Update December 27, 2011: The victim has been identified as Daniel C. Dacon, Jr., 24, a single man who lived with his parents n San Diego.
December 26, 2011 (Barrett Junction) – A motorcyclist has died at the scene of an accident on State Route 94 just east of Romo Road near the Barrett Café.
December 25, 2011 (Ramona)—Nelson Edward “Mac” MacWilliams, 54, has been identified by the Medical Examiner’s office as the driver who died December 20 in a rollover accident on Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside. RamonaPatch.com reports that MacWilliams worked in Congressman Duncan Hunter’s El Cajon office, handling military and veterans’ issues.
“He will be missed, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Rep. Hunter said, Patch.com reported. MacWilliams, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, resided in Ramona.
December 24, 2011 (San Diego) -- San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU), San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution with three local East County branch offices in El Cajon, La Mesa and Santee, has announced it will return as title sponsor of the 2012 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
(from left to right): Chris Sichel, executive director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in San Diego, Make-A-Wish kids Aidan, Tyler, Emma and Christian, and Teresa Halleck, president/CEO of San Diego County Credit Union president.
December 23, 2011 (El Cajon) -- At approximately 6:02 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, El Cajon Police Officers and Heartland Fire & Rescue crews responded to reports of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle in the roadway, in the 1200 block of Jamacha Road, in El Cajon.
December 23, 2011 (Lemon Grove) – Someone in Lemon Grove has 17 million reasons to be joyful this holiday season. That’s because his or her SuperLotto Plus ticket matched all six numbers in this week’s draw and is worth $17 million.
The winning ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven located at 7607 Broadway in Lemon Grove. The winning numbers are 21, 38, 44, 43, 8 and Mega 24.
If you are the winner, the Lottery wants to remind you to sign your ticket, put it in a safe place and contact Lottery officials or visit your local Lottery District Office as soon as possible.
More than 94 cents of every dollar spent by California lottery players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. Since 2000, Lottery players have contributed $1 billion to public schools each year, and, since we began in 1985, Lottery players have contributed a total of more than $24 billion to education.
December 23, 2011 (San Diego)-- The National Weather Service has issued a wind warning for today and tomorrow in San Diego County. Gusts of up to 60 mph are forecast with sustained winds in the 25-35 mph range. Use caution when traveling particularly in high-profile vehicles.
Sunny skies are forecast for Christmas Day.
December 21, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Tonight the 1200 block of Jamacha Road is closed in both directions due to a fatal traffic collision which is under investigation. A skateboarder was the pedestrian involved in the incident.
December 20, 2011 (Lakeside) -- At 1:22 p.m. today there was a single vehicle rollover accident at Wildcat Canyon Road and Muth Valley Road in Lakeside. The accident blocked Wildcat Canyon Road in both directions at Old Barona Road, and at Willows Road. One fatality has been confirmed.
December 19, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The death of Leonard Smith, owner of Leonard Smith Realty on Grossmont Boulevard was confirmed Friday morning, December 16, by his son David.
By Betty McMillen
December 19, 2011 (Lakeside) -- Dignitaries and VIPs braved the blustery wind for the grand opening of the new Lakeside Fire District Administration Office and combination Fire Station #2 on December 16. It was branded a "sneak preview" since the station has about two weeks worth of finishing work to be done by the contractors. Firefighters are hoping to be moved into the now empty 24,000 square foot structure by mid-January.
December 19, 2011(San Diego) -- The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is expanding Trolley service for the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on December 21. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. and fans can park for free at MTS park-and-rides to avoid traffic and parking hassles.
December 18, 2011 (Jamul) – CHP reports a head-on collision on Highway 94 at Indian Springs in Jamul. The crash now involves three vehicles, a black SUV, a small white sedan, and a black mid-sized sedan. CHP, Cal-Fire and Border Patrol are now at the scene and an ambulance has been called.
“All individuals, regardless of their rank or position, will be held accountable for perpetuating half-truths or misrepresentations about matters materially important to the interest of our country's investors." -- Robert Khuzami, Director, SEC Enforcement Division
December 18, 2011 (Washington D.C.) --The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged six former top executives of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) with securities fraud.
December 18, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for mountain areas in San Diego County and other southern California mountain locations. Scattered snow showers are expected early this afternoon with the snow level falling to 4500 feet. Locations where snow is forecast include Cuyamaca, Mount Laguna, and Ranchita locally.
Confirmation of the cause of death will be made by the Medical Examiner’s Office pending further investigation.
December 17, 2011 (La Mesa) -- PG&E, the utility that turned off the electricity for six families that had switched out smart meters for analog meters due to health problems that they believed were related to the wireless meters, has now reconnected them with electricity.
WINTER STORM BRINGS ROAD CLOSURES IN MOUNTAINS; WEATHER-RELATED ACCIDENTS CAUSE FURTHER TRAFFIC HAZARDS
December 16, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather warning effective now through 1 a.m. tomorrow. State Route 79 is closed at Cuyamaca Lake due to snowy, icy conditions. Motorists traveling to Julian need to utilize SR-78 through Ramona, CHP advises. Chains are required on several other mountain roadways including Sunrise Highway.
A multi-car accident is currently blocking lanes on I-8 eastbound just west of Highway 67. Additional accidents are reported on State Route 79 south of Paso Picacho in El Cajon and on State Route 79 just south of Harrison Park Road in El Cajon.
December 16, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –If you answered “get in shape” or “lose weight” or “build muscle” East County Magazine wants to help. We invite you to join in a “24 day challenge” sponsored by ECM. Shaping up is more fun with friends! Plus we’ll have prizes and surprises.
How does it work? The 24-day-challenge includes a combination of healthy eating, meal replacements/supplements, a fitness “boot camp” and one-on-one personalized counseling to assure your success. The more, the merrier! If you have a group of 10 or more, we can set up a special fitness boot camp at your location.
December 16, 2011 (Poway)--A search is underway in Poway for Dan Hoff, 43 a missing La Mesa man. He was last seen on Monday, December 12. His mother reported him missing yesterday, December 15 at 11 a.m.
Today, a Sheriff’s Deputy on patrol in Poway found his car at the base of Iron Mountain on Poway Road and Highway 67 at 3:07 a.m. A check of the license plate turned up a missing person report from La Mesa Police.
By Miriam Raftery
December 15, 2011 (La Mesa) – Emotions ran high as advocates and opponents of a Planned Business Improvement District (PBID) presented their views before the La Mesa City Council last night.
Among those who spoke, supporters outnumbered opponents by about two to one, arguing that a PBID is crucial for revitalization of downtown as the city approaches its centennial next year.
But what opponents lacked in numbers, they made up for in the strength of their convictions.
A La Mesa woman seeks an angel investor to buy her home—saving her disabled mother and a recently homeless friend from being thrown out in the streets
By Miriam Raftery
December 14, 2011 (La Mesa) –Mary Sweeney needs an angel. Like many Americans, the automotive industry consultant lost her home to foreclosure in the down economy. The lender, IAF Pension Inestments LP in San Diego, has given Sweeney notice to vacate by December 31—along with her wheelchair-bound 83-year-old mother. Her mother’s caretaker, a formerly homeless woman helped by Sweeney also faces the prospect of being on the streets come New Year’s. So do the family’s three dogs and a cat.
“I am a Christian and I still believe it may be possible to find an investor to buy our home from the lender and lease or sell it back to me, so Mom can stay here and I can implement the residential care plan I have worked on for two years,” said Sweeney, who purchased the home at 10545 Grandview Drive on Mount Helix for her mother 17 years ago. “She is heartbroken.”
La Mesa smart meter opponent voices outrage over families left in the cold
By Miriam Raftery
December 14, 2011 (La Mesa)—“We have just learned of a very troubling situation,” Susan Brinchman, a La Mesa activist leading statewide efforts to oppose smart meters, has informed ECM. “Power has been cut off for three families who changed out the smart meters on their homes for analogs.”
The shut-offs were made by Pacific Gas & Electric Company in Santa Cruz. Like a growing number of Californians, the families left in the dark had complained of health problems that they believed were caused by smart meters installed on their residences. Now, Brinchman fears that the same thing could happen in San Diego County.
December 14, 2011 (Deerhorn Valley) – The Deerhorn Valley Antler has published a warning from regarding a dog poisoning which reportedly occurred last week.
“Our farm dog was poisoned by antifreeze last week somewhere at the end of Deerhorn,” wrote Eowyn Smith of Wilde Oaks Farms, located near the top of Deerhorn Valley Road. He recalled, "Several years ago there was a rash of similar dog poisoniongs in the area, killing at least six dogs at the end of Deerhorn.”
December 14, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Sheriff’s deputies from Poway responded to a three-car traffic collision last night at 7:09 p.m. on Highway 67, a half-mile south of Poway Road. The accident has left two with serious injuries.
December 13, 2011 (San Diego) – A HazMat team is en route to the Coca Cola bottling plant, where an ammonia leak has occurred, Incident Page Network reports. The plant is located at 1348 47th Street, located just off Federal Blvd. next to the 10 News station. Ammonia is toxic if inhaled.
Story by Miriam Raftery
Photos by Monica Zech
December 13, 2011 (El Cajon) – A motorist who hit the gas instead of the brake crashed into Tyler’s Taste of Texas restaurant yesterday shortly before noon, but fortunately no one was injured.
Heartland Fire & Rescue in El Cajon responded to the crash at 576 North Second Street, where they found a blue car had driven into the side of the restaurant. The driver, a man in his 30s, was accompanied by his wife and two children (a 4-year-old and a 1-year-old). The vehicle pushed forward a dining booth where moments earlier a family had been sitting.
December 13, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Following an examination, the San Diego Medical Examiner has concluded that Jeffery Martin Andrews, 33, died of sudden cardiac arrest associated with coronary artery atherosclerosis.
December 23 deadline for public comment on County's proposed wind ordinance
By Caleb Trainer
December 12, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--The eastern portions of San Diego County have become areas for increased interest in wind energy production. In response, County officials are proposing changes to current regulations that, in effect, will make it easier for wind energy development—including both wind farms with large-scale turbines and smaller scale residential windmills.
December 12, 2011 (La Mesa) – David Gonzalez, 16, and his grandmother, Celia Torres, 73, have been identified by family members as the victims who perished in a fiery collision Friday on Highway 125 just south of I-8. Gonzalez was a sophomore at Grossmont High School and hoped to join the military.
Story and photo by Pam Wilmers
View a video by Billy Ortiz: http://youtu.be/RGCBdTSChHw
December 11, 2011 (Lakeside) -- Stranded at 3200 feet on the face of El Cajon Mountain (El Capitan) at near freezing temperatures Saturday, two young college students survived the night. Early Sunday morning their cries for help were heard down in the El Monte Valley.