Former cop to go on trial again

Technicality overturns manslaughter conviction for fatal crash

Fifty-three-year-old Katherine Ann Heinzel, a former cop who was convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, is due in San Diego Superior Court again on Monday, November 24. Heinzel is said to have been a ...

Can new conductor beat Ling's $429,960 deal?

No replacement yet set for departing big-money symphony leader

The price of fine music could be going up even more for the San Diego Symphony with the departure of conductor Jahja Ling. The Indonesian-born Ling said on Thursday, November 20, that he will be ...

Puppies guaranteed for 10 years

Pet-store protesters suggest owner sells animals bred inhumanely

An animal-rights group is suing a retail property owner for First Amendment violations, claiming the owner's management company is prohibiting the group from conducting peaceful demonstrations against a tenant, National City Puppy. The Animal Protection ...

Life in prison? "I didn't plan this."

Destin Withers sentenced to life for murder of Mayorama Rodriguez

“There was never anything pre-meditated to murder this girl — I was driving the vehicle when this happened,” said Destin Lee Withers, 38, before he was sentenced to life in prison on November 18. The ...

Yay, more jobs for slaves

County unemployment rate keeps dropping, incomes keep declining

The San Diego County unemployment rate in October declined to 5.8 percent from a revised 5.9 percent in September, according to the California Employment Development Department. The county added 12,500 jobs over the month, and ...

Defiler of the desert

Owner of RV storage site disposed of human waste on property

The owner of an RV storage facility located within the popular Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area east of farmland in the Imperial Valley has admitted in a San Diego courthouse to dumping "potentially millions of ...

Later, gangster

Thug guilty of killing a dad while young son tried pulling him away

Rene Sanchez, now 23 years old, was found guilty of shooting a man to death at a Halloween party in Escondido seven years ago; the verdict was announced late yesterday, November 19. Sanchez was 16 ...

Political power reputations haunt TV trio

Cash at the heart of political donors’ broadcast agenda?

The federal broadcast licenses of San Diego's three most politically controversial television stations are up for renewal soon, but despite the complaints of angry partisans, it's unlikely that the wealthy owners and patrons will be ...

Balderdash and poppycock

Public utilities commission issues "false" press release regarding "refunds"

The California Public Utilities Commission this morning (November 20) approved a deal in which ratepayers of Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will get socked with $3.3 billion in costs resulting ...

Not called "toilet-to-tap"!

Nasty name shed, unanimous vote moves Pure Water plan forward

The San Diego City Council on Tuesday, November 18, unanimously voted to move forward with the implementation of Pure Water San Diego, a 20-year plan that could result in a significant portion of the region's ...

Unfair bidding over Carmel Valley's polo fields?

Soccer club sues city for tight grip on public documents

On November 14, the city was slapped with another lawsuit for violating the California Public Records Act. In the latest lawsuit, Presidio Soccer League, San Diego County's largest competitive youth soccer league (with over 15,000 ...

Newt Gingrich honoree snared in Dumanis probe

Money-laundering donor to GOP district attorney pays $20,000 penalty

Of all the cities in the county of San Diego, one can boast the spottiest history for tow-truck operators. That informal honor has long gone to Escondido, and a recent action by the City of ...

The Tailgate goes down in Nashville

Former San Diego brewer opens taproom, soon to start fermenting

Tailgate Beer, which moved from San Diego to Tennessee in July, opened a taproom in West Nashville three weeks ago, according to their website. In May of 2013, Tailgate owner Wesley Keegan and his partners ...

Guaranteed to fool the IRS

Not quite — Lloyd Irvine Taylor caught stealing identities of dead children

Lloyd Irvine Taylor, a former tax attorney and certified public accountant, was sentenced yesterday (November 17) to 57 months in prison for stealing the identities of dead children, using them as aliases to get passports ...

The parking problem again

Audit Committee to look into better management of program

There's a shortage of parking in some San Diego communities and the city's community parking district program isn't much help addressing that shortage. In a recent audit, the city auditor's office found holes in the ...

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