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.
Two people died early Sunday morning after a high-speed chase ended in a head-on crash in North County.
A warming trend that began Sunday in most of San Diego County will continue Monday with dry and warmer weather expected to continue until the middle of this week.
The San Diego Police Department has launched an internal investigation into a program intended to reward officers for making drug arrests.
Police were involved a pursuit late Saturday that ended with a deadly officer-involved shooting in Escondido.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
A man threw rocks at vehicles on Interstate 5 near Imperial Beach Sunday, and threatened police with a pickaxe as he ran into a riverbed.
San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate's top job.
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.
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.