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Teri Figueroa

Teri Figueroa covers the cities of Vista and San Marcos, as well as some police, fire and court news for The San Diego Union-Tribune. A native Californian, she joined the North County Times in 2002, and the U-T in 2012. Figueroa reported on the 2003 and 2007 wildfires, and covered the criminal cases against Richard Tuite and John Gardner III, as well as war crimes cases. A San Diego State University graduate, Figueroa has won multiple journalism awards for her work.
In a first for San Diego police, genetic genealogy helps crack 1979 homicide case

Forty years to the day after two boys found their mother dead in their La Jolla home, police say genetic genealogy helped them identify her killer. It is the first time San Diego police have successfully used the method to name a suspect.

Oceanside man who abused neighbors’ dogs, maiming one, sentenced to nearly 10 years

An Iraq war veteran convicted of abusing his neighbors' dogs — including poisoning them and gouging out the eye of a Siberian husky — was sentenced Friday to more than nine years in prison.

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