Crime Beat

ROBERT BRANCH TRIAL STARTS MONDAY: MOTORIST SUED SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT OVER BEING CHOKED UNCONSCIOUS IN DEL CERRO

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Still shot from video taken on Branch’s cell phone

January 22, 2017 (San Diego) – The trial of Robert Branch, an African-American motorist choked unconscious by a white Sheriff’s deputy in Del Cerro in May 2015, begins Monday.  Branch was charged initially with resisting arrest, but after he filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Sheriff’s department alleging inappropriate use of force, additional felony charges of reckless driving and use of deadly force against an officer were filed against Branch.  Branch captured a portion of the altercation on a disturbing video

HUNDREDS ARRESTED ON OTAY MOUNTAIN DURING BORDER PATROL ENFORCEMENT OPERATION

 

East County News Service

January 18, 2017 (San Diego) — In mid-October, the Border Patrol launched Task Force Otay, focused on targeting criminal organizations that exploit the vast network of human smuggling routes on Otay Mountain. Since the onset of Task Force Otay on October 16, Border Patrol agents arrested more than 1,000 people who illegally entered the U.S. on Otay Mountain. 

DISTRICT ATTORNEY BONNIE DUMANIS ANNOUNCES SHE WON’T SEEK REELECTION

 

Photo:  Bonnie Dumanis, after winning reelection in 2014

By Miriam Raftery

January 17, 2017 (San Diego) — Bonnie Dumanis has served as San Diego’s District Attorney for the past 14 years.  Today, she announced that she will not seek reelection in 2018, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS HIT BY DEBIT, CREDIT CARD SKIMMING SCAMS AT CONVENIENCE STORES

 

By Miriam Raftery; Thea Skinner contributed to this report

January 12, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Numerous local residents say that after using their debit cards inside a Circle K store in La Mesa, thieves attempted to withdraw money from their bank accounts.  Similar scams have been used recently at other local gas stations and convenience stores. 

SHERIFF HOSTS COFFEE WITH COMMUNITY JAN. 25 IN LEMON GROVE

 

Source: San Diego Sheriff

January 12, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Sheriff's Substation is holding a Coffee with the Community on Wednesday, January 25th from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Lemon Grove Community Center, Lemon Grove Community Center, at 3146 School Lane in Lemon Grove.

MOTORCYCLIST INJURES CHP OFFICER, FLEES SCENE

 

East County News Service

January 11, 2017 (Santee) – A California Highway Patrol Officer was injured today after stopping to investigate a collision on I-15 south at the junction with State Route 52.   The officer was outside his patrol car and put his hand out to stop a motorcyclist who was passing on the shoulder, but the motorcyclist accelerated and struck the officer. 

DUMANIS FINDS FOUR MORE FATAL SHOOTINGS BY OFFICERS WERE JUSTIFIED

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 10, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – In addition to exonerating an El Cajon Police officer who fatally shot Alfred Olango in a case that drew national publicity, San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis today announced that her office will not file charges in four other officer-involved fatal shootings.

D.A. EXONERATES EL CAJON POLICE OFFICER WHO SHOT OLANGO; CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER AND FAMILY VOICE OUTRAGE

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 10, 2017 (El Cajon) – San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis today announced that her office has exonerated El Cajon Police Officer Richard Gonsalves and will not file charges over the shooting of Alfred Olango.

HUSBAND OF DEAD JAMUL WOMAN WAS ACQUITTED OF DOUBLE-MURDER IN PAST

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 10, 2017 (Jamul) – Winnie Perry Whitby, the husband of Melissa Whitby, whose dead body was found with upper body trauma on a trail near their Jamul home on Saturday, has previously been charged with murdering two men in Maryland over two decades ago, but was acquitted by a jury.

BODY FOUND IN JAMUL IDENTIFIED AS MELISSA WHITBY: DEATH WAS HOMICIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 9, 2017 (Jamul) — The County Medical Examiner has identified a body found in Jamul on Saturday as Melissa Whitby, a Jamul resident.  She was reported missing December 31st by her husband, Winnie Whitby.   There was upper body trauma and cause of death has been determined to be a homicide.

AUTHORITIES SEEK OWNERS OF CREDIT CARDS, MAIL, GIFT CARDS AND OTHER SUSPECTED STOLEN ITEMS FOUND IN RECOVERED U-HAUL TRUCK IN ALPINE

 

East County News Service

January 8, 2017 (Alpine) – Authorities recovered a stolen U-Haul truck on Friday, filled with other stolen property.

An Alpine Sheriff’s deputy was patrolling the lot of a local casino and spotted the stolen U-Haul truck.  With help from casino security, the deputy located the truck’s two occupants, Kimberly White, 47, and Salomon Saenz, 60. 

WOMAN’S BODY FOUND BY HIKER IN JAMUL

 

East County News Service

January 8, 2017 (Jamul) — A $1,000 reward is offered for help to solve the case of an unidentified woman found dead yesterday in the 15800 block of Skyline Truck Trail in Jamul.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail and Rancho San Diego station are investigating the death as a possible homicide due to apparent trauma to the victim’s upper body.  She is estimated to be in her 40s or 50s.

RUNNING PUTS PROBATION YOUTH ON POSITIVE PATH

 

A running program is giving some youth in detention not only a physical outlet for stress but also meditative time to refocus and readjust attitudes that landed them in trouble. It’s turned into both a goal and an accomplishment they never thought they could attain – and an important component of their efforts to get their lives on the right track.

HIT AND RUN DRIVER SOUGHT IN PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN SPRING VALLEY IN EARLY HOURS OF NEW YEAR

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 3, 2017 (Spring Valley) -- California Highway Patrol seeks public help to identify motorist who struck and killed a pedestrian on eastbound  State Route 94 just east of Kenwood Drive  in Spring Valley around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 1st, then fled the scene.

EL CAJON POLICE OFFICER SHOOTS KNIFE-WIELDING SUSPECT

 

East County News Service

January 2, 2017 (El Cajon) – A man wielding a knife was shot last night shortly after 9 p.m. by an El Cajon Police officer and is being treated at a local trauma center for the gunshot injury. According to Lieutenant Randy Soulard with ECPD’s special enforcement division, the officer was wearing a body camera and footage has been retained as evidence.

ID THIEF SOUGHT: DEBIT CARD LOST IN SANTEE USED TO CHARGE GOODS IN POWAY, CARMEL MOUNTAIN AND SANTEE

 

Source:  San Diego Sheriff

December 27, 2016 (Santee) -- Do you recognize the man in this surveillance video? https://vimeo.com/197224069. He is wanted on suspicion of using a lost debit card and going on a shopping spree, according to the Sheriff’s department.

SUSPECT INJURES OFFICER WITH VEHICLE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 23, 2016 (El Cajon) — An El Cajon Police offered suffered a minor injury after he was struck by the door of a vehicle driven by a fleeing suspect.

Last night at 8:06 p.m., officers responded to a report of a person sleeping behind the wheel of a vehicle in a strip mall parking lot in the 100 block of North Second Street. 

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, EL CAJON POLICE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR DRUNK DRIVERS

 

Drive sober or get pulled over

East County News Service

December 23, 2016 (El Cajon) -- This holiday season, El Cajon Police will be out looking for drunk & drugged drivers as part of a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization.

SPEED UP DEATH PENALTY CASES? NOT SO FAST, CALIF. HIGH COURT RULES

 

East County News Service

December 20, 2016 (San Francisco) — California’s Supreme Court has temporarily blocked implementation of Proposition 66, a measure approved by voters in November that would speed up death penalty cases.  The high court issued the stay to allow time to hear arguments in a lawsuit filed by opponents of the measure.

SECRET SANTAS ASK SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES TO SPREAD HOLIDAY CHEER

 

Source: San Diego County Sheriff's Department

December 17, 2016 (San Diego) - Three generous community members (Secret Santas) enlisted the help of Sheriff's Deputies today to surprise dozens of families with cash and gift cards.  People's reactions were one of pure joy.   

MAN ARRESTED FOR OCTOBER SHOOTING IN SPRING VALLEY: INVESTIGATORS SEEK WITNESSES

 

East County News Service

December 15, 2016 (Spring Valley) – Jesus Perez, 26, was arrested yesterday afternoon by Sheriff’s detectives for attempted murder. The arrest stems from a shooting which occurred in the early morning hours of October 30th in the 800 block of Broadview Street in Spring Valley.

SUSPECTED SERIAL THIEF ARRESTED AFTER HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 15, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – A man suspected of stealing mail in Lakeside led Sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase in Alpine this morning and was caught with a pickup truck full of other stolen items ranging from weapons to electronics. He is suspected of thefts in neighborhoods across our region.

CHP SEEKS IDENTITY OF PEDESTRIAN STRUCK ON I-15 NEAR FRIARS ROAD SATURDAY NIGHT; MAN IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION

 

East County News Service

December 13, 2016 (San Diego) — California Highway Patrol seeks public help to identify a pedestrian struck at 11:17 p.m. Saturday night while walking in lanes of Interstate northbound, south of Friars Road.  The victim suffered major head and chest trauma after being struck by a maroon Subaru station wagon.

ALPINE MOM, 21, ARRESTED IN RELATION TO TOT’S DEATH

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 12, 2016 (Alpine) -- The Sheriff’s department today announced a second arrest related to the death of 18-month-old Leah Brown-Meza. Lilly Brown, 21, the tot’s mother, will be charged with three counts of willful cruelty to a child with great bodily injury and/or death, said Sheriff’s Homicide Lieutenant Kenneth Nelson.

NEW PARK OPENS IN SANTEE HONORING DEPUTY KILLED IN LINE OF DUTY

 

East County News Service

December 11, 2016 (Santee) – The City of Santee held a grand opening Saturday for Deputy Ken Collier Neighborhood Park, located at 9170 Via de Cristina, just east of Fanita Drive and north of Prospect Avenue.  The new park is named in memory of Deputy Collier, who was killed in the line of duty in 2010 while trying to stop a drunk driver who was traveling the wrong-way on Highway 52.

MOTHER’S BOYFRIEND ARRESTED FOR MURDER OF ALPINE TOT

 

East County News Service

December 9, 2016 (Alpine) -- Detectives with the Sheriff's Homicide Detail and the Fugitive Task Force have arrested Alpine resident Wiliey Foster in connection with the death of 18 month-old Leah Brown-Meza. Foster is the live-in boyfriend of the baby’s mother.

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