Daily Briefs


Pismo Beach Chamber embezzlement charges under dispute

The former chief executive officer for the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce pleaded not guilty to grand theft by embezzlement on Tuesday amid allegations that additional monies are missing. The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s complaint says Rebecca McMurry... (Continue reading)

Charges dropped against two medical marijuana providers

A Paso Robles couple arrested for operating a mobile medical marijuana dispensary will not face jail time for operating their service because they are no longer facing charges. One of Rachel and Charles Tamagni’s attorneys, Patrick Fisher, said that officials... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles woman arrested for infants death

Police arrested a Paso Robles woman on Saturday in connection with the death of her 3-month-old daughter. On June 16, police responded to the home of 42-year-old Erin Christine Martin to reports of an unresponsive baby. The infant was pronounced... (Continue reading)

New law prohibits internet impersonations

Among the new laws that went into effect on January 1, California Senate Bill 114 makes it a misdemeanor to “credibly” impersonate another person on the web “for the purpose of harming, intimidating, threatening, or defrauding another person.” These impersonations... (Continue reading)

Father fights off gang members in Grover Beach

Two gang members required medical treatment after a father fought to protect his family during an alleged random assault by three members of a Santa Maria gang at Grover Beach Elementary School on Saturday. “It is not unusual to see... (Continue reading)

Employee benefits puts Berkeley $310 million in debt

New figures being released indicate that the City of Berkeley, which recently gave its city manager a hefty salary increase , has $310 million in unfunded liability for promised employee benefits. [Contra Costa Times] A report by the City Auditor... (Continue reading)

Democratic congresswoman shot at point-blank range in Arizona

SECOND UPDATE: Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy issued the following statement Saturday afternoon in response to the Arizona shootings: “The attacks on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff, and others are absolutely appalling. This event is horrific and acts of such... (Continue reading)

200 pound dog rescued from sinkhole

Crews in Nipomo rescued a 200 pound Mastiff that fell into a 20 feet deep and about three feet wide sinkhole. The dog, Cedric, fell into the backyard sinkhole at 167 West Price Street at about 9 p.m. on Friday.... (Continue reading)

New sheriff likes his Lincoln

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson was sworn in last Monday and began his new job by quoting Abraham Lincoln. [New Times] Parkinson, who is still completing his college coursework, shared an obscure Lincoln quote with the assembled audience... (Continue reading)

Men arrested after triple stabbing

Paso Robles Police arrested two brothers for allegedly stabbing three men on Wednesday morning. Police were originally called to a disturbance at a shopping center on the 1900 block of Creston Road. A few minutes later, a second caller to... (Continue reading)