<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usSat, 10 Dec 2016 08:47:48 -0800Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:47:48 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Dies at Sunset Cliffs After 50-Foot Fall]]> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:34:51 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sunset-Cliffs-1210.jpg

A man died on the beach Friday night after tumbling at least 50 feet down Sunset Cliffs, officials confirmed. 

At around 10:45 p.m., the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) was called to the 700 block of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard to investigate reports of a person down the cliffs.

Firefighters scaled down the cliffs and, on the beach below, discovered a man dead at the base. Emergency crews tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead on the beach, the SDFD said.

Details on what led to the man’s tumble down the cliffs are unclear. San Diego Lifeguards told NBC 7 he fell at least 50 feet down onto the beach below.

On Saturday morning, the San Diego Police Department said the incident was under investigation, with officials looking into several possibilities, including if the man fell, jumped or was pushed. Police said it does not appear that the man experienced any sort of medical emergency before the plunge. It is unknown, at this point, if he was alone or with friends.

Rescue crews are called out to Sunset Cliffs for rescues several times a year for people who fall down the cliffs. Clear signs are posted along the area warning people of the danger of the unstable terrain and telling them to stay back.

Photo Credit: Ramon Galindo/NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[Oceanside Police Officers Lift Car off of 52-Year Old Woman]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:39:24 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Oceanside+police+officer+lift+car+off+of+woman.JPG

A local woman survived the crushing weight of a car after she was pinned underneath it, thanks to the efforts of a few Oceanside Police officers.

The incident happened in front of Nancy Nelson's home on Mountain Vista Way in Oceanside around 9 a.m. on November 28.

Nelson says her left leg from her thigh to her pelvis is numb after her more than 3,000 pound Mitsubishi Galant pinned her to the ground and parked on her pelvis.

“The pain was excruciating, I was screaming," Nelson told NBC 7.

The car rolled over her when she accidentally left it in gear and stepped out to close the garage door to her Oceanside home.

Neighbor Al Pappalardo said he remembers hearing someone yelling, “Help me! Help me!”

He was one of the several neighbors who tried to help the 52-year-old woman pinned beneath the front driver’s side tire of her car.

“The four of us attempted to get on the side she was on and lift vehicle off her, but there was no way," said Pappalardo.

That was until Oceanside police arrived on scene.

Nelson said she was writhing in pain beneath the car but remembers the officers lifting the car off of her.

“He looked like he was Ironman. I mean, I thought this man is a god," Nelson said, speaking of Sgt. John McKean.

McKean and his partner, Officer Tom Cahill were able to lift Nelson's Mitsubishi with her neighbors help just enough to ease her pain.

Outside the Oceanside Police Department he showed us on a different car how he got by the wheel well and his partner Tom Cahill got in the middle of the car and were able to lift Nancy’s Mitsubishi, with neighbors help—just enough to ease her pain.

"We were probably there a good seven minutes trying to hold the car up,” McKean said. “She was yelling at us 'Please don’t let it down. Please don’t let it down'."

“I could feel the car getting heavier and heavier,” said Cahill. “I asked someone to get a jack.”

Once two more officers arrived, the group were finally able to lift the car high enough to pull Nelson to safety.

She says she’s forever grateful but the officers told us, they were just happy to help.

Nelson is going through physical therapy and has to use a walker but she did not suffer any broken bones. 

She works as a massage therapist and says she will give free lifetime massages for the officers if they are ever in need.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Soccer Standout, 10, Diagnosed With Brain Tumor]]> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:47:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/george+olvera.jpg

A 10-year-old soccer player from San Diego's South Bay, diagnosed with a brain tumor, is getting a helping hand from his teammates to get him back on the field.

George Olvera was a standout student and soccer player for the Atlante Futbol Club in Imperial Beach. Today, he's not on the soccer field, he's in a hospital bed.

A recent eye check-up unveiled that George had a rare brain tumor, his family said. The boy has spent the past two weeks at Rady Children's Hospital, recovering from two surgeries.

“They told me I had something wrong with my eye and then they sent me to take some photos,” George told NBC 7. “Next day and next day they took whole photo of my body and said I have a brain tumor.”

George is now bound to a wheelchair after losing motor skills on the left side of his body.

He says that soccer means a lot to him and it hurts that he can’t be on the field anymore.

"His first question was ‘Gramma when am I going back to school? When am I going back to soccer?’” his grandmother, Martha Flores, told NBC 7. “I say, ‘Honey, I don’t have answer for that.”

"[I want] to get out of the hospital as soon as possible," George said, fighting back tears. "To play."

Flores said the boy's family was informed that George’s recovery would take a year but now they are being told it might be over a year.

“I have a smart little boy, an active little boy so it’s breaking my heart and all the family,” Flores said.

Cesar Ramirez, the Coach for Atlante Futbol Club and the team started a GoFundMe page to help pay for future medical expenses for the player.

“His teammates want to see him back out there,” Ramirez said.

“Our team is a family. When one hurts, we all hurt, that's the way I see it on field. One of kids needs help, I try to do as much as I can for them,” he added.

George said he appreciates the love and support from his teammates.

"I love them with all my heart," the boy said, crying.

To donate to George's recovery, click here.

<![CDATA[City of Lemon Grove Holds Community Workshop]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:16:47 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/lemon+grove.PNG

The City of Lemon Grove will hold a community workshop Saturday designed to make downtown an even better place to live and work.

The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Lemon Grove Recreation Center and will cover topics such as land use, urban design and art and business development.

Part of the Downtown Village Specific Plan Expansion, the workshop will include refreshments, childcare and Spanish translation services.

Those interested can RSVP here.

<![CDATA[Deputy Ken Collier Neighborhood Park Opens Saturday]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:23:43 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ken+collier+plaque.jpg

A new Santee park named after a San Diego Sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty is opening to the public this weekend.

The City of Santee announced in July that it was naming Deputy Ken Collier Neighborhood Park after Sheriff Kenneth James Collier who was killed on Feb. 28, 2010 when his cruiser went off the side of State Route 52 as he chased a DUI suspect driving against oncoming traffic.

Members of the law enforcement community, local residents and Santee city leaders will introduce the half-acre park at a grand opening ceremony on Saturday at 10 a.m. The park is nestled against SR 52 at 9127 Via de Cristina north of Prospect Avenue.

Park amenities include a playground structure, benches, a covered picnic area, interactive bikeway, half basketball court and outdoor fitness equipment.

Several environmentally-friendly features were also implemented into the park’s design like drought tolerant plants, a low-evaporation watering system, and a solar-powered overhead light.

The park’s $1.2 million price tag was partially offset by the city with state and local grants totaling $321,000, and a County Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Grant of $64,413.

Photo Credit: San Diego County Sheriff's Department]]>
<![CDATA[American Legion National Commander to Visit San Diego]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:29:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/american+legion.PNG

The National Commander of the American Legion will speak at several events in San Diego Saturday.

Charles E. Schmidt will start his San Diego tour at 10:30 in the morning for a brunch at the Albert J. Hickman Post 460 located at 7815 Armour Street in San Diego.

He will then watch the Army vs Navy football game at 12:15 p.m. at the San Dieguito Encinitas Post at 416 at 210 West F. Street.

Finally he will attend a Christmas Dinner Ceremony at the Larry E. Homberg Post 731 located at 7245 Linda Vista Road in Linda Vista starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are available and people who want to attend are encouraged to RSVP.

These events are open to all military, honorably discharged veterans and invited guest. Congressional Members, Commanding Officers and Public Service teams are strongly encouraged to attend.

For more information, people can contact the American Legion Public Relations Team at (760) 908-3550 or email public.relations@calegionpost416.org regarding membership.

The American Legion has 2.2 million members and was created in Paris after World War I as a wartime veteran's organization. 

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[North County High School Installs Exercise Bikes in Library ]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:37:11 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/exercise+bikes1.PNG

Westview High School in the Poway Unified School District just installed two “Fit Desk” stationary bikes to help students studying for exams cope with the stress. Students can read or write while still exercising.

The Westview Foundation approved the idea after it was pitched by the school’s librarian.

She was inspired to bring the bikes to campus after hearing about colleges around the country installing them.

Photo Credit: NBC 7
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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Injured After Being Hit by a Vehicle in Miramar]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:35:42 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Generic+Police+Tape+Generic+NJ.JPG

A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries in a crash Friday night in Miramar, the San Diego Police Department confirmed.

The crash happened at approximately 5:11 p.m. on Camino Santa Fe and Rasha Street.

Police say the motorcyclist was coming out of a driveway when a vehicle crashed into the bike. 

The driver of the vehicle did stay on scene.

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 

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<![CDATA[When Medication and Alcohol Don't Mix]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:13:04 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Pills+Medicine+generic.jpg

‘Tis the season for lots of eating and drinking.

But here’s a warning: Drinking even a little alcohol when you’re taking certain prescription and over-the-counter drugs can be a health hazard. Some drugs taken with alcohol can make the alcohol more potent. In other cases, taking medication while drinking can actually increase its effect or cause potentially harmful side effects.

For example: anti-anxiety drugs like Valium or Ativan. Taking them with alcohol can cause dizziness, drowsiness, or very slow breathing, and doing so increases the risk of an overdose. And the same goes for opioids like Vicodin, Percocet, and Demerol. 

Mixing alcohol and antibiotics such as azithromycin can cause nausea and vomiting. And drinking alcohol while taking doxycycline can reduce the drug’s ability to fight infection.

Many over-the-counter drugs can also interact with alcohol. Some antihistamines like Dimetapp, Zyrtec, and Benadryl Allergy can cause increased drowsiness when taken with alcohol. Even common pain relievers like Advil or Tylenol can be dangerous when taken with too many drinks. The health risks can increase when people take more than one medication. 

Blood pressure medicine can cause various heart problems when taken with alcohol. And if you’re on the blood thinner Coumadin and have more than 3 drinks, it could increase the risk of a stroke. So if you’re on medication, think twice before you reach for that drink.

Consumer Reports recommends that if you are taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs, ask your doctor or pharmacist about drinking.

Photo Credit: Consumer Bob]]>
<![CDATA[Holiday Coffee Packed with Calories]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:38:04 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/coffee+cup+generic.jpg

McDonald’s Peppermint Mocha looks yummy, but 16 ounces has more than 400 calories, 8 grams of saturated fat, and 13 teaspoons of sugars.

Starbucks’ Gingerbread Frappuccino blended beverage isn’t any better—with whipped cream and whole milk, 16 ounces has 370 calories, which includes 15 teaspoons of sugars and 9 grams of saturated fat.

Holiday coffee drinks are a surprising source of saturated fat. In the ones Consumer Reports looked at, the saturated-fat content ranged from about 22 percent to almost 100 percent of what you should have in an entire day.

But don’t despair.

Simply ordering a smaller size and substituting skim milk takes a huge bite out of the fat and sugar content of all the holiday drinks Consumer Reports analyzed.

For instance, choosing the smaller Starbucks Gingerbread Frappuccino with skim milk saves you 110 calories, 4 grams of saturated fat, and 3½ teaspoons of sugars. Choosing the smaller Dunkin’ Donuts Salted Caramel Swirl Hot Latte with skim milk saves you 170 calories, 5 grams of saturated fat, and about 4 teaspoons of sugars.

No matter where you get your drink, one easy way to cut fat and calories is to simply skip the whipped cream.

With the Starbucks Gingerbread Frappuccino Blended beverage, even with whole milk, you’ll knock 100 calories off the medium size and bring the saturated fat down to a reasonable level of 7 percent of what’s recommended you consume every day.

Another tip: Reduce or switch the syrup that flavors the drinks. Some franchises offer artificially sweetened syrups, which will cut down significantly on the calories in the drink.

Photo Credit: Consumer Bob]]>
<![CDATA[ Border Patrol Rescues Undocumented Man Lost in Mountains ]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:49:20 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-165280529-border-patrol-generic.jpg

Border Patrol agents at the El Centro Sector rescued a 39-year-old man lost in the mountains west of Ocotillo Friday.

California Highway Patrol was able to find the man’s coordinates after he reported being lost about half a mile north of the Mexican border fence. Border Patrol agents were dispatched to the area and the man was located around 12:40 p.m.

The man, who was an undocumented El Salvadorian national, appeared to be in good health and declined medical attention. He was arrested and transported to the El Centro Station for further investigation.

“Our agents did an outstanding job on this rescue. This is a prime example of the level of vigilance and compassion Border Patrol agents display routinely while serving the American public,” said Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim.

The man will be processed for removal proceedings. This is the fifth reported rescue attributed to the El Centro Sector Border Patrol since October 1 this year.

Photo Credit: Toronto Star via Getty Images/File]]>
<![CDATA[Two Vehicle Crash Reported in La Mesa: PD]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:01:57 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/12-09-16+La+Mesa+Crash.JPG

At least two vehicles were involved in a crash in La Mesa Friday night, the La Mesa Police Department confirmed.

The crash happened at approximately 4:25 p.m. on Grossmont Boulevard.

One person complained of pain but the extent of injuries is unkown.

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Late Addition to Chargers Injury Report]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:42:16 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/186*120/Orlando+Franklin+High+Fives.JPG

The Chargers injury report for Sunday’s game against the Panthers in Carolina is strikingly short.

Sure, it might be due to the fact half their original starting lineups are already out for the season (only a slight exaggeration). But of the guys available they are about as healthy as they can be.

Only cornerback Brandon Flowers, who has not been able to practice after suffering a concussion against the Dolphins four weeks ago, has been ruled out.

The only players who are questionable to play are linebacker Jatavis Brown, who has been healing from a knee injury, and left guard Orlando Franklin, who was just added to the report on Friday with a knee injury believed to have been sustained in practice.

Everyone else is expected to be available for the Bolts as they try to preserve their chance at a winning season.

On the other side the Panthers get one of the best players in the NFL back. Linebacker Luke Kuechly has missed two games with a concussion but, barring a setback over the weekend, he is expected to start against the Chargers on Sunday.

The 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year is one of the most dynamic defensive playmakers in the league and should help a Carolina defense that has struggled to defend tight ends this season. Of course with receiving threats like Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry on the field the Chargers try to use their tight ends as often as possible.

<![CDATA[Trump Softening Stance on Undocumented Immigrants]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:08:24 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16343084855930.jpg

President-elect Donald Trump is apparently softening his stance on immigration.

But some, like Itzel Guillen aren't buying it.

Guillen, 22, is a senior at San Diego State University majoring in Political Science. She was born in Mexico City, and brought to the U.S., illegally, when she was four-years old.

Guillen currently has legal status through the federal DACA program established by President Obama in 2012.

But during the presidential election campaign, Trump vowed to abolish the program, which provides temporary legal status for certain undocumented young people.

This week, President-elect Trump appeared to be softening his stance when he told Time Magazine he would "work something out" with DACA participants.

But Guillen isn’t quite convinced.

“For a lack of a better word, he was very hateful,” said Guillen. “His words can now be a reality. So in the immigrant community there’s a pretty big fear about what could happen in the next four years. Just because he seemed to be softening up, I don’t think that changes a lot of the fear that he’s already ignited.”

But attorney Dean Broyles with the National Center for Law & Policy sees things differently. He says Trump is showing understanding and compassion by softening his position. Broyles doesn’t feel the DACA program is a priority in Trump’s immigration reform plan.

“I think he’s listening to people and rethinking a position when it may not have been well thought through in the first place is a good idea,” said Broyles.

Guillen works at Alliance San Diego, an organization that provides legal resources to immigrants. She says she’s still fearful, but the debate has forced the immigrant community to unite, and is encouraging people to seek out advice and guidance on the issue.

Photo Credit: Gerry Broome]]>
<![CDATA[Man Accused in Fatal DUI Pleads Not Guilty]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:59:27 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/12-09-16+Ramirez+arraignment.JPG

The man accused of hitting and killing a homeless man in Chula Vista pleaded not guilty in court Friday.

Nicholas Ramirez, 28, has previously been arrested for four DUIs. He is facing first degree murder charges and vehicular manslaughter charges for the death of 65-year old William Gerling.

The crash happened on Sunday, Dec. 4 at approximately 6:46 p.m. near the intersection of Orange and Third avenues.

According to the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD), Ramirez had been involved in two minor collisions in a parking lot of a bar. Witnesses reported that after someone confronted him, Ramirez drove off.

His vehicle jumped the curb and then crashed into a bus stop bench where Gerling had been resting.

Gerling suffered an amputated leg during the crash and was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

“It’s actually very disheartening because obviously, you know, the first time he didn’t learn...he had the opportunity, 6-7 years ago to you know, get his life back on track," said Deputy District Attorney Cally Bright. 

Ramirez had two DUIs in 2009—in one incident, he slammed into four cars.

"To pick up two DUI’s with such high blood alcohol levels all within the same year—obviously there was some issues going on and it’s sad to me that he didn’t learn from that," Bright said. "And here we are, 7 years later and someone’s died as a result of his actions.”

His bail was set at $2 million and he is set to appear in court again on April 13, 2017.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Chula Vista Woman Reunites With Officers Who Saved Her Life]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:47:58 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Woman+thanks+officers+1209.JPG

Anna Krone nearly lost her life when a drunk driver plowed into her as she was standing outside her home in Chula Vista.

She lost both her legs. But she didn’t lose her spirit.

This week, she met with the two Chula Vista police officers she credits for saving her life.

In the Nov. 20 crash on Montclair Street, Officers Curtis Chancellor and Casey Rose provided tourniquets to both Krone’s legs to prevent her from bleeding to death.

She recalled how they comforted her as they waited for firefighters and paramedics to arrive at the crash scene.

She remembered the pain and fear she felt, but also how tightly the officers held her hand.

“The best thing was his hand,” she said of one of the officers. “His hand was the most comforting.”

“He said, ‘You’re in good hands. That’s the best thing to hear,” she said.

Krone said that even with the loss, she has a lot to be grateful for.

“I have my sister, my family, my friends and my kids,” she said.

Now, she and the officers will share a bond for life.

“They saved my life. What do you say when they saved your life?”

Photo Credit: Mark Sackett]]>
<![CDATA[Car Crashes Onto Sidewalk, Rolls Over in El Cajon]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:41:55 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/12-09-16+El+Cajon+Car+Crash.jpg

A car appeared to have driven up onto a sidewalk, crashing into a metal box and then rolled over Friday in El Cajon.

According to Heartland Fire Department, the crash occurred at approximately 3:09 p.m. on Mollison Avenue and Broadway in El Cajon.

Fire officials say one person was involved in the crash and did not suffer any injuries.

No other information was available.

Photo Credit: Heartland Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[Timeline of Jahi Turner Missing Child Case]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:25:23 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/knsd-jahi-turner-missing.jpg

A timeline of events for the days before Jahi Turner was reported missing in a South Park playground near San Diego.

Monday, April 22, 2002

5:30 a.m.: Jahi Turner's mother Tameka Turner leaves for work aboard USS Rushmore

Noon to 2 p.m.: Neighbor Casey Jo Harris sees Jahi Turner playing in military housing complex playground.

Monday night: Jahi Turner pees the bed, according to Tieray Jones

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

11 a.m.: Tameka Turner calls and speaks with Jahi but said he sounds distracted. Jones tells Tameka that Jahi fell from the bed and hit his head, suffering a small bump.

4 p.m.: Tieray Jones writes in a journal, “Jahi is starting to act really funny. He won’t get up off the floor. He’s not walking or talking.”

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

8:30 a.m.: Katey Higgins testified she sees Jones carrying three trashbags from his apartment.

1:30 p.m.: ATM records show someone attempts to make several transactions on Tameka Turner's account at a bank location half mile from the military housing complex.

Witnesses testify in a pre-trial hearing that they see Jones walking around the military housing complex without Jahi Turner.

4 p.m.: Jones writes in a journal that Jahi peed the bed again Tuesday night.

Thursday, April 25, 2002

Between 11:39 a.m. and 12:03 p.m.: Jones calls friends of Tameka Turner to ask them to let Tameka know she needs to call him right away.

1 p.m. - Tieray Jones and Jahi leave for the park, according to a recorded interview between the defendant and SDPD investigators recorded in 2002.

1:15 p.m. - Jones leaves Jahi at the playground to get a soda at a nearby vending machine, according to the recorded interview with SDPD.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. - Witness Guadelupe Sauceda walks the same route of the defendant and does not see Jones or Jahi Turner, according to her testimony in a pre-trial hearing.

2:20 p.m. - Jones calls an ex-girlfriend according to phone records.

2:26 p.m. - Jones calls 911 to report his stepson has disappeared.

Photo Credit: NBC San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[Women Steal Combined $300K in Benefits From Dead Parents]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:56:46 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/TLMD-social-security-card-seguro-social-tarjeta-beneficios-fraude-shutterstock_256931956.jpg

Two women from California and Nevada have pleaded guilty to stealing a combined total of nearly $300,000 in Social Security benefits intended for their parents, who had died many years ago, San Diego authorities said Friday.

The office of U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy said Pamela Anita Thomas, of Lemon Grove, and Darla Ann Ausman, of Henderson, Nevada, both admitted to similar offenses in unrelated cases, each pleading guilty to one count of theft of public property.

In Thomas’ case, court documents show her father began receiving direct deposits of his Social Security retirement benefits into his bank account in 1998. Thomas father died in November 2001, and investigators with the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General said Thomas made no effort to notify the Social Security Administration of her father’s death.

Documents state Thomas did not cancel the direct deposit of the benefits. Over more than a decade, $170,000 in benefits was deposited into her dead father’s account. Investigators said Thomas then routinely transferred the money to her bank account for her own personal use.

Duffy’s office said Thomas is set to be sentenced on Feb. 27, 2017, in San Diego. She was released on bail pending her sentencing.

She faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine. As part of her plea agreement, Thomas has agreed to also repay all of the money stolen from the Social Security Administration, Duffy’s office said in a press release.

Ausman’s case is similar.

In 1996, Ausman’s mother began receiving direct deposits into her bank account for her Social Security retirement benefits. Her mother died in May 2007. Ausman also failed to tell the Social Security Administration about her mother’s death. Over the next several years, more than $120,000 in benefits were deposited into Ausman’s mother’s bank account.

Ausman is set to be sentenced on Feb. 17, 2017. She too faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, plus the same restitution and payback fees as Thomas.

Investigators said both Thomas and Ausman admitted to knowing that the retirement benefits for their parents should not have continued to be paid after their deaths.

Duffy said their cases are prime examples of how people can defraud these types of government programs.

“By collecting benefits that did not belong to them, these defendants took money away from those who need it most – elderly retirees, people with severe illnesses and widows and children of deceased wage earners,” she said in a press release.

Robb Stickley, of the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General, called Social Security benefits “a lifeline for so many Americans and their families,” and said cases like this will be vigorously prosecuted.

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<![CDATA[Heavy Snow Coming to Sierras This Weekend]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:38:57 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mammoth+mountain+1209.JPG

Heavy rain, high elevation snow and strong gusty winds will move into Northern California Friday night, and through the weekend. A series of storms are expected to produce over 2 feet of snow in parts of the Sierra.

“This will be a wet and warm storm system with high snow levels, so it will be mostly a rain event, except for the highest elevations in the Sierra, said NBC 7 Meteorologist Jodi Kodesh.

“The heaviest rain and snow will occur Saturday morning into the early afternoon, and elevations above 8500 feet could see up to 2 feet by Sunday morning.”

Kodesh explained that this series of storms is part of an “atmospheric river” that has formed.

Atmospheric rivers are relatively long, narrow regions in the atmosphere that transport large amounts of water vapor. These columns of water vapor move with the weather.

“It’s like a river in the sky,” Kodesh explained. “A decent atmospheric river can carry the amount of water vapor roughly equivalent to the average flow of water at the mouth of the Mississippi River. So, when an atmospheric river situation comes up, it’s usually associated with very heavy rain, or high elevation snow.”

Mammoth is forecast to start receiving snow Friday night, with heavy snow anticipated for Saturday and Sunday morning.

While Sunday and Monday will bring a break in the precipitation, another storm on Tuesday could raise the snow total to over 3 feet in the higher Sierra.

Photo Credit: Mammoth Mountain]]>
<![CDATA[Eater San Diego: Flower Child Restaurant Opens in Del Mar]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:31:48 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Flower-Child-Medium-Raw-Arts-1209.jpg

Eater San Diego shares the top stories of the week from San Diego’s food and drink scene, including a look at two newly-launched, fast-casual eateries around town.

Fast-Casual Flower Child Blooms in Del Mar
Planting roots in Flower Hill Promenade is Flower Child, a fast-casual eatery from Fox Restaurant Concepts (True Food Kitchen). The spacious, bohemian-inspired space includes "yoga mat parking" – a section of the restaurant where patrons can store their yoga mats while they eat – and a health conscious menu featuring everything from vegan and vegetarian options, to sustainable seafood and meat.

Los Angeles' Mendocino Farms Debuts in La Jolla
Mendocino Farms, a casual concept with a big following in the Los Angeles area has opened its first outpost in San Diego at The Shops at La Jolla Village. Based on farm-to-table, chef-driven sandwiches and salads, the popular eatery has another location planned for Del Mar.

Oscar's Mexican Seafood Expanding to Encinitas
North County fans of Oscar's tasty menu of seafood-centric tacos, tortas, plates and more will be glad to know that another location is coming to Encinitas by the end of December. This location, in the Encinitas Village Shopping Center, will not serve beer or wine.

Innovative Pop-Up Lands Restaurant Space in Coronado
Chef Steve Brown, who's working on an ambitious new project in Imperial Beach, will set up his creative dining pop-up, Cosecha, in Coronado. Opening in early 2017, the restaurant will be open Thursday through Saturday, offering a prix fixe menu with beverage pairings that features all local produce and high quality Japanese beef.

New Craft Distillery Opens Tasting Room & Bottle Shop
Swinford Spirits is a new boutique distillery now open in the redeveloping Mission Gorge area. Producing whiskey, gin and vodka on-site, including the industry's first all-in-one vodka infuser, the distillery is able to serve cocktails in its tasting room and pour samples of the spirits in its tasting room and bottle shop.

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<![CDATA[Mom's Boyfriend Arrested in Death of Alpine Toddler]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:14:27 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Leah-Brown-Meza-Alpine-1.jpg

Investigators said Friday an arrest has been made in the case of an 18-month-old baby girl found dead in an Alpine motorhome: the boyfriend of the toddler's mother.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) confirmed that Wiliey Foster, 26, was arrested by homicide detectives and the Fugitive Task Force in connection with the death of Leah Brown-Meza.

On Tuesday, at around 12:05 p.m., the tot was found not breathing in a motorhome parked on a property in the 300 block of Hunter Lane. The girl's 21-year-old mother told deputies she woke up to find Leah unresponsive and called authorities for help. Paramedics tried to revive the toddler, but she was later pronounced dead.

Investigators said the toddler had injuries on her body; it is unclear if those injuries -- which officials did not detail -- are related to her death.

Lt. Kenneth Nelson, with the SDSO's Homicide Detail,said Foster's parents live at a house on Hunter Lane. The motorhome where Leah and her mother were staying was parked at the property. Nelson said investigators are still trying to determine whether Foster lived in the motorhome with his girlfriend and her daughter or if he was staying at the main house where his parents live.

Foster was arrested at the Hunter Lane home just before 8 a.m. Friday.

Nelson said investigators suspect Foster in the death of the toddler based on evidence found at the scene, statements made by witnesses and the injuries found on Leah's body.

The SDSO said he will be booked into San Diego Central Jail on one count of murder. Nelson said additional charges could be filed at a later time.

According to court documents obtained by NBC 7, Foster has a criminal record. In August 2012, he was convicted of felony burglary and receiving stolen property. He was sentenced in September 2012 to three years of probation. He served 180 days behind bars and was ordered to pay $17,774 in restitution.

NBC 7 spoke with neighbors in Alpine Friday who said they had no idea anyone was living in the motorhome parked at the home on Hunter Lane. Many neighbors said they were heartbroken to hear of baby Leah’s death.

“I think I can speak for all of my neighbors: we feel sad for the baby, and families, and everything,” Alpine resident Leonard Dover said. “It’s a sad day.”

The autopsy report for Leah has been sealed, but SDSO officials said her manner of death was classified as a homicide. The toddler died from multiple blunt force trauma but no further details were immediately released.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information can call the SDSO's Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321, or after hours at (858) 565-5200. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 and remain anonymous.

NBC 7 confirmed that Leah’s family planned to gather at dusk Friday at the home of the toddler’s maternal grandfather and hold special vigil to pay tribute to the little girl.

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<![CDATA[Hit-and-Run Driver Left Man With Autism Injured in Street]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:38:05 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Autism-Patient-Struck-by-Car.jpg

A driver crashed into a young man with autism in Escondido and then drove off, according to the Escondido Police Department.

The crash happened at approximately 8:14 a.m. Thursday on S Juniper Street and E 10th Avenue.

The victim, Bobby Walker, was taken to Palomar Medical Center where he had to undergo surgery.

Walker's mother said she is heartbroken. She says her son survived the accident but has a long road to recovery.

Patty Pommerening told NBC 7 that despite his autism, Walker navigates the city bus service independently but that proved more dangerous Thursday morning. 

“The car hit him on the left side. It broke his arm in two places,” Pommerening said.

Pommerening says her son also has scrapes and bruises all over his body and a gash above his eye that required stitches.

“It is really hard not to be emotional. He is such a sweet kid. Just the sweetest person you would ever meet,” Pommerening said.

Walker was struck crossing S Juniper Street as he made his way to the bus stop.

Escondido Police describe the car that hit him as a silver or dark gray early 2000 model Nissan sedan with clear tail light covers.

“Anybody who would leave somebody just in the street like that is not a good person. They have no soul,” Pommerening said.

The car continued northbound even though Walker's injuries indicate he likely hit the windshield and rolled over the top of the car.

“I'm worried about how it will affect him emotionally as well as just the physical scars and healing,” Pommerening said.

She told NBC 7 that he is out of surgery but won't be released from the hospital until Saturday.

<![CDATA[Man Arrested After Standoff at East Village Trolley Station]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:33:10 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Trolley-Arrest-120816.jpg

A man was taken into custody after a brief standoff with officers in the East Village area of San Diego Thursday night, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) confirmed.

The incident began at approximately 8:40 p.m. on the 1200 block of Imperial Avenue. 

SDPD says they received reports of a possibly armed man on the trolley tracks but they have not seen any weapons so far.

A conductor was inside the trolley when the incident started but he was able to safely get out. There were no passengers inside the trolley at the time.

Police say the man had been threatening to harm himself. When he did not comply with officers or remove his hands from his pockets, they deployed pepper balls.

The man was arrested just over an hour later.

There were no weapons found, police said.

He did suffer minor injuries from a K-9 that was used to subdue him.

Trolley service and traffic in the area was expected to be impacted.

No other information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[Man, 80, Dies in Rancho Penasquitos Crash]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:23:50 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/rancho+pensaquitos+car+vs+ped+1208.jpg

An 80-year old man died after he was struck by a vehicle at an intersection in Rancho Pensaquitos Thursday night.

The collision happened just before 7 p.m., according to San Diego Police.

The man had been walking across Rancho Pensaquitos Boulevard at Calle De Las Rosas when the driver, a 60-year old woman, struck him.

Police say the woman had a green traffic signal at the intersection.

The man was taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital and later died from his injuries.

According to SDPD, drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the crash. The driver of the vehicle did remain on scene.

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<![CDATA[Stepfather to Be Tried in 2002 Missing Child Cold Case ]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:47:30 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Tieray-Jones-Court-120516.jpg

After a week of testimony from witnesses and investigators, a San Diego judge ruled Friday that Jahi Turner's stepfather will be tried in the toddler's shocking disappearance 14 years ago.

The two-year-old boy was reported missing from a South Park playground in April 2002. His body or remains have never been found.

Now, Jahi's stepfather, Tieray Jones, will be tried on charges of murder and the infliction of child abuse resulting in death. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life on each charge.

Prosecutors called various witnesses who testified as to what they saw in the playground area of the park at 28th and Beech on April 25, 2002.

Jones called 911 on that day to report that his stepson vanished after he had stepped away to purchase a soda from a park vending machine.

Through the testimony of several witnesses and investigators, prosecutors have attempted to show how Jones' story changed throughout the day. Details including whether he had brought the child's cup to the park and what time he and his stepson had left their apartment that morning varied according to some testimony.

Deputy District Attorney Nicole Rooney said inconsistencies in the defendant’s story “indicate that something terrible happened to Jahi Turner in that apartment.”

“Nobody ever saw Jahi Turner alive after Monday April 22, 2002,” Rooney said. “We had numerous witnesses in the complex, at the park all around town who saw the defendant and who saw the defendant without Jahi Turner.”

Jones' attorneys told NBC 7 they did not hear a "smoking gun" in the prosecution's case.

Defense attorneys Alex Ozols and Vik Monder said the only new evidence presented by the prosecutors this week was a controlled phone call recorded in March 2015. They say all other evidence was available to investigators and prosecutors in 2002.

They also pointed out that police found no physical evidence in Jones' military housing apartment.

They say their client has professed his innocence since the beginning.

The 911 call and a recorded interview with San Diego Police were entered into evidence Wednesday. Prosecutors also played a controlled phone call between Jahi's mother Tameka Jones and Tieray Jones that police coordinated in 2015.

Jones entered not guilty pleas following his March 2016 arrest. He was the last person to see Jahi Turner alive before the two-year-old boy was reported missing.

Hundreds of volunteers and police officers spent weeks looking for Jahi near the playground. Law enforcement officers raked through 5,000 tons of garbage at the Miramar Landfill, but came up with nothing.

Jahi's mother was deployed with USS Rushmore the day her son was reported missing.

  • Listen to the full 911 call here.
  • Watch the recorded police interview with Jones here.
  • Click here to read the search warrant.

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<![CDATA[‘Mannequin Challenge’ Video Recorded Inside San Diego Prison]]> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 07:57:39 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Donovan-Prison-Mannequin-Challenge-1209.jpg

Officials at a prison in San Diego County are investigating an incident that has gone viral: a group of inmates – some holding cellphones – somehow managed to film their own version of the “Mannequin Challenge” while incarcerated.

On Nov. 13, a YouTube user dubbed “tben916” posted a video on YouTube titled “Mannequin Challenge: Prison,” which shows inmates at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) in Otay Mesa taking part in the viral video trend where people hold still – as if they were frozen in time – while a moving camera films the scene.

The one-minute clip starts with inmates holding still in the bathroom – one on the toilet. It is unclear who is recording, but the camera then moves into what appears to be living quarters, showing an inmate holding a cellphone, a fake fight scene and an inmate reading. The video ends with another inmate in his bunk, also holding a cellphone.


On Thursday night, Terry Thornton with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, confirmed that the footage had been shot inside the RJDCF. She said officials at the prison are still investigating the incident including how inmates obtained cellphones, which are not allowed in prison.

The RJDCF is located at 480 Alta Rd. The Warden is Daniel Palermo, who has worked there since 2006.

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<![CDATA[Man, 19, Wounded in Oceanside Shooting]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:57:08 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Oceanside-Shooting-1209.jpg

A 19-year-old man was wounded in a shooting in Oceanside Friday morning, police confirmed.

Multiple shots were fired at around 10:40 a.m. in the 500 block of Los Arbolitos Boulevard, near Fredricks Avenue. When officers with the Oceanside Police Department (OPD) arrived in the area, they found one young victim suffering from gunshot wounds to his chest.

The victim was conscious, police said. He was airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. As of 12:45 p.m., the victim's condition was unknown.

News chopper footage of the scene immediately after the shooting showed police tape cordoning a residential area near some homes, grass and a playground.

Officers did not immediately located a suspect in the shooting. As of 2 p.m., police remained at the scene interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence and searching for possible suspects. No arrests had been made.

The OPD has not yet shared details on what led to the shooting. Detectives were sent to the hospital to interview the victim and gather more information about what happened.

No one else was harmed. Check back for updates on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[City: November 911 Wait Time Exceeds National Standard]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:23:36 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/911-Call-Generic-1.jpg

Six months after pledging to improve a troubled 911 system, the City of San Diego announced Friday the average 911 call wait time in November exceeded the national standard.

In a report released Friday, the percentage of calls into San Diego Police Department's emergency call center answered before 10 seconds has gradually improved since April when just 67 percent of calls met that standard.

In the November report, 93.11 percent of calls were answered in 0 to 10 seconds, according to the city’s data. The national standard is when 90 percent of emergency calls are answered within 10 seconds.

Earlier this year, NBC 7 learned a North County family waited 3 minutes and 10 seconds for a 911 dispatcher to receive its call after an was mauled by a pet.

In response to that story, NBC 7's users shared other experiences of long wait times for 911 response.

In May, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said an increased in call wait time was the result of budget cuts, staffing shortages and an increase of non-emergency calls received by an already busy 911 dispatch center.

In 2008, SDPD's 911 line received 526,391 calls, according to a City of San Diego news release. In Fiscal Year 2015, the same call center received 626,694 calls.

In part, because city officials added 16 lines between 2014 and 2015 to decrease the number of busy signals received by those dialing 911. However, the additional lines did not help with the staffing shortages.

To help hire and retain employees, a dispatcher's base salary was incrased by 10-percent and a new compensation package was approved. Dispatchers will receive three 5-percent salary increases over 12 months. The SDPD will also operate year-round recruitment efforts to fill vacant positions.

There was also a plan to add personnel who will respond to those calls where the reporting party hung up before dispatchers could answer. According to the mayor's office, there will be 100 sworn officers and light-duty officers trained to assist at the call center when necessary.

Earlier this year, the City’s Performance and Analytics Team worked with SDPD officials to review workflows and possibly modernize procedures. As a result, the city said a pilot program will consider shifting schedules to improve coverage during the call center's busiest times.

“This is a positive step forward, but we know that we must maintain this standard to ensure that San Diego remains one of the nation’s safest big cities,” Mayor Faulconer said in the news release.

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<![CDATA[Otay Mesa Industrial Park Nearly Complete]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:10:22 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Murphy_Building_18_Otay_Mesa_t620.jpg

San Diego-headquartered Murphy Development Co. is nearing completion on its Siempre Viva Business Park in Otay Mesa, with the recent groundbreaking on an $11.9 million industrial building at 8500 Kerns St.

A company statement said work on the 79,050-square-foot facility, known as Building 17, is being led by a team that includes general contractor Lusardi Construction and architect Gene Cipparone. The speculative building, slated for completion in the second quarter of 2017, is the final project within Murphy’s 2.1-million-square-foot Siempre Viva development.

Andy Irwin, Murphy Development’s senior vice president and director of marketing, said officials anticipate that the building will be fully leased prior to completion. The developer also recently completed a 121,970-square-foot speculative building at the business park, known as Building 18 at 2600 Melkee St., and has garnered “a significant amount of interest” in that facility, Irwin said.

Current tenants at Siempra Viva Business Park include General Dynamics Corp., FedEx Corp., Bose Corp. and Iron Mountain Inc.

Led by founder and President R. Michael Murphy, the development firm also has a property known as Brown Field Technology Park underway in Otay Mesa, slated to consist of 1 million square feet of industrial buildings

Murphy Development is also processing plans for the first building at its Scripps Ranch Technology Park near Interstate 15, with the 244,000-square-foot research-and-development building slated for delivery in early 2018.



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<![CDATA[Police Seek Linda Vista Hit-and-Run Suspect]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:47:01 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Linda-Vista-HR-1209.jpg

Police released two photographs Friday of a car believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run crash in Linda Vista that left a bicyclist injured on the roadway.

The photos – pulled from surveillance video – show a vehicle described by the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) as a light metallic-colored Toyota Corolla, possibly a model year 1998 to 2000. Police said the car likely sustained damage to its hood, windshield and the front headlight on the passenger side.

Police believe the driver of the vehicle was involved in a Nov. 25 hit-and-run in Linda Vista. At around 2:50 p.m., a man was riding his bicycle eastbound in the 6900 block of Morley Way. Police said the bicyclist failed to stop at a stop sign at Morley Way and Morley Street and rode into the path of the Toyota Corolla, which was traveling southbound on Morley Street.


The driver didn’t stop after the accident and was last seen traveling southbound on Linda Vista Road. The bicyclist suffered lacerations on his face and fractures to his leg in the crash.

The SDPD is hoping someone recognizes the car in the photos and can help detective identify the hit-and-run suspect. For now, that driver is described by police as a man in his 20s with short, black hair. Anyone with information on this case can reach out to the SDPD’s Traffic Division at (858) 495-7808 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

Photo Credit: San Diego Police Department
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<![CDATA[Ambulance Collides With Trolley in Downtown San Diego]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:43:53 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-12-09-07h34m01s999.png

An ambulance en route to an emergency collided Friday with a San Diego trolley downtown.

The collision happened at approximately 5:30 a.m. at Fourth Avenue and C Street just west of the 5th Avenue Station.

San Diego Police responded to the incident and told NBC 7 the ambulance was headed to a call with no patient in the back of the vehicle. The ambulance driver had lights and sirens on, according to police.

The driver of the ambulance looked up and didn’t see a trolley coming along the tracks, investigators said. However, when the driver looked again, the trolley was there.

One person on the trolley complained of pain. No one was taken to a hospital.

<![CDATA[National City Man Shot Outside Home: PD]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:46:54 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/National-City-Home-Invasion-Suspects-1209.jpg

A National City man was rushed to the hospital Friday after he was shot while chasing two teenagers near his home, National City Police said. 

It was just after 2 a.m. when the man heard a loud noise downstairs at his home on Calmoor Street near Sweetwater Road.

There were three people inside the home at the time including the victim’s pregnant wife and his daughter, police said.

Outside the home, the man saw two men running from the house.

It was then that the homeowner was shot and injured.

The victim was rushed to Scripps Mercy Hospital with what police described as life-threatening injuries.

The location of the incident is south of State Route 54 and east of Plaza Bonita Mall.

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 

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<![CDATA[Driver Arrested After Pursuit in Mission Bay]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:45:32 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-generic-SDPD-generic-0710.jpg

Officers arrested a driver suspected of a possible DUI in Mission Bay Thursday night after a pursuit.

According to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), speeds reached up to 80 miles per hour at one point.

The pursuit began at approximately 10:25 p.m. and ended at W. Mission Bay and Seaworld drives, police said.

Officers used spike strips to stop the vehicle.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle on I-8 in Mission Valley]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:14:59 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CHP-generic-patrol-car-road-0815.jpg

A pedestrian suffered major injuries after being hit by a vehicle on Interstate 8 in Mission Valley, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) confirmed.

The incident happened at approximately 10:17 p.m. on the eastbound Interstate 8, just east of the Interstate 805.

CHP investigators said the person was walking on the transition road from I-805 to eastbound I-8 when a Nissan Sentra struck the man.

Another driver slowed down to avoid crashing into the Nissan but was struck by a third vehicle.

A nurse was driving along when he spotted the pedestrian in the roadway.

Brian San Miguel said he pulled over and tried to help the victim before emergency crews arrived.

CHP dispatchers received multiple calls from passing drivers. Some reported the man may have fallen out of a moving vehicle.

No drivers were injured and no arrests were made. The incident is still under investigation.

<![CDATA[Darrell Issa Responds to Passing of WIIN Act]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:20:54 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Darrell-Issa-110816_2.jpg

Encinitas and Solana Beach will be getting more than $91 million to address safety and environmental issues related to bluff and beach erosion.

The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act) was passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday.

The bill will affect issues related to water resources, dams, harbors and other projects in the country, including increasing the water deliveries to farmers in the San Joaquin Valley.

Darrell Issa, of the 49th Congressional District praised the project, saying he was excited to get started.

He released the following statement:

"I am proud to deliver on a top priority for the communities of Encinitas and Solana Beach. Erosion of the beaches and bluffs in our area have presented significant safety concerns we can correct through the careful work of the Army Corps of Engineers and our local and federal leaders. Just this week, I had the pleasure of meeting with Mayor Zito of Solana Beach where he stressed what an incredible difference this project will make for the future safety and economy in our area. Today I am excited to move this project forward. In addition, the WIIN Act makes crucial investments in our nation's water infrastructure and prioritizes drought relief for California. We still have much work to do on California's water problems, but this bill presents good solutions that will help ensure the longevity of our water infrastructure and help fix erosion issues that have plagued our coastal communities."

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<![CDATA[SDSU Receives Federal Funding for Transportation Research]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:40:17 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san+diego+state+university+543543.jpg

San Diego State University (SDSU) will receive part of a $2.8 million grant to help fund transportation research and innovation, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) announced Thursday. 

SDSU will share the federal funding as a part of a consortium with Virginia Tech and Texas A&M. The money will help the university create the first-ever University Transportation Center (UTC). 

“This grant funding demonstrates the leadership role San Diego State plays when it comes to research and innovation,” wrote Rep. Davis in a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “The San Diego region is no stranger to the transportation challenges facing the country. The research done at SDSU will help us meet those challenges and develop the leaders in transportation to take us into the future.”

The UTC the school is creating will be called "Safety Through Disruption (SafeD): Goal Zero". 

<![CDATA[Border Patrol Agents Rescue 17-Year Old From Desert]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:36:43 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/border+patrol+generic+twitter+editado.jpg

A 17-year old was rescued from the desert by El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents Wednesday after reports that he was lost.

The call was made at approximately 5 p.m.

Agents were given the GPS coordinates and the teenager’s phone number by the California High Patrol (CHP). He was found around 45 minutes later in the desert east of Ocotillo.

According to Border Patrol, the teenager was unaccompanied and had crossed the border illegally earlier on Wednesday. He claimed to have crossed alone and did not require medical attention.

"The desert can be an unforgiving place. Thanks to the quick response of our dedicated agents, this child did not have to suffer the consequences that can arise from being lost in the desert,” said Rodney S. Scott, Chief Patrol Agent of the El Centro Sector.

The teenager was identified to be a Guatemalan national.

He was taken to the El Center Station to be processed and returned to his country.

<![CDATA[Sister Cheetah Cubs Nursing at San Diego Zoo Safari Park]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:21:57 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/cheetah+cub+sisters+1208.jpg

After the mother of two 3-week-old cheetah cubs refused to care for them, staff at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has stepped in to fill the void.

An eight-person team at the park’s Animal Care Center nursery monitors the cheetah sisters’ health daily and bottle feeds them specially designed formula for baby cheetahs. The staff even goes as far as grooming the cubs to simulate the grooming they would receive from their mom.

Soon Yellow and Purple, temporary names given to the cubs based on their ID markings, will get to enjoy solid food. Come their 2 month birthday, they will be weaned from the formula. Yellow and Purple were born on November 19.

Guests visiting the Safari Park can visit the sisters in their nursery at the Nairobi Station between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Don’t expect too much cheetah frolicking at this point, though. According to park staff, the cubs sleep close to 22 hours per day and the lights in the nursery are usually dim to simulate a dark cheetah den.

The Safari Park is one of nine breeding facilities involved in the cheetah Breeding Center Coalition which aims to preserve the cat’s population which the park says has been reduced from 100,000 to 10,000 over the last 116 years.

San Diego Zoo Global has bred more than 150 cheetah cubs during its 40-year breeding program.

Photo Credit: San Diego Zoo Safari Park
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<![CDATA[Rocket Carrying John Glenn in Orbit Around Earth Built in SD]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:50:45 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/John-Glenn-nota.jpg

A rocket that took former NASA astronaut and United States senator John Glenn into space to orbit Earth in 1962 was built in San Diego.

Glenn died on Thursday at the age of 95 in a hospital in Ohio.

He made history in 1962, becoming the first American to orbit the Earth in the Mercury-Atlas 6, a rocket built at a local company during the Cold War.

Ken Kramer, a former NBC 7 employee highlighted the news coverage on the rocket in a video. 


NBC 7 spoke with Francis French on Thursday, a space historian at the San Diego Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park who worked with Glenn.

"Up until this day we've always had one of the original Mercury 7 around. The numbers have dwindled over the years and it's a really sad day. We've now lost that final ability to remember what it was like to be the very first American to be chosen into space. We've closed a door on history today which is very very sad," French said.

Although the company has long been demolished, the legacy of San Diego's part in the historical event still lives on.


Photo Credit: EFE
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<![CDATA[At Least One Injured in Motorcycle Crash in Kearny Mesa]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:08:35 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/01generic-police-lights137.jpg

At least one person was injured in a crash involving a motorcycle on a major freeway in Kearny Mesa Thursday evening, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) confirmed.

The crash happened at approximately 4:43 p.m. on the southbound Interstate 805 near the State Route 52. 

One person was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries, San Diego Police (SDPD) said.

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 

<![CDATA[Homeowners, Renters with State Farm Could Get Money Back]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:41:35 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tlmd_court_gavel_generic_law.jpg

Roughly 1.7 million homeowners and renters with State Farm Insurance could receive millions of dollars in reimbursements.

The company is accused of illegally increasing its insurance rates and overcharging its customers millions of dollars over the last year and a half.

California’s Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, ordered the company to reimburse its customers and roll back a recent increase of nearly seven percent. That increase in question went into effect on July 2015.

“The amount of money [customers] should expect within a year’s time is about $70 million in rate reduction, plus refunds in excess of $100 million dollars for past excessive rates,” says Michael Levy, who represents the Legal Division of California’s Dept. of Insurance.

The Commissioner says the insurance company increased its rates, without approval from the state.

In California, insurance companies are required to justify any hike in its rates. It’s part of proposition 103, which was approved by voters nearly 30 years ago.

State Farm is pushing back by challenging the mandate.

It filed a lawsuit in San Diego's Superior Court, claiming the order is unjust and unlawful.

In company statement, State Farm’s spokesperson Sevag Sarkissian writes:

“State Farm is disappointed with the Commissioner’s decision…We do not believe the Commissioner’s decision is lawful, and are therefore taking the necessary legal steps to challenge the rate reduction, rate refund and public release of our confidential trade secret documents.”

Watchdog groups argue State Farm is only trying to avoid accountability.

“State Farm is trying to hide the ball, hide the money and pretend it's broke,” says Harvey Rosenthal, a consumer advocate who helped write Proposition 103.

“State Farm is saying the rules are unconstitutional. The rules infringe [its]constitutional rights to a fair profit- which is an outrage.”

The next hearing is scheduled in San Diego on December 16.

<![CDATA[More Signs Point to a Chargers Move to LA]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:12:02 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-503292588-1280-720.jpg

The chatter continues around the Chargers' possible move to Los Angeles. As Bolts fans wait for a confirmation or even an indicator on where the team will be in 2017, those with sources in Los Angeles are sharing their insight.

A plan to move the Bolts to Los Angeles is almost a done deal, multiple sources tell our Los Angeles-sister station NBC 4's Fred Roggin.

NBC7 spoke directly to Chargers owner/chairman Dean Spanos last month just days before San Diegans voted against Measure C and the downtown stadium initiative.

At the time, Spanos said he was entirely focused on the results of the election. Since then Spanos released a statement through the team’s PR department saying a final decision on the team’s future would not be announced until after the 2016 season.

According to NBC4, many of the building blocks are in place.

The Chargers would train in Orange County and there are no plans to rebrand, sources say.

The agreement with the Chargers to lease the as-yet-to-be-built Inglewood stadium has been executed and sources say, soon to be signed. The Rams signed an agreement with the NFL before moving to Los Angeles agreeing to lease space to another team.

The Chargers drive for a new stadium to replace their aging residence fell short in the Nov. 8 election, re-energizing talk of a move to Los Angeles. The ballot initiative's failure left everything in play, including a future move to join the Rams in their new Inglewood stadium, opening in 2019, and the possibility of a more aggressive timeline that would likely mean playing at the LA Memorial Coliseum with the Rams until a new stadium is built in Inglewood.

L.A. Coliseum Commission president Mark Ridley-Thomas confirmed earlier this week that the Chargers have spoken with the commission.

"In light of the vote of the people of San Diego, it's back on the table in earnest," Ridley-Thomas told USA Today. "So the appropriate amount of due diligence continues to be done, and we will see if in fact we can strike a deal."

Also this week, Spanos and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer met to discuss the team's future in San Diego.

NBC 7’s Derek Togerson recently spoke to Save Our Bolts, the fan group that works closely with the team in all stadium matters. According to Save Our Bolts leaders the team is assembling a backup plan to try and stay in San Diego. You can read the full break down here.

A move to the Coliseum would likely require a change to the stadium's lease terms, which currently allow for only one NFL team -- the Rams.

This all might sound somewhat familiar to football fans in Los Angeles, San Diego and Oakland. In January 2016, the Rams, Chargers and Raiders all appeared to be candidates for a move to LA.

NFL owners later approved the Rams' move at a meeting in Houston. A proposal to build a new stadium in Inglewood, opening in 2019, beat out a competing stadium plan in Carson, where the Chargers and Raiders planned to built a 72,000-seat stadium. The Chargers applied to relocate to LA, but that plan was rejected by league owners.

The Chargers, who have played in San Diego since 1961, were given the option of joining the Rams in the Inglewood stadium. They have until Jan. 15 to make a decision.

NFL team relocations require three-fourths approval of the member teams.

The Chargers still have four more regular season games this year. The final game of the 2016 season is on Jan. 1 at Qualcomm Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs. Much like last year, fans are left to wonder if that will be final game for the Chargers in San Diego.

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<![CDATA[SDE: Future San Marcos Water Shortage Just a Figment]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:00:36 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Water-Generic1.jpg

On paper, there’s enough water for San Diegans for years to come. The exception is in San Marcos.

Every five years, urban water agencies across California must prepare reports showing they won’t run out of water.

Almost every San Diego water agency projects they will have enough water for the years to come. But The Vallecitos Water District, which provides water to 97,000 people in and around San Marcos, has projected a huge shortage.

Its projected water shortage is 3.7 billion gallons a year by 2020. Vallecitos is the only district in the state that projects such a shortfall.

State regulators and the district itself says it just did its report wrong and the supply is fine, but the problem on paper is still causing real-world problems.

On this week's San Diego explained, NBC 7 San Diego's Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego's Ry Rivard talk about how the protected water shortage in San Marcos is threatening new development.

<![CDATA[Adaptive Surfers Aim for Summer Paralympics]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:52:12 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Dani+Burt.jpg

Some of the world’s best adaptive surfers are competing in La Jolla this weekend with hopes of getting their sport added into the Summer Paralympics.

The 2nd Annual International Surfing Association World Adaptive Surfing Championship runs through Sunday, December 11 at La Jolla Shores.

Surfers compete in several categories against others dealing with similar challenges.

Some of the competitors have had one or both legs amputated and others have lost their vision.

Dani Burt, a physical therapist at Sharp Memorial Hospital from North Park is a reigning champion in the event.

Burt lost her right leg above the kneecap after a motorcycle accident on Mount Palomar 12 years ago. During her recovery, she discovered the therapeutic benefits of surfing.

“The ocean, that was one of the biggest things that helped me because you go out there and you don't think about pain," Burt said. "You don't think about missing a leg. You just want to go out there and chill."

She now hopes to one day compete in the Summer Paralympics.

“The ability to surf extreme wave conditions is not only for people that are able bodied, it's for anybody," said Fernando Aguerre, President of the International Surfing Association.

The ISA, which is based out of La Jolla, is also the only international sport governing body within the Olympics based in the USA.

Aguerre’s leadership helped pave the way for surfing’s inclusion in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, but the International Paralympic Committee has yet to follow.

Aguerre hopes this weekend’s ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship goes a long way in wooing the Paralympic organizers.

<![CDATA[Person Seen Taking Photo Struck by Train in Del Mar]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:24:17 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/09-06-16+Del+Mar+railroad+tracks.JPG

A person trespassing near the railroad tracks in Del Mar was taking a photo when he was struck by a train, San Diego County Sheriff's officials (SDSO) said. 

The collision occurred near the Bluffs at 13th Street and Ocean Avenue just after 1:30 p.m. The location is south of Seagrove Park.

At the time of the collision, the train engineer saw three pedestrian trespassers standing near the railroad tracks, deputies said. The train was traveling 35 to 40 miles per hour.

The train used its horn to urge the pedestrian to move, but the man near the tracks did not move, deputies said. 

One of the men was using the camera on his phone near the tracks to take a picture when he was struck by the train, deputies said. 

Just before 2 p.m., Pacific Surfliner posted to its Twitter account reporting that Train 572 would be delayed for up to 90 minutes.

San Diego County Sheriff's Deputies and firefighters responded to the scene. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital.

On November 29, a train struck a pedestrian near 15th Street and Coast Boulevard, less than a quarter mile away from Thursday's incident.

A man in his 60s or 70s stepped toward the railroad tracks at the designated pedestrian crossing right before the collision, deputies said.  The train turned on its emergency breaking, but struck the man right as he stepped onto the tracks, deputies said. He was pronounced dead on scene.

Anyone with information about this case can call the Sheriff's Department's non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200.

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<![CDATA[Rural/Metro Misses City Mandated Response Times in October]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:28:09 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rural-Metro-Billing-120916.jpg

Rural/Metro ambulances have failed to meet mandated emergency response times again in the City of San Diego, according to a new report released to NBC 7 Investigates. 

This latest report shows the ambulance company, now owned by American Medical Response or AMR, missed the city mandated response times in six of the eight medical response zones in San Diego for the month of October. 

To see the full report, click here.

Last month, Rural/Metro paid the City a fine of $291,000 for failing to meet the same mandated response times in a three-month period. 

According to the company’s contract with the city, it is required to meet a response time of 12 minutes or less, 90% of the time. 

In an email, Gina La Mantia, Deputy Chief of Emergency Medical Services for the City of San Diego said, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is "disappointed" Rural/Metro ambulances have not met response time goals but the company has "demonstrated marked improvement in November."

A former Rural/Metro emergency medical technician, EMT, told NBC 7 Investigates he witnessed situations where no ambulances were available to respond to calls. 

“We’re not having enough ambulances in service on our city streets,” Joseph Ross said. 

Ross worked for Rural/Metro as an EMT for a year until he left the company in August. Prior to moving to San Diego, Ross was a firefighter and EMT for the Air Force. 

On September 28, Ross spoke to the city’s Public Safety Committee about the problems he said he witnessed. 

“It’s shocking how close or how often the ambulance level gets to ‘Level Zero’ or close to ‘Level Zero.’ What this means is there is no ambulances left in the city,” Ross told the committee. 

Watch the full portion of the September 28th Committee Hearing below.

In a ‘Level Zero’ situation, a page is sent out to all emergency crews alerting paramedics on calls to finish as soon as possible so they can be placed back into the rotation. 

Ross said he witnessed ‘Level Zero’ alerts sent to emergency personnel on a weekly basis. 

NBC 7 Investigates reached out to AMR, the company that owns Rural/Metro, for comment regarding not meeting mandated response times and ‘Level Zero’ situations. The company declined an on-camera interview and provided a statement to NBC 7 Investigates.

In the statement, Jason Sorrick, Director of Communications and Government Relations, said, "As we have previously communicated, due to a regional and nationwide paramedic shortage, response times in select zones for the first two-quarters of the year were negatively impacted. Moreover, we have had 33 paramedics hired away by local fire departments this year and an increase in the number of employees who have called in sick during this same period." 

Sorrick said AMR has launched an "aggressive recruitment and retention program" to address the "identified labor shortage."

NBC 7 Investigates reached out to the National Association of State EMS Officials, the group which oversees EMS agencies across the country. The Executive Director for the organization says they have no evidence of a nationwide paramedic shortage. 

Sorrick said the National Association of State EMS Officials doesn't track paramedic openings and added, "the State of California and the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics both indicate a higher than average demand for both paramedics and EMTs in the current labor force."

Click here to read AMR's full statement. 

When asked how often ‘Level Zero’ situations happen in San Diego, La Matia said the Fire-Rescue department does not track the instances and "at this time, there is no plan to request level zero data from AMR."

“The city really doesn’t understand the full grasp of the issue that they have because all they see are response times,” Ross told NBC 7 Investigates. 

Rural/Metro also did not provide NBC 7 Investigates data detailing how often 'Level Zero' situations occur.

Sorrick admits there have been instances where Rural/Metro's ambulance system has 'reached peak capacity' but, he said, "...those events often last only a few minutes before units held over at local hospitals are freed up and inserted back into the system."

While Rural/Metro ambulances are not always meeting targets, La Mantia said "more times than not Fire-Rescue Department first-responder engine and truck company firefighter/paramedics are providing advanced life support treatment and patient care in advance of the ambulances arrival to the emergency."

NBC 7 Investigates checked with three other cities, comparable in size to San Diego, to see whether or not they keep track of 'Level Zero' instances. 

Representatives from Phoenix and Dallas told NBC 7 Investigates they do not keep track of instances where ambulances are not available due to it occurring so rarely. A representative with the City of Seattle, which also has a contract with Rural/Metro, told NBC 7 Investigates they also do not keep track of these situations. 

According to Ross, this information should be made publicly available by Rural/Metro. 

“If you have anyone you love, anyone that has ever needed to call 911 or if you ever need to call 911, you should care because it directly affects you and your loved ones,” he said. 

Since leaving Rural/Metro, Ross is working on developing a website to keep track of problems EMS systems face across the country. 

“We need more support, we need the public’s awareness and we need the public’s voice,” he said. “We can’t do this alone.” 

The website, called “EMS in Distress,” is expected to be live online before the end of the year.

No Response

After the City fined Rural/Metro for failing to meet mandated response times, NBC 7 Investigates submitted a California Public Records Act request for 911 call records where Rural/Metro ambulances never arrived or where patients had to be transported by a fire engine. 

A summary of those calls and emergencies are below. 

On September 11, 2015 at 4:26pm, 911 dispatchers received a call came from San Ysidro where neighbors said they found a man in his 60’s who had collapsed on the sidewalk and was suffering from what appeared to be a stroke.

To see that call record, click here:

The person calling 911 acted as a translator between the dispatcher while the caller’s mother assisted the man on the ground. 

According to the call, San Diego Fire Engine 29 arrived in less than seven minutes with a paramedic on-board. After 20 minutes, emergency personnel contacted 911 dispatch (at 4:54 pm) telling them they would transport the patient because the Rural/Metro ambulance was stuck in traffic on the 15-freeway. 

On November 9, 2015 at 5:35pm, a nurse from Sharp Rees Stealy, located in downtown San Diego, called 911 after a 75-year-old man was suffering chest pain.

To see that call record, click here.  

San Diego Fire Engine 1 responded to the hospital in less than three minutes with two paramedics on-board. Fourteen minutes after arriving, the engine called back to dispatch saying they would transport the patient because the Rural/Metro ambulance was stuck in traffic on the 163 freeway, according to the call. 

San Diego Fire officials have told NBC 7 Investigates traffic is not an acceptable excuse for late responses. Rural/Metro is required to have plans in place to ensure ambulances still meet the 12 minute or less response requirement and should be prepared to deal with possible traffic. 

On September 22 a man called 911 around 6:47am after experiencing diabetic-related problems near Horton Plaza on 4th Ave. and Broadway.

To see that call record, click here

Six minutes after the 911 call was placed, San Diego Fire Engine 201 arrived to the man’s location with two paramedics on-board. The emergency responders reported back to dispatch that the man was vomiting and having troubles breathing. 

The responding unit waited 26 minutes for the Rural/Metro ambulance to arrive before they decided to transport the victim themselves, according to the call. No explanation or reason was given for why the ambulance was delayed. 

On October 1 around 4:56pm a woman called 911 after a person reportedly overdosed on medication and fell backward, hitting their head on a boulder in the City Heights area. 

To see the call record, click here

During the call, a dispatcher had to walk the caller through performing CPR on the patient until first-responders arrived. 

San Diego Fire Engine 14 arrived four minutes after the call was placed with two paramedics on-board. Five minutes after the engine arrived on scene, the Rural/Metro ambulance assigned to the call told dispatch they expected to be on scene within two minutes but didn’t arrive for another 22 minutes, according to the call. 

The patient was transported to the hospital more than an hour after the 911 call was placed.

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<![CDATA[Car Jumps Median, Collides with Oncoming School Bus: SDPD]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:10:17 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/12-8-16-School+bus+crash+allied+gardens+2.JPG

A car and a school bus with no students on board collided in San Diego's Allied Gardens neighborhood, San Diego Police (SDPD) confirms.

The collision happened at approximately 2:11 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of Navajo Road and Waring Road.

Prior to striking the bus, a 2004 Cadilliac STS was heading northbound on College Avenue toward Navajo Road when it lost control and struck an embankment on the right side of the road, SDPD Sgt. Michael Tansey said.

The Cadillac continued northbound through the intersection of College Avenue and Navajo Road, where College turns into Waring Road, and rear ended a 2008 Toyota Corolla.

The collision sent the Cadillac off the left edge of the road, over the center median and into oncoming traffic. It then struck the side of a San Diego Unified School District bus traveling southbound on Waring Road.

The driver of the Cadillac, a 65-year-old male, suffered several serious injuries including a fractured neck, compound fractures of his right tibia and fibula and sever internal abdominal bleeding.

He was transported to Sharp memorial Hospital and is in grave condition, according to SDPD.

Drugs or alcohol are not considered to be a factor in the crash.

The driver of the Corolla, a 44-year-old female, and the driver of the school bus, a 54-year-old male, were both uninjured.

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<![CDATA[Two Injured in High School Fight in Escondido]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:49:32 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Escondido-police-generic-11.jpg

At least two people were injured following an after-school fight near a high school in Escondido, officials said.

According to the Escondido Police Department, they received the initial call at 1:45 p.m. from Escondido High School about rumors of a possible fight after school.

Officers doing extra patrol were directed to the fight on W El Norte Parkway and N Broadway. But when they arrived on scene, the fight had broken up.

One person had been hit in the chest with a hammer and was transported to Palomar Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Escondido Union High School District officials say one person involved was not a student, though others involved may have been students. The district is allowing Escondido Police to investigate and say they do everything they can to maintain a safe campus.

In regards to the hammer, a district spokeswoman said it is unclear if the hammer came from a woodshop class or not. It is not illegal to bring a tool, like a hammer, onto campus.

Police say they are unsure of what caused this fight.

It's unknown how many students were involved, but all of them were from high school, police said.

There were no arrests made and the fight is still under investigation, police said.