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La Jolla taco shop robbers sought — Police were seeking two men who robbed a La Jolla taco shop at gunpoint June 15 and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Officer David Stafford said two men entered Rigoberto’s Taco Shop at 6990 La Jolla Blvd. near Westbourne Street about 10:50 p.m. Saturday night. One man pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money.

The two men then fled on foot. No one was injured.

The suspects were described by police as being white, in their 20s and between 5 feet 7 and 6 feet in height. They were both wearing dark clothing and boots. The robbery is still under investigation.

— Dave Schwab Two suspects apprehended In University City bank robbery — A male suspect was wounded and his female accomplice apprehended in an attempted robbery at Wells Fargo Bank in Costa Verde shopping center in University City on June 11. The incident occurred about 5 p.m. at 8410 Genesee Ave. near the corner of Nobel Drive.

While the pair was attempting to rob the bank, a security guard shot at and struck the man, wounding him to his chest or back.

San Diego Police officer Dino Delimitros said the wounded man then fled the scene in a Honda Civic and was later taken into custody by police after being pushed from a car at a hospital.

Someone who witnessed the man fleeing the bank took a picture of him on his cell phone, which helped police identify him.

The female suspect, who was injured but not shot, was taken into custody at the scene by a security guard, then taken to a hospital for treatment of wounds of undetermined severity.

No employees or customers were injured.

— Dave Schwab MESOM building dedicated at scripps — Scripps Institution of Oceanography dedicated its newest research building, the 40,000-square-foot Marine Eco-system Sensing, Observation and Modeling (MESOM) laboratory, with a ceremony on June 14.

The lab will become a national and international resource for marine ecological research for Scripps and other ocean science organizations that address ecosystem-based management. The building was designed to bring together Scripps scientists from multiple disciplines to develop new sensors that will provide the data needed to integrate observations and predictive models of California’s near-shore waters and coastal ecosystems and their responses to climate change.

Funded in part by a $12 million award from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the building was awarded a Sustainable Communities Champion Award by San Diego Gas & Electric for its green building features. The lab features a 61-kilowatt rooftop photovoltaic system on its roof. The solar panels produce enough energy to power 40 homes and keep 128,246 pounds of CO2 equivalents from entering the atmosphere every year.

Alzheimer’s campaign waged by local author — San Diego-native Tess Gerritsen — the mind behind the bestselling crime novel series and TV drama “Rizzoli & Isles” — has declared a war on Alzheimer’s with an online fundraising campaign in memory of her father, who died of the disease.

Proceeds will go directly to The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) to support its Alzheimer’s research. Each $5 donation enters the donor’s name in a prize raffle (a $25 donation is equivalent to five entries).

Two grand-prize winners will get to name one character each in the next “Rizzoli & Isles” novel, coming out in 2014. Three runners-up will win prize packages that include a signed copy of Gerritsen’s most recent hardcover, “Last to Die,” a “Rizzoli & Isles” baseball cap, T-shirt and surgical scrub top, and handcuff earnings. Gerritsen has also pledged to match every dollar raised, up to $25,000.

To join the campaign and make donations, visit For more information about Gerristen’s campaign, visit

La Jollans honored for commitment to end ovarian cancer — In an event designed to celebrate survival, hope and progress in the face of cancer, La Jollans Julie and John Crawford were honored for their commitment to The Clearity Foundation, a nonprofit advocate for women fighting ovarian cancer.

The event, held at a private home on June 14, recognized John Crawford for his dedication to the foundation for several years, and wife Julie for her fight against ovarian cancer, for which she underwent extensive surgery and chemotherapy after her diagnosis with in 2012.

Dr. Laura Shawver, founder of The Clearity Foundation, was also honored, along with Dr. Beth Karlan, chairwoman of the Clearity Scientific Advisory Board. For more information about the foundation, visit

Bestselling author comes to La Jolla — Khaled Hosseini, New York Times bestselling author of “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” will be welcomed at a special event at the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla on June 26 at 7:30 p.m. Presented by Warwick’s and Words Alive, Hosseini will discuss his newest novel, “And the Mountains Echoed,” with Martha Barnette, co-hose of public radio’s “A Way with Words.”
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