<![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-usTue, 17 Oct 2017 05:00:50 -0700Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:00:50 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[San Diego Fire-Rescue Fighting Fires With Technology]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:03:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WiFire+san+diego.JPG

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is using high-tech tools to fight wildfires, to hopefully minimize the devastating impact they could have.

The department is part of the General Atomic Pilot Project--which gives firefighters access to infrared sensor technology onboard an aircraft flying 18,000-feet in the sky.

The sensors or cameras are able to provide video of fires through smoke, telling firefighters exactly where the fire is, almost in real time.

The technology was used just last week during the fires raging in Northern California.

"To see that picture and understand infrastructure and homes and lives are at risk in the near term future will let you put resources in the right place," said Michael Scott, Emerging Technology Program Manager for SDFD.

Scott told NBC 7, once firefighters know where the flames are, they're able to use their Wifire program to forecast where the fire could go and grow over a six-hour period of time.

"We need that kind of technology so that we can be preventive in everything we do," said Tammy Gregg who lives in Rancho Bernardo, an area where more than 1,100 homes and buildings burned in 2007 during the Witch Creek Fire.

Prevention and preparation for the fire department has meant studying high-risk areas, mapping them out and putting together what's called a Wildland Plan.

It’s a web-based list of information on evacuation plans, homes and buildings at risk and other critical information.

"The ultimate goal is to improve decision making," said Scott.

Technology can definitely help mitigate fire dangers but when the wind starts blowing, Mother Nature is in control, Scott added.

Scott helped battled the Cedar Fire and is a former fire chief.

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<![CDATA[Video Shows Fence Between Buildings on Fire in El Cajon]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:48:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/10-16-17+El+Cajon+Fence+Fire.jpg

A fence between two buildings in El Cajon caught fire, sending plumes of black smoke and flames into the air Monday.

The fire started at 12:26 p.m. on the 300 block of W Lexington Avenue, between Sunshine and Van Houten avenues, according to the El Cajon Fire Department (ECFD).

Firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to any buildings.

There were no injuries. The cause of the fire is unknown.

No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[Power Disconnected for Thousands of SDG&E Customers: Report]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:03:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sdge+generic.JPG

San Diego Gas & Electric shut off power to almost 9,000 customers during a three-month period in 2016, according to documents supplied by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Those customers did not pay their bills and documents obtained by NBC 7 reveal that it's a growing problem, state-wide.

Disconnects at SDG&E, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) have been trending up since 2012, according to CPUC documents. Service disruptions for non-payment are less of a problem for customers of Southern California Gas.

The National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition says the disconnects are a sign of a fragile economy, for the poor and middle class.

President Donald Trump's 2018 budget also deleted a program that helps the poorest Americans pay their energy bills.

Congress could restore the "Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program," but has not done so yet.

SDG&E confirmed that 40,067 customers had their service disconnected last year due to non-payment. The company said that is less than three percent of its 1.3 million residential customers. SDG&E also confirmed that its disconnect rate has increased by .54 percent since 2014, but noted that its customer base has grown by approximately four percent in that time period.

The company noted that 89 percent of disconnected customers eventually had their service restored.

SDG&E told NBC 7 that it, "work(s) with customers one-on-one and at length" to avoid shut-offs for non-payment, and "…will only disconnect service after all avenues of resolution have been exhausted."

<![CDATA[Final Fugitive Caught in Border Patrol Homicide]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:36:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/border+patrol+arm+sleeve+archive+t40.JPG

The last remaining fugitive in the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was arrested over the weekend.

Terry was murdered on Dec. 14, 2010, when he and three other border patrol agents encountered a “rip crew,” or gang that robs drug smugglers, in Arizona, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Jesus Rosario Favela Astorga was the last to be arrested of seven defendants charged in Terry’s murder. He is awaiting extradition to the U.S., along with one other defendant.

“We are pleased that each of the seven defendants who have been charged with playing a part in the death of Agent Terry will be held accountable for their actions,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Alana Robinson in a statement.

Favela Astorga is charged with first-degree murder. Charges against the other defendants include first-degree murder, second-degree murder, conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, attempted interference with commerce by robbery, use and carrying a firearm during a violent crime, and assault on a federal officer, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Three of the seven defendants have pleaded guilty to the charges against them, and two were convicted during trial by jury.

The Justice Department's Office of International Affairs is arranging the extradition of Favela Astorga and Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, the two remaining defendants.

The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the prosecution will take place in Tucson, Arizona, by attorneys from the Southern District of California, according to the statement.

<![CDATA[San Diegans Find Ways to Beat the Heat]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:07:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Heat-Generic-Photo.jpg

San Diegans found many ways to stay cool as intense heat beat down on the region and much of Southern California Monday.

“Because we are so high temperature-wise and we are very, very dry that is why our fire danger is elevated today,” NBC 7 Meteorologist Jodi Kodesh said.

Temperatures in the desert peaked around 95 while the mountains saw temperatures in the low to mid-80s. Coastal communities saw temperatures in the 90s.

"It's like death hot. I don't know," said Evan Wagley of La Mesa. "All of those types of descriptive words."

While residents struggled to cope with the blazing hot weather, juice and ice cream sales rose. The high temperatures attracted some additional business to various shops.

"Sales probably go up by 25 percent," said Shari Newquist, the owner of The Yogurt Mill in El Cajon. "They're lined up to the parking lot, and we're working as fast as we can. It's a zoo in here on hot days."

Kodesh said the region will receive winds from the north and the east - what is described as a Santa Ana airflow. However, strong winds will not accompany the dry weather.  

"I actually took my break a little earlier today than usual," said Christina Rodriguez, a worker at the Primo Santo Farm grocery store. "I came to my car and I turned on the AC for the whole break."

One couple, Cookie Johnson and her husband Bob Johnson, came to San Diego to get out of the sweltering heat in Ramona.

"It's our one indulgence that we like to have," said Bob.

Temperatures are expected to dip slightly Tuesday before the weather cools downs significantly toward the middle of the week.

"It's our one indulgence that we like to have. 

<![CDATA[Man Accused in National City Slaying 12 Years Later]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:40:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/National-City-Police-generi.jpg

More than a decade after a man was stabbed to death in National City, police arrested a third suspect in connection with the killing.

Anthony Rivers, 30, was taken into custody on Avocado Boulevard in La Mesa on Monday just before 2 p.m., confirmed National City police. He is accused in the fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old man that took place on April 9, 2005.

Rivers faces multiple felony charges including first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

"This happened to be a gentleman who stopped in a liquor store, one thing led to another," said National City Police Capt. Robert Rounds. "He wasn't looking for trouble or anything like that, and these three guys confronted him and ended up stabbing and killing him."

The alleged killing took place on Highland Avenue around 11:30 p.m., during an unprovoked attack. Police said there were three suspects involved.

They were able to identify two of the suspects early in their investigation and arrested one in October 2005 and another in January 2017.

A warrant for Rivers' arrest was recently obtained, police said. Deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department helped take him into custody.

Rivers bail is set at $3 million.

No further information is currently available.

<![CDATA[Fire Breaks Out at Camp Pendleton Base]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:20:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Camp-Pendleton-Generic.jpg

A fire broke out at Camp Pendleton in the late afternoon Monday, in the Whisky impact area of the base.

The blaze sparked around 4:35 p.m., said a spokesperson for Camp Pendleton. Currently, the flames are not threatening any structures.

It was not yet known how many acres the fire covered. No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Missing Retired Army Capt. Believed to be Killed: Police]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:12:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/9-7-17-Julia+Jacobson+SDPD.jpg

The ex-husband of a retired United States Army captain, who has been missing since September from San Diego, has been arrested, the woman's family confirmed to NBC 7 Monday.

Ontario police said they believe 37-year-old Julia Jacobson was murdered based on the forensic analysis of her car.

Julia was last heard from on Sept. 2 around 9:30 p.m., when she sent a text message to a friend saying she was traveling from Big Bear to Palm Springs with another friend, according to investigators with the San Diego Police Department (SDPD).

But her actual location when that message was sent is unknown.

That same day, Julia was last seen in person inside her company car at the corporate offices of 7-Eleven on Aero Drive in Kearny Mesa.

San Diego police said Julia was spotted with her dog on surveillance video in Ontario on the night of Sept. 2. 

Ontario police confirmed Monday, Dalen Larry Ware, Julia's ex-husband, had been arrested in Laveen, Arizona. He was later transferred to the San Bernardino County West Valley Detention Center.

Ware will be booked for murder, Ontario police said. They do not believe Jacobson or her dog, Boogie, are alive.

Police said the remains of Julia or her dog have not been found.

Julia's family had arrived in San Diego after her disappearance to search for her. 

Her brother Jon Jacobson, who lives in North Dakota, had told NBC 7 in a previous interview that he could see "red flags" in the case. 

Monday, in a post on a Facebook page, Julia's family thanked family, friends and complete strangers who had "come together" to help find Julia.

The family wrote:

"The loss of Julia is beyond words. There will be no more birthday parties, backyard gatherings, holiday celebrations or other family activities to share. The laughter, hugs, guidance and our sense of security are forever gone and our family’s hearts will be forever broken."

On Sept. 7, her car was found abandoned on Monroe Avenue in University Heights, east of Texas Street, about a half-mile away from her home.

In a previous interview, Julia’s family had told NBC 7 the car was found with its windows rolled down, at different levels, and the keys still in the ignition. Julia’s black handbag was found inside, unzipped and with hardly anything in it.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Ontario Police Department at 909-986-6711, Detective Ruben Espinoza at 909-395-2894 or Detective Brant Devey at 909-395-2715.

Please check back for updates.

Photo Credit: San Diego Police Department
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<![CDATA[Flames Consume Motor Home in Chula Vista: CVFD]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:03:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Chula_Vista_Fire_Department_to_Add_More_Firefighters.jpg

Flames broke out at a motor home in Chula Vista Monday, fully consuming the structure, confirmed the Chula Vista Fire Department.

The fire may threaten nearby trolley power lines, according to the authorities. The blaze flared up on Industrial Boulevard by Anita Street around 3:11 p.m., just east of the Interstate 5.

There were no other structures threatened in the fire. It was not yet clear whether anyone was injured in the fire.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[High Waves, Strong Rip Currents in Del Mar: NWS]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:24:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Waves-generic-san-diego-091715.jpg

High waves and strong rip currents may keep beachgoers from braving the water this week in Del Mar.

The National Weather Service issued a beach hazards statement for Tuesday morning through Wednesday evening.

Three to six feet surf with sets up to seven feet are expected on beaches north of Del Mar. The hazard will increase Monday night and peak over Tuesday and Wednesday, NWS officials said. Swell and surf will decrease Thursday.

Under these conditions, currents are more likely to pull swimmers and surfers out to sea or wash them off jetties and rocks.

If you get caught in a rip current, relax and float, advised forecasters. If unable to swim toward the shoreline, face the shore and wave for help.

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<![CDATA[Man Dies After Attempted Rescue Off Carlsbad State Beach]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:57:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Carlsbad-State-Beach-Drowning.jpg

A man, who was found unconscious in the water off Carlsbad State Beach Saturday, was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, according to an official with California State Parks.

The man, described as 47 years old, had been seen in the water earlier according to Lt. Justin McHenry.

Just after 2:30 p.m., the man’s body washed ashore near Tower 32. The area was not guarded at the time, McHenry said.

An NBC 7 user witnessed the attempt to save the man’s life. Beachgoers pulled the person from the water and conducted CPR and other life-saving measures, said the user who identified himself as Dean K.

Carlsbad Fire Chief Michael Davis confirmed the man was found floating in the water and was pulled out. 

McHenry said bystanders called 911 and that lifeguards assisted at the scene.

The man was rushed to Tri-City Hospital where he was pronounced dead, McHenry said.

The state parks official added that a health issue may have led to the man’s death. A coroner’s report will have more details, McHenry said.

Photo Credit: Dean K.]]>
<![CDATA[Hazmat Called for Fire in Carlsbad ]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:04:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-light-SDPD-generic11.jpg

A pharmaceutical fire broke out in Carlsbad Monday.

Carlsbad Fire Department crews were called to 2280 Faraday Avenue just before 2 p.m.

The fire was extinguished but hazmat crews were called, fire officials said.

No one was injured. 

The incident took place west of El Camino Real and north of McClellan-Palomar Airport and Palomar Airport Road.

No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[Harriette Thompson, 94, Record-Holding Marathoner Has Died]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:13:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Harriette-Thompson-Marathoner-2017.jpg

A nonagenarian who set a world record as the oldest woman to complete a full marathon has died, her family confirmed in a published report.

Harriette Thompson, 94, smiled and laughed as she crossed the finish line at the Rock 'N' Roll Marathon in San Diego in June.

With her finish, Thompson became the oldest woman to run a half-marathon.

"I guess it's unusual, but I don't know why people make such a big deal," Thompson said at the time. "I feel just like I did when I was 16. But I just can’t move as fast."

In 2015, Thompson broke the world record as the oldest woman to complete a full marathon.

The Charlotte Observer reported Monday Thompson died in hospice after suffering an injury in a fall on October 6.

Thompson, a cancer survivor, used her love of running to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

Through the years, she raised $100,000 for the organization. She raised $15,000 in 2017 alone.

In June, when she completed the Rock n' Roll marathon with a time of 3 hours, 42 minutes, Thompson was most pleased that she did it surrounded by members of her family.

"I enjoyed running across the finish line," Thompson said. "That’s always the biggest thing. And I really enjoyed having my family with me."

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<![CDATA[New Law Prompted by Drunk Driving Deaths of UCSD Students]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:17:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Baldock+Cornwell.jpg

The governor has signed a California bill prompted by the tragic deaths of two UC San Diego medical students, that will require bartenders to receive DUI prevention training.

Two years ago, a couple UCSD medical students remembered as bright and promising future doctors were killed when a suspected drunk driver struck their vehicle head on while traveling the wrong way on State Route 163.

Governor Jerry Brown finalized the legislation Sunday night. The bill, AB 1221, was authored by California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) with help from the victims' classmates in the wake of the 2015 alleged drunk-driving crash.

“The purpose of this law is simple: to help educate bartenders about how to serve alcohol responsibly and how to recognize when a customer’s had enough to drink,” Gonzalez Fletcher said, in a statement.

The new law requires bartenders and servers to get mandatory training on alcohol responsibility. The training will cover a variety of topics, including the legal obligations of their employer, how to avoid over-serving customers and ways to spot other similar issues. The training is now a state requirement. 

Similar mandatory training was already in place for other local governments, according to Gonzalez Fletcher's office. 

UCSD students Anne Li Baldock, 24, and Madison Elizabeth Cornwell, 23, died on May 16, 2015, and three other students were also injured in Mission Valley. Although the driver was warned by friends and bar staff not to drive, he still ended up behind the wheel with a blood-alcohol level of .14.

Witnesses testified the defendant, Jason Riley King, was asked several times not to drive when he appeared in court. The U.S. Marine was accused of two counts of murder among other charges at his arraignment.

Classmates of the victims worked with Gonzalez Fletcher to create this new law, as a way to better equip those who serve alcohol to prevent drunk driving before tragedy strikes.

“This law will mean fewer drunk drivers on the road, which will reduce the risk of future tragedies," added Gonzalez Fletcher.

The bill passed the Senate 35-3 on Sept. 7 and the Assembly 69-3 on Sept. 11.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Expands Lots for Homeless Sleeping in Cars]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:02:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Safe_Parking_Program_for_Homeless.jpg

In the midst of a housing crisis, the City of San Diego announced the expansion of a program offering safe places for people to sleep in their vehicles.

“I never thought in my whole life I’d be in a position like this,” Colleen Stuart told NBC 7.

Stuart has been homeless since June and in the past two weeks began parking overnight at the Jewish Family Service location on Balboa Avenue in Kearny Mesa.

The lot provides her a place to use a restroom, take a shower and get a little peace of mind.

“Someplace to sleep where you know someone isn't going to reach into your car and kill you,” said Stuart. “It's wonderful.”

The safe parking program has been around since 2010. The nonprofit organization Dreams for Change opened the first lot along State Route 94 at 28th Street.

Dreams for Change partnered with the JFS to run a second parking lot on Balboa Avenue offering 40 spaces. Now, the lot will add 20 spaces and a third lot with 60 spaces is expected to open Monday, Oct. 23 at Aero Drive and Murphy Canyon Road.

Michael Hopkins, CEO Jewish Family Service, said the notion that families were putting their children to sleep in the back of a car is what prompted the organization to open its lot to those in need.

“I know when my children were young how difficult it was to put my children to bed in their own rooms,” Hopkins said. “Imagine your whole family trying to go to bed in a car. For us, that’s what really moved us.”

Hopkins said his organization has even pulled together enough funding for case managers who will work closely with the families to find permanent housing and even jobs.

Earlier this month, 200 women and children moved into new homeless shelters in Golden Hill. The shelters, which have restrooms, showers, and hand washing stations, are located in the parking lot of the City Operations Yard, just south of the Balboa Park Golf Course.

The camp, paid for with public and private funding, will be open for up to 90 days while the city works to install larger shelters in downtown, Barrio Logan, and the Midway District.

In July, a 62-unit apartment complex was opened in the East Village.

In March, Father Joe's Villages announced a new plan to transform unused lots and overlooked buildings - like old motels - into apartments. The organization said the project could result in an additional 2,000 units of housing for people overcoming homelessness.

<![CDATA[84-Year-Old Woman Fatally Struck in Poway Collision]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:29:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Medical+Examiner+Generic+2.JPG

An 84-year-old woman fatally struck by a bus outside an assisted living facility in Poway has died, confirmed the San Diego County Medical Examiner.

On Friday, Oct. 13, Rose Heames was hit in front of the Sunshine Care Assisted Living Facility, according to the Medical Examiner. The incident happened just before 4 p.m.

She suffered multiple injuries and was taken to Palomar Medical Center. Paramedics later pronounced her dead in the ICU, said Medical Examiner officials.

The victim resided in Poway. No further information was immediately available. 

<![CDATA[$1.9M in Illegal Drugs Seized in 24-Hours at Border]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:15:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/18006--Ford-Edge-cocaine-gas-tank.jpg

More than $1.9 million in illegal drugs were seized in a 24-hour period, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Monday.

The drugs were uncovered in seats, gas tanks and hidden compartments of vehicles stopped near the U.S.-Mexico border from midnight Thursday, Oct. 12 to midnight Friday, Oct. 13, the agency said.

A total of 244 pounds of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine were recovered in the operation.

One of the larger seizures took place at the San Ysidro Port of Entry south of San Diego.

A Mexican woman, 18, showed her border crossing card to the officer as she drove into the U.S. at 3 p.m. The officer referred the teenager to an inspection where officers said they found 32 wrapped packages of methamphetamine in the gas tank and other places of the 2012 Ford Edge.

The drugs in this arrest alone are worth an estimated street value of approximately $1.2 million, officers said.

The woman was arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation agents for further processing.

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<![CDATA[SoCal Rents to Increase in Next 2 Years]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:25:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SoCal_Rents_to_Increase_in_Next_2_Years.jpg

USC Researchers analyzed rents, populaltion growth and the amount of housing in several counties including San Diego. The result is that even though there has been a rebound in the number of construction permits, building is still not keeping up with demand. The study suggests rents may go up at least $100/month over the next two years. Read more about the research here. 

<![CDATA[California Is 1st to Allow Gender-Neutral Birth Certificate]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 03:19:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-659105591.jpg

California became the first state to allow a non-binary gender marker on birth certificates Sunday when Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation backed by San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins.

California also allowed residents to be identified by a gender marker other than "F" or "M" on their driver license, becoming the second state in the nation to do so after Oregon. Washington, D.C., also voted to allow gender-neutral licenses.

Atkins, D-39th District, introduced the bill, SB 179, also known as the Gender Recognition Act, earlier this year. The legislation will take effect in 2018.

San Diego native a.t. furya is only the fifth person in the country, according to the Transgender Law Center, to obtain court documents that grant “non-binary” as their legally designated gender.  

Non-binary means the person does not designate male or female as a gender.  

"Agender for me or not having a gender has been spot on because then I don't feel like okay like, I'm this, but I’m not really. It fits. I don't know how else to explain it," said a.t. furya.

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<![CDATA[Woman Drives Off Freeway, Lands In Alpine Drainage Ditch ]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:52:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/220*120/carofffwyalpine.jpg

Firefighters are rescuing a driver who went off the freeway and landed about 100 - 200 feet below, into a drainage ditch in Alpine Monday morning. 

According to Heartland Fire and Rescue, a 21 year-old woman was driving on the westbound lanes of Interstate 8 when she crashed onto Otto Ave, just before 6 am. Monday 

Firefighters said the woman is conscious and may have head injuries. 

No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Rescue Woman Who Fell Down Torrey Pines Cliff]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:19:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/218*120/tpfall.jpg

San Diego firefighters rescued a woman who fell down a cliff at Torrey Pines Gliderport Monday. 

According to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD), the 21-year-old woman landed about 80 feet down the cliff.

Firefighters said the woman was exploring the area with two friends when she slipped. 

"The cliffs are very dangerous, especially at night. You complicate things even further with night," said SDFD Battalion Chief Dan Froelich. "Although there appear to be trails out there, those trails are unsafe."

Firefighters used ropes to bring the woman to safety, with the assistance of Copter 2, about 5 a.m. Monday. 

The woman suffered minor injuries and was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. 

Froelich said people should not use the trails to access Torrey Pines cliffs, calling it "extremely dangerous."

No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[Wilson Fire Under Criminal Investigation: Cal Fire ]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:42:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/wilson+fire1.PNG

A criminal investigation has been launched in the 25-acre brush fire that burned near the popular Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Sunday.

The fire broke out around 1:15 p.m. near Wilson Road off Montezuma Valley Road. The location is in Ranchita, near Warner Springs and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, northeast of San Diego.

Cal Fire called out a full response to battle what the agency named the Wilson Fire. It spread at a moderate rate until it was surrounded before the sun set. 

Ranchita residents Virginia and Alex told NBC 7 they were warned by San Diego County Sheriff's Deputies to be prepared to evacuate. 

Then, they were told to leave "now." 

The couple from Alpine had just moved to their retirement home about six weeks ago. 

"We weren't expecting it so soon I mean we know it's fire country," said Virginia.

Alex said, "I think California is burning up." 

The fire was sparked by target shooters, according to Cal Fire, and the cause is under criminal investigation as officials search for the suspects. 

No structures were threatened. 

Photo Credit: NBC 7
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<![CDATA[Local Las Vegas Shooting Victim, Tina Frost, Wakes From Coma ]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:01:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Tina_Frost_of_San_Diego_Injured_in_Vegas_Shooting.jpg

Tina Frost, 27, who was shot in the face during the mass shooting in Las Vegas walked for the first time, according to her family.

Tina Frost, 27, who was shot in the face during the mass shooting in Las Vegas walked for the first time on Friday, according to her family. Frost has been in a coma since the shooting on Oct. 1.

They also said she taps her feet whenever music is playing, squeezes her loved ones' hands and opens her eyes and looks around the room.

She even gave Austin Hughes, her boyfriend, a thumbs up.

When the shooting started, Hughes, 28, picked her up with the help of another concertgoer and ran with her in his arms. They got on a truck and rushed to the hospital.

"He really had one arm around her, trying to keep the blood stopped and trying to hang on to the truck. He supposedly hung on to some other girl's legs as the driver began tearing off, down the road," Hughes’ father told NBC 7. "They're just a great couple and I believe she will be a daughter-in-law of mine someday.”

Doctors are now talking about Frost's next steps to recovery.

She is at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. 

Her family has set up a Go Fund Me page. 

<![CDATA[Hillcrest Church Offers Hep A Vaccines ]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 01:31:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Nurses_Fight_Flu_Vaccination_Requirement.jpg

A Hillcrest church offered free Hepatitis A vaccines on Sunday to help curb the outbreak that's killed 18 people since last November.

University Christian Church collaborated with County health officials to give the vaccines to churchgoers, homeless people and anyone else who wanted a vaccine.

"This is truly an epidemic that is going on in San Diego and it's just one step that one group of people can do to make it better,” church member Allison Dewse told NBC 7.

A third of the cases involve people who used illicit drugs and are considered homeless. Of the cases, 25 percent are neither homeless nor drug users.

The City has started to install portable bathrooms and handwashing stations in downtown.

Nearly 500 people have been sickened in the epidemic.

A local health emergency was declared on Sept. 1. 

<![CDATA['Making Strides' Raises Money for Breast Cancer Research ]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:52:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/making+strides.PNG

Thousands of people took to the streets of Balboa Park to help raise awareness and money to fight breast cancer Sunday morning. The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk was four miles, but for many participants, it’s been a years’ long effort.

“We have a team of 54,” walker Rosie Delgado told NBC 7. “My sister started it … and my sister passed away last year, but I know we’re doing this for everybody else and we are so happy to be here. This is going to be like our eighth year doing this walk.”

Sonia Ali is a medical oncologist for Scripps focusing on breast cancer. Her mother died of the disease.

“I went into this field because I like so many others have been personally affected by breast cancer,” she said. “Everyone’s lives, unfortunately, have been touched by breast cancer. So it’s nice to be out here among others knowing we’re fighting this. Mortality rates are dropping, and it’s just inspiring.”

About 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed nationally this year, according to the American Cancer Society’s website.

Making Strides is a part of the American Cancer Society. Since 1993, 8 million walkers have raised more than $460 million for breast cancer research.

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<![CDATA[Chicano Park Crash Victims Remembered 1 Year Later ]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 22:50:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chicano+park+vigil.PNG

One year ago Sunday, hundreds of people were enjoying the La Raza Ride motorcycle festival in Chicano Park when a truck flew over the guardrail of the Coronado Bridge, instantly killing four people.

A local motorcycle club set up a memorial at the site of the crash Sunday that included photos of the victims. They lit candles and honored their memory. 

Cruz Elias Contreras, 52, and AnnaMarie Contreras, 50, were married for 35 years. The Arizona couple were foster parents for many children, and AnnaMarie spent more than a decade working with kids with special needs.


Andre Christopher Banks, 49, and Francine Denise Jimenez, 46, had been dating for a year at the time of the crash. Jimenez was a mother of four and a grandmother of one.


Banks worked as a hazardous materials laborer.


Richard Anthony Sepolio, a sailor who was driving back to Coronado that day, sped onto the Coronado Bridge’s ramp and drove his pickup truck over the side.

Sepolio pleaded not guilty to four counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence causing injury or death.

His trial is on-going. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of 23 years in prison. 

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<![CDATA[60,000 Gallons of Sewage Spills in Escondido ]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 20:10:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/storm+drain+generic.PNG

Up to 60,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the storm drain system that goes to Lake Hodges just before 11 a.m. Sunday, according to the City of Escondido.

The sewage spill happened in the Westfield Mall parking lot off Interstate 15 in south Escondido. City workers secured the broken line and a nearby pump station by 1 p.m. Sunday.

The County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health, Regional Water Quality Control Board, and State Office of Emergency Services all responded.

The City of Escondido wastewater collection had the area clean by 4 p.m.

Although staff did not see the wastewater entering the lake from the storm drain system, they will collect samples in the area over the next week to check for contamination.

There is no concern at this time for residential or commercial water users, the City says.

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<![CDATA[SDSO Conducting Death Investigation in Lakeside]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 20:45:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police+lights+rain+dalet.jpg

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department is conducting a death investigation in the 8200 block of Sunset Rd.

The investigation began around 5:40 p.m. Sunday.

The circumstances surrounding the death or the investigation are not yet available.

Check back on this breaking story for updates. 

<![CDATA[Chargers Beat Raiders Late]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:17:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/183*120/Gordon+TD+in+Oakland.JPG

Heading into Sunday the Oakland Raiders had never beaten the Los Angeles Chargers. The Silver & Black lost both the games the franchises played against one another back in 1960.

They’ll have to wait to get another shot in Los Angeles. The Chargers beat the Raiders 17-16 on Sunday in the Bay Area.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr played despite having a broken bone in his back and his first pass may have shown a little rust. Carr and wide receiver Michael Crabtree were thinking different things; the ball flew right by Crabtree and was picked off by Chargers cornerback Trevor Williams.

The Chargers ran three plays, earned no yards, and watched Nick Novak badly miss a 48-yard field goal try.

On their next possession Carr started looking like his old self. He completed four straight passes, the last one a 23-yard touchdown to Crabtree to put the Raiders on top 7-0. That was easily the best offensive possession for Oakland in the 1st half.

On the other side the Chargers were on the struggle bus to move the ball at all. They failed to convert on their first three 3rd down tries and even turned the ball over on downs. On 4th and 3 from the Raiders 34 yard line Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn decided to go for it instead of trying a 52-yard field goal. Quarterback Philip Rivers’ pass towards Keenan Allen was incomplete.

On their last drive of the half, though, the Bolts got something going. Rivers hit Allen for 28 yards to jump-start one of their best efforts of the season. The Bolts got to the Raiders one yard line and on 4th down Lynn went for it again. This time it worked.

Running back Melvin Gordon leapt into the end zone to tie the game 7-7. With 1:42 left in the half the Raiders got a 39-yard kickoff return from Cordarrelle Patterson, setting them up to move into field goal range and Giorgio Tavecchio hit a 44-yarder to send the Raiders to the halftime locker room with a 10-7 lead.

The second half was not exactly a display of stellar offense. Carr took the Raiders to the Chargers 15-yard-line but then had a pass deflect off the hands of running back Marshawn Lynch and right to linebacker Hayes Pullard for another interception.

The Chargers turned it over when wide receiver Tyrell Williams had the ball stripped by Raiders defensive back Dexter McDonald. The Raiders gave it back on downs when they decided to go for it on 4th and 2 from the Chargers 41-yard-line and Carr couldn’t connect with Crabtree.

Rivers took advantage with another TD drive, finding Gordon for a 6-yard TD pass and a 14-10 lead. But as they have done so many times in the past the Chargers could not hold a late lead.

Oakland scored on a 47-yard sweep by wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who now has six career rushing touchdowns and all of them are 30 yards or longer. The PAT was no good so the Raiders had a 16-14 lead and that extra point turned out to be huge.

After trading punts the Chargers took over at their own 8-yard-line with just more than four minutes to play. Rivers saw a matchup he liked: Raiders safety Karl Joseph on Chargers tight end Hunter Henry. Rivers found Henry for 34 yards and then again for 23 yards to get into field goal range.

Melvin Gordon ran four straight times to force the Raiders to use their time outs and then Novak made amends for his earlier miss with a 32-yard FG to win it on the final snap of the game.

Both teams are now 2-4 and the Chargers have their first 2-game winning streak since October of 2016 when then beat the Broncos and Falcons. Next week the Chargers go back to StubHub Center to face the Broncos while the Raiders host the Chiefs on Thursday Night Football.

<![CDATA[Brush Fire Breaks Out Near Barona Casino]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:34:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cal-Fire-generic-041816.jpg

Reinforcements for a small brush fire near near Barona Casino's golf course have been canceled, Cal Fire crews reported. 

The flames broke out around 2 p.m. Sunday near the golf course, located at 1932 Barona Road. There is no word on any evacuations at this time. 

Crews were being diverted from the Wilson Fire to this fire, but the extra help was canceled. One engine and one chopper is responding. 

No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[Chargers vs. Raiders: 3 Keys to Win]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:31:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/195*120/Carr+vs+Chargers+2016.JPG

After their 12-4 record in 2016 and their 2-0 start this year the Raiders looked like legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Then they lost three straight games while their franchise QB suffered a broken bone in his back.

After their 5-11 record in 2016 and their 0-4 start this year the Chargers looked like … well, the Chargers. Then they beat a really bad Giants team and provided hope that they will not be the worst team in the NFL.

On Sunday they meet in the Relocation Bowl at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Fernando Ramirez looks at the Chargers keys to win while Derek Togerson focuses on what the Raiders have to do to win.

Chargers Key #1: Get After Carr

It is no secret that Raiders quarterback Derek Carr isn’t 100 percent. In week 3 versus the Denver Broncos, Carr hurt his back and it was first reported he would be out 4-6 weeks. He is back after one missed game, which is nothing short of miraculous, but if he is on the field he can play. The Chargers will need Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa to hit him all game long. Now, the Raiders have a good offensive line that has only allowed 15 quarterback hits, which is the best in the NFL. Chargers defensive coach Gus Bradley will need to dial up different blitz combinations to keep Carr on his toes all game long.

Raiders Key #1: Keep Your Carr Clean

Derek Carr has a broken bone on a vertebrae in his back. It’s not serious, just painful as all get out, so Carr … who was initially expected to miss 2-6 weeks … is back in the lineup after missing just one game. With Carr driving the offense it has the potential to be one of the best units in the game. But if Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are able to get to him Oakland’s attack can be stymied (as seen against the Redskins in Week 3). It will be paramount for a Raiders veteran offensive line that has underachieved this year to get back to its old dominating ways.

Chargers Key #2: Mix and Match

The Chargers offense will need to mix and match the passing and rushing game this weekend. The Raiders don’t have a good defense and the Chargers will need to take advantage of that to win this game. Running back Melvin Gordon is coming off a strong game last weekend versus the Giants and he even won AFC Offensive Player of the Week. The Raiders defense is 8th worse allowing 124.6 rushing yards a game and 15th against the pass with 226.6 yards a game. The Chargers should use a lot of play action to open up the passing game. They will have their rookie receiver this weekend in Mike Williams as he will make his debut in the “Black Hole.” He will most likely be used as a third down and end zone as Coach Lynn said he would be on a snap count. The Chargers need quarterback Philip Rivers to be on top of his game to have a chance.

Raiders Key #2: Throw to the Backs

The Chargers defense has had all kinds of trouble defending running backs that can catch the ball. That’s been an issue for a while now and it hasn’t gotten any better in 2017. The Raiders have a few really good pass catchers out of the backfield in Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington. Even Marshawn Lynch has done damage in the passing game. With Carr hurting the Raiders will be smart to get him plenty of check downs and let the athletic backs work in space against a terrible tackling Chargers defense.

Chargers Key #3: Don’t Give the Ball Away, Take it Away

The Raiders are one of the worst teams in the NFL when it comes to taking the ball away. They are one of three teams to not have an interception this season and they have four fumble recoveries. One of the knocks on Gordon was that he fumbled a lot and this season he has not fumbled the ball. The Chargers will need that trend to continue and not commit dumb mistakes if they hope to break their losing streak in the “Black Hole”.  

Raiders Key #3: Mario Be Super

Khalil Mack needs constant attention. He is one of the most disruptive forces in the NFL, able to get after the QB and shut down the run. The Chargers offensive line is not exactly stellar so Mack will likely draw plenty of double teams. When he is occupying the line fellow defensive end Mario Edwards will have chances to get to Chargers QB Philip Rivers. Edwards is second on the Raiders with 3.0 sacks (Mack has 4.0). If Rivers has time to throw he’ll pick anyone apart. But get him off his spot and he’s nowhere near as effective.

Fernando’s Prediction: 30-24 Chargers. The Chargers will disrupt Carr and will win their second game of the season. They will break their four game losing streak vs. the Raiders.

Derek’s Prediction: 33-30 Raiders. The Oakland Raiders are 0-2 in their history against the Los Angeles Chargers. They finally get their first win.

<![CDATA[Aztecs Perfect Season Ends]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 12:06:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/192*120/Aztecs+Lost+to+Boise+St.JPG

When you play in a conference that is considered outside of college football’s elite you have no margin for error. For the Aztecs was had the potential to be a magical season ended on Saturday night in a 31-14 loss to Boise State at SDCCU Stadium.

After their sensational start there was real hope for a perfect record, something that is indescribably difficult to do.

“I've said this a thousand times,” said Head Coach Rocky Long, “but I will say it one more time. There wasn't one team in Division I football that went undefeated last year, not one. So the chances of that happening aren't very good, and you realize along the way there is a chance you're going to stumble and have a bad night and lose the game, even though you don't want to, and you prepare and try really hard not to.”

SDSU’s bad night started with uncharacteristic mistakes. They allowed a 53-yard punt return touchdown to Avery Williams and then junior quarterback Christian Chapman, who has been very careful with the football, was pressured and tried to get the ball out to avoid a sack. He threw it backwards, making it a fumble, and Kekaula Kaniho took it 34 yards for another Broncos touchdown.

The Aztecs have come from behind to win a few times in 2017 but this time the early 14-point deficit was too much to overcome.

“I hate losing more than I like winning,” said Chapman. “This was a big loss. We had a goal. We were trying to go undefeated. That's out the window now. They beat us fair and square, man. You've got to tip your hats off to them. They were more physical than us. They just beat us at the line of scrimmage.”

The Broncos defense spent a lot of time in the San Diego State backfield. Chapman was sacked four times and all-world running back Rashaad Penny couldn’t find room to run. Penny finished with 21 carries for 53 yards, more than 100 yards less than his season average.

So hopes of appearing in a coveted and prestigious New Year’s Six Bowl game are very likely gone. But San Diego State’s stated goal of winning another Mountain West Conference championship are still very much alive. If they win their division they will earn a spot in the title game and very likely another date with the Broncos.

“The goal still remains the same, trying to win a championship out here,” said Chapman. “I'm hoping to get there, too. I want to play them again. I want another shot at them.”

The Aztecs can take another step towards doing just that next week when they host Fresno State.

<![CDATA[Making Strides Against Breast Cancer]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 10:13:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Making_Strides_Against_Breast_Cancer.jpg

San Diegans came out Sunday to help raise money to end breast cancer. NBC 7's Ramon Galindo shares their stories.

<![CDATA['Green Fire' Near Cuyamaca 100 Percent Contained ]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 17:09:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/green+fire.PNG

The eight-acre "Green Fire," burning near a campground at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, was 100 percent contained by 5 p.m. Sunday, according to Cal Fire.

The fire broke out amid warm, dry and windy conditions. 

The blaze began around 1:30 p.m. Saturday near Green Valley Road off Highway 79, near the Green Valley Area Campground. Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is located about 45 miles east of downtown San Diego.

Sunday morning, Cal Fire officials said 8 acres were burning at a moderate rate; no structures were threatened and no evacuations were ordered. The fire was 75 percent contained at that time. 

The winds were gusting at speeds of up to 30 mph, so officials braced for the fire to spread. The temperature was in the high-80s in Descanso, where the park is located, when the fire sparked.

Cal Fire and U.S. Forest Service crews are working together to tackle the fire, dubbed the Green Fire. More aircraft were requested as officials moved into extended attack mode.

By 2:50 p.m., Cal Fire officials said the Green Fire was holding at 5 acres. Its rate of spread was slow, but it was burning in heavy fuels, officials said. Soon, officials increased the acreage of the blaze to 6 to 10 acres. By Sunday morning, the fire was holding at 8 acres. 

Just before 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Cal Fire officials posted an update on Twitter saying firefighters were making good progress on the Green Fire both by air and ground. Aircraft were continuing to make water drops and Cal Fire crews planned to remain there throughout the night monitoring hot spots and potential flare-ups.

Green Valley is one of two family campgrounds open from April through October at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, according to the California Department of Parks and Recreation website. Green Valley sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet and features 81 campsites. A creek runs through the campground, making shallow pools often used by campers on hot days.

No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[Man Dies After Struggle With Deputies at Hobby Lobby]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:50:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/10-15-17-Hobby+Lobby+San+Marcos.JPG

Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man who was confronted by Sheriff's deputies at a Hobby Lobby in San Marcos. 

The incident began around 3:44 p.m. Saturday at the Hobby Lobby located at 553 Grand Avenue. 

San Diego County Sheriff's Deputies (SDSO) responded to a 911 caller reporting a male in the lobby of the business, staggering and appeared disoriented. The caller said he appeared to be under the influence of drugs, SDSO Lieutenant Rich Williams said. 

Deputies responded to the scene with a Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) Clinician four minutes later and contacted the man, Williams said. 

When the deputy and PERT clinician tried to evaluate the man, he became uncooperative, Williams said. Deputies requested further assistance. 

The man continued to resist attempts to detain him, and a struggle ensued. He attempted to flee the scene, Williams said. 

Two bystanders stepped in to help Sheriff's deputies control the suspect, Williams said. 

In trying to gain control of the situation, a deputy deployed their department-issued Taser. 

"Even civilians were assisting the deputies in an attempt to take the individual into custody," law enforcement policy adviser, Ed Obayashi, told NBC 7. "That strongly indicates to me that not only was the suspect violent, but the officers were having a hard time controlling the suspect themselves."

The man was eventually detained. Williams said deputies used maximum restraints to restrict his movement. 

San Marcos Fire Department firefighters responded to the scene to evaluate the man, who was violently struggling with deputies and spitting at them. Deputies believed he was under the influence of drugs and gave him Naloxone to treat what they believed was a drug overdose. 

When firefighters arrived, they prepared to take him to the hospital. 

During the transport to the hospital, the man's condition worsened. 

When the man arrived at the hospital, he was in medical distress, Williams said. 

He was pronounced dead at a local hospital emergency room at 4:32 p.m. 

Sheriff's Homicide detectives are investigating. 

The name of the suspect is being withheld until next of kin is notified. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner's office. 

No further information was available. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321/after hours at (858) 565-5200. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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<![CDATA[Thieves Break Into Cars to Steal Personal Information ]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:38:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/car+theft+generic.jpg

Margaret Wyatt and her husband have lived on a quiet San Carlos neighborhood for more than 50 years.

"We’ve had all kinds of people come and go from the neighborhood,” Margaret told NBC 7. She said just within the past week, she and her husband have had thieves rummage through their cars.

Her husband was hit first.

“They took all the paperwork, just scattered it all through the neighborhood. Things that are valuable to him,” she said.

But the Wyatt's aren't alone – just a few doors down, Robert Plumb said he had the same thing happen in his truck, and his paperwork was the main target.

“My ashtray is a piggy bank and they robbed my piggy bank. All my paperwork was out and stuff,” he said.

Police say any kind of personal identification that is listed on registration cards, bills and paperwork can be used for identity theft or some kind of fraud.

“They took everything out of my glove box and trash basket, threw everything on my passenger seat,” Plumb said.

As for Margaret, she's now taking extra precautions, like removing all paperwork from her car to make sure she isn't a victim of a more serious crime. "People should just really be on their toes,” she advised.

Police say instead of leaving your registration in your glove box, put it in a plastic bag and stick it in the springs underneath the driver's seat. Most of the time, the thieves only check the center console and glove box when they break in.

<![CDATA[SD Fire-Rescue Saves Cat From Tree ]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:11:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/cat+in+tree.PNG

San Diego Fire-Rescue saved a cat that had been stuck in a tree for three days Saturday.

Fire officials said they sometimes provide special services like this.


The County of San Diego Animal Services called the fire department because their ladder wasn’t tall enough.

The rescue happened in the 5300 block of Monroe Avenue.

“Cat successfully rescued!” the fire department said.

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<![CDATA[Man Threatens to Shoot People at Alpine Library With Toy Gun]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:39:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/alpine+library.PNG

A man armed with a toy gun was pointing it at people in the crowded Alpine Library and threatening to shoot them Saturday afternoon, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

"I thought I was dead," one of the people in the library said. "I thought I was a dead man. And then he starts pulling the trigger and up to that point and I'm thinking I'm going to be dead, and then I'm thinking it's going to be like an airsoft gun or a co2 gun."

Before deputies arrived the suspect, identified as Jack Wadel, 60, threatened to pull a handgun out of his backpack. In an attempt to keep him from grabbing the gun, a person in the library tackled him. The person sustained minor injuries to his left eye. No one else was injured in the incident.

A 911 caller also reported hearing shots, which witnesses said possibly came from an airsoft gun. Wadel left the library on foot heading westbound on Alpine Blvd. toward Tavern Rd.

He was found hiding under some boxes at the back of a Mexican restaurant on Alpine Blvd.

Officers found two black imitation handguns on Wadel.

He was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, displaying of a firearm and battery. Wadel was booked into the San Diego Central Jail

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<![CDATA[Weekly San Diego Sports Preview]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 19:44:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*121/GettyImages-858991094.jpg

Here is a look at what is going on in San Diego sports for the week of October 16th-22nd.

GULLS: The Gulls are back on the road this week. Friday and Saturday they’re in Stockton to face the Heat.


-MENS GOLF: Monday and Tuesday at the Otter Invitational in Seaside.

-MENS WATER POLO: Wednesday at Long Beach State 6 p.m. and Friday vs. Air Force 6 p.m. at UCSD.

-MENS SOCCER: Friday at Cal State San Marcos 3 p.m.

-WOMENS VOLLEYBALL: Friday at Sonoma State 7 p.m. and Saturday at San Francisco State University 7 p.m.

-SWIMMING & DIVING: Saturday at the Lancer Dive Invite in Riverside.

-MENS ROWING: Saturday and Sunday at the Head of Charles in Boston.

-CROSS COUNTRY: Saturday at the CCAA Championships in Turlock.

-WOMENS SOCCER: Saturday at Cal State San Marcos 2 p.m.


-WOMENS TENNIS: Thursday-Sunday at the ITA Regional Championships at the Barnes Tennis Center.

-MENS TENNIS: Thursday-Sunday at the ITA Regional Championships in Malibu.

-WOMENS VOLLEYBALL: Thursday at Loyola Marymount 7 p.m. and Saturday at Pepperdine 12 p.m.

-WOMENS SOCCER: Thursday vs. Loyola Marymount 7 p.m. and Saturday vs. Pepperdine 7 p.m.

-FOOTBALL: Saturday at Jacksonville 9 a.m.

-MENS CREW: Saturday at the Head of the Charles in Boston.

-SOFTBALL: Sunday at Cal State Fullerton 12 p.m.


-WOMENS VOLLEYBALL: Thursday vs. Boise State 6 p.m. and Saturday vs. Utah State 1 p.m. both at Aztecs Court at Peterson Gym.

-MENS TENNIS: Thursday-Sunday at the ITA Regional Championships in Malibu.

-WOMENS TENNIS: Thursday-Sunday at the ITA Regional Championships at the Barnes Tennis Center.

-WOMENS SOCCER: Friday vs. Wyoming 7 p.m. and Sunday vs. Colorado State 12 p.m. both at the SDSU Sports Deck.

-FOOTBALL: Saturday vs. Fresno State 7:30 p.m. at SDCCU Stadium.

-MENS SOCCER: Saturday vs. Santa Clara 7 p.m. at the SDSU Sports Deck.

-WOMENS SWIMMING: Saturday at UC Davis 12 p.m.


-WOMENS GOLF: Monday and Tuesday at the Sonoma State Fall Invite.

-WOMENS SOCCER: Monday vs. Hawaii Pacific 1 p.m. and Saturday at Dixie State 3:30 p.m.

-MENS SOCCER: Monday vs. Hawaii Pacific 3:30 p.m. and Saturday at Dixie State 6 p.m.

-WOMENS VOLLEYBALL: Wednesday at Concordia 7 p.m.

-CROSS COUNTRY: Saturday at the PacWest Championships in San Francisco.

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<![CDATA[Students Help Save South Bay High School From Fire]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 22:02:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/southwest+high+school.PNG

Southwest High School students were coming back from a robotics competition Saturday when they noticed there was a fire coming from an elevator inside the school.

"We came back to school to put back our robot and as we were exiting, we saw the smoke that was coming out of the building," a student named Xavier Balladarez told NBC 7.

An electrical fire had started in the elevator. 

Xavier said one teammate dialed 911 and another pulled a fire alarm and they rushed to safety.

The group said they were just at the right place at the right time. 

"We have a team member from our team that they actually went to a camp training as a firefighter," Xavier said. "So a lot of us are looking into careers as firefighters and implementing engineering to automate systems to make it easier for firefighters to save lives."

"Robotics and the mechanisms that engineering students [use] would be great," Batallion Chief Ballard said. "Anything we can do to enhance our safety and our effectiveness is something we're open to."

There were no reported injuries.

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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Killed in Crash Near Julian ID'd as Retired Officer]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 01:46:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/250*120/motorcycle+crash+julian.PNG

A motorcyclist was killed when he lost control and crashed into a parked car on State Route 79 Saturday afternoon, California Highway Patrol confirmed.

He was identified as retired La Mesa police officer Tom Ruth. 

Ruth crossed the double yellow line and sideswiped a truck, according to officials. 

The crash happened just north of Japacha Fire Road around 2:30 p.m.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom's wife during this difficult time," the La Mesa Police Officers' Association, said. 

Ruth retired in 2009. 

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<![CDATA[Power Restored to Customers in Ocean Beach Area ]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 21:14:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/power-outage-sdge-power-lines.jpg

Due to an unplanned outage, 401 customers in Ocean Beach, Midway and the airport area were without power for several hours Saturday.

The outage started at 4:35 p.m. and power was restored by 8 p.m.

San Diego Gas &Electric (SDG&E) is assessing to determine the cause.

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<![CDATA[Scripps Ranch Fire Station Holds Open House Amid NorCal Fires ]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 22:08:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/scripps+ranch+open+house.PNG

The fires in Northern California promoted a fire station in Scripps Ranch to hold an open house Saturday. Much of the community was destroyed in the 2003 Cedar Fire, which burned more than 280,000 acres.

Families got the chance to look at the fire station’s equipment, learn about fire safety and practice first aid and CPR.

The Scripps Ranch Fire Safe council booth had information to educate residents about the community's evacuation plan.

“This has a map to get out of Scripps Ranch, but also door hangers with color coding,” Dave Mason of the Scripps Ranch Fire Safety Counsel said. He explained that the door hangers quickly tell firefighters whether homeowners have evacuated, are still home and need help or notify first responders that there is a swimming pool for a water source.

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<![CDATA[Fleet Week Brings Boot Camp Challenge to San Diego]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 19:28:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fleet-Week-Boot-Camp.jpg

Fleet Week San Diego runs through this weekend and, on Saturday, San Diegans were treated to several fun events all about the U.S. military.

At the Sea and Air Parade, the military got to show off its fighter jets and war ships. There was also Saturday’s Boot Camp Challenge at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot.

Dozens of drill instructors yelled at the runners as they made their way through the grueling course. San Diegans of all backgrounds got a taste of the training U.S. Marines go through every day. During the 3-mile course, runners go through several obstacles, including log hurdles and tunnel crawls.

“They’re up in your face, and they’re loud,” said runner Amy Guerrero. “It’s not too bad, but I’m glad I don’t do it every day.”

“It gives me a good feeling to see the support from the community,” said Marine Sgt. Brandon Hund. “We have a big mission: for the Marine Corps to make Marines. To see the community come out here and support what we’re doing, it’s really eye-opening.”

As civilians gain a better appreciation for what Marines do, the military is hoping that events like this will build a better connection between service members and the public they serve.

“I can’t imagine doing the whole course with the ropes and the cargo nets, in boots and gear,” said runner Ines Hrebenda. “I have a lot of respect.”

Fleet Week San Diego, a tradition aimed at showing appreciation for military service members, wraps up Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Lawyers Offer Free Estate Planning During "Wills for Heroes"]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 16:42:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/honest-road-repair_2.jpg

Dozens of firefighters, police officers and other first responders signed up for the "Wills For Heroes" event in downtown Saturday.

Lawyers at the event, held at the San Diego County Bar Association, offered free estate planning, including preparing wills, power of attorney and health care directives for first responders and their spouses.

The national event started after 9/11 as a way to thank first responders.

“When I started this job I never thought about retirement or a pension or a will by any stretch of the imagination but as you see day to day events happen it kind of hits home a little bit,” James Schoales, of the Huntington Beach Police Department, said. “As you get older and [towards the end of] your career you can see the end so it's important to protect your family and yourself."

Under the national "Wills for Heroes" Program, lawyers have prepared more than 10,000 free estate planning documents for first responders across the country.

The San Diego County Bar association puts on this event twice a year.

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<![CDATA[Former Rancho Bernardo Teachers Lose NorCal Home in Fires]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 16:11:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/RBHS-Rowans.jpg

When a wildfire ripped through the Santa Rosa, California, home of two former San Diego-area teachers, it destroyed everything, including something sentimental to the couple: handwritten notes from students whose lives they’ve touched.

“When he teaches his class, I remember he had a bright attitude about everything,” said former Rancho Bernardo High School (RBHS) student Thomas Jung, remembering his former teacher, Terry Rowan.

“She didn’t just care about how you were doing in school, but how your life was going,” said former RBHS student Kourtney Jones, referring to her former teacher and Terry’s wife, Rita Rowan.

The Rowans – who were once named the staff standout “Cutest Couple” at RBHS by the class of 2007 – moved to Northern California after they retired from teaching.

This week, amid devastating and deadly wildfires in the region, their home burned to the ground. On Facebook, the couple posted a message saying they were not hurt but that their home was gone.

According to former students, one of the most unfortunate losses in the fire for the Rowans was the letters and notes given to them by students over the years.

Although those letters can never be replaced, former students are on a mission to send their support and words of appreciation to their favorite teachers.

Jones has organized a letter-writing campaign among her former classmates to send new letters to the Rowans.

“The Rowans spent years shaping our lives and building us into a community of caring, compassionate people,” Jones wrote in an email to her classmates. “Let’s show them how much of an impact they have truly had.”

Jones, for her part, planned to pen a letter to Rita.

“I definitely will thank her for her time as an educator and her care as a teacher,” she explained.

Rancho Bernardo residents lived through the 2007 Witch Creek Fire that claimed many homes in the community. The destruction in NorCal reminds them of the tough road faced by victims of wildfires.

In addition to students stepping up to show their support and love for the Rowans, staffers at RBHS told NBC 7 the school is collecting donations to buy gift cards to help the Rowans replace their belongings.

Many staff members said it’s the least they can do for two former colleagues who helped make them better teachers. 

“Indeed, they are incredible human beings and when you put them together, they were an unstoppable force,” said RBHS teacher Holly Lecakes.

RBHS teacher Don Jones said he’s not surprised by the support the Rowans are receiving from their former students.

“That’s just speaking to our kids and how they would react to them, and that’s the impression those two people had,” he told NBC 7. “They wouldn’t hesitate to write a new letter – oh yeah, it may be different than when they were a kid, but it’s going to be heartfelt. They were both loved.”

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<![CDATA[Stone Vows to Help Victims of NorCal Wildfires]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 21:15:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/stone2.jpg

San Diego-based craft brewing leader Stone Brewing Co. is leading an effort to help victims impacted by the Northern California wildfires, and other brewers are following suit.

Stone announced Friday it plans to donate a portion of its sales throughout October to Direct Relief, an organization providing emergency help to the California’s Office of Emergency Services, the Napa County Public Health Department and over 40 health centers and clinics in the NorCal region impacted by the deadly wildfires.

In addition to its namesake brand, Stone Brewing Co. also represents 38 craft and specialty beers from California, the U.S. and world. This includes Bear Republic Brewing and Russian River Brewing Company in Sonoma County, both of which have been affected by the fires.

"We have spoken with Richard Norgrove Sr. and Jr. of Bear Republic, and Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo of Russian River and verified that they are personally OK and that their businesses are safe," said Dominic Engels, Stone Brewing CEO, in a press release Friday.

“However, they have many employees, colleagues, friends, family and neighbors who have been dramatically affected in this historically tragic set of Northern California wildfires. We cannot sit idle with such devastation at hand," he added.

To that end, Stone announced these donations for wildfire relief (retroactive to Oct. 1):

  • For every case of Bear Republic and Russian River beer sold by Stone Distributing Co., the company will donate 25 cents
  • Stone will further donate 25 cents for every case of Stone Brewing beer sold in Southern California
  • Stone Brewing will donate 15 cents for every case of Stone beer sold via its wholesale distribution partners throughout the rest of California
Through these efforts, the company believes it will be able to donate more than $50,000 to wildfire relief.

Grateful for Stone's help, Vinnie Cilurzo, the owner of Russian River Brewing Company, said his brewery would also launch fundraising efforts to help the NorCal region.

Other brands distributed by Stone Distributing Co. have also committed to splitting a donation of 25 cents per case as part of this month's mission. This includes:

  • Avery Brewing Co.
  • Boochcraft
  • Kern River Brewing Company
  • MadeWest Brewing Company
  • Mason Ale Works
  • Maui Brewing Co.
  • Mikkeller Brewing
  • Modern Times Beer
  • Oskar Blues Brewery
  • Smog City Brewing Company
  • The Bruery
  • The Lost Abbey
  • Victory Brewing Company
  • Wandering Aengus Ciderworks

More breweries may also join as the project unfolds, Stone said.

Stone Brewing plans to open a brewery in Napa, California, this December, so these efforts certainly hit close to home for the company.

In addition to donating to wildfire relief, Stone Brewing Co. is also donating $1 of every pint or growler fill of Stone Delicious IPA to aid Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico.

According to a list released this past March by the Colorado-based Brewers Association, Stone Brewing Co. is ranked No. 17 among the 50 overall largest production breweries in the United States. San Diego's Ballast Point was No. 13 and Green Flash Brewing Co. was named No. 47.

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<![CDATA[Your #SanDiegoGram Photos]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 11:23:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SD-Gram-1014-janelle_xo_.jpg We want to show off your Instagram pictures. Just include the hashtag #SanDiegoGram.

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