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SLO police searching for credit card thieves

San Luis Obispo police are searching for a pair of thieves who were caught on surveillance film Wednesday using stolen credit cards. On Wednesday, a man reported to the San Luis Obispo Police Department that multiple credit cards were stolen... (Continue reading)

Lompoc kidnapper allegedly forced victim to marry him in Vegas

Surveillance footage shows that during this week’s kidnapping escapade Joseph Hetzel forced Virginia Paris to marry him inside a Las Vegas wedding chapel. [KCOY] Paris’s daughter, Melissa Villabla, said Hetzel forced Paris to marry him in exchange for allowing her... (Continue reading)

SLO Council selects Derek Johnson as next city manager

As requested by outgoing City Manager Katie Lichtig, the San Luis Obispo City Council has selected Lichtig’s second-in-command to be the city’s next top executive. On Wednesday, the council unanimously directed that contract negotiations begin with Johnson for the city... (Continue reading)

Coast Hills Credit Union robbed in Santa Maria

A man wearing a cap with the word “Cali” robbed a Coast Hills Credit Union in Santa Maria on Wednesday and has since managed to evade capture. Around 5 p.m., the robber entered the Coast Hills branch on Bradley Road... (Continue reading)

SLO City Council should listen to the people

OPINION by RICHARD SCHMIDT Near the end of a nearly three-hour San Luis Obispo City Council session on ramming a bike freeway through a neighborhood between Foothill Boulevard and Highway 101, a large audience consisting of people who seldom go... (Continue reading)

Lame duck California Republican leader accused of sabotage

On his way out as leader of California’s Assembly Republicans, Assemblyman Chad Mayes has shuffled legislative committee assignments, Capitol offices and campaign funds, prompting allegations that he is punishing those involved in his ouster and rewarding the lawmakers who sided... (Continue reading)

Lompoc kidnapper arrested in Las Vegas

A Lompoc man suspected of kidnapping and holding his ex-girlfriend captive for four days was arrested Tuesday in Las Vegas. On Monday evening, Joseph Hetzel, 52, released Virginia Paris, 55, in front of a hotel in Henderson, Nevada. Paris told... (Continue reading)

Pismo Beach man busted again for selling drugs

  Nearly one year to the day after a Pismo Beach man was arrested for hit-and-run and selling prescription pills, he was arrested again, this time during a narcotics raid. On Sept. 1, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Narcotics... (Continue reading)

3,000 gallons of sewage spills in Paso Robles

A private sewer lateral pipeline burst in Paso Robles Monday afternoon, resulting in about 3,000 gallons of sewage spilling onto city streets. Shortly before 2 p.m., the spill was reported at 351 Lark Drive, according to the San Luis Obispo... (Continue reading)

Kelly Gearhart wins sentencing hearing appeal

Former North County developer Kelly Gearhart will receive a new sentencing and restitution hearing after the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Judge Otis Wright II erred in sentencing Gearhart to 14 years in federal prison. In 2014,... (Continue reading)



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