SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A former Vista resident who posted a video on Facebook showing him mutilating and killing an opossum was charged with animal abuse, the San Diego Humane Society announced Thursday.
Carter Livingston, 19, allegedly posted a video showing him striking an opossum with a meat cleaver 44 times, eventually killing the animal, said Candice Eley of the San Diego Humane Society.
A local resident reported the video to the San Diego Humane Society on June 4, Eley said.
The organization's investigation unit determined that Livingston had moved to Placer County north of Sacramento, where the district attorney there filed an animal abuses charge against Livingston Wednesday, Eley said.
If found guilty, Livingston could face up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $20,000.
A transient was behind bars Tuesday on suspicion of fatally stabbing two other homeless men last week at an Otay Mesa strip mall.
San Diego County emergency and fire officials are urging residents to protect homes against devastating wildfires as fire season kicks into full gear.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday to celebrate the opening of a joint-use park at McKinley Elementary.
A vote is expected Tuesday as the Del Mar Fair Board considers transforming the Surf Side Race Place into a new indoor entertainment venue.
The San Diego City Council Tuesday formally approved a $225,000 settlement in litigation brought by a deputy city attorney, who alleged sexual harassment by her former supervisor.
The Gate Fire, which has burned about 2,056 acres northwest of Dulzura, was 95 percent contained Monday. Cal Fire also reported that all evacuation orders and warnings were lifted in the fire area.
The Gate Fire northwest of Dulzura has been fully contained. Cal Fire says its crews will remain on scene Tuesday mopping up and guarding against flareups.
The North County Transit District (NCTD) has voted to lay off its enforcement officers that patrol local train and bus stations.