Daily Briefs

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)

Cambria asks residents to cut water use by up to 40 percent

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The Cambria Community Services District board voted on Thursday to declare a stage 4 water shortage and to ask residents and businesses to reduce their water usage by up to 40 percent. Under the stage 4 water... (Continue reading)

Pedestrian killed on Highway 101 in Orcutt

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A pickup truck struck and killed a person who was walking on Highway 101 in Orcutt early Friday morning. Shortly before 1 a.m., a man was walking on Highway 101 south of Clark Avenue when he was... (Continue reading)

Garbage truck drags pedestrian several blocks in Morro Bay

A large commercial trash truck hit and killed a pedestrian in Morro Bay on Thursday. Shortly after noon, a commercial garbage truck crashed into a man who was crossing Morro Bay Boulevard at Bernardo Avenue. The man’s body came to... (Continue reading)

Police nab arsonist who torched RV in San Luis Obispo

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo police officers arrested a man who allegedly set a recreational vehicle trailer on fire Sunday morning, in which individuals may have been living. Shortly before 8 a.m., callers reported the RV burning in the... (Continue reading)

Deputies arrest San Luis Obispo man on weapon and drug charges

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 27-year-old San Luis Obispo man on Tuesday afternoon who allegedly brought firearms, heroin and methamphetamine to the Chumash Casino Resort, and then fell asleep in a parking garage. Shortly before... (Continue reading)

Police identify Grover Beach man killed in crash

By KAREN VELIE Officers identified the motorcyclist killed in a crash with an SUV on Monday afternoon as Brian Robert Brewer, 26, of Grover Beach. Shortly before 3 p.m., Brewer collided with the SUV at the intersection of Fourth Street... (Continue reading)

Spike in shootings in Lompoc, 42 in 2021

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A little more than halfway through the year, there have been 42 shooting in Lompoc this year. [KSBY] The latest shooting occurred shortly after 10 p.m. on Tuesday in the 500 block of O Street. Officers arrived... (Continue reading)