Oceanside Stories

Texts and death in Oceanside

Messages of love...and death

In 2006, when he was 17, Arturo Salazar came north from Oaxaca, Mexico. He attended El Camino High School in Oceanside where he met 15-year-old Edith Garcia. “She was the woman that I loved from ...

Need for speed

$100K public relations tool

The Oceanside Police Department has a new crime-fighting vehicle for their arsenal. No, it's not one of those surplus, armored Humvees being given away by the federal government. It’s a sleek 2015 Nissan GT-R, one ...

Maybe the city council called the DEA

Clinic about to get raided

Five employees and a manager at Chronic Pain Releaf were recently given misdemeanor citations for working at an unlicensed business according to Oceanside Police spokesman Lt. Leonard Cosby. He says they were cited under Oceanside ...

They say Lil Vampy did the shooting

Hearing held for alleged murderers of John Fernandez

Luis Antonio Trujillo, 34, Donnie Jack Massett, 32, and Elaina Lynn Paramore, 32, are all charged with murder for benefit of a street gang in connection with a killing in 2011. There was a hearing ...

Zero-tolerance Oceanside

Pot shop allegedly reopens under a different name

The day after the City of Oceanside closed the Nature’s Leaf marijuana dispensary on October 31, city attorney John Mullen drove by the shuttered business near the intersection of Interstate 5 and Hwy 78. “I ...

Balboa Park will stay up late December 5 and 6

Top events and things to do in San Diego December 4-December 10

Foreign correspondent Evan Osnos will discuss his 2014 National Book Award winner Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China — based on eight years of living in Beijing — and ...

Sudsy holiday shopping respites

Sudsy holiday shopping respites

December 3 | Sour Mania: Any chance to select from a bevy of tart blondes, Flemish reds, and the like merits the “God bless us, everyone” tagline, but offer that opportunity on a weeknight and ...

Earn your turkey in O’side on Thursday morning

Top events and things to do in San Diego November 27-December-3

“Move your feet before you eat” this Thanksgiving at Oceanside’s 9th Annual 5 mile or 5K run/walk. With a costume contest, largest-teams competition, live entertainment everywhere, and finisher medals for all participants. The Headquarters at ...

Puppies guaranteed for 10 years

Pet-store protesters suggest owner sells animals bred inhumanely

An animal-rights group is suing a retail property owner for First Amendment violations, claiming the owner's management company is prohibiting the group from conducting peaceful demonstrations against a tenant, National City Puppy. The Animal Protection ...

Oceanside gets H.O.T.

Two officers assigned to police department's street outreach team

On November 18, Oceanside’s police department rolled out their new H.O.T. unit — their Homeless Outreach Team. The mission of the officers assigned to the H.O.T detail is to interact with the city's homeless and ...

It's a scam!

There is no “Lieutenant Woods of the Oceanside Police Department.”

On November 11, the Oceanside Police Department received 18 calls throughout the day seeking clarification about failing to appear and pay the fines for red-light camera infractions; 15 callers were residents of Oceanside and 3 ...

Paint Poppies in Oz

Top events and things to do in San Diego November 13-November 20

Today we take the birth-control pill for granted, but author and former Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan Eig will share the story of its tumultuous origins and how four forward-thinking people — a feminist, a ...

Eternally peaceful

Sea Star burials at sea.

Normally the deck hands of the Sea Star charter fishing boat are hard at work off the kelp beds of coastal North County, helping their passengers get hooked up on yellowfin, sea bass, bonito, and ...

Oceanside anglers use a lot of line

Members of the Oceanside Senior Anglers fishing club, as part of their conservation platform, have joined a nationwide monofilament fishing-line-recycling program. Since last April the local club has recycled over 20 miles of used fishing ...

Mom breaks up knife attack on son

Teen suspects caught hiding behind Oceanside Starbucks

The Starbucks at 845 College Boulevard was the site of an attempted stabbing on November 5. Oceanside police reported that around 8:20 p.m., Sandy Rivas looked outside the store’s window to see her 16-year-old son ...

Wrenchers’ delight

Self-serve auto shop opens in Oceanside

For those times when your spouse complains about your project car just sitting there taking up space or a much-needed auto repair is too costly, an ideal spot in North County has emerged to serve ...

Del Mar’s Bing Crosby season opener

Top events and things to do in San Diego November 6-November 12

Taste cuisine from Royal India, drink Indian beer and IPAs, watch performances of Bollywood-style dancing, and get some henna body art. Featuring the House of India, Royal India, Sharavati Sathe’s Kathak Troupe, and Shalini’s Folk ...

San Diego’s hotel era ended in flames

Who would burn down the grand hotels of North County?

When the Hotel del Coronado opened in 1888, Oceanside already had two “grand” hotels, the St. Cloud and the South Pacific. They faced each other, just two city blocks apart, separated by the California Southern ...

Oceanside pot dispensary forced to close

City attorney claims victory as another weed provider opens shop

While it may be getting easier for some marijuana dispensaries to stay open in San Diego, Halloween is the drop-dead date for one Oceanside storefront that has defied efforts to kill the business for almost ...

Double-tracked = doubly jacked in North County

Rail line improvements aim to increase train traffic usage twofold

On October 24, the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency (known as LOSSAN) made available to the public new information on the plans affecting its 7.6 million annual passengers and the residents in ...

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 ...

In a heap

Two Oceanside lawyers disciplined

The California State Bar has disciplined two Oceanside attorneys. Danielle Marie Scherrer was disbarred July 26 after she failed to respond to charges that she misappropriated $24,974.43 from a dead person's estate and failed to ...

No, the prosecution will not rest

Accused murderer Diego Martinez faces new charges in Oceanside shooting

Diego Arturo Martinez, who was acquitted of murder and attempted murder at the end of a trial three months ago, had new charges filed against him in court on Tuesday, September 30. During a three-week ...

Marinkovic's case goes kerplunk

La Paloma Healthcare Center and XETV 6 faced "fanciful" claims

In a judge's decision filed September 29 in the Western District of Pennsylvania (embracing Pittsburgh and Erie), Oceanside's La Paloma Healthcare Center and XETV 6 were decisive victors. The plaintiff was Mel Marin, also known ...

Before Oceanside had a harbor

Last weekend, September 27 and 28, Oceanside hosted its 54th annual Harbor Days.

Early October's best

Top events and things to do in San Diego October 2-October 8

The Taste of Downtown is back and healthier than ever, with over 50 eateries throughout the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village. Enjoy restaurants, bistros, and take-outs with a new focus on health and wellness. For ...

Font of wisdom

Oceanside to convert civic center fountain to use recycled water

On Thursday, September 25, a green construction-barrier fence went up around the fountains and pools in front of the Oceanside Civic Center. The water was drained and construction began on September 29 to retrofit the ...

Not the best of times yet

Last year, San Diego's poverty rate rose to 15.8 %; El Cajon, 19.7%

Poverty statistics are going the opposite way in the city of San Diego and the United States. Today (September 18) San Diego's Center on Policy Initiatives reported that the San Diego poverty rate rose to ...

Hateful Harriet on the Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub

North County sushi haven epically fails to live up to its own hype.

Tucked in the back of Oceanside Bull Taco, Wrench and Rodent is the brainchild of Davin Waite, local sushi guy who came up through the ranks of La Jolla’s Cafe Japengo. The name allegedly means ...

Beerbucha in Oceanside

Craft beer and kombucha sharing space on tap and in the same glass

I’ve learned to expect the unexpected from certain breweries that don’t adhere to common rules of beer service. Chief among them is Oceanside Ale Works (1800 Ord Way, Oceanside), a company that’s played fast-and-loose for ...

Early Look: Bagby Beer Company

Exploring ex-Pizza Port champion brewer’s new Oceanside digs

When I last toured the construction site of Bagby Beer Company, the place still mostly looked like the auto dealership and repair facility it was in its former life. A visit this weekend turned up ...

How was I-5 traffic this summer?

SANDAG plan moves forward to widen 27 miles of interstate

On August 13, with the unprecedented support of all six cities between San Diego and Oceanside, the California Coastal Commission gave the green light to SANDAG’s long-term plan to widen I-5. After the unanimous vote ...

Killer of the mother of his children

Arturo Salazar sentenced to 26 years to life

An Oceanside man who murdered the mother of his two children and then hid her body under the bed was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison today, August 26. Last month, a jury ...

Oceanside’s unusual side

Streetscape project includes back-in parking on now-one-way Mission Ave.

The Mission Avenue Improvement Project, started in October of 2013, was completed and open for vehicular and pedestrian traffic on August 19. Access to downtown has been beautified and improved for the better — almost. ...

Oceanside advances on affordable housing project

“It's been a long, long, long time coming,” said mayor Jim Wood.

As ground is broken on the largest affordable-housing project in San Diego County, all that remains for the complex is to finalize the patchwork of funding. At a cost of $92 million, the Mission Cove ...

Boom. Just like that

Lightning threat prompts lifeguards to close beaches from Solana to O'side

With locals and tourists trying to grab in a few more days of summer, the beaches in North County were suddenly closed to all activity on August 20. Starting around 4:00 a.m., an incoming weather ...

Serrato's legal hotspot cools

Charges dismissed against man accused of re-igniting California wildfire

Arson charges against Alberto Serrato, 57, were dismissed in San Diego Superior Court on August 13. Serrato had been accused of re-igniting a brush fire three months ago, while fires raged across North County. Serrato, ...

All the girls were ripping

Oceanside's 2014 Supergirl Pro showcased local and international surf talent

“All the girls were ripping,” said 24-year-old Sara Taylor, who won her round during the first day of the 2014 Supergirl Pro, a three-day all-women’s surf competition in Oceanside on August 8, 2014. Taylor, who ...

Oceanside yarn-bombed

Detonation’s soft report means a late report

A “yarn bomb” went off in Oceanside on July 31: tree trunks, signposts, bike racks, and other road fixtures on Pier View Way, Artist Alley, and Coast Highway were blanketed with squares of yarn. Volunteers ...

Nephew testifies for accused arsonist

“After they took uncle to court, I drunk his beer.”

“I called my uncle Albert up, said, ‘Hey, there’s a fire over here, come check it out,’” Fernando Juarez testified for the defense during the trial of his uncle, Alberto Beltran Serrato, on August 6. ...

Letting the Lord have his way in us

Membership: 250 Pastor: Brad Lambert Age: 61 Born: Venice, CA Formation: University of Redlands, Redlands; Point Loma Nazarene University; University of California-Fullerton; Calvary Chapel Bible College, Murietta (professor/director) Years Ordained: 23 San Diego Reader: How ...

Like a Boy Scout

Accused of arson, suspect says he was throwing dirt on a fire

Two Oceanside police officers testified during a trial today, August 5, that they saw a man put handfuls of dry brush onto a smoldering spot, twice, until the area re-ignited into flame. “I still remember ...

Biplane crash survivors!

Plane reportedly lost power while attempting to land in Oceanside

At 11:22 a.m. on August 5, a 1940s-era bi-winged light plane crashed and flipped over on approach to Oceanside Municipal Airport. Oceanside police officers arrived to find the pilot, Lance Murray, and his passenger Daniel ...

Only Bloods in their streets

Beaten, stomped, stabbed, and left for dead in Oceanside

Two reputed gang members, Roland Isaac Seau, 24, and David Lemoe Tua, 31, were ordered to face murder and attempted-murder charges after a multi-day hearing that ended late on Thursday, July 31. Both Seau and ...

Developer-friendly, homeowner not so

Eminent domain threatens longtime Oceanside resident

Elias Cardenas says he had big plans for the small plot of land that he inherited from his father. In one corner he sells birds. On the other side of the house he's constructing a ...

Bad son

Oceanside man on trial for allegedly attacking parents

Gregory Dale Foley, 56, pleads not-guilty to the attempted murder of his 81-year-old mother and cruelty to his 86-year-old father, in a trial that began yesterday, July 29, 2014. The prosecutor played a chilling 911 ...

“Unforgettable” Outtakes

Vignettes from San Diego history: Oceanside and Carlsbad.

From the Carlsbad Plain Truth (editor William Webster Borden, whose slogan was “Independent but not neutral”): “Charles Kelly has a remarkable hen. She disappeared on Dec. 25, 1886, leaving a brood of young chickens behind ...

Carlsbad drowning victim found

David Velasco went under after a wave overtook him on the shoreline

At around 6:00 a.m. on July 10, a body was discovered floating in the shallow water on an Oceanside beach. The 911 call came from two surfers as they prepared to go into the water ...

Libby Lake mayhem

Justice sought for multiple gunshot victims

A subpoenaed witness who refused to testify on July 7 was handcuffed and taken into custody at the start of a hearing in which four young men are accused of a double murder in connection ...

Not guilty, but still jailed

Oceanside man who admitted double shooting is acquitted

On July 1, court observers were stunned when a jury declared an Oceanside man not guilty of two charges, even though the defendant took the witness box and admitted shooting two persons. The jury foreman ...

Oceanside won’t go to pot

Council votes to keep medical marijuana out of the city

With all due respect, your medicine is not right for this city, Oceanside leaders told medical marijuana supporters at a meeting on June 25. In a 5-0 vote, the city council rejected a proposal to ...

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