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Crews Extinguish Brush Fire In University City

Crews Extinguish Brush Fire In University City

Aug. 19
By KPBS News, City News Service

A small brush fire crept toward an apartment complex in University City today, but no structures were burned and no injuries were reported, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

At Least 96 Homes Destroyed In Blue Cut Wildfire

At Least 96 Homes Destroyed In Blue Cut Wildfire

Aug. 19
By Associated Press

A preliminary assessment found 96 single-family homes have been destroyed in Southern California's huge wildfire, a spokesman said Friday.

San Diego's 911 Wait Times Improving, But Still Falling Short

San Diego's 911 Wait Times Improving, But Still Falling Short

Aug. 18
By Andrew Bowen

Mayor Kevin Faulconer has announced a marked improvement in 911 wait times over the last four months. But the city is still failing to meet national standards.

Wildfire Warning For San Diego County Mountains Extended Through Fr...

Wildfire Warning For San Diego County Mountains Extended Through Friday

Aug. 18
By City News Service

A protracted hot spell combined with gusty winds and low humidity levels prompted the National Weather Service today to extend a "red flag'' wildfire warning for local mountain and desert locales by 24 hours, to 9 p.m. Friday.

Suspected Carjacker Found Dead Following Deputy-Involved Shooting I...

Suspected Carjacker Found Dead Following Deputy-Involved Shooting In Poway

Aug. 18
By City News Service

A suspected carjacker who stole a deputy's patrol car and then a SUV in Poway early Thursday was found dead after crashing into a ravine following a pursuit in which shots were fired.

Evacuation Orders Lifted For Spring Valley Fire

Evacuation Orders Lifted For Spring Valley Fire

Aug. 17
By KPBS News, City News Service

A fast-moving hillside brush fire threatened homes and prompted evacuations in a neighborhood near Sweetwater Reservoir late Wednesday afternoon.

Southern California Wildfire Brings Destruction And Uncertainty

Southern California Wildfire Brings Destruction And Uncertainty

Aug. 18
By Associated Press

A ferocious wildfire had swallowed up many homes as it spread across 40 square miles of mountain and desert northeast of San Diego. Exactly how many, however, and to whom they belonged, remained uncertain.

82,000 Forced To Evacuate As Blue Cut Fire Rages In Southern Califo...

82,000 Forced To Evacuate As Blue Cut Fire Rages In Southern California

Aug. 17
By KPBS News, Associated Press

A huge wildfire 125 miles northeast of San Diego has charred 30,000 acres, destroyed a "significant number of homes" and forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 people.

1 Of 3 Brush Fires Continues To Burn At Camp Pendleton

1 Of 3 Brush Fires Continues To Burn At Camp Pendleton

Aug. 17
By City News Service

The Juliet Fire was 80 percent surrounded and scorched about 50 acres. The other two fires have been contained.

Increased Wildfire Risk Continues Tuesday

Increased Wildfire Risk Continues Tuesday

Aug. 16
By City News Service

High temperatures combined with gusty wind and low humidity are expected to heighten the risk of wildfires in some mountain and desert areas of San Diego County again Tuesday.

State Audit Finds Serious Lapses In CalGang Database

State Audit Finds Serious Lapses In CalGang Database

Aug. 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

CalGang, a database used by law enforcement agencies to track gang ties, may infringe on Californians' privacy rights, lacks rigorous oversight and is rife with errors, according to a new state audit.

Volume Of Dumanis Donors Linked To Mexican Businessman Renews Quest...

Volume Of Dumanis Donors Linked To Mexican Businessman Renews Questions About What DA Knew

Aug. 16
By Amita Sharma

A KPBS analysis of the money trail in San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ candidacy for mayor in 2012 shows the number of alleged illegal contributions was particularly high on a single day in 2011.

Authorities Looking For Man Who Robbed, Sexually Assaulted Woman In...

Authorities Looking For Man Who Robbed, Sexually Assaulted Woman In University City

Aug. 15
By City News Service

The San Diego Police Department is searching for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in University City.

Man Shot By Deputies In Vista Dies From Injuries

Man Shot By Deputies In Vista Dies From Injuries

Aug. 15
By City News Service

An alleged gang member who was shot by sheriff's deputies while armed with knives following a brief pursuit in Vista that ended in a crash has died from his injuries, authorities said Monday.

Crossing The Railroad Tracks In North County Could Cost You $500

Crossing The Railroad Tracks In North County Could Cost You $500

Aug. 11
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

More than 50 people have been ticketed since Aug. 1 by the North County Transit District for crossing the railroad tracks. Trespassers can be fined up to $500.