Judge rules man was sane when he committed 2001 Morro Bay double-murder

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A San Luis Obispo County Judge ruled on Friday that a defendant was legally sane when he shot and killed a 37-year-old man and an 11-year-old boy at Morro Strand State Campground in 2001. Stephen Arthur Deflaun,... (Continue reading)

Board rejects Paulding’s plan to dump Oceano, video

By KAREN VELIE The Oceano Community Services District Board voted 3-2 on Wednesday to squelch a plan to annex Oceano into Grover Beach, with Charles Varni and Beverley Joyce-Suneson wanting to move forward. Shortly after winning a seat on the... (Continue reading)

Man convicted in the murder of Dystiny Myers granted parole

By KAREN VELIE A Nipomo man sentenced to 15 years to life for his involvement in the 2010 murder of 15-year-old runaway Dystiny Myers was recently granted parole, the second time the parole board has attempted to allow Jason Greenwell... (Continue reading)

Lompoc man dies after accidentally shooting himself

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A 62-year-old Lompoc man died this week, days after he suffered what police have determined to be an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound. Shortly before 8:40 a.m. on April 17, Robert Kenner suffered a single gunshot wound to... (Continue reading)

San Simeon to investigate allegations of racism

By KAREN VELIE The San Simeon Community Services District (CSD) Board voted unanimously on April 25 to investigate allegations of racism raised by a former director. After almost three years on the board, Director Daniel de la Rosa resigned on... (Continue reading)

Temporary access available for people trapped near Lake Nacimiento

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County crews finished construction of a temporary access road for residents stranded after Chimney Rock Road south of Lake Nacimiento collapsed during the storms in mid-March. Crews placed a drainage pipe before moving large... (Continue reading)

Officers identify Grover Beach man killed in crash

By KAREN VELIE The California Highway Patrol identified the man killed in a crash off Highway 166 northeast of Santa Maria on Monday morning as 54-year-old Juan Albinedaduarte of Grover Beach. Shortly after 8 a.m., Albinedaduarte’s was headed westbound on... (Continue reading)

SLO County Supervisor Bruce Gibson violated the Brown Act

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson violated the Brown Act when he discussed an item not on the agenda which did not provide an opportunity for public participation, the SLO County District Attorney’s Office concluded last... (Continue reading)

Board of Supervisors appoints interim SLO County administrator

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors appointed retired Kern County Administrative Officer and Cambria resident, John Nilon, to serve as interim CAO for at least three months.  Nilon will temporarily fill the vacancy left by... (Continue reading)

Zach Zimmerman appointed to Grover Beach City Council

BY JOSH FRIEDMAN The Grover Beach City Council on Monday appointed yoga studio owner Zach Zimmerman to fill a vacancy created by former councilwoman Anna Miller, who resigned her seat last month because of a change of residence. Miller, then... (Continue reading)