Daily Briefs

Atascadero appoints former chief Haley as interim top cop

By KAREN VELIE The city of Atascadero announced Friday the appointment of former police chief Jerel Haley to temporarily run the department while the city searches for a new chief. In 2011, city officials selected Haley to run the police... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo police arrest suspects with drugs, a gun and stolen tequila

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo police officers caught a trio of Santa Maria residents Thursday evening with drugs, a loaded gun and bottles of tequila that had just been stolen from BevMo! Shortly before 8 p.m., a man stole... (Continue reading)

Court approves $230 million settlement over Refugio oil spill

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A federal judge has approved a $230 million settlement to a class action lawsuit over the 2015 oil spill in Santa Barbara County that resulted in an estimated 15,000 barrels of crude oil flowing into the Pacific... (Continue reading)

Fire damages commercial building in Arroyo Grande

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A fire broke out on Thursday at a commercial building in Arroyo Grande that houses the business Innovative Cleaning Solutions. A caller reported the blaze at 1023 E. Grand Avenue shortly before 11 p.m., according to Cal... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo City Council approves The Hub project

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The San Luis Obispo City Council on Tuesday approved a Monterey Street development that will house eight local businesses, rejecting an appeal claiming the project will be a disturbance to an adjacent neighborhood. [New Times] Named The... (Continue reading)

Man stabbed and killed in Santa Maria

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A unknown suspect stabbed and killed a man in Santa Maria late Tuesday night. Just before midnight, a caller reported an assault in the 700 block of E. Betteravia Road, according to the Santa Maria Police Department.... (Continue reading)

State planning to promote low-cost housing development in Atascadero

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The state of California has selected a site near Atascadero State Hospital as one of five locations for new affordable housing developments. As part of an effort to build more than 1 million units of affordable housing... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande man accused of pepper spraying protesters in Templeton

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies arrested an Arroyo Grande man who pepper sprayed a group of demonstrators on a Highway 101 overpass in Templeton Tuesday morning. [Tribune] At about 9 a.m., a group of six to... (Continue reading)

Blood evidence, an alleged confession, and the prosecution rests

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE Witnesses in the Kristin Smart murder trial testified this week about human blood found under a defendant’s home and an alleged confession, before the prosecution rested its case on Tuesday. The defense will call... (Continue reading)

Cleanup started after gasoline spill at station in Paso Robles

By KAREN VELIE Paso Robles firefighters are working to clean up 50 gallons of gasoline after a hose on a truck removing gas from a station in Paso Robles broke on Tuesday evening. At about 7 p.m., a truck from... (Continue reading)