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Stories by Noel Gallego

Elf Story

“I just came from the bank to get $100 to donate to the Salvation Army,” said Melanie Gates at the Salvation Army’s annual luncheon on Christmas day. “As I was walking along the trolley tracks, ...

Distrackted

“I was on the Blue Line trolley heading south to San Ysidro around 5:30 a.m. when it hit a guy talking on his cell phone,” said college student Jennifer Tull. The County of San Diego ...

Explosion on Midway?

“Late Sunday night, I was sleeping in my car beside the liquor store when I heard a loud explosion,” said Steward Marshall, who moved to San Diego to attend college. “I was still kind of ...

Cast Iron Calamity

“I was [on] Durant Street and saw water flooding the whole intersection near 35th and Durant,” said Noah Gates about a broken water main incident in Mountain View on Wednesday, December 9. “The water came ...

Saved From Suicide

“I was riding on bus 901 over the Coronado Bridge [on December 4] when I saw two guys who were fighting with an old man,” recounts Paul Borja. Actually, the “fighting” Borja saw was a ...

Deadly Ramification

A pickup-truck driver died in Mission Valley on Thursday morning, December 3. “While driving on I-8, I saw a truck racing with another car,” said witness Jackson Foreman. “It hit a Dodge Ram and almost ...

Saved from Fire

A mobile-home fire in Lakeside injured a woman and destroyed her residence early Wednesday morning, December 2. The fire at Willowbrook Estate East mobile park was reported at 6:35 a.m. According to sources at the ...

No Great Trolley Robbery

La Mesa police detectives are looking for two teenaged girls who hit a woman in the head during a robbery at the La Mesa Boulevard trolley stop at around noon on Sunday, November 29. The ...

His Finger for a Gun

La Mesa police detectives are looking for two men who robbed a La Mesa 7-Eleven early Saturday, November 28. According to police sources, a man about 35 years old entered the Baltimore Drive 7- Eleven ...

Chased?

Beckie Sherman saw a woman being chased by a man on the San Diego River bike path at around 5 a.m. Friday, November 27. “I was with friends at the Doubletree Hotel, across the freeway, ...

Bad Potluck

A fire broke out at the church on the corner of 30th Street and National Avenue at around 10 a.m. Thursday, November 26. The fire at Iglesia Pentecostes Jesucristo spread to the Ideal Market Liquor ...

Tents Aplenty

Billy McIntosh walked from 16th Street and turned down on Commercial on Thursday, November 19. He had recently seen one cold-weather tent shelter built in the area, now he encountered another white tent going up ...

Inconvenient Death

The eastbound Orange Line trolley leaving Lemon Grove at 4:44 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, collided with a bicycle rider at the Greenwood Cemetery grade crossing. The bicyclist died at the scene. San Diego Police ...

Prayer for No Rain

Billy McIntosh watched the large white tent rise up against the downtown backdrop of tall buildings and a sky crane on Wednesday, November 19. He has been getting anxious as the nights turn colder in ...

Of Ball and Bus

The Chargers’ 31-23 win over the Philadelphia Eagles led National City police to close off some streets on Sunday, November 16, at about 5 p.m. Fans cruising the streets had Chargers flags waving and horns ...

Mass Transit Cuts

At a Friday, November 13, news conference held at the 12th and Imperial Avenue trolley station, Metropolitan Transit System representatives announced plans to make cutbacks to service. According to transit-system spokesman Rob Schupp, “Sales-tax shortfalls ...

Good Press

“While standing in the jewelry store of Jorge Espinoza, I realized that I had a bag on my right shoulder but no bag on my left shoulder,” Colleen McAvoy recounted of an incident that occurred ...

Little Work

Paul Borja wanted to earn some extra income on weekends, but when he went to the temporary labor office recommended by a friend early Monday morning on November 9, he found a “For Sale” sign ...

Pardon Our Decibels

The noise was deafening on the corner of Sixth Avenue and C early this Saturday morning, November 7. A Roel Construction crew worked on a contract for SDG&E. Avoiding this intersection would be beneficial because ...