Daily Briefs

Nipomo and Santa Maria businesses fined for underpaying farm workers

By KAREN VELIE The U.S. Department of Labor fined five farms, including one in Nipomo and three in Santa Maria, for withholding pay and benefits due farm workers in the country on the federal H-2A program. The H-2A program allows... (Continue reading)

Home fire spreads to vegetation in Creston

By KAREN VELIE A fire damaged a single-family home in Creston before scorching a 1/4 acre of vegetation on Friday afternoon. Shortly before 5 p.m., a caller reported a fire at a home on the 4100 block of Ryan Road.... (Continue reading)

Replica gun found in student’s backpack at elementary school in Grover Beach

By KAREN VELIE Grover Beach police officers found a student at Fairgrove Elementary School in possession of a replica firearm on Thursday, according to school staff. School officials asked Grover Beach police to investigate a report by a student who... (Continue reading)

Overturned semi-truck slows traffic on Highway 101 near Nipomo

By KAREN VELIE A semi-truck loaded with produce overturned on northbound Highway 101 near Nipomo slowing traffic in Santa Maria on Friday morning, according to the CHP. Victor Gonzalez was headed northbound near Highway 166 when he drove off the... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo business owner sentenced to prison

By KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo auto repair shop owner, who pleaded guilty in 2019 to a federal charge of failing to pay almost half a million to the Internal Revenue Service, was sentenced to federal prison on Thursday.... (Continue reading)

Pismo Beach City Council increases water restrictions

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The Pismo Beach City Council on Tuesday tightened the city’s water restrictions that had already been adopted to combat drought conditions. Last year, the city of Pismo Beach prohibited outdoor irrigation between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.,... (Continue reading)

SLO County deputies nab felon with large amount of fentanyl

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies caught a wanted felon with a large amount of fentanyl last month after a woman and the felon attempted to flee officers in Nipomo. At about 10:30 p.m. on April 22,... (Continue reading)

SLO County supervisors dump plans to become a charter county

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to indefinitely postpone plans to move from a general law county governed by the California Government Code to a charter county with one unique law, a mandate... (Continue reading)

COVID cases and deaths on the rise in San Luis Obispo County

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County has reached a grim milestone, more than 500 residents have died from COVID. The county reported four additional deaths during the past week. COVID cases continue to gradually increase. The county reported a... (Continue reading)

Fire scorches Templeton home

By KAREN VELIE An early morning fire scorched a single-family home in Templeton on Wednesday. At 5:34 a.m., a caller reported the blaze burning at a home on Sunnyside Way, according to Cal Fire. Firefighters from Cal Fire and the... (Continue reading)