Daily Briefs


Paul Flores’ sentencing delayed, he remains in jail

By KAREN VELIE Paul Flores, whom a jury convicted last month of the murder of Kristin Smart, had his sentencing delayed three months, until March 10, a Monterey County judge ruled on Friday morning. Flores is being held without bail... (Continue reading)

Man sentenced to prison for abduction and rape in Cambria

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A San Luis Obispo County judge sentenced a 33-year-old Cambria man to 28 years to life in prison for kidnapping and raping a hiker. On June 27, 2021, Jesus Barajas Valdovinos grabbed a woman hiking on the... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay man dies following motorcycle crash

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A motorcyclist died a couple days after a collision with a truck this week in Morro Bay. Shortly before 2 p.m. on Monday, Michael Barrios, 69, was riding a motorcycle eastbound on Atascadero Road just east of... (Continue reading)

SLO agency awarded grant to buy Anderson Hotel, house homeless

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Following a deal with the state of California, the Housing Authority of the City of San Luis Obispo (HASLO) will purchase the Anderson Hotel in downtown SLO and convert it into an apartment building intended to house... (Continue reading)

SLO County clerk to resume counting ballots on Dec. 7

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Clerk Recorder on Wednesday announced plans to continue counting ballots on Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. At the conclusion of the count, County Clerk Recorder Elaina Cano plans to certify the results... (Continue reading)

Man sues city of Santa Maria over violent 2018 arrest

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A Santa Maria man sued his city’s police department in federal court earlier this month over alleged civil rights violations during a 2018 standoff and arrest. [KSBY] In March 2018, neighbors called 911, saying they heard shots... (Continue reading)

Fire destroys barn on Park Hill Road in rural Santa Margarita

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A fire destroyed a 1,500-square-foot barn on Parkhill Road of rural Santa Margarita early Wednesday morning. Shortly before 5 p.m., a caller reported a structure on fire at 3865 Parkhill Road near Rattlesnake Creek Road, according to... (Continue reading)

Mountain lions continue to cause concern in San Luis Obispo

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Mountain lion sightings are continuing to worry some San Luis Obispo residents, particularly after one pet was killed and another was threatened. Video shared on Next Door by SLO resident Natalie Davis shows a mountain lion chasing... (Continue reading)

Group seeks to sack appointed Paso Robles school district board member

By KAREN VELIE A petition seeking the removal of an appointed Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Board trustee was recently filed with San Luis Obispo County. The petition requests a special election to fill a seat currently held by... (Continue reading)

Prosecutor in Kristin Smart case leaving SLO County employment

By KAREN VELIE After successfully prosecuting Paul Flores for the murder of Kristin Smart, San Luis Obispo County Deputy District Attorney Chris Peuvrelle has garnered a supervising attorney position in Monterey County, according to a press release. Peuvrelle plans to... (Continue reading)