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Stories by Eva Knott

Bullets instead of drugs

Co-defendant seems to confirm he shot Morayma Denise Rodriguez

A jury began hearing evidence in the trial of two men accused of killing a woman to end her loud “drama,” in San Diego’s North County courthouse today, May 12. The 20-year-old woman who was ...

POW! Have some brain damage

One-punch-fight results in felony battery charge

William Henry McElroy, 23, pleaded not guilty to felony battery causing serious injury in court yesterday, May 7. According to the testimony of officer T. Eikermann, McElroy admitted that he hit a man identified as ...

Nazi Low Riders on trial

Doesn't matter who pulled the trigger — both defendants could be culpable

Two men who are accused of killing a young woman to end her loud “drama” two years ago, will go on trial this week in San Diego’s North County Superior courthouse. Jury selection is scheduled ...

As Lambesis awaits sentencing…

Delay affords As I Lay Dying frontman a couple more weeks at home

The sentencing of Tim Lambesis for soliciting a hit man to kill his wife was delayed two weeks, from this morning, May 2, until May 16. The As I Lay Dying frontman and admitted would-be-assassin ...

Water sprinklers get their man

Irrigation system drove the suspect out of the bushes, cops say

Oceanside police say they saw the burglary suspect come out of his hiding place in the bushes when the sprinklers came on, after they responded to a call at around 3 a.m. on April 17. ...

Denies assault, mayhem, torture

Oceanside man "didn’t mean to” beat victim that badly

It was before 2 a.m. on Monday, April 21, when four Oceanside police officers responded to a report of yelling and fighting in a ground-floor unit at the Mission Hills apartment complex on Rancho Del ...

Pocketful of coke and a spontaneous statement

Alleged dealer busted outside donut shop at midnight

Escondido police say they arrested a man in the parking lot of the donut shop down the street from headquarters, his pocket allegedly bulging with drugs. José Luis Fonseca, 23, pleaded not guilty to possession ...

Carlsbad hash-oil processor processed in Vista

But he came from Arizona…where he’s got a record

A Carlsbad man was arrested on April 22 after police found ten empty butane cans in the trash container from his home. Authorities had gotten a tip that Daniel Clark Steadman, 32, was cooking hashish ...

Wanted: my freakin’ paddleboard!

Crime victim puts up surveillance pics that lead to thief

A Carlsbad man came home to find that someone had stolen the paddleboard stored on his back patio, in the 4000 block of Adams Street, about mid-day on Friday, April 4. The resident, identified as ...

Bungling (suspected) burglars busted with stolen stuff

Curious Carlsbad man comes across belongings in car detained by cops

A Carlsbad man walked down the street to see why the cop car was there; he then saw his stolen possessions inside a car that was being detained, according to testimony at a hearing today, ...

Paint on the bumper is insufficient evidence

Charges dropped for Vista man accused of hit-and-run

All charges were dropped for a man who was accused of felony hit-and-run with injury, in connection with a motorcycle crash in Vista seven months ago. A judge ruled there was insufficient evidence against 21-year-old ...

Kassim Alhimidi deemed a murderer

“This is bull***t!” yells son, sparking uproar in courtroom

The courtroom erupted into shouting after Kassim Alhimidi, 49, was declared guilty of first-degree murder in the beating death of his wife two years ago. This afternoon, April 17, judge William McGrath was confirming the ...

El Cajon murder case now with jury

Racist-charged note left at scene considered false evidence

Prosecutor Kurt Mechals failed to prove that Kassim Alhimidi beat his 32-year-old wife to death in their home in 2012, his defense attorney told jurors today, April 15. A note reading “This is my county ...

More delays in Brittany Killgore murder case

New attorney for Maraglino, more information hamper progress

Murder defendant Dorothy Maraglino was in court on April 8, represented by the fourth attorney who has been assigned to her since 22-year-old Brittany Killgore went missing two years ago. Maraglino’s new attorney, Jane Kinsey, ...

Man admits Vista robbery — but not murder attempt

Phillip Edwards Miller expects six years prison

A man who has been fighting an attempted-murder charge for years made a plea deal on April 8, the day his case was set for jury selection. Phillip Edwards Miller, previously identified as Phillip Esquire ...

Escondido truck vandal faces charges

David Gordon Huntley claims he was temporarily insane

A man on probation is accused of causing $5000 damage to a truck sitting on an Escondido car lot two months ago. At a court hearing on April 7, defendant David Gordon Huntley heard evidence ...

Children of man shot by Encinitas neighbor file lawsuit

Michael Vilkin made a quit-claim deed transfer of property after shooting

The children of a man who was allegedly shot to death by his neighbor on March 28, 2013, recently made new accusations against the alleged killer in their multimillion dollar wrongful-death suit. The last court ...

Suspected bike thieves rough up schoolboy

Two 18-year-olds busted — one divulges location of bicycle

A 16-year-old said he was riding his bike home from San Marcos High School on a Tuesday afternoon when he was confronted by two persons he had never seen before. “I just felt this punch,” ...

Escondido man denies stalking charge

Ex-convict accuses mother of his children of infidelity

Marco Antonio Carapia, 34, pleaded not guilty today, March 17, to felony stalking of the mother of his two children. “In his mind, I was screwing everybody,” a woman identified as Ashley told a judge. ...

Thief admits taking Reuben H. Fleet memorabilia

Plea deal made with felon

Edward Charles Peek admitted grand theft and was immediately sentenced to 16 months’ custody on Wednesday, March 12. He could have received as much as three years in prison for stealing what investigators described as ...

Ghazal Mansury denies killing 79-year-old mother

Daughter ordered to trial for mom's murder

Late yesterday, March 5, a judge ordered Ghazal Jessica Mansury, 42, to stand trial for the murder of her mother, Mehria Mansury, 79. Testimony during a three-day hearing suggested that Mehria might have been killed ...

The roommate who wanted the music turned down is dead

Goat noises and howling

“He attempted to punch me in the face as he ran towards me,” said Carlsbad police detective Scott Stallman. The murder suspect had become increasingly “agitated” and “animated” after detectives confronted him with evidence that ...

Escondido police heat up cold murder case

Rene Sanchez, then 16, denies shooting at Halloween party

On February 19, Rene Sanchez was brought into a San Diego courtroom, where he denied killing a man during a Halloween party at an Escondido home in 2007. Sanchez pleaded not guilty to one count ...

Murder trial delayed for Carlsbad housewife

Julie Harper accused in 2012 shooting of husband

The trial of Julie Elizabeth Harper, 40, who pleads not guilty to the murder of her 39-year-old husband while their children played downstairs, has been delayed from April until June of this year, on defense ...

Armed thugs shot in Vista sent to prison

Four years each for duo who tried to hold up Uncle Tony’s

Two men were sent to prison yesterday, February 19, after they admitted assault with a firearm inside a shopping mall eatery on January 3, 2014. Luís Enrique Cruz, 19, and Sergio Rivera Ramos, 24, were ...

Grandmother “did not like” her son-in-law

Cynthia Kaye Cdebaca denies murder but says she “was responsible”

A prosecutor said a 63-year-old grandmother reloaded her five-shot revolver twice and fired 15 rounds at her son-in-law, killing him in the home they shared in Fallbrook last week. The prosecutor spoke on February 18 ...

Surf rage at Swami’s: board used as weapon?

Kern Glaubitz admits to “making criminal threats"

Surfer Kern Vincent Glaubitz was charged with assault with a deadly weapon — a surfboard — by the San Diego County District Attorney’s office on January 15. After being held in custody two weeks, Glaubitz ...

Vista man denies murder and dumping body

Kirk Stapleton allegedly feared he had been exposed to AIDS

A sheriff’s detective claimed in court on February 11 that he has eight minutes of surveillance video showing a man pushing a shopping cart down the street to dump his girlfriend’s body beside a trash ...

Escondido teen accused of robberies at knife-point

Ruben Trejo Cardenas denies gang allegations

A criminal defense attorney on February 10 suggested that the tattoo “ESCO VIEJO” on his client merely expresses fondness for his hometown and is not connected to a violent street gang. “Esco viejo” translates as ...

Maximum sentence for Matthew Nathan Terrell

Would-be rapist lured victim to Carlsbad hotel room

Matthew Nathan Terrell, 28, was sentenced to six years prison for the attempted rape of a young woman he had met on the internet just the day before. A San Diego County Superior Court judge ...

Convicted child abuser committed suicide

Fugitive Joseph McCarron failed to show for jury verdict

A man considered a fugitive when he failed to show up for a jury verdict was declared dead by suicide in a report released by the San Diego County Medical Examiner on January 30. Joseph ...

Man in stolen car claimed to be Marine

CHP officer said he was given false ID

California Highway Patrol officer Adam DeGraffenreid said the license plate on the red Honda Accord came back registered to a Toyota on the afternoon of October 19, 2013. The driver said his name was Christian ...

Thugs shot by would-be victim make plea deals

Wounded defendants can expect four years prison

Two men who got shot while trying to rob Uncle Tony's Italian restaurant in Vista admitted to assault with a firearm, and each can expect four years in prison, according to their plea-deal paperwork. Louis ...

Escondido man suspected of being burglar extraordinaire

Repeat felon denies break-ins committed all over North County

Investigators claim they were able to connect a repeat felon to a string of burglaries in San Diego County through fingerprints and DNA he left behind. Thirty-one-year-old Roberto Lazaro Dimas pleads not guilty to eight ...

Escondido police called for domestic drama

Ballistic shield and police canine deployed to remove boyfriend

Officer Robert Craig said at a court hearing on January 21 that he was called to speak with a distraught woman on the evening of November 3 of last year. Twenty-seven-year-old Catalina Botello said she ...

Alleged Killgore killers may soon get death penalties

Two terabytes of new evidence found in defendant’s car

The San Diego County district attorney is ready to meet with defense attorneys regarding the possibility of seeking the death penalty in a high-profile murder case, a prosecutor said on January 17, 2014. Nearly two ...

Bloody fight in San Marcos goes to court

Beer-bottle bash to the head yields 30 stitches

“This is a mess,” said judge Harry Elias, commenting on a bloody street fight that happened last October in San Marcos; the matter came before his court January 14. The alleged victim, Elvis Gonzalez, claimed ...

Armed robbers got shot by their victim, deputies say

Wounded defendants brought into court

Two men who were allegedly shot when they tried to rob a Vista restaurant earlier this month were brought into court on January 8. Louis Enrique Cruz, 18, and Sergio Rivera Ramos, 24, both pleaded ...

Woman suspects use of date-rape drug in Encinitas

Deputies looking for alleged sex video

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s search-warrant log, a young woman suspects that she was given a date-rape drug while she was bar-hopping in Encinitas last month; she reported waking up later in a ...

Escondido police suspect cousins in robberies

Demand of “give me all the money” before pistol-whipping the clerk

Police found evidence connecting two men with at least four armed robberies that occurred recently in Escondido. One of them was due to be arraigned in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse for felony robbery ...

Pfingst and murder defendant win pre-trial hearings

Former San Diego County DA took evidence cash as "fee"

Former San Diego district attorney, current criminal defense lawyer Paul Pfingst will remain as counsel for a woman accused of murdering her husband, a judge ruled on January 3. In November, prosecutor Keith Watanabe alleged ...

Frederick Hengl’s death in holding cell declared "natural"

Husband who reportedly cooked wife was in poor health

Frederick Joseph Hengl, 69, accused of killing his wife and cooking parts of her on the stovetop in their Oceanside home, died in a “natural” manner, according to the county medical examiner. Hengl was found ...

Serial shoplifter popped in O'side, claims to be a fed

“He steals with impunity,” says deputy DA

Tom C. Vuong, 50, allegedly made a ruckus at the Walmart on the corner of College Boulevard and Highway 76 on December 15. He was arrested for his actions. According to testimony given in court ...

Inlaws and outlaws

Shots fired on the San Pascual Res

Michelle Ortega said Richard Murillo showed her the gun when he met her down by the front gate of her property on the San Pasqual Indian Reservation in Valley Center. It was after 11 o’clock ...

Defendants in Killgore murder case got new attorneys

Maraglino, one of the accused, wants to hurry things along

Dorothy Maraglino, a 38-year-old woman from Fallbrook who is currently charged with kidnap, torture, and murder, said, “I’m prepared to represent myself” in San Diego Superior Court on December 18, 2013. Maraglino made the statement ...

Fast verdict for assault in Carlsbad motel room

Matthew Nathan Terrell could get probation or six years prison

A jury declared Matthew Nathan Terrell guilty of assault with intent to commit rape and false imprisonment, on December 18. The attack happened in a Carlsbad motel room on June 9, 2013. The jury declared ...

Encinitas plumber says he was threatened and robbed

Young worker claims unwanted sexual advances and he wasn't paid

During a court hearing on December 11, Michael Welch claimed that a houseguest, Bryan Paul Jeffries, 30, threatened and punched him and demanded money in December of 2012. The attorney for Jeffries suggested that he ...

Escondido burglars sent to prison

Armed with baseball bats, but crime spree stopped by Navy veterans

On December 5, Antonio Gabriel Amador, 18, and Brandon Douglas Martinez, 20, were both sentenced to seven years in state prison for burglary and robbery. In their plea deals, four other felonies were dismissed for ...

Deputies say they caught San Marcos burglar

Allegedly connected to other crimes through pawn shop

After officers witnessed a young man leap from a second-story window of a San Marcos home this summer, deputy Jason Allen asked him what he was doing. “He said, ‘Uh, breaking and entering?’” The deputy ...

Stepdaughter charged in Escondido murder

Asiatae Robinette Bell denies breaking off two knives in 54-year-old woman

“This 35-year-old defendant stabbed her 54-year-old stepmother over 15 times with two separate knives,” a prosecutor said as Asiatae Robinette Bell glared at the deputy district attorney from a holding cell. Last week, on November ...

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