Top local news stories of 2016

Assaulted by clean-cut guy at the stoplight, terrorists coming through Mexican border, cracking cliffs, the Pokémon Go craze, Jehovah's Witnesses, sex trafficking, and I.B. rent

What are you doing here? I'm married!

“I was in the turn lane, and he stopped his car in the middle lane next to me even though there were no cars in front of him,” Rachel recalls. Their eyes met. He smiled and shouted, “Hey, pretty lady! Can I have your phone number?”

By Siobhan Braun | Read full article

Between October 1 and mid-November of last year, 2 Afghans and 22 Pakistanis reportedly surrendered to Border Patrol agents.

Between October 1 and mid-November of last year, 2 Afghans and 22 Pakistanis reportedly surrendered to Border Patrol agents.

"Military age men" at San Diego's southern border

Muhammad Azeem and Muktar Ahmad, both in their 20s, surrendered to U.S. Border Patrol agents in September, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. One was listed on the Terrorist Screening Database for “associations with a known or suspected terrorist. The other was a positive match for derogatory information in an alternative database,” according to Hunter’s letter.

Azeem and Ahmad are among dozens of men — described by Border Patrol agents as “military age and carrying U.S. cash” who began entering the U.S. through a Tijuana-based human-smuggling pipeline in September.

By Marty Graham | Read full article

Down the hill from Point Loma Nazarene University

Down the hill from Point Loma Nazarene University

Sunset Cliffs crackup no laughing matter

Because of the long drought conditions our area has experienced, the coastal bluffs have had years to dry out and settle. Now, with the large amount of rain we've had, the earth has absorbed the water and is expanding, causing bluff collapse to accelerate everywhere throughout the county.

By Jimi Olsen | Read full article

David Lemoe Tua and Roland Isaac Seau

David Lemoe Tua and Roland Isaac Seau

Off to gangsters’ paradise

Roland Isaac Seau, 25, and David Lemoe Tua, 32, were both declared guilty of second-degree murder and attempted murder last October, after a jury trial. Earlier this month, Tua was sentenced to 75 years to life in state prison; Seau was sentenced to 102 years to life.

In the summer of 2013, the body of Louigie Bermas, 21, was found in the street by Oceanside police. Bermas had been beaten, strangled, and stabbed before he was dumped in the 600 block of Arthur Avenue.

By Eva Knott | Read full article

October 1, 1907 issue of Watchtower

October 1, 1907 issue of Watchtower

source: Wikipedia

Judge sanctions Jehovah's Witnesses

In a June 23 ruling, judge Richard Strauss admonished the church for willfully ignoring a court order to produce all documents associated with a 1997 Body of Elders letter that church leaders sent to parishes around the world in a quest to learn about sexual abuse of children by church leaders.

Over the course of the past year, the Watchtower Society and its lawyers have fought hard to keep the letter confidential, claiming that turning over the documents would infringe on the privacy of those mentioned in the letter that were not associated with the case.

By Dorian Hargrove | Read full article

These photos, posted on Facebook, were taken down quickly

These photos, posted on Facebook, were taken down quickly

Anna

Dog tossed off Sunset Cliffs

The original poster of the photos — not the dog's owner — Anna, said that the dog “is fine and knew exactly what she's doing” and she “did it over and over...she loved it.” Most people weren’t too happy about the dog being thrown into the ocean and things heated up quickly.

By Delinda Lombardo | Read full article

A typical recent night on the Orange Avenue median in Coronado

A typical recent night on the Orange Avenue median in Coronado

photo from Facebook

Pokémon goes to Coronado and stays there

Passing drivers have been throwing things from their cars at the hundreds of Pokémon Go players that have been gathering on the large grassy medians along Coronado's main thoroughfare of Orange Avenue, according to calls to the police, Corbin said. This prompted the police to install cameras.

"We only have them up temporarily for the safety of the players, to see what's going on," Corbin said. She said the police have received calls about players "being hit by water balloons, soda cans," thrown by "people in cars, people driving by."

By Vincent Farnsworth | Read full article

Fifty years ago, "There was the bar, the donut shop, and not much else on the far end of Santee.”

Fifty years ago, "There was the bar, the donut shop, and not much else on the far end of Santee.”

courtesy of Cabray Scott Photography

Mary's Donuts closes...but reopened down the street

Mary Hennessy’s right-hand man, Joel Scalzitti, said that the landlord had big plans to open up the shop and sell donuts the day after Mary’s moved out. “He even purchased a fictitious business license for ‘Maryz’. He thought the fryers, customer photos, and everything else inside was his property,” said Scalzitti.

By Julie Stalmer | Read full article

Ocean Beach, Saratoga Park, May 13, 2016

Ocean Beach, Saratoga Park, May 13, 2016

Aggressive transients put Ocean Beach on edge

On May 5, Gareth Michael Brown started a petition. “I haven’t had any bad experiences myself,” Brown said on May 8, “but I’ve talked to enough girls to know how bad it’s become. I have compassion for the homeless, but no one should have to avoid certain streets because of them. If we can get 1000 signatures, maybe we can get some political will to do something.”

By Julie Stalmer | Read full article

Andrea Smith was introduced to the life of prostitution at age 11, through her mother

Andrea Smith was introduced to the life of prostitution at age 11, through her mother

San Diego's sex-trafficking shame

The first time Smith sold her body, her mother was on her menstrual cycle. “She said, ‘Baby, could you do this favor for me; just this one time? I need you to suck [my client’s] dick. It will only be this time. I promise.’ Instead of giving the guy head he ended up proceeding further and he had sex with me. He paid my mom $70–$80, I think."

By Siobhan Braun | Read full article

One IB resident left this message after being forced to move out of the city due to a doubling in rent

One IB resident left this message after being forced to move out of the city due to a doubling in rent

Cheap rents fleeting in Imperial Beach

Many renters in Imperial Beach are experiencing drastic rent increases as property values skyrocket in this south San Diego County beach town.

Home values, which affect rental prices, have risen in Imperial Beach over 20 percent in just the last year, as opposed to less than 1 percent in Ocean Beach and 7.4 percent in La Jolla, according to the website Zillow.com.

By Vincent Farnsworth | Read full article

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