Daily Briefs

Black bear sighted in Arroyo Grande

A black bear was spotted on Sunday morning in a man’s backyard on Palm Court in Arroyo Grande. [KSBY] At about 5:30 a.m., a man checking on a barking dog came face to face with what appeared to be a... (Continue reading)

Arrest over burned body found in Santa Margarita

Deputies investigating the murder of a man whose charred remains were found in Santa Margarita have arrested four people. Shortly after 5 a.m. on Sunday, firefighters responding to a vegetation fire near Park Hill Road discovered the body in a... (Continue reading)

Another body found off Highway 101

Firefighters have found two bodies off Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County in the past four months in what appear to be unrelated incidents. On Friday, members of the Santa Barbara Fire Department were responding to a car accident when... (Continue reading)

Paso’s little water war has big implications

A water war with historical precedent rages today in Paso Robles and has sparked a constitutional confrontation. The tsunami threatened by the conflict’s potential outcome has become a source of great concern for regional water planners. “Paso’s Withering Water War”... (Continue reading)

Barbara Boxer bounces back

Despite low approval ratings from California voters, Sen. Barbara Boxer is back in the lead in her bid for re-election in November. [Chronicle] According to a new Field Poll released Friday, Boxer now leads GOP challenger Carly Fiorina by 47... (Continue reading)

State parks likely to run out of toilet paper

The sad state of affairs that has become Sacramento is perhaps best captured by an email sent out by the state Finance Department, warning that rural state parks are likely to run out of toilet paper by early October.(LA Times)... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly student arrested for dealing drugs to teens

A Cal Poly freshman was arrested for allegedly selling a psychoactive stimulant to two teenagers who became violently ill from the drug. Experiencing symptoms that included a sore throat, violent vomiting, euphoria and elevated body temperatures, the two 15-year-old Templeton... (Continue reading)

Parkinson declines to debate on KVEC

After considering the invitation for two weeks, Sheriff’s candidate Ian Parkinson has decided not to debate opponent Joe Cortez on KVEC radio. KVEC news director King Harris had been attempting to bring the two candidates together for a forum on... (Continue reading)

Body found in Oceano surf

A body was found in the surf at Oceano Dunes State Park shortly before 7 a.m. on Tuesday. Ven Hsao Hsiao’s family reported that he went missing while fishing in Guadalupe. Hsiao was the owner of the Combo Express restaurant... (Continue reading)

Eight City of Bell officials arrested

Police arrested at least eight city of Bell officials Tuesday morning and the Los Angeles County District Attorney announced that criminal charges are pending. [LA Times] Former City Manager Robert Rizzo, whose high salary sparked the outrage that led to... (Continue reading)