August 2010 Articles

CARJACKING AT GUITAR CENTER NEAR GROSSMONT CENTER

 

August 17, 2010 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police received a 911 call reporting a carjacking at 2:39 p.m. today. A driver and his passenger told police that they were parked in the lot at the Guitar Center, 8825 Murray Drive in La Mesa, when a man with a revolver forced them out of the victim’s car.  The suspect drove away in the victim's vehicle, a black1998 Honda Civic 4-door, CA license 4MDM901.

FBI & SD POLICE SEEK PUBLIC'S HELP TO IDENTIFY BANK OF AMERICA ROBBER

August 17, 2010 (San Diego) -- The FBI and San Diego Police Department (SDPD) are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the unknown female who attempted to rob the Bank of America, located at 6801 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, on Monday, August 16th at 3:17 p.m.

IT’S A GIRL!

 

August 17, 2010 (Alpine) – Liberty, a yearling black bear brought to Lions Tigers & Bears (LTB) rescue facility in Alpine on July 4th, was examined by veterinarian Dr. Jane Meier and LTB owner Bobbi Brink last week and positively identified as a female.

 

Fish & Game officials brought the bear to LTB in hopes of savings its life.  The animal was causing problems at a Mt. Baldy campground in San Bernadino, where six to 12 young bears are killed each year. But LTB may only be a temporary haven for Liberty, who will soon outgrow her temporary home and require a much larger and secure habitat. Brink urgently seeks donations to construct an expanded enclosure.

I-8 CLOSED AT WILLOWS FOR LIFE-FLIGHT LANDING

UPDATE 4:25 p.m. - The freeway is now reopened.

 

August 17, 2010 2:15 p.m. -- Interstate 8 westbound is shut down at the Willows Road exit to allow a Mercy Air life-flight helicopter to land.

 

A roll-over accident involving a single vehicle, a mini-van, resulted in a man trapped inside, CHP reports.  According to Incident Page Network, the patient is in CPR status and a technical rescue was required.

ANDERSON BILL SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

Bans county and city officials from letting relatives use cars or credit cards
 

August 17, 2010 (Sacramento) – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed Assembly bill 1399 into law. The measure, authored by Assemblyman Joel Anderson (R-El Cajon), prohibits local elected officials from allowing family members to use publicly owned vehicles or credit cards.

WEDDING BELLS SILENCED: JUDGE BLOCKS SAME-SEX MARRIAGES UNTIL DECEMBER

 

East County News Service

August 17, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday announced an indefinite stay on same-sex marriages. The 9th Circuit also expedited scheduling to hear the appeal of Judge Walker’s decision to overturn Prop 8.

 

EAST COUNTY'S HEARTLAND SWIMMERS SCORE BIG AT U.S. WESTERN ZONE SWIM CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

East County News Service



Photos and story by Victor Salazar

August 17, 2010 (San Jose) – Three members of the East County's Heartland Swim Association earned medals at the prestigious U.S. Western Zone Age Group Championships held Aug. 10-14 at the Frank Fiscalini International Swim Center in San Jose.



14-year old Garrett Glaudini, 12-year old Michael Salazar, and 10-year old Ruby Carlon were the Heartland members chosen to represent San Diego-Imperial (SDI) Swimming Committee in competition against the fastest swimmers from 14 western states.

SKATEBOARDER BEATEN AND ROBBED IN LA MESA

 

August 16, 2010 (La Mesa) – Five men beat and robbed a male victim who was walking near 7900 La Mesa Boulevard Saturday at 1:46 a.m. The assailants, all described as black male adults 18-20 years old, stole and victim’s skateboard and wallet. The victim was knocked to the ground, punched and kicked.

The suspects were last seen entering two white vehicles, one possibly a Toyota Camry, heading toward University Avenue.

SANTEE DEMOCRATS CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY WITH PICNIC AT THE LAKES AUG. 22

 

East County News Service

August 19, 2010 (Santee) – “It’s hard to imagine that it has been 30 years,” said Pat Hurley, president of  the Santee Democratic Club, which was founded the same year that Santee was incorporated, 1980. To celebrate, the Club is hosting a picnic at Santee Lakes (Lake 1, Space A) on Sunday, August 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

MOUSE AT MT. PALOMAR CAMPGROUND TESTS POSITIVE FOR HANTAVIRUS

 

County Urges Campers and area residents to Use Caution

 

August 16, 2010 (Palomar) -- A wild brush mouse trapped in Fry Creek Campground on Mt. Palomar tested positive for the potentially-deadly hantavirus during routine monitoring, San Diego County Vector Control officials said today. Nineteen mice have tested positive for Hantavirus this year countywide.

 

JOBS BILL SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT DRAWS PRAISE FROM BUSINESS & EDUCATION LEADERS


Measure praised by National Manufacturing Association

Will also fund 16,000 education jobs in California

Bilbray casts lone local vote against bill


August 16, 2010 (Washington D.C.) – “The Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010 will create jobs, help Americans compete, and strengthen manufacturing as a key driver of our economic recovery,” President Barack Obama said in a signing ceremony last week.
 

National Association of Manufacturers president and CEO John Engler praised the bill, which he said will "provide a needed boost to both large and small companies.” The measure will preserve and expand “good American jobs” and cut costs of doing business in the U.S., he added.

BODY FOUND IN JAMUL; HOMICIDE INVESTIGATING

 

August 15, 2010 (Jamul) –A U.S. Border Patrol agent checking a brushy area just east of Honey Springs Road happened across a body last night at 6:25 p.m. The male victim and significant signs of trauma, which appeared inconsistent with a natural death. San Diego Sheriff homicide detectives are investigating and the Sheriff’s Crime Lab responded.

PRESIDENT SIGNS BILL TO STRENGTHEN BORDER SECURITY

 

August 14, 2010 (Washington D.C.) – President Barack Obama signed the Southwest Border Security Bill into law yesterday. The measure will significantly increase resources in the San Diego area.

 

“Today's action by Congress answers my call to bolster the essential work of federal law enforcement officials and improve their ability to partner with state, local, and tribal law enforcement,” the President said of the measure. "This new law will also strengthen our partnership with Mexico in targeting the gangs and criminal organizations that operate on both sides of our shared border.”

WOMAN KILLED IN SPRING VALLEY; SON WITNESSED ATTACK BY HIS FATHER

East County News Service
 

August 14, 2010 (Spring Valley) – A boy, 10, called 911 after his mother was attacked at their home in the 1000 block of Celestial Waters Drive in Spring Valley. Sheriff’s deputies found the woman, Avitha Chua Rafael, 28, dead of traumatic injuries. A search was mounted for the boy’s father, Krisanto Barquia Jopanda, 33, from whom Rafael had obtained a court protective order from in July.

KARATE TEACHER ARRESTED FOR CHILD MOLESTATION

 

August 13, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Eric Protas, 38, of La Mesa was arrested yesterday on numerous counts of child molestation involving a 13-year-old karate student. Protas is the owner and a karate instructor at the Allied Gardens School of Martial Arts, 5154 Waring Road in San Diego.

JUDGE RULES SAME-SEX MARRIAGES MAY BEGIN WEDNESDAY UNLESS HIGHER COURT INTERVENES

 East County News Service

August 13, 2010 (San Diego) – U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker lifted a stay on gay marriages yesterday, after overturning Proposition 8 as unconstitutional last week. The judge declined to implement his order immediately, however, giving opponents time to appeal to a higher court. If the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals does not intervene, same-sex marriages may occur starting Wednesday.
 

San Diego’s Assessor/Recorder/Clerk’s office is accepting reservations for ceremonies to be performing as early as Wednesday, provided the ruling holds.

CHARGERS FOOTBALL: Q & A WITH OGEMDI NWAGBUO

by Christopher Mohr

 

August 13, 2010 (San Diego) - For every Peyton Manning or Chad Ochocinco in the National Football League, there exist hundreds of players whose opportunities to play professional football come with no guarantees. Not only do these players not get drafted in the early rounds, many do not get drafted at all and have only an outside chance of playing as undrafted free agents.

 

Chargers defensive tackle Ogemdi Nwagbuo (more commonly known as 'O.G.') is one such player. His path to the NFL is not typical of most players who play several years of youth and high school football before moving on to college and up to the pros.

EL CAJON’S CENTER FOR SOCIAL ADVOCAY RECEIVES NATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD

By Miriam Raftery

August 13, 2010 (El Cajon) – The Center for Social Advocacy in El Cajon has been awarded the Organizational Leadership Award from the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Socioeconomic Status. The award recognizes CSA’s dedication and leadership on behalf of poverty and socioeconomic issues.

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