<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego News]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego https://www.nbcsandiego.com en-usWed, 21 Nov 2018 06:17:22 -0800Wed, 21 Nov 2018 06:17:22 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Apartment Fire Uproots IB Residents Before Thanksgiving]]> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 06:16:26 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/imperial+beach+apartment+fire+3.jpg

A fire at an apartment in Imperial Beach forced several residents out of their homes early Wednesday. 

Crews were called to the complex on Iris Avenue, in a neighborhood off of Imperial Avenue, at about 4 a.m.

Firefighters arrived on scene and the blaze was raised to a second alarm, according to fire dispatchers. Meanwhile, San Diego County sheriff's deputies evacuated residents from units. 

The fire was knocked down before 4:40 a.m.

Red Cross was called to assist displaced residents, though fire officials did not specify how many residents were not able to return home.  

There was no word on what sparked the blaze.

No other information was available.

Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.

<![CDATA[Lemon Grove Seeks to Toughen Up Tobacco Sale Regulations]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 23:29:29 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/680792025-cigarette-butts-beach.jpg

Lemon Grove is getting tough on tobacco sales in an effort to protect children.

City Councilmembers Tuesday night discussed the details of a Tobacco Retail Licensing Ordinance that would give them more enforcement power at the city level to try and make sure stores don’t sell tobacco to people under 21.

“We need to get it under control here," said Dana Stevens, the head of the Community Action Service Advocacy (CASA).

CASA’s undercover data collection over the past three years found more than 30 percent of tobacco retailers in Lemon Grove illegally sold tobacco products to people under 21.

Some didn't even ask for identification as required by law.

“If we can just keep people from selling tobacco to kids we can offer those kids a better future,” Stevens said.

Under the new ordinance, any retailer selling tobacco must have a valid Tobacco Retailer License. The yearly fee for the license would be $250, according to early discussions.

Part of the money would be used to fund the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s store inspections. Stores already pay a license fee to the state, which also has an enforcement arm.

Revenue will also be used to educate retailers about the dangers of underage smoking.

“This allows that rigorous and consistent compliance monitoring to occur at the local level,” Stevens said of the ordinance.

"At least they will be visited once a year on that compliance monitoring and that's more than typically occurs in a community," she added.

In a statement, the California Fuels and Convenience Alliance which represents around 300 gas stations across the state noted businesses would be "severely affected" by the ordinance. The statement also noted the industry already complies with changing federal and state law, while conducting internal sting operations and building successful prevention policies such as the WeCard Program

Stores will start paying the fee in December 2019 if the ordinance passes.

The council is proposing suspending or revoking a store’s license if three violations happen within three years. Discounts are also being considered for sores that don’t commit violations.

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<![CDATA[Family Vigil Marks Anniversary of Father of 6 Killed in Crash]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 23:20:02 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Father_of_6_Killed_in_Barrio_Logan_Crash.jpg

The devastation caused by the tragic death of a father of six last year still pains his family one year later.

Omar Moreno was riding his motorcycle from Harbor Drive onto Vestra Street a week before Thanksgiving 2017 when he was hit by a semi-truck and killed

“Not having him with us here is the worst tragedy we have had in our family," Omar’s sister Mercy Figueroa told NBC 7. Figueroa described her brother as one of a kind. A good father, son, brother, and friend.

After his death, the community rallied around the family by donating money to help with Omar’s funeral expenses. Figueroa took time to thank everyone who supported them, and continues to help them, at a vigil held Tuesday in her brother's memory.

Following his death, Omar's widow Maria asked the community for help as she struggled to give the beloved father a proper burial while also taking care of their children.

Omar and Maria had been married for 16 years. She described Omar as a thoughtful husband and great father who was the primary breadwinner of the family, working hard to support them.

He was employed at NASSCO for 15 years. His oldest daughter, Ashli Moreno, said it was a job he loved.

Omar's mother and sister say they would like to return to the memorial near the site of the crash every year to remember him.

Since her brother’s death, she hasn’t heard much from her sister-in-law or her nieces and nephews.  Moreno’s wife and children did not show up to today’s vigil.  His mother and sister say they would like to return to this memorial every year to remember Omar.

<![CDATA[DUI Checkpoints: Worth the Time and Money?]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 22:24:50 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BF_RAW+DUI+CHECKPOINT+BROLL%281%29.jpg

Many people have driven through a sobriety or DUI checkpoint, or at the very least know about them. San Diego County has staged hundreds of checkpoints over the last few years and spent millions of dollars to staff them. 

But NBC 7 Investigates wanted to know what kind of results they produced. And why some feel they need to be eliminated completely. We filed public record requests with every law enforcement agency in San Diego County for statistics on DUI checkpoints. 

Data collected by NBC 7 Investigates found San Diego Police have had the most checkpoints in the County. 

On a Friday night in October, San Diego Police staged a DUI checkpoint on Ingraham Street in Pacific Beach. 

Through the night, more than 660 vehicles went through the checkpoint, resulting in 11 drivers being arrested for driving under the influence. 

That's higher than usual for San Diego Police. After analyzing the department’s checkpoint statistics, NBC 7 Investigates found on average, San Diego Police make eight arrests per checkpoint. 

Across San Diego County, since 2012, more than 500,000 drivers have passed through checkpoints, resulting in 2,700 drivers arrested at checkpoints. That's only 3-percent of drivers who went through them. 

“The amount of money that is spent and quite frankly wasted on these DUI checkpoints, there's been no provable correlation at all as to the deterrent effect that they have,” said DUI Attorney Cole Casey. 

Casey said checkpoints are mostly money makers, especially for law enforcement agencies, which catch mostly unlicensed drivers, while looking for drunk drivers. 

“It makes law enforcement a lot of money and makes jails a lot of money and makes probation a lot of money,” Casey said. 

A lot of money is spent to staff sobriety checkpoints. Records show San Diego Police spent $2.3 million on DUI checkpoints since 2012. A breakdown of that money shows that San Diego Police spent more than $1,500 for every person arrested for DUI during their checkpoints.

San Diego Police Officer John Perdue said it’s worth the price. “I think it's still a good means for us to do that.” 

The money used to staff checkpoints comes from grants issued by the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). Since 2014, the OTS issued nearly $31-million dollars in grants to San Diego County law enforcement agencies. 

Perdue said it takes a lot of officers to put on the checkpoints and they're all paid overtime through OTS funding. Still, he said, “It's hard to say that they (DUI checkpoints) are a deterrent.” 

But Perdue said making DUI arrests is not the goal. 

“It's a common belief that checkpoints, we are out to arrest people. Believe it or not, the primary reason for the checkpoint is actually education.” Perdue said. 

Instead of checkpoints, which cause traffic and frustration for drivers, Casey believes more time should be spent on DUI Saturation Patrols, where trained officers look for people driving impaired. 

Perdue said only a fraction of the money they receive from the OTS is used for DUI checkpoints. He said it's also spent on saturation patrols, distracted driving enforcement, and pedestrian safety. 

The number of citations handed out at checkpoints is double the number of arrests, more than 5,200 issued in the last six years. The majority of those citations are for driving without or on a suspended license. 

Perdue said despite the low percentage of DUI arrests during the checkpoints, he believes they are worth the time and money. 

“I know it sounds a little cliché, but if we can reach just a handful of people then it is ultimately worth it.”

<![CDATA[Highway 101 Development Project Hits Second Roadblock]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 22:26:28 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Development_Project_Along_Highway_101_Hits_Roadblock.jpg

The City of Encinitas just hit a second roadblock on a controversial development project along Highway 101.

Upset neighbors first sued the city, and now they’ve filed suit against the Coastal Commission for approving the plan that calls for thinning a stretch of the highway from four to two lanes in favor of a bike lane, additional parking, a series of roundabouts and crosswalks.

“I can't believe it,” Escondido resident Bill Sparks said. “That doesn't make any sense to me.”

The city says the Leucadia Streetscape Program is going to keep drivers, cyclists and pedestrians safe along a 2.5-mile stretch of Highway 101 near Leucadia Boulevard,

The 101 is the main way for residents along the coast to enter and leave their neighborhood and they drivers worry how much worse traffic will be after the project cuts the highway in half.

La Costa resident Kira Harland, a supporter of the plan, says the safety of cyclists and pedestrians outweighs the concerns about possible worsened traffic.

“Almost every single time I’m in the right lane there's a biker I have to swerve around. Almost every single time,” she said. “I just think the amount of traffic jam that happens here is not as big of a deal as the safety of people biking.”

Nearby business owner Patty Kattus worries the project will hurt businesses like hers that line the highway. She says traffic is bad enough as it is.

“I’ve seen it stretch all the way into Carlsbad,” she said.

She said she’s also seen people parked along the shoulder of the highway wait up to 15 minutes just so they can back out and drive away.

She does acknowledge, however, that the project addresses many of the public safety concerns. She knows something has to change, but still isn’t quite sure the project is the answer.

An attorney for the resident group filing the lawsuits says there is currently no court date set, and fears a resolution will take months.

The mayor of Encinitas, the City Council, and the Coastal Commission would not comment on the lawsuits.

The city expects to discuss funding for the project at a meeting scheduled for March 2019.

<![CDATA[District Attorney To Reopen Investigation Into Death of Solana Beach Man ]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 20:36:47 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Q24A9919.jpg

The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office is reopening the investigation into the death of a Solana Beach man who was allegedly beaten to death in the hallway of his home.

The District Attorney’s Office’s decision comes just one week after NBC 7 Investigates reported on George Sloss’s death.

“We are happy to hear the District Attorney’s Office will reopen my brother’s case,” said Mary Ann Kortemeier, Sloss’ sister.

“Me and my five siblings, as well as George’s two daughters, are hopeful that justice will finally be served.”

Sloss’ fiancè Mendy Cox told NBC 7 Investigates that she and Sloss heard a knock on their door on May 13. Cox stayed on the couch while Sloss answered the front door.

At the door was L. Byron Culver III, a direct descendant of the Culver family, known for farming much of what is present-day Irvine, and the namesake for one of that city’s busiest roads. According to the police report and medical examiner’s report obtained by NBC 7 Investigates, Culver had lent $62,000 to Sloss several years ago. Culver allegedly showed up that night in May to collect a payment.

“George says, ‘Hey buddy, how are you?’” Cox told NBC 7 Investigates. “And, he says, ‘Not good.’ I could literally hear [Culver] breathing heavy, like really hard. George told him to calm down, everything will be ok.”

She said she heard Culver respond, “No, no, it’s not ok. I just want to hit you in your [expletive] face.”

Not long after Cox said she heard two loud thuds and she felt the couch she was sitting on the move.

Cox says Culver punched Sloss in the face. The blow allegedly knocked him off his feet, his head hitting the corner of a wooden table in the couple’s living room. Cox said she stood up and saw Culver kick Sloss in the groin as he lay bleeding and unconscious on the floor.

Cox managed to chase Culver out of the couple’s condo as her fiancè lay in a pool of his own blood but not before Cox says Culver kicked her as she pushed him toward the front door.

“There was just this large pool of blood,” Cox said. “I’ve seen a lot but never, ever in my life have I felt this way. I slid down on my knees to try and stop the bleeding. I feel the back of his head and that’s when I get sick.”

Sloss was treated for a Traumatic Brain Injury.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Culver for felony assault. Culver later bailed out of jail.

Meanwhile, Cox remained at the hospital as Sloss lay in a coma.

“The doctor told me,” Cox said, “that [Sloss] had a turn for the worse and that he was not likely to make it through the day.”

He died four days later.

Soon after Sloss had died Cox learned that the District Attorney’s Office had declined to prosecute Culver.

Cox and Sloss’ two daughters from a previous relationship filed separate wrongful death lawsuits in hopes of compelling county attorneys to prosecute Culver.

Now, the District Attorney’s Office has confirmed they will be giving the case another look. The decision is welcome news for Sloss’ family. 

NBC 7 Investigates reached out to Culver’s attorney but he did not respond.

<![CDATA[National City Turkey Giveaway Feeds Nearly 700 Families]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 17:42:17 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/JL_RAW+NC+TURKEY+GIVEAWAY.jpg

Hundreds of residents and dozens of sailors came out to an annual turkey giveaway in National City in preparation for Thanksgiving.

The mayor of National City, Ron Morrison, hosts the yearly event. This Tuesday marked its 10th year.

“I think it’s amazing that everybody can come together like this and just be one big, happy family for this thanksgiving season,” Petty Officer 1st Class Sarah Alvarez told NBC 7.

Alvarez, who has served at the Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SRMC) in Barrio Logan for the past three years, said she was in line for a friend.

“I’m here to get a turkey for one of my sailors who cannot,” she said. “Just having some hard times, so I want to make sure that this sailor has a good Thanksgiving.”

Roughly 680 people were in line for the Thanksgiving bird and other holiday sides.

“These are the ones we can help right now, and these are the ones we’re going to help,” Morrison told NBC 7. “That’s just the reality of our world today.”

Most of the families were preselected for the free food through schools and the military.

“It’s great,” said Marisela Baltazar, an electrician’s mate at SRMC, who was getting a turkey for herself. “Everybody gets together to help out people in need.”

Morrison, alongside nearly 10 donors, bought and passed out the free meals to those who needed it.

<![CDATA[Team of San Diego Nurses Helping Camp Fire Victims in Northern Calif.]]> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 06:06:14 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/SCRIPPS+MEDIC.jpg

Nurses from a San Diego hospital are on day five of an aid mission in Butte County helping thousands of people living in shelters and tents after the Camp Fire ravaged their homes.

Those five nurses are from the Scripps Medical Response Team and they’re in Chico and surrounding communities doing medical check-ups, providing prescriptions, and fighting the spread of disease.

“Pretty much everyone at 65 years old has some kind of medication they are taking, but they left without everything. And their doctor’s office may have been in Paradise, right? So, all those medical records have been lost. That's why they need physicians, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners, those individuals that can write prescriptions to be able to get them their medications that they need,” Scripps Health President and CEO Chris Van Gorder explained.

Van Gorder just returned to San Diego from a quick trip north to check in on his team and to see the devastation for himself.

“You can see in their eyes they don't know what’s going to happen next,” he said. “They lost their homes, maybe they lost some relatives in the fire.”

Van Gorder said there was a patient who had just started cancer treatment in the area but had to continue his treatment at a Scripps Hospital in San Diego because the fire took his home.

Cal Fire said that more than 12,000 homes have been destroyed and estimates tens of thousands more are living in local shelters or even in their cars or in tents on the street.

People with pets aren’t allowed to stay in some shelters, so they’ve opted to live in their cars or in tent communities.

The team of five is scheduled to stay in the area for at least a few more days, including Thanksgiving.

Scripps Health is waiting to see the impact of forecasted rainfall in Northern California before sending another team. If another one needs to be sent, Scripps says it has a fresh team ready to go.

According to Van Gorder, the response team was created after the September 11 attacks. The thought was instead of 

<![CDATA[Southern California Thanksgiving Travel Will Be at 13 Year High, AAA Says]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 20:42:45 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Traffic+Generic+Schuylkill+Expressway+I76+Traffic+Philly.jpg

Thanksgiving is a time for family, which for some means a lot of time getting to them. 

There will be more Thanksgiving travelers this year than in the last 13 years, AAA reports. 

"4.2 million southern California residents will be taking a trip of more than 50 miles from home Wednesday to Sunday of this week," said Doug Shupe, a spokesperson for AAA. 

That's the most travelers in this area since 2005. AAA attributes it to the booming economy, which is making more people feel like they have expendable income for things like gas and vacation. 

"The increase is going to be about 5.1 percent more travel volume this year compared to last year," added Shupe. 

Despite higher gas prices, more people will be driving. There will also be many taking planes, trains and other means of transportation. 

Shupe stresses it is important to inspect your car ahead of time so that you don't end up on the side of the road. 

"Check the tire tread and inflation to prevent blow outs," said Shupe. "Check the battery, and do the oil change as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer." 

What are your holiday travel plans? 

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<![CDATA[Truck Slams Into Chase Bank, Injures 3 in Chula Vista]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 23:35:16 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Chula+Vista+Bank+Truck+Crash+1120.jpg

A truck smashed through a Chase Bank in Chula Vista Tuesday, injuring three.

“It was just a regular day going to the ATM to withdraw some money, and the next thing you know, there’s a truck right next to me,” said Irene Archuleta.

She said she heard a “loud boom,” before seeing the truck half-way into the bank.

Archuleta said the ATM closest to the crash site wasn’t working.

“If that ATM would have been working, that would’ve been me there,” said Ana Gonzalez, who attempted to use the fourth ATM but moved to another one moments before the incident.

Archuleta noticed the driver after the initial impact.

“When he was in the car, he looked like he was out of it, kind of almost smirked and smiled at us,” she said. “Maybe he was in shock, I don’t know.”

While Archuleta sustained some cuts from the broken glass, she and Gonzalez were, fortunately, not seriously injured, though they were both visibly shaken up by the crash.

The driver, Chris Smith, wasn't injured besides cuts above his eye and lip, he told NBC 7. He couldn't explain what happened, but said that he pushed on his brake but the truck didn't stop.

Two employees and a patron were taken to a nearby hospital, according to Francisco Sorto, Captain of Chula Vista Fire Department

The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time, Sorto said.

A building inspector was called to the bank and deemed it safe for crews to begin clean-up. The wall the truck hit was not load-bearing, according to CVFD.

Money could be seen somewhat scattered around the crash site.

The driver told police he hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes.

<![CDATA[Carlsbad Couple Scammed Out of $9,000 In “Imposter Scam”]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 17:44:19 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/USAA+Scam+Krystal-1.jpg

Krystal Cook’s husband, an active duty Marine, was at a training exercise in Florida when she says he got a phone call from USAA Bank.

He answered the phone. Krystal says the person on the other line told her husband that USAA had detected fraudulent transactions on their debit card. The person claiming to be from USAA told Krystal’s husband that a text with a verification code would be sent to his phone, and to follow the instructions on the text. Krystal says her husband didn’t think anything of it. He called back and gave his bank account and personal identification numbers to the person on the other line.

“They had the same wording as USAA,” said Krystal. “They used the same lines, ‘Thank you for being a trusted member.’ They even had the same music playing while he was on hold.”

Krystal says her husband returned to San Diego from his training. The couple checked their bank account. That’s when they learned their bank account was empty, that more than $9,000 had been withdrawn from their checking and savings accounts.

“We called USAA panicking. We asked when our new debit card was coming and they said, ‘What card?’”

Krystal said she called again and the USAA spokesperson told her that the scammers had withdrawn their money from two ATM machines in New York City a day after her husband had received the call.

At first, Krystal says USAA was unable to return the money, mostly due to the fact that Krystal’s husband had given his bank account information out.

Krystal, however, refused to accept that they were at fault.

Krystal contacted NBC 7 Responds. She called USAA again.

That’s when she received the good news from a person in USAA’s Financial Crimes Prevention.

The bank had decided to reimburse the couple’s money.

But, according to a representative from USAA, Krystal and her husband are not alone, in fact customers of all financial institutions are at risk of getting fooled by what is known in the industry as the “Imposter Scam.”

“This is an industry-wide problem,” said Mike Slaugh, the executive director for USAA’s Financial Crimes Prevention. “At USAA we will never call you and ask you for your log-on information. This includes your PINs, your passwords, and your tone time codes.”

As for Krystal and her husband, she says the experience has changed the couple forever.

“It’s scary and we are still scared,” said Krystal. “My advice; always call the number back before you give out any information.”

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<![CDATA[Man Accused in East Village Sex Assault Pleads Not Guilty]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 17:37:22 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/East+Village+Rape+Suspect.jpg

A man accused of grabbing a woman as she walked to her car in downtown’s East Village, pulling her into some bushes to sexually assault her, pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Gary Cushinberry, 51, was arraigned in a San Diego courtroom on three felonies pertaining to the alleged Nov. 5 attack. He also faces special allegations of committing the crimes while on probation and, if convicted, could be sentenced to a maximum of 21 years behind bars.

A Deputy District Attorney Martin Doyle said Cushinberry was convicted of a robbery in San Diego County in 2017, and said the D.A.'s office is also investigating an allegation against him in Indiana.

San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Lt. Jason Weeden said Cushinberry grabbed the victim from behind as she walked along 13th Street, near the San Diego Central Library, before pulling her into some bushes.

Doyle said the victim was doing the best she can and has support from resources within the office, as well as family and friends.

Police publicly released a composite sketch of the suspect shortly after the crime and, through tips and leads, investigators identified Cushinberry as the alleged attacker.

He was arrested on Nov. 16 about five blocks from where the alleged sex assault took place.

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<![CDATA[Judge Grants Man, 92, Accused of Killing Son ‘Some Humanity']]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:35:44 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Richard+Peck+old+town+shooting+bail+review.jpg

A judge cut bail in half Tuesday for a 92-year-old man accused of shooting and killing his son in their Old Town home, noting that there needs to be "some humanity" in the case. 

Bail for Richard Landis Peck was lowered from a half-million dollars to $250,000 after attorneys argued Tuesday whether or not the elderly man posed a risk to the public. 

Richard Peck is suspected of shooting his 51-year-old son, Robert Landis Peck, while he was asleep in their home last Thursday. He was arrested and booked into jail on first-degree murder charges, which he pleaded not guilty to. 

Defense Attorney Doug Gilliland argued the shooting was motivated by self-defense against an alcoholic son who bombarded the 92-year-old man with psychological abuse and asked the judge to allow him to return home. 

The prosecution said Richard Peck was a danger and that the shooting, "was not a case of self-defense. This was basically an execution."

"While Mr. Peck may be 92 years old, he is able to wield weapons, he’s able to wield a shotgun, he’s able to fire a shotgun and he’s able to kill people."

San Diego Superior Court Judge Jay Bloom was momentarily torn on how to proceed but ultimately sided with the defense. 

"The problem with this kind of case is that what he did is terrible and wrong. On the other hand, you’re dealing with a 92-year-old gentleman," Bloom said. "In my mind, sending him to jail with the timing the way it is now is basically a death sentence for him, too."

Richard Peck faces 50 years to life in prison if convicted. 

If bail is posted, he is ordered to wear a GPS ankle bracelet and must remain under house arrest except for doctor's visits and court appearance. 

Last Thursday, officers responded to a 911 call from a neighbor who reported the elder Peck called out for help and said he had just shot his son, the San Diego Police Department said. 

Richard Peck was across the street at a neighbor's house when officers arrived.

Gilliland said on the night of the shooting, Robert Peck smashed his father's landline, which was his primary mode of communication, and threatened him before bed. Richard Peck was afraid to go to sleep that night, according to Gilliland. 

Robert Peck was going through a divorce and had recently moved into his father's home, according to court records.

<![CDATA[A Look Inside the 'Border Hardening' Efforts]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:34:54 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/us+army+north+image+2.jpg The Department of Defense sent troops to complete "border hardening" tasks, like using pieces of barbed wire, concrete roadblocks and rebar to create movable barriers that can be used to block lanes at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa Ports of Entry.

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<![CDATA[Marijuana Investors Arrested in Alleged Murder-For-Hire Plot]]> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 05:08:53 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Marijuana+B-roll.jpg

A businessman and self-proclaimed silent investor in San Diego’s legal marijuana businesses was arrested by FBI agents last week in an alleged murder-for-hire plot against his one-time business partner. 

According to the criminal complaint, filed in federal court Monday, Salam Razuki and his associates, Sylvia Gonzalez and Elizabeth Juarez, had been plotting to kill Razuki’s former business partner Ninus Malan. 

In 2014, Razuki was taken to court by the City Attorney’s office for operating unlicensed marijuana dispensaries and businesses in the city.

After Prop 64 passed, Razuki wanted to get into the legal marijuana industry but was concerned about having his name tied to those businesses. That’s why Razuki partnered with Malan, who agreed to be the public face of his marijuana businesses, as reported by NBC 7’s media partner Voice of San Diego

But Razuki and Malan had a falling out earlier this year. According to court records, Razuki sued Malan, alleging Malan was not abiding by agreed-upon terms. Razuki claimed he had invested in several legal marijuana businesses in the city, including the Balboa Avenue Cooperative and Goldn Bloom dispensaries, according to court filings

That led to the events that took place last month when FBI Agents allege Razuki, Gonzalez, and Juarez tried to pay a man to kill Malan. The defendants didn't know that the "hit-man" they were trying to hire was a confidential informant for the FBI. 

According to the complaint, Razuki and Gonzalez told the informant to "shoot [Ninus Malan] in the face, take him to Mexico and have him whacked, or kill him in some other way”. 

“They wanted to 'put the turkey up to roast before Thanksgiving,'" agents wrote in the criminal complaint, referring to the plot to kill Malan. 

“I would love for him [Malan] to go to [Tijuana] and get lost,” Gonzalez allegedly told the informant at a meeting at The Great Maple restaurant in San Diego. “Just leave him over there." 

In the criminal complaint, Prosecutors say Gonzalez offered the informant $2,000 for the murder. 

On Friday, after the informant told Razuki that the job was done and Razuki paid him, FBI agents arrested Razuki, Gonzalez, and Juarez on charges of "conspiracy to kill, kidnap, man an individual" and a second conspiracy charge, related to the attempted kidnapping and murder of Malan.

Local defense attorney Guadalupe Valencia, who is not associated with the case, told NBC 7 Investigates the case against Juarez and Gonzales, as detailed in the complaint, is strong. 

While defense attorneys might argue that Juarez and Gonzales did not really intend to have Malan killed, Valencia said, "The government's argument is going to be that they had extensive conversations about (the alleged murder attempt), they talked specifics, and they exchanged relevant information to carry out this plot."

Valencia said evidence in the complaint against defendant Razuki is not as strong. For example, the complaint notes that Razuki walked away from one of the conversations about the alleged plot. Valencia said Razuki's lawyer could argue that his client didn't understand what the other defendants were discussing or didn't believe that what they were saying was actually going to happen.

"He's got lots of different defenses, or excuses, or explanations, or whatever you want to call them, about this entire plot," Valencia said of Razuki.

The role of the confidential informant who posed as a hit-man will also be at issue in this case, Valencia said. Defense attorneys could argue that the informant originated the idea, pushed it forward and entrapped the defendants.

"Sometimes a confidential informant, in an effort to make money or reduce a criminal sentence (pending against them), will create a plot and let it cultivate, and then try and get credit for it (from prosecutors)," Valencia said.

He also said the case is an example of how business partners locked in a bitter dispute over money can lose their patience with the civil justice system and try to take "justice" into their own hands.

In this case, Valencia notes that the underlying financial dispute is still unresolved, while three of the four partners "are now in jail, facing substantially higher legal fees and bigger problems in their life. Violence is never a solution to problems."

<![CDATA[Delivery Apps Bring Fresh Challenges to Dining Scene]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:32:16 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Puesto-1.jpg

The boom in food delivery apps available in San Diego has mushroomed exponentially the last several years. And, data shows they aren’t going away anytime soon.

The demand and subsequent growth of food delivery apps have spawned a number of developments in the food and restaurant industry. First, despite delivery companies charging up to a 30 percent commission, the number of San Diego-based restaurants contracting the mobile services continues to grow as more eateries are jumping on the bandwagon in hopes of reaching a broader customer base. Secondly, ghost restaurants, which don’t have brick-and-mortar retail locations and solely function through delivery apps, have been popping up.

Profit margins can be high for ghost restaurants as compared with a sit-down location since there isn’t a storefront and front-of-the-house employees to account for financially. Although most of these ghost restaurants came online recently, some in the industry believe the business model can be successful.

Food Delivery Sales Increased

According to a report on food trends by NPD Group, a market research firm, despite the restaurant industry traffic in the U.S. plateauing in recent years, food delivery sales grew by 20 percent between 2012 and 2017, with individual orders increasing by 10 percent over the five-year period. Overall, the accumulation of deliveries in those years accounted for 1.75 billion orders and $16.9 billion in sales with mobile food delivery companies representing 13 percent of the traffic. One local example is Doordash, which launched with less than 100 restaurants in San Diego in 2015, and now has over 3,000 restaurants it delivers for.

Lucien Conner, director of operations at San Diego-based Puesto Mexican restaurants, with six locations, says the properties began using food delivery apps two years ago, including Postmates, Doordash and UberEats, but now work exclusively with Doordash.

Additional Revenue Stream

“We experimented with different ones, since the segment is so new, and we wanted to see who will emerge as the leader,” said Conner. “In terms of striking exclusive deals, it was just negotiating the best terms. Plus, from a streamlining perspective, it made sense to use one platform and one system.”

Conner said while the brick and mortars have great volume already, he plans to continue to use the delivery apps for additional revenue stream.

“It seems like a no-brainer as long as you can maintain margins that make sense and don’t damage the experience of the customers in store and don’t send a subpar representation of yourself in a box to your off-site customers,” he said.

Conner says the company has seen the most volume with its downtown location since working exclusively with Doordash. He adds the company’s reason for using a delivery format is to be able to connect with stay-at-home guests, as well, while not compromising the experience of the in-dining guests.

A Necessary Evil

Mike Spilky, president of San Diego-based Location Matters, a commercial real estate company, says delivery apps are actually a necessary evil for restaurants.

“It makes it difficult to make any money from the revenue you are getting from deliveries because of the percentage of sales they charge,” he said, adding that traditional restaurants are not built for the amount of volume that goes into also having a delivery extension, thus, it can wreak havoc on the operation side of things.

Believing in Ghosts

To that point, though few and far in between, a number of ghost restaurants have popped up in San Diego bred from the delivery apps craze. The idea is a restaurant that doesn’t have a storefront and sometimes not even an actual venue (it might rent an already-existing commercial kitchen to work out of where it creates food that it sells solely through door-to-door delivery purchases).

Adam Lowe, owner of Sundara Indian restaurant in Point Loma, launched Dabbawala, a sister ghost restaurant functioning out of a licensed prep kitchen in Balboa Park in April.

“We were already at the Museum of Natural History renting space from them for about a year, so we decided to test the waters,” he said. “It was odd: no storefront, online orders only, pre-pay in advance.”

Although Lowe shut down the ghost restaurant two months later due to logistical issues — mostly because of its location, which added anywhere between 10-20 minutes to each delivery — he says he’s convinced it’s a system that can indeed work.

“If we didn’t have to run this stuff down from the roof of a five-floor building that was lodged in the center of Balboa Park, we would’ve stuck with it,” he said, adding that if he could work out of a ground-level location and in a dense neighborhood, he would consider giving ghosting another shot.

Lowe adds that at Sundara, he recently begrudgingly began using delivery apps, mostly because the platforms reach so many customers, although he does agree the margins can be high.

Customer Convenience

Morgan Poor, assistant professor of marketing at San Diego State University, says delivery apps are important to today’s time-starved society.

“We live in a world where we want convenience and variety at our fingertips,” she said. “We don’t necessarily have the opportunity to go to the grocery store all of the time and think of what to cook every night, but, we like trying new foods and new cuisines and sometimes ethnic foods that we can’t make. With delivery apps, we have access to all kinds of foods right at home.”

Spilky, of Location Matters, agrees.

“There is a demand for it,” he said. “If you don’t deliver, you kind of disappear.” 

Photo Credit: Puesto
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<![CDATA['The Crisis is Real': DHS Secretary Warns of Migrant Caravan]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 21:24:47 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/DHS-Kirstjen-Nielsen-SD-1120.jpg

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen toured the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday, speaking about the Trump administration's efforts to fortify the crossing amid what she called the migrant caravan "crisis."

Nielsen said there are currently 6,200 individuals with the migrant caravan camped out in Tijuana, Mexico, and another 3,000 in Mexicali. She said this would ultimately result in “8,000 to 10,000 migrants amassing” at our southern border. 

“The crisis is real and it is just on the other side of this wall,” Nielsen told reporters at Border Field State Park, the seaside park that sits at the very southwest corner of the United States, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and Mexico's Playa de Tijuana to the south.

For nearly two weeks, thousands of migrants have made their way by foot and bus from the southern border of Mexico to Tijuana, where many are living in overcrowded shelters until they can seek asylum from the United States. 


In response to the caravan of migrants, the Department of Defense sent about 5,800 active duty, reserve and National Guard forces, including 1,100 Camp Pendleton-based Marines, to span the southern border to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the reinforcing of the border.

This has included adding concertina wiring to the U.S.-Mexico border fence to keep migrants from climbing over the fence and into the U.S.

“This is a border wall with row upon row of concertina wire,” said Nielsen. “Make no mistake – we are very serious. You will not get into our country illegally.”


The DHS secretary said the migrant caravan is not only comprised of women and children but rather of many grown men and teenage boys, some of whom have been violent in their efforts to reach the border. She said at least 500 “criminals” including gang members, have been identified among the caravan.

Nielsen said many of the migrants are attempting to travel into the U.S. to reunite with family members or seek jobs – neither of which warrant asylum under U.S. law.

“The caravan does not give one a special right to enter this country,” Nielsen said, adding that migrants with the caravan will have to “get in line” when it comes to the asylum-seeking process.

The DHS secretary said President Donald Trump’s administration was upset by a judge’s recent ruling ordering the U.S. government not to enforce a ban on asylum for people who cross the southern border illegally.


“This is a dangerous ruling and will undoubtedly be overturned,” she added.

Nielsen said border security remains a top priority for the Trump administration and DHS will continue its efforts to stop the caravan from illegally entering the country.

“You will be detained, prosecuted and repatriated,” she said.

Just before Nielsen arrived a man swam around the border fence that extends a few hundred feet into the Pacific Ocean and was met by Border Patrol agents at the beach on the U.S. side.

Nielsen said he was arrested for entering the country illegally.

Nielsen said she spoke with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis Tuesday and the Department of Defense will continue to partner with the DHS until the caravan is stopped.


She said any asylum claims “will be treated with respect to the law.”

On Monday, U.S. Marine Lt. Dustin Pavlick said his platoon of about 45 Marines was working on "construction and reinforcing this obstacle to support the mission of Customs and Border Protection." 

"Our priority right now is to get a half a mile of wire on this wall," he said while giving NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 a look into their efforts near the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

Also on Monday, CBP temporarily shut down all northbound lanes into the U.S. at the San Ysidro Port of Entry so troops could position moveable barriers due to a report that a group of Central American migrants was trying to rush the border, according to CBP. 


Though no activity materialized, the agency said the closure at the nation's busiest border crossing was needed.

Nielsen praised the efforts on Twitter saying, "@CBP and @DeptofDefense appropriately responded by blocking the lanes, deploying additional personnel and seeking assistance from other law enforcement and federal assets."


The tweet was accompanied by a photo showing a line of helmeted border patrol agents carrying shields. 

San Ysidro is the border’s busiest crossing, with about 110,000 people entering the U.S. every day. That traffic includes some 40,000 vehicles, 34,000 pedestrians and 150 to 200 buses.

President Donald Trump tweeted a photo Monday of the border fence at Border Field State Park covered in concertina wire with the message, "No climbers anymore under our Administration!"


Images captured last week showed migrants, in celebration that they reached the U.S. border, scale that same fence and walk or sit atop it

About a dozen migrants stood on the sand on the U.S. side of the fence before eventually returning to the Mexico side. No arrests were made.


Border Field State Park has a long history and involves government entities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico Border.

The Border Infrastructure Project is a fenced corridor between an older fence once constructed along the border and a new fence built in 2008 – 2009. It is owned by the federal Department of Homeland Security.

The DoD said the troops would not interact with migrants but would complete "border-hardening" tasks, like using pieces of barbed wire, concrete roadblocks and rebar to create movable barriers that can be used to block lanes at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry. 

Army Military Police are there to protect the Marines who are not armed and are prohibited from enforcing the law. 


Analysts and the Pentagon estimate that the entire deployment operation could cost $200 million.

Meanwhile, tensions on the Mexican side of the border have built as nearly 3,000 migrants from the caravan poured into Tijuana in recent days, The Associated Press reported. And with U.S. border inspectors processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at Tijuana's main crossing to San Diego, they will likely be there for months while they seek asylum in the U.S.

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum has called the migrants' arrival an "avalanche" that the city is ill-prepared to handle, calculating that they will be in Tijuana for at least six months as they wait to file asylum claims. Gastelum has appealed to the federal government for more assistance to cope with the influx.


Some Tijuana residents supported the migrants, but others accused the migrants of being messy, ungrateful and a danger to Tijuana. On Sunday, about 400 Tijuana residents took to the streets in protest, waving Mexican flags and chanting "Out! Out!" 

They also complained about how the caravan forced its way into Mexico, calling it an "invasion." And they voiced worries that their taxes might be spent to care for the group.

"We don't want them in Tijuana," protesters shouted.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego
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<![CDATA[Del Mar City Council Opposes NCTD's Plan for Fencing Along Train Tracks]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 14:36:14 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/09-06-16+Del+Mar+railroad+tracks.JPG

Nearly 2,000 Del Mar residents have signed a petition to stop the North County Transit District (NCTD) from building a fence along the Del Mar Bluffs that would prevent people from walking across the railroad tracks.

The issue for residents of the waterfront community is beach access. The only legal railway crossing in Del Mar is on 15th Street.

Camilla Rang, has lived on 10th Street for 20 years. She says the beach below the bluffs has been her family’s happy place for years, but understands there are safety concerns the NCTD wants to alleviate.

“You can see the suicide signs here. Suicide watch. Yes, there have been some suicides and there have been two accidents,” she said.

Crossing the railway is illegal and it can cost you up to $500 if you are cited.

The Del Mar City Council has been dealing with this issue for more than 20 years. On Monday, the Council voted 4-0 in favor of opposing the fence. It also approved a safety study that will look into adding three more legal railway crossings in the area.

One of the crossings would be at the end of 11th Street near Rang’s home.

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<![CDATA[Witness to Fallen Marine's Heroism Vows To Share Story All Her Life]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:44:02 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Gary+Wilson.jpg

A witness to a Marine's act of heroism just two months before his tragic death recounted the incident to NBC 7 and explained why she thinks the man should always be remembered.

Two months ago, United States Marine Corps Sgt. Gary Wilson, 33, of Fairfield, CT, saved two people from a burning car on State Route 163.

Kristina Hill and another man saw the crash, too, and also pulled over to help. As they looked for a rock or hard object to break the window with, Sgt. Wilson walked up and broke it with his elbow.

"When I looked up, Gary Wilson was walking towards the car very stoically, quickly, no kind of emotion on his face. He walked right up to the car and busted out the window with his elbow. He reached in and pulled the woman out and cradled her to safety. It was sort of like right out of a movie."

The other woman in the car was alert, but couldn't move her arms to unlock the door, Hill said. She walked to the other side to help her, but Wilson was already there.

"Gary Wilson, again, was there. He had pried open the door, pulled her out and carried her out to another car."

Hill continued.

"Just like that. No hesitation. Just very heroic. I've never seen anything like it."

Hill said the disabled car was engulfed in flames within two minutes and was ready to explode.

"I believe wholeheartedly he saved their lives," she said.

Wilson's courage and selflessness had a profound impact on Hill and the two stayed in touch after the crash.

Wilson told Hill about another crash he witnessed just a week later in the same area. He pulled over and gave CPR to a man who ultimately died at the scene from his injuries.

Further inspired by his heroism, Hill wrote a letter of recommendation for Wilson to receive a recognition medal for his efforts. She said Wilson was never looking for any recognition, but she wanted him to get it.

"He was a Marine and he said that's what Marines do," Hill said.

Wilson was a drill instructor at MCRD after tours of duty in Okinawa and Camp Pendleton.

He earned two Good Conduct Medals, three Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

He was killed in a motorcycle crash Friday evening on northbound I-15, according to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD). After learning of his tragic death, Hill said she could only scream in disbelief.

"I just hope he knows that his life was so important and that he touched so many people and I'm going to share his story all my life," she said.

To Hill, Wilson's story needs to be told because she says we're living in a time with so much negativity and division.

"I want him to know and his family to know he did change the world and he made an impact and that he's not going to be forgotten... Whoever brought him up and raised him did an amazing job."

MCRD San Diego released the following statement after Wilson's death:

"We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. Wilson. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult period. This is truly the loss of a fine Marine, and he will be missed greatly."

<![CDATA[San Diego Braces for Expected Record-Setting Travel Week]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 20:42:03 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-545709149-san-diego-international-airport-generic.jpg

Long lines. Traffic jams. Stress. It must be the holidays.

It was fairly calm at Lindbergh Field Monday afternoon, but in the next few days it’s going to get much worse. Experts say Thanksgiving week 2018 could be one of the busiest for travelers in years.

For many, the holidays don’t truly begin until you hit curbside at the airport. It begins on the drive there. Stop and go, stop and go, and then wade through the triple-parked cars.

Folks like Joannie Appling and her husband Al dread the process. They’re headed to Colorado for Turkey Day and to see their grandkids, which they admit is better than traveling with their grandkids.

“I don’t want to lose them,” Joannie said. “I would lose them in security.”

The American Auto Association (AAA) expects more than 4 million people will join the Applings in the skies this week. The auto club giant also expects more than 54 million on the roadways, the most since 2005.

They’re even expecting trains, buses, and cruise ships to see almost 1.5 million travelers. According to AAA, your trip could take four-times longer than it would any other time of year.

The Transportation Security Association (TSA) it will be fully staffed to make sure it can process the passengers coming through airport security this week.

To help speed up your security check experience, the TSA offered a few tips:

• The busiest times at SAN checkpoints are usually 4 to 6:30 a.m., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and from 7 to 9 p.m., and there’s often a mid-day rush of international travelers at Terminal 2.

• Arrive at the airport two hours before your flight departs during peak holiday travel.

• Dress for security screening by avoiding bulky jewelry, accessories, and large belts.

• Remove travel-size liquids, gels and aerosols from your carry-on so they can be easily accessed.

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<![CDATA[Remains of Marine Killed in WWII Come Home Nearly 75 Years Later]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 22:02:27 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Remains_of_WWII_Veteran_Brought_Home_Decades_Later.jpg

The long journey home for United State Marine Corps Sergeant Millard Odom has finally come to an end.

The remains of the heroic Marine arrived in San Diego nearly 75 years to the day after he died in battle.

Pauline Stewart lives in Vista and is Sgt. Odom's sister and his only living relative. She was 13 years old when her brother was killed in World War II and is now about to turn 89.

“It's bringing back lots of memories from her childhood,” said Stewart’s son-in-law David Brown. “He’s definitely home.”

Sgt. Odom was 26 when he died on the first day of the Battle of Tarawa in November of 1943. According to the military, it was from some kind of explosion.

His unidentified remains were interred many years ago in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with around a thousand other unidentified service members who were killed in the historic battle.

The quest to bring Odom back to the states began five years ago. Through extensive DNA testing Sgt. Odom’s remains were finally identified in September.

“It's just a conclusion of 75 years of not knowing where he was,” Brown said.

Odom’s remains arrived at San Diego International Airport and were escorted to his resting place by U.S. Marines and the Patriot Guard Riders.

“It’s such closure for the family,” Patriot Guard Riders member Steven Crouch said. Patriot Guard Riders are a non-profit motorcycle group that participates in funeral processions for fallen military.

Odom’s family will finally get to lay him to rest at Miramar National Cemetery with on Nov. 20.

<![CDATA[Aztecs Lit Up By Duke]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 18:32:27 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/179*120/Zion+Williamson+Duke+vs+SDSU.JPG

Over the last 15 years or so San Diego State has built a very good basketball program.

But they're not Duke.

After what we saw in the Maui Invitational on Monday there might not be anyone in the nation who can hang with Duke.

The #1-ranked Blue Devils used their fantastic freshmen to rout the Aztecs 90-64 to improve to 4-0. The 26 point margin of victory was only the 3rd-most lopsided for Duke. They beat Eastern Michigan by 38 and Kentucky by 34.

The bright spot for SDSU, who fell to 2-1 on the season, was guard Devin Watson, who scored a team-high 15 points and made three of his six shots from 3-point land. The problem is the rest of the Aztecs combined went 3-for-15 from beyond the arc while Duke shot the lights out, making more than 40% of their 3-pointers.

A trio of freshmen led the way. R.J. Barrett had 20 points, Cam Reddish added 16, and Zion Williamson scored 13 with six rebounds and five steals. Duke's next game is against 8th-ranked Auburn while SDSU gets a shot at Xavier on Tuesday.

<![CDATA[Sen. Harris Calls Border Deployments 'Demonstration for TV Cameras']]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:36:14 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/kamala+harris+camp+pendleton.png

California Senator Kamala Harris said the deployment of military forces to the U.S.-Mexico border is a political stunt orchestrated by President Donald Trump for TV cameras.

Senator Harris, a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, toured San Diego’s Camp Pendleton on Monday and met with Marines of 1 Marine Expeditionary Force.

Harris was briefed on 1 MEF’s operations and its role in national defense and intelligence, but said she visited the base to meet with military families and thank them for their service and sacrifice.

She also criticized the deployment of more than 1,100 Marines, and thousands more troops from other branches, to assist Customs and Border Patrol in what it is calling Operation Secure Line, a "border hardening" mission meant to prepare the area’s infrastructure for the arrival of thousands of migrants hoping to seek asylum in the United States.

Harris said she believes the administration’s decision to deploy troops to the border was based on a political agenda and said it was an “inappropriate use of the country’s limited resources.

“These [service members] who are deployed are going to leave their families, they will not be home, it looks like, for Thanksgiving, all because there needed to be some demonstration for the TV cameras based on a political agenda instead of what is a national security threat,” the Senator said.

The Department of Defense insisted last week that the troops were sent there to help CBP and nothing else. Analysts and the Pentagon estimate that the entire deployment operation could cost $200 million.

Harris also spoke about Marines and other service members’ involvement in the fight against devastating wildfires burning across the state, and used it as an example of how military members affect people and communities in their country whom they’ll never meet or visit.

“Part of the importance of moments like this is remembering that there are real men and women behind the seal of the United State of America who are dedicating their lives in service and we cannot ever thank them enough for all that they do,” Harris said.

Harris also said she spent time with spouses of deployed and active-duty Marines who are concerned about their safety and livelihood in military housing, and said it was important that troops be given the “dignity they are due.”

Homes on Camp Pendleton and other military bases across the country were found to have mice infestations and mold problems, according to a Reuters report.

A letter signed by Harris and fellow California Senator Diane Feinstein asked Department of Defense Secretary James Mattis and the Pentagon to conduct a fact-finding mission into the problems.

Harris said humidity and mold were among the concerns of Marine families she spoke with Monday.

A spokesperson for the Government Accountability Office told NBC 7 a review of military housing conditions was ordered by the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.

Harris was also critical of the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General, saying the Attorney General should be someone who is constitutionally appointed and someone who will be “very clear that they will protect Bob Mueller’s investigation.”

The senator tweeted earlier in the day that she supports a lawsuit challenging the appointment filed by senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).

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<![CDATA[Years of Crime Reported on Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 21:59:30 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/N6PM+ITEAM+COLD+OPEN_KNSD704T.jpg

Harbor Drive’s pedestrian bridge near Petco Park opened to much fanfare on the Padres Opening Day back in 2011. 

At a cost of nearly $27 million, the bridge was designed to help pedestrians safely cross Harbor Drive.

On Sunday though, it became the scene of a gruesome attack.

San Diego Police announced on Monday that they had arrested four teenagers in connection with the brutal beating of 56-year-old Edward Leon Starland. 

But safety has always been a concern for residents who live near the pedestrian bridge. 

“It needs to be something that the city focuses on,” said David Gapp, who has lived in the East Village for more than a decade and uses the bridge daily. 

NBC 7 Investigates surveyed the area and confirmed that elevators at the bridge are often closed, which means some disabled pedestrians can't use the span.

In addition, interviews confirm that visitors and residents are avoiding the bridge because it's overrun by the homeless. 

The day before the 2016 MLB All-Star Game at Petco Park, NBC 7 Investigates documented that tents and homeless encampments crowded much of the bridge. The next day, NBC 7 Investigates confirmed that city workers had cleaned the bridge. 


NBC 7 Investigates also requested records of calls for service by San Diego police responding to complaints at the bridge. 

From 2015 to 2017, police responded more than 30 times. Officers investigated reports of underage drinking and suspected drug use. They issued citations and made arrests for disturbing the peace, robbery, grand theft, and assault with a deadly weapon. 

Neither the San Diego Police Department or the city would comment on-camera about this criminal activity. 

A city spokesperson said the Public Works Department is responsible for the elevator’s maintenance. The spokesperson added that Urban Corps of San Diego is paid to clean the bridge and elevators five days a week. 

NBC 7 Investigates asked the city what it's doing about the problem of transients on and around the bridge. 

A spokesperson said it employs 15 “outreach Ambassadors to build relationships with homeless individuals and help them get the support they need." 

One resident said that effort will have to continue, to control problems at the span. 

“Without that constant security presence, you are just going to probably entertain illegal drug use and a little bit of an edgy situation,” said Gapp. Still, he said he will continue to take his near-daily walks across the bridge. 

The city spokesperson said if people feel unsafe, they should call 911 in an emergency, though the police department's non-emergency line should be used for less urgent matters. That phone number is (619) 531-2000. 

If the area is not clean, people can report problems through the city’s "Get It Done" App.

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<![CDATA[GOATS and Golf to Take Over This Weekend]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 17:38:06 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/6PR+VO+GOAT+HILL+GOLF.jpg

On Friday, two of golfs “GOATS,” greatest of all-time, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play their highly anticipated money match in Las Vegas.

On Saturday, it’s still all about goat and golf, but this time the focus shifts to Goat Hill Park in Oceanside.

The Wishbone Brawl Two, a best ball match between PGA Tour pros Dean Wilson, Charley Hoffman, Xander Schauffele, and Mike Weir will be played at Goat Hill Park on Saturday.

Last year’s inaugural event was such a success that the pro golfers are back for more. Tickets are $20 for adults and kids are free.

“Proceeds from the Wishbone Brawl are going to go to Charley’s Foundation and North County Junior Golf,” Wilson said. “It just brings the community together and that’s what the Goat is all about.”

In addition to the best ball format, the players will go old school, playing with persimmon woods.

“We have a set for everybody, Charley, Mike, and myself, and we’ll be playing persimmon woods and our irons, so it’s vintage equipment, and we’re just going to have a fun day,” said Wilson.

Wilson will partner with his college roommate and former Masters Champ Mike Weir to take on Hoffman and Schauffele.

Wilson said, “The older guard taking on the younger guard. With Xander playing so well, we’ll have our hands full, but I like my partner we’ll have fun.”

Wilson, Hoffman, and Schauffele are all San Diego residents with strong local ties. Raising money for local charities, giving fans an inside-the-ropes experience and playing this one of a kind event at a unique course like Goat Hill make this a special event.

The Wishbone Brawl Two tournament starts at 11 a.m. with a clinic at 10 a.m.

<![CDATA[Things to Do This Weekend: Nov. 22-25]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:52:37 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-625708994.jpg

TGI Weekend! Ice rinks and turkey trots, hockey and hops. There's plenty to do in San Diego on this long Thanksgiving weekend. No matter how you enjoy your days, take the time to be grateful that you're living in America's Finest City. Get up. Get out. Play!

Thursday, Nov. 22 (Happy Thanksgiving)
Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink 

Times vary, Viejas Casino and Resort
Bring on the winter cheer! Viejas Casino & Resort has decked the halls and opened its outdoor ice skating rink for the holiday season -- of the largest rinks of its kind in Southern California. A $16 ticket for adults or $14 ticket for kids age 12 and under includes 90 minutes of time on the ice; season passes are available for those who want to visit time and time again. On Thanksgiving, the ice rink will open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. For the rest of the holiday weekend, the rink will open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Check the schedule here before you go. 

Father Joe’s Villages 17th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K
6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Balboa Park
More than 7,500 participants and spectators are expected to turn out for this Thanksgiving 5K in Balboa Park in support of Father Joe’s Villages. On-site registration opens at 6:30 a.m. and the race begins at 7:30 a.m. The 5K serves as a fundraiser for the organization’s meals program, which provides more than 1 million meals annually to people in need. Now, that’s something for which to be thankful.

2018 San Diego Run for the Hungry
7 a.m., Outside Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego
The annual San Diego Run for the Hungry invites participants to lace up their sneakers and hit the pavement around downtown San Diego. The 10K run starts at 7 a.m., while the 5K begins at 8:15 a.m. The race supports locals who face hunger, with all profits donated to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and its hunger-relief programs. For every participant’s fee, at least 185 meals will be raised for San Diegans in need.

Family Fun Run
7:30 a.m., Del Mar Race Track
And away YOU go. The Del Mar Race Track will host its Family Fun Run bright and early Thanksgiving morning, which gives families a chance to run a 1-mile lap all the way around the famous seaside horse racing track. Participants will finish the run in the Winners’ Circle, where they can get their photo taken. Bring the kids a half-hour early, at 7 a.m., and enjoy pre-race activities like games, prizes, face painting, holiday arts and crafts and animal guests from the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Proceeds from race entries will benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s equestrian therapy program for children and adults with special needs.

O’Side Turkey Trot
6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Oceanside Civic Center Parking Structure
“Move your feet before you eat” at this popular Turkey Day trot in Oceanside. This event includes activities for everyone – from a 10K run or 5K run or walk, to a 1-mile course for kids ages 7 to 12 or runners over 65 years old. There’s also a ¼-mile “Tiny Turkey Trot” for little ones 6 and under. The course includes a costume contest, competitions and live entertainment. To date, the annual event has raised more than $321,000 for non-profit organizations that serve residents of Oceanside.

4th Annual San Diego South Bay Turkey Trot
8 a.m., Rohr Park in Bonita
Make your way to Rohr Park in Bonita on Thanksgiving morning for this run, where participants can tackle a 5K, 10K or 15K course. After the race, there will be a party with awards, food and prizes. Make a difference by bringing a non-perishable food item on race day to help fight hunger impacting those in the community.

Friday, Nov. 23

Escape the Nat
12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Tuesday through Sunday), San Diego Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum in Balboa Park is getting in on the "Escape Room" craze with a fun puzzle game of its own on the lower level of the museum. The premise: there's a deadly viral outbreak and you must help find the cure by combing through the museum archives in search of clues that must be solved to save the world. Groups of two to six players can join the game, and ticket prices vary depending on the number of people participating. For instance, two people can play for $80; the ticket price includes admission to the museum. Guests must make reservations in advance for a slotted time Tuesday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Dr. Seuss's 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!'
2 p.m. and 5 p.m., The Old Globe
The Grinch can't stop Christmas from coming this year but he can bring his shenanigans to The Old Globe once again for the 21st year of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" The classic musical will delight guests through the holiday season with songs like, "You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," and "Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze)." See the show on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage with tickets starting at $54. Times vary by date so be sure to check the calendar.

San Diego Gulls vs. Stockton Heat
7 p.m., Valley View Casino Center
Cheer on the San Diego Gulls at this home game Friday night as the team takes on the Stockton Heat. Tickets start at $23; the puck drops at 7 p.m.

Decades Collide: ‘80s vs. ‘90s Featuring DJ Biz Markie
7 p.m., House of Blues
Jam’n 95.7FM presents this dance party at the House of Blues featuring rapper Biz Markie (1989’s “Just a Friend”) curating the best jams from both the 1980s and 1990s. Cover bands will add to the entertainment lineup, performing some of the most epic tunes from both decades. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in their best ‘80s and ‘90s gear. General admission tickets start at $20.

Hops on the Harbor
7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Flagship Cruises & Events
This month, enjoy a craft beer dinner cruise around the San Diego Bay paired with suds from a cross-section of our city’s brewery scene. The menu from this installment of “Hops on the Harbor” includes four 6-ounce, beer tastings expertly matched with courses. For instance, Burgeon Beer Co.’s Pistil – a German pilsner – will be paired with citrus-steamed mussels and clams, while Coronado Brewing Company’s Orange Ave. Wit is paired with sundried tomato and artichoke penne with grilled chicken. Also on the brew menu: Capital of Craft, the San Diego Brewers Guild Collaboration brewed by Karl Strauss, and Pizza Port’s double IPA, Over the Falls. The dinner cruise boards at 7 p.m. from 990 North Harbor Dr. and sails past the San Diego skyline, USS Midway, Star of India and other Maritime Museum ships and the Coronado Bay Bridge. Tickets cost $79.50 for adults and $47.70 for children ages 4 to 12; kids 3 and under are free. Reservations are recommended.

Taylor Williamson
7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., The Comedy Store
Comic Taylor Williamson – a graduate of Torrey Pines High School – returns to his hometown on Thanksgiving weekend for his first-ever headlining gig at The Comedy Store in La Jolla. Williamson’s stand-up skills earned him second place on season 8 of “America’s Got Talent,” and the TV talent show named him one of its 5 favorite acts of all time. Williamson began performing stand-up comedy when he was a senior in high school and The Comedy Store is the first club where he ever performed locally so this is a full-circle moment, right here. He performs at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, and again Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the 21+ show cost $20, plus a 2-drink minimum.

Heathers: The Musical
8 p.m., Lyceum Theatre
The Off Broadway Theater Company presents this production of “Heathers: The Musical” at the Lyceum Theatre in downtown San Diego. The musical is based off the classic 1989 film about an Ohio high school ruled by three popular but cruel girls, all named Heather, and the misfit and her boyfriend who vie to overthrow their regime. Tickets start at $20.

Saturday, Nov. 24

High Tide Breakfast
7 a.m. to 11 a.m., The Marine Room (La Jolla)
The fall season means high tides in the morning. The Marine Room's High Tide Breakfast gives diners a front-row seat as 5 to 7-foot waves crash upon the large windows of the restaurant. Enjoy the soothing sounds while eating a buffet of baked goods, charcuterie, eggs benedict, crepes and other delectable breakfast dishes. The dining experience can only be enjoyed during peak tides at certain times and select days through December. Reservations should be made in advance.

Yoga in the Rotunda
8:30 a.m., San Diego Museum of Man
Before the doors open to the Museum of Man in Balboa Park, yogis can gather in the museum’s domed hall for a quiet teacher-led yoga session. The class allows students to go at their own pace, making it a great pick for both beginners and more advanced enthusiasts. The $10 yoga sessions ($5 for members) are held every second and fourth Saturday of the month.

Rady Children's Ice Rink
10 a.m to 10 p.m., Liberty Station
Grab your skates and take a spin on the ice while supporting a good cause this holiday season. NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 are partnering with Rady Children’s Hospital for this festive activity. All proceeds benefit the hospital’s Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The Rady Children’s Ice Rink is open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Jan. 6 at Liberty Station, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for children. Discounts are available for military personnel.

Holiday Lights on Main Street
1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Prescott Promenade
Prescott Promenade in El Cajon will look like a winter village as the annual Holiday Lights on Main Street festival takes over the outdoor courtyard. Dozens of local retailers will gather in the promenade to sell fashion and jewelry, art, books, delicious treats and more. Nearby, Santa will take pictures with visitors and guests can take to the ice for a skating session or some carnival rides. The event is in conjunction with Small Business Saturday, which invites people to “shop local” on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Stay until 6 p.m. to see the Christmas tree light up with holiday magic.

Surfin’ Santa
1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Seaport Village
Santa Claus -- in board shorts. The 13th annual Surfin' Santa celebration brings the jolly fella to Seaport Village only, instead of a sleigh, Santa will arrive on a boat along the San Diego Bay. Once on land, visitors can pose with Santa before enjoying a parade and live performances along the bayside boardwalk. It is free to see Santa but Seaport Village encourages visitors to stick around and shop small at the many stores there as part of Small Business Saturday.

Fall Grooves at the Westin
7 p.m., Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa
The annual Fall Grooves music series is back with three jazzy concerts this season at the Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa (71333 Dinah Shore Drive). For Thanksgiving weekend, head to Masters Plaza to enjoy the sounds of Special EFX, a smooth jazz group that’s been in the business for nearly 20 years. Tickets range from $45 to $85 and can be purchased here. 

Sunday, Nov. 25

Skating by the Sea
Times Vary, Hotel Del Coronado
There are few places in the world where you can glide on an ice rink just feet from the ocean. The Hotel Del Coronado offers just that at their annual Skating by the Sea event. Through Jan 1, 2019, guests can take a spin on this beachside rink and enjoy sweeping views of the San Diego Bay with the purchase of a $35 ticket. Times vary by day so be sure to check the schedule here before you go. https://hoteldel.com/events/skating/

Del Mar Fall Racing
11 a.m., Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
And they’re off! The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club continues its fall horse racing season with races beginning at 12:30 p.m. On Sunday, over at the West Grandstand, visitors can also enjoy the Holiday Boutique, an area filled with pop-up shops, a complimentary mini spa, mimosa bar, holiday activities and more. Admission to the seaside track starts at $6.

Nature Walk at Silver Strand State Beach
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Lifeguard Headquarters (Silver Strand)
Join a guide from Silver Strand State Beach on this free, one-hour nature walk as you use binoculars and hand lenses to learn about the plants and animals of the park in their natural habitat. While the walk is free, there is a fee to drive into or park inside the state beach. The walk begins at Lifeguard Headquarters.


Holiday by the Bay
5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Looking for a little more excitement this holiday season? New this year, the Hilton Bayfront is opening a holiday adventure park along San Diego Bay. Holiday by the Bay features reimagined traditions -- like a two-story ice tubing slide, “iceberg” bumper cars and a dynamic light show centered around a Christmas tree, to name a few. For adults, festive cocktails will be doled out at the Yule Lodge cocktail bar. The adventure park is open through Jan. 5, 2019, to those with a ticket, starting at $20 or $15 for those under 12. Some activities cost extra.

Free or Cheap Things to Do in San Diego
Times and locations vary

Looking to save some cash, but still enjoy the city? In San Diego, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy for free or on the cheap. Go for a hike at Torrey Pines State Park or Cowles Mountain, stroll Balboa Park, try a new craft brewery, admire the murals of Chicano Park or read a book at a downtown park. Get out there and explore America’s Finest City.

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<![CDATA[How to Keep Rats From Seeking Refuge In Your Car Engine]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 18:36:15 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Car+Rats+Wires+Eric-1.jpg

What’s under the hood of your car?

An engine, a radiator, and...rats?

As winter sets in, even the San Diego winter, rats and other rodents could be seeking refuge under the hood of your car. Making matters worse, many automakers have turned to more plant-based biodegradable products to coat wiring instead of plastic. Oftentimes the rats and rodents looking for a safe haven mistake the wiring for food, gnawing their way through wires and other important components on your car.

“One morning I jumped into the vehicle to take my son to school and the car hesitated,” says San Carlos resident Eric Battaglia. “It shifted from first gear to third gear and I realized something was wrong.”

Battaglia put his Toyota minivan in park and popped open the hood. He looked inside. He says seeds and rat droppings were scattered throughout the engine.

He took the car to the mechanic and the mechanic told him a rat had chewed through the wiring harness. A new harness would cost him nearly $4,000.

Luckily for Battaglia the mechanic was able to solder the wires together for a fraction of the cost, just under $400.

That’s when Battaglia jumped into action. He set up a motion activated video camera under his minivan. He woke up to find this video…


Battaglia says he parks his car on the street, away from the palm tree that towers over his driveway, and more importantly, the seeds the palm tree drops.

“It’s no laughing matter,” says Battaglia. “No, it’s not funny at all, not to the wallet, that’s for sure.”

Yet while some say the soy and plant-based materials are to blame, local pest expert Roger Platt from Centurion Pest Control says rodents are more likely looking for a warm place to eat and a safe place to do so away from predators.

“It provides them a little bit of harborage,” says Platt. “If they climb up into the engine compartment there’s nothing that can really get to them, no coyotes, no owls, nothing like that.”

Blatt says Battaglia is correct that parking his car on the street is often a better idea, away from trees and bushes and the activity from passing cars could deter them from climbing or jumping up into the engine.

Many auto parts stores sell repellants, typically liquids or tape that will keep rats out of the engine but they are not permanent solutions. The only permanent solution, Platt says, is parking inside the garage, that is if it’s tightly sealed and rat-free.

Photo Credit: Bob Hansen]]>
<![CDATA[Undocumented Youth Shelters Not Reporting Runaways]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 18:35:13 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/JY_RAW+ITEAM+SW+KEY+BROADWAY+EL+CAJON+LOCATION.jpg

Young undocumented immigrants are leaving local immigrant youth shelters without authorization. But the number of reported runaways differs, depending on which government agency supplies the statistics. 

This discrepancy could mask the extent of the runaway problem at local immigrant youth shelters. 

Southwest Key Programs is a nonprofit that is contracted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to run three shelters for undocumented youths in El Cajon and Lemon Grove.

Many of the minors staying at these shelters were caught crossing the border illegally without a parent or guardian, or their parents were arrested and separately detained. 

NBC 7 Investigates filed public record requests with El Cajon Police and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department for all calls for service and investigations at the three shelter locations. 

Those records reveal that last year, shelter employees reported six runaways from its El Cajon shelters to law enforcement. But according to California’s Department of Social Services (DSS), the shelters reported just three runaways in 2017. Of note, the three runaways reported to DSS were not among the six listed by law enforcement, meaning there were at least nine runaways in 2017. 

The runaway reporting discrepancy was first reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune.  

Law enforcement records also show three runaways reported by the shelters in 2016. A spokesperson for DSS said the agency is still reviewing its records for 2016 to determine how many runaways were reported to the state that year. 

Licensed shelters are required to report juveniles running away to the Department of Social Services within 24 hours of the incident, and then follow-up with a written report within 10 days. 

In September, during a state inspection, Weston said DSS staff discussed concerns about Southwest Key meeting reporting requirements with the shelter’s Regional Executive Director and Programs Director. 

NBC 7 Investigates asked Southwest Key Programs about the runaway discrepancies and reporting requirements to the state. A spokesperson told us, “When a child decides to leave us, we report that to local police, the state of California and the Office of Refugee Resettlement.” 

Previously, Southwest Key Programs told NBC 7 Investigates state and federal restrictions prevent staff at the shelters from holding a child against their will if they decide to leave their facility. Staff can try to talk the juveniles into staying, but beyond that their options are limited. 

Southwest Key also said employees at their shelters are required to take at least 80 hours of training regarding juveniles running away as part of their orientation, and they receive ongoing training throughout their employment.

<![CDATA[Take a Look at Old Globe's 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas']]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 17:13:39 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/grinch18-13-web.jpg The Old Globe production of Dr. Seuss' "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" runs through December 29. Here's a look at the beloved musical, back for its 21st year.

Photo Credit: Jim Cox]]>
<![CDATA[Local Hospitals See Improvements from New Leapfrog Ranking]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 14:44:56 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/UC-San-Diego-Hospital-gener.jpg

A national hospital safety review saw seven San Diego hospitals improve over the year, according to a newly released ranking by the Leapfrog Group.

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are assigned to more than 2,600 hospitals across the nation, according to its website. It reviews them twice a year.

Grades are given out as A, B, C, D, or F.

Roughly a third of all hospitals graded received an A in the fall of 2018. Only one percent of its recorded hospitals were given an F.

UCSD Hillcrest, Sharp Memorial San Diego, and Scripps Memorial La Jolla were among some of the local hospitals that were given the highest score.

Scripps Mercy in Chula Vista and San Diego were among the few given a C.

See all grades from the last three years listed below.

Specific items like good communication, hand washing, bed sores received, and problems with surgery are also separately rated.

To see these ratings, search for a hospital on the organization’s website.

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades said it examines 28 different measures of hospital safety data and weighs each item by evidence, opportunity for improvement, and impact.

To learn more about the how grades are determined, go to its website.

California was ranked 23rd for number of hospitals given an A, with 32.4 percent. New Jersey was first with 56.7 percent and Nebraska rounded out the bottom of the list with 6.7 percent.

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<![CDATA[Mom Charged With DUI, Child Abuse After Crash Injured Kids]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:07:57 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mother_Arrested_for_DUI_After_Crash_Injures_3.jpg

A mother was charged with felony DUI and child abuse Wednesday after a Rancho Bernardo crash left her three children injured, according to the San Diego County District Attorney’s office.

Mayra Troncoso, 29, was taken to Palomar Hospital after the wreck in early November, where she is still receiving treatment.

The arraignment took place at the Escondido hospital. An NBC 7's Dave Summers was the only reporter allowed in the room during the proceedings.

There, Troncoso was charged with three counts of felony child abuse, two of which alleged great bodily injured occurred, said Deputy District Attorney Ramona McCarthy.

She was also charged with driving under the influence causing injury and driving on a suspended license, McCarthy said.

She was mostly covered by a blanket as she laid in her hospital bed and had no visible injuries to her face. She appeared expressionless throughout until it was over and she started sobbing as she sat alone with her attorney.

Her license was suspended after a 2017 DUI conviction and she was on probation when the crash happened, according to McCarthy.

In both DUI cases, Troncoso had a blood alcohol concentration of more than 0.20, McCarthy said.

Troncoso drove into oncoming traffic on Camino Del Norte and collided head-on into a Jeep Liberty on Nov. 12, according to the San Diego Police Department.

She was arrested three days later.

Troncoso’s nine-month-old baby, who was being held by an 8-year-old girl at the time of the crash, suffered life-threatening injuries.

CHP investigators said the force from the crash threw the infant into the windshield.

The nine-month-old is in critical condition, according to the deputy district attorney.

“Children are one of the most vulnerable victims,” McCarthy said.

A criminal protective order now prevents Troncoso from contacting her children in any way.

It was “for the safety of the children. We are very concerned for them,” according to McCarthy.

Judge set bail at $700,000.

Troncoso faces up to 24 years in prison if convicted.

A preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 4.

<![CDATA[Preliminary 4.8M Earthquake Recorded in Baja California]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 22:26:11 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/baja+california+earthquake+11-19.JPG

A preliminary magnitude 4.8 earthquake was recorded in Baja California, south of Calexico on Monday, according to the United States Geological Survey. 

The agency reported the epicenter of the quake, which struck at about 12:20 p.m., to be Alberto Oviedo Mota, about 40 miles south of Mexicali.  

A second preliminary 3.3 magnitude tremor was reported less than 10 minutes later.

People from south San Diego to Oceanside reported feeling some weak shaking to UGSG. Moderate shaking could be felt in El Centro. 

It was unclear if any damage was caused. 

No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[Chase Lasts Minutes Before Motorcyclist Crashes in Midway]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 22:16:31 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/midway+motorcycle+pursuit.png

A chase lasted only minutes before a motorcyclist crashed in the Midway District of San Diego on Monday. 

California Highway Patrol officers attempted to pull over the motorcycle for speeding on westbound Interstate 8 just west of I-805 just before 10:45 a.m. but the rider took off, Officer Tommy Doerr said. 

The motorcyclist led officers on the freeway before exiting onto city streets.

Then, less than five minutes after the chase began, the motorcyclist crashed on Hancock Street near Camino Del Rio South, near the Valley View Casino Center, Doerr said. 

No one was injured in the crash but there was damage to property, he said. 

Mary Stimchcomb was driving on Rosecrans when the motorcycle hit another car, then swiped her side mirror before continuing.

The passenger side mirror on her Toyota Prius was nearly falling off, but she said she didn't see any other damage other than a scratch.

Some streets were blocked so CHP could investigate the crash. 

No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[Local Crews Help Search and Rescue Efforts in Camp Fire]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 12:37:19 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ca+task+force+8+1119.jpg

Dozens of local emergency responders arrived in Butte County Monday to help locate missing people in the wake of the Camp Fire that tore through the area.

The group of 37 is part of the San Diego Urban Search and Rescue California Task Force 8 (CA-TF8).

The blaze killed at least 71 people as of Sunday and the number of residents reported missing surpassed 1,000.

CA-TF8 joined three additional urban search and rescue (USAR) task forces from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The crews set up in Oroville, which is roughly 21 miles south of Paradise. Here, four other regional USAR task forces are also assigned to the area.

“The team from SD is proud to be a part of the effort to reunite family members and perhaps bring closure to others,” said Monica Munoz with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The 37 members represented eight local agencies. CA-TF8 has more than 200 members.

The length of their deployment is unknown at this time, Munoz said.

They left from San Diego at 3 a.m.

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<![CDATA[Four Teens Arrested in Brutal Beating Near Petco Park]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 17:53:57 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BF_RAW+EAST+VILLAGE+PENDING+HOMICIDE.jpg

Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with the brutal beating of a man near Petco Park in the East Village, police said Monday. 

Paramedics found Edward Leon Starland, 56, unresponsive near the pedestrian bridge that connects Park Boulevard over Harbor Drive at about 2:10 p.m. Sunday. 

A witness said Starland and a group of teens were arguing when he was pushed to the ground and attacked, Lt. Matt Dobbs said. The teens took off when witnesses yelled at them. 

SDPD's investigation led them to believe 19-year-old Dominick Wells and three juvenile women, ages 14, 15 and 17, were involved in the attack. The three girls would not be identified because they are under-age, police said. 

All four were arrested and booked into either San Diego County Jail or Juvenile Hall on felony battery charges. 

"You hate to hear it, but you know, it is, you don't feel this is a very safe area," said one East Village resident. "It's just, you only go certain places, you stay close to the ball park, at least I do, around the perimeter."

Another resident told NBC 7 they feel safe because a lot of police officers patrol the area frequently.

Starland remains in the hospital on life support. He is not expected to survive the injuries sustained in the beating, Dobbs said. 

SDPD continues to investigate the incident and is working on identifying other possible suspects.

Anyone with information about the incident was urged to call the SDPD Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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<![CDATA[Group of Five Robs Person at SDSU Transit Stop: PD]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 08:00:59 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/188*120/sdsu+transit+stop.JPG

San Diego State University is warning students of a robbery and assault at their campus transit stop Sunday night. 

A group of five juveniles shoved and robbed a person at the SDSU MTS Transit Center located on the south side of campus at about 5 p.m., according to a bulletin sent by SDSU police.

Video was captured of the incident and four boys and a girl were identified as possible suspects. 

Most were wearing black or grey hoodies and one was wearing a red Supreme brand beanie, SDSU police said. The female was carrying a gray backpack. 

Anyone with information was asked to call the university's police department at (619) 594-1991 or email police@sdsu.edu.

No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[Overturned Cement Truck Closes I-805 On-Ramp]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 10:22:21 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/I805+OVERTURNED+TRUCK+0612.jpg

A cement truck rolled over on a University City freeway onramp Monday morning, forcing highway crews to shut down the ramp as they upright the 60,000-pound truck. 

The fully-loaded truck was transitioning from westbound La Jolla Village Drive to southbound I-805, probably a little too quickly, when it overturned at about 3 a.m., California Highway Patrol said. 

CHP said the driver had filled up the truck at a facility nearby and was heading out to start his morning deliveries when the rollover happened. He was not injured. 

Crews shut down the transition ramp as they worked to upright the truck. Just after 6 a.m., two tow trucks with cranes hoisted the truck back on its wheels. 

The truck would still need to be towed away before the on-ramp could be reopened to traffic. 

No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[Racist Hate Speech Found on Campus at Mira Costa College]]> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 23:33:15 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/Mira+Costa+College+PD.jpg

Mira Costa College has increased security and police patrols after administrators were made aware of a racist threat found in a men's bathroom.

College spokesperson Kristen Huyck said the threat was a form of hate speech aimed at African Americans. It was found on Thursday and is believed to be an imminent threat to the student body, according to Huyck.

Huyck said that white supremacy-related stickers and posters were placed in several spots around campus last week.

"Our neighbors in higher education have also experienced this," Huyck said. 

Huyck said the school is working with local law enforcement to investigate the threat and to communicate with students and staff.

A police bulletin went out to the school community describing the threat. It also asked anyone with information to come forward.

"We have had so much, like stuff going on, not just on this campus but just like around the world that it just needs to stop. It makes me so upset," student Katie Minney.

Huyck said police do not have any information on a possible suspect.

Mira Costa College Police is handling the investigation and the increased patrols. The Oceanside Police Department and the FBI have both been made aware of the threat, Huyck said.

No other information was available.

Nationally, hate crimes across the United States spiked 17 percent in 2017 — marking a rise for the third straight year — with a 37 percent increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, according to an FBI report released Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Vista Man on the Run After Allegedly Stabbing Wife, Daughter]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 05:23:11 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Sheriff-generic-SDSO-041917.jpg

Sheriff's deputies are searching for a man in Vista who allegedly stabbed his wife and daughter Sunday evening.

The 55-year-old man stabbed his wife in the back around 7:50 p.m. in the 1000 block of Corvalla Drive, San Diego sheriff's Lt. Amber Baggs said.

Deputies were responding to a domestic violence call, she said.

The wife was badly hurt with possible life-threatening injuries, the lieutenant said. She was transported to Palomar Medical Center. The daughter was also transported to the hospital but it was unclear if she was sent to the same hospital, Baggs said. 

The husband fled the scene armed with a knife. He has no shirt on and was wearing brown shorts, deputies said.

A sheriff's helicopter was circling around the neighborhood searching for the man. 

It was unclear what led up to the stabbing, Baggs said. 

The man was still at large as of 11 p.m. Sunday.

Anyone who may have seen the man was urged to call 911.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot, Killed at Mountain View Park]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 10:56:51 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mountain+view+park+shooting+1117.jpg

A man who was shot and killed at Mountain View park early Saturday morning has been identified. 

Jesus Alexis Arellano, 25, of San Diego was found in the driveway of the Willie Henderson Sports Complex at about 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, the San Diego Police Department said. 

Officers first heard gunshots while patrolling the area on Imperial Avenue and called paramedics when they spotted the wounded Arellano, SDPD Lt. Matt Dobbs said.

Arellano was pronounced dead shortly before 4 a.m.

Witnesses told police they saw two men in a white Volkswagen near the scene but it was unclear if they were involved. No suspects have been identified. 

“We have no indication that it’s gang-related at this time,” Dobbs said.

<![CDATA[Dozens of Foster Children Adopted on National Adoption Day]]> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 17:26:34 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Adoption_Finalized_for_Dozens_of_Local_Foster_Children.jpg

November is National Adoption Month and to mark the occasion, 22 boys and girls from around the county were adopted Friday as part of National Adoption Day.

This year, the County is celebrating 70 years of adoption services.

San Diego's foster-care system struggles with finding homes for teens, children from minority backgrounds and siblings who want to stay together.

But that didn’t take away from the joy felt in the San Diego County Juvenile Courthouse on Friday.

Isis Aranda was among the 18 other families who participated in National Adoption Day.

Her family of four is now a family of five.

The newest member of the family is 10-year-old Hector.

He's been staying with them for three years but Friday made it all official.

A decision that wasn't hard for Aranda and her family since Hector is her cousin's son.

“I’m happy that the day is finally here,” she said. “Hector woke up today at 3 a.m. and again at 5 because of how excited he was.”

The same excitement echoed when Bob Hanley and Aaron Omlor signed the dotted line to officially adopt Eric Hanley Omlor. He had been in the foster system for two years. Friday was a dream come true for the little guy two days shy of his 10th birthday.

“I feel special, my hopes went up when I met Bob and Aaron and they said they would sign the papers,” Hanley Omlor said. 

<![CDATA[Padres, San Diego Food Bank Hand Out Turkeys at Petco Park]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 11:28:17 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_RAW+PADRES+TURKEY+GIVEAWAY.jpg

Hundreds of turkeys were passed out to underserved families by San Diego Padres pitchers of the past Monday morning in preparation for Thanksgiving.

Randy Jones and Brett Tomko, alongside other volunteers, handed out food at Home Plate Gate at Petco Park.

“We’re distributing a bunch of turkeys and holiday meals to people in need in our community,” said James Floros, president and CEO of the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank. “We’re going to help about 800 families today.”

The Miramar-based food bank and the local baseball team came together for the three-hour event that started at 9 a.m.

“A few years ago, we started talking about what we can do for families in need during the holidays, and the Padres stepped up and said, ‘Hey, let’s distribute turkeys, let’s partner with you guys, and let’s make a difference,’” Floros told NBC 7.

Jones, who has been doing drives for years, said no matter how it started, “It makes all the difference in the world to these families. It feels good to be out here and giving back.”

One in eight adults and one in five children face food insecurity throughout the county, according to Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank’s website.

“We have half a million people in our community who don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” Floros said. “To have something like this that helps lift their family up, help them have a better holiday, and put food on the table – it doesn’t get any better than that.”

Floros said local food banks’ budgets are stretched thin during the holidays, so events like this one can make a big impact.

“To have a special day on Thanksgiving,” Jones said. “We can make a difference one family at a time.”

Jones and Tomko were seen high-fiving kids and laughing with families as they passed out food.

The local food bank serves 370,000 people every month, according to its website. The Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank distributed 28 million pounds of food, during the previous fiscal year.

Its distribution partners include King Chavez Elementary School, Sherman Elementary School, and Mariner's Park on Naval Base San Diego.

To donate to the local food bank, go to its website. There are also more ways to give listed.

<![CDATA[CBP Halts Traffic into US at San Ysidro POE]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 22:49:08 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/border+shut+down+san+ysidro+port+of+entry.jpg

U.S. Customs and Border Protection temporarily shut down northbound traffic into the United States at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in California Monday due to reports that a group of Central American migrants was trying to rush the border, the agency said. 

Though no activity materialized, the agency said the closure at the nation's busiest border crossing was needed to install "additional port hardening materials" in preparation for the migrant caravan.

"CBP officials suspended operations to safely place impediments at the port of entry that would restrict access to a large group attempting to run through the border crossing," the agency said in a statement. 

More than half of lanes were reopened several hours after the closure was instated.

Pedestrian lanes into the U.S. at the San Ysidro Pedestrian East facility were also closed for several hours Monday before reopening for northbound traveler processing. However, lanes for foot traffic at the Pedestrian West facility crossing remained open throughout the closures, CBP said.

Southbound lanes were not affected.

San Ysidro is the border’s busiest crossing, with about 110,000 people entering the U.S. every day. That traffic includes some 40,000 vehicles, 34,000 pedestrians and 150 to 200 buses.

The decision to close northbound traffic not only kept some people from getting to work, but it also kept plenty from spending money at American businesses.

A Chula Vista strip mall usually flooded with shoppers from Tijuana was surprisingly empty given the time of year.

This is how we survive," Santa's Toys manager Hai Trinh said. "And it's dead right now."

Trinh said he's feeling the impact of the closure more than some other shops because 98 percent of his customers come from across the border.

"This time of year I wouldn't be able to talk to you because it's Christmas season," Trinh told NBC 7.

San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jason Wells said the closure hits hardest in bi-national regions like his border city.

"Most [business owners make what they're going to make all year between November and January," he said.

Mexico's El Buen Fin, which can be compared to Black Friday here in the U.S., ended Monday which was also Revolution Day, a Mexican National Holiday. Store owners said they were anticipating even more business because of the holiday.

The move to close the border came as hundreds of migrants traveling in the caravan arrived in towns along the U.S.-Mexico border after weeks on the road. 

More than 1,100 Marines have been deployed to assist CBP with Operation Secure Line, a "border hardening" mission meant to prepare the area’s infrastructure for the arrival of thousands of migrants hoping to seek asylum in the United States.

CBP said the Marines' specific duties include installing barbed wire to make walls less scalable and reinforcing construction areas so that people could not cross into them.

Pieces of barbed wire, concrete roadblocks and rebar are being used to create movable barriers that can be used to block lanes at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry. 

Thousands more troops from other branches of the military have also deployed to the border to assist in other ways. For example, Army Military Police are there to protect the Marines who are not armed and are prohibited from enforcing the law. The Department of Defense insisted last week that the troops were sent there to help CBP and nothing else.

Analysts and the Pentagon estimate that the entire deployment operation could cost $200 million.

"My place is not to think about fiscal restraint, that’s for Congress. We’ve been asked to do a job and that’s what we’re here to do," Army Captain Guster Cunningham said.

In October, President Donald Trump threatened to close the southern border to address the caravan if the situation worsened. Since the arrival of the first troops at the border, CBP has acknowledged that option is still on the table.

Meanwhile, tensions on the Mexican side of the border have built as nearly 3,000 migrants from the caravan poured into Tijuana in recent days, The Associated Press reported. And with U.S. border inspectors processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at Tijuana's main crossing to San Diego, they will likely be there for months while they seek asylum in the U.S.

Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum has called the migrants' arrival an "avalanche" that the city is ill-prepared to handle, calculating that they will be in Tijuana for at least six months as they wait to file asylum claims. Gastelum has appealed to the federal government for more assistance to cope with the influx.

Some Tijuana residents supported the migrants, but others accused the migrants of being messy, ungrateful and a danger to Tijuana. On Sunday, about 400 Tijuana residents took to the streets in protest, waving Mexican flags and chanting "Out! Out!" 

They also complained about how the caravan forced its way into Mexico, calling it an "invasion." And they voiced worries that their taxes might be spent to care for the group.

"We don't want them in Tijuana," protesters shouted.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

<![CDATA[Memorial Service for Coronado Man Killed in Bar Shooting]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:18:44 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Meek+Service+1117.jpg

A memorial service was held Saturday afternoon for the Coronado man killed in the shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar.

Friends and family shared cherished memories spent with Justin Meek at Samuelson Chapel at California Lutheran University. The service was live-streamed on the school's website.

"I think it is so hard today, for all of us and his family to feel this loss," Meek family spokeswoman Melissa Maxwell-Doherty said. "We feel this fragileness about human life, we understand how important community is."

Meek, 23, was a bouncer at the nightclub when gunfire broke out earlier this month. He graduated from Cal Lutheran in May.

"He gave his life to save others," Maxwell-Doherty said. "Being a military brat he lived in many places in his short 23 years. Now after fulfilling his purpose here on earth, he is home."

Meek’s alma mater set up a scholarship, called the Justin Meek Memorial Scholarship, in his memory where people can donate to the school’s fund.

His family set up a GoFundMe page to assist with any services or celebrations of his life. In one week, Meek’s family received more than $21,000 in donations.


“The incredible outpouring love & support towards Justin & our family truly means the world,” the page said. “Our gratitude is immeasurable, & we continue to thank you all in helping us Honor our Justin.”

A Celebration of Life and Paddle out in Coronado is also being organized to honor Meek. The services are scheduled for the first week of December.

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<![CDATA[Lemon Grove House Fire Displaces 12]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 22:46:00 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CLIP-STRINGER_LEMON+GROVE+HOUSE+FIRE.jpg

Twelve people were displaced Sunday after their Lemon Grove home caught fire, a fire official said.

The fire started around 2:30 p.m. on the second-floor balcony of the home in the 3100 block of Buena Vista Avenue, Heartland Battalion Chief Chris Case said.

The fire then spread into one of the bedrooms inside the home, he said.

One of the residents spotted the fire, called 911 and tried to extinguish the flames himself, Case said.

All 12 residents were displaced because of smoke and water damage to the home. The San Diego Red Cross was contacted to help those displaced, he said.

One of the residents complained of smoke inhalation and was treated at the scene, Case said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation and residents won't be allowed back in until inspectors evaluate the structural integrity of the house, the battalion chief said.

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<![CDATA[MCRD Drill Instructor Dies in Motorcycle Crash]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 05:34:56 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Gary+Wilson.jpg

A Marine drill instructor was killed in a motorcycle crash Friday evening, military officials said.

Sgt. Gary Wilson, 33, of Fairfield, CT, was traveling northbound on Interstate 15 when he crashed, according to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the California Highway Patrol.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. Wilson," said Brig. Gen. Ryan Heritage, commanding general of MCRD San Diego. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult period. This is truly the loss of a fine Marine, and he will be missed greatly."

Two months ago, Wilson saved two people from a burning car on state Route 163, Capt. Martin Harris told NBC 7.

Several cars were involved in the crash just south of state Route 52 around 8 a.m. Sept. 18 and one of the cars caught fire. Wilson pulled two women from the burning wreckage.

Wilson was a drill instructor at MCRD after tours of duty in Okinawa and Camp Pendleton.

He earned two Good Conduct Medals, three Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

<![CDATA[Broken Fire Hydrant Floods Home, Apartment Complex]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:54:31 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CLIP-STRINGER_+CAR+VS+HYDRANT+COLINA+DEL+SOL.jpg

A U-Haul hit a fire hydrant in the Colina Del Sol area sending a plume of water about 50 feet into the air, flooding a home and a nearby apartment complex Sunday afternoon.

The hydrant was knocked off around 2 p.m. in the 5000 block of University Avenue, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Jose Ysea said.

Residents said the U-Haul was backing up and hit the hydrant.

The water from the resulting geyser hit the roof of the house next to the hydrant, flooding the home.

The water also flowed down the street and flooded three downstairs units at the Palms Apartments complex.

"We had a total of three units that were flooded," maintenance manager Scott Tenhunen said. "Luckily one of them wasn’t that bad but the other two were pretty bad."

Residents in the displaced units were put up in hotel rooms. It may take up to two weeks before they can return.

"We already had a flood restoration company on its way," Tenhunen said.

It took city crews about 45 minutes to shut off the water.

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<![CDATA[Man Gravely Injured in Brutal Attack Near Petco Park]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 00:49:49 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BF_RAW+EAST+VILLAGE+PENDING+HOMICIDE.jpg

A man was severely injured Sunday afternoon after he was attacked by a group of teenagers in the East Village, police said.

The attacked happened around 2:10 p.m. after a witness saw the man get into an altercation with the teens near the pedestrian bridge next to Petco Park and called 911, San Diego police Lt. Matt Dobbs said.

When first responders arrived, they found the man unresponsive and started CPR. The man was transported to an area hospital and was not expected to survive his injuries, he said.

Witnesses told police the teens knocked him down to the ground and attacked him while he was on the ground.

Witnesses yelled at the teens and they fled eastbound on Imperial Avenue, Dobbs said.

Several people were detained in the area but it was unclear if they were involved in the attack, he said.

The victim has not been identified but was described as being in his 40s.

Anyone with information about the incident was urged to call the SDPD Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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<![CDATA[Missing Elderly Woman Found in Vacant Apartment]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:20:01 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Martha+Carrington-Missing.jpg

An elderly woman was found Tuesday after she was reported missing for three days in Mira Mesa.

Martha Carrington, 84, just recently moved to San Diego from Florida to live with her son on Mira Lee Way.

She was reported missing late Friday and into early Saturday, police said.

At around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Carrington was found in a vacant unit in her son's apartment complex, according to authorities.

Medics arrived on scene to evaluate Carrington.

Carrington was diagnosed with schizophrenia, high blood pressure, and early stages of Alzheimer’s, according to the San Diego Police Department.

She was described as being 5-foot-8, 175 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

She arrived at her son’s house in Mira Mesa on Thursday and was unfamiliar with the area, police said.

Her family said she did not have any money or a cell phone. Her family doesn’t believe she would use public transportation.

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