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In Case You Missed It: San Diego Weekend News Digest for Saturday, July 27

Five local news stories from the previous week

To help make sure you stay informed on the most shared and talked about stories in San Diego County, each Saturday we'll revisit five stories from the previous week and capsulize them in this digest with the most recent updates.

1. San Diego OKs Empty Storefronts Used for Housing Units

On Tuesday, the San Diego City Council approved a change that would allow ground-level storefronts to be used as housing to meet the city’s high demand for 54,000 additional units by 2020. NBC 7's Bridget Naso asked local business owners and residents for their thoughts on the change.

As a way to create more affordable housing, the city of San Diego approved an update to the Municipal Code that allows for commercial space to be turned into housing with a permit. NBC 7's Bridget Naso has the details.

2. Using Drones to Help Spot Sharks Off Our Coast

There have been six shark sightings off the San Diego County coast in the last two weeks. Part of the reason for the increase in reports is a new program using drones to help researchers spot sharks in the water used by swimmers and surfers. NBC 7's Danica McAdam looked into the program and talked with beachgoers about seeing sharks so close to shore.

NBC 7's Danica McAdam showed drone video of sharks in the ocean to surfers at San Diego beaches.

3. Dulzura Woman Poisoned by Husband Shares Story With 'Dateline NBC'

Race Remington Uto was sentenced to 21 years to life in prison for trying to poison and kill his wife Brigida McInvale using a dangerous chemical once used in rat poison. As NBC 7's Omari Fleming reports, detectives believe McInvale had ingested the chemical in her food and drink over the span of months.

"Dateline NBC" talked to a Dulzura mother who for months was ingesting a dangerous poison and had no clue. NBC 7's Omari Fleming has the story.

4. San Diego Impounds 2,500 Scooters Over Comic-Con Weekend

The City of San Diego impounded approximately 2,500 dockless scooters and bicycles over the weekend of Comic-Con 2019. NBC 7 captured video of the rentals Monday after they had been corralled by city crews and Artie Ojeda showed us what this operation means for the city when it comes to revenue.

A city spokesperson told NBC 7's Artie Ojeda that it won't profit off of the tens of thousands of dollars in impound fees it's owed by dockless scooter and bike companies.
After the city of San Diego impounded more than a thousand of their devices, the Bird Scooter company refuses to pay the 60-dollar fine per scooter in order to get them back claiming that the city refused to follow its own rules. NBC 7's Artie Ojeda has the details.

5. 'Trapper Pat': Poway's Neighborhood Rattlesnake Wrangler

He got the idea to help out his neighbors after seeing a number of posts on the social media app Nextdoor. He said people were reporting seeing rattlesnakes in their back yards and weren’t sure what to do. Now, longtime Poway resident Patrick Brady, spends his time scooping up the snakes and relocating them rather than killing them.

With high temperatures, more sightings of rattlesnakes are being reported. In Poway, a man is volunteering to catch and relocate the creatures that have wondered into yards. NBC 7's Artie Ojeda reports.
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