Oceanside Stories

He woke to a knife at his throat

The kidnapper wanted money, tools, and a señorita.

A scheme to extort money from an Oceanside car-repair shop goes sideways.

Santa art sought from Del Mar to Oceanside

One painting depicts St. Nick smoking pot

After seeing a window painting of Santa smoking a pipe and a snowman holding a water pipe at an Oceanside smoke shop, I decided to see if there were any other businesses that had pictures ...

Digiplex agrees to purchase 5 local UltraStar Cinemas

Poway, Bonsall, Temecula, Oceanside, and Mission Valley cinemas soon to be under new ownership

UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center. Has there ever been a less appealing name for a theatre? Wasn't this digital transformation supposed to make it easier on all of us? The birthplace of "Pure Digital ...

Oceanside Code Enforcement Fines Homeowner

Last month, Oceanside businessman Steve Amster bought a house at auction. The boarded-up house, in the 1400 block of Dubuque Street in Oceanside, had been gutted by the city before auction. A few days after ...

It's a raid!

Show Palace gets raided by multiple agencies on night of Alejandra Guzman show. Nothing was found, show proceeded. Insiders suggest state bureau of Alcoholic Beverage Control was exerting pressure.

Omakase in O'side

Omakase: patrons sit down at the sushi counter, and the chef working it goes to town presenting dishes of his or her choosing, amped to share these items with anyone willing to put themselves into ...

Junior Seau’s New Surfboard

The California Surf Museum in Oceanside is displaying a surfboard that honors Junior Seau’s connection to the ocean as well as the community he touched. Through the effort of artist Cherrie La Porte, the glass ...

A Surfer’s Goodbye to Junior Seau

The healing aspect of the ocean was on display during the paddle-out for Junior Seau on Sunday, May 6. Heavy hearts, fond memories, and unanswered questions were carried into the shorebreak in front of Junior’s ...

Surf Community Honors Junior Seau in Oceanside

Over 250 surfers joined the memorial paddle-out to honor Junior Seau on Sunday, May 6. The Oceanside beach, in front of the former San Diego Charger linebacker’s home, was packed with two to three thousand ...

Random Power Outages Along South El Camino Real Street

Just after 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 2, the electricity went haywire in the 2100 block of South El Camino Real in Oceanside, affecting 200–500 customers. Tenants in the Villa Office building at 2103 first ...

Calavera Lake and Mountain

Mountaintop views, waterfowl, an extinct volcano, plus restoration in action

There are many ways to enter the preserve, but most lack adequate parking and currently none offer toilet facilities, except the Oak Riparian Park in Oceanside, which offers both as well as a chance to ...

Tokin’ and Chillin’, with Guns

Ruby likes the color red. On her day in court, she wore a red sweater and her hair was dyed a reddish color. Ruby (not her real name) is hiding from her former lover Robert ...

Murderer Gets 12 Years Added to Sentence for Stabbing Inmate

A man in jail awaiting sentencing for a murder stabbed another inmate and was sentenced on March 15 to 12 more years for the new offense. Joaquin Martinez, a.k.a. “Jaws,” now 34, admitted causing great ...

Man Arraigned for 2002 Oceanside Homicide

A 40-year-old man who has been hiding in Mexico for ten years was arraigned in the Vista courthouse on March 12. Fernando Herrera Salas, charged with murder, was implicated in the death of a man ...

Former Oceanside P.E. Teacher Back in Court for Probation Violation

A former physical education teacher for Oceanside High School admitted to a probation violation on March 6 at the Vista courthouse. Corey Lane Hogue, now 39, pleaded guilty in 2010 to having unlawful sexual contact ...

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 ...

Maryland Company Seeks to Privatize Oceanside Library

On January 13, the Oceanside Public Library's board of trustees held an unprecedented emergency meeting. The meeting was precipitated by an announcement by city manager Peter Weiss that a private library-operation firm had approached the ...

Alleged Oceanside Killer Was Seeking Next Female

Within hours of allegedly shooting his second wife in the chest with a gun, Dontaye Henderson texted a message to a woman in Alabama whom he had previously dated: “I’ve left my wife for good. ...

Lighthouse Christian Church

Affiliation: Independent Christian Churches Membership: 920 Pastor: Michael Openshaw Age: 53 Born: Atlanta, Georgia Formation: Lincoln Christian College and Lincoln Christian Seminary, Lincoln, Illinois Years in Ministry: 33 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite ...

Start at the Oceanside Pier. Stop in 3000 Miles.

Most of us onlookers conquered the mountain the easy way — by car — and had gathered for the big moment, trying at the same time to exploit the 10,857-foot elevation for an alpine vista. ...

Navy Loses Shirt on Solar Project at Camp Pendleton

An audit by the Pentagon’s inspector general has found that the Navy, in a hurry to spend funds appropriated by Congress in February 2009’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commissioned a series of expensive and ...

Ten-Year Prison Term for Oceanside Bar Fight

An Oceanside man agreed to a ten-year prison term in a plea deal today, admitting to the assault of a man who died from a single punch to his head in an Oceanside bar on ...

Alleged Oceanside Robbers Have a Day in Court

After the Oceanside police officer pulled over a white Oldsmobile on August 17 because it lacked a front license plate, he saw a handgun wrapped in a black bandana resting in the baby seat in ...

King of Kings Lutheran Church

Membership: 325 Pastor: James Jerpseth Age: 51 Born: Graceville, Minnesota Formation: University of California-San Diego (Engineering); Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley Years Ordained: 14 years San Diego Reader: What is your main concern as a ...

Oceanside Homecoming Queen Named Via Helicopter

Fans of Oceanside's El Camino High School football got a surprise at the game on October 14. During the homecoming celebration's halftime show, as the five queen nominees and their decorated floats were parading around ...

Oceanside Man Guilty of Murdering Mom, Sanity Undecided

Adam Brown is guilty of first-degree murder for plunging a kitchen knife into his mother’s head as she sat on the edge of her bed in their Oceanside home three years ago. The same jury ...

Orange County Man Guilty of Murder in Oceanside DUI Crash

A man who caused a fatal crash on I-5 in April of 2010 is guilty of second-degree murder, according to a jury that delivered their verdict on September 8 in San Diego’s North County Superior ...

Man Accused of Murder Injures Self to Avoid Court

An Oceanside man accused of murdering his wife last January was scheduled to be in court yesterday, but he “rammed his head into a sharp metal object on a wall” to get a medical deferral ...

Vista Man Admits Drunken Spree Evading Officers

A 48-year-old Vista man who admitted drunkenly evading pursuing officers by driving recklessly, and resisting police officers “with force,” hopes to be sentenced to nine months in county jail, according to his plea deal paperwork, ...

Man Splashed Gasoline on Ex-Wife in Oceanside

Danny Vinci splashed gasoline on his ex-wife in a parking lot full of witnesses, on March 11, 2010. The woman had gone to an Oceanside dance studio to pick up her granddaughter, as she always ...

Dog Still Missing from 4th of July?

This black lab is one lucky dog. She was one of 20 dogs taken to the Humane Society’s facility in Oceanside in the two days after the Fourth of July weekend. Her relieved owners came ...

Soda Can Leads to Arrest by Oceanside Police

A soda can left in the bathroom of a burgled residence in Oceanside last January recently led to an arrest, according to detective Douglas Baxter of the Oceanside Police Department. DNA collected from the can ...

Oceanside Community Church

Membership: 135 Pastor: Tim Poldrugo Age: 61 Born: Gary, Indiana (raised in Los Angeles) Formation: Hope International University (Pacific Christian College), Fullerton, CA Years Ordained: 26 San Diego Reader: How long do you spend writing ...

Dr. Naimark: Rage or Insanity, a Change of Mind

In a surprising turn of events, a psychiatrist revealed to a jury in the Vista courthouse that he had changed his mind about the sanity of the defendant. The reversal came when Dr. David Naimark ...

Former Marine Raphael Ramey Sentenced to Life

On March 14 at the Vista Courthouse, Charles Evan Williams Sr., the father of a murder victim, told the man who killed his son, “After the verdict was read, I slept well.” The murderer, Raphael ...

Oceanside War Is on Over Developer Paybacks

On Wednesday, February 23, Oceanside’s city council directed city staff to return in 90 days with an ordinance to repeal the $10,275 developer fee on construction of low-income housing units. The ordinance would give developers ...

Ex-Marine Raphael Ramey Found Guilty of Murder

Raphael Ramey was declared guilty of murder by a jury on February 10. He had been accused of knifing, beating, and stomping to death a used-car salesman who failed to deliver a car to Ramey ...

Oceanside Murderer Joaquin Martinez Sentenced

Superior court judge Joan Weber commented that Joaquin “Jaws” Martinez’s description of chopping apart the body of his victim was “some of the most chilling testimony I have ever heard” in more than 20 years ...

Oceanside Fugitive Dontaye Henderson Faces Extradition in St. Louis

Oceanside resident Dontaye Henderson, 28, is expected to arrive back in San Diego County next week to face charges of murder, kidnapping, and felony child abuse. Police in St. Louis, Missouri, arrested him at a ...

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 ...

Amtrak Passenger Detrained in Oceanside

North County Transit District security officers in Oceanside removed a passenger from a southbound Amtrak train shortly before 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 30, after being contacted by the crew. The passenger, who boarded the ...

Three Oceanside Assailants Sentenced in Beating of Elderly Woman

Three young men pleaded guilty to beating an elderly woman at the front gate of her Oceanside condo more than a year ago, and the last two were sentenced in the Vista courthouse yesterday afternoon. ...

Oceanside’s Capozzoli's Restaurant to Reopen?

Oceanside residents were disappointed last month when a popular Italian restaurant closed its doors. Capozzoli's, at 3915 Mission Avenue, had posted a sign that read: “Closed one week for remodeling.” Last week the closed sign ...

Oceanside Resident Pleas for Assistance From City Council

“I can’t get any help…where do I go? I’ve paid taxes and I’m waiting for disability,” said longtime Oceanside resident Samantha Ewen as she spoke before the city council on Wednesday, November 3. According to ...

Raphael Ramey's Road Rage, Without the Car, in Oceanside

Raphael Ramey cursed, yelled, and swore some more. This mechanic Eddie had demanded money to fix his car, a job that was supposed to be done two months ago. Ramey had bought the 1970 Chevy, ...

Oceanside DUI Suspect Hops Curb, Strikes Grandfather and Baby Grandson

At approximately 9:30 a.m. on October 18, the driver of a GMC Jimmy SUV lost control of their vehicle on Lake Street. The truck hopped the curb, demolishing a street sign, and then traveled down ...

Caltrans Presents Plans for I-5 Widening

On September 9, Caltrans held the last of five community meetings for the public to review the Interstate 5 environmental impact report for the proposed 27-mile freeway-widening project. The meeting, held at Oceanside High School, ...

Five Oceanside Police Have DUIs?

“What are we doing with our police department?” Oceanside resident J.C. Clayford asked the city council on Wednesday, September 8. Clayford expressed concern regarding several recent controversies that have involved Oceanside police officers. He alleged ...

Oceanside loses Parks and Rec budget in the lights

City officials in Oceanside are on the offensive and are searching for ways to save money in its Parks and Recreation budget. One way the city looked to score cash is by raising the fees ...

King Biscuit Founder Found Dead in an Oceanside Hotel

“I’m blown away. I just can’t fathom this.” Gary Beck is the midday radio host at Jazz 88.3. “Kenny and I were real close. I’d known him almost 30 years. I talked to him just ...

Bud Bans

Along with Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach, and Santee, Oceanside has a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries, which could stand until May 2011. On Wednesday evening, Oceanside’s city council will address the issue of ...

I Have a Habit of Having Things in My Hand

Janina Hardoy was 24 years old when last seen around the Oceanside Pier, quoting the Bible to homeless people; a couple of months later, in early 2005, she was reported missing from her rented Oceanside ...