Daily Briefs


2 people killed, 4 injured after crash in Atascadero

By KAREN VELIE Two people died and four others were injured in a fiery two car collision on Highway 101 in Atascadero on Saturday evening. Shortly before 8 p.m., a white sedan and a grey Chevy Suburban crashed on northbound... (Continue reading)

Police identify Cal Poly student found dead on campus

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Officials have identified 21-year-old Zachary Blanchard as the Cal Poly student who was found dead early Monday morning near a Poly Canyon Village parking structure. Police have determined Blanchard died by suicide. Blanchard was a biomedical engineering... (Continue reading)

Five Santa Maria gang members found guilty

By KAREN VELIE After eight months, five Santa Maria MS-13 gang members, each charged with at least 40 crimes including nine homicides and 14 attempted murders, were found guilty on Thursday of the majority of the charges. [KCOY] Amid a... (Continue reading)

Driver killed in crash north of San Luis Obispo

By JOSH FRIEDMAN One person was killed Friday in a single-car crash on Highway 101 near the base of the Cuesta Grade outside of San Luis Obispo. At approximately 3:28 p.m., the driver was headed northbound on Highway 101 by... (Continue reading)

Man pulls gun on Pismo Beach police officer, arrested

By KAREN VELIE A man who allegedly pulled a gun on a Pismo Beach police officer on Friday is facing a charge of attempted murder of a police officer. On Friday afternoon, the officer pulled over a person driving on... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo County donates medical supplies to Ukraine

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County is sending excess medical supplies to Ukraine to assist humanitarian efforts in the war-torn country. [KCOY] The county is sending 100,000 or more medical gloves, 1,000 or more meals ready to eat, 300... (Continue reading)

California postpones vaccine mandate for schoolchildren

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The state of California is postponing implementation of its planned COVID-19 vaccine mandate for schoolchildren until at least July 2023. Last fall, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for children to attend schools in person.... (Continue reading)

SLO County district attorney and winery owner bury the hatchet

By KAREN VELIE After a contentious couple of years, Paso Robles winemaker Tobin James Shumrick and San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow have buried the hatchet with the help of radio personality Adam Montiel. For six months, Shumrick... (Continue reading)

Gary Grossman proposes mixed-use development for Grover Beach

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Developer Gary Grossman’s Coastal Community Builders plans to construct a four-story, mixed-use development in the heart of Grover Beach, a project the city is endorsing. City plans prioritize development at the intersection of West Grand Avenue and... (Continue reading)

Suspect to stand trial for double-murder in Morro Bay

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Nearly 21 years after two people were killed at Morro Strand State Beach in San Luis Obispo County, a man who had long been deem mentally incompetent may soon stand trial for the crime. [Tribune] In July... (Continue reading)