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Tickets went on sale Friday for a Central Coast appearance for perhaps the biggest name in modern country music, and sold out in 30 seconds.

Garth Brooks is set to play at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles July 27th, with the nearly 15,000 tickets gone in moments. Brooks was overwhelmed by the fan response to his concern, and on Twitter said “Wow-30 seconds. Are you kidding me? That means I owe you another one!”

Firefighters quickly stopped a brush fire on the Central Coast.

The 10 acre blaze started just after one p.m. Friday on the 4000 block of Oak Trail Road, near Los Olivos.

Firefighters were able to get it 50% contained in about 90 minutes. No structures were damaged. There’s no word yet on the cause of the blaze.

The staff at a Ventura County pharmacy is being credited with catching a bogus prescription for painkillers which led to an investigation which led to four arrests.

In May, workers at a CVS pharmacy in Thousand Oaks determined they had received a fraudulent prescription. They contacted the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, which led to an investigation by the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit.

A man wanted in Ventura County for a murder nearly five years ago has been arrested in the Midwest.

Oxnard Police Detectives say they developed information that Gustavo Cuevas was involved in a July, 2012 shooting which left one man dead, and a second wounded. They tracked him down to Menasha, Wisconsin this week, where FBI agents and local police arrested the 23 year old Oxnard man for killing Jose Gonzales. He’ll be extradited back to California.

Ventura County prosecutors say a doctor has lost his ability to prescribe controlled substances, and could face jail time after pleading guilty to a charge of illegal prescribing a controlled substance.

Dr. William Matzner’s medical license is also under review. Prosecutors say the Simi Valley based physician was selling oxycodone from his office.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit.

The 58 year old doctor could face up to a year in jail when he’s sentenced in August.

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Tickets went on sale Friday for a Central Coast appearance for perhaps the biggest name in modern country music, and sold out in 30 seconds.

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Firefighters quickly stopped a brush fire on the Central Coast.

The 10 acre blaze started just after one p.m. Friday on the 4000 block of Oak Trail Road, near Los Olivos.

Firefighters were able to get it 50% contained in about 90 minutes. No structures were damaged. There’s no word yet on the cause of the blaze.

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