<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usThu, 30 Jun 2016 14:27:34 -0700Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:27:34 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Search for Attempted Sex Assault Suspect at 24 Hour Fitness ]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:56:54 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/24+hour+fitness+attempted+assault+sdpd+06-30-16.jpg

Police are searching for a man who forced his way into a shower at 24 Hour Fitness and attempted to sexually assault a victim. 

The incident happened at a 24 Hour Fitness at approximately 12:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 19, when a male suspect forcibly opened a woman's glass shower door at the gym, San Diego Police (SDPD) said. The gym is near Greenwood Memorial Park in San Diego's Mountain View neighborhood, just west of Interstate 805 and south of State Route 94. 

The woman tried to hold the door shut, but the suspect managed to step into the shower stall. He motioned for the victim to be quiet, police said. 

The man grabbed the victim's shoulder and stopped her from escaping, police said. 

However, the victim screamed and pushed the suspect away. The man fled before police arrived. 

The suspect is described as a thin, clean-shaven man in his mid 20s, approximately 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches. He weighs between 140 and 150 pounds and had wavy black hair, police said. At the time of the assault, he was wearing black shorts, black flip flops and did not have a shirt on. 

Anyone with information on the identity or location of the suspect is asked to call SDPD’s Southeastern Division at (619) 527-3500 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

No other information was immediately available.



Photo Credit: San Diego Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[‘Am I Going to Live?’: Officers Save Woman in Scooter Crash]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:57:13 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Carlsbad-PD-Shipley-Brown-0630.jpg

Two Carlsbad Police Department officers are being recognized for using their quick thinking and combat training to save the life of a young woman whose arm was severed in a scooter crash.

“She even asked me, ‘Am I going to live?’ And I said, ‘I’m very confident you’re going to [live],’” Cpl. Reid Shipley, of the Carlsbad Police Department, told NBC 7 in an exclusive interview Wednesday night.

Shipley was referring to Lauren Scott, a 19-year-old woman who crashed her scooter into a center median on Cannon Road near Hemingway Drive at around 3:45 a.m. Wednesday in a suspected DUI collision. After hitting the median, Scott was thrown from her scooter. She then struck a road sign, the impact severing her arm.

Shipley said the crash happened during the police department’s early morning shift change, just as he had left the police station.

“I was on my way home when a bystander flagged me down. There was a vehicle collision involving a motorcycle,” he recalled.

His colleague, Officer Stephen Brown, was finishing his last call and was the closest help. They rushed to the site of the crash only to discover a bloodied, frightened young woman.

“She was moving around a little bit more. I noticed there was an increased amount of bleeding so that’s when we decided to apply a tourniquet to her,” Brown told NBC 7.

Tourniquets, now clipped to the utility belts of every Carlsbad police officer, became part of the department’s uniform just two weeks ago.

For Shipley and Brown, the new tool was invaluable during this emergency.

Tactical combat casualty care is the latest police training method. The techniques, born of war, focus on treatment of any life-threatening injury and are proving effective in modern policing.

As members of the SWAT team, Brown and Shipley were trained in this method before the rest of the department. The scooter crash was the first time their training was put to the test.

“It’s one of the reasons I became a police officer. It’s great to be able to help people that are in need,” said Brown.

“When [Scott] was transported, she seemed like she was doing well,” Shipley explained. “I am excited that hopefully we were able to give her more of a future.”

Scott was hospitalized and is expected to survive.

The crash is under investigation but police suspect alcohol was a factor. A witness told officers the DUI suspect was also speeding and was unable to negotiate a turn in the road just before she lost control and plowed into the median.

The collision shut down traffic for hours in both directions on busy Cannon Road.



Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[High Surf, Possible Rip Current at Local Beaches]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:39:21 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/High-Surf-OB-0624.jpg People heading to San Diego beaches for the 4th of July weekend may experience higher than normal surf and rip currents. NBC 7’s Greg Bledsoe reports.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Engulfs Escondido Meat Market]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:52:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Escondido-Fire-9-Yoo.JPG A fire ripped through a vacant meat market on North Hale Avenue in Escondido Thursday, sending heavy plumes of smoke into the air, visible from multiple freeways in San Diego's North County.

Photo Credit: Jay Yoo/NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Rips Through Vacant Market in Escondido]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:39:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/escondido+fire+06-30-16.gif

Firefighters rushed to a vacant meat market in Escondido Thursday after flames ripped through the building, sending heavy smoke into the air visible from multiple freeways in San Diego's North County.

Escondido Fire Department (EFD) Sgt. Fred Cheatham said the fast-moving blaze sparked just before 9 a.m. at Talone's Meat Market in the 500 block of North Hale Avenue.

Quickly, the flames fully engulfed the old, dilapidated building. When firefighters arrived at 8:58 a.m., the flames were shooting through the roof.

NBC 7 viewers said plumes of heavy, dark smoke filled the air, seen by many motorists along the I-15 and State Route 78 near Nordahl Road.

EFD Fire Chief Russ Knowles said the blaze had caused part of the building's roof to cave in, so crews went into defensive mode, meaning they aggressively fought the fire from the outside since it was not safe to enter the building.

Knowles said the fire was then upgraded to a four-alarm response. Eventually, firefighters gained the upper-hand, but thick smoke lingered.

According to Escondido residents and fire officials, Talone's Meat Market has long been abandoned. Some residents said transients are known to frequent the building.

NBC 7 spoke with Mark Robertson, who works at Pauley Equipment Rental located across the street from the site of the fire. He said he witnessed the flames shooting from Talone's Meat Market. Robertson said he saw two people running out of the building, one woman yelling that her husband was still inside.

He said another man was frantically banging on the door as the fire raged on. That man couldn't get in and the roof collapsed, Robertson said.

EFD spokesman Jeff Murdock said several transients were reportedly seen near the building when the fire broke out.

"We did have initial reports when we arrived that there may be four people trapped inside. Those are unconfirmed reports," Murdock said.

For hours, officials scoured the perimeter of the building in search of those people. As of 10:15 a.m., Murdock said two of those four transients spotted near the market were accounted for but the other two were not.

Knowles said safely sifting through the remains of the building would be a "slow, tedious operation." As of 12:15 p.m. the fire chief said he did not believe anyone was inside.

Officials blocked off access to several roads in the area due to the blaze. This included the I-15 HOV exit at Hale Avenue, Washington and Metcalf Street at Mission Avenue, Washington at Mission Avenue and Tulip at Hale.

Motorists were advised to avoid the area due to the road closures.

Knowles said firefighters planned to remain at the scene for the next five hours, into evening, mopping up hot spots and gathering evidence.

Murdock said firefighters were concerned about the integrity of the structure and were working to prevent the building from collapsing any further.

"We're worried about the building collapsing due to how far the fire penetrated the roof," he explained.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Knowles said that, among the challenges of this fire, are the location and odd layout of the vacant building.

The approximately 10,000-square-foot building sits right underneath power lines and practically on top of the train tracks that run through the area.

Due to the location of the fire, the North County Transit District (NCTD) temporarily shut down Sprinter Light Rail train service between the Escondido Transit Center and the Nordahl Station.

The NCTD said Sprinter riders could expect 20-minute delays in service. The NCTD will provide bus services for customers between those two stations while Sprinter service is delayed.

Meanwhile, the EFD said San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) has also shut down power in the area as a precaution due to the fire's proximity to power lines.

As of 11:30 a.m., this power outage was affecting businesses located on Hale Avenue between Metcalf Street and Auto Park Way, and from Hale Avenue south to Valley Parkway.

NBC 7 spoke with Larry Julien, a transient in the area who said he's been inside the building that was destroyed by the fire. He said several homeless people have been using the vacant building as a shelter.

The Escondido Police Department (EPD) confirmed that, since April, there have been extra patrols around the abandoned building. This past Monday, the police department received a report of someone trespassing at the building but when officers arrived at the property, they did not find any trespassers. 

The EPD said the property management company that owns the building had asked police for help managing the homeless problem at Talone's Meat Market. The property management company said it planned to demolish the building in the next few months.



Photo Credit: Elizabeth Heath
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Man Uses Oxygen Tank to Smash Ambulance Windows]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:06:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Ambulance-Scripps-Mercy-Hillcrest-630.jpg

In a violent, bizarre episode early Thursday, a man picked up an oxygen tank and smashed the windows of an ambulance parked outside Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego’s Hillcrest area.

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said the unruly suspect was near the hospital in the 4000 block of Fifth Avenue around 3:20 a.m. and refused to leave.

He became aggressive and, according to police, he grabbed an oxygen tank and used it to smash the windshield and back window of an ambulance parked outside the hospital’s emergency exit.

When officers arrived at the scene, they deployed a Taser on the suspect and also used pepper spray to subdue him. The SDPD said the man was treated at the hospital for injuries sustained in the encounter with police. Once he’s released from the hospital, he will be arrested, police said.

No one other than the suspect was injured. Hours later, staffers continued to clean up the broken glass left behind from the incident.

Police did not say whether the suspect was a patient at the hospital at the time of the incident, or whether he had walked up to the hospital. No further details were released.



Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego No. 1 Destination for July 4th]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:14:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Bay-Generic-Garske-1.jpg

San Diego tops the list of Fourth of July holiday destinations for Southern Californians this year, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s travel forecast.

The city came in No. 1 in a survey of AAA travel agents, followed by Las Vegas, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Yosemite.

It is expected to be the biggest July 4th travel weekend on record since 2002, according to the Southern California division of AAA.

More than 3 million Southern Californians are planning to go out of town over the Independence Day weekend, according to the travel forecast, topping the total who traveled in 2015 by 1.3 percent.

Most travelers will be hitting the road, while 20 percent plan to fly, according to the Auto Club.

“Lower gas prices have put some more disposable income in travelers’ budgets and have also lowered average airfares, encouraging more trips this holiday season and throughout the summer,” said Filomena Andre, the Auto Club’s vice president for travel products and services. “We’re also seeing more travelers willing to spend a little extra on credit with a growth in consumer confidence.”

The Auto Club’s forecast was conducted by IHS Global Insight with historical travel data provided by DK Shifflet, which measures consumer travel.



Photo Credit: Monica Garske
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[California Supreme Court To Decide Voter Approval Threshold on Taxes]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 23:44:30 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/gavel-generic-stock.jpg

Fees and special assessments specifically earmarked for certain purposes like infrastructure upgrades, stadiums or sales-tax hikes are particularly hard to pass in California because of the state's stringent two-thirds voter approval requirement, which was recently lowered by an appellate court.

That lower threshold now stands in jeopardy as the state's highest court has agreed to weigh-in on the issue.

The California Supreme Court will decide whether or not certain tax increases need the approval of two-thirds voters or whether a simple majority is sufficient, when those proposals initiate with a citizen's request.

A change in precedent could drastically impact California's political landscape, including whether or not the Chargers can garner enough to support to build a stadium in downtown San Diego.

"I can’t think of anything that would change California politics more," said Voice of San Diego's Scott Lewis. "This would have ramifications far beyond our little sports drama."

The decision to take up the case marks a potential reversal from a recent appellate court ruling that would have lowered the threshold for voter approval to a simple majority.

The appellate court decision, if unchallenged, would have brought California more in line with other states like Texas and Colorado that have approved building stadiums in recent years with a simple majority of voters.

Tax increases for general purposes still only require a simple majority.

Attorney Cory Briggs, backing the Citizens' Plan, said his initiative is not impacted by the decision, because the money collected from a proposed hotel tax would be deposited into the city's general fund and not specially earmarked for certain purposes.

"The significance locally is that the Chargers no longer have the benefit of the lower appellate court ruling that says they would only need 50 percent plus one for their special tax," Briggs said. "They now face uncertainty for the next couple years."

The state's highest court could take years to make a decision.

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said the ruling would have far-reaching impacts across the state and even just the signal that the CA Supreme Court has taken up the case means the long-established two thirds voter approval requirement stands.

"Absent further court rulings, we plan to return to well-established law requiring two-thirds voter approval," Goldsmith said.

Briggs, however, said the decision for the CA Supreme Court to review the appellate court’s ruling means only uncertainty for the next few years.

"You can't read anything into it," Briggs said. "Just because the Supreme Court is intervening doesn't mean they are going to reverse lower court. They'll take it just to settle the controversy sooner rather than later."

Besides the Chargers proposal to increase local hotel taxes and build a stadium downtown with some public money, the ruling could lower voter approval on school bond measures, sales tax hikes, or other tax increases, as long as those proposals initiate with a citizen's request.

It's not good news for the Chargers.

If their plan passes with more than 50 percent of the vote but less than the two-thirds, execution could be delayed for years as the high court decision is made, according to Lewis.

"This certainly complicates their picture," Lewis said. "With the appellate court's decision, they had a much smaller hurdle."

Briggs said he foresees no impact on the Citizens' Plan because there is no special earmarking, but the City Attorney doesn't agree.

Having both plans on the November ballot could potentially confuse voters, but Briggs said it's of no concern.

"We’re very confident that the voters are capable of evaluating the proposal and making a decision one way or another," Briggs said.



Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto]]>
<![CDATA[Vigil Held for Man Killed in Hit-and-Run]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:44:35 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Oceanside+hit-and-run+vigil+06-19-16.JPG

A moment of prayer was held during a vigil on Wednesday for a man killed in a bloody hit-and-run in Oceanside earlier this week.

“He needs to be known. He needs to be heard. He needs to be spoken for," said Sarah Plant who organized the vigil.

Esteysi Sanchez Izazaga, 29, who goes by Stacy Sanchez, is charged with Jack Tenhulzen's death.

She is accused of crashing into the 69-year old early Monday morning and then driving for half a mile with his body lodged in the front seat.

The incident, witnessed by a some neighbors in the area, left the community rattled.

Sanchez pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday to four felonies, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. She had a blood alcohol level more than double the legal limit two hours after the crash, prosecutors say.

There’s a hole in the passenger side of Sanchez's windshield where investigators say Tenhulzen went through her window.

Prosecutors say Sanchez hit him with so much force, it stripped his clothes.

“He died such a horrible death,” said Plant. “I can't imagine! It’s horrible."

A growing memorial of candles and flowers now mark the spot on the 4000 block of Mission Avenue where Tenhulzen was walking before he was hit.

“People like Jack, he didn’t deserve it,” said vigil attendee Carolina Camarena. “He was just walking. It’s just not fair.”

Camarena, like everyone else at the vigil didn't know Tenhulzen but felt compelled to show compassion and keep his memory alive.

"No one is talking about him. They're talking about the girl the most. I just feel he should get the recognition."

Camerena and her family left notes on the candles saying "God Bless you. Sorry for what happened."

Even one of Sanchez's friends, Junior Rivera, was moved to come pay his respects.

"Everything that happened was a tragedy for everybody," Riversa said.



Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Murder Charges Dropped Against Man After 23 Years]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:41:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/William-Richards-Exonerated-KNSD-0629.jpg

A man who spent 23 years in prison walked free on Tuesday after the San Bernardino District Attorney dismissed all charges against him.

William Richards met students from the California Western School of Law on Wednesday to thank them for helping get him exonerated.

He was convicted of murdering his wife in 1993 but he has maintained his innocence for more than 20 years.

“There are no words to describe what I’ve been through,” Richards said.

He told NBC 7 that all those years, he just wanted to prove what happened and that what kept him going.

“I think it was tenacity and refusing to let them get away with this,” he said.

Richards has had one day of freedom but he’s noticing the years of change that happened while he was in prison.

“The world has changed,” he said. “I’ve never been on the internet. I’ve never used a cell phone. I’ve never done any of those things.”

During his original trial, a dental expert influenced his conviction saying a bite mark on his wife matched Richards. That expert later admitted he had been wrong but Richards was not released from prison. The California Supreme Court stated that according to the law, expert testimony cannot be false.

That law was later changed by the San Diego-based California Innocence Project.

“If we believe someone is innocent, we're going to find a way,” said Justin Brooks from the California Innocence Project.

Richards has been a client of the California Innocence Project since 1999. He was granted parole earlier this year by the California Department of Corrections before the conviction was overturned.

More than 20 students and nearly a dozen lawyers from the California Innocence Project worked on Richards’ case over the span of 16 years. Their years of dedication to prove he was innocent paid off on Tuesday when all charges were dropped against him.

Richards told NBC 7 that the California Innocent Project became his family.

The San Bernardino District Attorney's Office told NBC 7 that they have not made a final decision on whether they will refile the case.



Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[Medal of Honor Recipient Accepts $50,000 Donation]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 23:46:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Edwards+Byers+1.jpg

A Navy SEAL who was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama earlier this year was in Coronado Wednesday evening to accept a $50,000 donation on behalf of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers Jr. helped rescue an American doctor who was being held hostage in Afghanistan in 2012. The Navy SEAL Team 6 member was the second Navy SEAL to enter the building where the hostage was kept.

Byers fellow Navy SEAL Team 6 member Nicolas Checque was the first one through the door during the rescue mission. He was shot and killed.

In February of this year, Byers received the Medal of Honor from President Obama, becoming the first living, active duty member of the Navy to receive the award in 40 years.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, Byers trained in Coronado and graduated from BUD/S class 242.

On Wednesday evening, Byers accepted the donation from Shamrock Foods during the “Supplier of the Year” awards banquet at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

The money will go to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society which provides need-based financial assistance and education to active duty and retired members of the U.S. Navy and Marine Cops, their family members and survivors.



Photo Credit: Alan Hill]]>
<![CDATA[PTSD Transitional Housing for Veterans]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:00:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mike+Wilson+0629.jpg

A program in San Diego's East County is helping veterans who have been on the streets get back on their feet.

At the Volunteers of America Southwest Hawley Center, veterans can stay for up to two years in a transitional program. 

Mike Wilson, one of the veterans in the program, served in the Navy and the Army. He said that while in the Army, he became severely depressed. 

“I attempted suicide in the Army, that's how I was discharged. But I was honorably discharged,” Wilson said.

He said he spent time on the streets and turned to alcohol and drugs to deal with his depression. When he found about the Hawley Center, Wilson said he decided it was time to make a change.

“I needed somewhere where to go I could be a man. Where I could find myself,” he said.

The Hawley Center has case managers that connect veterans to counseling, drug and alcohol programs, legal help, classes, and jobs. The center also has a computer room, laundry room, a weight room, and a television room to relax. Outside there is a garden, a volleyball court and basketball court and a lawn.

Eric Campbell, the Director of Mental Health at Volunteers of America Southwest, said the individual plans developed for each veteran are the keys to the success of the program.

“You can hand them a house. You can hand him a job but if they are mentally not ready, they will just fall right back into what was depression," Campbell said.

“It's part of our mission to turn around peoples’ lives,” said Brad Bianchi, from Mission Advancement and Communications, Volunteers of America Southwest.

After seven months, Wilson said he is ready to pursue a career in culinary arts.

He has already earned degrees from culinary school and volunteered for the non-profit Mama’s Kitchen.  

“Spiritually, I'm like I'm like so grateful and I'm so happy and I'm so glad, so excited. I'm optimistic for the future,” he said.



Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Armed with Taser and Gun, Suspect Robs Hair Salon]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:09:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/rolando+suspect.png

San Diego police are searching for a man who walked into a hair salon armed with a Taser and gun, demanding money. 

The robbery happened at Sonya's Braiding on the 6400 block of Rolando Park, north of State Route 94 and east of the City Heights neighborhood, police said. 

A suspect entered the salon carrying a Taser, police said. He walked up to an employee and pointed the Taser at the person, demanding money. 

When the suspect did not get money out for him, he lifted his shirt and revealed a gun in the front of his waist band. 

Employees still refused to give the suspect money, so he grabbed an employee's purse and a customer's purse before fleeing out the back door. 

It is unclear where he went from there. 

Police do not have a distinct description of the suspect; he is described as a clean shaven man in his 30s, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet, between 180 to 215 pounds. At the time, he was wearing a camouflage baseball cap, a white t-shirt, khaki shorts and sunglasses. 

SDPD Robbery Sgt. Javier Padilla confirmed to NBC 7 San Diego the suspect seen in surveillance video shot by Sam's Beauty Supply's surveillance cameras is the man police are searching for. Sonya's Braiding does not have surveillance cameras. 

Police do not know who the man is and are looking for the public's help in finding him. 

The robbery is under investigation. 

No other information was immediately available.



Photo Credit: Sam's Beauty Supply Surveillance Cameras]]>
<![CDATA[7,609-Acre Border Fire Now 97 Percent Contained]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:07:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Border-Fire-Cal-Fire-0625.jpg

A 7,609-acre wildfire burning for the past week and a half in a rugged border community in southeast San Diego County is now 97 percent contained, Cal Fire officials said Sunday evening. 

The blaze, dubbed the Border Fire, sparked on June 19 around 11 a.m. near the border city of Potrero, which is located approximately 42 miles southeast of downtown San Diego.

Fueled by relentless heat and dry conditions, the fire prompted evacuations of 700 residents and closed many roads in the area for several days.

In its path, five homes in Potrero were destroyed and a sixth sustained fire damage. Cal Fire said 11 other structures in the area, classified as outbuildings, were also destroyed.

For days, evacuees were left to wonder if their homes had been spared. Los Coches Creek Middle School on Dunbar Lane in unincorporated El Cajon became the gathering ground for Potrero residents, serving as an emergency shelter amid evacuations. 

By 6 p.m. Thursday, Cal Fire officials said all evacuation orders had been lifted and residents were allowed to slowly and cautiously begin returning to their homes. As Potrero was repopulated, San Diego Gas & Electric continued to make repairs to many downed power lines and poles in the community.

As of 7 p.m. Wednesday, Cal Fire said 78 fire personnel continued to battle the blaze. 

Cal Fire said fire activity has decreased while the containment line continued to hold and increase.

The Border Fire has proven especially challenging due to the steep, rugged terrain which is difficult to access, and extremely dry vegetation in the area created by years of drought in California. Cal Fire described the conditions as fueling “erratic fire behavior.”

Cal Fire said firefighters had been able to construct additional control lines along the perimeter of the Border Fire, which helped keep the acreage increase at a minimum.

By Sunday, as tireless crews had gained the upper-hand, Cal Fire reported there were no structures threatened by the Border Fire. At its peak, the blaze had threatened approximately 200 structures in the community.

Though evacuation orders are no longer in effect, Cal Fire said residents are asked to listen and follow the direction of the all emergency personnel. Potrero residents can call 211 for updates on the fire.

Cal Fire said a few traffic control points were still in effect Saturday, restricting access to the fire burn area.

One spot will is located approximately 1.5 miles north of Highway 94 on Harris Ranch Road, allowing access to all residential locations on Harris Ranch Road.

Another closure was established at Martin Road approximately a quarter-mile west of Highway 94 at the Y intersection. This closure will allow access to residents located on Martin Road.

For now, the Pacific Crest Trail remains closed due to the fire.



Photo Credit: Cal Fire/ K.E. Pack Photography
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[SeaWorld Named One of Top Amusement Parks in U.S.]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:03:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/seaworld-skytower-0630142.jpg

SeaWorld San Diego has been named one of the top amusement parks to visit in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.

The park ranked 17 on TripAdvisors’ 2016 Travelers’ Choice list.

TripAdvisor ranked the top 25 amusement parks in the U.S. using an algorithm based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for parks around the world. The date was gathered over a 12-month period.

According to the report, 34 percent of respondents plan to visit an amusement or water park this year.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida took the number one spot on the list while Universal Studios Florida placed number four and Universal Studios Hollywood placed fifth.



Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[SDUSD Offers Free Summer Meals to Children]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:49:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Summer-Cafe-BBQ-0625.jpg

With children now on summer vacation, they have less access to nutritious meals like they do during the school year.

San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) is hosting a Summer Fun Café, which provides free lunch and activities for students starting in the Skyline Hills Community.

The Summer Fun Café program provides healthy meals to kids 18 years and younger for free. This program has been in place since 2003 and serves nearly 250,000 meals and snacks throughout the summer all over San Diego County.

The United States Department of Agriculture funds the program through its Seamless Summer Feeding Option which requires no paperwork for families to participate. Meals will be served through August 19 at 61 sites, including 28 park and recreation centers, 16 community and military sites and 17 schools.

For a complete schedule of Summer Fun Café lunch programs in San Diego, click here.



Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[Stop Work Order Issued for Point Loma Development]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:18:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/developmetn.PNG

A stop work order has been issued for the construction of a controversial new development in Point Loma. 

The two duplexes in question were under construction in Point Loma's Roseville neighborhood. 

Residents said a loophole was used to make this building about 10 feet taller than code allows, and called on the mayor to stop the project. Proposition D sets a 30-foot height limit on coastal communities, and residents say developers were trying to bypass the limit. 

The developer building the duplexes said they are following all the rules and the project has been approved by the city. 

NBC 7 reached out to the construction company Pacific Enterprise, but the person who answered asked who we were, and then said we had the wrong number before hanging up.

In a statement, a spokesman for Councilmember Lorie Zapf said she, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the District Attorney met with organizers Wednesday to discuss solutions going forward. 

"Mayor Faulconer and Councilmember Lorie Zapf strongly support the coastal height limit and protecting coastal views," a statement from Zapf's office read. "Further review of the Municipal Code has determined that this project does not conform to the City’s development regulations. Yesterday the City issued a stop work order on the project to ensure it follows all codes and regulations."

A spokesman says they are considering long and short term solutions to ensure the 30-foot limit, and other municipal codes, are being enforced. That includes looking at possible new legislation. 



Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Padres Hammered at Home]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:32:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/177*120/GettyImages-543635644.jpg

Padres manager Andy Green is not a hothead. But when he’s had his fill of frustration he can blow like any other human being.

Green lost his temper in the top of the 5th inning of a 12-6 loss to the Orioles on Wednesday at Petco Park. With the O’s up 4-0 and the bases loaded Baltimore slugger Chris Davis hit a dribbler up the first base line. Padres pitcher Christian Friedrich fielded the ball and threw to first, and that’s where the fun began.

San Diego 1st baseman Wil Myers missed the throw and the ball ended up in right field. Yovani Gallardo and Jonathan Schoop scored to put the Orioles up 6-0 but Green thought Davis was running too far inside the first base line and should have been called out for interference.

"I got down to 1st base and could see his footprint right there in fair territory, which is where you're not allowed to be," said Green. "With his footprint there and with the way it transpired it should have been an interference call."

Umpiring crew chief Bill Miller, who was at 1st base, disagreed and Green got hot. Really hot. Green started waving his hands and pointing angrily at Miller, who didn’t take too long to throw Andy from the game. After that Green stayed a while longer and really let the ump have it before heading to the clubhouse to watch the rest of the afternoon's proceedings.

"It's my job to fight on behalf of my players," said Green. "I recognize it's a difficult call. There's a lot spinning but the way I saw it in real time it very much looked like he interfered with Wil's ability to catch the baseball."

That was the last inning Friedrich threw on a day where he started off looking tremendous. The Padres lefty retired the first nine hitters he faced, throwing 20 of his first 26 pitches for strikes. But he walked Morse High School alum Adam Jones to lead off the 4th and things immediately unraveled.

Schoop followed with a double to left-center to score Jones … Manny Machado singled to score Schoop … and Mark Trumbo unloaded his 23rd home run of the season in to the second deck in left field to give the Orioles a 4-0 lead.

Meanwhile, Gallardo was cruising on the mound for the O’s. He didn’t allow a hit until the 5th inning when Poway native Alex Dickerson dropped a single into shallow left field. The only runs the Padres scored came an inning later when Brett Wallace ripped a 3-run home run to straightaway centerfield. At the time it brought the Padres to within 7-3, theoretically just one grand slam away from tying it up.

That hope evaporated in the 9th inning. Ryan Buchter, one of the most reliable relievers in baseball for much of the year, walked three guys and gave up three hits. Two of the hits were RBI doubles by Machado and Trumbo that put Baltimore up 12-3 and solidified their 2-game series sweep.

Wil Myers bolstered his All-Star resume with a 2-RBI double in the 9th inning. Myers finished June with 21 extra-base hits, tying Greg Vaughn's franchise record for most extra-base hits in a single month.

The Padres get a day off on Thursday then open a 3-game set at Petco Park on Friday night against the New York Yankees. Colin Rea gets the start against Nathan Eovaldi.



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA['Catastrophe': Driver's BAC Double Limit Hours After Crash: DA]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:52:59 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Esteysi+Sanchez+Izazaga+Stacy+Sanchez+06+29+16.JPG

A woman accused of killing a pedestrian in a bloody hit-and-run and then driving for half a mile with his body lodged in the front seat had a blood alcohol level more than double the legal limit two hours after the crash, prosecutors said. 

Esteysi Sanchez Izazaga, 29, who goes by Stacy Sanchez, pleaded not guilty to four felonies, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, hit and run, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, driving with a measurable blood alcohol causing injury and a misdemeanor count of driving without a license. 

A judge set her bail at $1.5 million. 

On Monday, June 27, Sanchez was allegedly driving under the influence when she veered onto the sidewalk on the 4000 block of Mission Avenue in Oceanside and hit victim Jack Tenhulzen at random, police said. 

Prosecutors say Sanchez was driving so fast, she hit Tenhulzen and stripped him of his clothing. Tenhulzen flew into the windshield, head down, coming to a rest on the front passenger seat, police said on scene. 

"He went head first through her windshield, landing in a crumpled heap on her passenger seat," Aimee McLeod, a San Diego County Deputy District Attorney, said.

Two hours after the crash, prosecutors said she had a blood alcohol level of 0.18-0.19, more than double the legal limit. 

Tenhulzen's leg detached from his body and flew through the back window, landing on the trunk of the car, police said. 

Izazaga continued driving for approximately half a mile, police said. She parked the vehicle and walked away before officers arrived, police said.

"She claimed she fell asleep and only woke up when she felt glass covering her face and saw this dead person in the passenger seat," McLeod said.

Shortly after she abandoned the car, prosecutors say Sanchez called her boyfriend, walked home and changed her outfit. 

"She wasn't contacted by law enforcement for an hour," McLeod said. "At that time, she had changed her clothing and she still had pieces of windshield in her hair."

Police say her live-in boyfriend at some point called the police and reported the incident, police said. Officers found her at her house, approximately two blocks from where she left the car. 

McLeod said the crash was a tragedy. 

"It's horrible, it's tragic, it's preventable," she said. "Any driver on our roadways should be driving sober and any driver who is involved in a collision should be pulling over to render aid to someone they hit or any property damage they cause. so someone who fails to do all those things, it's a catastrophe."

Sanchez is expected to appear in court on July 19. She faces 15 years and six months in prison. 

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the collision or has information is asked to call the Oceanside Police Department at (760) 435-4911.



Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[All-Star Game Parade Planned in San Diego]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:00:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*146/2016+ASG+Red+Carpet+Map.jpg

It appears the MLB All-Star Game is the gift that keeps on giving to San Diego. On Wednesday Major League Baseball announced plans for a pregame parade through the streets of Downtown San Diego.

Starting at Noon on Tuesday, July 12, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel a line of convertibles carrying all the members of the National League and American League All-Star teams will be making its way through the streets to Petco Park. At the head of the parade will be the Grand Marshals, Padres legends Dave Winfield and Trevor Hoffman.

The parade will run across West Harbor Drive and on to Market Street before turning right on to Union Street. From there the cars will turn left on Island Avenue and drive for six blocks before hanging a right on 5th Avenue. If you’re looking for a good viewing area, the stretch on Island is the best place to set up.

The caravan will head down 5th for a couple of blocks, turn left on K Street and go to the 7th Avenue entrance to Petco Park.

Parking for the event is going to be extremely limited so the Padres and MLB are encouraging fans coming to the parade and the ensuing All-Star Game to use public transportation. Free park-and-ride lots will be located along Trolley and Coaster lines, including 5,000 spaces at Qualcomm Stadium.


This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Conference Sheds Light on Postpartum Depression]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:40:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/baby_feet_generic.jpg

Many talk about the joys of becoming a new mother. But for some women, it can be a very difficult, dark time.

Often times, the topic of postpartum depression is not talked about. Maureen Provenzale, who once suffered from postpartum depression, hopes people can become more aware of it.

She was hospitalized for postpartum depression and treated for what she says was a "true chemical imbalance." 

It took her time before she realized she needed help.

"I sat on the couch and I stared at the wall, and had the baby sitting on the floor," she said. "I was thinking about getting in the car, [thinking] ‘I'm just going to go away. He'll be better with someone else,’” Provenzale explained.

Provenzale spoke with NBC 7 while attending a conference at the Marriott Hotel in Mission Valley. It was the 29th annual conference of Postpartum Support International (PSI).

"Women are expected to be happy, especially if they have had a normal baby, especially if things have gone well,” PSI president Ann Smith said. “There is a certain degree of stigma about admitting to feeling that badly."

One goal of PSI is to make people more aware of a mental illness that impacts so many women.

"It needs to be talked about early on in pregnancy," Provenzale added.

For information about postpartum depression or for support, call PSI at (800) 944-4773. There’s also a great deal of information about postpartum depression in the documentary, “When the Bough Breaks,” which is narrated by actress Brooke Shields.

]]>
<![CDATA[7 Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf Pups Born in Julian]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:28:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/puppy_3.jpg

A litter of seven endangered Mexican gray wolf puppies were born at the California Wolf Center (CWC) in Julian, California, in San Diego's East County last month and are now being monitored so they can eventually return to the wild.

The seven-week-old litter contains four male and three female puppies that were born on, or about, May 8, according to the CWC. The center said the pups are all very healthy.

"We are over the moon excited about this important contribution to Mexican gray wolf recovery," Erin Hunt, Director of Operations at CWC, said in a press release Wednesday.

Forty years ago, the population of the Mexican gray wolf was quickly decreasing. Ranchers, trappers and government officials killed these wolves in the Southwest, leaving only seven Mexican gray wolves in the world.

With careful conservation and captive release, the Mexican gray wolf population has surged to 97 in the wild with another 300 in captivity, according to the CWC.

Through the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP) captive breeding program, the CWC is helping to prevent the extinction of critically endangered Mexican gray wolves.

“Our hope is that, someday, some of these pups may be selected for release when they are adults,” said Hunt.

Moving forward, the CWC will be monitoring the puppies from remote cameras, closely observing their health and behavior.

In order to make sure these puppies are able to be released into the wild as adults, the observations will be as non-invasive as possible.

"Preventing habituation is absolutely critical to the success of these wolves if they are to be released into the wild which we hope they will be someday," Hunt explained.

For more information about the California Wolf Center, visit this website.

]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Attacked Outside Rancho Penasquitos Home]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:03:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDPD-Generic-night-lights.jpg

A woman was attacked by a stranger outside her Rancho Penasquitos home on Monday night, San Diego police said.

An unknown man approached the woman in the area of the 12700 block of Rancho Penasquitos Boulevard at about 11:30 p.m. and grabbed her, police said.

A passerby alerted the passerby’s husband; the victim called police and made a statement for a police report.

The case is being investigated as a sexual battery, police said.

The suspect is described as being in his late teens or early 20s, between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall, about 170 pounds, with dark hair and brown eyes. He wore dark blue clothing and mittens.

Anyone with information should call the San Diego Police Department.



Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Man Pleads Guilty to Machete Murder]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:07:38 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Vincent-Salas-Garza-0629.jpg

A man who used a machete to kill his friend last fall at a home in San Diego’s Rolando community changed his plea to guilty Wednesday.

Vincent Salas Garza, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the grisly slaying of Vicente Carrera.

Garza is accused of hacking up Carrera’s body with a machete on November 5, 2015, after the men got into an argument at a home in the 6800 block of Waite Drive.

Carrera’s lifeless body was discovered the following day among clutter on the back patio of the home, buried beneath clothing and boxes.

One week after the killing, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said detectives had recovered the murder weapon – a machete – and honed in on a suspect.

Shortly thereafter, Garza was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona, in connection with the murder. He was extradited to San Diego. He was charged with first-degree murder but the count was changed to second-degree as prosecutors had no reason to believe the murder was premeditated, San Diego County Deputy District Attorney David Mcnees told NBC 7.

Now, with the plea bargain, Garza faces the maximum sentence of 15 years to life in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for September 2.

Mcnees said the victim's family was satisfied with the change of plea Wednesday and glad the case will not be prolonged with a trial filled with details of the violent crime.

"It's worth it to have this case over sooner," said Mcnees. "Especially in this case, the injuries were quite gruesome and the autopsy photos and finding out exactly what happened is not something a family should ever have to sit through."

According to police, Garza was a heavy methamphetamine user at the time of the killing. Garza’s family said Garza and Carrera were close friends and ran errands together on the day of the murder.

Residents in the Rolando neighborhood said they had seen many people coming in and out of the home where Carrera’s body was discovered. One neighbor told police he heard screams coming from the house before police arrived.

Mcnees said Carrera's famiy will have an opportunity to address the court during Garza's sentencing hearing this fall, if they choose to do so.



Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[Local Martial Arts Team to Compete in World Championships ]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:36:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/martial+arts.PNG

Punching, kicking, spinning and flipping, a team from Freestyle Marital Arts in Point Loma is headed for their greatest battle yet.

The team, ten kids ranging in age from 11 to 17, is preparing for the U.S. Open ISKA World Championships at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

The team will present a choreographed program mixing traditional marital arts with acrobatics and artistry.

The group has been preparing for years to qualify for the elite tournament where they will compete against teams from over 100 countries.

“You really get an adrenaline rush. It's so exciting especially with a team with your friends doing what you love,” martial artist Casey Hall-Landers told NBC 7.

“You're on that top tier of one percent of competitors, and they’re going to be seeing lots of cool tricks, lots of cool forms and be able to pursue their martial arts in an aggressive way in competition,” coach Taylor Clark said.

The 43rd Annual U.S. Open ISKA World Martial Arts Championships are scheduled for July 8 and 9, 2016.

The competition will be broadcast live on ESPN3 Saturday, July 9 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT.



Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[The Single Most Important Key to the Chargers Defense in 2016]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 11:40:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/Jason+Verrett+INT+in+Kansas+City.jpg

Of all the players on the San Diego Chargers defense, there is one man who will be far and away the most important piece of a successful 2016 season. In fact, other than Philip Rivers, it would be easy to argue that Jason Verrett is the guy the Bolts most need to have a monster year.

The third-year cornerback is coming off a Pro Bowl season where he had three interceptions and 12 passes defensed in 14 games. What was really impressive was the way he handled some of the best wide receivers in the game.

Just ask Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown and Chicago’s Alshon Jeffery how frustrated they got when they ran in to Verrett in a pair of Monday Night Football meetings. Verrett held Brown to three catches and 45 yards, Brown’s second-worst statistical game of the season. The Bears game against Jeffery was even more telling.

Through a quarter and a half Chicago QB Jay Cutler only threw at Jeffery three times with Verrett in coverage. Two of them were incomplete and the third was picked off and returned 68 yards for a touchdown. But Verrett injured his groin and had to leave the game. After his departure Cutler targeted Jeffery 13 times, completing 10 of them for 151 yards in a 22-19 comeback win.

The advanced statistical website Pro Football Focus had Verrett ranked as the 5th-best corner in the entire NFL in 2015, ahead of Seattle’ Richard Sherman and Arizona’s Patrick Peterson.  That is the level Jason Verrett can play to when he’s healthy. If he’s able to stay on the field for all 16 games he is going to make every Sunday like Christmas morning for Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano.

Having a true shutdown corner is the dream of any defensive play caller. When you can take the other team’s best receiving threat and neutralize him with one guy you have lots of options. You don’t need to worry about moving a safety to help over the top of committing a linebacker to lend a hand underneath. So you know what you can do with those guys instead?

Blitz them. Or use them to help other corners who need it. Part of the Chargers problem in stopping the passing game in recent years is the safeties and linebackers had to spend so much time assisting the corners in coverage they couldn’t help the under-talented defensive line put pressure on the quarterback. No pressure on the QB gave him more time to find a breakdown in coverage. It was a vicious cycle of futility.

Verrett can help change all that. If he’s able to corral the other team’s WR1 then Pagano can get creative in his schemes to get after the QB. But this is not going to be easy. Verrett is going to be tested just about every week in the 2016 season. Here’s the list of wideouts he’ll face this year:

WEEK 1 at CHIEFS:
Jeremy Maclin = 87 catches, 1,088 yards, 8 TD

WEEK 2 vs. JAGUARS:
Allen Robinson = 80 catches, 1,400 yards, 14 TD

WEEK 3 at COLTS:
T.Y. Hilton = 69 catches, 1,124 yards, 5 TD

WEEK 4 vs. SAINTS:
Brandin Cooks = 84 catches, 1,138 yards, 9 TD

WEEK 5 at RAIDERS:
Amari Cooper = 72 catches, 1,070 yards, 6 TD

WEEK 6 vs. BRONCOS:
Demaryius Thomas = 105 catches, 1,304 yards, 6 TD

WEEK 7 at FALCONS:
Julio Jones = 136 catches, 1,871 yards, 8 TD

WEEK 8 at BRONCOS:
Thomas again or perhaps Emmanuel Sanders = 76 catches, 1,135 yards, 6 TD

WEEK 9 vs. TITANS:
A rare light week but don’t sleep on Dorial Green-Beckham = 32 catches, 549 yards, 4 TD as a part-time rookie starter

WEEK 10 vs. DOLPHINS:
Jarvis Landry = 110 catches, 1,157 yards, 4 TD

WEEK 11 BYE

WEEK 12 at TEXANS:
DeAndre Hopkins = 111 catches, 1,521 yards, 11 TD

WEEK 13 vs. BUCCANEERS:

Mike Evans = 74 catches, 1,206 yards, 3 TD

WEEK 14 at PANTHERS:
Kelvin Benjamin = Missed 2015 with an injury but his 2014 numbers catch your eye: 73 catches, 1,008 yards, 9 TD

WEEK 15 vs. RAIDERS:
Cooper Part 2

WEEK 16 at BROWNS:
Unless Josh Gordon is reinstated by the NFL there’s nobody on the Cleveland roster of note

WEEK 17 vs. CHIEFS:
Round 2 against Maclin to bookend the season (Remember it was Verrett who snapped Kansas City QB Alex Smith's streak of 312 straight pass attempts without an interception when he picked off a ball intended for Maclin last December. Smith was 46 shy of Tom Brady's NFL record)

That makes for a 1,000-yard receiver in every week except two. In 2015 the NFL only had 22 wide receivers top 1,000 yards and this year Verrett will line up against 12 of them. His ability to keep those guys from running wild and forcing Pagano to use resources to help him out will be vital to the Chargers defense improving enough to put San Diego back in the playoff hunt.



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[New Requirement for Driver's License Applicants ]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:35:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Oceanside-DMV-021116.jpg

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will be adding a new requirement for all first-time driver’s license or identification card applicants starting next month.

As of July 1, 2016, the DMV will require applicants to provide two forms of identification proving California residency, instead of just one.

Acceptable documents to prove California residency include:

  • Rental or lease agreement with the signature of the owner/landlord and the tenant/resident
  • Deed or title to residential real property
  • Mortgage bill
  • Home utility bills (including cellular phone)
  • Medical documents
  • Employee documents

The new requirement applies to all first-time applicants, including commercial, motorcycle and Class C.

    It does not apply to people renewing their license, applying for a duplicate or a correction to their current card.

    Right now applicants are required to present one form of I.D. to prove residency.

    Go to the DMV’s website for a full list of accepted documents.



    Photo Credit: Erik Ho, NBC 7 ]]>
    <![CDATA[UCSD Medical Center to Light up in Rainbow Colors]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:43:11 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ucsd+medical+center+hillcrest.JPG

    Hillcrest's UC San Diego Medical Center will light up in rainbow colors Wednesday night in a ceremony showing their commitment to health care access and equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. 

    The hospital will raise the pride flag and honor the victims of the Orlando tragedy.

    UC San Diego was the first hospital in the region to sponsor and participate in the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival.

    The hospital has served the Hillcrest community for 50 years and has been ranked one of the “100 Great Hospitals in America” by Becker’s Hospital Review.

    The rainbow lighting will remain through the month of July.

    The hospital has the only in-hospital birth center in California and runs a strong outpatient program, including Owen Clinic, San Diego’s only HIV/AIDS treatment clinic.

    ]]>
    <![CDATA[7 Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf Puppies Born in Julian]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:17:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/puppy_3.jpg Seven endangered Mexican gray wolf puppies were born early May and are being looked after at the California Wolf Center in Julian.

    Photo Credit: California Wolf Center]]>
    <![CDATA[July 4th Fireworks in San Diego]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:48:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/fireworkssdsan.jpg

    With patriotic parties aplenty, there will be no shortage of fireworks in San Diego this 4th of July. Here's our guide to the dazzling shows that will illuminate our skyline on Independence Day.

    Big Bay Boom
    9 p.m., San Diego Bay
    San Diego’s biggest 4th of July fireworks show, the Port of San Diego’s Big Bay Boom, returns to the waterfront this year. Fireworks will launch at 9 p.m. from four barges along the San Diego Bay. Prime viewing locations include: Shelter Island; Harbor Island; North Embarcadero; Marina District; Seaport Village and South Embarcadero; Coronado Ferry Landing. Wherever you are watching from, get there early with your lawn chairs and blankets. The Big Bay Boom draws a huge crowd year after year.

    San Diego County Fair Fireworks
    9 p.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds
    The 2016 San Diego County Fair will end with a bang on July 4th with a long lineup of patriotic events, including a 9 p.m. fireworks show visible throughout the fairgrounds. Fair, fireworks and fried food? Sounds like summer for sure.

    Chula Vista 4th Fest
    9 p.m., Chula Vista Olympic Training Center
    What could possibly be more patriotic than watching Independence Day fireworks at the Olympic Training Center (OTC)? The Chula Vista OTC (2800 Olympic Parkway) will put on a fireworks show at 9 p.m. set to tunes from five radio stations: 91X; Magic 92.5; 100.78 KFMB BFM; AM 760; Z90.3. Launched from the athlete training grounds, the best spots to watch this show are at the OTC and Mountain Hawk Park (1475 Lake Crest Dr.). Gates to the OTC open at 6 p.m.; parking at the visitor’s entrance is limited to 500 cars and costs $10. Parking is also available at the New Hope Community Church (2720 Olympic Parkway). Each viewing venue holds about 3,000 people.

    July 4th in Coronado
    9 p.m., Coronado Island
    Coronado Island will celebrate Independence Day with a host of fun events including an annual parade, a concert at Spreckels Park and, of course, prime fireworks viewing of the Big Bay Boom spectacular at 9 p.m. Good spots for fireworks viewing include Hotel Del Coronado, Glorietta Bay and Coronado Ferry Landing.

    Escondido’s Independence Day Festival & Fireworks
    9 p.m., California Center for the Arts Escondido
    Head to the Great Green at the California Center for the Arts Escondido (340 N. Escondido Blvd.) for this 53rd annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks, an event that typically draws about 20,000 attendees. The fun starts at 4 p.m. with lots of live music and entertainment, food vendors and activities for the kids. Camp Pendleton’s 1st Marine Division Band performs at 8:15 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9 p.m.

    Ocean Beach Fireworks
    9 p.m., OB Pier
    Ocean Beach will celebrate the 4th with a dazzling fireworks show off the OB Pier. Free parking will be available at the Main Beach Lot and the Pier Parking Lot. The show will be synched to songs from KyXy 96.5. In year’s past, the Ocean Beach July 4th celebration also included a “marshmallow war” but the sticky mess left behind – and a whole lot of controversy – led to the end of that. Now, attendees are free to eat marshmallows, just not throw them.

    Ken Grody Ford 4th of July Camp Pendleton Beach Bash
    9 p.m., Del Mar Beach Resort at Camp Pendleton
    This beach bash at Camp Pendleton includes a DJ, activities for kids, food trucks, prizes, a “Margaritaville” area and tribute to our U.S. military heroes on this special day of freedom.

    The 4th of July at La Jolla Cove
    9 p.m., Ellen Browning Scripps Park
    Enjoy friends, family, freedom and fireworks at La Jolla Cove on the fourth. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. at Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Park.

    Santee Salutes Fireworks Show
    9 p.m., Town Center Community Park East
    Santee Salutes – a festival featuring live music, a patriotic ceremony, food and family-friendly fun at Town Center Community Park (550 Park Center Dr.) – will culminate with a 4th of July fireworks display at 9 p.m. The event is free; parking is between $5 and $15. The party at the park starts at 2:30 p.m.

    El Cajon Fireworks
    9 p.m., Kennedy Park
    El Cajon’s July 4th fireworks are set for 9 p.m. at Kennedy Park (1675 E. Madison Ave.). Get there early, spread out a blanket and enjoy food vendors, games, prizes, kiddie train rides and more at the park. The 4th of July event starts at 1 p.m.; live music starts at 3 p.m.

    National City 4th of July Carnival Fireworks
    9 p.m., Kimball Park
    National City’s multi-day July 4th carnival at Kimball Park (12th Street and D Avenue) wraps with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. on Independence Day. The fun starts at 5 p.m. at the park. The annual carnival draws a huge crowd; the National City Police Department advises motorists to avoid using D Avenue from 12th to 16th streets until the event is over.

    San Marcos Fireworks
    9 p.m., Bradley Park
    Bradley Park (465 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd.) in San Marcos will roll out the red, white and blue for “Celebrate Freedom: A Fireworks Extravaganza,” at 9 p.m. – a show entirely funded by donations from citizens and businesses in the community. Before the fireworks fly, enjoy live music – including a performance from Beta Maxx at 6p.m. – plus carnival games, bounce houses and food vendors.

    Mira Mesa Fireworks
    9 p.m., Mira Mesa High School
    Following an all-day July 4th celebration that includes a parade and Family Fun Day in the Park, take in the colorful Scripps Mesa Fireworks show at Mira Mesa High School (10510 Reagan Rd.). Bring a blanket and chairs and get there early.

    Fallbrook Fireworks
    9 p.m., Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens
    Fallbrook will host its annual 4th of July fundraiser, complete with fireworks, at the Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens (220 Grand Tradition Way). Attendees can expect games, food, drinks and live music from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include open lawn seating.

    Poway Fireworks
    9 p.m., Poway High School
    Fireworks will light the sky over Poway High School’s (15500 Espola Rd.) stadium after the community’s all-day Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. The gates open at 6 p.m. so get there early to snag a spot and enjoy games, activities and a DJ spinning tunes. This event costs $5 per person at the gate; kids 11 and under get in free.

    Vista Fireworks
    9 p.m., Brengle Terrace Park
    Vista’s fireworks show goes down at 9 p.m. from the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Brengle Terrace Park (1200 Vale Terrace Dr.). Admission to the amphitheatre is $5 per person; children 5 and under and active and retired military (and their families) get in free. Parking in the park is $15 per car.

    Spirit of the 4th in Rancho Bernardo
    9 p.m., Bernardo Heights Middle School
    Spirit of the 4th in Rancho Bernardo starts at 6 p.m. at the athletic field at Bernardo Heights Middle School (12990 Paseo Lucido), with the “Sky Concert” fireworks display set for 9 p.m. The grand finale promises nearly 400 high-altitude shells. Parking is free in the student lot off Avenida Venusto.

    Ramona Fireworks
    9 p.m., Olive Peirce Middle School
    Ramona’s fireworks go down at 9 p.m. at Olive Peirce Middle School (1521 Hanson Ln.). The Ramona Rotary group has been busy collecting donations for this show and so far, so good.

    SeaWorld Fireworks
    9:40 p.m., SeaWorld San Diego
    SeaWorld San Diego puts on fireworks daily, but this 4th of July “Sea to Shining Sea” show will be an extended, extra special version of the show. The fireworks fly at 9:40 p.m. and are included with paid admission into the park.

    Red, White & Boom! LEGOLand Fireworks
    8:30 p.m., LEGOLAND California Resort
    LEGOLAND hosts this star-spangled Red, White & Boom! Party, which runs from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., with fireworks set for 8:30 p.m. Prime viewing spots will be designated around the amusement park. Before fireworks, patrons can enjoy picnic-style games like burlap sack races and LEGO building challenges for the whole family. Activities are included with paid admission into the park.

    Oceanside Fireworks – July 3rd
    9 p.m., El Corazon Senior Center
    Oceanside will ring in the 4th a day early – on Sunday, July 3 – with its fireworks display at 9 p.m. staged north of the El Corazon Senior Center (3302 Senior Center Dr.). Limited parking is available at Ocean Ranch Business Park; no parking is available at the El Corazon Senior Center. Rancho Del Oro Boulevard will be closed from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Music and food trucks will line the area from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.



    Photo Credit: Getty Images
    This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
    <![CDATA[Vehicle Plows into House in Carlsbad]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:12:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-tape-lights-generic.jpg

    One person was hurt after a vehicle plowed into a house in Carlsbad on Wednesday morning, police said.

    The incident happened just before 10:30 a.m. in the area of the Avenue of the Trees and Monroe Street.

    A vehicle smashed into the home, causing damage described by police as "moderate."

    No one was injured.



    Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
    <![CDATA[Mountain View Sexual Assault Suspect Sought]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:29:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Alejandro-Ibarra-Mountain-View.jpg

    San Diego sex crimes detectives are looking for a man accused of trying to sexually assault a woman at the entrance of her home in Mountain View last month.

    The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) released two photos of the suspect and details of the alleged crime for the first time Wednesday.

    According to investigators, on May 27, just before 5 a.m., Alejandro Avila Ibarra forced his way into the victim’s home in the 3900 block of T Street. Ibarra allegedly grabbed the woman at the front entrance of her home and attempted to sexually assault her, police said.

    The pair struggled. In the fight, police believe Ibarra suffered a severe injury to the fingers of one of his hands – likely his left hand.

    Ibarra then fled the home.

    One month later, the suspect remains at large and is being sought by police for the attempted sex crime. The SDPD described Ibarra as a 47-year-old Hispanic man with a medium build who stands at 5-foot-8 and weighs about 180 pounds. At the time of the alleged attempted assault, Ibarra was wearing a white T-shirt, black pants and a sweater.

    Anyone with information on this case or details on the suspect’s whereabouts can call the SDPD’s Sex Crimes Unit at (619) 531-2210 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous.



    Photo Credit: San Diego Police Department]]>
    <![CDATA[Bodies of 2 People Found in Path of Border Fire]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:07:22 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/border+fire+bodies.jpg

    The bodies of two people were discovered on Wednesday morning on a property near Potrero, a border town where a massive fire has burned for the past week and a half.

    A San Diego County medical examiner responded to the area, a remote spot on Highway 94 halfway between Potrero and Campo and in the path of the fire, on Wednesday afternoon.

    The bodies are believed to be that of Jim Keefe and another woman; the two are beloved by Potrero community residents who have been searching for them since they disappeared on June 23.

    Sheriff's officials originally responded to the area for reports of the missing couple. Once the remains were discovered, they called in investigators.

    The two have not been officially identified by the medical examiner's office, but neighbors have identified them to NBC 7.

    The circumstances surrounding the couple's death have not yet been released.

    On Wednesday, community members had written heartfelt messages in the dust on Jim Keefe's colorful van, such as "Where are you, Jim?"

    The couple lived off the grid without modern forms of communication, so neighbors were at a loss at attempting to find them.

    Neighbors told NBC 7 that they first knew something was terribly wrong because they say Jim Keefe would never have left his beloved dogs behind.

    The Keefes were well known throughout Potrero, and locals appreciated their artistic and eccentric personalities.

    Since the couple went missing, community members have been taking care of their dogs.

    "He was a nice guy. He was always someone I waved to," said neighbor Torrey Neel. "That's what makes it tough."

    In the path of the Keefe property has been a 7,609-acre wildfire that's been burning since June 19 in the rugged border community in southeast San Diego County. It's now 95 percent contained, Cal Fire officials have said.

    The blaze, dubbed the Border Fire, sparked near the border city of Potrero, which is located approximately 42 miles southeast of downtown San Diego.

    In its path, five homes in Potrero were destroyed and a sixth sustained fire damage. Cal Fire said 11 other structures in the area, classified as outbuildings, were also destroyed.


    This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
    <![CDATA[Black Plague to Open Brewery in Oceanside]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:17:08 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Black-Plague-Brewing-FB.jpg

    Black Plague Brewery, Oceanside’s newest brewery, will lease a 12,945-square-foot, free-standing building located at 2550 Jason Court within the Jason Court Business Park, on the east side of Oceanside between State Routes 76 and 78. There already are eight breweries in the North County city.

    Black Plague Brewing is connected to professional skateboarding with Jordan Hoffart as Director of Brand and other industry-related investors involved in the venture. The brewery is scheduled to open in approximately six months.

    Monique Medley of Lee & Associates – North San Diego County represented Black Plague Brewery in the transaction. The landlord, Southwest Greene International Inc. was represented by Bob Willingham of Kidder Matthews. The lease was valued at approximately $724,000.

    [[283098621,C]]



    Photo Credit: Black Plague Brewing/Facebook
    This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
    <![CDATA[‘He’s Pale’: Kayaker Tries to Save Snorkeler]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:16:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Kayaker-La-Jolla-Snorkeler-0628.jpg

    A soon-to-be lifeguard kayaking in San Diego’s La Jolla Cove acted swiftly when she noticed a snorkeler in distress in the water – using everything she’s learned in an effort to save the man’s life.

    Becca Trosch, 29, never thought she would experience that kind of real-life training this soon in her career. On Monday at around 6 p.m., as Trosch was kayaking near La Jolla Cove, she spotted snorkeler Paul Rooney in trouble and fighting for his life in the water a few hundred yards from the shoreline.

    Rooney – a 49-year-old New York resident visiting San Diego with his family – was suffering from cardiac issues.

    “I see he’s pale and he’s having difficulty breathing. Signs he’s having cardiac issues,” Trosch recounted in an exclusive interview with NBC 7 Tuesday. “At this point, we knew we were in a blind spot and the lifeguard couldn’t see us.”

    Trosch said she paddled to where lifeguards could see them.

    Another kayaker came over and together they waved their paddles indicating to lifeguards they needed help. Trosch also called 911 from her phone that she kept in her dry case.

    “I just went through EMT school,” she explained.

    Trosch said her training kicked in. She was able to keep calm and do what needed to be done before lifeguards arrived.

    “We got him on the paddleboard and started doing chest compressions until the jet ski got there,” she said.

    Trosch, who’s currently working for Everyday California in La Jolla, said she will soon be hired as a local lifeguard.

    “I couldn’t have imagined this happening in my career ever,” she told NBC 7, still in shock over the rescue.

    As scary as the incident was, Trosch said she’s as passionate as ever about being a lifeguard.

    “Whether it’s a life or death situation or getting someone that’s scared out of a rip current,” she added.

    Sadly, Rooney did not survive. After being pulled from the water, he was rushed to Scripps Memorial Hospital where he later died. His cause of death was determined to be drowning, and the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said cardiac issues contributed to his death.



    Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
    <![CDATA[DUI Suspect Loses Arm in Carlsbad Scooter Crash]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:18:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Carlsbad-Crash-0629.jpg

    A 19-year-old woman suspected of driving a scooter under the influence of alcohol suffered a severed arm after she plowed into a center divider and traffic sign in Carlsbad Wednesday morning, police said.

    The Carlsbad Police Department said the young DUI suspect lost control of her scooter and crashed into a median just after 3:45 a.m. on Cannon Road, just east of Hemingway Drive.

    Investigators said the collision with the center median caused the woman to fly off her scooter. Her body then hit a sign on the roadway, and her arm was severed in the impact. A police officer who arrived at the scene within minutes saw the woman had lost her arm and applied a tourniquet to control her bleeding until firefighters and paramedics arrived.

    Police said the woman was alert but seriously injured. She was rushed to Scripps Hospital in La Jolla and then was transferred to UC San Diego Medical Center. She is expected to survive.

    The Carlsbad Police Department said a witness told officers the woman was unable to negotiate a turn in the road due to her speed. The crash remains under investigation, though police suspect alcohol was a factor.

    The collision shut down traffic for hours in both directions on busy Cannon Road. Motorists were advised to avoid the road between Faraday Avenue and El Camino Real. Officers planned to remain at the scene for several hours collecting evidence.



    Photo Credit: Chris Chan]]>
    <![CDATA[Man, 23, Shot and Killed in East Village]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:47:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/East-Village-Shooting-0629.jpg

    A 23-year-old San Diego man was shot and killed by an unknown suspect in downtown San Diego’s East Village early Wednesday, homicide detectives confirmed.

    San Diego Police Department (SDPD) acting Lt. Manny Del Toro, head of the Homicide Unit, said shots were fired around 12:10 a.m. in the 1700 block of Island Avenue and 17th Street.

    When officers arrived, they found victim Derion Elias White unconscious, suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body. White was not able to survive his injuries and died at the scene, police said.

    According to Del Toro, detectives learned White was entering a car occupied by his girlfriend and a friend when an unknown man walked up to him and fired two gunshots, hitting White at least once.

    The shooting suspect quickly fled and was last seen running southbound in the 400 block of 17th Street.

    The SDPD said, at this point, the suspect’s identity is unknown. He’s described as approximately 6 feet tall, with a thin build. He may have worn his hair in dreadlocks, one witness told police. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark pants at the time of the deadly shooting.

    As of 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, the suspect remained at large. Anyone with information on this case can contact the SDPD’s Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.



    Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
    <![CDATA[Orioles Fly Past Padres 11-7]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:33:17 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/UptonJrCatch.jpg

    The final score at Petco Park Tuesday was actually a little bit misleading. 

    The Orioles led 11-1 after six frames thanks to a seven-run explosion in the 6th inning and wound up winning 11-7. 

    Morse high school alum Adam Jones only needed to see two pitches from Padres starter Erik Johnson to lace a solo home run over the right-field wall. 

    It was the first time in his career that the San Diego native led off a game with a homer. 

    The five-time All-Star immediately put Baltimore in front 1-0, but after that, Melvin Upton Junior hijacked the spotlight for a few innings.

    Upton launched a solo shot of his own off on offering by Ubaldo Jimenez in the bottom of the first inning. His blast covered 462 feet and tied the game 1-1.

    Upton started in centerfield for the injured Jon Jay - who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a right forearm fracture (retroactive to June 20th).

    Jay was seen wearing a camouflage cast over his right wrist and manager Andy Green said he is expected to miss at least four to six weeks. 

    Expect Travis Jankowski and Poway’s Alex Dickerson (who was called up Tuesday) to see more playing time in the outfield as a result this July.

    In the second inning, Upton sprinted to the warning track when J.J Hardy sent a screamer to deep center.  

    It would have been a two-run homer but Upton reached over the wall to rob Hardy and then proceeded to gun the ball to first base to double up Mark Trumbo.

    So in a span of about ten seconds, Upton prevented two runs from scoring and provided an inning-ending double play.  

    It was a remarkable play that even made it on to Sportscenter's top 10 plays of the evening. 

    Ladies and gentlemen, we now have at least one entry for the 2016 Padres highlight of the year.

    As great as that catch was, the middle innings that followed were rather deflating. 

    Johnson struggled to keep the ball in the park, as Hyun Soo Kim and Chris Davis homered to give the Orioles a 5-1 lead.

    The wheels came off for San Diego in the sixth when Baltimore racked up seven runs to open up a ten-run advantage. 

    Johnson fell to 0-4 since joining the Padres and allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings.

    Wil Myers added a three-run homer in the seventh to give him 18 on the season. 

    His 11 home runs this month are the most by a Padres player in the month of June in franchise history.

    San Diego scratched together three more runs in the ninth on a two-run double by Adam Rosales and a RBI double by Yangervis Solarte. 

    The rematch is Wednesday in a 12:40 p.m. matinee. Christian Friedrich takes the mound for San Diego and opposes Baltimore’s Yovani Gallardo.

     

     

    Despite a great all-around effort by Melvin Upton Jr, Baltimore's Adam Jones went yard and the Padres could not climb out of an 11-1 hole.The final score at Petco Park Tuesday was actually a little bit misleading. The Orioles led 11-1 after six frames thanks to a seven-run explosion in the 6th inning and wound up winning 11-7. Morse high school alum Adam Jones only needed to see two pitches from Padres starter Erik Johnson to lace a solo home run over the right-field wall. It was the first time in his career that the San Diego native led off a game with a homer. The five-time All-Star immediately put Baltimore in front 1-0, but after that, Melvin Upton Junior hijacked the spotlight for a few innings.Upton launched a solo shot of his own off on offering by Ubaldo Jimenez in the bottom of the first inning. His blast covered 462 feet and tied the game 1-1.He started in centerfield for the injured Jon Jay - who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a right forearm fracture (retroactive to June 20th). Jay was seen wearing a camouflage cast over his right wrist and manager Andy Green said he is expected to miss at least four to six weeks. Expect Travis Jankowski and Poway’s Alex Dickerson (who was called up Tuesday) to see more playing time in the outfield as a result this July.In the second inning, Upton sprinted to the warning track when J.J Hardy sent a screamer to deep center.  It would have been a two-run homer but Upton reached over the wall to rob Hardy and then proceeded to gun the ball to first base to double up Mark Trumbo.  So in a span of about ten seconds, Upton prevented two runs from scoring and provided an inning-ending double- play.  It was a remarkable play that even made it on to Sportscenter's top 10 plays of the evening. Ladies and gentlemen, we now have at least one entry for the 2016 Padres highlight of the year.As great as that catch was, the middle innings that followed were rather deflating. Johnson struggled to keep the ball in the park, as Hyun Soo Kim and Chris Davis homered to give the Orioles a 5-1 lead.The wheels came off for San Diego in the sixth when Baltimore racked up seven runs to open up a ten-run advantage. Johnson fell to 0-4 since joining the Padres and allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings. Wil Myers added a three-run homer in the seventh to give him 18 on the season. His 11 home runs this month are the most by a Padres player in the month of June in franchise history. San Diego scratched together three more runs in the ninth on a two-run double by Adam Rosales and a RBI double by Yangervis Solarte. The rematch is  Wednesday in a 12:40 p.m. matinee. Christian Friedrich takes the mound for San Diego and opposes Baltimore’s Yovani Gallardo.



    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Adam Jones is Back in San Diego as the Padres Face the Orioles]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:47:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-543798240.jpg

    Before San Diego fans watched the Padres start their final home stand of the first half of the season, we caught up with a hometown favorite. San Diego product Adam Jones is back in America’s finest city with the Baltimore Orioles for a two game series against the Padres. The Morse High School alum says even though he’s playing for the other team, his old school friends and fans greeted him with open arms. “Upon landing here Sunday night my phone probably had two or three hundred text messages. Just family and friends saying hey we’re coming out to support you” says Jones. “On my fan page on Facebook we have a class group discussion of our 2003 Morse High alumni and a lot of them have responded to that page. A lot of them should be out here tonight and hopefully tomorrow. It’s just good. The only thing I don’t like about it is we’re only out here for two days.”

    Despite the brevity of the trip, Jones says he was instantly transported to his childhood and the days he watched Padres legend Tony Gwynn. “I don’t think you understood or appreciated it while you’re watching it, I think it’s once everybody retires or passes away that you appreciate what they’ve done more for you” says the outfielder. “Watching him and then getting to hit with him at San Diego State over the last decade was just a treat; something that you couldn’t pay for. Money can’t buy those types of things.”

    The five time all-star is also looking forward to having the All-Star Game come to his hometown. He shared a family memory during his pre-game interview today about his parents bringing home a beach towel which he believes was the giveaway souvenir at the 1992 All-Star Game. Jones says family is very important to him. In 2014 he took his son, who was only four months old at the time, to the All-Star with him. “I had him in a Bjorn [carrier], so I wore him on my chest. He was my accessory.”

    This year’s All-Star game is right around the corner but Jones says he still remembers his first time in the all-star clubhouse saying, “It was just a great experience being around [Derek] Jeter, getting to meet President Obama his first year in office, just being in that club house and the atmosphere around all the big boys in the game. From that moment on it was just something inside of me that made me feel like I belong here, I belong around these guys. I know their names are big, let me make my name just as big as these guys.”

    For the third consecutive year Petco Park will host the Perfect Game All-American Classic which will feature some of the best high school players in the country. Jones said he never had an opportunity to play at “Jack Murphy Stadium” (now Qualcomm Stadium), but hopes this next generation knows how lucky they are. “These kids now a days are getting spoiled. They get to come in and get the opportunity to sit in the dugouts that we sit in, sit in the club house that we’re in, sometimes eat the spread, and get on these fields where if you spit out a sunflower seed there’s someone there to pick it up for you. These kids are getting spoiled now. But at the end of the day if they’re out there working their tails off and they deserve it and they’ve earned it then more power to them.”

    The Padres lost game one against the Orioles 11-7. They’ll face off again Wednesday afternoon to close out the series. The Friars will take on the New York Yankees in a three game stretch which starts Friday night at Petco Park.

    ]]>
    <![CDATA[Family of Navy SEAL Killed in Parachute Accident Files Lawsuit]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:19:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Bradley+Carver.jpg

    Almost two years after the day Navy SEAL Bradley Cavner was killed in a training exercise, the design of his parachute is the basis for a federal lawsuit against the manufacturer.

    Thousands of those serving in the armed forces were issued that piece of gear.

    The Cavner family's attorney says they are asking the southern district court for a ruling on reasonable compensation for the death of a decorated hero.

    But more importantly to the Chief Petty Officer's parents is that no other son or daughter suffers a similar fate.

    SEAL Team 3 member Bradley Cavner died at 1300-feet in the doorway of a C-130 after his reserve parachute prematurely deployed slamming him against the plane.

    “It cracked his helmet, it broke his neck. He hit pretty hard,” attorney Scott Cummins said.

    Cummins is one of two attorney's representing Cavner's parents in a wrongful death lawsuit against the parachute manufacturer Airborne Systems of North America.

    The case is pending in San Diego's federal court.

    The suit claims the reserve chute in the MC-6 parachute system blew open on its own during Cavner's Jump Master Qualifying over El Centro.

    “As his mother said, I used to worry about him in Afghanistan and Iraq. I didn't really think he would get hurt here,” Cummins said. 

    Airborne Systems has not yet responded to NBC 7's interview request. A Navy spokesperson responded to our inquiry through email.

    "While Chief Cavner's death was a tragedy, it brought about important changes to our training programs that will hopefully prevent these types of incidents in the future," Lt. Junior Grade Zach Keating wrote.

    Cummins says since Cavner's death, the Navy changed its procedure around airplane doors and the manufacturer has added stability to the reserve chute system, but the MC-6 is still in use.

    “You have to make it as safe as you can. If it is unavoidably unsafe then you have to design something better,” Cummins said.

    The attoney says their research indicates there have been four other documented instances in which the parachutes prematurely deployed but none of them such tragic results.



    Photo Credit: U.S. Navy]]>
    <![CDATA[50 iPhones Stolen From Verizon Store]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:18:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Chula+Vista+Verizon+robbery+06-28-16.jpg

    Fifty iPhones worth about $33,000 were stolen at gunpoint from a Verizon Wireless store in Chula Vista Tuesday night, police said.

    According to the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD), at around 8:45 p.m., two armed men made their move on the business located in the 1100 block of Broadway, in the same shopping center as a Costco.

    While an employee was placing smart phones inside a safe, one suspect went inside the store and forced that employee into the bathroom, police said.

    The second suspect was seen outside the store. The CVPD said about 50 iPhones were stolen and the suspects then fled the scene.

    The employee was not injured. As of Wednesday morning, both robbery suspects were still outstanding. No other information was immediately available.

    This robbery comes just a day after a similar armed robbery at a Verizon store on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard. In that case, which happened around the same time of the night, two armed men wearing hoodies and masks entered the store and stole an unknown amount of merchandise.

    It is unknown if the two robberies are linked in any way, but police said it's a possibility.



    Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
    <![CDATA[Making an Identity Kit for Your Child]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:11:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Thumb+Print+Eva.JPG

    Child advocacy groups generally agree that parents should create a Child ID Kit.

    That kit can be made available to law enforcement if a child is lost or goes missing. It should include a recent photograph, a child's height and weight, eye and hair color and fingerprints.

    But privacy experts are concerned who has access to that personal information.

    "So it's not a bad idea to have a copy of those," said Eva Velasquez with the Identity Theft Resource Center. "It's only bad to let someone else have a copy of those."

    Velasquez says she's concerned about advertisements she's seen where companies offer to store children's personal information. While she supports the ID Kits, she says parents need to control the information.  

    "The key piece is, we want parents to retain custody of that information and put it in a secure location." 

    Velasquez says some services will put your child's personal information on a thumb drive so you can carry it with you but warned that those can get lost.

    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has a free kit you can put together yourself.



    Photo Credit: Consumer Bob]]>
    <![CDATA['Listen to Our Veterans' Project: Frustrations With Medical Care]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:09:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Listen+To+Our+Veterans+App+0615.jpg

    Long wait times for medical and mental health care at San Diego VA Medical Centers are Veterans' top complaint, according to NBC 7's initiative asking Veterans how they feel about local services. 

    Many respondents to an NBC 7 questionnaire include negative and positive comments in their express feedback.

    The responses were compiled as part of NBC 7's Listen to Our Veterans initiative. Respondents were asked what's good and not so good in the categories of medical care, civilian transition, and other Veteran benefits.

    Nearly a month into the survey, more than 600 veterans have responded and shared their thoughts. 

    A majority of Veterans said the most important program to them is their medical benefits, but more than half said they are not satisfied with their medical care. 

    Kayla Carnevale, who served in Iraq as a Marine as part of the 2003 invasion, was one of many who responded to the survey. During her service, she suffered head trauma, nerve damage and, like so many post-9/11 veterans, lives with post-traumatic stress (PTS). 

    "It is unbearable at times," she told NBC 7. 

    While she is thankful the VA exists to provide the care she needs, she, like many who responded, shared her frustration with the system. 

    While representatives from the San Diego VA Medical Center told NBC 7 that wait times have decreased, Carnevale says she has been waiting 4 months for a mental health visit. More than 75 percent of respondents said wait times are too long. 

    “I'm pretty sure they'd like to save face and say they've handled it but I'm sitting here and telling you that they haven't,” she said.  Her alternative is another wait, one in the VA emergency room, which she says can take up to eight hours.

    Several Veterans shared similar experiences in the survey.

    One told us it took four months after a shoulder injury to get a diagnosis of a torn rotator cuff.

    “I am still looking to wait another six months before I can even see the orthopedic surgeon. Instead of treatment, I was mailed numerous pills for pain," the respondent said.

    Seventeen percent of respondents said their service was outstanding, 27 percent said it was good, 26 percent called their service fair, and 31 percent described their service as poor. 

    Another respondent said: "The education benefits application process was easy and the services quick, staff are also knowledgeable."

    Respondents say employees are friendly and helpful and to them, attitude is the most important thing they care about when it comes to staff. They said the programs they have been satisfied with are educational and home loan programs. More than half felt good about transitioning to employment programs. 

    NBC 7 launched the Listen to Our Veterans Project on Memorial Day with partners Donovan’s Steak and Chop House and HundredX’s Expresit, as well as Veterans organizations across San Diego County, including Support the Enlisted Project and the Armed Forces YMCA.

    The goal of the project is to give Veterans and other interested parties an opportunity to share their experiences with Veterans services in San Diego.

    The results of the project will be aggregated and published with an objective to provide content and useful insights surrounding Veterans services.

    The Listen to Our Veterans Project ends Monday, July 4. This is the last week to participate. If you are a Veteran, or the family member of a Veteran, you can submit your responses here. Please share this article with any friends or family who may be interested in participating.



    Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
    <![CDATA[32-Year-Old Valley Center Man Found]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 20:54:51 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san-diego-sheriff-generic-patrol-car.jpg

    A 32-year-old Valley Center man previously reported missing has been found and is safe with family, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said. 

    The man, who was reported to have walked away from his home in a remote area of Valley Center on Monday, June 27th, was found by a neighbor at Westfield North County shopping mall.

    He has been reunited with his family. 

    ]]>
    <![CDATA[Phone Companies Offer Free Texts, Calls to Turkey]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 04:55:14 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/att-GettyImages-140120181.jpg

    AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile are offering free calls and text messages from the U.S. to Turkey after deadly explosions rocked the Istanbul airport, killing dozens and injuring scores more.

    Officials have called Tuesday's assault a coordinated terror attack, and Turkey's prime minister said ISIS is likely to blame. 

    All four major U.S. phone carriers are waiving fees for customers who are trying to reach loved ones in Turkey.

    AT&T

    Charges for any calls made to Turkey from the U.S. by landline or wireless customers between Tuesday, June 28 to Thursday, June 30 will be waived or credited, the company announced. Text messages are also free.

    "Our thoughts are with the people of Istanbul and our customers who have friends and family there," AT&T said in a statement following the attacks.

    Verizon

    Verizon will not charge customers for international calls and texts made from the U.S. to Turkey on Tuesday, June 28 and Wednesday, June 29, according to the company.

    "More than 170,000 Verizon employees worldwide extend condolences to all our friends and family in Turkey," the company said in a statement posted on its website Tuesday.

    The exemption applies to both landline and wireless calls.

    T-Mobile

    T-Mobile is also waiving fees for calls and texts to Turkey, the company said. The offer extends from Tuesday, June 28 through Tuesday, July 5 and applies to prepaid and postpaid customers of T-Mobile Simple Choice, along with customers of MetroPCS, GoSmart Mobile and Wal-Mart Family Mobile. 

    "Today’s attack in Istanbul is both tragic and horrifying," said T-Mobile President and CEO John Legere, in a statement. "Our hearts are with everyone affected by this senseless act."

    Sprint

    Customers of Sprint, Boost and Virgin Mobile will receive free international calls and text messages to Turkey from Tuesday, June 28 through Tuesday, July 5, the company said.

    All international long distance, roaming and SMS charges will be waived.

    "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those personally affected during this difficult time," Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said in a statement. "We want to do everything we can to show our support and heartfelt sympathy to all Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Virgin Mobile customers with family and friends in the region."



    Photo Credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Downtown Cleanup Efforts Routine: City]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:27:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/East+Village+Homeless+0616.jpg

    Perched above Petco Park, looking down on the East Village is a clock, counting down the seconds until the Major League Baseball All Star Game on July 12.

    It will be one of the biggest sporting events in years for San Diego. However, while crews are putting on the finishing touches around the ballpark, preparations around the rest of the neighborhood are a little less certain.

    East Village has a reputation for being home to one of the country’s largest homeless populations, but the city has said it does not plan to handle the issue any differently because of the game. 

    Over the past week, signs have been posted around the neighborhood warning people to remove their belongings from sidewalks. Then, on Monday morning, city crews did clean the sidewalks, impounding or throwing away items that had not been moved. 

    According to the city and several homeless people in the neighborhood, the sweeps are nothing new, and signs are always posted 72 hours in advance.

    However, some of the homeless told NBC 7, there seems to be more enforcement whenever a big event comes to town.

    "When things happen like comic con, or baseball games, there's a lot more presence,” said Tony Rodriguez.

    Another woman camped out two blocks from the ballpark claimed police threatened her.

    "They actually told us that if we don’t get out of here that they're going to arrest us, all of us, by the time the game starts." said Mariah Miller.

    The city’s official response is that no additional enforcement or measures will be taken because of the game. City spokesman Craig Gustafson said the sidewalk sweeps are complaint driven.

    “This cleanup work is routine and is not tied to any special events,” said Gustasfson. “Point in fact, many of the individuals who are asked to remove their belongings for the cleanup work immediately return to occupy those same streets after the work is completed.”

    Some people who live in the neighborhood, however, doubt the city will allow the rest of the country to see what certain blocks typically look like.

    “I’m pretty sure they’re going to mask it,” said Kevin Monzon, “They’re gonna try to hide it for a weekend and then forget about it, I’m sure.” 

    Other downtown residents, like Larry Kessler, said if the city cannot come up with a permanent solution to the homeless issue, visitors should see that.

    "Why not just own up to it. It just seems ludicrous to me to have to do this,” said Kessler, "It's part of the fabric of our city. It's an issue that we have to deal with."

    Theodore Dizon sleeps on the streets a few blocks from the park. He says he would like to see a permanent solution, and hopes the city does not take short term action, just to put on a good show.

    “Does that mean that my feelings are less important than an all star game?” he said. “Why doesn't the city provide us a place, give us a place that we can be in compliance with the law."

    Whether the city does anything different to temporarily address the issue should be fairly easy to see come July 12.



    Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
    <![CDATA[Man Who Died Snorkeling in La Jolla ID'd]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:37:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/La_Jolla_Cove_Raw.1_1200x675_714130499873.jpg

    The man who died while snorkeling in La Jolla Monday has been identified.

    Paul Rooney, 49, was visiting from New York with his family, according to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD).

    On Monday evening around 6 p.m., Rooney developed medical distress while he was in the water just east of La Jolla Cove. A kayaker helped lifeguards take him to shore where they began CPR.

    Rooney was trasported to Scripps Memorial Hospital where he later died.

    The cause of death was determined to be drowning.

    ]]>
    <![CDATA[Police Activity Shuts Down Trolley]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:14:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Logan+Heights+Trolley+Delay+06-28-16.jpg

    Police activity in the Logan Heights area shut down the trolley and caused traffic delays on Tuesday.

    The incident happened at approximately 2:43 p.m. 32 Street and Imperial Avenue in San Diego.

    The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System tweeted that the Orange Line bus bridge would be shut down until further notice. Commuters can expect 20 to 25 mind delays in service.

    No other information was immediately available.



    Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>