Daily Briefs


Two motorcyclists killed in Northern Santa Barbara County crashes

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A pair of motorcyclists died in crashes in Northern Santa Barbara County during Memorial Day weekend. First, a motorcyclist crashed in Santa Maria at about 8 a.m. Sunday. No other vehicles were involved in the crash, which... (Continue reading)

Driver crashes and then flees SLO County deputies twice

BY JOSH FRIEDMAN A reckless driving suspect twice crashed his vehicle while being pursued by deputies and CHP officers in northeastern San Luis Obispo County Saturday afternoon, and he twice ran away from law enforcement personnel, both times managing to... (Continue reading)

Two people killed in three days in Santa Maria

By KAREN VELIE For the second time in a span of less than three days, a fatal shooting occurred in Santa Maria, according to the city’s police department. The first of the two killings occurred early Friday morning, and police... (Continue reading)

SLO man attempts to avoid court with a bomb threat

In an attempt to avoid a court hearing, a 56-year-old San Luis Obispo man allegedly claimed he was going to blow up the SLO County Courthouse with a pipe bomb Thursday morning. A stunt that landed the suspect in jail... (Continue reading)

SLO County life returning to normal as the pandemic retreats

With new daily COVID-19 case rates trending at the lowest level since last July, many San Luis Obispo County residence have chosen to celebrate the Memorial weekend with friends and family. SLO County currently has an average 14 day case... (Continue reading)

Racist incident reported at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo

The Cal Poly Police Department mounted a hate crime investigation after a student received an anonymous racial slur, according to a message sent to the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo community on Friday. Someone forcibly opened the victim’s on-campus apartment... (Continue reading)

One person shot and wounded in Santa Maria

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A gunman shot and wounded a person in Santa Maria early Friday morning. [KSBY] Callers reported a shooting near the northbound Broadway off-ramp of Highway 101 shortly before 2 a.m. Officers arrived at the scene and found... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo police arrest alleged catalytic converter thieves

By JOSH FRIEDMAN After being tipped off by alert residents Monday night, San Luis Obispo police officers caught a pair of thieves from Merced with eight stolen catalytic converters. Residents on Devaul Ranch Road reported hearing strange noises near their... (Continue reading)

Former SLO County deputy charged with child molestation

By KAREN VELIE Investigators arrested a former San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s correctional deputy on Wednesday on 17 felony counts of child sexual molestation. After receiving information of suspected child sexual abuse concerning multiple victims under the age of 14,... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo police were warned about gunman’s mental illness

Friends, family and neighbors of the gunman who shot and killed Detective Luca Benedetti and wounded another officer warned the San Luis Obispo Police Department repeatedly over months prior to the fatal shooting that the suspect was mentally ill. [Tribune]... (Continue reading)