February, 2020

Two Santa Barbara County sheriff employees arrested for sexual assault

By CCT STAFF After a lengthy investigation, Santa Barbara County sheriff deputies arrested two jail employees on Friday for allegedly sexually assaulting inmates. Detectives arrested Salvador Vargas, 34, of Santa Maria at his home and booked him into the Santa... (Continue reading)

Animal Services recommends criminal charges for Labrador owner

By CCT STAFF San Luis Obispo County Animal Services officials have recommended prosecutors file animal cruelty charges against the owner of a black Labrador retriever who duct taped the dog’s eyes and mouth shut and attached part of a dead... (Continue reading)

3 deputy sheriff’s associations back Andy Caldwell for U.S. Congress

By CCT STAFF Three leading law enforcement organizations in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties announced their endorsement this week for congressional candidate Andy Caldwell for District 24. Caldwell, a Republican, is challenging incumbent Congressman Salud Carbajal, a... (Continue reading)

California files suit against Trump over water diversion for farmers

By CCT STAFF In a battle largely pitting fish against farmers, the Trump Administration and California are clashing over water policy in the Golden State. [The Hill] This week, President Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum intended to direct more... (Continue reading)

Serial thief arrested in Paso Robles

By CCT STAFF Paso Robles police arrested a 41-year-old man with an extensive criminal history on Friday for multiple crimes after linking him to a stolen car found parked on the 300 block of Oak Street. After discovering Ryan Dutra... (Continue reading)

Police searching for suspect in downtown San Luis Obispo shooting

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo police are searching for a gunman who apparently fired multiple shots in downtown SLO early Sunday morning, an incident allegedly instigated by a 20-year-old Bakersfield man whom officers have already arrested. At about 2:40... (Continue reading)

Legal battle over Bethel Baptist Church draining church coffers

By CCT STAFF Parishioners at Bethel Baptist Church in Grover Beach have won the right to hold services at the church while they continue the expensive legal battle over ownership of the Newport Avenue property. Members of the Bethel Baptist... (Continue reading)

Decisiveness versus delay, acquiescing to Adam Hill?

OPINION by MIKE BROWN Two weeks ago we called on the Board of Supervisors to commission an independent outside investigation of the allegations that Supervisor Adam Hill sent highly salacious emails to radio host and civic personality Dave Congalton. Given... (Continue reading)

Owner taped dead bird on dog as discipline

The owner of the black Labrador retriever found Monday night in rural Paso Robles, duct taped part of a dead chicken to the dog’s face to discipline it for attacking chickens, an Animal Services official said. [Tribune] At about 9... (Continue reading)

Beware the SLO County Progressive’s power play

T. Keith Gurnee

OPINION by T. KEITH GURNEE After taking over the city councils of San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Grover Beach, and Arroyo Grande in 2018, the SLO County Progressives, bankrolled by the marijuana industry, have their crosshairs firmly on our Board... (Continue reading)