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Los Osos

Deputies arrested a 25-year-old man early Wednesday after he shattered the front door of a Los Osos home and entered a bedroom, according to San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s officials.

Joseph Daniel Flora of Los Osos was arrested on suspicion of burglary, felony vandalism and resisting arrest. Bail was set at $50,000.

The home’s occupants called 911 about 1:30 a.m., according to the Sheriff’s Department. They said a man whom they did not recognize was pounding on their front door, according to sheriff’s spokesman Rob Bryn.

The occupants, fearing for their safety, went to their upstairs bedroom, where they heard the front door shatter, Bryn said.

Deputies found Flora in a bed on the first floor of the residence, Bryn said. He initially resisted arrest but was subdued and taken into custody without injury, according to authorities.

— Cynthia Lambert

Arroyo Grande

Improvements to Arroyo Grande’s new city hall building — formerly known as the Farm Credit building — will cost $151,000 more than originally planned.

The City Council on Tuesday approved spending money from its general fund to complete the work, which was budgeted originally at $456,000.

The increase in cost is for several reasons, according to a staff report given to the council: the existing electrical service could not supply enough power for the elevator and must be upgraded, a hallway was removed to enlarge a conference room, the second-floor restroom was relocated to allow for adequate access under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and some drywall needed to be replaced.

The largest costs are related to the elevator installation, at about $52,000, and conversion of an existing attic space to the city’s new computer data and communications center, at $17,500.

Six full- and part-time employees from the building and engineering departments have moved into the new City Hall.

The council voted in March to move its full- and part-time staff working in the three city buildings in the Village into the building at 300 E. Branch St., and to lease City Hall.

The council in October approved a five-year lease with Re/Max Del Oro, which will likely move into the City Hall building in late February, said City Manager Steve Adams.

The council had in February approved an agreement to buy the building from developer Nick Tompkins of NKT Commercial, who in turn purchased two city buildings and is constructing a new commercial building at East Branch and Short streets.

— Cynthia Lambert

San Luis Obispo

Hospice of San Luis Obispo County offers free six-week courses about what to do with objects left behind after the loss of a loved one.

The next session of Objects Loved Ones Leave Behind starts Monday and will be held subsequent Mondays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Hospice of San Luis Obispo County office, 1304 Pacific St. in San Luis Obispo. A new course starts every six weeks. Reservations are required at 544-2266.

— Julia Hickey

Central Coast

Boy Scouts from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties will celebrate the 101st anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Santa Maria Town Center mall.

Scouts will celebrate in what they call “true Scout style,” with a Scout-o-Rama featuring a climbing wall, woodcarving demonstration, and Pinewood Derby races.

Scouts also will make signal towers out of wood and rope, and provide interactive events for the public and Scouts.

A formal flag ceremony at 1 p.m. will include special guests and a color guard consisting of Boy Scouts from the two counties.

The Los Padres Council serves more than 9,000 youngsters in San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County.

For more information, contact Rebecca Fields, Los Padres Council scout executive, at 967-0105, ext. 30 or e-mail rfields@ bsamail.org.

— Bob Cuddy

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