Uncovered SLO

Kristin Smart murder case heads to trial for both father and son

By KAREN VELIE After more than a month of testimony, a San Luis Obispo County judge ruled Wednesday that there is probable cause for Paul and Ruben Flores to be tried in front of a jury in the alleged 1996... (Continue reading)

Ruben Flores’ neighbor refutes allegations she saw digging under porch

By KAREN VELIE A neighbor of Ruben Flores denied seeing anyone under his Arroyo Grande home on Feb. 9, 2020, calling the allegations she viewed digging, shovels and a wheelbarrow “untrue.” Ruben Flores’ son Paul Flores is accused of murdering... (Continue reading)

Five Cities Fire Authority shutters Oceano station, firefighters elsewhere

By KAREN VELIE The Five Cities Fire Authority announced plans Friday to add a full-time firefighter as a partial remedy to the regular closures of the Oceano station. While Five Cities fire crews were battling the Dixie Fire, the authority... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande back in regional recycled water project

By KAREN VELIE The Arroyo Grande City Council voted unanimously on Sept. 14 to rejoin Pismo Beach and Grover Beach in Central Coast Blue, a regional recycled water project set to bring a reliable water source to the Five Cities... (Continue reading)

Correctional officer allegedly assaulted banker in Grover Beach

BY KAREN VELIE Grover Beach police today arrested a correctional officer at California Men’s Colony who is accused of making a racial slur against a manager at the Grover Beach Wells Fargo branch, and then attacking the bank employee as... (Continue reading)

SLO County’s waste agency to pay $44,670 to settle lawsuit

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County’s waste management agency has agreed to release records and pay $44,670 in legal costs in an agreement to resolve a public records request lawsuit brought by private investigator Carl Knudson. The agreement also... (Continue reading)

San Simeon in line to lose previously approved grant funds, again

By KAREN VELIE San Simeon Community Services District is in line to lose $500,000 in grant funding because it appears district officials falsified information in the grant applications, and failed to meet grant requirements. After initially dismissing allegations that the... (Continue reading)

SLO mayor discusses blocking Instagram critics in the future

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Departing San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon suggested in an Instagram comment on Friday that she may again block social media users with whom she disagrees, this time doing so once she is out of office. On... (Continue reading)

Report on SLO County Jail details abuse, violence

By KAREN VELIE A new report on the San Luis Obispo County Jail chronicles abuses ranging from punching inmates to denying medical care — resulting in jailhouse deaths and miscarriages — as it details accounts of brutality, violations of civil... (Continue reading)

SLO County takes no action on votes Hill cast after bribes by Dayspring

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Following an internal investigation, San Luis Obispo County administrators concluded marijuana mogul Helios Dayspring’s bribes to former Supervisor Adam Hill may have only affected two board decisions and that taking corrective action on the votes would now... (Continue reading)