SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

The arraignment for the Arroyo Grande man accused of kidnapping a six-month old girl has been postponed until Feb. 25, according to his lawyer.

Peter T. Hewitt initially was expected in court Tuesday, but his lawyer, Jeff Stein, said the date for the hearing was changed.

Hewitt, 82, posted $100,000 bail earlier this month and will be arraigned on charges of kidnapping, child endangerment and resisting arrest after police said he grabbed the keys from a woman who had been staying with him and drove away from the parking lot of a Grover Beach supermarket with her baby in his van.

Stein said that 34-year-old Jennifer Kim and Hewitt had some disagreement that had “nothing whatsoever to do with possession of the baby” and that Hewitt devoted assistance and care to the child.

Grover Beach Police Chief Jim Copsey said that when police arrived, they kicked in a side garage door and found Hewitt sitting in the passenger side of his van holding the baby.

Police returned the baby, unharmed, to the mother, and arrested Hewitt, who allegedly resisted.

— Nick Wilson


A community meeting to discuss a universally accessible playground in Nipomo is scheduled for this evening.

Jack’s Helping Hand, which serves children with special needs and their families, is looking for input on what features the community would like to see at the future site of the Jack Ready Imagination Park. The entire park would be accessible by foot, bike, stroller, wheelchair, walker and, in some places, by horse.

The park will be constructed on county-owned property leased to Jack’s Helping Hand. Much of the 30-acre property at the end of Illinois Way will remain natural, said Mary Illingworth, charitable administrator for the all-volunteer organization.

“Now our goal is raising funds for the park” through grants and other means, she said.

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. at the Nipomo Community Services District Office, at 148 South Wilson St. For more information, call 547-1914.

— Cynthia Lambert

San Luis Obispo

Local farmers seeking to expand overseas sales are invited to a series of workshops, including some in San Luis Obispo, over the next several months.

Local classes will be held at the San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau office, 651 Tank Farm Road, San Luis Obispo, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting March 11.

The workshops are presented by the California Agricultural Export Training Program, which is sponsored by the California Centers for International Trade Development.

The training program benefits producers, processors and markets of California grown specialty-crop products and processed foods, the group says.

The six training sessions cover a variety of topics, including international marketing, logistics and documentation, negotiation and cultural aspects, financing and foreign regulations. The program is designed for new-to-export companies.

For information, including online registration, visit www.fresnocitd.org/calagx/training-schedule or call Frank Nunezt at 888-638-7888.

— Bob Cuddy