Daily Briefs

Cayucos woman tells story of home intrusion

More information has surfaced about what happened at a Cayucos home Monday night after a stranger entered a family’s home. Hilda Villalobos told CalCoastNews that Robert Auston Romero trespassed onto her property sometime after 2:30 a.m., entered her home, and went... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara police digging for missing girl

Santa Barbara Police began excavating a portion of land near Highway 101 on Tuesday in the search for a 7-year-old girl who vanished nearly 50 years ago. [SantaBarbaraIndependent] Confessed child serial killer Mack Ray Edwards helped build an overpass west... (Continue reading)

SLO City Council finalizes budget

After several months of heated budget talks, the San Luis Obispo City Council passed a balanced budget for fiscal years 2011-12 and 2012-13. The council eliminated a previously existing $4.4 million shortfall in the $99.6 million budget by cutting $2.6 million... (Continue reading)

SLO County approves new budget

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors passed a $450 million budget Tuesday night after three days of hearings. The new budget, which takes effect July 1, represents a $1.9 million increase in spending and no reduction in jobs.... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay man awakes in wrong home

A Cayucos couple was startled Monday morning to the find someone sleeping in their home, and he was no Goldilocks. The man of the house held the apparent trespasser, Robert Auston Romero, at bay while his wife wielding a knife called... (Continue reading)

Pending home sales up

Pending home sales in California rose in May, marking the first year-over-year increase in a year and a half, according to the California Association of Realtors (CAR). The association’s pending home sales index was 118.3 in May, up 1.6 percent from... (Continue reading)

Carbon monoxide detectors required by law

California residents will be required to install carbon monoxide detectors into their single-family homes beginning July 1 to protect against poisoning and accidental death from the odorless gas. [MercuryNews] About 30 to 40 Californians die each year from carbon monoxide... (Continue reading)

California death penalty cases cost $184 million each year

California death penalty cases cost $184 million each year Since California reinstated the death penalty in 1978, the state’s taxpayers have spent more than $4 billion on capital punishment. The state has carried out 13 executions since then, or about... (Continue reading)

Antelope Fire 90 percent contained

Firefighters have slowed the wildfire burning in San Luis Obispo and Kern counties and report it is 90 percent contained, according to a Tuesday evening release. The Antelope Fire burned two outbuildings in Kern County and a total of 5,196... (Continue reading)

NRC on Diablo nuclear safety

Officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission informed Santa Barbara County Supervisors June 16 that Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant is operated safely and is not a threat. [SantaBarbaraIndependent] Assurances were offered after inspections were made of nuclear power plants throughout... (Continue reading)