Daily Archives: September 27, 2013

Halloween fun begins in San Diego

Halloween fun begins in San Diego

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HalloweenSAN DIEGO — Halloween fun begins in downtown San Diego today with the return of the Haunted Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter and the Haunted Trail in Balboa Park.

The Haunted Hotel at 424 Market St. is scheduled to open at 6 p.m., while the Haunted Trail along Balboa Drive near Juniper Street is set to kick off its 2013 season at 7 p.m.

Visitors to the Haunted Hotel take an average 15-20 minutes to stroll through the spooky establishment, while costumed characters attempt to scare them.

The Haunted Trail is a mile-long trek through a darkened section of Balboa Park; it promises to scare visitors with surprise encounters.

The same company puts on both events annually. This year’s events will run through Nov. 2. Tickets for each start at $15 and can be purchased at hauntedhotel.com.

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East County residents offered free flu shots

East County residents offered free flu shots

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fluSAN DIEGO — Free flu shots will be given to adults in southeast San Diego Friday as local health officials kick off the flu vaccination season.

The shots will be given to the first 400 adults who show up at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center at 6401 Skyline Drive in Skyline, where shots will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is being hosted by the San Diego Black Nurses Association.

On Wednesday, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced an all time high of 65 people died during the last flu season in San Diego County. The death toll topped the 58 who perished during the H1N1 pandemic three years ago.

Most of the deaths, which occurred between July 1, 2012, and June 30 of this year, involved elderly victims, and nearly all of them had underlying medical conditions, according to the…

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for September 27, 2013

Three separate fires burned nearly 40 acres along the I8 freeway in San Diego’s east County all within a 10-mile stretch at around 5:30 last night. According to FOX5SanDiego.com “investigators believe an arsonist may have set” the fires. However an early morning call to San Diego Sheriff’s confirmed that an investigation hasn’t official started yet. That does not mean that an investigation isn’t ongoing or that it won’t evolve into arson.

This afternoon at 11:45 David Alvarez, Nathan Fletcher, and Kevin Faulconer are all telling the Family Health Centers of San Diego why they should be mayor in another debate. It’s all part of the “Spirit of the Barrio” luncheon at the Logan Heights Family Health Center.

Two sentencings and an arraignment all in San Diego’s downtown courthouse.

First at 8:45 this morning Laguan Antoine Jordan will be sentenced for killing a man and injuring a woman in a street fight.

Then at 9:00 AM Donna Powell will be sentenced for beating to death a woman in a hotel last year while Powell was visiting San Diego from Arizona.

And at 1:30 this afternoon the Madison High School wrestling Coach Jeret Thomas Needham will be arraigned for murder in connection to a reported drug-house shooting.

Early this morning at 6:30 the three-day 50-mile Multiple Sclerosis Challenge Walk starts up in Carlsbad. Walkers are raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Then at 7:30 this morning the San Diego/Imperial County Chapter of the American Red Cross are honoring ten people for helping communities be more prepared for disasters.

And finally tonight at 6:00 the Haunted Hotel in downtown San Diego opens is 29-day run, hoping to scare thousands at the annual San Diego Halloween haunted house.

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Man who drove wife’s body to SDPD faces judge

Man who drove wife’s body to SDPD faces judge

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[trib_ndn vid=25204285]SAN DIEGO – The man accused of murdering his wife and then driving her body to police headquarters pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge on Thursday.

Amercus De Orenday could spend 25 years to life in prison if he is convicted of killing his wife, Mirella De Orenday.

Man who drove wife's body to police headquarter is accused of murder.Investigators believe De Orenday strangled his wife and then drove her body to San Diego Police Headquarters around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Deputy District Attorney Leonard Trinh said De Orenday made contact with police officers outside the building.

“He told the detectives that he wanted to turn himself in and that his wife was dead in his truck,” said Trinh.

Trinh said the couple had a history of domestic issues. He said De Orenday obtained a restraining order against his wife and, as a result, got primary custody of the three children they had together.

“The defendant began manipulating Mirella…

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Fletcher releases plan to bring jobs to San Diego

Fletcher releases plan to bring jobs to San Diego

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SAN DIEGO — Former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who is running for mayor, Thursday released his plan to bring 130,000 well-paying jobs to San Diego by 2020 by drawing on the region’s geographic, educational and civic resources to foster economic opportunities.

Fletcher’s plan for well-paying local jobs, including those in the innovation sector, skilled labor and blue-collar jobs, included measures to help people start businesses, encourage existing companies to expand and to educate potential employees with the skills needed to fill jobs that are in high demand.

He also plans to make San Diego a more competitive environment in which to produce innovative products and services, and to put a significant annual investment forward to address infrastructure issues. Tackling the city’s infrastructure needs, such as repairing streets, sidewalks and facilities, would also bring jobs.

“San Diego needs a mayor who can help foster ideas and initiatives that will create jobs for…

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7 immigration reform bills await Gov. Brown’s signature

7 immigration reform bills await Gov. Brown’s signature

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[trib_ndn vid=25204469]SAN DIEGO — As Congress fails to bring immigration reform to a vote, the California legislature is taking matters into its own hands and moving it forward.

Maria Guillen, who’s undocumented and has worked and lived in San Diego for the past 20 years, said she’s lost all hope that Congress will pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Screen Shot 2013-09-26 at 8.44.04 PM“I thought it would happen,” said Guillen.

“What you see now is that frustration boiling up into legislation,” said California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, author of two of the several bills which could soon extend many of the same rights held by U.S. citizens to an estimated 2.5 million immigrants living in California illegally.

These include being a member of a jury, practicing law and getting a driver license.

Other measures would bar police from turning over immigrants with minor offenses for deportation, make it illegal for employers to retaliate against workers by threatening to…

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2 local lawmen get state valor medals

2 local lawmen get state valor medals

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SAN DIEGO — Two San Diego-area lawmen were among 14 officers who received state medals of valor Thursday from Gov. Jerry Brown.

San Diego Police DepartmentSheriff’s Deputy Michael Spears and San Diego police Officer Michael DeWitt earned the recognition for actions they took a year ago during a 15- minute shootout with a child molestation suspect in Lakeside.

“Character, leadership and being able to act in difficult and uncertain circumstances — that’s what we honor today,” the governor said during a midday ceremony in Sacramento.

On Sept. 25, 2012, Spears was among a team of deputies who went to an apartment near El Capitan High School on a report that a man there had sexually assaulted his live-in girlfriend’s two young daughters.

When Sgt. Craig Johnson and child abuse Detective Ali Perez forced entry to the residence, suspect Daniel Robert Witczak allegedly opened fire with a high-powered rifle, seriously wounding them.

Spears shielded…

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