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Stories by Eva Knott

Mom carried him into Escondido's Learning Jungle

The day the baby boy was born in 2016, the hospital made a call to CPS. “They had them involved since the boy was born,” his father Jared testified in court five years later — ...

July 28, 2021
Knife drawn after headlock in Valley Center family compound

San Diego County sheriff deputies responded to reports of a fight on the 19300 block of Sierra Verde Road in Valley Center after 4 pm last November 2. Deputies drove up a long driveway to ...

Oceanside grandma comes home from San Felipe, gets beat up and tortured

It took about five hours for Cindy and Ray to drive from their hacienda in San Felipe, Mexico, to their home in Oceanside. “The sun was out,” Cindy recalled that spring day in May 2018 ...

April 21, 2021
Oceanside drug addict loses third child

In 2010, when Kelsey Shande Carpenter was 20 years old, she was arrested for possession of heroin and burglary. “She has been dealing with drug addiction for over ten years,” a prosecutor said in court ...

April 13, 2021
Murder suspects hop fence near Carlsbad lagoon – updated 12-6-21

Ted said, “I got a phone call from my girlfriend.” It was just after 9 on a Monday morning. Ted said he stood up and turned away from his computer and looked out the window. ...

March 8, 2021
Mary Ann Humfreville missing from Bahia de los Angeles for two months

A 74-year-old American woman who lived full-time in her home in Bahia de los Angeles in Baja has been missing for two months. Mary Ann Humfreville was discovered missing after she failed to appear at ...

February 26, 2021
Conviction of Army & Navy headmaster for child abuse is overturned – updated 12-6-21

A top official at a boys academy in San Diego County had his child abuse conviction overturned, and he was granted a new trial by an appellant court. Jeffery Barton, then 55, was head of ...

February 9, 2021
Dad takes girls to Oceanside's Pit Stop Diner, ends up at Tijuana hotel

Martin Ramirez was born on Thanksgiving Day, 1975 in Mexico, which he eventually left for the U.S. He married a sweet woman and in 2004, when he was 28, his wife Rosa gave him a ...

Murder charged on Nardo Street in Solana Beach

Jade Sasha Janks, 37, denied murdering her step-father Thomas Merriman, 64, during a brief court appearance yesterday, January 12. Janks was arraigned remotely, by video monitor, on one count of murder in San Diego’s North ...

January 13, 2021
Who stole your iPod, FM94's Mike Esparza, Hell's Angels, our Russian yacht, Seaworld sharks, why they leave San Diego

Roman Abramovich Yacht on San Diego’s Embarcadero Two helicopter pads, pool, spa, hot tub... It was borrowed by Madonna back in 2010 (according to Luxist.com), when she was filming her movie about the Duke of ...

September 19, 2020
An assault near The Jungle in San Marcos

The pretty, young Latina was crying and upset when she spoke to deputies in San Marcos. One of the deputies was able to translate her Spanish for everyone else. The woman said she was walking ...

Vista father of four threatens his parents

Judge Harry Elias heard eleven cases June 2, in San Diego’s North County superior courthouse in Vista. One of the cases he heard was for Samuel Preciado Gutierrez Jr., 46. Gutierrez has lived his whole ...

June 9, 2020
Thor slain in Carlsbad

This story appeared first on March 20 in the print edition of the Reader. Author Eva Knott updated the story on May 29. In a ten-minute hearing on May 28, defendant Jay Alexander Terry, 37, ...

Who stole your iPod, don't embarrass the Hell's Angels

Don't Embarrass the Hells Angels They will not tolerate someone pretending to be a member who is not really a member. By Eva Knott, July 25, 2012 Roman Abramovich Yacht on San Diego’s Embarcadero It ...

May 23, 2020
San Diego courts work at half shut-down

The defense attorney appeared wearing a silky scarf around his face, with tiny tassels jiggling as he talked, and someone in the courtroom joked, “He’s going to start belly dancing in a minute.” Attorney Matthew ...

April 13, 2020
Do the Vista Home Boys recruit like the Marines?

Local gangsters allegedly video-recorded beatings intended to “jump in” new members and kept those videos on their Snapchat accounts, according to experts who testified in San Diego County superior court on March 10. “They use ...

Best Reader stories from 2018

Adam Parfrey goes to the San Diego Zoo It is not generally appreciated that famous publisher Adam Parfrey once lived just off Lincoln Boulevard, a dismal stretch of gasoline-alley slightly east of Venice, California, and ...

March 29, 2020
Best Reader stories from 2015

Cartel tunnels to Otay Mesa are infrastructural marvels The amount of warehouse space in Otay Mesa has nearly quadrupled since the mid-’90s, and the expansion has been almost as frenetic in Garita de Otay. Forklifts, ...

March 21, 2020
Shootout in Pauma Valley

When the deputies arrived at the 15600 Adams Avenue in Pauma Valley, the sun was hovering just above the surrounding hills. It was only hours before winter solstice, and sunset was officially clocked at 4:47 ...

March 18, 2020
Best Reader stories from 2012

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney roots deep and wide in San Diego It is Matt Romney who takes public credit for calling his part of the Romney clan to San Diego County. “My wife and I ...

March 8, 2020
San Marcos – still growing

Night people of San Marcos Miss Rincon said it was her habit to spend the night in the public bathrooms at Richmar Park, at the corner of Firebird Lane and Richmar Avenue, around the corner ...

Carrying machetes, setting roadside grass on fire in Vista

Raul Andres Diaz, 23, had a handful of long grasses lit like a torch, and he was setting fire to tall grass along a street corner in Vista, according to deputies who testified on February ...

February 18, 2020
Beware of any woman dancing on cars

People who do not have drug issues or mental health issues usually do not dance on the hood of automobiles,” a judge said during a pre-trial hearing on Monday, February 10, 2020. Witnesses told Oceanside ...

February 11, 2020
Treated everyone to breakfast at Oceanside Denny's

The registered owner of the red Nissan 2016 Rogue was part of a group who woke up last June 9. He was staying in a vacation home the group had rented in the 800 block ...

January 13, 2020
Mom's ex-husband clips daughter in Vista

“We got that victim alert that he was going to be released from jail, so we were putting his clothes in his car. And we saw him walking down the street towards us,” Jaynie told ...

December 23, 2019
$15,000 Halloween destruction in Rancho Santa Fe unpunished

The owner of the nice estate on Via de Santa Fe splurged on his Halloween decorations. Two years ago, in 2017, he bought $15,000 worth of animatronic creatures from a high-end “prop” store. He shared ...

Still wearing stolen Metallica shirt and Vans shoes

The suspect said, “I’m a dumbass,” when the cop told him he was trying to sell things stolen in a burglary, according to testimony on November 25. Oceanside police officer Christopher James arranged to meet ...

December 2, 2019
Credit card did not work at Encinitas Target, so....

An unlucky parolee wheeled his shopping cart full of stolen goods into a parking lot where a deputy in his patrol car already had one suspect in the back seat, a prosecutor alleged in court ...

November 18, 2019
Rapes ambulance patient, gets ten years

David Alexander Carpio, 34, made a plea deal in August 2019, in which he admitted four felonies, including child rape and sexual battery on a child. The prosecutor has stated that there are actually three ...

November 11, 2019
Shoved his girlfriend and Escondido policemen

Scott Michael Perry, 30, is a frequent flyer in San Diego County’s court system, he has at least 25 case files. His public record began in the year 2008, when he was 19 years old. ...

November 4, 2019
A fateful ride with Kellen Winslow, Jr.

"He said, Hey, do you want to go get some dinner, something to eat? And I said, I already ate dinner. And so then he mentioned coffee. And I said, Sure! Coffee! And for some ...

July 31, 2019
Bonsall – suburbia's edge

Lilac fire survivor comes to the races On December 7, 2017, horse trainer Joe Herrick said, “Hell came to town.” Herrick was was involved in trying to rescue 450 thoroughbred horses caught in the raging ...

Eva Knott and the Reader

Eva Knott has covered the North San Diego County crime scene for the Reader since 2010. Knott's favorite stories she has written for the Reader: Don’t Embarrass the Hells Angels The bar is called One ...

June 23, 2019
Vista drunk driver kills drunk pedestrian

The question printed at the top of the page was, “What is the most important thing you learned today?” David Palafox’s handwritten response was: “That drinking and driving can cause death.” It was part of ...

June 19, 2019
Witness calls 911 in midst of Escondido beating

Javier said he was on the phone with 911 while he walked toward the fight, and he told the attacker to “Let go” of the man on the ground, but when the attacker turned away ...

Fallbrook – 56 miles and an eternity from San Diego

When I say Fallbrook, nothing comes to mind “They are going to fix the streets? For whom? Every other shop is vacant and has been for the last few years. There’s no draw for tourists. ...

Some bad news for the Vista Home Boys

San Diego County law enforcement invaded the apartment of known gangster Jose Antonio Sorto, Jr. in April of 2018. They believed that the man, better known as Stomps, controlled most of the meth flowing into ...

May 1, 2019
Rancho Santa Fe security and sheriffs try beanbags, pepper balls, dog on intruder

Denise said she woke that Saturday morning to a brushing sound. It was along the outer wall of her apartment, along the stairwell leading to the front door. She wondered if the man who lived ...

Kellen Winslow goes after 18-year-old after school, 77-year-old at Crunch Fitness

A judge ordered ex-NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. to be held without bail, after new accusations that he inappropriately approached two more women in Carlsbad, while he was at liberty on $2 million bail ...

March 8, 2019
Oceanside police confiscate fish thumper

Joseph Patrick Zara, 62, was arrested after a traffic stop in Oceanside, because police noticed he had a “billy club” resting within reach, on the backseat of his car. However, his attorney protested that it ...

February 5, 2019
Night people of San Marcos

It was “righteous self-defense” against a known gang member and not assault with a deadly weapon, as charged by the State, says the attorney for a man we’ll call “Rod.” Rod and his attorney were ...

January 30, 2019

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