SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two teenagers were jailed today on suspicion of being responsible for more than 900 graffiti crimes that have plagued the city of Vista in recent months.
Sheriff's investigators serving search warrants in the cases Monday morning arrested Pedro Luis Padilla, 18, and a 15-year-old boy whose name was withheld because he is a minor, Deputy Adrian Moses said.
Padilla, who was taken into custody on Meadow Lark Drive in San Diego, is suspected of committing about 470 tagging offenses in the North County city, using the nickname "Selik." He was being held in county jail without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
Separately, the underage suspect allegedly defaced roughly 460 locations under the moniker "Slik," according to Moses. The boy was arrested on West Los Angeles Drive in Vista and booked into juvenile hall.
Combined, municipal cleanup costs related to the vandalism totaled about $275,000, the deputy said.
Two dogs attacked a woman and her toddler son on an East County roadside Thursday, leaving them seriously injured, authorities said.
A San Diego man who beat, raped and strangled a female friend after watching her have sex with another couple, then stuffed her body in a suitcase and put it out with the trash was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
On Friday, more pups across the country will join their masters at the office, gym and other businesses for the 20th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris toured the Otay Mesa Immigration and Detention Facility Friday and visited migrant mothers who were separated from their children.
Three buildings on the campus of San Diego State University were briefly evacuated Friday due to a gas leak.
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As the weather heats up, County Animal Services says you may see more rattlesnakes out and about. The department has already received 656 rattlesnake calls since the beginning of the year, 100 more than last year at this time. Some 30 calls came in since last Wednesday.
A bleeding, gravely injured man banged on the door of a Lemon Grove home in an apparent last-gasp plea for help, and his death a short time later prompted sheriff's deputies to launch a homicide investigation, authorities said Friday.
High pressure over Northern Mexico will warm temperatures Friday. Coastal areas cooler due to weak onshore flow. Excessive heat warning in effect for San Diego County deserts through Friday evening.