Daily Briefs

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Attorney Darryl Genis sentenced to 2 years in federal prison

Santa Barbara-based criminal defense attorney Darryl Genis was sentenced today to 24 months in federal prison for willfully failing to file tax returns for several years and failing to pay a total of $679,958 in... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara deputy reportedly shoots manhunt suspect

A Santa Barbara County manhunt reportedly ended Sunday night with a sheriff’s deputy shooting the suspect inside a home in rural Santa Barbara. The county sheriff’s office is currently refusing to release any details about... (Continue reading)

Oroville Dam scare prompts evacuation of 180,000 people

More than 180,000 Northern California residents received evacuation orders Sunday over fears that the emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam will fail and possibly cause massive flooding. [Oroville MR] The Oroville Dam, which is 770... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria man attempts to strangle a police officer

Police arrested a Santa Maria man Saturday night after he allegedly attempted to strangle a police officer. Shortly after 6 p.m., police responded to a report that Erick Esquivel, 23, was behaving irrationally. Esquivel’s family... (Continue reading)

7 arrested following Atascadero home invasion robbery

Seven men, masquerading as police officers, entered a home on the 8400 block of San Gregorio in Atascadero Saturday and restrained and robbed the people inside, police said. Early Saturday morning, the suspects held the... (Continue reading)

Mountain lion spotted in San Luis Obispo neighborhood

San Luis Obispo police are warning residents of a mountain lion sighting at an apartment complex on the 1900 block of Royal Way. Shortly before 6 a.m. on Friday, a concerned citizen reported seeing a... (Continue reading)

Wal-Mart no longer coming to Atascadero

The City of Atascadero announced Friday that Wal-Mart will not be moving ahead with plans to build a new store in Atascadero. For the last 10 years, opponents and proponents have argued over the proposed... (Continue reading)

CHP officer fires shot in roadside brawl near Camp Roberts

A high-speed chase on Highway 101 morphed into a roadside brawl near Camp Roberts that involved a CHP officer firing a shot at a suspect. The officer feared for his life after being attacked with... (Continue reading)

Lompoc teens arrested for torture and killing a rabbit

Three Lompoc teens — ages 13, 14 and 15 — stole a neighbor’s pet rabbit, then used a dog, knife and hatchet to torture and kill the animal, according to the city’s police department. When... (Continue reading)

SLO gas and water leaks cause evacuations

Both gas and water lines ruptured along Bridge Street in San Luis Obispo Friday morning. The gas and water leaks prompted evacuation orders. [KSBY] Shortly after 7 a.m., people began reporting the ruptures. San Luis... (Continue reading)

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