Week of February 15, 2024

  • Marine Corps Identifies Troops Lost In California Helicopter Crash

    Daily Caller News Foundation | Feb 16, 2024

    MICAELA BURROW INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER, DEFENSE The Marine Corps identified the five crew members declared dead after a helicopter crash in a statement Friday. The five Marines - three captains, a sergeant and a lance corporal - were flying a CH-53 Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter from Creech Air Force Base in Clark County, Nevada, to California when the aircraft went down near Pine Valley, California. While an investigation is ongoing into the crash, the unit, known as...

  • Fallbrook murder victim named

    Julie Reeder AC Investigations Gilberto Gonzalez | Feb 16, 2024

    The Medical Examiner's Office determined the preliminary results for cause of death to be blunt force trauma and the manner of death was a homicide. The victim was positively identified this morning as 38-year-old Douglas Hardy. Any criminal proceedings, and comments related to such, will be handled by the District Attorney's Office. Homicide detectives arrested 35-year-old Brian Francis Zielinski for killing Hardy. Sheriff's Homicide investigators are working to gather more...

  • Who is Brian Francis Zielinski, the man arrested for murder?

    Village News and AC Investigations | Feb 16, 2024

    Is he from Fallbrook? No. Has he ever been arrested before? Several times. Why was he in Fallbrook? We still don't know, but here's what we do know. Fallbrook knows him as an outsider, a visitor, or a newcomer who was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday, Feb. 9 after the blunt force murder of Doug Hardy. He led our law enforcement on a search and was found in the backyard of a property near Palomino and Morro Rd. that same night. He is from Knoxville, Tennessee,...

  • Suspect in custody after deadly drive-by shooting

    Julie Reeder, Village News | Feb 16, 2024

    UPDATE: 02/12/2024, 1:51 p.m. "On February 11, 2024, at approximately 8:42 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the report of an assault with a deadly weapon call in the 100 block of Ammunition Road in Fallbrook. When they arrived, they found an adult male with a gunshot wound. The victim was outside and had an injury to his leg. The victim was transported to the hospital by paramedics. Unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 10:05 p.m. The...

  • Chamber guests wear boots & bling for dinner

    Feb 16, 2024

    Village News/Shane Gibson...

  • Suspect named and booked for murder

    Feb 16, 2024

    Julie Reeder and AC Investigations, and Gilberto Gonzales Homicide detectives arrested 35-year-old Brian Francis Zielinski for killing his stabbing victim, Douglas Hardy, from Escondido, Friday, Feb, 10 at the Econo Lodge in Fallbrook. Zielinski was booked into San Diego Central Jail for 187 (A) PC – Murder. At about 4:21 p.m., on Friday, Feb 9, Fallbrook Sheriff deputies were called to a scene in the 1600 block of S. Mission Road after receiving a disconnected distress...

  • CWA weighted vote allocation recalculated to reflect FPUD detachment

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter | Feb 16, 2024

    The completion of the detachment of the Fallbrook Public Utility District from the San Diego County Water Authority resulted in a revision of the SDCWA weighted vote allocation for 2024. Under the new weighted vote approved at the Jan. 25 CWA board meeting the Rainbow Municipal Water District will have 3.935% of the vote and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton will have a weighted vote of 0.077% for the rest of the 2024 meetings. The approval of the new weighted vote had no opposition from the CWA board although Padre Dam...

  • Ghost gun arrests made in Fallbrook

    Feb 16, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Three people are in custody in an ongoing drug investigation in Fallbrook. Deputies with the Fallbrook Sheriff's Substation Crime Suppression Team developed information about a house that was possibly involved in selling drugs. Through the Crime Suppression Team's investigation, enough evidence for a search warrant was obtained. The search warrant was served at a house in the 2700 Block of Los Alisos Drive on Wednesday, Feb. 7 just before 6 a.m. The following...

  • 146 Ballot drop boxes open for March Presidential Primary Election

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office | Feb 16, 2024

    Starting Tuesday, Feb. 6, registered voters can return their mail ballot for the March Presidential Primary Election to any one of 146 official ballot drop boxes located around the county. Mail ballots for the county's 1.9 million registered voters were expected to arrive that week. What do the Registrar's official ballot drop boxes look like? The Registrar's official ballot drop boxes are red, white and blue and feature the Registrar's logo along with the county seal. All...

  • DA Stephan honored with U.S. Attorney General Meritorious Public Service Award

    Feb 16, 2024

  • Rainbow Water hires new chief financial officer

    Feb 16, 2024

  • Workers of the Week like to help people

    Feb 16, 2024

  • Sheriff Log

    Feb 16, 2024

    NOTE: While these reports have been taken straight from the Sheriff's Office, individuals are innocent until proven guilty. These addresses reveal the block number, not an exact location. Feb. 4 38000 blk De Luz Rd. Grand theft: Livestock - Horses 4500 blk La Canada Rd. Contempt of court - Disobey court order Feb. 5 900 blk Buena Capri Medical examiners case - Death 400 blk Poets Square Misc. incidents 400 blk Ammunition Rd. Simple battery 100 blk W. Fallbrook St. Pass completed check with intent to defraud, personate to...

  • Fallbrook A Leer literacy event set for March 23

    Feb 16, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The 20th Fallbrook A Leer/Day of Service & Literacy will take place Saturday, March 23 at Maie Ellis Elementary School, 400 West Elder St. The day will begin with a special guest speaker for parents and will include 30 guest readers reading to more than 300 children, who will also receive free school backpacks filled with books and supplies. The event will also feature children's artwork, dance and ballet folklorico performances, education seminars for...

  • Palomar College leaders advocate for students

    Feb 16, 2024

    SAN MARCOS – Students throughout the nation seeking a path to a 4-year degree, or a new career in high demand industries, enroll in a nearby community college. There are over 900 community colleges in the United States serving over 10 million students. This equates to 35% of all undergraduate students nationwide. There are 116 community colleges in California educating over 2 million students. Research indicates that most community college students are the first in their...

  • Fallbrook Garden Club presents 'Organic Farming in S Morro Hills'

    Feb 16, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The program at Fallbrook Garden Club's Tuesday, Feb. 27, general meeting features transforming a 50-year-old Avocado Grove into a Biodiverse Organic Fruit Farm. Rachel Jonte has been part of Mraz Family Farms, an Oceanside avocado, coffee and passionfruit farm, since its inception in 2015. Residing on the land as it has transformed over the past eight years and assisting her husband Justin Jonte who manages the farm, Rachel Jonte will share about the unique...

  • Bingo money supports 4-H, school and pet care

    Feb 16, 2024

    RAINBOW – Rainbow Valley Grange presented a check to the Fallbrook/Bonsall/Rainbow 4-H for their scholarships and programs. Jr. Grange member Ruby-Jean Varela gave a speech and asked for a donation at a meeting last year. A couple of months later, she accepted a $1000 check on behalf of the 4-H club. The funds for the donation are from the proceeds of the grange's monthly Bingo night (fourth Thursday of the month). County regulations require that all income from Bingo be...

  • FWC's semi-annual attic sale fundraiser is set for March 1-2

    Feb 16, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Woman’s Club is holding its popular semi-annual attic/rummage sale Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Antiques, jewelry, household items, clothes, toys, crafts, knick knacks, tools, small appliances, picture frames, dishes, pots & pans, garden art & plants and much more will be available for purchase. The event will be held in the FWC’s Clubhouse at 238 West Mission Road in Fallbrook. All proceeds go to local charities and Fallbrook High School scholarships. The Fallbrook...

  • Review of all things Real Estate

    Bob Hillery, CR Properties | Feb 16, 2024

    Here’s a blinding flash of the obvious, Fallbrook and much of North County is rural country, and rural areas have different concerns than do coastal and other developed “lot and block” neighborhoods. In established neighborhoods, there isn’t much concern about encroachment since the structures and lot lines will have been approved by reviewing authority when the real estate development map was created and approved. Our local escrow company will have escrow...

  • Residents can tell the county about road problems, graffiti, etc.

    Feb 16, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – The county introduced the free “Tell Us Now” app in 2017. It was designed to make it as easy as possible for county residents to report problems when they see them, whether it was bumping into a rut in the road, spotting a flooded culvert, noticing a building slimed with graffiti or a business spewing pollution. After downloading the “Tell Us Now” app, people can snap a quick picture, add some text on their phone and push “send” to immediately notify county departments. If the complaint isn’t...

  • Mary Elaine (Brooks) Dake

    Feb 16, 2024

    Mary Elaine (Brooks) Dake, 88, died comfortably in her home on Dec. 30, 2023, after battling cancer. Elaine (as she was known) was born in the Oklahoma Panhandle at Beaver, Oklahoma on April 6, 1935, to Frank and Evelyn Brooks. She was the third of four children, James Franklin Brooks, who died in infancy, Donald Fayne Brooks, her brother and Shirley, her sister. Growing up in the Great Depression, her family endured much hardship and moved from the Oklahoma Panhandle to the opposite side of the state to a farm near...

  • Warriors chase the Nighthawks

    Feb 16, 2024

    . Village News/Shane Gibson...

  • Legionnaires have home soccer playoff match Feb. 16, home boys basketball playoff Feb. 17

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter | Feb 16, 2024

    The CIF playoff selection and seeding meetings Feb. 10 gave first-round byes and quarterfinals home games to Bonsall High School’s boys soccer and boys basketball teams. The Legionnaires are in Division V-AA for both sports. The top four seeds were given first-round byes and a home game later in the week. Bonsall’s boys soccer team will begin playoff action at home, which for Bonsall means Ingold Sports Park in Fallbrook, Friday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. and if they win they will play Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. The...

  • Maya Khoury 4th, Sahara Khoury 10th at California Winter Championships meet

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter | Feb 16, 2024

    Maya Khoury placed fourth in the girls pole vault at the California Winter Championships track and field meet Feb. 3 at Arcadia High School and Sahara Khoury took 10th in that event. The Khoury twins are currently seniors at Fallbrook High School, whose 2024 track and field schedule begins with a tri-meet Feb. 29 at San Dieguito Academy. They competed with the Escondido-based North County Pole Vault Club at the California Winter Championships. "It was just really cool to be...

  • Nordeen breaks school career rebounds record

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter | Feb 16, 2024

    During the Jan. 19 game at Escondido High School, the Fallbrook High School girls basketball career rebounds record was broken by current senior Claire Nordeen. Between 1982 and 1984, Kristy Seidel pulled down 1,145 rebounds on behalf of Fallbrook High School. Nordeen surpassed that figure during the Warriors’ 61-31 victory in Escondido. “I’m very proud to get the school rebound record. It means a lot,” Nordeen said. “Breaking a record that stood so long is super special to me.” “She’s a once in a lifetime...

  • Vikings second at Borrego Springs Basketball Tournament

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter | Feb 16, 2024

    The Vallecitos Elementary School boys reached the final of the Borrego Springs Basketball Tournament before settling for second place. The Feb. 25 tournament was hosted by Borrego Springs Middle School. That school does not have its own gymnasium but is next to Borrego Springs High School, so the games were played on the high school campus. The second-place Borrego Springs Basketball Tournament finish for the Vallecitos boys was the best since the Vikings reached the final in...

  • Stroney fifth at CIF divisional tournament

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter | Feb 16, 2024

    The CIF Division I girls wrestling tournament took place Feb. 3 at Steele Canyon High School, and Fallbrook High School sophomore Dalanie Stroney placed fifth in the 105-pound weight class. "She had a really good day wrestling," said Fallbrook head coach Tom Brockson. Stroney also became the first-ever Fallbrook High School girl to place at a CIF wrestling tournament. Last year, 2023 graduate Alyssa Wilson became the first Fallbrook student-athlete to compete in the CIF girls...

  • Fallbrook residents advocate for trees Part 1 of 2

    Feb 16, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook residents have advocated for trees for many years. But it wasn't until 1995 that they began developing the Fallbrook treescape. That was an immense effort that gradually developed the goal of transforming our downtown and surrounding areas into a community forest. Because Fallbrook is an unincorporated community, many enhancement efforts are led by local nonprofit organizations, including Save Our Forest (SOF) which is a committee of the Fallbrook...

  • MSR for CWA to include voting and rate structures, links between projects and needs

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter | Feb 16, 2024

    San Diego County’s Local Agency Formation Commission is in the process of developing a municipal service review for the San Diego County Water Authority, and a presentation at the Feb. 5 LAFCO meeting noted that the MSR would focus on the SDCWA voting and rate structures and alignment between CWA projects and actual needs. The presentation was a non-voting item. The official action was to receive a verbal presentation from LAFCO staff including consultants, invite any comments from interested audience members, and discuss...

  • The world watches as Bald Eagles protect their eggs

    Bob Gonsett, Special to the Village News | Feb 16, 2024

    There is a live Webcam at Big Bear Lake showing nesting Bald Eagles. The eagles are high in a tree and right at home in the snow. What a neat use of technology to bring us these extraordinary live-action views – nighttime too. According to KUSI-TV news, there are three eggs in the nest and the mother and father take turns laying on the eggs. The eagles are named Shadow and Jackie. A “changing of the guard” took place this morning as we watched. Check out the action for yourself by visiting https:/...

  • Tips to stay safe while cleaning up after a flood

    Feb 16, 2024

    Sir Milo Loftin County of San Diego Communications Office If your home or business was flooded during the recent storms, it is important to keep yourself and your family safe when cleaning up. Before attempting to clean up after the storm, visit the recovery page at https://www.alertsandiego.org/ for safety tips, information on how to properly document damage and other available resources. Residents should only enter a flood-damaged building after local authorities have said it is safe to do so. You should not enter if...

  • Poetry with Purpose event raises funds to combat suicide among military vets

    Tim O Leary, Village News Correspondent | Feb 16, 2024

    Words make us wonder. Words make us feel. Words help us heal. Those realities dawned on me during the most recent Poetry with Purpose gathering in Temecula, an event that raised funds to prevent suicides among our military veterans. About 40 people paid $15 each to speak and listen Thursday, Jan. 18, at The Coffee Shop, 27725 Jefferson Avenue, a hybrid food and drink business. The beneficiary was a nonprofit group, Save the Brave, and the host. The poetry group was launched...

  • How healthy is your milk?

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News | Feb 16, 2024

    I'll cut to the chase – likely very questionable. Do yourself a favor. Turn your milk container around. It doesn't matter if you drink whole milk, skim milk, almond milk, or cashew milk. Turn it around. Look at the ingredients. If it seems: You can't pronounce them Have no idea what they are, or It's a tremendously long list (just for milk) It may be time to re-evaluate your weekly milk purchase choice. Milk is not just milk anymore. What was delivered to our parents or...

  • Healthy Habits: Grapes – Nature's candy that's good for you

    Megan Johnson McCullough, Special to the Village News | Feb 16, 2024

    Grapes are sometimes called "nature's candy" because they have a sweet/sour taste that many people enjoy. They're an easy, convenient, quick snack with nutritional value. They're an ingredient and flavor for jellies, jams, wines and juice. They also come in dried form as raisins. They come in different varieties and colors including green, black, red, pink and yellow. The list of benefits is quite long for grapes, making them a go-to fruit to munch on. Grapes are high in...

  • Healthy habits build healthy smiles

    Feb 16, 2024

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson County of San Diego Communications Office Cavities are the most common chronic childhood disease. When left untreated, cavities in children can be painful or cause infections leading to learning issues, school absences and even emergency room visits and hospitalizations. The good news is that they are completely preventable. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month which promotes the benefits of good oral health from an early age. “It’s never too soon to begin taking care of...

  • Stopping the fixed rate electricity proposal

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District | Feb 16, 2024

    A few months ago, I brought to your attention the concerning proposal in California regarding a socialistic approach to electricity pricing based on income. This plan aimed to charge households fixed rates for electricity, irrespective of their actual consumption, with charges varying according to income levels. It was met with understandable outrage from many. I want to provide an update on the plan and your collective efforts for speaking out. Your pushback has not gone...

  • Calling all FUHS grads of '74

    Feb 16, 2024

    The FUHS 50th Reunion for the Class of ’74 is happening on Aug. 3, with some special pre- and post-events in the works. Let’s get together and reconnect with old friends, share our stories, have dinner together, listen to our music and dance the night away at the Pala Mesa Resort. Discounted tickets are available until March 31, so if you have not already registered, now is the time! Contact the Reunion Committee for more information at [email protected]. Linda Giannelli (formerly from...

  • Humane help for homeless

    Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District | Feb 16, 2024

    Surveys indicate that 70% of Californians see homelessness as a big problem. That’s understandable since almost one half of all unsheltered homeless persons live in California, though we have only about 12% of the nation’s total population. Over the past three years, our homeless population increased by over 22,000 persons, to almost 174,000. In San Diego County, the homeless population increased by 10% in the last year alone. California spent $20 billion on the problem...

  • It would be ok… only if…

    Feb 16, 2024

    It would be ok to have a highly active park (four soccer fields, skateboarding park, baseball, basketball, etc.) at the Bonsall Community Park…only if… 1. All the residents and businesses of Bonsall receive written notice of the complete, proposed Park Plan; and 2. All residents and businesses of Bonsall receive written notice of planned Park discussion meetings to be held only in Bonsall with a majority approval thereof by Bonsall residents and businesses only. The big beef: San Diego County obtained “approval” for...

  • Issa announces new mobile office hours for offices in Lakeside, Warner Springs, and Rainbow

    Feb 16, 2024

    ESCONDIDO – Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-48) announced Feb. 12 new staff mobile office hours in the communities of Lakeside, Warner Springs, and Rainbow. Mobile office hours are available to provide any resident of California’s 48th Congressional District the opportunity to meet with a member of Congressman Issa’s staff and receive assistance with casework needs such as passports, veterans’ benefits, social security and Medicare recipients, IRS and tax returns, and other questions or concerns related to federal...

  • Re: 'The Compromised Plate: A call for real food over drugs' [Village News, Letter, 2/8/24]

    Feb 19, 2024

    Julie Reeder yet again proliferates her insightful research and knowledge to help guide us through our healthcare decisions. She is simply indefatigable. For a “local-yokel” newspaper, Village News is truly a treasure trove of information. We all must take calculated risks, every day, as every decision entails a front and a back side to it. I'm afraid though some may have placed their bet on the wrong horse when it comes to their Covid vaccine and its boosters. There is now growing evidence of a rise in cancers...

  • A rainy day at Potter Junior High

    Feb 16, 2024

    Potter Junior High teacher Chris Burrows submitted these photos Feb. 6; they were taken by two of the seventh graders in his School Announcement Class, Lily Bakalchuck and August...

  • Fallbrook Propane Gas Company seeks artists for Art of the Avocado Art Competition

    Feb 16, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Propane Gas Company, sponsor of the "Art of the Avocado" art competition is now calling for entries. The art competition is part of Fallbrook's annual Avocado Festival. Any artistic medium may be submitted – the only restriction is that an "avocado" must be easily identifiable in all pieces. Three categories: 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional cash prizes awarded in each: first place – $300, second place – $200, and third place – $100. The...

  • World Chamber Jazz Ensemble, Quarteto Nuevo, to perform in Fallbrook

    Feb 16, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Returning to Fallbrook by popular acclaim, Fallbrook Music Society brings musical ensemble, Quarteto Nuevo, back to Fallbrook Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. Fallbrook is one of their first stops during their upcoming Western states tour. "Quarteto Nuevo's virtuoso musicians skillfully blend their music with a contemporary flair along with the new sounds of their 'Jazz Road Suite,'" Bob Freaney, president of Fallbrook Music Society, said. "We've had numerous folks...

  • Marine Corps identifies troops lost in California helicopter crash

    Feb 16, 2024

    Micaela Burrow Investigative Reporter, Defense Daily Caller News Foundation The Marine Corps identified the five crew members declared dead after a helicopter crash in a statement Friday, Feb. 9. The five Marines – three captains, a sergeant and a lance corporal – were flying a CH-53 Super Stallion heavy-lift helicopter from Creech Air Force Base in Clark County, Nevada, to California when the aircraft went down near Pine Valley, California. While an investigation is ongoing into the crash, the unit, known as the Flying...

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