May 18, 2013 (Spring Valley) – A 69-year-old Spring Valley man has been arrested in connection with the vicious beating of a dog. An officer with the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services (DAS) has arrested 69-year-old Charles Dudley on May 14. A neighbor called DAS saying he witnessed the beating in Dudley’s backyard on the 3500 block of Bentley Drive a day earlier.
The Animal Control Officer who responded to the scene found a two-year-old female Miniature Pinscher barely breathing in the backyard and rushed the eight-pound animal to an emergency veterinary hospital. Despite emergency care, the dog succumbed to its injuries overnight. A necropsy will be performed on the body to determine the exact cause of death.
May 4, 2013 (Spring Valley) – San Diego Police seek public help to identify a young man in a hunting cap who cashed in winning lottery tickets at convenience and liquor stores in Spring Valley. Police indicate the tickets were from stolen lottery ticket dispensers taken from a San Diego gas station on two occasions. The thefts occurred at the Arco station at 4333 Home Ave on April 5 and on April 18,.
The suspect allegedly ripped the lottery ticket dispensers from the counter while the clerk was in a back room, then fled. He was seen getting into the passenger side of a dark-colored sedan, possibly a late model Honda Civic, detectives said.
May 1, 2013 (Spring Valley) – Under the direction and choreography of mother-daughter team Michelle Mullen and Chelsea Mullen, a Steele Canyon High School senior, and Beatriz Corral, musical director, Young Actors’ Theatre is pleased to announce the upcoming The Little Mermaid, a beloved and family-friendly tale. The Little Mermaid will run for eight performances in the intimate setting of the ENCORE! Theater located in Spring Valley.
The tale tells the story of a magical kingdom fathoms below, where the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice. The Little Mermaid is based on the Hans Christian Andersen Story and the Disney Film produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written & directed by John Musker and Ron Clements.
April 30, 2013 (Spring Valley) – A Spring Valley mother of two small children has been missing for over three weeks, the San Diego Sheriff announced today. Selina Salgado, 21, was last seen April 5 when she left her home in the early morning.
A tattoo artist, she has multiple tattoos including roses with a hummingbird and bumblebees on a forearm. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, but sometimes wears green contact lenses. She is Hispanic, 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 145 pounds.
April 23, 2013 (Spring Valley)—A 5-year-old girl was bitten on the foot by a snake yesterday while playing in a grassy common area of a condo complex at 8700 Spring Canyon Road in the La Presa area of Spring Valley. CAL FIRE/San Miguel Fire District firefighters responded to the call shortly before noon. With help from residents, firefighters from Station 16 located and confirmed it to be a rattlesnake.
The child was transported to Sharp Grossmont where she is receiving anti-venom. "She is doing well, according to the mother," Leonard Villareal with San Miguel Fire told ECM today.
San Diego County Animal Services indicated there was a huge jump in snake calls yesterday. As the weather warms up, the snakes become more active.
Animal Poison Control Center offers several tips to avoid chance encounters with snakes:
By Janis Mork
April 17, 2013 (Spring Valley)- The Spring Valley Community Center put on its 8th annual “It’s How We Live!” Festival on April 13 at the Spring Valley Park near the center. This is a health and wellness event that is geared towards families to inspire and help them live healthier lives, and to recognize that being healthy can be fun. Their unofficial motto is ‘Go play. Get fit. Get healthy.’
April 11, 2013 (Spring Valley)-- The County of San Diego invites you to "go play, get fit, be healthy!" The 8th annual "It's How We Live" community festival will be held this Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Spring Valley County Park, 8735 Jamacha Boulevard in Spring Valley.
The event is free to the public and includes games, activiites, healthy food samples, free health and dental screenings, a bounce house, live entertainment, information booths, prizes and giveaways.
By Nadin Abbott; photos by Tom Abbott
April 5, 2013(Lakeside)— The Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) team has found 3-month-old Arisa Van Goerlitz safe tonight at 7:30 p.m. following a massive search in Lakeside. Searchers spent hours combing an area along the San Diego River bed including transient camps before locating the infant and her aunt, Deborah Ann Fowler, who has been arrested.
“The baby is okay,” Sergeant Greg Hampton of the Lemon Grove Sheriff’s station told media at the scene. “She is being evaluated by the Fire Department.” The baby was later transported to Grossmont Hospital for evaluation. The child is now in the hands of Child Protective Services and has been taken to the Polinsky’s Children Center.
The infant girl was reported missing this morning by her grandmother, Joyce Matyas, in Spring Valley at around 11:30.
April 5, 2013 (Spring Valley)--The Lemon Grove Sheriff's Station wants your help in finding two men who tried to kidnap a 17-year-old girl in Spring Valley just before 11 a.m. yesterday. According to the Sheriff, the teen girl was walking near the intersection of Kenwood Drive and Campo Road when she was approached by two African-American men. The suspects drove up in an older burgundy four-door car and offered her a ride saying: "Hey beautiful, need a ride?"
The girl declined. The passenger then got out of the car and grabbed the victim from her arm and shoulders in an attempt to get her into the car. The girl fought him off and ran away. The suspects were last seen driving westbound on Campo Road, toward the Wendy's. The girl suffered minor injuries.No weapon was used during the attempted kidnapping.
It’s time to dig out those egg baskets and get ready to roll. County parks will host egg hunts at two East County parks on March 30 in Ramona and Spring Valley.
“County parks are the perfect places for families to gather year round but especially when spring is in the air,” said County Parks and Recreation Director Brian Albright. “These egg hunts are the perfect excuse to get outdoors with your family and rediscover the beauty of nature.”
March 12, 2013 (Spring Valley)--San Miguel Fire District Firefighters responded to a fully engulfed mobile home fire tonight at Avalon Estates in the 1200 block of Grand Avenue, Spring Valley.
Two of the family’s four residents were home when the fire broke out. One resident, a female broke a bedroom window and escaped the flames, said Leonard Villareal, public information officer at San Miguel Fire Department. The other person home, a young man suffered severe to moderate burns over an estimated 25-percent of his body as he ran through the flames to escape from the front door. He was given stabilizing care on the scene and then rushed to the UCSD Burn Center.
March 6, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The County of San Diego is hosting a variety of unique events at parks countywide, include several East County and inland area locations: Agua Caliente Regional Park in the Anza Borrego Desert, Lake Morena, Lakeside Community Center, Spring Valley Community Center, Sweetwater Summit Regional Park and Campground in Bonita, Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch Preserve, Vallecito County Park, Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve, Wilderness Gardens Presere, and William Heise County Park in Julian.
Scroll down for detailed listings of activities at each park. For information on park locations and more, also see http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/parks/
March 6, 2013 (Spring Valley) – Reynald Celendro was arrested yesterday in Spring Valley under suspicion of firing in the direction of a motorist on Highway 52 in Tierrasanta near Santo Road earlier in the day.
CHP officers made the arrest in the 8900 block of Ildica Street in Spring Valley. A pellet gun may have been involved.
March 3, 2013 (Spring Valley) – Authorities seek information on an assault by four suspects that occurred last night in Spring Valley. Lemon Grove Deputies responded at 8:52 p.m. of an assault with a deadly weapon at 9112 Kenwood Dr. in Spring Valley.
According to Sergeant V.J. Rivera, “There were four male Hispanic suspects involved and all were wearing mostly dark clothing. The victim got into a verbal confrontation with one of the suspects after the suspect kicked the victim's car, then it turned physical. During the physical altercation one of the suspects pulled out a knife and cut the victim on his forearm.”
March 2, 2013 (Spring Valley) – Spring Into Healthy Living, a health and wellness fair featuring free health screenings and healthy living information from seniors and community service providers in the East County, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 20 at the McGrath Family YMCA, 12006 Campo Road, Spring Valley. Admission is free, and continental breakfast will be served.
Health screenings will check blood glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, hearing and stroke risk. Information will be available on nutrition, volunteer opportunities, disaster preparedness and various diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and diabetes. Demonstrations of tai chi and zumba, along with tours of the YMCA, will be held. Health officials will accept unused prescription medications.
February 10, 2013 (Spring Valley)—A victim shot multiple times outside Fannie’s Bar in Spring Valley shortly after midnight has been transported from Grossmont Hospital to Sharp Memorial Hospital. Details on his condition are not available, said Sergeant James Blanton with the San Diego Sheriff.
At 12:08 a.m., the Sheriff's Department received 911 calls concerning gunshots being fired outside Fannie's Bar, located at 9143 Campo Road in Spring Valley. Upon arriving, deputies contacted several patrons inside the bar, as well as possible witnesses outside the bar.
January 10, 2013 (Casa de Oro) – A destroyed half of a resident in the 4100 block of Avoyer Place in Casa de Oro this morning. At first, residents thought smoke in the kitchen area was due to cooking, until one went outside and saw smoke coming from under the garage. Opening the door, he saw fire erupt into massive flames which quickly spread from the garage into the attic and home.
“With the screams of ‘fire’, family members began to evacuate,” said Leonard Villareal with San Miguel Fire District. “Residents inside the home had to carry the elderly female homeowner to safety. Another neighbor entered the home and carried a young woman who was asleep a back bedroom to safety. Another neighbor entered the home and carried a young woman who was asleep in a back bedroom to safety.”
January 2, 2013--(San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:
- Hiking in San Diego County? There's an App for That (La Mesa Patch)
- La Mesa resident prevails in illegal search case U-T San Diego)
- Ways to Work’ helps families move their lives forward by putting wheels on them (East County Californian)
- Spring Valley Citizens Association survives by a single vote on third ballot (La Mesa Patch)
- Sailors sue Japan over illnesses they say stem from radiation exposure at Fukushima (10 News)
- New members for Grossmont Hospital Foundation (U-T San Diego)
- New San Diego Humane Society adoption center opens at East County Petco (East County Californian)
SAN DIEGO REGION
- San Diego Can Now Have Redevelopment Funds For Some Projects (U-T San Diego)
- Gov. Brown Grants 79 Pardons, Including Seven Cases in SD County (La Mesa Patch)
- Economy for 2013: San Diego worse than state, nation? (SD Reader/Don Bauder)
- Sempra completes Hawaii wind farm project (San Diego Business Journal)
- Mortgages, vaccinations, guns among new-law topics (Sacramento Bee)
- New California laws to affect drivers in 2013 (Sacramento Bee)
- California's snowpack levels above normal (Sacramento Bee)
- Jerry Brown pushes new funding system for California schools (Sacramento Bee)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.
December 18, 2012 (Spring Valley ) – Two gunmen forced employees to lay on the office floor at the recycling center at 1069 Elkelton Blvd. in Spring Valley at 10:34 a.m. today. After demanding money, suspects assaulted one of the workers, then stole their wallets.
By Miriam Raftery
December 13, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Following today’s heavy rains, snowfall is forecast to blanket local mountains as low as the 4,000 foot level tonight with several inches of snow at higher elevations.
Flooding caused several serious accidents, including a semi-truck collision in the Bonita area and a fatal school bus –car collision on I-805. Normally dry culverts and flood channels in the Mount Helix, Spring Valley and Bonita areas overflowed.
By Miriam Raftery
November 20, 2012 (Spring Valley) – On December 20, the Spring Valley Citizens Group will determine the future of the organization. The group, which has 200 members, may disband if volunteers are not found to help support the organization.
“As president, I do not want to disband and am convinced that the people of Spring Valley will once again rally for their community. I believe that the services we provide are too valuable to call it quits,” leader Steven Relyea has said. But membership is aging and the membership base has shrunk, so help is needed to save the community group and it's good works.
November 16, 2012 (Spring Valley) – Cali Comfort BBQ Restaurant will be open to celebrate Thanksgiving the Cali Comfort Way from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. A catering package is available for dine in or take-out. The package feeds up to 6 people and includes slow smoked whole turkey, country stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, gravy, wedding beans, mac-n-cheese and rolls with honey butter. The cost is $89.99 and it must be ordered by November 19.
Call 619-337-0670 to reserve a table or place an order. Visit www.calicomfortsd.com for more information.
By Janis Mork
October 10, 2012 (Spring Valley)- Fire captain/paramedic Dave Rickards hopes to get re-elected to the San Miguel Fire Board because “I care about the community I want the best fire protection in the community I live in.” The three-term incumbent is a district resident since 1990, spent 29 years in the fire service in El Cajon, and currently sits on the Heartland Communications Commission. He is also the Districts’ representative Finance Committee.” He adds, “We’re all training each other and we all have agreements that help each other out.”
He is also a U.S. Navy vet, a USS Midway volunteer, and a private pilot. He is currently a Company Engines Officer in the Fletcher Hills Community of El Cajon.
October 5, 2012 (Spring Valley)—Last night around 10:35 p.m., Lemon Grove Deputies received a radio call reporting a strong arm robbery at the 7-11 store at 103 Worthington St. in Spring Valley. One suspect was a Hispanic male with a large build, shaved head, goatee, and multiple tattoos, wearing a white tank top and black shorts. The second suspect was a Hispanic female, average build, wearing a black tee-shirt and black spandex pants. Both suspects entered the store and selected one 18-pack of Miller light and one 18-pack of Bud light.
September 13, 2012 (Spring Valley) – On September 11 at about 12:01 p.m., a California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer attempted to stop a car for a Vehicle Code violation. The car accelerated away and the officer pursued it. According to Lt. Glenn Giannantonio with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, the vehicle slowed in front of a house on Sacramento Avenue as the driver looked back at the pursuing CHP patrol car. The vehicle accelerated again and drove around the block in a circle, stopping in front of the same house.
September 13, 2012 (Spring Valley) – Encore! Theatre presents “twi-lite” September 14 – 16 at 9620 Campo Rd., Spring Valley. The show is a fun-filled, family friendly musical spoof on the book series, “Twighlight”. It is styled as an old fashioned melodrama with silliness galore.
September 1, 2012 (Spring Valley)--Pamela Sue LeBlanc, 45, was walking through a parking lot in the 9900 block of Campo Road in Spring Valley on August 27 shortly before noon when she was struck by an out-of-control vehicle.
July 13, 2012 (Spring Valley) – The Young Actors Theatre is performing ‘Guys and Dolls’ at the Encore Theatre, 9620 Campo Road, Spring Valley beginning July 13 at 7:00 p.m. Performances are July 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22. The show is double cast so it will be different actors playing the roles on the second weekend.
July 11, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa-Mount Helix Patch reports that Roshawn Lamar Broadnax, 20, a former Helix Charter High School track and field star, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and spousal abuse.
June 23, 2012 (La Mesa)—Manual Morales Rodriguez, 28, is under arrest after turning himself into the Chula Police headquarters Friday night. Rodriguez told officers that he was wanted for the murder of Jesse Nader, 26. Nader, a resident of Spring Valley, was stabbed to death in the 4200 block of Mars Way in Rancho San Diego on June 17.