Daily Briefs


Jurors cry over photos of a possible burial site of Kristin Smart

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Multiple jurors cried in court during the Kristin Smart murder trial on Thursday, as a result of testimony and photos of staining underneath the deck in the backyard of Ruben Flores’s home. [KSBY] Paul Flores, Ruben Flores’s... (Continue reading)

Lawmakers vote to push back Diablo Canyon closure to 2030

By JOSH FRIEDMAN California lawmakers have passed a bill calling to extend the operating life of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant by five years, pushing back its closure from 2025 to 2030. Introduced by Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and co-authored... (Continue reading)

Vehicle strikes, injures pedestrian in San Luis Obispo

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo police are seeking the public’s help to gather information about a vehicle versus pedestrian collision on Wednesday. At about 5 p.m., a caller reported a vehicle had struck a woman at the intersection of... (Continue reading)

Man with rifle prompts lockdown of three Atascadero schools

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A report of a man with a rifle led to the lockdown of three schools in Atascadero on Wednesday, as well as a police search that culminated with officers failing to locate an individual matching the description... (Continue reading)

California issues flex alert, asks Californians to conserve energy

By KAREN VELIE California issued a statewide Flex Alert for Wednesday and Thursday that asks residents and businesses to cut back on power usage amid the heat wave. The alert runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on both Wednesday... (Continue reading)

Prolonged heat wave arrives in SLO and Santa Barbara counties this week

By KAREN VELIE A heat wave arrives in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties on Wednesday, which is slated to last into next week. Dangerously hot conditions, with high temperatures of 95 to 112 through Saturday, and 100 to... (Continue reading)

Vehicle crashes into, kills young boy in Goleta

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A young boy died after being struck by a vehicle in Goleta on Tuesday. Shortly before 6 p.m., a vehicle hit the child near 65 Nectarine Avenue. Deputies arrived at the scene and found the young boy... (Continue reading)

Emergency personnel airlift injured hiker off Bishop Peak

By JOSH FRIEDMAN With assistance from a Santa Barbara County helicopter, rescue crews assisted an injured hiker off Bishop Peak in San Luis Obispo Tuesday evening. Emergency personnel learned of the injured hiker at 7:18 p.m. Rescue crews made their... (Continue reading)

Helios Dayspring checks into prison

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County marijuana mogul Helios Dayspring surrendered to the Federal Correctional Institution in Mendota (FCI Mendota) last week to begin a 22 month sentence for bribery and tax fraud. Dayspring admitted to paying bribes to... (Continue reading)

SLO man killed in motorcycle crash on Highway 41 near Fresno

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A San Luis Obispo man was killed Friday in a motorcycle crash on Highway 41 near Fresno, which was followed minutes later by another fatal motorcycle collision. [Tribune] Christopher Ortega, 57 was riding a 2018 Kawasaki on... (Continue reading)