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October 17, 1987
An 18-year-old Michoacan, Mexico, resident was found dead Thursday by his brother, who lives in Vista, Sheriff's Sgt. Chuck Curtis said Friday. Jose Rodriguez-Gomez left his brother's residence in Vista about 6 p.m. for an unknown destination, Curtis said. At 9:15 p.m., the victim's brother found him dead from a gunshot wound to the chest in the front seat of his car in the 1200 block of North Santa Fe Avenue in Vista. Curtis said Rodriguez-Gomez was shot sometime between 6 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
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April 16, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The Southwestern League has turned out to be one of the toughest in Southern California this season, with each victory an immense struggle. So it was no exception on Tuesday, where Vista Murrieta and pitcher J.T. McLellen came through with a 2-0 victory over No. 2-ranked Temecula Valley. McLellan struck out one, walked one and gave up five hits to help Vista Murrieta (13-4, 3-3) come up with a critical league victory over a very strong Temecula Valley (13-4, 4-2) team. Ian Nowak had a single and double and Angel Ortiz also had two hits.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A man was shot to death Friday night in an apartment complex in Vista in a confrontation with a San Diego County sheriff's deputy, officials said. The incident occurred about 6:15 p.m. in the community in northern San Diego County. The deputy was not injured, officials said. The cause of the confrontation was not immediately released. The Sheriff's Department alerted motorists to steer clear of the area while the investigation was underway. ALSO: More legal woes for Sriracha plant in fight with Irwindale L.A. weather: On-and-off light rain expected for weekend Deputies shoot, kill man threatening cars with spear, officials say Twitter: @LATsandiego tony.perry@latimes.com
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April 15, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
INDEPENDENCE, Calif. - One by one, a parade of Owens Valley residents rose at a public hearing Tuesday to assail the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's plan to meet its renewable energy goals by covering 2 square miles of high desert with 1 million solar panels. "We believe in economic development - but this is not the kind we want," Jane McDonald, who helps run a farmer's market, said at the DWP's first public presentation of the project during an Inyo County Board of Supervisors hearing.
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May 23, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A San Diego County sheriff's deputy shot a suspect during a physical altercation with "four intoxicated people smoking marijuana" in the laundry room of an apartment complex in Vista, officials said Thursday. The incident occurred Wednesday night. The suspect, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital and was listed in stable condition. The deputy, who was also injured, was treated at a hospital and released. A Taser was used in the incident, but it was unclear whether it was used by the deputy or the suspect, the sheriff's department said.
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March 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- An 18-year-old man suspected of being a prolific graffiti vandal in Vista, Calif., has been arrested, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Friday. The 303 acts of graffiti vandalism that the man, Bladimir Lopez, has been linked to have cost the city approximately $89,500 to clean, the department said. Lopez was arrested at home. The Sheriff's Department uses a computer system called Graffiti Tracker to gather information about instances of graffiti and to look for patterns, officials said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 1985 | LARRY GORDON, Times Staff Writer
The Vista Theater, which closed as a revival movie house last week, is scheduled to reopen Friday as a second-run neighborhood theater with a $2.50 admission at all times, its new management says. Its first bill is a double feature of "Beverly Hills Cop" and "The Breakfast Club." Fred Hicks, president of Studio City-based Plaza Entertainment Corp.
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February 21, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A man in Vista was arrested Thursday night after leaving his truck on the railroad tracks, where it was hit by a train and sustained "major damage," the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. The man, whose name was not released, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and driving on a suspended license. None of the 37 passengers on the train was hurt, the Sheriff's Department said. The incident began when the man's truck became stuck on the tracks. The man allegedly left the truck and tried to flag down the train to stop but was unsuccessful, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2014 | By Carlos Lozano
Several sheriff's deputies were injured and about 100 people were arrested Saturday night when a spring-break party in Isla Vista in Santa Barbara County turned violent, authorities said. About 15,000 people attended Deltopia, a party near UC Santa Barbara, when a disturbance broke out about 9:30 p.m. in the 6700 block of Del Playa Drive, according to a statement from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. The incident began when a UCSB police officer was struck in the head with a backpack containing bottles of alcohol, according to the statement.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
A loggia with arched openings sets the Moorish Revival-style tone for this 1920s home in the Hollywood Hills. Inside, a two-story foyer opens to a living room with large windows that frame mountain and cityscape vistas. A rooftop terrace further expands the views. Location: 2220 Mountain Oak Drive, Los Angeles 90068 Asking price: $2.65 million Year built: 1924 House size: Four bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,882 square feet Lot size: 11,590 square feet Features: Beamed ceilings, family room, media room, billiard room, breakfast room, kitchen island, rooftop terrace, detached garage About the area: Last year, 375 single-family homes sold in the 90068 ZIP Code at a median price of $999,000, according to DataQuick.
SPORTS
March 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 It's halftime of the Division I state championship game, and Trevor John of Monte Vista has tied the Division I record with six three-pointers to help his team take a 35-28 halftime lead over Corona Centennial. The state record overall is seven by former Santa Margarita standout Klay Thompson in 2008. John, a Cal Poly commit, has 18 points. Monte Vista has made eight of nine shots from three-point range.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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March 13, 2014 | By Jason Song
The Los Angeles Community College District has selected a veteran educator to be its next chancellor, officials said Thursday. Francisco Rodriguez, 51, has been president and superintendent of the MiraCosta Community College District in north San Diego County for the last five years. He replaces Daniel LaVista, who announced his resignation in early 2013. Adriana Barrera has served as interim chancellor since last summer while L.A. district officials conducted a search for a permanent executive.
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March 10, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A 50-year-old Chula Vista man has pleaded guilty to smuggling 100 pounds of dried sea cucumbers into the U.S. from Mexico to sell on the lucrative black market. Cheng Zhuo Liu admitted in federal court that he smuggled the small marine animals into the U.S. in the spare tire area of his Hyundai. Black market value of the sea cucumbers was placed between $5,000 and $10,000, prosecutors said. Liu faces a possible five years in prison and $20,000 fine when sentenced June 9. Because of overfishing, many species of sea cucumbers are now protected by an international trade agreement.
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March 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- An 18-year-old man suspected of being a prolific graffiti vandal in Vista, Calif., has been arrested, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Friday. The 303 acts of graffiti vandalism that the man, Bladimir Lopez, has been linked to have cost the city approximately $89,500 to clean, the department said. Lopez was arrested at home. The Sheriff's Department uses a computer system called Graffiti Tracker to gather information about instances of graffiti and to look for patterns, officials said.
SPORTS
March 1, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
The weather in Palm Desert was dry enough for Palm Desert and Vista Murrieta to play a doubleheader on Saturday in baseball, and Vista Murrieta came away with victories of 7-5 and 9-1. Sophomore Jack Moberg threw six shutout innings in the first game and contributed two hits. Coltin Gerhart hit a three-run home run in the second game.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By Roger Vincent and Richard Verrier
Renowned big-screen cinema purveyor Imax Corp. is set to break ground Thursday on a new West Coast headquarters that will house two large screening rooms, offices and production facilities for moviemakers. The $45-million complex is being built in the commercial district of Playa Vista, a planned community south of Marina del Rey. Imax's property will rise at the corner of Westlawn Avenue and Millennium Drive, next to the massive hangar where aerospace mogul Howard Hughes built his infamous wooden transport plane known as the Spruce Goose.
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