Daily Briefs

Kristin Smart Podcaster again fights subpoena for records

By KAREN VELIE Paul Flores’ defense attorney has again subpoenaed a freelance journalist whose podcasts helped shine a light on the alleged 1996 murder of Kristin Smart. Chris Lambert was served a subpoena on July 10. Paul Flores’ attorney Robert... (Continue reading)

New SLO County COVID cases rising again, hospitalizations down

By KAREN VELIE The average number of new COVID infections in San Luis Obispo County rose 36% during the past week, according to the SLO County Health Department. New reported cases increased from a daily average of 68 on July... (Continue reading)

New superintendent takes the helm at Cayucos Elementary School District

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A new superintendent has taken over the reins of the Cayucos Elementary School District following the departure of the district’s previous top official, who had become the source of controversy. The Cayucos Elementary school board hired Jen... (Continue reading)

SLO County to conduct hand recount on the District 4 race

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Elections officials will conduct a recount of ballots in the District 4 SLO County supervisorial election that resulted in Arroyo Grande Councilman Jimmy Paulding unseating incumbent Supervisor Lynn Compton. Paulding defeated Compton by 639 votes. Paulding received... (Continue reading)

Predators take teen from Nipomo to Mexico, victim rescued

By JOSH FRIEDMAN An Arizona teen who was reported missing while visiting family in Nipomo has been located in Mexico, the victim of a predator who claimed on social media that he was a teenager, according to the San Luis... (Continue reading)

Drunk driver crashes into traffic light in SLO

By JOSH FRIEDMAN An allegedly intoxicated driver crashed a pickup truck into a traffic signal pole in San Luis Obispo Friday night. The collision knocked down a traffic light at the intersection of Orcutt Road and Broad Street. Officers then... (Continue reading)

Thief assaults and robs man at Downtown City Park in Paso Robles

By KAREN VELIE A thief allegedly assaulted and robbed a man at the Downtown City Park in Paso Robles late Sunday evening or early Monday morning, police said. At approximately 6:30 a.m. on Monday, a caller reported a man had... (Continue reading)

SLO and Santa Barbara county wages fall below national and state averages

By KAREN VELIE While boasting some of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties have average wages that fall well below the state and national averages. Average weekly wages in the Central... (Continue reading)

Casket found off Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Some drivers and one slightly nervous CHP officer encountered a surprise on the side of Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo over the weekend, but what was found to be inside the box proved to be a... (Continue reading)

Gov. Newsom announces California will make its own insulin

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Decrying market failures and touting the efficiency of the state of California, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week the Golden State will begin manufacturing its own insulin. In a video announcement, Newsom said the state budget he... (Continue reading)