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Repairman suspected of home burglaries arrested in Ramona

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The sheriff’s department is investigating a North County repairman who was arrested in Ramona, suspected of burglarizing homes during jobs, and is asking anyone who hired him and may have been victimized to contact law enforcement.

Carlos Barajas, 31, of RB Remodeling, was taken into custody in Ramona on April 9 on suspicion of check fraud and burglary charges, according to reports.

Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Corner: Nixle — emergency information now

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Would you like to receive free official emergency notifications if there is a fire, hazard or danger in your neighborhood? Are you doing everything you can to protect and defend your family if a fire or natural disaster struck?

While you prepare your emergency supplies, be sure to prepare your “digital emergency lifeline” as well. Start preparing by signing up for Nixle alerts for your phone and your computer.

Easter egg hunts, rodeo ticket sales kickoff among Ramona activities this week

VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Post 3783 Easter Egg Hunt, 1 p.m., Easter Sunday, corner of Hunter and Kelly streets. 4,500 candy- and toy-filled eggs. The hunt will be divided into age groups. Easter Bonnet and Baseball Cap contest to follow Easter egg hunt.

Thieves steal Episcopal church safe, money, communion silver, sacred wines, more in daylight burglary

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Suspects broke into St. Mary’s In-the-Valley episcopal church Monday afternoon, April 14, stealing a metal safe with currency, all the silver for communion and other items, said church authorities.

“They knew what they were doing. It was fast,” said the Rev. Gwynn Freund.

According to the sheriff’s Ramona station, two suspects were caught on video surveillance.

Wildlife center director shares springtime advice

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San Vicente Valley Club members, like most Ramona residents, know that springtime is the most vibrant time for Mother Nature. It means wildflowers, vibrant grasslands and babies — lots of animal babies.

Many wild species give birth in or near backyards or in the places where Ramonans enjoy outdoor activities.

The timing was right to learn about the rehabilitation facility that helps with so many of those native species who share Ramona’s outdoor spaces, so the club invited Ali Crumpacker, director of The Fund for Animals

Elliott Pond landowner asks planners to endorse town square

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A town square or subdivision sprawl of entry-level homes?

That’s the choice, said Jim Hagey, who owns the 20 acres of property that includes Elliott Pond behind Stater Bros. shopping center.

The decision, he said, depends on whether Ramona Community Planning Group endorses his request to include his property in the Ramona Village Design Group’s Town Center plan of form-based codes.

District ponders rate hike

Water and sewer rates will not increase by more than 6 percent beginning July 1, Ramona Municipal Water District directors determined by a 3-0 vote.

Directors Rex Schildhouse and Kit Kesinger were absent.

The district plans to mail its notice to customers with the not-to-exceed 6 percent rate hikes the week of May 5 to allow the state-required 45 days before its public hearing, scheduled for June 24 at 2 p.m. The board has

2014 Miss Ramona title goes to Courtney Ford

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Courtney Ford, second from right, is crowned 2014 Miss Ramona while Elizabeth Bowersox, second from left, wins the title of Teen Miss Ramona during the Miss Ramona and Teen Miss Ramona Scholarship Pageant at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center Saturday Night. The First Princess Teen title goes to Shannon Huff, left, and First Princess Miss to Chersten Sandvik, right.

Sailor killed in motorcycle accident

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Update, April 15—A motorcycle accident in Julian, just before 3 p.m. April 11, claimed the life of a 29-year-old active duty sailor who resided in Ramona, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The Navy has identified him as Petty Officer Third Class Trevor C. Ducusin. He was based aboard the USS Higgins in San Diego, said a Navy spokesperson.

The sailor was driving a motorcycle northbound on state Route 79, north of KQ Ranch Road and, while maneuvering into a right-hand curve, his bike entered the southbound lanes and he collided head-on with an SUV,

Car strikes ambulance at Sixth and Main Friday afternoon

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A 37-year-old female passenger was transported to Palomar Medical Center with facial injuries after the vehicle she was in struck a private ambulance at Sixth and Main streets about 2:45 this afternoon, said authorities.

California Highway Patrol Officer Brian Kattke said the silver Suzuki ZX4 was northbound on Sixth Street and the driver thought it was clear to cross Main Street when it broadsided a private ambulance. The front of the car sustained major damage. Four people were in the Suzuki — the female driver from Warner Springs, and two females and one male, all who are special needs from Ramona, said Kattke. Only the 37-year-old was

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