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BURNED BODY FOUND IN ALPINE

 

March 9, 2014 (Alpine) –Sheriff’s deputies received a report shortly before 5 a.m. today of a body found by a Sweetwater Authority employee. The body had been set on fire and was still smoldering when found on a dirt road off Sequan Truck Trail in Alpine, said Lt. Lt. Glenn Giannantonio with the Sheriff's Homicide unit.

Sheriff’s Homicide, Bomb Arson and Crime units are investigating the horrific discovery.


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PROBATION SWEEP IN EAST COUNTY

 

February 22, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A multi-agency probation sweep in East County conducted on Friday, February 21 resulted in 17 arrests.

Deputies and officers visited probationers in Santee, Lakeside and El Cajon to see if they were following the conditions of their release, also working with Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Enforcement at San Diego Trolley stations in the area to conduct compliance checks on passengers.


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SHERIFF SEEKS APPLICANTS; WOMEN NEEDED TO WORK IN NEW PRISON

 

January 31, 2014 (San Diego)--The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is hiring. Recruitment for sworn positions will open for ten days in February. It means you can apply on‐line for the position and register to take the written exam. The application process is often suspended to process all those that have come in.

Open recruitment begins Monday, February 3rd through Wednesday, February 12th. Just go to www.joinsdsheriff.net to apply.


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VICTIMS AND WITNESSES SOUGHT AFTER MAN ASSAULTED IN SPRING VALLEY DIES

 

2 teens arrested for skateboard attacks in area

January 28, 2014 (Spring Valley) -- The Sheriff's Homicide Division is asking for the public's help in identifying additional victims or witnesses in connection with an assault in Spring Valley.



On January 14th just before 7 p.m., 61‐year old Daniel Sparks was found lying in the intersection of Gillespie Drive and Frederick Street with his head bleeding. It is believed two young males attacked him with a skateboard—one of three known skateboard attacks in the vicinity.


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CHRISTMAS DAY FIRE DAMAGES SPRING VALLEY HOME

 

December 25, 2013 (Spring Valley ) – In the early hours of Christmas morning at 12:32 a.m., Lemon Grove Sheriff Deputies responded to a radio call to help San Miguel Fire Department at a brush fire reported near homes on South Granada Avenue in Spring Valley.  Upon arrival, deputies and firefighters found a residence on fire at the rear of the house.

Fortunately, residents had safely evacuated.  Firefighters doused the blaze and asked Sheriff’’s Bomb-Arson unit to investigate. The fire’s cause was determined to be accidental.


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PUBLIC SAFETY SPENDING AND ARRESTS IN S.D. REGION BOTH CONTINUE TO DECLINE

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 24, 2013 (San Diego) --Public safety spending is decreasing in the San Diego region. At the same time, arrests also are going down, according to a pair of new reports released by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). 

This news comes on the heels of several recent complaints ECM has heard from residents in unincorporated areas, who spoke to us off record to complain of very long response times for calls to the Sheriff.  According to the residents, responses of 30 to 60 minutes have occurred even for violent asauslts, hot prowl burglaries, and other crimes in progress in unincorporated areas such as Campo and Lakeside.


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2 MEN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER OF SD POLICE OFFICER

 

November 17, 2013 (Ramona) – A Ramona resident and a transient have been arrested for the attempted murder of a San Diego Police officer in Poway last night after shots were fired during a traffic stop.


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REPORTED KIDNAPPING ATTEMPT A HOAX, STUDENT ADMITS

 

November 13, 2013 (Lemon Grove) – Yesterday at 2:55 p.m., a student at Monterey Heights Elementary School in Lemon Grove told school officials that a stranger grabbed him and dragged him along a sidewalk away from school. The student claimed he had freed himself from the suspect’s grasp and ran back to school.  Deputies obtained a suspect description and launched a search of the surrounding neighborhood with help from a helicopter.


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EXPLOSIONS IN EL CAJON

By Miriam Raftery

October 15, 2013 (El Cajon) – The Sheriff’s Bomb Arson squad has been dispatched to 1518 Sams Hill Road in unincorporated El Cajon following a report at 7:13 p.m. of explosions and a smell of sulfur.

“The reporting party heard loud booms coming from the roof of an apartment complex,” Lieutenant Jason Vickery told East County Magazine.


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ARREST MADE IN SANTA SOPHIA CHURCH ARSON CASE

By Miriam Raftery; photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

October 12, 2013 (Spring Valley ) – Eugene William Volk, 45, has been arrested and charged with arson in connection with the fire at Santa Sophia Church on October 8. 

Detective Calvert, lead investigator from the San Diego Sheriff's Department, developed sufficient probable cause to arrest Volk, said Detective Portillo-with the Sheriff’s Bomb Arson unit which located Volk walking less than a quarter mile from the church at the intersection of Campo Road and Conrad Drive  on October 13.  Authorities have not revealed what evidence they believe links Volk to the crime.


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SWAT STANDOFF ENDS IN BONITA, SUSPECT DEAD

 

Update 4 p.m.:  A 5 ½ hour SWAT standoff in Bonita is now over. A robot was deployed inside the apartment unit just before 10:30 p.m. to check on the suspect. The suspect’s body was found inside the living room with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Members of the Special Enforcement Detail (SED/SWAT) entered the apartment and confirmed the suspect was deceased. A rifle was found next to the suspect.


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MARIJUANA PLANTS SEIZED IN RAMONA AND NORTH COUNTY

 

October 3, 2013 (Ramona) – The San Diego Narcotics Task Force served search warrants and seized over 8,500 marijuana plants being grown illegally at three outdoor locations on September 24 and 25.   The crops had a cash value of $4.6 million and caused damage to an ecological preserve and open spaces, according to the Sheriff.


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COURT DENIES GOVERNOR’S REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OVER PRISON OVERCROWDING, BARS STATE FROM SHIPPING INMATES TO PRIVATE OUT-OF-STATE PRISONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Hear our radio interview with Sheriff Bill Gore on the impacts of this decision: http://k002.kiwi6.com/hotlink/xp8o8x2sl7/sheriff_gore-prisoners-final.mp3

October 1, 2013 (Sacramento) – A three-judge panel has denied Governor Jerry Brown’s request for a three-year postponement of a federal court order to release or transfer prisoners to ease overcrowding.  Instead, the judges gave the Governor a mere 30-day extension and further prohibited California from shipping prisoners to out-of-state private prisons, though transfers to local county jails with space will be allowed.

In an interview with East County Magazine’s radio show on Friday, Sheriff Bill Gore said California has among the highest recidivism rates in the nation at 72%.  The state is “just warehousing people” he said. Instead, he believes the state should have rehabilitation programs such as drug and alcohol rehab, literacy, anger management, education and job training to give prisoners a better “chance of succeeding when they get out” by getting employment and not committing new crimes.   Such programs have been rolled out locally.


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ARRESTS MADE IN 2005 COLD CASE OF DANIEL RODRIGUEZ, FOUND FATALLY SHOT ON I-8 IN ALPINE

 

One suspect also charged with two deadly shootings in South Bay area 

September 24, 2013 (Alpine) –The San Diego Sheriff’s office today announced the arrests of three men suspected of killing 20-year-old Daniel Rodriguez.   On October 13, 2005, Rodriguez was found under a bridge at Interstate 8 and Tavern Road in Alpine. He had been shot in the head and died three days later. 

On September 19, 2013 a coalition of law enforcement agencies including the Sheriff's Homicide Detail – Cold Case Unit, the East County Gang Task Force, the Chula Vista Police Department, the National City Police Department, and the FBI arrested three suspects for the murder of  Rodriguez. Jose Valdez, 30, John Reyna, 30, and Rashad Lansing , 32, were each booked for murder and conspiracy.


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SHERIFF BEGINS CHARGING SEARCH AND RESCUE FEES FOR THOSE WHO BREAK THE LAW

 

Safety tips also offered for hikers this Labor Day weekend

By Miriam Raftery

August 30, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- Starting  today, August 30th,  you could be billed for emergency costs if you become lost or injured as a result of violating federal, state or local laws.

An  amended County ordinance allows for a civil process to collect up to $12,000 in recovery expenses. Law breakers can also be arrested or cited for criminal offenses. The fees only apply to those who break the law, such as a rescue operation due to illegal drinking , diving or hiking where prohibited.


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SHOOTER DEAD OF SELF-INFLICTED WOUND FOLLOWING MT. HELIX STANDOFF

 

UPDATE September 3, 2013:  The Medical Examiner has identified the deceased shooter as Lionel Silva IIAt 2:16 a.m. the Sheriff sent an advisory that a robot confirmed the shooter is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.  Most of Grandview has been reopened to residents only, with the exception of Grandview Peak and Angel's Terrace. Murdock School, which was used as a command post, will be open for classes. Below is our earlier report.

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 2, 2013 (Mt. Helix) – A SWAT team standoff with a suspect who reportedly fired up to 200 rounds in all directions from inside a home at 9952 Grandview Drive  on Mt. Helix continues tonight. A Sheriff's advisory indicates the suspect, 47, is believed to be armed with a rifle, a shotgun and two handguns.


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ARRESTS MADE AT LITTLE DARLINGS STRIP CLUB IN LEMON GROVE

 

August 23, 2013 (Lemon Grove) – Following an eight-month investigation, San Diego Sheriff’s deputies served search warrants and four arrest warrants at the Little Darlings Strip Club in Lemon Grove last night.

After a number of community complaints about illegal drug usage, drug sales and prostitution at the club, Sheriff’s detectives and the Narcotics Task Force launched an undercover investigation. Dancers and employees sold and supplied undercover detectives with narcotics or drugs on eight separate occasions, said Lt. Hank Turner. Detectives also witnessed or were solicited for lewd and lascivious acts for money. Undercover detectives also documented eight acts of prostitution and witnessed repeated licensing violations including selling alcohol to undercover detectives without a license.


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SHERIFF'S COMMUNITY FORUM IN LAKESIDE AUGUST 27

 

August 17, 2013 (Lakeside) -- The Santee Sheriff's Station will host a community forum in Lakeside on Tuesday, August 27 at 7 p.m.  The event will be held in the Lakeside Community Center, 9841 Vine Street, Lakeside.  The Sheriff's Department wants to hear your concerns about public safety and your ideas for creting an action plan for safer communities.

Hear from Captain Lisa Miller, Sheriff's deputies, crime prevention specialists, Lakeside Fire Department, County Animal Control, Commuinties Against Substance Abuse (CASA), and the Lakeside Planning Group.


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NEARLY 400 ARRESTED IN MULTI-AGENCY SWEEP

 

Over the weekend, over 1,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officers conducted Operation Allied Shield, resulting in nearly 400 arrests, including 34 gang members.

The operation included parole and probation checks, traffic stops, and serving search and arrest warrants to locate and arrest gang offenders.   Command posts were established in Spring Valley, San Diego and Vista.


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SAN DIEGO SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SEEKS PUBLIC HELP IN APPREHENDING WANTED FUGITIVE RAMIRO ESPINOZA

 

June 29, 2013 (San Diego)—The San Diego Sheriff's Department, Crime Stoppers and the Fugitive Task Force seek public help to locate Ramiro Espinoza, who  has a $1,000,000 arrest warrant for attempted murder, domestic violence, felony assault, as well as a felon in possession of a weapon. Espinoza has a tattoo that says "San Diego" on his stomach. He also has a tattoo picture of Jesus with a thorn crown on his back. Espinoza is known to frequent the South Bay area of the county.

If you see him, do not approach him. Espinoza has a history of violence and should be considered armed and dangerous.


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ELDERLY CEDAR FIRE SURVIVORS FOUND LIVING IN TENTS AMID LAKESIDE POT FARM



June 10, 2013 (Lakeside) – Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant in the 12000 block of Old Barona Road in Lakeside on June 5 and found a large marijuana cultivation, Sgt. Craig Johnson reports.

During the search, two women, ages 83 and 61, were detained but not arrested. The house on the property had been burned down during the Cedar fires and had not been rebuilt. The women were living in tents on the property.


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BODY FOUND AT POWAY PRESERVE

April 27, 2013 (Poway) – A Sheriff’s K-9 dog search team located a body on Thursday, April 25 in the Blue Sky Ecological Preserve on Espola Road.  Searchers had been looking for Richard Carter, who was reported missing Monday by his wife.  Carter’s car was found parked at Blue Sky.

An identification of the body has not yet been made, pending an examination by the Medical Examiner. Cause of death has also not yet been determined.

Carter, 55, was despondent due to family problems, City News Service reported.


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SUSPECTS AT LARGE AFTER ROBBERY OF LOS PIÑOS TACO SHOP IN LA MESA





April 25, 2013 (La  Mesa)—Three robbers, one armed with a handgun, held up the Los Piños Taco Shop at 5660 Lake Murray Boulevard in La Mesa last night at approximately 9:52 p.m. They remain at large despite a search by the Sheriff’s ASTREA helicopter and a canine unit.

All three are described as African-American men in their late teens or early 20s, wearing bandanas over their faces.  Each was approximately 5’10 and weighs around 165 pounds.  One wore eye glasses and another had a dark gray hooded sweatshirt. All wore dark clothing.


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SANTEE SECURITY GUARD ADMITS SHOOTING REPORT WAS FALSE, SHERIFF SAYS

April 13, 2013 (Santee) – A Santee security guard who told Sheriff’s deputies that he was shot at in his vehicle and fired back has been arrested for filing a false report, negligent discharge of a firearm and planting evidence.

Lance Wright, 22, an employee of Bravo 3 Security, called 911 shortly before 4 a.m. on April 5 to report that while driving on Woodside Avenue near Highway 67 in Santee, he saw flashing lights.  Wright claimed that as he pulled over, a red Suburban drove by and shots were fired at him, so he fired back.


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SHERIFF TO WATCH FOR CURFEW VIOLATIONS OVER SPRING BREAK: 14 JUVENILES ARRESTED OVERNIGHT IN EAST COUNTY CURFEW SWEEP

 

March 29, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Sheriff’s deputies arrested 14  juveniles during a curfew sweep of Santee and Lakeside from 10 p.m. last night until 1:30 a.m. this morning. 

The juveniles were released to their parents at the Santee Sheriff’s substation.  Eleven were given an opportunity to participate n a diversion program through San Diego Youth Services. Three cases were turned over to the District Attorney’s office for review. One juvenile was found in possession of marijuana.

Deputies were also out on patrol to look for social host violations. No social host violations were discovered.


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SANTEE TEEN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING CALLS VIA CELL PHONE

 

March 22, 2013 (Santee)--A 14-year-old boy has been booked into Juvenile Hall after making threats against two schoolmates, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department reports.

The principal of Cajon Park Elementary (which has students from kindergarten through 8th grade) school called the Santee Sheriff's Station  yestserday after a female student reported receiving a text message saying she will be killed at school. A second female student received a text message in reference to the killing and a body being hidden.


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STAND-OFF ENDS PEACEFULLY IN EL CAJON, THANKS TO PERT TEAM

 

By Nadin Abbott

Photos by Tom Abbott

March 6, 2013 (El Cajon) – A suicidal man who doused the family home with gasoline forced a two-hour stand-off with law enforcement.  The incident on Penasco Road in the unincorporated portion of El Cajon began around 4:30 p.m., when the suspect’s mother made repeated calls for help, Lt. Eddie Brock with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department told East County Magazine.

A command station was set up at Valhalla High School nearby. 


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ASSAULT IN SPRING VALLEY

March 3, 2013 (Spring Valley) – Authorities seek information on an assault by four suspects that occurred last night in Spring Valley.  Lemon Grove Deputies responded at 8:52 p.m. of an assault with a deadly weapon at 9112 Kenwood Dr. in Spring Valley.

According to Sergeant V.J. Rivera, “There were four male Hispanic suspects involved and all were wearing mostly dark clothing. The victim got into a verbal confrontation with one of the suspects after the suspect kicked the victim's car, then it turned physical. During the physical altercation one of the suspects pulled out a knife and cut the victim on his forearm.”


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RAMONA RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR MURDER IN SEPTEMBER SHOOTING CASE

February 27, 2013 (Ramona) – Miles Lockhart, 52, has been arrested for the murder of Shane Tatro, 38.  Tato died on September 16 of a single shotgun wound during an altercation over the purchase of marijuana outside Lockhart’s residence, according to Captain Duncan Fraser with the San Diego Sheriff.


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SWAT TEAM DEPLOYED FOR DRUG BUST IN RAMONA

February 23, 2013 (Ramona) –Three men were arrested early February 22 in Ramona following a SWAT operation that led to the seizure of $15,000 worth of marijuana, plus a firearm and $17000 cash.

“The suspects had fortified the residence with a steel security screen door, steel gates and an aggressive dog,” said Sergeant B. Hout with the San Diego Sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s detectives from the Ramona substation, with assistance form the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail (SWAT team), served a warrant at a residence at 312 Fegahli Road around 6 a.m. Thursday.  The search warrant was the result of a month-long narcotics operation.


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