Crime Beat

THREAT AGAINST TIERRA DEL SOL MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

East County News Service

May 23, 2018 (Lakeside) -- Late last night, the Sheriff announced it has been made aware of a threat regarding a possible act of violence at Tierra Del Sol Middle School in Lakeside.

An investigation thus far has found no evidence to suggest that the threat has any validity, says Sgt. Tim Chantler, adding that there is no immediate identified threat to the campus or any students.

As a precaution, additional law enforcement is being provided at and near the campus as the investigation continues.

HIGH SCHOOL THREAT IN SANTEE PROMPTS ADDED PATROLS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 21, 2018 (Santee) – An e-mail threat that referenced a possible act of violence at an unnamed high school in Santee prompted additional law enforcement patrols today at Santana and West Hills High Schools.

According to Sgt. William Amavisca at the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, “The investigation has found no evidence to suggest the threat has any validity. There is currently no immediate threat to either campus or student thus far.”

LA MESA POLICE SHOOT MAN WHO REPORTEDLY THREW KNIFE AT GIRL, CHARGED AT OFFICER WITH MACHETE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

May 21, 2018 (La Mesa) – A man accused of chasing and hurling a knife at a 13-year-old girl walking to Parkway Middle School this morning was shot and wounded by a La Mesa Police Officer.  The suspect has been identified as Bernard Graham, 34, of Spring Valley.

MUGSHOT.COM OWNERS ARRESTED FOR CHARGING FEES TO REMOVE ARREST PHOTOS OFF INTERNET

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Mugshots.com owners Thomas Keesee (left) and Sahar Sarid (right)

May 17, 2018 (Sacramento) -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced charges of extortion, money laundering, and identity theft against four defendants who are allegedly behind the “exploitative” website Mugshots.com. The owners of Mugshot.com, arrested in Florida, now have their own booking mugshots and face prosecution in California.

DEPUTY AIDS WOMAN HELD AT GUNPOINT IN SPRING VALLEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 17, 2018 (Spring Valley) – Sheriff’s Deputy Parrot was patrolling on Felicita Avenue in Spring Valley this morning when he saw a man exit the backseat of a parked vehicle and a woman standing nearby. When the Deputy approached, he noticed the woman “silently asking for help,” according to Sergeant. K. Cartie.

SHERIFF SNUFFS OUT MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES IN SPRING VALLEY

 

East County News Service

May 10, 2018 (Spring Valley) – The Sheriff’s department today announced it has begun serving 10-day notices on illegal marijuana dispensaries in Spring Valley and will arrest violators who don’t vacate the premises. The action comes after the Sheriff and County Planning and Development Services served over a dozen search warrants on illicit dispensaries from mid-2017 to early 2018 on Spring Valley pot shops, seizing 7,000 pounds of marijuana, five firearms and $85,000 in cash.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: SHERIFF BILL GORE MAKES CASE FOR REELECTION

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

May 6, 2018 (San Diego) – In an exclusive interview aired recently on the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ radio, Sheriff Bill Gore said San Diego is the “safest urban county in America” and touted his nine-year record, also addressing controversies. Hear the full interview at the audio link above, or scroll down for highlights.

Gore has a 44-year career in law enforcement, including serving as Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), where he helped pioneer a cyber crimes squad and joint terrorism task force. A Navy veteran raised in San Diego, he comes from a law enforcement family and is married to one of the FBI’s first women agents. His department serves the county’s unincorporated areas and contracts with nine local cities, including Lemon Grove and Santee here in East County.

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FIVE ARRESTED AT SANTEE DUI CHECKPOINT

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 6, 2018 (Santee) – A sobriety and driver license checkpoint conducted by Sheriff’s deputies in Santee last night near Mission Gorge Road and State Route 125 resulted in five DUI (driving under the influence arrests). In addition, six citations were issued for suspended/revoked or no driver’s licenses and eight vehicles were impounded.

SUSPECTED DRUG LAB SPARKS FIRE, BURNS RESIDENT IN SPRING VALLEY HOME

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 6, 2018 (Spring Valley) – A garage fire in the 900 block of Maria Avenue in Spring Valley last night was caused by an illegal “honey oil” lab believed to have processed marijuana into cannabis oil, says Sergeant Michael Hetlinger with the Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s station. A male resident suffered burns to approximately 30% of his body and was transported to UCSD Medical Center, Sgt. Hetlinger adds.

ECM EXCLUSIVE: SUSPECT GRABBED BACKPACK FROM BEHIND, THEN GRABBED ARM OF ATTEMPTED KIDNAP VICTIM

 

By Kendra Sitton

April 26, 2018 (Jamul) — ECM has new details on an attempted kidnapping of an 11-year-old girl walking between Oak Grove Middle School and Jamul Primary School on Tuesday.

The 6th grade student was using a dirt trail in the rural area frequented by other kids and even Oak Grove’s cross-country team. Near the bottom of the trail behind a baseball dugout, a man suddenly grabbed her backpack from behind, possibly in an attempt to knock her off her feet. She stood firm and then the suspect grabbed her arm tightly, so much so she described it as feeling like her arm was going to explode. She was able to escape and run towards the school.

ATTEMPTED CHILD ABDUCTION NEAR JAMUL PRIMARY SCHOOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update April 25, 2018:  A  sketch of the suspect has been release by the Sheriff's department.

By Miriam Raftery

April 24, 2018 (Jamul) – Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of an attempted child abduction today at 3:49 p.m. near Jamul Primary School (15567 Lyons Valley Road.  According to Sgt. K. Menzies, “An 11-year-old girl was apparently approached and forcibly grabbed by an unknown male.”

SHERIFF SEEKS HELP TO ID BURGLARY, THEFT AND FRAUD SUSPECT IN EAST COUNTY

 

Source: Sheriff’s Department

April 24, 2018 (Rancho San Diego) -- Investigators from the Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s Station want your help locating a man wanted in connection with theft, burglary, and fraud in the East County.

On April 1st between 12:00 p.m. and 1:45 p.m., someone stole a checkbook from the glove box of a vehicle that was parked in the 2100 block of Merlyn Place in unincorporated El Cajon.

SHOOTING DEATH IN RAMONA: SHERIFF SEEKS WITNESSES TO FIND SUSPECT OR SUSPECTS

 

 

Updated April 17th with identiy of the victim.

By Miriam Raftery

April 16, 2018 (Ramona) – Sheriff’s deputies responding to a 911 call reporting gunshots and screams Sunday night shortly after 8:30 p.m. found a mortally wounded man on the ground in front of a home at 15921 Wood Rock Lane in Ramona, according to Lieutenant Michael Blevins. 

The victim has been identified as 21-year old Ivan Nivinskus.  The county Medical Examiner has ruled the death has been ruled a homicide, caused by multiple gunshot wounds.

SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT WARNS OF PHONE SCAM

 

Don’t fall for it if someone claiming to work at the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department calls you on the phone and tells you to pay up or you’ll go to jail.

The Sheriff’s Department advises you to hang up because it’s a scam. No Sheriff’s employee would ever contact a member of the public by phone to demand payment. The way the con works is criminals tell people they have an outstanding warrant for their arrest — or that they have a summons for them to appear in court for missing jury duty service. The criminal might even use the name of a real Sheriff’s deputy which they can easily find by doing an internet search. Another trick is they might use Caller ID spoofing, which makes it appear that the call is coming from a Sheriff’s facility. Don’t let those details convince you its real.

POLICE CHASE OF SUSPECT IN STOLEN CAR ENDS WITH ARREST IN LEMON GROVE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

April 10, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – A suspect who led police onto a high-speed chase from La Mesa to Lemon Grove was arrested late last night, following a manhunt in which he was located hiding in a family’s garage.

La Mesa Police tried to pull over a reportedly stolen Honda Civic shortly after 11 p.m., but the driver sped off.  He led police on a chase at up to 100 miles per hour with a route that included I-8 west, State Route 125 and eastbound State Route 94, 10 News reports.

WOMAN WHO SURVIVED DOUBLE HIT AND RUN ON I-8 IN LAKESIDE NEEDS HELP WITH MEDICAL BILLS—AND HOPES TO THANK TRUCKER WHO SAVED HER LIFE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 7, 2018 (Lakeside) – “My life changed forever during the early morning hours on Memorial Day, May 30, 2017,” says Korren Knapp Grada.  That’s when she suffered horrific injuries after being struck by two hit-and-run vehicles in I-8 near the Lake Jennings exit in Lakeside. 

How she got there remains a mystery, though she believes she was drugged by a man and was seeking to escape harm when she scaled a fence onto the freeway.

She’s shared her story with East County Magazine in hopes that someone can shed light on what happened, perhaps recognizing strangers in photos taken on her cell phone the night before. She also hopes to thank a good Samaritan who stopped and saved her life. 

Most of all, she needs help with staggering medical bills for multiple surgeries needed to save her life and help her on her long road to healing; you can donate at https://www.gofundme.com/helpkorren.

THREE ARRESTED, DRUGS AND WEAPONS SEIZED IN LAKESIDE RAID

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 5, 2018 (Lakeside) — This morning, deputies from the Lakeside Sheriff’s substation and Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail executed a search warrant as part of a narcotics investigation at 11715 Morena Avenue in Lakeside.  They found a butane honey oil lab used to make concentrated cannabis products, as well as five guns, suspected methamphetamine and cocaine, drug paraphernalia and cash.

UNCONFIRMED REPORT OF MAN WITH GUN NEAR GROSSMONT CENTER PROMPTED SEARCH

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Google Earth

April 4, 2018 (La Mesa) – Yesterday, La Mesa Police sent a community alert out warning motorists to avoid the area of Center Drive and Grossmont Boulevard near Grossmont Center shopping mall and Grossmont Medical Center, due to police “actively searching the area” for a man reportedly sighted openly carrying a gun.

CBP OFFICERS STOP TEENAGERS ALLEGEDLY SMUGGLING FENTANYL AND COCAINE

 

Source:  U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

April 2, 2018 (San Diego) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry thwarted two alleged narcotic smuggling attempts after discovering one teen carrying packages of fentanyl strapped to his body and a young woman concealing fentanyl and cocaine in her vehicle.

ONE SUSPECT ARRESTED, ANOTHER STILL AT LARGE IN SPRING VALLEY GAS STATION ROBBERY

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 31, 2018 (Spring Valley) – Two young men robbed a Valero gas station at 2835 Sweetwater Road in Spring Valley shortly after noon today.  One of the suspects, described as a black male juvenile, pointed a silver .357 magnum at the store clerk and demanded cash. The other suspect was described as a Hispanic juvenile.

SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR PROPOSED FOR RELEASE IN JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Herman Smith, San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept.

March 30, 2018 (Jacumba Hot Springs) — A hearing is set for April 27 on proposed release of Herman Smith at 42920 Desert Rose Ranch Road in Jacumba Hot Springs.  Smith has been convicted of sexually violent crimes including rape by force in 1993, oral copulation with a minor under age 14 by force or fear, and sodomizing a victim under age 14 with force. He has also been convicted of raping a drugged victim.

DULZURA MAN ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF POISONING HIS WIFE

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 29, 2018 (Dulzura) -- Race Remington Uto, 27, of Dulzura has been arrested for the attempted murder and poisoning of his wife.

After she was hospitalized with an unknown illness, medical staff found extremely high levels of Thallium in her system, a heavy metal that has been used in the past as a rat poison and ant killer.

DUI CHECKPOINT IN SANTEE AREA ON FRIDAY

 

East County News Service

March 28, 2018 (Santee) – The Sheriff’s Santee station will conduct a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint on Friday, March 30th from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. at an undisclosed location.

Checkpoints aim to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from alcohol-involved accidents by getting offenders off the streets and by educating the public on dangers of impaired driving, as well as the importance of designating a sober driver. Checkpoints also assure that each motorist has a valid driver’s license.

YOUTH’S JOY RIDE ENDS IN FIERY CRASH IN SPRING VALLEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 28, 2018 (Spring Valley) – A boy alleged to have stolen his family’s pickup truck led police on a chase that ended in a crash into a Spring Valley gas station, igniting a fire that caused $200,000 worth of damage.

Patch.com reports that the incident started around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday when a Sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a green Toyota Tacoma pickup truck driving without headlights on Jamacha Boulevard.  The driver refused to stop and sped off, losing control as he turned onto Sweetwater Springs Boulevard.

SHERIFF HOSTS COFFEE WITH COMMUNITY FOR SPRING VALLEY AND RANCHO SAN DIEGO AREAS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 27, 2018 (Spring Valley) – The Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s Station will host a coffee with the community on Thursday, March 29 at the Spring Valley Teen Center, 838 Kempton Street in Spring Valley.

The Rancho San Diego substation serves communities from Mt. Helix south to Jamul.

JAIL, FINES FOR GIVING ALCOHOL TO MINORS

 

2013: 11

2014: 8

2015: 13

2016: 12

2017: 12

Those are the numbers of San Diegans under the age of 21 who had alcohol in their system when they died, according to County Medical Services annual data.

Since those 56 young people were not old enough to legally buy alcohol, you have to ask yourself, where did they get it?

Chances are they got it from adults.

ARSON SUSPECT ARRESTED IN SPRING VALLEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 23, 2018 (Spring Valley) – A man suspected of intentionally seting a fire at 10767 Jamacha Blvd. in Spring Valley was detained last night at 9:43 p.m. by deputies from the Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s station.

He was rescued from a burning home and detained by a deputy for allegedly set the fire. The suspect was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries related to the fire, said Sergeant Kotaro Murashige.

Members of the Sheriff’s bomb/arson unit are investigating the cause and origin of the blaze.

11 ARRESTED AT CLOUD 9 WELLNESS, ILLEGAL DISPENSARY IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

March 22, 2018 (El Cajon) – Nine employees and two security guards were arrested today after El Cajon Police Department officers, aided by the San Diego County Integrated Narcotic Task Force, served a search warrant at Cloud 9 Wellness, a non-licensed marijuana dispensary operating illegally in the city of El Cajon.

 A large amount of cash and marijuana was seized as evidence. All of those arrested are adults, according to ECPD.

“This is the second search warrant served on Cloud Nine Wellness for selling marijuana within the City of El Cajon this month,” says Lt. Walt Miller with ECPD’s investigative division. “Prior to these warrants being served, Cloud 9 Wellness was warned repeatedly by the El Cajon City Attorney’s office to cease and desist its sales of marijuana,” he adds.

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