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SLO County criminology 101

In a court of law, what constitutes robbery or conspiracy or a hate crime? To help reporters accurately cover criminal court, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office has sent media a criminal justice system glossary. It defines everything... (Continue reading)

Gearhart, Hurst investors dug their own hole, says lawyer

An attorney for Cuesta Title suggested to jurors Thursday in a San Luis Obispo courtroom that investors’ greed was partly responsible for alleged fraud committed by former lender Jay Hurst Miller, developer Kelly Gearhart, and title company officials. In a... (Continue reading)

Heritage Lending President’s trial starts in August

Heritage Lending former president Candy Wells’ trial is slated to begin August 27, while her husband has pled no contest. Law enforcement officers arrested Candy Wells and her husband Ronald Wells in March. Candy Wells is accused of fraudulent practices... (Continue reading)

Details of revenge plot released

Several months before he was murdered, five people including a jilted lover allegedly plotted to rob and assault Paso Robles resident Victor Hugo Sanchez. At the case moves through the court, details of the plot first reported by CalCoastNews are... (Continue reading)

First he confessed, now he says he is not guilty

A San Luis Obispo man, who recently turned himself in to San Luis Obispo police claiming he robbed a bank in Atascadero, now claims he is innocent. [KCOY] On Friday, Steven Celaya pled not guilty to two charges of bank... (Continue reading)

Kelly Gearhart’s trial delayed a third time

For the third time, former Atascadero “Person of the Year” and prominent North County land developer Kelly Gearhart’s trial has been delayed. The court determined a failure to grant the requested continuance from June 11 to Nov. 12 “would result... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria judge dies in middle of murder trial

Santa Maria Superior Court Judge Edward Bullard died Sunday in the midst of presiding over a three-defendant murder trial. [Santa Maria Times] Bullard died at the age of 59 of complications from emergency heart surgery he had last week. Following... (Continue reading)

Gag orders harder to get in January

Gag orders in legal settlements involving lawsuits against state-licensed professionals will no longer be legal in January. [California Watch] The law will facilitate consumers’ contact with state agencies in cases where further disciplinary of corrective action might be called for.... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria woman’s torture trial starts next week

A Santa Maria woman who allegedly punished her then 2-year-old daughter for playing with her makeup by holding the child’s hands in scalding tap water almost three years ago is scheduled to begin trial next week. [SantaMariaTimes] Lorena Arenas, 26,... (Continue reading)

Mysterious man behind anti-Muslim film to appear in court

A California man credited with producing an anti-Muslim film that has led to violent protests across the Middle East will appear in court Wednesday for arraignment on probation violation charges. Mark Basseley Youssef, who claims to have written the script... (Continue reading)

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