La Mesa Reacts to Newtown, G'mont Alum Slain in Oregon, and a Tuna Tale

These stories and more as we take a look at the Week in Review on La Mesa-Mount Helix Patch.

At La Mesa-Mount Helix Patch, we know that in your busy lives there may be some stories that you can't read about the day they happen. With the "Week That Was" column, we'll provide a roundup of the most important stories of the week.

The only real story dominating the news cycle last week was that of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn. on Friday. People from around the world have responded in grief for the town that will never be the same. Local reaction included the school district discussing its emergency plans, and owners of a local gun shop, located less than a mile from an elementary school, expressing their heartfelt condolences.

React to CT School Massacre: Are Your Kids Safe? How to Avert Such Horrors?

Gun Dealer Near Murray Manor School: ‘My Heart Weighs Very Heavy’ for Town


La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools Practice Emergency Plans With Monthly Drills

In another tragic shooting, this time at mall in Oregon, one of the two victims was a Grossmont High School graduate in 1976. See how former classmates remembered Cynthia Ann Yuille, who was known as Cindy Waddell in high school.

A La Mesa man earned national fame last week, when he returned from a fishing trip with quite a "catch," a 445-pound yellowfin tuna. John Petruescu caught the mammoth fish off the coast of Baja on Dec. 3. It is widely believed to be the largest yellowfin tuna ever caught on a rod and reel.

La Mesan Lands Gigantic 445 Pound Yellowfin Tuna Off Coast of Mexico

A group of Grossmont students who were visiting a downtown San Diego courtroom last week witnessed a bizarre scene, when the defendant in a case attacked his defense attorney, allegedly slicing his cheek with a makeshift razor that was sneaked into the courtroom.

Grossmont Students Witness Courtroom Assault By Defendant on Attorney

In another court case, former Helix trackster Roshawn Broadnax had his preliminary hearing postponed again, this time until Feb. 19, 2013. Broadnax is in custody, accused of murder in the death of his 19-year-old girlfriend.

Hearing Postponed Again for Former Helix Track Athlete Accused of Murder

It was the end of an era at the last meeting of the La Mesa City Council, as Dave Allan ended his 12 years on the council. New councilmember Kristine Alessio was sworn in and took her seat on the dias, but the night was all about Allan, who was honored by his colleagues.

Dave Allan Honored at Final Council Meeting; Streetscape Project Updated

The Christmas spirit was filling the air in La Mesa on Saturday at the annual "Christmas in the Village" event. Check out the photo gallery, and upload your own photos from the fun as well.

PHOTOS: Upload Your Own Photos From 'Christmas In the Village' 2012

Local high school athletes were honored by the San Diego Hall of Champions last week, with a pair of football players earning first-team accolades. See all of the winners.

Batman December 18, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I believe the school shooting in Connecticut was a terrorist attack. If this guy wanted to kill his mother he could have done it anytime while she was home. His objective was to kill the children. A mentally unstable person can easily be hypnotized/brainwashed to carry out such an attack. A terriorist organization's objective is not nessesarily to kill, but to terrorize. The objective of terror is to persuade people to go along with things they would not ordinarily go along with, such as sacrificing their freedoms and liberities. Now what could be more terrifying than an attack on a school full of small children? I can think of nothing worse. Let me remind you that our own federal government was caught red-handed smugging guns to Mexican drug lords, for the purpose of having an excuse for more gun control. And as a result hundreds of Mexican people were murdered with these very guns, as well as at least one of our own federal agents. An ATF official's attitude toward all this: "You can't make an omlette without breaking a few eggs". On November 6th you fools re-elected yourselves a gangster government. This won't be the last terrorist attack.
Batman December 19, 2012 at 03:31 PM
It has been brought to my attention the mall shooting in Oregon was stopped by a PRIVATE CITIZEN WTH A GUN, and a CCW permit to carry the gun. After killing two people the culprit was confronted by the armed citizen, and immediately gave up and shot himself. Mr Stone, Mr Bartholow, Mr Yates, why have you not reported this? As I have said before, these thugs and creeps are only brave when the odds are overwhelmingly in their favor, and gun control guarantees this.


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