A Nipomo man who was wanted on child molestation charges has surrendered to local authorities.
Marcos Saldana Hernandez, 53, is accused of sexually abusing a child, penetration with a foreign object and lascivious acts with a child under age 14, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department.
He is being held in County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Saldana Hernandez surrendered at the sheriff’s South County station in Oceano about 10 a.m. Wednesday, and was booked into County Jail shortly after 2 p.m., according to authorities.
Investigators had sought him since his purported victim disclosed the alleged crimes on Jan. 12, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
— Bob Cuddy
An executive at Google will present her talk, “Innovation at the Googleplex” today at Cal Poly.
The presentation by Marissa Mayer, vice president for consumer products at the tech firm, will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Harman Hall at the Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Mayer will discuss some key insights and innovations behind Google’s latest product development, as well as her insights for career success.
Her work includes product management and engineering efforts of Google Maps, Google Maps for Mobile, Local Search, Google Earth, Street View and Latitude.
During her 11 years at Google, and as the company’s first woman engineer, Mayer has led product management and design efforts for Google Web search, images, news, books, products, toolbar and iGoogle.
For more information, contact Ignatios Vakalis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Nick Wilson
Derby Wine Estates received the go-ahead Tuesday night to restore Paso Robles’ historic Farmers Alliance building, which is visible off Highway 101 along Riverside Avenue.
The Paso Robles Planning Commission voted 6-0 Tuesday night, approving the project. Commissioner Chuck Treatch was absent.
Ray and Pam Derby purchased the long empty circa 1922 building for an undisclosed sum in the fall.
Their project to turn it into a winery will revamp the building while maintaining its historic elements as dictated by the state. That includes repainting the structure’s exterior its same iconic pale pink and restoring the original lettering on the parapet, among other features.
Crews are now cleaning up the site, and the Derbys are working to complete the engineering plans for their building permit.
Construction will begin with retrofitting the structure for earthquake safety, which is slated to begin in late or midsummer.
Ray Derby hopes to open the winery by 2012 to make first crush. He plans to start off with producing up to 10,000 cases annually.
— Tonya Strickland
The National Weather Service will have a training session for volunteer weather spotters at 6:30 p.m., Monday at the PG&E Community Center, 6588 Ontario Road, south of San Luis Obispo.
Spotters call in reports to the National Weather Service office in Oxnard whenever significant weather occurs. These reports help the agency determine how accurate its forecasts are.
The session is expected to last about 90 minutes and will include information about various severe weather hazards as well as background information about the agency. Anyone interested in becoming a weather spotter is welcome to attend the free event.
“You do not have to have weather equipment to become an official spotter for the National Weather Service,” the agency announced. “New spotters will receive a personal spotter ID number and a packet with spotter instructions.”
— David Sneed
San Luis Obispo
The first San Luis Obispo County UFO Festival and Metaphysical Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 6 at Embassy Suites, 333 Madonna Road, in San Luis Obispo.
Speakers at what is planned as an annual event include Paul Kirsch, author of “This Way to the Stars” and harpist Peter Sterling, who claims he was beamed aboard a “Zeta craft.”
The event is organized by the Tri-Counties Chapter of The Mutual UFO Network. Tickets are $10.
Call 890-4863 or visit www.zanzillasyoga.com for details.
— Julia Hickey
Kevin Hines, who survived a suicide attempt in which he jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge, will speak Saturday at Cal Poly as part of a student-coordinated event aimed at raising awareness about depression, self-harm and suicide prevention.
The event is being coordinated by the Love Out Loud Campaign, a group of six Cal Poly students “passionate” about encouraging communication and creative self-expression as a means of coping with depression, self-harm and thoughts of suicide.
The event will include a free resource and awareness fair at 4:30 p.m. followed by a 6:30 p.m. paid show that will include Hines speaking about his experience and how to live “mentally well.” The show will also include musical performances by Lakes, The Ragged Jubilee and The Honey Trees, along with Cal Poly speakers, poets, dancers and improvisational performers.
The event will be at the Chumash Auditorium on campus. Admission to the 6:30 show will be $10. For tickets and information, visit the Love Out Loud website at www.LoveOutLoudCampaign.com.
— Nick Wilson