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Police sketches released of two suspected of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. home invasion
Authorities asked the public Wednesday for help in identifying two men who forced their way into a Rancho Santa Fe home five days before Christmas, holding a housekeeper at gunpoint while stealing valuables and handcuffing her before fleeing.
The thieves, suntanned white men who appeared to be in their late 20s or early 30s, confronted the victim at the large house in the 5000 block of El Mirlo shortly after noon on Dec. 20, according to sheriff's officials.
A housekeeper was home when two unknown men – one of whom was armed with a handgun – forced their way inside, holding the housekeeper at gunpoint.
The men allegedly handcuffed the woman to something so she couldn’t call for help while they ransacked the home, stealing jewelry, antique clocks and other expensive items, deputies said.
After gathering jewelry and antiques, the bandits handcuffed the maid to a door to keep her from calling 911, then fled the area in a blue Hyundai Elantra.
The housekeeper's children found her several hours later, and deputies freed her. She was unhurt, sheriff's Lt. Kenn Nelson said.
The robber who brandished the gun was described as being about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, with wavy, graying black hair. His accomplice had straight shoulder-length blond hair framing his gaunt, thin-nosed face and appeared to be about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 155 pounds.
The thieves' getaway car was eventually found abandoned.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000
Party hardy goes awry on Los Morros with stabbing, fights, underage drinking and arrests
A party in exclusive Rancho Santa Fe attended by more than 200 people late Friday night led to a stabbing, fights and arrests for disorderly conduct and resisting officers, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.
One person was stabbed, another hit with a sheriff's stun gun, and six people arrested at a raucous house party at 17434 Los Morros.
Deputies said the stabbing suspect got away in the confusion as they arrived just after midnight to a report of a stabbing at a home on the 17400 block of Los Morros, near the intersection of La Bajada, a crossroads just southeast of Encinitas.
The owner of the property on Los Morros was arrested for violating the county's social host ordinance against allowing underage drinking. Deputies used a Taser to arrest one person on the property. Several people younger than 21 were found drunk.
San Diego Sheriff's Sgt. Joe Passalacqua said arriving deputies found 200 people and evidence of a bloody crime, although the stabbing suspect and victim had fled.
"As deputies attempted to investigate, a fight broke out between individuals in the crowd and a Taser was used to arrest one person, while four others were arrested for disorderly conduct or resisting officers," Passalcqua said.
Deputies also discovered several intoxicated minors on the property.
Deputies had gone to the property shortly after midnight after receiving a report that someone had been stabbed. Deputies went to a local hospital to find the stabbing victim.
"The victim became aggressive towards a deputy on scene and was subsequently pepper-sprayed and arrested," according to Sgt. Joe Passalacqua.
A man with stab wounds to his arm was later discovered by deputies at a local hospital. Passalacqua said the unidentified stabbing victim was pepper sprayed and arrested after he became aggressive with deputies.
After being treated and released by medical staff, the stabbing victim was arrested by deputies.
The suspect in the stabbing remains at large.
The investigation of the incident continued, deputies said.
Encinitas fire destroys apartment, send firefighter to the hospital
Residents of the building on Cambridge Avenue told firefighters they woke to a crackling sound and a smoke alarm around 1 a.m. and then found a box near their fireplace completely engulfed in flames, said Encinitas Deputy Chief Mike Daigle.
About 25 firefighters and six units responded to battle the blaze. One unit reported seeing flames from the freeway, Daigle said.
All residents escaped unharmed, however one firefighter was later transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas to be treated for heat exhaustion. He was released about two hours later, said Daigle.
He estimated damage to the building at about a half-million dollars, plus about $50,000 for the contents. The upstairs unit was destroyed and the unit downstairs suffered water damage, said Daigle.
By 5 a.m., the fire had basically been contained, Daigle said.
Two residents in the upstairs unit and a family of four in the downstairs unit were all displaced by the fire, Daigle said. The Red Cross provided assistance.
A motorcyclist was seriously injured in Encinitas Saturday when the rider hit an SUV that was making a U-turn on South Coast Highway 101, sheriff’s officials said.
The driver of a Nissan Pathfinder sport utility vehicle made the U-turn in front of the southbound motorcycle south of Santa Fe Drive about 3 p.m. Saturday.
Sheriff’s officials said the motorcycle rider suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries, and was taken to a hospital.
Authorities did not release the age or gender of either driver.
Three people were hospitalized Friday afternoon after a crash that occurred near Rancho Santa Fe, authorities said.
A vehicle with four people inside went off the road on Via de la Valle near Las Planideras about 4:42 p.m., said Julie Taber, a spokeswoman for the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District.
The vehicle rolled over but landed on its wheels, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Three of the occupants were able to get out of the vehicle on their own but a fourth person had to be removed by emergency personnel, Taber said.
One of the individuals was taken by helicopter to Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, she said. Two other people were taken to the hospital by ambulance.
One of the occupants declined treatment, Taber said.
Via de la Valle was closed in both directions for a short time, Taber said. The CHP is investigating the crash.
No other information was immediately available.
San Diego Sheriff's crime report for 9/9/2011 - 9/15/2011: 33 local crimes found...
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|PETTY THEFT(All Other Larceny) (M)||-||400 W BLOCK D STREET||Encinitas Sheriff||9/13/2011 07:15 PM|
|TAKE VEHICLE W/O OWNER'S CONSENT/VEHICLE THEFT (F)||-||1100 BLOCK EOLUS AVENUE||Encinitas Sheriff||9/13/2011 07:00 PM|
|PETTY THEFT(Shoplift) (M)||-||100 BLOCK C STREET||Encinitas Sheriff||9/13/2011 02:15 PM|
|VEHICLE BREAK-IN/THEFT||-||600 S BLOCK HWY 101||Solana Beach Sheriff||9/13/2011 10:00 AM|
|RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY||-||400 BLOCK 09TH STREET||Del Mar Sheriff||9/13/2011 08:40 AM|
|TAKE VEHICLE W/O OWNER'S CONSENT/VEHICLE THEFT (F)||-||1800 N BLOCK VULCAN AVENUE||Encinitas Sheriff||9/13/2011 07:00 AM|
|RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY||-||15900 BLOCK OVERVIEW ROAD||Poway Sheriff||9/12/2011 12:00 PM|
|PETTY THEFT(from Building) (M)||-||14800 BLOCK POMERADO ROAD||Poway Sheriff||9/12/2011 11:10 AM|
|VANDALISM [$400 OR LESS] (M)||-||1300 BLOCK HERMES AVENUE||Encinitas Sheriff||9/12/2011 09:30 AM|
|COMMERCIAL BURGLARY||-||400 BLOCK SANTA FE DRIVE||Encinitas Sheriff||9/12/2011 12:01 AM|
|COMMERCIAL BURGLARY||-||12800 BLOCK POWAY ROAD||Poway Sheriff||9/11/2011 10:00 PM|
|TAKE VEHICLE W/O OWNER'S CONSENT/VEHICLE THEFT (F)||-||13400 BLOCK POWAY ROAD||Poway Sheriff||9/11/2011 08:00 PM|
|COMMERCIAL BURGLARY||-||13500 BLOCK POWAY ROAD||Poway Sheriff||9/11/2011 03:57 AM|
|SIMPLE BATTERY (M)||-||500 S BLOCK COAST HIGHWAY 101||Encinitas Sheriff||9/11/2011 02:00 AM|
|SIMPLE BATTERY (M)||-||100 S BLOCK CEDROS AVENUE||Solana Beach Sheriff||9/10/2011 11:15 PM|
|VEHICLE BREAK-IN/THEFT||-||700 BLOCK DEVONSHIRE DRIVE||Encinitas Sheriff||9/10/2011 11:00 PM|
|VANDALISM ($400 OR MORE) (F)||-||13600 BLOCK POWAY ROAD||Poway Sheriff||9/10/2011 09:29 PM|
|VEHICLE BREAK-IN/THEFT||-||300 BLOCK LA COSTA AVENUE||Encinitas Sheriff||9/10/2011 06:30 PM|
|RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY||-||1900 BLOCK GLASGOW AVENUE||Encinitas Sheriff||9/10/2011 06:00 PM|
|PETTY THEFT(All Other Larceny) (M)||-||600 BLOCK LOMAS SANTA FE DRIVE||Solana Beach Sheriff||9/10/2011 02:30 PM|
|VEHICLE BREAK-IN/THEFT||-||3100 BLOCK CIRCA DE TIERRA||Encinitas Sheriff||9/10/2011 11:00 AM|
|DISORDERLY CONDUCT: ALCOHOL||-||12400 BLOCK POWAY ROAD||Poway Sheriff||9/10/2011 04:38 AM|
|VANDALISM [$400 OR LESS] (M)||-||12600 BLOCK ROBISON BOULEVARD||Poway Sheriff||9/10/2011 03:50 AM|
|VANDALISM [$400 OR LESS] (M)||-||12400 BLOCK POWAY ROAD||Poway Sheriff||9/10/2011 03:09 AM|
|EXHIBIT DEADLY WEAPON OTHER THAN FIREARM (M)||-||800 BLOCK SANDCASTLE DRIVE||Encinitas Sheriff||9/10/2011 01:30 AM|
|VANDALISM [$400 OR LESS] (M)||-||700 BLOCK CLARK AVENUE||Encinitas Sheriff||9/9/2011 07:00 PM|
|VANDALISM [$400 OR LESS] (M)||-||100 BLOCK SAXONY ROAD||Encinitas Sheriff||9/9/2011 05:00 PM|
|OTHER AGENCY VEHICLE THEFT/RECOVERY (F)||-||100 W BLOCK C STREET||Encinitas Sheriff||9/9/2011 08:19 AM|
|COMMERCIAL BURGLARY||-||13200 BLOCK CARRIAGE ROAD||Poway Sheriff||9/9/2011 07:22 AM|
|COMMERCIAL BURGLARY||-||12600 BLOCK POWAY ROAD||Poway Sheriff||9/9/2011 05:24 AM|
|COMMERCIAL BURGLARY||-||12600 BLOCK POWAY ROAD||Poway Sheriff||9/9/2011 05:24 AM|
|BATTERY WITH SERIOUS BODILY INJURY||-||13100 BLOCK CARRIAGE ROAD||Poway Sheriff||9/9/2011 01:37 AM|
|VANDALISM [$400 OR LESS] (M)||-||800 BLOCK SANTA FE DRIVE||Encinitas Sheriff||9/9/2011 01:05 AM|
Normally sweet smelling residents of communities from La Jolla, Solana Beach and Encinitas to Mira Mesa and Rancho Bernardo are reporting something stinks and they don't know what it is.
Authorities are investigating reports from around San Diego County of a strong odor some say resembles jet fuel, or grungy aftershave. People around Rancho Santa Fe and Del Dios compared the strange smell to kind of ammonia/bleach, very vanilla tasting. Yeech.
The stinking calls started around 2 p.m. People at Encinitas, Solana Beach, Pacific Beach, Mira Mesa and La Jolla reported the odd odor.
A public affairs spokesman at MCAS Miramar said the odor can be smelled at the base, but noted that base air operations have had not reported any fuel spills or aircraft that had to dump jet fuel in the county area.
An FAA spokesman said the agency was not aware of any fuel dumping being carried out on Wednesday.
Mario Aguilar of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography said he did not know of any algae blooms or anything organic that could be causing the smell.
Residents living in inland areas such as North Park, Hillcrest and Rancho Bernardo have said they can smell the odor in their area.
The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department has confirmed they have received numerous calls regarding the smell.
SDG&E officials confirmed they have technicians in the community trying to determine the source of the smell.
(From the files of the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol, Thursday, July 21, 2011...)
Over the past week we have taken reports for the theft of Back Flow Preventer Manifolds. What the heck is a Back flow Preventer Manifold? Well, its the "U" shaped pipe object you see coming out of the ground- usually near a water meter. Its made to prevent water back flowing through the pipes into your plumbing. The pipes are being stolen for the brass or copper value of the metal. But, not all back flow preventers are brass....
The stolen valves are taken to a metal recyclers and the crooks try to get cash for them. Changes in the laws prevent an immediate handout of cash- the recyler has to take the persons name and information and contact the authorities before handing over the cash.
Both cases we investigated occurred late at night. If you happen to see a car or truck stopped on the side of the road looking suspicious, please give us a call.
We have moved our office to 16936 El Fuego. This is on the south side of the Fire Station in the village. Our mailing address and phone numbers do not change. To reach us- 858-756-4372 or 858-756-9966. There may be a delay in answering emails for a day or so.
On July 5, 2011 at about 2:00pm, a resident in the area of 16100 blk of Via Del Alba, saw what he described as a Mountain Lion cross his driveway. The animal was walking. It was not aggressive. The sighting was reported to Fish and Game. If you see a Mountain Lion you should not approach the animal. If you should see a mountain lion, you are encouraged to call Fish and Game at 858-467-4257. If the animal is a threat, call 911.
Although historically sightings are rare, there are several types of wild animals that live here in Rancho Santa Fe. Mountain Lions main food source is deer and coyotes. Eliminating plant species that attract deer help discourage mountain lions from coming into the area.
Please take precautions – mountain lions are most active at night as well as dusk and dawn. Do not leave children outside unattended; don’t leave pet food or food that may attract animals outside. Do not leave animals outside unattended. Horses should be kept in stalls in the barn. Be careful when walking/ jogging at dusk and dawn time periods. If you see a mountain lion- make noise-lots of it. Yell, scream, and bang on something. For example, pocket sized air horns are a good way to do that.
If you have any questions please call the Dept of Fish and Game at 858-467-4201 or the RSF Patrol 858-756-4372.
For more information: www.keepmewild.org.
'Blue Velvet' the David Lynch-like Reality Coronado Murder Plays Out To Be Continued...Coverage courtesy Fox 5 San Diego.
8:26 p.m. PDT, July 14, 2011
CORONADO, Calif. -- Authorities Thursday said a 32-year-old woman who died at a historic multi-million-dollar mansion in Coronado was found hanging from a balcony by the owner's brother.
At a late-morning news conference, sheriff's Capt. Tim Curran said investigators have not determined if the death of 32-year-old Rebecca M. Nalepa is a suicide or a homicide.
"Because of the unique and bizarre circumstances, it is unclear if this is a homicide or a death investigation," Curran said.
Adam Shacknai called Coronado police shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday to report finding Nalepa hanging from a balcony at 1043 block of Ocean Boulevard in Coronado, Curran said. Officers found Nalepa lying in the courtyard behind the 27-room manor, Curran said. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene a short time later.
Shacknai told investigators that he found Nalepa hanging nude by the neck from a balcony of the main house. Her hands were tied behind her and her legs were bound, Curran said. Shacknai told investigators that he had cut Nalepa down.
Shacknai, whose brother Jonah Shacknai owns the mansion, had been staying in the guest house on the estate, and Nalepa, who was Jonah's girlfriend, was staying in the main house, Curran said.
Jonah Shacknai, 54, was not at the estate when the death was reported, Curran said. The captain declined to discuss the executive's whereabouts at the time or in the hours that followed, though he said investigators had been "in constant contact'' with the businessman.
Curran said the owner of the manor and his brother were considered witnesses, not suspects or even "persons of interest,'' the captain said.
Former District Attorney Paul Pfingst visited the scene Wednesday night, but Thursday denied he'd been hired by Jonah Shacknai. He would not elaborate on whether another member of the family had sought him for legal counsel.
Jonah Shacknai, chief executive officer of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Medicis Pharmaceuticals, bought the mansion for $12.75 million in 2007, according to the San Diego County Assessor's Office. The estate includes a separate guest house, three kitchens, six fireplaces and a six-car garage. Shacknai also owns a large estate in Scottsdale.
On Monday, a young boy was injured at the mansion in an apparent accident and had to be hospitalized, Curran told news crews. There was no evidence that the incident was related to the woman's subsequent death, the captain said.
"Right now, we don’t see any connection between the two incidents," Curran said at the Thursday news conference.
Neighbors said the injured boy was Jonah Shacknai's 6-year-old son.
Kennel owner Ted Greenberg told Fox 5 he was in the Coronado mansion after the boy was injured. He said Nalpea called, asking to take care of the family dog.
One of his two ex-wives lives in Coronado, not far from the historic estate, in a house owned by the millionaire.
Private security guards were seen Thursday outside Shacknai and his ex-wife's houses on Coronado.
The mansion was built in 1908 by industrialist John D. Spreckels, who was thought to be the richest man in San Diego in the early 20th century. Spreckels, who died in 1926 at age 72, once operated San Diego's street railway system, changing it from horse power to electricity in 1892, and owned the Hotel Del Coronado for a time, according to the San Diego History Center.
San Diego Sheriff's crime report for 6/22/2011 - 6/28/2011: 13 local crimes found....
BONUS COVERAGE !!! SEVENTEEN DEL MAR FAIR ARRESTS JUNE 22-28.
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|BURGLARY (VEHICLE) (F)||-||2000 S BLOCK COAST HIGHWAY 101||Encinitas Sheriff||6/27/2011 01:30 PM|
|BURGLARY (RESIDENTIAL) (F)||-||300 N BLOCK EL CAMINO REAL||Encinitas Sheriff||6/27/2011 07:30 AM|
|PETTY THEFT(All Other Larceny) (M)||-||900 BLOCK VIA MIL CUMBRES||Solana Beach Sheriff||6/26/2011 06:15 PM|
|SIMPLE BATTERY (M)||-||2200 BLOCK SUMMERHILL DRIVE||Encinitas Sheriff||6/26/2011 06:00 PM|
|VANDALISM ($400 OR MORE) (F)||-||4S RANCH PARKWAY / LONE QUAIL RD||San Diego County Sheriff||6/26/2011 05:00 PM|
|GRAND THEFT (All Other Larceny) (F)||-||W CLIFF STREET / PACIFIC AV||Solana Beach Sheriff||6/26/2011 04:00 PM|
|PETTY THEFT(All Other Larceny) (M)||-||2300 BLOCK SAN ELIJO AVENUE||Encinitas Sheriff||6/25/2011 02:00 PM|
|VANDALISM [$400 OR LESS] (M)||-||100 N BLOCK EL CAMINO REAL||Encinitas Sheriff||6/24/2011 12:01 AM|
|ASSAULT W/DEADLY WEAPON OTHER THAN FIREARM OR GBI FORCE||-||2500 BLOCK LONE JACK ROAD||Encinitas Sheriff||6/23/2011 07:11 PM|
|TAKE VEHICLE W/O OWNER'S CONSENT/VEHICLE THEFT||-||1500 BLOCK JUNIPERHILL DRIVE||Encinitas Sheriff||6/23/2011 04:17 PM|
|TAKE VEHICLE W/O OWNER'S CONSENT/VEHICLE THEFT||-||2000 S BLOCK COAST HIGHWAY 101||Encinitas Sheriff||6/23/2011 03:00 PM|
|BURGLARY (VEHICLE) (F)||-||2200 BLOCK CAROL VIEW DRIVE||Encinitas Sheriff||6/23/2011 12:30 AM|
|BURGLARY (VEHICLE) (F)||-||2200 BLOCK CAROL VIEW DRIVE||Encinitas Sheriff||6/22/2011 12:00 PM|
DEL MAR FAIR RELATED ARRESTS
|PETTY THEFT(All Other Larceny) (M)||-||21ST STREET / CAMINO DEL MAR||Del Mar Sheriff||6/26/2011 05:00 PM|
|BURGLARY (VEHICLE) (F)||-||2900 BLOCK CAMINO DEL MAR||Del Mar Sheriff||6/26/2011 03:00 PM|
|PETTY THEFT(Purse Snatch) (M)||-||2200 BLOCK JIMMY DURANTE BOULEVARD||Del Mar Sheriff||6/25/2011 10:00 PM|
|BURGLARY/UNSPECIFIED||-||2200 BLOCK JIMMY DURANTE BOULEVARD||Del Mar Sheriff||6/25/2011 09:15 PM|
|SIMPLE BATTERY (M)||-||700 E BLOCK SOLANA CIRCLE||Solana Beach Sheriff||6/25/2011 09:05 PM|
|VANDALISM ($400 OR MORE) (F)||-||100 N BLOCK CEDROS AVENUE||Solana Beach Sheriff||6/25/2011 08:30 PM|
|BATTERY WITH SERIOUS BODILY INJURY||-||2200 BLOCK JIMMY DURANTE BOULEVARD||Del Mar Sheriff||6/25/2011 06:55 PM|
|SIMPLE BATTERY (M)||-||2200 BLOCK JIMMY DURANTE BOULEVARD||Encinitas Sheriff||6/25/2011 06:55 PM|
|PETTY THEFT(Mot Veh Parts) (M)||-||500 BLOCK VIA DE LA VALLE||Solana Beach Sheriff||6/25/2011 06:00 PM|
|BURGLARY (VEHICLE) (F)||-||15000 BLOCK BLK EL CAMINO REAL||San Diego County Sheriff||6/25/2011 04:00 PM|
|BURGLARY/UNSPECIFIED||-||800 BLOCK DEL MAR DOWNS ROAD||Solana Beach Sheriff||6/24/2011 10:00 PM|
|TAKE VEHICLE W/O OWNER'S CONSENT/VEHICLE THEFT (F)||-||2400 BLOCK JIMMY DURANTE BOULEVARD||Del Mar Sheriff||6/24/2011 08:30 PM|
|GRAND THEFT (Theft From Mot Veh) (F)||-||2200 BLOCK JIMMY DURANTE||Del Mar Sheriff||6/24/2011 02:30 PM|
|BURGLARY (COMMERCIAL) (F)||-||1500 BLOCK CAMINO DEL MAR||Del Mar Sheriff||6/23/2011 11:15 AM|
|BURGLARY (VEHICLE) (F)||-||3000 BLOCK CAMINO DEL MAR||Del Mar Sheriff||6/23/2011 10:30 AM|
|GRAND THEFT FROM PERS (Pocket-Picking) (F)||-||2200 BLOCK JIMMY DURANTE BOULEVARD||Del Mar Sheriff||6/22/2011 08:20 PM|
|TAKE VEHICLE W/O OWNER'S CONSENT/VEHICLE THEFT (F)||-||600 BLOCK VIA DE LA VALLE||Solana Beach Sheriff||6/22/2011 04:30 PM|