Daily Briefs

Former basketball coach arrested for child sex abuse in Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande police arrested a former girls basketball coach on Thursday for allegedly sexually abusing children in the 90s. For eight months, officers investigated allegations 61-year-old Daniel Berenguer sexually abused a child in Arroyo Grande. Detectives have since identified two... (Continue reading)

Judge silences all parties in the Kristin Smart murder case

By KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo County Superior Court judge on Thursday ordered all parties in the Kristin Smart murder case not to talk about the case publicly. Paul Flores, 44, is charged in the murder of Kristin Smart,... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach man tells judge he is innocent of murder

By KAREN VELIE The Grover Beach man accused of the brutal murder of an Oceano activist repeatedly interrupted the judge at a hearing today to espouse his innocence, before he pled not guilty. James Krause, 41, is charged with the... (Continue reading)

PG&E facing reprimands over alleged neglect of the grid

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is considering reprimanding PG&E on Thursday for continuing to neglect its electrical grid that, in recent years, sparked large and deadly wildfires. [KCRA] The reprimand could mark the first step in... (Continue reading)

SLO County pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccines over blood clot cases

By JOSH FRIEDMAN In line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommendations, San Luis Obispo County is halting the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine while federal officials investigate six... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande man arrested for stalking, firearm charges

Arroyo Grande Police arrested a 39-year-old resident on Tuesday on allegations of stalking and illegal possession of a firearm. After receiving a report that Stephen Nathanial Lockett IV, a convicted felon, illegally possessed a firearm, investigators obtained a search warrant... (Continue reading)

SLO County eyeing COVID-19 orange tier as case rates drop

With COVID-19 case rates dropping in San Luis Obispo County over the past week, the county could progress into the less restrictive orange tier next week. SLO County is currently averaging 5.4 new cases per 100,000 residents, according to the... (Continue reading)

Helios Dayspring opens marijuana shop in Morro Bay

Natural Healing Center, a company headed by marijuana mogul Helios Dayspring, opened a retail pot shop in Morro Bay on Monday. The new retail store, located at 495 Morro Bay Boulevard, held a daylong grand opening, which included a ribbon... (Continue reading)

Man sentenced to three months in prison for shooting and killing elephant seal

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The 30-year-old former Santa Maria resident who shot and killed an elephant seal in San Simeon in 2019 received a sentence of three months in federal prison on Monday. On the evening of Sept. 28, 2019, Jordan... (Continue reading)

SLO County COVID-19 cases continue decline, no new deaths

New coronavirus cases continued to fall over the past three days in San Luis Obispo County, while residents have received 167,389 vaccine doses. During the past three days, SLO County reported 31 new cases with 19 of those under 30... (Continue reading)