Daily Briefs

Elected coroners vary from appointed in reporting suicides

In the vast majority of California counties, including San Luis Obispo County, elected sheriffs have the final say in determining the manner of death in coroners’ cases. [CaliforniaWatch] Researchers at Temple University concluded in a new study that the political... (Continue reading)

Journalist Richard Palmer dies in Hawaii

Former Central Coast reporter and newspaper editor Richard Palmer died at his home in Hawaii Thursday after a long bout against a rare form of cancer. He was 63. Born in Santa Monica, Palmer graduated from Cal Poly with a... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles shooting sends man to hospital

A Paso Robles man remains in the hospital after being shot in the torso on Saturday at approximately 11:15 p.m. Responding to calls of shots fired, police arrived at the 3200 block of Spring Street where they found an adult... (Continue reading)

Blakeslee: Violent ASH assault could have been prevented

Senator Sam Blakeslee said the violent assault of a female psychiatric technician at Atascadero State Hospital should have been prevented. “The violent beating of a female psych tech on Wednesday night could have, and should have, been avoided,” Sen. Sam... (Continue reading)

Say what? Prisoners’ phones in jeopardy

Smuggling cells phones into California correctional facilities has become so commonplace that even Charlie Manson got caught twice with one, and now the state legislature is taking a step toward preventing further proliferation of the devices behind bars. An Assembly... (Continue reading)

No job? Too bad. Don’t even apply

“Unemployed need not apply.” It’s a phrase that has ignited an online firefight involving some of the nation’s biggest Internet job sites and aroused deeply-held philosophical divides, but a San Luis Obispo County web executive believes such a policy would be... (Continue reading)

Three murder suspects bagged

A prime suspect in the August 22 motel stabbing death of a 55-year-old Paso Robles resident was arrested by police Thursday, along with a female companion. A third man thought by officers to be involved also sits in the San... (Continue reading)

Kettleman City landfill hit with large penalties

Operators of a Kettleman City landfill face $1 million in collective penalties for improperly analyzing toxic waste while the nearby community of mostly low-income farmworkers is plagued by birth defects. [LATIMES] The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that Chemical... (Continue reading)

O’Malley decides not to run for county supervisor

Atascadero Mayor Tom O’Malley will not be running for county supervisor in 2012. O’Malley made the announcement Tuesday during an interview on a Paso Robles radio station. He indicated that family issues would keep him from challenging 5th District supervisor... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande burglars target gun safes

Burglars broke into two homes on neighboring streets in Arroyo Grande on Friday and took 11 guns. [Tribune] Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., thieves broke into the residents’ gun safes and took shotguns, handguns, rifles and one assault rifle... (Continue reading)