Daily Briefs


SLO County pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccines over blood clot cases

By JOSH FRIEDMAN In line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommendations, San Luis Obispo County is halting the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine while federal officials investigate six... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande man arrested for stalking, firearm charges

Arroyo Grande Police arrested a 39-year-old resident on Tuesday on allegations of stalking and illegal possession of a firearm. After receiving a report that Stephen Nathanial Lockett IV, a convicted felon, illegally possessed a firearm, investigators obtained a search warrant... (Continue reading)

SLO County eyeing COVID-19 orange tier as case rates drop

With COVID-19 case rates dropping in San Luis Obispo County over the past week, the county could progress into the less restrictive orange tier next week. SLO County is currently averaging 5.4 new cases per 100,000 residents, according to the... (Continue reading)

Helios Dayspring opens marijuana shop in Morro Bay

Natural Healing Center, a company headed by marijuana mogul Helios Dayspring, opened a retail pot shop in Morro Bay on Monday. The new retail store, located at 495 Morro Bay Boulevard, held a daylong grand opening, which included a ribbon... (Continue reading)

Man sentenced to three months in prison for shooting and killing elephant seal

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The 30-year-old former Santa Maria resident who shot and killed an elephant seal in San Simeon in 2019 received a sentence of three months in federal prison on Monday. On the evening of Sept. 28, 2019, Jordan... (Continue reading)

SLO County COVID-19 cases continue decline, no new deaths

New coronavirus cases continued to fall over the past three days in San Luis Obispo County, while residents have received 167,389 vaccine doses. During the past three days, SLO County reported 31 new cases with 19 of those under 30... (Continue reading)

Sheriff’s deputy sentenced to 7 years in prison for stealing marijuana

A former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy was sentenced today to 84 months in federal prison for orchestrating and leading a $2 million armed robbery – staged as a legitimate law enforcement search – at a warehouse where more than... (Continue reading)

Driver crashes into San Luis Obispo’s World Trade Center Memorial

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A driver crashed into and damaged the World Trade Center Memorial at San Luis Obispo’s Fire Station 1 Saturday evening, suffering injuries in the accident. Shortly after 5 p.m., the driver went off the road by the... (Continue reading)

Thieves snatch thousands of dollars in supplies from Nipomo COVID-19 testing clinic

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County authorities are searching for thieves who stole several thousands of dollars worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) from a COVID-19 testing clinic in Nipomo earlier this month. The items were delivered to the... (Continue reading)

Thief breaks down the door of Diamond Adult World in Grover Beach

Grover Beach police are asking the public’s help in finding a man who crashed his car into the side doors of Diamond Adult World, before he burglarized the store. During the early morning hours of April 2, the man purposely... (Continue reading)