May, 2019

Gun stolen from SLO County found during raid of felon’s home

A search of a property just outside the city limits of Santa Maria on Wednesday produced a variety of firearms, including one that had been reported stolen out of San Luis Obispo County, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s... (Continue reading)

Solvang man killed in single-engine plane crash

A 64-year-old Solvang man was killed Wednesday in a plane crash near Goat Rock, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. [Cal Coast Times] On Wednesday evening, Pierre Josefsohn’s family became concerned when he did not return to the... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara officers shot attempted murder suspect four times

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A known gang member who was wanted for attempted murder was struck by four bullets officers fired amid a gun battle that took place last week at an apartment complex near Goleta. [Cal Coast Times] During the... (Continue reading)

Intoxicated woman texting during fatal Los Osos crash

A 25-year-old woman was texting and intoxicated when she struck and killed a Morro Bay pastor in Los Osos last year, according to testimony in a court hearing on Wednesday. [Tribune] On Nov. 18, 2018, Pastor Dale Paulsen, 67, was... (Continue reading)

It’s official, PG&E caused the Camp Fire

Cal Fire announced Wednesday that its investigators determined PG&E power lines caused the 2018 Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive blaze in state history. [Cal Coast Times] The Camp Fire killed 85 people in Northern California and destroyed much... (Continue reading)

Tennis court chaos in radically gentrifying Cayucos

Editor’s Note: The following series, “Life in Radically Gentrifying Cayucos by the Sea,” to be posted weekly includes the notes, thoughts, and opinions of an original American voice: author Dell Franklin.  By DELL FRANKLIN I was returning from yoga the... (Continue reading)

Mother accused of snatching Santa Maria toddler

Santa Maria police are asking for help from the public in finding a 2-year-old boy who disappeared after his mother drove off with him. [Cal Coast Times] The father of two-year-old Robert David Laverdure, Jr. brought the child from Arizona... (Continue reading)

Atascadero to increase sewer rates by 19 percent

The city of Atascadero is planning on raising sewer rates for the first time in 25 years, following a decision by the city council Tuesday to endorse a 19 percent increase for the upcoming fiscal year, with potentially more rate... (Continue reading)

While fleeing police in Atascadero, suspect crashes into a tree

A man whom police are struggling to identify led officers on a chase in a stolen vehicle  on Tuesday. He then crashed into a tree, fled by foot, but was ultimately arrested. [Cal Coast Times] Shortly after 1 p.m., a... (Continue reading)

Man allegedly plundered Nipomo farm, sold avocados to restaurants

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputies arrested a 37-year-old man on Sunday for allegedly stealing avocados from a Nipomo farm. [Cal Coast Times] Christian Lara Medrano of Santa Maria allegedly pilfered avocados from the Suey Ranch on Bull Canyon Road.... (Continue reading)