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Karen Velie

Karen Velie lives in San Luis Obispo County.

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Probation department seeking low sentence for Gearhart

By KAREN VELIE With just two weeks until Kelly Gearhart’s sentencing hearing, his probation officer and federal prosecutors are disagreeing over the number of the defendant’s victims, a fact that partially determines sentencing guidelines. While both sides agree on most information in the presentencing investigation report, prosecutors contend Gearhart had over 250 victims while the […]... (Continue Reading)

Did illegal ticket quotas hasten Gesell’s exit?

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN San Luis Obispo Police Chief Steve Gesell’s command staff initiated an illegal ticket quota scheme with pizza as a reward, emails obtained by CalCoastNews show, an activity that may have contributed to Gesell’s being placed on paid administrative leave Friday. City officials are not disclosing the reasons for Gesell’s […]... (Continue Reading)

Sanitation district board hires former IRS investigator for audit

By KAREN VELIE The South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District Board voted 3-0 on Wednesday to hire Knudson and Associates to pursue a financial and past managerial review of the last 12 years. After several years of voting against an audit, in January, the district board agreed to allot $40,000 for an audit of […]... (Continue Reading)

Raised eyebrows over Pemberton brothers SLO project

By KAREN VELIE A pair of developers whose prior business deals resulted in claims of fraud and a bankruptcy with $1.4 million in unpaid wages, debts and charity pledges that were never fulfilled have started looking for investors in a project in downtown San Luis Obispo. Jeremy and Joshua Pemberton, twin brothers, have begun to […]... (Continue Reading)

Out with the old, in with the new in Arroyo Grande

By KAREN VELIE The Arroyo Grande City Council has hired Dianne Thompson to replace ousted city Manager Steve Adams and plans to replace long-term city attorney Tim Carmel with Heather Whitham. The council is slated to confirm both hires on April 28. Dianne Thompson has a Master’s in public policy and was the Cotati city […]... (Continue Reading)

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Appellate court rejects APCD rehearing request

By KAREN VELIE After spending less than two days reviewing the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District’s request for a rehearing on the Oceano Dunes dust rule lawsuit, on Thursday, the 2nd Appellate Court in Ventura denied the district’s request. In its denial for a rehearing, the court modified its April 6 ruling […]... (Continue Reading)

1 man killed and 4 injured while four-wheeling

UPDATE: The driver of the Jeep that crashed into a Ravine Saturday night was  Andrew Joseph Kruep, 25, from Orinda. He died Saturday night. Krueps passengers were Darren Thomas Mullen, 25,  Sean Ross Mullen, 22, and Myles Andrew Franklin, 21, all from San Luis Obispo and Spencer N. Blodgett, 24, from Lafayette. Al four passengers suffered severe […]... (Continue Reading)

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DOJ investigators raid the Manse on Marsh

By KAREN VELIE Investigators from the California Department of Justice continue their work reviewing computer records following a March 24 raid on the Manse on Marsh, an independent living facility in San Luis Obispo. More than a dozen investigators from the department’s Medicare fraud and elder abuse division seized files and computers during the search. […]... (Continue Reading)

Out on bail, Paso Robles man arrested for attempted murder

By KAREN VELIE UPDATE: Thomas Yanaga of Paso Robles was one of three men arrested on attempted murder charges for a shooting Tuesday morning in Hanford. As part of a follow up on last months Paso Robles shooting, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives  served search warrants on three homes in Paso Robles on Wednesday. […]... (Continue Reading)

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Lenny Jones accused of kidnapping and sexual assault

By KAREN VELIE and JOSH FRIEDMAN UPDATE: Lenny Jones’ bail has been increased from $500,000 to $1 million. ORIGINAL: Arroyo Grande’s 2014 Citizen of the Year was arrested Monday for allegedly kidnapping, penetrating with a foreign object, and molesting two girls under 14 years of age. The alleged molestation took place while the girls were […]... (Continue Reading)

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