SLO County Roundup


A 22-year-old Oceano man pleaded no contest Thursday to attempted criminal threats against a probation officer and is scheduled to be sentenced May 6.

Richard Anthony Garay Jr. entered his plea after his arrest on suspicion of threatening to harm the officer during a recorded telephone conversation with his brother Robert Garay, who is in jail.

The probation officer has worked on a case against Robert Garay involving an alleged assault with a deadly weapon.Richard Garay said Feb. 2 that he knew where the officer lived and talked about harming him, according to prosecutors.

The no contest plea — which results in a conviction without an admission of guilt — includes a “gang enhancement” that could increase his punishment.

Robert Garay, 18, and his brother Jessie Garay, 20, both of Oceano, face charges of assault with a deadly weapon, including so-called gang enhancements.

The two — who are alleged gang members — are accused of beating up a teen-age victim Jan. 3 at 16th Street Park using a beer bottle.

— Nick Wilson

Paso Robles

Two alternative rock bands have joined the entertainment lineup for this summer’s California Mid-State Fair. Touring together for the first time, 311 and The Offspring will perform with rock-reggae trio Pepper, fair officials said Friday.

Formed in 1988 in Omaha, Neb., 311 found mainstream success in the mid-1990s with its hard-rocking self-titled album featuring the single “Down.” Other hits followed, including “All Mixed Up,” “Amber,” “Come Original” and “Love Song.” The band is touring in support of its ninth studio album, “Uplifter.”

The Offspring gained popularity in the punk genre with its 1994 album “Smash” and singles “Come Out and Play (Keep ’Em Separated),” “Self-Esteem” and “Gotta Get Away.” A ninth album is in the works.

The Offspring and 311 are set to perform July 23 at the Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Ave. in Paso Robles. Tickets, which cost $30 to $75, go on sale April 23.

For information, call 238-3565 or visit www.midstatefair.com.

— Sarah Linn

Grover Beach

The Grover Beach Parks and Recreation Department will offer a weeklong skate camp for boys and girls ages 5 through 12 from Monday through April 9.

Rob Beaudoin will guide participants through the basics of skateboarding as well as tricks and skateboard care. The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the South County Skate Park at 1750 Ramona Ave. The cost is $95 for Grover Beach residents and $105 for non-residents.

For information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 473-5480 or visit 154 S. Eighth St., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

— Cynthia Lambert