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BRIDGETTE’S LAW: FAMILY OF MOM KILLED ON HIGHWAY 67 WANTS LAW TO REQUIRE BLOOD DRAWS FROM DRIVERS WHO CAUSE FATALITIES

 

By Miriam Raftery
 

August 17, 2010 (Lakeside) – Bridgette Hale died in a head-on collision on Highway 67.  Multiple witnesses called 911 to report a wrong-way driver weaving over the center line moments before he struck and killed Hale. The driver, John Holsheimer, was only charged with a misdemeanor, because California Highway Patrol did not order blood drawn to determine whether he may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

 

Now Hale’s brother-in-law, Ken Vanek, is asking a local legislator to sponsor legislation to prevent impaired drivers from evading felony charges by requiring drug testing whenever a fatality crash occurs.

WANT FRESH PRODUCE IN EL CAJON? TAKE THE FARMERS' MARKET SURVEY

 

Have you shopped at a farmers’ market? Would you like to shop at one in El Cajon?  The City of El Cajon is considering bringing back a farmer's market--and wants to hear from you.

SAN DIEGO MAN MISSING SINCE JULY 22; FAMILY SEEKS PUBLIC’S HELP TO FIND DAVID MOW & HIS VEHICLE

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 17, 2010 (San Diego) – “We want to get the message out in East County, because we feel searches have been done everywhere in North Park,” Kim DeMars, niece of missing San Diego man David Mow, 56, told East County Magazine. Mow sent an upbeat text message to his fiancé at 6 a.m. on July 22. She sent a reply, but became concerned after not receiving a response and asked a neighbor to check on Mow later that day.  Mow had vanished—and he’s been missing ever since, along with his 2005 silver Envoy SUV, California license 5LJV959.

“He’s just a great big teddy bear of a guy,” said DeMars. Mow had a goatee at the time of his disappearance, not shown in media photos circulated at the time.  Mow was hospitalized earlier this year after losing consciousness and may have an undiagnosed medical condition, his niece added.

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.

POWERFUL LEADERS FROM SACRAMENTO & WASHINGTON JOIN "POLITICS IN PARADISE" PANEL FRIDAY AUG. 20

 

August 19, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- It may be the hottest political show of the season. On Friday, the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual “Politics in Paradise” event, giving the public an opportunity to hear from top elected officials. This year, confirmed participants include Congressional representatives Duncan D. Hunter (R-El Cajon) and Bob Filner (D-San Diego), as well as State Senator Denise Ducheny (D-San Diego), Assemblyman Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove), and Supervisor Dianne Jacob.

 

The bipartisan lineup includes some of San Diego’s most influential and powerful legislative leaders. Ducheny chairs the Senate budget committee in Sacramento. Block chairs the Higher Education committee n the Assembly. Filner chairs the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Jacob, with decades of experience, has previously chaired the County Board of Supervisors. Hunter, a first-term Congressman, is a member of the House Armed Services Committee that his father formerly chaired.

PSSSST….LOOKING FOR A GOOD DEAL?

County auctioning off surplus personal property August 21

East County News Service

August 17, 2010 (San Diego) – Need a car or a flat-screen TV? How about a collection of beer steins, vintage china, or Hummel figurines? Perhaps a budding musician in your household would love a saxophone or guitar. Or maybe your home could use appliances and furnishings. These items and more will be auctioned off Saturday, August 21 at the COC annex, 5201 Ruffin Road in San Diego starting at 8 a.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.

HOMES SAVED FROM FIRE IN SANTEE

East County News Service
 

Photos by Pat Ward
 

August 17, 2010 (Santee) – A brush fire raced up a slope behind several homes on Strathmore Drive Saturday afternoon, just east of Santee Lakes. Cause of the fire is "suspicious," Santee Fire Division Chief Brett Eldridge told East County Magazine.

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.

 

The appeal is slated to be heard by the 9th Circuit on December 6th. Meanwhile, couples hoping to tie the knot are left in legal limbo.
 

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.

 

“We will be joined by our candidates for Congress, State Senate, State Assembly and Santee City Council,” Hurley said. “This is a great opportunity to meet these dedicated candidates, hear what they have to say and ask them questions about issues important to you.”

READER’S EDITORIAL: DID LUTZ READ THE RIDERS ON TRIBAL LAW & ORDER ACT?

By Patrick Riggs
 

Ray Lutz, Democratic candidate for the 52nd Congressional district, slammed incumbent Rep. Duncan D. Hunter’s vote against the Tribal Law and Order Act HR725. Democratic Lutz, I assume, did not read the “riders” (90 pages) added to HR725 which seem to be contradictory and at times confusing. This seems to be the rule with most good bills that have pages of “riders” attached. These riders authorized over $1 billion in spending which would be an additional burden on the taxpaying citizens.

THUNDERSTORMS FORECAST LATE TODAY IN EAST COUNTY

 

August 16,2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Thunderstorms are forecast for San Diego’s mountain and desert areas for this afternoon and evening. A chance of thunder showers continues tomorrow.

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.

DRIVER FOUND DEAD IN EL CAJON CRASH

East County News Service

August 15, 2010 (El Cajon) – Justin R. Pickett, 28, was found dead behind the wheel of a vehicle that flipped on its side at the connector ramp of northbound State Route 67 and westbound Interstate 8 in El Cajon. A canine police officer from El Cajon spotted the vehicle at 2:41 a.m. yesterday.

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.

A CENTURY OF NAKED LADIES

Revealing art exhibit Aug. 18-Sept. 26

August 13, 2010 (La Mesa) – O’Dunn Fine Art in La Mesa unveils “A Century of Naked Ladies”, kicking off the month-long exhibition with a special celebration August 18 from 5 to 9 p.m.
 

“These artists offer their interpretation of the female form: lush, humorous, pitiless, or compassionate,” says gallery owner Shannon O’Dunn. “Each piece portrays a particular woman nuanced by her place in time, her mood, and culture.”

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.

DRIVER WHO KILLED YOUNG MOTHER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO MISDEMEANOR CHARGE; FAMILY UPSET THAT FELONY CHARGES WERE NOT FILED

Driver previously guilty of crossing double-yellow line,  faced other charges in past, ECM investigation reveals

By Miriam Raftery
 

August 12, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- Bridgette Hale, a young Ramona mother with a nine-month-old infant, had high hopes for her future. She was engaged to be married. She had a new job, where she broke company records for sales calls in her first week, according to her family. But while driving to work January 26th, she was struck and killed on Highway 67 by a wrong-way driver. According to multiple witnesses, the driver, John Reinier Holsheimer, was weaving erratically and nearly hit several other vehicles before striking Hale’s car head-on.

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE RAY LUTZ PLANS HUNGER STRIKE

 

Challenger accuses Rep. Hunter of dodging early debates; Hunter wants to wait until Congress is in recess--after absentee ballots have been mailed

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 12, 2010 (El Cajon) – In the 52nd Congressional District, Democratic candidate Ray Lutz is dishing up a new campaign tactic: a hunger strike. He hopes to convince Rep. Duncan D. Hunter to participate in a series of debates before absentee voting by mail begins. “Until Hunter steps up to the plate, I’ll be stepping away from the dinner plate,” Lutz said in a press release.

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