SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An 18-year-old man who tagged a downtown courtroom as he waited for a hearing on another one of his graffiti cases pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony vandalism charge.
Francisco Canseco faces probation and local jail time when he is sentenced Aug. 5.
As part of the plea deal, 32 misdemeanor charges were dismissed and Canseco will be required to pay restitution of more than $16,000, said Deputy District Attorney Curtis Ross.
Canseco was in court April 24 on the misdemeanor case, and the next day, a court services deputy sheriff noticed fresh graffiti on chairs and hallway benches outside the courtroom.
Authorities used the Graffiti Tracker software program to trace a graffiti moniker back to Canseco, who was arrested at his City Heights home.
Judge Charles Gill ordered Canseco held without bail pending sentencing.
Adam Shacknai is on the stand Monday morning, as testimony continues in the wrongful death lawsuit of Rebecca Zahau.
The San Diego Police Department has launched an internal investigation into a program intended to reward officers for making drug arrests.
Since the shooting massacre last month at a Florida high school, at least 19 threats have been made against San Diego-area schools, and the San Diego County District Attorney's office has charged nine juveniles in connection with those threats and menacing messages.
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.
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.