September 2015

No news is worse news in case of missing Escondido student Sky Tosic

Continuing to confound family and friends, Skylar Peterson “Sky” Tosic has gone missing and can’t be found. Despite numerous efforts to locate the Escondido lad in the last 30 days, he seems to have fallen off the face of the Earth, friends and family say. The mild-mannered 20-year-old Palomar College student disappeared on Sunday, Aug. 30. He was last believed to be near the Wild…


Escondido PD stings 5 alleged Johns at local motels (Updated)

Escondido Police have just announced the arrests of five men who approached undercover operatives to try to buy sex at downtown motels. The sting targeting individuals soliciting women for the purpose of prostitution occurred on Friday, Sept. 25 around the motel district in central city, according to Escondido Police Lt. Greg Kogler. As a result of this enforcement effort, five men approached the undercover personnel…


Escondido Police briefs: Bicyclist v. vehicle, bad party hosts, tweets ahoy, more charges for alleged sex offender

Bicyclist v. pick-up truck ends badly Escondido police today were asking for additional information pertaining to a Tuesday evening collision involving a vehicle and a bicyclist leaving the bicyclist seriously injured, but alive. Witnesses and the vehicle driver provided some information about the incident that left a 16-year-old bicyclist injured at Washington Avenue and Broadway just before 7 p.m. Officers arriving at the scene found…


Dat Punk Timbo interview plan (comics)

(Editor’s note: Mild-mannered student and Escondido t-shirt designer by day, Ricky Fang flies through the cartooned sky at night. He draws girls, cartoon characters and comics. Other than art, he enjoys playing video games, listening to music, taking walks around the block and hanging around with friends. For more of the inimitable Mr. Fang’s DPT and such, check out his work at http://hooksnfangs.com/.) It’s about…


On eve of what would have been Amber Dubois’ 21st birthday, Amber the rescue dog gets back on her feet (Video)

Amber Dubois would have celebrated her 21st birthday soon. On the eve of that, Amber, the yellow lab rescue dog with a heartbreaking backstory, was recovering nicely this week from a second knee surgery to get her back on her feet and back to saving lives Named after murdered Escondido teen Amber Dubois, the dog already had her left knee ACL surgically repaired in June….


Former Escondido Mayor Jim Rady dead of cancer at Age 73

‘He was an awesome dad and a wonderful grandfather.’ — Daughter Julie McKay. Known for his intellect and directness, former Escondido Mayor James Michael “Jim” Rady died at his home surrounded by loved ones following a long battle with cancer on Sept. 18. Mr. Rady served from 1976 to 1988 on the Escondido City Council, serving in the largely ceremonial post as mayor from 1982…


Homeless people don’t shelter themselves making volunteers key for Interfaith Community Services’ Haven House (Video)

Homeless people don’t shelter themselves, so the call went out this week for a few, if not more, good volunteers to help Escondido’s non-profit homeless center help others. Despite its official designation as a “year-round shelter,” the fact is Interfaith Community Services’ Haven House “re-opens” its doors on Dec. 1. those doors don’t open themselves. “For those sleeping on the streets, a warm bed, nutritious…


‘Paranormal Grapevine’ is in the house: What is what and what will be…

Besides living by the Golden Rule, I keep Rumi’s statement close to my heart: “Past right and wrong there is a field, I’ll meet you there.” — Debra Zachau, Paranormal Grapevine. Welcome to Paranormal Grapevine where everything supernatural, super haunted and super psychic lives!  My intention for this column is to serve as well as entertain those who are experiencing hauntings, daunting’s and woes. My name…


Fresh squeezed orange is the way to go for fall

The  color orange punches up a room like no other color.  Orange’s bright hues and sunny disposition adds zest and surprise to any style interior.   Wake up any room in your home with bold splashes of orange accents.  Use it sparingly or get drenched in it. Orange glows with warmth and positive energy.  Without a doubt, orange is the happiest color in the spectrum. …


College and career fair for the kids while seniors go for a community wellness expo (Video)

A tale of two widely divergent age-group events unfolds at two equally opposite locations around Escondido in the next few weeks.  Escondido College and Career Fair First up for the up-and-coming set is a no-cost Escondido College and Career Fair. That’s scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. on levels two and three of Westfield North County mall. Representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities…