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    A man accused of shooting and killing a young woman after an argument in a parking lot near a grocery store earlier this month has been arrested, San Diego police confirmed Wednesday.

    On Oct. 9, just before 11:45 p.m., Joe Bennette Conway, 41, allegedly killed Octavia Williams, 20, after the pair were seen arguing next to a parked car at 4013 W. Point Loma Blvd., near Barons Market and a Domino's Pizza restaurant.

    According to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), witnesses reported seeing Williams and Conway talking in the parking lot that night. The conversation escalated to an argument and one gunshot was heard.

    Williams was then seen lying on the ground as a dark sedan sped away from the parking lot, investigators said. The young woman was taken to a local hospital where she died a short time later. Williams was from Phoenix, Arizona.

    Detectives identified the suspect in the deadly shooting as Conway and released a description of him to the public to track down his whereabouts.

    The SDPD said Conway was ultimately found in Tempe, Arizona, and was taken into custody with the help of the Phoenix Police Department. He will be extradited to San Diego to face charges in the victim’s killing.

    Further details about the relationship between Conway and Williams were not immediately released. The motive for the shooting is unknown.

    The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about this case can reach out to the SDPD’s Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego

    The scene of the deadly shooting on Oct. 9, 2018.The scene of the deadly shooting on Oct. 9, 2018.

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    President Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed House Speaker Paul Ryan for opposing his plan to sign an executive order that would end birthright citizenship, ripping the Wisconsin Republican as someone who knows "nothing about" the issue, NBC News reported.

    "Paul Ryan should be focusing on holding the Majority rather than giving his opinions on Birthright Citizenship, something he knows nothing about!" Trump tweeted six days before the midterm elections Tuesday. "Our new Republican Majority will work on this, Closing the Immigration Loopholes and Securing our Border!"

    Trump's lashing out came just one day after Ryan had rejected comments made by Trump about wanting to sign an executive order that would end birthright citizenship for the children of many immigrants to the U.S. Ryan said that "the 14th Amendment's pretty clear" and ending birthright citizenship "would involve a very very lengthy Constitutional process."

    A spokesperson for Ryan, who is not seeking reelection, did not immediately respond to questions from NBC News about Trump's latest remarks about him.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    President Donald Trump, left, attacked Speaker of the House Paul Ryan Tuesday over Twitter, criticizing him for saying Trump cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order.President Donald Trump, left, attacked Speaker of the House Paul Ryan Tuesday over Twitter, criticizing him for saying Trump cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order.

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    Two people were burned when their car spun out on Interstate 805 caught on fire, prompting a Sig Alert that would last at least an hour, officials said. 

    The vehicle was traveling on southbound I-805 near State Route 163 when it spun out for unknown reasons and started to catch fire at about 10:15 a.m., California Highway Patrol said. 

    The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department arrived to find the vehicle fully engulfed in flames. Gas cans were catching on fire and exploding, a spokesperson said. 

    The driver and only passenger were able to safely get out of the car but suffered burn injuries. They were taken to UC San Diego Medical Center to be treated. The severity of their injuries were not known. 

    The fire was put out within 15 minutes, SDFD said, but all lanes of southbound I-805 were being diverted as crews cleaned up the mess. Drivers were being re-routed to SR-163.

    Video of the scene showed what appeared to be a blackened truck being placed onto a tow truck. 

    A Sig Alert was issued at 10:30 a.m. and would last about an hour, CHP said. 

    No other information was available.

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    A former San Diego County Sheriff’s Department deputy who admitted to groping a teenage girl while standing behind her at a restaurant in Vista will learn his fate Wednesday.

    Timothy Wilson Jr., 33, is set to be sentenced in a North County courtroom for the lewd act involving a minor. Last month, Wilson pleaded guilty in the case. He’s expected to spend 365 days in jail, five years on probation and be required to register as a sex offender for life.

    According to investigators, Wilson visited a Panda Express restaurant in Vista Village on the evening of March 21. As he stood in line behind a teenage girl, he reached out and touched her inappropriately. Security cameras inside the restaurant recorded the incident.

    The victim told investigators that by the time she turned around to see who was behind her, Wilson had walked away and was almost out of the building. She said he ran to a black sedan parked near the restaurant and drove off.

    After the incident, Wilson – who worked for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) – used his log-in credentials for the SDSO’s database to access information on the investigation dozens of times, prosecutors said.

    “He did so on repeated occasions numbering 44 times between March 22, 2018, and May 9, 2018, when the search was conducted on the database itself,” the prosecutor said.

    On the first page of the department-issued notepad, he had written the case number, the charge and the home address of the victim, prosecutors said.

    Wilson also went so far as to download photos of the victim onto his personal cell phone and labeled them with the file name “white pants” and emailed them to himself.

    On May 9, an SDSO employee alerted supervisors that he believed the suspect in the groping case to be Wilson, Sheriff Bill Gore said.

    Wilson was taken into custody May 18 at work at the Vista Detention Facility and was booked into the San Diego Central Jail.

    When asked why it took a month for the department to find the suspect in its own ranks, Gore said the employee reported his suspicions on the same day he saw the video.

    Wilson pleaded guilty on Oct. 3 to one count of committing a lewd act on a minor and another count of unlawfully taking computer data, according to the San Diego District Attorney's Office.

    One day after the groping incident, the 14-year-old victim shared her story with NBC 7 the day after the incident with hopes that it would give others the courage to speak up in similar situations, though she didn't want to at first.

    "I was kind of not sure about it because I am shy and it was like weird," she said. "But I was thinking how it can help a lot of people and so I was like, 'Yeah, I need to say it.'"

    When he mother found out it was a sworn deputy who was arrested for the crime she couldn't believe it.

    "It is very disappointing we are still in shock," said Jenna Tanais, the victim's mother said after Wilson's arrest. "That someone in his position would betray the community's trust like that."

    Wilson was a 10-year veteran of the sheriff’s department. He attended San Diego State University, where he earned a degree in criminal justice. Wilson’s defense attorney said Wilson has a 12-year-old daughter.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7
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    Timothy Wilson, Jr. appears in court on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.Timothy Wilson, Jr. appears in court on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

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    A man suspected of shooting an active-duty Navy sailor, who stopped to help what he believed was a stranded driver in Mountain View, pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday.

    Brandon Acuna, 21, was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 21-year-old Curtis Adams.

    He was also charged in connection to a shooting and burglary 10 minutes earlier in Mount Hope, police said.

    The judge did not set bail.

    Early Saturday morning, Acuna was in a stopped car on the northbound Interstate 5 on-ramp when he was spotted by Adams, who believed Acuna was stranded and turned around to help, according to the San Diego Sheriff's Department. 

    When Adams got out of his car and approached the stranded vehicle, he was shot, Lt. Anthony Dupree said. Adams' girlfriend, whom he was with at the time, called 911.

    Adams was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center where he died.

    In the Mount Hope shooting, Acuna allegedly shot at a man who interrupted his attempt to break into the man's car, according to police.

    Acuna was arrested after the vehicle he was in was spotted by CHP.

    Acuna has a long criminal history dating back to 2015 when he was 18 years old, according to court records.

    Records reveal Acuna has a history of misdemeanor offenses and show he was fined and sentenced to three years probation on Sept. 7, just six weeks before the fatal shooting.

    In July, Acuna pleaded guilty to creating a public nuisance. Last year, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine. 

    And in September 2015, he admitted he had driven on a suspended license, as part of a plea bargain in which prosecutors dropped a second charge of driving without a license.

    Each of those guilty pleas carried a three-year probation term, and fines totaling $1,450.

    Investigators were still working to determine what led to the deadly shooting and burglary shooting. On Tuesday, SDPD said they were looking into whether more people were involved in Adams' death. 

    The news of Adams' death spread quickly to his hometown of Brooklyn, New York and one person close to the Navy sailor told NBC 7 he had a "heart of gold."

    Acuna is expected to return to court on November 14.

    Anyone with information about the incidents was urged to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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    For much of her life, Jacqueline Koski considered herself a Democrat. The Minnesotan almost always backed the party down the ballot. She voted for President Barack Obama twice. During the 2016 primary she threw her support behind U.S. Sen Bernie Sanders, an independent vying for the Democratic nomination.

    But after Hillary Clinton won the nomination, the 52-year-old store owner started to rethink her longtime political allegiances. She was tired of what she saw as a cloud of controversy trailing the Clintons. And while she didn't like Donald Trump much either, she deemed him the lesser of two evils.

    "We really didn't vote for Trump," Koski explained. "We voted against Hillary."

    This year, Koski once again found herself facing a difficult choice in a heated campaign. She lives in Duluth, a port city on Lake Superior in the heart of one of the most competitive House races in the country. 

    Up for grabs is Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District, where Democrat Joe Radinovich and Republican Pete Stauber are jockeying to succeed outgoing Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan. The race is seen as one of the GOP's best and only hopes for flipping a seat held by Democrats this year and has attracted national headlines, along with more than $7 million in spending from outside groups.

    Whether voters like Koski swing back to Democrats or stick with the GOP this November could have consequences that go beyond who represents the district's residents.

    This article, part 6 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.

    The Eighth District covers a vast swath of rural northeastern Minnesota that stretches from the Canadian border through the iron ore deposits of the Iron Range to the Twin Cities' northern suburbs. Strong labor ties forged through the mining and shipping industries rendered the region reliably blue for most of the past seven decades. But Trump and his message of economic populism struck a chord. He won the district by about 15 points in 2016.

    Nolan, the Democratic congressman, managed to eke out a victory that year, but the president's landslide win put the already-targeted seat on the radar of national election handicappers, who predicted the midterms would deliver another tight race. Nolan's decision not to seek another term promised to make it even closer.

    "The Iron Range used to be solidly Democrat," said David Schultz, a professor of political science at Hamline University in St. Paul. "Now, it's become 'Trump Democrats.'" 

    This year's race pits Radinovich, a 32-year-old former state legislator and Nolan campaign manager, against Stauber, a 52-year-old county commissioner, retired police officer and minor league hockey player. Skip Sandman, an independent candidate who ran for the seat as the Green Party nominee in 2014, is also on the ballot.

    As in many swing districts nationwide, the economy, health care and trade have been the subject of intense debate.

    Both candidates have pledged to keep Medicare and Social Security intact — positions crucial for winning over the district's sizable aging population — and voiced support for Trump's steel tariffs, which helped raise the price on local iron ore and steel. 

    But they diverge on other key issues, like health care and the Trump tax cuts, both of which Stauber supports.

    "He's got really good business sense and he's propelling it with his administration," Stauber said of the president's performance on jobs and the economy in a recent debate hosted by Minnesota Public Radio.

    Democrats believe those issues give them an edge. Radinovich's embrace of progressive policies, like a "Medicare for All"-type system and a $15 minimum wage, helped him sail through a five-way primary, and he has criticized Trump's tax cuts as overwhelmingly helping the rich, not the district's voters. Just last week, the pro-Democrat House Majority PAC announced a six-figure TV ad buy hitting Stauber on health care costs and claims that the GOP's proposals would raise prices for seniors.

    Stauber, who has criticized the Affordable Care Act, says he would not roll back protections for pre-existing conditions. He often cites his own experience raising a child with Down Syndrome, which is considered a pre-existing condition by insurance companies. 

    "Health care, the economy, social security, all of these issues are still at the forefront of this election," said Tamara Jones, a 41-year-old Democratic operative in Duluth. "I think people are looking for someone who can solve these problems." 

    But the race has taken a deeply personal turn. Republican-allied groups ran TV ads hitting Radinovich over past traffic tickets and a drug paraphernalia arrest when he was 18. Radinovich, whose campaign did not agree to an interview for this article, responded to those attacks in a heartfelt video in which he opened up about losing his mother in a murder-suicide committed by another relative when he was a teen.

    "These millionaires and billionaires and Washington special interests flooding our airwaves with negative ads want you to believe we should be forever defined by our mistakes, by our lowest moments, by our struggles," Radinovich said in the video. "What I know is my struggles have made me stronger and given me a deeper understanding of what community's about and what's at stake in this election."

    Democrats have countered with attacks on Stauber's integrity, accusing him of flouting the law and county ethics policy by using his government account to communicate with the National Republican Congressional Committee. The Minnesota arm of the Democratic Party this week won a judge's order, making those exchanges public.

    The onslaught of ads, most of which are attacks on Radinovich, appears to have left a mark on voters. A recent New York Times/Siena poll showed Stauber leading by double digits, a major shift from a month before, when the two were running neck-and-neck.

    The nonpartisan Cook Political Report moved the race from a toss-up to leaning toward vote Republican. Cook only rates two other seats currently held by Democrats as toss-up or better for Republicans: one in Pennsylvania where court-mandated redistricting will likely benefit Democrats statewide, the other a toss-up race along Minnesota's southern border. 


    In the Eighth District, Democrats hope an energized base and advantages in the state's gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races (both Senate seats are up for a vote due to former Sen. Al Franken's resignation last year) will lift them to victory, despite the odds.

    "I think this will be a referendum on this administration," Jones said. "The Democrats are fired up to win. They're out knocking doors. They've got a field program."

    But if it does indeed come down to a referendum on the administration, the president himself may be a trump card for Stauber. While his approval ratings have plummeted statewide, Trump's numbers remain strong across Northern Minnesota.

    He drew large crowds at his two campaign stops in Minnesota this year, including one in Duluth to stump for Stauber. Other White House surrogates, including Vice President Mike Pence and Lara Trump, have also come to the GOP nominee's aid.

    "The popularity of President Trump in Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District is as intense, if not more, than on election night," Stauber, whose campaign did not agree to interview requests, told The New York Times. "He's fighting for our way of life, mining, manufacturing timber harvesting, low unemployment." 

    Whether support for Trump in the district translates into a win for Stauber will be closely watched by political strategists, and not just because of what's at stake on Nov. 6. The results in the Eighth and across Minnesota might also forecast what's to come in the 2020 presidential race, according to Schultz.

    "Is 2016 an indictment of Clinton in the upper Midwest or a sign that an area that used to be pretty reliable for the Democrats — and the state that's been the most reliable state in the country for the Democratic presidential candidates — is changing?" said Schultz, who wrote a book on presidential swing states.

    Koski, the swing voter, has few regrets about her support for Trump. She's happy with the economy and fed up with what she sees as personal attacks against the president coming from Democratic lawmakers like Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. 

    Koski also sided with Republicans during the Supreme Court confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanuagh, whom she believes faced unfair and politically motivated allegations of sexual assault. 

    Still, deciding which congressional candidate to support this year wasn't easy. While she was drawn to Stauber's experience, she had reservations over his response to a long-running personal issue she's had with officials in the county involving deaths in her family and a custody dispute. 

    And while she worries Radinovich's policy positions are "reckless," she didn't appreciate the GOP "kicking a dead horse" by attacking the Democrat over traffic fines.

    "More often than not people have trouble paying their bills," Koski said. "More people are going to relate to Joe on that."

    In the end, she decided to continue her Republican streak and support Stauber over Radinovich. But even more than seeing her candidate win, Koski is ready for the heated midterm fight to be over.

    "It's no doubt that this is a really important race," she said. "When you can cut tension with a knife between neighbors because of lawn signs, it's insane."

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    Young patients at Rady Children’s Hospital had a brush with some familiar superheroes Wednesday including Captain America, The Hulk and Spider-Man as part of a memorable Halloween treat spearheaded by a local business.

    The superheroes weren’t there to fight bad guys; they were there to clean the windows at the hospital.

    For the past four years, Dennis Dwyer, owner of A Plus Window Cleaning in San Diego, has rounded up his employees and headed to Rady Children’s Hospital decked out in superhero costumes.

    Dwyer said they do this as a way to cheer up tiny patients on a day when most kids get to put on costumes and go trick-or-treating.

    “We just do it so these kids can have a day of laughter and fun,” said Dwyer.

    Two-year-old Rady Children’s patient Zachariah came outside to see the superheroes in action. His face lit up at the sight of them. Zachariah was scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday to remove a mass in his throat.

    His parents were worried their toddler would not get to celebrate Halloween at all but all of that changed when Dwyer – dressed as Captain America – and his crew rolled in.

    “That made his day to see the superheroes,” said Jessica Hernandez, Zachariah’s mom. “We’re so thankful for Rady’s.”

    And, although he was dressed tough-as-nails Captain America for the occasion, Dwyer told NBC 7 he still gets choked up when he sees the reaction from children at the hospital. Those happy faces keep him coming back year after year.

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    Lyft, Uber and the electric scooter company Lime are joining the push to get out the vote this Election Day. 

    Each app is offering their own discounts to San Diego residents that need help getting to and from the polls on November 6. 

    Lyft has partnered with Buzzfeed to help people across America exercise their right to vote. They are offering 50-percent off rides to the polls throughout the county on Election Day along with free rides in certain zip codes.

    Uber is offering $10 off a single ride to the polls on Election Day on the most affordable Uber option available in your city.

    The ride-hailing services will make a promo code available to users in their app on Election Day, just make sure to have the most recent version of the apps. 

    For Lime, just enter the code LIME2VOTE18 to unlock any of their full fleet of shared bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters for a free ride to and from your polling location up to 30-minutes.

    The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement found that for prospective voters, especially those between ages 18 and 29, lack of transportation is one of the biggest detriments to voting.

    Roughly 19 percent of college voters and 35 percent of other young voters failed to vote in 2016 because they lacked a way to get to a polling station.

    According to the respective transportation companies, these promotions are available due to donations from nonprofits like Voto Latino, the National Federation of the Blind, Democracy Works, and the San Diego-based, Faith in Action.

    For a break-down of issues affecting San Diego County voters, see NBC 7's Election Day Guide here

    If you are facing any other obstacles to the polls, call Election Protection at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) or visit here.

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    A couple in University Heights is counting down the hours until their favorite night of the year.

    Paula and Andy Cameron love Halloween.

    "Halloween is one of those few holidays where you celebrate it with your neighbors,” Andy said.

    The couple has been celebrating with their neighbors on Maryland Street, and thousands of others, for more than two decades now.

    They’re the creative team behind a little attraction called “Trick-or-Treat on Maryland Street.”

    It’s a popular local haunt, due to its wildly theatrical and family-friendly environment.

    "We don't do anything Halloween gore-ish. There’s no blood. There’s no jump out and shock you, or scream at you with a chainsaw or anything. It's all just atmosphere," Andy said.

    Atmosphere that is created almost entirely by the two of them.

    Andy is the former sound and lighting director for the San Diego REPertory Theatre, and Paula is an actress and artist.

    So they know a little something about drama.

    To build the drama for Halloween night, they wait until just a few hours before sundown to put out the decorations.

    "If we hang on, you know, it kind of builds the excitement,” Paula said.

    The couple has a clock outside their home that not only counts down the days to Halloween, but to the appearance of their star attraction, an animatronic dragon named Norbert.

    “They always look up and they say, ‘Dad, it's only so many days’, you know? And they're yelling and they're all excited. They just love him," Paula said.

    Norbert is built from plumbing parts, bicycle cables, and an old fog machine.

    And like everything else on Maryland Street, a lot of heart.

    “You know when you were a kid, the thrill of coming around the corner and here's lights, and something's going on, and I'm gonna run down to that house and take a look. So, I love the idea of people coming around the corner and seeing the whole street lit up like that," Andy said.

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    St. Rose of Lima Parish and its school will be closed Thursday after it received a “credible phone threat,” according to Principal Jeff Saavedra.

    The suspect was arrested Wednesday.

    In a letter sent out to families, Saavedra said local police and Catholic Diocese were notified of a threat called in Tuesday for its All Saints Day Mass Thursday morning.

    “The police are conducting an investigation and is pursuing a credible suspect,” the principal said.

    The church and school said it will hire security “for the near future.” Saavedra said they may also be looking for a more permanent option.

    Classes are set to resume Friday at its regular time.

    The All Saints Day Mass is now scheduled for November 6 at 9 a.m.

    No other information was available at this time.

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    After years of both opposition and support, Target confirmed plans Wednesday to open a store in San Diego’s laid-back Ocean Beach neighborhood sometime next year.

    “Target has long been pursuing a site on Newport Avenue to serve the surrounding community,” Jacqueline DeBuse, a communications representative with Target, told NBC 7.

    DeBuse said the company’s goal is to “bring an easy, convenient and affordable retail option” to the quirky beachside community that’s currently home to much smaller businesses.

    The store is part of Target’s master plan to open what it calls “small-format stores” in urban areas and in dense suburban neighborhoods – namely places where a full-size Target store may not fit. These smaller stores aim to offer an assortment of products that cater specifically to the community in which the store stands.

    The idea of putting a Target in OB drew much controversy in August 2017, when tempers flared at an Ocean Beach Planning Board meeting where some residents expressed concern.

    At that meeting, some locals held signs protesting the possibility of adding the big box retailer to the neighborhood. Some locals worried that OB’s free-spirited, unique character would disappear in the shadow of a chain store.

    Other opponents were concerned that a Target store would bring too much competition for surrounding businesses, possibly causing some of the smaller mom-and-pop stores in the area to shutter.

    However, other locals supported the idea of a Target in the community, saying they would love to be able to shop for household necessities without having to leave the comfort of Ocean Beach.

    According to DeBuse, Target will hire around 50 employees to staff the OB location. The exact date of the location’s opening has yet to be released.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 22: A sign hangs above a Target store on August 22, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Target today reported a 6.4 percent jump in store traffic for the quarter, the biggest increase in at least a decade. The retailer also reported a 41 percent increase in online sales for the quarter. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 22: A sign hangs above a Target store on August 22, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Target today reported a 6.4 percent jump in store traffic for the quarter, the biggest increase in at least a decade. The retailer also reported a 41 percent increase in online sales for the quarter. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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    An Imperial Irrigation District worker died while trying to recover a body and car from the Ash Canal in Holtville last week.

    Jonathan Burnworth was found unresponsive in the canal on October 26, according to the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA).

    Holtville is about 40 miles north of Mexicali, Mexico.

    Burnworth, 32, was in the process of attaching hooks and cables to retrieve a car that crashed into the Ash Canal, the agency said.

    Other divers found him underwater and brought him to the surface.

    CPR was performed, which brought back Burnworth’s pulse, said Cal/OSHA.

    He was taken to the El Centro Emergency Department and then transferred to UC San Diego Medical Center, Cal/OSHA said.

    He was taken off life support and died at the hospital Monday.

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    One of San Diego's crown jewels will soon be getting a makeover.

    Mayor Kevin Faulconer officially announced big plans for Mission Bay Park.

    More than $40 million in upgrades are coming to the area.

    The improvements include resurfacing parking lots, replacing equipment at 10 different playgrounds within the park, and improving restrooms and biking and walking trails.

    Bay dredging will also be done to keep the water as safe as possible.

    About $7 million is also reserved for a master environmental report that will guide the city on the environmental impacts of any proposed projects for the park.

    For those who use Mission Bay Park on a regular basis, they couldn't be happier to hear about the improvements headed to the area.

    "There's just something sacred out here,” said San Diego resident Ian Angel. “Every time you come out here no matter what's going on in your day, you just come out here and it just feels like you can just shut your mind off.”

    Much of the immediate work was made possible by the passage of Measure J in 2016. The city said it wouldn't have been able to tackle the playground, restroom, and parking lot projects without it.

    Mission Bay Park is the largest aquatic park of its kind in the country.

    About 15 million people visit the park each year.

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    The San Diego Museum of Man’s California Tower will be closed for much of 2019 due to construction.

    The City of San Diego will start a seismic retrofit of the historic structure that will last between seven to 10 months.

    A seismic retrofit is when a building is reinforced to protect against any potential earthquake damages, the museum said.

    The museum and many of its exhibits, including Cannibals: Myth & Reality and PostSecret, will remain open to the public during construction with its regular hours.

    Its hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

    In addition, the museum will offer discounted ticket prices for museum general admission both online and at the door during its retrofitting.

    The tower’s electronic carillon, a 100-chime instrument, will be temporarily moved to keep it safe during construction.

    The carillon produces the tower’s chimes and noontime concerts.

    The museum said the construction will be “virtually unnoticeable” but there may be occasional noises.

    To view more information about the construction, visit their website.

    Photo Credit: Monica Garske

    Balboa Park's California Tower.Balboa Park's California Tower.

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  • 10/31/18--22:14: Peutz Fire Pops Up in Alpine

  • A vegetation fire broke out in six spots in Alpine Wednesday night.

    All six spots are in hard to reach areas, Cal Fire San Diego tweeted a little after 9:30 a.m. Three of which have been extinguished.

    The fire began near Peutz Valley Road and Anderson Truck Trail, according to Cal Fire San Diego.

    Officials have dubbed the blaze the Peutz Fire.

    It first sparked to life around 8:45 p.m., Cal Fire San Diego said.

    Cal Fire San Diego, the California Highway Patrol, and the San Diego Sheriff's Department are all responding to the scene.

    No other information was available.

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    Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego

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    Police are looking for a man in connection to an armed robbery at a Subway restaurant in the Midway District Wednesday.

    While two clerks were helping lunch-rush customers, the suspect entered the store and sat down, according to the San Diego Police Department.

    As the crowd died down, one of the clerks walked into the back room. That’s when the suspect approached the register, SDPD said.

    The suspect gave the cashier a demand note and exposed the butt of a small handgun, according to SDPD.

    The suspect also showed off a hunting knife with a black handle.

    The other clerk remerged and opened the register, SDPD said.

    It’s unclear how much money the suspect took at this time.

    Police described the suspect as man in his mid-50s, weighing about 160 pounds, and standing at about 5 feet 10 inches tall.

    The suspect was last seen wearing a black zip-up sweater, a grey hoodie, black pants, and a grey baseball hat.

    SDPD’s Robbery Unit is investigating the robbery on Sports Arena Boulevard.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    A Subway storefront in Miami, Florida.A Subway storefront in Miami, Florida.

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    A 10th child has died at a medical center hit by a viral outbreak, the New Jersey Department of Health said late Wednesday.

    Nine other "medically fragile" children at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Passaic County have died recently after being exposed to an adenovirus outbreak at the center.

    A total of 27 children have been sickened in this outbreak, the Department of Health said. A staff member at the facility, who has since recovered, also became ill as part of the outbreak.

    The New Jersey Department of Health said additional laboratory tests confirmed the additional cases. 

    The medical center has been grappling with a “severe outbreak” of adenovirus, a family of viruses that can otherwise cause mild illness, according to the state's Department of Health.

    The facility has been instructed not to admit any new patients until the outbreak ends and they are in full compliance.

    The Wanaque Center established a 24/7 hotline for families impacted by the outbreak.

    “The loss of these young lives is heartbreaking, and our thoughts are with the families who are affected,” Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said. “We are working closely with the facility to conduct respiratory illness surveillance and ensure all infection control protocols are continuously followed. We are also engaging in discussions with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on standards for these facilities.”

    Adenoviruses are common viruses that can cause a range of illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The viruses cause cold-like symptoms, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, and pink eye. Adenoviruses can pose serious complications to certain people, particularly those with weakened immune systems, respiratory issues and cardiac disease.

    According to the CDC, adenoviruses are typically spread from an infected person to others through close personal contact such touching or shaking hands; through the air by coughing and sneezing; or by touching an object or surface with adenoviruses on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands.

    The state’s Department of Health said they were informed of the outbreak on Oct. 9. State health officials later found handwashing discrepancies.

    The I-Team has uncovered inspection reports for the center dating back to 2015. During that time the facility was cited for 14 violations, including infection control.

    The state Department of Health is monitoring the situation “very closely” and has been in contact with the staff at the center “providing guidance on infection control and cleaning procedures.”

    The Wanaque Center is a for-profit facility that, according to its website, works with "with medically fragile children" from newborn to 22 years of age. The center also serves as an adult nursing home and rehabilitation center for short- and long-term care.

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    Hundreds of Google employees from the main campus and the Google X lab in Mountain View are expected to walk out Thursday because they’re not happy with the way the company has handled sexual misconduct in the workplace.

    The employees say it's a protest and a push for change.

    "We’re here. We’re all here together," Google employee Amy Vernetti said. "We can fix this. We’re Google. If we can’t fix this, who can?"

    The planned walkout comes after bombshell allegations published in The New York Times last week, accusing Google of protecting certain executives and paying them millions as an exit package after they were accused of sexual misconduct.

    "We think there’s a layer of transparency that can go on while protecting privacy," Vernetti said.

    In an email to employees after the Times article was published, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company has fired 48 people in the past two years for sexual misconduct.

    But Meghna Virick, who has a background in human resources and is San Jose State’s associate dean of the School of Business, told NBC Bay Area it can be tricky to balance employee privacy and transparency.

    "We have to protect the privacy not just of the victims but of other people who may be involved," Virick said. "And they have to do it out of respect."

    Vernetti and her colleagues think the company can definitely do better.

    "Our aspiration is that they will go above and beyond, be as transparent as they possibly can to protect us," she said.

    In Pichai's message to employees, he said, "We are dead serious about making sure we provide a safe and inclusive workplace."

    The walkout is slated for Thursday morning and could involve other Google offices across the country.

    Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area

    Hundreds of Google employees are expected to walk out in protest Thursday at the company's main campus in Mountain View. (Oct. 31, 2018)Hundreds of Google employees are expected to walk out in protest Thursday at the company's main campus in Mountain View. (Oct. 31, 2018)

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    A Scripps Ranch softball league said thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment was stolen late Monday night.

    The team has three sheds in Cypress Canyon Park to hold its equipment. All were broken into, said Heather Christman with the Scripps Ranch Softball Association.

    “All the sheds were open,” Christman told NBC 7. “There was stuff laying around everywhere and there was a pitching machine outside the shed.”

    The locks on the sheds weren’t broken, but rather the brackets, essentially the door handles, were sliced into to get inside.

    Two brand new pitching machines and about six cases of softballs were among the items stolen.

    Each pitching machine cost up to $1,500, said Christman. Each case of softballs cost around $500.

    The softball association has roughly 300 players, aged between six and 14 years old.

    “It is incredibly sad that someone would come in and, basically, steal this stuff from the girls. It's not us, the adults, it's the children,” Christman said.

    Because the locks didn’t deter the suspected thieves, Christman plans on setting up surveillance cameras.

    “We'd like other leagues in the area to go through, look at your gear, get your storage boxes and make sure they're locked up,” Christman said.

    The association’s fall season is almost over. The teams will resume in January.

    This is the second time in three years the Scripps Ranch Softball Association’s sheds were robbed.

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    Homicide detectives are investigating a death at a 76 gas station in Fallbrook, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department confirmed. 

    One person was found dead at the gas station located on S. Main Avenue near the intersection with S. Mission Road just after midnight Thursday, SDSO said. 

    It was not clear what type of injuries the person had but a woman called 911 to report there was a shooting at the business, SDSO said. She was hysterical when she called. 

    No other information was available.

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