Escondido Stories

Esco dijo "no" to kids' immigrant facility

Tuesday-night meeting had overflow crowd composed mainly of Latinos

On June 22, it took a panel of Escondido planning commissioners less than two minutes to decide against the Southwest Key project that would have turned a vacant nursing home into a federally funded residential ...

Paint the town red, white, and blue

Top events and things to do in San Diego over the 4th of July

Following a successful debut in 2013, this event brings “the beautiful, the bizarre, and the unexpected” to San Diego with over 35 world premieres, 7 United States premieres, and 22 local premieres of all manner ...

Hot dogs and holiness

Ed learns about the spirit of giving and makes an offering of a half-dog.

"Misery loves company, but holiness loves company more!” I can hear him across Petco Park’s parking lot. He’s standing, speechifying, holding forth. Something about “I was high on crystal meth. I got beat up by ...

One triggerman, two murderers

McCreary and Withers each claimed the other shot the woman

After a trial that lasted one month, a jury declared both Jeffrey McCreary and Destin Lee Withers guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Mayorama Denise Rodriguez, 20, more than two years ago. ...

San Diego Zoo Safari Park issues clarifying statement on Tiger Power

Following the alleged horrific stabbing of a Wisconsin girl by two 12-year-old classmates who were seeking to prove their dedication to the fictional character of Slender Man, and following the horrific Isla Vista shooting spree ...

“He shot her.” “No, he shot her.”

Codefendants blame each other for killing Mayorama Rodriguez

“After he killed her, I drove away with the body,” said Jeffrey McCreary while in the witness box this week. “That made me an accessory, afterward.” But McCreary said it was his codefendant who pulled ...

Beer events to help quell heat

Sampler flight of events from June 3–9

June 4 | Archives Night: Escondido’s youngest and smallest brewing operation, Plan 9 Alehouse, is teaming with the North County municipality’s eldest and largest brewery, Stone Brewing Co., to present a wide array of the ...

Summer target for Fall Brewing

Well-traveled brewer opening North Park brewery with backing of Premier Stainless

Regular readers of my column are familiar with Premier Stainless Systems. The Escondido-based business has been wildly successful over the past several years, establishing itself as, well, the “premier” manufacturer of brewing systems locally and ...

Did Leaky and Rascal attempt murder?

Stabbing in Valley Center reportedly connected to Escondido gang

Two men stabbed a third man, either in a fit of jealous rage or to show some gang muscle or both, a prosecutor alleged in court on May 28. At the end of the hearing, ...

Drink like it's your (or their) birthday

Sampler Flight for May 28 to June 1

May 28 | Adam Avery Birthday Dinner: The only Avery Brewing Company brew most people know is White Rascal wit, but there’s lots more where that came from and founder Adam Avery will bring 15 ...

Tigers now closer than ever

5.2-acre Tiger Trail exhibit at Safari Park opens May 24 weekend

I got a sneak peek of the new Tiger Trail at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and it is indeed epic. Its official name is Tull Family Tiger Trail, after Thomas and Alba Tull, ...

Suicide at Gopher Canyon

Man told witnesses what he was going to do

At around 3:30 p.m. on May 21, a gray-haired man in a white T-shirt stopped his pickup truck on the northbound on ramp of I-15 at Gopher Canyon Road. The man said to witnesses he ...

Done watching San Marcos burn

Escape to Escondido, safe and sound with a/c

5/14/14, 8 p.m. We decamped to our parents' house in Escondido partly because we were done watching San Marcos burn and partly to be with our parents in case things get scary here. So now ...

Bullets instead of drugs

Co-defendant seems to confirm he shot Morayma Denise Rodriguez

A jury began hearing evidence in the trial of two men accused of killing a woman to end her loud “drama,” in San Diego’s North County courthouse today, May 12. The 20-year-old woman who was ...

Nazi Low Riders on trial

Doesn't matter who pulled the trigger — both defendants could be culpable

Two men who are accused of killing a young woman to end her loud “drama” two years ago, will go on trial this week in San Diego’s North County Superior courthouse. Jury selection is scheduled ...

Pocketful of coke and a spontaneous statement

Alleged dealer busted outside donut shop at midnight

Escondido police say they arrested a man in the parking lot of the donut shop down the street from headquarters, his pocket allegedly bulging with drugs. José Luis Fonseca, 23, pleaded not guilty to possession ...

Cross-genre jam session births massive IPA

Brewers helping non-brewers make their hoppy dreams come true

I’ll admit it. When I first heard Stone Brewing Co. was conducting a collaboration brew with a member of jam band The String Cheese Incident and a journeyman guitarist who’d shredded with the likes of ...

Manure stench plagues anti-Fletcher donor

Escondido developer with San Diego lobbyist opens front against neighbors

Could a political contribution by any other name smell sweeter to San Diego Republicans? That seems to be one of two persistent questions for Los Angeles developer Michael Schlesinger, who has been battling nearby residents ...

Escondido truck vandal faces charges

David Gordon Huntley claims he was temporarily insane

A man on probation is accused of causing $5000 damage to a truck sitting on an Escondido car lot two months ago. At a court hearing on April 7, defendant David Gordon Huntley heard evidence ...

Sampler Flight: April 1 – 6

A trio of festivals form the basis for fermentable fun

April 5 | Craft Beer ‘N’ Bites: SILO, an open-air event space in East Village’s Makers Quarter, will play host to a beer-and-food-event featuring pairings from local restaurants and breweries including Societe Brewing Company, Green ...

Developer Stuck in the Rough gets warning letter

No fine levied against silent backer of Lincoln Club’s Fletcher hit pieces

The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission has handed a warning letter — but no fine — to a five-figure financial backer of the GOP Lincoln Club’s war of hit pieces against Nathan Fletcher last year. ...

Sampler Flight: March 18 – 24

A small but formidable handful of local beer events

March 22 | Bands & Beers: Music and beer aren’t all that different. A creative drive is behind both of these artistic ventures, after all. Both mediums will be celebrated together when bands, The Mice, ...

Escondido man denies stalking charge

Ex-convict accuses mother of his children of infidelity

Marco Antonio Carapia, 34, pleaded not guilty today, March 17, to felony stalking of the mother of his two children. “In his mind, I was screwing everybody,” a woman identified as Ashley told a judge. ...

Thief admits taking Reuben H. Fleet memorabilia

Plea deal made with felon

Edward Charles Peek admitted grand theft and was immediately sentenced to 16 months’ custody on Wednesday, March 12. He could have received as much as three years in prison for stealing what investigators described as ...

Escondido police heat up cold murder case

Rene Sanchez, then 16, denies shooting at Halloween party

On February 19, Rene Sanchez was brought into a San Diego courtroom, where he denied killing a man during a Halloween party at an Escondido home in 2007. Sanchez pleaded not guilty to one count ...

Coast to Crest Trail — Old Coach Staging Area to Raptor Ridge

Hike to Raptor Ridge and see many species of raptors from this viewpoint.

Kumeyaays’ “valley of the eagles” still worthy of the name.

A change of life at Stone Farms

Life on the farm must include beer.

Post Title: Crops and Hops: Inside Stone Brewing’s Organic (and Public!) Farm Post Date: November 4, 2013 “When I moved onto the farm, it was me and my wife Jessica trying to find a change ...

Big doin’s for Belching Beaver

The history of Belching Beaver Brewery (980 Park Center Drive, Vista) is short, but with a number of projects near completion, its future’s looking bright. A recent conversation with owner Tom Vogel turned up plans ...

Escondido teen accused of robberies at knife-point

Ruben Trejo Cardenas denies gang allegations

A criminal defense attorney on February 10 suggested that the tattoo “ESCO VIEJO” on his client merely expresses fondness for his hometown and is not connected to a violent street gang. “Esco viejo” translates as ...

Man in stolen car claimed to be Marine

CHP officer said he was given false ID

California Highway Patrol officer Adam DeGraffenreid said the license plate on the red Honda Accord came back registered to a Toyota on the afternoon of October 19, 2013. The driver said his name was Christian ...

Beer of the Week: Matt’s Burning Rosids

It’s not about the beer…it’s about the person that beer pays tribute to

Last August, news of a fatal accident at Stone Brewing Co. made its way across the Internet, radio, and airwaves. Many reports listed the victim as merely a “worker,” “employee,” or “brewer.” Eventually, the media ...

Escondido man suspected of being burglar extraordinaire

Repeat felon denies break-ins committed all over North County

Investigators claim they were able to connect a repeat felon to a string of burglaries in San Diego County through fingerprints and DNA he left behind. Thirty-one-year-old Roberto Lazaro Dimas pleads not guilty to eight ...

Escondido police called for domestic drama

Ballistic shield and police canine deployed to remove boyfriend

Officer Robert Craig said at a court hearing on January 21 that he was called to speak with a distraught woman on the evening of November 3 of last year. Twenty-seven-year-old Catalina Botello said she ...

Anything Goes at Welk Resort Theater

Somebody should write a musical: The Last of the Tap Dancers. There’s only one left and the uniquely American art may vanish. When the Tap Dancer learns he/she’s the end of the line, he/she goes ...

Palomar Health gets low debt rating and warning

Heavy debt load cited by Fitch

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the BB+ rating on Palomar Health's outstanding debt and revised the rating outlook to negative from stable. Only two years ago the healthcare operator, formerly known as Palomar Pomerado Health System, ...

Produce is a vehicle for our souls

Pesticides kill bugs — how can they not be killing people? San Diego — indeed, California — is a leader in the production of organic vegetables and fruit.

More Stuck in the Rough cash for Republican Faulconer

And Unions continue giving big to Democrat Alvarez

With election day less than five weeks away, campaign cash to both sides in the battle for San Diego mayor is gushing through a sometimes confusing and byzantine network of corporations, unions, and political committees. ...

Escondido police suspect cousins in robberies

Demand of “give me all the money” before pistol-whipping the clerk

Police found evidence connecting two men with at least four armed robberies that occurred recently in Escondido. One of them was due to be arraigned in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse for felony robbery ...

City of Escondido contemplates equine-centric park

El Caballo Park is taking shape based on community involvement

Ensconced in the eastern edge of Escondido between the Humane Society and Dog Park, the Charros Arena and its surroundings serve as a staging ground for hikers, bikers, and horse riders. The south end of ...

2013’s Most Anticipated Projects

Did new brewery venues live up to the hype?

One of the biggest parts of my job as a beer journalist is keeping up on work-in-progress brewing companies looking to come online throughout the county. The current number of upcoming breweries I’m monitoring is ...

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 ...

2013’s Best New Brewing Companies

The finest of an unprecedentedly extensive rookie class

As I did last year, I’m calling out the best new brewing operations to debut in 2013 or so late last year that they didn’t qualify for the 2012 rookie of the year race. Last ...

Gun protest on anniversary of Sandy Hook massacre

Walmart, Congress, NRA, Breaking Bad all culpable

About 40 men and women held a silent rally at Westfield North County Mall in Escondido on Saturday, December 14, the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook mass murder of 26 people at a Connecticut ...

San Dieguito River Park, Highland Valley Trail

The Highland Valley Trail travels east along the grasslands.

The Highland Valley Trail is part of the San Dieguito River Park trail system. Eventually it will extend 55 miles from Volcan Mountain near Julian to the Pacific Ocean at Del Mar. The Highland Valley ...

Escondido burglars sent to prison

Armed with baseball bats, but crime spree stopped by Navy veterans

On December 5, Antonio Gabriel Amador, 18, and Brandon Douglas Martinez, 20, were both sentenced to seven years in state prison for burglary and robbery. In their plea deals, four other felonies were dismissed for ...

Stepdaughter charged in Escondido murder

Asiatae Robinette Bell denies breaking off two knives in 54-year-old woman

“This 35-year-old defendant stabbed her 54-year-old stepmother over 15 times with two separate knives,” a prosecutor said as Asiatae Robinette Bell glared at the deputy district attorney from a holding cell. Last week, on November ...

Harmony Grove Spiritualist Association

Love is the bridge to God

Interview with pastor April Leona Cunningham of Escondido’s Harmony Grove Spiritualist Association. She says she predicted the death of Robert and John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Best of Beer Week: November 6

Kicking off the second half of San Diego Beer Week with a bang

12 Brewers, 12 Casks, 12 Mallets: Drop in on a simultaneous tapping of a dozen specialty casks of familiar Stone Brewing Co. beers augmented by myriad ingredients including blueberries, heather, elderflowers, Thai chilies, milk sugar, ...

Greg's mantra

Guitarist goes zen in Escondido on November 3

“They’re like the Led Zeppelin of mantra music, an extraordinary group of musicians who have accepted me into their musical world, despite all evidence being against it,” says Lake Hodges guitarist Greg Douglass of his ...

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.

Best of Beer Week: November 3

Suggestions for closing out the first weekend of San Diego Beer Week

Chargers vs. Redskins Sour Brunch: The Chargers appear to be on the right track. Catch this case of lightning in a bottle along with glass after glass of tart, tasty sour beer from a board ...

Land owner Stuck in the Rough puts up fencing in Escondido

Hires “no-holds-barred” attorney, threatens action on WWII vet and others

Since the Escondido City Council passed the citizen-generated initiative on August 14, 2013, preventing development of the former Escondido Country Club property, the land-use battle moved into the court system for final resolution. But in ...

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