Daily Briefs

Boat sinks at Lake Nacimiento

A ski boat overloaded with 12 people sank shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at Lake Nacimiento. No one was injured. The boat was traveling at a speed of five miles per hour through the Las Tablas area when a... (Continue reading)

Trial postponed for Paso Robles woman accused of forgery

Less than a week before her trial was to start, the Paso Robles grant writer accused of fraud changed her attorney and postponed her trial until Nov. 30 in U.S. District Court in Riverside. [DesertSun] Jean Cross is charged with... (Continue reading)

Appeals court blocks school drug testing

The state appeals court voted 3-0 Thursday to bar a California school district from drug testing high school students in extracurricular activities such as choir and Future Farmers of America. [San Francisco Chronicle] Officials in the Shasta Union High School... (Continue reading)

Builders of Arroyo Grande hotel stiffed

After a foreclosure and a bank failure the contractors who built the Hampton Inn in Arroyo Grande have been told they will not be paid for their services. [KCOY] More than 20 contractors, sub-contractors and vendors provided labor and materials... (Continue reading)

Los Osos sewer project gets $87 million

The Los Osos sewer project received $87 million in stimulus monies to construct a wastewater treatment facility, Congresswoman Lois Capps, State Senator Sam Blakeslee and County Supervisor Bruce Gibson announced Friday. Of the monies, $83 million is a low interest... (Continue reading)

Helicopter crashes on Highway 101

A helicopter crashed and flipped on Highway 101 in Salinas shortly after 6 a.m. injuring the pilot who walked away from the crash. The pilot complained of suffering vertigo just before the crash. He was carrying a load of water... (Continue reading)

This week’s dumbest criminal

This week’s dumbest criminal award goes to two men who decided to shoplift from a store during a Wednesday afternoon shop with a cop charity event because they thought the officers would be too distracted to notice. [SeattleWeekly] Shane Alexander,... (Continue reading)

New report confirms accuracy of SmartMeters

A new study by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) concludes that the SmartMeters used by PG&E are accurate and not to blame for a recent spike in electric bills. [Press Democrat] However, the $1.4 million study, released Thursday at... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara County publicizes tax delinquencies

The Santa Barbara County tax collector ran a full page ad outing property owners, such as Kathy Odell and Abel Maldonado, who have yet to pay their property taxes. [KSBY] The full-page ad in Thursday’s edition of the Santa Barbara... (Continue reading)

Doctor dies in estranged boyfriend’s chimney

A prominent physician’s body was discovered wedged in her estranged boyfriend’s chimney after she attempted to break into his Bakersfield home. [Time] Jacquelyn Kotarac, 49, had been in an off and on relationship with William Moodie. On Aug. 26, after... (Continue reading)