San Diego Sheriff
May 13, 2011 (Santa Ysabel)--The Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) and deputies from the Pine Valley Substation have released a photo of Patricia McGinn, 63, who has been missing since 11:30 a.m. She was seen walking away from her car in the 4800 block of Mountainbrook Road, Santa Ysabel at 11:30 a.m. Witnesses have indicated she seemed disoriented.
The area is near the Inaja Memorial Park (Thomas Guide page 1135-C4) in Santa Ysabel. Patricia McGinn is a white female, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with gray hair. She was last seen wearing a light blue shirt and dark blue pants.
May 11, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Crime prevention specialist Paula Dickenson, USN retired, with the Sheriff’s substation in Alpine has issued a warning about hidden hazards of hookah lounges and bars.
Hookahs pose risks of hepatitis and tuberculosis transmission as well as hazards associated with tobacco and the chemicals that the tobacco contain.
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May 7, 2011 (El Cajon) -- San Diego Sheriff's deputies received a 911 call from a victim of a carjacking around 5:30 last night. The driver had stopped at a stop sign while traveling north on Vista Grande Road in El Cajon, where a man with no shirt, covered in tattoos, asked for a ride to get gas. The victim refused and tried to accelerate away, Sergeant William Hout reports.
The suspect jumped in the vehicle through the open convertible top and placed the victim in a headlock, ordering the driver to stop and surrender his vehicle.
April 29, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – Four suspects have been arrested for allegedly participating in a home invasion robbery in which a Rancho San Diego family was brutally assaulted and their dog shot. The home invasion occurred on December 15, 2010 on Wildwood Drive.
April 25, 2011 (Poway) – A Poway woman, 27, was attacked by an unknown assailant and knocked unconscious shortly after midnight on Saturday. According to the San Diego Sheriff's department, the victim was walking in the 12600 block of Metate Lane around 12:30 a.m. when she was assaulted.
After awakening in a nearby field, she made her way to a nearby residence where she was helped by people who called the Sheriff’s Department. The victim was taken to Pomerado Hospital, treated for injuries and examined for a sexual assault.
April 24, 2011 (Julian) – San Diego Sheriff’s ASTREA 12 helicopter conducted a hoist rescue late this afternoon for a victim who fell 30 feet, suffered injuries and became trapped between rocks at the base of Mildred Falls near Julian.
April 23, 2011 (Santee) – Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson squad responded to a call of a possible pipe squad in a gutter in the 9500 block of Cuyamaca Street in Santee Thursday evening. The device, a foot-long, three-inch-wide PVC pipe, was capped at both ends which appeared to be glued shut. No wires were visible.
April 20, 2011 (El Cajon ) – A man reportedly wearing a blond wig held up the Wells Fargo Bank inside a Vons supermarket at 13439 Camino Canada in El Cajon at 5:01 p.m. San Diego Sheriff’s deputies set up a perimeter and found evidence from the robbery. A intensive search in the vicinity of I-8 and Los Coches Road ensued, including a helicopter and K-9 search dog team.
East County Magazine videographer Billy Ortiz was at the scene and provided this dramatic video footage of the search. Authorities were unable to locate the suspect in an area with heavy brush, and he remains at large.
April 16, 2011 (San Diego) -- In times of intense personal crisis and community-wide disasters, Sheriff's Department dispatchers are always ready to respond to the call for help. They work under stressful conditions, yet must think clearly and send help to people in need of emergency services.
In honor of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, the County Board of Supervisors recognized these unsung heroes with a proclamation commending Sheriff’s Department dispatchers for outstanding service, leadership and commitment to keeping our communities safe.
April 13, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Craig Peterson, 52, was shot and killed this afternoon by a San Diego Sheriff’s sergeant at a rest stop near Interstate 8 and Highway 79. Peterson was a “person of interest” in the stabbing death this morning of a 72-year-old man in Borrego Springs.
April 12, 2011 (Lakeside) – 10:10 p.m. -- San Diego Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at 9:19 p.m. reporting a fight between two men at 12636 Julian Avenue, Lakeside. A short time later, another caller reported a fight involved about eight men at the same address, a condominium.
Suspects also accused of using stolen credit cards at local businesses
By Miriam Raftery
April 12, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Sheriff detectives, following an extensive theft and fraud investigation, have made several arrests related to vehicle burglaries at local hiking trails including the El Capitan Preserve in Lakeside, Blue Sky Open Space Trail in Santee, and trailheads at Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego.
April 12, 2011 (Ramona) – A 17-year-old girl was sexually assaulted between 11 p.m. and midnight Friday night while walking in an alley in Ramona, behind businesses located between Main and B Streets, the San Diego Sheriff’s office reports today. The male assailant wore a dark, hooded sweatshirt; no other description is available at this time.
According to Lt. James Bolwerk, the teen is a Ramona resident. “The Sheriff’s Department reminds the public to always travel in pairs, stay in well lit areas, and be aware of their surroundings,” a release from the Sheriff’s office states.
April 9, 2011 (Borrego) – A female hiker, 61, was airlifted out of Palm Canyon in the Anza Borrego Desert this afternoon after suffering a possible fractured hip, Deputy Scott Bligh with the San Diego Sheriff Search and Rescue reports.
Copter 12, crewed by San Diego Sheriff’s and Cal-Fire personnel, were dispatched to assist Borrego Fire personnel.
April 8, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Jack Messina, a parolee described by Sheriff’s officials as a “person of interest” in a 1995 cold-case killing in Texas was airlifted out of an East County canyon Friday.
Messina failed to report to his parole agent, according to a press release issued by the Sheriff. He was found in an intersection at Sweetwater Springs Blvd. and Jamacha Blvd. with a GPS tracking device running low on battery. Deputies found him “very drunk” with his foot in a soft cast on a trail muddy from the recent rain.
April 4, 2011 (Ramona) -- A stolen bronze moose statue from Ramona was recovered in a vacant field on March 30, about a mile from the 2800 block of Willow Oak Drive where it was stolen sometime between February 15 and 23. The area is located at the intersection of Dye Road and Southern Oak Road and is frequently used by people who ride and train horses.
A watchful citizen made the discovery and contacted the Sheriff’s Department after reading media articles about the theft of several statues in our region.
April 4, 2011 (Borrego) – San Diego Sheriff’s communication center received a call on Thursday from a woman in Mammoth Lakes whose husband and a friend were hiking off Rockhouse Trail in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The two hikers called the woman from a satellite phone because the husband’s friend had become severely dehydrated, incoherent, and in immediate need of medical attention.
March 25, 2011 (San Diego) – Many San Diegans are unaware that the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit is an all-volunteer unit.
To learn skills needed for rescuing people who may become trapped in rugged terrain, 25 volunteers are undergoing training this weekend by rappelling down the side of a 70-foot-high tower at Stu Segall Productions in Kearny Mesa.
March 20, 2011 (Borrego Springs) – Copter 10, crewed by Cal-Fire and San Diego Sheriff personnel, was dispatched to aid a downed hiker in Palm Canyon in the desert at Borrego Springs around 4:55 today. “Initial reports were that the victim had overdosed on a hallucinogenic drug and had possibly sustained a spinal injury,” Deputy Scott Bligh said.
March 18, 2011 (San Diego) -- His phone rings in the middle of the night. He works around the clock tracking down killers. Now after 29 years on the job, Lt. Dennis Brugos is trading in his badge for the laid-back lifestyle of a retiree. His last day is on March 30th.
Lt. Brugos came face-to-face with many horrendous crimes during his time on the force. His work is difficult, but he says nothing is more gratifying than bringing a killer to justice and closure to families who have lost loved ones.
Update 6:30 p.m. - The suspect has been arrested after homicide investigators learned that he checked into Grossmont Hospital under an assumed name, Lorenzo Marcario. He has been charged with murder.
March 14, 2011 (Jamul) – The San Diego Sheriff’s office has issued a special bulletin seeking public help to locate Miguel Medina Sanchez, 32, also known as Macario Lopez Merino.
He is wanted for the murder of Maria “Irma” Palos De Rubio, 44 at 15677 Lyons Valley Road on Saturday, March 12th.
March 3, 2011 (San Diego) -- Chelsea King never got to finish her run at Rancho Bernardo Community Park on February last year, when convicted sex offender John Gardner murdered her. This Saturday, March 5th, Sheriff Bill Gore and Sheriff’s Department employees will participate in Finish Chelsea’s Run at Balboa Park starting at 7:30 a.m.
March 1, 2011 (Alpine) – Marquin Anthony Hendrix, 61, a suspect wanted for the stabbing death of his wife yesterday, has been shot and killed in Alpine after advancing on Sheriff’s deputies with a shovel. The Sheriff’s office has not released the name of the suspect or the officers involved in the shooting last night. However San Diego Police have identified him as Hendrix, ECM news partner 10 News reports. ECM received independent confirmation of the victim’s identity from an Alpine resident close to the scene.
February 25, 2011 (Lakeside) – An unidentified man around 25-35 years old was found dead beneath a large wood pallet at 10303 Channel Road in Lakeside at 8:30 p.m. last night. His body was found by apparent transients at a drilling site, the San Diego Medical Examiner’s office reports.
February 24, 2011 (Alpine)—The Alpine Sheriff’s substation seeks information on a peeping tom reported in the 8900 block of Hunter Pass in Alpineo n February 21st at 5:30 a.m.
February 22, 2011 (Poway) – San Diego Sheriff’s deputies from the Poway Station have arrested Deondrae Dunn, 32, a parolee suspected of vehicle break-ins at the parking lot of Blue Sky Preserve.
“Deputies witnessed the vehicle break-ins and attempted to stop Dunn at the scene,” said Sergeant William Gitner. Dunn fled in his vehicle and refused to yield at a traffic stop set up by deputies. He ran a red-light and later rear-ended a vehicle with an elderly couple at Rancho Bernardo Road and Acena Drive in San Diego.
February 22, 2011 (Borrego) -- San Diego Sheriff's Department helicopter, Copter 10, crewed by Cal-Fire and Sheriff's personnel launched from their base at Gillespie Field in El Cajon to assist emergency services personnel already on scene at the trail head of Palm Canyon in Anza Borrego. Initial reports this morning were that a hiker had sustained unknown injuries and was unable to make it out of the canyon and back to the trail head.
February 20, 2011 (Valley Center) Last night at 6:10 p.m., three armed men entered an open door at 27446 S. Canal Road on the San Pasqual Indian Reservation in Valley Center. A woman was waiting at the open door for friends to arrive when the men burst into the home, according to Sergeant Bob Bishop with the Sheriff’s department.
February 13, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Sheriff’s Departments Court Services, Field Unit, conducted a warrant sweep yesterday in East County. The sweep included unincorporated areas in Alpine, El Cajon, Lakeside, La Mesa, and Santee.
February 12, 2011 (Ramona) – Carl Jones, 43, of Ramona has been arrested following an all-night stand-off with the San Diego Sheriff’s SWAT team. Jones had barricaded himself inside his residence at 23610 Galeria Circle following a domestic violence dispute. Jones also threatened suicide, Lt. Jim Duffy said.
Although several shots were fired, no one was harmed and Jones was arrested on weapons and domestic violence charges.