Daily Briefs

San Luis Obispo police searching for elderly thieves

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding two thieves who snatched merchandise from a store on the 700 block of Hiquera Street this week. The elderly man and woman took... (Continue reading)

Pismo Beach man sentenced to 16 years in prison for child molestation

By KAREN VELIE A 43-year-old Pismo Beach man was sentenced to 16 years in state prison for molesting a female relative in 2014, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office. Earlier this year, Donald Keith Roberts pleaded... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria teen pleads not guilty to shooting pregnant woman

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A Santa Maria teen pleaded not guilty on Thursday to felony charges stemming from a shooting earlier this month in which a pregnant woman became caught in crossfire between rival gangs. [KCOY] On March 12, there was... (Continue reading)

Atascadero man allegedly caught with large Fentanyl stash

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Atascadero police officers arrested a Paso Robles man on Thursday, who was out on bail yet allegedly in possession of about a half pound of Fentanyl. Shortly before 11 a.m., an Atascadero police officer conducted a traffic... (Continue reading)

Hearst Castle in San Simeon to reopen May 11

By JOSH FRIEDMAN After a two-year closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic and heavy rain that damaged the castle’s access road, Hearst Castle in San Simeon will reopen to the public on May 11, California State Parks announced on Tuesday.... (Continue reading)

Deputies capture catalytic converter thief in Orcutt

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Santa Barbara County Sheriffs deputies arrested one suspect following a catalytic converter theft in Orcutt early Wednesday morning, but a second thief managed to get away. At about 3:25 a.m., a 911 caller reported hearing tinkering sounds... (Continue reading)

PG&E seeking huge rate increase

By KAREN VELIE In addition to increased gas, food and rental costs, San Luis Obispo County residents are facing rising electric bills as PG&E rates climb. After receiving permission to raise rates 22% in 2022, PG&E wants to raise its... (Continue reading)

SLO County reports 9 new COVID-19 deaths, case rates stable

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County reported nine new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, with the 14-day average remaining steady at 27. Those who recently succumbed to the virus range in age from their 60s to their 90s. The number... (Continue reading)

Car windows shot in San Luis Obispo, TikTok stunt suspected

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Possibly as part of an ongoing TikTok challenge, a suspect or suspects shot projectiles into a parked car in San Luis Obispo earlier this week. Late Tuesday night, a vehicle parked in the 100 block of S.... (Continue reading)

Sheriff identifies Santa Barbara man who drowned

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Officials have identified a 37-year-old Santa Barbara man as the person who drowned on Sunday in the Santa Ynez River just west of the Gibraltar Reservoir. [Santa Ynez Valley News] Shortly before 3 p.m., a caller reported... (Continue reading)