An investigation is continuing into an incident involving two boys who cut their feet on two of 19 razor blades ultimately found embedded in the grass area of Bonita Cove Park at Mission Bay on May 1.
The malicious acts occurred near playground equipment in the 1100 block of West Mission Bay Drive.
San Diego police officer Dino Delimitros said it appeared that the razor blades had “purposefully been lodged in the grass to cut whoever stepped on them.''
He said a subsequent search with a metal detector turned up a total of 19 planted blades, two of which sliced the feet of the two boys — one relatively severely.
It was not the first time razor blades have been found in Mission Beach in a public park, according to authorities.
In August 2013, lifeguards and city workers discovered eight single-edge razor blades planted in the ground with the sharp edge up. They had been placed in the grass surrounding one of two playgrounds at Bonita Cove, a shallow inlet just east of Mission Boulevard and south of Mission Bay Drive near Mission Beach.
At that time, lifeguards were called to assist in the afternoon after a 41-year-old woman sought medical attention after stepping on one of the blades.
Authorities then discovered several other blades.
The area where the woman was cut was cordoned off by city crews, which combed the area with rakes and metal detectors.
There are unconfirmed reports that even more of these types of incidents involving razor blades have previously been reported at Bonita Cove Park.
— Dave Schwab
EX-SPORTSCENTER EMPLOYEE T0 STAND TRIAL IN ALLEGED DRUG-TRAFFICKING CASE
A former employee of the Mission Bay Sportcenter waived his right to a preliminary hearing May 8 and was ordered to stand trial on 15 counts of transportation, possession and sale of methamphetamine that had allegedly been stored in some lockers of the business.
Jason Morgan Boone, 41, of San Diego, will get a trial date June 3 in San Diego Superior Court. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and remains free on $500,000 bond.
Instead of having the prosecution call witnesses, Boone and his lawyer agreed to waive the proceeding and to stand trial on 15 charges that follow the arrests of Boone and nine others a year ago.
Deputy District Attorney Jorge Del Portillo said new charges have been filed that allege Boone possessed seven guns in his residence, along with methamphetamine. The penalties are greater for someone to be charged with possession of methamphetamine and guns.
Boone was the only employee of the Sportcenter at 1010 Santa Clara Place to be charged, and all the other defendants have since been sentenced to either jail terms, community service or credit for time served. San Diego police, the sheriff’s department, the Maritime Task Force and the Office of Homeland Security were part of the investigation that was started in 2012.
— Neal Putnam
PB MAN SCORES VACATION IN RONALD McDONALD HOUSE ‘DREAM HOUSE RAFFLE’
Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego has named one last early-bird winner in the 10th annual “Dream House Raffle” by awarding Guillermo Perez of Pacific Beach with a six-day, five-night Costa Rican vacation.
On May 17, more than 1,300 prizes will be awarded, including the grand prize, through the San Diego Dream House Raffle. Additional prizes that have yet to be awarded include a Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 Roadster, which will be given away in a special drawing for raffle participants who purchased multiple tickets.
For a full list of prizes and general information, visit SDraffle.com.
PB WOMAN’S CLUB CONTINUES SUPPORT OF MULTIPLE LOCAL CHARITY ORGANIZATIONS
During the last two years, the Pacific Beach Woman’s Club (PBWC) has continued to support the local community and donated to numerous charities.
Benefactors of the woman’s club have included: the PB Locals Surf Team, the PB Middle School counselor's office, the Mission Bay High School music program, the Kate Sessions Summer Concert Series, the Kids’ Fishing Derby at Crystal Pier, the Pacific Beach Branch Library, Becky's House, Stand Up for Kids, the Polinsky Children's Center, the CCSA, Heifer International, Penny Pines reforestation program, the USO and the Surfrider Foundation.
Besides monetary donations, PBWC continues to make dinner once a month for Stand Up for Kids, donates clothing and personal hygiene items, stuffed animals and blankets to Polinsky Children's Center and donates women's professional clothing to Becky's House.
For more information, visit www.pbwomansclub.org.