Daily Briefs

Hit-and-run driver kills pedestrian on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara

By KAREN VELIE California Highway Patrol officers are searching for the driver responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara on Monday morning. Shortly before 7 a.m., the driver of a large SUV hit a pedestrian... (Continue reading)

Firefighters quickly contain fire off Highway 166 in SLO County

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A fire burned 54 acres along Highway 166 on Sunday, resulting in a road closure in rural San Luis Obispo County near Santa Maria. The blaze started at approximately shortly after noon northeast of Santa Maria near... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles moving ahead with spaceport project

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The Paso Robles City Council this month advanced plans for the creation of a commercial spaceport in the North County city. [Tribune] Paso Robles is currently preparing to apply for an FAA spaceport license, which would permit... (Continue reading)

SLO County gas prices down slightly, find the lowest cost

By KAREN VELIE During the past week, the average price of gas in San Luis Obispo County dropped by a two cents to $6.61 a gallon as demand declined slightly, according to figures from AAA. SLO County currently has the... (Continue reading)

Kristin Smart murder trial delayed 1 week, health concern

By KAREN VELIE The trial of accused murderer Paul Flores and his alleged accomplice Ruben Flores will be delayed one week because of a “health concern among one of the trial participants.” Paul Flores is charged with murdering Kristin Smart... (Continue reading)

SLO County District Attorney auction benefits embezzlement victim

By KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office auction raised $115,540 in June for a local construction company that had been victimized by embezzlement. Over a period of more than three years, Joy Noel Wilde, 43, stole... (Continue reading)

Brothers arrested for illegal pot sales, with drugs and weapons

By KAREN VELIE Santa Barbara County Sheriff deputies arrested two Santa Maria brothers on Thursday for the alleged illegal distribution of cannabis, along with drug and firearm charges. As part of an investigation into illegal marijuana sales in Orcutt and... (Continue reading)

Missing Oceano man located in Visalia

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The Oceano man who was reported missing this week, was located Friday morning in Visalia. Joseph Cox was last seen leaving his home in the 100 block of Pacific Avenue at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday during a... (Continue reading)

SLO County air pollution agency to discuss dust abatement

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) is scheduled to discuss changes to its controversial agreement with State Parks on Friday, even though the APCD has not yet done a proportional analysis to determine... (Continue reading)

Deputies seeking help in finding missing Oceano man

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing 49-year-old Oceano man Joseph Cox was last seen leaving his home on the 100 block of Pacific Avenue at 3:45 p.m. on... (Continue reading)