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Rachel Showalter

In a press briefing April 14, San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow announced formal first-degree murder charges against Paul Flores in connection with the 1996 disappearance of Cal Poly student Kristin Smart.

Courtesy of SLO County Sheriff's Department

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office served a new search warrant in the ongoing Kristin Smart investigation March 15 at the Arroyo Grande home of Ruben Flores, Paul Flores’ father.

In this episode of Issues & Ideas, we learn about a year-long San Luis Obispo Tribune investigation into substandard housing in San Luis Obispo County. We also hear from Dawn Ortiz-Legg, chosen by California's governor to represent SLO County District 3 after the death of Adam Hill. Julie Rodewald talks about the local chapter of the League of Women Voters and how the recent national election broke all records in SLO County. Finally, we meet the newest lion at the Santa Barbara Zoo—a cub named Pauline—and hear how the zoo is dealing with all the operational changes of 2020. 

Courtesy of Kaytlyn Leslie/SLO Tribune

Lindsey Holden is a staff reporter at the San Luis Obispo Tribune and recently published a series of stories resulting from a months-long investigation into substandard housing in SLO County. 

The California Office of the Attorney General will investigate incidents of racism, discrimination and harassment at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

UPDATE: September 14, 2016 at 5:15 p.m.

The Coroner's Unit of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office released Wednesday the identity of the man found dead Tuesday at the base of the radio tower on the Cal Poly campus.

The tower is located at the corner of Highway 1 and Highland Drive in San Luis Obispo.

The man has been identified as 18-year-old Robert Sean Douglas Aversano of San Luis Obispo.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Update: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 4:41 p.m.

The man suspected of killing a Santa Barbara-area family is facing three counts of First Degree Murder with a possibility for the Death Penalty if found guilty.

Arroyo Grande High School

UPDATE: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 4:53 p.m.

The Arroyo Grande Police Department said Tuesday afternoon that the teacher being investigated for sexual assault is a woman. The student is a boy under the age of 18.

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An Arroyo Grande High School teacher is under investigation following a report of sexual assault against a student.

CAL FIRE SLO

The investigation into what caused the Cuesta Fire this past summer is complete, but the case remains open because San Luis Obispo County CAL FIRE  has not yet found the person responsible for staring it.

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Investigators are still evaluating the scene at an Atascadero elementary school, after threatening letters and a hazardous package were left on campus last week. 

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UPDATE: The Atascadero Unified School District is preparing for students and staff to return to one of their elementary schools. San Gabriel Elementary has been closed for nearly two weeks, after threatening letters and a dangerous liquid were left on campus. 

Felony charge for Cuesta College employee accused of personnel data breach

Jun 18, 2015
Cuesta College

A Cuesta College employee is facing a felony charge related to an information breach of college personnel records.

Nye County Sheriff's Office (NCSO)

Forensic investigators in Nevada say they do not believe foul play was involved in the case of a missing Los Osos woman whose body was found in the Nevada desert earlier this year.

Nye County Sheriff Anthony DeMeo says a pair of autopsies, crime scene details, and cell phone records show no signs of foul play related to the death of Margay Edwards.

The 27-year-old's last known contact with people was on September 14th near a dry lakebed, and she did not appear to be in any danger at the time according to witnesses.

UPDATE: October 8, 2014 at 2:05 p.m.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office released the identity of the Carpinteria resident whose body was found in the Carpinteria Salt Marsh on Saturday morning.

The decedent is 63-year-old Michael George Ornelas. 

"Following a criminal and a coroner’s investigation, the Sheriff’s Office has determined that Ornelas died from an apparent suicide," Spokesperson Kelly Hoover said in a message to the media.

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City of Arroyo Grande Facebook Page

Arroyo Grande City Manager Steve Adams announced Thursday that he's stepping down from his position in the wake of an ongoing investigation into an incident this past summer at City Hall.

Adams and a female employee were found after hours by police at the facility sparking controversy within the community.