Daily Briefs

Kern County destroys $1 billion in marijuana plants disguised as hemp

By CCT STAFF The Kern County Sheriff’s Office destroyed more than 459 acres of marijuana last week, with a value of more than $1 billion. The pot plants had been cultivated under the guise of hemp. [Bakersfield.com] Even though marijuana... (Continue reading)

Armed man robs SLO phone store

BY CCT STAFF San Luis Obispo police are asking the public to help them identify an armed man who robbed a phone store on Monday afternoon. [Cal Coast Times] At about 1:35 p.m., a man armed with a gun entered... (Continue reading)

Thieves snatch nearly $6,000 in goods from Pismo Beach stores

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Thieves stole merchandise valued at about $6,000 from a pair of Pismo Beach outlet stores on Sunday, and police are searching for several suspects. [KSBY] Even though the thefts both occurred Sunday afternoon and witnesses spotted getaway... (Continue reading)

Solvang man accuses driver who killed his wife and children of murder

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has identified the two young children who were killed, along with their mother, in a fiery head-on collision last month on Highway 154. The children’s father has accused the other driver... (Continue reading)

Two men charged with gang killings escape Monterey County Jail

By CCT STAFF Two men who were being held in jail on charges of gang-related murders and other violent crimes escaped from the Monterey County Jail in Salinas on Sunday morning, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Officials are asking the... (Continue reading)

Truck crashes into two people in Cayucos

By CCT STAFF An elderly man driving a truck crashed into and seriously injured two people at the Shoreline Inn in Cayucos on Saturday, according to the CHP. [Cal Coast News] Shortly before 6 p.m., a 79-year-old man from Fresno... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles school district official charged with conflict of interest

By CCT STAFF A former Paso Robles Joint Unified School District official allegedly approved nearly $3,000 in contracts to a company he had a financial interest in, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office. [Cal Coast Times]... (Continue reading)

Woman jumps to her death off overpass in San Luis Obispo

By CCT STAFF A woman jumped off the Madonna Road overpass onto Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo on Friday morning, according to police. She was pronounced dead at the scene. [Cal Coast Times] Shortly after 11 a.m., 911 callers... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara youth program staffer accused of raping teen

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A former staff member for a Santa Barbara youth entrepreneurship program allegedly raped a female mentee of his, who was 14 years old at the time, according to a lawsuit filed last month in Santa Barbara County... (Continue reading)

Another man dies at Santa Barbara County Jail

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A 23-year-old Lompoc man whom guards found unresponsive in his cell died Thursday morning in the Santa Barbara Main Jail. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is calling the death of Isaiah Joey Johnson an apparent suicide.... (Continue reading)