Santee Stories

East County ATMs under attack!

Two in-store machines hit, only one gives up cash

Sheriff's deputies are looking for suspects in a pair of attacks on East County drugstore ATMs early Monday morning (January 4). Shortly after 1 a.m., sheriff's deputies responded to a commercial burglary call at a ...

With dollar signs recorded in his eyes...

ATM skimmer showed little good sense — security cameras, bro!

Authorities in Santee are looking to the public for help in identifying a suspect accused of using a "skimmer" device to steal debit card information from patrons of a local bank. On the afternoon of ...

Unwritten Lager, anyone?

Thr3e Punk Ales bubbles onto the scene

For the moment at least, another brewery has joined the craft-beer ranks of Santee. Thr3e Punk Ales debuted December 12th at the New Kids fest, an event dedicated to San Diego's newest breweries. Thr3e Punk ...

Everything expired except the rider

Motorcyclist who crashed didn't have valid tags or license

A motorcyclist ended up hospitalized November 6 after a failed attempt to evade sheriff's deputies. According to Sgt. Daniel Morsch, deputies attempted to stop the rider of a Kawasaki Ninja for expired registration shortly before ...

Salsa fea saves the day

The “ugly sauce” brings burritos back to life at Ferny’s

When you’re hungry and in an unfamiliar part of San Diego, finding a local taco shop is usually an easy bet. Which isn’t to say you always win that bet. For all the great, jewel-in-the-rough ...

Morning mugging with an audience

"Hey, knock it off! What the hell's the matter with you?"

Shortly after 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 6, a man was attacked as he approached the main entrance to the Home Depot store located on Town Center Parkway in the Santee Plaza Shopping Center. According ...

Madman truck driver on the loose

Goateed gray-hair yanks phone from teen, throws it at her

Sheriff's deputies are looking for an unknown Santee man in connection with a recent sexual harassment, robbery, and assault case. Last Friday afternoon (July 11), the male suspect, believed to be 40 to 50 years ...

Thousands of thirsty customers in Santee

Pacific Islander Beer Company already running low on beer

Following a year of buildup and private tasting events, Pacific Islander Brewing Company (PIB) became the latest craft entity to open in Santee, opening the doors of its Polynesian-style tasting room and patio to the ...

How not to conduct your armed robbery

Santee man brandishes weapon, tosses it, and is caught with knife

A Santee man was apprehended Friday afternoon, May 15, after robbing a Target store and attempting to flee by bicycle, sheriff's deputies reported. According to a report from Sgt. Tim Chantler, a suspect identified as ...

Las Colinas is something to Yelp about

Definitely not coming back

“For the only jail I’ve been to, I guess it’s okay. I slept well and wasn’t disturbed. The holding cell I was confined to had a phone and I was able to make unlimited phone ...

Meet Thr3e Punk Ales

Future Santee brewery set to brew inside existing Santee brewery

John Marshall, Kevin Lewis, and Steve Garcia have lived and breathed brewing and punk rock for years. They look back to the emergence and rise of numerous local punk acts during the late nineties and ...

Must-see Mast Park

Enough open space in Santee to forget about busy city life.

Follow a San Diego River trail through sycamores, cottonwoods, and willows to bird-watch.

Coastal exposure

Santee’s Twisted Manzanita Ales opens PB tasting room

In going coastal, Twisted Manzanita Ales (4652 Mission Boulevard, Pacific Beach) has departed from the interior motif of the tasting room at its Santee headquarters. Ironically, this comes from the company desiring to provide a ...

A tree grows in PB

Twisted Manzanita Ales building tasting room in Pacific Beach

It used to be nearly every week I had a new brewery to write about. Nowadays, it’s like I have a new brewery tasting room to talk about. This week is no different. Joining the ...

California commits to women in prison

State to spend $2.4 million annually on “reentry” program

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced on Monday, August 4, that it will open a new facility providing female inmates approaching the end of their sentences with transitional services to assist with their ...

Twisted rusticity

Santee brewery’s red leans on chocolaty end of crimson spectrum

When most San Diegans sit down to a heady pint of a red ale, they expect a nose full of piney hoppiness followed by flavor that matches that olfactory promise. Living here, it’s no wonder. ...

Better joint for imprisoned women

Las Colinas facility is near completion

After years of critical reports by the San Diego County Grand Jury about the condition of the San Diego sheriff's Las Colinas Detention Facility, and following legal battles with the City of Santee about placing ...

Environmentalists win one

Pardee Homes agrees to redesign project in Santee

Environmental groups have claimed victory in a lawsuit against Pardee Homes to prevent what they feel would be irreparable harm to the San Diego River in Santee. John Buse, attorney for the Center for Biological ...

Islanders to brew inland

Pacific Islander Brewing Company coming to Santee

Santee is about to get an infusion of island style courtesy of Pacific Islander Brewing Company. Founded by a trio who’s two-thirds Hawaiian who are finalizing their lease, the business is set to be installed ...

The Summer Solstice Ale Trail

Passport-driven reward system encourages local beer touring

Without camaraderie, the San Diego craft beer scene would be much different—and much smaller. It’s the cooperation of local breweries through the San Diego Brewers Guild and on individual, inter-brewery levels that has allowed so ...

Manzanita Brewing’s new name

Santee brewery goes national, adopts new moniker

From day one, the first image visitors to the tasting room at Manzanita Brewing Company’s associated with the Santee operation was its namesake lumber. The twisted tree was painted on the walls, and front and ...

Fundamental(ist) Flaw

WATCHING THE SKY FOR BRIMSTONE, SANTEE — "It's not complicated," says Second Baptist Church of Santee Pastor T. Rebel Swiftsword, explaining his opposition to the Light & Life Foundation's decision to keep its Creation Museum ...

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 laid off all but one of its San Diego County reporter-editors, remaining editor Michelle Mowad confirmed. The layoffs include journalist Khari Johnson, whose ...

San Diego's top spots for picnics

“The park offers a bird’s-eye view of downtown skyscrapers, planes lifting off from the airport, Mission Bay, the ocean...”

Nice cans…and bottles

Four local breweries start packaging their beers

In this age of nanos and neighborhood-geared breweries, many brewing companies’ beers will only ever be available at their tasting rooms or, at best, on draft. In the case of the latter, most of those ...

Walking San Diego

“It’s a bit of a mountain getaway feeling if you ignore the freeway noise.”

Walks around town, walks in the mountains, walks next to the freeway that make it easy to pretend you’ve gotten away from it all (if you ignore the sound of traffic).

Cheesy Express could make a lot of bread

Grilled cheese sandwiches Korean style?

Grilled cheese sandwiches are great, but most foodies won’t drive out of their way to eat one — especially not to Santee. But a Korean BBQ grilled cheese sandwich? Now that’s something special. And it’s ...

Beer of the Week: Play Date Stout

With the camaraderie between San Diego County breweries, collaboration beers are natural and frequent occurrences. For many brewers, the only inhibitor to embarking on a group project is the inability to fit a collaboration into ...

Beer of the Week: Manzanita Danger Ranger

A brew celebrating the act and adventure of self-distribution

There’s more for small brewing companies to focus on than simply brewing beer. Once fully fermented and kegged, that beer has to somehow be transported to market. With the exception of a few new brewing ...

Skateboarding is a crimestopper in Santee

Thief drops handbag, gets away

Bob Brown was speeding downhill east on Weld Boulevard toward the Gillespie Field Trolley Station on Friday, October 25, when he heard a woman shout in distress. “Stop, thief!” yelled Maria Sanchez as she pointed ...

Fire fought on hill in Santee

Four planes drop retardant, contain fire

At about 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, October 6, wisps of smoke were seen from the foothills just north of El Nopal Avenue on the border of Santee and Lakeside. Immediately, up to four S-2 CDF ...

We like the idea of public high school, but we have a few concerns.

No freaking allowed

Thousands of applicants, a little over 100 seats to fill at High Tech International school.

Brewmaster transition at Manzanita Brewing

Original brewmaster's return to IT paves way for next generation

They say passion is the secret ingredient in any good consumable. While genuine affinity doesn’t guarantee success in the fermentation arts, I have found that brewers without passion are at a severe disadvantage when attempting ...

Sheriff's Department to hold live shooter training at Grossmont College

The Santee Sheriff’s Station has announced that deputies will be conducting “live shooter” training on the Grossmont College campus beginning this afternoon (July 16) at 2 p.m. and continuing until as late as 10:00 tonight. ...

Beer of the Week: Butcher's Haupia Cream Ale

Former meat man's variety of beers finally on display in Santee

I was there when charcuterie ace-turned-brewmaster Rey Knight sold the first of his beers to the public at Ritual Tavern in 2011. I hardly knew what to expect. I knew the guy could fashion fantastic ...

Patriotic BNS debuts in Santee

New combo brewery and distillery bleeds red, white, blue, beer, and bourbon

Last weekend, a new local brewery and a local distillery opened to the public…under the same roof. That double-pronged operation goes by the name of BNS Brewing & Distilling (10960 Wheatlands Avenue, Suite 101, Santee). ...

New San Diego City Council members’ budget requests

Reopening of Kumeyaay Lake, new fire station, and more

The June 10 San Diego City Council 2014 budget deliberations will include requests from two new councilmembers for funds to reopen the Mission Trails Regional Park campground known as Kumeyaay Lake. Fifth District councilman Mark ...

Plastic covered what off the 125 Freeway

Heymatt: Driving north on the 125 into Santee, I see mounds of something covered with white plastic. They’re on the west side of the freeway. They look like grave sites and there are dozens of ...

Shame: Few visit women prisoners

Ladies in lockup

You meet some of the best people in prison.

Possible car arson in Santee’s Santana shopping center

Alarm and explosion at 3 a.m.

At approximately 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, a possible car arson occurred in the Santana Village Shopping Center in Santee. The car was in the parking lot behind the Subway sandwich shop and across ...

Santee house fire displaces family

Firefighter injured, dogs rescued

A Santee family of four was burned out of their Poinciana Drive home Tuesday, January 15, by a two-alarm fire that destroyed much of the house's interior. A firefighter and a civilian suffered minor injuries ...

Santee resident bilked in Disney ticket scam

Seeking a bargain on Disneyland Hopper Tickets, Kim posted a want ad on Craigslist. Now the young woman from North County is telling others, through a subsequent ad, doing so may not be a good ...

Early Easter in Santee?

One of the foothills at the north end of Santee seems to be sprouting large Easter eggs. Just off the road and up the hill from the 10000 block of Healy Way, five large boulders ...

Last Dance at Lacey J's

Lacey J’s, Santee’s country-music mainstay, closes its doors.

Pilot of Home-Built Airplane Makes Landing on SR-67

At 10:30 a.m. on July 21, a 79-year-old pilot from Gillespie Field, in his home-built airplane, experienced an engine problem. He realized that he was not going to make it back to Gillespie Field so ...

Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch

Less crowded, unique and beautiful wildlands make this a good place to explore.

Santee Lakes Regional Park

What do camping, fishing, bird-watching, relaxing hikes, and wastewater reclamation all have in common?

Santee Lakes Regional Park, a waterfowl haven that started out as a wastewater treatment facility.

One Last Piece of Mail at Las Colinas

Marion M. Lopez was picked up on a warrant sweep on February 23, 2011, and found herself in Las Colinas women’s detention facility in Santee. It was the 42-year-old’s third time in jail. On the ...

Have Your Guitar Out of the Case and Tuned Before It's Your Turn

South ParkWednesday, February 168:45 p.m. The sign painted on the building reads Delicious Food, Great Beer, Philanthropy, but I won’t notice this until I leave. For now, I dart from my car into South Park ...

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