. But now, the problem is heading north to the Central Coast.
  • Part 3: Homeless college students, vacant dorm rooms

    Part 3: Homeless college students, vacant dorm rooms

    Wednesday, February 25 2015 9:41 PM EST2015-02-26 02:41:23 GMT
    About two weeks after a KSBY News investigation revealed the growing number of homeless college students on the Central Coast, one of these students now has a place to call home.
    About two weeks after a KSBY News investigation revealed the growing number of homeless college students on the Central Coast, one of these students now has a place to call home.
  • KSBY Investigates: Santa Maria police to announce plan to curb auto thefts

    KSBY Investigates: Santa Maria police to announce plan to curb auto thefts

    Monday, February 23 2015 3:35 PM EST2015-02-23 20:35:25 GMT
    Two months after a KSBY investigation of an auto theft epidemic in Santa Maria, city police officials plan to announce the creation of a multi-agency task force to reduce the crime. The SMPD reports 883 vehicles were reported stolen in the city last year. That's short of the 1,000 figure Police Chief Ralph Martin said in December the city was on pace to hit in 2014. The 2014 numbers compare to 754 thefts the SMPD reported for the previous year.
    Two months after a KSBY investigation of an auto theft epidemic in Santa Maria, city police officials plan to announce the creation of a multi-agency task force to reduce the crime. The SMPD reports 883 vehicles were reported stolen in the city last year. That's short of the 1,000 figure Police Chief Ralph Martin said in December the city was on pace to hit in 2014. The 2014 numbers compare to 754 thefts the SMPD reported for the previous year.
  • KSBY Investigates: Police Chief: Santa Maria on track to hit record 1,000 auto thefts in 2014, 2013 numbers grow

    KSBY Investigates: Police Chief: Santa Maria on track to hit record 1,000 auto thefts in 2014, 2013 numbers grow

    Monday, February 23 2015 3:34 PM EST2015-02-23 20:34:27 GMT
    Police Chief Ralph Martin said Santa Maria is on track to hit 1,000 auto thefts by the end of this year-- a number he called "staggering."
    Police Chief Ralph Martin said Santa Maria is on track to hit 1,000 auto thefts by the end of this year-- a number he called "staggering."
  • KSBY Investigates: Footnotes on Santa Maria Auto Thefts Investigation

    KSBY Investigates: Footnotes on Santa Maria Auto Thefts Investigation

    Monday, February 23 2015 3:33 PM EST2015-02-23 20:33:09 GMT
    Our KSBY investigation into the soaring number of auto thefts in Santa Maria began after a July news conference at the Santa Maria Police Department. That's when Police Chief Ralph Martin announced an 83 percent increase in auto thefts over the past year, at a time when numbers for several violent crimes in the city had dropped. We wanted to know more about when and where cars were being stolen in Santa Maria and what models were most popular with thieves.
    Our KSBY investigation into the soaring number of auto thefts in Santa Maria began after a July news conference at the Santa Maria Police Department. That's when Police Chief Ralph Martin announced an 83 percent increase in auto thefts over the past year, at a time when numbers for several violent crimes in the city had dropped. We wanted to know more about when and where cars were being stolen in Santa Maria and what models were most popular with thieves.
  • KSBY Investigates: Exclusive interview with theft suspect on how to protect your car

    KSBY Investigates: Exclusive interview with theft suspect on how to protect your car

    Monday, February 23 2015 3:31 PM EST2015-02-23 20:31:27 GMT
    KSBY News has learned Santa Maria police officials will soon announce a plan to combat an auto theft epidemic on city streets. For the past several months, KSBY has been investigating the Santa Maria crime wave. Our "Free Ride" investigation found more cars stolen in the first eight months of 2014 than in all of 2013, a year that saw an 83% hike over 2012.
    KSBY News has learned Santa Maria police officials will soon announce a plan to combat an auto theft epidemic on city streets. For the past several months, KSBY has been investigating the Santa Maria crime wave. Our "Free Ride" investigation found more cars stolen in the first eight months of 2014 than in all of 2013, a year that saw an 83% hike over 2012.
  • KSBY Investigates:Exclusive interview with theft suspect on protecting your car

    KSBY Investigates:Exclusive interview with theft suspect on protecting your car

    Monday, February 23 2015 3:29 PM EST2015-02-23 20:29:49 GMT
    "It's a sad thing people are losing their cars every day. And, you know, I am guilty of that," a Santa Maria man told KSBY reporter Caroline Lowe after he was arrested for stealing a car. The interview is in Part 2 of KSBY's "Free Rides" investigative report.
    "It's a sad thing people are losing their cars every day. And, you know, I am guilty of that," a Santa Maria man told KSBY reporter Caroline Lowe after he was arrested for stealing a car. The interview is in Part 2 of KSBY's "Free Rides" investigative report.
  • KSBY Investigates Santa Maria's auto theft epidemic (Part 1)

    KSBY Investigates Santa Maria's auto theft epidemic (Part 1)

    Monday, February 23 2015 3:28 PM EST2015-02-23 20:28:31 GMT
    On a Tuesday morning on the north end of Santa Maria, a police forensics team dusts a stolen 1994 Honda Accord. They hope fingerprint evidence will help them catch a thief.
    On a Tuesday morning on the north end of Santa Maria, a police forensics team dusts a stolen 1994 Honda Accord. They hope fingerprint evidence will help them catch a thief.
  • KSBY Investigates:Solutions to improving mental health care: Part 3

    KSBY Investigates:Solutions to improving mental health care: Part 3

    Monday, February 23 2015 3:23 PM EST2015-02-23 20:23:46 GMT
     Many will agree that improving the mental health system begins with funding at the state and federal levels. In December the White House approved $100 million to help improve mental health centers and facilities.
     Many will agree that improving the mental health system begins with funding at the state and federal levels. In December the White House approved $100 million to help improve mental health centers and facilities.

  • KSBY investigates: Jails become de facto housing for those with severe mental illness part 2

    KSBY investigates: Jails become de facto housing for those with severe mental illness part 2

    Monday, February 23 2015 3:21 PM EST2015-02-23 20:21:06 GMT
    In California, more than a quarter of the state's prison population is mentally ill, the Associated Press reported. That's more than 33,000 inmates -- almost six times the amount of people who are being treated in state hospitals.
    In California, more than a quarter of the state's prison population is mentally ill, the Associated Press reported. That's more than 33,000 inmates -- almost six times the amount of people who are being treated in state hospitals.
  • KSBY investigates: Navigating the mental health system part 1

    KSBY investigates: Navigating the mental health system part 1

    Monday, February 23 2015 3:19 PM EST2015-02-23 20:19:13 GMT
    There are more than 7 million people in the United States living with severe mental illnesses and 3.3 million of them are untreated at any given time, according to a study by the Treatment Advocacy Center. The number of untreated continues to rise. KSBY met a Paso Robles family who is close to this issue.
    There are more than 7 million people in the United States living with severe mental illnesses and 3.3 million of them are untreated at any given time, according to a study by the Treatment Advocacy Center. The number of untreated continues to rise. KSBY met a Paso Robles family who is close to this issue.
  • KSBY Investigates: Radiation Study

    KSBY Investigates: Radiation Study

    Monday, February 16 2015 6:52 PM EST2015-02-16 23:52:43 GMT
    A recent study claims Diablo Canyon is creating higher rates of cancer disease on the Central Coast when compared to the rest of California. It's pitted two disease researchers, called epidemiologists, against each other. KSBY dug through the documents in an investigation of this troubling radiation study.
    A recent study claims Diablo Canyon is creating higher rates of cancer disease on the Central Coast when compared to the rest of California. It's pitted two disease researchers, called epidemiologists, against each other. KSBY dug through the documents in an investigation of this troubling radiation study.
  • KSBY INVESTIGATES: Police body cameras

    KSBY INVESTIGATES: Police body cameras

    Monday, February 16 2015 6:49 PM EST2015-02-16 23:49:16 GMT
    Tasers, batons and guns are ever-present items we see on police officers, but now some local officers have a high tech new weapon to fight crime: body cameras. The miniature video cameras are clipped to the chest, rest above the eyes or perch on the shoulder. Costing about $700-800 each, body cameras are wireless and weigh only a few ounces, and can capture images and audio in front of an officer. "They're really neat. They're simple to use," said Commander Mark Miller of the Pismo Beach Poli...
    Tasers, batons and guns are ever-present items we see on police officers, but now some local officers have a high tech new weapon to fight crime: body cameras. The miniature video cameras are clipped to the chest, rest above the eyes or perch on the shoulder. Costing about $700-800 each, body cameras are wireless and weigh only a few ounces, and can capture images and audio in front of an officer. "They're really neat. They're simple to use," said Commander Mark Miller of the Pismo Beach Poli...
  • KSBY Investigates: Radiation on the Central Coast

    KSBY Investigates: Radiation on the Central Coast

    Monday, February 16 2015 6:47 PM EST2015-02-16 23:47:27 GMT
    Ever since the disastrous earthquake in Japan in 2011, some people have been concerned about radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant traveling to the west coast of the United States. KSBY went out to investigate if any of that radiation has made it to our Central Coast beaches.
    Ever since the disastrous earthquake in Japan in 2011, some people have been concerned about radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant traveling to the west coast of the United States. KSBY went out to investigate if any of that radiation has made it to our Central Coast beaches.
  • KSBY Investigates: The cold case murder of Charles Lavenson

    KSBY Investigates: The cold case murder of Charles Lavenson

    Monday, February 16 2015 6:44 PM EST2015-02-16 23:44:08 GMT
    KSBY is taking a fresh look at a murder mystery in San Luis Obispo. On October 23, 2011, the body of 63-year old Charles Russell Lavenson was found at a popular hiking spot on Cerro San Luis, also known as Madonna Mountain. An autopsy shows he died from blunt force trauma to the back of his head. Two and a half years later, the case is cold.
    KSBY is taking a fresh look at a murder mystery in San Luis Obispo. On October 23, 2011, the body of 63-year old Charles Russell Lavenson was found at a popular hiking spot on Cerro San Luis, also known as Madonna Mountain. An autopsy shows he died from blunt force trauma to the back of his head. Two and a half years later, the case is cold.
  • KSBY Investigates The Vax Debate: Part Two

    KSBY Investigates The Vax Debate: Part Two

    Monday, February 16 2015 6:39 PM EST2015-02-16 23:39:16 GMT
    The CDC reports diseases like whooping cough and measles are making a comeback. Many doctors point to the declining number of vaccinated children as a cause for the rise in disease.
    The CDC reports diseases like whooping cough and measles are making a comeback. Many doctors point to the declining number of vaccinated children as a cause for the rise in disease.
  • Central Coast mystery: The Eyes in the Hill

    Central Coast mystery: The Eyes in the Hill

    Monday, February 16 2015 6:36 PM EST2015-02-16 23:36:37 GMT
    It's really hard to find, and even some who have lived on the Central Coast for their entire life don't know what it is, but as KSBY found out, it has been described as "The Eyes in the Hill." "The Eyes in the Hill" have been looking over the Central Coast for decades. "I have never hiked up to it, respecting private property lines," said Daniel Krieger, a historian. We wanted to hike up as well, but the current property owner did not grant us access and the property is fenced off. So for thi...
    It's really hard to find, and even some who have lived on the Central Coast for their entire life don't know what it is, but as KSBY found out, it has been described as "The Eyes in the Hill." "The Eyes in the Hill" have been looking over the Central Coast for decades. "I have never hiked up to it, respecting private property lines," said Daniel Krieger, a historian. We wanted to hike up as well, but the current property owner did not grant us access and the property is fenced off. So for thi...
  • KSBY Investigates: High rates of unvaccinated children in San Luis Obispo County Part One

    KSBY Investigates: High rates of unvaccinated children in San Luis Obispo County Part One

    Friday, February 13 2015 3:37 PM EST2015-02-13 20:37:35 GMT
    It's a growing trend in our state. The number of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children has increased, every year, over the past five years according to the latest study published by the California Department of Public Health. Some say we're heading down a dangerous path, while others believe vaccines just aren't safe. It's a sensitive and personal topic. On both sides of the vax debate parents feel they're making the best decision for their children.
    It's a growing trend in our state. The number of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children has increased, every year, over the past five years according to the latest study published by the California Department of Public Health. Some say we're heading down a dangerous path, while others believe vaccines just aren't safe. It's a sensitive and personal topic. On both sides of the vax debate parents feel they're making the best decision for their children.
  • KSBY Investigates: Bill aims to thwart synthetic drug makers changing formulas to evade law

    KSBY Investigates: Bill aims to thwart synthetic drug makers changing formulas to evade law

    Friday, February 13 2015 3:34 PM EST2015-02-13 20:34:34 GMT
    As early as August of this year, fake marijuana makers may have to rethink their strategy. California lawmakers are trying to make it illegal to change synthetic drug formulas in order to stay above the law. At the moment, five chemicals are federally banned. However, fake pot producers have stayed a step ahead of the law by tweaking the formulas of more commonly known substances called Spice and K2, police say. More recently, the packaging has included colorful cartoon characters, labeled th...
    As early as August of this year, fake marijuana makers may have to rethink their strategy. California lawmakers are trying to make it illegal to change synthetic drug formulas in order to stay above the law. At the moment, five chemicals are federally banned. However, fake pot producers have stayed a step ahead of the law by tweaking the formulas of more commonly known substances called Spice and K2, police say. More recently, the packaging has included colorful cartoon characters, labeled th...
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    KSBY Investigates: Sex Trafficking on the Central Coast

    KSBY Investigates: Sex Trafficking on the Central Coast

    Friday, February 13 2015 2:35 PM EST2015-02-13 19:35:01 GMT
    The US Department of Homeland Security calls human trafficking one of the most heinous crimes they investigate. They also said human trafficking can be seen as modern-day slavery. In Part One of the series "Human Trafficking on the Central Coast," KSBY meets a local woman who was sold as a prostitute at the age of 12.
    The US Department of Homeland Security calls human trafficking one of the most heinous crimes they investigate. They also said human trafficking can be seen as modern-day slavery. In Part One of the series "Human Trafficking on the Central Coast," KSBY meets a local woman who was sold as a prostitute at the age of 12.
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  • Body of 30-year old man found in Santa Barbara Harbor, officials say

    Body of 30-year old man found in Santa Barbara Harbor, officials say

    Sunday, April 30 2017 3:07 AM EDT2017-04-30 07:07:32 GMT
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    A man was found at the bottom of the harbor floor of Stearn's Warf in Santa Barbara early Saturday evening. According to the Santa Barbara City Fire Department, the man was 30-years old and from Uganda. Authorities say around 4:15 Saturday afternoon the fire department and Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol responded to a water rescue after a paddle boarder reportedly fell off his board and did not reemerge from the water. According to the Santa Barbara City Fire Department, four fire engin...

    A man was found at the bottom of the harbor floor of Stearn's Warf in Santa Barbara early Saturday evening. According to the Santa Barbara City Fire Department, the man was 30-years old and from Uganda. Authorities say around 4:15 Saturday afternoon the fire department and Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol responded to a water rescue after a paddle boarder reportedly fell off his board and did not reemerge from the water. According to the Santa Barbara City Fire Department, four fire engin...

  • UPDATE: Body of missing paddle boarder found

    UPDATE: Body of missing paddle boarder found

    Sunday, April 30 2017 2:39 AM EDT2017-04-30 06:39:23 GMT

    Santa Barbara City Fire says crews are looking for a person in the water at Stearns Wharf. 

    Santa Barbara City Fire says crews are looking for a person in the water at Stearns Wharf. 

  • The Latest: Police: California officers kill carjacker

    The Latest: Police: California officers kill carjacker

    Saturday, April 29 2017 7:59 PM EDT2017-04-29 23:59:14 GMT
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    The Latest on a fatal shooting by officers on Northern California highway (all times local):
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