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Coast Guard busts 3 smugglers off San Simeon

U.S. Coast Guard crews disrupted an apparent drug smuggling operation off San Simeon on Tuesday, according to a press release. During a routine patrol, a Coast Guard aircrew spotted a suspicious panga-type vessel about 30 miles from the shore. While... (Continue reading)

SLO Symphony will no longer work with the board

In response to the San Luis Obispo Symphony’s Board of Directors firing longtime director Michael Nowak, the symphony’s musicians said in a press release on Saturday that they can no longer work with the current board. “We, the musicians of... (Continue reading)

Multiple hit-and-run accidents in Santa Maria

Santa Maria police arrested two people involved in a series of hit-and-run accidents that left multiple people injured on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. On Saturday, Santa Maria police arrested a 21-year-old woman after she was allegedly involved in two... (Continue reading)

Mission Prep sued for football injury, bullying

A former Mission Prep football player is suing the high school over an incident during a 2013 practice that allegedly left him with a concussion and brainstem stroke, as well as a series of nasty text messages from students. [Tribune]... (Continue reading)

Oil spill cleanup continues, few animals impacted

Three days after thousands of gallons of oil from a ruptured pipeline poured into the ocean west of Goleta, officials report three dead pelicans and one dead common dolphin, though the cause of dolphin’s death has not been determined. A... (Continue reading)

Fundraising fight preceded firing of SLO symphony conductor

Prior to his firing by the San Luis Obispo Symphony board, longtime music director and conductor, Michael Nowak, engaged in a heated argument over fundraising with the nonprofit’s executive director. [Tribune] Last week, the board fired Nowak, and Executive Director... (Continue reading)

Bloodied naked man goes for run in Los Osos

A bloodied naked man reportedly experiencing a narcotics overdose ran through the streets of Los Osos Thursday evening, prompting San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies to track him down. Around 5:40 p.m., the sheriff’s office received reports of the man... (Continue reading)

Steve Gesell’s $120,000 severance

San Luis Obispo City officials agreed Thursday to pay police Chief Steve Gesell a $120,000 severance to end his employment with the city as of May 29. City manager Katie Lichtig placed Gesell on paid administrative leave on May 8... (Continue reading)

Atascadero High School on lock down following shots fired

UPDATE, 12:20 p.m.: After more than two hours of heavy law enforcement presence, officials lifted the campus lock-down shortly before noon. Sources said a teacher and student reported hearing shots, but officers have been unable to verify this. Atascadero High... (Continue reading)

Professional bicyclist in critical condition after Lompoc crash

Two professional bicyclists collided in Lompoc Wednesday morning, leaving one rider in critical condition. [KSBY] The bicyclists were participating in a professional bike race, according to the Lompoc Police Department. The collision, which occurred around 10:45 a.m., caused the critically... (Continue reading)



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