January, 2019

Oceano activist murdered in his home

Oceano activist Larry Bross died after a brutal attack in his home earlier this week. He was 90-years-old. [Cal Coast Times] On Thursday morning, one of Bross’ neighbors found his body in his home on the 1400 block of Strand... (Continue reading)

Dan Dow’s prosecution team withheld DNA evidence in sexual assault case

A San Luis Obispo judge ruled Thursday that SLO County District Attorney Dan Dow’s prosecution team violated the law when it withheld a state crime lab report that found DNA from a person other than the defendant on the breast... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles school board halts aquatic center project

Amid budget woes, the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District is putting on hold an aquatic center project pushed by the district’s recently departed superintendent that is now costing significantly more than previous projections. [Tribune] Last month, Superintendent Chris Williams... (Continue reading)

Man pleads guilty to killing Oceano toddler

An Orcutt man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to voluntary manslaughter over the killing of a 19-month-old girl for whom he was supposed to be providing care while the toddler’s mother, an Oceano woman, was at work. [Cal Coast Times] On... (Continue reading)

Did SLO County contractor pocket collected sales tax?

By Cal Coast Times Staff A former contractor with intimate connections to San Luis Obispo’s County’s scandal-ridden waste disposal agency habitually collected sales tax on items he sold to the agency, then appears to have failed to remit those taxes... (Continue reading)

SLO County planners approve Cambria housing complex

The San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission unanimously approved an apartment complex project in Cambria that is expected to provide highly-sought affordable housing in the North Coast community. [Tribune] Project plans call for the Cambria Pines Apartments to consist of... (Continue reading)

Man charged with murder over Nipomo crash

San Luis Obispo County prosecutors charged a Santa Maria man with murder over a DUI crash in Nipomo that killed an 82-year-old woman. [Cal Coast Times] At about 10: 30 p.m. on Dec. 1, Edgar Saul Rojas Morales, 23, was... (Continue reading)

Lompoc kidnapper sentenced to 11 years in prison

A Lompoc man who kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and held her captive for four days as he fled to Arizona and then Nevada has reached a plea deal that will result in him receiving an 11-year prison sentence. [KSBY] Joseph Hetzel... (Continue reading)

Body found on Santa Barbara beach identified as former pro surfer

The man whose body was found on a Santa Barbara beach on Saturday has been identified as former professional surfer and commercial fisherman Chris Brown, 48. [Cal Coast Times] At the age of 17, Brown won the juniors division of... (Continue reading)

Woman leads officers on high-speed chase in SLO County

A San Francisco woman fled CHP officers on Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo County Monday afternoon in a chase that reached speeds of more than 100 mph. [KSBY] At about 12:30 p.m., a CHP officer attempted to stop a... (Continue reading)