January 21, 2013 (San Diego) – In an effort to combat underage drinking, Sheriff’s deputies and agents from Alcoholic Beverage Control conducted a sting operation on January 12 using minors as decoys to test retailers and servers. Out of 15 locations checked in Ramona, Poway, San Marcos, Vista, Oceanside and Encinitas, five provided alcohol to the decoys, resulting in six employees receiving citations.
The program was enabled by a $100,000 grant from the ABC. Similar operations will continue through June, the Sheriff’s office advises.
January 19, 2013 (Alpine) – Jeremiah Smith, 38, of Alpine has been arrested for suspected drunk driving after striking and killing a man beside I-8 in Lakeside. He is the owner of Gym Trix and Rocket Cheerleading in Alpine, ECM has learned.
The victim, a Mexicali resident, was driving a Chevy Astro minivan towing a Toyota west of Lake Jennings Park Road with his wife following in a Toyota at 4:10 a.m. One of the vehicles had mechanical trouble. Both pulled over and the man exited his vehicle. He was standing by his wife’s car when the GMC 2500 driven by Smith struck the Toyota, pushing it into the victim.
January 18, 2013 (El Cajon ) – Raymond Lee Goodlow, 53, of El Cajon is hospitalized after being shot multiple times by an El Cajon Police officer at 9:29 a.m.. According to police, Goodlaw was illegally riding his bicycle on the sidewalk and refused to pull over when an officer attempted to stop him in the 1300 block of East Main.
Police and witnesses say the officer ordered the man to halt and get down on the ground, but that instead, Goodlaw reached into the waistband of his pants. Fearing that he had a gun, the officer fired several times, witnesses report.
Goodlow did not have a gun. He did, however, have two knives that were discovered by paramedics while treating his injuries, Lt. Tim Henton said.
By Miriam Raftery
January 17, 2013 (San Diego)—San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a parolee by a San Diego Police Officer. A stand-off ended in arrest of a second suspect.
During the ordeal, Alvarado Hospital was placed on lockdown briefly and residents of an apartment unit were evacuated while police conducted a search. A warning was also sent out to SDSU students and faculty, though the campus was not locked down.
January 16, 2013 (San Diego) – The San Diego Sheriff is warning the public to beware of phone scammers posing as members of the Sheriff’s Department. There are at least two separate scams. One involves canceling arrest warrants or court appearances for a fee. The other scam entails notifying the victim that they have won a prize, then asking for payment for taxes. Scroll down for details.
January 16, 2013 (La Mesa) – Two men are in custody after attempting to break into a vehicle at the La Mesa Indoor Soccer Park yesterday evening. According to Police, the suspects fled the scene but were apprehended with help from the Sheriff’s ASTREA helicopter.
Officers found the suspects’ vehicle in the parking lot at the Soccer Park, 9586 Murray Drive, and discovered additional stolen property inside.
January 15, 2013 (Encanto)--San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit detectives are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred in the Encanto neighborhood of east San Diego.
According to police, on Saturday, January 12 around 1:17 a.m., a San Diego police officer patrolling the area saw a car speeding eastbound in the 5400 block of Imperial Avenue. The officer attempted to stop the car for the speeding violation; however the driver failed to yield to the officer’s police lights and siren. Two other officers assisted in the pursuit, chasing the car to the 6500 block of Brooklyn Avenue.
By Miriam Raftery
January 15, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Visitors to websites for several high schools in the Grossmont Union High School District on Saturday morning found material posted by a hacker.
“One of the District's web servers was compromised,” district spokesperson Catherine Martin told East County Magazine. Several school home pages were “replaced with photos of Osama Bin Laden and some commentary,” she added.
January 14, 2013 (Tierrasanta) – San Diego Police officers responded to a call at 10700 Esmeraldas Drive in Tierrasasnta, where a witness reported a gunshot. After learning that the suspect owned multiple firearms, officers surrounded the house. Moments later, the suspect exit the rare of the home, armed with an assault-style rifle.
Officers ordered him several times to drop the weapon. “Officers showed superior restraint as the suspect refused to comply,” said Sergeant E.J. Dayrit. “Eventually the suspect turned the weapon upon himself and fired, in an attempt to kill himself.” The suspect inflicted wounds to his face and head area.
January 13, 2013 (San Diego)--San Diego Police Department homicide detectives are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred inside a movie theater in Carmel Mountain Ranch.
Officers responded at 2:22 p.m., Saturday to a radio call of a domestic violence incident occurring in a parking lot at a shopping center in the 11100 block of Rancho Carmel Drive. Officers arrived to find the suspect had fled the scene. Witnesses described seeing the suspect, who was armed with a handgun, run across Rancho Carmel Drive to another shopping center.
January 12, 2012 (El Cajon ) – El Cajon Police responded to a 911 call reporting shots fired at noon today at 1010 Leslie in El Cajon. Police located three victims, all with non-life threatening gunshot injuries. Possible suspects are described as three black men and a Hispanic man, all in the 20s, who may have arrived in a newer black four-door vehicle.
“A number of witnesses at the scene were uncooperative and many reported they did not see anything,” Lt. Mike Moulton said. The suspects’ identities are unknown.
Severely Neglected Dog Found Dying in Dumpster
January 11, 2012 (Spring Valley)--The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services is looking for any witnesses or information regarding a severely neglected dog that was found in a dumpster Saturday, Jan. 5 at l in Spring Valley.
The dog, a tan-colored, 10 year old neutered male cocker spaniel, was wrapped in a blanket and placed in a black plastic trash bag, which was tied shut and put in the school dumpster.
By Miriam Raftery
January 8, 2013 (San Diego)—Samuel McDowell, 72, has been charged with the murder of three women in Los Angeles. But authorities reveal he has lived in 24 states and has a long history of violence—including vicious assaults on women here in San Diego back in the 1980s. He lived in San Diego in the ‘80s and in El Centro in the ‘90s and early 2000s.
He was convicted of assault locally, including strangling a prostitute and throwing another woman out of his car on Highway 94 after sexually assaulting her. Yet he was soon back on the streets after serving brief time behind bars. Prior to that time he was acquitted of attempted murder in Florida and suspected of murder and attempted murder in Mississippi.
January 9, 2013 (La Mesa) – Benjamin Nicholas Davidson, 28, of El Cajon is under arrest after fleeing from police, crashing head-on into another vehicle and breaking into a nearby home.
The incident began last night at 9:52 p.m., when a La Mesa Police officer tried to stop a Saab sedan traveling at a high speed on Fuerte Drive. The driver turned quickly onto Grossmont Boulevard, colliding head-on with a Ford F-150.
According to police, the Saab driver ran from the collision scene and tried to elude police by breaking into a home in the 9300 block of Wister Drive. The suspect was confronted by the home owners, who pushed him out the front door.
By Miriam Raftery
January 5, 2013 (Lemon Grove) – Casey Tschida, 32, has been arrested by Portland, Oregon police for the murder of Jennifer Rene Krajnak on January 3.
“Ms. Krajank and Tschida were acquaintances and were at a bar in Lemon Grove prior to the murder,” Lt. Glenn Giannantonio with the Sheriff’s Homicide Unit said. “The two left the bar at separate times and Tschida approved Ms. Krajnak as she was walking home. Tschida shot her once in the head and left her lying in the street.”
Sheriff’s patrol deputies found her, still alive, beside the road at 7600 Pacific Avenue near Olive in Lemon Grove, but she died a short time later at a local hospital.
January 5, 2013 (La Mesa) – La Mesa residents Robert Mckany, 36, and Richard White, 57, have been arrested as part of an international effort to break up child pornography rings and rescue young victims from predators.
Arrests of 245 suspects in 35 states have been made. In addition, 123 victims were identified and 44 have been rescued from their abusers.
January 5, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) –a white KIA SUV and a dark red Nissan sports car racing at speeds over 100 mph crashed into the center divider on I-8 west near College Avenue around 9:40 p.m. last night. California Highway Patrol also seeks a third vehicle, a white sedan, seen fleeing the scene that may also have been racing.
By Miriam Raftery
January 3, 2013 (Lemon Grove) –Jennifer Rene Krajnak, 30, has died shortly after Sheriff’s deputies on patrol found her lying beside the road bleeding from a severe head injury at 2:00 this morning. She was discovered in the 7600 block of Pacific Avenue near Olive Street and died about a half hour later after being transported to a hospital.
“There was a shell casing found at the crime scene,” confirmed Lieutenant Glenn Giannantonio, who said it is not certain if the casing was related to this incident. Channel 7 News reports officials said she may have suffered multple gunshot wounds. Krajnak had filed a restraining order alleging domestic abuse in 2010 against a former boyfriend, but later vacated the order after he claimed self defense. Authorities have indicated he is not a suspect, 7 News reports.
The death comes just days after someone shot through the window of a vehicle driven by a woman with her 10-year-old son on December 26 on Glencoe Street in Lemon Grove, about two miles away. ECM has left word with Sheriff Homicide investigators to find out if the incidents could possibly be related. The victim in that case reported being passed by a white two-door coupe moments before the shot was fired.
January 2, 2013 (Lakeside) – A 74-year-old woman and her daughter have been hospitalized for treatment of injuries after a fire at their home at 13265 Lakeview Granada in Lakeside yesterday. Sheriff’s deputies arrived at 4:26 p.m. to assist firefighters from the Lakeside Fire Department at the fully engulfed structure fire.
“The elderly woman told deputies her daughter had intentionally set the fire. Deputies detained the adult suspect, pending the investigation,” said Sergeant Curt Goldberg with the San Diego Sheriff. The mother also told a dispatcher that her daughter set the blaze deliberately.
January 1, 2013 (San Diego)--San Diego State University Police have issued an alert warning of a violent assault that occurred at 2:40 a.m. in the 5700 block of Hardy Avenue. Five African-American men in a silver 4-door BMW approached a male victim and attacked him without provocation, kicking and punching him before stealing his white iPhone, according to police.
The suspects, all about six feet tall, wore blue jeans. One suspect wore a white T-shirt with orange sleeves. They fled east in the vehicle after the crime.
December 31, 2012 (Encinitas) – San Diego Sheriff asks residents countywide for help to identify three males who forcibly tried to kidnap an 18-year-old woman today in Encinitas. The suspects drove an older black pickup truck with orange horizontal stripes near the fenders and gardening gear in the truck bed.
After she was pulled into the truck, the victim reportedly punched the driver and bit another suspect before fleeing to a nearby home for help.
The driver is described as a heavy-set Hispanic man, age 30-40. A young Hispanic or white male with a thin build, possibly a juvenile, got out of the passenger side and ordered the victim to get in the truck, then pulled her in when she refused. Another passenger has a thin build and is believed to be Hispanic, age 25-35.
By Miriam Raftery
December 30, 2012 (Santee) – A San Diego Police officer sustained serious injuries when a pickup truck traveling at a high speed collided with a patrol car. The crash occurred at 2:28 a.m. at the intersection of Mission Gorge Road and State Route 125. The driver of the truck, who was also injured has been charged with suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The pickup truck was driving northbound on State Route 25 when it collided with the patrol car, knocking both vehicles off the road and onto the shoulder on northbound Mission Gorge Road.
“Fire Department personnel used rescue equipment to cut and pry the car open to extricate the officer,” said Sgt. D. Hale with the San Diego Sheriff.
Photo courtesy of ECM news partner 10 News
December 29, 2012 (Santee)—Jayme Midland, 25, was killed when the Volkswagen Beetle he was driving on State Route 52 was struck head-on by a Chevy pickup truck driving on the wrong side of the highway.
The woman driving the truck suffered moderate injuries. After treatment at Sharp Memorial hospital, she was arrested for gross vehiclular manslaughter while intoxicated. She has been booked into the Las Colinas Detention Facility, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Midland, a resident of Clairemont, was declared dead at the scene. The accident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. on eastbound 52, just east of Mast Boulevard in Santee.
December 28, 2012 (San Diego) – The FBI and San Diego Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the unknown male responsible for robbing the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 9996 Scripps Ranch Boulevard, San Diego on December 26 at approximately 12:08 p.m. The robber approached the victim teller, who had just finished helping another customer, and held a demand note in one hand and a bag in the other. The teller placed a sum of money in the bag and the robber quickly exited the bank with the bag, spilling money on the way.
Photo courtesy of ECM news partner 10 News
December 27, 2012 (Harbison Canyon) – A gunman who broke into a home in Harbison Canyon today is now hospitalized after a woman inside fought back in self defense. ECM news partner 10 News reports the man demanded cash and shot at two women in the residence. Fortunately, one of the victims was able to wrestle the gunman to the ground, grab the gun and strike him on the head with the weapon.
December 26, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – On Christmas night at 7:12 pm., a La Mesa woman was driving south in the 1600 block of Glencoe Drive in Lemon Grove with her 10-year-old son. As she passed a white two-door coupe, she heard a loud pop, followed by her passenger side window shattering.
Fearing for the safety of her son and herself, she continued driving until she located a San Diego Police officer in the city of San Diego. Deputies from the San Diego Sheriff Department were then contacted and sent to the scene.
December 23, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) – From 8 p.m. last night until 2 a.m. this morning, deputies and officers from the San Diego County Avoid 15 Task Force conducted a DUI sobriety and driver license checkpoint near the 2800 block of Jamacha Road in the uninincorporated area of El Cajon. A total of 34 vehicles were sent into secondary screening and 10 field sobriety tests were conducted on drivers. Two DUI arrests were made along with three felony arrest for possession of a controlled substance, and eight citations. In addition, four vehicles were impounded at the checkpoint--one because the driver's license was suspended or revoked and three because the drivers were arrested.
By Miriam Raftery
December 21, 2012 (La Mesa) - A man wearing a Santa cap entered the Murray Lake Liquor Store in La Mesa today not bearing gifts nor seeking holiday cheer. Instead, he pulled a gun and ordered the clerk to handover cash from the register at 3:15 p.m. today.
According to witnesses, the suspect also wore a black jacket, shorts, and a black bandana. After stealing the cash, the man in the Santa cap departed the store at 5395 Lake Murray Boulevard not in a sleigh, but in a dark grey Mazda-6 heading north.
Coalition participates in local ‘Sticker Shock’ campaign
December 21, 2012 (El Cajon)--Several high school teens spent Wednesday afternoon in a “sticky” situation as a part of MADD’s “Sticker Shock,” a public awareness campaign to limit youth access to alcohol and remind those over 21 that it is illegal to provide alcohol to minors.
Working with local merchants, members of the East County Youth Coalition placed stickers that read, “Hey you!! It is ILLEGAL to provide alcohol for people under 21!!” on cases of beer at 7-Eleven, Town and Country Liquor and several other stores located near Second Street.
Education professionals and a Granite Hills shooting survivor offer advice for parents and students
By Miriam Raftery (Photo from Facebook memorial page)
December 14, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – News of today’s shooting at Sandy Hill Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed 26 people including 20 children before taking his own life, has triggered strong reactions here in San Diego County, a region that has suffered through numerous school shootings.
“Personally I am very shocked and saddened…I have shed tears,” Fran Zumwalt, a teacher wounded in the 2001 Granite Hills High School shootings, told ECM. “Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for those who lost loved ones today. No parents should ever lose a child. I hope all of the citizens of Connecticut can feel the prayers of all of us—for their children, their families and their communities.”