May, 2018

Marijuana partnership leads to fraud lawsuit

By KAREN VELIE A partnership formed to claim part of California’s estimated $7 billion pot industry wound up in a San Luis Obispo County court with claims of fraud and forgery. [Cal Coast Times] Kyle Billingsley, Hal Billingsley, Sean Despain... (Continue reading)

Lawsuit filed over Central Coast music festival death

The family of a 20-year-old Ventura woman who died last year after falling ill at a the Lightning in a Bottle music festival in southern Monterey County has filed a lawsuit against the promoter of the event. San Luis Obispo... (Continue reading)

Nipomo man dies in fiery crash

A 53-year-old Nipomo man drove his pickup truck off Highway 101 in Santa Maria last week and slammed into a tree. The truck burst into flames, and Steven Christopher Aslanidis died. [Cal Coast Times] On May 18, Aslanidis was reportedly... (Continue reading)

Months after attack, woman died man charged with murder

A 56-year-old San Luis Obispo man is now facing a murder charge stemming from an incident last year in which he allegedly barged into the home of an 82-year-old woman and repeatedly punched her. The elderly woman died a couple... (Continue reading)

South SLO County Sanitation District audit reveals weaknesses

A recently released 2015-16 financial audit for the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District found that even though the overall financial health of the district was relatively good, three material weaknesses put it at risk for fraud. [Cal Coast... (Continue reading)

Murder trial of illegal immigrant starts in Santa Maria

Less than a week after President Donald Trump started a White House roundtable with remarks about the murder of Santa Maria woman Marilyn Pharis, the trial of two men accused of Pharis’s murder began in Santa Barbara County court. [Cal... (Continue reading)

DUI driver crashes in front of Rooster Creek Tavern

An allegedly drunk driver crashed his car in front of a popular Arroyo Grande bar and grill Monday afternoon and ran over several objects in the process of the collision. [Cal Coast Times] At about 2:45 p.m., a man drove... (Continue reading)

First Grover Beach marijuana store opens its doors

CORRECTION: Ed Esters is no longer involved with 805 Beach Breaks. San Luis Obispo County’s first brick and mortar marijuana dispensary operating under California’s new pot legalization law opened its doors to customers on Saturday. [Cal Coast Times] 805 Beach... (Continue reading)

Potential serial burglar targeting San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo police are searching for a burglar who is allegedly targeting homes near Cal Poly. [Cal Coast Times] Police say several residential burglaries were reported in northern San Luis Obispo near the Cal Poly campus. Police are circulating... (Continue reading)

Two people killed in Highway 166 crash

A man and a woman were killed and a truck driver was injured in a violent crash Sunday afternoon on Highway 166 in northeastern Santa Barbara County. [Cal Coast Times] At about 4 p.m., a black Honda sedan collided head-on... (Continue reading)