Police searching for missing girl
Santa Maria Police were searching Friday night for a missing 12-year-old girl who disappeared after school let out earlier in the day.
According to police, the girl, who is mentally challenged, didn’t get on the bus at Tommie Kunst Junior High, and was reported missing by her parents when she didn’t arrive at home. Police searched the school and checked with all of the girl’s known friends, but were unable to locate her.
The girl is 5-foot-6, 118 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing striped green-and-blue shirt, a white sweater with holes, blue jeans and white shoes. She was carrying a blue backpack with pink and yellow circles.
Police ask anyone with any information to call 937-3781.
Christmas Parade canceled due to rain
Today’s planned Guadalupe Christmas Parade and downtown festival have been canceled due to a wet and rainy forecast, organizers said Friday.
The annual parade was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., while the holiday festival with music and vendors was planned from 4 to 9 p.m. in the downtown parking lot, on Guadalupe Street across from the Far Western Tavern.
However, the tree-lighting ceremony has been rescheduled to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the downtown parking lot, and there will be live music, hot chocolate and cookies, prizes for children and Santa Claus.
Jolly St. Nick and Aly Cardenas, who was supposed to be the parade grand marshal, will be lighting the city’s Christmas tree.
The parade and festival will not be rescheduled.
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DUI checkpoint set for tonight
Police will be on the lookout for drunken drivers tonight at a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint.
Santa Maria police did not identify the road where the checkpoint will be held from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. Sunday, but said the street has a lot of DUI drivers.
Each driver stopped at the checkpoint will be inspected, police said.
Signs will be posted in the area during the checkpoint, advising motorists of the setup.
Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Rain cancels annual Nativity play
The annual Nativity Pageant scheduled tonight at Solvang’s outdoor Festival Theater has been canceled by rain.
The Nativity Pageant had scheduled free performances at 5 and 7 p.m. with a large cast of costumed actors, a choir and live animals on the outdoor stage.
The annual community pageant is part of Solvang’s weeks-long Julefest, formerly called Winterfest, that encourages visitors and locals alike to enjoy holiday events and support local businesses.
For more information, call 688-6144 or go to www.SolvangUSA.com.
— From staff reports