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  • Christmas Day double murder suspect declared mentally competent to stand trial

    March 22, 2011 1:47 PM

    Based on documents provided by doctors, a San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge has determined Andrew Downs mentally competent to stand trial in the Christmas Day murders of two women. Judge John Trice made the ruling in court Tuesday morning. Downs is accused of murdering Kathy Yeager and... more »
  • Man killed in police pursuit was part of prominent local family

    March 17, 2011 9:31 PM

    The driver killed this morning after crashing his car on Highway 58 during a police pursuit was the son of a prominent businessman. Pismo Beach Police say 32-year-old Jeffrey Filipponi of Santa Margarita led them on a deadly high-speed chase just before 4 a.m. Thursday morning. Friends say... more »
  • Lawyer for man accused in double homicide needs time to review doctor's reports

    March 3, 2011 1:32 PM

    The attorney defending the local man accused in a Christmas Day double homicide says he needs more time to review doctor's reports related to his client's mental competency. Thursday morning, 20-year-old Andrew Downs was due in a San Luis Obispo courtroom for a hearing related to the release of... more »
  • Hearing for man accused of Christmas Day murders postponed

    March 3, 2011 12:45 PM

    The release of a third doctor's reports on the mental health of an Atascadero man accused in a double murder is delayed. 20-year-old Andrew Downs was expected in a San Luis Obispo court Thursday morning, to find out a third doctor's take on his mental status. Two doctors were... more »
  • Competency hearing for Andrew Downs delayed by a week

    February 24, 2011 12:11 PM

    The release of a third doctor's reports on Andrew Downs' mental competency is delayed until next week. Thursday morning, a third doctor was expected to release his or her findings on the mental competency of Andrew Downs. He is the only suspect in a double homicide that happened back... more »
  • Missing hiker found in Santa Margarita

    December 19, 2010 11:05 PM

    A Santa Maria man missing since Sunday morning in Santa Margarita has been found safe. Cal Fire says six people started off on the Rinconada Trail off West Pozo Road around 9:30 a.m. Sunday. They got about four miles in when one of them dove into a creek after... more »
  • Online photos expose teen's troubled past

    October 4, 2010 9:41 PM

    We're learning more about the troubled life of a Santa Maria teen whose body was discovered last week in Santa Margarita. Santa Maria police say 15 year-old Dystiny Myers had run away many times as a child. Her pastor says she had lost her way in the past year.... more »
  • Santa Margarita woman found dead has now been identified

    June 13, 2010 1:34 AM

    The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's department has identified a woman found dead in Santa Margarita on Saturday. She's 44-year-old Janet Lucille McCarthy. McCarthy was found dead in a home on K Street early Saturday morning. Investigators say she was supposed to leave town on a trip. We're told she... more »
  • Thousands expected to attend Earth Day Festival

    April 16, 2010 9:59 PM

    The Earth Day Food and Wine festival started today with preparations for tomorrow's big event at the Santa Margarita Ranch. The event features live music, a silent auction, and the chance to kick back and meet the farmers and vintners who strive to be more earth-friendly. A team of... more »
  • Earth Day Food and Wine Festival

    April 16, 2010 10:16 AM

    The Earth Day Food and Wine Festival kicks-off in Santa Margarita Friday. The event celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, which is April 22. The main event is on Saturday at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, where you'll find sustainably produced, award winning food and wine from the... more »
  • Slick roads likely to blame for crash near Santa Margarita

    January 21, 2010 2:54 AM

    CHP officers say slick roads are likely to blame for an accident that sent a car off the highway and into a tree near Santa Margarita. The accident happened just after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 101, just north of Highway 58. Officers say the 21-year-old driver was trapped... more »
  • Live stream develops in Salinas River

    January 20, 2010 3:10 PM

    On Tuesday, the Salinas River began flowing a live stream from the dam at the Salinas Reservoir near the Santa Margarita Lake, according to the hydraulic operations administrator for San Luis Obispo County. The county closed outlet valves at the dam to comply with a 1973 ruling by the... more »
  • Power restored to homes affected by morning outage

    November 18, 2009 5:30 PM

    A PG&E spokesperson says power has been restored to all the homes affected by an outage Wednesday morning. About 2,000 homes lost power around 8:20 a.m. in some parts of San Luis Obispo, Santa Margarita and along Highway 1, after a tree hit some power lines. Crews were able... more »
  • Power back up for many PG&E customers in SLO County

    November 18, 2009 12:43 PM

    A PG&E spokesman says the lights are back on for many customers who lost power in San Luis Obispo County. About 2,000 customers lost power at about 8:20 a.m. in areas of San Luis Obispo, Santa Margarita and Highway 1. As of 9:40 a.m., only 100 customers were still... more »
  • PG&E working to restore power for SLO County residents

    November 18, 2009 12:12 PM

    PG&E crews are working to restore power to parts of San Luis Obispo County. A PG&E spokesman says about 2,000 customers in areas of San Luis Obispo, Santa Margarita and parts of Highway 1 lost power at around 8:20 a.m. PG&E does have crews on the way and... more »

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