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Driver in Fatal I-8 Hit-and-Run Ordered Held on $500,000 Bail | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 22, 2018
A 20-year-old motorist who was allegedly behind the wheel of a sedan that rammed a car from behind in Mission Valley before slamming into several trees — killing one of his three passengers — pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run causing death ...
2 Displaced in Chula Vista Apartment Fire | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 22, 2018
Two people were displaced after a fire tore through Chula Vista apartment Monday afternoon, a fire official said. The fire started around 2:30 p.m. at the Orange Glen Apartment in the 300 block of Orange Avenue, Chula Vista Fire Batallion Chief Sean Lowery said. Firefighters quickly attacked the bla...
Man Who Attempted to Kidnap 15-Year-Old Encinitas Girl Sentenced | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 22, 2018
A man who tried to kidnap a 15-year-old girl as she waxed her surfboard in front of an Encinitas home was sentenced Monday to seven years in state prison. Jeremiah Owens, 28, was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life. He pleaded guilty in April to attempted kidnap for rape of a […...
Blaze at Franklin Elementary Intentionally Set: SDFD | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 22, 2018
Updated at 4:45 p.m. May 21, 2018 A predawn arson fire caused tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage Monday at a Kensington-area primary school. Someone ignited clothing hanging on a rack outside a multipurpose building at Franklin Elementary School about 5:30 a.m., according to the San Diego ...
Voter Guide to San Diego and California Races in June 5 Primary | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 22, 2018
A record 75 percent of eligible Californians — the most in over half a century — are registered to vote in the June 5 primary. That fact speaks volumes about voter interest in the first election since Donald Trump became president. Here is a guide to the key races on the ballot in San Di...
Homeless will have 3-hour notice to remove tents from downtown sidewalks | San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego Union Tribune | May 22, 2018
Homeless people with tents or other makeshift shelters on downtown sidewalks are usually warned that they have three days to move their property before city clean-up crews do it for them. Soon, they’ll have just a few hours. About 45 days after a Sherman Heights storage center opens in June, crews...
$1.2 Million in Unclaimed Money Available from City of San Diego | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 22, 2018
Anyone who has done business with the City of San Diego in the past three years, including paying business taxes, could be owed money. The city regularly receives returned checks that were undeliverable based on the address on file. Checks that remain uncashed after six months becomes unclaimed moni...
Carlsbad joins cities opposing sanctuary status | San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego Union Tribune | May 22, 2018
Carlsbad’s City Council waded into the national “sanctuary state” issue Monday evening, voting 4-1 to back the federal government’s lawsuit against California. They also agreed the city should file a legal brief “when appropriate” in support of the federal action against the state’s Se...
25th Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival Begins May 27 | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 22, 2018
The month-long, 25th annual Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival begins Sunday with a special gala performance by actor and playwright Hershey Felder. Highlights of the festival presented by the San Diego Repertory Theatre include an evening of laughter with comedian Elon Gold, a klezmer...
Del Mar stands firm against 'planned retreat' | San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego Union Tribune | May 22, 2018
Del Mar’s City Council agreed Monday night that “planned retreat” will not be part of its long-term strategy for dealing with sea-level rise, despite the state Coastal Commission’s request to include the idea. Planned retreat, also called “managed retreat,” is a strategy of removing seaw...
Former Camp Pendleton Firefighter Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison for Child Pornography | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 22, 2018
A former U.S. Marine and Camp Pendleton firefighter was sentenced in federal court in San Diego Monday to more than 17 years in prison for possession of child pornography. William Francis Walsh IV, 55, of Vista was convicted in February of two counts of distribution and one count of possession of im...
Knife-Wielding Man Allegedly Chasing Teen Shot, Wounded by La Mesa Police | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 22, 2018
Updated at 4:25 p.m. May 21, 2018 A man who allegedly chased a 13-year-old girl through a neighborhood near the Grossmont Center mall Monday with two machete-style knives in his hands charged a patrolman who confronted him, prompting the officer to shoot him, authorities reported. The suspect suffer...
Jury Rules Against USC Coach Ensnared in Reggie Bush Scandal | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 21, 2018
A Los Angeles jury on Monday has ruled in favor of the NCAA in the trial of former USC assistant football coach Todd McNair’s defamation lawsuit against the collegiate sports ruling body. The jury ruled in favor of the NCAA by a 9-3 vote after three days of deliberation. The jury at one point was...
Grand Jury Hits San Diego Police Review Board as Flawed, Unfair | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 21, 2018
A San Diego County Grand Jury report released Monday offers several recommendations to improve the city of San Diego’s Community Review Board on Police Practices, which evaluates public complaints about local police officers. The 23-seat board was created in 1989 via a ballot initiative to rev...
$15K Reward for Info on Stolen Firearms that May Be in San Diego | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 21, 2018
A $15,000 reward was announced Monday for information on the whereabouts of a number of handguns that were stolen from a Norwalk store earlier this month and may be in the San Diego area. One suspect is in custody in connection with the theft of the 18 firearms, which were stolen in the early mornin...
Gas Line Break Forces Brief Evacuation in Oceanside | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 21, 2018
Landscaping workers nicked a natural gas line in Oceanside Sunday, leading authorities to evacuate a home until utility crews were able to stop the gas leak. The incident happened about 1 p.m. in the 1200 block of South Ditmar Street, near Ditmar Elementary School, according to Oceanside police Lt. ...
Arson Investigators Probing Cause of Small Blaze at Franklin Elementary | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 21, 2018
A small fire broke out Monday morning on the campus of an elementary school in Kensington, and authorities were reportedly investigating whether it was started intentionally. A resident who lives near Franklin Elementary School reported seeing smoke and flames about 5:40 a.m. on the campus at 4481 C...
1 Hospitalized, 6 Displaced When Apartment Burns in Redwood Village | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 21, 2018
One person was hospitalized for smoke inhalation and six people were displaced from their apartments Monday morning after a fire broke out at an apartment complex in San Diego’s Redwood Village neighborhood. The blaze was reported a little after 1:15 a.m. at a complex in the 5700 block of Bate...
La Mesa Police Officer Reportedly Shoots, Wounds Man | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 21, 2018
A La Mesa police officer shot and wounded a man this morning while apparently responding to a call of a suspect with a knife. Details of the officer-involved shooting were not immediately available, but it happened sometime around 9 a.m., and police closed Fletcher Parkway, Amaya Drive and the state...
Veterans charity created by Nathan Fletcher raised and spent more than $1 million, report shows | San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego Union Tribune | May 21, 2018
Nathan Fletcher was a far better fundraiser than mayoral candidate. In the years following his two failed campaigns for the San Diego Mayor’s Office, Fletcher collected more than $1 million to fight depression and suicide among the nation’s war veterans, according to an unaudited report publishe...
Knife-Wielding Man Allegedly Chasing Teen is Shot, Wounded by La Mesa Police | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 21, 2018
Updated at 10:35 a.m. May 21, 2018 A La Mesa police officer shot and wounded a man this morning while responding to a call of a knife-wielding suspect who was reportedly chasing a 13-year-old girl. The officer-involved shooting happened just before 9 a.m. near Fletcher Parkway and Amaya Drive, acco...
Trump’s Anti-Abortion Plan Sparks Outrage in San Diego: ‘Absolute Rock-Bottom of Hypocrisy’ | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 21, 2018
President Trump is expected to unveil more details of his anti-abortion proposal during a keynote speech Tuesday night before the Susan B. Anthony List, a political action committee that opposes abortion, according to several media reports. The administration’s plan was officially announced F...
Police Arrest 4 After String of Robberies Along Miramar Road | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 21, 2018
Officers arrested four young robbery suspects — including two 15-year-old boys — and were searching for a fifth suspect after the group allegedly went on a crime spree that ended when they crashed while fleeing from a gas station robbery on Miramar Road. The string of alleged thefts and ...
5 Stabbed in Late-Night Brawl at Chula Vista Apartment Complex | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 21, 2018
Five people were beaten and stabbed — one critically — late Saturday night during a brawl at a party in a Chula Vista apartment complex. Details were sketchy, but witnesses told police the five were stabbed, cut and beaten when an argument in the apartment’s courtyard turned into ...
Committee Advances Proposed Middle-Income Housing Incentives | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 21, 2018
The San Diego City Council’s Smart Growth and Land Use Committee Monday advanced regulation proposals intended to encourage middle- income housing construction. Middle income is defined in the proposed regulation as any household with income between 120 and 150 percent of the area median incom...
Opinion: California’s June 5 Primary Vote Could Be Decisive Nationally | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 21, 2018
Ordinarily, primary elections in June don’t settle partisan political conflicts but, rather, set the stage for showdowns in November’s general elections. However, thanks to California’s “top two” primary system, the June 5 election could effectively decide who will be the state’s next go...
‘Planned Retreat’ from Rising Ocean Level being Reconsidered in Del Mar | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 21, 2018
The Del Mar City Council on Monday is poised to reconsider a “planned retreat” along the beach, where homes and other improvements may have to be removed before global ocean level rise claims them. Planned retreat is a strategy of removing structures and roads from the path of the rising...
Authorities Identify Homeless Woman Struck and Killed in Chula Vista | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 21, 2018
Authorities Monday identified a homeless pedestrian who was struck by a car and fatally injured last week as she was pushing a shopping cart across a Chula Vista intersection. Barbara Jean Johnson, 57, was struck at 9:13 p.m. Thursday at Fourth Avenue and C Street, according to the San Diego County ...
Soccer Star from Chula Vista to Play with U.S. National Soccer Team | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 21, 2018
Alejandro Guido, a graduate of Chula Vista’s Mater Dei Catholic High School, will be part of the U.S. men’s national soccer team’s 22-player roster for its May 28 exhibition against Bolivia, it was announced Sunday. The call-up is the first for Guido, a 24-year-old midfielder who h...
Caltrans to Shut North I-15 at Route 76 for 5 1/2 Hours Tuesday | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 21, 2018
Maintenance crews will close the northbound Interstate 15 connector to state Route 76 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday for road work, according to Caltrans. Signs will be posted directing motorists on northbound I-15 to exit at Mission Road/Old 395, turn left to southbound I-15 to SR-76. Motorists a...
Supreme Court deals defeat to workers' rights, upholding arbitration for individuals only | San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego Union Tribune | May 21, 2018
The Supreme Court has sharply restricted the rights of American workers to join with others to challenge their company for allegedly violating federal laws on wages, overtime pay or civil rights. The justices by a 5-4 vote Monday agreed with Trump administration lawyers and ruled employers may...
MarketInk: Taxpayers Group Recognizes Press Coverage of Sexual Misconduct at Schools | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 21, 2018
The San Diego County Taxpayers Association, a watchdog organization that promotes accountable, cost-effective and efficient government, recognized news coverage of sexual misconduct cases at several San Diego-area schools at its recent Golden Watchdog and Fleece Awards, held May 17 at the Hilton Bay...
Mid-Coast Trolley construction forces overnight closures on I-5 through May | San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego Union Tribune | May 21, 2018
Through the end of May, there will be four overnight closures on the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 5. The shuttered lanes are required for the ongoing construction of the Mid-Coast Trolley extension, which will connect the Blue Line from downtown San Diego to University City. The...
Franklin Graham stops in Escondido on national tour | San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego Union Tribune | May 21, 2018
In a message he said was about hope rather than politics, evangelist Franklin Graham told a crowd of thousands in Escondido on Sunday night that faith in Jesus and cooperation among leaders was needed to pull the country together. “The problem we’re facing in our culture today is the result of.....
Little known Pills Anonymous has small following despite prescription addiction epidemic | San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego Union Tribune | May 21, 2018
The first time Vanessa entered the bland gray classroom at the back of Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, she was scared, broken, unsure how she was going to cope without the one thing that for so long had ruled her life: pills. The attorney took a seat alongside a group of strangers. And then she listened....
Know Kate A. Ross? She Has $12K Awaiting Her — Part of $1.2M at San Diego Office | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 21, 2018
Hey, Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. You have $4,000 waiting for you in a San Diego account. Kate A. Ross can claim $12,612.13. Anyone who has done business with the city of San Diego could be owed some money, a city official said Monday. Currently, the city has more than $1.2 million in unclaimed mon...
All eyes on Tijuana for Mexico's second presidential debate | San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego Union Tribune | May 21, 2018
On a public university campus just south of the U.S. border, Mexico’s four presidential candidates sounded a nationalist tone in a precedent-setting debate in Tijuana Sunday night, vowing that if elected, they will defend the country’s dignity in its relationship with its northern neighbor. Pres...
Vistan Accused of Stabbing Husband in Chest With Kitchen Knife Surrenders | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 21, 2018
A North County woman who allegedly stabbed her husband in the chest with a kitchen knife during an argument over the weekend surrendered Monday and was jailed on suspicion of attempted murder. Christena Potter, 46, was accompanied by a lawyer when she turned herself in at the Vista Sheriff’s S...
3D headphone startup Ossic collapses, stiffing thousands of Kickstarter backers | San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego Union Tribune | May 21, 2018
San Diego 3D headphone startup Ossic has run out of money and is closing its doors, leaving hordes of Kickstarter backers who forked over $2.7 million in pre-orders out of luck. Ossic posted the news Saturday on its Kickstarter page, as well as on its website. “It is with an extremely heavy heart....
Police say officer shot, injured man with knives who chased 13-year-old girl in La Mesa | San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego Union Tribune | May 21, 2018
A La Mesa police officer shot a man carrying two machetes Monday morning after he threw a pocket knife at a terrified 13-year-old girl walking to middle school and then chased her, officials and the girl’s mother said. The shooting was reported near the intersection of Fletcher Parkway and Amaya.....
NOOOO! San Diego has been cloudy for 71 straight hours, and 'May Gray' could last several more days | San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego Union Tribune | May 21, 2018
As of 2 p.m. Monday, San Diego International Airport had been cloudy or mostly cloudy for 71 straight hours. And there’s no break in sight, says the National Weather Service. But that doesn’t mean we’re close to breaking the record for ‘May Gray’ weather. San Diego experienced 213 consecut...
Should asylum seekers heading to the U.S. stay in Mexico? | San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego Union Tribune | May 21, 2018
The Trump administration wants more migrants fleeing their home countries to seek asylum in Mexico instead of coming to the U.S. border to ask for help. As a recent migrant caravan that was the subject of Twitter tirades by President Donald Trump made its way north, U.S. officials encouraged caravan...
Candidate for county Office of Education is wife of former superintendent who left amid accusations about salary | San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego Union Tribune | May 21, 2018
The wife of a former San Diego County Office of Education superintendent, who left office after being accused of misusing public funds, is running for the county’s District 5 board of education seat. Cheryl James-Ward, a former NASA Jet Propulsion Lab engineer who teaches at San Diego State Univer...
Sailor made indecent video, lost appeal of longer sentence stemming from porn and sex addiction treatment | San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego Union Tribune | May 21, 2018
A sailor doing time at the Miramar brig sought to get out early but was rejected by a military court, which ruled that he knowingly agreed to a lengthier sentence to seek treatment for sex and pornography addiction. In a decision handed down late last month, the United States Navy-Marine Corps...
Pirates take over Maritime Museum as part of two-day Pirate Days event | San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego Union Tribune | May 21, 2018
Captain Slick and his grimy band of pirates took control of the tall ship California on Sunday, forcing the crew of roughly 40 landlubbers — those not skilled at sea — to swab the deck or face walking the plank. Aboard the vessel in the San Diego Bay, children as young as 5 were given tasks on.....
Multicultural Mass, a San Diego First, Called Antidote to Values ‘Under Siege’ | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 20, 2018
In a celebration of diversity, San Diego Roman Catholic leaders and parishioners gathered Saturday in Mira Mesa to honor immigrants and the gifts they bring. About 1,400 area parishioners — many in native dress — walked in procession into Good Shepherd Catholic Church behind signs denoting their...
Crowded, Crumbling Classrooms—UC Campuses Face $4 Billion Maintenance Backlog | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 20, 2018
  The message popped into UC Berkeley sophomore Varsha Sarveshwar’s inbox a few days before the start of her Introduction to General Astronomy course in the fall of her freshman year. It contained the usual details about class times and textbooks. But then there was something surprising: a pl...
One Paseo Announces 3 More Restaurants as Construction Progresses | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 20, 2018
The developer of One Paseo in Carmel Valley has announced three more restaurants that will be located in the mixed-use development when it opens in early 2019. The new restaurants are Joe & The Juice, a juice bar and sandwich cafe founded in Copenhagen; The Butchery, a full-service butcher shop;...
County tries new tactic in fight to close illegal pot dispensaries in Spring Valley | San Diego Union Tribune
San Diego Union Tribune | May 20, 2018
San Diego County officials are trying a new tactic in their fight to shut down unpermitted marijuana dispensaries in Spring Valley — giving property owners 10 days to cease the illegal business operations or face losing access to their buildings. And they say the approach seems to be working. Sher...
Encinitas Artist Painting 72-Foot Mural in Mission Valley Pedestrian Tunnel | Times of San Diego
Times of San Diego | May 20, 2018
Encinitas artist and muralist Kevin Anderson is nearing completion of a colossal 72-foot-long, 270-degree mural in a pedestrian tunnel in the Civita community in Mission Valley. The mural depicts the diversity of San Diego County from the desert to the ocean and highlights “places to go and things...