Carlsbad Police Doing PR For The City

by The Editors on October 5, 2015

The City of Carlsbad, California is reportedly looking forward to defending the actions of their officers in this “arrest” made July 31, 2013, according to a statement:

“The city of Carlsbad looks forward to bringing this lawsuit before the proper judicial authorities as soon as possible. We are prepared to provide a complete and detailed account of the facts of this incident in a courtroom, not in the media.”

The woman, Cindy Hahn of Valencia, California, was reportedly pulled over on a “seatbelt violation” after she called the Carlsbad Police department non-emergency line to report an officer who “appeared mentally unstable” during a previous interaction.

Hahn, who was arrested for “Felony Resisting Arrest” and “Felony Battery on a Peace Officer with Injury” hired high profile attorney Mark Geragos, and has filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Carlsbad, California. To read the entire complaint (and you really should), click here.

As might be imagined the suit is bringing Carlsbad media attention from around the world, for all the wrong reasons.

[Link: ABC 7]


Stolen Bikes Recovered In Downtown Carlsbad

by The Editors on May 6, 2015

Police LightsThose who drove down the 3600 block of Harding St on May 1, 2015 may have seen four Carlsbad Police cars and several trucks removing what seemed like bicycle after bicycle from a home on the East side of the street. Turns out all those bike where stolen and they have now been recovered.

During the searches, officers recovered what appears to be approximately 35 stolen bicycles and other miscellaneous bicycle parts. . . The Police Department is attempting to return the bicycles to their owners. The bicycles may have been stolen from Carlsbad and the surrounding area. . .Community members that have recently had their bicycles stolen are asked to contact the Police Department at 760 931-2142 or to identify and recover their bicycle.

If you’re missing a bike from Carlsbad in the past few weeks, it’s probably here.

During another search yesterday (May 5, 2015) five men were arrested including former professional surfer Che Stang.

During the search on May 5 in downtown Carlsbad, five adults were arrested for miscellaneous drug charges. Those arrested were 31-year-old Che Stang for being in possession of a controlled substance and being in possession of drug paraphernalia,and 32-year-old Brian Gutierrez, 30-year-old Steven Gutierrez, 35-year-old Keelan Stocks and 35-year-old Joshua Brandt for being under the influence of a controlled substance. The five were booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

Seems it’s been a busy week in Carlsbadistan. Nice work by the Carlsbad Police Department. For the official word, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Convicted Felon Wild In The Village

by The Editors on February 9, 2015

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It was crime time this morning (Monday, February 9, 2015) in Carlsbadistan as convicted felon Abraham Ledesma-Gomez, 29, allegedly ran from the Carlsbad Inn and into the Carlsbad Best Western Lodge at the corner of Carlsbad Boulevard and Pine Ave and took two employees hostage with a steak knife, according to story on

As officers were establishing a perimeter around the motel, he allegedly threatened to kill the employees if they made any noise. . . After a time, he exited the office without the knife and was arrested at gunpoint after a struggle, police said. During the arrest he yelled at officers to shoot him.

But they did not. Gomez, who was out on state parole at the time, was arrested on charges of kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and a parole violation. Apparently, he longed for the prison life.

[Link: 10News]


Former ArtSplash Treasurer Pleads Guilty

by The Editors on May 1, 2014

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James Comstock, the former Treasurer of the City of Carlsbad plead guilty April 17, 2014 to embezzling over $200,000 from ArtSplash while he was serving as the volunteer treasurer, according to a story in the Coast News.

Comstock pled guilty to two counts of embezzlement during a hearing on April 17 at the Vista Courthouse, according to deputy district attorney Bill Mitchell, who is prosecuting the case. . . The maximum sentence for both counts is 5 years and 8 months in custody, but a deal has been negotiated for Comstock to serve 3 years on probation and up to 6 months in local custody, Mitchell said. . . Rather than going to jail, Comstock may be able to serve his sentence in alternative custody like home detention.

See kids, if you’re going to be a criminal it’s best to focus on white collar crimes. That way when you get caught you can just return the money and get sent to your room for a time out.

[Link: Coast News]


Vigilante Crosswalk Painter Arrested

by The Editors on June 3, 2013

The recent re-crosswalking of Carlsbad Blvd/Coast Highway in Carlsbadistan has many residents upset that the City would actually remove a crosswalk (at Juniper Ave) on such a busy street with high pedestrian traffic.

Before anyone gets any ideas about replacing those old crosswalks on their own time, check out this story from Vallejo, California. Anthony Cardenas, 52, was arrested for felony vandalism for putting in a crosswalk on a street near his home and now he’s in jail.

“He admitted freely that he had painted the crosswalk and he’d done what he thought was correct for the neighborhood,” said Vallejo Police Sgt. Herman Robinson.

We’re not saying don’t do it. Just be sure you know the risks before you start painting.

[Link: KGO-TV via Boing Boing]


Carlsbad Cyclist Hit & Killed In Bike Lane

by The Editors on April 22, 2013

On Sunday morning (April 21, 2013) at approximately 7:40 AM cyclist Eric Ringdahl, 45, was stuck and killed by an as-yet-unnamed driver while riding his bicycle in the bike lane rolling north on El Camino Real north of La Costa Avenue, according to a story in UTC San Diego.

The bicyclist was struck by a northbound vehicle while headed north in the bike lane on El Camino Real north of La Costa with a fellow rider, according to the Carlsbad Police Department. Several people called 911 at about 7:40 a.m. to report the crash, police said. . . The bicyclist who was struck sustained a head injury and was unconscious, police said. Police and fire personnel responded, but the bicyclist died at the scene.

Ringdahl is survived by his wife and children. So far, it appears that no charges have been filed against the person driving the car, however, the Carlsbad police department is investigating and we sincerely hope that the driver is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Our deepest thoughts and sympathies go to Ringdahl family and friends.

[Link: UTC San Diego]

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Woman Found Fatally Stabbed

by The Editors on November 9, 2012

Photo-11A woman who was late returning to work from an afternoon break today (November 9, 2012) was reportedly discovered dead in her car by her employer, according to witnesses.

The car was parked in the Southwest corner of The Island @ Carlsbad Shopping Center near Faraday and College just off Van Allen Way. The woman had apparently been stabbed.

At 5 PM the entire Island @ Carlsbad parking lot including Van Allen Way south of Faraday was closed and the Carlsbad Police Department Crime Investigation unit was on the scene. The investigation is on going.

John Mota[Editors’ Update November 10, 2012: According to a story on NBC San Diego here are the details. The woman who died was a dental assistant named JoAnne Javier, 24. Her boyfriend, John Monta, 28, (right) of Linda Vista (and father of Javier’s three-year-old child) was arrested shortly before 10 PM on Friday in Linda Vista.

After an hour-long stand-off, officers were able to coax Monta out of the home and he was taken into custody on suspicion of Javier’s murder. . . Monta’s father told NBC 7 that the suspect is dying from lymphoma and had just undergone a bone marrow transfusion. When Monta surrendered to police, he exited his Linda Vista home carrying a medical bag in his hand.

According to police Monta’s silver car was caught on surveillance cameras in the parking lot where Javier was found and that lead them to him. Monta was reportedly booked into Vista Detention Facility on one count of first-degree murder. He will appear in court on Wednesday. [click to continue…]

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AM PM Robbed In the AM

by The Editors on November 8, 2012

Am PmThe AM PM Arco gas station at 1991 Palomar Airport Rd. (at the intersection with Camino Vida Roble was robbed at gun point in the early hours of November 7, 2012 according to the Carlsbad Police Department.

Officer Seapker contacted the victim who stated a white male adult entered the store and pointed a gun to his head. The suspect demanded money. The clerk gave the suspect and undisclosed amount of money and the suspect fled the scene on foot. Several Officers and a K-9 checked the area for the suspect but were unable to locate him. The investigation is ongoing.

If you know a thin white, blonde, gun-toting 25 – 30 year old male 5’7″ tall who suddenly came into a little money, give the Carlsbad Police Department’s Sergeant Chase a call at 760-931-2136.


Carlsbad Bank Robber Skates Away

by The Editors on October 17, 2012

The US Bank on Carlsbad Village Drive near Jefferson was robbed yesterday (October 16, 2012) by a man on a skateboard, according to a story in the North County Times.

The robber told the bank teller he had a gun, although no one saw the weapon during the robbery, which happened about 2:30 p.m. at the U.S. Bank on Carlsbad Village Drive near Jefferson Street, Sgt. Greg White said. . . The robber was gone when police arrived.

As numerous commenter have pointed out: is it really that easy to rob a bank? Guess so.

[Link: North County Times]


Eight Arrested At Ponto Landing

by The Editors on September 23, 2012

The almost weekly illegal immigrant drop at Ponto Landing got caught again (September 23, 2012) by the almost always vigilant Coast Guard, according to a story in the U-T San Diego.

The boat, a 25-foot Panga-style vessel, was spotted between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. Authorities detained six men, one woman and one child, said Petty Officer Jarrad Pellerin. . . No one was injured. . . It’s not yet clear how many people had been on the boat when it reached land, Pellerin said.

So they’re saying some might have made it. Guess that’s why the boats keep Ponto Landing as one of their regular stops up the coast.

[Link: U-T San Diego]