Daily Briefs


Teen wounded in Santa Maria shooting

By JOSH FRIEDMAN An 18-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds in a shooting in Santa Maria Tuesday night. Shortly after 10 p.m., 911 callers reported shots heard and someone yelling in the area of 200 W. Newlove Drive. Officers arrived... (Continue reading)

Lompoc murder suspect arrested in Oceanside

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Authorities arrested a 21-year-old man in San Diego County after he allegedly shot and killed a man in Lompoc earlier this week. Shortly after 2 p.m. on Monday, a caller reported a shooting in the 200 block... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo homicide victim and suspect identified

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Police have identified the 64-year-old man who was killed near Megan’s Organic Market on Higuera Street last month as San Luis Obispo transient Rick Fowler. Shortly before 5 p.m. on Nov. 20, a 911 caller reported need... (Continue reading)

Truck driver who killed SLO bicyclist charged with manslaughter

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County prosecutors charged a truck driver with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter for hitting and killing a bicyclist in SLO earlier this year. [Tribune] Shortly after 7 a.m. on June 25, 61-year-old Salvador Cortez of SLO... (Continue reading)

SLO County reports seven new COVID-19 deaths

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County reported seven new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, while new case rates remain primarily unchanged with a moderate daily average of 36. Those who succumbed to the virus during the past week range in... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles robbery suspect nabbed following carjacking

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Paso Robles police captured a suspect in a recent armed robbery after he allegedly carjacking a vehicle on Sunday evening, leading to his arrest Monday morning. At about 8 p.m. on Sunday, 29-year-old Richard Garcia approached a... (Continue reading)

Diver who drowned off the coast near Gaviota identified

By KAREN VELIE The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office identified the diver whose body was found off the coast near Gaviota on Saturday as Terry Gummerman, 54, of Santa Maria. At about 3 a.m., Gummerman went diving for lobster just... (Continue reading)

Driver kills pedestrian in Santa Maria

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A driver struck and killed a pedestrian in Santa Maria Saturday evening. Shortly before 7 p.m., the driver hit the pedestrian near the intersection of McCleland Street and Alvin Avenue. Officers arrived at the scene and found... (Continue reading)

Debris fire ignites vegetation in Grover Beach

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Debris caught on fire in Grover Beach Sunday morning, and the blaze spread into adjacent vegetation. At about 7 a.m., a caller reported the fire buring in the 1100 block of Farroll Road, according to the Five... (Continue reading)

Oceano man flees deputies, lands in jail

By KAREN VELIE An Oceano man is in jail after he fled from deputies following a vehicle code violation stop in rural Arroyo Grande on Saturday. Shortly before 2 a.m., a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputy observed a vehicle... (Continue reading)