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Local News July 17th, 2008

Hookers Corner

Escondido’s Undercover Prostitution Detail Yields Two Arrests

On Thursday July 10, 2008, Escondido Police Department undercover detectives conducted a prostitution detail in the area of W. Washington Ave. and N. Escondido Blvd. As a result of that detail, detectives arrested two individuals.

Nichole Marie Karras, 26, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was arrested for Penal Code 653.22(a) - loitering with the intent to commit prostitution and released on a promise to appear.
Amber Nycole Erne, 24, of Miami, Florida, was arrested for Penal Code 653.22(a) - loitering with the intent to commit prostitution and released on a promise to appear.

Escondido’s Police Department has seen a reduction in prostitution related crimes in this area, primarily due to aggressive enforcement efforts and increased help from the public. Escondido Police Department will continue to actively enforce all violations of prostitution and encourages anyone with information on these cases to call Escondido Police at (760) 839-4722, or contact Sergeant Jim Lanigan directly at (760) 839-4759.

San Marcos Unclaimed Lottery Ticket for $129,567.00

Might be a good idea to check your lottery tickets before they expire.

Someone bought a Fantasy 5 lottery ticket at the Von’s Store at 671 Rancho Santa Fe Road in San Marcos and it won for $129,567.00. It has not been claimed, however. The ticket was drawn on March 7th of this year and will expire on September 4th, if not claimed. Another Lottery Ticket for $87,207 was purchased at Milano’s Liquor, 3846 Mission Ave., Ste A-2, Oceanside.

Almost 2 Million Dollars will go unclaimed in California, according to, based out of Arizona. This is a company who will try and track down those holding the winning ticket and will release the number for a fee. (Or you could do it yourself, just contact state officials with your Fantasy 5 tickets, ask for the winning numbers drawn on 03/07/08 and see if the number you hold is the magic one. A little more work, but you save the fee you would pay

The odds of winning most lottery prizes may be long. But when your numbers do come in, the least you should do is claim your prize, something too many people forget to do, says Mark La Voy, founder of

Some $628 million went unclaimed in 2007, and La Voy, whose free Web site started this year, says more winnings are on track to be lost in 2008.

"California is one of the worst states for people not checking their lottery tickets," La Voy says. "For some reason people in California are just too busy to check their tickets and every month hundreds of thousands of dollars go unclaimed."

La Voy knows from experience. One day his wife handed him a stack of Arizona lottery tickets. Some, which were almost a year old, were actually winners. But La Voy was too late. All lottery tickets in Arizona expire in 180 days or six months after the draw date.

"Not surprisingly, state lotteries do little to try and find the owners of unclaimed winning tickets," La Voy says.

If you played Mega Millions, Fantasy 5 or Super Lotto Plus lottery games in the last six months, you may wish to visit to check tickets. For further questions, contact:

Mark R La Voy
Phone 480 251 5481

SPRINTER Weekend Schedule Improves

The North County Transit District (NCTD) has begun its new Saturday, Sunday and Holiday service with additional SPRINTER mid-day trains. The SPRINTER light rail system, which runs on 22 miles of track between the communities of Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido, originally operated with half hour train frequencies on weekdays (Monday through Friday) and hourly trains on weekends. The new schedule expands the SPRINTER operations to run half hour trains in both east/west directions on weekends between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., approximately. Hourly SPRINTER service will continue to run before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.

“In a time when more passengers are giving up their cars to turn to public transit and budgets are tight for transit operators, we are excited to be able to use outside funding to support expansion of service,” says NCTD Board Chairman Ed Gallo. “The increased weekend service will allow more North County residents opportunities to reach entertainment and recreational destinations accessible from our 15 stations.”

The Music Man Opens Tomorrow In Escondido

Harold Hill is coming to Escondido’s Kit Carson Park Amphitheater tomorrow evening, in search of Marion, the Librarian. Meredith Wilson’s rollicking good fun musical, “The Music Man,” a look at a midwestern town and its story told in music, will be playing at Kit Carson’s Amphitheater through August 2nd, at 8pm. Tickets are $17 for adults; seniors and youth are $12. All tickets are general admission, first come, first served. You are allowed to bring food in the park.

Girls get Primer on Path to Construction Career at Trade Tech Event

Girls from all across San Diego County will light up the classrooms of North County Trade Tech High School when the school and Girls Incorporated of San Diego County host their first ever Girls in Construction workshop. The free event is open to females entering the 9th grade and will be held on Wednesday, July 23, 2008, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Trade Tech campus, 2585 Business Park Drive in Vista. To register, call 760-598-0782 or e-mail

Girls will make a wooden toolbox, tour Trade Tech’s state of the art facility with fully equipped construction labs, and interact with teachers and industry partners including women mentors in the various trades including construction management and the architectural professions.

Trade Tech CEO Doreen Quinn said that young women should not hesitate to enter the less traditional career path of construction. “Construction needs bright, educated, motivated young women. It is a thriving industry that takes a rigorous education starting in high school and going through college. Working in construction whether as an architect, designer, electrician or any other specialty also provides a stable and sustainable future; Trade Tech is geared to prepare each and every student for their best future possible.”

North County Trade Tech High School is an innovative public charter school. It provides project-driven instruction in electrical, plumbing, HVAC, carpentry, and construction management, all consistent with modern green building design and integrated with California state academic standards. Trade Tech is currently accepting 100 ninth-grade students through a publicly-held lottery, growing to 400 students across grades 9 to 12 by 2011. Trade Tech, a non-profit, is tuition-free.

More information can be found at or by calling 760-598-0782.

Blue Star Mothers Invite New Members

The local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America is reaching out to local families with loved ones serving in the military who would like to have a support system as well as a way to honor and assist their family members wherever they are stationed.

The non-political, non-profit organization sponsors and participates in many activities to support military personnel, veterans groups, and causes that directly benefit the armed forces. These activities include sending hundreds of Care packages to Afghanistan and Iraq several times a year, shipping travel-size pillows to military hospitals in Iraq along with pillow shams sewn by members, participating in the Miramar Air Show and the San Diego Veterans Day parade, holding picnics and activities for the local wounded warriors, acting as "huggers" at local deployment farewells and homecomings, and providing financial and emotional support to local military families as needed.

The Blue Star flag dates back to World War I when families proudly displayed the banner in their windows to indicate they had a family member serving in the military. The national organization began in 1942 and was chartered by Congress in 1960. The local chapter was started in 2005 and currently has over 70 members. Meetings are held the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM at the American Legion, 230 East Park Avenue, Escondido. All are welcome to attend.

For more information, please call the chapter president Kathryn Hood at (760) 594-4853 or go to





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