Daily Archives: November 23, 2013

4 kayaks loaded with pot seized off coast

4 kayaks loaded with pot seized off coast


SAN DIEGO — Federal agents, aided by the U.S. Coast Guard, intercepted four kayaks loaded with marijuana early Friday as they headed for the coast in Imperial Beach, officials said.

Border Patrol agents patrolling the coast noticed the kayaks at about 4 a.m. The Coast Guard scrambled an helicopter and a patrol boat, and as they approached the kayaks, four people jumped from the boats and attempted to swim to shore, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The helicopter lighted up the swimmers with flood lights and all of the kayakers were taken into custody.

Meanwhile, the patrol boat rounded up the drifting kayaks. The yellow plastic boats had been painted black.

Investigators said all of the boats were packed with marijuana. In all, agents seized 99 bundles of marijuana weighing  a total of 297 pounds. They estimated the street value of the drugs at more than $178,000.


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Sirhan Sirhan, RFK’s assassin, moved to San Diego County prison

Sirhan Sirhan, RFK’s assassin, moved to San Diego County prison


SAN DIEGO — The man who assassinated Robert F. Kennedy 45 years ago was transferred to Donovan State Prison in Otay Mesa from a Kings County penitentiary Friday — on the 50th anniversary of the murder of the New York senator’s older brother, President John F. Kennedy.

Sirhan Sirhan, 69, arrived at the southern San Diego County prison Friday afternoon, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which described the move as routine and the timing “simply an unfortunate coincidence.”

“Inmates are transferred frequently in our system,” CDCR press secretary Jeffrey Callison said.

Sirhan previously was housed at Corcoran State Prison in Central California, according to Callison.

Officials with the agency “don’t comment on the reasons” for such moves, in part because they involve security concerns, the spokesman said.

Sirhan was convicted in April 1969 of first-degree murder and assault with attempt to commit murder in connection with…

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Search in Mexico for missing El Cajon woman

Search in Mexico for missing El Cajon woman


imageEL CAJON, Calif. — A 60 year-old El Cajon woman who disappeared three days ago may have crossed the border and been involved in a traffic collision with a police officer near Tijuana, according to her husband.

Anne Terhune’s family says she left home around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday to visit the Fletcher Hills Branch Library.  Several hours later, her husband called police when she failed to return.

Terhune was driving a 2004 gold Mercury Marquis with California license plate 5KLY673.

Her husband, Brian Moon, said El Cajon Police called him the next morning to report the car was spotted crossing the border at the San Ysidro port of entry around 11 p.m. Tuesday.

“I don’t think this is something she would do.  It’s completely out of character,” said Moon.

According to Moon, detectives told him his wife was involved in a traffic collision with a police officer.  Terhune was reportedly…

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Buried bodies of McStay children are identified

Buried bodies of McStay children are identified


Investigators on Friday positively identified the bodies of the children found buried in the desert near Victorville as those of the two McStay boys. The findings come about a week after authorities announced that the other remains found in the shallow graves were those of the children’s parents.

San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials said that DNA tests had confirmed that the bodies were in fact those of Joseph and Gianni McStay. At the time the family went missing in 2010, Joseph was 3 and Gianni was 4.

Earlier this month, a motorcyclist riding through a remote area off the 15 Freeway outside Victorville discovered bones and called authorities. Sheriff’s investigators excavated the area, finding the remains of two adults and two children.

The adults were confirmed through dental records as Joseph and Summer McStay, members of a family from the San Diego-area community of Fallbrook whose disappearance had garnered widespread…

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Greenpeace docks in San Diego

Greenpeace docks in San Diego


San Diego Waterfront SkylineGreenpeace has docked one of its vessels along San Diego’s Embarcadero, hoping to spread a message of sustainable tuna fishing.

During its tour from Canada to San Diego, Greenpeace has tailored its message to what’s relevant in each particular city. In San Diego, the organization says it’s especially relevant to talk about best practices in tuna fishing.

As it docked in Southern California, the crew also celebrated a victory. All but one of the crew members of another Greenpeace vessel were released on Friday from a Russian jail. In September, the crew forcefully attempted to board a Russian oil rig in the Arctic. While the jailed crew was allowed to post bail, the charges still stand.

“They were there in the Russian Arctic bearing witness of one of the main future disasters for the Arctic,” said Greenpeace member Gustavo Ampugnani.

Those interested in touring the vessel while it’s in San…

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Pymgy hippo celebrates big birthday in Ramona

Pymgy hippo celebrates big birthday in Ramona


Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 2 38 20 PMRAMONA — The oldest pygmy hippo in the country celebrated her 40th birthday in Ramona on Friday.

“Today’s a super special day,” said Ali Crumpacker, Director of Fund for Animals Wildlife Center.

The hippo, named Hannah Shirley after the donor who funded her space at the refuge, celebrated by eating an arrangement of fruits and veggies as well as a watermelon.  She also got a large hot pink soccer ball.

“She’s pretty full of character,” said Crumpacker. “She likes to romp and run.”

Hannah Shirley came to the center 11 years ago after she was discovered living in a backyard in Escondido as an illegal pet.

“Pygmy hippos are an endangered species so it’s not something you would commonly find in someone’s backyard, and she wasn’t in the best living conditions at that time,” said Crumpacker.

Pygmy hippos are solitary animals but she has a couple of friends at the…

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32nd Annual Adams Avenue Street Fair – This Weekend!