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  • Young man transported to hospital after being jumped

    Julie Reeder|Updated Feb 24, 2024

    A call for battery came into the Sheriff's dispatch at about 9:21 pm on Saturday night from the 300 block of N. Main Ave. at El Toro Market. Sheriff's deputies and North County Fire arrived on the scene to find a 17-year-old man who witnesses reported was jumped by multiple male subjects. The young men fled the scene in a vehicle, according to San Diego Sheriff's Lt. Tingley. The victim was transported with unknown injuries to Palomar Hospital. More will be reported as...

  • CHP Motorcycle and SUV collide at Mission Rd. & I-15

    Updated Feb 23, 2024

    Today, February 23rd, at approximately 11:10 a.m. first responders received a call for assistance due to a traffic collision on the bridge over the I-15 Freeway at Mission Rd. The bridge has been closed until further notice and detours are in place. More details will be shared once they become available....

  • Writer ponders Fallbrook favorite for seniors: comfort food, conversation, music and more

    Tim O Leary, For those not in the know, S|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Special to the Village Newst. Patrick's Month is well underway. It begins after Valentine's Day and comes to a foot-stomping finale on March 17. During this gala period, and beyond, my Irish heart indulges in the riches of comfort food, conversation, dancing, music and more at the Fallbrook Community Center. All this unfolds for me simultaneously at the weekday lunches served by the Fallbrook Senior Center. I reveal this at great risk, as I may be slammed by my fellows for...

  • Local woman falls prey to sophisticated AI scam on Valentine's Day

    Julie Reeder|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    In a distressing incident on Feb. 14, a local woman, Valerie Thruelsen, became the latest victim of a sophisticated scam operation, leveraging artificial intelligence to exploit the trust and financial resources of unsuspecting individuals. The scam unfolded over the course of the day, five hours to be exact. It involved a series of phone calls that manipulated her into believing her granddaughter was in legal and medical jeopardy following a car accident, which was said to...

  • California Attorney General announces charges against local resident

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – California Attorney General Rob Bonta, on Feb. 16, announced charges against the alleged ringleader of an organized retail crime scheme that spanned 21 counties and involved an estimated $8 million worth of beauty products, as well as multiple members of her organized retail crime ring. The investigation was conducted by the California Department of Justice (DOJ), California Highway Patrol (CHP), Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Postal Inspection Service along with Ulta’s Loss Prevention Organized Retail...

  • NCFPD approves staffing for additional paramedics ambulance

    Joe Naiman, Village News Reporter|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Three actions during the Dec. 12 North County Fire Protection District board meeting involve increased ambulance staffing for the district. One approved action will add a fourth advanced life support ambulance in the district. Another action directed NCFPD staff to apply for a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's U.S. Fire Administration and directed district staff to develop a financial plan to support...

  • FUESD Governing Board approves new collective bargaining agreement

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District (FUESD) is pleased to announce the approval of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the Fallbrook Elementary Teachers Association (FETA) at the Feb. 15 Governing Board Meeting, underscoring a commitment to collaboration and support for educators. Superintendent Monika Hazel expressed gratitude towards FETA and FUESD leadership for fostering an atmosphere of understanding throughout the negotiation process. "We deeply value the dedication of our...

  • Foundation for Senior Care hosts Comedy Night

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    FALLBROOK – The Foundation for Senior Care announces, "Stand Up For Seniors," an evening of stand-up comedy sponsored by Silvergate Retirement Residence & Memory Care Suites. Aimed at raising funds for older adults in need, "Stand Up For Seniors" will take place Saturday, March 9, at the Mission Theater, 231 N. Main Ave. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the show will run from 6-8 p.m. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Proceeds from this event will directly fund...

  • BWC shows appreciation to Big Heart recipient

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

  • FUESD invites PTA leaders to monthly roundtable talks

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Union Elementary School District has announced the launch of its new monthly PTA Roundtable meetings, exclusively designed for PTA leaders and Superintendent Monika Hazel. These meetings aim to foster collaboration, exchange ideas, and strengthen the vital partnership between district leaders and PTA leaders. Recognizing the significance of communication and relationship-building between district leaders and PTA leaders, Hazel emphasized, "PTAs are inte...

  • Social Security Administration updates Equity Action Plan

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    WASHINGTON – Increasing access to programs and improving service are the main goals of the updated Equity Action Plan released by the Social Security Administration, Feb. 14. “We will administer our programs equitably by reducing administrative burdens and reaching underserved people,” said Martin O’Malley, Commissioner of Social Security. “In line with the Administration’s whole-of-government approach to deliver better outcomes for the American people, I’m pleased to share our Equity Action Plan 2023 Update....

  • Social Security publishes proposed rule for payroll information exchange to reduce improper payments

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    WASHINGTON – The Social Security Administration published a proposed rule, “Use of Electronic Payroll Data to Improve Program Administration,” describing the agency’s plans for accessing and using information from payroll data providers to reduce improper payments, including overpayments, which improves service to customers, Feb. 15. Unreported, late reported, and incorrectly reported earnings are often a cause of overpayments for people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and...

  • Worker of the Week makes coffee and art

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Shannon Ralls fills a coffee pot at the Fallbrook Coffee Company, 622 S. Mission Rd. Ralls has been the manager for two years. Her goal is to be a highly successful freelance artist. Her work is in pet portraits but not limited to. Her work can be seen at Village News/David Landry photo...

  • Suspect in custody after deadly drive-by shooting

    Julie Reeder, Village News|Updated Feb 22, 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...

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

    Village News and AC Investigations|Updated Feb 22, 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,...

  • Ghost gun arrests made in Fallbrook

    Updated Feb 22, 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...

  • Sheriffs respond to suspected burglary/hot prowlers

    Julie Reeder -AC Investigations|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Thursday, Feb. 15, there was a burglary, and hot prowl reported in the 200 block of E. College St. in Fallbrook at 11:12 am. The homeowner arrived at his house and it appeared to Tony Campbell, on the scene for Village News, that the homeowner heard male voices inside his home and called the Sheriff. Three Sheriff's units quickly arrived on the scene and called for backup and a K-9 unit. Several more Sheriff units arrived, possibly nine cars, including the K-9, which arrived...

  • Chamber guests wear boots & bling for dinner

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

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  • Suspect named and booked for murder

    Updated 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|Updated 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...

  • 146 Ballot drop boxes open for March Presidential Primary Election

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated 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

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

  • Rainbow Water hires new chief financial officer

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

  • Workers of the Week like to help people

    Updated Feb 16, 2024

  • Sheriff Log

    Updated 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 get...

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