El Cajon

FIREFIGHTERS SAVE HOME FOR FAMILY OF EIGHT IN EL CJAON

By Miriam Raftery

February 16, 2019 (El Cajon) – Heartland Fire and Rescue crews extinguished a blaze Monday night in the garage of a home in the 1500 block of Condor Ave. in El Cajon.  Residents were reportedly doing laundry when they smelled smoke and found their garage on fire.

Firefighters cut open the garage door to access the flames and were able to douse the fire within 10 minutes, saving the residence where eight people reside.

RANCHO SAN DIEGO SHERIFF CAPTAIN MARCO GARMO PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE DURING ATF/FBI CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

Action comes on heels of countywide firearms trafficking investigation

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

Photo: Capt. Marco Garmo,10 News

February 14, 2019 (Rancho San Diego) -- Capt. Marco Garmo, who most recently headed up the Rancho San Diego substation of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has been placed on an administrative leave until further notice, according to ECM news partner 10News.

On the same day that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted raids throughout San Diego County, including the large sprawling Jamul estate of San Diego jeweler Leo Hamel due to a firearms trafficking investigation, Garmo was put on leave. The Rancho San Diego substation covers the same area of Hamel’s property.

Sheriff Gore, in a e-mail obtained by 10News yesterday, states that he was made aware of potential criminal conduct by Garmo by a senior member of the Sheriff’s Department, and implies that the removal of Garmo is linked to the broader federal investigation involving Hamel’s properties.

FEDS RAID JEWELER LEO HAMEL’S HOME AND STORES IN GUN TRAFFICKING CASE

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

February 13, 2019 (Jamul) – A mansion in Rancho Jamul Estates owned by prominent jeweler Leo Hamel was raided today by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Some of his jewelry stores were also searched in connection with a firearms trafficking case, 10 News reports.

In 2016, Hamel ran for the California State Assembly as a Republican, seeking to represent most of East County. Despite announcing that he had dropped out before the primary election, his name remained on the ballot and he advanced to the November run-off, but was defeated by Randy Voepel.

BOYS BASKETBALL: NORSEMEN ADVANCE TO CIF QUARTERFINALS AFTER TROUNCING SOUTHWEST EC 82-62

 
 
Story by Liz Alper
 
Photos by Don De Mars
 
February 13, 2019 (El Cajon) - If any team in the county deserves a spot in the playoffs, it’s Valhalla boys basketball.  The Norsemen knocked this season out of the park, going 25-3 overall and undefeated at home (11-0) and 9-1 in league play.  Tonight in the first round of the CIF San Diego Section boys basketball playoffs, the orange, blue and white faced the Eagles of Southwest El Centro.

EL CAJON MAYOR BILL WELLS’ TOWN HALL ADDRESSES COMMUNITY CONCERNS ON HOMELESS PROBLEM

 

 

Mayor promises more community forums; mandates City Council members to reach out to constituents with similar community forums

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

 

Audio: tinyurl.com/ECM-012019BillWellsTownHall

 

February 12, 2019 (El Cajon) - El Cajon Mayor Bill Well faced a mostly friendly crowd of some 250 people at a community town hall meeting on January 20th in the Sports Plex facility at Cajon Valley High School. While the Mayor touched on various topics during the two-hour meeting, El Cajon’s chronic homeless problem and crimes perpetrated by homeless individuals took center stage.

MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN EL CAJON

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
February 10, 2019 (El Cajon) – A man suspected of stabbing another man to death in front of two witnesses this morning has been arrested.
 
El Cajon Police officers responded to Grossmont Hospital this morning, where they met with the victim’ wife.  She told officers that around 1 a.m., she and her husband, along with another man, where in their vehicle in an alley in the 300 block of North Second Street.  Her husband reportedly got into an argument with another man outside of their vehicle and tat man stabbed her husband in the chest.

CUYAMACA COLLEGE SPRING CONCERT SEASON FEATURES MUSICIANS OF NOTE

 

 

Source: Cuyamaca College

February 10, 2019 (Rancho San Diego) -- A wide assortment of musicians ranging from a San Diego mariachi band that has played at the Super Bowl to one of the most in-demand French hornists in the country will be performing in this year’s Spring Concert Series at Cuyamaca College beginning Feb. 28.

All performances, except the Coyote Music Festival, will be held at the Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre in the Samuel M. Ciccati Performing Arts Center. The annual Coyote Music Festival will be held at Cuyamaca College’s Grand Lawn.

On tap for the Spring Concert Series:

CAJON VALLEY UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT NAMED 2019 DIGITAL CONVERGENCE NATIONAL SHOWCASE DISTRICT

 

 

By Miriam Raftery 

February 5, 2019 (El Cajon) -- Modern Teacher has named Cajon Valley Union School District the 2019 Digital Convergence National Showcase District. 

TEA BY THE SEA RAISED MORE THAN $19,000 FOR ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE'S CENTER

 

 

Source: St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center

February 5, 2019 (San Diego) -- St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) of El Cajon partnered with The Marine Room to host the annual Tea by the Sea celebration on Saturday, January 19, 2019. The event hosted 210 guests and raised more than $19,000 to fund SMSC’s art program, where students can explore their creativity through a variety of artistic mediums at Sophie’s Gallery.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS AT GROSSMONT AND CUYAMACA CAMPUSES

 

 

East County News Service

February 4, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges are recognizing Black History month with a series of events including film showings, music, foods, lectures, a book club and more. See below for a full schedule of events at both locations in El Cajon and Rancho San Diego.

VALHALLA STUDENT ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY BRINGING GUN TO SCHOOL

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
February 2, 2019 (Rancho San Diego) – A student at Valhalla High School has been arrested for allegedly bringing a loaded handgun onto campus in the Rancho San Diego area of unincorporated El Cajon yesterday.

CAJON VALLEY HOSTS SIX PUBLIC MEETINGS ON SCHOOL SAFETY

 

 

East County News Service

February 1, 2019 (El Cajon) – Cajon Valley Union School District invites parents to attend one or more of six school safety meetings where the district will share results of safety audits and recommendations. Participants will also engage with leaders from the El Cajon Police and Sheriff departments on immediate and long-term steps to maximize security and safety on campuses of students, teachers and staff.  

To attend, please RSVP to email@blackboard.com and complete this survey.  The meeting dates and locations are: 

BOYS BASKETBALL: EAGLES LEAVE BRAVES IN DUST IN CROSSTOWN MATCHUP

 

Story by Liz Alper

 

Photos by Don De Mars

 

January 29, 2019 (El Cajon) - We’re back at the home of the Braves this week, but this time for a boys’ game.  The Braves are struggling a little bit at 9-12 overall (2-4 in league) coming into tonight’s game against the school a couple of blocks away from them, Granite Hills.  The Eagles aren’t doing so great either; they sported a .500 record in league play coming into tonight (3-3) but overall, were at 8-13.

RENEW YOUR VOWS AT GROUP WEDDING VOW RENEWAL CEREMONY FEB. 9 AT PARKWAY PLAZA

 

 

East County News Service

January 28, 2019 (El Cajon) -- Love knows no timeline. For up to 75 couples looking to refresh their commitments to each other, Parkway Plaza regional shopping mall in El Cajon is celebrating love with a first-of-its-kind marriage vow renewal ceremony.  On Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m., Center Court will be transformed into a chapel of love complete with flowers, music, champagne, cake and more. Up to 75 couples will join the Rev. Drummond Macomber, a non-denominational minister who is well-known for his community involvement.

FREE FOOD FOR FURLOUGHED FEDERAL WORKERS MONDAY JAN. 28 IN EL CAJON

 

 

Source:  East County Transitional Living Center

January 24, 2019 (El Cajon) - Are you, or someone you know, an essential employee or furloughed federal employee or contractor?

East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC) and Christian Fellowship of El Cajon are partnering to provide help to individuals and families affected by the government shutdown.

HEARTLAND FIRE SEEKS PARAMEDIC/FIREFIGHTER RECRUITS

 

 

Source: Heartland Fire & Rescue

January 24, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- Heartland Fire & Rescue is currently recruiting for the position of Paramedic/Firefighter. The agencies is looking for individuals who are just starting off their career or are looking for a lateral opportunity.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: COUGARS FORCE OT, COME FROM BEHIND TO BEAT BRAVES 41-33

 
 
Story and photos by Liz Alper
 
January 18, 2019 (El Cajon) - El Cajon Valley and Steele Canyon girls basketball met on Braves wood for a Friday night contest between two evenly-matched teams.  The Lady Braves are faring astonishingly well at 12-5 overall coming into tonight.  The Cougars are hanging in there at 7-8.  Both were .500 in league (2-2) coming into tonight.

COTTONWOOD SAND MINE ON AGENDA FEB. 12 FOR JAMUL-DULZURA PLANNING GROUP

 
 
By Miriam Raftery

January 17, 2019 (Jamul) – EnviroMine, the developer of a proposed sand mine at the Cottonwood Golf Course site in Rancho San Diego, is slated to make a presentation to the Jamul-Dulzura Community Plannning Group. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12th at 7:30 p.m. at Jamul Primary School's Auditorium at 14567 Lyons Valley Road (at the corner of Lyons Valley Road and Skyline Truck Trail).

Note: This location has changed from the usual venue to accommodate a large anticipated crowd.

FREE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS CERT TRAINING STARTS MARCH 23

 

 

Source: Monica Zech, City of El Cajon

January 16, 2019 (El Cajon) -- Will you know what to do in the case of a wildfire, a home fire, or earthquake?  The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness and the hazards that may impact the area they live. Applications are now being accepted.

CELEBRATE THE CITIZEN OF THE YEAR ON FEB. 5

 

East County News Service

January 16, 2019 (El Cajon) -- The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Citizen of the Year luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 12-2:30 p.m. at the El LCajon Elks Lodge (1400 E. Washington Ave., El Cajon).

Cost per person is $20.  For more information, please contact the Chamber office at (619) 440-6161.

JOE MACKEY SELECTED FOR EL CAJON CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD

 

East County News Service

January 16, 2019 (El Cajon) – The El Cajon Citizen of the Year Committee has selected Joe Mackey as its 2018 El Cajon Citizen of the Year award.

Mackey, founder, president and CEO of XL Staffing Service, Inc. and Excell Security, Inc., will be honored at a luncheon from noon to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the El Cajon Elks Lodge 1812, 1400 E Washington Ave., El Cajon. Admission is $25 per person, lunch is included. Tickets are available online at www.EastCountyChamber.org under “Events,” or by calling (619) 440-6161.

CITY OF EL CAJON NOW ACCEPTS PASSPORT APPLICATIONS

 

 

East County News Service

January 14, 2019 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon announced today  that it now accepts passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. 

U.S. citizens planning international travel may apply for their passports at the City Clerk’s Office by appointment.

TIPSTER ALERTS DEPUTIES DURING ROBBERY AT VERIZON STORE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 12, 2019 (Rancho San Diego) – Sheriff’s deputies surrounded a Verizon store in Rancho San Diego last night, after a citizen in the parking lot saw two men wearing masks enter the store. The witness called 911 at 6:22 p.m. The tip resulted in arrested of two suspected armed robbers, both teens, as they ran out of the store on Jamacha Rd. east of Campo Rd.  After the teens entered the store, “one of them pointed a firearm at the four employees in the store,” says Sgt. Michael Hettinger. “They demanded the employees give them the cash from the register and forced them at gunpoint into the back storeroom. The suspects then forced the employees to give them the cash from their wallets and open the safe which contained a large stock of phones.

EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL APPROVES DOCKLESS VEHICLE REGULATIONS

 

Council also discussed revising code governing citizens’ conduct during public comments and reaffirmed fine against landlord over illegal dispensary

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

January 11, 2019 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved new regulations regarding the increasingly popular use of dockless vehicles (scooters, bicycles, skateboards) on city streets and an “expanded Civic Center area” including City Hall, East County Regional Center, East County Performing Arts Center, Library, Community Center, and Fire Facility Headquarters Complex.

BOYS SOCCER: FOOTHILLERS GET FIRST WIN OF SEASON AND LEAGUE OVER SANTANA

 

Story and photos by Liz Alper

January 9, 2019 (El Cajon) - Grossmont boys soccer is...well...let’s just say they could be doing better this season.  They’re currently sitting at 0-8-2 so far.  Tonight, the Hillers hosted Santana in the first Grossmont League game for both teams.  The Sultans are faring much better at 11-4-1.

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