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Stories by Dorian Hargrove

A few steps from being mobsters

Bullied tenants, former employees rise up against Willmark

In May 2015, Bernard Vinluan’s job at Willmark Communities became more secret agent than apartment leasing agent. Vinluan waited for the employees to clock out of the office before he made his move. He snuck ...

Army and Navy Academy sex-abuse case cavalcade

Two new lawsuits against departed and incarcerated former staff

Two former cadets at the Army and Navy Academy have filed lawsuits against the Carlsbad military academy over sexual assaults they suffered by former administrators. According to its website, the academy has operated for 100 ...

Jehovah's Witnesses look in other direction

Lawyers for religious group argue against daily fines in sex-abuse case

Attorneys for the Jehovah's Witness church appeared before a state appellate court yesterday (October 11) in hopes of overturning the $4000 daily sanctions that a trial court ordered them to pay for refusing to turn ...

Nationals coach suspended for "revenge porn"

San Diego woman sues, investigation underway

A San Diego woman is suing the former professional baseball player and current hitting coach for the Washington Nationals baseball team, Jacque Jones, for posting nude photos of her on social media; she had sent ...

Lemon Grove councilman sued for free-speech stifling

Jerry Jones accused of "thinly-veiled racist tendencies"

A government subcontractor says Lemon Grove city councilmember Jerry Jones retaliated against him for posting negative comments about Jones's politics on his Facebook page. Marcus Bush, a former consultant for Rick Engineering, has filed a ...

Ladies Get Drinks — not you, man

Marine's lawsuit says exclusion from women's-only event "repugnant"

A retired United States Marine captain is suing a restaurant in Mission Hills for hosting a ladies and non-binary-only party and for refusing to allow him access or give him drink specials that the attendees ...

San Diego police to deliver ShotSpotter report

Gunfire detection system works 16 percent of the time

The audio sensors that the San Diego Police Department installed to alert them to gunfire in four southeastern San Diego neighborhoods works 16 percent of the time, according to data collected since the ShotSpotter system ...

Run over while sunbathing in Ocean Beach

City reaches settlement with victim who suffered traumatic brain injury

A woman who was run over by a police department all-terrain vehicle while sunbathing in Ocean Beach has agreed to settle her lawsuit against the City of San Diego. Court documents show that Christine Frear ...

North Park Jack in the Box court case surprise

"I am not going to subject my clients to abusive depositions by Mr. Briggs."

San Diego Superior Court judge Gregory Pollack ruled today that a complete overhaul of the North Park Jack in the Box was within the scope of the permit. The ruling should put to rest what ...

Hotter water for San Diego's fire department

State commission launched gender-discrimination investigation

An emergency medical technician for the City of San Diego says the fire department denied her a job because of her gender. Nicole Pappas filed a lawsuit against the department on September 13 for discrimination, ...

Black man walking with cane arrested

Accused of casing cars for theft, he seeks body-cam evidence

A 66-year-old man who was out on a morning walk in July of this year says a San Diego Police Department officer arrested him because he is black. Raymond Wiley, 66, filed a claim, typically ...

Coronado water-polo coach banned from campus

Randy Burgess answers with lawsuit against the district

Randy Burgess won 715 games during his 33 years of coaching water polo at Coronado High School. He led the boys’ team to 16 section championships and the girls team to three titles before he ...

People living in cars and RVs stand up to city

"These individuals barely have enough money to eat and pay for medicine."

Two months ago, a group of homeless people in San Diego filed a class-action lawsuit against the city's practice of ticketing people for pitching tents on public sidewalks. Now comes word of another potential class-action ...

Severance pay for Julio Fonseca called "illegal"

Attorney Briggs says San Ysidro School District needs to recover $400,000

San Diegans for Open Government attorney Cory Briggs has threatened to sue San Ysidro School District if district officials do not recover the $400,000 in severance pay it awarded to former superintendent Julio Fonseca after ...

San Diego pornographers accused of hustling models

Jane Does 15 and 16 were assured they wouldn't end up on the internet

Two more women have filed lawsuits against San Diego-based amateur pornography website, GirlsDoPorn.com. The new complaints make 16 women who allege that the website's owners lied to them about distribution and later posted their names ...

College Area excluded from granny-flat permitting?

Ordinance would make parking situation worse, says councilmember

San Diego city councilmember Georgette Gomez, a longtime champion of affordable housing, believes the College Area surrounding San Diego State University should be off limits for construction of granny flats. In an August 27 memo ...

Petco's rat problems mount

Bacterial infection risk to keep corporation in court for a bit

Attorneys for the family of a ten-year-old boy who died after getting bitten by a rat his grandmother bought at Petco have accused company executives of hiding documents in order to defeat a 2014 lawsuit ...

Dave Roberts never apologized to Kristin Gaspar

Former county supervisor sued for defamation

The husband of San Diego County supervisor Kristin Gaspar says his wife's former opponent, Dave Roberts, defamed him and his business in an attempt to win the election. Paul Gaspar, owner of Gaspar Physical Therapy, ...

New mom dies at 39

Lawsuit vs. Sharp Mary Birch for discharging postnatal patient early

The husband of a woman who died days after a pediatric doctor discharged her has filed a lawsuit. On August 19, 2016, Dahlia Salinas Tatman, then in her third trimester of pregnancy, was admitted to ...

Now Jen Campbell's going after Zapf's seat

That makes five candidates for District 2

On August 28, a former president of the California Democratic Club, Dr. Jennifer Campbell, filed papers with the city clerk's office to register as a candidate in the District 2 race. Campbell is the fifth ...

Judge orders Jehovah’s Witnesses to release molestation files

Eighteen years of horror in Linda Vista

Did Jehovah’s Witnesses’ policies create a “pedophile’s paradise”?

Patient says former Charger molested her

Woman was sedated at UCSD after emergency throat surgery

An unnamed woman has accused a former Chargers player of sexually assaulting her in October of last year while she was under sedation at a UCSD hospital. The 52-year-old woman filed a civil lawsuit against ...

Lawsuit against Lyft following alleged rape

Company accused of putting "profits over people"

A woman who was allegedly raped by a Lyft driver in Cardiff in December 2016 has filed a lawsuit against the company and the driver in state court. The lawsuit, filed by the unnamed victim, ...

Rocky road: Civita residents to push back plan

Proposed thoroughfare imperils "safe, walkable dense urban village"

On Thursday, August 24, San Diego's planning commissioners will consider a proposal to build a freeway connector from Mission Valley through the heart of one of San Diego's largest master-planned communities and into Serra Mesa. ...

County worker’s racial slur didn’t infer he was a “lover”

“I have that vibe that I…empathize or have an affinity towards, um, black folks.”

Tyler Fowler, an appraiser for the County Assessor's Office who is African-American, says her supervisor Mark Sitzer made racially disparaging remarks on numerous occasions and county administrators failed to address it. She is suing Sitzer ...

City to pay for public-records case fumble

Inability to produce documents for defendant deemed irrelevant

A state appellate court on August 15 ruled the City of San Diego failed to turn over documents requested in a Public Records Act request and is liable to pay attorney fees. On August 7, ...

Contraceptive device nightmare

Bleeding, cramping, and then another surgery to remove Essure coils, suit claims

An El Cajon woman is one of 73 plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in San Diego Superior Court against the Bayer Corporation. The major pharmaceutical company is being sued over their permanent contraceptive device, Essure. ...

Chula Vista Fire Department heads back to court

Firefighter says he was passed over because of his work with the union

Two months after settling a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former deputy fire chief for $2.1 million, attorneys for the city of Chula Vista are preparing for another trial in an unrelated discrimination case filed ...

Youth pastor sues Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church over sexual harassment

Dawn Neldon says she was forced to resign after complaining about new pastor's inappropriate acts

A former associate pastor at the Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church is suing the church and it's new pastor Bryan Stamper for sexual harassment and for terminating her after she complained to church administrators. Dawn ...

Black teenagers stopped in Memorial Park, patted down, handcuffed

But it was the DNA samples that ended up in ACLU suit

The city of San Diego has "substantially settled," according to the federal court's website, a lawsuit filed on behalf of a black teenager who was coerced into giving his DNA sample to police without parental ...

El Cajon councilman sued over Miss Middle East pageant

Former contestant alleges Ben Kalasho propositioned her

In El Cajon city councilmember Ben Kalasho’s words, he created the Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant to “empower” Middle Eastern women and award them the freedom to “wear what you want, marry who you want, ...

Lockheed Martin to pay $5.8 million to clean up bay

Settlement finalized in June

Aerospace and defense contractor Lockheed Martin has agreed to pay the Port of San Diego $5.8 million to clean up the contamination in San Diego Bay. In 1970 Lockheed Martin leased a 61,000 square-foot property ...

Owner of fact-checking website, Snopes.com, considers lawsuit allegations to be fake news

Divorce filings and court depositions paint Mikkelson as greedy and uncouth

Snopes.com, the fact checking-website with ties to San Diego once commissioned by social media giant Facebook to determine fake from] factual news, is in financial peril. The website's founder, David MIkkelson, is now soliciting donations ...

San Diego cop worried she might have miscarriage, blamed for late notice

You're what?

The City of San Diego will pay $175,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a San Diego police officer who said her supervisors discriminated against her for becoming pregnant. On August 1, city councilmembers are ...

District Attorney yet to file charges against former Poway Schools chief

John Collins accused of stealing $345K in school funds

It's been more than one year and two months since former superintendent for Poway Unified School District John Collins was placed on administrative leave over accusations that he collected $345,263 in vacation pay over the ...

Former Chipotle co-CEO to revamp La Jolla home

Remodel to Barber Tract home will increase home by 4000 square feet.

Former Chipotle co-CEO Montgomery Moran, who stepped down from his role in the burrito chain in December 2016, looks to add 4000 square feet on to his La Jolla home at 7348 Vista Del Mar ...

Another mess for San Ysidro School District

Hush money or severance payment?

“It’s a typo,” Arturo Sanchez-Macias, assistant superintendent for San Ysidro School District says. The “it” to which Sanchez-Macias refers is the date, January 15, 2016, on a settlement agreement between the district and a San ...

The potholes of Harbor Drive

23-year-old sailor killed

The City of San Diego had been warned numerous times about potholes and dangerous road conditions on Harbor Drive near the Naval shipyard. Those complaints specifically stated the potholes and depressions in the street were ...

Top female researchers claim old boys network at Salk Institute — updated

Two of the three full time professors say they are continuously overlooked

San Diego's Salk Institute has long been regarded as a bastion for scientific advancements. Two longtime researchers say those advancements do not apply to gender rights and equal pay for the institute's female scientists. In ...

Card room operator sues city for permit denial

Lucky Lady owner says city unfairly targeted his business

Stanley Penn, the longtime owner and operator of San Diego card room Lucky Lady, has filed a lawsuit against the city of San Diego for refusing to renew the 43-year-old card room's permit. The current ...

Port sues coastal commission for nixing hotel

500 rooms on Harbor Island short on low-cost options

In a July 5 legal complaint, the San Diego Unified Port District, the agency responsible for managing the San Diego Bay and surrounding tidewaters, has accused California Coastal Commissioners of overstepping their boundaries by striking ...

Man gets $1.5 million in accidental police shooting

National City detective misfired during traffic stop

Elected officials in National City have agreed to pay 22-year-old Jesus Flores a $1.5 million to dismiss the lawsuit he filed after a National City police officer accidentally shot him during a March, 2015 traffic ...

Maintenance assessment fee fight flares up

“The assumption is everyone in Del Cerro is wealthy. Well, that’s just not true.”

After 15 years of trying, residents of San Diego’s Del Cerro neighborhood may finally have a maintenance assessment district to call their own. Maintenance assessment districts are mechanisms wherein property owners within a certain area ...

Judge says no to regulating SDSU mini-dorms

Tenant could "be the quiet, neat type who uses bicycle"

On June 30, San Diego Superior Court judge Ronald Styn temporarily struck down San Diego's mini-dorm ordinance in San Diego's College Area. A group called College Area Students, Tenants, and Landlords Association filed the lawsuit ...

Civic San Diego employee says agency is ripe for corruption

Employee sends emails to board of directors

Civic San Diego's attempt to generate revenue by becoming a fiscal agent for those companies and organizations looking to make charitable donations is, according to Civic San Diego's asset and contract manager John Anderson, "ripe ...

City engineers nix changes at Kansas and El Cajon Blvd.

Site of pedestrian injuries, including death of Ethiopian leader

From 2001 to 2010, according to a city commissioned traffic study, eight pedestrians were struck by vehicles while crossing El Cajon Boulevard at Kansas Street in North Park. In 2012 the intersection was named the ...

Food and parking enough for San Diego police watchdogs

If they pay them, other volunteers will want money

Members of San Diego's Citizens Review Board on Police Practices, an oversight board on law enforcement, will have to be satisfied with the occasional free meal, validated parking at city hall, and unrestricted attendance to ...

He's an engineer, not a gay porn star

Plaza de Panama project construction manager Gordon Kovtun cyberbullied

Gordon Kovtun is not a “sissy.” And, he is not a “bottom boy.” Despite what it says on the Wordpress.com profile with his name on it, “gay porn” is not his sole interest. Also, those ...

San Diego police sex suit includes nepotism charge

Would Christopher Hays be cop without his father-in-law?

Today, June 20 San Diego city councilmembers are expected to approve a settlement to a woman sexually assaulted by former San Diego police officer Christopher Hays. Terms of the tentative settlement are not yet public, ...

San Diego police officers got the wrong Fred Washington

"He didn't assault anyone, or, hurt anyone's child"

On June 13 city councilmembers were asked to approve a six-figure settlement in a lawsuit filed by Fredrick Lee Washington who spent two weeks in jail in 2015 on two felony counts that he had ...

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