June 7, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Vintage objects from the archives of the El Cajon Historical Society not being used in the Knox House Museum or in public exhibits are being released for sale. This collection of post-Civil War through 1960s artifacts is available at Lynn Endicott’s Silvercreek Fine Arts Gallery at 120 East Main Street in El Cajon’s newly renovated redevelopment area for one month, beginning at 10 a.m. on June 17th.
June 6, 2011 (San Diego) –A woman who died after being struck at a City Heights bus stop yesterday has been identified as Vanessa Mae Shane, 25, of El Cajon. She was seated at a bus stop in the 4800 block of University Avenue near Euclid when the driver of the PT cruiser lost control and drove onto the sidewalk.
Shane resided with her parents in El Cajon. Her 4-year-old son, Elijah, and boyfriend David Abilez, were also transported to area hospitals with serious injuries.
June 6, 2011 (Poway) -- A 57-year-old driver was rescued today after he lost control of his vehicle on Kirkham Way and plummeted 360 feet down into a valley.
Poway Sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash around 8:12 a.m. and found the black Mercedes, which was upright in the canyon despite hurtling downhill for hundreds of feet. A helicopter air-lifted the survivor and sole occupant out of the valley; he was then transported by ambulance to Palomar Medical Center, the Sheriff’s office reports.
June 6, 2011 (San Diego) – San Diego City Council has voted 7-1 to approve a budget that will eliminate brown-outs at city fire stations starting July 1, also restoring funds for libraries and city parks.
After staff projected that reserve accounts will have more money than estimated earlier, several proposals were made to utilize the new-found surplus. Council adopted an amendment proposed by Councilmember Marti Emerald to restore eight fire engines that have been shut down for over a year. Brownouts have been blamed for at least one death, a toddler who choked to death waiting on a fire engine with paramedics to arrive from a distant location while a station a block away was closed.
June 6, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Just before 10:00 a.m. this morning Heartland Fire & Rescue, serving the City of El Cajon, responded to reports of an apartment fire at 525 East Camden Avenue in El Cajon. As crews arrived smoke was coming from a second floor apartment. El Cajon fire crews, assisted by firefighters from the San Miguel Fire District, had the fire knocked down in about ten minutes. Quick action kept the fire from reaching neighboring apartment units. The exact cause of the fire is still being investigated, but it appears to have started in or around the clothes dryer area located in the middle of the apartment.
Damage has been estimated at $15,000 to the apartment and its contents. There was some smoke damage to an adjoining apartment. The family was at home at the time of the fire and were able to escape safely. The family will be staying with relatives. There were no injuries reported.
June 5, 2011 (Ramona) – A two-year-old child has died at a local hospital after rescuers pulled the toddler from a murky pond in the 1800 block of Cedar Street in Ramona.
June 4, 2011 (Otay) – One person is dead and two others injured following a collision on Otay Lakes Road today, the Deerhorn Valley Antler reports. A blue Ford F-150 truck struck a motorcycle near the glider port, causing a shut down of Otay Lakes Road at Highway 94.
By Miriam Raftery
Photos by Deputy Fire Chief Rick Sitta
June 3, 2011 (El Cajon) Updated 8 p.m. -- A 9 year-old boy was struck by a vehicle at Madison Avenue and East Main Street while riding his bike to school at 7:24 this morning. Trapped under an SUV, the boy was crying for help, Incident Page Network reported.
Firefighters attribute a bicycle helmet to saving the boy's life. Photos show abrasions on one side of the helmet and tire tread marks on the other side.
June 3, 2011 (El Cajon) – A child has been run over and remains trapped beneath a car at eastbound Main Street near Madison; Heartland Fire Department has been dispatched. In addition, an ambulance has been dispatched for a second accident on I-8 at Severin, according to the CHP website.
June 2, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) --The Honorable Thomas Graham Duffy, born July 18, 1927 in Racine, Wisconsin, passed away in his home on Monday, May 23, 2011.
“Known for his keen sense of wit, long time East County resident Thomas Duffy will be fondly remembered as an attorney, former El Cajon City Attorney, San Diego Municipal Court Judge, and later San Diego Superior Court Judge,” said Mark Raftery, former president of the Foothills Bar Association. “While on the bench, he was elected by all the Judges in San Diego County to be the Presiding Judge and was instrumental in unifying the Municipal and Superior Courts.”
June 2, 2011 (San Diego) – A sports utility vehicle struck two bicyclists Tuesday in a rollover crash on Highway 56 in Rancho Penasquitos, killing one cyclist and seriously injuring the other. The deceased has been identified as Nick Venuto of Poway, corporate controller of Sapphire Energy, a biotech company in Torrey Pines. Baron Herdelin-Doherty, president and CEO of the San Diego County YMCA, suffered broken bones in his hips, ribs and arms.
June 1, 2011 (Spring Valley ) – A man has jumped to his death off a bridge over northbound State Route 125 just south of Highway 54, CHP reports. The victim has not been identified, however the CHP website indicates he had left the home he shared with his wife and has been missing for two days.
June 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Three new cases of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) were reported in the U.S. and Canada over the holiday weekend, including one new case confirmed in California with neurological signs of equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM), a potentially lethal condition.
Thus far, the outbreak stems from exposure at two locations: the Kern County Cutting Horse Event May 13 in Bakersfield, CA and the National Cutting Horse Association’s Western National Championships in Ogden Utah. All horses with the disease were either at the events or exposed to horses that attended.
May 29, 2011 -- If you’re outdoors this spring, you may cross paths with one of our state’s most common predators, the coyote.
Coyotes and their melodic "songs" are revered in Native American cultures, even honored in creation stories. They also provide benefits to communities by hunting rodents such as gophers and mice. But in urban settings, clever coyotes can grow accustomed to humans and become emboldened to the point of posing public safety concerns, California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) cautions.
New police station, fire station rehab, University Ave. revitalization, Alison Ave. upgrades, storm drain and wastewater collection projects named
May 29, 2011 (La Mesa) - The City of La Mesa has received eight awards for capital improvement projects.
Honors include four merit awards from American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), three project of the year awards from American Public Works Association (APWA), and one special recognition award from American Planning Association (APA).
May 27, 2011 (San Diego) – A decomposed body of a white male was found Friday just off a pathway on Bernardo Bay Trail, San Diego Police report.
According to the San Diego Medical Examiner’s office, the body is believed to be a 46-year-old man who had been staying with his family and left without his medications. The family reported him missing. However identity has yet to be confirmed.
May 25, 2011 (La Mesa)-- Firefighters from Heartland Fire & Rescue in La Mesa responded to a fire last night at 9:56 p.m. in the 5700 Block of Baltimore Drive. Upon arrival, the second floor condo was well involved in fire and the fire was extending to the third floor.
Push comes as major drug busts made at border involving Mexican trucks
By Jeremy Los
May 22, 2011- Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) is leading a bi-partisan push to end a cross-border trucking program that would allow Mexican trucks to use U.S. roadways. Hunter and Illinois Democrat Daniel Lipinski sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood protesting the agreement between the U.S. and Mexico. The letter has rare bipartisan agreement, signed by 42 lawmakers from both sides of the aisle including Rep. Bob Filner (D-San Diego).
The lawmakers claim that the program will tarnish border security as well as hurt the American economy and cost jobs. In addition, concerns have been raised over highway safety.
May 24, 2011 (Alpine) –Alpine Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Mary Tedesco advises that she received a phone call today from a resident who was called by a person claiming to be a representative from the Fireman’s Association—asking for a $500 donation.
“Firefighters DO NOT solicit for money,” Tedesco advised in a bulletin sent to the Alpine Community Network. “The only time we collect money is for the annual boot drive on the streets (in uniform) for the Burn Institute, and that takes place all over San Diego for just one day. Other than that.......NO PHONE CALLS OR ASKING FOR MONEY EVER!”
May 24, 2011 (Spring Valley)– The Otay Water District’s (the District) Board of Directors has approved its budget for fiscal year 2011-2012. The budget adopted by the District includes a rate increase of 7.7 percent for water service and a 7.5 percent rate increase for sewer effective January, 2012.
"The $78.1 million operating budget and $22.6 million Capital Improvements Projects (CIP) budget reflect the District’s ongoing efforts to lessen the impact of higher water costs on customers," a press release issued by the district stated.
May 24, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – One day after a deadly tornado destroyed one-third of Joplin, Missouri, killing over 100 and leaving 1500 missing, new tornado warnings have been issued for the plains states and Ozarks areas. Areas most apt to have severe tornados today and tonight include portions of Arkanasa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and northern Texas.
In addition, tornados are forecast for Wednesday from Texas through Iowa, the National Weather Service predicts. Severe thunderstorms and hail are forecast over a far broader area that extends to the East Coast and could affect up to 80 million people, according to www.accuweather.com.
By Miriam Raftery
May 24, 2011 (San Diego) –San Diego City Council has approved the biggest cost cutting move in San Diego’s history: reforming retiree health benefits, which is estimated to save the City $714,000,000 in coming years.
“With this agreement the City is keeping faith with retirees and taxpayers by creating a sustainable benefit and freeing up hundreds of millions of dollars needed for City services like public safety, libraries and parks,” said Councilmember Marti Emerald, who announced the pending agreement during her recent State of the District address.
May 22, 2011 (Ramona) – A major accident involving two vehicles, one over the side, at 15714 has shut down Vista Vicente Drive in both directions. A medical heliciopter is en route. CHP reported at 7:09 p.m. that one subject is “combative.” No further details are yet available.
May 21, 2011 (La Mesa)--The La Mesa Police Department, in a continuing effort to work in partnership with the community, is hosting a neighborhood forum on Monday, May 23, 2011, from 6:00-8:00 PM at La Mesa Dale Elementary School, 4370 Parks Avenue, La Mesa. This forum is part of a series of community forums to encourage public discussion and questions about issues specific to the individual neighborhoods within the City of La Mesa.
One Million Californians Still Not Buckling Up
May 21, 2011 (San Diego) -- As families across California plan for upcoming spring travel, there’s not much you can do to control the cost of filling up the gas tank, but you can avoid a costly ticket by making sure that everyone in the car wears their seat belt. Law enforcement throughout the state, including the San Diego Police Department will be looking for unbelted drivers and passengers as part of the 2011 Click It or Ticket mobilization, May 23 – June 5.
The fines and fees for first time adult seat belt violations are a minimum of $142. For children under 16, the fine is $445 for a first time offense. In cases where an adult passenger is not buckled up, both the passenger and the driver will be ticketed.
May 20, 2011(Washington D.C.) Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine), a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, announced that he will introduce legislation in the coming days directing the Secretary of the Navy to name the next available ship after Marine Corps Sergeant Rafael Peralta.
“Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta, a Hispanic-American who grew up in Southeast San Diego, was nominated for the Medal of Honor for smothering a grenade with his body, saving the lives of the other Marines in the room with him,” Hunter said. The incident occurred after Peralta led a team of Marines into a house during combat in Fallujah, Iraq.
May 21, 2011 (Santee) – Former Santana High School baseball coach Martin "Marty" Nellis, 76, died May 5th of a heart attack. Nellis coached Santana to the 1984 CIF baseball championship and also founded the Barona (now San Diego) Stars semipro baseball team.
He coached boys and girls sports at the junior and senior high school level, as well as community college and the San Diego School of Baseball, also spending time with the Oakland A’s minor league baseball team.
Update May 22: View an underwater video of the training session: http://vimeo.com/24063472
May 21, 2011 (Poway) -- They sweep the ocean floor, cling to boats and search bodies of water to recover victims and evidence. Sheriff’s Divers have been swimming their way through San Diego’s waterways for more than 40 years to help solve cases. It can be a tough job, but they still volunteer for it.
On Saturday, May 21st, the Sheriff’s Dive Recovery Unit will work on improving skills with an exercise at Lake Poway/ During the exercise, Sheriff’s divers will recover a practice dummy and two guns at a mocked crime scene.
May 21, 2011 (Alpine) – The San Diego chapter of the Hells Angels, headquartered in EL Cajon, is celebrating its 45th anniversary this weekend. The group will hold a “South Run” event centered in Alpine May 20-22. Thousands of motorcyclists are expected to participate.