Smuggled girl abandoned near Calexico border

Los Angeles Times

Border Patrol agents found a 4-year-old girl soon after she was abandoned by smugglers east of Calexico Monday morning, authorities said. Agents stationed in El Centro spotted people crossing into the U.S. at the border near Mount Signal about 6:20 a.m. As agents approached that stretch of the Imperial Valley border, they saw one person return to Mexico, then go into a vehicle that drove away. On the U.S. side, agents found the girl standing alone on a road, Customs and Border Protection officials said. Once they ensured the child did not need medical care, they took her to the Border Patrol station in El Centro, where the girl was fed.


DUI suspect in hit-and-run crash that left boy, 6, badly hurt was deported 15 times

Los Angeles Times

A drunken driving suspect in a hit-and-run crash that severely injured a 6-year-old boy in San Ysidro over the weekend had been deported from the U.S. at least 15 times, authorities said Tuesday. Constantino Banda-Acosta, 38, was last deported Jan. 18, with at least 14 prior cases since 2002, federal authorities said. Banda-Acosta is accused of speeding west on Camino de La Plaza, running a stop sign at Dairy Mart Road and slamming his pickup into a Honda Accord about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The pickup driver did not stop. Banda-Acosta, a Mexican citizen, was arrested about half an hour later, San Diego police and the U.S. Border Patrol said.


Stray bullet from gang shooting blamed in death of Escondido woman driving home from church

Los Angeles Times

A woman caught in the crossfire of a possible gang shooting was killed by a stray bullet as she drove home from church Tuesday night, Escondido police said. She was identified by police as 55-year-old Catherine Kennedy of Escondido. No description of the shooters was released and no arrests had been made as of Wednesday morning. Kennedy was struck in the head by the stray round as she was driving east on Grand Avenue near Midway Drive, Escondido police Lt. Justin Murphy said. She kept going several hundred feet before her silver Toyota Camry veered and smashed into a parked pickup truck shortly after 9 p.m. Witnesses told investigators they believe at least two possible gang members were shooting at each other from opposite sides of the avenue, Murphy said.


Uber driver is shot to death while ferrying San Diego State students in Rosarito Beach, Mexico

Los Angeles Times

Two San Diego State University students were passengers when an Uber driver was shot to death in Rosarito Beach last week, Baja state officials said Thursday night. A U.S. high school student was also in the car, the Baja California Attorney General's Office said. The students weren't injured and none was identified. The three passengers were picked up at Papas & Beer, a nightclub favored by San Diego college students, particularly during Spring Break. They were headed south on Federal Highway 1 to Club Marena, an oceanfront resort, when their driver was shot six times at about 11:15 p.m. from a vehicle that pulled up alongside their car, authorities said.


Smuggler busted with almost 80 pounds of fentanyl at U.S.-Mexico border, authorities say

Los Angeles Times

A 19-year-old Tijuana man was charged Monday with trying to smuggle nearly 80 pounds of fentanyl into the United States in what became one of the largest seizures of the deadly drug at the border with Mexico, authorities said.