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    Approximately 350 San Diego State University students will need to be vaccinated again in an outbreak of meningococcal disease after officials learned the initial round of vaccines may not be effective.

    Students who received the vaccine from Walgreens on Oct. 5 and Oct 8. are being notified they will need to be re-vaccinated, a university spokesperson said.

    "We recently became aware that the vaccine temperature at the time of administration was not optimal," a Walgreens spokesperson confirmed to NBC 7. "While we believe there is no associated safety risk, in order to ensure that recipients received full efficacy of the vaccine, we are in the process of contacting the students to offer re-vaccinations."

    Walgreens assisted the county in vaccinating students in early October after it was confirmed that at least three SDSU students contracted the bacterial disease.

    "Students who received a MenB vaccination through the various on-campus clinics by the County of San Diego and Kaiser Permanente have not been affected and do not need to be re-vaccinated," SDSU spokesperson Cory Marshall said.

    Bacterial meningitis is spread by sharing items such as cigarettes or drinking glasses or through intimate contact such as kissing. 

    The bacteria are not airborne, officials said, so they do not spread like germs associated with the common cold or the flu.

    Those who feel they may have been exposed and suffer from a sudden onset of symptoms including fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and/or vomiting, should go to the hospital, health officials said.

    Learn more about the available meningococcal vaccines through the CDC's website.

    Or you can talk with someone by calling SDSU Student Health Services 8:30 am - 4:30 pm at 619-594-4325 or by calling San Diego County Public Health Services’ Epidemiology Division at 619-692-8499.


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    San Diego County is under a red flag warning Friday for inland sections, closer to the foothills and mountain passes, NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said.

    The warning was issued through 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. 

    "We'll see increasing northeast winds developing more after sunrise along with a drop in humidity," Parveen said. 

    Humidity was expected to drop into the teens. 

    Wind gusts as high as 35 mph were recorded in Alpine as of 5 a.m.

    San Diego Gas & Electric shut off power service to some customers in the area of Cuyamaca, Descanso and Boulder Creek as a precaution.

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    Fire officials say with a lot of dry fuel in the areas under the warning, the combination of high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds create a dangerous combination.

    Cal Fire officials have increased staffing and advise residents to avoid any activity that may spark a fire in these conditions. 

    People who live in East County and have been through some of our worst fires say more needs to be done to keep fires from starting in the first place.

    "Our firefighters work their behinds off. They're hard workers and I know they do a good job of putting them out, but they shouldn't have to put so many fires out," said Alpine resident Julie Munoz.

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    A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly.

    Download the free NBC 7 mobile app to stay up to date on changing weather conditions.



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    This map from Cal Fire shows the areas of Southern California under a red flag warning Friday.This map from Cal Fire shows the areas of Southern California under a red flag warning Friday.

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    A San Diego man apologized in court for the murder of a tow truck driver but the victim's sons described the apology as "hollow words." 

    A judge sentenced Michael Gilbert Gray to 25 years to life for his role in the death of Fred Griffith. The tow truck driver was on the side of State Route 52 when he was struck and killed in February 2017.

    At the sentencing hearing Friday, Gray read a statement accepting responsibility for his actions. 

    "I am truly sorry for the death of Mr. Griffith," he said, directing comments to the victim's sons. "If you guys have any hate in your heart towards me, don’t let it dictate your life."

    "Just be strong and do good things in your life," he said.

    Griffith, 55, an employee of RoadOne San Diego, lived in Santee and raised his sons as a single dad. 

    Michael Griffith, 21, David Griffith, 18 and Joe Griffith, 15, attended the sentencing but were not impressed by Gray's statement. 

    “I think they are just hollow words,” said David Griffith, adding that he thought it was Gray's attempt to save face.

    Michael Griffith, who said the family had a happy life in their Santee home before their father's death, said he believes the sentencing will be the first step toward healing for him and his brothers.

    Gray, 50, pleaded guilty in August to second-degree murder with two serious felony priors. 

    He drove with a .24 percent blood-alcohol level when he drove off State Route 52 and onto the shoulder, colliding with Griffith who was on the side of the highway.

    Gray fled the scene but an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer saw the crash and pulled Gray over. 

    Griffith worked for more than 20 years in the local towing industry.

    "He spent all of his days working, doing his best to bring home enough money to let us scrape by," Michael Griffith said of his dad.

    Several days after Griffith's death, more than 100 tow truck and flatbed carriers from across San Diego County created a tow truck and emergency vehicle procession.



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    The sons of victim Fred Griffiths rejected the apology from their father's killer.The sons of victim Fred Griffiths rejected the apology from their father's killer.

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    A single-engine airplane made a hard landing on eastbound Interstate 8 in El Cajon, east of San Diego on Friday. 

    Heartland Fire and Rescue and California Highway Patrol officers were called to the interstate near Second Avenue just before 11:30 a.m. 

    The plane was parked in the exit lane on the right shoulder of the highway.

    No vehicles were hit. No lanes were blocked by the plane.

    Officials said no one was injured.

    A SigAlert was issued as CHP officers worked to clear the aircraft from the highway.

    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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    A nonagenarian from La Jolla became the first confirmed case of West Nile in San Diego County this year, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced Friday.

    The 91-year-old man was hospitalized in September for encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, but testing by the California Department of Public Health confirmed on Thursday he contracted the West Nile virus.

    He has been released from the hospital and is at home recovering, according to the county.

    County health officials determined the man was infected from a local mosquito bite because he had not traveled before becoming ill. Mosquitoes trapped in the area near the man's home, however, tested negative for West Nile, according to the County's Department of Environmental Health.

    West Nile virus mainly affects birds but can be transmitted to humans by certain mosquito species native to San Diego that fed on an infected bird or animal and then bit a person.

    The presence of the West Nile virus was first spotted in the county in 2003 but the first confirmed human infection was in 2007.

    Last year, two people were infected with West Nile in San Diego, one from acquired it from outside the county and one acquired it locally, county spokesman Tom Christensen said. 

    There were, however, 22 cases in 2016 and two people died.

    The majority of people infected with West Nile virus don't know they were infected because they exhibit no symptoms.

    About 10 percent of those infected suffer mild symptoms, such as headache, fever, nausea, fatigue, skin rash or swollen glands. In rare cases, people can become extremely ill and the disease can be fatal.

    To prevent disease-carrying mosquitoes from breeding, residents were urged to dump out or remove anything inside or outside their homes that can be a breeding ground, such as plant saucers, rain gutters, buckets, old tires, wheelbarrows and toys.



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    A community organizer suing National City claims she was handcuffed, forcefully dragged through the council chambers, and abused in custody because she’s black.

    National City Department officers arrested Tasha Williamson and several other protestors when they disrupted a July 24 council meeting.

    Police stopped the demonstration when the group chanted “You have blood on your hands” and staged a sit-in to protest the in-custody death of Earl McNeil.

    Williamson’s federal court lawsuit, filed Thursday by civil rights attorney Doug Gilliland, alleges NCPD officers used excessive force when they arrested her.

    The lawsuit also alleges that the “violence, or intimidation by threat of violence (by National City police) was committed against Ms. Williamson because of her race.”

    At a news conference Friday, Williamson and her attorney showed a video of the protest and subsequent arrests. That video appears to support Williamson’s contention that police “…treated the white protestors differently. Each of the three white female protestors was lifted off the ground with an officer on each side, lifting them by their upper arms, and carefully dragging them out of the City Council chambers.

    “In contrast,” the lawsuit alleges, “Ms. Williamson was placed in handcuffs that were extremely tight, causing severe pain. She was then dragged backward by her wrists, which hyper-extended her arms, tearing ligaments in her shoulder. She can be heard in the video of the incident screaming in agony…”

    At their news conference, attorney Gilliland said, “When [police] took out those [white protestors] one-by-one in a safe manner, and they took Ms. Williamson out by dragging her backward and having to call an ambulance for her, I attribute that to race."

    Williamson said the mistreatment continued after her arrest. “They [the police] propped the white women up against walls, and asked them if they were OK,” she said. “They asked them if they needed something to drink, and even held a glass of water [for them] while they drank. I was not treated in the same way.”

    Her attorney says police are only partly to blame for that alleged mistreatment.

    Gilliland claims National City's elected and appointed leaders have a leadership “culture” that allows police to routinely use excessive and unnecessary force without fear of discipline.

    “National City had knowledge of excessive force used by its officers [but] routinely ignored and failed to meaningfully investigate and discipline its officers, and failed to take any meaningful action on [citizen]complaints…”

    Gilliland and Williamson said they hope their lawsuit forces the city to change those alleged policies.

    “I think the changes in this case have to come from the top,” Gilliland said. “I don't think it's with the individual officer. I think it's the leadership in National City."

    National City's mayor and a police spokesman declined to comment on Williamson's civil rights lawsuit.

    The city’s attorney was not available for comment, and National City’s government offices were closed for the day on Friday, Oct. 19.


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    While the idea of reinstating a toll on the Coronado Bridge is picking up steam in community social media circles, candidates for the island’s City Council say it’s an idea about as farfetched as the bridge is long.

    A poll posted on Coronado Happenings, an 18,000-member Facebook community page, gives outsiders a peek into islanders’ thoughts on the issue. It offered voters a few options, including: No, which received a vast majority of votes as of Thursday; Yes but not for residents or military; Yes; and Not for residents.

    Coronado City Council candidates Mary Sikes, Peter Jensen and Bill Sandke didn’t say if they participated in the poll, but they were all in agreeance when they shared their opinions with NCB 7.

    Jensen flat out said, “The toll is not coming back.”

    For Sikes, “Tolls are not the answer even if they were a possible option, which they are not.”

    And Sandke explained that “The practical reality is that a toll will prove extremely difficult if not impossible to reinstitute for a multitude of reasons.”

    According to Sikes, even if one of the candidates win a seat on the council they’ll still only have their opinion to offer on the issue.

    “Coronado does not control bringing back a toll to the bridge. That is a state and CALTRANS decision that is highly unlikely,” she said.

    Sikes said that means revenue from the toll would go to California, not Coronado. She also said a toll, which she estimated would be set at $7, would be an unaffordable daily expense for Navy employees and others on the island.

    The bridge had a 60-cent toll each direction when it opened to drivers in 1969 -- years later it increased to $1 – which was supposed to end when the bond for the bridge was paid off. SANDAG collected the revenue for the state and gave some to the cities of Coronado and San Diego for road maintenance.

    The toll was discontinued in 2002.

    Sandke said the toll reinstatement topic’s recent salience could also stem from a question asked at a recent City Council candidate forum.

    For now, the topic is merely a conversation starter and is not scheduled to appear on any upcoming ballots.


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    The man charged in the killing of an East Village business owner was once known as the "Wishing Well Bandit" for his role in a series of brutal beatings on elderly victims.

    Kevin Cartwright, 51, was 21 years old when he admitted to robbing and beating several elderly citizens at a water well in National City in 1989. The crimes landed him in prison for a decade.

    Cartwright pleaded not guilty to murder charges Friday in connection to the death of 49-year-old Ghedeer Tony Radda. Radda was found dead inside Bottom Price Flooring on G Street on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

    Police said Radda wasn't breathing and had no pulse when they arrived. Firefighters arrived minutes later and performed CPR but could not resuscitate him, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Investigators reviewed surveillance footage from inside the store and saw a man wearing a mask resembling an older woman with grey hair, and a woman wearing what appeared to be a long purple wig.

    Prosecutors said Friday that the woman lured Radda to the back of the store where Cartwright shot him multiple times before stealing money from the register.

    Cartwright was arrested in the City of El Cajon on Oct. 17. Police are still searching for the woman.

    Cartwright could face a life sentence if he's convicted on special circumstance murder charges.

    "The guy's done it before, I just don't understand why he targeted Ghedeer," Radda's cousin Venus said.

    The prosecutor did not say whether Cartwright and Radda knew each other or did business together, and he did not reveal how investigators were able to identify Cartwright as the disguised man in the video.

    Investigators have not identified a motive in the killing, which Radda's cousin says is another piece to the puzzle.

    "We still don't really know exactly what the motive was or why he would do that to Ghedeer. At the end of the day, if it was just for money, money comes and goes it's not worth taking a life," Venus told NBC 7 on Thursday.

    Anyone with information can call the homicide team at (619) 531-2293 or San Diego CrimeStoppers at (888) 580-8477.


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    San Diego police are asking for help locating the suspect in Tuesday night's fatal shooting in the Midway District.

    Police said Joe Bennette Conway, 41, shot a woman around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of the Barons Market on the 4000 block of West Point Loma Boulevard.

    Conway then fled in a red Chevrolet Cavalier sedan, possibly with Arizona license plates, San Diego police Lt. Anthony Dupree said.

    When police arrived they found a black woman with a gunshot wound in the upper body. She was transported to the hospital where she later died.

    The woman has been tentatively identified but police won't release the info until her family has been notified, Dupree said.

    An employee at the nearby Domino's Pizza said the woman and Conway came into the pizzeria as a couple where the woman asked to use the bathroom. When she came out, the two went outside to talk.

    The conversation turned into an argument and minutes later, a single gunshot was heard, the employee told NBC 7.

    The victim was still alive when the employee ran out to help but she was unable to speak.

    She died at UC San Diego Medical Center around 2:45 a.m. Wednesday.

    Conway was described as black, about 5-foot-7 and weighing 150 pounds. He was wearing a dark blue, button-down shirt, black pants and sandals at the time of the shooting.

    Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Conway was urged to call the SDPD Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.



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    A Former United States Navy Commander who pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges in January was sentenced Friday to 30 months in prison and will pay more than $31,000 in fines and restitution.

    The charges against Commander Troy Amundson, 50, of Minnesota, stem from an investigation involving former defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis, also known as "Fat Leonard."

    Amundson admitted that he conspired with Francis and others to receive entertainment expenses and the service of prostitutes in exchange for taking official acts for the benefit of Francis' Singapore-based company Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA).

    Amundson pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. In court, he admitted that from September 2012 to October 2013, Francis paid for dinner, entertainment and prostitutes for himself and other Navy officers. He also admitted to violating his official duties to the U.S. Navy.

    As Commander, Amundson was responsible for coordinating the Navy's joint military exercises with foreign partners and was in charge of building and maintaining cooperative relationships with those partners.

    According to the U.S. Attorney Southern District of California, Amundson sent an email from a private account to Francis arranging to provide him with proprietary Naval information.

    The email read in part:

    “Handoff?... [M]y [friend], your program is awesome. I [Amundson] am a small dog just trying to get a bone… however I am very happy with my small program. I still need five minutes to pass some data when we can meet up. Cannot print.”

    Later that same day, Francis arranged services of several prostitutes from Mongolia for Amundson.

    Amundson will spend three years on probation after his release and was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and $21,625.60 in restitution.

    Francis pled guilty in 2015 to bribery and fraud charges and admitted to presiding over a decade-long conspiracy involving "scores" of Naval officials, tens of millions of dollars in fraud and millions of dollars in bribes.



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    A local Border Patrol agent is faced with a life ending disease, but he and his wife are not giving up hope. It’s a love story that you won’t be forgetting about anytime soon.

    Jeff and Liz Miranda said they planned on growing old and gray together, but a cureless disease rapidly taking control over Jeff’s nervous system is threatening that plan.

    “He's my best friend and my life partner so we're in it together,” Liz said about her husband of 17 years.

    Jeff was diagnosed with ALS in 2015. Liz said he was giving a presentation at work and all of the sudden he couldn’t project his voice. Shortly after that, his speech began to slur.

    ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. It progresses quickly and eventually strips patients of all muscle function.

    Jeff now communicates through a computer.

    "Rather than focusing on the things I can no longer do, which can be self-destructive; I focus on the things I can still do,” he said.

    Among the things he says he can still do are love and appreciate his wife, and let her know how special she is every day.

    "Having her by my side, always with a smile, has given me enormous happiness and hope. She has always made me feel like the luckiest man in the world to this day,” he said.

    Jeff has been a BP agent for the last 17 years. The couple, along with their two teenage girls, has been living off the sick time Jeff has acquired through the years. Agents nationwide have also donated hours, but they will soon run out and Jeff will be forced into medical retirement.

    "I have witnessed compassion, generosity, kindness and love that has given me strength and have made me a better person,” Jeff said.

    The expenses are piling up. They’ve had to adapt their home to meet Jeff’s needs and Liz had to quit her job to provide around the clock care.

    “We just gotta hold out, wait, until they find a cure,” Liz said.

    A GoFundMe page has been set up to bring some relief to the family when they need it most.

    There's also a walk to defeat ALS happening Sunday morning on Mission Bay Drive and the Mirandas will be there participating.


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    A driver fell asleep behind the wheel in Kensington Friday night, causing a chain reaction of collisions that damaged several vehicles.

    San Diego police say the driver nodded off on Adams Avenue near Marlborough Drive and hit a semi truck unloading things at a Starbucks.

    The driver then rear-ended a car parked along the curb, sending it into the back of another parked car which was shoved into a tree.

    The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. No other injuries were reported, according to SDPD.

    Orville Fitz-Henley was outside a nearby cafe with his friend when they heard the second collision.

    "It didn't seem like he hit the brakes at all," Fitz Henley said.

    Quickly they realized that one of the cars among the heap of mangled metal belonged to his friend.

    "At first she was pretty bummed about it but she recovered very quickly and seems to be doing OK now," he said.

    Fitz-Henley said they're just thankful they were safe.

    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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    For the past 10 years, the United African American Ministerial Action Council has hosted a gun buyback program in Encanto in honor of two teens who were killed as a result of gun violence.

    On Saturday, the Council once again co-hosted the event with the San Diego Police Department, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.

    “It started because of the death of Michael Taylor and Monique  Palmer,” the Rev. Gerald Brown said. “We continued this event in their memory to keep out street, community, city and county safe.”

    Taylor, 15, and Palmer, 17, were leaving a house party in Valencia Park in December 2008 when they were gunned down by Frederick Garcia Cruz, a gang member. Both Taylor and Palmer have no gang connection.

    Cruz was sentenced to 50 years to life for their murder in March 2011.

    “Participating in this program could very well save someone's life by preventing guns from getting into the wrong hands — or a child's hands,”  San Diego police Chief David Nisleit said in a statement.

    In addition to removing unwanted guns off the streets, the event also honors all victims of gun violence, organizers said.

    "It is our hope people will honor not only these two young people, who lost their lives so senselessly but all people who have died due to gun violence," San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore said in a statement. 

    Nearly 900 guns were removed from the street in the past three years through this event. Roughly 300 guns were collected each year, Brown said.

    “This is the best show of law enforcement, community and church coming together for one purpose: to make San Diego the safest city to work, play and worship,” he said.

    On Saturday, 249 guns were turned in, 121 of which were handguns. People who turn in their guns got a gift card or a skateboard in return. The cards were worth $100 to $200 depending on the weapons.

    One man brought in a 19th century U.S. cavalry gun, valued at over $3,000, said San Diego police Capt. Gerry Hara.

    “Less number of guns that there are, less gun violence that there’s going to be," Hara said. "So we’re here working with a lot of community partners as well as the sheriff’s department the DA’s office and City Council to just buy back all those guns and let’s get all those guns off the street.”

    All guns collected will be destroyed.



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    A lion on loan from the San Diego Zoo died in a fight with another lion at the Indianapolis Zoo on Monday, zoo officials said.

    According to the zoo, Nyack, a 10-year-old lion, was killed by his longtime mate, Zuri in the outdoor yard Monday morning before the menagerie opened to the public.

    Zookeepers went to check on the lions in the enclosure after hearing an unusual amount of roaring when they saw Zuri fighting with Nyack. Zookeepers tried to separate the two, but the lioness held on to Nyack’s neck until he stopped moving. 

    Nyack died in the outdoor yard Monday morning before the zoo opened to the public. A necropsy confirmed Nyack died of suffocation from injuries to the neck, according to the Indianapolis Zoo.

    Nyack came to the Indianapolis Zoo from the San Diego Zoo in 2015 as part of the Species Survival Program. Together with Zuri, they produced a litter of three cubs. Their 3-year-old daughter, Sukari, was in the outdoor yard at the time of the incident. She was not hurt.

    According to zoo officials, there were no reports of unusual aggression, injuries or wounds between Zuri and Nyack before Monday’s incident.

    An investigation was underway to find out what happened.

    The zoo said it has no plans at this time to change how the lions are managed and Zuri will remain in her female pair group with her daughter.



    Photo Credit: Jackie Curts/Indianapolis Zoo

    Nyack at the Indianapolis Zoo.Nyack at the Indianapolis Zoo.

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    Hundreds of people with physical challenges are showing they can keep up with anyone.

    The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) hosted a running clinic in La Jolla Saturday. Athletes of all ages participated, but it was the children who proved to be the most inspiring.

    Instructors helped kids learn to run with their prosthetics. The children participated in an obstacle course, soccer, and many other sporting events that, in the past, may not have been accessible to children who are missing an arm or a leg.

    “I’m looking forward to having fun, doing a bunch of stuff,” said Logan Passe, and eight-year-old with multiple amputations from Brooklyn, New York.

    Logan was born with a congenital deficiency, and both of his legs were amputated before he turned two-years-old. He enjoys playing with other children who also where prosthetics.

    “It’s nice because I can do it the way their comfortable, the way I’m comfortable, and it’s a win-win,” said Logan.

    “As a mom, I’m super proud of him,” said Toni Passe, Logan’s mother. “He said mom, I just want to learn how to jump, so today watching him run, it’s a dream come true to us.”

    The ability to help kids like Logan is what inspired Sarah Reinersten to run in the recent Iron Man Triathlon in Hawaii. More than a decade ago, she became the first woman to finish the grueling race.

    “I really thought about so many of these kids, that’s why I was running,” said Reinersten. “If you want to get back in the game of life, the next step is to learn how to run or walk better with more confidence.”

    Over the last two decades, the Challenged Athletes Foundation has given out nearly $100 million in grants.

    To learn more about the organization, check out its website.



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    For 18 years, the Kmart in McMurray, Pennsylvania, was like home for Joshua Englert.

    He was 16 years old when he first started helping shoppers at the discount retailer's location near Pittsburgh. But last Sunday, the store's BlueLight went dark and the last sale was made.

    To thank shoppers and the staff, Englert, now a store manager, dialed into the intercom one last time and delivered an emotional goodbye.

    "I wanted to take this opportunity not to sell you 40-cent plaid skirts or 5-cent panties, but to instead thank you for supporting a lifetime of memories," Englert said as he choked up.

    "I am the man I am today because of the people I have met here at Kmart," he added.

    Englert recorded the message on his smartphone and posted the video to facebook. The reaction was huge with the video garnering more than 100,000 views and 1,000 reactions as of Saturday.

    "I did not think I was going to be choked up like that," Englert told NBC News in an interview Saturday.

    "I always use the intercom to announce specials and make sales announcement and I’m sort of known for adding some fun to them, so I thought on the last day the associates would appreciate me saying something sentimental. I didn’t know what I was going to say five minutes before I said it," Englert said.

    Kmart has battled tectonic changes in the retail landscape over the past two decades. Once the second-largest discount retailer, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2002 and merged with Sears in 2004. The tumult resulted in the shedding of stores like Englert's location.

    A second bankruptcy filing this month means even more Kmart and Sears stores are being shuttered.

    Englert said while the community is sad to see their local store close, they "understand the business of it all."

    As for Englert, he's started looking for a new job, but the people he bonded with at Store #4770 will always have a special place in his heart.

    "We were definitely a family," he said. "Those relationships, that’s all what keeps us together is each other."



    Photo Credit: Joshua Englert

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    A Harbor Police Department car collided with a bicyclist on the outskirts of downtown Saturday.

    The incident happened near West Laurel Street and Pacific Highway, the San Diego Police Department said.

    The 58-year-old bicyclist was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries, according to SDPD.

    The officer was not injured.

    SDPD Traffic Division is currently investigating.

    No other information was available.



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    Images from the scene of a shooting in Point Loma on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2105.Images from the scene of a shooting in Point Loma on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2105.

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    A Michigan photographer is asking for the collective power of the internet to help him find a couple of whom he took a stunning picture in what he believes was the moment they got engaged at Yosemite National Park. 

    Matthew Dippel tweeted the photo, saying he took it at Taft Point at Yosemite on Oct. 6. "Twitter help, idk who these two are but I hope this finds them," he wrote. 

    The image is jaw-droppingly incredible, capturing the moment the man gets down on one knee and takes the woman's hand. They're standing on a cliff, nothing around them except the park's majestic mountains. 

    The tweet has had more than 192,000 likes and 86,000 retweets since it was posted Wednesday afternoon. As of early Friday, Dippel still had not found the couple, according to an updated post below the photo. 

    Dippel, who was on a road trip and hike adventure with his pal at the time he captured the moment, told NBC's Grand Rapids affiliate WOOD-TV that he posted similar messages on Facebook and Instagram to no avail. 

    "Honestly I'd like to give them just a big print of the photo because it's such an incredible moment,” he told WOOD-TV.



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    A 65-year-old woman crashed a Bird scooter Friday afternoon, fracturing her leg.

    The woman was riding an electric scooter with her family downtown, the San Diego Police Department said.

    She lost control, overturned, and fell onto the asphalt on Kettner Boulevard at around 1:45 p.m.

    The 65-year-old sustained a fracture to her right femur, according to SDPD.

    SDPD investigated the incident.

    No other information was available.


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    A local nonprofit and the National City community came together to give Kimball Park a makeover.

    ARTS is an organization designed to help young people learn about art and other means of creative expression, according to its website.

    More than 50 volunteers helped paint, clean up trash, and set up solar-powered totem poles Saturday.

    The new poles will light up the area known as Paradise Creek.

    Local artist Vicki Leon designed the solar-powered totem poles and said each one is entirely unique.

    The design included metal filled with pieces of acrylic glass that reflect light in different colors. It took a team of eight about 300 hours to complete.

    “They’re basically in the theme of flight, and they make beautiful shadows,” Leon told NBC 7. “It becomes a part of the landscape, but in a way that brings a little more appreciation to it.”

    The installations have two distinct sides. “There’s the shiny side and the textured side,” Leon said.

    Volunteers also installed and painted new rocks and walkways in the area.

    A new Free Book Library was also added to the creek. This will allow community members to take and give away books at any time.

    ARTS used a $7,500 grant for supplies, according to its executive director, James Holliday.

    “With the painting of benches, the painting of rocks, the putting in of the artwork you see - it just enhances the overall quality of life,” Holiday said.

    ARTS hopes to improve other public spaces with the help of city partners and its team of volunteers.

    “I think it’s a beautiful thing to have the community own something and walk through the park, their park, and be, like, oh, I did this - I did that, I contributed to that,” one volunteer said.

    The Kimball Park beautification began at 10 a.m. Saturday.


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    A Latina woman was with family visiting from Guatemala when she says they were verbally harassed by a white woman for conversing in Spanish at a Virginia restaurant.

    The family was confronted inside Andy’s restaurant in Lovettsville.

    "She asked for passports; she said that she knew everybody in Loudoun County to get us out of here, and she started saying that we were supposed to speak English, but I'm like 'we’re not talking to you,'" said the victim, who asked to remain anonymous. "They're here visiting and they don’t know English, so how do you want them to speak English when they’re here just visiting?"

    Part of the incident was caught on video.

    “You don’t freeload in this f------ country,” the woman is heard saying on the video. “You get the f--- out, back to your f------ country.” 

    Police were called but no charges were filed.

    The owner of the restaurant said the woman who harassed the family is not welcome back.

    The Spanish-speaking victim said her 7-year-old daughter was present during the profanity-laced attack. She told Telemundo 44 that she is sharing her story because of her daughter and hopes that other victims of bias-motivated harassment also speak out.  

    "It's not fair that they do this to us, and even less acceptable if there are children present. It's not fair for any child to have to go through that. You just don't do that," the woman added.


    Video caught this woman yelling at a family for speaking to each other in Spanish.Video caught this woman yelling at a family for speaking to each other in Spanish.

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    San Diego State University held a rally with famous alumni to support Measure G, a campus expansion project for the SDCCU Stadium site.

    Former MLB player Tony Gwynn Jr. and former NFL player Brian Sipe both came back to their roots to support the measure.

    “There’s a big game inside tonight that’ll decide the future of the season, but there’s a bigger game on November 6 that’ll decide the future of the city,” said Bill Hammett, Friends of SDSU West Steering Committee Member.

    Measure G’s investment in higher education and that impact on the county’s economy is what Hammett believes will make SDSU a good fit for the area.

    But it’s not the only option for the site on the November ballot.

    Measure E, also known as Soccer City, proposes to turn the stadium into an entertainment district, with an emphasis on live music.

    “We bring something fun to every member of San Diego 365 days a year,” Nick Stone, Project Manager for Soccer City, told NBC 7.

    Gwynn spoke at the rally to explain what the stadium’s future means to him.

    “The only way I know my kids are going to have that opportunity [that I had] is if San Diego State is able to expand the campus,” Gwynn said.

    Stone believes the area could give footing for Major League Soccer to come to San Diego, as well as football and music.

    Proponents behind both measures have been vocal about the differences of each proposal.

    The rally took place before the school’s homecoming game Saturday at the much sought-after stadium.

    To learn more all the upcoming measures, NBC 7 has created a guide to the November 2018 ballot.


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    San Diegans spent more money on alcohol last year than any other metropolitan area in the nation, according to a new study by the Delphi Behavioral Health Group.

    On average, each San Diego resident spent about $1,112 on alcohol in 2017, the study said. Seattle was $126 behind in second.

    San Diegans spent the third-most in 2016, $2 behind Minneapolis-St. Paul. San Francisco spent the most that year with $1,131, according to the study.

    The study broke down the average annual spending of Americans and found alcohol made up 0.8 percent of their total purchases.

    Housing was number one at 33 percent, followed by transportation and food at 15.8 percent and 12.6 percent, respectively.

    Alcohol spending is up nearly 57 percent since 1996, according to the study. This means Americans spend, on average, $175 more on alcohol a year than they did in 1996.

    Americans between the age of 45 and 54 spent the most money on alcohol in 2016, but not by much, the study said. Other age groups only spent a few dozen dollars less for that year.

    The west coast spent more than any other region, but, again, not by much.

    The Delphi Behavioral Health Group used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Consumer Expenditure Survey.

    To see the American Alcohol Expenditures study in full, go to Delphi Behavioral Health Group’s website.

    The study comes out after a bottle of French Burgundy smashed the record for the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at auction, selling at $558,000.



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    Bartender drafts a glass of beer in a restaurant at the Pilsner Urquell brewery in Pilsen, Czech Republic, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. With beer costing roughly the same as water, Czechs are the undisputed world leaders in beer drinking.Bartender drafts a glass of beer in a restaurant at the Pilsner Urquell brewery in Pilsen, Czech Republic, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. With beer costing roughly the same as water, Czechs are the undisputed world leaders in beer drinking.

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    On Friday the Saudi government finally admitted that writer Jamal Khashoggi had died inside its Istanbul consulate, saying he had been killed in a fight.

    From the outset of his presidency, Trump has offered a warm embrace to Saudi Arabia and its ambitious royal heir, Mohammed bin Salman, believing he could help the U.S. confront Iran in the Middle East.

    But the gamble appears to have backfired badly, experts and former officials tell NBC News, with the young prince now implicated in the killing of Khashoggi, who dared to criticize the regime.



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    President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Washington.President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Washington.

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    A Fallbrook woman was killed after a hit-and-run Friday night.

    The 56-year-old woman was walking on East Alvarado Street near Alvarado Court when she was struck, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    The suspect’s car was described as a newer model red Ford Mustang, CHP said.

    The car fled after hitting the woman, according to CHP.

    Local fire personnel responded to the scene in Fallbrook shortly after.

    She was transported to Palomar Medical Center where she later died.

    The roads around the collision were closed until midnight Saturday.

    CHP is currently investigating.

    If anyone has information about this incident, call CHP at (858) 637-3800.



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    A motorcyclist was killed in a crash near Barona Speedway Saturday afternoon.

    The motorcycle and a car collided on Wildcat Canyon Road around 1:30 p.m.

    California Highway Patrol responded to the scene in the Ramona area.

    The motorcyclist was trapped under the car after the crash, CHP said.

    Bystanders were able to get the rider out from under the wreckage, according to CHP.

    The motorcyclist died shortly after, CHP said.

    Northbound lanes on Wildcat Canyon Road were shut down.

    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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    A burglary suspect was tasered by a man and his son at an Encinitas nursery early Saturday, a sheriff's deputy said.

    They broke into what appears to be an abandoned building in the 500 block of La Costa Avenue, near Anderson's La Costa Nursery, around 5:30 a.m., according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

    The burglar was trying to steal from the building when a man and his son approached the suspect, according to the sheriff's watch commander.

    The son tasered the suspect and his father tied the man up with a belt, the watch commander said.

    The suspect was transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries.

    It was unknown what relationship the man and his son have with the property.

    Sheriff's deputies were at the scene well into the late afternoon investigating the incident.

    The sheriff's department declined to comment further on the incident.



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    San Diego State University placed a fraternity on suspension after a student was injured at the fraternity house, the university announced late Friday night.

    The school placed the fraternity on interim suspension to investigate a report of a student who required medical attention after being at the fraternity house, SDSU spokeswoman La Monica Everett-Haynes said.

    “The health and wellbeing of all members of the campus community is of utmost importance to San Diego State University,” she said in a statement.

    The university did not name the fraternity, but NBC 7 has confirmed it was the Kappa Alpha fraternity.

    In a statement to NBC 7, the fraternity's national chapter said it is looking into the incident and “will be glad to report back when there are more facts known.”

    SDSU did not specify what happened or when but did say it is reaching out to the person and the family to “offer support and resources.”

    San Diego State University has suspend a fraternity after a student was injured the fraternity house, the university announced late Friday night.

    The school placed the Kappa Alpha fraternity on interim suspension to investigate a report of a student who required medical attention after being at the fraternity house, SDSU spokeswoman La Monica Everett-Haynes said.

    “The health and wellbeing of all members of the campus community is of utmost importance to San Diego State University,” she said.

    The university did not name the fraternity, but NBC 7 has confirmed it was the Kappa Alpha fraternity. In a statement to NBC 7, the fraternity national chapter said it is looking into it and “will be glad to report back when there are more facts known.”

    SDSU did not specify what happened or when but did say it is reaching out to the person and the family to “offer support and resources.”



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    San Diego State Kappa Alpha fraternity house.San Diego State Kappa Alpha fraternity house.

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    A party turned to "chaos" early Sunday when the floor of a clubhouse near Clemson University collapsed and left 30 people injured, police said.

    Authorities were called about 12:30 a.m. to The Woodlands Apartments clubhouse in South Carolina after the building's first story floor gave way during a private party with Clemson University students and others. Chief of Police Jimmy Dixon described the scene as "chaos."

    Video posted to social media showed people dancing before the floor caved in and crashed to the next level of the structure, leaving a large hole in the middle of the room. Dozens of people fell through while many still standing looked on or recorded the incident with their phones. People could be heard shouting and screaming in the footage.

    Thirty people sustained non-life threatening injuries including fractures, broken bones and lacerations. Those injured were taken to local hospitals by Clemson University emergency services. Police said there were no entrapments.

    "We're just thankful that it was not any worse than it was," Dixon told reporters.

    The investigation is ongoing, and Dixon said the building's codes and structure will be evaluated.

    Clemson sophomore Larissa Stone told the Independent Mail of Anderson that the room was "packed" and a popular song was playing when the floor collapsed.

    "So everyone was jumping. The beat was about to drop and literally the whole floor collapsed," she said. "It happened so quickly. I stood up, and everyone was trying to climb out. People are under other people. People are hurt. People are bleeding. I had blood on my sneakers. It was really bad."

    A witness who attended the party said people were jumping when he heard a sudden "boom."

    "All you seen was falling, everybody's hands up in the air," Franzie Pendergrass told WYFF News 4.

    Leroy Pearson said he went to try to help injured people and saw what he thought looked like broken ankles and legs.

    "It was crazy," Pearson said.

    Property manager Tal Slann told The Associated Press that the condominium complex was built in 2004-2005. He said he could not comment on whether there was a limit on the number of people who were supposed to use the clubhouse at one time.

    "I can tell you there was a party. I can tell you there was a floor collapse. There were injuries. They were not life-threatening. Nobody was trapped," he said.

    Slann sent residents of The Woodlands an email saying the floor in front of the clubhouse fireplace had collapsed during a party.

    "The Clubhouse and pool area is OFF LIMITS to all," said a copy of the email texted to the AP. "The clubhouse will be inspected by structural engineers as soon as possible. From there, the homeowner's association will determine how to rebuild the clubhouse to make it safe for all residents. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who were injured and we apologize for any inconvenience."

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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    This Oct. 21, 2018, photo shows the moment a floor collapsed during a party at a clubhouse in Clemson, South Carolina.This Oct. 21, 2018, photo shows the moment a floor collapsed during a party at a clubhouse in Clemson, South Carolina.

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    Three people remained missing and 15 people were rescued off a fishing boat that caught fire about 28 miles south of Point Loma on Saturday night, including two who were badly burned, officials said.

    The survivors were rescued by crews from a nearby fishing vessel, the Time Machine, including the two burn victims. Three other people are still missing, the survivors told rescuers.

    Crews of the U.S.-based Time Machine contacted the U.S. Coast Guard around 9:35 p.m. to report a fishing boat on fire and several people in the water.

    The Coast Guard responded with a 45-foot Response Boat and a helicopter while Mexico's Secretaría de Marina (SEMAR) also responded with two defender boast to assist.

    The Coast Guards helicopter airlifted the burn victims to burn center at UCSD Medical Center, Hillcrest. The victims suffered burns to most of their body and are in critical condition, officials said.

    The 13 survivors were transferred from the Time Machine to a SEMAR boat and taken to Ensenada, Mexico, according to the Coast Guards

    SEMAR has resumed the search for three missing people with the Coast Guard's assistance.



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    A 45-year old man was shot during an argument at a Mountain View liquor store late Saturday night, police said.

    The shooting happened around 10:10 p.m. after a man walked up to the victim at Ocean View Liquor and started an argument, San Diego police Officer Robert Heims said.

    During the argument, the suspect pulled out a gun and shot the victim multiple times, he said.

    The shooter then left, walking southbound across Ocean View Boulevard, the officer said.

    The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening wounds by his mother, Heims said.

    The suspect was described as a black man wearing glasses, a black hoodie and baggy blue jeans.  


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    San Diego Fire-Rescue hazardous materials teams are being called to the scene of abandoned barrels left on the city sidewalk in Rancho Peñasquitos on Sunday morning.

    San Diego police requested the hazmat units around 9:20 a.m. after a police sergeant spotted the blue barrels on the sidewalk at the 9900 block of Kika Court.

    The barrels contained an unknown substance, SDFD spokesman Jose Ysea 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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    Yellow caution tape surrounds the scene of the incident.Yellow caution tape surrounds the scene of the incident.

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    Nearly 1,600 customers are without power in Ramona on Sunday morning, according to San Diego Gas and Electric's outage map.

    The outage started around 9 a.m. and affecting 1,564 customers the areas of east, north and west Ramona, San Diego Country Estates, La Jolla Indian Reservation, Mesa Grande and Santa Ysabel.

    SDG&E crews are on the scene to assess the outage and determine the cause.

    Power is expected to be restored around 11:30 a.m.

    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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    A power pole in Descanso, California on Oct. 23, 2017.A power pole in Descanso, California on Oct. 23, 2017.