Daily Briefs

San Luis Obispo shuts down parks to stop bullying and harassment

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A group of skateboarders allegedly engaged in a harassment campaign targeting members of a San Luis Obispo youth roller derby league that included throwing food; yelling obscenities, including racial slurs; offering drugs; and making threatening gestures with... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara man allegedly bludgeoned, killed his father

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Prosecutors have charged a Santa Barbara man with murdering his 72-year-old father, as well as attempting to murder another man. Casey Tolivar, 29, allegedly used a 33-inch steel bar to bludgeon his father, Bradley Tolivar, to death... (Continue reading)

SLo County coronavirus cases are rising with increase in Delta variant

The number of new COVID-19 cases in San Luis Obispo County rose from 1.4 to 3.8 per 100,000 residents during the past four weeks, according to California Case statistics. State averages increased from 1.8 to 7.6 confirmed cases per 100,000... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande woman crashes her bicycle into a truck

By JOSH FRIEDMAN An Arroyo Grande woman in her early 70s ended up in the hospital after colliding with a box truck while riding a bicycle in Los Osos Tuesday morning. [KSBY] The woman was heading southbound in the bike... (Continue reading)

Mid-State Fair cancels opening concert because of COVID-19 concerns

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The California Mid-State Fair has canceled Wednesday night’s opening concert after members of singer-songwriter Bret Michaels’ touring entourage possibly became exposed to COVID-19. Michaels was scheduled to perform on the fair’s main stage as the event kicks... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay police nab alleged Giovanni’s tip jar thief

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A woman from Tulare County allegedly stole the tip jar from Giovanni’s Fish Market in Morro Bay on Thursday, leading to a trio of arrests on Saturday. Shortly before 5 p.m. on Thursday, the woman exited a... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara County Jail inmate dies from suspected suicide

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A Santa Barbara County Jail inmate from Santa Maria died in a suspected suicide on Saturday. Guards at the Santa Barbara Main Jail were conducting routine security checks at about 2:20 p.m.  when they found Kean Ardie... (Continue reading)

Unemployment on the rise in San Luis Obispo County

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County’s unemployment rate increased in June as struggling restaurants and other small businesses continue to close, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday. The county’s unemployment rate increased to 5.8% in June, from a... (Continue reading)

Comparing Central Coast COVID-19 case rates

After five months of decreasing COVID-19 case rates, new infections in California are on the upswing again as the more contagious Delta variant spreads. The Delta strain is a leading factor in the increase in infections across the Central Coast,... (Continue reading)

Pedestrian killed by garbage truck in Morro Bay identified

The Morro Bay Police Department identified the pedestrian hit and killed by a commercial trash truck on Thursday as 69-year-old Mark Evans of Twain Harte. Evans was attempting to cross Morro Bay Boulevard at Bernardo Avenue when the trash truck... (Continue reading)