SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

A registered sex offender pleaded not guilty this week to annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18.

Billy Gene Mannon, 50, was arrested March 18 in Templeton after a mother 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 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 is scheduled to appear in court for a pre-preliminary hearing Tuesday, which will consider the preparedness of the attorneys for a scheduled preliminary hearing April 6 in Judge Michael Duffy’s courtroom.

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.

— Nick Wilson

South County

The 20-year-old woman who was killed in an early morning car crash on the Nipomo Mesa on March 11 was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, CHP officials said Friday.

Toxicology reports also determined the presence of marijuana in her system.

Officers said that Alicia Renee Carreras of Arroyo Grande was driving north along Stanton Road south of Lyn Road, about a half-mile south of Los Berros Road, about 3 a.m.

She apparently veered off the west edge of the roadway and hit a large tree, according to CHP officials.

No one spotted the crash until a driver passed by nearly 21⁄2 hours later.

— Cynthia Lambert

SLO County

The new Partnership for Excellence in Family Support — a collaboration of countywide family resource centers, community organizations and county agencies — is working on a plan to better help local needy children and families with social services.

Coordinators say the new partnership could be similar to a Chamber of Commerce, but geared toward family care.

The partnership is using a grant from the county’s United Way to receive consulting advice about how it can best assist locals with employment, food, clothing, parenting and other concerns.

The groups — including the North County Connection and South County Youth Coalition — help those who have lost their job or are short on money for food.

This is the first effort of the organizations to collaborate countywide, said Mary Squellati, the site coordinator of the Nipomo Family Resource Center.

Squellati said that a number people would call for help likely will be created, and possibly a Web site that people can use to access information. The partnership was formed by the San Luis Obispo Child Abuse Prevention Council last year.

— Nick Wilson