<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - San Diego News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego https://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usSun, 20 May 2018 20:30:44 -0700Sun, 20 May 2018 20:30:44 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Former NICU Patients, Doctors, Nurses Reunite at Rady's ]]> Sun, 20 May 2018 19:58:48 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/armstrong+family.PNG

You wouldn’t know it from seeing how active and happy Scarlett Armstrong is, but soon-to-be transitional kindergarten grad was born at just 24 weeks. She weighed a pound and a half and was 12 inches long.

Over the next 4 and a half months the Armstrong family’s life revolved around the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Rady Children’s Hospital.

“The doctors are absolutely amazing, they did everything. She had a brain bleed at two weeks old, she wore a cranium helmet, man you name it and she did it,” Scarlett’s mother, Meagan Armstrong told NBC 7 while the family enjoyed the Annual NICU Reunion.

In its fourth year, the reunion lets former patients and their families reunite with doctors, nurses and other patients who were with them during their time in the NICU.

Scarlett was what’s called a micro preemie when she was born, but nearly five years later – “no problems, she’s been super healthy, she’s actually in transitional kindergarten right now, she’ll graduate in two weeks and then she’ll start kindergarten,” Meagan beamed. “We’ve had zero problems since we left the NICU so it’s been really wonderful.”

Scarlett’s father, Brennan, said when she was in the NICU he basically go back and forth from the office to the hospital every day. “It was stressful, but that they throw something like this every year is the best,” he said.

“It’s really cool to see how far the children have come and how far the families have come,” Meagan said. “We plan on coming every year with our family.”

She added, “she’s alive today because of the doctors.”

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<![CDATA[Padres Put a Squeeze on the Pirates]]> Sun, 20 May 2018 17:00:38 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/Galvis+Squeeze+Bunt.JPG

It would appear we’ve figured out the secret to prolonged winning streaks for the Padres:

Lose the first game of a 4-game series, and then win the next three.

They did that against the Giants in April for what was their first 3-game win streak of the 2018 season. They did it again this weekend in Pittsburgh for their second 3-game winning streak of the 2018 season.

The Padres beat the Pirates 8-5 at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon, thanks to a very rare 9th inning comeback.

Rancho Bernardo High School alum Trevor Williams was perfect through three innings but in the 4th Eric Hosmer singled then scored on a 2-run home run by Christian Villanueva, his 12th of the season, that put San Diego on top 2-1. After his 0-37 slump Villanueva has hit a home run in three of the last four games.

In the 5th inning they got two more on a couple of balls that never left the infield. Manuel Margot hit a ground ball to 2nd base to bring in Freddy Galvis and then, with catcher A.J. Ellis at 3rd base and pitcher Jordan Lyles at the plate, Padres Manager Andy Green called for the suicide squeeze and it worked to perfection. Lyles laid down a bunt, Ellis scored, and Lyles even ended up beating the throw to 1st base.

“I don’t think there are a lot of people anticipating the speed of A.J. Ellis over at 3rd base,” said Green with tongue firmly planted in cheek. “I think most people are not going to be inclined to do that right there but I thought it was our best chance to get a run home and it worked for us.”

The call put the Padres up 4-1 but in the 6th inning the Pirates erased it. Austin Meadows hit his first career home run, a 2-run shot, to cut the lead to 4-3. On the very next pitch Jordy Mercer tied it with a solo shot to tie it 4-4 and chase Lyles from the game.

The Pirates took the lead in the 8th inning off reliever Kirby Yates, who came into the game with a 0.60 ERA. Josh Harrison hit a sacrifice fly to score Sean Rodriguez and with fireballing closer Felipe Vasquez coming in that looked like it would be the ballgame.

Keep in mind the Padres were 0-24 when trailing after eight innings this year. But Jose Pirela and Villanueva hit back to back singles and Green sent Franchy Cordero in to pinch-run for Villanueva. The speed of Cordero turned into a major asset.

Cory Spangenberg hit a soft grounder to short and Mercer had to rush to try and beat Franchy. His throw was off-line and pulled Harrison off the bag, allowing Pirela to score the tying run and Cordero to advance to 3rd base. With Galvis coming up Green decided to bunt again.

This time he called the safety squeeze and Galvis put down a beauty. Franchy came home and Galvis beat the Pittsburgh defense to the bag at 1st base. Ellis added a 2-run single to put it out of reach.

The Padres can get their first 4-game winning streak of the year on Monday night when they open a 3-game series against the Nationals in Washington. Robbie Erlin (in the rotation for the injured Joey Lucchesi) gets the start against Nats lefty Gio Gonzalez.

<![CDATA[All of the Fantastic Food at the 2018 San Diego County Fair]]> Thu, 17 May 2018 10:11:44 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/709A0020EDIT.jpg The 2018 San Diego County Fair is right around the corner! Take a look at some of the crazy food you can try at the fair, from Pink's Unicorn Hot Dogs to Ramen Burritos and more.

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<![CDATA[Voter Registration Deadline Monday ]]> Sun, 20 May 2018 17:20:34 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-621778470.jpg

San Diegans who plan to vote in the gubernatorial primary election need to be registered to vote by Monday, May 21 or they will need to conditionally register in person at the Registrar of Voters and vote provisionally.

Voters who have recently moved or changed their name also need to register. Registration and a change in registration can both be done online. Registration status can also be checked online. Once a voters signature is confirmed through the Department of Motor Vehicles, it will automatically be sent to the Registrar’s office. If it is not confirmed, voters can print the form and mail it to the Registrar.

Registration and early voting can be done in person at the Register’s office at 5600 Overland Ave. in Kearny Mesa, and registration forms are also available at U.S. Post Offices, City Clerk’s office, public libraries and the DMV and are available in Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese and Chines.e

Registered voters can also request a mail ballot until May 29.

“With a mail ballot, you can vote in the comfort of your home,” said Registrar Michael Vu. “Once you’ve marked your mail ballot, send it back right away and we’ll start processing it so it can be counted right when the polls close on Election Day.”

The Registrar’s office is open until 8 p.m. Monday, but voters can register online until midnight.

Call (858) 565-5800 or go to the Registrar of Voters website for additional information.

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<![CDATA[SDG&E Secure Oceanside Gas Line After Break ]]> Sun, 20 May 2018 16:55:17 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/oceanside-police-0901.jpg

Residents were evacuated after a natural gas line broke Sunday in Oceanside, police said.

The gas line broke shortly before 1 p.m. in the 1100 block of South DitmarStreet, near Ditmar Elementary School, according to the Oceanside Police Department.

Landscapers digging with a small bobcat struck the gas line, according to witnesses. 

Oceanside Police and Fire departments evacuated some nearby homes while advising others to shelter in place.

Firefighters closed the street for some time while they worked, and told residents on NevadStreetet to the east to secure their windows and doors since the wind was blowing in that direction.

San Diego Gas &Electric secured the gas line around 2 p.m. All street shave been reopened and residents have returned to their homes. 

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

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<![CDATA[Elderly Man Rams into Otay Mesa Doughnut Shop]]> Sun, 20 May 2018 12:59:28 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2018-05-20-12h54m31s881.png

An elderly driver hit a motorcyclist and rammed into a doughnut shop in Otay Mesa on Sunday morning, police said.

The accident happened around 11 a.m. when the elderly man, for unknown reasons, lost control of his car and drove into the glass window of the doughnut shop on the 3300 block of Palm Avenue, according to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD)

Joe V., who did not disclose his last name, had just parked his motorcycle and was standing next to it when the accident occurred.

"This guy was pulling up next to me and instead of breaking, accelerated," Joe said. "Just threw me off my bike and onto the sidewalk."

Other than the shattered window, no one in the store was hurt, police said.

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<![CDATA[Things to Do This Weekend: May 17-20]]> Tue, 15 May 2018 11:16:25 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Brewers-Guild.jpg

TGI Weekend! San Diego is unofficially known as the craft beer capital of the world and this weekend, the county is embracing the title in full force -- from a brewery's fifth anniversary celebration at Liberty Station to a paint night featuring local craft brews in North County and a beer and dinner cruise around San Diego Bay. Get up. Get out. Play!

Thursday, May 17

Bike to Work Day 
6 to 9 a.m., Countywide
This national movement aims to get Americans moving on two wheels. In San Diego, participants are encouraged to stop by one of the 100 pit stops scattered across the county on their way to work (from 6 to 9 a.m.). Bikers must register here in advance to participate in activities and get giveaways at participating stops. Registrants will also get a free t-shirt at their pit stop.  

Fashion Redux: 90 Years of Fashion in San Diego
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (through June 29), San Diego History Center
This exhibit at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park celebrates 90 years of San Diego style through a collection of curated antique garments and history-inspired pieces created by Mesa College students. Visitors can learn the techniques used to create uniquely San Diego fashions and how the styles became part of larger, international trends. It is free to attend the exhibit but guests can opt to "give forward," or donate, the price of admission to a future visitor at the end of the tour.

Beer & Wine Pairing Dinner
6 p.m., Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (Escondido)
Stone Brewing and ZD Wines are going head-to-head in a pairing showdown. Each plate of this five-course dinner will be expertly paired with a three-ounce sample of both beer and wine. For example, a zesty Ceviche de Atún served with orange segments, jalapeno, avocado oil and honey will be matched with a tasting of 2017 Rose of Pinto from ZD Wines and a sample of Tangerine Express IPA from Stone; Spanish Braised Short Rib served with broccoli rabe and a sherry shallot vinaigrette will be paired with both a sampling of ZD’s 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and Stone’s nutty Zuper Magik Wootstout. Guests will be able to decide which they prefer but really, everyone comes out a winner. 

Rooftop Cinema Club: 'Goodfellas'
7:45 p.m., Manchester Grand Hyatt
Imagine a screening of some of your favorite movies while a picturesque sunset over San Diego Bay peeks over the screen. The UK-based Rooftop Cinema Club makes it possible with their first San Diego location on the roof of the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego. On Thursday, Rooftop Cinema Club is screening the 1990 Martin Scorsese mobster thriller, "Goodfellas," starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci. This weekend, Rooftop Cinema Club will also screen "Coming to America" and "Bridesmaids." Tickets start at $17 and include a deck chair and access to the terrace an hour early for sunset photos.

'A Thousand Splendid Suns' 
8 p.m. (through June 17), Old Globe Theatre
Set in war-torn Kabul during the 1990s, "A Thousand Splendid Suns" tells the story of three generations of Afghan women who work together to seek a better future for themselves in a tyrannical society. The play, which runs through June 17 at the Old Globe Theatre, is adapted by playwright Ursula Rani from the best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini, author of "The Kite Runner," and features music composed by David Coulter. Tickets start at $39.


Grunion Run 
11:15 p.m. to 1:15 a.m., Various San Diego County Beaches
It’s a spectacle to behold when thousands of grunion, slim silver fish, come out of the water and onto the shoreline to spawn. To see the natural event that happens only a handful of days throughout the year, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends heading to a San Diego County beach with a flashlight during specified hours found here. Grunion sightings may occur at: Oceanside Pier View North Beach, Oceanside Harbor Beach, Del Mar Beach, La Jolla Shores, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Coronado and Coronado Shores Beach and Imperial Beach, but sightings are not guaranteed.

Friday, May 18

Salsa Under the Stars
6 to 9 p.m., The Headquarters at Seaport
Hit the courtyard at The Headquarters at Seaport for this Friday night salsa dancing session under the stars. Manny Cepeda and his orchestra will provide the toe-tapping tunes; no partner or experience necessary to join this fun, free event.

Dirty Heads
6:30 p.m., Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Four reggae-rock bands are bringing their summer concert tour to the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre for one night only. Headliners Dirty Heads will perform songs from their newest album "Swim Team" and classics from their albums dating back to 2008. The band will be accompanied by Iration, The Movement and Pacific Dub this island-vibing concert in Chula Vista. Tickets start at $20.

Movies on the Bay: Wizard of Oz
6:30 p.m., Tidelands Park
Bring the family and a blanket to Tidelands Park on Coronado for a free movie. This week, Movies on the Bay presents the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz." This musical tale shares the story of Dorothy, a midwestern girl (Judy Garland) who is swept into another world where she encounters a unique trio of characters as she journeys to get back home.


Hops on the Harbor
7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Flagship Cruises & Events
The ever-growing local beer maker Mike Hess Brewing joins Hops on the Harbor this month with a selection of four 6-ounce samples to accompany a dinner menu and cruise around San Diego Bay. This month, Hops on the Harbor will feature: a ceviche bar and citrus marinated local white fish with a topping of your choosing -- from pico de gallo to avocado and mango salsa -- paired with Mike Hess' "Steel Beach" lager; and a blood orange, barbecue-grilled chicken plated with an arugula and feta raspberry vinaigrette salad paired with "Blood Orange IPA," to name a few. 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 $69.50 for adults and $41.70 for children ages 4 to 12; kids 3 and under are free. Reservations are recommended.

Classic Albums Live: The Beatles Abbey Road 
7:30 p.m. (Friday & Saturday), Moonlight Amphitheatre (Vista)
Classic rock albums will be brought to life in this concert series debuting at Moonlight Amphitheatre. First up is the iconic 1960s Beatles album "Abbey Road" featuring songs like, "Come Together," "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun." Guests can experience the entire album, song-for-song and note-for-note, in North County’s open-air theatre with a ticket starting at $15. On Saturday, Classic Albums Live will bring Led Zeppelin II to the stage. 

Celtic Woman: Homecoming Tour
7:30 p.m., San Diego Civic Theatre
Classically-trained Irish musicians tour the globe as part of the performing collective, Celtic Woman. They stop in San Diego Friday to share Ireland’s rich culture through song and dance. Tickets to the musical experience start at $42.

The Comedy of Tim Allen
8 p.m., Copley Symphony Hall
Tim Allen rose to national stardom with his television show, "Home Improvement" in the '90s and went on to star in comedies like "The Santa Clause" and animated films like "Toy Story." But the comedian has stayed true to his roots by continuing to bring his stand-up comedy routines to audiences across the country. His latest tour makes a stop in San Diego Friday. Tickets start at $34.

Saturday, May 19

Rock the Yacht! Cruise
9 to 11 p.m., Hornblower Cruises
A dance floor will take over one of Hornblower Cruise’s yachts as a DJ spins for a two-hour floating dance party. The ship-turned-nightclub will cruise San Diego Bay, giving guests a view of a twinkling San Diego skyline, the Coronado Bridge, USS Midway and more with a $30 ticket. Food and drink are not included but will be available for purchase. After the cruise, guests will disembark a few blocks from the Gaslamp.

Fiesta del Sol 2018
9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fletcher Cove (Solana Beach)
A two-day festival to kick off the summer season returns to Solana Beach for its 39th year. The music and arts festival will be filled with dozens of booths selling original paintings, handcrafted jewelry, pottery clothing and other unique artisan goods. As customers browse, a lineup of rock, reggae, soul, jazz, latin and worldbeat artists and bands will perform. The free event will also feature gourmet food trucks and vendors and kids will have their own area equipped with bounce houses, crafts and other activities.

Yoga in the City
9 a.m., The Headquarters at Seaport Village
Yogis, bring your mat to Seaport Village this Saturday for a free teacher-led yoga session presented by Scripps Health. All levels and ages are welcome but participants are asked to register in advance here

San Diego Taco Fest
11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Waterfront Park
A celebration of all things tacos is coming to San Diego. Taco Fest gathers popular local vendors -- including ¡Salud!, Lucha Libre, TJ Tacos and dozens more -- for this food and music festival at the city’s Waterfront Park. Throughout the day, artists will take the stage for a concert series headlined by the hip-hop/rap group Salt-N-Pepa with Spinderella. A $30 ticket to the event does not include food or drink but guests will have access to Lucha Libre wrestling matches, a Chihuahua beauty pageant and race and more at this all-day event.

Armed Forces Day: Operation Appreciation
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oceanside Pier Amphitheater
Saturday is Armed Forces Day and the city of Oceanside wants to show its appreciation for its men and women in uniform. All active-duty military will be treated to a day of free food from a variety of local restaurants, entertainment for the kids and live music at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater. The event is open to the public but only active-duty military with ID will have access to unlimited carnival rides, activities and a free lunch.

Stone Liberty Station 5th Anniversary Celebration 
2 to 4 p.m., Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (Liberty Station)
It’s been five years since Stone Brewing debuted at Liberty Station and the local beer maker is hosting a party to celebrate. Guests are invited to the World Bistro & Gardens where for $35 they can sample eight 3-ounce pours of Stone Brewing's popular suds. Each person will be given a commemorative glass and be treated to tasty bites from other vendors that make up Liberty Station.

Lynard Skynard: Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour 
6 p.m., Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Original Lynard Skynard member Gary Rossington keeps the band's legacy alive by touring the country to grace cities with rock-n-roll. The Hall-of-Famers bring their latest tour, Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour, to Chula Vista accompanied by Outlaws, Jamestown Revival and Georgia Satellites. Tickets for the concert start at $22.  

Sunday, May 20

Pirate Days
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), San Diego Maritime Museum
Ahoy, matey! A two-day celebration of all things pirate is coming to the Maritime Museum. This all-ages festival will feature cannon firings, sword fights and scavenger hunts for pirates booty throughout the day. Children can participate in a costume contest and any guest who wears a pirate or mermaid costume will receive $2 off the $18 price of admission for adults or the $8 admission price for kids 3 to 12 years old. Children two and under are free. For an additional $20 ($10 for children) visitors can be trained in pirate life --learning how to sword fight, bail water from a sinking ship and more as part of an interactive show "Boarded! A new Pirate Adventure." 

Gaslamp Artisan Market
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fifth Avenue
A new marketplace is making its debut on the Gaslamp Quarter’s Fifth Avenue between Market Street and Island Avenue. Local artisans will be able to showcase their goods at the Gaslamp Artisan Market every Sunday starting at 10 a.m. Guests can stop by the popular shops that and restaurants that line the Gaslamp as they make their way through booths filled with handcrafted goods.

Brunch With the Birds
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Free Flight (Del Mar)
Free Flight, the exotic bird sanctuary on Jimmy Durante Boulevard, is hosting its annual Brunch With the Birds to raise funds for the feathered friends that call the sanctuary home. Guests can sip on refreshments while learning about the sanctuary and interacting with the parrots in their care. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for children.

BYOD: Bring Your Own Dog 
12 to 5 p.m., Quartyard
This party’s going to the dogs. Quartyard held its grand re-opening party for humans a few weeks ago, but now, they are throwing one for furry companions. Bring your dog to the urban park located in East Village for this free event that will feature dog-friendly vendors and music. The event is free before 2 p.m. or $5 after.

Nomad Donuts & Mike Hess Brewing
12 p.m., Mike Hess Brewing (North Park)
Nomad Donuts’ Chef Kristianna Zabala and Mike Hess Brewing’s Lead Brewer Paul Deras worked together to create the perfect pairings of breakfast treats and locally-brewed suds. For $22, guests will be treated to a three-course pairing menu that includes: an Ube/Taro Coconut Donut from Nomads paired with a pour of Mike Hess' "Grazias Vienna Cream Ale;" an Eight West Spiced Coffee Crueller matched with "Umbrix American Imperial Stout;" and a House-cured Salmon Bagel paired with "My Other Vice Berliner Weisse." Tickets must be purchased by Friday to attend this event at Mike Hess Brewing’s North Park tasting room (3812 Grim Avenue).

Sunday Organ Concert
2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park
Enjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s newest San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Prieto Ramirez hails from Spain and, as he told NBC 7, hopes to keep the program interesting – from Bach to Queen – at the historic Spreckels Organ.

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.

Photo Credit: San Diego Brewers Guild]]>
<![CDATA[Deputies Searching for Vista Stabbing Suspect]]> Sun, 20 May 2018 16:15:33 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDSO-Generic-sheriff-San-Diego-0902.jpg

Deputies are searching for a suspect in an attempted murder in Vista on Sunday.

A man was stabbed in the 300 block of Flower Lane shortly after midnight, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO).

He was taken to the hospital for stab wounds. The person was conscious and breathing when he was taken to the hospital, deputies said.

One neighbor who did not want to be identified because she was too afraid said she wasn't a bit surprised by what happened.

"There's lots of things that go on around here," she said. "There's been lots of incidents. it doesn't surprise me at all."

San Diego Police Department (SDPD) identified the suspect as Christena Potter. She was believed to be driving her husband's work truck, San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros said.

The relationship between Potter and the stabbing victim was unclear at this time, deputies said.

The neighbor said she hopes deputies catch Potter soon.

"Hopefully she won't come back around, I mean it is scary," she said. "People are going to be looking for her and know who she is. She won't come back here hopefully."

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<![CDATA[Shot Fired During Home Invasion Robbery in Eastlake]]> Sun, 20 May 2018 16:18:55 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Chula+Vista+Home+Invastion.png

One shot was fired during a home invasion robbery Saturday night in Eastlake, police said.

The robbery took place around 10:30 p.m. in the neighborhood next to Otay Ranch Town Center, according to the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD).

Two suspects robbed the house and one shot was fired outside the home on Claret Cup Drive, Chula Vista police Lt. Gino Grippo said.

Police swarmed the neighborhood just minutes after the shot rang out.

Megan Karmes, the victim's girlfriend, was inside the home and called police when the robbery happened.

"It's a scary feeling, you have no idea who they are," she said. "They're just coming into their house."

Frightened neighbors heard Karmes screaming. Isabel Ramirez, who lives across the street, said her 21-year-old son ran after the suspects.

"He said the guy turned, pointed the gun at his face and told him back off," she said. "And then we heard the shot."

For a few tense moments, Ramirez thought her son was shot.

No one was hurt in the shooting, police said but it has left Ramirez and some of her other neighbors with an uneasy feeling.

"Not safe, not safe knowing that it happened," she said. "Now we can't even leave our windows open at night. We don't feel safe."

Police have not released a detailed description of the suspect, but neighbors say the two men were dressed in all black.

Several items were recovered during the search for the suspects, but the two got way, Grippo said.

Anyone with information about the suspect was urged to call the Chula Vista Police Department or Crime Stoppers 

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<![CDATA[4 Hurt in Chula Vista Stabbing, 1 Critically]]> Sun, 20 May 2018 12:24:27 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/chula-vista-stabbing.png

One person was critically injured in a stabbing during a brawl at an apartment complex Saturday night in Chula Vista, police said.

A fight broke out around 11 p.m. in the back of the Villa Granada Apartment complex in the 500 block of Oxford Street, according to Chula Vista Police Department Lt. John Autolino.

Bob Jenkins, who's been living at Villa Granada for the past few months, said he saw police cars and ambulances coming down the road when he got home around 11:30 p.m.

"There was a couple people show up and I guess they were at a party," he said. "Four people came out, they started arguing. They got into a fight. And a whole bunch of other people came into it there."

When officers arrived, they found four stabbing victims, some with minor wounds, Autolino said. The person with critical injuries was rushed to the hospital for surgeries, he said.

His condition is unknown at this time.

Several other people also suffered minor injuries from the fisticuffs, police said.

Police do not have a suspect in custody at this time.

Neighbors told NBC 7 they were surprised a stabbing happened. They said the complex is typically quiet, with lots of families in the area.

"I've only been living here a few months, but it seems safe so far," Jenkins said.

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<![CDATA[13-Year-Old Nearly Dies From Meningitis]]> Sun, 20 May 2018 15:42:25 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fundraiser_for_Teen_Almost_Killed_by_Meningitis.jpg

A family was blindsided when their 13-year-old's sinus cold turned into bacterial meningitis. Since the diagnosis, it’s been an uphill battle for months.

Grant Eyles has finally been released from the hospital and sent home. Saturday night the Eyles family joined friends who held a fundraiser at Fall Brewing Company in North Park for them.

Sarah Eyles is Grant’s mother. She’s been by his side in the hospital every step of the way. Her boss, Albert Silva, helped organize the event. “She’s already going through so much emotionally to watch her son fight for his life," he told NBC 7. 

He said she texted him in February, only thinking it was a cold. "She was saying he had a cold originally, sinus cold, and from that point on basically she just told me it’s more than that." 

A few days after being admitted to the hospital, they ran tests for meningitis.

Multiple surgeries later, Silva wanted to help the family financially. “Trying to help in a financial way takes a little bit of the burden away," he said. 

After months of being in the hospital, both Sarah and Grant are reunited with his younger siblings and father. “Seeing them smile and together again means everything, no words for it," Silva said. 

The long road to recovery continues but after Saturday night, the family knows they’re not in it alone. "Everybody has a brother, sister, a mom a dad, some kind of family member, and I guess times are tough. I don’t know, people just need to know they’re loved,” Silva told NBC 7.

There's also a Go Fund Me Page for the family to help with other medical bills.

<![CDATA[Weekly San Diego Sports Preview]]> Sat, 19 May 2018 21:45:03 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/197*120/GettyImages-960262816.jpg

Here’s a look at what is going on in San Diego sports for the week of May 21st-27th.

PADRES: No baseball downtown this week because the Padres are on the road. Monday-Wednesday they’re in Washington D.C. to face the Nationals. They’re off Thursday before heading back to the West Coast to play the Dodgers in L.A. Friday-Sunday.


-BASEBALL: Thursday-Saturday TBA in Stockton.

-WOMEN’S ROWING:  Friday-Sunday at the NCAA Championship in Sarasota, Florida.


-BASEBALL: Thursday-Sunday at the Mountain West Tournament at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

-WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD: Thursday-Saturday at the NCAA West Premlins in Sacramento.


-TRACK & FIELD: Thursday-Saturday at the NCAA Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina.

-SWIMMING & DIVING: Friday-Sunday at the Speedo Grand Challenge in Irvine.

-WOMEN’S ROWING: Friday-Sunday at the NCAA Championships in Sarasota, Florida.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Cheers on SoCal Princess Meghan ]]> Sat, 19 May 2018 22:59:27 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/royal+wedding+party+san+diego.png

Crowds across the world cheered as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married at Windsor Castle and San Diego was no exception.

From Shakespeare’s Pub to the Village Hat Shop and Liberty Station, celebrations went into the wee hours.

The wedding itself didn’t start until 4 a.m. local time, but that didn’t stop royal revelers from burning the midnight oil with some tea and crumpets and fascinators.

A crowd at Liberty Station was cheering on the prince and princess before most of us were even up.

Nicole Osibodu and her daughter woke up at 2:45 a.m. Saturday morning to watch. For them, it was easy to answer what their favorite part of the ceremony was.

“The dress for sure,” she said. “Some people didn't think she would go that simple. Some people thought something else. She really delivered.”

Darlene Duran and her daughter barely slept.

“We went to the mall right away yesterday and we scored tiaras and pearls and we got new pajamas and slippers,” she told NBC 7.

For Brit Jamie Donovan, the wedding made him miss his home country.

“I found myself getting very emotional,” Donovan said with tears in his eyes. “I mean, A, it’s a wedding, B, I miss my homeland and it was a beautiful day in England and it was a lovely to see all of the people coming together.”

Revelers also celebrated at Shakespeare’s Pub and Tearoom in Mission Hills throughout Friday night and into Saturday.

“I’m running out of everything,” Selina Stockley, the owner of Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe and Afternoon Tea said. “All my staff are in overtime.”

Hats fit for a royal wedding were flying off the shelves of the Village Hat Shop in Hillcrest “They’re throwing parties, so they want to dress up, they want to feel royal like everyone else,” Philipe Velazquez, the assistant manager said.

The wedding was especially touching for Nicole Osibodu, whose daughter is half Nigerian.

“We were all part of something together, different backgrounds,” she said. “So it's significant. They're different backgrounds and we're all here together to support them. And to watch a union that was amazing.”

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Padres' Richard is King For the Day in Pittsburgh]]> Sat, 19 May 2018 21:29:10 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/172*120/GettyImages-956261510.jpg

Clayton Richard is 34 years old and has spent 10 years in the Major Leagues. Usually, when guys get to that point in their careers they're pretty much set in their ways.

But sometimes they surprise you.

Richard wasn’t exactly struggling but he wasn’t as effective as he wanted to be so he took a bit of advice from Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley, who wanted Clayton to drop his arm slot a touch in an effort to get a little more sink on his pitches.

All of a sudden Clayton Richard is a different and more dominant starting pitcher.

On Saturday night in Pittsburgh, Richard took a shutout into the 8th inning of a game the Padres won 6-2, their second straight win over the Pirates. In his last three outings Richard has thrown 23.1 innings, allowed seven earned runs, struck out 20 and only walked one batter.

Of course it helps when you walk to the mound for the first time with a lead.

The Padres scored three times in the first inning at PNC Park thanks to three doubles. Amazingly, none of those doubles was hit by Eric Hosmer, who leads the National League in doubles. Hosmer walked and went to 3rd base on a 2-bagger by Franchy Cordero, who both scored on a double by Jose Pirela, who scored on a double by Christian Villanueva.

For an offense that has had serious trouble stringing hits together this season it was a downpour of runs but they didn’t score again until the top of the 8th when Villanueva hit his 12th home run of the year. Since his franchise record 0-for-37 skid he has five hits in 13 at-bats.

After the Pirates got their two runs in the 8th off Richard the Friars got them right back in the 9th on a Raffy Lopez sacrifice fly to bring in Manuel Margot and a monster solo home run by Cory Spangenberg that nearly cleared the top of the right field bleachers and flew all the way out of the ballpark.

The Padres can match their longest winning streak of the year (a modest three straight) with a win on Sunday. Jordan Lyles is back on the mound after his flirtation with a perfect game against Grossmont High School alum Trevor Williams, who is 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA for Pittsburgh this season.

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<![CDATA[Protests at Del Mar Gun Show 1 Day After Texas School Shooting]]> Sat, 19 May 2018 18:34:28 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/gun+show+protest+del+mar+2.PNG

Holding signs bearing the names of those who died in the Parkland school shooting, activists protested in front of the annual Crossroads of the West gun show in Del Mar just a day after another school shooting.

Paula McCormack came to advocate for common sense gun reform.

“Those children … will not be graduating and will not be having a life because we cannot get rid of dangerous weapons?” she said.

Del Mar Mayor Dwight Dorden agrees.

“Gun violence is an epidemic in the country,” he told NBC 7. He said he disapproves of the Del Mar gun shows. “It conflicts with our community values.”

But inside the gates, gun show how attendees hold their second amendment right dear.

“Guns is a part of the Second Amendment, so it's a natural right that people have. So there's no reason there shouldn't be a show for it at the fairgrounds,” gun owner Tony Mag said inside the fairgrounds.

The protesters disagree, saying gun shows like this promote the violence they see over and over again. 

Gun enthusiasts point out California already has some of the strictest gun laws and the customers at this show are law abiding citizens.

“This promotes gun safety and personal defense,” Mag added.

Others say the focus should shift to mental health. “It's an issue about the person. not the gun,” gun rights supporter Jon Roger argued.

For now, the discussion rages on with both sides convinced they're right. 

NBC 7 reached out to the owner and public relations officer for Crossroads of the West gun show and have yet to hear back.

Last month, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom called for an end of gun shows at Del Mar.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Preliminary 3.5 Quake in Riverside Felt in Northern San Diego County]]> Sat, 19 May 2018 13:40:18 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Aguanga+quake.jpg

A small earthquake in Southwestern Riverside County was felt in the northern part of San Diego on Saturday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The magnitude 3.5 temblor struck at 12:26 p.m. northeast of Aguanga near the Cahuilla Indian Reservation at a depth of about 1.67 miles, according to the USGS.

People living in Oceanside and Escondido reported feeling the quake, according to the USGS' Did You Feel It report. The quake was felt as far away as Cathedral City.

No injuries or damage have been reported.

Several earthquakes in the general area have been recorded in recent weeks, the strongest was a 4.5 quake near Cabazon on May 8.

Photo Credit: USGS]]>
<![CDATA[Mesa College Awards First 4-Year Degrees Saturday]]> Sat, 19 May 2018 16:56:35 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mesa+college.JPG

San Diego Mesa College awarded its first bachelor's degrees at a commencement ceremony Saturday afternoon.

Sixteen students received the Bachelor of Science degrees in Health Information Management, which is a continuation of the college's Health Information Technology Associates Degree program.

“This is a truly historic year for Mesa College,” San Diego Mesa College President Pamela T. Luster said.

Mesa College was one of 14 other community colleges that received the state's approval to offer bachelor's degrees under California's Baccalaureate Pilot Program.

Until 2015, the state's 112 community colleges have offered only two-year degrees. A bill authored by Democratic State Sen. Marty Block and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, however, established a seven-year pilot program that allows a maximum of 15 college districts to offer a single four-year degree each in subjects not currently offered by the University of California or California State University systems.

A maximum of 32 students are admitted into Mesa's baccalaureate program each year and the entire program costs $10,500.

The college also graduated its first set of San Diego Promise students whose education was funded through a state program for first-time college students.

"We are also proud of our first set of San Diego Promise students, many of whom are graduating with honors,” Luster said.

Close to 2,000 students earned degrees and certificates in 2018, an increase of 8 percent over 2017, according to the college. More than 700 students graduated with more than one degree, and the class of 2018 had 34 valedictorians and close to 600 students who are graduating with honors, the college said.

<![CDATA[Teen Rescues Brother, Dog in Chula Vista Apartment Fire]]> Sat, 19 May 2018 21:50:02 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CV-Fire-Onscene.png

A Chula Vista family is displaced Saturday after an early morning fire tore through their second-story apartment.

The fire started around 2:20 a.m. in the 200 block of Third Avenue, near Davidson Street, Chula Vista Fire Department (CVFD) Batallion Chief Trevor Flores said.

By the time firefighters arrived, the flames were already pouring out of a second story window, a bedroom belonging to a 14-year-old boy.

The teenager, awoken by the fire, took his 10-year-old brother and ran out of the house, said Dante Covarrubias, the 18-year-old elder brother of the two.

"His first priority, was my brother, he ran out here and left him out here and told someone to call 911," he said. 

The 14-year-old then ran back into the burning home to rescue the family dog, Covarrubias said.

"This makes me really proud to be his brother," he said.

Covarrubias wasn't home at the time of the fire. He got the frantic call and returned as quick as he could to find firefighters still battling hotspots and onlookers from the neighborhood bars.

The 10-year-old and 15-year-old were taken to the hospital, one for smoke inhalation, the other for an issue relating to asthma, Flores said.

Covarrubias' father was also taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, he said.

The fire displaced nine people at the three-unit apartment complex, though residents of the two apartments that were not on fire are expected to be allowed back in a day or two, Flores said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but Covarrubias believe it was an electrical problem.

As Covarrubias was helping his grandmother pack up his car with whatever they could salvage from the fire, questions linger. Covarrubias doesn't know where the family will live or how he will replace the hundreds of dollars worth of books for his college classes. 

"Things happen can't do much about it," he said as a pile of burned belongings and memories sits the driveway, including his high school track jacket.

Red Cross has been contacted to help the family, Flores said.

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<![CDATA[Driver Killed, Passenger Injured in Possible Racing Crash ]]> Sat, 19 May 2018 10:04:37 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Valley-Center-Fatal-Vehicle-Accident-OnScene.jpg

One person is dead and another seriously injured in a possible racing crash early Saturday morning in Valley Center, authorities said.

The crash happened around 1:50 a.m. at the intersection of Old Castle Road and Gordon Hill, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

The driver of the Scion TC lost control of his car, went off the road and crashed into a tree, CHP Sgt. Eric Nicholas said.

The 20-year-old driver was transported to Palomar Hospital with serious injuries where he later died, Nicholas said. His passenger suffered minor injuries, the sergeant said.

Old Castle Road was shut down for a time for the investigation.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time but Nicholas said the preliminary investigation indicates that car was racing another when the driver lost control.

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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Seriously Injured in Crash with SUV in PB]]> Sat, 19 May 2018 09:37:25 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDPD-Generic-night-102915.jpg

A man was seriously injured when he was hit by an SUV in Pacific Beach early Saturday morning.

The accident happened around 4 a.m. at the 1900 block of Garnet Avenue, according to the San Diego Police Department.

A man in his 40s stepped into the street from the curb and was hit by a 52-year-old male driver in A Nissan Pathfinder heading westbound on Garnet Avenue, San Diego police Officer Steve Bourasa said. The driver remained at the scene.

The man was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, he said.

San Diego Police Traffic Division is investigating the accident. Anyone with information about the collision was urged to San Diego Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

<![CDATA[Start Dialing 1 for Local Calls, Boundary Between 619/858 Removed ]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 23:47:07 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Cell+phone+generic.png

Starting Saturday, those who are still using landlines in the 619 and 858 area codes will need to start dialing 1 and the area code, even for local calls, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) said.

There are not a lot of landlines around anymore but for those using them, dialing an area code for local calls can be a hassle.

"It's kind of a nuisance," Denise Medeiros said. "You're so used to just dialing your regular phone number now you are going to have to dial one again."

Medeiros and her mother, Lee, keep a landline in their home for most calls and use their cell phone sparingly.

Despite several public notices, they only heard about the change from NBC 7 on Friday.

The CPUC  announced last year that it would remove the boundary between 619 and 858 area codes. The change will require wireless phone users to now dial the area code then the seven-digit phone number even if you are calling within the same area code.

The same goes for landline users, but on a landline, you'll have to dial one first

The commission is also reminding those with automatic dialers, such as alarm systems and fax machines, they may need to reprogram them so the calls go through.

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<![CDATA[Jankowski and Hosmer Set Table For Padres Victory]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 21:02:07 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/HosmerJankowskiWEB.png

With every passing day, Travis Jankowski looks more and more like a keeper.

Jankowski singled twice, stole a base and scored a run Friday night to help the San Diego Padres past the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-2.

The young speedster has really taken hold of the leadoff position after manager Andy Green inserted him into the lineup and moved slumping outfielder Manny Margot down in the order.

Since April 30, Jankowski has batted .394 when he bats first.

He’s also a perfect 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts and rarely makes mistakes on defense when he patrols any of the three outfield positions.

He still needs to work on cutting down his strikeouts but even on a day like Thursday (when he struck out three times) he still reached base twice in five at-bats with a hit and a walk.

Jankowski enters the weekend with a .370 overall batting average this season and has at least one hit in all but one of the games he has started.

“If I can get on base, good things happen,” Jankowski said.

That’s not just a cliché. The Padres desperately need to improve their on-base percentage after struggling in that category the past two seasons.

Jankowski currently owns an OBP of .481 during his stint in the leadoff spot.

All other Padres that have led off this year have combined for a measly .230 OBP in addition to a paltry .164 combined batting average when hitting in that first position.

Eric Hosmer was moved back to the third spot in the order Friday and responded with a pair of doubles.

Hosmer scored the eventual game-winning run on an RBI single to left field by Franchy Cordero in the top of the sixth inning.

The former World Series champion also scored on a RBI groundout by Raffy Lopez in the fourth just a few moments after knocking in Jankowski on his first hit of the day.

Tyson Ross improved to 3-3 after allowing only two earned runs and five hits in six innings.

Cordero has generated some cringes with spotty play in the outfield this week but he did help preserve the lead.

Cordero helped out his starting pitcher by gliding over for a run-saving catch in the bottom of the sixth with two men on base.

Kirby Yates, Craig Stammen and closer Brad Hand combined to blank the rest of the Pirates lineup over the final three innings. Hand recorded the final four outs to finish off his 13th save.

Hosmer is expected to be with the Padres for many seasons after signing a gigantic 8-year, $144 million deal this off-season.

The franchise needs to figure out which current players should fill out the everyday lineup around their established star and if Jankowski can maintain this current pace, he should be in the team’s long-term plans despite the logjam of players in the current outfield.

San Diego and Pittsburgh head into Saturday’s contest with Clayton Richard (2-5, 5.20 ERA) and Nick Kingham (2-0, 2.92 ERA) as their projected starters.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[San Diego Superior Court Time Capsule Opened]]> Sat, 19 May 2018 15:03:04 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Court_Time_Capsule_Opened.jpg

It was a peek back through time. Fifty-six years to be exact.

On Friday, officials from the San Diego History Center and the San Diego Superior Court opened a time capsule that was buried in the old downtown courthouse in 1961.

“It’s wonderful,” History Center executive director Bill Lawrence said. “To have this part of our community’s history on display here for so many people to see it’s just absolutely amazing.”

Lawrence helped pull out a variety of artifacts including San Diego Union newspapers, stamps featuring the Mercury space capsule, film reels, and letters from three US Presidents: Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman and Dwight D Eisenhower.

The time capsule was part of the courthouse in downtown San Diego that recently closed for the newer, bigger courthouse one block away.

The biggest surprise found inside the time capsule probably had the least historic value. Someone named Rufus Parks threw his business card and county work picture in the box.

“It is Rufus Parks, the chief construction and repair division for the county of San Diego with his county picture in here,” Lawrence said.

Courthouse officials told NBC7 a new time capsule was buried inside the new courthouse. They said an iPhone was among the artifacts placed inside for future court employees to find when the next courthouse is built.

<![CDATA[Hidden Cameras Targeting Female Workers at South Bay Tech Company]]> Sat, 19 May 2018 15:03:26 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rohr-utc-camera.png

Women at a South Bay technology company are upset that they weren't notified earlier about someone using hidden cameras to target female workers.

Two cameras were found hidden under the desks of two female employees at Rohr Inc., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation, one of the world's biggest suppliers of aerospace and defense products. The company has a large campus in Chula Vista.

One employee, who didn't want to be identified, told NBC 7 many of the women working at this location are upset with how the company handled things.

She said management became aware of the first camera roughly four months ago but didn't notify employees until a second camera was discovered last week.

She said employees only found out when the company sent out a notice about an internal investigation to find the person or persons responsible for putting small cameras beneath the desks of female co-workers.

She feels like women working there deserved to know immediately so they could've been on the lookout themselves.

Laurie Chua, a local human resources consultant and expert witness, said it's not surprising the company's management waited to notify employees until a second camera was found.

"From an HR standpoint you want to think that this was just a one-off type of situation the first time it happened, and they would hope they get the camera, they're probably doing an investigation to find out who did it," Chua said. "The second time it happened, then I would think more than likely they're going to tell the employees to be on the lookout for it."

In a statement to NBC 7, Rohr said it is working with local law enforcement to investigate the incidents and catch the person or persons "responsible for this unacceptable conduct."

"We take any situation involving employee well-being seriously and this is why we decided to inform our Chula Vista employees in a site-wide communication," the statement said. "At the same time, we are working to protect the integrity of the investigation."

Chula Vista Police Department said it has been notified and is working with the company to determine the source but didn't elaborate on its role in the investigation.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[49th Congressional District: The Vet Vote]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 17:50:44 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/49th_Congressional_District.jpg

There's a quiet yet very influential factor in this race that both these front-runners understand: the men and women who wear or have worn the uniform that are getting ready to head to the polls. NBC 7's Alex Presha reports.

<![CDATA[Trump Endorses John Cox for California Governor]]> Sat, 19 May 2018 15:01:24 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/178*120/AP_18014195805577.jpg

President Donald Trump on Friday endorsed San Diego businessman John Cox for California governor, saying the political novice will be the “best Governor (sic) you’ve ever had.”

In a tweet Friday, Trump said Cox “understands borders, crime and lowering taxes.”

“I fully endorse John Cox for Governor and look forward to working with him to Make California Great Again!” he said.

Cox is a former businessman from Illinois who unsuccessfully ran for the House and Senate seats in that state before moving to Rancho Santa Fe about a decade ago.

"I am honored and deeply grateful to my President and I am looking forward to working with him to make California great again," Cox said in a statement. "Like the President, I'm a businessman who knows how to get things done. We're going to secure the border, empower California small businesses, lower taxes, and make our state affordable to everyone."

The endorsement is a blow for Orange County Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen, who has been campaigning hard for the endorsement. Cox and Allen are in tight race for second place in the June primary. Only the top two candidates from the June primary will advance to the November runoff election. Democrat Gavin Newsom, the current lieutenant governor, is the frontrunner in the polls.

While Cox is the Republican establishment’s choice for governor, he failed to get the state party’s endorsement at its convention in San Diego earlier this month. Cox edged out Allen, 55 percent to 41 percent, but failed to garner the 60 percent of delegates needed to win the endorsement.

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<![CDATA[Will You Be Using Facebook's New Dating Service? ]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 17:26:52 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/dating+service+facebook.jpg

Mark Zuckerburg announced at Facebook's annual developer conference that the social media site will be launching a new dating service. 

It will be called "Dating," and will exist within the social network's own app. 

The announcement coming in light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, when it was revealed that Facebook had given out user data to the company. 

Technology experts say many users are now hesitant to share more private information with Facebook, especially intimacy details. 

But others say they will be trying out the new dating platform. 

"A lot of people simply don't care what Facebook does with their data," said George Belch, a professor of marketing at San Diego State University. 

Belch added if the dating service is successful, other companies like Match.com, Tinder and OkCupid could be in trouble. 

"Match and the others will have to come back and try to argue, 'We're specialists. This is what we do. This is our niche of the marketplace,'" said Belch. "They may have to raise their game. 

Will you be using Facebook's new dating service? 

<![CDATA[Agents Investigate if Images on Border Fence Are Graffiti or Artwork ]]> Sat, 19 May 2018 15:01:44 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/AP_18119651213568.jpg

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is investigating multiple complaints from the public that there is graffiti on Federal property at the U.S.-Mexico Border. 

The complaints are specifically about the south side of the primary border fence in the area commonly referred to as Friendship Circle. 

Some of the images include an upside down American flag and faces painted onto the metal. 

In a statement, U.S. Border Patrol, San Diego Sector said: 

"As we began to investigate the complaint, it became obvious that skilled artists applied some of the 'graffiti' with the intent of creating murals to send a specific political message and/or to beautify the Border Wall."

The statement goes on to say that the Chief Patrol Agent for the San Diego Sector has reached out to the groups and artists that created the murals to engage them in conversation before making any final decisions. The goal is to determine whether to take down or preserve the images. 

They added, "Part of this process is simply trying to figure out what is truly graffiti and what should be classified as an intentional mural." 

But U.S. Border Patrol added no final decision has been made as they are still reaching out to the groups to start a conversation. 

NBC 7 spoke with Enrique Chiu, an artist who has put up images on the border fence. He said the upside down flag was painting by the Organization of Deported Veterans in Tijuana. 

Agents added the fence is U.S. Government property and all of the graffiti and/or paintings were applied without permission. 

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Deputy Arrested, Accused of Groping Teen in Line at Vista Restaurant]]> Sat, 19 May 2018 15:02:09 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/panda+express+groper+photo.jpg

A uniformed sheriff deputy was arrested Friday in connection with the groping of a teenage girl while the girl was standing in line at a Vista restaurant, San Diego County Sheriff's Department announced.

Timothy Wilson Jr. was taken into custody at the Vista Detention Facility and booked into the San Diego Central Jail on one count of a felony lewd act on a child.

He's accused of an incident that involved a 14-year-old girl standing in line at a Panda Express restaurant in Vista Village on March 21.

"It is very disappointing we are still in shock," said Jenna Tanais, the victim's mother. "That someone in his position would betray the community's trust like that." 

The victim said a man walked behind her and grabbed her inappropriately.

By the time she turned around, she said the suspect was nearly out of the building.

She shared her story with NBC 7 the day after the incident with hopes that it would give others the courage to speak up in similar situations, though she didn't want to at first.

"I was kind of not sure about it because I am shy and it was like weird," she told NBC 7 on Friday. "But I was thinking how it can help a lot of people and so I was like, 'Ya, I need to say it.'"

A surveillance camera positioned above the entrance of the restaurant showed how the man walked in and took his place in line. 

He stood with both hands in his pockets for about 15 seconds before he was seen taking a step forward and reaching out with his left arm and apparently grabbing the victim out of the frame.

Within seconds the suspect left. He ran to a black sedan parked in front of the store and drove off.

"It was scary knowing that if I go out that he was still out there and he could come again," she said.

In early April, detectives released images and video of the incident asking for the public's help to solve the case. 

“On May 9, a sheriff’s employee recognized Timothy Wilson Jr. as a possible lookalike suspect,” San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore said.

When asked why it took a month for the department to find the suspect in its own ranks, Gore said the employee reported his suspicions on the same day he saw the video. 

Tanais said she is relieved the suspect is off the street.

"I have spent every day since this happened worrying that he was harming another child somewhere," she said. 

Wilson is a 10-year veteran of the department. In his role as a detentions deputy at the Vista jail, he's responsible for the care and custody of people in custody. 

"It's kind of sad because he is supposed to be someone that will protect people, but instead he is doing that," the victim said.

The deputy has been placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the investigation and the criminal case, Gore said. Wilson is being held in the downtown jail on $200,000 bail. 

"He worked in the Vista jail, it seems to me to be pretty logical to not put him back in the same jail he was working in," Gore said. 

There was no reason to believe there are other victims, he said. 

Gore said the department has an exhaustive background investigations process. For every 125 applicants to this department, he said only one deputy is hired. 

"We raise our kids to trust the police and go to the police if you are in trouble and it is really a sense of betrayal that your child is being victimized by the people she is supposed to trust," Tanais said.

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<![CDATA[Eater San Diego: Best Weekend Brunch Spots; More Ramen Ahead]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 13:38:53 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/181*120/joeaksjdh.JPG

Eater San Diego shares the top stories of the week from San Diego’s food and drink scene, including word on where two popular local eateries will open next.

Inside Little Italy's Handsome New Restaurant and Bar 
The just-opened Nolita Hall is India Street's newest hangout, with a shuffleboard court, communal tables, and an expansive bar. The stunning spot offers a menu of salads and woodfired pizza as well as 24 beer taps and craft cocktails. 

Carmel Valley's One Paseo Adds More Dining Options
Joining the culinary lineup already announced for the One Paseo complex, which includes Shake Shack and Tender Greens is The Butchery, Orange County's full-service butcher shop, modern Italian eatery North Italia, and Joe & The Juice, a Copenhagen-born juice bar and cafe.

Tokyo Ramen Master Lands in Oceanside
An award-winning Japanese chef well-known for his signature ramen will open his first U.S. restaurant in Oceanside. Due mid-June, Ramen Menma Basso Drillman will specialize in abura soba, a soup-less ramen that features noodles topped with pork, bamboo shoots, and more in a rich chicken-based sauce.

Secret Speakeasy Coming to Convoy 
The owners of Common Theory in Kearny Mesa will open an adjacent cocktail bar. Realm of the 52 Remedies will be fronted by a futuristic apothecary that hides a secret entrance to a swanky cocktail bar, which will combine a 1920s speakeasy and elements of Asian style. 

Hillcrest Spot To Serve Up Nostalgic Eats
Coming later this summer to Fifth Avenue is Common Stock, a new eatery that will serve up nostalgic American favorites, including burgers, sandwiches, and hot dogs, updated with new presentations and global flavors. The casual will also offer beer and wine.

Where to Eat Brunch Right Now
Weekends in San Diego are made for leisurely brunching. Eater's continuously updated map of the hottest brunch spots gets a spring refresh and includes just opened restaurants, menu updates, and new discoveries for daytime dining.

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<![CDATA[More Firefighters Die From Suicide Than on Front Lines: SDFD]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 13:03:22 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_RAW_SDFD+SUICIDE+MEMORIAL.jpg

More firefighters have died by suicide than have been killed battling a fire on the front lines and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) is working to educate their staff about the frightening trend. 

A moment of silence was held Friday to honor the families of the 1,144 firefighters and emergency personnel across the country who have taken their own lives. 

"It’s just really becoming evident that it’s a problem and its something that we have to deal with," SDFD Battalion Chief David Picone said.

The "We Remember,"  memorial event was held at fire departments across the county. 

The SDFD has worked to improve communication programs with their staff -- forming a more direct line to support counselors and a chaplain -- in order to reverse the statistic. 

Yellow bands being worn by fire staff this month say "speak up and reach out," the message, Picone says, the department wants to convey to their staff. 

"The reality is, things start to catch up to you and you start to have to discuss things openly and have that dialogue with your crews," Picone said. "If we break down that barrier where its okay to talk about it -- you’re not going to ruin your reputation; you're not going to not be that tough police officer or that firefighter that needs help -- its okay."

Picone said police and other fire departments came out to support SDFD.

A recent national study suggested law enforcement officers were three times more likely to die of suicide than in the line of duty.

The San Diego Police Department has a similar program, the Wellness Unit, to allow officers to discuss the issues they see on the job. 

If you or someone you know is feeling depressed or suicidal please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). The lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress as well as prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

<![CDATA[$377M Approved to Fix Roads in San Diego County]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 13:08:15 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Road-generic-San-Diego-0406.jpg

Local leaders gathered Friday to discuss the projects to be funded from revenue tied to Senate Bill 1, which increased state fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees.

SB1 is projected to generate $5.2 billion annually. On Thursday, the California Transportation Commission approved more than $300 million to be spent on projects in San Diego. 

"San Diegans are happy people until we cannot drive on the roads or we cannot ride our bicycles without fear of injury,” Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins said.

Approved last year, SB 1 increased taxes on regular and diesel fuel by 12-cents and 20-cents, respectively, and increased vehicle registration fees $25 to $175.

Local leaders submit proposals to use the funds generated by the taxes and Friday, they gathered to explain which projects were approved.

“We need that money and we need much more,” said City Councilmember Georgette Gomez, District 9.

Gomez said the city of San Diego will spend almost $10 million to preserve 120 miles of city streets and roads. In 2019, the city estimates it will receive an additional $25 million from SB1.

Encinitas leaders plan to use the funds to continue improvements across the San Elijo Lagoon.

The Port of San Diego will receive $6 million which will be spent on improvements at the cargo terminals to increase cargo capacity and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Caltrans will improve pavement on Interstate 805 from National City to San Ysidro.

There will also be more reflective freeway lane striping on Interstate 5 from the U.S.-Mexico Border to Orange County and on Interstate 15 from San Diego to Riverside County.

Across the state, funds from Senate Bill 1 will fix more than 17,000 miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 7,700 traffic operating systems like highway message boards and traffic cameras, Caltrans officials said.

State Rep. Todd Gloria said he's most excited about a proposed third border crossing area called Otay Mesa II. 

“For all of us who have sat in hours-long waits at the border this will help substantially,” Gloria said, adding the improvement will not only add convenience but also improve movement of goods.

SANDAG has previously announced millions will be spent from the recently approved tax to improve rail and transit services. 

Critics have submitted signatures to add a repeal initiative to the November ballot. The group organizing the repeal effort said California uses just 20 percent of existing gas tax revenue toward road projects. 

<![CDATA[Monday Is Deadline to Register for June 5 Election ]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 11:05:12 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-election-2018-June-generic.jpg

The deadline to register for the June 5 primary election in San Diego County is Monday, May 21.

It's a busy ballot, according to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. And this election will break a county record.

A record 1.67 million voters are registered for the election. Mail-in ballots have already been sent out via the U.S. Postal Service.

Those who are not registered or who have recently moved or changed their names are among those who need to make sure they stop by the San Diego County Registrar's Office. The office will stay open until 8 p.m. that day.

Registration is possible on sdvote.com until midnight on Monday.

Anyone can check the status of their registration on the sdvote.com website.

The ballot holds several key local measures as well as races from the governor to local city councilmembers.

Voters can apply for a mail-in ballot until May 29.

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<![CDATA[Bankers Hill Standoff Gunman Sentenced to 20 Years]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 12:23:44 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CP_RAW_COLBERT+SENTENCING+3.jpg

The man who prompted a 2015 shootout with police in Bankers Hill that brought air traffic to a halt and spurred an hours-long standoff was sentenced Friday.

Titus Nathan Colbert, 34, a documented gang member from San Diego’s Skyline area who had most recently been living in Las Vegas, reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to four counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer in late April for the November 2015 incident.

On Friday, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The plea deal lessened what could have been up to 105 years in prison for three counts of attempted murder, among other charges, to 20 years.

"If Mr. Colbert were to finish trial and if jury would have convicted on all charges, including maximum charges, it's true he'd be looking at multiple life terms," Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon said.

On Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, officers with the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) were called to 2445 Brant Street in the Bankers Hill community to investigate a report of domestic violence involving Colbert.

That disturbance call escalated into a SWAT standoff between law enforcement and Colbert, who was armed with a long-range assault rifle. Holed up inside an apartment unit, Colbert began spraying bullets, narrowly missing SDPD officers.

At a previous arraignment, Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon said Colbert fired shots at three officers during the standoff.

The SDPD said  one of those officers, identified by the department as Officer Carlos Estrada, a four-year veteran, returned fire. A second officer who also exchanged gunfire with Colbert was identified by the SDPD as Matthew C. Hone, an eight-year vet of the department.

Throughout the standoff, Colbert also allegedly fired random shots into the approach path used by pilots landing aircrafts at San Diego’s Lindbergh Field, which is less than two miles from Brant Street.

The threat to public safety was so great that police shut down traffic in the area, blocking off multiple streets, and ordered residents to shelter in place. At the same time, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a ground stop for arrivals into Lindbergh Field, which ultimately caused 140 flights to be impacted or delayed.

At around 2:40 p.m., more than five hours into the dangerous standoff, Colbert was taken into police custody. Although the community was badly shaken, no one was hurt in the ordeal.

Colbert thanked the judge Friday, "I apologize for my actions and thank you for treating me so well." 

The judge wished him well.

Friday's sentencing was a stark contrast from behavior Colbert showed in previous court proceedings. During a preliminary hearing, a visibly frustrated Colbert spoke up out of turn. 

"You're lying," he yelled at his ex-girlfriend as she testified. The judge gave him a warning, telling him to write it down instead. 

It was not the first outburst for Colbert. The suspect has been held in jail without bail since his arraignment, based on his bizarre behavior and attitude at his arraignment, where he interrupted court proceedings by yelling at the judge that he stands for a "new world order."

Colbert underwent two mental evaluations over a period of several months and was found to be competent to stand trial. 

Colbert is no stranger to the criminal justice system. Court documents obtained by NBC 7 Investigates show he is a documented gang member with an extensive criminal history dating back to his teenage years. His record includes arrests in San Diego, as well as arrests in San Bernardino, Calif., and Arizona.

Most recently, Colbert was charged with five felonies, including selling the party drug Ecstasy to an undercover officer in a drug deal outside a Black Angus restaurant on Friars Road. Colbert was also implicated in another drug deal at the drive-thru of an In-N-Out restaurant in Mission Valley.

In 2012, Colbert pleaded guilty to selling narcotics and served one year behind bars.

An NBC 7 source in the legal community says Colbert is the brother of convicted killer Tecumseh Colbert, a man currently on death row for two 2004 murders.

<![CDATA[Masks Help Hawaii Cope With Ash Plume, Toxic Air]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 08:13:39 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/VolcanoEruptionGettyImages-958930584.jpg

Five volunteers from San Diego are helping residents of Hawaii as ash spreads from this week’s explosion of the Kilauea Volcano.

The explosion came shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday following two weeks of volcanic activity that sent lava flows into neighborhoods and destroyed at least 26 homes.

Winds blew much of the 30,000-foot plume away from people but there were reports of a light dusting of ash and the smell of sulfur.

Lindsey Magnani and her family picked up masks Thursday afternoon in the community of Volcano which is a few miles northeast of the volcano’s summit.

"This morning it smelled like sulfur so we had to close all the windows," Magnani said.

Authorities handed out around 2,000 masks for protection as people braced for pulverized rock, glass, and crystal.

The Red Cross of San Diego has sent 5 volunteers to Hawaii to help with the hundreds of people displaced and prepare for the potential for more evacuations.

“The main role we fill is making sure that we are able to give people a safe place to stay,” said Emily Cox, Regional Communications Director Red Cross. “Between running a shelter and distributing supplies and helping with the organization of the response."

Andre Lupian, a South Bay resident who now lives on Hawaii, spoke with NBC 7 about conditions 60 miles from the Kilauea Volcano.

“Everyone's a little bit worried but at the same time, you just gotta kind of go with it,” Lupian said. “See what happens and deal with the air quality."

The recent eruptions have been making it difficult to breathe.

People are complaining about itchy eyes and scratchy throats, Lupian said.

"The people that are getting sick are the ones working outside,” he said. “I'm pretty sure people are going to start wearing masks just to be safe. Something we are seeing a little bit more."

Geologists are warning the volcano can become more violent due to an increase in ash production. There is also potential that future blast could send boulders flying into the air.

The Federal Aviation Administration extended a restriction on aircraft from entering the airspace up to 30,000 feet above sea level. The earlier limit was up to 10,000 feet. The prohibition applies to a 5-mile radius around the crater.

Thursday's eruption did not affect the Big Island's two largest airports in Hilo and in Kailua-Kona.

Kilauea has also been erupting lava into neighborhoods 25 miles to the east of the summit crater since May 3. It opened a new lava vent in the area -- the 21st such fissure -- on Thursday.

Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, has been erupting continuously since 1983. It's among the five volcanoes that form the Big Island, and it's the only one actively erupting. An eruption in 1924 killed one person and sent rocks, ash and dust into the air for 17 days.

The San Diego volunteers are scheduled to return in approximately two weeks. 

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<![CDATA[Push to Get Rent Control on National City Ballot]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 07:33:04 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rent-Prices-National-City-Control.jpg

Supporters of a new ballot measure meant to control rent in National City submitted more than 3,500 petition signatures at City Hall Thursday.

The coalition of tenants and community leaders say the rent control ordinance is needed to stabilize growing housing costs.

San Diego County's average rent is approaching record highs according to statistics from several national companies. 

In April, renters signing new leases in our area were finding increases of 4 to 7 percent compared to 2017. That is above the national average of 2.5 percent, according to Rent Café.

Families who rent in National City can't afford basic necessities because their rent is too high, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment said.

“Seventy percent of the folks that live in National City are renters. In order to pay $1,800 which is the average rent right now, you would have to make $28 an hour,” said Paola Martinez-Montes, ACCE Director.

She said a family would need to be getting three minimum wage incomes in order to pay the average rent.

The group has been calling on statewide restrictions on rental increases.

Critics suggest rent control will stifle and deteriorate existing supply. 

In National City, the signatures on the petitions will have to be validated before a ballot measure can be approved.

If there are enough signatures, the ballot measure could qualify for the November election later this year.

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<![CDATA[New Parking Structure Opens at Lindbergh Field ]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 07:37:59 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Parking-Lot-Lindbergh-Field-San-Diego-051718.jpg

A new Terminal 2 parking structure opens Friday at San Diego International Airport adding more than 1,700 additional parking spaces. However, those spaces will replace a parking lot that will close in a matter of months.

The new parking area cost nearly $128 million and offers 2,900 spaces – an addition to what was there previously, spokesperson Rebecca Bloomfield said.

Travelers will see parking guidance technology when they arrive, informing them how many spaces are available in each row. Green arrows will direct drivers to open spaces.

The cost of this lot is $32 a day. There are also hourly rates - the same rate as in the previous lot.

Officials told us the parking lot located on Pacific Highway closes this fall resulting in a net loss of about 230 spaces.

Although, a spokesperson pointed out there are 6,000 spaces around the airport and the new lot is significantly closer to the terminal.

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<![CDATA[Car Stops Feet From Sleeping Woman After Crashing Into Home]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 11:34:55 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/214*120/el+cajon+car+into+home.png

A car came crashing through the bedroom wall of an El Cajon woman’s home Friday, coming to a halt a few feet from where she was sleeping.

The crash happened just before 12:30 a.m. Friday at a home at the end of a cul-de-sac off Greenfield Drive, just west of Interstate 8. The El Cajon Police Department said three girls ran from the vehicle. 

Witnesses said ECPD was patrolling the area with a helicopter and on the ground in search of the occupants.

Two juveniles that may have been connected to the crash were located but it was not clear if they were detained, ECPD said.

The 85-year-old woman inside the home said she was shaken up and confused when the crash woke her. Luckily, she was not injured. 

"I didn’t feel nothing. I heard something, I thought it was an earthquake," Mary Smith said. 

A building inspector was assessing the damage to the home. 

No other information was available. 

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<![CDATA[Kindergarten Student Teaches Grownup Lessons on Acceptance]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 18:23:48 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/David+Fangerow.jpg

When you see David Fangerow with his kindergarten friends, his winning smile, not his physical challenges, will be the first thing that catches your eye. Fangerow was born without feet or a right hand. His mother, Melissa Kary, said there is no medical or genetic explanation why only one of David's limbs developed normally.

Kary learned about her son’s challenges at her 18-week pregnancy ultrasound. Like any expectant mother, Kary expected a healthy baby, so the devastating news came as a terrible shock.

"Every parent wants to hear their child is going to be healthy and have all 10 toes and 10 fingers. We stopped at five fingers and it took a bit to process. I was very scared. I didn't know what to do. I didn't want to tell anybody about David because what if people rejected David?”

Kary said she went through a grieving process knowing her son wasn’t going to experience life like other children.

Initially, Kary said, she envisioned the worst.

"My son's going to be in a wheelchair. He's going to be non-communicative. I had the worst thoughts in that ultrasound room because I didn't know what to think," she said.

Kary said it was her faith that helped her overcome her fear of the unknown.

"God gave him to us this way for a reason,” she said. “David is not supposed to have his feet and his hands to do whatever he's supposed to do on this world so his dad and I just said, this is our son."

Kary said she couldn’t have imagined the amazing little boy her son would become; so resilient, positive and capable. Fangerow was fitted with prosthetics at one year old and he was walking when he was two.

Over the years Fangerow has embraced the process of taking on and off his prosthetics as routine. Now, he is inspiring his kindergarten classmates and teachers at Morning Creek Elementary School in Sabre Springs. His teacher, Kelley Green, said David always has a smile on his face. Green said he’s teaching kids life-long lessons. “He’s teaching them there's nothing kids can't overcome and to see the positive in everyone which is what David does all day long."

Fangerow’s Instructional Assistant in Special Education, Jaimee Gopen, spends the school day by his side she said he is remarkably independent. Gopen said it’s been a joy to watch Fangerow grow academically, emotionally and socially for the past two years she has assisted him.

Gopen said Fangerow’s self-confidence in spite of his challenges has taught her to be more self-accepting. “I have learned to be how he is. To be happy with myself," she said.

Fangerow’s classmate Ashley Johns describes Fangerow as a “really good friend and really nice and really kind."

Kindergartner, Ethan Chang, told NBC7, “If I didn't have him in my life my life would be totally worse."

And when asked about his challenges, Fangerow said, "I'm different, I like to be different." He is aware of his challenges but not defined by them. He also has a great sense of humor.

He was laughing when he said, “sometimes when people ask about me, I tell them that a dog ripped off my arm and I stepped in hot lava.”

Gopen said people, especially kids, are always asking Fangerow, “Why do you have that?” or “Why are you like this?”

She said even though he has a witty reply, his answer is almost always the same and it warms her heart.

“He tells them, ‘Oh God made me like this.’ And they say, ‘oh ok’ and it begins a discussion about differences and uniqueness,” Gopen said.

Acceptance, ability and empathy, they’re qualities Kary said she hopes her son holds on to as he grows up.

"In our home it's not like David has a disability he has so much ability! I think he teaches people that there's more than one way to do things. That we adapt. That it's okay to be different."

Fangerow will soon swap his prosthetic legs for a set of new set of blade-style cheetah legs thanks to a grant from the Challenged Athletes Foundation. David was featured on NBC Nightly News because of this milestone moment in his journey. Click here to watch the report.

Fangerow said with a huge smile, once he gets his cheetah legs he thinks he’ll be the “fastest person in the world.” His mom said she thinks he’ll be even more unstoppable than he is now.

No matter what type of prosthetics Fangerow is wearing, what makes this young man so special isn't about what's on the outside it's his ability to look beyond and share with others all the joy on the inside.

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<![CDATA[Hit-and-Run Driver Injures Dog on Downtown Walk]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 06:32:36 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/downtown+dog+hit+and+run.jpg

San Diego police are on the lookout for a hit-and-run driver responsible for slamming into a dog being walked by its owner downtown Thursday.

The accident happened at the corner of Broadway and 4th Avenue.

Witnesses describe the driver only as a middle age man with grey hair, and SDPD said he was driving a red Hyundai Sonata southbound on 4th Avenue.

The woman with the dog was walking northbound crossing Broadway when the Hyundai turned left into her and her pet. 

Dani, a 3-year-old Australian Shepard, was wedged underneath the car.

“I heard a yelp, screaming noise,” witness Stephanie Schasker said. She was on the clock at the Gaslamp Fish House when she heard the shriek.

"I have three dogs. I would have jumped in front of that car to try to stop him as well. That is your baby," Schasker said.

The dog's owner was not hurt.

Police verify the driver left the scene and quickly drove south on 4th Avenue. They also have the description of the car and license plate.

"He seemed to be in a rush because he whipped around and didn't care what he was going to hit or where he was going," Schasker said.

Dani was scooped up and taken to the nearest clinic, VCA Market Street Animal Hospital.

Dr. Maritza Batista examined the injured dog.

“Some lacerations in general on exam otherwise internally she seemed pretty good. She was fairly lucky," Batista said.

Batista sent Dani home with medication for pain. 

With all the traffic, people, and pets downtown, Batista said that even a short walk is risky.

"Try to keep them close to you especially when crossing the street or dealing even on the curb,” she said.

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<![CDATA[Car Hits Pedestrian in Chula Vista Intersection]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 08:12:11 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/Chula+vista+crash.jpg

A woman pushing a shopping cart was hit by a car in a Chula Vista intersection Thursday, police said.

According to the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD), the woman in her 50s was crossing near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and C Street when she was hit by a driver who witnesses said had a green light.

Responding officers said the woman wasn't breathing and had no pulse when they arrived shortly after 9:15 p.m., but helped her regain a pulse after administering CPR.

The driver stopped at the scene and was cooperating with police.

The woman was transported to an area hospital in unknown condition.

No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[Pirates Capture 5-4 Victory over Padres]]> Thu, 17 May 2018 22:23:32 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SBrault+for+WEB.png

Eric Hosmer provided a 2-run double off the centerfield wall in the top of the fifth inning to give the Friars a 4-3 lead.

But the other Eric (Lauer) and reliever Matt Strahm were let down by some spotty defense and the Pirates were able to capitalize off San Diego’s mistakes to earn a 5-4 victory.

Strahm was trying to pitch out of a jam with the game tied 4-4 in the seventh when Corey Dickerson bounced one to third base.

With Gregor Polanco on third, Padres infielder Christian Villanueva could not field the ball cleanly on the hop and was unable to make a throw over to first.

Polanco scored what would prove to be the game-winning run as a result.

Another base hit that knocked in a run for Pittsburgh earlier in the fourth could have easily been ruled an error.

Padres left fielder Franchy Cordero misread the ball off the bat when Lauer was trying to coerce Dickerson into a fly ball.  Cordero did not take a good angle to the ball and it wound up getting behind him.

Pittsburgh rallied to score three runs in the frame and take a 3-2 lead after Hosmer and Jankowski had helped manufacture a couple runs in the top of the third.

La Mesa native Steven Brault pitched 2.1 shutout innings of relief for the Pirates and struck out three.

The Grossmont high school alum even smacked a double in the bottom of the sixth inning and is batting a solid .273 this season at the plate (3-for-11).

Pittsburgh’s relievers were stellar down the stretch as well.

Michael Feliz struck out Freddy Galvis looking to end the eighth on a borderline pitch that was thrown high.

Galvis took exception and was ejected shortly after slamming his helmet to the ground.

Felipe Vazquez proceeded to strike out the side during a scoreless ninth.

Former 2006 Padres draft pick David Freese added a single and a sacrifice fly.

San Diego will try to regroup Friday when Tyson Ross takes the hill. Pittsburgh plans to counter with Ivan Nova.

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<![CDATA[Shell to Start Conversation on Fuel Efficiency with 'Starship' Truck]]> Thu, 17 May 2018 20:22:05 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Starship+Truck.png

A tractor-trailer truck leaving San Diego on Friday carrying 80,000 pounds of cargo to Jacksonville, Florida is hoping to start a conversation on fuel efficiency.

The Starship truck, built by the Airflow Truck Company, uses technology to minimize the fuel needed to carry cargo from point A to point B. The truck features an aerodynamic design with its carbon fiber cab, active grille shutters, side skirts and “boat tail” extension panels to maximize airflow.

The engine uses a new low-viscosity, fully synthetic oil developed by Shell, which the oil giant says will protect against wear and tear and improve fuel economy. The truck also features a hybrid electric axle system, which replaces the rear non-driven axle with an electric motor axle that will give the truck a power boost while going uphill.

Shell says it expects fuel efficiency standards to continue to tighten in the future and hopes to get in the forefront with the “hyper fuel-efficient” semi-truck project.  

The mission is really just to get people talking. Right in the front of the truck, it says 'Join the conversation,” Shell Rotella global brand manager Megan Pino told NBC 7. “We want people in the trucking industry, but really just people in general, to have more conversations around the need to reduce CO2 and ways in which to do that."

The truck will leave San Diego on Friday morning at SDCCU Stadium and the trip is expected to take a week, a Shell spokesman said.

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<![CDATA[Hackers Targeting Home Buyers in Email Scam]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 17:45:54 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Home+Escrow+Fraud+Kristina-1.jpg

Kristina Herbert and her husband Genaro Pimienta Rosales were just days away from closing on their first home in Carmel Valley.

They had searched for months to find that home, just in time to make the promise they made to their young daughter.

“We had promised to get her a house by her birthday,” Kristina told NBC 7 Responds during an interview.

Then, on the morning of April 3, Kristina received two emails from who appeared to be her escrow agent and her real estate agent. One of the emails was sent from an email address which had their real estate agent’s first and last name. However, upon closer inspection, it was missing one letter in his name. The email from their escrow agent had her correct name but was missing a letter in the title company’s name.

The email requested that Kristina and Genaro wire their down payment, $166,750, to a bank account in Alpharetta, Georgia, a small rural town north of Atlanta.

The following day Kristina went to her Bank of America branch in Torrey Hills. She said with the help of the assistant manager at the Bank of America branch, she wired $180,974.31 to the account listed in the email. Before completing the transaction, Kristina said the assistant manager paused.

“He said, ‘This is odd. There is no escrow number here.’ And I was like, I don’t know, these are the instructions we got. He said okay, we have all the information we need, maybe that’s not necessary.”

The wire transfer was sent.

The next day Kristina says she got a call from her real estate agent asking if she had sent the down payment. She told him she had. He told her that the bank never received it. That’s when she realized what had happened -- that somehow, hackers were able to obtain the names of her escrow and real estate agents and create a convincing email and use that information to reroute her payment.

“It was all of our savings that we had accumulated all of our years together.”

Kristina said she went to the bank to try and stop it but not before the thieves took just under $66,000 out.

NBC 7 Responds reached out to Kristina’s title company, Lawyers Title, for comment. A spokesperson for the company told us that they reviewed all employee’s email accounts and “verified that the email accounts in question show no evidence of unauthorized access.”

The spokesperson also said that Kristina was told to verify any wire instructions by phone before sending a payment.

“Ms. Herbert did not verbally verify the subsequent change in instructions that came from the fraudster,” the spokesperson said by email.

In a statement from Bank of America, a spokesperson told NBC 7 Responds that they “must rely on our customers to do adequate due diligence to ensure that they are wiring funds to the appropriate account." 

Kristina and Genaro were able to keep their promise to their daughter and have since moved into their new home. However, they did so after having to readjust their loan to account for the missing money and are now forced to pay property mortgage insurance.

<![CDATA[Burglary Series Around UCSD Rattles Residents]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 06:26:42 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ucsd_burglaries.png

Dozens of burglaries in the University City area near UC San Diego have residents and students on edge. A recent community alert bulletin is reminding residents to lock up before leaving the house.

UC San Diego Police Department said it has seen an uptick in on-campus break-ins in recent days. Most of the on-campus burglaries involved homes or cars left unlocked, the department said.

San Diego Police Department (SDPD) said it is investigating approximately 30 reported burglaries in the apartment complexes surrounding the campus. The department has not released any details about those burglaries.

"Just seems somewhat alarming there's people going around and stealing other people's stuff,” Will Schreiner said. ”It just seems like there's a lot in a short period of time — that was pretty shocking"

Schreiner is a student at UCSD. He and other students received the alert Wednesday warning them to keep their eyes open and doors locked.

Kevin Goenadibrapa was shocked to learn his apartment complex, La Jolla Del Sol, was one of the locations involved.

“My roommate kept on calling me and saying, ‘Can you lock the door?’” Goenadibrapa said. “’Cause he's worried.”

Residents around the area not affiliated with the university are just finding out about the burglary series Thursday. They call it an eye opener in a neighborhood where parking tickets make up most of the police activity.

“A little shocked that I haven't noticed anything,” Debbie Hedley said. “It's always been a great kind of quiet neighborhood.”

Hedley lives in a gated community, which she says gives her a little comfort.

So far police say it's unclear whether the on-campus and off-campus crimes are connected.

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<![CDATA[Napping Man Run Over by Hit-and-Run Driver in University Heights]]> Thu, 17 May 2018 22:22:02 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDPD-Generic-night-lights.jpg

A man napping in a University Heights alley was run over by a hit-and-run driver Thursday night, police said.

The San Diego Police Department said the driver pulled into the alley on the 1700 block of Lincoln Avenue at around 8:30 p.m. and ran over the man's chest and continued driving.

Police said the victim was talking to paramedics when they arrived. They were not able to provide a description of the suspect vehicle.

No other information was available.

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<![CDATA[3 Arrested 17 Years After Brutal Killing in North Park]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 06:28:28 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AdobeStock_60502604-cuffs.jpg

Thanks to advances in forensic technology, San Diego police are one step closer to putting three men behind bars for their alleged role in the brutal killing of a man in North Park nearly two decades ago.

On August 23, 2000, police responded to an alley west of the 3700 block of 28th Street and found 71-year-old LeRay Parkins suffering from traumatic injuries.

He was rushed to an area hospital where he died three days later.

Homicide detectives identified three persons of interest in the case but had trouble placing them at the scene of the crime. The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) and the San Diego County District Attorney's Office never stopped investigating the crime.

According to SDPD, forensic technology advancements helped investigators solidify their case against those three men 17 and a half years later.

Arrest warrants were issued for Lester Bell, 38, Terrence Maurice Brown, 36, and Edward Jamar Brooks, 38, and they were all taken into custody Wednesday in separate states with the help of the U.S. Marshal's Service.

Bell was arrested in Longmont, Colorado, Brown was arrested in Tucson, Arizona, and Brooks was arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina.

They will be extradited to San Diego to face charges.

<![CDATA[Mesa College Officer on Leave After Pointing Gun at Photographer]]> Fri, 18 May 2018 07:03:57 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Mesa_College_Campus_Police_OfficerPoints_Gun_at_Photographer.jpg

A San Diego Community College District police officer at Mesa College is on paid administrative leave after a video posted on social media shows him pointing his gun at a photographer.

The incident happened Wednesday on Armstrong Place about a block from the Mesa College campus.

The video shows the photographer approaching a police vehicle and an officer who had pulled over a driver.

The officer, identified as James Everette, sees the photographer and asks what he’s filming for.

In addition to a regular video camera, the photographer has a GoPro camera attached to the camera. The officer tells the photographer he doesn’t know what that camera is. He orders the photographer to put the camera down.

When the photographer refuses, the officer puts his hand on his holster.

The photographer is then heard shouting at the officer, telling him to take his hand off his holster.

The photographer then puts the GoPro on the ground, but refuses to put down his main camera. The officer then points his weapon toward the photographer for about 20 seconds.

A few seconds later, a backup officer arrives, then a Sergeant, who eventually returns the GoPro and attempts to de-escalate the confrontation.

The recorded portion of the confrontation lasts almost 9 minutes.

The San Diego Community College District released this statement in response to the incident:

"Video has circulated of an incident involving a San Diego Community College District Police Officer which took place during a traffic stop near San Diego Mesa College on May 16. The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation. The SDCCD takes any incident like this very seriously. We will not comment on the incident until that internal investigation is concluded."

The district website shows in 2015, Everette received an award for subduing a violent suspect. The officer suffered a broken leg in the incident.

NBC 7 could not confirm the identity of the photographer so we could not receive permission to use the video. It is posted on YouTube at this link. 

<![CDATA[Colorado Theater Shooting Victim Signs With NFL Team]]> Thu, 17 May 2018 20:47:11 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/167*120/Zack+Golditch+Chargers+Rookie+Camp1.JPG

Zack Golditch was an All-Mountain West Conference offensive lineman at Colorado State University. But he wasn’t regarded as one of those “can’t-miss” NFL prospects, so when his senior season came to a close he started preparing for life after football.

“When that last game ended it was like, ‘Now what do I do?’ You’ve got to find a job. Welcome to the real world,” Golditch said.

But he didn’t want to start using his double major in sociology and ethnic studies just yet.

“You know, football is what I love so it was the first thing I started to pursue,” said Golditch, “and here I am now.”

“Here” is with the Los Angeles Chargers, who signed Golditch as an undrafted free agent. The numbers are overwhelmingly against making an NFL roster as an undrafted rookie. But Golditch knows all too well how one moment — one decision — can change your life.

“I just went to the movie with some friends,” he said.

That movie theater was in Aurora, Colorado, and he went on July 20, 2012.

“About 20 minutes in I heard some sounds coming from my right. It sounded like firecrackers,” Golditch recalled.

He was in a theater next to the one where James Egan Holmes unleashed hell.

“I looked up and a gentleman was hit in his arm. Right before I looked down at the screen something hit me and my ear started ringing,” he said.

One of the bullets went through the wall and hit Zack just below the left earlobe.

“I covered up and tried to avoid what was happening. I felt I was bleeding a lot so I ran out of the theater, walked down the street and found some road workers. I sat on the back of their truck. They helped me out, tried to stop the bleeding, then I got taken to the hospital,” Golditch said.

The bullet that caused the bleeding had entered the back of his neck and passed through the side, a fraction of an inch from his spine and carotid artery.

“There’s a lot of stuff that’s around that area, a lot of stuff that could have severely damaged me. Luckily it passed right through and now it’s just a scar and a crazy story,” he said.

Golditch was 17 at the time, about to enter his senior year at Gateway High School in Aurora. Physically, he healed fast enough to not miss a single football practice. Emotionally, the healing took a little longer.

“I still have some reactions when I’m in small spaces with a lot of people," he said. "I guess just spaces with a lot of people. I’m very aware of my surroundings; where the exits are. But I try not to let it stop me from doing what I like to do. I’m 23. I’m having the time of my life right now so I’m just going to keep doing what I would have been doing regardless of what I went through.”

If Golditch does not earn a spot on an NFL roster he says he wants to be a firefighter — a first responder to help others that need it in a crisis.

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<![CDATA[Fake Apartment Listings Flooding Local Rental Market]]> Thu, 17 May 2018 22:27:25 -0700 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Rental+Leasing.JPG

San Diego County has some of the highest rental occupancy rates in the country, according to Alan Pentico, executive director for the San Diego County Apartment Association.

According to data released by Apartment List, San Diego County is the fifth highest in the country in terms of rental rates for two-bedroom apartments and sixth for one-bedroom rentals.

Pentico said high occupancy rates in combination with the high cost to rent an apartment in San Diego County has resulted in a rise of rental scams on online search engines such as Craigslist.

Shelley Arthur witnessed this first hand. Shelley said she has been trying to find a one-bedroom in Coronado, the most expensive of all the 18-cities in San Diego County.

During her hunt, Shelley tells NBC 7 Responds she has faced multiple scams.

“I found that most of the ads on Craigslist were not legit,” said Shelley during a May 10 interview.

“They don’t have a lot of information about the property. They just want to talk to you about getting the deposit from you and talking about sending keys by mail. Just really out of the ordinary things that kinda didn’t sit right.”

In one case Shelley said she found what was the perfect cottage, for half of what other one-bedroom apartments in Coronado were going for. She called the number on the Craigslist ad and started asking around town for more information. A mutual friend of the owners said that the cottage was available, but not at the $1,200 monthly rent that Shelley had seen online, not even close. It was $2,500 a month.

Not long after, Shelley said the person with the fake ad called her.

“It was this really strange, kind of off-putting voice on the other line, saying like, ‘oh you’d like information on my apartment, like, I can give you that but first let me get some information about you,’” said Shelley. “It didn’t feel right and I said ‘I’m busy and I’ll call you back later’ and he actually got mad at me.”

Shelley said she encountered several other examples.

“They would say, ‘Oh, this place is perfect for you. Why don’t you come and tour it? Give me some of your information.’ They would want like my address and all this other stuff which I thought was completely unnecessary.”

“Then, they were like, ‘oh you bring the deposit with you and all that kind of stuff, that it was just obvious that they only were interested in money.”

Pentico tells NBC 7 Responds San Diego’s rental climate is ripe for scam artists.

“Go into it, protect yourself. Always investigate, and research, research, research,” Pentico said.

There are a few things to look out for to avoid these types of online rental scams. First, be cautious if a landlord tells you they cannot show the unit for rent.

“If someone comes up with excuses for why you can’t tour the unit, there really isn’t one,” Pentico said. “Don’t go there, don’t believe it.”

Typically, even if the landlord is out of town or lives elsewhere, they should be willing to give tours of the rental unit using Skype or Facetime.

Pentico also warns against sending cash or wiring money before any applications are filled out. 

“If it sounds too good to be true than it probably is,” Pentico said.