Category Archives: Crime

AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 2, 2014

An early morning shooting at a popular Pacific Beach bar sent a woman to the hospital. San Diego Police say that just after 2:00 AM a group of men were heard loudly arguing when several shots rang out. A stray bullet struck the woman who was taken to the hospital by paramedics with non-life-threating injuries. Police say that the suspects may have fled in a Chevy Camaro or a Dodge Challenger.

Someone is hiding cash around San Diego then posting clues to its whereabouts on twitter. The would-be philanthropist uses the twitter handle @SDCashStash. Yesterday he tweeted a picture clue of a “cash stash” that was found by man saying he’s going to use the money to buy dinner for some homeless people. This all started in San Francisco when another person was doing the same thing using the twitter handle @HiddenCash. It’s become an internet phenomenon. Reportedly @SDCashStash is going to tweet out another clue today.

Proposition’s B and C on tomorrow’s ballot make changes to the controversial Barrio Logan zoning plan and some supporters are demonstrating outside a Barrio Logan Elementary School at 8:15 this morning. Supporters say the new plan gives business more land, creates a buffer zone between industry and homes, along with keeping pollution away from Barrio Logan’s residents. Opponents say any changes to the current plan could hurt businesses.

And finally tonight at 7:30 the 13th annual Klezmer Summit concert is helping to round out the 21st annual Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival with “My Yidishe Mambo” at the Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 30, 2014

A sketch of a man suspected of trying to sexually assault an Escondido gym employee is making the rounds. Escondido police say the man hid inside the gym past closing then jumped out and attacked the female gym employee closing up for the night. The woman was able to fight off her attacker. Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic man, 35 – 45 years old, five foot five inches tall, shaved head, tattoo across his left ring finger and a teardrop tattoo on his left eye. He was wearing a white tank top, black shorts, black high top tennis shoes and white knee high socks. Anyone with any info is asked to contact Escondido police by calling 760-743-8477 or online at Police.Escondido.org.

San Diego County Jails will no longer hold suspected undocumented immigrants past there release dates unless Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a warrant for the suspects arrest. Before it was practice to hold county jail inmates after their release date if they were suspected of being undocumented, giving I.C.E. time to detain them. Now San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore says unless his department is presented with an arrest warrant he is going to release them. Gore did not give an explanation for the new policy however the American Civil Liberties Union says they think it has to do with a recent federal court decision. The courts said holding someone in local jails without a warrant in a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

The whale carcass that washed ashore near the Mexican border is being cut apart and disposed of this weekend. The 50-foot long dead fin whale has been lying on the beach near Border Field State Park for about a week now. Researchers from the National Marine Fisheries Service are taking samples for the lab then the rest will be hauled to a landfill.

Today is Bike to Work Day. Originally it was supposed to two weeks ago but was postponed because of more than a dozen wild fires that broke out. San Diego Association of Governments organizes the event. SANDAG expects 8,000 riders and they have over 100 pit stops.

All the fun around San Diego’s world famous Rock N Roll Marathon kicks off this morning at 10:45 at the San Diego Convention Center. Boston Marathon winner and San Diegan Meb Keflezighi is leading the official start for the events.

Today the health and fitness expo opens. The marathon is this Sunday and starts at Sixth Avenue and Quince Street near Balboa Park and the finish line is at 13th and K streets near PETCO Park in Downtown.

60-years of Bring Your Own Booze is over for the San Diego traditional summertime Over The Line Tournament along with some other rule changes. The Old Mission Beach Athletic Club or OMBAC says on its web site that the new rules are being forced upon them by the city.

Notable changes are

1: No more BYOB

2: Alcohol will be sold inside the tournament playing area.

3: The tournament playing area will be a fenced and a controlled 21 years old and up area only.

OMBAC says the rule changes are because the voters banned drinking on the beaches without special permits and a group that was denied a permit last year sued the city crying foul.

And finally this afternoon at 1:00 environmentalists are protesting at Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins office at 1350 Front Street. They are upset that Atkins supports Assembly Bill 2145. According to the group the bill will make it imposable for communities to pursue clean energy.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 29, 2014

The afternoon docket is busy today with two sentencings and two arraignments of note all at 1:30 this afternoon.

In Vista’s courthouse 19-year-old Judd Liulamaga pleaded guilty to being one of five men that robbed several people outside a San Marcos house party. Liulamaga is looking at up to 13-years in prison. Of the four men reported to be his accomplices two have been convicted. 20-year-old Mautofu Maiava got 75-years in prison … he got the extra time because of prior robbery conviction. 19-year-old Johnnie Edward got 32-years for robbery, assault, gang and gun charges. The two other alleged accomplices go to trial in August.

In Chula Vista’s courthouse Thomas Paciornik is being sentenced after pleading guilty to attempted kidnapping. He tried to abduct a 29-year-old woman from the 7-11 parking lot at Hilltop Drive and Orange Avenue back in mid-July. He grabbed her, punctured her car tire and tried to force her into his car. She fought him off and he drove away. Authorities arrested him the next day at the Viejas Casino on an unrelated charge and were able to link him to the assault because of surveillance video.

Also in Chula Vista’s courthouse Zachariah Joseph Dow is being arraigned on charges related to his 14-year-old son bringing a loaded hand gun to Hilltop High School. Dow turned himself in the same day his son brought the gun to school saying the gun is his. Dow is a felon and not allowed to own a gun. When detectives searched the Dow home they also found a 22-cliber pistol under a mattress.

In San Diego’s court Ryan Churchill and Duran Caldwell are being arraigned and accused of being the “Backdoor Bandits”. Authorities accuse the pair of over a dozen armed robberies in Claremont and La Jolla.

San Diego County Supervisors Dave Roberts and Bill Horn with District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Sheriff Bill Gore and Palomar Health officials are all talking to the press at 11:00 AM at the County Administration Center. They are announcing plans to fund a hospital unit that helps victims of sex crimes and child abuse. Escondido’s Palomar Health Forensic Health Center is in danger of closing. The hospital unit helps to collect evidence as well as caring for the victims of sex crime and child abuse. The Golden Door Foundation is announcing it’s giving $75,000 to help the center but more is needed.

Also this morning at 11:00 San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilwoman Lorie Zapf are declaring today “Tony Hawk Day” at Robb Field Skate Park. The San Diego skater is being honored for his prowess on the half pipe as well as his charity work. Hawk’s foundation has raided over $5 million and helped to fund 5-hundred-44 skate parks across the country.

This afternoon at 2:00 on campus at Point Loma Nazarene University’s Golden Gym the 50th anniversary of a speech by Martin Luther King Jr will be commemorated. Dr. King gave the famous speech in 1964 inside the gym on the campus that eventually became Point Loma Nazarene University.

San Diego Unified School District is hosting its annual Salute to Excellence this afternoon at 3:30. The special ceremony recognizes students that are in the top 1% of their class.

And finally in Balboa Park’s San Diego History Center at 6:00 former San Diego City Council Tom Hom is having a book launch party for his new memoir. Hom was the first Asian member of the city council and in the book he talks about his fight for the American dream.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 28, 2014

Tonight at 5:30 protesters calling for the release of Marine Corps sergeant in Mexican prison will rally at the San Ysidro border crossing for his release. Andrew Tahmooressi was arrested while crossing into Mexico with a shotgun, a rifle, a handgun and ammunition in his car.

Guns are extremely illegal in Mexico. The American consulate in Tijuana on its web site says “Don’t bring firearms or ammunition across the border into Mexico. Don’t carry a knife, even a small pocketknife, on your person in Mexico. You may become one of dozens of U.S. Citizens who are arrested each month for unintentionally violating Mexico’s strict weapons laws.”

However Tahmooressi says he crossed the border by mistake. Today Tahmooressi is having a hearing in Tijuana about his case. The Mexican legal system is very different than the American, and the process can be long.

Last night San Diego Unified District Board of Education approved a new early retirement program. 471 teachers are eligible for it and the Board says it’ll save nearly $30 million over the next five years. Of the 471 teachers eligible about a quarter have signed up for it. Most have until Friday to decide if they want the early retirement, however summer school teachers have until their last summer workday to decide. Teachers that have been with the district for 5-years and are 55-years-old with 5-years of credit in the state teachers retirement system, or those 50 to 54 with 30-years retirement credits are eligible.

Proposition 13 is on topic at the San Diego County Taxpayers Association early morning forum this morning at 7:30. Prop 13 keeps property taxes low by setting the tax rate on the value of property at the time the property was purchased. Many blame prop. 13 on the state’s education funding problems, because schools get much their funding from property taxes.

At 9:00 AM at the County Administration Center Room 358 fracking is taking center stage at a public forum. Fracking or “induced hydraulic fracturing” is when thousands of gallons of fluid-chemicals are injected into geological structures at pressures high enough to break or fracture the geology and release the oil deposited there. It’s an extremely controversial method. The public is welcome, however no placards or signs are allowed in.

At 10:00 AM Balboa Park’s centennial celebration is the topic of a press conference at Balboa Park’s reflecting pool. They boast that it’ll be a “major announcement”.

This morning at 10:00 the Chief Patrol Agent for the San Diego sector Border patrol is honoring the 90th anniversary of the U.S. Border Patrol by reading the names of agents killed in the line of duty.

Embattled Sweetwater Union High School District is on topic tonight at 6:00 at Chula Vista’s City Hall. Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox is hosting the forum.

And finally tonight at 6:30 the candidates for District Attorney are talking to the National Latina Business Women Association of San Diego and the La Raza Lawyers at the University of San Diego’s Shiley Theatre.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 27, 2014

Two sentencings of note today

First at 9:00 this morning the San Diego company Pacific Tank Cleaning Incorporated is being sentenced in federal court. Yes you heard me correctly a corporation is being sentenced. Three years ago some acid spilled out of one of their facilities forming a puddle near an elementary school. The company says that an employee told management about the spill, however the National Response Center wasn’t told. Pacific Tank Cleaning’s production manager Jorge Luquin pleaded guilty to unlawful discharge of pollutants and admitted that he didn’t try to contain the spill at all.

In San Diego’s downtown courthouse 73-year-old Leland Ernest Clyde will hear his fate for gunning down his neighbor at the R.V. park he was living in. Clyde, a felon with long record, was living in the East County Ma Tar Awa Campground in Alpine. He and his 56-year-old neighbor began fighting. Clyde then shot his neighbor in the chest with a shotgun. The victim fell to ground and Clyde walked up to him, stood over him, reloaded and shot him twice more. Clyde’s criminal record goes all the way back to 1959.

18-year-old Eric Chen, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy, is showing off his science project at the White House’s Science Fair today. Chen researched new flu treatments. Some think his work could lead to new class of drugs for treating flu outbreaks, slowing possible pandemics, thus allowing more time to make a vaccine.

13-year-old Allison Grace Grygar is in National Harbor Maryland representing San Diego County in the National Spelling Bee. Grygar is up against 280 spellers from all over the country.

And finally at 9:30 this morning the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics kicks off with a torch lighting. The run starts at Chula Vista Police headquarters and goes all the way to San Diego Police headquarters by 11:15 AM and then to Carmel Valley Road at North Torrey Pines Road by around 4:00 this afternoon. Over 400 officers participate in the run that raises money for the San Diego Special Olympics.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 23, 2014

More controversy for San Diego’s Police Department. This time it’s about what happened to a million dollars seized from criminals like drug runners. Jeff McDonald from UT San Diego broke the story. According to McDonald in 2010 SDPD submitted a report showing their closing balance at $1,153,426. Then the next year the beginning balance was $153,426. So what happened to the million dollars? SDPD Lt. Kevin Mayer says “We acknowledge you have noted a discrepancy, we have asked the City Comptroller to do a complete review and audit of the seized asset fund to see if there is an error.”

In the past couple of years SDPD has been marred by sexual misconduct from a few of its officers. Chief Shelly Zimmerman was brought in to ferret out problems in the department, like officers sexually assaulting suspects, however a missing million dollars in a whole different level of problem.

This morning at 9:00 in San Diego’s courthouse 40-year-old Douglas Michael Ellens will hear his fate for robbing three banks all within one week last summer. Ellens pleaded guilty. His lawyer says Ellens has a drug and alcohol problem and should be placed on probation and sent to rehab.

Also at 9:00 AM the San Diego Association of Governments Board of Directors is meeting about their budget plan for the coming year.

Today two of San Diego County’s theme parks have big new openings

First at 9:00 AM the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park is opening its new 19 point 5 million dollar Tull Family Tiger Trail. The tiger exhibit is over 5 acres with all kinds of stuff for the tigers to play with.

Then AT 10:00 Legoland is opening up its new “Legends of Chima” water park. The park has a 250,000-gallon wave pool, an arch that looks like a lion made out of more than a quarter million Lego bricks and more.

And finally at 4:00 this afternoon the San Diego Jazz Festival kicks off its three day run at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Del Mar.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for May 22, 2014

San Diego Police are on the lookout this morning for a home invasion suspect. Last night at around 8:40 the suspect walked into an apartment at 1330 Market St in downtown San Diego, pulled a gun, and demanded cash. The resident gave him some money and the suspect left. Police describe the suspect as a black man, 6 feet 1 inch talk, 180 pounds, mid 20’s, wearing a camouflage jacket.

Today at noon the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is unveiling an anti-SeaWold poster at San Diego’s International Airport Terminal 2. PETA had to sue the airport to be able to put the post up. Originally the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority refused to place the poster. It depicts actress Kathy Najimy along with text saying “Welcome to San Diego! If you love animals like I do please avoid SeaWorld.”

SeaWorld responds by saying “PETA is an extremist organization and this ad demonstrates that, once again, they are more interested in publicity stunts than helping animals”

San Diego City Council’s Budget Committee is meeting at 2:00 this afternoon about charging a parking permit fee for oversized vehicles like RV’s. The new law charges a fee for parking and limits the places and times the large vehicles or trailers can park. Extra-large vehicles must park at least 50 feet away from intersection, cannot be parked between 2:00-6:00 AM and requires residents to apply for permits to park for 24-hours.

In court this afternoon at 1:30 three arraignments of note.

In San Diego’s courthouse 17-year-old Kurese Ball is being charged as an adult for allegedly using a gun to stick up a marijuana dispensary at which one of his accomplices was shot and killed.

In Vista’s courthouse Joseph Lawrence Smith is being arraigned and accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriends 3-year-old daughter.

Also in Vista Phillip Lonewolf Campbell is being accused of shooting is father on the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation.

This morning is the sixth annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront at 7:30.

At 10:00 AM the Armed Services YMCA and San Diego Food Bank is announcing the Bring Your Own Bag-SD campaign. It’s a city sponsored campaign that’s supposed to encourage people to use reusable lunch bags.

This afternoon at 3:30 commissioners from Pac-12 and Big Ten college football conferences are talking to the press about new Holyday Bowl matchups.

And finally at 6:30 tonight a public form on how to spend part of San Diego’s budget is being hosted by the Community Budget Alliance at the United Domestic Workers offices on Seminole Drive.

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