Daily Briefs


Santa Maria police shoot and kill another suspect

Santa Maria police officers shot and killed a man Thursday following a high-speed chase. This is the fourth recent officer involved shooting in north Santa Barbara County and the second time in less than a week that a suspect involved... (Continue reading)

Man finds a stranger dead in his van

After stopping for a drink downtown on Thursday afternoon, a San Luis Obispo man returned to his van to find an unconscious stranger inside, police said. After an unsuccessful attempt to wake the man, David Harrell drove him to French... (Continue reading)

Searcy wants back on the Oceano board

Former Oceano Community Services District Board Member Richard Searcy has filed papers to run for the seat he recently vacated after being arrested for driving under the influence. CHP officers arrested Searcy, 59, in May for DUI after he swerved... (Continue reading)

Sheriff deputy accused of beating Nipomo man

A Nipomo man contends a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputy assaulted him after spotting him driving about 15 miles an hour over the speed limit on July 15. [Tribune] Jesus Raul Ruiz, 28, told the Tribune deputy Steven Hurl... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles man arrested for bomb threat

A Paso Robles man allegedly used his cell phone to call a bomb threat into the Arroyo Grande Walmart on Monday. Police arrested Daniel Joseph McPherson, 53 on a felony making a false bomb threat charge and booked him into... (Continue reading)

Chick-Fil-A battle reaches Cal Poly

In support of GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s proclamation that today is Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, several church groups plan to bus parishioners to Cal Poly to support the restaurant’s anti-gay marriage stance by purchasing meals at Chick-fil-A. The fast food... (Continue reading)

Excelaron seeking continuance on oil drilling application

Officials with Excelaron, the company seeking to drill as many as 12 oil wells in the Huasna Valley near Arroyo Grande, plan to ask the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors for a continuation. [Tribune] Excelaron’s planner Carol Florence... (Continue reading)

Felon firefighter forces dwindling

Even as California’s fire season reaches its peak, state officials are learning that a new prison policy will drastically affect the numbers of firefighters available in emergencies. (SF Chronicle) State prison trustees who have been trained to provide critical, physical... (Continue reading)

Man shot, killed by Santa Maria police

A man chased by authorities through the streets of Santa Maria died of multiple gunshot wounds Tuesday night after investigators say he confronted a police officer with a gun. (KCOY) It was another in a string of officer-involved shootings in... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande woman arrested for hit and run

An Arroyo Grande woman was arrested after she allegedly drove her truck into a fire hydrant on Saturday knocking out water service to portions of Grove Beach. [SantaMariaTimes] Chantel Molina, 33, was driving a Ford F150 on the 900 block... (Continue reading)