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STORM DAMAGES FACILITIES AT LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS IN ALPINE: SANCTUARY SEEKS FUNDS FOR CRITICAL REPAIRS

KAWASAKI DISEASE CASES INCREASING IN THE COUNTY

RANCHO SAN DIEGO SHERIFF CAPTAIN MARCO GARMO PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE DURING ATF/FBI CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

OUTAGES AND ROAD CLOSURES

FEDS RAID JEWELER LEO HAMEL’S HOME AND STORES IN GUN TRAFFICKING CASE

BOYS BASKETBALL: NORSEMEN ADVANCE TO CIF QUARTERFINALS AFTER TROUNCING SOUTHWEST EC 82-62

FIVE WAYS GAVIN NEWSOM MADE IT CLEAR HE'S NOT JERRY BROWN

SUPERVISORS VOTE TO SUE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OVER DUMPING ASYLUM SEEKERS LOCALLY

BOARD VOTES TO REQUEST $125 MILLION TO HELP HOMELESS

PRESCRIBED FIRE BURNS PLANNED AT CUYAMACA RANCHO STATE PARK IN SAN DIEGO'S EAST COUNTY

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SPRING VALLEY WOMAN, SAN DIEGO MAN DIE IN ROLLOVER CRASH AT -805 RAMP TO HIGHWAY 94

November 14, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – On November 11, a vehicle driven by Deshaun Glover went out of control, struck a guardrail and electrical box, then overturned on the northbound I-805 transition ramp to Interstate 94. Glover, 21, and a rear seat passenger, Candice McClean, 21, of Spring Valley were ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.

MAN KILLED RUNNING ACROSS FREEWAY IS IDENTIFIED

November 14, 2010 (El Cajon) – Anthony Watson, 22, of Spring Valley was struck and killed on November 10th when he attempted to run across the westbound lanes of Interstate 8 near State Route 67. He was hit by an SUV. Medics transported him to Sharp Memorial Hospital’s trauma unit, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

5 DEAD, 6 INJURED IN OCOTILLO CRASH, INCLUDING 4 MEMBERS OF AN EAST COUNTY MOTORCYCLE CLUB

 

Authorities seek driver who fled scene after crossing line, causing collision

Update Nov. 14:  Authorities now say that the driver who fled the scene was in a gold Honda Civic

 

November 13, 2010 (Ocotillo) – A horrific pileup today included seven motorcycles from Lakeside’s Saddle Tramps club and two other vehicles.  The crash left five dead, including at least four East County residents, and injured six others.

 

According to the CHP, a car crossed the center line on State Route 98 seven miles east of Ocotillo around 1 p.m., attempting to pass a group of motorcyclists. A  sedan veered to avoid a head-on collision with the car, then struck several motorcycles.

MILITARY AND VETERANS: DEC. 3 IS DEADLINE TO SUBMIT RETROACTIVE STOP LOSS SPECIAL PAY CLAIMS

 

November 12, 2010 (San Diego) – Congressman Bob Filner wants to make sure all active duty and veterans who were forced to involuntarily extend their service know that the deadline to submit a claim for retroactive “Stop Loss” pay is approaching.

 

All claims must be submitted by December 3, 2010.

LION SEEN IN DOWTOWN ALPINE NEAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

By Miriam Raftery
 

November 12, 2010 (Alpine) – People in an Alpine barber shop in were startled to see a mountain lion roaming along the 1700 block of Alpine Blvd. shortly after 9:30 a.m. The lion reportedly leaped from a pine tree and later ran into bushes next to a home near the Alpine Community Center and Alpine Elementary School, prompting the Sheriff’s department to summon Fish & Game officials. By the time wildlife officers arrived, however, the lion was gone.

DRIVER, 19, SENTENCED IN FATAL HEAD-ON COLLISION NEAR STEELE CANYON


November 12, 2010 (El Cajon)—Baseball player Andrew Bellati, 19, pled guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter in a head-on collision January 22 that killed David Norman Reid, 50, and injured three others. Yesterday, a judge sentenced Bellati to five years of probation and eight months in custody, with credit for three months time that he has already served.

LAKESIDE FIREFIGHTERS DOUSE CAR FIRE

 

November 12, 2010 (Lakeside)--The Engine 3 crew from Lakeside's Lake Jennings fire station (fs3) responded to a vehicle fire in the 13000 block of Highway 8 Business Wednesday night. Engineer Chris Downing had little trouble finding the location of the fire as it was putting up a large, black smoke column visible from a distance. Luckily, the vehicle's driver had stopped in the middle of a parking lot with no other vehicles or structures in close proximity, Lakeside Fire reports.

NEED CHILDCARE? FIRST 5 SAN DIEGO APPROVES CHILD CARE BRIDGE LOANS

 

November 6, 2010 (San Diego, Calif.) — The First 5 Commission of San Diego will provide $2.25 million in bridge funding to maintain child care assistance for parents previously on welfare who are now working. The action comes after Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed $256 million from the “welfare-to-work” Stage 3 Child Care program.
 

OUT OF CONTROL VEHICLE ROLLS OVER ON I-8 IN LAKESIDE, BLOCKING LANES

November 6, 2010 (Alpine) – A vehicle reported as a runaway rolled over on the center divide on westbound I-8 freeway near Lake Jennings at 1 p.m., knocking the 60-year-old woman driving unconscious. Several children were also reportedly in the vehicle. According to CHP’s incident report page, the car may have suffered brake failure as the driver repeatedly applied the brakes but could not slow the vehicle down.

RABID FOX FOUND IN JAMUL

County urges public to have dogs and cats vaccinated; low-cost rabies shots offered at 3 County animal shelters

 

November 5, 2010 (Jamul) -- Rabies has been confirmed in a sick, adult grey fox which was found in a remote area of Jamul, officials announced today, adding that pet owners should ensure their animals’ rabies vaccinations are up-to-date.

 

There was no known human or domestic animal exposure to the sick fox. The last fox diagnosed with rabies was found in the Campo area in June 2000. In that case, three domestic dogs were exposed.

HAZ-MAT FIRE IN SANTEE CONTAINED

 

Story by Peter Diehl

Photo by Scott Bolle

November 3, 2010 (Santee)-- Fire crews from Santee, Lakeside, and El Cajon were dispatched at 12 noon today to the vicinity of Hartley Rd and Stevens Rd in Santee. Upon arrival, active smoke and fire was seen at Advanced Electromagnetics Incorporated (AEMI) at 9311 Stevens Rd.  Fire crews initiated a “fast attack” and the fire was quickly extinguished, but the smoldering contents turned out to be highly toxic materials.

MOUNTAIN LION ATTACK ON DOG SUSPECTED IN SPRING VALLEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

November 3, 2010 (Spring Valley) – Yesterday Paul and Deanna Stevens informed East County Magazine that they believe that a mountain lion is responsible for recent animal attacks on Steele Canyon Road in Spring Valley, not far from Steele Canyon High School.

 

FATALITY CRASH ON I-8 SNARLED RUSH HOUR COMMUTE

 

Update November 4, 2010:  The San Diego Medical Examiner’s office has identified Sergio Chan Mora, 54, as the deceased. His place of residence is unknown. According to witnesses, the driver of a Ford Explorer made an illegal u-turn on eastbound I-8 and struck Mora, who was unable to avoid the collision.

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Dennis Richardson

November 1, 2010 (Alpine) – I-8 east was shut down and a Sig Alert issued following a fatality accident on the freeway just west of Harbison Canyon late this afternoon, as ECM’s Viejas Wildfire & Emergency alerts informed subscribers earlier today. The rollover collision involved a white van and a second vehicle, with several parties trapped and requiring extrication. Smoke from one of the vehicles was doused with a fire extinguisher.

2 INJURED IN DRUNK DRIVING-RELATED CRASH IN ROLANDO

 

November 1, 2010 (Rolando) – Halloween Night ended badly for two 18-year-old men, who were both seriously injured after crashing into a parked car in the 4500 block of Revillo Way in Rolando last night. The driver sustained an open fracture to his leg. The passenger sustained facial fractures and a broken hip.

TRICK OR TREATING IS NO TREAT FOR YOUR PETS

Tips to keep pets safe and secure on Halloween

October 31, 2010 (San Diego) -- Halloween is a fun and spooky time for “ghouls” and boys, but County animal officials want you to know that the event can be scary for your pets.

 

Your pet is not used to costumed characters approaching the door and yelling “trick or treat!” Your cat may become spooked and run, not to be seen for several days. Your dog, the guardian of the household, may lunge or bite the costumed creatures. This is never what is intended to happen during Halloween, but it is a reality faced every year.

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL MONDAY FOR SLAIN SAN DIEGO POLICE OFFICER CHRIS WILSON

 

Community grieves for officer who chose to work in one of San Diego's toughest neighborhoods

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 31, 2010 (San Diego) – Community members are invited to a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of San Diego Police Officer Chris Wilson, who died in a gun battle on Wednesday night while trying to arrest an assault suspect. The event will be held on Monday November 1st at 6 p.m. in Skyview Park, 7222 Skyline Drive, next to the police station in the Southeast San Diego neighborhood where Wilson worked for 17 years.

MOTORCYCLIST WHO PLUNGED OFF LA MESA OVERPASS IDENTIFIED

October 30, 2010 (Lemon Grove) – The San Diego Medical Examiner’s office has identified Guy Edward Halac, 51, of Lemon Grove, as the victim of a fatal accident on October 26. Halac’s his Ninja motorcycle plunged over a ramp from State Route 125 at I-8 in La Mesa, landing on a roadway below.

BLUE FLAYME PROTEST UP IN SMOKE: RESIDENTS FUME OVER HOOKAH LOUNGE GRANTED ALCOHOL PERMIT NEAR HIGH SCHOOL

By Miriam Raftery

October 26, 2010 (Spring Valley) Despite disapproval of two County agencies and community groups, the County’s Planning Commission gave the thumbs up for an Alcoholic Beverages commission (ABC) license allowing beer at Blue Flayme, a new Hookah lounge in Spring Valley. The Commission overturned a decision by the Department of Planning and Land Use (DPLU), which opposed the license.

 

Hookahs have been linked to serious health hazards.  Now, the new trend of combining Hookah smoking and alcohol consumption locally has many in the community up in arms.

VETERANS’ GROUP ISSUES REPORT CARD ON LEGISLATORS

 

 

San Diego’s Congressional representatives earned grades from A to D.  Who scored the highest--and the lowest? The answers will surprise you.

 

October 25, 2010 – Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)'s Congressional Report Card grades members of Congress on support for combat veterans in the past two years. San Diego’s Congressional delegation includes the Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee, two veterans, a mlitary spouse, the wife of a military contractor, and a veterans' subcommittee member.  So how did our legislators rank on supporting the many veterans in their districts?

FOREST SERVICE DENIES APPEAL OVER POWERLINK, CLEARS WAY FOR LITIGATION

 

By Miriam Raftery
 

October 24, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – The U.S. Forest Service’s Regional Forester Randy Moore has upheld the Record of Decision (ROD) approving construction of Sunrise Powerlink, SDG&E's high-voltage transmission line slated to cross 19 miles of National Forest land in Cleveland National Forest as well as 49 miles of Bureau of Land Management land.

SPRING VALLEY SOLDIER KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN; SERVICES MONDAY

 

October 23, 2010 (Spring Valley) – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered flags in the state capitol flown at half-mast to honor Sergeant Rafael Martinez Jr., 36, of Spring Valley. Martinez was serving his third tour of duty when he was killed on October 14 by insurgents who attacked his unit in Afghanistan with an improvised explosive device. Two other soldiers, Sgt. Carlos A. Benitz and Pfc. Tremaine J. Billingsley, also died from the explosion.
 

“He served our country with honor, integrity and steadfast loyalty, and in the end he made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty,” the Governor said, extending condolences to the Martinez family. "Rafael will be remembered and honored forever in our hearts."

SAN DIEGO APPROVES WINTER HOMELESS SHELTER—RIGHT NEXT TO CITY HALL

 

East County News Service

October 22, 2010 (San Diego) -- After three public hearings and hours of testimony from scores of people, including the homeless, the San Diego City Council has chosen a site in its own backyard to serve as a winter shelter: Golden Hall, the convention complex attached to City Hall.

 

“This is the best compromise available for this year’s winter shelter,” said Councilmember Emerald, a former TV newscaster who once went spent a week living on the streets for an undercover story on homelessness. 

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