News Around Ocean Beach and the Peninsula

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Another Stabbing in OB on Newport Ave; Victim Seriously W0unded

A man called police, reports 10News, and told them that he was attacked and stabbed by two men on Newport Avenue. Police were called at 4:45 am and the attack was reported to have occurred on the 4900 block of Newport.  The victim, in his 60’s, was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The U-T reported that the victim was wounded in the stomach. A friend of the victim told the press that the attacked was in an alley near Cable Street.

The 2 suspects ran away and were last seen going east on Newport and south on Cable .  Police described them as:

  • a white male, about 25 years old, 5 feet 8 inches, bald and wearing a white Cowboys jersey;
  • a neatly dressed Latino male in his 20s, 5 feet 8 inches, weighing 180 pounds and wearing a trench coat.

City Council Approves $20,000 for Ocean Beach Lifeguard Memorial Statute

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On April 16th, the San Diego City Council unanimously approved an additional $20,000 for the bronze lifeguard memorial statute slated to be installed in Ocean Beach.  This will greatly assist the effort to erect the statue and a bronze plaque on the grass close by the current OB Lifeguard station.  The statue is scheduled to be installed May 23rd.

The statue is six feet and 3 inches tall, and was the work of sculptor Richard Arnold, an OB-native and Point Loma High student who now lives in  Telluride, Colorado.  Meant to commemorate lifeguards in general, memorializes the dozen or so soldiers who drowned off the coast of Ocean Beach in 1918.  They were trying to make their way through the surf from Mission Beach.  The drownings led to the creation of the very first lifeguards in San Diego.  Here’s what writer David Batterson reported in the Reader:

 The Ocean Beach community was involved in fundraising around $23,000 for the project. Total cost will run $40,000 to $43,000, according to volunteer project manager and former city councilman Byron Wear of the San Diego Lifesaving Association ( The city will provide the additional funds through its Community Projects, Programs and Services department. …

The artist [Richard Arnold] said he was raised by a single mom, and the O.B. lifeguards “really were my father figures. They were old, like, 24 or 25.” Arnold said he took part in the first junior-lifeguard program.

 (The photo of lifeguard statue provided by sculptor Richard Arnold to The Reader.)

 Point Loma High Students Offered Classes in New Motion Picture Facility on Campus

Point Loma High students will have a crack at a brand, new state-of-the-art motion picture facility for their campus. With a new $3.6 million fund, the complex will offer students classes and hands-on training access to studios, a screening room, video editing rooms, an audio suite and shed for building sets. It was paid for with monies from the Prop S Bond measure passed by voters in 2008 and a grant from the state.

The new complex, unveiled last week by the School District, involved the renovation of a 4,800-square-foot area on the campus.  U-T San Diego reports:

 Students enrolled in the classes are offered career and technical education courses in the media and entertainment industries. The goal is to educate and prepare students for entry-level work in the motion picture industry, while still requiring them to take algebra, history, English and other standard courses necessary to earn a diploma.

 District officials have promoted the new high school program as a way to expose students to new subjects while giving students marketable skills that would help them land jobs after graduation.

Burglar Crashes and Dies After Ripping Off Point Loma Sub Lab

7 San Diego reports:

When emergency crews arrived to a deadly rollover accident in Point Loma, they discovered stolen items belonging to an elite submarine training program from Naval Base Point Loma.   Among the items recovered were electronics, ID badges and passports officials said.   NCIS investigators are handling the investigation into the death of Blake Andrew Thornton, 33, of El Cajon.

 Thornton was driving a Ford Windstar Sunday when it rolled into a home at the corner of Canon Street and Ullman Street. No one inside the home was injured. Thornton suffered fatal injuries when he was ejected from the vehicle.

 San Diego police and military investigators responded to the scene because of a burglary reported at the Arctic Submarine Laboratory (ASL).   The ASL building is located at Cabrillo Monument Drive and Electron Drive. While technically off-base, it’s still considered part of Naval Base Point Loma.

 Thornton was described by San Diego police as a parolee with an extensive criminal history who may have been involved in the base burglary.   Sgt. Art Doherty also said the identification and passport of a burglary victim were found on the suspect at the time of his death.

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