San Luis Obispo
Police say they arrested a 15-year-old local boy who investigators allege raped a woman in San Luis Obispo on Friday.
Detectives also suspect that the teen broke into three other local homes since late August, attacking one resident.
A 19-year-old woman told officers that a male she didn’t know had gotten into her home off Murray and Casa streets near Cal Poly sometime before midnight Friday, according to police.
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The intruder held the woman against her will and sexually assaulted her, police said Monday.
Local detectives identified the teen based on a fingerprint found at the scene of a home burglary near Cal Poly on Aug. 27, according to police.
They learned the teen was wanted on suspicion of violating probation out of Los Angeles County, police said. Detectives then connected the boy to Friday’s reported rape.
Early Sunday, two more burglaries connected to the teen were reported in the same area of San Luis Obispo, police said. In one of them, a man was reportedly attacked, and he fought off his assailant.
Detectives said they followed a number of tips to an area of Foothill Boulevard about a third of a mile east of Santa Rosa Street.
There, officers found the teen at 10:20 p.m. Sunday, according to police.
Police booked the teen into the county Juvenile Services Center on suspicion of rape, false imprisonment, oral copulation, forcible sexual penetration, kidnapping and residential burglary. He was being held without bail because of the alleged probation violation.
Police would not disclose the boy’s name because he is a minor suspected of a crime.
They would not disclose the woman’s name because she is the victim of a sex crime.
— Tribune staff report
A fire burning on the edge of the Los Padres National Forest had grown to about 5 acres as of 7:15 p.m. Monday.
Firefighters, three helicopters, three bulldozers and other vehicles were fighting the blaze, spokesman Andrew Madsen said.
The fire, which was first reported at 2:55 p.m. Monday, started at Upper Lopez Canyon Road and Waters End near Lopez Lake, he said.
According to Madsen, the fire did not start in the forest but was moving southeast toward forest boundaries.
Several structures were threatened, he said, but it was not clear whether they were homes or outbuildings.
“There are some residential areas out there,” Madsen said, noting that firefighters were working with the CHP to protect residents.
Although the fire’s spread had slowed, Madsen noted that crews were working “up and down some hilly areas that could pose a little bit of a challenge.”
Authorities are expected this morning to release a report forecasting the fire’s possible containment, he said.
— Sarah Linn
San Luis Obispo
Candidates for San Luis Obispo mayor and City Council are expected at a forum set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
The forum moderated by the League of Women Voters will be in the council chambers at 990 Palm St.
San Luis Obispo voters will elect a mayor and two council members Nov. 2.
Candidates for mayor are Paul Brown, Andrew Farrell, Don Hedrick and Jan Marx.Dan Carpenter, Andrew Carter, Andrea Miller, Terry Mohan, Arnold Ruiz and Kathy Smith are running for council.
The forum will be televised live on Charter cable Channel 20 and be replayed through Nov. 2.
— AnnMarie Cornejo
San Luis Obispo
Hospice Partners of the Central Coast is looking for volunteers throughout the county to provide support and companionship to terminally ill individuals and their families.
Training will begin from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and continue for each Wednesday until Oct. 20 at the
San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church.
To sign up, call 782-8608.
— Julia Hickey