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Ramona man, 57, dies while fishing on Lake Sutherland


A kayaker who died at Lake Sutherland Saturday was identified Monday as a 57-year-old Ramona man .
San Diego Lifeguard divers recovered Leonard Kevin Jones’ body from the lake on Sunday morning, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.
A city worker noticed an upside down kayak at Lake Sutherland Dam just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday, San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Christine Robbins said.
The city worker told authorities the man, who frequently fished at the lake, had a heart condition, another sheriff’s official said. Fishing season at Lake Sutherland opened on Saturday.
Robbins said deputies checked the shoreline and asked for a helicopter to help in the search. A search-and-rescue team was unable to find Jones before dark, and the search was resumed about 7 a.m. Sunday.
Jones was declared dead at 9:36 a.m. Sunday, according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy was pending.
Lake Sutherland, owned by the city, is east of Ramona off state Route 78 and Sutherland Dam Road.
A kayaker who died at Lake Sutherland Saturday was identified Monday as a 57-year-old Ramona man .
San Diego Lifeguard divers recovered Leonard Kevin Jones’ body from the lake on Sunday morning, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Rescuers recover body of kayaker, 55, from Lake Sutherland


The body of a 55-year-old man who went missing while kayaking at Lake Sutherland near Ramona was recovered today.

The man was reported missing by a city worker at Lake Sutherland Dam just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday, after his fishing kayak was found floating upside down near the dam, according to sheriff’s Lt. Christine Robbins.

Sheriff’s team searches for missing kayaker in Sutherland Reservoir area

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A sheriff’s search and rescue team was combing the area around the Sutherland Reservoir near Ramona for a kayaker who went missing this afternoon, a sheriff’s lieutenant said.
The man, in his 50s, was reported missing by an employee just after 1:30 p.m., according to sheriff’s Lt. Dave Schaller.
The employee told authorities the kayaker suffered from a heart condition, Schaller said.
The man’s kayak was found unmanned and overturned, he said.
Sutherland Reservoir is owned by the City of San Diego and east of Ramona off state Route 78 and Sutherland Dam Road.

Storm leaves 2 inches of rain in Ramona; more anticipated


The storm that buffeted the region Friday with heavy rain and stiff winds delivered nearly 2 inches of moisture to Ramona, according to the weather service at Ramona Airport.
In addition to the 1.86 inches of precipitation recorded at Ramona Airport Friday, the town received .2 inches on Thursday and rain returned Saturday.

Up to 3 inches of rain predicted


A powerful Pacific storm is expected to pound San Diego County with heavy rain and strong winds starting late tonight.

The National Weather Service issued several advisories for the region, saying up to 3 inches of rainfall in coastal and valley areas, 3 to 5 inches in the mountains and up to an inch in the deserts would pose a threat of flash flooding and other road hazards through much of the weekend.

Firefighters extinguish late-night blaze that spreads from vehicle to garage

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Fire officials are investigating the cause of a late night fire that started as a vehicle fire and spread to the garage at 2006 Via Rancho Dos Ninas off Dye Road.
No injuries were reported and all of the animals were found safe, reported Cal Fire Capt. Robert Ramirez with the Ramona Fire Department.
Cal Fire/Ramona firefighters responded to the report of a residential structure fire at 10:28 p.m. Saturday. On arrival, they found a vehicle on fire in front of the home. The garage attached to the home that was about three-quarters on fire, reported Ramirez.
Crews concentrated on extinguishing the garage fire to prevent spread into the main part of the house, said Ramirez.
Occupants of the home had evacuated the house before firefighters arrived but reported they had not found all of their four dogs and eight cats. Firefighters searching for the possible extension of fire into the main house located some of the missing pets in the smoke filled home. All pets were found alive and reunited with their owners, according to the report.
Firefighters remained at the scene until 1:30 a.m. Sunday working on salvage and overhaul, noted Ramirez.
The origin of the fire was the vehicle parked in front of the house, but the cause is as yet unknown. Damage estimate was approximately $70,000.

Officials schedule controlled burn in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

With Cal Fire’s assistance, California State Parks will conduct a burn northwest of Paso Picacho campground in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Feb. 24, 25 and 26.
Unfavorable weather or other conditions will cause the burn to be rescheduled.
Smoke from the burn is normal and does not need to be reported as fire crews will be onsite, say park officials.
Some residual smoke may be seen throughout the week.
For more information, call 760-767-4037.

Lt. Turner invites public to advisory meeting


Lt. Hank Turner of the sheriff’s Ramona station invites the public to attend his Citizen’s Advisory Group meeting in the sheriff’s station, 1424 Montecito Road, at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 24.
The meetings offer an opportunity for dialogue between the Sheriff’s Department and the community on law enforcement concerns, issues and priorities.
For more information, contact Barbara Wallace at 760-738-2425.

Tow trucks respond to Wildcat Canyon Road accident; no injuries reported

Two tow trucks are responding to the scene of a two-truck collision at Wildcat Canyon and San Vicente roads, according to the California Highway Patrol website.

The accident was reported at 5:08 p.m. and, according to the CHP, is near a 25 mph curve in the road. One truck is in the road and one is off the road and 20 feet down, reports CHP, noting no injuries are reported.

The northbound lane will be blocked until the accident scene is cleared.

Training makes area safer for residents, says sheriff’s lieutenant


Lt. Hank Turner of the sheriff’s Ramona station presents a Crime Free Multi-Housing certificate to Mary Meurs, manager of Ramona Village Apartments at Seventh and A streets. The certification allows apartment complexes to evict renters who have been arrested for crimes, making the area safer for residents, said Turner. To achieve the certification, Meurs attended training through the sheriff’s department. Turner said Ramona Village Apartments is the first complex on A Street to receive the certification, adding that he is focusing the program on A and B streets, considered the highest crime area in Ramona.