Seventeen supposed violent gang members are in federal court today facing racketeering, drug and weapons charges. They were among the 45 suspects arrested yesterday in a massive county wide sweep. Yesterday U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said that they are members of the “a particularly volatile and violent” gang. Over 500 officers from various law enforcement agencies participated in the sweep. Nine suspects are still at large; including 50-year-old Randy Alton Graves of El Cajon who authorities say is the ring leader. Authorities also think that some of the defendants were involved in some recent homicides. Reportedly the victims were former gang members or associates that the gang suspected of working with police.
This morning after 7:15 sailors and Marines from the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group are coming home to San Diego. They’ve been gone for 8-months for a deployment in the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf. The USS Boxer, USS New Orleans, USS Harpers Ferry, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 and some of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit will all come ashore.
San Diego Association of Governments Board of Directors is meeting this morning at 9:00. They are talking about accepting $300,000 from the State Energy Commission for making an alternative fuel readiness plan. They are also looking at a report about what’s called “active modes of transportation” … that means walking or biking.
This afternoon at 3:00 in Lakeside County officials are opening up a brand new 16,000 square foot skate park at Lindo Lake County Park.
Also at 3:00 the British owned Bumble Bee Seafoods is celebrating the opening up of its new San Diego headquarters in the Showley Brothers Candy Factory at Petco Park. Mayor Faulconer and former mayor Jerry Sanders will be on hand to cut the ribbon.
And finally tonight at 7:30 over $85,000 in scholarships are being awarded to 124 San Diego Mesa College students in their 21st annual Scholarship Banquet.
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