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Moped rider hurt in accident with unlicensed driver

A 30-year-old woman, who police said was driving a 2005 Toyota SUV on a suspended license, injured the rider of a Moped on Oct. 8 at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Gresham Street.

Traffic investigators said the accident happened shortly before 8 p.m. when the SUV driver turned left in the intersection in front of the 24-year-old female driver of the Moped, causing the SUV to crash into the Moped.

The Moped rider suffered an open fracture to the leg and was transported to a local trauma center for treatment.

The SUV driver, who was not immediately identified by police, was cited for driving on a suspended driver’s license. Traffic investigators said alcohol was not a factor in the collision.

Man who assaulted officers, threw dog, to be sentenced

A Pacific Beach man faces sentencing on Nov. 2 after a jury convicted him of assaulting police officers in a 2011 incident in which he threw his 47-pound dog at them when officers showed up to answer a noise complaint.

Tyler Jordan Torres, 31, had been free on $100,000 bond until the jury’s verdict and San Diego Superior Court Judge Joan Weber remanded him into custody to await sentencing.

One officer suffered a broken nose and the other a concussion on Dec. 15 after they knocked on Torres’ door. Torres had been drinking and earlier refused to turn the music down in his apartment on Ingraham Street near La Playa Avenue.

Torres could receive four to five years in state prison, but he may also be eligible for probation if he doesn’t have any prior convictions. Torres was also convicted of battery on a police officer in an unrelated incident in 2011, which also occurred in Pacific Beach.

On Dec. 15, A security guard testified neighbors complained the music was too loud from Torres’ apartment. The guard said he told Torres of the complaint and he shut the door quickly and refused to turn the music down. Police were then called.

The dog he threw at officers was not injured.

— Neal Putnam

Coastkeeper ‘Clean the Bay Day’ event set for Oct. 27

San Diego Coastkeeper and SeaWorld will team up to conduct “Mission Possible: Clean the Bay Day” on Oct. 27 from 8 to 11 a.m. The beach and water cleanup will take place at South Shores Park in Mission Bay, located just east of SeaWorld. Participants are encouraged to bring reusable containers for trash, work gloves, sunscreen and water, as well as boats, kayaks or paddleboards to help beautify the area both on the sand and in the bay.

Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill will supply food for participants, and individuals and teams will have the chance to win prizes for their cleanup efforts, including yearlong passes to SeaWorld and beluga and penguin interactions.  

To RSVP, email mallory@sdcoastkeep-er.org or call (619) 758-7743 x131.

— Mariko Lamb

SeaWorld, zoo garner honors for programs

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has announced that SeaWorld San Diego and the San Diego Zoo Global have been awarded Significant Achievement in North American Conservation for their Light-Footed Clapper Rail Recovery program. The award recognizes exceptional efforts toward regional habitat preservation, species restoration and support of biodiversity in the wild.

“SeaWorld San Diego and San Diego Zoo Global are proven leaders in wildlife conservation,” said AZA president and CEO Jim Maddy. “While all AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums make conservation a top priority, this award brings well-deserved recognition to these institutions for making a positive impact on the future of this species.”

The annual light-footed clapper rail count has continued to show population growth and numbers are at a record high since counts were first initiated in the 1980s. Current population censuses are expected to confirm more than approximately 500 breeding pairs in their native wild range — a historic record high since monitoring began.  

“SeaWorld is proud to be part of efforts to increase the population of clapper rails in their natural habitat,” said SeaWorld park president John Reilly. “Our team of bird experts has made incredible contributions to help this critically endangered species, which is now seeing record population growth.” 

Collaborative partners include the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, California Fish and Game Department, Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy, Living Coast Discovery Center and independent wildlife biologists.  

— Johnny McDonald

Run/walk slated to help fight pancreatic cancer

PurpleStride San Diego 2012 — a 5K run and one-mile walk to raise money for research, patient support, community advocacy and a cure for pancreatic cancer — is set to take place around De Anza Cove on Saturday, Oct. 13.

The event is hosted by the San Diego affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a national organization.

The event will include music, games and a host of other family-friendly festivities.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the run/walk begins at 8 a.m. To register, visit www.purplestride.org/sandiego.

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and has the lowest relative survival rate among leading cancer killers. The disease has claimed the lives of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, actor Patrick Swayze, Nobel Prize winner Dr. Ralph Steinman, Carnegie Mellon University Professor Dr. Randy Pausch, actor Michael Landon and opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

To learn more, visit www.pancan.org.
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