Crime Beat

CASE OF ELIJA “BEAR” DIAZ, EL CAJON MAN MISSING SINCE 2015, TO BE FEATURED ON INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY TV APRIL 23

 

East County News Service

April 17, 2017 (El Cajon) — “Every Mother’s Son,” an Investigation Discovery TV show episode about the disappearance of Elija “Bear” Diaz, will air on April 23rd at 7 p.m.

Diaz vanished in the middle of the night of August 29, 2015 from his El Cajon home and his family suspects he met with foul play. A member of the Barona Band of Mission Indians, he was 20 years old at the time.

“We are encouraged that this national focus on Bear’s case will spark someone to remember any clues that might help us find him,” said LeLanie Thompson, Bear’s mom. “We miss our son and won’t stop looking for him until we have some answers about his disappearance. We appreciate the community’s continued support.”

UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA TO DIVEST FROM PRIVATE PRISONS AS BILL ADVANCES TO END ALL USE OF PRIVATE PRISONS STATEWIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 17, 2017 (San Diego)  –  The University of California has announced that it will halt its investments in private prison companies, removing $25 million in investments from Corrections Corporation of America, G4S, and GEO Group Inc., the Los Angeles Times reports.

POSSIBLE ABDUCTION ATTEMPT AT PARKWAY PLAZA IN EL CAJON

 

Source: El Cajon Police

April 12, 2017 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police has issued a bulletin warning that the department is investigating a report of an attempted abduction in the Walmart parking lot at Parkway Plaza.  A 3-year-old girl and her mother were walking to their vehicle yesterday between 12 noon and 1 p.m. when the attempted abduction occurred, said Lt. Royal Bates.

FORMER PORTRERO RESIDENT SEEKING REVERSAL OF HOME FORFEITURE TO FEDS AFTER COURT VOIDS CONVICTIONS

 

By Mike Allen

April 11, 2017 (Potrero) – A former Potrero resident who was found guilty of smuggling illegal immigrants in 2014 had her ranch home seized by the federal government and sold at auction. But now a court has vacated, or voided, the most serious charges, so Kayla Rains seeks to have the auction funds returned to her.

POLICE, CHP JOIN STATEWIDE EFFORT TO STOP DISTRACTED DRIVING

 

East County News Service

April 7, 2017 (La Mesa) -- April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  In California, the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the La Mesa Police Department, CHP, local law enforcement, and community partners throughout the state are working together to make the roads safer by highlighting the dangers of being distracted while driving, especially by cell phones.

SHERIFF’S GANG DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE VEHICLE SHOOTING IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

April 5, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – Shortly before 1 p.m. this afternoon, deputies from the Lemon Grove Sheriff’s patrol station responded to reports of shots fired at an occupied vehicle in the 3900 block of Kempf Avenue.

CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION LAUNCHES WEBSITE LISTING DETENTION AND ARREST OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS WHO COMMITTED CRIMES

 

East County News Service

April 2, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection has unveiled a new webpage making available to the public data on apprehensions, admissibility, recidivism, and arrests of “criminal aliens” at the border. Information on the page will be expanded to include seizures of drugs, currency, and prohibited agriculture products in the coming months.

SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS’ BILL OF RIGHTS APPROVED BY ASSEMBLY PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE

 

East County News Service      

March 28, 2017 (Sacramento) — The Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights, or Assembly Bill 1312, has been unanimously approved by the Assembly Public Safety Committee. The measure is authored by San Diego Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher.

MAN INJURED DEFENDING PREGNANT WIFE IN SPRING VALLEY BRAWL

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 26, 2017 (Spring Valley) -- A pregnant woman walking with her husband and 2-year-old child was  accosted last night at 8:10 p.m. by three men in the 1000 block of Elkerton Boulevard.  When her husband moved to defend her, one of the assailants grabbed a drainage cover and hit the husband over the head, causing a traumatic injury, said Sergeant Jeremy Sheppard with the Sheriff’s Department.

AFTER MEETING WITH CA ATTORNEY GENERAL ON OLANGO SHOOTING, CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER PRAISES “NEXT STEPS” FOR OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS

 

East County News Service

March 25, 2016 (El Cajon) – Civil rights leaders including Rev. Shane Harris from the National Action Network met with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra yesterday in Los Angeles to discuss police reform and accountability. The group asked for a special prosecutor to investigate the officer-involved shooting of Alfred Olango in El Cajon last September.

LA MESA MAN ARRESTED AFTER SHOOTING, SWAT STAND-OFF

 

East County News Service

March 23, 2017 (La Mesa) — Daniel Mitchell, 29, was arrested early Tuesday morning at his home on Blackton Drive in La Mesa after a SWAT team incident.

Mitchell reportedly fired into the home Monday evening following a dispute with his roommate, who fled the residence unharmed, 10 News reports.

WANTED: UP TO $1,000 REWARD FOR ROBBERY SUSPECT WHO FIRED BB GUN AT STORE EMPLOYEES AND THREATENED ANOTHER WITH A HATCHET

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 21, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Public help is sought to locate a suspect who robbed a Best Buy in La Mesa and Walmart stores in Santee and El Cajon. The suspect fire shots from a BB gun at store employees in two locations and threatened another employee with a hatchet before fleeing in a brown, four-door Buick.  County Crime Stoppers is offer a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of this suspected wanted for multiple robberies and assaults with a deadly weapon.

CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER ASKS CA ATTORNEY GENERAL TO NAME SPECIAL PROSECUTOR FOR OLANGO CASE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Rev. Shane Harris during a January interview with East County Magazine on KNSJ

March 13, 2017 (El Cajon) — Rev. Shane Harris at the National Action Network in San Diego announced that he has asked Calif. Attorney General Xavier Becerra to appoint a special prosecutor to conduct an independent investigation into the death of Alfred Olango. Olango, an African-American man, was fatally shot in Sept. 2016 by an El Cajon Police officer.

COUNTY NAMES NEW PUBLIC DEFENDER

 

 

By Michele Clock, County of San Diego Communications

 

March 10, 2017 (San Diego) -- The Public Defender’s Office will soon have a new leader.

 

Randy Mize, who rose through the ranks of the department to an executive role over the past 29 years, will become the County’s top Public Defender. Mize, 57, currently the department’s Chief Deputy of the Primary Public Defender, will replace outgoing Public Defender Henry Coker.

SHOTS FIRED AT ROLANDO HOOKAH LOUNGE: GUNMAN REMAINS AT LARGE

 

East County News Service

Photo courtesy 10 News, ECM news partner

March 9, 2017 (Rolando) – A gunman fired multiple rounds into the Blue Nile Hookah Lounge shortly after midnight, but fortunately no one was injured.

Panicked customers dove for cover to avoid bullets that went through a front window and also struck vehicles in the 7200 block of El Cajon Blvd.

RACISM CAN NULLIFY JURY VERDICTS, SUPREME COURT RULES

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 6, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – By a 5 to 3 vote, the Supreme Court has ruled that a verdict can be voided and a new trial ordered if a juror showed racial bias.

The case involved a Colorado racetrack employee convicted of sexual battery after a juror stated during deliberations that the defendant must be guilty because “he’s Mexican, and Mexican men take whatever they want.”

BUYING OR SELLING ONLINE? LA MESA POLICE LAUNCH TRANSACTION ZONES FOR SAFETY

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 2, 2017 (La Mesa) –The popularity of selling goods using the internet has substantially increased over the last decade, which has also increased criminal activity during the sale of these items.  So today, La Mesa Police Department announced designation of two parking stalls on the east side of the police station as a “transaction zone” for La Mesa residents engaging in e-commerce.

SHERIFF SEEKS HELP TO ID MASKED ARMED ROBBERS IN LEMON GROVE

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 27, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – The Sheriff’s Department seeks public help to identify three masked suspects armed with a shotgun, bat and hammer. The three suspects robbed Santana’s Restaurant at 7633 Palm St. in Lemon Grove at 2:30 a.m. this morning.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY BAR FOUNDATION AWARDS $110,000 TO RECIPIENTS OF INDIGENT CRIMINAL DEFENSE FUND

 

Three local nonprofits receive grants to support legal assistance programs

East County News Service

Feb. 26, 2017 (San Diego) – The San Diego County Bar Foundation awarded $110,000 from its 2016 Indigent Criminal Defense Fund to three San Diego nonprofits that offer legal defense programs for individuals and families. The charitable arm of the San Diego County Bar Association, the Bar Foundation created its Indigent Criminal Defense Fund to further and support indigent criminal defense programs, projects and activities in San Diego County.

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION INTO SUSPICIOUS DEATH IN LAKESIDE CAR FIRE

 

East County News Service

Update February 25, 2017 :  The victim has been identified as Santee resident Andrea Daves, 33. Cause and manner of death will be determined by the medical examiner.

February 23, 2017 (Lakeside) – Sheriff’s deputies responded to a vehicle fire on a cul-de-sac in the 11200 block of Mast Boulevard in Lakeside last night shortly after 11 p.m.  They found a vehicle fully engulfed in flames.

SWAT TEAM IN SANTEE

 

February 20, 2017 (Santee) -- The Sheriff has issued this warning for Santee residents: 

 

If you live in Santee, be aware of increased law enforcement activity in your area. A SWAT Standoff is underway in the 8500 block of Massery Lane. Deputies were called to the home just after 9:00 a.m. following reports of a disturbance. A man is holed up inside the home possibly armed with a gun. He is the only person inside the house. 

If you live in the neighborhood, STAY INSIDE. 

3 ARRESTED IN COLLEGE AREA DRUG RAID

 

East County News Service

February 16, 2017 (San Diego) -- Detectives and Crime Suppression Team Deputies from the Sheriff's Alpine Station, with the assistance of the Sheriff's Special Enforcement Detail, served a search warrant at 5090 College Ave. #5 in San Diego this afternoon. Deputies from the Special Enforcement Detail (SED) served the search warrant, since the occupants were believed to be armed with firearms and selling narcotics.

SUSPECT KILLED IN LEMON GROVE HOME INVASION IDENTIFIED AS DERRICK HARRIS JR., 15

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 15, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – A suspect killed in a February 7th home invasion in Lemon Grove has been identified as a juvenile, 15-year-old Derrick Harris Jr.

The Sheriff’s Department seeks public help to identify a second suspect who remains at large, says Lieutenant Kenneth Nelson with the San Diego Sheriff’s Homicide Detail.

WANTED: I.D. THEFT AND BURGLARY SUSPECT

 

Source: San Diego County Sheriff's Department

February 11, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - The North Coastal Sheriff's Station and San Diego County Fugitive Task Force want your help in finding a man wanted on felony charges of identity theft and burglary. Chance Arnold Bowman, 37,  was previously convicted of I.D. Theft, stealing a car, possessing drugs and violating his parole. He is known to frequent the East County.

He was last seen driving an older model Silver Honda Civic with a red hood and red rear bumper.

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