Daily Briefs

SLO County man turned down for medical parole

A San Luis Obispo County man’s plea for medical release under a new law aimed at cutting the number of inmates and the cost of care in the nation’s largest state prison system was denied by California parole officials on... (Continue reading)

No charges for Cal Poly rape suspects

Police will not be pursuing criminal charges against two suspects who are accused of raping women at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo in two separate incidents because of a lack of evidence. Cal Poly University Police have... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande bank employee rips off customer accounts

An Arroyo Grande woman was arrested this morning for allegedly stealing nearly 100,000 from two elderly customer’s bank accounts and another $10,000 from the U.S Bank’s vault. FBI special agents took Brenda Bautista Hurtado, 25, into custody without incident after... (Continue reading)

House Speaker Boehner fundraises in SLO County

Republican House Speaker John Boehner capped a two day visit to San Luis Obispo County with a fundraiser for Congressman Kevin McCarthy hosted by Kevin McCarthy for Congress Majority Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee. Dubbed an “Afternoon with... (Continue reading)

Sentencing reform key to prisoner reduction plan

California is most likely to dramatically shrink its inmate population by changing who goes to prison in the first place, not by mass release of convicted felons. [CaliforniaWatch] The U.S. Supreme Court this morning narrowly upheld an appellate court ruling... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly fraternity reaches settlement in hazing death

The parents of a California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo freshman who died while rushing Sigma Alpha Epsilon have reached a settlement with the national fraternity. Carson Starkey, 18, an Austin Texas native, died after obeying a Sigma Alpha... (Continue reading)

Kristin Smart still missing 15 years later

Cal Poly officials seek to confront the latest wave of problems arising from alcohol abuse and sexual assaults as Wednesday marks the 15th anniversary of the greatest unsolved mystery on campus: Whatever happened to Kristin Smart? Smart, a native of... (Continue reading)

SLO County man considered for medical parole

A San Luis Obispo County man serving a 157 years-to-life sentence for kidnapping, beating and raping a woman he ran down as she left a San Diego Club is being considered for an early medical release. [MercuryNews] A stabbing behind... (Continue reading)

Chihuahua killer facing life sentence

A Gilroy man is facing life in prison for allegedly killing his wife’s 6-week-old Chihuahua if he is convicted under California’s “three strikes” law. [MercuryNews] Police arrested Bud Wally Ruiz, 53, and formally charged him on Wednesday with two felony... (Continue reading)

Is there a way to predict earthquakes?

A team of NASA and Russian space and physical scientists, in the days before the March 11 Tohoku earthquake in Japan, said the atmosphere directly above the epicenter rapidly heated up possibly providing a way to predict earthquakes in the... (Continue reading)