Oceanside police turn law enforcement vehicle into lowrider

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (FOX 5/KUSI) — The Oceanside Police Department on Friday unveiled a new lowrider police car. Over the past year, Oceanside police and local community members have come together to bridge the gap between law enforcement and its residents by creating this new type of police cruiser. The squad car has been modified with hydraulics and was traditionally hand-painted as a symbol of unity for the city of Oceanside. Newly released bodycam footage shows fatal police shooting in Escondido  Damon Sundberg with Oceanside Car Clinics designed the modified police car. He said he was able to turn his life around from when he was a youngster to an adult, and that he is proud of being in a position to bring the community and law enforcement together. “To be able to understand, to appreciate the value of the two coming together, and the difference it can make in a community is always good to be part of something good,” Sundberg said. On Jan. 1, cruising finally became legal throughout California with the passage of AB436, which repeals any cruising bans left on the books

Judge orders Trump to pay $355 million for lying about his wealth in staggering civil fraud ruling

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge ordered Donald Trump on Friday to pay $355 million in penalties, finding that the former president lied about his wealth for years in a sweeping civil fraud verdict that pierces his billionaire image but stops short of putting his real estate empire out of business. Judge Arthur Engoron’s decision after a trial in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit punishes Trump, his company and executives, including his two eldest sons, for scheming to dupe banks, insurers and others by inflating his wealth on financial statements. It forces a shakeup at the top of his Trump Organization, putting the company under court supervision and curtailing how it does business. The decision is a staggering setback for the Republican presidential front-runner, the latest and costliest consequence of his recent legal troubles. The magnitude of the verdict on top of penalties in other cases could dramatically dent Trump’s financial resources and damage his identity as a savvy businessman who parlayed his fame as a real estate developer into reality TV stardom and the presidency. He has vowed to appeal

Here’s how much rain San Diego has received during the El Niño winter so far

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — Powerful winter storms have slammed San Diego over the last few weeks, bringing intense downpours that have shattered local records in some parts of the county. This rainfall, brought during the region’s first El Niño winter in nearly five years, has overwhelmed neighborhoods with widespread flash flooding and landslides. The impacts of these storms have been monumental for San Diegans, but they came after weeks of little to no rain that marked a slow start to a winter anticipated to be on the wetter side. Now that the normal “wet season” is more than halfway through, some may be asking just how close the El Niño winter has been compared to initial expectations. Pacific storm system to bring cool, wet weather to San Diego County: NWS According to the National Weather Service, it’s been a slightly above normal year for rainfall so far, with most of the county reporting totals that have already met or are nearing the area’s annual averages. While there is still a ways to go before San Diego County meets last year’s historic totals, it marks a stark

Pit bull breeder mauled to death by his own dogs in Compton, California

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A chaotic and gruesome scene unfolded in Compton, California Friday morning after a man who was breeding pit bulls was mauled to death in his backyard. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, deputies, firefighters and animal control responded to a home around 7 a.m. after a concerned friend visited the property and discovered the man’s body. Investigators believe the attack occurred Thursday evening between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. “He was feeding the dogs at which point maybe there was an altercation between some of the dogs and [they] ultimately attacked and mauled the victim,” said Michael Gomez with LASD’s Homicide Bureau. A firefighter works to help a woman climb out of the backyard of a home where a man was fatally mauled by dogs. Feb. 16, 2024. (KTLA) A firefighter works to help a woman climb out of the backyard of a home where a man was fatally mauled by dogs. Feb. 16, 2024. (KTLA) Sky5 view of the scene in Compton where a man was mauled to death by pit bulls on Feb. 16, 2024. (KTLA) Sky5

Judge orders Trump and his companies to pay $355 million in New York civil fraud case

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge ordered Donald Trump and his companies on Friday to pay $355 million in penalties, finding they engaged in a yearslong scheme to dupe banks and others with financial statements that inflated his wealth. Trump won’t have to pay out the money immediately as an appeals process plays out, but the verdict still is a stunning setback for the former president. If he’s ultimately forced to pay, the magnitude of the penalty, on top of earlier judgments, could dramatically diminish his financial resources. And it undermines the image of a successful businessman that he’s carefully tailored to power his unlikely rise from a reality television star to a onetime — and perhaps future — president. Judge Arthur Engoron concluded that Trump and his company were “likely to continue their fraudulent ways” without the financial penalties and other controls he imposed. Engoron concluded that Trump and his co-defendants “failed to accept responsibility” and that experts who testified on his behalf “simply denied reality.” “This is a venial sin, not a mortal sin,” Engoron, a Democrat, wrote in a searing

2 juveniles charged in mass shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl parade

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two juveniles were charged with crimes connected to the mass shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl rally, authorities said Friday, as the city tries to recover in the aftermath of the violence. A news release from the Jackson County Family Court said the juveniles are being detained in the county’s Juvenile Detention Center on gun-related and resisting arrest charges. Additional charges are expected as the investigation continues. No further information was released. Defendants age 17 and under in Missouri are typically adjudicated through the juvenile system, which is far more private than the system for adults. Names of the accused are not released, nor are police documents such as probable cause statements. In cases involving serious crimes such as murder, juveniles as young as 12 can be certified for trial as adults, said Lynn Urban, a professor who chairs the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department at the University of Central Missouri. Federal law prohibits the death penalty for anyone under age 18 at the time of the crime. Police initially detained three juveniles but released one who they

Headed to the fungus fair or surf fest? 6 things to do in San Diego this weekend

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — The weekend has arrived and San Diegans looking for plans have a lineup of options to keep the good times rolling. From live music to educational speakers and cultural celebrations, the calendar is filled with events taking place both Saturday and Sunday. Here’s are six things to do in San Diego on the third weekend in February: Pacific storm system to bring cool, wet weather to San Diego County: NWS San Diego Surf Festival 2024 Held all weekend long, this event will showcase 23 different surf films. There will also be an art show with special guest Todd Francis, a “bodysurfing throwdown,” as well as live music and surfing meet-ups. Locations for this event include areas in La Jolla, Pacific Beach and Mission Bay. San Diego Mycological Society Fungus Fair It’s an event made for those who love all things fungi. This fair takes place at Casa del Prado in Balboa Park from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Attendees can expect food booths, vendors, and array of live speakers. There will even be live specimens and expert identifications. Jason

Man mauled to death by pack of pit bulls in Compton, California

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A chaotic and gruesome scene unfolded in California on Friday morning when a man was mauled to death by dogs in the backyard of a Compton home. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, deputies, firefighters and animal control responded to a home around 7 a.m. after a concerned friend visited the property and discovered the man’s body. Investigators believe the attack occurred Thursday evening between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. “He was feeding the dogs at which point maybe there was an altercation between some of the dogs and [they] ultimately attacked and mauled the victim,” said Michael Gomez with LASD’s Homicide Bureau. A firefighter works to help a woman climb out of the backyard of a home where a man was fatally mauled by dogs. Feb. 16, 2024. (KTLA) A firefighter works to help a woman climb out of the backyard of a home where a man was fatally mauled by dogs. Feb. 16, 2024. (KTLA) Sky5 view of the scene in Compton where a man was mauled to death by pit bulls on Feb. 16, 2024. (KTLA)

Manchin not running for president

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced Friday that he will not run for president, ending long-running speculation that he would mount a third-party bid. “I will not be seeking a third-party run. I will not be involved in a presidential run,” Manchin said in remarks at West Virginia University.  “I will be involved in making sure that we secure a president that has the knowledge and has the passion and has the ability to bring this country together,” he said.   The West Virginia senator, one of the most moderate Democrats in the Senate, already announced that he would not seek another term for his Senate seat, but he had previously not ruled out running for president. The potential bid had spurred fears among Democrats that Manchin could’ve taken votes away from President Biden and acted as a spoiler. Manchin had appeared at events for the organization No Labels, which is overseeing a ballot access initiative for a potential independent bid in November. Spokesperson Jon Kott confirmed Manchin’s plans ahead of his Friday remarks.  The national co-chairs for No Labels — former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Benjamin

Newly released bodycam footage shows fatal police shooting in Escondido 

ABOVE: In the video above, FOX 5’s Christelle Koumoué reports from Escondido when this shooting occurred on Nov. 3, 2023. GRAPHIC WARNING: The images and information in the released video may be considered disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised. ESCONDIDO, Calif.(FOX 5/KUSI) — Bodycam footage showing the moments leading up to a fatal shooting involving officers in North County was publicly released Thursday. The video, released by the Escondido Police Department (EPD), shows the moments when officers were dispatched to a mobile home park in the 2500 block of East Valley Parkway. Residents had called in to report an unknown man sleeping on their front porch. Five duffle bags filled with meth seized by Border Patrol during traffic stop Responding officers contacted the man, identified as 48-year-old Douglas Quinn, and found out he had a felony warrant for a parole violation out of Indiana, EPD explained. At that point, officers attempted to detain Quinn. As seen in the released footage, the suspect reached for a handgun from his pants and took off running. Police said he fired several rounds at officers, who returned fire and struck

Padres FanFest: What to know about this year’s event

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — Ready for a unique baseball experience? The Padres FanFest is coming to Petco Park next month. The event, which will take place on Sunday, March 24 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., brings the Friars’ faithful to the ballpark for an array of activities for the entire family, according to the Padres. Some of the Padres making special appearances for meet-and-greets on the Sycuan Stage at 1 p.m. include Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr., Xander Bogaerts, Joe Musgrove, Yu Darvish and Mike Shildt, as well as alumni like Trevor Hoffman, Randy Jones, Mark Loretta, Steve Finley, and Garry Templeton. What places in San Diego used to look like vs. what they look like now Fans will also get an exclusive look at the newly renovated Gallagher Square, from the Tony Gwynn Terrace to Balboa Gate. If you need to let the kids or pets release some of their energy, there’s an expanded playground as well as an all-new dog park at Gallagher Square. Other activities include the Padres Foundation Garage Sale, watching players during batting practice and a celebrity/alumni softball game.

Mayoral candidate refutes lawsuit claiming he doesn’t live in San Diego: Who is behind the suit?

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — A lawsuit claims mayoral candidate Larry Turner, a retired U.S. Marine and San Diego Police officer, does not live in San Diego. And as a result, should not be eligible to run for mayor. Turner, however, is refuting those claims. A 61-page lawsuit — filed by attorney Bob Ottilie — and accompanying declaration from a private investigator claims Turner’s primary address is not in the City of San Diego, and that he has not lived at the addresses he had used to register to vote in 2023. In an interview Thursday, FOX 5’s Zara Barker asked Turner, “Where do you live?” Turner replied, “I live currently in San Diego, in Ocean Beach.” Suspected Valentine’s Day prowler arrested in College Area He went on to say, “My stuff is in OB, that’s where I live.” Voter registrations in the lawsuit show Turner changed his voter registration from El Cajon to a home in the East Village on July 10, 2023. Then, the voter registration address was changed from the East Village address to a home in Ocean Beach on Nov. 23

City leader to propose crack down on loud noise from pedicabs

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — They are loud, colorful, loved and hated: the pedicabs in downtown San Diego have drawn the attention of city leaders, and their future could be changing. The riders pedal tourists from bars to hotels crisscrossing downtown, but their music has come under fire. “We are getting complaints from residents who live downtown, we are getting complaints from businesses. We are hearing complaints from out-of-town guests who are staying in the hotels who can’t get a goodnight sleep, because of the loud noise coming from the pedicabs,” said Stephen Whitburn, a San Diego City Councilmember. The bikes were historically ridden by athletes who would work extremely hard pedaling up and down the streets sweating for their tips, but now they are all powered by electric batteries allowing pedicab operators to speed up and down the streets without even breathing hard. Now, Whitburn has been prompted to help mitigate the stream of complaints. New affordable housing coming to Rancho Bernardo “I am going to propose a new ordinance that is going to completely ban amplified music on pedicabs,” Whitburn said. The music

Sesame Place San Diego offers free one-day tickets to first responders

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (FOX 5/KUSI) — First responders have the opportunity to receive free one-day admission tickets at Sesame Place San Diego. The offer is valid starting Friday, Feb. 16 through Monday, Feb. 19 for First Responders Weekend, Sesame Place San Diego said on its website. First responders include police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians, according to the theme park. Any first responder with a valid active work ID can participate. Hello Kitty Cafe Truck pop-up returns to San Diego Here’s how first responders may obtain their free tickets: Register online in advance Verify proof of service through the GovX qualification process Tickets must be redeemed by Feb. 19 First responders who want to bring friends and family members have access to buying up to six tickets for $35.99 each (60% off) as part of the deal. Super Grover’s Everyday Heroes Weekend will also take place at the theme park for guests to enjoy hero-themed dance parties, meet and greets and an array of activities with Sesame Street friends.

2 San Diego-area coffee shops among most popular indie cafes in US: study

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — Whether you need to find a place to work or just relax and enjoy the environment, independent cafes are known to provide an ambiance that makes it comfortable for whatever situation. The beautiful landscape and weather in San Diego County make it an ideal location for these businesses. Betway, an online entertainment site, recently conducted a study of the top 10 most popular independent cafes in the United States based on the number of views for relevant hashtag on TikTok, number of pictures posted under relevant hashtag on Instagram and average annual search volume through Google Keyword planner. Pacific storm system to bring cool, wet weather to San Diego County: NWS Two local spots made the list: Communal Coffee and Mostra Coffee. Communal Coffee, which ranks No. 3, offers a full craft coffee and drink menu and seasonal food menu, from its matcha latte to Communal Avocado Toast. Customers can take in the modern and natural vibes at Communal’s locations in North Park, South Park and Oceanside. Mostra Coffee, which ranks No. 7, is known for its cold brews like its Brazil