Lompoc

Crime
6:37 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Lompoc Police Officer arrested on domestic violence charges

An off-duty Lompoc Police Officer was arrested this past weekend on domestic violence charges, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said 29-year-old Matthew Lee Hill was booked into the County Jail for violating section 273.5 of the California Penal Code. He was released the same day after posting $25,000 bail.

Hill was taken into custody Sunday morning at his home in Vandenberg Village after deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call.

Santa Barbara County
10:40 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Student skydiver experiences parachute malfunction in Santa Barbara

A student skydiver is being treated for injuries Monday evening at the Cottage Hospital Trauma Center in Santa Barbara. The Lompoc Fire Department says the man experienced a "hard landing."

Rescuers had to hike this morning to reach the injured man near the Lompoc Penitentiary Prison Farm.

The Lompoc Fire Department said the skydiver experienced a malfunction during the dive and had to use the reserve shoot to complete his landing. Sky Dive Santa Barbara says the student jumped with an experienced instructor and they were both equipped with their own parachutes.

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Education
5:30 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Lompoc public schools to get new $1.2 million central kitchen

Public schools in Lompoc are getting a $1.2 million grant to remodel the district's central kitchen in an effort to bring more healthful food options to students.

The Central Coast-based Orfalea Foundation announced the plans Wednesday afternoon.

In a media release, the organization says nearly 10,000 students at 14 Lompoc Unified School District locations will have access to scratch-cooked entrees and freshly prepared salad bar choices via the new kitchen.

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Agricuture
4:42 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Congress pushes for California flowers in the White House

Flower fields in the Lompoc Valley
Credit Flickr member Anita Ritenour

There is an effort in Congress led by Central Coast representative Lois Capps to feature more locally grown flowers at the White House.  

In a letter to President Obama, members of the bi-partisan Cut Flower Caucus thanked him for showcasing American, cut flowers during the last State dinner with the president of France and encouraged him to continue doing so. Congresswoman Capps says the White House has had a long tradition of showcasing American products at events and says she and members of the caucus would like to see flowers as part of that. 

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Community
5:57 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Central Coast communities gearing up for National Night Out

Credit National Night Out - Evansville

Neighborhoods and police departments throughout the Central Coast are getting ready for Tuesday's National Night Out. 

The annual event is designed for people to get to know there neighbors and local law enforcement in an effort to reduce crime.

Aside from the numerous local get-togethers, Sergeant Chuck Strange with the Lompoc Police Department says a block party will be held in the parking lot of Lompoc High School with free food and activities from 5 to 8 p.m.

In Santa Maria, a similar event takes place at Veterans Memorial Community Park and runs from 4 to 8p.

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Community
5:18 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Community Day for Lompoc's new Public Safety Training Center on Saturday

Artistic rendering of the now completed Public Safety Training Center in Lompoc.
Credit Allan Hancock College

Lompoc's massive new Public Safety Training Complex is opening to the public on Saturday, August 2.

The 68 acre facility is part of Allan Hancock College and cost 38-million to build.

It will serve as a training location for fire fighters, law enforcement, medical teams, hazmat crews—even lifeguards. It's also designed to accommodate training related to homeland security and disaster response.

Highlights of the complex include a firing range, a 1.3 mile high speed track, and a six-story training tower with multiple fire props.

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Crime
6:21 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Lompoc issues season's first "illegal fireworks" citation for $1500

A bottle rocket is an example of an illegal grade firework in the City of Lompoc.
Credit Flickr member David Mertl

The Lompoc Police Department has issued its first illegal fireworks citation of the season which carries a $1500 fine.

The city has a zero tolerance policy and is using addition police and firefighters to enforce it.

Illegal fireworks include all launched, exploding, and otherwise ignited fireworks that do not meet the "safe and sane" definition.

Permitted "safe and sane" fireworks can be used within the city only on the 4th of July and only until 10:00 p.m.

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Politics
5:31 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Fourth of July Fireworks cleared for another year in Lompoc

A child holds a Safe and Sane sparkler at arm's length.
Credit Flickr member N1NJ4

Safe and Sane Fireworks will be sold again this year within the City of Lompoc for the Fourth of July holiday, following a vote last night by the city council.

An emergency ordinance to ban their sale through the end of 2014 was placed on the agenda over concerns for an extremely dangerous fire season.

The vote failed three to two.

Lompoc legalized Safe and Sane fireworks last year. A portion of the proceed help pay for enforcement of illegal fireworks.

Sales also help pay for the city's official fireworks display, which is held this year on July 5.

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Community
3:18 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Lompoc considers reinstating ban on fireworks this 4th

A Safe and Sane style firework.
Credit Flickr member HarmonyRae

The City of Lompoc is considering reinstating its ban on "Safe and Sane" fireworks following last week's Miguelito Fire. Council members will take up the issue at the next scheduled meeting on June 3.

The long-standing ban on fireworks was lifted last year during the lead-up to the Fourth of July holiday.

Council member DeWayne Holmdahl says he voted against allowing fireworks last year, and will vote the same way at the next meeting, should it come up for a vote.

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Weather
4:25 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Update: Cause determined for Miguelito Fire near Lompoc

Aerial view of Miguelito Fire from head to heel looking southeast.
Twitter: @CALFIRE_SLO

THURSDAY UPDATE: 6:11 p.m.—Santa Barbara County Fire Department investigators have concluded that the Miguelito Fire was started when untrimmed trees came into contact with a live power line.

Investigators say a 12,000 volt power line feeding the plant located at 2500 San Miguelito Rd. in Lompoc, contacted a tree causing embers to drop down and ignite the dry brush along the hillside.

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Business
6:45 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Santa Barbara County job fair series

A series of job fairs are coming to Santa Barbara County as local leaders work to improve the county's unemployment numbers.

The Santa Barbara County Workforce Investment Board and the California Employment Development Department will launch the effort this Thursday at Santa Barbara's Westside Community Center from 11a-3p.

A Lompoc job fair will be held on May 1 at the Veterans' Memorial Hall from 1-4p. The Santa Maria version is scheduled for June 12 at the Veterans' Memorial hall from 1-4p.

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