Judge confirms Trump University settlement, overrules one protest

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. — A federal judge has finalized the $25 million settlement made by President Donald Trump to end the Trump University lawsuits in San Diego. The judge rejected the plea of one plaintiff who wanted to sue Trump on her own and to try and get an apology. U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo […]

Guilty plea by motorist in hit and run death of National City man

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A 20-year-old motorist will be sentenced April 17 after he pleaded guilty to hit and run in the death of an 81-year-old retired attorney who was killed Feb. 13 walking his two small dogs in National City. Robert Turner Gustafson, 81, worked as an attorney for 54 years and was a public defender with an […]

MCC’s Rev. Caedmon Grace seriously injured in motorcycle accident


Rev. Caedmon Grace is improving after being seriously injured March 20 in a motorcycle accident minutes after leaving the Metropolitan Community Church where he works as minister of congregational life. Grace, 38, sustained multiple fractures on his left leg and was initially taken to the UCSD trauma unit. He was transferred to another hospital March […]

Alleged killer’s attorney wants victim’s online ads admitted as evidence


The attorney for an Otay Mesa man accused of killing his boyfriend in Mexico has asked a judge to admit personal online ads by the victim into evidence during the April murder trial. David Enrique Meza, 26, is charged with stabbing Jake Merendino, 52, to death off a highway between Rosarito and Ensenada, Mexico. He […]

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


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


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


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


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 […]

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