Carlsbad news & stories

Maximum sentence for Matthew Nathan Terrell

Would-be rapist lured victim to Carlsbad hotel room

Matthew Nathan Terrell, 28, was sentenced to six years prison for the attempted rape of a young woman he had met on the internet just the day before. A San Diego County Superior Court judge ...

Convicted child abuser committed suicide

Fugitive Joseph McCarron failed to show for jury verdict

A man considered a fugitive when he failed to show up for a jury verdict was declared dead by suicide in a report released by the San Diego County Medical Examiner on January 30. Joseph ...

Korean War vet hoists first flag at Carlsbad restaurant

Colonial-themed Green Dragon Tavern includes museum

Korean War veteran Vic Caruana is known throughout coastal North County as “the flag guy.” He helps local businesses maintain their American flags and takes part in flag-raising ceremonies. On January 31, Caruana was asked ...

Walking San Diego

“It’s a bit of a mountain getaway feeling if you ignore the freeway noise.”

Walks around town, walks in the mountains, walks next to the freeway that make it easy to pretend you’ve gotten away from it all (if you ignore the sound of traffic).

San Diego's best events for the week of January 16–January 22

Ancient cultures from around the world brewed many types of beer, and modern breweries have re-created those classics. Dogfish Head will be pouring tastings of brews from their Ancient Ales series. Fine jewelry, precious and ...

Carlsbad desalination plant about 25% complete

Project expected to be done in 2016

On January 8, construction on the Carlsbad Desalination Project hit the one-year mark. The venture is one in which Poseidon Water will turn sea water into potable drinking water for the San Diego County Water ...

Carlsbad pottery store closing after 66 years

A mainstay business in downtown Carlsbad since 1947, El Corral Pottery, is closing its doors. Located at 340 Carlsbad Boulevard (Coast Highway), the location is the last independent seller in Southern California of the colorful ...

2013 Street Style Round-Up

The good, the ho-hum, and the ugly

Fashion was all over the map in 2013. I like to think of it as the year of individual style. We saw a lot of camo-inspired gear — combat boots and military jackets. There was ...

Fast verdict for assault in Carlsbad motel room

Matthew Nathan Terrell could get probation or six years prison

A jury declared Matthew Nathan Terrell guilty of assault with intent to commit rape and false imprisonment, on December 18. The attack happened in a Carlsbad motel room on June 9, 2013. The jury declared ...

Home of La Costa co-founder Allard Roen for sale

He was partner of notorious hood Moe Dalitz

A home near the third tee of La Costa Country Club, at 2050 Caleta Court in Carlsbad, is up for sale for $2.2 million. It was the home of Allard Roen, one of four controversial ...

2013’s Fastest-Growing Brewing Companies

There was no shortage of evolution this year

The number of brewing companies opening around the county in 2013 was unmatched, and so too was the number of new facilities opened by existing brewing companies. The following is a list of the most ...

City of Carlsbad in a fight for water

Claims rights to "percolating groundwater"

City officials in Carlsbad have been on the hunt for small-scale water sources to meet demands and to supplement the existing supply. On December 5, the City of Carlsbad came one step closer to achieving ...

Man punches dog, scares cats

Steals from elderly, punches animals...now we pay for his lodging.

Kenny Lowary is accused of stealing from the elderly and punching a police dog. Now taxpayers pay for his accommodations.

Carlsbad’s first “curb café” opens

Pilot program soon to expand

A colorful new “parklet” opened last weekend on State Street in Carlsbad, adding more al fresco dining to the heart of the village. Decorated with planters and umbrellas, a curb café now occupies the two ...

San Diego's Top 10 Breweries

Awash in suds

San Diego’s top-ten breweries, according to Brandon Hernández, who was here when it all began.

Bloody clown bandit captured

Not before a string of burglaries and auto thefts

La Mesa police have announced the arrest of 46-year-old transient Michael Colace in connection with last week’s robbery of a 7-Eleven store by a suspect wearing a bloody clown mask. It appears Colace led officers ...

Poker game on Agua Hedionda Lagoon

In celebration of conquered seaweed

On Saturday, October 19, the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation and California Water Sports hosted the third annual Lagoon Paddle Poker Challenge under sunny skies and calm winds. Over 190 kayakers and stand-up paddlers enjoyed a ...

Zip tie terror

The photographer brought zip-ties and duct tape

Matthew Nathan Terrell pretended he was a photographer to lure a college girl to a motel room. Once she was there, Terrell allegedly attempted to bind her with zip-ties. There was a struggle and the girl was able to get away after biting him more than once.

Wait Until Dark at New Village Arts

I know people who’ve vowed never to see the 1967 movie again. Even though they know what’s coming: just when you think it’s safe at 27B Grogan Street, Greenwich Village, Alan Arkin’s full profile dives ...

Sun Diego drops in on Nineteen Nineteen

Oceanside’s Ocean House was poised to become a big nightspot, say investors; then, Sun Diego, a surf-shop chain, allegedly agreed to pay $29,000/month in rent, $7000 over the price that was to be paid by the disappointed investors, a group of Carlsbad businessmen that included owners of the Boar Cross’n and Mas Fina Cantina nightspots.

New radar installed at South Carlsbad State Beach

To detect near-shore smugglers

Motorists in the South Carlsbad area, driving along the coast highway (Carlsbad Blvd.), may have wondered what’s up with the new 12-foot rotating blade at the south end of the South Carlsbad State Beach campground. ...

Earliest adopters wait at Carlsbad’s Apple Store

iPhone 5 Frenzy at Forum

Wanting to be the first to have Apple’s new IPhone 5s, over 200 people stood in line during the pre-dawn hours of September 20. The Apple Store in Carlsbad’s Forum shopping Center, on El Camino ...

Wedding at Carlsbad’s Ponto Beach honors deceased friend

Arizona couple has big reception on the sand

Six years ago, after taking off from Palomar Airport, a private plane crashed into the ocean northwest of Ponto Beach at the South Carlsbad State Beach. The crash killed an Arizona volleyball coach, Alex Meekcoms, ...

Meet Duck Foot Beer

Upcoming brewery leading with flavor while leaving out the gluten

It’s hard to sum up exactly how it feels when a brewer uncaps a bottle of their beer and tells you the first time they tried it, it tasted like armpit. It’s a real anticipation ...

SANDAG sand creates need for new lifeguard tower

A new, temporary lifeguard tower has been placed on Carlsbad State Beach in between Carlsbad Village Blvd and Tamarack Avenue. Tower 36B stands twenty yards to the south of Tower 36, where it has been ...

Wrong warning posted in Carlsbad

I-90 was supposed to be I-80 - for those headed to Bay Area

Drivers on I-5 northbound may have been a little confused the morning of August 22. Caltrans’ electronic billboard mounted on the Tamarack Ave. overcrossing displayed the message, “I-90 BAY BRIDGE WILL BE CLOSED AUG 28 ...

New Coaster ticketing app

Riders bypass ticket machines

The North County Transit District has rolled out a free new mobile ticketing app for smart phones. It appeared in the Google store in mid-July and iTunes Store in August. After downloading the app, users ...

Eric Sears Memorial

An event in the memory of a runner

The Eric Sears Memorial 5K is this Saturday at 10:00 am in Carlsbad at Poinsettia Community Park, Carlsbad, California. Eric Sears was a popular member of the Carlsbad High School cross country team. He died ...

Will Carlsbad’s California Pacific ever get in the air?

74-passenger Embraer sub-leased to Honeywell.

California Pacific Airlines, a new airline planned for operation out of Carlsbad’s Palomar-McClellan airport has suffered another set back. On August 7, the FAA denied CP Air’s application to begin flying. Additionally, an aviation industry ...

Water independence at all costs

San Diego County Water Authority and the Metropolitan Water District continue to clash. UCSD political science professor Steve Erie says consumers are the losers.

Interviews with Bantu boys in Balboa Park

Survival and the memory of a little boy

Twenty-six-year-old Hassan Sheighei lost his leg in a gun battle ten years ago in Somalia. He was walking to the store when he heard gunfire. He saw someone running, and the Somali enemy mistook him ...

Carlsbad’s Sage Creek High School to open fall 2013

Teachers want it postponed, others don’t

At the northeast corner of College Boulevard and Cannon Road, the Carlsbad Unified School District’s new high school is prepared to open this fall. After three years of processing an environmental impact report , another ...

Carlsbad memorial for fallen cyclist Eric Ringdahl

Flowers gather under ghost bike

About 50 cyclists gathered in south Clairemont on May 15 for a ten-mile “ride of silence.” It was the second memorial ride held this month to honor Eric Ringdahl, 45, who was killed April 21 ...

Roadwork resumes (in time for Memorial Day) on Carlsbad Blvd.

Delayed due to permitting and contractor concerns

In April, coastal drivers on Carlsbad Boulevard (Coast Highway) may have wondered why the city sandblasted away all the pedestrian crosswalk markings, especially in light of the reported overkill by the city in pedestrian signage ...

Slow driver busted in Carlsbad

Gun and pot found in his car

While on routine patrol along the coast of Carlsbad at around 4:30 p.m. on May 14, two state Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) game wardens came up behind a silver Lexus on Carlsbad Boulevard. ...

Carlsbad Quality Inn to become Holiday Inn Express

Renovation to update ’80s design

A $4.3 million renovation is under way at the former Quality Inn at 751 Raintree Drive in Carlsbad. After the facelift is complete, the three-story, 125-room hotel will become a Holiday Inn Express. The construction ...

I survived Carlsbad Village Faire

Nation's largest street fest attracts 100,000+.

Today I was a very brave person. Despite my inner voice telling me to stay home, give my busy self a relaxing day for a change, I put the leash on my dog and we ...

Rancho La Costa Habitat Conservation Area

Carlsbad’s high point offers a 360-degree view from the coast to the mountains.

Wowee — like Maui in Carlsbad

PREVIOUS RESIDENT: William T. and Susan B. Walters LISTING PRICE: $29,000,000 BEDS: 5 BATHS: 9 HOUSE SIZE: 10,000 sq ft For most, a 10,000-square-foot oceanfront estate along San Diego County’s northern coast with a price ...

Elephant vanishes in Carlsbad

Carlsbad’s Flying Elephant closes; to reopen as a British-style pub but with no bands.

Car crasher destroys mailbox and signage in Carlsbad

Neighbors say high speeds not atypical

A young male driver uprooted two stop signs, a street sign, and a large collection mailbox before he crashed into a block wall of a neighborhood sign at the Mariners Point housing development in Carlsbad ...

California Pacific Airlines to fly in November?

FAA certification imminent?

What happened to San Diego’s future hometown airline? When California Pacific Airlines rolled out a freshly painted, completely refurbished plane at a big media party last July, the company expected to be “wheels up” by ...

Trespasser crackdown at Carlsbad Village Theatre

Kids and transients beware

The owner of the Carlsbad Village Theatre signed an agreement with Carlsbad police on April 2 to help resolve the problem of loitering teenagers and transients who trample on his roof and gather outside the ...

Agua Hedionda Lagoon hosts paddle for injured athlete

Stand-up board modified for wheelchair

On Saturday, April 6, in what was likely a first, Kealoha Dime paddled on Agua Hedionda Lagoon using a modified stand-up paddleboard. The invention of Kawika (David Watt) from Carlsbad Surf Adventures came about after ...

Carlsbad desalination plant pipeline installation proceeds

Part of Las Flores Drive closed for a week

Due to the Carlsbad Desalination Project, Las Flores Drive, between Grand Avenue and Mirada Drive in San Marcos, will be closed for a week. KSD Construction manager Brendan Slagle said the closure is related to ...

My Medifast Diet Experience and French Tarts

Dessert binge leads to diet including steak and lobster.

Sleep cuts into Yani Tseng’s tee time at Carlsbad

Missed chance at defending title

The Ladies Professional Golf Association’s four-day tournament began March 21 at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad without one of its top players: defending champion Yani Tseng. The 24-year-old Taiwan native has earned more than $9 ...

Carlsbad Village to extend restaurants into the street

Reminiscent of European cafés?

Almost a dozen restaurants in the Carlsbad Village area now have permission to extend their dining areas into the street as part of the city’s newly adopted three-year program to introduce “curb cafés.” The parking-lot ...

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