SANTEE (CNS) - An Arizona woman was behind bars in San Diego County Tuesday on suspicion of fatally beating a stranger at a Sorrento Valley hotel over the Labor Day weekend.
Donna Louise Powell, 40, was booked into Las Colinas women's jail in Santee on Monday on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the death of 42-year-old Pamela Guziak.
Powell allegedly inflicted a serious head injury on Guziak during a Sept. 1 fight at the lodge in the 10000 block of Pacific Mesa Boulevard, where both women were staying.
The next day, hotel employees found Guziak unconscious on the floor of her room. Medics took her to a hospital, where she died of a brain hemorrhage several days later, San Diego police Lt. Jorge Duran said.
Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Powell on Nov. 1. She was arrested last Wednesday in Glendale, Ariz., where she lives with her husband and at least one child, the lieutenant said.
It was unclear what led to the alleged dispute between Powell, who was vacationing at the time, and Guziak, who had been living at the hotel for several months. The women apparently had not met previously, Duran said.
Officers responded to an emergency call reporting the fracas but made no immediate arrests.
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.
Two people died early Sunday morning after a high-speed chase ended in a head-on crash in North County.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
An approaching winter storm is poised to open an "atmospheric river" of subtropical rain clouds on Southern California this week, but the San Diego area is expected to see just a fraction of that moisture, forecasters 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.