Daily Briefs

Central Coast man sentenced to 26 years in prison for incest

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A judge sentenced a Ventura man to 26 years in prison for sexual crimes, including incest, against his own daughter, who was a pre-teen when the abuse began. [KCOY] Tiburcio Emeterio Martinez, 45, sexually abused his biological... (Continue reading)

Catalytic converter ignites fire in SLO

BY JOSH FRIEDMAN A vehicle’s catalytic converter sparked a fire that charred land along Broad Street in San Luis Obispo on Tuesday, but the quick reaction of a bystander helped keep the blaze from spreading very far. The fire broke... (Continue reading)

Pickup truck crashes and flips over in SLO

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A pickup truck crashed, rolled over and landed upside down in San Luis Obispo Tuesday morning. A caller reported the single-vehicle crash on Grande Avenue near a Highway 101 ramp at 10:20 a.m. The driver received treatment... (Continue reading)

California bans state-funded travel to nearly half of the country

By JOSH FRIEDMAN In response to a wave of “anti-LGBTQ+ legislation” across the country, California now bans state-funded travel to 22 U.S. states, including the one in which Gov. Gavin Newsom recently vacationed. [New York Times] California’s ban on state-funded... (Continue reading)

Pismo Beach plans to repair a third of the city’s streets

By KAREN VELIE The City of Pismo Beach kicked off a massive paving project with a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday. During the project, the city will repair 33% of all streets in the city, with an emphasis on residential neighborhoods,... (Continue reading)

Thief attempts to burglarize Grover Beach pot shop

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Police caught a Santa Maria man in the act of trying to break into a Grover Beach cannabis dispensary early Sunday morning, something he was allegedly trying for the third time. About a 1:40 a.m., a man... (Continue reading)

SLO police officer on paid administrative leave during use-of force investigation

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo police officer who hit a suspect in the head multiple times during an arrest on Sunday is on paid administrative leave while the department conducts an investigation, according to police. Officers responding to... (Continue reading)

Opening statements paint different scenarios in Kristin Smart murder trial

By KAREN VELIE Opening statements in the Kristin Smart murder trial described conflicting scenarios. The prosecutor attempted to portray the Cal Poly freshman as part of a close knit family while a defense attorney painted a picture of a young... (Continue reading)

Officers identify man killed in crash in Nipomo

By KAREN VELIE The California Highway Patrol identified the man killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash in Nipomo on Friday afternoon as 42-year-old Abraham Espindola of Santa Maria, according to the CHP. Espindola was riding a red 2010 Polaris quad... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly coach’s son, Brooks Lee, selected 8th in MLB draft

UPDATE: When asked about being selected 8th overall and going to the Twins, Brooks Lee said, “Just super excited and can’t wait to get started with my professional career. Being picked at 8th gives me a great chance to move... (Continue reading)