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  • Local veterans work tirelessly for the community

    Karen Ossenfort, Special to the Village News|Updated Aug 12, 2022

    The local Veterans of Foreign Wars post's past commander, Chris Ingraham, has first-hand knowledge and experience with the VFW's National Home for Children. He also is the State and District chairman of the VFW National Home for Children. Fallbrook's VFW post just held a fundraiser for the program, which takes families and children and houses them for up to four years on the VFW National Home for Children property in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Ingraham said to qualify, you need t...

  • Early morning residential fire contained to one apartment unit

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Aug 3, 2022

    UPDATE: North County Fire Protection District firefighters responded to an apartment fire at the Smoketree Apartments located at 795 West Fallbrook Street in Fallbrook on Wednesday, August 03, 2022 at 1:38 am. Reports came into North County Dispatch JPA of an apartment unit on fire on the second floor. NCFPD firefighters arrived on the scene at 1:44 am and saw smoke and fire coming from a second-floor apartment unit. Crews located the fire in Unit 22 and initiated fire...

  • Sheriffs invite community to National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jul 29, 2022

    The Fallbrook Sheriff Substation hosts a National Night Out event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2 in the parking lot behind the Chamber of Commerce at 111 S. Main Avenue. The public is invited to attend. National Night Out is an annual event that builds community relations and promotes law-enforcement-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie, said Crime Prevention Specialist Heather Mitchell. “McGruff is going to be there, too,” Mitchell exclaimed. Community participants will have the opportunities to meet...

  • Initial reporting call sent NCFPD to the Fallbrook Airpark when recent plane crashed

    Karen Ossenfort and Julie Reeder, Photographer AC Investigations|Updated Jul 29, 2022

    One person died and a second was critically injured when a 1953 vintage T-28B aircraft they were in crashed in Fallbrook, Saturday, July 23. According to NCFPD spokesperson PIO John Choi, the pilot and one passenger were the only two people on board at the time of the crash. The plane made a hard landing on a Altman Specialty Plants flower field in the 2500 block of Olive Hill Road, shortly after taking off from Fallbrook Airpark. No one at the nursery or the ground was...

  • Sheriffs invite community to National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jul 28, 2022

    The Fallbrook Sheriff Substation hosts a National Night Out event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2 in the parking lot behind the Chamber of Commerce at 111 S. Main Avenue. The public is invited to attend. National Night Out is an annual event that builds community relations and promotes law-enforcement-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie, said Crime Prevention Specialist Heather Mitchell. “McGruff is going to be there, too,” Mitchell exclaimed. Community participants will have the opportunities to meet...

  • Disgruntled woman disturbed the peace at Alva Lane, East Alvarado Street Monday, July 25

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jul 26, 2022

    An obviously disgruntled woman made life non-peaceful for awhile last night near Alva Lane and East Alvarado Street. According to the San Diego County Sheriff Watch Commander, the woman drove onto someone’s driveway and started shouting. Then she had a knife and continued shouting. Several units responded to the call that came in early evening on Monday, July 25. The Watch Commander said all ended well, and the woman wasn’t arrested. She was briefly brought in for evaluation and released. No one was injured in the...

  • Combustible materials on condo balcony leads to damaging fire

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jul 25, 2022

    A condo in Bonsall had combustible materials on the balcony, July 19, which lead to a fire. A neighbor called the fire department with a report of smoke coming from the condo on Del Cielo Este in Bonsall. When firefighters arrived they saw the second story balcony on fire. As a result they brought fire hoses through the front entrance to the condo to start their fight against the balcony fire. The reporting call came in at 5:38 p.m. and crews were there within five minutes to battle the blaze. Vista Fire and Oceanside fire...

  • Early morning road-rage shooting on SB I-15 leads to crash, arrest

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jul 25, 2022

    A road rage incident at SB I-15, just past Rainbow Valley Boulevard, happened early Monday morning when one or more of the occupants in a silver Mercedes shot at a Blue Dodge Ram Truck driver. The truck driver was a 57-year-old man from Murrieta. Fortunately for him, he suffered no injuries. California Highway Patrol (CHP) Spokesperson Hunter Gerber, said the CHP received a call at 5:50 a.m., and responded immediately. “As officers were responding to the incident, they observed a silver Mercedes driving by the incident. It...

  • Horse back on its hooves after brief break in Santa Margarita River

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jul 25, 2022

    After a morning of hot trail riding, a horse decided to take a break in the water of the Santa Margarita River. The only problem was, it couldn't get back up on its own. Riders called North County Fire Protection District for its help. NCFPD was on scene within a handful of minutes. Using its rope rescue equipment, the crews were able to help the old horse get back on its hooves. Seems the old horse was suffering from heat exhaustion and the river gave it a brief...

  • Beloved longtime thrift store shutting its doors, but not by choice

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jul 22, 2022
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    It was a flurry of activity Thursday at St. John's Thrift Store. Despite the impending closing, the volunteers and managers put on happy faces and helped customers, and packed up things to move out. After its 50-year history and second location, St. John's Thrift Store's board was given a 30-day notice to vacate the property from Bessie Chin, of Chin Ciardella Properties, LLC of Rancho Santa Fe, California. Attempts to reach her were not successful. St. John's last day of...

  • Beloved longtime thrift store shutting its doors, but not by choice

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jul 21, 2022

    Today is the final day to shop at St. John's Thrift Store It was a flurry of activity Thursday at St. John's Thrift Store. Despite the impending closing the volunteers and managers put on happy faces and helped customers, and packed up things to move out. After its 50-year history and second location, St. John's Thrift Store's board was given a 30-day notice to vacate the property from Bessie Chin, of Chin Ciardella Properties, LLC of Rancho Santa Fe, California. Attempts to reach her were not successful. St. John's last day...

  • Ecology Wrecking Storage fire sent nasty smoke throughout the 76 corridor

    Karen Ossenfort, Village News|Updated Jul 18, 2022

    Monday's nasty fire at the Ecology Wrecking Storage facility off Airport Road in Oceanside has been knocked down and most of the smoke has dissipated, according to observations and spokesmen. Multiple agencies fought the fire, which started around 7 a.m. July 18 and included not only Oceanside, but Camp Pendleton, Vista and Carlsbad. HAZMAT and County Health also were at the scene. In addition, the county Air Pollution Control District Compliance Supervisor Tim Wolff arrived on site. "We no longer have much smoke," Wolff...

  • Motorcycle vs vehicle collision sends one to hospital

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jul 14, 2022

    A motorcycle vs vehicle collision at around 7 p.m. on July 13, by Turnagain Apartments on East Mission Road sent the motorcyclist to the hospital. According to North County Fire, the adult patient was transported to Camp Pendleton Hospital with injuries. Another accident occurred around 12:15 a.m. today, July 14, on the I-15 southbound ramp from the scales at South Rainbow Valley Blvd., Rainbow. It was a minor accident without injuries, according to North County Fire....

  • CHP investigating head-on collision at Via Encinos and South Mission

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jul 13, 2022

    *** UPDATE California Highway Patrol is investigating the traffic collision at Via Encinos and South Mission Road Tuesday, July 12 at around 9:30 p.m. CHP confirmed the accident was a hit and run. Driver of one of the vehicles is “outstanding, and with possible injuries.” CHP confirmed that part of the investigation will involve searches. CHP also confirmed that juvenile occupants were detained at scene while ASTREA searched for the driver. CHP said darkness hindered its search last night. The accident involved a truck...

  • Fire fighters stop forward rate of spread off of Ladera Vista Road

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jul 11, 2022

    North County Fire is at the scene of a vegetation fire in the 4000 block of Ladera Vista Road in Fallbrook. The spokesperson asks that people avoid the area until it is cleared up. A spokesman said, “The fire is holding at one acre. Crews and aircraft are making great progress.” The fire started in a grove near the bottom of the hill. Fire crews and aircraft stopped the forward rate of spread, a spokesman said, adding that units will remain on scene for mop up....

  • Structure fire on Via Vista

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jul 9, 2022

    UPDATE North County Fire was called to the scene of a structure fire in the 1500 block of Via Vista in Fallbrook at 5:21 pm on Friday, July 8. The fire was in a detached garage. No one was displaced. According to a NCFPD spokesperson there were six engines, one ambulance, two battalion chiefs and the Fire Marshall on the scene. Camp Pendleton Fire Department also assisted and brought the fire under control and cleared by 8:25 pm. The fire is under investigation....

  • Widespread power outage in De Luz due to fire

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jul 8, 2022

    North County Fire Protection is on the scene of a transformer fire in the 1100 block of De Luz Road. The fire is out. There is a widespread power outage in the area....

  • East Mission Road in 300 block power May be disrupted this morning

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jul 8, 2022

    Power may be disrupted on East Mission Road this morning. North County Fire Protection is on the scene of a commercial fire alarm in the 300 block of East Mission Road. When they arrived there was no fire but crews found a power line down with tripped fuses. A spokesperson said power to the area may be disrupted....

  • Late evening I-15 crash lands injured driver in hospital

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jul 6, 2022

    Southbound I-15 and Highway 76 was the scene of a roll over accident Tuesday, July 5. According to the spokesperson for North County Fire Protection District, the sedan was traveling at high speeds when it left the freeway at Highway 76 and rolled over, coming to rest in the Park & Ride lot. The spokesperson said that the adult patient was able to self extricate from the mangled vehicle. The patient sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Palomar Hospital. California Highway Patrol is investigating the...

  • Rainbow structure fire spreads to vegetation

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jul 5, 2022

    A structure fire in Rainbow near Rainbow Heights Road and Jeremy Way overnight spread to vegetation. Four North County Fire Protection District engines were on scene. NCFPD firefighter was injured and transported to Palomar Hospital. The injuries are not life threatening. He was released Monday, July 4 morning. According to the NCFPD spokesperson the fire is out....

  • Sandia Creek gate is closed

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jul 4, 2022
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    Drivers who cut through Fallbrook, Sandia Creek and DeLuz on their way to Temecula or I-15, are in for a surprise today because they will no longer have access to the privately-owned and maintained Sandia Creek Road. The Gates are locked and no one has access without a pass. "As of 8 a.m. this morning the gates are closed," said Alma Carpenter, secretary of the Sandia Creek Road committee. "The fire department did an extensive review of the gate and (how it will work) and...

  • Avoid Olive Hill Road : Closed due to traffic collision and wires down

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    North County Fire Protection District this evening, July 2 at 11:15 p.m., is on the scene of a traffic collision at Olive Hill Road and Olive Hill Trail. A spokesperson said wires are down and Olive Hill Road is closed in both directions. He asks that drivers avoid that area and take alternate routes....

  • Olive Hill Road is now open

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    UPDATE: OLIVE HILL IS OPEN NOW ACCORDING TO NCFPD. A tree was down at Olive Hill Road and Shamrock Road in Bonsall. North County Fire Protection District advised drivers then to use an alternate route till further notice. Olive Hill road is back open....

  • Sheriff investigates double homicide in Valley Center

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jul 1, 2022

    Sheriff's Deputies responded to a home in the 14700 block of Interlachen Terrace in Valley Center on June 26, around 10 p.m., for a report of assault with a deadly weapon. The reporting party advised her brother-in-law, 44-year-old Christian Bobila, (allegedly) shot her husband, the sheriff spokesperson said. Upon arrival to the area, deputies located Bobila driving a black minivan a few blocks away from the scene. A traffic stop was conducted and Bobila was detained without incident, explained the spokesperson. Deputies and...

  • Sheriff investigates double homicide in Valley Center

    Karen Ossenfort|Updated Jun 30, 2022

    Sheriff's Deputies responded to a home in the 14700 block of Interlachen Terrace in Valley Center on June 26, around 10 p.m., for a report of assault with a deadly weapon. The reporting party advised her brother-in-law, 44-year-old Christian Bobila, (allegedly) shot her husband, the sheriff spokesperson said. Upon arrival to the area, deputies located Bobila driving a black minivan a few blocks away from the scene. A traffic stop was conducted and Bobila was detained without incident, explained the spokesperson. Deputies and...

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