Daily Briefs

SLO police identify firearm thief who rammed Prius into Big 5

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo Police have identified the burglar who  rammed his Prius into a Big 5 Sporting Goods store early Saturday morning as 25-year-old Michael Giovanni Benadiba. Shortly before 2 a.m., Benadiba crashed his Prius into the... (Continue reading)

Pedestrian dies after being hit by vehicle in Atascadero

By KAREN VELIE A pedestrian died after he was hit by a vehicle in Atascadero on Tuesday afternoon. Shortly before 2 p.m., a passing vehicle crashed into a male pedestrian who was attempting to cross El Camino Real towards Vons.... (Continue reading)

Director of jazz studies at Cal Poly accused of sexual harassment, resigns

By KAREN VELIE Following student allegations of sexual harassment in the spring, Cal Poly’s director of jazz studies resigned his position. An investigation into the allegations is ongoing. [Tribune] Multiple Cal Poly students accused Arthur White of sexual misconduct that... (Continue reading)

Elderly bicyclist dies after Arroyo Grande crash

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A bicyclist, who was reportedly in his early 80s, died after crashing in an Arroyo Grande construction zone on Friday. [KSBY]  The man was riding his bicycle eastbound on Grand Avenue near Brisco Road at about 2:30... (Continue reading)

Public tips lead to arrest of Paso Robles man for burglary

By KAREN VELIE A 37-year-old Paso Robles man is facing criminal charges after tipsters identified him as a suspect in a string of vehicle burglaries in Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo. In August, deputies received 23 vehicle burglary reports... (Continue reading)

Burglar rams car into SLO Big 5, steals firearms

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A burglar rammed a car into the Big 5 Sporting Goods store in San Luis Obispo early Saturday morning and stole firearms. Police have since managed to recover the stolen guns, but the suspect remains at large.... (Continue reading)

Gas prices surge to over $6 a gallon in SLO County

By KAREN VELIE Amid rising crude oil costs and low gas inventories in California, the average price for a gallon of gas in San Luis Obispo County increased 17 cents during the past week to $6.03, according to figures from... (Continue reading)

Antisemitic flyers found outside homes in San Luis Obispo

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo residents in the Old Town Historic District woke up to antisemitic propaganda on their driveways and yards on Sunday, which is the start of Yom Kippur, a Jewish high holiday. Similar to fliers left... (Continue reading)

SLO County Assistant District Attorney Dobroth seeking 15% raise

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Assistant District Attorney Eric Dobroth is seeking a temporary 15% pay raise while District Attorney Dan Dow is deployed to the Middle East. While on deployment, Dow will retain his elected seat while... (Continue reading)

Group of armed robbers hit pizza parlors in Arroyo Grande, Orcutt

By KAREN VELIE Three people are in jail after they allegedly robbed Domino’s Pizza parlors in Arroyo Grande and Orcutt on Friday night. Shortly after 9 p.m., two masked men entered the Domino’s Pizza on East Grand Avenue in Arroyo... (Continue reading)