<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:32:47 -0700 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:32:47 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Body Cam Bill Would Limit Officers' Reports: Chief ]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:08:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP77179758893.jpg

State lawmakers are trying to rework a bill that the San Diego Police Department administration says would prohibit its officers from looking at the video before they write their reports.

The state assembly will be considering Assembly Bill 66 this spring, but SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman told NBC 7 if Assembly Bill 66 passes in its current form, it would discourage the use of cameras.

“We're seeking the truth like everyone else. It's important we use this piece of evidence,” Zimmerman said.

Right now, San Diego police officers are permitted to view the body camera footage before filing their reports on an incident. The chief said it's no different than reviewing their notes for accuracy.

If passed as written now, AB-66 would eliminate that practice.

“If there is any restriction that our officers are denied access to view the video prior to writing the report, yes I would oppose it,” Zimmerman said.

Bill proponents say it's not meant to discourage or encourage; it’s designed to catch bad cops.

Not every detail of an incident is seen in body camera recordings, so defense attorney Gretchen von Helms argues corrupt officers could use that to their advantage.

“You would want them to always be truthful, but if they haven’t seen it and they think they might have been captured on video, they will be truthful about what happened,” Von Helms said.

Von Helms joins other defense attorneys who are arguing for passage of AB-66. She told NBC 7 recalling from memory actually bolsters police credibility.

“You are going to be omitting everything else that could also be important later on because you are only going to write down what the video captured,” von Helms said .

Opposition from law enforcement sent the bill's author Assemblywoman Shirley Weber back to the drawing board.

A spokesperson says the rewrite will permit police to view the recordings before writing reports, except in use of force instances where there is a death or severe injury.

Zimmerman recently reported to the San Diego City Council some startling results after the first six months of body camera use.

Some 300 cameras were deployed in the Southeastern, Central and Mid-City divisions -- areas where police get the most profiling and brutality complaints. In half a year, the number of complaints dropped 40 percent. The number of allegations within each complaint was reduced by 60 percent.

Between November 2014 and January 2015, the police chief said body cameras reduced the number of use of force incidents dramatically.

The number of times officers used their hands, feet and knees during an arrest dropped 47 percent, while the use of chemical mace dropped 31 percent. Zimmerman said those are the top two uses of force department-wide.

<![CDATA[Padres Pound Rockies 14-3]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:19:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/470491188.jpg

San Diego's swinging Friars left Chicago in the rearview mirror and went to Colorado to rock the Rockies 14-3 on Monday night after posting a five spot in the first inning.

They then added four more runs in the top of the second to go up 9-0. Every Padres player in the starting lineup had at least one hit — 16 total.

They won game one of a four game set before hosting the Hollywood Swingers — aka LA Dodgers — on Friday at Petco Park.

The Padres pummeled the pearl with Matt Kemp and Derek Norris, both with three hits each and combining to drive in five runs. Three other players had two hits apiece.

San Diego will play again Tuesday at 5:40 p.m. Padres are now 9-5 this season.

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<![CDATA[Nancy Pelosi, California Reps Visit Naval Base SD]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:20:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/nancy+pelosi+and+Susan+Davis.JPG

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi paid a visit to Naval Base San Diego Monday as she seeks to get a closer look at the needs of the U.S. Navy.

The San Diego stop wraps up Pelosi’s three-week international trip, which included stops in Japan, Korea and Guam.

The California Congresswoman wants to assess the Navy’s requirements as it rebalances resources in the Pacific, positioning 60 percent of its fleet in the world’s biggest ocean.

“Coming full circle as to how we are repositioning toward Asia, re-balancing toward Asia and our role that the state of California places in that, and of course the role that our military and all the services play,” said Pelosi.

She joined fellow U.S. Representatives Susan Davis and Scott Peters -- both of whom are on the Armed Services Committee -- along with Congressman Juan Vargas, who represents the district where Naval Base San Diego is located.

They met with Vice Admiral Thomas Rowden, the commander of the Naval Surface Forces, as well as representatives of the Fleet and Family Services, which assists Navy families.

The focus was on the needs of the Navy moving forward, the possibility of sequestration toward the end of this year and other budget issues.

"The issue of sequestration is one that everybody was in agreement on," said Pelosi. "We cannot go down that path again. We have to stop. We have to come to some other kind of budget agreement because that is not in furtherance of our national security."

With Fleet and Family Services, the politicians talked about better opportunities for spouses. The military group wants to make it easier for military spouses to qualify for certain jobs through federal requirements that would be valid state to state. Standard teaching credentials would be an example.

“If our sailors out at sea think that there is something wrong at home, they can't perform their jobs,” said Danielle Grayhart, a Navy wife and Ombudsman. “They rely on us and Ombudsman and Fleet and Family Services so they know there is somebody their families can go to to have their backs.”

Following the meetings, Pelosi and the Congressional members toured USS Coronado, one of the Navy's newest combat ships.

<![CDATA[Chula Vista Schools to Negotiate Project Labor Agreement]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:48:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/construction+generic+1200.jpg

The Chula Vista Elementary School District quietly approved the negotiation of a project labor agreement for future uses of $90 million in voter-approved bond money, as well as mello-roos funds, last Wednesday.

A project labor agreement (PLA) is a pre-negotiated, collective bargaining contract that sets uniform rules about pay and health care, typically for a specific project. It often requires construction contractors to sign union agreements as a condition of work.

Wednesday’s action requires those labor agreements for all future bond money expenditures, including $14 million issued in February for the modernization of three school sites: Ella B. Allen, Hilltop Drive and Vista Square Elementary Schools.

The item, which was originally included in a lengthy consent calendar, passed 4-1 with trustee Marissa Bejarano opposed. It was pulled off the consent calendar after several requests for discussion from the public.

School district spokesman Anthony Millican said the item was modified after considerable public comment on both sides. That modification included the addition of mello-roos funds, which are locally controlled special property taxes, to the mandatory project labor agreement.

The $90 million in general obligation bonds were approved by voters in November 2012 to provide funds to renovate and modernize facilities and improve technology at 31 of the school district’s oldest schools.

The bond measure passed with support of the San Diego County Taxpayer’s Association, an organization that advocates for fiscal responsibility within public agencies, with the caveat that the school district would not employ a mandatory PLA for the awarding of those contracts.

Reached by phone Monday evening, the San Diego County Taxpayer’s Association Mark Leslie called the board’s actions Wednesday “an inappropriate overreach.”

“It’s creating an uneven playing field that does not assure the best value for the dollar,” Leslie said.

According to the agenda item, the board approved the district to negotiate the PLA specifically with the San Diego Building and Construction Trades council and related unions.

Tom Lemmon, business manager of the SD Building and Construction Trades, said he doesn’t understand why the taxpayer group would be upset.

“When you think about it, all a project labor agreement is, is a delivery method for on-time, on-budget projects,” Lemmon said. “And it creates local hire for the community so that the people who are actually paying the bond will get to work on the project.”

In 2010, 56 percent of Chula Vista voters approved a city-wide ban on project labor agreements for public dollars. The Chula Vista Elementary School District is a separate municipality located within the same area.

Gov. Jerry Brown subsequently signed into law a 2011 bill that overturns locally-imposed blanket bans on the union-friendly pacts by cutting state funding for specific projects in municipalities that have imposed bans.

<![CDATA[City Sidewalk Liability Now Under Review]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:47:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san+diego+city+sidewalk.jpg

There are 5,000 miles of sidewalks in the city of San Diego, and all too many can be unsafe for strollers, joggers, cyclists and skateboarders.

Who should pay for upkeep and repairs – not to mention medical bills, if someone's hurt?

Other California cities target property owners.

Right now, under San Diego City Council policy 200-12, homeowners and landlords share the cost of fixing "trip hazards" with the city.

But it's not a formal law, and a council committee is looking at potential new options.

In San Jose and Sacramento, city governments disclaim any legal responsibility.

NBC 7 took the issue to street level Monday in the Stockton district, where – at the intersection of 30th and K Streets -- we quickly found stretches of sidewalk that seem anything but user-friendly.

"I come through here every morning sometimes 4 or 5 o'clock in the morning, and that can be a hazard, a safety hazard,” said longtime, nearby homeowner Ricardo Donaldson, staring down at a broken stretch of asphalt on the southwest corner.

“So I don't know, between the owner and the city,” Donaldson added hopefully, “I would like to see it fixed.”

Just across the street was a sidewalk upheaved in two places by tree roots from a large, leafy side-yard tree behind the wooden fence of a house to the east -- just waiting to snag the wheels of a baby buggy, maybe a skateboard, or the feet of some schoolkids in a big hurry leaving the King-Chavez Academies.

For law-making purposes, we heard this suggestion from James Wright, who lives near the intersection of 31st and J Streets: “I think it should be 75-25 (percent) … 75 from the city and 25 from the homeowner. My property is damaged. I'm willing to pay for it and get it fixed.”

Wright, a resident of the neighborhood since 1948, lamented the prospect of a future doctor, lawyer or president being paralyzed or brain-damaged by a serious fall on a substandard sidewalk.

”The thing about people now, it's all about suing somebody,” he told NBC 7. “But if you fix it, you can't sue anybody."

Any other ideas that City Hall might put on the table?

"There's one that's been advocated by a professor at UCLA for a long time,” offered Voice of San Diego staff writer Liam Dillon, who’s extensively covered city infrastructure issues, “that as a part of selling your house, there's a point of sale where fixing your sidewalk is a condition of selling your house. So if you do that, you will insure that sidewalks ultimately get fixed. But obviously, that's something that the realtors aren't going to like."

There may, however, be other acceptable options without provoking realtors or lawyers.

Long Beach subsidizes fixing the "worst" sidewalks and curbs in all council districts.

Would voters approve San Diego doing the same, as part of next year's planned “mega-bond” ballot measure?

Council discussion begins Thursday afternoon at City Hall, when the Infrastructure Committee takes up the issue -- and the results of a $1 million, first-ever assessment of city sidewalk conditions.

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<![CDATA[Gas Price Increase Confuses Drivers]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:33:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/gas+pump3.jpg

Hazel Reed fills her gas tank at the Midway Shell station. After weeks of watching prices fall, she noticed painful change in prices Monday.

"It's ridiculous," said Reed. "I just don't know what it is doing."

What it's doing is going up. Prices went up 8 cents since Friday, with a San Diego average on April 20 of $3.18.

And Reed knows what happens when prices go up.

"You can't go out of town. You can't even take trips or out to dinner," said Reed.

"It used to bother me but not anymore," said Marilyn Love who was stopping to fill up her Lexus. "Because it happens all the time, so why get upset by that?"

Alex Hernandez follows the price of gas. A year ago gas prices in San Diego were up more than a dollar a gallon.

"Well you just know it's being manipulated and I don't like that," said Hernandez.

When it comes to paying more at the pump, drivers realize prices go up and down, but when do they think it's gotten out of hand?

Reed said it's bad above $2.95. But Hernandez told NBC 7, "I'm happier at $3 versus $4."

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<![CDATA[Man Shot in Emerald Hills Home]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:52:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/emerald+hills+shooting.jpg

A man was shot inside an Emerald Hills home Monday, prompting a search for the suspect.

San Diego police got a report of a shooting in the 5800 block of Old Memory Lane at 5:20 p.m.

When they arrived, they found one man with a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital, but his condition is not known at this time.

The suspect is still on the loose. Police are investigating.

<![CDATA[2 Suspected in Stolen Vehicle Pursuit]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:50:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_222952348.jpg

A search for two people suspected of stealing a vehicle led San Diego State University police to the Levanto area Monday afternoon.

Officers started chasing the suspects in the vehicle, but the pursuit ended on Interstate 8 near Waring Road at about 4:45 p.m.

The duo got out and took off. But at 5:30 p.m., the SDSU police said they are no longer searching for the suspects. It's unclear if anyone has been arrested.

Check back here for details on this breaking news story.

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<![CDATA[$60K in Meth Wrapped Around Man's Stomach]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:18:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/border+busts+meth+stomach.jpg Images of smuggling attempts at their finest.

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<![CDATA[Reserve Deputy Training Examined]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:40:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diegoo-sheriff-generic-.jpg

Reserve deputies can help police and sheriff's departments save money, but in the wake of the controversy in Oklahoma, when a 73-year-old volunteer sheriff's deputy mistook his gun for his Taser and fatally shot a man, some are asking if they receive enough training.

In the San Diego Police Department and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, agency spokespersons said being a reserve officer or deputy requires just as much training as a regular employed officer.

In the sheriff's department, there are 95 reserve deputies ranging between the ages of 32 and 77 years old.

"Here in the state of California, reserve deputies, reserve officers have to go through the very same training and continued professional training as the employed deputies and officers. It's very strict," said sheriff's spokeswoman Jan Caldwell.

By state law, those requirements include at least 1,000 hours of training for basic and field training for the highest level of reserve deputy and retraining at least twice a year.

There's no age limit, but there are physical requirements like they must be able lift or drag an 165-pound, lifelike dummy at least 32 feet.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Jan Caldwell says it's important not to confuse reserve deputies with the senior volunteers.

"That's a big distinction. They are two separate and distinct entities," Caldwell said. "Our reserve deputies are trained through the academy through the same rigorous POST standards as our employed deputy sheriffs."

Reserve deputies carry weapons, and senior volunteers do not. Senior volunteers handle more administrative tasks, like transporting evidence, that are not likely to put them in direct contact with suspects.

Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder is a reserve Assistant Sheriff for San Diego County.

Van Gorder said his motivation for keeping up with the continued and intense training is partly that he loves the camaraderie. Also, he wants to give back to the community and offer his unique set of skills and experience to the department.

"When I was a regular police officer, I loved having a reserve work with me," Van Gorder said. "They provided 'cover' and support that I would not have had if they did not volunteer. Today, I get to play in that support role, and I know it's appreciated."

NBC 7 has requested more detailed training information on all the reservists in the San Diego Police Department and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department through the California Public Records Act.

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<![CDATA[Somali Community Reacts to San Diego Terror Arrests]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:27:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-FBI-Sorrento-Vall.jpg Six Minnesota men are charged with trying to fly to Syria to join the fight with ISIS. That alleged terror plot is striking a chord with some in the Somali community. NBC 7’s Omari Fleming reports live. ]]> <![CDATA[Coronado City Officials to Tackle Pickleball Problem]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:30:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Pickleball+0420.JPG

Pickleball and tennis are facing off before Coronado city leaders and it’s still too soon to say who will win or whether it will be a draw.

Pickleball is growing in popularity among the baby boomer population and locally is gaining steam in Coronado. The problem is the pickleball players are crowding the tennis courts there, causing tension with the tennis players.

Coronado City Council members will address at a meeting this month how to make room for the burgeoning sport.

Pickleball is similar to ping pong in that you play in a court and use wooden paddles. It requires less movement than tennis, making it especially popular among retirees.

Many cities in America have pickleball courts. In fact, the number has doubled since 2010 to nearly 10,000 courts.

In Coronado, which doesn’t have a pickleball court, it means players are flocking to the tennis courts.

“Coronado is really in the same position that other cities are going to find themselves in as the population ages,” Coronado City Councilman Richard Bailey said. “Here in Coronado, we really do have the perfect demographics for both sports, and so I think that’s why Coronado is going to be at the forefront of this issue.”

City officials said they plan to address the pickleball problem sometime in the next month. Whether that means funding a court or building one, it’s still too soon to tell.

<![CDATA[Soldier Killed Crossing San Diego Freeway]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:55:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/163-Fatal-Ped-Ax.jpg

The man killed while crossing State Route 163 over the weekend was an active duty member of the Army, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday.

At about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, 30-year-old James Michael Ginas III and another person tried to cross the northbound SR-163 near Friars Road on foot.

However, Ginas was struck by a car and died from blunt force injuries at the scene. His birthday was last week, according to the ME’s office.

The driver, who stayed at the crash site, was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. The other pedestrian was not hurt.

CHP officials said they do not believe drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash, but the incident is still under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Fountains at Waterfront Park to Close for Several Days]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:59:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Waterfront+Park+0313-PIC_0.jpg

A part of the Waterfront Park in Downtown San Diego will be closed April 27 to Friday, May 1 for maintenance. 

The popular weekend spot for families will be doing its annual maintenance work on its fountain systems.

During that time, workers will pressure wash and reseal the fountain basins. The jets are scheduled to restart Saturday, May 2 and run daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The rest of the park will stay open to the public.

<![CDATA[Child Injured by Soccer Goal Post Is Improving]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:04:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Eastlake-Student-Injured_edited-1.jpg

Four weeks after a soccer goal post fell on a Chula Vista child, there's been an improvement in the boy's medical condition.

The Eastlake Middle School student has been hospitalized in critical condition since the March 20. On Monday, the hospital confirmed the child has been upgraded to good condition.

The eighth grader was injured during PE class when a goal post fell on him. A teacher attempted to pull the child out from under the goal, straining her leg in the process.

Medics airlifted him to Rady Children's Hospital with a head injury.

Sweetwater Union High School District spokesperson Manny Rubio told NBC 7 at the time of the incident that the goal posts were standard at every school. They are not normally anchored down because they're meant to be able to be moved around.

The accident remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Armed and Dangerous Shooting Suspect Arrested]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:03:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Alejandro+Gutierrez+0416.jpg

A suspect in a Chula Vista shooting -- considered armed and dangerous -- has been taken into custody, Chula Vista police reported on Monday afternoon.

Alejandro Gutierrez, 38, was arrested at Knights Inn Hotel, 230 Via de San Ysidro, in San Ysidro early Monday afternoon. He is being held on suspicion of attempted murder and other felony crimes.

Gutierrez had evaded police since April 2, when police say he was involved in an attempted homicide in Chula Vista.

He was later spotted on Thursday evening by U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Team members in the area of Second Avenue and Palomar in Chula Vista. When they tried to stop him, he ran away, officials said.

<![CDATA[Woodhead Is Healthy and Ready]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:05:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chargers+bills+nfl+4.jpg

In the third week of the 2014 season, Chargers running back Danny Woodhead ran through a hole on the left side of the line. Two Buffalo Bills defenders converged on his lower leg, snapping it in two.

The San Diego running game was not the same after that, a big reason the Bolts missed the playoffs. On Monday, Woodhead was back on the practice field during the first day of Chargers off-season workouts.

He gave NBC 7 an update on his rehab and what it was like to sit and watch his team mates for 13 games.

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<![CDATA[CHP Pursue Possibly Stolen BMW ]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:10:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/199*120/04-20-15_BMW-Chase-01.JPG

Officers pursued a reported stolen vehicle at high speeds through three counties before finally apprehending him near the Nevada border, the California Highway Patrol said. 

The pursuit started in Escondido on Interstate 15, just north of San Diego, where an officer tried to pull over a reportedly stolen black BMW sedan at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday.

The driver fled, CHP said, and officers pursued him. It appeared that there was only one person in the car. At one point, the driver opened up the sunroof of the car and hung his arm out.

By 2:30 p.m., the driver was on the 15 Freeway north near Ontario in Riverside County, frequently exceeding speeds of 80 mph.

By 3 p.m. the pursuit was entering the Barstow area, in San Bernardino County. CHP began blocking exits so the driver could not leave the freeway, with the assistance of San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

The suspect was finally taken into custody around 4 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Petco Broadens Gun Ban to Include Off-Duty Cops]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:08:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/PETCO-Park-052912.jpg

Off-duty and retired law enforcement officers will no longer be allowed to bring concealed weapons into Petco Park under new security standards.

The revision of the security measures at the park, which also includes installing metal detectors, started on Opening Day.

It follows an order by Major League Baseball that all teams install metal detectors by 2015. This prompted Padres officials to revisit their security standards.

The concealed weapons ban doesn’t include security staff working the park.

The team consulted with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and City Attorney’s Office, as federal law does allow retired and off-duty officers to carry concealed weapons with some limitations.

The sheriff’s department and attorney’s office both agreed the park had the right to impose the ban.

Petco Park is the last of five ballparks in California to impose the ban.

<![CDATA[Crime Spree Suspect Vowed to Be "a Better Man"]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:27:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mumin-letter-thumbnail.jpg

The man accused of killing an innocent bystander during a Clairemont gas station robbery last week once vowed to “become a better man” in a hand-written letter to a San Diego judge.

Ahmed Hassan Mumin, 30, was arrested Saturday after a shootout with San Diego Police.

Court records in El Cajon show Mumin was charged with four others in a 2011 case that included 10 counts. Mumin was charged with only kidnapping and robbery but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of false imprisonment with violence.

Especially poignant is a handwritten letter he wrote to the court. It's dated April 27, 2012. In part it said,"This shameful experience has awakened me to value my life…”

“I cannot change the past, but I will change the future by making wise decisions,” Amin continued. “I will redeem my life and become a better man."

Mumin is accused of killing Eric Scahde, 48, inside an AM/PM on Balboa and Mount Abernathy avenues on April 16.

Early Saturday, San Diego Police Officers James Mackay and Luke Johnson, were called to check out a prowler at an apartment complex on Winona Avenue in City Heights.

As the officers approached the community-use room, they say someone began firing a weapon through the door.

Both officers returned fire, according to San Diego Police.

Mumin was struck at least once in the torso. He was transported to Mercy Hospital where he was expected to recover from his injuries.

No officers were injured in Saturday's shootout, but Lt. Paul Rorrison said it was a very close call for the two officers involved.

“They were extremely lucky that they were not killed. The rounds that came out of the door there narrowly missed both of them. Fortunately, they moved off to the side got some cover and returned fire immediately,” he explained.

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<![CDATA[Crews Respond to Broken Hydrant in El Cajon]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:58:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hydrant+chopper+video+1-PIC_0.jpg

Crews are responding to a reported fire hydrant knocked off on Lexington Avenue near Jamucha Road in El Cajon.

The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. Monday at the 300 block of Jamacha road.

El Cajon Police and Fire-Rescue departments are responding.

<![CDATA[Overnight Fasting May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:24:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/breast_cancer_P1.jpg

Woman who fast for longer hours at night may reduce their risk of breast cancer, according to a new study by University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers.

The report, published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, found that woman who did not eat overnight had better control over their blood glucose concentrations.

"The dietary advice for cancer prevention usually focuses on limiting consumption of red meat, alcohol and refined grains while increasing plant-based foods," said co-author Ruth Patterson, PhD, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center associate director for population sciences and program leader of the cancer prevention program, in a statement. "New evidence suggests that when and how often people eat can also play a role in cancer risk."

Researchers found that a decrease in the total amount of time spent eating and an increase in the amount of time spent fasting overnight reduces a woman’s glucose levels. Every additional three hours women spent fasting at night was associated with four percent lower postprandial glucose levels, regardless of how much they ate during the day.

Participants in the study reported eating five times a day with a mean fasting time of 12 hours each night. The women that ate less at night also reported eating fewer calories per day and fewer calories after 10 p.m.

Researchers said they recommended large-scale clinical trials to confirm their findings.

The study was co-authored by Loki Natarajan, Dorothy Sears and Sheri Hartman of UC San Diego and Linda Gallo and Elva Arredondo of San Diego State University.

<![CDATA[Locals Led the Pack in Boston Marathon]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:54:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/marathon-locals-lead-pack.jpg

At one point in the 2015 Boston Marathon, there were two local runners leading the pack.

San Diego’s Meb Keflezighi and Chula Vista's Desi Davila Linden were among the lead group of elite runners Monday.

Keflezighi, winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon, had hoped to see a repeat performance. However, it wasn't to be. He finished eighth in the men's race with a time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, 42 seconds.

"I'm happy with it," he said after the race. "We just run to help others, inspire." 

"It's an amazing experience." 

Linden finished fourth in the women's race with a time of 2 hours, 25 minutes, 39 seconds.

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Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia crossed the finish line first for the men.

Kenya's Carolina Rotich won the women's race in an unofficial 2 hours, 24 minutes, 55 seconds, outsprinting Mare Dibaba down Boylston Street to win by 4 seconds.

Keflezighi won the 2014 Boston Marathon with the second fastest time for an American man in the history of the event. He was also the first American to win the Boston Marathon since 1983.

Born in Eritrea, 39-year-old Keflezighi and his family fled war to establish a new home in San Diego in 1987. He became a U.S. citizen in 1998.

The San Diego High School and UC Los Angeles alum has won four NCAA titles, the New York City marathon, and an Olympic silver medal in 2004.

Linden, a Hilltop High School alumni, clocked the fastest time ever by an American woman at the 2011 Boston Marathon in 2:22:38.

The 31-year-old lives in Chula Vista with her husband, Ryan Linden, a fellow marathoner.

<![CDATA[Boy Hurt in Wave Runner Hit-and-Run Crash]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:45:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Wave-Runner-crash-0419.jpg

When a San Diego boy’s Wave Runner collided with another personal watercraft on Mission Bay the other driver left the scene, officials said.

The boy suffered minor injuries to his hip when the collision happened Sunday evening near De Anza Cove.

He was trading off the Wave Runner with another rider when a man riding a personal water craft by himself struck the boy’s watercraft, lifeguards said.

George Liapis was in his boat near the crash scene and was able to help the boy to safety.

“He was very panicked, very out of it,” Liapis told NBC 7.

The injured boy and his father left before medics could arrive and evaluate the boy, officials said.

San Diego Lifeguards are looking for a watercraft with front-end damage.

The person who was operating it at the time of the crash faces hit-and-run with injury charges, which is a felony according to officials.

Lifeguards say a hit-and-run crash on the water is treated the same as if it happened on the road. Those involved must stay at the scene around and exchange information.

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<![CDATA[Marine in Standoff Had Asked for Help: Neighbor]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:39:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/oceanside-SWAT-0420.jpg

The man arrested after an hours-long standoff with Oceanside Police is a U.S. Marine described by neighbors as a “great guy” who may have snapped because of his pending discharge from the military.

Matthew J. Machonis, 28, was arrested early Sunday after a six-hour SWAT standoff with police at an apartment complex on Broadway.

According to police, the U.S. Marine sergeant had pulled a gun on his live-in girlfriend and threatened to kill her.

When police arrived, Machonis allegedly told them that he was armed with an assault rifle and threatened to shoot police and then himself.

Police said Machonis behavior was connected to the Marine's process of being discharged from the military.

"He's asked for help," said neighbor Paula Klein. "He's felt like he wasn't feeling right and something is wrong."

Klein said Machonis, who she described as "a Marine with integrity," had asked for services but wasn't given the help.

Machonis was taken into custody without incident and booked into Vista Detention Facility for assault with a deadly weapons and domestic battery.

Officers say they found a Remington 870 shotgun and a Glock 40 caliber semi-automatic handgun in the apartment.

The Marine's girlfriend was not injured.

<![CDATA[Longing For Martyball]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 21:55:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/176*120/2340250.jpg

NBC 7's Derek Togerson looks back at the career of former Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer in this commentary

On Monday morning, the Chargers hold their first off-season workouts of 2015 at the team’s Murphy Canyon training facility. I’m sure it was a complete coincidence, but on Saturday night, NFL Network re-aired its installment of “A Football Life: Marty Schottenheimer.”

It got me thinking how much I miss Martyball.

I know, I know, I was among those people who, at the time, thought A.J. Smith was right in making a head coaching change (the problem was with the guy he picked to do it). But, now nearly a decade removed, I realize just how great a football coach Marty Schottenheimer was.

There is no denying he turned franchises around. Just look at the track record:

Schottenheimer was named head coach in Cleveland in 1984. The Browns had made 5 playoff appearances in 15 years and not won a post-season game since 1969 when they were champions of the NFL’s Century Division. Marty put them in the playoffs four of the next five years.

Schottenheimer went to Kansas City in 1989 to take over a team had made one playoff appearance in 17 years. Marty had them there seven times in the next 10 seasons.
Schottenheimer made a one-year stop in Washington, defying logic by leading a talent-deficient team to an 8-8 record. Then he landed in San Diego. The Chargers had not had a winning record in seven years. Marty led them to two division titles in the next five years.

Overall, Marty won 200 games as an NFL head coach. Only six men have won more. Five of them are in the Hall of Fame (Don Shula, George Halas, Tom Landry, Curly Lambeau and Paul Brown). The other is Bill Belichick, who will probably end up in Canton one day.

The man right behind Schottenheimer is Chuck Noll, another Hall of Famer. Now, all of these other men won either a Super Bowl or NFL championship, the one glaring blank space on Marty’s resume. But, Schottenheimer won more football games as an NFL head coach than Vince Lombardi and Bill Walsh COMBINED.

In the years Schottenheimer was coaching the Chargers, 12 players who were drafted or signed as rookie free agents developed in to Pro Bowl players. That does not include LaDainian Tomlinson or Drew Brees, who were added the year before Marty arrived. It also doesn’t include Jamal Williams or Lorenzo Neal, established players who grew in to All-Pros under Schottenheimer.

Under Norv Turner, the Chargers drafted or signed three players who went to Pro Bowls. I would have to think the quality of players coming in did not change all that much; they simply were not being coached in a way that made them better football players.

That’s the number one thing Marty Schottenheimer did. We can talk about his post-season record (5-13) until we’re blue in the face, and it is worth consideration. But, he made guys better football players. And isn’t that what a coach is supposed to do?

So while it was annoying to win 14 games just to lose in the first round of the playoffs, with the way the last handful of years have gone, I would gladly trade asking the question, “Do you think we can make the playoffs this year?” for the question, “How far do you think we’ll go in the playoffs this year?”

I do see Mike McCoy and his staff getting back to that old way of doing things, though. Players are, for the most part, improving as they grow in the Chargers current system. Is it too late to trademark the term, McCoyball?

(I'm sure you all have plenty to say about this, so we'll save the talk about how Bobby Beathard should be in the Hall of Fame for another day)

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Padres Pitcher Andrew Cashner : The Deer Hunter]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:53:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/469633994.jpg

The last few months have been emotionally draining for Andrew Cashner. The Padres right-hander has been helping his ailing mother back home in Texas, while still trying to focus on baseball and all the preparation that goes with it.

But, Cash has a unique way to escape the stress, and a partner from the Lone Star state to enjoy it with. NBC 7's Derek Togerson has more.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[5th in National Retail Market Report]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:02:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/shopping-generic_2.jpg

San Diego placed fifth in the latest annual report by commercial real estate services provider Marcus & Millichap Inc., ranking the nation’s strongest retail property markets.

San Diego moved up one spot from its sixth-place ranking in the company’s 2014 National Retail Index report, rating the nation’s 46 largest retail markets.

Intended as a guide for nationwide retail property investors, company officials said the rankings are based on supply-and-demand factors including forecast employment growth, property vacancy, construction and rents.

Marcus & Millichap researchers said San Diego County’s retail vacancy is expected to retreat below the pre-recession level this year, finishing 2015 at 3.6 percent. The average asking rent is forecast to rise 4.4 percent, to $23.52 per square foot by year’s end, as development activity brings 350,000 square feet of new space online.

The top four metro markets in the latest rankings were San Francisco, New York City, San Jose and Austin, Texas.

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<![CDATA[San Diego-Based Nonprofit Supporting Marathon Athletes]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:53:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Sarah+Reinertsen+crew+%27Run+in+Mass%27.JPG

Many athletes will cross the finish line Monday at the Boston Marathon, and among those will be athletes supported by one San Diego-based nonprofit.

The San Diego-based Challenged Athletes Foundation has supported five athletes running in the Patriot’s Day race by underwriting their travel and entry fees for the race, said executive director Virginia Tinley.

“Finishing the BM would be a huge accomplishment for any one of us,” said Tinley. “That’s one of our messages here at Challenged Athletes Foundation, is just because you have a physical challenge doesn’t mean you’re any different. So for them to complete that and get to that finish line, is just as rewarding and exhilarating as for you and I.”

Three other participants are running to raise money specifically for CAF and more than $10,000 has been raised so far.

The nonprofit raised more than $80,000 for Boston-based challenged athletes last year. This year, prior to the marathon, the nonprofit gave out 34 grants to the athletes, ranging from prosthetic limbs to sports chairs.

Three Boston Marathon Bombing survivors have also received support from the foundation in the form of mentorship, running clinics and grants for adaptive equipment.

Celeste Corcoran, Heather Abbott and Roseann Sdoia have received running legs through the nonprofit, though they will not be running the marathon just yet.

“It’s difficult to run a marathon as an amputee and it takes time…If they can run 2k, it’s an achievement,” said Tinley.

On Friday, the organization held a grant reception in coordination with Nike, honoring Roseann Sdoia and Anna Conn.

Photo Credit: Challenged Athletes Foundation]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Crews Battling 2 And a Half Acre Fire at Palomar Mountain]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 16:37:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SD-Fire-Truck-Generic.jpg

Fire crews are battling a two and a half acre fire at the top of Palomar Mountain, USDA Forest Service officials said. 

50 to 60 firefighters are responding to the blaze that started around 3:30 p.m., officials said, in what they catagorized as a full fire response. 

It is unclear what started the fire, they said, and it is not expected to worsen. 

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[Local Marine Holds Vigil for Lost Therapy Dog]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 16:19:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Nahla+web+img+0417.jpg

A mission to find a local Marine veteran’s missing therapy dog brought more than 25 people out in Chula Vista for a vigil.

The crowd showed up for the event in honor of Nahla, who went missing last Christmas.

Many heard about Nahla and came out even as strangers to support the family looking for their dog.

“Whenever there's a dog missing it pulls at our hearts that a dog has gone away and we're going to find that dog,” said Marianne Ponce, a volunteer.

For Hernando Quandt, Nahla's reassuring smile helped him manage his post-traumatic stress after serving four years in war.

“We really miss her,” said her owner, Hernando. “She is an emotional support animal. I am a veteran of the Marine Corps. We didn't get her for that reason, but we realized what a benefit she was."

Nahla ran away from the couple’s Chula Vista neighborhood on Christmas Eve while the couple was out of town visiting a sick relative.

The dog helps Fernando Quandt cope with his post-traumatic stress disorder from his time in the Marine Corps and without her he’s lost.

“It’s almost like she could sense when I’m kind of in the middle of one of these episodes and she’d lick me or come and make the physical contact she made with me (that) kind of pulled me back,” he said.

The couple hired a well-known pet detective, launched a Facebook page and started tacking up giant posters in town. But after weeks of no luck, they hired a person to bring in specially trained dogs to try and track Nahla’s scent.

The scent brought them to the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The couple asked the government for special clearance to allow Quandt to camp out in hopes of tracking down Nahla.

The Quandts also check in regularly with animal shelters and since Nahla is microchipped they say they’d be notified even if her body was found on the side of a road.

“…She’s not just a pet to us. If she was just a dog to us, we’d just go get another dog,” wife Vivian Quandt said.

<![CDATA[Padres Win Road Series In Chicago]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:13:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/470367476.jpg

In his first two starts of 2015, Padres starter Andrew Cashner allowed 10 runs. However, only five of them were earned. His defense has not been helping out very much.

That trend continued on Sunday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, but after one very bad inning, Cash found a way to avoid any more defensive lapses: Just don’t let anybody on base.

The Cubs got two unearned runs in the first inning on three singles and two errors. After that, Cash buckled down, only allowing two hits over the next five innings, to get his first win of the season in a 5-2 Padres victory. Cashner finished with five strikeouts and realized he has a new toy to play with.

After struggling with his fastball location in his first two starts, Cash used his much-improved changeup more often to great effect. It’s a pitch he’s developed enough to use as a legitimate out pitch.

San Diego’s offense once again staged a comeback, the fifth time they’ve overcome a deficit to win a game this season. Will Middlebrooks almost immediately erased Chicago’s 2-0 lead with a 2-run homer in the top of the second inning. Middlebrooks has already hit three home runs and driven in nine. For the entire 2014 season, Padres 3rd basemen went deep 11 times with 56 RBI.

The Padres took the lead in the 6th inning on Will Venable’s line drive single that scored Matt Kemp, then padded the lead a bit when Yangervis Solarte smashed his first home run of the season off Chicago reliever Jason Motte, a 2-run blast to make it a 5-2 game.

Closer Craig Kimbrel threw two straight games and would have been unavailable for Monday’s series opener against the Rockies at Coors Field, so instead of getting another save Joaquin Benoit threw a scoreless 9th to get his first save of the season.

That decision was made by bench coach Dave Roberts, who took over after manager Bud Black was ejected in the second inning after saying something from the dugout to home plate umpire James Hoye. On the very next pitch from Cubs starter Jon Lester, Middlebrooks hit his home run.

The Padres took two out of three from the Cubs at Wrigley, giving the Friars their first road series win of the season. San Diego has won three straight series overall.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Elephants Traveling from Seattle to Oklahoma Stop in SoCal]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:53:37 -0700 Singles $79, dual membership $99.]]> Singles $79, dual membership $99.]]> http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Header_San_Diego_Zoo.jpg

Two elephants heading to the Oklahoma City Zoo made a temporary pit stop at the San Diego Zoo.

Bamboo, 48, and Chai, 36, both female Asian elephants, were traveling from the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle to the Oklahoma City Zoo in Oklahoma when they stopped at the San Diego Zoo due to health concerns.

The elephants arrived early Friday and were placed in quarantine at the Conrad Prebys Elephant Care Center as animal care staff evaluated their condition. As of Sunday, there was no update on their condition, a Zoo spokeswoman said.

The Elephant Care Center was opened in 2009 for ailing and geriatric elephants. The specialized care center provides care to a variety of elephants from varying backgrounds and is currently home to seven elephants, including both African and Asian species.

<![CDATA[Pacific Arts Movement Spring Showcase Happening in SD]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:32:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/pacific+arts+movement+guest+img.png You can learn a little bit about Asian culture and history at a film festival going on right now. Le Ann Kim of the Pacific Arts Movement spoke with BC 7 about the festival. ]]> <![CDATA[Police ID Man Involved in Six Hour SWAT Standoff]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:12:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Omari11P0418_1200x675_430469699604.jpg

Oceanside Police have identified the man involved in a six hour SWAT standoff in Oceanside Saturday night as 28-year-old Matthew Machonis. 

The standoff happened at approximately 7 p.m. on the 1600 block of Broadway Street in a four unit apartment, where police said a woman living with a man called the police.

Police evacuated the apartment complex and closed off parts of nearby streets Saturday night in Oceanside as they surrounded a building in a SWAT standoff situation that lasted more than five hours.

Police said a 28-year-old military man told them he was armed with an assault rifle and that the situation would not end well for him or the police, as Machonis threatened to shoot them and himself. Police said it stemmed from the fact that he is in the process of being discharged from the military.

Police said the incident started when they got a call from a woman who said her live-in boyfriend had a gun to her head and threatened to kill her. She told police she was able to wrestle the gun away and throw it in the bathroom.

Police said she thought she could talk her boyfriend down, but she gave up and walked out. That's when they said he threatened to shoot them and their armored vehicle. The man holed up in the house and told police he had at least three weapons inside, including a semi-automatic pistol and a shotgun. 

Police had portions of Morse and the 1600 block of Broadway blocked off as the night progressed.

He was taken into custody without incident at approximately 1:10 a.m. and booked into Vista Detention Facility for assault with a deadly weapons and domestic battery.

A search of the residence found a Remington 870 shotgun and a Glock 40 caliber semi-automatic handgun, both of which were seized and taken into custody.

<![CDATA[Two Dead, Two Injured After Point Loma Crash]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:25:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_generic_police_tape_police_lights_fishtown11.jpg

Two people have died and two more have suffered injuries after a wrong-way collision in Loma Portal near Ocean Beach. 

The incident happened at approximately 12:52 a.m. on Interstate 8 heading westbound, where the driver of a 2009 Volkswagen driving westbound in the fast lane hit a 2004 Honda head-on. 

The driver of the Honda was pronounced dead on the scene. It was unknown why the driver was going that direction. 

The driver that caused the crash died at UC San Diego Medical Center. 

Officials said they do not know what caused the crash.

<![CDATA[The Padres Are On A Post-Season Pace]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:23:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/470229494.jpg

With 7.4-percent of the 2015 Major League Baseball season complete, I am confident in saying the Padres will make the playoffs. That’s not just my opinion. I mean, it is my opinion, but this is separate from that. No, no, THIS bold statement actually has math as backup (yes, I know this is a ridiculous thing to be writing 12 games in to a season, but I’m so excited about the prospects for this year I couldn’t help myself, so thank you for humoring me).

Since 1995, when MLB expanded its playoffs format to include eight teams, only 10 teams have won 90 games and not earned a post-season spot (the last, of course, being the 2010 San Diego Padres). Now, 90 wins is a lot, and it doesn’t happen very often.

At 7-5, the Padres are only two games over .500, which seems like an awful long way 18 games over .500 they need to be to hit that magical 90-win plateau. But, when you break it down incrementally, San Diego is actually ahead of schedule when it comes to reaching 90 wins.

Over the course of a 162-game season it’s tough to see the big picture. There’s a lot going on here. Plus, the math gets a little goosey when dividing in to 162, so let’s simplify it by using 160 games and holding the final two games out for a bit.

In our 160 game scenario, a team would have to go 44-36 in each half of the season … 22-18 in each quarter … or 11-9 in each eighth, which can be achieved by alternating 10-game sprints with a record of 6-4, then 5-5.

Think about that. If a team goes 5-5 on a 10-game road trip, that’s pretty good. If that team comes home and goes 6-4 on a 10-game home stand, it might not seem all that great, but it’s perfect for playoff positioning.

Now, take all that and add it up, at the end a team is 88-72 with two games to play. How your team fares in those two games will determine whether or not you get to buy playoff tickets.

So at 7-5 all the Padres have to do is go 4-4 over their next eight games and they’ll be right on target to make the post-season.

The problem for the Padres all these years has been really bad starts that create too big a mathematical hole to crawl out of. So far, it seems they’re managing to avoid blowing up the equation and putting themselves out of it before Memorial Day.

<![CDATA["Pay What You Wish" at Local Museum]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:21:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MOPA-San-Diego-Stacy-Keck-1.jpg

How much would you pay to visit a local museum? Well, the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park is letting visitors decide what their cost of admission should be.

The museum is the only one in Balboa Park – and in Southern California – to launch a “Pay What You Wish” program.

Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, visitors can choose their own admission price with a voluntary contribution to the museum. The “Pay What You Wish” admission includes access to MOPA’s current exhibitions, including the multimedia exhibit, “7 billion others.”

“Pay What You Wish” will run through Aug. 28 thanks to a grant supported by The Parker Foundation. It will then be further evaluated to determine if it will become a regular program.

This special program follows a renovation of MOPA, which included the installation of a new gallery and
store. The program also runs during Balboa Park’s centennial celebration.

“We think the Pay What You Wish program, like the work we do around accessibility and comfort, is a way of opening opportunities for visitors to engage with us,” said Joaquin Ortiz, MOPA Director of Education and Innovation in a press release.

“Our hope is to show the positive benefits of the program and to offer it in the future to make the museum a more inclusive place for the people of San Diego,” he added.

MOPA and the museum store are open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Normally, admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and retired military and $6 for students. Admission is free for MOPA Members, active military with ID and children age 12 and under. Also, entry is free to San Diego County residents the second Tuesday of every month.

Photo Credit: Stacy Keck]]>
<![CDATA[Toddler Killed by Mom's Car ID'd]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:53:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_222952348.jpg

A 3-year-old boy who died after his mother accidentally ran over him with her car as she attempted a parking maneuver has been identified by the San Diego County Medical Examiner.

The ME’s office confirmed the boy was Escondido resident Gerardo Sosa. He had just turned three last month, according to the ME’s report.

On Thursday evening, the boy’s mother was parking her car in a cul-de-sac in the 400 block of West Fourth Avenue. Somehow, Gerardo unfastened himself from his car seat and got out of the car.

Escondido police said the mother was unaware that the boy had exited the vehicle. When she pulled forward to park, she hit him. The woman took Gerardo to Palomar Medical Center, but he was pulseless when he arrived. He died shortly thereafter from blunt force injuries to the head sustained in the tragic accident.

The ME’s report said the mother felt like she had ran over an object after the collision. When she stopped her car, she noticed Gerardo was not in his car seat. When she got out of the car, she saw Gerardo on the ground with blood on his face.

The collision remains under investigation, but police do not believe drugs or alcohol played a factor.

NBC 7 spoke with witnesses at the scene of the accident Thursday who described the accident as chaotic, with family members screaming and crying at the sight of the wounded boy.

"From a father's point of view that is the scariest thing anyone can go through," said neighbor Andre Mendez. "My son is 7 and I feel bad. Very bad for her."

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<![CDATA[Padres Come Back, Then Lose in Chicago]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:30:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Padres-Recap-0418.jpg

There were a few firsts at Wrigley Field on Saturday. Matt Kemp hit his first home run as a Padre. Kris Bryant got his first hit and RBI as a big league ballplayer.

The Padres then overcame a 4-run, 9th-inning deficit for the first time in years to force bonus baseball, only to watch their All-Star closer take his first loss as a Padre. Chicago won 7-6 in 11 innings.

Kemp's dinger came in the first inning, a 2-run shot off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks. After that, the San Diego bats were silenced. Until the 9th inning, that is.

Ross whiffed nine in 5.2 innings. He allowed Bryant's first hit, an RBI single in the 5th inning to score Dexter Fowler and tie the game at 2-2. In the 6th Ross gave up a solo home run to catcher Miguel Montero, who hit two homers in the game, the second coming an inning later off reliever Chris Rearick, who allowed the first run of his MLB career.

Down 6-2 in the 9th, the Padres bats erupted. Yonder Alonso singled, Matt Kemp singled, Justin Upton singled to score Alonso, Will Middlebrooks doubled to score Kemp, Jedd Gyorko hit in to a fielder's choice to score Upton, Alexi Amarista struck out, Yangervis Solarte ripped a pinch-hit single to score Middlebrooks and the game was all tied at 6. It was the second time this year the Padres have scored four runs in the 9th. They never got more than three runs in the 9th inning of any game in 2014.

That gave the Friars a chance to get their first extra-innings win of the season. Instead, Craig Kimbrel allowed a bases-loaded single to Chicago shortstop Starlin Castro and the Cubs walked off winners.

The Padres can get their first win in a road series on Sunday behind Andrew Cashner, who is looking for his first win of the year, against Cubs lefty Jon Lester, who would like to get his first win in a Cubs uniform.

Photo Credit: Getty Images ]]>
<![CDATA[McDonald's All-Day Breakfast Test]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:24:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mcmuffin.jpg

Nearly 100 McDonald’s locations throughout San Diego will begin testing an all-day breakfast menu on Monday, and customers got a taste Saturday in Kearny Mesa.

The McDonald’s outlet on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard hosted a preview event, offering Egg McMuffins, sausage burritos and other breakfast items.

The restaurant handed out prizes to patrons during the event Saturday morning, including a year’s worth of free breakfast sandwiches to one lucky customer.

Starting Monday, McDonald’s Corp. will begin its test of offering breakfast all day long at the fast food chain, using 94 of the 110 San Diego County McDonald’s locations as its tester eateries.

According to the company, offering will vary by location, but items will include McMuffins, hash browns, burritos and hotcakes, among the all-day breakfast options.

Until now, those items have only been available to customers until 10:30 a.m. at most locations across the U.S.

Burger Business reports that the menu will feature nine items – not the full McDonald’s breakfast menu, including McGriddles.

A company spokesperson told NBC 7 on Saturday that it is not yet known how long this all-day breakfast experiment will run. If it’s successful, he said, the company may consider prolonging the test in San Diego.

He said managers will speak with customers about their experience with the menu to gauge the response.

The spokesperson said this test run is something customers have been wanting for a long time.

“Our customers have been asking for breakfast all day for quite some time and today, in San Diego, we’re making that happen,” he added.

The San Diego Business Journal reported earlier this week that the company has recently been “tweaking its menu in response to sagging sales and increasing competition from other chains now offering breakfast, most recently including Taco Bell.”

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<![CDATA[Art of Fashion at Timken Museum]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:53:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Art-Fashion-Timken.jpg The Timken Museum of Art in Balboa Park will host the new exhibit, “Art of Fashion,” on April 20, 2015, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Local students will showcase elaborate costumes they designed for the exhibit, which were inspired by a French painter. NBC 7’s weekend morning anchors speak with Lori M. Walton of the Timken Museum of Art about this event.

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<![CDATA[Slain Woman's Family Relieved by Formal Charges]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:45:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Yvonne-Baldelli-Family-KNSD.jpg

The family of a woman whose dismembered remains were found dumped in a swamp in Panama felt a sense of relief Friday after the man suspected in the murder was formally charged.

“After all these years, there is a sense of relief – a sense of validation – that he has been formally charged,” the victim’s niece, Lauren Beyer, said in an exclusive interview with NBC 7.

Beyer was referring to Brian Brimager, a 37-year-old retired Marine accused in the 2011 killing of his girlfriend, Yvonne Baldelli, 37.

Brimager is suspected of dumping Baldelli’s remains in the Panamanian jungle before undergoing an elaborate scheme to cover up the murder, including sending emails to Baldelli’s friends and family from her laptop to make it seem as if she were still alive.

A federal grand jury in San Diego indicted Brimager on a charge of foreign murder of a U.S. National Friday. He pleaded not guilty.

The formal charges were a major break in the case for Baldelli’s family who has struggled for years seeking justice for their loved one.

On Friday, family members came from as far away as New York to see Brimager get charged after all this time.

“There is no sense of remorse. There is no glimmer of humanity in his eyes,” Beyer said of the man accused in the grisly murder of her aunt.

According to the family, they saw exactly what they expected in that courtroom from the accused murder suspect.

“He's a cold, methodical person,” said James Faust, Baldelli’s father.

Beyer told NBC 7 she couldn’t help but stare at the hands of the defendant in the courtroom.

“These are the hands that did this,” she said, overcome with emotion. “These are the hands that are responsible for killing her.”

In September 2011, Brimager, a former Camp Pendleton Marine, and Baldelli traveled to Panama to stay on Isla Carenero, an island off the coast accessible only by boat.

Baldelli was last seen with Brimager at a Panamanian restaurant on Nov. 26, 2011.

After Baldelli turned up missing, family members joined the search for her in the swamps of Panama against the backdrop of happy, tanning tourists – a difficult memory Beyer said she will never forget.

“It's surreal; it’s horrible. And all the while there are people having Tequila Sunrises [on the beach] and listening to Jimmy Buffet,” she recounted. “It's the worst thing you could ever experience.”

The family said Brimager returned to the U.S. two weeks after Baldelli disappeared. According to prosecutors, the defendant then allegedly pretended to be Baldelli in emails sent to family and friends to make it appear like she was still alive and traveling to Costa Rica with another man.

He also allegedly used Baldelli’s ATM card in Costa Rica and San Jose.

Prosecutors allege Brimager killed Baldelli and later disposed of a bloody mattress at their hostel. Court documents say Brimager used the victim’s laptop to search for information on how to get blood stains out of a mattress.

Brimager is also accused of stuffing Baldelli’s belongings into garbage bags and disposing of the bags on a dock outside their hostel.

Prosecutors said Brimager lied to investigators about Baldelli’s disappearance and told them she took her laptop while traveling. Her laptop was found in his possession in 2012, at which point he changed his story, adding that he never sent emails from it.

Nearly two years after she vanished, Baldelli’s body was found on a small island off the Isla Carenero coastline. Scientists used DNA analysis on her skull and bones to identify her.

Today, her family seeks justice and they said neither time nor distance can discourage them in their pursuit.

“I had a special relationship with Yvonne. We always had a special bond,” Faust said.

“We were always very close, since I was a little girl,” added Beyer. “The fact that this day has come; it means a lot to me.”

The defense has requested three months to go over the Panamanian government's investigation of the murder laid out in hundreds of pages and documents.

The case returns to court for a status hearing June 27.

Charges are pending against Brimager in Panama as well.

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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Killed by Car While Crossing Freeway]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 14:53:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/163-Fatal-Ped-Ax.jpg

A pedestrian attempting to cross northbound State Route 163 was killed after being hit by a car, officials confirmed.

The deadly accident happened around 12:30 a.m. at northbound SR-163 just south of Friars Road.

California Highway Patrol officials said two pedestrians were trying to cross the freeway when one of them was struck by an oncoming vehicle. That pedestrian died at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle remained on scene. He sustained minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital. The other pedestrian was not hurt.

CHP Sgt. Sofia Mosquera said the fatal collision is under investigation but officials do not believe drugs or alcohol contributed.

The name of the victim killed in the accident was not immediately released. The San Diego County Medical Examiner's office confirmed he was 30 years old and an active duty service member. His birthday was last week, according to the ME report.

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<![CDATA[Gas Station Murder Suspect Shot by Cops]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:28:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/city-heights-shootout8.jpg A man suspected of killing a customer during a robbery at a gas station earlier this week was involved in a shootout with San Diego police in City Heights on April 18, 2015. The suspect was identified as Ahmed Hassan Mumin, 30.

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