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    San Diego Unified officials have shut off some drinking fountains at district headquarters after high levels of lead were discovered in the water.

    Bottled water is being provided to employees and the public at the Education Center, a district spokesman said.

    Water was discovered at 18 parts per billion (ppb) at the Education Center in the 4100 block of Normal Street where the school board meets, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

    The federal limit for lead in water is 15 ppb.

    The district also discovered lead in drinking water at 25 ppb in an annex building at the Education Center.

    An off-site administration building called the Revere Center tested with drinking water with 29 ppb.

    Water was at tested at 207 schools on district property.

    Results show 19 percent of the schools have some level of lead in the water.

    Schools are required by the state to fix problems if they discover lead in water at levels greater than 15 parts per billion (ppb) in schools.

    However, they are not required to test district office buildings or other district property.

    A spokesman said the additional testing is something the district decided to do, beyond the state requirements, to make sure all employees and public have safe drinking water.



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    A masked man walked into an Escondido home through an unlocked front door and, when he came face-to-face with the teenager inside, ran back out, Escondido police said. 

    The reported home invasion happened at approximately 3:42 p.m. Tuesday at a home in the 500 block of Dana Lane, EPD Lt. Kevin Toth said. The location is just west of Bear Valley Parkway, in the northeast part of Escondido. 

    The suspect, dressed entirely in black, walked in through the unlocked front door, according to the mother of the teen, who was at home alone at the time. 

    The teen, inside the house, heard the dog barking in the backyard and went outside the quiet the dog down, police said. 

    Then, the teen came back and saw the man inside the house and noticed the front door was open, Toth said. 

    Nothing was said between the two people, Toth said. As soon as the suspect saw the teenager, he ran back out the front door, police said. 

    At this time, it is unclear if the suspect was armed. 

    No one was injured. 

    Toth said the department has not heard of anything like this happening in this area of Escondido in a while. 


    No other information was available.

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    Two South Bay neighborhoods may join forces to fight to keep raw sewage away from local beaches. 

    Earlier this month, the City of Imperial Beach filed a claim against the International Boundary and Water Commission over sewage spills from Mexico.

    In February, at least 28 million gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Tijuana River, and U.S. waters after a sewage pipe collapsed in Tijuana, according to an earlier report by IBWC. The suit is asking for federal help to address the damaging pollutants.

    But the IBWC report also found that 256 million gallons of sewage are unaccounted for from January and February of this year.

    Some of that spill reached the shores of Coronado.

    Now, residents in Coronado and local environmental groups want to join Imperial Beach in that claim. 

    “It sends a strong message if Coronado joins,” said community activist Daron Case.

    The message it would send? Case said it would tell officials and residents that "Coronado cares about clean water, and Coronado is willing to fight for the health and safety of its residents, its visitors and for the safety of military personnel who use our beaches.”

    Case said the Surfrider Foundation and the state of Arizona won similar lawsuits.

    Even months after the toxic spill, concerns remain about the continuous dumping of toxic waste and sewage into the Tijuana River Valley. 

    Those who support joining the claim say the problem has gone on for long enough. 

    “We're hoping they will go ahead and do what they intended to do, and make sure new sewage plants are built and make sure run off that comes down is trapped, and they take of the mess,” said Bethany Case from South Coast Clean Water.

    The Coronado City Council is expected to take up the issue again at its next meeting in September.

    One consideration during that meeting could be money.

    Daron Case says it could cost Coronado $150,000 to join Imperial Beach in its claim. That would have to be weighed against the merits of the case.


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    Local religious and human rights’ groups came together and planned a rally against hate and extremism Tuesday night after the violence in Charlottesville and President Donald Trump's remarks regarding the protests and riots.

    Their message was clear--to become united and share hope, instead of hate.

    A standing ovation was given to Holocaust survivors in the crowd Tuesday night at the gathering for those against white supremacists at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla.

    "Sometimes, it’s the extremes that get the microphones. There's really a silent majority in this country that believes in the core values of tolerance, democracy, and equal access for all," said Charlene Seidle, Executive Vice President of the Leichtag Foundation.

    Ralph Crevoshay is not Jewish but still made a point to support fellow community members in the fight against Neo-Nazis and other hate groups.

    "They have overlaid a foreign ideology into an agenda of hatred that's not American," he said.

    But some told NBC 7 the protests, fights, and damage to property are going too far.

    A Confederate statue was pulled down and destroyed while many were counter-protesting a white nationalist rally in Durham, North Carolina.

    "I think there's a way to protest, there's a right way to do it and then a way that takes it just a little too far. I don't think violence is necessary, I don't think the destruction of any kind is necessary," said community member,  Sarah Schwendinger.

    Many in the Jewish community said Confederate symbols bring great pain to those directly impacted, and there needs to be an end.

    "We need to bring people that feel that pain back into our community, unify our country and move forward," said Seidle.

    Congressman Scott Peters (D-52nd Dist.) spoke at the event as well as Rabbis from the community.

    They told NBC 7, they'll continue to hold events like these and they'll always be focused around a message of hope and non-violence.



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    A homeowner living near San Pasqual Valley called 911 early Wednesday saying he had shot an intruder, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

    A man and a woman met deputies when they arrived at the home on Highland Valley Road at 1:30 a.m.

    The home is located in a rural area with wineries and ranches south of State Route 78 and east of Interstate 15.

    The couple told deputies one of them shot the man as he was breaking into the home.

    The suspect said he was being chased or waiting on a taxi and wanted to wait inside the home, the couple told deputies. 

    The male homeowner refused to let the man in but the suspect broke down the door and forced his way in, deputies said.

    The homeowner shot the suspect several times. At least one of the bullets struck the suspect in the upper body.

    The suspect had barricaded himself in the master bedroom, according to the homeowners. The couple’s two teenage daughters were also inside the house, in a different bedroom.

    The suspect went down inside the home. Emergency personnel rushed the man to a nearby hospital.

    Deputies rushed into the house and got the teenagers out. They then surrounded the master bedroom and called the suspect out, officials said.

    The suspect, identified as a 28-year old man, complied with commands to exit the room, deputies said.

    The suspect was wounded by multiple gunshots and was taken to Palomar Hospital.

    He has been released from the hospital and was booked into custody for an unrelated warrant, deputies said. 

    He will also face charges including residential burglary, vandalism and being under the influence of a controlled substance, according to deputies.

    No other information was available.

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    A driver exchanging insurance information after a fender bender off Interstate 805 Wednesday was struck by an oncoming car and thrown into the air, according to Chula Vista police.

    The driver was rushed to a nearby hospital with what may be serious injuries, police said.

    The fender bender happened as a Mustang driver was exiting I-805 at Main Street. A white sedan collided with the Mustang. Both drivers were exchanging information in the road when a gold compact SUV hit the back of the Mustang, police said.

    The Mustang driver was thrown into the air and seriously injured, according to police.

    The driver of white sedan did not have an active driver license so the car was impounded, police said.

    No word on whether the driver of the SUV will face charges. 

    No other information was available.

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    GoDaddy Inc. has rolled out a small business telephone service called SmartLine using technology developed with the help of its recent acquisition, Encinitas-based Freedom Voice.

    GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) announced its acquisition of Freedom Voice in May. The $42 million transaction has since closed.

    SmartLine is billed as an easy-to-use app that gives small business owners a dedicated business phone number with the features of a professional phone system, all accessible in their existing smartphone. SmartLine lets users separate their personal and professional calls, yet carry one phone. Unlike Google Voice, a GoDaddy representative said, SmartLine lets users instantly see if incoming calls are personal or business-related, letting the recipient answer appropriately.

    SmartLine plans to offer paid features such as vanity numbers and toll-free numbers later this year.

    GoDaddy is based in Scottsdale, Ariz. and had $1.8 billion in revenue in 2016.


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    An outdoor program highlighted the need for better coastal access for low-income youth across San Diego Wednesday.

    For some of the youth, it was their first time visiting the beach.

    "People don't realize how hard it is for intercity communities to have access to the beach," said Coronado City Councilmember Whitney Benzian.

    Outdoor Outreach staff, instructors and Senator Ben Hueso met with participating youth at the Silver Strand State Beach by the Crown Cove Aquatic Center around 9 a.m. The group will host a few days of hands-on activities at the beach for 20 middle school youths from Imperial Valley.


    An instructor for the program emphasized the importance of supporting Assembly Bill 250, which would help address the issue with affordable transportation and accommodation.

    "It is more important than ever to make sure that all families in California have equal and affordable access to our coast," said Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina, in a statement.

    A recent UCLA report showed that 62 percent of Californians said their lack of access to the coast and beaches is a problem, said Outdoor Outreach Program Director Refugio Mata. The lack of affordable options for parking as well as limited public transportation are huge barriers.

    The situation is aggravated in San Diego County when you consider that more than 269,000 households are low income, said Mata. It's difficult for families to make it to the beach when they can't even cover basic expenses.

    Collaborators with the program included the Boys and Girls Club of Imperial Valley, State Senator Ben Hueso's 40th District Office, California State Parks and the Parks Now coalition.


    Hueso called attention to the need for more affordable transportation and lodging options to ensure that all California youth and families can access the coast.

    He told the group that the coast belongs to everybody, and that means everyone is responsible for protecting it.

    Activities included teaching the youth to kayak, Stand Up Paddleboard and how to use canoes.

    Outdoor Outreach runs year-round programs for youth to address the community's critical needs, said Mata.



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    A plaque recognizing a highway named in honor of the president of the Confederacy was removed Wednesday in San Diego, California. 

    The plaque was located in San Diego’s Horton Plaza Park an estimated 2,000 miles away from Davis’ birthplace in Fairview, Kentucky.

    In Baltimore, Maryland, Confederate monuments were quietly removed and hauled away on trucks early Wednesday, days after a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia that was sparked by plans to take down a similar statue there.

    In San Diego City, Council member Chris Ward (District 3) announced the plaque's removal Wednesday via social media.  His Tweet included a photo of the place where the plaque used to be located.

    "While some may see many sides to this issue, monuments to bigotry have no place in San Diego," Ward said, adding the removal of the plaque is a small but "critically important step" to keep the city as an inclusive place. 

    The plaque was a marker along the Jefferson Davis Highway. 

    In the early 1900s, the United Daughters of the Confederacy proposed a memorial highway that would stretch from Miami to Los Angeles. 

    The Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway was designed to rival the Lincoln Highway. It would be composed of five highways and run along the southern border of the U.S. The highways included the Borderland Trail that ran through San Diego from Los Angeles to El Paso, Texas. 

    Eventually, the Jefferson Davis National Highway was divided into numbered highways - U.S. 1, U.S. 15, U.S. 29, U.S. 80, U.S. 90, etc, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. 



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    The plaque was located in Horton Plaza Park.The plaque was located in Horton Plaza Park.

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    A woman visiting her daughter’s apartment in Oceanside Tuesday night was shot by a neighbor who – while cleaning his gun – accidentally discharged a round into the floor that separates the units, striking the victim as she sat on the couch watching television.

    The Oceanside Police Department (OPD) said the accidental shooting happened just before 11 p.m. at a small residential building on Bush Street, less than a half-mile from Interstate 5, in San Diego's North County.

    Investigators said the neighbor, whose name was not released, had sat down to clean his 9mm Glock handgun when he accidentally discharged a chambered round into the floor of his apartment.

    In the unit directly below was a woman from Huntington Beach, California, who was in town house sitting for her daughter. The bullet went through the floor and into the lower-level apartment, hitting the woman in the leg.

    The neighbor who discharged the gun ran downstairs to help the victim and called 911. When officers and medics arrived, they found the neighbor rendering aid to the victim.

    A crew with the Oceanside Fire Department rushed the shooting victim to a critical care unit. She was unconscious and barely breathing in the ambulance, the OPD said.

    The woman’s wound is life-threatening; as of 12:15 p.m., her condition was unknown. Her name was not released.

    No one else was hurt in the accidental shooting.

    The OPD said detectives from the Crimes of Violence Unit are investigating. The neighbor who fired the gun is currently not in custody.



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    A killer whale was euthanized Tuesday after a long treatment for an infection, SeaWorld San Diego officials said.

    Kasatka, 42, was considered the matriarch of the orca family at the embattled amusement park in San Diego. She had been fighting a lung infection for years, and in the past several days her health and appetite had significantly declined, park officials said.

    SeaWorld San Diego officials say the lung disease is a common cause of death for orcas living in the wild and at zoo facilities.

    “All of us at SeaWorld are deeply saddened by this loss, but thankful for the joy she has brought us and more than 125 million park guests,'' park officials said in a written statement. 

    This is the third orca death at a SeaWorld park in 2017. 

    Tilikum, the killer whale whose story was documented in the movie "Blackfish," died in January at the company's park in Orlando, Florida.

    The last killer whale born in captivity under SeaWorld's former orca-breeding program died in June at the company's San Antonio, Texas, park. 

    The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, an organization that has been critical of SeaWorld’s treatment of orcas, claims the park artificially inseminated Kasatka in 2011 even though she was being treated for an infection.

    “The dead bodies at SeaWorld are stacking up about as fast as its stock is falling,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a news release.

    PETA plans to hold a memorial for Kasatka outside of the park at noon Wednesday.

    SeaWorld San Diego plans to conduct a necropsy to examine the extent of the illness.



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    In this handout image provided by SeaWorld San Diego, a baby killer whale swims with its mother, Kasatka, a 28-year-old whale December 23, 2004 at SeaWorld in San Diego, California.In this handout image provided by SeaWorld San Diego, a baby killer whale swims with its mother, Kasatka, a 28-year-old whale December 23, 2004 at SeaWorld in San Diego, California.

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    Years, or even decades, may have passed, but police continue to search for leads in unsolved local cases that have grown cold. Here's a look at those compelling cases waiting to be cracked. If you have any information on any of these cases, contact the SDPD at (619) 531-2293 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

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    On July 10, 2008, Robert Juarez, 28, was shot to death while sitting inside his parked car in front of his home on Logan Avenue. According to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), an unknown man walked up to Juarez’s vehicle at around 7:30 a.m., pulled out a gun and shot him several times. The suspect then ran to a waiting getaway car that was being driven by another unknown man. The suspects’ car – believed to be a 2006 pearl white Cadillac DTS with chrome rims – was last seen traveling eastbound on Logan Avenue. Descriptions of the suspects are vague but investigators say the driver in the getaway car was wearing a blue construction hard hat. Juarez died at the scene and, to this day, his murder remains unsolved. Cold case detectives released a photo of the suspects’ car and two photos of Juarez in hopes of tracking down new leads.On July 10, 2008, Robert Juarez, 28, was shot to death while sitting inside his parked car in front of his home on Logan Avenue. According to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), an unknown man walked up to Juarez’s vehicle at around 7:30 a.m., pulled out a gun and shot him several times. The suspect then ran to a waiting getaway car that was being driven by another unknown man. The suspects’ car – believed to be a 2006 pearl white Cadillac DTS with chrome rims – was last seen traveling eastbound on Logan Avenue. Descriptions of the suspects are vague but investigators say the driver in the getaway car was wearing a blue construction hard hat. Juarez died at the scene and, to this day, his murder remains unsolved. Cold case detectives released a photo of the suspects’ car and two photos of Juarez in hopes of tracking down new leads.

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    North Korea has scaled back its threats of a nuclear attack, but several within San Diego’s Korean-American community are still on edge.

    John Lim, President of San Diego Korean Chamber of Commerce, said that even though nuclear threats aren’t new, this recent tension feels different.

    “It’s the most serious I've ever seen in the last few decades,” said Lim. “South Korea keeps asking for dialogue, but North Korea is playing games.”

    On Tuesday, North Korean dictator Kim Jung-un announced that a potential attack against Guam would be temporarily put on hold.

    News of the pull back fell on Korea’s National Liberation Day. The holiday is celebrated in both North and South Korea to mark their independence from Japanese rule.

    A group of senior citizens marked the holiday at a community center run by the Korean United Methodist Church in Kearny Mesa.

    The shared holiday comes at a time when the friction between both Koreas is at an all-time high.

    Given the recent tension, Lim says he has been calling his family members in South Korea almost every day to touch base.

    “I called my brother last night,” says Lim. “He’s worried, but he tells me ‘we have no choice, we have to rely on the government.’”

    As San Diego Korean American Seniors Association celebrated their National Holiday, conversations of nuclear war came up between lunches.

    “We are very scared,” said Ki Kim, president of Korean American Seniors Association. “We don’t know what will happen tomorrow. Our prayer every night is ‘God, please give us tomorrow.’”

    Despite the seriousness of a nuclear attack against South Korea and the U.S territory of Guam, younger generations seem to perceive the threat differently.

    Jini Shim is the president of the Korean American Coalition. She says her peers understand the threat but try not to dwell on it.

    “I'm trying not think about it,” said Shim, 30. “I talk to my parents in South Korea every day, but I’m helpless. It’s out of my control, so…”

    Shim attended the Korean National Liberation Day celebration to hear what older generations had to say about the looming threat.

    “I came here to talk about it, to learn from them and what they think about the whole situation,” said Shim. “Usually when it has to do with anything about North Korea, the older generation, because they lived the war, they have stronger feelings. They take the threats more seriously.”

    Even though the tension seems to be cooling off, fear of a possible attack is a constant factor.

    “There are moments when I feel like, 'what if?'" said Shim. “What if there is some kind of strike and it's really devastating?”

    South Korea’s president has urged the U.S to not launch an attack against North Korea without its approval.


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    A new sketch of the man suspected of a felony battery case that involved assaulting a woman in Alpine was released Wednesday.

    Authorities are searching for a man accused of attacking a woman as she walked along a street in Alpine, pushing her into a fence and hitting her, leaving her lying face down on the ground.

    The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) said the victim – a 63-year-old woman – was walking along Harbison Canyon Road near Hunter Pass on the evening of June 20 when an unknown man assaulted her from behind, pushing her into a fence. Deputies believe the suspect also hit the victim in the face, either with his hands or with an unknown object. The attack happened sometime between 7:15 p.m. and 8:50 p.m.

    The victim suffered severe injuries to her face, including cuts and bruises, and was left lying on the ground. A passing motorist saw her and called 911.

    The suspect fled the scene. As of Friday, investigators said he remains at large.

    Deputies have a vague description of the suspect: he's between 20 and 30 years old with short, unkempt hair; he wore a light-colored T-shirt.

    Right before she was attacked, investigators said the victim noticed a light-colored single-cab truck parked along Harbison Canyon Road. At this point, the SDSO does not know if this truck is related to the crime.


    The attack is having a profound effect on the neighborhood. 

    "They haven't found the guy and to just target somebody you don't know, completely unprovoked and so brutal like that, is extremely scary," one neighbor said.

    The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on this case can reach out to the SDSO’s Alpine Station at (619) 659-2600 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a $1,000 reward for details leading to an arrest.



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    The San Diego County Sheriff's department released a new sketch of the suspect on Aug. 16, 2017.The San Diego County Sheriff's department released a new sketch of the suspect on Aug. 16, 2017.

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    A man who bought a very lucky lottery ticket in Chula Vista last month can now officially call himself a millionaire: his slip fetched him a cool $1.5 million prize.

    Alexander Olimpo dropped $2 on a couple of Mega Millions tickets at the CVS Pharmacy located at 380 H Street in Chula Vista. One of those tickets – both of which were Quick Picks – was worth $1,502,885 after the July 21 drawing.

    According to California Lottery officials, Olimpo’s ticket was just one number short of the Mega Millions jackpot. It matched five of the six winning numbers – 18-31-36-50-74 – missing only the Mega number, 10.

    Olimpo’s ticket had the number 9 as the Mega number pick. Had the ticket had one number higher, it would’ve won the $248 million jackpot.

    When lottery officials asked Olimpo what he plans to do with his winnings, his answer was short, simple and, as any married man would agree, smart.

    "My wife has a lot of plans," he joked.

    The Mega Millions jackpot soared to $393 million ahead of the Aug. 11 drawing. The winning ticket in that drawing was sold in Illinois.

    The jackpot is now at $20 million, with the next Mega Millions drawing happening this Friday at 8 p.m.



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    A clerk prints a Mega Millions lottery ticket at a convenience store on December 17, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The jackpot is currently the second largest in U.S. history.A clerk prints a Mega Millions lottery ticket at a convenience store on December 17, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The jackpot is currently the second largest in U.S. history.

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    Four top U.S. military officers condemned bigotry following the white-nationalist led protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, even as President Donald Trump reverted to his initial position of blaming both sides for violence there.

    Their comments appear to stray from those of Trump, who said the “alt-left” should also be held accountable.

    “The shameful events in Charlottesville are unacceptable and must not be tolerated,” wrote Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson in a Facebook post on Saturday. “The Navy will forever stand against intolerance and hatred.”

    Following Trump’s impromptu news conference Tuesday, in which he doubled down on previous statements placing the blame “on many sides,” officials from the Marine Corps, Army and Air Force released statements.

    “[There is] no place for racial hatred or extremism in [the U.S. Marine Corps,]” Commandant of the Marines, Robert B. Neller, tweeted on Tuesday.

    On Wednesday the Army chief of staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley, tweeted “The Army doesn’t tolerate racism, extremism, or hatred in our ranks.”

    Later in the day, the chief of staff for the Air Force, Gen. Dave Goldfein, issued a statement in solidarity with his fellow service chiefs via Twitter: “We’re always stronger together.”

    Jason Dempsey, an adjunct senior fellow for the Center for a New American Security, said that past difficulties combatting white-nationalism within the military ranks may be what caused the leaders to speak up.

    “The U.S. military had a significant problem with white supremacists and Neo-Nazis in the late '80s, early '90s,” he said. “It was all codified that you cannot belong to these groups. You cannot espouse their views, you can’t say you’re a member.”

    Since Saturday, it’s been revealed that two members of Vanguard America, one of the extremist groups involved in this weekend’s violent clashes, have links to the military.

    One of those men was James A. Fields, who was accused of killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer when he drove his car into a crowd of counter-protestors.

    “James Alex Fields reported for basic military training in August of 2015,” Army Lt. Col. Jennifer Johnson stated in an email. “He was, however, released from active duty due to a failure to meet training standards in December of 2015.”

    Dillon Ulysses Hopper, the alleged leader of Vanguard America, was identified by news website Splinter as a veteran and former Marine recruiter. A representative from Vanguard America told Splinter that Hopper became a white supremacist in 2012, one year after he started working as a recruiter. Several other news outlets including CNN, later reported that according to Hopper's service records, he was a member of the Marine Corps from 2006 until 2017. 

    Dempsey said the statements from the military leaders were most likely made in an attempt to reaffirm the military’s commitment to their rules barring hate groups and send a strong message to subordinates about what type of behavior is appropriate.

    “None of them would directly go against the President just to go against the president, because that’s not the way the military was built,” said Dempsey, a combat veteran who previously served as a special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “The chiefs were walking a very fine line but they saw a threat to the force.”

    In a post-draft era, promoting acceptance and tolerance has become more of a priority for the military.

    “For the first time since World War II, the military has to think about ‘What does our image look like? How are we going to recruit? How do we make sure we have a broad enough talent pool?’” Dempsey said.



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    Flanked by Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, US President Donald Trump delivers remarks following a meeting on infrastructure at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City. He fielded questions from reporters about his comments on the events in Charlottesville, Virginia and white supremacists.Flanked by Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, US President Donald Trump delivers remarks following a meeting on infrastructure at Trump Tower, August 15, 2017 in New York City. He fielded questions from reporters about his comments on the events in Charlottesville, Virginia and white supremacists.

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    San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has said he has no plans to run for governor of California. He is the only Republican mayor of a major U.S. city. Faulconer talked about his vision for the party when he spoke to the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.


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    Passengers boarding subway trains in Los Angeles may soon be shuffled through airport-style body scanners that are aimed to detect firearms and explosives.

    A two-day pilot program by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority began Wednesday. But officials quickly experienced a hiccup when a scanner being demonstrated Wednesday morning at Union Station malfunctioned before passengers could be put through the machine.

    The machines use sensors to scan a person as they walk through, searching for firearms and explosive compounds, said Dave Sotero, a Metro spokesman. Passengers don't need to unload laptops or take off their jackets or shoes as the radio waves scan them to detect anomalies.

    "It is specifically designed to test for mass-casualty threats," Sotero said. "The technology enables the system to locate on the body where there is a potential threat, and it appears on a video screen."

    Metro is conducting the pilot program to evaluate the accuracy and capacity of the portable machines and determine if the scanners could become permanent fixtures in the Los Angeles transit system.

    Each machine is designed to scan about 600 people per hour, Sotero said. About 150,000 passengers ride on Metro's Red Line daily, he said.

    "This is designed so you don't have to wait," Sotero said. "The idea is that you have a continuous flow of people through the security system without causing a backlog and causing people to miss their trains."

    Similar to airport checkpoints, when someone passes through the scanner, they are held for a few seconds while law enforcement officers watch a monitor that shows the location on any anomalies the body. Several security officers stood guard at the screening checkpoint at Union Station on Wednesday morning. Large signs advised passengers that the screening is voluntary.

    The scanners sell for about $60,000 each, said Chris McLaughlin, a vice president with Evolv Technology, which makes the system.

    "I think it is a good idea with everything that has been going on and ISIS," passenger Jazmin Rosales, 29, said. "As long as it doesn't take too long, at least you know you can feel safe."



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    LA Metro on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, began testing body scanners aimed at detecting firearms and explosives.LA Metro on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, began testing body scanners aimed at detecting firearms and explosives.

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    “Homeland security checks” are on the rise this year in the City of San Diego, and the Islamic Center of San Diego is the most frequent location for them, according to police data analyzed by NBC 7 Investigates.

    The checks are proactive measures police take as part of their community policing strategy to provide extra security to particular people and places, San Diego Police Department spokesman Scott Wahl said.

    The goal, he said, is to keep an eye on “soft targets,” or places relatively unprotected and vulnerable.

    NBC 7 Investigates analyzed SDPD calls for service data from 2015 to the present. (The data are publicly available on the City of San Diego’s open data portal.) The data show police have performed more homeland security checks in the first eight months of 2017 (640 checks) than they did in all of 2015 (434 checks) and 2016 (517 checks).

    This year, according to the data, police performed 123 homeland security checks at the 7000 Eckstrom Ave block. It’s home to the Islamic Center of San Diego, Islamic School of San Diego and Masjid Abu Bakr mosque. The data show police often perform checks there multiple times per day and in the middle of the night.

    “The overall intent is to put police presence at a particular location to make sure that, one, we are making people feel safe, and two, acting as a deterrent to anyone who would wish to harm or commit a crime at that location,” Wahl said. “It’s more on the customer service side than anything else.”

    Taha Hassane, director of the Islamic Center, said for the past few years the Islamic Center has had an arrangement with the SDPD to patrol its area more often. Hassane, who sits on an advisory board to the SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman, said the Islamic Center asks police to park their cars at or near the religious center while they fill out paperwork from other incidents in order to provide a visible presence.

    “This will give two messages: a message to our community members that our place is safe and protected, and a message to whoever thinks to attack or vandalize or do anything wrong that they have to think twice about doing that,” Hassane said.

    According to the data, the second most checked location in 2017, after the Islamic Center, is the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center located in La Jolla. The data show police completed 95 homeland security checks there.

    The third most checked location, with 30 checks this year according to the data, is the Muslim Community Center of Greater San Diego located on Via Fiesta.

    NBC 7 Investigates contacted both the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center and Muslim Community Center of Greater San Diego, but representatives with both organizations declined to comment.

    According to Hassane, Muslim community members are happy to have the extra SDPD presence. He said it gives them a sense of safety and protection.

    Hassane said President Donald Trump’s presidency and the current political climate have contributed to increased harassment of Muslim community members in public places. In San Diego, Hassane said people frequently drive by the Center shouting insults and bad words.

    “We believe that the rhetoric we have experienced during the election campaign and after the inauguration gave kind of permission, or the green light, to people to show their hatred to their Muslim neighbors,” Hassane said.

    FBI statistics show 84 hate crimes were reported in San Diego in 2016, up from 73 in 2015. 10 percent of the 2016 hate crimes were categorized as anti-Islamic. 

    Wahl said he disagrees that there has been an increase in homeland security checks at any particular location this year. He said the data don't paint a full picture of where police are checking most often because officers don’t always create a record of homeland security checks.

    As a result, the actual number of checks is likely greater than the data show.

    Wahl said police perform homeland security checks at religious centers, infrastructure locations, ballgames and people’s homes. He recalled being sent to do checks at a water treatment facility in San Diego in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

    “We’re always monitoring things from a global perspective,” Wahl said. “Depending on what’s happening out there would help drive the need for homeland security checks. It just depends on what’s happening in the world today.”



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    Patrol car in Logan Heights neighborhood of San Diego on July 25, 2017Patrol car in Logan Heights neighborhood of San Diego on July 25, 2017

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    A man who previously pleaded guilty to killing a 92-year-old woman found in her National City apartment fired his attorney and withdrew his guilty plea at his sentencing Wednesday. 

    Peter Thao, 26, previously pleaded guilty to one count of murder and one count of residential burglary. He was initially charged with first-degree murder with a special circumstance in the death of Maria Rivera, 92. 

    Because of his change of plea in June, the special circumstance which made Thao eligible for the death penalty was dismissed, Prosecutor C.J. Mody said.

    On Wednesday, Thao was scheduled to be sentenced to 31 years to life as a result of his plea deal. 

    However, in court, Thao fired his attorney and withdrew his guilty plea. 

    The judge granted him one-month continuance on change of plea. If he does not comply, he will be sentenced to the 31 years to life. 

    The change means Thao may be eligible for the death penalty again, the Judge told Thao. 

    National City Police said they found Rivera in her D Street apartment on Oct. 22, 2016.

    When officers began investigating, they determined the apartment had been burglarized prior to Rivera's death.

    Thao was arrested and charged in her death after an investigation.

    Police declined to comment on what evidence linked Thao to the crime but said they found the evidence inside his home. They also confiscated his car.

    Authorities do not believe there are any outstanding suspects, but the investigation is ongoing.

    The homicide is believed to be random.



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    Peter Thao, 26.Peter Thao, 26.

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    Investigators are looking for two men who used stolen credit to make about $1,600 in unauthorized purchases in an identity theft case.

    By charging purchases to the victim's credit, the suspects went on a shopping spree at the Best Buy in Mira Mesa Blvd, and at the Las Americas Outlet Mall in San Ysidro, according to San Diego County Crime Stoppers.

    Santee Sheriff's Station investigators said the victim never lost his credit card and isn't sure how his information was compromised.

    The suspects made purchases at the Polo Ralph Lauren, Levi's, Tilly's and Old Navy stores at the mall, said Crime Stopper officials. 

    Investigators described the first suspect as a man, 25 to 35 years old, with short black hair and a full beard. He was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt, gray or white striped shorts and white shoes.

    The second man was in the same age range, with black hair cut in a military-style haircut. Crime Stopper officials said he was last seen wearing a white collared shirt, gray shorts, gray shoes and possible tattoos on his left arm.

    Anyone with information about the suspects' identity should call the Sheriff's Santee Station at (619)956-4000 or Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888)580-8477.



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    The two suspects in this identity theft case were captured on surveillance video.The two suspects in this identity theft case were captured on surveillance video.

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    The price of avocados has gone up in recent months and is expected to continue to rise, according to produce distributors.

    Erik Larson with the San Diego Farm Bureau said it has to do with environmental factors in both California and Mexico, where many avocados are imported to the United States.

    According to produce distribution site, Produce Express, San Diego County is considered the avocado capital of the United States, producing 60% of the nation's crop.

    "We're getting into the part of the season where a majority of the avocados are coming from Mexico," said Larson. "Mexico had a low bearing year and there was low production in California this year as well."

    Larson added that last year avocado production in California suffered due to severe heat and the drought the state was coming out of.

    Meanwhile, the demand for avocados is hirer than ever. Millennials have made avocado toast a popular staple that is now sold in most coffee shops around the country.

    In fact, Time Magazine recently said the new Millennial catchphrase is 'hold my avocado.'

    "The price of avocados wholesale is normally 40 to 50 cents apiece for this time of year," said Larson.

    According to Produce Express, the price of avocados now is about $1.33 apiece.




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    BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 08: Avocados lie on display at a Spanish producer's stand at the Fruit Logistica agricultural trade fair on February 8, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The fair, which takes place from February 8-10, is taking place amidst poor weather and harvest conditions in Spain that have led to price increases and even rationing at supmermarkets for fresh vegetables across Europe. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 08: Avocados lie on display at a Spanish producer's stand at the Fruit Logistica agricultural trade fair on February 8, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The fair, which takes place from February 8-10, is taking place amidst poor weather and harvest conditions in Spain that have led to price increases and even rationing at supmermarkets for fresh vegetables across Europe. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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    Volunteer students at Poway Unified School District spent the summer making a sing-a-long video for students going back to school.

    A team of student producers, editors and cinematographers put together the video starting in June, completing it last week, according to the district.

    Check out their final product!



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    The driver of a stolen white SUV was leading authorities on a pursuit in the Carson area Wednesday, weaving into opposite lanes and reaching speeds of 90 mph on surface streets.

    At one point, the driver stuck his head out the window, apparently exchanging words with sheriff's deputies.

    As he continued trying to evade police, he entered a dock at the Port of Los Angeles, driving erratically as he went around in circles trying to make his way out.

    The suspect got out of the vehicle and climbed up a tower, making his way to the catwalk of a crane as police waited below.

    Refresh this page for updates on this developing story



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    The driver of a white SUV was leading sheriff's deputies on a chase through the Carson area on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017.The driver of a white SUV was leading sheriff's deputies on a chase through the Carson area on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017.

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    A San Diego businessman is being forced to take action to help confront a most unusual case of mistaken identity.

    John Neuhart is the founder of Synapses, a business consulting firm. By coincidence, he has the same name as a former U.S. Navy Commander who is facing sexual assault charges.

    But there’s more. Not only do the pair share the same name, including a distinctive spelling of Neuhart. They also have the same middle name, Michael. And they attended the same college, Ohio State University.

    "It’s those similarities, as well as both of us, happen to be in San Diego, you’ve got to dig deep to see that there really is a difference," said businessman Neuhart.

    He learned about the unfortunate coincidence from friends.

    "They said, 'You’re in the news.' I’m like, 'This is great, there’s no such thing as bad PR,' right? A few hours later, I found out what the accusations were," said businessman Neuhart.

    To help clear up any confusion, he’s created a web page called "The Real John Neuhart."

    He’s also produced a short video making a clear distinction between the two.

    "Just to get the news out there so that people are looking at me, as prospective clients do all the time, they can actually see that there is no confusion," said businessman Neuhart..

    He says he’s lost at least one prospective client, and there’s no telling how many more he’s lost. A Google search of his name will turn up a majority of links on the sexual assault case of the former Navy Commander Neuhart.

    "It’s fun to talk about, but it’s not really fun underneath. It truly is a really serious matter," said businessman Neuhart.

    Lawyers in the case of the former Navy Commander John Neuhart will be in court on Thursday discussing motions. Pending the outcome of those motions, his trial is scheduled to being on August 30.


    John M. Neuhart, founder of Synapses, a business consulting firm, has the same name as a former U.S. Navy Commander who is facing sexual assault charges.John M. Neuhart, founder of Synapses, a business consulting firm, has the same name as a former U.S. Navy Commander who is facing sexual assault charges.

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    The U.S. Navy posthumously promoted the seven Sailors who died aboard USS Fitzgerald. 

    The bodies of the Navy Sailors were found by Navy divers June 18 in a flooded berthing compartment after the destroyer crashed with a Philippine merchant ship off the coast of Japan.

    San Diego natives Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, and Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Sibayan were, 23, were among the seven to be posthumously promoted. 

    Douglass was advanced to Yeoman Petty Officer 2nd Class and Sibayan was advanced to Fire Controlman Petty Officer 1st Class, according to the U.S. Navy.

    Douglass was born at the U.S. Naval Hospital on Okinawa and went back to Japan every year. He learned to speak Japanese fluently. His father, a decorated U.S. Marine, was proud to have his son report for duty aboard the USS Fitzgerald.

    He was described by loved ones as a caring brother, grandson, and friend who loved the U.S. Navy.

    Sibayan was less than a month from returning home when he died. He had served in the U.S. Navy for four years and had spent three of those years in Japan. His mother told NBC 7 her son was a hero and she was proud of him.

    “If you never met my son, you missed a whole lot,” she said. “In every sense of the word, he is my hero.”

    The other Sailors were also promoted:

    • Gunner's Mate Seaman Dakota Rigsby, 19, of Palmyra, Va., was posthumously advanced to Petty Officer 3rd Class
    • Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc Huynh, 25, of Oakville Conn., was advanced to Petty Officer 2nd Class
    • Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, of Weslaco, Tex., was advanced to Petty Officer 1st Class
    • Personnel Specialst 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, of Halethorpe, Md., was advanced to Chief Petty Officer
    • Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Rehm, 37, of Elyria, Ohio, was advanced to Chief Petty Officer. 


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    Left: Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, of Chula Vista. Right: Yeoman 3rd Class, Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, of San Diego. (Photo: U.S. Navy)Left: Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, of Chula Vista. Right: Yeoman 3rd Class, Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, of San Diego. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

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    Deputies lost sight of a felony suspect after he crawled down a storm drain and later hopped from roof to roof in Fallbrook, all to escape arrest.

    Jerrad Matthew Reed, 32, is still at large with an active felony arrest warrant as of Wednesday.

    Fallbrook Sheriff deputies responded to E. Fallbrook Street and S. Main Avenue to help other authorities take the suspect into custody.

    Once Reed ran away, he shook off the authorities by sneaking down a storm drain. When deputies searched the drain with the help of a sheriff canine, there was no sign of him.

    A Sheriff's helicopter flew overhead seeking the suspect and broadcasting a description of his appearance. Soon after, a nearby person called the Fallbrook Sheriff's Department to report a possible suspect matching the description.

    Deputies responded to the report, but it was not the same suspect. They found a 17-year-old companion of the suspect who was taken into custody on a Juvenile Detention Order.

    After the juvenile's arrest, deputies spotted the suspect on Old Stage Road and East Fallbrook Street. He immediately ran from them, climbing up the roof of a duplex and then hopping from one roof to another.

    That's when deputies lost sight of the suspect. They set up a perimeter around the area and conducted a house-to-house search with their Sheriff K9. The helicopter continued to scan the area but Reed was not found.

    Reed was described as 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, with a shaved head and ponytail. Deputies said he may still be armed.

    Call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 if you have information related to Reed's whereabouts. A reward up to $1,000 is available for information that helps lead to an arrest.



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    Brian Dutcher and the San Diego State Aztecs locked down a key recruit just a few days before the start of the fall semester.

    Better late than never.

    6-foot-6, 225-pound small forward Matt Mitchell had originally committed to Cal State Fullerton, but this week he announced that he changed his mind and will instead attend SDSU.

    After tweeting out his decision on Monday, SDSU announced Mitchell had officially signed and joined the program on Wednesday.

    Mitchell averaged 25.5 points and 9.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 steals during his senior season at Roosevelt High.

    The newest Aztec also made 41 percent of his 3-point attempts and was an exceptional free throw shooter (89 percent).

    Those gaudy numbers helped Mitchell lead his Mustangs to a state Division I title.

    The Riverside Press-Enterprise also named Mitchell the Inland Empire Player of the Year.

    His performance as a senior attracted more college programs to take notice of his skills – as coaches try to project the player he could become in the near future.

    Mitchell was also considering Oregon, USC, Utah, and North Carolina State among other schools.

    Mitchell helped the Mustangs to a 71-22 overall record and a 27-3 league record during his three seasons at Roosevelt.

    He spent his freshman year at King High School, where he led his team to a Southern Section Division 1A championship.

    If you are into ranking projections, Rivals.com and Scout.com each listed Mitchell as a three-star player.



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    Incoming SDSU freshman Matt Mitchell scored 30 points in a game on ten different occasions as a senior at Roosevelt High (Corona, CA).Incoming SDSU freshman Matt Mitchell scored 30 points in a game on ten different occasions as a senior at Roosevelt High (Corona, CA).

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    Left-hander Clayton Richard had never beaten the Philadelphia Phillies before Wednesday’s matinee.

    He hadn’t pitched a shutout since 2012.

    But Richard accomplished both of those goals this time as he pitched San Diego’s first complete game shutout of the season and helped the Padres finish off a sweep of the hapless Phillies, 3-0.

    Richard allowed only three hits and one walk.

    He struck out six batters and executed extremely well by keeping the ball down the majority of the afternoon.

    But it was not a one-man-show by any means.

    Richard credited Austin Hedges for calling a good game behind the plate and the duo induced 17 groundouts by the visitors.

    The Phils lost for the fourth straight outing and managed only a pair of doubles and an infield single against the southpaw.

    Wil Myers made history in the fourth inning thanks to some smart base-running.

    After he knocked in Carlos Asuaje with a RBI single, the 2016 All-Star swiped three bags to set a new Padres record for most steals in a single inning.

    After the game, Myers said he noticed Phillies starter Nick Pivetta had a rather deliberate delivery to the plate, so he tried to take advantage. It worked and the Phillies had no answer.

    Myers actually stole second right away on the very first pitch to Hedges after his base hit.

    Myers then took off for third when Pivetta didn’t pay much attention to him during a full count offering in the same at-bat.

    Ball four wound up putting runners on the corners for Hunter Renfroe.

    The Phillies reminded us again that they are not a very good defensive team when they allowed Hedges and Myers to bait them with the classic Little League 1st and 3rd double steal.

    Hedges hesitated long enough to coerce the catcher’s throw towards first base and that gave Myers just enough to time to scoot home before the relay.

    The Friars led 2-0 after that frame and later extended their advantage to 3-0 thanks to a Renfroe RBI double in the 6th.

    Pivetta struck out nine of the first ten batters he faced before allowing the Padres to claim the lead.

    He finished with 11 punchouts but also the loss.

    San Diego continues its seven-game homestand Thursday against the Washington Nationals starting at 7:10 p.m.

    Jhoulys Chacin opposes former Padre Edwin Jackson in the series opener.



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    Clayton Richard of the San Diego Padres reacts after getting the final out in his complete game shutout against the Phillies WednesdayClayton Richard of the San Diego Padres reacts after getting the final out in his complete game shutout against the Phillies Wednesday

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    North County residents planning a Las Vegas getaway in the future now have a new way to get to Sin City. 

    Cal Jet by Elite Airways announced Wednesday it is launching nonstop jet services from McClellan-Palomar Airport (CLD) in Carlsbad to McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas.

    "It's been a long time coming, but finally it has arrived -- a real airline offering activity to the public with a new scheduled transportation alternative," said PeDrinkwaterater, Director of County Airports.

    For years, CLD has been home to corporate and private planes. Now, it has a commercial partner.

    The County of San Diego has invested millions of dollars to improve the terminal, which is now ready for the airline to move in and for TSA to come in and operate screening procedures.

    Wednesday, a large group gathered on the tarmac to celebrate the launch.

    "Our beautiful but vacant county airport terminal facility has been several years waiting for this day to arrive," Drinkwater said.

    But easy access and convenience are only part of the benefit to North County travelers.

    "New twice-daily service to Las Vegas will greatly benefit the airport and greater North San Diego County by generating positive revenue sources and new jobs—while saving north county residents hours of unnecessary drive time and long lines," said Robert Daly, CEO of Cal Jet by Elite Airways.

    Right now, the airline is also offering online airfares to Las Vegas for as low as $69 one way, competing with larger airline companies like Southwest.

    George Wozniak, the company's president, told NBC 7 that the airline will not charge a premium for flying out of CLD.

    Wozniak said the company chose Las Vegas as their first destination for the launch for a number of reasons.

    "We needed leisure potential to drive that market because leisure travelers buy closer in, believe it or not," Wozniak said. "It's a very big business destination too, but the combined two will make this successful just operating one city."

    Cal Jet by Elite Airways' Bombardier CRJ-700 jet aircrafts have six first class seats and 58 all-leather seats in the coach cabin.

    Passengers will also get free snacks and beverages onboard, a first checked baggage up to 50 pounds and no seat reservation fees, according to the airline.

    At this time, company executives will not disclose which cities they will target next. But they do say the airline will expand its services.

    The first flight out of Carlsbad to Las Vegas will be on Sept. 28.



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    Cal Jet by Elite Airways announce the launch of non-stop flights from Carlsbad to Las Vegas.Cal Jet by Elite Airways announce the launch of non-stop flights from Carlsbad to Las Vegas.

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    The San Diego Unified School District says it made a mistake when it notified thousands of families that their children could get free and reduced lunch--a benefit given to students from low-income families.

    The email, dated Aug. 4, was actually sent out Wednesday morning.

    It read, in part: "Each child identified below is automatically directly certified and approved for free meals for the 2017 -2018 school year. You do not need to submit an application for free and reduced priced meals."

    Gary Petill, Director of Food and Nutrition Services, told NBC 7, the email was a mistake.

    "Today we had a glitch in our computing system with the software program," Petill said.

    He said students who are directly certified and approved for free meals include foster youth, migrant youth, children whose families qualify for Cal Fresh--which were once food stamps--and families on Medi Cal.

    The problem is the email was sent to the wrong group of families.

    "It went out to 13,000 families. It could have gone out to 40,000," said Petill.

    He added that as soon as the error was identified, another e-mail was sent to parents explaining the situation.

    Some parents who did mistakenly receive the email knew something was wrong.

    Comments on a Facebook post include:

    "I thought it was spam."

    "I was quite confused."

    "I thought it was odd.”

    "I haven't seen the comments," Petill said, speaking of the Facebook post. "I’ve spoken to some of the parents and they say we don't want to take money away from kids who should have it."

    Two hours after the first letter was emailed, at 8 a.m., Petill said the process was stopped and then a correction letter was sent out.

    "It will also tell them they can apply online if they feel their income meets eligibility guideline based on household income," Petill said.

    That household income threshold is $44,444 a year for a family of four.

    "I would be really surprised if someone would try to take advantage of it," said Scripps Ranch parent, Laura Maxwell. "That would be bad."


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    More than 22,000 notices were sent out to property taxpayers who have gone into default in San Diego County.

    The taxpayers had failed to pay their property taxes in 2016-2017, according to the San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister.

    "Last year we mailed 19,207 default notices, so we saw a slight jump in the number of people who went into default this year - 22,512," said McAllister, in a statement. "Nevertheless, our overall collection rate was 99.2 percent, one of the highest in the state, which shows the vast majority of San Diego property owners pay what they owe and pay on time."

    For every month a bill is unpaid, there is an extra 1.5 percent penalty--which will accrue until the bill is paid off completely.

    The total amount of money due to the county in unpaid property taxes is $100,913, 592. 

    If property taxpayers have been in default for more than five years, the Treasure-Tax Collector may sell off the property, under California State law.



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    Dozens gathered to pray for a 5-year-old boy outside the home of a U.S. Navy Sailor, who was arrested, along with his girlfriend, on suspicion of severely abusing the child.

    Benjamin Matthew Whitten, 33, a Murrieta resident stationed in San Diego and Jeryn Christine Johnson, 25, were arrested Tuesday. Both were booked on suspicion of child abuse and inflicting great bodily injury on a person under 10 years old.

    Whitten's son remains in intensive care at Rady Children's Hospital.

    Wednesday night, about 50 people gathered outside the home to pray for the little boy.

    "As a mother, I want to hold him and let him know everything is going to be ok," vigil organizer Myra Jacobson said.

    "Sometimes he'd try to come out and play," one neighbor said. "But they would like just pull him back in."

    Next door neighbor Amy Mitchell told NBC 7, she saw the boy as he was taken to the hospital.

    "They were just pumping on his chest and he had like a defibrillator or something in his mouth," Mitchell said.

    Investigators said the boy was had severe injuries and was malnourished.

    Stephanie Lewis said her daughter went to the same day care as the boy. She added he was small and underweight for his age.

    "I feel...sorry...I feel like we should have known something. I feel like the provider should have reported," Lewis said.

    Murrietta police also discovered 11 dogs, four cats and two fish inside the home, which was described at "extremely unsanitary."



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    Neighbors gathered in front of the family's home in Murrieta to pray for the 5-year-old boy, found with severe injuries.Neighbors gathered in front of the family's home in Murrieta to pray for the 5-year-old boy, found with severe injuries.

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    Police are searching for a man who allegedly stood outside a North Park woman's window and watched her while touching himself.

    Tessa Carpenter told NBC 7 she has enjoyed living in her North Park apartment and has never had any issues. 

    But that changed Monday night around 11:00 p.m. when she saw the man outside her window.

    "I was puttering around my living room, getting things ready for bed, locking my door," Carpenter said.  "As I turned to walk back to my bedroom, I looked out the window and I saw this guy leaning up against my neighbor's house, watching me."

    Carpenter said the man was staring at her while touching himself.

    She said that's when she ran to the other side of her apartment and called for her neighbor, who yelled at him to get away.

    "When I saw him see me, he didn't flinch, he didn't run--anything," she said. "So I watched him after she (neighbor) yells out, and he just slowly just walked away."

    By the time police arrived, the man was gone.

    Carpenter described the suspect as about 5 feet 9 inches in height, big boned, clean shaven, wearing a black t-shirt and dark shorts.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the San Diego Police Department at (619)531-2000. 



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