5-Hour Energy counterfeiters popped

Civil case leads to federal conviction

Joseph and Adriana Shayota, a married couple from El Cajon, were convicted late Monday (November 28) of criminal copyright infringement and trafficking in misbranded food by a federal court in San Jose. They were considered ...

San Diego's border barons set first meeting of Trump era

Closed-door confab at posh Tecate bistro and the Mexico lobby's push-back

About a block from the U.S.-Mexico high-tech border fence that president-elect Donald Trump has pledged to turn into an impregnable wall, a select group of San Diego and Tijuana big-money establishment names are set to ...

North County carjackers go 1-for-3

Perps traded an Acura and Honda for a Dodge

Sheriff's deputies reported that North County tow-truck driver narrowly escaped a carjacking attempt early Wednesday morning (November 30). A woman who stopped to help the thieves after one of them crashed during a getaway attempt, ...

Convention center report padded with favorable numbers

"People aren't staying anywhere near four nights, and they never have."

The San Diego Convention Center's 2016 annual report is out, and it raises many questions. For starters, why in the world do cities keep expanding space when only 50 percent of it is in use ...

Fast-food wage rally snowballs

Marchers also rage for rent control and against Olango killing, Dakota pipeline

As many as 1000 activists pushing a broad range of causes gathered downtown Tuesday evening (November 29), the fourth anniversary of the "Fight for 15" movement backed by fast-food workers and labor unions to raise ...

Stroke victim sues sheriff's department

Woman barred deputy's entrance into her home

Rose Ebersole, a 70-year-old San Diego woman, says in a federal court lawsuit that a sheriff's deputy, demanding to get into her home, slammed her to the ground when she denied entrance, resulting in a ...

Ex-councilman dodges domestic violence charges

Tony Young's former position allegedly had no bearing on the case

Former city-council president Tony Young will not face criminal charges for his August 2016 domestic violence arrest, says a spokesperson for San Diego's city attorney. Young, who served as councilmember for San Diego's District 4 ...

Hoteliers and city sued for "ill-gotten gains"

New challenge to Tourism Marketing District hotel-room fee

As attorneys for the city and Tourism Marketing District fight over legal fees in a lawsuit filed in 2012 over a hotel-room fee imposed by hotel owners to pay for promoting San Diego as a ...

Clinton's Risen cash and Trump's meager San Diego money

Lopsided county fundraising advantage favored presidential loser until the end

Defeated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton departed the field with the most campaign cash from San Diego County, per data from the Federal Election Commission, reporting a total haul for the October pre-election disclosure period ...

No settlements in SDPD harassment cases

Policewomen allege gender-related discrimination

Sexual harassment lawsuits filed by two female San Diego Police Department officers are heading to trial. Recent court documents show attempts to settle the two cases have failed and both sides are now preparing for ...

Two ex-officers stiffed the Marines

Major bilked military of $205,000

Former Marine Major Jason Wild, a reservist, was convicted by a federal jury today (November 22) of participating in a four-year-long conspiracy that fleeced the United States Marine Corps of more than $205,000. Wild falsely ...

Get rich suing pharmaceuticals!

Founder of scheme admits it was a fraud

David Aldrich, founder of PLCMGMT LLC, also known as Prometheus, pleaded guilty today (November 22) to defrauding investors who were told they would get rich from lawsuits against makers of prescription drugs and medical devices. ...

Audit hits SDSU interest conflicts and illegal faculty discounts

Campanile Foundation repeatedly broke federal and state accounting rules

An extensive list of financial irregularities and transparency transgressions committed in the name of in-house charities has been uncovered at San Diego State University by auditors for the California university system, raising a series of ...

Execs pledged their stock as loan collateral

And then the crooks dumped the stock to fund the loans

A Florida-based financial manipulator was found guilty by a San Diego federal jury yesterday (November 21) of 16 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy. Along with two others, Jeffrey Spanier set ...

Parent sues Grossmont school district over denied access

Father of student told officials he was registered sex offender

A father of a Grossmont Union High School District student is suing the district for refusing him access to his child's school because he is a registered sex offender. The lawsuit, filed in Superior Court ...

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