October, 2019

Arroyo Grande planning to shift to district voting system

By CCT STAFF The Arroyo Grande City Council is expected to sign a resolution on Tuesday evening agreeing to transition from an at-large electoral system to by-district voting by the 2022 election, a move that is intended to appease a... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria Taco shop murder suspect arrested in Mexico

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The suspect accused of shooting and killing a 33-year-old man in Santa Maria earlier this month has been caught in Mexico and extradited to Santa Barbara County, police say. [Cal Coast Times] At about 3:30 p.m. on... (Continue reading)

Bales sentenced to more than six years for death of Morro Bay pastor

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A Los Osos woman who struck and killed a Morro Bay pastor while driving intoxicated was sentenced to state prison for six years and four months on Monday, though she could quickly be appearing before a parole... (Continue reading)

Cannabis industries’ dirty loophole, research exempt hemp

Editor’s note: This is part one in a series about a loophole in the state and county’s hemp regulations and those taking advantage of the lack of oversight. By KAREN VELIE The signs say “hemp.” But at multiple grows throughout... (Continue reading)

Did Santa Maria police officers assault DUI suspect?

By CCT STAFF A group of Santa Maria police officers appear to rough up a suspected DUI driver after ordering him to crawl on the street, while multiple bystanders videotape the incident. Officers stopped the suspected DUI driver on the... (Continue reading)

Burglars interrupted at Templeton cannabis farm

By CCT STAFF Workers at a cannabis cultivation site on York Mountain Road in Templeton interrupted three burglars early Monday morning. Shortly after 6 a.m., workers discovered the thieves in the act of taking hemp plants. The startled thieves dropped... (Continue reading)

Car hits father, drags his daughter on Santa Barbara street

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A car struck and injured a father and his two-year-old daughter as they were crossing a street in Santa Barbara on Sunday afternoon. [KCOY] At about 3 p.m., a Jaguar sedan struck the man and his daughter... (Continue reading)

Jury finds man guilty of murdering his mother in Grover Beach

By CCT STAFF A San Luis Obispo County jury on Monday found a man guilty of the brutal stabbing and murder of his mother at her Grover Beach home. Levente Laszlo Lazar, 27, is facing life in prison without the... (Continue reading)

Horse injured in Pismo Beach trailer crash

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A horse trailer overturned on Highway 101 in Pismo Beach Sunday morning, requiring firefighters to extricate two large animals. At about 10:30 a.m., the horse trailer crashed near Spyglass Drive. Cal Fire rescue personnel arrived at the... (Continue reading)

Firefighters quickly contain blaze at the Oceano Dunes

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A slow-moving  fire broke out in vegetation at the Oceano Dunes on Sunday and burned four to five acres, according to Cal Fire. The blaze started at about noon in an island of vegetation surrounded by sand.... (Continue reading)