Daily Briefs

Quaids seek asylum in Canada

Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi, who failed to show earlier this week in a Santa Barbara courtroom, have surfaced in Vancouver–where they’re seeking asylum. [CTV] Quaid, 60, and Evi, 47, made the verbal plea for protection at a... (Continue reading)

Dumb criminal of the week

This week’s dumbest criminal award goes to a Danville man who mistook a police officer for a cab driver and asked for a ride home, but forgot about the cocaine in his pocket. [SFGate] After partying hard, Ongley Ocon III,... (Continue reading)

Catholic Healthcare West pays $275,000 to resolve discrimination claim

Catholic Healthcare West, the parent company of French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, agreed to pay $275,000 in civil penalties to resolve allegations that CHW discriminated against immigrant job seekers, according to the... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay man officially a mega-millionaire

The Morro Bay man who won $135 million two months ago in the California Lottery finally made it official Wednesday morning. [Tribune] John Davis showed up at the Lottery’s San Francisco office and claimed his prize, choosing the cash option.... (Continue reading)

Meg Whitman’s campaign tweets cross dressing bassist

Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman might come from a tech savvy background, but some of her campaign staffers appear to have missed the boat. [InfoWorld] On Monday, Whitman’s campaign sent out a twitter update with a link intended to take viewers... (Continue reading)

Six San Luis Obispo businesses sold alcohol to a minor

Six San Luis Obispo businesses sold alcohol to a 19-year-old decoy deployed by the police department to 21 stores around the city on Monday. The decoy was in possession of a valid identification and was told by police to tell... (Continue reading)

Deputies discover guns during marijuana bust

A San Luis Obispo man who resides at a home on the 100 block of Foothill Boulevard was allegedly growing marijuana for sale in his basement while armed with an array of illegal and legal weapons, San Luis Obispo Sheriff... (Continue reading)

Parkinson: We didn’t conceal it from them

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s candidate Ian Parkinson says in a published interview that he stopped his private work as a traffic accident reconstructionist around six years ago. [Tribune] Parkinson, who continues to defend his actions in a 2000 Monterey... (Continue reading)

Thunder alert through Tuesday morning

PG&E weatherman John Lindsey issued a thunderstorm warning Monday night that is expected to last through Tuesday morning. Lindsey advised Central Coast residents to expect scattered thunderstorms and rain showers through Tuesday morning. The thunderstorms may be accompanied by brief heavy rain... (Continue reading)

Quaid fails to show in Santa Barbara court

A Santa Barbara judge issued arrest warrants Monday for actor Randy Quaid and his wife after they failed to show up at a court hearing stemming from their arrests last month on suspicion of illegally squatting at a Montecito home... (Continue reading)