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  • Fire Damages Two Buildings at Pauma Valley Trading Center

    CNS|Updated Sep 23, 2023

    PAUMA VALLEY - Fire damaged two buildings in a commercial center in Pauma Valley today, but firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading to adjacent buildings. The fire was reported at 6:40 a.m. Saturday in the Pauma Valley Trading Center at 16220 CA-76, which contains a grocery store and El Rey restaurant, according to Cal Fire San Diego. The fire was knocked down at 9:20 a.m., but crews remained at the scene for mop up and damage control. Crews from other...

  • Rocket Launch From Vandenberg Base Seen in San Diego

    CNS|Updated Sep 15, 2023

    SAN DIEGO - The launch of a rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in Santa Barbara County could be seen from San Diego, media reports said today. Texas-based company Firefly Aerospace launched FLTA003, the third flight of its Alpha launch vehicle, at 7:27 p.m. Thursday, as part of a mission for the U.S. Space Force, according to OnScene TV. The mission, known as VICTUS NOX, which translates to "conquer the night'' in Latin, was a demonstration of the U.S. ability to quickly...

  • Family of Man Who Died After Border Wall Fall Sues Federal Government

    CNS|Updated Aug 6, 2023

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The family of a man who died after falling from a border wall near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the federal government. The complaint filed in San Diego federal court alleges law enforcement refused to seek medical attention for 38-year-old Joel Reyes Munoz after he fell from the border barrier on Jan. 12, 2022. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Reyes Munoz's widow and children states that after the fall, Reyes Munoz was...

  • Excessive Heat Warning Remains Across San Diego County Deserts

    CNS|Updated Aug 5, 2023

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An excessive heat warning issued this morning was expected to remain in effect until 8 p.m. Monday for San Diego County valleys and deserts. Forecasters expected Saturday night's desert conditions to be mostly clear, with lows from 76 to 85, and winds of 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Dangerously hot conditions with temperatures of 108 to 113 were expected in the deserts Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service. The mountains will see...

  • UPDATE: Bonny Fire 2069 acres, 5% containment

    CNS|Updated Jul 29, 2023

    AGUANGA – A brush fire that erupted on the edge of the Cahuilla Indian Reservation south of Aguanga expanded to 2069 acres today with 5% containment, as crews contended with a cluster of spot fires breaking out ahead of the main blaze. The “Bonny Fire” was reported about 2:50 p.m. Thursday in the area of Bonny and Barber lanes, and as of 5 p.m. Friday, the brusher was estimated to be roughly 1,900 acres and about 10% contained, according to the Riverside County Fire...

  • Gov. Newsom unveils Homelessness Ballot Measure in San Diego

    CNS|Updated Mar 19, 2023

    SAN DIEGO - Gov. Gavin Newsom visited San Diego today to announce a "big idea, a big deal'' ballot measure to address homelessness, mental health, and substance addiction in California. Newsom made the proposal during one of his final "state of the state'' tours of cities across California at Alvarado Hospital, adjacent to San Diego State University, with several state and local officials. The governor said "we have to address and come to grips'' with providing permanent...

  • FBI Searching For Man, 77, Last Seen In San Diego

    CNS|Updated Mar 19, 2023

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The FBI was asking for the public's help today to find a missing 77-year-old man last seen in San Diego and headed for Tijuana, Mexico. Johnnie ``John'' Wiens was last spotted on Nov. 4, 2022, in San Diego. Wiens has ties to Las Vegas, the FBI reported. Wiens is white, 6 feet, 1 inch, and 183 pounds, according to the FBI. He has hazel eyes, a surgical scar on his back, and a lump on the right side of his neck. He is a retired engineer and was last seen...

  • San Diego Republican Party endorses Marco Contreras in 79th Assembly District

    CNS|Updated Feb 9, 2021

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego Republican Party made an early endorsement today for the June 8 special election in the 79th Assembly District, putting its weight behind Marco Contreras. The seat was vacated by Shirley Weber last month when she became California's Secretary of State. Weber was appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill the vacancy caused by his appointment of Alex Padilla to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Vice President Kamala Harris. The 79th District primary...

  • Supervisors OK more small business aid, pending state, federal dollars

    CNS|Updated Feb 9, 2021

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today unanimously voted to provide $30 million in grants to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as soon as federal or state stimulus dollars are available. County staff will develop the grant program, and each supervisor's office will choose the recipients. Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer, who made the proposal along with colleague Joel Anderson, said it was important to support small businesses, who...

  • SD County reports 698 COVID-19 cases, fewest since Nov. 13

    CNS|Updated Feb 9, 2021

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - On a day that UC San Diego Health opened a vaccination super station on its campus, San Diego County public health officials reported 698 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths. The new infections are the fewest reported in a single day since Nov. 13, when 611 were reported. Monday's numbers raise the aggregate coronavirus infections in the county to 247,262, while the death toll remains at 2,821. Monday's low numbers do come with some caveats, however....

  • San Diego County average gas price resumes rising

    CNS|Updated Feb 9, 2021

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose seven-tenths of a cent today to $3.486, its highest amount since March 10, one day after an 18-day streak of increases ended when it remained unchanged. The average price is 4.9 cents more than one week ago and 21.9 cents higher than one month ago but 7.8 cents less than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It rose 14.1 cents...

  • Marty Schottenheimer, former Chargers coach, dead at 77

    CNS|Updated Feb 9, 2021

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Marty Schottenheimer, who during a 21-year NFL head coaching career led the then-San Diego Chargers for five seasons from 2002-06, has died at the age of 77. A statement released by his family said Schottenheimer died Monday in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his family at his side. He had been battling Alzheimer's disease since 2014. "Marty was a tremendous leader of men and a man of great principle -- the love and admiration his former players have for him...

  • Police searching for 72-year-old Oceanside woman last seen driving in Carlsbad

    CNS|Updated Feb 9, 2021

    OCEANSIDE (CNS) - Police today reached out to the public for help in locating a 73-year-old Oceanside woman with memory loss who was last seen driving in Carlsbad. Marlynn Arnold was last seen around 2 p.m. Monday heading northbound on State Street in Carlsbad, according to Oceanside police. She was driving a 2007 silver Toyota Corolla with California license plate 5XTL360. About 12:10 p.m. Monday, Arnold drove her caretaker to her home in the 1700 block of Maxson Street,...

  • San Diego County opens La Mesa vaccination super station, joining 3 elsewhere

    CNS|Updated Feb 2, 2021

    LA MESA (CNS) - San Diego County's fourth COVID-19 Vaccination Super Station opened today at the Grossmont Center Mall in La Mesa, joining similar sites in Chula Vista, downtown San Diego and San Marcos, while a smaller point of distribution opened at the San Ysidro Southwestern College campus. The Sharp HealthCare Grossmont Center Super Station will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., starting with the capacity to inoculate up to 2,000 people a day, with plans to expand...

  • COVID-19 cases in San Diego County hit 2-month low; no new deaths

    CNS|Updated Feb 2, 2021

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego County public health officials have reported 1,082 COVID-19 infections -- the fewest new cases in more than two months -- and no additional fatalities. The county's cumulative COVID-19 case total is now 239,124, and the death toll remains at 2,619, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. The 1,082 cases reported Monday marked the lowest daily total since Nov. 30, but Monday was the 62nd consecutive day with more than...

  • San Diego County average gas price rises for 21st time in 22 days

    CNS|Updated Feb 2, 2021

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose today for the 21st time in the past 22 days, increasing nine-tenths of a cent to $3.437, its highest amount since March 13. The average price has risen 16 cents over the past 22 days, including one-tenth of a cent on Monday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 5.3 cents more than one week ago and 20.6 cents higher than one month ago,...

  • Methodist Churches award $52,500 to nonprofits for anti-racism work in county

    CNS|Updated Jan 26, 2021

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two San Diego Methodist churches have jointly awarded 10 local nonprofits $52,500 to assist their work in anti-racist policy advocacy or providing direct services to people of color in San Diego County, it was announced today. First United Methodist Church of San Diego and St. Paul United Methodist Church, San Diego, awarded the grants to the nonprofits as part of a long-term commitment by the churches to anti-racist work throughout San Diego -- which led to...

  • More than $90k in scholarships available for San Diego students

    CNS|Updated Jan 26, 2021

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Graduating high school seniors and foster care students in San Diego and Riverside counties have until April 16 to apply for a slice of more than $90,000 in scholarship money, it was announced today. The scholarships, which range from $2,000 to $2,500 each, are being offered by the Cal Coast Cares Foundation, a nonprofit foundation established by the San Diego-based California Coast Credit Union. "Cal Coast was founded by teachers and we are proud of our...

  • San Diego County supervisors overturn ban on needle exchange program

    CNS|Updated Jan 26, 2021

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The county Board of Supervisors today voted 3-2 in favor of developing a needle exchange program, nullifying a 1997 board decision. Reversing the county's 23-year-old ban, the program will create a new strategy focusing on harm reduction to prevent overdoses and the spread of infectious diseases, officials said. Supervisors directed the chief administrative officer to present a comprehensive plan, known as the County Substance Use Harm Reduction Strategy,...

  • San Diego County re-enters purple tier, outdoor dining returns

    CNS|Updated Jan 26, 2021

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Citing improving conditions in hospitals, state health officials lifted all regional stay-at-home orders Monday, but San Diego and the other 10 counties in the Southern California region will still be subject to the tight regulations of the restrictive "purple'' tier of economic reopening guidelines. Based on the state's action, San Diego County officials moved the county back into the purple tier -- reopening, in an outdoor capacity: restaurant dining,...

  • San Diego Zoo, Safari Park to reopen Saturday

    CNS|Updated Jan 26, 2021

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego Zoo and San Diego Safari Park will reopen Saturday with limited shows, shopping, dining and transportation and a vow to focus on safety. Guests will be required to answer a few health questions before entering the parks. There is a mask requirement for guests and employees. Parks will have signs reminding visitors to social distance. Daily capacity will be limited and same-day reentry won't be permitted, the parks said. Reservations will be...

  • Average San Diego County gas price rises for 14th time in 15 days

    CNS|Updated Jan 26, 2021

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose today for the 14th time in 15 days, increasing a half-cent to $3.384, its highest amount since March 16. The average price has risen 10.7 cents over the past 15 days, including six-tenths of a cent on Monday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. The average price is 3.8 cents more than one week ago and 17.8 cents higher than one month ago but...

  • Officers testify in hearing for former sheriff's deputy charged with murder

    CNS|Updated Jan 26, 2021

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The preliminary hearing in the case against a former San Diego County sheriff's deputy charged with murder in last year's shooting of a fleeing detainee outside the downtown San Diego jail is expected to conclude today or Wednesday. The hearing began Monday with three law enforcement officers testifying in the start of the proceeding in which a judge will rule whether 24- year-old Aaron Russell will stand trial in connection with the May 1, 2020, shooting...

  • San Diego Zoo and Safari Park to Reopen June 20

    CNS|Updated Jun 10, 2020

    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego Zoo Global officials have announced that both the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park will reopen on June 20, ending the longest closure in the organization's 103-year history. Both parks were shuttered in mid-March to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Before the official reopenings, the Zoo and Safari Park will host a series of "Preview Days" for the membership base and committed donors, according to San Diego Zoo Global. Those...

  • Feds urge public to report suspected virus-related fraud

    CNS|Updated Mar 21, 2020

       LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The U.S. Attorney's Office has urged members of the public to report any suspected fraud schemes related to the coronavirus pandemic to law enforcement.    Anyone who suspects such fraud should call the National Center for Disaster Fraud hotline at 866-720-5721 or send complaints to the NCDF email address, [email protected].    The NCDF enters complaints into a centralized system that can be accessed by all Justice Department prosecutors and law enf...

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