Daily Briefs


Arroyo Grande teen dead, suspected overdose

By KAREN VELIE Arroyo Grande police officers are investigating a suspected fatal overdose of a 13-year-old Thursday morning. The teen was found unresponsive shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday morning inside a residence. Arroyo Grande police and fire personnel responded to... (Continue reading)

Man struck and killed on Highway 46 in Paso Robles

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A vehicle or vehicles struck and killed a man who was walking on Highway 46 in Paso Robles Wednesday evening. Shortly before 7 p.m., several people called 911 to report a pedestrian walking in traffic on Highway... (Continue reading)

Gunman shoots man in the torso in Santa Maria

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A gunman shot and wounded a man in Santa Maria Wednesday night, marking the fourth shooting in the north side of the city within a span of 10 days. At about 11:30 p.m., a caller reported a... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles man sentenced to life in prison for killing wife, unborn child

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A judge sentenced a rural Paso Robles man to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing his girlfriend and the couple’s unborn baby. On March 3, 2019, Daniel Raul Rodriguez Johnson crashed his car... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande rapist to spend 50 years to life in prison

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A judge sentenced an Arroyo Grande man who sexually assaulted three San Luis Obispo women at knifepoint to 50 years to life in prison. On July 8, 2018, Arthur Tiofilo Rocha broke into a San Luis Obispo... (Continue reading)

Fraudsters rip off California’s disability insurance system

By JOSH FRIEDMAN After acknowledging mass unemployment fraud amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of California is now faced with tens or hundreds of thousands of fraudulent disability insurance claims. On Friday, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) announced it... (Continue reading)

Judge sentences Atascadero man to 28 years to life for sodomizing boy

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A judge sentenced an Atascadero man on Tuesday to 28 years to life in state prison for sodomizing a 6-year-old boy. Fred Raymond Knight, Jr., 46, is a repeat sex offender. In 2011, Knight was convicted of... (Continue reading)

SLO County’s COVID-19 surge continues, hospitals overwhelmed

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County health officials reported a record high daily number of COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, with a 14 day average of 383. The surge is overwhelming local hospitals. Health officials are asking the public not... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo City Council green lights large mixed-use development

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The San Luis Obispo City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to give the green light to a proposed mixed-use project near the intersection of Orcutt Road and Broad Street. The proposed Bullock Ranch project includes 88 bungalow... (Continue reading)

Pregnant woman critically injured in crash near Gaviota

By KAREN VELIE Five people were injured, four critically, in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 101 near Gaviota on Monday afternoon, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. Shortly after 4 p.m., the driver was headed northbound on Highway... (Continue reading)