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  • Big rig fire causes shutdown on I-15 northbound near old Highway 395

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Aug 12, 2022

    A semitruck that burst into flames on northbound Interstate 15 near the exit of Old Highway 395 Friday, Aug. 12, snarled traffic as lanes were closed to battle the blaze. According to the CHP incident log, the big rig fire was first reported at 1:34 p.m. and all lanes of the freeway were closed for about one and one-half hours before lanes 1 through 3 were reopened to traffic at around 3:11 p.m. Approximately 15 gallons of oil was spilled onto the roadway that required...

  • Issa takes early lead in 48th Congressional District

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Jun 7, 2022

    According to early voting results in the June 7 primary election, 48th Congressional District Representative Darrell Issa is poised to retain his seat representing southern Californians in the U.S. House of Representatives. Issa currently holds 56.5% of the vote compared to his closest challenger Stephen Houlahan who has 31.2% of the vote. Matthew Rascon (10.6%) and Lucinda Jahn (1.7%) are also vying for the seat. In the battle for Lt. Governor, incumbent Eleni Kounalakis...

  • Fallbrook resident arrested in connection with armed robberies

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Apr 30, 2022

    A Fallbrook resident has been arrested in connection with several robberies Menifee Police Captain Dave Gutierrez said last week. Sean Harris, 34, of Fallbrook was arrested April 8 for felony possession of a stolen vehicle, felony parole violations, misdemeanor grand theft and two second degree felony robbery charges. Harris was arrested in connection with a slew of robberies, including three robberies that occurred in the City of Temecula between March 20 and March 27, at...

  • Firefighters make quick work of Fallbrook house fire

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Apr 26, 2022

    Firefighters made quick work of a house fire that broke out in a four-plex multi family dwelling in the 1700 block of Tecolote Drive in Fallbrook that was first reported at 12:18 p.m. Friday, April 15. The fire, which broke out in a center unit, was contained by 12:40 p.m., North County Fire Protection spokesperson Captain John Choi said. "We were able to contain the fire to the garage," Choi said. "The living area in the home was not affected." Choi said it appeared the fire...

  • NCFPD responds to 2 vehicle collision

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Apr 22, 2022

    North County Fire Protection District responded to a two-vehicle accident that snarled traffic early this morning. First reported around 7 a.m., Friday, April 22, the incident occurred in the area of South Mission and Olive Hill roads. The roadway was closed due to a large amount of oil on the roadway NCFPD reported on Twitter. “County roads is responding to assist with the oil spill,” the Tweet said. After clean-up the roadway was re-opened to traffic....

  • Two injured in early morning traffic collision

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Apr 14, 2022

    North county fire responded to the scene of a traffic collision resulting in two people being transported to the hospital Thursday, April 14. The collision, first reported shortly before 7:22 a.m., blocked both lanes in the area of Brooke and Winter Haven roads in Fallbrook, North County Fire Protection District Spokesperson John Choi said. The two injured parties were transported to Palomar Hospital with minor injuries, Choi said. Motorists were asked to use an alternate route until the scene was cleared a short time...

  • Burg makes appearance at status conference

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Apr 11, 2022

    Nicholas "Nick" Burg, 30, of Fallbrook, appeared in court Monday, April 11 for a status conference regarding the case against him for suspicion of murder in the first degree. During the conference, Burg sat silently at the attorney's table with his public defender Jill Kovaly, never addressing the court during the less than two-minute hearing. Kovaly said that she wanted it on record that Tony Campbell from AC Investigations worked on the case and could be called as a...

  • Authorities converge on Fallbrook property where dead body of Murrieta man was found

    Kim Harris and Julie Reeder, Village Staff|Updated Apr 11, 2022

    Authorities converged on a Fallbrook property Tuesday, Aug. 3, where the body of 56-year-old Robert Berry Pierce (also known as Bobby Berry Pierce), believed to be from Murrieta, was found July 14. Nicholas "Nick" Burg, age 29, who lived at the property, was taken into custody Friday, July 16, by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department on suspicion of murder in the first degree after the discovery of the Pierce's remains. Burg was on a 5150 mental health hold in the days...

  • Early morning house fire displaces 2

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Apr 9, 2022

    An early morning fire at 749 Jericho Drive in Fallbrook has displaced two people according to North County Fire Protection District Spokesman John Choi. The fire was first reported at 6:20 a.m., Saturday, April 9, Choi said. "It sounds like the fire started on the outside of an enclosed patio and spread into the enclosed patio," Choi said, adding that crews were able to stop the fire before it spread into the main house. No injuries were reported in the incident and the cause...

  • California remains in drought despite winter storms

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Jan 13, 2022

    The state of California remains in a drought despite December's winter storms which dumped more than 130 inches of snow in the Sierra Nevadas, a key component of California Department of Water Resources' water supply forecast. "We could not have asked for a better December in terms of Sierra snow and rain," Karla Nemeth, director of the DWR, said. The Department of Water Resources conducted the first snow survey of the season at Phillips Station, Thursday, Dec. 30, which...

  • UPDATED: Numerous traffic accidents, flooding wreaks havoc on roadways

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Dec 14, 2021

    UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 4:30 p.m. California Highway Patrol is reporting a tree down in Fallbrook between Alvarado and Gum Tree Lane at 3:42 p.m. CHP is also reporting a vehicle off I-15 at Old Highway 395 Northbound at 3:54 p.m. ORIGINAL STORY: A slew of traffic accidents across the area along with flooding, is wreaking havoc on traffic and creating headaches for drivers this rainy Tuesday. In Fallbrook, the 2300 block of Huffstatler Street and 5000 block of 5th Street,...

  • BREAKING: I-15 crash near Rainbow Valley Boulevard exit slows traffic

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Dec 14, 2021

    A two vehicle collision on southbound Interstate 15 is slowing traffic, according to a CHP incident report. The incident report is showing at least one of the two vehicles on the right hand shoulder of the freeway with North County Fire Protection District and CHP responding to the crash, which was first reported at 10:52 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 14. No other information was available at the time of this posting. CHP spokesman Mike Lassig said it's important to remember to drive...

  • Fallen tree snarls traffic in Fallbrook

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Dec 14, 2021

    A tree that fell in the area of East Mission Road and Hamilton Lane snarled traffic earlier this morning. Mission Road had to be closed until the tree could be cleared, North County Fire Protection District said on Twitter. Drivers were advised to expect delays until the tree was cleared and the road reopened about an hour later....

  • UPDATE: Husband of missing Fallbrook woman shares his story as search continues

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Nov 8, 2021

    UPDATE: Saturday, Nov. 6, 6:20 p.m. Missing Fallbrook woman Elena Roy's husband spoke to Village News in an exclusive interview Saturday, Nov. 6. pleading for the return of his wife who went missing Wednesday, Nov. 3. "The only thing that matters to me is that she shows up, period," Chris Cataldo said, adding that he had been dealing with false reports of her disappearance from "all over town." Cataldo said that Roy, who he said prefers to go by her maiden name Lorea, has had...

  • Man dies in attempt to save woman in 'horrific' ziplining incident

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Nov 4, 2021

    A 34-year-old man working a zipline receiving platform in north San Diego County was fatally injured Saturday, Oct. 30, while trying to save a woman who was attempting to hook up on the platform, authorities said. Joaquin Romero of Banning died of multiple blunt force trauma injuries Monday, Nov. 1, after he fell from a receiving platform of a zip line while trying to help the rider, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner. Romero, who worked at the La Jolla Indian...

  • State Route 76 closed due to vehicle fire

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Oct 22, 2021

    The eastbound lanes of state Route 76 at Gird Road in Fallbrook were closed due to a vehicle fire earlier today Caltrans reported. North County Fire Protection District responded to the two-car, non-injury collision, which was first reported at 12:30 p.m. Motorists experienced some delays while firefighters battled the blaze, which was knocked down at 12:55 p.m., NCFPD spokesperson John Choi said. "The sedan rear-ended the pick-up truck and the sedan caught fire," Choi said,...

  • Car goes over embankment in crash on Mission Road

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Sep 10, 2021

    Emergency crews were at the scene of a solo traffic accident that left a vehicle over the side of the roadway and 20 feet down an embankment in the 1400 block of East Mission Road in Fallbrook, according to NCFPD PIO John Choi. The call came in at 3:06 pm and roadways were completely open and car was removed by 3:56 pm. Motorists experienced delays on East Mission as it was reduced to one lane while NCFPD first responders rescued the driver. The driver had minor injuries and...

  • Firefighter injured, 2 structures burn in 1,500 acre Chaparral Fire

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Aug 31, 2021

    One firefighter suffered minor injuries and two structures were destroyed in a brush fire that broke out Saturday, Aug. 29, officials announced. The Chaparral Fire, which was first reported at 12:38 p.m. near Tenaja and Cleveland Forest roads south of the unincorporated community of La Cresta in Cleveland National Forest, quickly exploded charring 1,500 acres, triggering evacuations and air quality warnings before firefighters brought it partially under control, Cal...

  • California's gubernatorial recall is coming

    Kim Harris|Updated Jul 21, 2021

    Californians will vote on whether to recall Governor Gavin Newsom Sept. 14, and voters are encouraged to get out and have their voices heard. The date was set early in July by Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, a Democrat, after election officials certified that enough valid petition signatures had been turned in to qualify the election for the ballot earlier this year. Republicans are hoping for an upset in the heavily Democratic state where the GOP hasn’t won a statewide election since 2006, according to published reports. The...

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    North County Fire makes quick work of RV fire

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Jun 16, 2021

    North County Fire Protection District made quick work of an RV fire at 666 Ranger Road. The blaze was first reported at 4:16 p.m. Captain John Choi with North County Fire said. When firefighters arrived they found the RV fully engulfed, he said, adding that there was a "little bit of extension into the vegetation." "The column of smoke could be seen in the east area of Fallbrook," Choi said. "It was a pretty defined column." The fire was underneath a powerline so SDG&E had to...

  • North County Fire makes quick work of RV fire

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Jun 13, 2021

    North County Fire Protection District made quick work of an RV fire at 666 Ranger Road. The blaze was first reported at 4:16 p.m. Captain John Choi with North County Fire said. When firefighters arrived they found the RV fully engulfed, he said, adding that there was a "little bit of extension into the vegetation." "The column of smoke could be seen in the east area of Fallbrook," Choi said. "It was a pretty defined column." The fire was underneath a powerline so SDG&E had to...

  • UPDATE: Driver Arrested Following Chase, Hours-Long Freeway Standoff in North County

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Jun 4, 2021

    PALA MESA - A 46-year-old man was behind bars today after leading authorities on a nearly two-hour pursuit from San Bernardino County to Interstate 15 in northern San Diego County, where he refused to exit his car for over three more hours, authorities said. The incident began about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, when San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a person in a vehicle possibly doing drugs outside a home in Barstow, California Highway Patrol Officer...

  • BREAKING: Brush fire reported in Rainbow

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated Jun 3, 2021

    Firefighters are working to extinguish a brush fire that started from a vehicle fire and spread to surrounding vegetation in the 1900 block of Via Ladera Drive in Rainbow, just south of the San Diego-Riverside county line, according to a tweet by North County Fire. There are no reports of structural damage or injuries from the brusher which charred roughly a quarter of an acre in medium-heavy fuels with a slow rate of spread before it was stopped. Multiple explosions were...

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    Summer heats up at Vail HQ with June events

    Kim Harris, Writer|Updated Jun 2, 2021

    As COVID-19 restrictions begin to relax, more and more in-person events are returning throughout the Temecula Valley and at Vail Headquarters, 32115 Temecula Parkway, summer is beginning to heat up with a plethora of events designed to be fun for the entire family. Rebecca Farnbach, past president of the Temecula Valley Historical Society said she is looking forward to the return of in-person programming at Vail Headquarters. "What a satisfying feeling to reopen Vail HQ...

  • BREAKING: Collision sparks vegetation fire on Olive Hill Road

    Kim Harris, Managing Editor|Updated May 26, 2021

    North County Fire Department responded to a reported vegetation fire, likely sparked by a two car collision in the 3200 block of Olive Hill Road in Fallbrook, according to the California Highway Patrol incident log. Two people were reporting injuries but refused transport, according to NCFPD PIO John Choi. The collision, first reported at 1:11p.m., Wednesday, May 26, involved a U-Haul as well as a black Toyota Tundra pickup truck and is blocking both lanes of traffic, the CHP said. "The fire is out," NCFPD reported on its...

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