Daily Briefs

Arroyo Grande woman sentenced to 10 years for embezzlement

By KAREN VELIE A 56-year-old bookkeeper from Arroyo Grande was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday after pleading guilty to embezzlement. Ginger Lee Mankins allegedly stole more than $5 million from Rick Machado Livestock and B&D Farms. Initially... (Continue reading)

SLO County may allow landowners to rent out campsites

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County is considering changes to its camping ordinance that would allow property owners to rent out camping facilities on their land. [Tribune] Proposed changes to the county ordinance would allow for permanent or temporary... (Continue reading)

Alisal Fire burns nearly 15,000 acres, scorches landfill

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The Alisal Fire that is scorching Refugio Canyon and the Gaviota Coast more than doubled in size over the last 24 hours, and it burned part of a landfill, damaging equipment at the facility. Between Tuesday morning... (Continue reading)

New COVID-19 cases in SLO County continue to plummet

By KAREN VELIE The number of new COVID-19 cases plummeted from a daily average of 51 on Friday to 46 on Tuesday, with no new deaths. However, the number of SLO County residents in hospitals receiving treatment for the virus... (Continue reading)

Alisal Fire in Santa Barbara County fire nearly doubles in size

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Fueled by gusty winds, the Alisal Fire, which is ravaging the Gaviota area of Santa Barbara County, nearly doubled in size overnight. As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, the fire has burned 6,000 acres and is 0 percent... (Continue reading)

Windy, dry conditions spark fires from San Simeon to Gaviota

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Amid windy, dry conditions; power lines sparked a pair of fires in San Luis Obispo County on Monday. In Santa Barbara County, a wind-driven fire led to the closure of Highway 101 in the Gaviota area. In... (Continue reading)

5,432 customers without power in San Luis Obispo County

By KAREN VELIE While PG&E shut off the power to 246 customers in San Luis Obispo County because of gusty winds that could increase the risk of wildfires, another 5,196 customers also lost power during Monday’s wind event. In 2019,... (Continue reading)

Former SLO resident Chuck Liddell arrested for domestic violence

By KAREN VELIE Former San Luis Obispo resident and fighting champ Chuck Liddell was arrested early Monday morning for domestic violence. Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about a fight at the Hidden Hills home Liddell shares with... (Continue reading)

Officers investigating second rape in a week at Cal Poly

By KAREN VELIE Police officers at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo are investigating a second reported rape within a week. Investigators do believe the rapes are connected. On Sunday evening, a victim reported they were raped in the Poly... (Continue reading)

Oil tanker crash near Orcutt sparks fire

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A crude oil tanker crashed east of Orcutt early Monday morning, sparking a fire in a eucalyptus grove. It is unclear if any oil spilled as a result of the crash. A truck and a small vehicle crashed... (Continue reading)