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Local News September 20th, 2007

Escondido Shooting

Last Wednesday morning, (September 5th), at approximately 1:50am, the Escondido Police Dispatch received a call of a shooting victim in the parking lot of the Circle K convenience store located at 1061 W. El Norte Parkway. Upon arrival, officers discovered a male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the shoulder.

At approximately the same time, a man called Escondido Police Dispatch to report he was a victim of an attempted robbery, while walking in the area of Country Club lane and Capistrano Glen. The victim stated he was confronted by a black male adult who pointed a handgun at him and demanded his money. The victim, who is a retired police officer and carrying a handgun, shot at the suspect. The suspect fled on foot towards El Norte Pkwy, while the victim ran into a nearby complex and asked a resident to call the police. The victim's description of the suspect matches the description of the man found in the parking lot of Circle K. The gunshot victim was taken to Palomar Hospital. The victim of the attempted robbery was uninjured. The Escondido Police Department is continuing to investigate this crime. Any witnesses to this crime are asked to call the Escondido Police Department Investigations Bureau at (760) 839-4717.

Kiwanis Food Poisoning Followup

The Nevada State Health Department confirms that up to sixty Kiwanians attending the recent District convention in Reno complained of symptoms suggesting food poisoning. They have interviewed about 30 of the Kiwanians and are awaiting lab test results to determine what, if any, common symptoms appear. A combination of the interviews together with lab test results can often narrow down some commonality and thus what the culprit might be. If they are able to determine the source of the illness, and if it is suggested that it is a food borne illness, they will meet with the food supplier and review health guidelines as to food hygiene and sanitation practices. The Silver Legacy Hotel, where the event was held and by whom many of the meals were served, is cooperating with the Health Department. The food that was served has long been discarded as the event happened in late August. Lab results, consisting of stool specimen exams, are being studied to determine what the cause of the illnesses were, whether parasitic, viral, or bacterial. Similar illnesses can be contracted by a virus picked up on the plane(s), or passed in a hotel via other than food, such as simple contact, or by employees who did not wash hands. The investigation continues.

San Marcos Linebacker Remains in Coma

Mission Hills High School football player, Scott ‘Scotty’ Eveland, injured in a home football game last Friday, remains in a coma and critical condition.

Eveland, 17, played linebacker for the school’s football team and became unconscious Friday, during the game. He was seen to stumble for no apparent reason, and appeared dazed. He was instructed by his coaches to lay down on the sidelines after which he lost consciousness. He was rushed to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido by ambulance.

Doctors have diagnosed that he received a severe blow to the head but no one knows how or when it happened.

A charitable fund has been set up at Discovery Bank of San Marcos, with funds earmarked for his rehabilitation. Checks should be sent to the attention of Sheree Keller or Chad Ownby at Discovery Bank, 338 Via Vera Cruz, San Marcos, Ca. 92069. 760.736.3800 for further information..

Taste of Carlsbad Features New Restaurants Art Event to Auction Erik Wahl Paintings

The Carlsbad Educational Foundation has updated the list of local restaurants participating in the 11th annual Taste of Carlsbad, a culinary event that raises money for arts programs in the Carlsbad Unified School District.

Scheduled for Saturday, September 22 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, the event is teamed with ArtSplash and offers an afternoon of art, activity and food for the entire family.

New restaurants added are El Camino Real Grille (Chicken Picata), Jamroc Caribbean Grill (Jambalaya) and Dario's (Kabobs and Rice). In addition, the following favorites will be offering tastes: Blenz, Carlsbad Gourmet, El Puerto Mexican & Seafood, Fresco Trattoria & Bar, King's Fish House, Knockout Pizzeria, Lola's Mexican Market, Mimi's Café, Olive Garden, Pat & Oscars, Pelly's, Pollos Maria, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Souplantation, Spoon's, Top of the Bagel, Tri-City Medical Center and Tuscany Ristorante.

International Relief Teams Continue Reconstruction Efforts in Mississippi

International Relief Teams (IRT) sent a team of 12 volunteer construction workers to Mississippi Sunday, September 16, to repair homes of the poor and elderly damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The team includes carpenters, drywall specialists, roofers, and handymen/women.

From the North County area are: Rob Damwijk (Poway); Jim Hernandez (Escondido); Michelle Lehning (Rancho Bernardo); Larry Saunders (San Marcos); Danny Sherlock (Carlsbad); and Steve Walsh (Vista).

This is the fifth of six teams scheduled for deployment to Mississippi this year. The team will work primarily in Eastern Mississippi, in the towns of Moss Point, Pascagoula, Ocean Springs, and Gautier, where homes have been prepared for rehab work. To date, 149 IRT volunteers have repaired more than 72 homes in these areas.

More than 20,000 homes in Mississippi alone were badly damaged or destroyed, when the state took a direct hit from Hurricane Katrina. "Most of the displaced families are living in temporary shelters," said Barry La Forgia, Executive Director of International Relief Teams, a San Diego-based non-profit relief agency. "Many are poor and elderly living on low and fixed incomes. They cannot afford to rebuild their homes without help."

New Elementary School Gets Some Helping Hands

Recently, a group of faculty and staff members from the Academic Affairs department at the University of Phoenix in San Diego came to the aid of a fellow instructor, Paulette Thompson, who had just been assigned principal of Reynolds Elementary School in Oceanside.

Thompson, who teaches and mentors up and coming educators at the University of Phoenix, quickly realized that at her new school they were in desperate need of supplies. Her colleagues took action and purchased hundreds of glue bottles, glue sticks, spiral notebooks, crayons, and markers – with their own money – to ensure that Reynolds students began the year on the right foot. The group plans to coordinate a drive next year for schools in need, and expand the effort to include University of Phoenix students and the community-at-large.

Left to right (clockwise): Paulette Thompson, principal, Reynolds Elementary; Jeannie Shelton,

credential analyst; Dollyanne Hutchins, regional assessment coordinator,

Debbie Carpenter, program director, all from the University of Phoenix.

Temporary Relocation of Tiny Tots Program

A preschool program currently housed at the Youth Activity Building at 305 Mission Avenue will be temporarily relocated to the Washington Park Activity Building, 501 N. Rose, effective, Monday September 17, 2007. The reason for the relocation is because soil tests performed during excavation for a new playground indicate pollutants may be present in the soil. These pollutants do not pose a health threat requiring immediate action, and in fact, most likely have been there for decades, according to a draft report by the independent lab performing the tests. Nevertheless, City officials decided to move the preschool program as an extra precaution. Community Services Director Jerry Van Leeuwen noted, "We regret the inconvenience this move may cause parents, but felt sure they would agree it is important to err on the side of being overly cautious when it comes to their children."

Cat Murderer from Vista Sentenced to Prison

Robert Eugen Brunner, 47, was sentenced to three years in prison for having killed a cat by shooting it with his bow and several arrows. He pleaded guilty this week to felony animal cruelty. Judge K. Michael Kirkman immediately sentenced him to state prison.

Brunner, who lived on Plymouth Drive, admitted to having shot the arrows at the cat because, according to him, the cat was “urinating all over” his yard. The cat’s owner, Janeen Bubien, had the arrows surgically removed but the cat still died.

Later, Bubien moved away from the neighborhood. In a civil suit against Brunner, he was ordered to pay $2500 for the cat’s death, and an additional $5000 to pay for Bubien’s moving expenses.

Mira Costa Searches for Superintendent

Trustees of MiraCosta College in Oceanside have a difficult task ahead of them, locating a new college president.

The community college has been the focus of controversy over the past several years because of an investigation and subsequent litigation, both real and potential, over the illegal sale of palm trees that had been grown on college grounds, and sold for private gain.

The divisiveness that developed as a result of this controversy eventually led to the Board of Trustees voting to buy out the contract of former President, Victoria Munoz Richart’s contract, at a combined cost of $1.5 million.

There still remain strong differences of opinion between trustees and employees about that case . . . and there may likely be opposition to whichever candidate the trustees select in the future. There is to be discussion about the trustees forming a committee to select a candidate themselves, rather than rely on an outside search firm. It was an outside search firm that had recommended Richart. Officials expect in 60 days they will have identified and begun interviewing candidates.

 

 

 

 

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