Uncovered SLO

Newsom grants clemency to Santa Barbara County man

California Gov. Gavin Newsom granted clemency to 26 inmates on Friday, including a Santa Barbara man convicted of murder in 2009. Kristopher Blehm, 35, has served nearly 12 years in prison for assisting in the murder of his criminal partner’s... (Continue reading)

Jobless claims surge in California, SLO County

By CCT STAFF More than 180,000 unemployment claims were filed in California for the week ending March 21, an unprecedented gain over two weeks earlier, according to the state. During the past few months, unemployed Californians sent in an average... (Continue reading)

FBI raids SLO County Supervisor Chair Adam Hill’s home

By KAREN VELIE FBI agents served a search warrant on San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Chair Adam Hill’s home on March 11, at the same time they were searching his office at the County Building, FBI spokesperson Laura Eimiller confirmed... (Continue reading)

Crime numbers plummet in SLO County amid coronavirus concerns

By KAREN VELIE Coronavirus cases continue to rise. People are sheltering in place. And crime is down in San Luis Obispo County. Within hours of the first San Luis Obispo County resident testing positive for the coronavirus, on March 14,... (Continue reading)

Former Atascadero police chief refuses to close his gun store

Update: San Luis Obispo County Administrator Wade Horton announced on Sunday that based on a request from Sheriff Ian Parkinson, the county plans to remove firearm stores from the list of businesses required to temporarily close their doors. As of... (Continue reading)

SLO County orders shelter at home, Adam Hill noticeably missing?

By CCT STAFF Coronavirus cases are spreading. San Luis Obispo County residents are sheltering at home. And Board of Supervisor Chair Adam Hill is noticeably absent. Hill went silent shortly after the FBI raided his office last week. As the... (Continue reading)

What does it mean to shelter at home in SLO County?

By CCT STAFF San Luis Obispo County officials have issued their most stringent restrictions yet to stop coronavirus cases from escalating and overwhelming the healthcare system. SLO County does not currently have the resources, including ventilators, to handle a surge... (Continue reading)

Questions arise over notifications in courthouse Coronavirus case

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo’s courthouse is operating under special rules following the discovery that the county’s third confirmed case of coronavirus was in the building last week. But questions remain about whether others in the building – attorneys,... (Continue reading)

Coronavirus shuts down courtroom at the SLO County Courthouse

By KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo County courtroom is temporarily closed after an attorney who serves as a public defender in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties tested positive for the coronavirus. Public health officials have also... (Continue reading)

Two confirmed coronavirus cases in SLO County, a third suspected

By CCT STAFF A second San Luis Obispo County resident has tested positive for the coronavirus, an individual from South County. Another South County resident, suspected to have the virus, is currently hospitalized while medical personnel await test results. The... (Continue reading)