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First Person: Teaching Women How To Shoot Guns

June 18
By Brooke Ruth

Wendy Hauffen is a firearms instructor at The Gun Range in Kearny Mesa. She has been teaching people how to safely shoot guns for the last six years. She specializes in teaching women and first-time shooters.

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San Diego County Fire Authority Looks Ahead To Summer Fire Season

June 14
By Matt Hoffman

The San Diego County Fire Authority and Cal Fire said they have enough resources to deal with major fires at this time but are expecting those resources to get stretched.

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Crews Subdue 35-Acre Ramona Brush Fire

June 14
By City News Service

A brush fire possibly ignited by a burning vehicle spread over nearly three dozen open acres in Ramona Thursday, threatening homes for a time but causing no reported structural damage or injuries.

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Vista Voters Will See Three Marijuana-Related Initiatives This November

June 13
By Matt Hoffman

A citizens' initiative to allow medical marijuana storefront shops has already qualified for the ballot and Tuesday night the Vista City Council voted to put a competing marijuana business and tax initiative to voters in November.

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Jurors Recommend Death Penalty for Ex-Marine Who Killed 5 SoCal Women

June 13
By City News Service

An Orange County jury recommended the death penalty Wednesday for a former Marine who killed five women in Southern California and is already serving a life prison term in Illinois for three murders in Chicago.

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Thefts Rise After California Reduces Criminal Penalties

June 13
By Associated Press

California voters' decision to reduce penalties for drug and property crimes in 2014 contributed to a jump in car burglaries, shoplifting and other theft, researchers reported.

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Power Tool Used To Clear Brush Blamed For LA Hillside Fire

June 13
By Associated Press

More than 250 firefighters raced to the hills overlooking Los Angeles to battle a blaze Tuesday afternoon they say was sparked by someone using a power tool to clear brush in a neighborhood of multimillion-dollar mansions.

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New Firefighting Helicopter Technology Tested In California

June 12
By Associated Press

Southern California agencies are field-testing equipment intended to enable helicopters to more quickly fill with water while battling wildfires.

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Cheesecake Factory, Contractors Fined $4.57 Million For Labor Violations

June 11
By City News Service

The state of California Monday found Cheesecake Factory and its janitorial subcontractors liable in a $4.57 million wage theft case related to hundreds of underpaid employees at eight San Diego and Orange County locations.

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Southbound I-5 Shut Down For Two Hours After Flames Erupt By Border

June 11
By City News Service

A fire broke out early Monday morning near the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in the South Bay, prompting firefighters and highway patrol officers to shut down all southbound lanes just a little north of the U.S.-Mexico border for about two hours, authorities said.

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Exploring New Ways To Measure A DA's Job Performance

June 11
By Tarryn Mento

San Diego voters picked their new district attorney last week. But how can you tell if a prosecutor is doing a good job?

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Caltrans Is Putting Spikes On Coronado Bridge In Effort To Prevent Suicides

June 8
By Matt Hoffman

Caltrans said they hope to have the spikes put up along the bridge within a year, at an estimated cost of $100,000 to $300,000.

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Man To Have Life Support Pulled After Reportedly Suffering Brain Injury While In National City Police Custody

June 7
By City News Service

A mentally-ill man walked into a South Bay police station seeking help nearly two weeks ago, but instead wound up in a coma, having suffered permanent brain damage while in custody, relatives said Thursday, hours before the man was scheduled to be taken off life support.

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Wildfire Burning Remote Open Land In Campo Area Now 30 Percent Contained

June 7
By City News Service

A fast-moving wildfire that blackened hundreds of open acres in the far southeastern reaches of San Diego County was 30 percent contained Thursday, fire officials said.

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Deputy Accused Of Groping Women While On Duty Ordered To Stand Trial

June 6
By City News Service

A San Diego County sheriff's deputy accused of groping 13 women he encountered while on duty over a two-year period must stand trial on charges of assault and battery by an officer, sexual battery and false imprisonment, a judge ruled Wednesday.

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