Daily Briefs

Students mourn loss of 3rd-grader as details emerge about driver in deadly big-rig crash

Just a few yards from the door third-grader Jaciel Tellez passed through on the first day of school Monday, Franklin School Principal Casie Killgore briefed the media Wednesday on how the campus is handling the news of his death. [Noozhawk] Eight-year-old... (Continue reading)

Fire at Lake Nacimiento

Fire crews are battling a fire near the dam at Lake Nacimiento. The fire has burned about 20 acres, a double-wide mobile home and sent a firefighter to the hospital suffering from heat exhaustion. CAL FIRE  officials said the fire... (Continue reading)

Name of Annie’s new owner released by mistake

The San Luis Obispo County Counsel’s office accidentally released the name Tuesday of the woman who recently adopted Annie, the dog who continues to be at the center of a highly-charged custody battle. Kitty Crockett of Atascadero filed a request with... (Continue reading)

Truck crashes into Santa Barbara home killing three

A heavily loaded gravel truck crashed into a small home in Santa Barbara earlier today killing a man, woman and child. [MercuryNews] Rescue crews are looking for another child that might be trapped in the collapsed building. Police said the... (Continue reading)

Landscaper savaged by pit bull in Nipomo

A landscaper who was mauled by a pit bull in Nipomo on Monday morning is recovering from massive wounds to his face. [KCOY] Craig Groth, 48, was trying to save two Jack Russell terriers from a large gray pit bull... (Continue reading)

Court employees given whistleblower protection

Court employees can rat out their county and state bosses for fraud, waste and abuse without the fear of retaliation, according to legislation Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed last week. [DailyJournal] Driven by concerns over spending on a statewide computer system,... (Continue reading)

Memorial services announced for Fire Chief Callahan

Details of public memorial services for San Luis Obispo fire chief John Callahan were announced Monday morning. A candlelight vigil will be held Thursday, Aug. 26 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Fire Station 1, 2160 Santa Barbara St. in... (Continue reading)

California GOP does not support Arizona immigration law

The California Republican party stood by gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and decided not to endorse Arizona’s controversial immigration law during their semiannual convention this weekend. [WashingtonIndependent] Conservative activists in the state have been pushing for party support of SB 1070... (Continue reading)

Carrizo Plain overdue for major quake

Earthquakes strike the Carrizo Plain portion of the San Andreas Fault more often than previously thought, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine and Arizona State. [MSMBC] Researchers examined earthquake activity and reoccurrence rates along... (Continue reading)

UPDATE: Crews battle Pozo Fire

7 a.m. – The Pozo Fire is 62 percent contained. Because of deer season, several campgrounds had to be evacuated including Queen Bee, Turkey Flat, Friis, Navajo, La Panza and Navajo Flat. Current road closures include Navajo Road at Turkey... (Continue reading)