Band director denies sex acts with teenager


A music teacher at Bonita Vista High School is free on $325,000 bond after appearing in court and denying charges he had sex with a male teenage student 5-6 years ago. Jason Jerome Mangan-Magabilin, 38, has been band director at the Chula Vista school since 2006. He was arraigned last week in Chula Vista Superior […]

MCC San Diego holds memorial service for three murdered homeless men


“There is no one unimportant.” That’s what Rev. Wayne Riggs said as he delivered the eulogy at the memorial service for three murdered homeless men who were “victims of this unimaginable act.” More than 50 people gathered Aug. 7 for the memorial service at San Diego’s Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) for Angelo DeNardo, 53, Shawn […]

Teenager testifies needles held to neck during carjacking

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A 17-year-old Grossmont High School student has testified he was carjacked by a man who put hypodermic needles to his neck, saying they contained the AIDS virus. The student, who was only identified in court as Branik, pointed to Thomas Johnson, 36, as the man who approached him outside a restaurant on Parkway Drive in […]

Ray Ellis drops out of District 1 San Diego City Council race

Ray Ellis

Ray Ellis, Democrat Barbara Bry’s opponent in the San Diego City Council District 1 race, has dropped out. According to a KPBS report Ellis cited what he expects to be a divisive presidential race as a reason for dropping out. “As we look to November, I believe the toxicity and the divisiveness at the top […]

After the DNC: A clear choice for the LGBTQ community and the country


The Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia have come and gone. In their wake there is a clear choice for the LGBTQ community and for the country at large. After seeing the doom and gloom being projected by the RNC, the “Midnight in America” convention, the DNC […]

MCC bids farewell to Pam Raptis after 21 years of service


The Metropolitan Community Church bid farewell Sunday to Pam Raptis who will be joining her partner Alisan Rowland who is now the pastor of the MCC in New Orleans. A certificate of appreciation was given to Raptis for her 21 years of service to MCC that included various roles including board of directors for 11 […]

Railroad spikes used to kill San Diego homeless victims

Angelo de Nardo
Photo courtesy of Teresa Biery

Railroad spikes were plunged into the bodies of three San Diego homeless men who were killed in a series of attacks, a prosecutor told a judge on Tuesday. Deputy District Attorney Makenzie Harvey told San Diego Superior Court Judge Fred Maguire the actions by Jon David Guerrero, 39, involved “extreme planning in each of the […]

San Diego Police Officer fatally shot, another wounded; suspect in custody

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A San Diego Police Officer has been shot dead and another near fatally wounded in a routine police stop late Thursday. The shooting happened at around 11 p.m. local time in the Southcrest neighborhood, San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman told reporters early Friday outside Scripps Mercy Hospital. The officers – both assigned to the […]

Former Compton school board member gets six years prison for unconscious oral sex


A former Compton school board member who was convicted of oral copulation upon a sleeping straight man was sentenced July 14 to six years in state prison. Probation was denied to Skyy DeAnthony Fisher, 33, by San Diego Superior Court Judge Runston Maino, who said the emotional injuries to the 25-year-old victim were “profound.” Fisher […]

First San Diego homeless murder victim attended MCC


A memorial service will be held for Angelo De Nardo, who attended Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) and was the first homeless victim killed in a series of five attacks on homeless men. Two others were killed and two seriously injured. No date has been set yet for the service, but Senior Pastor Dan Koeshall made […]

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