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EL CAJON CITY MANAGER DEFENDS DECISION NOT TO FIRE OFFICER ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT; CITIZENS ASK FOR JUSTICE DEPT. PROBE

By Miriam Raftery

March 26, 2015 (El Cajon) – At the El Cajon City Council meeting on Tuesday, several members of the public spoke out to ask that Officer Richard Gonsalves be fired or put on administrative leave pending outcome of a lawsuit by a woman claiming sexual harassment.  Gonsalves has been demoted, but remains on the force.

LAWSUIT IS LATEST IN STRING OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CLAIMS AT EL CAJON POLICE

 

 

Protest rally to protect women is planned for Tuesday

East County News Service

March 24, 2015 (El Cajon)--An East County Magazine special investigation has revealed a long string of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct claims involving the El Cajon Police Department, dating back over the past two decades.  Following a recent sexual harassment lawsuit, victims and witnesses to past sexual crimes and alleged sexual misconduct have come forward to speak with ECM about other cases.

Bonnie Price, who is organizing a protest rally Tuesday at 2:15 outside El Cajon's City Council, contends that the Police Dpartment has a "culture of sexual harassment" that may be overly conducive to such actions.

MAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER IN POTRERO

 

East County News Service

March 23, 2015 (Potrero) – The Sheriff’s homicide unit are investigating the shooting death of a man at 23531 Coyote Holler Road in Potrero.

Deputies responded to a call at 6:47 p.m. from Mike Walliser, who stated that he shot another man due to threats the victim had made against Walliser. When a deputy arrived, he was flagged down by Walliser, who surrendered without incident.

FIREARMS STILL IN HANDS OF MENTALLY ILL

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 22, 2015 (Sacramento)—More than 17,000 mentally ill people continue to illegally possess over 36,000 firearms despite passage of SB 140, which authorized the California Attorney General to hire 36 new agents to reduce a backlog. 

The bill was passed after the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2013.  At the time, 20,000 prohibited people in California had about 40,000 firearms, an audit found.

JUSTICE DEPT. ISSUES REPORT, RECOMMENDS REFORMS ON SAN DIEGO POLICE MISCONDUCT

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 18, 2015 (San Diego)--The U S. Justice Department has completed an investigation into officer misconduct at the San Diego Police Department.  The report found serious problems with supervision and failure to hold employees accountable for their actions over a five-year period.

FBI ACCEPTING JOB APPLICATIONS

 

Deadline Extended to March 31, 2015

March 18, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - “Joining the FBI is like no other career choice you have explored. It is challenging. It is exciting. It is rewarding and every day you have a chance to serve your country,” says Special Agent Darrell Foxworth.

GANG CONSPIRACY CHARGES DROPPED IN CONTROVERSIAL CASES

 

East County News Service

March 16, 2015 (San Diego)—Earlier this week, we reported on controversial gang conspiracy charges filed by San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis against men who were accused of benefiting off crimes that they were not accused of committing. Specifically, those crimes included nine shootings committed by the Lincoln Park gang.  The American Civil Liberties Union had challenged the charges on constitutional grounds in an amicus, or friends of the court, brief.

SHERIFF ANNOUNCES DUI PATROLS, CHECKPOINTS COUNTYWIDE

 

East County News Service

March 14, 2015 (San Diego)--Don't press your luck this St. Patrick's Day by drinking and getting behind the wheel of a car, the Sheriff warns. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department will be out in full force in the coming days looking for impaired drivers.

ACLU CHALLENGES DUMANIS OVER GANG PROSECUTIONS: D.A. WANTS LIFE IN PRISON FOR GANG MEMBERS NOT ACCUSED OF SPECIFIC CRIMES

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 15, 2015 (San Diego) – San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis wants to put alleged gang members into prison for life, based on Facebook posts and rap music lyrics that her office contends amount to benefitting off crimes.

LA MESA SELECTS A NEW POLICE CHIEF

 

East County News Service

March 13, 2015 (La Mesa)--La Mesa City Manager Dave Witt has announced the selection of 28 ½ year City of San Diego Police Department veteran Walter (Walt) Vasquez, as the City’s new Chief of Police.

Witt said that Vasquez competed against candidates from outside the organization and proved that he has exceptional qualities that will help him succeed in his new position. Vasquez is currently serving as Assistant Chief of Police with the City of San Diego overseeing the Canine Unit, SWAT, Communications Division, Information Services, Property Room, and the Chief’s Community Advisory Boards. Vasquez will replace La Mesa Chief of Police Ed Aceves, who retired in December 2014 after 30 years of service.

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ARREST MADE AFTER "BURNBOOK" THREAT AGAINST EL CAJON VALLEY HIGH

 

Grossmont district blocks access to Burn Book app following latest incident

March 11, 2015 (El Cajon ) – An anonymous message sent on the popular phone app “BurnBook” at 12:40 a.m. threatened the safety of students and staff at El Cajon Valley High School, El Cajon Police reports.

EL CAJON MAN ARRESTED FOR BRANDISHING GUN ON FREEWAY

 

East County Magazine

March 9, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – California Highway Patrol today arrested David Innis, a 47-year-old El Cajon resident after receiving a call reporting a motorist with a gun on Interstate 15 at Carroll Canyon Road.

FUGITIVE TASK FORCE AGENTS SHOT FELONY SUSPECT IN ALPINE

 

East County News Service

March 11, 2015 (Alpine)--Agents from the San Diego Regional Fugitive Task Force were involved in a shooting Wednesday morning in Alpine. The agents were looking for a felony warrant suspect at 2157 Arnold Way. The warrant suspect entered a 2004 Ford Excursion and tried to flee, according to Lieutenant John Maryon with the Sheriff’s Homicide detail.

STABBING, SHOTS FIRED AT SPRING VALLEY TACO SHOP

 

March 10, 2015 (Spring Valley ) – An altercation outside Sarita’s Taco Shop on Campo Road in Spring Valley early Monday led to a stabbing and gunshots fired, Sergeant David Toner with the Sheriff’s Department in Rancho San Diego reports.

BORDER AGENT CHARGED WITH VIDEO VOYEURISM AND FALSE STATEMENTS

 

East County News Service

March 9, 2015 (San Diego) -- FBI Special Agent Eric S. Birnbaum has announced the arrest of Armando Gonzalez, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agent accused of videotaping women with a hidden video camera  in the bathroom of a Customs and Border Protection building in Chula Vista. A federal complaint unsealed today reveals that Gonzalez, 46, has been charged with video voyeurism and making false statements.

AMBER ALERT: SUICIDAL SUSPECT KIDNAPS 1-YEAR-OLD; FLED IN GREY NISSAN ALTIMA

Update Marh 10, 2015: The kidnapped boy has been found safe in Tijuana, along with his father, who has been taken into custody.

March 9, 2015 (San Diego) – A statewide Amber Alert has been issued for a 1-year-old boy, Jayden Santiago. He was kidnapped by his father, who violently attacked the child’s mother and stabbed her boyfriend at her home in San Pedro, California at 1:30 p.m. The father has made suicidal threats and is considered armed and dangerous.

The suspect, Giovany Santiago Enriquez, 38, was last seen driving a grey 2006 Nissan Altima with CA license 5UCF010.  He is 5 feet 8 inches tall, 200 pounds with black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a black beanie, black sweater, black Dickies pants and gray and black Nike shoes.

The victim, Jayden, is Hispanic, 2 feet tall, 26 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a light brown and green sweater, green and brown striped onesie, and black and white Nike shoes.

ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS ARRESTED

 

East County News Service

March 8, 2015 (San Diego's East County) --Two suspects are under arrest on suspicion of two armed robberies that occurred yesterday—one at Fashion Valley shopping mall and the other at a Vons store in La Mesa.

PURLOINED PUPPY RETURNED TO RIGHTFUL OWNER

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Missing pup has been reunited with his owner; photo courtesy 10 News

March 7, 2015 (El Cajon )—A puppy stolen from the backyard of an El Cajon home is back home, thanks to a story aired by ECM news partner 10 News.

TEEN ARRESTED AFTER GUN FOUND IN LOCKER AT MONTE VISTA HIGH

 

Threats prompted lockdowns at multiple schools

East County News Service

March 6, 2015 (Spring Valley)—A 14-year-old Monte Vista High School student has been arrested after a gun was found in his locker, the Sheriff reports.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR THREATENING TO "SHOOT UP" LAKESIDE SCHOOL

 

March 5, 2015 (Lakeside) – Sheriff’s deputies arrested a woman Thursday for threatening to “shoot up” a school in the Lakeside area.  Sarah Joy Lomaintewa, 26, will be charged with making terrorist threats and threatening a school.

FEMALE EL CAJON POLICE OFFICER FILES SUIT ALLEGING DISCRIMINATION

 

East County News Service

March 5, 2015 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police Officer Christine Greer has filed a lawsuit against the department alleging discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation and disability.

CALIFORNIA MAN CHARGED WITH SUPPORTING ISIL

 

East County News Service

Photo: 2011 high school yearbook at El Modena High School

March 4, 2015 (San Diego) – The. U.S. Attorney’s office announced today that an Orange County man who tried to travel to Syria last year has been indicted on federal offenses including attempting to provide material support to the terrorist group ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

A GRUESOME FIND IN LAKESIDE

 

East County News Service

Photo: Courtesy of ECM news partner 10 News

March 3, 2015 (Lakeside) – Sheriff’s deputies trying to serve an eviction notice at an apartment in the Riverview Villa Apartments on Woodside Avenue in Lakeside this morning made a gruesome discovery.

COURT THROWS OUT RESTRICTIONS ON SEX OFFENDERS' HOUSING

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 2, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – California’s Supreme Court has invalidated a portion of Jessica’s Law, tossing out as unconstitutional restrictions that prevented sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools, parks or other places with children.

SHOOTING ON I-8 ONRAMP: MAN INJURED IN EL CAJON

 

March 2, 2015 (El Cajon) – A dark Toyota Tercel occupied by two Hispanic men in their 20s that left Sycuan Casino shortly after 3:30 a.m. The Toyota reportedly followed a couple in a pickup truck, then opened fire just before the vehicle entered eastbound I-8 from the West Main Street onramp.  The driver of the pickup was struck by a bullet in his shoulder.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUSPECT HITS DEPUTY'S CAR HEAD-ON

 

East County News Service

March 1, 2015 (Santee)—Eddie Martin, a 41-year-old man wanted for a domestic violence incident, is under arrest after fleeing, then crashing head-first into a responding deputy’s patrol car in Santee last night.

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