<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:36:36 -0700 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:36:36 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[More Yellow Fever Mosquitoes Found in San Diego County]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:57:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Yellow+Fever+Mosquito.jpg

More “yellow fever mosquitoes” have been found in San Diego County, this time in Chula Vista where a man was bitten by one of them.

The rare mosquito was first spotted in offices on Naval Base San Diego earlier this week, according to county environmental health officials.

Health officials reported on Thursday that they found two more of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in a Chula Vista home. A man told health officials that one of the black-and-white striped mosquitoes bit him.

Health officials said that while the mosquitoes could become dangerous if established in an area, they don’t suspect any risk to anyone bitten by one of them, including the Chula Vista resident.

The tropical disease that the mosquito is best known for carrying are rarely seen here: yellow fever, chikungunya and dengue fever. There hasn’t been an outbreak of yellow fever in the United States in more than a century, according to the county.

County vector control teams were setting traps in the area of the Chula Vista home to determine if there are more mosquitoes. They were also delivering fliers to residents in surrounding neighborhoods telling them about the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

Yellow fever mosquitoes are more common on the East Coast but started appearing in California in 2013, officials said. The mosquitoes have recently been found in Commerce and Pico Rivera in Los Angeles County.

Unlike native California mosquitoes, these insects feed during the day. They can breed almost anywhere there’s standing water, including indoors, according to the county.

To help prevent mosquito breeding, the county is urging residents to dump out anything that can hold water – such as plant saucers, buckets or wheelbarrows – and report any standing water or dead birds to Vector Control.

To find out more ways to prevent the breeding of these mosquitoes, go here.

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<![CDATA[$1,000 Reward Offered in Ocean Beach Hit and Run]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:15:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/katie+connor+hit+and+run+victim.jpg

Police are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for the arrest of a suspect who hit and seriously hurt a bicyclist in Ocean Beach and then sped off.

Katie Conner was struck by a hit-and-run driver around 1:20 a.m. on Oct. 12. She was riding her red bicycle home from work on West Point Loma Boulevard going toward Sunset Cliffs Boulevard.

Conner suffered a serious traumatic brain injury and was treated at UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest. Part of her skull had to be removed because of brain swelling.

Police believe the hit-and-run motorist was driving a 1980s white or cream colored Ford F150 truck a rust colored shell, according to a San Diego Police Department news release.

The truck may have damage to the driver’s side door and left fender, police said.

Anyone with information should call the police department’s traffic division at 858-495-7800 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477.

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<![CDATA[CHP Arrests Alleged Videographer in Motorcycle Stunt Ride]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:12:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/chp10.jpg

The California Highway Patrol on Thursday announced the arrest of a 32-year-old professional motorcycle stunt rider who allegedly shot video and rode recklessly while filming a pack of motorcyclists popping wheelies and speeding along a Bay Area highway.

CHP Officer Ross Lee identified the suspect as Guruardas Singh Khalsa of Brentwood. Khalsa was arrested Wednesday night on felony charges for allegedly shooting the video. The charges stem from Oct. 11, when a  pack of about 50 motorcycle riders taunted an officer along Interstate Highway 680 in San Jose, and they refused to stop when the officer told them to.

Lee said that Khalsa is a professional motorcycle stunt rider with "multiple endorsements" who used a GoPro camera to film an illegal and reckless ride. It was his video, Lee said, that will be used against him as evidence.

"He was the videographer," Lee said.

Khalsa was booked at the Martinez detention facility in Contra Costa County on charges of accessory after the fact in the commission of a felony. He also faces misdemeanor obstruction and marijuana possession charges. A booking photo was not immediately released. On Thursday, Khalsa also has not formally been charged and it wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney. Sgt. Jimmy Lee said Khalsa bailed out of jail Thursday after bond was set at $45,000.

The ride was captured on video and posted on Youtube on Oct. 21 by a user named "GuruStunts."

The video is titled "Cop Chases Bikers Then Bikers Then Biker Makes Cop Leave," and as of Thursday had 1.5 million hits. The video shows riders standing on their bikes, driving in between cars and refusing to stop when an unnamed CHP officer tells them to. Lee said riding in this reckless manner is a misdemeanor.

Lee said the officer asked for backup, but the group ended up exiting on McKee Road before help arrived. No one was arrested at the time, Lee said, because the officer decided not to pursue them, fearing it would be too dangerous.

The person who posted the video, GuruStunts, emailed back and forth with NBC Bay Area on Oct. 24. He did not want his real name to be used, and he insisted that he didn't take the video, was not part of the ride and has "no affiliation with them. It was sent to me by an anonymous rider."

"GuruStunts" wrote that he "strictly buys and posts videos on YouTube as the brand GuruStunts."

He also said that he represents StreetFighterz clothing and merchandise, which states on its website that the company is a Streetbike Freestyle Stunt Team based out of St. Louis, Missouri.

Lee said he is not sure if "GuruStunts" is Khalsa. No one from the GuruStunts email addressed responded to a request for comment on Thursday. But the alternate name listed on the gmail account was listed as: GURUARDAS KHALSA. And there were other connections.

On social media, GuruStunts had supporters. "Noooo!!! #Freeguru @Gurustunts," one person put on Instagram. "Looks like Gurustunts better lay low, lol," another person tweeted.

Lee said the investigation is ongoing and that the investigators are looking for more of the riders that day. "We anticipate more arrests," he said.

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<![CDATA[Chargers Corner Verrett to Miss 2-3 Weeks]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:37:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chargers+verrett+injury.jpg

The injury news keeps getting worse for the Chargers.

Cornerback Jason Verrett is expected to miss the next two to three weeks after he was diagnosed with a torn labrum (shoulder). NFL.com's Ian Rapoport tweeted that he “will look at surgical options after the season.”

The defensive backfield continues to thin, as Brandon Flowers (concussion) didn’t practice on Wednesday and is still in doubt for Sunday’s game with the Miami Dolphins. Safety Jahleel Addae was also diagnosed with a concussion after Thursday’s game against the Denver Broncos.

Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano said the team will move on without their first-round pick in this year's draft.

"We’re not going to try  to change too much if a guy’s in there or not," he said. "We’re gonna do what we do and keep getting better at it. All those thing defensively, we just have to execute."

Verrett made a game-saving interception in the final seconds against the Oakland Raiders in Week 6. He then missed the next week against the Kansas City Chiefs, but returned for last Thursday’s game. The Bolts lost both of those games.

Chargers coach Mike McCoy dismissed the idea that he came back too soon.

"We’re not gonna put anyone out there if we don’t think they’re ready to play,"

The Chargers get a break with a bye week after Sunday’s game. We’ll see if that’s enough time to get the rookie back on the field.

The team also made a change to its practice squad on Wednesday, adding cornerback Kendall James and terminating corner Aaron Hester.

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<![CDATA[VP Biden Expected in Town This Weekend]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:57:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP909312189758.jpg

Scott Peters may be getting some help in his Congressional campaign this weekend.

Vice President Joe Biden is expected to be in town to make an appearance for the 52nd District incumbent, a source close to the campaign confirmed.

Biden is also expected to attend a Get Out The Vote rally in San Bernardino for the Democratic candidate for California's 31st Congressional District, Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, and State Senator Alex Padilla, the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State. A press release from Aguilar's campaign said the event starts at noon.

The FAA has issued a temporary flight restriction for "VIP Movement" for Friday evening in San Diego. 

The vice president is expected to fly in Friday evening, then make an appearance for Peters on Saturday, a source close to the campaign confirmed. Peters is in a heated battle with former City Council member Carl DeMaio for the seat.

DeMaio, who drew in cash with a visit from Speaker John Boehner earlier this month, wasn't surprised by the VP backing for Peters.

"Obama is rewarding Congressman Scott Peters with a visit from the Vice President because they know he has served as a rubber-stamp for this Administration's failed policies,” said Dave McCulloch, spokesperson for the DeMaio campaign.

Alex Roth, campaign spokesman for Peters, confirmed the vice-president's planned visit, but said he had no comment.

Check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[Garage Fire Damages Two Vehicles in Mira Mesa]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:56:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/fire+truck%21%21.jpg

Two cars were damaged in a garage fire in Mira Mesa just after 8 a.m. today.

Heavy fire and smoke poured from the garage at Frobisher Street and Reagan Road. It was confined to the garage and knocked down about 15 minutes later.

No injuries were reported.

Firefighters are cleaning up along with SDG&E crews.

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<![CDATA[Thomas Jefferson School of Law Restructures Debt]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:19:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/1167663_10151551427902714_798286409_o.jpg

Thomas Jefferson School of Law said it signed a restructuring agreement with its bondholders, reducing its debt from $127 million to $40 million, and lifting the cloud of default.

In return for the huge discount, the bondholders became owners of the school’s Gaslamp Quarter building, which cost about $90 million and was completed in 2011.

The school issued some $133 million in bonds in 2008 to construct a new campus, and defaulted on its monthly payment in June.

In addition to taking ownership of the property at 1155 Island Ave., bondholders also get $40 million in newly issued debt, carried at 2 percent. The school previously had been paying interest of 7 percent on the non-taxable portion of the bonds, and 11 percent on the taxable part, according to the law school.

With the reduced debt, the San Diego law school said it cut its annual debt payments in half from $12 million to $6 million, which includes $5 million in rent, and $1 million in interest expense.

Thomas Guernsey, Jefferson’s dean and president, said the restructuring is a major step. “It puts the school on a solid financial footing and will enable Thomas Jefferson to continue to fulfill its mission serving a diverse group of students in a collegial, supportive learning environment.”

Guernsey said school operations remain unchanged under the new agreement that was officially signed Oct. 28.

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<![CDATA[Motorcycle Rider Crashes on I-8 Near Texas Street]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:06:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/10502340_10152812552089609_6538740198932548370_n.jpg

A man witnessed his friend crash his motorcycle and suffer serious injuries near Mission Valley early Thursday.

California Highway Patrol officers said the motorcyclist was found just off the road near where the onramp from Interstate 8 merges with traffic near Texas Street.

A friend who was traveling behind the motorcyclist was the first person to arrive and called for help.

Paramedics treated him briefly on scene before loading him on a stretcher and rushing him off to Scripps Mercy Hospital in an ambulance.

The CHP said it's believed that speed, not alcohol or drugs, was a factor in the crash.

Officers thinking he simply took the onramp too fast and couldn't handle the turn, lost control and wiped out.

<![CDATA[3 Locals Being Monitored for Ebola Exposure ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:46:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tlmd_ebola40.jpg

Nineteen people were being monitored under California’s new Ebola guidelines for travelers returning from West Africa.

Out of those, three people were being monitored in San Diego County. County health officials described those individuals as showing no symptoms and being at low risk for contracting the Ebola virus.

California's health officer says some local health care workers have volunteered to help with the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Now state health officials are recommending a 21-day quarantine for anyone who treated Ebola patients in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia within the last 21 days and had direct contact with an Ebola patient.

The final decision to whether to quarantine will be left up to local officials.

The monitoring system will determine if a person is at a "high risk" or "some risk.” For those at a low risk, there may be more freedom for how they are monitored. This could even mean being quarantined at home for that time period and being watched by health officials.

<![CDATA[Man Struck by Dump Truck on I-8 Off Ramp]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:26:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/rosecrans+fatal+crash.JPG

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash on Interstate 8 offramp onto Rosecrans Drive in the Midway District of San Diego.

The driver of a dump truck reported that he struck a pedestrian in the middle of the off ramp at 4:46 a.m. Thursday.

The truck driver told CHP he saw the man on the right side of the road before the man darted into traffic. Officials said the truck and two other vehicles could not stop in time.

The victim was thrown several feet and died at the scene, officers said. He was described by investigators as a man in his 50s.

CHP officers arrived and began directing travelers away from the area.

It’s unclear if the pedestrian was in the road or was standing and crossing the road at the time of impact.

Investigators said the ramp could be closed a couple of hours.

Drivers on westbound I-8 were being diverted to southbound Interstate 5.

<![CDATA[Meningitis Victim's Mother Thrilled About New Vaccine]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:13:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/aaronloyfacebookCROP.jpg

The local mother of a UC Santa Barbara student who contracted meningitis said she is “absolutely thrilled” a vaccine has been approved to treat it, even though it was too late to save her son’s feet.

Carlsbad resident Kirsten Loy doesn’t like to focus on the what if’s.

“I mean, if only we had had that available a year ago, we would have been on it,” she said.

Last November, her son Aaron, a La Costa Canyon graduate and freshman lacrosse player, caught a rare strain of bacterial meningitis during an outbreak at UCSB.

While nearly 500 students on campus were given antibiotics to fight the disease, it had already spread too far in Aaron.

He lost both legs below the knee.

The athlete had contracted the potentially deadly Neisseria meningitis serogroup B strain, which just weeks ago killed San Diego State University freshman Sara Stelzer and hospitalized a student at Palomar Community College.

A vaccine to treat and prevent the illness, widely used in Europe, was only brought to the U.S. during outbreaks, like the one that sickened Princeton students last year.

But on Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration cleared Pfizer’s Trumenba drug to prevent the subtype of meningococcal disease in people ages 10 to 25.

Kirsten Loy said hearing about the vaccine comes as a relief.

"Actually I've been worried about other kids constantly, and I watch the news,” said Kirsten. “To know they can have something to prevent this is amazing, and Aaron will be absolutely thrilled.”

Her son is now back at school, with a new pair of prosthetics.

“He gets up every day with a smile on his face, puts his legs on and just carries on,” his mother said.

Current vaccines only protect against serogroups A, C, Y and W-135, but the addition of the new serum is an important breakthrough, said Dr. Mark Sawyer, a professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego.

“Type B disease makes up somewhere between 30 to 40 percent of the disease we see in adolescent populations, so to have now a vaccine that will cover that is great news,” said Sawyer.

Kirsten told NBC 7 she hopes her son’s story has helped to save others.

“Maybe he was a catalyst to help this vaccination go through. Maybe just a little bit,” she said.

Pfizer said parents interested in getting the Type B vaccine for their children should work with their doctor's offices. They hope to have it available within a few months.

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<![CDATA[UC San Diego Ranks 18th Best University in World]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:22:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/UCSD-Geisel-Library.jpg

San Diego has a lot to be proud of: its world-class weather, world-class zoo and now, a world-class university.

In its global university and college rankings, the U.S. News& World Report named UC San Diego as the 18th best university in the world.

The school was one of just five public universities in the country to make the top 20, and fellow University of California schools UC Berkeley and UCLA ranked #3 and #8, respectively.

UC San Diego got high scores for publications by professors and how frequently their works are studied.

“San Diego is a world-class city with world-class institutions and people are taking notice,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer in a statement. “The City of San Diego is a City of Innovation and that starts with education. Congratulations to the leadership, staff and students at UC San Diego for helping to make our city a top-notch place for learning, innovation and opportunities.”

This is the first year U.S. News & World Report has incorporated universities from other countries in its annual rankings, which weigh doctorates awarded, international collaboration, publications, global and regional research reputation and more.

Harvard University topped the list of 500 institutions from 49 countries.

San Diego State University tied with a Turkish university for the 492nd spot.

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<![CDATA[Divisive Escondido Mayor's Race Heats Up]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:04:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/olga+diaz+vs+sam+abed.jpg In less than a week, Escondido incumbent Mayor Sam Abed will face off against City Councilmember Olga Diaz for the mayoral seat. NBC 7's Gene Cubbison has a look at both candidates on Oct. 29, 2014. ]]> <![CDATA[16-Month-Old Girl Hit, Killed by Truck in Vista]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:13:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/vista+child+struck+1029.jpg

A 16-month-old girl died Wednesday evening after she was hit by a truck in Vista.

California Highway Patrol said the toddler darted into the road just as a Ford F-150 was driving slowly up the hill in the 1300 block of York Drive just after 6 p.m.

The driver struck the girl and immediately came back to the scene, according to CHP Officer Eric Newbury.

"She said she couldn't see anything in the roadway at the time of the collision," said Newbury of the driver. "She said that she felt the thud."

The child was airlifted to Rady Children's Hospital for head trauma, but the CHP later confirmed she died.

Investigators closed two lanes of York Drive as they gathered evidence.

Refresh this page for updates on this developing story.

Ed. Note: Initial information stated the victim was a boy and 7 years old, but CHP corrected it and told NBC 7 the child was a 16-month-old girl.

<![CDATA[Red Cross Fell Short in Sandy, Isaac Response: Report]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:10:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/american-red-cross-operations-center.jpg A new report accuses the American Red Cross of botching key elements in its recovery efforts after Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac. NBC 7's Megan Tevrizian explains the issues are similar to ones that wrecked the Red Cross' local chapter 13 years ago. ]]> <![CDATA[Wounded Warriors Do Stand-Up Comedy]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:15:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/comedy+warriors.jpg

Comedians like Zach Galifianakis, Bob Saget and Lewis Black can make people laugh at just about anything.

This is likely why they signed on to do “Comedy Warriors,” a documentary about five wounded veterans, four men and one woman with a sense of humor on the road to recovery from severe injuries.

But this takes joking around to a whole new level. The idea behind the film is to find something funny about their personal tragedies and share it on stage, says Joe Kashnow, one of the veterans featured in the film.

“Healing through humor, that you can use comedy to overcome the difficult situation you are facing I think is one of the big messages of it. For us, it was a way of talking about our injury and moving on with life,” Kashnow said.

The film takes a closer and serious look at wounded veterans, like Army veteran Kashnow who lost part of his leg in a roadside blast while serving in Iraq in 2003.

He has learned to cope and face the days ahead forever changed by war but still very much the person he was before.

“It helps people see other people with a physical limitation still as a person and not as defined by their injury,” he said.

As much as serving his country in war was at times a frightening ordeal, so is baring your soul and making light of a pivotal moment in your life. The first day of filming, Kashnow said he was was so terrified he hid behind his mic stand.

But this brave veteran soldiered on, and today, he is doing comedy across the country he gave so much to protect.

For more information on the documentary, click here.

<![CDATA[What Would Props 1, 2 Mean for SD?]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:18:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/454716214-drought-san-luis-.jpg Gov. Jerry Brown made an appearance Wednesday at the San Diego Water Authority to push Propositions 1 and 2. He wants voters to pass both bond measures come Election Day. NBC 7's Liberty Zabala tells us what both bonds could mean for San Diegans.

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<![CDATA[App Maps Out Best Trick-or-Treating Spots]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:23:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/iphone_nextdoor+treat+map_2014_alt.jpg

As seasoned trick-or-treaters know, strategy is everything Halloween night.

You want a neighborhood with as many homes as possible giving out those king-sized candy bars. Get in, get out, get that sugar high.

"So if we can get the most bang for our buck with the closest house walking, then that just makes it a lot easier,” said Carlsbad resident Diana Hagerty, who will be spending Halloween with a 2-year-old.

The yards and costumes may be spooky, but for parents, there’s another layer of fear: their children’s safety.

The Nextdoor neighborhood app and website aims to spirit away some of that concern with its Treat Map.

Users can go on and say whether they are offering candy or if their place will be transformed into a haunted house. If the former, the app will place a little candy corn at the address; if the latter, a little, purple haunted house will pop up at the correct spot.

"This is something that when you go onto the map, only people who have been authenticated to live in your neighborhood can see, so you've built up a trust of your community," said Hagerty, an avid user of Nextdoor.

The app verifies neighbors by asking them for a credit card billing address, social security number or postcard sent to your address. That way, each user has to prove they actually live in the area.

So with the candy corns and haunted houses mapped out, parents can plan their routes ahead of time: a nifty time-saving tool if you want to be first to that cauldron of candy.

Hagerty said the app also helps residents keep an eye out for each other, especially if they’re listed as a no trick-or-treating spot.

“Or we've got some people who are across the street. They're not going to be there. We can watch out for them," she said.

Nextdoor only allows users to see participating homes directly in their neighborhood, but for those looking to venture into the eerie night, the app has its Trick-or-Treating Heat Map. It shows hot spots where many homes say they’re giving out the goods.

Here are the top ten trick-or-treating neighborhoods, according to Nextdoor:

1. Santa Fe Hills in San Marcos
2. The Foothills at Carlsbad in San Marcos
3. Park Village in Carlsbad
4. Kensington in San Diego
5. Talmadge in San Diego
6. Rolando Park in San Diego
7. Verrazzano in San Diego
8. Adobe Bluffs in San Diego
9. Waters End in San Diego
10. Carmel Country Highlands in San Diego

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<![CDATA[State Withdraws Placement Proposal for Sex Predator]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:09:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/gary+snavely.jpg

The Department of State Hospitals has withdrawn a proposal to house a sexually violent predator in a Borrego Springs home that’s already occupied.

The withdrawal came Wednesday just hours after NBC 7 asked the agency for an explanation.

The proposal as set forth Tuesday was to place 49-year-old Gary Snavely, a man convicted of molesting two girls under age 10, at a residence in the 3100 block of Club Circle East.

But that residence belongs to Victor Egemo, who just moved in a month ago and had no plans to leave.

“I’m going to be living there for a while,” Egemo said. “This Gary guy, I’m not associated with him. I don’t know this guy.”

Egemo said he had no idea the state wanted to place a sexually violent predator in his home until people started calling and messaging him, concerned for his safety.

NBC 7 contacted the Department of State Hospitals to find out if there had been a mistake. A spokesperson said he’d check into the matter but didn’t provide any answers despite our follow-up attempts.

Then, hours later, the SAFE Task Force issued a news release, stating Snavely will remain in the Coalinga State Hospital in Fresno County and that the public will be notified when another site location is identified.

It’s a huge relief to Egemo, who joked he wasn’t looking for a roommate.

Egemo’s biggest concern was people believing he supported the placement, or worse, mistaking him for Snavely.

Snavely was convicted of molesting two girls in Orange County in 1987.

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<![CDATA[Search Warrants Served Throughout San Diego County]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:25:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/La+Jolla+raid+pic+1029.JPG

Several federal search warrants were served at locations throughout San Diego County on Wednesday morning.

FBI agents were tight-lipped on the reason for serving the search warrants, emphasizing that no arrests have been made.

Warrants were served at a home in the 6400 block of La Jolla Scenic Drive South, where a man answered the door and said he was baffled by the FBI raid.

The man, who’s not the homeowner, declined to comment on what agents were investigating.

The Village Club Card Room in the 400 block of Broadway in Chula Vista also was served, as was the Palomar Casino in North Park. Attempts to reach the Village Club were unsuccessful.

The manager of the Palomar Casino declined comment, but added that he planned to issue a statement soon.

FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth declined to reveal how many warrants were served, but said they were in support of an ongoing criminal investigation.

<![CDATA[14 Charged in Cross-Country Drug Crackdown]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:46:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/cocaine-generic1.jpg

Law enforcement is dismantling a cross-country drug trafficking organization that they say smuggles drugs through San Diego and distributes them across the country.

A federal grand jury indictment charges 14 people with conspiring to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and fentanyl – an opiate more powerful than morphine. Eleven of those suspects were arrested in Southern California, New York and North Carolina Tuesday as local, federal and state law enforcement served a number of search warrants.

During the crackdown, officials also seized firearms, 15 pounds of methamphetamine, 8.8 pounds of cocaine and 2.2 pounds of fentanyl.

The suspected drug traffickers, who prosecutors say have ties to the Sinaloa cartel, imported their illicit products from Mexico, smuggled them into San Diego and used a network in California, North Carolina, New Jersey and New York to send them throughout the U.S., according to an affidavit.

Marketed as a “super high” additive, the rise of fentanyl is most concerning to law enforcement because just a small amount, even a few grains, can prove fatal.

In the medical field, the drug is used as an anesthetic in surgery and is given to people with chronic pain, including end-stage cancer patients.

Deadly doses of fentanyl can be absorbed through the skin just by touching it, according to U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy.

“All of these drugs are dangerous, but fentanyl is particularly troubling because it is lethal in very small quantities,” said Duffy in a release. “We will keep striving to interrupt the supply and keep users from making a tragic mistake.”
The Drug Enforcement Agency has issued a warning to local police departments to look out for “killer heroin,” a 50-50 mix of heroin and fentanyl.

Fentanyl-laced drugs are nicknamed “Bud Light,” “Theraflu,” and “Income Tax.”

The court documents say the trafficking operation as a family one, allegedly led by Corona, California resident Huge Adalberto Adrian Ramirez. His wife Maria Ayala is accused of collecting drug payments in the form of structured deposits into bank accounts under her name. Their son Hugo Norberto-Adrian Jr. and daughter Crystal Adrian are also suspected of playing a part.

New York rapper Sonja Shenelle Holder, known as “Sonja Blade,” was charged alongside another suspect, Paul Dwight Doyley, accused of conspiring to purchase cocaine and fentanyl from Ramirez and his son to distribute it in New Jersey.

The 14 suspects listed in the indictment range in age from 19 to 49 and live in Corona, California; Ontario, California; Huntington Park, California; Booklyn, New York; and Ashbury Park, New Jersey.

Many are being prosecuted in federal court in San Diego, making their first appearances Wednesday.

<![CDATA[Donna Frye: More Victims in Carl DeMaio Scandal]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:24:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Donna+Frye+endorsement.JPG

A familiar face in the San Diego political scene stepped into the fray of the 52nd District Race and raised new questions about recent sexual harassment claims levied against Republican candidate Carl DeMaio.

“What I believe is that there are other victims,” former City Councilmember Donna Frye said Wednesday. Fry was referring to former DeMaio staffer Todd Bosnich’s recent allegations that he was repeatedly sexually harassed by DeMaio while working on his Congressional campaign.

San Diego Police investigated the claims and forwarded the case to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. No charges were filed in that case or in the counter claim made by DeMaio that  Bosnich was responsible for vandalism at a campaign headquarters.

Bosnich continues to stand by his claims.

On Wednesday, Frye offered no specifics on why she thinks there are others only to say: “Based on others I’ve spoken with recently where there is smoke, there’s fire.”

Hours later, DeMaio did his best to focus on job creation, reform and bipartisanship in the remaining days leading up to the election,but instead he was questioned about Frye’s accusations that he would leave council meetings and take credit for the work of others.

“This display is nothing more than a desperate politician who is about to lose his job,” DeMaio said of incumbent, Democrat U.S. Rep. Scott Peters’s decision to host Frye at his campaign headquarters.

Frye stood in front of a Peters-for-Congress sign and relayed how a grocery-store meeting with a constituent led her to urge the public not to vote for DeMaio.

“This is a close race. I don’t want to be responsible for Mr. DeMaio getting any votes from using my names, not one,” she said.

Frye, honored as a “Woman of Courage” for famously exposing former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and his treatment of women,  decided it was time to describe what it was like to serve on the council with DeMaio from 2008 to 2010.

Twice recently, DeMaio has mentioned Frye as an example of his ability to reach across the aisle. She said he’s been creating a false impression of how they worked together.

Frye recalled what she described as DeMaio's tendency to belittle people who don't agree, to take credit for others’ work and to leave council meetings during public comment sessions.

That lack of respect and courtesy is conduct unbecoming of a public servant, she said.

In response, DeMaio said he views his work with the council during the fiscal crisis as a team effort.

“I’m so proud of the fact that we found a city on the brink of bankruptcy and we were able to bring people together,” DeMaio said.

He also said that San Diegans know him to be a reformer.

“I think this campaign is a perfect example of the sort of Congressperson they’re going to see me be in Congress,” he said.

<![CDATA[WiFi, Technology Expanding at Balboa Park ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:15:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Balboa-Park-Generic-Garske.jpg

Balboa Park will soon be one of the largest free WiFi hotspots on the West Coast, according the San Diego Mayor’s Office.

On Wednesday, community leaders announced Balboa Park has received a $1 million grant from the James Irvine Foundation.

The money will go toward technological upgrades at Balboa Park, including doubling the park’s WiFi network to about 250 acres, according to the mayor’s office. The grant will also help create a smartphone app that will lead visitors on a self-guided tour of Balboa Park and enhance the park’s web interface.

The park’s Explorer Pass program will also see upgrades. The park will develop a mobile version of the Explorer Pass and install kiosks around the park where people can buy or renew passes. Passholders get access to 17 park institutions for one year, including San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Natural History Museum and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. The passes cost $199 for families, $129 for adults and $99 for students and seniors.

The Irvine Foundation is a nonprofit organization that gives grants to programs benefiting the arts, democracy and youth in California.

<![CDATA[Man Beat Wife With Dumbbell in Vista, Deputies Say]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:52:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-tape-generic-0311.jpg

A man was arrested Wednesday morning in Vista after sheriff’s deputies say he beat his wife with a dumbbell while she slept.

The incident happened just before 4 a.m. in the 2200 block of Primrose Avenue. Deputies discovered the woman had been beaten in the head and face as she was sleeping, according to a news release from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies said the woman’s husband attacked his wife with both his fists and a 5-pound dumbbell and that several children witnessed the assault. Then, the suspect ran away, deputies said.

The victim was rushed to Palomar Medical Center with injuries that didn’t appear to be life threatening.

The suspect, identified as 40-year-old Octavio Savalza, was arrested about an hour later, in San Marcos, the news release said.

Savalza was booked in the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of attempted murder, felony spousal abuse and felony child endangerment.

<![CDATA[California Orders Risk-Based Ebola Quarantines]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:22:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/STANFORD-EBOLA-VO-okay---00002912.jpg

Anyone arriving in California from an area with an active Ebola outbreak and came into contact with someone who had the deadly virus must be quarantined for 21 days, the state’s Department of Public Health ordered Wednesday, the same day a Stanford doctor decided to put himself in voluntary quarantine after treating Ebola patients in Liberia.

Dr. Colin Bucks is healthy but will remain in isolation for a total of 21 days, San Mateo County health officials said. He is in isolation and avoiding all close contact with others, meaning he is not going to work at Stanford Medical Center, but he is allowed to leave his house to go jogging by himself.

Health officials said Bucks remains healthy, showing no signs of contracting the virus, and continues to take his temperature twice a day.

The California Department of Health released new regulations regarding the Ebola virus Wednesday morning.

How and where affected people will be quarantined will be left to each county’s public health officials, the order said. Anyone traveling from the affected areas will be initially screened by federal officials at the airport.

State officials are informed of anyone meeting the criteria threshold, and local departments will now be asked in turn asked to manage individual cases.

Observation, monitoring and possible restriction of travel and movement can be ordered.

“This tailored approach for each traveler, implemented through partnership between the California Department of Public Health and local health officers, respects the individual circumstances of each traveler while protecting and preserving the public health,” the agency said in a statement.

Currently, active areas include the West African countries of Guinea, Mali, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The order from Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the agency, also makes clear that failure to comply could result in misdemeanor criminal charges.

In Southern California, Riverside County's health department announced Tuesday that two people recently returned from West Africa but said they did not contact any patients and were being monitored for 21 days. They are considered low risk.

Orange County health officials are monitoring two recent travelers as well, according to the Orange County Register.

It’s critical to note, to date, there have been no reported cases of Ebola in California.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[Report: Fixing San Diego County's Roads to Cost $7.2B]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:11:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/pothole-palooza-04-22.jpg

If all the potholes or sections of cracked pavement around San Diego County were added up, a new report suggests the repairs would total $7.2 billion.

The "California Local Streets & Roads Needs Assessment 2014 update is a report with a big name and a big number for San Diego County.

The report looked at the pavement condition for every corner of our county. The two cities with the lowest grades were San Diego and Escondido.

It estimates we would need billions to get roads and bridges up to par. When it comes to streets in need, our county trails only to Los Angeles County.

Highlighting the county's problems is the city of San Diego. After years of deferred maintenance for infrastructure,- the backlog of potholes and crumbling pavement is a continuing issue for drivers.

"It really does do a number on your suspension, truthfully it does on your wheel bearings, tires, everything, it's pretty bad."

City leaders say the current commitment to infrastructure is unprecedented. Fifty percent of all new major revenue will go towards neighborhood repairs. That is estimated to be extra $21 million this fiscal year.

"They're like starting to catch their tail and working on the streets and stuff, but it's still a bad drive getting from point A to point B here in North Park."

Along with roads, storm drains, and sidewalks, the report says nearly one out of four bridges in the county needs repair or replacement.

However, local leaders say that's somewhat misleading. For example, every city bridge is safe to drive on but may not be structurally modern.

What's more: 7.2 billion dollars in total repairs would make everything perfect.

Even locals admit San Diego doesn't need perfection. They'll settle for safe and functional, which these
days is still a high price to pay.

<![CDATA[Fed Building Call for Heightened Security May Include San Diego]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:53:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Skyline-Feb-2014.jpg

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has ordered an increase in security at various federal buildings nationwide in response to general threats. Those threats include last week’s shooting in Ottawa and the continuing threats from ISIS. A statement from Johnson read in part:

“I have directed the Federal Protective Service to enhance its presence and security at various U.S. Government buildings in Washington DC and other major cities and locations around the country. The precise actions we are taking and the precise locations at which we will enhance security is law-enforcement sensitive, will vary and shift from location to location, and will be continually re-evaluated.”

NBC 7 spoke to Professor Eric Frost, the director of San Diego State University’s Homeland Security Graduate Program. His current students include more than a dozen homeland security employees.

“This completely makes sense because of the potential of what could take place especially on days like Veteran's Day,” Frost said. “This also makes sense because ISIS formally came out a number of weeks ago that they'd attack U.S. military and their families.”

In addition to threats by ISIS, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson confirmed in his statement:

“The reasons for this action are self-evident: the continued public calls by terrorist organizations for attacks on the homeland and elsewhere, including law enforcement and other government officials, and the acts of violence targeted at government personnel and installations in Canada and elsewhere recently.”

Frost said the threats may target more than federal buildings, but the DHS can only order such precautions over what it has jurisdiction over. He believes our military may be implementing similar heightened security. NBC 7 reached out to local military officials. We received this response from MCAS Miramar:

"We do not discuss details or specifics with regard to security plans or procedures. We randomly alter our security posture to keep it from being stagnant and predictable."

Frost said there is something we can all do to protect ourselves from these threats.

“Talk to your neighbor, watch each other like neighborhood watch. Pay attention to each other so you help other people.”

Sounds simple but he argued that's what it takes to stand against fear mongering and terrorism and stand up for protecting one another.

<![CDATA[Gov. Jerry Brown Pushes Water Bond in San Diego]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:27:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Jerry-Brown-San-Diego-1029.jpg

California Gov. Jerry Brown stopped in San Diego on a visit to Southern California to talk about a proposed drought-prevention plan.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins among other local lawmakers supported Brown as he urged voters to approve Propositions 1 and 2 on the November ballot.

Prop 1 is a state water bond. Water Districts across the county will compete for the money to use projects that will build facilities to provide water recycling, water storage and protecting water shed. Eleven percent of the funding will go to projects in San Diego, officials said.

Known as the “Rainy Day Fund”, Prop 2 will work to rebuild California finances by saving money when the county is doing well and therefore, protect the state's budget when it has a tough year. It will also use half of this money to pay state debts.

The ballot measures have been approved unanimously by both houses.

Voters will consider the measures on Election Day next Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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<![CDATA[Tech Brings Grandfather's Voice, War Stories Back]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:16:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WWII+audio+2.jpg

A broken record, in spite of what the common phrase suggests, does not play over and over again.

A real broken record does not play at all.

And two broken records is exactly what Matt Skryja is holding in his hands.

"There is a radial crack through both of them," Matt says staring at the light shining through one of the cracks. "They are both unplayable."

Still, thanks to technology developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and being used at the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, Massachusetts, unplayable no longer means unlistenable.

IRENE, as the technology is called, creates a digital map of the surface of old audio recordings, then translates that image into the sound a hypothetical needle would have created had one been able to travel across the record. Over the past decade, IRENE has been used to recover audio from some of the oldest sound recordings in the world.

Matt, however, is more excited about hearing what comes from his, 70-year-old recordings. That's because the voice on the two, 78 rpm records is that of his grandfather, Ray.

"I think I'm going to have to hold my breath," Matt says. "It's going to be emotional."

Lt. Ray Skryja had just returned from serving in the European Theater of World War II in 1944 when he was interviewed by a radio station in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.

The interview was recorded on the two records.

Ray, a bombardier and navigator aboard a B-24 "Liberator," had completed 50 bombing missions over southern Europe before returning home. After the war Ray married, went back to school to become a pharmacist, and eventually moved to the Bay Area.

He died when Matt was just eight-years-old.

Matt says as a boy he was fascinated by all the pictures of his grandfather in uniform he would see in his grandmother's house. He says he would love to flip through them and imagine the adventures Ray had had. 

"When I got older," Matt says, "my curiosity when beyond that. I wanted to know the stories behind the pictures."

So Matt spent years researching Ray's military service. While working as a television reporter in Fresno, Matt even produced a two part series detailing Ray's war years. Matt tracked down and interviewed surviving crew members to get details, still, one voice was always missing.

"The voice of my grandfather," Matt says, "I never had it for those stories that I told."

Which is why Matt was so thrilled, earlier this year, to uncover those 78's. They had been found while cleaning out Matt's grandmother's house in preparation for a move. Matt had heard rumors in the past from family members about the records existence, but assumed they had been lost years ago.

They still were, in a way.

Because of the cracks, even if Matt tracked down an old record player, they couldn't be played. Still, Matt wouldn't give up. Doing research on-line, he learned about IRENE and how it was being used at NEDCC.

He contacted the facility and, excited about the opportunity to preserve history, they agreed to take on his project.

Matt shipped the records east in August and within a matter of weeks, NEDCC sent to him the audio they had recovered.

Matt and his father huddled around a laptop earlier this month to listen to what they had. Through the pops and static one would expect to hear in a recording of such an age, they were able to clearly hear Ray answer the interviewers questions.

Ray, sounding much younger of course than either of the two men remember, recounted details of his postings and his missions overseas. It is clear throughout the interview Ray was being careful not to divulge too much sensitive information, as the war was still going on at the time of the interview.

The interview lasted for more than ten minutes, and while it may not have contained all the stories Matt had longed for years to hear, it was enough to leave a smile on his face.

"This is precious, right?" Matt says. "It's finally nice to be able to hear it, and pass it on." 

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<![CDATA[Woman Shoots Neighbor in Lincoln Park Home ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:36:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Lincoln-Park-Shooting-1029.jpg

A San Diego woman, awakened by her security alarm, grabbed a gun and shot an intruder, a woman who turned out to be her neighbor.

The homeowner was questioned by San Diego police outside her home on Drew View Lane in Lincoln Park Wednesday morning.

It was 2:38 a.m. when police got the call of a possible burglary and shooting in the neighborhood east of Interstate 805 and south of Euclid Avenue.

Officers said the homeowner was asleep when her home’s security system alarm was activated. When the resident went to check out the home, she found another woman who she said she did not know or recognize.

When she told the intruder to leave, the homeowner said the woman was agitated and became verbally abusive, even threatening her.

The homeowner grabbed a handgun and again tried to get the woman to leave. When the intruder refused again, the resident told police she fired her gun.

The intruder was struck in the leg and ran out of the front door of the home leaving behind a trail of blood, police said.

Officers followed the trail and found the intruder collapsed in a yard just a few houses away.

Investigators have not identified either woman but have described the intruder as a 34-year-old woman.

They say she was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Michael Lindsey told NBC 7 he lives with the suspect in a group sober-living home just four doors down from the victim's house.

He said he and his housemates have gone through turmoil with the suspect's sometimes violent temper.

"She attacks, she curses, she uses foul language and makes you feel uncomfortable," said Lindsey.

One official said investigators haven't spoken to the intruder yet so he wasn't sure if the woman was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the shooting. He also said there was no clear motive as to why she was in the home.

The homeowner, who was described as 30 years old, was detained and then released.

Police say the suspect will likely face burglary charges.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Sea Lion in Fishing Gear Tangle Sedated for Rescue]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:47:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sea+lion+neck+injury+rescued.JPG

A sea lion tangled up in fishing gear was rescued using a rarely used method — a sedation dart, according to the SeaWorld rescue team.

The distressed adult female was spotted on the Quivira Basin bait barge in Mission Bay Monday evening, surrounded by fellow sea lions. Fishing line was digging deeply into the back of her neck.

With the permission of the National Marine Fisheries, the federal agency that oversees wild marine mammals, the rescue team injected the 156 ½ pound animal with a sedative.

SeaWorld says it was forced to use sedation because of the mammal’s size and location.

As she relaxed, the team cut the fishing line off her neck and took her to the park’s rescue center as she rehabilitates.

There, caretakers discovered a neck wound above her shoulder blade, but aside from that, she is in good health, they say.

Park workers will monitor her for a few weeks until she is healthy enough to return to the wild.

This is the latest in what SeaWorld says is a disturbing trend of abuse against sea lions, whether intentional or not.

On Sunday, a 10-foot fishing gaff was found lodged in the shoulder of a sea lion in La Jolla – the fourth in a string of similar cases within the last year and a half.

In the past year, at least eight sea lions have been shot and many had to be euthanized, SeaWorld says.

The cases have been reported to the National Marine Fisheries, but a spokesperson for that agency told NBC 7 the incidents are hard to investigate because it is difficult to determine when it happened and who is responsible.

Photo Credit: SeaWorld]]>
<![CDATA[Inside Look at UCSD Ebola Isolation Room]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:20:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ebola+preps+ucsd.JPG The UC Medical Center in Hillcrest has been designated as the hospital to treat Ebola should a case arise in this region. However, on Oct. 28, 2014, a nurses’ union expressed concerns that UCSD isn’t ready for Ebola. NBC 7’s Megan Tevrizian shares new video showing UCSD’s protective suits and isolation room. ]]> <![CDATA[San Marcos Adopts E-Cigarette Ban]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:13:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/e-cigarettes-170298237.jpg

Puffing on an electronic cigarette is now banned wherever regular smoking is prohibited in San Marcos.

The San Marcos City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to become the latest city in the county to power down e-cigarette use.

The council’s decision will amend two ordinances to list the e-cigs, which have a battery-powered vaporizer to produce a sort of steam instead of smoke.

Opponents of so-called “vaping” say e-cigarette manufacturers target their products to minors with high-tech designs, candy and fruit flavors and easy availability. Teen e-cigarette use doubled between 2011 and 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The North Coastal Prevention Coalition says the aerosol from the vapor contains at least ten chemicals on California’s Proposition 65 list of carcinogens and reproductive toxins.

But proponents argue the health risks of e-cigarettes are much lower than those of conventional cigars and cigarettes – though the long-term risks are not known – and the devices act as a safer way to help quit smoking.

San Diego, El Cajon, La Mesa, Poway, Vista, Carlsbad, Coronado and Oceanside are among the county’s other cities to ban vaping where other cigarettes are used are.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Ghostly Flash Mob Performs "Thriller" at SDSU Game]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:19:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sdsu+flash+mob+thriller.JPG

Ghouls, ghosts, Abe Lincoln and an egg (?) rose from the grave to thrill San Diego State baseball spectators this weekend.

Colorfully costumed students took the bases at Tony Gwynn Stadium as the school’s baseball program held its annual Halloween game Sunday.

But horses and sumo wrestlers throwing balls wasn’t the only tricky treat awaiting the on-lookers.

A crowd of zombies crawled onto the pitcher's mound for a surprise “Thriller” flash mob.

With frightening accuracy, the group performed Michael Jackson's classic, creepy choreography, clawing with undead arms just like in the original video.

As the music wrapped up, the eerie spectres fell back to their lifeless forms across the field.

Watch the performance for yourself above.

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<![CDATA[Mogl Gets $11M in Venture Funding]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:41:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/best+of+sd+2012-8.jpg

Mogl, the San Diego-based restaurant loyalty service, received $11 million in venture funding recently, led by existing investors.

The latest VC round included existing investors Avalon Ventures, Sigma Partners, Austin Ventures, Correlation Ventures, as well as angel investors.

The four-year-old startup has arrangements with credit card companies and restaurants. Customers using the Mogl service obtain rebates based on the amount of money they spend at participating restaurants. Customers have the option of keeping the rebates or donating the funds to local food banks.

With the latest round of venture funding, Mogl has attracted about $26 million since its founding. The firm has about 70 employees, said CEO Jon Carder.

 The Business Journal is the premier business publication in San Diego. Every day online and each Monday in print, the Business Journal reports on how local business operate and why businesses leaders make the decisions they do. Every story is a dose of insight into how to run a better, more efficient, more profitable business.

Photo Credit: Vito Di Stefano]]>
<![CDATA[Yellow Fever Mosquitoes Found in SD County]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:35:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Yellow+Fever+Mosquito.jpg

A rare and potentially dangerous mosquito has been found in San Diego County.

Four Aedes aegypti mosquitoes – known as “yellow fever mosquitoes” – were found in offices on Naval Base San Diego, according to county environmental health officials.

Yellow fever mosquitoes are more common on the East Coast but started appearing in California in 2013, officials said. The mosquitoes have recently been found in Commerce and Pico Rivera in Los Angeles County.

Yellow fever mosquitoes are small with black and white stripes. Unlike native California mosquitoes, these insects feed during the day. They can breed almost anywhere there’s standing water, including indoors, according to the county.

The county recommends anyone bitten by a mosquito indoors during the day should report it Vector Control at 858-694-2888.

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can carry yellow fever, chikungunya and dengue fever. All three diseases are rare.

There hasn’t been an outbreak of yellow fever in the United States in more than a century, according to the county. However, there have been two cases of chikungunya and one case of dengue fever diagnosed in San Diego County this year. All three patients had traveled outside the country.

Yellow fever symptoms include fever, chills, severe headache and back pain. The majority of patients will have no symptoms or only minor symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To help prevent mosquito breeding, the county is urging residents to dump out anything that can hold water – such as plant saucers, buckets or wheelbarrows – and report any standing water or dead birds to Vector Control.

Photo Credit: County News Center]]>
<![CDATA[Video Shows Jail's Negligence in Inmate's Death: Atty.]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:53:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Daniel+Sisson+2.jpg

A video allegedly showing jail staff’s negligence was played to the federal jury tasked with deciding if the county of San Diego was negligent in the case of an asthmatic, heroin-withdrawing inmate in their care.

The clip was one of the first pieces of evidence exhibited Tuesday in the case of Daniel Sisson, a 21-year-old heroin addict who died in the Vista Detention Facility in 2011 from asthma asphyxiation.

His family is suing the county and San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, accusing three nurses and two deputies of not following protocol and allowing Sisson’s death.

In June 2011, Sisson, a heroin addict who had seven previous trips to jail, was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for possession of a controlled substance.

His family told NBC 7 from a young age, the Cardiff by the Sea surfer suffered from asthma and a painful arthritic disease, eventually turning from prescription drugs to heroin.

“The last time he went in, we really thought he was going to get sober in there,” said Sisson’s aunt Deanna Russo. “We really thought jail was going to be good for him.”

During opening statements in court Tuesday, the family’s attorney Chris Morris told the jury Sisson started going through a withdrawal shortly after he was taken to jail. The withdrawal triggered an asthma attack, causing him to vomit ten times and slowly asphyxiate.

Morris showed surveillance video from inside the jail which he claims depicts staff being negligent as Sisson died in his cell.

“The video shows the deputies just walking by his cell not really looking in not monitoring not really doing anything not even breaking stride,” Morris said.

But the defense argued there is no evidence as to what jail staff could or could not see, whether it was apparent Sisson was dying.

According to the lawsuit, the family claims the sick man’s cell mate cried for help, but his protestations were not heeded.

Defense attorneys also say Sisson initially failed to disclose he was using illicit drugs and refused care on several occasions.

But Morris argues just hours later, Sisson admitted he was going through a withdrawal, and his asthma alone should have precluded him from being placed in the jail’s general population.

“They should have looked at him like he was a human being, not like he was something they were storing in a cage,” said Russo.

Deputies did not check on Sisson until three hours after he had died, according to the lawsuit.

The family says they hope changes are made in the monitoring of inmates and that the system finds a better way to handle drug addiction so something like this does not happen again.

“These kids are addicts; they’re not criminals. They’re drug addicts, and our system just treats them like trash,” said Russo. “He was our family, he was our baby and he’s gone.”

The trial is set to continue Wednesday.

<![CDATA[Sea Lion Rescued From Fishing Line Tangle]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:11:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sea+lion+neck+injury+rescued.JPG A SeaWorld rescue team worked to free a female sea lion who had fishing line digging deeply into her skin.

Photo Credit: SeaWorld]]>
<![CDATA[Man Suspected in Cold Case Murder Laid to Rest]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:03:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Omari4P1028_1200x675_349170243849.jpg A former San Diego police criminologist was laid to rest on Tuesday. Kevin Brown hanged himself last week after police were closing in on arresting him in a 30-year-old homicide. NBC 7's Omari Fleming reports on Oct. 28, 2014 on the outrage over his death.]]> <![CDATA[Girl, 6, Falls From Second-Story Window]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:26:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/girl+falls+from+window.jpg

A little girl was airlifted to the hospital Tuesday after she tumbled from a second-story window in Oceanside.

A 26-year-old babysitter was in the bathroom when the 6-year-old girl playing near a window fell out in the 1300 block of Buena Street at about 5:45 p.m., according to Oceanside police.

Falling face-first, the child missed the brick wall standing next to the house but landed on the concrete sidewalk.

Emergency crews told police the girl was bleeding from her nose and mouth because of facial injuries and possible fractured bones.

She was flown to Rady Children's Hospital for very significant injuries, though police say they are optimistic she will survive because she was conscious and talking while she was transported.

The incident is a wake up call to the other parents and grandparents in the neighborhood.

“Hopefully she is doing good. She is in the hospital right now, so hopefully she is doing good. It makes us react to our safety in our own home. We're like, wow. Sometimes we can turn around and we are doing something and it just happens in a blink of and eye,” neighbor Jose Hernandez said.

At the time of the fall, the victim's mother was working in Vista.

Police say this was not a case of neglect, so they are investigating it as an accident.

Photo Credit: Dave Summers]]>
<![CDATA[Poway Students Video Chat With Superstar Taylor Swift]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:24:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Taylor+Swift+chat+pic-PIC_0.jpg

A Poway middle school class got an extra special English lesson on Tuesday afternoon: a video chat with mega superstar Taylor Swift.

Shrill choruses of “Hi, Taylor!” filled Tiffany Daher’s classroom once the pop star came on the video screen.

Twin Peaks Middle School was just one of two schools in the United States chosen to chat via Skype. It was part of a Scholastic initiative intended to promote the importance of reading and writing.

The pop star was in New York and chatted simultaneously with Twin Peaks students and fifth graders from Troy, Michigan. A group of students from New York also chatted with Swift (in person).

Swift shared about the books that influenced her songwriting and how writing shaped her career.

“I wouldn’t be a songwriter if it weren’t for books I read as a kid,” Swift told the students. Books “train your imagination to believe more exists than what you can see.”

Responding to questions about her writing, Swift said she grew up writing in a journal, noting that’s how she expressed her emotions.

“Journaling is what made me discover that I loved poetry,” she said.

Daher, a language arts teacher at Twin Peaks, said her class was chosen because of her close involvement with a Scholastic national advisory board.

Her students were brimming with excitement.

“It’s really awesome to do this,” gushed Twin Peaks student Megan Chavez. “I’m excited to see what she thinks of things” and her writing advice.

The full video chat will air here starting at 10 a.m. (PST) Wednesday.

<![CDATA[Protecting Military From Cyber Attacks]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:18:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/178795084.jpg With some 700,000 users, the Navy’s Internet is one of the largest networks in the world. That’s why cyber defense is the topic of a conference this week at SPAWAR in San Diego. Here’s NBC 7 military reporter Bridget Naso.

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<![CDATA[SDUSD Students Not Meeting A-G Requirements]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:29:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/graduation-generic.jpg

A new report finds 41 percent of high school juniors in the San Diego Unified School District are not on track to fulfill certain graduation requirements.

Read the full report here

In 2011, the school board adopted a policy that requires all graduates from the class of 2016 forward to participate and complete a sequence of courses called “A-G” requirements. A-G is just one part of overall graduation requirements, which include physical education classes, computer proficiency and other electives.

The reason behind adopting A-G requirements to ensure all students are provided the opportunity to be college-ready as measured by the University of California and California State systems. It includes two years of history, science and foreign language, three years of mathematics, four years of English, one year of visual arts and one year of an A-G course.

The district report found 59 percent students are on track to fulfill the A-G requirements. Forty-one percent, or 2,841, students are not.

In terms of specific schools, 86 percent of students at Scripps Ranch High School are on track to complete the A-G courses. On the other hand, San Diego High School’s Media Visual and Performing Arts Academy has 14 percent of its juniors on track to do the same.

Andrea Guerrero, Executive Director of Alliance San Diego, said the findings show progress. She said Alliance San Diego and other community partners partnered with the San Diego Unified School District to adopt a policy that brought A-G coursework into alignment with graduation requirements.

“We see this as an important step in the right direction. This is the first opportunity that we’ve had to see what the progress is for the class of 2016, and we now know where the work needs to be done,” Guerrero said.

Guerrero said it's important to have the support and interventions needed to help students make it to the finish line. She said attention needs to be focused on where the poor grades are distributed, what schools and demographics are most affected, and then provide necessary interventions.

“For example, if all the F grades are clumped together in a specific subject area, we need to focus in on that subject area in making sure students get the support and intervention they need and that teachers are getting the professional development they need,” she said.

“A-G” refers to seven subjects labeled A through G required for entrance to the UC and Cal State systems.

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<![CDATA[Tony Gwynn Memorial Freeway Clears Hurdle]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:32:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tlmd_7296559128129.jpg

Baseball hall-of-famer Tony Gwynn could soon be memorialized on a major San Diego freeway.

County supervisors voted on Tuesday to approve $7,500 to purchase signs along a portion of Interstate 15 as the “Tony Gwynn Memorial Freeway.” The state Legislature must now vote on whether or not to support the memorial.

If passed, the signs would be erected on the 15 between Scripps Poway Parkway and Pomerado Road near Poway.

Gwynn, 54, died on June 16 after a long battle with cancer of the salivary gland. He was a longtime Poway resident.

Gwynn played his entire 20-year career with the San Diego Padres and earned the nickname Mr. Padre. To locals, he was also known as “Mr. Poway.”

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<![CDATA[Is Your Electric Bill Lower? Here’s Why ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:51:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/10041891.jpg

Is your current electric bill lower than your last one?

It’s not a mistake. All San Diego Gas and Electric residential customers received a $36.24 credit on their October bill.

Starting this year, Californians will receive automatic “climate credits” on their electricity bills twice a year. The first climate credit was issued in April. Small businesses have been receiving credits every month.

It’s part of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent by 2020. Under Assembly Bill 32, California power plants and major manufactures are charged based on how much pollution they emit. Some of those fees go toward climate change programs, and the rest is given to customers in the form of credits on their electric bills, according to Energy Upgrade California.

All SDG&E households receive the same amount regardless of how much electricity they use, totaling $72.48 a year. Other electric companies in California are offering customers credits between $30 and $40.

The state hopes customers will use the savings to buy energy-efficient home upgrades, such as LED light bulbs, low-flow showerheads and smart thermostats.

Although it’s great to save on an electric bill, there is concern consumers may end up paying for these savings in other ways. Starting next year, fuel distributors will also have to pay pollution permit fees, meaning the price of gas could increase.

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<![CDATA[Google Doodle Celebrates Jonas Salk’s 100th Birthday]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:57:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/jonas+salk+google+doodle.JPG

If you’ve checked out Google’s homepage Tuesday, you may have noticed a special tribute to La Jolla’s most famous doctor: Jonas Salk.

The inventor of the polio vaccine and founder of the Salk Institute in La Jolla would have been 100 today. Salk died in 1995.

The Google doodle gives a nod to his biggest accomplishment, depicting the scientist standing among presumably polio-free children who are holding a “Thank you, Dr. Salk!” sign.

The medical world is remembering Salk for his groundbreaking work battling polio, a viral disease that can attack the nerve cells. After his injectable vaccine came on the market, the U.S. saw a dramatic drop in polio cases in the mid-1950s.

Over the next decades, nations used his vaccine and an oral version of it to nearly eradicate the virus worldwide, though pockets of polio still exist in Afghanistan, Nigeria Pakistan, the Horn of Africa Cameroon and Syria, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say.

With the U.S. almost entirely freed from the disease, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 6, 1985, to be “Jonas Salk Day.”

In the 1960s, Salk established an institute in his name at the campus of UC San Diego. His goal was to “make it possible for biologists and others to work together in a collaborative environment that would encourage them to consider the wider implications of their discoveries for the future of humanity,” according to a spokeswoman for the organization.

The Salk Institute has since worked on potential new therapies and treatments for cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disorders, brain issues and birth defects.

<![CDATA[Teen Arrested in Skateboarder Stabbing in Vista]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:56:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/11PY_VO_VISTA_STABBING_KNSD53AL_1200x675_348241987992.jpg

A 17-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in connection to the stabbing of a fellow teen in Vista on Sunday night.

The 16-year-old boy said he was stabbed after refusing to give the teen his skateboard. However, investigators now say the suspect also confronted the boy about befriending the suspect’s ex-girlfriend.

The boy said he had just picked up dinner and was riding his skateboard home around 9 p.m. when he was confronted, deputies said.

The teenager was found injured on W. East Drive west of N Santa Fe Avenue around 9 p.m. He was taken by ambulance to Palomar Medical Center with a non-life threatening injuries, officials said.

Sheriff’s deputies the victim is in stable condition and is expected to recover from his injuries.

The case will be evaluated by the Juvenile District Attorney’s Office.

<![CDATA[Chula Vista Police Arrest Dozens at Luke Bryan Show]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:24:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sleep-Train-Amphitheatre.jpg

A sweep of the Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Friday netted 41 alcohol-related arrests for Chula Vista police.

Officers conducted the operation during a concert by country singer Luke Bryan, canvasing the theater’s parking lots on the prowl for underage drinkers. They came up with 39 arrests of minors age 17-20 and two other arrests of adults furnishing alcohol to minors.

The penalty for furnishing alcohol to minors is a minimum of $1,000 and 24 hours of community service. A minor in possession of alcohol faces a $250 fine and 24 hours of community service. Both are considered misdemeanors and all those arrested were released with citations.

According to the Chula Vista Police Department, the operation was funded by the California Alcoholic Beverage Control through the department's Grant Assistance Program.

<![CDATA[Sexually Violent Predator May Be Released]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:40:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Gary-Snavely-1028.jpg

A sexually violent predator with a history of violating parole and the rules of the state's conditional release program may be placed in Borrego Springs.

Gary Snavely, 49, was convicted in 1987 of molesting two Orange County girls under 10. He served three years in prison but violated the conditions of his parole and sent back behind bars.

Then, after his release in 1996, the convicted pedophile failed to register as a sex offender. For that offense, Snavely spent 16 months behind bars.

Once designated as a sexually violent predator, he was committed to the state hospital.

When the county approved his request for conditional release in 2008, Snavely was ordered to return to the state hospital after several months for medication misuse according to county officials.

Judge Louis R. Hanoian granted a second petition for release at a hearing in August.

If approved, Snavely will be placed at 3184 Club Circle East #13, Borrego Springs, CA 92004.

A public hearing will be held December 5 at 9:00 a.m. in Department 54 of the San Diego Superior Court downtown for Borrego Springs residents to address the court regarding the proposed release.

Comments will also be accepted until Nov. 10 by emailing sdsafe@sdsheriff.org, calling (858) 495-3619 or sending a written letter to:

SVP Release/SAFE Task Force
9425 Chesapeake Drive
San Diego, CA 92123