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WANTED: DANIEL CASTRO

 

March 29, 2014 (San Diego)—California Highway Patrol seeks public help to locate Daniel Castro, a local musician who failed to show up in court on charges of driving under the influence and causing an accident that caused the victim to lose her arm.

OTAY RESIDENT HIDES FOR HOURS TO CATCH CRIMINALS STEALING PACKAGES

 

Police release photos of items believed stolen from other homes including coins, shoes, phones, camera accessories,  and Nano copter

By Miriam Raftery

March 28, 2014 (Otay Mesa) –An Otay resident,  tired of having his delivered mail items stolen from his front yard, decided to take action and detained four juvenile males ages 15 and 16 as they attempted to steal a package from his front yard yesterday.  He armed himself with a baseball bat, a pet Rottweiler, and a cell phone.

SHERIFF SEEKS HELP TO SOLVE "COLD CASE" MURDER IN EL CAJON

 

March 26, 2014 (El Cajon) – Back on the morning of September 1, 2007, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a  call at a home in the 1800 block of Hillsdale Drive in unincorporated El Cajon.  There they found Jerrad Fletcher lying face down in the living room with a gunshot wound in his back. He died at the scene.

EL CAJON POLICE FAKED PHOTO TO OBTAIN CONFESSION PLACING MAN AT MURDER SCENE

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 26, 2014 (El Cajon )—In a pretrial motion hearing yesterday, El Cajon police Detective Darren Forster testified that he doctored a photograph to convince Kassim Alhimidi to admit that he was near his home when his wife, Shaima Alawadi, was brutally murdered.  Police admitted that they drove the suspect’s red van to the scene and staged a photo, altering the date stamp.

Alhimidi initially denied being near the scene but later said he was in the area when shown the “evidence,” ECM news partner 10 News reports.  He continues to deny killing his wife and reportedly wept in court after learning he had been arrested based on falsified evidence.

LA MESA WOMAN STABS BOYFRIEND AFTER BEING CHOKED, POLICE SAY

 

March 24, 2014 (La Mesa)--On March 24 at 5:19 am, La Mesa Police were notified by Grossmont Hospital staff that a stab victim had just been brought into the hospital. Minutes before the hospital report, La Mesa Police received reports of a disturbance at a residence in the 3800 block of Murray Hill Drive, La Mesa.  When officers arrived on Murray Hill, they determined the two incidents were related and the stabbing was believed to be in self defense.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUSPECT SURRENDERS TO SWAT TEAM IN BONITA

 

March 24, 2014 (Bonita)--On Sunday, March 23, 2014, Sheriff's Deputies in the Bonita area responded to a report of a domestic assault, at 2900 Briarwood Road, in Bonita. James Kang , 29, allegedly assaulted his wife who escaped their apartment with injuries and called a friend for help.

TROLLEY STRUCK BY MOTORCYCLIST IN SANTEE

 

March 23, 2014 (Santee)--  A motorcyclist was arrested last night after a pursuit crash in Santee that injured the motorcyclist. Deputies from the Santee Station tried to pull over the motorcyclist on westbound Mission Gorge Road for a traffic violation. The motorcyclist sped away, and then crashed into a SDMTS Trolley on the green line at the intersection of Mission Gorge Road and Cuyamaca Street just after 5 p.m.

BURGLAR BUSTED ACROSS STREET FROM POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 18, 2014 (El Cajon)—El Cajon Police received a 911 call on March 14 at 12:26 p.m. from a resident who came home to find a burglar in his home in the 300 block of Kentucky Avenue—across the street from the police department.

The homeowner wasn’t spotted by the thief, so he was able to notify policy without alerting the suspect, said Lieutenant Rob Ransweiler. The suspected exited the home, carrying a bag of the victim’s belongings. The victim told police the direction in which the suspect was heading.

DOG TEAM, RESIDENTS’ TIPS HELP NAB BURGLARY SUSPECTS ON MOUNT HELIX

By Miriam Raftery

March 17, 2014 (Mount Helix) – A resident coming home this morning spotted a woman carrying stolen property from the residence at 5090 Mount Helix Drive in the unincorporated portion of La Mesa. The burglary suspect, later identified as 27-year-old Nicole Moore, took off running.

The resident called 911. Sheriff’s Deputies from the Rancho San Diego and Lemon Grove Sheriff Stations immediately responded and found Moore standing at the bottom of the long driveway. A vehicle registered to Moore was still parked at the top of the driveway next to the resident's house, said Sergeant James.Blanton. An unknown passer-by also advised deputies that a black male adult was seen running from the driveway holding some type of bag, possibly a pillow case.

MAN TURNS SELF IN, FACES MURDER CHARGE AFTER SHOOTING EX-GIRLFRIEND AND LOVER

By Miriam Raftery

March 16, 2014 (El Cajon) – Abel Angel Martinez has turned himself into the Sheriff after reportedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home, shooting her and her boyfriend.  The couple awoke  in bed to find Martinez in the residence. Both were shot with a handgun. The crime at 1525 Wilson Road in the unincorporated area of El Cajon was reported at 6:25 a.m.

Eufracio Alberto Enriquez, 35, was pronounced dead after efforts by family members, deputies and paramedics to perform CPR failed to revive him.  Leila Farmer, 40, suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and was transported to a hospital.

ABDUCTED CHILDREN FOUND AT BORDER

 

Update March 18, 2014:  All four children have been found safe at the U.S.-Mexico border by Border Patrol agents. The parents remain at large and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. Details below in our earlier story.

March 15, 2014 (Los Angeles) – The California Highway Patrol has issued a statewide Amber Alert for four children abducted in Los Angeles today.  The suspects may be driving a dark-colored Chrysler PT cruiser with paper plates and a missing hubcab. Police believe they may be headed for San Diego or Mexico.

The suspects are Enrique Felix, 28, and Rose Chiarez, 28.  They are suspected of abducting their four children:  Enrique, 7, Justin, 5, and twins Veronica and Janeth.

BURNED BODY FOUND IN ALPINE IDENTIFIED AS KIMBERLY HAYES OF LAKESIDE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 14, 2014 (Lakeside) – A body found smoldering in a rural area of Alpine on Sunday, March 9 has been identified as Kimberly Renee Hayes, 35, of Lakeside.  

A Sweetwater Authority employee found Hayes’ burning body on a dirt road off the 17500 block of Sequan Truck Trail near Japatul Road shortly before 5 a.m.  The Medical Examiner’s office indicates that her death was a homicide. 

Hayes had worked as an emergency medical technician with San Diego Fire Rescue and at Scripps Mercy Hospital. She had a 14-year-old daughter.  But recently, she led a troubled life.

CAMPUS POLICE WARN OF STRONG ARM ROBBERY ATTEMPT

March 11, 2014 (San Diego) – San Diego State University police warn that on March 8 at 1:50 a.m., three male suspects attempted to steal an SDSU student’s wallet, but were unsuccessful.  The victim met the suspects earlier in the evening and they were walking near the Open Air Theatre on campus when the incident occurred. The victim sustained minor injuries from being punched and kicked during the attempted robbery.

LAKESIDE MAN CHARGED WITH DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY AFTER SETTING FIRE AT FBI BUILDING

 

March 11, 2014 (Lakeside)—A Lakeside man who scaled a security gate and prompted a SWAT team standoff for several hours on Sunday at the FBI headquarters in San Diego has been charged with destruction property, said San Diego Special Agent in Charge Daphne Hearn.

ALPINE CAMPGROUND DISPUTE ENDS IN MURDER ARREST

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 9, 2014 (Alpine) – Leland Ernest Clyde, 73, has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the shooting death of Jock Gregory Martin, 56 at the Ma Tar Awa Campground in Alpine.  The two men, who were neighbors, reportedly had an argument during which Clyde shot and killed Martin with a shotgun, the Sheriff reports.

LAKESIDE MAN ARRESTED IN FBI SWAT STANDOFF

 

File photo: SWAT team

March 9, 2014 (San Diego) – FBI hostage negotiators are accustomed to tense situations –but normally not at their own home base.  But after a man climbed a steel corrugated security gate and made his way onto the top of a building in the FBI headquarters at 10385 Vista Sorrento Parkway in San Diego, a stand-off ensued that ended this evening with the arrest of Lakeside resident William Durant, 36.

BURNED BODY FOUND IN ALPINE

 

March 9, 2014 (Alpine) –Sheriff’s deputies received a report shortly before 5 a.m. today of a body found by a Sweetwater Authority employee. The body had been set on fire and was still smoldering when found on a dirt road off Sequan Truck Trail in Alpine, said Lt. Lt. Glenn Giannantonio with the Sheriff's Homicide unit.

Sheriff’s Homicide, Bomb Arson and Crime units are investigating the horrific discovery.

APPLE "PICKING" THIEVES TARGET IPHONES, SDSU POLICE WARN

 

March 3, 2014 (San Diego)--Apple picking is a trend nationwide – no, we’re not talking about plucking fruit. Thieves have been stealing Apple iPhones, which are costly to buy and hold their resale value.

There has been a rash of iPhone thefts at  San Diego State University, prompting numerous alerts recently.

WANTED FELON CHRISTOPHER DONESKI SOUGHT IN RAMONA AFTER FLEEING FROM DEPUTIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 3, 2014 (Ramona) – A man with a felony warrant who is also suspected of a vehicle theft in Ramona fled from deputies but eluded capture this evening,  according to Lt. Hank Turner.

COURT BLOCKS 2 LAWS PASSED BY VOTERS AS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

 

March 2, 2014 (Sacramento)- - A federal court has ruled two laws passed as a result of ballot initiatives in Califiornia to be unconstitutional.  Both measures imposed more severe punishments than were in place when crimes were committed, ruled U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton.

GRANITE HILLS HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER UNDER INVESTIGATION

 

February 28, 2014 (El Cajon) - El Cajon Police Department has confirmed that it is investigating allegations of potentially inappropriate behavior by a Granite Hills High School teacher involving students. The behavior is alleged to have occurred the previous school year.

SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT TO UPGRADE AERIAL FLEET

 

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February 28, 2014 (San Diego) -- A new Sheriff’s Department helicopter could serve double duty, helping both law enforcement and firefighters. The Bell 407 GX helicopter the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department wants to add to its aerial fleet could also support local fire departments with fire suppression efforts.

MARIJUANA SALE ENDS IN ROBBERY, SHOOTING IN SPRING VALLEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 27, 2014 (Spring Valley) – Sheriff’s deputies are on the lookout for an “armed and dangerous” suspect in a black Honda Accord who reportedly robbed a victim who was shot in the ensuing struggle. The incident occurred on February 26 shortly after 7 p.m. in the 8200 block of Loma View Court, Spring Valley.

NEW SAN DIEGO POLICE CHIEF NAMED

 

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

February 27, 2014 (San Diego) – San Diego Police Department will soon be headed up by its first female Chief.  Assistant Chief Shelley Zimmerman will replace retiring Chief William Lansdowne, who steps down March 3.  Lansdowne leaves office following a series of scandals including allegations of sexual misconduct by officers, so the choice of a woman to head up the department can be viewed as sending a strong signal that the city is serious about cleaning up the department's tarnished image.

Zimmerman has the support of Mayor-Elect Kevin Faulconer as well as the San Diego Police Officers Association.

SAN DIEGO POLICE CHIEF STEPS DOWN

 

 

By Nadin Abbott

February 26, 2014 (San Diego) Chief William Lansdowne has announced he will step down as the San Diego Police Chief effective on March 3. This comes amid a series of scandals involving the police force.

HOMICIDE SUSPECTED IN DEATH OF BOULEVARD MAN

By Miriam Raftery

February 25, 2014 (Boulevard) – A Boulevard woman reported finding her husband, Frank Paul Caruso, dead with head trauma in an outbuilding on their property in the 2300 block of Tierra Heights Road in Boulevard on February 24 at 6 a.m. 

“The investigation is in its early stages, however the death is believed to be a homicide,” said Lt. Glenn Giannantonio with the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail. No suspect has been identified yet.

COUNTY TO HOST SUMMIT ON PREVENTING COMMUNITY VIOLENCE MARCH 1ST

 

February 24, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The public is invited to a Community Violence Prevention Summit on Saturday, March 1 hosted by San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and members of her office, along with County Probation Department officers  and the San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention.

FBI RELEASES PRELIMINARY SEMIANNUAL CRIME STATISTICS FOR 2013 - SAN DIEGO VIOLENT CRIME RATE DROPS 7.5 PERCENT WHILE PROPERTY CRIME INCREASES 3.15 PERCENT

 

February 23, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Statistics released in the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report reveal declines in both the violent crime and the property crime reported in the first six months of 2013 when compared with figures for the first six months of 2012. The report is based on information from 12,723 law enforcement agencies that submitted three to six months of comparable data to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program for the first six months of 2012 and 2013.

PROBATION SWEEP IN EAST COUNTY

 

February 22, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A multi-agency probation sweep in East County conducted on Friday, February 21 resulted in 17 arrests.

Deputies and officers visited probationers in Santee, Lakeside and El Cajon to see if they were following the conditions of their release, also working with Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Enforcement at San Diego Trolley stations in the area to conduct compliance checks on passengers.

BURGLARY SUSPECT BUSTED IN RAMONA

 

February 14, 2014 (Ramona)—Matilda Abaez, 42, has been arrested after residents found her inside a neighbor’s garage and called  for help.  Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of a burglary in progress shortly before 2 p.m. today in the 200 block of Kalbaught Street, Ramona.

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