Crime Beat

POT DEAL GONE WRONG ENDS IN SHOOTINGS IN SANTEE

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 10, 2017 (Santee) – Three youths who tried to buy marijuana in Santee wound up fleeing gunfire after they asked to inspect the cannabis before paying for it.  In response to the question, one of the two sellers punched one of the would-be pot buyers, knocking out a tooth.  The second seller pulled out a gun and fired five shots at the fleeing boys, striking his partner as well as one of the buyers, Sergeant William Amavisca with the Sheriff’s department reports.

16 DRIVERS CITED FOR DRIVER’S LICENSE VIOLATIONS IN LEMON GROVE, BUT NO DUI ARRESTS MADE AT CHECKPOINT

 

East County News Service

July 8, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – A sobriety checkpoint in Lemon Grove found no intoxicated drivers, but did lead to citations for license violations and impounding of several vehicles.  The checkpoint was initiative due to numerous DUI-related accidents and recent tragedies.

SHERIFF ASKS HELP TO FIND SUSPECT WHO ATTACKED WOMAN IN ALPINE

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 8, 2017 (Alpine) – A $1,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest of a man who violently assaulted a 63-year-old woman. The victim was walking along Harbison Canyon Road near Hunter Pass in Alpine on June 20th between 7:15 and 8:50 p.m. when the suspect attacked her from behind, pushing her into a fence and possibly striking her in the face with his hands or an unknown object.

SEARCH AND RESCUE LEADER DON PARKER FACES TOUGHEST CHALLENGE: BATTLING BRAIN CANCER

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left:  Sergeant Parker with his daughter, Sarah, sons Jonathan and Daniel, and wife, Missy.

July 5, 2017 (San Diego) – Countless families have been reunited with missing loved ones, or learned their fate, thanks to the tireless efforts of  Sheriff Search and Rescue Coordinator Don Parker.  Sergeant Parker, who retired in 2015, made a career out of helping others – and now the community is pulling together to bring financial help to Sergeant Parker, who was diagnosed in May with brain cancer.

UBER DRIVER INJURED IN DRIVE-BY SHOOTING IN SPRING VALLEY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 1, 2017 (Spring Valley ) – Two vehicles were struck in a drive-by shooting this evening near the intersection of Jamacha Road and Gillespie Drive in the La Presa area of Spring Valley, sending the driver of a white Ford Focis to the hospital, NBC 7 reports.

  Witnesses reported hearing 10 to 11 shots around 5:17 p.m.  A witness told Fox 5 that he saw the white car hit a corner and rushed to help.  “I unlocked the door and he was riddled with bullets on his right side. The right side of his passenger door was riddled with bullets,”  the witness told Fox 5, adding that he used the driver’s phone to speak with a 911 dispatcher and applied pressure to the driver’s wounds until emergency personnel arrived.

BLACK CAR FOLLOWED GIRL, 13, IN EL CAJON

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 30, 2017 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police Department warns that a 13-year-old girl walking her dog shortly before 1 p.m. today in the 400 block of Hart Drive in unincorporated El Cajon was followed by a black, four-door sedan.

The driver, described as a Hispanic male around age 25, thin with short black hair, is wanted for annoying a minor.

ARMED AND DANGEROUS HOMICIDE SUSPECT WANTED BY SHERIFF

 

East County News Service

June 30, 2017 (San Diego ) – The San Diego County Sheriff is asking all County residents to be on the looking for Pablo Duran, who goes by multiple aliases and is considered armed and dangerous.

He is wanted for suspicion of murdering his employer, contractor Robert Pierro,on June 7 in Vista.  According to a press release issued today, he fled from law enforcement and his whereabouts are unknown. There is an active felony arrest for him.

DUI CHECKPOINT IN EL CAJON NETS ZERO ARRESTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Paul Kruze



June 29, 2017 (El Cajon) – A DUI/driver’s license checkpoint in El Cajon on June 24th resulted in zero arrests.  Around 20 law enforcement personnel from El Cajon Police Department, including officers as well as five cadets and five senior volunteers, participated in the checkpoint in the 1400 block of East Washington Avenue from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

CO-AUTHOR OF LA MESA’S MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY INITIATIVE NOW FACING CRIMINAL CHARGES

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 26, 2017 (La Mesa) – Jessica McElfresh is an attorney who co-authored Measure U, the ballot measure approved by La Mesa voters to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate legally in the city.  Now she’s facing felony charges of conspiring to use flammable, volatile and toxic chemicals to extract hash oil from marijuana and sell it out of state. She is also accused of misleading investigators, helping her client hide illegal operations, and destroying evidence.

ALPINE RESIDENTS SEEK HELP TO FIND SUSPECTS CAUGHT ON TAPE PLANTING FIRECRACKER UNDER CHILD’S WINDOW

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 25, 2017 (Alpine) – The Alpine Community Network (ACN) reports that on the morning of June 21st,  an Alpine resident found a large “fireworks” placed under a tree beneath a child’s window, where it could have caused major damage, injury or a fire.

Neighbors’ surveillance cameras reveal young men in a sedan got out and planted the lit firecracker intentionally, then sped off in the vehicle with other occupants. View two videos from different angles:  https://www.facebook.com/jill.deprizio/videos/10100949687765259/ https://www.facebook.com/jill.deprizio/videos/10100949687051689/

ROBERT BRANCH, WHO VIDEOTAPED CHOKEHOLD AND FILED SUIT AGAINST SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, IS ACQUITTED ON ALL CHARGES

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 24, 2017 (San Diego) – Robert Branch, a security officer charged with criminal offenses after he filed a civil rights lawsuit against the San Diego Sheriff’s Department alleging excessive use of force has been acquitted of all charges.  Branch’s evidence included a cell phone video he took as off-duty Sheriff’s detective Paul Ward choked him into unconsciousness in Del Cerro.

Branch, who is African-American, has said Ward swerved to block him from passing on an onramp, forcing him onto the shoulder, then pursued him for 10 miles before Branch pulled off I-8 in Del Cerro, where the confrontation occurred. Ward claimed Branch passed him on I-8 and nearly struck his vehicle.

EX-LEMON GROVE MAYOR’S DAUGHTER ARRESTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Former Mayor Mary Sessoms

June 22, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – The U.S. Attorney’s office has revealed that Mary Sessoms Baker, 30, the woman charged in a fentanyl drug trafficking case, is the daughter of former Lemon Grove Mayor Mary Sessoms, the San Diego Reader reports.

Baker is accused of acting as a courier to transport narcotics in three separate trips.  Federal agents stopped her in a rented vehicle and found 15 kilograms of fentanyl, then found 30 more kilograms at her home. The Department of Justice has described the bust as one of the largest seizures of fentanyl  ever nationwide, as ECM previously reported

DEA BUSTS MAJOR FENTANYL TRAFFICKING RING IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

File photo: U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

June 20, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – One of the nation’s largest seizures of fentanyl ever, over 44 kilograms, has been announced by the U.S. Attorney’s office in San Diego.  Fentanyl is more than 50 times stronger than heroin, but has been used to boost potency of heroin or counterfeit opioid painkillers resembling oxycodone.  This has led to an “epidemic” of deaths from fentanyl-laced street drugs, according to prosecutors.

CAR BURGLARY SUSPECT SHOT BY HOMEOWNER, SETS FIRE TO PROPERTY

 

East County News Service

June 17, 2017 (Boulevard) – Anthony Saldana, 29, has been arrested after a rampage at a home in the 3400 block of Crestwood Road in Boulevard.  Fox 5 news reports that the 85-year-old homeowner spotted the suspect trying to steal his car around 4 a.m. and ordered him to leave.   

“COOKIE CLUB COLLECTIVE” POT SHOP RAIDED IN SPRING VALLEY

 

East County News Service

June 15, 2017 (Spring Valley) – The Sheriff’s SWAT team and Rancho San Diego Crime Suppression Team, along with Sheriff’s deputies, served a search warrant at the Cookie Club Collective marijuana dispensary at 8783 Troy Street in Spring Valley. The warrant was the result of numerous complaints from concerned citizens about the illegal dispensary, says Sergeant Matt Cook.

SEX OFFENDER BACK IN CUSTODY

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 14, 2017 (Santee) – Just one day after the Sheriff’s Department sent a notice alerting Santee residents of sex offender Michael Bauer’s release into the community, he was arrested again today for violating his parole terms.  The Sheriff’s Department has not provided details on the nature of the parole violation.

ADULTS REMINDED OF PENALTIES FOR GIVING ALCOHOL TO MINORS

 

While summer is a welcome break from school for most students, it can also present unforeseen risks for teenagers.

That’s because minors are more likely to drink alcohol during their summer break when parents are at work and teens often go unsupervised.

COLD CASE MURDER IN LEMON GROVE SOLVED 31 YEARS LATER WITH NEW DNA TESTING TECHNOLOGY

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 12, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – Stacy Littleton, 52, of San Diego has been arrested and charged with murder.  Littleton is accused of stabbing to death Cyrus Jefferson 31 years ago in Lemon Grove, when the victim was 20 years old and the suspect, 21.

THREE ARRESTED FOR IMPERSONATING FEDERAL AGENTS, SCAMMING IMMIGRANTS OUT OF $6 MILLION

 

 

By Jordan Damond

June 9, 2017 (San Diego) -- Three individuals, including one from East County,  were arrested July 7th for impersonating Homeland Security officers and trying to charge immigrants substantial  amounts of money in exchange for legal immigration documents that they never provided.

Two of the scam artists were ex-employees who had not worked in the Department of Homeland Security since at least 2014. They stole approximately $6,000,000 in total from over 150 victims through this scheme according to The United States Attorney’s office in San Diego.

WHY POLICE DEPARTMENTS ARE SCRAPPING CROWN VICTORIAS

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 8, 2017 (El Cajon) – For two decades, the Crown Victoria police intercept model was the iconic car used by law police departments across the nation.  So, when a reader of ours, Christina Carson, asked why El Cajon Police officer are now driving predominantly sport utility vehicles (SUVs) instead of Crown Victoria sedans, and what the differences are in gas costs, we reached out to the El Cajon Police Department to find out.

DEPUTY’S SHOT KILLED CAMPO MAN, AUTOPSY CONCLUDES

 

East County Magazine

June 9, 2017 (Campo) – Bruce Dawley, 66, a Campo resident, died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen following an altercation with law enforcement.

Deputies from the Sheriff’s Campo station responded on June 4 shortly before 11 a.m. to a home at 2516 Gladiola Drive, Campo, after a caller reporter that Dawley was suicidal and had a gun. Arriving deputies heard a single gunshot and formed a perimeter around the home. Moments later, Dawley emerged through the front door, holding a gun.

ASSEMBLY PASSES BILL TO CREATE INDEPENDENT REVIEW PROCESS FOR OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS IN CALIFORNIA

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 4, 2017 (San Diego) – A measure to create an independent review process for officer-involved shootings in California passed by state Assembly this week.  Assembly Bill 284 by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) would empower the California Attorney General’s office civil rights division to appoint a special investigator for controversial cases of concern.

GRAND JURY REPORT ON JUVENILE DETENTION FACILITIES PROPOSES CLOSURE OF CAMP BARRETT

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 4, 2017 (Campo) – A report by the San Diego County Grand Jury issued May 30th proposed consolidating juvenile detention facilities and closing Camp Barrett in a remote area of Alpine near Descanso, 35 miles from San Diego.

WOMAN STRUCK ON I-8 HAS MULTIPLE SURGERIES; HIT-AND-RUN DRIVERS STILL AT LARGE

 

CHP seeks a lifted F-250 or F-350 diesel pickup similar to one in photo that struck woman and sped off. A motor home that may have witnesses is also sought.

By Jordan Damond and Miriam Raftery

June 1, 2017 (Lakeside) – It’s a mystery how a San Diego woman wound up standing on westbound Interstate 8 just west of the Lake Jennings exit in Lakeside at 4:45 a.m. on Monday, where she was struck by two vehicles that both fled the scene.

CHP SEEKS WITNESSES TO FIND TWO HIT AND RUN DRIVERS WHO STRUCK PEDESTRIAN ON I-8 IN LAKESIDE EARLY MONDAY

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 31, 2017 (Lakeside) – California Highway Patrol’s El Cajon office is seeking witnesses to help find two drivers who fled the scene after striking and seriously injuring a 29-year-old woman who was standing in traffic lanes.

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