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After jury deadlocks, prosecutors dismiss case against doctor accused in woman's jail death

After jury deadlocks, prosecutors dismiss case against doctor accused in woman's jail death

A manslaughter charge was dismissed Wednesday against a doctor accused in the 2019 death of a woman in a Santee jail, bringing an end to a rare instance of medical staffers charged in the death of an inmate. Prosecutors asked El Cajon Superior Court Judge John Thompson to dismiss the sole count of involuntary manslaughter that Dr. Friederike Von Lintig had faced in the death of 24-year-old Elisa Serna, who collapsed and died Nov. 11, 2019, less than a week after she had been booked into Las Colinas Detention Facility.The decision to drop the case was not a surprise. On Friday, an El Cajon...

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Appeals court upholds use of San Diego's streetlight cameras in murder conviction

Appeals court upholds use of San Diego's streetlight cameras in murder conviction

In a decision that bolsters the police use of streetlight cameras as investigative tools, a state appellate court upheld a San Diego murder conviction in a case solved by using the footage, finding that the defendant did not have an expectation of privacy when he moved about on a downtown street. The case, the 2019 slaying of a business owner gunned down during a robbery, was also among the first times that San Diego police had used footage from streetlight cameras in an investigation. Police gleaned the license plate of the suspected killer, a man who wore a Halloween mask with the face of...

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Indoor uses in gyms, salons, malls, churches must close at midnight Tuesday

Indoor uses in gyms, salons, malls, churches must close at midnight Tuesday

Copyright © 2022, The San Diego Union-Tribune | | AdvertisementAdvertisement Once again, San Diego County health officials followed the governor’s lead, going along with a new order for the 30 counties on the state’s COVID-19 watch list to shut down indoor operations for a significant number of businesses and organizations, from churches to salons, by Wednesday morning.The new edict came Monday, just six days after local restaurants, bars and family entertainment businesses, including movie theaters, faced similar restrictions designed to drive down increasing novel coronavirus rates state...

July 13, 2020
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At least 13 killed in crash of SUV carrying more than 2 dozen near U.S.-Mexico border

At least 13 killed in crash of SUV carrying more than 2 dozen near U.S.-Mexico border

Copyright © 2022, Los Angeles Times | | | | Advertisement A collision between a semitruck and an SUV carrying more than two dozen people near the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday morning has left 13 dead and several others injured, officials said. A collision between a big rig and an SUV carrying more than two dozen people near the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday morning killed at least 13 and injured several others, authorities said.About 6 a.m., the 2011 Peterbilt tractor-trailer was traveling north on Route 115 near El Centro when, for reasons that remained unclear, a Ford Expedition entered an...

March 2, 2021
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Security guard fatally shoots man at downtown grocery store

Security guard fatally shoots man at downtown grocery store

Copyright © 2022, The San Diego Union-Tribune | | Breaking News AdvertisementAdvertisement A man was fatally shot by a security guard at a downtown San Diego grocery store Friday night, police said. Multiple 911 callers reported the shooting just before 9:30 p.m. in the area of a Ralphs store on G Street at First Avenue, Officer Darius Jamsetjee said. Police arrived and started life-saving measures on the man. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. He had not yet been identified as of midday Saturday but was described as being in his 50s.AdvertisementHomicide detectives said the victim...

February 13, 2021
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Online prostitution sting nets 30 arrests

Online prostitution sting nets 30 arrests

Copyright © 2022, The San Diego Union-Tribune | | Breaking News AdvertisementAdvertisement Thirty men were arrested in National City following a daylong operation targeting people who answered online ads offering sex acts for money, authorities said Friday. During Thursday’s sting, three female undercover law enforcement officers posted prostitution ads online. Several people responded to the ads and arranged to meet with one of the women at a National City motel room. The men were arrested when they reached the room, National City police Detective Dennis Josse said. AdvertisementThe men...

February 13, 2021
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Police arrest suspect in killing of Cathedral Catholic teacher in North Park

Police arrest suspect in killing of Cathedral Catholic teacher in North Park

Copyright © 2022, The San Diego Union-Tribune | | AdvertisementAdvertisement Homicide detectives on Monday night arrested the man suspected of gunning down a beloved Cathedral Catholic High School teacher and football coach earlier in the day in North Park, police said. Detectives arrested 30-year-old Jesse Milton Alvarez in a Serra Mesa home on suspicion of murdering 37-year-old Mario Fierro, according to San Diego police homicide Lt. Andra Brown. Alvarez is the ex-boyfriend of Fierro’s fiancée, who also is a teacher at Cathedral Catholic.Police said on the sidewalk of Kansas Street near...

February 2, 2021
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Police identify woman fatally shot in U.S. Capitol as Ocean Beach resident

Police identify woman fatally shot in U.S. Capitol as Ocean Beach resident

Copyright © 2022, The San Diego Union-Tribune | | AdvertisementAdvertisement The woman who was shot and killed inside the U.S. Capitol Building during a violent pro-Trump siege Wednesday was an Ocean Beach resident. U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund on Thursday identified the woman fatally shot by an officer as Ashli Elizabeth Babbitt. Sund said Babbitt, 35, was shot by an unidentified police officer as people were forcing their way toward the House Chamber where members of Congress were sheltering in place. The chief said the officer has been placed on administrative leave and his or...

January 7, 2021
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Campo man jailed, accused of arson that gutted La Mesa building during night of rioting

Campo man jailed, accused of arson that gutted La Mesa building during night of rioting

Copyright © 2022, The San Diego Union-Tribune | | AdvertisementAdvertisement A 43-year-old Campo man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a fire that destroyed a historical building in downtown La Mesa when protests in the city devolved in looting and arson in late May, La Mesa police officials said.Daniel Sandoval was jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail, arrested on suspicion of arson and felony vandalism for a fire that destroyed the Randall Lamb and Associates building, Lt. Greg Runge said in a news release. Runge said the District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case, and that no...

December 2, 2020
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I-8 lanes in Grantville closed, traffic alert issued after person reportedly jumps onto freeway

I-8 lanes in Grantville closed, traffic alert issued after person reportedly jumps onto freeway

Copyright © 2022, The San Diego Union-Tribune | | AdvertisementAdvertisement Three westbound lanes of Interstate 8 were shut down mid-morning Friday after a person reportedly jumped onto the freeway in the Grantville area, east of Mission Valley, according to the California Highway Patrol. The incident happened about 10:30 a.m. near Fairmount Avenue, according to the CHP online log. A traffic alert was issued a little more than five minutes later, and traffic stacked up to College Avenue. WB I-8 at Fairmount Ave, three right lanes closed. — Caltrans San Diego (@SDCaltrans) Callers reported...

October 2, 2020
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