Crime

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]

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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]

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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.

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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]

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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]

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Thieves Ripoff Rapha-Focus Cycling Team

by The Editors on August 16, 2012

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The Rapha-Focus Cyclecross team had 12 bike frames and 37 Easton wheels stolen from their Sprinter Van in Carlsbadistan last weekend (August 11-12, 2012), according to a story on Velonews.com.

Thieves. . . made off with 12 [54cm Focus Mares Carbon CX] frames painted in the U.S. national champion’s custom lay-up, as well as 37 Easton wheels. The theft occurred between 6:30 p.m. on Saturday August 11 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday August 12.

No forks were taken. So if you see anyone with more than their fair share of custom painted carbon frames please contact Officer Sheldon Berg at the Carlsbad Police department (760) 931-2100. We don’t want anyone getting away with stealing bikes in Carlsbad. Seriously.

[Link: VeloNews]

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Carlsbad Realtor Admits To Money Laundering

by The Editors on March 21, 2012

A Carlsbad man is reportedly facing prison time and fines for submitting fake loan documents after having plead guilty to money laundering charges related to helping a couple by a Rancho Sante Fe home where they could grow weed, according to a story in the LA Times

Marco Manuel Luis, 31, of Carlsbad, faces a maximum 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine for having submitted fraudulent loan documents on behalf of Joshua John Hester and Kelsey Wiedenhoefer. . . Hester and Wiedenhoefer in January pleaded guilty to drug charges in connection with a marijuana growing operation at the Rancho Santa Fe home, according to court documents. The couple is set to be sentenced May 14 in San Diego federal court.

Luis has apparently plead guilty to submitting fraudulent documents.

[Link: LA Times]

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Officer Pleads Not Guilty To Drug Theft Charges

by The Editors on March 19, 2012

Michael C. Koch, 44, the Carlsbad police detective who was arrested for allegedly stealing drugs from the police station impound room, has pleaded not guilty to those charges, according to a story in the U-T San Diego.

Currently on paid administrative leave from the department, Koch was allowed to remain out of custody on his own recognizance by Vista Superior Court Judge Marshall Hockett.

Koch’s preliminary hearing is set for May 9, 2012.

[Link: U-T San Diego]

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