Daily Briefs

Paso Robles sex offender convicted of attempted bank robbery

By KAREN VELIE A jury yesterday found a  47-year-old sex offender from Paso Robles guilty of attempted bank robbery. He faces up to life in prison. In 2021, Andrew Gilbertson entered the Chase Bank on Niblick Road in Paso Robles... (Continue reading)

Former SLO police chief to retire from policing after cancer diagnosis

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Former San Luis Obispo police chief Deanna Cantrell revealed she is battling cancer for the second time and will retire from law enforcement by the end of the 2022, after spending more than 28 years in the... (Continue reading)

Monterey County fines cannabis grower $2.4 million

By KAREN VELIE A Monterey County judge fined a cannabis grower and two companies he headed $2.4 million last week for growing pot without the proper licenses. [Mercury News] In 2018 and 2019, Paul King was the CEO for two... (Continue reading)

SLO County COVID case rates drop to lowest level in more than a month

By KAREN VELIE The average number of new COVID infections in San Luis Obispo County dropped to the lowest levels in more than a month and a half, according to the SLO County Health Department. During the same time, the... (Continue reading)

Violent crime in San Luis Obispo increased in 2021

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Consistent with a statewide trend, the occurrence of crime is increasing in the city of San Luis Obispo. [KSBY] Both violent crime and property crime numbers rose in 2021. From 2020 to 2021, violent crime increased by... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara city attorney placed on leave following argument

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The Santa Barbara City Council has placed City Attorney Ariel Calonne on paid administrative leave. [Independent] Council members reportedly made the decision following a heated incident involving Calonne and another attorney. The heated incident and argument reportedly... (Continue reading)

Semi-truck loaded with oranges crashes, burns in Templeton

By KAREN VELIE A semi-truck transporting oranges crashed on Highway 101 near Highway 46 in Templeton Tuesday morning, causing a fire and littering the highway with debris. Shortly after 4 a.m., the driver was headed northbound when his truck drove... (Continue reading)

Judge sentences Pismo Beach man to 120 years for child molestation

By KAREN VELIE A judge recently handed a Pismo Beach man a sentence of more than 120 years in prison for molesting three minors under the age of 14. Todd Anthony Hortillosa, 44, sexually abused the children over a nine-year... (Continue reading)

More than 10,000 gallons of sewage spill in San Luis Obispo

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A water main break near an open sewer line resulted in more than 10,000 gallons of water and sewage combined flowing into a creek in San Luis Obispo on Monday. The 11-inch potable water main broke near... (Continue reading)

Monkey living outside Paso Robles dials 9-1-1

By KAREN VELIE While law enforcement in San Luis Obispo County deal with their fair share of “monkey business,” a 9-1-1 call from a small, hairy primate surprised sheriff deputies. On Saturday night, county dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call, but... (Continue reading)