<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usSun, 20 Aug 2017 04:54:16 -0700Sun, 20 Aug 2017 04:54:16 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[2 Groups of Burglars Targeting Carmel Valley Homes ]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 23:59:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Suspects_Target_Homes_in_Carmel_Valley.jpg

Two groups of robbers are targeting houses in Carmel Valley, and police are hoping surveillance video will lead to a tip that will put the thieves behind bars.

The first group of thieves targeted a home on August 1, off of Harwick Lane. The San Diego Police Department told NBC 7 a female driver walked up to the front door and knocked. No one was home so two others got out of the car, walked around through a side gate, broke a bathroom window and ransacked the home for about 30 minutes before tripping an upstairs motion detector.

The other thieves struck on Greenwillow Lane on Tuesday. SDPD Sgt. Scott Bartolomei explained what happened to NBC 7.

"It's the first time I've heard of this MO. They actually came out as salesmen, well-dressed," he said. "The male that approached the door, he was well dressed. He had a lantern as if he was part of a company."

Once the burglar realized no one was home, he and two others returned and robbed the house. 

This house belongs to Dr. Anil Keswani, who was away visiting his dying father.

"The next thing I know I'm getting a phone call from one of our neighbors saying that there appeared to be two men carrying a very heavy box out of your house," Keswani said.

Among the valuables stolen was a safe with passports and jewelry, including the engagement ring of Keswani's grandmother.

Sgt. Bartolomei said they were able to get a good look at the thieves because of a series of surveillance cameras around Keswani's house.

Saturday night, the neighborhood was quiet, but residents are still on edge.

"You've got to keep your windows and your doors locked, especially your side doors and your windows. Don't leave them open," said neighbor David Kurtenbach. "We all get up and work hard and I'm not going to let anybody come in and take what I work for."

Sgt. Bartolomei's advice: If it looks suspicious to you, call the police.

Police tell NBC 7 the Greenwillow Lane group was driving a new white Honda.

If you have any information, you are asked to call SDPD at (619)531-2000.

<![CDATA[Staff of NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 Love Their Pets]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:59:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ashley-and-ella.jpg Clear the Shelters, a nationwide NBC event, will waive or discount adoption fees at participating animal shelters in San Diego County on August 19. NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 staffers share photos of their family pets.

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<![CDATA['We Have to Not Be Afraid': Crowd Mourns at House of Spain]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 23:37:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/house+of+spain+vigil.PNG

“We have to not to be afraid,” Jesus Benayas, the president of the House of Spain in Balboa Park told NBC 7 Saturday night.

More than 100 people lit candles in Balboa Park Saturday to pay tribute to the victims of Thursday’s terror attack in Barcelona.

“We have to not to be afraid and [we have to] get out,” Benayas repeated. “To me, that is part of this event, for people to get out of their homes and come and reunite, and for these terrorists for these people to see we are not afraid."

A van drove into the crowded and touristy street of Las Ramblas last week, killing 13 people. An American was among the dead.

A Mexican Aztec Dancing Group performed and mourned the loss of those killed and the more than 100 injured in the attack.

The Honorary Consul of Spain in San Diego, Maria Angeles-O'donel Olsen stressed that fear and pain will not divide Spanish people, it will, in fact she said, do the opposite. 

She said dozens of the people hurt in the attack were in fact tourists, and the group that came together in Balboa Park represents that diversity and unity.

“I think it is a way of saying, yes, this terrible thing happened, but we are together, we are united,” she said. “And nobody is going to take that from us."

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<![CDATA[Hit-and-Run Driver Strikes Pedestrian in Mira Mesa ]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 23:30:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police+officer+dragged+sirens3.jpg

A hit-and-run driver in a black sedan or coupe struck a pedestrian in the 8200 block of New Salem Street just before 8 p.m. Saturday, San Diego police confirmed.

The pedestrian was transported to the hospital with serious injuries and is in surgery. 

The suspect was last seen speeding southbound on Camino Ruiz. 

San Diego Police Traffic Division is investigating.

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<![CDATA[Unidentified Substance on Sand Sparks Hazmat Situation ]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:09:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Hazmat-generic-san-diego.jpg

Hazmat is responding to a report of an unidentified substance that was dumped on the sand near the 900 block of Fiesta Island Road Sunday afternoon, according to San Diego Fire.

A private contractor will come in to remove the substance.

<![CDATA[Firefighters Take Down Del Cerro Brush Fire]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 16:52:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cal-Fire-generic-041816.jpg

San Diego Fire Department (SDFD) reported a brush fire near homes in the Del Cerro canyon area but managed to stop it before it became a threat.

At approximately 2:20 p.m. the fire was reported and fire fighters departed to fight the brush fire, according to SDFD.

"With this time of year, with the fire season and the weather, when we get a call like this we’re going to throw all resources at it," said SDFD Capt. Stan Sgambelluri.

Sgambelluri said when the arriving fire crews reported the brush fire as manageable they were able to cancel the unnecesarry fire units.

The brush fire burned approximately a quarter of an acre, according to SDFD.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined, but SDFD said weed abatement equipment might have sparked it.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Star in ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Movie Meets Local Marines]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:44:03 -0700

One of the main actors in “Full Metal Jacket,” R. Lee Ermy, has turned from acting to beer-making, and met with Camp Pendleton Marines on Saturday to promote his new beer.

The new beer is named “The Gunny,” after Ermy’s role in the memorable war movie that remains a classic with service members to this day.

Ermy played the part of Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in the 1987 drama, and was later nominated for a Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor award.

Ermy was in the U.S. Marines for 11 years where he spent two years as a real drill instructor, according to his online biography

"These are my guys," said Ermy at the event. "These are people I can relate to and they're outstanding people."

Ermy said he is part owner of an independent brewery called Bravery Brewing, located in Lancaster, Calif.

Bravery Brewing offers 30 varieties of beer that range from traditional to unusual flavors, according to the Bravery Brewing website.

Some of the other flavor names include "The Smoking Gun," "Old Rat," "Pineapple Boo" and "My Haze is Mud."

Bravery Beer can be found in over 100 locations in southern Calif., according to the location finder.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Helps Clear the Shelters]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:21:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CTS-2017-KNSD-2.jpg On Aug. 19, NBC 7 took part in Clear the Shelters, NBC's nationwide pet adoption drive to find forever homes for loving pets. These are photos of San Diegans adopting their new best friends.

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Animal shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC and Telemundo stations to find loving homes for pets in need.

The third annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, will be held August 19, 2017. Hundreds of shelters in 20 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive.

The goal is to #ClearTheShelters by finding forever homes for as many animals as possible. 

Across the country, over 53,000 pets were adopted during last year’s event, but millions more remain homeless. Every year, 7.6 million animals end up in shelters nationwide — and only 2.7 million are adopted, according to the ASPCA.

Dozens of local shelters will take part this year in Clear the Shelters.

Join us for Clear the Shelters on Saturday, August 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We've partnered with animal shelters and rescue centers across San Diego County to waive adoption fees for one day only. Find your local shelter here.

Refer to the interactive map above to identify a participating shelter near you.

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<![CDATA['He Needed Help': San Diegans Clear the Shelters]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:37:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CTS-2017-KNSD-15.jpg

Animal shelters across the U.S. – including more than a dozen in San Diego County – teamed up with NBC Saturday to find loving forever homes for pets in need.

The third annual Clear the Shelters nationwide pet adoption drive kicked off at 10 a.m. Bright and early, starting around 6:30 a.m., San Diegans lined up at participating shelters, including the San Diego Humane Society on Gaines Street and the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services Southern Region in Bonita, in search of a furry friend to take home.

This included couple John and Ardis Rowland, accompanied by their daughter, in search of a black dog.

“I love dogs. I lost my dog. And I’m not to be without a dog,” John told NBC 7.

For the Rowlands, owning a pet is important because it provides them with companionship. The couple's kids are grown and out of the house, so they have time and love to give.

"[A pet is] somebody else to love,” said John.

“And to love you,” Ardis added.

Combined, the animal facilities participating in San Diego County said they had more than 1,200 adoptable pets available for Clear the Shelters. The goal was to match each one of those animals with a home.

By 7:30 p.m., a total of 739 animals had been adopted in San Diego, including a chicken, dogs, cats and rabbits. 

A Shih-Tzu named Luna found her forever home in retired San Diego teacher, Margarita, who just turned 70 years old. The teacher told NBC 7 that she and her daughter and granddaughter had been visiting San Diego shelters, looking for a dog to adopt. Two days ago, they locked eyes with the Shih-Tzu.

"She came to us. She was at the back, back, back of the cage. We called her Luna, and immediately she came up. There was something in her eyes. She came right over to us, and she licked my granddaughter first," Margarita explained.

She knew right then Luna was her match.

"I am going to enrich my life with this most beautiful doggy named Luna. I’ve already got a name for her; I’ve been dreaming about her for two days," she said.

On Saturday, Margarita adopted Luna. She said she had already embroidered some special items for her new pet, as little welcome home gifts.

"I have a lot of time just to give, a lot of love and emotion," Margarita told NBC 7. "And just have this dog give to me like I hope I gave to my students, for 34 years."

More sweet adoption stories unfolded, with NBC 7's resident animal enthusiast, Dagmar Midcap, speaking with locals adding new members to their families at the Gaines Street shelter.

This included a boy named Nathan who adopted an 8-year-old dog he named Rex. When asked why he wanted to take Rex home, the boy's answer was sweet and simple: "He needed help, so I chose him."

Two girls left the San Diego Humane Society Saturday each with a rabbit: Midnight and Cocoa.

The girls are best friends and planned to pass that down to their bunnies.

"We're planning a buddy play date," one girl said.

Sarah Sweeney, 12, also adopted a rabbit. The girl told NBC 7 her favorite part about her new pet was "hit cuteness."

"He's very sweet and shy, and he's very soft," she said, cradling her new pet.

Sweeney said her bunny will make a great companion for her; the pair will soon be watching TV together, the girl said.

In addition to the Gaines Street and Bonita shelters, other local facilities participating in Clear the Shelters include Shelly's Shelter in Bonita, the National Cat Protection Society in Spring Valley, City of El Cajon Animal Services in El Cajon, and the San Diego Humane Society's Escondido Campus. For a map of all of the shelters taking part in Saturday's event, click here.

Last year, 771 pets were adopted in San Diego during the Clear the Shelters drive, including dogs, cats, bunnies and even a hamster named Helen.

San Diegans shares their sweet adoption stories with us as they added the new members to their families. We hope to hear similar tales this time around, too.

In August 2015, the inaugural Clear the Shelters found homes for 777 pets in San Diego County, including one lucky rabbit adopted by NBC 7's Midcap.

Nationwide, since Clear the Shelters launched in 2015, the NBC initiative has secured forever homes for 73,411 pets.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego
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<![CDATA[Man Describes Pain After Contact With Pencil Cactus]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:03:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/pencil+cactus.JPG

An Encinitas man says he spent a day in the emergency room and was temporarily blinded after he came into contact with the pencil cactus, or Euphorbia tirucalli, in his girlfriend's garden.

The succulent, found across San Diego County, is toxic to humans, dogs, and cats worldwide and can cause serious intestinal and skin injury, according to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Jesse Mallinger told NBC 7, it was a pain he never thought he would experience.

Mallinger said he was rushed to the hospital on June 10 after he came into contact with the plant.

"I thought I was having some sort of allergic reaction," he said. "I actually took an antihistamine. It didn't help...I rinsed my eyes out in the shower and that didn't help."

He said he thought it was an ordinary plant, but it turned out to be, what some refer to as, "sticks of fire."

"It was like gasoline and chilies were in my eyes," he said, describing the pain. "It was intolerable pain."

He said his girlfriend's father drove him to the hospital.

Succulent Expert Laura Eubanks told NBC 7, the pencil cactus blossom in the winter. They can be purchased at local gardening and hardware stores.

Eubanks explained that getting in contact with the milky sap, with is latex based, is the problem. It's toxic to pets and humans.

She stressed water and soap might not do the trick, and it might be better to use alcohol to rub off the sap.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Traffic Advisory for Chula Vista Saturday]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:25:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/road-closed-generic-getty.jpg

Chula Vista Police issued a traffic advisory for Saturday, due to a major construction project at Sharp Chula Vista Hospital.

If you live in the area or need to go somewhere in this area, CVPD suggests you use alternate routes to access that portion of the city that will be impacted by the event traffic.

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, located on Medical Center Court in Chula Vista, will be conducting the second and final pour for the foundation of their new hospital tower this weekend.

Beginning Saturday at 3 a.m., nearly 300 concrete trucks will enter and exit the hospital campus overnight; the trucks should arrive roughly every five minutes.

This work is expected to end Saturday afternoon at approximately 12 p.m. During this early morning work, there will be lights and noise from cement trucks. The lights will be directed at the construction site and away from patient rooms.

There will be lane closures due to the construction project.

The southbound lane of Paseo Ladera (including the bike lane) will be closed from roughly 600 ft. north of East Palomar Street, to East Palomar.

There will also be cement truck traffic on the following streets:

• Telegraph Canyon Road from the 805 to Paseo Ladera

• Paseo Ladera from Telegraph Canyon Road to East Palomar Street

• East Palomar Street from Paseo Ladera to Medical Center Drive

• Medical Center Drive to Medical Center Court

• Medical Center Drive to Telegraph Canyon Road

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<![CDATA[US Navy Captain Pleads Guilty in 'Fat Leonard' Bribery Case]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:59:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/gavel-generic-stock_prgenerica.jpg

Another U.S. Navy official has pleaded guilty in a multi-million dollar Navy bribery scheme involved 28 defendants, including 21 current and former Navy officials.

U.S. Navy Captain Jesus Vasquez Cantu, 59, admitted Friday in federal court that he accepted bribes from Leonard Glenn Francis, owner Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA), also known as "Fat Leonard."

He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery.

According to his plea agreement, Cantu accepted bribes in the form of parties, hotel rooms, and the services of prostitutes on several occasions in 2012 and 2013. In return, he provided Francis with proprietary U.S. Navy information to Francis which was used to help his with his company's business.

Cantu also admitted that he was involved in a bribery conspiracy with Francis during his time as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics for the Commander of the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet aboard USS Blue Ridge in 2007.

In March of this year, nine high-ranking Seventh Fleet U.S. Navy officers were also indicted for accepting bribes from Francis in exchange for military secrets, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, including retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless.

The Seventh Fleet is the largest numbered fleet in the U.S. Navy, with 60-70 ships, 200-300 aircraft and approximately 40,000 Sailors and Marines. It is responsible for Navy ships and subordinate commands that operate in the Western Pacific.

A total of 28 defendants have been charged in connection to the investigation—19 of whom have pleaded guilty and nine still await trail.

"The number of U.S. Navy officials who participated in this conspiracy is astounding," said Acting U.S. Attorney Alana W. Robinson. "Like so many others, this defendant sold out the Navy and his country for cocktails and karaoke. We are pressing forward in this investigation until we are certain that all involved have been held accountable."

In June 2016, Rear Admiral Robert Gilbeau became the first highest-ranking U.S. Navy officer to be charged in the case. He pleaded guilty to one felony charge in connection to the years-long corruption and fraud scheme.

He was sentenced in May of this year to three years of supervision after incarceration and was ordered to pay $150,000 in fines and restitution to the U.S. Navy.

Francis has also pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.

Cantu will be sentenced on Nov. 9.

<![CDATA[Report Released on Use of Police Force in State]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:50:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police+force.JPG

For the first time, California now has a tally of how often police used force against civilians in 2016.

The state Attorney General’s office released the report using data supplied by 800 law enforcement agencies in California for the year 2016.

This year represents the first year of data collection and reporting, as required now by a new law. Use of force includes incidents that resulted in serious injury or death to either the civilian or the officer, as well as all incidents in which a gun was fired.

You can read the full report here.

According to the report, law enforcement agencies in the state reported 782 use of force incidents in 2016. Of those incidents, 328 involved the firing of a gun.

Out of the 832 civilians involved in those incidents, 530 were injured and 57 died--of the 1729 officers involved, 349 were injured, five officers died.

The reports also stated that 40 percent or 330 civilians involved in use-of-force incidents showed signs of having mental issues and most had signs of drug and alcohol use.

According to the report, 42 percent of those civilians involved in the incidents, were Hispanic, 30 percent were white, 20 percent black. More than 50 percent of the officers involved were white.

But the numbers might not be completely accurate, according to the report.

"While every effort was made to provide access to all law enforcement agencies, not all agencies reported. Additionally, there could be inconsistencies in reporting during the first year as training and outreach efforts are ongoing," the report stated.

NBC 7 reached out to the Attorney General’s office for raw data to determine the numbers for San Diego County but was told those numbers would be forthcoming.

NBC 7 was able to get some local numbers for use of deadly force on the District Attorney's website.

But according to the District Attorney's website, there were 13 deadly officer-involved shootings in the county--three involving San Diego Police, two involving El Cajon Police, and eight involving the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

<![CDATA[New Linda Vista Charter School and Community Center in Works]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:03:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/connecticut-School-Desks-classroom.jpg

A new branch of the award-winning Thrive charter schools is in development for residents of Linda Vista, in addition to a new Bayside Community Center.

The project is brought in partnership with the non-profit organization Civic San Diego (CivicSD), which works to enhance underserved communities, according to a CivicSD statement.

At 35,000-square-feet, the new campus will be large enough for 500 students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade, according to Civic SD.

Amenities will include 30 learning spaces, a technology lab, community rooms, an outdoor classroom, learning lounges and collaborative student offices.

“Establishing a school in Linda Vista has been a top priority since our founding in 2014,” said Thrive Public School CEO Nicole Assisi.

In addition to the school, Thrive and Civic SD are working on a new Bayside Community Center.

“The area around the Bayside Community Center is reported to be one of the six most distressed blocks in San Diego with under-resourced housing and education facilities,” said Assisi. “This opportunity allows us to immediately address the educational inequality that exists in this community.

Assisi said bringing quality education is the starting point to community transformation.

CivicSD’s New Market Tax Credit program helped provide the funding for the project, according to CivicSD. The program allows CivicSD to sell tax credits to those who make investments to support certain low income communities.

“This is one of the many examples of how we are improving quality of life in some of San Diego’s most underserved communities,” said CivicSD President Reese A. Jarrett in a statement. “We are especially proud to be collaborating with Thrive Public Schools and Bayside Community Center in a neighborhood that is so very deserving of this resource.

CivicSD said the U.S. Treasury gave CivicSD four allocations of New Market Tax Credit, totaling $133 million, which has been used to fund low-income projects across San Diego.

<![CDATA[Local Woman Shocked to Find Puppy with Chemical Burns from Backyard Plant]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:31:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/164*120/remi.PNG

Amy Kat of Paradise Hills was stunned when she came home to find her one-year-old great Dane-mix, Remi, injured and her maltipoo, Koopa, sick.

"I noticed Remi had sap on his fur, when I wiped it off his skin rolled off with it," Kat recalled. "My little one, Koopa, was laying on the ground with four piles of vomit around him. He was unresponsive."

Terrified, Kat said she drove both her dogs to an emergency pet service in Chula Vista. The vet told her the dogs were sick from one of her backyard succulents, known as a pencil cactus.

The pencil cactus, or Euphorbia tirucalli, is toxic to humans, dogs, and cats worldwide and can cause serious intestinal and skin injury, according to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Some people refer to the plants as "sticks of fire." They can be small enough to fit in a container or tree-sized.

“This plant's white milky sap is toxic to pets and humans. If sap makes contact with the skin, a painful rash develops at the point of contact. If the sap gets in the eyes, it can cause temporary blindness,” stated Laura Eubanks, a succulent expert in San Diego.

Remi was chemically burned on 30 percent of his body by the pencil cactus, according to Kat. Her other dog, Koopa, ingested part of the plant, which is why he was vomiting.

Kat said both of her dogs are now doing better two weeks later and seem to be in good health. Remi is still on medication.

"They have such an unbreakable spirit," said Kat.

Kat is urging others to check for the plant in their backyards. She said she recently moved into her home, and the plants were put there by the previous homeowner.

"I checked for typical pointy plants and things that might hurt them, but I had no idea that pencil cactus could make them sick," said Kat. "I almost lost both my boys in one night."

If the plant is ingested, some signs to look out for are stomach pain, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.

Kat created a GoFundMe page to help raise money to pay for her dogs’ veterinary bills and medicine.

<![CDATA['Worst Nightmare': Grandma Speaks Out in Child Abuse Case]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:50:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/murrieta-benjamin-matthew-whitten-jeryn-christine-johnson.jpg

The grandmother of a 5-year-old boy abused and fighting for his life in the hospital said this is her "worst nightmare."

Treesa Browning's grandson has been at Rady Children's Hospital since Tuesday.

Browning said she's heartbroken to hear her grandson is now fighting for his life. She's called Child Protective Services and said more should have been done to protect him.

Her daughter, Sheila Whitten, is the boy's mother. She told NBC 7, Sheila lost custody of the boy after his father told the court her daughter had a mental disorder.

The boy's grandmother said her daughter is doing much better now and wants to get her son back. Until Tuesday, the boy was living with his father and girlfriend in Murrieta.

The two, Benjamin Whitten and Jeryn Johnson were arrested Tuesday and have since been charged with torture and cruelty to a child resulting in great bodily injury.

The boy's father is a U.S. Navy Sailor stationed in San Diego--which, according to Browning, played a big role in court on giving him full custody of the child.

The boy's mother lives in New York. Her family there is trying to raise money to get her to San Diego to be with her son.

Photo Credit: Murrieta Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Man Locks Self Inside Home, Starts Fire in Poway Standoff]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:12:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Poway+Standoff+2.JPG

A man locked himself inside a home in Poway during a standoff and then set the home on fire from the inside, deputies said.

Deputies were called to the 13000 block of Powers Road near Pomerado Road twice Friday.

The first incident occurred at 10:06 a.m.--deputies conducted a criminal investigation involving the suspect and his mother, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO).

Before deputies arrived at the scene, the suspect fled the home. He allegedly made claims to kill himself before he left, SDSO said.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., the suspect's mother reported to deputies that her son had returned to the home and was possibly armed with a firearm.

Deputies surrounded the home and the suspect's mother was safely able to get out.

During a standoff, deputies heard five to six gunshots fired inside the home. 

"My wife heard three pops, which I thought was something else then heard they were gun shots," neighbor Gaylen Henrichs said.

Shortly after, the 31-year-old man set the house on fire while inside, deputies said.

At around 4:15 p.m., the suspect was taken into custody without incident after he left the house through the back.

Firefighters were able to put out the fire.

"The real danger was the fire of course, the possibility of exchanging gun fire," said SDSO Sgt. Bo Robertson. "The residents were are our primary concern."

A small dog was also rescued from the home.

There were no injuries, SDSO said.

The suspect was taken to the Poway Sherrif's station where he attempted to escape from deputies but failed.

He was booked into San Diego Central Jail on several charges, including arson, vandalism, and assault on a peace officer.

SDSO officials said a replica pistol air soft gun was found inside the home.

No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[Woman Airlifted From Penasquitos Canyon]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:08:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/08-18-17+Penasquitos+Canyon+rescue.JPG

A woman who slipped and fell at the rocks in Penasquitos Canyon Friday afternoon, injuring her leg, was airlifted to a local hospital.

The call came in at 2:53 p.m. on Mercy and Black Mountain Road.

According to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD), the woman fell two miles down into the canyon and was unable to walk due to a leg injury.

Fire officials said four people are with the woman.

She was airlifted out of the canyon and taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital.

At this time, there is no word on the extent of her injury.

No other information was available.

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

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<![CDATA[Sex or Sleep? Male Fruit Flies Make a Choice: Study]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:55:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/0710-2015-FruitFlies.jpg

When given a choice of sex or sleep, male fruit flies tend to opt for the latter, while female fruit flies think differently, according to research out of the University of San Diego.

Divya Sitaraman, an assistant professor of psychological sciences at USD, studied two fundamental behaviors needed to survive in fruit flies: sex and sleep. The research, conducted across both genders of fruit flies, aimed to learn how organisms prioritize behaviors when a choice must be made.

While some actions can be performed at the same time – like walking and drinking coffee – some behaviors cannot be performed simultaneously because they use shared resources. The nervous system has evolved ways of helping us focus on a task at hand. For instance, when we’re hungry, we choose to seek food before anything else.

Sitaraman’s research looks into the genetic, neuronal and precise circuit mechanisms that help organisms – in this case, fruit flies – make choices in social behavior.

It turns out, male fruit flies would rather sleep than have sex.

"They would always choose sleep over courtship," Sitaraman explained. "The females do not show the same preference for sleep over sex."

According to the study, male fruit flies prioritized behaviors differently than females in this scenario: when they were sleep deprived, they reduced their courtship behaviors.

Female fruit flies, however, did not.

“Genes important in sex determination also seem to play a critical role in these behaviors. The interplay between sex and sleep circuitry at the neuronal level seems sex-specific and functions very differently in female flies. Taken together, the study uncovered the role of genes in regulating sex-specific behaviors, interaction between circuits involved in different behaviors and sexual dimorphism in decision making,” a press release from USD stated.

Sitaraman said her study shows that decision-making and behavioral execution of those decisions “cannot be generalized in males and females.”

She said it’s important to study both male and female organisms to better understand behavior.

“We might be missing out a lot of the neuroscience of the sexual dimorphism of decision-making,” she added.

Sitaraman’s study was conducted in collaboration with scientists at Yale University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Southeast University in China; the discoveries were published in last month’s issue of Nature Communications, a journal that publishes high-quality research in biology, physics, chemistry, Earth sciences and related fields.

She said the study has been "a neuroscientist’s dream."

USD said the professor was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for $366,409 to study sleep regulation by dopamine.

That upcoming research, according to the university, may one day help scientists figure out ways to treat sleep disorders in humans.

“These studies will not only expose undergraduates to cutting-edge neuroscience research but also further the long-term goal of exploiting the experimental tractability of the fly as a model for mammalian sleep and reveal new hypotheses and approaches in understanding and treating clinically significant problems of sleep disorders,” a press release stated.

You can read the full study here.

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<![CDATA[San Diegans Consider Alternate Energy Supply Programs]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:25:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/power-outage-sdge-power-lines.jpg

Will San Diegans eventually get their energy of choice--renewable, lower-cost--with greater environmental benefits than gas and electric firms offer?

Solana Beach power customers are already headed in that direction.

The San Diego City Council is expected to consider that “trending” prospect later this year.

It’s known as “community choice aggregation” (CCA), which serves residents in San Francisco, San Jose, Marin and Sonoma Counties and several other municipalities.

Residents who don’t want to buy into such programs are free to opt out and stay with companies such as SDG&E.

The state’s Public Utilities Commission is predicting that two out of three California communities will offer CCAs by 2020.

“This train has left the station,” said former Solana Beach city councilman Peter Zahn, a member of the city’s Climate Action Commission.

“All of the existing CCA’s throughout the state have been profitable, they’re producing surpluses,” Zahn noted, during Friday’s recording session for Sunday’s edition of NBC 7’s “Politically Speaking.”

Climate Action Campaign founder, Nicole Capretz, who is also an environmental attorney, said, “The communities are actually recognizing that they can stabilize energy costs. You know, in San Diego, we have the highest electricity rates in California.”

But skeptics caution that CCAs raise unanswered questions and pose certain risks involving finances and the availability of additional renewable supplies.

“Cities would have to make very big commitments to energy purchases going out ten or twenty years, in order for the supply to be developed for them to buy,” said CleanTech San Diego founder Jim Waring.

“And my concern with the CCA, I have yet to see the math that demonstrated it will produce new supply," added Waring.

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<![CDATA[Honor Flight San Diego Seeks WWII Veterans]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:18:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/honor+flight+san+diego.JPG

The non-profit Honor Flight San Diego (HFSD) is seeking veterans interested in participating in the next Tour of Honor trip from San Diego to Washington D.C. on Sept. 29.

Trip priority is given to World War II survivors, veterans who are terminally ill and those who are most senior, according to HFSD.

The Tour of Honor is a three-day trip to visit iconic veteran memorials around the nation’s capital.

The trip is provided at no cost to the veteran as a way to thank the men and women who fought in WWII for their service before time runs out, according to HFSD.

An estimated 620,000 WWII veterans remain alive as of 2016, and the Department of Veteran Affairs estimates that within 20 years there will be no more left.

The National WWII memorial, Vietnam memorial, Korea and Iwo Jima memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, U.S. Navy Yard and U.S. Naval Academy are among the locations scheduled for the upcoming trip, according to HFSD.

Female veterans will also have the opportunity to visit the Women in Military Service for America National Memorial.

Trip costs are approximately $2,500 per veteran and funded by donations to HFSD. Those interested in donating can visit the HFSD website.

For more information about the trip or to sign up for the upcoming flight, veterans can check the HFSD home page or fill out the veteran application.

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<![CDATA[Man Using Drone to Smuggle Meth Across Border Arrested: CBP]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:55:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SmugglerDrone1.JPG

After a drone carrying bags of methamphetamine landed in San Diego, a man was arrested for allegedly smuggling drugs nearby.

The drugs were worth about $46,000 and weighed over 13 pounds, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

On Aug. 8, the agent spotted the remote-controlled drone flying over the U.S.-Mexico border around 11:25 p.m. Other agents in the area were immediately placed on the lookout for the drone, said CBP officials.

“Due to the agents’ heightened vigilance, this drone smuggling scheme was stopped before these dangerous narcotics could enter our communities,” said Acting Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Boone Smith, in a statement.

An agent driving an all-terrain vehicle found the suspect at about 11:40 p.m. near the border at Servano Avenue and Valentino Street.

When the agent went up to the man, he caught him carrying a large open bag filled with plastic-wrapped packages of methamphetamine.

The CBP agent arrested the man and searched the surrounding area, about two miles west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry. As he investigated the scene, he discovered a drone hidden in the bushes. The drone was about 2 feet tall.

CBP officials said the man was later identified as a 25-year-old U.S. citizen.

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<![CDATA[Local Doctor Says Therapy Can Reverse Medical Abortion]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:53:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/N6PF+PKG+ABORTION+REVER_KNSD39QT.jpg

“I was pregnant but I didn't tell the father at the time and I decided to let him know when we were having a lot of fights and discussions,” 19-year-old Karen Raya told NBC 7 Investigates, “It wasn't going to be the happily ever after that I intended it to be.” 

Raya said feelings of fear and loneliness began driving her decisions six months ago when she found out she was pregnant for the second time. 

“It was really hard for me to think of completing this pregnancy and being a single mom of two,” she said, “I already have to work, I have to pay all of these bills, I'm going to school and it wasn't the ideal thing for me to do and I felt so alone.” 

Fearing judgment from her family, Raya said she kept the news of her second pregnancy and her next decision, to proceed with a medical abortion, to herself. Immediately after taking the first abortion pill, Raya said she was flooded with regret and searched ways to reverse the effects of the medication online. 

It was then Raya said she first learned about the abortion pill reversal program. 

“We are getting nowadays about 100 to 150 calls per month,” Dr. George Delgado, one of the founders of the abortion pill reversal program at the Culture of Life Family Services center in San Diego, told NBC 7 Investigates. He claims his therapy reverses medical abortions. 

According to Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, over 7,000 women sought medical abortion procedures in Southern California last year.  

A medical abortion is when a patient takes two drugs: mifepristone, followed by misoprostol. According to doctors, mifepristone blocks the effect of progesterone production and causes the uterine lining to break down. Misoprostol forces the pregnancy out of the body. 

“I knew how mifepristone had worked because I had studied it and knew it blocked progesterone receptors,” Delgado said. “Progesterone is an essential hormone for pregnancy, the name implies that: pro-gestation.” 

Delgado said he started developing the therapy to reverse the effects of the abortion pill in 2009 and theorized if a patient didn’t take the second medication and instead took doses of progesterone, the effects of the mifepristone dose could be reversed. 

“We are very close to having our 300th birth of successful reversal,” Delgado said. 

In 2012, Delgado and other doctors published a study of six women who underwent the reversal therapy treatment. According to the study, four of the six women who had originally taken mifepristone were able to carry pregnancies to term after doctors administered doses of progesterone. 

To see the study, click here.  

Eight years later, Delgado and physicians from across the country have formed a network of doctors who administer the therapy. 

“We don’t know much about this treatment, we don’t know if it’s effective and we don't know if there may be potential risks,” Dr. Daniel Grossman, a Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UC San Francisco, told NBC 7 Investigates. 

Grossman has been an outspoken critic of Delgado’s program. Working with other doctors, he published a 2015 medical review analyzing the effectiveness of medical abortion “reversal” treatments. The review concluded Delgado’s 2012 study “was of poor quality with few details.” 

According to their review, women who take the first of the two pills prescribed for a medical abortion, a 200mg dose of mifepristone, had a 23% chance of carrying out their pregnancy without participating in reversal treatment. 

“In the very rare case that a woman decides to continue the pregnancy after taking mifepristone, there’s a good chance the pregnancy will continue anyway if she doesn’t take the second medication,” Grossman said. “We have no evidence that this treatment is better than doing nothing.” 

To see Grossman’s review, click here.  

Abortion pill reversal therapy has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, according to an agency spokesperson. 

NBC 7 Investigates asked Delgado for the number of women his center has treated, including how many experienced successful reversals, but Delgado declined to provide the information. 

“I can’t quote my data because I’m going to submit this for publication but I can give you a rough estimate and with our best protocols, the embryo survival and birth rate is 60-70%,” he said. “That’s far better than a 25% survival rate.” 

Delgado said his program is privately funded and most insurance providers cover the therapy. If a client has to pay out of pocket, Delgado said donations to the center are used to cover the costs. 

NBC 7 Investigates has learned three states, Arkansas, South Dakota and Utah, have passed laws requiring physicians who provide abortion services to inform patients about the reversal program. In 2016, a similar bill was proposed in California but it did not pass. 

Groups like the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Planned Parenthood oppose such requirements. They said it’s unethical to inform a patient about a medical procedure that has little scientific or medical evidence behind it.  

Delgado told NBC 7 Investigates his study, set to be published later this year, will provide undeniable evidence of the program’s success. 

Raya is now entering her second trimester, after taking the first abortion pill and then seeking Delgado’s therapy in March. She said doctors have told her the baby girl looks healthy. 

“Hearing the first heartbeat gave me a sense of hope, that this program will help and I will become the statistic that helps it grow,” Raya said.

<![CDATA[County Requests Feedback on Backcountry Ambulance Services]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:38:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ambulance+generic2.jpg

County officials have requested community input to improve the quality of emergency medical services in the backcountry of San Diego County.

They would like feedback from residents who live in these areas, which includes rural and desert communities.

“We have seen large population growth in the county over the past 30 years, and changes in where people live and work. We’ve also seen changes to technology, including that which is used for dispatching ambulances,” said Andy Parr, EMS Administrator for the County of San Diego, in a statement.

A series of community forums will be held to ensure the public is well-informed about the county's plans.

“This study will look at how to ensure the closest, most appropriate resource can be sent to the scene of a medical emergency in the backcountry—the right service, to the right person, at the right time," added Parr.

County officials said the forums, organized by the County Health and Human Services Agency's office of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), are set for the following dates and locations:

  • On Aug 21, at the Alpine County Library, located on 1752 Alpine Blvd in Alpine from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • On Aug. 22, at the Julian Branch Library, located on 1850 CA-78 in Julian from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • On Aug. 23, at the Valley Center Library, located on 29200 Cole Grade Rd in Valley Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • On Aug. 24, at the Deer Springs FPD Station 1, located on 8709 Circle R Drive in Escondido from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • On Aug. 25, at Campo Village Library, located at 31356 CA-94 in Campo from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • On Aug. 25, at Crest Branch Library, located at 105 Juanita Lane in El Cajon from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Nationwide Shortage of Bus Drivers Worries School Officials]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:34:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/school+bus+generic+ct.jpg

Escondido Union High School officials are worried there won't be enough bus drivers to transport students to school in the future after reports of a bus driver shortage sweep the nation.

A survey from the School Bus Fleet's Top 50 Contractors found that many contractors are boosting their incentives and advertising to attract new bus drivers, as shortages continue to be an issue.

"The problem is that the process in which the driver has to go through in order to obtain that certificate is a lengthy one," said Lina Rendon, the director of transportation for the Escondido Union High School District.

"We're the only industry that pulls up with a big yellow bus and that parents allow our children to get on without ever knowing us. So it's a very big responsibility," explained Rendon.

Twenty-two percent of contractors reported a severe shortage in bus drivers, according to the survey.

A lot of benefits are included for full-time bus drivers including sick leave, medical and life insurance and retirement programs, according to the state. The survey shows that 17 percent of contractors are increasing pay and benefits for drivers to add extra incentives.

One bus driver, Adam Chavez, told NBC 7 that his job with the Escondido Union High District is fulfilling with great perks, including getting to experience some school trips and sporting events with the students he drives around.

"They have all kinds of benefits for us. We have, you know, the payscale is really good too," said Chavez. "So I’ve been enjoying it for 17 years, so I want to keep doing this until I can’t."

California has tough restrictions on qualifications for bus drivers, according to the DMV. They have to pass multiple tests to prove they will be able to transport children, properly operate the lights, stop signs, other warning devices on the school bus and other important safety skills.

According to the state, drivers must go through a training program once hired and undergo drug testing. 

School officials fear the lengthy process to gain qualifications may have discouraged some potential drivers.

NBC 7 reached out to several school districts in the region regarding this issue. Currently, there are no indications of a bus driver shortage in schools across San Diego County.

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<![CDATA[Eater SD: Fresh Asian Restaurants, New Downtown Brewery]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:04:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Eater-Ramen-Ryoma.jpg

Eater San Diego shares the top stories of the week from San Diego’s food and drink scene, including the scoop on new Asian-inspired restaurants in Hillcrest and Coronado, and details on a brewery headed to downtown San Diego.

Japanese Ramen Shop and Izakaya Heading for Hillcrest
With a menu that includes ramen as well as Japanese small plates, Ramen Ryoma will open this fall on University Avenue, in the heart of Hillcrest. The eatery has roots in Portland and Las Vegas; its specialty is miso ramen with hand-massaged noodles and broth that's made fresh every 12 servings. The two-level space will include a bar pouring craft beer, wine, and sake. 

Asian-Fusion Noodle Bar Landing in Coronado
Blue Bridge Hospitality, which runs several restaurants on Coronado Island including Stake Chophouse and Leroy's Kitchen + Bar, will open West Pac Noodle Bar on Orange Avenue this October. Inspired by San Diego's Navy history, the casual eatery will feature an Asian-fusion menu that includes noodles, poke bowls, dim sum, and dumplings.

Craft Brewery and American Brasserie Coming Downtown
A Los Angeles-based hospitality group is building a brewery and modern American brasserie on Broadway, where it replaces The Beer Company. Called The Bell Marker, it has an alum of Pizza Port San Clemente at the helm and will seat 200 guests in a restaurant featuring pizza, shareable plates, and larger entrees. 

Middletown Catches Fresh Seafood Restaurant and Fish Market
Sharing space with 57 Degrees wine and beer bar will be Fishmonger's Market and Seafood Bar, a new 5,000-square-foot seafood showcase launching next month in San Diego’s Middletown area. Locally-based celebrity chef Frank Terzoli is behind the project, which will combine a raw bar and restaurant with a fresh fish market that will also offer ready-to-cook meals. 

The Essential Guide to San Diego Hot Dogs
San Diego offers lots of tasty options for this American ballpark classic, from Tijuana to Chicago-style variations. Eater's guide to the top local hot dog spots includes a dozen dogs ranging from Mexican gourmet hot dogs to traditional franks and artisan sausages. 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ramen Ryoma
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<![CDATA[Bay Area Man Among 14 Killed in Barcelona: Family]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:44:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Barcelona+couple.jpg
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<![CDATA[San Diego Clergy Stand United Against Hate, Racism]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:22:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/InterfaithMeetingSanDiego081817.jpg

Clergy from across San Diego County stood together Friday and called for an end to racism and violence like that seen in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Members of the San Diego Organizing Project, a nonpartisan federation of 31 faith congregations, gathered at St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral on Sixth Avenue.

Rabbi Devorah Marcus with the Temple Emanu-El of San Diego shared what the images from the rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville meant to him. 

“As a Jew, I cannot begin to express what it was like to see Nazi flags being waved proudly without embarrassment or shame on our American streets, that confederate flag is equally vile," Marcus said.” 

Faith leaders countywide publicly rejected every form of intolerance.

“There is no reason for us to be bigots, there is no reason for any members of our faith communities to stand with prejudice in their hearts,” said Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan of the Roman Catholic Diocese of SD. 

Some spoke directly to President Donald Trump who has been criticized concerning his varied responses to the violence. 

"We as a united people must hold President Trump to a higher standard. We must demand that he pay attention, not just to Confederate statues and racist groups, but to overall social outcomes,” said Bishop Cornelius Bowser of the Charity Apostolic Church.

Along with denouncing the alt-right and white supremacists who rallied against the removal of a Confederate statue last weekend, the group called out to San Diego area law enforcement authorities to put together a public safety plan.

They want officers to be prepared to protect those who demonstrate against fascism in future events here in San Diego.

“We call upon our elected officials to uphold the principles and values of peace love and justice, so all of us, all our communities can prosper can enjoy this gift given to us by our lord and our creator,” said Iman Taha Hassane with the Islamic Center of San Diego.

Several also called on people who are not discriminated against to stand up for their neighbor and fight injustice. 

“We are here today to send a clear message that the faith community of San Diego will not be silent in the face of racism, bigotry, and hatred," said Rev. Kathleen Owens, First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego. “We especially call on white people to stand in solidarity for equality and to dismantle the system of white supremacy and oppression.” 

“All that is required for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. I am concerned that for too long, too many of us, especially white people, especially white clergy, thinking that we are good people, have done too little. We have fallen asleep, dreaming our world is better than it is. We must wake up,” said Rev. Mary Sue Brookshire with the Pioneer Ocean View United Church of Christ.

Bishop George McKinney with the 2nd Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ called on San Diegans to fight to the finish. 

“We must all be involved in fighting for justice and righteousness and peace and freedom," he said.

Photo Credit: Artie Ojeda]]>
<![CDATA[Locker Room Incident at San Pasqual HS Under Investigation]]> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:33:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Pasqual-HS-generic.jpg

An investigation has been launched after students reported a male teacher was present in the girls' locker room at San Pasqual High School, Escondido Union High School District officials confirmed Friday.

NBC 7 is investigating the details of the alleged incident.

Two female students reported to a San Pasqual administrator that the male teacher “had observed girls as they were changing clothes” on Thursday, according to the statement from Superintendent Steven Boyle.

The school administrator notified the Principal Martin Casas who then reported the allegation to Dr. Olga West, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, according to the district.

“The Escondido Union High School District, including San Pasqual High School, takes any and all allegations of misconduct very seriously,” the superintendent said in the written release.

The high school posted a message to parents and students on Facebook advising anyone with information to contact West. 

The teacher was described as a male P.E. teacher by the district. He's been placed on paid administrative leave, according to a district spokesperson.

San Pasqual High School is located on Bear Valley Parkway in Escondido. 

Men are not allowed into the girls' locker room or dressing room, per the district spokesperson. As a practice, men announce themselves before entering, the spokesperson said. 

Anyone with information on this incident can contact NBC 7 Investigates at (619) 578-0393.

Escondido Police Lt. Justin Murphy said the school resource officer was notified of the report. The department is investigating the incident but he could not confirm a crime had been committed.

Potential witnesses will be interviewed as part of the investigation, Murphy said.

<![CDATA[Electric Bike Swiped From Kearny Mesa Business]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:29:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Electrical-Bike-Theft-081817.jpg

Two men walked into a local business Tuesday and left with keys to the store, merchandise and an electric bicycle valued at $1,500, according to San Diego police.

The theft happened at 2 p.m. inside The Little Guy Trailers on Ronson Road.

The two men, described as in their 20s, worked together to distract employees while they stole T-shirts, a battery, store keys and an electric folding bicycle. The bicycle, valued at $1,500, was located in the back of the store.

San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego Police Department’s Eastern Division are asking for the public’s help to track down the pair.

They’ve released images from store surveillance cameras showing one suspect wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans with a black, flat-brim baseball hat with white coloring on the top of the hat. This suspect also has a large tattoo on his left forearm and was wearing a large wristwatch.

The second suspect was wearing a grey and black camouflage, long-sleeve shirt, black shorts and a black baseball hat.

Anyone with information on the identity and or location of these suspects can call the San Diego Police Department’s Eastern Division at (858) 495-7900 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

<![CDATA[Your Corner: Turning Old Cupcakes and Bread Into Vodka]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:14:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/211*120/vodka+distillers.JPG

What’s old is new again. It’s a saying that applies perfectly to an idea by the owners of one of San Diego’s newest distilleries.

“When we first came up with the idea, no one thought it was a good one,” said Sam Chereskin, co-owner of Misadventure and Company.

His idea was to take old bread products and use them to make vodka.

Once a week Chereskin takes a van to the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego food bank and picks up a load of more than a thousand pounds of bread products the food bank can no longer give away. Most of them are past their due date, but still useable.

“We get twinkies, ho hos, French baguettes, crullers, you name it. The whole bakery aisle goes into our vodka,” said co-owner Whitney Rigali. “Essentially, all these baked goods have starches and sugars inside them, which are the building blocks to making any type of alcohol.”

Rigali walked us through the process which includes combining all the bread products into what could be described as a giant, warm blender. It mashes the mixture up into what he describes as a sweet porridge. From there, yeast is added to eat the sugar and create alcohol. At that point, what Rigali says is essentially a bread beer, is heated to extract the alcohol, which is eventually turned into vodka.

There are multiple reasons for doing it this way.

For one, the bread products they get from the food bank are free, which Chereskin and Rigali say allows them to make and later sell the vodka for less.

The other, more important reason, is about a lot more than alcohol.

“If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest contributor of greenhouse gases behind the United States and China,” said Chereskin. “In 2014, the amount of food wasted could fill the empire state building 90 some times.”

According to the USDA, more than $16 billion worth of food is wasted in the U.S. every year. The National Resource Defense Council claims 40 percent of the food made in this country is never eaten.

If other companies catch on, using old bread products to make alcohol could be one way San Diego fights food waste because the distillery industry is growing in the county.

According to California’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, there are 17 licensed distilleries in San Diego County, compared to just two, five years ago.

“We’re piggybacking off the craft brewing scene, the boom, really,” said Rigali.

For now, Misadventure and Company is pretty much alone in its process, and Sam Chereskin said he has multiple reasons to feel good about the work they’re doing.

“I have a reason to get up in the morning that goes beyond having a drink, but I get to have that too. So, it’s a pretty fun day.”

<![CDATA[Kearny Mesa Smart Growth Plan]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:47:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Kearny_Mesa_Smart_Growth_Plan.jpg

NBC 7 Greg Bledsoe explains a proposal to add housing to Kearny Mesa north of downtown and Mission Valley.

<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters 2017: NBC 7 Viewer Pet Photos]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:01:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/203*120/CTSSD+viewer+34.jpg NBC 7 viewers shared their pet photos in honor of the upcoming Clear the Shelters campaign to find loving homes for animals. ]]> <![CDATA[Where to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse in San Diego]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:27:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Total-Solar-Eclipse-NBCGfx.jpg

All eyes will be on the sky Monday across the United States during the highly-anticipated total solar eclipse and, in San Diego, there are plenty of places where you can safely watch the rare astronomical event.

Although San Diego is not located in the eclipse’s path of totality, locals will be able to see the partial eclipse beginning at 9:07 a.m. From San Diego’s vantage point, the eclipse will reach its maximum point of visibility at around 10:23 a.m.; the celestial phenomenon ends around 11:45 a.m.

In Balboa Park, the Fleet Science Center will host an eclipse viewing event starting at 9 a.m. in the plaza in front of the center. The free, all-ages outdoor event features educational activities such as a session with the Fleet’s resident astronomer, Dr. Lisa Will, who will answer questions about the eclipse. Visitors will also learn about the Sun, orbits of planets and more.

Attendees will get the opportunity to get crafty by making pin-hole projectors that can then be used to safely view the eclipse. For weeks, the Fleet has been selling solar eclipse glasses in anticipation of the big event. However, as of Thursday, the Fleet said they had sold out of those glasses and they will no longer be available at Monday's viewing party.

Still, the center said they will have other safe viewing options to share with those who attend the party.

Meanwhile, more than two dozen of the City of San Diego’s public libraries will take part in the "Sky Party @The Library." The gatherings, most of which start at 9:45 a.m., will feature activities such as scavenger hunts and story time during the eclipse. Some libraries will show a livestream of the eclipse, too.

Participating libraries include:

  • Allied Gardens/Benjamin Library
  • Balboa Library
  • Carmel Mountain Ranch
  • Carmel Valley Library
  • College-Rolando Library
  • Kensington-Normal Heights Library
  • La Jolla/Riford Library
  • Linda Vista Library
  • Mira Mesa Library
  • Mission Hills Library
  • North Clairemont Library
  • North Park Library
  • Oak Park Library
  • Ocean Beach Library
  • Otay Mesa-Nestor Library
  • Pacific Beach/Taylor Library
  • Paradise Hills Library
  • Point Loma/Hervey Library
  • Rancho Bernardo Library
  • San Ysidro Library
  • Scripps Miramar Ranch Library
  • Tierrasanta Library
  • Central Library (+ livestream)
  • Logan Heights Library (+ livestream)
  • Rancho Penasquitos Library (+ livestream)
  • University Community Library (+ livestream)
  • Mission Valley Library (+ livestream and "Sunshine Storytime")
  • North University Community Library (+ livestream and "Sunshine Storytime")

The city’s website says each library will have a limited supply of solar eclipse viewing glasses to hand out at the Sky Party. 

In San Diego’s North County, Oceanside Photo and Telescope (OPT), located at 918 Mission Ave., plans to set up 10 solar telescopes in the parking lot during the eclipse – from about 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Jason Brown, OPT’s director of marketing, said anyone could come out to the lot, for free, and take a look at the telescopes. However, as of Tuesday, Brown said OPT had sold out of their solar eclipse viewing glasses, so those will not be available for purchase there on the day of the eclipse.

And, according to NASA, eye protection during an eclipse is crucial; the only safe way to directly view an eclipse is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses. NASA has put together this list of eclipse safety tips.

At Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP), the Visitor Center will host a small gathering during the eclipse with the help of a few members from the San Diego Astronomy Association (SDAA).

Kin Searly, vice president of the SDAA, said he, along with other members, will bring a couple of special solar telescopes to the Visitor Center -- including one with a white light filter -- so people can view the eclipse. Searly said another SDAA member will be positioned at the park's West Sycamore entrance, also with a telescope. He said members will provide a limited number of eclipse viewing glasses as well.

He said SDAA members will be available to answer questions about the eclipse throughout the gathering. 

The MTRP Visitor Center also plans to livestream NASA's broadcast of the eclipse in the facility's 94-seat amphitheater. Since there are size constraints at this venue and parking is limited, the MTRP event will be small, a park official said.

Searly said only a few SDAA members will be there since most of them are out of town, traveling toward the eclipse's path of totality.

"They are chasing totality," he said. "And I don't blame them."

Now, if you’re up for a short Southern California road trip to view the eclipse, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will host viewing events on Monday. Mount Jacinto State Park Interpreter Allison Barnes will host a program on the viewing deck of the Tramway’s Mountain Station with the park providing solar viewing glasses for the first 50 people and a telescope with a solar filter.

Meanwhile, the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles plans to host a free, public viewing party from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. that includes telescope viewing from the lawn, sidewalks and on the observatory’s solar telescope in the Hall of the Sky. Solar eclipse viewing glasses will be sold at the facility’s Stellar Emporium gift shop, which opens at 8 a.m. that day.

Monday’s total solar eclipse is exclusive to the U.S.The last total solar eclipse visible in the continental U.S. was on February 26, 1979, but we haven't a total solar eclipse exclusive to the U.S. since June 2018.

The eclipse’s 70-mile path of totality crosses through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and North and South Carolina. All of North America that’s outside of the path – including San Diego – will be able to see a partial eclipse.

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<![CDATA[Man Sought for Sneaking into Bedroom of Little Italy Apt]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:21:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Little-Italy-Sex-Assault-sketch.jpg

A woman sleeping next to her boyfriend was sexually assaulted Thursday by a strange man in her apartment, San Diego police said.

The brazen crime occurred just before 2 a.m. on India Street in the Little Italy neighborhood downtown.

Police released a composite sketch of the suspect, along with two pictures of a man from surveillance videos whom they believe may be the suspect.

The woman, in her 20s, told police she awakened to a man sexually assaulting her as she lay in her bed.

"It's a very bold person, I will tell you that--very bold person to do that," said SDPD Lt. Brent Williams.

The woman fought the man off. Then, her boyfriend chased him out of the apartment, police said. The suspect ran toward India Street until the boyfriend lost sight of him.

Neighbors told NBC 7, they are shaken up by the incident.

"We're one door over. These buildings are old, people sleep with their windows open. That could have been us," said Courtney Kiesie.

Police believe the man entered the apartment through a window that opens to an alley.

"What we would ask San Diegans--if they have to leave their windows open--is to somehow secure it. Depending how windows open, it can be secured with a stick or a pole," Williams said.

The couple was sleeping with the window open because the apartment does not have air conditioning. 

"In the past, we've had crimes where assailants were able to get up to those higher level windows and still make entry. So you want to be safe and we want all citizens to be safe," Williams said.

No other information was available.

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

Photo Credit: SDPD]]>
<![CDATA[Mother of Injured Child Files Suit Against Big-Rig Company]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:04:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/08-02-17+La+Mesa+Big+Rig+crash+5.JPG

The mother of a 6-year-old seriously injured after a semi truck jackknifed in La Mesa is now suing the company involved in the crash, claiming the truck driver "failed to use reasonable care to operate the big-rig."

The horrific crash happened in early August on State Route 125. The California Highway Patrol said the big rig, owned by Swift Transportation, drifted across lanes in both directions before coming to a halt in a jackknife position.

A mother and her daughter were killed, and six others were hurt.

Aneta Andarus' 6-year-old daughter has been in the hospital since the crash, listed in serious condition. Her daughter, Christina, was able to move her right and left leg for the first time since the accident on Monday, according to a post from her school, Reformation Lutheran School.

"The defendants' negligent acts proximately caused Plaintiffs' devastating injuries, including pain and suffering, financial loss, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress," the suit reads.

CHP says the crash investigation will take several weeks to complete, and has not released the name of the driver for her safety.

NBC 7 reached out to Swift Transportation twice on Thursday and is still waiting for a response. We will update this story once we receive it.

The most recent response NBC 7 received from Swift Transportation was on August 4, two days after the accident.

At that time, Cozette Phifer, the Vice President of Marketing and Communication for the company, said the investigation is ongoing and will not be complete "for some time."

"Because of that, we aren’t able to comment on specific personnel or decisions concerning our personnel, right now,” Phifer wrote. "All I can really tell you is that our hearts go out to all involved, including their friends and family. We are doing all we can to determine what happened, how it happened and how we can make sure it doesn’t happen, again."

The suit does not list a specific amount of damages. The name of the truck driver is also not listed on the lawsuit.

Photo Credit: NBC 7
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<![CDATA[Human Bones From More Than 100 People Found in Tijuana]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:18:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/foto+generica+de+police+line+tape+2.jpg

The remains of more than 100 people found in a community in Tijuana, Mexico Wednesday are believed to have been buried in that location a decade ago and are possibly connected a drug cartel member who was arrested in 2009.

Ev Meade, Director of the Transborder Institute at University of San Diego (USD), told NBC 7 Thursday, a press release confirming the discovery was sent out by a special branch of the Attorney General's office for organized crime in Mexico.

Thursday, investigators were uncovering the bones of more than 120 people outside of the Maclovio Rojas area in Tijuana.

Meade said while this is a new discovery, it's part of a longer history.

"On the one hand, this is a new story because it is a new discovery-- these are new remains that haven’t been seen before. But in another way, this is a very old story. It’s the same story that has been going on since 2007 or 2008 when we started to learn the terrible history of a guy named 'El Pozolero' or 'stew maker,' Santiago Meza, who worked for the Arrellano-Felix cartel and Sinaloa cartel, dissolving the bodies of their victims in acid," Meade said.

According to Meade, Meza was arrested in 2009 and admitted to dissolving the bodies of more than 300 people in acid and burying them. He gave the authorities a map of where the bodies were located.

But Meade said the authorities "sat on this incredible declaration" because they were focused on taking down some of the big drug cartels in Tijuana.

It wasn't until 2012 that one of the mass graves was discovered, Meade added.

"This was the first time not only that they dug up one of these mass graves but that they allowed the victim’s families to see what it was like and see if they could perhaps do identifications," he told NBC 7. "There was a micro-burst of activity around it then but it never really went anywhere in part because it was hard to identify the victims and in part because of politics."

Meade said new evidence led to the discovery of the bodies Wednesday, five years after the initial findings.

At this time, it is unknown who the victims are and what caused their death.

It has not been confirmed if Meza is connected to this incident.

<![CDATA[Injured Boy's Ex-Babysitter Regrets Not Seeing Signs]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:43:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/murrieta-benjamin-matthew-whitten-jeryn-christine-johnson.jpg

A family friend and a former babysitter of a 5-year-old boy found severely injured and malnourished in a Murrieta home is now a key witness in the case against the boy's father and his live-in girlfriend.

Jodie Sanchez told NBC 7 Thursday, she is regretting not having read the warning signs.

"We've been a wreck, we've been thinking, it was right there under my nose and I didn't see it," Sanchez said.

U.S. Navy Sailor Benjamin Matthew Whitten, 33, and Jeryn Christine Johnson, 25, were arrested Tuesday in Murrieta.

Both faced a judge Thursday and were charged with torture and cruelty to a child resulting in great bodily injury. Whitten's bail was set at $1 million and Johnson at $75,000.

Whitten was stationed in San Diego.

His son remains in serious condition at Rady Children's Hospital.

Sanchez spoke to NBC 7 on the phone Thursday.

She said Whitten and Johnson restricted the boy's diet and prohibited her from feeding him more.

"He would come to me and ask for food. I would have to tell him no," she said. "Well I would ask her first and she would say no because he has stomach issues and he'll throw up."

When paramedics took the boy to the hospital Tuesday, investigators said he was severely malnourished.

Sanchez said she last saw the boy on Oct. 1. She said at the time, he was small and pale but did not appear sick. 

"He is a very sweet kid, very sweet. Now I just realize he didn't know how to ask for help," Sanchez said.

Authorities also rescued 11 dogs, four cats, and two fish from the home.

Sanchez said Johnson fostered rescue animals and she realizes now the dogs were better fed.

"I could say they treated him like an animal. From what I see, from what I hear now, it seems like they treated him like one of the animals," Sanchez said.

Court records indicate the boy’s mother, Sheila Whitten, lost custody three years ago because of a mental disorder.

Sanchez told NBC 7, the mother had moved to New York.

Under the circumstances, the boy has no family or guardian with him.

Photo Credit: Murrieta Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[2 Marijuana Dispensaries Raided by SDPD]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:41:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/marijuana-GettyImages_698723.jpg

Four people were arrested at one of two pot dispensaries raided Thursday by San Diego police. 

The San Diego Police Department’s Narcotics Unit served search warrants at two dispensaries they said were operating illegally. 

The Healing Center at 7920 Arjons Drive and Kush Factory at 6790 Top Gun Street were the targets of the warrants.

Four people working at The Healing Center were arrested and issued misdemeanor citations, police said. 

Officers also seized approximately 30 pounds of marijuana, $37,000 in cash, multiple types of edibles and concentrated cannabis. Officials also took business records from the dispensary. 

The Kush Factory was closed for renovation. Officers said the business records seized will lead them to the owner who will be charged with operating an illegal business as well as the sale of marijuana.

Police and the city attorney's office have now closed down more than 60 dispensaries since they began a targeted crackdown last March, Lt. Matt Novak said.

"The goal is to eliminate all illegal marijuana businesses, whether it be dispensaries, delivery services, [or] any other businesses that might try to open illegally without going through the city's legal permitting process for marijuana businesses," said SDPD Lt. Matt Novak, who oversees the Narcotics Unit.

He said relentless civil and criminal prosecution appear to be working. But some illegal marijuana dispensaries are still reaping the benefits, making up to $15,000 a day.

"And they don't pay taxes, they don't have to pay the permitting fees, they don't have to adhere to a lot of the rules that the legal process makes them do," added Novak.

Police officials said the narcotics unit is working with the City Attorney’s office to investigate marijuana businesses including delivery services and dispensaries operating illegally within city limits.

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<![CDATA[Nationals Edge Padres]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:05:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/171*120/Zimmerman+Petco+Park+HR.JPG

The Washington Nationals are one of the very few teams in baseball that can lose a player as good as Bryce Harper and still be a World Series contender.

The Nats started a 4-game set at Petco Park with a 2-1 win over the Padres on Thursday night. Former Padres starter Edwin Jackson (OK, he only made 13 starts in San Diego but he’s a cool guy) liked pitching in the East Village when he was here and that hasn’t worn off.

Jackson tossed 7.0 innings of one-run ball to get the first win of his 15-year career against the Friars. The only run he allowed came on a 3rd inning single by Jose Pirela that brought in Manuel Margot and tied the game 1-1.

San Diego starter Jhoulys Chacin was as effective if not as efficient. Chacin only allowed one run in 5.0 innings but worked too many deep counts and left after 104 pitches.

In the 8th inning it was still tied 1-1. Reliever Kirby Yates struck out the side but with two outs allowed a solo home run to All-Star Ryan Zimmerman that turned out to be the game-winner. Things don’t exactly get easier for the Padres on Friday night because they have to deal with Washington ace Max Scherzer. Padres righty Luis Perdomo is tasked with trying to keep the Friars in the game against one of the best in the National League.

<![CDATA[18-Year-Old Turns Self in For Stabbing in Ocean Beach]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:40:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDPD-Generic-Garske-1115.jpg

An 18-year-old turned himself in to police in connection with the stabbing of a man in Ocean Beach Thursday.

Adrian Castillo was taken into custody about an hour after the incident occurred, San Diego police (SDPD) said.

The incident occurred at 6:42 p.m. on the 2500 block of Bacon Street at Robb Field Park. 

Police said a verbal argument started between two men among a group of people at the park. The argument turned physical and the suspect stabbed a 20-year-old man in the stomach.

The victim suffered a 6-inch long cut on his stomach and was taken to a local hospital. His injuries are considered to be non-life threatening.

After the stabbing, the suspect jumped into the back seat of a black Honda Civic and took off from the park. The driver of the suspect's vehicle was a man in his 20s, police said.

An investigation is underway.

No other information is available.

Photo Credit: Monica Garske]]>
<![CDATA[Local Woman Says Friends in Spain 'Terrified' After Attack]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:49:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Barcelona_Attack_for_Facebook_1200x675_1027276867979.jpg

A Pacific Beach resident said she has been glued to her phone, calling loved ones in Spain to make sure they are safe after Thursday's terrorist attack in Barcelona.

Samantha Berns told NBC 7, the attack Thursday hit close to home and it was difficult to process the news.

A van plowed through the crowds on a busy walkway in Barcelona Thursday afternoon, killing 13 people, injuring 100 others.

Berns said her friend explained the chaos during the terror attack through Whatsapp messages.

"He said, 'Right now it’s really hard here, everything is really hard,'" Berns said, reading off her friend's message.

Berns said her friend told her when he was caught in the attack, "he had and his friends they had to run."

"When everybody started stampeding they did too," she added.

One of the most vibrant cities in the world, she explained, has gone silent Thursday night.

"My friends are terrified. They’re scared. They’re angry. They feel very nervous,” she told NBC 7.

She said those feelings won't remain forever.

"You have to acknowledge the terror and you have to move on because they're not winning," said Berns. "Tomorrow in Barcelona, at noon, they want everyone to go to the streets and they want to have a moment of silence and that's good and I want everyone to do that, I want to do that here. They don't win, the terrorists don't win."

Early Friday, authorities in Spain confirmed police officers had shot and killed five suspects in a seaside resort town south of Barcelona in response to a terrorist attack.

<![CDATA[Brazen Break-In Recorded on Camera in Carmel Valley]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:46:53 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Carmel+Valley+burglary.JPG

Two suspects stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry belonging to a man's dying father from inside a Carmel Valley home in the middle of the day.

The brazen theft was caught on surveillance video.

Dr. Anil Keswani said it has been a tough week for his family. He was thousands of miles away when his home was broken into Tuesday. 

"I was out of town with my Dad who’s passing away. While he was actually passing away, I received a text alert that somebody was at my door," Keswani said. "The next thing I know is I get a call from my neighbor who told me there appeared to be two men who were carrying a very heavy box out of my house."

The thieves made their way to the side of the house, and then moved to the back, getting to the second-floor balcony and breaking a window.

Once inside, they stole a safe filled with passports and jewelry, including an engagement ring belonging to Keswani's grandmother.

"It was a very precise, calculated process," Keswani told NBC  7.

He said he’s devastated by the loss, but said it could have been a lot worse. Two of his children left just a few minutes before the thieves broke in.

According to San Diego police, the suspects' car is a 2017 white Honda Accord with paper plates with red lettering on them.

If you have any information, you are asked to call SDPD at (619)531-2000.

<![CDATA[Search for Residential Burglary Suspects in Carmel Valley]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:22:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/8-17-17-Carmel+Valley+Burglary.jpg

San Diego police are asking for the public's help in finding who broke into a Carmel Valley home through the bathroom window and ransacked the place, racing to their getaway car only when they tripped a motion detector. 

On Tuesday, the residents of a home in the 12900 block of Harkwick Lane left the house to run errands. The house is located north of State Route 56 and south of Del Mar Heights Road. 

Within the same hour, at approximately 1:50 p.m., a silver Kia Soul parked outside the home. 

The female driver, described as a woman with long, straight black hair down to her waist, went up to the house and knocked on the front door for about three minutes. She returned to the car. 

Two suspects -- two men -- then got out of the car and walked up to the house while the car drove away. 

The two men snuck in through a side gate and broke the bathroom window, crawling into the home, police said. 

The men ransacked the home for approximately 30 minutes before they triggered an upstairs alarm motion detector and fled, police said. 

When the suspect ran out, the Kia Soul was waiting for them. 

The suspect got into the car, and the vehicle was seen driving southbound on Ashley Falls Drive. 

The female driver was last seen wearing a light colored blouse, tight fitting black pants, and black heels, or pumps. She also carried a light colored, oversized purse on her right shoulder. 

The first suspect was last seen wearing a light colored hoodie, possibly with a logo across the chest, with the hood pulled up over his head, dark colored athletic pants with several thin, parallel, white or light colored stripes running down the side, and dark shoes. 

The second suspect was seen wearing a red hoodie with the hood pulled up, light colored pants and black or dark colored shoes. 

No further information is available. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (858) 523-7041. 

Photo Credit: San Diego Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[SD Blood Bank in Critical Need of Donations]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:14:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Summer_Blood_Drive_Seeks_Blood_Donations.jpg

San Diego Blood Bank announced a need for those who have not given blood recently to consider donating as soon as possible.

The need for blood is expected to increase as Labor Day approaches and supplies are reaching critically low levels, the San Diego Blood Bank announced Thursday.

The blood shortage is not just in San Diego, but nationwide.

“This summer is a difficult time not only for us here in San Diego but across the country as well,” said SD Blood Bank Chief Executive Officer David Wells. “There is no substitute for blood—donations are critically needed.”

Blood transfusions are used for hospital patients who experience blood loss due to trauma, as well as those battling blood disorders like aplastic anemia, sickle cell anemia and leukemia, according to the SD Blood Bank website.

Blood bank replenishment is necessary because blood has a shelf life of only 42 days, and blood platelets, which are used for burn victims and cancer patients, only last five days, according to the Miller-Keystone Blood Center

The SD Blood Bank said eligibility requirements are the donor must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds and feel healthy without cold or flu-like symptoms. Sixteen year olds are also allowed to donate, with parental consent.

An eligible donor can give blood every eight weeks, according to The American Red Cross.

The SD Blood Bank encourages people to become regular donors because only five percent of those eligible to donate actually do, according to the SD Blood Bank fact sheet. O positive and O negative blood types are especially needed.

Those interested in donating blood can call 1-800-4-MY-SDBB or visit the SD Blood Bank website.

<![CDATA[Sales of Eclipse Sunglasses Soar in Oceanside]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:24:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/solar-eclipse-glasses.jpg

San Diegans hoping to buy a pair of coveted solar eclipse sunglasses must move quickly, as sales rocket approaching the big day.

While locals are preparing to get a glimpse of the once-in-a-century eclipse, the essential sunglasses are selling like hot cakes across town. This has proved to be especially true for the Oceanside Photo and Telescope (OPT) shop in Oceanside.

“We've had 60,000 of them in, and we've sold out of every single one of those,” said Jason Brown, an employee at OPT. “If you look through them, you actually can’t see anything at all. But when you look up at the sun, you’ll see a nice big orange dot.”

On Friday, the store will receive a shipment of 400 more glasses, that slightly resemble 3-D movie glasses. They expect to sell out by 10 a.m.

“It’s that perfect timing when the moon gets right in front of the sun, in between us and the sun. We get what we call a solar eclipse,” said Ashantis Davis, the exhibit projects supervisor at the Fleet Science Center.

Davis explained that the last time an eclipse like this passed through the U.S. was back in 1918, and one that passed a portion of the U.S. in 1979.

San Diegans will be able to view the eclipse at 65 percent, according to the Fleet Center.

Other safe ways to view the eclipse without glasses include a pinhole, a camera obscura or even welding safety glasses in shade 14, said Ashantis.

“We can kind of calculate it based upon dates and times. This is how we’re able to tell you that the next one will happen in about 25 years,” said Davis.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego Native in Barcelona Speaks About Terrorist Attack ]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:50:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San_Diegan_Speaks_About_Terror_Attacks_from_Barcelona.jpg

A terrorist attack in Barcelona Thursday afternoon left 13 people dead and injured at least 100, according to local police. ISIS is claiming responsibility for the attack. 

Authorities said a terrorist-driven rental van plowed through a crowded plaza in the Las Ramblas district, a popular tourist destination. 

Saul Vazakas, who grew up in University City in San Diego County, is vacationing in Barcelona with friends. He said he was at Las Ramblas just hours before the terrorist attack happened. 

“It was a very busy day,” recalled Vazakas. “It was 80 or 85 degrees outside. It was a nice day. There were a lot of people out there.” 

Vazakas said he returned to his hotel about six blocks away from the attack site. He said he received a text from his friend minutes after the attack. He said at that time it was not reported by any news outlets yet. 

“Seeing all the people in some of the videos out there," said Vazakas. "It could have been us."

Vazakas said he immediately called his family to let them know he's okay, and ‘checked in’ as safe on Facebook to alert his friends. 

“Everything is on lock down in that area right now,” Vazakas added. 

<![CDATA[Aircraft Out of Miramar Experiences Loss of Pressurization]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:08:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/3657520+CROP.jpg

A Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron carrying 46 passengers out of MCAS Miramar lost pressurization during a scheduled training mission, leaving some Marines sick. 

The incident happened Tuesday at approximately 11:20 a.m. when the C-130J left Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, according to a statement from the U.S. Marine Corps. 

At 21,000 feet, the plane experienced a loss of pressurization. 

The air crew executed appropriate procedures and safely landed back at Miramar, officials said. 

Four Marines and one Sailor from the Camp Pendleton-based 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion had symptoms of decompression sickness the next day. They were treated at Naval Medical Center San Diego and released; they did not require hospitalization. 

The incident is under investigation. 

No further information is available. 

Photo Credit: 374th Airlift Wing/Public Affair]]>
<![CDATA[Advertised Deal Turns Into Bundle Blunder]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:48:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Bundle+Blunder_IzabelleDucet_8.17.17.jpg

Izabelle Doucet said she signed up for a special bundle package through AT&T when she saw an advertisement offering TV, internet and phone services for $89.99 a month for two years. 

“When I called, I asked if there was any fine print because I thought it was a very good price,” she said. “They have caused me so much trouble.” 

Izabelle signed up for the deal with monthly auto-payments but when the charges started coming, Izabelle said she wasn’t being charged the amount she agreed to. 

“It was $298 and $278, it was way up there,” Izabelle said. 

Izabelle said she tried calling AT&T representatives but was told a different story each time. During one call, she said she was told the charges were valid and part of the bundle rate but during another call, she said she was told the charges were made in error. 

By Izabelle’s count, she said she had overpaid AT&T more than $400 and she was getting nowhere with AT&T representatives. 

“It always turns out to be a fish tale, nothing happens,” Izabelle said. 

Izabelle said the only option she had was to ask NBC 7 Responds for help. We contacted AT&T and at first, the company only removed half of the charges, stating the rest was owed for the bundle plan. After NBC 7 Responds explained the price and details for the plan Izabelle had initially signed up for, the company reduced Izabelle’s balance to zero. 

Izabelle said she was not offered a refund for the amount she overpaid AT&T but she is happy the balance the company said she owed will now go away.