Jan 5, 2024 11:34 am PST | Updated Jan 5, 2024 2:41 pm PST
LA MESA, CA — The following is a collection of this week's police, fire and courtroom stories from across San Diego County.
Stories near La Mesa and East County:
Driver Who Died In SUV Crash On I-8 In Boulevard ID'd
Rosie Johnson-Stewart, 52, died at the scene.
Tow-Truck Driver Killed On New Year's Eve In East County ID'd
The El Cajon man had been involved in removing a vehicle stranded on state Route 125 north of Jamacha Road.
Other stories from across the county:
Woman Sentenced For Mission Bay DUI Crash That Killed Friend
Jennifer Rae Xavier, 24, was convicted by a San Diego jury last year of murder, hit-and-run, and other charges for causing the deadly crash.
Woman Wounded In Stabbing At Clairemont Home
A dispute between two women escalated into a stabbing that left one of them wounded.
Woman Found Dead In San Diego Freezer Identified
The woman may have been missing or dead for up to nine years, authorities said.
Man Sentenced To 130 Years To Life For 1999 Escondido Rape, Kidnapping
Mark Thompson Hunter, 66, was found guilty by a jury of seven felony counts stemming from the 1999 kidnapping and rape of the victim.
Woman Sentenced To Jail, Home Detention For Fatal Carlsbad Crash
Lindsay Turmelle, 43, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter count for the 2022 crash that killed Christine Embree, 35.
Girl Gravely Hurt In Pacific Beach Bicycle Crash
The 13-year-old girl was not wearing a safety helmet, police said.
Ex-Paramedic Pleads Guilty To Burglary At Rancho Bernardo Home
Nicholas Conniry, 44, pleaded guilty to burglary and other charges for breaking into a 90-year-old woman's home.
'Fat Leonard' Appears In San Diego Federal Courtroom
Leonard Glenn Francis appeared in court nearly nine years after pleading guilty to bribing Navy officials in a corruption scheme.
San Diego Area Synagogues Targeted By Bogus Bomb Threats
A note stated that explosives had been planted at various sites and would detonate "soon," according to the sheriff's department.
Man On Scooter Fatally Struck By Vehicle In Midway District
The man riding the scooter reportedly died at the scene.
Pedestrian Killed In San Diego's Midway District
The victim died at the scene.
Phony Bomb Threat Prompts Evacuation At Encinitas Synagogue
The note stated that explosives had been planted at Temple Solel and would detonate, authorities said.
Driver Who Died In Chula Vista Freeway Crash ID'd
Veronica Sandoval of Anaheim died at the scene.
Pregnant Woman Struck By Rock On I-5 In San Diego's North County
A man on a freeway overpass threw a football-sized rock through the windshield of a car and struck a pregnant passenger, police said.
Man Killed On I-5 Off-Ramp In Pacific Beach ID'd
Abraham Jose Mungaray, 33, of Chula Vista was killed on Interstate 5 near the Grand and Garnet Avenue off-ramp, officials said.
Man Killed In Solo-Vehicle Rollover On New Year's Day In San Marcos
The crash happened on South Santa Fe Avenue at West Mission Road.
Firefighters Battle New Year's Day Nursery Mulch Fire In San Diego
The vegetation fire sparked at Terra Bella Nursery.
Firefighters Extinguish Brush Fire Near New Construction In San Diego
The brush fire broke out near the intersection of Interstate 8 and Interstate 15 in San Diego.
Retail Theft Suspect Killed In Police Chase In Escondido ID'd
The San Diego County Medical Examiner identified the 18-year-old suspect as Shevondia Compare-Bell.