Daily Archives: November 21, 2013

Gun owner to stand trial in boy’s death

Gun owner to stand trial in boy’s death


SAN DIEGO — A Scripps Ranch man will stand trial in the death of a neighbor boy who was mortally wounded as he and the defendant’s daughter played with a loaded gun they found in the man’s garage.

Todd Francis faces seven years and eight months in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter, child abuse and criminal storage of a firearm. He’ll be back in court Dec. 5 for arraignment in Superior Court.

Eric Klyaz, 10, and Francis’ 9-year-old daughter were playing with the gun in her garage on Ivy Hill Drive on June 4 when the gun went off, killing Klyaz.  A neighbor who heard the gunshot said the girl was crying and the little boy was crumpled on the ground having been shot in the chest.

Klyaz died at Rady Children’s Hospital a short time later.

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Sexually violent predator could be released in Jacumba

Sexually violent predator could be released in Jacumba


mikel marshallSAN DIEGO — State officials Wednesday proposed placing sexually violent predator Mikel Wayne Marshall in Jacumba, in southern San Diego County.

Marshall, 39, spent 14 years in prison for molesting four young boys, ages 4-8, between 1992  and 1994. In each case he was known to the families of the children he assaulted, authorities said.

Marshall was committed as a sexually violent predator in 2008. Since that time, he has participated in the in-patient sex offender treatment program at Coalinga State Hospital.

On Aug. 5, a judge found that Marshall could be safely released into the community for continued treatment and supervision.

Wednesday, the Department of State Hospitals proposed placing Marshall on property on Desert Rose Ranch Road in Jacumba.

A court hearing is scheduled Dec. 23 at which the public can comment on the proposed location before it is finalized.

Public comment will be accepted by email, at sdsafe@sdsheriff.org…

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JetBlue joins airport’s expedited screening program

JetBlue joins airport’s expedited screening program


lindbergh-driving SAN DIEGO – The Transportation Security Administration announced Thursday that JetBlue has joined its expedited airport screening program – which now covers almost all the major airlines covering San Diego’s Lindbergh Field.

Certain passengers who use JetBlue’s mobile app boarding pass will be eligible for the TSA Pre-Check program, in which they can go through special lines without having to remove their shoes, jackets or belt. They can also keep laptops in their cases, and their liquids and gels inside their carry-on bag.

JetBlue boarding passes printed from computers or kiosks will be accepted beginning next year, according to the agency.

“TSA remains committed to working with our partners across the aviation community to provide travelers the most effective security in the most efficient way,” said TSA Administrator John Pistole. “Expanding TSA Pre-Check to JetBlue underscores our strong commitment to developing and deploying innovative security solutions to protect the nation’s…

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for November 21, 2013

It is raining today and in San Diego that’s news. Showers today with even heavier rain and thunderstorms are predicted for Friday into Saturday. Snow will fall in San Diego’s East County mountains at around 5,000 feet. So slow down on the commute the roads will be slick.

This morning at 7:10 the San Diego Unified School District is celebrating National Parent Involvement Day. The district is allowing parents to attend class with their kids at several San Diego high schools. Some elementary schools are giving special presentations about parent involvement in their child’s education.

San Diego’s City Council is having a special meeting this morning at 10:00 AM. On the agenda is possible water rate increases, the Tourism Marketing District, and the anticipated confirmation of the new Chief Financial Officer Mary Lewis. Then at 3:30 this afternoon the city council’s Budget Committee is having a special meeting of their own and looking at San Diego’s five-year budget projections.

Four things of note in San Diego County courts today.

In order of appearance.

First at 9:00 AM in Chula Vista’s courthouse John Edward Pantoja is being sentenced for opening fire on police officer just after robbing a CVS drug store.

Second at 10:30 this morning Leonard Francis is in federal court. Francis is a defense contractor accused of bribing top Navy officials with hookers, money, and trips.

Third in El Cajon’s courthouse at 1:25 this afternoon Thomas D. Guss III will be arraigned and accused of stabbing and killing his mother’s boyfriend.

And Fourth in San Diego’s courthouse at 1:30 PM Dale Edward Robison will hear his fate for beating his mother to death.

At 1:30 this afternoon San Diego County gets its first smoke-free apartment complex. The 300-unit President John Adams Manor Apartments complex is participating in a program that is helping apartment complexes in San Diego County become smoke free.

The Diary of Anne Frank is premiering tonight at 5:00 at the Theater School at North Coast Repertory Theater. Recently discovered writing from the famous diary are included in the play along with survivor stories.

And finally tonight at 6:00 the Broadway Heights Community Council is hosting a multicultural dinner called “Sate of the Community”. The District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is giving the keynote address.

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