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Man Tosses Ex-Lover Over the Balcony

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A domestic case becomes a homicide case.

3100 Via Tonga, Otay Mesa April 11, 7:00 a.m. SDPD Eduardo Durate, age 37, went to the residence of Ann Valdez, age 41. The two were “formally involved in a romantic relationship, and they have a child together,” states Lt. ...

Case of the South Bay Body

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Another mysterious body found.

I-5 and SR-54 exchange, National City April 16, 2:30 p.m. CHP Road workers saw a body lying off the intersection exchange of I-5 and SR-54 in National City. They flagged down a California Highway Patrol unit to report the find. ...

Teen Dies in the Mean Streets of Escondido

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Deadly knife fight leaves on deceased.

Mission and Maywood, Escondido April 10, 11:02 p.m. Escondido PD Escondido Dispatch received a call of a fight that had broken out at the intersection of Mission and Midway. Officers arrived at 11:05 p.m. and discovered an individual lying in ...

Death by Crutch, Downtown-Style

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Man uses other man's crutch as deadly weapon.

800 F Street, Downtown April 13, 11:50 p.m. SDPD Two men were seen arguing with each other before midnight on Monday. The argument became physical. The victim was walking with a crutch, which the suspect used to beat his opponent ...

San Diego Ad Writer Helps Locate Wanted Murderers

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Sometimes it takes a citizen with initiative, intelligence, and a Kinko's account.

James Spring, an advertising writer and freelance radio reporter in San Diego, was the driving force behind the April 7 arrest of two wanted killers living the fugitive life in Baja California. Richard Carelli and girlfriend Michele Pinkerton, both 38, ...

Mystery of "John Doe" Bones Needs to Be Pieced Together

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Like the song goes: "Dem bones dem bones, doncha just love 'em?"

While the suitcase of human bones found by the railroad tracks in Oceanside on March 27 are being treated one way by the police, the Medical Examiner’s office is taking a contrary view. After the suitcase of bones was featured ...

Man Found Guilty for Meth Mania Debt Collecting Slaying

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He thought his wife owed him favors, so he stabbed her 21 times.

San Diego Superior Court April 3, 2008 On May 1, 55-year-old Marion Chillis will be sentenced to life in prison for the 2006 brutal killing of his wife, 47-year-old Peggy Chillis. The jury only had to deliberate two hours before ...

Killer Admits to Second Degree Murder

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Kornisi Savaiinaea to get 19-years-to-life for murdering a teenager.

San Diego Superior Court April 3, 2008 31-year-old Kornisi Savaiinaea pleaded guilty to second degree murder in Superior Court. On May 5, Judge Frank Brown is expected to sentence Savaiinaea 19-years-to-life for the 1995 cold case homicide. Here is what ...

Case of Another Chula Vista Gang Shooting

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The walk-up face-to-face shooting replaces the drive-by in gangland.

1215 Broadway, Chula Vista April 2, 2:45 p.m. CVPD Chula Vista Police were called to the Ritmo Latino Strip Mall after a man was shot during a confrontation with three men. Witnesses told officers that three men approached the victim, ...

April 1 Murder Conviction No Fool's Joke

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14-year-old cold case comes to a close on April Fool's Day.

It was no April Fool’s joke for 35-year-old Bryan Dammon Smith in San Diego Superior Court on April 1. He was sentenced to life in prison for a 1994 homicide case. Smith was found guilty last January of first-degree murder ...

Estranged Ex-Boyfriend Wields a Big Kitchen Knife

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Ex-boyfriend seeks ex-girlfriend, murders her grandfather and stabs her mother.

7200 Werner, University City April 6, 3:30 p.m. SDPD Mark Lin seems to have paid a visit to his ex-girlfriend's residence, looking for her. He is believed to have fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend’s 71-year-old grandfather, according to SDPD Homicide's Lt. ...

"J'Accuse Moi!" -- Man Turns Himself in for Murder

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Man apparently kills his wife and then walks into police station, turns himself in.

600 Carefree Drive, Encanto April 4, 12:15 p.m. SDPD A 45-year-old man, as now unidentified, walked into the headquarters of the Chula Vista Police Department and told offers he “believed” he had killed his wife. He provided his address and ...

An Infant Dies in San Marcos

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Homicide is investigating.

1900 Lindsley Park Drive, San Marcos April 3, 3 p.m. Sheriff's Dept. Officers responded to an emergency call, reporting that an infant had stopped breathing. Sheriff's Homicide Unit detectives responded to the scene and indeed found a dead baby at ...

Remains of the Day

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More bones found -- a skull this time.

Unknown address, Clairemont April 3, 2008 After a suitcase full of human bones was found near the railraod tracks in Oceanside on March 27, a mysterious skull turns up. A man found a box in the shrubs by a Clairemont ...

Toxicology Report Does Not Aid Case

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Police still at a loss about what happened to Dane Williams.

5200 Landis Street January 29, 6:30 p.m. SDPD The Medical Examiner’s Office released the toxicology report on March 27 regarding Dane Williams, 23, an Orange County resident who went missing from the Gaslamp on January 26, 2008. His dead body ...

Mysterious Bones in an Abandoned Suitcase

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Human bones found near railroad track is a weird find.

Ocean Boulevard and Avenida del Oro, Oceanside March 28, 11:60 p.m. Oceanside PD A railroad employee came across a suitcase by the tracks. Inside the suitcase were a bunch of bones, believed to be human, according to Oceanside police Sgt. ...

And Yet Another Encanto Street Slaying

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Three shot -- one dies, two injured.

6800 Imperial Avenue, Encanto March 31, 11:31 p.m. SDPD Officers were dispatched on a report of a shooting. They arrived to find a male, 20, and two females, 17 and 18, suffering from gunshot wounds. All three victims were transported ...

The Governator Wants Two Chula Vista Homicides Solved

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$50,000 to solve a crime

On March 27, 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued six rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction in a California court of the person or persons responsible for various unsolved murder cases in California, two from Chula Vista last ...

Attempted Murder Over Pilfered Weed

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Homicidal mania and bat-wielding for stolen stash in Encinitas.

513 Hermes Avenue, Encinitas March 29, 8:48 p.m. Sherriff's Dept. Deputies from the Encinitas Sheriff's Station received a call of an assault with a deadly weapon (and attempted murder). The initial caller said an individual broke into the house and ...

Gang Brawl Leaves Many Knife Wounds

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Fairmont Village continues to be an area plagued with gangland violence.

3800 Chamoune Avenue, Fairmont Village March 23, 11:37 p.m. SDPD Reports came in about a large fight at the intersection of University and Chamoune. One report indicated there was an injured male lying on the street. Responding officers found Jose ...

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