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About 4:36 p.m., the sheriff’s dispatch center received a call about a burglary in progress at a business in the 4200 block of Dominion Road, and when deputies arrived, they noticed a door that was slightly open, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Raquel Zick.

Minutes later, two suspects ran out the back of the business and a search for the pair was launched, with assistance from the County Air Support Unit, a sheriff’s K-9 unit and California Highway Patrol officers, Zick said.

After a two-hour search, K-9 Zeke tracked the suspects to a ditch about 1 mile away, where they were found hiding in a ditch.

Joseph Edson, 55, and Felipe Ortiza, 33, both of Santa Maria, were taken into custody and booked into Lompoc Jail on suspicion of commercial burglary, a felony, and released without posting bail.

Zick said a vehicle associated with the suspects was towed from the scene and contained items investigators believe were stolen from the business. The investigation is continuing.


LUSD officials recommend delaying in-person learning until January

Lompoc Unified School District officials are recommending a January return to classroom learning in either a hybrid or full in-person model, Superintendent Trevor McDonald announced Friday. 

The official recommendation will be discussed by the school board during its Oct. 13 meeting. 

“Safety continues to be our top priority. We value life over everything else. Should we be in a safe tier as we near second semester we could reopen in either a hybrid of full in-person model,” McDonald said. 

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