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Local News February 9, 2006


Special Valentine

Special Valentine -

Free Horse and Carriage Ride in Downtown Escondido


On Valentine’s Day, February 14th, from 5pm to 9pm, the Escondido Downtown Business Association is hosting a Special Valenine Event by transforming Grand venue into Lover’s Lane.


Lovebirds will be treated to a romantic tour down historic Grand Avenue on a Free Horse and Carriage Ride (what’s more, if you present a sales receipt from a downtown business, you can skip waiting in a long line and move to the head of a line as a VIP). 



New CEO at San Marcos Chamber Named


Alexsandra (Sandy) Rees has been named president and CEO of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce.


Rees replaced Pat Melvin, who left the Chamber due to health issues.


“Following the work Sandy has done the past four months as director of development, marketing and operations, and then the work she had done as acting CEO, it was just logical that she should be named president and CEO,” said Mary Limoges, Chamber Board Chair.


The Chamber can be reached at 471.8536 or 744.1270.


 Sandy Rees, new president and CEO, San Marcos Chamber


 Valley Center on High Security Watch Following Killings 


There is extra security at Valley Center High School and sheriff’s deputies are following school buses, keeping an open eye for potential retaliation following last weekend’s apparent shootout between two rival groups.


One family had one child killed, the other was arrested.  One observer noted . . . “that’s a pretty good sign it was a shootout.  One kid in the family was a shooter, the other ate a bullet.”  Asked if it was a gang related event the observer said, “no one is talking.  We don’t know.  It does not appear to be a drive by shooting, however.  It looks like a shootout between two groups.”


The three killed were Cristino Gomez, 19; Steve Casioce, Jr., 23, and David Parada, 24.  Gomez is a known gang member, whether the others were or not is not yet known.  Arrested and awaiting arraignment (at this writing) were four suspects, Jose Gomez, 24; Alexandro Moreno, 21; Esteban Avila, 21 and Ray Janis, 20.  Each are being held on suspicion of three counts each of murder.  Two of the slain men and two of the accused have criminal records.


Tribal leaders of the Rincon Indian Reservation met in council to determine what the tribe could do to enforce the law on the reservation.  Sheriff’s deputies were also patrolling the reservation, watching for signs of possible retaliation.


The shootout occurred last Friday evening during what was described as a heavy barrage of gunfire at a Morales Lane residence in Valley Center.  Deputies arrested four suspects in less than 24 hours.                                                              





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