Category archives for: Sheriff/Fire

County selects Ramona man Dispatcher of the Year

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When San Diego County Sheriff’s Department hired Benny Hernandez to answer emergency calls in 1979, they did things differently.

All information was handwritten on a card, time-stamped and then placed in racks to be given to U.S. Navy radio chiefs who would then dispatch the calls to deputies in the field.

Now, sheriff’s dispatchers use a computer-aided system.

Two suspects arrested in connection with burglary at St. Mary’s

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Two Lakeside residents were arrested on suspicion of breaking into St. Mary’s In-the-Valley Episcopal Church on April 14, stealing safes, cash, checks, communion silver, sacramental wines and other church property, reported sheriff’s officials. Detectives from the sheriff’s Ramona substation followed up on multiple tips from Crime Stoppers and media outlets on possible suspects and focused [...]

Repairman suspected of home burglaries arrested in Ramona

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The sheriff’s department is investigating a North County repairman who was arrested in Ramona, suspected of burglarizing homes during jobs, and is asking anyone who hired him and may have been victimized to contact law enforcement.

Carlos Barajas, 31, of RB Remodeling, was taken into custody in Ramona on April 9 on suspicion of check fraud and burglary charges, according to reports.

Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Corner: Nixle — emergency information now

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Would you like to receive free official emergency notifications if there is a fire, hazard or danger in your neighborhood? Are you doing everything you can to protect and defend your family if a fire or natural disaster struck?

While you prepare your emergency supplies, be sure to prepare your “digital emergency lifeline” as well. Start preparing by signing up for Nixle alerts for your phone and your computer.

Thieves steal Episcopal church safe, money, communion silver, sacred wines, more in daylight burglary

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Suspects broke into St. Mary’s In-the-Valley episcopal church Monday afternoon, April 14, stealing a metal safe with currency, all the silver for communion and other items, said church authorities.

“They knew what they were doing. It was fast,” said the Rev. Gwynn Freund.

According to the sheriff’s Ramona station, two suspects were caught on video surveillance.

Sailor killed in motorcycle accident

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Update, April 15—A motorcycle accident in Julian, just before 3 p.m. April 11, claimed the life of a 29-year-old active duty sailor who resided in Ramona, according to the medical examiner’s office.

The Navy has identified him as Petty Officer Third Class Trevor C. Ducusin. He was based aboard the USS Higgins in San Diego, said a Navy spokesperson.

The sailor was driving a motorcycle northbound on state Route 79, north of KQ Ranch Road and, while maneuvering into a right-hand curve, his bike entered the southbound lanes and he collided head-on with an SUV,

Car strikes ambulance at Sixth and Main Friday afternoon

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A 37-year-old female passenger was transported to Palomar Medical Center with facial injuries after the vehicle she was in struck a private ambulance at Sixth and Main streets about 2:45 this afternoon, said authorities.

California Highway Patrol Officer Brian Kattke said the silver Suzuki ZX4 was northbound on Sixth Street and the driver thought it was clear to cross Main Street when it broadsided a private ambulance. The front of the car sustained major damage. Four people were in the Suzuki — the female driver from Warner Springs, and two females and one male, all who are special needs from Ramona, said Kattke. Only the 37-year-old was

Deputies nab minors for underage drinking

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Sheriff’s deputies from the Ramona station conducted a foot patrol Saturday, April 5, that netted several arrests in San Diego Country Estates.

At 12:06 a.m. at San Vicente and Gunn Stage roads, deputies arrested a 21-year-old male for manufacture/sale/possess leaded cane/billy and for being drunk in public. Two females, ages 18 and 19, were arrested for being drunk in public.

Escondido man dies in Santa Ysabel motorcycle crash

Sunday, April 6—The man killed in a motorcycle crash near Lake Henshaw on Saturday was identified today as a 27-year-old Escondido resident.
Shortly before 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the rider of a 2013 Harley-Davidson Breakout motorcycle lost control at an unknown speed on a curve in westbound state Route 76 near East Grade Road, California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt said.
Bettencourt said the rider veered to the right, struck a boulder and was thrown from the motorcycle.
The motorcyclist died at the scene, Bettencourt said.

Ramona couple quickly assist two victims in solo accident on Pamo road

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A man and woman were aided by a Ramona couple Friday evening, shortly after the car they were in flipped on its side on Pamo Road as it heads down to Orosco Ridge

Rod and Barbara Hepburn were driving down Pamo Road when they saw the car on its driver’s side, just after 6 p.m.

Barbara Hepburn said the female driver was pinned under the car between the window and the pavement.

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