Daily Briefs

Allen earns police commander stripes

A veteran of the Atascadero Police Department, Joe Allen, has been elevated to the rank of commander, Chief Jerel Haley said. Allen joined the local department in 1995 after a four-year stint in Monrovia as a member of that community’s... (Continue reading)

Three cross burning suspects reach plea deal

Three of the four defendants accused of committing a hate crime against a black teen in Arroyo Grande last year agreed to plea deals in exchanged for reduced sentences on Monday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court. Jason Kahn, 36,... (Continue reading)

Prisoner accused of murdering another inmate at CMC

An inmate at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo County died following a fight with another inmate on Saturday morning. The suspected assailant is currently housed in the administrative segregation  unit and the prison has been placed on... (Continue reading)

SLO city attorney gets a raise

Amid a recent agreement between the city and its management staff to forgo raises for two years, on April 17 the San Luis Obispo City Council approved a 3.5 percent performance based raise for the city attorney. Before the 4-1... (Continue reading)

Oxnard corruption probe shows abuse, but no arrests

A nearly two-year criminal probe of Oxnard by the Ventura County District Attorney’s office ended last week with no charges or arrests, even though the investigators found “serious financial abuses.” [VenturaCountyStar] In the 99-page report, investigators describe lax accounting and... (Continue reading)

Sex offender lived across from Oceano school

A man registered as a sex offender for previously committing lewd acts on a child under 14, was arrested Tuesday for claiming to be a transient while living in a home across the street from the Oceano Elementary School. Francis... (Continue reading)

SLO family awarded $74 million for medical malpractice

After two days of deliberation, a jury found a local physician responsible for not properly delivering a baby and awarded a San Luis Obispo family $74 million. Sofia Blunt, now almost three years old, suffered brain damage when she was... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles woman accused of killing her mother

Paso Robles police suspect an allegedly schizophrenic  woman of murdering her 61-year-old mother at their home on the 900 block of Olive Street. [KSBY] Police arrested Sunni Jackson, 36, for allegedly murdering her mother Earlene Grove during an argument Friday... (Continue reading)

60-year-old woman murdered in Paso Robles

Paso Robles police arrested a 35-year-old woman for allegedly murdering a 60-year-old female relative in their home on the 900 block of Olive Street. At about 6:15 a.m., neighbors called 911 to report hearing sounds of breaking glass and arguing... (Continue reading)

Coastal Commission weighs in on Cayucos property rights issue

By KAREN VELIE The California Coastal Commission is slated to determine if Dr. Marshall Lewis can build a two-story, 4,555-square-foot house on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean in Cayucos. Following rejections of Lewis’ proposal to tear down an existing... (Continue reading)