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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.


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ESCONDIDO BOY, 5, DROWNS IN CANOE ACCIDENT

November 12, 2010 (Escondido) – Keona Kazuo Ferreira, 5, drowned after a canoe in which he was riding with his father capsized and sank on November 6th at Mission Bay. Despite resuscitative efforts, he was pronounced brain dead at a local hospital two days later, on November 8th.


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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.


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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.


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RESIDENTS REACT TO NEWS OF MOUNTAIN LION IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO

 

Lions are attracted by deer and other prey.  Learn how to plant deer-proof landscaping and protect yourself when living or hiking in lion territory.


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MOUNTAIN LION PROMPTS LOCKDOWN OF JAMACHA ELEMENTARY


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LOCAL IRAQI CHRISTIANS MOURN LOSS OF THOSE KILLED IN MASSACRE AT BAGHDAD CHURCH

 

MONDAY PROTEST DOWNTOWN JOINS GLOBAL EFFORT TO HALT GENOCIDE OF 

CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ AMID ESCALATING VIOLENCE


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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.
 


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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.


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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.


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KENSINGTON COMMUNITY CHURCH ADOPTS POLICY WELCOMING GAY COMMUNITY

 

November 4, 2010 (Kensington) -- The congregation of Kensington Community Church (KCC) United Church of Christ voted on October 10th to become an “open and affirming” church.

 


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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.


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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.

 


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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5-MILE JAMACHA PIPELINE PROJECT COMPLETED $1 MILLION UNDER BUDGET


Part of $50 million water infrastructure investment in East County


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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.


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SIG ALERT ON I-8 IN COLLEGE AREA

October 26, 2010 (San Diego) 9:45 a.m.-- A collision involving several vehicles on I-8 near San Diego State University has prompted a SIG ALERT to be issued.   The accident has resulted in several injuries, blockage of an offramp at College and some lanes on I-8 westbound, as well as a vehicle up an embankment.  


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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?


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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.


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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."


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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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FIRES AND ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING PROMPT CLOSURE OF OROSCO RIDGE SHOOTING AREA; OTHER RECREATIONAL USES ALLOWED


East County News Service

October 21, 2010, (Ramona) -- The Palomar Ranger District of Cleveland National Forest in Ramona is maintaining closure of the Orosco Ridge Recreational Target Shooting Area for an indefinite amount of time, due to public safety concerns. Those include an accidental shooting, near misses at or near the range, and repeated wildfire starts caused by use of both legal and illegal firearms, the U.S. Forest Service reports.


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SUPERVISORS STALL ON PROPOSED GENERAL PLAN UPDATES UNTIL AFTER ELECTION


Public turns out primarily in opposition, though majority of planning groups support

 

By Lola Sherman

 

October 21, 2010 (San Diego) - After listening to seven hours of testimony from dozens of speakers for and against a controversial General Plan Update affecting much of East County, the county Board of Supervisors yesterday put off a decision until Nov. 10.

 

On that date, the board expects to hear from 150 more speakers over another seven-hour period—and it plans to vote on the entire Update package.


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BODY OF MISSING SAN DIEGO MAN FOUND

October 21, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – A body found by hikers in a vehicle that plunged into a ravine off I-8 has been identified as David Mow, 56, who has been missing since July 22nd.

 

"My brother rests peacefully now. Thank you all for your support, prayers, love," Dot Darragh posted on a Facebook page devoted to the search for Mow. "I will forever love and miss my brother and be grateful for all of you have touched our lives."


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EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE WINS 13 JOURNALISM AWARDS FROM SAN DIEGO PRESS CLUB


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SWAT TEAM SNIPERS SHOOT COMBAT VET IN ALPINE


Veteran Michael Foster was hero who saved Alpine woman from burning home

October 19, 2010 – Michael Foster, a U.S. Army combat veteran who barricaded himself into his home in Alpine after firing shots at his wife this morning, has been shot by S.W.A.T. team snipers, ECM news partner 10 News reports.


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