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October 31, 1988
A 28-year-old man died after he lost control of his motorcycle at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday along the 100 block of Valley Boulevard and hit a light post. Kevin William McCarty of Escondido was dead at the scene of multiple injuries, according to the coroner's office.
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February 28, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A 21-year-old Escondido man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of committing one of the highest profile petty thefts in county history: stealing Girl Scout cookie money. After a chase and struggle, David Betancort was arrested on suspicion of swiping a “tip jar” from Girl Scouts selling cookies outside an Escondido supermarket Saturday, law enforcement officials said. The tips were meant to buy cookies to send to military personnel overseas, a program known as Operation Thin Mint.
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January 26, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A man was fatally shot Sunday morning by police after a high-speed chase on Interstate 15 from San Diego to Escondido, officials said. The incident began at 7 a.m. when police tried to stop a pickup truck. Instead of pulling over, the truck raced northward, with the man allegedly holding a gun to the head of the woman who was driving, officials said. The man reportedly told police dispatchers that he had explosives in the truck. When the truck left the freeway in Escondido, police opened fire after the man refused to surrender.
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December 6, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A jury Friday acquitted a mentally ill transient and petty thief in the 1998 slaying of a 12-year-old girl in her bed in Escondido. In 2004 a jury had convicted Richard Tuite, now 44, of voluntary manslaughter in the case. But an appeals court last year overturned the verdict and ordered a retrial on that charge. Tuite smiled but showed little emotion when the verdict was announced. The San Diego County Superior Court jury had begun deliberations Wednesday afternoon in the retrial.
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December 6, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A jury Friday acquitted a mentally ill transient and petty thief in the 1998 slaying of a 12-year-old girl in her bed in Escondido. In 2004 a jury had convicted Richard Tuite, now 44, of voluntary manslaughter in the case. But an appellate court last year overturned the verdict and ordered a retrial on that charge. Tuite smiled but otherwise showed little emotion when the retrial verdict was announced. The San Diego County Superior Court jury had begun deliberations Wednesday afternoon.
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November 21, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
An Escondido woman has been arrested for allegedly stabbing and killing her stepmother, police said. Monette Belle, 54, was found inside an apartment in the 700 block of North Grape Street on Wednesday afternoon "covered in blood and not moving," according to the Escondido Police Department. Belle had been stabbed multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The woman's stepdaughter, 35-year-old Asiatae Belle, was arrested in connection with the crime and was booked on murder charges.  ALSO: Corona man turns himself in after fatal fight over adult escort Professor accused of helping kill her alleged rapist 18 years ago Rain causes huge L.A. traffic problems; wet weather through Friday   Twitter: @aribloomekatz | Facebook ari.bloomekatz@latimes.com
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August 5, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A mother and father were arrested in San Bernardino County when deputies found them driving with their two children locked in the trunk, officials said Monday. A third person in the car also was arrested, but his relationship to the parents was unclear. A child was seen by a witness around 10:45 p.m. Sunday in the trunk of a black Cadillac at Baker's Drive-Thru on Baseline Street near Palm Avenue in Highland, according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner.
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June 5, 2013 | By Tony Perry
San Diego police shot and killed an armed suspect during a traffic stop Wednesday night in suburban Escondido, authorities said. No officers were harmed during the incident. After the shooting, officers spotted a "suspicious" object in the dead man's car and called for the bomb squad. No other details were immediately released. ALSO: South L.A. doctor accused of sexually assaulting patients in office Compton rejects Bradley comeback, elects first Latino councilman 1,300-pound mako shark a record-breaker?
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June 3, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
The Aztecs gave us guacamole, but it was Gil Henry who gave us avocados that don't have to sit on the kitchen counter for weeks to become dip-worthy. Until the early 1980s, avocados were green, rock-hard objects that could take many days to ripen once shoppers brought them home. But then Henry pioneered a "ripening room" on his family's avocado farm in Escondido that sped up the process, allowing supermarkets to sell avocados that are ready to eat or close to it. The method has since become the industry standard.
SPORTS
May 12, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
ESCONDIDO, Calif. - Lieuwe Westra, red-faced and shaking, was the winner of Sunday's first stage at the Amgen Tour of California, on a day when temperatures on the route were recorded as high as 105 degrees. James Stemper, of the 5-hour Energy/Kenda Racing team, who was awarded the title as most courageous rider for helping lead an early breakaway, said, "Heat was probably the biggest factor of the day. Eventually you could not pedal very hard. " Carter Jones, who rides for the Bissell Pro Cycling team and who earned the most points toward winning the King of the Mountain title as best uphill rider, said, "The heat was brutal.
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May 11, 2013 | By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times
ESCONDIDO - The eighth Amgen Tour of California begins at 11:15 a.m. Sunday in Escondido, and for the first time the largest cycling stage race in the United States is traveling from south to north. The 750-mile trip will end May 19 in Santa Rosa. Matt Bettenhausen, vice president and chief security officer for race owner AEG Worldwide, joined cyclists and race officials at a Friday news conference, where he discussed increased security for this year's event in the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
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