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Stories by Eva Knott

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 ...

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 ...

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