Tuesday, July 28, 2015 • 05:38

Valley Center man accused of masterminding $6.5M ‘pump-and-dump’ scam

Valley Center has had its share of scandals and curmudgeons to be sure, but multimillion-dollar money-laundering and stock manipulation schemes aren’t associated generally with this rural lifestyle ...more»

Planning group raises Valley development and road concerns

The Valley Center Community Planning Group (VCCPG) this week was raising road and development "concerns" based on resident input at group meetings. "The public meetings of late have focused on the South ...more»

Trio of local developers show surprising support for limits

Even as Valley Center Community Planning Group (VCCPG) members drill down this summer on several local development issues, three developers with Valley Center interests provided some seemingly surprising ...more»

VC Fire responds with the times

Valley Center Fire response times last week ranged between eight and 11 minutes generally, according to records. Fire Station 1 averaged 7:40 for three ALS, or "Advanced Life Support" calls....more»

A new Palomar Mountain station and equipment should help

The Palomar Mountain Fire Department, operating out of Fire Station 79 has had a busy month. Its Board of Directors on June 27 signed a 50-year "ground lease" for a new station, necessary directors said ...more»

Sheriff’s Blotters July 8 to July 15

July 8 J. Bennett, 55, was cited and released around 6:30 p.m. in the 27000 block of Sugar Bush Way on suspicion of simple battery. Pala Raceway in the 12700 block of Pala Road, around 1:30 p....more»

Emergency Calls July 9 to July 15

Editor’s Note: Valley Center Fire changed its reporting format this week, making it very difficult to arrange calls and details in the way they have appeared here for time immemorial, or at least ...more»

Tribal chairman enjoys re-election; Taco Bell founder’s home up for sale

Robert Smith, who has served as the Tribal Chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians since 1990, has been re-elected Chair of the Fee to Trust Consortium, a position he has held since 2013....more»

Back to books and golden rules at VC Primary School

Editor’s Note: Summer sometimes seems too short for most kids and too long for many parents. Have no fear: Summer is on the way out and school is on the nearby horizon....more»

Everything’s coming up roses at Lilac School

Welcome to Lilac School, a gem in the valley. We are pleased to have your family at Lilac and consider it a great privilege and responsibility to be your school....more»

Getting ready for go time at VC Elementary School

Editor’s Note: Summer sometimes seems too short for most kids and too long for many parents. Have no fear: Summer is on the way out and school is on the nearby horizon....more»

Valley Briefs

VC SYMPHONY PRESENTS ‘PETER AND THE WOLF’ The Valley Center Symphony presents its grand finale summer concert, "Peter and the Wolf" by Sergei Prokofiev, at 3 p....more»

On the front lines of Valley Center water wars

On the front lines in the state-mandated effort to cut Valley Center water use by 36 percent, a resigned, but effective,Valley Center Municipal Water District (VCMWD) general manager Gary Arant is sanguine ...more»

People (and squirrels) behaving badly — the summer edition

Data-mining site NeighborhoodScout has determined, based on San Diego County sheriff’s Office and CHP statistics, that the community of Valley Center is safer than two-thirds of U....more»

VC businesswoman’s group fights Costa Rican sex trafficking

Former Valley Center resident Penny Williams is a woman on a mission. Her Seeds of Hope non profit organization in Costa Rica, recently reached three years of offering safety, rehabilitation and education ...more»

New Jersey troopers getting body cameras under new policy
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is buying 1,000 body cameras to equip all its state troopers who are out on the road and announcing policies for local police on how the cameras should be used.
Federal officials examine probable cause of spaceship crash
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is considering what caused a Virgin Galactic spaceship to break apart over the Mojave Desert during a test flight 10 months ago, killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot...
Sheriff's office: Man dies from snake bite at church service
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky sheriff's office says a man has died from a snake bite suffered during a church service.
Northern California wildfires rage on as temperatures rise
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — High temperatures are expected Tuesday as crews struggle to make headway against a wildfire threatening about 450 homes and other buildings in the rugged foothills of Northern California, fire officials said...
Nation's youngest convicted murder released from prison
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The nation's youngest convicted murderer has been released from a Florida prison after serving 16 years of an 18-year sentence.
American accused of killing Zimbabwe's popular Cecil the lion
Wildlife officials on Tuesday accused an American tourist of killing Cecil, one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe, without a permit after paying $50,000 to two people who lured the beast to its death...
House Benghazi panel says State Department to hand over documents today
The U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 attacks on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, said the State Department has pledged to hand over 5,000 new pages of documents related to the incident on Tuesday...
High rollers: Dealers describe special treatment, abuse
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — One high roller requests a refrigerator full of bananas that he squeezes and throws as he gambles. Another urinates against a wall. Other high-stakes players described by a pit manager at Mohegan Sun, one of the world's largest casinos, throw chairs, scream at dealers and expect rules to be bent at the tables...