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Volume 32 Number 47

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Golfer Jamie Lovemark riding high on the comeback trail BY GIDEON RUBIN As a youth up-and-comer at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, Jamie Lovemark made fans quick. It didn’t hurt, of course, that by the time he was 12, Lovemark made the junior golf circuit look ridiculously easy. “We knew from a very young age it looked he was going to be something special and he turned out he was awfully good,” Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club Pro Emeritus Chuck Courtney said of Lovemark. “He was more or less a prodigy.” But that wasn’t the only reason he stood out. In an area that routinely turns out some of the nation’s best golfers, it was other qualities that got Ran-

Another break-in occurs at Solana Santa Fe School BY R. STICKNEY, NBC NEWS SAN DIEGO Solana Santa Fe Elementary School was targeted by thieves for the second time in three weeks. San Diego County sheriff’s deputies arrived at Solana Santa Fe School in Rancho Santa Fe around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 2. When deputies arrived at the school on El Apajo there were signs of a breakin but deputies didn’t find any suspects. They called in a K-9 unit to search the area with no results. It’s not known what was taken or the amount of the loss, deputies said. On July 11, equipment was stolen from the same school. Friday’s incident marks the fifth in a string of school burglaries in the area in five weeks. See SCHOOL, page 16

Jamie Lovemark cho Santa Fe’s extended community to take a liking to him. “He’s always minded his P’s and Q’s and he’s always behaved beautifully,” Courtney said. The former Torrey Pines High standout went on to experience collegiate stardom at USC and then burst See GOLFER, page 18

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Aug. 8, 2013

More than $5 million in artwork and jewelry stolen from Rancho Santa Fe home Sometime between 9 p.m. on June 17 and 6 a.m. on June 18, unknown suspects entered a home in Rancho Santa Fe and stole jewelry, paintings and other pieces of artwork valued in excess of $5 million, according to detectives. San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Encinitas station are asking for assistance from the public to help identify and locate the suspects wanted in connection with the burglary. There were 11 paintings from various artists, one Monet print and one Pissarro print stolen, all valued at more than $1 million, as well as four very elaborate gold, tourmaline, diamond, cabochon, citrine necklace and bracelet sets valued at approximately $100,000 per set. Also stolen were Chinese sculptures, but the majority of the artwork taken were sculptures by Andreas von Zadora Gerlof. A total of 20 pieces were stolen, valued at more than $3 million. (See photos of some items taken on page 16.) Anyone with information on this case should call the

The finale of the annual Clambake Men’s Golf Tournament was held Aug. 3 at the RSF Golf Club. The event included a tournament, awards ceremony and dinner. (Above) Sam Snead winners Ryan Flanders and Mark Grudzielanek. See more on page B1. Photos/McKenzie Images. Photos online:

Nazi hunter speaks in RSF on the continuing importance of putting Nazi war criminals on trial BY JOE TASH Efraim Zuroff, perhaps the world’s foremost Nazi hunter, said he’s often asked why he continues to vigorously pursue Nazi war criminals nearly 70 years after the end of World War II. “The passage of time in no way diminishes the guilt of the killers,” said Zuroff. “Every one of the victims deserves that an effort be made to find their killers.” Zuroff lectured about his career as a Nazi hunter and current efforts to track down elusive Nazi war criminals at a July 30 event sponsored by the Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe. The lecture and reception were held at the home of Rancho Santa Fe residents Andrew and Diana Benedek. Even though the suspects are in their late ‘80s and ‘90s and many are in poor health, Zuroff said it is still important to put them on trial for their alleged


Guest speaker Efraim Zuroff with Rabbi Levi Raskin. Photo/Jon Clark crimes, both as a means of recognizing the suffering of their victims and to counter deniers of the Holocaust, when Nazis and their collaborators in Europe systematically killed 6 million Jews, along with gypsies and political opponents. “These are the last people on Earth who deserve sympathy,” said Zuroff. “They showed no sympathy for their victims, innocent men, women and children.” Zuroff is director of the Israel office of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a global Jewish human rights organization that fights anti-Semitism and provides education about the Holocaust. See HUNTER, page 22

See BURGLARY, page 16

County suicide, prescription drug death rates up BY KAREN BILLING For the second year in a row deaths due to suicide and prescription drug overdoses were at record highs in San Diego County in 2012, according to a report released by the San Diego County Medical Examiner on July 23. The county recorded a record number of suicides, 413, and a suicide rate that rose for the sixth year in a row. The suicide rate is 13.1 per 100,000 people — the highest the county has ever recorded was in 1993 when the suicide rate was 14.5. The disturbing trend of prescription drug-related deaths also continued to rise, from 267 in 2011 to 269 in 2012. “Our office investigates every non-natural death in San Diego and, tragically, many of these deaths are preventable,” Chief Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Jonathan Lucas said in a statement. “The report reveals some of the serious issues and behaviors affecting San Diego County residents and visitors.”

Excluding alcohol, methamphetamine is still the number one cause of drug-related deaths for the population as a whole. Meth was linked to 142 deaths in 2012 and was the most common substance in accidental overdose deaths between ages 40 and 69 years old. The most common drug in accidental overdoses in people ages 20 to 29 is heroin, a drug that has maintained a yearly increase since 2007. Tom Lenox, supervisory special agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), said there is a link between prescription drugs and the increase in heroin deaths. “When people have an inability to get access to painkillers, they are turning to heroin as a substitute. We’re seeing that everywhere,” Lenox said. Lenox said when users are unable to access painkillers, they use the cheaper

See SUICIDE, page 26

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