Escondido News

Tire detaches from Chevy on SR-78, strikes two vehicles


On January 23, 2021, at approximately 12:01 p.m., a 40-year-old woman from Vista was driving a 2015 Chevrolet 2500, and was traveling westbound SR-78, in the #3 lane, east of Twin Oaks Valley Road. An on-duty Escondido Police Department police officer was driving a 2015 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor, and was traveling eastbound SR-78, in the #1 lane, east of […]

City uses tech to battle graffiti

Editor—The Times-Advocate thanks Jamie Armstrong, content marketing manager of Cityworks, based in Sandy, Utah, for permission to quote extensively from his article about Escondido’s graffiti program. The American Public Works Association (APWA) recently featured the City of Escondido’s graffiti program and its use of technology to combat this modern urban blight. The city’s approach combines a mobile app for employees […]

Palomar Health gives briefing on ‘The State of Your Healthcare’


Tuesday evening Palomar Health hosted a “Community Briefing: Palomar Health in 2021” led by Palomar Health President and CEO Diane Hansen. She discussed the healthcare system’s strategy and growth plans for 2021. Perhaps of more immediate interest to those awaiting vaccinations for COVID-19, Dr. Sandeep Soni, Palomar’s medical director of infectious diseases, spoke about the district’s COVID response, which he […]

COVID dominated top read stories of 2020

By DAVID ROSS Just as the COVID-19 pandemic dominated most of the news in 2020 so did the top read Times-Advocate stories for the year tend to have a coronavirus coloring. We tracked the top 20 stories of the year, as chosen by our readers, and not necessarily by us, for being what was most popular. We will revisit them […]

Trash truck catches fire near Emmanuel Faith

At 11:59 a.m. on Tuesday, January 12, the Escondido Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire at Emmanuel Faith Community Church in the city of Escondido.  Upon arrival first-in companies discovered that the vehicle they were called for was a commercial trash truck. As is standard procedure the trash truck driver dumped the contents of the truck in the […]

Safari Park gorillas test positive for COVID

Members of the Gorilla Troop at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  On Wednesday, January 6, two of the gorillas began coughing. Given current circumstances, San Diego Zoo Global initiated the process of testing fecal samples from the gorillas for SARS-CoV-2 through the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory […]

Massage therapist arrested for sexual battery

Beginning on 12-23-20, the Escondido Police Department began investigating an allegation of sexual battery involving Patrick Graham Stone (DOB 06/12/1984), who operates a massage therapy business in Escondido. A female victim reported to the police that Mr. Stone had inappropriately touched her in a sexual manner during a massage she received from him at his business, Stone Medical Group, at […]

Man arrested, accused of sexual battery throughout North County

Reference:12/29/20 Man wanted for inappropriately touching women in the North County A man suspected in a series of sexual battery and lewd conduct incidents across San Diego County has been arrested. On January 4th just after 5:00 p.m., deputies from the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station responded to a call from a customer at Walmart located in the 700 block of Center […]

Text to 911 service now active

All public safety agencies in San Diego County are now capable of “Text to 911” service. Text to 911 refers to the public’s ability to send text messages to local public safety dispatch centers during an emergency. If the public is experiencing an emergency where they are unable to call 911 or communicate verbally, they can now text public safety […]

New supervisors to be sworn in Jan. 4

The new 3rd District Supervisor, Terra Lawson-Remer will be sworn in along with Supervisor-Elect Nora Vargas, District 1 and Supervisor-Elect Joel Anderson, District 2 on Monday, January 4, 2021. The virtual swearing-in will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Below is the schedule: Supervisor-Elect Nora Vargas, District One, from 10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Supervisor-Elect Joel Anderson, District […]


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