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11 alleged illegal immigrants rescued from boat off Point Loma

Eight women and three men, all suspected illegal immigrants, were rescued in a boat adrift off San Diego's Point Loma after one of the women made a 911 emergency call.

One of the women is pregnant, authorities said.

The Coast Guard and Border Patrol responded to the call, which occurred at 2 a.m. Tuesday. The boat, whose motor had failed, was found three hours later about three miles from shore.

The 11 were taken into custody


Couple allegedly killed by teen driver identified

Suspects sought in Rancho Palos Verdes home invasion robbery

LAUSD to pay Miramonte victims $30 million; teacher due in court

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Driver, 37 pounds of coke seized at U.S.-Mexico border

Confiscated cocaine seized in Calexico.
A Mexican citizen was arrested on suspicion of trying to sneak in nearly 37 pounds of cocaine at a border checkpoint in Calexico, federal authorities said Thursday.

The cocaine, worth an estimated $440,000 on the street, was sealed in 15 packages hidden in the quarter panels of the red 1999 Jeep Cherokee, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The 29-year-old Calexico resident driving the jeep was stopped Tuesday morning after a customs officer "noticed the driver was nervous," the department said in a statement.

Officers used drug-sniffing dogs and X-ray equipment to find the coke.

The man was turned over to federal investigators and was being held at the Imperial County Jail, authorities said. His name was not released. 


Hotel resident disgusted after tourist's body found in water tank

O.C. shooting: Business owner recalled as 'a friend to everyone'

Carl Washington, a former assemblyman, to plead guilty to fraud

— Robert J. Lopez


Photo: Confiscated cocaine. Credit: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Police investigate man's death while in custody at border crossing


San Diego police are investigating the death of a 51-year-old man who collapsed while being detained at the San Ysidro border crossing by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.

The man and two relatives had just driven across the border from Mexico when they were detained Saturday for inspection, according to Lt. Ernie Herbert of the police department homicide unit.

During the inspection, the man, who was not identified, was handcuffed and taken into a security office, Herbert said. After the handcuffs were removed, he was ordered to empty his pockets.

"As he placed items on a counter, he collapsed," Herbert said. An agent began resuscitation efforts. The man was pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly after 9 p.m.

The agents "did not use any force on the suspect when taking him into custody or transporting him," Herbert said. An autopsy is pending. The lead agent was identified only as a two-year veteran of Customs and Border Protection.


Protesters show support for Christopher Dorner

Riverside officer wounded in Dorner manhunt is identified

Ex-mayor who gambled away $1 billion is to pay restitution

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: The San Ysidro border checkpoint entering the U.S. from Mexico. Credit: Los Angeles Times

Dorner manhunt: Border security bolstered, airports alerted by TSA

Authorities continued to keep extra eyes on the border and skies Monday as wanted ex-police officer Christopher Dorner evaded authorities.

The multi-agency manhunt for the former Los Angeles police officer and Navy veteran has prompted state alerts in both California and Nevada as the search stretched into another day. Dorner, described as "armed and extremely dangerous," is suspected of fatally shooting three people and wounding two others, and allegedly threatened police in what authorities believe to be an online manifesto that he posted.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry continued to monitor all southbound lanes into Mexico, creating hours-long delays during peak crossing times.  Agents were also stationed at all pedestrian crossings into Tijuana, said Angelica De Cima, a Customs  spokesperson.

TIMELINE: Manhunt for ex-LAPD officer

Mexican authorities have also bolstered security at the ports of entry and notified local, state and federal police to be on the lookout for Dorner, though there's no evidence he has slipped into their territory.

"They’re pretty sure he’s still in California somewhere," said Alfredo Arenas, chief international liaison officer for the Baja California state police. "They don’t think he had a chance to cross."

The Transportation Security Administration has also urged pilots and aircraft operators to be alert and watch for stolen planes or suspicious passengers.

PHOTOS: Manhunt for ex-LAPD officer

"It is believed that Dorner received flight training during his time in the U.S. Navy, but the extent
of his potential flying skills is unknown," a notification read.

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Man deported after murder conviction arrested reentering U.S.

A 41-year-old man deported to Mexico in 1995 after being convicted of murder in Los Angeles County was arrested after reentering the United States illegally, federal authorities said Tuesday.

The man spent four years in state prison following the 1991 conviction and had his permanent resident card revoked, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

He was arrested over the weekend by Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint on California Highway 86 between Westmorland and Salton City in Imperial County. The man was detained pending federal charges for entering the country illegally, according to authorities.

His name was not released. No additional details were immediately available.


Tour bus crash: Residents smelled burning brakes, heard horn

Possible remains of Laguna Hills man found buried in Ontario

Amid molestation scandal, archdiocese mulls $200-million fund-raiser

-- Robert J. Lopez

'Seal-cam' to let world see seals on the beach in La Jolla


The seals on the beach at the Children's Pool in La Jolla -- the objects of two decades of litigation and political bickering -- now have their own "seal cam" so the public can watch them all day, every day.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner announced Thursday that a camera has been installed atop the lifeguard tower and is aimed at the beach where the seals lounge and give birth to their pups. The cam is being paid for by the nonprofit Western Alliance for Nature.

The camera is equipped with night vision capability. The cam will stream video on the mayor's website, www.sandiego.gov/mayor, and will also be on City TV Channel 24 in the city of San Diego, between council meetings.

The camera will allow an "up-close view of these amazing creatures to not just San Diegans but people all over the world," said Western Alliance for Nature co-founder Sara Win.

Amazing, yes, but also controversial. The dispute continues between people who say the seals should be allowed to remain on the beach and people who say the seals should be shooed away so that other people, particularly children, can use the beach more expansively.

Much of that dispute has occurred in federal court, where cameras are not allowed.


Latinos to make up plurality of Californians by 2014, report finds

Chris Brown wants to talk to detectives about Frank Ocean brawl

U.S. activist says he was locked in cell for nine months in Vietnam

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Seals (and people) on the beach at the Children's Pool in La Jolla. Credit: Los Angeles Times

Three arrested in iPad burglary from San Diego school

San Diego authorities are investigating to see if three Riverside County men arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of stealing 29 iPads from a school near Del Mar are linked to a string of similar break-ins and thefts at area schools.

The men were arrested about 3 a.m. at the Border Patrol checkpoint along Interstate 15 at Temecula. When the driver and his passengers appeared nervous, an inspection was performed on their 1992 Lexus.

Inside the trunk were 29 iPads, a MacBook and an Epson projector, along with bolt cutters, a rubber mallet, flashlights and gloves, according to the Border Patrol.

Minutes earlier, San  Diego police had gone to Del Mar Heights Elementary School to investigate a burglar alarm. Police found that iPads and a MacBook had been stolen, officials said.

In recent weeks, thieves have carted off more than $200,000 worth of tablets and laptop computers from schools in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Cardiff, Poway, Solana Beach, Valley Center and Lakeside.

The three suspects arrested Wednesday were Eyon Zimmerman, 19, and Thomas Burleson, 21, both of Hemet, and Trevor Williams, 21, of Moreno Valley. They are set to be arraigned Friday in San Diego County Superior Court.


Ring accused of burglarizing the homes of Times subscribers

Manti Te’o hoax spurred by 'romantic relationship,' Dr. Phil says

New Lindsay Lohan attorney says actress deserves 'mercy,' not jail

--Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: iPads found in the trunk of 1992 Lexus and identified as being stolen from Del Mar Heights Elementary School. Credit: U.S. Border Patrol

Ex-customs officer sentenced to eight months

A former Customs and Border Protection officer was sentenced Friday to eight months in federal custody after pleading guilty to allowing his brother-in-law into the U.S., even though he knew the man was a wanted fugitive.

Thomas Silva, 33. a nine-year veteran, admitted that, while working at the San Ysidro border crossing, he entered inaccurate information about his brother-in-law's car into the department's computer system to shield him from arrest.

Federal District Judge Anthony J. Battaglia said in San Diego federal court that Silva had "brought shame" to the U.S. while working as a Customs and Border Protection officer.

Silva also admitted to defrauding an insurance company of more than $7,000 by falsely reporting that his Nissan pickup truck had been stolen. Battaglia ordered Silva to forfeit $16,000 in illegal proceeds and pay $8,129 in restitution to Farmers Insurance.


City Hall is in Andrea Alarcon's blood

Andrea Alarcon to leave post for unspecified period of time

Details emerge about night L.A. official's child was found alone

--Tony Perry in San Diego

Sea lion that lost an eye to gunshot is returned to the ocean

Buck the sea lion returning to the ocean Friday. Credit: Mike Aguilera / SeaWorld San Diego

A California sea lion found three months with a gunshot wound to the face has been returned to the ocean after rehabilitation at SeaWorld San Diego.

The mammal was found Oct. 5 floundering on the rocks of La Jolla, severely underweight and with bite wounds to its right eye. Taken to SeaWorld, veterinarians found that he had been shot point-blank, causing the loss of his right eye.

For three months, SeaWorld specialists treated the animal with antibiotics and pain medicine. On a diet of herring, sardines and capelin, the sea lion gained 50 pounds. Finally, it was determined that the animal had sufficient eyesight in its remaining eye to catch fish and forage.

On Friday, the sea lion, now named Buck (for buckshot), was released at Border Field State Park Beach.


Jimmy Kimmel invited to Humboldt State after pot jokes

Junior Seau had brain disease at time of suicide, tests show

Taft Union school shooting: Panicked parents rush to students

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Buck the sea lion returning to the ocean Friday. Credit: Mike Aguilera / SeaWorld San Diego


San Diego police kill driver of car speeding toward them

Pot found amid carrots at border crossing; driver arrested

A 29-year-old man has been arrested at the Otay Mesa border crossing on suspicion of trying to smuggle 310 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. hidden amid a load of carrots.

Officials of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the man, a U.S. citizen and resident of the Los Angeles County community of Maywood, was arrested Wednesday night and the cargo in his truck seized.

The pot, in 42 packages hidden in the boxes of carrots, has a street value of almost $500,000, officials said. A pound of carrots sells for between $1 and $3.

--Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Marijuana and carrots. Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection



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