November 27, 2013 (Alpine) – The body of a missing 81-year-old Los Angeles woman was found Tuesday in the 600 block of Alpine Heights Road near Avenida del Cielo in Alpine. Her name has not been released by authorities, however the Los Angeles Times reports that her son, 53, has been arrested in Los Angeles County and booked on suspicion of murder.
By Miriam Raftery
November 24, 2013 (San Diego) --Public safety spending is decreasing in the San Diego region. At the same time, arrests also are going down, according to a pair of new reports released by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).
This news comes on the heels of several recent complaints ECM has heard from residents in unincorporated areas, who spoke to us off record to complain of very long response times for calls to the Sheriff. According to the residents, responses of 30 to 60 minutes have occurred even for violent asauslts, hot prowl burglaries, and other crimes in progress in unincorporated areas such as Campo and Lakeside.
November 22, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Drivers of a motorcycle and a Saturn car have both been transported to Palomar Medical Center after colliding on State Route 78 east of San Felipe Road at 11:20 this morning.
A man from Canada was driving his 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound at 35 to 40 miles per hour entering a curve when he crossed the center line, overturned, and collided with the Saturn, which was traveling in the opposite direction. The Saturn’s driver is a woman from Borrego Springs.
November 21, 2013 (San Diego) – The Sheriff seeks public help to locate Joseph Vincent McCarron, 58, a convicted child sexual predator who failed to appear for his trial verdict on November 13.
McCarron is believed to be armed and dangerous. He is known to frequent the Fallbrook and Rainbow areas. If you see him, do not confront him; call 911.
November 21, 2013 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is continuing to alert customers to be aware of an ongoing wire fraud that has been targeting SDG&E residential and business customers. Reports indicate that individuals are misrepresenting themselves as utility employees by calling customers and threatening to turn off electric and gas service if an immediate payment is not made. Customers are instructed to purchase a pre-pay credit card, and are directed to another phone number where information is then obtained from the card and the cash value is then removed.
November 21, 2013 (San Diego) The California Highway Patrol has issued a citation to a county driver for wearing Google Glass while operating a vehicle. This is in violation of Vehicle Code 27602.
This section of the vehicle code states that it is illegal to: "drive a motor vehicle if a television receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video screen, or any other similar means of visually displaying a television broadcast or video signal that produces entertainment or business applications, is operating and is located in the motor vehicle at a point forward of the back of the driver's seat, or is operating and the monitor, screen, or display is visible to the driver while driving the motor vehicle."
November 20, 2013 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – A hearing on December 23 will determine whether or not Mikel Marshall, a sexually violent predator, will be released in rural East County.
Marshall spent 14 years in prison for molesting four boys, ages four to eight. In each case, he was known to the families of his victims. He was later committed to a state mental hospital and completed an in-patient program for sex offenders. A court has ruled that he can now be released; the Department of State Hospitals has proposed that he be placed at 42920 Desert Rose Ranch Road in Jacumba Hot Springs.
By Miriam Raftery
November 20, 2013 (Spring Valley) – Growing marijuana indoors can prove hazardous to your health and wealth. No, we’re not talking about smoking pot—we’re talking about pot going up in smoke.
Firefighters found that a fire at a Spring Valley home on Campo Road this morning was caused by a marijuana grower’s illicit hookup to a nearby power pole. The blaze caused $40,000 in structural damage and burned up 40 to 50 mature marijuana plants ready for harvest. An average plant grown indoors yields 3.5 ounces of pot, with a street value of $200 to $1,000 an ounce. In addition, SDG&E could opt to hold the growers responsible for the cost of the stolen electricity.
November 18, 2013 (San Diego) – Three local Somali immigrants have been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey T. Miller for providing support to foreign terrorists. U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy today revealed that evidence included intercepted phone calls regarding assassinations, suicide bombing and Jihad.
Basaaly Saeed Moalin, a cabdriver, was sentenced to 18 years in prison after being convicted by a federal jury of providing material support to the terrorist group al-Shabaab. At the same hearing, Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud, the imam at a popular mosque frequented by the city’s immigrant Somali community, was sentenced to 13 years in prison; Issa Doreh, who worked at a money transmitting business that was the conduit for moving the illicit funds, was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison.
November 18, 2013 (San Diego) – Marcos Rodriguez-Perez was sentenced today to 56 years in prison for his participation in the July 2009 robbery and murder of United States Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas, Jr. Rodriguez-Perez, a 28-year-old Mexican national, pleaded guilty in August, admitting he was one of three gunmen who lured the agent into a trap to steal his night-vision goggles and then fatally shot him during a struggle. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and kidnaping, robbery of personal property of the United States, and use and carrying of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.
November 17, 2013 (Ramona) – A Ramona resident and a transient have been arrested for the attempted murder of a San Diego Police officer in Poway last night after shots were fired during a traffic stop.
By Miriam Raftery
November 16, 2013 (La Mesa) – Paul Day, 49, of La Mesa has been arrested after leading La Mesa police on a pursuit that led through backyards and streets of La Mesa, ending after he reportedly rammed a police car and attempted to back the vehicle into two officers.
The wild chase in pursuit of the alleged prowler comes just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a La Mesa Police officer should not be held liable for an accidental injury to a homeowner that occurred during a hot pursuit of a suspect into the resident’s yard.
By Miriam Raftery
November 14, 2013 (San Diego) – Four bodies have been found buried in shallow graves in the desert at Victorville ; Missing Persons of America reports that a family member has confirmed that two of the bodies have been confirmed to be Joey and Summer McStay. Two other bodies discovered have not yet been identified, but may be those of their young children, Joseph and Gianni.
The Fallbrook family vanished in February 2010, prompting an intensive search and national media coverage.
“The news has hit me hard. I wondered for three years where they went, but I never ever thought anything like this,” said Jerrie Dean, founder of Missing Persons of America and host of the “Missing” segment on East County Magazine’s radio show.
November 13, 2013 (Lemon Grove) – Yesterday at 2:55 p.m., a student at Monterey Heights Elementary School in Lemon Grove told school officials that a stranger grabbed him and dragged him along a sidewalk away from school. The student claimed he had freed himself from the suspect’s grasp and ran back to school. Deputies obtained a suspect description and launched a search of the surrounding neighborhood with help from a helicopter.
Suspect remains at large
November 9, 2013 (El Cajon) – An argument between several men in an El Cajon parking lot ended in gunfire last night, with a bullet striking a woman in her 20s. One of three children in the vehicle was also injured by broken glass.
Deputies from the Santee Sheriff’s station responded at 5:09 p.m. to a report of shots fired at 340 East Bradley Avenue in unincorporated El Cajon. The woman, seated in an SUV at Graves and Bradley, had a bullet wound in her shoulder and a child was struck in the arm by shattered glass. Paramedics from Lakeside Fire took the woman to a hospital, where she was treated for a non-life threatening wound.
November 7, 2013 (San Diego) – Tuesday morning, in response to recent crime alert bulletins, SDSU Police received a call from a student reporting a male subject was asking to use his cell phone at the intersection of Campanile Drive and Montezuma Road.
The student refused to give him his phone and called police. Officers later arrested the subject on unrelated felony charges. The suspect’s connection to prior cell phone theft cases is currently under investigation.
Update 6:30 p.m. -- The kidnapped baby has been found safe and the father has been taken into custody near the border by Mexican authorities working in cooperation with U.S. law enforcement.
Novmeber 6, 2013 (San Diego)--A statewide Amber alert has been issued for a man suspected of abducting his infant son from Sunnyvale California. His vehicle has been sighted in San Diego and his cell phone has also been traced to here. The suspect, 22-year-old Mesut Guler, was last seen driving a tan 2004 GMC Envoy with license place 6HL892. It has a large American eagle on the rear window.
The suspect is a Turkish man, six feet tall, weighing 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. The two-week old infant, Henry Guler-Romero, is described as Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes.
The suspect reportedly told the mother he was leaving the state with the child and has previously threatened to harm both himself and the baby.
November 2, 2013 (San Diego) – San Diego State University campus police have issued an alert regarding a suspicious incident yesterday at 1 p.m. A man approached a female near tbe Aztec Center/Cuicacalli pedestrian bridge and asked to use her cell phone. She twice refused and he ran away on foot. Although a crime did not occur, this situation is consistent with the recent iPhone thefts reported to SDSU Police.
October 31, 2013 (Ramona) – Danny Shaw, a convicted sex offender, was arrested this evening for annoying children and slipping candy into a child’s bag at the Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s Main Street Trick or Treat event.
October 31, 2013 (Lemon Grove) – On October 30 at 1:30 a.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home invasion at 8047 Blossom Lane in Lemon Grove.
October 22, 2013 (El Cajon) – A passerby who witnessed a woman being abducted at knifepoint in the Grossmont College parking lot today scared off the assailant by honking his horn. Sheriff’s deputies located and arrested the suspect, Anthony Washington.
“Washington later confessed he was going to rape the student and do whatever he had to in order to get his way,” said Sergeant Vic Perry.
October 21, 2013 (Spring Valley )—Two suspects are in custody in connection with home invasion robbery in Spring Valley. Michael Colace, 46, and Terri Franck, 39, are accused of robbery, residential burglary, auto theft, false imprisonment, kidnapping, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon.
October 20, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – On October 17, a shoulder-tap operation was conducted by the Sheriff’s Department and other agencies to see if retail outlets are illegally selling alcohol to minors in Santee, Alpine, Lakeside, Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, and unincorporated El Cajon.
Deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Agents from Alcohol Beverage Control, and three minor decoys conducted a "Minor Decoy" and "Shoulder Tap" Operation at various locations in the East County. The operation involved minors who tested "on-sale" and "off-sale" establishments. The minor decoys tested retailers and servers at a number of locations in an attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages inside their establishments. Three employees sold alcohol to the decoys.
October 20, 2013 (San Diego) – On October 15 at 8:54 p.m., two suspects robbed a victim of a backpack, cell phone and wallet at Pontiac Street and Rockford Drive near San Diego State University’s campus.
According to campus police, one suspect approached the victim from the front while the second suspect approached from behind and demanded the victim’s property. The suspects then fled west on foot towards Rockford Drive. A small black sedan was seen leaving the area and may have been involved.
By Miriam Raftery
October 18, 2013 (La Mesa) – It was no laughing matter when a man in a bloody clown mask walked into a 7-11 store on Amaya in La Mesa at 4:34 a.m. yesterday morning. The suspect, armed with a gun and mace, ordered a clerk to lie down on the ground, then robbed the store of cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets. A search was conducted but the suspect remains at large.
The man wore a blue sweatshirt, blue jeans, black gloves, and black and white tennis shoes along with the mask. He is 30 to 35 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build.
October 16, 2013 (Chula Vista) -- The Chula Vista Police Department today asked public help to locate a missing / runaway teen. Venicia Ortiz, age 13, was last seen in the 4200 Block of National Avenue in San Diego on or around August 7, 2013.
According to police, she did not leave under duress. There has been no evidence to indicate foul play, however, the police are concerned about her well being. She is Hispanic, 5 feet 3 inches tall, weight 150 pounds, with brown eyes and long, black curly hair. She was last seen wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.
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By Miriam Raftery
October 15, 2013 (El Cajon) – The Sheriff’s Bomb Arson squad has been dispatched to 1518 Sams Hill Road in unincorporated El Cajon following a report at 7:13 p.m. of explosions and a smell of sulfur.
“The reporting party heard loud booms coming from the roof of an apartment complex,” Lieutenant Jason Vickery told East County Magazine.
October 13, 2013 (La Mesa) – A shopper returning to his Ford Ranger at 7:32 p.m. last night saw a man inside the vehicle going through belongings in the parking lot at Grossmont Center.
The victim confronted the intruder, who fled. An officer responding near Walmart pursued the suspect on foot and apprehended him. Lance Rodgers of El Cajon, 31, was booked into County jail on charges or burglary, possession of burglary tools, and resisting arrest.
By Miriam Raftery; photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News
October 12, 2013 (Spring Valley ) – Eugene William Volk, 45, has been arrested and charged with arson in connection with the fire at Santa Sophia Church on October 8.
Detective Calvert, lead investigator from the San Diego Sheriff's Department, developed sufficient probable cause to arrest Volk, said Detective Portillo-with the Sheriff’s Bomb Arson unit which located Volk walking less than a quarter mile from the church at the intersection of Campo Road and Conrad Drive on October 13. Authorities have not revealed what evidence they believe links Volk to the crime.
By Miriam Raftery
October 8, 2013 (Campo) – Following a community protest and written complaints, the owner of a home in Campo has withdrawn an agreement to house Douglas Badger, a sexual predator with a long history of violence. The state had announced plans to release Badger from a mental hospital to a residence on Hartnell Road in Campo, as ECM previously reported.