John Holsheimer, convicted in fatal crash that killed Ramona mom Bridget Hale, among those arrested
By Miriam Raftery
March 20, 2012 (Las Vegas)-- Last week, federal authorities arrested 19 suspects in nine states as part of Operation "Open Market," an investigation into a transnational criminal organization operating mainly out of Las Vegas. According to a press release from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), crime ring's members bought and sold stolen personal and financial information online, then committed identity theft and counterfeit credit card trafficking.
One San Diegan was among those arrested: John Holsheimer, 53. He is charged with conspiracy, trafficking in and production of false identification documents--including the forged driver's license that he presented to California Highway Patrol the night he crashed head-on into Bridgette Hale of Ramona on Highway 67, killing the young mother.
Amber Pezzolla and Anique Hermann Lead SDSU With Three Goals Apiece
By Ryan Schuler
March 21, 2012 (San Diego)--It didn’t just rain, it poured. Yet, even the dreadful weather was not enough to stop the San Diego State women’s water polo team from earning an 11-5 victory over Bucknell University at the Aztec Invitational presented by Courtyard Marriott on Saturday morning, March 17 at the Aztec Aquaplex on the campus of SDSU.
The win improved SDSU’s record to 13-6, while the loss dropped Bucknell to 10-15 on the season.
CA ENERGY COMMISSION TO HOLD PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON QUAIL BRUSH POWER PLANT PROJECT MARCH 22 AT MISSION TRAILS
By Serena Scaglione
March 21, 2012- The California Energy Commission (CEC) will hold a workshop at 5 p.m. this Thursday, March 22 at Mission Trails to discuss the proposed Quail Brush Generation Project being developed by Quail Brush Genco, LLC, a subsidiary of Cogentrix Energy.
According to project documents, the Quail Brush Generation Project is a 100-megawatt natural gas power plant under long-term contract with SDG&E. The power plant is designed to support renewable resources and deliver power only when needed.
March 20, 2012 (La Mesa)—Two men are in custody following a high-speed pursuit that began at 5:32 this evening when the driver of a vehicle stolen in El Cajon attempted to elude a police officer near Fletcher Parkway and Nagel Drive.
The officer, with assistance of El Cajon Police, San Diego Sheriff and the ASTREA helicopter, pursued the vehicle through residential streets in La Mesa and El Cajon, then onto Interstate-8.
March 20, 2012 (Jamul)--The Jamul Indians have revived plans to build a casino on their 6.2-acre reservation—this time with a dramatically different approach. The new plans reflect changes that seek to address backlash from neighboring community members who opposed failed proposals in the past.
POLITICAL WRANGLING: BATTLEGROUND CALIFORNIA, ENDORSEMENTS IN LOCAL RACES, & A WILD CARD ENTERS A KEY CONGRESSIONAL RACE
Two passengers were in the vehicle when the accident occurred. Multiple parties called 911, but death of the driver was pronounced at the scene. California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
March 19, 2012 (Santee) – On March 24, Camp BowWow will host its 5th Annual “Pawsitively Yours” Doggy Adopt-a-Thon event to help people and pups make a love connection. The event will take place at Woodglen Vista Dog Park at 10250 Woodglen Vista Drive in Santee from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The event is open to the public and will raise awareness of the importance of adoption from local rescues and shelters.
March 19, 2011 (Lakeside) – The Sheriff’s Department is partnering with County Parks and Recreation as well as County Health and Human Services to hold a Community Festival at Lindo Lake Park, 9841 Vine Street, Lakeside on March 24. The event will be from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
BILLS FOR BILL: FUNDRAISER AT ALPINE TAVERN APRIL 2 TO HELP COVER MEDICALCOSTS FOR EDUCATION LEADER BILL WEAVER
By Miriam Raftery
March 19, 2012 (Alpine)—A spinal tumor and life-threatening infection have left Bill Weaver, a dedicated education leader and advocate for East County’s children, in need of community help. I ask our readers to join in efforts to help Bill, who requires continuing in-home care while recovering from a long hospital stay. There are two ways you can help.
On Monday, April 2 from 3-10 p.m., the Alpine Tavern & Grill at 2502 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine will host “Beers for Bill,” donating 20% of proceeds to help pay for Bill’s medical expenses.
March 19, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -These shelter dogs have been provided training to become dream dogs for individuals or families. This month, we have several wonderful dogs to choose from -- from pups to mature pets. This male Basset Hound / Dachshund is 9 months old. He weighs 34 pounds and is good with all dogs, and loves people!
STATE PARKS DEPT. WEIGHS PROPOSAL TO SAVE PALOMAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK AFTER SUPPORTERS RAISE $72,000 IN PLEDGES TO KEEP PARK OPEN
LA MESA RESIDENTS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR VOLUNTEER POSITIONS ON CITY BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES
March 19, 2012 (Descanso) - Nancy Manning shot this picturesque night time image of snow falling along a country bridge in Descanso, where four inches have blanketed the ground thus far.
Doesn't it resemble a scene straight out of a fairy tale?
Fallen trees block roads in Pine Valley and Rancho San Diego
March 19, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A weather-related problem with a power pole has left 38 utility customers without power in the East Descanso, Green Valley Falls and Cuyamaca areas.
According to SDG&E, the outage began at 2:25 a.m. and power is expected to be restored around 7 p.m. tonight, leaving customers without power for more than 16 hours amid chill winter temperatures and snow.
March 19, 2012 (San Diego) 12:18 a.m. –California Highway Patrol reports traffic is at a dead stop on Highway 163 at Robinson and traffic controls are being set up do an attempted suicide by an individual jumping from the bridge. Incident Page Network reports a man down at 163 Southbound and Park Blvd. in cardiac arrest, possibly after jumping from the bridge.
By Miriam Raftery
March 19, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- As a late winter storm sweeps across our region, readers in San Diego's East County have shared some of their favorite photos of the season.
Morgan La Salle shared these first two pastoral images of Pine Valley, where a blanket of white coats corrals and farmlands--serving up a "cool" setting for local barnyard animals.
Update 10:45 a.m. I-8 is now reopened in both directions.
Update: At 9:09 a.m. CHP's wesite reports they are escorting traffic through and expect to reopen I-8 soon following snow-ploughing.
March 19, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Imterstate 8 is closed in both directions through East County due to heavy snow and ice. The closure begins east of Willows Road in Alpine and continues east to Ocotillo, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A frost warning has been issued for tonight and more blustery conditions are expected today.
For more weather-related road closures and details, scroll down.
March 19, 2012 (Alpine) – Ronald K. Fuller, prominent Alpine resident, died March 10 at his home in Alpine. From 1983 until his retirement in 1996, Fuller served as Vice President of Governmental Affairs for San Diego Gas & Electric Company, overseeing legislative and regulatory activities at all levels of government. From the late 1970s he worked as a lobbyist for the company in Washington D.C.
In addition, he spent time in politics, playing prominent roles in Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign and Ronald Reagan’s campaign for governor. He served as assistant to the director of the Office of Economic Opportunity and as a policy staffer for the White House Domestic Council.
HOT NEWS: SOLAR NOW COMPETITIVE WITH FOSSIL FUELS AS MAJOR STRIDES MADE TOWARD SUSTAINABILITY, BUT CHALLENGES REMAIN
“San Diego is becoming a Mecca for renewable energy for the United States.” –Mike Armstrong, Soitec, speaking at the San Diego Solar Energy Symposium
By Miriam Raftery
March 18, 2012 (San Diego) – The future is sunny for solar energy. Price parity with conventional energy sources has now been attained in some areas as demand rises and the cost of solar falls. California has emerged as a national leader in the shift to solar--with San Diego at the helm.
March 18, 2012 (Valley Center) – Valley Center Area Investigators were called to Harrah’s Rincon Casino on the afternoon of March 15 for a report of a stolen vehicle in the parking lot. As investigators were watching the vehicle, a subject, later identified as Joe Hernandez (07/10/86), approached and entered the vehicle. Investigators attempted to detain Hernandez, who failed to comply with orders and attempted to flee in the vehicle.
March 18, 2012 (Alpine) – Alpine, Tree Town USA, will be giving away 200 one gallon Sycamore trees and 200 one gallon Freemont trees between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the I Love A Clean Alpine event on Saturday April 14. The event will be held in the Albertsons parking lot at 2955 Alpine Boulevard.
WATER RATES AT STAKE: APPELLATE COURT TO REVIEW PRE-TRIAL DECISION IN WATER AUTHORITY CASE AGAINST METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT