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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Santa Maria man is behind bars after stabbing his wife multiple times late Tuesday night. According to Santa Maria police, officers were called to Marian Medical Center just after 11 p.m. on Valentine's Day after a woman was brought in with stab wounds. KSBY says the victim was treated for cuts and stab wounds to her head, face and neck. The woman told police the suspect, her husband, drove her to the hospital after the attack and said he may still be in the hospital parking lot. Officers say they found the suspect, Mariano Elias Cordonas, hiding in his car. Cordonas was taken into custody for attempted murder. Police say he was under the influence of a controlled substance. The woman was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released from the hospital. Cordonas is in Santa Barbara County Jail.

One person is dead, and another is injured in a Tuesday night crash in Santa Paula. The CHP website says the single vehicle accident happened around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday. Channel 3 says the car reportedly went off the road and rolled over at Foothill Road and Aliso Canyon Road. Two people were inside. The Ventura County Fire Department says one person died at the scene the other had to be cut from the vehicle. That person was taken to the hospital. Their injuries are unknown at this time.

Los Angeles authorities say a man has been fatally struck by an Amtrak train in North Hollywood. Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott says the victim was hit shortly before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday near Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Sherman Way. Nobody on the train was hurt. Tracks between the Burbank-Bob Hope Airport Station and the Van Nuys Station are closed as officials investigate. Metrolink, which shares the tracks, says riders should expect delays.

The Oroville Reservoir is continuing to drain as state water officials scrambled to reduce the lake's level ahead of impending storms. State Department of Water Resources spokesman Chris Orrock says that the reservoir was down 20 feet since it reached capacity on Sunday when it overflowed and sparked an evacuation order for nearly 200,000 people south of the dam.
A California college student who secretly videotaped his instructor making anti-Trump statements was suspended and told to write a letter of apology and an essay about the incident. Orange Coast College suspended Caleb O'Neil for the current semester and the summer term, saying he violated policy prohibiting recording someone on district property without that person's consent.

A new report says thousands of bridges across the country are considered structurally deficient. Although the numbers of deficient bridges have declined in recent years, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association's analysis of transportation department data shows more than 55,000 bridges in the U.S. have been deemed deficient. The top 14 most-traveled deficient bridges are located here in California. Bridges labeled structurally deficient aren't necessarily in immediate danger of collapse. The term is applied when spans need rehabilitation or replacement because at least one major component has advanced deterioration or other problems.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sheriff’s Department arrested a man who they described as “armed and dangerous” during the overnight hours this morning. Carlos Davis, 32, was arrested overnight after being sought by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.  KEYT says Davis was sought after deputies surrounded the home where he rented a room in Vandenberg Village yesterday morning.  After several hours, deputies realized he wasn't there, and discovered several weapons inside the room. Details on the arrest are expected soon.

Emergency and utility crews are on scene in San Luis Obispo today working to repair gas and water line breaks. KSBY says the incidents were reported around 7:15 a.m. along the 200 block of Bridge Street. Police say when they arrived, water could be seen coming out both sides of the street and gas was also bubbling up. A strong smell of gas has been noticeable at times in the area as well. Evacuations have been ordered for a two-block radius and nearby streets are expected to be closed throughout the day. The gas was turned off and crews have been working to repair the water line. It’s not immediately known how much water had been lost. People are being asked to avoid the area.

Well apparently today is National Umbrella Day; which is very appropriate. National Umbrella Day is celebrated across the nation each year on February 10th. On this day, we honor one of the world's most useful inventions, the umbrella! And speaking of umbrellas, you may need yours on and off throughout the day today. National Weather Service is calling for rain for most of the day today.  Highs near 61 in some areas. A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Saturday, Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. 

Recently, 28 students from La Colina Jr. High’s show choir, Outburst, traveled to Anaheim and Fullerton for the Musical Theater Competition of America, where schools from all over the nation go to share their performances and compete. This is La Colina's seventh year at the competition and they won first place in both the advanced ensemble and musical review categories. In addition, many solo students were awarded trophies and various honors throughout the competition. The group also won the overall Sweepstakes Award for junior high schools at the competition. It is the fifth time they have won that award. In May, the group will travel to San Francisco for the Forum Music Festival with two other show choirs from La Colina.

This weekend, the Friendship Center of Santa Barbara will hold their 18th annual Festival of Hearts luncheon. The luncheon will take place tomorrow, Saturday from 11:30AM to 2:30pm at Fess Parker’s Reagan Room. The Valentine luncheon will feature beautiful and unique Heart-Art by local artists and celebrities including 2017 SBIFF honoree Jeff Bridges. You can enjoy a delicious lunch with local wines amid the elegance of the Fess Parker Resort. The theme this year is California Dreamin, so be sure to wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt! All proceeds from the event support Friendship Center’s HEART Program which subsidizes the cost of adult day services for low-income aging and dependent adults and their families.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
For the first time in many years, Gibraltar Dam is full; and when it spills, the water will go into Lake Cachuma. The lake level is at its lowest level since the reservoir was built in the late 1950's but with the recent storms, it has started to rise.  The level is about 89 percent below capacity and the Gibraltar Dam over flow will bring the supply back up. 
Meanwhile, at today’s Santa Barbara City Council meeting, City officials 
will get an update on water supplies, conservation goals, the desalination plant timeline and Gibraltar Dam.
In the meantime, this week Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties due to weather related issues.
A man is dead following an officer-involved shooting on Highway 101 near Atascadero. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office says the incident started off as a traffic stop just after 12:00 a.m. Tuesday on the southbound side of Highway 101, near the Santa Barbara Road on-ramp. Sheriff Office officials say two deputies approached a single man inside the vehicle. The man reached for a gun and that's when the deputies responded with gun fire. It turns out the man was a wanted suspect. His identity has not been released and the deputies were not injured.
UC Santa Barbara's biggest baseball fan, Phil Womble, also known as UCSB's Mr. Gaucho has passed away at age 80. He’s known as Mr. Gaucho for being a loyal fan for nearly 50 years. Mr. Womble has his own section and sign in the UCSB dugout. Wobble attended every home game. Womble is in the UCSB's Hall of Fame and the Northern Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table named an award after him called, 'The Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award’. Mr. Gaucho had cerebral palsy, he was 80-years-old.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in locating a missing senior citizen. 89-year-old Evelyn Hines was reported missing Sunday evening around 6:40 by her daughter. She was last seen around 3:00 p.m. leaving her daughter’s home on T Street in Lompoc driving a white 2006 Toyota Highlander (LIC# 5PRX901). Hines had just moved to Solvang the same day from the Palm Springs area and was staying at a hotel while in the process of purchasing a home. Her family is especially concerned because she is unfamiliar with the area and does not have a cell phone.
Hines was last seen wearing dark blue jeans, a blue/gray sweater and beige loafer-type shoes.   Hines is about 5’8”, 140 to 150 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes.  If you have any information on her whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center at 683-2724.  To leave an anonymous tip, call 805-681-4171.
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced today that the District Attorney’s Office has received a grant from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to fund the Elder and Dependent Adult Outreach Program.  The program will provide vital services to seniors, dependent adults, and persons with disabilities who are crime victims. Crimes against elders and dependent adults are dramatically the rise, and are often unreported or undetected. According to statistics obtained from the Santa Barbara County Adult Protective Services, there were 1,596 reports of elder abuse during 2014/2015 and 990 reports of dependent adult abuse.  The goal of this grant is to attack this fast growing injustice.
For information regarding this program, or to schedule a presentation on Crimes Targeting Seniors and Dependent Adults, contact the District Attorney’s Elder Abuse Hotline at 568-2442.  
Experienced staff can provide training in recognizing signs of abuse, protecting financial assets from scammers, and how to report suspected abuse.