June, 2019

SLO council approves another water and sewer rate increase

As it has done repeatedly in recent years, the San Luis Obispo City Council on Tuesday approved water and sewer rate hikes. [Cal Coast Times] The council unanimously approved a 5.5 percent water rate hike for this year, followed by... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach SWAT raid linked to explosive device

The search of a Grover Beach home Tuesday morning by SWAT teams and the bomb squad was part of an investigation into explosive devices that detonated in the South County city in February. During the search, officers detained five individuals... (Continue reading)

Kelly Gearhart’s sentence reduced five years

By KAREN VELIE Notorious North County developer Kelly Gearhart won a five-year sentence reduction on June 11. He is now scheduled for release on March 2, 2023. [Cal Coast Times] In July 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Otis Wright II... (Continue reading)

Police, bomb squad and SWAT raid Grover Beach home

Multiple SWAT teams and the county bomb squad raided a Grover Beach home early Monday morning, waking up neighbors as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, police said. At about 5:30 a.m., Grover Beach officers served a search warrant at... (Continue reading)

Man gets 4 years in jail for sexually assaulting intoxicated woman

A San Luis Obispo County man was sentenced Monday to more than four years in jail for assaulting an intoxicated woman at the Atascadero Lake Park. [Tribune] David E. Ardebili, 40, is a former resident of Pismo Beach who had... (Continue reading)

Fire displaces residents, destroys Heritage Ranch house

A fire destroyed a Heritage Ranch house on Monday and spread into nearby vegetation, burning 4.3 acres of wildland, according to Cal Fire. At about 3:30 p.m., a fire was reported burning at a two-story home located at 2760 Saddleback... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara County supervisors accused of catering to cannabis interests

Santa Barbara County has become the unlikely capital of California’s legal pot market, and two of the county’s supervisors are facing allegations that they have been catering to people in the marijuana industry who have donated to their campaigns and... (Continue reading)

SLO County promoting marijuana over hemp

By KAREN VELIE While growing and selling marijuana is legal in San Luis Obispo County, officials are planning to place a temporary moratorium on the growing of industrial hemp in part to protect the county’s budding marijuana industry. [Cal Coast... (Continue reading)

Two people stabbed on Sunday in Santa Maria

Violent altercations on Sunday in Santa Maria left two men suffering stab wounds, one taking place in the morning and the other at night. [KSBY] At about 8:30 a.m., a man was stabbed in the chest on Newlove Drive. The... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly awards Carson Starkey a degree posthumously

Cal Poly awarded a degree posthumously to Carson Starkey, the victim of a 2008 fraternity hazing incident, at the university’s graduation ceremony held over the weekend. [Cal Coast Times] Starkey, 18, an Austin, Texas native, died on Dec. 2, 2008,... (Continue reading)