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  • Family of Man Who Died After Border Wall Fall Sues Federal Government

    CNS|Updated Aug 6, 2023

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The family of a man who died after falling from a border wall near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the federal government. The complaint filed in San Diego federal court alleges law enforcement refused to seek medical attention for 38-year-old Joel Reyes Munoz after he fell from the border barrier on Jan. 12, 2022. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Reyes Munoz's widow and children states that after the fall, Reyes Munoz was...

  • County Supervisors Receive Homeless Service Report

    City News Service|Updated Aug 30, 2022

    SAN DIEGO - County supervisors voted unanimously today to accept $2 million in state funding aimed at helping Afghan refugees. According to county officials, the $2 million in Afghan refugee supplemental funding comes from the California Department of Social Services. Officials said San Diego County is one of only four counties to receive the money. Supervisors on Tuesday also heard a detailed report on accomplishments over the past year by the Department of Homeless Solutions and Equitable Communities, which was created in...

  • Body found alongside rural road near Lake Hodges

    City News Service|Updated Aug 26, 2022

    ELFIN FOREST (CNS) - A body turned up under suspicious circumstances today in a rural community near Lake Hodges. The discovery off the 8000 block of Harmony Grove Road in the Elfin Forest area was reported shortly after 7 a.m., according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. The body, which was lying just off the roadway, was wrapped in an unidentified material, Lt. Chris Steffen said. Homicide detectives were called in to take charge of the investigation. The road was closed in the area until further notice....

  • Man who drove car into San Diego Bay arrested for DUI

    City News Service|Updated Jul 31, 2022

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 48-year-old man who drove his vehicle into San Diego Bay today was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, Harbor Police said. The man was driving a Kia Soul with a 22-year-old female passenger at about 1 a.m. Sunday on Harbor Island Drive when he drove off the road and into the bay, said Harbor Police Sgt. Troy Nicol. The two got out of the vehicle through an open window and swam ashore, the sergeant said. The man was booked into jail and was being held on $50,000 bail. A tow truck hauled...

  • Black Households Hit Harder By Inflation, UC San Diego Study Finds

    City News Service|Updated Jul 11, 2022

    SAN DIEGO - Black families experience higher and more volatile inflation, impacting prices on groceries and household essentials, according to a report published today with research from UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy. The study, published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, looked at inflation for Black compared to white households from 2004 to 2020 and found inflation is 13% more volatile for Black families. Study author Munseob Lee, assistant professor of economics at UCSD, said Black families...

  • Free Transit Fare Pilot Program For Foster Care Youth Goes Into Effect

    City News Service|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A pilot program going into effect today will offer free transit fares for people 18 through 24 who have previously been in and exited the foster care system, or who are currently in Extended Foster Care. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System and North County Transit District approved the PRONTO Extend pilot program in June ``to provide support and improve access to opportunity for former foster youth and young adults currently in foster care as they transition into more independent living,'' according...

  • Stone Brewing Acquired By Japanese Brewery Sapporo For $165 Million

    City News Service|Updated Jun 24, 2022

    ESCONDIDO (CNS) - Stone Brewing, San Diego County's largest brewing company, has been acquired by Japanese beer giant Sapporo's United States branch, it was announced today. The deal is valued at around $165 million with potential for additional payments based on business performance and is expected to close in August. ``This is the right next chapter for Stone Brewing,'' said Greg Koch, co-founder and executive chairman of Stone Brewing. ``For 26 years, our amazing team has worked tirelessly to brew beers that have set...

  • Closures for Monday Memorial Day Weekend

    Karen Ossenfort and Yvette Urrea Moe|Updated May 26, 2022

    All public San Diego County offices, family resource centers, libraries and animal shelters will be closed Monday, May 30 for the Memorial Day holiday, according to a County News Service spokeswoman. There will be no mail delivery Monday. And according to the USPS website, “Although there will be no regular mail service, Priority Mail Express is delivered 365 days a year and will be delivered on May 30. Normal delivery and collection schedules will resume Tuesday, May 31. All residential curbside trash pick up will have a o...

  • Tips for saving on concert tickets

    Updated May 5, 2022

    Rebecca Gramuglia Special to the Village News After a two-year hiatus, concert season is back in full force! But as the summer approaches, ticket prices are rising – making it harder to score seats and stay within your budget. Luckily, there are ways to save on live entertainment. Here are five ways to enjoy your favorite artists without breaking the bank. Plan ahead: With the demand for entertainment being higher than ever, you’ll want to score your tickets as early as possible to avoid expensive resellers. Look for pre...

  • Man Convicted of Murder in City Heights Woman's 1969 Death

    City News Service|Updated Mar 25, 2022

    SAN DIEGO - A 76-year-old man was convicted of first-degree murder today in the death of a City Heights woman more than a half-century ago. John Sipos was found guilty following about a day of jury deliberations for the Nov. 20, 1969, slaying of 23-year-old Mary Scott, who was found dead inside her apartment in the 4000 block of 39th Street. Scott was a go-go dancer at the Star & Garter, a club located near her apartment, while Sipos was a former Navy sailor living in San Diego. Prosecutors alleged Sipos broke down the door...

  • DA: Homeless more likely to be crime victims and perpetrators in SD County

    City News Service|Updated Mar 21, 2022

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County District Attorney's Office announced a strategy today to prevent the homeless from being involved with crime, following the release of data showing homeless people in the county were more likely to be both crime victims and perpetrators. The DA's office says that, based on two years of county data compiled from November of 2019 until October of 2021, those experiencing homelessness have been involved with crime ``at dramatically higher raters than the rest of the population,'' whether...

  • Ex-La Jolla Music Society Finance Director Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

    City News Service|Updated Feb 23, 2022

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The former director of finance for the La Jolla Music Society pleaded guilty today to embezzling more than $650,000 from the company over the course of nearly a decade. Chris Benavides, 52, entered his plea Wednesday to a federal wire fraud count for stealing from the nonprofit between October 2011 and February 2021. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Benavides used the stolen funds to pay his mortgage, credit cards and other personal expenses. Prosecutors say he issued unauthorized checks to himself,...

  • Ex-San Diego Deputy Set for Sentencing for Fatally Shooting Fleeing Detainee

    City News Service|Updated Feb 7, 2022

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A former San Diego County sheriff's deputy who fatally shot an unarmed, fleeing detainee outside the downtown San Diego jail is slated to be sentenced today. Aaron Russell, 25, faces up to 11 years in prison for the May 1, 2020, death of Nicholas Bils, who was shot multiple times as he was running away from police, leading to the rare decision to prosecute a law enforcement officer in a police shooting. Russell, who had been with the department for 18 months, resigned shortly after the shooting and was...

  • Former San Diego Real Estate Agent Sentenced to Prison for Fraud Scheme

    City News Service|Updated Jan 3, 2022

    SAN DIEGO - A former San Diego real estate agent was sentenced today to more than five years in prison for orchestrating a fraud scheme that bilked investors out of millions of dollars. Alexander Avergoon, who was also ordered to pay nearly $10 million in restitution pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with what prosecutors described as a nearly decade-long investment fraud scheme involving real estate. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Avergoon convinced investors to partner with him to buy real estate...

  • EMT Group IDs Second Victim in El Cajon Plane Crash

    City News Service|Updated Dec 29, 2021

    EL CAJON - Federal investigators continued sifting through the wreckage today of a business jet that slammed into a residential neighborhood near El Cajon, while the second of four people who died in the crash was identified. The Learjet 35A business jet, which seats eight people and took off from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, crashed at 7:15 p.m. Monday near the 1200 block of Pepper Drive and North Mollison Avenue in the unincorporated Bostonia neighborhood, near Gillespie Field airport. All four people aboard died....

  • United Way hosts inaugural Holiday Crockpot Drive for military families in need

    Updated Oct 29, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – Local nonprofit United Way of San Diego County’s inaugural “Holiday Crockpot Drive” is underway and will continue through Friday, Nov. 12. The organization hopes to collect enough donations to purchase 200 new crockpots for San Diego military families experiencing food insecurity. Through this drive, UWSD is providing more than a crockpot. It’s providing ways to cook at home, sustainability, the opportunity to stretch a dollar, and most importantly bringing families together over dinner. Each donation will cont...

  • John Muir College Student Who Died in Fall Identified

    City News Service|Updated Oct 24, 2021

    LA JOLLA - A student at UC San Diego's John Muir College who died in a fall at a campus dorm was identified today as Aaron Fan, 18, the San Diego County Medical Examiner said. Fan died at 3:31 a.m. Saturday at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla after being injured in a fall at Tiaga Hall, at 9485 Scholars Drive South in room H74, at 11:44 p.m. Friday, coroner's officials said. Fan "had been at a party in a room on the 8th floor of the dormitory campus,'' a release stated. ``A campus officer came by the room to report a noise...

  • PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY: Residents advised to exercise caution if encountering tar balls on the beach

    Updated Oct 8, 2021

    SAN DIEGO – Based on increased reports of tar balls washing ashore on North County beaches, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency is advising residents to exercise caution at local beaches and to avoid contact if tar balls are seen. Natural geologic processes may sometimes cause tar balls to wash ashore, and it is unclear if the increased numbers are directly related to the Oct. 3, 2021 oil leak in Orange County. Visible oil has not been detected. Because oil content may vary widely based on location, the h...

  • San Diego Cyclist Wins Bronze Medal at Olympics

    City News Service|Updated Aug 3, 2021

    SAN DIEGO - San Diegan Jennifer Valente won an Olympic bronze medal today in women's team pursuit cycling, as the United States led on every split over Canada in the 4-kilometer race. ``I think anytime you come into the Olympics, you want to go for gold, and today we put together some of the best rides that we were able to, and today on the day it was bronze, and we're really proud of everything behind that and what this bronze means after a year and a half of not racing and really just coming together,'' Valente said after w...

  • San Diego's Xander Schauffele Wins Gold in Olympics Men's Golf

    City News Service|Updated Aug 1, 2021

    SAN DIEGO - San Diego-born and raised Xander Schauffele won the gold medal in the men's Olympic golf tournament today by one stroke over Rory Sabbatini, despite squandering a four-stroke lead. Schauffele began the round at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama City, Japan with a one-stroke lead over 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama. The San Diego State and Scripps Ranch High School graduate birdied each of the first two holes to increase his lead to three strokes....

  • Most public health restrictions ending at county courthouses Tuesday

    City News Service|Updated Jul 8, 2021

    RIVERSIDE - Most limits on public access to Riverside County Superior Court buildings will be lifted Tuesday based on recent state changes in public health restrictions, but the court will continue masking requirements, depending on a visitor's vaccination status. ``Our orders are enforcing the regulations and guidelines issued by the California Department of Public Health and the emergency temporary standards issued by Cal-OSHA,'' Superior Court Executive Office spokeswoman...

  • Escondido man, 24, found dead in cell at Vista Detention Facility

    City News Service|Updated Jul 6, 2021

    VISTA - A 24-year-old Escondido man was found unresponsive in his cell at the Vista Detention Facility and pronounced dead, authorities said today. Deputies discovered Ronaldino Estrada at about 10:30 a.m. Monday, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Medics took Estrada to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was in a cell with a cellmate, but there was no evidence of foul play, sheriff's officials said. Estrada was jailed on Friday after being arrested by sheriff's deputies on suspicion of DUI...

  • Man pleads guilty to hit-and-run in Escondido teenage girl's death

    City News Service|Updated Jul 6, 2021

    VISTA - A man who struck and killed a 17-year-old girl with his SUV in Escondido last summer, then drove off, pleaded guilty today to a felony hit-and-run charge. Paul Anthony Lissona, 30, of Escondido, also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving while his license was suspended due to a prior DUI conviction. Kirsten Rain Tomlinson was with three friends when she was struck on June 6, 2020, at about 12:35 a.m. on Mesa Rock Road near Mesa Ranch Drive by a vehicle heading northbound at high speed. She died at the...

  • Supervisors discuss future county transportation, land use plan

    City News Source|Updated May 19, 2021

    SAN DIEGO - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today discussed how to move forward on a land use and transportation plan that could impact future building development in unincorporated regions. The county needs to comply with state Senate Bill 743, which changed how jurisdictions analyze transportation impacts from private and public projects under the California Environmental Quality Act. That analysis must now use miles traveled instead of road congestion to evaluate a project's environmental impacts. According to...

  • Supervisors OK more resources for COVID compliance, enforcement

    Updated Jan 12, 2021

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The county Board of Supervisors Tuesday, Jan. 12 approved several COVID-19 measures, including stepped-up enforcement of businesses not complying with restrictions, and a fair and consistent application of policies based on scientific data. Supervisors voted 4-1, with Jim Desmond opposed. The compliance measures cover inspections responsive to complaints, proactive inspections, and citations for those violating the Safe Reopening Plan. Based on a proposal from Supervisor Nora Vargas, where legally possible,...

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