Paul Flores appealing murder conviction, gets new attorney

By KAREN VELIE Paul Flores, the former Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student who was convicted in the murder of Kristin Smart, is appealing his case to the California Court of Appeal with a new attorney. Flores’s former attorney, Robert... (Continue reading)

Men kidnap and rob family in Paso Robles

By KAREN VELIE One man is in jail and another is on the run following a home invasion robbery in Paso Robles on Monday evening. Shortly after 8 p.m., a caller reported that two men forced a family at gunpoint... (Continue reading)

Deputies release more videos, details of shootout in Orcutt

By KAREN VELIE Detectives released additional details and multiple videos from different angels today of the fatal shooting involving an off-duty Santa Maria police officer outside the Melody Mini Market in Orcutt on March 25. Shortly before 8 p.m., two... (Continue reading)

Plane headed to Paso Robles makes emergency landing

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A plane headed for Paso Robles made an emergency landing south of King City Wednesday morning. While en route to Paso Robles, the plane suffered catastrophic engine failure, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office. The pilots... (Continue reading)

Armed man robs Atascadero Circle K, buries stolen cash

  By JOSH FRIEDMAN Police officers arrested a man who allegedly robbed Circle K in Atascadero Wednesday morning while armed with a handgun and then buried the stolen cash underground.  At about 5:50 a.m., a female clerk working at the... (Continue reading)

SLO County Board of Supervisors vote for 26% pay raise

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to give themselves a 26% increase in pay, with John Peschong and Debbie Arnold dissenting. Supervisors Bruce Gibson, Dawn Ortiz-Legg and Jimmy Paulding voted in... (Continue reading)

SLO County woman allegedly sold drugs, charged with murder

By KAREN VELIE A 50-year-old resident of the Oklahoma Avenue Safe Parking facility is in jail for allegedly selling drugs that killed a Templeton man, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday. On Oct. 27, 2022, a caller... (Continue reading)

Fire burns vegetation near rural Templeton homes

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A fire burned about two to three acres of vegetation in rural Templeton on Tuesday. At approximately 1:34 p.m., a caller reported a fire burning near the 2300 block of Battering Rock Road, according to Cal Fire.... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria Police ask for help identifying jewelry thief

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Santa Maria police are asking for the public’s help identifying a jewelry thief. Shortly before 5 p.m. on Sunday, posing as a customer looking to buy jewelry for a relative, the suspect asked a clerk at the... (Continue reading)

Driver hits and kills man running on Highway 101 in Atascadero

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The driver of a pickup truck hit and killed a 25-year-old man who ran into the path of the vehicle on Highway 101 in Atascadero early Tuesday morning.  Shortly after 2 a.m., Ethan Paul Thompson, 32, was... (Continue reading)