Daily Briefs

Atascadero man barricaded in home

An Atascadero man who allegedly threatened a woman and several children with an ice pick and a machete is barricaded in a house at 5765 Dolores Avenue. The woman and children were able to escape. Atascadero Police and the San... (Continue reading)

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s eyeing Arroyo Grande

Tampa-based Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, a sport’s pub and family restaurant franchise, is looking to grow in California with plans to open a restaurant in Arroyo Grande. [RestaurantNews] The 213-unit franchise is best known for its 13 varieties of Buffalo chicken... (Continue reading)

Atascadero State Hospital in lockdown

Atascadero State Hospital is in lockdown mode for the second day because of a faulty alarm system. [KCOY] In case of an emergency, employees at the hospital are supposed to set off the alarm. The hospital is to remain on... (Continue reading)

New look at gun shows on public land

A long-running battle over gun rights in California will be revisited by the entire 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals following a decision Monday. At issue is a 1999 law banning gun shows, guns, and ammunition on public property. The... (Continue reading)

Frias charged with second sexual assault

A man accused of attempting to rape an Arroyo Grande teenager last year will also be tried for a second, more-violent assault and rape during a trial set for January in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court, a judge ruled... (Continue reading)

A Facebook secret no more: public offering due

Start saving those pennies and get set to buy — in 2012 — a piece of the world’s biggest and trendiest social network, Facebook. The company is expected to shed a 10 percent interest to raise $10 billion — an... (Continue reading)

Fear and loathing spur UC regents’ venue swap

Four separate University of California campuses hosted regents today as the board attempted to meet without worrying about threatened violent protests. Earlier this month, a scheduled regents meeting at Berkeley was cancelled. [Sacramento Bee] A teleconference connected regents from the... (Continue reading)

Woman arrested for brandishing a gun during squatter battle

A battle over creek side squatting rights in Atascadero ended with the arrest of a woman who allegedly threatened to shoot two people. [KCOY] Shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, an Atascadero resident heard arguing coming from the creek area... (Continue reading)

Initiative could shut down Diablo Canyon nuclear plant

A California ballot initiative proposed for next fall would force Diablo Canyon and San Onofre nuclear power plants to immediately shut down causing electric rates to skyrocket, rolling blackouts, and billions of dollars in economic losses each year, according to... (Continue reading)

Feds seize 9 tons of pot

Federal custom officials seized nine tons of marijuana they discovered inside a tractor-trailer at the Otay Mesa border crossing, officials announced Friday. On Tuesday, an x-ray search showed the trailer was packed with bricks of marijuana. The pot has an... (Continue reading)