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January 2, 2020

Ebenezer Scrooge was the antagonist in The Christmas Carol, a story about the relationships that we foster or destroy and about punishment or redemption. Scrooge's business partner came back as a ghost to warn Scrooge of his fate should he not change his ways. Scrooge was a miserly old man that pushed everyone who ever loved him away from him. If he didn't change his ways, his path was clear.

In the City of Santa Ramona Valley we have our own Ebenezer Scrooge.  Max Mactavish, by all accounts, should be the antagonist in our story.  A man who spent over twenty-five years in a super max prison for attempting to blow up his former precinct where he was a Police Lieutenant. His actions left his daughter, Alexia Rousseau, to be raised in a broken foster care system in Louisiana. He then kidnapped his grandchildren, putting his daughter and her husband through an emotional roller coaster of fear and worry.

One might believe that is the end of the story, especially since Mr. Mactavish admi...

December 14, 2019

With the holidays coming up and the inevitable extra pounds we'll all pack on because of sugar cookies, drinks, and extra helpings of turkey, ham or standing rib roast the Santa Ramona Hospital and Hard Rock gym are coming to our rescue.

Santa Ramona General Hospital in partnership with Hard Rock Gym is doing a community outreach program to promote physical fitness and health. The idea is to have events at least once a month where people come together for different physical activities. Dr. Cris Chastain of SRGH spoke to me about this program.   "We've already had Yoga on the beach.  I'd like to do it outdoors as much as possible, weather permitting.  But we have some other classes planned... Boot Camp style calisthenics, Tai Chi... just fun things that are relatively low impact that will help build strength and flexibility.."

The events are meant to be social events where you can meet others while also promoting a healthier lifestyle. Dr. Chastain explained that exercising...

November 27, 2019

Recently, the Rousseau family lived through a trauma that most parents dread and pray never to experience.  A member of their family abducted three of their children. The children were rescued and returned to their parents but how is the family now that the trauma is over?

I was invited into the Rousseau's home to discuss this very topic.  Upon entering their modern two story home I was struck by how it is a classic family home. Pictures hang in the hallway, toys are scattered on the floor and other surfaces, mementos of life back in Louisiana are prominently displayed.

The Rousseau family are well known members of the community. Dimitri "Trey" Rousseau is the Chief of the Fire Department, the City Manager, and a member of the City Council.  He and his wife, Alexia, have both ran for mayor. This city is their home, the place where they are raising their children and where they have a very successful business. They both work at the Rousseau Construction Company and Dimitri is quick to poi...

November 25, 2019

The November City Council meeting was well attended which wasn't a surprise given the proposals that were being considered. The meeting was two hours long and was live streamed on the Chronicles website and Facebook page. For those that don't have time to watch a two hour video here is a recap of the meeting.

The meeting started with Mayor Villanova's multi pronged proposal to prevent gun violence.

Section one of her proposal was a reward program for tips leading to arrests of people carrying illegal weapons.  This was the least contentious of the proposals. There didn't seem to be any issues with this part of the proposal.

Section two of the proposal is meant to stop giving plea deals for crimes involving illegal weapons.  There was a great debate if there were actually any charges brought to court for illegal weapons.  Doctor Stone summed it up her questions with these words, " Because I'm not seeing charges for illegal guns here, so how are you saying plea deals are being offered for,...

November 23, 2019

The following is a press release submitted by the SRSD. Given the unrest in the city regarding the new gun proposals, the Chronicle wonders if this incident is a result of that. Stay tuned to Santa Ramona Chronicle for more information.

Press Release: 

Today the Santa Ramona Sheriff's Department intercepted a suspicious piece of mail with a white powder. In an abundance of caution, and working with Santa Ramona Fire Department, Santa Ramona General Hospital, the CDC and the Offices of the Governor and Mayor, we have put City Hall on lock down. A full investigation is underway and the substance is being tested to determine its composition.

SRSD believes this is an isolated incident, however we ask the community to exercise caution when opening mail.  Report any suspicious packages or mail to the SRSD immediately.  

November 21, 2019

The following are the proposals submitted for the City Council meeting scheduled on Saturday, November 23rd at 5:00 p.m. SLT. If you have questions or comments please send to City Hall before the start of the meeting. (Madison Munro) 

Proposal 1:  Gun Violence Reduction

Presented Jointly by

Under Sheriff Azariah Brentt
Mayor Chiara Villanova


Gun violence brings devastating injuries and loss of life, a heavy burden on community quality of life, and heavy costs to the justice system. The most common forms of gun violence—involving gang members, violent conflicts, and other forms of violent crime—occur in this city weekly and the Sheriffs department is relied upon, to place their personnel in increasingly dangerous situations in order to mitigate the risks to the public. That being said the increase in Gun violence is something that effects us all. SRSD is dedicated to reducing gun crime in SRV without infringing on the rights of law abiding citizens and their ability to have and c...

November 21, 2019

Crime and Gun Proposals are shaping up to be the theme for this November's City Council meeting. The most significant proposal is in regards to taking away guns from citizens deemed a significant threat before they have been convicted.

There are citizens in the city that are not very happy with these Red Flag laws being introduced in Santa Ramona. City Hall Protector, a man who is often found lingering outside city hall, has been handing out fliers. The Flier states, " Do not be lulled into a false sense of security by the placations of law enforcement. Do not believe that 'Your best interests' are their guiding star. Do not allow them to take your god-given rights away from you without a fight. Speak to your city council representatives about opposing Chiara Villanova's proposed 'Red flag' laws." 

The mayor emailed a response to our request for comment. According to Mayor Villanova, "There is a gun violence reduction proposal before the committee. It is a multi prong approach to reducin...

November 19, 2019

Crime Watch

October 30th a doctor was assaulted in front of SRGH.  A suspect was tazzed and  a man was arrested on charges of giving a false ID and battering a law enforcement officer.

November 2nd there was a fire set in the cornfields of McCreedy Farm.  The fire was set during a vigil for the Rousseau children who had been kidnapped by Max Mactavish. Minor injuries were reported, however a body was found in Farmer McCreedy's home.  The death has been deemed a homicide and the fire has been deemed arson by the Fire Department. If you have information you're asked to contact SRSD.

November 4th there was a car crash on Pacific involving a Sheriff Department cruiser.  Bystanders had assumed a deputy had lost control and crashed the vehicle during a high speed chase. Others speculated if drugs or alcohol were involved. 

The Fire and Sheriff's Department were on scene working together to save the driver of the car.  Bystanders were significantly impressed by how well the two dep...

October 31, 2019

An Amber alert has been issued for Orson, Remy and Avery Rousseau. The children, pictured above, are aged 10, 7, and 8 respectively. Santa Ramona Sheriff's Department believes the children were abducted by Max Mactavish, the children's grandfather.

Max Mactavish, shown below, is a 55 year old male Caucasian, blue eyes, gray hair, beard and mustache.

If you have information about the abduction or you see Mactavish or the children call the Santa Ramona Sheriff's Department immediately. 

Stay tuned to the Chronicle for more information about this evolving story. 

October 31, 2019

More information has come to light about escaped prisoner Jacob DeLucca. DeLucca was a Sergeant with the United States Army. He served as a mechanic with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. This is where court records indicate he first met and became fixated on Army Chief Warrant Officer third class, Sarina Jade.

Records show that when Jade was grounded from flying, she transferred to the CID. Months later, Sergeant DeLucca followed.  He worked in the CID transportation unit. The psychologist that took the stand said that DeLucca fixated on Jade because she did not fall under his charms.  As the psychologist put it, "When a psychopath is used to people falling for his charms it can be a blow to the ego that would become a personal challenge to rectify. It became a personal mission to show who was superior."

That's when CID Agents believe he killed the first woman, Marion Sanchez. He left her body hanging in a tree on the route that S...

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