<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:14:46 -0800 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:14:46 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Motorcyclist Leads Police on High-Speed Chase]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:44:45 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/escondido+motorcycle+pursuit.jpg

A man that led police on a high-speed chase through North County at speeds of up to 130 miles per hour has not been found, police said.

The pursuit started shortly after midnight at Via Rancho Parkway and Del Dios Highway when an officer tried to pull over a motorcyclist for speeding, police said.

The driver took off to the 78 and 15 freeways on a chase, at times reaching speeds so fast that the police helicopter lost track of the suspect, police said. Officers estimated he was speeding up to 130 miles per hour at times.

The chase went through some side streets and at least one dirt road last for more than 30 minutes, police said, until the suspect ditched his motorcycle and ran off near Third Place and Upas Lane in Escondido.

Officers found the suspect’s bike in a neighbor’s driveway but are still trying to figure out if the bike is registered to the suspect or if it was stolen.  

<![CDATA[Pest Control Poser Helps Burglarize 2 Homes]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:06:55 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/backyard+pest+control+scam.JPG

Two San Diego homes were burglarized Monday as their owners were distracted by a man claiming to be a city pest control worker.

The victims say a man wearing a blue shirt with a city of San Diego emblem and the name “Bill” on it knocked on their doors and said he worked in pest control.

One of the victims, who wished only to be identified as George, told NBC7 the suspect was very convincing and seemed official.

“He was a pretty young guy, really charming, seemed like he knew what he was doing,” said George.

He said at the suspect requested he show him the backyard of his University City home to help measure for raccoon and possum traps.

While the suspect and victim walked to the back, another person got into the home and burglarized it. George said his cash and jewelry were taken.

“I never thought I could get burglarized while in my own house,” he told NBC 7.

Just a few hours earlier, Yen Vuong’s husband and father of two had a similar experience at their Clairemont house.

Vuong said she was not home at the time, but her husband described the suspect as looking official and insistent.

“If I had a gun, I would have shot him right away,” said Vuong.

As the suspect played out the same ploy, his accomplice ransacked the Vuongs’ bedroom, taking more than $2,000. The family had a break-in some time ago, after which they put steel bars on their windows and doors. Unfortunately, those did not protect them against this scheme.

The man who posed as a city worker is between 25 and 35 years old, standing between 5-foot-8-inches and 5-foot-11-inches and weighing between 210 and 225 pounds.

<![CDATA[Pedestrian Deaths Up in San Diego]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:19:17 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/pedestrian-sign-serra-hs-cr.jpg Across the nation, pedestrian deaths may be dropping, but in 2013, they only got worse in San Diego. NBC 7's Vanessa Herrera has more on the latest stats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Bowl Games Bring $35M to City ]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:23:52 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/229*120/SD+Bowl+Games.jpg

Once again the San Diego Bowl Games generated some serious cash for San Diego.

The Poinsettia and Holiday Bowl games combined brought in $35.3 million for the 2014 season, which is nearly $5 million more than the previous season, according to a study conducted by the SDSU Center for Hospitality and Tourism Research.

The games are organized by the nonprofit San Diego Bowl Game Association and have been held in San Diego since 1978.

On Dec. 23, the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl between SDSU and United States Naval Academy generated $5 million. Although this game was the smaller of the two, it brought in a large crowd: more than 33,000 people, 9,000 of whom were out-of-towners. More than 5,000 hotel rooms were sold.

Four days later, on Dec. 27, the 37th Annual National University Holiday Bowl between Nebraska and USC came to town, which brought in over $30 million to San Diego. This included nearly 40,000 outside fans who traveled to San Diego for the game and about 56,000 people total at Qualcomm Stadium. About 25,000 hotel rooms were sold, which was nearly five times the amount sold for the Poinsettia Bowl.

According to a press release from San Diego Bowl Game Association, the mission of the nonprofit is to generate tourism, exposure, economic benefit and civic pride for San Diego and its citizens.

San Diego Bowl Game Associations President Vince Mudd said the games prove to be an economic asset to San Diego during the slowest time of the year for the local tourism industry.

<![CDATA[Website Helps Military Members Pick Right Meal for Them]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:16:49 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/military+mre.JPG

Members of the military have a new, high-tech way to pick out the right meal for them -- and hopefully enjoy it more.

The Department of Defense created the website called Combat Rations Database (ComRaD) in an effort to give service members more choices when it comes to selecting what to eat for their MREs, or “meal ready to eat.”

The site offers a pull down menu that shows service members the calorie count and nutritional content of pre-packaged military meals. The choices can be made on a desktop computer or on a cellphone.

Veteran Jason Byrd said he thought it was a good idea. “I think it would be useful for some people,” he told NBC 7.

In each option like spaghetti or chicken pesto pasta, the website lists the total number of calories, sodium, cholesterol, saturated fat, transfat, vitamins and other nutritional items for the whole meal. Keep in mind, troops in combat need more calories than the average person.

Having a variety of things to eat rather than the same MRE all the time can give a person different kinds of benefits, according to Vickie Nickerson, a personal trainer and owner of Envision Personalized Fitness.

She thinks showing service members what is inside a meal so that they can choose what to eat makes good dietary sense.

“I think the more educated you are about what you are putting in your mouth is only going to help you with your health,” said Nickerson. “Then you can make the better choices for that.”

<![CDATA[911 ‘Butt Dial’ Leads to 3 Drug Arrests]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:04:09 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Marijuana+Generic1.jpg

Scores of pot plants were seized and three people were arrested after one of them accidentally "butt-dialed" 911 and a dispatcher overheard their incriminating conversation about drugs, sheriff’s officials say.

The call came in at about 11:30 p.m. Monday when a deputy pulled over to have lunch in his marked patrol car close to an Alpine house.

When three men inside noticed the car, they started talking about drugs, about items needed to make butane honey oil and about wanting to hurt the deputy.

Unbeknownst to them, one of the three had accidentally “butt dialed” 911, according to San Diego County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jan Caldwell. A dispatcher, trying to find out if there was an emergency, overheard their whole conversation.

Deputies found out where the call was coming from and searched the home, where they discovered 93 marijuana plants.

They arrested 35-year-old Mark Stuhr, 32-year-old Kristopher Kondly and 38-year-old Christian Feugere on suspicion of marijuana cultivation and possession, possession of a controlled substance and probation violation.

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<![CDATA[Georgia Street Bridge Receives Final Federal Funds]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:35:28 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/220*120/georgia-street-bridge.JPG

Beginning in fall 2015, the historic Georgia St. Bridge that spans across University Avenue will soon get the face lift it’s been waiting for.

Councilmember Todd Gloria announced Tuesday that the city council has approved and received $9.5 million in federal funding for the project. This is in addition to the $1.7 million the city previously received, totaling at $11.2 million.

The bridge, which was built in 1914 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998, needs some major repairs. Since the bridge is more than 100 years old, the city is working with Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration to follow historic and Caltrans guidelines. These repairs will happen from the arch ribs of the bridge and up, as well as the crosswalks and lanes along University Avenue.

According to a press release from the city of San Diego, the repairs will include new curbs and gutters on both sides of University Avenue, added shared-lane markings for cyclists riding in the outside road lanes, new asphalt between the Florida St. and Park Blvd. intersections and replaced sidewalks on the south side of University Avenue. The portion of University that runs under the bridge will be lowered a little over two feet to increase the vertical clearance between the street and the bridge.

When the federal funding was first announced in February, NBC 7 asked San Diegans what they think about the bridge. As a historical landmark, they are ready to see some improvement to what they consider a gem in their neighborhood.

The renovations for the bridge are being planned with SANDAG’s North Park Mid-City Bike Corridors Project improvements and are estimated to take one year to complete.

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<![CDATA[Woman's Death Still a Mystery 23 Years Later]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:03:41 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/angela+kleinsorge.JPG Years, or even decades, may have passed, but police continue to search for leads in unsolved local cases that have grown cold. Here's a look at those compelling cases waiting to be cracked. If you have any information on any of these cases, contact the SDPD at (619) 531-2293 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

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<![CDATA[Day Care Owner Accused of Killing Baby to Stand Trial ]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:55:13 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/james+nemeth.JPG

A day care owner charged with the murder and assault of an 11-month-old baby will stand trial, a judge decided Tuesday.

James Patrick Nemeth was arrested and charged last year with murder and assault in the May 2012 death of Louis "Lou" Oliver. He pleaded not guilty in November, nearly two years after Lou’s death.

In court Tuesday, a dozen witnesses answered questions from Deputy District Attorney Nicole Rooney and defense attorney Albert Arena Tuesday.

The mother of 11-month old Lou Oliver, Cristina Oliver, gave an emotional account of what happened when she arrived to Rady Children’s Hospital on May 23, 2012.

“I wasn't able to see him right away,” Oliver said. “I knew something terrible had happened because the EMT’S were outside and they were pacing and I could tell something horrible had happened. I finally asked if I could see him and they brought me into the ER room and he was not doing well, he was hooked up on all these machines and there must have been 10 people nurses and doctors trying to stabilize him.”

Lou was alert and healthy when he was dropped him off at the San Diego Daycare, also known as the James Nemeth Family Childcare, on May 23, 2012, according to this mother.

Just a few hours later, she says she got an alarming text message from Nemeth telling her to "come quickly, Lou did not wake up from his afternoon nap," Oliver told NBC 7 in February.

Nemeth's former day care assistant, Christina Duran, also testified Tuesday. She said the day Lou died, she heard a loud sound coming from the room where Nemeth was trying to put Lou down for a nap.

“I was sitting there and I heard a slam,” Duran said. She said she overheard Nemeth talking to Lou saying to the baby, “there is no reason to cry you’ve been fed, you’ve been changed, you need to take a nap.”

Rooney asked Duran if Nemeth seemed frustrated at the time. She said she answered “yes.”

Marilyn Kaufhold, a pediatrician at Rady Children's Hospital and expert in child abuse, also testified Tuesday. She said she reviewed Lou's medical records and said his cause of death was "most likely child abuse" and specifically "shaking that caused internal bleeding" in the brain, spinal cord and eyes.

She acknowledged there was evidence of an earlier, prior minor head injury. But Kaufhold said that earlier injury, which happened about a week before he died, did not cause Lou’s death. Kaufhold said people who shake babies are usually trying to make them sleep and don't know how dangerous and deadly it can be.

Last year, NBC 7 Investigates reported that before Lou's death, Nemeth had a lengthy history of serious violations, including allegations that he was physically rough with his own child. In November, Nemeth emailed a statement to NBC 7, saying in part: "I cared for Louis, he was an amazing child. I tried everything I could to save him and the fact I failed is something that will be with me forever."

The NBC 7 Investigates report also found it was very difficult for parents to review files on what happens to their children while in the care of individual day cares. After our reports,state lawmakers changed the way parents can access information about day cares in California, making the information available online, instead of only in person by appointment.

Click here to see the complete investigation.

Defense attorney Al Arena questioned the medical experts including Kaufhold, trying to show evidence of a prior head injury. In an exclusive interview, he told NBC 7 Nemeth is not the only suspect.

“We're not conceding that the child was injured at the day care center,” he said. “But, if you look at in the light most favorable to the prosecution, there were three adults that were there at the day care."

Nemeth will be back in court March 19, but his trial date has not been set. If convicted, he could spend 25 years to life in prison.

<![CDATA[Downtown Sheraton Suites Hotel Sells for $50M]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:58:03 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/downtown+sheraton+sold.jpg

An affiliate of Maryland-based Marriott International Inc. has acquired the 264-room Sheraton Suites San Diego hotel in the downtown area for approximately $50 million, according to CoStar Group and public data.

The recorded seller of the property, at 701 A St. near Symphony Hall, was Noiro West LLC of Hobe Sound, Fla. The recorded buyer was Marriott Ownership Resorts Inc. of Bethesda, Md.

The 329,400-square-foot hospitality property was built on 0.28 acres in 1990 and renovated in 2008.

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<![CDATA[Body Found in Container at Lakeside Apartment]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:30:18 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/body+in+box+lakeside.JPG

Deputies who went to a Lakeside apartment to evict the tenant instead found a body inside a  suitcase-like container Tuesday.

Court Services deputies said they went to the Riverview Villa Apartments at 11665 Woodside Avenue to serve an eviction notice for failing to pay rent at about 8:30 a.m. However, the woman living there volunteered information about a body inside.

She allowed the deputies to go in, and they quickly smelled the odor of decomposition coming from a duct tape-sealed container, according to San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Ken Nelson.

The home was sealed off until a homicide team could arrive with search warrants. They soon confirmed there was a body inside the container. It may have been there six months to more than a year, according to sheriff's investigators.

They believe the body belongs to an adult relative of the tenant, described by neighbors as a quiet woman in her late 50s.

"We'd see her walk her dog all the time, and she's kind of standoffish," said neighbor Chris K.

The woman has been questioned by investigators and was taken to a hospital for treatment, though officials would not say for what. No charges have been filed at this point.

The medical examiner's office soon arrived to take the container and body away, covering it in a tarp and blanket to conceal it.

Neighbors in the complex say they feel like they're in a TV crime series. They cannot believe a woman next door may have been living with a dead relative for the past year.

"It smelled like that — it was so awful. The upstairs neighbor said she could smell it through her walls," Chris said.

Investigators cleared the scene Tuesday night, but winds were still wafting the foul odor of the body out to the complex's sidewalk.

Photo Credit: Steven Luke]]>
<![CDATA[UC to Cap Out-of-State Enrollment: Report]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:36:15 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/177*120/berkeleycampus.jpg

The University of California will cap out-of-state enrollment at current levels next year for several of its campuses, including Berkeley and Los Angeles, UC President Janet Napolitano told a newspaper on Tuesday.

“It’s good to have a mix of international and out-of-state students on the campuses. That’s the world these students are going to graduate into,” Napolitano told The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board. “The question is how much of a good thing is it, and how much is an appropriate number?”

In November 2014, State Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) had issued several plans to avoid a UC tuition hike, and one of those ideas was to cap 2014-15 out-of-state enrollment levels.

The UC system has faced a slew of state budget cuts over the last several years, and so, the entire public university system tried to recruit outside California. Out-of-state undergraduates must pay about $36,000 a year in tuition to attend UC, compared to Californians who pay $13,200, according to the admissions office. 

But as the Sacramento Bee reported, nonresident enrollment has reached about 15 percent systemwide, and more than 20 percent at the flagship campuses in Berkeley and Los Angeles, the university has come under increasing criticism for squeezing out the students the system was mandated to teach beginning in the 1950s.

In January, Gov. Jerry Brown added an out-of-state enrollment cap to his budget proposal that would grant UC a 4 percent increase in state funding. Since then, Napolitano and Brown have met several times as a “committee of two” to discuss the university’s finances and a controversial proposed tuition increase.

As of spring 2015, the University of California has 10 campuses, a combined student body of 238,700 students.

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<![CDATA[Man Flashed Girl, 13, and Videotaped It: Chula Vista PD]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:08:25 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chula-vista-suspicious-2.jpg

Chula Vista police are searching for a man who exposed himself to a 13-year-old girl and videotaped it.

The girl was walking to school at about 8:30 a.m. Friday in the 400 block of Fifth Avenue when she saw a 40-year-old man sitting in his silver colored 4-door SUV.

The girl said the man was videotaping himself masturbating and then turned the camera on her as she walked by and shouted "hey!" to her, police said.

She ran to school and reported the situation to school officials, who then called police. Officers began patrolling the area, but couldn't find the man.

"As soon as she was confronted and threatened she ran directly to the school and notified authorities," said Chula Vista police Capt. Lon Turner. "That's exactly what we want to have happen in these cases."

The man appeared to have a dark complexion and was wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information should call Chula Vista Police Department’s Family Protection Unit at 619-691-5188.

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<![CDATA[Hazmat Team Called to Skyline Home]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:19:53 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/198*120/fire-engine-lafd-generic-1.jpg

A Hazmat team responded to a Skyline home after four residents complained of throat irritation.

The team was called to a single-story home at about 12:30 p.m. at Old Oak Drive and Gribble Street in Skyline, south of the Lemon Grove area.

By 2:15 p.m., firefighters had left the scene and residents received the OK to go back in the home.

<![CDATA[New Leader of Roman Catholic Church in SD Named]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:08:46 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/219*120/bishop+robert+mcelroy+photo+archdiocese+san+diego.jpg

The new leader of the Roman Catholic Church Diocese in San Diego has been named.

Robert W. McElroy, 61, an auxiliary bishop in San Francisco, has been named the new bishop for San Diego, which has about one million Catholics.

During his introduction Tuesday, McElroy showed a sense of humor, joking about moving from his native San Francisco to San Diego.

He then turned his attention toward championing immigration in America's Finest City, where minorities are now the majority.

"Immigration is the vitality of our nation. It's the source of its strength and its diversity and all of the richness and beauty that makes us a people, a fabric, as Americans," he said.

He urged lawmakers to pass comprehensive immigration reform. The foundation of his vision is likely rooted in his studies at St. Patrick's Seminary in Northern California, where San Diego Father Peter Escalante met McElroy.

"Even back then, his area of study was Catholic social teaching," said Escalante.

Thirty-six years later, Escalante said McElroy's passion is evident in his signature issues: economic inequality and outreach to the poor.

Escalante sees those as major issues in San Diego with its homeless individuals, some of whom attend mass at Escalante's church, St. Joseph's Cathedral.

"All of us in parish life and here in the area are aware of issues of immigration," he said. "Certainly here in downtown San Diego, the outreach to the poor is a major part of our ministry. I assume he'll be proactive in those areas."

McElroy is described as a progressive due to some of his writings, which place abortion and same-sex marriage on par with economic and human rights issues.

As Bishop of San Diego, Catholic education will be within his purview. He will make appointments to the board of the University of San Diego's trustees, and he will act as a superintendent of sorts for Catholic schools.

Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore J. Cordileone congratulated McElroy in a release:

"Bishop McElroy is exemplary in his outreach to many groups and communities in the Archdiocese and we are all grateful for his wise advice and guidance to people and parishes in the Archdiocese," Cardileone said. "We pray for God’s blessing upon Bishop McElroy as he assumes pastoral leadership of the priests and priestly people of San Diego and Imperial County."

McElroy was born in San Francisco in 1954 and was raised in San Mateo County, according to a biography on the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Before his appointment as auxiliary bishop, McElroy spent 14 years as the pastor of St. Gregory Parish. 

The new San Diego bishop has history degrees from Harvard and Stanford universities, and he studied at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkley. His doctorates are in moral theology from Gregorian University in Rome and in political science from Stanford.

McElroy will succeed Bishop Cirilo Flores and will be installed on April 15 at St. Therese of Carmel Church. Flores died Sept. 6 after suffering from a series of medical ailment at the age of 65. Msgr. Steven Callahan took over for Flores on an interim basis.

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<![CDATA[Supervisors Vote to Outfit Deputies With Body Cameras]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:04:01 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police+body+camera+generic.jpg

The San Diego Sheriff's Department may soon be wearing body cameras. 

On Tuesday, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal to outfit deputies with uniform cameras. 

In a letter from the Sheriff's Department to the Board of Supervisors posted on the BOS' website prior to the meeting, the Sheriff's Department said the "geographical and social environments " they cover are "increasingly complex and challenging."

"The interactions between members of the public and deputies responding to and investigating calls for assistance are often an important part of the record of the investigation," according to the letter.

With body cameras on their deputies, the letter said, the department would take a technological leap forward and the cameras would also "help promote a perceived legitimacy and a sense of procedural justice that communities expect from their law enforcement agencies."

In that letter, the sheriff's department said there would be no fiscal impact associated with the request because the SDSO would come back to them with a recommendation for funding before receiving the cameras.

The SDSO will start taking bids from 18 interested parties that would help outfit the officers, according the the letter.

The department is following the lead of other local agencies, including the San Diego and Chula Vista police departments, who have or plan to put cameras on their officers.

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<![CDATA[Main Break in Escondido Left Water Gushing Into Street]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:16:20 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/esco+webimg+2-PIC_0.jpg

An early morning water main break in Escondido may leave Broadway closed until Wednesday afternoon as crews work to fix the broken pipe and street. 

A Sig alert was issued for the break shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday after the break on Broadway left what one official on scene estimated was nearly 10,000 gallons of water a minute gushing from the broken pipe. Officials said the break happened at approximately 4 a.m. 

One the water stopped gushing and water officials surveyed the damage, they said the 10 inch iron pipe likely burst due to the rain and colder weather.

Crews are on scene working to put in a new pipe, but repairs could take up until Wednesday morning because the road needs to be repaved as well. A block of the street is closed as they fix the damage. 

The pipe broke behind Central Elementary School where water to the school was temporarily lost, though crews were able to restore it later that morning. 

<![CDATA[Exhibit Shows Personal Side of Fallen Veterans]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:37:19 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/remembering+our+fallen+web+pkg-PIC_0.jpg

While a picture can be worth a thousand words, powerful is probably the one word most fitting to the images on display in Alpine.

The Remembering Our Fallen exhibit features pictures of the 710 California men and women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11th, 2001. And these are not just the typical posed in uniform pictures. The creators of the exhibit approached the families and asked for two photos of their choice.

“There’s pictures from their high school days. There’s pictures from their childhood, from funny things they’ve done to happy joyous things,” says Dan Foster Chairman of the Wall of Honor in Alpine. “We want to remember them. We want to see their smiling faces. We want to see how wonderful these men and women are."

Taped onto a lot of the pictures are notes from family members and strangers.

“It’s an incredible sight,” said Dougan Dimmitt, who came to see the opening of the display in Alpine on Saturday. “It’s an incredible way to capture the memory of real heroes.”

Some of the family members came to see the exhibit like Sherrie Fredsti whose son Nick was killed in Afghanistan in June of 2012. It was his six deployment in 12 years. His family says he spent 86 months away from home during that time. One of the pictures they chose to display was taken a few hours before he was killed.

“Our biggest fear is that they’ll be forgotten,” said Sherrie Fredsti, “And this reminds people, and keeps their faces and their memories fresh for all of us.”

The exhibit opened at the Ronald Regan Presidential Library in Simi Valley in January. It’s now traveling around the California. There are similar displays going on in more than a dozen states.

The goal is to have a collection from all 50 states and tour them around the country together in 2016.

Remembering our Fallen will be on display at the Alpine Community center until March 7th. From there, it goes to Poway.

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<![CDATA[How to Stay Safe When Driving in the Rain]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:38:26 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tires+generic.jpg

Rain-slicked roads are wreaking havoc on drivers.

When the rain rolls around in San Diego, experts say one thing you can do to help yourself out when driving in hazardous conditions is to take care of your tires.

Over the weekend, the California Highway Patrol reported 164 wrecks, a number that’s on pace to beat their average number of reported crashes during “normal weather” conditions. That number is usually around 100 to 174.

After a series of crashes Saturday and Sunday, including a one-truck crash from the 52 on ramp, mechanics at La Mesa Auto and Tire Center said tires tend to be an issue for people in San Diego.

In the aftermath of that accident, Manager Carlos Quijada one thing quickly came in focus.

“You can see a straight line, so she needed tires,” Quijada said.

That straight line Quijada's talking about is the wear bars - a standard on all car tires.

Try switching out the old penny test for something else. When the little black knobs are taller than the treat, it’s time for new tires.

“If there's not enough tread on it to separate the water from the road you can hydroplane just like that,” said Aquijada.

Driver Terry Ross said he isn’t trying to be a statistic.

When the tire pressure warning light flashed, he immediately pulled over at a gas station to check the problem and air up.

He was motivated by the potentially dangerous weather.

“The rain! The rain of course,” Ross said. “I don’t want tire pressure that’s not level. It wears on your tires and you could have an accident, possibly.”

<![CDATA[Local Sex Offender's Family Reacts to Court Ruling ]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:03:40 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/lakeside+sex+offender+home.JPG

The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that prohibiting sex offenders from living inside 2,000 feet a school infringes on their rights of privacy and liberty.

Registered sex offender Lee Austin fought to remain in his home with his family despite being within that distance of Lakeview Elementary School. The court based its decision on his case and three others in San Diego County.

Since his release last November, Austin has lived with his parents, and his mother told NBC 7 they have not had any difficulties.

"Sex offenders are very misunderstood. You really have to know the cases,” she said.

She did not wish to be identified by name and turned down an interview on camera. Her son was convicted in 2001 of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.

Beth Marshall, the mother of a fourth grader at Lakeview Elementary School, lobbied hard to get the school to do something about Austin's return home.

“I do know kids who are in his grade that walk right by that house every night,” Marshall said .

Gurney Warnberg has lived three houses down from the sex offender's family for three decades but did not know about a change in the neighborhood.

Still, the Supreme Court's decision to reverse an established state law is unsettling, he said.

“Those folks have problems and they have problems throughout their lives,” Warnberg said.

The court indicated residency restrictions increases the incidents of homelessness and deprives them of access to services available to parolees.

Austin's mother said the law “tries to destroy their lives. It's not good and it's not fair.”

The ruling only applies to San Diego County, but it could have statewide impact. It overturns a 2006 voter-approved ballot measure that required the 2,000-foot distance.

In its opinion, the court said sex offenders could still be forced to live more than 2,000 feet from schools, but the decision would have to be made on a case-by-case basis. The decision still needs review by the Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation.

<![CDATA[ Goldman Sachs to Cover Chargers’ Losses Under Stadium Plan ]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:28:36 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chargers+raiders+stadium+rendering+15.jpg

Goldman Sachs’ backing of a Chargers move to the Los Angeles area will go beyond the potential building of a new stadium.

The investment bank will cover the team’s operating losses with in the first few years and renovations to a temporary venue, if needed, team special counsel Mark Fabiani confirmed to NBC 7 Monday.

The Chargers announced a plan last month to build a joint, $1.7 billion stadium with longtime rivals the Raiders in Carson if both teams cannot find stadium solutions within their home markets.

But before a new project can be finished, the Chargers expect to be temporarily homeless, possibly playing in either the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum or the Rose Bowl Stadium for a time, the Sports Business Journal reported. Goldman Sachs would help the team cover any renovations required on those venues.

“With respect to Goldman Sachs, the investment bank has been working with the team for many years,” Fabiani said in an email. “If the team decides ultimately to relocate to Los Angeles, because we cannot find a solution in San Diego, we are confident that Goldman Sachs can successfully put all of the necessary financing in place.”

During the plan’s announcement on Feb. 20, Tim Romer, managing director of Goldman Sachs, said the financing model will follow that of the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara -- also backed by the company. No taxes or city general funds will go toward the project; it will rely solely upon revenue the stadium generates.

“We’re committed to helping to get this done,” Romer said at the time.

The news comes as San Diego’s stadium advisory group heard from avid fans trying to keep the team local. The group held a public forum, where hundreds stepped up to a microphone to say where they’d like to see a new San Diego stadium and how they’d like it funded.

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<![CDATA[Semi-Truck Hits, Drags Pedestrian on Freeway]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:43:20 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/semi+vs+pedestrian+fatal+vista+0302.JPG

A semi-truck driving on a Southern Calfornia highway hit a pedestrian head on Monday, dragging the man several feet after the fatal crash, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The truck driver named Vicente said the person darted onto State Route 78 in Vista as he drove near Sycamore Avenue. There was no time to react, he said.

"He was walking in front of me and barely I see him in the night. I feel the impact and I stop right there," Vicente said.

The pedestrian, in his 70s or 80s, was pronounced dead at the scene, officials say.

One lane of the westbound SR-78 was closed as CHP investigated the crash.

<![CDATA[SD Band's Tour Bus Explodes Into Flames]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:55:18 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/through+the+roots++tour+bus+explosion.jpg

A San Diego reggae band’s tour bus exploded into flames Monday, leaving the members stranded on the road.

The band Through The Roots was on its way to North Carolina when the green and black bus suddenly caught fire.

Everyone on board was able to escape unharmed, but many possessions -- like laptops, clothes, cellphones, wallet and music equipment – were lost to the flames.

A band member posted video of the fire to Facebook, saying they’re working on a way to continue their tour.

About an hour later, a more hopeful post emerged. “We are a hard working and extremely dedicated group of individuals, we will make this work and we will be back,” the band wrote on its page.

A friend created a GoFundMe page to help Through The Roots recoup some of their losses. The goal is to raise $30,000.

The cause of the fire is not clear.

Photo Credit: Through the Roots
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<![CDATA[Injured Pit Bull Fighting for Her Life After 30 Foot Fall]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:36:54 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/164*120/hope+the+injured+freeway+dog.jpg

A young female pit bull dog is fighting for her life after she ran across two East County freeways and jumped off a bridge.

The pit bull, nicknamed “Hope” by her caretakers, ran loose across State Route 94 and then Freeway 125 Saturday night. When the dog reached a barrier, she jumped off the edge of the bridge, falling 30 to 40 feet.

The impact of the fall left the dog with broken legs, a possible ruptured bladder and a fractured femur, x-rays from the County of San Diego's Department of Animal Services showed Monday.

On Tuesday, Hope had additional x-rays done. Doctors determined she had trauma in her chest cavity that was being treated and after, they would treat the dog's fractured femur. 

The dog was taken to a specialist to better take care of her injuries, the DAS said. Hope underwent surgery for her injuries, the San Diego Humane Society said. 

The cost of Hope's treatment will be covered by the DAS's donation-driven "Spirit Fund" will cover the cost of the dog's health care, the Department said. Readers wishing to donate to the "Spirit Fund" can find the website by clicking here.

After the dog jumped from the freeway Saturday, people rushed out of their cars to try and help the dog. Those that helped, including one vet technician, were able to stablize the dog and get her care.

On Sunday, East County residents came together in wake of the dog's health issues and started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the pit bull as it fought for its life. However, that page will now be closing and the funds will be forwarded to the Veterinary Specialty Hospital, the DAS said.

In just over 24 hours, the GoFundMe page had reached $1,000 of a $10,000 goal. 

“If you can give, give as much as you can, as little as you can, every little tiny bit helps,” said Selena Gallagoes, a bystander. “And if you can’t, give prayer, prayers work, I mean that fall could've killed a human for her to have gone that distance and made it out as well as she did, she has a reason to be here and I think she deserves that chance to live.

Photo Credit: San Diego Humane Society]]>
<![CDATA[$150K Bail Set for Man Accused of Assaulting 2 Women]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:41:35 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Clem+arraignment+web+pic-PIC_0.jpg

A judge set bail at $150,000 for a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman and attacking another woman.

Garth Clem, 37, appeared in a Vista courtroom on Monday and pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including assault with intent to commit rape and sexual battery.

Prosecutors in court outlined the graphic and bizarre allegations against Clem, a North County real estate agent and former Camp Pendleton Marine.

Clem and his girlfriend went to the Prominence Apartments on Feb. 24 on S. Twin Oaks Valley Road after meeting two women at a nearby restaurant.

Once inside, prosecutors say Clem sexually assaulted one of the women and got into a physical fight with his girlfriend.

Prosecutors said Clem groped one of the women and when she went to the bathroom, he followed her. She asked him to leave and, as prosecutors allege, he put her in a headlock.

She was able to escape. But then, prosecutors said, Clem went after his own girlfriend.

“He took a belt from his pants. He hit her repeatedly,” a deputy district attorney said. “He then ripped off her clothing and punched her repeatedly. She was able to escape from the apartment and yell for help.”

Clem was arrested that night after the two women escaped the apartment and alerted deputies to the ordeal.

<![CDATA[Nathan Fletcher Files for Divorce]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:51:43 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Nathan-Fletcher-Mindy-Fletc.jpg

Former State Assemblyman and San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher and his wife of more than 10 years are divorcing.

Court papers obtained by NBC 7 confirm that Nathan Fletcher filed for divorce on Jan. 13 and that the couple separated last Dec. 1.

The Fletchers were married in 2003 and have two boys, ages six and three.

In his petition for divorce, Nathan cited the couple’s “irreconcilable differences” as the legal grounds for ending their 11-year marriage.

In a statement released to NBC 7, the couple said, “We have made the best decision for our family. It is an amicable divorce and we remain good friends. Our first priority is our children and we hope that everyone will respect our privacy as we make this transition.”

<![CDATA[Hail, Snow Turns Parts of County White]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:09:30 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hail+in+escondido+0302.JPG A late winter storm moved through San Diego on March 1 and 2, 2015, dumping hail, snow and rain throughout the county. ]]> <![CDATA[Court Strikes Down Ban on Where Sex Offenders Can Reside]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:30:21 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/court-stock-courtroom-gavel-judge.jpg

The California Supreme Court has ruled that state corrections officials can't prohibit all registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park as required by a 2006 voter-approved ballot measure.

The court said the blanket restriction violates the sex offenders' constitutional rights by limiting their access to housing. They said it also deprives sex offenders of access to services such as psychological counseling that are available to all parolees.

The court restricted its decision to San Diego County, where the case originated. But the ruling has potential statewide impact.

The court did not strike down the law itself, saying sex offenders could still be forced to live more than 2,000 feet from schools. But it said the decision would have to be made on a case-by-case basis.

The Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation is reviewing the decision.

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<![CDATA[Avid Fans Gather for Chargers Stadium Meeting]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:22:20 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chargers+fans+at+public+forum.jpg

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer read to a group of students at Balboa Park Monday morning to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss. The mayor read "Oh The Place You’ll Go" to a group of elementary school students.

If only financing a new stadium for the San Diego Chargers could be that easy. But on Monday, Faulconer’s stadium advisory group heard many ideas from fans at a public meeting at Qualcomm Stadium.

Though a rally was scheduled for 5 p.m., enthusiastic fans got it started early with chants of "Save our Bolts" in the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot. The blue and gold-clad supporters filled the lot with signs, Bolts gear and costumes to show how much they want the Chargers to stay in San Diego.

Former Charger Nick Hardwick was out there leading the cheers.

The meeting with the group lasted two and a half hours with a long line of speakers allowed 90 seconds each. While the committee may walk away with a handful of ideas, they were more than assured of San Diegans' passion for their team.

"I don't got a great plan. I don't got the solution. All I got is a lot of spirit, want to show it want everyone in here to feel it," saad Ryan Read.

Others came with a plan. Anthony Moratta told the group he spent a month on his that would "generate revenue in the billions of dollars for here." 

The fans were asked to weigh in on two categories: stadium location — either Mission Valley or downtown — and stadium financing ideas.

One fan suggested there should be a $3 surcharge on everything, from ticket sales to concessions.

"We're determined to make sure this team doesn't leave. We're all fighting together to send a message to the NFL, to the city, to the Chargers, that San Diego's not the place you want to leave and this city is ready to fight for its team," said David Agranoff with SaveOurChargers.org.

But will the fans opinions carry much weight as the advisory committee works to come up with a plan within a self-imposed 90-day time frame?

“Most important for me, is that we have a plan with real numbers attached to it. That’s what’s been missing in this dialogue for the last 10 years,” said Faulconer.

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<![CDATA[Forecasters Warn of Thunder, Lightning at Beaches]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:48:56 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Pier-Coastline_06.jpg

The possibility of lightning and thunder at San Diego’s beaches on Monday has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a beach hazard statement.

The forecast calls for isolated lightning and thunderstorms to sweep across San Diego County into the evening. The beach hazard statement is in effect until 10 p.m. Monday.

The Doppler RADAR indicates a potential for thunderstorms, NBC 7 meteorologist Jodi Kodesh said, and North County has already had one.

"There is danger for beach goers," Kodesh said. "Cloud-to-water, and cloud-to-ground lightning is possible. Beach goers should head indoors, if a storm cell is approaching, and wait for it to pass."

Lightning at the beaches could result in injury or death to beach goers, the National Weather Service said.

Meteorologists recommend staying away from metal objects and moving indoors until the storm passes.

The rain and blustery conditions are expected to taper off on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Cop Jailed for Misconduct on Job Released From Jail ]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:01:15 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Christopher-Hays-Sentencing-0926.jpg

A former San Diego Police Department officer sentenced to jail for misconduct on the job – including assault, battery and illegally detaining several women – has been released from jail.

Hays was sentenced to a year in jail on October 3 and served his full sentence, San Diego Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said. He was released from the Central Jail at 6:51 a.m. during a scheduled

Defendants are often released early because of good behavior.

Christopher Hays, 30, was sentenced on Sept. 26 to one year in county jail, plus three years of probation. Hays pleaded guilty to felony false imprisonment as well as misdemeanor counts of assault and battery under the color of authority by a peace officer on Aug. 22.

At least four women came forward accusing Hays of allegedly inappropriately touching and groping them during pat-downs while he was on duty.

At his preliminary hearing in April, three alleged victims identified only as Jane Doe One, Two and Three described their interactions with the officer in uniform.

Jane Doe Two said Hays allegedly gave her a pat down that included lingering over every part of her body. Jane Doe Three accused Hays of dropping his hand towards his groin and asking her to touch his body.

Hays, a four-year veteran of the SDPD, was charged with the misconduct crimes in February. Hours after his arraignment, he resigned from the SDPD, saying he was not guilty. He said he felt betrayed by the department.

Hays denied the groping charges, later pleading guilty to the other counts of misconduct on the job, including battery and assault. Because he did not plead guilty to the sexual allegations, he will not have to register as a sex offender.

Hays' attorney said that, with good behavior, Hays could possibly get out of jail in six months and begin a new life with his family. The attorney said his client plans to eventually move out of San Diego and back to his home state of Arkansas with his wife and kids, where he may pursue a new career as a welder.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested After Solana Beach Post Office Fire]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:57:52 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sb+arson+webimg+1-PIC_0.jpg

A man is under arrest after a fire broke out at a Solana Beach post office.

The incident happened shortly before 2:30 a.m. when Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the 100 block of South Sierra Avenue.

Deputies said a mentally ill man broke into the business and set the fire. Officials were able to put out the fire and arrest the man.

The post office will be open on Monday.

<![CDATA[Father, Infant Suffer Life-Threatening Injuries]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:19:33 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/point+loma+stroller+crash.JPG

A father pushing his 5-month-old child in a stroller was hit by a car in Point Loma, and both are now in critical condition, the San Diego Police Department said.

At about 6:30 a.m. Monday, a couple was walking with their baby in the stroller when an SUV turned from Catalina onto Canon and hit the father and stroller, SDPD Lt. Paul Connelly said.

The 47-year-old driver of the SUV stopped and got out to help the father and child, police said.

The 30-year-old father was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital. The 5-month-old is conscious and breathing and was taken to Rady Children's Hospital, police said. The mother was there but not injured, police said.

The father and child are suffering from serious, life-threatening head injuries and broken bones.

An NBC 7 map of accidents in Point Loma shows at least eight other accidents in that exact same intersection and area in the past few years. There have been 78 other accidents in the general vicinity of that intersection. None of those were fatal, according to police data, though 96 people have been injured.

Neighbor Kris Robbillard said the residents try not to use the crosswalk at the street because they have almost been hit so many times.

"We'd have to back up and go forward again, and back up and go forward, and nobody really seems to know there's a crosswalk there," Robbillard said.

When driving around the turn, they have to go slow because you can't see the crosswalk until last minute. A pedestrian sign where the couple was crossing is obstructed by foliage.

Kathleen Ferrier with Circulate San Diego, a cyclist and pedestrian advocacy group, said the intersection is poorly designed and is urging the city to look at streets like these and slow down traffic there.

"We have to commit to a vision of zero deaths for the city of San Diego and the tragedy this morning," said Ferrier. "We owe it to families like the one that was hit in the tragedy this morning to make our streets safer." 

Connelly said police believe the family was out exercising. It does not look like alcohol was a factor, and police are not sure if there were any other distractions.

The incident is under investigation, police said.

Photo Credit: NBC 7's Matt Rascon
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<![CDATA[Eastbound I-8 Lanes Reopened After Police Activity]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:51:09 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/EB+traffic+police+activity.jpg

Two lanes of Interstate 8 in El Cajon reopened again after police investigated an early morning highway shooting, the California Highway Patrol said.

Lanes 3 and 4 of the Interstate 8 eastbound were closed by officers around 5:45 a.m. Monday, the CHP said, as they gathered evidence regarding a shooting just off West Main Street.

The CHP said at approximately 3:36 a.m., a 50-year-old Spring Valley man was driving a 1989 Ford F350 pickup truck with a 45-year-old passenger from Lemon Grove when they noticed they were being followed by two men in their 20s.

The men, driving a dark-colored Toyota Tercel, had early spoken to the couple at Sycuan Casino, the CHP said, though the relationship between the groups is unclear.

When the cars got onto Interstate 8 eastbound from West Main Street, the Toyota pulled up next to the left of the pickup and shots were fired by someone inside the car, officers said. One round hit the left rear door of the pickup and another hit the driver in the shoulder area, CHP said.

The Toyota drove off after the shooting, police said, and the man drove himself to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego. The female passenger was not injured.

The CHP shut down the freeway for 20 minutes as they searched for evidence. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the CHP El Cajon Area Office at 619-401-2000.

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<![CDATA[Rain, Snow Expected Until Monday Evening]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:57:17 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/palomar+web+1-PIC_0.jpg

Get your umbrellas and snow chains ready, San Diego.

Rain and snow will continue to fall across San Diego County through Monday evening as the tail end of a storm system rolls through. For a full forecast, click through to our weather page here.

"We’ve seen some very impressive rainfall totals the last 24 hours," NBC 7 Meteorologist Jodi Kodesh said. "Many areas, along the coast and in the valleys, have seen well over an inch of rain."

Rain totals Monday will vary, Kodesh said, though most areas will experience light rainfall.

"Should a thunderstorm occur, obviously, higher rainfall totals would result – and we definitely have a chance of thunderstorms," Kodesh said.

Snow in the mountains will continue on and off above elevations of 4500 feet. Those areas are under a Winter Storm Watch until 4 p.m.

"When all is said and done, today, 4000-5000 feet could see another 1-3 inches of snow," Kodesh said. "5000-6000 feet could see three to six feet."

Heavy rainfall also left several streets flooded around San Diego Sunday, the California Highway Patrol said.

Quarry Road Dip in Spring Valley was closed between Lakeview Road and Highway 125 due to flooding, the CHP said. Interstate 805 southbound at the East 52 junction had large amounts of water in the lanes. The 5200 block of Bonita Road also had several lanes blocked due to flooding.

Crews cleaned an oil spill along the 52 Freeway East overpass from Interstate 5 southbound after an accident in the area. The California Highway Patrol and the San Diego Police Department's HAZMAT Unit cleaned up the ramp.

The San Diego County Water Authority and local lifeguard and fire rescue stations are offering tips to conserve water and keep homes and businesses safe.

Homes and businesses in need of sandbags can go to any San Diego county fire station or to lifeguard stations in Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla Shores. Crews do need to be present at the stations to receive sandbags. Sandbags can be filled up by beaches.

The San Diego County Water Authority said it is important to have sprinkler systems shut off during the rain to conserve water, and the systems can remain off for a few days after the last rain.

The San Diego Sheriff's Department also reminds those headed to the snow in the Julian, Pine Valley and Descanso areas to use snow chains. Drivers should have a full tank of gas, water and food in the event they get stuck in traffic or stranded by weather for several hours.

<![CDATA[New App Lets Patients Receive Diagnosis Through Phone]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:57:37 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Liberty11P0228_1200x675_406144067928.jpg

Not feeling up for a visit to the doctor? A new phone application may be able to help you out.

Doctor on Demand can help diagnose common health problems without the patient ever having to step foot inside a hospital.

Users can download the application and talk with board-certified and licensed doctors in their area through a web cam.

Some doctors say this is another way of dealing with day-to-day care, but should not be used for chronic health issues.

The application works on a pay-per-visit basis with no other feeds and has medical and pediatric doctors available as well as psychologists and lactation consultants.

<![CDATA[Escondido PD Check on Registered Sex Offenders]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:13:35 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/escondido+police.jpg

Dozens of officers hit the streets Saturday in Escondido to ensure hundreds of registered sex offenders are complying with the terms of their release.

NBC 7’s Matt Rascon rode along with an officer from the Escondido Police Department for a look at what police are doing.

The law states that sex offenders must update police on where they live, what they do for work, and the cars they own.

Keeping track of the registered sex offenders that live in Escondido is part of the job description for some officers with the department.

Sergeant Chris Lick is one of the police officers that works with the U.S. Marshals and Probation officers to contact all sex offenders all at once.

During the Saturday sweep, officers checked in on about 160 out of 200 registered sex offenders in the city. That number can fluctuate daily with moves or deaths, police said.

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<![CDATA[Navy Settles Dispute Over Native American Remains]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 14:13:18 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/236*120/death+certificate+san+nicolas+island.JPG

The Navy is turning over hundreds of human remains to a California Indian tribe after determining that the band has a historical connection to one of the Channel Islands.

A report this week in the Federal Register said Navy officials have recognized that the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians has a connection to the history of the island.

The designation means that the remains of 469 people and 436 burial objects that were removed from San Nicolas Island over the last century will be repatriated to the tribe in Temecula, a suburb 75 miles southeast of Los Angeles, according to the report.

The Ventura County Star reports the decision came after more than two years of talks between Navy officials and tribal officials over the Navy-owned island, which is 65 miles off the coast.

"What (this) decision means is that nearly 500 human remains, and hundreds of burial and sacred items will finally be afforded the respect and dignity they have long deserved under federal law," said Pechanga Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro, in a statement released Friday.

The artifacts have been moving around museums throughout the state.

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<![CDATA[Man Leads Deputies on Chase, Crashes Into Patrol Car: Sheriff]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 11:23:18 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/san+diego+county+Sheriff+generic+logo.jpg

A man that allegedly crashed into a Sheriff's Deputy's patrol car has been booked into jail and identified, officials said.

Police arrested Eddie Martin, 41, of Santee after he led police on a chase and collided head-on with a responding deputy’s patrol car at the intersection of Mast Boulevard and Hartland Circle.

The first incident happened at 10:40 a.m. when San Diego Sheriff's Deputies responded to a domestic violence call.

Martin was reportedly in a domestic violence dispute with his wife and told her he was willing to engage in a gun battle with law enforcement if he was contacted by them, deputies said. He fled before deputies arrived.

Officers were called back to Martin’s house that evening around 7 p.m. for reports of him banging on the front door. Martin left before deputies arrived, officials said.

After a brief search, he was later seen driving his Tahoe on Mast Boulevard in Santee.

Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop when Martin failed to yield, driving westbound into the eastbound lanes of Mast Boulevard. He then collided head-on with a responding deputies patrol car, leaving major front-end damage.

Both the officer and Martin were taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries. Martin was later released and booked into San Diego Central Jail for felony domestic violence, felony evading, possession of a stolen handgun, causing injury while driving under the influence, and other related charges.

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<![CDATA[SD Veteran Almost Loses Life Protecting Friend]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:13:57 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Omari11P0228_1200x675_406145091641.jpg

One San Diego veteran survived the dangers of deployment, only to come home and nearly lose his life protecting a friend.

28-year-old Marine Corps veteran Tim Caudill was stabbed by another man during a fight at The Eagle Bar in North Park on Wednesday.

Caudill, now recovering back at home, said he was stabbed multiple times and came close to losing his life. 29-year-old Homer Rubio was arrested for the crime.

When Caudill jumped in front of his friend Michael Romano, he said Rubio lunged toward him with a knife in hand.

“I think he’s a really good person,” Romano said. “I don’t look at it as heroic, more as someone who is morally a strong person that saw a situation for what it was and reacted to it.”

The attack happened on the same day San Diego Police released data showing violent crime in entertainment districts like North Park, Pacific Beach and East Village rose.

Overall crime in the city is down 13.5 percent.

Caudill said he hopes what happened to him is a call to action.

“As a society, we need to address mental illness and substance abuse. There are a lot of things we let go untalked about that we shouldn’t, because it doesn’t immediately affect you until the guy at the bar is stabbing you at the bar for no reason,” Caudill said.

The man accused of stabbing Caudill is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

<![CDATA[Padres Spring Training: Wil Myers]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 11:33:45 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WIL_MYERS_OK_1200x675_406146627897.jpg Wil Myers arrived in the Major Leagues in June of 2013. He only played 88 games but was so good, he won the American League Rookie of the Year Award for Tampa Bay. Last year, Myers suffered a pair of wrist injuries and saw his numbers plummet, opening the possibility for the Rays to trade him to the Padres and complete the Friars’ new-look outfield. At the Padres Spring Training complex in Peoria, AZ, NBC 7’s Derek Togerson went 1 on 1 with Myers to talk about his new surroundings, new team mates, and new expectations.]]> <![CDATA[Padres Spring Training: Quentin Reinventing Himself]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:58:44 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/165*120/GettyImages_495662115.jpg

Nobody has ever doubted Carlos Quentin’s ability to play baseball. The problem has been his ability to play baseball.

Quentin’s talent and impact are undeniable. The 2-time All-Star simply hasn’t been able to stay healthy. Since joining the Padres in 2012, Quentin has never played more than 86 games. In his 9-year career, he’s never played more than 131 games. Injuries have wiped out the rest.

But, Quentin still has lots of baseball left in him.

“I still feel I can be productive,” says Quentin. “The ball still comes off my bat, yes.”

The San Diego native watched in the off-season as the Padres added piece after piece and morphed in to playoff contenders.

“The city of San Diego should be extremely excited,” says Quentin. “The new ownership really changed things. They really brought in a lot of different guys and I think the city is really responding. There’s a buzz around town.”

The problem for Carlos is a lot of the guys who came in (Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers) play Quentin’s position. So, the outfielder was subject to trade rumors. Would an American League team bring him on to be a designated hitter? But, there is another option: Switching positions.

Quentin brought a first baseman’s glove to Arizona for the first time in his career. The change seems to have rejuvenated him.

“Yeah, I mean I’m enjoying learning a new position. My entire career I’ve been an outfielder. I’ve played outfield since high school (at Cathedral Catholic). It’s a lot of fun to do something different.”

The footwork at first base is much different, and can be taxing on the knees, but so far Quentin has had no issues with the move.

“The footwork is different, but everything’s different. It’s the infield. You’ve got to be prepared for the ball every single time. It’s actually easier to focus because you’re focusing every time the pitch is thrown. In the outfield you’ve really got to work on staying focused because you might not get the ball the entire game.”

"He's doing fine," said Padres manager Bud Black. "He's getting his grounders, he's getting all the subtleties of the position, he's learning our bunt plays, he's learning the cutoff and relay system. Carlos is a sharp guy. He knows baseball. He's working hard at it, so it's been fun for him."

For now, Yonder Alonso is penciled in as the starting first baseman. But he’s been working more and more at third base, as well, which might open up a little more playing time for Quentin, adding one more bat with 30 home run pop to the Padres already potent lineup.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Foot Pursuit Ends With Suspect in Custody]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:53:54 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/Police+Line+Police+Tape+Police+Generic+Frankford.JPG

A suspect is in police custody after leading authorities on a foot pursuit, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The pursuit started at 9:42 p.m. in La Mesa near Jackson and Baltimore Drive, the CHP said.

The chase ended in the 6100 block of Baltimore Drive, where officers placed the suspect in custody.

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<![CDATA[How Living Donors Save Lives]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 10:31:18 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/KIDNEY_FOLO_-_PAIRED_EXCHANGE_1200x675_406113859798.jpg

Six months after Susan Woolley donated her kidney to Jesse Macias, the longtime friends and colleagues catch up over breakfast in downtown San Diego.

"It's a new lease on life. I really owe it to Susie and what she did for me. I can never repay her. It just means so much to me, " says Jesse Macias.

"I think it changed my life in the gratitude I feel. I'm so happy that I did what I did to change his life," says Susan Woolley.

Susan is a video editor at NBC7. Jesse is a former local news reporter, who suffers from poly cystic kidney disease.

Until his transplant surgery in August, Jesse says it was a struggle just to eat a meal.

"Now, I can sit down for a while and not worry about the next day, or the next 30 minutes, of what can happen to me," says Macias.

Susan was able to donate directly to Jesse because their blood types match and other markers were compatible.

But often, people who want to donate to a specific person are not a match.

That's where the National Kidney Registry comes in.

It works with transplant hospitals around the country, including Sharp Memorial Hospital in Kearny Mesa, to pair up compatible living donors.

"The main advantage of a living donor is you get a higher quality organ," says Barry Browne, M.D. transplant surgeon at Sharp Memorial Hospital.

Santee resident Anesi Koria donated his kidney to the National Kidney Registry because he was not a match with his wife, Jill, who needed a transplant.

Anesi's kidney went to someone in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In return, his wife Jill got a kidney from someone else in the registry.

"Knowing how my wife's quality of life is, and knowing I'd done it for a young gentleman in Cincinnati, it makes you feel good. You feel good for helping somebody in that way," said Koria.

8 living donors have given their kidneys to the National Kidney Registry through Sharp Memorial Hospital, simply out of the goodness of their hearts.

The hope is more people will follow their lead.

"There are 3 to 4 hundred thousand people on dialysis, most of whom could use a kidney transplant. but there are only about 7 thousand cadaver donors a year. There are another 50 to 100 million potential donors walking around, who could give up one of their kidneys and still live a healthy normal health life," says Dr. Browne.

Kidney failure is not reversible, unlike heart disease or liver disease, which can improve with diet and lifestyle changes.

"By the time we figure out someone has kidney disease, it's usually past the point where we can do much to improve their kidney function," says Dr. Browne.

The wait for a kidney donation can take five to seven years.

In California, only about 11 percent of people who need a kidney actually get one.

A third of those donations come from living donors.

"The problem is, kidney failure is an epidemic in the United States because diabetes and blood pressure are so common," says Dr. Browne.

What's not common are donations from people who are alive, like Susan.

"We have a shortage of donors, not a shortage of organs," says Dr. Browne.

Because she donated her kidney, Susan will get priority at Sharp Memorial Hospital, should she ever need any kind of transplant later in life.

Susan's kidney donation also had an unexpected outcome.

"The positive influence on my children. Afterwards, I think they were very proud. Also, they looked at each other and said, 'You know, I can do that for you. I can do that.' They realized how important it would be in someone else's life. That's huge," says Woolley.

<![CDATA[One Dead After Northbound I-5 Collision]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 10:18:31 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_generic_police_tape_police_lights_fishtown11.jpg

One man is dead and another injured following a crash on Interstate 5 in Oceanside, officials said.

At approximately 6:50 a.m., a 29-year-old San Diego man was driving his 2002 Honda Civic when, according to the passenger, the car started to hydroplane and the driver lost control, the California Highway Patrol said.

The car hit the center divide and overturned. The California Highway Patrol blocked two lanes just south of the Birmingham Road exit to respond, they said.

The 29-year-old passenger crawled out of the vehicle and was taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital. with minor to moderate injuries. The driver was trapped in the car and pronounced dead on scene.

Drugs and alcohol are not suspected as a factor in the crash.

<![CDATA[San Diego Padres Manager Balances Busy Schedule]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 11:18:57 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/185*120/GettyImages_481616417.jpg

Padres manager Bud Black is a busy man.

Aside from team meetings, scouting reports, in-game management, meeting with players individually when necessary, filling out lineup cards, meeting with team doctors to get injury updates, and throwing batting practice, Buddy meets with the media. He meets with the media a lot.

Amazingly, in each one (with only very few exceptions) he shows patience and humor, which is crazy when you see the full breakdown:

  • About 50 scheduled times during Spring Training.
  • Add around 10 or so more for national or 1-on-1 interviews.
  • In-season he holds a media session before and after every game for a total of 324.
  • Plus about 10 for random workouts, player acquisition press conferences, and awards banquets.
  • About 30 radio interviews.

That gives us a grand total of…424 media meetings every year (give or take a dozen). Buddy did not know that number specifically, but he did explain how he does what he does...

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Community Remembers Skater Killed in Lakeside]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:56:42 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/donals+webimg+3-PIC_0.jpg

Community members came together Saturday to support a young Lakeside man that was killed while riding his skateboard.

The proceeds from the benefit are going to a scholarship to help underprivileged skaters who may not be able to afford equipment.

Daniel Donals, 21, was riding his skateboard out of a private driveway on Valle Vista Road on Feb. 11 when he skated into the pathway of an oncoming truck, according to California Highway Patrol. He died later in a local hospital.

A group of Daniel's friends came together Saturday to host a spaghetti luncheon in honor of their late friend at the Lakeside VFW at 12650 Lindo Lane.

Jacob Cohen, a friend of Donals’, said at the fundraiser that Donals was loved by many in the community.

“He was just a part of our family, you know? Part of our skating community; not just our skating community, but the Lakeside community. He knew a lot of people always had a smile on his face; we’re doing it for him.”

Donals competed in wrestling and at swim meets in high school, but his friends in Lakeside remembered him best for skateboarding. The money from Saturday’s fundraiser will go toward a memorial brick at the local skate park and will start a scholarship fund to help young skaters in need.

The Local Skate Shop has joined in their efforts.

"He was a really good kid that just sort of stood out in the community," said Local Skate Shop owner Mark Johnson. "He was really kind to everyone. He didn't have a bad bone in his body."

Johnson, who said he plans to close the shop briefly to attend the spaghetti luncheon, just wants to see Daniel's memory live on in the skating community.

"This is our first loss for our brand new skateboard community," Johnson said. "The skate park is barely a year old, and this has really had an effect on our skateboard family."

According to the Donate Life Foundation, Daniel's organs were used to save the lives of four people in need and his tissue donations will be used to heal more than 50 others - something his father said makes him a hero, even in death.

Cohen said at the fundraiser that he wanted his friend to be remembered as an “awesome person” full of love.

“It is hard to put into words for me,” Cohen said. “He was a friend.”

Photo Credit: NBC 7 Staff]]>
<![CDATA[Brother's Surprise Reunion With Hero Soldier Sibling]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:10:22 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/170*120/2-28-2015-HeroReunion.JPG

A brother enjoyed a dream reunion with his soldier sibling as he picked up a commendation on his behalf Friday.

Wyatt Bailey, 17, shed tears of joy when his elder brother Kristopher, who he thought was in Korea, made his surprise appearance in full uniform as he accepted the award in front of his class at Tesoro High School in Rancho Santa Margarita.

The U.S. Army Infantryman was given the Orange County Sheriff's Department award for helping deputies catch a suspected drug dealer as he ran through his neighborhood back in 2013.

"He's a once in a lifetime type of person," Wyatt said, "There's never going to be anyone else like him."

Initially Kristopher thought he was being followed by a patrol car, and instead ended up helping the deputy catch a suspect, tackling the man when he realized what was happening.

"The only thing going through my head was just get this guy, stop him and let the sheriff do the rest," Kristopher said.

Kristopher, wanted to join the army since he was eight, will now enjoy a 15-day break back home with his family before he is stationed in New York.

<![CDATA[Padres Spring Training: Get to Know Matt Kemp]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:17:04 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/WEB_Get_To_Know_Matt_Kemp_NBC_RSH-MCDS_1200x675_405923395995.jpg The first major move the Padres made in their whirlwind off-season was trading for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. The All-Star and MVP runner-up was not very well liked by Padres fans. But, he’s quickly winning over the Friar Faithful, who are pinning their hopes to the slugging star having a sensational season. NBC 7’s Derek Togerson talked 1 on 1 with Kemp to see how he views himself as a leader, and just how good he thinks his new team can be.]]> <![CDATA[Child Thrown from Vehicle in Otay Mesa Crash]]> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:00:20 -0800 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/OtayMesa+Crash+Web+img-PIC_0.jpg

A four-year-old boy is recovering after he was thrown from an SUV during a crash, police said.

The incident happened just before 8 p.m. Friday at Del Sur Boulevard and Agosto Street in Otay Mesa.

Police said the driver lost control and swerved onto the other side of the road, where the car crashed into a pickup truck, a trailer and an SUV, all parked on the street.

The impact of the accident spun the car 180 degrees and crushed the car.

A woman inside her home heard the crash as it happened and ran outside to find the boy crying, she said. She ran across the street to help.

San Diego Police arrested the driver after a field sobriety test, they said.

The boy has minor injuries.

A witness said she also saw a young girl in the car but she did not appear to be hurt, the witness said.