Daily Briefs

This week’s dumbest criminal

This week’s dumbest criminal award goes to a couple of thieves who left their clothes and a sex video of themselves at a home they allegedly burglarized in Elma, Wash. on Monday. [Seattlepi] The pair was shooting a sex video... (Continue reading)

California law seeking to ‘cure’ gays under scrutiny

Legislation to eliminate a 60-year-old law requiring the state to ‘cure” gays and lesbians has been sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. [MercuryNews] The long-ignored provision in the Welfare and Institution Code classifies gays as deviants. It requires the Department of... (Continue reading)

Homeless ordered to vacate Sunny Acres

A San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge denied Dan de Vaul’s request to reconsider his previous ruling that the homeless have to vacate Sunny Acres because the buildings and facilities on the site are too dangerous for tenants. [KSBY] For... (Continue reading)

Solar energy plant granted approval

California regulators gave final approval for construction of the first large-scale solar energy plant to be approved in two decades. [NewYorkTimes] After more than two-years of environmental review, the California Energy Commission approved the 250-megawatt Beacon Solar Energy Project planned... (Continue reading)

Students mourn loss of 3rd-grader as details emerge about driver in deadly big-rig crash

Just a few yards from the door third-grader Jaciel Tellez passed through on the first day of school Monday, Franklin School Principal Casie Killgore briefed the media Wednesday on how the campus is handling the news of his death. [Noozhawk] Eight-year-old... (Continue reading)

Fire at Lake Nacimiento

Fire crews are battling a fire near the dam at Lake Nacimiento. The fire has burned about 20 acres, a double-wide mobile home and sent a firefighter to the hospital suffering from heat exhaustion. CAL FIRE  officials said the fire... (Continue reading)

Name of Annie’s new owner released by mistake

The San Luis Obispo County Counsel’s office accidentally released the name Tuesday of the woman who recently adopted Annie, the dog who continues to be at the center of a highly-charged custody battle. Kitty Crockett of Atascadero filed a request with... (Continue reading)

Truck crashes into Santa Barbara home killing three

A heavily loaded gravel truck crashed into a small home in Santa Barbara earlier today killing a man, woman and child. [MercuryNews] Rescue crews are looking for another child that might be trapped in the collapsed building. Police said the... (Continue reading)

Landscaper savaged by pit bull in Nipomo

A landscaper who was mauled by a pit bull in Nipomo on Monday morning is recovering from massive wounds to his face. [KCOY] Craig Groth, 48, was trying to save two Jack Russell terriers from a large gray pit bull... (Continue reading)

Court employees given whistleblower protection

Court employees can rat out their county and state bosses for fraud, waste and abuse without the fear of retaliation, according to legislation Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed last week. [DailyJournal] Driven by concerns over spending on a statewide computer system,... (Continue reading)