November 29, 2011 9:24 PM
22-year-old Nicholas Bendle is headed to a state mental hospital, but it's unclear how long he'll be there.
Bendle previously plead guilty to one count of murder. He was found to be insane at the time he killed 69-year-old Frederick Holgate who was out for a morning walk in... more »
June 8, 2011 9:56 PM
Former Arroyo Grande City Councilman Ed Arnold changed his plea to "no contest" on charges of residential burglary and child pornography.
He previously plead "not guilty" to those charges, but everything changed today in a San Luis Obispo courtroom. A "no contest" plea is treated basically the same as... more »
March 15, 2011 9:49 PM
Santa Barbara city leaders are fighting back against gang crime in the community. Santa Barbara announced today it has filed for a gang injunction. That injunction targets 30 known gang members who live in the city. If approved, the court order would ban those gang members from certain areas of... more »
February 10, 2011 11:42 AM
The jury deciding the fate of a San Miguel man accused of shooting a pregnant woman enters its third full day of deliberations.
The case of Steven Smith went to the jury Monday afternoon.
Smith is charged with two counts of attempted murder for the 2009 shooting. Both... more »
December 16, 2010 11:19 PM
New developments today in the case against Nicholas Bendle, the man accused of decapitating a Santa Maria man.
The prosecution and defense were each supposed to choose a mental health doctor to evaluate whether the 21-year-old's previous insanity plea is valid. Bendle's attorney requested more time to find a... more »
November 18, 2010 3:32 PM
Two parents arrested for torturing and abusing their two-year-old daughter plead not guilty this morning in a Santa Maria courtroom.
Investigators say Lorena Arenas, 23, held her daughter under scalding water for five minutes back in April. They also say the girl's father, 41-year-old Jose Gonzalez, let the child... more »
October 7, 2010 10:04 PM
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Candidate Ian Parkinson tells KSBY News he did nothing wrong when he testified in a legal case involving a relative. His sister-in-law won a major settlement after the death of her father and Parkinson was an expert witness in the case.
Transcripts from a... more »
September 24, 2010 8:47 PM
The man accused of committing a hate crime at a Santa Maria Denny's last week is in jail on $2 million bail.
Officers say it happened around 3-30 last Thursday morning. Curtis Martin, 24, walked into a Denny's restaurant, asked an employee if he was gay, and then stabbed... more »
September 24, 2010 4:36 PM
The man accused of stabbing a Denny's employee in Santa Maria for being gay has six previous criminal charges. Court records show Curtis Martin, 24, has been charged with three misdemanors and three felonies since 2004. He entered no contest pleas for all the charges, which is treated the same... more »
July 2, 2010 9:35 PM
The ongoing Sunny Acres saga in San Luis Obispo takes a major turn. A judge ruled today Sunny Acres can no longer operate as a sober living facility and must vacate most of its residents.
It's been a nine year legal battle between De Vaul and San Luis Obispo... more »
June 11, 2010 3:18 PM
The Salinas man charged with attempted murder of a peace officer after allegedly trying to run down a sheriff's deputy with his truck pleaded not guilty in court on Thursday.
Twenty-six-year-old Michael Youngblood entered the plea at his arraignment in a San Luis Obispo County courtroom, according to the... more »
June 9, 2010 5:59 PM
The man accused of assaulting two sex offenders and then robbing a gas station in Grover Beach has been declared mentally incompetent by three court-appointed doctors.
David Griffin, 24, was arrested in April for allegedly robbing a Kautz Chevron gas station after assaulting two sex offenders who are listed... more »
June 9, 2010 2:07 AM
Two former Cal Poly students learn their punishment for the 2008 hazing death of Carson Starkey.
As part of a plea agreement, 23-year-old Zacary Ellis of San Luis Obispo and 21-year-old Haithem Ibrahim of Lafayette pleaded no contest to misdemeanor hazing today.
Each will be serving jail time... more »
June 8, 2010 3:30 PM
Two fraternity brothers charged in the 2008 death of Cal Poly freshman Carson Starkey have pleaded no contest to hazing in a San Luis Obispo County courtroom Tuesday morning.
Starkey, 18, from Austin, Texas, was found dead from alcohol poisoning after a Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity event.
Zacary... more »
April 28, 2010 7:33 PM
Court proceedings have been suspended for the man accused of attacking two sex offenders and then robbing a gas station in Grover Beach.
Twenty-four-year-old David Griffin appeared in a San Luis Obispo County courtroom this morning after being arrested last Friday.
Proceedings came to a halt when Griffin's... more »
April 28, 2010 11:53 AM
The man accused of assaulting two sex offenders and then robbing a gas station is waiting to be arraigned in a San Luis Obispo County courtroom.
Last week Grover Beach police arrested David Griffin, 24, for allegedly robbing a Kautz Chevron gas station after assaulting two sex offenders who... more »
April 26, 2010 7:50 PM
Actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, have left Santa Barbara County's main jail after posting bail. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department says the two left the jail at 4:30 p.m. Monday. They were booked earlier in the day on $100,000 bail, after appearing for an arraignment.
Earlier... more »
April 26, 2010 4:46 PM
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department says celebrity couple Randy and Evi Quaid are in the process of being booked into County Jail. Deputies say a judge ordered the couple be taken into custody after a court appearance Monday morning.
The Quaids were charged last year with failing to... more »
April 26, 2010 12:03 PM
The Arroyo Grande City Council is preparing to discuss Ed Arnold's future as a city leader.
Tuesday night, the city council is expected to consider a letter from the council to Arnold asking that he resign from the council immediately. City leaders are also expected to take a look... more »
April 20, 2010 12:16 PM
Superior Court officials remind community members that all court branches will be closed on Wednesday, April 21st.
Last summer, the courts were ordered to close on the third Wednesday of each month. The closures began in September and end in July. It's all to save the state about $84... more »
April 15, 2010 1:35 AM
The Grover Beach man accused of kidnapping and carjacking a Cal Poly student is expected to be back in court Thursday morning.
23-year-old Ryan Soqui is scheduled for an arraignment in a San Luis Obispo County courtroom.
Last November, police say Soqui got into a student's car on campus,... more »
March 15, 2010 6:43 PM
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A former FBI white-color crime investigator in Orange County has pleaded not guilty to using a bureau computer to obtain information he was not authorized to access.
Peter H. Norell Jr. entered his plea Monday before a U.S. magistrate judge in Santa Ana.
... more »
March 10, 2010 7:10 PM
The Anaheim man accused of sexually assaulting a local girl will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Alfredo Soria was sentenced to over 120 years in prison Wednesday morning in a Santa Maria courtroom.
According to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office, Soria was sentenced... more »
March 10, 2010 4:41 PM
The Michigan man who traveled to the Central Coast to have sex with a San Luis Obispo teenager he met online was sentenced Wednesday morning.
Bradford Mitchell, 52, must serve two years in state prison for having sex with a 16-year-old girl. He must also register as a sex... more »
March 9, 2010 5:18 PM
A world-renowned magician agrees to jail time after entering a no contest plea to felony assault charges in a San Luis Obispo County courtroom Tuesday morning.
Claude Yarbrough, better known as Jonathan Pendragon, plead no contest to two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. In exchange, he agreed... more »
March 4, 2010 5:23 PM
Two Arizona transients who attacked and robbed a San Luis Obispo man last December are headed to jail.
Meghan Gross, 23, and Jeffery Berrett, 25, were sentenced in a San Luis Obispo County courtroom Thursday morning.
Both were charged with assault causing great bodily injury with a deadly... more »
March 4, 2010 1:53 PM
San Luis Obispo County Superior Court swears in a new judge.
Last month, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of Jacquelyn Duffy, 43.
Prior to the appointment, Duffy served as a San Luis Obispo County deputy district attorney since 1997.
She fills the vacancy created by the... more »
March 3, 2010 7:02 PM
Dozens of those arrested for their involvement in a major Arroyo Grande cockfighting ring have been sentenced in court.
Fifty-one of the 55 people arrested in the bust appeared in court over the past three days. All were charged with misdemeanors for being spectators at a bird fight.
... more »
March 2, 2010 6:08 PM
A former top aide for a Santa Barbara County supervisor was sentenced in a Santa Barbara County courtroom on Monday for felony perjury charges.
Gilbert Armijo pleaded no contest in November 2009 to a perjury charge stemming from a 2007 DUI conviction, according to the Santa Barbara County District... more »
March 2, 2010 1:44 PM
The woman who hit 19-year-old Eric Okerblom of Santa Maria while riding his bike last July plead guilty Friday to vehicular manslaughter.
Katelin Edwards, 20, was sentenced to probation and 100 hours of community service, educating young drivers about the dangers of driving while distracted.
According to the... more »
February 23, 2010 11:45 AM
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Two men blamed for sparking a wildfire that destroyed 80 homes in Santa Barbara have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges.
Lawyers for Craig Ilenstine and Dana Larsen entered their pleas Monday. The men, who weren't in court, are charged with failing to obtain a... more »
February 18, 2010 7:03 PM
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appoints a new San Luis Obispo County Superior Court judge.
Forty-three-year-old Jacquelyn Duffy will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Roger T. Picquet.
Duffy has worked as a deputy district attorney for the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office since 1997.
February 5, 2010 11:30 AM
Jesse James Hollywood is scheduled to be back in a Santa Barbara courtroom Friday morning.
In October, a judge postponed sentencing for Hollywood after his defense attorney called for a mistrial. He claims his client did not receive a fair trial because of pretrial publicity.
Hollywood is convicted... more »
January 26, 2010 7:08 PM
A former youth baseball coach pleads not guilty to kidnapping and child molestation charges in a Santa Maria courtroom Tuesday, according to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office.
Andrew Greenaway was arrested last week for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old boy at the Disneyland Hotel almost 20 years ago.... more »
January 12, 2010 1:50 PM
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's detectives say they have arrested a homeless man for possession of child pornography. Detectives arrested 68-year-old Lawrence Baughman on Thursday. He is scheduled to be arraigned in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Tuesday.
Detectives say they arrested Baughman in Oceano after they discovered... more »
January 6, 2010 4:57 PM
The man who is accused of causing a car accident that killed 21-year-old Damian Coles on New Year's Day has been formally charged in a Santa Maria courtroom.
On Tuesday, 21-year-old Cody Stutts was charged with felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, gross vehicular manslaughter, and driving... more »
December 30, 2009 12:27 PM
The arraignment for the Arroyo Grande City Councilman accused of domestic violence, has been postponed.
Forty-three-year-old Ed Arnold was scheduled to be arraigned today, but the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office says it's still investigating the case. A new date could be set today.
Arnold was... more »
December 23, 2009 1:25 AM
The parents in the "balloon boy" hoax have been handed the bill. The Larimer County District Attorney says Richard and Mayumi Heene owe $42,000 after several agencies attempted to rescue their six-year-old son from a runaway balloon. But the couple allegedly lied about the incident. The Heenes have reached a... more »
December 18, 2009 6:04 PM
The case against 26-year-old Steven Smith is moving forward. A new court date has been set for Jan. 12, 2010. Last month, Smith pled not guilty to charges he shot a pregnant woman in her Paso Robles home.
Smith is charged with attempted murder, attempted premeditated murder of a... more »
December 15, 2009 4:19 PM
Randy and Evi Quaid failed to show up to their Santa Barbara County Superior Court arraignment Tuesday morning. This is the fifth time the Quaids were no-shows in court, after allegedly skipping out on a $10,000 hotel bill at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito in June 2009.
As... more »
November 20, 2009 3:59 PM
A San Miguel man accused of fatally shooting his wife will stand trial. The preliminary hearing of 24-year-old John Norris concluded today in San Luis Obispo, with a judge ruling there is enough evidence to take the case to trial.
Norris is charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of... more »
November 19, 2009 7:29 AM
The woman found guilty of driving drunk and killing a local District Attorney investigator is set to hear her fate.
Ashley Johnigan is scheduled to be sentenced in a Santa Maria courtroom Thursday morning.
In September, she was found guilty of murder, gross vehicular manslaughter and two charges... more »
November 17, 2009 5:40 PM
The judge assigned to the case against Sunny Acres owner, Dan Devaul, has denied a motion to grant him a new trial. This is Devaul's third appearance before a judge. The motion had been continued twice in the last week. His attorney alleges juror misconduct in Devaul's September trial. He... more »
November 17, 2009 4:32 PM
The man accused of kidnapping two Paso Robles teenagers plead no contest to felony kidnapping charges in a San Luis Obispo courtroom Tuesday morning.
Edmund Lamb, 24, was arrested for allegedly taking two 17-year-old girls across state lines in September. Local police, along with Utah troopers and the FBI,... more »
November 17, 2009 7:08 AM
The San Miguel man accused in the fatal shooting of his wife faces a judge Tuesday morning.
24-year-old John Norris is expected in court for a preliminary hearing that was continued from last month, when he called in sick with the flu.
He's charged with involuntary manslaughter in... more »
November 17, 2009 7:01 AM
Sunny Acres owner, Dan Devaul, will make his third appearance before a judge to find out whether he will be granted a new trial.
The motion has been continued twice in the last week. His attorneys allege juror misconduct in Devaul's September trial. He was convicted on two charges... more »
November 13, 2009 6:10 AM
Sunny Acres owner Dan Devaul is expected in court Friday, to file a motion for a new trial.
In September, a jury found Devaul guilty of two out of nine charges related to building code violations at his San Luis Obispo recovery center. Devaul's lawyers are now asking for... more »
November 12, 2009 7:20 AM
The Grover Beach man who was wanted by police officers for two days after allegedly kidnapping a Cal Poly student is headed to court Thursday morning.
23-year-old Ryan Soqui is scheduled to be arraigned. He was arrested Friday night at the Gaviota Tunnel in Santa Barbara county, after being... more »