Daily Briefs


San Luis Obispo fire chief dies of a heart attack

John Callahan, a well-liked San Luis Obispo fire chief, died Wednesday night of a massive coronary. He collapsed while playing softball at Santa Rosa Park in San Luis Obispo, sources said. He was transported to a local hospital, where he... (Continue reading)

Dr. Laura to quit radio show amid controversy

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a talk radio fixture for three decades, announced Tuesday that she will quit her syndicated program at the end of the year. [LA Times] Schlessinger, who goes by the name “Dr. Laura,” on her show, said on... (Continue reading)

Senator Sam!

Republican Sam Blakeslee will be the next state Senator from the five counties that comprise District 15. Blakeslee, currently a state Assemblyman from San Luis Obispo led the vote count throughout the evening in pretty much of a repeat performance... (Continue reading)

Bathroom key thief assaults clerk

A man attempting to leave a gas station with a restroom key became violent when a clerk demanded that he return the facility key, on Sunday shortly after 9 p.m.  [KSBW] At the Shell Station on Main Street in Salinas,... (Continue reading)

Fatal motorcycle accident near Santa Margarita

A 32-year-old Kerman man died Sunday evening after the motorcycle he was driving crashed into a guard rail on Highway 101 near Tassajara Creek Road just south of Santa Margarita at about 7 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.... (Continue reading)

California mall forbids talking to strangers

Owners of a mall in Roseville don’t like strangers speaking to each other, unless it is about commercial enterprises in the mall, and penned rules prohibiting strangers from conversing. [SacramentoBee] The rules forbid peaceful, consensual, spontaneous conversations between strangers about... (Continue reading)

Meg Whtman donates another $13 million to campaign

Meg Whitman, Republican candidate for governor, donated an additional $13 million of her own money to support her effort to become California’s next governor, bringing her total personal contribution to $104 million. [LosAngelesTimes] Whitman is in a dead heat with... (Continue reading)

Brain injured man wins $2.85 million lawsuit against stun-gun maker

A California man injured after he was shocked with a stun gun in 2006 won a $2.8 million settlement against Taser International Inc. this summer. [SantaCruzSentinel] Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Jeff Almquist declined Thursday to seal court documents... (Continue reading)

Government official declines bonus

The manager of a small village on the shores of Lake Tahoe declined his $25,000 annual bonus, saying he wants to set an example for his employees. [MercuryNews] Incline Village General Improvement District General Manager Bill Horn said he refused... (Continue reading)

Massive indoor marijuana grow busted

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s department busted what they suspect is the largest indoor marijuana grow ever uncovered by law enforcement shortly before 8 a.m. on Thursday. [KCOY] Working on a tip, deputies discovered the grow on the Dos Pablos Ranch... (Continue reading)