OFFICER INVOLVED IN EL CAJON SHOOTING HAD BEEN DEMOTED FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT

EL CAJON’S WILD WEEK: OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING, NUDITY BAN, PROTESTS AND PARKWAY PLAZA CLOSURE

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LEMON GROVE MAYORAL CANDIDATES SHARE DIVERSE VIEWS FOR CITY’S FUTURE

LOCAL TRIBES SEND CARAVANS TO AID STANDING ROCK SIOUX OPPOSED TO DAKOTA PIPELINE

MAN AT EL CAJON PROTESTS ATTACKED FOR TAUNTING PROTESTERS, WEARING TRUMP HAT

PROTESTS ERUPT IN EL CAJON; BLACK MAN SHOT BY POLICE DIES

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SUSPECT WANTED FOR THEFT OF LEMON GROVE SCHOOL LAPTOPS: UP TO $1,000 REWARD OFFERED

 

East County News Service

May 17, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the Lemon Grove Sheriff's Substation want the public's help in identifying and locating those responsible for stealing 43 laptops from San Miguel Elementary School April 27th or 28th

BOXER URGES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO TRACK CRIMINAL CASES OF "SEXTORTION"

 

Attackers use compromising information to force victims to engage in sexual activity online

East County News Service

May 17, 2016 (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch urging the Department of Justice to begin specifically tracking criminal offenses involving acts of sexual extortion, or "sextortion."

MISSING MAN’S CAR FOUND IN JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS, DISAPPEARANCE DEEMED “SUSPICIOUS”

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County News Service

May 16, 2016 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – A Honda Civic belonging to a missing Buena Park man, Jonathan Barmaki, has been found by Border Patrol agents on Old Highway 80 near a welcome sign to Jacumba Hot Springs on May 9th. Agents found Barmaki's cherished 15-year-old dog, Andy,  dead inside the vehicle.

The vehicle was not out of gas and Barmaki’s wallet and keys were missing, though his cell phone, along with dog food and a dog bowl, were left in the car. The car windows were rolled up and footsteps from the vehicle led 70 feet to a border fence 25 feet high. Authorities are investigating the disappearance as"suspicious,"10 News reports. 

SUBARU RECALL: STEERING DEFECT SO DANGEROUS YOU SHOULD STOP DRIVING NOW

 

East County News Service

May 14, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - Subaru is recalling over 48,500 new Legacy and Outback vehicles due to a steering column defect so dangerous, the company doesn’t want you to drive at all—not even to a mechanic.  Subaru dealers will have cars towed, inspected and repaired at no cost, according to a customer service message on Subaru’s website.

BODY FOUND IN FORRESTER CREEK IDENTIFIED; CAUSE OF DEATH REMAINS A MYSTERY

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 14, 2016 (El Cajon ) –The County Medical Examiner’s office has identified a decomposing body found in Forrester Creek in El Cajon on January 5th as Paul Frederick Jones, 50. 

Jones, who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, had been reported missing on November 29, 2015 after packing his belongings and leaving Carroll’s Community Care, an assisted living facility for patients with mental illnesses.

TheMedical Examiner used DNA testing to confirm Jones’ identity, but has not been able to locate his family.  His cause of death could not be determined and it remains unknown whether Frederick was dead before he wound up in the water, or if he drowned.

SUSPECT WITH DEAD BODY IN BACKSEAT DIES AFTER POLICE CHASE, CRASH IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 14, 2016 (El Cajon) – The driver of a red Mazda truck is dead after fleeing from police and crashing into a tree shortly after midnight in El Cajon.  Officers attempting to render aid to the driver made a grisly discovery – a dead female in the backseat. Arriving paramedics reported that they believe the female was deceased before the collision and that her death was suspicious, said Lieutenant Rob Rainsweiler.

CONVENIENCE STORES MAY STOP ACCEPTING EBT/SNAP BENEFITS

 

Photo courtesy Steve Shepard/iStockphotos

By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service

May 12, 2016 (Los Angeles) - Your local convenience story may no longer accept cards for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program if a new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture goes into effect.

UNSHELTERED HOMELESS COUNT JUMPS 19% COUNTYWIDE

 

 

“We All Count” organizers voice concerns over undercount of homeless due to lack of data provided by shelter in El Cajon

By Miriam Raftery

May 12, 2016 (San Diego) – Results of “We All Count,” the annual count of homeless people countywide, show a 19% increase in the number of unsheltered homeless people, though a slight dip (less than a percentage point) in the total number of homeless countywide.

In an interview with the East County Magazine Show originally aired on KNSJ radio, Dolores Diaz, Executive Director of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, and Michael McConnell, an advocate for the homeless who has served as team leader for “25 Cities”, a national initiative to end homelessness and publisher of Homelessness News San Diego, discussed this year’s results of the point-in-time homeless count, as well as long term solutions to end homelessness.

Hear our interview by clicking the orange arrow above (sound files may take a few moments to load), plus scroll down for additional details and updates obtained after our interview aired.

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PASSAGES: HERMAN SALERNO, RAMONA WINEMAKING PIONEER AND OPERA SINGER

 

Memorial to be held Thursday, May 12

East County News Service

(Ramona) –Herman Salerno, 81, an Italian opera singer, founder of Salerno Winery and a pioneer in our region’s winemaking industry, has passed away. 

Linda McWilliams, president of the San Diego County Vintners Association, remembered Salerno as “a pillar of the early winery community in San Diego County and Ramona. He was an award-winning winemaker and helped and encouraged so many, particularly in the Ramona AVA.” She added, “A visit to his winery was not justa bout tasting the wine but a view into the entire culture of art,food, old world conversation but also the joy of his operatic voice.”

MASS EVICTIONS IN EL CAJON; COUNCIL DROPS FINES FOR MOTEL OWNERS

 

Updated May 11, 2016 with comments from Michael McConnell, advocate for the homeless

By Jonathan Goetz

May 10, 2016 (El Cajon) - The El Cajon City Council praised the new owners of the Villa Serena Motel today for being “most cooperative” and “going above and beyond what we asked” as police evicted the residents at this 23-unit long-term hotel. Building inspectors found extensive building violations that have since been addressed.

CPUC REOPENS SAN ONOFRE SETTLEMENT AFTER COMPLAINTS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

May 10, 2016 (San Diego) – The California Public Utilities Commission yesterday announced that it will reopen the record on the settlement agreement over the San Onofre nuclear power plant settlement that left ratepayers for SDG&E and Southern California Edison footing  $3.3 billion of the  shutdown costs.

STATE MAY EASE WATER CUTS ORDERED DURING DROUGHT, BUT GOVERNOR MAKES SOME RESTRICTIONS PERMANENT

 

East County News Service

May 10, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - On May 18th, the California Water Resource Control Board will determine whether or not to lift a statewide water conservation order imposed nearly a year ago. That order mandated that most cities and water districts cut water use by at least 20 percent.

FULL FREEWAY CLOSURE ON STATE ROUTE 52 WESTBOUND WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHTS

 

Dip Repairs Scheduled Wednesday and Thursday Nights

Source: Caltrans

May 10, 2016 (San Diego) -- Caltrans crews will close all westbound lanes on State Route 52 (SR-52) from Interstate 15 (I-15) to Convoy Street Wednesday and Thursday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to repair pavement dips.

MISSING MOTORIST FOUND DEAD IN CRASH OFF I-8 NEAR LA POSTA

 

 

Update: The deceased has been identified as 18-year-old James Will, a Mountain Empire football star, East County Sports reports.

By Miriam Raftery

May 7, 2016 (La Posta) — A Campo man driving a 2004 Acura TSX was reported missing yesterday at 12:30 p.m. to the California Highway Patrol and Sheriff  after failing to reach his destination in Pine Valley, where he planned to pick up his great-grandmother at 6 a.m. yesterday morning. 

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RESPONDS TO ISSA LETTER REQUESTING NUCLEAR STORAGE MEETING IN SAN ONOFRE

 

Agency will send senior official to SONGS meeting on June 22

East County News Service

May 7, 2016 (Washington D.C) -- Congressman Darrell lssa says he is pleased with the Department of Energy's response to a letter he sent earlier this month asking the Department of Energy to hold an additional meeting in Southern California to discuss options for the nation's plan to handle the long-term storage of nuclear waste.

Acknowledging Congressman Issa’s request, the Department of Energy has agreed to send the Acting Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, John F. Kotek, to attend the next SONGS Community Engagement Panel meeting on June 22, where he will be seeking opinions and input from residents, elected officials and community leaders on this important issue. The Congressman encourages members of the public to attend.

A STEER RUSTLING CAPER IN LAKESIDE

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

Photo: Left and right: bull atop El Capitan High School and former Pinnacle Peak restaurant

May 6, 2016 (Lakeside) – A popular icon in downtown Lakeside—the bull statue atop the former Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse on Maine Avenue—vanished recently, leaving locals to ponder, where’s the beef?

Fortunately the missing steer statue was found this morning not far away, standing on the roof of El Capitan High School—and that’s no bull.

No one has come forward to fess up to steering the statue to the high school, though a senior prank is rumored.

GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL RAISING SMOKING AGE TO 21, ALSO APPROVING OTHER SMOKING RESTRICTIONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 5, 2016 (Sacramento) – California has become the second state in the nation (after Hawaii) to raise the smoking age to 21 years of age. Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of bills into law that also bans sale of e-cigarette products to youths and prohibits use of electronic cigarettes in public places such as restaurants or theaters, as well as at most areas in public schools including charters.

El Cajon Councilman Gary Kendrick praised the Governor’s action. “That’s going to save millions of lives,” said Kendrick, who authored El Cajon’s measures to restrict e-cigarettes and smoking in public places. The El Cajon Council, at Kendrick’s urging, also passed a resolution in support of raising California’s smoking age from 18 to 21.

FEDS CRACKDOWN ON E-CIGARETTES , HOOKAHS AND OTHER OTHER SMOKING ITEMS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 5, 2016 (Washington D.C.) –Today the U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced that it will regulate electronic cigarettes and hookahs and ingredients for such devices like tobacco products.  Pipe tobacco and cigars are also included in the regulations, which will require pre-approval of all such products in the future.

The FDA announcement calls the action a “milestone in consumer protection.”

POSTERS AT SDSU ALLEGE TIES TO TERRORISM BY SOME MUSLIM STUDENTS, SPARKING PROTESTS

 

East County News Service

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

May 3, 2016 (San Diego) — Muslim student groups at San Diego State University are calling for action after posters appeared on campus claiming certain Muslim students are allied with Palestinian terrorists and anti-Semitism.

SANDAG VOTES TO PUT TRANSPORTATION TAX MEASURE ON BALLOT: MOVE DRAWS OPPOSITION FROM WIDE SPECTRUM

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 2, 2016 (San Diego) – The San Diego Association of Governments  (SANDAG) board voted last week to send a ballot measure that would fund transit, freeway and infrastructure improvements to voters in November.  Next up, Supervisors must decide whether to let voters have the final say.  If approved the $18.2 million plan would raise county sales tax a half cent to fund freeway projects, road repairs, public transit, open space management and complying with state water quality mandates.

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