Daily Briefs

Atascadero stalker likely leaving prison early

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A serial stalker who one year ago received a nearly five-year sentence will likely be released from prison in April. Josiah James Johnstone, 36, of Atascadero, stalked, harassed and threatened multiple women. He was convicted of charges... (Continue reading)

Santa Ynez school closes after student tests positive for COVID-19

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District canceled in-person instruction and shut down its northern Santa Barbara County campus for the remainder of January after a student contracted coronavirus. Santa Ynez Valley Union High School students... (Continue reading)

SLO County COVID-19 deaths reach 119, with eight more in two days

With eight new deaths over the past two days from COVID-19, there are now 119 confirmed deaths in San Luis Obispo County. During the past two days, 399 people tested positive for the  coronavirus in SLO County, bringing the county’s... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay police capture serial burglars

Morro Bay police arrested a couple last week who allegedly burglarized multiple vehicles and businesses in San Luis Obispo County. The burglary spree first attracted the attention of law enforcement on Dec. 8 when a Morro Bay visitor reported their... (Continue reading)

Deputies seeking the public’s help to solve 2019 murder of Oceano activist

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Nearly two years after the gruesome murder of an elderly Oceano activist, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for help in locating a possible witness in the ongoing case. On Jan. 24,... (Continue reading)

Man gets more than 24 years in prison for Paso Robles man’s murder

A man who had been on the run for nearly six years was sentenced Monday to 24 years and eight months in prison for his involvement in the 2013 shooting death of 37-year-old Victor Hugo Sanchez of Paso Robles. On... (Continue reading)

FBI warns of armed protesters headed to all 50 state capitols

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Plans exist for armed protests through Inauguration Day at all 50 state capitols, as well as at the United States Capitol, according to an internal FBI bulletin. [ABC News] One group is calling for storming local, state... (Continue reading)

State has 30 days to notify cannabis businesses of billboard ban

The California Bureau of Cannabis Control has 30 days to inform all cannabis business owners that they can no longer advertise on highways that cross state lines, according to a judgement San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Ginger Garrett... (Continue reading)

Fires scorch two residential properties in Atascadero

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Fires damaged two homes in Atascadero on Monday, with one in the early morning and the other in the afternoon. Shortly before 3:30 a.m., a caller reported a chimney fire at a house in the 7700 block... (Continue reading)

Ten people died from COVID-19 over the weekend in SLO County

With 10 new deaths over the past three days from COVID-19, there are now 111 confirmed deaths in San Luis Obispo County. During the past three days, 1,158 tested positive for the  coronavirus in SLO County, bringing the county’s total... (Continue reading)