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Deputies, CHP nab erratic driver brandishing weapon; armed robbery suspect threatens to kill self

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Deputies from the sheriff’s Ramona station assisted California Highway Patrol Sunday, Aug. 24, when calls came in of a man brandishing a rifle and driving erratically, said Lt. Hank Turner.
Jesus “Jesse” Fernandez, 39, of Ramona, was arrested by CHP, on suspicion of felony charges that included armed robbery, evading peace officer, assault with firearm, and threaten crime that could cause death/great bodily injury, according to authorities.
The calls began around 3:30 p.m. when a man was seen walking down the street with a rifle and getting into a car around 12th Street, said CHP Public Information Officer Kevin Pearlstein.
At Dye Road and state Route 67 a woman and her daughter were in their vehicle at the stoplight when a man in a car next to them pointed a rifle at them, according to the report. The woman put her car into reverse, crashed into a fence, ran into nearby Fire Station 82 and called 911, the report stated.
According to Pearlstein, the suspect drove into a driveway on San Vicente Road where he pointed a rifle at a couple and stole their laptop and iPods. The female called 911, he said.
As CHP pursued the suspect down San Vicente Road toward San Diego Country Estates, he crashed his vehicle in a field near Chuck Wagon and San Vicente roads and fled on foot, said Pearlstein.

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.

One person dies in motorcycle crash in Julian

One person died and another was injured when a motorcycle crashed into a tree in Julian today, authorities said.

The motorcycle crashed into the tree about 4 p.m. today on State Route 79 in front of Pinezanita RV Park and Campgrounds, Cal Fire spokesman Kendal Bortisser said.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene while another was flown to a hospital via Mercy Air, Bortisser said.

Winegrape harvest under way in Ramona Valley AVA

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The 2014 winegrape harvest is under way throughout Ramona and should continue into late September, reports the Ramona Valley Winery Association (RVWA).

“This is the earliest harvest in Ramona Valley’s young history,” said RVWA President Victor Edwards, of Edwards Vineyard & Cellars, who farms on the east side of the AVA (American Viticultural Area). “Drought conditions are continuing, but wine grapes are a very low water-use crop. The much-needed March rains came at the right time for many varietals, but those in early bloom suffered losses in crop set as a result of the timing, or from the unusual Santa Ana winds during spring. The earlier harvest dates should help us get our crops in prior to fall rains.”

Technology, math and writing at forefront of Ramona’s new school year

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Monday, Aug. 25, is the first day of school for the students of Ramona Unified School District, and if the start of a fresh year isn’t exciting enough, district sites are implementing a variety of new learning opportunities with technology, math and writing at the forefront.

The increased ability to integrate technology across the curriculum has all sites buzzing with plans. In support of the district goal to upgrade technology capabilities and opportunities at all sites, mobile Chromebook labs containing 30 student Chromebooks were purchased for all schools. This has Ramona Elementary Principal Daniel Paquette “well on the way to providing every student with a Chromebook that will allow learners to research, read and write about all core material through the use of technology.”

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.

Suspect faces attempted murder charge after shooting reported in Ramona

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A 26-year-old man suspected of opening fire on a man and his two children as they ran for cover in Ramona was arrested early today, authorities said.

The victim told sheriff’s investigators that the suspect, later identified as Brandon Quiroz, had pointed a handgun at him and his children and fired six shots in the 200 block of Third Street near Main Street shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday, sheriff’s Sgt. Brent Strahm said.

Ramona chamber’s Last Wednesday series continues with goal-setting expert

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Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s Last Wednesday Workshop education series continues on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 7:30 a.m. in the Ramona Library Community Room with a lecture by well-known business coach Cindi Britton. Dr. Britton, who has an Ed.D in education and is a former head administrator from the Cajon Valley school system, will lead a [...]

Estates offers free sandbags, sand to association homeowners

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With the threat of rain today, San Diego Country Estates Association is offering free sandbags and sane to Estates homeowners.
Sandbangs are at the clubhouse, 24157 San Vicente Road, and sand is available at the Recreation Center, 25386 Pappas Road.

County poised to start San Vicente Road project

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To provide information to residents and address concerns about the San Vicente Road Improvement Project that is set to begin Sept. 15, a community outreach meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Charles Nunn Performing Arts Center at Olive Peirce Middle School 1521 Hanson Lane.

The public forum, to be facilitated by the Ramona Community Planning Group (RCPG), will include county staff and representatives from the Ramona Fire Department, Ramona Unified School District, Ramona Municipal Water District, San

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