Crime Beat

5 TEENS TO STAND TRIAL FOR MURDER OF HOMELESS MAN IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

May 20, 2015 (Santee) -- Five teenagers must stand trial for the murder of Stephen Lee Hissom, a 55-year-old homeless man who was beaten to death in Santee on November 29th, 2014.

ACLU OF CA RELEASES SMARTPHONE APP TO HOLD LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCOUNTABLE

 

East County News Service

May 20, 2015 (San Diego)--The ACLU of California has launched Mobile Justice CA, a free smart phone app allowing Californians to automatically record and submit cell phone videos to their ACLU affiliate when they feel law enforcement officers are violating civil rights.

POLICE SEEK MAN WHO GROPED JOGGER AT UCSD

 

East County News Service

May 20, 2015 (San Diego) – An alert has been issued to students at the University of California, San Diego after a man groped a jogger near campus on Tuesday night at 10 p.m.

BORDER PATROL SEIZES $8 MILLION IN DRUGS AT OTAY CROSSING

 

East County News Service

May 19, 2015 (Otay Mesa) --U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa ports of entry seized a total of $8.1 million worth of narcotics over the weekend, including an interception of more than six tons of marijuana that was stashed in a commercial shipment of furniture and over a half million dollars of heroin.

STABBING AT IHOP IN SPRING VALLEY

 

East County News Service

May 17, 2015 (Spring Valley) – Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of a stabbing near the IHOP restaurant on Broadway in Spring Valley around 11 p.m. on Thursday, May 14th.  According to Sergeant Jeremy Sheppard, two males were fighting in the parking lot when one began stabbing the other.

PURSUIT NABS ALLEGED LAKESIDE RITE AID THIEVES

 

East County News Service

May 17, 2015 (Lakeside) – Lakeside resident Shermal Taha, 23, and Nicole Gonzales, 27 of Spokane, Washington have been arrested and booked on commercial burglary, conspiracy and felony evading of arrest.

63 ARRESTED IN GANG SWEEP

 

East County News Service

May 17, 2015 (San Diego County) – Yesterday the Sheriff’s Department conducted 71 compliance checks as part of “Operation Surge” countywide, resulting in 63 arrests on charges that included possession of controlled substances for sale, probation violations, auto theft and outstanding warrants.

WARNER SPRINGS VICTIMS IN DOUBLE MURDER-SUICIDE NAMED

 

May 12, 2015 (Warner Springs) – Sheriff’s Homicide detectives have identified the victims in a murder-suicide that occurred on May 1st at a home on Chihuahua Valley Road.  The double-murder victims are Sadie Louise Stockalper, 27, and Elena Howard-Vinnard, 54.  Both were found dead of gunshots in the upper bodies.

LA MESA POLICE DEPARTMENT YOUTH LEADERSHIP CAMP

May 11, 2015 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Police Department will be hosting its 4th Annual La Mesa Police Youth Leadership Camp from June 29-July 2, 2015. The purpose of the Youth Leadership Camp is to provide leadership training and life-enhancing skills, personal development training, academic enrichment, team building, and to teach responsibility to one’s family and community. Participants will engage in classroom instruction, discussions, and scenarios; athletic and academic challenges (team and individual); field trips to volunteer community service work; and other activities.

AWARD-WINNING YEAR FOR AZTEC FORENSICS

By Jack Haworth

May 6, 2015 (San Diego) -- For the first time in more than 40 years, the SDSU Debate Team has placed as a team in the National Forensics Association Tournament. The team of Vincent Bellinghiere, Cody Meza, and Darron DeVillez, represented Aztec Forensics at the NFA tournament at Ohio University and placed 8th in Division III, competing in literature interpretation and platform speeches.

“Hundreds of universities across the nation compete in intercollegiate individual events, and only a select number qualify to compete at the national tournament,” said Bill Snavely, director of the School of Communication. “This is a great accomplishment for only three competitors against much more well-funded programs from across the country.”

SDSU TO REVIEW POLICE TRAFFIC STOP DATA

May 6, 2015 (San Diego) -- San Diego State’s School of Public Affairs will analyze existing traffic stop data gathered and provided by the San Diego Police Department for 2014 in an effort to understand the relationship between race, age, and gender on the likelihood and outcome of being subject to a traffic stop. The research project is the first of its kind to include interviews with stakeholders, members of the community, and members of the police force.

$1.5 MILLION SETTLEMENT FOR SDPD SEX ABUSE CASES

 

East County News Service

April 29, 2015 (San Diego) – San Diego’s City Council on Tuesday approved a $1.5 million settlement in payouts to women who sued the city over sexual misconduct and abuse charges involving San Diego Police officers.

AMBER ALERTS PROVE EFFECTIVE, SAVING CHILDREN'S LIVES

 

East County News Service

April 27, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Amber Alerts have been activated 240 times in California in the past 13 years, alerting people statewide about 298 missing children.  The system has been extremely effective, since 290 of those children – all but 8 – have been found safely—better than a 90 percent success rate. Four are still missing, and four were killed, UT San Diego reports. The system has worked eight times to recover kidnapped children right here in San Diego County.

4 ARRESTED ON DUI CHARGES AT CHECKPOINT IN SANTEE

 

April 26, 2015 (Santee) – Sheriff’s deputies set up a checkpoint in the 8700 block of Mast Boulevard in Santee Saturday night to check for drivers under the influence of alcohol.

EXTENSION CORD LEADS DEPUTY TO POT GROW

 

East County News Service

April 24, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Sheriff’s Deputy Manning was patrolling Harbison Canyon Road in the unincorporated area of El Cajon  on Wednesday when he spotted a long extension cord.  Following the cord, he found a large greenhouse filled with marijuana plants and more pot plants growing next to an RV.

HIGH COURT: TRAFFIC STOPS CAN'T BE DELAYED FOR DRUG DOG SEARCH

 

East County News Service

Photo by Michael Pereckas

April 22, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – A divided Supreme Court has ruled that police cannot detain a motorist pulled over for a traffic stop any longer than required to issue a ticket or warning for the driving infraction.  An officer cannot delay a motorist to allow for inspection of the vehicle, such as by a drug-sniffing dog when the cause for the stop was a traffic violation.

NAVY OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO SELLING CLASSIFIED SHIP SCHEDULES AS BRIBERY PROBE WIDENS

 

Source: U.S. Attorney’s office

April 18, 2015 (San Diego)--U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Todd Dale Malaki has pled guilty to bribery charges in federal court admitting that he accepted cash, hotel expenses and  services of a prostitute in return for providing classified U.S. Navy ship schedules and other internal Navy information to  defense contracting executive.

MAN IN SKIRT FLASHES CUSTOMERS AND WORKERS IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

April 18, 2015 (Santee) –A man wearing a skirt entered several Santee businesses last Wednesday,  then lifted his skirt to show his underwear to women present.  One hairdresser at Hair It Is Etc. told 10 News the man seemed “mental” and was asked to leave.

D.A. DUMANIS BACKS BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON SCHOOL THREATS

 

East County News Service

April 17, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has announced her support for a measure to make it a specific crime to threaten a shooting on any school campus, public or private. It would also make a person convicted of such threats responsible for the reasonable costs of emergency responses by public agencies.

SOLDIERS AT EL CAJON ARMORY ARRESTED ON WEAPONS SALE CHARGES

East County News Service

April 16, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Two Army National Guard soldiers from East County were arrested Wednesday and charged with selling weaponry including assault rifles, ammunition and body armor to undercover agents who posed as Mexican drug cartel members.

WEBER BILLS ADDRESS POLICE SHOOTINGS AND RACIAL PROFILING

 

April 15,2015 (San Diego)--Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a San Diego Democrat and African-American, has introduced two bills aimed at stopping  racial profiling and bringing accountability to shootings by police.  The measures are sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU.

SHERIFF ADDS HELICOPTER TO GROWING FLEET

 

By Chris Jennewein

Reposted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo: The San Diego Sheriff’s new Bell 407GX patrol helicopter

April 12, 2015 (San Diego)--San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore and other county officials unveiled a new $4.8 million patrol helicopter, bringing the agency’s fleet to eight with a ninth on the way later this year.

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