December 2010 Articles
DNA match found in cold case leads to conviction
December 20, 2010 – Jorge M. Gutierrez has been convicted of attempted murder for shooting Javier Carillo, over four years ago during an attempted robbery in Spring Valley. Carillo suffered serious injuries to his lower torso when he was shot in March 2006 in the 900 block of Harness Street in Spring Valley. The victim was in and out of the hospital for the next six months, but has since recovered.
December 20, 2010 (Alpine) - Santa dropped into Alpine with a Blackhawk helicopter on Saturday, as these provided by Craig Linden at Kamps Propane reveal. Gearing up for his round-the-world Christmas Eve flight, Santa paused for photos with local kids and their pets in an event that was truly the cat's meow!
December 20, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation announced that visitors should plan on leaving alcohol at home when visiting Hilton Head and Steele Canyon County Parks. The new year-round alcohol-free regulations at Hilton Head and Steele Canyon Parks aims to assure that children and families will have an enjoyable time, according to a press release issued by the County.
December 20, 2010 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Lady Griffs women’s basketball team will host its 23rd annual Grossmont College Holiday Tournament, Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 28-30, at Grossmont College in El Cajon. The public is invited to attend.
December 20, 2010 (Bonita) -- It’s the season for family celebrations. But two local mothers, it’s a painful reminder of that empty spot at the dinner table. Their teenage sons were shot and killed on Highway 54 in Bonita two years ago. Today, both made an appeal to find the killer(s) of their children, Brandon Johnson, 16, and Donnell Davis, 15.
At a press conference this morning, San Diego Sheriff’s Department and Crime Stoppers announced a $50,000 Governor’s award in hopes of generating new leads.
December 20, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – Josephine Mary Ring, 66, was taken into custody by Sheriff’s deputies last night after she called authorities to report that she had shot her son, Vincent Bonfiglio. Sheriff’s deputies found Ring outside the home and her son lying on the floor inside the home at 2214 Tina Street in the unincorporated area of El Cajon. Paramedics were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
December 20, 2010 (Lake Morena) – Firefighters at the Lake Morena Fire Station heard an explosion at 8:45 p.m. last night. “They went outside and saw the house next door was on fire,” Cal-Fire Captain Mike Mohler told East County Magazine. Fire was through the roof, swiftly engulfing the small modular home.
December 20, 2010 (San Diego's East County)--State Route 67 will close in both directions between Prospect and Woodside Avenues tonight through Wednesday from 9 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the next morning. In addition, starting at 8 p.m., the southbound Magnolia on-ramp, northbound Bradley Avenue on-ramp and Prospect Avenue off-ramp will also be closed. The closures will allow highway construction crews to install highway signs and remove k-rail.
December 20, 2010 (Spring Valley)- -San Miguel firefighters used a 100-foot ladder truck to access a third story roof, cutting ventilation holes to control a raging condominium fire that threatened multiple units in the 3000 block of Charwood Drive in Spring Valley just before 4 a.m.
Five people were inside the unit when the fire began. One occupant told investigators he was trying to light the fireplace when the lighter flame ignited and there was was a swift explosion, as a ball of flame and embers shot out onto the area rug.
December 20, 2010 (San Diego) -- A winter holiday crackdown by 14 local law enforcement agencies resulted in 122 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs from 12:01 a.m. Friday, December 18 to midnight Saturday, December 19. That’s more than double the 57 DUI arrests made during the same period in 2009. Fortunately, no fatalities associated with DUIs were reported this weekend.
Through year's end, DUI checkpoints, sting operations, multi-agency task force operations and warrant/ probation sweeps will be conducted by local law enforcement agencies.
Local representatives split votes down party lines
December 19, 2010 (Washington D.C.) – By a 65-31 vote, the U.S. Senate voted to end the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which barred gay and lesbian service members from serving openly in the military. The House approved the measure last week, which President Barack Obama is expected to sign.
December 18, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- To quote a favorite carol, "it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" all across East County! Here are highlights from just some of the holiday festivities that have recently taken place in our communities.
At the Olde Time Christmas Village, sponsored by the Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce, youngsters frolicked in snow--some for the first time.
December 18, 2010 (La Mesa) – A driver lost control of his vehicle on a rain-slicked roadway in the 5800 block of Lake Murray Blvd. at 1:15 this morning. The vehicle, which was traveling southbound, struck a large tree on the center median, then spun out of control and hit another tree. The force of the impact dislodged the engine and transmission. The engine was fond in the driveway of a home about 25 yards away.
December 17, 2010 (San Diego) – A strong Pacific storm is forecast to bring high rains to San Diego County through at least Wednesday of next week. Tne National Weather Service forecasts two to five inches of rain for San Diego’s mountain areas tonight through Sunday. Inland valleys may received up to two inches of rain, with a half inch forecast for desert areas.
December 17, 2010 (Jamul) 11:14 p.m. – A vehicle fire has spread into brush, sparking evacuation of a trailer park at 13800 Lyons Valley Road in Spring Valley, Incident Page Network reports. A rollover accident with a vehicle ending up in a ditch triggered the blaze, which was reported at 10:22 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
December 17, 2010 (Jamul)-Jamul Drive was shut down this afternoon after a passerby found a dead man at 1:45 p.m. The body , which had blood on its face, was lying face-down in the 14000 block of Jamul Drive. California Highway Patrol officers responded and determined that the death did not result from a traffic accident, then summoned Sheriff’s homicide detectives.
December 17, 2010 (Otay) – CHP is on the scene of a head-on collision reported at 7:22 p.m. on southbound State Route 94 near Otay Lakes Road. Three adults and a child have been seriously injured and a trauma code has been issued, Incident Page Network reports. Both lanes of the two-lane highway are blocked while the Fire Department works to extricate the patients, and a Sig Alert has been issued.
December 18, 2010 (El Cajon) – Christmas on Prescott, a unique Chaldean Christmas Celebration, will be held Saturday, December 18 from 1-5 p.m. on Prescott Promeande in downtown El Cajon. The event will feature Christian Arabic carols and music, English carols and music, skits, Santa Claus, face painting, balloons, and more. In addition, downtown stores and restaurants are open while you enjoy the free Holly Jolly Trolley around downtown, strolling Christmas carolers, and merchant specials.
December 17, 2010 (La Mesa) – “Food, wine, art and a chance to talk with local people who are going about making the world a better place, one village at a time…what could be more in the holiday spirit?” asks an invitation from Shannon O’Dunn, owner of O’Dunn Art in La Mesa. Tonight from 5-7 p.m., she will host a wine-tasting event to benefit H.U.G.S. (Helping Ugandans Grow Stronger). The organization is raising funds to build a bakery in western Uganda that will provide jobs for women and girls in this impoverished area.
December 17, 2010 (San Diego) -- Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D- San Diego) has been named Majority Whip by Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D- Los Angeles), a key position in the Democratic Caucus Leadership. Atkins was also appointed Vice Chair of the Housing and Community Development Committee and a member of the Health, Government Organization, Veterans Affairs, and Judiciary Committees.
The freshman legislator and former Councilwoman replaces Lori Saldaña, who retired due to term limits. Atkins’ 76th Assembly district includes the east San Diego communities of Tierrasanta, Serra Mesa and City Heights and extends west to also include several coastal communities, Mission Valley and downtown San Diego.
December 17, 2010 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police have announced that they will conduct a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint tonight on Spring Street as part of a nationwide effort to save lives.
December 16, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about the most important issues globally and nationally.
Top world and U.S. headlines this week include:
- FBI, Homeland Security issue holiday threat notice to law enforcement
- Iraq: Al Qaeda planning holiday attacks in West
- Gulf of Mexico oil leak: U.S. sues BP over oil disaster
- German doctors declare a "cure" in HIV patient
- U.S. tries to build case for conspiracy by Wikileaks
December 16, 2010 (Santee) -- On Tuesday, December 14 shortly before 3 a.m.,a clerk at the 7-11 store at 9750 Cuyamaca Street in Santee was robbed at gun point by a man wielding a semi-automatic handgun, according to Sergeant Craig Johnson with the Sheriff’s Department.
By Jeremy Los
December 16, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- The holiday season is upon us—bringing carols, crowded shopping malls and of course, Christmas lights! Several East County neighborhoods have taken it upon themselves to celebrate the holiday season with extravagant light displays for everyone to enjoy. Scroll down for descriptions, and view our map of holiday light displays in East County.
Judge grants Quechan Indian tribe’s request for temporary injunction on Tessera Solar plant in Imperial Valley; decision has ramifications for large-scale energy projects in East County and across the nation
By Miriam Raftery
December 16, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Local and statewide activists battling massive energy projects on public lands are praising a decision issued by U.S. District Court Judge Larry Burns yesterday, while the CEO of Tessera Solar says he is "deeply disappointed" in the ruling.
The federal Judge issued a temporary restraining order halting construction on the first massive desert solar project authorized on public lands—a project that if built, would be one of the largest solar power plants in the world.
December 16, 2010 (Santee) – “We’ve got at least 600 people here,” Santee Chamber of Commerce Warren Savage estimated, smiling broadly while sandwiched between teen beauty queens in the jam-packed lobby of Union Bank in Santee on December 2nd.
December 16, 2010 (Escondido) – Local sports fans will be able to cheer on a Padres’ Triple-A baseball team in Escondido starting with the season opening in 2013, if plans proceed on time to build a $50 million stadium approved yesterday by the Esondido City Council.
But several issues remain to be resolved.
December 16, 2010 (Rainbow) – Martimiano Morales Carreon, 49, died on December 14th of injuries that he suffered after his foot became entangled in a pile of brush, pulling him into a commercial wood chipper at 9329 Moon Ridge Road, Rainbow.
The victim had been working with his son to clearn trees next to an avocado grove when the tragedy occurred.
December 16, 2010 (San Diego) – A woman, 31, suspected of assault with a deadly weapon at 7102 Astoria Street in East San Diego led police on a high-speed chase for several miles shortly after midnight. After running a red light at eastbound Imperial and Valencia Parkway, the suspect collided with a Toyota that was making a left turn.