UT San Diego reports

AMBER ALERTS PROVE EFFECTIVE, SAVING CHILDREN'S LIVES

 

East County News Service

April 27, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Amber Alerts have been activated 240 times in California in the past 13 years, alerting people statewide about 298 missing children.  The system has been extremely effective, since 290 of those children – all but 8 – have been found safely—better than a 90 percent success rate. Four are still missing, and four were killed, UT San Diego reports. The system has worked eight times to recover kidnapped children right here in San Diego County.

LA MESA MAN ARRESTED FOR THREATS TO ISLAMIC GROUP

 

East County News Service

February 2, 2015 (La Mesa) – San Diego Police have arrested John David Weissinger, 53, of La Mesa for making a criminal threat against the Council on American-Islamic Relations.  He is also charged with illegally owning, buying or selling an illegal large-capacity ammunition magazine.

STATE ISSUES WARNING AS DISNEYLAND MEASLES OUTBREAK GROWS

 

By Miriam Rafttery

January 21, 2015 (Sacramento) – Babies and people of all ages who have not been vaccinated for measles should temporarily avoid Disneyland and all public places likely to have many foreigners, due to a growing number of measles cases linked to the amusement park in Anaheim.

MENTAL HEALTHCARE WORKERS STRIKE AT KAISER, CITE DELAYS IN PATIENT CARE

 

By Hayden Parsley

January 12, 2015 (San Diego) – Mental healthcare clinicians marched in protest outside the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center on Zion Avenue in San Diego today, claiming Kaiser’s rules are unfair to them and their patients. It’s part of a statewide,week-long strike at over 65 locations --the largest walk-out of mental health workers in the nation, 10 News reports.

EL CAJON CONSIDERS BODY CAMERAS FOR POLICE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 2, 2014 (El Cajon )—At next Tuesday’s City Council meeting, El Cajon will consider a proposal by Councilman Gary Kendrick that would require El Cajon Police to wear body cameras.

CLAIMS MOUNT AGAINST CITY OVER SDPD OFFICER'S ACTIONS

 

East County News Service

October 14, 2014 (San Diego)--The City of San Diego has thus far had to pay over $8 million to settle cases with 14 victims who said they were sexually assaulted or subjected to inappropriate sexual advances by former San Diego Police Officer Anthony Arevalos.  Almost two dozen women have lodged complaints ranging from groping to harassment by Officer Arevalos over a number of years.

ACCUSED WIFE KILLER PLEADS NOT GUILTY

 

East County News Service

September 30, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--At the El Cajon courthouse on Monday, a man accused of murdering his wife and dumping her body in the Anza-Borrego Desert seven years ago pled not guilty to the crime.

MORE AGENCIES SEEK TO RETURN SURPLUS MILITARY GEAR

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 22, 2014 (San Diego)--Recently, we reported on the San Diego Unified School District’s decision to return an armored vehicle it received through the Department of Defense’s Excess Property Program.  Now it seems that may be the start of a trend.

CALIFORNIA CRACKING DOWN ON COOKING OIL CROOKS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 9, 2014 (Sacramento)--The state of California is cracking down on slick thieves who have been snatching used cooking oil from restaurants to sell on the black market for use as biofuels.  It’s selling for over a dollar and a half a gallon though it may smell like French fries or fried chicken.

OBAMA PLEDGES ACTION AGAINST ISIS

 

September 10, 2014 (Washington D.C.)--President Barack Obama will address the nation tonight to lay out his plan for action against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, also known as ISIL.

BEACHGOERS BEWARE: RAZOR BLADES FOUND AT MISSION BAY - AGAIN

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 1, 2014 (San Diego) – Yesterday, two children playing barefoot at Bonita Cove Park on Mission Bay stepped on razor blades and injured their feet.  Police officers used metal detectors to find 19 razor blades buried sharp-side-up near playground equipment in the park on Mariners Way near West mission Bay Drive, UT San Diego reports.