How is Laura’s Law being applied in San Diego County?

A few years ago, Union-Tribune Columnist Logan Jenkins wondered in a piece he wrote whether a mentally ill man who was accused of murdering his parents the morning after Thanksgiving 2014 would have been a candidate for Laura’s Law had it been in place in San Diego County at the time. Peter David… from Latest – San Diego Union Tribune via IFTTT

Man beaten and robbed at Horton Plaza

A 37-year-old man was beaten Saturday night and had his cellphone stolen by a group of assailants at the Horton Plaza shopping mall, San Diego police said. The man was walking through the downtown mall, looking at his cellphone about 8:30 p.m., when he was hit in the head from behind, said Officer… from Latest – San Diego Union Tribune via IFTTT

From jail to treatment: Helping get the mentally ill on track

It took a while for Joshua Massengale to accept that he was struggling with mental illness. The problems started when he was in his late teens. He had been playing semi-pro football for a team based in north San Diego County, and he took a hard hit from a teammate during a practice. After that,… from Latest – San Diego Union Tribune via IFTTT

Seven years after a college student was killed on campus, her killer faces sentencing — again

With all due respect to the judicial process — and the presumption of innocence — there was never really much of a question as to who killed Diana Gonzalez. The 19-year-old’s body was found Oct. 12, 2010, in a restroom at San Diego City College, where she was taking classes. She had been stabbed… from Latest – San Diego Union Tribune via IFTTT

Will a federal court strike down California’s anti-prostitution law?

Prostitution has been illegal in California since 1872. Back then, the original statute referenced “vagrants,” a word lawmakers at the time said included “every lewd and dissolute person, who lives in and about houses of ill-fame, and every common prostitute.” Since then, the law has been repealed… from Latest – San Diego Union Tribune via IFTTT

Judge: Coronado water polo coach to remain on paid leave while district investigates misconduct claim

Randy Burgess, a longtime water polo coach at Coronado High School, was placed on administrative leave in March after a claim was filed with the district, accusing him of molesting a middle school student years earlier. No criminal charges were ever filed, and Burgess — a well-respected coach and… from Latest – San Diego Union Tribune via IFTTT

Pedestrian dies after being hit by vehicle in Vista

A woman was fatally injured when she was struck by a vehicle as she crossed a street in Vista Saturday night, sheriff’s officials said. The 32-year-old woman, whose name has not yet been released, was walking north across West Vista Way toward St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church about 9:22 p.m…. from Latest – San Diego Union Tribune via IFTTT

YMCA to pay restitution, fines after 2015 chemical spill sickens children at Santee school

Two years ago, a cloud of chemical fumes formed over a pool at a Santee YMCA and wafted toward a nearby school, where it sickened at least 77 children and some of the staff. The toxic gas plume was the result of an attempt by workers at the Cameron Family YMCA to clean up a chlorine spill in the… from Latest – San Diego Union Tribune via IFTTT

Las Vegas shooting victim who lost eye has awakened from coma, taken first steps

A San Diego resident who lost an eye when she was injured during the mass shooting in Las Vegas two weeks ago was able to take a few steps with assistance last week, according to friends and family. Frost, 27, remains hospitalized in Las Vegas, where she had been in a coma and on a ventilator following… from Latest – San Diego Union Tribune via IFTTT

Fatal hash oil lab explosions: A tragic accident or murder?

A classic example of the felony-murder rule is something like the following: Two guys go into a liquor store to commit a robbery. One has a gun and shoots the clerk, who dies as a result. Because the killing occurred during the commission of a felony, both men can be charged with murder even though… from Latest – San Diego Union Tribune via IFTTT