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  • Teens accused of vandalizing 42 vehicles

    CHULA VISTA — Two 16-year-old boys were in custody Wednesday on suspicion of using BB guns to vandalize at least 42 vehicles over three nights in southeastern Chula Vista, police said. The teens were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of multiple counts of vandalism in connection with the vandalism spree that occurred earlier this week, Chula Vista police said in a statement. Police also searched the teens’ homes on Tuesday and allegedly found a BB gun and a gallon-sized bag of […]

  • Hot weather expected throughout San Diego County

    SAN DIEGO — An excessive heat watch will be in effect for the mountains and deserts of San Diego County Friday morning through Sunday evening, as temperatures soar well into the triple-digits, meteorologists said. Starting Friday, weekend highs in the deserts will be 115 to 120 degrees and 100 to 105 degrees in mountain areas near 3,000 feet, according to the National Weather Service. “Exceedingly high temperatures can cause heat-related illness or death,” the agency said. “Those working or playing […]

  • City Council to consider prevailing wage laws

    SAN DIEGO — The City Council’s Rules and Economic Development Committee is scheduled Wednesday to consider a proposed ordinance that would apply state and federal prevailing wage laws to most big public works projects in San Diego. As it stands, the city sets pay for contractors working on water and sewer projects valued at more than $10 million or large city projects that are partially funded with state or federal dollars. But the City Attorney’s Office Monday issued the opinion […]

  • Officers involved in deadly shooting back at work

    ESCONDIDO — Five San Diego police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a suspect who allegedly pointed a homemade shotgun at them in Escondido were on full duty Thursday. Sgt. Marc Pitucci, Detective Arturo Lovio, Detective Nestor Hernandez, Officer Jonathan DeGuzman, and Officer Zackary Pfannenstiel were identified Wednesday by Escondido police. According to Escondido police Lt. Neal Griffin, all five officers fired their service weapons at William Mayes, 38, the evening of June 5. “Officers of the San Diego […]

  • Cops: Motorcyclist killed while racing on freeway

    CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A 27-year-old National City man died early Friday on a South Bay freeway after he crashed into the back of a pickup while apparently racing with three other motorcyclists, authorities said. The fatality on northbound Interstate 805, south of Sweetwater Road, was reported just before 2 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. Just prior to the crash, four motorcycles were traveling on the freeway in excess of 100 miles per hour, CHP Officer Tommy Doerr […]

  • Watermelon Drop pretrials get underway at UC San Diego

    SAN DIEGO — The 49th annual watermelon drop, a pre-finals tradition at UC San Diego, is scheduled to take place Friday. The melon will be dropped from the top of the seven-floor campus building in an attempt to break the record splat of 167 feet, 4 inches, which was set in 1974. The ritual started in 1965 when physics professor Bob Swanson asked in an exam: “What would be the terminal velocity of a watermelon dropped from the seventh floor […]

  • County to hire nearly 600 new workers

    SAN DIEGO — San Diego County plans to hire 590 new workers in the next 12 months, it was reported Thursday. New workers will be hired primarily to staff two expanded detention centers and to help the county administer the state healthcare system, Medi- Cal, to local residents, according to U-T San Diego. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is looking to hire 140 new workers to staff the recently revamped Las Colinas Women’s Detention Facility in Santee. The department […]

  • 2 teens accused of stealing from elementary school

    LA MESA, Calif. — An 18-year-old man and a juvenile were arrested at a La Mesa elementary school early Thursday after they were caught stealing computer equipment, police said. Officers went to Vista La Mesa Academy at 3900 Violet St. shortly before 2:30 a.m. in response to a burglary alarm, according to La Mesa police. Once there, they heard breaking glass and saw two people exiting the school carrying computer equipment, police said in a statement. Both suspects were taken […]

  • Chrysler refuses to recall 2.7M Jeeps

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Is your Jeep Grand Cherokee or Liberty safe to drive? For now, that remains an open question. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the gas tanks on many of the older Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs are a safety hazard. The federal regulator wants Chrysler to take 2.7 million of them off the road until the risk of fire in a rear-end accident is fixed. Chrysler is refusing the recall, and just as adamantly […]

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