Daily Briefs

Man accused of hate crimes in arson at Orcutt church

Deputies arrested a 19-year old man for hate crimes after he allegedly set fire to a shed located behind the Winepress Church on Cambria Avenue in Orcutt on Friday afternoon. [Cal Coast Times] Shortly after noon, witnesses called 911 to... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach massage parlors cited for lack of clothing

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A citywide investigation into Grover Beach massage parlors resulted in three people at two businesses receiving citations, including for sexually suggestive advertising and not wearing proper clothing. [Cal Coast Times] On Aug. 12, Grover Beach police and... (Continue reading)

SLO building inspector headed to pay-to-stay jail

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A judge formally approved on Thursday a San Luis Obispo city building inspector’s request to serve time in a Seal Beach pay-to-stay jail for an assault conviction stemming from a violent attack in a SLO County bar.... (Continue reading)

SLO police chief loses her gun, and now her car

A little more than a month after San Luis Obispo Chief Police Deanna Cantrell’s gun was taken from a restaurant bathroom, her personal car was stolen from Santa Margarita, according to a law enforcement source. [Cal Coast Times] The chief’s... (Continue reading)

SLO public defender’s office awarded funds despite lawsuits

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors awarded new funding to a law firm that provides contract public defender services to the county, even though the firm has recently been sued twice for malpractice, including once... (Continue reading)

Firefighters battled four fires Wednesday in SLO County

A total of four fires burned in San Luis Obispo County on Wednesday, and there have now been at least five blazes in the last two days. [Cal Coast Times] On Tuesday, a small fire broke out in a backyard... (Continue reading)

Three injured in Paso Robles car crash

One person suffered moderate injuries and two others suffered minor injuries after a car crashed into a ditch and overturned in rural Paso Robles Wednesday night, according to Cal Fire. [Cal Coast Times] A white sedan crashed near Penman Springs... (Continue reading)

Missing 94-year-old man found dead in Lompoc riverbed

The body of a 94-year-old Lompoc man who was reported missing last week was found in a riverbed on Wednesday. [KSBY] Donald Bishop had last been seen on Aug. 15 when he left his home to take a walk. The... (Continue reading)

Sherry Gong pleads guilty embezzlement of Atascadero student club

By JOSH FRIEDMAN In a surprise move, Sherry Gong, the wife of San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder Tommy Gong, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to embezzling more than $32,000 from the booster club of the Atascadero High School band. [Cal Coast... (Continue reading)

Los Osos man suffers major injuries in bicycle crash

An 85-year-old cyclist is in critical condition after crashing Monday afternoon on State Route 41 just east of the Atascadero city limits. [Cal Coast Times] Wade Akle was riding his electric bicycle at approximately 15 mph when he suffered an... (Continue reading)