Poll: What Was Coronado's Biggest Story in 2011?

From the Navy to a mansion mystery, Coronado's news didn't just rock the community this year. In some cases, the world paid attention.


Coronado, a community of less than 25,000, didn't just view what was happening in the world this year. 

For a small place, Coronado made big news. But what made the biggest splash, from the military to an enduring mystery? You decide.

The Navy always figures prominently in the community, but it was a huge year for Naval Base Coronado. There was:

  • A home-ported carrier, .
  • who were killed in an Afghanistan helicopter crash.
  • , when the Vinson hosted President Obama for a landmark college basketball game.

The Navy wasn't the only thing in town making news. There was a shocking investigation as well.

From ABC.com to NBC's Today Show to Dr. Phil, many observers continue to be drawn into , which was declared a suicide by the Sheriff's department, over the objections of her family.

Her death came less than 48 hours after her boyfriend's son suffered a severe head injury in a fall at the same historic residence. The blow would ultimately kill him.

Which story will you remember most about 2011? Let us know in the comments and vote below. 

S December 29, 2011 at 09:14 PM
"impartial" - The lesson you are suggesting is too harsh for me. By extension, this logic dictates that Dina ultimately paid for her "gold digging" with the life of her son, when the inevitable new model came along. And Jonah paid for his wealth's ability to attract young and good looking women by losing his girlfriend AND his son? I don't buy into this at all. I have no idea if Rebecca's attraction to Jonah was influenced by his wealth, or if Jonah's attraction to Rebecca was influenced by her youth and beauty, though neither would be unusual in this world, and penalty of death is rarely applied in such cases.
S December 29, 2011 at 09:19 PM
Renna - I agree with everything you said.
Tracey W. December 29, 2011 at 09:57 PM
The lack of policing and law enforcement in this small town is the biggest issues. 14 robberies alone in the Country Club neighborhood, no traffic enforcement, transients hanging out for weeks, illegals allowed to drive in and out without licenses or insurance, unregistered cars left on streets for months that should be towed....this is ridiculous! The chief and his commanders need to be evaluated because they are not doing their job in their Taj Majal of the police station they occupy, meaning they certainly have the funds to do their work, they are choosing not to.
eva December 30, 2011 at 05:23 AM
The Spreckle mansion murder is the biggest story, yet it saddens me that this case has gone so quiet, like nothing is being done to find her murderer. And where is the outrage and demand for justice? It's beginning to look like you can get away with murder if you are rich and wealthy enough in America. I thought this only happened in third world countries.
Robert Mack February 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM
Four bruises atop Zahau's head, unlikely to have been suffered in a drop from a balcony, but instead inflicted by an item with a rounded smooth surface. Suffering the blows also might have left Zahau incapacitated, explaining the lack of defensive wounds on her body. A long drop from the balcony almost certainly would have fractured or dislocated Zahau's neck. Zahau's nudity, her bindings and the movements she would have had to make while bound, compared to feats by escape artist Harry Houdini. No suicide of a woman who chose to kill herself naked and outdoors in history.


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