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CHP issues SigAlert for San Vicente Road near Deviney Lane

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 4:30 p.m.—Two vehicles were involved in a collision on San Vicente Road near Deviney Lane, around 4:20 p.m., California Highway Patrol reports, and both lanes are blocked. The two vehicles — a white sedan and a silver SUV — have major front end damage and will need tow trucks, state the CHP website.

Animal control officers rescue dogs left in cars during heat wave

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The searing temperatures are keeping San Diego County Animal Services busy rescuing dogs trapped in baking cars.

The department said so far this month, animal control officers have responded to 95 calls of dogs left alone in vehicles, 23 more than for the same time period last year. In cases where an animal’s life is in danger, officers will break windows to get the animals before they die from the heat.

Teenagers take on leadership roles at Ramona Library

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A group of high school students are not only earning community service hours for school as they volunteer at Ramona Library, but they are learning responsibilities as well.

“What we’re trying to do is prepare them for leadership roles,” Ramona Library Branch Manager Ellie Slade said of the Teen Action Council (TAC) program.

“These are life skills…we treat it like a job,” added librarian Charlotte King-Mills.

Beetle claims more oak trees in Ramona

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The goldspotted oak borer (GSOB) continues to claim the lives of oak trees in Ramona.

Latest casualties include two oak trees on the San Vicente Golf Course and a tree in the right-of-way on Archie Moore Road, south of Rancho De la Angel Road.

Ramona Community Planning Group voted Sept. 4 to recommend to the county that the tree on Archie Moore be cut down as it is now considered a safety hazard.

Two-vehicle collision at SR-67 and Kay Dee Lane sends one person to hospital

Tuesday, Sept. 16—A traffic collision involving a white Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck and a Volkswagen car at state Route 67 and Kay Dee Lane around 10:45 a.m. sent one person to Palomar Medical Center, said authorities.

Two people were treated at the scene for bumps and scrapes and released, said a Cal Fire official. No other information is available.

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.

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