Marine sentenced 15 years to life for fatally beating 7-month-old son

VISTA – A Camp Pendleton Marine who fatally beat his 7-month-old son after taking physical custody of the child was sentenced today to 15 years to life in state prison. Stanford Morocho, 23, pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder. Deputy District Attorney Ryan Saunders said Morocho shared custody of his son, Emilio, with the […]

Parole compliance check results in an arrest

Deputies from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department conducted a parole compliance check in the Fallbrook area Wednesday morning to verify parolees and probationers are complying with the conditions of their release. Sgt. David Pocklington reported the operation resulted in the arrest of 24-year-old Armando Flores, who was in possession of marijuana in violation of his […]

Two plead not guilty in fatal stabbing of Fallbrook man

VISTA – Two of three documented gang members accused in the fatal stabbing of a man outside a Fallbrook supermarket pleaded not guilty Tuesday afternoon to murder charges, plus gang and hate crime allegations. Tyler James Dean, 25, and Ryan Thomas Valdez, 18, are accused, along with Kevin Garcia, of attacking 33-year-old Hugh Pettigrew as […]

Pair stabbed in Fallbrook Monday night

FALLBROOK – Two men were attacked and stabbed Monday night in Fallbrook outside apartment complexes on South Vine Street, according to Sgt. Dwain Washington of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Juan Campos, 20, and Francisco Jesus, 22, were attacked shortly before 10 p.m. by four to six Hispanic males standing near an older white […]

Three gang members arrested and charged with murder of Fallbrook man

FALLBROOK – The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detail announced Monday (May 2) that three individuals have been arrested and charged with the murder of Hugh Pettigrew, who was attacked and stabbed multiple times as he walked home along the 400 block of Ammunition Road in Fallbrook on Jan. 22, 2016. Pettigrew, 33, passed […]

First larvicide drop of 2016 to fight West Nile Virus is Wednesday, May 4

COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO – With temperatures rising early this week and the West Nile virus season ahead, the County of San Diego plans to start its annual aerial drops of mosquito-fighting larvicide Wednesday on local waterways. A helicopter drops granular larvicide on 48 waterways around the county roughly once a month from May through […]

Sewer line work results in traffic delays on Mission Road

  Work to replace a portion of sewer line has created lengthy delays for evening commuters traveling on South Mission Road between Sterling Bridge and Winterhaven Road. The signal lights at Stage Coach Lane, Olive Hill Road and Winterhaven Road continuously flash red from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., meaning motorists must stop at each […]

927 passes elections and constitutional amendments committee

Senate Bill 927, which would allow the Fallbrook Public Utility District (FPUD) to change its method of electing directors from at-large seats to by territorial unit, was approved by the State Senate’s Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee on a 5-0 vote April 19. “We’re really gratified that the process is moving along so quickly,” said FPUD general […]

Fallbrook Union High School District gets nod to offer JROTC program

Fallbrook Union High School District (FUHSD) has received approval from the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to offer a Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Program (JROTC). Longtime Fallbrook resident Lt. Col. William L. Wade, USMC (Ret), will serve as Senior Military Instructor and administrator of the program, which will commence with the 2016-2017 school year. […]

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