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Past articles by Phil:

Larry Millete found mentally competent to stand trial

The husband of missing South Bay mom Maya Millete was found mentally competent to stand trial Monday. → Read More

Inside America’s Finest City: The San Diego areas seeing a spike in property crime

Several cities and communities in San Diego County are seeing a big spike in property crime. → Read More

Judge rejects Adam Shacknai’s plea for new civil trial over Rebecca Zahau’s death

A San Diego judge Friday handed a victory to the family of Rebecca Zahau – the woman found dead in the Coronado Spreckels mansion nearly eight years ago. → Read More

Coronado Mansion Mystery: Stories you haven’t heard (Part II)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's been a challenging seven and a half years for Rebecca Zahau's loved ones since she was found naked, bound, gagged and hanging from a balcony at Coronado's historic Spreckels Mansion. → Read More

Coronado Mansion Mystery: Stories you haven’t heard (Part I)

It's been seven and a half years since the bizarre hanging death of Rebecca Zahau at the historic Spreckels Mansion in Coronado. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has ruled twice that the 32-year-old committed suicide. A civil jury found her boyfriend's brother, Adam Shacknai, liable for her death. Now, for the first time, Zahau's sister Mary and her brother-in-law Doug are reacting to… → Read More

New Zealand rattled by 6.2 magnitude earthquake

A preliminary magnitude 6.2 earthquake rocked New Zealand Tuesday, USGS reported. → Read More

Court hears opening statements in Rebecca Zahau wrongful-death lawsuit

A judge heard opening statements today in a civil wrongful-death lawsuit surrounding the high-profile case of Rebecca Zahau, a woman found naked and hanging from the second-story balcony of a Coronado mansion in 2011. → Read More

Legendary hijacker D.B. Cooper alive and well in San Diego, filmmakers say

SAN DIEGO – A group of documentary filmmakers say the man responsible for the infamous D.B. Cooper hijacking in 1971 is a 73-year-old Vietnam veteran who lives in Coronado. They say his name is Robert W Rackstraw and he has a yacht named "Poverty Sucks" docked in Coronado. → Read More

3rd grader starts online campaign to get friend new wheelchair

POWAY, Calif. -- An elementary school student started a go fund me campaign to help his friend get a new wheelchair. They've been together since kindergarten and pretend to be superheroes during playtime. → Read More

Local VA hospital ‘sorry’ after delays land distinguished veteran in wheelchair

SAN DIEGO -- Army veteran Chad Cavanaugh fondly remembers his duty as a sentry guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. "It was an incredible honor,” Cavanaugh said. “One of my favorite places on earth. → Read More

Murdered Carlsbad mother’s legacy brings awareness to domestic violence

The murder of Carlsbad mother Kathy Scharbarth nearly five years ago by her ex-boyfriend spurred the creation of the Kathy’s Legacy Foundation to make a difference in the lives of victims and children affected by domestic violence. → Read More

Leaders break ground on Jackie Robinson YMCA all-star legacy project

On Friday, officials from the league, San Diego Padres and the city helped break ground on a so-called “All-Star Legacy” initiative project at the Jackie Robinson YMCA. → Read More

Ex-speaker’s son to be freed from prison

SAN DIEGO -- A man who was convicted of killing a San Diego State University student in 2008 will be released from prison this weekend. Esteban Nuñez is the son of former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, who was a close ally to former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who commuted his conviction in 2010. → Read More

Local Congressman Duncan Hunter vapes during hearing

Rep. Duncan Hunter wasn't blowing "smoke" when he made his case against an amendment to ban vaping on planes. Actually, it was something more like water vapor. A vocal supporter of e-cigarettes, Hu... → Read More

Navy signs solar energy deal with San Diego execs

SAN DIEGO -- The Navy, federal Western Area Power Administration and executives of San Diego-based Sempra U.S. Gas & Power Thursday celebrated a deal to provide solar energy to 14 naval and Mar... → Read More

Man who allegedly gunned down neighbor at RV park pleads not guilty to murder charge

A felon who allegedly gunned down a fellow resident during an argument at an East County recreational vehicle park pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a first-degree murder charge. → Read More

Cell phone stop turns into high-speed chase on I-15

A man who fled a traffic stop in Mira Mesa Wednesday led the California Highway Patrol on a brief road chase that ended with a non-injury collision on a Rancho Penasquitos freeway offramp, where he and his passenger were arrested. → Read More

Manhunt for suspect after fatal hit-and-run in Escondido

There has been a string of fatal hit-and-run crashes around the county, and authorities are asking San Diegans to be alert in spotting the vehicles involved. → Read More

Facial recognition software tested countywide by law enforcement

The software allows officers to compare any photo of your face to a database of local mug shots. But there are concerns about what may happen next. → Read More

Statewide drought emergency prompts call for local mandatory conservation

Governor Jerry Brown has proclaimed a drought emergency, allowing California to seek financial aid from the federal government during a third dry year. Here in San Diego County, we have had below average rainfall since 2011, many saying we've already been experiencing our own drought. → Read More