Crime Beat

BORDER PATROL OFFICERS SEIZE $1.4 MILLION IN DRUGS, CAPTURE 14 FUGITIVES

 

Source: Border Patrol

May 31, 2017 (San Diego) – Over the holiday weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the ports of entry along the California border with Mexico intercepted almost 270 pounds of narcotics, valued at over $1.4 million. A total of 14 fugitives with outstanding felony warrants were also captured, including a suspect wanted for homicide.

SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN STABBING AT EL CAJON MCDONALD’S PARKING LOT

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 26, 2017 (El Cajon) – Deputies are seeking a black pickup truck and its occupants involved in an altercation that ended with another motorist stabbed in the neck in the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant at 13574 Camino Canada in unincorporated El Cajon around 6 a.m. this morning.

STEELE CANYON STUDENT ARRESTED FOR SOCIAL MEDIA THREAT

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 26, 2017 (Spring Valley) -- Sheriff's deputies arrested a 14-year-old Steele Canyon High School student last night who threatened another Steele Canyon student via social media. The student posted a picture on Snap Chat of himself carrying what appeared to be a handgun and told the victim not to show up today for school at the campus in Spring Valley.

DRONE REVEALS HAZARDS AT POT SHOP IN EL CAJON

 

By: Jordan Damond and Miriam Raftery

May 25, 2017 (El Cajon) –  Andre Zeehandelaar told El Cajon’s City Council at Wednesday’s meeting that he has evidence of dangerous conditions at an illegal marijuana dispensary obtained through drone footage. 

Zeehandelaar stated he was a licensed pilot. The FAA website confirms his license here:  https://amsrvs.registry.faa.gov/airmeninquiry/Main.aspx

After hearing noise from a generator Friday night at 1308 Bradway,  Zeehandelaar says he flew a drone overhead that revealed an estimated 25 gallons of gasoline on the roof. “That makes me afraid,” he said, citing risk of an explosion and fire.

BURGLARY SUSPECT DIES AFTER BEING TASERED BY DEPUTIES IN LEMON GROVE

 

 

Update May 23, 2017 -- The deceased has been identified as Lemon Grove resident Mark Roshawn Adkins, 54.

 

Update: CBS 8 has obtained video of the altercation,  taken by a neighbor. View video here 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

May 20, 2017 (Lemon Grove) — Sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating the death of an African American man, 54, who died after an altercation with deputies from the Lemon Grove substation in which multiple tasers were fired.

CRIMINAL ARSON PROBE LAUNCHED INTO GATE FIRE

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Cynthia Wharton, taken yesterday from Otay Lakes Road just before it was shut down.

May 21, 2017 – A criminal arson investigation has been launched into the cause of the Gate Fire, which has charred 2,056 acres and is now 70% contained.

Captain Isaac Sanchez with Cal Fire told ECM news partner 10 News that a video shot by a target shooter and posted on social media shows a group of people starting the fire. The video may be this one posted by a user named Vandalsworld on Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/p/BUVtlvSBN0r/?hl=en.   The poster claims the people started the fire, but it is unclear whether the fire was started by shooting or some other way. After the fire started, the people could be seen walking away from the scene.

Earlier, some neighbors had blamed the fire on shooters at a target range near where the fire began, in an area where shooting is believed to have started several prior brush fires. But now a shooter may have captured evidence to catch possible arsonists or careless individuals whose actions ignited the Gate Fire.

Firefighters continue to make progress towards full containment, Cal Fire reports.  State Route 94 has been reopened, as well as Otay Lakes Road.  Please drive with caution, however, in this area.

SHERIFF HOSTS COFFEE WITH COMMUNITY IN LEMON GROVE JUNE 13 AND RANCHO SAN DIEGO JUNE 20

 

East County News Service

May 20, 2017 (Lemon Grove and Rancho San Diego) -- Community outreach is a priority of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.  “Members of the community should feel comfortable bringing problems related to safety and security to our staff,” a press release states.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: DAVE MYERS, COMMANDER RUNNING FOR SHERIFF

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 20, 2017 (San Diego) -- Dave Myers wants to be the new Sheriff in town.  He says he’s running to restore accountability, transparency, and community trust to policing.  He’s worked in law enforcement for 32 years and is currently a Commander with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

A native of San Diego, he’s always had a “passion for law enforcement” and to “treat everyone who’s calling for help as if my mother was calling for help.”

Recently, East County Magazine sat down with Myers for an in-depth interview on our show on KNSJ radio. Hear the full broadcast by clicking the audio link above, and view highlights below.

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MAN ARRESTED FOR TRYING TO KILL SISTER’S BOYFRIEND IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

May 19, 2017 (El Cajon) – Joseph Bollacker, 25, of El Cajon has been arrested and charged with attempted homicide after shooting his girlfriend’s brother last night in El Cajon.

El Cajon Police received numerous calls of a shooting at an apartment at 633 South Johnson Avenue around 7:22 p.m. last night.  The victim was at the apartment shared by his girlfriend and her brother, Bollacker, when he was attacked by Bollacker, said Lieutenant Jason Taub.

REPORT: JUVENILE JUSTICE FEES FORCING SOME CA FAMILIES INTO BANKRUPTCY

 

By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service

May 18, 2017 (Berkeley, Calif.) - A new report finds that some California families are losing their homes and being driven into bankruptcy by the fees counties charge when kids get arrested - fees that nonetheless generate little to no profit for taxpayers.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER NEAR VIEJAS RESERVATION

 

East County News Service

May 17, 2017 (Alpine) -- Detectives from the Sheriff's Homicide Detail and the Alpine Sheriff's Station are investigating the apparent murder of a 42-year-old man in Alpine.

Last night at approximately 6:35 pm, the Sheriff's Communications Center received a call of a suicidal man at 31 Viejas Grade in Alpine. Deputies from the Sheriff's Alpine Station responded to the area and found the man unresponsive and suffering from a gunshot wound. Paramedics began life saving measures but the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

CHASE FROM LEMON GROVE TO SAN DIEGO LEADS TO COLLISION INVOLVING DEPUTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 17, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Pursuit of Marvin Peeples, a suspect reportedly violating a restraining order in Lemon Grove yesterday, led to a deputy’s vehicle became involved in a collision in San Diego before the suspect was ultimately arrested.

SEARCH FAILS TO FIND SUSPECT INVOLVED IN STABBING AT FLETCHER HILLS SHOPPING CENTER

 

East County News Service

May 17, 2017 (San Diego) – A fight that broke out in the parking lot of the Vons shopping center in the 2800 block of Navajo Road yesterday afternoon resulted in the stabbing of one man, who was taken to a trauma center for treatment of his wounds, Patch.com reports.

UPDATES ON BARONA SHOOTING

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: ECM news partner 10 News

May 16, 2017 (Lakeside) – Names of the deputies involved in the fatal shooting May 10th on the Barona Reservation in Lakeside have been released by the Sheriff’s Department.  Deputy Matthew Addenbrooke fired a shotgun, Deputy Patrick Farber fired a patrol rifle, and deputies David Williams and Aaron Brooke each fired less-lethal shotguns.

CALLS FOR PRAYERS, JUSTICE FOR ROBERT BRANCH AS TRIAL SET TO COMMENCE

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 13, 2017 (Del Cerro) – The National Action Network has announced that a call for “prayer and justice” will be held Monday evening for Robert Branch, an African-American man set to start trial for felony assault on a Sheriff’s deputy who choked him unconscious in Del Cerro back in May 2015.

SUSPECT SHOT DEAD BY OFFICER, 3 INJURED AFTER PURSUIT IN LAKESIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy of ECM news partner 10 News

May 11, 2017 (Lakeside) – Two deputies fired shots at a fleeing suspect yesterday at the intersection of Wildcat Canyon Road and Ketuull Uunyaa Way on the Barona reservation in Lakeside, killing the suspect driver at the scene and injuring two people in another vehicle as well as a deputy, according to Lieutenant Greg Rylaarsdam at the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

HERE’S THE DOPE: DEA PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY BRINGS IN 5.5 TONS OF DRUGS LOCALLY

 

East County News Service

May 10, 2017 (San Diego) --  he final tally is in from the 13th National Prescription Take-Back Day this past Saturday, April 29, 2017.  DEA and its partners took back prescription drugs at 40 locations in San Diego County and four locations in Imperial County.   Over the course of four hours, 10,914 pounds or almost 5.5 tons of drugs were turned into the locations in both counties.  San Diego Citizens turned in 10,443 pounds and Imperial County citizens turned in 471 pounds of prescription drugs.

WOMAN WITH TODDLER WANTED FOR ID THEFT IN SANTEE

 

Source: San Diego Sheriff

May 9, 2017 (Santee) -- Investigators with the Santee Sheriff's Station want your help in identifying and locating an identity theft suspect in the East County.



On April 1st, a woman used a stolen credit card number to buy groceries at a Walmart store. She used the Walmart phone app to place the order and picked up the items at the Walmart store located along Town Center Parkway in Santee.

DRIVERS INJURED IN HEAD-ON CRASH IN LAKESIDE

 

Source:  City News Service

May 8, 2017 (Lakeside) - A head-on collision on a rain-slick roadway near Lakeside left both drivers severely injured and one facing felony DUI charges, authorities said Monday.

The 29-year-old driver of a Chevy S-10 pickup truck drifted into oncoming traffic on Highway 8 Business and crashed into a Hyundai Accent near Los Coches Road at 11:06 p.m. Sunday, according to Officer M. Bennett of the California Highway Patrol.

NINE ARRESTED IN EAST COUNTY WARRANT SWEEP

 

East County News Service

May 6, 2017 (La Mesa/Lemon Grove/Rancho San Diego) - The Sheriff's Court Services Bureau Field Unit arrested nine people with outstanding arrest warrants in a sweep on Saturday morning, Sheriff's officials said.  The sweep is part of a law enforcement spread across San Diego's East County.

SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES TONI ATKINS' BILL TO HELP CONVICT SEX TRAFFICKERS

 

East County News Service

May 5, 2017 (Sacramento) - The California Senate this week passed Senate Bill 230, legislation by Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) that will help prosecutors convict predators who traffic in sex slavery. The bill passed by a vote of 36-0.

DA FINDS OFFICERS JUSTIFIED IN SHOOTING OF DANNY BALDWIN

 

East County News Service

May 5, 2017 (El Cajon) - San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis today released video of five San Diego County shootings involving officers and civilians, including a video of the shooting death of Danny Martin Baldwin, an El Cajon man who was killed by an officer on New Year's Day.

QUESTIONS REMAIN ABOUT POSSIBLE RACIAL TARGETING IN MASS SHOOTING

 

 

By Chris Jennewein

Reprinted from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Emergency vehicles outside the La Jolla Crossroads apartments on Sunday. Photo by Chris Jennewein

May 3, 2017 (San Diego) -- City Councilmember Barbara Bry and the chair of the San Diego Democratic Party questioned Wednesday whether the University City shooter was racially targeting his victims on Sunday.

SHOOTING OUTSIDE JOLT N JOE’S BAR IN LA MESA INJURES GUARD, DAMAGES VEHICLES

 

Police seek leads on suspect, described as bald Hispanic man in white polo shirt

By Miriam Raftery

April 30, 2017 (La Mesa) – A security guard was injured by a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his thigh at 1:35 a.m. outside Jolt N Joe’s Bar.  Several vehicles parked outside were also struck.

SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT

 

East County News Service

April 29, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Simone Bahou, 52, was arrested April 27th after fleeing from Sheriff’s deputies.

According to Sergeant M. Hettinger, a Sheriff’s deputy responded to a call reporting a suspicious person drinking alcohol in his vehicle behind the CVS store at 3749 Avocado Boulevard in unincorporated La Mesa. Upon arrival, the suspect, (later identified as Bahou, started his vehicle and slowly drove past the deputy as he approached on foot.

PAROLEE CAPTURED AFTER SEARCH ON SANTA YSABEL RESERVATION; DEPUTY INJURED IN VEHICLE ROLLOVER DURING PURSUIT

 

By Miriam Raftery

File photo: ASTREA helicopter

April 27, 2017 (Santa Ysabel) – Patrick Clay, a parolee with a felony warrant, was taken into custody at 7:20 this evening after a pursuit that included a helicopter, patrol vehicle, deputies on foot and a Sheriff’s canine that ultimately subdued the subject.

BLUE CHEVY SILVERADO SOUGHT IN FREEWAY SHOOTING

 

East County News Service

April 26, 2017 (San Diego) – The California Highway Patrol seeks witnesses to a shooting last night at 9:25 p.m. on the ramp from Interstate 805 southbound to State Route 94 eastbound.  Several shots were fired, striking a vehicle several times though fortunately no one was injured.

HOMICIDE VICTIM IDENTIFIED AS MISSING LEMON GROVE TEEN WHO VANISHED OVER THREE YEARS AGO

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 24, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – A body found in Otay Valley Regional Park in Chula Vista has been identified as Kimberly Arteaga, Lieutenant Kenneth Nelson with the San Diego Sheriff’s homicide detail announced today.

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