School Kids Head Back To The Books

LA MESA -- Helix High School leads the return to the classroom this summer today with school opening at its University Avenue area campus.

Police were welcoming the school year back with a reminder to motorists that traffic control will be enforcing regulations closely as streets become crowded with parents and students again.

School opens Aug. 14 at La Mesa Middle School, just around the corner from Helix, and with the student population almost doubling this year with the start of the new La Mesa Arts Academy, close attention to pedestrians and motorists will be needed there as well.

See Traffic Information below.

Case Highlights: On July 28 at 5:51 p.m., La Mesa Firefighters from Station #12 called the La Mesa Police Department and said they found a man in their secure parking area burglarizing their personal vehicles. As La Mesa Police officers responded, the suspect ran away and into a residential neighborhood. As the suspect fled from police, he found an open garage at a residence and began to steal items from the garage. The resident called the La Mesa Police Department as the suspect fled. Officers responded to the area and set up a perimeter. Officers called for air support and ABLE, San Diego Police Department’s helicopter responded. 

ABLE began to do announcements of the suspect’s description. A neighbor heard the announcements and immediately called La Mesa Police Department and said they had witnessed the suspect run into a backyard. La Mesa officers entered the backyard and found the suspect hiding underneath a vehicle. The suspect eventually complied with officers’ commands and gave up. The suspect was positively identified by the victims in this case. During the investigation at Fire Station #12, it was determined the suspect stole personal belongings out of two separate vehicles. All of the stolen items were recovered. The suspect is identified as: Leu Brent Edwards, 29 years old, from Bonita California. Edwards was charged with: Burglary (Vehicles) and Burglary (Residential).
Traffic Information: Helix High School Back in Session!! The summer is almost gone, this week marks the return of students to Helix High School. La Mesa Police will be conducting extra traffic enforcement in the area of the Helix High School to encourage and remind drivers to drive safely.
Wednesday, August 6th will mark the beginning of the school calendar. Remember that traffic in the area of Helix High School will dramatically increase so please be patient and plan accordingly.
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness: Neighborhood Watch is a great way to get to know your neighbors while learning how to protect yourself and your home, and begins a partnership with the La Mesa Police Department. La Mesa’s Neighborhood Watch program provides residents with the tools and information needed to effectively identify and report suspicious and criminal activity and leaves patrolling the city and criminal apprehension to our officers. Neighborhood Watch is easy to start and easy to participate. For more information, call the Crime Prevention Unit at 619.667.7545

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