Santa Margarita sex offender charged with starting Hill Fire

San Luis Obispo County prosecutors have charged a 75-year-old man and registered sex offender with starting last year’s Hill Fire near Santa Margarita that destroyed four homes including actor Johnny Galecki’s ranch.

David Lynn Macagni of Santa Margarita faces a single misdemeanor charge of recklessly causing a fire of a structure or forest. Read More …

Atascadero man killed in crash on Highway 41

A 26-year-old Atascadero man was killed and a Santa Margarita man suffered major injuries in a single car crash Sunday morning on Highway 41 east of Atascadero.

Shortly before 8 a.m., Cory Rodriguez of Atascadero was driving southbound on Highway 41 near Cripple Creek Road when he lost control of his Subaru while going around a curve in the road. Read More …