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Stories by Barry Meyer

Cool ride, Big Brother

SDPD eye in the sky pops out of unmarked van in Pacific Beach

Some people leaving Pacific Beach bars and restaurants on Saturday night may have noticed someone watching over them. For the past two weekends, a mobile observation tower that rises two stories above the ground has ...

Thanks, Jaws

Firefighters cut open car door to free young lady after crash

First there was a loud crash, the sound of metal crashing into metal, and then a couple seconds later a final “thud” was heard. Pacific Beach residents witnessed a three-vehicle accident that left a driver ...

Run silent, run the risk

Tesla collides with elderly woman’s scooter

An elderly woman on a motorized scooter was hit by a car while trying to cross the street in Pacific Beach on Sunday morning, July 13, at 10:30 a.m. The scooter entered the intersection of ...

Lit-up driver stopped by light pole

Mission Beach party people scamper from scene…and then return

A vehicle carrying passengers who were leaving the beach at bar-closing time crashed head-on into a Mission Beach light pole early Sunday morning, July 13, just before 2 a.m. When the car collided with the ...

Sailors help snuff fire at PB Denny’s dumpster

We’ve been trained for things like this.

The flames were shooting above the roof of the restaurant as crews from San Diego Fire-Rescue responded to a reported fire in the Denny’s parking lot at 10:32 p.m. on the evening of Saturday, March ...

Pacific Beach bars on closure list

Another sunny winter day in Pacific Beach resulted in crowds of people on bikes and skating and walking along the boardwalk on Saturday, January 18. A noticeable difference in the beach scene must have brought ...

Tree fire in Pacific Beach ends Christmas season

Two buildings endangered, flames out in a few minutes

San Diego Fire-Rescue responded to a report of heavy smoke seen rising from a Pacific Beach alley on Sunday night, January 12, at 6:25 p.m. The crew arrived at the 4700 block of Mission Boulevard ...

Mission Beach fire follows boom, destroys bayfront home

Birds and humans escape raging inferno

A major fire broke out on Sunday night, December 29, at a multi-unit residence in Mission Beach. Flames ripped through the entire structure within minutes. San Diego Fire-Rescue battled the two-alarm blaze in the 800 ...

Abandoned briefcase brings bomb squad to Pacific Beach

Suspect apprehended after he took off running from police

Shortly after 11 a.m. this morning, November 23, San Diego police officers responded to a call from a concerned employee at the Diamond Head Inn who reported that an unknown man had left a briefcase ...

Lexus in the sand of South Mission Beach

Nobody claims ownership

At approximately 3 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, a Lexus coupe was discovered on South Mission Beach at Ocean Front Walk near Anacapa Court. The car had apparently been abandoned after the driver realized they ...

California Cannabis Coalition Seeks to Eliminate Ordinances

A small group of medicinal marijuana supporters made their way to Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach on May 7 for the 11 a.m. start of a march in support of their cause. "This is a ...

Volunteers Enlist to Find Christopher Connor’s Murderer

Mission Beach residents awoke on the morning of November 16 to find a banner promising a $25,000 reward hanging from the roof of an empty storefront near the rollercoaster. "I'm not sure who put that ...

Mechanical Watchdog

The SDPD enforcement hardware getting the most attention this Fourth of July weekend is the mobile observation tower on the sand in Pacific Beach. "It looks like one of the robot crawlers in Star Wars," ...

Krazy Kabbie

On Friday, July 2, at 10:35 p.m., pedestrians on the boardwalk in Mission Beach had to act quickly to get out of the way as a taxi sped by them. Yellow Cab number 1013 alarmed ...

Earth Lovers and Baby Killers

Thousands of people flocked to Balboa Park on Sunday, April 18, to celebrate EarthFair 2010. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the celebration, billed as "The world's largest annual environmental fair" by event producer ...

Boardwalk Taxi Driver

In the early morning hours following a Saturday night in Mission Beach, pedestrians were startled by the presence of a vehicle rapidly approaching behind them on the boardwalk. At 2:24 a.m. on March 28, Yellow ...

Life, Guarded

On Saturday afternoon, February 13, lifeguards responded to a call of a man in need of assistance after his kayak capsized in the ocean near Redondo Court. Bicyclists, skateboarders, pedestrians, and runners froze to witness ...

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