<![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-usTue, 20 Feb 2018 23:26:11 -0800Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:26:11 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Neighbor of Tieray Jones Testifies She Saw Him Take Bags to Dumpster]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:02:26 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Neighbor_of_Tieray_Jones_Describes.jpg

A former neighbor of accused killer Tieray Jones said she saw Jones carry three large black trash bags to a dumpster in the week Jones reported his step-son missing.

Jones is accused of killing 2-year-old Jahi Turner, or failing to report a fatal accident, in 2002. Prosecutors believe that Jones may have discarded evidence of the boy's death, including possibly his body, in a dumpster.

Katy Higgins lived in Navy housing in Golden Hill in April 2002, the same time Jones was there with Jahi.

The toddler’s mother, Tameka Jones, was away from San Diego on duty with the Navy.

Higgins told the jury the trash bags were full. She said she could see Jones walking down the stairs, from his apartment, and that he also saw her.

“He just looked, and glanced and me, and looked away really quickly, almost like an awkward (kind of) eye contact,” Higgins told the jury.

The testimony is important because prosecutors do not have any direct evidence that Jones killed his stepson.

Jahi’s body was never found, there are no witnesses to the alleged crime, and no confession by the suspect, so prosecutors are building a case based on mainly on circumstantial evidence.

Another witness testified she too saw Jones dumping trash bags; other witnesses have told the jury they never saw Jones together with the little boy up to, and on, the day Jahi disappeared.

But Jahi’s lawyer managed to extract some positive testimony today, from a witness for the prosecution.

Lisa Davies, who was a San Diego police patrol officer when Jones reported Jahi missing from Golden Hill Park, told jurors Jones appeared nervous, high-strung and showed signs of drug use when she questioned him about the Jahi’s alleged disappearance.

She also told jurors about a journal she found inside Jones’s apartment. On cross-examination, defense attorney Courtney Cutter had Davies read several journal entries which Jones wrote to Jahi’s mother.

In more than one of those entries, Jones expresses his affection for Jahi and for his wife and talked about their future together.

“He’s starting to like me a little more,” Jones wrote about Jahi. “He got scared last night, and he called my name. When you get home (from duty with the Navy) we’re going to start getting his room together. I’ve already took (sic) all his clothes and put them up in the closet.”

Jones told police that Jahi disappeared from the park when Jones walked to a vending machine to buy the toddler something to drink.

Jurors also heard from Jahi’s grandparents who helped raise the boy.

Both said Jahi was a timid, somewhat clingy little-boy, who would have cried and tried to follow his step-father if he walked away.

<![CDATA[Take A Tour of the Korean Peninsula's DMZ]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:37:04 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Take_A_Tour_of_the_Korean_Peninsula_s_DMZ.jpg

NBC 7's Steven Luke brought the camera along on his tour of the Korean Peninsula's Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, that separates North and South Korea.

<![CDATA[Boulder Vandal Causing Safety Concerns on Golden Hill Roadways]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:42:00 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/golden+hill+rocks.jpg

Golden Hill residents are concerned after finding several peculiarly-placed boulders in roadways, and on and around their parked vehicles.

Ben Bruff was bowled over to find a half-basketball sized rock in the wheel well of his girlfriend's Jeep last month.

Bruff said the large rock had been shoved in one of the back wheel wells of the SUV, “So if she'd taken off, this whole thing would have been ripped out with the rock."

The potentially dangerous find happened on 19th Street on January 21.

Since then, Bruff's snapped pictures of the rocky situation neighbors have reported on multiple streets in Golden Hill.

He shared pictures of a boulder in a blanket parked on the trunk of someone's car. Another big rock in the street on 19th near Broadway was a definite road hazard.

“It could cause a gigantic crash or you're on your bike and hit that and its dark. It’s pretty scary," said Rena Sugarman, who’s noticed the rocks.

Bruff shares Sugarman’s concern, especially after spotting three large rocks near the overpass of Interstate 5.

“It became one of those things where it was like, 'OK, that could possibly be dangerous.'"

Calls from Golden Hill neighbors have poured into Councilman Chris Ward's office. Ward released a statement Tuesday that read in part:

"We have been in touch with the San Diego Police Department and are advocating for more patrols in the area, as well as better lighting in that part of the neighborhood."

So far, it seems there's been little if any damage caused by the misplaced rocks.

A spokesman for the police department says they don't have a suspect, but they're aware of the problem and are looking into it.

They say residents need to call the community relations office to help bring the vandal to justice.

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<![CDATA[1 Arrested After DEA Finds Drugs, Gun in Gym Locker at SDSU]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:39:17 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Aztec+recreation+center+sdsu+gym.jpg

A man is behind bars after drugs and a weapon were found inside a gym locker at San Diego State University (SDSU) on Tuesday.

Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) were seen leaving the Aztec Recreation Center (ARC) with evidence that agents later confirmed were prescription drugs, cocaine and a handgun.

Agents have not yet tested the prescription drugs to know what pills they are, but they have arrested Christopher Hudson, 25, on drug charges.

It's unclear at this time if Hudson was a student at SDSU. He's scheduled to be formally charged in court Thursday.

The ARC is a public gym open to anyone, student or non-student, willing to pay for a membership.

No other information was available.

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

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<![CDATA[Fire-Smart Neighbor Helps Crews Rescue Man Trapped In Blaze]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:31:39 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/la+mesa+apartment+fire.png

Thanks to an alert neighbor, fire crews were able to rescue a man from inside a burning apartment unit in La Mesa Tuesday evening.

Heartland Fire Department crews were called to the complex on the 7300 block of La Mesita Place at around 6:45 p.m., according to Fire Captain Sonny Saghera.

Darren Robinson, who lives in the unit directly above where the fire sparked, said he was eating dinner when he heard a knocking sound. He thought that one of his neighbors might have been hanging a picture until he smelled the scent of smoke.

Soon after smelling it, he saw smoke in his unit. He went outside to investigate and saw the fire in the unit below and called 911.

Robinson, a veteran, said if it weren't for his experience with a military fire department, his bravery may have made things worse for his neighbor below.

"I was going to kick the door in but I had done a little bit of firefighting in my lifetime and one of the things I learned is that you can't open the door right away," Robinson said.

While he waited for fire crews to arrive, Robinson knocked on other units in the building to evacuate residents.

"It was natural for me to try and run to get people out and I didn't think about anything else," Robinson said.

Robinson said the man who firefighters rescued was an older man with mobility issues. He said his wife takes care of him in their home and that she wasn't there when the fire sparked.

According to Saghera, the fire was burning in the front living room of the unit. The man was pulled out of a back room and taken to UCSD Medical Center with minor injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to Saghera.

No other information was available.

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

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<![CDATA[Should Hillcrest Have More Parking Spots or Safer Bicycle Lanes?]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:08:49 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Hillcrest_May_Move_Parking_for_Bike_Lanes.jpg

The debate between cyclists and small business owners continues in Hillcrest as the question remains: should there be more parking spots or safety features added to the bicycle lanes in the area? 

Fourth and Fifth Avenues in Hillcrest will soon have protected bicycle lanes, removing roughly 23 to 24 parking spots on the two streets. 

Dozens of business owners in the area are concerned they will lose customers and profits. With a lack of parking in the area already, some are concerned this new development will make them have to move or even shut down. 

“If you went to any of these businesses and said you’re going to lose 24 parking spaces within a block of you, they would immediately think, ‘I can’t stay in business,'" said Benjamin Nicholls, executive director of the Hillcrest Business Association. 

Nicholls said he is for pedestrian safety, but would like to see a parking structure built in the area so that businesses do not suffer. 

“We have fine dining, retail and furniture stores, you’re just not going to go there on a bicycle," added Nicholls. 

The San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, a regional planning agency that is overseeing the project said it is currently in the final design phases of the protected bicycle lanes. Construction is set to start this year. 

“When you’re driving by a bike, they’re sometimes hard to see and they look so easy to hit so you have to be careful,” said Kevin Sneed, a resident of Hillcrest. 

Those for the project say many cars do not stop near the Hillcrest sign at Fifth Avenue and University Avenue.

“I come here every single day on my way to the gym,” said pedestrian Chef Dennis on Tuesday. "And every day I almost see someone getting hit or run over, like myself. Many times I’ve almost been hit.” 

There's also plans to add bicycle lanes to University Avenue. Angled parking would be added on Eighth Avenue and Tenth Avenue. 

"Parking is a major problem with customers around here," said Zia Nasery, a restaurant owner in Hillcrest. "You have to drive four or five times around just to find somewhere to park." 

The project is expected to cost about $13.2 million. 

<![CDATA[Suspect Arrested for Attempted Killing of Brother in Vista]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:43:53 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Sheriff-generic-SDSO.jpg

Deputies have arrested a man on an attempted murder charge for allegedly shooting his younger brother in Vista.

Fredy Sixto, 27, was arrested at his apartment and later identified as the victim's older brother. According to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, he faces first-degree attempted murder charges and was booked into the San Diego Central Jail on Monday morning.

The victim is not expected to survive his injuries, deputies said.

Last Sunday, a man arrived at a local hospital with a life-threatening gunshot wound. Deputies responded to the report just before 9:30 p.m., and the victim was later identified as 19-year-old Juan Sixto.

While carrying out a preliminary investigation, deputies were able to piece together evidence leading to the scene of the shooting. They determined that shots were likely fired at Pomelo Drive by Ira Way.

At the apartment located there, deputies found and detained Fredy. The brothers had lived there together.

Detectives obtained a search warrant and examined the apartment with the Sheriff's Crime Lab personnel. The Sheriff's Homicide Detail is now taking over the investigation.

If anyone has information related to this crime, they can call the Sheriff's Department at (858)974-2321.

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<![CDATA[Funding for State Early Earthquake Warning System Threatened]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:42:49 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Earthquake-seismograph-GettyImages-76117338.jpg

As NBC 7's Llarisa Abreu reports, cuts made to the federal government's earthquake hazards program could be what keeps west coast states from getting an early detection system similar to systems proved to be effective in Mexico and Japan.

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<![CDATA[Man Sentenced for Trying to Smuggle in Tiger Cub]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:27:04 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Man_Arrested_At_Border_For_Smuggling_Tiger_Cub.jpg

A California teen convicted of trying to smuggle a Bengal tiger cub into San Diego from Mexico was sentenced in court Tuesday.

Luis Eudoro Valencia of Perris, California, received six months in prison and three years of supervised release for attempting to sneak the exotic animal into the U.S. The 18-year-old told investigators he had arranged to pay $300 for the cub from a man he saw walking a full-sized tiger on a leash in Tijuana.

The discovery of a Bengal tiger cub stashed in the back of his car led to Valencia's arrest at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry on Thursday, Aug. 24. When asked about the tiger, a passenger told the inspector it was just a cat and produced special paperwork from AeroMexico Cargo.

His defense attorney told the court before the sentencing that his client had a lapse in judgment and wanted the endangered tiger as a pet. Valencia's paperwork included a sales receipt from a Mexican individual that falsely stated that Bengal tigers are not a protected species, according to a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court.

But prosecutors argued Valencia’s cell phone data showed he was running an animal smuggling business and he'd boasted about fetching thousands of dollars for monkeys, jaguars and lions. Agents said video on his phone revealed a special compartment under his car seat that may have been used to smuggle wildlife, according to the complaint.

Tigers are endangered and it’s illegal to import them without a permit.

Now the rescued tiger cub named Moka lives at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park with his friend Rakan. At the time of his rescue, Moka was about five to six weeks old and only weighed six pounds.

The tiger's rescue was part of one of the largest wildlife trafficking busts across Southern California. Sixteen suspects were charged in "Operation Jungle Book" and a variety of animals ranging from Asian "lucky" fish to exotic songbirds were rescued.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[Business Owners Sent to Prison for Stealing From Students]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:29:58 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Harmony-Matheson-sidebyside1.jpg

A husband and wife convicted of stealing thousands of dollars from high school band students and their parents here in San Diego were sentenced to two years in prison each and will have to make restitution payments in the years that follow. 

It was an emotional day for students and their parents, who have been dealing with the Atlanta-based travel-tour company Harmony International since January of 2016 when one of its owners, Brad Matheson, pitched the trip in band classrooms via a Skype conference call. 

In January, Brad and his wife Margie Matheson, a co-owner of Harmony International, pleaded guilty to three felony counts each of theft, failure to provide refunds and failure to maintain a trust account for funds in excess of $950. 

On Tuesday, parents and students testified one-by-one and explained the harm the Mathesons had caused in their lives. This was the first time the parents had seen the Mathesons face-to-face. 

“You stole our dreams of traveling to Japan,” parent Sandie Ridge said, “We have nothing to show for what should have been an amazing trip and we have lost the equivalent of a year of college tuition money.” 

Last May, NBC 7 Responds reported the Mathesons had promised to send dozens of local band students from San Marcos, Del Norte, Eastlake, and Mission Hills high schools to Japan last summer to take part in band concerts, explore the country and attend Disneyland Tokyo, if they paid over $3,600 for each participant. 

San Marcos High School Sophomore Aaron Munson said he and other students were excited about the trip, especially the opportunity to go to the world-famous theme park. 

“It was so expensive, some people worked a lot, took so many extra hours to pay for this,” Munson said. 

Months before students were set to depart, parents and students learned the trip was canceled and refunds were unlikely, due to Harmony International filing for bankruptcy. 

“You stole from me at the worst time in my life,” Ronald Faulkner, a parent of a Del Norte High School student said, “When I booked this trip I was 53 years old, working 10-12 hours a day with a terminal lung disease and was trying to do something special for my family. And you stole from me.” 

Faulkner said it wasn’t an exaggeration that the trip to Japan was thought to be his family’s last vacation together. 

“The business model is basically, steal from kids and their families,” Faulkner said. 

Parents and students turned to NBC 7 Responds for help and through our investigation, we found they were not alone. Band and choir groups in states across the country were also owed thousands of dollars after trips they scheduled through the Mathesons were canceled and refunds were not issued.  

Several parents said the Mathesons had threatened legal action through emails, demanding they not talk to the media or attorneys inquiring about the trip. One of those parents was Brandy Martinoli. 

“He [Brad Matheson] threatened me twice, via email, and if I did not delete my posts, he and his lawyer would press charges against me with the San Diego District Attorney’s office,” Brandy said, “Ironic, isn’t it Brad?” 

Last November, the California Attorney General's office, and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Unit announced they had filed over 90 felony counts against Brad and Margie Matheson. The charges ranged from theft to failing to register as a seller of travel in the state of California.  

The Florida couple was extradited to San Diego and at their arraignment hearing, an attorney representing Margie Matheson told NBC 7 Responds the criminal charges were a “misunderstanding”.  

“You took our son’s [high school] senior trip away and we can never get that back,” Ridge said. 

The Judge presiding over the case Tuesday told parents and students he was sentencing the Mathesons to the maximum sentence under their plea deal, two years in prison each. The Judge also said the Mathesons will be required to make over $69,000 in restitution payments to victims, once out of jail. 

“The Mathesons thought they could get away with preying on our high school students and their families. The Mathesons could not have been more wrong,” a news release from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office read Tuesday, “Today’s sentencing should remind everyone that the California Department of Justice is committed to protecting consumers.” 

NBC 7 Responds obtained transcripts of court testimony before the San Diego County Grand Jury that revealed the couple may have spent Japan trip funds on personal expenses and the Matheson’s second business, Harmony Yacht Vacations. 

Neither Brad or Margie Matheson made any statements in court, nor did they apologize to the victims present.

<![CDATA[Woman Appeared to Take $15K Wedding Ring in Ramona: SDSO]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:17:16 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Sheriff-Generic-0806152.jpg

San Diego County sheriff's deputies released a photo Tuesday they hope leads to the recovery of a lost wedding ring valued at $15,000. 

Deputies checked surveillance video from a Stater Bros on Main Street in Ramona where the wedding ring was last seen by its owner. 

The woman who owns the ring told deputies she dropped it in the parking lot. 

Deputies want to speak with a woman who appears to reach down and pick up the ring from the ground in the surveillance video, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. The woman drove away from the store in a newer model white sedan or BMW.

Sheriff's deputies who observed the video said the woman could have seen the owner drop the ring. But it's not clear if she noticed the owner or planned to return the valuable item.

At this point, the sheriff's department has not specified whether any official charges will be filed against the woman who may have taken the ring. 

If anyone has information related to the wedding ring, they can contact Deputy Jessica Wilds at the Ramona Sheriff's Station (760) 789-9157.

No further information is currently available.

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<![CDATA[City Expands Cleanup Efforts to Beautify San Diego]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:55:34 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/trash+generic2.jpg

A citywide cleanup effort that strives to beautify San Diego and stop illegal dumping will keep growing, announced Mayor Kevin Faulconer Tuesday.

Faulconer made his announcement while standing in front of a pile of debris at an intersection that has frequently been trashed. It's located at the corner of Quince Street and Menlo Avenue in the Swan Canyon neighborhood.

Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman and Assistant Chief David Nisleit joined Faulconer. During his announcement, city crews picked up couches, tires, shopping carts and more trash that had been illegally tossed there.

Since May, cleanup crews have removed more than 1,000 tons of garbage from local neighborhoods as part of the "Clean SD" initiative, according to the city.

“We’re improving the quality of life for our residents with every tire, shopping cart and mattress that is picked up and hauled away," Faulconer said, in a statement. "We will clean up our neighborhoods and we will hold those who illegally dump their trash in our communities accountable.”

Now there will be even more crews available for trash removal and debris cleanup responding to requests through the city's "Get It Done" app. San Diego police will also increase surveillance and enforcement in locations where illegal dumping is common.

“Keeping San Diego clean is a shared responsibility,” Zimmerman said, in a statement. “If you choose to dump your trash illegally, expect to be cited and or arrested.”

The city's highest priority is to remove hazardous waste such as chemicals or paint, or anything blocking the public's right of way, said officials.

In May 2017, the "Clean SD" initiative was launched and includes cleanup crews in Ocean Beach, City Heights, San Ysidro, Logan Heights, Paradise Hills, Webster and Mount Hope, Mission Beach, Point Loma and Pacific Beach. City officials say these nine hotspots are notorious for illegal dumping.

So far, crews have removed 430 tires, 1,900 mattresses and box springs, 750 shopping carts and 67 appliances.

The citywide cleanup efforts provide plenty of other services such as sweeping streets, sanitizing sidewalks, removing graffiti, organizing community cleanups and holding the city's annual cleanup event.

<![CDATA[5 San Diego Spots Among Yelp's Top 100 Places to Eat in US]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:44:47 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/209*120/T-Deli-Facebook-1.jpg

Five San Diego-area restaurants -- from a sushi spot and pizza place to a breakfast eatery and a couple of delis -- have been named among the top 100 places in the U.S. to grab some grub.

Yelp released its list of the "Top Places Eat in 2018" Tuesday and local restaurants claimed 5 percent of the rankings.

The annual list highlights delicious dining destinations across the nation based on reviews from Yelp users, including both the ratings and volume of those reviews. For 2018, the tasty lineup names these local spots, in order of ranking:

No. 23: Yoshino Japanese Deli (Carlsbad)
No. 42: T Deli (San Diego)
No. 45: Sunny Side Kitchen (Escondido)
No. 59: Beyer Deli (San Diego)
No. 87: Pizzamaniac (Vista)

Yoshino Japanese Deli, located at 2913 State St., is a daytime nook known for its poke bowls and sushi rolls. The eatery is open Monday through Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is closed Sundays. One Yelp reviewer called it a “cash only, get it while it lasts” kind of shop, so plan your visit accordingly.

T Deli, located at 1469 University Ave., offers stacked sandwiches, wraps, homemade soups, salads and a wide selection of tea. The deli opens at 10 a.m., Tuesday through Sunday, and is closed Mondays. Yelp users praise the Chicken Pesto Torta and, judging by the photos, the sides of fresh fruit.

Sunny Side Kitchen – located at 155 S. Orange St., between Grand and Second avenues in downtown Escondido –  is a mom-and-pop eatery that serves hot paninis, sandwiches, salads, soups, cookies, craft coffee. Last year, it nabbed the No. 51 spot on Yelp’s list of the Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S. but this time, it climbed six spots higher. This breakfast spot is open Monday through Saturday, from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Beyer Deli, located at 3065 Beyer Blvd. (Suite A105), is beloved for its sandwiches boasting meats like pastrami, corn beef and Philly steak. The tiny deli is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In Vista, Yelpers are crazy about Pizzamaniac, a homegrown spot located at 1461 N. Santa Fe Ave. The pizza shop, owned by a Vista native, is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The menu includes traditional pies, as well as gluten-free options, plus salads and fluffy garlic knots. The namesake “Maniac” pizza boasts pepperoni, ham, mushroom, onion and green pepper.

According to Yelp, the San Diego-area restaurants are in good company. Here's a peek at the eateries across the U.S. that earned the top 10 spots on the list. 

  1. TKB Bakery & Deli (Indio, California)
  2. Little Miss BBQ (Phoenix, Arizona)
  3. Aviva by Kameel (Atlanta)
  4. Yo-Way (Gardena, California)
  5. Arun's Indian Kichen (Coral Springs, Florida)
  6. Mr. & Mrs. Bun (Miami)
  7. Frenchman's Cafe (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii)
  8. Fratellino (Coral Gables, Florida)
  9. Ciao! Pizza and Pasta (Chelsea, Massachusetts)
  10. Blues City Deli (Saint Louis)

For a look at all 100 places, click here.

Last year, two San Diego County restaurants made Yelp’s Top 100 list; the year before, eight local eateries made the cut, including Chula Vista’s beloved Tacos El Gordo.

Photo Credit: T Deli/Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Man Arrested in Adult Bookstore, 7-Eleven Robberies]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:38:45 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-police-generic-05.jpg

San Diego police announced the arrest of a man accused of using a shotgun to rob an adult bookstore in Mission Hills earlier this month. 

The man walked into the Adult Depot on Pacific Highway and Bandini Street just after 5:30 a.m. on Feb. 8 and threatened the clerk with a shotgun, police said. 

The man demanded cash and the clerk complied. 

The suspect left with cash and magazines from the store, using a car to travel northbound on Pacific Highway. 

On Monday, Feb. 19, San Diego police arrested Alejandro Poeinado on suspicion of robbery in the Adult Depot case and another robbery on Feb. 9 at the 7-Eleven on University Avenue. 

Investigators say they received information from the public that led them to make an arrest in these cases.

When officers took Poeinado into custody in Shelltown on Monday, they say they found evidence linking him to the robberies as well as a .22 rifle. 

<![CDATA[Graffiti Threat Prompts Extra Security at Local School]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:30:06 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDPD+High+Tech+High.JPG

The discovery of a threatening graffiti message scrolled on the wall of a girls' bathroom prompted police to step up patrols at High Tech High in Point Loma Tuesday.

School officials notified parents via email after they found the graffiti containing a "threat of action" on campus. The email said the school would open with additional police presence in response to the threat.

Several SDPD officers could be seen patrolling the campus Tuesday morning.

"Student safety is of paramount importance to all of us," school officials stated, in the email sent to parents. "The goal here is to take this opportunity to engage our entire community in being mindful, communicative and vigilant while going about our daily routines."

The school is working with law enforcement to actively investigate the incident, according to the email. Students will participate in age-appropriate discussions about the importance of communication in regards to safety.

This comes one week after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in south Florida, which left 17 victims dead and many others wounded.

"The tragedy in Florida has left many of us thinking about safety in public spaces, including our schools, and has raised sensitivities, consciousness and altered the way in which we approach our work," stated the email. "As our school colleagues throughout the country are also doing at this time, we are placed in the position of navigating these difficult situations."

In the past week, there have been several incidents that forced increased police presence at local schools in the aftermath of Florida's mass shooting.

Additional security was planned for San Marcos High School Tuesday morning, during a separate investigation into a potential threat. Last Thursday, there were also extra school police officers patrolling San Diego's Scripps Ranch High School after a student's threatening comment.

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<![CDATA[Post Malone, Dua Lipa Announce SD Shows]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:42:35 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Post+Malone+Dua+Lipa+tour+announcement.jpg

"Ever felt just like a rockstar?" Well, you might after Tuesday morning's two big San Diego show announcements: Post Malone brings his mumble-rap crossover to SDSU's Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre on June 21 with 21 Savage in tow -- and pop superstar Dua Lipa drops "new rules" on the same venue just eight days later on June 29.

Tickets for both shows go on sale to the general public starting Friday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. PST. For Post Malone ticket information, go here; and for information and tickets to Dua Lipa's show, visit this link. A pre-sale for the Post Malone show will also be available to Citi Private Pass members (for full details, visit their website) starting Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. PST.

Post Malone, whose debut full-length album "Stoney" has been RIAA multi-platinum-certified, has been storming the charts ever since 2016 with hits like "White Iverson," "Congratulations" (ft. Quavo), "Go Flex," "Too Young," "I Fall Apart," and "Deja Vu" (ft. Justin Bieber).

We, of course, caught the massively popular rapper at his last San Diego gig when he sold out the Observatory North Park in October. His sophomore follow-up album, "Beerbongs & Bentleys," will be dropping later this year and we have a hunch it's going to be huge. For a full list of his 28-city North American tour dates, visit his website.

Speaking of chart-toppers, Dua Lipa is the quite simply the reigning queen! The singer recently became the youngest solo female artist to reach 1 billion views on YouTube thanks to her double-platinum global smash "New Rules" -- currently also No. 1 on the Billboard Top 40 chart for the fourth week in a row.

Fresh off of "Saturday Night Live" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" performances, area fans might still be coming down from just seeing her on Feb. 10 at House of Blues San Diego (which, in hindsight, probably marks the smallest venue she'll ever play in San Diego from here on out). But if you missed her, don't make the mistake again. For a full list of her U.S. tour dates, visit her website.

Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow and runs the music equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.

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<![CDATA[Sempra, Oncor Deal Reportedly Poised to Receive Approval]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:04:55 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Sempra-Energy-San-Diego-GoogleMaps.jpg

San Diego-based Sempra Energy’s $9.45 billion acquisition of Texas energy giant Oncor appears headed for approval.

Last week, Texas Public Utility Commissioners requested that staff members prepare an order approving the sale ahead of the agency's March 8 meeting, signaling they’ll back the deal, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Geoffrey Gay, an attorney for the steering committee of cities served by Oncor, told the daily newspaper that it seems commissioners have “blessed” the transaction.

"The commissioners have the authority to challenge anything or ask questions, but they seem to be content that the parties have addressed every major issue," Gay was quoted as saying.

At last week’s meeting, commissioners reportedly spent only a few minutes on the sale of Oncor, which during past acquisition attempts generated hours of public debate and discussion.

Earlier this month Sempra announced it won unanimous support of the deal from 10 stakeholders involved in the regulatory proceedings.

To gain their backing, Sempra committed to conditions like an independent Oncor board.

Oncor owns and operates power lines that serve about 3.4 million households and businesses in Texas.

The Texas commission has been viewed as the biggest barrier to Sempra buying Energy Future Holdings, which owns 80 percent of Oncor.

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<![CDATA[SpaceX Rocket Launch Could Light Up San Diego Sky Again]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:41:34 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San_Diegans_React_to_Beam_of_Light_from_Spacecraft.jpg

If you see a beam of light across San Diego skies Wednesday, don’t panic.

SpaceX plans to launch another rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 6:16 a.m. and it may deliver a sight similar to a launch in December that had San Diegans questioning a beam of light followed by a plume of smoke that flashed across the sky. 

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was originally set to launch Saturday, Feb. 17. It was then pushed back to Sunday before the date was moved once more to Wednesday to allow for inspections, according to the company.

The rocket will launch from the base just north of Santa Barbara for Paz Mission, which will deliver a satellite into earth’s orbit. The Paz satellite will generate images of space as it orbits earth about 15 times a day for the next five and a half years, according to SpaceX.


The advanced satellite will also be used for an experiment using polarimetric radio occultation, a new technique that aims to monitor heavy rainfall events. SpaceX, a private rocket company, says the experiment will be the first time occultation measurements will be taken from two polarizations.

The satellite's deployment will occur about 11 minutes after Falcon 9’s launch. Watch the full launch live when it begins at 6:16 a.m. Wednesday on SpaceX’s livestream below or by clicking here.


The Flacon 9 rocket is part of company founder Elon Musk's push to reduce the cost of access to space and allow people to live on other planets. The rocket is one of the first capable of being reused.

Earlier this month, SpaceX blasted the most powerful rocket into the sky for its first test flight from Kennedy Space Center. The rocket launched a red Tesla sports car into orbit for endless trips past Mars. Two of the rocket’s boosters, both recycled from previous launches, returned minutes after liftoff and touched back down at Cape Canaveral.  

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<![CDATA[Frosty February: Chilly Weather Whips San Diego County]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:39:16 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Laguna-Mountain-Lodge-0220-2.JPG Winter weather brought frost to San Diego County Tuesday morning. The chilly conditions are expected to linger for a couple more days.

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<![CDATA[Police: Elderly Woman Keys Dozens of Cars in Scripps Ranch ]]> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:29:25 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/219*120/keyedcars.PNG

Police say a senior citizen is to blame for vandalizing dozens of cars in a Scripps Ranch neighborhood.

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) arrested Emilia Bello, 75, late Sunday after one of her neighbors said she watched the elderly woman allegedly key her car.

For months cars parked along Legacy Road in Scripps Ranch have been getting keyed on the passenger side. The scratches range in size and severity but cumulatively the damage is in the tens of thousands of dollars, police said. 

“We saw that there’s a scratch on the car, it’s like, ‘what’s going on?’ “ said Josie Ausdria, a neighbor.

Ausdria said six cars that belong to members of her family were vandalized starting in mid-January.

But she said the biggest shock was that a woman of Bello's age could potentially be the culprit. 

“I thought it was just teenagers who were bored,” Ausdria said. “I never thought of her.”

Bello was arrested late Sunday and booked into jail on felony vandalism charges.

Neighbors added they frequently see Bello walking around the neighborhood. 

<![CDATA[459 Julian Students Kept Home from School Due To Icy Roads]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:13:58 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/School+Bus-Generic-1020.jpg

More than 450 students in Julian were granted a snow day Tuesday due to inclement weather.

Officials said that despite scarce snowfall in the area, weather conditions presented considerable dangers on the roadways and keeping students at home was still the right decision.

The National Weather Service issued a frost advisory from 10 p.m. Monday until 9 a.m. Tuesday in parts of the region where temperatures will be in the upper 40s.

County officials said that many students in the area catch the bus as early as 6 a.m. before the rising sun has a chance to melt ice left on the roads. Buses don't handle the region's winding roads quite like cars can especially when they're icy, so closing schools for the day was a must.

According to the county, 459 students in the Julian Union School District, Julian Union High School District and Warner Unified School District campuses were given the day off.

Julian Library Branch Manager Colleen Baker has been driving roads in town for years and knows how dangerous they can become following a frosty night.

"Going down Banner Grade, ice is a lot more prevalent because the areas never get sun," Baker said.

Parts of Banner Grade run through a valley between two hillsides lined with trees, offering snow and ice shade cover from the sun.

Baker said another library employee fish-tailed her vehicle at least once driving up the highway.

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<![CDATA[SDSO to Post at San Marcos High Due to Social Media Threat]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:32:26 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San+Marcos+High+School.JPG

The San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) said that there will be an increased law enforcement presence at San Marcos High School Tuesday as authorities investigate a possible shooting threat.

The district said Monday that the threat was based on social media rumors and was found to be unsubstantiated.

Deputies confirmed the rumors were circulating via Snapchat on Monday. They found images concerning a previous school shooting in South Carolina.

"While these rumors are unsubstantiated at this point we are taking them seriously," a statement Superintendent Melissa Hunt, read in part.

Hunt said that there would be an increased law enforcement presence at the campus and in the community.

"The district is in constant communication with law enforcement and will be sharing information as we receive it," Hunt said. "Your students will be safe at school."

Hunt said the district was alerted to the threat rumors by members of the community.

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<![CDATA[Strong Wind Knocks Down Nearly 100-Year-Old Tree in Ramona]]> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:40:14 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/RamonaTreeFell.jpg

Strong wind in the mountains Monday knocked down a nearly 100-year-old tree in Ramona causing a minor power outage and a road closure, authorities said.

The tree fell a little before 3:30 p.m. at the corner of Sixth and B streets and hit a telephone pole, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Both the tree and the telephone pole were partially in lanes, the CHP said.

Sixth Street was closed between B and Main streets, possibly for the rest of the night, according to the San Diego County Department of Public Works.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a wind advisory Monday for much of San Diego County, including the valley and foothills areas where gusts reached 50 mph.

No injuries were reported, the CHP said. The tree also caused a minor outage and a San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) crew was on the scene, according to the CHP. According to SDG&E's outage map, one customer was without power at the time of the incident. SDG&E has not responded to NBC 7's calls for more information.

The homeowners, who were home when the tree fell, told NBC 7 the tree was almost 100 years old. They plan on using the wood for their fireplace tonight because of the cold temperature. The high in Ramona today was 56 degrees, according to the NWS.

A winter weather advisory went into effect in the mountain areas at 6 p.m. Sunday and is expected to end at 10 p.m. Monday.

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<![CDATA[Victims of Sunday Murder-Suicide in Vista Identified]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:31:17 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Deputies_Investigating_Possible_Murder-Suicide_in_Vista.jpg

Neighbors of a couple found dead in a home in Vista Sunday say the two victims were retired teachers and were "really friendly People."

A man and a woman were found on the 800 block of Warmlands Avenue Sunday afternoon shortly after 1 p.m.

The victims were identified Tuesday as 76-year-old Alfredo Astorga and 69-year-old Della Astorga.

Deputies say the couple's son called 911 before 1 p.m. Sunday to report a shooting inside the home where the three lived. A gun was found near the bodies.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) confirmed Tuesday the couple died in a murder-suicide. Investigators said Della died from homicidal gunshot wounds and Alfredo from suicidal gunshot wounds.

As the investigation continued Monday, friends and family were seen dropping off flowers at the home and paying their respects to the couple.

"I feel really bad and sad. It's sad to me to know he won't be here anymore," neighbor Edgar Rodriguez said. He's known the couple for 16 years. "And especially the way that happened, that's so bad."

Rodriques said that just a few hours before the incident, he and the male victim were talking about a trip to Cuba the couple had planned. 

<![CDATA[7 to Watch Tuesday: Women Compete in Bobsled, Curling and Skating]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:07:50 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ElanaMeyersTaylorGettyImages-918858846.jpg

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Here are our "7 to Watch" in Pyeongchang for Tuesday: 

1. Meyers Taylor, Humphries Renew Rivalry on Bobsled Track

Elana Meyers Taylor has waited four years for redemption. 

In Sochi in 2014, Meyers Taylor, bobsled driver for Team USA, was in first place after three of four runs. But she skidded on the final turn of that last run, and ended up 0.1 seconds behind Kaillie Humphries of Canada — who happens to be her training partner. 

Humphries got gold. Meyers Taylor got silver. They’re back for another shot in Pyeongchang, and started that quest on Tuesday, with the first of two runs.

Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz of Germany are the leaders at the midway point of the women's bobsled competition. Meyers Taylor and her teammate Lauren Gibbs are second for the U.S., and three other sleds are all within 0.04 seconds of third place.

The final two runs will be held on Wednesday.

Meyers Taylor once called San Diego home. She and her teammates trained in Chula Vista on their way to South Korea. 


Americans Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans are also competing for a medal. The pair won bronze in Sochi and sit in fourth in Pyeongchang. 

The Jamaican team has gotten the most attention at the Pyeongchang Games, in the spotlight for drama over their bobsled, rather than their performance. Their former driving coach left the team, and perhaps was to take the sled with her, dashing their Olympic hopes. But the Red Stripe beer company gave the sled to the team, saving its dream. They are in 18th place out of 20 after two heats. 

Watch the final runs live on digital platforms beginning on Wednesday at 3:40 a.m. PT this link at or on NBCSN at 6:30 a.m. PT.


2. US Men’s Hockey Eliminated After Shootout Loss

The U.S. Men’s Hockey Team’s dreams of an Olympic medal were crushed in a shootout loss to the Czech Republic.

Petr Kouka was the only player to score for either team in the 10-player shootout as the Czech Republic eliminated the Americans with a 3-2 victory in the quarterfinals at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

USA’s Chris Bourque, Mark Arcobello, Ryan Donato, Troy Terry and Bobby Butler were all stopped in the shootout.

Donato and Slater scored in regulation for the U.S., which again was led by its youngest players, including speedster Terry. U.S. goaltender Ryan Zapolski allowed three goals on 29 shots and one in the shootout.

The Czechs move on to face the winner of the Olympic athletes from Russia against Norway.


3. Russian Skaters Deliver in Women’s Short Program

Women’s figure skating at the Pyeongchang Olympics was billed as a showdown between Olympic Athletes from Russia Evgenia Medvedeva and Aliona Zagitova, and they delivered Wednesday at Gangneung Ice Arena.

Zagitova set a new short program record with her score of 82.92 to slide into first place, ahead of Medvedeva by 1.31 points. If the 15-year-old Zagitova holds on to the top spot through Friday’s free skate, she would become the second youngest women’s figure skating gold medalist behind Tara Lipinski, the 1998 Olympic champion.

Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond was in third place after the short program with 78.87 points.

All three Americans to skate in the short program planned to open their routine with triple jumps, and all three stumbled. Bradie Tennell and Mirai Nagasu each fell all the way to the ice — Tennell on a triple lutz to triple toeloop combination, and Nagasu on a her trademark triple axel — while teammate Karen Chen placed a hand on the ice to brace herself coming out of a triple lutz.


4. Italy’s Goggia Wins Gold, Vonn Takes Bronze in Women’s Downhill

Italy’s Sofia Goggia held off a strong field to win gold in the women’s downhill, while Team USA’s Lindsey Vonn took bronze, finishing 0.47 seconds behind her rival.

“I gave it my best shot,” Vonn said through tears after the race. “And I’m so proud to have competed with so many amazing girls.”

Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway won silver, finishing 0.09 seconds behind Goggia.

Vonn’s bronze-medal finish makes history: At 33, she is the oldest female medalist in Alpine skiing at the Winter Games. She will ski again in the combined on Thursday (Wednesday night in the U.S.), going up against teammate Mikaela Shiffrin, who won gold in these Games in the giant slalom.

Team USA’s Alice McKennis finished fifth, Breezy Johnson finished seventh and Laurenne Ross finished 15th.


5. Backs Against the Wall, Women’s Curlers Face Sweden

The United States women’s curling team has never won an Olympic medal and it finished last in the previous two Olympics. But with a win over Sweden, the Americans could complete a stunning turnaround and advance to the medal round.

The top four teams move out of round-robin play to the semifinal round, with tie-breaker games determining the semi-finalists, if necessary. With two games to play, the U.S had a 4-3 record, tied for fourth place with Great Britain. The women were to play South Korea on Tuesday.

Sweden has been one of the better teams in the tournament, with a 5-2 record, but Swedes lost its last two matches.

Watch on digital platforms at 3:05 a.m. PT Wednesday at this link or as part of CNBC’s coverage at 2 p.m. PT Wednesday.


6. U.S. Women Speedskaters Face Defending Champions

The U.S. speedskaters competing in the women’s team pursuit face formidable competition from the Netherlands in the semifinal.

The women from the Netherlands broke their own Olympic record from Sochi in the qualification heats. The team includes 10-time Olympic medalist Ireen Wust.

The U.S. team — Heather Bergsma, Brittany Bowe, Mia Manganello and alternate Carlijn Schoutens — squeaked into the semifinal on Monday by finishing in fourth place in 2:59.75, just .26 seconds ahead of China. But that time was more than four seconds off the Netherlands’ Olympic Record time of 2:55.61.

Japan and Canada meet in the other semifinal. Japan, led by sisters Miho and Nana Takagi, holds the world record, set in December in Salt Lake City. Miho Takagi has already won a silver medal in the 1500-meter and a bronze in the 1000-meter.

A win over the Netherlands will clinch the U.S. a least a silver medal. With a loss, they’d face the loser of Japan-Canada for the bronze.

Watch on digital platforms at 3 a.m. PT Wednesday at this link or as part of NBC 7’s daytime coverage starting 12 p.m. PT Wednesday.


7. U.S. Looks to Diggins for First Women’s Cross-Country Medal

Jessie Diggins has three fifth-place finishes and a sixth-place finish in these Olympics. In the team sprint, she’s hoping to crack the top three — and give America its first-ever women’s cross-country medal.

Diggins’ other high finishes have come in the 4x5-kilometer relay (fifth), the skiathlon (fifth), the 10-kilometer freestyle (fifth) and the classic sprint (sixth). But throughout her career, she’s shined in the team sprint, winning gold at the world championship in 2013 and bronze at the world championship in 2017.

In the team sprint, she’ll be paired with another Team USA cross-country athlete.

Watch live on NBCSN at 7:45 a.m. PT or on digital platforms beginning at 2 a.m. PT Wednesday at this link.






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<![CDATA[Shots Fired in Theft of Car: La Mesa Police]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:25:29 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/La-Mesa-police-022018.jpg

La Mesa police said at least one shot was fired in an early morning car theft. 

Officers received reports of shots fired near Baldrich Street and Mary Fellows Avenue just before 4 a.m. Tuesday and soon after, multiple homeowners reported car break-ins.

La Mesa police confirm that shots were fired when a homeowner confronted two men inside his white, 2001 Toyota Tacoma. 

During the confrontation, one of the suspects pointed an object at the truck's owner which the victim believed to be a handgun, police said. 

The victim backed away and heard what he described as a gunshot.

Neighbor Ray Hart also heard a gunshot outside of his home and soon realized he had been robbed.

"I noticed my garage door was open and the side tool box on my truck," he said, adding that the thieves stole approximately $600 worth of his tools. 

"I'm upset. I don't like this. This is my neighborhood," he said. 

Hart said he's going to invest in some security cameras so he can keep an eye on his property. 

La Mesa police said the truck was last seen traveling northbound on Kiowa Street.

Anyone with information can call La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400.

The location is just east of Lake Murray Boulevard and north of Interstate 8.

Ed. Note: An earlier version of this article quoted the La Mesa Police Department as saying a homeowner fired a weapon in this incident. We have corrected the article and regret the error.

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<![CDATA[IB, Pot Business Reps Duel Over City's Weed Regulation]]> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 22:37:22 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/weed-generic-photo-web.JPG

The fight over recreational marijuana regulations is taking form between the pot industry and leaders in Imperial Beach and other local cities.

The current IB proposal, if passed, would put one or two dispensaries on Palm Avenue.

The City Council will weigh in on the proposed ordinance regulating the sale of recreational marijuana on Wednesday.

The city does so after the Association of Cannabis Professionals (ACP), attempted to take its own proposal to the ballot box.

The majority of Imperial Beach voters want access to marijuana, but Mayor Serge Dedina says, not at any cost. 

"It felt like a Clint Eastwood movie, where these bad guys come in and sort of tell you what you need to do otherwise they are going to do it for you," Mayor Dedina said.

Since Prop 64 passed, legalizing recreational marijuana use, the ACP has been lobbying local community leaders to get the ball rolling.

"We're advocates first and foremost. A lot of us have been involved in politics the last few years and we've kind of found ourselves a niche," ACP Executive Director Dallin Young said.

Dallin says the advocacy group used Prop 64 data to determine in which communities the voters overwhelmingly approved recreational marijuana use.

They include Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, Lemon Grove, Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside.

Young says part of the strategy to discourage an outright ban is to take its own proposal to the people for a vote.

"We've given them the benefit of the doubt allowed them to do it on their own and none of them have done it," Young said.

Dedina said it felt more like a threat to the community that the group's proposal included grows in residential neighborhoods, smoking lounges, and multiple dispensaries.

"These weed cowboys come from the outside and put a gun to our head and tell us you will change 35 years to 40 years of community-driven zoning to put weed factories in the middle of residential neighborhoods," Mayor Dedina said.

As strong as holding a gun to your head sounds, it is a strategy in which the advocacy group leader seems to agree. 

“We’ve had medical marijuana in this state for 20 years at this point we have three cities in the entire county that have any regulations or ordinances in place. I'd say if that's how they want to look at it, sure, it's about time," Young said.

The ACP measure filed with the IB City Clerk was denied. Dedina said the city council will consider its own ordinance at Wednesday's council meeting.

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<![CDATA[Local YMCA Kids Get "Exergaming' Kits to Stay Fit]]> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:53:46 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*120/ymca+kids+nerf+toys.JPG

The San Diego Sockers got over 100 kids moving Monday morning before handing out NERF Energy game kits that encourage children to work out.

UnitedHealthcare and Hasbro donated 150 game kits to the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA in Mountain View.

The Sockers distributed the game kits in an effort to reduce youth obesity through exercise. Each kit included a game band, a pro foam soccer ball and instructions to download the Nerf Energy Rush mobile game to get kids moving.

Monique Knight, Marketing and Community Relations Manager for UnitedHealthcare, explained to parents and kids in attendance how the game kits incorporate technology through the concept of “exergaming.”

“The game is designed to encourage physical activity and track activity for youth who play it,” Knight explained. “We are encouraging kids to exercise in order to earn game time with the video game. Kids wear an activity tracker on the wrist and as they exercise throughout the day they earn energy points, those energy points are converted into play time,” Knight said.

Nationwide, approximately one in five children and adolescents are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In California, the childhood obesity rate is much higher. According to America’s Health Rankings, about 30 percent of children are considered obese, that’s almost one in every three children ages two to 19.

“I rather play games than to exercise," said Maria Diaz, NERF Energy game kit recipient. “I’m going to exercise so I can get points,” Diaz said.

The donation was part of the 10,000 NERF Energy game kits donated to schools and community organizations across the country, in a national initiative to encourage young people to become more active.

“It doesn’t seem like it, but when there is discipline, children focus more,” said Maria Lerigeth, grandmother of two of the children who received NERF Energy game kits. “Now, they will have a discipline to workout in order to play video games, they will be motivated to stay active,” Lerigeth said.

“I wish I had that when I was a kid,” Sockers player Chris Toth said. “It beats playing Xbox. I think it’s incredible how they can go and earn these points and it opens up a [video] game for them."

San Diego is one of the first cities across the country to receive the exergaming kits.

“It is a new concept, but we have seen proven results that exergaming increases the physical activity in kids,” Knight said. “The more they exercise throughout the day the more [video] game time they receive.

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<![CDATA[Newsom and Villaraigosa Make Plays For San Diego Voters]]> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:18:21 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Race_Tightens_Between_Democratic_Front-Runners_for_Gove.jpg

The two Democratic front-runners in California's Gubernatorial race visited San Diego Monday.

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom spoke to constituents as a guest of State Senator Toni Adkins.

Former Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, spoke alongside San Diego City Council member David Alvarez, and tried to draw a distinction among potential supporters.

"I think the biggest point of separation is that I'm focused on creating more middle-class jobs. Jobs that give people a life of dignity and respect," Villaraigosa said.

Both he and Newsom focused on the issue of affordability. Though they had different themes in their talks.

Villaraigosa tied the issue to growing middle-class job opportunities across the state. Newsom linked it to affordable housing, a topic of note here in San Diego.

"Affordability, I think, is going to be the single most determining factor of where people go in this election," Newsom said.

Last week, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Assemblymember Todd Gloria announced a bill to cut red tape for low and middle-class housing units being built near Public Transit.

This race is virtually a tie right now. The latest poll by the Public Policy Institute of California shows Newsom with 23 percent of support. Villaraigosa has 21 percent and a quarter of those surveyed are still undecided.

Newsom has the experience of being lieutenant governor, however, Viallaraigosa believes his link to Southern California will be an advantage.

"I'm winning here in Southern California," he said. "People like to say that Southern California is the largest part of the state but doesn't vote. That's just not true."

Both candidates will look to gather some momentum to take heading into the California Democratic Convention. That happens this weekend, here in San Diego.

<![CDATA[Watch All 9 'Best Picture' Nominees for $35]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:23:18 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/oscarsawardstatue_1200x675.jpg

Movie buffs, this one’s for you. If you’re trying to catch up on all of Hollywood’s “Best Picture” nominees ahead of the big awards show, there’s a pass for that.

Regal announced this week something called the “Best Picture Film Festival Pass,” a ticket that includes screenings of all nine Best Picture flicks at select movie theaters nationwide for $35.

In San Diego County, the deal is valid at seven Regal theater locations:

  • Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX (San Diego)
  • Edwards Rancho San Diego Stadium 15 (El Cajon)
  • Regal Escondido Stadium 16 & IMAX (Escondido)
  • Regal Carlsbad 12 (Carlsbad)
  • Regal Parkway Plaza Stadium 18 & IMAX (El Cajon)
  • Regal Rancho Del Rey Stadium 16 (Chula Visa)
  • Edwards San Marcos Stadium 18 (San Marcos)

The pass can be purchased now via the Regal Mobile App and will be valid from Feb. 23 through March 4 – the date of the 90th Annual Academy Awards. The app is available here for Apple users or here for Andriod users.

These potential Oscar winners are included in the pass:

  • “Call Me by Your Name” (R)
  • “Darkest Hour” (PG-13)
  • “Dunkirk” (R)
  • “Get Out” (R)
  • “Lady Bird” (R)
  • “Phantom Thread” (R)
  • “The Post” (PG-13)
  • “The Shape of Water” (R)
  • “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (R)

The screenings take place at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – though not every movie on the list plays every day at those times. Viewers can check showtimes for specific movies included in the festival pass on this website.

It also won't hurt to double-check those showtimes with the movie theater or theaters where you plan to screen the movies.

And, with that, pass the popcorn, please.

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<![CDATA[Students, Teachers, Admins Plan Local Gun Reform Protests]]> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:43:48 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/la-gun-control-rally-web_1200x675_1165230659560.jpg

Teenagers from coast to coast are calling on Congress to take action on the issue of gun control.

Monday outside the White House, dozens of students spread their bodies across the pavement in a silent, but powerful, demonstration to symbolize the dead and call for tougher gun regulations. 

In Plantation, Florida, more than 200 students gathered outside American Heritage School in a show of solidarity with the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where last week a deadly shooting claimed the lives of 17 people.

And in Downtown Los Angeles, a huge crowd gathered to say, “enough is enough.”

Several marches and rallies aimed at making a difference will be held in San Diego in the coming weeks.

On March 14, students, teachers, administrators and parents are invited to gather at the San Diego Unified Board of Education office on Normal Street to take part in a national walkout. And on March 24, the “March For Our Lives” will be held in cities across the nation, including here in San Diego.

It’s a message Abby Kim, a seventh-grader at Reformation Lutheran School in Clairemont, said needs to be heard.

“They can stop this,” Kim said.

Kim said she is concerned about all of the recent school shootings, and said each one of us can take action to make a change.

"If your friend is someone who has problems and they're just having really dark thoughts, I think there is something you can do. You can just ask - how is everything, and you can make some sort of difference,” Kim said.

<![CDATA[San Diego's Olympians Compete in Pyeongchang]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:42:32 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ElanaMeyersTaylorGettyImages-921242968.jpg Competition begins Thursday, February 8 in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games.America will be represented by 107 women and 135 men, who will compete in all 15 disciplines across seven sports. Some of the top contenders for gold are San Diegans. See photos of San Diego's Olympians compete at their events in the Winter Olympics.

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<![CDATA[How to Protect Your Backyard Fruits from Frost]]> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:12:20 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/How_to_Protect_Backyard_Fruits_from_Frost.jpg

NBC 7's Gabby Rodriguez talks to a local expert on how you can protect your backyard fruits from the bitter cold moving into San Diego this week.

<![CDATA[CHP Rescues Stranded Bus Passengers]]> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:27:55 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CHP-Rescues-Passengers.jpg

After a wheel caught fire on a charter bus in Kearny Mesa early Monday, the California Highway Patrol officers who responded helped get the passengers off the highway and away from oncoming traffic.

<![CDATA[2 Found Dead in Home in Possible Murder-Suicide ]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:28:00 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Deputies_Investigating_Possible_Murder-Suicide_in_Vista.jpg

Deputies from the Vista Sheriff’s Station are investigating a possible murder-suicide in the 800 block of Warmlands Avenue where a man and woman were found dead inside a home Sunday afternoon.

The couple's son called 911 before 1 p.m. to report a shooting inside the home where the three lived. A gun was found near the bodies. 

The Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death, and the victims' identities have not been released, pending notification of family. 

The Sheriff's Department told NBC 7 they are not actively looking for suspects and the son is not a suspect at this point. 

<![CDATA[1 Killed, 5 Injured in Scripps Ranch Multi-Car Crash ]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:29:21 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/212*120/IMG_0873_1.jpg

One person has died and three people may not survive injuries suffered in a multi-car crash in Scripps Ranch Sunday. A total of five people are injured. 

An 18-year-old driver lost control of a BMW near the intersection of Pomerado and Willow Creek roads and veered into oncoming lanes, striking a small white hatchback carrying four people head-on at about 1:30 p.m., according to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD). A black Range Rover was also involved in the crash that occurred on Avenue of Nations, outside Thurgood Marshall Middle School.

Six people were injured. 

The four people who were inside the hatchback, all believed to be over the age of 69, were transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries, SDPD Lt. Charles Lara said.

At about 4:45 p.m. Sunday, SDPD said one person had succumbed to their injuries in the hospital.

Lara said the driver may have taken the curve to fast, causing him to lose control of the vehicle and crash into oncoming traffic. 

The crash left one woman trapped inside the hatchback, SDPD said. Firefighters had to work to pull her out upon arrival. 

Officers remained on scene just before 3:00 p.m. investigating the crash. The roadway leading into Alliant University campus and Thurgood Marshall Middle School was expected to be closed until about 6 p.m., police said. 

No other information was available.

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

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<![CDATA[Officials Identify Driver Killed in I-5 Wrong-Way Crash]]> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:23:41 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/211*120/I5-Sorrento-Valley-WrongWay-0217.jpg

A driver traveling the wrong way on Interstate 5 in Sorrento Valley was killed Saturday after crashing head-on into another driver, officials said.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) said the wrong-way driver was in a red Honda traveling south on northbound I-5, just north of Carmel Mountain Road, at around 3:50 a.m. A driver in a white Toyota pickup truck approached the area and the Honda slammed into the truck.

CHP officials said the driver in the Honda suffered critical injuries and died at the scene.

He was identified Monday as Jeremiah Nelson Gundry, 22, of San Diego, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

The driver of the truck suffered major injuries and was rushed to Scripps La Jolla.

Officials said a dog was also hurt in the crash and taken to a veterinarian for treatment. It is unclear which driver owned the dog.

The impact from the collision left debris scattered all over the freeway and led CHP officers to temporarily shut down traffic in the area. The pickup truck had been carrying some motorcycles in its bed and those motorcycles wound up in the roadway, along with chunks of the wrecked vehicles.

By 7:30 a.m., traffic had started moving slowly through the area.

The deadly crash is under investigation and CHP officers are trying to determine if alcohol or drugs played a factor.

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<![CDATA[Cherry Blossom Festival to Return to Balboa Park]]> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:28:50 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CherryBlossoms2018SanDiego.jpg

The Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego is celebrating its 13th annual Cherry Blossom Festival this March.

Cherry Blossom Festivals are annual celebrations of U.S.-Japanese relations with cultural performances, appreciation of cherry blossom flowers, food, and other family-friendly activities.

The festival at the garden in the heart of Balboa Park begins on March 9 and ends on March 11, each day lasting from 10 a. m to 6 p.m.

Visitors can expect dozens of food and merchant vendors, as well as a handful of performers throughout each day.

Last year, the Garden welcomed over 12,000 people and is expecting even more this year, according to their website.

The Garden is a symbol of friendship between San Diego and its sister city, Yokohama. Their mission is to engage with the diverse backgrounds surrounding Japanese culture and community.

The history of San Diego’s garden comes from a series of hardships and generosity tracking back to 1951.

Today, the Garden is a part of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership to serve as an educational and inspirational landmark. 

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<![CDATA[Deputies Were Justified in Death of Sergio Weick: Citizens Review Board]]> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:31:53 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/09-18-16-Sergio-Weick.JPG

A citizens' review board ruled San Diego County sheriff's deputies' actions in the fatal shooting of an unarmed known gang member were justified. 

Sergio Weick, 33, was shot and killed after a confrontation with deputies on Aug. 11, 2016.

The District Attorney's Office had previously ruled the shooting was justified. 

Deputies said Weick was a known gang member and had a warrant out for his arrest when they spotted him leaving the home of another known gang member in Vista. 

The sighting soon led to a short high-speed, wrong-way pursuit through Vista until Weick's car crashed - and deputies pursued him on foot through a condo complex, deputies said. 

The foot chase ended when deputies Peter Myers and Christopher Villanueva caught up to Weick standing near some bushes.

Deputies shot Weick on the left side of his body when they say he reached for his waist and “appeared to reach for a weapon." The deputy yelled several times for Weick to put his hands up, officials said. 

Fearing the suspect was holding a gun, one deputy shot Weick. A second deputy then saw Weick reach for a what appeared to be a gun on his left hip. "Fearing he was about to be shot, that deputy also shot Mr. Weick," then-District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said as she announced the results of her office's investigation into the shooting. 

An autopsy report shows Weick was shot 18 times and suffered 27 separate wounds as a result. 

Investigators say Weick had shotgun shells and knives on him. They later found a sawed-off shotgun, knives and drug paraphernalia in his car.

No video of the incident exists because Sheriff's deputies were not equipped with body-worn cameras.

In their ruling released Monday, the Citizens' Law Enforcement Review Board said, "Absent conflicting witness statements or videos of the shooting event, there was no evidence to support an allegation of procedural violation, misconduct, or negligence on the part of Sheriff's Department sworn personnel."

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<![CDATA[Southern California Ski Patrol Helps Olympians on South Korea's Slopes]]> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:57:28 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Big-Bear-Ski-Patrol.jpg
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<![CDATA[How to Correctly Say 'PyeongChang']]> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:53:02 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Pronouncing-PyeongChang.jpg
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<![CDATA['He's a Fighter': Husband, Father Expected to Survive Crash ]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:23:56 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/luis+with+daugher.PNG

A Marine hit by a wrong-way driver near the Interstate 5/I-805 merge Saturday morning is expected to survive, though he faces multiple surgeries and a long road to recovery.

Luis Maldonado was driving northbound on Interstate 5 near the 805 merge when a 22-year-old driver hit him head-on. Maldonado was taken to Scripps La Jolla immediately.

Saturday night, doctors told his wife, Yanira Madirgal, he’ll survive.

"Hearing it was just like 'all right he’s still there, that’s my husband, he’s a fighter,'" Madirgal said. 

Together, they have a four-year-old daughter.

"You know, my first thought driving into the hospital this morning is like, 'I hope he’s going to be okay... my daughter needs a father,'" Madirgal told NBC 7.

Maldonado is also a Marine combat veteran. He did two active combats in Sangin, Afghanistan, and another tour later on.

Surviving motorcycle crashes and seven years as a Marine, his wife was shocked to know his life was almost taken by a wrong way driver.

"Just doing what anyone else would do, driving from A to B, someone goes on the freeway the wrong way and everyone life is all changed," Madirgal said. 

Maldonado was driving with his service dog Jax. Thankfully Jax has no broken bones and is expected to be okay. The two will recover together.

Madrigal still knows her husband has a long road ahead. "It’s just amazing to see him breathing, assisted, but breathing," Madirgal said. 

Doctors at Scripps La Jolla told Madirgal, "prepare for the long haul, multiple days of surgeries," she said. 

Other family members and friends surrounded her in the waiting room Saturday.

David Tovar is one of Maldonado’s best friends. he got a call alerting him to the crash Saturday morning.

"The phone rang and it’s one of my older friends Ted, and he never has any reason to call me this early," Tovar said. "He asked me if I’d heard from Luis and that’s never a good thing." 

Hours later on Saturday night, Tovar was relieved to find out Maldonado will recover.

"You get a sense of relief when it’s okay to let go of the idea of death, when you haven’t lost your friend forever, there’s a sense of relief,"  Tovar said.

Tovar told NBC 7 Maldonado was driving up to the Willow Springs International Raceway when he was hit early Saturday morning.

For years, Maldonado has raced motorbikes.

To help the family along their long road ahead, full of surgeries and physical therapy, a friend of the family set up a Go Fund Me page

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<![CDATA[Should San Diego Allow Housing in Vacant Retail Space?]]> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:14:12 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Should_San_Diego_Allow_Housing_in_Vacant_Retail_Space_.jpg

NBC 7's Melissa Adan reports on a proposal to turn empty retail space into potential housing.

<![CDATA[Man Drives Onto Sidewalk, Seriously Injures Woman ]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:30:11 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/valencia+park+crash.PNG

A woman is in the hospital with major leg injuries after a 52-year-old man crossed several lanes of traffic and drove onto the sidewalk, striking her Sunday afternoon. The crash happened in the 5200 block of Imperial Ave. 

Neighbor Erica Cruz-Padilla heard the crash and ran outside to see what was going on.

"I guess they dragged her to that driveway right there where the clothes and the shoes is, and she had shorts on and you could actually see her ankle exposed to the bone," Cruz-Padilla told NBC 7. 

The driver also hit a power transformer, causing more than 100 customers to lose power. 

The driver ran from the scene but was taken into custody by police.

The San Diego Police Department Traffic Division is investigating the incident. 

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<![CDATA[7 to Watch Monday: Maddie, Mind Games and the Chance at a Miracle]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:37:19 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-920167076.jpg

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Here are our "7 to Watch" in Pyeongchang for Monday: 


1. Team USA Men’s Hockey Beats Slovakia, Moves on to Quarterfinals

The United States’ men’s hockey defeated Slovakia 5-1 Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals. 

Next, Team USA will face the Czech Republic on Wednesday night (Tuesday in the U.S.). 

The Americans beat Slovakia 2-1 in group play last week. It was America’s only win in group play. With National Hockey League players absent in the Olympics, Team USA is comprised of mostly college kids who failed to make it into the professional league.


2. Team USA's Sigourney Takes Bronze in Freeski Halfpipe; Canada’s Sharpe Wins Gold

Cassie Sharpe of Canada held off a strong field on Tuesday to win gold in women's freeski halfpipe at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Marie Martinod of France took silver, while Team USA's Brita Sigourney earned bronze.

Defending Olympic champion Maddie Bowman was unable to replicate her Sochi success. She fell on all three of her runs and finished 11th. Annalisa Drew of Team USA finished fourth.


3. S. Korea Wins 3,000m Relay in Wild, Penalty-Heavy Finish 

South Korea continued its dominance in the 3,000-meter short track women’s relay Tuesday, with two-time world champion Choi Min-jeong and three-time Olympic medalist Shim Suk-hee leading the country to its sixth of the eight Olympic gold medals that have been awarded.

But the latest victory came in controversial fashion. A Korean skater fell after a push-off, knocking down a Canadian skater. China and Canada, the teams that crossed the finish line in second and third, were penalized, knocking off them off the podium for a race that both had led.

Italy was promoted to silver and the Netherlands, which set a world record in the B final, was moved up to bronze. 


4. Backs Against the Wall, Women’s Curlers Face Sweden

The United States women’s curling team has never won an Olympic medal and it finished last in the previous two Olympics. But with a win over Sweden, the Americans could complete a stunning turnaround and advance to the medal round.

The top four teams move out of round-robin play to the semifinal round, with tie-breaker games determining the semi-finalists, if necessary. With one game left to play, the U.S had a 4-4 record, tied for fifth place with China.

Sweden has been one of the better teams in the tournament, with a 5-2 record, but Swedes lost its last two matches. 

Watch on digital platforms at 3:05 a.m. PT Wednesday at this link or as part of CNBC’s coverage at 2 p.m. PT Wednesday. 


5. Canada Wins Gold in Ice Dance; 'Shib Sibs' Take Bronze

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada won gold in the ice dance, and knocked Team USA’s Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue into fourth place, with a record score of 206.07 points on Tuesday.

But the United States didn’t go without a medal in the event — sibling duo Maia and Alex Shibutani earned bronze. The "Shib Sibs" performed a strong free skate to a medley of Coldplay songs.

France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron took silver. The French pair broke their own world record for a free dance with 123.35 points to “Moonlight Sonata.” But Virtue and Moir answered back, beating France with a new best, 122.40 points.


6. Mikaela Shiffrin Pulls Out of Women's Downhill

Mikaela Shiffrin will not race in the women's downhill event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, the United States Ski Team confirmed Monday morning. It's the second consecutive event that Shiffrin has opted not to enter.

Her schedule for the rest of the Games is still unconfirmed, but she plans to enter the super combined (moved up to Thursday). She had previously indicated that she is unlikely to enter the team event (set for Friday), but that remains a possibility.

According to the U.S. Ski Team, with the super combined moved up a day, Shiffrin will skip Wednesday's downhill event in order to focus on the combined.

Shiffrin, 22, succeeded in taking gold in her first event, giant slalom, on Feb. 14, but was unable to defend her 2014 Sochi gold in the slalom the next day. After an evening medal ceremony and plenty of media interviews, she finished off the podium in fourth in what is considered her favorite event.


7. Lindsey Vonn Not Opposed to Playing Mind Games

Lindsey Vonn slowed herself down so she wouldn’t clock the fastest time in downhill training, later admitting that she likes to play mind games in training.

Vonn clocked the fastest time in Saturday’s downhill training run. But she went out of her way not to let that happen again in Sunday’s training run.

As Vonn approached the finish, she stood up out of her crouch and extended her arms, purposely slowing herself down.

“I actually didn’t want to win the training run today,” Vonn said on NBC. “I like letting other people think that they are faster.”

See the clip at this link. 

Another training run is scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m. PT. The race is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. PT.




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<![CDATA[Frost Advisory Issued for Parts of East County]]> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:45:07 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Kite+Surfing+Wind.gif

Some East County residents could be fighting frost Monday night.

A frost advisory was issued from 10 p.m. Monday until 9 a.m. Tuesday in parts of the region where temperatures will be in the upper 40s.

The coldest temperatures are expected to occur in the inland valleys near the foothills of the mountains.

A winter weather advisory was in effect in the mountains until 10 p.m. Monday where people could see up to two inches of snow.

Temperatures Monday will be in the mid-50s inland, in the deserts and along the coast and in the upper 20s to lower 30s in the mountains.

"A few scattered showers could pop up, mostly this afternoon and evening," said NBC 7 Meteorologist Jodi Kodesh said. "The big story is the wind & cold temperatures."

Monday saw howling winds up and down the coast strong enough to force an airport weather warning at the San Diego International Airport. Forecasters expected sustained winds of 25 knots or greater and wind gusts of 30 knots or greater.

The warning expired at 4 p.m.

Check the latest weather updates here.  

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<![CDATA[Firefighter to Highlight Barrio Logan at Demolition Derby]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 18:17:44 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Firefighter_Highlighting_Barrio_Logan_at_Demolition_Derby.jpg

Fire crews around San Diego County are getting ready for the annual Firefighter Demolition Derby to benefit the Burn Institute, and one first-timer is using the event to highlight his station's neighborhood.

The competition is still a few months away, but one firefighter from San Diego’s Station 7, is already hard at work on his car.

The 28th Annual Fire & Safety Expo and Firefighter Demolition Derby on June 2 will be San Diego Fire-Rescue (SDFD) firefighter Joe Pellegrini’s first time participating in the derby, but his job gives him the special ability to adapt to any challenge.

"We do crazy things every day, situations we’ve never been in before. You always have to adapt and overcome," Pellegrini said.

His derby car is an old Lincoln Town Car. While the event benefits charity, this year, it also gives Fire Station 7 an opportunity to highlight the arts and culture of their neighborhood: Barrio Logan.

"The theme of the car I’m doing is ‘Sprit of the Barrio,'" Pellegrini said.

He is hoping that making a car with a paint job that represents Barrio Logan, will give people a glimpse of what the neighborhood has to offer.

"It’s an art-protected district. There’s just gonna be more growth in this community so it’s cool for people who have never been down here to come down here and see what there is to experience down here," said Pellegrini.

Pellegrini used to go to demolition derbies as a child. Now he gets to combine his passion for helping people and for cars.

The Firefighter Demolition Derby is on June 2, during the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar. If you want to help sponsor Joseph Pellegrini’s car, you can email him at Sta7derbycar@gmail.com or stop by Station 7 on 944 Cesar E. Chavez Parkway.

<![CDATA[Motorcyclist in Fatal Crash Near MCAS Miramar ID'd as Marine]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:42:59 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/logan+parkhurst.PNG

A motorcyclist who died Friday from injuries suffered in a collision with a big rig and other vehicles on Interstate 15 near MCAS Miramar has been identified by family as a San Diego Marine. 

Logan Parkhurst, 21, was traveling southbound on I-15 at about 6:30 a.m. Friday when he attempted to exit out of carpool lanes and cross all lanes of traffic to get off on the Miramar Way exit, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt. While trying to switch lanes, he struck the end of another vehicle and was ejected from his motorcycle. 

Parkhurst landed on the freeway. He was then struck by another vehicle and a big rig, Bettencourt said. 

He was transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries less than 30 minutes after the crash, CHP said. 

On Saturday, Parkhurst's wife, Victoria, told NBC 7 what a loving man Logan Parkhurst was. 

"What a wonderful man he was and he is truly gone too soon," Victoria Parkhurst said. "I have never met a more loving and caring person and he will never leave our hearts. He was a dedicated Marine and he loved his family deeply."

The crash snarled traffic during commuting hours Friday as two lanes were closed for an investigation into what happened. 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Victoria Parkhurst]]>