AM Briefing from for May 16, 2014

Last night Escondido Police announced the arrest of two people for arson. A 17-year-old boy whose name is being withheld and 19-year-old Isaiah Silva are in custody for allegedly setting at least two fires. A witness called police reportedly while watching two people matching the suspect’s description in the south Escondido Boulevard area start a fire at around 6:30 PM last night. The witness put the fire out.

Then at around 7:30 another person called saying they were watching the two people matching the suspect’s description trying to start a fire near Kit Carson Park. That witness chased the suspects. Police caught the two suspects a short time later.

Wild fire still burn in San Diego County this morning. At one point there were nine active fires. This morning the firefighters are gaining the upper hand. The National Weather Service lifted its Red Flag Warning. While it is still hot the winds are much weaker today.

This morning the Cocos Fire in San Marcos is still burning and is only 5 percent contained. According to Cal Fire it has scorched 1200 acres and three homes were lost. But this fire too is weakening. Some of the evacuation orders have been lifted and I expect that the fire’s containment number will go up after sunrise when firefighters are able to make a new assessment. For info on the evacuations go to .

The Poinsettia fire in Carlsbad is 85 percent contained. This fire destroyed many homes including on 18-unit complex. Damage at this time is estimated at $22.5 million.
Authorities are still looking into the cause and have set up a hot line for tips. Call (760) 602-7599 if you have any info into how the Poinsettia fire was started.

Almost all the schools in North County are closed today. Go to the San Diego County Office of Education’s web site for more info.

Other things happening today besides fire. San Diego County Courts are still open. There are three sentencings of note

First in San Diego’s courthouse at 9:00 am Kevin Kelso a former Westin San Diego executive is being sentenced for embezzling over $500-thousand dollars.

Tim Lambesis the Christian rock singer who pleaded guilty to trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife will hear his fate at 10:30 AM in vista’s courthouse.

And at 1:30 this afternoon Garrett Sparks is being sentenced for gross negligence because he caused a head-on collision and killed a 74-year-old man.

And finally this morning at 9:00 graduation ceremonies begin at San Diego State University for about 9,300 students.

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