Daily Briefs

Columbia Journalism Review features CCN

A respected national professional journalism publication has recognized CalCoastNews for its impressive entry into the electronic investigative news business. [Columbia Journalism Review] “The stories the site produces reverberate across the Central Coast,” wrote Chasen Marshall for Columbia Journalism Review’s “The... (Continue reading)

Taco Temple in Morro Bay raided for drugs

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies raided Taco Temple in Morro Bay on Wednesday afternoon in connection with a drug operation, sources and witnesses said. Deputies arrested Efrain Ramirez, 44, the restaurant's kitchen manager, for transporting narcotics. He remains in San... (Continue reading)

SLO shoe burglaries linked to organized crime group

Police suspect an early morning burglary at the Skate Warehouse in San Luis Obispo is linked to an organized crime ring out of southern California. On Wednesday morning, the store’s manager saw flashlights and heard noises coming from inside the... (Continue reading)

California nuke plant leak called ‘no risk’

A leak in a steam generator tube at the San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California Tuesday poses no danger, plant officials say. [Los Angeles Times] As an investigation continues today into the cause and scope of the leak,... (Continue reading)

Ranger uses electric shock on man walking dogs off leash

A ranger shot a man on Sunday with a stun gun who was walking his lap-dogs off leash in a federal park after he tried to walk away, causing witnesses to claim the action was excessive. [SFChronicle] Gary Hesterberg was... (Continue reading)

Templeton child molester captured

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies took a Templeton man found guilty of sex crimes against children into custody at French Hospital Medical Center shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday. Donald Baker, 40, remains in custody at the hospital. Baker... (Continue reading)

College official falsifies SAT numbers

A prestigious Southern California college admitted Monday that a resigned official inflated SAT entrance scores for the past six years to publications like U.S. News & World Report that use the numbers to rank colleges and universities. [NewYorkTimes] Claremont McKenna... (Continue reading)

CMC facing limited layoffs

Of the 545 layoff warning notices the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sent out last week, only seven went to employees of the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo. As part of a state prison realignment that is slated... (Continue reading)

Warrant issued for Templeton sex offender

A Templeton man who pled guilty to sexually molesting two children failed to appear at a hearing Monday prompting the judge to issue a warrant for his arrest. Donald Baker, 40, has repeatedly not shown up for his sentencing hearings.... (Continue reading)

Christmas Day murder suspect feared evil government conspiracy

The Atascadero man who allegedly shot and killed two sisters in Santa Margarita in 2010 thought they were military leaders in an evil government conspiracy against the world, a forensic psychiatrist testified Monday. [Tribune] During the first day of Andrew... (Continue reading)