<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:26:20 -0700 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:26:20 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[New Law Requires 3 Feet Between Drivers and Bicyclists]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:15:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chi-bike-lane.jpg

Starting Tuesday, drivers will have to keep three feet of space between them and bicyclists on the road under a new California law.

The safety measure may be just another law to some, but for Cheri O'Neill, it's a tribute of sorts to her son and others.

“We need to honor him, and this is how we can do that,” O’Neill said choking back tears. “We need to save other lives.”

The Chula Vista mother’s 33-year-old son Matthew was killed Aug. 9 doing what he loved -- cycling a Central California road -- when he was hit by a teenage driver in a truck hauling a horse trailer.

“In our son's case, if the driver, if he'd given our son the three feet, he'd be alive today," O’Neill told NBC 7.

The state law applies for drivers passing from behind. If not, motorists have to slow down to the bike’s speed and wait until it is safe to pass.

The rule is a good start to sharing the road, says Andy Hanshaw, head of the San Diego County Bike Coalition.

“While we know laws are good, the policies are important as well,” explained Hanshaw. “We need to continue to push for actual physical infrastructure that separates bikes from traffic and gets more people riding safely."

According to the most recent CHP statistics online, San Diego County recorded 11-bicycle related fatalities and 939 bicycle-involved injuries in 2012.

Hoping to reduce those numbers, the O'Neills started a Facebook page called “Remember
Matthew: Change Lanes to Pass a Cyclist.

Though thankful for the new law, they're planning to push for an amendment.

“When it is safe -- and we stress when it is safe-- a driver may cross the double yellow to pass a cyclist,” said O’Neill.

A previous version of the measure had that provision, but it was vetoed because of safety concerns.

If you violate the new law, you could be fined $35, which jumps to $220 if you injure a cyclist.

<![CDATA[Broken Bed Alarm Blamed for Walkaway Patient Death]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:54:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/thomas+vera.JPG

California Department of Health and Human Services records obtained by NBC 7 shed new light on what went wrong inside UCSD Medical Center when a disoriented patient walked away from his supervised room into a nearby canyon.

The May 27 lapse in hospital security led to a tragic search which ended when 57-year-old Thomas Vera’s body was found five days later less than a mile from the hospital entrance in Palm Canyon.

Vera’s family blamed the hospital for allowing the man suffering from severe head and neck injuries, as well as disillusions, to leave the facility.

According to the CHHS investigation, Vera’s bed alarm never sounded. Vera was under video surveillance, and when nurses were notified, the report states they “attempted to contact security by paging security twice with no response and then pushing the panic button twice with no response.”

The panic button was “broken for 8 days,” according to the report.

State inspectors said the hospital failed to routinely test the buttons and failed to repair them when broken.

Prior to Vera’s disappearance, the most recent test had revealed more than 1 out of every 4 panic buttons at UCSD’s two main hospitals didn’t work.

“That’s incomprehensible to me. This is a big time, generally well thought of medical facility, and it’s like clown school” said legal expert Joel Brant, an attorney who specialized in elder care law.

UCSD Medical Center has since added a policy where patients like Vera are given orange wrist bands as a visual clue they shouldn’t be walking around unattended.

UC San Diego Health Sciences director of communications Jacqueline Carr released this statement in response to the incident:

“UC San Diego Health System underwent extensive internal and external investigations to identify the reasons that led to this tragic event. In response, UC San Diego Health System submitted plans of correction to the California Department of Public Health which were accepted and implemented. In the instance of the panic buttons, the buttons have undergone a software upgrade and are tested monthly for functionality. We remain vigilant in training employees to communicate quickly and effectively with our hospital security team so that responses to patient needs are timely, with safety as the first priority.”

Fifteen months after the incident, CHHS says no fine or penalty has been issued as a result of the mishap.

“The state said ‘Oh well, you made mistakes.’ UCSD fills in a plan of corrections saying ‘OK, we’ll do our best to make sure this doesn’t happen again,’ and to a family, that’s not going to be enough” said Bryant.

An NBC 7 records search also found the hospital paid the Vera family $85,000 in a settlement.

Vera was the second walkaway from UC San Diego Medical Center in the past two years, according to the California Department of Public Health.

<![CDATA[Alleged Child Molester Arrested in Tijuana, Turned Over to SDPD]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:50:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Salvador+MEZA-PAZ+%28MEXICAN+POLICE+PHOTO%29.jpg

A man wanted on suspicion of molesting a child has been arrested in Mexico and turned over to the San Diego Police.

Salvador Meza-Paz, 52, was wanted on a Jan. 2014 warrant for two counts of lewd conduct with a child under 14, U.S. Marshals say, but officials did not release any more information about what the suspect is accused of.

Using information from U.S. Marshals and the SDPD, Tijuana Municipal Police arrested Meza-Paz at an auto shop where he worked on Thursday.

That evening, he was turned over to Marshals at the San Ysdiro Port of Entry and then transferred to SDPD detectives.

He is being held on a $750,000 bond at the San Diego Central Jail. He will next appear in court on Sept. 24.

Photo Credit: US Marshals]]>
<![CDATA[4 Neglected Horses Rescued in North County]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:16:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/neglected+cow+horse.jpg

San Diego County Animal Services is looking for the owner of four neglected horses rescued from the Elfin Forest area.

Workers at a horse boarding facility on Detwiler Road noticed the horses wandering around early Sunday morning, according to the county. It is unclear how the horses got there.

Animal Services was called and discovered the two stallions and two mares in rough shape. The horses were severely underweight, covered in cuts and scratches and in need of roof care, the county said.

County workers talked to neighbors, but no one knew who owned the horses. The horses went to the veterinarian Monday morning and are expected to make a full recovery.

If the owner does not come forward, the two Arabians and two quarter horses will be available for adoption. If the owner does show, that person would pay fees and could face charges.

Last month, Animal Services rescued 31 horses – along with llamas, miniature cattle, geese and a dog – from a property in Valley Center. The county now has 38 horses in its care, an all-time high.

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<![CDATA[VA Secretary Visits San Diego]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:04:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san+diego+va+medical+center.JPG

The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald, paid a visit to San Diego on Monday and said his goal is to get the VA on track as quickly as possible.

No more incentives will be tied to standards of care. The medical inspector's office is being restructured. Three thousand audits at VA centers across the country are under review. And here in San Diego the VA is getting prepared for a surge of veterans in need.

McDonald called it the "road to Veterans Day," and on Monday that road led to San Diego where he said the VA is recommitted to its mission.

“Our mission is clear that is to serve and care for veterans, “ McDonald said.

But in the wake of hundreds of VA medical centers under review following an investigation into practices at the Phoenix VA, where 40 veterans died waiting for care, it is one thing to talk about veteran care and another to provide it.

Secretary McDonald said: “Part of regaining that trust is getting veterans off wait lists and into clinics.”

And that is what McDonald is working to do. In one month alone in the VA, he has removed 250,000 veterans from lists and gotten them into clinics. That includes 5,600 in San Diego, where access to care the secretary realizes will only continue to get more difficult as more Iraq and Afghanistan veterans return. Because this is where they intend to call home.

“We have to be forward looking recognizing that many of our veterans who are leaving military service are settling in San Diego and we have to build up capacity to get ahead of that curve,” McDonald said.

By hiring more medical staff and increasing facility space which is being done in San Diego with $11.3 million in recent additional funding. VA officials will also outsource care when needed, but say that is not the solution.

Saying private care won’t replace veterans care, McDonald is on the forefront of important research when it comes to treatment for PTSD and other illnesses. And the best practices of VA Medical Centers like San Diego should be shared with other VA centers across the country, he said.

<![CDATA[Nurses Allege Dangerous Conditions at North Co. Hospital]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:03:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Tri-City-Medical-Center-0601.jpg A group of registered nurses spoke out Monday about what it says are dangerous conditions at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside. But other nurses say their claims are exaggerated. NBC 7’s Diana Guevara reports. ]]> <![CDATA[Beating the Heat on a Budget]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:23:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sdge+generic.JPG

Thuy Ly no longer uses her air conditioner during the day even when it is more than 90 degrees outside.

"I just looked at the bill last week," said Ly. "I cannot use this much."

Ly and her husband have three children, but to save money, they are not turning on the air conditioning until 7:30 at night and turning it off early in the morning. Then Ly locks up the house.

"I keep the shades closed, I keep the lights off," said Ly, "I use mostly fans because I think it costs less."

Room and ceiling fans use a fraction of the energy required by a central air conditioner.

According to a room-by-room guide from San Diego Gas and Electric, central air costs between $1 to $2 an hour to cool a home.

That means for people who are running their air conditioners five and ten hours longer than usual, they could see a jump of hundreds of dollars on their bill.

SDG&E recommends mixing fans and air conditioners to keep cool.

The company suggests raising the thermostat from 72 to 78 degrees and running major appliances during off-peak hours.

As for tracking usage, Erin Coller with SDG&E said customers can sign up for My Account on the SDG&E website.

"You can actually track your energy use by the hour," said Coller. "You will see projections for how much your bill is expected to be at the end of the month."

As for Thuy Ly, she is drinking more water and adjusting to a house without air conditioning during the day.

"I do miss it, but I try," said Ly.

How do you stay cool on a budget? Share your favorite tips, experiences and gripes in the comment section below.

<![CDATA[It’s Science: Eatery Experiments With Themed Drinks, Food]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:53:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/2+Zymology+thumbnail.jpg

Something’s brewing over a Bunsen burner downtown, but it’s not chemicals for some science experiment.

It’s siphoned coffee, bubbling in a small, round glass on a setup you would expect to see in a chemistry lab.

Instead, the laboratory is at Zymology 21, a new restaurant and bar concept on Fifth Avenue created by the folks behind brunch staple Café 21.

There, everything is science-themed, from the kitschy, hexagon-shaped décor to the cocktails served in beakers and Erlenmeyer flasks.

It all started with the strange word “zymology,” meaning “the science of fermentation,” said owner Leyla Javadov.

“We want to more concentrate on the bar, but not just the bar. We wanted to do something cool, fun, and to get in touch with natural products,” she said.

During their first trip to a lab supply store, it was decided. Beakers for the beverages, test tubes for margarita and beer flights and magnifying glasses for table centerpieces: the science design was a go.

Fermentation goes beyond the drinks at Zymology 21. They incorporate the process into the food, using brining, braising or pickling to add richer, juicer flavor.

Take their chicken and waffles.

“People think, ‘Oh it's just chicken and waffle,’” said Javadov. “But the chicken, we are marinating and brining this chicken at least 48 hours in ginger, buttermilk, garlic, basil mix.”

“And waffles, even waffles, to make batter, you need a chemical reaction, especially like yogurt and baking soda reaction,” she explained.

Add a six-sided waffle iron and a honey chipotle glaze, and you have a dish you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else.

Javadov takes pride in her restaurant’s unique concept. Manager Jason Ernst sees it as part of a bigger trend: A resurgence in science.

"During Kennedy's administration, kids went to school wanting to be an astronaut or be a scientist,” said Ernst, “and during the 70s and 80s and 90s, no one wants to do anything in terms of the sciences.”

But he hopes the newest school-aged generation is taking a renewed interest in STEM programs -- something he wants to foster.

“I would love to be a part of that and make it fun for people to be like, ‘You know what, you can have fun with science and you can be comfortable with science,’” said Ernst.

With Zymology 21, Javadov said she wanted to maintain the farm-to-table quality of food established with Café 21, working with the same farmers for both projects.

But this time, they’re expanding into farm-to-bar cocktails. Their drink concept is based around shrubs: a colonial-era way of making bitters or cocktail flavorings.

They combine fruits – grapefruit, watermelon, strawberry or others – with vinegar and sugar. They let it mix into a simple syrup, Ernst explained, and the vinegar acts as a sort of preservative so the liquid does not spoil.

Guests can then do a little experimentation of their own, adding a shrub to their choice of cocktail: champagne, Gin Ricky, Vodka Collins, whiskey sour, mojito or margarita.

As with any science experiment, finalizing Zymology 21’s menus took a great deal of trial and error, like figuring out what type of alcohol to pour over their sangria popsicles. But Javadov and Ernst agree it was a great kind of work.

The best surprise byproduct of their time in the “lab?” The visitors that Zymology 21 attracts.

"We get some really cool, crazy, eccentric, weird, overly smart people that really resonate with being able to -- you can't drink out of beakers at work, but you can come here after work and drink out of a beaker,” said Ernst.

He said of every group of three or four that come in on weekend nights, at least one works in the science industry.

The downside? Ernst has to field impromptu quizzes about his scientific knowledge.

“They try to correct us on anything that is out of place because they're very regimented. They're like, ‘Oh that formula's wrong over there,’” Ernst says, pointing at a blue wall with formulas scrawled across it in chalk. “And then I point out that my name is on the wall.”

So it is, written “jä(s•n).”

The venue has a couple games for the truly nerdy: Can you spot the impossible equations? And where is an image of Bill Murray hidden in plain sight?

Zymology 21, located at 750 Fifth Avenue, is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The restaurant is closed Monday and Tuesday.

Photo Credit: Andie Adams]]>
<![CDATA[$51K Reward Offered in 5-Year Cold Case]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:58:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/brandon+robinson.jpg

Brandon Robinson’s death remains a mystery more than five years after his murder.

The 23-year-old was shot and killed on Sept. 6, 2009 while attending a barbecue at Morley Field in Balboa Park. Friends and family claim the bullet was intended for someone.

First responders discovered Robinson lying next to his motorcycle. His family told NBC 7 in 2009 that buying that motorcycle was his childhood dream.

In 2011, a “Who Killed Brandon Robinson” billboard was erected at 30th Street and El Cajon Boulevard to drum up leads. So far, no arrests have been made.

The state is offering $50,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case. Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $1,000 reward.

Do you know what happened that Labor Day weekend? Anyone with information is urged to call the San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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<![CDATA[East County Man Sentenced for Homemade Cannon Death]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:48:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/RichardFox09151.JPG

An East County man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for building a homemade explosive device that killed his longtime girlfriend.

Richard Dale Fox, 41, was denied probation and given the maximum sentence for charges of explosion of a destructive device and possession of ingredients to make an explosive device. He pleaded guilty in July to those charges.

Fox was originally charged with murder in the March 2012 death of Jeanette Ogara, 38, his girlfriend of 11 years.

The 10-year sentence was the punishment that the victim's family sought in the tragedy.

"We have suffered a lot and we're still suffering," Marisa Salyear, the victim's mother, said during sentencing. "I could never forget my child. She's gone."

Ogara's family called the incident an act of stupidity.

"This doesn't surprise me whatsoever that he finally caused someone to die, be it intentionally or not," said Ogara's brother, Anthony Ogara. "This was known he was going to do this to somebody, somehow, somewhere and here it's my sister now."

In a jailhouse interview with NBC 7, Fox said the couple had been drinking at their Potrero mobile home when he decided to light off fireworks from his cannon-like device – something he had done a dozen times before.

He cut off the tops of the fireworks, poured the powder into his 26-inch pipe and stuffed it down with a broom handle.

But when he placed it on the ground and the device exploded, shrapnel went shooting through the side of the couple’s trailer, hitting Ogara in her chest.

“I just wish that the damn thing had hit me instead of her,” Fox had told NBC 7. “I would have much rather died than her.”

The district attorney’s office decided there was no evidence that Fox intended to kill Ogara, so the murder charge was dropped.

The couple’s then-4-year-old daughter was inside the trailer with three friends at the time, but they were not injured. Ogara and Fox also have a 13-year-old daughter.

In response to the victim's family's comments and the sentence on Monday, Fox appeared contrite.

"I love you, Jeanette. Forever. You're my best friend," he said. "I wish it would have been me instead. I'm sorry."

<![CDATA[School Day Shortened Tuesday as Heat Continues]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:38:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/heat+generic+sept+2014_6.jpg

San Diego area schools without air conditioning will switch to shorter hours again Tuesday as a major heat wave continues to move through the county.

The National Weather Service has extended its heat advisory through 7 p.m. Tuesday, and San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), National School District (NSD), Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) and Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) are following suit.

They have all extended their minimum day schedule through Sept. 16 for schools that don’t have AC.

For the SDUSD, that includes 122 schools. Click here for a full list

Each one has its own shortened schedule, so parents should check the school’s website to learn when their children will be released. They can also call the Quality Assurance Office at 619-725-7211.

The bus schedule will be adjusted accordingly, and the PrimeTime after-school program will not change. However, all athletic practices and games have been canceled at all campuses.

All of Coronado’s schools will start at the regular time, but the day will end at 12:30 p.m. District officials say for those who need lunch, they’ll provide food for students in the lunch area as classes are dismissed.

In the National School District, all schools except Palmer Way and Rancho del la Nación will get out early. Kimball, Olivewood and Central will be released at 1:25 p.m.

Ira Harbison, Las Palmas, Lincoln Acres and John Otis will end at 1 p.m. The district’s REACH Program will maintain its usual hours, and the bus will switch to its Thursday schedule.

SUHSD schools that will be on a minimum day schedule are Castle Park Middle, Chula Vista High, Hilltop Middle, Mar Vista Academy, Mar Vista High and Sweetwater High.

For parents who have to work as their kids are released early, the YMCA of San Diego County is offering free emergency childcare at its before and after-school sites. Closing times will vary per location.

All SDUSD schools with full AC will operate under the district's hot weather guidelines, which include limited recess activities and keeping kids hydrated.

But while kids are being allowed out early, teachers must stay behind for a work day.

Some are questioning why.

"It was 104 in my classroom today. No AC, nothing," one teacher told NBC 7. "And it's really hard to work when you have a pounding headache, sweat is burning your eyes, your clothes are soaked to the skin, you have sweat dripping on your papers."

SDUSD spokesperson Linda Zintz says if teachers can't find a cool place on campus to finish their work, they can always go to a cafe.

However, the teacher, who wanted to remain anonymous, said they were directed to stay on campus, sticking their heads in the freezer to find relief.

"It does affect our health and our ability to do our jobs," the teacher said.

Meanwhile, SDG&E confirmed Monday that residents across the county have used a record amount of energy during this heat wave.

A spokesperson says the utility passed its all-time system peak record for electric use as people cranked up their AC, but she made it clear that SDG&E has enough resources to serve customers.

Despite the heat, some local sports teams fought on. Santana High and Foothills High students faced off Monday evening in volleyball, forced to play inside a gym with no AC.

"I love volleyball. It's going to be fun no matter what, but I'm going to be dying," said one player.

<![CDATA[30 Cases of Flu Already Reported]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:16:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/flugeneric.jpg

There have been 30 cases of influenza already in San Diego County health officials reported Monday.

At the 10th annual meeting of healthcare professionals dubbed the "Flu Summit," experts take a look at the past flu season and look at predictions for the upcoming one.

The fact that there have been dozens of influenza cases including two intensive care cases could be a predictor of what's to come. 

Deputy Public Health Officer for the County of San Diego Dr. Eric McDonald said the county has had two moderately severe flu seasons in a row.

Medical professionals expect the same types of viruses to be circulating this flu season.

McDonald advises San Diegans to get vaccinated, pay attention to their personal hygiene and stay home if they're sick.

Anyone over 6 months old can get vaccinated. More information about vaccinations is available here.

In addition to getting vaccinated, the HHSA says frequent, thorough hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer can prevent the flu from spreading.

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<![CDATA[Chargers' Mathews Out for 4 to 5 Weeks: NFL]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:15:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chargers+seahawks+nfl+4.jpg

Chargers' running back Ryan Mathews will be out for four to five weeks, NFL sources reported on Monday.

Mathews suffered a sprained MCL in Sunday’s sweltering game against the Seattle Seahawks. According to the NFL Network, he underwent an MRI on Monday. Still, he hopes to return sooner than a month, the source said.

Mathews was carted off the field in the fourth quarter of the game with the knee injury.

Sunday’s home opener upset the defending Super Bowl champions with a win over the Hawks, 30 to 21.

The deficit, however, could have been larger. The NFL now admits it should have reversed a touchdown made by Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin.

The last time a team has beat the Seahawks by more than 7 points was Nov. 6, 2011, when the Dallas Cowboys beat the team by 10 points.

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<![CDATA[TD Against Chargers Should Have Been Reversed]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:30:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/percy+harvin+chargers+seahawks.jpg

A big Chargers win on Sunday should have been even more impressive.

The NFL admitted it missed a call when it allowed Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin’s 51-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to stand, even though Harvin stepped out of bounds at the Chargers 21.

Fortunately for the Bolts, it didn’t affect the outcome, as the defeated the defending Super Bowl champs, 30-21.

"All scoring plays are reviewed by the instant replay official, in conjunction with the NFL officiating staff in New York, and are not subject to a coach's challenge," NFL spokesman Michael Signora said in a statement. "Following the first quarter touchdown run by Percy Harvin, the game should have been stopped for a replay review, either by the replay official or by the officiating staff in New York.”

Following the play, the Seahawks quickly lined up and kicked the extra point before officials could stop it, and the game went on without incident. The score put the Seahawks up 7-3. From there, it was all Chargers, as they scored 17 straight points in the second quarter and never trailed again.

The Bolts kept Harvin contained for most of the game. He had one other run that went for minus-6 yards and just one catch for 5 yards.

Even with the phantom touchdown, the Chargers handled Seattle with ease. It was the largest loss for the Seahawks since a 10-point defeat at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 6, 2011.

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<![CDATA[No AC? No Class for San Diego Schools]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:10:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/empty-schoolyard-playground.jpg NBC 7's Matt Rascon reports from Encanto where students arrived with extra water for a minimum day called because of the heatwave. ]]> <![CDATA[Manhunt Underway for Runaway Driver in Southcrest]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:44:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/southcrest+manhunt.jpg

Police are searching for a suspect in San Diego’s Southcrest neighborhood.

Officers tried to pull over a vehicle around 11:30 a.m. Monday in the area of South 44th Street and Mayberry Street. The vehicle drove a short distance, but the driver soon stopped and fled on foot, according to the San Diego Police Department.

Aerial pictures showed police vehicles surrounding the neighborhood and the SDPD helicopter circling overhead. No lockdowns have been issued at this time, and no injuries have been reported.

There is no word why police tried to stop the vehicle in the first place.

Check back for updates.

<![CDATA[Zymology 21 Makes Science Palatable]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:13:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Zymology+21+thumbnail+%2821%29.jpg At Zymology 21, a new science-themed restaurant downtown, it's not just about good food and drinks. It's about the process. ]]> <![CDATA[Rivers Wears 61 on Helmet in Hardwick's Honor]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:48:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/new-edt-AP213814449965.jpg

A small tribute stuck on the back of the helmet of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers garnered a lot of attention and some questions about whether Rivers will face a fine.

Rivers stuck the number 61 on the back of his helmet for Sunday's game against the Seahawks as a tribute to his longtime center Nick Hardwick.

He talked about it with the media after the game and appeared to have tears in his eyes when discussing Hardwick's move to the Reserve-Injured List.

“It was a tough week,” Rivers said

“Losing your center who’s been the center for 10 years, this was a nice ending to a tough week.”

So, could the heartfelt gesture result in a fine from the NFL? It is possible.

There is a rule banning personal messages on team uniforms, as USA Today points out.

We want to hear what you think. Comment below or send us a message through the NBC 7 Facebook page.

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<![CDATA[Mercedes Driver Sought in Fatal Street Racing Crash]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:24:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Street-Racing-0914.jpg

San Diego police are looking for a Mercedes driver who fled a fatal street racing crash in Mission Bay Sunday.

A silver Corvette and a black Mercedes were racing westbound on SeaWorld Drive just after 5 p.m., according to San Diego police.

The Corvette lost control near Friars Road and slammed into a tree.

The driver was killed instantly, police said. The female passenger was rushed to a local trauma unit with serious injuries.

The victim has not been identified.

It appears the Mercedes was not physically involved in the crash. However, police said they are treating the incident as a hit and run because the Mercedes left the crash site.

The California Highway Patrol issued a Sig Alert for SeaWorld Drive between Friars Road and South Shores Road. The road was reopened before 11 p.m.

Investigators are asking the driver or passenger of the Mercedes to call police at 619-531-2000.

Police do not know if alcohol or drugs were factors in the fatal crash.

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<![CDATA[Heat to Send Kids Home Early From School]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:46:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sun+Generic.jpg

The sweltering heat in San Diego County will mean shorter schooldays for thousands of students.

On Monday, the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) will implement “minimum day schedules” at all schools that aren’t fully air conditioned. Click here for a list of affected schools

Each school has its own modified schedule. Parents can learn the hours by visiting their child’s school's website. They can also call the district’s new Quality Assurance Office at 619-725-7211.

The school bus schedule will be adjusted, and the PrimeTime after-school program will remain in place, according to a news release from SDUSD. The district is working with the YMCA to provide additional after-school services.

SDUSD schools with 100 percent AC will operate on normal schedules Monday. The district will announce by 12 p.m. Monday if minimum days will be in effect for Tuesday.

Other districts will also be sending students home early because of the heat. On Monday, more than 3,000 students in the Coronado Unified School District will begin at their normal times, but release students at 12:30 p.m.

The same is true for several schools in the National School District which serves more than 5,700 students. Ira Harbison, Las Palmas, Lincoln Acres and John Otis will dismiss students at 1 p.m. both Monday and Tuesday. Students at Central, El Toyon, Kimball and Olivewood will be released at 1:25 p.m. Palmer Way, Rancho de la Nación and the preschool center will operate as usual.

Students who ride the bus should follow the Thursday bus schedule, according to the district. The REACH Program will still take place.

The Children's School in La Jolla will dismiss its students, numbered at less than 1,000, at noon Monday.

La Mesa/Spring Valley School District officials said its classrooms have air conditioning. Students will be in class for the entire school day.

The extreme heat impacted students over the weekend, including Saturday at a high school cross country meet at Kit Carson Park in Escondido. As runners pushed themselves to the limit with the sun beating down, their coaches took extra precautions to prevent fainting, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

"We have misting cooling fans, and we have a full-body cold tub for body immersion in severe cases," said Robbie Bowers, Head Athletic Trainer at Rancho Bernardo High School.

"We turn our focus away from muscular-skeletal type injuries to the life-threatening situations which we wanted to be every bit prepared for," Bowers said.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a heat advisory for areas west of the San Diego County mountains until 7 p.m. Tuesday. NBC 7 meteorologist Greg Bledsoe predicted highs of 88 at the coast and 100 inland on Sunday.

“Triple digits for a lot of our inland areas and a chance to break some record," Bledsoe said Sunday. "We did on Saturday. El Cajon hit 100. That was a record for them.”

<![CDATA[Tot's Nanny Supports Mom Accused of Murder]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:27:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Elijah-Rivas-Memorial-0914.jpg

An Oceanside woman accused of drowning her own toddler is getting support from an unlikely place – the nanny who helped raise the child.

Lecia Outlaw cared for Elijah Rivas, the 22-month-old boy who died Sept. 10 in his grandmother's home on Woodpark Way.

The child's mother, Veronica Rivas, admitted to drowning the child, according to Oceanside police. Despite the allegation, Outlaw said she will not turn her back on her friend.

On Sunday, more than 30 people showed up in fellowship outside the Rivas home to remember Elijah as a sweet child with character and a lot of heart.

By most accounts an ugly custody battle between Veronica and the baby's father led up to this tragic moment. Still, why Elijah was killed is a mystery that may always haunt those who knew him.

“Nobody would have ever believed that innocence of that nature would be taken away,” said Larry Outlaw, Lecia's husband.

On Monday, Rivas is scheduled to appear in Vista courtroom to be charged in the case.

Lecia Outlaw was the last person to speak with her before Rivas was arrested and charged with the murder.

She visited her Elijah's mother in the hospital Thursday where she said it was obvious that the reality of the situation was setting in.

“She realized she had lost her child and she was in a lot of pain that he was gone,” Lecia said.

Outlaw and her neighbors say the courts may judge Veronica but they're committed to standing by the entire Rivas family.

For those who knew the young family, Sunday’s balloon release was a brief moment to remember the child who they say is in a better place.

“This was his home going celebration. We had this to celebrate him going home to be with the Lord,” Lecia said.

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<![CDATA[1 Killed in I-805 Crash at H Street]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:23:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Semi-car-crash-0915.jpg

A fatal accident involving a car and a semi is slowing the morning community out of the South Bay.

A gold Infinity and a tractor trailer collided along northbound I-805 at H Street in Chula Vista just before 8 a.m. Monday.

California Highway Patrol officers and firefighters had the crash scene surrounded on the right shoulder.

Officers said the crash had broken the rear axle of the semi.

Truck driver Clarence Jones, 49, had parked along the shoulder when the semi lost air pressure. He was sitting in the cab with his two children when they heard a loud noise.

He looked out, saw a car on fire beneath the back of the trailor. Jones grabbed a fire extinguisher to put the flames out.

That's when he noticed the driver's lifeless body in the vehicle.

Jones said he believes the driver may have been using the shoulder to bypass traffic.

A SigAlert was issued at 8:25 a.m.

Possible alternate routes would be surface streets to northbound I-805 beyond the crash site. Interstate 5 if you can or State Route 54 via the South Bay Expressway.

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<![CDATA[Carlsbad Desalination Plant Ahead of Schedule]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:26:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/desalination.jpg

Construction of the Carlsbad Desalination Plant is ahead of schedule and may be available to help supply San Diego County with drinking water from ocean water by the end of next year.

On this week’s “Politically Speaking” program, Jason Foster with the San Diego County Water Authority said the plant could be up and online by late 2015.

“That will be a big help if this drought continues,” Foster said. “The desalination plant will be a core water supply for our region. It’s going to run 24 hours a day, 365.”

Once the plant is up and running, it’s expected to turn 50 million gallons of sea water into fresh drinking water daily for use across the county.

It will deliver roughly seven percent of the region’s water supply but at a cost to ratepayers.

Water bills will increase approximately $5 a month, Foster said.

A recent report showed San Diego’s water use in August was six percent lower than the same time last year. That’s about 1.2 billion gallons or enough to serve about 20,000 residents for a year, according to the report.

Foster said San Diegans have been actively seeking out ways to conserve water. For example, the San Diego County Water Authority has seen applications to the turf replacement rebate program increase 1,000% in 2014.

The program offers $1.50 per square foot for homeowners to replace grass with other landscaping.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Zoo Parking Lot Theft]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:09:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Family-Car-Theft-San-Diego-.jpg NBC 7's Sherene Tagharobi reports on the Sylvester Family from Atlanta who say someone broke into their car and stole all their luggage while they were visiting San Diego Zoo. ]]> <![CDATA[Chargers vs. Seahawks Pictures]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:53:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chargers+seahawks+nfl+1.jpg Scenes from the Chargers' 30-21 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in their home opener at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Flames Shoot into Air Behind Vista Business]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:12:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Vista-Fire-0915.jpg

Flames shot more than 10 feet into the air early Monday as fire spread from behind a Vista business to nearby trees and brush.

The fire started on the dock behind Prudential Overall Supply on Ash Street, a laundering business located east of Sycamore Avenue and southwest of State Route 78.

Vista, San Marcos and Carlsbad firefighters were called to the business just after midnight and found flames shooting into the air behind the business and threatening to spread among a few eucalyptus trees behind the dock.

The fire did make its way into the grass and brush but firefighters were able to extinguish the fire within 20 minutes, officials said.

No one was injured.

Fire officials said the solvents used in the cleaning process were contained within 50 gallon drums so there was no chemical runoff or threat of a hazmat situation.

Firefighters contained the damage from the fire to the exterior of the building where there were bins filled with rags, uniforms and rugs.

<![CDATA[Corvette Driver Killed in Fatal Street Racing Crash]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:32:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Street-Racing-0914.jpg NBC 7's Sherene Tagharobi reports from SeaWorld Drive and Friars Road near Mission Bay where a Corvette and a Mercedes were street racing before one of the cars lost control according to San Diego police.

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<![CDATA[Pilot Killed in Crash Remembered as "Outstanding"]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:45:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NathanPoloski2+%282%29.jpg

The Navy has identified the pilot killed in a fighter jet crash as a man from Southern California with strong San Diego ties.

Lt. Nathan Poloski, 26, is presumed dead after an extensive search of the Western Pacific Ocean, according to the U.S. Navy.

Poloski is from Lake Arrowhead, California, but was born in San Diego. He grew up living near Marine Corps Air Station Miramar where his mother would take him to watch the Blue Angels, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Two F/A-18 Hornets apparently collided on Sept. 12 about 250 miles west of Wake Island, approximately 2,300 miles west of Honolulu. The pilot of the other plane was rescued.

The Navy suspended the search for Poloski Saturday after covering 3,000 square miles of vast ocean, according to the Navy. The search included the San Diego-based Carl Vinson Strike Group, a P-8 Poseidon aircraft and satellite imagery.

Both jets involved in the crash belonged to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94, Carrier Wing 17, based in Lemoore, California. They were assigned to USS Carl Vinson, which left San Diego last month for a nearly 10-month deployment.

Poloski’s commanding officer said the Naval Academy graduate “was an outstanding person, naval officer and aviator.”

"My personal thoughts and prayers are for his family, friends and shipmates as they endure this immeasurable loss," said Cmdr. Michael Langbehn, commanding officer of VFA 94, in a statement Sunday.

The Navy is investigating what caused the crash. Navy officials said the jets had "launched from the flight deck and were in the process of proceeding to their initial stations when they apparently collided approximately seven miles from the ship."

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<![CDATA[Will Beach Alcohol Ban Impact Bayfair's Future?]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:41:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/170*120/72571807.jpg The more than 100,000 visitors expected at the San Diego Bayfair this weekend were no longer be allowed to drink alcohol anywhere on the beach. That has some worried about the boat races' future. NBC 7's Liberty Zabala explains the new policy and where attendees were allowed to drink.

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<![CDATA[Bolts Beat Seahawks in Home Opener]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:02:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chargers+gates+0914.jpg

The Chargers beat the heat and held on to defeat the defending NFL champs on Sunday.

Antonio Gates caught all three touchdowns in a 30-21 win over the Seattle Seahawks at a sweltering Qualcomm Stadium.

The tight end finished with seven catches for 96 yards and caught two touchdowns in the first half for the ninth time in his career.

Philip Rivers completed 28 of 37 passes for 284 yards as the Chargers controlled much of the game. They had 26 first downs to Seattle's 14 and dominated the time of possession, holding the ball for more than 42 minutes.

In a game where field the temperature topped 100 degrees, the Chargers kept cool and didn't turn the ball over to even their season record at 1-1.

The Chargers got some bad news with the injury of running back Ryan Mathews, who sprained his MCL and could be out for a month. Mathews had 11 carries for 31 yards before the injury. Danny Woodhead led the team with 32 rushing yards.

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<![CDATA[Who To Watch For: Seahawks vs. Chargers]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:43:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/174*120/453668722.jpg

As you can see in the photograph accompanying this story, Richard Sherman and Philip Rivers have a nice relationship. Perhaps it's because they respect each other as competitors (they do). Perhaps it's because they've never met on the field and really don't have reason for animosity (yet).

But my money is on this: Richard Sherman and Philip Rivers are almost the same person.

I'll give you a moment to let that sink in.

OK, here's the explanation as to why I believe these men are a lot more similar than anyone realizes, starting with the obvious.

Both men are insanely gifted football players. In any given season, you can expect Sherman and Rivers to be in the Pro Bowl conversation.

Both men are tremendously intelligent. You know by now about Sherman and his Stanford Communications degree (he's also started work on his Master's, by the way). But did you know Rivers was an Academic All-ACC selection at North Carolina State? Or that he scored a 30 on the NFL's infamous Wonderlic Test at the Combine, a better score than Drew Brees, John Elway, Dan Marino, or Peyton Manning? We're talking about two guys who can hold a conversation on a different level than you find in most NFL locker rooms.

Both men are notorious trash talkers. Sherman's blasts had become legend long before his post-NFC Championship Game comments about 49ers WR Michael Crabtree. It was Sherman who birthed the famous, "U Mad, Bro?" internet meme after giving Tom Brady (another guy who likes to bump his gums constantly) his comeuppance. Rivers will talk to any player any time about any thing. I'll never forget him running to the tunnel in Cincinnati in 2006 after a comeback win over the Bengals, yelling at the few Cincy fans still in the stands to, "GO HOME!"

Rivers earned a more public reputation for laying the verbal smack down during a Monday Night Football thrashing of then-Broncos QB Jay Cutler. He was seen barking at Cutler (like Brady, a more subversive but less prolific taunter) and earned legions of new people who hated him. So, it's because of the TV cameras that...

Both men are grotesquely misunderstood. Sherman is engaging, funny, open and honest. The vast majority of his fire and brimstone are aimed at people who have already started a verbal sparring session. Sherman is putting transgressors in their places, and simply doesn't care if it reaches the ears of the general public. Rivers is similarly emotional on the field, wearing his emotions on his sleeve and taking just a little more joy in besting someone who's been talking out of turn.

You see it now? Richard Sherman and Philip Rivers are cut from the same cloth. I love both guys and think they're great for the NFL. It's going to be awfully fun watching them play a chess match Sunday afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium, which brings us to the three players to keep an eye on when the Chargers kick off against the Seahawks:

Keenan Allen, WR:

I know, kind of obvious, right? But, Allen possesses the skill set that can give Sherman trouble. The Seahawks' All-Pro is the best man-to-man cover corner in the NFL, bar none. However, he's not perfect. No man is. In last year's loss to the Colts, Sherman was beaten for a long touchdown by Indy WR T.Y. Hilton, who got open by using Sherman's aggressiveness against him. Off the line, Sherman was too anxious to initiate contact. Hilton wiped his hands away and took off. Now, this kind of mistake is rare, but one of Allen's greatest assets is his ability to get separation against a pressing corner. He won't be open all day, but there will be moments where Keenan has a step, and Rivers will need to keep looking over there. However, player number two will have a lot to say about that, as well.

Rich Ohrnberger, C:

He has plenty of experience starting games at center (he did it several times in Arizona), but this will be his first one as THE GUY in San Diego. Ohrnberger has filled in admirably for Nick Hardwick in the past, but he'll need to be borderline perfect against a Seahawks pass rush that's best described as "relentless." In fact, many of those times Sherman is beaten are erased because the QB doesn't have enough time to get the ball out anyway. Ohrnberger will make the line calls and set up the blocking schemes. When the Bolts are in their no-huddle and Rivers is checking to audibles, Rich will have to be on the same page or bad, bad things will happen. He's done it before (in the playoff win in Cincinnati last season, for example), so there's no reason to believe he can't do it again.

Danny Woodhead, RB:

Seattle has the best passing defense in the NFL, but they have given up large chunks of yards on the ground. Now, I chose Woodhead here instead of Ryan Mathews because, while he will get a few carries between the tackles, Danny's biggest impact could be in the passing game. Seattle brings pressure and brings it fast. It will be paramount for Rivers to have a place to go with the ball if the wide receivers and tight ends can't get open in time down the field. Woodhead is one of the best safety valves in the league. Expect him to be in on most 3rd down situations and have an impact with catches to keep the chains moving.

Derek's Prediction:

There's a reason I went with three offensive players. Yes, I know the Seahawks have a tremendous offense with the kind of balance most teams envy. QB Russell Wilson seems to always make the right decision. RB Marshawn Lynch is one of the toughest men in football to tackle. WR Percy Harvin can run any play out of any formation and has the ability to take any of them to the end zone.

But, one statistic stands out to me.

The Seahawks have lost eight straight games in which they've allowed at least 30 points. The last time they gave up 30 and won was the Wild Card playoff game against the Saints in 2010 (you may know it as The Earthquake Game).

While Pete Carroll's crew has an efficient offense, it's also methodical. They are likely not going to win a shootout. Luckily for them, Seattle rarely gets in to a shootout.

But, if anyone has the personnel at the skill positions to match up well with the Seahawks, it's the Chargers. It's going to be 100-plus degrees on the field at the Q. The blueprint for the Bolts is to do what they did so well in 2013. Go on long drives of at least six minutes that end with, not just points, but seven points. Field goals will definitely not be good enough this time.

Keeping the Seattle defense on the field for large chunks of time will take its toll. The last time the temperature hit triple digits in The Emerald City was 2009. Those guys simply are not used to this. The Chargers will have to dominate the time of possession and wear these guys down like a heavyweight boxer who keeps throwing body blows. Eventually they add up.

However, as much as my heart wants to say they pull the upset, I didn't see them finish enough drives in Arizona to convince me they can suddenly put it together this week. It'll be closer than the 6.0 point spread, but not quite close enough.

Final score: Seahawks 26, Chargers 23

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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist, 23, Killed in Collision With Truck]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:01:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Police-tape-generic-1008.jpg

A 23-year-old motorcyclist died Saturday after colliding with an agricultural truck in Oceanside, police said.

The deadly crash happened just after 7:30 a.m. on North River Road, west of Holly Lane, as both drivers were traveling westbound. Police said the agricultural truck was slowing to make a left turn into an agriculture field service road and the motorcyclist was behind the truck.

Just as the truck began to turn, the motorcyclist ran into the rear of the vehicle.

The motorcyclist was ejected from his bike on impact. He stopped breathing and died from his injuries shortly thereafter.

The driver of the truck stayed on scene and cooperated with police. The crash remains under investigation, but the Oceanside Police Department said it appears speed may have been a factor.

The name of the motorcyclist was not immediately released.

<![CDATA[Action at 2014 San Diego Bayfair]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:21:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BayFair-14-10.jpg The 50th Annual San Diego Bayfair takes over Mission Bay Sept. 12-14. The outdoor event – which attracts 100,000 spectators – features thrilling races on the water among speedy motorboats and hydroplanes. Check out these photos of the action so far at this year’s event.

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<![CDATA[3 Injured After DUI Suspect Slams Into Boulder]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:17:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fallbrook-DUI.jpg

Three people were injured when a suspected drunk driver veered off a road in Fallbrook and slammed into a boulder, California Highway Patrol officials said.

The crash happened just after 2:30 a.m. at the intersection of Olive Hill Trail and Olive Hill Road.

CHP officials said the driver took a bend in the road too fast, rolled his vehicle and crashed into a boulder. The motorist – suspected for driving under the influence – was airlifted to Sharp Memorial Hospital.

Two passengers in his car sustained moderate injuries and were taken to a local hospital, CHP officials said. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

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<![CDATA[Navy Suspends Search for Missing Jet Crash Pilot]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14:57:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP110813010185.jpg

The Navy has suspended its search for a pilot missing after two U.S. fighter jets collided and crashed into the west Pacific Ocean, NBC News reported Saturday.

One pilot was rescued soon after the F/A-18 Hornet crash Thursday night about 250 miles west of Wake Island, approximately 2,300 miles west of Honolulu.

After an extensive search, Navy officials announced an end to their rescue efforts Saturday after officials said there was no sign of the pilot or the jets in the water. The missing pilot has been presumed dead, the Navy said.

"This is an exceptionally difficult time for the friends and family of the missing pilot and the Navy community," said Rear Adm. Christopher Grady, Commander, Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group. "We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy."

The search for the missing pilot, whose name has not been released, involved the guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill, the guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley, the USS Sperett, the USS Dewey and two helicopter squadrons.

Both jets involved in the collision were assigned to Carrier Air Wing 17 and assigned to the San Diego-based Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group. The public affairs officer for Navy Regional SW said the jets involved in the crash are based out of Lemoore Naval Air Station near Fresno, California.

The aircraft have not been recovered.

Navy Cmdr. Jeannie Groeneveld, of San Diego, said she couldn't release details of the crash, but told NBC News an investigation is under way.

Navy officials said the jets had "launched from the flight deck and were in the process of proceeding to their initial stations when they apparently collided approximately seven miles from the ship."

The rescued pilot remained in fair condition Saturday in the medical department of the Carl Vinson, the Navy confirmed.

The Carl Vinson strike group team departed San Diego on Aug. 22 for a 9-month deployment.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

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<![CDATA[Razor Blades Found at Park]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:12:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Razor-Blades-Park-7.jpg Several rusty razor blades were discovered at a park in the Mariner's Point area near Mission Bay Saturday. This isn't the first time this has happened in the area, and the blades may have been set there intentionally.

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<![CDATA[Razor Blades Found in Park, Again]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:32:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Razor-Blades-Park-1.jpg

In a sadly familiar scene, San Diego police found several razor blades in the grass at a park in the Mariner's Point area near Mission Bay Saturday, possibly planted there on purpose.

Police were called to investigate a playground at Mariner's Point around noon. Officials said two razor blades were discovered in the grass, facing up, about 10 feet away from a park bench.

San Diego Police Department Lt. Eric Hays said a man was walking near the playground when he spotted some shiny objects in the grass. When he looked closer, he found two rusty razor blades sticking up out of the grass and called police.

Officers, along with Parks and Recreation staffers and lifeguards, roped off the playground area and began scouring the grass and sand with metal detectors.

Lt. Hays said their search yielded one more razor blade, for a total of three. No one was injured by the blades.

Officials said the playground area at Mariner’s Point would remain closed for a while.

This is not the first time this has happened at parks in the Mariner's Point area, including Bonita Cove Park.

On April 30, two children were cut by razor blades while playing in the grass. In that case, nearly 20 razor blades were found scattered in the area. Detectives suspected they were left there intentionally to hurt people on a hot day when many families were headed to Mission Bay to cool off.

In September 2013, at least 20 razor blades were discovered on the grass near a playground across the street from Bonita Cove Park near West Mission Bay Drive and Mission Boulevard. Lifeguards and police searched the playground for more using metal detectors. Some of those razor blades were positioned so they were facing straight up.

Also, at the end of August 2013, a woman was injured by razor blades left behind in an east playground at Bonita Cove Park.

Saturday’s incident comes amid very hot temperatures that have locals flocking to beaches and bays for respite. There were several families with children playing at the parks in the area.

Police said there is no suspect in this case, but if someone is caught that person could face felony charges.

Officials are still trying to determine if the razor blades were freshly planted, or if they were leftover from a previous similar incident.

La Mesa resident Michele Nugent was at the park with her family, including her young grandson. She said the notion that someone might have put the razor blades out on purpose is very disturbing.

She said her grandson had been playing barefoot in the sand and grass all morning, enjoying the play area that's much cooler than their East County neighborhood.

“How often do children come and enjoy the sand without shoes? It’s kind of sad. It’s a sad statement on someone’s condition that they would want to do that," Nugent told NBC 7.

"For what gain? There’s no joy in harming others,” she added, saying she will reconsider visiting that park with her family in the future.

Nugent later discovered a paper sleeve in the sand that could've been used as a container for the razor blades. She reported it to police, who dusted it for possible fingerprints.

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<![CDATA[Uneasiness Continues in North Park]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:31:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Untitled-118.jpg Though one assault suspect is in jail, San Diego police have confirmed they’re searching for at least one other suspect connected to the attacks in North Park. NBC 7’s Candice Nguyen reports, speaking with residents who are still feeling uneasy in their own community.

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<![CDATA[The History Lady's Treasures]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:53:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/History-Lady-36.JPG La Mesa resident Jeanette Alessio-Way, also known as "The History Lady," lives and breathes history. Using historical artifacts she has collected over the years, The History Lady delivers lectures at schools and Alzheimer's facilities where she brings the past to life. Her home is a mini museum of those historical artifacts, as seen in these snapshots.

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<![CDATA['History Lady' Jogs Memories for Seniors]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:44:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/History-Lady-8.JPG

A native San Diegan known as “The History Lady” is using stories of the past to spark interest in listeners young and old – and jog special memories that perhaps haven’t surfaced in years.

La Mesa resident Jeanette Alessio-Way, 73, is a history buff hired by nursing homes and schools across San Diego County and Southern California to present lively, one-hour lectures on historic events.

At every presentation, she not only tells history, she shows history, bringing along a large haul of unique artifacts to help paint the picture for her listeners.

Her lessons span a wide range of topics and time periods. Her collection of historical memorabilia includes everything from snuff bottles from the 1800s to Native American headdresses.

As she tells her stories – especially at nursing homes and senior living facilities – The History Lady can often see her listeners taking special notice and connecting the dots.

Alessio-Way said she’ll never forget the time she brought an antique sled, the kind an adult would’ve pulled a child in, to a presentation at the Alzheimer’s unit at Fredericka Manor Care Center in Chula Vista.

“They had a lady who hadn’t spoken in three years and she said, ‘My father pulled me,’” Alessio-Way recalled.

Another time, she did a program for patients on hospice and got a memorable reaction from one very ill man.

“I took a shell that had been polished and I brought it in his room and I touched his face and he went, ‘Ohh,’” she said, smiling.

“This is how it is every day. It’s such a touching thing,” Alessio-Way told NBC 7.

She feels there's a type of healing that can come from delving into history.

“It’s medicine in a whole different way. When you come to my history program, you don’t leave the same way you entered.”

The History Lady said she gets equally unforgettable reactions from young students at her lectures, too. Instead of dozing off during her lessons, she said kids look at her artifacts and ask lots of questions.

“I’ve seen them sitting slouched in a chair to sitting up straight and listening. If that doesn’t prove something, I don’t know what does,” she said.

Fittingly, there's a history behind how Alessio-Way actually became The History Lady.

Her path to the past began 20 years ago after her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

She cared for her mother for many years, but eventually had to place her in a nursing home in Lemon Grove. Alessio-Way said she visited her mother there every night there for four years. Her mother had stopped speaking, but Alessio-Way was determined to spend as much time with her as possible.

At that facility, she saw firsthand what seniors with Alzheimer’s endured on a daily basis – and what they were missing.

“When I would go at night and look at these people they would just share at each other; there was no stimulation,” Alessio-Way explained.

Suddenly, she had an idea.

“I thought, ‘What can I do to stir some interest?’ And, you know, I’m not a small person in stature, so I got two hula skirts to go around me, I got a coconut bra, which I wore on my blouse, my cousin’s surfboard and a ukulele and I did the history of Hawaii for one hour and nobody moved,” she said.

Still, this didn’t discourage her. At that moment, Alessio-Way said she felt as if giving these types of presentations was something she was meant to do, and thus, began her work as The History Lady.

The first place that hired her was the Sun & Sea Manor in Imperial Beach. To this day, Alessio-Way still lectures there.

“They don’t know my name because it’s a low-functioning community of 32 beds, but they say, ‘She’s the lady with the stuff, and she tells us stories,’” she said.

Alessio-Way said she never repeats a history lesson and stays inspired by living amongst history.

A visit to her home is more like a visit to a mini history museum -- a true treasure trove of artifacts.

Every corner, nook, table and shelf is covered in memorabilia. Of course, Alessio-Way knows the story behind each trinket.

“As you know, in the 1800s and before, people used snuff because there weren’t any deodorants and when something was not so nice to smell, they would put a little snuff in their nostrils or in the air and this was so that a woman could carry it with her and not be obvious,” she explained, holding up a snuff box and snuff bottle.

“This is such a find, you wouldn’t believe. And to think somebody gave it to me,” she added.

Alessio-Way said she finds many of her treasures at antique stores. Some, however, are donated to her program by people who strongly support her work.

“People believe in this so much, you cannot believe what people donate to this program. One of the gentlemen at one of the facilities, La Costa Glen, had a brother who was in the military and his brother went to Egypt and he bought that hookah pipe in 1935,” she said, pointing to the hookah.

“Things that people donate, they say, ‘You know, our children would throw it away, but I know that you’ll show so many people, and they’ll appreciate it.’ And it’s the truth. Every single thing that somebody has donated has touched someone,” Alessio-Way added.

Holding a vintage Hershey’s chocolate tin, she also shared this story:

“The month of September is the birth of Mr. Hershey, Milton S. Hershey. The fascinating part is that he didn’t start by making chocolate, he made caramels in Chicago. And nobody wanted caramels. And he and his wife lost a fortune. They got in the car, piled what they had left and drove to Pennsylvania and started making chocolates.”

With stories and artifacts galore, The History Lady shows no signs of slowing down.

She said her ultimate goal is to take her work nationwide, offering her presentations across senior living facilities, schools and home schooling programs.

To learn more about The History Lady's work, visit her website.

Photo Credit: Monica Garske]]>
<![CDATA[Seahawks vs. Chargers Injury Report]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 09:37:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/175*120/453668720.jpg

The Chargers will not have safety Jahleel Addae or cornerback Chris Davis for Sunday's home opener against the Seahawks. Both have been ruled out with leg injuries. Neither was available on Monday night against the Cardinals, either.

However, two other defensive starters may be on the sidelines, as well. Linebacker Melvin Ingram has a hamstring injury. He only practiced part-time and is questionable (50-50) to play. Cornerback Brandon Flowers, who played extremely well in his San Diego debut Monday, injured his groin during practice this week and is also questionable.

Facing the defending Super Bowl champions and a quarterback like Russell Wilson, who is able to utilize a multitude of targets in the passing game, the Chargers would be at quite the disadvantage not having a 2-time Pro Bowler like Flowers on the field.

If neither Ingram nor Flowers can go, veteran Dwight Freeney and rookie Jason Verrett are the likely candidates to step in to the starting rotation.

Everybody else on the Chargers roster is expected to play.

As for the Seahawks, they'll be without running back Christine Michael, Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis and cornerback Tharold Smith. Tight end Cooper Heifet is doubtful with a knee injury. None of those players would impact Seattle as much as losing Ingram or Flowers would hinder San Diego.

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<![CDATA[Chargers Select Rinehart As NFLPA Representative]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:57:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/164*120/176705274.jpg

Another way the Chargers will miss Pro Bowl center Nick Hardwick is, he was the team's representative in the NFL Players Association.

Now that Nick is out for the season with a neck injury, the Bolts had to find a new rep. The team voted Friday for another offensive lineman, starting guard Chad Rinehart, to take the mantle.

When an issue is presented to the NFLPA, such as the recently passed new drug testing policy, the team's rep will get ask the locker room how it feels and cast a vote on the entire roster's behalf.

The NFLPA team rep also acts as the go-between when a player has a question about collective bargaining, drug testing, or anything else that falls under the umbrella of the Players Association.

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<![CDATA[SANDAG Lays Out 35-Year Transportation Plan]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:17:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Bike+Lane+Generic+Camden.jpg The San Diego Association of Governments laid out its vision for how to spend $200 billion in expected revenue for county transportation projects over the next 35 years as community groups vied for a bigger emphasis on transit. NBC 7's Steven Luke reports on Sept. 12, 2014.

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<![CDATA[Oceanside Mother Admits to Drowning Toddler: PD]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:27:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/oceanside+toddler+veronica+rivas.jpg

Police say the mother of a toddler found dead in an Oceanside home has admitted to drowning her child after suffering depression over a custody battle.

Detectives arrested Veronica Rivas, 28, on Friday in the death of her 22-month-old son Elijah. She was booked into the Vista Detention Center on a first-degree murder charge. 

Officers were called to Rivas' condo on Woodpark Way Wednesday night when the child's grandmother called 911.

When Oceanside Police arrived, they started CPR on Elijah until paramedics could arrive. However, they were unable to save him, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rivas was discovered unconscious in a room downstairs and was rushed to Tri City Medical Center. Police say she was treated for a medical emergency but could not say whether it was an attempted suicide, as neighbors have speculated.

Detectives arrested Rivas at the hospital on Friday and transferred her to the Oceanside Police Department.

Investigators say during questioning, Rivas confessed to drowning her son.

A nanny for Elijah told NBC 7 Rivas has been in a custody battle with the boy's father, a Marine, for the past two months.

She often saw Rivas crying, upset and deeply depressed over the estranged relationship.

The caretaker said she visited Rivas in the hospital Friday, talking with her for less than a minute.

The only thing the suspect said was, "My baby is gone," according to the nanny.

The investigation is ongoing, and police are still trying to determine if more charges will be leveled against her.

Rivas is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.

<![CDATA[Heat Advisory Issued for Weekend]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:11:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/PacificBeachheatwave.jpg

San Diegans often boast about having the best weather in the world.

That won’t ring true this weekend, as temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s at the beaches and into the triple digits inland.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for San Diego County from Saturday at 10 a.m. until Monday at 7 p.m.

The temperatures – a predicted 88 degrees on Saturday, 92 on Sunday and 94 on Monday on the coastline – will run 10 to 15 degrees hotter than what’s normal for this time of year.

Expect a tropical feel.

“The monsoonal moisture will be edging back in so it will be very hot and muggy,” said NBC 7’s Whitney Southwick. “The humidity levels will be higher.”

The National Weather Service says you can expect a slowing cooling trend starting on Tuesday.

Already, locals have endured a hot summer and calls to heating and cooling businesses have dramatically increased.

Guthrie and Sons Heating and Air Conditioning in San Diego has had the best business in five years. Owners say they receive about 100 calls for service daily and they have a weeks-long waiting list.

"They call and we tell them our first appointment isn't for two or three weeks, so they say, 'No, we got to have something sooner than that,'" said Mark Guthrie of Guthrie and Sons Heating and Air Conditioning. "And a lot of times, we find they call back 10, 15 minutes later, saying they called everyone else and everyone else is booked out the same distance."

One of those calls came from Carl Doughty of La Jolla, who just had his AC installed. He described the heat as unbearable, especially for his mother-in-law who has COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

"Just for us it can be unbearable, but my mother-in-law has COPD, so it's really tough for her when it gets hot and humid, especially the humidity." Doughty said. "It's tougher for her to breathe."

SDG&E crews will be on standby for an increase in demand for electricity with the weekend heat.

One of the hottest days of the year will coincidentally fall on the same day the San Diego Chargers' home opener against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

The Chargers plan to hand out "fan clappers" to fans to help stay cool.

You won't find any fans at two San Diego Target stores. They've sold out. Fans are still available at Lowe's in Mission Valley, but they're selling quickly.

Photo Credit: Sherene Tagharobi]]>
<![CDATA[Boy Abducted in Seattle May Pass by SD in Boat: FBI]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:43:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/jeffery+and+billy+hanson+.JPG

FBI officials are asking San Diegans to be on the lookout for a missing Seattle boy and his father who may pass by the area on their way to Mexico.

They believe Billy Ginger Hanson, 9, has been abducted by his biological father, Jeffrey Ford Hanson, 46, who may have taken to the high seas with the boy.

Law enforcement is concerned for the child’s safety because they say Hanson is extremely volatile.

Billy was supposed to return to his mother in Pennsylvania on Sept. 4, but he never boarded the flight.

The FBI says Hanson, a known drug abuser, may be illegally taking his son to Mexico, the San Juan Islands or Tahiti in a 1976 Cooper sailboat with a 6-inchy red stripe along the side. The vessel named “Draco” has a Washington license plate of WN6783NZ.

In case they pass by the California coast, the agency has raised alarms here.

Billy is described as a Caucasian boy with brown hair and brown eyes, weighing 90 pounds and standing 4-feet tall.

Hanson is a Caucasian man with blonde hair and blue eyes. He stands 5-foot-5 and weighs 160 pounds. The FBI has issued a warrant for his arrest, accusing him of violating the international parental kidnapping statute.

If you know anything about the Hansons' whereabouts, call the San Diego FBI office at 858-320-1800, the Seattle FBI office at 206-622-0460 or 911.

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<![CDATA[Low Recycling Rates Costing City Big: Audit]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:01:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/recycling-generic-11014.jpg

A recent audit found major inefficiencies in the Environmental Services Department's Waste Reduction and Recycling Programs.

With 1.3 million tons of waste being deposited there a year, the Miramar Landfill will likely completely fill up and have to close by 2025, the audit states. For taxpayers, that means a more than triple-fold increase to the amount for hauling trash away from the city's residential and business areas.

Because San Diego is prohibited from charging residents or businesses directly for trash collection as a result of the 1919 People's Ordinance, the city department is hamstringed from using incentives like rebates or lower trash fees to encourage people to recycle.

"So, making it more convenient is a critical component," said Stephen Grealy, the Deputy Director Waste Reduction and Disposal Division. "The other piece is education, and also ultimately enforcement - that's something that we need to do because we don't have the price signals that other cities are able to do."

Among the audit's key findings:

  • Some 30,000 people don't even have recycle bins.
  • Some city libraries and other city-run facilities don't even meet the minimum recycling requirements outlined in the mandatory recycling ordinance.
  • 27 percent recycling rate at some city facilities, only slightly better than the 26 percent rate for commercial and multi-family facilities.

City Auditor Eduardo Luna said there's quite a bit of room for improvement.

The inefficiencies aren’t just affecting the landfill. Because the city has 12 different trash-haulers operating in the city, many of their routes overlap. Like one alley in University Heights, where Audit Manager Matthew Helm found four different trash companies doing weekly pick-ups within 20 yards of each other in a small alley.

With trash trucks causing 9,000 times the impact on city streets of an SUV, these patterns can cause significant damage, according to the audit. The city is currently spending $70 million to slurry seal it’s streets.

Finally, because trash haulers get the same rate whether they make one trip to the city dump or two trips – one to the recycling center and one to the landfill – there may be an immediate financial
penalty for haulers to encourage residents to recycle.

“We will be bringing forward to council, a plan that requires that waste-haulers recycle graduating and increasing percentages of the trash they handle,” Grealy said. “So, I think that will be the ultimate solution for us.”

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<![CDATA[SDG&E: Crews on Standby for Weekend Heat]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:19:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/weatehr_003_AP110711028016.jpg

In preparation of intense heat expected this weekend, San Diego Gas & Electric will have crews on standby if needed to help handle an increase in demand.

A heat advisory has been issued for San Diego from 10 a.m. Saturday through 7 p.m. Monday.

The utility will be working with the California Independent System Operator Corporation to coordinate power resources for customers.

To help conserve energy – and save money on your monthly utility bill – SDG&E has some suggestions for the weekend.

  • Set the temperature for summer air conditioning in your home to 78 degrees.
  • Use a fan instead of air conditioning
  • Close blinds and window coverings when it’s hottest outside
  • Power down items you’re not using or use a smart power strip.

There’s also the option of turning off your air conditioning and spending the bulk of the day at one of the designated cool zones in the area.

There are more than 30 cool zone locations open on Sundays. Click here for the list. 

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<![CDATA[Post-Tourist Season in San Diego]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:50:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Bay-Skyline-Garske.jpg

Now that the busy summer tourist season has wrapped up, San Diego residents looking to venture on some fun outings will find fewer crowds around the city. Here are some places locals might want to visit.

San Diego Waterfront Park:
Summer may almost be over, but the heat is still on in San Diego. Cool off at the new, free Waterfront Park at Pacific Highway and Harbor Drive, in downtown’s picturesque Embarcadero area. The family-friendly park opened back in May and has been packed with visitors all summer. The park spans 12 acres and boasts large, open grassy areas, a playground, shaded sitting areas, gardens and an expansive interactive fountain. Also, don’t forget that breathtaking, waterfront view.

Open-Air Seafood Market:
San Diego’s new open-air seafood market opened at the beginning of August and now runs every Saturday from 8 a.m. until the fresh fish, crab and other seafood runs out. Each week, local fishermen set up pop-up canopies on the pier at the downtown waterfront near Tuna Harbor and Seaport Village and sell their finest fresh catches to customers in a setting reminiscent of Seattle’s Pike Place Market. San Diego fishermen get lots of business and locals get great deals on seafood in this win-win scenario.

Balboa Park:
Anytime is a good time to visit Balboa Park, but at least now you don’t have to battle extreme crowds. Take a walk along a trail, treat yourself to an outdoor picnic, visit the Japanese Friendship Garden or visit one of the landmark’s many museums. If you plan to visit a lot the museums, you may consider investing in the cost-efficient Balboa Park Explorer Pass.

The Headquarters at Seaport District:
Do a little shopping and dining at The Headquarters near Seaport Village, the new plaza that includes tiny shops and gourmet eateries, all a stone throw’s away from some killer views of the San Diego Bay. The Headquarters is built on the site of the former historic San Diego Police Department headquarters that closed in 1987. To that end, some fun SDPD artifacts remain on site, including some old jail cells shoppers can actually walk into, plus historical photos and mug shots. The mini museum is free for those who want to browse.

Mission Beach:
There are so many great beaches to choose from in San Diego but locals may want to visit Mission Beach in particular, since it’s currently celebrating its centennial. The popular beach community is highlighting 100 years with a Centennial Museum Booth open through Sept. 27 at Belmont Park, which boasts vintage relics and memorabilia. While you’re at Belmont Park, take a ride on the iconic Giant Dipper roller coaster, which celebrated its 89th birthday at the height of tourist season in July.

Photo Credit: Monica Garske]]>