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April 12, 2009 | Tony Perry
A small private plane bound from Pacoima to Brown Field near the Mexican border crashed Saturday morning in a remote part of Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, killing two people, officials said. The plane, a Piper Comanche, crashed east of Interstate 15. No structures on the ground were damaged. The identities of the victims were not released Saturday, and the crash was still under investigation. -- Tony Perry
June 5, 2004
Reader Richard Jennings' petulant sniping at reporter Tony Perry's medical misfortune while covering Marine combat operations in Falloujah for the past three months is both unseemly and well off the mark (Letters, May 30). Perry has consistently and accurately reported on the actions and the troops involved in a manner deserving of the hightest commendation. As a Marine combat veteran from a long-ago conflict in Korea, I would welcome Perry in my foxhole anytime. Art Thatcher Thousand Oaks
June 7, 2008 | Tony Perry
A 19-year-old man was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for setting a brush fire. It only covered about 200 square feet, but was set during a state-declared emergency as fire raced through hundreds of thousands of acres in San Diego County. Gorgonio Nava pleaded guilty to a single count of arson. The fire was set Oct. 23, two days after the emergency was declared throughout Southern California. -- Tony Perry
July 25, 2008 | Tony Perry
Manslaughter and assault charges against Marine Sgt. Johnny F. Winnick have been dismissed, the Marine Corps announced Thursday. Winnick, 24, of San Diego, had been charged in the death of two Syrians and the wounding of two others in June 2007. A hearing officer recommended the charges be dropped. Lt. Gen. Samuel Helland, commanding general of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, agreed with the recommendations. -- Tony Perry
July 29, 2008 | Tony Perry
A La Jolla man was sentenced Monday to 15 months in federal prison for making hoax bomb threats to UC San Diego. Richard Sills, 55, conceded making the calls and planting a fake bomb in an effort to disrupt animal research on the campus. District Judge Larry Burns also ordered Sills to pay $10,419 in restitution to the campus and to a research firm targeted by his late 2007 hoax. -- Tony Perry
December 12, 2008 | Tony Perry
Fourteen people from Southern California with ties to China have been indicted on charges of smuggling the illegal drug ecstasy to the U.S., officials said Thursday. Nine of the 14 are in custody; the others are being sought. The alleged scheme involved trips from Los Angeles to Guangzhou. A year ago more than 49,000 pills were seized during a raid in San Gabriel, according to court documents. -- Tony Perry
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