(photo by John Gregory)
SR WEEKEND & NEWS UPDATES
Police surround homes to find suspects
San Diego Police Department (SDPD) officers swarmed a housing complex off Erma Road Friday, Dec. 11, after a drive-by shooting was reported around 2:20 p.m. a block away. Reports indicate persons in one vehicle allegedly fired gunshots at another vehicle in the vicinity.
No one was reported to be injured but police surrounded a residence approximately one block away from the reported shooting on Scripps Westview Way searching for the alleged shooting suspect or suspects. A brief standoff ensued as police and news helicopters circled over this residential neighborhood.
Reports indicate two persons were seen in custody around 3:30 p.m. One person sitting in a police vehicle was identified by an officer as a juvenile, but it was not clear if the young male was a suspect. The scene was quiet at 4 p.m. with police taping-off the area and proceeding with an investigation.
Local COVID-19 cases shoot past 400
Total cases of coronavirus reported in the Scripps Ranch 92131 ZIP Code area now stand at 425 since San Diego County began recording cases.
Local cases in Scripps Ranch rose by 63 in the past week. San Diego County reported an increase of 20 cases in Scripps Ranch since yesterday. This is an alarming number since Scripps Ranch has experienced very few cases each week until they began to rise significantly this fall. Now, Scripps Ranch is in line with the rest of the United States and the rest of the world with the upward trend of increasing cases skyrocketing.
The County of San Diego reported 1,270 total cases recorded in Mira Mesa and 765 total cases in Poway. San Diego County reports the cases, broken down by community residence listed for each patient.
These are the total tabulated cases in each ZIP Code area since the County began tracking cases in March. It does not reflect those who recovered, nor does it account for those who died from COVID-19 in Scripps Ranch. The County of San Diego does not provide those statistics at this point.
Starbucks coffee stands at both the “new” and “old” Vons shopping centers in Scripps Ranch are offering a special Falcon Frappuccino for Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS). SRHS seniors get 10 percent off with their ID. Only SRHS seniors get the discount, but anyone may purchase this special beverage. Starbucks manager Rachel and her staff went out of their way to provide this special offer, according to a Facebook post by Jody Luke, who stated that Diane Hirsch Merrigan and Stephanie Bishop McDade also deserve credit for making this possible.
Santa comes to town for families of vets
Support the Enlisted Project (STEP), in partnership with community donors and volunteers, will bring Christmas gifts, food, diapers, gift cards and other goodies to local military families at 9915 Businesspark Ave. Suite A – in the back alley of the building, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for pre-registered families.
STEP, a Scripps Ranch-based non-profit serving junior enlisted and transitioning veteran families through a financial crisis, is helping make this holiday a little brighter through its Sharing the Joy holiday adoption program. Active duty and veteran families who have demonstrated a financial need were matched with community donors to fulfill their wish lists.
Thousands of Amazon boxes have flooded the STEP office through a COVID-19 friendly shopping wish list online, while dozens of volunteer elves have been busy wrapping for weeks.
Volunteers and staff created a parade-like atmosphere with prizes for best decorated cars and Amazon movie gift cards for the whole family. At check-in they will meet a STEP social worker whose primary focus is getting families on a path to financial self-sufficiency. They then drive through different stops to pick up gifts, diapers, food and more. It is estimated STEP will distribute almost 20,000 pounds of food, with support of companies like San Diego Brokerage and Keller Williams.
STEP’s mission is to build financial self-sufficiency with young military and veteran families through financial counseling, emergency grants and other support programs. stepsocal.org / @stepsocal
Wolff plays live this weekend
Steve Wolff, a Scripps Ranch rock musician, will perform two sets of live, virtual music this weekend.
On Saturday, Dec. 12, Wolff will perform a “1-Man Rock Band” performance on StreetJelly Livestream starting 5:30 p.m.: https://www.streetjelly.com/-Wolff. StreetJelly sessions can be replayed for 24 hours afterward.
On Sunday, Dec. 13, he will perform a 2-hour mix of “Almost Unplugged and 1 Man Rock Band” on SessionsLive from 5 to 7 p.m. (No replays).
Here is a little about the upcoming week; Dec. 13-19, 2020:
Sunday, Dec. 13 is National Cocoa Day, National Violin Day, National Day Of The Horse and National Guard Birthday.
Monday, Dec. 14 is National Bouillabaisse Day and Monkey Day.
Tuesday, Dec. 15 is National Cupcake Day, Bill of Rights Day, Cat Herders Day and National Wear Your Pearls Day.
Wednesday, Dec. 16 is National Chocolate-covered Anything Day.
Thursday, Dec. 17 is National Maple Syrup Day and Wright Brothers Day.
Friday, Dec. 18 is National Twin Day, National Roast Suckling Pig Day, Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day, National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day and Underdog Day.
Saturday, Dec. 19 is National Hard Candy Day and National Oatmeal Muffin Day.