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San Luis Obispo

An inmate who escaped Monday from the California Men’s Colony was found and arrested in Fresno on Thursday, prison authorities said.

Bryan Charles Sims, who escaped from his job assignment at the prison’s Waste Water Treatment Plant, was arrested Thursday in Fresno by Special Service Unit agents with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

A department special agent in the Fresno office investigated leads provided by the prison’s Investigative Services Unit and learned that escapee Sims was hiding out at a residence in northwest Fresno.

As Special Service Unit agents approached the residence, they reportedly saw Sims riding as a passenger in a vehicle that was departing the residence.

The agents stopped the vehicle and, according to authorities, Sims ran away toward a nearby residence.

The agents took Sims into custody without further incident at 12:55 p.m. Sims was 13 months into an eight-year sentence for receiving stolen property from Ventura County when he escaped.

Authorities say he could face new felony charges for the escape.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

Paso Robles The Police Department announced Friday that it is postponing Santa’s Sleigh to Paso Robles neighborhoods by a week because it does not yet have enough money.

The department must still raise $2,500 to cover the cost of the program before it can happen.

Originally scheduled to begin Dec. 11, the department now aims to bring Santa to town from Dec. 14 through the 18.

The holiday tradition was one of many extras cut from the city’s budget to save money and avoid layoffs during the recession.

Officers follow Santa’s sleigh around town in their patrol cars, alerting locals of his arrival to town by turning on their sirens. Santa stops every few blocks so children can come up to his sleigh and receive a candy cane.

Last year, high costs associated with running the event forced the department to cancel the tradition, now in its 11th year.

However, local donors stepped in to pay for officers’ overtime, fuel, a generator and other expenses in running the event, officers said.

As of Friday, the department had only raised $2,500 of the $5,000 needed to cover the program.

Donations for Santa’s Sleigh can be made payable to: Up with Kids and dropped off at Re/Max Parkside Real Estate at 711 12th St. or with Paypal on the city’s Web site www.prcity.com/police.

For more information, call the Community Services Office at 237-4086.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

North Coast

Highway 1, one mile north of Ragged Point will be closed Sunday night as workers install new horizontal drains.

The overnight full closures are expected to continue for four nights, ending Thursday morning, Caltrans officials said Friday.

In addition to the overnight closures, one-way traffic control will continue Monday through Thursday.

Drivers can expect delays not exceeding 20 minutes, officials said.

Arthurs Contracting Inc. of Atascadero is the contractor for the $235,000 project.

The work is slated for completion in February.

— Stephen Curran

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