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LA MESA MOTORCYCLE OFFICER INJURED IN PURSUIT; 2 SUSPECTS IN CUSTODY

 

September 2, 2013 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Police Officer Tim Purdy suffered a concussion and sore neck after his motorcycle crashed into a curb during pursuit of a stolen vehicle tonight on Jackson Drive. 

SHOTS FIRED IN LA MESA : MANHUNT ON FOR SUSPECT

 

Update August 31:  A gun has been found but the suspect remains at large.

August 30, 2013 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police and the San Diego Sheriff’s helicopter are searching for a suspect after shots were fired at 7520 El Cajon Boulevard in La Mesa shortly after 7:30 p.m.  The incident began with a fight inside a hookah lounge that spilled outside intot he street. The suspect began firing shots at the business, according to police.

The suspect ran north on Comanche and was last seen in the area of 4900 Comanche.  He is described as a black male, 6 feet tall, 250 lbs, wearing a blue shirt and dark pants. Call 911 if seen.

LA MESA POLICE SEEK SUSPECTS WHO ROBBED, INJURED VICTIM IN VONS PARKING LOT

 

 

August 31, 2013 (La Mesa) – Last night at 11:26 p.m., La Mesa Police were called to the parking lot of the Von’s grocery store, 8011 University Avenue, to investigate an assault.  During the investigation, Officers discovered that the victim had actually been robbed of his property by two unknown assailants.

The victim reported to police that he was walking to his vehicle when he was attacked from behind by two men.  The victim was struck in the face and knocked to the ground. During the attack, the suspects stole the victim’s cell phone and wallet.  The suspects were last seen running eastbound from the scene through an alley behind a neighboring store, possibly towards Orange Avenue.

BOMB SQUAD IN LA MESA

 

Update: A briefcase inspected by investigators has been found to be harmless.

SHERIFF SEEKS HELP TO IDENTIFY SUSPECT IN ROBBERY OF SUBWAY SANDWICH SHOP IN SPRING VALLEY

 

August 29, 2013 (Spring Valley) – According to Sheriff’s detectives, an armed robbery took place at a Subway located at 289 Sweetwater Road on August 22 at about 12:40 a.m.  The suspect, wearing a knit, ski mask and armed with a black handgun, allegedly ordered one of the employees to open the cash register, from which he took the money and left. 

WHAT HAPPENS TO KIDS WHO END UP IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM?

 

 

By Nadin Abbott

Part three in a three-part series (Read part one and part two)

August 29, 2013 (Santee) – During the recent forum on child safety held in Santee, Deputy District Attorney Lisa Weinreb and Lisa J. Sawin, Department of Probation Director, spoke on what happens when a child enters the juvenile justice system.

KEEPING OUR KIDS SAFE: A PARENTS GUIDE TO BULLYING

 

 

By Nadin Abbott

Photos by Nadin and Tom Abbott

Part two in a three-part series (Read Part One and Part Three)

August 29, 2013 (San Diego) – Dana Stevens, Executive Director of the Communities against Substance Abuse (CASA), presented a PowerPoint presentation on bullying for parents last week during a forum on child safety in Santee.  East County Magazine has also recently spoken with other bullying experts to get tips on keeping kids safe. 

SANTEE MAN ARRESTED FOR ROBBING SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION

 

August 29, 2013 (San Diego) – The FBI and San Diego Police Department announced the arrest of Cesar Daniel Flores, age 23, of Santee as a result of the investigation into the robbery of the San Diego County Credit Union, 2245 Fenton Parkway, San Diego on Friday, August 2.

Flores was arrested on Saturday at the Mission Valley Mall after an off-duty FBI Agent spotted Flores at a bus stop.  After seeing Flores, the Agent contacted San Diego Police Department (SDPD) and requested a uniform Patrol Officer to respond to the area. When the agent and SDPD Officer returned to the bus stop they discovered Flores had left the area. After a brief search of the area, Flores was located in the mall and taken into custody without incident.

OFFICIALS OFFER PARENTS ADVICE ON CHILD SAFETY DURING FORUM IN SANTEE

 

 

By Nadin Abbott

Part one in a three-part series (Read Part Two and Part Three)

August 27, 2013 (Santee) — Experts offered parents tips on how to keep kids safe in today’s modern world, including advice on free software to monitor children’s online activities.

State Senator Joel Anderson and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis came to the forum at West Hills High School to meet residents in Santee last week. The forum presented a panel of specialists in child safety issues, as well as a question and answer session.

MAN STABBED DURING ROBBERY ATTEMPT IN LA MESA

 

August 26, 2013 (La Mesa) – Late Saturday night, La Mesa Police were called to the emergency room at Alvarado Hospital to investigate a stabbing. The victim suffered two stab wounds to his thigh that are not considered life threatening.

The victim reported to police that the stabbing occurred around 8:50 p.m. in the 7500 block of El Cajon Boulevard in La Mesa The victim said he was waiting for a friend to give him a ride when he was approached by two males and a fight ensued over his property. The victim fought back and did not lose his property in the robbery attempt.

ARRESTS MADE AT LITTLE DARLINGS STRIP CLUB IN LEMON GROVE

 

August 23, 2013 (Lemon Grove) – Following an eight-month investigation, San Diego Sheriff’s deputies served search warrants and four arrest warrants at the Little Darlings Strip Club in Lemon Grove last night.

After a number of community complaints about illegal drug usage, drug sales and prostitution at the club, Sheriff’s detectives and the Narcotics Task Force launched an undercover investigation. Dancers and employees sold and supplied undercover detectives with narcotics or drugs on eight separate occasions, said Lt. Hank Turner. Detectives also witnessed or were solicited for lewd and lascivious acts for money. Undercover detectives also documented eight acts of prostitution and witnessed repeated licensing violations including selling alcohol to undercover detectives without a license.

SHERIFF ISSUES WARNING AND ADVICE FOR CRAIGSLIST USERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 22, 2013 (San Diego) -- San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore has issued a warning to the public to be careful when buying or selling items on Craigslist--and is offering tips on how to stay safe.

Numerous crimes in our region have been linked to Craigslist, including robberies, assaults and murders.

PEDESTRIANS ROBBED AT GUNPOINT IN LA MESA

 

August 17, 2013 (La Mesa) – Two pedestrians were robbed of their purses in the 8100 block of La Mesa Boulevard on August 14 at 10:05 p.m.  Two suspects approached the victims from behind, and one of the suspects displayed a black handgun. The other suspect was armed with a crowbar.

One of the suspects demanded the victims’ purses. After the victims complied, the suspects fled eastbound La Mesa Boulevard on foot. The victims ran to a nearby residence and called La Mesa Police.

SHERIFF'S COMMUNITY FORUM IN LAKESIDE AUGUST 27

 

August 17, 2013 (Lakeside) -- The Santee Sheriff's Station will host a community forum in Lakeside on Tuesday, August 27 at 7 p.m.  The event will be held in the Lakeside Community Center, 9841 Vine Street, Lakeside.  The Sheriff's Department wants to hear your concerns about public safety and your ideas for creting an action plan for safer communities.

Hear from Captain Lisa Miller, Sheriff's deputies, crime prevention specialists, Lakeside Fire Department, County Animal Control, Commuinties Against Substance Abuse (CASA), and the Lakeside Planning Group.

HANNAH ANDERSON RESCUED AFTER SHOOT-OUT: WAS TAKEN AGAINST HER WILL, DID NOT KNOW HER MOTHER AND BROTHER HAD BEEN KILLED, SHERIFF GORE REVEALS

By Miriam Raftery

August 12, 2013 (Lakeside) – Details are emerging about the dramatic rescue Saturday of Hannah Anderson, the 16-year-old Lakeside teen abducted by James Lee DiMaggio, a 40-year-old family friend.  Hannah is safe and being reunited with her family after being found in the Frank Church Wilderness in Idaho, an area also known as the River of No Return. 

According to San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore, Hannah was taken against her will and did not know about the tragedy that befell her mother and brother, who were found dead in a fire at DiMaggio’s Boulevard home. Authorities have found that Hannah’s mother, Christina Anderson, was murdered by being struck on her head.  DNA tests identified a second body as that of 8-year-old Ethan Anderson.

"It is clear from information we have received that she was under extreme duress. She was taken out of the county, out of the state, clearly against her will," said Gore in an interview with 10 News.. "She has lost her mother and her brother, which she was not aware of until she was recovered up in Idaho... She didn't know."

GAS THIEVES STRIKE IN EL CAJON

 

 

August 11, 2013 (El Cajon ) – Gas thieves have drained the tanks of at least five vehicles in El Cajon over the past week, 10 News reports.  The gas was stolen out of SUVs and Chevy trucks, vehicles with large gas tanks.   

Similar thefts have occurred in May and in the prior year, fueled by the high cost of gasoline.

HANNAH ANDERSON RESCUED; DIMAGGIO KILLED

 

August 10, 2013 (Lakeside) -- A nationwide search for missing Lakeside teenager Hannah Anderson, 16, and her suspected abductor, James Lee DiMaggio, is over. Late this afternoon, Hannah was rescued and FBI agents shot and killed DiMaggio at Morehead Lake, Idaho after an arrest attempt, San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore announced.

“We want to thank the public for looking out for Hannah and Ethan Anderson during the Amber Alert and calling in your tips to law enforcement,” Sheriff Gore said.

HANNAH ANDERSON AND ABDUCTOR BELIEVED SPOTTED IN IDAHO; REMAINS OF CHILD FOUND IN BOULEVARD FIRE IDENITIFED AS ETHAN, 8

 

By Nadin Abbott and Miriam Raftery

August 9, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Two major developments have occurred in the search for missing Lakeside children Hannah Anderson, 16, and her brother, Ethan, 8.   Tonight, San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore announced that remains found in murder/kidnapping suspect James DiMaggio’s home in Boulevard have been identified as Ethan.  The children’s mother, Christina Anderson, was found murdered inside the burned home, the Sheriff has reported.

Earlier today, DiMaggio’s car was positively identified in the rugged Frank Church wilderness area near the River of No Return in Idaho.  During a live feed from KTFB in Idaho, Acting Public Information Officer Andrea Reardon of the Valley County Sheriffs Department confirmed that horseback riders “came across a man and a woman near Moorhead Lake” about six miles from where the car was later found. The pair matched the descriptions of DiMaggio and Hannah Anderson.

SEARCH FOR MISSING LAKESIDE CHLDREN EXPANDS TO MEXICO AND CANADA; SUSPECT MAY HAVE EXPLOSIVES

 

 

Facebook page for suspect James DiMaggio has cryptic final messages

By Nadin Abbott

August 8, 2013 (Lakeside) The Amber Alert for Hannah Anderson, 16, and her brother, Ethan, 8, has now extended to Mexico. According to El Diario, a Mexican newspaper, “The FBI is working with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, and Mexican authorities since Monday.”http://diario.mx/Estados_Unidos/2013-08-08_1b800648/emiten-alerta-amber-en-san-diego-buscan-al-sospechoso-en-mexico

Other developments have led to the extension of the Amber Alert to Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Canada. 

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SANTA YSABEL MURDER 36 YEARS AFTER THE CRIME

 

August 7, 2013 (Santa Ysabel) – Today, deputies from the U.S. Marshal’s Service arrested Carmen Aguilar, 60, near Phoenix Arizona.  She is charged with a murder that occurred in Santa Ysabel decades ago.  Lt. Glen Giannantonio with the San Diego Sheriff’s Homicide detail made the announcement today.

The victim, Eriberto Landeros, was shot during an argument on June 19, 1977 in Santa Ysabel.  He was 23 years old at the time.   

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR HANNAH ANDERSON AND FAMILY IN LAKESIDE

"We are hoping. We're keeping the faith; our little girl is coming home." -- Sara Britt, grandmother

By Nadin Abbott

August 6, 2013 (Lakeside) A very emotional gathering of friends, classmates and residents of Hannah and Ethan Anderson met at El Capitan High School tonight in Lakeside  to hold a vigil for the missing children. Those present lit candles and at the end of the ceremony let balloons lose to signify hope.

The children were declared missing and a statewide Amber Alert was issued by the authorities for Hannah, 16, and her 8-year-old brother, Ethan, Monday. On Sunday night, the body of their mother, Christina Anderson, and an unidentified child’s body were found in a burned home in Boulevard. 

Authorities have stated that Christina Anderson was murdered. They have not identified the child’s body found. Police believe that one or both children have been abducted by James Lee DiMaggio, a friend of their mother.

AMBER ALERT: LAKESIDE MOTHER’S CHILDREN ABDUCTED AFTER BOULEVARD FIRE; BODIES OF WOMAN, CHILD FOUND IN BLAZE

A vigil is planned Tuesday at 7 p.m. at El Capitan High School in Lakeside

August 5, 2013 (San Diego’s East County ) -- After the body of Lakeside resident Christina Anderson,44, and an unidentified child were found in a burned home in Boulevard last night, an amber alert has been issued for Anderson’s two children. 

Hannah Anderson, 16, and Ethan Anderson, 8, are believed to have been abducted by James Lee DiMaggio, 40, who is driving a blue Nissan Versa with CA license plate 6WCU986. He may be heading to Texas or Canada, authorities have indicated.

“It has been determined that Ms. Anderson had been murdered,” Lieutenant Glenn Giannantonio with the San Diego Sheriff’s Homicide Detail said.  Anderson reportedly had a close but platonic (not romantic) relationship with DiMaggio.  A child, not yet identified, and a dog were also found dead. Note: DiMaggio's driver's license shows a beard and mustache, however most recently he was cleanshaven.

REWARD OFFERED IN CASE OF 4 SUSPECTS WHO LEFT DEAD RABBIT, DEATH THREAT AT ECM PHOTOGRAPHER'S HOME IN LAKESIDE

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

August 1, 2013 (Lakeside) – Lakeside resident Dennis Richardson was shocked to find a gift-wrapped box outside his home left around 1:20 a.m. on Tuesday,  July 30 with a hand-scrawled threat reading “Someone’s gonna get beat with my bat!”  He called the Sheriff, who dispatched a Bomb-Arson team to blow up the box as a suspicious device. 

After the explosion, they found a dead rabbit in the box with a red ribbon tied around its neck. Surveillance video showed four male suspects in light-colored clothing—and they left behind clues, including a shoebox for men’s athletic shoes, size 13, white Active Performance Succeed- manufactured by Champion and sold locally at Target.  A video of the suspects has been posted on the Lakeside Eucalyptus Hills Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eucalyptus-Hills-in-Lakeside-California-92040/157660207604891

Richardson, whose photos and stories have been featured in ECM, said of the threat, “I react and take it serious…This is a federal offense—making terroristic threats.”  He has offered a $200 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects. 

COMMUNITY NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME AUGUST 6

 

August 1, 2013 (East County) – The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is having its Free Night Out Against Crime events on August 6.  It’s a day when communities across the country take a stand to let criminals know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.  Meet deputies who patrol your community and mingle with neighbors while enjoying food, drinks, giveaways and activities for kids.  All locations will have a crime prevention specialist on site and display with tips on how to stay safe.

GUNFIRE, K-9 DEPLOYED IN ARREST OF FUGITIVE IN EL CAJON

 

July 30, 2013 (El Cajon) – A fugitive who rammed a police car in El Cajon is under arrest, along with his companion.  The arrests followed a pursuit that resulted in a police officer opening fire and a K-9 dog biting the fleeing suspect.

At 2 p.m. on July 30, El Cajon Police offers spotted the wanted fugitive, Ali Alkafaji in the 1300 block of North Johnson. Officers in marked patrol units attempted to stop the vehicle, assisted by a California Highway Patrol officer. According to police, the suspect intentionally rammed a police sergeant’s vehicle and then accelerated toward the CHP officer, who was out of his car on foot.

According to Lieutenant Frank La Haye, “The suspect continued in the CHP officer’s direction, attempting to run him over. The CHP officer, fearing for his life, fired several rounds at the suspect’s vehicle.”

LAW ENFORCEMENT SEEKS HELP IDENTIFYING "BEER GUT BANDIT"

 

July 28, 2013 (San Diego’s East county) – The El Cajon Police Department, La Mesa Police Department, San Diego Police Department, and the FBI are seeking the public’s assistance to identify an unknown male believed to be responsible for several bank robberies this month. 

FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN RAMONA

 

July 26, 2013 (Ramona) – On July 25, 2013 at approximately 11:55 a.m. Sean Kelly Cullen, 22, of Ramona was riding a 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650.  The rider was traveling in the eastbound lane of SR-78 east of Magnolia Avenue at approximately 60 MPH when he lost control of the motorcycle.  The motorcycle crossed the parallel yellow lines, into the westbound traffic lane.

MAN STABBED ON BUS IN DEL CERRO

 

July 24, 2013 (Del Cerro) – An unidentified man was stabbed twice on July 20 at 10:25 p.m. at Adobe Falls Road in Del Cerro.  The incident began when several males became belligerent on a party bus, San Diego Police report. 

The driver, a 30-year-old man, told them to get off the bus.  The assailants reportedly began punching the driver.  After another group of males in the same age group intervened, one of the men was stabbed with an unknown object. 

NEARLY 400 ARRESTED IN MULTI-AGENCY SWEEP

 

Over the weekend, over 1,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officers conducted Operation Allied Shield, resulting in nearly 400 arrests, including 34 gang members.

The operation included parole and probation checks, traffic stops, and serving search and arrest warrants to locate and arrest gang offenders.   Command posts were established in Spring Valley, San Diego and Vista.

MAN SLASHED IN FACE WITH KNIFE IN LA MESA

 

July 15, 2013 (La Mesa)—La Mesa Police responded to a 9-1-1 call on July 12 at 7:40 p.m. in the 7400 block of Colony Drive. A witness reported that a suspect slashed the face of a victim with a knife and then fled west through the residential complex.

Officers arrived on scene and located the victim on the ground with a laceration to his nose and face. The 50-year-old victim was transported to the hospital with wounds that were not life threatening.

Officers searched the area with assistance from San Diego Sheriff’s helicopter ASTREA and El Cajon Police Department canine units, but were unable to locate the suspect. The suspect is described as a white man in his 40s or 50s, between 5’4 and 5’6 tall, approximately 160 pounds, with “salt and pepper” hair. He was wearing a t-shirt and brown shorts and carried a large black trash bag when he fled the scene.

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