SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose two-tenths of a cent Wednesday, the third increase by that amount in four days.
The average price of $3.982 is the highest since Aug. 17, 2008 and 3.6 cents higher than a week ago, 50.3 cents above what it was one month ago and 90.2 cents greater than it was one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.
The average price is 64.8 cents less than the record high of $4.63 set on June 19, 2008.
The average price has risen 41 times in the past 43 days, including two-tenths of a cent Sunday and Monday and a half-cent Tuesday.
The smaller gasoline price increases follow decreases in domestic crude oil prices. The price of a barrel of benchmark crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell $4 to $97.18 Tuesday because of the possibility of falling demand from Japan following a devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Crude oil costs account for two-thirds to three-quarters of the price of a gallon of gasoline, according to Tupper Hull of the Western States Petroleum Association, a trade association representing oil companies in six western states.
A 16-year-old boy was allegedly drunk when he crashed his car into a stopped vehicle, pinning a motorist between two bumpers, police said Sunday.
San Diego and other areas of Southern California may get significant rain this week, according to the National Weather Service.
Two people were killed in head-on crash, as the driver of a stolen car sped away from deputies and veered into oncoming traffic near Pauma Valley Sunday.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
A large plume of smoke filled the sky in Miramar on Saturday morning after a concrete supply building went up in flames.
SANDAG began removing call boxes along urban highways throughout the San Diego region this month and will continue to do so through June, reflecting a decrease in call volume due to the increase in cell phone ownership.
Authorities today announced that police have arrested a suspect in connection with Friday's sexual assault on the campus of San Diego Mesa College. The name of the suspect was not immediately released.
Police Chief David Nisleit Friday strongly disavowed what he described as an unofficial, "never authorized" departmental program that rewarded officers for making narcotics arrests.