Homeless men murder suspect mentally competent to stand trial

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SAN DIEGO – A judge has determined Jon David Guerrero is mentally competent to stand trial for three bizarre murders of homeless men in Ocean Beach, Mission Bay and downtown. San Diego Superior Court Judge David Danielsen confirmed a psychiatric hospital’s finding that Guerrero is competent and criminal proceedings resumed in his March 20 ruling. […]

Councilmember Ward proposes additional homeless strategies for San Diego

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SAN DIEGO –  San Diego Councilmember Chris Ward (District Three) Monday issued a memo outlining a number of approaches and strategies to address San Diego’s ongoing homelessness challenges. The memo, directed to San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego City Council President Myrtle Cole, comes following a special City Council meeting specifically to receive […]

Brian Stout, Hillcrest restaurateur, philanthropist has died

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Thom Senzee, author of this article, is a West Coast-based freelance journalist, and a regular contributor to San Diego LGBT Weekly. Longtime San Diego restaurateur, Brian Stout, former owner of Brians’ American Eatery (the plural apostrophe noting the shared first name of the owners of the eatery, which once occupied the site on Washington Street […]

Hillcrest hit and run fatality driver surrenders to start jail term

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A motorist who struck and killed a 78-year-old tourist on Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest surrendered March 10 to begin his 180-day jail term for hit and run and driving under the influence of alcohol. Robert Anthony Dean, 60, told officials he was drinking alcohol at The Caliph, a popular gay bar, and left at 10:45 […]

30-year-old San Diego homicide case solved by DNA evidence

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A May 8 preliminary hearing was set for a prisoner who was recently charged with murdering a 15-year-old boy who had been sexually assaulted nearly 30 years ago. A DNA profile was developed due to recent advances in forensic technology and it matched Russell Taylor, now 56, who was serving a sentence of 25 years […]

San Diego’s crime rate is the second lowest in 47 years

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Hate crimes in the city of San Diego decreased by only one incident in 2016 over hate crimes committed in 2015 for a total of 35 crimes, according to the police chief’s report on crime statistics. There were 11 crimes attributed to the anti-gay bias of an attacker in 2016 as compared with 14 such […]

San Diego Pride to begin interviews for new executive director

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The Board of Directors of San Diego Pride announced Friday that they had selected a search committee to review applicants for the position of executive director. The initial review of applicants by Nonprofit Management Solutions has resulted in several qualified candidates. In a press release the board said, “Interviews are expected […]

Council declines to enforce SDPD anti-profiling recommendations

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Thom Senzee, author of this article, is a West Coast-based freelance journalist, and a regular contributor to San Diego LGBT Weekly. SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The San Diego City Council fell short of actions many hoped it would take Monday regarding a San Diego State University report about racially biased traffic stops executed by the […]

Former band teacher gets one year jail for sex with teen student

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“All this love ever really was – was sex, deceit, manipulation.” That’s what a young man angrily told a judge Feb. 24 that his band teacher at Bonita Vista High School had seduced him at age 16, which “has forever changed my life.” The victim, now around 23 years old, did not report the 2010-11 […]

Alleged killer’s wife pleads guilty to obstruction of justice

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A woman pleaded guilty Feb. 24 to conspiracy to obstruct justice in lying to authorities over the whereabouts of her husband who is accused of murdering his wealthy boyfriend in Mexico at the time. Taylor Marie Langston, 22, faces up to 20 years in federal prison when she is sentenced May 5 by U.S. District […]

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