Daily Briefs

Paso Robles middle school garden vandalized

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A vandal or vandals allegedly destroyed a garden maintained by special education students and staff at Daniel Lewis Middle School in Paso Robles. Sunday night or early Monday morning, the vandals ravaged the garden. Julie Peruzzi, who... (Continue reading)

Willow Fire burning near Big Sur spreading with little containment

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A wildfire that ignited southeast of Big Sur in Monterey County burned nearly 2,400 acres late last week and over the weekend. The Willow Fire started at about 8 p.m. on Thursday near Willow Creek and Marble... (Continue reading)

California city councilman charged with operating illegal pot shop

A grand jury in Riverside County has indicted a Southern California city councilman for operating an illegal marijuana dispensary. [LA Times] The indictment, which was unsealed on Friday, alleges San Jacinto Councilman Joel Lopez, 35, and 32-year-old Edward Padilla Jr.... (Continue reading)

Nipomo teen dies following car crash

A Nipomo teen died Thursday from injuries he suffered in a June 5 crash in Santa Barbara County. Shiloh Delgadillo, 18, was driving home from a graduation party when he crashed into a power pole near the intersection of Highway... (Continue reading)

SLO County first responders rescue unconscious man

San Luis Obispo County first responders saved the life of a man on Monday, who was found unconscious in Oceano following a car crash. Shortly after 1 p.m., 911 callers reported hearing an explosion and that a vehicle was possibly... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles man accused of sexually molesting 12-year-old boy

Paso Robles police arrested a 38-year-old man on Thursday they suspect sexually molested a child who lives in his home. After receiving a tip from out-of-state, detectives arrested Christopher Saucedo Sr. for allegedly molesting a 12-year-old boy who had been... (Continue reading)

California loosens up workplace mask rules

California regulators loosened coronavirus rules on Thursday allowing fully vaccinated employees to unmask as the number of coronavirus cases continues to decline. There are some exceptions to the state’s latest mandate. Employers can require their staff wear masks. Also, people... (Continue reading)

Drunk driver crashes into light pole in SLO, car catches on fire

By JOSH FRIEDMAN An alleged drunk driver slammed into a light pole in San Luis Obispo Thursday evening, leading to their vehicle catching on fire. Callers reported the crash shortly before 7 p.m. on Madonna Road by Dalidio Drive. In... (Continue reading)

Police ask the public to help find Santa Maria murder suspect

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The Santa Maria Police Department is asking the public to help find a man wanted for allegedly shooting and killing a teen in the northern Santa Barbara County city last month. At about 2 a.m. on May... (Continue reading)

Another ammunition storage building destroyed by fire in Atascadero

By JOSH FRIEDMAN For the second time in a little more than a month, a fire burned an ammunition storage building in Atascadero. The outbuilding that burned Wednesday morning, sending a plume of smoke into the air near Highway 101,... (Continue reading)