Sheriff’s officials are cautioning South County residents to report anyone they see soliciting illegally in their neighborhoods.
Deputies in the department’s south station have recently confronted people trying to sell magazines or cleaning products without having the necessary permits for door-to-door solicitation, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department.
Officials caution residents to know who they are letting into their homes. In one case, a solicitor was seen looking into a car parked inside an open garage door in Nipomo. In June 2008, a woman was attacked in her home by a person selling magazines.
“From a law enforcement standpoint, unwanted door-to-door solicitation can be a simple county code violation; however, we are concerned that many of these groups have individual members who may be using the solicitation as a cover for illegal purposes,” Cmdr. Brian Hascall said.
Deputies in March arrested five people on suspicion of illegal solicitation: Stephen John Holloway, Daniel Keith Lines and Aaron Juergan Frazier were arrested March 16 in the unincorporated Arroyo Grande area, while Daniel Jermaine Mitchem and Ramar Darius McGhee were arrested March 23 in Nipomo.
— Cynthia Lambert
Goals formed by a new partnership amongst several county social service agencies include shared grant writing, collaborations on event calendars and shared technological resources.
The “Partnership for Excellence in Family Support” has included meetings of several community, government and nonprofit agencies seeking to better help needy families and children in the county with services such as employment, clothes and food.
The partnership is using a grant from United Way of San Luis Obispo County for consulting on how best to serve the county’s needy population.
The idea is to create a network of community agencies that will function like a chamber of commerce for those in need and provide a single phone number for local residents to call with concerns — wherever they may live in the county, according to group organizations.
For more information, call the San Luis Obispo County Child Abuse Prevention Council at 543-6216.
— Nick Wilson
San Luis Obispo
The Easter Bunny is coming to the San Luis Obispo Farmers Market tonight.
The San Luis Obispo Downtown Association is hosting a new Easter promotion and is inviting all children and their families to hop along the Bunny Trail Downtown to visit participating businesses and collect candy and treats.
Children can pick up maps and treat bags, sponsored by The Real Estate Company, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Chorro and Higuera streets, next to the Downtown Association information booth.
The Easter Bunny will be in the Network from 6 to 8 p.m. for a photo opportunity at a small fee.
For details, call Reyes Miranda at 541-0286.
— AnnMarie Cornejo