<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usWed, 24 Aug 2016 13:11:58 -0700Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:11:58 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[City Seeks to Improve El Cajon Blvd.]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:50:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ElCajonBlvdLittleSaigon2.JPG The City of San Diego rolled out several proposals Monday night to improve El Cajon Boulevard, particularly the area known as Little Saigon. The proposals aim to make it a more walkable community and make the street more bicycle and transit-friendly.

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<![CDATA[Adventure Time at Carlsbad Music Festival]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:09:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Inspired+and+the+Sleep+Press+Photo+2016.jpg

If there’s one thing North County continually gets right, it’s their community music festivals. Fresh off the heels of the annual Summer Fun on the 101 and Village Music Walk (both of which boasted impressive lineups), the Carlsbad Music Festival -- now in its 13th year -- returns to the coastal city on Aug. 26-28.

The yearly Friday-through-Sunday event offers a truly eclectic lineup of more than 40 acts spanning a gamut of musical styles and genres ranging from electronic and indie-rock to classical, chamber orchestral and world music to avant-garde jazz, folk, blues and pop. Naturally, there will also be a beer garden, food trucks and an artisan market for patrons on the lookout for more than just musical treats.

Each day features both a bevy of free shows at a few different locations around Carlsbad Village (St. Michael’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, the parking lot at State Street and Grand Avenue, Giacoletti Music, and Magee Park Heritage Park), and ticketed performances on the main stage held at St. Michael’s by Matt McBane (the festival’s founder and artistic director) and wild Up on Friday; Pascal Le Bouef, LA Percussion Quartet, wild Up (again) and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith on Saturday; and Hocket, Richard Valitutto, Justin Aronson, gnarwhallaby and Namad Trio on Sunday.

Not to be outdone, the free shows that run all day long have tapped some of the best and brightest bands that San Diego and North County have to offer -- including Inspired and the Sleep, Taken By Canadians, the Lulls (who should be signed by now), Trouble in the Wind (who've released one of the best albums of the year), the Dapper Bandits, Paper Days, the Gift Machine, the Red Fox Tails, and G Burns Jug Band (among many others).

Max Greenhalgh, vocalist/bassist in Inspired and the Sleep (who’ve performed at CMF for the last four years), explained why the multi-day shindig is so fun.

“Well, we grew up here and it's been a local highlight for some time. It’s very family-friendly and accepting to all sorts of genres. We also get paired up with a lot of our friends’ bands -- Taken By Canadians are playing right before us this year and they're super homies. Pretty pumped that I was able to recommend the Lulls and get them on there as well!”

For a festival that bills itself as “adventurous music by the beach,” it caters to more than just the casual music fan. Diehard jazz fans and experimental-leaning orchestral enthusiasts get their fair share too. Bringing all of it together is what makes it so special.

“Honestly, I'd say it's always been like that,” Greenhalgh told me. “When we first played there, I thought our music would be a little ‘out there’ compared to everything else -- but I think everyone's very accepting. We'll have grandparents watching and the little kids dance the most.”

When asked if it’s a good opportunity for a local band to possibly showcase their music to a new crowd and gain more fans, Greenhalgh agreed and emphasized the communal nature of the acts involved -- especially since a lot of them are homegrown in the area.

“I'd say it's a great way to gather or maintain a good local following. I mean, North County does have a bit of a scene despite the lack of venues. For instance, Trouble in the Wind: They're great friends of ours and I'd consider them the Carlsbad band and they headline the fest every year. So when you go to see them at CMF, it's always a great gathering of friends and family.”

Inspired and the Sleep -- who play Friday (Aug. 26) at 9 p.m. at the State and Grand parking lot -- are also stoked on another thing: They actually get paid. Unsurprisingly (if you’ve been following music trends over the last 20 years), there are several outdoor festivals in town that neglect to pay the performing artists. It’s an issue that the festival's organizers do their best to remedy.

According to their mission statement, the festival is organized by a nonprofit organization “that aims to engage and inspire local, national, and international communities of composers, performers, creators, and concert-goers through world-class performances of adventurous music.” And while CMF receives funding from the City of Carlsbad, the County of San Diego and private foundations, public donations are still their biggest source of funding -- and a way for them to pay the artists involved. So they’ve started up a Kickstarter to raise $10,000 to help pay for expenses. If you’re inclined to help out, go here.

Either way, it’s just another example of why the festival has become such a community institution. Year after year, it brings folks together around incredible music performances in gorgeous settings -- that’s hard to beat.

Greenhalgh summed it up best: “If you’ve never been to Carlsbad Village, I'd say it's a wonderful opportunity explore a beautiful area, take in a whole lot of tunes, and make some new friends.”

For the full lineup, more information and tickets, visit the official Carlsbad Music Festival website.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow; plays in Diamond Lakes and Boy King; and runs the music-equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.

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<![CDATA[Man and Woman Are Persons of Interest in PB Hit-and-Run]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:30:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/PB-hit-run-suspect-photo-0824-stills.jpg

A man and woman are now considered persons of interest in a hit-and-run crash in Pacific Beach that left three men seriously injured – victims that may have had a run-in with the pair moments before the crash.

On Wednesday, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) released a photograph of two persons of interest sought in the Aug. 5 hit-and-run. At around 1:09 a.m. that morning, police said a silver four-door sedan traveling eastbound in the 900 block of Garnet Avenue struck three men who were crossing the busy street.

The driver fled the scene.

One of the victims injured in the hit-and-run was J’Ron Erby, 23, a recent college graduate and intern for the San Diego Chargers. Erby was out that night celebrating a friend’s birthday. The hit-and-run landed him in the hospital with skull fractures and brain trauma, his father told NBC 7.

Police said all three pedestrians were hospitalized with various injuries ranging from lacerations and fractures to brain injuries.

According to investigators, the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run was likely a newer model Hyundai Elantra with stock brushed aluminum wheels. The vehicle may have sustained damage to its front-end in the collision, including its grill, hood and windshield. Earlier this month, investigators released a short surveillance video of the suspect’s vehicle fleeing the scene of the crash.

Investigators said Wednesday that after conducting follow-up interviews, police learned that the three victims were involved in some sort of dispute with a man and woman a few minutes before they were hit by the car.

At this point, the police department said the man and woman are considered persons of interest.

Police said the man is described as being in his 20s, with long hair pulled into a bun. The woman is also in her 20s, with long hair, and wore a light-colored sleeveless top and dark pants in the photo released by the SDPD.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information can call the SDPD’s Traffic Division at (858) 495-7813 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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<![CDATA[Chargers: Bosa Rejects Our 'Best Offer' ]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:40:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Joey+Bosa+At+Draft+With+Goodell.jpg

Defensive lineman Joey Bosa, the third overall pick in the NFL Draft, has rejected the most recent offer from the San Diego Chargers, one the team described as their "best offer."

"We gave Joey’s representatives our best offer last night, which was rejected today," the team announced in a written release Wednesday.

In an unusual move, the team released what was in the offer:

  • An initial signing bonus payment larger than any player in the League has received in the last two drafts.
  • More money in this calendar year than every player in this year’s draft except one (QB Carson Wentz).
  • The largest payment and the highest percentage of signing bonus received in the first calendar year of any Chargers’ first-round selection since the inception of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (2011).

When Chargers camp opened in July, Bosa was no where to be seen and Chargers head coach Mike McCoy was not happy about it.

As NBC 7 Sportswrap reported, Bosa wants more of the bonus money paid earlier in the contract and to have what’s known as offset language where he can get paid by two teams if he’s released before the contract expires.

The team said all summer that it would negotiate the first point but would not negotiate the second point.

As of Wednesday, the team said they would restructure an offer now that they feel the rookie can not contribute for the whole season without time spent in camp and in preseason games.

Less than an hour after the team released its statement, fans reacted on Facebook and Twitter with strong opinions, both in favor of Bosa and against him.


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<![CDATA[Free, Mini Opera Shows Headed to Local Trolley Stations]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:36:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/trolleygeneric_trolley_generic.jpg

Trolley stations across San Diego are about to get a burst of culture: next month, short opera performances will go down at the tracks, taking the art form out of the theater and into public space.

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) said the “Opera on the Track” program will consist of eight weekend performances at or near MTS Blue, Orange or Green line trolley stations from Sept. 3 to Oct. 9.

The free, 30-minute shows will feature the artists of San Diego Opera performing Rossini’s “Cinderella,” or “La Cenerentola,” at the trolley stops. The mini community events are meant to share the music of the opera while promoting the use of public transportation in San Diego.


Organizers hope the abbreviated shows will inspire people to visit the San Diego Civic Theatre in downtown San Diego during opera season to see San Diego Opera’s production of Cinderella on the main stage in October. The goal, MTS said, is to “introduce the ease of taking transit to opera lovers and the enjoyment of live opera to MTS riders.”

Here’s the schedule of upcoming Opera at the Track performances:

Sept. 3 at 11 a.m., at Santee Trolley Square Amphitheatre (Santee Trolley Station, Green Line: 9884 Mission Gorge Rd.)

Sept. 10 at 11 a.m., at Jacobs Center Amphitheatre (Euclid Avenue Station, Orange Line: 404 Euclid Ave.)

Sept. 10 at 2 p.m., at Glashaus Art Studio (Barrio Logan Station, Blue Line: 1815 Main St, Ste. B)

Sept. 17, at 10 a.m., at Mission Valley Library (Fenton Parkway Station, Green Line: 2123 Fenton Parkway)

Sept. 17 at 12 p.m., at 24th Street Trolley Station (National City, Blue Line)

Sept. 17 at 2 p.m., at E Street Trolley Station (Chula Vista, Blue Line)

Oct. 8 at 1:30 p.m., at Children’s Museum Park (Convention Center Station, Green Line: 200 W. Island)

Oct. 9 at 1 p.m., at Old Town Trolley Station (Old Town San Diego, Green Line)


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<![CDATA['I Am Not a Victim:' TV Sportscaster to Shooter]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:37:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Kyle-Kraska-sentencing-0824.jpg

San Diego television sportscaster Kyle Kraska, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds outside his Scripps Ranch home in February 2015, spoke directly to the man convicted of attempted murder in the shooting.

“I am not a victim. I will never be a victim,” Kraska said in a downtown courtroom Wednesday moments before a judge sentenced the man who attacked him.

Mike Montana, a painter, was convicted of attempted murder after shooting Kraska in the chest, leg, hip and bicep.

“Your bullets may have hit their mark but they did not kill my spirit. It did not destroy my passion and it will not extinguish my love for life,” Kraska said.

Kraska was emotional several times in his seven-minute victim's impact statement. He survived the shooting by crawling on the ground for 50 to 60 feet and asking a neighbor to call for help.

Montana was initially hired to paint Kraska's home.

However, there was a dispute over the quality of the work between Kraska and Montana. Kraska said he fronted Montana $800 for supplies before the painter quit without completing the work. Montana said Kraska failed to pay him $2,200. 

Montana's defense attorney asked the judge to take into consideration his client's use of prescription drugs.

Judge Michael T. Smyth said he took that into consideration as well as a letter from Montana's sister that described a friendly, non-violent man whose actions were brought about by external forces.

“There is no doubt in my view that he was then and now remains a danger to society because of that inability to control himself,” said Smyth.

Montana was sentenced to life with the possibility for parole with an additional 25 years to life.

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<![CDATA[3 Held in La Jolla Middle School Break-In]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:02:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-stock-breaking-119818994.jpg

Three juveniles were taken into custody following a break-in at a La Jolla middle school early Wednesday.

San Diego Police responded to an alarm activated at Muirlands Middle School on Nautilus Street at 1:45 a.m.

Officers say the alleged burglars took some money from the principal’s office while vandalizing the property and setting a small fire.

All three juveniles were taken into custody.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Sheriff IDs Deputies in Fatal Shooting on Poway Roads]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:00:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Poway-Deadly-Shooting-081816.jpg

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has identified the four deputies who were involved in a fatal shooting in Poway last week.

A Lakeside man was shot and killed by deputies responding to a report of suspicious activity in a parking lot on Poway Road early Thursday.

Sergeant Robert Niderost and Deputies Hugh Davidson, Nikholas Johnson and David Smith were the deputies who responded to the call.

According to homicide investigators with the sheriff's department, Trenton Lohman, 38, jumped into a deputy's patrol car and fled the scene, traveling eastbound on Poway Road to Espola Road.

Lohman then allegedly carjacked an SUV and veered off the road. His body was found near the vehicle down an embankment.  According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office, the cause of death was a thoracic gunshot wound.

“There are two different distinct scenes where shots were fired by deputies,” San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Kenn Nelson said immediately after the incident. Nelson said at the time there were no reports of the suspect firing at the deputies but added that it was still early in the investigation and deputies had not been interviewed.

An update from the sheriff's department identifying the deputies did not include any new information on the investigation.

Lohman had been on active parole from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. 

People who knew Lohman told NBC 7 that he had been trying to turn his life around and they don't know what went wrong.

The deputies are all assigned to the Poway station, officials said.

Davidson has two years experience with the department. Smith has five years experience with SDSO. Johnson has been employed as a deputy sheriff for 10 years. Niderost has been with the San Diego Sheriff's Department for 31 years.

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<![CDATA[Bike the Bay to Take Over Coronado Bridge]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:47:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/DSC_0660.JPG

Approximately 3,500 cyclists will gather this Sunday for a seriously scenic ride across the Coronado Bay Bridge as part of San Diego’s 9th annual Bike the Bay event.

Staging for the casual 25-mile ride begins at 6 a.m. at Embarcadero Marina Park South located at 1 Marina Park Way.

This is a once-a-year opportunity to safely pedal across the Coronado Bridge. After riders cruise across the bridge, they will move onto a loop on the newly expanded Bayshore Bikeway. In the end, cyclists will pedal through five San Diego neighborhoods: Coronado, San Diego, National City, Imperial Beach and Chula Vista.

The non-competitive event is open to cyclists of all levels, as the pace of the ride will be casual so participants can take in the waterfront views. The route is primarily flat.

Organizers say Flagship Cruises will provide special free ferry service during Bike the Bay from the Coronado Ferry Landing to the Convention Center Marina and close to the starting line at Embarcadero Marina Park South. Participants and their bicycles can embark on three free ferry trips at 6 a.m., 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m.

Bike the Bay is organized by the San Diego County Bike Coalition as a fun way to promote riding bikes instead of driving cars in America’s Finest City.

Following the bike ride, organizers will host a festival that includes food, activities, beer garden and entertainment. The party runs through 12:30 p.m.

Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Friday. Walk-up registration may also be available if the ride is not sold out. Registration includes ride entry, a Klean Kanteen give away and entry into the post-ride festival. Registration fees range between $40 and $50.

For more details, visit the Bike the Bay website.

Photo Credit: Brian Bostrom ]]>
<![CDATA[Damaged Pipeline Repaired in Ocean Beach Gas Leak ]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:31:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ocean-beach-gas-leak-repairs.jpg

San Diego Gas & Electric crews will repair damage to a natural gas pipeline that prompted the evacuation of more than 200 people for more than 20 hours.

Workers located the leak and spent most of Tuesday night replacing approximately 80 to 100 feet of damaged pipe. Repairs were estimated to be finished by 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Once that's done, SDG&E will send technicians to each home to complete a safety check of gas appliances and re-ignite pilot lights, the utility said Tuesday.

Customers can also schedule an appointment to have this done by contacting SDG&E at (877) 866-2066.

The leak was first detected Monday night on Bacon Street near Santa Cruz Avenue.  An SDG&E technician reported finding a 70 percent gas reading near a sewer cover. 

Residents were ordered to evacuate and warned not to turn on their stoves, light candles or smoke.

For any residents who stayed in hotels and paid out-of-pocket expenses, they can file a claim on the SDG&E website.

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<![CDATA[Zumwalt Headed to San Diego After Commissioning]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:12:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Zumwalt-Navy-DG1000.jpg

The U.S. Navy plans to send its futuristic destroyer Zumwalt to San Diego after the ship’s Oct. 15 commissioning ceremony in Baltimore.

In anticipation of the move, the Navy awarded shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works an $8.75 million contract modification covering products and shipyard services. Half of the work will go to San Diego while the other half will go to Bath, Maine.

The deal, announced Aug. 22, is a modification to a previously awarded construction contract. It covers “post hull, mechanical and electrical sail way, transit and post-delivery advanced planning support efforts,” according to the Pentagon notice. Among the items covered by the contract modification are shore support, “sail around support” for the trip to San Diego, unspecified industrial work, logistics support, spare parts and unspecified long lead-time material. Work will run through July 2017.

The Zumwalt is also known by its hull number, DDG 1000. The Navy plans to build three of the destroyers. At one time, the Navy planned to build 30.

The Naval Sea Systems Command of Washington, D.C. awarded the $8.75 million support deal, which was not put out for competitive bidding.

General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) also runs the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.


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<![CDATA[Man Took Video of 10-Year-Old in Walmart Bathroom: SDSO]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:11:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Robert-Becker-Walmart-Bathroom.jpg

A registered sex offender has been arrested for allegedly taking cell phone video of a 10-year-old girl in a restroom, San Diego County Sheriff's deputies (SDSO) said. 

Robert Becker, 21, is facing attempted lewd and lascivious acts on a minor, annoying or molesting a child with a prior conviction and disorderly lewd contact charges. 

Deputies were first called to a Walmart at 13487 Camino Canada in unincorporated El Cajon on Wednesday. 

The victim, 10, told deputies a man followed her into the women's restroom at the store. 

She told officials the man got into a stall next to her and used his cell phone camera to record her while making lewd comments. 

"The girl protested and batted away the phone and the man ran from the restroom and ran from the store," said Lt. Dan Brislin with the SDSO Family Protection Detail.

The suspect fled before deputies arrived. However, deputies were able to identify Becker as the suspect through the store's surveillance video. On Monday, detectives with the Sheriff's Family Protection Detail arrested Becker at his home in Alpine. 

In a statement, Walmart said: 

"There is nothing more important than the safety of our customers and associates every time they're in our stores. We've worked closely with local police through their initial investigation, and we'll continue assisting law enforcement as they move toward a conviction in this case."

Deputies believe Becker may have committed similar crimes in San Diego's East County; officials are urging any potential victims to come forward. 

"We found he had entered that restroom the day prior and spent some time in there as well, so we want to make sure there are no other victims out there," said Brislin.

Local residents said the incident horrified them.

"That's nasty, Oh my gosh," said Tina Emanuel. "These are just little girls, you know."

Local Joan Hall said it was good to know the incident occured so she could keep a careful eye out going forward. 

"It's good to know to keep an eye out for that sort of thing," Hall said. "I go in the restroom; I don't have children but I do see children go in by themselves. Gotta keep an eye on them."

Anyone who may have further information on the crime, or who may have been a victim, is asked to call (858) 974-2417. Those who would like to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. You may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to a felony arrest.

<![CDATA[Locals to Watch on Sunday: Women's Marathon]]> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 16:27:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CraggFlanaganLindenGettyImages-589476692.jpg

For the first time, three Americans finished in the top 10 of the Olympic women's marathon and all three have ties to San Diego.

The U.S. sent Desiree Linden to Rio, along with best friends Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan. Cragg had the best time at U.S. Olympic Trials after competing at the 2012 Olympics in the 10,000m.

Flanagan finished sixth with a time of 2:25:26 with Linden next at seventh with a time of 2:26:08.

Soon after the race, Linden expressed no regrets via Twitter: "We always want a little more but can't be upset when you leave it all out there. All in all a very fun Olympic experience."

Cragg came in ninth with a time of 2:28:25. Read about results here.

The U.S. has not won an Olympic gold medal in the women’s marathon since 1984, when the event made its Olympic debut.

Longtime San Diegans will recognize Desiree Linden by her maiden name Desiree Davila. She's had a decorated professional career since her days at Hilltop High School. Earlier this year, she qualified for the Olympic Team by finishing second in the U.S. Olympic Trials.

She and her husband posted a picture from Rio the day before the race.

Cragg and Flanagan are also known to the San Diego running community for their recent times in the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon.

Local sailor Caleb Paine finished in fourth rank overall after coming in 10th in Race 9 and 4th in Race 10.

Paine, who was initially disqualified in Race 6, submitted new evidence and won his appeal. The decision was reversed.

Also competing will be Olympic sailing team Briana Provancha and Annie Haeger in the Women's 470 event. They finished fifth in Race 6 and second in Race 7. They are in second place overall.

Both Provancha and Paine got their starts in the Southwestern Yacht Club in San Diego.

U.S. women's volleyball with local athletes Karsta Lowe and Carli Lloyd faced off against China, pushing through a nail-bitting game. See the results here. Lowe is a Rancho Santa Fe resident and Lloyd is from Bonsall.

U.S. men's water polo with Coronado's Jesse Smith faced Italy following a string of losses, defeating Italy 10-7. Santee athlete Alex Bowen, who has scored several goals for the U.S. during the 2016 Rio Olympics, did not play Sunday. He was disqualified following unsportsmanlike conduct in the loss to Montenegro on Friday.

The U.S. finishes the Rio games 2-3.

Rickey Robertson trained at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center for the high jump. He will compete at 4:30 p.m. PT.

For updates from the 2016 Rio Games, including profiles of San Diego athletes, visit our Olympics section here.

NBC 7’s Steven Luke is reporting from Rio during the 2016 Olympic Summer Games; follow him on Twitter and Facebook for exciting updates from Brazil through the end of the 2016 Olympic Summer Games.

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<![CDATA[SDUSD Announces 'Pre-K for All' Initiative]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:44:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/PHI+kids+in+classroom.jpg

The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) announced a new initiative to make pre-kindergarten affordable to more families.

The initiative is called Pre-K for All.

Right now, a family of four making less than $47,000 a year qualifies for free pre-school for their children.

But what about other families?

“Price has put preschool out of reach for many working families,” said the district's Director of Early Childhood Education, Stephanie Cimensky.

The fee-based program will allow other families to qualify for preschool for the first time. There is room for 3,400 students right now. If more students enroll, more sites can be added, Cimensky said.

“This is an investment in our children's future,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

There are no new teachers being hired this year, though pre-schools will be opening at eleven new sites this year. Tuition ranges from $530 to $1060 a month, depending upon income, and program options.

Pre-K for All offers a three-hour part time program, a six-hour full time program, and child development centers. Military families, district employees and families with siblings going to pre-school will qualify for a discount.

SDUSD said it has set aside about $24 million to offer Pre-K programs next year. Funding will come from multiple sources.

In a statement, the district wrote: “Our expectation is that about 3.4 million of this investment will come directly from the district. Another 6.6 million will come from the new students who pay fees and from a grant we are hoping to receive. Finally, about 14 million will come from the state, assuming the District is able to fill the 2,948 seats they have contracted with the District to provide."

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<![CDATA[Man Dies Crossing Hillcrest Street, Driver Arrested]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:13:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Hillcrest-pedestrian-fatal.jpg

After a man was struck and killed crossing a street in Hillcrest Tuesday the driver fled the scene. San Diego Police say they've arrested the man who is accused of fleeing the scene of a fatal crash. 

The driver of a Nissan Cube failed to stop when the incident happened at approximately 10:45 p.m. on 5th Avenue near Pennsylvania Avenue.

Witnesses told police the victim was trying to cross the street in front of moving vehicles. The 78-year-old man was struck by the Nissan and died at the scene, police said.

Officers searched for a Nissan with heavy front end damage in the area.

They found a vehicle in the parking lot nearly three miles away at Ohio Street and Monroe Avenue in North Park.

The driver, described by police as a 60-year-old man, was taken into custody on suspicion of felony hit and run and misdemeanor DUI.

<![CDATA[50-Year Old Elephant Euthanized at San Diego Zoo]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:30:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ranchipur50_lg.jpg

A 50-year old elephant at the San Diego Zoo was euthanized Tuesday after he suddenly became became ill, the zoo confirmed.

Ranchiput had been under veterinary care for several years at the Conrad Prebys Elephant Care Center in Elephant Odyssey. He had a variety of geriatric ailments, the zoo said in a statement.

On Tuesday morning, animal care staff members noticed that Ranchipur appeared to have medical difficulties. The elephant was weak and leaning on an utilitree for support. Staff members attempted to give medical assistance but Ranchipur was not responsive.

The zoo says staff members made the decision to euthanize him to reduce his suffering.

Ranchipur was a non-breeding elephant and had lived at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park from 1981 to 2009. He was moved to the San Diego Zoo after the Elephant Odyssey was built.

The care center is a sanctuary for elephants of Asian and African species that need extensive medical care.

According to the zoo, due to wildlife trafficking, Ranchipur’s tusks, which each weigh about 100 pounds, will be removed and properly disposed.

The zoo will conduct an autopsy to determine why the elephant suddenly fell ill.

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<![CDATA[Mistake Leads to Need for Cabinet Replacement]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:52:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/William+Hawkins_Responds+Bathroom+Cabinet.jpg

William Hawkins has an eye for detail. 

You can see it when he shows off his 1936 Ford 2 Door Deluxe, part of his classic car collection. That attention to detail even applies to things like his newly remodeled bathroom. 

“Completely remodeled, right from the studs out,” William said. 

William was happy with the remodel done by Pacific Homeworks but then something unexpected happened. 

“A Wick air freshener, the plug in type was laying on the counter and the oil ran off the counter down in front of the cabinet and separated the finish from it,” William said. 

Admitting it was his fault, William had laid down the freshener and the contents leaked out and dripped down the front of his three drawers. William wanted to pay for the damage and contacted the company that made the cabinets but they said they couldn’t help him. 

“They said ‘We can’t deal with you, get a contractor with a license and we’ll sell to them,’” William told NBC 7 Responds. 

After repeated calls to the contractor who remodeled his bathroom, William said no one would call him back. This went on for two months. 

“That’s why I called you guys, I’m thinking ‘Well maybe these guys can shake a tree or something’” William said. 

NBC 7 Responds reached out to the Marketing and Sales Director at Pacific Homeworks, the contractor hired to remodel William’s bathroom. Not only did Pacific Homeworks order the cabinet parts, they also paid the entire bill for William even though William was willing to pay.

<![CDATA[Kris Bryant is Feeling Right at Home at Petco Park]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:41:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/190*120/GettyImages-594434018.jpg

The Padres were hoping Kris Bryant’s trip back to his old stomping grounds wouldn’t be so comfortable, but after two games against the team with the best record in the league, it’s clear the USD star and the rest of the Chicago Cubs are thoroughly enjoying their time in America’s Finest City.

Left handed pitcher Christian Friedrich was on the hill for the Friars. Friedrich lasted six innings before he was replaced by Brandon Morrow. Meanwhile, Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta held the Padres to just two hits over the course of eight innings at Petco Park.

It was a scoreless game until the top of third inning when Bryant blasted a home run into left field to get the Cubs on the board first, 1-0. That score would hold until the fifth inning when Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist doubled to deep right center and brought in Bryant. Shortly after, Cubs infielder Addison Russell hit a two run homer to put Chicago up 4-0.

A sacrifice fly to center field by Bryant in the sixth inning brought in Arrieta to give the Cubs the healthy 5-0 lead. The fans were likely to starting to feel a bit of Deja-vu from Monday’s game.

The Padres rallied in the ninth inning to bring in three runs in a wild attempt to save this game. However, the damage was already done. The Friars avoided the shut out but dropped their second game in a row against the Cubs with a final score of 5-3. They will close out the series against Chicago and a week-long homestand on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[CrossFit Workout Created in Memory of Fallen SDPD Officer]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:11:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Jonathan-De-Guzman-SDPD-Officer.jpg

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) announced a CrossFit workout in memory of fallen Officer Jonathan "JD" De Guzman, who was killed in the line of duty last month.

SDPD shared the workout of the day, or WOD, on their Facebook page, inviting local gyms and CrossFit facilities to particpate in the challenge.

The "GS 24 Memorial WOD" is a two to four person workout that includes running, wall balls, burpees and pull ups.

It will take place on Saturday, Aug. 27 at various locations across San Diego County.

The following gyms and CrossFit locations will be offering free workouts to members and non-members:

  • ZASTC on Denny Way, El Cajon
  • CrossFit 858 on Miramar Road, San Diego
  • CrossFit ATR on Pepsi Drive, San Diego
  • CrossFit Point A on Woodland Parkway, San Marcos
Officer De Guzman died on July 28 after he was shot multiple times during a traffic stop. His partner, Officer Wade Irwin was injured in the shooting and was released from the hospital on Saturday, Aug. 19.

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<![CDATA[3,500 Gallons of Raw Sewage Spills Into Glorietta Bay]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:58:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Matt-_Tecolote_sewage_spill_4p_pkg_1200x675_600775747790.jpg

A sewage leak has forced temporary closure of Glorietta Bay in Coronado.

A pump at a sewer system construction project became overwhelmed at 12 p.m. Tuesday, allowing sewage to back up in two locations.

An estimated 3,725 gallons of raw sewage spilled, according to the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health.

Five hundred and seventy-five gallons of sewage surfaced from beneath a manhole adjacent to the Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill on Strand Way near Avenida Del Sol and spilled into Glorietta Bay.

About a half mile south on Strand Way, another 3,000 gallons of sewage flowed out of two manholes adjacent to the Glorietta Bay Boat Launch and entered the bay adjacent to Glorietta Bay Park.

Crews managed to recover about 200 gallons before it entered the water.

Areas within 500 feet of the Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill and 1,000 feet of the Glorietta bay Boat Launch have been closed to water contact.

Contamination warning signs have been placed at the boat launch and at the Glorietta Bay Park beach, and will remain until water samples show that the water is no longer contaminated.

Visit the Beach Water Quality website for updates on beach closure information, or call the hotline at (619) 338-2073.

<![CDATA[1,500 Lbs of Marijuana Concealed Inside Furniture]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:06:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Furniture+pot+1+0823.jpg Images of smuggling attempts at their finest.

Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol]]>
<![CDATA[Bolts Fan Group Leaders Parley With Stadium Critic]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:52:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Conceptual+Chargers+Stadium+Renderings+422+2016+9+-+Copy.PNG

There was a diplomatic truce Tuesday in the bitter ballot battle over the Chargers' downtown stadium initiative. 

A city council member under fire for his opposition to the team’s field of dreams met with leaders of the team's fan groups.

The two sides still don't, and won't, see eye-to eye.

But Chris Cate and the Bolts-backers heard each other out in a civil, hour-long meeting -- and agreed to circle back when the votes are in on the Chargers' Measure C eleven weeks from Tuesday, to see if there's common ground going forward.

“You know, we really pushed Chris Cate to be ready for alternatives, to offer solutions that haven't really been there before,” said “Save our Bolts” organizer David Agranoff. “So November 9th when the dust settles, we just hope Chris can come back to the table."

The summit took place at a Mira Mesa restaurant.

NBC 7 wasn’t invited to sit in and record it, and afterwards Cate declined an on-camera interview, saying off-camera only that the meeting was “productive”.

He's been bombarded with complaints from Chargers fans who the team urged to call him at city hall and ask why he's against their $1.8 billion stadium/convention venue project in East Village.

Cate says the city's $1.15 billion dollar portion figures to be under-funded by hotel room tax increases, leaving the shortfalls to be backfilled by money that otherwise would go to public safety and services.

That's also the view of the Taxpayers Association, "No on Downtown Stadium" coalition and local tourism industry.

“He said he would meet with the Chargers -- but he also said that ship has sailed at this point, and the time for negotiation is going to have to wait until after the election,” said Jason Riggs, chairman of the San Diego Stadium Coalition. “So our ultimate goal is to get this thing passed in November, and then maybe all these guys will sit down and negotiate in good faith."

But for now, they're talking past each other -- trading campaign snark, rolling out different sets of numbers and assumptions.

On Wednesday, the Bolts will show how they came up with theirs.

And, it might figure, the opposition will quickly go into knockdown mode.

Photo Credit: MANICA Architecture]]>
<![CDATA[1,500 Pounds of Pot Hidden in Furniture Seized at Border]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:18:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Furniture+pot+sized+0823.jpg

U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized close to 1,500 pounds of marijuana at the San Ysidro port of entry this weekend.

A U.S. citizen was attempting to enter the country at around 8:45 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, when CBP canines alerted agents to an assortment of wooden furniture in a 16-foot trailer hitched to his 2005 Ford F-150.

During an in-depth inspection of the truck and trailer, CBP agents discovered 60 individually wrapped packages of pot hidden behind false drawers and cabinets of 12 pieces of furniture.

The marijuana carries an approximate street value of $735,000, according to the CBP.

The driver, a 25-year-old resident of Pasadena, was arrested for suspected narcotics smuggling and was turned over to the custody of the Department of Homeland Security Investigations.

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<![CDATA[Evacuations Lifted for Ocean Beach Gas Leak]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:02:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/OB-Gas-leak-082316.jpg

A gas leak that prompted the overnight evacuation of an Ocean Beach community has been stopped, but the cause of the leak is still unknown, according to San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).

By 3 p.m. Tuesday, all evacuation orders were lifted and residents were allowed to return to their homes, more than 12 hours after the initial report of a gas leak.

SDG&E crews found the source of the natural gas leak and vented gas built up in the sewer mains in the area, making the area safe again. Bacon Street was closed for a while as crews worked. 

Now, workers are repairing damage to the pipeline. Once that is complete, officials will rebuild the gas meters that will be reconnected to the new gas main. 

Technicians will also be visiting each house to perform a safety check of all gas appliances and re-light pilot lights. If residents are not home, technicians will leave a note with contact information. 

The leak was first detected Monday night. SDG&E officials say a technician responded to the 1700 block of Bacon Street. Near a sewer cover, he tested the air and received a 70 percent gas reading. 

Residents were ordered to evacuate through a public announcement from a circling helicopter Monday evening. They were warned not to turn on their stoves, light candles or smoke.

"I'm baffled at the fact that it is taking this long but safety first," said resident James Corbin. "I'd rather not have anything happen to my dog."

Residents were initially told the repair would take eight hours. The utility was able to clear the line of gas before 11 p.m. but still has not pinpointed the cause of the leak.

Early Tuesday morning, firefighters and utility workers escorted residents into their homes and sampled the air to make sure there were no explosive gas inside.

“It was a fairly large area because it was uncertain how far the gas plume had migrated,” according to a San Diego Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief.

“We’ve got to very carefully make sure there is no gas in each structure and that takes time to do,” he said.

“There is a small pocket of homes that will remain evacuated for the time being as we still have a small presence of gas in that area and we need to make sure it’s 100 percent safe,” said SDG&E Communications Director Christy Ihrig.

Electricity was also turned off to the area for approximately 380 pople while firefighters checked the area for gas. As of 3 p.m., all power had been restored.

For any residents who stayed in hotels and paid out-of-pocket expenses, they can file a claim on the SDG&E website. 

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<![CDATA[Park View Little League’s Run Comes To An End]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:27:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Park+view+watch+party.jpg

Park View Little League lost to Goodlettsville, Tennessee 4-2 in seven innings in Tuesday's elimination game at the Little League World Series.

Lucas Marrujo hit a clutch 2-run homer for Park View in the bottom of the 5th inning to tie things up after Tennessee scored once in the 2nd and added another on a solo homer in the top of the 5th.

But Tyler Jones smacked the go-ahead solo shot in the top of the 7th inning to help Tennessee pull away. Goodlettsville added an insurance run before closing it out in the bottom half of the frame.

With the loss, the West champs from Chula Vista were knocked out of the double elimination tournament.

The game was originally scheduled for Monday, but was postponed because of rain and games being made up from the weekend.

Many fans that didn't make the trip to Pennsylvania gathered in Otay Ranch Tuesday to cheer on their local team.

Park View bounced back from its opening loss to Iowa with a 5-0 win Saturday against a team from San Antonio, Texas before falling on Tuesday.

Tennessee will face Iowa on Wednesday in another elimination game.

Photo Credit: Wendy Fry]]>
<![CDATA[Wanted: Man Accused in 2 Violent Sex Assaults]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:31:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/08-23-16+UTC+Sex+Assault+Suspect+1.jpg

San Diego police are asking for the public's help in finding a man wanted in connection with two violent sexual assaults, one in University City and a second at a Motel 6. 

Jeremiah Williams, 24, is wanted for two recent attacks: the University City sex assault and another assault that happened the day after at a Motel 6, SDPD Capt. Brian Ahearn announced Tuesday. 

In a strange twist, investigators say police officers had the suspect in handcuffs after the second attack but weren't aware of the allegations until days later when the victim came forward.

Williams is described as being 5-foot, 11-inches and 180 pounds. He has the numbers "210" tattooed on his right wrist and an outline of the State of Texas tattooed on his left forearm. He also has wings tattooed on both upper arms. 

Physical evidence from the scene of the first University City sex assault linked Williams as the suspect, Ahearn said. 

The University City sex assault happened on Saturday, Aug. 13 when a woman was attacked at the Venetian Condominiums on Nobel Drive.

The woman had been dropped off outside the complex around 10:30 p.m. and was walking to her apartment when she thought someone was following her.

Before the victim could unlock her door, the man knocked her to the ground and asked her for money at gunpoint. After giving him the money, the woman was dragged into her apartment where police say she was beaten and sexually assaulted.

Three days after that incident, San Diego Police were called to Sharp Memorial Hospital for a report of a separate attack. A 23-year-old woman told police she had been violently sexually assaulted on Sunday, Aug. 14 at  a Motel 6 on Alvarado Canyon Road in Mission Valley.

"The suspect, who she had recently met, entered her room choked and sexually assaulted her and then hit her in the head with a hand gun," Ahearn said.

After the interview, sex crimes detectives went to the motel and collected evidence.

During their investigation, detectives found that officers initially responded to the incident at the motel as a report of a man hitting a woman. 

Witnesses told police Sunday night they heard the victim yell for help, and the suspect fled on foot.

The Motel 6 manager told NBC 7 that the victim smashed a window in the room and drove off in a car before police arrived at the scene. 

Authorities located the suspect in a nearby canyon with a hand gun, Ahearn said. Initial statements given to California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers placed Williams at the scene, and he was cited with a misdemeanor gun charge and released.

It was only on Tuesday that police linked Williams as the suspect in the motel sex assault. 

The victim's mother spoke to NBC 7 Tuesday night, saying her daughter is recovering. She tells us she knew nothing about Williams.

Physical evidence and victim interviews linked Williams to the Motel 6 sex assault and to the University City sex assault, Ahearn said.

The suspect remains at large; he is considered armed and dangerous. He has a criminal background in California and Texas. 

Anyone who sees Williams is asked to call 911. Police believe he is still in the San Diego area. 

Photo Credit: San Diego Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Milestone for 12-year-Old Fighting Rare Brain Tumor]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:45:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/8-23-16-Izabella+Voelker.JPG

A 12-year-old girl from a small Nebraska town marked an important moment in her fight against a rare brain tumor Tuesday. 

Izabella Voelker came to San Diego's Rady Children's Hospital two months ago to undergo Proton Therapy treatment to fight a rare brain tumor, seen in only one percent of children. 

Doctors first told her and her parents she had a slim chance at life, but with her incredible strength, she's beaten the odds. 

"There was only a five percent chance of survival through the second surgery," Izabella said. "I was like, I'm not afraid to die. Actually, I wrote my will out because I'm a planner. I wrote my will out and planned my funeral."

What started as elbow pain was later discovered to be fluid in her brain. The 12-year-old has had three surgeries and came to San Diego to undergo proton therapy, a series of 30 treatments. 

The proton therapy here precisely targets tumors instead of exposing the rest of the body to radiation.

While in San Diego, she visited SeaWorld and fell in love with the Killer Whales. 

Tuesday, she rang the bell at Rady Children's, indicating this part of her treatment is over. 

"I like it here," she said. "It's a nice place to be having treatment, but I miss home and I miss my siblings and I miss my friends."

Now, she returns to Nebraska to continue her chemotherapy. 

<![CDATA[Pokemon Players Pose Traffic Hazards in Coronado]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:03:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Coronado+Pokemon+signs.jpg

The popularity of Pokemon Go in Coronado is causing some traffic and safety headaches for residents.

The mobile game is drawing an influx of outsiders, and the late-night crowds that congregate there has prompted city police to implement signs at a median on Orange Avenue between 8th and 9th streets.

The signs warn players of the city’s municipal codes about juveniles’ curfews of between 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., and prohibit placing chairs and tents on the traffic median.

The signs also note the city’s codes against littering, smoking or drinking alcohol.

Lea Corbin, a spokeswoman for the Coronado Police Department, said the enforcements came after complaints to police dispatch about the large crowds.

“We have had complaints for players stepping into the roadway, not crossing at the crosswalk but mid-traffic and players in large groups making a little noise down the residential alleys and streets late at night/early morning hours,” Corbin said in an email to NBC 7.

Corbin added that most players are not juveniles, so the curfew rule does not apply to them.

She also noted that many of the players are not residents of Coronado.

“We welcome players to come to our gorgeous city to play the game. Just do it safely and mind the municipal codes,” she said in an email.

This is the latest tactic by Coronado police to corral players of the wildly popular cellphone game. In July, the police department used its traffic safety trailer to remind drivers: “No Pokemon and Driving.”

Photo Credit: Coronado Police Department/Facebook
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<![CDATA[South Park Resident Free of Mosquito-Borne Illness ]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:31:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-spraying-south-park-zika.jpg

A South Park resident believed to be suffering from a mosquito-borne illness  has tested negative for dengue, chikungunya and Zika, according to the San Diego County Health & Human Services.

On Friday, county workers sprayed a two-block area of South Park after discovering the larvae from a mosquito known to be a carrier of the Zika virus.

The move to spray was the result of a potential case of a mosquito-borne illness in the area.

On Tuesday, county officials learned the test results came back negative for the three illnesses that pose a potential threat to the surrounding community, according to spokesperson Craig Sturak.

The area involved in the spraying was between 31st and 32nd streets and Grape and Elm streets.


A county spokesperson says vector officials look for Aedes larvae and adult mosquitoes each time a suspected case is identified. This was the first time the county has found Aedes larvae close to a suspected case.

County officials want to make it clear, the Aedes larvae did not test positive for any disease, nor were any adult mosquitoes trapped nearby.

If you do have a mosquito problem on your property, please call the Department of Environmental Health at (858) 495-5799.

There have been 137 cases of the Zika virus reported in the state of California. The only U.S. states reporting more cases are Florida and New York.

The California cases are not local mosquito-borne transmissions, according to the California Department of Health. They have only involved people who contracted the virus while traveling outside the U.S. or through sexual contact with someone who had.

Aedes aegypti (or yellow fever mosquitoes) and Aedes albopictus (or Asian tiger mosquitoes) are known to transmit the virus. These are not native to California.

As of the beginning of August, mosquitoes that can carry the virus have been found in 12 California counties.

Photo Credit: Mark Sackett, NBC 7
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<![CDATA[SDPD Officer Wade Irwin Released From Hospital]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:50:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/wade-irwin-crop.jpg

A San Diego police officer seriously injured in the line-of-duty during a July 28 Southcrest-area shootout has been released from the hospital.

Officer Wade Irwin, 32, was released from the hospital on Saturday night, after recovering from a gunshot wound to the neck, according to Kevin McQuillen, the president of Fraternal Order of Police San Diego Lodge #10, who is close to Irwin.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am to be able to share this news,” McQuillen said, describing how Irwin’s wife has been by his side for more than three weeks during his tough and long recovery. Irwin also has a 19-month-old daughter.

“I understand that his daughter ran up to him, and he was able to pick her up in his arms,” McQuillen said.

McQuillen said it has not been disclosed where Irwin will continue his recovery, and that he and his family would like privacy as he continues to heal.

“He wants to thank the community for their continued support and well wishes. It means the world to him,” McQuillen said.

Irwin comes from a family of police officers, and has been with the San Diego Police Department for nine years. He served in the department’s elite gang suppression unit since June.

Described as “courageous and heroic,” by his colleagues, Irwin approached a parolee in Southcrest who was acting suspiciously last month.

Concerned about the community’s safety, Irwin asked the man if he was from the neighborhood.

Jesse Michael Gomez, 52, responded by holding up a gun and opening fire on Irwin, shooting him in the neck and then killing his partner, Officer Jonathan DeGuzman, according to the District Attorney’s office.

Despite being gravely injured, Irwin was able to remain lucid enough to turn on his body camera; fire several shots at Gomez; call for back-up and give a suspect description to first responders that eventually led investigators to Gomez. Gomez was located and arrested in a nearby canyon with a gunshot wound in his upper body.

San Diego Police Department Sergeant Johnny Immarino described Irwin’s actions that night like this:

"I want to tell you how proud I am of you and I know how proud J.D. was of you that night ... After getting shot, you had the ability to keep your composure, return fire, striking the suspect and put out the 1199. Your heroic actions and warrior instincts directly resulted in officers being able to arrest the suspect. You stayed in the fight in true GSD (gang suppression) fashion."

McQuillen and other sources told NBC7 Irwin’s condition continues to improve and that he is “doing great.”

“He wants to get back to being a police officer,” McQuillen said.

Gomez was arraigned on a first-degree murder charge and a felon with a firearm charge with a special circumstance that carries the potential for the death penalty.

He pleaded not guilty through public defender Troy Britt; bail was set at $5 million. 

The decision on whether the death penalty will be sought will not be made until after the preliminary hearings, according to a San Diego County District Attorney spokesperson.

Court records show Gomez has an extensive criminal history: he has previous convictions of carrying a concealed firearm, carrying a firearm while under the influence of methamphetamine and being a convicted felon while having a firearm. He also has a 1983 joyriding conviction.

He is set to appear in court next on Sept. 1.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Man Killed in Suspected DUI Crash Remembered as Loving, Kind]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:41:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Lucas+Riley+0822.jpg

A man killed in a fiery three-car crash on State Route 67 over the weekend by a suspected DUI driver was remember by his fiancé as a selfless man willing to help anyone.

Lucas Riley, 24, of San Diego, died Saturday night when a truck driven by a suspected DUI driver veered across the center of the road and struck his Mini Cooper head-on, officials said.

“He was the most caring and loving person I ever have known in my entire life. I have never felt more love for him,” Shawna Wickwire, his fiancée, said in an interview with NBC 7 San Diego.

The crash happened at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday and prompted a Sig Alert for the northbound and southbound lanes of State Route 67 near Cloudy Moon Drive, where the crash happened, San Diego County Sheriff Deputies said.

The impact set the Mini Cooper on fire; by the time crews arrived on scene, flames had fully engulfed the car and trapped the victim inside. He died at the scene.

After the crash, authorities could be seen pulling out beer cans from the Chevrolet. The 51-year-old, who has not yet been identified, suffered a broken wrist. He was arrested on alcohol-related charges, including felony vehicular manslaughter.

Wickwire said the couple was planning on getting married this October. She said her husband-to-be was a selfless man, the type of man willing to help anyone.

“He was a great guy with the world ahead of him,” Wickwire said, crying.

Riley was a recent graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University. The university issued a statement, saying Riley was a talented art major who graduated last year.

“The PLNU community is deeply saddened by this sudden and tragic loss. We share in this grief and our prayers are with [his] family, fiancé and friends. [He] studied Art Education at PLNU and was a very talented sculptor. Most recently he was the chief assistant to PLNU art professor, David Adey, in the installation of a permanent public art piece for the County of San Diego. According to Adey, he was incredibly talented, hardworking and a kind and gentle soul who will be greatly missed," the statement read. 

His work is on display at the new Cedar Street Parking Garage in Little Italy.

The crash that killed Riley was one of four deadly crashes over the weekend. In three of those crashes, alcohol is suspected to play a role.

Riley’s fiancée had a message for those who would think about getting behind the wheel after a few drinks.

“We’re all really devastated by this, but I think this is almost a platform to, please don’t drink and drive, please,” she pleaded.

His family has set up a GoFundMe as a memorial fund. The money raised will cover funeral expenses. To donate, click here. 

<![CDATA['Baby Izaiah' Rushed To Rady Children's Hospital]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 21:44:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/08-22-16+Baby+Izaiah.jpg

A seven-year old who was hit by a drunk driver six years ago was rushed to Rady Children's Hospital on Monday after it was discovered his intestines were blocked following a surgical procedure last week.

Izaiah, now 7-years old, was at home recovering from hernia surgery when he developed a fever. He began crying uncontrollably and was in pain, according to the organization, Passion 4 K.I.D.S.

The organization say doctors informed Izaiah's family that he has an intestinal blockage and may require additional surgery.

Izaiah has been in and out of the hospital repeatedly since the accident which left him with permanent brain damage. He was paralyzed from the chest down and needs a respirator to breath much of the time.

At the time of the accident, Izaiah, only 18-months old, was being wheeled in his stroller by his grandfather on the sidewalk. That's when a teenage drunk driver crashed into them, throwing Izaiah from the stroller.

In May, NBC 7 met with Izaiah's family who said their son was slowly making progression.

According to Passion 4 K.I.D.S., Izaiah's father, Jacob Wallis, is his full-time caregiver while his mother,  Lucy Verde works outside the home during the week.

This latest setback has a been a hardship on the family

“It's just hard to see him going through so much pain from time to time. He doesn't deserve to keep going through pain. He was doing so well," Wallis said. "To come to this point to see him back in this position, it's heart breaking, it's devastating."

Izaiah’s continuous medical care costs are well over a million dollars.

Passion 4 K.I.D.S. has been helping the family with the generous donations from the San Diego community and beyond.

<![CDATA[Man Used Cleaning Solution to Refill, Return Tampered Beer]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:27:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/eduardo+cossio.JPG

A San Diego man faces time behind bars for using cleaning solution to refill beer bottles and return them to stores for a refund.

The investigation into tampering of beer began in May 2014. That’s when two beer brewing companies, Target and Walmart reported getting consumer returns for tampered or altered beer.

In all, there were 13 reported incidents of 12-packs. In each case, someone was emptying the contents of the bottles without damaging the bottle cap. Inside the bottles was some kind of soapy solution that had been dyed to make it look like beer.

“The bottle was then recapped and either re-crimped or glued with a silicone type adhesive to maintain a seal,” according to court documents.

Investigators with the San Diego District Attorney’s Office started looking into who was returning 12-packs of beer.

On October 7, 2015, a 12-pack was returned to the Target on Jamacha Road in El Cajon. When investigators looked into the person who returned the beer, they found the same customer returned beer five times between September and October 2015.

Surveillance video showed Eduardo DeJesus Cossio III returning the alcohol.

According to court documents, investigators served a search warrant at Cossio’s home on October 28 and found evidence of the beer tampering. Among the items were cleaning solution, glue sticks and glue guns.

According to court documents, Cossio told investigators he replaced the beer “using whatever cleaning solution was cheapest and sometimes experimenting with dyes."

He pleaded guilty to three felony charges of poisoning or adulterating food, drink or medicine with a special allegation of intending to defraud a company.

He’s been placed on probation and may be sentenced to a year in custody when he’s sentenced on October 7, according to a DA’s Office spokesperson.

He’s also been ordered to pay more than $59,000 in restitution.

In the initial charging document, Cossio was accused of 32 counts of returning beer between December 2014 and October 2015, at numerous stores, including several Target stores throughout San Diego County and three separate Walmart stores in Chula Vista, Logan Heights and San Ysidro.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[LIVE: Marilyn Manson]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:27:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Marilyn+Manson+AM+%2810+of+33%29.jpg Marilyn Manson brought the "Dope Show" to Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews]]>
<![CDATA[Worsening Wildfire Toll Spurs Calls for New Strategies]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:41:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-591909162-fire.jpg

In the midst of an ongoing drought, with the wildfire toll increasing despite the allocation of more firefighting resources, calls for new strategies are getting attention.

"We have put ourselves in danger," said Char Miller, Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College. "And so, some of this is not about nature, it's about us."

Miller calls for more efforts to increase defensible space around homes near wildland, retrofitting of older structures to make them more fire resistant and action by local government to scrutinize and control development into wildland.

"If we're in those landscapes, then we have to accept the risk and we have to defend ourselves," Miller said. "But that's not a discussion that any zoning commission has on any regular basis."

Last week, the Blue Cut Fire grew so quickly from its origin in the Cajon Pass that fire officials said no amount of resources on ground or air could have stopped its charge.

"In all honesty, I don't think anything would have made a difference," said John Chamberlin, Assistant Chief of the San Bernardino County Fire Department. "It was so aggressive there was no way to get ahead of it."

Like many veteran firefighters, Chamberlin blamed the ongoing drought for conditions and fire behavior the likes of which he had not previously encountered.

"Drought is the essential driver of firestorms we've been looking at," Miller said.

In California history, 13 of the 20 largest wildfires by area have occurred in the 16 years of the new millenium, according to CalFire, the California Deptartment of Forestry and Fire Protection. This period has also seen drier than average conditions throughout the western United States.

The cost of fighting major wildfires has accelerated since the most recent drought began in 2012.

Three years ago, the state budgeted $127 million for the emergency fire fund, and ended up spending $242 million, according to data from CalFire. Last fiscal year, the state budgeted $398 million, and spent $547 million, the difference made up by transfers from other areas of the budget, explained CalFire's Daniel Berlant.

For the 2016-17 fiscal year, which began in July, California budgeted $424 million, and has already spent $155 million, Berlant said.

On the national level, a bill developed by the Senate Natural Resources Committee, the "Wildfire Budgeting, Response and Forest Management Act" would attempt to stabilize funding for coping with fires on federal land.

The very model of extinguishing wildfires has come into question by many, including UC Riverside Earth Sciences Professor Richard Minnich. He contends a century of suppressing wildfires has created more dangerous conditions by interfering with the natural process of lightning-sparked fires burning off dry vegetation and naturally thinning forests. As a result, under the theory, during high-risk conditions of wind, heat and low immediate, a fire that starts and cannot be suppressed will have more fuel to burn and be more destructive than it otherwise would have been.

In some cases, firefighters do allow wildland fires to burn and consume fuel. It is more easily done in areas far from where people live. In the area where the Blue Cut fire burned, though relatively rural by Southern California standards, the homes of more than 80,000 were threatened by the fire, incident commanders calculated. 

"We were so engaged with evacuations during the initial operations period that we were not even able to set backfires, we were so focused on saving life," Chamberlin said.

"There's a new normal we have to adjust to," Miller said. "Rather than trying to manage the fires, let's manage the people."

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<![CDATA[Volunteering vs. Family Time: How to Strike a Balance]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:32:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/help-wanted-sign.jpg

Shelley Baker is a mom of three elementary-aged kids and when she's not running the household she is busy volunteering.

"I volunteer a minimum of 40 hours a week, unpaid," the PTA president told NBC 7. “I have my hand in every single committee and we have about 30 some committees."

Baker volunteers at her children's elementary school in Poway and she admits the commitments are often overwhelming.

“There are a lot of days I say I'm done and I'm ready to hang up my shoes," she said.

"It can be all consuming if you're not careful."

In San Diego, year-round school districts have recently begun and others are about to resume classes. Many parents will find themselves overloaded by requests to volunteer.

While parental involvement is beneficial to kids, trying to strike a balance can be tricky.

Psychologist Tiffany Powell says taking on too much can take a toll on your entire family's wellbeing. She works with the Santee School District.

To those parents who are willing to volunteer and help out, she has this advice:

"Sometimes people say yes to too many things, they go all out in the beginning and then they burn out so quickly and then it kind of gives them a negative experience so they pull back completely and then they give nothing," Powell said.

That's one of Baker’s concerns too. She said without parental involvement, the students and school suffers.

"If we did not have volunteers so many things would be lost and I think that's what parents don't truly understand," she said.

Powell says be clear about your boundaries to preserve your family's balance.

One way Baker manages the chaos is to put a time limit on her volunteering activities.

"For me it's no calls or text messages after 8 p.m. I put the phone down, put the computer down and I have to walk away," she said.

Parents could also look for signals of stress like feeling as if there's not enough hours in the day or feeling like quality family time is at a minimum, according to the psychologist.

Other suggestions include limiting the number of meetings, events and projects that take you away from your family and choosing the opportunities that also give you time with your children.

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<![CDATA[Mar Vista ROTC Instructor Pleads Guilty to Statutory Rape:DA]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:37:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ROTC-Mar-Vista-HS-041216_2.jpg

A Navy Junior ROTC instructor at Mar Vista High School pleaded guilty to statutory rape, admitting that he had sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old female student. 

Martin Albert Gallegos, 48, pleaded guilty to an statutory rape, a felony count, according to the San Diego District Attorney's office. The additional count was filed in court Monday. 

In the guilty plea, Gallegos admitted to having sexual intercourse with the 17-year-old; he admitted she was more than three years younger than he was and was not his spouse. 

He was initially charged with sexual penetration by a foreign object and oral copulation of a person under 18. The DA's office dismissed those counts. 

Gallegos was arrested on April 9 after a Sheriff’s School Resource Officer received information that a teacher at the school was in a relationship with a female student.

He was also a first-year substitute teacher and was fired after his arrest.

Sweetwater Union High School District officials said they were surprised at the allegations because Gallegos had passed all background checks before he was hired.  

But a school district employee told NBC 7 that Mar Vista High School did not run background checks on volunteers. The school district could not or would not provide documentation to show otherwise.

Weeks after Gallegos' arrest, a 27-year old football coach at Mar Vista High School accused of lewd acts with a 13-year old student on school property was arrested. A 20-year old tutor was also arrested on sex crime charges.

He faces up to three years in local prison if he is not ordered to register as a sex offender, or three years in state prison if he is ordered to register. 

He will be sentenced on Sept. 23. 

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<![CDATA[Deputies: Be on Lookout for Escaped Inmate]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:21:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DEMETRIUS-B-ROBERTSONcrop.jpg

San Diego law enforcement officials are searching for an escaped inmate who was detected missing Sunday night.

Demetrius B. Robertson stands 5-feet, 9-inches tall and weighs 195 pounds according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputies. He has been known to use the name Demetrius Roberson.

He was missing during Sunday's 7 p.m. headcount at Facility Eight near the George Bailey Detention Facility on Alta Road in Otay Mesa.

An overnight search on the air and the ground turned up nothing. Now, the San Diego County Fugitive Task Force (FTF) is checking places where Robertson has been known to visit in Chula Vista, College Grove and Chollas View.

The escapee was last seen wearing black sweatshirt, jeans and a baseball cap.

Only inmates listed as "low-medium security" are housed in Facility Eight. Robertson was arrested May 23 on a probation violation and was considered low-risk in terms of security risks.

"Based on our classification system, classified him as a low and medium inmate. He was in for theft related charges, so he doesn't present a violent background. He's not a documented gang member or anything like that," said Assistant Sheriff Richard Miller.

Anyone that spots Robertson should not approach him and should call 911, deputies said. Anonymous tips can be left with Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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<![CDATA[New Retirement Community Planned for Scripps Ranch]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:17:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/The-Glen-at-Scripps-Ranch.jpg

Carlsbad-based Continuing Life Communities has acquired a 53-acre land parcel in San Diego’s Scripps Ranch neighborhood for $18.5 million, with plans to develop a new continuing care retirement community.

According to brokerage firm Colliers International Group Inc., which represented the buyer and seller Alliant Educational Foundation, the new community will be developed on land at 10495 and 10410 Pomerado Road. It will be called The Glen at Scripps Ranch.

The buyer was recorded as The Glen at Scripps Ranch LLC, an affiliate of Continuing Life Communities. The transaction was brokered by Colliers’ David Santistevan and Gunder Creager.

Brokers said this is the last large undeveloped site in Scripps Ranch. The buyer plans a community that will include 450 assisted-living units comprised of apartment and single-family residences with attached garages, as well as 60 skilled-nursing beds.

The campus will include a fitness center and spa, tennis courts, short-game golf course, walking and cycling trails and a movie theater, among other amenities. Continuing Life Communities plans to break ground by the end of August.

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<![CDATA[Sailor Killed in I-5 Crash Identified]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:57:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sailor+i-5+crash+0822.jpg

An active-duty service member killed in a car accident this weekend has been identified as 24-year-old Aaron Dominique Buford.

Buford served with the U.S. Navy.

The crash happened shortly after 3 a.m. on Sunday when Buford drifted off of the road on southbound Interstate 5 south of Cesar Chavez Parkway and struck a pillar of the Coronado Bridge.

According to the California Highway Patrol, firefighters tried to rescue Buford from the wreckage but were unable to work around the mangled vehicle. He died at the scene.

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<![CDATA[Bryant’s Cubs Clobber Padres]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:19:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/KrisBryantHRPadres.jpg

Former University of San Diego star Kris Bryant bashed his National League-leading 32nd home run of the season Monday night as the Cubs beat the Padres 5-1.

Bryant went yard in the 5th inning to give Chicago a 3-0 advantage. He tied Colorado's Nolan Arenado for the NL-lead with the towering blast.

Jason Heyward followed suit a couple batters later with a two-run bomb that extended the visitors lead to 5-0.

The Padres avoided the shutout in the 7th when Ryan Schimpf scampered home and scored on a wild pitch, but other than that, Jon Lester and the Chicago bullpen held the Padres offense in check.

Lester pitched six innings and struck out eight batters while allowing just one run on five hits.

Edwin Jackson made the start for the Friars against one of his many former teams but gave up three total home runs. Addison Russell went yard with nobody aboard in the 2nd to start the scoring.

Infielder Luis Sardinas also made his Padres debut and made a difficult catch in the 4th inning in shallow right field while colliding with a sliding Patrick Kivlehan.

The two rookies appeared to emerge from the dicey collision unscathed and with just dirty uniforms.

Sardinas batted 8th in the lineup and finished 1-3 with a strikeout.

Travis Jankowski has reached base safely in 21 consecutive games which is currently the longest streak of that kind in the majors.

Despite the loss, the Padres are still 18-5 this year when Jankowski steals a base.

The Padres will try again Tuesday when Christian Friedrich and Jake Arrieta take the mound.

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<![CDATA[Fallen Soldier's Medals Found in Border Fire Rubble]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:54:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/border-fire-generic-0823.jpg

A local military family who lost their home to the Border Fire received a priceless gift, according to an article in County News Center.

Bill Cronkrite's son, U.S. Army Sergeant Brud Joseph Cronkrite was 22 when he died on May 13, 2004. He was on security patrol in Karbala, Iraq when a rocket-propelled grenade fired into a nearby building.

In June, the soldier's father lost his home and along with it, his son’s military medals.

The Border Fire burned more than 7,000 acres for nearly two weeks in the city of Potrero, scorching homes and outbuildings.

County News Center reported that a group of volunteers with the California Southern Baptist Disaster Relief organization sifted through the debris for two days and found his son’s damaged medals.

The volunteers also contacted the military and had the medals replaced for the family.

According to the article, the family received a new bronze star, a Purple Heart, and a flag that had been flown over the MCAS Miramar Airwing in honor of the Cronkrite's son.

Earlier this month, Supervisor Dianne Jacob honored the volunteers with a proclamation saying they came quietly with no media.

In the meantime, the Cronkrites have asked for privacy as they work to rebuild their home.

Sgt.Cronkrite’s life of service is memorialized in his community, as the Interstate 8 bridge over Potrero is named after him. A green sign marks the bridge in his honor.

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<![CDATA[More Than 40 Phones Stolen in Armed Robbery at Verizon Store]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:35:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/08-22-16+Carlsbad+Verizon+Robbery.JPG

Aprroximately 40 to 50 phones were stolen during an armed robbery at a Verizon store in Carlsbad Monday night, the Carlsbad Police Department confirmed.

The robbery happened around 7:20 p.m. at the store on Carlsbad Village Drive near Interstate 5. 

Police say there were three men involved in the robbery.

One suspect is described as wearing a black hoodie, gray sweatpants, 6-foot 3-inches tall, weighing approximately 240 pounds. He had been carrying a handgun.

The second suspect was wearing a dark hat, black hoodie, sunglasses, 6-feet 1-inch,  about 190 pounds. There is no description available for the third suspect.

It's unknown if the men took off on foot or used a getaway vehicle.

Police say the phones stolen were iPhone and Samsung phones.

No other information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[Companion Dogs Give Veterans Support]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:15:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/08-22-16+Canine+Companions.JPG

Local injured veterans are getting an extra hand---or a paw, from companion dogs.

Canine Companions for Independence in Oceanside trains dogs to learn how to focus and listen to commands in public places where there may be distractions. Companion dogs are taught 45 different commands, including turning the lights on and off, opening and closing doors and picking up things.

While the dogs are not specifically trained to help with PTSD or other mental health needs, they do make a difference in the veteran’s life.

“Having a dog lowers your blood pressure,” said Becky Miller, an instructor at Canine Companions for Independance. “It relaxes you, it gives you something to rely on, something to wake up in the morning and go out and feed and walk and it makes you have a better outlook on life just by being there.”

Miller says  that these dogs are a battle buddy for veterans.

“These dogs become their best friend. They are their partner, the other battle buddy right there by their side and watching that connection build is really, really amazing,” Miller said.

Canine Companions for Independence has been training service dogs for more than 40 years.

Miller told NBC 7 the organization is always looking for foster parents for their service dogs.

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<![CDATA[Gulls Will Open Season At Home]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:30:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Gulls+Goal+Kossila.png

Football season is already here but hockey is also just around the corner.

The second season for the San Diego Gulls in the American Hockey League begins in less than two months and the home opener will be Friday, October 14th against the Tucson Roadrunners.

That game will mark the AHL debut of the Roadrunners after the Arizona Coyotes affiliate moved to the desert from Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Gulls will actually play their first four contests on home ice including their second game that same weekend on Saturday, October 15 against their rivals from Ontario.

The Texas Stars will visit the following Saturday on October 22 and Stockton will come to America’s Finest City the following Wednesday, October 26.

After the first homestand of the season wraps up, the Gulls will make their first Canadian road trip when they pay the Manitoba Moose a visit for a couple of games on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29.

Those contests will take place in Winnipeg in the same arena that the NHL’s Jets call home.

San Diego will also be home on Veterans Day which is Friday, November 11 and the day after Christmas on December 26.

For the full schedule click here.

San Diego will also play a pair of preseason games against their rivals from Ontario.

The Gulls will play the Reign in Ontario in a Thursday matinee at 10 a.m.

The two teams will face-off again on Monday, October 10 at 7 p.m. at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

<![CDATA[Park View Little League’s Game Gets Moved]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:10:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Williamsprt.jpg

The Park View Little Leaguers will take the field Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. after Monday’s contest was postponed due to rain and games being made up from the weekend.

Park View will face the Southeast champs from Goodlettsville, Tennessee in an elimination game in the consolation bracket.

Tennessee lost to Endwell, New York Monday to fall into the consolation bracket. That game was originally scheduled for Sunday as some teams were still making up for lost time due to the weather conditions.

Since it is a double elimination tournament and both Park View and Goodlettsville are 1-1, the winner will still have a chance to work its way forward in the bracket.

Park View lost its first game in Williamsport 5-1 against a team from Iowa last Friday but bounced back with a 5-0 victory over a squad from San Antonio, Texas.

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<![CDATA[4-Year Boy Taken to Hospital After Falling Into a Pool ]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:39:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ambulance+GettyImages-478895016.jpg

A 4-year old boy was taken to Rady Children's Hospital Monday evening after he fell into a pool at the Hyatt Hotel in Mission Bay.

The incident occured at approximately 4:52 p.m. on the 1400 block of Quivira Road, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) confirmed.

SDFD says the boy appears to have been awake and alert when he was transported.

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 

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<![CDATA[Cal Fire Crews Demand Fair Wage]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:38:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cal-Fire-Badge-generic.jpg

It's already been another busy wildfire season in Southern California.

So far in 2016, Cal Fire San Diego has responded to almost 250 wildland fires. Those firefighters are joining a state-wide effort, in hopes of having their voices heard for better pay and hours.

Members of the Cal Fire Union, representing 6,000 state employed firefighters, lined the streets in front of the Capitol in Sacramento Monday, hoping to create change.

"Our message is plain and simple. That our members are not getting paid for the job that they're doing, protecting the citizens of California," said Cal Fire Union President Mike Lopez.

Firefighters from Cal Fire San Diego also made the trip north, passionate about their message.

Local firefighter Randy Scales told NBC 7 that the long hours matched with the low pay is just not enough.

"At some point we have to say enough is enough; and look, I got to get home and take care of business with my family," Scales said.

The union argues their firefighters are paid much less compared to other agencies.

Firefighters in the 20 largest agencies in the state with more than 75 personnel, can earn up to $8,700 a month in gross base pay before retirement and benefits are taken out, compared with a Cal Fire Captain who earns up to $4,600 a month. Cal Fire is also putting in more hours.

"Over a 30 year career, a Cal Fire firefighter works five extra years because of the schedule they're working than any other state employee," said Lopez.

Some firefighters reported working three weeks straight with no time off; and because of that, many are leaving Cal Fire, creating a shortage state-wide.

"With the staffing patterns going on, and to try to get enough personnel on these fires going on out there, there is nobody to come in. It gets to be 'Enough is enough' at times," Scales said.

The union is currently in a reopener stage of the contract to California Department of Human Resources, meaning members are able to request higher wages.

The department issued the following statements:

Regarding the status of negotiations:

"The state is actively engaged in bargaining and looks forward to continued meaningful negotiations with our labor partners. Out of respect for the process, we do not comment on specific bargaining points or the status of negotiations."

Regarding the salary requests of the union:

"Our state firefighters are everyday heroes and are valued civil servants. However, when considering compensation the state must balance the needs of 21 distinct bargaining units with the overall state budget."

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<![CDATA[Kids Go School Shopping With 'True Blue Buddies']]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:42:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/true+blue+buddies+0822.jpg Lucky students went on shopping sprees with police officers at Target as part of the 2nd annual True Blue Buddies event. NBC 7's Chris Chan has more.

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