Daily Briefs

Comparing COVID-19 death rates in California, to other states

By KAREN VELIE COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in more densely populated states, while less populated states appear to have lower death rates. New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the union has the second highest death rate per... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo teen killed in Highway 101 crash

By KAREN VELIE A teen died in a single car crash along Highway 101 near Avila Beach Drive early Tuesday morning, according to the CHP. Shortly after midnight, 21-year-old Aron Gonzalez was driving northbound on Highway 101 when he veered... (Continue reading)

Apartment complex fire in Paso Robles displaces 40 residents

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A fire destroyed much of an eight-unit building at the Dry Creek Apartments in Paso Robles Tuesday morning, leaving a total of 40 residents displaced. Shortly after 8 a.m., a caller reported the fire at 1211 Alamo... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande man gets eight years to life in torture case

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A judge sentenced an Arroyo Grande man to eight years to life in prison on Monday over an incident in which he poured boiling oil on his 79-year-old foster mother, then stabbed her. On Aug. 2, Matthew... (Continue reading)

Drunk driver allegedly kills pedestrian in Atascadero

By KAREN VELIE A Paso Robles man allegedly hit and killed a pedestrian in Atascadero Sunday evening before crashing head-on into another vehicle on Highway 41 near Santa Rosa Road. Following the fatal hit-and-run, Jorge Castaneda, 26, of Paso Robles... (Continue reading)

Crash wedges car under semi-truck in Paso Robles

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A two-vehicle collision on Monday morning on Highway 46 in rural Paso Robles left one person trapped in a vehicle wedged underneath a semi-truck. Shortly before 6 a.m., the semi-truck, which was carrying an 80,000-pound load, collided... (Continue reading)

Firefighters rescue person trapped in vehicle in SLO

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Firefighters extricated a person from a Lexus SUV that crashed and rolled over in the Highland Drive area of San Luis Obispo on Sunday. Shortly after noon, a caller reported the single-vehicle crash near the intersection of... (Continue reading)

Man’s body found in ditch in Paso Robles

By KAREN VELIE A man’s body was discovered in a ditch off Union Road near Kleck Road in Paso Robles Saturday morning. Shortly after 11 a.m., a caller reported the body. Paso Robles police officers and San Luis Obispo Sheriff... (Continue reading)

COVID-19 outbreak at the Santa Barbara County Jail

By KAREN VELIE An additional 65 inmates at the Santa Barbara County Jail inmates and four staffers have tested positive for COVID-19 during the past 30 days. After a lengthy lull in cases, 11 inmates and one guard tested positive... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles man arrested after standoff in San Miguel

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a reportedly suicidal man in San Miguel Thursday evening, following an hour and a half-long-standoff in which the suspect refused to exit his vehicle. [KSBY] On Thursday, a 911 caller... (Continue reading)