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2,000-Acre Gate Fire In Jamul Under Criminal Investigation

2,000-Acre Gate Fire In Jamul Under Criminal Investigation

May 22
By City News Service, KPBS News

Someone posted a video on Instagram of what appears to be a group of people starting the fire, according to Cal Fire Capt. Issac Sanchez.

Pot Convictions Go Up In Smoke With California Legalization

Pot Convictions Go Up In Smoke With California Legalization

May 22
By Associated Press

A lesser-known provision of Proposition 64 allows some convicts to wipe their rap sheets clean and offers hope for people with past convictions who are seeking work or loans. Past crimes can also pose a deportation threat for some convicts.

Trafficking Victims Find Lifeline At City Heights Agency, But Fundi...

Trafficking Victims Find Lifeline At City Heights Agency, But Funding May Run Dry

May 22
By Tarryn Mento

A nonprofit in City Heights runs an anti-human trafficking program focused on assisting immigrant victims, but it may not have enough funding to finish out the fiscal year.

Lawsuit Challenges California Gun Magazine Ban

Lawsuit Challenges California Gun Magazine Ban

May 19
By KPBS News

A coalition of gun rights organizations, including the National Rifle Association, filed another lawsuit on Thursday challenging California’s ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Students Detained Following Shooting Threat At Rancho Bernardo High...

Students Detained Following Shooting Threat At Rancho Bernardo High School

May 19
By City News Service, KPBS News

Two Rancho Bernardo High School students were taken into custody on Thursday on suspicion of being involved with a threat of gun violence, which led to lockdowns at RBHS and the adjacent Bernardo Heights Middle School.

Car Mows Down Times Square Pedestrians For Blocks, Killing 1

Car Mows Down Times Square Pedestrians For Blocks, Killing 1

May 18
By Associated Press

A law enforcement official says a car that plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square killed one person and injured about 20 others.

San Diego Unified School District Gets New Police Chief

San Diego Unified School District Gets New Police Chief

May 17
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

Capt. Michael Marquez has been named the new police chief of San Diego Unified's Police Department. The 27-year police force veteran previously served as interim chief at the district.

First Person: Imprisoned For Murder

First Person: Imprisoned For Murder

May 15
By Michael Lipkin

Putting on his high school football uniform made Billy Johnson feel like he was part of a family and let him dream about college and a possible sports career. But Johnson said he got involved in selling drugs and eventually killed his dealer. In 1992 he was sentenced to 16 years-to-life in prison.

Roundtable: Local Pols On Comey, Labor Split-up, Returning Seized F...

Roundtable: Local Pols On Comey, Labor Split-up, Returning Seized Funds

May 12
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

The fallout from the Comey firing is not dying down yet. The AFL-CIO takes over a local labor group and ousts its leaders. The district attorney is ordered to give back a family's savings.

Report: Deaths From Meth Use On The Rise In San Diego County

Report: Deaths From Meth Use On The Rise In San Diego County

May 11
By Tom Fudge

Health officials from San Diego County Thursday reported a steady rise in meth-related deaths and meth use in recent years.

Holtec Applies For Permit To Store San Onofre's Nuclear Waste In Ne...

Holtec Applies For Permit To Store San Onofre's Nuclear Waste In New Mexico

May 11
By Alison St John

The nuclear waste stored at San Onofre may eventually move to New Mexico. Southern California Edison’s Community Engagement Panel meets Thursday night in Laguna Hills to focus on the latest developments in interim storage options for nuclear waste.

San Diego Sheriff's Deputy Shoots And Kills Suspect Near Barona Cas...

San Diego Sheriff's Deputy Shoots And Kills Suspect Near Barona Casino

May 10
By City News Service

San Diego Sheriff's deputies fatally shot a motorist Wednesday afternoon following a short pursuit over backcountry roads east of Barona Casino.

Report: California’s Juvenile Detention Fees Hurt Families

Report: California’s Juvenile Detention Fees Hurt Families

May 10
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A report by UC Berkeley School of Law Policy Advocacy Clinic shows San Diego County charges families $30 for every day a juvenile is locked up in juvenile detention. And the average stay can cost families almost $1,000.

Reveal Looks Into Why Not All Police Officers Get Trained In De-Esc...

Reveal Looks Into Why Not All Police Officers Get Trained In De-Escalation

May 9
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

De-escalation training is designed to teach police officers techniques to reduce fatal use of force. Officers are trained in how to slow down and verbally engage with the people they encounter.

SDPD: Torrey Pines High School Student Killed By Officers Left Suic...

SDPD: Torrey Pines High School Student Killed By Officers Left Suicide Note

May 8
By Associated Press, Megan Burks

A 15-year-old boy left a suicide note before he was killed by officers after pointing a BB gun at them in a high school parking lot in the dark over the weekend, police said Monday.

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