Santa Maria men rob Nipomo resident at knifepoint

Two Santa Maria men allegedly robbed a Nipomo resident at knifepoint Sunday night, prompting a search of the area that involved a helicopter and a K-9.

At about 10:30 p.m., the victim who lives on the 1800 block of Louise Lane called 9-1-1 to report they had been robbed at knifepoint, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. Read More …

Illegal immigrant with long record convicted of the murder of Marilyn Pharis

A Santa Maria jury convicted an illegal immigrant with an extensive criminal history Wednesday of the murder of Air Force veteran Marilyn Pharis. Victor Aureliano Martinez was also convicted of multiple enhancements and could now face life in prison without the possibility of parole. Read More …

Orcutt teens accused of shooting car windows with BB gun

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies have caught three teens who are accused of shooting out car windows in Santa Maria and Orcutt with a BB gun.

Sheriff’s officials say a rash of car vandalism incidents occurred in the two northern Santa Barbara County jurisdictions, with a total of more than 24 vehicles being vandalized. Read More …

Santa Maria man facing life in prison for raping little girls

A Santa Barbara County jury convicted a Santa Maria man of committing numerous acts of molestation, including sexual intercourse, with two young girls. Manuel Ruiz Rios, 34, now faces life in prison, according to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office. Read More …