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Local News March 11th, 2010

Illegal Alien Charged With Killing Sheriff’s Deputy

Jose Pedro Lopez Jasso, 22, an illegal alient who had previously been deported, was ordered held in lieu of $750,000 bail in connection with the death early last Sunday of Sheriff's Deputy Ken Collier, 39.

Jasso is the alleged drunken driver of a vehicle headed the wrong-way on Highway 52, which triggered a pursuit that ultimately resulted in the fiery death of a San Diego County sheriff's deputy. Jasso pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, March 2nd, to manslaughter and DUI charges.

When Jasso was pulled over a mile down the road, he admitted drinking and smoking marijuana and said he thought he was on Interstate 5 near Carlsbad, the prosecutor said.

Jasso faces a maximum 11 years in prison if convicted.

Remains of Amber Dubois Found in Pala

Escondido Chief of Police Jim Maher confirmed Sunday that a combined force of Escondido Police Department, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and FBI personnel had located the remains of Amber DuBois in a remote section of Pala. Her remains were identified by dental records by the County Medical Examiner.

Initially, speculation was rampant that John Albert Gardner, who was arrested for the rape and murder of Chelsea King, may be involved in the DuBois case as well. Monday, Lieutenant Craig Carter, spokesman for the Escondido Police Department confirmed that the Amber Dubois crime scene is still being processed and John Albert Gardner III remains a focus of the investigation.

This information developed Saturday, after the Kit Carson Park draining of a pond and search by law enforcement divers found no evidence of DuBois.

Investigators located a portion of the bag that was believed to have been the bag a local youth discovered in May of 2009. Detectives have concluded that no evidence of hair was present in or around the recovered bag. No other evidence was located as a result of this two day search.

Escondido Public Works crews had worked throughout the night to drain the pond and remove the reeds so that a more through search could be conducted. Police Chief Jim Maher thanked the crew for their work as well as all participating agencies.

Brush Clearing Project at Kit Carson Park This Saturday
Designed to Deny Predators Hiding Places

As a direct result of the murders of both Chelsea King and Amber Dubois, local businessman George Weir of Weir Asphalt Paving Company saw an urgent need to trim back the brush and other shrubbery in Kit Carson Park’s trails system.

He contacted Mayor Pro Tem Dick Daniels and Daniels enthusiasically agreed. As a result some 400-500 persons are expected to gather at 9am Saturday, March 13th, at Kit Carson Park. Individuals are asked to bring gloves, long sleeved shirts and sturdy shoes. Hand tools if you wish, but no power tools. The city of Escondido will provide supervision and machines to cut the brush as well as trucks. Volunteers will assist in moving the brush to the trucks for disposal.

The Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club of Escondido and the Escondido Kiwanis Club have joined forces to provide volunteers, together with Emmanuel Faith Church and a large number of Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts.

The Kiwanis Clubs are offering an opportunity to “Be A Kiwanian for a Day” in conjunction with this turnout.

The combined goal is to make Kit Carson Park a safe place for our women and youngsters to use for hiking and jogging.

Volunteers are asked to assemble by 9am at the south end of Kit Carson Park at the Adult Softball Field. There will be signs and a canopied sign-up area.

Escondido Police Department Conducts Warrant Sweep

The Escondido Police Department conducted a warrant sweep on March 3, 2010, from 7:00 A.M until 12:00 P.M. The emphasis of the warrant operation was to arrest suspects with outstanding warrants located in the City of Escondido. This detail focused on suspects with felony and misdemeanor traffic warrants that included D.U.I as well as other traffic violations.

The following activity resulted from this warrant operation:

• 42 warrant attempts were made
• 6 warrant arrests were made and cleared 7 warrants
• 1 of the above listed warrants was for a parole violation.

Republic Leader, Assemblyman Martin Garrick Names Escondido Resident, “Woman of the Year.”

Assembly Republican Leader Martin Garrick, of Carlsbad, honored Christie Elam-Manry, of Escondido, as 2010 Woman of the Year for the 74th Assembly District.

“Christie Elam-Manry has made a difference in the lives of so many women in our community, organizing a charitable cookbook fundraising drive in her family’s stores to help victims of domestic abuse find a safe haven and heal their wounds,” said Assemblyman Garrick.

“Christie is a small business leader and church volunteer who works tirelessly to make North County a better place to live, and is the true embodiment of what it means to be Woman of the Year.”

The Woman of the Year ceremony is an annual ceremony held at the State Capitol honoring remarkable women from throughout the state for their charitable and civic contributions to the community. Elam-Manry and the other Woman of the Year honorees were recognized during a special Assembly ceremony today and were each presented with a special Assembly resolution.

Elam-Manry was recognized for the charitable fundraising drive she spearheaded on behalf of YWCA’s Becky’s House, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse. As assistant buyer, personnel manager and supervisor for her family’s 10 Gold Crown Hallmark stories in Encinitas and San Diego, she organized a company cookbook with recipes from her employees to mark their 30th Anniversary. More than 800 copies of the cookbooks were sold, with proceeds benefiting Becky’s House.

Assemblyman and Republican Leader Martin Garrick escorts
Christie Elam-Manry to receive “Woman of the Year Award.”

Veteran Returns to Vietnam with a Different Mission and a New Purpose

When San Diego-based International Relief Teams’ (IRT) Executive Director Barry La Forgia left Vietnam more than 38 years ago, he never envisioned returning in the role of humanitarian.

Today, La Forgia is in Vietnam, leading IRT’s 5th medical training team on an 18 day mission as part of “Project Healthy Baby,” a program that trains local practitioners as instructors in how to effectively treat newborns with breathing difficulties. This highly successful program had been implemented on a national scale in Latvia, Lithuania and Romania and has led to significant reductions in newborn deaths in these countries.


As a tactical transport pilot in the US Air Force, La Forgia had flown more than 100 missions in Vietnam from 1970-1971. In 2008, Project Vietnam Foundation (PVF), an Orange County nonprofit organization that has been providing assistance to Vietnam for 13 years, asked La Forgia to bring its “Project Healthy Baby” program to Vietnam. La Forgia – who was scheduled to meet with various government officials as part of the set-up process – was uncertain as to what his reaction would be or what emotions would arise once he set foot in Vietnam again.

“What I found out was that the Vietnam War was “ancient history” to them. The Vietnamese people had experienced two subsequent conflicts (Cambodia and China). Most doctors, nurses and governmental leaders that I needed to meet with were too young to remember or have any firsthand experiences concerning the “American War” and those that had been in the war, on either side, respected me as a Vietnam veteran.”

In the last 12 months, La Forgia has returned two more times and is now leading a team that includes two Kaiser Permanente physicians – neonatalogist Larry Sweet, MD, (Scripps Ranch) and pediatrician Josef Zwass, MD (Del Mar) – who participated in previous IRT medical training programs in Eastern Europe.

La Forgia is very encouraged by the enthusiasm and productivity of the Vietnamese instructors that IRT has already trained. Eight of the 14 planned regional training groups now established have conducted 49 training courses on their own and trained more than 850 Vietnamese doctors and nurses who deliver or care for newborns.

The Vietnamese national government recognized the importance of IRT’s “Project Healthy Baby” program by recently passing legislation mandating this training for all medical personnel in every obstetrical and newborn unit in the country. “It is so gratifying when a country embraces at every level -local, regional and national - a program that will save the lives of countless babies for years to come,” said La Forgia.


Susan Richie (Instructor), Naomi Murray, Kalee Cummings and David Olson. Practicing the art of Myofascial Release on "Rozy", TERI Inc.'s 35 year old Arabian gelding.

San Marcos Wranglers 4-H Club Vist TERI Inc.

On January 9, 2010, the San Marcos Wranglers 4-H Club visited TERI Incorporated, (Training Education and Research Institute). While there the Club members learned about TERI’s Therapeutic Riding Program and Myofascial Release.

The equestrian program helps children and adults with developmental and learning disabilities improve their physical skills, such as balance, and helps increase self-esteem. Myofascial release is basically physical therapy for horses. Members learned and saw how horses can feel better by using one’s hands to apply pressure between their muscles and bones. It was similar to a “horse massage.”

“Give Back” Luncheon Benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Oceanside

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Oceanside presents the 1st Annual GIVE BACK luncheon on Saturday, March 13, sponsored by Janice Koehler and the Outback Steakhouse.

Lunch is your choice of steak, chicken or salmon and a non-alcoholic beverage. Tickets are just $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Janice Koehler and her staff provide all of the food and service, which means 100% of your tax-deductible donation will benefit the children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside. Outback Steakhouse, 2845 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA., 92054 Two seating times are available: 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM. Purchase your tickets by calling Amy at 760.433.8920.

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