Daily Briefs


Ventura deputy pleads guilty to tossing evidence

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A former Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty to a federal charge after he threw out a drug test that exonerated a woman whom he detained on suspicion of being under the influence of methamphetamine. [KCOY] On... (Continue reading)

SLO man sentenced to 25 years to life for assault, robbery

By KAREN VELIE The man who assaulted a 75-year-old woman during a home invasion in rural San Luis Obispo was sentenced on Tuesday to 25 years to life in prison. On the morning of Feb. 13, Johnny Jesse Roman Jr.,... (Continue reading)

Thieves steal 11 catalytic converters from cars parked in SLO

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Thieves stole 11 catalytic converters from vehicles in San Luis Obispo over the past week, according to police. Nine of the stolen catalytic converters came from Toyota Priuses. The other two were stolen from Honda Elements,police said.... (Continue reading)

SLO County reports six new COVID-19 deaths

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County reported six new COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, while new case rates remain unchanged with a daily average of 34. Those who recently succumbed to the virus range in age from their 40s to... (Continue reading)

SLO County students walk out, skip school over vaccine mandate

By JOSH FRIEDMAN For the second time in the span of a month, at least hundreds of San Luis Obispo County students did not show up to class on Monday in connection to a statewide protest over Gov. Gavin Newsom’s... (Continue reading)

Vandals trash two classrooms at Oceano Elementary School

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a vandal or vandals who trashed two classrooms, destroying a television, computer and more, at Oceano Elementary School over the weekend. [Tribune] The suspect or suspects broke into a second grade classroom... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles selects Bakersfield man for assistant city manager position

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Following the appointment of former police chief Ty Lewis as the city’s chief executive, Paso Robles has hired a new assistant city manager. Lewis appointed Bakersfield Assistant City Manager Chris Huot to fill a vacancy at the... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles teen accused of trafficking cannabis

By KAREN VELIE Deputies arrested a Paso Robles teen caught trafficking cannabis on Interstate 80 in Nebraska earlier this month during a crackdown on smugglers. Seward County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 18-year-old Alejandrino Martinez of Paso Robles after catching the teen... (Continue reading)

Atascadero man points a gun at jogger, lands in jail

By KAREN VELIE An Atascadero man is in jail after screaming he had a gun and pointing the weapon at a jogger who was passing his home on the 7300 block of San Marcos Road on Saturday morning. Shortly before... (Continue reading)

Seven teens arrested for assault at school in Santa Barbara

By KAREN VELIE Santa Barbara County sheriff deputies arrested seven juveniles allegedly involved in a series of assaults on the San Marcos High School campus earlier this week. One student was seriously injured in the attacks. After school administrators notified... (Continue reading)