VISTA (CNS) - A man who threw paint thinner on an Escondido motel owner and tried to set him on fire after becoming angry about his bill was sentenced Thursday to five years in state prison.
Jess Wayne Swanguen, 54, was mad about possibly being overcharged for his room last Jan. 17 at the Hacienda Motel on North Broadway, said Deputy District Attorney Jodi Breton.
He splashed paint thinner on the owner and in the motel office and used a lighter to ignite it, but the man's clothing did not ignite and he escaped injury, the prosecutor said.
Police arrived and arrested Swanguen at the motel.
The defendant pleaded guilty to a a felony charge of arson of an inhabited dwelling for starting a small fire in the motel's phone system, Breton said.
According to Scripps Ranch residents, for weeks they've been waking up to deep scrapes and scratches that someone keyed in their vehicles, and on Sunday an arrest was made in connection with the incidents.
One person was killed and several others seriously injured in a head-on crash Sunday in Scripps Ranch.
A 71-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of stabbing her 31-year-old son at least four times with a kitchen knife, when an argument at their San Diego home Sunday escalated into a fight.
The San Diego Gulls will seek their team-record ninth consecutive victory Sunday when they face their rival, the Ontario Reign, at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.
Some public facilities will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day and the Metropolitan Transit System will offer reduced service.
Just the thought of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer joining the downtrodden, youthful San Diego Padres sent a morning jolt through the spring training clubhouse.
Cold weather, light rain, mountain snow and gusty winds are all in the cards for San Diego County, forecasters said Sunday.