Uncovered SLO


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NRC: Diablo explosion was ‘catastrophic failure’

By KAREN VELIE A senior official of the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said today “an explosion” which occurred August 18 at Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant was a life-threatening “catastrophic failure.” No radioactive leaks were reported, however, at the South County... (Continue reading)

FBI busts sheriff’s deputy Goossens for child porn

By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Deputy Sheriff Bryan Goossens was arrested Monday by federal agents as part of a widespread roundup of suspected members of a child pornography ring. Two other county men also have been... (Continue reading)

UPDATE: Child sex groups horrific practices

A federal agent said today that a like-minded group which included San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Goossens and 51 others shared “very disturbing and graphic” images of children depicting bestiality and bondage. Calling the evidence “horrific,” Immigration and Customs... (Continue reading)

AG Brown “clarifies” muddy medical pot law

By DANIEL BLACKBURN California’s top prosecutor has dribbled out the maiden set of formal guidelines to help law enforcement interpret and apply medical marijuana laws, and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Pat Hedges says he has found in them an ounce... (Continue reading)

Divorce allows peek between EFI’s sheets

By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE It took an acrimonious divorce and a protracted asset scrap to finally address the big question for investors in Paso Robles’ Estate Financial Inc.: Where did their money go? Now, EFI principal Karen Guth has answered... (Continue reading)

Protect, Serve And Sell T-Shirts.

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN A San Luis Obispo police officer peddles custom imprinted T-shirts, sometimes while on duty, as a federal bankruptcy court considers his twin Chapter 7 petitions. Officer Christopher Charles Chitty apparently runs the cash business from the... (Continue reading)

Judge ices EFI fund property sale proceeds

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN A federal judge presiding over Estate Financial Inc. (EFI) bankruptcy hearings declined Tuesday to authorize disbursement of funds from a pending sale of investment property from the troubled lender’s portfolio. U.S. District Court Judge Robin Riblet... (Continue reading)

FBI agents seize deputy sheriffs computer

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN A San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s deputy is the target of an FBI investigation which has included a search of the deputy’s house and the seizure of his computer. Bryan Goossens, a 20-year employee of the... (Continue reading)

Enough already! Dalidio entertaining offer

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN Ernie Dalidio is abandoning a contentious, 16-year effort to develop his property along Highway 101 south of San Luis Obispo, and is negotiating an extended option agreement with a group of local investors. Dalidio declined comment... (Continue reading)

Brennler, Luna won’t run again

By KAREN VELIE Atascadero Mayor Mike Brennler won’t seek a second term on the Atascadero City Council because of health concerns. And council member George Luna said he will also retire from the council after two decades of public service.... (Continue reading)



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