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A San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge ruled Friday that a 23-year-old woman charged with killing a CHP officer in June will go to trial on a charge of second-degree murder, among other charges.

That means Judge John Trice thinks the prosecution has enough evidence to warrant a trial. Kaylee Ann Weisenberg of Paso Robles is accused of causing the car crash that killed CHP Officer Brett Oswald.

Trice heard closing arguments Friday after 21⁄2 days of testimony and evidence presented in Weisenberg’s preliminary hearing.

Deputy District Attorney Lee Cunningham rested his case Thursday. Defense attorney Tom McCormick rested his case Friday, choosing not to present witnesses before trial.

Weisenberg is expected in court Jan. 18 for an arraignment.

The fatal crash occurred in June when Weisenberg’s vehicle struck Oswald’s patrol car on South River Road near Spanish Camp Road in Paso Robles, according to the CHP’s account. She was 22 at the time.

Aside from second-degree murder and driving under the influence, the District Attorney’s Office is charging her with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs causing injury, and driving with a suspended license.

— Tonya Strickland

SLO County

Finding a storefront with a Red Kettle is no longer necessary to support the needy through the Salvation Army. Donors can text the word GIVESOCAL to 85944 and make a $10 donation billed to their mobile phone account.

Donations will provide food, toys, clothing and critical services to people in need.

The service will be offered during the Christmas season as well as throughout the year, according to a news release.

For those who prefer to drop money directly into a Red Kettle, here are locations in San Luis Obispo: Best Buy, 255 Madonna Road; Beverly Fabrics, 876 Higuera St.; Food 4 Less, 3985 S. Higuera St.; Kennedy Club Fitness, 188 Tank Farm Road; Ralphs, 201 Madonna Road; Spencer’s Fresh Market, 1314 Madonna Road; and Vons, 3900 Broad St.

For details visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.

— Julia Hickey

SLO County

On Friday, local law enforcement agencies began conducting DUI checkpoints and patrols looking for drunken drivers as part of the Avoid the 14 campaign.

One DUI checkpoint is scheduled to be set up in Pismo Beach on Dec. 29, and a countywide sweep for those with outstanding DUI warrants will be conducted by Jan. 2.

In addition, “saturation patrols” looking for those driving while impaired will be present on various days during the next two weeks in most of the cities in the county and on the Cal Poly campus.

During last year’s 2½-week campaign in San Luis Obispo County, one person was killed and seven others injured in alcohol-related collisions, said Arroyo Grande police Cmdr. Chuck Gerhart.

Statewide, 36 people with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or higher died in crashes statewide, and 1,168 were injured in alcohol-involved collisions.

In 2009, 2,591 adults and juveniles in the county were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, according to the state Department of Justice Criminal Justice Statistics Center.

The Avoid the 14 program is composed of law enforcement agencies in the county and funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

The participating agencies are the police departments in the county’s seven cities, the county Sheriff’s Department, the CHP, the University Police Department at Cal Poly, the Cuesta College Police Department, the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and California State Parks at Hearst Castle and Oceano Dunes.

— Cynthia Lambert

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