Daily Briefs


Officers arrest suspect in Loma Fire in Santa Barbara

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Authorities arrested a suspected serial arsonist for starting the hillside fire in Santa Barbara Thursday night that damaged two homes, threatened the KEYT newsroom and led to hundreds of residents evacuating. First reported burning in the TV... (Continue reading)

SLO County judge sentences pimp to 15 years to life in prison

A San Luis Obispo County judge sentenced Lucion Lee Edwards Banks of Sacramento on Friday to 15 years to life in state prison for human trafficking. The conviction resulted from a run-of-the-mill traffic enforcement stop by San Luis Obispo City... (Continue reading)

Fire threatens homes and the KEYT newsroom in Santa Barbara

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A nearly 10-acre fire that scorched a hill in Santa Barbara Thursday night caused the evacuations of homes and the KEYT newsroom. Shortly before 9 a.m., 911 callers reported a vegetation fire burning in the TV Hill... (Continue reading)

Slain SLO police officer honored at memorial and procession

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Community members and law enforcement personnel from numerous agencies honored slain San Luis Obispo Police Detective Luca Benedetti at a public memorial service and procession Thursday, prior to his funeral in Paso Robles. The public service took... (Continue reading)

Lucia Mar knew pervert bus driver falsified application, still hired him

The Lucia Mar Unified School District hired a bus driver who sexually abused a special-needs 9-year-old girl after catching the man withholding from his job application that he was previously convicted of peeping. [Tribune] David Kenneth Lamb, 52, abused the... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay police nab car thief who tries running away

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A man who was allegedly driving a stolen vehicle attempted to run away from Morro Bay police officers following a traffic stop Tuesday morning, but was promptly caught and arrested. Shortly before 9 a.m., an officer conducting... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo County COVID-19 case rates continue to fall

The average number of COVID-19 cases in San Luis Obispo County is the lowest it has been in nearly a year — just three a day per 100,000 residents, according to California Case Statistics. During the past seven days, SLO... (Continue reading)

GoFundMe launched for San Luis Obispo officer wounded in shooting

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Following a successful GoFundMe campaign for the family of slain San Luis Obispo Police Detective Luca Benedetti, another fundraiser has been launched for the officer wounded in the same shooting. The new GoFundMe has raised nearly $20,000... (Continue reading)

Man critically wounded in another shooting in Santa Maria

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A gunman shot and wounded a man in Santa Maria early Tuesday morning, the second shooting in less than a week. Shortly after 4:30 a.m., a caller reported a shooting near a store entrance in the 1900... (Continue reading)

Newsom barred from imposing coronavirus restrictions on churches

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The state of California has settled a lawsuit with Christian organizations over coronavirus restrictions placed on houses of worship, ending Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ability to close churches or limit their occupancy. [The Center Square] Last year, Liberty... (Continue reading)