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Daniel Blackburn

Daniel Blackburn is editor of KCCN.tv

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Sheriff’s deputy slams four parked cars

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN A San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputy on administrative leave drove into four parked vehicles before flipping and rolling his pickup truck in a July 19 mishap. Deputy Bryan Goossens was northbound on Traffic Way in Atascadero at 8:50 a.m. when the chain-reaction collision occurred. Currently on paid administrative leave in an unrelated matter, Goossens was not... (Continue Reading)

Medical pot shop owner facing 100 years

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Charles C. Lynch sits in his South County home this weekend awaiting the start of a trial that poses for him the threat of a century in federal prison for doing what he thought was the right thing. The parents of a San Luis Obispo County youth suffering from bone cancer agree with Lynch, as does a legion of... (Continue Reading)

Cruisin oldies plan unsanctioned Paso revival

By DANIEL BLACKBURN “Old habits like you are hard to break.” - Country western singer Ronnie Milsap. Hold the obituary on Paso Robles’ famous Memorial Weekend custom vehicle cruise. Some longtime participants, quoting Yogi Berra in proclaiming, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” are fashioning an under-the-radar celebration that likely will attract hundreds of customized vehicles and their fun-loving owners, just like the... (Continue Reading)

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INSIDE EFI: Under The Microscope

Part 3: The good times are gone (Editors’ note: This is the third and final article in a series examining the high-rolling, multi-million-dollar Paso Robles financial lender, EFI, and its current problems.) By DANIEL BLACKBURN One of the down sides of divorce is its very public nature, proceedings often revealing things about people they’d rather keep secret. Had it not been for the bitter... (Continue Reading)

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INSIDE EFI: The Long Fall

Part 2: Maybe money does grow on trees By DANIEL BLACKBURN (Editors' note: This is the second in a series examining the high-rolling, multi-million-dollar Paso Robles financial lender, EFI, and the fascinating reasons for its current critical condition.) When Karen Guth angrily ordered the locks changed on the office housing Paso Robles’ Estate Financial Inc. (EFI) in February 2003, banishing her then-husband and... (Continue Reading)

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INSIDE EFI: An Investors Nightmare

Part 1: Divorce sparks nasty public war By DANIEL BLACKBURN (Editors’ note: This is the first in a series examining the high-rolling, high-interest, high-risk, hard money business, and a close-up look at the primary players in one multi-million-dollar Paso Robles firm that may be headed for big trouble.) The downward spiral in which Paso Robles’ Estate Financial Inc. (EFI) now finds itself probably... (Continue Reading)

Hedges backs down to court, will return pot

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Sheriff Pat Hedges will return a small baggie of marijuana to its rightful owner today. The lawman had refused to return the medical marijuana to Arroyo Grande’s D. Craig Steffens even after an order issued by San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Martin Tangeman. Hedges was to appear in court Thursday to explain why he should not be... (Continue Reading)

Hedges ponders appeal of Tangemans medical pot order as state high court considers deeper debate

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A battle of Titans unfolds: In one corner, a gaggle of California cities, counties, and law enforcement agencies; in the other, the state Supreme Court. In the middle of the ring is a small baggie of medical marijuana which now has become enveloped in an ever-widening philosophical rift. Should California law enforcement personnel be required to return to... (Continue Reading)

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