Daily Archives: May 20, 2013

Caregivers to be sentenced for abusing autistic man

Caregivers to be sentenced for abusing autistic man


VISTA, Calif. — Two caregivers convicted of abusing a 23-year-old severely autistic Valley Center man under their care were scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

Registered nurse Michael Dale Garritson, 62, was convicted in April 22 of two felony counts of willful cruelty of a dependent adult likely to cause great bodily injury, four misdemeanor counts and acquitted on a seventh count. He faces up to eight years in prison.

In a separate trial, medical assistant Matthew Alexander Matthew McDuffie and Michael Garritson, 28, was found guilty May 14 of two misdemeanor counts of willful cruelty to a dependent adult. He was acquitted on two other similar counts and is expected to be given credit for jail time served.

Both men worked for the victim’s family for more than two years, according to San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Varnau.

They were taken into custody last September after the victim’s mother, Kim Oakley, gave investigators…

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 20, 2013

AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 20, 2013


This morning at 10:00 the Port of San Diego is celebrating a waterfront renovation milestone. On Harbor Drive between the Navy and B Street piers they are shifting traffic lanes 60 feet to the east so construction can begin on a new 105-foot promenade. When finished the new walk way will have new gardens and plazas among the improvements.

At 9:00 this morning San Diego City Council is meeting to talk about infrastructure. They will take public input on how to prioritize the maintenance. Then at 2:00 this afternoon they are meeting to talk about a master plan for the San Diego River Park.

In court today four things of note

First at 9:00 AM in the Vista courthouse Michael Garritson and Matthew McDuffie will be sentenced for abusing a 23-year-old severely autistic man. They were caught on video.

Second in the San Diego Courthouse the testimony in the retrial of the man accused of being the freeway shooter continues. Stephen Dragasits is accused of shooting aT random cars that drove along the freeway.

Third in El Cajon’s courthouse at 1:25 this afternoon Darin Wayne Williams will be arraigned. He’s accused of setting fire to a Greek Orthodox Church

And finally back in the Vista courthouse the sentencing for Inez Martinez Garcia and Marciel Garcia Hernandez. The pair pleaded guilty to forcing their 12-year-old niece to be both a domestic and sexual slave.

At 1:30 this afternoon at Abraxas High School San Diego County Sheriff’s personnel, along with firefighters and school staff will participate in an active shooter drill. The drill will take about 3 1/2 hours and involve deputies tracking down a mock-shooter with teenagers pretending to be victims.

Finally today single game tickets for four of the eight San Diego Charger home games go on sale. Fans can get them at QUALCOMM’s Gate C or on line at Chargers.com. Prices start at $52.

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Letters show rift over San Onofre nuclear repairs

Letters show rift over San Onofre nuclear repairs


In a flurry of letters late last year, Southern California Edison and the manufacturer that designed the steam generators at the now-dark San Onofre nuclear power plant appeared to be at odds over a long-term plan to repair the troubled facility.

San-Onofre-1In the exchange, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries proposed a repair plan that it said could have the plant back online at full power in about a year and also suggested a far more aggressive and expensive repair job that would take more than five years to complete.

By the end of 2012, however, the companies were unable to come to an agreement on a long-range plan.

At the same time, Edison warned Mitsubishi that the ongoing problems at the nuclear plant had “seriously harmed” the utility and its stakeholders and that it expected the manufacturer to “accept full responsibility” for the problem.

The plant had been offline at that point…

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