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Officers found a suspected prowler nude in an Arroyo Grande home’s hot tub — along with a large bag of kids’ and women’s clothing and pornography — before the first of his two arrests this week, police announced Saturday.

Police said they found David Lawrence Beeman, a 32-year-old parolee from Arroyo Grande, at 7 a.m. Tuesday at a home on Flora Road, near Coach Road on the eastern outskirts of the city.

Detectives learned that some of the clothing in the bag belonged to the homeowner, police said.

The Tribune has not independently verified this account.

He was booked into County Jail on suspicion of prowling, where he was released on his own recognizance, police said.

On Friday, detectives and patrol officers did what they described as a parole search at Beeman’s home, where they found more evidence, according to police.

They arrested Beeman again along East Grand Avenue near Elm Street, and booked him into County Jail on suspicion of possessing stolen property, police said.

Police did not disclose the time of the search, the arrest or the location of Beeman’s home.

He was not in custody as of Saturday afternoon, according to jail records.

— Antonio A. Prado

SLO County

Students from six local high schools will exercise their love of language next month at Poetry Out Loud.

Now in its fifth year, the countywide poetry recitation competition is coordinated by Arts Obispo, the San Luis Obispo County Arts Council.

“These students choose poetry that resonates in some way for them, and then they must recite it in a way that makes the meaning clear to the audience,” Mary Kay Harrington, Arts Council board president, stated in a news release.

“It’s truly a remarkable event that features the best of our young people.”

Created by the federal National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in 2005, Poetry Out Loud encourages high schoolers to study, memorize and perform works by the likes of Emily Dickinson and Maya Angelou.

This year, more than 1,700 students from San Luis Obispo County will participate in the program. They attend Lopez Continuation High School, Mission Prep, North County Christian School, and Morro Bay, Nipomo and San Luis Obispo high schools.

The winner will advance to the California state finals, March 20 and 21 in Sacramento.

Poetry Out Loud takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9 at the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church, 1515 Fredericks St. in San Luis Obispo.

County Supervisor Adam Hill will serve as master of ceremonies, with San Luis Obispo poet laureate Bonnie Young, poet Lisa Coffman and poetry aficionados Steve McGrath and Steve Puglisi acting as judges.

For more information, contact Barbara Radovich at 544-9251 or artsed@artsobispo.org.

— Sarah Linn

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