CONFRONTATIONS HEIGHTEN RACIAL TENSIONS IN SANTEE: THREATS ON SOCIAL MEDIA PROMPT PREPARATIONS FOR POTENTIAL CLASH TONIGHT

LA MESA ESTABLISHES TIP LINE FOR RIOT-RELATED CRIMES

WITNESS TO CHAOS

LA MESA LEADERS ADDRESS UNREST, PROMISES REVIEW, END OF POLICE CHOKEHOLD AT PRESS CONFERENCE

BANKS’ SERVICE IMPACTED BY BRANCH CLOSURES; UNION BANK PLEDGES TO REBUILD

PHOTOGRAPHER HIT BY PEPPER SPRAY SHARES FRONT-LINE EXPERIENCE COVERING PROTEST IN LA MESA

CALIFORNIA NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYED IN DOWNTOWN LA MESA

LA MESA EXTENDS CURFEW FOR NEXT FIVE NIGHTS, SANTEE AND EL CAJON HAVE CURFEWS TONIGHT

BRUSH FIRE IN SANTEE CLOSES HIGHWAY EXITS

ATTORNEY CALLS FOR “JUSTICE” FOR GRANDMOTHER SHOT IN FOREHEAD WITH PROJECTILE DURING PROTEST AT LA MESA POLICE STATION

AFTERMATH OF LA MESA PROTESTS LEAVES RESIDENTS AND PROTESTERS WONDERING WHO IS TO BLAME

CURFEWS IMPOSED AGAIN TONIGHT

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AVOID ELDER ABUSE: USE CARE IN CHOOSING A CAREGIVER

By: Jeremy Los

February 3, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- The recent mistreatment of 93-year-old Pearl Harbor veteran Max Bauer in El Cajon has left a black eye on the profession of care giving. His caregiver is accused of leaving Bauer to wallow in filth, also allegedly robbing him. His case is among hundreds of elder abuse cases documented each year in San Diego.

Baby Boomers are quickly reaching the age where they, or their parents, may need assistance with daily tasks. But how do you find a qualified and compassionate caregiver—and avoid nightmare scenarios such as Max Bauer’s?


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SDG&E SCHEDULED POWER OUTAGES FOR EAST COUNTY THIS WEEK

February 1, 2011 - The Alpine Sun has provided this information to pass along to residents about planned electrical outages Feb. 2 and 4 in Alpine and Pine Valley. According to SDG&E, none of these Power Outages are Sunrise Power Link Related.


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FATAL MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IN EL CAJON

February 1, 2011 (El Cajon ) – A 35-year-old motorcyclist has died of injuries sustained in a collision with a car that occurred at 6:30 p.m. last night. Witnesses told El Cajon Police that the driver of a 1987 Suzuki Motorcycle was traveling eastbound in the 1100 block of Broadway when a 1997 Honda Accord made a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcyclist.


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COMMUNITY FORUM FOR MIDDLE EASTERN IMMIGRANTS – TONIGHT 6 PM

 

February 1, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The El Cajon Police Department is hosting a community forum for the City of El Cajon’s Middle Eastern population. The event was organized for people who recently immigrated to the U.S. to help familiarize these new members of the community with local laws and services available to them in the city.

 

The forum will be held this evening, February 1st, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon at 195 E. Douglas in El Cajon.


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SHERIFF WARNS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING & VIOLATING SOCIAL HOST ORDINANCE ON SUPERBOWL SUNDAY


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January 31, 2011 (San Diego) – Sheriff Bill Gore held a press conference today to remind San Diegans not to drink and drive on Super Bowl weekend, or anytime. He was joined at the conference by Erin Limonchi of La Mesa, whose mother, Pamela Marabeas, was killed September 30, 2009 when a drunk driver smashed into her mother’s SUV in Santee. Limonchi has donated the crumpled vehicle for use in free “Start Smart” classes to provide teens a graphic reminder of the deadly consequences of drinking and driving.


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1 DEAD, ANOTHER INJURED IN HEAD-ON MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN OTAY

 

 

January 30, 2011 (Otay) – Two motorcycles collided head-on around 11:02 this morning on Otay Lakes Road, just west of the Otay Glider Port.

 

“Unfortunately, one patient was pronounced dead at the scene,” said Nick Schuler with Cal Fire. “The second patient who suffered arm and leg fractures was flown to Sharp Memorial Trauma Center by Mercy Air.”


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RAIN, HIGH WINDS FORECAST FOR REGION

January 30, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Rain is likely this afternoon and tonight, with a chance of thundershowers. A wind advisory has been issued for mountain and desert areas, where strong westerly winds are forecast with gusts over 50 mph. Winds are expected to increase in intensity, with gusts over 50 mph Tuesday night through Thursday.


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MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT, A POSSIBLE FATALITY, CLOSES OTAY LAKES ROAD

 

January 31, 2011 (Otay)— Otay Lakes Road is closed in both directions due to an accident at Otay Lakes and Wueste Road at the Divider Creek bridge. CHP reports the accident is a possible fatality; Mercy Air is landing as of 11:30 a.m.


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MISSING MENTALLY IMPAIRED GIRL, 17, DISAPPEARS NEAR TROLLEY IN SAN DIEGO

Update 10:45 p.m.:  This missing person has been found safe in Tijuana.

January 28, 2011 (San Diego) – San Diego Police seek the public’s help to find a missing juvenile at risk. Lorena Perez-Estrada, 17, has the mental capacity of a much younger person. She speaks Spanish and has a speech impediment. She was wearing a short-sleeve purple T-shirt, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes. She has scars on the back of her hands and no lower teeth.  She is 5 feet tall with a thin build, black hair, and brown eyes.

 

“She was last seen running off toward the trolley, probably around 3 p.m.,” Officer David Stafford told East County Magazine.  Lorena is a resident of Tijuana, Mexico but disappeared while in San Diego with her family today. Her mother called police to 1500 Imperial Avenue at 3:05 p.m.


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PROPERTY VALUES AND HEALTH IMPAIRED BY WIND TURBINES, EXPERTS TELL EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS

 

Appraiser says average loss in home values is 25 percent

 

By Billie Jo Jannen
For East County Magazine

 

January 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) --East County residents who oppose a growing collection of industrial wind turbines proposed near rural residences have discovered that they have much in common with wind farm neighbors in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Japan, Canada and other parts of the United States. Residents who have lived near windmills for years are now publicizing impacts to health and property values.

 

In fact, a standing-room-only crowd got an earful on those impacts last Wednesday, when experts from Illinois and Canada discussed them at the Boulevard Fire Station.


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DOGS SOUGHT FOR KILLING LIVESTOCK IN DEERHORN VALLEY

January 28, 2011 (Deerhorn Valley) – Today, a Deerhorn Valley resident photographed two dogs that match descriptions of those that have been killing livestock animals in the area. If you can identify the dogs or their owners, please contact theantler@deerhornvalley.net.


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PASSAGES: RETIRED FIRE CAPTAIN DANIEL ALPHONSE IGNOSCI, 1940-2011

 

January 27, 2011 (Deerhorn Valley) – Daniel Alphonse Ignosci, a retired San Diego Fire Department captain and long-time resident of Deerhorn Valley, died January 7, 2011 at age 70.


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SHERIFF LOCATES LOST HIKER, 80

January 28, 2011 (Poway) – An 80-year-old man who got lost while hiking has been found, Sheriff Lt. Jim Duffy has informed East County Magazine. “He had a cell phone and called for help,” said Duffy.


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MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 67

January 28, 2011 (Lakeside) 5:25 p.m.–CHP is en route to a serious motorcycle accident on Highway 67 at Willow Road. According to a caller who reported the accident at 5:20 p.m., the motorcyclist was engaged in reckless driving, CHP’s incident page reports. The motorcyclist flew into the air and rolled, witnesses reported.


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SDG&E OFFERS SAFETY ADVICE AFTER FAMILY IS ELECTROCUTED BY DOWNED POWER LINE

 

January 27, 2011 (San Diego)— Earlier this month in San Bernardino County, three members of a family were electrocuted when they came in contact with a downed power line owned by Southern California Edison. According to news reports, the husband was the first one to approach the downed line, which had fallen into the family’s backyard. His wife and son also were killed when they tried to rescue him from the energized line.

 

“This tragedy serves as a reminder that you should never touch a downed power line and always should assume that any power line is ‘live’ and electricity is flowing through it,” said David L. Geier, vice president of electric operations for SDG&E.


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HIGH WIND WARNING ISSUED FOR MOUNTAIN AREAS

 

January 27, 2011 (San Diego) – A high wind warning has been issued for San Diego County’s mountain areas through 2 p.m. today. Northeast winds from 20-30 mph with gusts from 50-60 mph are expected in and below mountain passes. A wind advisory has been issued for the rest of the county.


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A WINDY DAY IN EAST COUNTY


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FIRE ENGULFS MOTOR HOME IN CASA DE ORO

 

January 26, 2011 (Casa De Oro)--San Miguel Fire Department responded to a motor home fire yesterday just after 2 p.m. in the 9800 block of Estrella Drive.  Firefighters found the older model vehicle fully engulfed in flames that sent up a thick cloud of black smoke that could be seen for miles away. Witnesses reported hearing an explosion during the fire; early indications suggest a propane tank blew up.


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POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS STUDY FINDS HIGH RATE OF SUICIDAL THOUGHTS AMONG SOLDIERS WHO DON'T GET MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING


Shocking numbers could be even higher if veterans were included

 

January 25, 2011 – Results of a new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry have found that 93 percent of soldiers contemplated suicide when they went without aggressive mental counseling in a controlled group.

 

Results of the study, conducted by the Army on 20,000 soldiers in Iraq, shows that 54 percent fewer soldiers contemplated suicide and the number of soldiers who needed to be sent home with mental health problems dropped by nearly 70 percent with more aggressive counseling in the field.


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100 MPH CRASH KNOCKS DOWN POWER LINES, TRAPS DRIVER

 

January 26, 2011 (La Presa) - Witnesses say the driver of a high performance sports car was traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour when he lost control, rolled several times and hit hitting a utility pole in the 900 block of Gillespie Drive, San Miguel Fire District's Leonard Villareal reports. The impact snapped the utility pole, dropping the power lines and knocked the vehicle back on its driver’s side door. The vehicle hit with such force the passenger was pinned inside.


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PASSAGES: L.A. TIMES SAN DIEGO EDITOR, AUTHOR & TEACHER DALE FETHERLING DIES AFTER HEART SURGERY

January 25, 2011 (San Diego) – Dale Fetherling, one of San Diego’s most prominent journalists and authors, died January 18 at Kaiser Foundation Hospital from complications following heart surgery.

 

Fetherling helped establish the Los Angeles Times’ San Diego County edition in 1978, serving as editor until the publication closed in 1992. He covered some of our region’s biggest stories including the 1978 PSA plane crash, the 1984 McDonald’s massacre, and the trial of Mayor Roger Hedgecock.


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ALPINE WALL OF HONOR ORGANIZES LABOR OF LOVE: CONSTRUCTION TO START JAN. 29

 

Viejas Chairman Pico, Congressman Duncan Hunter and Supervisor Jacob to speak at groundbreaking event honoring Alpine veterans

 

January 25, 2011 (Alpine)--What started as a dream is becoming a reality. The Wall of Honor is ready to start construction at the Alpine Community Center at 9 a.m. on January 29--and you can have a chance to be one of the first to move ground in honor of our veterans. A Labor of Love will start construction and give community members an opportunity to pitch in the effort to build a lasting memorial for area veterans.


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LOCAL HOMELESS PROJECTS RECEIVE $4.7 MILLION


Money Will Fund 29 Projects Throughout County

 

More than $4.7 million is going to local programs that help homeless individuals and families who deal with challenges such as mental illness, disabilities and domestic violence. In East County, projects funded include Crisis House and Kurdish Human Rights Watch.

 

The County of San Diego Department of Housing and Community Development applied for funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Supportive Housing Program on behalf of community organizations.


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100-FOOT-HIGH TREE FALLS ON SCRIPPS RANCH HOME

 

January 24, 2011 (Scripps Ranch) – Gusty winds toppled a 100-foot-high eucalyptus tree in Hoyt Park, crashing it down upon a home owned by Art and Terri Moreau on Canyon Lake Drive in Scripps Ranch. Although the massive tree crushed the home’s roof and damaged a kitchen and bedroom, fortunately no one was injured.


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VALLEY CENTER RESIDENT KILLED IN BORREGO SPRINGS MOTORCYCLE-HORSE TRAILER COLLISION

January 24, 2011 (Valley Center) – The San Diego Medical Examiner’s office has identified Dwight Fredrick Asmus, 67, of Valley Center as the motorcyclist killed on January 16 in Borrego Springs.


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BORREGO SPRINGS WOMAN KILLED IN HIGHWAY 78 CRASH

January 24, 2011 (Borrego Springs) –Bambi Lynn Woodson, 53, was killed Saturday, January 22 at 8:45 a.m. in a rollover accident on Highway 78 in Borrego Springs, the San Diego Medical Examiner reports.


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TEEN AIR LIFTED OFF IRON MOUNTAIN

 

January 23, 2011 (Poway) – San Diego Fire and Rescue airlifted a 13-year-old girl with an injured ankle off the popular Iron Mountain Trail, approximately half a mile east of Highway 67 in Poway.


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FAMILY SEEKS MISSING MAN JOHN ALLEN SCHWENT

 

January 23, 2011 (Fallbrook) – East County Magazine writer Will Schwent seeks the public’s help to locate his brother, John Allen Schwent. “He was last known to be living in the Fallbrook area,” Will Schwent said. “He has alcohol and mental problems, but his family is anxious to know if he is even alive.

 

The family has not heard from the missing man for over two years. He was last seen during a visit with his sister in San Marcos.  Family members initially believed he’d gone into hiding while paying off a court debt, but have become oncerned after so much time has gone by with no contact.


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WINNING LOTTERY TICKET SOLD IN EL CAJON STILL UNCLAIMED

 

January 21, 2011 (El Cajon) – If you bought a lottery ticket in December, be sure to check your numbers. A Mega Millions lottery ticket sold at a Shell gas station at 13538 Camino Canada in El Cajon is worth $195,910---but so far, the winner has not come forward to claim the prize, State Lottery officials announced today.

 

The winning numbers drawn on Dec. 21 were 8, 32, 31, 11 and 12, and the outstanding ticket missed only the Mega number of 29.


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OVER 40 GUNS SEIZED AT HOME OF MAN WHO TRIGGERED WARNINGS AT HELIX HIGH


January 20, 2011 (La Mesa) – Police confiscated an arsenal of weapons from the home of David Schreiner, whose phone call to police about a shooting at Helix High School promoted authorities to secure the campus January 14th. Search warrant records obtained by ECM news partner 10 News indicate that authorities seized 40 rifles, pistols, shotguns and muskets as well as six knives, a dagger, a tomahawk, a hatchet, a machete, a leather sap, and a camouflage ballistic vest.


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