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Another mental competency hearing for David Lucero

Did he kill his mom? Is he crazy?

A young man arrested on suspicion of killing his mother more than five years ago and who has not yet heard any evidence presented against him is due in court on November 30. David Leroy ...

Anastasia Kirkeby sentenced to therapy

Drug house burned down in July, killing Shelby Ann Black

On the day set for her misdemeanor trial, Anastasia Kirkeby, 50, a woman plagued by multiple drug-related arrests at her home in Encinitas, made a plea deal and was ordered to get counseling. That hearing ...

Monstrous monsters sent to jail forever

Two killers of Brittany Killgore get life in prison without parole

A judge in North County sentenced two people to life in prison without possibility of parole on November 19. Louis Ray Perez, 49, and Dorothy Grace Marie Maraglino, 40, were both declared guilty of the ...

Mr. or Dr. Young?

Valley Center health practitioner administered IV bags of baking soda

“The defendant has gotten away with his phony persona for years,” a prosecutor told the jury yesterday, November 18, in her opening statements in the trial of Robert Oldham Young, who is accused of taking ...

It's all play until someone gets murdered

For lack of a better word: sick, sick, sick.

Perez admitted that he had communicated to many persons his fantasy of abducting a female.

Pain meds and another jail mattress denied

With Julie Harper's sentencing near, attorney asks judge for comforts

During a hearing today (November 5) the defense attorney for Julie Harper, convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband, requested that her sentencing be delayed for two months. A prosecutor has ...

7 men lie about sexual abuse?

Or Jeffrey Barton took advantage of them all as boys?

After hearing evidence for five weeks, on October 29 the jury began to hear closing arguments in the child-abuse case against Jeffrey Barton, the former master of schools at Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad. ...

The bail man is richer than the thief

Julius Anthony Keeler's overhead cut deep into his ill-gotten profits

Career criminal Julius Anthony Keeler made a plea deal to settle five criminal cases in San Diego County and was sentenced to four years in prison on October 19. He is being held at the ...

Alleged abuse victim faces Carlsbad headmaster

Jeffrey Barton preyed on boy over 20 years ago, says former student

A man from Tennessee said in his pleasant Southern accent that he recognizes Jeffrey Barton as the man who molested him more than 20 years ago. The witness spoke in court yesterday, October 13, 2015. ...

They ate the schoolmaster's brownies

More allegations of abuse by Jeffrey Barton, who pleads not guilty

The grandmother of John Doe Number One gave testimony yesterday, October 7, in the trial of Jeffrey Barton, who pleads not guilty to 20 felony counts of child abuse. No Reason to Distrust Him The ...

Encinitas house fire victim almost 24

Her mother described her as “out of control” since she was 14

The body of Shelby Ann Black, 23, was found directly underneath the window through which the sole survivor of the house fire had escaped, according to a medical examiner’s report released on September 20. At ...

Julie Harper on trial — take 2

Accused murderer heads back to court after acquittal last year

A jury of seven women and five men was seated September 10 for the retrial of Julie Elizabeth Harper, 42. The defendant was acquitted of first-degree murder at the conclusion of her first trial one ...

Jury chosen for alleged Killgore killers

“Stay healthy” and “take vitamins,” advises judge

A jury of nine women and three men was seated this morning, September 10, for the trial of three people accused of murdering Brittany Dawn Killgore in April of 2012. Jury selection began with a ...

Doshay was out for Labor Day

Accused kidnapper made bail (again) on September 4

Family members of Jack Henry Doshay, 22, were brought before a grand jury in San Diego County last month. According to papers in the court file, three of the persons listed were Glenn, Karen, and ...

Doshay allegedly used bunny story on 5-year-old

Accused kidnapper back in custody for 2010 incident

Jack Henry Doshay, 22, was informed of ten felony charges against him, his bail was doubled to $5 million, and he was immediately taken back into custody yesterday, September 2, 2015. Previously, Doshay had pleaded ...

Let's take this relationship to the next level

Sweet 16 and never been [verb’d].

He called the defendant “a master manipulator,” a “sexual predator,” and “every parent’s worst nightmare.”

Under age and fictitious

Oceanside man accused of baiting online party trap with Hydrocodone

Juan Gerardo Castaneda, a 31-year-old man, never made physical contact with a 14-year-old girl, so all the charges should be dropped, Castaneda’s attorney said at a hearing yesterday, August 10. But judge Harry Elias disagreed, ...

Notorious drug house goes up in flames

Home on Rancho Encinitas Drive has history of search warrants and arrests

Emergency personnel responded to reports of a fire at 3:45 a.m. yesterday at a home located at 1507 Rancho Encinitas Drive. The home was known to law enforcement as the target of search warrants and ...

New judge for accused murderer

No reason given by attorney for Christopher Brandon Lee

Tuesday (July 7), news broke that a three-judge panel has unanimously decided to allow Christopher Brandon Lee to change judges before the start of his murder trial. Lee, 25, is accused of lying-in-wait and murder ...

Dishonor among dopers

Nico tried to get out.

Definitely done with Sergio.

How the churchgoer preyed...

Dennis Long had the confidence of over a dozen people

A superior court judge sentenced admitted fraudster Dennis Eugene Long to 12 years in state prison during a hearing on Friday, June 12. Sixty-five-year-old Long read a “statement of apology” before he heard the judge ...

No guns — anger management for you

Valley Center man avoided jail time in bomb-threat case

A 76-year-old Valley Center man pleaded guilty to making a false bomb report and was sentenced earlier this month, on June 2. Frits Versteegh received probation, according to prosecutor Cal Logan, who said it was ...

And don't compare them to the Manson Family

Attorneys for alleged killers of Brittany Killgore get slack from judge

A superior court judge made decisions yesterday (June 5) regarding the admissibility of evidence that defense attorneys hoped to suppress in the upcoming trial for three persons accused of killing Brittany Killgore. The naked body ...

Oh, no — the judge looks like the accused

Defense attorney asks for suspension of Christopher Lee murder trial

The murder case against Christopher Brandon Lee was suspended at a hearing in a San Bernardino County courthouse today, May 26. Defense attorney David Kaloyanides had petitioned an appeals court four weeks ago, on April ...

Pit bull kills dachshund; man kills pit bull

Wiener dog avenged

Felony animal cruelty or protecting his puppy?

Strike struck

Burglar gets lesser sentence while prosecutor argues for more

A superior court judge gave a man he described as a “career criminal” a compromise sentence of 24 years in state prison today, May 18. Probation officers had suggested that a term of 36 years ...

Accused murderer of McStays prepped for court

Charles Ray Merritt denies killing family of four

Charles Ray Merritt, now 58, denies killing Joseph McStay, 40, wife Summer McStay, 43, and their two sons, 4-year-old Giovanni, and 3-year-old Joseph Jr. in 2010. Defendant Merritt and Joseph McStay were partners in a ...

Eh, keep the brass knuckles

Parents of Jack Henry Doshay ask for their computers back

An attorney for Glenn and Karen Doshay is asking a judge to order return of certain items that were seized by deputies while investigating their son as a suspect in a kidnapping case. The property ...

Is there a naturopathic practitioner in the house?

And is Dr. Robert Oldham Young a doctor or not?

An attorney for the Valley Center man who is accused of practicing medicine without a license and defrauding cancer sufferers of thousands of dollars for fake cures asked a judge to suppress certain evidence at ...

Can't get enough of those guns and knives

Michael James Hemphill takes a shot at appealing his case

Michael James Hemphill was found guilty of first-degree murder at the end of a jury trial in February. Using a handgun, he killed a man in Escondido two years ago. Hemphill was sentenced to 75 ...

The teenager next door sure didn't help

Encinitas shooter sent away to mental hospital before he was sentenced

A man who admitted firing a handgun at his Encinitas neighbor in 2012 was sent away to a mental hospital on April 15. “After much litigation he was found not competent to be sentenced, and ...

No plea deal — 12 years in the clink

Fraudster called a swindler, a fake, crook, false prophet, predator...

On April 28, statements from victims of admitted fraudster Dennis Eugene Long so impressed a judge that he broke the plea deal in order to sentence the con artist to 12 years in prison instead ...

Married for 22 years, stabbed 30 times

Man who admits murdering his wife expects 20 years prison

A 50-year-old Mexican national admitted stabbing his wife to death and expects to get 20 years in a California state prison at his sentencing next month. The admission on the felony plea deal form reads: ...

Yay! Got the cash and pills

Julie Harper lawyer Paul Pfingst says money needed to pay experts

Paul Pfingst, defense attorney for accused murderer Julie Harper, successfully got 12 items of evidence released from the district attorney during a court hearing yesterday, April 13. This included $30,000 in cash, some of which ...

Hey, Doshay, they got your DNA

Alleged would-be kidnapper's father is not cooperating, says prosecutor

Jack Henry Doshay, 22, is accused of kidnapping a child at a Solana Beach elementary school two weeks ago. “The sheriff’s crime lab was able to confirm that the defendant’s DNA was in fact on ...

John Doe Number One goes after Jeffrey Barton

Witness claims abuse at Carlsbad military academy

A man who claimed he was abused at a military academy when he was 14 said he feared his abuser would kill him if he revealed the abuse, according to grand jury transcripts made available ...

Mine shafted

Former Marine at Twentynine Palms denies killing neighbor’s wife

A cheating husband lured his married, pregnant girlfriend to a remote desert location by hinting that he was going to propose marriage to her, but instead the woman was strangled and hidden in a mine ...

Didn't mean to shoot you in the face

Killer comes clean, but a dirty, dirty state prison likely awaits

An Oceanside man accused of shooting two people pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on March 27. Diego Arturo Martinez admitted to firing the rifle that killed Robert Earl Robbins, 47, the night of August 29, ...

Release the Resident Alien repeat offender

On meth for half his life, Mexican national makes felony plea deal

A repeat offender from Escondido, Juan Mozo Roldan, 29, made a felony plea deal and is expected to be released from custody on April 8, 2015. In his most recent incident last December, Roldan evaded ...

Kiss your asset goodbye

Michael Vilkin signed quit-claim deed upon learning of wrongful-death suit

“The Court grants Plaintiff’s request to set aside the transfer of the property from Mr. Vilkin to Mrs. Vilkin,” a superior court judge wrote in a judgment published last week. The court’s decision appears to ...

Daughter talked her way into jail following matricide

Almost proud

Ghazal Mansury could lift 100 pounds, or about the weight of her mom.

The accused is with child!

And the prosecutor says Julie Harper, to be retried for murder, abused opiates

The defense attorney for Julie Harper has stated that she is pregnant and her due date is mid-May, and so it would be “impractical” for her to undergo a re-trial as scheduled, according to papers ...

Lost in homicidal ideation

Defendant says he was "just a sitting duck, waiting to be shot"

Michael Vilkin, 63, was sentenced to 64 years to life in prison yesterday, March 18, nine months after he was declared guilty of murder for shooting his neighbor, John Upton, after repeated confrontations over trimming ...

Car as weapon?

Pedestrian struck after rude confrontation in Oceanside

In North County’s Superior Court on March 10, a young woman testified that she heard “pretty vulgar things” as she walked past a bar in Oceanside four months ago. The 22-year-old brunette said there were ...

Twice-guilty burglar claims innocence

Man says cop must have seen his own reflection in the window

A repeat felon heard closing arguments yesterday, March 9, during the re-trial of his most recent alleged burglary in which he is accused of stealing items from a Carlsbad home in August of 2013. During ...

Startled trigger finger to blame

Michael James Hemphill pleads not guilty in killing of Brandon Sanchez

A man charged with murder for shooting an old friend at point-blank range did not intend to kill, according to opening statements made in court on February 18. Michael James Hemphill turned 60 years old ...

The case of the rotten gym rat

Suspect allegedly broke into lockers in the early morning

Deputies arrested a repeat felon who broke into lockers at a series of LA Fitness gyms around North County San Diego last spring, it was alleged in court on February 3. A woman named Meggan ...

Does that mean there's no herbal Viagra?

Fraudster Dennis Long makes plea deal after bilking fellow churchgoers

Dennis Eugene Long, 65, admitted to defrauding the faithful in a plea deal on January 29. The defendant pleaded guilty to five felonies, including multiple counts of grand theft and one residential burglary; plus, he ...

Case dismissal, my eye!

Judge drops some charges, but sexual-abuse case to go to trial

The attorney for a man accused of abusing boys at the Army Navy Academy in Carlsbad asked for the case to be dismissed on January 30. The judge declined; however, he did dismiss 3 of ...

Gunman gets 100 years in prison — "overly harsh"?

Defense attorney unsuccessful at getting Jeffrey McCreary's sentence reduced

An Escondido man found guilty of shooting to death a young mother in the back of a car was sentenced to 100 years to life in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse on January 28. ...

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