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Articles from the September 15, 2011 edition


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  • Police seek help to find missing 98-year-old Hemet man

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    HEMET - Police today asked for the public's help to find a missing 98-year-old Hemet man who suffers from dementia. Rocco Leggett was last seen leaving his home on Menlo Avenue about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to Hemet police Lt. Eric Dickson. Leggett was on his way to the Hemet Valley Medical Center when he disappeared, according to police. Police received reports that Leggett was seen at the post office in Bonsall in San Diego County about 10:40 a.m. this morning, Dickson said. Leggett is white, bald and has brown...

  • District Attorney's Office Drops Plan to Seek Death for Killer

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    RIVERSIDE - A twice-convicted felon who murdered a retired Riverside police sergeant during a robbery in a mall parking lot is no longer facing a possible death sentence, Riverside County prosecutors announced today. Leslie Gene Parker, who turns 52 tomorrow, was found guilty in March 2010 of first-degree murder, with special circumstance allegations of using a firearm during a felony and committing a murder in the course of a robbery, in the December 1985 slaying of Frederick A. Taylor. The five-man, seven-woman jury...

  • Groups Sue Feds over Accommodations for Tiny Gnatcatcher Bird

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    RIVERSIDE - A Riverside-based property rights group and other parties filed a lawsuit today seeking to compel the Obama administration to reassess whether a bird species should remain federally protected -- with tens of thousands of acres reserved as ''critical habitat'' -- even though its nesting grounds extend well into Mexico. The Property Owners Association of Riverside County, the Santa Maria- based Coalition of Labor, Agriculture & Business and San Diego resident Dr. Lou Marsh are challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

  • Hollywood Stars Expected at Temecula Film Festival

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    TEMECULA - More than 100 domestic and foreign films, shorts and documentaries will show today through Sunday at the 17th annual Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival. Screenings are scheduled daily, from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the UltraStar Cinemas, 27531 Ynez Road. Bands are slated to perform free shows outside the venue, starting tomorrow night. The festival also will feature eight workshops on such subjects as writing a script and finding a distributor for an independent film. Feature-length and short films...

  • Pets available for adoption

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    FALLBROOK “ Major Market will be holding a pet adoption on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 845 S. Main Ave., next to Vince's Pizza. They are sponsoring the local Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary. Kittens, cats, puppies and dogs will be available, weather permitting. For more information, call (760) 685-3533 or visit www.fallbrookanimalsanctuary.org....

  • Grief Share meets Monday nights

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    FALLBROOK “ Grief Share is for anyone who would benefit from a Jesus-centered grief recovery program. The group meets on Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Fallbrook Presbyterian Church, 463 S. Stage Coach Lane. Jan Hilton and Terry Bibbens lead this group. Call Hilton at (760) 728-9436 for more information. Check out the program at www.griefshare.org. It's helped so many already. Everyone is welcome....

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    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    As I was listening to the president give his speech on the country's economy last week, I was simultaneously trying to balance my checkbook. Math was never my strong suit. Oddly enough, my checkbook balance is never the same as the balance on the statement from the bank. My bank's haughty assumption is that they are right and I am wrong. Given the money I am paying my bank through all of the miscellaneous fees, I should not have to balance my checkbook. That should be a service gladly rendered by my financial institution....

  • Better barracks eases transition with BAH freeze

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    A golf ball rolls smoothly along the putting green, pauses for an instant and drops in the hole. œYesss, said Cpl. Jayson McElroy, an administrative specialist with, Headquarters and Support Battalion, MCB Camp Pendleton. œNever thought I'd be golfing right outside my front door. Thanks to a new caliber of berthing facilities constructed across the Corps in response to the Commandant's Bachelor Enlisted Quarters initiative of 2006, the recent freeze on all Basic All...

  • FHS alumni present scholarships

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    FALLBROOK “ The Fallbrook Alumni Association continues to make a positive contribution to students at their alma mater. It was a pleasure for them to present four scholarships to deserving seniors on June 14 at the annual Awards Night for seniors. The Patricia Klaviter Grevatt Memorial Scholarship was given to Leah Whitman as she pursues a degree in elementary education. Cecily Paldino received a scholarship in fine arts and Rachel Helling received her award to pursue a c...

  • SeniorNet begins Fall computer classes

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    FALLBROOK “ SeniorNet will offer full schedule of computer classes for seniors beginning the week of Sept. 26. Classes offered include Photoshop Elements 8; Digital Camera 101; Windows 7 Basics and File Management; Beginning Computer, Internet and e-mail Basics; Advanced Family Tree Maker, Microsoft Live Photo Gallery, Movie Maker and SkyDrive. Classes ($35 each with current SeniorNet membership of $40) are offered on various days and times. Signups for classes will be held Sept. 20 and 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more i...

  • Local artist donates sculpture with a message to students

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    FALLBROOK “ Jim Helms, a local artist, has donated a sculpture titled œTexting until the End to the Fallbrook Union High School District. The sculpture is on display in the Fallbrook High School library. According to Helms, œ'Texting until the End' is a commentary about everyday life. We use various devices that can be distracting and lead us into horrific consequences. This sculpture is made from car parts. It is meant to draw attention to the dangers of driving and text...

  • Pala Band of Mission Indians donates $140,000 to Bonsall Union School District

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    PALA “ On Sept. 6, the Pala Band of Mission Indians made a $140,000 donation to the Bonsall Union School District (BUSD) for the 2011-2012 school year. The money will be used to assist with transportation costs and support programs that would otherwise be eliminated at Vivian Banks Charter School in Pala and to provide transportation and administrative support for Sullivan Middle School. œWe are pleased to help the Bonsall school district provide the best education po...

  • Kids can take the Fear Factor challenge

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    FALLBROOK - The Boys and Girls Club will be celebrating National Day for Kids with a Fear Factor Frenzy on Saturday, Sept. 17. The challenges start at 4 p.m. and continue through the evening with the final challenge scheduled for 8 p.m. There will be games to test each child's body, mind, and taste buds. Everyone is welcome and there is no fee. Contestants must have parents on site to register and must be between the ages of 7 and 14. The Club is located at 445 E. Ivy St....

  • Child photographers

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

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  • Pala donates 1,545 pairs of shoes to Soles4Souls

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    PALA “ Pala Casino Spa & Resort's Pala G.I.V.E.S. and Planet Pala environmental program has donated 1,545 pairs of shoes to Soles4Souls.The Nashville, Tenn. shoe charity collects and distributes shoes to people living in extreme poverty or those recovering from natural disasters. Pala's team members donated the shoes during August and they were shipped to Soles4Souls headquarters on Sept. 6. The shoes collected at Pala will be distributed in Haiti and Japan. The Pala G...

  • Angel Society makes August distributions to worthy causes

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    FALLBROOK - A total of $10,100 in donations to various community groups and worthy projects was approved by the board of directors of the Angel Society of Fallbrook at its August meeting. Heading the list of recipients was the Fallbrook Food Pantry, with $5,000 to help supply nutritious food to needy families in the Fallbrook area. The organization now serves between 500 and 600 families each week. More than 50 percent of its clients are children and more than 30 percent are seniors. A total of $2,500 was gifted to Fallbrook...

  • South Coast Winery offers annual Grape Stomp

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    TEMECULA - In a tradition that dates back centuries to European vineyards, two-time California Winery of the Year, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, invites area residents to squish a little merlot between their toes, at its seventh annual Harvest Celebration Blessing of the Wines and Grape Stomp on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. The ceremony, steeped in tradition, is a fun-filled celebration for the whole family. Guests can join in a special wine blessing officiated by...

  • Mahjong tournament presented by AAUW

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    FALLBROOK “ It's that time of year again for the Fallbrook Branch of the American Association of University Women to hold their fund and fun raising Mahjong tournament. The event will be held Friday, Sept. 30 at the Fallbrook Public Utility Building, 990 E. Mission Rd. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. with gaming to commence at 1 p.m. As in the past, there will be a raffle for door prizes and awards to highest and lowest scorers. The indomitable hostess and contact person is Araxy Moosa, (760) 723-2262, who will take reservations. B...

  • Fallbrook Medical Center celebrates Grand Opening

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

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  • TDAP vaccination deadline is Sept. 28

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    FALLBROOK “ Fallbrook Union High School has reminded parents and students that, by state law, they have until Sept. 28 to obtain the TDAP (Whooping Cough) vaccination. Those who have not already provided verification need to bring record of having received that vaccination to the nurse's office on the FUHS campus. If they prefer to fill out a waiver for this, or any other vaccination, the waiver document can be picked up in the school nurse's office and returned prior to Sept. 28. The TDAP waiver is different from other v...

  • Local trainer and horse compete on reality show

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    FALLBROOK “ Jody Childs, owner of Jody's Training Stables & Del Dios Peruvians, located in Fallbrook, will be featured in a new reality TV show called œAmerica's Favorite Trail Horse. The purpose of this show is to bring attention to the great American trail horse that has served this country so magnificently. One thousand horse and rider pairs from all over the country auditioned for the show, but only 100 pairs were chosen to compete. Childs' partner, Me Llamo Alt...

  • Fallbrook remembers 9/11

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    Nearly 700 residents of the Fallbrook community attended various events on Sept. 11 to say "Thank You" to Armed Forces and emergency responders, remember the loss that occurred 10 years ago, and educate their children about the occurrence. "We estimate about 200 people were at the hill climb, and 500 attended the remembrance ceremony," said North County Fire Protection District (NCFPD) Chief Bill Metcalf. "The Fallbrook community has done some type of remembrance ceremony...

  • Fallbrook High School locks down for 15 minutes to locate a student that others claimed had a gun

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    Administrators at Fallbrook Union High School (FUHS) implemented a lockdown on campus at approximately 1:30 p.m. this afternoon (Sept. 15) that lasted approximately 15 minutes. Dale Mitchell, superintendent of Fallbrook Union High School District, said that the decision to lock down was due to a student that needed to be located. "Information came to administration that there was a student in possession of a gun," said Mitchell. "The student was not where he was expected to be at the time, so we put the school in lockdown...

  • County supervisors' redistricting map approved

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    The redistricting for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors districts was approved on a 5-0 Board of Supervisors vote Sept. 6. The plan makes minor changes in the Fifth Supervisorial District, currently represented by Bill Horn. The new District Five will have a 2010 census population of 619,992, a deviation of 0.15 percent from the target district population of 619,063. Hispanics will comprise 17.42 percent of the district's voting-age population and African-Americans will account for an additional 3.28 percent of...

  • Two more plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter in murder - Robert Ramos to stand trial Nov. 16

    Updated Sep 15, 2011

    Two more of the four suspects involved in the Jan. 11 murder of 24-year-old Kenneth Mose have plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Salvador Lopez, 20, entered a change of plea from not guilty to murder to a plea of guilty to voluntary manslaughter in Vista Superior Court on Sept. 7. In addition, it was determined that Lopez personally killed Mose with the use of a knife because of his race and for the benefit of the criminal street gang Lopez was affiliated with. "[Lopez] committed a hate crime in concert with another,"...

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