Daily Briefs

Pismo attorney pleads not guilty in grand theft case

The Pismo Beach attorney accused of embezzling more than a quarter-million dollars from a deceased client’s estate entered a not guilty plea Tuesday. William Peter Terhune pleaded not guilty to charges of two counts of grand theft by embezzlement and preparing... (Continue reading)

SLO firefighter pleads not guilty to assault

A local firefighter who was arrested for allegedly beating a man unconscious at Pappy McGregor’s in San Luis Obispo plead not guilty Thursday to felony charges of assault and battery In early June, John Ryan Mason, 34, allegedly beat Jory... (Continue reading)

Nuclear safety task force: Upgrades needed in U.S.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s “patchwork of regulatory requirements” developed “piece-by-piece over the decades” should be replaced with a “logical, systematic and coherent regulatory framework” to bolster nuclear safety in the U.S., according to a task force reviewing nuclear safety standards.... (Continue reading)

California GOP now 0-for-200 since 1998

The Los Angeles Dodgers might take comfort in knowing that someone has a worst record than they do at the moment–the Californian Republican Party failed yet again this week to pick up a congressional seat held by a Democrat. The... (Continue reading)

Google pays $10 million for Cal Poly startup

Google has purchased the California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo student startup Punchd, which started as a senior project, for $10 million, the founders of Punchd announced. Hatched by a pair of Cal Poly students, the company helps connect... (Continue reading)

Advocates seek to preserve gay-friendly political districts

California’s Redistricting Commission may draw its new political districts with an eye toward protecting the voting power of “gayborhoods.” [MercuryNews] Advocates for gay and lesbian groups have petitioned the commission to preserve or expand the number of gay-friendly congressional or... (Continue reading)

State’s highest paid employee performed ‘mailroom’ duties

California’s highest paid state employee took home $777,423 last year as a prison surgeon but did little more than shuffle papers. [Los Angeles Times] In fact, Dr. Jeffrey Rohlfing has been mostly locked out of his job at High Desert... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande councilman sentenced to nine months

Former Arroyo Grande City Councilman Ed Arnold Jr. was sentenced to nine months in jail today after pleading no contest to felony counts of residential burglary and possession of child pornography. [LompocRecord] San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Barry... (Continue reading)

California considers ban on caffeinated alcohol beverages

If you like caffeine with your beer, you’ll have to mix them yourself. [San Mateo Daily Journal] The California Assembly moved to prohibit the sale and production of popular energy drinks such as Joose and Four Loko, which are laced... (Continue reading)

Missing Arroyo Grande man last seen on Kern River

Derrick Robert Rush, 28, of Arroyo Grande fell off an inner tube into the Kern River Friday and was not seen again. [Fresno Bee.com] Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies continued searching for Rush after friends reported not seeing him surface when... (Continue reading)