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LA MESA -- The La Mesa Police last week gave motorists a warning that they would be looking for traffic violators near La Mesa schools.
Still, 21 drivers didn't heed the warning. This week's crime report, found below, gives Cinco de Mayo revelers the early warning: Arrange for a designated driver.
On April 24, La Mesa Police Department detectives arrested 2 men in connection with the armed robbery that occurred at the Best Buy store located at 8401 Fletcher Parkway on November 22, 2011. The suspects entered Best Buy intending to steal 2 laptops. When confronted by a Best Buy employee, they displayed a firearm and exited the store. The 2 suspects in the case are German Esquer of San Diego and David Dickson of San Diego.
The La Mesa Police Department is continuing its zero tolerance approach to drivers who let their attention be primarily focused on tasks other than driving. Since the beginning of the state-wide campaign on April 1st, 2012, La Mesa Police Officers have issued 161 citations for violations of talking on a cell phone or texting while driving. Locally, officers will focus extra DUI enforcement efforts this coming weekend with the celebration of Cinco De Mayo. The police department’s Traffic Unit will have extra officers on patrol watching for intoxicated drivers. Please have your plans for celebration include a designated driver or other alternatives to getting home safely.
From last week, even with prior-warning, officers issued 21 citations for various moving violations around our city’s schools. Please drive with extra precaution near our schools—help avoid a tragedy.
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness:
National Police Week recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement and pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Several local, state, and national peace officer memorial services occur each year to commemorate National Police Week.
This year’s ceremonies will include a candlelight vigil at the San Diego County Law Enforcement Memorial on Tuesday, May 1 at 8:00 pm and a memorial ceremony on Wednesday, May 2 at 12:00 pm. The San Diego Law Enforcement Memorial is located on the west lawn of the County Administration Building at 1600 Pacific Highway. The California state memorial will take place at the capital building in Sacramento on May 7. The national memorial will be held in Washington, D.C. on May 15. Each of these ceremonies are meant to be a time to remember and honor the officers who have fallen in the
line-of-duty the preceding year, recognizing the sacrifice of those loved and left behind.
Do you want to learn to take care of your family and help your neighbors in disasters? The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates residents about disaster preparedness and the hazards that may impact the area where you live. These FREE CERT lessons will train you in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. For more information visit, www.heartlandfire.org and click on the “Emergency Preparedness” tab.
Help solve a cold Homicide case: http://www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2487