San Luis Obispo
The man police initially called the “Red Sharpie Bandit” has pleaded no contest to robbery and burglary charges and is expected to receive a prison sentence of six years in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Anthony Frisco, 45, of Santa Barbara was charged with entering banks in Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo and Nipomo.
According to a search warrant, Frisco wrote tellers notes written in a black, permanent-type marker demanding money, before leaving the banks with money — no red marker was mentioned.
A no contest plea results in a conviction without an admission of guilt.
Frisco pleaded to four counts of second degree robbery and four counts of burglary.
Frisco’s lawyer, Raymond Allen, said that his client’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 4.
No gun was believed to be used in the robberies, and Frisco has no prior criminal record, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Frisco is in custody in County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
— Nick Wilson
Templeton has been rolled into its second chance at winning $50,000 from soft drink maker Pepsi to improve Evers Sports Park.
The Templeton Recreation Foundation — the nonprofit fundraising arm for the Templeton Community Service District’s recreation department — submitted the park as one of 1,000 ideas in the August slot of the Pepsi Refresh Project in which people vote online for the cause they think deserves grant money each month.
The group finished No. 67 on Aug. 31, which means it became eligible to keep getting votes through September since it was among August’s top-100 ideas.
The number of votes the group received was not available, according to www.refresheverything.com, just the ranking each idea has achieved.
The grant money would bring a children’s playground to the park and a walking path between the two dugouts where Templeton’s soccer and softball youth teams play. Hundreds of people use the community park: Templeton’s youth soccer program services more than 500 kids; its girls’ softball program has 150 participants; the community Easter Egg Hunt event attracts about 250; and the August Summer Movie Night program brings in 200 to 300.
You can vote for Templeton’s idea by text messaging “101435” to “73774”; by going to www.refreshevery thing.com/evers parkimprovement; and by visiting Pepsi’s Facebook.com and Twitter.com pages.
— Tonya Strickland
The university invites the public to a presentation Tuesday on two topics university officials will cover with students during the Week of Welcome.
The WOW staff will discuss and show videos on prevention of drug and alcohol abuse and respect and diversity.
The free presentation is scheduled to take place at Spanos Theater on campus and will be held twice — at 1 and 6 p.m.
Videos shown will feature Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center staff, Cal Poly’s University Police Department, the San Luis Obispo Police Department and Cal Poly students.
This film was created and edited by Cal Poly with guidance from the county Drug and Alcohol Services Prevention Program.
WOW for new students begins Sept. 15 and includes discussion on several awareness topics, including the two that will be discussed on Tuesday.
— Nick Wilson