Daily Briefs

Atascadero students protest against sexual harassment

By KAREN VELIE Nearly 100 Atascadero High School Students protested on Friday as part of an attempt to get school officials to act on reports of sexual harassment, rape and prejudice. The students gathered at Sunken Gardens, where a handful... (Continue reading)

Nipomo man convicted of burglary, sexual assaults

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A man is facing more than 40 years in prison after a San Luis Obispo jury convicted him of sex crimes, including assault with intent to commit rape, for breaking into homes in Nipomo early this year... (Continue reading)

First Omicron variant of COVID-19 reported in SLO County

By Karen Velie San Luis Obispo County on Friday reported its first case of the omicron COVID-19 variant as the county’s coronavirus case rates remain at a moderate level. The SLO County Health Department did not release information about the... (Continue reading)

Video game talk spurs investigation at Paso Robles school

By JOSH FRIEDMAN One student overheard another talking about a gun, and not knowing the comment was referencing a video game, started an investigation this week into a possible threat to the Lewis Middle School campus in Paso Robles. Officials... (Continue reading)

Officers arrest Santa Maria man for possession of child porn

By Josh Friedman Santa Maria police arrested a man on Thursday for allegedly possessing child pornography. In early December, detectives obtained information that Francisco Jonathan Colima, 29, had been contacting minors over the internet for the purpose of obtaining child... (Continue reading)

Central Coast deputy gets year in jail for tossing drug test

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A judge sentenced a former Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy to one year in jail over throwing out a drug test that exonerated a woman whom he detained on suspicion of being under the influence of methamphetamine. On... (Continue reading)

SLO seeks to dismiss lawsuit over criminalizing homelessness

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The city of San Luis Obispo filed a motion in federal court last week seeking to dismiss a lawsuit over homeless individuals being allowed to sleep in tents and vehicles. In September, a group of homeless individuals... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach City Council approves affordable housing project

By KAREN VELIE The Grover Beach City Council Monday approved an affordable housing project that will provide 52 apartments for low-income households. The project — planned for construction on several lots located on 13 Street and Grand Avenue — consists... (Continue reading)

Oceano Dunes temporarily closed to camping, vehicles

By KAREN VELIE California State Parks on Wednesday canceled all camping reservations at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area until Dec. 28. Because of storm activity and the Arroyo Grande Creek flowing to the ocean, the state has also... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly’s innovative COVID-19 testing headed to market

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Cal Poly San Luis Obispo announced faculty members are going to market with a saliva-sampling COVID-19 testing device they developed in partnership with a Central Coast medical device manufacturer. In January, Cal Poly officials disclosed that 41... (Continue reading)