Oceanside Stories

Old McDonald’s had some history

Oceanside burger joint to get facelift (and lipo?)

Demolition of one of the county’s oldest original McDonald’s sites began on June 3. Located at 137 Canyon Drive, near Mission Avenue, the restaurant was one of three McDonald’s locations that served the San Diego ...

Welcome to Hell

Steven said the voice was suddenly closer to him, when he heard “Welcome to hell!” It was after 8 p.m. and dark. “I happened to turn around and look, and this guy was coming up ...

Firebug or amateur firefighter?

Suspected arsonist says he was trying to put out flames with dirt

A man accused of feeding a smoldering fire until it re-ignited into flame during the raging fires in San Diego County three weeks ago was actually putting dirt onto the spot to put out the ...

Boots in the kitchen

Oceanside helps fund veterans’ culinary-training program

On May 28, the Oceanside City Council unanimously approved a $600,000 matching grant to the Veterans Association of North County for the completion of a culinary arts training space at the former police headquarters on ...

Beer and food ménage à trois

Nanobrewery teams up with hot sushi and taco eateries in Oceanside

Haven Harris says his beers are so colorful and eclectic that the name of his nanobrewery, Beer Brewing Company (1813½ South Coast Highway, Oceanside) doesn’t need to be. Brought into an exciting three-way food-and-beverage operation ...

Firebug caught?

Suspect has 12 prior felony convictions in two counties

A man who Oceanside police said was seen feeding a fire during the conflagrations two weeks ago had a hearing this morning in San Diego Superior Court. According to police, Alberto Beltran Serrato, 57, was ...

Pillow shock

“Friend” admits incident that could have suffocated 92-year-old man

Donna Lee Darling, 61, pleaded guilty to the charge of assault on an elder, causing suffering, in San Diego Superior Court today, May 20. In exchange for the plea, a charge of attempted murder was ...

Oceanside top cop salary to jump 13%

Two-year extension for Chief McCoy after replacement search fails

Following an unsuccessful national search for a qualified replacement, the Oceanside City Council voted 4-1 on Wednesday, May 7, to keep Frank McCoy on as police chief for another two years. McCoy officially retired last ...

Denies assault, mayhem, torture

Oceanside man "didn’t mean to” beat victim that badly

It was before 2 a.m. on Monday, April 21, when four Oceanside police officers responded to a report of yelling and fighting in a ground-floor unit at the Mission Hills apartment complex on Rancho Del ...

Three Bettys recognized in Oceanside

Library honors longtime volunteers

Three women named Betty, with a combined age of 284 years, were honored at the Oceanside Library’s Volunteer Appreciation Day on April 11. While 11 other library volunteers were honored for as “Volunteers of the ...

San Diego unions violated campaign finance law

Labor council and Oceanside firefighters' PAC didn't disclose campaign cash

Two San Diego County–based labor groups are up for charges at this month's meeting of the state's Fair Political Practices Commission. One of the cases dates back to 2010, according to the allegations, when the ...

Vapers beware

Don’t try e-cigs on the Oceanside Pier

The Oceanside City Council on April 2 voted unanimously to advance an ordinance banning electronic smoking devices where traditional cigarettes are outlawed and restricting unaccompanied minors’ access to some businesses that sell them. Cited in ...

Oceanside's "Top Gun" house gets a coat of paint

Renovation and move of structure scheduled

Last week, the 125-year old Oceanside house in disrepair at 102 Pacific Street received a fresh coat of paint, its first since 1985. For all its problems — peeling paint, crumbling overhangs, and leaning porches ...

Maximum sentence for Matthew Nathan Terrell

Would-be rapist lured victim to Carlsbad hotel room

Matthew Nathan Terrell, 28, was sentenced to six years prison for the attempted rape of a young woman he had met on the internet just the day before. A San Diego County Superior Court judge ...

Thugs shot by would-be victim make plea deals

Wounded defendants can expect four years prison

Two men who got shot while trying to rob Uncle Tony's Italian restaurant in Vista admitted to assault with a firearm, and each can expect four years in prison, according to their plea-deal paperwork. Louis ...

Bikers gather to pay tribute to one of their own

Oceanside man killed in unavoidable motorcycle accident

On February 1, close to 300 friends and family showed up at the Kraken on Coast Highway 101 for a remembrance and celebration of life of Oceanside resident Hugh Williams. Williams was killed on the ...

Bagby Beer wears heart on its wall

Anticipated brewpub's pre-open support of cancer awareness

The most anticipated brewery opening of 2014 is that of Bagby Beer Company. As reported in September, it is the passion project of award-winning former Pizza Port director of brewery operations Jeff Bagby and his ...

Patch news lets go of many reporter-editors

New ownership trims cost of running hyper-local operations nationwide

On Wednesday, January 29, the new majority-owner of hyper-local news site Patch.com laid off all but one of its San Diego County reporter-editors, remaining editor Michelle Mowad confirmed. The layoffs include journalist Khari Johnson, whose ...

Undisclosed law-enforcement action on I-5

Multi-agencies stage at Las Pulgas Drive, “regular patrol” claimed

Some type of major law-enforcement action seemed to be taking place on the southbound I-5 through Camp Pendleton on January 29 at around 2:00 p.m. There were numerous law-enforcement agency vehicles parked at the Las ...

Drunk driver sideswipes two cars in Oceanside

Neighbors awakened at 1:00 a.m.

According to a resident of the fourplex community off South El Camino Real, behind the Target store, the whole neighborhood woke up to the sound of crashing cars around 1:00 a.m. on January 16. A ...

Panhandler turf battle at freeway exit

Duo tried to "Boss Hogg" two others away

On the eastbound off-ramp of Highway 78 at Jefferson Street — the location that inspired a 2012 panhandling article — a turf war developed on January 8, causing three California Highway Patrol units to respond. ...

Customized ponies, as seen on Instagram

Oceanside artist sculpts, paints, and transforms old My Little Pony dolls into new characters

“I just thought that doing My Little Pony toys would be different,” says Rizzo Michelle, reflecting on her decision to customize unwanted toys and try to sell them at Comikaze 2013. “When I went there, ...

Frederick Hengl’s death in holding cell declared "natural"

Husband who reportedly cooked wife was in poor health

Frederick Joseph Hengl, 69, accused of killing his wife and cooking parts of her on the stovetop in their Oceanside home, died in a “natural” manner, according to the county medical examiner. Hengl was found ...

Off-track horse-race betting premieres in Oceanside

This year Del Mar to host first ever fall racing season

Coinciding with opening day of horse-racing season at the Santa Anita track in L.A., Ocean’s Eleven Casino in Oceanside premiered coastal North County’s only off-track betting lounge on December 26. Where once was the card ...

2013’s Most Improved Breweries

Kicking off the year in review with beery betterment

Last week, I shared my opinion that Saint Archer Brewery just may be the most improved brewing company in San Diego over the last year. That assessment led me to the idea that I should ...

"Sea Changes: Act" coral regeneration project shows signs of life

Glass sculptures by local artist provide a potential home for future coral reefs

“I know that when you combine statistics and art, you have a way of reaching people that’s much deeper, because you’re reaching them through the heart,” says Kira Corser, director of “Sea Changes: Act.” The ...

Beer Touring: Legacy Brewing Company

An all-American brewery celebrating British beer styles…ironic much?

For many, it’s monuments in Washington, D.C. that put people in a patriotic mood. But for me, the son of a soldier born on an Army base, the grandson of a Navy man who served ...

Motorcycle crash in Oceanside

Biker tried passing on the right

At approximately 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 25, a motorcyclist traveling south on the Coast Highway in Oceanside hit a Toyota Sequoia, slid about ten yards, and ended up under a GMC Sierra parked in ...

New Walmart sets up in Oceanside

Liquor license and proximity to high school a concern

As Oceanside gets ready to welcome its fourth Walmart location, community opposition is growing over the chain’s application to sell alcohol. The new store, a smaller “Walmart Neighborhood Market” concept, will be located in the ...

Construction begins on Oceanside's grand entrance

Project will add restaurant patio space

After years of planning, Oceanside has finally begun its long-planned streetscape program for its main entrance into downtown. Mission Avenue, between Horne Street and Coast Highway, was closed to two-way traffic on November 12. K-rail ...

Meet Legacy Brewing Company

New Oceanside brewery set to open this week

Most of the beer writing I’ve done regarding the coastal municipality of Oceanside has revolved around the highly anticipated work-in-progress Bagby Beer Co. Its debut is scheduled for next spring, but O-siders won’t have to ...

Car misses freeway ramp in Oceanside

No driver found at accident scene

At around 1:00 p.m. on September 29, other drivers must have seen the car careen off the freeway near the west end of Hwy. 78 just before the transition ramp to northbound I-5. Otherwise, the ...

Top 10 on tap

Updating the brewing projects I’m most excited about

Earlier this year, I shared the local brewing projects I was most highly anticipating. Most of them (Pizza Port Bressi Ranch, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, Benchmark Brewing Company, Hess Brewing ...

Newest Oceanside skate park won’t be the last

Project manager also a shredder

Despite humid temperatures in the 90s, on August 30, hundreds of skateboarders and their families showed up for the opening of a new million-dollar skate park in Oceanside. The Alex Road Skate Park, located on ...

Early Look: Bagby Beer Co.

A photo tour of San Diego's most promising upcoming beer project

A Sunday morning pancake breakfast. Happy people milling around a parking lot, chatting with friends new and old. No, it wasn’t some church function, unless you’re a devotee of the religion that is San Diego ...

New Coaster ticketing app

Riders bypass ticket machines

The North County Transit District has rolled out a free new mobile ticketing app for smart phones. It appeared in the Google store in mid-July and iTunes Store in August. After downloading the app, users ...

No Run and Shoot

Wild Duck 5K sounds like a version of that Winter Olympics thingy where they cross country ski and then shoot stuff. That might be cool to have a cross country run paired with marksmanship. However, ...

Drummer found dead

Purple Church drummer Michael Prince found dead in Oceanside.

Bat ray caught at Oceanside Pier

Weighs in at 48 pounds

Roscoe Riddle, 18, of Murietta, fought for 30 minutes with a large bat ray before it was hoisted onto the planks of the Oceanside Pier on July 28. The catch drew a steady stream of ...

Shot in the face

Two more victims and another gangster in jail.

Lisa Badgett was shot in the face while behind the wheel of her truck. She’d gone to Oceanside to pick up her boyfriend. The perpetrator was a neighbor who suspected his gas was being stolen by Robbie Robbins, the boyfriend, who did not survive the assault.

Pepperin' O'side

The Hawaiian transplants in Pepper describe their beginnings in North County, where they moved about four years ago from Hawaii.

Rushing Wind Ministries

Pastor Fred Zariczny concentrates on the the least, the lost, and the last.

Hell will not be a big party where we all run around naked.

Escondido DMV closure impacts nearby offices

Poway, Temecula, but mostly Oceanside

The busy Escondido Department of Motor Vehicles field office permanently closed its doors at 725 North Escondido Boulevard on May 10. DMV spokeswoman Jan Mendoza said Escondido residents can expect to be without a DMV ...

Petitioner seeks to ban plastic bags from Oceanside

State bill fails; now citywide ban sought

An online petition to ban the use of plastic shopping bags in Oceanside had acquired 586 signatures by June 15. Several weeks ago, Belinda Martinez-Canez, who wrote the petition in late April, was surprised to ...

The stomach rules

Ed hits up Pier View Coffee Co. in Oceanside

‘GIT N ’ERE:” That’s what the sign says, so why not? I’ve got time before the Coaster. That sign’s under another that reads “Pierview Pub.” But inside, a big neon sign above the bar reads ...

Little black book

The little black book wasn’t necessary to determine that Tyree Paschall was the killer of Cindy Conaway.

As I Lay Dying in jail

A recounting of the arrest of As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis, suspected of attempting to hire a hit man to kill his wife.

They Do It the Hard Way: San Diegans who refuse to modernize

Deep-blue collar

The Printer “My buddy in San Francisco got his finger smashed in an old printing press. It actually turned the bone to powder. He had no phone in his warehouse to call for help, so ...

Empty nesters open Craftlab Gallery

Craftlab Gallery in Oceanside opened its doors on April 6 with a solo exhibition by San Diego artist and musician Fernando Apodaca.

Park, ride, regret

The Challenger disaster in Oceanside

Kevin Waddell didn’t know that transit authorities were watching him break into that spiffy Dodge Challenger at a North County Park & Ride.

Camp Pendleton erects war memorial

Warriors of many nations honored

On Thursday, April 11, families and dignitaries gathered at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside to dedicate a memorial to honor coalition troops killed in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. USMC Major General Charles Mark Gurganus with British Brigadier ...

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