Articles Tagged With ‘Atascadero’




Police raid home and business of postal worker

By KAREN VELIE In a page right out of the Keystone Cops, police kicked down the door of an unlocked home and then ransacked the property based on a bad tip from an informant. At around 7 p.m. on Monday, an officer... (Continue reading)

City officials paved Gearhart’s path of destruction

By KAREN VELIE As developer Kelly Gearhart worked to build more than 400 new homes in the Atascadero area, city inspectors and others were apparently looking the other way, allowing Gearhart to avoid paying city fees due to falsified and unfinished... (Continue reading)

Con man misleads Hertel-Fowler bankruptcy trustee

By KAREN VELIE Bankruptcy court trustees are investigating claims that businessman Rob Rossi and the City of Atascadero are concealing assets of developer R.W. Hertel and Sons in an attempt to help the bankrupt home builder avoid paying creditors and taxes. Trustees... (Continue reading)

Atascadero man suspected of beastiality, producing child porn

By KAREN VELIE A multi-agency task force is investigating a subcontractor with the California Men’s Colony after discovering videos of the man having sexual relations with both a child and his dog, sources said. Suspecting the 49-year-old plumber of marijuana, narcotics, and... (Continue reading)

Hurst’s Miller alleges Shores brothers defrauded investors

By KAREN VELIE Prominent North County developer Jimmie Shores says he doesn’t have to repay a $700,000 hard-money loan because his brother, Ronnie Shores, stole the money, while Hurst Financial President Jay Miller, maintains the Shores are trying to defraud investors. “I... (Continue reading)

Atascadero’s C.R. Lara loses $750,000 judgment

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A trusted financial advisor alleged to have systematically looted a client’s account over a four-year period has been ordered to pay more than $750,000 to Liz Berman, owner of an Atascadero mobile home park. The February order against... (Continue reading)

Fire crews battle blaze in downtown Atascadero

Fire crews continue to monitor the smoldering remains of an older commercial building on El Camino Real in Atascadero near the Carlton Hotel.... (Continue reading)

Living large on Atascadero taxpayers’ dime

By KAREN VELIE After proclaiming a looming fiscal crisis and predicting municipal worker layoffs, Atascadero City Manager Wade McKinney and city taxpayers treated a group of upper level employees to a three-day excursion at an upscale Carmel Valley resort. But before heading... (Continue reading)

Weyrich belly up, money woes widening

By KAREN VELIE In yet another sign of mounting unpaid debts for Paso Robles businessman David Weyrich and his wife, Mary Weyrich, a local lender filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that the Weyrichs failed to pay back a more than $1... (Continue reading)

Verbal swords still crossing in Atascadero

By KAREN VELIE In Atascadero, change means more of the same when it comes to contentious city council sessions, with councilmember Tom O’Malley and cohort councilmember Jerry Clay demonstrating they have enduring memories. O’Malley’s barrage of accusations aimed at Mayor Ellen Beraud... (Continue reading)