A felon who had been released from jail as a result of AB 109, the state’s prison realignment to prevent overcrowding, was re-arrested on a number of felony charges, said Lt. Hank Turner of the sheriff’s Ramona station.
Turner said deputies responded to a call of shots fired Friday evening, Jan. 24, in the 1700 block of San Vicente Road, and saw Dusten Hayes, 31, throw a shotgun over a fence. Deputies retrieved the shotgun and believed he was under the influence of controlled substances, said Turner.
An Italian prince spent a day in Ramona last week with the town’s royalty, learning the western-style of living, earning a belt buckle, and expressing a desire to come back for the rodeo.
“It has been an incredible day for me, something totally new,” Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, Prince of Piedmonte and Venice, told a group of Ramonans at the end of a long day of filming Jan. 22.
Tuesday, Jan. 28—The Ramona Municipal Water District will hold a public hearing on recommendations to reduce the Santa Maria sewer connection and mitigation fee during its Board of Directors meeting at 2 p.m. today at the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane.
The $20,000 sewer connection and mitigation fee has been proposed to be reduced to $13,090 and to be renamed “sewer capacity charge.”
Among reports filed at the sheriff’s Ramona substation:
Wednesday, Jan. 22
•Juvenile arrested, 700 block Ninth Street, suspected of minor possessing marijuana on grounds during school activities.
Five more influenza-related deaths have been confirmed in San Diego County this flu season, bringing the total to 12, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced today.
County health officials said those who died from flu-related causes were between the ages of 35 and 91, and all had underlying medical conditions.
Low humidity and strong gusty northeast-to-east winds will prompt the National Weather Service to issue a fire weather watch for the inland valleys and mountains of San Diego County Thursday night to Friday night, meteorologists said.
“Surface high pressure moving into the Great Basin will bring areas of strong gusty northeast to east winds late Thursday night and Friday, especially through and below passes and canyons,” according a NWS advisory. “These winds will combine with very low humidity to bring elevated fire weather conditions for the mountains and inland valleys.’’
The agency said sustained winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour and gusts of 35 to 45 mph were likely from Thursday night to Friday night.
The daytime humidity on Thursday is expected to be around 8 to 15 percent, with poor overnight improvement, according to the weather service.
Of the estimated 100 people who attended the county’s Jan. 17 workshop on proposed revisions to the Tiered Winery Ordinance, about 23 spoke, with the majority from the Ramona area and in opposition to the changes.
“If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it,” said Elaine Lyttleton of Hatfield Creek Vineyards and Winery, speaking as a representative of the Ramona Valley Vintners Association. “We would urge no changes to the ordinance as currently written.”
For 150 years Jeanine Hawkins’ property has been in her family’s hands, but in the past 20 years the county has chipped away at her property rights, down-zoning it 800 percent., she said.
When Hawkins inherited the property on Littlepage Road, named after her family, it was zoned to allow one dwelling unit per 10 acres, she said. That was changed to one dwelling
Two motorcyclists suffered major injuries in separate incidents in the backcountry on Saturday, California Highway Patrol reported.
One motorcyclist was hospitalized following a collision with an SUV that occurred at the intersection of state Route 78 and Payson Drive about 2:24 p.m., according to a CHP dispatcher.
Gov. Jerry Brown today declared a drought emergency in California, prompting an environmental group to call on the San Diego County Water Authority to impose conservation measures.
State officials say this winter is shaping up as the driest in California history and the third consecutive dry year.
“We can’t make it rain, but we can be much better prepared for the terrible consequences that California’s drought now threatens, including dramatically less water for our farms and communities and increased fires in both urban and rural areas,” Brown said. “I’ve declared this emergency and I’m calling all Californians to conserve water in