SLO County Roundup


A registered sex offender who was the subject of a warning from the Sheriff’s Department was arrested Wednesday evening in Templeton.

Billy Gene Mannon, 50, was arrested after the mother of two girls reported two alleged encounters between him and her daughters.

The alleged incidents did not involve physical contact, according to the Sheriff’s Department, but the woman reported Mannon staring at and possibly following one of the girls in a car.

Authorities posted fliers in Templeton on Wednesday alerting the public to Mannon’s presence after he was reportedly seen parked in an area where the Templeton High School girls cross-country team runs.

Mannon was arrested March 10 on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine. He had been released pending his court appearance.

He remained Thursday in County Jail in lieu of $35,000 bail for the new charges.

Mannon’s registered sex offender status is linked to a 1986 conviction for “oral copulation with force, violence, etc.” in Los Angeles, according to authorities.

— Stephen Curran

North County

Fort Hunter Liggett’s police captain was arrested in February on suspicion of drunken driving and causing an injury to another driver in a crash outside Creston, according to the CHP.

William Winfred Lorz II, 42, was arrested Feb. 7. He’s being charged with driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or above and causing great bodily injury, as well as driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level of above 0.08.

Lorz has pleaded not guilty and has a pending court case, according to prosecutors.

He has been placed on leave from his work duties, Fort Hunter Liggett officials said.

Lorz allegedly ran a stop sign on Creston Road at about 40 mph in a 1999 GMC Sonoma and crashed into 41-year-old Michael Gardner of Madera, CHP officer Bill Irons said.

Gardner was driving about 60 mph on Highway 41 in a 2006 Honda Accord.

The car was pushed onto an embankment and rolled over. Gardner was injured but survived the crash, according to the CHP.

Lorz’s blood alcohol content was measured at 0.12, higher than the 0.08 legal limit for driving, prosecutors said.

— Nick Wilson

San Luis Obispo

Earth-friendly foods and desserts will be sampled at Saturday’s 1st Day of Spring Celebration at Meadow Park.

The event will kick off the Earth Day season, which, since 1970, has started on the first day of spring.

All participants will learn about the Put Your Green Footprint Forward campaign and can sign up to be part of the fight against climate change.

As part of the kickoff for Earth Day season, Earth Day SLO is hosting a fundraiser, which will feature food and wine.

Tickets are $15, or $10 for students.

— Amy Dempsey