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South Bay High Schooler Who Recruited Teens In Drug-Smuggling Scheme Sentenced

Aug. 20
By City News Service

Prosecutors said that as an 18-year-old high school senior, the young man recruited fellow students from his school to strap drugs onto their bodies, then cross the border into the U.S. at either the San Ysidro or Otay Mesa Ports of Entry.

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US Attorney's Office Made Thousands Of Improper Prosecutions To Achieve 'Zero Tolerance'

Aug. 20
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

In July, an appeals court found that more than 4,000 illegal immigration convictions were improper. The decision to charge migrants under the wrong statute was prompted by the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy.

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New Report Details Nearly a Quarter Century of Police Shootings

Aug. 19
By Claire Trageser

The report by the San Diego District Attorney's Office found that 40% of the shootings involved a white officer and a non-white suspect.

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Police: Torrey Highlands Couple Found Dead At Home Apparently Murdered by Son

Aug. 19
By City News Service

A Torrey Highlands couple found dead in their home over the weekend apparently were slain by their son, who then killed himself by jumping off a freeway overpass.

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Cal State Fullerton Employee Killed In Campus Stabbing

Aug. 19
By Associated Press

The victim, who was not immediately identified, was in his late 50s and worked in international student admissions at the sprawling campus in Orange County, police said.

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San Diego's Chaldean Community Reeling After Deported Chaldean Man's Death In Iraq

Aug. 19
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Earlier this month, Jimmy Aldaoud, a Chaldean man from Michigan, died shortly after being deported to Iraq. He was one of the first Chaldeans, a group of Iraqi Christians, to be deported to Iraq following a 2017 agreement between Iraq and the United States.

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Records: SDPD Officer Accused Of Sexual Assault Resigned And Never Charged

Aug. 15
By Claire Trageser

The records, which relate to allegations that a San Diego Police officer sexually assaulted a woman in his custody in 2013, raise questions as to why he was never charged with a crime.

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UN Observer Calls For 'Moratorium' On Criminalizing Homelessness In San Diego

Aug. 15
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

For the past three days, Canadian attorney Leilani Farha, the United Nations special rapporteur on adequate housing, has been touring the streets of San Diego, talking to people dealing with the city's unprecedented housing crisis.

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Synagogue Shooting Suspect Had Invalid License To Buy Gun

Aug. 15
Julie Watson / Associated Press

It's unclear how John T. Earnest, 19, bought the gun. The hunting license was not set to go into effect until July 1, according to the California Fish and Wildlife Department.

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Autopsy: Jail Inmate Died Of Meth Overdose

Aug. 15
By City News Service

"An autopsy conducted by the Medical Examiner's Office showed a plastic baggie was (in the inmate's) stomach."

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Parolee Suspected Of Sexually Trafficking Teenager Arrested

Aug. 15
By City News Service

Joseph Price, 23, was booked into county jail solely on suspicion of violating conditions of his parole, but sex-trafficking charges are expected to be filed against him, police said.

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Rebecca Zahau's Sister Offers $100,000 Reward For New Info In 2011 Death

Aug. 14
By City News Service

The sister of Rebecca Zahau, whose bound and nude body was found hanging from a balcony at a historic Coronado mansion, offered a $100,000 reward Wednesday for anyone offering new information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of Adam Shacknai — the brother of Zahau's boyfriend — for her death.

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Ex-EMT Admits To Sexually Assaulting Teen, 2 Other Victims

Aug. 14
By City News Service

The EMT was charged with groping one girl as she was being transported in an ambulance on Feb. 9, 2017, in addition to assaulting two other victims on separate occasions in 2014 or 2015, according to a criminal complaint. It was unclear whether the other two incidents occurred while he was on the job.

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Shooter's Criminal Past Likely Unknown To Officer He Killed

Aug. 14
Stefanie Dazio / Associated Press

Public records showing a person's criminal history aren't typically something an officer has access to during a traffic stop. CHP Inland Division Chief Bill Dance said it's not clear whether the officer asked a dispatcher to seek any additional information on the shooter, who was convicted of attempted murder in 1994 and also had convictions for assault, domestic violence, unlawful possession of a firearm and battery.

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California Innocence Project Co-Founder Discusses The Making Of 'Brian Banks' Film

Aug. 13
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The exoneration story of Brian Banks is one of the notable achievements of the work of the San Diego-based California Innocence Project and now it's being told in a motion picture playing in theaters nationwide.

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