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Police sketches released of two suspected of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. home invasion
Authorities asked the public Wednesday for help in identifying two men who forced their way into a Rancho Santa Fe home five days before Christmas, holding a housekeeper at gunpoint while stealing valuables and handcuffing her before fleeing.
The thieves, suntanned white men who appeared to be in their late 20s or early 30s, confronted the victim at the large house in the 5000 block of El Mirlo shortly after noon on Dec. 20, according to sheriff's officials.
A housekeeper was home when two unknown men – one of whom was armed with a handgun – forced their way inside, holding the housekeeper at gunpoint.
The men allegedly handcuffed the woman to something so she couldn’t call for help while they ransacked the home, stealing jewelry, antique clocks and other expensive items, deputies said.
After gathering jewelry and antiques, the bandits handcuffed the maid to a door to keep her from calling 911, then...
Party hardy goes awry on Los Morros with stabbing, fights, underage drinking and arrests
A party in exclusive Rancho Santa Fe attended by more than 200 people late Friday night led to a stabbing, fights and arrests for disorderly conduct and resisting officers, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.
One person was stabbed, another hit with a sheriff's stun gun, and six people arrested at a raucous house party at 17434 Los Morros.
Deputies said the stabbing suspect got away in the confusion as they arrived just after midnight to a report of a stabbing at a home on the 17400 block of Los Morros, near the intersection of La Bajada, a crossroads just southeast of Encinitas.
The owner of the property on Los Morros was arrested for violating the county's social host ordinance against allowing underage drinking. Deputies used a Taser to arrest one person on the property. Several people younger than 21 were found drunk.
San Diego Sheriff's Sgt. Joe Passalacqua said arriving deputies...
Encinitas fire destroys apartment, send firefighter to the hospital
Residents of the building on Cambridge Avenue told firefighters they woke to a crackling sound and a smoke alarm around 1 a.m. and then found a box near their fireplace completely engulfed in flames, said Encinitas Deputy Chief Mike Daigle.
About 25 firefighters and six units responded to battle the blaze. One unit reported seeing flames from the freeway, Daigle said.
All residents escaped unharmed, however one firefighter was later transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas to be treated for heat exhaustion. He was released about two hours later, said Daigle.
He estimated damage to the building at about a half-million dollars, plus about $50,000 for the contents. The upstairs unit was destroyed and the unit downstairs suffered water damage, said Daigle.
By 5 a.m., the...
A motorcyclist was seriously injured in Encinitas Saturday when the rider hit an SUV that was making a U-turn on South Coast Highway 101, sheriff’s officials said.
The driver of a Nissan Pathfinder sport utility vehicle made the U-turn in front of the southbound motorcycle south of Santa Fe Drive about 3 p.m. Saturday.
Sheriff’s officials said the motorcycle rider suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries, and was taken to a hospital.
Authorities did not release the age or gender of either driver.
Three people were hospitalized Friday afternoon after a crash that occurred near Rancho Santa Fe, authorities said.
A vehicle with four people inside went off the road on Via de la Valle near Las Planideras about 4:42 p.m., said Julie Taber, a spokeswoman for the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District.
The vehicle rolled over but landed on its wheels, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Three of the occupants were able to get out of the vehicle on their own but a fourth person had to be removed by emergency personnel, Taber said.
One of the individuals was taken by helicopter to Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, she said. Two other people were taken to the hospital by ambulance.
One of the occupants declined treatment, Taber said.
Via de la Valle was closed in both directions for a short time, Taber said. The CHP is investigating the crash.
No other information was immediately available.
San Diego Sheriff's crime report for 9/9/2011 - 9/15/2011: 33 local crimes found...
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BREAKING NEWS 5:30 P.M. - Something Stinks Around Here And It Ain't The Surfing Madonna...
Normally sweet smelling residents of communities from La Jolla, Solana Beach and Encinitas to Mira Mesa and Rancho Bernardo are reporting something stinks and they don't know what it is.
Authorities are investigating reports from around San Diego County of a strong odor some say resembles jet fuel, or grungy aftershave. People around Rancho Santa Fe and Del Dios compared the strange smell to kind of ammonia/bleach, very vanilla tasting. Yeech.
The stinking calls started around 2 p.m. People at Encinitas, Solana Beach, Pacific Beach, Mira Mesa and La Jolla reported the odd odor.
A public affairs spokesman at MCAS Miramar said the odor can be smelled at the base, but noted that base air operations have had not reported any fuel spills or aircraft that had to dump jet fuel in the county area.
An FAA spokesman said the agency was not aware of any fuel dumping being carried out on Wednesday.
Mario Aguilar of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography said he did not know of any algae blooms or anything organic that could be causing the smell.
Residents living in inland areas such as North Park, Hillcrest and Rancho Bernardo have said they can smell the odor in their area.
The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department has confirmed they have received numerous calls regarding the smell.
SDG&E officials confirmed they have technicians in the community trying to determine the source of the smell.
(From the files of the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol, Thursday, July 21, 2011...)
Over the past week we have taken reports for the theft of Back Flow Preventer Manifolds. What the heck is a Back flow Preventer Manifold? Well, its the "U" shaped pipe object you see coming out of the ground- usually near a water meter. Its made to prevent water back flowing through the pipes into your plumbing. The pipes are being stolen for the brass or copper value of the metal. But, not all back flow preventers are brass....
The stolen valves are taken to a metal recyclers and the crooks try to get cash for them. Changes in the laws prevent an immediate handout of cash- the recyler has to take the persons name and information and contact the authorities before handing over the cash.
Both cases we investigated occurred late at night. If you happen to see a car or truck stopped on the side of the road looking suspicious, please give us a call.
We have moved our office to 16936 El Fuego. This is on the south side of the Fire Station in the village. Our mailing address and phone numbers do not change. To reach us- 858-756-4372 or 858-756-9966. There may be a delay in answering emails for a day or so.
Although historically sightings are rare, there are several types of wild animals that live here in Rancho Santa Fe. Mountain Lions main food source is deer and coyotes. Eliminating plant species that attract deer help discourage mountain lions from coming into the area.
Please take precautions – mountain lions are most active at night as well as dusk and dawn. Do not leave children outside unattended; don’t leave pet food or food that may attract animals outside. Do not leave animals outside unattended. Horses should be kept in stalls in the barn. Be careful when walking/ jogging at dusk and dawn time periods. If you see a mountain lion- make noise-lots of it. Yell, scream, and bang on something. For example, pocket sized air horns are a good way to do that.
If you have any questions please call the Dept of Fish and Game at 858-467-4201 or the RSF Patrol 858-756-4372.
For more information: www.keepmewild.org.
'Blue Velvet' the David Lynch-like Reality Coronado Murder Plays Out To Be Continued...Coverage courtesy Fox 5 San Diego.
8:26 p.m. PDT, July 14, 2011
CORONADO, Calif. -- Authorities Thursday said a 32-year-old woman who died at a historic multi-million-dollar mansion in Coronado was found hanging from a balcony by the owner's brother.
Former District Attorney Paul Pfingst visited the scene Wednesday night, but Thursday denied he'd been hired by Jonah Shacknai. He would not elaborate on whether another member of the family had sought him for legal counsel.
Jonah Shacknai, chief executive officer of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Medicis Pharmaceuticals, bought the mansion for $12.75 million in 2007, according to the San Diego County Assessor's Office. The estate includes a separate guest house, three kitchens, six fireplaces and a six-car garage. Shacknai also owns a large estate in Scottsdale.
On Monday, a young boy was injured at the mansion in an apparent accident and had to be hospitalized, Curran told news crews. There was no evidence that the incident was related to the woman's subsequent death, the captain said.
Kennel owner Ted Greenberg told Fox 5 he was in the Coronado mansion after the boy was injured. He said Nalpea called, asking to take care of the family dog.
One of his two ex-wives lives in Coronado, not far from the historic estate, in a house owned by the millionaire.
Private security guards were seen Thursday outside Shacknai and his ex-wife's houses on Coronado.
The mansion was built in 1908 by industrialist John D. Spreckels, who was thought to be the richest man in San Diego in the early 20th century. Spreckels, who died in 1926 at age 72, once operated San Diego's street railway system, changing it from horse power to electricity in 1892, and owned the Hotel Del Coronado for a time, according to the San Diego History Center.
San Diego Sheriff's crime report for 6/22/2011 - 6/28/2011: 13 local crimes found....
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San Diego Sheriff's crime report for 6/14/2011 - 6/20/2011: Seven local crimes found in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.-area...
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San Diego Sheriff's crime report for Rancho Santa Fe, Cal. area, 6/6/2011 - 6/12/2011: 12 local crimes found ...
BREAKING NEWS 1:30 P.M. - Traffic injuries at Lineo Del Cielo and Calzada Del Bosque, another one at Del Mar Heights Road bringing amublances, injuries and delays...
Two traffic collisions are slowing down Rancho Santa Fe traffic and bringing amubulances to the scene to attend to possibly injured parties. The first one is at Linea Del Cielo and Calzada Del Bosque, a prime local driving route from inland areas to the coast, happened around 12:45 p.m. It apprently involves two minors who were driving and collided vehiclesThis is the CHP report as of 1:30 p.m.
The second collision is along Interstate 5, just south of Via de la Valle. Seven or eight vehicles are involved, blocking the car pool lanes. It happened around 1 p.m.
More details, as they become avaliable...
San Diego Sheriff's crime report for Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. area, 5/24/2011 - 5/30/2011: 14 local crimes found...
Mountain lion sighting at Fairbanks Ranch (sounds familiar?) on May 21, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Patrol says...
Shades of September, another six months, another mountain lion sighting (allegedly) in the Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. area. The Rancho Santa Fe Patrol this week said:
"Fairbanks Ranch Security reported that a resident's employee in their community spotted a Mountain Lion on Saturday May 21. It was on a horse ranch near El Apajo and the San Dieguito River area. This is a common area for these animals to be seen."
Well, maybe, maybe not. The last mountain lion "sighting" in the area turned out to be a media mirage. As first reported at Ah-Ha Rancho Santa Fe News, it was picked up by EVERY media outlet in San Diego County (without attribution, by the way) and even across Southern California, resulting in a massive media blitz full of sound and fury, signifying...
Nothing, d'uh. It turned out to be a "sighting" by a highly unreliable source -- newspaper delivery person -- and was never corroborated.
For the ORIGINAL story that kicked off last fall's faux mountain lion uproar visit Ah-Ha Rancho anta Fe News HERE.
The Rancho Santa Fe Patrol this week added: "As far as we know, the sighting has not been confirmed by Fish and Game. See earlier posts for precaustions with these animals."
Yeah, right, whatever.
Just in case you spot a mountain lion though:
If a resident wants to report a sighting or a problem, they can call the Department of Fish and Game at (858) 467-4257. For general information, call (858) 467-4201.
Also, visit the California Department of Fish and Game site: www.keepmewild.org.
Emergency responders deal with tragedy, sometimes joy around Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
The ambulance at Rancho Santa Fe Fire Station 1 sat idle, if only for a moment, as paramedic John Salinsky contemplated the upscale North County beat he works for San Diego Medical Services Enterprise, the area's 911 paramedic provider.
"This is a lot different than working downtown," Salinsky said. "It's just better quality here. It's like the difference between Thunderbird and fine wine."
Upscale, yes, but areas served by Salinsky, his partner Angelo Sanchez, an emergency medical technician, and the other medical emergency responders in places such as Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, Carmel Valley and Solana Beach suffer life and death traumas like anywhere else.
"One gentleman was at a formal dinner wearing a tuxedo and choking on a steak," Salinsky said. "He was in a room full of doctors all standing over him. You walk in the door and see a doctor with a giant steak knife trying to do a tracheotomy on him."
No happy ending there. The patient died. But potential tragedy many times turns to joy due to quick acting by paramedics such as Salinsky and a sense of humor never hurts.
"I always like the one about the fabled Rancho Santa Fe deer," Salinsky said. "Usually occurs around 2 o'clock in the morning. Someone hits a tree. I get there and they are standing around a little tipsy saying the deer ran across the road and I hit it. I've heard variations like a coyote of bunny rabbit ran across, too. The elusive RSF deer only seems to come out after they've been drinking."
Paramedics and emergency medical technicians are part of a groundbreaking public-private partnership in place since 2001. The umbrella operation is called San Diego Medical Services Enterprise. This combines resources from the city of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and Rural/Metro Ambulance, a leading national provider of emergency and non-emergency medical transportation.
The organization employs about 410 people covering Carmel Valley and the city of San Diego as well as North County from Encinitas to Del Mar, 4S Ranch to Elfin Forest. Beyond San Diego city limits, the coverage area is referred to as County Service Area 17. Crews respond to about 5,100 emergency calls and transport about 4,300 patients annually. Three ambulances are staffed 24 hours a day out of Rancho Santa Fe Fire Station 1, Encinitas Fire Station 5 and Solana Beach Fire Station 1.
The service also participates in numerous community outreach programs. It offers free blood pressure checks at senior centers, Distributes free emergency medical information kits and defibrillator training. Crews attend various community events telling people how best to contact 911 service providers and other helpful bits of advice about what to do in emergency situations.
Medical service providers work as two-person paramedic units, generally in 24-hour shifts, saving lives side-by-side with regular fire engine crews that include five or six firefighters and a paramedic. This requires teamwork and a commitment to patient care above all else.
"This is not like you're sitting behind a desk pushing paper," said 24-year paramedic Randy Stark as he manned Solana Beach Fire Station 1 with emergency medical technician Jason Gray, a new hire, during the final days of the San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
The day before, the crew made three trips to the fair. Two visits were for alcohol-related injuries. One trip was to help a person suffering an off-track motorbike spill.
"I like this job," said Stark, leaning on an ambulance with an interior resembling a fully stocked hospital triage unit. "One day, it's a child birth, then an auto accident, then a stabbing, over to a parachute that didn't open to shark bites, everything you hear over the news."
The journey from tragedy to hospital can be emotionally gut wrenching. Emergency workers undergo extensive psychological and situational training to help them deal with sometimes-unconscionable events. They must act quickly and decisively under pressure.
"We're out there by ourselves," Salinsky said. "We really need to be prepared. You need a certain detail-oriented personality, someone who likes to be autonomous. You're constantly re-assessing during transport like Sherlock Holmes, deducing, trying to narrow down the complaint from an endless list of things, determining what is wrong and how to treat the patient."
Salinsky and Sanchez had just finished transporting a Rancho Santa Fe patient with abdominal pain to Scripps Encinitas Hospital.
"We have a higher percentage of older people around here, but they know to call 911 when they need it and not for reasons other than emergencies like happens downtown a lot," Salinsky said.
But for Stark and Gray over at Solana Beach, the day was quieter as they contemplated life, not death.
"I've participated in delivering 100 babies," Stark said. "We had a child birth in Solana Beach last year where they called 911 saying the baby was coming. The lady delivered in her driveway, leaning on a Mercedes. She called me the other day, and we went to her son's first birthday party."
Medical supervisor Todd Smith checked his on-board computer's global positioning system pinpointing active cases, of which there were several, driving to another of his units on the front lines of emergency medical care in County Service Area 17.
"I was a third-generation San Diego County firefighter before I went to paramedic school," Smith said. "No, I'm not superstitious, but we always have our full moon scenarios. It must be a full moon tonight."
Free emergency San Diego County ambulance service to cost $400 plus $20 a mile starting June 14...
County supervisors voted unanimously on May 24 to charge people $400 plus $20 a mile to be taken by ambulance to the hospital. this service is free currently.
These new fees apply to Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach, Del Mar and Encinitas.
Supervisors voted unanimously to impose the fee after officials said it would provide financial stability and ensure continued emergency medical care for residents and visitors.
The services are funded by property taxes, special-benefit taxes and non-district resident ambulance transport fees. However, the service area expects to spend $250,000 more than it takes in beginning this year, depleting reserves.
Walter Ekard, county chief administration officer, who earns $286,000 per year plus perks -- more than the speaker of the House of Representatives or U. S. Senators earn -- said the proposed fee was well below the average charged by other communities. The other county service area in Santee and Lakeside charges $900 plus $14 per mile.
El Cajon charges $1,184 and $19 per mile while in San Diego it costs $865 plus $13 a mile. Elsewhere, Los Angeles County charges $929 and $15 per mile and Ventura County charges $1,251 and $23 per mile.
Ambulance services for Del Mar, Encinitas, Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe and parts of Elfin Forest are provided by San Diego Medical Services Enterprise.
In most cases, fees and mileage reimbursements come directly from Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance companies.
Monthly healthcare premiums are not projected to increase because the ambulance fee represents a fraction of total health care costs. Last year, the service area’s citizen advisory committee supported establishing the resident fee.
The ordinance is scheduled for adoption on June 14, and would take effect 30 days later.
BREAKING NEWS 4:30 P.M. - WONDERING ABOUT I-5 TRAFFIC HASSLES IN NORTH COUNTY SAN DIEGO, CALIF. HERE ARE A FEW REASONS WHY.
A series of small fires charred brush along northbound Interstate 5 near Manchester Avenue on Monday afternoon, casting clouds of smoke over the freeway and forcing authorities to close a lane briefly as firefighters doused the blazes.
Firefighters responded to reports of three or four small fires burning on a hill near the freeway about 2:30 p.m., a NorthComm dispatcher said.
Fire causes were not immediately known. Also holding up traffic was this accident, according to CHP:
San Diego Sheriff's crime report for Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. area 5/16/2011 - 5/21/2011: 13 local crimes found
Scenes from a San Diego County Wildland Training Exercise at Lake Hodges, Calif. DAY 2..
A little rain didn't dampen the spirits of hundreds of firefighters from 28 San Diego County fire agencies on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 as they concluded annual wildland training at Lake Hodges, Calif.
And for some bonus coverage...
...Dial it up. Fire training exercise over, the lake re-opens to fishing on Wednesday.
MORE WILDLAND TRAINING FROM LAKE HODGES, DEL DIOS, CALIF...
Like I was saying, its the annual Wildland Training Day at Lake Hodges and about 100 engine companies along with numerous batallion chiefs and firefighting apparatus, and about a half-dozen fire suppression non-stealth helicopters trained all day Monday at the lake.
They came from every firefighting agency in San Diego County for the hootenanny at the lake.
It was a fun day for all what with seminars, hands-on training and well, sitting around in fire engines all day.
Warning: Arsonists Beware, Stay Away from Lake Hodges Monday for the Lake is Fire-Training or Something...
All of San Diego County's fire agencies turned out in force on Monday for the annual meeting of the clans. Well, the annual wildfire exercise. And what place more appropriate than at the Del Dios Fire Station and Lake Hodges where the 2007 Witch Creek Fire was brought to its knees and vanquished.
Agencies, along with all available firefighting helcopters, spent the day doing stuff around the lake. This included wildfire training seminars at the station as well as hands-on fire suppression and safety drills at the lake. Anyone who was stranded around Lake Hodges due to, I dunno, having a crappy Toyota RAV 4 transmission, were just plain out of luck, but we digress...
San Diego Sheriff's crime report for 5/9/2011 - 5/15/2011: 11 local crimes found...
BREAKING NEWS 1 P.M. -- Fire at Cielo Village closes Del Dios Highway at 1 p.m. Friday; Re-opens an hour and a half later...
Crews knocked down a brush fire that broke out near Cielo Village. The fire was reported shortly after 12:45 p.m. in an area near Del Dios Highway and Bing Crosby Boulevard, according to Cal Fire. Small, separate fires also broke out in the area. Authorities said the fires were apparently sparked by a passing vehicle with a malfunctioning exhaust or brake system. Below is the real-time CHP SigAlert report brought to you real-time ONLY at Ah-Ha Rancho Santa Fe News...
San Diego Sheriff's crime report for Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 4/12/2011 - 4/18/2011: 10 local crimes found.