Daily Briefs

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)

Hang on, Annie — Here comes Adam Hill

Public outrage over the failure of San Luis Obispo County officials to return a stray dog to her original owner continued to build early Thursday, forcing an emergency meeting called by District 3 county supervisor Adam Hill. The afternoon meeting,... (Continue reading)

County refuses to return dog to original owner

San Luis Obispo county officials continue to ignore a growing public outcry to return a stray dog to her original owner. [Tribune] Annie, an 8-year-old Australian shepherd, has belonged to Chuck Hogue, an Arroyo Grande widower, for the last seven... (Continue reading)

California incomes plummeting

Personal Incomes for Californians dropped the first time since World War II, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. [MarketWatch] The agency said that California incomes dropped by $40 million during 2009. That’s down about 2.5 percent in a year.... (Continue reading)

Judge to rule on status of gay marriage

Judge Vaughn Walker is scheduled to rule Thursday morning on whether or not gay marriage can resume in California. [LA Times] The federal jurist is deciding if a hold on gay marriage in the state should continue, following his recent... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo on target to get a Target

San Luis Obispo is about a year away from getting a Target out on Los Osos Valley Road, but the price to develop will run about $32 million. [Tribune] The 140,000-square-foot-store will sit on 10 acres of land purchased by... (Continue reading)

Man wielding a knife robs clerk in Morro Bay

Police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed a Motel 6 clerk at knife point on Monday at around 10:30 p.m. [KSBY] Officers responded to a 911 call from the motel located on the 200 block of Atascadero Road.... (Continue reading)

Pigeons charged with polluting Pismo Beach water

Hundreds of pigeons roosting and defecating under the Pismo Beach Pier are being held accountable for the high bacteria levels in the ocean near the pier, officials said. [SantaMariaTimes] Experts estimate the flock to include at least 400 birds, with... (Continue reading)