Two celebrations of life will take place on Friday, Sept. 27 for the late Craig Goldman, an English teacher at Muirlands Middle School, at 2:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium at 1056 Nautilus St., and again at 6:15 p.m. at Windansea Beach at The Shack.
At the school memorial where Goldman’s family will be in attendance and the public is invited, students and friends are urged to share comments or stories. Muirlands principal Chris Hargraves urged people to wear blue ribbons in Goldman’s honor.
The Muirlands school observance will be followed by a tree dedication ceremony.
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At the Windansea remembrance, there will be 50 floating paper “wishing” lanterns for sale ($3 each) for students and others to light and send up over the ocean after sunset at 6:36 p.m.
In addition, the Muirlands Foundation is collecting donations for a memorial bench to be placed alongside the tree. Drop off donations at the office or send via mail to Muirlands Foundation, 1056 Nautilus Street, La Jolla, 92037.
— Dave Schwab Pedestrian injured in traffic accident
A 60-year-old pedestrian was seriously injured when he walked into the path of a vehicle in La Jolla early Monday morning on Sept. 23.
The incident occurred at 1:24 a.m., San Diego police Sgt. D. Jennings said.
“A man walked into the path of a 2008 Honda Accord driven by a 20-year-old man on 3200 Holiday Court,” Jennings said. “The pedestrian suffered a broken leg and brain bleed.”
The incident was being investigated by the Traffic Division.
— Dave Schwab Robber of 7-Eleven stores gets 25 years
A 25-year prison sentence was handed down Sept. 10 for Alex Sanchez, 24, who pleaded guilty to robbing two 7-Eleven stores on Midway Drive, another in Torrey Pines, as well as 12 other stores.
San Diego Superior Court Judge Eugenia Eyherabide imposed 20 years for Sanchez discharging a firearm in the series’ second robbery of a 7-Eleven store at 4091 Genesee Ave. on Aug. 4, 2012. Deputy District Attorney Martin Doyle said Sanchez shot into a wall, but no one was injured.
Eyherabide imposed consecutive and concurrent terms for the other holdups to equal 25 years. She ordered him to pay restitution averaging about $150 each for seven stores.
Doyle asked for the 25-year sentence while Sanchez’s attorney sought a 22-year sentence. When he pleaded guilty May 10 to all charges, Sanchez was told his sentence would range from 22-28 years. He was given credit for serving 390 days in jail already.
A second man, Luis Alonso Cruz, 25, also pleaded guilty to all counts and will be sentenced Nov. 22 by Eyherabide. He faces a prison term ranging from 30 to 70 years, said Doyle. Cruz has a prior record of burglary in 2010.
The Peninsula-area 7-Eleven stores were located at 2387 and 3185 Midway Drive.
The other stores held up were located in North Park, Chula Vista, Carlsbad, Linda Vista, Mira Mesa, and Mission Valley.
— Neal Putnam