Daily Briefs

Settlement made in Cal Poly hazing suit

The parents of a Cal Poly student who died during a fraternity hazing agreed to a $500,000 settlement with a former Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity member . Carson Starkey, 18, from Austin, Texas, died of alcohol poisoning after a Sigma... (Continue reading)

Fire at Exploration Station in Grover Beach

A fire at the back of the Exploration Station in Grover Beach spread to a small building owned by Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church before fire fighters could contain the blaze. [SantaMariaTimes] Firefighters from the Five Cities Fire Authority suspect... (Continue reading)

Four states mounting legal assault on California

The attorney generals from at least four states are planning to sue if California’s Global Warming Solutions Act survives a challenge at the ballot box in November. [CaliforniaWatch] The attorneys generals of Alabama, Nebraska, Texas and North Dakota have been... (Continue reading)

Woman charged with death of CHP officer on meth

The woman who hit and killed a CHP officer in June was charged with vehicular manslaughter after tests revealed she had a high level of methamphetamine in her system at the time of the accident. [Tribune] Kaylee Ann Weisenberg, 22,... (Continue reading)

Jailhouse sex: Inmates get condom machines

Here’s a first (we think):  Authorities have installed 16 condom machines for use by the 750 prisoners at the San Francisco County Jail’s San Bruno lockup. [San Francisco Chronicle] Even though sex between the inmates is illegal, the condom dispensers... (Continue reading)

Annie the dog throws Cortez a bone

Sheriff’s candidate Joe Cortez picked up the most unusual endorsement of the fall election campaign thus far by scoring a “paws up” from Annie the Australian shepherd. [KSBY] The South County dog, who was the recent subject of local media... (Continue reading)

Man founding hiding in ex-wife’s home arrested

A Grover Beach man on probation for domestic violence was found hiding in a cardboard box, under a pile of laundry, in his ex-wife’s Oceano home earlier today. Manuel Heredia, 36, began texting his wife describing things in her home... (Continue reading)

ACLU challenges microchipping of preschoolers

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is raising questions over the decision by a Bay Area county to use microchip tracking program in their preschool centers. [California Watch]. At issue is Contra Costa County’s computerized child-tracking initiative called Child Location,... (Continue reading)

Accident at Oceano Dunes leaves teenage quarterback paralyzed

The quarterback of Independence High School in Bakersfield was in a single ATV accident at the Oceano Dunes that has left him paralyzed from the chest down on Sunday at about 3 p.m. [KGET] Tyler Schilhabel, 16, was first taken... (Continue reading)

Boat sinks at Lake Nacimiento

A ski boat overloaded with 12 people sank shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at Lake Nacimiento. No one was injured. The boat was traveling at a speed of five miles per hour through the Las Tablas area when a... (Continue reading)