Articles Tagged With ‘Court’




First he confessed, now he says he is not guilty

A San Luis Obispo man, who recently turned himself in to San Luis Obispo police claiming he robbed a bank in Atascadero, now claims he is innocent. [KCOY] On Friday, Steven Celaya pled not guilty to two charges of bank... (Continue reading)

Kelly Gearhart’s trial delayed a third time

For the third time, former Atascadero “Person of the Year” and prominent North County land developer Kelly Gearhart’s trial has been delayed. The court determined a failure to grant the requested continuance from June 11 to Nov. 12 “would result... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria judge dies in middle of murder trial

Santa Maria Superior Court Judge Edward Bullard died Sunday in the midst of presiding over a three-defendant murder trial. [Santa Maria Times] Bullard died at the age of 59 of complications from emergency heart surgery he had last week. Following... (Continue reading)

Gag orders harder to get in January

Gag orders in legal settlements involving lawsuits against state-licensed professionals will no longer be legal in January. [California Watch] The law will facilitate consumers’ contact with state agencies in cases where further disciplinary of corrective action might be called for.... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria woman’s torture trial starts next week

A Santa Maria woman who allegedly punished her then 2-year-old daughter for playing with her makeup by holding the child’s hands in scalding tap water almost three years ago is scheduled to begin trial next week. [SantaMariaTimes] Lorena Arenas, 26,... (Continue reading)

Mysterious man behind anti-Muslim film to appear in court

A California man credited with producing an anti-Muslim film that has led to violent protests across the Middle East will appear in court Wednesday for arraignment on probation violation charges. Mark Basseley Youssef, who claims to have written the script... (Continue reading)

Judge requests two juries in Dystiny Myers trial

San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Barry LaBarbera has decided to hold one trial with two separate juries in the Dystiny Myers murder case. [SLO Tribune] LaBarbera said Tuesday that one jury will hear the death penalty case of Ty... (Continue reading)

Firefighter trial attendee threatens district attorney

In an unusual twist, Superior Court Judge Michael Duffy warned attendees at firefighter John Ryan Mason’s trial on Friday that he would not tolerate threats aimed at the prosecuting attorney. Mason is on trial for an alleged felony assault stemming... (Continue reading)

Firefighter’s wife decribes infidelity, supports husband

The wife of San Luis Obispo firefighter John Ryan Mason testified Wednesday that her husband said Jory Brigham was the aggressor, and that he quickly escorted her from Pappy McGregor’s following an altercation in the bathroom. Mason is on trial... (Continue reading)

University student sentenced for Avila Beach crash

A university student has been sentenced to four years in prison for an Avila Beach crash that killed two of his friends. Evan Green, 22, of Chico, was driving on Avila Beach Drive near Cave Landing Road when he lost... (Continue reading)