Daily Briefs

School shooting threat at Atascadero High School

By KAREN VELIE Atascadero police responded to a threat of a potential shooting on Thursday or Friday at Atascadero High School, after a student discovered the threat on Snapchat. The text warned students not to go to school. This threat,... (Continue reading)

Man demanded money, allegedly set Morro Bay home on fire

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A man showed up at a Morro Bay home to demand money early Wednesday morning, then set the house on fire by knocking over a candle, the homeowner alleges. Early in the morning, a man known as... (Continue reading)

San Miguel man killed in crash on Highway 101

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A 38-year-old San Miguel man died after crashing his pickup truck on Highway 101 north of Paso Robles on Wednesday. Shortly before 12:40 p.m., the man was driving a 2003 Nissan Frontier northbound on Highway 101 north... (Continue reading)

Students vandalize Central Coast schools as part of social media challenge

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A social media trend of damaging or stealing school property, filming it and uploading the footage to TikTok is reportedly costing Central Coast high schools thousands of dollars and leading to criminal cases against students. The “devious... (Continue reading)

Early morning fire damages Morro Bay home

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A fire caused significant damage to a two-story home in Morro Bay Wednesday morning. At about 6:33 a.m., a caller reported a fire at a house in the 400 block of Trinidad Street near Tide Avenue, according... (Continue reading)

Comparing COVID-19 death rates in California, to other states

By KAREN VELIE COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in more densely populated states, while less populated states appear to have lower death rates. New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the union has the second highest death rate per... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo teen killed in Highway 101 crash

By KAREN VELIE A teen died in a single car crash along Highway 101 near Avila Beach Drive early Tuesday morning, according to the CHP. Shortly after midnight, 21-year-old Aron Gonzalez was driving northbound on Highway 101 when he veered... (Continue reading)

Apartment complex fire in Paso Robles displaces 40 residents

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A fire destroyed much of an eight-unit building at the Dry Creek Apartments in Paso Robles Tuesday morning, leaving a total of 40 residents displaced. Shortly after 8 a.m., a caller reported the fire at 1211 Alamo... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande man gets eight years to life in torture case

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A judge sentenced an Arroyo Grande man to eight years to life in prison on Monday over an incident in which he poured boiling oil on his 79-year-old foster mother, then stabbed her. On Aug. 2, Matthew... (Continue reading)

Drunk driver allegedly kills pedestrian in Atascadero

By KAREN VELIE A Paso Robles man allegedly hit and killed a pedestrian in Atascadero Sunday evening before crashing head-on into another vehicle on Highway 41 near Santa Rosa Road. Following the fatal hit-and-run, Jorge Castaneda, 26, of Paso Robles... (Continue reading)