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February 17, 6:40 p.m.

Police were dispatched to a report of a stabbing at an apartment complex. They found a 75-year-old retired woman, Mercedez Ramirez, suffering from numerous stab wounds inside the apartment. Paramedics transported the woman to a trauma center, but she died at 7:17 p.m. Inside another apartment, her daughter, Tomasa Ramirez, 36, was arrested for the murder and taken into custody without incident.

Deputy District Attorney Wendy Patrick Mazzarella said Tomasa allegedly got up from a card game she was playing with her mother, went to the kitchen, grabbed a steak knife, and began to stab her mother. When the mother tried to run, the defendant stabbed her repeatedly in the back. Mazzarella said the defendant immediately called police and told them what she had done, then proceeded to wash off the murder weapon. Criminal proceedings were suspended on June 5, when Judge Peter Deddeh ordered a mental-competency exam for Tomasa Ramirez. The competency hearing was set for July 23, 2007.


Cottonwood Road and South Vista, San Ysidro

February 17, 10:24 p.m.

SDPD officers were dispatched to a report of an injured person calling for help. They found a 25-year-old male, covered in blood, in the street near the Beyer Boulevard Trolley Station. Paramedics attempted to save the male, but he died at the scene at 10:24 p.m. The preliminary investigation has revealed that the victim was assaulted on the platform of the trolley station. The victim staggered down a path that leads to Cottonwood Road, where he collapsed in the street. SDPD says the male has not been identified and the case is still under investigation.


2100 Parktree Lane, Escondido

February 18, 8:35 a.m.

Escondido Police Communications received a telephone call from an unknown source reporting "two people dead and one person injured." Officers arrived at approximately 8:40 a.m. A male subject, who had been shot in the facial area with what is believed to be a small-caliber handgun, exited the house at approximately 8:46 a.m. He was immediately taken to an area trauma center. His wounds were not life-threatening. At approximately 11:45 a.m., the suspect, later identified as Octavian Crishan, 68 years old, of Las Vegas, Nevada, exited the garage of the residence and was uncooperative with police units. Nonlethal beanbag rounds were deployed; the suspect was taken into custody without further incident. While checking the residence for additional suspects or victims, the body of a deceased male, who appeared to be in his late 60s, was located. He had also been shot.

Escondido Police identified the murder victim as Herman Wiesemeyer, 67, a long-time friend of Crishan's. The man with the facial injury is Matthew Vivian. According to Deputy Public Defender Barbara McDonald, Crishan is claiming that he was abused by both parties and acted in self-defense. Crishan's defense will be based on his allegations that Wiesemeyer and Vivian tried to coerce him into creating a will or living trust naming them as benefactors and that Vivian threatened to inject him with potassium chloride and poison if Crishan did not comply.

Detective Miguel Ramirez testified to the court that Wiesemeyer looked after the suspect and had helped him move out of an assisted-living facility in Las Vegas.

According to the Musicians Union of Las Vegas, Crishan, a violinist, was a long-time member. His high-profile gigs on the Las Vegas Strip included performing as the concertmaster at the Aladdin Casino. They said he attracted the attention of Sammy Davis Jr., who hired Crishan as a concertmaster for some of his shows.

In a June 19, 2007, hearing, a Superior Court judge ruled that a trial would go forth. The date is set for October 16, 2007.



300 Hollister Street, Palm City

February 26, 7:30 a.m.

Two employees of a private business stopped their truck on the east side of Hollister Street. When they were ready to leave, they noticed what appeared to be a body in the Otay River. Closer inspection by officers called to the scene revealed that the body had been dismembered. Allen Burton Hawes's torso was found in the Otay River. Hawes was 57.

On February 27, a tow truck driver found a human head in a plastic bag alongside southbound I-5, near 28th Street. A short while later, Caltrans workers found a human hand along southbound 163, at the exit for southbound I-5.

Gerald Michael Nash, an adult bookstore worker, was arrested for the crime. He told police officers: "This all seems like a dream to me. Like I'm not even here."

On April 9, 2007, two severed legs were found in Harbison Canyon. Searching Nash's house, police found more than 30 driver's licenses, credit cards, and birth certificates. San Diego Police say he may have been involved in identity theft, and they are investigating.


4900 Wheelhouse Drive, Ocean Crest

March 3, 2:48 p.m.

Police were called after several people detected an odor coming from a parked Lincoln Navigator. They checked the vehicle and found the body of a deceased person in the back seat. Preliminary investigation has revealed that the truck was first noticed on March 6. On March 10, a citizen called police to have the vehicle marked with a 72-hour-violation notice. The vehicle has a Baja license plate.

Police say the body has not been identified and the case is still under investigation.


500 North Highway 101, Solana Beach

March 16, 11:46 a.m.

Manville Frangos, an off-duty senior volunteer from the Sheriff's Encinitas Station, was driving behind a red Toyota 4Runner. Just north of Solana Vista Drive, he saw the 4Runner hit 40-year-old Jeannie Franklin, who was riding her bicycle in the bike lane. Frangos followed the vehicle and wrote down the license plate number before returning to the scene, where a sheriff's deputy and an emergency-room doctor had arrived.

Franklin was pronounced dead at 11:52 a.m. She and her husband Simon Franklin had spent part of the morning at a Cardiff market. When they left, he took the bus back to their Solana Beach home, while she, an avid biking enthusiast, rode along scenic North Highway 101. She died of head injuries and a severed spinal cord.

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