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Captin Bob Benton

New Escondido Police Captain Named

Last Tuesday, Escondido Police Chief, Jim Maher, announced the promotion of 24-year veteran Robert Benton to the position of police captain.
Bob Benton began working for the department in July of 1985 as a police officer. He started his career with Escondido as volunteer cadet and worked his way up through the ranks.

During Bob’s 24 years with the Escondido Police Department, he has worked in the patrol, training and investigations divisions. He was a field training officer, tactical operations unit team member and business liaison officer.

In 2005 Bob was promoted to the rank of police lieutenant and has been a watch commander, tactical team commander, investigations lieutenant and press information officer. Bob holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University.

Bob is a 16 year member of the Escondido East and Sunrise Rotary clubs of Escondido. He is married to his wife Lesley and they have a 3-year-old son named Tyler.

Carlsbad Police End Lengthy Investigation of Prostitution Ring With Arrest and Guilty Plea for Pimping, Pandering

A Pimping and Pandering Investigation that began in 2008 and ran through 2010, involving five residences in Carlsbad, Del Mar and San Diego has resulted in the arrest and a guilty plea of Robin Carrese Reid.

In October of 2008, Carlsbad Police received an anonymous tip from the San Diego County Crimestoppers which indicated that Reid was operating a prostitution ring in various locations throughout San Diego county. The “tipster” indicated that Reid had numerous females working for her and that she rented houses for the girls to work from.

The tip indicated that the prostitution was operated out of a business called “Glamour Massage,” through “” and that Reid was responsible for hiring and training the girls.

Through investigation, three addresses were developed and detectives began a lengthy and time-consuming investigation into Glamour Massage.

After extensive surveillances, prostitution operations and with extensive assistance from the San Diego Police Vice Unit, Carlsbad detectives were able to obtain search warrants for five of Reid’s residences, four she rented and one she owned. Carlsbad and San Diego Vice detectives were able to obtain multiple prostitution violations over the course of the investigation.

After the execution of those warrants in December of 2009, Reid was arrested and charged with five counts of Pimping, and one count of Pandering. In March of 2010, Reid plead guilty to all of the charges and is currently awaiting sentencing. Reid could face 2-3 years in custody.

The web site and business closed down as of February, 2010.

Nice Police Work: Carlsbad Police Arrest Armed Robber

On April 8th, at approximately 9:10pm, a suspect robbed the Subway Sandwiches restaurant located at 2540 El Camino Real #A, Carlsbad. During the robbery, the suspect pointed a silver gun at an employee and ordered him to provide the suspect with the money from the cash register. The employee complied. After the employee gave the suspect the money, the suspect ordered the employee to lay on the ground. The suspect fled prior to police arrival.

On April 20th, at approximately 10pm, a suspect entered the Pita Pit restaurant located at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive #120, Carlsbad. The suspect pointed a black handgun at the employee, and demanded the money from the cash registers. The employee complied. The suspect then ordered the employee to lay on the ground. The suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival. A witness provided a suspect vehicle description. Minutes later, Carlsbad Police and California Highway Patrol officers stopped the suspect vehicle on southbound I-5 at La Costa Avenue. Anna Olivieri was the driver of the vehicle. Anna Olivieri was arrested for her involvement as the getaway driver during this robbery. A black male suspect was seen running from the suspect vehicle and escaped.

Carlsbad Police detectives investigated these cases and identified Edward Olivieri as the suspect who committed these two robberies.

On April 26th, Carlsbad Police detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Edward Olivieri for these two robberies. The Unites States Marshal’s Service assisted the Carlsbad Police Department in locating and arresting Edward Olivieri.

On April 29th, at about 7:30am, Edward Olivieri was located and arrested at a residence in the 400 block of Daisy Lane, San Marcos. Edward Olivieri was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for the arrest warrant. Olivieri’s bail was set at $250,000.00.

Carlsbad Names New Police Chief

Carlsbad City Manager Lisa Hildabrand announced last week that Gary W. Morrison, a 22-year Long Beach Police Department veteran will become Carlsbad’s new Chief of Police.

Hildabrand said the city had conducted a lengthy, painstaking search, reviewing 113 applications before selecting Morrison. Morrison assumes his post on June 1st.

Morrison’s salary will fall somewhere between $124,300 and $180,300. Negotiations are ongoing.

Chief Tom Zoll announced hw was retiring last July but agreed to remain on the job until a successor was named. He has also agreed to stay through June until such time as Morrison is trained.

Morrison, age 50, joined Long Beach's police force in 1987 and has 11 years of management experience. He has worked in patrol, investigations, traffic, youth programs, SWAT team work, multijurisdictional operations and community-oriented policing.

There had been some controversy at the Carlsbad Police Department involving Chief Zoll. He had been placed on leave for three weeks after an officer in his department alleged that Zoll had physically threatened him. The results of an internal investigation into that matter has not been made public but Zoll was allowed to return to work.

Carlsbad's Police Department has 162 full-time employees, including 115 sworn officers.

Boat Owner Found on Catalina

Worried Coast Guard officers and staff had conducted a lengthy service, including a helicopter, looking for a possible accident victim or even a victim of foul play after an empty boat was found anchored off the coast of Carlsbad.

Last Sunday afternoon, Oceanside Harbor police boarded a 35-foot boat named Audacity, found anchored off the coast just south of Oceanside. Evidence on board the boat caused the the Coast Guard to initiate a water search helicopter. When contacted on Catalina island, the boat owner said the boat apparently had become unanchored in Avalon and drifted to Carlsbad.

Escondido History Center Holds Fundraiser at Historic Melrose Ranch

Arie de Jong’s beautifully restored Melrose Ranch in Valley Center was host for the Escondido History Center's Western roundup fundraiser Saturday afternoon.

Officials said about 170 tickets had been sold, which, at $45 each would suggest a gross fundraising of around $7650. Those attending found a day filled with variety, from a delicious BBQ meal to hayrack rides, square dance lessons, a shooting exhibition with both six-shooters and rifles, a blacksmith demonstration . . . and lots of good old fashioned conversation.

The house itself was built in 1925 by English nobleman Lord Somerville to entertain the royal family when they would visit America, the estate has hosted Edward, Prince of Wales, who became King Edward VII, and after 11 months abdicated his throne to marry Mrs. Wallace Simpson, an American divorcee.

Arie de Jong acquired the 115 acres which is located just east of Lake Wohlford. de Jong has completely transformed the property. The manor house where he and his wife, Anneke, live, has been beautifully renovated, the surrounding grounds manicured perfectly and the surrounding banks, where once weeds had grown, all have been planted to grape vines which also are tenderly and professionally manicured with not a leaf out of place.

You’ll find flower gardens, orchards, guest houses, barns and a variety of animals including Texas Long Horns and, for the kids, goats.

De Jong remembers delivering milk to the estate when he was a kid. He fell in love with it then and in the back of his mind he always had a yen to own it. He has spent a great deal of time and money restoring the place and it is clearly a labor of love. He has maintained the historic feeling of the property but, at the same time, added all the modern conveniences. For example, de Jong converted what once was milking stations into unique little cubicles that contain comfortably sized tables and chairs where diners can eat and talk all they wish. That’s inside. Outside they have picnic tables running the lengh of the barn, where people do the same, eat and chat.

De Jong plans to hold private functions such as weddings, anniversaries, corporate parties, any number of events that would fit in with the history of the vast estate. He wants people to enjoy the the history and beauty of the ranch.

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