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Hams host Field Day in Ramona

Amateur radio operators, nicknamed “hams,” have long communicated with each other without the benefit of the Internet, cell phone towers or other infrastructure. Those wondering how they do it have their chance.
Ramona Outback Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) will host Field Day, a 24-hour event beginning Saturday, June 28. The mission is national. All club members aim to talk to as many people around the world as possible, using various forms of radio equipment.
The public is invited to join the experienced radio operators. A “GOTA” station — Get on the Air — will be set up so that those with new licenses, or even adults or children without licenses, can understand what talking over the airwaves is all about.
“One of our goals is for the public to learn what we do, why we do it, and how we do it, so having someone try out ham radio for the first time is fun for everyone,” said Richard Elling, ROARS member.
Hams can provide communications in times of emergency or disaster, when the usual lines of communication are unavailable. During the past Ramona wildfires, for example, hams provided backup communications for the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and more.
ROARS Field Day will be at Ramona Fire Station 82 at 3410 Dye Road. The event will begin at 9 a.m. Saturdy and end on Sunday at noon. For more information, visit


Ramona man’s right-turn lane request short on support

A resident’s request to ask Caltrans to extend the state Route 67 right turn lane onto Dye Road by beginning it at Mussey Grade Road did not receive enough support from the Ramona Community Planning Group.

Joe Minervini told planners this month that he was suggesting it “because I guess if you live in the Estates, or where I do on the south side of town off of Dye Road, and you’re coming up the hill at 5 in the evening, you want to get home as quickly as possible.”

Crime Stoppers offers reward to locate Ramona fugitive


San Diego County Crime Stoppers and San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Fugitive Task Force are looking for Dean Mostad, wanted for willful discharging of a firearm in a grossly negligent manner from his Ramona residence.
According to the sheriff’s department, Mostad is a 59-year-old 6-foot, 6-inch tall, 225-pound white male. He has red/auburn hair and blue eyes, said the report.
Mostad is suspected of firing several rounds from his handgun while inside his Ramona home, the sheriff’s department said. A $500,000 bail felony warrant was issued on April 13.
Anyone with information on the location of the suspect should call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477.
Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anonymous email and text messages can be sent via

Female accident victim in critical condition

An 18-year-old Ramona woman remains in critical condition at Palomar Medical Center, after suffering life-threatening injuries in a 4:20 a.m. accident on June 19, according to authorities.
Rena Martinez was a passenger in the front seat of a 2013 Jeep Patriot driven by Vincent Sitto, 18, of El Cajon, when the vehicle hit a utility pole on San Vicente Road, just north of Creelman Lane, reported California Highway Patrol.
CHP Public Information Officer Kevin Pearlstein said it was a single vehicle accident and the driver said he may have fallen asleep.
The driver was southbound on San Vicente road when his vehicle struck a utility pole on the east side of the road, said Pearlstein.
“He then went across the lanes and struck another pole with the passenger side of the Jeep,” the officer said.
A ground ambulance transported the driver to Palomar with moderate, non-life-threatening injuries, while Mercy Air life flighted Martinez, according to reports. Pearlstein said neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected.
Although the SDG&E wood pole on the east side of San Vicente was still standing, the base was damaged and crews replaced it with a steel pole.

Authorities identify body found on Chablis Road as Carl Salayer, 67

The decomposing body found east of the Mount Woodson Golf Club on Wednesday was that of a 67-year-old Alzheimer’s patient who went missing in the area more than a week earlier, authorities said today.
Carl Lee Salayer was last seen June 16 when he went to bed at his home in the 17000 block of Handlebar Road near Highland Valley Road, according to the sheriff’s department and the county Medical Examiner’s Office. He apparently left between 2:30 and 6:30 a.m. the following day and was reported missing, according to sheriff’s officials.
Authorities considered Salayer’s disappearance to be critical due to his physical condition — he required medicine and had a feeding tube — and searched the area for several days.
Deputies responding to a report of a foul odor in a heavily vegetated field in the 18000 block of Chablis Road near Whirlwind Lane found Salayer’s body shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s department and the county Medical Examiner’s Office.
Officials with the Medical Examiner’s Office have conducted an autopsy, but have listed Salayer’s cause of death as “pending,” meaning that determination of the cause and/or manner of his death is contingent upon toxicological or other tests or a further investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death, authorities said.

SDG&E can meet summer demands, but conservation needed during heat waves and unplanned outages, say utility leaders

Electrical supplies will be adequate in San Diego and southern Orange counties this summer, but conservation will be needed during heat waves or unplanned power plant outages, San Diego Gas & Electric announced today.

“SDGE is prepared to meet this summer’s energy demand but we expect that there will be days when we will need help from customers through conservation and demand response, and we appreciate all efforts by our customers so far this year to help keep the electric system running smoothly during the recent wildfires,” said Steven Davis, SDG&E president and chief operating officer.

Body found near where Ramona man, 67, went missing


An unidentified body was found Wednesday afternoon east of Mount Woodson Golf Club, in an area where an Alzheimer’s patient went missing last week.

Deputies responding to a report of a foul odor in the 18000 block of Chablis Road in Ramona made the discovery shortly before 3 p.m., sheriff’s Lt. Herb Taft said.

Authorities have been searching the same general area off and on since June 17, when 67-year-old Carl Salayer was reported missing. His last known whereabouts had been at his home in the 17000 block of Handlebar Road the previous day.

Salayer’s disappearance was considered critical due to his physical condition.

Deputies from the sheriff’s Ramona station responded to a call of an unusual odor yesterday and began checking the area, which is described as an unfenced private parcel, reported sheriff’s Lt. Jeffrey Duckworth. They located the body in heavy brush about 50 yards from the road about 3:50 p.m. There were no obvious signs of trauma or foul play, reported Duckworth.

The county Medical Examiner’s Office was called in to take custody of the body for autopsy and identification purposes.

Ramona Idol auditions, Summer Health Fair, ham radio Field Day and more on week’s calendar of events

Ramona Idol auditions, ham radio club holds Field Day, Summer Health Fair, farmers’ market, free car show among week’s happenings…..

Ramona crime reports: Social host party results in five arrests

A social host party in the 22300 block of Casa de Carol Road Friday night, June 20, resulted in several arrests, including minors, according to the sheriff’s Ramona station.

Arrested were four males, ages 22, 21 and 18, on charges of drunk in public. An 18-year-old female was arrested for drunk in public and obstruct/resist peace officer/emergency medical technician.

High court says police need warrants to search smartphones

Wednesday, June 25—American Civil Liberties Union’s national legal director called today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that police must get a search warrant before searching the contents of smartphones seized from arrestees revolutionary. The ruling stems from a 2009 case in which a San Diego police officer seized reputed gang member David Riley’s cellphone and found [...]