Daily Briefs

Oceano methamphetamine dealer arrested

An Oceano man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale after a canine officer alerted Arroyo Grande police that the man had drugs in his car. Police officers pulled over Richard Allen Howell, 69, on Tuesday for a minor... (Continue reading)

CHC wants county to honor health care pact

The head of the local Community Health Centers (CHC) is mounting an aggressive campaign to secure adequate funding from the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to maintain the “health care safety net” for low-income families and individuals. Ron... (Continue reading)

Groups sue to stop SunPower plant in California Valley

Two conservation groups and a San Luis Obispo County resident have sued to stop construction of a SunPower Corp solar power plant, saying the project would harm the rural area’s wildlife, air quality and natural beauty. [Reuters] On May 20,... (Continue reading)

Pit bull attacks SLO County boy

A 4-year-old boy was badly bitten in the face by a neighbor’s pit bull after he tried to touch one of her puppies on Wednesday at Heritage Ranch in San Luis Obispo County. [Tribune] The boy’s nose was partially severed... (Continue reading)

First responders watch as man drowns

First responders watched as a man drowned in the San Francisco Bay because policies did not allow them to enter the water. [CNN] The man was apparently suicidal, entered the bay off Alameda Beach on Monday and stood in neck-deep... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles man arrested for trying to light man on fire

Paso Robles police arrested a man suspected of trying to light another man on fire at a parking lot on the 2800 block of Riverside Avenue earlier this month. [Tribune] Christopher Allen Schnaidt, 19, allegedly poured gasoline from a water... (Continue reading)

Safety violations at Diablo Canyon nuclear plant

On April 26, Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff did a safety inspection at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, as part of NRC inspections of all U.S. reactors that were triggered by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster in Japan. [NewYorkTimes]... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande sets special meeting to discuss Courtland project

Arroyo Grande city officials have scheduled a special City Council and Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday to discuss the controversial Courtland Project. During the special meeting, developer Nick Tompkins will have an opportunity to present several development proposals for his... (Continue reading)

Drunk driver hits power pole on Los Osos Valley Road

A roll-over accident involving a suspected drunk driver on Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo resulted in a power outage and a partial road closure on Monday. Kelsey Leatherbury, 26, of San Luis Obispo was driving southbound on... (Continue reading)

DEA licensing marijuana farms

Despite the federal government’s staunch opposition to medical marijuana, the Drug Enforcement Administration has licensed 55 pharmaceutical companies to grow cannabis for use in producing generic versions of the THC capsule Marinol, according to the East Bay Express. Marinol was... (Continue reading)