Carlsbad Cyclist Hit & Killed In Bike Lane

by The Editors on April 22, 2013

On Sunday morning (April 21, 2013) at approximately 7:40 AM cyclist Eric Ringdahl, 45, was stuck and killed by an as-yet-unnamed driver while riding his bicycle in the bike lane rolling north on El Camino Real north of La Costa Avenue, according to a story in UTC San Diego.

The bicyclist was struck by a northbound vehicle while headed north in the bike lane on El Camino Real north of La Costa with a fellow rider, according to the Carlsbad Police Department. Several people called 911 at about 7:40 a.m. to report the crash, police said. . . The bicyclist who was struck sustained a head injury and was unconscious, police said. Police and fire personnel responded, but the bicyclist died at the scene.

Ringdahl is survived by his wife and children. So far, it appears that no charges have been filed against the person driving the car, however, the Carlsbad police department is investigating and we sincerely hope that the driver is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Our deepest thoughts and sympathies go to Ringdahl family and friends.

[Link: UTC San Diego]

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AM PM Robbed In the AM

by The Editors on November 8, 2012

Am PmThe AM PM Arco gas station at 1991 Palomar Airport Rd. (at the intersection with Camino Vida Roble was robbed at gun point in the early hours of November 7, 2012 according to the Carlsbad Police Department.

Officer Seapker contacted the victim who stated a white male adult entered the store and pointed a gun to his head. The suspect demanded money. The clerk gave the suspect and undisclosed amount of money and the suspect fled the scene on foot. Several Officers and a K-9 checked the area for the suspect but were unable to locate him. The investigation is ongoing.

If you know a thin white, blonde, gun-toting 25 – 30 year old male 5’7″ tall who suddenly came into a little money, give the Carlsbad Police Department’s Sergeant Chase a call at 760-931-2136.


Carlsbad Bank Robber Skates Away

by The Editors on October 17, 2012

The US Bank on Carlsbad Village Drive near Jefferson was robbed yesterday (October 16, 2012) by a man on a skateboard, according to a story in the North County Times.

The robber told the bank teller he had a gun, although no one saw the weapon during the robbery, which happened about 2:30 p.m. at the U.S. Bank on Carlsbad Village Drive near Jefferson Street, Sgt. Greg White said. . . The robber was gone when police arrived.

As numerous commenter have pointed out: is it really that easy to rob a bank? Guess so.

[Link: North County Times]


Eight Arrested At Ponto Landing

by The Editors on September 23, 2012

The almost weekly illegal immigrant drop at Ponto Landing got caught again (September 23, 2012) by the almost always vigilant Coast Guard, according to a story in the U-T San Diego.

The boat, a 25-foot Panga-style vessel, was spotted between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. Authorities detained six men, one woman and one child, said Petty Officer Jarrad Pellerin. . . No one was injured. . . It’s not yet clear how many people had been on the boat when it reached land, Pellerin said.

So they’re saying some might have made it. Guess that’s why the boats keep Ponto Landing as one of their regular stops up the coast.

[Link: U-T San Diego]


Thieves Ripoff Rapha-Focus Cycling Team

by The Editors on August 16, 2012


The Rapha-Focus Cyclecross team had 12 bike frames and 37 Easton wheels stolen from their Sprinter Van in Carlsbadistan last weekend (August 11-12, 2012), according to a story on

Thieves. . . made off with 12 [54cm Focus Mares Carbon CX] frames painted in the U.S. national champion’s custom lay-up, as well as 37 Easton wheels. The theft occurred between 6:30 p.m. on Saturday August 11 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday August 12.

No forks were taken. So if you see anyone with more than their fair share of custom painted carbon frames please contact Officer Sheldon Berg at the Carlsbad Police department (760) 931-2100. We don’t want anyone getting away with stealing bikes in Carlsbad. Seriously.

[Link: VeloNews]

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Weed And 3 Mexicans Seized At Tamarack

by The Editors on November 15, 2011

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Carlsbadistan residents on their way to work down the coast this morning got a nice look at officials attempting to remove the drug-loaded panga that came ashore near the Tamarack Jetty just after midnight this morning (Tuesday, November 15, 2011), according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

U.S. Border Patrol agents spotted the 28-foot boat about 1:30 a.m. and watched it come ashore between Tamarack Avenue and Cannon Road, Agent Michael Jimenez said. . . Two men were on the boat, and one was sitting in an awaiting vehicle when they were taken into custody, Jimenez said.

Apparently the three Mexican nationals over shot their normal docking spot at Ponto Landing and then got stuck in the sand.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]


Madison Street Shooting Injures Three

by The Editors on October 11, 2011

Carlsbad-Shooting-101011Last night (Tuesday, October 11, 2011) at approximately 8:30 PM a dark blue Dodge sedan rolled up on a group of three people in the 3400 block of Madison Street, had some words, and then a man got out of the car and fired four to six shots injuring all three people, according to a story on NBC San Diego.

The injuries were described as non-life threatening by police. One person was shot in the arm, another in the leg and the third received two injuries including a grazing wound to the abdomen Magro said.
Two victims were airlifted to nearby hospitals.

This the second shooting on Madison Street since April 2009. Click here for video of one of the victims being loaded onto a LifeFlight helicopter.

[Link: NBC San Diego]


Thursday’s Traffic Ticket Rodeo Scores 116

by The Editors on June 24, 2011

012710 -2Yesterday (June 23, 2011) the Carlsbad Police Department was joined by “special detail” officers from San Diego, La Mesa, Chula Vista, Oceanside, Escondido, and National City police departments for what they called a “high profile traffic enforcement detail” on the streets of Carlsbadistan.

Approximately 15 locations in Carlsbad were the focus of the traffic enforcement efforts. The locations selected were those where speeding and other traffic violations have been a problem in the past. . . The operation was conducted between 0715 and 1115 hours. Approximately 166 citations were issued for violations including speeding, red lights, and unsafe moving. Additionally, 6 vehicles were towed for unlicensed or suspended driver licenses.

Great work. Maybe next time officers can focus a little attention on drivers who blaze right through pedestrian packed crosswalks on Carlsbad Blvd. For more info, follow the jump. [click to continue…]


Valley Middle School Clear After Bomb Scare

by The Editors on May 12, 2011

Vms LogoCarlsbad’s Valley Middle School was on lockdown this morning (May 12, 2011) from 10:50 AM to 11:17 AM after one student reportedly mentioned a bomb on the campus. Parents of students at Valley received the following text after the school was cleared and reopned.

Students are safe. VMS was on lockdown from 10:50 until 11:17 as a preventative measure after an unconfirmed report by a student of the possibility of a bomb.

According to the Carlsbad Police Department one student was in custody for “making a threat” following the lockdown. This is the second bomb scare in Carlsbad in a little over a week. The first was on May 4, 2011 when a “suspicious device” was found at the Cole Library.

Hopefully this one was simply a misguided middle school prank, as 10News is now reporting.


City Offices Back Open After Bomb Scare

by The Editors on May 4, 2011

4Dc19Fcc6C1F8.ImageThe City of Carlsbad Offices and the Cole Library were closed this morning from 8 to 11 AM after maintenance workers discovered a “suspicious device.” Police were called, the bomb squad, and fire department arrived and news helicopters hovered overhead. According to a story in the North County Times,

The gray-colored object was about 10 inches long and 2 inches wide, and was connected with wires to a 9-volt battery, Lt. Kelly Cain said.. . . “It looked suspicious enough to call the San Diego bomb squad,” he added

After using a robot to destroy the device the library was reopened about approximately 11 AM. Who put it there and why is still being investigated. For the rest of the story click the link.

[Link: North County Times]