<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usWed, 28 Jun 2017 02:19:30 -0700Wed, 28 Jun 2017 02:19:30 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Padres Get Shut Out in Series Opener against Braves]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:45:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-802285946.jpg

The Padres kicked off a six game homestand with the first of a three game set against the Atlanta Braves.

Before Tuesday night’s matchup, the Braves had already notched eight consecutive wins. Seven of those were played in Atlanta. The home field did not help the Friars’ cause as they dropped the series opener 3-0.

Jhoulys Chacin was on the mound for San Diego. Lefty Sean Newcomb got the nod for Atlanta. This game brought the return of former Friar, now Braves outfielder Matt Kemp. In his first at bat in an Atlanta uniform at Petco Park, Kemp grounded out into a double play to close the top of the first inning.

The visitors got on the board first in the fourth inning when third baseman Johan Camargo doubled to deep left center field. His two run RBI scored Matt Adams and Tyler Flowers and gave Atlanta a 2-0 lead.

The Braves added another run in the eighth inning off of a Nick Markakis sac fly to center field which brought Ender Inciarte home. That sealed the shutout for the Friars.

The series continues with game two on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. at Petco Park.



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<![CDATA[More Than 100 Marathon Medals Stolen From Local Woman]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:58:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Andrea+Abel.jpg

A brazen thief stole priceless mementos from a young woman grieving the loss of her father in Pacific Beach.  

"A lot of them were with personal engravings, like, "This one’s for you dad.' and just some really special things that I think are irreplaceable," Andrea Abel told NBC 7.

An apartment move Tuesday morning turned into complete disbelief and sadness for Abel. It happened near Hornblend and Dawes streets.

"I brought this bin of things down and realized I wasn't going to be able to get it in my car and I thought I should run up and get the lid,” she explained.

Abel said she ran upstairs for just a minute, leaving her keepsakes outside her car. When she came back, they were gone.

"I had this weird feeling so I started to run and I got out here and it was gone. I mean, a box of very, very special marathon medals that I had earned over a very significant amount of time," she said.  

The box was filled with more than 100 marathon medals.

Abel started running races in honor of her father and grandfather who both died of cancer.

“The medals are kind of this thing to represent this way to keep the connection to my dad alive in a way," Abel said.

Now, she's walking the streets of her neighborhood and posting signs at nearby businesses, hoping someone comes forward.

"For the common person standpoint, they're not worth much. But for me, this is probably the most important thing I could've lost," she said.  

Anyone with information is asked to call the San Diego Police Department at (619)531-2000.

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<![CDATA[Robot Used For Room Service At Local Hotel ]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:02:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/185*120/Captur2e.PNG

At the Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites in San Marcos, a new, automated robot, affectionately named Hubbert by the staff, is causing excitement and a bit of controversy.

Hubbert can deliver towels, snacks, drinks and bathing products right to any door in the hotel.

The robot uses geomapping and sensors around the hotel to roll from the front desk to the elevator, up to the floor and room of the requesting guest. A courtesy call is given to the guest to come to the door. The robot then opens its case so guests can take what they need.

When Hubbert is done, it rolls back into a charging station at the front desk.

"The guests love it," said Bob Rauch, owner of the Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites in San Marcos and CEO of RAR Hospitality. "It provides immediate customer service and other employees or team members can be doing something more productive."

But some are saying it could cost minimum wage workers their jobs.

"You’re taking away the human touch and the hospitality that’s very important," said Juan Carlos Hernandez of the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Hernandez added it is crucial for employers looking at new technologies to teach in-house employees skills that can help them keep their jobs.

In this case, Hernandez recommends the staff of the Fairfield Inn be taught how to service the robot when it breaks down.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Padre's Son on Life Support After Freak Baseball Accident]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:32:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Keith-Lockhart-GettyImages-2145726.jpg

Former San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves player Keith Lockhart and his family are asking for prayers for his 15-year-old son, who is on life support after being hit in the face by a baseball during a tournament last week, Today.com reported.

Doctors initially thought Jason Lockhart only needed some stitches after he was struck in the face by a throw from the catcher during a game in South Carolina on June 17, his family said.

But the injury was much more serious. Two days later, the bleeding would not stop, and he was taken to an Atlanta hospital, where tests discovered a torn artery.

Doctors have been working to control the bleeding since.

His sister, Sydney, a has been providing regular updates on his condition on Facebook.

Jason was scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to replace the packing in his face and check for any areas of bleeding. But the surgery was postponed until Tuesday morning as doctors backed off medications and wanted to give his body time to adapt. 

"We are more at peace as we are getting closer to seeing his sweet eyes open, feeling his hand squeeze ours back, and help him heal and sort through what all he has been through this week," Sydney Lockhart wrote in an update on Tuesday. "Please continue to pray for Jason, and his healing both physically and emotionally." 

She added that five surgeries in nine days "is a lot for anybody" and thanked supporters on behalf of the family.

Keith Lockhart played for 10 seasons in Major League Baseball on teams including the Padres, Braves and Kansas City Royals before retiring in 2003. 



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<![CDATA[Camper Vehicle Flips into Santee Ditch, 1 Hospitalized]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:03:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ambulance+GettyImages-478895016.jpg

One victim was hospitalized after a camper vehicle flipped into a ditch in Santee Tuesday, confirmed the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO).

Heartland Fire crews were at the scene responding to a report of a vehicle tipped over the drainage ditch.

It happened on the 9000 block of Fanita Pkwy around 4:20 p.m.

Crews worked to remove the victim from the vehicle. No other information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Residents Must Pay for Bins Broken by Trash Trucks: City]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:14:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/rancho+penasquitos+trash+bins+022.JPG

Residents who believe the city should replace trash bins damaged by one of the city's trash collection trucks are in for a disappointment.

The San Diego City Council decided Tuesday that residents will still have to pay to replace damaged trash bins, despite a county Grand Jury recommendation that the city replace the trash bins free of charge.

According to the March 22 Grand Jury report, complaints about damaged trash bins have increased 25 percent over the last two years. Replacement bins cost $70, not including a $25 delivery fee.

"The recommendation will not be implemented because it’s not warranted. The city has numerous priorities, such as public safety and limited financial capacity at this time,” stated a staff report by the Independent Budget Analyst.

The council voted unanimously to approve the staff recommendation. There was no public comment on the issue at the council hearing.

Councilmember David Alvarez suggested that the city look for ways to help residents pay for damaged bins.

“We are going to explore all options for trash cans that have reached the end of their life span to be replaced, including a low-income program,” said Alvarez.

It was one of three recommendations directed to the city council.

The others had to do with a grand jury allegation that the city gave preferential treatment to some residents to replace their cans for free using Community Project Programs and Services (CPPS) money.

The staff report partially disagreed saying the practice was only in use because there was not a formal citywide program to replace the damaged cans. The practice was stopped in 2016, according to the staff report.

The Grand Jury also forwarded four recommendations to Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office. Those recommendations focus on the aging fleet of collection trucks causing the problem, as well as adding mechanics and the selection of more durable trash collection bins.

The mayor was granted an extension to respond to the report. His response date is set for July 31.


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<![CDATA[Solana Beach Woman Receives Refund For Refrigerator]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:35:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_RAW_RESPONDS+SAMSUNG+REFRIGERATOR+SOLANA+BEACH%281%29.jpg

“It’s a great hobby, it keeps me from shopping in stores,” Carol Williams said, showing NBC 7 Responds her golf clubs. 

Carol said she prefers to be focusing on her golf game but instead, for the past two years, her focus has been on her refrigerator. Carol bought the refrigerator from her local Home Depot store and now, she said she wishes she could have a mulligan. 

She said it started with her freezer. 

“One morning, I got up and everything was defrosted, all of the food,” Carol said. 

Carol was still within her one-year manufacturer warranty so she said she called Samsung. She said the repairmen were sent out six times before the faulty freezer was fixed. 

Then, this past December, Carol said she woke up to another problem. 

“It’s supposed to be 38°, I got up and it was 75° in there,” Carol said. 

Carol’s fridge wasn’t working again and her one-year warranty with Samsung had run out. She said she purchased an extended warranty through Home Depot so she gave the store a call. 

“They sent out a repair guy and he torched and took off the back part and got it unfrozen,” Carol said. 

Carol said each time the fridge was fixed, the repair wouldn’t last. Carol said she felt worn down until a friend offered some advice. 

“My girlfriend actually called me one night because she saw you guys on TV, another lady who had a Samsung issue, so she said ‘Why don’t you call them Carol?’” Carol said. 

Carol called NBC 7 Responds and sent all of the paperwork she had gathered over two years and 11 repair appointments. Since Carol still had a protection plan with Home Depot, NBC 7 Responds gave them a call and within a few days, Carol received good news. 

“Boom, in like three days it was a done deal,” Carol said. 

Home Depot agreed to give Carol a gift card for the entire amount she paid for the refrigerator, close to $1,400. 

In a statement, Matthew Harrigan, a spokesperson for Home Depot said, “We never want a customer to be dissatisfied, so we apologize to Ms. Williams for the inconvenience. We appreciate the opportunity to make it right.”

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<![CDATA[Mother Struck by Driver in Bay Park Dies Days Later]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:28:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Bay+Park+Flowers.JPG

Flowers were left by the street where a 40-year-old mother was fatally struck by a vehicle in Bay Park, while she was picking up her two children from school.

Jennifer Jones of Clairemont was hit by a car, as she crossed at the corner of Burgener Boulevard and July Street. The impact threw her 10 feet from the collision on Wednesday, June 14th. It happened on the last day of school at Longfellow Elementary.

"It’s always crowded during the school year," said Richard, a resident who says his dad lives near the location of the crash. “You got people parking all over the place.”

San Diego Police say the crash was a slow speed collision. At first, it looked like Jones only suffered minor injuries, but five days later she died at the hospital.

“Speed -- well, there again, people go a little faster than they should,” said Delend Liester, a longtime resident of Bay Park.

Friends of Jones set up a GoFundMe page for her family. The page has already raised more than $13,000.

"As you can imagine, the shock of this loss is overwhelming to the young family as their lives have been abruptly changed," stated the page. "She leaves behind two beautiful young children and a grieving husband."

"The last thing they need to worry about is the financial burden associated with this incident and the upcoming memorial service," continues the page.

Residents who live in the area told NBC 7 that many drivers don't fully stop at that particular intersection, and they hope the city will do something about it.



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<![CDATA[More Than $3.2 Million of Cocaine, Meth Found in Gas Tank]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:07:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/06-28-17+Border+Patrol+cocaine+and+Meth.jpg

Border Patrol agents found 200 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine inside the gas tank of a bus at the San Ysidro port of entry over the weekend.

The drugs are worth more than $3.2 million, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

On Sunday, around 9:30 p.m., agents at the San Ysidro port of entry were alerted to a commercial bus that was waiting to be inspected.

During a secondary inspection, agents found anomalies with the bus's gas tank and discovered 98 packages from inside.

CBP said the packages contained cocaine and methamphetamine.

The driver of the bus, a 50-year-old man who is a Mexican citizen with a B1/B2 Visa, was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations agents.

The drugs and the bus were seized by agents. 

They also put an immigration detainer on the driver so that he will be returned to the custody of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after the judicial process.



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<![CDATA[San Diego High School Student Wins National Award]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:42:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/6-27-17-Sky+Frank+Ken+Jacques+2.jpg

A San Diego high school student took home a prestigious national award at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. 

Sky Frank, a student at the San Diego School for the Creative and Performing Arts, took home the Rising Star award Monday night. 

Frank was one of 20 local students - 10 actresses and 10 actors - who were nominated for San Diego's Ben Vereen Awards. From that group, two students - one actor and one actress - were selected to travel to New York City for the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.

The National High School Musical Theatre Awards, or The Jimmy Awards, celebrate outstanding achievement in voice, dance and acting in schools across the Country.

The award is presented by the John Gore Organization, one of the leading developers, producers, distributors and marketers of Broadway theater. 

The Rising Star award is given to a young performer who shows talent and professionalism in acting, singing, and dancing. 

"This performer has impressed the directors and his fellow contestants through his talent, his hard work and his spirit of collaboration," according to a release. "This award acknowledges that it is just a matter of time until this young performer reaches stardom through dedication to his craft."

Jillian Strattman, a student at San Dieguito Academy, also traveled to NYC for the awards. 



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<![CDATA[Man Pleads Guilty in Hit-And-Run That Killed Grandfather]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:02:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/James+Martinez.jpg

An 18-year-old driver pleaded guilty to striking and killing a grandfather crossing a busy Spring Valley street in February, then fleeing the scene, according to the San Diego County District Attorney's office. 

Andrew Thoozen, 18, pleaded guilty to hit-and-run causing death in a crash that left James Martinez, 75, dead.

Martinez, a veteran, spent most of his life in San Diego. He served four years in the military as a Paratrooper.

In February, Martinez's stepdaughter dropped him off near Sweetwater Road after a visit to a nearby nursing home. He was coming back from visiting his long-time companion and stepdaughter's mother, whom he went to go see almost every day since she moved into a nearby nursing home.

Martinez's family said Martinez didn't want his stepdaughter in any danger, so he wanted to get dropped off in the easiest spot possible for her.

“He was like ‘just drop me off right here, you keep on going and I'm just going to walk one block to [my] house’. All he was trying to do was to get home on a street that he crossed all the time thinking that he was safe, and obviously he wasn't," said Martinez’ daughter-in-law, Tia Martinez.

Police say the Martinez's stepdaughter had just dropped him off when she heard brakes screeching, looked in the rearview mirror, and saw a car hit her stepfather.

At the time, the suspect drove off, traveling northbound on Sweetwater Road.

Officers say found the suspect and driver in an apartment complex off of Troy Street

Thoozen was arrested a few blocks from the crash scene and later charged.

He will be sentenced on Aug. 22. 

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<![CDATA[Your Fourth of July Fireworks Finder]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:53:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/fireworks-generic-02.jpg

With patriotic parties aplenty, there will be no shortage of fireworks in San Diego this 4th of July. Here's our guide to the dazzling shows that will illuminate our skyline on Independence Day.

Big Bay Boom
9 p.m., San Diego Bay
San Diego’s largest 4th of July fireworks show, the Port of San Diego’s Big Bay Boom, returns to the waterfront this year. Fireworks will launch at 9 p.m. from four barges along the San Diego Bay. Prime viewing locations include Shelter Island; Harbor Island; North Embarcadero; Marina District; Seaport Village and South Embarcadero; Coronado Ferry Landing. From wherever you are watching, get there early with your lawn chairs and blankets. The Big Bay Boom draws a huge crowd year after year, typically between 300,000 to 500,000 spectators.

San Diego County Fair Fireworks
9 p.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds
The 2017 San Diego County Fair will end with a bang on July 4th with a lineup of patriotic events, including a 9 p.m. fireworks show launching from the west end of the racetrack, but visible throughout the fairgrounds. Fair, fireworks and fried food? That sounds like summer for sure.

Chula Vista 4th Fest
9 p.m., Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center
What could be more patriotic than watching Independence Day fireworks at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center (CVTC)? The center (2800 Olympic Parkway), where Olympic athletes train for the big games, will put on a fireworks show at 9 p.m. set to tunes from three radio stations: 91X; Magic 92.5; Z90.3. Launched from the athlete training grounds, the best spots to watch this show are at the CVTC and Mountain Hawk Park (1475 Lake Crest Dr.). The CVTC can accommodate a maximum of 5,000 spectators; parking at the visitor's entrance is limited to 400 cars and costs $10 per vehicle (cash only). The gates will open at 6 p.m. Free parking is available at the New Hope Community Church (2720 Olympic Parkway) adjacent to the center.

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July 4th in Coronado
9 p.m., Coronado Island
Coronado Island will celebrate Independence Day with a host of fun events including a 10 a.m. parade down Orange Avenue, a 2 p.m. parachute drop, a 4 p.m. concert at Spreckels Park and, of course, fireworks, which start at 9 p.m. over Glorietta Bay. KYXY 96.5 will provide the patriotic tunes; good spots for viewing the show include the golf course of Stingray Point.

Escondido’s Independence Day Festival & Fireworks
9 p.m., California Center for the Arts Escondido
Head to the Great Green at the California Center for the Arts Escondido (340 N. Escondido Blvd.) for the 54th annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks, an event that typically draws about 20,000 attendees. The fun starts at 4 p.m. with lots of live music and entertainment, food vendors, and activities and games for the kids. Camp Pendleton’s 1st Marine Division Band will perform, too, followed by fireworks at 9 p.m.

Ocean Beach Fireworks
9 p.m., Ocean Beach Pier
Ocean Beach will celebrate July 4th with dazzling fireworks off the OB Pier, which begins at 9 p.m. -- OB time. Free parking, though limited, is available at the Main Beach Lot and the Pier Parking Lot. The show will be synced to songs from KyXy 96.5. In year’s past, the Ocean Beach July 4th celebration also included a “marshmallow war, ” but the sticky mess left behind – and a whole lot of controversy – led to the end of that. Now, attendees are free to eat marshmallows, just not throw them.

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Ken Grody Ford 4th of July Camp Pendleton Beach Bash
9 p.m., Del Mar Beach Resort at Camp Pendleton
This beach bash at Camp Pendleton includes a DJ, activities for kids, food trucks, prizes, a “Margaritaville” area and tribute to our U.S. military heroes on this special day of freedom.

The 4th of July at La Jolla Cove
9 p.m., Ellen Browning Scripps Park
Enjoy friends, family, freedom, and fireworks at La Jolla Cove on the Fourth. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. at Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Park.

Santee Salutes Fireworks Show
9 p.m., Town Center Community Park East
Santee Salutes – a festival featuring live music, a patriotic ceremony, food and family-friendly fun at Town Center Community Park (550 Park Center Dr.) – will culminate with a 4th of July fireworks display at 9 p.m. The event is free; parking is $5 per car. The party at the park starts at 2:30 p.m.

El Cajon Fireworks
9 p.m., Kennedy Park
El Cajon’s July 4th fireworks are set for 9 p.m. at Kennedy Park (1675 E. Madison Ave.). Get there early, spread out a blanket and enjoy food vendors, games, prizes, kiddie train rides and more at the park. The 4th of July event starts at 1 p.m.; live music starts at 3 p.m.

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Lake Murray Fireworks Show
9 p.m., Lake Murray in La Mesa
After several years on hiatus, La Mesa’s Fourth of July fireworks show returns to Lake Murray (5540 Kiowa Dr.). The all-day event starts at 11 a.m. with a long lineup of live performances, plus food and activities; the fireworks go on at 9 p.m. The show is funded through donations, managed by the Lake Murray Fireworks Committee.

National City 4th of July Carnival Fireworks
9 p.m., Kimball Park
National City’s multi-day July 4th carnival at Kimball Park (12th Street and D Avenue) wraps with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. on Independence Day. The fun starts at 12 p.m. at the park. The annual carnival draws a huge crowd; the National City Police Department advises motorists to avoid using D Avenue from 12th to 16th streets until the event is over.

San Marcos Fireworks
9 p.m., Bradley Park
Bradley Park (465 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd.) in San Marcos will roll out the red, white and blue for “Celebrate Freedom: A Fireworks Extravaganza,” at 9 p.m. – a show entirely funded by donations from citizens and businesses in the community. Before the fireworks fly, enjoy live music – including a performance by Liquid Blue at 6 p.m., plus carnival games, bounce-houses, nd food vendors.

Mira Mesa Fireworks
9 p.m., Mira Mesa High School
Following an all-day July 4th celebration that includes a parade and family-friendly fun in the park, take in the colorful Scripps Mesa Fireworks show at Mira Mesa High School (10510 Reagan Rd.). Bring a blanket and chairs and get there early.

Poway Fireworks
9 p.m., Poway High School
Fireworks will light the sky over Poway High School’s (15500 Espola Rd.) stadium after the community’s all-day Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration at Old Poway Park. The gates open at 6 p.m. so get there early to snag a spot and enjoy games, activities and a DJ spinning tunes. This event costs $5 per person at the gate; kids 11 and under get in free.

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Vista Fireworks
9 p.m., Brengle Terrace Park
Vista’s fireworks show goes down at 9 p.m. from the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Brengle Terrace Park (1200 Vale Terrace Dr.). Admission to the amphitheatre is $5 per person; children 5 and under and active and retired military (and their families) get in free. Parking in the park is $15 per car.

Ramona Fireworks
9 p.m., Olive Peirce Middle School
Ramona’s fireworks go down at 9 p.m. at Olive Peirce Middle School (1521 Hanson Ln.). The Ramona Rotary group has been busy collecting donations for this show and so far, so good.

Red, White & Boom! LEGOLand Fireworks
8:30 p.m., LEGOLAND California Resort
LEGOLAND hosts this star-spangled Red, White & Boom! Party, which runs from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., with fireworks set for 8:30 p.m. Prime viewing spots will be designated around the amusement park. Before fireworks, patrons can enjoy picnic-style games like burlap sack races and LEGO building challenges for the whole family. Activities are included with paid admission into the park.

Oceanside Fireworks – July 3rd
9 p.m., Rancho Del Oro Blvd. between Mesa Dr. & Oceanside Blvd.
Oceanside will ring in the 4th a day early – on Monday, July 3 – with its fireworks display at 9 p.m. staged Rancho Del Oro Boulevard between Mesa Drive & Oceanside Boulevard. The family-friendly event includes music and food trucks, too.

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<![CDATA[Free Microchips Track Dogs Spooked by July 4th Fireworks]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:05:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fireworks+Generic+County+of+San+Diego.JPG

While dogs may enjoy the Fourth of July barbecue, the high-pitched whistles, booms and squeals of fireworks could send Fido running for the hills, warned county officials.

“Dogs can panic and they’ll do anything to escape from the noise,” said County Department of Animal Services Director Daniel DeSousa, in a statement. “That includes digging under, climbing over or even breaking through gates, screens, fences, windows and doors.”

In an effort to prevent pet owners and their dogs from separating after the exciting holiday, County Animal Services is offering free microchips.

In 2016, nearly 60 dogs ended up at the county shelters on the Fourth of July and a few days later. The year before, there were 67 shaken dogs, said county officials.

In their wild flight away from the fireworks, dogs can get hit by cars, hurt by other animals or become utterly lost, said county officials.

But dogs that were licensed and microchipped are quickly reunited with their owners.

Dog owners can get their dogs microchipped for free from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at any one of the three County Shelters, on Tuesday, June 27 through Sunday, July 2, said county officials.

Normally, it costs $10 to get a pet microchipped, according to the county.

County Animal Services offered the following tips to keep Fido safe on the Fourth of July:

  • Don't take your pet to firework displays. Make sure they are safely locked indoors, in a sheltered, quiet space
  • Remove dangerous objects your pet may chew, as some dogs can become destructive when frightened
  • Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to help keep your pet company while you're away
  • Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard
  • It is not safe to leave pets in a hot car for even a few minutes
  • If walking your dog near a fireworks display, doublecheck that the leash is secure
If anyone discovers a lost pet after the fireworks, call County Animal Services at (619)236-2341.



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<![CDATA[2 Killed in Suspected DUI Crash in Valley Center: CHP]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:35:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/2_Killed_in_Suspected_DUI_Crash.jpg

Two people were killed when a suspected drunk driver crossed into their lane and slammed into their car head-on, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials said. 

The crash happened at approximately 1:15 p.m. on the 28000 block of Lilac Road. The location is east of Interstate 15 and south of State Route 76 and Pala. 

The initial investigation revealed a 27-year-old driver behind the wheel of a Ford Explorer crossed over the double yellow line and struck a black Mercedes E300 head-on. 

The driver and passenger in the Mercedes - an 83-year-old man driving the car and an 81-year-old man woman in the passenger seat - were killed in the crash and pronounced dead at the scene. 

"I really feel bad for the old couple. It's really bad," witness Robert Rockhold said.

Rockhold and four other people were at the scene of the crash within seconds.

CHP investigators said evidence at the scene suggests the driver of the Ford Explorer was impaired.

Residents waiting at the roadblock to go home for the night said Lilac Road is a difficult to navigate under any circumstances.

"Slow down, quit being in such a hurry,” said resident Annie Huntington.

The speed limit in the area is 55 mph and the road has many blind turns.

"This has been a bad road since I have been here a few years I have seen a couple cars rolled over down here by this corner over here,” Rockhold said.

The CHP taking this opportunity to remind drivers to stay focused on the road.

The 27-year-old driver was airlifted to Palomar Medical Center with major injuries. She was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. 

Pool cleaning chemicals were in the back of the truck and Hazmat was called out, officers said.

Lilac Road was blocked for several hours. The road reopened shortly after 6 p.m. 

No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[US Boy Shot in Tijuana: Officials]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:55:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/POLICE+SIREN+26.jpg

A child from the U.S. was injured Monday when someone opened fire in a Tijuana neighborhood.

The 5-year-old boy has since been released from the hospital, officials confirmed to NBC 7 San Diego. 

The boy was shot in the leg in Tijuana's Sanchez Taboada neighborhood Monday evening, PGJE officials said.

The U.S. Consulate in Tijuana confirmed the boy is an American citizen. 

The bullet came from crossfire, PGJE officials said. 

The boy was taken to a local hospital. He was released Tuesday morning. 

No further information was available.

Ed. Note: A previous version of this article identified the victim. We have removed the name to protect the identity of the minor.

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<![CDATA[Solutions for Deported Veterans Considered in Kearny Mesa]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:22:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/deporting-veterans-san-diego.jpg

Community leaders considered ways to stop the deportation of U.S. military veterans at a public forum in Kearny Mesa Tuesday morning.

"The reality is we can't be one as a people when we've left hundreds, if not thousands of people behind," said Nathan Fletcher, a former state assemblyman and chair of the coalition group, "Honorably Discharged, Dishonorably Deported."

The coalition group says they've confirmed that 300 U.S. veterans have been deported. But the group claims the actual number is much higher.

Many immigrant veterans believe that when they serve in the U.S. military, they will automatically become citizens, according to the coalition group. Some are even manipulated into believing this by recruiters.

But immigrants do not automatically become citizens by serving in the U.S. military. They must return to the U.S. and apply to become a citizen.

"The military is not just a part of the economy of San Diego," said Fletcher. "It's a part of the culture of San Diego. It's part of who we are as a people. And at the end of the day, those of us who served and fought, we abide by the premise that everyone comes home. That you leave no one behind."

At the meeting, a common theme was the importance of educating foreign-born veterans about their risk of deportation.

Some veterans may get into trouble with the law after deployment or struggle to rehabilitate into civilian life when they return home. If they develop a criminal record, many foreign-born veterans are deported. That includes some veterans from San Diego.

A short video was shown before the panel discussion about one veteran's experience serving in the U.S. military and being deported to Mexico later after a run-in with the law. He was separated from his daughter living in the U.S.

The coalition estimates there are about 30,000 non-citizen veterans living in San Diego County and Los Angeles.

Other community leaders who attended the event included Norma Chavez-Peterson, Executive Director of the ACLU San Diego and Imperial Counties; Hector Barajas, Director and Founder of Deported Veterans Support House, Rick Reyes of Cal Vet Minority Veterans Division and former deported veteran Daniel Torres.

About 300,000 foreign-born U.S. veterans were living in the U.S. in 2016, according to ACLU California's July 2016 report. 



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<![CDATA[Tour Buses Attacked in Tijuana]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:38:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/TJ+Tour+Bus.JPG

Several tour buses have been attacked in Tijuana, with the latest attack occurring on Monday, according to a news conference held by the bus company Ticketan.

A witness saw two men cross the street and throw a huge rock straight towards the driver of the tour bus. Glass shattered and the bus stopped immediately, as the driver avoided running the two men over. The suspects fled the scene.

Due to several tour buses being attacked, the conference was held Monday morning to discuss the situation and look for a solution. All the buses belonged to the company Ticketan.

These new tour buses were supposed to provide cheaper transportation for tourists. However, there has been aggression from cab drivers who complain that the buses are taking away from their business, said officials at the conference.

After the meeting, the aggression continued when there was another attack on a tour bus. 

Tijuana police are investigating the case and have already arrested three people in connection to previous incidents.

At this time, it is unknown if there was any connection between cab drivers and the attacks. No further information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Blood Drive Honors Oceanside Police Officer Hit by Car]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:38:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/6-20-17-Oceanside+Police+Officer+Brad+Hunter.jpg

A blood drive and a fair will be held in support of the veteran police officer who was targeted and struck by a driver while on duty in Oceanside, according to the Oceanside Police Officers' Association.

"We condemn this apparent act of violence toward one of our officers and urge the community to support him and his family," said Martin Morabe, President of the Oceanside Police Officer Association and fellow motorcycle officer, in a statement.

The blood drive and safety community fair are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 7. Oceanside police will support the event, said a spokesperson for the department.

According to the San Diego Blood Bank, the event will be held at the parking lot on 3855 Mission Avenue in Oceanside.

"As a community, we need to join together and condemn these acts of violence against law enforcement, in particular, our fellow officer who lies in the hospital struggling to recover from serious injuries he sustained when a suspect drove his car directly into him," stated Morabe.

Brad Hunter, a 29-year veteran of the department, was intentionally run over by a driver while he was conducting a traffic stop on another vehicle. The suspect was arrested shortly after, and faces charges of attempted murder.

Hunter was seriously injured and flown to Scripps Memorial Hospital by an air ambulance. San Diego Blood Bank officials say he underwent emergency surgery for a shattered lower leg.

He had extensive reconstructive surgery and was placed in a medically-induced coma, said Blood Bank officials. Hunter remained in the coma for two days due to a severe head injury.

Since then, Hunter has left the ICU and is currently awake. He is in "good spirits" but faces a long road to recovery, said Blood Bank officials.

"Fortunately, Officer Hunter is now conscious and is doing well and is expected to be able to be discharged from the hospital at some point in the near future," said Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe.

Oceanside police told the San Diego Blood Bank that Hunter is one of the kindest, gentlest souls you could ever meet.

"He loves his job, his family and friends and he is a huge Star Wars fan too," said a statement, from the Oceanside Police Department. "Officer Hunter and his wife, Vanessa, have a strong desire to create something positive out of this difficult situation by coming together with the community to host a blood drive in an effort to help other trauma victims."

Visit the San Diego Blood Bank to book an appointment for the blood drive. Blood donors should bring an I.D., drink plenty of fluids and maintain usual eating habits while avoiding fatty foods if possible, said Blood Bank officials.

The Oceanside Police Officer's Association Foundation (OPOAF) is also accepting donations at the event.



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<![CDATA[Ground Crews & Helicopters Battle Sloane Fire]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:05:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sloanfire.gif

Cal Fire crews battled a 20-acre fire in hot, dry conditions along Dehesa Road in San Diego's East County Tuesday.

The Sloane Fire broke out at 9:45 a.m. in an area with medium fuel according to Cal Fire officials. The fire was moving at a moderate rate of spread as of 10 a.m with no immediate structures threatened.

The area of the fire was near Dehesa and Sloane Canyon roads, east of Sycuan Casino and Golf Course.

In less than an hour the fire jumped from 3 to 4 acres to approximately 20, according to Cal Fire San Diego.

More than a dozen ground crew members were fighting flames as they burned through brush along a hillside. An NBC 7 News crew on the scene said water drops had begun before 10:30 a.m.

Just before 11 a.m., Cal Fire released the air tankers. One helicopter will stay at the fire.

Officials said they have not determined the cause of the fire.

A defensible space inspector who was in the area noticed the fire and called it in, Capt. Jon Heggie told NBC 7.

"The fire really is a result of the dry and hot temperatures we've seen over the last three days now resulting in really ripe conditions for burning," Heggie said. 

Cal Fire and local government agencies were working on the fire including Sycuan Reservation.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for San Diego County effective until 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Weather conditions are hot and dry, providing the potential for any fire to grow quickly.

NBC 7 Meteorologist Jodi Kodesh said winds in the area of the Sloane Fire are only 5-10 mph. Because of the fire’s position west of the mountains, wind speeds will not be high, she added.

The most recent temperature recorded near the fire is 91 degrees at Sycuan Golf Resort. Humidity is at 10 percent.

Were the fire to spark a little farther east, it could've been a very different story, Kodesh said. The winds in that area are gusting 20 to 30 mph.

No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[Shakira Announces San Diego Show]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:04:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/cantante-shakira-entre-las-mas-poderosas-forbes.jpg

San Diego, ‘hips don’t lie’ -- and neither do we: Shakira is coming to Valley View Casino Center on Feb. 9, 2018.

The 12-time Grammy Award-winning singer/performer will finally hit the road again (her last San Diego show was back in 2010) with a world tour scheduled in support of her just-released album, “El Dorado.” 

The 18-date North American trek kicks off Jan. 9, 2018, in Orlando, Florida -- with its penultimate stop here in town -- before wrapping up the next night in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Feb. 10.

Tickets for the El Dorado World Tour go on sale June 30 at 10 a.m. PST via Shakira’s website. Pre-sale tickets will be made available to Citi cardholders between June 27 at 10 a.m. and June 29 at 10 p.m. PST. Go here for details.

El Dorado North American Tour Dates 

  • Jan. 9: Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
  • Jan. 11: Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center
  • Jan. 12: Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
  • Jan. 16: Washington D.C. @ Verizon Center
  • Jan. 17: New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
  • Jan. 19: Montreal, Canada @ Bell Centre
  • Jan. 20: Toronto, Canada @ Air Canada Centre
  • Jan. 22: Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
  • Jan. 23: Chicago, IL @ United Center
  • Jan. 26: Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
  • Jan. 28: Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
  • Jan. 29: San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
  • Feb. 1: Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
  • Feb. 3: Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
  • Feb. 6: Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
  • Feb. 7: San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
  • Feb. 9: San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
  • Feb. 10: Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena



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<![CDATA[Mounting Losses Force Closure of Suzie's Farm]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:51:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Suzies-Farm-Facebook.jpg

Suzie’s Farm, an organic farm in San Diego’s Tijuana River Valley, is closing after eight years in business.

Co-founder Lucila De Alejandro announced the shuttering Monday in a Facebook video, citing financial difficulties.

The farm has become popular among local families thanks to its community events, such as Strawberry Jam in the spring and Pumpkin Palooza in the fall; its community-supported agriculture (CSA) program; and its presence at many San Diego area farmers markets.

In the video, De Alejandro said while the business had grown in popularity since it opened in 2009, its profits had not.

The farm has been losing “five figures a week,” she said. A partnership struck up last year in an effort to make the farm profitable has failed, she said.

De Alejandro and her husband, Robin Taylor, with whom she cofounded the farm, will continue to operate their other business, Sun Grown Organics Distributors Inc., she said.



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<![CDATA[Another Day of Heat and Fire Dangers for San Diego]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:50:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/generic+hot+sun.jpg

Parts of San Diego County are in for another day of intense heat and elevated fire dangers Tuesday.

The National Weather Service (NWS) San Diego said a Red Flag Warning remains in effect through 1 a.m. Wednesday for the deserts and desert slopes in San Diego County. This includes Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning.

Along with the heat, strong, gusty winds and low humidity is in the forecast – a combination that heightens the risk of wildfires.

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The NWS said gusts in the deserts could reach between 15 and 35 mph. At its lowest point, the humidity will hover around 5 percent, increasing to 10 to 15 percent late Tuesday night.

If a wildfire sparks in these conditions, it will likely spread quickly. The NWS said outdoor burning of any kind should be avoided under the Red Flag Warning.

As a precaution, Alpine Fire Marshal Jason McBroom said homeowners should not use metal blades if working in their gardens, including for weed whacking.

"All you need is that one spark," he said. "What we're going to try to do is re-educate homeowners and let them know, no fireworks, no open sources of ignition where anything could happen."

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NBC 7 meteorologist Jodi Kodesh said temperatures across the county will drop slightly today – but not enough to make a big difference. The weather, she said, will feel a lot like what San Diegans experienced on Monday.

Areas like Poway, El Cajon, and Escondido will be in the mid-90s; San Diego’s foothills will also feel the heat. Deserts will reach around 110 degrees, Kodesh said in her First Alert forecast.

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In the East County, the hot weather is in the forecast at least through Wednesday.

“We’re basically sitting in a dry dome,” said Kodesh, referring to the lack of water vapor over the state of California.

At around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, a brush fire sparked on a hillside at Dehesa and Sloan Canyon roads in the East County. The Sloane Fire quickly burned about 20 acres; firefighters were able to stop its forward rate of spread about an hour later

These conditions can cause heat-related illness; the elderly, children and those unaccustomed to excessive heat will be most susceptible. 

By the week's end, temperatures will decrease a bit, giving locals some relief.

Southern California is used things heating up this time of year. The NWS said that on June 27, 1976, Alpine set a record-high for the month of June hitting 109 degrees. More heat history on this date for SoCal can be seen here:

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<![CDATA[Irish Student Doesn't Remember Brutal Attack in PB: PD]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:37:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Visiting_College_Student_Found_Beaten_Unconscious_in_PB.jpg

An Irish college student, found nearly beaten to death in a Pacific Beach alley, does not recall the beating at all, San Diego police said. 

Evan White, 21, spoke with police officers for the first time on Monday as he recovered in the hospital. White was found unresponsive and severely beaten in an alley between Law and Chalcedony streets in the early morning hours of June 16. Once hospitalized, he was put into a medically-induced coma.

Officers said in their interview with White, he told them he does not recall anything that happened the night of the attack, SDPD Spokesman Billy Hernandez said.  

White is a student at the University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. He and friend Denis Murphy are visiting San Diego for the summer, along with five other University College Cork students. The group has been in Pacific Beach since May 16.

Like many Irish university students before him, White came to Pacific Beach for the usual tourist trappings: a summer job and a cultural experience.

The night before White was found brutally beaten, he had been out in the beach neighborhood celebrating his 21st birthday at several bars and restaurants along Mission Boulevard. At one point in the night, he was separated from his friends. Murphy said he wasn't with White that night because he had to work the next morning.

For now, San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Investigators have very little information about what happened to White and why he was attacked. No witnesses have come forward. The investigation is ongoing, and police are searching for possible surveillance video.

Murphy told NBC 7 White is on the mend and now out of the medically-induced coma.

“He is doing great. He is recovering very well. His progress is coming along nicely," Murphy said.

Murphy said White's parents flew into San Diego to be with their son. Murphy has been visiting with the family and with White. 

“They’re just glad to see their son. Once they heard what happened they were scared, and once they saw him, they are fine," he added.

Murphy is hopeful that his friend will soon be back on his feet and that their group from Ireland can continue the summer adventure they had planned.  

“We were a little scared when we first found out what happened to him, but he’s fine, and we are going to try to move on as best as we can,” Murphy said.

White was working a summer job at the Ray's Rentals store near Belmont Park.

Murphy said White is a kind, genuine person, which makes the assault even more baffling.

"He’s a nice guy and completely genuine. He’s harmless. He’s a gentle soul and would never do anything to anyone else and has never been in any sort of altercation in his life," he explained. "He’s one of my best friends. We’ve known each other since we were kids."

The group of Irish students plans to stay in San Diego until their original departure date, which is Sept. 10.



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<![CDATA[Caught on Cam: Firecrackers Spark Controversy in Alpine]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:36:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Dangerous_Prank_in_Alpine_Has_Neighbors_Worried.jpg

Alpine residents are concerned after three people set off a giant firecracker in the middle of hot weather on Sunday, leading to a blast. 

In the surveillance footage, three people are seen getting out of a car, lighting a firecracker in front of a home, and then running back into the car.

The people appear to drive away but then turn around. One person jumps out to film the firecracker explosion on a cell phone. Then the three people drive away. 

Homeowner Jessica Good said she thought she heard feet running down the road at the time. The firecrackers were set off on her lawn. 

"I never expected it to be fireworks exploding into a tree," Good said. In Alpine, it is illegal to own firecrackers. 

Good said in the morning, she found the firecracker in her rose bushes. It was only two feet away from where her children sleep.

“When I saw how big it was, and how close it was to my kids' windows, it made it a whole lot worse," said Good.

Alpine frequently sees temperatures well into the triple digits over the summer months. In hot weather like Alpine had on Monday, firefighters said, a single firecracker could cause a devastating fire. 

The culprits are still on the loose.

Nobody was injured and Good's property was not damaged.

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<![CDATA[Solution Proposed to E. Coli Tainted Water: School Officials]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:34:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/School+Water+Generic.jpg

Mountain Empire Unified School District officials will install a new pressure tank to alleviate E. coli in the school water at Clover Flat Elementary in Boulevard, the Superintendent Kathy Granger confirmed Monday.

One child's godparent, Vanessa Heath, told NBC 7 she thinks the district is handling the issue well.

"I think that seems like a good solution," said Heath. "They're trying to fix it first, and if not then, they'll provide an alternate source for them, and I think that is good as long as they allow the children to have enough water for themselves."

She says the district acted appropriately by communicating about the concern to parents, although it made her worry more about her godchildren.

"I was concerned and I watched them very close and they didn't end up getting sick so that was a good thing," added Heath.

This proposed pressure tank is a result of the district working with experts from the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health (DEH), said Assistant Superintendant Gary Hobelman. Once the pump is installed, school officials will retest the water.

DEH officials say the school should work with their water system operator to clean the tanks and lids, fully flush the system and retest the water. 

There is adequate separation between the septic system and the water wells, confirmed DEH officials. The structures are separated by more than 200 feet, in adherence with state guidelines.

If the pump doesn't resolve the issue by the time school reopens in August, students will drink bottled water. If that happens, the drinking fountains will be taped off, and kids will not be allowed to drink from the fountains, as the district works to resolve the issue.

School officials are also considering putting water filters on drinking fountains, said Hobelman.

The school has previously drawn its water supply from big water tanks that are used not just for drinking water, but also for fire protection. County and state regulations permit the school to use the tanks as a water source.

But DEH officials say that's not wise because the longer water sits still, the more likely it is to stagnate.

A water sample tested positive for E. coli on June 16, the last day of school before students were released for summer vacation. The county's Environmental Health Department conducted an inspection of the system Thursday.

The school water system operator noted that the lids on their water tanks were not sealed correctly.

School officials are actively working with county officials to fix any issues with the water system.

Parents reached out to NBC 7 last week to report that several students at the school are suffering severe stomach symptoms, and some students have been hospitalized. It remains unclear whether E. coli in the water caused the illnesses.

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Help Army Vet in Surprise Reunion]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:17:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Firefighters_Help_Army_Vet_Surprise_Family.jpg

A U.S. Army veteran turned the tables on his loved ones Monday, coordinating a surprise reunion after more than a year overseas. To help pull it off, he reached out to members of the National City Fire Department.

Tim Gomez has spent the past 386 days in Afghanistan as a civilian working for the U.S. Department of Defense. As the time neared for him to come home, Gomez and his fiancée, Erika Salazar, wanted to surprise Salazar's son.

But Gomez decided to surprise them both.

“I like to take it up a notch,” laughed Gomez about his surprise.

Gomez told his fianceé that his return was scheduled for August, not June.

Then he arranged for 9-year-old Sebastian Zuniga, a big fan of firefighters, to meet a man he thought was the newest firefighter at Fire Station 34 in National City.

What Sebastian didn't realize is that the person beneath the mask and firefighting gear was someone he already knows.

Gomez's smooth, stealthy moves paid off when he removed the mask covering his face.  He got a hug from Sebastian who has been counting the days and wearing the Army vet's dog tags since he's been overseas.

I feel glad because he's home and I thought he would be back in August,” said Sebastian. 

Meanwhile, Tim's fiancée, Erika, was speechless.

When asked what the surprise meant to her, she hugged Gomez tighter.

The surprise reunion made possible with the help of the National City firefighters. 

“It’s very emotional and makes your heart warm to be able to be part of that. It’s a great feeling,” said Battalion Chief Mark Beveridge of the National City Fire Department.

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<![CDATA[Fire Crews Staff Up for Fire Danger]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:21:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fire_Crews_Staff_Up_for_Fire_Danger.jpg

NBC 7 Gaby Rodriguez reports on how Cal Fire and other fire agencies are staffing up to prepare for fire danger.

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<![CDATA[Searchers Spot 3 Hikers Missing in Baja Mountains]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:05:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Hikers-Rescue-Baja-California_3.jpg

A San Diego man and his two adult daughters reported missing on a hike to Baja's highest peak were spotted Tuesday by a helicopter searching the area.

Morgan Fox, 61, and his daughters, Maura, 20, and Claire, 25, were expected to return to San Diego Sunday evening. When they didn't, Fox's wife called the authorities in Mexico and reported the group missing.

The trio went to the San Pedro Mártir Park on Tuesday, June 20. They planned to hike Picacho del Diablo on Friday and return to their car on Saturday, according to officials with the Civil Protection Baja California.

After the car was found still parked in the mountains, officials launched a search effort Monday afternoon.

Ten people searched the trail to the summit on the ground and a Mexican navy helicopter searching from the air, according to Antonio Rosquillas with Protección Civil Baja California.

It was the helicopter that spotted Fox and his daughters, officials said. It appears all three were in good condition but searchers will know more when they meet up with the hikers on the ground.

Due to the rocky terrain, the helicopter could not assist in the rescue.

Rescue teams are traveling by foot to get to the family and will probably arrive by nightfall, officials said.

Pichaco del Diablo is the highest peak in Baja, at over 10,000 feet. The Devil’s Peak is a challenging trail located more than a day’s drive south of Tijuana and the U.S.-Mexico border.

Family friend David Larson hiked the area with Morgan 13 years ago. He said the route goes through a steep canyon that can be treacherous.

“You have semi-truck sized boulders stacked up in this canyon so it's very dangerous,” Larson said. “There's not an actual trail. You're looking for the cairn, which are piles of rocks, to mark where you're supposed to go.”

He described it as a 12-hour hike to try to get to the top of the mountain and back down to camp and the nearest water source.

Morgan is diabetic but is known to pack the insulin needed for long hikes, his friend said.

“I’m hoping they have water and they have food, and they’re waiting for somebody to save them,” he said.

Larson said that even though he has never hiked with Morgan’s daughters, he understands they are in good health and have experience.

“The girls are strong but I don't know that they're strong enough to carry a 6-foot plus man out of a steep canyon,” he said. “So that’s my fear.”

He said there was some cell phone coverage in the area but it was spotty. Without a satellite phone, communication could be limited.

Larson was going to travel to the trailhead. He was not going to participate in the search but will be there to help when the trio is located.

Maura is a student at UC Santa Barbara.

Because of the elevation, the area can be cold. Temperatures can dip below freezing at night even in the summer.



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<![CDATA[46-Acre Fire Near Mesa Grande Reservation Now 100% Contained]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:35:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/6-25-17-Black+Fire+Cleveland+National+Forest.png

A 46-acre brush fire that forced three families out of their homes Sunday afternoon has been 100 percent contained, Cal Fire officials said. 

The brush fire broke out around noon Sunday on Black Canyon Road near the Mesa Grande Reservation, near Cleveland National Forest. 

Officials initially reported the fire at 75 acres, but a better mapping of the area helped them revise the total acreage to 46 acres. 

Bob Grande drove out to make sure his property was safe.

"They did a great job out here,” he told NBC 7. “It could have been a disaster out there.”

Fire crews kept four engines assigned to the fire overnight. 

Monday afternoon, they reported it was entirely contained. 



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<![CDATA[Man Hurt in Crash on 'Homemade' Motorcycle: SDPD]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:35:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Cyclist_Injured_in_Hillcrest_Collision.jpg

An oncoming Uber driver and bicyclist collided on a busy Hillcrest street Monday afternoon, leaving the bicyclist with major injuries, San Diego police said. 

The crash happened in the 1600 block of University Avenue around 5:30 p.m., just off State Route 163. 

Jonathon Rutledge Washington, 24, was riding a motorized bicycle while his friend, Tommie Brown was standing up on the pegs of the bike.

They were making a left from University Avenue onto Centre Street when they were hit head-on with by the vehicle.

Brown told NBC 7, he managed to jump free just before the collision.

"I thought he was dead for a second because he wasn't moving,” Brown said, describing his friend Washington moments after the crash.

Washington suffered major injuries and was taken to a Scripps Mercy Hospital for treatment, said police.

"His eye was shut, he was bleeding from his mouth. All the blood in the street is from his mouth and his face," Brown said.

Police said alcohol or speeding was not a factor in the crash. 

"I wish something anything we could have changed the timeline so this one incident didn't happen," Brown said.

The Uber driver, Rashedi Vedad stayed at the scene and did cooperate with police.

Vedad and his passenger were not injured.

San Diego Police officers described the bike involved as "homemade" - a bicycle with a motor attached to it.

No further information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Soccer City, Part 2: San Diego Awarded NASL Franchise]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:38:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/SD+Press+Release+Image.jpg

Major League Soccer (MLS) may or may not be coming to San Diego, but the North American Soccer League (NASL) is stepping up and awarding San Diego an expansion franchise. 

San Diego NASL is backed by an ownership group led by four global soccer stars: Demba Ba, Eden Hazard, Yohan Cabayeand Moussa Sow. The players have partnered with local business executives to bring this second-tier professional soccer league to San Diego.

Bob Watkins, a longtime San Diegan and successful businessman, will serve as the club’s president.

"It’s an absolute honor to bring professional soccer to San Diego County," said Watkins, who recently secured the league’s approval of the expansion club. "The international soccer stars driving this effort to give us an excellent foundation from which to build. We will be an exciting club to watch - you can count on that. We intend to develop local talent, helping young children realize their dreams of playing professional soccer, and we intend to help San Diego become a soccer capital known around the world."

San Diego NASL is currently developing its name and logo and expects to unveil its branding at an event in the coming months. The club has already rolled out SanDiegoNASL.com.

So when do the games begin?

San Diego will begin playing NASL games come Spring of 2018.

In its inaugural season, the team will play at University of San Diego (USD) Torero Stadium.

After that, the team plans to move to a North County location. Watkins said the team is currently scouting locations across the area. San Marcos, Oceanside, Escondido, Poway, Del Mar and other cities are potential landing spots for San Diego NASL.

“We’re looking for an area that’s passionate about soccer, that can bring the diversity that we need to be able to have a diverse population who are interested in what we do from a community point of view but are equally passionate about the game. We’re going to do this with the communities, we want them to be engaged with us from a partner point of view,” said Watkins in an interview with NBC 7.

As for the stadium, the plan is for a modular stadium to be built off-sight, shipped in sections, then assembled at the teams new North County home.

“We are going to build a ten thousand seat facility that’s expandable to fifteen thousand, so as the market grows we’ll grow with it,” said Watkins.

Watkins said he wants San Diego NASL to have exchanges with the Tijuana Xolos and believes that MLS will eventually come to San Diego, calling it “inevitable.”

When asked if he is concerned about competing with MLS and other soccer entities in San Diego, Watkins said, “If you look at it in a general business sense, if you’ve got 4 corners in a real estate area and there’s only one gas station not many people come, but if you put two, three or four, a lot more people come. So we see this as an opportunity for soccer to be more attractive to a larger group of people and it’s just that simple.”

Increasingly, professional soccer leagues in North America face questions about their financial viability. When asked if San Diego NASL would be profitable, Watkins responded, “We’re looking to break even at best at the end of our second year.”

As the NASL’s tenth club, San Diego is the latest to join the league’s West Coast expansion movement. The San Francisco Deltas kicked off their inaugural season earlier this year, and a new club in Orange County, which will take the field in the Spring of 2018, was announced last month.

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<![CDATA[Beach Report Card: California's 10 Most Polluted]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:47:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/284*120/monarch+beach.jpg As the scorching temperatures continue to rise, many people will flock to the beach to find relief from the blistering heat. However, Heal the Bay's annual "Beach Bummer" list ranks those beaches that aren't as hot as a Southern California summer.

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<![CDATA[Experts Say Fight Financial Hackers the 'Old School' Way]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:37:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-504662110.jpg

Today it seems like every app and website wants to store your username and password, but maybe that's not such a good idea.

"If you are remembering your username and password on your cell phone and don't have a lock screen on that phone, God forbid, you lose that phone, whoever finds it has access to everything," said Christina Gustin with UBS Financial.

Convenience comes at a price and that price could be making your financial information vulnerable to hackers. So what should you do to remember your passwords?

"I write mine down," said Gustin, "I'm old school, I've got them on paper."

Hackers are not breaking into your house looking for passwords, they are trying to find them online.  That's why this UBS Account VP says writing them down and storing the information in a safe place may be your best defense.  It also may encourage you to change your password more often, something few people actually do.

Another old school approach is to have phone conversations rather responding to investment offers through email or online.

"I think one of the best lines of defense, especially when it comes to transactions, is to pick up the phone and make a phone call," said Gustin.

She said many hackers will use bogus emails to trick clients out of personal and financial information.  By calling your broker or financial advisor on the phone, you can avoid falling for scams.



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<![CDATA[Possible TB Exposure Reported at Local Community College]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:50:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tuberculosis-foto-thumbnail.jpg

A case of tuberculosis reported at San Diego Continuing Education's Mid-City Campus may have exposed other students, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) officials confirmed Monday.

The possible exposure occurred on campus between Feb. 3 to April 17, 2017, HHSA officials said.

The HHSA will provide free testing to students, faculty, and staff who may have been on campus during that time period. Testing will be held on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Room 218 at the Mid-City Campus, located at 3792 Fairmount Avenue.

According to the HHSA, TB symptoms include a persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss.

"Most people who are exposed to TB do not develop the disease,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “But when it does occur, it can be treated and cured with medication; that’s why it’s important to identify those who have been exposed."

In San Diego County, there have been 98 cases so far in 2017, according to the HHSA.

You can get more information by calling (619) 692-8621.



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<![CDATA[Suspect in Carmel Mtn Ranch Shooting Pleads Not Guilty]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:14:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/PharmatechShooting.JPG

The man who allegedly shot a fellow employee in the head at his workplace in Carmel Mountain Ranch pleaded not guilty Monday, confirmed the District Attorney's office.

Julio Riel Narvaez, 54, faces charges for one felony count of attempted murder and one felony count of assault with a semi-automatic firearm.

Narvaez faces 25 years to life with parole for the attempted murder charge, along with additional years for the assault with a firearm charge.

Police say Narvaez shot a fellow employee in the head following an argument. It happened in the 15000 block of Innovation Drive.

The victim has since been identified as Michael Limbag. Prosecutors say Limbag was badly hurt in the shooting. 

A judge set Narvaez's bail at $1 million, said Tanya Sierra, a spokeswoman for the San Diego County District Attorney's office.

A few other employees were able to take Narvaez down, kick the gun away from him and tie him up, before police even arrived, according to the SDPD.

Narvaez is due in court for a status conference on June 29 and a readiness conference on July 6.



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<![CDATA[Man Who Bit Deputy, 'Growling Like an Animal', Sentenced]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:46:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/4-26-17-Casey+Clason.JPG

A man who bit a San Diego County Sheriff's deputy, "growling like a dog" in a hostile confrontation, has been sentenced to a year in custody, the San Diego County District Attorney's office confirmed. 

Casey Clason previously pleaded guilty to biting a Sheriff's deputy after authorities were called to a disturbance at a 7-Eleven store in Vista. 

The incident, caught on camera, began when Clason walked into a 7-Eleven on E. Vista Way and Vale Terrace in Vista, emptied a liter of Coke on his head, spiked the bottle to the ground and then walked out of the convenience store, Deputy DA Keith Watanabe said. 

The man was visibly distraught, deputies said, so the employees at the store called 911 for help. 

Deputies responded to the scene and found Clason in the parking lot of a nearby church, with his hands wrapped around a flag pole. 

Despite commands, Clason ignored the deputies and walked away. 

When the deputies tried to detain him, Clason became violent right away and tried to kick deputies while on his back, SDSO Captain Charles Cinnamo said. Deputies called for backup. 

The incident quickly escalated as both deputies tried to Tase the defendant, Watanabe said. 

Then a fight began, Watanabe said. Clason bit one of the deputy's legs and refused to let to, Watanabe said. 

Multiple deputies rushed to the scene, hitting Clason and striking with flashlights until the deputy was able to escape Clason's jaws. 

"During this entire encounter the defendant had bitten down on a deputy sheriff's calf and was growling like an animal and refused to let go," Watanabe said. "The deputies did what they needed to do in order to protect themselves from this type of behavior from the defendant."

The deputy's pants were able to protect him from the full impact of Clason's bite, Watanabe said. 

Deputies initially suspected Clason was under the influence, but officials have not received a full toxicology report yet. 

Clason was facing three years and eight months in prison. 

Clason will be eligible for release to residential rehab after 270 days in jail. 



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<![CDATA[Firefighters Help Army Vet Surprise Family]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:37:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Firefighters_Help_Army_Vet_Surprise_Family.jpg

NBC 7's Omari Fleming reports from National City where an Army veteran got the help of firefighters to pull off a surprise for his fiancée and her son.

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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Shot, Killed in Logan Heights Identified]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:39:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/6-25-17-Logan+Heights+Homicide.JPG

A pedestrian shot and killed in Logan Heights late Saturday night has been identified. 

Jose Lopez Sr., 34, of San Diego, was walking down South 31st Street on Saturday night around 11:57 p.m. when a car stopped at the intersection, San Diego Police (SDPD) Lieutenant Mike Holden said. 

A man got out of the car and opened fire, shooting Lopez multiple times, Holden said. He collapsed onto the street. 

When police arrived at the scene, they found Lopez lying in the middle of the intersection of South 31st Street and Martin Avenue. 

When first responders arrived, they began life-saving measures. Lopez was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center where, despite life-saving measures, he died. 

The passenger got back in his car and fled the area in the same car. 

Homicide detectives believe the suspect was driving a dark colored two-door sedan with tinted windows. The car was last seen driving west on the 3000 block of Martin Avenue. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.



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<![CDATA[Fire Destroys Vacant Home in Valencia Park]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:41:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/06-26-17+Valencia+Park+fire.JPG

A fire tore through a vacant home in the Valencia Park neighborhood of San Diego Monday afternoon.

The fire was reported at 2:54 p.m. on the 5300 block of Santa Margarita Street, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD).

Crews arrived to fire smoke and flames coming from the building.

According to fire officials, there was no one inside the home and it has been vacant for some time. 

Neighbors said the home was being used as a drug house. It is unclear if that was a factor in the fire, fire officials said.

The fire did threaten a nearby apartment complex but crews were able to extinguish the flames quickly.

At this point, no injuries have been reported.

Some firefighters did experience heat stress amid the high temperatures. But fire officials said they were dousing themselves in water and staying hydrated.

No other information was available.

Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.



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<![CDATA[2 Rescued From Stranded Encinitas Boat]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:28:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/towboat.gif

Two people were rescued from the stranded boat "Lady Max" off the coast of Encinitas, Lifeguards said. 

The Coast Guard Sector San Diego received a Digital Selective Calling distress alert, telling them the boat was close to Beacon's Beach, at around 3:30 a.m. 

Coast Guard officials, assisting local lifeguards in the rescue, made radio contact with the sailing boat, "Lady Max."

The radio was connected to a GPS device, Cmdr. Rob Potter, the chief of response and air operations at Coast Guard Sector San Diego, said, making the rescue a lot easier.

In an hour, lifeguards found the boat. On the boat, two people with life jackets were waiting. 

"It is vitally important that radios and all electronic signaling devices are properly registered," Potter said. "It is only when the device is registered and connected to a GPS can the Coast Guard quickly determine a lot of relevant information that can significantly speed up the rescue process."

Officials found the boat stuck on rocks off Ponto Beach with two people on board.

The two people on board were not injured and rescued safely. 

TowBoatU.S. towed the boat back to Mission Bay in San Diego. 

No further information was available. 

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<![CDATA[1 Killed in Collision on Del Dios Hwy in Escondido]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:46:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CHP-generic-patrol-car-road-0815.jpg

A man was killed in a collision with another vehicle on a highway in Escondido Sunday evening, according to California Highway Patrol (CHP).

It happened around 7:20 p.m., when a driver lost control of his Toyota Camry while headed westbound on Del Dios Highway, near Rancho Del Rio, said CHP officials.

Another 60-year-old man driving in a Tesla was unable to avoid colliding into the passenger side of the Camry, as he traveled eastbound on Del Dios Highway.

Paramedics declared the driver of the Camry dead at the scene. The driver of the Tesla complained of pain in his lower back but was not hospitalized, according to CHP.

An investigation is underway to determine what caused the collision, said CHP officers.

It is unknown whether alcohol or drugs played a factor in this crash. No further information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Suspected Arson Fire Damages Pacific Beach Home: SDFD]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:55:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDFD-Generic-Garske.JPG

A fire damaged a Pacific Beach home Monday morning in an alleged arson case, confirmed San Diego Fire Rescue (SDFD).

Fire investigators have verified indications of arson at the scene, said SDFD Captain Shannon Mueller. The investigation is still ongoing at the 5000 block of Soledad Road, near Los Altos Road.

Flames broke out around 12:20 a.m., starting on the first level and then spreading to the attic, said SDFD Spokeswoman Monica Munoz. The incident happened at a two-story, single-family home.

The suspected arson fire caused an estimated $250,000 in damages, said Mueller. There weren't any residents home at the time of the fire.

Nobody was injured in the flames. No further information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[2 US Marines Suffer Severe Burns in Blast at MCAS Miramar]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:43:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MCAS-Miramar-20170430_104742.jpg

Two U.S. Marines were critically injured Sunday in what military officials describe as a ground flash fire on U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego.

The blast occurred on base at 10:18 p.m. as the Marines were performing routine maintenance on an F/A 18 fighter jet, said Major Kurt Stahl, the director of public affairs for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS Miramar.

"Technically, this was a 'ground flash fire' rather than an 'explosion,'" Stahl added. "The cause is under investigation."

The two injured Marines suffered severe burns and were transported to UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest.

They were identified as members of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112 (VMDA-112), a reserve unit based out of Fort Worth, Texas.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends these two Marines as they go through this difficult time. The Marine Corps stands ready to support them in every way we can," Major Andrew Aranda from Marine Corps Forces Reserve told NBC 7.

No other information was available.

The National Fire Protection Association defines a ground flash fire as one involving fuel in the air and an ignition source. The fires tend to last just seconds but can reach intensely high temperatures.



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<![CDATA[Dangerous Firecracker Prank in Alpine Has Neighbors Worried]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:32:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/176*120/fireworks+surveillance.jpg

Surveillance video captured three people lighting firecrackers dangerously close to homes in Alpine last week, and residents are concerned those responsible could do serious damage and spark a fire.

Alpine resident Jill DePrizio has several surveillance cameras capturing action outside her home.  "We look at them for all sorts of silly things but this one just happened to catch something a little more important," she said.

In the middle of the night last week, neighbors awoke to loud booms right outside.

The next morning, DePrizio checked her footage and couldn't believe what she saw. "The driver goes as well and in a minute you'll see a bright light from lighting the firecracker,” she said as she showed NBC 7 the surveillance video.

She explained the video shows three men walking up to a house and lighting a firecracker in between the car parked in the driveway and the garage.  The homeowner’s children sleep in the bedroom above the garage.  The homeowner found a firecracker on her car the next morning, according to DePrizio. "They start to drive off and then they stop.  You can see his cell phone hanging out the window. They actually back the car up and the gentleman in the backseat gets out of the car and goes back to record it until they finish seeing the fireworks go off," DePrizio explained.  

Another house in the quiet neighborhood on River Dance Court was also a target. The culprits haven't been caught, making neighbors fearful they may strike again. "Alpine has had some major fires over the years, we certainly don't want another one," said neighbor David Osier.

"I lost my house in the 2003 fires, so anytime we have high fire danger like we have now, seeing something like this happen is a traumatic event for somebody like myself," added DePrizio.

Any information about this incident, you’re asked to call the San Diego County Sheriff's Alpine Station, (619) 659-2600.

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<![CDATA[Navy Makes Changes to Female Uniform Regulations]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:33:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/navy+women.PNG

The Navy has made several changes to women’s uniforms that went into effect last Wednesday.

Women are now allowed to wear their hair in a bun through the back opening of a command or Navy ball cap.

"I think this will be more comfortable and will look a lot better. Thanks to the Lt. j.g. out there for making that known to me. We promised to fix it and now it's fixed,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said in a Facebook video last week.

Women are also now authorized to wear white pearl or white synthetic pearl earrings with Dress Uniforms and round cut white diamonds or white synthetic diamonds with Dinner Dress Blue and White Jacket uniforms. The earrings must be 4 millimeter - 6 millimeter (approximately 1/8 inch - 1/4 inch) in size.

Pregnant women can now purchase the NWU Type III maternity uniform due to a reduction in the production of the Type I uniform.




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<![CDATA[Man Arrested for DUI After Deadly Crash on East Vista Way ]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:36:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police+lights+rain7.jpg

A man was arrested after he ran a red light and collided broadside with a Jeep on State Route 76 early Sunday morning, killing the 61-year-old driver, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Raul Barajas Dominguez, 33, was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. He will be booked into the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of DUI once he is released.

The crash happened around 3:42 a.m. at the intersection of East Vista Way and SR-76.

This collision remains under investigation.


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<![CDATA[Man Shot and Killed in Logan Heights: PD]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:48:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/6-25-17-Logan+Heights+Homicide.JPG

A pedestrian walking in Logan Heights late Saturday night was shot and killed by a man who drove up and opened fire, San Diego police said. 

The shooting happened at approximately 11:57 p.m. near South 31st Street and Martin Avenue. 

The victim, who has not been identified pending family notification, was walking south on 31st Street when a car stopped at the intersection, police said. 

A passenger got out of the car and opened fire on the victim, shooting him multiple times, police said. The victim collapsed in the street. 

Residents in the area said they heard six shots fired. 

The passenger got back in his car and fled the area in the same car. 

When first responders arrived, they began life-saving measures. The victim was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center where, despite life-saving measures, the victim died. 

Police do not have a clear description of the suspect or vehicle involved.

The homicide shook the neighborhood.

Hector Robles, a Logan Heights resident, said he generally feels pretty safe in the area, day and night.

"I’ve been living here for almost 45 years and we haven’t seen any shots or anything going on," he said. "I’m kinda worried because we have little kids right here."

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.



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