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    The ex-wife of a man at the center of a hostile confrontation involving a San Diego County Sheriff's (SDSO) Deputy in Vista said he is mentally ill.

    Casey Clason, 30, was arrested Sunday, but not before biting one of the deputies. 

    Clason's ex-wife Adriana told NBC 7 Monday, it's clear from the surveillance video inside a convenience store in Vista, that Clason was not in his right state of mind.

    “He's mentally ill. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia five years ago," she said.

    Adriana also told NBC 7 Clason suffers from PTSD after serving in the military.

    The video shows Clason pouring a bottle of soda over his head, walking through the door, then being confronted by deputies outside a short time later.

    Adriana said have been an issue for Casey in the past, but she did not know if they played in this incident. She questioned the amount of force used to get him under control.

    “It's pretty brutal. I don't know if it required that many policemen for a soda spill," she said.

    A video taken during a confrontation with deputies appeared to show Clason kicking at them. The deputies used pepper spray and a taser, but nothing worked to get Clason to cooperate, SDSO said.

    At one point, Clason grabbed one of the deputies and bit him in the leg, making him fall to the ground.

    SDSO said more back-up was then called in.

    Still, Adriana told NBC 7, deputies have dealt with Clason several times before and they know his story.

    “Maybe this will shed some light on veterans that all they need is help," she added. 

    Clason will be in court for his arraignment Tuesday.

    Deputies with the Sheriff's Department told NBC 7, with every use of force incident,  they will be reviewing it internally to make sure it falls within the policy. 



    Photo Credit: San Diego County Sheriff's Department

    In this surveillance video from the 7-11 on East Vista Way, the suspect can be seen emptying a bottle of soda onto his head.In this surveillance video from the 7-11 on East Vista Way, the suspect can be seen emptying a bottle of soda onto his head.

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    San Diegans, like many voters in the U.S. have mixed feelings about paying for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall--something he told supporters that Mexico would pay for during his campaign last year.

    On Monday, President Trump backed down from demanding a down payment for his border wall, just ahead of a critical deadline and a potential partial government shutdown.

    NBC 7 spoke to Congressman Scott Peters (D-52nd District) who called the wall a "waste of money."

    "I think the border wall is a bad idea," Peters said. "It's bad for San Diego. It's not the most cost effective way to secure our border."

    Peters said he believes the threat of a government shutdown falls on the Republicans.

    "Let's fight this wall battle separately if they want to raise it as a policy issue," he added. "Let's not link it to keeping the government open, that's their choice. It's a bad choice."

    Candis Givens, a San Diego resident, spoke along similar lines to Peters.

    "It's going to cost so much money, I don't get it," Givens said. "Keep our budget at a minimal. Stop being in debt."

    But not all were opposed to building a wall between the U.S.-Mexico border--the prototype of which will be built in San Diego.

    "I know it is going to cost a lot of money, but on the other side it will save a lot of money long term so it's worth it," said El Cajon resident Paige Ensley.



    Photo Credit: NBC 7

    The U.S.-Mexico border south of San Diego on April 20, 2017.The U.S.-Mexico border south of San Diego on April 20, 2017.

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    A 16-year-old girl was found dead three years after her family reported her missing and now, San Diego County Sheriff’s homicide detectives say they believe the teenager was killed.

    Kimberly Arteaga, 16, of Lemon Grove was reported missing by her family on January 7, 2014 according to deputies.

    Arteaga’s body was found January 17, 2017 by a person walking a dog in Otay Valley Regional Park. The park is located in Chula Vista.

    An autopsy and DNA samples were used to positively identify the remains as Arteaga, deputies said.

    The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office has determined the death to be a homicide.

    No details were released on the cause of death.

    Detectives told NBC 7 they believe Arteaga died around the time of her disappearance.

    Anyone with information about this incident can call the Homicide Detail at (858) 974-2321/after hours at (858) 565-5200. You can also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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



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    An image of Kimberly Arteaga, 16, first reported missing by her family in January 2014.An image of Kimberly Arteaga, 16, first reported missing by her family in January 2014.

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    The first 100 days of President Donald Trump's time in office have been marked by near-daily controversies, from surprise allegations to early morning tweet storms, NBC News reports.

    They started right out of the gate, as White House press secretary Sean Spicer used his first press briefing to chide the media for "shameful" reporting about the size of the crowd at Trump's inauguration the day before, despite photos showing a much smaller turnout than President Barack Obama got in 2009.

    The next day, senior Trump adviser Kellyanne told NBC News' Chuck Todd that Spicer's statement wasn't false, he just gave "alternative facts," a phrase that quickly went viral.

    Then there were controversial policies, like the travel ban that federal judges have blocked, the Russia-election investigation — plus Trump's allegation that "Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower" — and more.



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    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer makes a statement to members of the media at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. This was Spicer's first press conference as Press Secretary where he spoke about the media's reporting on the inauguration's crowd size. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer makes a statement to members of the media at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. This was Spicer's first press conference as Press Secretary where he spoke about the media's reporting on the inauguration's crowd size. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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    An Illinois husband and wife, married for 69 years, had a bond so strong they died minutes apart Saturday, hand in hand, at a Skokie hospital, according to their obit.

    As both Teresa and Isaac Vatkin, 89 and 91 respectively, lay unresponsive with shallow breath in the hospital Saturday, their family members placed them side by side and hand in hand, the Daily Herald reports. The couple died "peacefully," 40 minutes apart.

    "I didn't want them to be scared," their granddaughter Debbie Handler told the newspaper. "I thought maybe if they knew the other was there, it would help."

    According to the Herald, the couple met in Argentina, where they were both originally from, and settled in Skokie. They raise three kids in the US — Isaac starting his own kosher meat distribution business and Teresa a homemaker and manicurist.

    Isaac learned to use a computer in his 80s and researched Alzheimer’s disease for possible cures when Teresa began to develop the ailment, according to the Herald.

    "You didn't want to see them go," their grandson William Vatkin told the newspaper, "but you couldn't ask for anything more."

    A joint funeral service was held for the couple Monday in Arlington Heights.



    Photo Credit: AP Photo/Greg M. Cooper, File

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    One dog died and a second was rescued from a Chula Vista house fire on Festival Court Tuesday.

    Chula Vista and San Diego Fire-Rescue crews were called to a two-story home showing flames and smoke on the 3700 block of Festival Court shortly before noon. 

    A neighbor called 911 when he saw smoke. No one was in the home at the time.

    Firefighters found a dog inside the home. The dog was unharmed and is being taken care of by the neighbor until the homeowners return.

    "I told the firefighters there was a dog inside, so they looked for the dog and found the dog and let the dog out. They gave it oxygen and brought him out and all that. He seems to be okay," said neighbor Theresa Acerro.

    Neighbor Theresa Acerro said a second dog, found hiding under the bed when the fire was put out, was overcome by smoke inhalation and died. 

    The fire was knocked down in ten minutes. 

    “There was no other exposure to any neighboring property and the damage was limited to the one story home," Battalion Chief Sean Lowery told NBC 7.

    The homeowners will not be able to spend the night at their home, because of the heavy smoke and fire damage.

    No one was injured. Officials have not identified a cause.


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  • 04/25/17--12:20: ArtWalk to Line Little Italy

  • San Diego's Little Italy community is always vibrant, but this weekend that energy will be amplified as a two-day, art-centric block party lines the streets.

    The 33rd Annual Mission Federal ArtWalk will go down this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., highlighting both visual and performing arts in San Diego.

    This year, the event will fill 15 blocks along India Street, from Fir to Beech streets, with more than 300 local, national and international artists showcasing and selling their works. The artworks span every medium -- from paintings and sculptures to glass works, fine jewelry and photography.

    The free, family-friendly fest will also feature live music and dance performances across multiple stages: India and Beech streets; India and Cedar streets; India and Date streets; India & Fir streets. Each stage will host several performances throughout the days.

    Also on deck at the ArtWalk: street food vendors, interactive activities and a "KidsWalk" area with a wide range of creative projects to keep the little ones busy.

    Organizers say the event typically draws 100,000 art enthusiasts of all ages. It is recognized as one of San Diego’s premier arts and cultural events and the largest fine art festival in Southern California.

    Due to the large crowd, organizers suggest attendees use public transit like the MTS trolley to get to the ArtWalk. The trolley’s Green Line stops at the County Center/Little Italy stop, which is at the western edge of the event area between Cedar and Beech streets. From there, it’s a short walk east on Beech Street to the block party.

    There will also be a free Old Town Trolley shuttle taking passengers to and from the ArtWalk from two parking lots near the event: the Airport’s Economy Lot on Admiral Boland Way, just west of Pacific Highway, or the Aladdin Garage located at Kettner Boulevard and Laurel Street.

    A ride-sharing service may also be a good option for getting to the ArtWalk. Lyft is offering new or existing users a 30 percent discount to and from the festival with the code "ARTWALKSD."

    If you choose to drive, there’s also a large Ace Parking garage located at the corner of Cedar Street and Kettner Boulevard; remember, parking it limited.

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    Photo Credit: Paul Nestor

    Artists will showcase their work and mingle with customers and art collectors.Artists will showcase their work and mingle with customers and art collectors.

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    Cal Trans remembered colleagues who have died on the job in a special ceremony in Old Town on Tuesday. NBC 7's Elena Gomez reports.


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    At least one person was killed and nine others were injured in a fiery multi-vehicle crash that shut down the 5 Freeway for eight hours along Griffith Park Tuesday, firefighters said.

    The collision, which involved a big rig and tanker truck near Colorado Street, forced the closure of the southbound lanes, with traffic reduced to two lanes on the northbound side.

    Traffic was flowing again on both sides by 7 p.m.

    About 11 a.m., one of the big rigs jumped the center divider and caused the crash and fire that followed, CHP officials said. Aerial footaged showed firefighters dousing a big rig trailer destroyed by flames. A tanker truck, van, pickup truck and two other vehicles were also involved in the crash.

    "Everybody slammed on the brakes. There was an explosion," said Angel Bariz, a witness.

    A triage area was set up just north of the wreck. One of the victims, a 27-year-old woman, was taken to the hospital in critical condition and eight others suffered "lesser" injuries, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. A dog was also found dead at the scene.

    All but the driver of the big rig with the box trailer has been accounted for.

    By 5 p.m. crews had cleared much of the wreckage, including the big rig with the box trailer that crossed through the center divider. Its driver is believed to be the fatality.

    The tanker truck appeared to belong to DDG Transport. Darrel Green, speaking to NBC4 on behalf of the company, said the tanker was hauling milk and its driver called to report being safe.

    "He had to use somebody else's phone because he just jumped out of the truck," Green said.

    Some 75 firefighters from the LAFD and other nearby agencies responded to the crash.

    NBC4's Rosa Ordaz and Patrick Healy contributed to this report.



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    A multi-vehicle crash involving two big rigs shut down the 5 Freeway near Griffith Park on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.A multi-vehicle crash involving two big rigs shut down the 5 Freeway near Griffith Park on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

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    Carlsbad beachgoers may notice some extra lifeguards patrolling the beaches this summer as part of a new pilot program to put more lifeguards on the beach. 

    Right now, one mile of beach from Oak Street to the northern City limit of Carlsbad, is not patrolled by any lifeguards, because the area falls outside the state-patrolled line. 

    State lifeguards do help with rescues in the area, but there are no lifeguards permanently stationed in the increasingly popular area. 

    Last summer, there were 300 rescues by State lifeguards up and down the Carlsbad coast. 

    But even with more lifeguards in this area, Carlsbad Fire Chief Mike Davis said, it is still each beachgoer's responsibility to know their surroundings.

    "It truly is our own individual responsibility to know and understand our swimming ability, to take a look at the ocean before we jump in, and know that swimming in the ocean is an inherently dangerous activity," Davis said.

    The program, organized by the Carlsbad Fire Department, will run from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

    Once the program ends, the Carlsbad Fire Department will report back to the City Council with their recommendations from the program moving forward. 



    Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego

    The one mile section of beach from Oak Street to the northern City limit of Carlsbad, an area not patrolled by lifeguards.The one mile section of beach from Oak Street to the northern City limit of Carlsbad, an area not patrolled by lifeguards.

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    The Food and Drug Administration posted warning letters sent to 14 manufacturers, telling them to remove their fraudulent cancer curing products on the internet, NBC News reported. 

    The FDA said most of the products are sold websites and social media sites can be harmful and waste money. 

    The products that are not tested nor approved by the FDA come in all shapes and sizes, from creams to teas. Some contain ingredients that can be risky or interact dangerously with prescription drugs.



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    The Food and Drug Administration released letters online to dozens of companies that claim to create drugs that can cure and/or prevent cancer to remove those products that can be harmful in some cases.The Food and Drug Administration released letters online to dozens of companies that claim to create drugs that can cure and/or prevent cancer to remove those products that can be harmful in some cases.

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    Liberty Station will soon be home to a weekly farmer's market, opening next month. 

    The farmer's market will take place every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the space between between Sims Road and Perry Road, and on the grassy area adjacent to Perry Road. It opens on May 4. 

    Some of the many certified growers at the weekly market include Smit Farms, JR Organics, Gayton Family Farms, Rivas Farm, Da-Le Ranch, Spring Hill Cheese and more. 

    The market will also feature several specialty vendors Baba Foods Hummus, Happy Pantry, Prager Brothers Bakery, Rendezvous French Bakery, and more. 

    In addition to tasty foods and fresh produce, local chefs will stop by for different weekly events. 

    For more information, follow Liberty Public Farmer's Market on Facebook. 



    Photo Credit: Liberty Station

    A map, courtesy of Liberty Station, of the new Farmer's Market.A map, courtesy of Liberty Station, of the new Farmer's Market.

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    A pursuit that crossed parts of southern Los Angeles County ended when the driver turned around and headed toward officers, who fatally shot the driver in Bellflower.


    The driver of the Honda sedan attempted to turn around in the 10200 block of Foster Road, a street that ends at the gated lot of a business. Officers opened fire as the driver turned toward police and six patrol vehicles.


    "I heard a bunch of helicopters in the air, so I came out and I looked," said witness Kika Benson. "Then I heard a 'pop, pop, pop, pop - four or five gunshots."


    The passenger surrendered to officers, who pulled the driver from the car after it rolled to a stop. The passenger was uninjured, police said.
    Police provided first aid and firefighter-paramedics responded to the scene, but the driver died at the scene.


    The coroner's office had not released his identity as of 4:55 p.m., pending notification of family.


    The pursuit involving the stolen Honda began in the Long Beach area when authorities received a notification from a LoJack vehicle anti-theft system. The driver narrowly missed other vehicles, sped through red lights and swerved through a strip mall parking lot as he headed north into Downey and Paramount. A handgun thrown from the car on a Downey street was recovered, police said.


    It was not immediately clear how many officers opened fire.
    In a briefing for reporters near the shooting scene, Long Beach police Sgt. Brad Johnson described the circumstances that would lead an officer to open fire.


    "When it gets into threat of your own life, someone else's life, or imminent threat," Johnson said. "I don't have details on how many shots were fired, but I can say that multiple officers fired."



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    A driver turned around and drove toward police at the end of a pursuit Tuesday April 25, 2017 in Bellflower.A driver turned around and drove toward police at the end of a pursuit Tuesday April 25, 2017 in Bellflower.

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    The driver of a stolen Penske rental truck attempted to carjack another truck and hide between the two vehicles before he was arrested at the end of a pursuit in the west San Fernando Valley.

    The pursuit began after the report of a stolen truck. The driver also was wanted for assault with a deadly weapon on an officer after backing the truck toward police. 

    The truck was on streets in the North Hills area before the driver entered the southbound 405 Freeway, where traffic was moving slowly during the morning commute. The driver pulled to the side of the busy freeway and appeared to wave his arm at officers before backing up toward their patrol cars.

    He continued south on the freeway before hitting more traffic and driving over a freeway exit ramp divider and exiting onto streets in the Van Nuys area. An officer deployed a spike strip, which the truck appeared to run over with a right rear tire.

    The drive pulled alongside another cargo truck and a tried to get inside the vehicle as officers swarmed toward him. The man crawled between the two trucks, but police restrained him and made the arrest.

    It was no immediately clear whether the truck contained cargo.

    Refresh this page for updates.



    Photo Credit: KNBC-TV

    Officers pursue a cargo truck Tuesday April 25, 2017.Officers pursue a cargo truck Tuesday April 25, 2017.

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    San Diego Unified School District met Tuesday afternoon to discuss the number of pink slips distributed as the second largest school district in the state of California grapples with a $124 million budget deficit.

    On the agenda is issuing nearly 200 additional pink slips that may include support staff such as bus drivers, library technicians and mental health workers.

    Joining the meeting were dozens of protesters outside the building for the Board of Education.

    In March, more than 1,400 pink slips were delivered to employees but the district said that does not mean this will be the number of people losing their jobs nor the number of positions being eliminated.

    District officials said some receiving pink slips may qualify for early retirement. The district is offering early retirement packages to more than 1,500 teachers, who are of retirement age to save jobs.

    Teachers union representatives have told NBC 7 there are concerns about how the district plans to make sure children still receive a top-notch education with less resources. They also said the lack of job security is discouraging future educators from pursuing a teaching career.

    “Our biggest concern moving forward is how to provide services for the kids,” Gustavo Padilla with the California School Employees Association told NBC 7.

    He added that he hopes the union and the district can get together and find a solution that would work for all.

    Another union, the Administrators Association of San Diego decided to take a shorter work year and less pay, rather than lose more workers. Principals, vice principals, managers and supervisors will work up to 14 fewer days which amounts to a five percent pay cut. This way, no more of its members will lose their jobs.

    “We took the pay reduction knowing it would be a financial impact on the management team," said the union’s Executive Director and CEO Donis Coronel. "But we still have work to be done and we still have kids out there who need to be supported. So that’s the decision of our union.”

    The union representing school police, on the other hand, voted during the meeting to lose three more of its members rather than work a shorter work year for less money. That brings the total number of positions lost to 25.

    The district said they could get more state money after Governor Jerry Brown's budget plan released in May and lay off notices could be rescinded.



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    It has been almost five months since Rosa Irene Duenas sold her home in Vista but she said the sale process had lingered long after a new family moved in. 

    “As I was reviewing the activity, I noticed there was a transaction made on December 15 for $1,005,” Rosa said. 

    The transaction was for hazard insurance on the house Rosa had just sold, a payment Rosa said she didn’t remember making so she called the insurance company. 

    “They asked me if it was my home and I said it was my home, the home that I had just sold so obviously it’s not my home anymore,” Rosa said. 

    According to Rosa, Wells Fargo, the company that managed her mortgage, charged Rosa to pay the insurance on a home that was no longer hers. 

    “They admitted that it was their mistake, that they took money from my impound account to pay for somebody else’s insurance policy,” Rosa said. 

    According to Rosa, getting the money back turned out to not be so easy. 

    “We’re now two months later and they still have not resolved any issues,” Rosa said. 

    Rosa said Wells Fargo originally said it would take two weeks to get her money back. Eight weeks later, Rosa said there was no check, no money, and no returned calls. 

    “They will not give me a date, they will not call me back, they will not take my phone calls, I just feel honestly that I’m at a dead-end,” Rosa said. 

    Rosa contacted NBC 7 Responds and we contacted Wells Fargo. After weeks of investigating what happened, Wells Fargo was able to get to the root of the problem. 

    Rosa told NBC 7 Responds it came down to them charging and refunding the wrong Rosa Duenas. Coincidentally, Rosa said the family she sold her home to had the same last name of Duenas and the new homeowners have a daughter named Rosa. 

    Wells Fargo acknowledged the error and sent Rosa Irene Duenas a check for $1,005. 

    In a statement to NBC 7 Responds, Wells Fargo spokesperson Alfredo Padilla said, “We have reached out to Ms. Duenas to discuss the situation and are in the process of issuing her a check for $1,005. Regrettably, the premium on the new homeowners’ policy was incorrectly charged to Ms. Duenas. We are correcting that error now.”


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    The driver of an SUV involved in a pursuit with Border Patrol agents over the weekend is being accused of attempting to smuggle immigrants illegals across the border.

    A complaint was filed against Miguel Angel Tejada on Tuesday alleging that he violated the immigration laws in the U.S. and knew that certain people he was transporting in the vehicle were in the country illegally.

    Six other people, including a juvenile was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents. 

    The incident began around 11:40 p.m. Sunday when a Border Patrol agent was alerted to a Ford Expedition through a seismic intrusion device near Otay Mesa. He tried to stop a Ford Expedition on Otay Mesa Road.

    The driver, who refused to pull over for the BP agent, continued onto SR-125 and leading to a pursuit.

    During the pursuit, the vehicle slammed into a guardrail and went over an embankment.

    Tejada and six people inside the SUV were injured and taken to nearby hospitals, according to a Border Patrol agent. 

    According to the complaint, Hector Cruz, Martel Juarez, Cesar Meraz, Avelino Portillo, all Mexican citizens, were released from the hospital and taken into custody at the Chula Vista Processing Center.

    They all stated they were illegally present in the U.S. and did not have any immigration documents. They admitted they were going to pay between $1,000 to $5,000 to be smuggled into the U.S.

    Meraz and Portillo identified Tejada as the driver of the vehicle.

    According to the complaint, "Meraz stated when Tejada saw the lights and heard the siren behind them, Tejada deliberately sped up and purposely jerked the wheel of the vehicle to cause it to roll over."

    The juvenile and another person are still in the hospital.

    You can read the full complaint here.


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    The embattled San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has just received a sharp critique, as legislation to overhaul its operations keeps moving in Sacramento.

    A leading taxpayer advocacy group gave SANDAG six recommendations aimed at enabling the agency’s directors to present “clear and digestible information” that would improve “the quality and efficacy of future debate on public issues”.

    The back story here is SANDAG’s Measure A on last November's countywide ballot, which got majority approval but not the two-thirds required for passage.

    While staffers learned key numbers given to voters and SANDAG directors could be wrong, they didn't tell them.

    As a result the agency, whose board members are elected officials from the county and its 18 cities, has hired an outside law firm to investigate how that came about.

    Measure A was a half-cent sales tax hike to bankroll transportation, infrastructure and environmental projects.

    SANDAG had forecast revenues of $18 billion over 40 years.

    Reporting by NBC 7 media partner Voice of San Diego and internal checks revealed what staffers called a "human error" in data input.

    After the election, the projection was corrected to $14 billion.

    Questions arose about whether Measure A was intentionally oversold, but so far, no evidence has materialized.

    On Tuesday, the San Diego County Taxpayers Assn. (SDCTA) issued a report recommending "increased communications, so if errors do surface they would be recognized earlier in the process and corrected, preventing them from becoming larger issues down the road".

    Said SDCTA’s president, Haney Hong, in a news release: “It’s disappointing that some of our elected leaders do not engage in the back-and-forth dialogue between the constituencies they represent and SANDAG’s board.”

    Meantime, a bill to revise SANDAG's governing structure has just passed the Assembly's Transportation Committee.

    SANDAG directors voted to oppose AB 805 unless it's amended, some saying it's unfair to the agency's smaller cities.

    In response to the Taxpayers Association report, SANDAG issued a statement saying it will review the group's recommendations, and ".. is committed to transparency, accountability, and good governance.”


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    A local high school student was caught on camera smoking from, what appeared to be, a homemade bong made from a Gatorade bottle.

    The incident happened at Eastlake High School in the Filipino Language Class during fourth period, on April 14.

    Cell phone video of the incident quickly spread on social media.

    “I was really surprised because I’ve never seen anyone carry drugs at school,” said sophomore Jewelia Valdez. “I can’t believe it.”

    According to a representative with the Sweetwater Union High School District, the student caught smoking in class was disciplined, although no specific details were given.

    The school sent a message to parents of students in the class, informing them of new procedures, emphasizing safety of students is important, and trying to reassure parents.

    “For those students to be able to do that in a classroom is unheard of,” said parent Ruel Arroyo.

    The district has not been able to confirm what substance the student was smoking.


    Video appears to show student smoking from a homemade bomb inside a classroom at Eastlake High School.Video appears to show student smoking from a homemade bomb inside a classroom at Eastlake High School.

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    Burrito chain Chipotle announced Tuesday that its payment system that processes customer purchases had been breached, CNBC reported.

    In a statement on the company's website, Chipotle said it detected "unauthorized activity" on the system. Officials are focusing on credit card transactions that occurred from March 24, 2017, to April 18, 2017.

    The restaurant added that the breach has been stopped and additional security measures have been added, though the investigation is ongoing. Chipotle encouraged customers to monitor their card activity.

    The announcement came as Chipotle reported better-than-expected sales in the first quarter on Monday.



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    This Feb. 8, 2016, file photo, shows a Chipotle restaurant in Delray Beach, Florida.This Feb. 8, 2016, file photo, shows a Chipotle restaurant in Delray Beach, Florida.

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    San Diego Unified Board of Education unanimously voted to back a senate bill posed to take aim at companies providing service for President Donald Trump's controversial border ball.

    The room was packed with parents and employees for the board meeting Tuesday night.

    Sen. Ricardo Lara's (D-33rd District) proposed Senate Bill 30 was part of a long list of things on the agenda.

    In a 5-0 vote, the board moved forward with their support of the bill.

    But the move sparked some debate among those who opposed the bill.

    "The goal is to embarrass the president and that is wrong," one man told the board members, amid cheers and applause.

    The bill would prohibit California from working with or renewing contracts with those providing any sort of services to the Federal Government for construction of the border wall. It would also require any federally funded project costing more than $1 billion along the Southern border that causes harm to endangered species to be approved by a majority of voters in a statewide general election.

    If the bill is passed, it would go into affect on Jan. 1, 2018.



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    A driver reported that someone fired several shots at his vehicle while he was on the freeway in the Mt. Hope area Tuesday night, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) confirmed.

    The incident was reported around 9:26 p.m. on the northbound Interstate 805 connector to the eastbound State Route 94.

    CHP officials said someone in a blue van shot at the victim's vehicle, leaving behind five bullet holes.

    The blue van was last seen going eastbound on the SR-94.

    There were no reported injuries.

    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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    Video shows a shark sinking its teeth into a dead whale that drifted toward a Southern California beach last week before it was towed out to sea. 

    Shark tagger Keith Poe captured the rare video Saturday about 15 miles off Dana Point. The shark, possibly 18 feet long, appeared to be pregnant, Poe told the OC Register.

    Warning: Some may find this Facebook video disturbing

    "She looked like she was here to give birth. She was very large in her girth," Poe told the Register. "As she was eating the whale, it was ridiculous how big she got. She was swimming upside-down, just swimming around like she was very happy and satisfied."

    The deceased 55-foot whale was first spotted by whale watching boats off Newport Beach pier around 3 p.m. Thursday. Using a rescue boat and rope, lifeguards towed it about five miles out to sea to prevent it from attracting other fish.

    The carcass also produces an unpleasant odor and is difficult to dispose of once it reaches shore. It was not immediately clear when the whale died, but it appears to have been decomposing for several weeks, according to lifeguards. 

    Photographer Mark Girardeau said the whale is known as Scarlet, the same whale seen inside LA Harbor about a week earlier. Scarlet also has been spotted in the Santa Barbara Channel and as far north as Oregon, according to Happy Whale, a marine research group that tracks whales.

    In August 2016, she was entangled in rope, but did not appear to be entangled during a sighting last fall off Newport Beach. Girardeau also captured drone video of the whale in December off the Southern California coast.

    "You can see the whale from the beach, it's huge," Girardeau told the Orange County Register. "It's just really sad to see a dead whale. I just hope it's from natural causes. I just hope this doesn't happen more and this isn't something we'll be seeing more of."



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    Lifeguards tow a deceased whale away from Newport Beach Thursday April 20, 2017.Lifeguards tow a deceased whale away from Newport Beach Thursday April 20, 2017.

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    San Diego County Sheriff's (SDSO) investigators have released surveillance pictures of an unidentified man wanted for putting a skimming device on the ATM at Point Loma Credit Union in 4S Ranch, hoping to steal customers’ money.

    “Five hundred dollars was taken out of my account Saturday and then another $500 was taken out the next day. So I panicked. I know I didn’t t take out that amount of money," explained Audrey Rollins.

    Several weeks ago, Rollins used the same machine deputies said the skimmer was found at the 4S Commons Shopping Center in 4S Ranch.

    Rollins later checked her account and noticed $1,000 dollars missing. It was withdrawn from a bank all the way in Anaheim.

    "Of course you think it will never happen to you and when it does, it’s  really scary because you don't know how this person got access to my account and is my account really safe?" Rollins told NBC 7.

    The skimming device was discovered on March 25, 2017,  according to SDSO. It was taped on top of the card slot and money dispenser.

    A bank manager was tipped off to the normally inconspicuous device when a customer alerted them that their card almost got stuck in the ATM.

    “Of course it's very sad because we are working so hard to earn money and somebody wants an easy way to get our money," said Afsneh Malayera who uses the Point Loma Credit Union ATM.

    Customers are now keeping close watch on the card readers, trying to make sure their next trip to the ATM doesn't cost them more than they bargain for.

    SDSO is urging anyone who has used the ATM to check their bank statements and alert authorities if there are any fraudulent charges on their account.

    Anyone with information abou the suspect is asked to call SDSO at (858)565-5200.



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    Suspect is wanted for putting a skimming device on an ATM outside a finance center in 4S Ranch.Suspect is wanted for putting a skimming device on an ATM outside a finance center in 4S Ranch.

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    Tuesdays can be a rough day at the office, but the Padres had a really tough day at work out at Chase Field. The Friars struggled to keep up with the Arizona bats and dropped game two of the series 9-3.

    Clayton Richard was on the mound for San Diego facing fellow lefty Patrick Corbin who got the nod for Arizona. Richard has certainly seen better days. He didn’t make it out of the fourth inning after he allowed eight hits, six runs and three walks on 67 pitches.

    The Friars were trailing by four runs in the third inning when infielder Yangervis Solarte singled to left field. That was just enough to bring in first baseman Wil Myers for the Padres’ first run of the night.

    The Diamondbacks were determined to keep the Padres at bay. In the three innings that followed they notched five more runs including a solo shot by infielder Daniel Descalso in the fifth that went 405 feet to the right field seats. By the end of the sixth inning Arizona had a 9-1 lead over San Diego.

    The Padres weren’t giving up. In the seventh inning outfielder Jabari Blash, who was just called up from Triple-A El Paso on Monday, sent a home run to left center field, his first hit of the season. Still, the Friars had seven runs to make up. One inning later infielder Luis Sardiñas singled to right to score outfielder Hunter Renfroe, but they needed a lot more than that to come away with a victory. The Diamondbacks closed out another win at home and lead the series two games to none.

    The two teams will face off again on Wednesday night. Game three starts at 6:40 p.m. PST at Chase Field.



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    PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 25: Starting pitcher Clayton Richard #3 (second from left) of the San Diego Padres is removed by manager Andy Green #14 during the fourth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 25, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 25: Starting pitcher Clayton Richard #3 (second from left) of the San Diego Padres is removed by manager Andy Green #14 during the fourth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 25, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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    In an 11th hour decision, the San Diego Unified School Board voted to table more layoffs and go back to negotiating Tuesday.

    On the chopping block were 200 classified employee positions, including classroom teaching assistants, bus drivers and custodians among others.

    The school board played to a packed house Tuesday evening. Most people in the gallery were California School Employee Association (CSEA) members.

    They are feeling most vulnerable with the impending $124 million deficit the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) is facing. There were several emotional pleas at the meeting from audience members to get the board to reconsider.

    CSEA members argued they are the backbone of the district--from the moment students step on the school bus to when they arrive back home. 

    Outside the district headquarters, more than 100 members rallied before the meeting, protesting the lay offs.

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    "Schools are expected to operate with fewer teachers occupational therapists councilors head start employees librarians and other positions whose going to pick up the work load,” PTA President Maggie Escobar said.

    Some 1,500 teachers and classified employees were cut last month in the first round. Now, 200 more employees could be given pink slips--including mental health clinicians, counselors, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and teachers aids.

    "I'm disappointed. I’m saddened. I just don't know where to go with this,” one CSEA member said.

    Realizing the impending budget shortfall, CSEA asked the board to renegotiate instead of cutting jobs.

    “If you cut us, it's the students who are hurting and it’s time to find other solutions accept continuously cutting us,” another CSEA member said.

    Before deciding on this second round of layoffs, board members did agree to go back to the negotiating table before passing a work reduction proposal in special education programs.

    At least one of Tuesday night's speakers reminded the board that their jobs could also be in jeopardy.

    "These are your voting members. They voted you in, I voted you in. They can vote you out,” the CSEA member said.

    Board members are urging CSEA to get back to the negotiating table as soon as Wednesday.

    They have given May 11 as the deadline to come up with a solution.



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    Images tell the story of Shelter Island.

    Prior to 1953, there was no access to a sand bar in the San Diego Bay just east of Point Loma.

    In this About San Diego, Ken Kramer takes a look at the process to develop a private social and fitness club used by politicians and celebrities built on land that was once on the bottom of the bay.

    This piece originally aired on August 1, 2003.



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    An image of Shelter Island provided to About San Diego in 2003.An image of Shelter Island provided to About San Diego in 2003.

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    One of the nation's largest school districts has launched a campaign against Islamophobia, drawing praise and criticism.

    The San Diego Unified School District's multiyear plan includes a letter addressing Islamophobia to staff and parents of its 132,000 students. It's expected to be drafted and sent before Ramadan begins in late May. The district is also reviewing internal staff calendars to make sure Muslim holidays are recognized.

    Next school year, it will review materials on Muslim culture for libraries, provide resources to teachers and engage in partnerships with the Council on American Islamic Relations. Over several years, it plans to consider high school clubs that promote American Muslim culture, create "safe spaces" for students and train staff about Muslim culture.

    The plan drew little attention when the board approved it 4-0 on April 4, with one member absent. Public comments from staff and community members were uniformly positive.

    "We believe this is a great first step in the direction of protecting Muslim students from the bullying that is a direct result of the growing Islamophobia in our state and nation," Hanif Mohebi, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' San Diego chapter, said after the vote. "Other school districts should follow this lead, and we will be happy to work with them to provide resources and trainings."

    Pushback gradually spread on the internet and social media, with written attacks on Islam and the Council on American-Islamic Relations. A Sunday article on the far-right website Breitbart News drew hundreds of reader comments. The headline of a story on the Angry Patriot website that had 35,000 Facebook 'likes' read, "Islamic Takeover CONFIRMED - American School Surrenders to SHARIA LAW."

    The school district said on its website that the plan addresses "some of the specific challenges faced by the Muslim student community" after the Muslim community expressed concern about student safety last summer. "We strongly believe students cannot learn if they are afraid, and so this initiative to combat Islamophobia is focused on eliminating the fear faced by children," it says.

    The district said it is not endorsing Islam, favoring a religion or imposing Sharia law.

    As for 'safe spaces,' the district says, "Schools with large Muslim communities may choose to make areas available for prayer, if that is requested by their parents and students. However, this is no more or less than we would do to accommodate Christians who want to pray at school, or members of other faiths. It is not uncommon, for example, for our schools to have a prayer club that meets before the start of school."

    San Diego is the latest school district to express solidarity with Muslim students. In September, Kansas City Public Schools passed a resolution condemning violence and hate speech and expressing support for students who worship Islam. The Oakland Unified School District in California said in a board resolution in November, "The 2016 presidential election has created an atmosphere of fear among immigrants, Muslims and other vulnerable groups in Oakland."


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    A man who served as a rifleman and scout sniper with the U.S. Marines has been arrested in Tijuana, Mexico, the U.S. Marine Corps confirmed to NBC 7.

    James Tyler Yeager, 39, of San Diego was arrested on on April 23, Preeti Shah, Public Information Officer for the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana confirmed Tuesday.

    Yeager was arrested and charge in connection with a violent robbery with a gun. he was caught outside a Tijuana home that had just been robed, Mexican officials say. 

    Mexican officials say neighbors reported several robberies in the area, and the Attorney General's office in Baja is investigating to determine if Yaeger was involved in those robberies as well. 

    The U.S. consulate General in Tijuana confirmed to NBC7 they are providing consular services to Yaeger.

    Yeager served from 1996 to 2000, according to a USMC official in Virginia.

    His last duty station was Camp Pendleton 2ND Battalion 5th Marines 1st Division, the USMC official said.

    In 2014, Teager was booked into Montana's Ravalli County Detention Center for multiple charges, including sexual assault and various traffic offenses, accordng to Sheriff Steve Holton. he was booked again in 2015 for sexual assault and DUI convictions, Holton said. 

    No other information was available.

    Ed. Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the name of the man arrested. We regret the error.


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    San Diego police (SDPD) have arrested a man and a woman in connection with the death of a man found stabbed at a Pacific Beach motel.

    Joaquin Tuttle, 40, of San Diego, was stabbed in a reported fight on Friday, April 14 at Motel San Diego, located at 4780 Mission Bay Drive, right off Interstate 5, SDPD homicide detectives said. 

    Tuttle was found in a room with multiple lacerations on his head and arm, in addition to blunt force trauma to his rib cage from an assault, detectives said. 

    He was taken to Scripps La Jolla for treatment, but died from his injuries on Friday. The Medical Examiner has his body and will determine the manner of death and cause of death.

    Cameron Parker, 29, and Samantha Passmore, 23, have been arrested in connection with the death, police said Tuesday. Both have been booked into County Jail on homicide-related charges. 

    No further information was available. 

    SDPD homicide detectives continue to investigate this case. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.



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    A photo of Motel San Diego on Mission Bay Drive, as seen on Google Maps.A photo of Motel San Diego on Mission Bay Drive, as seen on Google Maps.

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    A pregnant woman and her infant, delivered shortly after a crash, have passed away following a solo crash in Oceanside, north of San Diego, on Sunday, Oceanside police said. 

    The crash happened at noon on Sunday when police responded to a rollover crash on Oceanside Boulevard, just east of Rancho Del Oro. The location is south of State Route 76 and just a few blocks north of MiraCosta College. 

    Officers arrived on scene and found the Toyota Tacoma truck in the westbound lanes of Oceanside Boulevard. 

    The truck was driving eastbound on Oceanside Boulevard when the driver, later identified as a 35-year-old man, lost control of the car for an unknown reason, according to witness statements and evidence found at the scene.

    At the time, he was in the car with his wife who was five months pregnant at the time of the crash.

    The driver over corrected and hit the center median, police said. The car began to roll and came to a rest in the westbound lanes, police said. 

    He suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital, where he was later released. 

    Officers found the man's wife partially ejected from the passenger window, unconscious, with a head injury. 

    She was flown to Scripps La Jolla in an air ambulance, where her baby was delivered and taken to Rady Children's Hospital. 

    On Monday, she succumbed to her injuries. Several hours later, her daughter passed away on Tuesday. 

    The investigation into the crash is ongoing. 

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Accident Investigator Gabe Cobian at (760) 435-4989.



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