San Diego County Sheriff - June 2014 
San Diego County Sheriff
Welcome to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Newsletter   
Sheriff's Deputies took the oath to serve and protect. This promise was on display as deputies risked their lives to safely evacuate people during the May wildfires.  They worked long hours to keep all of us safe.  We have employees who were asked to leave their homes due to the fires as well, but they kept working to serve the public.  9-1-1 dispatchers were also on the front lines of sending evacuation notices to the affected areas. Food service workers kept our deputies going through this challenging time. 
This June edition of our e-newsletter features a salute to the men and women of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Seeing your dedication  during an intense and dangerous time makes me so proud to be your Sheriff. 
It's just the beginning of fire season.  We want you to be aware of steps you can take to prevent a wildfire. Scams to defraud generally follow a wildfire.  Read on and get tips on how you can avoid becoming a victim.  There's also recovery information in this e-newsletter.  
With the weather warming up, we have family-friendly events to help keep your children safe. Our newest substation in the East County is also opening soon. We hope you can join us.  
Stay safe,
Bill Gore, Sheriff
San Diego County
Ribbon Cutting
Pine Valley Sheriff's Substation
Sheriff Bill Gore cordially invites you to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Pine Valley Sheriff's Substation.

Friday, June 6th
 10:00 a.m. 
28696 Old Highway 80, Pine Valley 
(619) 473-8774
For a flyer click here
Free parking and shuttle service to and from the substation is available at Pine Valley County Park, 28810 Old Highway 80. Light refreshments will be served.  Members of the community will get a tour of the substation after the ribbon cutting. 
The $3.75 million building will more than triple the size of the old building. The Pine Valley Sheriff's Substation serves an area of more than 400 square miles including Pine Valley, Guatay, Descanso, Mount Laguna, Boulevard and Jacumba. 
On The Fire Lines 
On The Fire Lines

When wildfires broke out in various parts of the county in May, Sheriff's Deputies were on the fire lines to help people get to a safer place.  Sheriff's ASTREA (helicopter unit) also worked overtime to help put out the flames.  You can click on the photo above to see more photos of deputies in action during the fires. You can also follow us on Like us on Facebook


It takes all of us to be part of the solution.  Being ready for a wildfire starts by maintaining 100 feet of defensible space around your home.  Assemble an emergency kit and create an evacuation plan.  Be ready to evacuate early and allow firefighters and deputies to do their work. For more tips on how you can prepare for any disaster, click here


Evacuation notices are issued through AlertSanDiego.  Make sure you register your cell phone to receive emergency messages. You can also receive evacuation notifications via text or email by registering through Nixle.  Just text your zip code to 888-777. Standard text messaging rates will apply. 

Wildfire Scams

It is heartbreaking to lose your home in a wildfire, but there are people who are willing to take advantage of an emotional situation in order to make money.  


The Sheriff's Financial Crimes Unit has tips on how to protect yourself, your property and your money. Click on the image above to watch the video or follow us on View our videos on YouTube 


For more information on recovery assistance, click here

Don't Run Around, Stay Found 
Join us For Don't Run Around, Stay Found classes
Nothing says summer like a trip to the beach, county fair or theme park.  These places are also filled with a dizzying amount of attractions that might draw a child away. There's nothing like the panic a parent feels when a child disappears, even for just a second, in a crowded space. 

Before you go on your summer adventure, take your child to a Don't Run Around, Stay Found class.  The program features Simon the Sheriff's Bloodhound Safety Puppet and his pal, Search and Rescue K-9 Unit Team Leader Pam Medhurst. They teach children about the basic rules of staying together and safe.  They also give advice on what to do if anyone gets separated from a group. 

Thursday, June 19th 
2:00 p.m. 
Rancho Santa Fe Library
17040 Avenida De Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe

Tuesday, July 1st
1:00 p.m. 
Ramona Community Library 
1275 Main Street, Ramona

Thursday, July 10th
10:30 a.m. 
Julian Library
1850 Highway 78, Julian 

You can always watch Simon's safety videos and email him by visiting 
Join us for KidzWatch in Ramona
Another Sheriff's Department program to help keep your children safe is KidzWatch.  Join the Ramona Sheriff's Substation on:  
Monday, June 23
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
Ramona Library Community Room 
1275 Main Street, Ramona
To register, call (760) 738-2425
Children will learn about bullying, personal and fire safety.
There's a lesson on how to call 9-1-1.  McGruff the Crime Dog will be giving advice on how to say no to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.  Kids will also get a chance to explore a patrol car, ambulance and fire truck.  At the end of the class, kids will receive t-shirts, certificates and gift bags.  
Distracted Driving 
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is committed to keeping drivers safe on our roads.  A public safety message is now playing in local AMC, Regal and IMAX Movie Theaters to warn the public of the dangers of distracted driving.  The video message will air through the end of December. 

By law, it is illegal to hold your cell phone while driving.  Holding your cell phone includes texting, taking photos, using it for GPS or music among others.  

If you are caught violating California's cell phone laws, you will be cited and face a minimum fine of $161 plus court fees with subsequent violations being higher.  

Click on the image above to watch the video or click here

Wanted Fugitive
Wanted Fugitive:  Daniel Juarez Martinez
Every month, the Sheriff's Department works with the San Diego Regional Fugitive Task Force (FTF) and Crime Stoppers to find and arrest people wanted for committing crimes. 

Be on the lookout for Daniel Juarez Martinez.  He is wanted for attacking his wife and setting fire to their home in Bonita in February of this year.  He also goes by the name Daniel Catavarrias and Daniel Juarez.  He has tattoos including three black circles on his right arm and the letters "DD" on his upper body.  Martinez is also known to dress as a woman. 

It is believed Martinez escaped to Mexico following the crime, but there is a strong likelihood he is back in San Diego County. He has ties in the South Bay, as well as in the Glendale area of Los Angeles County.  

Martinez was last seen driving a 2010 Toyota Camry with California License Plate 6KHS540. If you see Martinez, do not approach him.  He should be considered ARMED and DANGEROUS. 

Anyone with information on Martinez' whereabouts is urged to call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. You could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. 
To learn more about wanted fugitives in San Diego County, visit For a bigger photo of the suspect, follow us on Like us on Facebook
Chat with a Recruiter 
Chat with a Recruiter
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is hiring. Recruitment for sworn positions opens during the first business day of each month.  If you have questions about the hiring process, you can chat with a recruiter on: 
Monday, June 2nd
10:00 a.m. to noon 
Like us on Facebook 
Follow us on Twitter@SDSheriff
Just type your questions on our Facebook and Twitter pages and a recruiter is available to explain the application process to you. 
Are you ready to put a star in your future?  Join the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Visit
or email
Issue: 40
Sheriff Bill Gore
In This Issue
Ribbon Cutting
On The Fire Lines
Wildfire Scams
Don't Run Around, Stay Found
Distracted Driving
Chat with a Recruiter
Join Our Mailing List
Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
View our videos on YouTube

Railroad Safety 

See Tracks?  Think Train!
See Tracks?  Think Train! 

Operation Lifesaver says a person or car is hit by a train every three hours in the United States. 

June 3rd is International Crossing Awareness Day.  Deputies with the Sheriff's Railroad Enforcement Unit will be raising awareness about driver safety at railroad crossings on this day.  

Washington Street Crossing
W. Washington Street 
& Frontage Road

Sorrento Boulevard Crossing
Sorrento Boulevard and 
Sorrento Valley Road

Drivers caught not observing the warning signs at this crossings during the enforcement period may be cited. 

The Sheriff's Railroad Enforcement Unit (REU) oversees the safety and security of the public and railroad employees, as well as railroad property and equipment.  The unit works with local government and law enforcement agencies while investigating railroad incidents. 

Hiking Safety 
Cedar Creek Falls  

If you plan on hiking at Cedar Creek Falls, we want to remind you that hikers are now required to pay for a visitor permit.  
The permits are not parking passes.  There are only 29 parking spots on the trailhead.  Cars blocking road access will be towed at the owner's expense.  Bringing or drinking alcohol in the area is not allowed. The cliffs surrounding the falls are closed to jumping and diving.  
Sheriff's Deputies and U.S. Forest Service Rangers will strictly enforce the permit requirements and the ban on alcohol and cliff jumping.  
The trail to Cedar Creek Falls is a challenging five-and-a-half-mile hike with no shade from the sun.  It is not for beginners.  The return trip is mostly uphill.  Dress appropriately for the hike and know your limits.  Leave your dog at home.  This trail is not easy on the paws because of sharp rocks and the surface gets very hot. 
Click on the image above to watch a video offering more safety tips or click here

Pool Safety  
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages one to four.  Drownings and injuries are highest in warm weather months, from May to August. 
These simple steps can save lives:
  • Keep children within arm's reach at all times in and around the pool
  • Assign an adult water watcher
  • Fence your pool with self-closing or self-latching gates
  • Install pool and gate alarms
  • Learn CPR
Simon the Sheriff's Bloodhound Safety Puppet also has a safety reminder for kids. Click on the image above to watch the video or click here
Preventing Car Burglaries 
Lock it or Lose It
With the hot weather, many people leave their car windows open to stay cool.  This makes it easy for burglars to steal your belongings.  

Car burglary is one crime you can really help us prevent.  All car burglaries have one thing in common:  something to steal.  Car burglaries are crimes of opportunity.  You can stay away from the radar of car burglars by checking out our safety tips

You can always report suspicious activity by calling us at 
(858) 565-5200
Remember, if you don't get it, they will! Lock it or Lose it!
Annual Report  
Annual Report

Take a look back at the accomplishments of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department in 2013 and learn more about our programs.  To read the annual report, click here

Who Killed Michelle Wyatt?
Murder Victim Michelle Wyatt

Sheriff's Homicide Detectives want your help in solving the murder of Michelle Louis Wyatt 
33 years ago.  

A roommate found Wyatt lying on the living room floor on October 9, 1980.  She lived in the 10,000 block of Kerrigan Court in Santee. Wyatt was last seen alive by her boyfriend around 1:30 a.m. 
The Medical Examiner says Wyatt was strangled. 

Anyone with information on who murdered Michelle Louis Wyatt is urged to call the Sheriff's Homicide Detail at 
(858) 974-2321.  
You can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 
You could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. 

For a Crime Stoppers Flyer, click here

For more cold case files, visit 
Vista Crime Prevention 
Crime Prevention Event for Seniors
The Vista Sheriff's Station Crime Prevention Unit is reaching out to seniors in the community to let them know what free services the Sheriff's Department offers to make sure they are safe. 
Wednesday, June 11th 
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Thibodo Community Center
1150 Lupine Hills Road, Vista 
(760) 639-6160
You can learn about  the You Are Not Alone (YANA) program for seniors and disabled people who live alone, home vacation checks, preventing Identity Theft, and senior scams.  

 Stay Safe San Diego

  Jan Caldwell, Public/Media Affairs Director

Melissa Aquino, Public Affairs/Media Relations
Sammy Castanon/Media Relations 
San Diego County Sheriff's Department 

"Keeping the peace since 1850"