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Three arrested after Santa Maria family fights off armed home invaders

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Two men and a boy were arrested early Saturday morning after they allegedly committed a home invasion and attempted robbery but were fought… Read more

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Pickup rollover Friday night in Santa Maria closes Skyway Drive at Hwy 135

Mike Hodgson mhodgson@leecentralcoastnews.com ​ | ​ Updated ​ | ​ 0 Comments

A pickup rollover crash on Skyway Drive in Santa Maria closed the westbound lanes from Highway 135 to Auto Park for more than an hour Frida… Read more

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Three Northwest gang members connected to fatal 2017 shooting will stand trial

Mathew Burciaga mburciaga@leecentralcoastnews.com ​ | ​ Updated ​ | ​ 0 Comments

The three men charged in connection to the September 2017 shooting of Edward Ramirez will stand trial for criminal street gang conspiracy a… Read more

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Missing Santa Maria teen found safe with help of FBI, returning to family in Santa Maria

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Maria Campa-Cendejas, 14, has been safely located after she was reported missing and is being reunited with her family in Santa Maria, acco… Read more

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Have you seen this girl? Santa Maria Police looking for missing teen

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The Santa Maria Police Department is asking for assistance from the public in locating 14-year-old Maria Cendejas Campa, who is believed to… Read more

Obituaries

Sharon Carr

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With great regret, Sharon Ann Cox-Carr (Sparky Carr) passed away on March 22, 2019, at her home in Santa Maria, California. This is one mos… Read more

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Sheriff’s deputies honored for saving life in Santa Maria, response to Orcutt triple homicide

Mike Hodgson mhodgson@leecentralcoastnews.com ​ | ​ Updated ​ | ​ 0 Comments

Two deputies were honored for saving a woman’s life in Santa Maria, and four received awards for facing a triple murderer in Orcutt at the … Read more

Obituaries

Brittany Ariel Bunka

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Brittany Ariel Bunka passed away suddenly on April 8, 2019. Read more

Crime and Courts

Warrant arrest in Orcutt turns up possibly stolen property

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A tip from another law enforcement agency led to a warrant arrest in Orcutt that turned up possibly stolen property, according to a Santa B… Read more

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Woman whose husband shot, killed outside Orcutt bar honored with Citizen of Courage Award

Mathew Burciaga mburciaga@leecentralcoastnews.com ​ | ​ Updated ​ | ​ 0 Comments

Law enforcement personnel and members of the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office gathered across from the iconic Santa Barbara Courthouse on Friday afternoon to honor individuals for their courage and perseverance — including a wife who exhibited strength and courage in the wake of her husband’s horrific murder. Read more

Recent editors' picks

NCAA sanctions Cal Poly's athletics program over financial aid violations

The NCAA has placed Cal Poly's athletics program on probation and will force the school to vacate wins after determining the university committed financial aid infractions. A committee formed by the college athletics governing body found Cal Poly failed to monitor funds dispersed through its book scholarship program, the NCAA announced Thursday. Read more

A place to call home: Solvang's Happy Endings Animal Sanctuary still going strong

For all that the Santa Ynez Valley provides, an expansive bucolic lifestyle, prolific vineyards and plenty of room for livestock and horses to roam, it is also home to a less-talked about population of horses that can no longer be ridden for play or sport. Since 2007, Happy Endings Animal Sanctuary in Solvang has become a beacon for animals -- mostly horses -- in need of a place to call home and happily live out the rest of their days. Read more

Santa Maria City Council supports creation of H-2A housing ordinance in split-vote decision

The Santa Maria City Council voted Tuesday in favor of the creation of an ordinance that would require discretionary permits for housing more than six H-2A workers in a single-family home but leave medium- and high-density housing zones with no local restrictions. Read more

Woman whose husband shot, killed outside Orcutt bar honored with Citizen of Courage Award

Law enforcement personnel and members of the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office gathered across from the iconic Santa Barbara Courthouse on Friday afternoon to honor individuals for their courage and perseverance — including a wife who exhibited strength and courage in the wake of her husband’s horrific murder. Read more

'Every 15 Minutes': Mock crash scene highlights DUI dangers for Cabrillo High School students

Cabrillo High School senior Zack Porter can still recall the pain he felt two years ago when he watched one of his best friends go through … Read more

Day of Hope teams take to the streets Wednesday to raise money for cancer patients

Volunteers will once again fan out across the Central Coast on Wednesday, April 10, with a shared goal of spreading awareness and raising f… Read more

Only online: Photo galleries

Photos: Pope Francis, Christians worldwide mark Good Friday

As Christians all over the world attended mock crucifixions and passion plays to mark the day Jesus was crucified, Pope Francis presided ov… Read more

Today’s top pics: France pays tribute to Paris firefighters and more

Top photos of the day as selected by the Associated Press. Read more

Today's Birthdays, April 19: Tim Curry

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Today In History, April 19: 51-day siege near Waco, Texas ends in deaths of 80

Today is Friday, April 19. Read more

Photos: Muncy, Bellinger and Urias power Dodgers to victory

Photos: Righetti holds off Arroyo Grande, Nipomo at Mountain League Finals

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Brands roll with 4/20 as pot legalization grows

Marijuana enthusiasts have for decades celebrated all things marijuana on April 20. No, Hallmark doesn't yet have a card to mark "420." But… Read more

Whistleblower spurned by fellow players for exposing tennis match fixers

A tennis whistleblower says he is paying a heavy price for exposing wrong-doing in the sport. Marco Trungelliti tells the AP other players … Read more

NYPD: Man in St. Patrick's Cathedral had 'intent to set a fire'

Police say a man arrested after entering St. Patrick's Cathedral with two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters had also been… Read more

AP Debrief: Mueller report did not exonerate Trump

Special Counsel Robert Mueller laid out multiple episodes in which President Donald Trump directed others to influence or curtail the Russi… Read more

Legal analyst: President Trump not in the clear

The Mueller report does not exonerate President Donald Trump, it simply brings us to the starting line and leaves us there, says professor … Read more

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