SDG&E and Edison settle lawsuit, lowering consumer bills by $400 million

SAN DIEGO – San Diego-based Sempra Energy settled lawsuits arising out of the energy crisis of 2000-01, which will lower the bills of consumers by a combined $400 million, it was announced today. The announcement was made by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, state Attorney General Jerry Brown and Michael Peevey, president of the California Public Utilities […]

Chase to open 50 new bank branches hiring 1200 employees

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – Chase announced today that it will open about 50 bank branches in Southern California this year and hire about 1,200 people statewide as part of its shift toward consumer banking. ”This will create many jobs, including construction workers to build the branches, vendors to provide services to Chase and, most importantly, branch […]

Man kidnapped and released on Gopher Canyon Rd.

SAN DIEGO – Two men barged into a Mira Mesa home early today and abducted a young man, claiming he owed them money and eventually releasing him north of Escondido about three hours later, police said. Four people were asleep in the home in the 10600 block of Caminito Derecho about midnight when the intruders […]

Active duty Marine succumbs to her injuries after rain-caused crash

An active duty Marine, believed to be based out of Camp Pendleton, succumbed to injuries she received in a collision that occurred April 22 because of intermittent rain showers. According to California Highway Patrol (CHP) sergeant Tom Greenstone, 22-year-old Corporal Samantha Schultz, a resident of Temecula, was driving her gray Mazda eastbound on Camino del […]

Second magnitude 4.7 earthquake recorded within five days

SAN DIEGO – A magnitude-4.7 earthquake was recorded about 18 miles west southwest of El Centro early today. The quake struck at 3:55 a.m., according to preliminary information from the U.S. Geological Survey. Thousands of quakes have been recorded since the 7.2 Easter Sunday quake in Baja California that was felt throughout Southern California. Magnitude […]

Motorist killed in DeLuz identified

DE LUZ – A 44-year-old man who died when his Toyota 4-Runner went off the road and rolled down a slope in De Luz was identified today. Marc Brown, of Temecula, died of asphyxiation and blunt force trauma in the crash, which was reported to the California Highway Patrol about 7 a.m. Monday at Carancho […]

Warning signs of suicide can help family members prevent unnecessary death

After the three suicides by hanging and one suicide call that occurred over the weekend of April 9 to 11, emergency responders and family therapists in the Fallbrook and Temecula Valley area are concerned. “This is a very upsetting situation,” said John Buchanan, public information officer for North County Fire Protection District. “We are concerned […]

Magnitude 4.4 earthquake hits Imperial Valley; seventeen more rattle the area

RIVERSIDE – A magnitude 4.4 earthquake hit the Imperial Valley today at 9:42, and at least 17 other quakes larger than magnitude 3 range rattled the area today, automated seismographs report. Kathy Svitil, a spokeswoman at Caltech, said the increased seismic activity was reviewed by scientists, who pronounced them a normal part of the expected […]