Daily Briefs

Santa Barbara insurance agent accused of swindling clients

By CCT STAFF California Department of Insurance detectives arrested insurance agent Mark Lynch, 40, of Santa Barbara on Tuesday for allegedly pocketing his clients’ premium payments; leaving them uninsured. Lynch collected over $72,425 in insurance premium payments from five clients.... (Continue reading)

Templeton man scammed out of about $700,000

By JOSH FRIEDMAN An elderly Templeton man is believed to have lost approximately $700,000 in a phone scam over the last few months, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. On Oct. 31, a local bank contacted the... (Continue reading)

Pismo Beach police seeking help to find missing man

By CCT STAFF The Pismo Beach Police Department is asking the public to help find a 28-year-old man who was last seen Friday in Pismo Beach. After Jacob Potter failed to arrive at work in Costa Mesa on Monday, his... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria Man shoots juvenile relative, then shoots himself

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A dispute between family members at a Santa Maria home Monday night resulted in a man shooting a juvenile relative of his and then shooting himself, according to the Santa Maria Police Department. The shooting left both... (Continue reading)

Kern County destroys $1 billion in marijuana plants disguised as hemp

By CCT STAFF The Kern County Sheriff’s Office destroyed more than 459 acres of marijuana last week, with a value of more than $1 billion. The pot plants had been cultivated under the guise of hemp. [Bakersfield.com] Even though marijuana... (Continue reading)

Armed man robs SLO phone store

BY CCT STAFF San Luis Obispo police are asking the public to help them identify an armed man who robbed a phone store on Monday afternoon. [Cal Coast Times] At about 1:35 p.m., a man armed with a gun entered... (Continue reading)

Thieves snatch nearly $6,000 in goods from Pismo Beach stores

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Thieves stole merchandise valued at about $6,000 from a pair of Pismo Beach outlet stores on Sunday, and police are searching for several suspects. [KSBY] Even though the thefts both occurred Sunday afternoon and witnesses spotted getaway... (Continue reading)

Solvang man accuses driver who killed his wife and children of murder

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has identified the two young children who were killed, along with their mother, in a fiery head-on collision last month on Highway 154. The children’s father has accused the other driver... (Continue reading)

Two men charged with gang killings escape Monterey County Jail

By CCT STAFF Two men who were being held in jail on charges of gang-related murders and other violent crimes escaped from the Monterey County Jail in Salinas on Sunday morning, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Officials are asking the... (Continue reading)

Truck crashes into two people in Cayucos

By CCT STAFF An elderly man driving a truck crashed into and seriously injured two people at the Shoreline Inn in Cayucos on Saturday, according to the CHP. [Cal Coast News] Shortly before 6 p.m., a 79-year-old man from Fresno... (Continue reading)