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Stories by Shelli DeRobertis

"[Breast] Size Matters" billboard down, controversy over

A breast-size billboard controversy recently came to an end after two freeway signs that advertised a plastic surgery center in Murrieta were changed. The first sign, which read "Size Matters," was placed in January above ...

August 12, 2016
Cowboy business opens in Temecula

A cluster of buildings in Temecula from the mid-1800s that once served cowboys, cooks, kids, and travelers, is useful again after nearly 20 years of planning by a restoration association that won a settlement in ...

July 30, 2016
The non-greedy developer of Southern California

When Matt Fleming purchased 120 acres in Temecula’s wine country five years ago, the land was a dying grapefruit orchard that he envisioned would someday become a community of million-dollar homes. But the real estate ...

September 1, 2015
More ducks, more problems

Feeding the ducks at Temecula Duck Pond Park and Harveston Lake is no longer allowed, as the city aims to reduce the waterfowl population with new signs prohibiting the practice. The duck pond was dedicated ...

June 26, 2015
Frankencart to assist casino clients

Eight months after beginning the project, mechanics at Pechanga Resort & Casino’s auto shop unveiled their custom showpiece last week — a golf cart modified into a tow truck, which was made from parts of ...

April 29, 2014
Tomatoes to fly, bulls to run in Temecula this summer

Adrenaline junkies don’t have to travel far this summer, as a Southern California version of Pamplona’s running of the bulls is slated to come to Galway Downs Equestrian Center at 38801 Los Corralitos Road on ...

April 22, 2014
Freedom of speech protest in Temecula

In Temecula on January 21, about 50 people waved American flags and held up signs in front of Helen Hunt Jackson Elementary School in a rally to support the family of a first-grade girl who ...

January 24, 2014
Halt! Temecula Police Department! Just kidding.

A group of teenagers and a young adult who pretended to be police officers — ordering people out of their cars and onto the ground — were arrested December 27 after a tipster informed police ...

January 3, 2014
Temecula teens identified as arsonists

The identities of two teenagers sought by police for lobbing molotov cocktails at a school during the summer have been turned over to the Riverside district attorney for prosecution, fire investigators announced November 7. The ...

November 11, 2013
Temecula maize maze amazes — er, is freaky

The exit is next to the entrance, but to get out of the largest corn maze in Southern California takes about 45 minutes of navigating through paths of circles and dead ends of gently swaying ...

October 26, 2013
Possible child predator visiting Temecula parks and schools

A letter sent to parents of students at Temecula’s Red Hawk Elementary School on October 21 included a sketch of a man who was reportedly lurking near school property three days earlier. But the sketch ...

October 25, 2013
Suspected drunk driver damages two Temecula houses

Just before 5 a.m. on October 21, two families were awakened when a suspected drunk driver slammed his car into the side of a house on the 43200 block of Corte Almonte in Temecula. Gerardo ...

October 22, 2013
Frivolous-lawsuit fighter wonders about handicap sign damage

Days after Ann Kinner's October 7 online posting of a video — in which she spoke about being sued twice over wheelchair access at Seabreeze Nautical Books and Charts at 1254 Scott Street — the ...

October 17, 2013
Suspected thieves caught at Temecula’s Chaparral High School

Two men were arrested and booked into jail on burglary and other charges after police responded to an alarm at Temecula's Chaparral High School at around 3:20 a.m. on September 30. Arrestees Adam Macciocchi, 22, ...

October 2, 2013
Ronald Reagan statue set on fire in Temecula

Citizens from around the nation have so far donated $5000 to repair Temecula’s Ronald Reagan statue, which was discovered charred by flames at the Ronald Reagan Sports Park on September 20. Fire officials and the ...

September 27, 2013
Bat ray caught at Oceanside Pier

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 ...

Temecula offers parking for Purple Heart recipients

Purple signs that designate parking spaces for wounded veterans have recently sprouted in Temecula's public parking lots. The city launched the campaign to honor Purple Heart recipients on June 21 by putting up signs at ...

June 29, 2013
Construction of San Marcos High School to last all year

About 2300 students have been housed in approximately 100 modular units at the “interim campus” of San Marcos High School for the past year and a half, since demolition and then construction began on their ...

Teenage boy crashes stolen car in Vista

A 13-year-old boy led deputies on a short vehicle police chase that ended in a fiery crash at about 1:30 a.m. on June 24, according to authorities. No one was seriously hurt, and the boy ...

June 24, 2013
Escondido DMV closure impacts nearby offices

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

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 ...

Patient-care workers strike at UC’s Thornton Hospital in La Jolla

Thirty minutes into a healthcare workers rally at UC San Diego Thornton Hospital, La Jolla, on May 21, a healthcare technician in blue scrubs approached the microphone and said a deal had been reached between ...

Carlsbad memorial for fallen cyclist Eric Ringdahl

About 50 cyclists gathered in south Clairemont on May 15 for a ten-mile “ride of silence.” It was the second memorial ride held this month to honor Eric Ringdahl, 45, who was killed April 21 ...

Carlsbad Quality Inn to become Holiday Inn Express

A $4.3 million renovation is under way at the former Quality Inn at 751 Raintree Drive in Carlsbad. After the facelift is complete, the three-story, 125-room hotel will become a Holiday Inn Express. The construction ...

Car Show Sunday in San Marcos in its second year

On the first Sunday of each month, from March to October, UPS drivers Steve Sherman and Frank Renteria put the brakes on delivering packages to North County residents and host Car Show Sundays in the ...

Car crasher destroys mailbox and signage in Carlsbad

A young male driver uprooted two stop signs, a street sign, and a large collection mailbox before he crashed into a block wall of a neighborhood sign at the Mariners Point housing development in Carlsbad ...

April 15, 2013
Trespasser crackdown at Carlsbad Village Theatre

The owner of the Carlsbad Village Theatre signed an agreement with Carlsbad police on April 2 to help resolve the problem of loitering teenagers and transients who trample on his roof and gather outside the ...

April 12, 2013
Courthouse sanitized for hard-to-treat bacteria

Department 3 at the downtown San Diego Courthouse (220 Broadway) reopened April 3 after closing the previous day for a second-round of disinfecting. This followed a working sheriff’s deputy’s report she had a contagious “staph” ...

Garden of Innocence gets another angel

An abandoned-baby cemetery has another angel watching over its little ones at El Camino Memorial Park after a hand-sculpted bronze statue was permanently placed on the grounds March 25. Carole Lee, of Vista, is a ...

Puppy mill protests continue

A group of about 25 puppy mill protesters waved signs and chanted for two hours on March 16 in front of San Diego Puppy, a puppy shop at 5827 Mission Gorge Road. The next protest ...

March 28, 2013
Sleep cuts into Yani Tseng’s tee time at Carlsbad

The Ladies Professional Golf Association’s four-day tournament began March 21 at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad without one of its top players: defending champion Yani Tseng. The 24-year-old Taiwan native has earned more than $9 ...

March 25, 2013
Carlsbad Village to extend restaurants into the street

Almost a dozen restaurants in the Carlsbad Village area now have permission to extend their dining areas into the street as part of the city’s newly adopted three-year program to introduce “curb cafés.” The parking-lot ...

March 23, 2013
Drop-boxes installed for worn flags in Carlsbad

A mailbox-like disposal bin for worn American flags that are no longer fit to display is a new fixture at the Dove Library in Carlsbad, thanks to a donation from the city 's fire department. ...

March 15, 2013
Forced entry thwarted in Carlsbad

An 80-minute search for a man who tried to force his way into a Carlsbad home on the 800 block of Ginger Avenue ended with his arrest on February 25. The search began around 5 ...

February 27, 2013
Teacher Ned Walker arraigned on school-grounds weapons charges

At the downtown courthouse on February 19, a Jean Farb Middle School teacher pleaded not guilty to two felony charges of having a gun and a knife on the Tierrasanta school campus where he teaches ...

February 20, 2013
Sweetwater school board supporters and detractors show in court

“We love you Pearl!” shouted several people to Pearl Quiñones inside the lobby of the downtown courthouse on January 7. Handfuls of supporters and opponents in the alleged Sweetwater Union High School District “pay for ...

January 10, 2013
San Diego County’s post-office beeline

Lori Ruedi of Carlsbad exited the long line at the Aviara Parkway post office on December 11 and said she would return in the morning. Then she decided to try a self-service kiosk that had ...

December 19, 2012
Carlsbad power outage prompts reminder

Last Friday, November 30, I was reminded of the dangers of electricity as I ignored orange safety cones and approached SDG&E workers at an open transformer box at Melrose Drive and Rancho Santa Fe Road. ...

December 5, 2012
Fried Chicken Sandwich Lovers Camp in Encinitas

On the morning of November 7, the Royce family from Oceanside lined up outside the Chick-fil-A on El Camino Real in Encinitas. By 10:30 a.m., a tent city had sprung up in the parking lot, ...

November 8, 2012
Meds Surrender

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted last month to implement the placement of receptacles for safe disposal of prescription drugs. The drug-disposal boxes resemble post-office mailboxes, except they're not blue and are ...

July 28, 2010
Racoon of Near Doom

For nearly two weeks, my next-door neighbors had tried to get rid of a family of raccoons that were destroying their manicured backyard. At about 8 p.m. on July 21, the slider door to my ...

July 25, 2010
Swamp Thing

On May 25, a loss-prevention agent at the Marshall’s store on Marron Road confronted a 41-year-old Hispanic male suspect after he clipped security sensors with wire cutters and concealed merchandise on his person. According to ...

Lost Playground

A temporary fence was installed last month around the playground at Pier View South (south of the pier) to keep the kids off of the equipment. Winter storms resulted in lost sand and revealed the ...

April 14, 2010
Stolen Fashion Statement

A 20-year-old man was arrested for burglary after he was found sporting the clothes he allegedly stole from a dryer at about 9:30 a.m. on December 28. A 911 caller alerted police that the thief ...

January 1, 2010
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