Daily Briefs

Police arrest two men after standoff at Paso Robles Taco Bell

By KAREN VELIE Paso Robles police arrested two men on various charges following a standoff at Taco Bell on Niblick Road on Tuesday evening. Shortly after 9 p.m., officers spotted a stolen Toyota Rav 4 in the restaurant’s drive through,... (Continue reading)

Children 5 to 11 can now get COVID-19 vaccines

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines, following recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Parents can make appointments... (Continue reading)

Atascadero utility sues over cancer-linked chemicals found in wells

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Atascadero Mutual Water Company has sued three large businesses in the aftermath of discovering chemicals linked to cancer in wells that supply drinking water to the North County city. [Tribune] Sampling showed three wells managed by Atascadero... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay power plant stacks are coming down

BY KAREN VELIE The Morro Bay City Council voted 4-1 last week to have the power plant smoke stacks taken down, with Councilman Jeff Heller dissenting. Mayor John Headding spoke of the high cost of rehabbing the rundown building and... (Continue reading)

SLO County COVID-19 cases drop slightly, six additional deaths

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County reported six new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, and a decrease in new cases from a daily average of 46 on Friday to 41 on Tuesday. Those who recently succumbed to the virus range... (Continue reading)

Child killed in Nipomo house fire

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A child was killed and two other people suffered injuries in a house fire in Nipomo early Tuesday morning. Shortly before 2 a.m., a caller reported a fire burning at a two-story home located at 1457 W.... (Continue reading)

Guns, drugs discovered inside vehicle near Cal Poly in SLO

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo police officers arrested four people after discovering a loaded handgun and drugs in a car they searched near Cal Poly on Halloween. After spotting a traffic violation, an officer pulled over a car with... (Continue reading)

Atascadero police searching for tobacco shop robbers

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Atascadero police are searching for two men who robbed a tobacco shop on Halloween. On Sunday, at about 7 p.m., two Hispanic men entered Discount Cigarette at 8457 El Camino Real, approached the checkout area and demanded... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach man fires gun, holds men hostage

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A Grover Beach man allegedly fired a gun and held two men hostage inside his garage early Monday morning, prior to being confronted by SWAT officers. Gabriel Benjamin Epp, 32, was reportedly drinking alcohol and armed with... (Continue reading)

Suspect in shooting at councilwoman’s home charged with murder

By JOSH FRIEDMAN SWAT officers on Sunday arrested a man who shot four people, killing one of them, at the home belonging to a council member of the Northern California city of Gilroy. Early Saturday morning, a large outdoor party... (Continue reading)