Serial arsonist convicted of setting fire near SLO Elks Lodge

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A San Luis Obispo man and serial arsonist faces at least 25 years in prison after a jury on Friday convicted him of intentionally setting a fire that burned a homeless camp near the SLO Elks Lodge.... (Continue reading)

Three teens arrested for Santa Maria murder

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Santa Maria police officers this week arrested three alleged gang members over a murder last fall in which a gunman or gunmen shot a driver, whom officers found deceased inside a car that crashed into a building. ... (Continue reading)

June unemployment up in San Luis Obispo County

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County saw an uptick in unemployment in June with the number of unemployed residents rising from 4,200 to 5,000, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday. While many business owners are still struggling to... (Continue reading)

Attorney Chris Peuvrelle named Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year

By KAREN VELIE Former San Luis Obispo County Deputy District Attorney Chris Peuvrelle was named the 2022 Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year for rural and medium counties in California earlier this month. District Attorney Dan Dow nominated Peuvrelle based on... (Continue reading)

California sea otter snatching surfboards, evading capture

By JOSH FRIEDMAN An aggressive, surfboard-snatching sea otter swimming off the coast of Santa Cruz is posing problems for California officials, while avoiding captivity and simultaneously capturing the national spotlight. [Surfer] Over the past few weeks, the otter dubbed “841”... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach police searching for wallet thieves

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The Grover Beach Police Department is asking the public for help identifying two men who allegedly stole a woman’s wallet inside of Vons on Thursday afternoon. Surveillance footage from the Grover Beach grocery store shows one man... (Continue reading)

Coastal Commission overstepped authority on Oceano Dunes, judge rules

By KAREN VELIE The California Coastal Commission overstepped its authority when it voted to phase out off-road vehicle usage at the Oceano Dunes by 2025, according to a July 19 court ruling. The Coastal Commission also violated the law when... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay’s historic theater for sale

By KAREN VELIE The iconic Bay Theatre is for sale with an asking price of $1.625 million. The Morro Bay landmark includes a 314 single-screen theater. Originally built by the Army Corp of Engineers in 1942, the theater has been... (Continue reading)

Shandon murder suspect has criminal record, mental health troubles

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The Shandon man who stabbed to death his stepmother and wounded his father Monday evening has a criminal record related to domestic violence and a history of mental health struggles. [Tribune] On Monday evening, 31-year-old Justin Buchanan... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles celebrates groundbreaking for low-income senior housing

By KAREN VELIE Locals and public officials gathered at the groundbreaking ceremony for Paso Robles’ latest low-income senior housing project on July 18. The development, located near the Walmart shopping center on Niblick Road, is slated to open in 2024.... (Continue reading)