<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Mon, 06 Jul 2015 06:51:23 -0700 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 06:51:23 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[SUV Crashes into Tree, Water Pipe]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 06:34:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chris6A0706_1200x675_477989955571.jpg A driver was injured when his SUV crashed into a tree and a water pipe early Monday near Ruffin Road and Waxie Way in Kearny Mesa. NBC 7's Chris Chan reports. ]]> <![CDATA[U.S. Soccer Looking for Paralympic Athletes]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 17:38:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Soccer+Header+Generic+Soccer.jpg

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team clinched a spot for the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

But Coach Stuart Sharp and company aren’t sitting idly by. Instead, they are on the lookout, ready to add some new talent to their roster.

“The next 12 months is going to be an exciting and busy time for the USPNT (U.S. Paralympic National Team). Like any national team we are constantly looking to recruit new talent…Our key focus is now next years’ competition in Brazil and we are going to work hard to make sure we give it our all to represent the U.S.A. with a team to be proud of,” said Coach Sharp.

In order to try out for the USPNT, players must have a background in soccer and either:

  • Been born with cerebral palsy
  • Suffered a traumatic brain injury
  • Have had a stroke

U.S. Soccer is looking for players for the adult team (ages 18-35) and is currently beginning a National Youth team starting at the age of 13.

Players are afforded the same rights as other U.S. Soccer teams. Meaning there is no costs associated with being on the team. Flights, accommodations and Nike sponsored clothing and footwear are provided.

If you are interested email coach Stuart Sharp: ssharp@ussoccer.org, or go to the U.S. Paralympic Soccer webpage at by clicking here.

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<![CDATA[Girl, 7, Killed Crossing Oceanside Street]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 06:46:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/oceanside-fatal-girl-0705.jpg

A family's decision to jaywalk across a busy Oceanside street Saturday cost a child her life, officials said.

The 7-year-old girl was struck and killed on Mission Avenue near Frontier Drive Sunday afternoon around 2 p.m.

Her parents had just taken the children shopping at a nearby swapmeet for one child's birthday presents, police said.

Officers said a Toyota Tundra pick-up truck hit the little girl when she ran into the street ahead of her parents.

Paramedics on scene took the girl to Tri-City Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

Nearby resident Alma Rivera and her family took the mourning father and his other child into their home to help comfort them.

"Even though I don't know that girl. it did hit me hard," she said.

When asked if there was any lesson we could learn from the child's tragic death, Rivera said, "You need to use the light and not just cross."

Oceanside police say the family made the dangerous decision to jay walk across Mission, about 70-yards away from the crosswalk.

The initial investigation revealed DUI was not suspected to be a factor in the crash. The truck's driver will not face charges, officials said.

<![CDATA[Hundreds Help Clean Up San Diego's Shoreline]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 15:00:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SandPro7_0908.jpg Hundreds of volunteers are preparing to cleanup our coast. Beachgoers from the 4th of July holiday left behind lots of trash, so this morning several local groups will help clean up the mess. NBC 7's Diana Guevara reports live. ]]> <![CDATA[Two Injured After Suspected DUI Driver Crashes Car]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 14:32:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/friars+road+i15+crash+web.jpg

Two people suffered serious injuries after a driver suspected of driving under the influence swerved and struck a streetlight pole head-on late Saturday night, police said.

The crash happened at approximately 10:23 p.m. Saturday night on Friars Road near Interstate 15 when a 20-year-old female driver, suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, was driving westbound on Friars Road.

Police said that for an unknown reason, the driver swerved to the right and hit a pole, without braking before her impact.

Her 21-year-old passenger, who was not wearing a seatbelt, suffered major head and chest trauma from the impact.

The driver also suffered major trauma.

Both were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police said they will seek a warrant for the drivers arrest. The Traffic Division is investigating.

<![CDATA[Padres Can't Beat Cardinals Rookie]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 13:59:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/174*120/GettyImages-479481754.jpg

The St. Louis Cardinals have three starting pitchers who sit in the top-10 in National League in Earned Run Average. The Padres faced all three of them in their 4-game series at Busch Stadium and the guy they could not figure out how to solve is a 27-year-old rookie outfielder.

Tommy Pham hit his first career home run in the Cards’ 3-1 win over the Friars on Sunday. Pham accounted for all three of the Cardinals runs. He also had an RBI double off losing pitcher Ian Kennedy. On both the double and the homer he drove in starting pitcher Lance Lynn, who was another big problem for the Padres.

Lynn had two hits, only one fewer than he gave up in 7.0 innings on the mound. Lynn struck out eight and only allowed one run on a Matt Kemp RBI single in the third inning.

Pham is the guy most responsible for the Cardinals splitting the 4-game series. After the Padres took the first two of their 10-game road trip Pham scored both of the St. Louis runs in Saturday’s 2-1 win. If you’re wondering how it took this guy so long to get to the big leagues, the answer is health.

Pham was drafted in 2006 out of high school in Las Vegas. He’s always had a big upside but injuries have slowed his development. Pham has never played more than 114 games in a professional season. Ironically, it’s injuries to Matt Holliday and John Jay that cleared room for Pham to finally contribute in The Show.

For the Padres offense, the last three games have been typically frustrating. Just three hits (all singles) and one run on Sunday. Nine hits (eight singles) and one run on Saturday. Eight hits (six singles) and only two runs on Friday in a game they did win 2-1.

Usually the Padres would be happy to split a 4-game set on the road against the team with the best record in baseball. But when you’ve been struggling and you win the first two, settling for a tie is going to be considered a missed opportunity.

The Friars open a 3-game set in Pittsburgh on Monday night with a good pitching matchup. James Shields takes the mound against A.J. Burnett.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Big Bay Boom Lights Up San Diego Harbor]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 12:34:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/big+bay+boom+2015+2.jpg More than 14,000 pounds of explosives lit up the San Diego Embarcadero during the city's annual Big Bay Boom.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 Staff]]>
<![CDATA[Behind the 'Big Bay Boom' Fireworks]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 12:00:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Greg6p0704_1200x675_477030467678.jpg One man took NBC 7's Greg Bledsoe through the process leading up to San Diego's spectacular Big Bay Boom. ]]> <![CDATA[Suspect, Officer in Shooting ID'd]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 11:22:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Black-Mountain-Ranch-OIS-0703.jpg

San Diego Police have identified the officer and the suspect involved in a shooting Thursday that left the suspect dead after he allegedly tried to charge at the officer with a knife.

24-year San Diego Police veteran Michael Alberts was one of several officers that was called to a condominium complex in the 14600 block of Via Fiesta around 11:40 p.m. to investigate a reported assault among neighbors.

A couple called police to report that a neighbor started yelling at them while they were walking in the area. The couple said the neighbor then threw cigarettes and lit matches towards them, and then kicked one of them.

When officers arrived, they found the victim who said he had been allegedly attacked and kicked by the man who lived in the complex.

Police went to the suspect’s home and knocked on the door. 60-year-old Ton Nguyen of San Diego exited holding a knife -- possibly a large kitchen knife -- the SDPD said. Officers told the man to drop the knife, but he allegedly refused, and charged at one officer and attempted to stab him.

The SDPD said Alberts fired one shot from his service weapon, hitting the suspect in the torso. After Nguyen as down, the officers rendered aid until medics arrived on scene, the police department said.

The suspect was taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital where he died a short time later. 

SDPD Homicide Lt. Paul Rorrison said detectives are now in the process of interviewing neighbors and witnesses and digging into the suspect’s past. Lt. Rorrison said police had been called out to the suspect’s home at least once before this, but he couldn’t elaborate further.

He said police officers did not have body cameras on during this shooting, as the Northwestern Division of the SDPD does not have the cameras on their uniforms yet.

The lieutenant said one other person was home with the suspect at the time of the shooting, but he couldn’t give details on that bystander.

Neighbors told NBC 7 that police had been called to the suspect’s home several times for domestic disputes. One resident said he had allegedly kicked her dog once.

Other neighbors said the suspect was generous and nice, and would share homecooked meals with them.

Lt. Rorrison said the officer is very emotional and shaken up. He is being placed on administrative leave.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information should contact the SDPD Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[One Dead After Car Ripped in Half]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 10:53:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/STRINGER+fallbrook+crash.jpg


One person has died after an early morning crash in Fallbrook that split a car in half, officials said. 

The crash happened at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday morning on State Route 76, just east of Interstate 15. 

One car involved in the crash had to be hosed down after it caught fire and the other car was split in half by the impact.

One of the victims involved was taken to Palomar Hospital and later pronounced dead. 

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash. Officials have not released the identities of those involved. 

<![CDATA[Armed and Dangerous Suspect in Custody]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 06:50:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Homicide-Suspect-4-July-2015-16x9.jpg

A 22-year-old suspect wanted in connection with a homicide in Logan Heights was in custody early Monday, officials said. 

Joseph Henry Garcia is accused of a homicide that occurred on the 3100 block of National Avenue  around 7 p.m. Saturday night, police said. 

Shortly before 7 p.m., police responded to a call of a stabbing and a male down in a house's yard. When they arrived, they found 54-year-old Hermeneglido Parra who had been stabbed multiple times. He was later declared dead at the scene.

The preliminary investigation revealed that during holiday festivities, a fight started between Parra and a family member. Parra was stabbed multiple times and the suspect fled the scene in a car, which was later found in the South Bay. 

Late Sunday, Garcia was arrested at the Otay Mesa Point of Entry, according to San Diego Police.

He's been booked into county jail on one charge of murder, officials said.

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<![CDATA[No Antonio Gates? No Problem For the Chargers]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 21:08:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-459751522.jpg

Now that they won’t have Antonio Gates for the first four games of the season, the Chargers are going to have a huge hole to fill in their offense. Believe it or not, the plug might already be in place and no, it’s not Ladarius Green.

When the Chargers signed wide receiver Stevie Johnson it was met with a collective yawn from the major football media. That’s partly because the deal came on the same day the Cowboys signed defensive end Greg Hardy, touching off a national debate.

But, Johnson’s impact on his new team might be even bigger than Hardy’s.

“I don’t want to guarantee anything,” said Johnson, “but you’ll see a different player, as far as attitude goes. I feel like it’s time to level up and get that respect that I know I should be getting.”

Johnson is no stranger to feeling disrespected. A 7th-round pick from Kentucky, Johnson only played in 16 games his first two seasons with the Buffalo Bills. When he finally got his chance he took advantage of it with three straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

But, he admittedly slacked on his workouts and didn’t do as much as he should have to learn new head coach Doug Marrone’s system in 2013 and his production was cut almost in half.

Before the 2014 season Johnson, a Bay Area native (he attended Angelo Rodriguez High School in Fairfield, CA, just like Chargers defensive back Jason Verrett), was traded to the San Francisco 49ers … where his numbers got even worse. Johnson feels he was misused by the 49ers coaching staff. Now that proverbial chip that was on his shoulder early in his career is back.

“Besides in Buffalo, where it took me a couple of years to play,” said Johnson, “I kind of got that back. Going home to San Francisco and them not playing me how I know I should have and they know, the people around me, the players know I should have been playing … yeah, I definitely feel that fire inside.”

Johnson is the consummate slot receiver. He’s historically been at his best when he’s lined up inside instead of outside. Last year with the Niners Johnson only ran 69 routes from the slot (according to numbers from Pro Football Focus). Most of the slot routes went to Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis.

In 2014 the Chargers main slot receivers were Eddie Royal (86% of his routes came from the slot) and Antonio Gates. Royal is in Chicago and Gates, for the first four games of the year, at least, will be learning how to make a phone call and check on supplements. That leaves a whole lot of slot snaps available for Johnson. But, for possibly the first time in his career, Johnson is not picky about where he plays.

“Now I’m thinking about my team mates. I’m thinking about Keenan (Allen), I’m thinking about Malcom (Floyd) and how versatile they are. You put me wherever and we’ll complement each other. That’s good because I feel like we all feel like we’re the best at something and we’re going to try to prove it, so that’s good for our squad.”

Allen, especially, is another receiver who excels from inside the numbers. So does running back Danny Woodhead. But Chargers head coach Mike McCoy has said multiple times he wants to use his players in the way they’re going to have the most success, so that would suggest Stevie Johnson is going to see a lot of time in his happy place.

“I know what I can do. I don’t need people to talk about it but at this point … it’s about respect now. It’s not about the yards that I have. It’s about going out there and dominating.”

Johnson is known as one of the most creative route runners in the league. His success has come with the likes of Ryan Fitzpatrick and E.J. Manuel at quarterback. Now that he has Philip Rivers to work with, and an extra bit of motivation, there’s no reason to think he can’t help the Bolts bridge the gap until Gates returns.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[How to Enjoy Comic-Con Without a Badge]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 20:25:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/6PR_PKG_COMIC_CON_ANNOU_KNSD6R3V_1200x675_475525187802.jpg

If you don’t have a badge for Comic-Con, don’t worry.

On Wednesday, San Diego’s largest and most celebrated convention celebrating pop culture, comic books and entertainment comes to town and the annual festivities will begin.

Fangirls and fanboys looking left without a badge can still come enjoy the fun from outside the convention center.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Xbox lounge in the Seaport Ballroom in the Grand Manchester Hyatt will be filled with nearly 100 gaming station. Gamers can get their hands on unreleased titles for nearly the entire day, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 

Get ready to pull out your geekier side for the second annual Her Universe “Geek Couture” Fashion Show, where finalists’ designs will walk the runway in front of an esteemed panel of judges at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Harbor Ballroom. The audience and judges will vote to pick a first and second place winner that will go on to develop a collection to be sold at Hot Topic. The show will take place Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Put on your running shoes for "Assassin’s Creed" Experience, a life-size obstacle course built from the upcoming video game "Assassin’s Creed Syndicate". Give the course a run-through or play the game or perform the Leap of Faith for no charge, Thursday through Sunday starting at 10 a.m. and heading into the late afternoon. 

Step into new worlds and new spheres in the FX Fearless Arena from Thursday to Sunday at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Lawn. Live through "American Horror Story", escape vampires in "The Strain"’s virtual reality mission, put on your winter coat for "Fargo"’s blizzard. On Thursday, the area will be there from noon to 6 p.m. On Friday and Saturday it will go from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

From nightly screenings to live-streaming events, this year’s Adult Swim on the Green is back at Comic-Con. Step into the Carnival Midway and The Meatwad Full Dome Experience, feast of daily live-streaming events, nightly screenings and more. The area will be behind the Convention Center from 9:30 a.m. onward all four days. 

Jump into the worlds of some of your favorite pop-culture phenomenon events around the city. NBC’s "Heroes Reborn" and "Blindspot" will be on Fifth Avenue in the Gaslamp Square, Fox Television’s "Scream Queens" will be spread throughout downtown and the "Game of Thrones" Experience the Realm will be across the Omni Hotel. Gamers can head over to the Marriott Marquis & Marina for the Nintendo Video Game Lounge.

Last, but not least, "Conan" bingo - a game and party rolled into one, organizers promise - will take place Wednesday and Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. at an undisclosed location as well as Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. There is a waitlist for the event you can join. 

<![CDATA[Crowds Pack Local Beaches for Holiday Celebrations]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 19:24:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rascon6p0704_1200x675_477008963903.jpg Downtown people are staking out their positions for tonight's big fireworks shows, but it doesn't compare to the beaches, which have been packed since early Saturday morning. NBC 7's Matt Rascon has more on the massive crowds and ramped up security. ]]> <![CDATA[Small Plane Carrying Banner Crashes into Beach]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 16:48:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/KAZ+CANNING+2.jpg A single-engine plane carrying a banner crashed into the Carlsbad coast line.

Photo Credit: Kaz Canning]]>
<![CDATA[Padres Miss Chance(s) To Beat the Cardinals]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:29:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/191*120/GettyImages-479481758.jpg

The Padres had plenty of opportunities to score runs, but failed to take advantage of them. The Cardinals only had a few opportunities to score runs, but did not let chance pass them by. That's how St. Louis beat San Diego 2-1 on Saturday at Busch Stadium.

The Padres had a baserunner in every inning except the first and eighth. They had multiple baserunners in three different innings but failed to score in any of them. They had nine hits in the game ... eight singles and the one where they scored their only run of the afternoon, a solo homer by Yangervis Solarte in the 4th that put the Friars on top 1-0.

But other than that the Padres kept getting themselves in to, then out of scoring opportunities. Take the 6th inning, for example.

Yonder Alonso led off with a single. But then Solarte hit a rocket up the middle that glanced off the glove of Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez and ricocheted to 2nd baseman Kolten Wong, who doubled off Alonso at first because Yonder failed to freeze on a line drive. Justin Upton and Derek Norris followed with 2-out singles, but Will Venable struck out to end the inning.

To recap, the Padres got three hits in one inning and managed to score no runs.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, only had four hits in the game, three of them singles ... but they managed to score the game-winning run without even getting one hit. In the 8th inning Thomas Pham hit a routine ground ball to Alexi Amarista at shortstop. Amarista tried to play it off to his side and didn't get the glove down all the way. The error put Pham at first with nobody out.

That's the kind of breakdown in fundamentals you don't see from consistently winning teams. Pham then stole second base, advanced to third on a ground ball to the right side by Matt Carpenter, and scored on a Jhonny Peralta sacrifice fly to give the Cardinals their 2-1 win.

Missing chances to score runs has been an issue for the Padres for years now, and it continues to hurt them. Either the entire organization, from the top down, needs a shift in its approach at the plate, or they need to find guys who know how to handle at-bats like that. Just look at St. Louis. They seem to have a roster full of them and it's no coincidence the Cardinals own the best record in baseball.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Plane Towing Banner Crashes on Beach, Pilot Uninjured]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 15:11:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/KAZ+CANNING+5.jpg

A single-engine Piper PA18 banner-towing plane has crashed into the beach in Carlsbad, officials said. 

The incident happened around 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon on the 4600 block of Carlsbad Boulevard near Cannon Road when the plane experienced a loss of engine power, FAA Pacific Division Public Affairs Manager Ian Gregor and CHP officials said. 

The plane flipped over and was partially submerged, Gregor said. The 23-year-old pilot, the only person on board, was not injured. A 12-year-old boy was clipped by the plane or nearby debris, officials said, and was taken to Rady Children's Hospital. 

The plane crashed near the warm water jetty, close to a power plant. 

The plane is registered to Air Ads Inc., based out of Gillespie Field in El Cajon. The owner of the plane told NBC7 the pilot had 700 hours of training and the plane had just been serviced and checked out okay.

"This airplane, I inspected no more than last week," said Jim Oakley, the plane's owner. "Changed the oil. Everything was perfect, flew yesterday, everything was fine."

Eyewitness accounts from scene say a person was struck by the plane but officials cannot confirm any injuries or if anyone has been transported yet. 

Witness Cory Vaughn said she first saw the plane’s banner drop about 50 feet from the air before it made a 180 degree turn and crash-landed on the beach.

Photo Credit: Kaz Canning]]>
<![CDATA[FIFA Women's World Cup Finale Viewing Spots ]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:35:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SD-World-Cup-Fan-9.jpg

World Cup fans, rejoice.

As the FIFA Women’s World Cup finale approaches, two downtown locations will hold viewing parties.

On Sunday, the U.S. Women’s team will face off against Japan in the World Cup finale, starting at 4 p.m.

Petco Park’s Park at the Park will hold a public viewing of the finale at 4 p.m. The park will be open to the public throughout the day and discounted parking at the Padres Parkade on 10th Street will be available for the match. Attendees will also be able to buy certain concessions at the park.

The County’s Waterfront Park will also hold a viewing event on Sunday to play the soccer championship match.

Photo Credit: Travis MacKenzie]]>
<![CDATA[Comic-Con Eats & Sips]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:22:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Comic-Con-Eats-1.jpg Inspired by Comic-Con, some downtown San Diego eateries will offer special drinks and snacks for fanboys and fangirls as the pop culture convention takes over the streets from July 9 through July 12, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Crash Closes Part of SR 78 in Both Directions ]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:15:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-stock-breaking-119818994.jpg

A crash at State Route 78 near Cape Horn Avenue in Julian has closed the road in both directions, Caltrans San Diego said. 

The route is located in the city of Julian, they said. 

It is unclear if there are any injuries or when the route will reopen.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 

<![CDATA[Eateries Offer Comic-Comic Eats, Sips]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:23:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Comic-Con-Eats-1.jpg

San Diego Comic-Con International 2015 (SDCC) will take over the streets of downtown next week and some restaurants will offer snacks and sips inspired by the colorful pop culture convention.

For starters, Puesto at The Headquarters at Seaport in downtown San Diego will roll out its “El Héroe” Taco, a surf and turf treat on a handmade tortilla layered with Puesto’s signature crispy melted cheese, fresh lobster, filet mignon and topped with avocado, crispy onions and chipotle superhero salsa.

Puesto will also have "El Mezcalito" on the menu as the specialty taco’s “sidekick,” a margarita with a twist featuring tamarindo, mezcal and fresh lime leaves from Puesto's patio. The taco is $7 while the drink is $10.

Meanwhile, The Blind Burro on J Street in downtown’s East Village has also come up with a special Comic-Con menu for next week.

Cocktails include the “Pop Bam Slam Mule” ($12), a tequila mule topped with blackberry liqueur and an exploding Pop Rocks garnish, and the “Kingslayer Sangria” ($12), a combo of red wine, orange liqueur, blackberry brandy, succulent juices and fresh apples, served in a goblet for all of the “Game of Thrones” fans.

As a nod to the campy “Sharknado” TV flicks, the Blind Burro will also offer “Shark Tacos” ($15): olive oil poached mako shark, queso panela, pickled cabbage, cilantro and roasted peach-chipotle salsa.

Over at Saltbox on 5th Avenue in the Gaslamp Quarter, the “Johnny Drama” cocktail for “Entourage” fans will mix Johnny Walker Black, Benedictine, Demerara, lime, egg white, bitters and mint.

“Game of Thrones” fans will be reminded of the shocking, drama-filled finale with the “For the Watch” drink, a combination of Bols Genever, basil, lemon, and grapefruit bitters over “snow ice” for Jon Snow. Saltbox will offer its Comic-Con menu from July 9-12.

Meanwhile, Jsix on J Street will offer a variety of sips inspired by big screen and comic favorites, both past and present. This includes the “Darth Monkey,” which boasts Monkey Shoulder, Lustau East India Sherry, Carpano Antica Vermouth and Carpano Dry.

There’s also the “Thyme Lord” with Mt. Gay Black Barrel Rum, fresh pineapple juice, fresh orange juice, cream of coconut and a Demerara float on top. “The Punisher” is a shot of Green Chartreuse with an Angostura float.

Now, these are just a few of the food and drink specials in downtown San Diego during Comic-Con. The area is packed with restaurants and bars, so a quick stroll will yield tons of Comic-Con themed options after long day at the San Diego Convention Center. Look for bright signs and Happy Hour specials, and a place to hang up your cape and mask.

<![CDATA[Crowds Line Streets Coronado's Annual 4th of July Parade]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 13:37:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/coronado+4th+of+july+2.jpg Crowds came out to line the streets of Coronado for the city's annual 4th of July parade and festivities. ]]> <![CDATA[La Jolla Task Force Fights for Change]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 13:13:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/La-Jolla-Task-Force.jpg

Tired of drugs, drinking and partying their neighborhood, a group of La Jolla residents have banded together to create a task force aimed at putting an end to those activities and making a difference.

In just five months, members of the task force say they’re already seeing changes in their community, including at Marine Street Beach, a quality spot that’s tucked away, but enjoyed by many.

Though residents say the atmosphere at Marine Street Beach had deteriorated, things there are different now, according to the president of the Barber Track Association of Homeowners task force, David Tacott.

Over the last five months, the group presented its case to the Parks and Beaches Department, La Jolla Town Council and San Diego City Council President Sherri Lightner.

“It’s a work in progress, of course, but overall [we are seeing] the progress that we made [and] the action we created,” said Tacott.

Tacott said the group’s efforts have led to more trash cans at the beach, a lifeguard tower that’s staffed full-time and regular commissioned police officer patrols on the beach.

Beach goers notice the difference, too.

“I would say it is a more intimidating thing because if there are police, no one want to drink or anything,” said visitor Connor O’Neill.

By most accounts the changes have transformed Marine Street Beach from a place to fear at sunset to family-friendly.

“I think everyone is going to have a safer and more sanitary Fourth of July,” said Tacott.

The beach starts where Marine Street dead ends. The only way to access it is via a set of stairs. Before the task force sought change, walking the beach was not part of anyone’s police beat. A new police quad patrol is making the biggest difference there now.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[4th of July Water Safety]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:27:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Diana7a0704_1200x675_476782659615.jpg With nearly 1 million people expected to visit San Diego beaches on the 4th of July weekend, there will be a lot of boats, jet skis, kayaks and paddleboard on Mission Bay. NBC 7’s Diana Guevara speaks with SDPD Officer Jeremy Huff about how to follow the rules and stay safe in the water on this holiday.]]> <![CDATA[Hook, Line and Stinger: Ray Bites, Injures Fisherman]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:17:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/182*120/7-4-2015-StingrayBite.JPG

A fisherman was hurt after being bitten by a stingray he tried to release from his fishing line in Venice Beach overnight Saturday.

He was trying to take the hook out of the fish's mouth when it bit him on the left hand at around midnight, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said.

"He was taking the hook off and... seconds after he felt something, he felt numbness in his left arm," the victim's cousin Victor Reya, who was fishing with him at the time, said.

An emergency call was made after the man was bitten, however it was discovered he had only suffered minor injuries and he elected to take himself to a local hospital.

The stingray's whereabouts are unknown.

Stingrays generally do not attack aggressively or even actively defend themselves when threatened. Instead, their primary reaction is to swim away.

While they are related to sharks, their mouths  are only visible from underneath. They employ their teeth to crush and grind crustaceans, a main source of prey for the fish.

Photo Credit: ANG]]>
<![CDATA[Images: Pearl Harbor Survivors Reunite]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 10:02:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Pearl-Harbor-Reunion-KNSD-3.JPG Two of the oldest known survivors of Pearl Harbor, U.S. veterans Ray Chavez, 103, and Jim Downing, 102, reunited in San Diego on July 3, 2015, more than 74 years after serving together.

Photo Credit: Matt Rascon]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Rips Through La Mesa Apartment Complex]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:45:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rimrock+Fire.jpg

An apartment complex in La Mesa was evacuated and eight people, including a child, were displaced after a raging fire ripped through the building.

Crews responded to the fire in the 8400 block of Buckland Street just after 8:20 p.m. Friday. Heavy smoke and flames were shooting from the building, stemming from two apartment units on the second floor of the two-story complex.

More fire crews were called in to help tackle the flames.

Tenants were evacuated from the complex. Five apartments were impacted by the fire, displacing multiple residents, fire officials said.

Lisa McManamon, who lives in an apartment across from where the fire started, said she spotted the flames through the window of a unit.

"There were flames coming off the stove," she said. "It got big real fast."
Instantly, she ran over to the unit, knocked on the door to alert the tenants, but no one answered. So she went door-to-door to alert other residents of the fire.

That's when tenants started evacuating as crews arrived.

"It went real quick," she said.

Meanwhile, firefighters were urging people to avoid the area for two hours after the fire broke out, so they could knock it down. Crews were able to extinguish it within 20 minutes, Heartland Fire & Rescue officials said.

The American Red Cross is offering assistance to those displaced.

Three apartment units were heavily damaged in the blaze and two more sustained smoke and water damage. There are a total of 12 units in the complex. Investigators are still determining the total damage estimates.

No one was injured. The cause of the blaze is under investigation, Heartland Fire & Rescue said Saturday, but investigators said it started in the kitchen of one of the units and does not appear suspicious in nature.

Photo Credit: Lisa McManamon]]>
<![CDATA[Images: Crowds Fill San Diego's Beaches]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:39:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/184*120/Ocean+Beach+0703.JPG Fourth of July is one of the busiest times for San Diego's beaches. Many beach goers started the holiday early, flocking to the beach on Friday. The outdoor fun continued on the 4th of July on Saturday.

Photo Credit: Jim Grant]]>
<![CDATA[USS Pasadena Welcomed Home to San Diego]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:11:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/USS+Pasadena+1+0703.jpg Friends and family welcomed home submarine USS Pasadena at Naval Base San Diego on Friday afternoon. Navy sailor received lots of hugs and kisses after their six-month deployment.]]> <![CDATA[2 of Oldest Pearl Harbor Survivors Reunite]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 16:31:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Pearl-Harbor-Reunion-KNSD-3.JPG

Two of Pearl Harbor's oldest known survivors, veterans Ray Chavez, 103, and Jim Downing, 102, share an unbreakable bond.

The two met for the first time Friday, sharing the same eyewitness moments and deep memories of the horrific, surprise attack on Pearl Harbor 74 years ago. Still, for Downing, “most of what happened is just as clear as if it were last week.”

Downing, who lives in Colorado Springs, believed he was the oldest survivor of the attack until he read a news article about Chavez, who lives in Poway and is 103 years old.

“Well, I’m not going to check your birth certificate, so I’ll take your word for it”, Downing joked after meeting with Chavez.

Downing was asked to speak during a Fourth of July celebration in San Diego and decided to take the opportunity to meet with Chavez. Each of the men have an incredible story of service and bravery.

In the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 1941, when the waters and skies surrounding Pearl Harbor were still quiet, Quartermaster First Class Chavez and his crew were out on the water.

“We were sweeping restricted water. Nobody was supposed to be there except us” Chavez remembers.

Somewhere near the harbor they spotted a Japanese submarine and immediately notified others. A short time later, another ship bombed and sank the sub and Chavez went back to his Navy housing nearby to sleep.

But it was just a couple of hours later that Chavez’s wife shook him out of a deep sleep. She told him the Japanese were invading and that the “whole harbor was on fire."

“The first thing was surprise. Then I was scared. I thought the next plane would get the right angle, then I was angry,” Downing says of the experience.

Downing was 28 years old at the time and served on the USS West Virginia, though the morning of the attack he wasn’t on board the ship. If he had been he says he wouldn’t be here today.

“The saddest thing I saw that morning was sailors being blown off the ship, come up out of the water, feel the oil on their bodies...and they just became human torches.”

He and the other survivors did their best to defend the harbor but he says the power quickly went out and “they couldn’t even get off one shot.”

“Once the Japanese had sunk our ship they didn't care so all we had to do was fight the fires and take care of the wounded,” Downing says.

But it's what Downing did after the initial attack that’s had more of a lasting impact.

He began memorizing the name tags of the dead and wrote letters to as many of their families as he could to let them know what had happened to their son.

He says it was so “gratifying” that he decided to go to where many of the wounded were being treated and offered to write their families letters also.

Downing and Chavez shared many memories from decades ago. But all of the stories make celebrating the birth of their country so much more meaningful.

The lesson Downing learned from Pearl Harbor is: “Weakness invites aggression...keep America strong.”

Photo Credit: Matt Rascon]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Burns Near San Diego Zoo Safari Park]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:49:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Escondido+fire+0703.jpg

Fire crews on Friday afternoon tackled a 1-acre fire burning vegetation in Escondido northeast of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

The fire came close to homes, but did not threaten any of them. It was reported just after 4 p.m. in the 16700 block of Rockwood Road, about 2.5 miles from the Safari Park.

The blaze was sparked by a homeowner doing welding. He attempted to put out the fire with a bucket of water, but the wind allowed it to grow to 1 acre, fire officials said.

It was brought under control by 6 p.m.

<![CDATA[Illegal Fireworks, Weapons, Drugs Found in Santee]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:26:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san+diego+county+Sheriff+generic+logo.jpg

An illegal “butterfly” knife, a “slingshot” weapon, a shotgun round, a homemade explosive device, illegal fireworks, a starter pistol, a rifle and drugs were uncovered in Santee after deputies served a search warrant Thursday.

Deputies arrested 27-year-old John Roders, 25-year-old Jae Roders and 19-year-old Kae Olson following the sweep of the residence in the 8700 block of Lind Vern Court.

The three face drugs and weapons charges.

The cache at the home also included 22.68 grams of marijuana, 5 grams of cocaine, .17 grams of methamphetamine, nearly 6 grams of heroin and other items used to manufacture controlled substances, deputies said.

The investigation is continuing. Deputies are asking anyone with information to call the sheriff’s department at 858-565-5200.

Photo Credit: San Diego County Sheriff's Dept.]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Weekend a Tourism Boost for San Diego]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:08:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Bay-Generic-Garske-1.jpg

The long holiday weekend will translate into a huge economic boost for San Diego, as thousands of visitors flock here for the beaches, parks and tourist attractions.

Hotel occupancy is at 99 percent and hotel tax revenue is estimated at $2.5 million. Visitors will bring in $70 million for America’s Finest City, according to San Diego Tourism Authority numbers.

Local tourism officials have seen a surge in visitors this year; since the beginning of the year, hotels have seen record occupancy rates.

They credit the ongoing regional tourism marketing in California, Arizona and the Pacific Northwest as well as a boost in international visitors for the high rates.

“We expect to see an uphill climb in the next several years” of international travel here,” said Joe Terzi, CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority.

“A lot of people think it’s all hotel spending,” Terzi said. “But when you think about it, it’s restaurants, it’s attractions, it’s entertainment. It’s all the great things that happen in San Diego. Our arts and cultural community. Everyone really benefits when a tourist comes to town.”

Nearly half of our visitors come from California, Arizona and Nevada, but the Tourism Authority now has a $9 million promotional campaign that extends to Portland, Seattle, Denver and major media markets in Texas.

Plus, the tourism marketing now extends to other countries.
“We’re promoting San Diego on an international basis,” said San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts. “We’re doing it in Europe. We’re doing it in Asia. The Asian tourism is increasing dramatically. We want those people to know about San Diego and we’d love to have them as visitors.”

Tourism is San Diego’s leading industry behind manufacturing and the military. Hotel room taxes go to the city’s general fund, for basic public safety and services spending.

Photo Credit: Monica Garske]]>
<![CDATA[San Diegan Wins $430K in Lottery]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 14:47:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Lotto-Winner-Ranch-Market-0703.jpg

A San Diego resident won close to a half-million dollars in the Mega Millions Lottery and was left completely speechless, triple-checking his ticket in awe.

According to California Lottery officials, Sonier De La Cruz matched five of the six numbers on a ticket he purchased for the June 23 Mega Millions drawing, winning $430,295.

Busy with family visiting from out of town, the lucky winner didn’t check his lotto ticket for more than a week and was in utter shock when he saw those matching numbers on Thursday after scanning his ticket on a Lottery machine.

“I said, ‘Maybe it’s wrong,’ so I checked it three times,” De La Cruz told the California Lottery Office.

But the numbers didn’t lie and the store clerk confirmed it. At that moment, De La Cruz said he “just went quiet,” and couldn’t believe his luck.

The newest lotto winner bought his ticket at Ranch Market at 7330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. in San Diego. The five numbers he matched were 38, 70, 56, 13 and 6.

Lottery officials say De La Cruz now plans to buy a house and says the money will change his life.

“It’s going to make my life a lot easier because I’m not going to have to worry about renting,” he said.

News of the winning ticket had customers excited at Ranch Market on Friday.

This included Julia Donnell, a regular customer at the market.

“I’m shocked. I’m going to go buy one now,” Donnell told NBC 7. “I’ve never bought a ticket here before but now that I know someone won, I’m going to make it a point to get one myself. I’m on it!”

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego/California Lottery]]>
<![CDATA[Final Weekend at the Fair: July 4-5]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 14:09:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sdcountyfair22.jpg

After a month of fried food, rides and concerts, the final weekend of the San Diego County Fair has come. If you haven’t made it to the Del Mar Fairgrounds just yet, there’s still time to bid farewell. Until next year, fair.

Saturday, July 4

4th of July Grandstand Show
7:30 p.m., Heineken Grandstand Stage
Celebrate Independence Day at the fairgrounds with the big Grandstand Show, which begins at 7:30 p.m. with a performance from the Navy Band Southwest. Patriotic fireworks follow at 9 p.m. and after that, patrons can enjoy a stand-up performance from “Saturday Night Live” alum and Emmy winner Dana Carney around 9:30 p.m. Carvey, if you recall, is known for creating hilarious SNL characters including “The Church Lady,” rockstar wannabe Garth of “Wayne’s World” fame and Hans, half of the “we’ll pump you up” bodybuilding duo, Hans and Franz. Unreserved areas (3rd and 5th levels and standing room in front of the stage) are free with paid fair admission. Reserved tickets to this show (2nd and 4th levels and Terrace seating) range between $32 and $42 for children, seniors and adults. Of course, the fair will celebrate Independence Day all day long, too, beginning with a patriotic ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the O’Brien Gate, followed by this jam-packed July 4th events lineup.

Pete Johnson Blues Band
9 p.m., Coor Light Rock-On Stage
This 21+ concert will feature tunes from the Pete Johnson Blues Band playing covers and original blues, R&B and “boogie” jams. This band got together in 2008 and has steadily performed all over San Diego ever since. The group includes Pete Johnson, Cat Jefferson on lead female vocals, Brian O'Keefe on guitar, Mike Santangelo on bass and Diane L'Esperance on keyboard. This show is free with fair admission and there is no reserved seating.

Sunday, July 5

Calibre 50 and Banda Carnaval
7:30 p.m., Del Mar Arena
This regional Mexican quartet from Mazatlán, Sinaloa, specializes in teen-oriented banda-style tunes, heavy on cumbias and romanticas. This concert is free with fair admission in the unreserved standing room area on the Arena floor. Otherwise, reserved seats (Grandstand and Box Seats) range between $16 and $36 for children, seniors and adults.

9 p.m., Coors Light Rock-On Stage
This ZZ Top tribute band will rock the house at this 21+ concert, which is free with fair admission. Enjoy classics like “La Grange” and hits like ‘Legs,” plus spinning fussy guitars, like a true tribute to ZZ Top.

World Pro Wrestling
12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Paddock Green
This Battle of Belts World Championship wrestling event will feature ring stars like The Legendary Honkytonk Man, Former Road Warrior Heinrich, SoCal Crazy, The Ninja and many more. The event is free at the Paddock Green with paid admission into the fair.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Crowds Hit San Diego Beaches]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:43:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SD-4th-Crowds-1.jpg Huge crowds are expected at San Diego beaches over the 4th of July weekend. Many visitors got a head start by heading to the beach on Friday. NBC 7's Liberty Zabala reports on July 3, 2015.

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<![CDATA[Suspect Stabs Man Over Recyclables, Crashes Car]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:26:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Y_VO_RODRIGUEZ_VIGIL_KNSD4562_4MB-032000-585896303.jpg

An argument over recyclables between two men ended with one man stabbing the other and then crashing the victim’s car into a pole, San Diego police confirmed.

The altercation happened around 11:45 p.m. in an alley in the 7900 block of Ivanhoe Avenue in La Jolla. Police said the men got into a verbal dispute over recyclables that quickly turned physical.

At one point, one man pulled out a knife and stabbed the other man on the stomach. The stabbing suspect then got into the victim’s truck and tried to drive away, but crashed into a pole.

Police said the suspect then got out of the truck, jumped into his own car and drove away.

The victim suffered three cuts to his stomach and was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The San Diego Police Department said the suspect was described as a 5-foot-4 man with a medium build, about 32 years old. He was wearing a white short-sleeve shirt and jeans at the time of the assault and drove a 2006 or 2007 model white Nissan Frontier.

The case is under investigation. Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

<![CDATA[$1M Settlement in Alleged Excessive Force Case: Atty.]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:56:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Jeffrey-Guy-Antonio-Martinez-Settlement.jpg

A $1 million settlement has been reached in a case involving a San Diego County Sheriff’s Department deputy accused of using excessive force on a man with Down Syndrome, a law firm announced Friday.

The Basile Law Firm said the San Diego County Board of Supervisors has approved the settlement for the victim, Antonio “Tony” Martinez, who was allegedly illegally detained, beaten, arrested and charged by Deputy Jeffrey Guy.

The settlement was discussed during a closed session on June 23, records show, and finalized on June 25. NBC 7 reached out to the Board of Supervisors Friday for comment on the settlement.

Martinez's attorney, Jude Basile, sent NBC 7 an email in which a  deputy county counsel confirms the County of San Diego will pay the $1 million settlement to the victim. The email does not go into further details about the case.

According to the law firm, the encounter between the deputy and Martinez happened on Postal Way in Vista on Dec. 12, 2012, when the victim was 21 years old.

Martinez, who has Down Syndrome, was walking to his family’s bakery where he worked when Guy pulled up beside him and asked him to stop.

Martinez failed to do so, and that’s when things escalated.

According to a lawsuit filed by the victim’s family in May 2014, Guy began yelling at Martinez and then jumped out of his car, ran into Martinez’s path and doused him in pepper spray.

The lawsuit accuses Guy of then striking Martinez multiple times with a metal baton, taking the young man to the ground. According to the complaint, as Martinez was bloodied and beaten by the deputy, his sisters and other bystanders screamed at the deputy to stop, yelling that Martinez has Down Syndrome.

Guy then handcuffed Martinez and took him to a local hospital for X-rays and evaluation. He had suffered “facial abrasions to his nose and over his eye, and leg, arm and back pain with contusions,” according to the family’s lawsuit.

After the exam, the deputy took Martinez to the Vista Sheriff’s Station.

The Basile Law Firm said Martinez’s father went to the station and asked to see his son. Deputies there allegedly refused to allow this, and Martinez was kept from him family for five hours.

Guy charged Martinez with delaying an officer in the performance of his duties. However, the law firm said that in sworn deposition testimony, Guy and two other members of the sheriff’s department said Guy had no “reasonable suspicion” to stop, detain or use force on Martinez.

The charge against Martinez was dropped the next day.

According to the lawsuit, the sheriff’s department offered the Martinez family a turkey dinner, possibly as a peace offering, the day after Martinez’s beating.

Guy testified that, given the same circumstances, he would do the same thing again.

The deputy involved in this excessive force case was hired by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department in August 2012 – just four months before the incident – and was a probationary employee. Before that, he had been a police officer in San Jose, Calif., for 13 years.

Since the incident, he has become a full-time deputy.

“This case exposed little or no training, policies and procedures for the department to deal with mentally disabled people, hopefully some good will come of this with how the officers recognize and treat disabled people,” said the family’s attorney, Jude Basile.

Before filing the lawsuit last year the Martinez family asked for an admission of wrongdoing from the sheriff’s department, an apology and changes in department policy when dealing with the mentally disabled.

The family also asked for Guy to commit to 100 hours of volunteer work with Special Olympics or the Down Syndrome Society. The family also hoped Guy would be terminated.

The requests were denied, Basile said, and the Martinez family moved forward with the lawsuit.

As part of the settlement, the attorney said the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has agreed that Sheriff Bill Gore will have a meeting with the Martinez family. An email from the office of the San Diego County Counsel confirms Gore will meet with the family and counsel.

Though Martinez has recovered from the injuries sustained in the excessive force incident, Basile said he “still expresses a fear of police.”

NBC 7 has reached out the San Diego County Sheriff's Department for comment on this case.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jude Basile]]>
<![CDATA[Security Ramps Up for 4th of July in San Diego]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:24:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Coast-Guard-4th-Secutiry.jpg

Law enforcement agencies across the United States have ramped up security for the 4th of July holiday and in San Diego, the U.S. Coast Guard, Harbor Police and other officials are prepared.

With half a million people expected to pack into the San Diego Bay for the highly-anticipated “Big Bay Boom” fireworks celebration, there will be a heightened law enforcement presence in the area.

San Diego law enforcement officials are asking anyone who sees anything suspicious on the 4th of July to alert police right away.

“Just report it,” said San Diego Coast Guard Commander Capt. Jonathon Spaner.

“Call the police and let the experts take a look at it,” added Mark Stainbrook, acting Chief of San Diego Harbor Police.

The San Diego Coast Guard and Harbor Police have been working with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force on a security plan for the holiday for months.

As part of the plan, they will put barriers up around the barges that hold fireworks to keep boats away for safety and security purposes.

Harbor Police boats will be patrolling the water, with 70 percent of the agency’s staff working. These boats are equipped with infrared technology that detect heat sources and can travel quickly and cut through large crowds in case of an emergency.

Officials said there will also be security measures in place that aren’t visible to the public.

Though ISIS has urged its supporters to commit attacks on U.S. soil, officials say there is no credible threat to San Diego. But, large crowds in cities like San Diego could be tempting to terrorists, officials said, which is why law enforcement is being extra vigilant.

Capt. Spaner said with security measures in place, the public should be able to enjoy the holiday.

“Go out and have a great time. Be safe. Have a plan – don’t go out by yourself. Enjoy yourself,” he added.

If you see any suspicious activity, call 911, (877) 24-WATCH or channel 16 on marine radio, Capt. Spaner said.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[Architects Named for $250 Million Downtown Project]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:17:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Wong_The_Block_SD_Zephyr_t620.jpg

Zephyr Partners recently named the lead building design and landscape architects for The Block, a $250 million downtown mixed-use project announced last year by the San Diego-based developer.

Officials said the lead architect is Joseph Wong, of Joseph Wong Design Associates in San Diego. Landscape architecture will be overseen by Lifescapes International Inc. of Newport Beach.

Plans for The Block, also known informally as Broadway Block, are currently under review by downtown community planners and Civic San Diego. City documents indicate that the residential and retail project spans the full block bounded by C Street, Broadway, Seventh and Eighth avenues.

The proposal calls for approximately 600 residential units, 22,000 square feet of commercial space and 950 parking spaces in four levels. Those elements would be contained in a 41-story tower and a 21-story tower.

Founded in 2008 by Brad Termini and Dane Chapin, Zephyr Partners announced the acquisition of the 60,000-square-foot downtown site in June 2014, for $21.1 million. Developers said the mixed-use project would involve demolition of several older and underutilized commercial buildings on the site, in an area between downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter and financial district.

Zephyr Partners is also currently at work on projects including The Park, a $100 million, high-end condominium and townhome development in Bankers Hill.

Joseph Wong Design’s local projects have included the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel, the upcoming Broadstone at Makers Quarter apartments, and several other education and hospitality buildings.

Lifescapes International also did recent work on the downtown Hilton, as well as The Fillmore music venue in San Francisco and The Grove retail center in Los Angeles.

Photo Credit: Rendering courtesy of Joseph Wong Design Associates
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<![CDATA[Thousands Without Power in Uptown Communities]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:09:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Generic+Downed+Power+Line+Down+Generic.jpg

Nearly 3,000 residents were without power Friday morning across several uptown San Diego communities after unplanned outages, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) reported.

The power went out for some residents in parts of University Heights, North Park, Normal Heights, Kensington, Talmadge, Chollas Creek and Oak Park just after 5 a.m. Initially, the outages impacted some 6,300 customers across the aforementioned communities.

By 7:55 a.m., that number had been reduced to nearly 3,000 residents remaining without power.

SDG&E crews were called to assess the scene and determine the cause of the power outage. Crews expect to have the power restored between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Photo Credit: Noel Powell, Schaumburg, Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Cool Eats: Snow Cones in San Diego]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:32:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ice-Blast-Shave-Ice.jpg

Shaved ice, snow cones, snowballs. Believe or not, sunny San Diego has plenty of icy blasts – at least the kind served with sweet syrups at local businesses all over the county. Check out this cool round-up of some of the best local spots for sweet snow cones this summer from our friends at Yelp.

Baltimore Snowball (San Marcos & Escondido)
Owners Joe and Loretta bring the best of Baltimore to San Diego with this “snowball” shop and their cool, creative combos can’t be beat. Our favorite is “The Elvis” made with chocolate ice cream, layered with peanut butter, peanut butter sauce and banana snow… then MORE peanut butter and chocolate sauce! Runner-up has to be “The Ocean City Sunset” with flavors of orange, marshmallow, banana, peach and cream. If you’ve never been, you’re missing out.

Sunset Ice Shack (Tierrasanta)
Hawaiian-style shaved ice and ice cream (plus amazing Acai and Chamango, too) keep customers happy at this hidden gem. You’ll find fun tropical tastes like the “Totes Ma Goats” with piña colada and coconut and the “Endless Summer,” the menu’s best-seller, packing a punch of passion fruit and guava. Stop in to get a bit of that island style in your life, and take your temperature down a peg or two.

Ice Blast Shaved Ice (Kearny Mesa)
Fluffy Hawaiian shaved ice is the perfect dessert for a heat wave or after a spicy meal, and here you’ll find all the classic flavors with a fusion of Asian flair. This Kearny Mesa joint stocks a Li Hing (salted plum) powder that you can add to your selections for a sweet and sour tang. You can create any combo of flavors you want here, but the menu board lists suggestions like the “Pretty in Pink,” made with pink lemonade, guava and coconut.

Southern Snoballs (Oceanside)
This North County spot specializes in sweet snow cones served up with Southern hospitality and made with Carlsbad Alkaline water. Patrons also have the option to try the snow cones “NOLA style,” meaning stuffed with ice cream and topped with condensed milk. Locally-owned and a favorite with reviewers, after a day at the beach this is the place to be. Don’t be worries if the line is deep, the snow servers sling their selections with serious speed.

Wahine Kai Shaved Ice (Scripps Ranch)
One of the best places to mix and match new flavors as this place stocks more than 30 flavors at any given time. Here, the ice is shaved super fine for a texture of treat that almost floats in your mouth. If it’s too hot to make hard choices, we suggest the “Dreamcicle,” the “Coco Moco,” or trying your snow cone of choice “Halo Halo style” – mixed with sweet red beans and condensed milk. This neighborhood shop is small, but mighty, so worth waiting your turn.

SnoCal Shaved Ice (Food Truck, various locations)
Go mobile with your frozen dessert and grab a treat from this food truck scooping serious shaved snow satisfaction. The owner’s name is Joe, and, as he puts it, he’s “here to shave your snow.” A trip to Hawaii sparked his business launch and now you can find him bringing the snow to the sand of San Diego. His treats use pure cane sugar and no high fructose corn syrup and the menu boasts a long list of flavors, plus add-ons and toppings like mochi, sour spray, chili powder and Pop Rocks.

Photo Credit: Ice Blast Shaved Ice/Facebook
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<![CDATA[SDPD Cop Shoots, Kills Assault Suspect]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:14:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Black-Mountain-Ranch-OIS-0703-7.jpg A San Diego Police Department officer shot and killed a man in the Black Mountain Ranch community on July 2, 2015. The man was suspected of assaulting a neighbor and allegedly rushed at an officer with a knife, prompting an officer to shoot him.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[SDPD Cop Kills Man Armed With Knife]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 19:48:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Black-Mountain-Ranch-OIS-0703.jpg

A San Diego Police Department (SDPD) officer shot and killed a man armed with a knife in the Black Mountain Ranch community after the man allegedly charged at him Thursday night.

The SDPD said officers were called to a condominium complex in the 14600 block of Via Fiesta around 11:40 p.m. to investigate a reported assault among neighbors.

A couple called police to report that a neighbor started yelling at them while they were walking in the area. The couple said the neighbor then threw cigarettes and lit matches towards them, and then kicked one of them.

When officers arrived, they found the victim who said he had been allegedly attacked and kicked by the man who lived in the complex.

Police went to the suspect’s home and knocked on the door. A 60-year-old man exited holding a knife -- possibly a large kitchen knife -- the SDPD said. Officers told the man to drop the knife, but he allegedly refused, and charged at one officer and attempted to stab him.

The SDPD said one officer fired one shot from his service weapon, hitting the suspect in the torso. After the suspect was down, the officers rendered aid until medics arrived on scene, the police department said.

The suspect was taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital where he died a short time later. His name was not immediately released, as police are working to notify his family.

SDPD Homicide Lt. Paul Rorrison said detectives are now in the process of interviewing neighbors and witnesses and digging into the suspect’s past. Lt. Rorrison said police had been called out to the suspect’s home at least once before this, but he couldn’t elaborate further.

He said police officers did not have body cameras on during this shooting, as the Northwestern Division of the SDPD does not have the cameras on their uniforms yet.

The lieutenant said one other person was home with the suspect at the time of the shooting, but he couldn’t give details on that bystander.

Neighbors told NBC 7 that police had been called to the suspect’s home several times for domestic disputes. One resident said he had allegedly kicked her dog once.

Other neighbors said the suspect was generous and nice, and would share homecooked meals with them.

The SDPD said the officer involved in the deadly shooting is a 24-year veteran of the department. The officer's name was not released. Lt. Rorrison said the officer is very emotional and shaken up. He is being placed on administrative leave.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information should contact the SDPD Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[SoCal Man Mowing Lawn Hit by Suspected Drunk Driver]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 09:48:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Lawn+mower+crash+0702.JPG

A man mowing his lawn in Chula Vista Thursday night was hit by a driver who may have been intoxicated, police said.

The Southern California man and the driver, both not yet identified, were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

Police said the motorist was driving a black Ford Focus when he lost control of the car, hit an electrical box, plowed through a fence and then hit the man.

Firefighters had to extricate the driver from the car using the Jaws of Life. The area of Fifth Avenue in Chula Vista, about 10 miles from downtown San Diego, was closed after the incident.

Thursday evening, a crumpled lawn mower was seen near the damaged car. The victim's flip-flops were thrown across the lawn.

The victim was taken to UCSD Medical Center and admitted into the ICU. He was seriously injured but responsive as of 11 p.m., officials said.

Police said the driver may have been driving under the influence of alcohol, though the crash remains under investigation.

One neighbor, who did not want to be identified, told NBC 7 she heard the loud crash and immediately ran over to help the victim.

“He had to have flown pretty far because it looked like he was here opening his side gate while he was mowing his lawn, putting his lawnmower in, and he was found all the way at the other corner of the block,” she explained. “He did fly quite a bit.”

Neighbors said the man mowing his lawn is a well-known realtor in the community.

Photo Credit: Doug Aguillard]]>
<![CDATA[Ex-Doctor Who Strangled Wife Paroled After 15 Years]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 09:24:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Harvey+Jacobs+web+img-PIC_0.jpg

A former doctor who claimed his wife choked to death on a lemon pastry -- but was convicted in her killing 15 years ago -- has been granted parole.

Harvey Jacobs was convicted in 2000 of second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Nadine Loucks, in Carmel Mountain Ranch. He was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

A state parole board granted him release, but scheduled subsequent meetings to further discuss his parole.

If the decision is upheld by the board, it will head to Gov. Jerry Brown’s office for approval.

Jacobs was convicted of beating and strangling his wife. During his trial, he maintained that his wife choked to death on a lemon pastry during a bulimic eating frenzy, according to published reports at the time.

Medical experts testified that her injuries were caused by another person and that it appeared someone else tried to cover it up by stuffing pastry down her throat.

The San Diego Union Tribune has reported that Jacobs has since changed his story, now saying he became enraged after his wife said cruel things about him.

<![CDATA[Bandit Robs La Mesa Bank in Dress Shirt, Skinny Tie]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:15:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/La+Mesa+bank+bandit+0702.JPG Suspects in area bank robberies - caught in the act on camera. ]]> <![CDATA[Poway Dumps 550K Gallons of Water After It Goes 'Bad']]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:38:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Blue+Crystal+Reservoir+0702.JPG

The city of Poway recently dumped 550,000 gallons of drinking water from a reservoir tank into a canyon because the water inside the tank went bad.

“Into the canyon, yeah. And it pains me,” said Poway Mayor Steve Vaus.

Vaus said the city is a victim of its water conservation success after the water went "bad." Poway topped the county in water conservation in May with a 45-percent reduction. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, that meant the water in the Blue Crystal reservoir wasn’t used and sat stagnant.

The water eventually exceeded state limits for chloramines.

“But here’s the thing,” said Vaus. “I’d much rather be standing here talking about having to dump a half million gallons of water than talking about people getting sick from drinking water that wasn’t safe.”

The reservoir serves a small group of residents on the eastern edge of Poway, west of Highway 67.

Many homeowners have their own tanks that draw from wells on their property. Some residents wondered why the water wasn’t used for irrigation or even taken back to the Lake Poway treatment facility. Vaus said it would have taken about 100 trips for a tanker truck and it just wasn’t feasible.

Vaus said in the big picture it was a relatively small amount of water – 2/100ths of 1 percent of what Poway used last year. The approximate cost of the water is $2,000.

Moving forward, city officials say they will take a close look at how to prevent the problem from happening again.

“We can’t get too low because we need it for fire protection, yet folks there aren’t using as much because we’re asking them to conserve. So combine with the heat and it, just pains me,” said Vaus.