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Karen Velie

Karen Velie lives in San Luis Obispo County.

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Ryan Petetit wants to block past abuse allegations from jury

By KAREN VELIE As Ryan Petetit’s domestic abuse trial nears, San Luis Obispo County prosecutors are asking the judge to allow several of his former girlfriends to testify about alleged previous incidents of assault and abuse. Petetit’s attorney is objecting to the request. [Cal Coast Times] In 2015, a girlfriend of the prominent developer went […]... (Continue Reading)

Despite DNA evidence, no prosecution for officer accused of rape

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office has elected not to charge a Paso Robles Officer accused of sexual assault while on the job even though his DNA was found at the alleged victim’s home, officials said at a press conference on Thursday. [Cal Coast Times] While DNA evidence showed that […]... (Continue Reading)

Grover Beach woman stabbed to death after lodging complaints

By KAREN VELIE A Grover Beach woman was brutally murdered in her home last week shortly after she complained of alleged wrongdoing at a neighboring church and criminal activity in her neighborhood. [Cal Coast Times] On Oct. 25, police officers conducting a welfare check at a condominium on the 200 block of 9th Street found […]... (Continue Reading)

Corruption allegations continue to dog local marijuana industry

By KAREN VELIE Battles over control of the multi-million dollar Central Coast marijuana industry have led to a barrage of ethical and criminal allegations. [Cal Coast Times] Some elected officials and government employees have been accused of taking bribes and engaging in inappropriately close relationships with marijuana business owners and consultants. Local marijuana kingpins, several […]... (Continue Reading)

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SLO attorney convicted of bank fraud

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo attorney Stephen Ronca pled guilty and was convicted of one count of bank fraud in June. Ronca is facing up to 30 years in prison. [Cal Coast Times] Last year, FBI agents arrested Ronca on 28 counts of wire fraud including allegations he stole approximately $250,000 from a client’s […]... (Continue Reading)

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Immigrants find themselves captive to marijuana harvest

Editors Note: Since the legalization of marijuana, allegations of bribery, human trafficking, black market sales and money laundering have surfaced. The issues involved are complex and the profits are huge. Several public officials are accused of accepting bribes and entering into close relationships with several marijuana business owners. A series of stories over the next […]... (Continue Reading)

Money laundering claims linked to illegal out-of-state marijuana sales

Editors Note: Since the legalization of marijuana, allegations of bribery, human trafficking, black market sales and money laundering have surfaced. The issues involved are complex and the profits are huge. Several public officials are accused of accepting bribes and entering into close relationships with several marijuana business owners. A series of stories over the next […]... (Continue Reading)

The richest bankrupt people in San Luis Obispo

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series about developers Ryan Petetit and John Belsher, their bankruptcies, tax liens and lawsuits. By KAREN VELIE Despite having real estate projects in bankruptcy, dozens of tax liens and multiple lawsuits from contractors and vendors suing them for failing to pay their bills, developers Ryan Petetit and […]... (Continue Reading)

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San Luis Square developers file bankruptcy

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series about developers Ryan Petetit and John Belsher, their bankruptcies, tax liens and lawsuits. By KAREN VELIE The principals of a San Luis Obispo-based development company have filed multiple bankruptcies associated with controversial projects in San Luis Obispo and Templeton which could lead to the projects failing. […]... (Continue Reading)

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Did county staff ignore board direction at first cannabis hearing?

By KAREN VELIE Months after the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors passed a temporary resolution barring expansion of marijuana cultivation or additional grows, the county planning department is processing multiple  expanded cannabis cultivation permits. [Cal Coast Times] On Friday, the county planning department approved a permit for a combination indoor and outdoor marijuana […]... (Continue Reading)