SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

The county’s elections office will extend its hours today in order to make voting more convenient for residents, county Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald announced.

The office will open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is located at 1055 Monterey St. in downtown San Luis Obispo, at the County Government Center.

Rodewald said the extra hours will help voters who may not be able to get to the polls on Election Day on Tuesday.

For information, call 781-5228.

— Bob Cuddy


A Nipomo home was being used as a stash house for cash for a marijuana growing ring based in San Joaquin County, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Six people have been arrested on federal drugs charges as the result of an investigation that turned up 2,000 marijuana plants, four guns, four expensive vehicles, two boats and about $1.5 million, according to the DEA.

Those arrested in the case are Lonnie Terrell, 26, Anthony Montano, 28, Nicholas Roman, 26, Ruth Jimenez, 23, and Jeremy Terrell, 21, all of Tracy; and Alex Lindberg, 23, of Stockton.

The operation consisted of five alleged growing sites at residences in Manteca, Tracy and Stockton.

A Nipomo home on Cardo Way was connected with Terrell, according to Casey McEnry, a DEA special agent.

Investigators say they discovered $400,000 buried on the property.

— Nick Wilson

Arroyo Grande

A picnic will be held in Arroyo Grande today to honor three Grover Heights Elementary teachers who retired in June.

The teachers, who have more than 100 years of teaching experience combined, are three of 35 teachers who took advantage of the Lucia Mar school district’s early retirement offer.

Anyone who had Libby Anderson, Vickie Meagher or Sharon Saruwatari as a teacher is invited to celebrate their careers and spend an afternoon with them starting at 2 p.m. at Strother Community Park, 1150 Huasna Road.

Attendees should bring their own picnic; dessert will be provided.

— Cynthia Lambert