National Weather Service says that high winds and low humidity are increasing San Diego County’s fire danger this weekend. Wind gusts of up to 60 miles an hour along with humidity at 10 percent are creating the dangerous conditions. It’s expected to last through Sunday.
The cross on top of Mt. Solidad has been ordered removed by a federal judge. The 43-foot tall cross has been the focal point of a court battle over whether or not the Christian symbol is a violation of the US Constitution’s separation of Church and State. In 2011 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said the cross violated the First Amendment and the US Supreme Court declined the case. Now the federal judge orders the cross removed within 90 days but stayed that order until all appeals are exhausted. More court time on this is sure to follow.
Four sentencing’s and an arraignment of note in court today. Three of the sentencing’s are in San Diego’s downtown courthouse and one in San Diego Federal Court.
First at 9:00 AM Jovan Jackson used to manage a medical marijuana dispensary but now he’s a convicted drug dealer. Jackson will be sentenced for possession of marijuana for sale.
Second sentencing is at 10:00 AM for Jim Duc Nguyen. Nguyen stabbed and killed two men in a street fight.
The third sentencing is for Timothy Theodore Barnette. He was high on drugs when his car smashed head on into another car killing a 22-year-old.
And the fourth is at 2:30 in Federal Court.
Brian Hile will hear his fate for flying from Michigan to San Diego to murder a couple he thought scammed him on the internet.
And the Arraignment is at 1:30 this afternoon in El Cajon. 21-year-old Victor Gomez is being accused of using a gun to rob a liquor store in Santee.
Lots of holiday events today.
At 9:00 this morning the San Diego Police, Metropolitan Transit System, and some sailors are surprising first-graders with new bikes at Encanto Elementary School.
Then at 4:30 this afternoon Father Joe’s Villages is hosting its annual holiday party. Every child attending will get a personalized gift.
And finally tonight at 7:00 the production “Babes in Toyland” takes the stage at the Joan B. Kroc Theater.
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