SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two men who admitted their roles in the kidnapping of a man from a Chula Vista home four years ago were expected to learn their fates Friday.
Christian Rojas and Ricardo Lopez Puentes were scheduled to be sentenced Friday morning at the downtown San Diego courthouse in connection with the kidnapping of Mario Leyva on May 14, 2007. Leyva was taken to Mexico, where he was beaten and held for ransom for six months.
During an earlier court proceeding, Deputy District Attorney James Fontaine said Leyva participated in a drug deal at a residence in the Eastlake neighborhood of Chula Vista just prior to the kidnapping. During his six months in captivity, he was held by a drug cartel, believed to be the Arellano-Felix cartel or an offshoot of that group, according to authorities.
The kidnappers initially placed a call to Leyva's brother and demanded $65,000 in ransom, then upped the demand the next day to $500,000, Fontaine said.
In November 2007, the kidnappers decided to release Leyva as long as he worked for the cartel, but he went to a hospital instead and contacted law enforcement, Fontaine said.
An investigation was underway Sunday into a possible arson attack at a mosque in Escondido, according to authorities.
San Diego Habitat for Humanity dedicated the first four homes of an affordable housing community in Logan Heights on Saturday.
At least one person was killed and three were injured in a crash on state Route 163 in Balboa Park early Saturday morning.
Chaos ensued on a Phoenix freeway on Friday morning after a car crashed off the side of the road. As witnesses pulled over to help, they saw a man stabbing a woman to death.
Sheriff's deputies arrested more than two dozen people as part of a warrant sweep in South Bay on Saturday -- including a man who tried to resist being taken into custody.
The city of San Diego's Environmental Services Department hosted an automotive product recycling event on Saturday at San Diego Miramar College.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Friday to bypass environmental regulations to prepare for the next wildfire season, a move he said was necessary to prevent further loss of life even as it frustrated activists in a state viewed as a national environmental leader.
Henry Avocado Corporation is voluntarily recalling California-grown whole avocados sold in bulk at retail stores because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose on Saturday to its highest amount since Sept. 2, 2015, increasing 3.6 cents to $3.462, one day after recording its largest daily increase since Nov. 4, 2017 -- 3.8 cents.