SLO County Roundup


County Undersheriff Steve Bolts pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of driving drunk June 5 in Atascadero.

Bolts’ attorney, Chris Casciola, said a blood test showed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.09 percent.

Casciola said he will retest the blood and formally requested audio and video recordings from the Atascadero Police Department for review.

A preliminary breath screening taken by police after Bolts’ traffic stop showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.086 percent. The legal limit for driving in California is 0.08 percent.

Bolts is the second-highest ranked leader in the county Sheriff’s Department. He did not appear in court, but his presence wasn’t required because it’s a misdemeanor case.

Bolts’ case is to be heard next before San Luis Obispo Superior Court Jud­ge Barry LaBarbera in a pretrial hearing scheduled for Aug. 23.

— Nick Wilson

San Luis Obispo

Funeral services for Oscar Gonzalez, 17, who was hit and killed by an Amtrak train in San Luis Obispo last Thursday, have been set for today and Friday.

A viewing will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at Reis Family Mortuary at 991 Nipomo St. in San Luis Obispo. A service will follow from 5 to 7 p.m.

On Friday, a funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa at 751 Palm St., followed by the burial at the Old Mission Cemetery at 101 Bridge St.

A gathering at Santa Rosa Park for family and friends will follow.

Gonzalez, who would have started his senior year at San Luis Obispo High School this fall, was killed after he was struck by an Amtrak train about 3:50 p.m. July 15 while trying to cross the tracks near Cal Poly.

Gonzalez and two friends were walking a well-used path leading from Murray Street to California Boulevard when the train, heading north, came up behind them.

A benefit fund for Gonzalez’s family has been set up at Rabobank. Donations can be made for the next 90 days.

— Cynthia Lambert

Morro Bay

A man wanted by Morro Bay police was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after someone called the CHP to say that they recognized the man on a bus heading to San Luis Obispo from Morro Bay.

CHP officers, with the county Sheriff’s and San Luis Obispo Police departments, stopped the bus at 8:05 a.m. and arrested Adrian Scott Salais, 31, police said Wednesday.

Police allege that Salais intentionally struck a pedestrian with his pickup early Tuesday morning.

Salais was taken to the Morro Bay Police Department, where he was interviewed. He was moved to County Jail, where he was being held Wednesday in lieu of $500,000 bail.

A second person who was with Salais was also detained for questioning.

The vehicle Salais was allegedly driving at the time of the incident, a silver and gold GMC pickup with no license plates, has not been found. The incident was reported at 6:51 a.m. along Alder Avenue. When officers arrived, they found that it was not a traffic accident, but an intentional act, police allege.

Officers said the vehicle may have been stolen in a home burglary reported Friday, in which a handgun was also taken. The handgun has not been located, police said.

The victim, whose name was not disclosed, was treated at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo with serious injuries.

— Cynthia Lambert

Grover Beach

Grover Beach officials on July 30 will begin staff furloughs and once-a-month closures of City Hall in an effort to close an expected $278,849 shortfall in next fiscal year’s budget.

City Manager Bob Perrault said that budgeted revenue in the city’s general fund is expected to drop to about $7 million in fiscal year 2010-11 from $7.4 million in fiscal year 2009-10, which ended June 30.

He aims to cut $185,000 to help balance the budget with staffing reductions.

Grover Beach officials project a decline in property and sales tax revenues, the two largest contributors to the city’s finances. Property tax revenue is expected to decrease about 3 percent this year; sales tax revenue has dropped about 20 percent since fiscal year 2007-08.

The employee furlough days and City Hall closures will begin July 30. All non-safety employees will be furloughed one day a month, resulting in a 5 percent pay cut.

City Hall will be closed July 30, Aug. 20, Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 12, Dec. 21 and 22, Jan. 14, Feb. 4, March 4, April 1, May 13 and June 3.

While offices will be closed and public works operations quiet on those days, emergency services will remain available.

— Cynthia Lambert

San Luis Obispo

Police are looking for two men in connection with an assault reported in San Luis Obispo on Tuesday night.

About 9 p.m., officers were called to the area behind 682 Higuera St., along the walkway next to the creek.

They found Chad Robinson, 19, of San Luis Obispo, who had been stabbed in the left arm and on the left side of his torso, according to police.

Officers determined that two men attacked Robinson, one using a knife, the other kicking him in the head and body after he fell.

The attackers are described as white men wearing black clothing and black hats, with several tattoos on their arms.

Robinson was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

— Tribune staff report