January 1, 2013 (Pine Valley ) – Steven Brian Keith, 58, died in a holding cell on Christmas morning shortly after midnight after being detained for possession of three pounds of marijuana at a Border Patrol checkpoint near Pine Valley. A pipe with methamphetamine traces was also found in the trunk.
According to the County Medical Examiner, Keith was found unresponsive in his holdng cell. Paraemedics were summoned and CPR was initiated, but he failed to respond.
By Nadin Abbott
December 31, 2013 (San Diego)—On December 23rd, Judge Howard Shore delayed his final decision on the placement of Mikel Wayne Marshall, a convicted sexual predator, in Jacumba Hot Springs on a conditional release. Shore said that he wants to personally inspect the property recommended by state officials before making his final decision after hearing compelling testimony from residents, including a survivor of sexual abuse who resides in Jacumba Hot Springs.
December 23, 2013 (Alpine) – The Sheriff seeks tips to identify a caller who reported late this morning that he had shot a friend and his friend’s father, tossed a grenade, and planted bombs around a residence. The caller also claimed he planned to shoot it out with deputies.
December 23, 2013 (La Mesa) – A parolee being pursued by law enforcement officers struck two vehicles, injuring an occupant of one of the vehicles struck as well as one of the suspects.
The incident began at 8:03 a.m. on December 22, when a La Mesa Police officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle at El Cajon Blvd. and Baltimore Drive for a traffic violation. The officer recognized the driver as a known subject on parole. When the suspect spotted the officer’s vehicle behind him, he fled the location and failed to yield to officers. A vehicle pursuit ensued.
Supervisor Dianne Jacob aims to attend a hearing Monday, December 23 in San Diego Superior Court to protest the state’s latest plan to house a sexually violent predator in rural East County. The court will consider whether to place Mikel Wayne Marshall, a convicted child molester, in Jacumba Hot Springs. Jacob contends he would pose a menace to the community.
December 17, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Thieves are easily tempted when people leave bags of gifts in plain sight in their vehicles or display presents under a tree in a front window. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is reminding everyone to be aware of criminals looking for easy targets during the holiday season.
December 17, 2013 (Ramona) – Sheriff’s detectives from the Ramona substation yesterday announced arrests of suspects in a burglary ring that used rental vehicles to burglarize equipment rental and maintenance yards, including One Stop Equipment in Ramona last month. The ring is believed to be responsible for about 20 burglaries in the past year, mostly in San Diego, said Sergeant B. Hout.
December 14, 2013 (Lakeside) -- This story falls into the “how low can you go” category. On Wednesday evening, two crooks stole donations out of a red Salvation Army kettle in front of a Walmart store off Los Coches Road in Lakeside. One thief distracted the bell ringer while his partner in crime stole about $150 to $200 in cash.
Captain Terry Masango with the Salvation Army in El Cajon said it broke his heart that someone would steal money meant to help the poor. “If they had just come to us and said, ‘We’re hungry,’ we would have helped them,” he said, the UT San Diego reported.
December 11, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department advises residents to be on the lookout for Edward Hernandez Lozano. He is wanted on domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, attempted robbery and weapons possession charges.
Lozano is known to frequent the areas of Spring Valley and east San Diego.
Lozano is described as a 23-year-old Hispanic male, 5'10" tall, and weighs about 165 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
Due to his violent history, Lozano should be considered armed and dangerous. If you see Lozano, do not approach him. Call the Sheriff's Department at (858) 565-5200.
December 10, 2013 (San Diego) – San Diego State University Police are investigating an incident that took place in a parking structure at 5:00 AM on December 5. A man was parking his motorcycle when two male suspects allegedly ran toward him, one of them displaying a handgun. The victim saw the suspects coming toward him and drove away. The victim was not injured.
The first suspect is described as an African American male, unknown age, about 6 feet tall, dark curly neck length hair, clean shaven, wearing a grey short sleeved shirt, shorts, and armed with a dark colored handgun.
An Amber Alert has been activated statewide at the request of the Washington state police. On December 4, 2013, at 02:30 pm, Elizabeth Romero was abducted from Kennewick, Washington. She is a 14 year old Hispanic, female, 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 130 pounds, brown hair, and brown eyes, last seen wearing a white tank top, dark pants, backpack, and a pink purse.
The suspect is Eduardo Flores-Rosalas, a 19 year old Hispanic, male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, unknown clothing. The suspect was last seen driving a early 2000s green Ford Escape, with Washington temporary registration. The suspect may be en-route to Mexico.
December 4, 2013 (El Cajon)--The U.S. Postal Service is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction of two suspects who robbed a mail carrier in El Cajon on Wedneday, November 27 at 5:05 p.m. The theft occurred in the 2400 block of Fletcher Parkway.
Both suspects were described as 25 to 30 years old, white with medium build, about 5 feet 11 inches tall. One suspect had a tear drop tattoo under his left eye and wore al ong-sleeved dark shirt, dark shorts, black knee-high socks and black shoes. The other suspect had full sleeve-like tattoos on both arms; he wore a white So-Cal Tshirt, shorts and black shoes.
By Miriam Raftery
December 4, 2013 (Campo) – Despite protests from Campo residents, the state has proposed a new location in this rural community to house a sexually violent predator, Douglas Badger, 70. The home is located at 1138 Custer Rd. It is about 200 yards from the nearest neighbor and 2.2 miles from the nearest elementary school.
Public comment regarding the proposed location can be submitted until Dec. 20. Email submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments can be submitted by phone by calling (858) 495-3619. State officials have scheduled a Jan. 3 hearing on the matter.
December 1, 2013 (Rolando)--San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit detectives are investigating the death of a man in the Rolando area.
On Saturday, November 30th at approximately 11:27 p.m., patrol officers responded to a 911 call of a shooting in the 7100 block of El Cajon Boulevard. Arriving officers located a man in his thirties lying on the ground in a parking lot. He was bleeding from the torso and appeared to have suffered at least one gunshot wound.
November 28, 2013 (San Diego)-- Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Air and Marine (OAM) and the Border Patrol interrupted a drug smuggling attempt involving air drops of marijuana bales from an ultra-light aircraft Monday. Authorities seized over 260 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $157,000. Two suspects were arrested, said Mary Beth Caston with the Border Patrol.
November 28, 2013 (El Cajon) – Just in time for Thanksgiving, El Cajon resident Jacque Bradfute and her 6-year-old stepdaughter, Haley, have new holiday decorations to replace a stolen display. The heartwarming donations came from a secret Santa with help from El Cajon residents Deena While and Shirley Johnson.
On Monday, just after putting up holiday décor including an inflatable Santa, Bradfute heard a commotion and came out to find everything missing, like a scene straight out of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
November 27, 2013 (Alpine) – The body of a missing 81-year-old Los Angeles woman was found Tuesday in the 600 block of Alpine Heights Road near Avenida del Cielo in Alpine. Her name has not been released by authorities, however the Los Angeles Times reports that her son, 53, has been arrested in Los Angeles County and booked on suspicion of murder.
By Miriam Raftery
November 24, 2013 (San Diego) --Public safety spending is decreasing in the San Diego region. At the same time, arrests also are going down, according to a pair of new reports released by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).
This news comes on the heels of several recent complaints ECM has heard from residents in unincorporated areas, who spoke to us off record to complain of very long response times for calls to the Sheriff. According to the residents, responses of 30 to 60 minutes have occurred even for violent asauslts, hot prowl burglaries, and other crimes in progress in unincorporated areas such as Campo and Lakeside.
November 22, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Drivers of a motorcycle and a Saturn car have both been transported to Palomar Medical Center after colliding on State Route 78 east of San Felipe Road at 11:20 this morning.
A man from Canada was driving his 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound at 35 to 40 miles per hour entering a curve when he crossed the center line, overturned, and collided with the Saturn, which was traveling in the opposite direction. The Saturn’s driver is a woman from Borrego Springs.
November 21, 2013 (San Diego) – The Sheriff seeks public help to locate Joseph Vincent McCarron, 58, a convicted child sexual predator who failed to appear for his trial verdict on November 13.
McCarron is believed to be armed and dangerous. He is known to frequent the Fallbrook and Rainbow areas. If you see him, do not confront him; call 911.
November 21, 2013 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is continuing to alert customers to be aware of an ongoing wire fraud that has been targeting SDG&E residential and business customers. Reports indicate that individuals are misrepresenting themselves as utility employees by calling customers and threatening to turn off electric and gas service if an immediate payment is not made. Customers are instructed to purchase a pre-pay credit card, and are directed to another phone number where information is then obtained from the card and the cash value is then removed.
November 21, 2013 (San Diego) The California Highway Patrol has issued a citation to a county driver for wearing Google Glass while operating a vehicle. This is in violation of Vehicle Code 27602.
This section of the vehicle code states that it is illegal to: "drive a motor vehicle if a television receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video screen, or any other similar means of visually displaying a television broadcast or video signal that produces entertainment or business applications, is operating and is located in the motor vehicle at a point forward of the back of the driver's seat, or is operating and the monitor, screen, or display is visible to the driver while driving the motor vehicle."
November 20, 2013 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – A hearing on December 23 will determine whether or not Mikel Marshall, a sexually violent predator, will be released in rural East County.
Marshall spent 14 years in prison for molesting four boys, ages four to eight. In each case, he was known to the families of his victims. He was later committed to a state mental hospital and completed an in-patient program for sex offenders. A court has ruled that he can now be released; the Department of State Hospitals has proposed that he be placed at 42920 Desert Rose Ranch Road in Jacumba Hot Springs.
By Miriam Raftery
November 20, 2013 (Spring Valley) – Growing marijuana indoors can prove hazardous to your health and wealth. No, we’re not talking about smoking pot—we’re talking about pot going up in smoke.
Firefighters found that a fire at a Spring Valley home on Campo Road this morning was caused by a marijuana grower’s illicit hookup to a nearby power pole. The blaze caused $40,000 in structural damage and burned up 40 to 50 mature marijuana plants ready for harvest. An average plant grown indoors yields 3.5 ounces of pot, with a street value of $200 to $1,000 an ounce. In addition, SDG&E could opt to hold the growers responsible for the cost of the stolen electricity.
November 18, 2013 (San Diego) – Three local Somali immigrants have been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey T. Miller for providing support to foreign terrorists. U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy today revealed that evidence included intercepted phone calls regarding assassinations, suicide bombing and Jihad.
Basaaly Saeed Moalin, a cabdriver, was sentenced to 18 years in prison after being convicted by a federal jury of providing material support to the terrorist group al-Shabaab. At the same hearing, Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud, the imam at a popular mosque frequented by the city’s immigrant Somali community, was sentenced to 13 years in prison; Issa Doreh, who worked at a money transmitting business that was the conduit for moving the illicit funds, was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison.
November 18, 2013 (San Diego) – Marcos Rodriguez-Perez was sentenced today to 56 years in prison for his participation in the July 2009 robbery and murder of United States Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas, Jr. Rodriguez-Perez, a 28-year-old Mexican national, pleaded guilty in August, admitting he was one of three gunmen who lured the agent into a trap to steal his night-vision goggles and then fatally shot him during a struggle. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and kidnaping, robbery of personal property of the United States, and use and carrying of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.
November 17, 2013 (Ramona) – A Ramona resident and a transient have been arrested for the attempted murder of a San Diego Police officer in Poway last night after shots were fired during a traffic stop.
By Miriam Raftery
November 16, 2013 (La Mesa) – Paul Day, 49, of La Mesa has been arrested after leading La Mesa police on a pursuit that led through backyards and streets of La Mesa, ending after he reportedly rammed a police car and attempted to back the vehicle into two officers.
The wild chase in pursuit of the alleged prowler comes just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a La Mesa Police officer should not be held liable for an accidental injury to a homeowner that occurred during a hot pursuit of a suspect into the resident’s yard.
By Miriam Raftery
November 14, 2013 (San Diego) – Four bodies have been found buried in shallow graves in the desert at Victorville ; Missing Persons of America reports that a family member has confirmed that two of the bodies have been confirmed to be Joey and Summer McStay. Two other bodies discovered have not yet been identified, but may be those of their young children, Joseph and Gianni.
The Fallbrook family vanished in February 2010, prompting an intensive search and national media coverage.
“The news has hit me hard. I wondered for three years where they went, but I never ever thought anything like this,” said Jerrie Dean, founder of Missing Persons of America and host of the “Missing” segment on East County Magazine’s radio show.
November 13, 2013 (Lemon Grove) – Yesterday at 2:55 p.m., a student at Monterey Heights Elementary School in Lemon Grove told school officials that a stranger grabbed him and dragged him along a sidewalk away from school. The student claimed he had freed himself from the suspect’s grasp and ran back to school. Deputies obtained a suspect description and launched a search of the surrounding neighborhood with help from a helicopter.