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Articles from the March 13, 2012 edition


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  • Woman in Valley Center attempts to run down deputy, then gives chase

    Updated Mar 13, 2012

    FALLBROOK - A woman driver in a white Mini Cooper tried to run down a deputy in Fallbrook tonight, then eluded deputies who chased her for about three to four blocks, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Deputies believe they know where the woman lives, said Lt. J.T. Faulkner of the San Diego Sheriff's Department. The chase began in the area of Miller Road and Via Encantado at 8:56 p.m. after the woman tried to run a deputy down, Faulkner said. Faulkner said he did not know why the deputies initially tried...

  • Sailors aboard USS Carl Vinson celebrate vessel's 30th year of service

    Updated Mar 13, 2012

    SAN DIEGO - Sailors aboard the San Diego-based aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson celebrated the vessel's 30th year of service today. The ship is on its 12th deployment since it was commissioned on March 13, 1982, as the third Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. ''When you look at the amount of time Carl Vinson has spent at sea over the last 30 years, it's a tribute to the dedication of every sailor who's served aboard her,'' said Command Master Chief Jeffrey Pickering. ''Prolonged success for a ship always equals one thing -- and...

  • Supervisors Approve Contracts with Two Largest Locals

    Updated Mar 13, 2012

    RIVERSIDE - The Board of Supervisors today approved tentative collective bargaining agreements with the county's two largest public sector unions, which will produce what one board member characterized as ''dramatic savings'' for the county over the next decade. ''This is excellent work,'' board Chairman John Tavaglione said of the compacts with the 6,800-member Laborers International Union of North America, Local 777, and 5,600-member Service Employees International Union, Local 721. Tavaglione praised Department of Human...

  • Camp Pendleton Marine Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldauser asked to serve as military assistant to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

    Updated Mar 13, 2012

    CAMP PENDLETON - The commanding general of Camp Pendleton's 1st Marine Expeditionary Force has been tapped to serve as senior military assistant to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Marine Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser will likely leave the North County installation as early as this summer. He will replace Marine Lt. John F. Kelly, who was nominated in January to command the U.S. Southern Command. Waldhauser has commanded Pendleton's 1st Marine Expeditionary Force since October 2010. The force consists of roughly 57,000 Marines....

  • Sheriff's Department to Implement New Mobile Mapping System

    Updated Mar 13, 2012

    RIVERSIDE - The acquisition of a mobile mapping system that will enable Riverside County sheriff's deputies to more quickly locate crime scenes and other hot spots was approved today by the Board of Supervisors. In a 4-0 vote, with Supervisor Jeff Stone absent, the board signed off on Sheriff Stan Sniff's request for a $647,000 optional multi-year contract with St. Cloud, Minn.-based Geo-Comm Inc. to upgrade the sheriff's patrol fleet, consisting of around 900 vehicles, using the company's GeoLynx 911 system. ''At the...

  • Man driving stolen car suffers fatal injuries after crash

    Updated Mar 13, 2012

    MORENO VALLEY - A man driving a stolen car suffered fatal injuries in a high-speed crash in the Moreno Valley area, authorities said today. Jose Aguilera, 25, of Moreno Valley died about 12:20 a.m. at the scene of the crash, which occurred about an hour earlier at Woodson Road and Reche Canyon Road, according to the Riverside County coroner's office. Aguilera was driving a stolen 1993 Honda Accord west on Reche Canyon at a ''high rate of speed,'' California Highway Patrol Officer Sylvia Vargas said. As he passed Woodson, he...

  • Foreclosure Sales Drop by Double Digits Countywide

    Updated Mar 13, 2012

    RIVERSIDE - Sales of foreclosed homes in Riverside County fell significantly last month, dovetailing with a double-digit decrease in auctions statewide, a real estate tracking firm reported today. Bay Area-based ForeclosureRadar.com's monthly report shows that a total 1,141 repossessed properties were sold countywide in February, compared to 1,421 in January -- a 19 percent dip. The county's foreclosure sales were down 23 percent from a year ago, when 1,482 homes ended up on the auction block. In California, sales of distress...

  • Grant to Fund Emergency Training in County, Cities

    Updated Mar 13, 2012

    RIVERSIDE - A $536,884 federal grant to support training for natural disasters and other emergencies was accepted today by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. The Emergency Management Performance Grant will be used by the county's Office of Emergency Services and cities within the county to fund programs geared to preparedness and response, according to OES Director Peter Lent. He told City News Service that the county will retain about $200,000, while the balance will be distributed to more than a dozen...

  • Verdicts to be Announced in Trial of Accused Internet Predator

    Updated Mar 13, 2012

    RIVERSIDE - Verdicts will be announced today in the trial of an Orange County man accused of using social networking sites to meet young girls and photograph them nude, resulting in one alleged rape. After deliberating for roughly two days, the panel in the case of Joshua David Threlkeld announced Tuesday afternoon that it had reached conclusions on most or all of the 103 felony and misdemeanor charges against the 34-year- old defendant. However, because Threlkeld's attorney, John Feiner, whose office is in Irvine, could not...

  • Oceanside Police says fatal stabbing of former Fallbrook resident "may be gang related"

    Updated Mar 13, 2012

    A spokesman with the Oceanside Police Dept. has said the fatal stabbing of a former Fallbrook resident in the early morning hours of March 4 in Oceanside "may be gang related." 25-year-old Samuel Quintana Zamudio, a former Fallbrook resident who was residing in Oceanside suffered stab wounds to the chest in an incident in the 200 block of Walsh Street shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday morning, March 4. Lt. Leonard Mata said that the perpetrator of the crime, who was arrested the next day, is a 17-year-old male. Because the...

  • Man sustains bullet wound near nursery in Rainbow

    Updated Mar 13, 2012

    Sheriff's deputies were called when a man arrived at Fallbrook Hospital last night (Monday, March 12) with a bullet wound to the leg. "The victim is a migrant worker who said he was walking the back trails around Rainbow near Hines Nursery when he felt a burning sensation in his upper thigh," explained Lt. Robert Haley, commander of the Fallbrook Sheriff's substation. Deputy Zach Harris responded to the call from the hospital and was told the victim "did not realize he had been shot until he got home." Harris said the man's i...

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