<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usWed, 04 May 2016 01:12:18 -0700Wed, 04 May 2016 01:12:18 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Friends Mourn the Loss of Navy SEAL killed in Iraq]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 23:22:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Charlie+Keating+IV+0503+Crop1.PNG

Friends of a Coronado-based Navy SEAL killed in Iraq Tuesday morning say he was a happy young man.

31-year old Charlie Keating IV was killed fighting with Kurdish Forces in Iraq.

NBC 7 San Diego found out there is so much more to Keating than his courage in battle.

Keating’s fiancé Brooke Clark and her family also live in Coronado. The two would have tied the knot in November.

Brooke's Grandmother, Bet tells NBC 7, her granddaughter just bought a dress.

“Brooke used to work in our store for us she is such a charming girl,” Clark’s neighbor Marjorie Logan said.

Clark's neighbors are grief stricken.

“It's just sad. It's one of those horrible things that happen,” Clark’s neighbor Sandie Hamilton said. Hamilton did not know Keating was Clark’s fiancé but she said she knows the Keating family from Arizona.

Charlie Keating IV is grandson of the savings-and-loan financier with the same name.

He went to Arcadia High School in Phoenix, Arizona where he was a standout cross country runner.

“Just that he was a happy young man, that he served his country and that they loved him,” his coach at Arcadia High School Rob Reniewicki said.

Keating went on to Indiana University where he was on the track and field team. The school posted a photo and Memoriam on its web site to honor him.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey recognized Keating’s courage in battle.

He has ordered all state flags be lowered to half-staff Wednesday from sunrise to sunset.

Flags will again be lowered on the day of Keating's funeral.

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<![CDATA[I-8 East Fatal Crash Victim Identified]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 22:45:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Plascencia-Roque.jpg

A man killed in a fiery rollover crash on the eastbound Interstate 8 has been identified.

35 year old Ulises Plascencia-Roque died when the BMW sedan he was driving hit the center divider near Waring Road, CHP confirmed.

The crash happened at approximately 4:46 p.m. Sunday.

CHP says the BMW was then hit by a Chevrolet pick up truck and a Ford F-150.

Plascencia-Roque was ejected from his car and possibly hit by one of more vehicles.

The impact set the car on fire in the middle lanes of I-8 East, shutting down lanes for nearly 8 hours Sunday morning as CHP authorities investigated.

One of the truck drivers was transported to the hospital, complaining of pain.

CHP authorities are investigating whether the driver of the BMW was driving under the influence. One of the truck drivers is also suspected of driving under the influence.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Plascencia-Roque.

<![CDATA[Wallace & Kemp Help Padres Double Up Rockies]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 22:36:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BrettWallace.jpg

For a few innings it looked like the Padres might get shutout against Colorado. 

Or even worse, no-hit by Rockies starter Eddie Butler. 

But in a span of three pitches and two swings, Matt Kemp and Brett Wallace jumpstarted the offense and helped lead San Diego to a 6-3 victory.

Trailing 3-0, Kemp crushed the first pitch he saw in the 4th inning to get San Diego on the board. 

It was his 8th homer of the season which leads the team. 

After a slow start last year, Kemp is batting .301 one month into the 2016 campaign and is in the top ten in the National League with 22 RBI.

Two pitches later, Wallace smashed a solo shot for his first long ball of the year. 

That cut the Rockies deficit to 3-2 and changed the entire complexion of the game. Instead of a no-hit bid after 4 frames, the Rockies starting pitcher was guarding a one-run lead and San Diego had some life.

In the 6th, Wil Myers tied the game with a double to left. 

2 batters later, Wallace emerged again from the on-deck circle to crank the go-ahead RBI double to the left-field corner. 

Jon Jay scored to make it 4-3 and give the Padres a lead they would hold the rest of the way. 

Shortstop Alexei Ramirez added a RBI single and Myers added another RBI to his total with a single later in the 7th to stretch the Padres lead to 6-3.

Andrew Cashner struggled through a dicey first inning and gave up 2 early runs but it could have been much worse. 

Colorado loaded the bases with nobody out right out the chute but Cashner was able to limit the damage. 

Rockies rookie shortstop Trevor Story added a RBI single in the 2nd to stretch the lead to 3-0. But Colorado’s offense was silenced after that.

Cashner settled down and pitched six innings, seemingly getting stronger as the game went on. 

Kevin Quackenbush, Brandon Maurer and Fernando Rodney did their part as well – each pitching a scoreless inning of relief. 

Rodney pitched a perfect 9th to nail down his 6th save in as many chances. Sources cannot confirm where his imaginary arrow landed this time after the final out.

Cesar Vargas starts Wednesday afternoon for San Diego opposite Colorado’s Tyler Chatwood. First pitch is set for 12:40 p.m. at Petco Park. Then the New York Mets come to town for a four-game set starting on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Trailer Full of Hay Overturns on Southbound I-5]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 22:11:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hay+on+i-5.jpg

A trailer carrying 180 bales of alfalfa overturns on the southbound Interstate 5 in Chula Vista Tuesday.

It happened at approximately around 8:05 p.m. at E Street, the California Highway Patrol confirmed.

There was a huge backup on the freeway.

CHP says a sig alert was issued.

Crews were loading each bale of hay onto a flatbed by hand.

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 

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<![CDATA[Quality of Life Dashboard Offers Mixed Report of San Diego ]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 21:27:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cars+on+san+diego+freeway.jpg

A newly released report that tracks standards of living in San Diego offers a mixed report of the city. 

The 2016 Quality of Life Dashboard from the Center for Sustainable Energy’s (CSE) Equinox Project shines a spotlight on economic and environmental factors that affect living standards in San Diego.

“The Quality of Life Dashboard provides the community with high-quality, transparent data useful for better understanding the intersection of business, government and the environment in the San Diego region,” said Mary McGroarty, vice-chair and board member for CSE.

According to the Dashboard, several areas show significant improvement: employment, entrepreneurship, renewable energy and water use.

During 2015, venture capital investments increased by more than $333 million, the report found. Chuck Colgan, with the Energy Center said there were 446 new high-tech and life science startups created.

Immigrants were nearly twice as likely as native-born Americans to start job-creating businesses, especially in engineering and technology, according to the Dashboard.

As for the economy, the employment rate in San Diego is 5.1 percent compared to California’s 6.1 percent and the national average of 5.3 percent, said Colgan. Construction is still the largest employment area with over 244,000 jobs.

In the fourth year of the ongoing drought, residents reduced their water use by 14 percent per capita, Colgan said.

Renewable energy made impressive strides with solar rooftop installations on residents’ houses rising by 75 percent from 2014, according to the Dashboard. Colgan said businesses using commercial systems went up by almost 27,000 new installations in 2015.

Last year, the State required SDG&E to deliver 33 percent of its energy from renewable sources. It was the first regulated energy company in California to reach this goal, according to Colgan.

“As San Diego’s energy company we recognize that the decisions of today will impact generations to come,” said SDG&E’s Regional Vice President of External Relations, Frank Urtasun.

A few major areas in decline were landfill waste and beach water quality, as shown in the Dashboard.

It’s a result of San Diegans throwing out 3 percent more waste in 2015. This increases the amount in landfills to nearly 125,000 tons, said Colgan.

The waste in San Diego was considerably larger than other counties in California.

Beach advisories went up dramatically in 2015 but this was mainly caused by an increase in rain and stormy weather, said Colgan. But the actual number of beach closures decreased.

According to the Dashboard, the biggest hotspots for beach advisories are still the areas around Mission Bay, Point Loma and Imperial Beach.

This was the second year that the Dashboard included a border region indicator, which reported on water quality issues along Tijuana’s beaches along with vehicle traffic by the border.

“The lessons we learn from the Equinox Project dashboard help us grow and progress in the right way to build a sustainable city and border region," said San Diego City Councilmember David Alvarez.

The dashboard is a nonpartisan report card that tracks and grades a total of 15 indicators including air quality, border region, climate change, economic prosperity, electric vehicles, energy, house, land use, transportation, waste and water.

Of these 15 indicators for San Diego, six improved and six decreased. Three remained neutral or lacked fresh data such as air quality, cross-border issues and climate change impacts.

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<![CDATA[Not All Businesses Have Chip-Embedded Cards Yet]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 20:43:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Chip-Credit-Cards-050316.jpg You may have a computer chip in your credit card, but your store doesn't use that technology. By one estimate, just 37-percent of U-S businesses are using the new chip embedded cards. So what's taking so long? And what can you to speed it along? NBC 7's Consumer Bob takes a look.]]> <![CDATA[Photos: Vandalism at Warner Springs High School]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 20:07:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/5-3-2016-Warner+Springs+HS+Vandalism+8.jpg Extensive graffiti, broken windows, fire extinguisher discharge and toppled furniture at Warner Springs High School prompted district officials to cancel class for cleanup, San Diego Sheriff's Officials (SDSO) said.

Photo Credit: San Diego Sheriff's Department]]>
<![CDATA[14,000 Seabass Delivered to Catalina Harbor]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 19:30:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Seabass.jpg

Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute (HSWRI) delivered 14,000 cultured white seabass to the Catalina Seabass Fund grow-out facility in Catalina Harbor in Catalina Island Tuesday.

All of the fish were transported by boat Monday from Oceanside Harbor to the grow-out facility on Catalina Harbor.

The fish will be raised to a juvenile size of 8 to 10 inches before they are released to restore wild populations of seabass.

More than 5,600 white seabass were released on April 11 in Catalina Harbor after reaching their juvenile size.

HSWRI, the lead organization for the ocean resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP) partnered with the Catalina Seabass Fund grow-out facility to spawn and grow the seabass.

Each fish has a coded wire tag inserted into its cheek before it is released to keep track of its growth and length of time it survives in the wild.

White seabass were severely overfished from the 1950s to 1980s, according to a press release by Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute. Their numbers dropped from 55,000 to less than 3,500 in California.

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<![CDATA[Interstate 5 Rollover Crash in La Jolla]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 18:07:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SD-Fire-Engine-Generic.jpg

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) was responding to a rollover crash that involved 3 vehicles on the northbound Interstate 5, south of Genesee Avenue near the University of California, San Diego campus.

Three vehicles collided and at least one rolled over, according to CHP.

A sig alert was issued for lanes 3 and 4 of the northbound Interstate 5.

At least one person was transported to Scripps Mercy, according to the San Diego Fire Department.

CHP was on scene investigating.

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 

Photo Credit: Monica Garske]]>
<![CDATA[Padres Pitcher Robbie Erlin to Undergo Surgery]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 18:07:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/erlin+pic.jpg

Less than two weeks after the Padres placed player Robbie Erlin on the 15-day disabled list, the team has announced the left-handed pitcher will undergo Tommy John surgery. 

Erlin was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday, April 21 with a left elbow strain. 

The player will now undergo the surgery to fix a tear in his UCL, manager Andy Green announced. 

The surgery means Erlin will be out for the rest of 2016 season and likely the start of the 2017 season as well.

Green says it’s definitely a hard blow to the Padres and he empathizes with Erlin.

"I hate to lose Robbie like that," Green said. "Just from a human perspective, the guy’s invested his life in being a major league pitcher. He was throwing the ball very well and then he has something like this happen.”

According to Green, Erlin went through rehabilitation for his elbow twice before and thought it was enough to help him play through it.

Monday’s MRI results showed the tear in his UCL was substantial enough to require surgery.

No date has been set for Erlin’s surgery, but Green says he believes they will operate quickly.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Blood Bank in Need of Donations]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 17:10:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/256*120/Blood+bank+logo.jpg

The San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB) is facing a donation shortage and is asking any eligible individuals of all blood types to donate.

There has been a drop in donations, partly because of the Zika virus travel deferral, according to a press release by the SDBB.

Anyone who has traveled outside of the United States has to wait 28 days after returning to donate blood.

SDBB says there is only enough supply for some blood types to last 3 days and O negative is at less than a two-day supply.

“Our inventory is at dangerously low levels. We strongly encourage donors to visit any of our 6 donor centers or blood mobiles and donate blood today,” said Robert Baracz, Vice President of Marketing at the San Diego Blood Bank.

SDBB is the main supplier of blood to a majority of hospital in the San Diego county, according the press release.

To be eligible to donate, individuals must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 114 pounds and be in good health. 15 and 16 years old may donate if they have permission from their parents.

For more information, visit the SDBB website.

<![CDATA[5 Juveniles Arrested in Poway Arson]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 19:30:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Poway-arson-pic-1.jpg

Five students from Rancho Bernardo High School were arrested Tuesday in connection with arson in Poway.

All five juveniles have been released to their parents, San Diego County Sheriff’s Deparment (SDSO) confirms.

Several fires were set throughout Meadowbrook Middle School on April 11. A custodian called authorities after noticing a poster, trash can and locker were on fire.

San Diego County Crimestoppers had released images of several suspects after the arson was reported.

Their names were not released because of their age.

SDSO says the case will be submitted to the D.A.’s office this week and a date for a hearing at the Juvenile Court will be set later.

Photo Credit: San Diego County Crimestoppers]]>
<![CDATA[Harbor Officer Rescues Kayakers in Oceanside]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 20:32:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cunniff-1.jpg

An officer with the Oceanside Police Department’s Harbor Unit is being hailed a hero for rescuing a group of experienced kayakers from rough waters over the weekend.

In an exclusive interview with NBC 7 Tuesday, a group of San Diego kayakers said they’re alive and well thanks to Oceanside Harbor Officer Dave Cunniff.

On Sunday, Dave Nelson – one of the founders of the Oceanside Outrigger Canoe Club – went out for a recreational paddle with five friends off the waters of Oceanside in north San Diego County.

When the group first paddled out, Nelson said the waves were not very big.

But a short time later a buoy sounded off, meaning a big set was coming.

Nelson said his group tried getting back in the safety of the harbor but things turned scary, quickly.

“We got pushed in at this angle, the wave break-over from behind filled the canoe full of water,” Nelson recounted. “So now were sitting at water level, all six of us in the canoe. And the next wave is coming.”

“I told everybody, ‘Out of the canoe!’” he continued. “And then I reached around trying to pull the canoe straight down the wave so that the wave would pass it. And the first couple of waves, I can do that. And then all the paddlers began to disperse with the riptide.”

Moments later, Oceanside Harbor Police Officer Cunniff – a 14-year veteran of the department – got a call on his radio of a flipped kayak. He picked up two lifeguards en route to the scene.

The officer told NBC 7 he was expecting to see one person, perhaps a fisherman, next to the flipped vessel. However, he said what he encountered was more like a horrifying scene straight out of a movie.

“As we come around the corner, it was something like out of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie where you first see where they're coming out of the fog and then all of a sudden there's that big burning ship in debris all over the water. It was something like that,” Cunniff explained. “I see debris all over the water and I just see bodies scattered across the entire harbor entrance.”

At that moment, Cunniff said 12-foot surf was pounding the area but he was determined to make his way through the waves to get to the kayakers.

He and the lifeguards began pulling the kayakers onto the boat but the choppy conditions proved extremely challenging.

In the middle of the rescue, just as another big wave came crashing down, the engine on Cunniff’s boat died. The officer quickly fired up another engine and got his boat over the wave.

At that moment, Nelson said the officer’s boat felt as if it was completely upright in the water.

The kayakers, now in Cunniff’s boat, were terrified. The officer reassured them they would make it out alive.

“I said, ‘Hey, it’s going to be okay. I promise you, you’re going to be alright,’” Cunniff recalled.

Indeed, Cunniff stuck to his word. All six kayakers survived.

Nelson’s canoe – named “Makana,” which means “precious gift”—was destroyed by the force of the ocean, breaking into three different pieces.

"The seats in the outrigger all broke out," Nelson explained.

Nelson said the canoe weighs about 400 pounds without the outrigger. The extensive damage to the vessel goes to show how powerful the ocean can be, he said.

Nelson said he and his fellow kayakers are incredibly grateful that Cunniff was the officer on the boat that day and credits him and the lifeguards for saving their lives.

"They deserve it – they totally do. It was amazing,” Nelson said.

At this point, Nelson isn’t sure Makana is repairable. If the canoe can’t be fixed, he’s hoping it can eventually be restored and displayed in a museum since the vessel has a long history in Oceanside.

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<![CDATA[Port Honors 'Maritime Month' With Free Tours]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 14:42:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Port-SD-Maritime-Tours.jpg

The Port of San Diego will honor San Diego’s deep ties to the maritime industry this month with a series of events, including free public tours.

Dubbed “Maritime Month,” the Port of San Diego says the educational, month-long celebration is meant to recognize the industry’s role in job creation and economic prosperity in America’s Finest City and to give the public an inside look at what it’s like to work the waterfront.

To that end, two free public bus and four boat tours will take place throughout May with bus tours departing from Pepper Park in National City (3299 Tidelands Ave.) and boat tours departing from Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego (1000 North Harbor Drive).

The Port says the tours will feature detailed narrative on San Diego’s working waterfront including cargo operations, cruise facilities, shipyards, and associated vessels calling on the Port.

The bus tours are set for May 17 and May 24 – both at 10 a.m.

The boat tours are scheduled for May 14 and May 21, with two tours taking place on each of those days. The first boat tour on May 14 boards at 9:30 a.m. and departs at 10 a.m. and the second tour boards at 12:30 p.m. and departs at 1 p.m. The first boat tour on May 21 boards at 10 a.m. and departs a half-hour later, and the second tour boards at 12:30 p.m. and departs at 1 p.m. 

The Port says the theme of Maritime Month is “Ships Bring Prosperity,” which highlights why San Diego Bay’s deep water makes it an ideal location for cargo terminals to import and export goods from around the world.

Common cargo that passes through San Diego includes bananas, automobiles, steel, lumber, cement, soda ash and project components. This type of cargo, according to the Port of San Diego, has significant impact to the region’s economy.

“In San Diego, industrial and maritime commerce and related industries around the Port contribute $3.5 billion to the region’s economy and generate 12,800 waterfront jobs,” the Port said in a press release Tuesday.

Port tenant Pacific Tugboat Service will also sponsor a “Name That Tug” contest for Maritime Month in which four vessels in the company’s fleet will be renamed after local military heroes. The contest is set for May 20 at Cesar Chavez Park and will include 150 local middle school student participants.

Nationally, May 22 is recognized as National Maritime Day, as first declared by the United States Congress in 1933.

To register for a bus or boat tour via the Port, click here.

Photo Credit: Port of San Diego
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<![CDATA[Mayor Announces Steps to Address 911 Dispatch Issues]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 19:06:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san-diego-911-dispatch-center.jpg

Mayor Kevin Faulconer has unveiled a new plan to address San Diego's long-standing 911 dispatch issues. 

The new steps come amid reports of long wait times for city residents calling the emergency line. Most recently, the family of an infant mauled to death by the family dog waited 3 minutes and 10 seconds for a 911 dispatcher to receive one of its calls, San Diego police confirmed exclusively to NBC 7 San Diego.

The baby's death highlighted severe staffing shortages in dispatch.

“The city budget woes left a deep hole from which we are still emerging,” Faulconer said at a mid-afternoon news conference outside police headquarters downtown. “A rise in 911 non-emergency calls have added to our challenges.”

Faulconer announced five new steps to help immediately address the issue. 

Faulconer announced a more aggressive recruitment package in his May revision to the budget, additional financial incentives to keep dispatchers on the job and a pay raise for mid-level dispatcher positions that will go in effect in weeks. Additional personnel will be assigned to the department to return hung up calls so dispatchers can focus on important calls, Faulconer said. 

Faulconer said he also plans to increase accountability and make the call center more efficient by reviewing workflows. The City’s Performance and Analytics Team will work with the SDPD to modernize procedures.

Starting soon, the City will launch new awareness efforts to remind San Diegans to stay on the call. Hanging up kicks you to the back of the waiting line, Faulconer said, and he asked residents to only call 911 in life-threatening emergencies.

“Under the circumstances of the staffing crisis over the last several years, it has been an extremely stressful and difficult situation,” said Michael Zucchet, General Manager of the San Diego Municipal Employees Association.

In past months, Faulconer said he made several changes to the dispatch center. Dispatchers now start with higher pay and are awarded retention incentives. City officials have begun recruiting year-round, have sped up the hiring process and have made salary adjustments. 

Chief Shelley Zimmerman said her department received over 1.4 million calls into the communications center. More than 672,000 were emergency calls, she said.

In past years, vacant positions were eliminated from the department’s budget or just weren’t funded, Zimmerman said.

“That was 12,000 emergency calls that had to be answered or called back to determine if there was a true emergency, keeping a dispatcher in those precious seconds away from answering a real emergency,” the chief said.

A poignant moment was struck at the start of the news conference when Jennifer Duffy, the dispatch center’s recruiter, stepped the microphone.

"It is said that dispatchers are the 'Thin Gold Line',” she said. “We are the voices in the dark who are heard but never seen. I am blessed to be surrounded with some of the most dedicated and hard-working people you will ever meet. Every day they come in, dig in, and support that Thin Gold Line."

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<![CDATA[Extensive Vandalism Found at Warner Springs High School]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 20:00:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/5-3-2016-Warner+Springs+HS+Vandalism.jpg

Extensive graffiti, broken windows, fire extinguisher discharge and toppled furniture at Warner Springs High School prompted district officials to cancel class for cleanup, San Diego Sheriff's Officials (SDSO) said. 

A school maintenance worker arrived Tuesday morning to find the extensive vandalism in multiple classrooms at the school on State Route 79, far east of Escondido, authorities said. 

Warner Springs Sheriff's deputies responded at 5:13 a.m. Several buildings, classrooms and officers were found damaged. 

The damage was severe enough to cancel school for at least Tuesday, deputies said. Officials began cleaning up and repairing the vandalism.

The closure covered the entire school district complex, including kindergarten through 12th grade. 

The repairs will cost several thousand dollars, SDSO said. 

The School Resource Deputy is responding. 

No other information was immediately available.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 with information to remain anonymous.

Photo Credit: San Diego Sheriff's Department]]>
<![CDATA[Freeway Skateboarding Social Media Challenge 'Reckless': CHP]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 17:55:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/impuestos-dolar-20.jpg

The California Highway Patrol is hoping a new potentially dangerous trend doesn't gain any more traction on social media after videos posted show people jumping out of cars on Southern California freeways and skateboarding in the middle of traffic.

"I am hoping it's not a trend that picks up. We want to get ahead of it," said Sgt. Jose Nunez, of the California Highway Patrol.

Locally, one instance occurred on Interstate 5 in Encinitas, officers said. In that case, a skateboarder was seen on a social media video grabbing onto the back of a truck.

Pro-skater Nakel Smith can be seen in one such video on the 110 Freeway skating behind another car in traffic. His manager told NBC4 Nakel is not encouraging anyone to do this.

But it doesn't mean it's going unnoticed.

"Are they endangering people? The answer is yes," Nunez said.

CHP officers said lives are at risk, whether it's the pranksters or drivers trying to avoid them.

Those taking part in the "#freewaychallenge" could end up in serious trouble with the law.

"It's pretty much reckless driving," Nunez said.

That includes those behind the wheel, and those hitting record.

"That's also aiding and abetting," Nunez said.

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<![CDATA[Russian Man Dies in ICE Custody]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 11:14:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/041211+ICE+agent+generic.jpg

A Russian man died Sunday while in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement near the U.S.-Mexico border south of San Diego, officials confirmed Tuesday.

Igor Zyazin, 46, had been in U.S. custody since April 24, while trying to enter the country through the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Zyazin had been deported in 2009, officials said.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday, paramedics were called to the Otay Mesa Detention Center.

ICE employees say they found Zyazin “unresponsive”in his bunk and attempted CPR to revive him, according to a news release.

Zyazin was pronounced dead while on the way to a nearby hospital, ICE officials said.

ICE Officials said representatives from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of the San Diego Medical Examiner were also on scene.

ICE officials say Zyazin did not have a criminal history in the U.S.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was expected to interview Zyazin to determine the next steps for him to enter the U.S. legally.

The county medical examiner will determine a cause of death.

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<![CDATA[Undercover Cop Targeted in Shooting: SDPD]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 20:29:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/jamacha-shooting-050316.jpg

An undercover San Diego Police detective escaped injury when shots were fired at his unmarked vehicle while he was investigating gang activity in Jamacha Lomita Monday.

Officers received a call of multiple gunshots near Glencoe Drive and Jamacha Boulevard at 10:45 p.m.

A driver opened fire at the plainclothes detective sitting inside an unmarked car. The detective wasn't injured during the shooting however there were several bullet holes left in the detective’s car.

SDPD patrol cars arrived and stopped the suspect vehicle as it was traveling west on Jamacha Boulevard.

One man jumped out of the car and began running through backyards.

One officer fired his weapon at the suspect but it's not known if the man was injured, SDPD officials said in a written news release.

Two men and one woman were taken into custody, police said. One suspect was still outstanding. The woman has been identified as 31-year-old Kimberly Denise Hooker. She's been booked on a charge of attempted murder, police said.

The two men were not identified. They are facing weapon charges and a probation violation, police said.

The investigation has closed off a large stretch of Jamacha Road near Beacon.

Neighbors heard the shooting and police activity overnight.

SDPD officials say the officer who fired his weapon feared for his life at the time of the shooting. He has been identified only as an 8-year veteran of the department.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[2 Chased, Stabbed in Apartment Complex Near Fallbrook]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 07:43:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Sheriff-Generic-0806152.jpg

Two men were chased and stabbed in the parking lot of an apartment complex in unincorporated Fallbrook, according to San Diego County Sheriff's Deputies.

Two men in their 20s were attacked and stabbed on S. Vine Street, west of S. Mission Road just before 10 p.m. Monday..

Deputies say the men were walking through an apartment complex when they were confronted by 4 to 6 men standing near a car at the entrance to the complex parking lot.

The suspects wore dark clothing, hoodies and bandanas around their faces, deputies said.

After one victim was stabbed, he and his friend ran to the back of the complex. They say the suspects chased them and attacked them again. This time the second victim was stabbed.

According to one witness, an older white Honda Civic drove southbound on S. Vine Street with its lights off.

The two victims were taken to Palomar Hospital. No word was released on their conditions.

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<![CDATA[Residents Want Less Motorcycle Noise in Del Mar]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 19:19:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Del+Mar+Motorcycle+Noise1.jpg

Some residents in Del Mar say they are tired of hearing loud motorcycles in their community and want to find a solution to decrease the noise.

The issue goes up before the Del Mar City Council during Monday night’s meeting.

It was first brought up during a city council meeting on April 22nd. Members of the community say the noise has been getting worse over the years and it’s especially bad on the weekends.

Council members asked the Sheriff's Department to help enforce noise ordinances while they try to work out a solution to the issue.

Kris Nelson, owner of La Boutique on Camino del Mar says motorcyclists ride through by the dozens at times, setting off car alarms as they ride by.

Nelson says the glass display cases in her store rattle and if a large group rides by, she has to stop speaking with customers until it quiets down.

"The reason they have those engines is because they like the noise,” she said.

She says she doesn’t want to stop anyone from having fun but the noise does impact everyone. And she is glad to hear council has some solutions.

"It would be great if they would try something but I'm not sure necessarily what that solution is." 

Another man tells NBC 7 the loud noise is disturbing especially late at night and early in the morning.

Potential solutions would be to make certain north and southbound road quiet zones and add roundabouts to slow traffic.

But Nelson says speed isn’t necessarily what causes the loudness. It’s the riders revving their engines.

“When they come in groups, there is easily 25 plus at a time that will go through here,” she said.

Another woman who frequents Del Mar says she understands motorcyclists like be out enjoying the scenic drive through Del Mar and hopes a solution that makes everyone happy can be found.

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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Killed by DUI Suspect in I-5 Crash ID'd]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 20:15:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/I-5+fatal+MC+crash.jpg

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash with a DUI suspect Friday in San Diego's North County.

The deadly collision happened on southbound Interstate 5, south of Poinsettia near Carlsbad, around 3:47 p.m., CHP confirmed.

A 27-year old woman believed to be driving under the influence was changing lanes when she and a motorcyclist collided.

The motorcyclist was thrown off his bike, officials said, landing in brush on the right shoulder of the freeway. The impact caused his helmet to fly off his head.

The motorcyclist was identified by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office as Jaime Lopez-Martinez. 

CHP says a passerby stopped to help but the motocyclist did not have a pulse. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

The woman, a Los Angeles resident, was arrested for DUI and taken to Vista Detention Facility. She is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

The fatal crash is under investigation. CHP officials said the motorcyclist was splitting lanes at an unknown speed when the crash happened. It is unknown how fast he was traveling

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<![CDATA[Honoring Educators on Teacher Appreciation Day]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 16:34:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEB+Teacher+generic+getty.jpg

Tuesday is the day to say “thanks” to that special teacher.

The day is recognized as “Teacher Appreciation Day,” intended to honor educators who influence young people across the country.

In 1985, the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week. The National Education Association later voted to make the day an unofficial holiday celebrated on the first full week of May every year.

Here, some of our reporters share what make their favorite teachers so special.

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<![CDATA[New Eatery Heading to SDSU]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 12:55:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Eureka-Mac-Cheese-Fritos.jpg

San Diego State University (SDSU) has found a restaurant to set up shop in its new mixed-use complex – a shopping, dining and living space taking shape ahead of its debut next year.

The university announced Tuesday that an eatery called Eureka! has signed on as the first restaurant tenant of SDSU’s mixed-use development project, South Campus Plaza, set to open in spring 2017.

According to SDSU, Eureka! will take over a 4,000-square-foot space on the north end of South Campus Plaza. The eatery will include an outdoor dining area overlooking some green space.

Eureka! specializes in American comfort cuisine with a tasty twist, including Angus chuck burgers like the Jalapeno Egg Burger topped with a fried egg and chipotle sauce. The eatery also serves unique appetizers including a version of the college crowd-approved Mac N’ Cheese, topped with three-cheese sauce, bacon and Frito corn chips. Salads, sandwiches, desserts, craft beers and other spirits round out the menu.

The SDSU location with be the second Eureka! in San Diego. The chain runs another Eureka! in University Towne Center and more than a dozen other locations throughout California, plus two in Texas and another in Washington state.

Justin Nedelman, Co-CEO of Eureka! Restaurant Group, said the SDSU restaurant will be a gathering space for students, faculty, alumni and College Area residents.

Nedelman said the eatery plans to host weekly special events including live music and brunch.

“We intend to become anchored to SDSU for all of their events and activate our enormous almost 3,000-square-foot patio adjacent to the park area as a central gathering spot for everyone off and on campus in the area,” Nedelman said in a press release Tuesday.

According to SDSU, South Campus Plaza – formerly known as Plaza Linda Verde – is a new, $143 million, mixed-use student housing and retail project on the college campus slated to be completed this year. Construction began in November 2014.


The development is located south of the SDSU Transit Center, between Hardy Avenue and Montezuma Road.

SDSU says South Campus Plaza will include housing for more than 600 students. The retail space also on site is designed to serve both the campus and surrounding neighborhoods, the university says, “creating a pedestrian-friendly destination for shopping, dining and living.”

Another major tenant moving into the plaza is Trader Joe’s. The grocery chain announced plans to open a store in South Campus Plaza last September, expected to debut in early 2017.

The development will include a mix of other retailers and restaurants, which have yet to be announced. The university says negotiations with those tenants are ongoing but, in the end, the retail portion of South Campus Plaza will encompass more than 34,000 gross square feet.

Customers will be able to park in a structure on site that will include 300 parking spots, according to the university. For more details about South Campus Plaza, click here.

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<![CDATA[CHP Searches for Driver in I-5 Pursuit]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 12:18:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chp-generic.jpg

California Highway Patrol officers are searching Oceanside for a driver who tried to escape capture in a pursuit along southbound Interstate 5.

The suspect vehicle crashed just north of the Coaster station, between Harbor Drfive and the rest area, according to CHP officials.

They say the driver jumped out of the car.

CHP officers are searching the area of Camp Pendleton for any sign of the suspect.

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 

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<![CDATA[Witness Recalls Hearing 'Pop' in Fatal Hit-and-Run]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 12:10:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/christopher-noah-prelim-050316.jpg

An Oceanside woman described hearing a sound unlike any she had heard before at the same time a cyclist was struck by a car near her home.

Philip White, 28, was killed while riding his bicycle on North River Road at 1:30 a.m. on September 21, 2014. His body was discovered four hours later.

In a North County courtroom Tuesday, Rosalinda Lopez took the stand and described the noise she heard outside her home on the morning White died.

"I've never heard that sound before," Lopez said.

When the prosecutor asked Lopez if the noise was consistent with a vehicle, Lopez replied, "No metal. That's what I was waiting for when I heard the car, but I didn't and instead I heard a pop which I thought was rather unusual, so much so, that I closed my windows."

Almost a year after White's death, investigators arrested Christopher Noah, 24, an active duty Navy medical assistant on Camp Pendleton.

Noah faces felony hit-and-run charges for leaving the scene of the collision in his green Kia Soul.

Oceanside Police Officer Eric Anderson investigated the collision and said surveillance video from the nearby water treatment plant showed a vehicle with one headlight.

Anderson testified the vehicle in the video was a green Kia Soul.

Noah admits he drove the vehicle that night, but told investigators he didn’t know he had hit anyone.

Investigators say Noah told them he had been drinking and thought he hit a light pole.

At the end of the preliminary hearing, the judge will decide if there's enough evidence for a trial.

Noah is free on $50,000 bail. He faces four years in prison if convicted.

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<![CDATA[Street in Coronado Cleared After Shutdown]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 12:50:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Coronado-Suspicious-Device-0503.jpg

The main street that runs through Coronado Island was partly shut down Tuesday morning while police officers investigated a suspicious, 5-gallon bucket left unattended at a bus stop, city officials said.

Police activity began around 10 a.m. at Orange Avenue and Seventh Street, the City of Coronado confirmed. One northbound lane in the 600 block of Orange Avenue was blocked off to traffic while police investigated a large gallon left behind near a bench at a bus stop.

The gallon had a lid on it.


Officers with the Coronado Police Department were called to investigate the bucket for possible hazardous material. As a precaution, bomb squad officials and HazMat crews were called out to the scene as well.

Orange cones were placed in the area and officers cordoned off a portion of the street near the device with yellow police tape.

About an hour later, the City of Coronado said Orange Avenue was shut down in both directions due to the heavy police activity. Motorists were advised to avoid the area.

Just after 11:15 a.m., the City of Coronado said Orange Avenue had been re-opened in both directions, as the area was deemed safe.

Officials said the bucket turned out to be empty.


No further details were immediately released. No injuries were reported.

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<![CDATA[Most Popular Baby Names in San Diego]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 10:47:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/baby-generic-new.jpg

Many Mias and Noahs were born in the San Diego region last year, making those names the most popular baby names locally, according to health officials.

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) released its list of the most popular baby names in our county for 2015 and, according to the stats, 276 Mias and 239 Noahs made their way into the world last year.

The HHSA records all births and deaths in the region and officials say more than 45,000 babies were born in San Diego County in 2015.

Using those records, the HHSA says the top 10 names for baby girls in San Diego are, in order:

• Mia (276 born in San Diego in 2015)
• Emma (272 born in San Diego in 2015)
• Isabella (262 born in San Diego in 2015)
• Olivia (260 born in San Diego in 2015)
• Sophia (255 born in San Diego in 2015)
• Sofia (200 born in San Diego in 2015)
• Emily (168 born in San Diego in 2015)
• Ava (165 born in San Diego in 2015)
• Victoria (156 born in San Diego in 2015)
• Charlotte (140 born in San Diego in 2015)

The most popular names in San Diego for baby boys are, in order:

• Noah (239 born in San Diego in 2015)
• Liam (234 born in San Diego in 2015)
• Daniel (217 born in San Diego in 2015)
• Ethan (216 born in San Diego in 2015)
• Jacob (212 born in San Diego in 2015)
• Alexander (211 born in San Diego in 2015)
• Oliver (179 born in San Diego in 2015)
• Sebastian (173 born in San Diego in 2015)
• Benjamin (172 born in San Diego in 2015)
• David (169 born in San Diego in 2015)

The numbers show some of the top baby names in the region were just a few babies apart.

San Diego’s top baby names for 2015 fall in line with a list of top baby names across the U.S. released by BabyCenter in December 2015. That list was compiled from data provided by 340,000 parents who shared their baby’s name with the BabyCenter website last year.

BabyCenter’s data pulled these names, in order, as the top 10 for baby girls: Sophia; Emma; Olivia; Ava; Mia; Isabella; Zoe; Lily; Emily; Madison.

For boy names, via BabyCenter’s data, these ones ranked in the top 10: Jackson; Aiden; Liam; Lucas; Noah; Mason; Ethan; Caden; Logan; Jacob.

Typically, an official government list of top baby names for the prior year is released around Mother’s Day by the Social Security Administration.

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<![CDATA[Junior Seau's Former Doctor Could Have License Revoked]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 10:58:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/David-Chao-1021.jpg

The former team physician for the San Diego Chargers could have his license revoked or suspended by the Medical Board of California.

As part of a stipulated settlement with the California Medical Board in April 2014, David Chao, M.D. had his license revoked but that revocation was stayed for five years while he was placed on probation.

Now, a medical board hearing has been scheduled to consider allegations against Chao including gross negligence.

According to the board's accusations, Chao continued to prescribe Ambien, to former Charger Junior Seau and did not closely monitor him for ongoing signs of depression.

Seau, one of the NFL's best and fiercest players for nearly two decades, had a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide in May 2012.

"For Dr. Chao to have believed Seau was suicidally depressed before his death is as preposterous as any insinuation that Chao is responsible for the suicide," Chao's attorney Robert Frank said publicly Monday.

According to the Medical Board accusation, Dr. Chao wrote Seau a prescription for Ambien three days after the former football player was in a car accident, where his vehicle veered off a cliff in Carlsbad.

In an interview with a medical board investigator Dr. Chao said he visited Seau in the hospital after the accident and asked him what happened. According to the accusation, Dr. Chao told the investigator Seau "denied it was a suicide attempt and insisted that he (Seau) had fallen asleep while driving."

NBC 7 requested an interview with Frank and Chao but we were referred to the statement posted on the Mighty 1090 website.

"Dr. Chao legally prescribed to Seau smaller than usual quantities of Ambien (a sleep aid) commonly provided by physicians to people with chronic insomnia. The quantity of each script was for no more than a one month supply, with no refills," according to the statement.

"There has never been a concern of overdosing on Ambien and Seau had only trace levels of the medication in his system at the time of his death, which is what would be expected after properly using the medication for a night’s sleep."

He went on to say the medical examiner did not consider or link the use of Ambien to Seau's 2012 suicide.

In early 2013, it was determined that the linebacker suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE.

Frank said, " At the time, no physician could have known Seau was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) because there wasn’t anyway to diagnose it in the living."

NBC 7 Investigates first reported that the medical board filed a complaint against Chao based on complaints from three patients.

One allegedly suffered neurological problems and further complications after having surgery according to the complaint.

The Medical Board issued a public reprimand against Chao in May 2013 after it determined that he was "dishonest" when he failed to reveal a misdemeanor DUI Conviction on applications to work as a medical evaluator for workers' compensation cases.

In June 2013, Chao decided to step down from his role as team doctor for the San Diego Chargers based on health reasons.

<![CDATA[Charter School Buys La Mesa Property]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 08:17:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Lee_8776_Lake_Murray_Blvd__La_Mesa_t620.jpg

Student Success Programs, a local charter school, has acquired a La Mesa retail property for approximately $2.1 million, with plans to set up school operations, according to brokerage firm Lee & Associates. 

The seller of the 5,470-square-foot building, part of Navajo Shopping Center at 8776 Lake Murray Blvd., was the Sunita Kumar Trust of Saratoga, Calif., represented by Lee & Associates’ Bo Havlik. The buyer was represented by Russ Merrill of the Merrill Group.

According to CoStar Group, the building was constructed on 0.5 acres in 1964 and renovated in 2000.

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<![CDATA[Teen on New Bike Hurt in Crash]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 08:05:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Bike-Lanes-Generic-KNSD.jpg

A high school student riding a bicycle he had gotten just hours earlier was hurt Monday night when he crashed his new bike into a car in Oceanside, officials confirmed.

The Oceanside Police Department (OPD) said accident happened around 9:40 p.m. near an apartment complex at 210 Rancho Del Oro. The 17-year-old was riding fast down a steep hill when he collided with a driver who was in the process of parking, OPD Lt. Matt Cole said.

The teen suffered unspecified but non-life threatening injuries in the crash. As a precaution – and due to his age – police said the teen was airlifted from the scene to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.

The victim’s brother-in-law, Victor Perez, told NBC 7 the teenager had gotten the brand-new bike earlier in the day and was riding it around near his home.

Perez, who lives just two miles away from the site of the crash, said he and his wife got a phone call about the accident and rushed over.

He said an officer told him the teen was riding down a hill and tried to make a sharp right just as a truck was trying to park in the area. The teen was riding so fast, he couldn’t avoid ramming into the vehicle.

Perez said he went through the back windshield of the truck and suffered a head injury. As of Tuesday morning, the teen’s condition was unknown.

Perez said the victim is a senior who’s about to graduate from a nearby high school.

“He’s a good kid. He goes to school, listens to his parents, he goes to church a lot. Nice, young kid,” he explained. “We’re hoping for the best – praying. Hopefully he gets better and comes home.”

Perez said these are trying times for his family and an example of how, in his words, “you never know what could happen.”

The incident is under investigation. No one else was injured in the crash.

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<![CDATA[San Diego County Leaders Discuss Budget]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 06:58:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-County-Supervisors-generic.jpg NBC 7's Chris Chan reports from the County Administration building along the Embarcadero prior to the board's meeting.]]> <![CDATA[Padres Injuries Update: Status Report from the Skipper]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 07:26:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/177*120/GettyImages-490576632.jpg

The Padres are back at Petco Park this week. Monday the Friars played the first of a seven-game, seven-day homestand with the first of three against the Colorado Rockies.

Before Monday night’s game against Colorado, we saw several familiar faces from the long list of players on the disabled list. Manager Andy Green was excited to see some of his starters out on the field.

Green was upbeat about their progress saying, "We got here early today and had three of the rehab guys out here taking batting practice and actually running on the ground for once. It was exciting to see Cory Spangenberg, and Solarte and Amarista running around, and hopefully those guys are getting close to getting out in the field for us in a game. That gets you optimistic when you see those guys moving."

A refreshing and unexpected sight in the Padres Clubhouse today was that of Austin Hedges. The Padres Minor League catcher had a great spring but ultimately stayed in Triple-A El Paso, falling just shy of making the final roster.

Hedges was doing well with the Chihuahuas until he hurt his hand in late April. What appeared to be a left hand contusion was actually a fractured hamate.

According to Green, Hedges underwent surgery a few days ago here in San Diego and will be working with the Padres.

In what capacity, you ask?

"We brought him around," Green said. "I think he’s going to help and just listen and learn, be part of the advance process a little bit. We’ll get him digging into scouting reports and stuff to just help his education since he can’t technically do anything with his hand."

Hedges was in good spirits and says he’s happy to be around the team. There is no specific date for his return to El Paso but the typical recovery from this type of surgery is anywhere from six to eight weeks.

Hedges, who didn’t seem bothered by his cast, says he’s not focused on the time frame but rather on his progress.

"I’m just doing a little bit each day to try and strengthen up the hand and get back as quick as I can," he said.

Green also touched base on opening day starter Tyson Ross and his progress. Green says Ross is still in the rehab phase where there is no throwing but he is feeling better.

Green is keeping a close eye on Ross’ recovery saying, "I talked to him today and he says he feels great, which is the first time I’ve heard that word come out of him so that’s a good sign. Hopefully here in the near future, the reevaluation period comes and we can get him throwing a baseball."

Green also mentioned pitcher Robbie Erlin underwent an MRI for his strained elbow on Monday morning. The Padres are still waiting for the results.

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<![CDATA[The Padres ‘Pen Was Mightier]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 00:08:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/RyanBuchter.jpg

James Shields pitched pretty well in the month of April but poor run support and a few homers by the opposition saddled him with a 0-4 record out the gate.

May is off to a much better start.

Matt Kemp’s 2-run double proved to be just enough offense to help Shields and the Padres beat Colorado 2-1 on Monday night.

Kemp owns the Rockies. He is a career .314 hitter (177-for-564) against Colorado with 40 doubles, seven triples, 40 homers, 135 RBI and 105 runs scored.

Shields maneuvered his way through 6 innings by scattering 9 hits but only allowing one run. 

He threw 100 pitches and was helped in the 4th inning by a double play turned by Alexei Ramirez. 

The Rockies scratched together one run in the frame but were held at bay the rest of the way.

That’s because the bullpen was on point.

Ryan Buchter and his fastball were fantastic. Buchter struck out the side in the 7th and even hung around to punch out his 4th victim with a K of Carlos Gonzalez in the 8th

Brandon Maurer then entered and coerced the next two outs, setting up closer Fernando Rodney to do his thing in the 9th

Rodney quickly sent his 5th imaginary arrow into the San Diego skyline after nailing down his 5th save of the year. He has yet to allow an earned run this season.

San Diego continues its 7-game homestand Tuesday against the Rockies. 

Andrew Cashner takes the mound at 7:10 p.m. with Eddie Butler getting the nod for Colorado.

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<![CDATA[Salon Owner Hopes Video Nabs 'Slob Burglar']]> Tue, 03 May 2016 07:19:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Carmel+Mountain+Burglary+Suspect.jpg

Surveillance video shows a man shining a flashlight through the glass front door of Couture Hair Bar & Spa in Carmel Mountain Ranch just after 3 a.m. last Friday.

Seconds later the intruder disappears from view and returns with a crowbar smashing through the glass. He then heads straight for the cash register behind the reception counter and takes the drawer with him, dragging cables and items behind him as he leaves.

“He puts his shirt over his mouth area, but you can see very visual characteristics” said Amy Bailey, the salon’s owner.

Bailey gave the video to NBC 7 San Diego in hopes that someone will recognize the man.

The burglar’s overweight build and hair style, balding on top and shoulder length on the bottom, give him a few distinguishing characteristics.

"I’m sitting there watching the video feeling so violated. How can some human do that to somebody else?" said Bailey.

She nicknamed the intruder the “slob robber” based on his appearance and the mess he created in about 20 seconds.

Bailey believes the criminal is experienced based on how quickly he gets in and out.

If there’s one thing that makes her feel better about the ordeal, it’s that the man got away with a cash register drawer full of small coins.

She emptied the drawer of cash the night before.

If you have any information, you are asked to contact police.

<![CDATA[Teen Hit and Injured on Bike in Oceanside]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 23:30:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-tape-lights-generic.jpg

Police were responding to a crash Monday night that injured a 17-year old in Oceanside.

It happened at approximately 9:42 p.m. on Rancho Del Oro Drive near Craven Road just South of Highway 76, police confirmed.

Police say the 17-year old was riding his bicycle inside an apartment complex when he was hit. The driver of the car involved was in the middle of parking.

The teen was conscious when officers arrived and did not have life-threatening injuries, police said.

But officers say he was airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla as a precaution because of his age.

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 

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<![CDATA[Memorial Held for Man Shot and Killed in Emerald Hills]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 22:39:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/emerald+hills+shooting+05011.jpg

Friends and family of a man shot and killed in a park gathered in Emerald Hills to remember him in an emotional vigil Monday night.

46-year old Kevin Spelmon was killed Sunday around 5:16 p.m at Emerald Hills Neighborhood Park on Bethune Court near Kelton Road, according to San Diego Police.

“I'm scared. I don't want to know he was laying there. I don't want to know any of that. I don't want to know he was in pain,” Spelmon’s wife Kelly said.

Police are still searching for the two suspected gunmen, described as 15 to 17 years old.

According to investigators, both suspects walked up Spelmon while he was working on his older model car at the park and opened fire.

Witness say they heard four to eight shots.

“He was just working on his car then we hear firecrackers. That's all we hear, the sound of firecrackers,” witness Lamar Manson said.

Police said the suspects then ran southbound on Kelton Road and may have escaped in a gray colored car, possibly a Nissan.

Friends drove Spelmon to the hospital and he was then transported to another hospital with a trauma center where he later died.

Police are calling this a targeted attack.

"They seemed to just strike the victim, so we do believe he was the target of this attack and the motivation isn’t known at this time," said Lt. Manuel Del Toro.

Investigators say the suspects were wearing dark pants and hoodies.

Anyone with information related to this incident can call the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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<![CDATA[Friends and Family Gather to Remember Man Shot and Killed]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 22:02:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/emerald+hills+vigil+candles.jpg Friends and family of Kevin Spelmon gathered at the the Emerald Hills park where he was shot and killed Monday night to remember in an emotional vigil.

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<![CDATA[Democratic Delegate Caucuses Yield Hard-Working Prospects]]> Tue, 03 May 2016 07:47:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Judy+Ki+Democratic+Possible+Delegate+California.jpg

California is five weeks away from the state's presidential primary, but with the focus on the presidential race, it's easy to forget there are some often overlooked and interesting small contests among those jockeying to be delegates at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

On Sunday, dozens won places on the Clinton and Sanders tickets for the state’s June 7th balloting.

The Republican White House candidates file their own slates of proposed delegates in each congressional district, and 10 proposed statewide delegates.

The Democrats held caucuses that turned the wannabe delegates into candidates themselves, doing retail politicking.

One of the top vote-getters on the Clinton side was Poway resident Judy Ki, looking to go to the convention as a Clinton delegate from the 52nd Congressional District.

She sold herself, big-time, to about 300 voters in a Miramar District union hall.

"My margin of victory were my personal friends,” Ki said in an interview Monday. “My hairdresser came out. Some of my neighbors came out."

A long career as a middle school science teacher readied Ki for just the kind of research and presentations that serious politics demands.

“Doing any campaign is logical and sequential. It's like setting up a science experiment," she said. "You do step one, step two, step three, step four, right?"

Ki’s showing at the caucus would seem to make her a lock for Philadelphia in late July -- on her own dime, of course.

Or more accurately, somewhere in the neighborhood of $4,000 -- unless she can partner up for a hotel room.

"The (hotel) room is the most expensive. I don't eat a lot and the flights are fine -- I have lots of mileage,” Ki said with a hearty laugh. “But this is so exciting. This is on my bucket list, believe it or not.”

The second-place finisher at the 52nd District Clinton caucus was Jennifer Campbell, a retired physician who lives in Clairemont.

Her family is steeped in Democratic Party politics; her cousin is David Axelrod who served as President Obama’s campaign manager.

"My mother was a great politician in Colorado, and she was one of the first Democrats for (John F.) Kennedy,” Campbell told NBC 7. “And Kennedy used to call my house when I was a kid -- I talked to him on the phone. And it was just marvelous. And I got to go see his acceptance speech in 1960."

Campbell has met Hillary Clinton at Clinton's home in Washington when she was a senator.

She'd seem to be a no-brainer for delegate-picking by Clinton's team if the Democrats went by California GOP rules – but captured more than enough hearts and minds at Sunday’s Miramar District caucus.

“Well, I was thrilled and surprised, but we did work hard and campaigned,” she said. “There were four of us on the team -- two men, two women -- we worked together. And all of our friends and supporters, people who've known us for years in the Democratic Party came out to support us. And it was just wonderful, a wonderful day."

Campbell also appears to be likely to wind up in Philadelphia, and for the sake of her budget, she has relatives there who could spare her a hotel stay.

<![CDATA[69-Foot Tall Beer Tanks Arrive in Port of San Diego]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 18:29:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ballast+point+giant+beer+tanks.jpg

Four 69-foot tall beer tanks arrived at the Port of San Diego Thursday for Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits.

The 24-ton fermentation and storage tanks will be used to brew all of the main production beers at its Miramar brewery, including Sculpin IPA and its flagship beer.

All four tanks were manufactured in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

The company had previously shipped most of its equipment through Long Beach before having it driven to San Diego, according to a Port of San Diego press release.

“We are fortunate to have experienced rapid growth recently, and with that we must keep up with increased distribution. We are constantly adding new tanks and equipment to expand production at our main Miramar brewery,” said Hilary Cocalis, Vice President of Marketing for Ballast Point.

Miramar is the company’s main production facility.

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits also has locations in Little Italy, Scripps Ranch and Home Brew Mart and a tasting room in Temecula.

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<![CDATA[Worker Burned Trying to Extinguish Fire at Cabinet Shop]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 20:29:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/522016+Chula+Vista+Commercial+Fire.jpg

A worker suffered burns Monday after a fire sparked in a shop's paint booth and he attempted to put it out, officials said. 

The fire broke out around 4:27 p.m. Monday on the 100 block of N Glover Avenue at the site of a cabinet shop, fire officials said. It was put out shortly after. 

Chula Vista Fire Department (CVFD), San Diego Fire-Rescue (SDFD) and National City Fire Department (NCFD) officials responded to the fire, arriving to find the paint booth inside the shop engulfed in fire. 

As the man tried to put out the fire, he got burned. 

Smoke and fire could be seen from an attached shed.

The man was taken to the UC San Diego Burn Center, authorities said. It is unclear how severe the burn injuries are. 

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Chargers Liuget Breaks Down Bosa]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 16:38:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-504136518.jpg

When a NFL team adds new players via the Draft there is always great curiosity from the fan base that wants to know what the new guys are all about. That curiosity extends in to the locker room, as well. Established players can be a tad leery of fresh personalities and how they mesh with the dynamic already in place, especially when the youngsters play the same position they do.

When the Chargers selected defensive end Joey Bosa with the third overall pick at least one guy who’s already logged plenty of time on the D-Line was fairly ecstatic about it.

“The guy plays football,” says fellow defensive end Corey Liuget. “You want a guy who plays football and as long as he comes in ready to play I think it’ll be great. He can fit in to any system.”

Liuget was referring to concerns that Bosa would have trouble converting to playing end in a 3-4 scheme since he is a little undersized for the position (although how a 6-foot-5, 270 pound man can be considered undersized for anything other than the role of Skip Loader I don’t know) and played in a 4-man front at Ohio St. However, Liuget has other reasons to like the addition of Bosa.

“It’s gonna be fun to have another Big 10 guy,” said Liuget, who played collegiately at Illinois but won’t hold that against the rookie. “I mean Ohio St. always kicked our butt at Illinois and he’s going to be able to talk trash about that but we’re going to definitely get some work in and have some fun this season.”

The Chargers were in dire need of getting a pass rusher to help out Liuget, who has been productive despite receiving constant attention from opposing offensive coordinators, from the other side of the line. Kendall Reyes never developed in to the kind of impact player his talent level would suggest. If the tape is accurate, that will not be the case with Bosa.

“He’s a relentless kind of player, from what I can watch on his film,” said Liuget. “He has a motor. The guy, it’s like he doesn’t stop. He doesn’t get tired. That’s the kind of player I want next to me, a guy that’s going to give you everything he has.”

Effort has never been an issue with Bosa but the Big 10 is not the AFC West. If his skills are able to translate, though, and the rookie is able to have an impact season, you can expect to see Liuget’s sack total climb a whole lot, as well.

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<![CDATA[Chargers Draftees Pick Their Numbers]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 15:39:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-525682998.jpg

A uniform number can be as important as the man who wears it. Michael Jordan just looked wrong in 45. Could you imagine Tony Gwynn in anything but 19? So when a young athlete picks his or her first jersey digits it's a big deal.

The eight players selected by the Chargers in the 2016 NFL Draft have chosen the numbers they will be wearing in San Diego. They are (in numerical order, of course):

P Drew Kaser - 6
RB Derek Watt - 34
LB Joshua Perry - 53
LB Jatavis Brown - 57
C Max Tuerk - 62
OL Donavon Clark - 63
TE Hunter Henry - 86
DE Joey Bosa - 99

So Chargers fans can now go about the business of buying their brand new jerseys. As the first rounder Bosa will likely see the most immediate sales. That's a tradition among many fans of NFL teams. The Bolts will be adding uniform numbers for their 20 undrafted free agents soon.

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<![CDATA[Few Clues in Mysterious Boot and Leg Bone]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 14:39:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Carlsbad-Police-Boot-Severed-Foot-031616.jpg

Officials are still trying to identify the person connected with a leg bone found inside a boot that washed ashore in Carlsbad.

A black rubber boot with a leg and foot bones were found approximately 70 yards south of the beach access stairs off Carlsbad Village Drive and Ocean Street in March.

In a report released Monday by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office, investigator say the bone comes from a mature man based on its size.

They are unable to identify the ethnicity of the deceased but say a feature often found in skeletons of Asian or Native American ancestry is not present in the tibia.

The leg bone was covered by a basic tube sock. The boot was not deteriorated but officials estimate the bones were dry so the person may have been dead for many months.

Using the measurement of the bone, the medical examiner estimated the deceased to be an estimated 6-foot, 1-inch tall give or take 2.5 inches.

The medical examiner believes the cause of death is likely drowning but the investigation is ongoing.

The victim's family has not yet been notified.

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<![CDATA[Stabbing Death of Man Walking Home Was Hate Crime: SDSO]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 17:36:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hugh+pettigrew.JPG

Sheriff's investigators say a man randomly stabbed while walking home alone in Fallbrook in January was a hate crime, and three men now behind bars attacked him because of the color of his skin. 

Hugh Pettigrew, 33, died on Feb. 9 after succumbing to stabbing wounds suffered on Jan. 22, San Diego County Sheriff's investigators said. 

Kevin Garcia, Tyler Dean and Ryan Valdez were charged with murder, criminal gang acitivity and hate crime Monday, San Diego Sheriff's deputies (SDSO) announced Monday. Garcia and Dean were in custody on unrelated charges and were rebooked. Valdez was arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

“You had three individuals that are known documented gang members that are out on the street late at night they see this individual walking down the street late at night again, based on part of their motive, would have been the race of Mr. Pettigrew and decided to attack him," said SDSO Lt. Kenneth Nelson.

The arrests come after months of uncertainty for family members and friends, who pleaded for answer's in their loved one's death. 

Sheriff's investigators say the 33-year-old man was walking home along the 400 block of Ammunition Road in Fallbrook on Jan. 22 when he was stabbed multiple times. Investigators say the wounded man was able to stumble to his nearby home where he collapsed.

SDSO detectives were investigating the death for months. Part of that investigation, they said, was surveillance video from nearby businesses that shows three men--believed to be in their late teens or early twenties--wanted in connection with Pettigrew's murder.

Nelson said he believes the three people seen on the surveillance tape are, in fact, the people they arrested. He said there was a myriad of evidence, including witness statements and forensic evidence, and it took a while to put all the pieces together.

In the surveillance video, the men are seen exiting a red, 1997 Honda Civic, driven by a woman who parked in an Albertson's parking lot.

Homicide detectives say the trio of men headed to the side of the grocery store toward the area where Pettigrew was stabbed around 10:45 p.m. Pettigrew died from his injuries nearly three weeks after the attack.

Family members and friends previously told NBC 7 the death was a tragedy, but they were thankful they knew him. 

“He got me through a lot of stuff in life,” Sherry Weevie said of her friend through her tears. "Weevie still remembers the dance moves Pettigrew taught her to do whenever she was feeling bad.

“He looked out for everybody and made sure everybody was okay,” friend Sonya Menard recalled. “That's why it kind of hurt, I felt like nobody was there for him in his time of need."

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<![CDATA[Navy Tests Unmanned Ship ]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 15:57:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/unmanned-ship-Darpa-pic.jpg

The military is launching tests on the world's largest unmanned surface vessel -- a self-driving, 132-foot ship designed to travel thousands of miles out at sea without a single crew member on board.

The so-called "Sea Hunter" has the potential to revolutionize not only the military's maritime service but commercial shipping -- marking the first step toward sending unmanned cargo vessels between countries, according to military officials, who showed off the ship in San Diego on Monday before it was put in the water.

The Pentagon's research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, developed the ship along with Virginia-based Leidos. DARPA will test it in conjunction with a team from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) over the next two years off California's coast. The tests will largely focus on its ability to react on its own to avoid collisions with seafaring traffic.

“I feel fantastic. I mean it’s really quite exciting to be able to be part of the showcasing event with the navy,” said Jerry Dejaco, a representative from SPAWAR.

During the testing phase, the ship will have human operators as a safety net, but once it proves to be reliable, the autonomous surface vessel will maneuver itself -- able to go out at sea for months at a time.

Program manager Scott Littlefield said there will be no "remote-controlled driving of the vessel," instead it will be given its mission-level commands telling it where to go and what to accomplish and then software will enable it to drive itself safely.

The military initially built the diesel-powered ship to detect stealthy electric submarines, but developers say they believe it has the capability to go beyond that, including doing mine sweeps. There are no plans at this point to arm it.

"There are a lot of advantages that we're still trying to learn about," Littlefield said.

Among them is the possibility that the full-size prototype could pave the way to developing crewless cargo vessels for the commercial shipping industry someday, he added.

The ship was built off the Oregon coast, and moved on a barge to San Diego's coastline to begin testing. The prototype can travel at a speed of up to 27 knots per hour, and is equipped with a variety of sensors and an advanced optical system to detect other ships, Littlefield said.

The program to develop the ship cost $120 million, though Littlefield said the vessels can now be produced for about $20 million.

During the collision tests, the ship will be programed to follow international traffic rules for boats of its size, Littlefield said. There are no standards for unmanned ships yet, but he believes that could change if vessels like this one make it out of the experimental stage.

“So we envision maybe several of these vessels going out with a carrier group and being able to run a perimeter and make sure that nothing dangerous gets through to our more valuable assets," said Jared Adams, Press Secretary of DARPA.

The Navy over the years has experimented with a number of unmanned systems -- from drone helicopters to small, remotely controlled boats launched from ships. The Pentagon's budget over the next five years calls for investing in more high-end Naval ships, including $600 million to be invested in unmanned undersea vehicles.

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<![CDATA[Man Killed in North County Crash Identified]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 20:11:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Vista-San-Marcos-Crash-050116.jpg

One person died and three others were injured in a multiple-car crash in the North County Sunday.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) were called at 8 p.m. to the scene of the crash along Buena Creek Road near N Twin Oaks Valley Road between Vista and San Marcos, north of State Route 78.

A 29-year-old Oceanside man, identified as Axel Calderon, died when his 1986 Toyota Corolla Sport crossed the double yellow line and collided head on into a 2010 Kia Rondo, CHP officers said.

The force of the crash pushed the Kia into two other vehicles.

The driver and passenger in the Kia were rushed to Palomar Hospital with what officials described as moderate injuries.

No other drivers were injured.

Antonio Balderas said hiis mother-in-law was able to walk away from the crash.  Her truck landed in a neighbor's yard. 

"When I got the phone call I was worried if she was okay," Balderas said. "Knowing that some person died, it's just shocking." 

Buena Creek Road was closed for hours between Casseu Road and North Twin Oaks Road the Department of Public Works said.

Neighbors said these types of crashes happen too often in the area. 

It's unclear if alcohol was a factor in the crash. CHP is investigating the cause of the crash. 

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>