January 2009

Man Arrested For Carlsbad Bank Robbery

by The Editors on January 22, 2009

Charles Hollingsworth, 48, of Vista who is suspected of robbing the Wachovia Bank on El Camino Real at 10:45 AM January 21, 2008 was soon arrested in Vista with a “truck full of money,” according to a story in the North County Times.

The robber passed a note to a teller demanding large bills with no dye packs and stating that he had a weapon, though witnesses saw no weapon, Eppel said. The teller gave the man an unknown amount of money and he left, heading north on El Camino Real in a white Ford F150 pickup truck. . . .Shortly after the robbery, an officer spotted a truck and driver who matched the description going north on Merlose Drive, Eppel said. The officer followed the truck into Vista, where he and other officers pulled it over and approached with guns drawn.

Hollingworth later had a “medical problem” and was transported to Tri-Ctiy Medical Center. This is one bank robbery that did not pan out. Nice work by the Police.

[Link: North County Times]

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Chestnut Couple Died of “Chop Wounds”

by The Editors on January 22, 2009

2Bodies195-1According to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune, the elderly couple who were found dead in their home on January 18, 2009 in their Chestnut Ave home died of what are described as “chop wounds.”

The county Medical Examiner’s Office hasn’t released the identities of the victims but said the wounds were on the man’s neck and chest and the woman’s head and neck. The wounds were classified according to the type of instrument used, investigators said.

Police have still not found their “person of interest” but the investigation continues, according to the story.

[Link: San Diego-Union Tribune]

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Chestnut Homicide Investigation Continues

by The Editors on January 20, 2009

[Link: 10News via Police Video News]

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Carlsbad’s Rod Laver Honored In Australia

by The Editors on January 20, 2009

Tennis legend and Carlsbadistan resident Rod Laver will be traveling to Australia this week to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his second grand slam tennis win, according to a story in The Canadian Press.

Hard to believe, but it’s been four decades since the slightly built, red-haired Australian known as “Rocket” won the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same year. . . . The four men he beat with his powerful left arm in his 1969 Grand Slam, Spaniard Andres Gimeno and fellow Aussies Ken Rosewall, John Newcombe and Tony Roche, are scheduled to join Laver at a legends lunch.

We’ve just always loved the man’s shoes.

[Link: Canadian Press]

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Carlsbad Marathon This Weekend

by The Editors on January 20, 2009

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The 2009 Carlsbad Marathon & Half kicks off on Friday January 23, 2009 with the Health & Fitness Expo in the parking lot at the Westfield Plaza Camino Real. Saturday will feature the Keebler Kids Marathon Mile at Legoland, and then Sunday January 25, 2009 runner’s feet hit the pavement of Carlsbadistan.

Click here to check out photos from the 2008 event.

[Link: Carlsbad Marathon & Half]

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Carlsbad’s Green Rocket Fuel Company

by The Editors on January 20, 2009

Rocketdyne-Lr-101-Rocket-Engine-Biofuel-Launch-BgThe environmental movement has reached space travel as Flometrics, a Carlsbadistan-based company works to develop rocket fuel from BioDiesel. Flowmetrics has already completed tests on a RocketDyne LR-101 engine.

BioDiesel is a renewable, low toxicity, low flammability fuel. The use of vegetable based rocket fuel opens up the possibility of growing oil-producing crops on the moon or mars for use as stock for rocket fuel, eliminating the need of lifting the fuel from the surface of the earth.

Because nothing is more important to a rocketeer than plentiful fuel that’s not hard on the environment.

[Link: Space-Travel.com]

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Elderly Man And Woman Found Dead In Carlsbad

by The Editors on January 19, 2009

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Details are still emerging in the 2700 block of Chestnut Ave, in the rolling hills of Carlsbad East of El Camino Real this morning as Carlsbad Police continue to investigate the death of two elderly people. Three people were in the home when police arrived Sunday night, two were dead, and a third was “not arrested and was not injured” and was “cooperative with us,” according to Carlsbad Police Sgt Mickey Williams in an interview with San Diego 6 News.

A volunteer with the Carlsbad Police Department who was on the scene this morning, however, told neighbors that the two had died from gunshot wounds and that the third person had been “taken to the hospital.”
2Bodies2Neighbors gathered at the corner of Chestnut and Ames Place trying to make sense of the whole scene. “This has been going on since 1 AM,” said one woman who lives across the street from the couple.

The 2700 block of Chestnut has been closed since 5:30 AM and a mobile Carlsbad Police Crime scene unit along with four other vehicles is parked in the street outside the well kept home.

The deceased, reportedly a 90-year-old man and 78-year-old woman, were not well-known in their neighborhood, however, some remembered seeing the woman on walks either carrying her small dog or reading a book. “We know the people in most all the houses on the street, but we didn’t know them,” said one woman. “We were just talking about how we’ve never really seen people coming in and out of that house.”

“Are we in danger? I have children here,” another woman asked the volunteer officer. She was told that there is no danger, and that the Carlsbad Police have a car description and license number of the suspect in this case.

Another mentioned that this neighborhood has had its share of news lately. “You know that kid who was involved in the wreck that killed the mother and her baby lives just one block away,” she said.

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[Monday, January 19, 2009 3:15 PM Update: Carlsbad Police Sgt. Mickey Williams again spoke to reporters at the scene and said that the third person was approximately 70 years old, lived in the home, and had been in the home with the bodies of the deceased for “several days.” Williams said investigators did not have to look very hard to find bodies once they began the search and that bothy were found in one room of the house.

WIlliams reiterated that there was no evidence of a robbery and that Police did not as yet have any motive. When asked if “murder suicide” had been ruled out Sgt. William’s said, “We have not ruled it out, but that is not the way we are investigating the case.”

We overheard crime scene investigators discussing whether “experts” needed to be brought in. A heavy set older man who was seen walking out of the home wearing a mask seemed to believe the “experts” were unnecessary.

As of 3:15 PM the medical examiner had still not arrived at the crime scene and Chestnut is still closed.]

[Tuesday January 20, 2009 8:00 AM Update: a Carlsbadistan News Tipper emailed to say that he “watched the two bodies being removed from the 2719 Chestnut Ave. home last night at 9:54pm and 9:57pm. The Coroner’s White Van left the scene at 10:04pm with the bodies inside.” Chestnut Avenue was still closed at 8:00 AM and the Crime Scene Investigation truck was still parked in the street.

9:00 AM Update: The large white Carlsbadistan crime trailer has now left the scene. The black CSI truck remains in front of the home with several black and white police cars. The detectives are working with coffee cups in hand and must be tired from working round the clock for nearly 40 hours. Carlsbad Police report the street should be reopened later this afternoon or this evening.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 7:30 AM Update: According to a Carlsbadistan News Tipster, “Sometime late last night the Carlsbadistan Police Department’s mobile command center, the black CSI truck, police cars, detectives, police officers and security guards left the crime scene at 2719 Chestnut Avenue and all yellow tape was removed. Chestnut Avenue was reopened to traffic as if nothing had ever occurred at the home. . . .As I drove by the home this morning, all looked normal. One small car was parked in the driveway.]

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Two Bodies Found On Chestnut

by The Editors on January 19, 2009

According to a story on San Diego 6, Carlsbad Police have discovered the bodies of two people while doing a search of a home on the 2700 Block of Chestnut Sunday evening.

Police were sent to the home . . to check on the welfare of the residents. When they got there, they talked to a person at the house and then discovered the two bodies. . . . Investigators have not indicated how the two people were killed, but investigators got a search warrant after the discovery and “are still searching for weapons,” according to Carlsbad Police Sgt. Mickey Williams.

[Link: San Diego 6]

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Legoland Wants To Build A Hotel

by The Editors on January 19, 2009

They’ve been planning it for a while, but Legoland parent corporation Merlin Entertainment Group Inc. is going to ask the Carlsbad Planning board to make changes to the required parking requirements and let them build a hotel on the Legoland property, according to a Barbara Henry story in the North County Times.

Plans call for the three-story hotel to include a 14,383-square-foot restaurant, 11,051-square-foot retail space, a 6,364-square-foot bar/lounge, an outdoor pool and a water play area. It’s proposed to be built in two phases, with the first phase containing 175 hotel rooms.

Legoland has been a good neighbor to Carlsbadistan, however, this kind of expansion often results in the “Disneyfication” of the local city. First the attraction is promoted to city leadership as bringing new customers to local hotels, restaurants, and other businesses, then slowly the park builds out all the ancillary businesses itself keeping all the revenue in the park and siphoning the life out the local tourist economy. As anyone who has driven through Anaheim knows, it can get pretty ugly.

We hope the planning commission considers the ultimate ramifications of this request, before making any decisions..

[Link: North County Times]

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Good Night Beach. . .

by The Editors on January 18, 2009

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In Carlsbadistan tonight at about 6 PM it looked a little something like this. . . jealous? (Click image to see in full color)

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