San Diego County Sheriff - July 2014
San Diego County Sheriff
Welcome to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Newsletter


Summer is here and that means enjoying the sun, sand and the best San Diego County has to offer with our family and friends.  We here at the Sheriff's Department, are committed to keeping all of you safe year-round. 

Be sure to stop by the Crime Prevention booth at the San Diego County Fair and learn how to avoid getting scammed by criminals and how to stay safe. 

The 4th of July wouldn't be the same without a fireworks show.  Be warned that it is illegal to possess or use fireworks.  In the wrong hands, fireworks can also spark fires.  Read some important safety tips that will come in handy this Independence Day.

The summer months also mean hot weather.  Parents, be sure to read on about the dangers of heatstroke.  Not only is leaving a young child in a car illegal in California, it can lead to tragic consequences within ten minutes.  I urge you to be proactive in keeping our youngsters safe.

Our e-newsletter also has information about our FREE Vacation Checks.  Our Senior Volunteer Patrol will keep an eye on your home when you go on vacation.  I encourage everyone to take advantage of this great service.  

Stay safe,
Bill Gore, Sheriff
San Diego County
 See You At The Fair
See You at the County Fair
Roll up and bring your entire family to the the Sheriff's Crime Prevention booth at the San Diego County Fair.  The theme of this summer's fair is the "The Fab Fair."  Click on the image above to watch what the Sheriff's Department has in store for you at the fair.  A splendid time is guaranteed for all! 
Through Sunday, July 6th 
San Diego County Fair 
Del Mar Fairgrounds 
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar 
The Sheriff's Crime Prevention booth is located at the Infield San Diego Pavilion near Kiddieland.  There are giveaways while supplies last.  See you there! 
To watch the video, click here. For more safety tips, visit our Crime Prevention page
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: 
Tuesday, July 1st
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
Don't Run Around, Stay Found 
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. 

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 
Fourth of July Safety 
Possessing and using fireworks is illegal in San Diego County
This year, we've seen how extremely vulnerable San Diego County is to wildfires as strong winds fanned nine fast-moving wildfires all over the region.

As Fourth of July approaches, the Sheriff's Bomb/Arson Unit is reminding San Diegans it's illegal to possess, use and transport fireworks in the county.  You could be fined up to $50,000 or sent to prison or jail for up to a year.  Leave fireworks to the professionals.

The Sheriff's Bomb/Arson Unit also advises against using paper or sky lanterns.  There is no control over where the lanterns lands, which poses a very high fire risk.

It is also against the law to fire your gun in the air.
There are Fourth of July road closures and traffic delays in cities patrolled by the Sheriff's Department. For details, follow us on Follow the Sheriff's Department on Nixle
Red, White and Busted
Don't Drink and Drive this Fourth of July
San Diegans can count on a countywide push to get drunk drivers off the road for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.  The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is stepping up its  "Drive Sober, or Get Pulled Over" campaign to stop drunk drivers and save lives on our roadways. 

From Thursday, July 3rd through Sunday, July 6th, deputies and officers will conduct DUI patrols and checkpoints across San Diego County. 
Sober Ride Options:
To watch a public safety video about the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over"  campaign, click here
A child. A locked car. A hot day. Sheriff's Deputies have responded to these tragic calls. 
As temperatures rise, we want to remind parents and caregivers about the dangers of heatstroke in young children.  
Kaitlyn's Law, it is illegal to leave a child under the age of six alone in a car anywhere in California. The law is named in memory of six-month old Kaitlyn Russell. Her babysitter left her alone in a hot car nearly 14 years ago. 

Even the best of parents can overlook a sleeping baby in a car. says 38 children die in hot cars in the United States each year. July 31st is National Heatstroke Prevention Day. Take note of the following safety tips:
  • NEVER LEAVE A CHILD ALONE IN A CAR even if the windows are partially opened. 
  • Where's baby? Look before you lock.
  • Make it a habit to look in the back seat every time you leave the car. 
  • Keep a teddy bear or stuffed animal in the back/car seat. Move the teddy bear to the front seat when you place the child in the seat as a visual reminder. 
  • If it's your turn to drop off a child at daycare, ask a partner/spouse/friend to call you to make sure they were not left in a hot car. 
  • Always lock the car and keep keys out of reach. 
  • Teach children that a car is not a play area. 
  • If you see a child left alone in a hot car, CALL 911 RIGHT AWAY. 

On an 80-degree day, a car can reach deadly levels in just ten minutes.  A child dies when his or her temperature reaches 107 degrees. 



Sex Predator Hearing

If you live in the East County, the California Department of State Hospitals (DSH) has recommended the placement of a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) at 1138 Custer Road, Campo.   This address falls within the jurisdiction of the Campo/Tecate Sheriff's Substation. 


The nearest schools are Campo Elementary, Mountain Meadow High School and Potrero Elementary.  The address is also close to the Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum and the Mountain Empire Community Center.   

Allen Fields was convicted of molesting children between the ages of 10 and 13.  


A public forum regarding Field's placement will be held before it is finalized by the court. 


Wednesday, July 23rd 

9:00 a.m.

Department 35, San Diego Superior Court

220 West Broadway, San Diego


If you can't make it to the public hearing, you can send your comments via email to


The Sheriff's Department or Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force are not responsible for the selection of the proposed sight.  That selection process is the sole responsibility of the DSH and San Diego Superior Court. 


To get alerts when a sex offender moves in or out of your neighborhood, visit

Wanted Fugitive
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 Dean Robert Mostad. He is wanted on charges of firing his gun inside his Ramona home in a manner that could result in injury or death.

Anyone with information on Mostad's 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
    Take a Start Smart Class
Start Smart Class @ Viejas Training Center 4/17 @ 7PM
Teenagers getting behind the wheel for the first time can learn how to be responsible drivers by taking a Sheriff's Start Smart class this summer.

Here's a disturbing statistic: according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 22 teenagers die every weekend in car crashes in the United States. That's the size of an average classroom.

Since June 2010, FREE Start Smart classes have been regularly offered to new drivers and their parents/guardians so they clearly understand their responsibilities when a teenager starts to drive. The class also clarifies the restrictions of a provisional license. Those attending a Start Smart class will also hear from people who have lost loved ones in drunk driving crashes.

New drivers and their parents will also learn about Social Host rules in San Diego County. A Social Host is anyone who knowingly hosts underage drinking parties on property that they own, lease or otherwise control.  Remember, it is illegal to provide alcohol to minors. You will be arrested and booked into jail.
Start Smart classes are being offered across San Diego County all summer long. To learn more about the next Start Smart class in your area, just go to:

Stay Safe San Diego.

Issue: 41
Sheriff Bill Gore
In This Issue
Fab Fair
Chat with a Recruiter
Don't Run Around, Stay Found
Fourth of July Safety
Red, White and Busted
Sex Predator Hearing
Start Smart
Join Our Mailing List
Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
View our videos on YouTube
Pine Valley Sheriff's Substation 
Now Open 
The Pine Valley Sheriff's Substation in East County is now open to serve you.  More than 200 people attended the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new facility last month.  
 The Pine Valley Sheriff's Substation is located at 28696 Old Highway 80.  38 deputies, staff and volunteers will work in the new one-story building.  They will serve 7, 980 people who live in the Pine Valley, Guatay, Descanso, Mount Laguna, Boulevard and Jacumba.   
Click on the image above to watch video of the ribbon cutting ceremony or click here. For photos, follow us on Like us on Facebook 
FREE Vacation Checks
Whether it's summer or any other time of the year, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department offers a FREE service to make sure your home is safe when you go on vacation.
Just let them know when you are leaving and our Senior Volunteer Patrol (SVP) will keep a watchful eye on your home. 
  • Security inspections around your home Monday through Friday. 
  • Check your home for broken windows, open doors, or other suspicious clues. 
  • Hide newspapers and packages in your side fence or patio. 
  • Call for a deputy's assistance if there is a problem. 
  • Upon your return, you will receive a welcome home letter listing the dates your home was checked and observations made during the visit. 

Click on the image above to watch a news feature about our FREE vacation checks or click here


Here are other tips to help keep burglars away. 

  • Always lock your doors, windows, garages and pet doors no matter the weather. 
  • Don't share your plans on social media. 
  • Get a timer for your lights and set them in a random pattern. 
  • Hold the delivery of your mail and newspaper. 
  • Ask a neighbor to occasionally park in your driveway. 
  • Secure ladder and tools so they can't be used to gain entry into your home. 
  • Excessive dog barking could be a sign of an intruder. 
  • Report suspicious activity to the Sheriff's Department. Call us at (858) 565-5200

Fourth of July Holiday 

Sheriff's Stations will be closed July 4th 
San Diego County Sheriff's Department Stations, Substations and Headquarters will be closed for a federal holiday: 
Friday, July 4th 
Independence Day

All detention facilities will remain open.  The closure to the public of business offices will not impact deputies in the field or employees scheduled or on-call.
 Operation Neptune
Eighteen people are in custody following Operation Neptune in the North County.  On June 26th, nearly 50 people were contacted during parole and probation checks in Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar, 4S Ranch, San Marcos, Vista, Oceanside, and Carlsbad.

Some of the parolees/probationers were in compliance; others were not home and will be visited at another time.
To learn more about Operation Neptune and to see more photos, follow us on Like us on Facebook.


Imperial Beach Bank Robber

Detectives with the Imperial Beach Sheriff's Substation want your help in identifying and locating a suspect wanted in connection with a Chase Bank robbery.

It happened on June 25th at the Chase Bank in the 1100 block of Palm Avenue. The suspect walked to a teller and handed her a note demanding cash. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of money before walking out of the bank. 
Surveillance photos show the suspect was wearing a female disguise, complete with a wig and
  skirt.  To see bigger photos of the suspect, follow us on Like us on Facebook.
If you recognize the suspect, call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.  Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case.  Anonymous email and text messages can be sent via

Watch and Credit Card Thief
Take a good look at the photo of a man wanted in connection with a burglary at the Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa in Rancho Santa Fe.

Detectives from the Encinitas Sheriff's Station say he walked into the men's locker room and forced open a secure locker on May 21st.  He stole a man's wallet and Ulysses Nardin watch valued at $60,000.

Later that afternoon, he went to a Ben Bridge jewelry store in La Jolla and bought a $12,000 Rolex watch using the victim's credit card. 
To see bigger photos of the suspect, follow us on Like us on Facebook.   If you recognize this man, you can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. Call Crime Stoppers at 
Who Murdered Felix "Laura" Patricio Abarca?
  The Sheriff's Homicide Unit and Crime Stoppers continue to look for leads in the murder of Felix Patricio Abarca 23 years ago. 
On November 23, 1990, a woman's body was found off of Sunrise Highway at mile marker 33.5 in Mount Laguna.  
During the autopsy, the Medical Examiner determined the victim was a male who was undergoing gender reassignment surgery.  
The Medical Examiner also determined the cause death as asphyxiation. 
Felix also goes by the name "Laura."  Laura was last seen on October 17, 1990 and was reported missing on 
November 18, 1990.  For a flyer, click here. For bigger photos of the victim visit our website.

Anyone with information on the murder of Felix "Laura" Abarca is urged to call the Sheriff's Homicide Detail at 
(858) 974-2321You can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.  Call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 

Help solve other murders, learn more about our cold case files.  
Walk Like MADD
Join Us For Walk Like MADD  
  Sheriff's Deputies risk their lives every day in the line of duty.  On February 28, 2010, Deputy Ken Collier was killed while trying to stop a drunk driver who was going the wrong way on Highway 52 in Santee.  
Help us stop drunk driving by joining our team in the Walk Like MADD.  We will walk in honor of Ken and deputies who took the oath to serve and protect our communities at all costs.  
Saturday, October 18th
NTC Park
2455 Cushing Road, San Diego 
Registration at 7:00 a.m. 
Walk at 8:00 a.m. 
Register here
To learn more about Ken and other deputies who made the ultimate sacrifice, visit our In Memoriam  
ASTREA Battles Wildfires 
  When the wildfires swept across San Diego County in May, firefighting helicopters were not far behind.   Sheriff's ASTREA (helicopter unit) also took to the sky to put out the flames.  
One homeowner in Carlsbad captured dramatic moments on video as a fire raged close to homes.  This video was given to the Sheriff's Department as a tribute to the pilots and deputies who helped during the wildfires. 

Click on the image above to watch the video or click here.  It's just the beginning of wildfire season. To learn more on how you can prepare for any disaster, visit
Safe Hiking 
  Hi kids! Your pal, Simon the Safety Bloodhound puppet wants you to be  safe when exploring outdoors.  
Click on the image above to watch Simon give his safety tips about hiking.  Don't forget you can watch his other safety videos on our website.  If you have other questions, Simon welcomes your email.  Visit his page at

  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"