Daily Briefs

San Luis Obispo to reinstate Ryan Mason

UPDATE: Councilman Dan Carpenter’s statement on this issue is at the bottom of this article. San Luis Obispo officials have agreed to reinstate embattled firefighter John Ryan Mason. The decision was made by Fire Chief Charlie Hines with the support... (Continue reading)

Atascadero woman kidnapped by ex-boyfriend

A Thousand Oaks man forced his way into the Atascadero home of his ex-girlfriend Tuesday, kidnapped her and fled to San Luis Obispo. Atascadero Police responded to the residence in the 5400 block of Olmeda Ave. at 7:48 a.m. Tuesday.... (Continue reading)

Banks agree to $1.5 billion mortgage settlement

More than 200,000 Californians will each receive checks worth nearly $1,500 this month as part of a $1.5 billion national mortgage settlement, the state attorney general’s office said Tuesday. Homeowners who successfully filed claims saying they were victims of wrongful... (Continue reading)

Woman arrested for swindling fire victims

Santa Barbara County District Attorney investigators arrested a woman accused of swindling victims of the Jesusita and Tea Fires on Tuesday. Penny Art Estes, 63, allegedly took money upfront from 13 victims of the fires, but then failed to follow... (Continue reading)

Intoxicated woman flees accident with toddler on lap

Santa Barbara police arrested a 34-year-old woman on Monday for allegedly driving while intoxicated with her three year old daughter on her lap. Witnesses told police Adriana Cardenas was attempting to make a U-turn on Cabrillo Boulevard in her Audi... (Continue reading)

FBI searches lawmaker offices

Offices of a Democratic state senator and the Legislature’s Latino Caucus were raided Tuesday by agents of the FBI armed with search warrants. (Sacramento Bee) Federal officials declined to identify the purpose of the search, which centered on the Capitol... (Continue reading)

Grand jury suggests merging Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach dispatch services

The San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury has recommended that the cities of Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach merge their police and fire dispatch systems and contract with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office for dispatch services. [Tribune] A... (Continue reading)

Apple e-book price-fix trial starts

A landmark antitrust trial pitting Apple and a coalition of major publishers against the U.S. Justice Department for alleged price-fixing of e-books is under way in New York. [Los Angeles Times] Amid accusations that the alleged conspiracy cost consumers “hundred... (Continue reading)

Costco berry mix linked to hepatitis A

A frozen berry mixture sold at Costco in San Luis Obispo has been linked to Hepatitis A and a recall of the bagged berries has been initiated. Townsend Farms voluntarily recalled packages of its Organic Antioxidant Blend after 34 cases... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly postseason run ends in Los Angeles

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The Cal Poly baseball squad notched its first 40-win season and NCAA Tournament victory at the Divison 1 level in 2013, but the Mustangs failed to break a postseason slide that began Saturday night and continued Sunday.... (Continue reading)