The State Department of Mental Health today recommended placing sexually violent predator Matthew Hedge at a location adjacent to Donovan State Prison in Otay Mesa.
The recommendation comes two days after officials withdrew their original proposal to place Hedge at a home in Ramona.
Ramona residents protested Hedge being placed in their community, and the owner of the property subsequently tore up the agreement he signed with the state agency.
Hedge, 45, pleaded guilty in 1989 to molesting two boys and two girls in the San Diego area and served prison time before entering a treatment program at Coalinga State Hospital.
After completing the multi-phase treatment program in November 2005, he was allowed to live in a trailer outside the walls of Donovan State Prison in Otay Mesa. But he was returned to Coalinga in January 2006, after state officials monitoring his movements said he talked with two girls at a treatment center, lied to staff and had a deviant sexual fantasy about a child.
Last October, Judge Michael Wellington ruled that Hedge should be released back into San Diego County on an outpatient basis.
The judge will hold a public hearing on April 13 to consider the proposed placement of Hedge at the Donovan site.
The public may lodge comments until March 27 about the placement recommendation via e-mail, sdsafedoj.ca.gov; telephone, (858) 495-3639; or mail. The address is SVP Release/SAFE Task Force, 9425 Chesapeake Drive, San Diego, CA, 92123.
The San Diego Rescue Mission opened its doors to the homeless community on Saturday for its annual Thanksgiving celebration.
A man died after his body caught fire, police said Saturday. At 11:30 p.m. Friday, police received a call regarding a person on fire in a field near 5200 Pacific Highway in Mission Bay Park, according to the San Diego Police Department.
Hoping for the best but preparing for the worst, local business owners and first responders teamed up for an all-to-real feeling hazard drill on Saturday.
A 5-year-old girl who was abducted from New York by her 32-year-old mother, who does not have custody of the child, was found safe Saturday in San Diego, police said.
Before Saturday, Marine veteran Joshua Ray, his wife and six children had just one vehicle to use for all of their family business, and Ray had to take the train from Oceanside to San Diego every day to get to work.
A sea of pink will travel through San Diego starting Friday for the Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day. The 60 mile journey kicks off early Friday morning and ends Sunday evening at the final destination – the celebratory Closing Ceremony.
A man arrested on suspicion of committing a murder in Imperial Beach earlier this week remained jailed Saturday.
Spencer Abbott had two goals and two assists after missing two games and Eric Fehr scored twice in his debut with the San Diego Gulls in an 8-3 victory over the Tucson Roadrunners Friday night.
On Friday, a fourth woman came forward with disturbing allegations of sexual assault by a San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy.
Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitarist and guiding force behind the bawdy hard rock band AC/DC who helped create such head-banging anthems as "Highway to Hell," ''Hell's Bells" and "Back in Black," has died.