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ROCKY ROADS: HEAVY RAINS TRIGGER ROCKSLIDES, MUDSLIDES, AND FLOODING OF ROADWAYS

December 21, 2010 – CHP’s website reports that a “mountain side came down” completely blocking Rainbow Valley Blvd. at I-15, including a boulder the size of a vehicle. Many other area motorists faced obstacles in the following areas:


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STORM DELUGES COUNTY—BUT WORST IS YET TO COME


Palomar Mountain doused with nearly a foot of rain


“We are moving into the last, most dangerous stage of the event…Thunderstorms, tornadoes, waterspouts possible later tonight into Wednesday.” – National Weather Service
 

December 21, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Dangerous conditions are forecast for tonight and tomorrow, as heavy thunderstorms are slated to move into our already water-soaked region, dropping 1-2 inches of rain per hour. Flash flood watches and warnings remain in effect across San Diego County.


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SANTEE MOTORCYCLIST STRUCK, KILLED BY SPEEDING VEHICLE

December 21, 2010 (Santee) – David Dickinson, 47, was driving a motorcycle Saturday, December 18 on Cuyamaca Street at Prospect in the unincorporated area of Santee when he was struck from behind by another vehicle traveling approximately 80-90 miles per hour. He was taken by ambulance to Sharp Memorial Hospital, where he died the next day, December 19.


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MISSING BOY FOUND

 

December 21, 2010 (San Diego)—Tristen Roberts, a 12-year-old homeless boy reported missing this afternoon, has been found this evening by his mother near 5th and C Street downtown, San Diego Police report.


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MORE WILD WEATHER WOES

 

December 21, 2010 (2:30 p.m. update) – Here are updates new since our earlier story today, with the latest hazards and casualties of the storm.   Incidents include evacuation of a flooded apartment building, another swift water rescue, traffic accidents, and a sinkhole.


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Rollover Accident 1-8 - Lanes Blocked

 

Viejas Wild Fire Alert - East County MagazineDecember 21, 2010 (La Mesa) -- A rollover accident is blocking lanes between Lake Murray and College on westbound I-8 early this afternoon.


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SD RIVER FLOOD WARNING ISSUED; FLOODING ON I-15 AND I-5 , PLUS OTHER AREA ROADWAYS


December 21, 2010 (San Diego) 9:15 a.m.--The flood watch issued yesterday has been upgraded to a flood warning for the San Diego River. In addition, many roadways are flooded and there are accidents on numerous streets and highways. Below are details on several of the most recent and severe:

Southbound I-15 at Eastbound I-8: all lanes flooded
Southbound I-5 at 1st Ave. flooded near downtown San Diego

 

More road problem reports this a.m.:


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ROCKSLIDES AND HIGH WINDS ON PALOMAR MOUNTAIN

 

December 21, 2010 (Mt. Palomar) – Heavy rains and high winds have caused numerous rock slides, mud slides and downed trees during tonight’s storm on Palomar Mountain, Fire Chief George E. Lucia reports. “The South Grade Road access was closed twice to traffic due to rocks and trees,” he added.

 

Palomar Mountain’s Volunteer Fire Department is working around the clock with the San Diego County Road Department, State Parks, Cleveland National Forest and CHP to keep the roadway open and free of rocks and debris.  The Palomar Mountain Volunteer Fire Department CERT team was also activated to assist local residents and firefighters during this severe weather.


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FLASH FLOOD WATCH ISSUED FOR COUNTY; THUNDERSTORMS & COLD WEATHER DUE WEDNESDAY

 

Several roads closed
December 20, 2010 (San Diego)—The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for all of San Diego County through Wednesday afternoon. Rainfall rates of more than an inch per hour are possible, particularly in the mountains.

“A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation,” the National Weather Service warns.


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COUNTY BANS ALCOHOL IN 2 EAST COUNTY PARKS


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EXPLOSION, FIRE DESTROY HOME NEXT DOOR TO FIRE STATION

December 20, 2010 (Lake Morena) – Firefighters at the Lake Morena Fire Station heard an explosion at 8:45 p.m. last night. “They went outside and saw the house next door was on fire,” Cal-Fire Captain Mike Mohler told East County Magazine. Fire was through the roof, swiftly engulfing the small modular home.


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SR 67 TO SHUT DOWN MON.-WED. NIGHTS

 

December 20, 2010 (San Diego's East County)--State Route 67 will close in both directions between Prospect and Woodside Avenues tonight through Wednesday from 9 p.m. each night until 5 a.m. the next morning. In addition, starting at 8 p.m., the southbound Magnolia on-ramp, northbound Bradley Avenue on-ramp and Prospect Avenue off-ramp will also be closed. The closures will allow highway construction crews to install highway signs and remove k-rail.


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MAN INJURED IN SPRING VALLEY APARTMENT FIRE AS FIREFIGHTERS SAVE OTHER UNITS

 

December 20, 2010 (Spring Valley)- -San Miguel firefighters used a 100-foot ladder truck to access a third story roof, cutting ventilation holes to control a raging condominium fire that threatened multiple units in the 3000 block of Charwood Drive in Spring Valley just before 4 a.m.

 

Five people were inside the unit when the fire began. One occupant told investigators he was trying to light the fireplace when the lighter flame ignited and there was was a swift explosion, as a ball of flame and embers shot out onto the area rug.


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CONGRESS APPROVES REPEAL OF `DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL'; SENDS MEASURE TO PRESIDENT FOR SIGNATURE


Local representatives split votes down party lines


December 19, 2010 (Washington D.C.) – By a 65-31 vote, the U.S. Senate voted to end the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which barred gay and lesbian service members from serving openly in the military. The House approved the measure last week, which President Barack Obama is expected to sign.


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DRIVER HITS TWO TREES, SENDS ENGINE FLYING IN LA MESA

December 18, 2010 (La Mesa) – A driver lost control of his vehicle on a rain-slicked roadway in the 5800 block of Lake Murray Blvd. at 1:15 this morning. The vehicle, which was traveling southbound, struck a large tree on the center median, then spun out of control and hit another tree. The force of the impact dislodged the engine and transmission. The engine was fond in the driveway of a home about 25 yards away.


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STORMY WEATHER: HEAVY RAINS FORECAST

 

December 17, 2010 (San Diego) – A strong Pacific storm is forecast to bring high rains to San Diego County through at least Wednesday of next week. Tne National Weather Service forecasts two to five inches of rain for San Diego’s mountain areas tonight through Sunday. Inland valleys may received up to two inches of rain, with a half inch forecast for desert areas.


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HEAD-ON COLLSION AT 94 NEAR OTAY LAKES ROAD

December 17, 2010 (Otay) – CHP is on the scene of a head-on collision reported at 7:22 p.m. on southbound State Route 94 near Otay Lakes Road. Three adults and a child have been seriously injured and a trauma code has been issued, Incident Page Network reports. Both lanes of the two-lane highway are blocked while the Fire Department works to extricate the patients, and a Sig Alert has been issued.


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DUI CHECKPOINT IN LA MESA TONIGHT

December 17, 2010 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police have announced that they will conduct a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint tonight on Spring Street as part of a nationwide effort to save lives.


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FEDERAL JUDGE HALTS FIRST LARGE-SCALE SOLAR PROJECT ON PUBLIC LANDS


Judge grants Quechan Indian tribe’s request for temporary injunction on Tessera Solar plant in Imperial Valley;
decision has ramifications for large-scale energy projects in East County and across the nation
 

By Miriam Raftery
 

December 16, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Local and statewide activists battling massive energy projects on public lands are praising a decision issued by U.S. District Court Judge Larry Burns yesterday, while the CEO of Tessera Solar says he is "deeply disappointed" in the ruling.

 

The federal Judge issued a temporary restraining order halting construction on the first massive desert solar project authorized on public lands—a project that if built, would be one of the largest solar power plants in the world.


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RAINBOW MAN DIES AFTER WOOD-CHIPPING ACCIDENT

 

December 16, 2010 (Rainbow) – Martimiano Morales Carreon, 49, died on December 14th of injuries that he suffered after his foot became entangled in a pile of brush, pulling him into a commercial wood chipper at 9329 Moon Ridge Road, Rainbow.

 

The victim had been working with his son to clearn trees next to an avocado grove when the tragedy occurred.

 

 


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TRAFFIC COLLISIONS, FLOODING MAR MORNING COMMUTE

 

December 16, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- If you're driving this morning, be aware of multilpe incidents that may pose hazards for motorists.  CHP reports numerous minor collisions as well as several major accidents and a flooded roadway.  Here are the latest reports:


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RESIDENT INJURED TRYING TO RESCUE CAT IN LA MESA APARTMENT FIRE

 


December 15, 2010 (La Mesa) – An early morning fire at 4:30 a.m. Monday resulted in the death of a cat and sent the owner to a hospital with respiratory problems sustained while trying to locate her pet in a smoke-filled apartment unit.


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SUNNY AND CHER REUNITE: MAIMED PUPS TOGETHER AFTER MONTH-LONG SEPARATION

 

Authorities seek culprit who cut off dogs’ ears; also need adoptive home for pair

December 15, 2010 (San Diego)-Sunny and Cher,  brother and sister puppies found with their ears cut off, were reunited yesterday at the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services.

 

Sunny was found November 19th in a dumpster outside a Mission Valley shopping center. Then just one month old, he was brought to the County Animal Services shelter and underwent emergency surgery. On December 7th, an assistant at a Tijuana veterinary hospital notified U.S. authorities about a second puppy found in the streets of Tijuana, also with its ears maimed.


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I-15 SOUTH CLOSED DUE TO FATALITY CRASH

December 14, 2010 (San Diego) – All lanes of I-15 southbound are closed down at the 163 junction due to a fatality accident. At 9:18 p.m., CHP received reports of a motorcyclist down; death was pronounced at the scene. A Sig-Alert was issued at 9:30 p.m. and the San Diego Medical Examiner is en route. No other details are yet available.


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TWO INJURED IN PINE VALLEY OFF-ROAD CRASH

 

December 14, 2010 (Pine Valley) – Two injured patients were transported by helicopter to a local hospital following a head-on, off-road collision on Bear Valley Truck Trail five miles south of I-8 in Pine Valley this evening.

 


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POWER OUTAGE IN EAST COUNTY

December 13, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – An estimated 1,000 to 2,000 customers are in the dark due to a power outage in Santee, El Cajon, Fletcher Hills, Lake Murray and Sycamore Canyon areas, SDG&E reports. Power went down around 5:26 p.m. due to a suspected problem in overhead electrical lines.

 

Estimated time for power to be restored is 7 p.m.


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SHERIFF INVESTIGATING RUMORED THREAT OF SHOOTING AT EL CAPITAN HIGH SCHOOL TODAY

 

Update 6:30 p.m.   Approximately one-third of students stayed home today as a result of a rumored school shooting.  According to posts by parents and students at Facebook and 10 News, some authorities were aware of the potential threats on Friday.  Some parents have questioned why the District did not notify parents on Friday, why a parent meeting has not been called, and whether adequate steps have been taken to protect student safety.

 

December 13, 2010 (Lakeside) – A parent of two teens at El Capitan High School notified East County Magazine late last night that there is a “major rumor running that there is going to be a shooting tomorrow at the school.” The source said the shooting was rumored to be planned in retaliation for the death of former El Capitan student Christopher Carioscia, whose body was found at Barona last week following discovery of his burned car. The parent said Carioscia also went by the name Chris Younghusband. Law enforcement officials have previously stated that Carioscia had a history of drug problems.

Detective Jason Rouse at the Santee Sheriff’s substation confirmed, “We have received reports from several parents. At this point we have not been able to identify a source other than there’s lots of kids on Facebook saying they’ve heard about this.”


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GREEN GOLD MINE OR LAND GRAB? GOVERNOR, DIGNITARIES AT POWERLINK GROUNDBREAKING IN EAST COUNTY

150 protesters stage rally outside, vow to file new lawsuits

View our video highlights by Billy Ortiz

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

Photos by Dennis Richardson and Miriam Raftery

 

 

 

 

“Some people look out in the deserts and just see empty space. I see a gold mine there for clean energy.” – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“This is a big land grab—the taking away of our wilderness areas.” – Marion Bowles, protester

December 10, 2010 (McCain Valley) – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Robert Kennedy’s son, Joe Kennedy, were among the leaders on hand for a symbolic groundbreaking of Sunrise Powerlink yesterday at McCain Valley in San Diego’s East County. Inside the Rough Acre Ranch (former training ground for the San Diego Chargers), the Governor praised the project as “an example to the rest of the nation.”

 

He then helped affix a commemorative plaque to a massive power tower top, or bridge, wider than the audience seating area. The project will have 436 towers. Afterwards, about 200 invited guests celebrated at a lavish luncheon provided by SDG&E and its parent, Sempra Energy.


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LIVE ORDNANCE PROMPTED EVACUATIONS IN TIERRASANTA

 

December 9, 2010 (Tierrasansta) – A subcontractor working for SDG&E yesterday found an unexploded, live military device while digging in the 10500 block of Tierrasanta Blvd San Diego Police Department’s Metro Arson Strike Team and the U.S. military responded.


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I-15 REOPENED AFTER “BOMB HOUSE” BURNING IN ESCONDIDO

December 9, 2010 (Escondido) – A controlled burn has destroyed the Escondido home filled with explosives and chemicals used in bomb making. A bomb-arson team ignited the residence on via Scott via remote control shortly before 11 a.m. today.

 

The burn proceeded as planned, albeit with a later start time than previously announced.  A massive blaze swiftly consumed the home, punctuated by popping sounds likely caused by hand grenades and ammunition stored in the premises, Sheriff’s represented Jan Caldwell said.


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