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Tip leads Police to Two Pounds of Meth and Cash
On Friday, March 12, 2010, members of the Escondido Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and Special Enforcement Team (SET) responded to an anonymous tip of a person suspected of dealing narcotics from a home in the 500 blk. of Iona Court.
Detectives ultimately conducted a search and discovered approximately two pounds of methamphetamine, one ounce of cocaine, three firearms, scales, packaging material, paraphernalia, and $2,396 in cash. Detectives arrested Isidro Sanchez, 26, a resident of Escondido.
Sanchez was charged with Health & Safety Code 11378 – Possession of a controlled substance for sale, and Health and Safety Code 11350 (a) – Possession of a dangerous drug. Additionally, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold was placed on Isidro Sanchez after he was transported to Vista Detention Facility.
The street value of the seized narcotics is estimated at approximately $38,000.
Our local tip line number, (760) 743-TIPS (8477) and web based tip program, www.escondido.org/police are additional options that Escondido residents can use to communicate tips anonymously.
Girl student volunteers load trash into a dumpster while male students debate how best to do the job
Community Joins Together to Trim Brush From Kit Carson Park Trails
At the suggestion of long time Escondido businessman, George Weir, owner of Weir Asphalt Company, Mayor Pro Tem Dick Daniels spearheaded a drive to bring the community together in a great effort last Saturday. The missions: clear the brush near Kit Carson hiking trail, thus depriving hiding places to possible predators. Almost 100 volunteers turned out last Saturday; loppers, pruning shears, rakes, and good, hard muscle providing the tools to clean up the paths and park.
The Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club of Escondido (the morning club) and the Kiwanis Club of Escondido (the noon club) joined forces to provide both team leaders and volunteers. The Emmanuel Faith Church turned out a large number of volunteers, as did the Latter Day Saints Church of Jesus Christ. Escondido Charter High School students, members of the Kiwanis Key Club turned out as well.
Many individuals came out just because they wanted to help. One young man from Poway High School came because he had two classes with Chelsea King; once he completed his volunteer work at Kit Carson Park he left for Poway to attend Chelsea’s Memorial Service.
Volunteers trimming and clearing brush; far right, Tim Cunning, President of Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club,
center left, his daughter, Morgan, center right, his son, Andrew.
Megan’s Law Public Forum Set Tuesday, March 23 in Escondido
How Megan’s Law works and how it can be improved will be the topic of an evening public forum March 23 at the California Center for the Arts.
Sponsored by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and the City of Escondido, the two-hour informational meeting will include presentations by Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego; Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler; Escondido Police Chief Jim Maher; and Escondido Union High School District Superintendent Ed Nelson; and Escondido Union Elementary District Superintendent Jennifer Walters. Escondido Mayor Pro Tem Dick Daniels will be moderator.
“Learning how to protect our community’s children is a constructive way we can grieve the deaths of Chelsea King and Amber DuBois,” Daniels said. “We need to understand how the laws work and what is needed to improve them as well.”
Free of charge and open to the public, the 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. forum will be held in the downtown art center’s 1,500-seat Concert Hall at 340 N. Escondido Blvd.
Specific points expected to be covered that evening include how the law works, its local applications, how to access information on where registered sex offenders live, and the shortfalls that need to be corrected through legislation at the state level.
Further information may be obtained by calling the Chamber at 760-745-2125
Another Successful DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint
On March 12, 2010, the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI Sobriety / Drivers License Checkpoint at the intersection of Ash Street and Oakhill from 6:00 PM until 12:00 AM. The emphasis of this checkpoint was to detect intoxicated and unlicensed drivers as well as to provide a highly visible operation to deter driving under the influence.
The following activity resulted from this checkpoint:
• 1,415 vehicles entered the checkpoint
• 1,058 vehicles were screened in primary
• 85 vehicles sent to secondary (drivers who could not produce a drivers license or who were suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs)
• 3 driver were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
• 1 person was arrested for possession of a controlled substance
• 5 field sobriety tests were administered
• 35 vehicles were impounded at this checkpoint, 5 drivers did not have auto insurance, 4 drivers had a suspended drivers license and 30 drivers did not have a drivers license
• 40 citations were issued at this checkpoint
This checkpoint operated in conjunction with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the North County Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Council.
The Hotel Game - San Marcos 1 and Counting - Escondido 0
While Escondido’s on-again-off-again hotel plans appear to be moving very slowly, San Marcos is well under way with their Marriot Hotel which is not only under construction but is scheduled to open in August.
Meanwhile, San Marcos officials are also in negotiations for a second hotel which would be located across the freeway.
With city backing, the 112-room, four-story Residence Inn by Marriott resumed construction last November. The city agreed to buy back the 2.3 acre hotel site for the $3.92 million sale price. That gave the developer breathing room to continue the hotel, located on the southeast corner of Las Posas Road and Los Vallecitos Boulevard.
The city then went one step further by issuing a long-term lease on the property.
San Marcos already has a 69-room Hampton Inn on Carmel Street, an 85-room Ramada Ltd., on San Marcos Boulevard and just south of San Marcos is the Lake San Marcos Resort, which features 140 rooms.
Collectively, the city receives about $325,000 worth of hotel tax money now.
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