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December 17, 2003 | William Overend, Times Staff Writer
International superstar or not, can Michael Jackson get a fair trial in the conservative Santa Barbara County farm town of Santa Maria, where local lawyers say there are almost never any blacks on local juries? Yes, say many legal experts. While race is always important, several said they believed Jackson's celebrity status and his reputation for bizarre behavior would be even more important.
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November 29, 2005 | Caitlin Liu and Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writers
Authorities piecing together the cause of a fatal Greyhound bus crash in Santa Maria, Calif., said Monday that though they believe the 63-year-old driver may have fallen asleep, they do not think he had been illegally overworked. Although Samuel Henry Bishop, the Fresno-based driver, had been on duty for 11 hours before the Sunday morning crash, Greyhound does not appear to have kept him driving for more than the federal limit of 10 consecutive hours, officials said.
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January 16, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
After 11 years in the courts, lawyers for the Mexican American Legal Defense League agreed with the city this week to dismiss a case alleging that the at-large voting system penalizes Latinos. In August, a federal judge ruled that Santa Maria did not need to create voting districts, in part because the makeup of the City Council and demographics of Santa Maria have changed since the lawsuit was filed. When the organization filed suit, Latinos represented 45.7% of the population.
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November 28, 2005 | Steve Chawkins, Jason Felch and Patricia Ward Biederman, Times Staff Writers
A Greyhound bus with 44 people aboard veered off U.S. 101 near here early Sunday, slid down an embankment, flipped on its side and hit a tree, killing a pregnant woman and a man, officials said. Dozens of others were injured, although by nightfall only two remained hospitalized. The bus, heading from Los Angeles to San Francisco, was about 75 miles north of Santa Barbara shortly after 7 a.m. when "there is a strong possibility that the driver fell asleep and ran off the road," Lt.
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November 27, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The Port San Luis weather buoy has been removed because of funding cuts and more data-gathering buoys along the Central Coast could be lost for the same reason, port officials said. The buoy, established in 1997 and paid for by the federal Minerals Management Service, was removed Nov. 21 by the National Data Buoy Center. Many boaters and fishermen used data generated by the buoy to determine whether it was safe to travel offshore.
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October 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Attorneys want Superior Court Judge Diana R. Hall transferred from Family Court, saying her recent domestic abuse trial could taint her judgment. Lawyers in the last week filed a dozen peremptory challenges to automatically disqualify Hall from hearing their cases. The attorneys said there were concerns that the judge might not rule properly in cases that involved domestic disputes and alcohol, which represent about 80% of their caseload. Hall was assigned to Family Court after her Sept.
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January 30, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A French teacher will not be disciplined for writing a Bible quote on her classroom chalkboard and allegedly retaliating when a student complained. Trustees of the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District said there was no cause to discipline teacher Marianne Angel for posting a quote from John 1:14 on Sept. 11, despite a protest by student Sierra Leffers, who practices Wicca.
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June 6, 2005 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
Carl Travis counts himself among the many locals here who are relieved that Michael Jackson and the hordes of international media and shouting fans will all soon beat it -- right out of town. "At first it was neat, but now it's just getting disgusting," the 39-year-old construction worker said over the weekend. "Now we just want to get on with our lives."
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February 2, 2005 | Eric Slater and Sally Ann Connell, Special to The Times
The second day of Michael Jackson's trial on child-molestation charges ended early Tuesday, when Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville abruptly halted jury selection, saying he had interviewed enough potential panelists. "Roughly 250 people qualified," Melville announced before adjourning late in the morning. "And I'm ready to go." He had culled those potential jurors from an initial pool of 750 residents.
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April 1, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Opponents of water fluoridation filed a petition with election officials to stop the city from altering tap water. The Santa Barbara County Clerk's office certified that there are enough valid signatures on petitions turned in by Citizens for Safe Drinking Water to require an election on the issue. The group submitted 4,545 signatures to Santa Maria City Hall on Feb. 24. The ballot measure will probably appear in the November 2004 election.
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November 20, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police arrested the 18-year-old driver of a car that plunged off a rural road Saturday and slammed into trees, killing three of four passengers. A 1995 Chevy Camaro driven by Louie James Leon of Santa Maria went out of control about 8 a.m., crossed into oncoming traffic and hurtled over a raised embankment, Santa Maria police said. The passengers, all minors, were thrown from the vehicle, police said.
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June 10, 2005 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
Just steps away from the noisy glut of fans and reporters awaiting the Michael Jackson child-molestation verdict, you can hear the birds chirping outside Judge Timothy Staffel's courtroom as he recites the names of defendants on his arraignment list.
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June 6, 2005 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
Carl Travis counts himself among the many locals here who are relieved that Michael Jackson and the hordes of international media and shouting fans will all soon beat it -- right out of town. "At first it was neat, but now it's just getting disgusting," the 39-year-old construction worker said over the weekend. "Now we just want to get on with our lives."
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February 2, 2005 | Eric Slater and Sally Ann Connell, Special to The Times
The second day of Michael Jackson's trial on child-molestation charges ended early Tuesday, when Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Rodney S. Melville abruptly halted jury selection, saying he had interviewed enough potential panelists. "Roughly 250 people qualified," Melville announced before adjourning late in the morning. "And I'm ready to go." He had culled those potential jurors from an initial pool of 750 residents.
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November 27, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The Port San Luis weather buoy has been removed because of funding cuts and more data-gathering buoys along the Central Coast could be lost for the same reason, port officials said. The buoy, established in 1997 and paid for by the federal Minerals Management Service, was removed Nov. 21 by the National Data Buoy Center. Many boaters and fishermen used data generated by the buoy to determine whether it was safe to travel offshore.
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January 16, 2004 | William Overend, Times Staff Writer
More than 100 law enforcement officers will be surrounding the Santa Maria courthouse today when Michael Jackson is arraigned on child molestation charges. Though police officials say they expect the day to be peaceful, they say the one unknown will be the size of the crowd. Estimates vary widely, from as low as 600 to as high as 10,000. Because of the global interest in the case, television networks from around the world plan to cover the arraignment.
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May 9, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
John Sterling says he was dismissed as police chief because of his short-lived political ambitions. But the city attorney says he was disciplined for threatening to sue the city manager, Tim Ness. A March 19 memorandum from Ness said the chief threatened to sue him. Sterling, 52, said he has hired an attorney to get his job back.
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June 10, 2005 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
Just steps away from the noisy glut of fans and reporters awaiting the Michael Jackson child-molestation verdict, you can hear the birds chirping outside Judge Timothy Staffel's courtroom as he recites the names of defendants on his arraignment list.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2003 | William Overend, Times Staff Writer
International superstar or not, can Michael Jackson get a fair trial in the conservative Santa Barbara County farm town of Santa Maria, where local lawyers say there are almost never any blacks on local juries? Yes, say many legal experts. While race is always important, several said they believed Jackson's celebrity status and his reputation for bizarre behavior would be even more important.
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October 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Attorneys want Superior Court Judge Diana R. Hall transferred from Family Court, saying her recent domestic abuse trial could taint her judgment. Lawyers in the last week filed a dozen peremptory challenges to automatically disqualify Hall from hearing their cases. The attorneys said there were concerns that the judge might not rule properly in cases that involved domestic disputes and alcohol, which represent about 80% of their caseload. Hall was assigned to Family Court after her Sept.
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