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.
Suspect remains at large
November 9, 2013 (El Cajon) – An argument between several men in an El Cajon parking lot ended in gunfire last night, with a bullet striking a woman in her 20s. One of three children in the vehicle was also injured by broken glass.
Deputies from the Santee Sheriff’s station responded at 5:09 p.m. to a report of shots fired at 340 East Bradley Avenue in unincorporated El Cajon. The woman, seated in an SUV at Graves and Bradley, had a bullet wound in her shoulder and a child was struck in the arm by shattered glass. Paramedics from Lakeside Fire took the woman to a hospital, where she was treated for a non-life threatening wound.
November 7, 2013 (San Diego) – Tuesday morning, in response to recent crime alert bulletins, SDSU Police received a call from a student reporting a male subject was asking to use his cell phone at the intersection of Campanile Drive and Montezuma Road.
The student refused to give him his phone and called police. Officers later arrested the subject on unrelated felony charges. The suspect’s connection to prior cell phone theft cases is currently under investigation.
Update 6:30 p.m. -- The kidnapped baby has been found safe and the father has been taken into custody near the border by Mexican authorities working in cooperation with U.S. law enforcement.
Novmeber 6, 2013 (San Diego)--A statewide Amber alert has been issued for a man suspected of abducting his infant son from Sunnyvale California. His vehicle has been sighted in San Diego and his cell phone has also been traced to here. The suspect, 22-year-old Mesut Guler, was last seen driving a tan 2004 GMC Envoy with license place 6HL892. It has a large American eagle on the rear window.
The suspect is a Turkish man, six feet tall, weighing 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. The two-week old infant, Henry Guler-Romero, is described as Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes.
The suspect reportedly told the mother he was leaving the state with the child and has previously threatened to harm both himself and the baby.
November 2, 2013 (San Diego) – San Diego State University campus police have issued an alert regarding a suspicious incident yesterday at 1 p.m. A man approached a female near tbe Aztec Center/Cuicacalli pedestrian bridge and asked to use her cell phone. She twice refused and he ran away on foot. Although a crime did not occur, this situation is consistent with the recent iPhone thefts reported to SDSU Police.
October 31, 2013 (Ramona) – Danny Shaw, a convicted sex offender, was arrested this evening for annoying children and slipping candy into a child’s bag at the Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s Main Street Trick or Treat event.
October 31, 2013 (Lemon Grove) – On October 30 at 1:30 a.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home invasion at 8047 Blossom Lane in Lemon Grove.
October 22, 2013 (El Cajon) – A passerby who witnessed a woman being abducted at knifepoint in the Grossmont College parking lot today scared off the assailant by honking his horn. Sheriff’s deputies located and arrested the suspect, Anthony Washington.
“Washington later confessed he was going to rape the student and do whatever he had to in order to get his way,” said Sergeant Vic Perry.
October 21, 2013 (Spring Valley )—Two suspects are in custody in connection with home invasion robbery in Spring Valley. Michael Colace, 46, and Terri Franck, 39, are accused of robbery, residential burglary, auto theft, false imprisonment, kidnapping, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon.
October 20, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – On October 17, a shoulder-tap operation was conducted by the Sheriff’s Department and other agencies to see if retail outlets are illegally selling alcohol to minors in Santee, Alpine, Lakeside, Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, and unincorporated El Cajon.
Deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Agents from Alcohol Beverage Control, and three minor decoys conducted a "Minor Decoy" and "Shoulder Tap" Operation at various locations in the East County. The operation involved minors who tested "on-sale" and "off-sale" establishments. The minor decoys tested retailers and servers at a number of locations in an attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages inside their establishments. Three employees sold alcohol to the decoys.
October 20, 2013 (San Diego) – On October 15 at 8:54 p.m., two suspects robbed a victim of a backpack, cell phone and wallet at Pontiac Street and Rockford Drive near San Diego State University’s campus.
According to campus police, one suspect approached the victim from the front while the second suspect approached from behind and demanded the victim’s property. The suspects then fled west on foot towards Rockford Drive. A small black sedan was seen leaving the area and may have been involved.
By Miriam Raftery
October 18, 2013 (La Mesa) – It was no laughing matter when a man in a bloody clown mask walked into a 7-11 store on Amaya in La Mesa at 4:34 a.m. yesterday morning. The suspect, armed with a gun and mace, ordered a clerk to lie down on the ground, then robbed the store of cash, cigarettes and lottery tickets. A search was conducted but the suspect remains at large.
The man wore a blue sweatshirt, blue jeans, black gloves, and black and white tennis shoes along with the mask. He is 30 to 35 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build.
October 16, 2013 (Chula Vista) -- The Chula Vista Police Department today asked public help to locate a missing / runaway teen. Venicia Ortiz, age 13, was last seen in the 4200 Block of National Avenue in San Diego on or around August 7, 2013.
According to police, she did not leave under duress. There has been no evidence to indicate foul play, however, the police are concerned about her well being. She is Hispanic, 5 feet 3 inches tall, weight 150 pounds, with brown eyes and long, black curly hair. She was last seen wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.
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By Miriam Raftery
October 15, 2013 (El Cajon) – The Sheriff’s Bomb Arson squad has been dispatched to 1518 Sams Hill Road in unincorporated El Cajon following a report at 7:13 p.m. of explosions and a smell of sulfur.
“The reporting party heard loud booms coming from the roof of an apartment complex,” Lieutenant Jason Vickery told East County Magazine.
October 13, 2013 (La Mesa) – A shopper returning to his Ford Ranger at 7:32 p.m. last night saw a man inside the vehicle going through belongings in the parking lot at Grossmont Center.
The victim confronted the intruder, who fled. An officer responding near Walmart pursued the suspect on foot and apprehended him. Lance Rodgers of El Cajon, 31, was booked into County jail on charges or burglary, possession of burglary tools, and resisting arrest.
By Miriam Raftery; photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News
October 12, 2013 (Spring Valley ) – Eugene William Volk, 45, has been arrested and charged with arson in connection with the fire at Santa Sophia Church on October 8.
Detective Calvert, lead investigator from the San Diego Sheriff's Department, developed sufficient probable cause to arrest Volk, said Detective Portillo-with the Sheriff’s Bomb Arson unit which located Volk walking less than a quarter mile from the church at the intersection of Campo Road and Conrad Drive on October 13. Authorities have not revealed what evidence they believe links Volk to the crime.
By Miriam Raftery
October 8, 2013 (Campo) – Following a community protest and written complaints, the owner of a home in Campo has withdrawn an agreement to house Douglas Badger, a sexual predator with a long history of violence. The state had announced plans to release Badger from a mental hospital to a residence on Hartnell Road in Campo, as ECM previously reported.
By Miriam Raftery
October 7, 2013 (Ramona) – A woman accused of murdering her mother has entered a not guilty plea. The body of Mehria Mansury, 79, an Afghan immigrant, was found in a field near San Vicente and Wildcat Canyon Road east of Barona Casino last week.
Mansury was a resident of Serra Mesa. She was last seen September 23 and was reported missing on September 25. Relatives told authorities that they feared her daughter, who has a criminal record, could be involved, ECM news partner 10 News reported.
Update 4 p.m.: A 5 ½ hour SWAT standoff in Bonita is now over. A robot was deployed inside the apartment unit just before 10:30 p.m. to check on the suspect. The suspect’s body was found inside the living room with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Members of the Special Enforcement Detail (SED/SWAT) entered the apartment and confirmed the suspect was deceased. A rifle was found next to the suspect.
October 3, 2013 (Ramona) – The San Diego Narcotics Task Force served search warrants and seized over 8,500 marijuana plants being grown illegally at three outdoor locations on September 24 and 25. The crops had a cash value of $4.6 million and caused damage to an ecological preserve and open spaces, according to the Sheriff.
COURT DENIES GOVERNOR’S REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OVER PRISON OVERCROWDING, BARS STATE FROM SHIPPING INMATES TO PRIVATE OUT-OF-STATE PRISONS
By Miriam Raftery
Hear our radio interview with Sheriff Bill Gore on the impacts of this decision: http://k002.kiwi6.com/hotlink/xp8o8x2sl7/sheriff_gore-prisoners-final.mp3
October 1, 2013 (Sacramento) – A three-judge panel has denied Governor Jerry Brown’s request for a three-year postponement of a federal court order to release or transfer prisoners to ease overcrowding. Instead, the judges gave the Governor a mere 30-day extension and further prohibited California from shipping prisoners to out-of-state private prisons, though transfers to local county jails with space will be allowed.
In an interview with East County Magazine’s radio show on Friday, Sheriff Bill Gore said California has among the highest recidivism rates in the nation at 72%. The state is “just warehousing people” he said. Instead, he believes the state should have rehabilitation programs such as drug and alcohol rehab, literacy, anger management, education and job training to give prisoners a better “chance of succeeding when they get out” by getting employment and not committing new crimes. Such programs have been rolled out locally.
October 1, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) –San Diego’s Sheriff seeks public help to located Sean Colin McRea, 35. He is wanted for making terrorist threats to harm his wife and for reckless driving while intoxicated. A felony warrant was issued after he failed to appear in court regarding a Sheriff’s investigation in unincorporated El Cajon
He has a military background and is believed to have access to weapons; he is believed to be armed and dangerous.
By Miriam Raftery
September 30, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Spears and San Diego Police Officer Michael DeWitt risked their lives to save two deputies who were shot and wounded by a child molestation suspect in Lakeside last September. The deputies, Ali Perez and Craig Johnson, both survived thanks to their colleagues’ heroism.
On Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris presented the Medal of Valor – California’s highest law enforcement award – to Deputy Spears and Officer DeWitt for their courage above and beyond the call of duty.
Public comments accepted between Oct. 8-18 and at hearing Nov. 15 in San Diego
September 27, 2013 (Campo) – The Department of State Hospitals is proposing to release a violent sexual predator, Douglas Badger, 70, from a state mental hospital and placing him at 30033 Hartfell Road in Campo. Badger has been convicted of kidnapping and raping young male hitchhikers and sexually assaulting a young girl. He’s been diagnosed as a sexual sadist, served several terms in prison and the past 18 years in a state mental hospital.
“Given his violent history as a serial sexual predator, Douglas Badger forfeited his freedom long ago and should be locked up for good,” Supervisor Dianne Jacob stated in a media release. “It’s especially outrageous that this vile man would be housed at a location in Campo that is only four miles from two schools and a mile from a park where children gather and play.”
FBI AND SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT SEEK PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE TO IDENTIFY CHASE BANK ROBBER IN COLLEGE AREA
September 26, 2013 (San Diego) -- The FBI and San Diego Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance to identify the unknown man responsible for robbing the Chase Bank, 4627 College Avenue, San Diego, on Wednesday, September 25,
The robber entered the bank around 5:42 p.m. and presented the teller with a demand note. After receiving an undisclosed sum of money, he walked out.
Witnesses describe the robber as Hispanic, approximately 30 years old, 5 feet 3 inches tall with a medium build. He had a mustache and wore a dark jacket, dark baseball cap, sunglasses and light-colored shoes.