San Diego Sheriff
February 12, 2011 (Alpine) – Stephanie Moore seeks help to find thieves who stole all of her family’s horse show gear, including four show saddles and four show bridles, on Superbowl Sunday (February 6th) between 1 and 6 p.m. Items were taken from her garage at 3914 Viejas Creek Lane in Alpine.
“All of our horse tack was stolen,” said Moore in a message posted in the Alpine Community Forum. “I didn't have insurance. I live on Social Security and cannot afford to replace them...“Please, this was all I owned. If you see them, or know anything, please call. No questions asked! Return them to the property intact, and I would be most grateful.”
Description of stolen items:
Deputy reportedly sought to protect woman he was dating from assault by ex-boyfriend
February 7, 2011 (Lakeside)—An argument over alleged reckless driving with a child ended with the death of a man, 33, last night around 8 p.m.
According to Lt. Dennis J. Brugos with the San Diego Sheriff’s homicide detail, following a visit the man returned the child to the mother’s home in unincorporated El Cajon. The mother, 28, came outside and confronted the man, her ex-boyfriend, over his driving.
INJURED HIKER RESCUED FROM THREE SISTERS WATERFALLS; U.S. FOREST SERVICE SAYS POPULAR TRAIL "NOT MAINTAINED"
Accidents at local falls raise questions over who is responsible for public safety on our public lands
By Miriam Raftery
February 6, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- A hiker, 56, lost her footing and feel nearly 30 feet on the trail to Three Sisters Waterfall east of Ramona this afternoon. Initial reports indicated she had suffered a head injury, according to Deputy Scott Bligh with San Diego Sheriff’s search and rescue team. She was later found to have an open compound fracture of her forearm, as well as complaints of pain in her back and hips.
February 6, 2011 (El Cajon) – A parolee accused of stealing a car has been arrested after crashing the vehicle into the bedroom of a home at 627 Verdin Street in El Cajon shortly before dawn this morning. Thankfully the home's occupants were spared a rude awakening, since no one was sleeping in the bedroom that was struck.
February 5, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Sheriff’s deputies conducted a curfew sweep last night, arresting 21 people during the four-hour operation that included Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, Casa de Oro, Rancho San Diego, and unincorporated portions of La Mesa. Those arrested included 17 juveniles on curfew violations as well as three adults on drug possession and one adult male on an outstanding felony warrant.
February 3, 2011 (Escondido) – San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore has released departmental expenses associated with the investigation of the “bomb house” at 1954 Via Scott in Escondido. Expenses for the investigation, which culminated in burning down the home filled with the largest stash of home-made explosives ever found on U.S. soil, cost taxpayers $541,242.
February 1, 2011 (Valley Center) – Cameron Manning, 19, has been hospitalized with head trauma, a skull fracture and broken bones after he was attacked by two burglary suspects. According to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, shortly after midnight on January 28, Manning entered his residence at 24586 Lake Wohlford in Valley Center. There he was beaten in the head with a hammer, kicked, and left bound and injured on the floor.
February 1, 2011 (Santee) – A hit-and-run accident in Lakeside under investigation by the California Highway Patrol led to discovery that the same vehicle had committed a hit and run in Santee yesterday, according to Sgt. Scott Hill at the Santee Sheriff substation. “The subject was seen leaving that vehicle and going into a house. There was a theft of items in a vehicle and that suspect vehicle was tied to that also,” he said.
DUI Victim donates vehicle to educate public about dangers
January 31, 2011 (San Diego) – Sheriff Bill Gore held a press conference today to remind San Diegans not to drink and drive on Super Bowl weekend, or anytime. He was joined at the conference by Erin Limonchi of La Mesa, whose mother, Pamela Marabeas, was killed September 30, 2009 when a drunk driver smashed into her mother’s SUV in Santee. Limonchi has donated the crumpled vehicle for use in free “Start Smart” classes to provide teens a graphic reminder of the deadly consequences of drinking and driving.
January 30, 2011 (Lakeside) – Last night, a 28-year-old man reported that his 77-year-old father was deceased at their residence. Paramedics pronounced the elderly man dead at the scene, 12645 Laurel Street, Apt. 1, in Lakeside. “The condition of the body was such that paramedics expressed their concerns to deputies,” said Lt. Dennis J. Brugos with the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail.
January 28, 2011 (Poway) – An 80-year-old man who got lost while hiking has been found, Sheriff Lt. Jim Duffy has informed East County Magazine. “He had a cell phone and called for help,” said Duffy.
January 13, 2011 (Bonita) – After a resident called 911 to report that someone was trying to break into the home in the 5300 block of Robinwood Road in Bonita, Sheriff’s deputies found screens had been removed from two windows and two sliding doors. A door lock had also been broken. Deputies arrested Cinely Ruvalcaba, 23, a parolee who was found hiding beneath an elevated porch, Lt. Scott Ybarrondo reported.
January 13, 2011 (El Cajon) --A bomb threat triggered an evacuation of the Wal-Mart store at 13487 Caminoi Canada in El Cajon last night. Sheriff's deputies from Lakeside, Santee and Alpine responded after an unidentified male called an interior store phone shortly after 6 p.m. and whispered to a worker that he had planted a bomb.
January 9, 2010 (San Diego's East County) --The San Diego Sheriff's Department has been investigating a series of thefts of copper wire and construction materials from businesses along the Hwy 67 corridor north of Willow Road. Suspects would use cover of darkness and in many cases, bad weather, to sneak onto properties to cut out heavy gage copper wire from heavy equipment and machinery.
On January 5 around 5:30 a.m., Deputy Karl Miller and his team arrested Ronald Hyde for 15 counts of grand theft and conspiracy. Christine Vandecar was arrested for conspiracy (related to grand theft cases) and possession of methamphetamine for sale.
DUI Arrests Down; With One Suspected DUI Related Fatality
December 31, 2010 (San Diego)--A countywide holiday anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in numerous DUI arrests during local traffic enforcement details and special DUI deployments in San Diego County. From 12:01 a.m. December 17 through midnight on December 29, officers from 14 county law enforcement agencies arrested 499 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2009, 582 DUI arrests and bookings occurred during the same 13 day time period.
As part of the Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown, members from multiple law enforcement agencies in San Diego County will be conducting DUI checkpoints and directed DUI Saturation enforcement during the New Year’s Eve weekend. Details are planned in the following cities, San Diego’s Sheriff office reports:
December 30, 2010 (Lemon Grove) –Sheriff’s Deputy Seel shot and killed a pit bull at 6956 after the dog bit his thigh. The deputy was contacted by a citizen who reported a vicious pit bull dog at 9 a.m. near San Miguel Elementary School. The citizen claimed the pit bull charged him and bit him in the leg, although the reporting party had no visible injuries and did not request medical attention.
December 27, 2010 (Lakeside) - It's rare to view a helicopter hoist rescue from the victim's point of view. East County Magazine videographer Billy Ortiz has posted a dramatic video shot by his hiking companion, Pam Wilmers, chronicling his rescue off El Capitan Mountain following a rockslide yesterday.
View this remarkable video here: http://b.static.ak.fbcdn.net/rsrc.php/v1/yg/r/_g3DSzyCT-K.swf?v=12552852...
By Miriam Raftery
Video by Ron Cook
December 26, 2010 (Lakeside) – Shortly after reporting about an injured hiker air-lifted off El Capitan Mountain this afternoon, I was dismayed to learn that the victim is East County Magazine’s own videographer Billy Ortiz, creator of our “Video Adventures in East County” series. He was taken to the emergency room at Sharp Memorial Hospital, where he spoke with me by phone moments ago about his harrowing ordeal.
December 17, 2010 (Jamul)-Jamul Drive was shut down this afternoon after a passerby found a dead man at 1:45 p.m. The body , which had blood on its face, was lying face-down in the 14000 block of Jamul Drive. California Highway Patrol officers responded and determined that the death did not result from a traffic accident, then summoned Sheriff’s homicide detectives.
December 8, 2010 (Lemon Grove) -- They make a difference everyday and they do it for free. Volunteers play a vital role in building a community. On December 7th, Sheriff Bill Gore and the County of San Diego honored Lemon Grove Senior Volunteer Patrol member Dale Kephart, 93, with a “Volunteer of the Month” award.
December 3, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) –In a continuing effort to reduce the number of people killed and injured in alcohol related crashes. The Sheriff’s Poway and Santee Stations will be deploying deputies on saturation patrols and DUI/driver’s license checkpoints tonight and tomorrow.
“If he did make it out of there, someone must have seen him or knows what happened to him, and we need them to call and tell us.” - Sgt. Don Parker, San Diego Sheriff Department
By Caleb Trainer
December 1, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) --The blue Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 16-year-old Mickey James Guidry was found abandoned in the Anza Borrego desert two days after Thanksgiving. That was Thanksgiving a year ago. No one has reported seeing him since.
County declared disaster area; top disaster official seeks state disaster declaration--a move that would waive environmental laws
By Miriam Raftery
November 30, 2010 (Escondido) – An Escondido home described by a prosecutor as a “bomb factory” will be burned down to destroy the largest cache of homemade explosives ever found on U.S. soil. Protective barriers will first be erected around the property at 1954 Via Scott.
November 23, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- On November 20th, the San Diego Sheriff's Court Services Field Unit conducted a warrant sweep in the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee, and the unincorporated areas of El Cajon, Alpine and Lakeside. The focus was on apprehension of suspects with outstanding misdemeanor and felony warrants. A total of 67 persons were arrested and 96 warrants were cleared.
November 23, 2010 (La Mesa) – A 17-year-old has been arrested after attempting to rob the Yum-Yum Doughnut store for the second day in a row.
Yesterday 10:50 a.m., the teen stole a tip-jar from the store at 7550 El Cajon Blvd. According to La Mesa Police, he told the employee that he was sorry, but had no money and needed the cash. The employee and suspect struggled briefly over the tip jar, which contained about $10.
By Paula H. Dickenson, USN, Retired Crime Prevention Specialist
Alpine & Rural Crime Prevention, San Diego Sheriff's Alpine substation
November 22, 2010 (San Diego's East County)--Travel safety and prevention tips have taken on a new meaning during tough economic times. Opportunistic thieves may be looking for unprotected homes or pre-occupied travelers.
The Alpine Sheriff's Deputies wish you a safe Thanksgiving Holiday with these following safety tips to avoid problems during the start of the busiest travel season of the year.
November 5, 2010 (Santee) – The Sheriff’s Santee Station and Santee Fire Department invite you to the 12th annual Santee Pancake Breakfast this Saturday at Fire Station #4, 8950 Cottonwood (corner of Mission Gorge and Cottonwood) this Friday and Saturday, November 5th and 6th.
Money raised from the breakfast will be split. The Sheriff’s Santee Station will use its half to help families in need through the nonprofit “Spirit of Giving” organization. The Fire Department will buy automated external defibrillators for Santee schools, community centers and churches.
November 4, 2010 (Spring Valley) – Detectives at the San Diego Sheriff’s Lemon Grove substation seek the public’s help to locate a heavy set Hispanic man in his 40s driving an older two-door blue or green car. According to detective Monica Sanchez, the man attempted to expose himself to a young girl walking t La Presa Middle School on October 28 between 8 and 8:15 a.m. He later grabbed the arm of a second girl walking to school and made sexually suggestive comments.
November 1, 2010 (La Mesa)--The FBI and San Diego Sheriff’s Department announce the arrests of Christopher James Cuerden, age 26, and Caleb Gene Halcomb, age 20, as a result of the investigation into the robbery of the US Bank, located inside of the Vons grocery store at 3681 Avocado Boulevard in the unincorporated area of La Mesa on Friday, October 29, 2010.
Update November 1, 2010: The San Diego Medical Examiner's office has found that the baby was stillborn and that no homicide occured. The mother, who is mentally disabled, may not have been aware that she was pregnant and her family attempted to hide the body of the baby after she gave birth, authorities report.
October 29, 2010 (El Cajon) – The body of a full-term baby boy was found in a plastic bag in a backyard storage shed last night at 6:30 p.m. A woman resident found the bag while walking her dog in the backyard of her home in the 1100 block of Flamingo Avenue in rural El Cajon, ECM news partner 10 News reports.