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Stories by Eva Knott

Man denies murder by the pool

Multiple witnesses and surveillance cameras all caught the shooting next to a pool in a Vista apartment complex last summer, according to statements in court yesterday, Tuesday, November 6. Estevan Steve Montelongo, 41, pleaded not …

November 7, 2018
“Best friend” murderer gets 80-years-to-Life

Yesterday afternoon, November 1, Judge Richard Monroy gave Shyrehl Joseph Wesley, now 22, the maximum sentence for killing his “best friend” a year ago. Wesley was sentenced to 80-years-to-life. The murderer was out on parole …

November 2, 2018
A tearful confession in Oceanside

A prosecutor said that Carey Lamont Reid Jr. cried and confessed to murdering a 77-year-old Oceanside man, and then he wrote an apology letter to the widow. Prosecutor Keith Watanabe spoke at the arraignment of …

October 26, 2018
Intruder took shotgun away and assaulted homeowner

An intruder took a shotgun away from an Encinitas homeowner and then tried to kill him with it, according to an attorney who spoke in court yesterday, Wednesday, October 25. Chuck Edward Neil, 43, pleaded …

October 26, 2018
San Diego judge upholds Julie Harper’s 40-year sentence

San Diego Superior Court Judge Blaine Bowman looked Julie Harper in the face and told her that “the interests of justice will not be served” by reducing her sentence. This morning, Wednesday October 24, Julie …

October 25, 2018
La Costa Hills bike theft story confused

The witness said she saw a man reaching for the door handle of her friend’s apartment and she called out to him, “Do you live here?” It was still dark, before sunrise, the morning of …

October 23, 2018
A San Diego version of MeToo

Kellen Winslow Jr. faces two more rape charges after a new accuser testified in a San Diego County superior courtroom yesterday, Monday, October 15. The accuser said she awakened when Winslow was behind her, forcing …

October 16, 2018
Prosecutor argues against early release of Julie Harper

“Defendant deserves each and every day of her 40 years-to-life sentence,” prosecutor Keith Watanabe stated in papers he filed last week, arguing that a reduction of Julie Harper’s sentence “is not in the interest of …

October 15, 2018
Unsolved murder of gringos on the Sea of Cortez

Eddie has been traveling to Bahia de los Angeles for more than 40 years. He rents a home there. Like many other Americans who live part-time in Baja California, Eddie is mostly retired. He goes …

September 19, 2018
Thief writes note to self about plans

Oceanside police officer Chris Ruedi said he responded to a radio call after a man who had reported his $3,000 bicycle stolen that morning claimed he saw a man riding his bicycle in the beach …

September 18, 2018
Picked up 40 bricks in Chula Vista

Carlos Enriquez told a detective that he was contacted by a person in Tijuana who told him, “He had a job for Enriquez.” Enriquez said he crossed the border into the United States, picked up …

September 11, 2018
Child witness: boyfriend behaved badly

An Escondido woman claimed that an argument about sharing costs of an apartment ended with her getting dropped on her head. The alleged fracas occurred three weeks ago, on August 13. Rochelle testified in a …

September 7, 2018
Vista house party horror

Homie arrived at the party on Barsby Street about 11 p.m. He lived nearby so he walked with friends. It was cold that Friday night, January 26, 2018, almost freezing, which is unusual in San …

August 24, 2018
A father's blood in Rancho Santa Fe

“I was working in my vegetable garden.” Kim Dorey remembered the day she got an unexpected visitor, almost a year earlier. It was a Friday morning, May 26, 2017, overcast and cool, perfect for working …

August 22, 2018
The get-away driver was 18

The 18-year-old woman said she didn’t know her 21-year-old friend was going to rob that person until he did it. And then she drove away at speed, from police, because she was afraid. Victoria Josephine …

August 17, 2018
Homeless man living underground vs. park workers

A man who lived in a ten-foot-deep burrow in an Escondido park threatened city workers after his furniture and things were thrown away, according to testimony in court today, August 13, 2018. Mark Edward Powell, …

August 14, 2018
Accused of hurting dogs, $1 million bail

David Christopher Herbert, now 37, is accused of using a knife and a baseball bat and a caustic chemical to hurt dogs that belonged to his neighbors. Herbert pleads not guilty, is set to go …

August 10, 2018
Julie Harper gets another chance

Julie Elizabeth Harper, a Carlsbad housewife who became notorious for shooting her husband in their upstairs bedroom while their children played downstairs, has been granted a new chance at sentencing, by the Fourth District court …

August 7, 2018
Swerved into Oceanside bike lane with stolen Honda

In court today, Felix Aaron Ruiz Bazan admitted he killed a bicyclist almost a year ago, in a plea deal in which he expects to be sentenced to ten years in prison. Bazan, now 26, …

August 6, 2018
Fingerprints the clincher

A woman said she was working behind the counter at a bank in Vista, two years ago, when a man put a bag onto her countertop and said, “Give me all your money.” The bank …

August 2, 2018
Older sister in Vista tries to help

Three young men skateboarding in a Vista parking lot were robbed at gunpoint last February, according to testimony this week. One victim’s sister tried to get their belongings back through her Snapchat connections, according to …

July 31, 2018
Ex-Marine accused of killing Oceanside neighbor in broad daylight

A former Marine killed his neighbor after she came home from work and took her dog out for a walk, a San Diego County prosecutor alleged in court July 24, 2018. Eduardo Arriola, 25, made …

Vista computer burglary shows right up on Google Cloud

Two burglars climbed a tree, broke through a roof skylight, and used rope to rappel down into a Vista computer business and get away with $60,000 in loot, according to a prosecutor in court yesterday, …

July 24, 2018
Luiseno Indians robbed by one of their own

Destiny Adelaide Nelson, 38, admitted stealing from her tribe, the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians, and agreed to pay back the $83,226 she took. The stolen money “fed” her addictions, drugs and gambling, she …

July 24, 2018
Hopeless addict but not a dealer

“Mister Alvarez is a man who is hopelessly addicted to methamphetamine,” his defense attorney told a judge during a twenty minute hearing on Monday, July 16, 2018. Defender Lacey Golling asserted that the drugs Alvarez …

Carlsbad license plate reader found the stolen car

Rigoberto said his car went missing from his home near downtown San Diego on May 5. He got the silver, 2004 Volkswagen Beetle from someone who owed him $2,500, so he figured that is what …

July 18, 2018
Expensive kick

James Matthew Davis, 43, denied causing more than a thousand dollars damage to a park ranger’s truck when he kicked it three months ago, on March 5. Davis is accused of becoming enraged after park …

Woman claims assault on Fallbrook street

‘I was bending over picking up trash, and the next thing I know I got two slugs on the side of my head.” The pink-haired woman demonstrated with her arms in the witness box of …

June 27, 2018
The missing wallet

Juan (not his real name) Martinez said he parked his truck in the 200 block of Nettleton Road, Vista on a Friday night, June 8, 2018. “Because I am a musician and I play, and …

June 26, 2018
Felon found in parking lot with gun, cops say

A man standing in the parking lot of a busy Oceanside hotel on a Friday afternoon was actually a felon in possession of a 9mm Ruger handgun, according to testimony today, Thursday June 21, 2018. …

Trouble on Garfield Street

“I had just came back from the grocery store,” said Gary. The two-door car that belonged to the boyfriend of his housemate Katie was there. “His vehicle was in the driveway.” Katie had her own …

A thief, a thief, a thief, a thief, a thief...

“I was gonna take Lyft and I wanted to check my balance. I had a negative fourteen cents. She took my very last dollar.” A woman identified as “Sharon” testified this morning that her former …

June 12, 2018
Hyundai out raced police copter on I-15 shoulders

A mis-trial was declared this morning in the case against Eric Wilkes Durland, 27, who was accused of seriously injuring a woman when he crashed into her car while evading police, four months ago. Defense …

It was a dark and stormy night at Jane's house

In sheriff's records Jane McKay is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and 140 pounds. She probably told deputies that her eyes are green and her hair is blonde, that information is there too. …

June 6, 2018
Mental evaluation ordered for alleged stalker

All criminal actions against a man accused of stalking and threatening a woman were halted today, June 4, when his attorney suggested the alleged stalker might not be mentally competent. Bryan Cruz, 27, previously pleaded …

June 4, 2018
Teen girl fights off possible kidnapper

We saw him when we were going in, he was just standing out there.” The pretty 16-year-old girl described the man outside the Vista library that Saturday in February as scruffy. “I didn’t think anything …

May 16, 2018
The Benadryl did it

“This is not a whodunnit,” the defense attorney told the jury yesterday, May 10. “This was in fact a killing that was done by David McGee.” David Noel McGee Jr., 26, is facing one charge …

Officer was injured deploying spike strip

A 44-year-old man who was out on bail led officers on a 45 minute pursuit in a stolen car, and caused injury to multiple persons, a prosecutor alleged in court yesterday, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. …

Woman who sells sensual massage accused boyfriend

The defense attorney said of the accuser, “She lies.” Michael Jonathan C., 33, is now on trial, accused of assaulting his 48-year-old girlfriend two years ago. Carlsbad police arrested C. the night of March 16, …

April 27, 2018
Carlsbad husband claims wife got bruised in jiu jitsu class

The attorney for Juan S., 40, suggested that his wife got those bruises on her throat during her Brazilian jiu jitsu classes. Prosecutor Jared Coleman alleged that Mrs. S. was injured when her husband choked …

April 26, 2018
Open window reveals new boyfriend

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 …

April 13, 2018
Trial begins for Oceanside woman who drove with body in her car

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 …

March 30, 2018
Oceanside man denies seeking child for sex

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. …

March 26, 2018
Oceanside bike cop said he was threatened

“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 …

March 16, 2018
Jury selection begins for David Leroy Lucero Jr

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. …

March 16, 2018
Woman accused of looting Bonsall home during fire

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 …

March 9, 2018
Weldon McDavid shot Greg Mulvihill on secluded dirt path in Carlsbad

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 …

February 21, 2018
Doshay family agreed to pay $500,000

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 …

February 19, 2018
Lovejoy and McDavid plead innocence before prison

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 …

February 1, 2018
His best friend and a good girl accused of murder

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 …

January 25, 2018

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