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FBI ISSUES STATEMENT CONFIRMING NORTH KOREA LAUNCHED CYBER ATTACKS ON SONY

 

 

 

East County News Service

December 19, 2014 (San Diego)--Sony Pictures Entertainment has cancelled its Christmas day debut of the comedy film "The Interview" at theaters nationwide following cyberattacks that released personal data of Sony employees, followed by threats from the hackers of 9-11 style attacks on theaters.   The film depicted journalists recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korea's President Kim Jung-Un.

Today, the FBI issued a statement on its investigation which has confirmed that North Korea is behind the threats. Below is the full text of the FBI release, provided by Special Agent Darrell Foxworth:

HOLIDAY AND WINTER HAZARDS

 

Source: County News Service

December 18, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - The winter months can be more fire hazardous for most households, but the good news is that all of the hazards can be avoided if people are made aware of them and take precautions.

 “It can be a great time of year and you don’t want to see that turn tragic because someone wasn’t diligent,” says Kelly Gaffrey of the San Diego County Fire Authority.

SPENDING BILL CALLS FOR FEDS TO BACK OFF ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA ENFORCEMENT, BUT LANGUAGE IS VAGUE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 17, 2014 (Washington D.C.) – Two California Congressmen slipped language into the $1.1 trillion spending bill signed into law by the President, calling on the federal government to stop spending money enforcing marijuana laws in states where medical marijuana has been legalized. But the language is vague and lacks teeth, so it’s not yet clear whether marijuana patients, clinics and growers can breathe a sigh of relief.

THREATS ON MOVIE THEATERS PROMPTS CANCELLATION OF "THE INTERVIEW" FILM DEBUT SET FOR CHRISTMAS DAY

 

Update:  Sony has cancelled release it The Interview on Christmas Day, after Homeland Security confirmed it had linked the hacks/threats to North Korea.

By Miriam Raftery

December 17, 2014 (San Diego)--Hackers have threatened 9/11-style attacks on movie theaters debuting “The Interview,” which is set for release on Christmas Day.  The threats follow hacks against Sony Pictures Entertainment over its film, a comedy depicting journalists recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean President Kim Jong-un.

SNOW FORECAST FOR MOUNTAIN PEAKS, RAIN TO SOAK REGION

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--A dip in the jet stream along the West Coast is bringing more wet weather starting Monday night through early Thursday this week. The heaviest rain will be Tuesday morning and again Wednesday morning, with thunderstorms possible on Wednesday, the National Weather Service predicts.

Snow is forecast to fall in the mountains, with snow levels falling as low as 4500 feet by Wednesday.  A total of 6-12 inches could pile up above 5500 feet by Wednesday night, which includes Mount Laguna here in East County.

SAVE WATER: TURN OFF IRRIGATION AFTER RAINS

 

Source: County News Service

December 14, 2014 (San Diego)--It’s the time of year when San Diego County gets most of its rainfall – and this winter it’s more important than ever to take advantage of every drop that Mother Nature delivers to us.

ROLLOVER CRASH IN SANTEE INJURES 6-YEAR-OLD CHILD AND OTHERS

 

Story and photo by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

December 14, 2014 (Santee)--A call went out to  the Santee Sheriff's Patrol Station at 3:54 p.m. on December 13, according to Deputy W. Price, regarding a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Carlton Oaks Boulevard and Willow Grove Avenue in Santee.  Deputy Price said all the passengers in the blue Xterra vehicle  were transported to the hospital and that included a 6-year-old minor.

EDCO REMINDS CUSTOMERS TO RECYCLE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

 

Source: EDCO

December 12, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - EDCO reminds customers to recycle this holiday season. During the holidays, Americans throw away 25 percent more trash than any other time of year. From Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, an additional 1 million tons of waste is thrown out each week. Much of what will be tossed out after the holidays is recyclable or can be reused and with a little bit of effort, residents can reduce the amount of waste generated throughout the yuletide season.

RAIN! STORM COULD BRING FLOODING, WAVES 14 FT. HIGH

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 11, 2014 (San Diego) – A powerful storm is set to drench our region, bringing torrential downpours of up to a half inch of rain per hour. A flash flood watch has been issued through late Friday night, with highest risk in areas burned by recent wildfires including the Cocos Fire.  Dangerous surf conditions will occur along the coast. Strong rip currents are forecast, with waves of 7 to 14 feet Friday and Saturday.

SWAT VEHICLE AND BEANBAG GUN USED TO SUBDUE KIDNAP SUSPECT WITH NON-LETHAL FORCE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Beanbag round and projectiles similar to those used to subdue kidnap suspect

December 11, 2014 (El Cajon )—“There’s a good chance that our police officers saved the lives of four kids today,” Councilman Gary Kendrick told East County Magazine, reflecting on the dramatic rescue of the  children for whom an Amber Alert had been issued. The body of their mother had been found in another vehicle and their abductor was their father, who was believed to be armed and dangerous.

HOUSE PASSES DOOMED DROUGHT BILL, SETTING STAGE FOR CALIFORNIA WATER WARS

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 10, 2014 (Washington D.C.)--A bill passed by House Republicans is reigniting water wars in California and faces virtually certain defeat in the Senate, due to opposition from both of California’s Senators and a veto threat by President Barack Obama.

WET WEATHER AHEAD, SNOW IN HIGHER MOUNTAIN AREAS

 

East County News Service

December 9, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - A Pacific storm is predicted to bring more rain and cooler temperatures late this week. The National Weather Service is forecasting up to three inches of rain in mountains, with lower levels in valleys, deserts and coastal areas.  In addition, winds up to 50 miles an hour are expected, along with up to several inches of snow at elevations over 5,500 feet.

DETER DEER DAMAGE: EIGHT FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT DEER DURING THE COLD WEATHER SEASON

 

East County News Service

December 7, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--While humans prepare for cold weather, deer have something else in mind when temperatures drop. Cold weather signifies mating season for deer, numerous insurance industry and government studies indicate that during this time, deer become more active, aggressive and a greater threat to humans, pets and suburban landscapes.

LEGAL WRANGLING CONTINUES IN ALPINE SUIT AGAINST GROSSMONT DISTRICT

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 7, 2014 (Alpine)—The Alpine Tavern & Grill hosts an “Injunction Function” last week, donating 20% of the evening’s proceeds to help fund a lawsuit against the Grossmont Union High School District over its failure to build an Alpine High School despite two bond measures approved by voters.

NEED HELP? FREE LEGAL CLINICS OPENS IN EL CAJON

 

December 2, 2014 (El Cajon) – The San Diego County Law Library announces a free legal clinic in El Cajon at 250 East Main Street.  The clinic will provide free legal services on Wednesdays from now through December 17th in the areas of family law, immigration, consumer law, employment law, business law, wills and trusts, civil litigation and more.

“I CAN’T BREATHE!” PROTESTS NATIONWIDE AFTER NEW YORK GRAND JURY FAILS TO INDICT WHITE POLICE OFFICER FOR CHOKING DEATH

 

Coalition of local leaders call for changes to restore trust and accountability

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Ben Reid, Creative Commons image on FlickR

December 4, 2014 (San Diego)--For the second time in the past two weeks, a Grand Jury has failed to indict a white police officer for killing a black man.  The latest decision was in New York, where jurors declined to charge a police officer in the choking death of Eric Garner.

Unlike the now-famous case in Ferguson, Missouri where a Grand Jury acquitted a white police officer of shooting and killing an unarmed black man who some witnesses said had his hands up in a surrender position,  the case in New York was documented on videotape by a friend of Garner’s.

Yet jurors refused to prosecute the officer in New York, even though the video showed the officer using a chokehold to subdue Eric Garner,  who was accused of selling cigarettes without paying taxes, while several other officers surrounded him. The video shows Garner clearly stating “I can’t breathe” at least 11 times in a panicked voice before passing out.  A second video shows police standing by, making no effort to resuscitate Garner, before an ambulance arrived. The father of six, a large man who also suffered from asthma, was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

GM RECALLS 300,000 VEHICLES DUE TO HEADLIGHT DEFECTS

 

December 2, 2014 (San Diego)--General Motors has ordered a recall of over 300,000 vehicles because of headlights that stop working.  The low-beams may turn off intermittently or permanently, increasing the risk of an accident.

ROADWAY FLOODING AND ACCIDENTS

 

East County News Service

 

December 4, 2014 (San Diego's East County) -- California Highway Patrol reports the following hazards this rainy morning:

 

  • Vehicle overturned on Wildcat Canyon Road, near the racetrack
  • Dehesa Road is shut down between Sloan Canyon and Willow Glen due to 18 inches of mud across the road
  • Roadway flooding at Campo Road and Kenwood in Spring Valley
  • Harmony Grove Road is closed at Wilgen Drive due to a mudslide and flooding

EL CAJON CONSIDERS BODY CAMERAS FOR POLICE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 2, 2014 (El Cajon )—At next Tuesday’s City Council meeting, El Cajon will consider a proposal by Councilman Gary Kendrick that would require El Cajon Police to wear body cameras.

EIGHT FUNNY FACTS ABOUT WILD TURKEYS

 

December 2, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--So you thought there was nothing to know about turkeys except whether you liked drumsticks or white meat. Think again. Here are some fascinating facts provided by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

SDG&E ENCOURAGES CUSTOMERS TO PREPARE FOR WINTER HEATING SEASON

 

December 3, 2014 (San Diego)-- San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is partnering with customers to promote safety during the winter season. SDG&E offers customers free safety checks to make sure home gas appliances are operating safely and efficiently. Customers are encouraged to schedule these appliance checks by visiting the “Check my appliances” link on sdge.com or by calling 800-411-SDGE (7343).

SAN DIEGO SEEKS TO BUILD PERMANENT HOMELESS SHELTER

 

East County Magazine

December 3, 2014 (San Diego)--San Diego’s Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Council President Todd Gloria announced this week that the city of San Diego will be setting up a permanent shelter aimed at ending the cycle of homelessness.

SAN ONOFRE SETTLEMENT APPROVED, LOCAL GROUP PLEDGES COURT BATTLE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 2, 2014 (San Onofre) - By a unanimous vote, the California Public Utilities Commission has approved the $3.3 billion San Onofre settlement. No public comment was allowed at the hearing, which was held in San Francisco despite the fact that the ratepayers impacted all live in Southern California.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH ISSUED COUNTYWIDE

 

 

December 1, 2014 (San Diego) – The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Tuesday and early Wednesday in San Diego County’s mountain, valley and coastal areas.

Mountains and recent burn areas will have the greatest threat pontetial with up to five inches of rain forecast; be prepared for flooding and debris flows. Moderate to heavy rain in coastal and valley areas will produce urban flooding in flood-prone low-lying areas and streets with poor drainage.

SUSPICIOUS DEATH RULED A SUICIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 2, 2014 (El Cajon) – Sheriff’s homicide investigators have concluded that a suspicious death was a suicide.  A reported love triangle and missing weapon initially prompted a homicide investigation.

Deputies responded on November 28th to a call of a suicide in the 8000 block of Rockview Drive in unincorporated El Cajon.  Deputies and paramedics arrived and found a man inside the home who was dead of a gunshot wound.

“The weapon that was used was missing,” Lieutenant John Maryon told East County Magazine. “There was also a bloody hand print on the wall.”

COUNTY GIVING FREE SAND AND BAGS TO RESIDENTS AHEAD OF RAINS

 

December 1, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Rain is coming--and you want to be prepared.

The County of San Diego is offering free sand and bags to people living in unincorporated areas to help protect homes, neighborhoods and streets from flooding and soil erosion problems.

PASSAGES: WINEMAKER WILLIAM JOHN HOLZHAUER, 1955-2014

 

East County News Service

December 1, 2014 (Ramona) – William John Holzhauer, winemaker and co-owner of Hacienda de Las Rosas Winery,  died yesterday at his home in Ramona surrounded by his family and friends, after a long battle with cancer.  Holzhauer was known to many as the proprietor of the winery’s tasting room in Old Town and later, Ramona.

Teri Kerns, executive editor of the Ramona Valley Wine Region Magazine, remembered William Holzhauer as a “wonderful man and winery pioneer.” 

His wife and co-owner of the winery, Tammy Rimes Holzhauer, said the winery was William’s dream that began 15 years ago when the couple, living in La Mesa at the time, bought property in Ramona. William’s dream  was to create a winery based on a Spanish mission, also including Tammy’s passion, Peruvian horses.  “Drink fine wine, ride fine horses” became their motto.

SHOPPING? WATCH OUT FOR OVERCHARGES

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 29, 2014 (San Diego)--The holiday shopping is here, and the County wants to remind consumers to double-check receipts  and make sure you’re not getting overcharged by faulty cash register price scanners.

SHERIFF ASKS HELP TO FIND MISSING HIKER IN LAKESIDE EL CAPITAN AREA

 

 

 

 

 

Update: Jerry Hooten has been found safely. After becoming separated on the trail from his friend, he tried to walk to a trolley stop but was unfamiliar with the area and became lost. He called another friend yesterday morning, who heard of the search and notified the Sheriff. Deputies located him a short time later, walking home in the Lake Murray area.

East County News Service

November 29, 2014 (Lakeside) – The Sheriff’s Department is asking help from the public to find Jerry Lee Hooten, who was last seen by a friend hiking toward the peak of El Capitan (El Cajon mountain) in Lakeside on Friday, November 28th around 3 p.m.  He did not return to the vehicle he arrive at the mountain in and has not returned home.

Lakeside deputies responded to the call for help at 12777 Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside.  Hooten is 5 feet 9 inches tall with brown/gray hair.  He was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt, blue jeans, gray shoes, and carrying a yellow backpack.

A NEW TIGER IS COMING TO LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 27, 2014 (Alpine) - Phevos will soon be the newest tiger to call Lions, Tigers and Bears home.  The Alpine rescue facility has been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a permit to import the tiger, who was suffering in abusive conditions in a foreign zoo.

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