March 3, 2013 (San Diego County)--CHP earlier announced a fatality in an accident involving a truck and a motorcycle at Emery Road and SR 94. A section of the road was closed for investigation. Vehicles were turned around at Potrero Valley.
February 26, 2013 (San Diego)-- As one of 6,000 homeless or unaccompanied youths in the San Diego Unified School District, Jorge Palacios could have easily dropped out of school. But he didn’t. Now, his determination to graduate and move on to a college education was rewarded when he received keys to a newly refurbished vehicle from Caliber Collision’s Recycled Rides program last Friday.
Caliber Collision’s Recycled Rides program partners with insurance companies to donate refurbished vehicles to individuals and service organizations in need. Jorge’s new vehicle was donated by Esurance and refurbished by Caliber Collision associates who volunteered personal time to repair the car and solicit donations from local businesses to help with expenses such as gas and insurance.
By Nadin Abbott
February 23, 2013 (San Diego)—Mark your calendars if you are into off road fun-- the Tierra del Sol Desert Safari will be held on March 1-3, at the Ocotillo Wells Vehicle Recreation Area, near Ocotillo Wells.
This year the 51st annual Safari will be in honor of one of the early members of the club, Joe Branch, who died last year. The club itself was incorporated in 1961 as a nonprofit, though previously the early members met in the Anza Borrego State Park (established in 1941) where members met at the Truckhaven café, which was “at the end of thirty miles of rough road passing over hills, washes and mesas.”
October 18, 2012 (Spring Valley) – A suspect is in custody after a violent incident at 8866 Lamar in Spring Valley yesterday morning. IPN reports that an armed man in a vehicle rammed another vehicle, sparking an incident in which medics were requested.
By Miriam Raftery
July 23, 2012 (San Diego)- - The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office has released its 2011 Statistics and Annual Report. The report shows improvements in some areas where deaths have decreased, while highlighting other areas of concern.
July 5, 2012 -- (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:
- CA Wildfire liability bill emerges from the ashes (Sacramento Bee)
- This summer, electric cars are merging into California’s traffic (New York Times)
- Citizen protests $11 million no bid contract; Grossmont school district (UT San Diego)
- La Mesa war hero survived wounds, not runaway car (UT San Diego)
- Plug pulled on San Diego power plant (KPBS)
- 16-year-old driver in SR 52 crash pleads guilty to vehicular manslaughter (Santee Patch)
- How Darrell Issa’s pursuit of Attorney General Eric Holder is playing back home (Daily Beast)
- Great white shark sighting closes beach (UT San Diego)
- San Onofre workers lack whistleblower protections (KPBS)
- County makes a disaster of the Brown Act (CityBeat)
July 3, 2012 (La Mesa) – Thanks to a witness who photographed a crime in progress, La Mesa Police have arrested two suspects who allegedly stole a laptop computer from a man, then dragged him 50 feet from a vehicle.
June 27, 2012 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Police responded to a vehicle crash yesterday afternoon in the 4900 block of Mills Street, where they discovered that a motorist had parked a vehicle on the street and failed to apply the parking break or put the vehicle in park. After the driver left the area, the vehicle began rolling backwards and across to the west side of the street colliding into an elder care home.
June 19, 2012 (La Mesa)—On June 15 at 9 a.m., a resident in the 7400 block of Sturgess Avenue in La Mesa, observed a man burglarizing his vehicle. The victim realized his vehicle window had been broken and observed the suspect holding a screwdriver and stealing property from the vehicle. The victim called La Mesa Police as the suspect fled the scene on foot, jumping over fences and cutting through the back yards of residences.
By Miriam Raftery
Authorities probe series of medical pot thefts, assaults on drivers
May 28, 2012 (Rolando) – The latest in a series of attacks on medical marijuana delivery persons occurred May 25 at Livingston and 69th Street in the Rolando area, where a 23-year-old woman driver was shot in the face with a pellet gun and tried to drag her out of the vehicle. She ran away and the assailants, two Hispanic men, then carjacked her 1998 white Chevy Malibu (CA license 6JAR 664).
May 26, 2012 (La Mesa)—On May 22, La Mesa Police arrested two subjects for burglarizing a residence in the 4400 block of Carlin Place. Earlier in the morning, LMPD received a report that two subjects parked their vehicle in the 4400 block of Upland Street and began walking around looking at residences. One resident in the area saw this suspicious activity and notified the police.
April 28, 2012 (Valley Center) – A Sheriff’s pursuit of a stolen vehicle in Valley Center ended in a head-on crash resulting in multiple injuries and death of a man who has not yet been identified.
On April 25 shortly after 9 a.m., San Diego Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop a stolen 2007 Ford Focus with three people inside, but it failed to yield. A high-speed chase ensued, reaching speeds of 80 mph, the Valley Roadrunner reports.
April 13, 2012 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon Police Department received a 911 call from a student of Grossmont College reporting an unresponsive male subject in a parked vehicle at 12:40 p.m. yesterday. The vehicle was parked in the north-west lot of the campus. The student was returning from class and saw the subject in the driver’s seat motionless and unresponsive.
March 27 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon Police Officers and Heartland Fire & Rescue Fire-Paramedics responded to reports of a bicyclist being struck by a vehicle near the intersection of E. Camden Avenue and S. Magnolia Avenue in El Cajon at 4:51 p.m. Monday.
March 26, 2012 (Lemon Grove) – A 20-year-old skateboarder suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a vehicle at 7:35 last night while crossing the street in the 7300 block of Central Avenue in Lemon Grove.
According to Sergeant V. J. Rivera with the San Diego Sheriff, the victim “was wearing dark clothes and listening to his iPod.”
March 23,2012 (San Diego)—San Diego Police are looking for the driver of a dark grey truck with front left fender/headlight damage. The vehicle struck and seriously injured a pizza deliveryman at Montezuma Road and 63rd street in the College area at 10:40 last night.
March 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- Cleveland National Forest officials will submit a cooperative grant application to the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division for 2011/2012 "Green Sticker" grants. Beginning March 5, 2012, the application can be viewed by clicking on the "Grants" tab on the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation website at http://www.ohv.parks.ca.gov
. Comments on the application must be received by April 2, 2012.
March 4, 2012 (Jacumba) --On February 14, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Boulevard Station collaborated with San Diego Sector Air Mobile Unit to conduct anti-smuggling operations in Jacumba.
At approximately 2:00 p.m., agents observed a suspicious vehicle traveling along Old Highway 80. Agents stopped the vehicle and questioned the driver and occupants. A field investigation revealed that both subjects were United States citizens in the area attempting to smuggle illegal aliens.
February 2, 2012 (El Cajon)—The driver of a KSON radio station vehicle smelled smoke while sitting in traffic yesterday in downtown El Cajon. Looking behind his seat, he saw flames, quickly exited the vehicle and called 911 shortly before 2 p.m. yesterday.
By Paula Dickenson, San Diego Sheriff’s office
December 31, 2011 (San Diego) -- New Year’s resolution: organize that paper monster, make that “To Do List”, control the clutter, sort – purge, sort - purge! Our new year always begins with positive possibilities for organization. Making those checklists for getting organized for taxes, bills, home repair, even cleaning out the closets helps us keep on course. For the New Year, we encourage you to consider a “Crime Prevention "To Do List” and a Paper Shredder.
October 6, 2011 (La Mesa)--Today, investigators with the La Mesa Police Department’s Traffic Unit located a vehicle suspected in an August 25, 2011 hit-and-run accident in which a 27-month old toddler was seriously injured. The boy had wandered away from a nearby apartment complex and was struck by a car while walking across Fletcher Parkway at Trolley Court in La Mesa.
May 2, 2011 (East County) -- During the week of April 23, 2011, all personnel from Heartland Fire and Rescue serving the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, and Lemon Grove attended vehicle extrication training. C&D Towing made the training possible by providing twenty vehicles to practice the vehicle extrication and rescue techniques. The training was especially valuable because newer cars continue to change.