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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Brandon Dodson is in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center recovering from severe injuries he suffered this month in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in Afghanistan.
On Aug. 9, Dodson was on a combat foot patrol as an infantry squad leader with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines in Helmand Province when an IED detonated, taking off his legs, fracturing his pelvis and causing other injuries including a broken tailbone and broken right hand, former Marine Dave Smith reports in his “Task & Purpose: Unsung Hero” tribute online at taskandpurpose.com/unsung-heroes-tribute-one-toughest-marines-ive-ever-served-wounded-fallen.
Three-year-old Dawson Schuler of Ramona became Tractor Supply Company’s first customer, with assistance from his great-aunt, Carole Wylie, who had some pull as she was the architect who designed the store’s building at Main and Hunter streets.
Wylie, also of Ramona and a former chair of the Ramona Design Review Board, knew how much Dawson loves tractors and was aware that Tractor Supply Company carries toys.
Sunday, Aug. 17
•Female, 21, arrested, 200 block Main Street, receive known stolen property, possess unlawful paraphernalia, felony bench warrant and misdemeanor bench warrant.
•Petty theft of $8.69 worth of goods, Stars gas station, 1900 block Main Street.
Presented with preliminary plans for Mountain View Community Church’s building expansion, Ramona Community Planning Group members responded by suggesting the architecture blend with the character of the community.
To do that, planners recommended the proponents take a look at the Ramona Village Center Plan of form based codes that was adopted into the county zoning ordinance by the county supervisors on July 30 and provides architectural designs reflective of Ramona’s rural character.