San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department

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San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson asked county officials this summer for an additional $3.55 million dollars in general fund money to cover unbudgeted overtime pay. Last year, several sheriff's department employees nearly doubled their salaries through working overtime hours. This month, Parkinson announced a plan to hire more deputies in an effort to rein in those overtime costs

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A San Luis Obispo city employee convicted of brutally knocking out a woman and repeatedly punching her companion in a bar will be allowed to serve his 60-day-sentence in a 'pay-to-stay' jail in Orange County. A San Luis Obispo County Superior Court judge Thursday granted Christopher Olcott a request to stay in an upgraded city-run jail. Olcott previously made a plea deal that resulted in felony charges being reduced to  misdemeanor battery with great bodily injury.

Paso Robles Police Department

In January, a new statewide police transparency law—SB 1421—went into effect, mandating police records be made public in cases of sustained findings against officers who commit sexual assault, use excessive force or engage in dishonesty-related conduct. However, the agencies that investigated criminal allegations against a former Paso Robles police officer have not turned over any documents relating to the case, as required under the new law.

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San Luis Obispo County’s legal counsel announced this week the U.S. Department of Justice will conduct an independent investigation into the medical and mental health care of inmates at the county jail. The county says the investigation isn’t focused on a single event, but the news comes less than two days after the wife of a former inmate in the jail filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the county.

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The KCBX Central Coast Curious project provides you the opportunity to ask the KCBX News team questions about the Central Coast. We posted a Central Coast Curious voting round this summer that included some listener questions related to nationwide issues. The winning question from the voting round was: “Are there any active, known and 'out' members of white nationalist or violent racist organizations in San Luis Obispo County?”

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Thursday marked the twenty-first anniversary of the disappearance of Cal Poly student Kristin Smart. Smart, who was a freshman at the time, went missing after walking home from an off-campus party in 1996. She was legally declared dead in 2002. 

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A 60-year-old inmate at the San Luis Obispo County Jail died in the early morning hours Thursday. It’s the second irregular inmate death since the start of the year and it prompted San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson to call a press conference Thursday afternoon to announce he has initiated an outside investigation into the in-custody death. 

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.

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  High school students in Templeton will return to class Tuesday after authorities officially cleared campus and surrounding areas of any bomb threat.

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Central Coast officials are investigating three train track fatalities that occurred this weekend.

The Sheriff's Offices in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties say three individuals were killed during separate collisions involving Amtrak trains and persons on the tracks. 

The man named Arroyo Grande's Citizen of the Year for 2014 by the local Chamber of Commerce is facing charges of kidnapping and child molestation.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office says 63-year-old Lawrence Jones—known as Lenny Jones—was arrested Monday following an investigation.

The department says two girls under the age of 14 were sexually molested while attending a birthday party at Jones' home in rural Arroyo Grande.

Deputies are asking for the public's help in identifying any other potential victims.

A teacher and coach at Santa Maria High School is facing child pornography charges and has been placed on leave by the school district.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office says 53-year-old Michael David Smith was arrested Thursday after deputies served a search warrant at his Santa Margarita home.

Construction is set to get underway next week on a $20 million expansion of San Luis Obispo County's Juvenile Hall.

The facility is located on Highway 1, not far from the Cuesta College campus and Camp San Luis Obispo.

The project will add 20 new sleeping rooms, three classrooms, a mental health treatment office, two interview/counseling rooms, a multipurpose gymnasium, staff bathrooms, male and female staff locker rooms, a training/conference room, and staff offices to the existing structure.

Panga boat found near San Simeon

Jun 26, 2014
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department says a panga boat, likely used to haul drugs and people, was found abandoned near San Simeon today.

A State Parks Ranger noticed a break in the fence line about four miles north of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse, and not far away found the panga boat beached.

Investigators believe it had been there for nearly a day.

No narcotics were discovered, according to the sheriff's department, but investigators believe drugs were on board at some point.

The boat has three outboard motors and is about 34 feet long.

San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Department

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help in locating a missing person, and Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward  for information leading to Gonzalez being located.

66 year old Rafael Chavez Gonzalez was last seen on October 22, 2013 on the Nipomo Mesa. The Sheriff's Department says transient was often seen in the Oceano area.

He is described as 5’9”, 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He is missing his left arm from a previous accident.