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    Three people were hurt Sunday in a two-car crash on Interstate 8 that sent a car through a chainlink fence and down an embankment, a fire battalion chief said. 

    The collision happened around 4:30 p.m. westbound I-8 near the Mollison Avenue exit in El Cajon, Heartland Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Todd Nelson said.

    There were three people in the car that spun off the freeway into the storm drain, he said.

    The car landed on its roof and a man was able to get himself out but an elderly couple needed to be rescued, Nelson said.

    “(The rescue) required some effort,” he said. “The tools and skills of these guys really paid off today.”

    The man sustained minor injuries and the elderly man and woman sustained moderate injuries, he said. They were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

    The cause of the collision was under investigation.



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    At a monthly meeting in Vista, Colly O’Gorman shared something that very few others in this world can offer.

    He is one of the few remaining U.S. Submarine Veterans from World War II, which makes these meetings rarer and rarer. Since most U.S. conflicts happen on land, the real war stories among these deep sea divers are few and far between.

    “Everybody has a story of course,” he said. And often laughter follows those stories as these vets reminisce.

    At 94 years old, O’Gorman is the oldest member of this group. He served aboard USS Balao in WWII.

    He was in Japanese waters at the time of the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

    "After it was dropped we got all sorts of communication of what in the world had happened," he said.

    But when Japanese didn't immediately surrender — and although he still calls it selfish — he remembers hoping the U.S. would drop another.

    “I said to the lord, I said, ‘Let's take that island off the face of the map because I want to get back and raise some children and have a happy life,’" O’Gorman said.

    When the second bomb hit, he witnessed it in person.

    “Being on the tar, I had an opportunity to raise the scope and to see the plumes of the bombs," he said.

    World War II submariners such as O’Gorman are a rarity today — one in five didn't even survive the war,

    the highest casualty percentage of all the U.S. armed forces.

    O'Gorman said every time he went on a mission he thought he'd die. The U.S lost 52 of its 263 submarines that did patrols during World War II.

    “They went out an participated in only what we trained for," said Mike Patzius, the local president of the U.S, Submarine Veterans Incorporated, a group dedicated to preserving the memories of submariners such was O’Gorman, whose life is in its final chapter.

    He was recently placed in the care of Silverado Hospice, which makes these monthly meetings more important than ever to him and, of course, to the others who will pass the stories on to the generations that will follow.



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    Colly O'Gorman (left) holds up a certificate at a monthly meeting of the U.S. Submarine Veterans.Colly O'Gorman (left) holds up a certificate at a monthly meeting of the U.S. Submarine Veterans.

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    The mass shooting in Pittsburg on Saturday comes amid a rising number of anti-Semitic attacks across the country in recent years.

    The Anti-Defamation League reported nearly 2,000 incidents last year, a 57 percent increase. The group says hateful speech has something to do with it.

    "That actually works, when a good message is sent people do pick that up,” said Amanda Susskind, the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League-Los Angeles. “And conversely, when a bad message is sent, people pick that up too."

    The League said there seems to be both a trend of people feeling OK about bullying or harassing Jewish students on college campuses.

    White supremacist groups are also actively recruiting members from that age group and their demographic.

    Experts say it is up to the nation's leaders to set the right example.

    Gail Heyman, UC San Diego psychology professor, said seeing these anti-Semitic and racist views can encourage people to act violently.

    “Hearing the speech definitely makes it more normal to talk about,” she said. “I see that all over the place that people who normally would've felt like, ‘Oh, I’d better not say that because people are going to think I'm a bad person.’ Now they feel emboldened to say things like that.

    The Anti-Defamation League said the shooting Saturday was likely “the deadliest attack on the Jewish Community in U.S. history.”


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    An at-risk woman who went missing from her home Sunday morning has been located, police said Monday.

    The elderly woman went for a walk to a CVS store near her house around 10 a.m. but did not return, police said.

    Family members told police she has memory loss and possibly undiagnosed dementia. She history of wandering off, family members told police. 

    Police said early Monday the woman had been located in safe condition and was returned home to her family. 


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    Thousands of migrants were resting Sunday night to gear up for a long day Monday when they plan to start making their way again toward the U.S.-Mexico border.

    The migrants spent Sunday resting Tapanatepec, a small town in the Oaxaca, Mexico. They were washing their clothes, showering in the streets before they continue their journey Monday.

    They plan to begin walking at 3 a.m. before it gets too hot and to walk as far as they can toward the U.S. border.

    It was still unknown if they are aiming for the border in California, Texas or New Mexico. 

    The migrants said they are scared but at the same time, they say, there is no going back.

    "If I can't get into the U.S., I am staying in Mexico," Maryuri Elizabet said. "I am not going back."

    Maryuri is from Honduras. She is eight months pregnant and is due in less than three weeks. She is also traveling with her husband and 2-year-old son.

    She said if she goes back to Honduras, she would always be afraid of violence and hunger.

    Her family, like others, have been resting Sunday and recovering from the heat. 

    The migrants plan to walk at least 25 miles Monday.


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    The rollover crash happened on northbound I-5 near the Loma Santa Fe exit, blocking two lanes of traffic. NBC 7's First Alert Traffic Anchor Whitney Southwick has details.


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    A pulsing, humming sound that awoke an American diplomat in China night after night left her vomiting, off balance and with an aching head, according to NBC News, in the first comprehensive account of a suspected "health attack" on U.S. diplomats overseas.

    She was eventually evacuated to the U.S., where doctors diagnosed vision and balance disorders and an "organic brain injury," similar to what doctors saw in more than two dozen people living in the U.S. embassy in Havana, according to interviews, documents and medical records.

    Cuba and China have denied any role in the mysterious attacks, and now diplomats and doctors tell NBC News that they're concerned the U.S. may be downplaying whatever happened, at least in Guangzhou. (Citing privacy issues, the State Department wouldn't say if the China case is considered confirmed.)

    Some of the diplomats who were evacuated have experienced suspected harassment and break-ins, which officials tell NBC News the FBI is investigating.



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    This June 7, 2018, file photo shows a man carry an umbrella past the U.S. consulate building in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong province after the United States evacuated several workers over medical testing that revealed they might have been affected by unexplained health incidents that have hurt U.S. personnel in Cuba and China.This June 7, 2018, file photo shows a man carry an umbrella past the U.S. consulate building in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong province after the United States evacuated several workers over medical testing that revealed they might have been affected by unexplained health incidents that have hurt U.S. personnel in Cuba and China.

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    Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Monday called on President Donald Trump to tone down his rhetoric, even as Trump again derided the media as "fake news" that was stoking "great anger" in the U.S.

    Johnson, who served as Homeland Security chief under former President Barack Obama, told CNN that recent hate crimes "should be a wake-up call to all Americans to insist that their leaders tone it down and try to restore civility to our dialogue."

    He said that if he were still Homeland Security secretary, he'd be engaging with Trump, who has the "loudest microphone," to "try to reset the tone" of the country's political discourse, NBC News reported.

    Trump used Twitter Monday morning to rip the media as "the true enemy of the people."



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    President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Southern Illinois Airport Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Murphysboro, Ill.President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Southern Illinois Airport Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Murphysboro, Ill.

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    A U.S. service member was attacked by a man with a baseball bat in Barrio Logan early Monday morning, police said.

    The 28-year-old active duty military member was struck after he and a man in his 20s got into a fight near S. 32nd Street and Harbor Drive just after 3 a.m. Monday, the San Diego Police Department said.

    The service member was taken to a nearby hospital with a fractured skull and spine. His condition was not known.

    The suspect, who has not yet been identified, was found nearby and taken into custody.

    SDPD said it was not clear why the two men were fighting in the first place and did not say whether or not the two men knew each other.

    No other information was available.

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    New York City's only Republican congressional district could fall in November if a young combat veteran can convince many of the district's Democrats to vote for their party, for a change.

    New York's 11th Congressional District, made up mostly of Staten Island and its "Reagan Democrats," has twice sent Republican Rep. Daniel Donovan to Congress. He's betting that his support of President Donald Trump won't hurt him in the majority-Democrat district — especially since he's taken a couple of key votes against Trump's agenda, on taxes and health care.

    Trying to unseat Donovan is newcomer Max Rose, whose campaign emphasizes that he's a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and a former health care professional — the district has been hard hit by the opioid crisis. What he does not emphasize is that he's a Democrat. 

    It's set up a race that local political observers say could go either way. But the fact that it's even competitive speaks to the strength of Democrats' "blue wave" that's threatening to flip congressional districts across the country.

    "The question is: Will that blue wave come to shore on Staten Island?" said Brian Browne, a political analyst and director of government relations at St. John's University in New York City.

    This article, part 5 in a series, examines one of the key battleground races for control of the House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 midterm elections. Carried by grassroots momentum, Democrats must take 23 seats from Republicans to win the balance of power. They are contending with Republicans' experience and organization, and an outspoken but polarizing president.

    Staten Island is connected to the rest of New York City by just one bridge and a famous ferry, and it's an anomaly when it comes to city politics — it tends to lean Republican while the rest of the city largely votes Democratic. 

    Trump easily won the 11th District, which comprises Staten Island and a small segment of Brooklyn across the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, despite it having 200,410 registered Democrats to 117,983 Republicans as of April, according to New York state voter enrollment data.

    Doug Muzzio, a professor at Baruch College's Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, describes the district's voters as "Reagan Democrats" and "Giuliani Democrats."

    Trump won by about 10 percentage points in the 2016 presidential election, while Donovan beat his Democratic challenger by more than 20 percentage points.

    "They look at what somebody has done — not what they say — and then they vote for the person that they want representing them. So I have great faith in them," Donovan said in a phone interview while discussing voters.

    Still, Staten Island isn't unreachable territory for Democrats. It narrowly voted for President Barack Obama in 2012 and elected a Democrat to Congress 10 years ago: Mike McMahon served one term (when Staten Island was in the 13th District, before a round of redistricting) and is now the borough's district attorney.

    And while there is no public polling data on the race, Browne and Muzzio say it remains unclear whether Donovan or Rose will win the seat on Nov. 6.

    Rose has been the underdog, but recently, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report changed its race rating from likely Republican to the less-sure lean Republican on the strength of Rose's fundraising going into the final stretch.

    "What I think that we find in Staten Island and South Brooklyn as well ... is that this district is filled with people who vote for the person. Not the party," Rose said in a phone interview.

    Rose was given a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan and remains a National Guardsman; he has the endorsement of the non-partisan super PAC With Honor, which backs veterans. A first-time politician, he also has the endorsements of Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden, but attacks Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in campaign ads.

    Rose said he's been startled by "the fact that people have lost their faith and their trust in both parties, in the entire political process."

    Donovan has been proud of Trump's endorsement, which helped him survive a primary challenge from the right. And the former Staten Island's district attorney argues he's opposed the president's policies when it's good for the district.

    Trump was never popular in the rest of New York City, and this election is the first time people can express how they feel about his policies through voting, Browne said.

    "For some people, this will be a way to go out — if they do in fact go out and vote — to send a message to the White House. That could be a challenge for Dan Donovan, being that he's a Republican," he said.

    Trump still has support in Staten Island, though several Republicans in the Todt Hill neighborhood didn't want to discuss the looming election with NBC last week, for fear of angering their neighbors with their political opinions.

    Republican Doreen Tsolis, a 50-year-old Salvation Army employee from the St. George neighborhood, said she still hasn't decided who to vote for. She hates Trump, she said, but she doesn't want the president to influence her vote in the election. 

    "He's doing nothing for us actually, making our lives miserable. So we'll see what happens when the voting comes," Tsolis said.

    Donovan has voted in line with the president's position 87 percent of the time, according to an analysis of Donovan's voting record by the website FiveThirtyEight, but he's broken with Trump occasionally, including on two major pieces of legislation: the president's tax reform bill and Affordable Care Act repeal.

    "The corporate portion of the tax bill was terrific for the nation," Donovan said. "On the individual side, it ended up [with] about four states paying for the tax cuts for the rest of the country."

    He objected to the $10,000 cap on deductions for state and local taxes, both of which are high in New York, and said he recently voted against making that portion of the tax bill permanent

    He also broke with Trump's plan to repeal and replace the ACA, often referred to as "Obamacare." The bill passed the House despite "no" votes from Donovan and other Republicans in Democratic states but narrowly failed in the Senate. Donovan opposed it on the grounds that it was a further tax.

    Still, Donovan's first thank-you after winning a primary against former Rep. Michael Grimm, who'd been forced out of office over tax fraud, went out to Trump, "the man that I have known for over 20 years, who had the confidence in me to be the lone Republican voice in New York City and stuck his neck out and told the world why he wanted me to be there in Washington with him." 

    Lafayette Curtis, 52, a self-described Jack-of-all-trades from the New Springville neighborhood, is a registered Democrat but has often voted for Republicans. He plans to vote for Donovan, despite his dislike for Trump. 

    "Dan has done a lot, even though there are some mixed emotions about certain things on Staten Island," Curtis said. "I've known him in public service from Borough Hall and over the years, straight on to district attorney, and he’s the man for Staten Island.”

    Rose has been critical of the president's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, attacks on the FBI and nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. But he isn't opposed to Trump outright.

    "As I've said before, my mission is not to go to D.C. with a pitchfork in my hand," Rose said in a statement through his spokesperson, adding that he could work with Trump on things like draining the swamp and infrastructure.

    Asked if he would impeach the president, a Rose spokeswoman said it's not his focus and that he feels it wouldn't be responsible to comment on an active investigation.

    One of Rose's strengths has been his fundraising. He outraised Donovan by more than $1.4 million as of the end of September, and had $1.1 million more left to spend than Dononvan in the last month of the race, according to federal election filings.

    But Donovan made up most of the fundraising gap with support from $1 million in independent expenditures by outside groups, while Rose had less than $1,000. 

    Rose has sworn off donors for corporate PACs, but a significant portion of his donations came from out of state — about 37 percent, according to Open Secrets, a nonpartisan research group. Donovan received under 20 percent of his donations from out of state and heavily out-raised Rose among donors within the district itself.

    "Big Money Max Rose may have Big California Liberal dollars to fund his dishonest campaign – but he sure isn't one of us," said one post on his campaign’s Facebook page. 

    Rose rebutted in a statement, "You want to talk about Staten Island values, let’s talk about the fact that Dan Donovan took $10,000 from Purdue Executives. This guy is a Staten Island sellout."

    Rose is referring to Purdue Pharma, the company behind OxyContin, a prescription medicine whose marketing practices have been accused of contributing to the national opioid epidemic. (This year, the company stopped marketing OxyContin.)

    Staten Island is suffering immensely from the crisis. It had the highest overdose rate among New York City's boroughs in 2016, when the number of overdose deaths on Staten Island jumped 68 percent over the prior year, according to a report by Columbia University. Both candidates have taken a particular interest in the issue. 

    Rose was chief of staff for New York City health care nonprofit Brightpoint Health, which offers opioid treatment on Staten Island, and said he doesn't believe the right resources are being allocated toward fighting the epidemic. 

    "We need to significantly ramp up our investments in education and treatment and prevention and also law enforcement," he said. 

    Rose wants to roll back federal regulations on suboxone — a drug that is used to help treat opioid addiction — to expand access to nurses who use it as medically assisted treatment. He also wants more federal funding for clinics and recovery programs.

    To Donovan, it's personal: his father was an alcoholic, he said.

    "My father found recovery in the rooms of AA when I was 8 years old, so I understood recovery at a very early age and how it affects not only the individual, but the family," he said.

    He would like the National Institute of Health to tackle the development of non-addictive, non-opioid pain medication. 

    Muzzio said the fact that Rose is a veteran could appeal to voters in the district, home to many public servants, from military veterans police officers and firefighters.

    The district is "exactly the kind of place where people can use military service as a cue to prime them to think of a Democrat as somebody who could be credible on national defense issues," Ramapo College political science professor Jeremy Teigen, author of "Why Veterans Run," told The Associated Press.

    In fact, Rose's military background made him more appealing to Daniel Gonzalez, according to the 50-year-old construction worker and Democrat from Westerleigh.

    “I have a brother that served in the military. I have uncles that served in the military, Vietnam veterans," Gonzalez said.

    Browne, the St. John's political analyst, said Rose has a bold, "man on the move" way about him. But Donovan is a familiar face, and that can appeal to voters, too, he said.

    "There's a familiarity about him," Browne said. "A lot of people don’t like Congress in general, but they like their local member of Congress."

    NBC's Sierra Jackson and Asher Klein contributed to this report.


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    The social media site favored by a Pennsylvania man accused of gunning down 11 people at a synagogue on Saturday was inaccessible Monday, with Gab becoming the latest focal point in a battle over online hate speech and the platforms that host it.

    In an email Sunday, a GoDaddy spokesman said the company had given Gab 24 hours to find a new domain provider after finding "numerous" instances of content that promotes and encourages violence on the site, NBC News reported. PayPal said it was already in the process of canceling Gab’s account before Saturday’s shooting. Another payment service company Stripe, and Gab's web host, Joyent, were also dumping it.

    Gab, which says it has 800,000 users, bills itself as a champion of free speech. But it has also been criticized as a haven for the alt-right and a hotbed of racism, one that gained an audience hungry for extremist content after more mainstream platforms, particularly Twitter and Reddit, began to push hate speech off their services.

    "We have been systematically no-platformed by App Stores, multiple hosting providers, and several payment processors," a message on Gab's website said Monday.



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    Seven people at a Riverside nightclub Halloween party were wounded in a shooting early Monday.

    Gunfire was reported around at the Sevilla Nightclub at 3252 Mission Inn Ave., the site of a party based on "The Purge" horror film and TV series. Officers found two victims with gunshot wounds who were taken to hospitals for treatment, police said. Another five people showed up at hospitals for treatment of what police termed "gunshot injuries" suffered at the nightclub.

    None of the injuries are considered life-threatening. 

    A bracelet, watch, glasses and other items were let on the ground outside the club, blocked off by yellow crime scene tape early Monday. 

    No information regarding the shooter was immediately available. 

    Anyone with information can call police at 951-353-7130 or 951-353-7134. Tips also can be submitted to rpdtips@riversideca.gov.



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    Glasses, a bracelet and other items were scattered on the ground outside a Riverside nightclub after a shooting early Monday Oct. 29, 2018.Glasses, a bracelet and other items were scattered on the ground outside a Riverside nightclub after a shooting early Monday Oct. 29, 2018.

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    An Otay Ranch community is warning residents of an alleged attempted abduction at their neighborhood park, according to a letter sent to members of their homeowner association.

    The letter sent Friday to Hillsborough residents said children skateboarding near their community park were approached by two men in a black SUV that attempted to lure them with the promise of new skateboarders.

    The children ran home and the incident was immediately reported to the Chula Vista Police Department, according to the letter. The homeowner's association asked CVPD to increase patrol in the area as a result. 

    The letter did not address when the alleged incident occurred or provide any suspect descriptions.

    NBC 7 has reached out to the Chula Vista Police Department but has not yet received a response.

    The alleged luring attempt was reportedly made at Hillsborough Park within a residential neighborhood off Magdalena Avenue, less than a half-mile from Mater Dei Catholic High School and Veterans Elementary School.

    The District Attorney's office said to keep children safe from abduction, parents should know where they are at all times and teach their children how to respond to an attempt.

    Anyone with information was asked to contact CVPD at (619) 691-5187 or via email here

    No other information was available.

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    San Diego’s Water Department spent $1.8-million dollars more than what the city council had authorized to spend on the implementation of its $67 million smart water meter program. 

    Those findings and more are featured in “Flood of Distrust: An NBC 7 Responds Special Report”. To watch the special report, click here

    NBC 7 Responds and media partner Voice of San Diego found the cost overruns while investigating the program. According to a July 5, 2012 city council resolution, councilmembers approved $2.1 million to purchase smart meters from Mueller Systems over the next three fiscal years. 

    But on October 8, 2014, the Public Utilities Department returned to the city council for more money. According to city documents, department officials stated they not only spent the $2.1 million but paid Mueller Systems an extra $1.8 million for additional meters. 

    According to the city council resolution, the water department did not provide any reason for the extra spending nor did the council ever ask. 

    In a statement to NBC 7 Responds, Nicole Darling, a spokesperson for the city, said no policies or controls were in place at that time to prevent the Public Utilities Department from overspending. Darling said new measures have been implemented since 2014 to prevent city departments from expenditures without council approval. 

    “In terms of what's happened in the past, I'm not able to thoroughly address that.” Deputy Chief Operating Officer Johnnie Perkins told NBC 7 Responds in response to questions about the department’s spending. “What I can tell you is that going forward, what's really important to us is the customer experience.” 

    Six years ago, the city of San Diego’s Public Utilities Department made the commitment to transition from manual read water meters to wireless smart meters. 

    Manual read meters require city workers to physically access a meter and record a customer’s water usage while smart meters can be read wirelessly through an Advanced Metering Infrastructure, or A.M.I. for short. 

    Smart meters have also been credited for assisting customers who are looking to conserve their water use by sending customized alerts when high usage occurs. 

    In 2012 the City of San Diego estimated that it would take five years to convert the 282,000 residential and commercial water meters citywide. But, the transition has not gone as quickly or as easily as originally planned. 

    As of August 2, 2018, the city has spent more than $19-million dollars on the AMI project and, according to internal documents obtained by NBC 7 Responds, only 16,000 customers or five-percent of the city’s customers have working smart meters. Out of those 16,000 customers, only 4,531 are connected to single-family-homes. The rest are connected to commercial properties. 

    “We're being very careful before we rollout full [smart meter] implementation,” Perkins said. “How are we going to manage the expectations as well as the revenue for the taxpayers. And that's really critical for us because we want to make sure that the money that we're using is spent wisely because it is the ratepayers’ money. We work for them.” 

    Perkins sat down with NBC 7 Responds to discuss the Public Utilities Department’s customer service and billing complaints raised over the past year. To watch that special, click here.


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    Thousands of migrants rested on Sunday night in Tapanatepec, a small town in Oaxaca, Mexico to prepare for a long day on Monday. Men, women and children, like the one pictured here, were expected to travel about 25 miles towards the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday.Thousands of migrants rested on Sunday night in Tapanatepec, a small town in Oaxaca, Mexico to prepare for a long day on Monday. Men, women and children, like the one pictured here, were expected to travel about 25 miles towards the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday.

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    A man wanted for sexually assaulting a woman while she was sleeping in her Pacific Beach home has been arrested in Los Angeles, police said. 

    Jeffrey Hanze, 55, who also uses the name Jeffrey Hanre, was taken into custody by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department just before 4 a.m. Monday.

    He was considered armed and dangerous and was wanted for a burglary and sexual assault that occurred on Monday, Oct. 1.

    The woman told police she awakened just before 2 a.m. to find a man in her home. The man ran off before police could take him into custody. Investigators believe the man entered the home through an open window. 

    The victim lived on Chalcedony Street near Cass Street. 

    San Diego police identified Hanze as the prime suspect in the crime and released a photo of him last Friday. It is not clear how he was located in LA County. 

    Anyone with information on the case can call the SDPD’s Sex Crimes Unit at (619) 531-2210 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.



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    SDPD released an image of Jeffrey Hanze who is also known as Jeffrey Hanre. He should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.SDPD released an image of Jeffrey Hanze who is also known as Jeffrey Hanre. He should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

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    Actress Jackie Burns has worn green make-up on stage, belting the hit Defying Gravity, as the green witch Elphaba more than 1,300 times over the years. 

    As the longest-running Elphaba on Broadway, Burns has had the chance to grow familiar with the character. "Wicked" takes a look at what happened in Oz, from a different angle, long before Dorothy arrived.

    This week, Burns returns to the role of Elphaba on the "Wicked" tour in San Diego. She will be joined by Kara Lindsey, returning to the role of Glinda, and Michael Wartella, returning to the role of Boq. 

    It's a dream role, Burns said, and she has enjoyed every minute of it. 

    "Being a part of a blockbuster musical that features two women playing truly iconic roles has been and continues to be a huge honor," Burns said. "To play this role is pretty much every actress's dream."

    Burns' return to the musical on tour coincides with the 15th anniversary of the show on Broadway, marked by an NBC special airing at 10 p.m. on NBC 7 San Diego: "A Very Wicked Halloween." The musical special will feature the original Elphaba and Glinda, Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, as well as a series of other special guests. 

    The green make-up, which takes about 30 minutes to put on before the show and 15 minutes to take off, feels more like a second skin to the leading lady this time around. 

    "When I first started playing the role I was much younger and it was a bit intimidating. However, every single time I perform as Elphaba I learn more about the character," Burns said. "Her idiosyncrasies, her strengths and weakness and overall the specific nuisances of the role."  

    "Wicked" runs at the San Diego Civic Theater in Downtown San Diego from Oct. 31 to Nov. 25. Tickets available here.



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    Jackie Burns as Elphaba, Wicked Emerald City Tour, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.Jackie Burns as Elphaba, Wicked Emerald City Tour, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

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    An employee died from trauma wounds to her upper body at an adult store in Midway Monday afternoon.

    The San Diego Police Department received a call around 12:45 p.m. about the incident on Midway Drive.

    When officers arrived, they confirmed a shooting occurred.

    A worker at the store, John Paul, said he was in his office about 100 feet away when the stabbing happened but didn’t hear anything.

    Paul said his co-worker may have been there for a while until she was discovered.

    SDPD Homicide Detectives are investigating.

    No other information was available.

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    A stretch of Los Altos Road in Pacific Beach was dubbed the 1,000th mile of paved road from the mayor, but some say the city still isn’t putting the pedal to the metal in repairs.

    In 2015, Mayor Kevin Faulconer pledged to fix 1,000 miles of road in five years. He reached his goal nearly two years early.

    “It’s well overdue,” said Pacific Beach resident Eric Upham.

    Upham said the 1,000th mile wasn’t “representative” of which roads the city should be repairing. “I think they could’ve probably chosen another area than this,” according to Upham. “It wasn’t that bad [before].”

    Upham pointed to a street less than half a mile away from the honorary site that might have been a better choice.

    Jewell Street is a “steep road with a lot of pot holes that’s got a lot of traffic on it,” Upham told NBC 7.

    “There’s some areas where it looks like they just glossed it over. They didn’t actually do the repairs,” said Pacific Beach resident Eric Upham.

    Upham said the city slurry sealed much of area which can be damaged by tree roots and traffic. “Those areas are going to need to be patched within another year or so,” Upham said.

    Slurry sealing is a type of preservation that adds about a quarter-inch coating to the street that can extend the road’s life if it’s already in good condition, according to the city’s website. Overlaying is another method that adds about two inches of asphalt.

    About 700 miles were slurry sealed, while the rest were given overlays, according to the city’s website.

    During repairs in Ocean Beach back in May, some were outraged by paving crews going around parked cars.

    The city averaged 26 miles of roads repaired per month. A decade ago, the City of San Diego only repaired 25 miles of streets during the entire year, according to Faulconer.

    Faulconer tripled funding for road repairs, created changes that held contractors accountable for the quality of their work, and sent crews into each district to fill potholes, according to the city.

    “I hope that they continue on with this and that they go forward and they really look at the roads that are really in need of it,” Upham told NBC 7.

    The mayor’s office announced the city hit 800 miles of repaired roads back in April.

    A study from August found San Diego's deteriorating and congested roads are costing drivers nearly $2,000 a year.

    The city held a conference at the 1,000th mile of road Monday at 10 a.m.


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    A suspicious package found in a cargo building at the San Diego International Airport was determined safe, and an evacuation order for the building was lifted.

    The report was made at around 1:15 p.m. when a worker handling packages in the shipping and receiving area x-rayed the object, San Diego Harbor Police Department Lt. Victor Banuelos said.

    Bomb squad investigators arrived around 45 minutes later, according to Banuelos.

    The San Diego Fire Department's bomb squad and Metro Arson Strike Team (MAST) also responded.

    MAST investigators determined the suspicious item was benign and employees were allowed back in the building.

    Airport spokesperson Rebecca Bloomfield said the investigation did not impact airport operations.

    No other information was available.

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