SLO County Roundup


Two transients have been arrested on suspicion of raping a woman outside a liquor store last weekend.

A 28-year-old Fresno woman was waiting for her family behind Pier Liquor in the 300 block of Pier Avenue on Saturday afternoon when a woman befriended her and led her to the rear of the store, where people were drinking.

When the alleged victim later attempted to go to a nearby bathroom, the two transients accosted and then raped her, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Jonathon Charles Rodrigues, 46, and Paul Cervantez Ramos, 38, were arrested Monday and Wednesday, respectively, and taken to County Jail, where bail was set at $100,000 each.

Both remained in jail Thursday afternoon.

Rodrigues is a registered sex offender, according to the Megan’s Law database.

Detectives know the identity of the woman who initially befriended the victim but have not yet interviewed her to see if she was involved in the crime.

— Larissa Doust

Arroyo Grande

Drivers will notice some road construction along East Branch Avenue in the Village.

The existing stamped asphalt crosswalks on East Branch Street between Bridge and Mason streets were not installed in accordance with the project’s specifications and must be replaced, according to a news release from Assistant City Engineer Michael Linn.

The work began Monday and will continue through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Any questions can be directed to 473-5444.

— Cynthia Lambert

Paso Robles

A group of law school students from Los Angeles will visit Paso Robles on Saturday and Sunday to conduct two free legal clinics.

One will cover consumer debt issues, and the other will help clients with housing issues.

The event is coordinated by the Public Interest Clearinghouse, a statewide, nonprofit legal services organization.

The organization coordinates Justice Bus trips, which take urban law students to rural California areas to volunteer at free legal clinics.

Pro bono and organization staff attorneys supervise the students, who will assist county clients by conducting legal intake, providing help with legal documents and self-help education.

On Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m., the students will volunteer at a free consumer debt clinic at the George Stephan Oak Park Community Center at 3050 Park St. in Paso Robles.

This clinic will provide free legal advice about credit card debt and other debt issues.

They’ll host another clinic Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., also at the George Stephan Oak Park Community Center in Paso Robles, covering landlord/tenant and foreclosure issues.

— Nick Wilson