SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

The former San Luis Obispo Superior Court clerk accused of illegal use of court information has entered a no contest plea and is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Juvenal Marin, 24, of Santa Maria entered his plea to a charge of removing public records after an undercover detective said Marin sold him court information in a San Luis Obispo parking garage.

Prosecutors dropped an initial charge of unauthorized computer access against Marin.

Marin was arrested Sept. 3 after a three-month investigation into his alleged sale of court information, Sheriff’s Department officials said.

A no contest plea is similar to a guilty plea and results in a conviction.

— Nick Wilson

SLO County

San Luis Obispo United Blood Services is asking for donations of all blood types, especially O-negative.

With the recent rains, donations have dipped at a time when supplies were already low.

Donations may be made at the UBS Center in San Luis Obispo at 4119 Broad St. in the Creekside Center.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged by calling 543-4290. Donors must be at least 16 years old, in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds.

— Julia Hickey

Arroyo Grande

Senior police officers Jeff Souza and Shawn Cosgrove were recently promoted to the rank of police sergeant.

The Arroyo Grande police officers’ promotions were the culmination of an intensive assessment based on writing skills, performance in stressful scenarios and peer evaluations.

Souza first served as a reserve police officer with the Grover Beach Police Department in 1986. He has served on the Special Response and SWAT teams and as a DARE instructor and detective for the Arroyo Grande Police Department.

Cosgrove began his law enforcement career with the Arroyo Grande police in 1999 and has served on the San Luis Obispo County Narcotics Task Force.

— Julia Hickey


The North County White Heron Buddhist Sangha will host two public lectures introducing Buddhist principles and emerging developments in American Buddhism.

The same talk will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sunday and Jan. 31 in the Community Room of the Atascadero Library at 6850 Morro Road in Atascadero.

For details, call Craig Dingman at 466-4547.

— Julia Hickey