SLO County Roundup


Sheriff’s deputies, along with the Special Problems Unit, Sheriff Narcotics and a CHP air unit recovered stolen weapons and a stolen ATV from a home in Nipomo on Wednesday.

The items were reported stolen in separate crimes.

Chad Takeshi Higa of Nipomo was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property, grand theft and altering or defacing a serialized item.

Higa is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail at the County Jail.

— Amy Dempsey

SLO County

The Sheriff’s Department is mourning the death of Jake, a longtime police dog that deputies say is responsible for hundreds of drug-related arrests.

Jake, a 12-year-old Labrador, died Friday morning from cancer, officials said in a statement. He was assigned to Deputy Allen Barger for the past eight years.

Officials said the four-legged deputy was responsible for more than 2,000 searches, 900 arrests, and helped detect marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and firearms.

“Jake was a member of the Sheriff’s Department who gave his all every day to keep narcotics off the streets of our county,” Sheriff Pat Hedges said in the statement.

Barger is training a new dog, Jack, to replace Jake.

— Stephen Curran

North County

Motorists traveling in both directions on Highway 46 East will be detoured onto newly constructed lanes between Airport Road and Geneseo Road starting Jan. 15.

The detour will allow Papich Construction of Pismo Beach to rebuild the two existing lanes and continue constructing two wildlife crossings and major drainage systems.

Motorists will be alerted of the detour by electronic message boards, and all county and driveway connections will stay open to cross traffic during the detour.

The project will cost $30 million, and expected to be finished late 2010.

— Amy Dempsey