SLO County Roundup

Paso Robles

Police arrested two county residents Monday after officers spotted them driving a stolen car.

Robert Troy Yockey, 41, of Los Osos, and Christine Ann Slemmer, 39, of Paso Robles, were arrested shortly after they were seen driving a 1993 Honda Prelude near Highway 46 west and South Vine Street.

Officers reportedly saw the pair around 5:30 p.m. as they drove a 1993 Honda Prelude into the parking lot of a Hampton Inn at 212 Alexandria Court.

The Prelude had been reported stolen.

Slemmer faces charges of car theft, receiving stolen property, seven arrest warrants from various counties and possession of a hypodermic syringe.

Yockey faces charges of car theft, receiving stolen property, possession of burglary tools, probation violation and possession of a hypodermic syringe.

The Prelude was apparently stolen about an hour earlier from an El Pollo Loco parking lot at 2351 Theater Drive.

Police said the pair is responsible for another car theft that happened Monday morning and a string of car burglaries over the weekend, based on evidence found at the time of the arrests.

Slemmer and Yockey were booked into County Jail.

— Sona Patel

Diablo Canyon

Unit 1 at Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant was restarted Tuesday morning after repairs were completed on one of the unit’s feedwater heaters, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. officials announced.

The unit was shut down early Saturday morning to perform the repairs. The unit has six feedwater heaters which heat water before it enters the steam generators.

All of the heaters must be working properly in order for the plant to operate at full power.

The unit was restarted at 4:22 a.m.

The plant’s other reactor had been operating at full power during the outage.

— David Sneed


Results of an audit undertaken after complaints of overzealous tree cutting in Cambria are due for presentation to the Cambria Forest Committee at its meeting today.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. commissioned the review after some property owners and environmentalists said the trimming and cutting went too far, and that contractor Mountain Enterprises left large, difficult-to-move piles of wood on private property.

Kory Raftery, PG&E spokesman, said the wood-cutting was done in sections of town where the utility firm’s arborists determined power lines were at risk from tree damage.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at 1316 Tamson Drive, Suite No. 204.

— Kathe Tanner

Morro Bay

City officials will hold a workshop Thursday to discuss progress made on an economic consultant’s recommendations on how to cut costs and bolster economic growth.

City leaders will review progress made on specific recommendations and determine the city council’s direction on potential revenue-generating ballot measures.

The workshop will be held at the Morro Bay Community Center from 9 a.m. to noon.

— Sona Patel