January 17, 2010 (Poway) – Ramona resident Cynthia Clay, founder of Clay’s Canine Sidekicks and Leashes for Leaving, died Christmas night, December 25th, one day before her 58th birthday.
“Cyndy, while seriously disabled herself, created and managed over the years two service dog training groups,” said Hope Goodwin, a client who owns a service dog obtained through Clay. “I believe that Cyndy's training group is the only one in the U.S. that teaches the disabled how to train their own Service Dogs,” she said of the two-year program.
January 16, 2011 (Lemon Grove) – A 95-year-old woman smelled smoke and evacuated her home in the 6700 block of Hibiscus Drive at 7:40 this morning and asked a neighbor to call 911. Fire crews had to use tools to remove security bars and force entry into the home. Heartland Fire Rescue units from La Mesa and Lemon Grove, assisted by a Battalion Chief from San Diego Fire, were able to control the blaze within 10 minutes.
Case to be moved to San Diego
January 16, 2011 (San Diego) – Larry Burns, a federal judge in the U.S. District Court’s Southern District in San Diego, has been assigned to preside over the case of Jarod Lee Loughner, the accused gunman in last week’s Arizona massacre. Loughner is accused of shooting 19 people in Tucson, Arizona, killing six. The dead include Arizona’s chief federal judge John Roll and a nine-year old girl. The injured include Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot through the brain.
January 16, 2011 (Barrett Junction) – A serious accident involving a motorcyclist down in the roadway has been reported at 12:00 noon today on Highway 94 near Barrett Lake Road. An ambulance is en route and other motorists have stopped to assist. The accident is near Barrett Café in a curve in the road, CHP reports. No further details are available at this time (12:20 p.m.)
Update 9 p.m.: The victim was a 67-year old Caucasian man from Valley Center, the San Diego Medical Examiner's office reports. His name has not been released pending next of kin.
January 16, 2011 (Anza-Borrego) – A fatality accident involving a trailer and a motorcycle has shut down Highway 78 just east of Scissors Crossing in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California Highway Patrol reports. The accident was reported at 11:41 a.m. and the road closure occurred at 12:04 p.m.
January 16, 2011 (San Diego)--Cox Communications Senior Vice President and General Manager Bill Geppert has announced his plans to retire, culminating a 30-year career in the communications industry, to focus on serving the San Diego community.
“We are deeply grateful to Bill for his outstanding leadership heading up our operations in New Orleans, the United Kingdom and, finally, San Diego,” said Pat Esser, President and CEO of Cox Communications.
January 16, 2011 (San Diego) – A man, 26, tried to pass traffic by driving onto the sidewalk in his 1998 Mitsubishi Montero this morning at 8:25 a.m. at 4400 Home Avenue. His vehicle struck a 2003 Ford F-150 that was turning right onto Fairmont ahead of him, causing the F-150 to roll over and strike a 2000 GMC Yukon.
January 16, 2011 (San Diego)—A woman, 40, lost control of a 2007 Hummer H3 that she was driving at a high rate of speed on Mission Gorge Road at 3:25 this morning, according to San Diego Police Officer David Stafford. The vehicle plunged down an embankment and into the backyard of a house on Echo Dell Road, then struck a fence and a tree.
By Miriam Raftery
January 15, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Three local organizations and an East County land use issues expert have filed a lawsuit against five federal agencies. The suit alleges that the agencies approved SDG&E’s planned Sunrise Powerlink transition line in violation of environmental regulations—in some cases, making decisions based on the original route through the Anza Borrego Desert, instead of the revised southern route through numerous East County communities.
The suit makes other contentions, notably that key decision makers ignored fire danger and failed to consider the collective impact on public lands in East County, where several wind farms are planned as well as Powerlink in some wilderness areas. In addition, plaintiffs claim that some decisions were made before completion of studies on endangered species and that once completed, those studies found the project could threaten endangered Peninsular bighorn sheep, golden eagles, and other species.
January 15, 2011 (Escondido) – Carlos Martinez of Escondido sustained internal injuries and serious head trauma after he was ejected from his vehicle. The accident occurred at 4:54 a.m. on San Elijo Road in San Marcos.
New ECCDC report highlights accomplishments, but results are apparent in a stroll down Main Street
By Miriam Raftery
“This is proof that there is an economic engine running in downtown. These businesses have chosen to invest in downtown El Cajon.” –Cindi Fargo, president and CEO, El Cajon Community Development Corporation
By Jeremy Los
Editor Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report
January 14, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Governor Jerry Brown has laid out his budget plans for 2011-2012. One program on the list to be slashed by the budget axe is Cal-Fire--a cut which could imperil East County during fire season.
Brown seeks to take a chunk out of the state's massive $25.4 billion budget gap by cutting Cal-Fire by some $30 million. Crews for each engine would drop from four to three, plus 800 seasonal firefighting positions would be eliminated. The burden for fighting wildfires will be pushed more upon local fire departments as the Governor looks to lower the costs for Cal-Fire.
January 14, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Frederick “Rick” Sturckow, who grew up in Lakeside and La Mesa, may be the commander on the next space shuttle flight. NASA has named Sturckow to fill in at least temporarily in training for commander Mark Kelly, whose wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, is recovering from an attempted assassination in Tucson.
County Office of Emergency Services accepting applications from those who suffered storm damage while awaiting aid from FEMA
January 14, 2011 (San Diego) –San Diego Councilmember Marti Emerald said her office has been in daily contact with the Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA), pushing the agency to extend federal assistance to San Diego property owners swamped by recent rains and flooding.
“It appears the city qualifies for federal aid because of the amount of damage to public and private properties, but San Diegans are still asking when repair dollars will be available,” Emerald said in a statement issued today.
January 13, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) --The new, permanent northbound State Route 67 (SR-67) off-ramp to Prospect Avenue is scheduled to open Friday at 5 a.m., according to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).
Wounded Congresswoman opens eyes, embraces husband
By Leon Thompson and Miriam Raftery
January 13, 2011 (Tucson) – Speaking to an overflow crowd of more than 30,000 in Tucson yesterday, President Barack Obama memorialized the six people who died when a gunman opened fire January 8th, shooting 19 people including Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. He also called for a new era of civility, healing, and compassion.
January 13, 2011 (El Cajon) --A bomb threat triggered an evacuation of the Wal-Mart store at 13487 Caminoi Canada in El Cajon last night. Sheriff's deputies from Lakeside, Santee and Alpine responded after an unidentified male called an interior store phone shortly after 6 p.m. and whispered to a worker that he had planted a bomb.
January 11th, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)—More than 167 people have reported feeling a possible sonic boom at 10:28 a.m., the U.S. Geological Survey reports. The majority of reports came from San Diego and San Diego’s East County, though the incident was felt was far away as Los Angeles County and Tijuana, Mexico.
A loud boom was followed by shaking that rattled windows for 30 seconds or so at East County Magazine’s office in La Mesa. The USGS siet lists the mysterious noise/shaking as a possible sonic boom, but confirms that no earthquake occurred.
January 11, 2010 (Warner Springs) – Richard Hawkins, 87, has died of injuries after the World War II Trainer plane (tail number N57027) that he was flying crashed crashed late yesterday at Warner Springs Airport. His son remains hospitalized in critical condition at Palomar Medical Center, 10 News reports.
“Tonight at 5:24 p.m., three engines companies under the direction of Battalion Chief John Butz responded,” Cal-Fire battalion chief Nick Schuler said yesterday. “When firefighters arrived, the aircraft was in multiple pieces.”
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"In San Diego, we stand together today and say that violence has no place in politics, not here, and never again." -- Jess Durfee and Tony Krvaric, chairs of the San Diego Democratic and Republican parties, in a joint statement
Former ECM manager now in Tucson recalls meeting Giffords, says she was outspoken on need to `tone down' rhetoric that could incite violence
January 8, 2011 (Tucson) Updated 5:45 p.m. -- Democratic Congersswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona's first Jewish representative, has been shot through the brain and is in critical condition following surgery, according to a hospital spokesperson. A federal judge and a nine-year-old-baby are among the dead; ten others were wounded when a gunman opened fire in Tucson on a street corner where Giffords was hosting a meeting with constituents.
January 8, 2011 (Santee) – A family with five children seeks the public’s help to find their dog, Zoe, who has not been seen since New Year’s Day. Firefighters opened up the family home on Clifford Heights Road in Santee to save it from flames after a next-door-neighbor, Michael Cour, shot his wife and himself, also setting fire to the couple’s home.
Zoe, a 3-year-old Bichon frise, was recently groomed and had a shorter haircut than a typical Bichon, the Union-Tribune reported. The dog has a friendly personality, has a microchip ID, and was wearing a pink collar with tags when last seen.
January 8, 2011 (Dulzura) – An 84-year-old woman from Lemon Grove was broadsided by another vehicle while driving on State Route 94 in Dulzura this morning. Paramedics responded but she was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:25 a.m., the San Diego Medical Examiner reports.
January 6, 2011 (San Carlos) – Esther Weinsheker,93, was crossing Jackson Drive near Hyde Park Drive in the San Carlos neighborhood of San Diego was hit by a 2007 Toyota Tundra at 10:40 a.m. yesterday. She was transported to a hospitalwith CPR in progress, but despite life-saving efforts, she was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to the San Diego Medical Examiner's office.
January 5, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – State Route 67 will be shut down between Prospect and Woodside avenues from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. tonight and tomorrow for construction, Caltrans has announced.
In addition, ramp closures will occur starting at 8 p.m. both nights including northbound SR67 on-ramp at Bradley Ave., northbound SR67 off-ramp to Prospect Ave., and southbound SR67 on-ramp from Magnolia Ave.
2 bodies found in burned home of retired teacher/coach and ailing wife;
Settlement just announced by CA Attorney General targets couple's lender for predatory lending practices--but relief is too late for Santee couple
By Miriam Raftery
January 3, 2011 (Santee) – Michael L. Cour, 60 and his wife, Janice Gervais, 70, faced a bleak future. The couple filed for bankruptcy June 30th. On December 6th, their lender, World Savings Bank, foreclosed on their property. A neighbor, Ruth Talaza, said Gervais had cancer and that the couple had tried multiple times to refinance, without success.
So Cour, who taught for 35 years in the Grossmont Union-High School District, told a neighbor that he was going to kill his wife and burn down their home on Clifford Heights Road, a quiet cul-de-sac in Santee. Soon after, a man called 911 to say he’d shot his wife and set fire to the home. He also threatened to shoot anyone if they tried to stop the inferno.
December 3, 2010 (Fallbrook)--They vanished from their Fallbrook home, leaving behind their two dogs and eggs on the kitchen counter. Their bank accounts, e-mail and cell phones have had no activity since they went missing on February 4, 2010. Now the mystery is about to get national attention. Investigation Discovery’s “Disappeared” is featuring the case of the McStay family.
January 3, 2010 (San Diego)—Scattered showers are forecast today across San Diego County, with snow forecast in mountain areas.
“We’re all hoping for snow,” said Teresa Manley at Julian Meadow View Inn in Julian. Snow is good for the tourism business in Julian, but despite forecasts of snow last night, the mountain town which has an elevation of 4,235 feet got only drizzle, Manley said.
By Miriam Raftery
December 29, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) –Good news often gets overlooked by the media amid headlines blaring the latest catastrophic news. We’ve scoured the globe to bring you the most important news trends that give reason for optimism in the coming year.
January 1, 2011 (San Diego) – A New Year’s Day hike at Mission Trails Park was cut short when a hiker became injured, prompting a technical rescue. Incident Page Network reports that San Diego Fire Department dispatched a helicopter to provide a hoist rescue since the area was inaccessible to an ambulance by ground.
January 1, 2011 (San Diego) – San Diego Police seek public help to locate Juana Caltzontzin Martinez, a mother of eight. She was last seen on Christmas Day, December 25th, in the area of 700 Raven Street in San Diego, according to SDPD.
The San Diego Examiner reported yesterday that Martinez left to go to an Indian casino and told her family she would return Sunday. She normally takes the trolley to El Cajon, then transfers to a bus bus to reach one of three casinos in East County (Barona, Sycuan, and Viejas). The family is not sure which casino she intended to visit this time. According to the Examiner, a few days ago a man came to the family home and said he found the missing woman's wallet on a sidewalk in El Cajon. Her ID was in it, but the money was gone.