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    Nine people are now facing misdemeanor charges in El Cajon, California, after handing out food to the homeless Sunday.

    Volunteers and groups showed up to Wells Park to hand out food, clothes, shoes and toiletries.

    El Cajon police wrote up citations to each person handing out food, including 14-year-old Ever Parmley. “I was passing out food and this guy was like can you step aside please," she told NBC 7. 

    They were each charged with a misdemeanor for violating El Cajon municipal code 1.28.010. The ordinance prohibits "food sharing" in public spaces, which includes City parks.

    Charles Marks tells NBC 7, “I’ve been given a court date under the impression this represents being arrested on a misdemeanor, but it’s just a citation." 

    Back in October, El Cajon City Council passed an ordinance that restricts residents from food sharing. The ordinance came at the height of the Hepatitis A outbreak.

    In November, NBC 7 talked with councilmembers after signs were posted at Wells Park about the ordinance.

    Councilmember Ben Kalasho tells NBC 7,“what we're saying is feeding them at city parks is a bad idea given the situation that we're in with the hepatitis A outbreak and the fact that it makes the place completely messy afterward.”

    Kalasho continued, “you can go out there, pick them up, take them back to your house and feed them and board them and room them and have them take a shower if you're really wanting to help."



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    A body found in an Encanto canyon under suspicious circumstances over the weekend was identified Monday as a 29-year-old woman.

    Lavaughn Rawshanda Nicole Williams of San Diego was located in a ravine about 10 to 12 feet down the pathway. Police at nearby Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park were called to the scene by some concerned citizens Saturday.

    The grisly discovery prompted a homicide investigation.

    William's body was spotted at about 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 13 by a father and daughter walking their dog along a canyon near South 66th Street just off Skyline Drive, the San Diego Police Department said. The area is surrounded by residential neighborhoods. 

    Officers weren't able to get too close without damaging the crime scene, due to the precarious position of William's body on a slope, police said. The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office was called to move the body, and SDPD Homicide Detectives began their investigation.

    The woman appeared to have injuries to the upper torso and a significant amount of blood covered the body, police said. She may have been there for a few days before being discovered. 

    As the investigation continued, it became clear the victim was stabbed to death, according to the SDPD.

    No other information is currently available.


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    A Perris, California, mother and father are behind bars Monday after one of their children escaped their home and reported to sheriff’s deputies that 12 of her siblings were still being held captive at their home, some of them shackled with chains and padlocks to their beds.

    All of the children appeared to malnourished when they were found Sunday, some so severely that deputies initially believed the adult children to be kids, according to a statement from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

    David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, have been booked on charges of torture and child endangerment. They are each being held in lieu of $9 million bail.

    According to the sheriff’s department, a 17-year-old girl fled the house in the 100 block of Muir Woods Road early Sunday morning and was able to call 911 using a cellphone she had taken from the home.

    Despite her age, deputies at first believed her to be around 10 years old because of she was emaciated and malnourished.

    At the home, deputies found children shackled to beds in “dark and foul-smelling surroundings.”

    “Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that 7 of them were actually adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29,” read the statement. “The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty.”

    The victims ranged in age from 2 to 29 years old.

    All of them have been hospitalized.



    Photo Credit: Riverside County Sheriff's Department

    Mugshots of David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, who have been booked on charges of torture and child endangerment after it was discovered they had been holding their children captive.Mugshots of David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, who have been booked on charges of torture and child endangerment after it was discovered they had been holding their children captive.

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    A 6-year-old Florida boy who was undergoing experimental treatment after being diagnosed with rabies has died.

    Ryker Roque passed away in an Orlando hospital, his father said Sunday.

    Roque had been undergoing the treatment, called the Milwaukee protocol, after he was scratched by a bat. His father, Henry Roque, had found the sick bat and put it in a bucket, telling his son not to touch it.

    "So, apparently he put his hand in there and touched it and he said it only scratched him, so I frantically googled it real quick and it says to wash his hands with soap, hot water for five minutes," Henry Roque, told NBC News.

    When Ryker complained of numb fingers and a headache a week later, he was rushed to the hospital. Ryker was put into a medically induced coma, forcing his body to create its own specialized antibodies to fight off the illness.

    The treatment has only worked twice in the U.S. and 18 times around the world.



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    A landscape management company in Vista is warning the public after catching two thieves stealing a lawn mower and other equipment from an employee's truck parked right outside there office last Friday.

    "If you live or work in the Vista area, stay safe and vigilant," Heaviland Landscape Management wrote in part on a Facebook post with cell phone video of the robbery attached.

    The video shows a small dark grey truck pull up alongside an employee's truck in front of the office at 2180 La Mirada Drive. Two men dressed in dark-colored jackets got out and scrambled to unload a lawn mower and a gas-powered leaf blower from the bed of the employee's truck into their own.

    The pair sped off eastbound on La Mirada Drive, but where they went next is unknown.

    The San Diego County Sheriff's Department confirmed that a police report was filed at the location last Friday, but did not provide any additional information.

    Heaviland is also hoping the community can rally for its employee and donate to a GoFundMe page it set up to help him replace the stolen goods.

    "This employee has two jobs and works incredibly hard," the page reads. "He spends his weekdays working at Heaviland and works weekends doing lawn care for his own customers. He was rightfully very upset and disheartened when he learned that his equipment was stolen."

    According to the page, both pieces of stolen equipment were secured in the employee's truckbed with chains. Heaviland thinks the suspects used chain cutters to set the equipment free.



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    Neighbors in Rancho Santa Fe remained on edge Monday after a violent home invasion left the community reeling.

    Residents in one home were tied up and held at gunpoint while four burglars ransacked their place inside an exclusive gated community with homes worth millions of dollars. Authorities are still searching for the culprits.

    The intruders entered the home on Stonebridge Lane near San Elijo Lagoon Friday night, according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) Lt. Russell Shimmin. Deputies were alerted to the home invasion robbery at about 11 p.m.

    Each man was wearing a mask and was armed with a gun. SDSO said it was not yet known what possessions were taken before the suspects took off in an unknown direction.

    A few months ago, there was another home invasion robbery just a few blocks away. Last December, thieves took off with jewelry and irreplaceable family heirlooms from a house on El Mirlo.

    In that case, two suspects were captured on surveillance video. One of them wore a headset apparently to communicate with the other. The suspects have not yet been caught but the video clearly displays one of their faces.

    Sheriff's investigators are working to determine whether the two cases are related.

    One neighbor who was robbed before in his home was particularly unnerved by the incident.

    "It brought back some of those same kind of feelings where you just don't feel quite secure even in your own home," John Towart said.

    In 2016, Towart and his wife were robbed in their Solana Beach home. Some of his personal property was recovered after the thieves were caught.

    "You are absolutely violated. We had all of our drawers gone through, all the rooms were gone through in the house, with the exception of the master bedroom and we were in bed when they were here," Tolwart said.

    One of the victims involved in Friday's incident told NBC 7 that everyone was safe, despite being shaken. As of Monday, the suspects remain at large.


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    A New Jersey man whose car plunged into the icy Delaware River Sunday is accused of leaving his girlfriend to die after he escaped from the submerged vehicle and fled the scene, authorities said.

    Police say Jacob Garrett, 24, of Burlington City, was driving "at a high rate of speed" with Stephanie White, 23, also of Burlington City, in the passenger seat shortly before 1 p.m. along Riverbank Road when his car struck a parked minivan. The impact caused the car to vault over the river wall and fall into the ice-covered water below.

    As the vehicle became submerged in water, Garrett got out of the car while White remained trapped in the passenger seat, the Burlington County Prosecutor's office said in a statement. He then asked witnesses to "help my girlfriend" before fleeing the scene, the prosecutor's office said.

    White was still wearing her seatbelt when responding firefighters pulled her out of the submerged vehicle. She was taken to Lourdes Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead.

    A Burlington City police K-9 tracked Garrett to a nearby River Line light rail station. Authorities stopped the train at the Beverly/Edgewater Park station and arrested Garrett, the prosecutor's office said.

    He was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, causing death while driving with a suspended license and endangering an injured victim. He was being held Monday in the Burlington County Jail and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Mount Holly, New Jersey.



    Photo Credit: Derrick Cheston/Burlington County Prosecutor's Office
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    A robbery at a convenience store at Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and State Route 163 was the second in two days. San Diego police were investigating the details to see if the two crimes were related. NBC 7’s Audra Stafford reports.


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    The Dow Jones industrial average surged 220 points at the open raising the index above 26,000 for the first time, CNBC reported.

    The 30-stock index was boosted by gains in UnitedHealth and Merck.

    Stocks have been on a tear amid optimism in the economy and as corporate earnings outperform estimates.

    The Dow first traded above 25,000 on Jan. 4.



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    In this file photo, tourists take a picture with the market bull near the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Dec. 8, 2016, in New York City.In this file photo, tourists take a picture with the market bull near the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Dec. 8, 2016, in New York City.

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    A car wound up on the second floor of a dental office in Orange County after hitting a median on the street.

    The accident happened around 5:25 a.m. near the intersection of French and 17th streets in Santa Ana, the Santa Ana Police Department said in a press release. The white sedan, which was traveling northbound on French Street at high speeds, hit a raised center median on 17th Street and went airborne.

    The car caught fire after it went into the building, said Daniel Sanchez, who witnessed the accident. The driver managed to get out, but was left dangling off the bottom of the vehicle until police could catch him, Sanchez said.

    "It was crazy, it really was," Sanchez said. The driver, who admitted to using drugs, was taken to a hospital, along with a passenger, the SAPD said. Both sustained minor injuries. There were no other reported injuries.

    This story has been updated.



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    A vehicle managed to crash into the second floor of an office building in Santa Ana. (Jan. 14, 2018)A vehicle managed to crash into the second floor of an office building in Santa Ana. (Jan. 14, 2018)

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    Supporters of the San Diego State University West initiative plan to submit more than 100,000 petition signatures to the Registrar of Voters Tuesday.

    Two months ago the school outlined their vision of the Mission Valley site which includes a campus expansion as well as a new sports stadium.

    The group needs 71,000 valid signatures to get the initiative onto the ballot.

    The signatures will need to be verified by the San Diego County Registrar’s Office.

    The initiative, fully titled the SDSU West Campus Research Center, Stadium and River Park Initiative, aims to transform the current site of SDCCU Stadium into a campus with apartments, classrooms and a football stadium.

    SDSU President Sally Roush said the project would be funded by a public and private partnership. The only bond financing could be to build the stadium.

    The project would be developed in phases with the initial phase being the river park, a community park and a football stadium that could house a professional team. The plan includes 95,000 square feet of retail space and two hotels and could potentially include a campus innovation center and a housing site.

    The San Diego City Council can either approve the measure outright or send it to a ballot in November.

    If SDSU West makes it to the ballot, it would compete with the "Soccer City" plan.

    The city council voted 8-0 earlier this year to send the SoccerCity initiative to the ballot next year, denying their bid for a special election this year.

    Soccer City also calls for redevelopment of the Mission Valley site into housing, hotels, retail space, a river park and a soccer stadium. The group behind the initiative hopes to bring a Major League Soccer team to San Diego.


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    The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) has recognized a San Diego State University professor among the nation’s top entrepreneurship educators.

    The USASBE named SDSU management professor Alex DeNoble a Justin G. Longenecker Fellow.

    Since 1986, the organization has bestowed the title on 79 educators who have "made an outstanding contribution to the development, furtherance and benefit of small and medium businesses."

    DeNoble teaches at SDSU’s Fowler College of Business, which is one of the nation’s largest business schools, with more than 5,000 students enrolled.

    DeNoble has served on the faculty at SDSU since 1983, received numerous teaching and research awards and is the founder of the annual California Entrepreneurship Educator's Conference at the university.

    He also is executive director of SDSU's Lavin Entrepreneurship Center.

    "For over 30 years, Dr. DeNoble's role in building outstanding academic programs, his research and his unwavering advocacy has led to his expertise in the field of entrepreneurship education," said Patrick Snyder, USASBE’s executive director. "Dr. DeNoble's recognition as a Longenecker Fellow serves as the culmination of the respect and admiration he has earned from his industry peers."



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    Alex DeNoble teaches at SDSU’s Fowler College of Business.Alex DeNoble teaches at SDSU’s Fowler College of Business.

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    An estimated 15,000 daily commuters use a stretch of Highway 101 that has been blocked for a week by mud and debris after the deadly winter storm that slammed Southern California.

    In the case of Joanne Vega, the road is a lifeline. The breast cancer patient lives in Carpinteria and needs daily radiation therapy at a hospital in Santa Barbara.

    "You can imagine how stressed I was and how anxious I was," Vega said of the blocked freeway. "I was worried. I was absolutely panicked."

    What was a 15-minute drive northwest along the coastal highway became an hourslong detour up mountain roads, then back down to Santa Barbara after the Jan. 9 landslides covered the road in tons of mud. That detour would have derailed Vega's progress. 

    Help came from above -- in the form of a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza piloted by Jeff Moorhouse. Vega connected with Moorhouse on Thomas Fire Help, a website that helps people affected by the back-to-back Thomas fire and mudflow disasters with resources, supplies, animal assistance and transportation. Vega boards a plane with Moorhouse at Oxnard Airport in Ventura County and flies to her treatments free of charge in about 20 minutes.

    "He's a hero, to everybody," Vega said. "He's a big hero."

    It's one of several flights offered by volunteer pilots in the wake of the road closure. 

    "It certainly makes you feel good, and I'm just glad I'm able to give back," Moorhouse said.

    Highway 101 in the Montecito area is expected remain closed until Monday and the search continues for storm victims. Twenty people died in the mudflow, triggered by downpours in the 252,000-acre Thomas fire burn area, hillsides above Montecito that scorched in December by the largest wildfire on record in California.



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    Pilot Jeff Moorhouse helps cancer patient Joanne Vega board a flight from Oxnard Airport to Santa Barbara.Pilot Jeff Moorhouse helps cancer patient Joanne Vega board a flight from Oxnard Airport to Santa Barbara.

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    Tickets will go on sale Tuesday for a California Science Center exhibit billed as the largest traveling collection outside Egypt of artifacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun -- better known as King Tut.

    The exhibition, titled "King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh," will open at the science center in March, beginning a 10-city tour to mark the approaching 100th anniversary of the tomb's discovery.

    The exhibit will include more than 150 artifacts, far more expansive than past displays that have generally been limited to about 50 items. Organizers said the exhibit will feature items used and owned by the so-called "Boy King," such as golden jewelry, carvings, sculptures and ritual antiquities.

    About 40 percent of the artifacts will be leaving Egypt for the first - - and last -- time, with the items eventually returning to Egypt to be permanently displayed at the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum.

    The exhibit will open March 24 at the California Science Center, where it will remain until January 2019, when it will move to Europe.

    "Its ornate artifacts and multimedia displays will stimulate interest in the many sciences related to archaeology," said Jeff Rudolph, president of the California Science Center. "Guests will also learn how the scientific analysis of his 3,000-year-old mummy revealed new information about his health and lineage, as well as how cutting-edge archeological tools are assisting in discovering tombs and analyzing existing ones in ways never before imagined."

    King Tut's tomb was first discovered by British archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter in 1922.

    Information on tickets -- ranging in price from $19.20 to $29.95 -- is available at californiasciencecenter.org or kingtutexhibition.com.



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    In this image distributed on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, children celebrate the announcement of the KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, overlooking an artistic recreation of his tomb that appears as if in 3D.In this image distributed on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, children celebrate the announcement of the KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, overlooking an artistic recreation of his tomb that appears as if in 3D.

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    An Ontario youth pastor has been arrested and is accused of lewd acts with children, police revealed Monday.

    Gerardo Custodio Jr., 30, was arrested after two women came forward and reported that they had been sexually abused by Custodio when they were 14 and 15 years old, the Ontario Police Department said.

    Custodio has for years been a youth pastor at the Iglesia La Familia De Dios Church on 1305 Euclid Ave. in Ontario, police said. His father is the senior pastor of the church.

    The first victim told police she was abused by Custodio between 2012 and 2014, when she would have been 14 years old and Custodio 24. She said "several" of the incidents happened on church property, according to police.

    The second victim said she was abused between 2014 and 2015, when she was 15 and Custodio was 26.

    Custodio is being held on charges including lewd acts with a minor, as well as "additional charges involving both victims," police said. His bail has been set at $3 million.

    Detectives are encouraging witnesses and other potential victims to come forward by calling the Ontario Police Department at 909-986-6711 or by calling detective Jeff Zeen at 909-395-2744.

    Anonymous tips can be reported by calling 800-78-CRIME.



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    Gerardo Custodio Jr., 30, has been charged with committing lewd acts with at least two minors.Gerardo Custodio Jr., 30, has been charged with committing lewd acts with at least two minors.

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    A wrestler from College Park High School in Pleasant Hill is currently paralyzed from the neck down after he suffered an injury while competing in a match last week, according to the school and a GoFundMe campaign.

    Ryan Joseph, a 16-year-old sophomore at the East Bay school, was wrestling in a junior varsity match on Wednesday when he suffered a spinal cord injury, leaving him paralyzed and unable to breathe on his own, according to the school and a GoFundMe account set up in his name.

    "Ryan is well known by friends, teachers and coaches for his charm, exceptional wit and humor," a statement on the GoFundMe page reads.

    Joseph is currently receiving treatment at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, according to the GoFundMe. Visitors are unable to see Joseph as this time, but they are invited to send cards.

    As of Tuesday morning around 5:30 a.m., 331 people had contributed $20,485 to the GoFundMe campaign. About three hours later, $26,840 had been raised by 406 contributors.

    Those who organized the GoFundMe hope to raise $500,000.

    Joseph's uncle, Mike Halket, coached wrestling at Dublin High School and his father, Tom, coached at nearby De La Salle High School, according to College Park High School's athletic director.



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    A crash on southbound Interstate 15 has shut down several lanes near Escondido.

    California Highway Patrol officers are investigating the collision of a car and a small truck near the Via Rancho Parkway exit.

    Three lanes were closed to traffic, the CHP said. 

    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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    San Diego's skateboarders now have a chance to show off their skills at two new skate parks, including the second largest one in California.

    Both Linda Vista and City Heights are home to brand new skate parks. The city unveiled 34,000 square feet of skating space Tuesday for the local skating community at Linda Vista Park. Due to its spacious size, the park has attracted national attention.

    The park's creation was prompted by a grassroots movement. Councilmember Scott Sherman said he has been working on the project since he took office in 2012. In a social media post, he said he's very excited that the park is finally opening.

    It all began when a group of kids approached Sherman with thousands of signatures requesting a park. He admitted there were challenges to obtaining sufficient funding sources. In the end, they were able to receive a donation from the Tony Hawk Foundation, as well as a $4.4 million grant from Affordable Housing.

    One local skater Celestino Mayo told NBC 7 that skating is a positive way to channel his energy and express himself.

    “Skateboarding to me is sort of like an art form and a way of life,” Mayo said. “If I wasn’t skating, I feel like I’d probably be in the streets doing weird stuff.”

    Skating groups will hold competitions at the park. Sherman said he's already been contacted by some groups interested in using the space.

    “I feel like skating has brought me to a very positive community," added Mayo.

    At the Linda Vista Park, there are obstacles and challenges available for all levels of skaters. Some unique features include a replica of the stairs in front of the nearby library. That's a favorite spot often frequented by local skaters.



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    The Linda Vista Skate Park is now the second largest skate park across California.The Linda Vista Skate Park is now the second largest skate park across California.

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    A Perris, California, couple kept their 13 children -- several of them adults -- in "conditions that were horrific," living in squalor, without enough to eat and even shackled to furniture to prevent them from leaving the residence, a Riverside County sheriff's official said Tuesday.

    "Our deputies described a foul smell in the home. It was extremely dirty, and many of the children were malnourished," Capt. Greg Fellows said during a news briefing at the sheriff's Perris station. "If you can imagine a 17-year-old appearing to be 10 because of being malnourished, chained to a bed and with injuries associated with that -- I would call that torture."

    Fellows was joined by Perris Mayor Michael Vargas, county Department of Public Social Services Director Susan Von Zabern and several medical professionals to provide additional information about the victims and the suspects, 56-year-old David Allen Turpin and his wife, 49-year-old Louise Ann Turpin.

    The pair were arrested Sunday on suspicion of committing multiple acts of torture and child abuse. Each is being held in lieu of $9 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside. Fellows said detectives are preparing to submit their case to the District Attorney's Office seeking charges against the suspects. The couple are tentatively due in court Thursday.

    "The mother was perplexed why were at the residence," Fellows recounted, describing what investigators encountered on entering the single-story home in the 100 block of Muir Woods Road. "We have had no prior contacts there regarding allegations of child abuse and neglect. We have no call history to that residence."

    The Turpins' 17-year-old daughter escaped the home by jumping through a window shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday, carrying a deactivated mobile phone with which she was still able to dial 911, according to Fellows.

    The girl told dispatchers that her 12 siblings were in need of help, and when deputies arrived, she presented them with photographs documenting conditions inside the residence, the captain said.

    "The photos she provided turned out to be accurate," Fellows said. "They were in conditions that were horrific."

    He alleged three children were found chained to objects inside the residence, evidently to immobilize them. Six of the victims are under 18, while the others are adults. Fellows was at a loss to explain why the older children had failed to report alleged abuse in the home earlier.

    The victims' ages range from 2 to 29, and according to published reports, the juveniles were home-schooled. David Turpin is a former aerospace engineer, and his wife a homemaker.

    They have resided in Perris since 2014 and previously lived in Murrieta, as well as Texas.

    Questions were raised regarding religious zealotry, or even cult-like behavior by the parents, but Fellows said the investigation was still in the early stages, and he had no information about the suspects' affiliations.

    "There is no indication of mental illness affecting either parent," he said.

    Von Zabern told reporters that DPSS is working to obtain court orders that will give Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services custody of the children and conservatorship over the adults until they're capable of making their own decisions.

    She and Fellows both praised the "bravery" of the girl who escaped the residence to seek help for her siblings. A spokeswoman for the Riverside University Health System said the children are stable and being restored to health gradually.

    According to Corona Regional Medical Center CEO Mark Uffer, the adults are also receiving expert care.

    "They're comfortable and in a very secure environment," Uffer said. "They've been through a very traumatic ordeal, but they're very friendly, very cooperative and hopeful life will get better for them after this event."

    Speaking for the community, Vargas extended "thoughts and prayers" to the 13 brothers and sisters.

    "We're devastated by this act of cruelty," the mayor said. "Our hearts go out to the victims."

    David Turpin's father says he was surprised by news of his son's arrest.

    The older Turpin said he heard about the arrests Monday but declined further comment.

    James Turpin confirmed that his son is an engineer. He told WTRF-TV in Wheeling, West Virginia, that David grew up in West Virginia.

    Anyone with information on the case was asked to call the sheriff's Perris station at (951) 210-1000.



    Photo Credit: Riverside County Sheriff's Department

    Mugshots of David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, who have been booked on charges of torture and child endangerment after it was discovered they had been holding their children captive.Mugshots of David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, who have been booked on charges of torture and child endangerment after it was discovered they had been holding their children captive.

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    A report released Tuesday by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security found that the majority of convictions for international terrorism brought by U.S. courts since 2001 have been against people born outside of the U.S., bolstering the Trump administration's argument for tougher immigration standards, NBC News reported.

    The report found that out of 549 convictions for international terrorism-related charges since Sept. 11, 2001, 254 were not U.S. citizens, 148 received U.S. citizenship through naturalization and 147 were U.S. citizens by birth.

    But testimony from DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen paints a more nuanced picture, as do several national security analysts.

    Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Nielsen said the report included people arrested overseas and brought to the U.S. to face trial. A U.S. official estimated the number of those arrests at close to 90, further skewing the numbers towards foreign-born defendants.



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    In this file photo, police stand in a closed-off underground walkway near the site of a pipe bomb explosion in the tunnel that connects the Times Square subway station to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Dec. 11, 2017, in New York City. The Police Department said that one person, Akayed Ullah, is in custody for an attempted terror attack after an explosion in a passageway linking the Port Authority Bus Terminal with the subway.In this file photo, police stand in a closed-off underground walkway near the site of a pipe bomb explosion in the tunnel that connects the Times Square subway station to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Dec. 11, 2017, in New York City. The Police Department said that one person, Akayed Ullah, is in custody for an attempted terror attack after an explosion in a passageway linking the Port Authority Bus Terminal with the subway.

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    Foodies, here's a morsel of mouthwatering news: San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW) begins this Sunday, showcasing bites from more than 180 eateries across our county over the course of eight delicious days.

    This edition of SDRW -- its first round of 2018 -- runs from Jan. 21 to Jan. 28. The scrumptious set-up is familiar: participating restaurants will offer special two and three-course, prix fixe menus for lunch and/or dinner. Two-course lunch menus are priced at $10, $15 or $20 per person, while three-course dinner menus are priced at $20, $30, $40 and $50 per person.

    The popular culinary event spans eateries across more than a dozen regions in San Diego County: Coronado, downtown San Diego, uptown San Diego, East County, La Jolla, Little Italy, Central San Diego, Mission Bay and Beaches, North County Inland and Coastal, South Bay, Point Loma/Harbor Island, Old Town and Hillcrest.

    Cuisine varies, too, with every type of food imaginable on the SDRW menus -- from American and California fare to Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, French, Italian, Greek and more.

    As always, no special passes are required to attend SDRW. Just pick the participating restaurant that sounds good to you, go there and ask for the SDRW menu. Really, it’s easy as pie.

    A small sampling of eateries participating in SDRW 2018 include:

    • Leroy's Kitchen + Lounge (Coronado)
    • Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine (Downtown San Diego)
    • Great Maple (Uptown San Diego)
    • Farmers Table (East County)
    • Beaumont's Eatery (La Jolla)
    • Cafe Gratitude (Little Italy)
    • One Door North (Central San Diego)
    • The Patio on Lamont (Mission Bay and Beaches)
    • Cucina Enoteca Del Mar (North County Coastal)
    • Sushi Lounge (North County Inland)
    • Sea180 Coastal Tavern (South Bay)
    • Pisco Rotisserie & Cevicheria (Point Loma/Harbor Island)
    • Cafe Coyote (Old Town)
    • Hash House A Go Go (Hillcrest)

    The very long list of participating SDRW eateries – as well as photos and mouthwatering menus – can be seen in full on the SDRW website. Foodies can even score a few recipes so they can try their hand at cooking some delicious dishes at home, created by eateries like The Marine Room, Mille Fleurs and Tidal.

    Enjoy the week, foodies -- every last bite of it.



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    In San Diego's East County, Farmers Table will participate in SDRW in January 2018.In San Diego's East County, Farmers Table will participate in SDRW in January 2018.

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    Hopefully San Diego music fans have been sockin' some money away because on Tuesday morning, there were four huge shows announced in town that might just make ears perk up.

    First and foremost: Jack White is back. The famed White Stripes frontman is about to drop his new solo album, "Boarding House Reach" (out in March), and just announced a huge tour to coincide with its release. The quirky blues-rock revivalist hits SDSU's Viejas Arena on Aug. 21. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. PST. However, there are several different pre-sales happening before that -- so go here and check 'em all out.

    Next in line (but first in our hearts): David Byrne is hitting the road again! The former Talking Heads maestro 'stops making sense' on a huge world tour for his upcoming album ("American Utopia") -- and he'll undoubtedly blow our minds at San Diego Civic Theatre on April 17 (in between his Coachella 2018 performances). Tickets go on sale here on Friday, Jan. 19.

    Thirdly, MGMT are rolling through town again. Also on a just-announced new album ("Little Dark Age") trek, the "Electric Feel" psych-pop kids are bound to get weird at San Diego Civic Theatre on May 19. Tickets go on sale here Friday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. PST.

    Last but not least, '90s alt-rock stalwarts Built to Spill and Afghan Whigs are teaming up for a co-headlining tour that winds its way into town on May 9 at the Observatory North Park (with Ed Harcourt opening). Tickets go on sale here on -- you guessed it -- Jan. 19, at 10 a.m. PST.

    With Coachella looming, don't be surprised if and when even more area shows are announced featuring some of the acts scheduled to perform at the April festival. But if you're already lamenting how much money you're about to throw at tickets on Friday, we won't even get into the upcoming What So Not (April 7), Bishop Briggs (May 5) or Dr. Dog (June 2) shows that also go on sale that morning.

    (Not to be outdone, right after this article went to publication, Billy Idol announced a San Diego show at Harrah's Resort SoCal on May 24! Wowzers. What. A. Day. Tickets go on sale on, of course, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. PST. -- Ed. note)

    Dustin Lothspeich books The Merrow and runs the music equipment-worshipping blog Gear and Loathing in San Diego. Follow his updates on Twitter or contact him directly.



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    Jack White is just one of many huge acts to announce a San Diego tour date on Tuesday morning. (Photo by Michel Dussack)Jack White is just one of many huge acts to announce a San Diego tour date on Tuesday morning. (Photo by Michel Dussack)

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    A man who tried to lure nine victims into his red convertible in San Diego’s North County – succeeding during two attempts – will be sentenced Tuesday.

    Spicer Van Allen Conant, 46, pleaded guilty last month to kidnapping and other criminal charges stemming from his contact with two women and seven underage girls in Escondido beginning in May 2016.

    According to investigators, Conant, who worked as a San Marcos-based cybersecurity specialist, would approach his victims by asking for directions and then offer the women and girls money to get into his car.

    Two of the young women got into his convertible.

    In March 2017, one of Conant’s potential victims, Totis Rodriguez, 27, told NBC 7 she was approached by Conant in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant. She said, at first, he “seemed like a normal guy,” but soon, their encounter turned uncomfortable.

    “At the beginning, I thought it was okay,” she told NBC 7. “He was very vulnerable, nice – needs help. But, then his tone of voice changed and he wouldn’t let me walk through where I needed to walk through.”

    Rodriguez said Conant blocked her in with his car and offered her a ride. His persistence didn't sit right with her and she walked away from him. Thinking fast, Rodriguez grabbed her cell phone from her back pocket and snapped two photos of Conant in his red car. She also memorized his license plate.

    One day later, on March 22, 2017, Conant was arrested in Escondido.

    Investigators had him under surveillance when he drove to Escondido and approached a group of five young women, most of them minors. Again, he asked for directions.

    One of the women, an 18-year-old, got into his car. Fearing for the young woman’s safety, police officers pulled Conant over on 13th Avenue and Escondido Boulevard and arrested him on suspicion of attempted kidnapping.

    While searching Conant’s car, police found an illegal assault-style rifle and 1,000 rounds of ammunition in the trunk.

    In addition to time behind bars, Conant is also required to register as a sex offender for life.



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    Former Michigan sports doctor Larry Nassar sits in court Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Lansing, Mich., at the start of his four-day sentencing hearing for sexually assaulting young gymnasts. Dozens of women and girls who were victims will be allowed to speak. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina is expected to order a sentence Friday, Jan. 19. (AP Photo/David Eggert)Former Michigan sports doctor Larry Nassar sits in court Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Lansing, Mich., at the start of his four-day sentencing hearing for sexually assaulting young gymnasts. Dozens of women and girls who were victims will be allowed to speak. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina is expected to order a sentence Friday, Jan. 19. (AP Photo/David Eggert)