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August 26, 1992 | THOM MROZEK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two men charged with murdering a popular Grossmont High School student were ordered to stand trial Tuesday after an emotional hearing that included testimony from an alleged accomplice. Municipal Judge Frank A. Brown ordered the trial for Aaron Sylvester Hill, 20, and the victim's former boyfriend, Alex Love II, 19, after several witnesses linked the men to the killing. Love is charged with being the gunman who fired two bullets from a semiautomatic pistol into Tameka Henderson's head and torso.
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April 21, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- After a five-hour standoff with a SWAT team, a drug suspect identified as linked to a Mexican prison gang was found dead Monday in a La Mesa motel of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot, officials said. U.S. marshals had attempted to arrest the 40-year-old man being sought on a federal drug warrant. After shooting at the marshals, he refused to leave his room at a Rodeway Inn. After negotiations proved futile, authorities used a flash grenade. A woman in the room, possibly the suspect's girlfriend, came out. When authorities rushed the room, the suspect, identified as Robert DeLeon Jr., was found dead of a gunshot wound to his head, officials said.
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February 9, 1990
A man who said he had a gun took an undetermined amount of cash Thursday during a bank holdup, police reported. The robbery occurred at the First La Mesa Bank office in the 5200 block of Jackson Drive about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. A teller handed the money to the robber, who was wearing a blue business suit, said Sgt. Charles Peightal of the La Mesa Police Department. The robber fled in a brown, four-door sedan, and was last seen headed south on Jackson.
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April 8, 2014 | By Tony Perry
  SAN DIEGO - A San Diego County sheriff's deputy shot a 55-year-old La Mesa man who had stabbed another deputy in the leg while resisting arrest, officials said Tuesday. The La Mesa man, identified as Allan David Riley, was taken to a hospital for treatment and then arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer. Riley had outstanding warrants for burglary and possession of a dagger. The wounded deputy, whose name was not revealed, was treated and released from the hospital.
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March 15, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A 52-year-old La Mesa man Friday was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of practicing medicine without a license and promising to cure patients of AIDS, cancer and other maladies. Desperate, terminally ill patients paid up to $40,000 to Keith Barton for cures, prosecutors said. A 60-year-old woman suffering from an autoimmune disease followed Barton's advice to have all her teeth extracted as part of an ineffective treatment called "dentritic cellular therapy," according to court documents.
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November 12, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A tree-trimmer was killed Tuesday morning when he was struck in the head by a large falling branch from a eucalyptus tree, officials in the San Diego suburb of La Mesa said. The man was standing in the platform of an elevated "cherry picker" when the accident occurred in a residential neighborhood. A co-worker had just cut the branch when it struck the man, who was declared dead at the scene. The cherry-picker platform was lowered to the ground with the man's body.
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October 17, 2013 | Richard Marosi
Sister Antonia Brenner, a Beverly Hills-raised mother of seven who became a Roman Catholic nun and moved into a notorious Tijuana prison where she spent more than three decades mending broken lives, easing tensions and dispensing everything from toothbrushes to bail money, has died. She was 86. Brenner, who had been in declining health, died Thursday of natural causes at the home of her religious order in Tijuana where her fellow sisters had cared for her in her final days, said Christina Brenner, her daughter-in-law.
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September 19, 2013 | By Tony Perry
The mother of two toddlers who drowned in a backyard swimming pool in La Mesa was arrested Thursday on suspicion of felony child abuse and selling and possessing drugs. One of the drug counts accuses Tassie Behrens of being under the influence of a controlled substance. She was arrested in El Cajon and booked into the women's jail in Santee. Behrens, 26, told San Diego County sheriff's deputies that she woke up about 9:45 a.m. on May 13 to find her children in the pool, floating and unresponsive.
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September 3, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A 15-hour standoff between SWAT officers and an armed man inside a home in the suburb of La Mesa ended early Tuesday when the suspect was found dead of an apparent suicide, authorities said. Several nearby homes were evacuated after a man inside the home, believed to be armed with a rifle, a shotgun and two handguns, fired multiple shots, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. A woman and three teenagers inside the home had fled after a domestic dispute between the woman and the 47-year-old man, authorities said.
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May 15, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Seven reputed Montebello-area gang members have been arrested for their alleged involvement in at least half a dozen murders stemming from ongoing rivalries over drugs and turf, authorities said Wednesday. The arrests by Montebello police and agents with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, coupled with several dozen federal and state indictments, are part of a bid to clear a backlog of unsolved gang homicides. Officials from those agencies, as well as the U.S. attorney's office and the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, were expected to hold a news conference Wednesday to release more details about the crimes and the suspects.
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May 14, 2013 | By Ruben Vives, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
A former Los Angeles Unified School District teacher was ordered to stand trial on 14 charges of sexually assaulting nine students and a relative, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge in Long Beach ruled Monday that Robert Pimentel, 57, must stand trial on multiple charges of continuous sexual abuse and molestation, two days after testimony by his alleged victims during his preliminary hearing. The judge also dismissed two charges against Pimentel.
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May 14, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A 2-year-old died Monday night after he was pulled out of a backyard swimming pool in La Mesa, San Diego County sheriff's officials announced Tuesday. His 1-year-old sister was also pulled from a pool in the same incident and was pronounced dead Monday. There is no indication of foul play, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Investigators will meet with the district attorney's staff to determine if any charges will be filed against the mother or her male friend who owned the home.
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