San Diego Democrats Re-elect Busby As Chair

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SAN DIEGO–Francine Busby won a second two-year term as Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party, outlining plans for the organization and progress for local Democrats in a high-energy, high-turnout 2015-2016 campaign cycle. Reelected unopposed at a Central Committee meeting after one other declared candidate withdrew in the interest of party unity, Busby embraced […]

FBI Arrests Oceanside Man On Child Pornography

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SAN DIEGO–A man being sought by the FBI on federal child pornography charges was arrested by FBI agents earlier this morning in Oceanside. Bartolomeo Bavarella, 31, was taken into custody by FBI agents after Bavarella self-surrendered at the Oceanside police department. A federal arrest warrant was issued on January 13 by a U.S. Magistrate judge, […]

FBI: Dozens Of Alleged Members Of Sinaloa Cartel Charged


SAN DIEGO–Sixty alleged members and associates of the Mexico-based Sinaloa Cartel—including the highest ranking leaders, lieutenants and operators of multiple distribution cells—are charged in 14 indictments unsealed today with trafficking huge quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and marijuana to points around the United States. The indictments mark the conclusion of the third phase of a […]

Scammers Sending Fraudulent E-Mails To University Employees

SAN DIEGO–University employees are receiving fraudulent e-mails indicating a change in their human resource status, FBI officials said on Wednesday. The e-mail contains a link directing the employee to log-in to their human resources website to identify this change. The website provided appears very similar to the legitimate site in an effort to steal the employee’s […]

San Diego Police To Conduct DUI Outreach Program

SAN DIEGO–The San Diego Police Department Traffic Division will be conducting a community outreach program on Thursday at 1000 Garnet between the hours of 7:30 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. “MY B.A.C.” is an effort by the San Diego Police Department in partnership with business improvement district to reduce Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and educate […]

MoneyGram To Process Child Support Payments For Parents


SAN DIEGO–Parents have a new option when it comes to making child support payments. As of Jan. 6, approximately 6,200 MoneyGram locations throughout California can process cash child support payments. Previously, parents could pay in cash only at county or regional local child support agency locations that accepted in-office payments. Those who stand to benefit […]

Rain Brings Polluted Urban Runoff To County Beaches

SAN DIEGO–The Department of Environmental Health has issued a general advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall. Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban […]

Ansun Biopharma To Pay More Than $2 Million For Overbilling The U.S.

SAN DIEGO–A local biopharmaceutical company, Ansun Biopharma, Incorporated, entered into criminal and civil settlements with the Department of Justice that will require it to make approximately $2 million in payments to the United States. These settlements resolve a criminal and related civil investigation against Ansun for submitting false and fraudulent claims on grants and a […]

Missing Dog Returns To Family

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SAN DIEGO–When the Tatar family came home in 2006 to find their dog had been apparently stolen from his outdoor kennel, they posted fliers around their El Cajon neighborhood and checked the local shelters. But there was no trace of their then 4-year-old boxer, Chance. Then, on Dec. 29, 2014, the County Department of Animal […]

County Animal Services Retrieve Colombian Boa From Toilet

Animal Control officers retrieve a Columbian boa from a business restroom toilet. Photo: County Animal Services

SAN DIEGO–A 5-foot, 6-inch Colombian rainbow boa slithered out of a toilet at downtown San Diego office building, County Animal Sevices said Tuesday. Animal Services Deputy Director Dan DeSousa said the boa was retrieved from the business’s restroom, but how it got there is still a mystery. An employee at a firm said she had […]