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Police probe new report of sexual assault in OB

A woman walking along the 1600 block of Ocean Front Street in Ocean Beach was reportedly attacked in brazen daytime sexual assault Oct. 17, according to police investigators.

The woman told police she was hit from behind shortly before 9 a.m. by a man who told her to remain quiet, then groped her breast before fleeing the scene.

The suspect is described as a 5-foot-5-inch white man with a muscular build, wearing a green-and-white basketball jersey and plaid shorts.

Officers scoured the scene but were unable to located the assailant. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Anyone with information is being urged to call the police department’s Western Division at (619) 692-4800, the Sex Crimes Unit at (619) 531-2210, or Crime Stoppers at (888) 540-8477.

The case is the latest in a series of sex-related assaults in the Ocean Beach area. On Aug. 15, a woman jogger reported being groped along the San Diego River bike path. An attempted rape was reported on Aug. 25 in the 5000 block of Muir Street and investigators are looking into a series of “Peeping Tom” cases along Saratoga Avenue that began in May.

Couple injured in assault under Ocean Beach Pier

Police investigators are looking into an apparent assault under the Ocean Beach Pier on Oct. 12 during which an 18-year-old man was stabbed and his adult female companion punched.

The male victim, whose identity was not released, said he and the 18-year-old woman were jumped around 8:30 p.m. by a group of five males underneath the pier.

The male victim was reportedly stabbed by a tall white man in his 20s, described as bow legged and wearing a black shirt and black shorts.

The woman companion was punched in the face and had her backpack stolen. Police investigators said the male victim’s stab wounds were not considered to be life threatening.

Bouncer stabbed by patron in bar disturbance

A bouncer at an unspecified bar in Ocean Beach was stabbed in the stomach Oct. 14 after he tried to break up a disturbance that grew from a bar patron being ejected from another nearby bar, according to police.

The 26-year-old suspect, who investigators identified only as a Hispanic man, was reportedly ejected from the neighboring bar and began causing a disturbance shortly after 1 a.m. on the sidewalk in front another bar on Newport Avenue.

The suspect allegedly produced a knife and stabbed the 25-year-old bouncer who had stepped in to try to disperse the crowd, said investigators.

The victim, who was not immediately identified, suffered a non-life-threatening stab wound to the abdomen.

Officers located the suspect about one block north of the stabbing scene and took him into custody.

Deadlines to register, get mail ballots almost up

Two important deadlines are quickly nearing for potential voters eager to cast their ballots in the Nov. 6 presidential, state and local elections.

The deadline to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 22. Residents can fill out a registration form at www.sdvote.com and, if their signature is confirmed through Department of Motor Vehicles records, the registration will be sent to the County Registrar’s of Voters Office. If the signature is not confirmed, the potential voter will be instructed to print the form, sign it and mail it to the Registrar’s Office.

For those voters without access to a computer, the forms are also available at the Registrar of Voters Office, any U.S. post office branch, the City Clerk’s offices, public libraries and Department of Motor Vehicles offices. All forms must be postmarked or delivered to the Registrar of Voters no later than midnight on Oct. 22. 

If you’re not sure whether you’re registered, check online at www.sdvote.com.

The second deadline is that to apply for a mail-in ballot, which must be done by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30. 

Voters can find the application at www.sdvote.com or on the back of the sample ballot and voter information pamphlet sent to each registered voter. Voters also have the option of sending a letter to the Registrar of Voters Office with their name, registered address, the name and date of the election, the address where the ballot is to be mailed and the voter’s signature. Send forms to: Registrar of Voters, 5201 Ruffin Road, Suite I, San Diego, 92123, or fax them to (858) 694-2955.  For more information about the

Nov. 6 election, visit www.sdvote.com, or call (858) 565-5800. For voters who need language assistance, election materials are also available in Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese and Chinese.

PLNU’s Lynn Reaser earns prestigious award

The National Association for Business Economics (NABE) has presented the 2011-2012 NABE Outlook Award to Lynn Reaser, Ph.D., chief economist at Point Loma Nazarene University’s (PLNU) Fermanian Business & Economic Institute (FBEI).

The award, presented annually to the NABE Outlook panelist with the most accurate GDP and Treasury note yield forecasts, includes a $5,000 cash prize from the NABE Foundation and was presented to Reaser on Oct. 14 during the 2012 NABE annual meeting in New York.

“On behalf of PLNU’s Fermanian School of Business, I want to thank Dr. Reaser for her outstanding work and congratulate her on this award,” said FSB dean Dr. Ivan Filby. “She is a tremendous asset, and we are grateful for her work in support of the FSB’s commitment to making business about ‘more than the bottom line.’”

Reaser was recently named chief economist for the Council of Economic Advisors for the state Controller’s Office. PLNU’s Fermanian Business & Economic Institute provides economic analysis, modeling and forecasting with practical and actionable recommendations for corporations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

Cabrillo sets trail walk under full moon

Cabrillo National Monument will host a special opportunity for members and their guests when park officials conduct a “Moonwalk” event Oct. 29 along the Bayside Trail under the full moon.

The event allows participants to enjoy the scenic wonders of the Cabrillo area after hours as they stroll with a ranger or by themselves along the 2.4 mile round-trip trail.

Park officials said the trip is described as being “moderate difficulty.” A leisurely walk should take about an hour, said officials.

For guests who don’t want to navigate the bayside trail, there will be a living history portrayal at the lighthouse. There will be ranger-led walks that will leave at about 6:30 p.m. so participants may learn about organisms that enjoy the dark. The Cabrillo Store will be open and refreshments will be available to “Moonwalkers” at the visitor center before their walk and when they return.

All proceeds benefit the Cabrillo National Monument programs and projects.

Registration opens at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 for members and $12 non-members. Payments on the day of the event must be by cash or check only.

For information, call the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation office at (619) 222-4747.

PL Presbyterian to host inaugural organ concert

The Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church will host an inaugural pipe organ concert on Sunday, Oct. 21 to celebrate the church’s 75th anniversary. The guest artist will be Chelsea Chen, who has electrified audiences throughout the U.S. and Asia.

Chen is a Fulbright scholar and graduate of Juilliard and Yale University and has performed to great acclaim at many important venues, including Singapore’s Esplanade, Hong Kong’s Cultural Centre, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and Los Angeles’ Disney Hall. She currently serves as artist-in-residence at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.

She will be playing the recently renovated/expanded 52-rank pipe organ by Lyle Blackinton and Associates of El Cajon. The concert will take place in the sanctuary of the Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church, 2128 Chatsworth Blvd. at 7 p.m. A free-will offering will be received.

For more information, call (619) 223-1633, or visit www.pointlomachurch.org.

Portuguese Hall sets Nov. 3 DrawDown fundraiser

The United Portuguese SES Inc. Festa of Point Loma will host a “Noite do Galo,” DrawDown Dinner and auction fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 3 in support of the 103rd annual Festa do Espirito Santo 2013.

The 6 p.m. event will include appetizers, sangria, craft-beer tasting, entertainment, dinner and auction, a $5,000 grand prize and a $500 second-chance prize.

The event takes place at the United Portuguese SES Hall, located at 2818 Avenida de Portugal.

Tickets are $40 per person for dinner, drawdown tickets are $50, and a special is available for two dinners and one drawdown ticket for $120. Various sponsorship levels are also available.

For ticket reservations or inquiries, call Carla d Luz Boren at (760) 529.3461 or Jessica Gonclves Occhialini at (619) 840.2735, email festadrawdown2013@gmail.com or visit Facebook at http://facebook.com/UPSESFESTA2013.
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