October 6, 1992 |
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department on Monday dispatched a team of detectives to investigate the beating of three Central American migrants with bats last week, and the FBI launched a civil rights investigation. Sheriff's officials said they hoped to send a strong message that vigilante actions will not be tolerated.
October 12, 1991 |
Bobby Duckworth, a former wide receiver with the Rams and San Diego Chargers, was ordered to stand trial in Vista Municipal Court on charges of raping and assaulting a woman he met in a Carlsbad bar. Similar charges against Duckworth involving a second woman were dismissed by Judge Michael B. Harris because of insufficient evidence. Duckworth, 32, who played parts of six seasons in the NFL, has pleaded not guilty. He remains jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.
November 27, 1988
Child endangerment allegations have been lodged against the parents of a 5-year-old Chula Vista girl who accidentally shot a 2-year-old playmate in the head with a .38-caliber revolver the parents kept in a bathroom cabinet, according to police. Thomas Molina, 58, and his wife, Irma, 31, were arrested a few hours after Mary Ann Burns was shot. The child was listed in critical condition at a hospital after surgery to remove bullet fragments from her head.
January 6, 1989
San Diego police and U.S. Border Patrol agents shot and killed two suspected bandits and wounded two others after they allegedly tried to rob the lawmen in a canyon, authorities said. Police Sgt. Nate Caplan said that the officers involved in the shooting were members of the Border Crimes Prevention Unit, a joint police-Border Patrol unit that patrols canyons infested with Mexican bandits who prey on illegal aliens slipping into the United States.
October 13, 1992 |
Every week for years, 39-year-old Jose Luis Lopez has left his wife and two small daughters in their dusty Mexicali Valley colonia to work in San Diego County, returning home on weekends with his earnings and a few building supplies to put toward the family home. But on Oct. 2, Lopez arrived home with a deep gash on his forehead, a bandaged head, and several loose teeth.
May 10, 1989
Johnny Rodgers, former Heisman Trophy winner, is seeking to overturn his 1987 assault conviction, claiming the trial judge improperly instructed the jury and limited Rodgers' questioning of prospective jurors. Rodgers, who won the Heisman in 1972 as a running back at Nebraska, represented himself at the San Diego trial after dismissing five attorneys. Rodgers was convicted in January, 1987, of assault on a cable television technician who had gone to Rodgers' home in suburban Bonita, Calif.