SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A former employee at a Mission Beach fitness center, who's accused of racking up at least $40,000 in online purchases using clients' stolen IDs, pleaded not guilty Thursday to 20 criminal charges, including identity theft and grand theft.
Christopher Polley, 26, was ordered held on $400,000 bail.
He was arrested Tuesday after police searched his Pacific Beach home.
Polley worked at the Wave House from May 2010 through January of this year, and allegedly stole hundreds of applications and contracts.
Deputy District Attorney Brendan McHugh said Polley is charged with 17 counts of identity theft and one count each of grand theft, false personation and a drug charge. He faces 15 years and eight months in prison if convicted.
Superior Court Judge Peter Deddeh scheduled a July 10 readiness conference and a July 12 preliminary hearing.
After weeks of school threats countywide, local leaders are announcing a plan of action to put a stop to it.
For the first time, the SwimRun will be part of the 45th San Diego Crew Classic; the huge athletic event will be at Mission Bay.
Sheriff's detectives were conducting a follow-up investigation Friday after determining that a pair of bomb threats made against two North County high schools late Thursday night was likely part of a "swatting" hoax, authorities said.
Testimony continued Thursday in the civil lawsuit surrounding the mysterious death of Rebecca Zahau as her boyfriend Jonah Shacknai took the stand.
The bulk of the rain is over however there will be another slight chance of light showers in the mountains late Saturday night into Sunday morning.
A man rescued by firefighters and a Sheriff's Deputy from a burning mobile home in Spring Valley was detained and being questioned Friday morning on suspicion of intentionally sparking the blaze, authorities said.
A group of North County lifeguards were honored Thursday night with the Medal of Valor for saving the life of a boater who wound up stranded on a jetty last October.
A San Bernardino man was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for carrying out a credit/debit fraud scheme that targeted retail stores, restaurants and hotels throughout San Diego County, prosecutors announced Thursday.
The defense team of a Marine accused in a fatal stabbing on a California Marine Corps base argued Thursday that the death was a tragic accident and the two friends were playing around with a knife.