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HOMELESS WOMAN CHARGED WITH ARSON IN SPRING VALLEY

East County News Service
 
March 26, 2020 (Spring Valley) – A 76-year-old transient woman who previously started two fires ruled accidental has been arrested and charged with arson after starting a fire which scorched the exterior of a strip mall building in Spring Valley.
 
Last night shortly before 8 p.m., deputies from the Rancho San Diego Patrol Station responded to assist the San Miguel Fire Department in the 500 Block of Grand Avenue, Spring Valley. 
 
Upon arrival, it was determined that Leona Head, a local transient, had set fire to an electrical box, says Sergeant Curt Cartie with the Sheriff’s Department. “She admitted to starting the fire by attempting to extinguish a lit cigar with a bottle of liquid from a bottle labeled `Clorox,’” he adds. 

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ACCUSED ARSONIST ARRESTED AFTER SERIES OF BRUSH FIRES IN OTAY

East County News Service
 
September 16, 2019 (Otay Valley) – Ramon Guevara, 49, has been arrested by San Diego Police on suspicion of arson, Times of San Diego reports.  
 
The suspect is charged with 19 brush fires that have ignited since Friday near a homeless camp on Beyer Way in the Otay Valley area, according to San Diego Police Sergeant Matt Botkin.
 
Witness descriptions and a helicopter search led to the arrest of the suspect. Crews from multiple fire departments responded to the blazes.  

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ARSON REPORTED AT FLETCHER HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 10, 2017 (El Cajon) – A witness reported seeing a thin, white male wearing a red hoody light a fire intentionally on a hillside near Fletcher Hills Presbyterian Church on Thursday night, then take off running. The suspect remains at large.


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ARSON ARREST IN TRAILS FIRE

 

East County News Service

July 1, 2017 (Escondido) – CAL FIRE law enforcement officers on Thursday arrested Jose Duran Aguirre, 31, a transient in Escondido, on arson charges.  He is accused of recklessly setting fire to a forest land and for discharging an emergency signaling device in a manner other than the permitted use.


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GOVERNOR SIGNS GONZALEZ BILL REQUIRING NOTIFICATION WHEN AN ARSONIST WHO MURDERED A FIREFIGHTER SEEKS PAROLE

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 23, 2016 (Sacramento) – A new law will require notification of a murdered firefighter’s former fire department when the convicted arsonist seeks parole. Assembly Bill 898, authored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) was signed into law by the Governor today.


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$5,000 REWARD FOR REPORTING ARSON

 

June 29, 2013 (San Diego) – One out of every four fires is started by arson, according to Cal-Fire. When an arsonist sets a fire, everyone pays. Arson fires destroy homes, businesses, communities, forests, wilderness and lives. They cost our community considerably in fire losses, firefighting expenses and higher insurance premiums. They also tie up fire crews and equipment needlessly.


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SECOND ARREST IN JAMUL MURDER, ARSON CASE

 

January 31, 2013 (Jamul) –Devin Gaillard has been arrested and charged with murder and arson.  Another suspect, Miles Sharp, was arrested January 25 on the same charges.  Both men have been booked in connection with the death of Dillon A. Davis, 20, whose body was found in the trunk of a burning vehicle on Skyline Truck Trail in Jamul on September 20, 2012.


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SHERIFF’S BOMB/ARSON UNIT AT ROBOTIC EDUCATION EXPO OCT. 6

October 3, 2012 (El Cajon) -- They are on the front lines of finding and defusing bombs. Take a trip into the world of robots as the Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit showcases its high tech tools at a Robo Expo.

Members of the Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit will have a display at the San Diego Science Alliance Robotic Education Expo on Saturday, October 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It will be held at the Cuyamaca Community College Student Center, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon.


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CAUGHT ON TAPE, ARSONIST PLEADS GUILTY

 
March 14, 2012 (La Mesa/Spring Valley) -- When 51 year old Michael Joseph Morris of La Mesa set fire to a Spring Valley hillside, little did he know security cameras were rolling. The video captured him gathering a pile of combustible material and starting the blaze that endangered lives and property.

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ALLEGED ARSONISTS IN EAGLE FIRE ARRESTED


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REPORT ARSONISTS, CAL-FIRE ASKS

 

July 25, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Cal Fire is asking for your help in identifying suspected arsonists.

 

If you see a fire start, report it and remember everything you saw, Cal Fire advises. Make note of any suspicious vehicles or persons. The information you have, no matter how minor, could be the key to stopping the arsonist.


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CIGARETTE SPARKS BRUSH FIRE IN LA MESA

 

July 4, 2010 (La Mesa) – Investigators from Heartland Fire & Rescue have determined that a cigarette smoker started a brush fire shortly after 11:30 this morning in La Mesa. Fortunately, an alert homeowner spotted the blaze and called 911 to report a fire behind her home in the 7000 block of Saranac Street.  Firefighters arrived within five minutes and  fully extinguished flames ten minutes later from the quarter-acre fire burning in light, flashy fuels.


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$5,000 REWARDS OFFERED TO STOP ARSONISTS

 

Cal-Fire provides arson hotline for tips to bust firebugs

 

July 2, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- One out of four fires is started by arson, Cal Fire reports.

 

“When an arsonist sets a fire, everyone pays,” a public service announcement issued today by Cal-Fire reveals. “Arson fires destroy homes, businesses, communities, forests, wildlands and lives." Arson costs also include fire losses, firefighting expenses and higher insurance premiums--plus arson fires tie up fire crews and equipment.


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TORCHED: BOULEVARD ARSONIST GETS 15 -YEAR SENTENCE

 

 

San Diego County –  Previously convicted arsonist Shane Daniel McClung has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for intentionally setting a structure on fire near the community of Boulevard, in September 2009.

 


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PAROLED ARSONIST IN EAST COUNTY SPARKS CRY FOR REFORM

September 24, 2009 (Boulevard) –On Monday, CAL FIRE Battalion Chief and acting Boulevard Fire Chief John Francois informed Boulevard Fire Board members that a paroled arsonist had been living in the community.  The arsonist is now back in custody for violating his parole terms.

“Several suspicious fires are still under investigation,” Donna Tisdale, Chair of the Boulevard Planning Group informed East County Magazine. Tisdale expressed shock that community members were kept in the dark about a potentially dangerous arsonist in their midst at the height of fire season—and she is now calling for reforms in the law to require that neighbors be notified if an arsonist is turned loose in their neighborhood.


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ARSONIST SOUGHT; SHERIFF ALSO SEEKS VANDALS WHO SRAYED RACIST/ HATE GRAFFITI AT SCENE OF FIRE

 

$10,000 REWARD OFFERED

September 4, 2009 (Vista) – Vista is not in East County. But an arsonist anywhere in our County poses a threat to us all. One spark on a windy day can spread a fire far beyond its origins.

 


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