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THIRD SUSPECT ARRESTED IN SPRING VALLEY MURDER

 

East County News Service

 

January 14, 2022 (Spring Valley) – Today, the San Diego Sheriff announced arrest of a third suspect in the murder of 25-year-old Jordan Amon Farmer, who was shot and killed December 10, 2021 in his apartment in the 8900 block of Delrose Avenue, Spring Valley

 

Homicide detectives identified three suspects:  Jazmin Holdren, 25, Didesisi Franklin,27, and Andre L. Ford, 29.

 

Ford, who was already in federal custody at the Metropolitan Correction Center in San Diego, was arrested January 11, 2022 and charged with Farmer’s murder.  He has been booked into San Diego Central Jail.


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SUPERVISORS VOTE 3-2 TO RESTRICT “GHOST GUNS” AND REQUIRE SAFE STORAGE OF FIREARMS

By Miriam Raftery

Photo via County of San Diego

January 11, 2022 (San Diego) -- San Diego County Supervisors today voted 3-2 to enact a new ordinance to set standards for safe storage of firearms and to put restrictions on “ghost guns” in unincorporated areas.

Do-it-yourself ghost guns are homemade and untraceable, due to a lack of serial numbers. Thus they can evade federal and state requirements, such as background checks required to purchase firearms.

Sheriff’s deputies confiscated 212 ghost guns last year – nearly six times more than the 36 ghost guns seized in 2019, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.


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MAN PUSHED INTO PATH OF TRAIN WAS SANTEE RESIDENT

By Miriam Raftery

January 5, 2022 (Santee) – Martin Andara, 68, of Santee was killed on Saturday after he was pushed into the path of a train at the Old Town Transit Center. According to San Diego Police, Andara had just gotten off a southbound trolley when another passenger shoved him off the platform without provocation, then fled on foot.

Andara was struck by the train and died at the scene.


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$100,000 REWARD FOR ID OF PIPE BOMBER NIGHT BEFORE JANUARY 6 INSURRECTION

East County News Service

January 4, 2022 (Washington D.C.) – As the anniversary of the violent capitol insurrection last January 6 approaches, federal authorities seek public help to find a suspect who planted two pipe bombs near the Democratic and Republican national committee headquarters in Washington D.C. the night before. A $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for planting the bombs is being offered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)  and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). 

Between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 5, surveillance cameras indicate the suspect planted the bombs while wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, face mask, gloves, and a pair of black and light grey Nike Air Max Speed Turf shoes with a yellow logo.


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BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED AT GROSSMONT CENTER

East County News Service

January 4, 2022 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police have arrested a suspect accused of robbing Bank of the West at Grossmont Center this morning, following a pursuit through the mall. Officers also recovered the money taken during the robbery.

Asim Daniels, 36, of Brawley is accused of demanding money from several bank tellers at 10 a.m., simulating that he had a firearm. The suspect left the bank on foot, heading toward the shopping mall.

La Mesa Police responded to a 9-1-1 call and began searching the area.


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INMATE ARRESTED FOR MURDER AT COUNTY JAIL

East County News Service

December 30, 2021 (San Diego) – A 38-year old man has died after being assaulted by a fellow inmate in the San Diego Central Jail.  The victim, Dominque James McCoy of San Diego, had been arrested December 23 on drug charges.


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CARJACKER ARRESTED IN EL CAJON AFTER CHASE FROM KEARNY MESA

By Miriam Raftery

December 16, 2021 (El Cajon) – Sheriff’s deputies deployed a spike strip on Interstate 8 East in El Cajon Tuesday night to help stop a suspected carjacker who forced an Amazon driver out of a delivery truck in Kearny Mesa. The driver drove a short distance on the shredded tires before he was surrounded by officers and arrested in the parking lot at Shadow Mountain Church on Greenfield Drive in El Cajon around10 p.m.


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MAN ARRESTED AFTER SWAT STANDOFF, THREATS OF VIOLENCE IN SPRING VALLEY

By Miriam Raftery

December 16, 2021 (Spring Valley) – A 39-year-old man surrendered to Sheriff’s deputies at 2 a.m. after barricading himself inside a home near Avocado Street and Bancroft Drive in Spring Valley.


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TOW TRUCK DRIVER ACCUSED OF ARSON TURNS SELF IN, EL CAJON POLICE REPORT

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy of ECM news partner 10 News

Update December 17, 2021:  Burton Kanehailue, who was in the New Mexico/Texas area, contacted El Cajon Police Department arson investigators, indicating he wanted to turn himself in to police. Kanehailue was subsequently taken into custody by the Socorro Police Department in New Mexico without incident. The tow truck stolen by Kanehailue was also recovered. Kanehailue is being held in New Mexico pending extradition to California, where he will face charges of arson and auto theft, says Lt. Randy Soulard with El Cajon Police.

December 15, 2021 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police seek public help to locate Burton Kanehailua, 29, a tow truck driver wanted for allegedly setting fire to C&D Towing before fleeing in a stolen C&D flatbed tow truck, which is a 2016 Dodge Ram 5500.  He is also known to drive an older-model white Volvo station wagon.

The suspect weighs about 320 pounds, is 5 feet 9 inches tall, and has brown hair and brown eyes.


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EL CAJON POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING DEATH

East County News Service

December 13, 2021 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police are investigating a suspicious death after Sharp Grossmont Hospital reported a 29-year-old man with a single gunshot wound admitted by family members last night around 8:15 p.m. The man died of his injury upon arrival at the hospital.  

“At this time, it is believed the incident originated on the 500 block of Jeffree Street in the City of El Cajon,” says Sergeant James Juns with El Cajon Police. 


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ACCOUNTABILITY QUESTIONS RAISED IN LA MESA AFTER JURY FINDS POLICE OFFICER NOT GUILTY, BANK ARSONIST SENTENCED TO PROBATION

By Miriam Raftery

December 12, 2021 (La Mesa) – On May 30th last year, racial justice protests in La Mesa were fueled in part by a viral video of a white police officer’s treatment of a young black man at a trolley stop. Protests turned violent after dark, including the burning down of two banks and a historic building, actions that terrorized many La Mesa residents. But now a jury has found Officer Matt Dages not guilty of falsifying a police report accusing Amaurie Johnson of assault. In addition, Ricky Bernard Cooper, who pleaded guilty to lighting papers on fire inside Chase Bank  as well as looting businesses, was sentence to probation after serving just 100 days in jail.


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SHOOTING DEATH IN SPRING VALLEY

East County News Service

 

December 11, 2021 (Spring Valley) – Shortly after 11 p.m. last night, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call reporting a shooting in the 8900 block of Delrose Avenue in Spring Valley. Deputies found a man had been shot inside an apartment.

 

They provided lifesaving measures until relieved by fire department personnel, but were unable to save the victim, who died at the scene, says Lieutenant Thomas Siever. 


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INMATE DIED OF WATER INTOXICATION

East County News Service

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December 10, 2021 (San Diego) – More than six months after Lester Marroquin, 35, was found dead in his cell at San Diego Central Jail on May 30, the Medical Examiner’s autopsy has determined an unusual cause of death: ingesting a deadly amount of water.


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COUNTERFEIT CASH LEADS TO FENTANYL BUST IN LEMON GROVE

East County News Service

December 9, 2021 (Lemon Grove) – A suspected drug dealer was arrested Sunday in Lemon Grove after a Sheriff’s deputy patrolling a shopping center parking lot in the 7200 block of Broadway spotted a man sitting in a movers’ truck  According to Lieutenant Patrick McEvoy, the man acted suspiciously when contacted and appeared to be under the influence. During the encounter, the deputy spotted several counterfeit $100 bills in plain view.


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12 INJURED IN PINE VALLEY CRASH AFTER BORDER PATROL PURSUIT

East County News Service

December 9, 2021 (Pine Valley) – A dozen passengers in the back of a pickup truck were ejected and suffered moderate to major injuries on December 7 after a pursuit from Border Patrol agents ended in a crash. None of the passengers were wearing seatbelts; only the driver was restrained.


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FAMILY SOUGHT FOR INMATE EARL SMITH WHO DIED AT A HOSPITAL

By Miriam Raftery

 

December 3, 2021 (San Diego) – The Sheriff’s department has been unable to locate any family members for Earl Benjamin Smith, 63, an inmate at the Vista Detention Facility who died in a hospital on November 23 after falling ill on November 6 while in custody.

 

Smith was arrested by San Diego Police on April 2 for assault with a deadly weapon.

 

If you are a relative or family member of Smith, please contact the Medical Examiner's Office at (858) 694-2895.


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LARGE HEXANE HASH OIL EXTRACTION LAB SEIZED IN EL CAJON

"These types of extraction operations pose an inherent risk to public safety.” --Shelly S. Howe, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Agency 

Source: U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

 

December 3, 2021 (El Cajon) --  Yesterday the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Narcotic Task Force and El Cajon Police Department executed a state search warrant at a warehouse at 1478 Fayette Street in El Cajon.  Investigators uncovered an active and sophisticated hexane hash oil extraction laboratory operation. 


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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUSPECT ARRESTED IN EL CAJON AFTER HIGH-SPEED CHASE

By Miriam Raftery

 

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December 1, 2021 (El Cajon) – A man who reportedly threatened another person with a gun during a domestic violence dispute in City Heights early this morning fled the scene when San Diego Police officers arrived shortly after 7 a.m. 

The suspect, who was driving a white SUV, led officers on a high speed pursuit first to Kearny Mesa. California Highway Patrol joined the chase but halted when speeds reached up to 100 miles per hour near a school, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.


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ROMEO ARRESTED ON WEAPONS AND DRUG CHARGES IN RAMONA AFTER WOMAN FOUND WITH GUNSHOT WOUND

By Miriam Raftery

 

November 30, 2021 (Ramona) – John Romeo, 57, a convicted felon seen leaving the vicinity of a shooting in Ramona, has been arrested on charges of illegally possessing a handgun and drug possession. He has not been charged in the shooting because the woman injured has refused to tell deputies how she sustained the wound, says Sergeant Jared Anderson.

On November 29 shortly after 4:30 p.m., deputies at the Ramona Sheriff’s station responded to a call reporting a woman had been shot at her home in the 2100 block of Walnut Street. They found her in the front yard with an apparent gunshot wound on her leg. 


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LA MESA STUDENT, 12, KILLED BY STRAY BULLET IN BACKYARD OF AUNT’S SKYLINE HOME

East County News Service

November 28, 2021 (San Diego’s East County) – Angel Gaspar Gallegos, 12, a student at Parkway Middle School in La Mesa, was killed on Thanksgiving night by a bullet while playing with cousins in his aunt’s backyard in the Skyline neighborhood.


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VANDALISM SUSPECT DIES IN COUNTY JAIL

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November 28, 2021 (San Diego) – While breakfast was being served yesterday at 4:30 a.m. in the San Diego Central Jail, 57-year-old inmate Robert Dwayne Moniger told deputies that he was not feeling well.


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MAN ARRESTED FOR SPRING VALLEY MURDER

East County News Service

November 25, 2021 (Spring Valley) – Pedro Arturo Rodriguez, Jr., 22, has been arrested and charged with the shooting murder of Arnolfo Quinntero, 26.

Sheriff’s homicide detectives responded to the killing on November 3 in the 8700 block of Troy Street in Spring Valley. On November 23, the San Diego Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Rodriguez as he left his residence in the 5200 block of Quince Street in San Diego, says Lieutenant Thomas Siever.

Rodriguez was booked into San Diego Central Jail.


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NEW SANDAG REPORT FINDS ARREST RATES IN SAN DIEGO REGION AT SEVEN-YEAR LOW IN 2020

East County News Service

November 24, 2021 (San Diego) -- Felony arrest rates decreased 14%, and misdemeanor arrest rates decreased 38% in the San Diego region in 2020, compared to 2019, according to a new report released by SANDAG, Arrests 2019 and 2020: Law Enforcement Response to Crime in the San Diego Region.  Overall, arrests dropped 31% countywide.


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STUDENT DETAINED AFTER SCHOOL THREAT IN RAMONA

East County News Service

November 18, 2021 (Ramona) -- A 15-year-old boy is being cared for at a hospital as a safety precaution after threatening to hurt students and staff at Ramona High School, says Lieutenant Daniel Vengler with the San Diego Sheriff’s department. 


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DRIVE-BY SHOOTING IN LEMON GROVE INJURES HOMELESS MAN

By Miriam Raftery 

November 18, 2021 (Lemon Grove) -- A man described by authorities as a transient suffered multiple gunshot wounds in an apparent drive-by shooting last night at 6:20 p.m. in front of the Albertson’s store at 7090 Broadway in Lemon Grove.


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MAN DIES AFTER FIGHT IN SPRING VALLEY; SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

By Miriam Raftery

November 17, 2021 (Spring Valley) – Rafael Garcia, 39, of Spring Valley died last night of injuries sustained in a fight on November 11. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call reporting an assault at Harness Street and Canyon Road in Spring Valley, where they found the victim was unconscious and not breathing after suffering head trauma.


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EL CAJON POLICE CHARGE TWO SUSPECTS WITH MURDER OF JAYLIN MOORE

By Miriam Raftery

November 16, 2021 (El Cajon) — On February 26, 24-year-old Jaylin Moore was sleeping in his apartment when he was fatally shot through a bedroom window. Shortly after 4 a.m. Following an eight-month investigation, Lt. Keith MacArthur announced today that El Cajon Police Homicide Detectives have arrested two suspects for murder.


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LA MESA POLICE DEPARTMENT AWARDED $96,000 GRANT FROM THE OFFICE OF TRAFFIC SAFETY

Source:  City of La Mesa

November 15, 2021 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Police Department will roll out a police traffic services program to deter dangerous and illegal driving behaviors that increase the risk of crashes in the community.


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PUBLIC TURNS IN NEARLY 300 UNWANTED GUNS FOR GIFT CARDS IN LA MESA

East County News Service

November 13, 2021 (La Mesa) -- This weekend, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department teamed up with its law enforcement and community partners to help get unwanted weapons off our streets through a Guns for Gift Cards event in East County.


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SUSPECT CAPTURED AFTER PURSUIT FROM JAMUL TO CHULA VISTA DISRUPTS FUNERAL

East County News Service

November 13, 2021 (Jamul) – Mourners at a funeral helped law enforcement officers track down Jose Espinosa, 40, who was arrested November 11 after leading Sheriff’s deputies on a pursuit from Jamul to Chula Vista. Espinosa fled in his black Nissan after being pulled over for a traffic stop in the 14000 block of State Route 94 in Jamul.


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