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San Luis Obispo

The man killed when he was hit by a car after running into traffic on Highway 101 last month was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, CHP officials said Thursday.

Ismael Gamboa, 22, of Santa Maria reportedly ran into traffic the night of Dec. 19 after getting out of his own vehicle, which was parked on the southbound shoulder just south of Madonna Road.

Toxciology results for Gamboa were released Thursday.

Gamboa was struck by a 2007 BMW being driven by George Patton, 49, of Fresno, according to the CHP.

Officers at the scene found Patton was drunk, according to a CHP report. He was booked at County Jail on suspicion of drunken driving.

— Stephen Curran

SLO County

Two events celebrating the life of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King are scheduled for this weekend.

A ceremony in San Luis Obispo is set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Laguna Middle School multi-purpose room, 11050 Los Osos Valley Road.

Sharing the Dream will feature speakers, videos of speeches by King and musical artists including Grammy award-winner Louie Ortega, Al “Shival” Redwine, Balaram Redwine and festival founder Michael LoveGene. Bon Temps Creole Café will offer lunches for $5, and a $10 festival donation is suggested to support the event and its annual student essay and art contest.

For details, call 784-9410 or visit www.slosharingthedream.org.

Music, dance and speeches on diversity will lead Paso Robles’ Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration set for 1 p.m. Sunday.

The community is invited to gather at Robbins Field, located at 6th and Park streets, for bagpipe performers, inspirational speakers, and the dance, drama and poetry of local youth.

A march from the field down Park Street to City Hall will follow the presentations. There, at 1000 Spring St., the public can partake in refreshments and a performance featuring the Cal Poly Society of Black Engineers.

In case of rain, the entire celebration will be at City Hall.

For more information, call the Centennial Park office at 237-3988.

— Tribune staff report

Paso Robles

Police last week seized about 75 pounds of marijuana from a local home.

Officers arrested Shaun Michael Sweetin, 32, of Paso Robles on Jan. 7 after finding a marijuana cultivation and sales operation, police said Thursday.

Officers obtained a search warrant for the home after neighbors in the 800 block of Oxen Street reportedly smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the backyard of the residence and became suspicious, police said. A greenhouse could also be seen in the backyard.

The search turned up an irrigation system, grow lights, fertilizer and drying systems in the backyard and basement of the residence, police said.

Officers also seized materials related to the weighing, packaging and sales of marijuana.

The estimated value of the plants was not disclosed.

Sweetin was booked into County Jail on four felony charges related to the cultivation, possession and distribution of a controlled substance.

As of Thursday morning, Sweetin had posted bail. The sum was not disclosed.

The investigation was turned over to the San Luis Obispo Narcotics Task Force.

— Tonya Strickland

Cuesta College

The college recently received $60,000 in rebate checks from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and Southern California Gas Co.

The incentive, made possible by the California Community College/Investor-Owned Utility Energy Efficiency Program, is for designing energy efficient equipment to replace the school’s 35-year-old heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

PG&E awarded the college $38,438, and Southern California Gas Co. gave $21,089 for reducing carbon dioxide and electricity usage annually.

The school has two future projects, including an upgraded computer data center and a lighting retrofit, approved for the rebate incentive program.

— Amy Dempsey

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