In case you missed it, here's a look at some of the top stories in the county this week, Sept. 29-Oct. 5:
Something stinks in Santee. Literally. A tip from a Patch reader has prompted the city to launch an investigation into what is smelling up an area near the San Diego River. Read what the public works manager thinks is causing the foul odor.
The daughter of a Serra Mesa woman is under arrest on suspicion of murdering her 79-year-old mother, whose body was found Thursday on the Barona Indian Reservation. But is she the only suspect in the case? Read what homicide detectives have to say about the murder of Mehria Mansury.
Who is the richest member of Congress? Turns out this local delegate is worth some $355 million, and tops the list of the 30 wealthiest elected officials in the House and Senate, according to the Washington Post. Read who they are, how they earned their money and what they do with it.
How can buying a wedding gown help fight a leading cause of death in women? Read what Brides Against Breast Cancer is doing to assist those with the disease. The group's national gown tour stops in La Jolla this weekend.
Smokers will need to find somewhere else to light up. Coronado became the sixth city in the county to pass a ban on smoking in public places when the City Council passed the ordinance with a 3-2 vote Tuesday. Read why two council members opposed the measure despite a lot of public support.
Imperial Beach Patch
Did you catch The Daily Show segment this week featuring Imperial Beach's Dr. Gina Loudon? If you're concerned that your next breast exam is going to be carried out by the TSA (Loudon is!) read what the conservative talk radio host tells correspondent Jason Jones about "Obamacare" and the launch of insurance marketplaces.
Lemon Grove Patch
As part of our monthlong "Missing and Wanted" series, we featured a teenager who vanished from Lemon Grove a year ago. Read what we know about Nancy Catalan-Lopez, and if you have any information that might help investigators bring her home please call:
—Lemon Grove Sheriff's Station at 619-337-2000
—San Diego County Sheriff's Department at 858-565-5200
—National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-843-5678 (800-THE-LOST)
La Mesa Patch
Authorities are asking the public to help identify a couple who racked up $35,000 in bills on an illicit spending spree, loading up a Mercedes-Benz SUV with merchandise from numerous stores in the area. Read how police say the thieves pulled the scam and see pictures of the suspects.
—Compiled by Community Editor Christine Huard. Email me at email@example.com.