Carlsbad received some of the best news ever on Monday. As many of you have already learned over social media, Carlsbad Dr. Kim Lark’s dogs have been returned safely to her, and the individual accused of taking them has been arrested.
According to media reports, the FBI arrested Jon Green, who also goes by Ted Maher, at the VA hospital in San Antonio. Green is accused of stealing Lark’s three dogs on May 12. The three dogs – Storm, Felony and Zero, are nationally certified search and rescue dogs. One of the dogs recently gave birth to eight puppies. Abel Pena, a private investigator operating in San Antonio, helped find and recover the dogs. The puppies are related to the rescue dogs Lark took to the Pentagon after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Washington D.C.
Thank you to the many members of the law enforcement community who helped with this lengthy search operation, and to the numerous members of our community who simply helped by praying and getting word out. This situation appears to have a very happy conclusion.
There was a good turnout at Monday’s community forum to discuss school safety. About 75 people attended the event at P.R. Leyva and hundreds more have listened online. Thank you to Mike Currier for moderating and to our panelists – Sheriff Mark Cage, Gerry Washburn and Kevin Dillon with Carlsbad Municipal Schools, Shane Skinner, and Rick Lopez and Ken Ahrens with the City of Carlsbad. A video of the event will be posted on the school district’s web page.
The discussion was related to the Uvalde school shooting tragedy, but many of the security measures were already in place or were in the process of being put into place. School officials discussed the systems used to limit entry to their buildings. Sheriff Mark Cage discussed a plan to bring in retired law enforcement officers to provide additional security. First responders explained their entry plans at a situation such as this, both from the police and paramedic points of view. We especially thank the members of the public who sent in so many good questions. It was a good discussion, and we expect to have similar forums in the future.
There was a four-acre grass fire on Radio Boulevard Monday night. This fire threatened structures in the area, but was contained before it reached any buildings. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The cause of a structure fire on Church Street over the weekend is also still under investigation.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway