Crime Beat

MAN ARRESTED AFTER THREAT AT ALPINE LIBRARY

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 15, 2017 (Alpine) – Jack Wadel, 60, was arrested yesterday after the Alpine Sheriff’s department received calls that the suspect “reportedly was threatening to shoot people in the crowded library, and was pointing a toy gun at people,” says Sergeant Alex Navarro with the Sheriff’s department.

SHERIFF STING OF MARIJUANA DELIVERY SERVICES IN SANTEE DRAWS COMPLAINT, CALLS FOR REFORMS FROM MEDICAL CANNABIS ADVOCATES

 

Supporters of medical marijuana delivery invited to Oct. 16 meeting

By Miriam Raftery

October 15, 2017 (Santee) – On October 12th, the San Diego County Sheriff’s department targeted medical marijuana delivery services in a sting operation.  Six arrests were made, including one driver who was a registered sex offender, the Sheriff’s department reports. The Santee station’s COPPS unit ordered purchases through online sources using delivery drivers within Santee’s city limits, a violation of the city’s municipal code.

GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNS TONI ATKINS’ BILL TO REESTABLISH “HONORABLE DISCHARGE” PROGRAM FOR YOUTH OFFENDERS

 

East County News Service

October 14, 2017 (Sacramento) -- Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB 625, legislation by Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) that will reestablish the “honorable discharge” program for juvenile offenders who have completed supervision and have demonstrated an ability to be successful.

MISSING COLLEGE AREA WOMAN WAS HOMICIDE VICTIM: BODY FOUND NEAR PECHANGA CASINO

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 14, 2017 (San Diego) – The body of Alexandria Nicole Smith, a 30-year-old resident of the college area near San Diego State University, has been found wrapped in a blanket alongside a road near Pechanga Casino close to the Riverside County line.

FATAL ELEPHANT TRANQUILIZER FOUND IN COUNTERFEIT PAINKILLER PILLS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 11, 2017 (San Diego) – Carfentanil, an elephant tranquilizer drug 5,000 times stronger than heroin, is turning up in street drugs marketed as opoid  narcotic painkillers such as Oxycodone, as well as in tainted heroin.  

The drug is so deadly that just a couple of granules the size of salt crystals will cause death, even with medical intervention, authorities warn. It’s turning up in street drugs locally and nationally, including drugs sold by dealers and on the Internet’s dark web—and deaths are skyrocketing as a result.

LAWSUIT FILED ON BEHALF OF LAS VEGAS SHOOTING VICTIMS AGAINST BUMP STOCK MANUFACTURER

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 10, 2017 (Las Vegas) – A class action lawsuit has been filed against Slide Fire Solutions, LP, manufacturer of the bump stock device used by the mass shooter in Las Vegas to convert a semi-automatic weapon to “functional equivalent of a machine gun, thereby evading longstanding federal law,” according to a press release issued by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

DOMESTIC ABUSE SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY SETTING FIRE TO TRAILER, PROMPTING SWAT CALL-OUT IN BOULEVARD

 

East County News Service

File photo: Sheriff SWAT officers

October 9, 2017 (Boulevard) – Brian Ellis, 34, was arrested around 11 p.m. last night for arson and assault with a deadly weapon following an overnight SWAT stand-off in Boulevard.

Deputies responded to a call reporting assault with a deadly weapon in the 38000 block of Tierra Real Road around 5:38 p.m..  According to San Diego Sheriff’s Sergeant William Hout, the suspect “had struck a female relative in the face with a baseball bat and injured a male relative with a sword.”

IDENTIFY THEFT SUSPECT WANTED: UP TO $1,000 REWARD

 

East County News Service

October 7, 2017 (Santee/La Mesa) -- San Diego County Crime Stoppers along with investigators from the Santee Sheriff’s Station are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a man wanted for identity theft.

The victim from Santee never lost her credit card and does not know how her information was compromised.

MAN ATTACKS FEMALE STUDENT NEAR SDSU

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 7, 2017 (San Diego) – Campus police at San Diego State University are asking for public help to identify a suspect accused of attacking a female student Sunday around 10:30 p.m. 

The victim told police she was walking in the 4900 block of Campanile Drive when a man threw water in her face, then wrestled her to the ground. She managed to fight off the assailant, who fled in a faded, dark blue car. The suspect was described as a Hispanic man, about 6 feet tall and weighing about 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He wore a dark, long-sleeve shirt and dark pants.

CALIFORNIA SURVIVORS OF LAS VEGAS MASS SHOOTING CAN APPLY TO STATE FOR HELP

 

 

 Residents Eligible for Mental Health Treatment, Medical Expenses, Funeral and Burial and More

 The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) is encouraging residents impacted by the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on Sunday, October 1 in Las Vegas to contact them at 1-800-777- 9229 for assistance, guidance and aid.  

The massacre killed 58 people and injured over 500 victims.  San Diego attorney Jennifer Irvine was among those killed; several other San Diego County residents were injured, NBC 7 reports.

Help is available for survivors of those who were killed, anyone who was injured and those in attendance at the concert, as well as their immediate family members.

MAN SHOT IN HEAD DIES: LA MESA RESIDENT CHARGED WITH MURDER

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 4, 2017 (La Mesa) – La Mesa resident Christopher Artale is now charged with murder after the man he allegedly shot in the head, Aldo Alfonso Prado, died during the night of his injuries, La Mesa Police report.

Artale, 40, has pled not guilty. If convicted, he could face 35 years to life in prison. His bail is set at $1.5 million, NBC 7 reports.

LA MESA RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER FOR SHOOTING CAR VANDAL IN HEAD

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 2, 2017 (La Mesa) — Last night, La Mesa Police detectives arrested La Mesa resident Christopher Artale, 40, for attempted murder of Alfonso Prado, 35, of National City.  Artale shot Prado in the head following an altercation Sunday afternoon in front of Artale’s home.

RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING MAN IN HEAD IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 2, 2017 (La Mesa) – A La Mesa resident allegedly shot a man in the head at Glen and Mariposa Streets, near State Route 125 above Lemon Avenue elementary school Sunday afternoon around 4:45 p.m. The street is also close to La Mesa Village where the Oktoberfest was ongoing at the time.

WORRIED ABOUT VIOLENT CRIME? MOVE TO A BORDER CITY

 

By Chris Jennewein

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a San Diego Online News Association member

Photo:  Crime scene tape, courtesy FBI

October 1, 2017 (San Diego) - Do headlines on Fox, Breitbart and Drudge about immigrant crime scare you? Do you want to move to safety? Then consider relocating to a big city near the Mexican border.

It turns out that San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, El Paso and San Antonio have crime rates well below the average for their size, and the two cities located right on the border have the lowest crime rates of the group.

U.S. ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES ARREST OF FORMER SDSU COACH TONY BLAND AND OTHERS IN COLLLEGE BASKETBALL BRIBERY SCANDAL

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: @TonyBland04 on Twitter

September 29, 2017 (San Diego) – Former San Diego State University assistant basketball coach Anthony “Tony” Bland helped propel the Aztecs to the NCAA tournament for all four years at SDSU from 2009 to 2013, before moving on to coach at the University of Southern California.  But this week, the U.S.  Attorney’s Office in New York’s southern district announced the arrest of four Division I Coaches including Bland and six others in a college basketball and corruption scheme.

ALFRED OLANGO’S DEATH, ONE YEAR LATER

 

By Miriam Raftery

Rally and march photos by Robert Gehr

Cover photo:  Alfred Olango's father, Richard Olango

September 29, 2017 (El Cajon) – A one-year anniversary event commemorating the death of Alfred Olango, an African-American man shot and killed by an El Cajon Policeman, was held Thursday on Civic Center Way in downtown El Cajon, followed by a march to city hall and the police station.

FELONY WARRANT SUSPECT ARRESTED ON MT. HELIX

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 27, 2017 (Mt. Helix) – Michael Todd Littlefield, 50, was taken into custody Monday on Weston Road near Grandview in the Mt. Helix area.  “Littlefield had a felony warrant for auto theft,” Ryan Keim, Media Relations Director for the San Diego Sheriff department informed East County Magazine.

SPRING VALLEY MARIJUANA DISPENSARY OWNER ARRESTED

 

Update September 22, 2017:  Tooma has pleaded not guilty, claiming he only owns a smoke shop next door, not Spring Valley Greens, Patch.com reports.

By Miriam Raftery

September 20, 2017 (Spring Valley) – The owner of Spring Valley Greens, an illegal marijuana dispensary also known as the Wax Room, has been arrested.  Steve Tooma, 35, has been charged with opening a drug house, criminal conspiracy, and possession of marijuana for sale at the dispensary located at 9925 Campo Road in the Casa de Oro neighborhood of Spring Valley.

IDENTITY RELEASED OF DEPUTY WHO SHOT TRANSIENT IN SANTEE

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 17, 2017 (Santee) – The officer who shot Robert Westbrook on State Route 125 the evening of September 8th has been identified as Deputy Freddy Herrero. He has been employed as a deputy sheriff with the San Diego Sheriff’s station for four years and is assigned to the Santee Sheriff’s station.

A MILLION PUNCHES FROM THE HEART: PUNCHING OUT RACISM, GANG VIOLENCE AND MISTRUST OF POLICE SEPT. 16 IN EL CAJON

 

By Valerie Watts

September 11, 2017 (El Cajon) – Imagine a fire station hung with heavy punching bags, filled with youth, community members, police and firefighters all furiously punching away for 60 seconds at a time.  On Saturday, September 16 from 8 a.m. until noon, the public is invited to help firefighters and police officers "punch out racism, gang violence and mistrust of the police." Heartland Fire & Rescue Fire Station 6 at 100 East Lexington Avenue in El Cajon will be hosting this event put on by "ABC Youth Foundation:  an after school boxing, tutoring and mentorship program that serves at risk youth in San Diego." 

IDENTITY OF TRANSIENT SHOT BY DEPUTY ON HIGHWAY 125 RELEASED

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 9, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) — Robert Westbrook, 31, a transient white male living out of his vehicle, was shot and injured last night after threatening suicide and displaying a BB or pellet gun resembling a semiautomatic pistol, according to the Sheriff’s Department.  He sustained multiple gunshot wounds but is expected to survive.

WHITE VAN, THREE MEN SOUGHT IN ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING OF BOYS IN POWAY

 

East County News Service

September 5, 2017 (Poway) – The Sheriff seeks public help to locate three suspects in a white van who reportedly tried to kidnap two boys, ages 9 and 12.

According to the boys, the van pulled up next to them as they were walking along Martincoit Road on Thursday, August 21st.  A front passenger wearing a black ski mask tried to grab the 12-year-old through an open window and ordered him to “Get in the car.”

EL CAJON POLICE OFFICER TO STILL FACE CIVIL COMPLAINT IN ALFRED OLANGO CASE; CITY OF EL CAJON DISMISSED FROM LAWSUIT

 

By Paul Kruze

August 29, 2017 (El Cajon) -- The El Cajon police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man last year will still have to face a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of Richard Olango Abuka, the father of the shooting victim, according to a San Diego Union-Tribune article published on August 25. At the same time, U.S. District Court Judge Cynthia Bashant dismissed the City of El Cajon from the case, saying that there was not enough evidence to argue that the department’s policies or decisions may have in some way contributed to Alfred Olango’s death.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING WOMAN IN SPRING VALLEY

 

East County News Service

August 29, 2017 (Spring Valley) – Jaquan Ramsay, 30, has been arrested for allegedly shooting a woman in Spring Valley this afternoon.  The victim, described by authorities as a black female adult, suffered a gunshot wound to her right hand and left arm.

OFFICERS NAMED IN FATAL SHOOTING OF SPRING VALLEY MAN AFTER CHASE; IDENTITY ALSO RELEASED OF DEAD SUSPECT AND A FUGITIVE ARRESTED

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

August 29, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Sheriff’s department has released the identity of a 19-year-old shot dead in Lemon Grove on August 24th by law enforcement officers after a pursuit that began in La Mesa and ended on Rebecca Lane in Lemon Grove.

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