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Update: Violent New York fugitive, serial rapist arrested in San Diego |

SAN DIEGO — A manhunt is over after police arrested a convicted serial rapist. The San Diego Police Department arrested and booked Dale Dulac on Friday at 1:42 p.m. He’s currently being held at the San Diego Central Jail on Front Street.



According to court documents, he’s facing charges for vehicle theft and receiving stolen property.

Update: Violent New York fugitive, serial rapist arrested in San Diego San Diego Police arrested 57-year-old Dale Dulac on Friday.

Local and federal agencies searched for the violent man that was spotted in North County. At this time, police aren’t saying where they found Dulac when they arrested him.

New York State Parole has confirmed earlier this week that a violent parolee-at-large and convicted rapist from the state was spotted in San Diego. The agency confirmed that on Wednesday, Sept. 25, Dale Dulac was at a bus station in San Diego.



The 57-year-old has was seen in San Marcos.

The state parole agency said it was working with US Marshals to locate Dulac, who is a Level #3 sex offender. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department also reported that they worked with the San Diego Fugitive Task Force to locate and arrest Dulac.

Prior to Dulac’s arrest, one neighbor said Dulac was hanging out a 7-Eleven off of Melrose Drive and at nearby apartment complexes near Rancho Santa Fe Road on the border of San Marcos and Carlsbad.

“He’s kind of buff – and the bald head,” said the witness.

Source: Update: Violent New York fugitive, serial rapist arrested in San Diego |


Jake wants to do something BIG to help raise money for Rady Children’s Hospital.

Jake wants to do something BIG to help raise money for Rady Children’s Hospital.

On November 3rd, Jake will be riding his bike in a 50k event, which translates to about 32 miles with over 2,000 feet of elevation gain. Think about how long it takes just to drive 32 miles, and now imagine doing that on a bike, at 8 years old.

Why Rady Children’s Hospital? Four years ago Jake had a seizure unexpectedly in the backseat of a car while his mom was driving him to summer camp. Over the next several months his seizures continued, and doctors identified an area of abnormal activity in his brain and diagnosed him with epilepsy. With the help of the Rady’s doctors and staff, Jake was able to find a medication that has kept him seizure-free for the last four years. Now, Jake wants to help other kids, and let them know that he cares about them and so do others.

This December after his big bike ride, Jake will have the opportunity to further show his support for the children at Rady’s in person by joining Rady Children’s Light the Way Celebration, where he and other participants will shine lights up to the windows of the hospital letting young patients know that “we’re here for you and we’re thinking about you.”

Jake wants you to know that he will be working extra hard to show how much he appreciates your donation and support to achieve this lofty goal. Rady Children’s Hospital has 501c3 status and your donation is 100% tax-deductible. The donation process is fast, easy and secure. Please send this page to any friends who might be interested in donating.

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Escondido Creek Conservancy’s Outdoor Classroom Connects Students With Nature

Escondido Creek Conservancy’s Outdoor Classroom Connects Students With Nature

Imagine a world where every student, in every grade, receives a field trip in nature. In Escondido, we are well on the way to making this dream a reality. Outdoor education has astounding benefits for children, including improving health, mental wellbeing, and academic performance. Last school year, The Escondido Creek Conservancy (Conservancy) brought all 3rd grade students in the Escondido Union School District out to the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve to learn about habitats. Our partners at San Diego Zoo Global and Nature Collective brought all 4th and 5th grade students and half of 6th grade students in the district out into nature as well. This year, the collaboration has expanded to include Friends of Daley Ranch as a partner and serve all 7th grade students in Escondido. 

The Conservancy’s Habitats program involves a series of classroom lessons followed by a field trip to the Elfin Forest. Immersed in nature, students engage in STEM science while learning about local wildlife that live in and around the creek. After the trip, the children write letters to corporations and local government representatives to address the problem of litter in their community and propose solutions.

“Many of the students that come out to Elfin Forest have never been outside the urban center of Escondido,” says the Conservancy’s Education Manager, Jennifer Imm. “These field trips are an opportunity for students to experience the natural world for the first time and learn what they can do to help protect it.” Research has shown that the best way to get students to care about the environment is to let them experience nature—not just once, but multiple times. Through the larger collaboration, students in Escondido will receive at least five different outdoor education experiences and gain the training they need to become stewards of our environment.

You can help instill a passion for nature in Escondido students by volunteering to help with the Conservancy’s field trips, which take place on weekdays from 9:00am to noon. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Education Director, Simon Breen at You can also help our education programs by donating to the Eichen Education Fund. Visit for more information.


Nathan Serrato | Marketing and Volunteer Manager
(760) 703-3393

The Lost Abbey has signed a lease on the former Stoked Café

NEWS from The Lost Abbey-Some of you have heard the news. The Lost Abbey has signed a lease on the former Stoked Café space with the intention of operating a satellite tasting room and events space. As residents of Old Creek Ranch, we love the community of San Elijo and can’t believe this space has become available.

The Lost Abbey was co-founded by my husband and his partners back in 2006. For some of you, this may be the first time that you have heard of us and if so, we are excited about the chance to meet and catch up over a beer or two.

We’re a little brewery with a big reputation but we pride ourselves on being great partners both here with our locals in San Marcos as well as our neighbors to the West (Cardiff by the Sea) where we operate another satellite tasting room called “The Confessional.”
As we’re currently in the planning phases, we don’t have a ton of details to share with you. But we wanted to make sure that we opened up an avenue for communication. If you have any questions, concerns or just want to say heck yeah can’t wait for you to open, we’d love to hear from you. Maureen Callahan Arthur

Gas line break shuts down thoroughfare in San Elijo Hills; one school sending students home

Gas line break shuts down thoroughfare in San Marcos; one school sending students home

A gas line break led authorities to close a main thoroughfare near Cal State San Marcos on Wednesday morning.

There was also an unplanned power outage in the area, which ultimately led officials at Double Peak school to release students early. It was not immediately clear if the gas line break and power outage incidents were connected. READ MORE from the UT


Traffic update: Twin Oaks Valley Road now partially open. Some closures remain.

Post Date: 09/04/2019 3:23 PM

The southbound lanes of Twin Oaks Valley Road are now open. Northbound Twin Oaks Valley Road is down to one lane at S. Village Drive. Santa Barbara is closed west of Twin Oaks Valley Road. The closures are expected to last for a few additional hours. The City, San Diego Sheriff’s Office and SDG&E are working to reopen the roads as quickly as possible.

Earlier in the day, Twin Oaks Valley Road was closed from Village Drive to Double Peak School due to a main gas line break. The gas line has been secured and power is being restored to the area. For the latest information about power and gas, please contact SDG&E.

All streets are now open.
Earlier in the day, a portion of Twin Oaks Valley Road from Village Drive to Double Peak School and portions of surrounding streets were closed due to a main gas line break. The gas line has been repaired. For the latest information about power and gas, please contact SDG&E

San Marcos nonprofit sponsors nature field trips for Title 1 schools

San Marcos nonprofit sponsors nature field trips for Title 1 schools

Every school year, hundreds of students take field trips to Jack’s Pond Nature Center to learn about our local ecosystem—and the important role they play in preserving it.

This year, even more students from all types of economic backgrounds will be able to participate thanks to sponsorships from Friends of San Marcos Parks and Recreation (Friends of San Marcos).

The nonprofit group is sponsoring several field trips for Title 1 schools, where at least 40 percent of students come from low-income homes.

“I have happy childhood memories of playing at Jack’s Pond and to this day, it’s still a communitytreasure. It gives kids a chance to disconnect from their phones and reconnect with nature,” said Friends of San Marcos board member Jason Simmons. “Our goal is to expand that enrichment to more children here in San Marcos.”

The Friends of the San Marcos Parks and Recreation will help hundreds of students learn about their local ecosystem this year.

Last year, Simmons helped Friends of San Marcos pilot the sponsorship program with several Title 1 schools, including San Marcos Elementary, Knob Hill Elementary and Joli Ann Leichtag Elementary in order to send 273 students to the nature center. Significantly, that accounted for about 35 percent of all the students who took field trips there last year.

Friends of San Marcos plans to ramp-up its support this school year by sponsoring field trips for allseven Title 1 schools in San Marcos. What’s more, the Vallecitos Water District has agreed to sponsor the cost of bus transportation, meaning all the schools can now participate with zero cost.

“These sponsorships are a tremendous gift to our community,” said Kim Valdovinos, City of SanMarcos Recreation Coordinator for Youth Programs. “This program teaches students about theirsurrounding environment and instills a sense of pride for living in San Marcos. We are teachingour future leaders how to appreciate and preserve our beautiful city.”

Jack’s Pond Nature Center is located at 986 La Moree Road. For more information about the center and the field trip program, please call (760) 744-9000 or visit nature-center.

Explore the Wonders of the Watershed with The Escondido Creek Conservancy’s new hike series!

Explore the Wonders of the Watershed with The Escondido Creek Conservancy’s new hike series!

The Escondido Creek Conservancy is providing special access to its wildlife preserves for a new educational hike series called Wonders of the Watershed. Participants will wander under scenic oak canopies, walk along soothing creek water, and view breathtaking summits throughout the Escondido Creek watershed with experts on local ecology, birds of prey, and forest bathing.

The Conservancy manages over 3,100 acres of land in the Escondido Creek watershed. Many of its preserves are protected wildlife corridors and only accessible with a guide. Those joining this hike series are helping support the Conservancy’s mission to preserve, protect, and restore the Escondido Creek watershed. “We wanted to provide a way for people to see the work we do firsthand and learn why protecting natural lands is so crucial for people and wildlife,” says Hannah Walchak, the Conservancy’s Conservation Land Manager.

The Conservancy is partnering with the California Chaparral Institute, Sky Hunters, and Deer Park Monastery to provide an engaging and collaborative outdoor experience for North County residents. Participants will visit locations that are normally only traveled by Conservancy land managers and the paws and hooves of our local wildlife.

The hikes will take place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on 9/14, 10/19, 11/16, and 12/14. Participants will hear from local experts about our unique habitats and the wildlife that inhabit them, get an up close and personal experience with birds of prey, and learn about the benefits of nature on the human mind and body.

To learn more, or purchase tickets for this hike series, you can log onto Tickets for sustaining donors start at $100 for all four hikes, and early-bird tickets for the general public start at $175.


Nathan Serrato | Marketing and Volunteer Manager
(760) 703-3393

Large Dog Park at San Elijo Hills Park Undergoing Renovations

The large dog park at San Elijo Hills Park, 1105 Elfin Forest Road, will be closed until approximately August 26 for turf repairs. The closure will allow the City to provide a better environment for pooches to play by installing new sod to repair a large portion of the park’s turf, which has deteriorated and exposed dirt and rocks. The new sod must be irrigated several times per day for approximately three weeks in order to establish roots and grow strong enough to handle foot (and paw) traffic.

We appreciate your patience during the repairs and hope that you will enjoy one of San Marcos’ additional dog parks, including Hollandia Park, Montiel Park, and Sunset Park.

View a map of all San Marcos dog parks.

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