A 41-year-old Atascadero man was killed in a motorcycle crash around 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Police Department.
Richard Arril Knabb was killed in a wreck on the 7400 block of Portola Road.
He lost control of his Kawasaki sports motorcycle and was ejected, said Gregg Meyer, the department’s investigation sergeant. Nobody else was involved in the crash.
Authorities found Knabb lying face down with his helmet on in an open field. Atascadero police and fire officials rendered aid and transported Knabb to Twin Cities Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy was conducted Wednesday, and preliminary results show blunt force trauma as the cause of death. Toxicology results are pending.
The investigation into the cause of the wreck is ongoing, Meyer said. Police don’t believe there were any witnesses. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 461-5051.
— Nick Wilson
A disaster loan outreach center in Grover Beach — which allows South County residents to apply for low-interest federal loans — will close at the end of business today.
Five other centers in Southern California will also close today.
They were opened to provide assistance to homeowners, renters and business owners affected by severe winter storms, flooding, and debris and mud flows from Dec. 17 through Jan. 4, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Disaster loans of up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, according to SBA officials.
Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.
Businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets.
A string of heavy storms hit San Luis Obispo County in December, causing flooding and damage to about 70 homes.
The outreach program has been at the Ramona Garden Park Center, 993 Ramona Ave.
Disaster loan information and application forms remain available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or going to www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Hearing impaired individuals may call 800-877-8339.
Applicants may apply online using the electronic loan application on SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is April 4; the deadline for economic injury applications is Nov. 2.
— Cynthia Lambert
The county Food Bank Coalition has received a grant of nearly $100,000 to help the poor and hungry get food.
The money — $99,651 — is called a “hunger-free communities” grant, and it comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food nutrition services.
It will allow the Food Bank to assess local hunger needs and resources, and establish a plan to deal with the problem.
San Luis Obispo County is one of only 14 communities around the country to receive the donation. The USDA will invest $4.98 million in grants to communities in eight states.
The initiative seeks to end hunger and improve the nutrition of low-income Americans. The USDA hopes to do this “by promoting coordination and partnerships between public, private and nonprofit partners,” according to a news release from Carl Hansen, executive director of the county Food Bank Coalition.
Hansen said the Food Bank Coalition is the lead agency, but the grant results from a collaborative effort between nonprofits involved in HEAL-SLO, the county Health Department, Cal Poly and local farming and business communities.
According to Hansen, in 2009, more than 50 million individuals in the United States — 16.6 percent of the population — lived in “food-insecure” households, with children at the highest risk. More than 17 million children lived in “food-insecure households.”
In San Luis Obispo County, Hansen said, there are 40,000 food-insecure people, of whom 13,000 are children.
A food-insecure household is one that has difficulty providing enough food for all its members at some time during the year.
— Bob Cuddy