Carlsbad news & stories

Construction Worker Testifies Against Brendan Liam O’Rourke

Construction worker Mario Contreras broke his hand on October 8, 2010, the day a gunman arrived at Kelly Elementary School in Carlsbad. “I broke it when I punched him,” testified 42-year-old Contreras at the Vista ...

Ex Carlsbad Attorney Patricia Gregory to Serve One Year in Jail

Two former clients of disbarred attorney Patricia Gregory had the satisfaction of seeing the admitted thief put into handcuffs in the Vista courthouse on February 24. The victims, Denise Doll and Luwain Ng, complained to ...

Dr. Bill and GT Surf Hwy 101

A few words about my bike. I call him GT, but his real name is GT LTS 3. He is a brute. He was born in 1998 and listed for $4295. My wife Debra bought ...

Carlsbad Attorney Admits Taking Clients’ Funds for Personal Use

A former Carlsbad attorney admitted that she took money from two clients’ accounts and used those funds “for personal use,” according to a plea deal read in court by the judge on January 24. Patricia ...

The Elephant Has Landed

Four years after he launched Hensley’s Flying Elephant, pro skateboarder-turned-accordionist (Flogging Molly) Matt Hensley has sold the music venue he built from scratch. “I had help from friends. We built the entire pub.” The artwork ...

Carlsbad Man Admits Killing Parents with Machete

On January 18, 2008, Jean Gluck, 77, and Harry Gluck, 90, were found dead in their bed in the Carlsbad home they shared with their son, Dennis Brian Gluck. In the Vista courthouse on the ...

Bonnie Dumanis a No-Show, Michael T. Pines “Cannot Focus”

The preliminary hearing for former attorney Michael T. Pines was suspended on Friday, August 26, and a subpoenaed witness — San Diego County district attorney Bonnie Dumanis — did not make an appearance. Instead, superior-court ...

Bonnie Dumanis Subpoenaed in Michael Pines Case

On Wednesday, August 24, a superior court judge declined to quash a subpoena that was served on San Diego County district attorney Bonnie Dumanis.The subpoena reportedly demands her as a witness in the case against ...

Shake Tree.com and See What Falls Out

n November 2010, Bernard Smith (not his real name) of Tree.com Inc. asked Peggy Gartin, leader of SD Tweetup — a local socialnetworking group with over 1100 members — to help him assemble what he ...

Carlsbad Jewelry Thief Does His Homework

Gaylene Taylor and Mary Hyde opened the jewelry store as usual at 9:00 a.m. on an overcast Wednesday in October. Taylor, 52, and her coworker Hyde, 55, were longtime, trusted employees at Mulloys jewelers, which ...

Fishermen Cited at Agua Hedionda Lagoon

Three fishermen at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon were nabbed by the Department of Fish and Game for fishing violations on July 12. Acting on a tip, wardens confronted the suspects on the banks of a ...

Would-Be Carlsbad Pizzeria Thief Charged with Seven Felonies

Thomas Scott Ruth, 22, allegedly told Carlsbad police officer Shaun Lawton that he made a spur-of-the-moment decision to rob a pizzeria on State Street in February. Officer Lawton gave testimony in the Vista courthouse on ...

Coasting

Author: Sharon J. Corrigan Neighborhood: Carlsbad Age: 60 Occupation: Communications Generalist Heading down the stairs to the mezzanine at the back of the car, I attempt a bank shot into the corner trash bin with ...

Ficus Trees on Jefferson Street to Get Axed

“I don’t know if any of you guys are aware that they are going to be cutting down [ficus trees] on Jefferson Street,” said Carlsbad resident Ila Schmidt during the May 25 city-council meeting. According ...

Alleged Carlsbad Killer Arrested in Indianapolis

According to court documents, on March 25, when 27-year-old Devin Allen was asked where he was from, he reportedly answered, “Oceanside.” The gangster told him, “You’re in the wrong town!” before knifing Allen in the ...

Calvary Chapel Carlsbad

Membership: 260 Pastor: Roger Moyers Age: 55 Born: Redlands, California Formation: Calvary Chapel School of Ministry, Sierra Vista Years Ordained: 17 San Diego Reader: What is your main concern as a member of the clergy? ...

Simpatico at New Village Arts

Every time someone enters in Sam Shepard’s Simpatico, it’s as if the stage dips like a spider web...or waterbed. One move, even a tiptoe, alters what’s come before. Parts rise, others sag. Here is now ...

Revenge — Served Cold in Carlsbad

"We had to do something about it ’cause he’s our little cousin,” said Victor Lopez. “We got to go shoot somebody.” Victor’s 18-year-old cousin Alex had been shot in the face on his way to ...

Construction Worker Describes Apprehension of Carlsbad School Shooter

“Well, I kicked him right in the head,” said witness Steven Kane, recounting the day he chased down a man seen shooting a gun at schoolchildren last October. The construction worker testified for about 30 ...

Carlsbad Police Track Gladys Conrad's Murderer Back to Mexico

Officer Derek Harvey was waiting at Lindbergh Field last March when the plane carrying the Mexican fugitive landed. The Carlsbad police officer couldn’t help grinning when he saw the prisoner brought toward him. Harvey had ...

Redevelopment of Ponto to Force Residents Out?

Last week, a little bit more of a small North County coastal enclave known as Ponto disappeared. Once defined as the South Carlsbad area west of I-5 between Palomar Airport Road and the Batiquitos Lagoon, ...

Imposter Geezer Bandit Strikes Carlsbad

"He seemed very intoxicated,” said Adrienne Goldston, the receptionist at Access Medical Center on Camino Real in Carlsbad. A man had stumbled in the front door of the center shortly after 3:00 p.m. on November ...

Beautiful Saviour Evangelical Lutheran Church

Membership: 250 Pastor: Jeff Enderle Born: Council Bluffs, Iowa Formation: Northwestern College, Watertown, Wisconsin; Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota; Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wisconsin Ordained: 8 years San Diego Reader: How long do you ...

Marie Callender's Hitting A&W Phase

While Thanksgiving Day diners at the Carlsbad Marie Callender's, just off Palomar Airport Rd., enjoyed mashed potatoes, gravy, and pie, little did they know that their opportunity to enjoy the popular family-style, comfort food, would ...

Carlsbad Whistleblower Quizzed Shooter at Kelly Elementary

Stephanie Durkee was tending to children in the school cafeteria when she heard someone swearing. “Fuck AIG!” somebody yelled. It sounded like a man out on the schoolyard. She walked a few steps to the ...

Carlsbad Resident Recalls Unbuilt Alga Norte Community Park

During the October 26 Carlsbad City Council meeting, Michelle Levy, a Carlsbad resident of 20 years, cited a pair of big investments by the City of Carlsbad as financial blunders and then asked, “Are we ...

The Fields: A Church without Walls

Contact: PO Box 131131, Carlsbad, 92013; 760-602-0722; thefieldschurch.org Membership: 300 Pastor: David Fandey Age: 46 Born: Torrance Formation: California Polytechnic State University, San Louis Obispo; Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, La Mirada. Ordained: ...

Carlsbad E-Car Company Plans 4th Q Production

Carlsbad-based Aptera Motors recently failed to win the Automotive X Prize, a competition, according to the website, “To inspire a new generation of viable, super-efficient vehicles that help break our addiction to oil and stem ...

Carlsbad City Council Accused of Fascism

"You all are fascists," yelled 53-year-old Carlsbad resident Richard Shapiro during his three-minutes of public comment to the Carlsbad City Council on September 14. "Because of a word I was removed from this hall. That's ...

Daybreak Church

Weekly Attendance: 1200 Pastor: Jason Graves Age: 36 Born: Van Nuys Formation: Life Pacific College Ordained: 10 years San Diego Reader: How long do you spend writing your sermons? Pastor Graves: That can vary greatly, ...

Hawk Hunter

He said he was a falconer and his bird had failed to return after a feeding trip. But in this day and age you have to be careful, so I was reluctant to let him ...

Stark Reality

Retired landscape architect and Carlsbad resident Walt Meier showed up at the city council meeting on July 27 to discuss the lack of landscaping around large retail buildings in the city. He asked the council ...

New Pipes

A $2.2 million project to replace sewer pipelines near the beach will affect traffic and bus routes in northwestern Carlsbad from now until September. There are two construction sites: Beech Avenue between Ocean Street and ...

Racoon of Near Doom

For nearly two weeks, my next-door neighbors had tried to get rid of a family of raccoons that were destroying their manicured backyard. At about 8 p.m. on July 21, the slider door to my ...

Mr. Watchdog

A man calling himself "Mr. Watchdog" was escorted out of Carlsbad City Council chambers on June 22 after hurling expletives at the mayor and council members during public comment. Mr. Watchdog was the first citizen ...

SSV=Self-Sufficient Vehicle

During the recent Memorial Day weekend, a Carlsbad resident observed several large RVs constantly parked just north of the Tamarack Beach area in Carlsbad. The same resident appeared before the city council on June 8 ...

Pet Sounds Pondered

The Carlsbad City Council unanimously approved changes to the animal noise abatement and control code at their June 8 meeting. The amendment adopts San Diego County's code of regulatory ordinances regarding the treatment of animal-noise ...

Swamp Thing

On May 25, a loss-prevention agent at the Marshall’s store on Marron Road confronted a 41-year-old Hispanic male suspect after he clipped security sensors with wire cutters and concealed merchandise on his person. According to ...

Between the Lines

A resident from Acacia Avenue in Carlsbad appeared at the May 11 city council meeting to ask for help in reducing the number of utility lines that are in the vicinity of her home. “When ...

Today in the Backyard

Carrying my whitewater kayak down the stairs at Swami’s on a shoulder, wetsuit draped over the other, I survey the ocean on one of the most beautiful days yet this year. March 16 and 75 ...

Pinch and Reform

The Carlsbad Police Officer's Association dominated the public commentary portion of the City Council meeting on April 27, accusing council members of being short sighted when it comes to public safety. Rod Mortenson, President of ...

Orgy of Self-Congratulation

Fore!! Callaway Golf — the big maker of golf clubs, balls, and other accoutrements — has hit an errant shot that may plunk its shareholders on the head. The blog Footnoted.org says Callaway is “taking ...

Insane...Mindless Bureaucracy

A lack of overnight parking spaces on Eureka Place near Holiday Park has been troubling residents in the area. Dean Russell, who resides in a nearby apartment, has been trying to convince the City to ...

No Free Ride

Starting on Monday, February 15, the Tamarack Surf Beach located just west of Carlsbad Boulevard and Tamarack Avenue will charge visitors to park their vehicles on an hourly basis. The beach’s parking lot — state-owned ...

Gain of Control

Approximately one year ago, the City of Carlsbad prohibited the use of radio-controlled airplanes in city parks and restricted their use in a beach area west of Carlsbad Boulevard (between Palomar Airport Road and Solamar ...

Troubled Bridge

The Encinas Creek Bridge will soon be demolished and replaced. Built in 1913, the 120-foot bridge is located on Carlsbad Boulevard, south of Palomar Airport Road. The bridge has been a concern for the City ...

Dude...

On Tuesday, January 19, a tow-in surf duo (a jet-ski rider pulling a guy on a surfboard) was apprehended and ticketed after enjoying the large surf near the Tamarack jetties in Carlsbad. At 11:55 a.m., ...

Morning Swarm

On January 14, officers from the San Diego North County Regional Gang Task Force, the Carlsbad and Oceanside Police Departments, the San Diego County Probation Department, and the FBI awakened documented gang members at 6 ...

Stolen Fashion Statement

A 20-year-old man was arrested for burglary after he was found sporting the clothes he allegedly stole from a dryer at about 9:30 a.m. on December 28. A 911 caller alerted police that the thief ...

All for Façades

The Carlsbad City Council, on December 8, approved the initial appropriation of funds for the implementation of the Village Storefront Improvement Grant Program. The dollar-for-dollar grant program allots Carlsbad Village business owners a maximum of ...

Now Drink This

The California Coastal Commission has issued the Poseidon Resources Corporation a construction permit for the Carlsbad desalination project, according to a November 3 press release. “With this permit in hand, the project’s preconstruction phase formally ...

Another Perfect Day

Snapshots of all sides of our neighborhoods.

BALBOA PARK Another Perfect DayBy downtownphotoguy, June 26Today we were in Presidio Park in the morning and Balboa Park in the afternoon. We were shooting with a variety of lenses and techniques…. It seems everybody ...

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