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Jury finds man guilty of sexual assault charges

ENCINITAS—A 30-year-old man accused of raping a patron of a popular Encinitas bar was convicted Nov. 6 of charges related to the sexual assault. Jurors found Daniel Ernadas Diaz guilty of a single felony count each of forcible rape, assault to commit rape and assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury stemming from […]

Defense counters prosecutors with DNA expert in gang shooting

OCEANSIDE — The defense rested its case Oct. 29 in the Penifoti Taeotui trial, but not before introducing their theory as to how the reputed gang member’s DNA ended up on two firearms used in the slaying of an Oceanside police officer without the young man actually handling the weapons. Marc Taylor, forensic criminalist, testified […]

Sentencing delayed by pending psych evaluation

OCEANSIDE — A San Diego Superior Court Judge granted a continuance for the sentencing of a 28-year-old man who jumped off the Coronado Bridge with Oceanside police canine Stryker attached to his arm, which led to the dog’s death. Judge Joel Pressman continued Cory Nathaniel Byron’s sentencing to Jan. 7 so that a psychiatric evaluation […]

Burglar faces hefty prison sentence for O’side burglary

OCEANSIDE — A serial thief was convicted Oct. 30 for the burglary of an elderly Oceanside couple’s residence. After a full day of deliberations, a jury of seven men and five women found Joseph Michael Bareno Jr. guilty of a June 25, 2007, burglary of a residence on Wisteria Drive, during which he stole approximately […]