Teri Figueroa

Writer

Teri Figueroa covers the cities of Vista and San Marcos, as well as some police, fire and court news in North County. 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.

Recent Articles

  • Motorcyclist trapped under car driven by teen

    Motorcyclist trapped under car driven by teen

    A motorcyclist was trapped under an SUV on Sunday, March 25, after a teen learning how to drive the vehicle turned left in front of the oncoming bike in Del Mar, a sheriff's corporal said. The crash happened shortly before 6:50 p.m. at the intersection of Camino Del Mar and La Amatista Road, Cpl....

  • Guilty plea from caregiver who left tot in Encinitas store

    Guilty plea from caregiver who left tot in Encinitas store

    A Carlsbad caregiver who authorities said abandoned a 2-year-old boy in an Encinitas craft store last fall pleaded guilty March 20 to a charge of child endangerment. Desirae Harris, 42, changed her plea during a pre-trial proceeding in Vista Superior Court. Deputy District Attorney Justine Santiago...

  • Public help sought in solving $150,000 heist

    Public help sought in solving $150,000 heist

    Authorities are hoping that someone can help them solve a residential burglary in Encinitas last year that saw the theft of items worth a total of more than $150,000. The reward has been increased to up to $5,000, Crime Stoppers said in a news release Jan. 25. The break-in happened Aug. 4, when...

  • Escaped prison inmate caught in Encinitas

    Escaped prison inmate caught in Encinitas

    A 33-year-old escapee from a state prison in Chino was arrested in Encinitas on the night of Jan. 15, less than 24 hours after he was discovered missing. Michael Martin Garrett was found just after 6 p.m. at a Vons grocery store on Santa Fe Drive just west of Interstate 5, according to a news release...

  • Not guilty plea from man accused of using teen to sell pot at high school

    Not guilty plea from man accused of using teen to sell pot at high school

    A San Diego man accused of using a juvenile to sell marijuana to students at Cathedral Catholic High School, as well as supplying pot to minors, pleaded not guilty Monday. Jan. 8. to 39 felony charges. William John Sipperley III, 50, faces several counts of employing a minor to sell or carry marijuana,...

  • Man, 50, sought for using minor to sell weed at high school

    Man, 50, sought for using minor to sell weed at high school

    Authorities on Wednesday, Dec. 6, asked the public to help locate a San Diego man charged with using a juvenile to sell marijuana to students at a Carmel Valley-area school, as well as supplying pot to minors. San Diego police investigators said William John Sipperley may be armed, and may have...

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