Daily Briefs


Producer ordered to stand trial on sex charges in Santa Maria

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A Santa Maria judge ruled a Hollywood producer accused of rapes in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles County must stand trial for a total of eight sexual assault charges, while dismissing other counts the defendant faced. [Rolling... (Continue reading)

Driver wanted for robbery at golf course in San Luis Obispo

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo police are looking for a man who stole gas from the city’s Laguna Lake Golf Course early Monday morning. At about 6:30 a.m., a maintenance man arrived at the golf course and spotted a... (Continue reading)

Lucia Mar agrees to pay $10 million to sexual molestation survivor

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The Lucia Mar Unified School District has agreed to pay a $10 million settlement to the special-needs girl whom a district bus driver, who had a history of peeping, sexually abused numerous times. [LA Times] David Kenneth... (Continue reading)

SLO police searching for woman with stolen credit cards

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo police are asking the public for help identifying a woman who is suspected of using stolen credit cards at several businesses on Sunday. Police released two surveillance images of the woman, who was dressed... (Continue reading)

Runaway bull injures six people at rodeo

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A bull leaped over a fence and into a crowd of people at a rodeo in the Northern California city of Redding Friday night, resulting in several injuries. During the final section of the bull riding event... (Continue reading)

SLO County gas prices skyrocketing, find the lowest cost

By KAREN VELIE Tighter supply and increased demand have pushed gas prices in San Luis Obispo to a record high. During the past week, the average price of gas increased 12 cents to $6.27 a gallon, according to figures from... (Continue reading)

Nipomo and Santa Maria businesses fined for underpaying farm workers

By KAREN VELIE The U.S. Department of Labor fined five farms, including one in Nipomo and three in Santa Maria, for withholding pay and benefits due farm workers in the country on the federal H-2A program. The H-2A program allows... (Continue reading)

Home fire spreads to vegetation in Creston

By KAREN VELIE A fire damaged a single-family home in Creston before scorching a 1/4 acre of vegetation on Friday afternoon. Shortly before 5 p.m., a caller reported a fire at a home on the 4100 block of Ryan Road.... (Continue reading)

Replica gun found in student’s backpack at elementary school in Grover Beach

By KAREN VELIE Grover Beach police officers found a student at Fairgrove Elementary School in possession of a replica firearm on Thursday, according to school staff. School officials asked Grover Beach police to investigate a report by a student who... (Continue reading)

Overturned semi-truck slows traffic on Highway 101 near Nipomo

By KAREN VELIE A semi-truck loaded with produce overturned on northbound Highway 101 near Nipomo slowing traffic in Santa Maria on Friday morning, according to the CHP. Victor Gonzalez was headed northbound near Highway 166 when he drove off the... (Continue reading)