Thieves Ripoff Rapha-Focus Cycling Team

by The Editors on August 16, 2012


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

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]


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]


Kelly School Shooter Was Sane

by The Editors on March 19, 2012

4F641F337E552.Preview-300On Friday, March16, 2012 a jury decided that Kelly School shooter Brendon O’Rourke was legally sane when he began shooting Carlsbad school children on October 8, 2010, according to a story in the North County Times.

O’Rourke had no reaction as the verdict was read, and instead sat with a blank expression and his mouth hanging slightly open —- a slack look he has worn during many of his courtroom appearances since his arrest in the wake of the shooting spree.

O’Rourke faces more than 100 years behind bars. He will be sentenced on April 20, 2012 on, as the story points out, the 13th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings.

[Link: North County Times]


Jury Deadlocks On O’Rourke Sanity

by The Editors on March 16, 2012

It’s difficult to imagine the case prosecutors must present to show that a man who walked onto the campus of Kelly Elementary school on October 8, 2012 and started firing a gun at school children was in any way “sane” when he did it, but that’s exactly what is happening in San Diego Superior Court as the Brendan O’Rouke trial continues.

Yesterday (Thursday, march 15), according to the U-T San Diego, the jury deadlocked on O’Rouke’s sanity.

Jurors say they are deadlocked over whether Brendan O’Rourke, who wounded two children in a 2010 elementary school shooting in Carlsbad, was legally insane at the time he committed the crime. . . But a judge on Thursday ordered them to resume deliberations the next morning in the sanity phase of O’Rourke’s trial. . . If the jury determines he was legally sane at the time of the shooting, O’Rourke faces a possible prison sentence of 103 years to life.

As long as he’s never able to harm children again, we’ll be happy with either decision.

[Link: U-T San Deigo]


Hit & Run Driver Sentenced To 6 Years

by The Editors on March 13, 2012

Julianne Elyse Thomson, 24, was sentenced to six years in prison on Monday, March 12, 2012 in the Carlsbad hit-and-run death of cyclist Arthur Jacobs, 64, according to a story in the UT San Diego.

Jacobs died July 27, 2011 about 9:45 a.m. on El Camino Real at the intersection with Cassia Road, authorities said. . . Thomson pleaded guilty in January to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit and run causing death, and agreed to the prison sentence. She was sentenced in Vista Superior Court according to her plea agreement.

Sad that we have to worry about drunk drivers at 9:45 AM. Our thoughts are with Jacob’s family.

[Link: UT San Diego]


Carlsbad Detective Arrested For Drug Theft

by The Editors on January 23, 2012

Carlsbad Police Department Detective Michael C. Koch, 44, was arrested at the Carlsbad Police Station last Thursday (January 19, 2012) on “suspicion of burglary” according to a story in the UT San Diego.

[The] 18-year veteran of the Carlsbad Police Department was arrested . . . on suspicion of burglary shortly after numerous co-workers apparently witnessed him stealing narcotics from the department’s property impound room, authorities said Monday.

Sadly, narcotics make good people do bad things all the time. Koch is currently out on $25,000 bail and on “paid administrative leave” while the district attorney decides what charges to file.

[Note to future impound room thieves: steal the drugs before logging them into the impound room. Then no one will know they’re missing. That’s how they always do it in the movies.]

[Link: UT San Diego]


Man Pleads Guilty In Mortgage Fraud

by The Editors on December 19, 2011

First AmericanCarlsbadistan resident Gary Bobel, 59, has pleaded guilty to “conspiring to commit wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion in a loan-modification scam involving an Oceanside company called 1st American Law Center,” according to a story on Courthouse News Service.

“The defendants used high-pressure sales tactics and outright lies to induce their customers to purchase loan modification services – for payments from $1,995 to $4,495 – such as falsely claiming to have a team of attorneys who pre-screened clients and having a 98 percent success rate in obtaining loan modifications,” according to prosecutors’ statement.

In all Bobel and his associates brought in more than $11 million on the “business.” He and three other men will be sentenced on March 9, 2012 and could face up to five years in prison. Another associate has already been sentenced to 21 months in prison.

[Link: Courthouse News Service and San Diego Union-Tribune]


Weed And 3 Mexicans Seized At Tamarack

by The Editors on November 15, 2011

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Carlsbadistan residents on their way to work down the coast this morning got a nice look at officials attempting to remove the drug-loaded panga that came ashore near the Tamarack Jetty just after midnight this morning (Tuesday, November 15, 2011), according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

U.S. Border Patrol agents spotted the 28-foot boat about 1:30 a.m. and watched it come ashore between Tamarack Avenue and Cannon Road, Agent Michael Jimenez said. . . Two men were on the boat, and one was sitting in an awaiting vehicle when they were taken into custody, Jimenez said.

Apparently the three Mexican nationals over shot their normal docking spot at Ponto Landing and then got stuck in the sand.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]


Oceanside Man Arrested In Carlsbad Shootings

by The Editors on October 19, 2011

Luciano Velasquez, 23, of Oceanside, California was reportedly arrested last night (Tuesday, October 18, 2011) in the 300 block of Calle Montecito in Oceanside on “suspicion of attempted murder” in the Madison Street shooting of three people in Carlsbad, according to a story on

Velasquez was booked into Vista Jail early this morning on suspicion of three counts of attempted murder and participating in a street gang. He was being held without bail pending arraignment, tentatively scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Sounds like some nice, quick police work.