Daily Briefs

SLO County Covid cases up 37%, two new deaths

By KAREN VELIE COVID infections have risen 37% during the past week in San Luis Obispo County, which appears to show the rise in new infections slowing, according to data from the SLO County Health Department. New reported cases increased... (Continue reading)

Man accused of attempted kidnapping, assault in SLO

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo police officers arrested a 34-year-old man on Tuesday morning on charges of attempted kidnapping, assault and public intoxication, according to police. At about 9:30 a.m., a citizen observed William Francis acting aggressive towards a... (Continue reading)

Lompoc official arrested in Cambria for domestic violence

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Lompoc Fire Chief Alicia Welch in Cambria Sunday evening on a felony domestic violence charge. Following her arrest, Welch, 55, was booked in the SLO County Jail at 11:42 p.m.,... (Continue reading)

Students vandalize Santa Barbara High School during senior prank

By KAREN VELIE Dozens of school-aged children caused significant damage to Santa Barbara High School on Monday evening in what officers are describing as a “senior prank gone wrong.” At about 10:30 p.m., callers reported hearing loud noises and breaking... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo man dies after falling off cliff at Pirate’s Cove

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A man died after falling off a cliff at Pirate’s Cove late Friday night or early Saturday morning. Officials have identified the victim as San Luis Obispo man Troy Hathaway, 28. Hathaway fell at about midnight while... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo brings back mask mandate

By Ben Di Guglielmo Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo reinstated its indoor mask mandate on Tuesday for all staff, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, according to an announcement from Anthony Knight, executive director of public safety. The... (Continue reading)

SLO County gas prices soar, find the lowest cost

By KAREN VELIE Gas prices spiked this week, as many San Luis Obispo County drivers increased their travel over the Memorial Day weekend. During the past week, the average price of gas increased six cents to $6.33 a gallon, according... (Continue reading)

SLO County questioning Coastal Commission’s plans for Los Osos

BY KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on May 17 not to adopt the California Coastal Commission’s recommendation to prohibit accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in Cambria and Los Osos, at least not until the... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria machete attack leaves man hospitalized, another in jail

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Santa Maria police officers arrested a man who allegedly attacked another man with a machete during a fight Saturday afternoon. At about 1 p.m., 911 callers reported a fight in the 300 block of E. Monroe Street.... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara man arrested for attempting to murder roommate

By KAREN VELIE A Santa Barbara man is in jail after he allegedly attempted to murder his housemate on Thursday evening during a physical altercation. Shortly before 9 p.m., a caller reported one man had stabbed another at a residence... (Continue reading)