Fire stations, schools, and public waterways among those targeted by thieves
By Miriam Raftery
November 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Water rustling is on the rise across California amid the worst drought ever recorded. A thriving black market for purloined water has arisen, leaving authorities scrambling to catch thieves and lawmakers looking to stiffen penalties for stealing water.
November 11, 2014 (Julian) – The Golden Chariot mine along the Banner Grade near Julian was once a motherlode that produced nearly a million dollars worth of gold. Commercial mining there ceased in 1931 during the Great Depression, though small-scale operations continued up until 2002, when a fire blazed through the Chariot Canyon.
November 10, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service predicts that the Polar Jet Stream will be forced south across the Pacific next week as a high pressure ridge moves to higher latitudes. This will force storms to track south, increasing the likelihood of significant rainfall by the middle of next week across southern California.
5 dogs now secured; missing pit bull mix sought by authorities
East County News Service
November 9, 2014 (Deerhorn Valley) – A pack of six dogs attacked a horse in Deerhorn Valley on Saturday. Karen Sample heard her horse, Sergio, panicking and came out to find the horse kicking to defend itself against six dogs circling the frightened horse, lunging and biting. She fired a shotgun in the air to scare off the pack of dogs, the Deerhorn Valley Antler reports.
November 9,2014 (San Diego) – An 11-year-old suffered burns to the chest and torso after a fireworks launcher tipped over and sent a firework into field levels seats at Qualcomm Stadium Saturday night.
The accident occurred during the annual KGB Sky Show extravaganza following the San Diego State University homecoming game, in which SDSU defeated the Idaho State Vandals 35-21.
A CBS news report indicates up to five people may have been hit, though it’s unclear whether any were seriously injured. UT San Diego reports the 1y-ear-old had burns on the torso and legs.
November 7, 2014 (San Diego)—A sophomore at San Diego State University has died after falling five stories off an apartment building near campus. She has been identified as Melissa Kennon, a sophomore studying psychology.
November 6, 2014 (San Diego) – Veteran Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has been released from a Mexican prison, the State Department has announced. Tahmooressi was arrested and imprisoned for driving across the international border with three guns in his vehicle, which is illegal under Mexican law. He reportedly suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome and was not able to obtain treatment while imprisoned for over 200 days.
November 6, 2014 (Alpine) – The public is invited to a community meeting to discuss plans for a new County library in Alpine. The meeting is set for Sunday, November 9 at 6 p.m. in the Alpine Community Center, located at 1830 Alpine Boulevard in Alpine.
November 4, 2014 (Flinn Springs) – If you bought a Fantasy 5 California Lottery ticket at the 7-Eleven store at 14110 Olde Highway 80 in Flinn Springs (just east of El Cajon), you could be instantly rich.
A ticket worth nearly $408,000 matches this week’s winning numbers of 3, 12, 14, 32 and 34—but the winner has not yet come forward to claim his or her prize.
October 29, 2014 (San Diego's East County)-East County Magazine picked up 11 more awards in San Diego Press Club’s 2014 Excellence in Journalism awards on October 28th, bringing our total to 80 journalism awards since our launch in 2008.
This year’s awards including winners in the following categories: breaking news, environment, general news, investigative reporting, political/government, public service/consumer advocacy, criminal justice, health and medicine, radio special reporting and radio feature categories.
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November 3, 2014 (San Diego)--The County Board of Supervisors has taken another step forward in plans to promote beekeeping and agriculture while protecting the public by directing their staff at last week’s meeting to begin the final steps in creating a proposed “tiered” beekeeping ordinance.
November 2, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Rainfall this weekend is a sign that the winter rainy season is right around the corner. Once again the County of San Diego is making free sand and bags available to residents in the unincorporated areas. (Just bring your own shovel, please.)
Coalition of civil rights leaders say U.S. Department of Justice's use of a six-year time bar “scheme” would restrict federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complainants access to the courts.
November 1, 2014 (Washington D.C.)-- The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), recently raised the statute 28 U.S.C. § 2401 (a) with the courts. The general catchall statute sets a six-year limitation period on non-tort civil claims against the United States. The DoJ, which has been representing the U.S. Department of Commerce for years in a race based complaint that two African American females filed against the Commerce Department nearly twenty (20) years ago, presented the statute in the case of Janet Howard and Joyce E. Megginson v. Rebecca Blank, Secretary-U.S. Department of Commerce, Civil Action No. 05-1968. Most recently, the DoJ defended the statute in the Janet Howard and Joyce E. Megginson v. Penny Pritzker, Secretary-U.S. Department of Commerce proceedings (Cas. Nos. 12-5370 and 12-5392).
November 1, 2014 (La Mesa) – Aubrey “Bud” Dunne, 82, passed away on October 28, 2014 at his home in La Mesa. Past president of the La Mesa/Spring Valley Teachers Association, he taught math at La Mesa and Parkway Middle Schools.
He also played a major role in the Associated Community Theatres (ACT) of San Diego County, which named the Aubrey Awards in his honor. During the 1960s on Lincoln’s birthday, you could find him dressed up as Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg address at Grossmont Center. A lifelong stamp collector, he also founded the International Society of Worldwide Stamp Collectors.
November 1, 2014 (Ramona)—A man who ran south across State Route 67 south of Mussey Grade Road was struck by a motorist and killed at 2:27 p.m. today. “At this time, the pedestrian has not been identified,” said Kevin Pearlstein with the California Highway Patrol.
The unidentified man was struck by a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 24-year-old Ramona man. According to the CHP, the driver was traveling eastbound at 50 miles per hour when he came around a curve and saw the pedestrian running across the roadway in front of him.
November 1, 2014 (San Diego)--Caltrans advises motorists that northbound and southbound Interstate 15 (I-15) connectors to eastbound/westbound State Route 52 (SR-52) will be closed Sunday morning from 3 to 7 to repair damaged guardrail.
PHOTO: Workers can help report abuse of farm animals with a new national tip line. Photo credit: Kathy Milani/Humane Society of the United States.
By Monique Coppola, Public News Service-CA
October 31, 2014 (Ramona)-- Whistleblowers in California could earn up to a $5,000 reward if their tip leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the abuse of farm animals. The Humane Society of the United States has just launched a national tip line where callers can report animal abuse at farms, slaughterhouses or livestock auctions.
October 29, 2014 (La Mesa) – Medical Marijuana dispensaries are prohibited by code in La Mesa. Proposition “J” The measure would require that City officials issue an operating permit and business registration to any dispensary applicant who demonstrates compliance with location requirements and presents a plan for compliance with operational requirements.
October 25, 2014 (Spring Valley) – Two news item coming up will impact Spring Valley residents.
Lamar Street will be closed to through traffic for a month due to a slope repair project, the County of San Diego has announced. Residences will remain accessible during construction and questions may be sent to Brian Rochelle, resident engineer, at email@example.com.
Update: A resident has been arrested for arson in this fire.
October 25, 2014 (La Mesa)--At 11:42 p.m. Friday night, Heartland Fire & Rescue crews from La Mesa and Lemon Grove, with assistance from San Diego Fire, were dispatched to reports of a residential structure fire in the 6700 block of Rolando Knolls Dive in La Mesa. Fire crews arrived within four minutes to discover heavy fire and smoke coming from the garage of a single story, single family residence.
October 24, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Superior Court has announced plans to close its appeals and small claims operations in East County, as well as North and South County. The decision would mean major inconvenience and travel costs for residents who live far away from Kearny Mesa, where operations would be centralized. The public can comment on this proposed plan up until December 21st. Below are details:
October 23, 2014 (Santee)--With California’s ongoing drought and the cost of imported water continuing to rise, Padre Dam Municipal Water District broke ground yesterday on its new Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Project. The project, funded through a three million dollar Proposition 50 grant from the Department of Water Resources, will use advanced water purification technologies to potentially diversify East County’s water supply by providing a new source of water that is safe, reliable, locally controlled and drought-proof. The project is scheduled to begin operation in March 2015.