Carlsbad news & stories

Wanted: my freakin’ paddleboard!

Crime victim puts up surveillance pics that lead to thief

A Carlsbad man came home to find that someone had stolen the paddleboard stored on his back patio, in the 4000 block of Adams Street, about mid-day on Friday, April 4. The resident, identified as ...

Bungling (suspected) burglars busted with stolen stuff

Curious Carlsbad man comes across belongings in car detained by cops

A Carlsbad man walked down the street to see why the cop car was there; he then saw his stolen possessions inside a car that was being detained, according to testimony at a hearing today, ...

Enchantment and injustice

To Kill a Mockingbird at New Village Arts succeeds more often than not

It’s impossible to measure these things, but surely the book (1960), by Harper Lee, and the Oscar-winning movie (1962) must have had an impact on the Civil Rights Movement of the '60s. Along with an ...

Camp Pendleton contractors settle fraud claims

F-Y Inc., RQ Construction, Harper Construction Inc., to pony up

A host of Southern California contractors has agreed to pay the federal government $1.9 million to settle claims that they made fraudulent allegations in order to win bids on major construction projects at Camp Lejeune ...

PE class stacks riprap along Carlsbad's coast

A tale-tell sign that spring has arrived along the beaches of North County is the appearance of rock sculpture. Made by informal artisans, they’ll find various-sized riprap rock that has been added for erosion control. ...

Scandia Motel sits nearly vacant

Carlsbad owner rents for $55 but is selective

What if you had a fairly well maintained, 23-unit motel, two blocks from the beach, and during the first week of spring break, nobody checked in? Such is the case of the Scandia Motel at ...

Best value per square foot in San Diego

But a price tag to chase off most bargain-chasers

Current Owner: David Rosenaur Listing Price: $4,995,000 – $5,395,000 Beds: 7 Baths: 9 “It’s the best value per square foot for a house with this build quality and view, anywhere in San Diego,” says Berkshire ...

The roommate who wanted the music turned down is dead

Goat noises and howling

“He attempted to punch me in the face as he ran towards me,” said Carlsbad police detective Scott Stallman. The murder suspect had become increasingly “agitated” and “animated” after detectives confronted him with evidence that ...

Carlsbad CPA charged with theft, misappropriation

James Comstock can't practice, pending criminal case outcome

North County Superior Court has granted the California Board of Accountancy's request to block a Carlsbad certified public accountant from practicing until criminal cases against him are cleared up. James Milton Comstock is charged with ...

Collie rescue group saves Korean dog from butcher

Flown to Southern California for adoption

On February 22, the annual San Diego Collie Club dog show took place at Magee Park along Carlsbad Boulevard. The show helps raise money for the Southland Collie Rescue organization. In addition to the judging ...

Murder trial delayed for Carlsbad housewife

Julie Harper accused in 2012 shooting of husband

The trial of Julie Elizabeth Harper, 40, who pleads not guilty to the murder of her 39-year-old husband while their children played downstairs, has been delayed from April until June of this year, on defense ...

Local diver brings us "Adventures in a Cafe"

Scott McGee's underwater photography captures nature normally hidden from view

Scott McGee’s photography exhibition, a collection of dive and dryland photography called “Adventures in a Cafe,” opens at Vinaka Cafe in Carlsbad with a morning reception on March 9th from 8AM to 2PM. McGee’s collected ...

Carlsbad's Blue Ocean Sushi + Robata

The Love Boat Sushi group takes it to the next level

The Love Boat sushi restaurants aren’t upscale. They’re fun, in an “eat sushi till you drop” kind of way, but there’s nothing special there, and that’s using the word “sushi” in its broadest sense. Blue ...

Enter the Green Dragon

Combo tavern/museum celebrates history and the future of beer

When most San Diegans celebrate the history of beer, they start out with Karl Strauss Brewing Company. Or, if they really comb the annals of suds’ story, they mention the original Aztec Brewing Company and ...

Circle Mirror Transformation at New Village Arts

Actors stand in a circle. One waves both hands up and down. The others mimic the movements. Someone says “transform.” Another actor initiates a new gesture, maybe grunts something. The others follow suit in the ...

Carlsbad mall security banishes steampunk group

Manners beyond the pale — carousel ride and shopping plans foregone

Over 40 people in steampunk garb (Victorian dress meets sci-fi/time traveler) were turned away from the Westfield Plaza Mall in Carlsbad on February 9 — mall security told them to leave because they were breaking ...

San Diego’s Marine Protected Areas surveyed

Human activity and impact measured at county coastal areas

About 45 volunteers learned how to do surveys of the year-old Marine Protected Areas on February 8 at Scripps Oceanographic Institute and on the beach near the pier. San Diego Coastkeeper and Wildcoast, two clean-water ...

Carlsbad's Palomar Airport readies for expansion

Talk of hush kits, runway length, passenger projections at workshop

More than 100 people turned out for the first public workshop to write a new master plan for McClellan Palomar Airport on February 5, as the county works to draft an updated plan. The current ...

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).

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 ...

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