<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usMon, 30 May 2016 21:33:47 -0700Mon, 30 May 2016 21:33:47 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Child Riding Bicyle Injured in a Hit and Run]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 21:07:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san+diego+county+Sheriff+generic+logo.jpg

A child was airlifted to Rady Childrens Hospital after being injured in a hit and run in San Marcos on Monday, the San Diego Sheriff's Department (SDSO) confirmed. 

The incident happened around 8:26 p.m. on the 3400 block of Capalina Road, just east of the 78 Freeway. 

According to SDSO, the child was riding a bicycle when the crash happened.

SDSO says the child appears to have a major injury.

There is no word on the gender or age of the child.

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 



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<![CDATA[Woman Injured in Crash in Del Mar]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 19:59:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Del+mar+i-5+crash.JPG

A woman was taken to the hospital after a crash on the northbound Interstate 5 in Del Mar Monday, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) confirmed.

The crash happened around 5:03 p.m. near Via De La Valle.

According to CHP, they received reports that a vehicle had gone over the side of the freeway into the brush.

NBC 7's news chopper captured video of firefighters lifting up the driver onto the bed of a tow truck.

Firefighters transported her on the tow truck to an ambulance parked on the shoulder nearby.

According to the San Diego Fire Department, the woman was taken to Scipps La Jolla Hospital with major trauma.

There is no word on the cause of the accident.

No other information was available. 



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<![CDATA[Mariners Hammer Padres in Seattle]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 16:07:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-535911634.jpg

If the Padres are looking for a slogan for this season, here’s a suggestion …
“2016: The Season of Squandered Opportunities”
San Diego had chances to win the first game of their Vedder Cup series against the Mariners in Seattle but failed to capitalize and lost 4-2 at Safeco Field.
The Friars got on the board in the second inning of their Interleague series by playing old-school National League baseball. Melvin Upton Jr. singled, stole second and scored on a single by Christian Bethancourt, who was in the lineup as the designated hitter.
In the 6th the Padres had a chance to do some big-time damage. Matt Kemp led off with a double and Yangervis Solarte reached on a throwing error by Seattle starter Nathan Karns. With two runners on and nobody out Upton hit one hard right at 1st baseman Dae-Ho Lee, who started a double play while Kemp went to 3rd.
The Padres got another gift run when Brett Wallace’s fly ball down the left field line was dropped by Seth Smith. It was ruled an RBI double, giving the Padres a 2-0 lead. Bethancourt lined out to right field and what started as an inning with big promise turned in to a bit of a dud.
Right after that, the Mariners took full control of the game. Padres starter Andrew Cashner took a shutout in to the 6th inning but when things start to go wrong Cash has struggled to get them going to other way again. Nori Aoki reached on a catcher’s interference call, the third on the Padres this season already.
Smith followed with a double to centerfield that brought home Aoki from 1st to get the Mariners on the board and cut the lead to 2-1. Cashner got Robinson Cano to fly out but with two outs he could not figure out a way to end an inning. Nelson Cruz smoked a single up the middle to plate Smith with the tying run then left a ball over the plate to Kyle Seager.
That was a bad choice. Seager popped it just over the wall in right-centerfield for a 2-run home run. It looked for a moment like right Kemp had a chance to bring it back in the yard but his leap sent him straight in to the top of the wall and his glove never got high enough to make the catch.
The lead stayed 4-2 until the 8th when Brandon Maurer came out of the bullpen and got lit up. Maurer issued a walk to Cano, gave up a double to Cruz, and intentionally walked Seager to load the bases with one out. Adam Lind singled home two runs to make it 6-2 before Lee went deep for a 3-run dinger, the final runs of the game.
The Padres play one more in Seattle before coming back to Petco Park for two more against the Mariners on Wednesday and Thursday. James Shields gets the start on Tuesday, as long as he’s not traded before first pitch at 12:40 in the afternoon.

If the Padres are looking for a slogan for this season, here’s a suggestion …

“2016: The Season of Squandered Opportunities”

San Diego had chances to take control of the first game of their Vedder Cup series against the Mariners in Seattle but failed to capitalize early, then watched the M's offense erupt late and run off with a 9-3 win at Safeco Field.

The Friars got on the board in the second inning of their Interleague series by playing old-school National League baseball. Melvin Upton Jr. singled, stole second and scored on a single by Christian Bethancourt, who was in the lineup as the designated hitter.

In the 6th the Padres had a chance to do some big-time damage. Matt Kemp led off with a double and Yangervis Solarte reached on a throwing error by Seattle starter Nathan Karns. With two runners on and nobody out Upton hit one hard right at 1st baseman Dae-Ho Lee, who started a double play while Kemp went to 3rd.

The Padres got another gift run when Brett Wallace’s fly ball down the left field line was dropped by Seth Smith. It was ruled an RBI double, giving the Padres a 2-0 lead. Bethancourt lined out to right field and what started as an inning with big promise turned in to a bit of a dud.

Right after that, the Mariners took full control of the game. Padres starter Andrew Cashner took a shutout in to the 6th inning but when things start to go wrong Cash has struggled to get them going to other way again. Nori Aoki reached on a catcher’s interference call, the third on the Padres this season already.

Smith followed with a double to centerfield that brought home Aoki from 1st to get the Mariners on the board and cut the lead to 2-1. Cashner got Robinson Cano to fly out but with two outs he could not figure out a way to end an inning. Nelson Cruz smoked a single up the middle to plate Smith with the tying run then left a ball over the plate to Kyle Seager.

That was a bad choice. Seager popped it just over the wall in right-centerfield for a 2-run home run. It looked for a moment like right Kemp had a chance to bring it back in the yard but his leap sent him straight in to the top of the wall and his glove never got high enough to make the catch.

The lead stayed 4-2 until the 8th when Brandon Maurer came out of the bullpen and got lit up. Maurer issued a walk to Cano, gave up a double to Cruz, and intentionally walked Seager to load the bases with one out. Adam Lind singled home two runs to make it 6-2 before Lee went deep for a 3-run dinger to put it completely out of reach.

The Padres play one more in Seattle before coming back to Petco Park for two more against the Mariners on Wednesday and Thursday. James Shields gets the start on Tuesday, as long as he’s not traded before first pitch at 12:40 in the afternoon.



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<![CDATA[Flowers Trying To Bounce Back in 2016]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 15:05:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-496454096.jpg

By all accounts … most importantly his own … Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers had a truly awful season in 2015.

Statistically speaking (numbers from the advanced statistical website Pro Football Focus) Flowers was not only bad in coverage, he was bad in run support and bad in not breaking the rules. Flowers ranked in the bottom 10 of all NFL corners in performance and averaged better than half a penalty a game, making him one of the most frequently penalized defensive backs in the league.

When his season came to an end after suffering a knee injury against the Broncos is December, Flowers knew he had to make some changes heading in to 2016.

“I definitely had a different grind this off-season knowing where I had to get to,” said Flowers. “I just put myself there, knowing where I have to be physically and mentally, and then just shot for it and I’m there now.”

Flowers got there by making some diet changes and going to a new trainer. He says his knee, which had bothered him since the season-opening win against the Lions, is no longer a concern. It’s healed, partially because now it has to support less weight.

“I can’t tell you how I approached it, I just had to get whatever I was dealing with behind me and just move on. It’s a new year, new everything.”

Flowers admits he had off-field issues that he allowed to follow him to the field on Sundays. Now that he’s in better shape that revitalized body comes with a revitalized mind.

“Mentally [2015] is wiped out. Like a Men in Black switch, I can just knock it out. As long as my body and my health are feeling good I’m ready to go.”

Flowers has stated his goal is to return to the Pro Bowl, a place he went in 2013. That was his final year in Kansas City. In 2014 he played well enough with the Chargers to earn a 4-year, $36.4 million contract. Last year was the first year of that deal and Flowers is well aware of the fact he did not live up to it.

Now he’s looking to return to being among the best DB’s in the NFL, and he thinks he has the pieces around him to get there. Jason Verrett has become a Pro Bowler himself and the Bolts brought in a few players that have helped Flowers redouble his efforts.

“We added another ball hawk, Casey Hayward, to the secondary. Dwight Lowery’s back there, this guy’s a veteran. We added some nice pieces. I just can’t wait to go and play another team already.”

The Chargers defense forced just 20 turnovers last year. Only eight teams were worse at taking the ball away from their opponents. Flowers did not intercept a pass for the first time in his career. Ditto Eric Weddle, who has moved on to Baltimore.

Before last season Flowers averaged about three interceptions a year. If he can return to that average while Verrett continues to improve on the three he had in 2015 … Hayward adds his career average of two per year … Lowery continues his career average of two per year … grab a couple more from Stevie Williams, who had a pair of picks in 2015 … maybe even have safety Jahleel Addae get the first pick of his career … and sprinkle in a few from linebackers like Manti Te’o … the Bolts could have as many interceptions in 2016 as they had total takeaways in 2015.

Sure, it’s a lot to ask for. But that improvement alone basically guarantees they finish with a record better than 4-12.



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<![CDATA[How The Vedder Cup Came To Be]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 12:49:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-490195308.jpg

The Padres and Mariners start baseball’s version of a home-and-home series on Monday afternoon in Seattle. You may know it as the Vedder Cup.

Since my Mother-in-Law asked why I was so excited about the Vedder Cup and what the heck it was, it struck me that a lot of people don’t know the rich history of the event. So here’s a quick look at how this annual West Coast slugfest came to be.

When baseball finally came out of the Dark Ages and started Interleague Play in 1997 then-Commissioner Bud Selig declared a 15 pairs of “natural rivals.” Most of them make perfect sense. For example, the Dodgers and Angels, the Giants and A’s, the Mets and Yankees all have obvious geographic ties that make the yearly meeting a real rivalry.

Even some of the series that aren’t terribly close to one another like the Phillies and Red Sox are at least fought between two rabid East Coast sports towns with a history of disliking one another (the 76ers and Celtics have long been at each other’s throats, especially in the playoffs). But when the Padres and Mariners were put together as “natural rivals” we were left to wonder … what exactly do we have to rival about?

It could be seafood or craft beer but there’s really no way to ever fully determine which city offers better edibles. That’s open to interpretation. Therefore we needed a symbol. Something the two cities can lay claim to in equal measure. Obviously, the choice is Eddie Vedder.

The Pearl Jam front man went to high school in Encinitas at San Dieguito High School Academy and of course formed his famous band in Seattle. So while Vedder learned music in So-Cal he perfected in the Pacific Northwest. So far the Mariners lead the all-time series 47-43 so this is truly one of the most hotly-contested of all the “natural rivals.”

There is no physical Vedder Cup trophy like there is a Stanley Cup or a Davis Cup but darnit there should be! That way the winner would be able to hold aloft the prize like an axe or a bell or a jug, signifying by Divine Providence which extreme coastal town located farther apart than any other “natural rivals” is king of the baseball world!

THAT is why the Vedder Cup is so awesomely important and why the next four games might be the only chance for the Padres to actually win something of note this season. PLAY BALL!

(P.S. – Eddie Vedder is a Cubs fan but I’m sure he’s cool with this)



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<![CDATA[Report of Shots Fired at Clairemont Home]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 20:08:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDPD-Clairemont-Police-Action.jpg

San Diego Police surrounded a home Monday in the Clairemont area after a report of shots fired.

Officers arrived to the home on Gila Avenue at 11 a.m. The neighborhood is south of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and west of Clairemont Drive.

As they arrived, officers tried to pull over a black and red car that was driving away from the area. The driver and passenger inside the vehicle jumped out and ran away on foot, police said.

Officers searched the area near Cole Street and Clairemont Drive for two men. No arrests were made.

Two residents inside the home were detained by police for questioning. 

Police said both people was allowed to return to the home.

"It's extremely scary," said one neighbor who asked to be identified as Collette. She’s lived across the street from the suspect’s home for about 17 years.

She and her daughter, Desiree, have called the police on several other occasions for suspicious activity.

On Monday, they heard several shots before two groups of people ran from the house and got into two different cars.

Other nearby residents said the incident doesn't make them feel safe and were upset that police had released the residents.

Police said they did not have enough evidence to enter the home Monday but they will be investigating.

No other information was available.



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<![CDATA[Witness: Driver 'Was Drowning' in Hydrant Crash]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 10:31:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/geyser-crash-053016_5.jpg

Passersby say they felt they had to rescue a driver trapped Sunday inside a car by water falling from 17-story high water geyser in downtown San Diego.

"I mean all the geyser, like thousands of gallons of water just dropping on him, it felt like he was drowning in the car," witness Scott Alaman said.

A fire hydrant shot water high into the air after a car hit the hydrant just after 4 p.m. Sunday, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) confirmed. 

Traffic was backed up in all directions after the two-car crash at 10th and A Street. 

The driver who hit the hydrant was unable to get out of his car so people in the street pulled him out.

"We realized the guy was still in the car, so there was a crowd of people rushed over there tried to get the car open," Alaman said.

 

The driver was taken to the hospital. No one else was injured. 


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<![CDATA[Loved Ones Gather for 17-Year-Old Fatally Stabbed]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 23:45:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/vigil6.PNG

Loved ones gathered in Spring Valley Sunday, just feet from where Jeffrey Quirino was stabbed last Monday, to remember the 17-year-old victim.

Quirino died in the hospital Sunday morning, nearly one week after someone stabbed him on the sidewalk of Delrose Avenue, Sheriff's detectives confirmed.

His older sister Kimberly Quirino said she was by his side until the end.

"We call him our giant, gentle giant because he was really big, but he was like the nicest person ever," she said of her brother.

Jeffrey was the youngest in his family, but loved ones said he took care of his disabled mother.

He had plans to finish school and join the Navy to help support her.

"He was the one always by her side, he was the one keeping the family together," his sister said.

A shrine has been growing on Delrose Avenue since last week filled with cards, flowers and candles.

Even in death Jeffrey donated his organs benefiting several people, including saving another 17-year-old who now has Jeffrey's big heart.

San Diego Sheriff's deputies responded last Monday to a report of a fight on Delrose Avenue in Spring Valley, but by the time authorities arrived investigators said a driver passing by had already taken Quirino to the hospital.

Detectives from the San Diego Sheriff's homicide detail, Rancho San Diego Station and the East County Gang Task Force are investigating the stabbing, but said it will be a difficult case because they only have a vague description of the suspect, they said. 

"He'll live on in between us," she said. "He'll never be forgotten."

Kimberly and her boyfriend are expecting a son in October, and they're naming him Jeffrey.

"Now he's our angel," she told NBC 7. 



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<![CDATA[CHP: Driver Runs Red Light, Hits Police Car]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 13:02:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/carlsbad+crash.PNG

Four people were injured Sunday when a Vista man ran a red light and collided with a Carlsbad Police vehicle, California Highway Patrol officers said. Two of those injured were police officers.

Juvenal Gonzalez, 41, of Vista was driving an F-150 pickup eastbound on Poinsettia Lane at 7:14 p.m. when he approached the intersection at El Fuerte Street.

CHP investigators said Gonzalez ignored a red light and as a result, collided with a Carlsbad police patrol car traveling north on El Fuerte.

The pickup truck overturned. The patrol car sustained significant front-end damage.

Two officers were rushed to Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas where they were treated for minor injuries, officials said.

Gonzalez suffered severe head injuries, police said, and was airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego.

A passenger in the truck, described by police as a 41-year-old Encinitas man, was also injured and transported to the same hospital as the driver.

Gonzalez was under the influence of alcohol, CHP investigators said. Once he recovers from his injuries he will face felony charges, officials said.



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<![CDATA[Chula Vista Woman Wins $1.22 Million on Slot Machine]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 16:22:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/jackpot1.PNG

A Chula Vista woman hit the jackpot at Sycuan Casino Wednesday.

Falina R. won $1.22 million while playing a Buffalo Grand slot machine. She had only made a small bet on the machine, according to casino officials.

“Our guests have been on a hot streak lately,” said John Dinius, general manager at Sycuan Casino. “In March we had another $1.25 million winner and a few weeks later a $660,000 winner. The energy in the casino right now is incredible – and the amount of jackpots we’re handing out is extraordinary. We can’t wait to see who our next big winner is. It just takes one push of a button to change the entire course of a person’s day – or life!”

Sycuan has 2,000 slots and over 40 table games, poker and bingo.



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<![CDATA[No Crowds at San Diego Beaches]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 11:09:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mission-Beach-Monday-Memorial-Day.jpg A light drizzle and cloudy conditions left the beach for only those who were committed to spending the holiday there. NBC 7's Chris Chan and photojournalist Calvin Pearce report. ]]> <![CDATA[San Diego Marks Memorial Day 2016]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 21:29:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Memorial-Day-Roses-2016.jpg

Whether it was visiting a cemetery to place a rose or stopping by the Midway Museum, many San Diegans spent Memorial Day honoring those who died serving our country.

“It doesn't get easier. It gets harder,” said USMC Maj. Aaron J. Brooks who joined volunteers at Rosecrans National Cemetery in placing red roses on the graves of those who have fallen.

At sunrise, more than 100 volunteers walked the cemetery on Point Loma and placed single roses as part of an event sponsored by the Truman Project.

Sadly, there were not enough roses to cover every grave marker.

"I didn't realize the scale of this cemetery. It's really quite vast," said volunteer Colin Parent. "It gives you a sense of how many people have lost their lives in service."

Brooks said Memorial Day is an opportunity for civilians to take action and reach out to those who may have lost a friend or family member. 

“Help people remember that the people they've lost are not forgotten,” Brooks suggested.

Rose by rose, even the littlest of volunteers came out to honor the fallen.

"This is a way that, in a small way, I can honor the people who have given their lives for our country," said volunteer James Lawrence.

Later in the day, the county's largest event was held at the cemetery.

David and Johnie Bruner of Lakeside brought their children as David prepares to deploy in the U.S. Army Reserves.

“Teaching them the value of history and what it means to be an American,” Bruner said.

They say it's important their children understand what it means to serve their country.

In La Jolla, more than a thousand people gathered at the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial to honor the fallen.

There were veterans from WWII, active-duty military and members of the community present at the event.

NBC 7 spoke to Phil Roosevelt, a family member of former President Theodore Roosevelt, who fought in the Spanish American War.

"He was a big believer in veterans. He felt that the bonds that develop between soldiers, especially soldiers from different backgrounds, those are bonds that last a lifetime and are really the building blocks of American democracy," said Phil Roosevelt.

Veterans, both living and deceased, were honored at the commoration.



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<![CDATA[Gloomy Skies Greet Memorial Day Beachgoers]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 08:41:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/memorial-day-2016-beach.jpg NBC 7's Chris Chan reports from Mission Beach where thousands normally spend the Memorial Day holiday. ]]> <![CDATA[FBI's Most-Wanted Fugitive Caught]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 17:52:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/222*120/knbc-fbi-most-wanted-philip-policarpio.jpg

A convicted felon on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend and her unborn baby in Los Angeles last month has been captured, according to FBI officials. 

Philip Patrick Policarpio was apprehended Sunday by agents with the U.S. Customs Border Protection, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller confirmed. Policarpio was taken into custody at the San Ysidro Port of Entry as he was crossing into the United States from Tijuana, Eimiller said. 

The FBI said Policarpio and his 32-year-old girlfriend, Lauren Olguin, were visiting a friend's home in the Rampart area April 12 when the crime was committed.

Policarpio had allegedly become angry and beat Olguin in the face with his fists before pulling out a handgun and shooting her in the forehead, the FBI said.

It's unclear if he knew Olguin was 17 weeks pregnant at the time.

Olguin died instantly and Policarpio went on the run, the FBI said.

Olguin mother's, Jerilyn Olguin, said she was relieved to find out her daughter's suspected killer was in custody.

"Although my daughter's gone, my biggest fear was, 'God, I hope he doesn't do this to someone else,'" Olguin said.

"I thought maybe we could be waiting for years, who knows? Maybe never," she said.

At the time of the incident, was on parole for a 2001 conviction. In that prior case, Policarpio fled to the Philippines after he was suspected of firing nine shots into another car over a dispute in Burbank in 2000. He was deported to the U.S. the following year and was convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison. He was released on parole in May 2015.

Policarpio has ties to Las Vegas, Florida and the Philippines, where, according to investigators, the 39-year-old has family members — including multiple wives and children.

Investigators said Policarpio's aliases include Damon Hiromi Tanaka, Paul Policarpio, "Bugsy," "Sinister" and "Sins." 

The FBI added Policarpio to its most wanted list earlier this month. The list has featured 508 people since it was established in 1950, leading to the arrests of 475 fugitives.

Policarpio is expected to be arraigned this week. 

"My daughter's not coming back but it does like a weight's lifted, like there is some closure," Olguin said.

Jaime Bankson and Kate Larsen contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Rosecrans National Cemetery on Memorial Day Weekend]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 07:36:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ROSECRANSvid_1200x675_695433795900.jpg Video of San Diego's Rosecrans National Cemetery on Sunday, May 29, 2016. ]]> <![CDATA[6,500 Roses Distributed at Rosecrans National Cemetery]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 07:21:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/roses-at-rosecrans-053016.jpg NBC 7's Nicole Gomez reports on the sunrise ceremony that involved more than 100 volunteers. ]]> <![CDATA[Chula Vista Police Search Neighborhood for Men With Gun]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 07:37:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chula-vista-search-053016.jpg

The report of two men running through a Chula Vista neighborhood with a gun prompted Chula Vista Police to search backyards early Monday.

Officers were called to E Street between Broadway and 5th Avenue at 4 a.m.

A security guard reported seeing two men running in the area carrying a weapon.

Two guns were spotted in a car parked near the intersection of E Street and Broadway.

Police searched backyards along Ash and Cedar avenues.

One person was taken into custody, accused of providing a false name to police.

No one was injured and no streets were closed, police said.

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<![CDATA['Listen to Our Veterans' Project Launches on Memorial Day 2016]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 06:33:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/FS+Listen+to+our+Veterans.jpg

A consortium of leading media, business, technology and veterans organizations have joined to create a first-of-its-kind digital campaign designed to allow veterans to quickly share their experiences, and aggregate their feedback into large-scale usable insights that can be used for good.

The Listen to Our Veterans project launches this Memorial Day with partners including NBC7, Donovan’s Steak and Chop House, and HundredX’s Expresit, as well as veterans' organizations across San Diego County, including Support the Enlisted Project and the Armed Forces YMCA.

The goal of the Listen to Our Veterans project is to allow veterans and other interested parties an opportunity to share their experiences in as fast as one minute.

The results will be aggregated and published with an objective to provide content and useful insights surrounding veteran’s services.

With regard to key categories such as medical care, civilian transition, and other veteran’s benefits, respondents will be asked what is good, not so good, or both.

The Listen to Our Veterans project will run from Memorial Day, Monday May 30 through the Fourth of July weekend.

To provide your Express Feedback, click or tap HERE. Please share with any friends or family who may be interested in participating. Thank you in advance for your contribution

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<![CDATA[La Costa Canyon’s Mickey Moniak Looks Ahead to the MLB Draft ]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 19:27:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/235*120/mickey+moniak+screen+shot.JPG

High School baseball playoffs are underway in San Diego and the La Costa Canyon Mavericks are making a run for the championship. Their playoff appearance isn’t the only reason the baseball team is on the radar. Centerfielder Mickey Moniak is a steady contributor for this squad, and also happens to be a potential first round MLB draft pick.

Pro scouts have been watching Moniak closely. During his junior year he hit a .426 average with 28 RBI and 29 runs scored. While the national spot light is on the slugger, he’s staying focused and realistic. Moniak committed to UCLA his freshman year and says he’ll be happy playing at the collegiate level.

“College is just as good. You know, UCLA is a great school” says Moniak. “I’ve been committed there since freshman year and Coach Savage is one of the top in the country. Great program, great school so either way it’s going to be a win-win.”

Moniak’s skills are impressive, but not surprising when you take into account his lineage. His father, Matt Moniak played baseball for San Diego State University and his grandfather played in the big leagues for the Boston Red Sox. Mock drafts have Moniak going to the Phillies as their first overall pick, but given the unpredictable nature of the MLB Draft we decided to throw some other scenarios at Moniak, like maybe staying in his backyard as a Friar. “I love the Padres! That’s been my favorite team since I was born” says the outfielder. “My dad is a Padres fan. We’re all Padres fans here. San Diego would be awesome. It’s where I grew up and I’ve never known anything else. I love the Padres. They’ve always been my number one team.”

If he's selected first overall, the La Costa Canyon High senior would join the ranks of top San Diego-area draft picks Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Bush, Stephen Strasburg and Brady Aiken.

The 2016 MLB Draft is starts June 9th. The Padres have the 8th overall pick.

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<![CDATA['Justice Will be Served': Family on Cold Case Arrest]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 21:48:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/clark+family.PNG

Willie Clark Jr.'s  family has been waiting more than a decade for justice.

Clark was murdered April 3, 2006 just outside a bar on Hollister Street in south San Diego. The bar is no longer there, but the pain of losing Willie has never gone.

“We still hear my dad's voice, his laugh. This has all been one big dream. A bad dream,” Clark’s son Julius told NBC 7.” He was shot five times in the lower torso while his back was turned.”

Police said suspect Guillermo Gonzalez-Nunez shot and killed Clark after a fight broke out at La Vuelta Bar.

Officers said Nunez also beat another man with a gun and other patrons before fleeing to Mexico.

“I consider him beyond being a monster,” Julius' mother Mary Lopez said. “He took...a big part of me. In my heart I want justice."

The Clarks prayed every day that their father's murderer would be caught, but justice did not come quickly.

Last Friday, just over 10 years after Clark’s murder, Mexican authorities turned over Guillermo Gonzalez-Nunez to U.S. Marshals who took him into custody.

The Clarks said they forgive the suspect, but they will never forget what he did. 

“He needs to pay for what he did because my kids are paying every day because they don't have a father,” Lopez said.

Gonzalez-Nunez was booked into San Diego Central Jail for Murder, Attempted Murder and Assault with a weapon. The Clark family said they will be at his arraignment on Tuesday.

"God bless you, but justice will be served believe that," Julius Clark said of Gonzalez-Nunez. “We’re going to be all right." 



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<![CDATA[Padres Drop Series in Phoenix]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 15:13:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-535431080.jpg

If you were going to make a bet based on a pitching matchup you probably would have put a whole lot of cash on the Padres on Sunday. They were sending Drew Pomeranz, the man with the 2nd-best earned run average in the Major Leagues, to the hill against Diamondbacks youngster Archie Bradley, who was called up from Triple-A Reno just before the game.

Alas, that would have been a losing proposition. Pomeranz, the guy who had given up three runs total over in his last five starts, got rocked for six runs in 5.0 innings in a 6-3 Arizona win at Chase Field. Pomeranz surrendered all six runs in the first two innings before settling in and striking out seven of the next 11 batters he faced.

Arizona did the bulk of its damage in the 2nd. Chris Owings led off with a home run. After that the Diamondbacks got a walk, a single, another single, and a wild pitch before Pomeranz finally got the first out on a Jean Segura groundout. Arizona got another run on a fielder’s choice but with two outs Paul Goldschmidt hammered a two-run double to cap a five run inning, which alone would have been enough to win the game.

Bradley, who was just named the Pacific Coast League pitcher of the week, continued his hot streak against a lineup that probably didn’t look much more intimidating than the ones he faced in the PCL. The 23-year-old allowed three runs in 7.1 innings and struck out nine Padres hitters in his best big league start.

One positive for the Padres was shortstop Alexei Ramirez, who hit his first home run in a San Diego uniform. The solo homer in the 5th inning cut the lead to 6-2. The Friars got their final run in the 8th inning on an RBI groundout by Wil Myers.

The Padres travel to Seattle to start a four game home-and-home series (two at Safeco Field, two at Petco Park) against the Mariners. Andrew Cashner gets the start against Nathan Karns in the opening game of the Vedder Cup.



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<![CDATA[Chargers Already Prepping For Week 1]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 16:19:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-488807388.jpg

At a recent installment of Chargers Organized Team Activities the offense and defense were lining up against one another for a drill when suddenly the sideline loudspeakers erupted in a familiar tune: the War Chant.

It’s the one that originated at Florida State University in the 1980’s, moved to Atlanta when the Braves signed former Seminoles defensive back Deion Sanders, and is now a staple at Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs.

“We’re going to Kansas City Week 1,” said cornerback Brandon Flowers, who spent the first six years of his career with the Chiefs. “It’s gonna be loud. We’re starting to get ready for it now.”

It was quite the surprise for everyone watching, the players included.

“I wasn’t expecting it today but when it came on I guarantee you everybody’s mind set went straight to where we’re going in Week 1,” said Flowers. “We’d be lying if we acted like we didn’t know who we were playing Week 1 so once we heard it everybody tried to lock in and it felt like a game tempo.”

That was the desired effect from head coach Mike McCoy, who came up with the idea to play the war chant.

“We understand the task at hand the opening week,” said McCoy. “Going to Kansas City, going to Arrowhead, the noise, the history, their fans, what they do week in and week out speaks for itself.”

The sudden jolt from a marching band took a few players off-guard, possibly because the music was supposed to start a little earlier. Technical difficulties caused a bit of a delay.

“As Philip was in the middle of his cadence all of a sudden Chuck [Sandusky, the Chargers facilities coordinator] blasts the noise and I believe it was Hunter [Henry, the Chargers rookie tight end] who jumped. So we’ve got to deal with that. It’s a learning experience and that’s why we’re doing it from Day 1. The great thing is our quarterback has played there a number of times.”

Philip Rivers has played 10 games at Arrowhead Stadium, going 5-5. He has a deep understanding of just how crazy that place can get and thinks it’s a great idea to start setting the tone in May.

“We’re a long way from Kansas City,” said quarterback Philip Rivers, “but any time you can simulate Kansas City and all the road places and have guys think when they’re a little bit tired and communicate with the guys that are new, I think you add the noise element and that way nobody gets real comfortable and you have to really focus in on the calls and working together.”

For a team that had trouble starting games well in 2015, beginning the process even before mini-camp should only help when September rolls around.

“It’s great that we’re starting it now, early, getting offensive guys that haven’t played in Kansas City to get used to it now,” said Flowers. “When we go there Week 1 we’ll be ready to roll.”

We only have to wait about three and a half months to see if the tactic worked.



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<![CDATA[SDPD: Man Shot Multiple Times on Skyline Street]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 21:47:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/skyline-shooting-0529.jpg

A young man was shot and killed while standing in the middle of an intersection in Skyline late Saturday, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) confirmed.

Officers arrived to the corner of Brookhaven Road and Sears Avenue at 10 p.m. and found a man in his early 20s suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body, according to police.

The man died despite life-saving measures performed by officers and other emergency personnel.

While homicide investigators work to identify the victim, they’ve learned he was standing in the intersection when a gun was fired from a passing dark-blue sedan.

The sedan then left the scene traveling eastbound on Brookhaven.

There was a party in the area of the shooting but officers say they do not know if the crime was related to the event.

No arrests have been made. No other details have been released regarding the suspect or the suspect vehicle.

Anyone with information can call the SDPD Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293.

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<![CDATA[Motorcycle in CHP Pursuit Crashes into Parked Car ]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 07:46:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CHP-Hillcrest-Motorcycle-0529.jpg

A motorcycle fleeing from the California Highway Patrol crashed in Hillcrest Sunday morning, officials and witnesses said.

CHP officials say an officer tried to stop a motorcycle traveling at a high-rate of speed along southbound SR-163 near Friars Road at 8:26 a.m.

The motorcycle failed to stop and exited the freeway at University Avenue.

Witnesses said when the motorcycle hit a dip in the road at 6th and Robinson it crashed.

CHP officers said the rider crashed into a parked car.

Debris was strewn along 6th Avenue between University and Robinson. The stretch of road was closed to traffic.

A silver car was parked near a curb and appeared to have half of the motorcycle wedged underneath its front bumper.

One person was transported to Scripps Mercy according to CHP officials.

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 



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<![CDATA[American Freedom Festival 2016]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 14:01:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/american-freedom-festival-2016.jpg San Diego hosted the 7th American Freedom Festival concert tonight aboard the Midway Museum.]]> <![CDATA[Woman, 92, Dies After Caregiver Accused in Friend's Fall]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 07:51:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/marian-kubic-052916.jpg

An elderly Oceanside woman has died just weeks after her caregiver was accused of critically injuring her best friend, a friend of the family told NBC 7 San Diego.

Marian Kubic, 92, of Oceanside died Friday.

Surveillance video captured the April 16 confrontation between Kubic's best friend, 93-year-old Margaret Wood and her caregiver of two years, 66-year-old William Sutton. 

Wood suffered a broken nose and cracked skull after allegedly being beaten and thrown down three porch steps outside Kubic’s home.

Kubic was not physically injured in the incident but began to deteriorate since the attack, Wood's granddaughter said.

The two friends were placed in the same hospice care facility.

The day before she died Kubic testified through a live video stream from the hospice center where she and Wood were roommates for Sutton's preliminary hearing.

"She did it for Marge. She did it because she wanted to right a horrible wrong as best as she was capable of doing," daughter Reggie Brown said.

Kubic died the next day. Brown said she believes the act took the last of her energy.

"She rallied everything she had for Thursday's hearing," she said.

William Sutton pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder and willful cruelty to an elderly adult. He is not charged in Kubic's death. 

If convicted on all counts, Sutton could face up to 14 years in prison.



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<![CDATA[Aquatica SeaWorld Water Park Officially Opens]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 10:48:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/searworldwp2.jpg

Families looking to spend the day at the Aquatica SeaWorld Waterpark in Chula Vista will have some new options for shade and other amenities, park officials said Friday.

The park opened officially Friday for the summer season.

A new conveyor system lifts inner tubes up to the top of Tassie's Twister, a popular 75-foot water slide that drops riders into a funnel that's six stories high.

The park has added some new shade structures and shade trees to help on those sunny Southern California days.

When the sun hides in the clouds, the park is still open. The giant wave pool and the lazy river, are heated, according to an Aquatica San Diego news release, so expect to dip your toes into 78– to 82-degree water.

Guests can reserve new double loungers that include a small table, cooler and a place to lock up items for $34.99 in addition to park admission.

There's also an unlimited pass that can be purchased at the beginning of the summer for $44.

Get more information from the park's website before planning your visit.

Aquatica San Diego will be open daily through Sept. 5 and then weekends from Sept. 10 to Oct. 9.



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<![CDATA[Trading James Shields Makes a Lot of Sense]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 09:53:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-520268622.jpg

NBC 7's Derek Togerson looks at a potentially huge trade by the Padres in this commentary

Padres General Manager AJ Preller is always looking to try and do things he thinks will improve the organization. He’s not necessarily looking to improve the current big league club; he has eyes on the entire franchise, from top to bottom.

So when we see published reports that Preller is in serious trade talks to deal one of his best pitchers it might not be in the best interest of the 2016 Padres but could be the best course of action in the grand scheme.

Preller is reportedly having heated discussions with the White Sox to send starting pitcher James Shields to Chicago (and apparently other teams have started working the phone with AJ as well). The Sox are in contention in the American League Central and could really use another reliable arm in the rotation, and that is exactly what Shields is.

Shields has gone at least 6.0 innings in every start this year and is in the midst of a fantastic May. In five starts this month James has pitched to a 2.56 ERA with 35 strikeouts and 10 walks. Those are certainly the kinds of numbers that fit well in the middle of a big league rotation. The problem for the Padres is those other kinds of numbers.

Shields is making $21 million a year through 2018 and the Friars would love to free up some payroll. In fact, that would likely be the most appealing part of the trade, even more than any prospects the Friars would get in return.

The Padres would likely have to send a little cash to Chicago or any other team that makes a deal for Shields having his contract off the books would be worth it if for no other reason than it will help ease any fear about spending big this summer on young players, both in the draft and international market.

San Diego is one of a handful of teams expected to spend well beyond their allotted international bonus pool when the signing period opens in July and reportedly has commitments from three of this year’s top 10 players, all of them commanding seven figure bonuses. Preller’s history shows he’s a wizard with scouting international players, especially from Latin America, so a spending spree in the Dominican Republic and Cuba makes a lot of sense.

Although the Ron Fowler-led ownership group has said time and again the Padres are no longer hesitant to spend money the financial reality of baseball still puts them in the category of "small market team" so if they're going to go after a fresh crop of players having one less monster contract on the books makes the effort a lot more palatable.

As for who will take over the spot in the rotation, there are a few candidates. Colin Rea will be available for a recall soon, veteran Jeremy Guthrie has made 10 starts for Triple-A El Paso, and former reliever Frank Garces was recently moved in to the starting rotation with the Chihuahuas to start stretching him out.

Of course that would give the Padres a starting rotation of Andrew Cashner, Drew Pomeranz, Cesar Vargas, Christian Friedrich, and one of the above-mentioned men, which is not exactly how they drew it up at the start of Spring Training.

While moving Shields might look like the start of a fire sale (and Padres fans are rightfully a bit sensitive to that kind of thing), in this situation it’s probably the right thing to do.



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<![CDATA[SDPD Officer's Instagram Post Sparks Controversy ]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 00:40:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/instagram1.PNG

A San Diego police officer is in hot water after she posted a controversial picture on Instagram of herself dressed in riot gear.

The image was captioned with: "Waiting waiting waiting!! Just riot already people!!! #waitingsucks."

The unnamed officer was policing Friday during Donald Trump's rally at the San Diego convention center.

Some San Diego residents and Trump protesters are upset about the photo and the message they think it conveys from the police.

“It sends a really bad image for the San Diego Police Department and we want answers,” Trump protester Michaela Glover said.

NBC 7 has decided not to use the officer's name as a matter of safety.

“It looks like they were taking that as a joke, and our lives are not a joke. Our safety is not a joke," exclaimed Glover.

“They post ‘come on riot already so we can use this equipment against you,’” said Cathy Mendonca of United Against Police Terror. “That’s pretty much what the message was."

A San Diego Police spokesman said the department will investigate the incident "immediately," adding they are thankful "for bringing the private social media post of one of our officers to our attention."

Glover said she was one of the thousands of people outside the convention center protesting, which she witnessed take a violent turn.

Though NBC 7 hasn't been able to confirm what time the pictures were posted Glover said they went online around 2 p.m., before Trump spoke and before the crowd turned violent.

“It’s unprofessional for you to be on duty or start your shift and think it’s okay to post what you posted,” she said.

Kevin LaChapelle, a criminal justice professor and former police officer, shared his thoughts on officers using social media during the rally.

“I think officers should not be tweeting,” he told NBC 7. “I think that can be provocative to protesters, for example, so I don't think that's a good idea. So I think that's probably not the best use of a police officer's time to be Tweeting out like that.”

Though the officer has taken her account down her critics say the damage is done and are calling for her suspension.



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<![CDATA[Bullets Miss Baby, Kill Father in Valencia Park]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 09:41:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Valencia+Park+Shooting1.JPG

A barrage of bullets pummeled a father's car in San Diego Friday, narrowly missing his infant son in the back seat but killing the father, police confirmed.

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said 23-year-old Jamar Johnson, a father of three, was driving with his 6-month-old son in San Diego's Valencia Park community around 1 p.m. when an unknown suspect opened fire on Johnson's vehicle at Euclid Avenue and Market Street.

The bullets narrowly missed the infant who was strapped into a car seat in the back seat of Johnson's white Pontiac GrandPrix. Remarkably, the baby was not hurt despite being directly in the line of fire. The baby's car seat was struck by bullets, but not the child.

SDPD officers said at least five shots were fired into Johnson's car. There were bullet holes all over the vehicle, from the rear passenger door to the front seat.

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When officers arrived on scene, they found Johnson unresponsive, with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body. He was taken to the Scripps Mercy Hospital but did not survive his injuries.

More than 30 family members and friends waited outside the hospital emergency room. It was an emotional gathering with some expressing their anger over the murder and some sharing their grief.

Pastor Cornelius Bowser, the leader of the anti-violence group called "DOVE," comforted the family and told NBC 7 Johnson's death was unbelievable.

”Oh shocking, shocking. This is not something that is normal anywhere for anyone at any time so it’s most definitely a shocking situation,” Bowser said.

The intersection of Euclid Avenue and Market Street was shutdown to traffic while Homicide Detectives were called out to investigate.

SDPD said Johnson was at a stoplight when a newer Jeep SUV drove up alongside his car and one of the suspects opened fire.

Anyone with information is asked to the San Diego Police Department's Homicide Unit at (619)531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888)580-8477.

As of Saturday morning, no arrests had been made.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Witness Video of Motorcycle Crash in Hillcrest]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 10:55:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/motorcycle-crash-still-052916.jpg This video was given to NBC 7 with permission by Germa Ketema.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested in 2006 Cold Case Killing]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 08:47:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tlmd_handcuffs2128129.jpg

A suspect linked to an unsolved murder in south San Diego was arrested in Mexico Friday, more than 10 years after the cold case killing.

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said Guillermo Gonzalez-Nunez, 41, was taken into custody by Mexican authorities and turned over to U.S. Marshals and the San Diego Fugitive Task Force.

He’s a suspect in the April 3, 2006, murder of Willie Clark Jr., who was shot and killed at the La Vuelta Bar in the 700 block of Hollister Street in south San Diego.

Gonzalez-Nunez was booked into San Diego Central Jail for one count of murder, one count of attempted murder and two counts of assault with a semi-automatic weapon in the crime that took place a decade ago.

According to cold case homicide detectives, Gonzalez-Nunez and Clark got into some sort of disagreement at the La Vuelta Bar.

Clark was shot to death by the suspect, police said, while another victim was beaten with a gun. Several other bar patrons were assaulted that night in this fight as well, according to investigators.

Gonzalez-Nunez was identified as the suspect Clark’s killing but he was believed to have fled to Mexico. An arrest warrant was issued for him.

The SDPD said the suspect is set to appear in court in the South Bay Tuesday.

Anyone with information on this cold case can contact the SDPD Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or (888) 580-8477.

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<![CDATA[1 Killed in Motel Room Shooting]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 18:27:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/EZ-8-Motel-Shooting-0528.jpg

A 22-year-old man died overnight after being shot multiple times inside a motel room in San Diego’s Palm City area, homicide detectives confirmed.

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said officers were called to the EZ-8 Motel at 1010 Outer Road just before 9 p.m. Friday to investigate reports of gunfire.

When officers arrived, they discovered a man had been shot several times inside one of the hotel rooms, and was suffering from multiple life-threatening wounds to his upper body.

The victim was taken to a local hospital but he died just before 1 a.m. Saturday, police said. His name was not immediately released.

At the scene, police arrested Luis Avila, 23, as the suspect in the shooting. Avila was booked into San Diego Central Jail and will face one count of murder, the SDPD said.

The investigation is ongoing. According to homicide detectives, several people were in the motel room at the time of the shooting.

Detectives believe some sort of argument took place between Avila and the victim and Avila pulled out a gun and shot the victim. The men were acquaintances, police said.

Anyone with information on this case can reach out to the SDPD’s Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.



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<![CDATA[City Attorney Candidate Arrested in Aftermath of Trump Rally]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 23:26:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Bryan-Pease-Trump-Rally-Arrest-0527-2.jpg

A candidate running for San Diego City Attorney was arrested Friday as protesters flooded the streets of downtown San Diego in the aftermath of a heated rally held by presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Hours after Trump delivered a speech to supporters at the San Diego Convention Center in downtown San Diego, unrest continued on the streets with violent protests that resulted in 35 arrests, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said.

Bryan Pease, a San Diego-based attorney, was among those taken into custody as officers outfitted in riot gear worked for hours to control the massive crowds and avoid violent clashes between Trump opponents and supporters.

In video captured by NBC 7's News Chopper, Pease can be seen walking in front of a line of officers in San Diego's Barrio Logan area while holding a sign that reads, "Bryan Pease City Attorney."

Moments later, several officers break away from the police line and charge at Pease, taking him to the ground and handcuffing him.

Pease recorded his take-down and arrest on his cellphone, too, and NBC 7 obtained that video Saturday.

In his video, Pease Is heard asking officers, "Am I being ordered to move? I'm not blocking any traffic. I'm in the median -- in middle of the road."

Officers charge Pease and take him down, his cellphone flying onto the ground. As his phone lies on the ground, several officers walk by, the police line advancing.

Pease sent NBC 7 an email about his arrest early Saturday morning. In the email, Pease wrote, in part:

"I was tackled by several police officers for filming their riot today following the Trump protest, when they forced all protesters all the way to Barrio Logan. I was then held for 10 hours in a cramped, filthy jail cell with 20 other individuals similarly falsely arrested until our bail of $500 each was processed."

Pease was released from jail Saturday morning. He spoke with NBC 7 shortly after his release.

Pease said he wasn't trying to get arrested at Friday's rally aftermath but was there as a "free speech attorney and legal observer."

In the moments leading up to his arrest, Pease said he was trying to take a stand against what he viewed as police overstepping their legal boundaries with protesters who, in his opinion, were behaving peacefully and were miles away from the site of the rally.

He said the officers at the event were an example of the "militarization of the police department."

"This was like a military occupation of Barrio Logan," Pease told NBC 7. “There were some protesters, probably, on both sides that needed to be arrested. That’s why law enforcement is there. But then I saw the police forcing the peaceful protesters completely out of the area and they didn’t stop there."

As local political candidate, Pease said he has campaigned very vocally about the need to "hold the police department accountable and make them respect free speech rights and Constitutional rights."

Pease said he was there with a bullhorn expressing his views on the situation and said the scene got a bit chaotic. At one point, he said police fired pepper balls at protesters.

According to SDPD Lt. Scott Wahl, Pease was arrested and booked for "refusal to disperse" after he was ordered by police to leave an area filled with protesters.

After protesters refused to leave downtown areas, the police department declared "unlawful assembly." There were no reported injuries or property damage amid the chaotic scenes downtown.

Pease said SDPD should have only declared "unlawful assembly" and arrested those protesters who were directly involved in the violence, but let the others protest peacefully.

When asked if his arrest generated publicity for his City Attorney run, Pease said he does think this incident will help his campaign, or at least help him reach a broader audience of voters who agree with him.

“My guess is that because he was inflaming things he was someone they needed to neutralize so they can continue on, gain control,” criminal justice professor and former police officer Kevin Lachapelle told NBC 7. “I really believe that the police showed tremendous restraint.”

NBC 7 reached out to the police department Saturday for further comment on the arrests during the Trump protests, including Pease's case.

Wahl sent NBC 7 this statement via email:

"We are proud of the professionalism, restraint and patience displayed by all of the involved officers and deputies during Mr. Trump's visit to San Diego. They provided a safe environment to allow for the freedom of speech. Our decision to declare an unlawful assembly came as a result of violent behavior and unlawful acts within the crowd of protestors. We are very pleased with the outcome of yesterday's event."



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<![CDATA[Special Olympics Torch Run 2016]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 09:17:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/torch-run-052916.jpg San Diego police Detective Sergeant Linda Griffin, and Special Olympic athlete Tanner Moore talk about the upcoming 30th anniversary of the law enforcement torch run in Southern California. ]]> <![CDATA['Stubborn' May Gray Lingers]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 08:37:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/248*120/2e707e76a06e4d91aac3258160ac091e.JPG.jpg

A deep marine layer hovered over San Diego Sunday bringing cloudy conditions and cooler temperatures.

Drizzle overnight and some measurable rain fall was expected to taper off before noon.

While the rest of the day looks drier, don't expect a lot of sunshine.

“Your outdoor plans are safe,” said NBC 7 Meteorologist Greg Bledsoe. “Sunshine is a different factor.”

The clouds will be stubborn for most of the county Sunday, Bledsoe said.

There was also a chance for a thunderstorm in the mountains east of San Diego Sunday afternoon.

Memorial Day should see a little more afternoon sun, and then a warming trend for the rest of the week.

Read the forecast here.

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<![CDATA[Padres Rally Falls Short in Arizona]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 22:56:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-535100296.jpg

The Padres are reportedly talking with the White Sox about a trade for starting pitcher James Shields. The Friars would like to shed that $21 million salary and get a few prospects back.

They also would not mind parting ways with outfielder Matt Kemp and all of a sudden he might be building some trade value. In the first inning of Saturday night’s game against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field, Kemp went big fly for the second straight game, this time against his old Dodgers teammate Zack Greinke. His blast put the Padres up 1-0 but the lead only lasted about 10 minutes.

In the bottom of the first, Jeremy Lamb singled in a couple of runs off San Diego starter Cesar Vargas to put the Diamondbacks up 2-1. In the 2nd inning Kemp showed why he would be awfully appealing to an American League team looking for a designated hitter. For him defense is not just a job, it’s an adventure.

With the bases loaded Jean Segura lofted a fly ball down the right field line where Kemp made a nice sliding catch. However, he proceeded to get up and make a wild throw to the plate instead of hitting the cutoff man, allowing two other runners to advance in to scoring position and removing the possibility of an inning-ending double play.

Sure enough Michael Bourne followed with a single to bring in two runs and put the DBacks up 5-1 and the next batter, Paul Goldshmidt, turned a baseball in to Jell-O. He hit a two-run laser to left to put Arizona up 7-1.

But give the Padres credit for chipping away. In the 9th inning Arizona’s lead was 8-4 when Yangervis Solarte and Melvin Upton Jr. singled. Derek Norris pounded one down off the plate and the ball took a huge hop. Pitcher Brad Ziegler tried to rush the throw and it went wide, allowing Solarte to score and cut the lead to 8-5.

Hector Sanchez stepped in to pinch-hit and lined a 2-run single to right and suddenly the Padres had the go-ahead run at the plate with one out. Problem is, that run was in the form of Alexi Amarista, who grounded in to a game-ending double play.

Arizona escaped with a 8-7 win but the Padres can win the series on Sunday afternoon when Drew Pomeranz takes the hill against Archie Bradley.



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<![CDATA[Weekly San Diego Sports Preview]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 22:18:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CashnerReturns.jpg

Here’s a look ahead at what is going on in San Diego sports for the week of May 30th-June fifth.

PADRES: The Friars and Mariners face off for the mythical award that is the Vedder Cup.  Monday and Tuesday they’re in Seattle before the Mariners come to Petco Park Wednesday and Thursday. Friday-Sunday the Padres get back to NL West play when the Rockies come to town.

ALBION PROS: After a week off the Albion Pros get back into National Premier Soccer League play. Saturday they host the Coras at Mission Bay High School at 7 p.m.

NC BATTALION: The North County Battalion host Chula Vista FC in a friendly Saturday at Del Norte High School at 7 p.m.



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<![CDATA[MTS Offers Limited Memorial Day Bus and Trolley Service ]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 22:45:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sd+bus.jpg

Most San Diego buses and all Trolley service will operate on a Sunday schedule for Memorial Day, MTS said.

Rapid Express 237, 280 and 290 and the Sorrento Valley COASTER Connection (Routes 972, 973, 978 and 979) will be out of service. Express routes 50, 60, 110, 150 and 870 and Rural Routes 891, 892 and 894 will also not be running.

The MTS Information and Trip Planning call center will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the Transit Store will be closed.

Rural Route 888 will operate on Tuesday instead of Monday.

Additionally, MTS will allow one friend to ride free with a paying passenger on any bus or Trolley on Memorial Day.



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<![CDATA[Navy Issues Coronado Noise Alert]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 20:58:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Navy+generic.JPG

A noise alert was issued by the Navy for Sunday in Coronado. 

They will be conducting blank weapons fire training near the San Diego Bay.

Residents should expect to hear blank gunfire during the exercise.

People can fill out a noise complaint form here.

All other questions can be directed to Naval Base Coronado Public Affairs Office at 619-545-8136.

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<![CDATA[1 Killed in Dulzura Collision ]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 19:19:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police+tape+glin+generic2.jpg

A man was killed after colliding with another car on SR-94 near the Lucky Six Truck Trail in Dulzura Friday, California Highway Patrol (CHP) confirmed.

A 42-year-old woman was driving eastbound on the highway just after 4 p.m. when a 35-year-old man driving westbound allowed his Ford Focus to drift onto the right shoulder. He then overcorrected and veered into oncoming traffic directly in front of the woman’s Toyota Corolla.

Unable to avoid the Focus, the Corolla broadsided the car.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman, along with a 17-year-old and an eight-year-old passenger, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Everyone involved in the crash was wearing a seat belt.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor, officials said.

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<![CDATA[Operation "Saving Captain Ryan" Blood Drive Held ]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 17:57:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ryan-Wilcox-Visit-IMG_2231.jpg

The San Diego Blood Bank along with Ryan Wilcox and a troop of Boy Scouts held a blood drive in La Mesa Saturday.

Wilcox, 18, is battling cancer and is a huge fan of the ‘Avengers’ and ‘Captain America.’ Monday he received a surprise visit from Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow aka Captain America, Iron Man and Pepper Potts.

"I saw this car pull up and I saw them walking. I was just like — what?" Wilcox told NBC 7.

The blood drive known as Operation "Saving Captain Ryan" not only collected blood, but also added people to the bone marrow registry.

“Well, one, they're doing this because they know I had to go through a lot of blood transfusions, but it will also help out other kids who need blood transfusions, and this group coming together to do this is awesome,” he said during the blood drive.

Wilcox received his first blood transfusion when he was three while battling a brain tumor. Fourteen years later he has been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a cancer in which bone marrow does not does not make enough healthy blood cells.

He received a bone marrow transplant from his sister, but it has since relapsed. Wilcox has received over 100 blood and platelet transfusions and continues to need them weekly.

Earlier this month classmates held a #Ryanstrong pep rally for Wilcox during which Chris Evans shared a videotaped message for the teen, saying, “it’s people like you with strength like yours that inspire people like me.”

After the video went viral “Avengers” co-star Gwyneth Paltrow suggested the San Diego trip to meet Wilcox.

Organizers of the blood drive say they filled every appointment to donate Saturday.

Next Thursday, the community is holding a fundraiser to help the Wilcox family at Weevil Burger in La Mesa.



Photo Credit: Family Photo
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<![CDATA[Memorial Day Events in San Diego ]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 06:48:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/memorial-day-2016-rose_2.jpg Events were held across San Diego over the weekend in honor of Memorial Day.

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<![CDATA[Couple’s Drought-Friendly Yard Wins Big]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 08:53:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Bonita-Landscape-1.JPG

One San Diego couple’s yard is certainly worth admiring: their drought-friendly landscape has just won a big contest.

Bonita homeowners Barbara and Nick Amalfitano are the new winners of the Otay Water District's 2016 landscape contest.

The changes they've made to their front and back yards over the years have reduced their water usage by 78 percent, and reduced their maintenance significantly.

The couple’s property is three-quarters of an acre and looks more like a park than a model for water efficiency.

“Even when we cut all of this away, you still have this grass-like succulent here, and it looks like a thick meadow of grass,” said Barbara describing her yard.

Richard Namba, Senior Water Conservation Specialist with the Otay Water District, says when you're shopping for succulents, you should know the size of the plant at maturity, so you don't plant them too close together.

“If you put the plant in the right spot, you should never have to prune a drought tolerant plant,” Namba explained. “When you cut drought tolerant plants or prune them, they don't look very good, so what you want to do is plant it far enough away from a sidewalk or driveway or house wall, so it can grow."

In determining a winner in the landscape contest, the water district also looks at a yard's design, including the colors and textural diversity.

One aspect of the Amalfitano's yard that was especially appealing to the district is a stream bed made entirely of rocks that runs the entire length of their driveway. The stream bed also provides what's known as a bioswale, a depression in the landscape that collects water.

“The goal now in sustainable landscape is to keep the water on your property as long as possible," said Namba.

One way the Amalfitanos are doing that is by harvesting rain water with rain barrels scattered around their yard. In the process, they took advantage of the Metropolitan Water District's rebates on rain barrels (the rebates are currently available).

In 2010, the Amalfitanos were one of the first South Bay families to take advantage of the Otay Water District's turf rebate program (which is no longer available).

They received $2,000 for their front yard under the program, and that's about how much it cost to renovate the area.

The following year, they upgraded their back yard.

“One of the things we wanted was fresh herbs, and that’s right back here. We have the parsley growing right now, and some rosemary growing. So we have great Thanksgiving dinners here," said Barbara.

At the time, the district also provided the services of a landscape designer to help families with the renovations.

“It was somewhat labor intensive, but very well worth it when it was finished," said Barbara. "We really hated to see ourselves using all that water, letting it all go down the drain. Plus, grass is beautiful, but this is so much nicer to enjoy. The flowers are great. It just made sense to us."

The Amalfitanos also installed an automatic pool cover several years ago, upgrading the one that was there when they moved into the home in the 1990s. The retractable cover reduces heat loss and the need to refill the pool every week.

“When it's closed, there's absolutely no water evaporation,” said NicK.

In January 2015, the Amalfitanos extended their energy savings inside their home. They leased solar panels for $131 a month through SunPower, and signed up for SDG&E's net metering program.

“The leasing company maintains everything for 20 years and we have a locked in rate,” said Nick.

At the end of the year, they actually got money back on their electric bill, and applied it towards their natural gas bill.

“It's probably the best investment I've ever made, without a doubt,” said Nick.

Two months ago, the couple made another investment and installed argon-filled, double-pane windows.

“We've reduced our carbon footprint dramatically, and couldn't be any happier," said Nick told NBC 7. “I'm trying to think what the next thing is we could do.”

SDG&E's current net metering program is set to end in July. The utility company's new incentives will cost a little bit more, and there will be a fee to connect the solar panels, but a spokesperson says changes to the net metering program will be minimal.



Photo Credit: May Tjoa]]>
<![CDATA[Water Contact Closure Lifted at Campland Beach]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 14:26:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Campland-Warning-Signs-0528.jpg

The water at a popular campsite in Mission Bay has now been deemed safe by health officials after an earlier sewage spill led to warnings and signs along the shore.

Just before 2 p.m. Saturday, the County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health (DEH) lifted a water contact closure for Campland beach at the Campland on the Bay campgrounds.

The area was closed to water contact earlier this week – ahead of the busy Memorial Day weekend – so the DEH could evaluate the extent of a sewage spill that happened on Thursday about 5,000 feet upstream of Mission Bay.

A blocked sewer line spilled hundreds of gallons of sewage into a creek that empties into Mission Bay near Campland beach.  Roots blocked the sewer line, spilling an estimated 1,175 gallons of sewage near Bluffside Avenue and Bella Pacific Row.

Health officials posted contamination warning signs along the shore.

Water quality testing was conducted by the City of San Diego and DEH over the past two days. That testing determined there are no longer potential sewage impacts to the waters in Rose Canyon Creek and Campland beach, city officials said, and both areas meet State health standards.

Despite the short-lived water contact closure at Campland, the site was packed for Memorial Day weekend.

Kenny Johnson, recreational director for Campland on the Bay, said the closure had not been a major problem for the campground, as there are many other activities for visitors to take part in that don’t include getting into the water.

Camper Julian Alberni was there with his family Saturday enjoying the long weekend. He said the contamination warning signs did not put a damper on his family’s plans.

“It’s not a big deal for us. We’re not really planning on playing in the water anyways,” Alberni told NBC 7. “We have a boat, so we’re just going to cruise around the bay and have a good time.”



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<![CDATA[South Bay Senior Prom “Trumped”]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 08:51:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Trump+prom.jpg

Students at Bonita Vista High School had an unforgettable senior prom in the Gaslamp Quarter Friday, that’s for sure.

As if getting to the area, finding parking and walking around in 4-inch heels wasn't difficult enough. Students had to weave through police barricades and thousands of protesters who had flooded the streets of downtown San Diego in opposition of a rally held by presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Friday evening, protesters of Trump filled downtown near the Convention Center. Chaos broke out later in the afternoon when some threw rocks and bottles at police and Trump supporters.

Bonita Vista High School couple Patrick Garduno and Vienna Chavez were late to their dinner reservation.

“They can’t even let us into the restaurant so we have to walk all the way around and we’re late. Honestly, I wish everyone would just go away,” said Chavez.

By the time prom rolled around, most of the protesters had left the area.

One parent told NBC 7, parking was even worse.

"Absolutely awful. I had to pay $25 for parking just to take them to dinner," parent Celia Cunningham said.

Students told NBC 7 it was night to remember and definitely one they won’t forget.

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<![CDATA[Crowd at Trump Rally Turns Violent, Protesters Pushed to Barrio Logan]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 09:39:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Police-Riot-Gear-052716.jpg

Hours after Donald Trump’s rally at the San Diego Convention Center on Friday, police were still forced to deal with protestors miles away in Barrio Logan.

Punches were thrown as Trump supporters and protestors squared off.

A wall of police officers following protestors down Harbor Drive were forced to take demonstrators down and handcuff them.

Police say 35 arrests were made during the protests.

Despite the violence after the rally, there was lots of spirited debate and verbal sparring before Trump took the stage around 2:30 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center.

But when the rally let out, police in riot gear moved in, corralling the growing, unruly crowd on L Street between 5th and 6th streets.

As Trump supporters chanted “Build a Wall! Build a Wall,” on one side of the street, protestors were kept in a separate zone designated by police.

But that didn’t stop bottles of water, paper and lighters from flying.

At one point, officers were forced to move in and rescue an older gentleman swallowed by the crowd.

Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman says when fights erupted, the decision was made to declare an unlawful assembly.

She says officers will remain in the Gaslamp Quarter throughout the night.



Photo Credit: Artie Ojeda NBC 7]]>