Teacher pleads not guilty to charges
A high school math teacher pleaded not guilty Friday to two felonies and a misdemeanor involving allegations that he molested a 16-year-old student.
Michael Cardoza has taught math at Pioneer Valley and Santa Maria high schools for the past 11 years. He was arrested at his Orcutt home Wednesday afternoon.
The Santa Barbara County District Attorney/s Office charged Cardoza with felony forcible oral copulation, felony oral copulation of an individual under the age of 18 and misdemeanor possession of child pornography.
Cardoza/s bail remained at ,200,000 and, as of Friday afternoon, he was still in Santa Barbara County Jail. His next court date was set for July 6.
Calls to Cardoza/s attorney seeking comment were not returned Friday.
Police investigating chemical theft
Santa Barbara Sheriff/s Department reported a break-in sometime between midnight and 6 a.m. Friday at the Santa Maria Valley Crop Services in the 1700 block of Main Street and stole ,11,000 worth of chemicals.
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The report said the burglars cut through a chain-link fence and then pried open the aluminum wall before taking several boxes of chemicals.
According to the report, this is similar to another attempted burglary at Teixeira Farms on June 16, and deputies say they are beefing up patrols of business with these chemicals.
Both incidents are still under investigation, according to sheriff/s reports.
Show looks at ID theft, Internet safety
The latest episode of “Santa Maria TodayC features Santa Maria Police Lt. Larry Ralston and Det. Kevin Martin discusses how to avoid identity theft and Internet safety tips.
The show will air 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays from mid-June to mid-July on Comcast Channel 23.
Viewers will learn about parental Internet monitoring software, called Computer Cop, is available on CD-Rom for ,6 at the Santa Maria Police Department.
“Santa Maria TodayC is a monthly government access show that focuses on city departments, programs and services.
For more information on shows and times on the government channel see www.taptv.tv.
7 From staff reports