Daily Briefs


Alleged missing Santa Margarita woman found

By KAREN VELIE Law enforcement was able to confirm that a Santa Margarita woman reported missing is currently living in the Sacramento area. On April 26, a friend of Lisa Laviano, 59, contacted the sheriff’s office and said, upon going... (Continue reading)

Sheriff identifies Nipomo man killed in crash on Highway 101

By KAREN VELIE The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office identified the man killed Monday in a crash on Highway 101 in Santa Maria as Michael James Lewis, 68, of Nipomo. Lewis and Marcos Salazar, 20, of Santa Maria were headed... (Continue reading)

Fire from homeless camp spreads near homes in San Luis Obispo

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A fire that started at a homeless encampment in San Luis Obispo Thursday morning burned a quarter of an acre and spread close to homes. The fire spread from the homeless camp in a creek bed behind... (Continue reading)

Toddler killed during exorcism at San Jose Church

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A ceremony described as an exorcism that was performed on a three-year-old girl at a San Jose church last fall allegedly killed the child, and the victim’s mother has been arrested over the death. [Mercury News] In... (Continue reading)

San Simeon board approves first new construction in 30 years

By KAREN VELIE Ending a contentious legal battle, the San Simeon Community Services District Board of Directors voted on Tuesday to provide 15 water hook ups, no connection fees and $50,000 to a plaintiff who accused the district of depriving... (Continue reading)

Covid cases continue to rise in SLO County, but severe illness does not

By KAREN VELIE COVID cases in San Luis Obispo County have been rising for the past three weeks, while hospitalizations have not. The county reported an increase in new COVID cases this week from a daily average of 25 on... (Continue reading)

SLO County deputies searching for missing Santa Margarita woman

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a reportedly missing woman who used to live in Santa Margarita and who may now be in the Sacramento area. On April 26, a friend of Lisa... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach mandates 10% reduction in water usage

By KAREN VELIE The Grover Beach City Council voted on May 8 to immediately require residents to reduce their water usage by 10%. Customers who fail to comply with reduction targets may be subject to penalties. However, the City Council... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo bans tents in city parks

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Amid an ongoing court case over homeless camping, the San Luis Obispo City Council last week adopted an ordinance banning people from erecting tents in public parks. The city council previously adopted multiple ordinances barring overnight access... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo police catch DUI driver with guns and drugs

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A traffic stop early Sunday morning in San Luis Obispo led to arrests for driving under the influence of drugs, as well as other drug and weapon offenses. Shortly after 1 a.m., SLO police officers stopped a... (Continue reading)