Lakeside

BODY OF SECOND BOATING ACCIDENT VICTIM FOUND

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos: Mendez, left, from his Facebook page; Ingram, right, courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

August 3, 2014 (Lakeside) –A second body has been recovered from El Capitan Reservoir in Lakeside, following a boating collision Thursday.    Russell Mendez, 20, and Jeffry Ingram, 21 were killed after a Nitro vessel struck the boat while they were fishing, ejecting both men into the water.  Two men aboard the Nitro were treated for injuries and released.

TRAGEDY ON EL CAPITAN RESERVOIR: 1 DEAD, SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING BOATER

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 1, 2014 (Lakeside)--A boat collision has claimed the life of at a 21-year-old man and injured two others at El Capitan Reservoir in Lakeside Thursday night.   In addition a 20-year-old victim is missing after being ejected into the water.  A search continues, with help from San Diego Lifeguards, Heartland Fire & Rescue and the San Diego Fire Rescue Department.

A witness told ECM news partner 10 News that a Nitro vessel was traveling at a high rate of speed when it slammed into a small boat that was adrift, plunging everyone on board into the water.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: YEEHA! A RESOLUTION HONORING MISS RODEO USA IN LAKESIDE

 

Photo courtesy of Rob Riingen,  East County Herald

July 18, 2014 (Lakeside) – Senator Joel Anderson’s office sent in this pic of the Senator presenting a resolution honoring the new Miss Rodeo USA 2014 and former Lakeside Rodeo Queen,  Elisa Swenson.

STAR PARTY AND FAMILY CAMPOUT AT OAK OASIS CAMPGROUND IN LAKESIDE JULY 25-26

 

July 8, 2014 (Lakeside) - At Oak Oasis  Preserve Campground in Lakeside, a free family campout and star party will be held on Friday night, July 25 through Saturday July 26.  You’re invited to join members of the San Diego Astronomy Association and park staff, using telescopes to view stars and planets from 8 to 10 p.m. If you plan to campover, arrive by 7 p.m.on Friday to set up before sunset.  (Note: Camping is only on Friday night.)

LOCAL GOVERNMENT REPORT: THIS WEEK'S HOT HEARING ITEMS ACROSS EAST COUNTY

By Miriam Raftery

July 6, 2014 (San Diego's East County) -- Below are some of the newsworthy items on this week's agendas for boards, commissions and councils in East County. Taxes, electronic cigarettes and land use issues are among the hot topics to be discussed in these public meetings.  You can find full agendas and meeting details at the websites for each local governing body.

ARREST MADE IN TRIPLE HOMICIDE; VICTIMS HAVE ROOTS IN LAKESIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 23, 2014 (Lakeside) – A suspect has been arrested by San Diego Police in the case of a triple homicide  of three young people with ties to Lakeside, where their family runs an Italian restaurant.

FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT FAMILY OF MAN KILLED BY WRONG-WAY DRIVER IN LAKESIDE

 

June 13, 2013 (Lakeside) – On June 14 from 4-7 p.m. the Bucking Delorian restaurant in Lakeside will host a fundraiser for the Menegos family.  Douglas Menegos was killed in a tragic car accident last week, after he was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver on Highway 67. He left behind his wife, Lisa, and two children, Kara and Jake.

SUPERVISOR JACOB HOSTS COFFEE WITH CONSTITUENTS JUNE 26 IN LAKESIDE

 

June 6, 2014 (Lakeside) – You’re invited to share ideas, problems or concerns regarding County Government at a “Coffee with Constituents” hosted by Dianne Jacob, chairwoman of the County Board of Supervisors.

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES SPEAK AT REPUBLICAN/TEA PARTY EVENT IN LAKESIDE

 

By Nadin Abbott

May 19, 2012 (Lakeside)—The East County Cailfornia Republican Assembly  and the Lakeside Tea Party sponsored a joint event tonight at the Veterans for Foreign Wars post in Lakeside. The event had three Congressional candidates for three different districts, the 50th, 52nd, and 53rd.

ARSON ARRESTS MADE IN ESCONDIDO AS FIREFIGHTERS GAIN GROUND ON BLAZES

 

 

Update 12 p.m.  The Poinsettia Fire in Carlsbad is now 100% contained.

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

May 16, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)  9 a.m. --Escondido Police have arrested  Isaiah Silva, 19, and a juvenile for arson, U-T San Diego reports.  The arrests came after a citizen reporting seeing two people start a fire in a field near South Escondido Boulevard and another citizen reporting seeing arsonists start a blaze at Kit Carson Park.  However, Lt. Mike Kearney has stated that the two suspects are not believed to have started any of the major wildfires currently burning in San Diego County.

Cause of the other fires countywide remain undetermined.  There has been speculation in some media outlets of arson but officials have indicated the causes remain under investigation.  An arson strike force has been assembled to investigate the fires.

Over 121,000 evacuation notices have been sent by officials and hundreds stayed in shelters overnight as numerous fires burned across the region.

Below are updates on the major fires.

SAN DIEGO RIVER RUN 5K TAKES OFF MAY 10 IN SANTEE

 

Lakeside's River Park Conservancy's 7th annual San Diego River Run 5k is scheduled to be held on May 10, 2014.  A  morning run will be followed by a day of fun.

This year, organizers are combining efforts with the City of Santee and their annual SanTree Fest. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the festivities directly after the race.



Also, new this year will be a beer garden where each participant over the age of 21 (with proof) will receive a wristband that entitles them to one (1) free beer following the race.

KNIFE-WIELDING ROBBERY SUSPECT SOUGHT IN LAKESIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 4, 2014 (Lakeside)--The San Diego Sheriff's Department Santee Station is asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of a suspect who threatened a man with a knife and robbed him in Lakeside.

On Saturday, May 3rd, at 9:22 p.m. the suspect approached the victim who was riding his bike home from a meeting in the unincorporated area of El Cajon on Los Coches Road near Interstate 8. The suspect ran up to the victim and brandished a knife with a 4-6 inch blade and demanded cash. The suspect left the area on foot northbound towards Lakeside.

TWO YOUNG PEOPLE KILLED IN LAKESIDE CRASH; DRIVER CHARGED WITH MURDER

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 25, 2014 (Lakeside) – San Diego residents Carlos Kristopher Vargas and Monica Yvette Lupercio, each 20 years old , died of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident April 19 on westbound Interstate 8  near the Lake Jennings exit in Lakeside.  Vargas and Lupercio  were passengers in the backseat, both wearing seatbelts when the vehicle drifted into the median. 

The driver , Mario Alberto Carranza, had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit. Because of a prior DUI on his record, Carranza has been charged with murder. He pled not guilty and his hearing is set for May 1st.

CLOWNING AROUND: HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH LAKESIDE'S RODEO CLOWN

 

 

April 25, 2014 (Lakeside) -- Ever wonder what compels someone to become a rodeo clown -- running in front of a charging bull?  Mark and Cory Clement set out to find out in the debut edition of their new radio feature, "Wildest Jobs."  Hear a podcast of their entertaining and exclusive interview with a prominent rodeo clown at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, which originally aired today on the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ 89.1 FM.

Listen now:  http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/45gpqnig8d/RodeoClown-final.mp3

49TH ANNUAL LAKESIDE WESTERN DAYS PARADE

 

 

Lakeside: Where the West is Still Alive

April 24, 2014 (Lakeside)-- Join the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce for the 49th Annual Lakeside Western Days Parade on Saturday, April 26 at 9:35 a.m. along Woodside and Maine Avenue. This year’s parade theme is Lakeside: Where the West is Still Alive and celebrates the Lakeside Rodeo’s 50th anniversary. For more information about the parade or the Chamber, visit www.lakesidechamber.org.

TRICK ROPER TO PERFORM AT LAKESIDE RODEO’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT APRIL 25-27

 

 

April 24, 2014 (Lakeside) Tomas Gracilazo, trick roping expert, will perform his dazzling showmanship routine at each performance of the Lakeside Rodeo, which celebrates its 50th anniversary with performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday  April 25-27 this weekend.

You can also see a full range of other rodeo events including bull riding, barrel racing, team roping, steer wrestling, tie down roping, bareback bronc riding, and saddle bronc riding. There’s also a special stick horse riding competition for children.

KURDISH-AMERICANS CELEBRATE FREEDOM IN EAST COUNTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Leon Thompson

April 23, 2014 (Lakeside) --At El Monte Park in Lakeside on March 29, the Kurdish people celebrated Kurdistan’s independence and the Kurdish New Year.  

According to Chinar Hussein who helped start the Kurdish Community Center in El Cajon it is fitting that the two events be celebrated together since it is like a “new beginning” for the Kurdish people.  She said one reason the occasion was so joyous is because this particular celebration is forbidden in their homeland, Kurdistan, a mountainous region that encompasses portions of  northern Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria.

SAN DIEGO CHAPTER OF CALIFORNIA LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION ELECTS MEMBERS TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

East County Resident Named President

April 7 2014 (Lakeside) - The San Diego Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA), a non-profit trade organization of licensed landscape and landscape-related contractors elected its board of directors recently. East County resident Lawrence O’Leary was elected president of the board for a second term.  The other elected board members are:

ASSAULT ARREST IN LAKESIDE FOLLOWING STANDOFF

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 7, 2014 (Lakeside) – Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Steve Nakho, 24, for allegedly assaulting a man with a stick, then chased the victim with a knife Sunday night.  The victim told police he fled from the assailant and sought help at a USA gas station on Woodside Avenue.

PASSAGES: LAKESIDE RESIDENT AND NOTED COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER LINDA SHIPMAN

 

Celebration of life planned April 13

Linda Marie Shipman, 62, of Lakeside, California, passed away on March 29, 2014. A devoted wife, mother and massage therapist, she was also known as a tireless community volunteer active in local charities, nonprofits and business organizations.

STUDENTS FIND BODY IN LAKESIDE

 

Update: The Sheriff's investigation has concluded that this death was a suicide. A man who took the gun, prompting a search, said he did so to prevent students from picking up the weapon.

By Leon Thompson and Miriam Raftery

Photos by Leon Thompson; video by Billy Ortiz

April 3, 2014 (Lakeside) -- High school students walking home from El capitan HIgh School today made a grisly discovery--finding the body of a man who had been shot in an alley behind a laundromat and the KK Market. 

"At first it looked staged, it was so unreal, as if we were watching a movie," Markise Carter (photo, below right), one of the students who found the body, told East County Magazine.  "Then I saw the blood was still running."  Markise said the victim, a young white male perhaps 18 to 25 years old, had a bloody hole in his chest and a puddle of blood in his lap. He was bleeding from his ears, nose and mouth.

BURNED BODY FOUND IN ALPINE IDENTIFIED AS KIMBERLY HAYES OF LAKESIDE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 14, 2014 (Lakeside) – A body found smoldering in a rural area of Alpine on Sunday, March 9 has been identified as Kimberly Renee Hayes, 35, of Lakeside.  

A Sweetwater Authority employee found Hayes’ burning body on a dirt road off the 17500 block of Sequan Truck Trail near Japatul Road shortly before 5 a.m.  The Medical Examiner’s office indicates that her death was a homicide. 

Hayes had worked as an emergency medical technician with San Diego Fire Rescue and at Scripps Mercy Hospital. She had a 14-year-old daughter.  But recently, she led a troubled life.

SAVOR A TASTE OF THE OLD WEST AT PINNACLE PEAK IN SANTEE--AND SOON, LAKESIDE

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam  Raftery

March 5, 2014 (Santee) – With its mesquite-grilled steaks and walls lined with neckties snipped from good-spirited patrons, Pinnacle Peak has long been a favorite dining spot in East County.  Many of our readers savored prime rib from Pinnacle Peak at our holiday party and next up, will be enjoying a special New Orleans-style feast at our Mardi Gras party March 12. (View your invitation here.)

Owner Toni Toni Petroro wants customers to know, "We're still here!" A story in a Santee online news site indicated the city wants to lease the land where the restuarant now sits for condominum development. But the restaurant isn't closing after 30 years of serving the community. Instead, they'll be relocating to the heart of cowboy country in East County's Lakeside.  Soon, Pinnacle Peak will be moving into the former Lakeside Steakhouse location on Maine Street in downtown Lakeside.  But there’s still time to stop by the original location for old times sakes!

LAKESIDE MAN CHARGED WITH DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY AFTER SETTING FIRE AT FBI BUILDING

 

March 11, 2014 (Lakeside)—A Lakeside man who scaled a security gate and prompted a SWAT team standoff for several hours on Sunday at the FBI headquarters in San Diego has been charged with destruction property, said San Diego Special Agent in Charge Daphne Hearn.

AMERICORP NCCC SETS SIGHTS ON FIRE PREVENTION IN EAST COUNTY

 

February 26, 2014 (Lakeside)-- Arriving at Blue Sky Ranch on January 16th, a team of 10 young adults from AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) began a 9-week service project. The team is working with Lakeside River Park Conservancy, Blue Sky Ranch and Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary on various projects until their departure on March 20th.

PROBATION SWEEP IN EAST COUNTY

 

February 22, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A multi-agency probation sweep in East County conducted on Friday, February 21 resulted in 17 arrests.

Deputies and officers visited probationers in Santee, Lakeside and El Cajon to see if they were following the conditions of their release, also working with Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Enforcement at San Diego Trolley stations in the area to conduct compliance checks on passengers.

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