Fallbrook Stories

New hope for Fallbrook Golf Course

“If he wants to tear things down, I want to build them up.”

On June 30, the Fallbrook Village News reported that the beleaguered Fallbrook Golf Course was closed “due to change in management.” The paper missed a major detail about the 56-year-old course, which has come under ...

Los Jilgueros, a small retreat in suburban Fallbrook

Relax in this small preserve with great wooded areas and wetlands

This 46-acre nature preserve was an orchard and farmland before it was acquired by the Fallbrook Land Conservancy (FLC) as their first acquisition. There is still some farm equipment and waterworks visible. For its small ...

Sheila E. will help launch North County concert series

Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens in Fallbrook schedules "Jazz and Wine" concerts

Shelia E., the percussionist who was once Prince’s musical director, will make her first local appearance since her former fiance's death at a new North County outdoor concert series. Inspired by a sold-out David Benoit ...

Fallbrook Golf Course sale falls through

“They created a monster that didn’t need to be created.”

On March 10, the Union-Tribune headline read: “Fallbrook Golf Course Closing Monday.” The next day, owner Jack Lamberson said he wasn’t closing his course after all. Lamberson says he decided to keep the 56-year-old course ...

Off to gangsters’ paradise

Two Deep Valley Bloods get more than 75 years in state prison

Two Oceanside gangsters will make one more appearance in a San Diego courtroom this month, on February 24, before they spend the rest of their lives in state prison, officials say. Roland Isaac Seau, 25, ...

Dave Mustaine was here

House of rock for sale in Fallbrook

Current Owner: Shmily Land Trust (Dave & Pamela Mustaine) Beds: 7 Baths: 7 List Price: $5,375,000 The whimsically named Le Rêve Fallbrook is an “English garden style home with Old California influences” that listing materials ...

None shall pass

The opposite of neighborly in Fallbrook/De Luz

"I just filmed my own murder."

Fallbrook Golf Course headed for the rough?

Nearby residents fear potential sale will lead to abysmal conditions

“Look at these pictures. It’s shocking. Does that look like rehabilitated wetlands to you?” Retired Fallbrook elementary school teacher Joan McConnell had just returned on Sunday (January 24) from the site of the former San ...

One of the last free-flowing rivers in Southern California

Follow the Santa Margarita River Trail

The Santa Margarita River Trails are managed by the newly merged Live Oak Coalition and the Fallbrook Trails Council. Through an agreement with the Fallbrook Public Utility District, which owns the property, the nonprofit group ...

Hey hey hey! Cosby countersues Fallbrook lawyer

Accuser Tamara Green made her allegations over ten years ago

Bill Cosby on Monday (December 14) filed a countersuit in federal court in Massachusetts, claiming that seven women who have accused him of drugging and sexually exploiting them are guilty of "malicious, opportunistic, and false ...

The Fallbrook Kid

Axe-man Anthony Cullins gets the blues at 14 years young

Sheriff’s deputies have not solved the mystery of who killed Larry Robinson, the guitarist remembered for his decades of local shows and legions of guitar students. He was murdered in a Temecula music store two ...

Monstrous monsters sent to jail forever

Two killers of Brittany Killgore get life in prison without parole

A judge in North County sentenced two people to life in prison without possibility of parole on November 19. Louis Ray Perez, 49, and Dorothy Grace Marie Maraglino, 40, were both declared guilty of the ...

Fallbrook Brewing begets barbecue

New bar and restaurant to focus on San Diego ties

Fallbrook Brewing Company has plans to open a new bar and restaurant in the friendly village it's named for. Dubbed Firehouse Que and Brew, the new business will serve beer, wine and barbecue at 1019 ...

Exercise both your body and spirit in Monserate Mountain Preserve

Climb to vistas in northern San Diego County

Monserate Mountain Preserve, located in San Diego’s North County, is the second largest of 11 preserves within the 2700-acre Fallbrook Land Conservancy. The preserve began with an acquisition of 225 acres in 2000; more acreage ...

Bob disrespected at Fallbrook pot bust

JAH Healing Caregivers get the SWAT-like treatment

On September 10, a Fallbrook neighborhood was woken up by a SWAT-like operation that included closed-down streets and a bashed-down door. “They had two fire trucks, two Marine tanks, and a SWAT team van,” says ...

Back away from the water, Fallbrook

Rainbow water district survives takeover attempt

Water users in Rainbow and Bonsall finally feel like they’ve defeated a Goliath. A yearlong battle has ended, thwarting a takeover by the Fallbrook Public Utility District of the mostly agricultural Rainbow Municipal Water District. ...

Jury chosen for alleged Killgore killers

“Stay healthy” and “take vitamins,” advises judge

A jury of nine women and three men was seated this morning, September 10, for the trial of three people accused of murdering Brittany Dawn Killgore in April of 2012. Jury selection began with a ...

Avocado fudge

Fallbrook candy shop offers unusual dessert

While a military brat living on Camp Pendleton, I kicked off my high school career going to Fallbrook HS (go Warriors!). I took that 45-minute bus ride every day for a couple of years and ...

Dishonor among dopers

Nico tried to get out.

Definitely done with Sergio.

Temecula doc opens up about Deputy's wound following Fallbrook taser incident

"Shockingly strong."

Sheriff Gill Bore has pointed to a nasty bite wound sustained by deputy Jeremy Banks as sufficient grounds for Banks' decision to deploy his taser while seeking to handcuff a resistant runaway Fallbrook teenager. Both ...

The doctor put his hand where?

Fallbrook Ob-Gyn doctor charged with sexual abuse

The Medical Board of California has filed a second complaint against Falbrook's Anthony Steven Bianchi, M.D., who practices obstetrics and gynecology. According to an accusation filed May 5, Bianchi had been seeing a patient since ...

Trouble at TriCity hospital, nurse testifies

“They are not in a position to raise the capital. They just aren’t.”

When Fallbrook Hospital closed in December, it was kind of an “I-told-you-so” moment for Nathan Kaufman, a San Diego–based expert who has a 35-year career consulting over 80 hospital districts nationwide. Of Fallbrook’s demise, Kaufman ...

Accused murderer of McStays prepped for court

Charles Ray Merritt denies killing family of four

Charles Ray Merritt, now 58, denies killing Joseph McStay, 40, wife Summer McStay, 43, and their two sons, 4-year-old Giovanni, and 3-year-old Joseph Jr. in 2010. Defendant Merritt and Joseph McStay were partners in a ...

After the fires...

Good news and bad following last year's North County disasters

Last year, on the morning of May 14, humidity levels were down to 5 percent, morning beach temperatures already up into the high 80s, and strong Santa Ana winds were blowing from the east. Over ...

If it's about water, it's about a fight

Fallbrook district tries to gobble Rainbow's

Residents of Rainbow and Bonsall feel threatened by what they say is a hostile takeover attempt of their water district by the Fallbrook Public Utility District. The mostly agricultural community of Rainbow, east of Fallbrook ...

Young gangster wastes life

“The lengthy prison term is for defendants just like Mr. Flores.”

Fallbrook gang member Christopher Flores was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 30 years to life plus another 20 years in state prison on Monday, December 1. The total years were compounded because of ...

Appeal to "illegal tax" every year

Hope lives to overturn Cal Fire's semi-rural "Fire Prevention Fee"

This month, property owners in the county’s semi-rural areas are receiving their annual $150 bill for the state’s “Fire Prevention Fee.” Since the per-parcel fee was enacted in 2011, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association has ...

Former cop to go on trial again

Technicality overturns manslaughter conviction for fatal crash

Fifty-three-year-old Katherine Ann Heinzel, a former cop who was convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, is due in San Diego Superior Court again on Monday, November 24. Heinzel is said to have been a ...

Thanks to the hookah

The Red Eye Saloon in Fallbrook followed the trend of many local nightspots when it stopped hiring live bands two months ago. But right next door, a new kind of music venue has sprung up, ...

Life plus 25 years for 20-year-old

Convicted for shooting fellow gangster who wanted out

A 20-year-old Fallbrook gangster was sentenced to life in prison, plus 25 years, in San Diego Superior Court on November 7. Judge Blaine Bowman spoke to Sergio Huerta Ramirez, telling him to notice that none ...

Death for all three of them?

Alleged murderers of Brittany Killgore could face ultimate penalty

Louis Ray Perez, 48, Dorothy Gracemarie Maraglino, 39, and Jessica Lynn Lopez, 27, were all in court on Friday, October 10. The defendants deny all accusations pertaining to the kidnapping, torturing, and murder of a ...

Hold on to that Fallbrook Hospital toe tag

Struggling facility to rely on Tri-City and Palomar Health for ER

With the Fallbrook Hospital facing a loss of $6 million that is growing at a clip of $500,000 a month, the directors of Fallbrook Healthcare District voted on Wednesday, October 8, to pull the plug ...

He's dead. "Good good good good!”

Mother-in-law admits reloading to kill son-in-law

Four neighbors testified that they heard gunshots at about 8 a.m. the morning of February 11, 2014, in a quiet residential area of Fallbrook. One of the 911 calls was played in court on September ...

Beer Touring: Fallbrook Brewing Company

Worth the trip north…or a few blocks down the street

When I first met Chuck and Jaime McLaughlin, the owners of Fallbrook Brewing Company (136 North Main Avenue, Fallbrook), I thought they were a sweet couple with a lot of heart. They were still building ...

Not going to stick up for evil no more

Sergio Ramirez denies trying to kill his homie who wanted out of “the life”

Testimony began on July 17 in a trial for a man who admits being a street hood for the Varrio Fallbrook Locos gang. Some witnesses have been so fearful that they suffered almost complete memory ...

Pistol-packing grandma?

Alleged murderer of son-in-law has mental competency questioned

Legal proceedings against a 63-year-old woman accused of reloading her five-shot revolver twice to finish killing her son-in-law were put on hold today, July 8. The attorney for Cynthia Kaye Cdebaca asked for the case ...

Bonsall’s length of Highway 76 to become four lanes

Widening to I-15 (promised decades ago) to take three years

Motorists along Highway 76 between Bonsall and I-15 are happy to see that the final six-mile phase of the Highway 76 widening project has begun. Last week, crews started clearing out heavy brush and trees ...

Christ the King Lutheran Church

Computer science, meteorology, or God?

Membership: 1200 Pastor: Mark Johnson Age: 46 Born: Minneapolis, MI Formation: Lutheran Bible Institute, Anaheim; Concordia University, Irvine; Lutheran Seminary, St. Paul Years Ordained: 17 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which ...

Grandmother “did not like” her son-in-law

Cynthia Kaye Cdebaca denies murder but says she “was responsible”

A prosecutor said a 63-year-old grandmother reloaded her five-shot revolver twice and fired 15 rounds at her son-in-law, killing him in the home they shared in Fallbrook last week. The prosecutor spoke on February 18 ...

Enough space for your 20 vehicles

Current Owner: Rita Gregory Listing Price: $5,750,000 Beds: 8 | Baths: 10 The small, mostly agricultural town of Rainbow, population 1832, sits at the northernmost point of San Diego County along the border of Riverside. ...

Paddle-out for McStay family

Oddities of their vanishment and discovery anonymously discussed

After a memorial service in Laguna Nigel, about 100 family members, friends, and those who never knew Fallbrook’s McStay family, showed up at the San Clemente Pier for a memorial paddle-out on January 4. The ...

Defendants in Killgore murder case got new attorneys

Maraglino, one of the accused, wants to hurry things along

Dorothy Maraglino, a 38-year-old woman from Fallbrook who is currently charged with kidnap, torture, and murder, said, “I’m prepared to represent myself” in San Diego Superior Court on December 18, 2013. Maraglino made the statement ...

Escondido trio tied to string of Fallbrook car burglaries

Three Escondido residents were arrested yesterday (October 9) in connection with a string of “smash-and-grab” robberies taking place at the trailhead of the Monserate Mountain Preserve in Fallbrook between September 19 and October 4. Bryan ...

Suspects sought in open space pot grows

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department is looking for information that might lead them to the individuals behind several marijuana farming operations unearthed over the last week. Between September 24 and 25, deputies on the Narcotics ...

Calvary Chapel Fallbrook

The toll of large-scale biblically illiterate Christianity.

Meet Fallbrook Brewing Company

New brewery for Fallbrook residents by Fallbrook residents

I’m not a frequenter of the unincorporated town of Fallbrook and, hence, was unaware of the weekly exodus that occurs when its residents pick up and head out in search of good times, Friday through ...

Can you find the big secret in this casino?

Reservation’s reservations

Interviews with Pala tribe members who are at odds since Indian gaming was made legal in California.

San Diego backcountry folks double taxed for fire protection?

As San Diego County’s due date for paying the first installment of property taxes loomed on December 10, an additional $150 tax bill began arriving in property owners’ mailboxes. The new per-parcel tax, sent to ...

Olive Fruit Fly Takes Toll Statewide

Jim Engelke, owner of Fallbrook Olive Oil, bought an avocado grove in east Fallbrook eight years ago. With the North American Free Trade Agreement allowing the importation of avocados from south of the border and ...

Is a Fallbrook Business Improvement District Necessary?

With the intent of creating consistency for local businesses during a floundering economy, Vince Ross, president of the Fallbrook Revitalization Council, has commissioned a study to determine the viability of developing a business improvement district ...

Down, Down, Down for the Locos

The Vario Fallbrook Locos gang stabbed Kenneth Mose for being black and in their neighborhood.

Fallbrook’s Shrinking Avocado

Since the first avocado trees were planted in 1912, Fallbrook’s avocado industry’s been thriving. The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce estimates annual sales near $26 million. However, due to water-access issues, the size of the average ...

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