A man operating a large industrial crane on Rosecrans Street near Kellogg Street was seriously injured when the machine tipped over at a Point Loma work site on May 5.
After the crane tipped over, the victim was pinned inside against an electrical box on the ground, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Lee Swanson.
Emergency crews spent more than an hour cutting through the crane to free the victim, who was subsequently airlifted to a hospital for treatment of major injuries.
Swanson said the crane apparently toppled over while the user was using it to move a cargo container.
— Dave Schwab
ALLEGED JEWELRY-STORE ROBBER TO STAND TRIAL
An Ocean Beach man has been ordered to stand trial on charges of robbery and premeditated attempted murder of the owner of a jewelry store in El Cajon who was repeatedly struck with the blunt end of a hatchet.
Travis Scott Kelley, 24, was also ordered to stand trial for attempted mayhem, three burglaries, assault, elder abuse, grand-theft firearm and fraudulent use of another person’s credit card. A trial date was set for May 27.
The victim, Carl Hamlin, 75, testified at last month’s preliminary hearing before El Cajon Superior Court Judge John Thompson about the Jan. 22 incident, which left him with a concussion and skull fracture.
Deputy District Attorney Gordon Davis said Hamlin had more than 200 stitches to close a head wound.
The alleged getaway driver, Ali Armeen Toombs, 21, of La Mesa, was ordered to stand trial for robbery, felony assault, burglary and fraudulent use of another person’s identification.
The store’s security camera footage was shown at the hearing. Davis said Kelley’s fingerprints were found on the inside door and that Hamlin’s blood was found on his person and on the passenger side of the getaway car.
Davis said Kelley faces a life term in prison if he is convicted of premeditated attempted murder.
Kelley was arrested Jan. 24 in Ocean Beach by the San Diego Regional Fugitive Task Force.
They have pleaded not guilty. Kelley and Toombs remain in jail on bail figures of $1 million and $300,000 respectively.
— Neal Putnam
LIFEBUARDS INITIATE RESCUE AFTER DUO OB PIER JUMPS
San Diego lifeguards were called out early April 29 when a man and woman jumped from the Ocean Beach Pier. Lifeguards launched a boat and fire-rescue helicopter.
The man, identified as being in his 20s, was in the surf, holding on to a quarter-inch-thick line. A lifeguard jumped from the pier to rescue him, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department officials.
The man’s companion was not immediately spotted, and a search was initiated. She was spotted on the beach a few minutes later and said she had made it to shore on her own.
The victims were evaluated at the scene and taken to a hospital, according to officials.
GOOD SAMARITANS HELP SAVE NEAR-DROWNING VICTIM
San Diego lifeguards were notified April 29 of a person being dragged out of the water at Dog Beach in Ocean Beach.
An unidentified man in his 30s was found face down, wearing a full wetsuit.
Witnesses pulled the victim from the water and began resuscitation efforts.
Lifeguards, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and police responded. Lifeguards transported the medics and patient from the beach to the parking lot.
Officials said that by the time the victim left in the ambulance, he was talking. He said he had been swimming but gave no other details of what happened to him.
HOME, GARDEN TOUR AND CRAFT FAIRE IS MAY 17
Loma Portal Elementary School will host its 2014 Home & Garden Tour and Craft Faire on Saturday, May 17 from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Home & Garden Tour will feature eight homes in the Loma Portal neighborhood, offering views, charming architectural details, recent renovations, beautiful interior design, amazing spaces for entertaining and a variety of wonderful gardens — all unique to Loma Portal.
The craft fair will take place on the front lawn of Loma Portal Elementary throughout the tour. Vendors will offer a variety of one-of-a-kind items for sale. In addition, a drawing will be held for opportunities to win exciting prizes such as valuable gift certificates from community businesses.
Tickets to the event are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event, and may be purchased online before the day of the event at www.sandi.net/-lomaportal.
Tickets are also available in the main office of Loma Portal Elementary School, located at 3341 Browning St.
For more information, call (619) 223-1683.
All proceeds from this event directly benefit Loma Portal Elementary’s school wide music program.
FUNDRAISING EVENT TO AID WOUNDED WARRIORS
The fundraising EOD Warrior 5K and 1K Kids Run benefiting wounded warriors will be Monday, May 26 on Memorial Day from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at NTC Park at Liberty Station.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) is a joint-service military occupational skill within the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force, utilizing specially trained teams to disarm unexploded ordnance.
Upward of 1,500 people are expected to particpate in this second annual event, which supports the EOD Warrior Foundation.
The foundation provides financial assistance and support to active-duty and veteran wounded, injured or ill EOD warriors and their families, as well as maintaining the EOD memorial.
The race cost is $25 to $45 for adults, $10 for kids.
“The race itself starts at 9 a.m. with registration at 7:30 a.m.,” said event spokesman Wade Hilderbrand. “There will be a beer garden and a silent auction. It’s very family friendly.”
In the last six years, the EOD Warriors Foundation has provided assistance to more than 350 EOD families including providing more than $300,000 in grants and assistance to 53 families, 21 of which had newly combat-injured.
For more information visit www.eod-warrior5k.org.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY PLANS ANOTHER OB EXPOSED!
The Ocean Beach Historical Society presents another installment of OB EXPOSED!, featuring photographic impressions of Ocean Beach and Point Loma.
The culmination of the annual contest takes place Friday, May 16 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
The main event will feature KPBS “Wonderland” series documentarian Noah Tafolla.
OB EXPOSED! is a photo exhibit and contest open to all levels and ages. Old photos, new photos, color or black-and-white pictures are welcome, but they must have been taken in the Ocean Beach or Point Loma areas.
• Best in Show: best color, best black-and-white, best vintage (historic), best “special effects”;
• Best Child’s Under Age 16 & People’s Choice (voted by show guests).
Photos in the above categories will be judged and eligible for prizes. Winners in each category will be awarded cash prizes and a ribbon. Photographers are asked to donate image to the OBHS archives.
• Professional Category: for exhibit only. Not judged.
• Professionals can display cards and/or brochures by their work. They may donate photos if they choose to.
Submissions are due May 15 to: OB Business Center, 4876 Santa Monica Ave., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The limit is five total photos, other than the vintage (historic) category. OB Exposed! forms are available at the OB Business Center.
All photos must be mounted on white or black card stock, matboard or other art paper. No frames.
Fill out the form and attach to the back of the photo. Include a $2 entry fee per photo.
The Ocean Beach Historical Society is not responsible for lost or damaged photos.
For more information, visit obhistory.wordpress.com.
USPS LETTER CARRIERS TO HELP ‘STAMP OUT HUNGER’ May 10
United Postal Service Office says its letter carriers care about the people in the communities they serve.
On Saturday, May 10 they will do a lot more than deliver mail and packages. They will also pick up non-perishable food donations left at mailboxes as they visit every home in the nation.
It is a very simple and easy concept: the public is asked to leave nonperishable food in a sturdy bag by their mailbox on May 10.
The food will be collected and delivered to local charities that provide it to people who need it — right in the same community.
Hunger and malnutrition in America are more serious problems than most people realize. With high food prices and current economic conditions, more families than ever struggle to keep food on the table.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual study measuring food security in the United States, the number of Americans living in food-insecure homes is more than 50 million,
Through hard work, dedication and compassion ― and the support of customers in the communities they serve letter carriers collected over 74 million pounds of food last year and over 1 billion pounds during more than two decades.
They are “Building on a Billion” this year and counting on the public’s generosity once again to help feed the hungry.
Follow the USPS hunger-fighting campaign on twitter.com/USPS and “like” them at facebook.com/USPS.
For more information about the U.S. Postal Service, visit usps.com and usps.com/postalfacts.