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SLO County refuses to release jail video tapes

San Luis Obispo County officials have refused to release 100 hours of jailhouse surveillance footage that documents the last 48 hours of Andrew Holland’s life through several cameras. Last week, the SLO County Board of Supervisors agreed to pay $5... (Continue reading)

SLO jail slapped with another torture claim

He called 911 wanting help. Instead, in a claim filed against the county, Jeremiah Mobley says he was hog tied, tormented, stripped naked, berated and belittled by staffers at the San Luis Obispo County Jail. The jail has one of... (Continue reading)

Woman gets year in jail for accessory to murder, faces deportation

The wife of the man accused of killing a 43-year-old Santa Maria resident outside a bar in Orcutt received a one-year jail sentence for accessory to murder. Mayra Perez, 29, pleaded no contest in June to being an accessory to... (Continue reading)

Lompoc mayor allegedly said he wants to shoot a councilman

While side-by-side at a street fair booth, the mayor of Lompoc allegedly arranged his fingers in the shape of gun, pointed his hand at a fellow councilman and said he wanted to shoot him in the head. The incident prompted... (Continue reading)

Central Coast festivalgoer died of LSD overdose

A 20-year-old Ventura woman who died after attending a music festival at Lake San Antonio this spring overdosed on Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. Baylee Ybarra Gatlin, a Ventura College student, became... (Continue reading)

BOS needs outside investigation into jail death

By MICHAEL F. BROWN The policing and jail business is inherently hazardous. The opportunity for mistakes is ever present. Violent acts and their potential are a constant threat. From time to time split second decisions must be made, such as... (Continue reading)

Man charged with torching SLO hotel room

San Luis Obispo police arrested a man Sunday evening after he allegedly set fire to his room at the Lamplighter Inn. Shortly after 8 p.m., an employee of the inn on Monterey Street reported a guest was banging on walls... (Continue reading)

California regulators working on water rules for pot grows

The California State Water Resources Control Board has released draft water regulations for growing marijuana in attempt to reign in the environmental damage that pot farms have caused and prepare for a new wave of legal cannabis grows. As required... (Continue reading)

Former congressional staffer arrested for trying to extort pot shop

A former staff member for a United States congresswoman allegedly tried to extort $5,000 out of a Compton marijuana shop, which he claimed would be shut down if he was not paid the money. The man indeed received the money,... (Continue reading)

Four people arrested during Arroyo Grande drug bust

Arroyo Grande police seized pills, heroin and methamphetamine after serving a search warrant at a house on Saturday. Officers arrested two men and two women at a home located at 223 Oro Drive. The male suspects are facing drug charges... (Continue reading)

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