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DUI DRIVER FACES DOUBLE MURDER CHARGE

 

April 19, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Alberto Casteneda Carranza, 26, will be charged with murder in the deaths of two 20-year-old passengers following a crash on I-8 west of Lake Jennings Park Road in East County this morning at 7:26 a.m.

JURY FINDS ALHIMIDI GUILTY OF MURDERING HIS WIFE

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 19, 2014 (El Cajon ) – After a day and a half of deliberations, an El Cajon jury on Thursday found Iraqi immigrant Kassim Alhimidi guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Shaima Alawadi.

After the verdict was read, Alhimidi prayed and spoke in Arabic, professing, “I attest to God that I am not the killer. I’m innocent,”  ECM news partner 10 News reports. 

Family members showed outbursts of emotion, divided in their reactions.  The couple’s oldest son, Mohammed, rose and shouted profanities, exclaiming, “My dad is innocent, he was tried unfairly,” before being restrained and  escorted out of the courtroom.  But Mohammed’s brother, Ali, reportedly said he supports the verdict.

FBI ADVICE FOR U.S. COLLEGE STUDENTS ABROAD: BE AWARE OF FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE THREAT

 

Photo:  Duffie Shriver, student convicted of espionage

April 17, 2014 (San Diego)—On April 14, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced the release of a 28 minute video entitled Game of Pawns: The Glenn Duffie Shriver Story video. The video was released in an effort to educate the public and especially students traveling abroad about the espionage threat. The video is posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=R8xlUNK4JHQ

PROSECUTION RESTS ITS CASE IN MURDER TRIAL OF IRAQI MAN IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 16, 2014 (El Cajon)—Yesterday the prosecution rested its case in the trial of Kassim Alhimidi, an Iraqi immigrant who is accused of murdering his wife, Shaima Alawadi.  Alhimidi’s fate now rests in the hands of a jury at the courthouse in El Cajon.

The killer repeatedly struck Alawadi in the head from behind while she was sitting at a computer in her El Cajon home in March 2012.  Police believe the murderer was someone  the victim knew and trusted, since she was not wearing her hijab, a traditional head scarf, during the attack.

FUNDRAISER IN LAKESIDE, NEW WEBSITE AIMS TO RAISE REWARD IN TRIPLE-MURDER CASE

 

April 14, 2014 (Lakeside) - Last year on Christmas Eve, Salvatore Belvedere and his brother’s fiancé, Ilona Flint, were found mortally wounded in a vehicle parked at Mission Valley Center.  Flint managed to call 911 despite having been shot in the head.  She died at the scene and her finance later succumbed to his wounds at a hospital. Both were 22 years old.

READER'S EDITORIAL: EXPLOSIVE TESTIMONY IN ALHIMIDI MURDER TRIAL

 

Daughter told friend she saw a "white guy" fleeing murder scene

By Robert Clark

April 13, 2014 (El Cajon)--The trial of Kassim Alhimidi for the murder of his wife, Shaima Alawadi, in El Cajon District Court is winding down. According to Judge William McGrath, the case could go to the jury as early perhaps as April 15, following completion of presentation of evidence, his jury instructions, and closing arguments.

The prosecution rested at 10:06 a.m. on April 11, having presented 108 exhibits into evidence. The defense called four witnesses before court adjourned about 2:30 p.m.

BORDER PATROL ASKS PUBLIC TO BE ON ALERT FOR ULTRALIGHT AIRCRAFT

 

April 13, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Drug smugglers have been using ultralight aircraft to smuggle narcotics over the border.  The U.S. Border Patrol asks the public to report sightings of suspicious ultralight aircraft.

MAN ARMED WITH AX AND GUN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER OF SPRING VALLEY STORE CLERK

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

April 13, 2014 (Spring Valley)—A man who allegedly assaulted and seriously injured a store clerk with the blunt end of a hatchet has been arrested following a pursuit in Spring Valley yesterday afternoon.

Harold Hill, 24, who was wanted for a parole violation, entered Jamacha Produce on Jamacha Blvd in Spring Valley armed with a gun and a hatchet at 3:26 p.m, according to Sergeant Daniel Vengler with the San Diego Sheriff . Customers, including a 12 year-old girl, hid in the store as Hill confronted the 34 year-old clerk.

SDSU CRIME ALERT: WOMAN REPORTS MAN GRABBED HER NEAR PARKING LOT

 

April 11, 2014 (San Diego) – San Diego State University campus police have issued an alert warning studies that at 10:45 this morning, a female student reported that a man grabbed her buttocks from behind and asked her to come into a parking structure with him.  The incident occurred while the student was walking on Montezuma Road at East Campus Drive.  The victim continued walking and was not injured.

FBI SEEKS INFO ON SUSPECTED CHILD PREDATOR

 

April 10, 2014 (Washington D.C.) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance with obtaining identifying information regarding an unknown male suspected of sexually exploiting a child.  Photographs and informational posters depicting the unknown individual, known only as John Doe 28, are being disseminated to the public and can be found online at the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/ecap

SHERIFF RESPONSE TIMES IN RURAL AREAS RAISE CONCERNS

 

By Miriam Raftery

 J. Richmond also contributed to this ECM special report

Records obtained by ECM show longer response times in rural areas than urban communities; new substation won't increase staffing

April 10, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Recently, Potrero resident Tarah Corey called 911 to report that someone in her area had been crying out and screaming for help and to send officers immediately. She was shocked to finally receive a call back from the Sherriff’s department 45 minutes later to check to see if the screaming had stopped, according to posts on the Mountain Empire Community Facebook page. While you would expect a quick response to such a dire and life-threatening situation, she learned the hard way in East County’s backcountry that’s not always the case.

DEPUTY STABBED,SUSPECT SHOT IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 8, 2014 (La Mesa) – A man who stabbed a Sheriff’s deputy  was shot by the deputy’s partner this morning in La Mesa.

EAST COUNTY FISHERMEN REPORT THEY WERE SHOT AT ON SAN DIEGO RIVER

 

Photo courtesy of ECM news partner 10 News

April 9, 2014 (San Diego) – Two East County men told police that several shots were fired at them while they were fishing in a canoe along the San Diego River near the Friars Road overpass on Monday . 

The men said they jumped into the water and swam to shore, dodging more bullets. They believe someone was intentionally aiming to harm them.

HOME INVASION SUSPECT WANTED: ARMED AND DANGEROUS

 

Update: This suspect has been arrested.

April 8, 2014 (Rancho San Diego)-- Deputies with the Rancho San Diego Sheriff's Station want your help in finding a man wanted in connection with a string of commercial robberies, home invasions and car thefts in East County.

LICENSE TO STEAL: FBI CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION INTO EL CAJON DMV CONTINUES

 

Photo: Surveillance video shows DMV employee accepting cash from license applicant.

Source: FBI http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2014/february/corruption-in-a-san-diego-motor-vehicle-office

February 25, 2014 (El Cajon) --You could call this scam a license to steal, and it certainly was—until it all came crashing down on the corrupt state employees and their accomplices who were selling California driver’s licenses for cash.

ASSAULT ARREST IN LAKESIDE FOLLOWING STANDOFF

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 7, 2014 (Lakeside) – Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Steve Nakho, 24, for allegedly assaulting a man with a stick, then chased the victim with a knife Sunday night.  The victim told police he fled from the assailant and sought help at a USA gas station on Woodside Avenue.

LOWE'S TO PAY $18.1 MILLION FOR DUMPING HAZARDOUS WASTES IN LANDFILLS

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 6, 2014 (San Diego)-- Lowe’s Home Centers have been ordered to  pay 18.1 million dollars to settle claims from San Diego and other California counties for illegally disposing of hazardous waste.

BORREGO SPRINGS RESIDENTS PROTEST PLACEMENT OF SEXUAL PREDATOR

 

April 7, 2014 (Borrego Springs)--Borrego Springs residents are holding a rally tonight night to oppose the release of a violent sexual predator into their community.   The California Department of State hospitals proposes to place Terry Stone at 2632 Frying Pan Road in Borrego Springs.

NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMS' RIGHTS WEEK: CANDLELIGHT VIGIL IN SAN DIEGO APRIL 7

 

April 5, 2014 (San Diego) - April 6-12, 2014 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week – a time for law enforcement, prosecutorial agencies, victim advocates and community members to come together and support victims of crime.

CRIME FREE MULTI-HOUSING PROGRAM NOW ONLINE

 

April 5, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - "Keeping illegal activity out of rental property," is the goal of the Sheriff's Department Crime Free Multi-Housing (CFMH) program. Now there is a webpage to help rental property owners/managers, as well as those looking for a new apartment to learn more about this program. Just go to www.sdsheriff.net/cfmh.

STUDENTS FIND BODY IN LAKESIDE

 

Update: The Sheriff's investigation has concluded that this death was a suicide. A man who took the gun, prompting a search, said he did so to prevent students from picking up the weapon.

By Leon Thompson and Miriam Raftery

Photos by Leon Thompson; video by Billy Ortiz

April 3, 2014 (Lakeside) -- High school students walking home from El capitan HIgh School today made a grisly discovery--finding the body of a man who had been shot in an alley behind a laundromat and the KK Market. 

"At first it looked staged, it was so unreal, as if we were watching a movie," Markise Carter (photo, below right), one of the students who found the body, told East County Magazine.  "Then I saw the blood was still running."  Markise said the victim, a young white male perhaps 18 to 25 years old, had a bloody hole in his chest and a puddle of blood in his lap. He was bleeding from his ears, nose and mouth.

WANTED FUGITIVE ROBERT RANQUL NOWLIN: KNOWN TO FREQUENT EAST COUNTY

 

March 28, 2014 (San Dieg) -- The Sheriff's Department, San Diego Regional Fugitive Task Force (FTF) and Crime Stoppers advise the public to be on the lookout for Robert Ranqul Nowlin. He is wanted on child endangerment, domestic violence and burglary charges. He has a tattoo on his right wrist with the letters "GD."

WANTED: DANIEL CASTRO

 

March 29, 2014 (San Diego)—California Highway Patrol seeks public help to locate Daniel Castro, a local musician who failed to show up in court on charges of driving under the influence and causing an accident that caused the victim to lose her arm.

OTAY RESIDENT HIDES FOR HOURS TO CATCH CRIMINALS STEALING PACKAGES

 

Police release photos of items believed stolen from other homes including coins, shoes, phones, camera accessories,  and Nano copter

By Miriam Raftery

March 28, 2014 (Otay Mesa) –An Otay resident,  tired of having his delivered mail items stolen from his front yard, decided to take action and detained four juvenile males ages 15 and 16 as they attempted to steal a package from his front yard yesterday.  He armed himself with a baseball bat, a pet Rottweiler, and a cell phone.

SHERIFF SEEKS HELP TO SOLVE "COLD CASE" MURDER IN EL CAJON

 

March 26, 2014 (El Cajon) – Back on the morning of September 1, 2007, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a  call at a home in the 1800 block of Hillsdale Drive in unincorporated El Cajon.  There they found Jerrad Fletcher lying face down in the living room with a gunshot wound in his back. He died at the scene.

EL CAJON POLICE FAKED PHOTO TO OBTAIN CONFESSION PLACING MAN AT MURDER SCENE

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 26, 2014 (El Cajon )—In a pretrial motion hearing yesterday, El Cajon police Detective Darren Forster testified that he doctored a photograph to convince Kassim Alhimidi to admit that he was near his home when his wife, Shaima Alawadi, was brutally murdered.  Police admitted that they drove the suspect’s red van to the scene and staged a photo, altering the date stamp.

Alhimidi initially denied being near the scene but later said he was in the area when shown the “evidence,” ECM news partner 10 News reports.  He continues to deny killing his wife and reportedly wept in court after learning he had been arrested based on falsified evidence.

LA MESA WOMAN STABS BOYFRIEND AFTER BEING CHOKED, POLICE SAY

 

March 24, 2014 (La Mesa)--On March 24 at 5:19 am, La Mesa Police were notified by Grossmont Hospital staff that a stab victim had just been brought into the hospital. Minutes before the hospital report, La Mesa Police received reports of a disturbance at a residence in the 3800 block of Murray Hill Drive, La Mesa.  When officers arrived on Murray Hill, they determined the two incidents were related and the stabbing was believed to be in self defense.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUSPECT SURRENDERS TO SWAT TEAM IN BONITA

 

March 24, 2014 (Bonita)--On Sunday, March 23, 2014, Sheriff's Deputies in the Bonita area responded to a report of a domestic assault, at 2900 Briarwood Road, in Bonita. James Kang , 29, allegedly assaulted his wife who escaped their apartment with injuries and called a friend for help.

TROLLEY STRUCK BY MOTORCYCLIST IN SANTEE

 

March 23, 2014 (Santee)--  A motorcyclist was arrested last night after a pursuit crash in Santee that injured the motorcyclist. Deputies from the Santee Station tried to pull over the motorcyclist on westbound Mission Gorge Road for a traffic violation. The motorcyclist sped away, and then crashed into a SDMTS Trolley on the green line at the intersection of Mission Gorge Road and Cuyamaca Street just after 5 p.m.

BURGLAR BUSTED ACROSS STREET FROM POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 18, 2014 (El Cajon)—El Cajon Police received a 911 call on March 14 at 12:26 p.m. from a resident who came home to find a burglar in his home in the 300 block of Kentucky Avenue—across the street from the police department.

The homeowner wasn’t spotted by the thief, so he was able to notify policy without alerting the suspect, said Lieutenant Rob Ransweiler. The suspected exited the home, carrying a bag of the victim’s belongings. The victim told police the direction in which the suspect was heading.

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