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  • Santa Maria Fire trains new firefighters

    October 10, 2012 9:34 PM

    The Santa Maria Fire Department is in the middle of training 10 new firefighters. This week marks their third week of training. A couple of months ago, the fire department received a SAFER grant, which is a federal grant, worth $1.6 million. The money from the grant will... more »
  • Kelli Groves returns to the Central Coast, thanks rescuers

    August 20, 2012 1:41 PM

    It's been seven months since Kelli Groves and her two daughters were trapped inside their car, hanging over a bridge, in Buellton. On Sunday, Groves returned to Santa Barbara to give thanks to the first responders who helped save their lives. This was the first time Groves and... more »
  • Former Santa Maria police explorer files lawsuit against city, Covarrubias estate

    August 10, 2012 12:58 AM

    In an exclusive interview with KSBY, we heard, for the first time, from the attorney of the former Santa Maria police explorer, who allegedly had a sexual relationship with Officer Albert Covarrubias Jr. KSBY has learned a federal lawsuit has been filed by the former explorer. Officer Covarrubias... more »
  • Locals react to officer-involved shooting in Santa Maria, say crime is becoming too common

    June 28, 2012 10:36 PM

    UPDATE: We now know the identity of the man who was shot and killed in Santa Maria Thursday morning. Police say he is 22 year old Jose Luis Ortega, from Santa Maria. Ortega was killed after an officer-involved shooting this morning in Santa Maria. Police said the... more »
  • Some local doctors say bath salts are becoming popular among young adults

    June 27, 2012 9:31 PM

    It's known as a designer drug. Some doctors on the Central Coast said it's becoming more popular. It's called bath salts. It's the same effect as if you take cocaine and methamphetamine. Since October 2011, it's been illegal in California to sell all designer drugs. Aggressiveness and... more »
  • Santa Maria police looking for person responsible in the stabbing death of man

    June 20, 2012 8:44 PM

    Santa Maria police are looking for the person responsible for fatally stabbing a man early Wednesday. KSBY has learned the victim, who was in his late 40's, was stabbed in the chest. It happened on North Broadway and Bunny Street. Police got a call around 2:45 AM... more »
  • Santa Barbara County District Attorney finds Covarrubias Jr. shooting as lawfully justified

    June 19, 2012 4:47 PM

    The Santa Barbara County District Attorney has found the shooting death of Santa Maria Officer Albert Covarrubias Jr. as lawfully justified. District Attorney Joyce Dudley made the announcement Tuesday afternoon. Covarrubias Jr. was shot by another city officer when two supervisors tried to arrest him while on duty... more »
  • Owner of local auto detailer shop worked on vehicle possibly involved in Montecito collision, alerted CHP

    June 12, 2012 10:06 PM

    The Santa Barbara County District Attorney filed charges Tuesday against 28 year-old L. Tyrone Richardson, in connection with the death of 26 year-old Allison Meadows, of Santa Barbara. Meadows was killed last Wednesday morning in Montecito; 25 year-old Lindsay Keebler was seriously hurt. On Friday, the California Highway... more »
  • City of Paso Robles hit with lawsuit from former police officer

    May 30, 2012 8:18 PM

    The city of Paso Robles was hit with a lawsuit Tuesday from a former, fire police officer. In the papers, Brennan Lux claimed former police chief Lisa Solomon made sexual advances towards him. Solomon resigned from her role in March, after allegations of sexual misconduct, as well as a... more »
  • Paddleboarding rules enforced just in time for Memorial Day Weekend

    May 23, 2012 10:18 PM

    Paddleboarding is becoming more popular locally, and the Harbor Patrol and Coast Guard are stepping up enforcement of some little-known rules ahead of Memorial Day Weekend. A state law signed in 2008 said anyone under the age of 12 has to wear a life vest while stand-up paddleboarding. For... more »
  • Arrest made in November shooting death of Oceano teen

    May 18, 2012 9:15 PM

    A 21 year-old Santa Maria man is under arrest Friday, accused in a drive-by shooting that killed one teenager and injured another in Oceano. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department arrested Armando Yepez after stopping him on Highway 101 in Nipomo. 17 year-old Gabriel Salgado was fatally... more »
  • Construction in Paso Robles could cause extra traffic during wine festival weekend

    May 17, 2012 9:38 PM

    The Paso Robles Wine Festival starts Friday, and if you're going, you may want to give yourself some extra time. You could hit traffic due to construction. Since late last year, construction crews have been working on the Highway 46 East-Highway 101 interchange project. Crews are currently adding an... more »
  • Central Coast schools try to tackle food waste in cafeterias

    May 16, 2012 8:46 PM

    It's a California State Food Code. Anything that goes on a student's plate, touched or untouched, must be thrown away if uneaten. According to the California Department of Education, schools across the state are reimbursed $2.77 per student for free and reduced lunches; that's whether they're eaten or thrown... more »
  • CHP look at possible fatal hit and run, car fire connection

    May 14, 2012 10:01 PM

    A car fire in south Santa Maria have investigators looking at whether or not it could be connected to Sunday's fatal hit and run in Nipomo. A witness said a blue Chevy Corvette hit and killed a man walking across the off-ramp of Highway 101 North at the 166... more »
  • Survey: 49% of Americans aren't saving for retirement

    May 10, 2012 9:41 PM

    Saving for retirement is not something most Americans are doing these days. In fact, a new survey showed 49% of Americans aren't contributing to either a 401K or an IRA. The survey, conducted by LIMRA, a trade association for the financial services industry, said the numbers are higher among... more »
  • San Luis Obispo shelter encourages public to not give money to panhandlers

    May 3, 2012 9:45 PM

    You see a panhandler on the corner begging for money, or just holding up a sign. So, do you give them money? Well, a San Luis Obispo homeless shelter is encouraging you not to do so. According to the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo, there are about... more »
  • San Luis Obispo shelter encourages public to not give money to panhandlers

    May 3, 2012 9:45 PM

    You see a panhandler on the corner begging for money, or just holding up a sign. So, do you give them money? Well, a San Luis Obispo homeless shelter is encouraging you not to do so. According to the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo, there are about... more »
  • Downtown San Luis Obispo credit card meters brings revenue to city

    May 2, 2012 10:00 PM

    Parking in downtown San Luis Obispo has become a little easier thanks to some credit card meters installed mid-March. Those 400 meters are bringing in more money to the city. The soloar-powered meters were put in because the city decided to raise parking from a $1.25 to $1.50 in... more »
  • Paso Robles officials ready for new police chief, ask Los Gatos firm for help

    May 1, 2012 10:57 PM

    Paso Robles officials told KSBY Tuesday that they're ready to find a new police chief, and have asked an executive search firm to help. It will cost the city just under $20,000 to get the help. This, after former police chief Lisa Solomon resigned back in early April. ... more »
  • Locals react to new study about marriage

    March 22, 2012 10:07 PM

    A new government study that came out Thursday said only half of first marriages last 20 years. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, there is a 52% chance that a first marriage for a woman will survive 20 years. For men, the number is a little higher... more »
  • Some San Luis Obispo homeless can now legally park in facility off Prado Road

    March 21, 2012 10:31 PM

    Some homeless people in San Luis Obispo will now be able to park their cars and RV's overnight in the Prado Day Center, which is a facility for homeless people, located off Prado Road. The city council voted unanimously to allow 5 parking spots to become available. The... more »
  • Local family shares personal story about suicide

    March 20, 2012 8:25 PM

    The mother of a 12 year-old Santa Maria girl who died by suicide last week is speaking out. She hopes her story will shed light on this social problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 36,000 people in the United States die by suicide each... more »
  • San Luis Obispo house fire raises questions about safety codes

    March 6, 2012 10:28 PM

    A fire that swept through a San Luis Obispo house over the weekend has raised questions about the safety of older homes in the city. Nine people escaped the burning home on Johnson Avenue early Sunday morning. The Red Cross said one woman was transferred from a local hospital... more »
  • Local fears for livestock after sheep killed

    February 15, 2012 9:18 PM

    A Nipomo woman said two of her sheep were killed Monday, after being attacked by dogs. Last April, investigators said dogs were likely responsible for killing 19 turkeys belonging to the Future Farmers of America program at Nipomo High School. The campus is less than a mile from the... more »
  • Roses will cost you on Valentine's Day

    February 9, 2012 10:13 PM

    Valentine's Day is only five days away and people are already thinking of ways to show their loved ones they care. For the floral industry, this is one of their busiest times of year. According to Skyline Flower Growers in Nipomo, the floral process begins 12 to 16 weeks... more »
  • Lompoc homeless shelter reopens

    January 25, 2012 10:25 PM

    The Marks House shelter in Lompoc is set to open its doors again. Money problems forced the shelter to close last week. The Lompoc shelter, which once housed homeless women and children, will now be a place where homeless families can stay. Marks House holds 19 beds for... more »
  • UCSB student educates community about the dangers of carbon monoxide

    January 24, 2012 9:00 PM

    It's colorless, odorless, and tasteless. You don't know it's there, but it can hurt you the same way it harmed Nikkie Sedaghat. "They told my mother, she had a two percent chance of living. She's not going to wake up for 6 months to a year, and she might... more »
  • Much needed rain causes inconvenience for locals

    January 23, 2012 10:08 PM

    The much needed rain storm has come and gone. It was a short stay for the first rainfall of the new year, but it was just enough for Central Coast residents. According to Santa Maria city officials, there were no problems on the roads. The California Highway Patrol said... more »
  • Parents of Carson Starkey speak out in court

    June 9, 2010 2:07 AM

    Two former Cal Poly students learn their punishment for the 2008 hazing death of Carson Starkey. As part of a plea agreement, 23-year-old Zacary Ellis of San Luis Obispo and 21-year-old Haithem Ibrahim of Lafayette pleaded no contest to misdemeanor hazing today. Each will be serving jail time... more »
  • Randy and Evi Quaid considered fugitives after missing Santa Barbara court date

    December 15, 2009 4:19 PM

    Randy and Evi Quaid failed to show up to their Santa Barbara County Superior Court arraignment Tuesday morning. This is the fifth time the Quaids were no-shows in court, after allegedly skipping out on a $10,000 hotel bill at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito in June 2009. As... more »
  • Candy shop gives back to troops

    November 13, 2009 5:49 PM

    One local candy shop is offering a sweet deal to customers wanting to give back to troops. During the month of November, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Paso Robles will be keeping track of of all the fudge sold and sending a matching amount to soldiers serving outside the country... more »
  • Santa Ynez Valley hotel receives green award

    November 12, 2009 5:43 PM

    The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott will be presented with a "Green Business Santa Barbara County" certification on November 18. According to a press release, the Marriott is the first hotel in Santa Barbara County to complete the Green Business Program requirements. The hotel's general manager said the staff... more »

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