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    A suspected burglar was caught on camera inside a Third Avenue home in Hillcrest on Christmas Eve after gaining access with the strength and balance of an acrobat. 

    At first, Tyler Luna couldn't be sure it was a burglary. Of course, things were missing, valuable things, but there was no sign of a break-in at the garage door in the back of the apartment. There was also no sign of forced entry at the front door behind a security gate.

    "I felt violated. It was scary,” Luna said.

    Luna wasn't home at the time, he was celebrating Christmas with family in Mississippi.

    After he saw the images that had been recorded five hours earlier on his security camera, Luna took the next flight back home.

    “Imagine waking up with this guy over your head while you're sleeping," Luna said.

    Luna says the burglar stole watches, a class ring, cash and more than $100 in coins.

    Figuring out how he got in was much harder than catching Luna's intruder on camera.

    Luna soon realized his second story patio was outside the building security gate.

    "He climbs up on top of the security gate, then he grabs this railing or that wall boosts himself up and over the safety railing. It's the same way he exited," Luna said.

    A daring acrobat no doubt. The mystery of how the burglar gained access was solved. Luna hopes the video will help San Diego Police find out who the thief is.

    Luna isn't taking any more chances. He's looking into house sitters for out-of-town trips, timers on lights, a deadbolt and shatterproof glass for his new patio door.

    NBC 7 showed the security images around the neighborhood.

    No one recognized the man but some did have their own Christmas crimes to report.

    "We have some porch pirates around here. I have caught people stealing packages from neighbors," neighbor Michael Broskowski said.

    "Someone jumped over an 11-foot wall to steal a bike from my patio," neighbor Jason Posse said.

    Luna told NBC 7 he thinks this same man burglarized his apartment last October. Both crimes were reported to San Diego police.



    Photo Credit: Tyler Luna
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    A Chula Vista man who suffered fatal injuries while riding a dockless scooter Saturday was using the scooter "without permission" the company told NBC 7 Wednesday. 

    Esteban Galindo, 26, was riding a Bird scooter on Third Avenue at approximately 4 a.m. on Dec. 22 when he collided with a car.

    Galindo died as a result of his injuries. His death is the first connected with the dockless scooters that have become a common sight around San Diego County this year.

    Chula Vista police and officials with the Bird scooter company are working together to piece together what happened in the moments leading up to the fatal collision.

    The investigation could take months, police said. For now, Galindo’s family and friends have created a memorial honoring him near the spot where the crash occurred.

    “You never think this would happen to them. You always think this person's going to live forever," cousin Mexi Morales told NBC 7. "It is very sad but the best thing we can do is be in prayers and handle it one step at a time. Just be with your family, that's about it."

    The driver that was involved in the collision with Galindo’s scooter pulled over. 

    The vehicle was traveling southbound on Third Avenue and had the green light, police said. The driver told police the man riding the electric scooter had “come out of nowhere.”

    A representative from Bird said the scooters don’t work between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. for safety reasons.

    Family members say Galindo got the scooter from the house of a friend who charges scooters for Bird.

    In a statement, Bird said: “We are working closely with law enforcement on the investigation and currently understand that the victim was on a Bird that he had taken without permission and was subsequently struck by a car.”

    Galindo's family has created an online fundraising page to help cover funeral expenses.



    Photo Credit: NBC 7

    Esteban Galindo was killed on Dec. 22 after the scooter he was riding collided with a vehicle.Esteban Galindo was killed on Dec. 22 after the scooter he was riding collided with a vehicle.

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    A 14-year-old girl from the San Jose area was found dead below a popular overlook near the Grand Canyon, believed to be the victim of a roughly 70-story fall, according to authorities in Arizona.

    On Monday, Coconino County sheriff’s deputies responded to Horseshoe Bend Overlook on a report of a missing 14-year-old girl. Her family, who was visiting from the greater San Jose area, had last seen her around 2 p.m. at the overlook and reported her missing around 4 p.m., the sheriff's office said.

    Search-and-rescue crews searched the area via helicopters and located the missing girl's body about 700 feet below the overlook, sheriff's officials said. Due to darkness, rescuers had to wait until the next morning to recover the body.

    The girl's body was transported to the Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office in Flagstaff. The girl's name was not released.

    The initial investigation indicates an accidental fall, but the death is still under investigation, sheriff's officials said.

    Horseshoe Bend is a distinctive U-shaped landmass north of the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River. Tourism has increased in recent years and the site, in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, draws thousands of visitors every day, according to a recent National Park Service news release.

    Last year, the park service said it was installing rim safety railing, though visitors would still be able to walk along the canyon rim beyond the railing to look down at the canyon.

    CORRECTION (Dec. 27, 2018, 6:10 a.m. PT): An earlier version of this story misidentified the location of Horseshoe Bend.



    Photo Credit: Courtney Bonnell/AP, File

    This Aug. 27, 2016, photo shows Horseshoe Bend near Page, Ariz. Authorities say a California girl visiting the Arizona landmark died there from what appears to be an accidental fall.This Aug. 27, 2016, photo shows Horseshoe Bend near Page, Ariz. Authorities say a California girl visiting the Arizona landmark died there from what appears to be an accidental fall.

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    A black New Jersey high school wrestler who was forced by a white referee to cut off his dreadlocks or forfeit his bout will not compete at his school's next match.

    Buena Regional High School junior Andrew Johnson will not wrestle at the school's Thursday match as officials investigate the haircutting incident that thrust the student, referee, school and others into the national spotlight, announced Dominic A. Speziali, the attorney representing Johnson and his family.

    On Wednesday evening, the Buena Regional school board convened an emergency meeting because of the backlash to what Johnson went through.

    The board announced that the district would never again participate in any sporting event at which the referee, Alan Maloney, takes part.

    Some residents were very angry that Johnson was forced to make such a choice in the midst of a wrestling match.

    The school board also announced that the high school's wrestling coach and athletic trainer would discuss the incident with board members behind closed doors. But, the board said, the outcome of that discussion would not be made public.

    An attorney for the Johnson family said the wrestler did not want either of the two school employees fired.

    A video of Johnson being forced to cut off his dreadlocks in the middle of his high school gym went viral and gained national attention as people rallied around the teen and raised questions about the treatment of young people of color.

    The video, originally tweeted by a SNJ Today reporter, shows fans and coaches watching as Johnson stands dejected while a trainer uses a pair of scissors to cut off his hair.

    The crowd cheers as Johnson wins the match - which helped his school to a tournament victory - but despite having his hand raised after the victory the junior stands with his shoulders slumped and head down as he walks off the mat to be comforted by his team.

    Maloney has been identified by the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, newspaper as having used a racial slur against a black referee in 2016.

    Maloney said he did not remember making the comment, but did agree to participate in sensitivity training and an alcohol awareness program after the incident was reported, according to the newspaper.

    Speziali says that during Johnson's match, the wrestler was told his hair "wasn't in its natural state" and that Maloney called the teen's dreadlocks, "braids."

    While some criticized Johnson's coaches, he and his family have stood by the coaches and athletic trainer, placing full blame on Maloney.

    The Johnsons and Speziali say the referee did not raise any issues about the length of the teen's hair or the need to wear a hair covering when he evaluated Johnson before the match.

    "The blame here rests primarily with the referee and those that permitted him to continue in that role despite clear evidence of what should be a disqualifying race-related transgression," Speziali said.

    The video drew swift condemnation of the way Johnson was treated and an investigation by the state Division of Civil Rights.

    New Jersey native Jordan Burroughs, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion, also voiced his support of Johnson, using Twitter and Instagram to call the incident "nonsense" and a "combination of an abuse of power, racism, and just plain negligence."

    The American Civil Liberties Union's New Jersey chapter also responded with a tweet asking, "How many different ways will people try to exclude Black people from public life without having to declare their bigotry?"

    Buena Regional School District Superintendent David C. Cappuccio said the district is also investigating the case and "will continue to support and stand by all of our students and student athletes."

    For its part, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association said it was conducting an investigation into the incident.

    Michael Cherenson, a spokesman for the NJSIAA, said the organization had reached out to leagues and conferences that assign referees that they have agreed not to assign Maloney to any event until the matter has been reviewed.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.



    Photo Credit: SNJ Today

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    2018 has seen much destruction but out of some of the most tragic stories have come the best tales of heroism. Here's a look at seven stories -- and the people behind them -- that inspired us in 2018: 

    1. Calif. Firefighters Defend Homes, Save Lives From Raging Wildfires

    It has been easy this year to focus on the blazes that became raging wildfires, but what is often overlooked are the dozens of smaller fires that never grew past a half-acre because of the quick response from California firefighters.

    Crews with the state's Cal Fire agency have fought more than 6,265 fires across the state this year alone, not to mention the hundreds of wildfires attacked by other fire departments.

    But the majority of those fires have not grown to the massive size of one of California's deadliest and most destructive wildfires in recorded state history, the 153,000-acre Camp Fire. 

    Cal Fire San Diego spokesperson Issac Sanchez said, while it is a testament to the coordination from firefighters, crews and residents need to remain vigilant because the threat of damaging wildfires remains as high as ever. 

    Sanchez said firefighters have had a more aggressive approach this year and the resources between agencies to work together -- and defend people's lives and homes -- has become more efficient since one of the most devastating fires in San Diego County history, the 2003 Cedar Fire

    2. Coronado Man Protects Patrons During Thousand Oaks Bar Shooting

    When a gunman stormed the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, 23-year-old Justin Meek, a recent Cal Lutheran University graduate and a Coronado High School alumnus, stepped in to save patrons amid the chaos. 

    It was College Night at the country-themed bar, a Wednesday night tradition that Meek helped promote, and several of the bar-goers were under 18 years old. 

    Meek was struck and killed, but those who knew him remember that his passion for protecting people stretched into his childhood, sparked by the Sept. 11 terror attacks, according to an obituary at a recent memorial service on Coronado Island. 

    At the time of the shooting, Meek was interning with a company that provided security to bars and clubs in the greater Thousand Oaks area, just the latest in a series of roles to help protect and defend others, according to loved ones. 

    As the son of a Navy service member, Meek spent his childhood moving from home to home until his family settled in Coronado. That’s where Meek worked as a junior lifeguard, looking out for the safety of swimmers. 

    "When he was guarding, when he was in his tower, when he was patrolling, he was a serious young man who took his responsibilities seriously," said Coronado Lifeguard Capt. Sean Carey. 

    Meek had long-term plans to be a U.S. Marshal but first wanted to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard, his obituary said.

    The young man was described by his family as a "genuine, kind, loving, caring, compassionate, hardworking, talented man and a friend to everyone he met."

    "Justin was about taking care of others -- that was his heart," Pastor David McElrath, of Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church, added.

    3. Kayakers Help Save Teen Bitten by Great White Shark

     

    The quick actions of three kayakers off Beacon's Beach in Encinitas may have saved the life of 13-year-old Keane Webre-Hayes after an 11-foot great white shark bit into his shoulder and back, according to the teenager's surgeon. 

    As Keane Webre-Hayes was recovering in the days after the shark attack, Dr. Tim Fairbanks credited the three men -- an off-duty police officer, an off-duty lifeguard and their friend -- for rushing Keane Webre-Hayes to shore. 

    He also praised good Samaritans on the beach who helped apply pressure to his wounds before paramedics could arrive. 

    But, most importantly, according to the surgeon, he credits Keane Webre-Hayes for his forethought to ask for help from others. 

    "He made a decision immediately to take action and save himself," Dr. Fairbanks said. 

    It was the beginning of lobster season and the waters off the Encinitas shoreline were packed with swimmers and water sport enthusiasts when the teen was bitten. 

    His mother, Ellie Hayes, heard her son's screams from the parking lot above the bluffs and was thankful that "he had his wits about him." 

    "I just want to say thank you to all three [kayakers]. Without what they did we would be having a whole different scenario," she said at a press conference in October. 

    Keane Webre-Hayes and the three men who are credited with helping to save his life were recognized by the city of Del Mar in November. 

    At the meeting Keane Webre-Hayes took the time to thank his local heroes personally: 

    "Thank you, Matthew, Andrew, and Chad for just being there and talking me through it," he said before jokingly adding, "Also, I want to thank Andrew for being in the water when there was an 11-foot great white shark swimming around." 

    4. Pilot Makes Emergency Landing on Interstate 8 

    A 25-year-old flight instructor safely landed a small airplane on a busy Southern California freeway, touching down between cars for what appeared to be a seamless landing. 

    Ryan Muno, a former SDSU baseball player, was training a 36-year-old student aboard a Piper aircraft when their plane's engine failed on the way to Gillespie Field. The flight instructor took control of the flight.

    Video shared with NBC 7 from a couple who was behind the plane, showed the small aircraft merging gently into traffic, avoiding several cars as it made its descent.

    "That ----- just landed on the freeway," Zach Decker said in the video. "And he’s got it under control."

    Muno did not give media interviews after the harrowing landing but San Diego State University confirmed the pilot was one of their own.

    A retired Pacific Southwest Airlines captain, Joe Graham, called Muno the 'Sully' of San Diego today" after seeing footage of the stirring maneuvering.

    5. Big Wave Surfer Rescues Encinitas Family in Kauai, Hawaii 

    Famous big wave surfer Laird Hamilton helped rescue an Encinitas family caught in a torrential storm that led to flooding and mudslides while they were on vacation in Kauai, Hawaii. 

    The Gwilliams recounted being stuck in the storm, which dumped 27 inches of rain on the island in just 24 hours and washed out roads and a bridge near their rented house, leaving only one way out. 

    "I just kept praying all night that angels would surround the house," Erin Gwilliam said. 

    Then Hamilton, the pioneering leader in tow-in surfing, where a person uses a personal watercraft to catch giant waves, came to the rescue, the family recounted to NBC 7. 

    "He just kind of boated right up and was like, 'OK, come through the mud and the slime and come throw your bags in and let's go,'" Erin said. 

    Hamilton comforted the Gwilliam kids during the ferry ride. The whole experience reaffirmed to the Gwilliams that the surfer is, "a total legend in my book," one family member said. 

    6. Navy Corpsman Likely Saved Life of Teen Hit by Car

    When 16-year-old Granite Hills football player Maddox Sanders was struck by a car a few miles from the El Cajon school, U.S. Navy Corpsman Emily Bustos was one of the first people to reach the teen as he lied in the street. 

    For minutes until an ambulance arrived, Bustos gave Maddox Sanders CPR, and it may be what saved his life, according to his family. 

    "The family is so very thankful. Without her, my brother would not be where he is now," the high schooler's brother Brandon Sanders said. 

    Witnesses told NBC 7 Maddox Sander's breathing began to steady after just a few repetitions from Bustos. 

    "I could tell he was going into cardiac arrest. So I checked his pulse and didn't feel anything and that's when I started administering CPR,” Bustos said. 

    Bustos, who teaches CPR but said she has never had to use it in an emergency, is one of three corpsmen serving 300 sailors on USS Milius. 

    She was on leave and less than 24 hours from departing for her wedding in Hawaii when she witnessed the car crash and rushed to aid Maddox Sanders. 

    7. Sign Seeks Hero Who Saved SDPD Detective After Collapse

    Diane Craig spotted what turned out to be San Diego police detective Phil Worthington lying in a gutter on Memorial Day and quickly realized "something's not right," she told NBC 7. 

    Worthington was out running when he went into cardiac arrest. Craig, a nurse, is credited with saving his life after she jumped out of her car and performed CPR until an ambulance could arrive. 

    When the police detective heard of the hero who saved him, he posted a sign on Community Road in Poway to try and get their attention. 

    "For the Person who did CPR on me on Memorial Day: Please contact Poway Fire Chief Post," the sign read. 

    The two finally were reunited at a surprise ceremony months after the rescue, at an event hosted by the North San Diego Business Chamber called "Honor our Region's Heroes." 

    "It's all surreal to me because when it happened, I was in the hospital so I awakened in the hospital finding out that I went into cardiac arrest and this wonderful angel of mine saved my life," Worthington told NBC 7.


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    An out-of-control truck slammed into parked cars and destroyed brick fences in a Paradise Hills neighborhood on Thursday. 

    The driver behind the pickup truck for unknown reasons lost control of the vehicle near Parkside Neighborhood Park north of state Route 54 at about 2:30 a.m.

    The truck hit a curb and slammed through a low brick fence before crashing into an SUV parked in a home's driveway. The truck kept rolling and smashed through a metal fence, knocked over a cable box, then crashed into another parked car. 

    Brick and glass was strewn across the sidewalk and tire marks could be seen along Parkway Avenue leading up to the crash site. 

    A San Diego Police Department spokesperson said the truck's driver was not in custody as of 6 a.m. It was not clear if drugs or alcohol were suspected. 

    Both SDPD and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department responded to the crash. It was not clear if anyone was hurt.

    No other information was available.

    Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.



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    Some Instagram users found themselves swiping through their timelines left to right on Thursday, rather than vertically, prompting widespread outrage and the social media company to roll back the update, NBC News reported.

    Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri explained what happened on Twitter: "That was supposed to be a very small test that went broad by accident. Should be fixed now. If you're still seeing it simply restart the app. Happy holidays!"

    The Facebook-owned app's test focused on user interaction with its feed, switching from its traditional up-down swipe to a left-right version. 

    The update seemed to upset many people, based on the reactions on social media, but many users said their feeds soon went back to normal. 


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    An accidental test layout published to Instagram's mobile app on Dec. 27, 2018, had unhappy users flooding Twitter and Facebook to complain about the An accidental test layout published to Instagram's mobile app on Dec. 27, 2018, had unhappy users flooding Twitter and Facebook to complain about the "Story" styled posts.

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    Crews in Escondido have been working for five days to repair an 8-inch steel water main after two breaks were discovered in the pipe forcing a roadway to partially close.

    The first leak was discovered on Sunday to a pipe underneath Bear Valley Parkway, according to the city of Escondido. 

    Crews shut down a stretch of the roadway, between Mary lane and Beethoven Drive, at about 10 a.m. and, by 5 p.m., one lane had reopened but crews remained on scene making repairs. 

    Water was shut off to Vinyard Golf Course and the 900 block of San Pasqual Road, the city said. 

    By late Christmas Eve, crews finished making repairs to the first leak but discovered a second leak in the pipe, forcing Bear Valley Parkway to remain closed. 

    SkyRanger 7 captured footage Thursday morning of construction crews continuing to make repairs to the pipe. 

    The city of Escondido said delays could be expected through the afternoon, when the roadway was expected to reopen. 

    No other information was available.

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    Michelle Obama is the most admired woman by Americans in 2018, bumping Hillary Clinton out of the top spot for the first time in 17 years, according to a recent Gallup poll.

    Obama finished first with a significant margin this year, Gallup said on its website Thursday. The former first lady received 15percent of responses, with Oprah Winfrey in second with 5 percent. Clinton came in third place with 4 percent of responses, tying with current first lady Melania Trump.

    Former Secretary of State Clinton, a former first lady as well, claimed the title of the most admired woman 22 times, more than any other woman. Obama came in second to her three times.

    Queen Elizabeth II finished among the top 10 women for the 50th time.

    Meanwhile, Michelle Obama's husband, former President Barack Obama, is the man Americans most admired in 2018, receiving 19 percent of the responses. He has claimed the title 11 times in a row.

    President Donald Trump ranked second behind Barack Obama, receiving 13 percent of the responses. George W. Bush followed with 2 percent, with Vice President Mike Pence, Pope Francis, Elon Musk, the Dalai Lama and former President Bill Clinton also making the list.

    Gallup conducted its annual survey Dec. 3-12 and asked Americans in an open-ended question to name any living man and woman they most admire. The survey was first conducted in 1946.



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    This Dec. 3, 2018, file photo shows Michelle Obama in London.This Dec. 3, 2018, file photo shows Michelle Obama in London.

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    President Donald Trump falsely told American troops in Iraq that he gave them a 10 percent raise, and was also wrong in calling the raise their first pay hike in a decade, NBC News reported.

    In fact, troops will receive a 2.6 percent hike in 2019, up from a 2.4 percent raise in 2018. American troops have received a pay hike every year for decades, though 2019's raise is the largest in nine years.

    Here's what Trump said on Wednesday: "They said, 'You know, we could make it smaller. We could make it three percent. We could make it two percent. We could make it four percent.' I said, 'No. Make it 10 percent. Make it more than 10 percent.' Because it's been a long time. It's been more than 10 years. That's a long time. And, you know, you really put yourselves out there, and you put your lives out there. So congratulations." 



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    President Donald Trump speaks at a hanger rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018.President Donald Trump speaks at a hanger rally at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018.

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    A Pennsylvania national guardsman faces attempted homicide charges after prosecutors say he fired at SWAT officers during a Christmas night standoff at his Chester County home.

    Nathaniel Lewis, 34, surrendered to police Wednesday morning after a crisis negotiator sang Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" — made famous by Bing Crosby in the film of the same name — to him over the phone, the county district attorney's office said.

    Lewis was taken into custody nine hours after he locked himself inside his East Vincent Township home. Prosecutors said officers responded to the house along Aftons Circle at 9 p.m. on Christmas after his estranged wife called for help. The couple have been going through a separation.

    The wife told police that Lewis' sister-in-law went to the home to check on him but had trouble getting in. She eventually forced her way inside and found Lewis wielding a rifle. He fired four shots at the woman as she fled, police said. She was not hurt.

    The Chester County Regional Emergency Response Team, a SWAT team, was called in after officers arrived. At some point during the standoff, prosecutors said Lewis fired upon police from his home. Bullets hit an armored truck with officers in and around it, along with a neighboring home and car.

    A SWAT sniper returned fire. No one was hit in either case. A second SWAT team, the West Chester Emergency Response Team, was deployed to assist after the gunfire erupted.

    Tom Hogan, the district attorney, also came to the scene and said he handed out Christmas cookies to the officers at the scene.

    Lewis eventually surrendered at 7 a.m. Wednesday following the over-the-phone Christmas serenade. He was taken to Paoli Hospital for treatment of a minor head wound. A breathalyzer also detected alcohol in his system, police said.

    Investigators found a rifle, spent shell casings and two firearm magazines in a second-floor bedroom, police said.

    "This being SWAT, they ate the cookies, made fun of each other, and went home to their families, quietly satisfied with a job well done," Hogan said in a post to Facebook.

    Lewis is charged with several counts of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and weapons violations.

    "This defendant is lucky he did not kill a police officer," Hogan said in a news release on Thursday. "The SWAT team members deserve the highest praise for their courage and dedication. While the rest of the world was going to bed after a long Christmas day, our officers were laying their lives on the line for hours in the bitter cold."

    Lewis remains in the Chester County Prison after being unable to post bail. It's not clear if he's retained an attorney. His status in the National Guard was not immediately known.



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    And, just like that, 2018 is coming to an end. In San Diego, there are plenty of ways to ring in the new year and you can choose how to celebrate depending on your personality. So, whether you're a high-end party animal or laying low with the family, these spots should offer something for everyone.

    Balboa Park (For the museum enthusiast)
    During the day on Dec. 31, museum enthusiasts looking to acquire more knowledge before the end of 2018 can stroll Balboa Park and visit the many museums open that day, most starting at 10 a.m. Open institutions include the Japanese Friendship Garden, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Fleet Science Center, the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego Air & Space Museum, and the San Diego Museum of Man. The famous Balboa Park Carousel will also be open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Most of the museums close between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve but after you’ve fed your mind and curiosity, you could feed your belly at Balboa Park’s landmark restaurant, The Prado. On New Year’s Eve, The Prado is offering a three-course dinner priced at $54.95, served from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Revelers can stay until the clock strikes midnight by upgrading to the dinner and dancing package priced at $84.95, which includes a sparkling champagne toast while counting down to midnight, plus music and dancing in the lounge. The park’s Panama 66 restaurant is also open on New Year’s Eve, but will close early. It'll reopen on New Year's Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the bar open until 5 p.m.

    The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalow (For those with a love of vintage)
    North Park’s vintage boutique hotel plans to ring in 2018 by hosting its 5th annual "On With the Show" New Year’s Eve celebration. This year’s theme is "Euphoric Haze," a throwback to the groovier times of the 1960s. The party will boast three rooms of peace, love and music: “The Factory,” an Andy Warhol-inspired room of bold prints and mod style; “The Groovy Twist,” where revelers can bust out the “mashed potato” and “the twist,” set to soulful jams; “The Lava Underground,” the Lafayette’s Mississippi Ballroom, transformed into a space filled with psychedelic projections.

    The live music lineup at this bash includes Lady Dottie & The Diamonds, The Sleepwalkers, Strawberry Moons and more local acts. Tickets range from $60 to $190; the Dinner Show package ($60 in addition to $60 general admission) includes appetizers, two courses and dessert, plus a performance from Finest City Improv. Prices vary depending on how many drink tickets you'd like to add to your package.

    Big Night San Diego (For the energetic party animal)
    The name of this 21+ New Year’s Eve event – Big Night San Diego – says it all. This high-energy, all-inclusive, glamorous gala at Hilton San Diego Bayfront includes drinks, food, party favors and live music and dancing across 10 party areas and eight dance floors. Tickets range from $109 to $239 (VIP option). NBC 7, Telemundo 20 and SoundDiego will broadcast a countdown special live from this party; the show airs from 11:35 p.m. to 12:05 a.m. on NBC 7. Here are some details on the music lineup at this party, via SoundDiego.

    New Year’s Eve on the Water (For the bay view enthusiast)
    There is, perhaps, nothing more San Diego than celebrating the New Year on our scenic waterfront. If you’ve got your sea legs, you can ring in 2019 on one of many cruises around San Diego Bay. Rock the Boat by the Hornblower invites revelers aboard the Adventure Yacht for drinks and dancing from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. There’s also the New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise by Flagship Cruises & Events, which cruises from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Another option is the New Year’s Eve Yacht Party aboard the three-level Spirit of San Diego, which boards at 9 p.m. and returns to the docks at 12:45 a.m. Happy cruising!

    The San Diego Zoo (For an all-ages outing with your little critters)
    Grab the kids and head to the San Diego Zoo on New Year’s Eve, where the seasonal Jungle Bells event continues through Jan. 6. The zoo is open until 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 – giving you plenty of time to admire the twinkling lights, special music, animals and more and the world-famous attraction. If you want to end the year with a special meal, head over to Albert’s Restaurant for the three-course “Mildly Wild New Year’s Eve Dinner.” Seating runs from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. and reservations are required by calling (619) 685-3200; the dinner is $65 per person. Check out the dinner menu here, prepared by chefs Carissa Giacalone and Grant Toraason.

    San Diego’s Casinos (For those who are feeling lucky)
    Feeling lucky as you head into 2019? Go with the vibe and ring in the New Year by heading to one of San Diego’s many casinos. In East County, you’ll find Viejas Casino – among many others (Barona; Golden Acorn; Sycuan; Hollywood Casino: Jamul). Viejas is hosting two NYE 2019 parties, each starting at 8 p.m.: the NYE Bash at the outdoor Park at Viejas venue ($10), which includes a fireworks display, and the NYE Gala at the Oak Ballroom ($165), which includes dinner, drinks, dancing and access to the NYE Bash outside, too.

    If you’re in the North County, you’ll find the Valley View Casino & Hotel, among others (Harrah’s Resort Southern California; Pala Casino Spa & Resort). The New Year’s Eve bash at Valley View goes from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. and includes a concert from R&B star Evelyn "Champagne" King, at the Main Stage Bar.

    San Diego’s Landmark Hotels (For those who like glitz and history)
    For those who want glitz, glam and history on New Year’s Eve, San Diego’s landmark hotels might suit you. The Hotel Del Coronado will host a couple of parties – its 21+ black-tie gala, dubbed "The World's Greatest Legend," and its “Kids & Teens” party for those age 8 to 17. Prices for these parties range from $125 (kids party) to $375 (adult party) per person.

    Meanwhile, the famous US Grant in downtown San Diego is offering New Year’s Eve dining options at its on-site restaurant, Grant Grill, including a pre-celebration, four-course meal ($75 per person). There's also a late-seating, five-course dinner that includes a midnight toast and live music ($129 per person). Over at the hotel's Rendezvous lounge, the NYE party starts at 7:30 p.m. and runs through 1:30 a.m., and will include French-inspired cocktails, a DJ and live music. No matter the option that strikes your fancy at the Grant, make reservations ahead of time.

    Craft Breweries (For those looking to toast with a locally-brewed beverage)
    There may not be a more authentically San Diego way to toast to the New Year than with a craft beer in hand. Look up your favorite local brewery in a sudsy sea of dozens for specific NYE hours and events.

    For instance, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens Escondido and Liberty Station will host Craft Beer New Year 2019, a party featuring live music, DJs, dancing, light bites, an outdoor cigar lounge and, of course, craft brews. Tickets cost $99.

    Over at AleSmith Brewing Company, the New Year's Eve "Hop Drop" goes down from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and will boast party favors, dancing, beer flights and an "East Coast New Year's Eve Cheers" at 11 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $65, depending if you want to add dinner to your party package.

    These are just a few samplings of what's happening in San Diego County on New Year's Eve. Here's to a happy, safe celebration and a prosperous 2019.



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    A black hotel guest says he was "racially profiled" at a Hilton Hotel in Oregon and asked to leave the property by police for trespassing.

    Jermaine Massey described his experience with a hotel staffer named Earl on Instagram and Facebook. He says the trouble began as he spoke to his mother on his phone in the hotel lobby and hotel staff called the police on him. Massey wrote, "the exact reason is still unclear to me."

    Massey posted a second post and series of videos that appear to show a portion of his encounter with police at the hotel.

    In the video, an officer is heard saying, "Earl is in control of the property… If he says you gotta leave, you gotta leave."

    Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley confirmed an officer arrived at the DoubleTree Lloyd Center in Portland after hotel employees contacted police regarding trespassing. 

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    Burley said that the man gathered his items and left. Before he left, police offered assistance to a new hotel, which he declined. 

    Social media reaction posts began surfacing with the hashtag #HotelEarl. Over the past year, hashtags have emerged following other reported incidents of black people being racially profiled, such as #LivingWhileBlack, #BBQBecky, #CornerstoreCaroline, #PermitPatty and #PoolPassPete. Videos have documented black people harassed as they golf, eat, nap and swim. 

    "It is never ok to discriminate against guests for the color of their skin and to prejudge them based on your own bias against that race," Massey wrote on Instagram following the ordeal.

    DoubleTree by Hilton Portland General Manager Paul Peralta released this statement to KGW-TV, Portland's NBC affiliate:

    "Safety and security of our guests and associates is our top priority at the Doubletree by Hilton Portland. This unfortunate incident is likely the result of a misunderstanding between our hotel and guest. We are sorry that this matter ended the way it did. We are place of public accommodation and do not discriminate against any individuals or groups. We have reached out to the guest in order to resolve this matter. I look forward to speaking with Mr. Massey today and resolving this issue directly with him."

    Massey could not immediately be reached for comment. 



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    DoubleTree by Hilton's logo as seen in this May 26, 2011, file photo.DoubleTree by Hilton's logo as seen in this May 26, 2011, file photo.

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    Kelvin Crosby was thrilled when he rode in the driver’s seat of an autonomous car for the first time. An adaptive technology instructor for the San Diego Futures Foundation, Crosby was at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas two years ago.

    “It was a lot of fun,” he said. “I thought, I can’t wait to be able to move this thing forward, to be able to have the freedom that I want.”

    Crosby is legally blind. At age 13, he was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome Type II, which results in hearing loss and progressive vision loss. He uses hearing aids, and has a field of vision about the size of a straw out of his right eye.

    That hasn’t stopped Crosby. He’s worked as a web developer, making sites accessible for people with disabilities, and with the Futures Foundation, helping develop job training programs.

    The experience at CES stuck with Crosby, leading him to found his own tech startup, Smart Guider, in August. The idea behind it was to create a “self-driving” cane that can help blind and visually impaired users navigate obstacles.

    “If a car can go 65 miles-per-hour, why can’t I make a blind cane and put all of the technology in a stick? That’s where the vision came from,” he said. “At the end of the day, if I want to be successful in life, I need to be independent.”

    Immediately after he got home, Crosby bought a Raspberry Pi (a small computing kit) and began researching how to make an autonomous vehicle. He began soldering together the wires in his garage.

    After a close call, he brought in engineering students with UC San Diego and San Diego State University to help develop the first prototype of the product. Last year, they finished the second prototype, which uses lidar sensors, ultrasonic sensors and cameras to route users around obstacles to a destination of their choice.

    Next, Crosby wants to develop a version of the cane that can alert users to approaching vehicles, so they can determine when it is safe to cross the street.

    Fast Facts About Smart Guider:

    • CEO: Kelvin Crosby
    • Funds raised to date: $25,000
    • No. of local employees: 1 full-time, 11 part-time
    • Headquarters: University City
    • Year founded: 2018
    • Company description: Smart Guider uses sensor and camera technology developed for autonomous vehicles to power a “self-driving” cane to help blind and visually impaired users navigate to a destination.


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    Smart Guider has a motorized wheel that can steer users around obstacles on their way to a destination. It uses several types of sensors and imaging software to help detect the best path forward.Smart Guider has a motorized wheel that can steer users around obstacles on their way to a destination. It uses several types of sensors and imaging software to help detect the best path forward.

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    Sargon Isaac looks at his family with tears in his eyes during Christmas dinner when he thinks of what it took to get to this moment. At 68, the unmarried San Jose man recently discovered he's a father and grandfather.

    In the 1970s, Isaac was a touring musician in England. He says he opened for Glen Campbell, Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck. He wasn’t married and admits he had a series of short-term relationships.

    He moved to San Jose in 1982, and last July, his cousin called him out of the blue to say she recently did an Ancestry DNA kit to learn more about her heritage. Those tests can also reveal biological relatives who’ve submitted DNA into the company database.

    She told Isaac she receiving a message from a girl alleging to be her third cousin whose been looking for her biological father all her life.

    "The only thing she knows about him is that he played the guitar," Isaac recalled his cousin telling him. "And I said 'So why are you calling me?' And [my cousin] says 'I think it's you.' And I go, 'Why would that be? A lot of people play guitar.'"

    "She said, 'But she was born in Nottingham.'"

    Isaac said he spent some time performing in Nottingham, and his parents owned a hotel there. He agreed to connect with the woman on Facebook. He says the woman looked just like his mother.

    “I went online and looked and was shaking," Isaac said. "I've always told everybody in the last 10 years that I really regret not having kids.”

    A DNA test confirmed Kelly Wilson was the long lost 40-year-old daughter he never knew he had. Isaac flew to England in July to meet her.

    This week, Wilson and her three children flew to the Bay Area to spend Christmas with her dad for the first time.

    “Incredible isn't it? I'm so blessed. I've been so welcomed,” Wilson said.

    Wilson is also into music. She teaches music, arts and theater at a high school outside of Nottingham. She doesn't blame anyone for what happened in the past, saying her mom never talked about the brief relationship she had with Isaac.

    “It’s God's plan. God's timing. It's really great now. If we live regretting and resentful over what could have been, then I think you end up quite bitter,” Wilson said.

    On Christmas night, Isaac would host dinner with his new family, smiling and tearing up as he sang with his three new grandchildren.

    Wilson gave him a framed craft she recently made.

    “It’s an altered family tree,” she said.

    It’s the connection Isaac always wanted but never knew he had.

    “I have a lot to be thankful for,” Isaac said. “This is my best Christmas ever."

    This is Wilson's first trip to the United States. She expects to make many more trips in the future to see her father.



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    Father-daughter Sargon Isaac and Kelly Wilson enjoy their first Christmas together 41 years after Wilson was born. (Dec. 25, 2018)Father-daughter Sargon Isaac and Kelly Wilson enjoy their first Christmas together 41 years after Wilson was born. (Dec. 25, 2018)

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    Happy New Year! As 2019 unfolds, San Diego will host its share of big events – from the Farmers Insurance Open in January to Pride and Comic-Con over the summer, here’s a look ahead at noteworthy local happenings spanning the New Year.

    San Diego Restaurant Week
    Jan. 20 through Jan. 27
    We begin the year with a little something for foodies: San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW) 2019. The tasty tradition continues with this semi-annual foodie event featuring eight days of prix-fixe, often multi-course menus at more than 180 restaurants across San Diego. This year, the first round of SDRW runs from Jan. 20 to Jan. 27. The second installment is expected to follow in September. Bon appetit!

    Farmers Insurance Open
    Jan. 24 through Jan. 27
    The Farmers Insurance Open is San Diego’s prestigious PGA Tour golf tournament played at the scenic Torrey Pines Golf Course. Several ticket options are offered for the tourney, depending on which day you want to head to the green, and what you want to do when you get there. As we’ve learned over the years, the tournament is as much about mingling, eating and toasting as it is about the links. 

    Big Concerts in San Diego in 2019
    All year
    As our resident music experts at NBC 7’s SoundDiego note, plenty of big names will take the stage in San Diego in 2019. Music legend Elton John brings his farewell tour to Pechanga Arena San Diego (formerly Valley View Casino Center) on Jan. 29. The following week, at the same venue, chart-topping rapper Travis Scott takes the stage (Feb. 4), followed by Marc Anthony on Feb. 7. Iration plays the Observatory North Park on Feb. 9, while Justin Timberlake finally returns to San Diego after 11 years on Feb. 21, also performing at Pechanga Arena San Diego. On June 22, icon Paul McCartney promises a blockbuster show at Petco Park. On July 8, hitmaker Shawn Mendes plays Pechanga Arena. This is just a small sampling of the live music coming to town in 2019; SoundDiego’s extensive guide has details on even more noteworthy acts.

    San Diego Padres Home Opener
    March 28
    As winter winds down and spring blooms, baseball season begins once more. Locally, the San Diego Padres home opener is set for March 28, when the Friars take on the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. The first pitch is at 1:10 p.m.; this four-game series continues through March 31. Also, for devoted fans who don't mind traveling, the Padres spring training season begins with daily practice at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona, on Feb. 14. Fans can walk around the complex and check out their favorite Friars as they warm up for the season ahead. The Padres' first spring training game is on Feb. 23 at the Peoria Sports Complex against the Seattle Mariners. Play ball!

    Memorial Day
    May 27
    Obviously, Memorial Day is not exclusive to San Diego, but it’s a date certainly worth jotting down in your planner. The unofficial start to the summer lands on May 27 this year, and thousands will flock to our sandy beaches to celebrate. Of course, thanks to the generous sunshine, beach days are standard long before this date in America's Finest City, too.

    San Diego County Fair
    May 31 to July 4
    Attracting more than 1.5 million visitors each year, the San Diego County Fair is the largest annual local event and one of the largest 10 fairs in the United States. For the 2019 season, the fairgrounds in Del Mar will officially open to the public on the afternoon of May 31, and remain open through the Fourth of July. Keep checking the fair's website for the official schedule as the event draws closer, and to keep tabs on the fair concerts and festival lineups. This year’s theme is “Ozsome,” inspired by the classic tale of “The Wizard of Oz.” The fairgrounds will be transformed into Emerald City and visitors will travel down the yellow brick road to discover there really is no place like the fair. Of course, indulgent, fried fair food is par for the course, so come hungry.

    San Diego Pride Parade
    July 13
    The annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade is set to color the streets of Hillcrest on July 13, 2018, starting at the Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Avenue and Normal Street. The 1.1-mile route proceeds west on University Avenue, turns south on 6th, left onto Balboa Drive and ends at Laurel Street. Approximately 250,000 spectators are expected to turn out for the parade, which includes lively floats, music and dancing. Pride weekend also features the Spirit of Stonewall Rally (July 12) and the San Diego Pride Festival (July 13 and July 14). This year, the theme of San Diego Pride is “Stonewall 50: A Legacy of Liberation,” marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots – a turning point in the LGBT community’s fight for equality.

    Over-the-Line (OTL) Tournament
    July 13-14 and July 20-21
    A San Diego summertime tradition, the Over-the-Line Tournament is hosted over the course of two weekends every July at Fiesta Island. Put on by the Old Mission Bay Athletic Club (OMBAC), the annual tournament typically gathers approximately 1,200 teams from around the world to play Over-the-Line, a bat and ball sport first played in Mission Beach in the 1950s. The rules are simple: games last three innings, no one had to run bases and the main goal is to hit the ball “over the line” about 55 feet in front of the batter. Teams dress up in wacky costumes and bring tents, chairs, beer and hilarious signs to the beach for the carefree, daytime tournament. This year's 66th annual OTL tournament is planned for July 13 and July 14, and July 20 and July 21.

    Del Mar Opening Day & Opening Day Hats Contest
    July 17
    And away they go! The 2019 Del Mar horse racing season begins July 17 with all of the glitz, glamour and, of course, hats of the famous Opening Day celebration. Expect the Opening Day Hats Contest and a large crowd, dressed to the nines and hoping to see and be seen. As always, NBC 7 will be there gathering stories and tracking down the best hats. The summer racing season lasts through Labor Day (Sept. 2) and will also include dozens of concerts and other social events at the venue.

    San Diego Comic-Con International
    July 18 to July 21
    A signature San Diego event, the huge pop culture spectacular that is Comic-Con International returns to the San Diego Convention Center in July 2018 with celebrity panels, elaborate costumes, sneak peek screenings, exhibits and events galore. As always, Comic-Con badges are hard to come by and the event will sell out. On the bright side, many interactive Comic-Con events are hosted outside the Convention Center, too, as downtown San Diego transforms into a lively hub for fervent fans of all ages. It really is an unforgettable sight and NBC 7 will bring you close to the action with coverage on our special Comic-Con section on NBC7.com. 

    Clear the Shelters
    August 2019
    NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 will once again take part in Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive that helps find loving forever homes for animals in need. Nearly 700 shelters across the country will team up for this, including many in San Diego County. NBC 7 will bring you live coverage on our website of touching tales as pets find new homes with caring San Diegans.

    KAABOO Del Mar
    Sept. 13 to Sept. 15
    KAABOO, a weekend-long music festival in Del Mar returns this September with a long, yet-to-be-announced lineup of artists spanning many genres. Of course, the music experts at NBC 7's SoundDiego will keep us abreast of all of the details as the festival draws closer.

    Inaugural ANOC World Beach Games
    October 2019
    Years in the making, the first-ever Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games is set to take place in San Diego in mid-October 2019, an Olympics-style competition featuring several sports, from shortboard surfing and beach handball to 3-on-3 basketball. About 1,300 athletes from all over the world are expected to compete in the games, with 400,000 spectators expected to attend. In November 2018, the San Diego Business Journal reported that 44 National Olympic Committees from five continents have thus far qualified for the ANOC World Beach Games.

    San Diego Beer Week
    Early November 2019
    As a hub for quality craft breweries, it's only fitting that San Diego celebrates the success of the suds industry each year with an entire week (really, 10 days) dedicated to beer. San Diego Beer Week typically goes down in early November and features hundreds of events at local craft breweries, plus a large festival showcasing the best of beer in America's Finest City. Cheers!

    San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival
    Nov. 17 to Nov. 24
    The 16th annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival returns in November to shine the spotlight on the best wine, beer and spirit purveyors in the land, as well as top-notch local chefs. For a week, foodies and winos can indulge in different tasty events around town, all leading up to The Grand Tasting, an epic food festival along the Embarcadero.

    Balboa Park December Nights
    Early December
    Each year in early December, Balboa Park kicks off the holidays in San Diego with the merry and bright December Nights, a two-day, multicultural celebration of the season. The event will turn 42 in 2019. As usual, it's expected to draw more than 350,000 visitors to Balboa Park for festive, family-friendly fun, which includes live music, arts and crafts, photos with Santa Claus, free entry into select museums, drinks and food from across the globe and, of course, plenty of twinkling holiday lights.

    This is just a sampling of major events planned in San Diego in 2019. Did we miss something big? Comment in the thread below the article.



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    2019 is shaping up to be quite an eventful year in San Diego.2019 is shaping up to be quite an eventful year in San Diego.

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    Using a crane and a fire truck, San Diego lifeguards hoisted a person in distress off the rocks at Sunset Cliffs Thursday, officials said.

    The rescue happened around 11:30 a.m. The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) said the person being rescued had been swept off the rocks.

    The SDFD tweeted photos from the scene, along with this warning to those visiting the popular, scenic spot: “Please be careful around the wet reef areas.”

    As a lifeguard hoisted the person out of the cliffs, the pair dangled from a rope secured onto a crane. Onlookers could be seen watching the rescue.

    No further information was released.



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    The rescue at Sunset Cliffs on Dec. 27, 2018.The rescue at Sunset Cliffs on Dec. 27, 2018.

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    Several homes were damaged Thursday when a fire ripped through a small apartment complex in Serra Mesa.

    San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) Chief Colin Stowell said the blaze started around 1:20 p.m. at a complex located at 3399 Ruffin Rd. The fire impacted at least four units; crews were able to knock down the flames before they could spread any further.

    Two of the apartments received the brunt of the fire damage and were deemed uninhabitable by firefighters.

    Stowell said no one had been inside the apartments at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. SDFD officials said the Red Cross had been called to the scene to help those residents who wouldn’t be able to immediately enter their apartments.

    At this point, the cause of the fire is unknown.



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    A Washington man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in broad daylight in Mission Beach, in neighborhood steps from the shoreline, was ordered held on $1 million bail. 

    Philemon Shark, 40, is accused of grabbing a woman from behind as she walked on Bayside Lane, throwing her to the ground and assaulting her at about 8:40 a.m. on Dec. 23, according to the San Diego Police Department. 

    "The victim screamed for help causing several residents to come to her aid," SDPD Lt. Jason Weeden said. "After being forced off the victim, the suspect walked off."

    Bystanders followed the suspect for several blocks but Shark eluded them until he was spotted by a resident about 45 minutes later, hiding in a breezeway, Weeden said.

    Shark was arrested and booked into county jail on multiple felony sexual assault charges and outstanding warrants from the state of Washington. 

    NBC 7 has learned Shark was convicted of residential burglary in Sept. 2014 and again in Sept. 2015 in Snohomish, Washington.

    He was initially held on $100,000 but due to the prior warrants, prosecutors asked for an increase in bail amount. 

    At his court appearance, the judge ordered the media not to show the defendant's face. 

    A not guilty plea was entered by the defendant's attorney who said that Shark has requested court-appointed counsel. 

    Bail was set at $1 million and the judge signed a protective order for the victim in the case.

    A pretrial court date was scheduled for Jan. 10. 



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    With picturesque beaches, San Diego has been chosen as the host city of the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games slated for 2017.With picturesque beaches, San Diego has been chosen as the host city of the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games slated for 2017.

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    A San Diego man who jumped onto a stage and made it to within steps of singer Taylor Swift faces charges of murder in San Diego, accused of beating a man to death. 

    Christian Ewing, 29, pleaded guilty to assault and a charge of resisting an officer in the 2015 incident during the Taylor Swift concert at Petco Park. He was sentenced to two years' probation.

    Now, he is in custody facing charges for the murder of a man who was found in the Midway District of San Diego, beaten and unconscious. 

    Ewing was arrested Dec. 21 on a parole violation and then re-arrested on Christmas Eve, prosecutors said.

    He's accused of killing Gregory Freeman, a 57-year-old man who was found Wednesday, Dec. 5 on Rosecrans Street near the Interstate 5 overpass.

    Freeman had suffered trauma to his upper body and was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries four days after the attack.

    One witness told police that the victim had been on the ground when an unknown man began to hit him with some sort of object, San Diego police Lt. Anthony Dupree. 

    When he was scheduled to be arraigned on a charge of murder in San Diego Superior Court Thursday, Ewing refused to appear before the judge. 

    The San Diego District Attorney's Office is prepared to charge Ewing with murder and two dangerous weapons allegations for using a baseball bat in the attack on Freeman, a prosecutor told NBC 7. 

    Ewing's arraignment has been rescheduled for Friday, Dec. 28. 

    In 2015, Ewing hopped a fence at Taylor Swift concert in downtown San Diego and was confronted by a security guard. Ewin escaped and ran onto the stage, getting just a few steps away from Swift while she was singing "Style." He was eventually dragged off stage. One of the singer's security guards was injured in the altercation. 

    At the time of his arrest in 2015, Ewing had an active warrant for a theft-related offense in Florida and had an assault-related offense in Georgia. He was previously convicted out-of-state of attempting to manufacture or manufacturing drugs in 2013.



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    Christian Ewing in a 2015 court appearance connected to his decision to jump on stage at a Taylor Swift's concert in San Diego.Christian Ewing in a 2015 court appearance connected to his decision to jump on stage at a Taylor Swift's concert in San Diego.

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