SANTEE (CNS) - A young woman suspected of carrying out more than 300 graffiti offenses in Vista over the last eight months was behind bars Wednesday on suspicion of a slate of felony charges.
Deputies arrested Ramona Elena Montes, 18, in the inland North County city on Tuesday evening during a crackdown on tagging along stretches of railroad tracks and other areas targeted by those who deface property with slogans and gang monikers, according to sheriff's officials.
Investigators consider Montes a "high-profile" perpetrator who allegedly caused upwards of $105,000 worth of damage between last August and April, Sgt. Glen Twyman said.
Montes, who went by the tagging nickname "Haze," was booked into the Las Colinas women's jail in Santee on suspicion of a dozen vandalism counts and a conspiracy allegation, according to Twyman.
She was being held on $10,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
San Diego and other areas of Southern California may get significant rain this week, according to the National Weather Service.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant 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.
SANDAG began removing call boxes along urban highways throughout the San Diego region this month and will continue to do so through June, reflecting a decrease in call volume due to the increase in cell phone ownership.
Authorities today announced that police have arrested a suspect in connection with Friday's sexual assault on the campus of San Diego Mesa College. The name of the suspect was not immediately released.
Police Chief David Nisleit Friday strongly disavowed what he described as an unofficial, "never authorized" departmental program that rewarded officers for making narcotics arrests.
On Friday, San Diego Police announced their search for a suspect involved in a robbery off the San Diego State University campus.
A court-appointed receiver has taken control of a Pacific Beach "hoarder house" that has accumulated trash, created unsafe conditions for children and harbored vermin in recent years, the San Diego City Attorney's Office announced Friday.