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County entomologist identifies red bug

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A red bug that has invaded a resident’s yard has been positively identified by the county as scantius aegyptius, also known as the red bug and new to the area.

Dr. Tracy Ellis, an entomologist with the county’s Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measurements, said the red bug is a seasonal nuisance pest.

“We will see it in greater numbers at this time of year, and for the first few years of its presence it will be more noticeable to us,” she said.

Search warrants Tuesday morning net four arrests

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Two sheriff’s SWAT teams served search warrants at 7 a.m. Tuesday that resulted in the arrests of four people along with seizure of a firearm and methamphetamine, according to the sheriff’s department.

In the 1400 block of Montecito Road Jeffrey Hodson, 48, was arrested, suspected of possession of methamphetamine, a felony, and for warrants, said Sgt. John Boyce at the sheriff’s Ramona station.

A warrant was also served in the 1000 block of Via Alegre Drive. Three people were arrested: Gina Scruggs, 44, suspected of felony possession of methamphetamine and other criminal charges, and Alan Castro, 20, and Justine Glenn, 19, both

County to preserve ‘Cedar Dog’ on San Vicente Road; requests removal of memorials before road construction starts

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The approximately 200 residents attending a public meeting Monday on the San Vicente Road construction project learned ways in which the construction team will notify and update residents on aspects of the project, plans for traffic control and, to the applause of many, that the tree known as the Cedar Dog will remain in place.

County staff also asked that those who have placed memorials honoring loved ones killed in accidents on San Vicente Road remove their items before the road improvement construction starts on Sept. 15.

Highland Valley Road reopened after large truck overturned near Rangeland

Friday, Sept. 5, 9:30 a.m.—Highland Valley Road has been reopened following closure this morning due to a large commercial truck that overturned in a field near Rangeland Road, according to California Highway Patrol.

SR-78 reopened after three-vehicle collision in San Pasqual Valley

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Thursday, 1:35 p.m. — State Route 78 into San Pasqual Valley has been re-opened after emergency crews and investigators responded to a three-vehicle collision around 8:30 a.m. on San Pasqual Valley Road, according to officials. One driver, a 21-year-old male, was airlifted to an area hospital with serious leg injuries, said San Diego Police Department.

Students start a new school year

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Members of the Olive Peirce Middle School band welcome students to school on the first day with entertaining music

Medical examiner revises cause of missing man’s death

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In an amended autopsy report, the county medical examiner has determined that Carl Salayer, the 67-year-old Ramona man whose body was found off Chablis Road in June, most likely died from environmental exposure with Parkinson’s disease and Brugada syndrome as contributing factors.

The original report attributed methamphetamine intoxication as the main cause of death. However, in a follow-up investigation the medical examiner’s office said it learned that Salayer was prescribed selegiline, a medication used to treat Parkinson’s.

Firefighters extinguish blaze in fifth wheel

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Friday, Aug. 22—Ramona Fire Department/Cal Fire firefighters extinguished a blaze in a travel trailer in the 1300 block of Ash Street about 11 a.m. this morning.

According to homeowner Victor Smith, he was in his house when two females knocked on his door, saying they were driving by and saw a fire in back of his lot. They had already called the fire department, he said.

“I have no idea who they were,” he said.

Football scrimmages Friday: ‘Important day for the teams’

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Ramona High School football teams will travel to San Pasqual High School to participate in CIF scrimmages on Friday, Aug. 22.

Varsity starts at 6 p.m., preceded by junior varsity at 4 p.m. and freshmen at 2 p.m. Admission is free, and the fans are welcome to see how the teams do in their first contests against other teams this season.

The scrimmages will be played against San Pasqual, Carlsbad and El Capitan high schools.

Tractor Supply’s first customer is a 3-year-old

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Three-year-old Dawson Schuler of Ramona became Tractor Supply Company’s first customer, with assistance from his great-aunt, Carole Wylie, who had some pull as she was the architect who designed the store’s building at Main and Hunter streets.
Wylie, also of Ramona and a former chair of the Ramona Design Review Board, knew how much Dawson loves tractors and was aware that Tractor Supply Company carries toys.

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