June, 2019

Human skull found in Morro Bay

Caltrans workers found a human skull while doing maintenance work alongside Highway 101 in Morro Bay on Thursday. [Cal Coast Times] The San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s pathologist determined the skull has been in the area from several months to... (Continue reading)

Templeton man killed in Santa Barbara County crash

The CHP has identified the man killed in a crash on Highway 101 near Buellton on Saturday morning as 79-year-old Pietro Boumpensiero of Templeton. [Cal Coast Times] At about 5 a.m., Boumpensiero was driving a Chevrolet Silverado southbound while a... (Continue reading)

PG&E agrees to $1 billion fire settlement with local governments

PG&E has reached a $1 billion settlement with local governments in Northern California over wildfires the utility caused, with more than one quarter of the funds slated to go to Paradise, community that was ravaged by the 2018 Camp Fire.... (Continue reading)

San Francisco vape ban embraces harm over science

OPINION by YAËL OSSOWSKI In an attempt to curb youth vaping, the Board of Supervisors of the city of San Francisco voted yesterday to ban all sales of vaping devices and e-cigarettes. The ban was passed unanimously and will apply... (Continue reading)

Drunkenness and rule-breaking mar Cal Poly graduation

Graduation festivities at Cal Poly last weekend did not go exactly as planned, with a pair of arrests for public intoxication and numerous complaints about how the event was organized and run. This year, the university reduced the number of... (Continue reading)

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)