SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

A man who tried to rob two security guards at gunpoint at a San Luis Obispo apartment complex Friday morning ran off after one of the guards kicked him.

The two guards were patrolling the Mustang Village complex near building 111 at 12:20 a.m. Friday when a man wearing a ski mask and goggles ran at them, according to San Luis Obispo police. The suspect pushed one guard to the ground and then demanded money from the second guard.

When the guard said he had no money, the suspect pulled a semiautomatic handgun from his waistband and approached the guard on the ground, according to police. The suspect again demanded money, but the guard on the ground responded by kicking the suspect in the mid-section of his body.

The suspect then kicked the guard twice in the rib area and ran away. He was last seen heading northbound, toward the rear of the apartment complex.

Neither of the security guards — one 28 and one 33 years old — was injured.

Officers were not able to find the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 781-7312 or Crime Stoppers at 549-STOP (7867).

— Larissa Doust

Cal Poly

The Cal Poly Corporation has entered into an agreement with Engel & Gray Inc. to compost thousands of pounds of postconsumer waste from Campus Dining operations into premium soil.

Biodegradable matter such as food remains will be composted rather than thrown away, diverting more than 300 tons of solid waste per year from entering local landfills.

Since 2006, Cal Poly has established a number of indicators of campus environmental sustainability involving energy usage, transportation, water resources, solid waste and recycling, land use and development, and greenhouse gas emissions.

— Nick Wilson

SLO County

Crime Stoppers has doubled its reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in connection with the shooting death of an Arabian horse near Arroyo Grande last month.

The reward for information is now $10,000, which the Sheriff’s Department said Friday is one of the largest rewards ever offered for an animal cruelty case.

The shooting happened about 8:30 p.m. Dec. 30. Staffers at the ranch in the 1200 block of Corbett Canyon Road discovered two wounded horses the next morning. One of the mares was put down as a result of her injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 549-STOP (7867) or text SLOTIPS along with your message to CRIMES (274637) or log on to www.slotips.org.

All tips remain confidential.

— Stephen Curran


Firefighter Faith Estrada was recognized as the 2009 Firefighter of the Year at the Templeton Firefighters Annual Recognition and Appreciation dinner last month.

Estrada joined the Templeton Fire Department in 2004. She has received additional state certification in wildland, vehicle extrication, confined-space, emergency vehicle operations and rescue systems training.

“Faith combines a maturity, a great attitude and a tremendous dedication to the fire department,” Fire Chief Greg O’Sullivan said.

Joe Franzone, an 11-year veteran of the department, was presented with a retirement plaque at the dinner.

— AnnMarie Cornejo