San Diego woman gets 20 years to life for killing wife


Tiffany LaToya Nowden, 41, has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for killing her wife, Russina Vale, 38, and was ordered to pay $2,489 for her funeral expenses. Nowden was sentenced by San Diego Superior Court Judge Fred Link following her guilty plea to second-degree murder in the June 5, 2014, stabbing […]

Hillcrest ‘smash and grab’ burglars sent to prison


Two men who were involved in the “smash and grab” burglary series of businesses in Hillcrest and elsewhere were sentenced Jan. 25 to prison terms. The longest sentence of 10 years and eight months went to Jeffrey Ryan Jakse, 27, who was arrested in Hillcrest Oct. 19. Carlos Carranza Castaneda, 25, received five years and […]

Jury convicts ex-Compton school official of sex crime


After only about 45 minutes of deliberations, a San Diego jury convicted a former Compton School Board member Jan. 28 of performing oral sex on a sleeping straight man in his hotel room. Skyy De’Anthony Fisher, 32, had been free on $100,000 bond, but San Diego Superior Court Judge Runston Maino ordered him into jail […]

Pride’s annual meeting reveals $200K rain cost, 2015 achievements

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San Diego LGBT Pride’s rain-soaked 2015 music festival fell short of generating enough revenue to cover expenses, to the approximate tune of $200,000 – that’s why this year’s event will be covered by rain insurance, says the organization’s top administrator. “We will have rain insurance this year,” said executive director, Stephen Whitburn in response to […]

Bob Filner’s former chief of staff to release book

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SAN DIEGO – An attorney and powerful woman in her own right, Lee Burdick thought she had seen, heard and litigated everything; but nothing could have prepared her for the political firestorm that exploded during her nine-month tenure as a key member of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s team. Her meteoric rise in the mayor’s […]

UC San Diego Health and nation’s cancer centers endorse HPV vaccination for prevention

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In response to low national vaccination rates for the human papillomavirus (HPV), Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health has joined 68 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers in issuing a statement urging for increased HPV vaccination. With approximately 40 percent of girls and 21 percent of boys receiving the recommended three doses, these […]

Speaker Atkins leads effort to put nearly $600 million back in the hands of hard-working San Diegans

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SAN DIEGO, Calif.  – State Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins, Assembly member Shirley Weber and nearly 100 community representatives from diverse sectors joined the CalEITC4Me Campaign in celebration of California’s EITC Day Friday at the Jacobs Center in San Diego to mark the availability of the new state Earned Income Tax Credit.  Speaker Atkins played […]

Preliminary hearing set for ‘Bridal Bandit’


A March 7 preliminary hearing is set for the Bridal Bandit, a 50-year-old woman who allegedly stole credit cards from brides during marriage ceremonies. Denise Louise Gunderson, who is also known under the name of Denise Burns, was extradited from Las Vegas and was arraigned recently in San Diego Superior Court on 25 counts of […]

City says abandoned Haggen store is a nuisance

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The City of San Diego declared the vacant Haggen grocery store building at 2235 University Ave. in North Park “a public nuisance” and ordered the company to clean up the site within 10 days, according to the notice posted Jan. 11 at the closed store. Haggen declared bankruptcy in 2015 and closed all of its […]

Murder trial set for drunk driver who killed Hillcrest hair stylist


An April 18 trial has been set for the alleged drunk driver who killed Oscar Melero, a longtime well known hair stylist in Hillcrest. The driver is charged with second-degree murder and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Melero, 52, was on his way to the California 10/20 run at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Interstate 5 […]

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