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Carlsbad cop charged with aggravated trespassing

A Carlsbad police officer who was arrested on suspicion of two felonies, first-degree burglary and stalking, was ordered released from custody on April 11. Instead of the felony charges, Jeffry Edwards, 37, was instead arraigned ...

Trial begins for Oceanside woman who drove with body in her car

Stacey Sanchez fell asleep, her attorney said

The defense attorney seemed to admit that Esteysi Izazaga Sanchez, 31, drove her car up onto a sidewalk and hit a pedestrian so hard that part of one leg snapped off, while the rest of ...

Oceanside man denies seeking child for sex

History of autism and immaturity

A jury will decide if a 46-year-old registered sex offender went to the home of a 16-year-old girl two years ago to act out his fantasies, or to give her a bible as he claims. ...

Oceanside bike cop said he was threatened

Eliseo Cruz Flores reportedly admitted marijuana use

“He told me he wanted to provoke the police officer,” said Oceanside police officer Ivan Sanchez, who was called to a confrontation on the main drag of the beach town on February 2, 2018. Officer ...

Jury selection begins for David Leroy Lucero Jr

Sparks will fly when his father is in the witness box

Jury selection continues Monday, March 19 in the much-delayed trial of David Leroy Lucero Jr., now 33, who is accused of murdering his mother eight years ago, in the home they shared in Valley Center. ...

Woman accused of looting Bonsall home during fire

Patio umbrella and barbecue

This morning, Friday March 9, the attorney for Sacheen Fawn Silvercloud, 43, asked a judge to released her from jail on her own recognizance. Silvercloud is accused of looting a home that was evacuated during ...

Poops, shoots, and leaves

A panda could have made up a better murder plan.

Police picked up Weldon McDavid a week after the shooting. They pulled him over while he drove near his home in Fallbrook. The police and McDavid were aware that a man named Greg Mulvihill had ...

Doshay family agreed to pay $500,000

Parents of victim continue lawsuit vs. Solana Beach School District

The family of the seven-year-old girl who was grabbed by Jack Doshay nearly three years ago has agreed to a “good faith settlement” of $500,000, to be paid by the Doshay family, according to court ...

Lovejoy and McDavid plead innocence before prison

“If I had intended to shoot Mr. Mulvihill, he would be dead.”

Diana Lovejoy, 45, and codefendant Weldon K. McDavid Jr., 50, both pleaded their innocence on the day of their sentencing, January 31. Judge Sim Von Kalinowski ordered McDavid to serve 50 years to Life, and ...

His best friend and a good girl accused of murder

D'Angelo Maurice Charon's body was found on the side of the road

A man and woman were held equally liable in the death of their friend and ordered to face murder charges at the end of a hearing on January 24th. Shyrehl Joseph Wesley, 21, and Sheffah ...

Textbook East Coast degenerate migration story

Home-invading burglar back home, busted on murder charges here

A repeat felon from the East Coast was booked into jail in San Diego County this week and charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of an Oceanside man, David Patrick Viars, 33, who ...

Chino prison escapee covered some distance

How Michael Garrett busted out remains unknown to the public

Michael Martin Garrett, 33, a felon who escaped from a California state prison on Sunday, January 14th, was captured in front of a Vons grocery store in Encinitas at about 6 p.m. Monday, less than ...

What the babysitter saw in the garage

Tony had no idea why he killed his friend.

Scott Schafer was out in front of his house on Oceanside’s Santa Anita Street at about 5 p.m. His four-year–old son was playing with two neighbor kids. Scott was friends with their dad Robbie, who ...

Home invader gets 180 days in the clink

Plea deal drops charges of stalking, battery, a count of resisting a police officer...

Noe Colimas Valladares, 28, was sentenced to 180 days in local jail on Monday, December 11th. He was arrested in August after he reportedly entered a home in Escondido and was shot by the man ...

Roberto ran over a cop

Slow-witted vermin guarantees itself a swift trial.

Oceanside police attacker: "They’re trying to use their power." Talks to cellmates about L.A. cop killer Christopher Dorner.

29 years in jail for failed attempt to kill O’side cop

“You are a purely evil person,” the judge told Roberto Flores

“There are two words to describe you, just pure evil,” San Diego Superior Court judge Blaine Bowman told Robert Ignacio Flores at his sentencing hearing on November 30. Flores, 26, tried to kill Oceanside police ...

Lovejoy and McDavid guilty of attempted murder

Defense story was too far-fetched, says juror

After half a day of deliberations, a jury declared both Diana Jean Lovejoy, 45, and Weldon Kermit McDavid Jr., 50, guilty of the attempted murder of her husband, Greg Mulvhill, 47, during a bitter divorce ...

Case of alleged assassin and cheating wife with jury

"I believe he was aiming center mass.”

A two-defendant trial in which a Carlsbad woman is accused of hiring her gun instructor to shoot her husband after a years-long divorce battle was given to the jury to deliberate on November 9th. The ...

Middle-aged cops were alleged targets of rage

Did Roberto Flores intend to steer his car into officer Brad Hunter?

Oceanside police officer Brad Hunter was struck down as he stood next to a car he had pulled over for a traffic stop on Foussat Road on July 19, 2017. A jury was seated on ...

Case of the new-moon shooter

Did Weldon McDavid schedule shooting for the month's darkest night?

The criminal case against Diana Lovejoy, 44, and Weldon McDavid, 50, in which she is accused of hiring him to shoot her estranged husband, made another step forward late yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, October 18). Judge ...

Devil in details of Carlsbad divorce case

Split involved shooter in bushes and young boy

A divorce between a Carlsbad couple that began in 2014 was interrupted by gunfire more than two years later. Diana Jean Lovejoy, 44, is set to go on trial tomorrow (October 17). She has pleaded ...

Antonia's last words

The fateful drive from Vegas to San Diego

Nosey and Antonia were boyfriend and girlfriend not so long ago — they met on Valentine’s Day in 2016. It was a good time in his life then, when they were together, Nosey had a ...

Grandview surfer girl fought attacker

“I felt like they were watching me. I know at least one of them was.”

The teenaged blonde girl said she was on her knees in the driveway, waxing her surfboard, when a man came up from behind and grabbed ahold of her neck. “I saw his foot come into ...

Chair sounded like an AK-47

So, Iraq War veteran stabbed fellow Marine to death in Oceanside garage

David Anthony Strouth, 36, told the jury that he lawfully killed a man in self-defense, disputing the prosecution’s assertion of first-degree murder, with an added allegation of lying in wait. The jury of eight women ...

Killer roommate

David Anthony Strouth allegedly said he had “slayed the beast.”

Jury selection is expected to begin Monday, September 18, for the trial of David Anthony Strouth, 36, accused of killing the man whose home he had just moved into, weeks before the fatal incident on ...

Blindsided by a lug wrench at the bus stop

"I bet you didn’t think I could sneak up on you like that, did you?”

Armando said he was seated on a bench, minding his own business the morning of February 22, 2017, when he was attacked. “I was waiting for the bus.” It was almost time for his regular ...

Meth-troubled dad faces court dates

Repeat offender accused of kidnapping wife and child and more

A man who allegedly invaded a home in the remote eastern edges of Escondido, and was reportedly shot multiple times by the homeowner, is due in court on Wednesday, September 13. Noe Colimas Valladares, 28 ...

Damning evidence dogs accused pet abuser

Ex-neighbors get restraining orders, but Herbert still at liberty

David Christopher Herbert, 36, was ordered to answer six felony counts of animal abuse and cruelty at the end of a three-day preliminary hearing on August 25. The prosecutor said that three of the felonies ...

Dogs doused with acid in Oceanside

Lawyer for David Christopher Herbert suggests the dogs were already injured

After more than an hour of grueling cross-examination by a defense attorney, witness Maria Morales Juares began telling him that his questions were “stupid” and she was “bored” of his repeated questions on the same ...

Fight for truck leads to court

Man allegedly punched wife over possession of their Toyota

Oceanside police officer Brett Shields said he was on patrol July 30 when a woman flagged him down on Genine Drive. The distraught woman told him she saw a man climb through a window on ...

Gate-crashing repo man flees Escondido impound yard

“You can’t carjack your own car,” declares judge

On July 30, 2017, LeDarral Shakouriel Hollingsworth went to the Allied Gardens tow yard in Escondido to get some paperwork from his car, which had been impounded, according to his attorney. It was there, at ...

Glenn and Karen Doshay: Our son is not a monster

Padres co-owner and wife write to judge on son’s behalf

The little girl was seven years old when she was grabbed by a man she later described as “dumb and stupid.” The 22-year-old man first approached her on a Monday afternoon in March 2015 while ...

Nancy won’t leave

Eighty-nine-year-old mom fears her adult daughter

Grace knew she wasn’t supposed to have guests stay longer than one week, at the retirement place where she lives in Vista. But she wanted to help her daughter. Sixty years ago, she named her ...

Jeffrey Barton gets maximum sentence yesterday, Aug. 8

Barton, 59, gets 48 years for molesting boy

Jeffrey Barton spoke to a judge this morning, August 7, complaining and denying for more than 30 minutes, before he was sentenced to 48 years in prison for molesting a boy in his care. “This ...

"He was going to shoot me right there."

Oceanside police nab suspected thief of car in San Marcos

Luis said he woke up to someone knocking against his window, and when he looked up the stranger put a gun in his face. “He told me to give him the keys and get out ...

Carlsbad beachcomber got too close to their property

Thrown to sand with metal detector

A 70-year-old Carlsbad resident said he was attacked by a stranger when he was beachcombing earlier this month. Paul, who asked that he be identified only by his first name, said he was alone the ...

Man whose home is metal box in Vista park admits drug sales

Sixty-five-year-old man began career at 20

A man living in a metal shipping container in a Vista park was arrested this month after he sold drugs to undercover officers. James William Harris, 65, was reportedly living in the graffiti-decorated container located ...

Oceanside husband attacked

Children restrained mom while he phoned police.

Jose Alexander Rivera Hernandez said he had another dispute with his wife three weeks ago, on June 29, which ended with their children holding onto their mother while he phoned police. Hernandez said he has ...

Valley Center pursuit ended with car in flames on freeway

Career criminal admits two more felonies

Three weeks ago a pursuit began when Sheriff deputies spotted a black 2006 Audi A3 that had been reported stolen in Valley Center. Driver Brian Kleinfeldt, a career criminal, took off and started a 37-minute ...

North County man on early release program re-arrested

Escondido police found stolen credit cards in his wallet

A man who was released from custody because of a California law that sent certain criminals from state prison to local jails and then “post-release community supervision,” was recently re-arrested in Escondido. David Charles Escovedo ...

Man suspected of heroin sales at Carlsbad shopping center

Attorney suggested it was just personal use

Carlsbad police arrested a man suspected of possessing heroin for sale, in the parking lot of the Carlsbad Plaza South Shopping Center in the 2500 block of El Camino Real, the early morning hours of ...

North County Creeper wants to go directly to trial

The defendant couldn't wait to get out of the courtroom.

A man accused of being the North County Creeper admitted there is enough evidence to send him to trial, and thereby skipped public disclosure of details of his alleged child molestation crimes that would have ...

Popular beach eatery in Oceanside suffered beer theft

Johnny Manana’s fridge was busted into overnight

A fingerprint on a broken piece of glass near a damaged beer fridge led investigators to a three-strikes criminal, according to testimony in court on June 26. Workers at Johnny Manana’s restaurant near the beach ...

Vista sisters fighting ends in arrest

One spit at officer who responded with mace

“Christine said, ‘I’m going to stab your pretty little face,’” according to a deputy who testified in San Diego Superior Court yesterday, June 26. Sheriff’s deputy Adrian Moses arrived at a home in the 1600 ...

Off to gangsters’ paradise

Two Deep Valley Bloods get more than 75 years in state prison

Two Oceanside gangsters will make one more appearance in a San Diego courtroom this month, on February 24, before they spend the rest of their lives in state prison, officials say. Roland Isaac Seau, 25, ...

None shall pass

The opposite of neighborly in Fallbrook/De Luz

"I just filmed my own murder."

Carlsbad’s Julie Harper gets 40 years for shooting husband

Daughter: “I will never call you Mom again.…”

A San Diego Superior court judge told Julie Harper this morning, January 15, “Rather than go through a painful divorce process you took the easy way out.” And then he sentenced the former Carlsbad housewife ...

Landlord's going to prison

Carlsbad man admits killing his renter

As part of a plea deal last week in San Diego’s North County Superior Court, David Diaz admitted killing a young man who had rented a room in his Carlsbad home two years ago. On ...

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 ...

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