<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:23:34 -0700 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:23:34 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Bearded Bandit' Sentenced to 70 Months in Prison]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:11:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/bearded+bandit+FBI.jpg

The man who authorities dubbed the “Bearded Bandit” will spend 70 months in prison after he began a string of San Diego bank robberies hours after he was released from custody, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Christopher Andrew Gibson, 27, of Vista was sentenced Tuesday and ordered to pay restitution to three banks, from which he stole more than $7,500.

Just hours after being released from the George Bailey Detention Facility, where he served time for unrelated charges, Gibson carried out his first robbery. 

On Oct. 7, 2014, he walked into the Wells Fargo Bank on Saturn Boulevard in San Diego and handed the teller a note that said something like, “I know your training. No dye packs, no GPS devices. I want $4,567. Hurry cause I’m not waiting all day," according to his plea agreement. 

The bandit escaped with about $1,419. He was soon nicknamed the “Bearded Bandit” when his scruffy face was caught on surveillance cameras.

A week later, Gibson pulled off a heist at a Chase Bank on South Melrose Drive in Vista, his plea deal says. He handed the teller a similar note that demanded $4,788 in 15 seconds. He got away with about $2,240.

Gibson’s third and final robbery happened on Nov. 6, 2014, at another Chase Bank on Vista Way. Again, he gave an employee a note that in effect said, “Don’t be stupid and press any buttons. I know your training so just cooperate. I want $4,000 and no GPS devices or dye packs. No fake bills. I’m counting to 30,” the U.S. attorney’s office said in a release.

This time he got his desired amount and fled.

The FBI’s investigation led agents to Gibson, and four days after the final hold-up, he was taken into custody. None of the demand notes have been recovered.

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<![CDATA[La Jolla Jeweler Guilty of Embezzlement, Grand Theft]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 21:11:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Winchell-Jewelry-1017.jpg

A jury convicted a former La Jolla jeweler of stealing valuables that customers asked him to resell on their behalf.

Karl Winchell, 79, was found guilty of 10 felony counts Tuesday, including grand theft and embezzlement. He faces up to nine years and four months when he is sentenced next month.

Prosecutors said he had committed the crimes while running Winchell’s Jewelry on Wall Street in La Jolla. The shop has since been shuttered due to rising rent costs.

According to a criminal complaint, Winchell stole money and personal property worth more than $950 from each of 12 victims — some of whom are elderly.

A few sued Winchell to get their property back before the case became a criminal one. Winchell’s civil attorney previously told NBC 7 his client paid everyone back with interest.

<![CDATA[Body Found Is Missing Swimmer: Medical Examiner]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:37:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/body+found+OB.JPG

A body was found in Ocean Beach Monday evening as rescuers searched for a young man last seen swimming along Sunset Cliffs in San Diego.

On Tuesday, the medical examiner identified the body as Brian Wilson, 23, who was swimming with friends and family when he was last seen around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

When he did not return to the beach, friends called for help. Just over 24 hours later, San Diego Fire-Rescue officials told NBC 7 they found a man's body on the rocks at the foot of Orchard Avenue in Ocean Beach.

A lifeguard on a jet ski found Wilson's body at almost the exact spot where Wilson was last seen swimming. He was discovered during low tide.

Lifeguards said Wilson and his group may have been drinking Sunday before his disappearance, but his friends said he was a strong swimmer who came to the area everyday.

Those who spoke with NBC 7 Monday were distraught over the death of the father of a 7-month-old girl. Wilson is from Lakeside and is an alumnus of El Capitan High School.

San Diego Lifeguards said the conditions were rough when Wilson entered the water. Witness Harvy Osinksi told NBC 7 he spotted a young man about 100 yards from shore with a second man — possibly Wilson — about 50 yards farther out.

"I feel bad for their parents," Osinski said. "If he's only 23 years old, I don't know what else to say other than I feel bad for them."

San Diego Lifeguards had skin divers, scuba divers and a helicopter searching for Wilson until 7 p.m. Sunday. The search was suspended due to lack of visibility and rough water.

Just before midnight, the U.S. Coast Guard diverted a cutter from routine patrol to search the area.

As of dawn Monday, an MH-60 Jayhawk and a 45-foot boat began searching the area again for any sign of Wilson.

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<![CDATA[Man's Guide Dog Denied Access on Balboa Park Carousel]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:34:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/dog+on+carousel.JPG

 A San Diego man plans to fight back after his guide dog was denied access to a carousel in San Diego’s popular Balboa Park.

Lyn Gwizdak was at the park Sunday with his sister when he says the operator of the ride told him he could not board the ride with his assistance dog.

“The guy comes around and says oh you can't ride this with the dog on here," Gwizdak said. "And I said, what you mean, I can't have a dog on here? This is my guide dog. It wasn't a pet."

The operator claimed it was a safety issue to the animal, a two-year-old German Sheppard named Oliver.

"They wanted to bring their service dog on and I explained to them that it's just too dangerous to the animal,” said Bill Brown, the Carousel Operator. “You know you never know how a dog is going to react."

Gwizdak told the operator it was a violation of the American Disabilities Act, but the man told him that not allowing the dog was the carousel’s policy and had been since 1972, Gwizdak said.

"I say, ‘I've ridden this many, many times,’” Gwizdak told NBC7. “And he says ‘well, it couldn't have been this one because you know, you wouldn't have been allowed to ride with your dog.’ And I say, ‘I'm telling you I have ridden this for years.’"

Over the years, Gwizdak says he has gotten on the carousel with several guide dogs and the dogs were never in danger, he said.

“The feet of the animals come within two inches of the ground. If the dog were to run under those feet while the ride is going, they're going to get crushed to death. It's a safety issue," Brown said. “We just don't want the dogs to get hurt."

But Gwizdak says he wanted them to change the policy so service dogs are welcome and will try to fight for the change, if possible.

"An access issue pops up when you least expect it,” he said.

"I'm sure that they've probably done it to other people and they just got off and went away,” Gwizdak said.

Richard Prager, an attorney at the Law Offices of Charles Roseman, said because the incident happened on city property, the city has more responsibility to ensure the attractions are accessible for people with disabilities.

"Access issues are very prevalent,” Prager said. “And it's disturbing that 25 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act that these same issues keep repeating themselves over and over again."

Because the city receives federal funds, a condition of receiving those funds is to ensure the city has programs, services and activities open to and accessible to individuals with disabilities. The carousel is privately owned, but leased by the city. 

"As the operator of the business, they have the right to make sure that they think all the patrons in their attraction are safe, and they get to make the decision about excluding someone or not,” Prager said.

"If they've used it in the past, there's no reason to believe that they couldn't keep using it in the future unless there was some change in circumstance,” Prager said.

Gwizdak has reached out to the city, but has yet to hear back. He has also reached out to a private attorney to discuss the matter. 

"I'm gonna try to do something if I can," Gwizdak said, adding that he is not someone that will just give in and walk away.

<![CDATA[Now Is the Time to Buy Renters Insurance]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:59:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/renter+generic+home+key.jpg

Jacob Howe said it is one of the best deals he's ever had, and it's called renters insurance.

"We pay about $10 a month," said Howe.

With that $10, Howe is able to pay for a renters insurance policy that protects his family's belongings inside their five bedroom home. He said he started getting coverage when he lived in a small apartment and he still keeps up his policy.

"If you think of all the things you collect over time," said Howe, "it gets really expensive to replace if you have to do it all at once."

Renters insurance works like a regular homeowners insurance policy but does not cover the structure. The policy can cover damage to personal property from fire, theft and other problems, not including floods or earthquakes that require an additional policy.

State Farm Insurance agent Walt Waggener said too many renters believe their landlord's insurance includes them. But that's not true; renters must have their own policy.

"You either have coverage or you don't," said Waggener. "If you don't pay for the renters insurance, your landlord isn't going to take care of you. It's not their job."

Renters insurance generally runs between $10 and $25 a month depending on the policy and coverage. Waggener said when you shop for coverage, you should start with the company that insures your car.

"Often times there are discounts on your auto insurance if you purchase renters insurance with the same company," said Waggener.

Renters insurance not only includes replacing lost or damaged personal property but also can include liability protection.

<![CDATA[Cancer Charity's Ex-CEO Pleads Guilty to Grand Theft]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:57:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Brianna-King-investigative-court-0724.jpg

The former president and CEO of a San Diego cancer charity admitted Tuesday to stealing thousands of dollars meant to help sick children.

Brianna King pleaded guilty in San Diego Superior Court to grand theft in connection to her time at the helm of nonprofit WishWarriors. The district attorney’s office opened a criminal investigation into King after an NBC 7 Investigation revealed children profiled by the charity never received the donations they were promised.

In early July, a WishWarriors board member confirmed most of the money raised by the charity appeared to be gone.

According to Deputy District Attorney James Teh, if King pays at least $10,000 in restitution to WishWarriors by December, prosecutors will not oppose her request to serve jail time in San Diego. He said that $10,000 figure gives you an idea of the amount she admitted to stealing.

The Harvey family of Rancho Penasquitos were the first to bring concerns about King and WishWarriors to NBC 7 Investigates. They said after their 13-year-old daughter, Kasey, was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma cancer last year, WishWarriors reached out and promised the family financial support if the organization could highlight them.

They agreed but have never seen any money from the organization, despite participating in WishWarriors-sponsored fundraisers. The family of Maddie Taylor, a 12-year-old battling bone cancer, tells a similar story.

Georgine Taylor, Maddie’s mother, told NBC 7 Investigates she is glad this ordeal is almost over because this is the last thing their daughter should worry about.

“She’s having a hard time with the why and how, and we just have to keep her attention to and keep her motivated and keep her focused on the goal,” said Georgine.

She said her family will be there for other victims, hoping to prevent such theft from happening again.

WishWarriors directors sent NBC 7 Investigates a statement Tuesday that said they are happy to learn about King’s guilty plea.

“We are hopeful that we will receive the partial restitution of the funds that were stolen from the organization; however, we do not know when or how such payment will be made,” the statement reads in part.

If they do receive restitution, directors said they will make sure the families most affected by King’s “deceit” get the money they were promised. The charity’s board of directors will meet within the next two weeks to determine the future for WishWarriors. Read the directors’ full statement by clicking here.

King’s sentencing, scheduled for Dec. 9, is not the end of her legal troubles. Another warrant from Riverside County, unrelated to the WishWarriors case, is still active for King. A 2005 misdemeanor complaint alleges King wrote bad checks, totaling $377, to two stores. After not appearing in court an arrest warrant was issued.

NBC 7 Investigates first reported on King’s criminal history in July. In San Diego County, King was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty in 2004 to four misdemeanor counts for using fraudulent checks and burglary. Though she was ordered to pay $2,905, probation documents show she never paid the full amount.

In 2007, King pleaded guilty in Orange County to felony charges for burglary and writing bad checks.

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<![CDATA[Belching Beaver to Expand Beer Production in Oceanside]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:48:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/belching+beaver+logo.jpg

Vista-based craft beer maker Belching Beaver Brewery has purchased an Oceanside industrial building for approximately $2.36 million, with plans to operate a new five-stage, 30-barrel production system, according to brokerage firm Lee & Associates.

Lee & Associates’ Stephen Crockett represented the brewer in the acquisition of the 24,428-square-foot facility at 1334 Rocky Point Drive. The seller was AMB SFS Pacific LLC, represented by Josh McFadyen, Joe Crotty and Chuck McNary of Colliers International, according to CoStar Group.

The seller is an affiliate of Denver-based Prologis. The property was built on 6.7 acres in 2009, CoStar reported.

In a statement from Lee & Associates, Crockett said the new facility will allow Belching Beaver to increase production from 12,000 to more than 60,000 barrels annually, to meet rising demand.

The purchase marks the fourth San Diego County location for Belching Beaver since its debut in 2012. It currently operates its original brewery in Vista, along with a brewpub in downtown Vista and a tasting room in North Park.

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<![CDATA["Needle in the Ocean:" Family Reunited With Lost Camera]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:02:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mystery+camera+0901.jpg

When Alycen Hemsworth’s family camera plunged into the waters off La Jolla Cove a month ago, she figured it was gone forever.

“We just kind of dropped it,” she said. “We were sad. We were bummed. There were pictures from four years ago.”

But a diver, as luck would have it, spotted the orange digital camera as he was snorkeling last week and took to social media, drawing local news media outlets to his cause, in hopes of finding the owner.

He calls it a "needle in the ocean."

A number of the Hemsworths’ friend saw the story on local news and online and alerted the family.

On Tuesday, Hemsworth and her son met with the diver, Mark Schulze, in La Jolla to pick up their lost camera and say thank you.

The group embraced as Schulze told Hemsworth’s son: “I’ve seen your picture so many times now.”

Schulze was able to recover about 300 photos off the camera dating back to 2011. They show scenes from across Southern California and Yosemite, as do videos of children’s performances and outings.

After NBC 7’s story aired Monday night and was posted on the station’s social media accounts, a woman reached out to the station, saying she recognized the boy in the photographs as being on her son’s soccer team.

The boy, she identified as Kai, played with the La Mesa AYSO soccer club.

The message to NBC 7 was among countless from folks who recognized the photos of the family and reached out to them.

“When I got home there were 37 messages from friends,” Hemsworth said. “So social media works in good ways as well.”

Hemsworth said she’s especially grateful that the family now has photos back from memorable vacations to Palm Springs and Yosemite. And the family made a new friend along the way.

“We’re going to get together over margaritas,” she said.

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<![CDATA[Bay Park Elementary Lockdown Lifted, 1 Detained]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:14:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san-jose-police-sirens-generic.jpg

One person has been detained in an incident that caused Bay Park Elementary School to be locked down Tuesday.

San Diego police say just before 3 p.m., they got reports of two men jumping over a fence at a vacant home near Clairemont Drive and Denver Street, possibly committing a burglary or break-in.

Officers surrounded the home in an effort to get the men out.

Officials asked that the school, which is not in session, be locked down during the incident.

By 4 p.m., police had detained one person, but it's unclear if that person is connected with the suspected crime. The lockdown was lifted shortly after.

Bay Park teachers are expected to return to work Wednesday, and students will not return to Bay Park Elementary until Sept. 8, when school starts again.

The school district says there were about four students and about 15 staff members on campus during the incident.

<![CDATA[U.S. Navy Master Chief Killed in Crash]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:11:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/168*120/11958176_10156169590885157_4416882237143719065_o.jpg A motorcyclist killed in an early morning crash in National City Monday has been identified as Master Chief Kyle Sutton from the USS Makin Island.

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<![CDATA[Workers Hit, Damage Gas Line in Poway]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:14:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/poway+gas+leak+09012015.jpg

A gas is leaking into a Poway neighborhood after a construction crew damaged a gas line Tuesday, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Workers digging during a project hit the line in the 13100 block of Gregg Street at 1:40 p.m.

No evacuations have been called.

SDG&E is responding to turn off the gas and fix the line.

The street has been closed down to traffic while the problem continues.

No further information was immediately available. 

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<![CDATA[Crews Battle to Brush Fire Near SR-78]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:31:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/brush+fire+oceanside+state+route+78+09012015.jpg

Oceanside Fire officials have stopped the forward progress of a small brush fire near State Route 78 and a Sig Alert has been issued, west of College.

The fire broke out around 2 p.m. Tuesday and soon after, crews requested two more engines to help with what they called a heavy mop up. 

The California Highway Patrol has issued a Sig Alert for SR-78 east near College because of the fire. 

A helicopter is heading to the fire to assist. Crews reported having trouble accessing the area. 

No further information was immediately available. An NBC 7 Chopper is heading to the scene of the fire. 

Refresh this page for updates on this breaking news story. 

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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Killed ID'd as Navy Master Chief]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:23:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/kyle+sutton+uss+makin+island+1+09012015.jpg

A motorcyclist killed in an early morning crash in National City Monday has been identified as Master Chief Kyle Sutton from the USS Makin Island.

The crash happened Monday at 6:17 a.m. on the southbound Interstate 5 near 8th Street. Sutton was driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle in the slow lane that morning and was trying to avoid hitting a bus, California Highway Patrol officials said.

In the process of avoiding a crash, his motorcycle slid beneath the trailer of the semi-truck in the next lane. Sutton was pronounced dead.

“Our prayers go out to the family of Kyle Sutton. The obvious shock, tears and outpouring of assistance by the San Diego waterfront and across the globe is testament to the character and broad influence of Master Chief Sutton. He touched many lives and his selection as Master Chief and Command Master Chief proves his salt and proven leadership. Sailors wanted to work under his charge! He was tough, fair and courageously honest—the hallmark of the Chief Petty Officer. We will miss him greatly,” said USS Makin Island Commanding Officer, Capt. Jon P. Rodgers, in a statement.

Rodgers shared a letter remembering his shipmate and friend on Facebook:

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<![CDATA[Residential Burglary of Firearms Leads to Standoff: PD]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:48:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-generic-SDPD-generic-0710.jpg

A residential burglary at an Oak Hill home turned into a standoff after a suspect who stole five firearms refused to leave his apartment when asked by law enforcement officials.

Johnny James Martinez, 19, of Escondido, was arrested and charged for residential burglary and numerous other felony charges Monday.

The burglary happened between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Monday when an Escondido resident reported the incident.

Residents said a suspect stole multiple objects, including five firearms, when he cut through the screen of an unlocked window.

A citizen in the area reported seeing a person carrying a rifle that matched the description of one of the stolen weapons during that same time period, Escondido Police said. The citizen reported seeing the man head inside an apartment.

Later that afternoon, police obtained a search warrant for that apartment and an Escondido SWAT team was deployed to the area to assist, because of the reported stolen weapons.

All residents were asked to exit the apartment building, but one man refused to exit.

Police used chemical agents and Martinez, who police later identified, exited the building. Martinez was later booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

When officers searched the area, they found three of the five reported stolen weapons and one other missing item. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Escondido Police Department Investigations Division, at 760-839-4717.

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<![CDATA[Smoke Billows Above University Heights Fire]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:47:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/university+heights+structure+fire+09012015.jpg

A fire at a shared University Heights building left white smoke billowing above the neighborhood as firefighters worked to put out the flames. 

The fire started at 11 a.m. Tuesday on the 4000 block of Park Boulevard, near the border with North Park. The building has several offices and businesses inside, including a barber shop and cell phone repair shop. 

Soon after the fire began, white smoke could be seen coming from the building. Firefighters working to put out the flames thought they had it knocked out when they found an active fire in the attic.

By 11:30 a.m., San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Capt. Amador said the fire was knocked down. 

Crews will be on scene for at least another hour to investigate and mop up. Fire officials estimate the damage to be $200,000 from a plumbers torch. 

No further information was immediately available. 

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<![CDATA[1 Dead at Jamul Construction Site]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:16:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/jamul-casino-construction-site.jpg

A man died at the site of a new casino under construction in Jamul, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Tuesday.

 San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the Hollywood Casino Jamul location along State Route 94 just before 8:30 a.m.

The victim, identified as a 56-year-old man, fell from a 38-foot platform at the top of a man lift, according to deputies.

C.W. Driver’s CEO Dana Roberts, CEO issued a statement saying the company was mourning “one of our own.”

“All of us at C.W. Driver send our thoughts and prayers to our colleague’s family and friends, and anyone affected by this tragedy,” Roberts said.

While the company works with investigators,” …it would be inappropriate to speculate as to the circumstances that caused it,” the statement continued.

NBC 7 previously reported that Cal Osha was called to investigate. However, deputies say that because the incident occurred on tribal land, FED-OSHA has launched an investigation.

<![CDATA[Spike in Suspected DUI Fatalities Mark 'Summer of Shame']]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:44:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DRUNK+DRIVING+GENERIC+RESIZED.jpg

The number of drunken driving fatalities across San Diego County has reached a level that has local officials calling this the "summer of shame."

Sensing a greater number of suspected DUI-involved deaths on San Diego roads and highways, NBC7 did its own research into summer fatalities and found five from June 1 to August 26.

An analysis from the San Diego County District Attorney's Office includes the month of May and that number is startling. Local law enforcement leaders plan to discuss the recent spike Tuesday.

Lance Rodgers lost a friend and his business partner Victor Leamon lost the love of his life when a suspected drunk driver hit and killed Rocio Leamon.

“I was shocked. How do you take a phone call like that at night? You can't even wrap your head around it,” Rodgers said.

While the spike in DUI related deaths is alarming it doesn't illustrate the devastation to families.

“Very hard to see somebody suffer like he's suffering with three boys to raise on his own. It's just an awful situation,” Rodgers said.

Police say 38-year-old Joshua Taylor was driving under the influence, when he hit and killed Leamon while she was crossing Navajo road in San Carlos.

The accident happened around 6 p.m. on August 13 and is one of more than a dozen pending cases since May.

“It's a horrible statistic to realize we are losing ground in what was so much in the focus of everybody's mind. Don't drink and drive,” Rodgers said.

The DA's DUI Homicide unit is so overburdened; more assistant prosecutors were recruited to handle the work load. Nearly half the DUI drivers caught had a blood alcohol level almost twice the legal limit, officials said.

“How many more times? How many different ways can you say something so obvious. Don't drink and drive. It tears families apart,” Rodgers said.

There is some good news; the number of misdemeanor DUI prosecutions in our area is down significantly over the last five years.

That statistic is unexplained but may suggest the majority of drivers are less willing to take the risk.

<![CDATA[Few Leads in Teen's Mysterious Death ]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:23:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hofer-body-found_blurb.jpg

Family members are pulling together reward money to generate leads in a Chula Vista high school student's mysterious death. Homicide investigators say the teen may have been the victim of a hit-and-run incident.

The body of Anthony Hofer was found last week in some brush off Heritage Road, near Sleep Train Amphitheater.

A jogger made the discovery Thursday morning along a path Hofer would often walk, his friends say. It was just five minutes from his home.

Chula Vista Police homicide detectives have questioned several witnesses and obtained video surveillance footage from the area to try and determine what may have happened to Hofer.

The family contacted police after midnight Thursday, according to a department spokesperson.

Hofer was found on the side of the road next to a tree with trauma on his face and parts of his body. He was wearing no shoes or socks when he was found, officials said.

Hofer's death appears on the surface to be the case of a hit-and-run incident, Chula Vista Police spokesperson Lt. Lon Turner. However, investigators are waiting for results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Family and friends sent up a prayer Friday night for the teenager, releasing black balloons

The 17-year-old attended Olympian High School where students honored him Monday by wearing black for a second day.

“Seeing a lot of black was pretty sad obviously,” said student Brenda Gonzalez. She didn’t know Tony personally but said there were students who were crying on campus.

A family representative told NBC7 that they were offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in the case. Turner said the family was working with San Diego Crimestoppers to organize a reward effort.

Anyone with information on the incident can call Chula Vista homicide detectives at (619) 691-5151.

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<![CDATA[Police Pursuit Ends in Crash]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:07:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Police-Pursuit-Crash.jpg

A police pursuit through San Diego ended in a crash and an arrest early Tuesday.

San Diego Police officers said the suspect was speeding along southbound I-15 at El Cajon Boulevard just after midnight.

The silver Altima did not stop and continued along Euclid Avenue and then Adams Avenue, police said.

Once the vehicle reached Monroe Avenue in Talmadge, the driver lost control and crashed into a tree.

The driver suffered several cuts to his forehead.

He was taken into custody and transported to Mercy Hospital.

Police said once he recovers he will be arrested. His name was not released.

<![CDATA[Chase Ends in Crash, Driver Arrested]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:07:36 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Police-Pursuit-Crash.jpg One man was taken into custody after a police pursuit along southbound I-15 at El Cajon Blvd overnight. NBC 7's Elena Gomez reports. ]]> <![CDATA[Ex-UFC Fighter Sentenced to Jail Time]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:15:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ufc+fighter+copy.jpg

A former UFC fighter will spend 30 days in jail and three years on probation after he tried to reach his estranged wife’s San Diego high-rise apartment by scaling the outside wall.

On Monday, a judge also ordered Christian Leben, 35, to complete a 52-week domestic violence course.

Leben, who went by “The Crippler” in his MMA career, pleaded guilty earlier this month to felony possession of an assault weapon, misdemeanor vandalism and misdemeanor violation of a temporary restraining order.

He said since the June 8 incident, he has turned his life around with a new job, a new girlfriend and an ESPN radio show.

But he did admit that in June, he tried to scale the wall outside his estranged wife Kaleena’s apartment in the 400-block of 10th Avenue at 4:30 in the morning.

When police arrived, they found a "loaded Ruger SR45 .45 caliber handgun" on Kaleena's bed immediately after the incident, according to a San Diego police report.

Kaleena then wrote in her request for a restraining order, made permanent by a judge, that her building's management alerted her to finding an assault rifle hidden in a maintenance closet a few floors from her apartment.

“[Leben] also brought to the property an AR-15, which is an illegal assault weapon,” said prosecutor Matthew Dix. “So it's a very scary incident for our victim and it's important for us to let people like him know that these kinds of things are going to be punished within our community.”

Dix, who argued for more time in custody, said Leben was wearing T-shirt with the words “Shoot First” when officers arrested him.

The MMA fighter has a history of problems with the law, but his attorney said it won’t happen again, in part, because Leben is no longer a professional fighter.

“When you're in that environment, you're in certain situations,” said defense attorney Michael Earle. “Guys like to think they're tougher than you are, and he ends up in that type of a boat. Where I think that days' passed him by and he's older and more mature. And with age comes wisdom."

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<![CDATA[Diver Hopes to Reunite Family With Lost Camera]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:39:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mark+schulze+camera+found.JPG

A San Diego diver is hoping the power of TV and social media can help him find the rightful owner of a camera he found on the ocean floor.

On Aug. 27, Mark Schulze spotted the small digital camera below the waves while diving about a half mile from La Jolla Shores.

When he got back to land, he and his wife discovered the orange Panasonic Lumix camera still worked and held dozens of memories on its SD card.

He recovered about 300 photos that date back to 2011. They show scenes from across Southern California and Yosemite, as do videos of children’s performances and outings.

“And they looked like such a happy, wonderful family. We were saying, ‘Gee, I mean, the camera, even if it was trashed, they’d still want those pictures,’” said Schulze.

So he posted his find on Facebook, hoping enough friends would share it that it would get back to the owner.

But Monday, he decided to cast a wider net by calling NBC 7.

“There's a shot of the sons, and he plays soccer, and it looks like they're all from San Diego,” said Schulze. “So we’re hoping that they'll identify this camera and their pictures obviously, and we’ll be able to get their memories back to them.”

If you know the owner, email NBC 7 by clicking here.

<![CDATA[Convention Center Expansion Better on Bayfront: Study]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:05:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San+Diego+convention+center+generic.JPG

Expanding the existing San Diego Convention Center would bring more economic benefit to the city than building a separate facility down the street, according to a new study.

In its report released Aug. 28, Conventions, Sports & Leisure (CSL) weighed two options for a local convention center expansion: a “contiguous” option, which would add new space directly onto the existing waterfront center, and a “campus” option, which would build a new facility several blocks away.

The city of San Diego has been considering both options in an effort to retain events like Comic-Con and attract bigger ones.

CSL, a planning firm that consults on projects like convention centers, said its research shows more benefit would come from the contiguous option than the campus. On Monday, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said he supported that finding.

"The report showed very clearly that our best return on investment is to expand it right where it is, that there's a high demand for folks in the tourism industry that want to come to San Diego,” he said. “We keep great conventions here like Comic-Con, but probably the best thing is those are dollars that we use back for neighborhood services."

Those services, he said, include keeping libraries open for longer hours, paving roads and paying police officer and firefighters.

Faulconer said he will be meeting with stakeholders and city council members to create a financing plan that could go before voters.

"So we have the ability coming up in 2016 to put together a plan that has visitors pay for the expanded convention center and San Diegans get the benefit of that,” the mayor said.

Funds would come from a hike in hotel room taxes, with additional funding from the city and Port District, but the tax raise would have to be approved by two-thirds of San Diego voters.

For its economic impact analysis, CSL surveyed more than 200 current, past and future convention center customers to ask for their input on contiguous versus campus space.

More preferred the contiguous option. Large event planners did not consider two buildings separated by three or more blocks to be a “walkable campus alternative,” according to the report.

One benefit of a campus option, stakeholders said, would be the chance to build it in conjunction with a new Chargers stadium.

But Faulconer’s support of the contiguous expansion “means that the mayor doesn't want to do that,” said the Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis. “Finally, that's another nail in that coffin. And so that means that that idea, unless the mayor loses again, is pretty much off the table.”

The contiguous plan is being challenged by a lawsuit from attorney Cory Briggs, who believes adding to the existing convention center would illegally block San Diego’s Bayfront. Lewis said the lawsuit may take at least three years to be resolved.

The convention center expansion was approved by the California Coastal Commission in 2013.

<![CDATA[Encinitas Mayor to Run for Dave Roberts' Board Seat]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:57:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/kristin+gaspar+mayor+encinitas+08312015.jpg

 Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar has announced she will run for embattled Dave Roberts' Board of Supervisors seat representing the 3rd District. 

“I’ve been deeply involved in our community, and as an elected official over the last five years, and recognize the importance the Board of Supervisors plays in our region,” said Gaspar in a statement. “I made the decision to seek the 3rd District seat because I want to play a more active role in the important investments we need to make in our roads, infrastructure, and core county services. My experience in a private sector company and as an elected official has prepared me to work successfully with the group of Supervisors representing diverse districts.”

Gasper has served as president of the San Dieguito Water District Board and was elected to the Encinitas City Council in 2010. In 2014, she became the mayor of Encinitas. She is also the chief financial officer for Gaspar Doctors of Physical Therapy, a practice she runs with her husband. 

In the past, she has also been involved with the Encinitas Rotary as their president and the Encinitas Wastewater Authority Board as a chairwoman. She founded the North County Leadership Council and served on the board. 

Gaspar lives in Encinitas with her husband, Paul, and three children. 

"As a mother of young children, I want to work to make our community safe, healthy, and prosperous for our families,” Gaspar said in a statement. “I believe my experience as a small business owner, who understands the challenges of managing and growing a business; and my experience in local government will allow me to make a positive impact on the region."

In recent months, Roberts has been involved in some controversy. Three former Roberts’ staffers have filed claims against San Diego County claiming he misused county funds. In a separate claim filed against the county, Roberts’ former Chief of Staff Glynnis Vaughan alleges the supervisor’s office attempted to pay for a consultant through nefarious means.

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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Killed at Pacific Beach Intersection]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:20:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDPD-generic-night-2015.jpg

A pedestrian was hit and killed at a Pacific Beach crosswalk Monday, San Diego Police said. 

At about 5:30 p.m., a man was driving his pickup north on Dawes Street when he made an illegal left hand turn onto west Grand Avenue, according to investigators.

A 72-year-old man crossing Grand was hit by the pickup and suffered fatal head injuries.

Emergency crews rushed him to the hospital, but he died there.

Police said Dawes Street has a no-left hand turn sign that the driver ignored. It's unclear if he has been cited.

Editor's note: Police first said the victim was a woman, but the medical examiner corrected that information to say it was a man.

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<![CDATA[Egg Prices Soaring at Local Grocery Stores]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:16:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/eggs+generic.jpg A dozen eggs now cost more than a gallon of gas. NBC 7's Consumer Bob has more on how you can feed your family on a budget amid the soaring costs.]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Chemistry Builds on the Chargers O-Line]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:47:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/184*120/Rivers+Chargers+Seahawks+Preseason.jpg

An NFL team spends a lot of time together. So guys on the individual units need to find ways to make sure they're all getting along and on the same page.

The Chargers offensive line unit once again has some new parts. They have bonded with the help of comedy. Often it's insult comedy and it's aimed at each other, but it's comedy all the same. Or, as it's sometimes referred to, it's just boys being boys.

After Saturday night's game against the Seahawks we got a glimpse of how the line has gelled when DJ Fluker, Joe Barksdale and King Dunlap started in on each other with hilarious results.

<![CDATA[Photos From Mystery Camera Found in Ocean]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:20:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mystery+camera+family+14.JPG A San Diego diver is hoping to find the rightful owners of this camera found on Aug. 27, 2015, about a half mile off La Jolla Shores. Here are photos from the camera.]]> <![CDATA[Cop, Suspect in Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting ID'd]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:08:18 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sdpd-ois-mission-valley-082815_2.jpg

The San Diego Police Department on Monday released the names of a man killed in front of a Mission Valley pharmacy and the officer who shot him.

Just after midnight Friday, SDPD officers were called at the CVS Pharmacy at Friars and Mission Center roads for a report of a man wielding a box cutter, yelling and chasing an employee.

Officer Eric Oberndorfer, 15-year veteran of the SDPD, arrived at the scene, and officials say he saw a person who matched the suspect’s description, standing outside the store with a box cutter in his hand.

As he got out of his patrol car, Oberndorfer gave the man — identified as 54-year-old Robert Arthur Hober of San Diego — verbal commands, according to the SDPD. Hober ignored them.

The officer told investigators Hober quickly advanced while pointing the blade toward him. Oberndorfer moved to the rear of his vehicle to create distance and continued to tell Hober to put the box cutter down.

The SDPD says Hober advanced again, so Oberndorfer fired his weapon at the suspect.

Hober died at the scene. According to officials, Oberndorfer was wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting.

If you have any information about this case, you are asked to call the homicide unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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<![CDATA[Celebration Set for Sweetwater Valley Little League]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:44:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_716975831904.jpg

A welcome home celebration for the Sweetwater Valley Little League team following their exciting World Series run is set for Tuesday evening in Bonita.

The event will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Sweetwater Valley Little League complex at 3321 Conduit Road.

The Eastlake and Bonita Vista high school cheer squads will be there to welcome the team, as will the San Diego Padres pod squad. The radio station 93.3 FM will also be on hand to host team-focused activities.

Pizzo’s also will be serving up pizzas and tacos.

The sixth and seventh graders from Bonita and Chula Vista had an impressive run in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The team was knocked out of contention in the semifinal round on Thursday in an extra innings thrill against Texas. They lost 9-7 in eight innings.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[USS Ronald Reagan Departs for Japan]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:43:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/USS-Ronald-Reagan-083115.jpg

Sailors aboard San Diego-based USS Reagan were on their way to Japan Monday as part of a three-ship swap.

Cathy Williams’ son was deploying with the aircraft carrier.

“I'm a little brokenhearted. He's going to be gone for three years so it's a little hard for me to say goodbye,” Williams said.

USS Reagan is just one of three carriers taking part in this swap.

USS George Washington left Japan destined for Virginia where it will undergo a nuclear power refueling.

Navy officials say nearly two-thirds of the crew from George Washington will return to Japan as members of the Ronald Reagan crew.

USS Reagan won’t return to California until early 2019.

One Navy wife said the long deployment is going to be very difficult, especially with small children.

“I'm feeling emotional,” said Sabrina Whitelow. “I'm sad for me but happy for him. He loves traveling so Japan was something he really wanted.”

USS Theodore Roosevelt is currently in the Middle East and will end its voyage in San Diego, its new home port.

<![CDATA[Strawberry Company Owner Speaks About Development]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:42:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/agua+hedionda+7.jpg

The owner of the Carlsbad Strawberry Company is speaking out about the controversial Agua-Hedionda development plan in hopes that residents in the area will not try to overturn a recent vote to develop the area. 

“The 85-15 plan is a good plan. It’s good for my family, it’s good for continuing strawberry farming in this community and it’s good for Carlsbad,” said owner Jimmy Ukegawa. “It’s that simple.”

The project, a fancy outdoor shopping center slated for 2016 construction, overlooks the Agua Hedionda Lagoon where the Carlsbad strawberry fields once grew. The shopping center will now be built on about 30 acres, leaving some 170-acres of the fields preserved, according to the developer.

Developer Rick Caruso said he plans nature trails, amphitheaters, places for people to enjoy the view and an outdoor classroom. The retail portion of the project would include a "farm-to-table" restaurant.

The developer was able to bypass the special election process after collecting enough signatures from Carlsbad residents in favor of the project.

If the council hadn't approved the project, it would have been put it on a special elections ballot, or they could have delayed the decision.

Citizens for North County is pushing for a special election on the project after the group says the center will “change the look and character of Carlsbad forever.”

The group says all of their signature gatherers are volunteers and are hoping to get 10,000 signatures to make it possible for people living in Carlsbad to vote on the project.

A ballot measure in Carlsbad could cost between $450,000 and $550,000, a city spokeswoman said.

"I think that the people of Carlsbad need to vote on this. I think the city council's fair, but I also believe that Caruso is underestimating the people that don't agree with this, and I say, 'Time to meet the family,'" said Carlsbad resident Sue Igoe.

The project got before the City Council for a vote without the typical extensive environmental review, known as CEQA. The process allows for a substantial public input and often involves concessions or mitigations to be made by the developer. 

The group opposed to the shopping center will need to get 10 percent of Carlsbad's registered voters signatures by Sept. 24th to qualify for that special election.

<![CDATA[Driver in San Diego Pursuit Across Freeways Pulls Over]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:19:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/pursuit+clairemont+nbc7+chopper+web+photo+08312015.jpg

The driver involved in a pursuit across multiple San Diego freeways has pulled over and is in custody, police said. 

The pursuit started at 12:40 p.m. Monday when police attempted to pull over the driver near Interstate 5 and the State Route 15 merge in Barrio Logan.

The driver sped off, heading northbound on State Route 15 and then got on Interstate 15. He later got on State Route 52, driving westbound. 

On SR-52, the driver, took the Clairemont Mesa Boulevard exit and drove through surface streets. 

The driver pulled over at Osler Street and Genesee Avenue in Linda Vista. He was taken into custody without incident. 

Officers are checking the area for several bags that were thrown from the car during the chase. 

No further information was immediately available. 

Refresh this page for updates on this breaking news story. 

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<![CDATA[Good Bye Chargers, Hello Jaguars?]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:02:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/Chargers+Jaguars+at+Qualcomm+Stadium.png

“Some men worship rank, some worship heroes, some worship power, some worship God, and over these ideals they dispute – but they all worship money.” (Mark Twain)

One of the truly great American writers perfectly summed up the National Football League without ever having known it would exist. The NFL’s quest for cash is seemingly never ending. Money is the reason the Chargers are looking at leaving San Diego for Los Angeles. In a strange twist of fate money may also be the reason America’s Finest City will not be without professional football for long.

Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready to root for the San Diego Jaguars? Don’t laugh. It just might happen and if it does it will be because of the almighty dollar. A series of events over the last half-decade or so, including one very recent encounter, has laid the ground work for San Diego to lose one NFL team only to have it replaced by another one from north Florida.

Goodell: $25B by 2027

During a meeting of the NFL owners in 2010 National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell told his member 32 teams his goal was to increase league revenues to $25 billion a year by 2027. He’s stood by that in subsequent meetings. How, exactly, would they be able to meet the ambitious target of tripling revenue is just 17 years? The answer, my dear friends, is TV. Specifically: TV in Los Angeles. But we’ll get to that in a minute.

It comes as no coincidence that in 2010 AEG made its proposal to build Farmers Field in downtown L.A. The facility was supposed to open this August, by the way, until they realized they need someone to play in it. A Los Angeles Times report says AEG would have had to have two teams, one of them owned at least partially by AEG founder Philip Anschutz, to make building the stadium a financially viable endeavor.

Seeing as how the value of a franchise almost instantaneously doubles when it touches down in Los Angeles not many NFL owners are all that willing to sell a team before a move. So that dynamic effectively killed the Farmers Field project … but gave way to a new idea.

No owner wants to sell a team to someone who owns a brand new stadium in L.A., so what if there was an owner with enough financial clout and a sub-par stadium situation who could build his own place in the nation’s second-largest media market? Enter Stan Kroenke.

Battling for Belle of the Ball

According to Forbes the owner of the Rams is the third-wealthiest man in the NFL (behind Seahawks owner Paul Allen and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross) with a net worth of about $6.3 billion. He found a way to get a nearly $2 billion NFL facility built in Inglewood using private funds. Once that gauntlet was thrown down Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos, who feels the Los Angeles market defaulted to him when the Rams and Raiders left Southern California after the 1994 season, felt the need to defend his territory.

Without Kroenke’s financial clout the Spanos family reached out to the Raiders, another team in dire need of a new facility with a history in L.A., to accelerate their idea of putting a new and only slightly less expensive NFL stadium in Carson. Now we have three debutantes trying to be the Belle of the Ball in La La Land, a dynamic that has the National Football League giddy with excitement (even if they have to put on a straight face to hide it). All of that brings us back to television.

The league has TV contracts with NBC, CBS, Fox, ESPN and DirectTV that all run through 2022 and will pay the NFL a combined $6.5 billion to $7 billion annually. How much do you think everyone is going to ante up if Los Angeles and its reported 22 million people are in the mix, especially if they’re starting to become loyal fans of one team?

But the NFL being the NFL, it’s not happy with just adding L.A. Sure Southern California is the linchpin but why stop there when you can double down and fix Florida, too?

A Jaguar Move Helps Miami

Jacksonville has never worked as an NFL city. The Jaguars started off with a great run, reaching the playoffs four of their first five years and even advancing to a pair of AFC Championship games. But over the last 15 years they’ve only had three winning seasons and finished with at least 10 losses eight times. Attendance and, more importantly, interest are down. The Jags routinely have one of the five worst TV ratings of any NFL market. The problem with them is they’re dragging down another team’s ratings, too.

Somewhat surprisingly the Miami Dolphins have been struggling to get a decent TV rating in recent years. One of the reasons is a lack of success in the LeBron James Heat era. But another reason is they’re being blocked by the Jaguars on TV in a place where the Dolphins have a whole lot more fans.

Orlando, FL, has a vibrant and growing Cuban population. With their ties to Miami the vast majority of Cubanos are Dolphins supporters. The problem is they can’t watch Miami games in Orlando. Since that part of the state is closer to Jacksonville the Jaguars are the AFC team on the TV every week which makes the Cuban fans fairly upset. If the NFL could somehow get the Jags out of the Dolphins’ way it would open up even more revenue streams for local TV dollars, which brings us to what is shaping up to be the grand plan.

The NFL wants to have a team, possibly two, in L.A. ASAP. The Raiders have to go. They’ve had the worst TV ratings in the league for years and are just not interested in staying in Oakland any more. They could go join the Rams in Inglewood or build their place with the Chargers in Carson. So now it’s an issue of who has to stay home: the Rams or the Chargers?

The Logical Play

St. Louis and San Diego are both working feverishly to get stadium proposals to pass muster with the NFL. Remember, it’s the league office that is ultimately calling all the shots here. That’s why San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has been so diligent in meeting all the deadlines set forth by the league. That was made clear to me during the latest owners meetings near Chicago.

“What we have done through this process is be able to tell the NFL we can meet your time frame,” said Christopher Melvin, the hand-picked lead negotiator for Mayor Faulconer. “The whole acceleration of the EIR (Environmental Impact Report) was to meet the NFL’s time frame. That’s a very significant commitment by the elected officials to get that done.”

What if the Mayor’s office is doing all this to appease the NFL to get a stadium built, but not necessarily for the Chargers?

What if they get the feeling, or have even already been told, the Carson project is going to win the Los Angeles derby and the Bolts are bolting? Well then there’s only one logical reason to spend millions of dollars to keep pursuing a new stadium. They think someone else is going to fill it. To figure out whom that would be just do what the NFL always does: follow the money.

The logical play would be to let the Bolts and Raiders go to Carson and leave the Rams in St. Louis where Kroenke’s deep pockets and connections can help build a new facility, and then move the Jaguars to San Diego where Shahid Khan, the 4th-wealthiest owner in the NFL, can do the same to help get a new facility built.

Tony Manolatos from the Citizens Stadium Advisory Group (CSAG) says the proposal on the table is not exclusive to the Chargers and could be presented to any pro football team that’s interested. Khan bought the team in 2012 and has the motivation to get out of Jacksonville because his relationship with the local government there is every bit as stressed as the one between the San Diego city leaders and the Chargers. Khan is trying to get a $500 million development done through his company Iguana Investments, a mixed-use area full of office spaces, restaurants and a new training facility for the team. His proposal is a combination of public and private funds but it’s being held up by political opposition and an EIR (where have I heard that before?).

Goodell’s End Game

If San Diego, Oakland and St. Louis are the three worst stadium situations in the NFL then Jacksonville is just off the podium. The league, by moving the Jags to a new facility in San Diego, would fix all four situations in one bold, sweeping move. Plus the San Diego market is obviously a great place to hold the Super Bowl, the league’s marquis event, and contrary to popular opinion the TV ratings for the Chargers are in the top half of the league, on par with the Eagles and better than classic franchises like the Bears and 49ers.

Here’s the real kicker: Although it is as of yet unconfirmed a source familiar with the CSAG says someone close to the San Diego stadium situation has already had an informal meeting with representation from the Jacksonville Jaguars to discuss interest in a potential move here.

Now, the NFL has been playing its cards extremely close. Aside from a desire to move to L.A. we really don’t know what Goodell’s end game is. However, when you lay all the pieces in a row this scenario makes an awful lot of sense.

Plus the first time Khan tried to buy an NFL team was in 2010 when he put in a bid for the Rams but Kroenke, then just a minority stakeholder, used his option to match the bid and take control of the team. It only seems fair that Shahid gets to go to Southern California instead of Stan.

<![CDATA[Search Resumes for Missing Swimmer]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:00:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Brian-Wilson-Missing-Swimmer-0831.jpg

The search resumed Monday morning for a young man last seen swimming along Sunset Cliffs in San Diego.

Brian Wilson, 23, was swimming with friends and family when he was last seen around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

San Diego Lifeguards had skin divers, scuba divers and a helicopter searching for Wilson until 7 p.m. The search was suspended due to lack of visibility and rough water.

Just before midnight, the U.S. Coast Guard diverted a cutter from routine patrol to search the area.

As of dawn Monday, an MH-60 Jayhawk and a 45-foot boat began searching the area again for any sign of Wilson.

Check back for updates on this developing story. 

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<![CDATA[Woman Rescued in Mobile Home Fire]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:33:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Palm-City-Fire-083115.jpg

When firefighters arrived to a mobile home fire Sunday night, a woman suddenly appeared in the midst of the flames and smoke.

The woman was trapped inside the home on Coronado Avenue in the Palm City community.

San Diego Fire-Rescue was called to the scene just before 9 p.m.

Battalion Chief Steve Salaz said they jumped on the fire because this type of fire can quickly spread.

“These trailers - they burn hot and they burn fast,” Salaz said explaining how a lot of water is needed to battle this type of fire.

Firefighters pulled the woman from the home and EMTs transported her to UCSD Burn Center. No word on her condition.

Another person complained of smoke inhalation but firefighters weren’t sure how close that person was to the fire.

Some vehicles parked in the driveway were damaged.




<![CDATA[Thieves Smash Into Poway Rite Aid]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:32:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ATM-theft-083115.jpg NBC 7's Elena Gomez reports from the Rite Aid on Poway Road where deputies were investigating the loss of an ATM. ]]> <![CDATA[El Cajon Appoints New Police Chief]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:41:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/el+cajon+police+chief.JPG

El Cajon just appointed a new police chief.

Jeffrey Davis will become El Cajon’s next chief of police on December 4th this year.

Davis, 53, graduated from El Capitan High School in Lakeside and attended Grossmont College, and received his bachelor’s in business management from San Diego Christian College.

He joined the El Cajon Police Department in 1986, and was promoted to Captain in 2011.

“Captain Davis is uniquely qualified to continue the innovative and successful policies of the El Cajon Police Department as seen under Chief Redman,” said City Manager Douglas Williford. “From his time on the City’s SWAT Team to his leadership role in El Cajon’s diverse cultural community, Jeff has exhibited all of the characteristics that will make him successful as the City’s next Police Chief. Importantly, Jeff has developed the support of his officers, City staff, the City Council and the community at large. We expect that this will be a seamless transition.”

Davis has been a member, instructor and team leader of the city’s SWAT Team, and during that time he responded to active shootings at two high schools.

He also worked in the Crimes against Children Unit, and coordinated the implementation of a Department of Justice grant to help stop street level drug dealing on El Cajon Boulevard.

He also served as the Department’s Training Manager and recently managed the Crime Analysis Division.

Photo Credit: El Cajon Police Dept.]]>
<![CDATA[Rat Droppings, Urine Found at Chuck E. Cheese's]]> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:08:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Chuck-E-Cheese-Droppings.jpg

San Diego County health officials say they will conduct a follow-up inspection of the Chuck E. Cheese’s Grossmont Center location after “fresh and old droppings” from rats were found under storage racks and the children’s play structure area.

“The kids are crawling through there on their hands and knees and then after that going down to eat their pizza. So, they’re using their rat feces-covered hands to eat Chuck E. Cheese’s pizza,” concerned mother Colleen Adams told NBC 7 Friday.

She and friends went to the location in La Mesa on Aug. 21 with their children.

Adams agreed to help her friend’s 18-month-old son through the play area when she smelled urine and saw the rat feces. She took numerous pictures and reported the incident to the business’ manager.

Alexis Linn is with the public relations department for Chuck E. Cheese’s. She confirms rat droppings were found in the play area and says employees cleaned the mess right away.

“We sealed up a couple places near our pipes and since then we have had no issue with rats or droppings anywhere,” she explained.

Linn says there’s a larger rat problem with the shopping complex as a whole.

“[Grossmont Center] is an older shopping center. Multiple businesses have experienced rat problems,” she said.

NBC 7 spoke to a manager with the shopping center Friday, and he said the center had no comment.

Linn says the Aug. 21 incident was the first time something of this nature occurred at this location.

NBC 7 learned the Chuck E. Cheese’s location at Grossmont Center maintains an A rating with the county’s food inspection department. It has no major violations, but does have numerous minor violations dating back to March that involve vermin and maintaining facilities.

“We do mandate daily cleanings at our stores and I will tell you, you’d be shocked at the amount of stuff that can be accrued at a Chuck E. Cheese’s,” said Linn.

Adams says she is appalled by her experience.

She posted about it on an East County alert Facebook page and it’s been shared nearly 1.200 times as of Friday evening.

Health inspectors plan to visit the Chuck E. Cheese’s La Mesa location again next week.

Photo Credit: Colleen Adams]]>
<![CDATA[Chula Vista Fatal Rollover Crash ]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:49:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/fatal+crash2.JPG

Police have closed the 400 block of C Street in Chula Vista after a fatal rollover crash Sunday night according to the Chula Vista Police Department.

Witnesses reported seeing a Toyota truck speeding eastbound on C Street around 8:30 pm.

The truck lost control and went airborne. It landed, rolled over, and struck two parked vehicles on the side of the road.

The driver was thrown from the car and later pronounced dead at the scene.

A man was working underneath one of the parked cars when it was struck. He has been taken to the hospital with potentially serious injuries.

Officers are investigating the cause of the crash.

Photo Credit: Douglas Aguillard]]>
<![CDATA[San Diegans Organize For Million Man March Anniversary]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:05:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Million-Man-March-San-Diego.jpg

The African American community in Southeast San Diego is calling for an end to police brutality and black-on-black crime.

Organizers handed out forms for people to sign up for the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March  in Washington DC this fall with the goal of raising $50,000 for at least 50 buses and a handful of flights to take participants from San Diego to DC.

Activist Louis Farrakhan brought crowds from all over the country to the nation's capital back in 1995 for the first ever Million Man March. A quarter century later, these organizers want to bring 5,000 San Diegans to join the cause.

“We see that we're fighting a war on two fronts. We see we're fighting a war within ourselves and within poor communities,” said David Muhammad an organizer for the effort. “What also has to be addressed is the institutional racism where we have institutions that are perpetuating injustices."

Farrakhan has been criticized in the past for anti-semitic and anti-white views--a criticism he and his supporters deny.

“To categorize us as a hate group that's something to keep people from our message, and our message is to clean up our people," said Muhammad.

The 20th anniversary march in Washington, D.C. is on October 16.

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<![CDATA[Calexico Border Patrol Catch Fugitive]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:50:04 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Border-Patrol-Generic.jpg

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers caught a fugitive wanted for sexual assault in Calexico Friday.

Robert Garcia Ledezma hid in a railcar at the Calexico downtown port of entry east of San Diego on the Mexican border.

“This apprehension highlights the fact that none of our inspections are routine,” Calexico Area Port Director Billy Whitford said in a statement. “Each and every day the men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection perform their duties realizing this; our mission is to protect our borders and keep our communities safe.”

Border Protection officers saw Ledezma standing on the side of the incoming commercial railcar.

Ledezma jumped from the train attempting to run across the border crossing after officers with the port’s Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team approached him.

He was apprehended and taken to a secure location for questioning.

Officers ran Ledezma’s prints and found out he had no legal right to enter the US and that he was wanted for felony sexual assault in Salinas.

Ledezma was taken into custody and booked into the Imperial County jail awaiting extradition back to Mexico.

Ledezma has been placed on immigration hold, and will be sent back to Mexico at the end of his criminal proceedings in the US.

<![CDATA[Lifeguards Call Off Search for Missing Swimmer ]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:58:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/missing+swimmer2.JPG

Lifeguards have temporarily called off the search for a missing swimmer at Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach.

 Brian Wilson, 23, was last seen around 5:30 pm Sunday. He was swimming with friends and family when he went missing.

"It's terrible. We come down here all the time to swim," said Lauren Lubrano an Ocean Beach resident. "It's just really kind of scary to hear that happened to someone."

Family and friends told authorities Wilson was out swimming with a friend and never came back, but by the time they called lifeguards officials said there was a 30 minute delay from when he went missing.

"There's a likelihood that he had a situation where he came in contact with some of these rock reefs," an official said.

Lifeguards had skin divers, scuba divers and a helicopter searching for Wilson, but as of 7 pm the search was called off due to rough water and because it was getting dark.

"Our divers had a hard time seeing anything," the same official said.

Sunset Cliffs is a popular place, but since there are no lifeguards officials warn against swimming there.

Lifeguards say they will resume the search tomorrow morning depending on conditions.

Check back on this breaking story for updates.


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