Daily Briefs

Cortez responds to questions about his health

Former Pismo Beach police chief and candidate for county Sheriff, Joe Cortez, issued a statement Friday morning, responding to questions being raised about his health. “I was contacted today by a local reporter asking about a medical matter during my... (Continue reading)

Schwarzenegger reduces marijuana penalties

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation this week to reduce the penalty for minor marijuana possession in California. [Salem-News] Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 1449, which changes the crime of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana from a misdemeanor punishable only... (Continue reading)

Templeton mother arrested for drugs

Detectives arrested the 47-year-old mother of an alleged drug dealer after she accepted and signed for two pounds of Mephedrone at her home on the 100 block of Dandelion in Templeton on Thursday. On Sept. 21, Tracy Hall’s son, 18-year-old... (Continue reading)

California Valley man shoots dog on leash

A man allegedly took two shots at a dog a woman was walking by his California Valley home. While the unnamed woman and her dog were walking along Del Rosa Road, Hector Sanchez, 38, allegedly shot pellets at the animal... (Continue reading)

Murder victim was 15-year-old Santa Maria girl

The body found on Sunday in Santa Margarita has been identified as a 15-year-old Santa Maria girl. Firefighters working to put out a grass fire found the unidentified girl’s burning body in a shallow grave off Park Hill Road a... (Continue reading)

Whitman admits hiring undocumented housekeeper

Meg Whitman admitted Wednesday that she paid an undocumented worker to clean her residence and provide other services in her home for nine years but insisted that she had been unaware of the woman’s immigration status. The Republican gubernatorial candidate,... (Continue reading)

Former Meg Whitman’s housekeeper goes to the press

The former housekeeper for California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is expected to hold a press conference Wednesday, offering what sources say are “controversial and explosive allegations.” [TMZ] Whitman’s campaign chairman, former governor Pete Wilson said he is unaware of... (Continue reading)

Woman’s murderers turned on grave digger

The alleged murderers of the woman whose charred remains were found in Santa Margarita on Sunday turned on one another while trying to dispose of her body. Sources tell CalCoastNews that Cody Lane Miller, 20, of Fresno was digging a... (Continue reading)

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)