San Luis Obispo
A 20-year-old man who threatened to kill himself by jumping off the Santa Rosa overpass onto Highway 101 caused the closure of northbound Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo for more than two hours Tuesday night.
The man called police at 11:30 p.m., saying he was going to commit suicide. Officers found the man perched on the outer edge of the Santa Rosa Street overpass.
A member of the San Luis Obispo Police Department’s Crisis Negotiation Team started face-to-face negotiations with the man, while the CHP closed the northbound lanes of Highway 101.
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Traffic was rerouted to surface streets through the city before being allowed back on the freeway.
Santa Rosa Street between Olive and Walnut streets was also closed in both directions during the incident.
After about two hours of negotiation, the man agreed to come back over the railing and surrendered to officers, according to officials. He was taken into custody for a 72-hour mental health evaluation.
The man was not a student, police say, and was apparently despondent over financial and personal issues.
The Sheriff’s Department and Cal Poly police assisted in handling calls to the San Luis Obispo Police Department during the incident.
— Larissa Doust
Rep. Lois Capps, running for re-election in the 23rd Congressional District, could face opposition from a fellow Democrat, half a dozen Republicans and a Libertarian.
Capps, D-Santa Barbara, whose district encompasses Northern Santa Barbara County and much of San Luis Obispo County, has represented the area since 1998.
Republicans who have taken out papers to run against Capps include Carole Miller, Dave Stockdale, Albert Mercado, Clark Vandeventer, Thomas Watson and John Davidson.
George Mathy, a Ventura County Democrat, also has expressed his intent to challenge the incumbent.
Darrell Stafford, a Libertarian, also could be on the ballot.
All the would-be candidates still need to have their information checked and be vetted by the Secretary of State’s office, according to San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald.
Rodewald said others may have filed Friday, the deadline, and may not be recorded in the system yet.
— Bob Cuddy
Entries are being accepted for the Mid-State Fair’s annual Home Wine Competi-tion, which takes place May 6.
Between April 23 and 30, wines can be received from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fair’s main office at 2198 Riverside Ave. in Paso Robles. Wine bottles should be labeled with participant name, varietal, vintage and any other important information.
Judging is being sponsored by 15 degrees C Wine Shop & Bar in Templeton.
For more information, contact the Paso Robles Event Center Administration Office at 239-0655.
— Amy Dempsey