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Local News May 8th, 2008

Undercover Prostitution Detail Yields Four Arrests

On Wednesday April 30, 2008, Escondido Police Department undercover detectives conducted a prostitution detail in the area of W. Washington Ave. and N. Escondido Blvd. As a result of that detail, detectives arrested four individuals.

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Bridgette Marie Bynum, 20, of San Diego, California, was arrested for Penal Code 653.22(a) - loitering with the intent to commit prostitution, and released on a promise to appear. Monique Rolando Steward, 22, of Escondido, California, was arrested for Penal Code 653.22(a)- loitering with the intent to commit prostitution, and released on a promise to appear. Amber Laverne Brinsfeld, 29, of Sacramento, California, was arrested for Penal Code 653.22(a) - loitering with the intent to commit prostitution, and released on a promise to appear.

Dewey Raymond Hewitt, 69, of Carlsbad, California was arrested for Penal Code 647 (a) Lewd Act in Public, and released on a promise to appear (no photo available).

Mountain Lion Sighting at Kit Carson Park, South Escondido Area

On Monday, May 5, 2008, Escondido Park Rangers reported seeing two mountain lions in Kit Carson Park near the amphitheater, running northbound through the park. Nearby schools were notified and have been asked to call the Police Department if they spot the animals. Escondido Park Rangers have been notified as well as the California Department of Fish and Game.

Mountain lions are solitary, territorial hunters who may be active during the day. Residents and others in the area should be aware of the following:

• Avoid hiking alone, especially between dusk and dawn. Make plenty of noise while you hike so as to reduce a chance encounter.
• Always keep children in sight while hiking and within arm's reach in areas that can conceal a lion.
• Hike with a good walking stick that can be used to ward off a lion.
• Do not approach a lion, especially if it is feeding or with its young. Most lions will avoid confrontation. Give them a way to escape.
• Stay calm and face the lion. Do not run because this may trigger the lion's instinct to attack. Try to appear larger byraising your hands.
• Pick up small children so they don't panic and run. This will also make you appear larger.
• Avoid bending over or crouching.
• If the lion acts aggressively, throw rocks, branches, or whatever you can obtain without turning your back or bending over.
• Fight back if attacked. Since a mountain lion usually tries to bite the head or neck, try to remain standing and face the attacking animal. People have successfully fought back with rocks, sticks, or bare hands.

Search Warrant Uncovers Drugs, Guns & Money

On Thursday May 1, 2008, at approximately 11:30AM Escondido Police Department undercover detectives served a narcotic search warrant at 1020 Goldenrod Street. Luis Carlos Guiterrez, 23 and Arturo Torrez Villaneuva 28, both of Escondido, California, were arrested and charged with Health & Safety Code 11377(a) Possession of a Controlled Substance and Health & Safety Code 11378 Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale.

Detectives recovered approximately 3.5 ounces of methamphetamine (street value of over $3,500.00), almost $17,000 in cash, and a 9mm handgun from the residence. Guiterrez and Villaneuva were later transported to the Vista Detention Facility where they were booked on the above charges as well as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold.

Escondido Police Department will continue to aggressively investigate narcotics cases and encourages anyone with information on this case or other drug related activity to call Escondido Police at (760) 839-4722, or contact Sergeant Jim Lanigan directly at (760) 839-4759.

To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Police Department directly, or you may make an unidentified call on the "Anonymous Tip Line" at (760) 743-TIPS (8477) or via the Web site at

Historic Homes Open On Mother’s Day

Four charming historic homes in the Old Escondido Historic District will be open for the public to enjoy this coming Mothers Day, May 11, from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. The four homes, built between the 1920s and 1939, share the bungalow style but feature a variety of building materials and looks. One was built of Escondido black granite and boasts a distinctive arts and crafts fireplace. Another features ribbon-style clapboard while yet another includes several different garden areas accessible from all sides of the home. The fourth home boasts an exceptional addition and lovely garden where refreshments will be served, including home baked cookies and “Auntie Helen’s Special Recipe” lemonade.

The Old Escondido Home Tour tickets will be available at $15 each on the day of the tour at 146 W. 10th Avenue or they can be purchased at the discount price of $12.50 prior to the event at two locations in Downtown Escondido; Rosemary-Duff Florist at 101 W. 2nd or at the Escondido History Center on the north side of Grape Day Park at 321 N. Broadway through May 9. Discount tickets and more information are also available through the Old Escondido Web site, For more information, call 760-735-8072.

Escondido Library Has New Laptop Computers for Students

Thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Escondido Charitable Foundation the Escondido Library now has nine new laptop computers that are available to Escondido students. Those students who do not have access to computers because their families can’t afford them can now come to the library and have the same research access that other students have.

The $25,000 grant was among the first made by the Escondido Charitable Foundation which has raised more than $665,000 since its establishment in January 2007. The foundation is affiliated with the San Diego Foundation and is comprised of Escondido residents who provided the funding.

Similar organizations exist in San Marcos, Carlsbad, Oceanside, and Rancho Bernardo.

San Marcos Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Five Theft and Drug Suspects

Following the arrest of 42-year-old Channing Hampton of San Marcos on an outstanding warrant, deputies followed various leads and wound up arresting four other suspects, Shelby Rains, 35, of Murrieta, Intrique Olivares, 43, Vista, Gilberto Escamilla, 44, Escondido, and Angelica Medrano, 38, Vista. The latter three were arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of methamphetamines. Further investigation revealed a number of new appliances, all believed stolen, in a storage facility rented by Rains, who was on probation.

Escondido Police Arrest 14 Illegal Immigrants

While Escondido police do not focus on arresting illegal immigrants they make it very clear that they intend to aggressively pursue those illegals who have been deported and return. Last week Escondido police arrested 14 such individuals, all of whom had been deported by court order following their criminal convictions, and all of whom had returned to the US.

It was the second sweep by local police of criminals, in this case illegal immigrants, who typically fall under federal jurisdiction. The first sweep was conducted in February.





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