June Economic Development Newsletter
The Economic Development June Newsletter is now online and highlights a new Escondido job training program, a spotlight on Sip Wine and Beer, and more. Read the issue and subscribe at: https://conta.cc/2WGbKvW
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POLICE DEPARTMENT UPDATES:
Burglary Suspects Caught in the Act
On July 12, Officers responded to a business in the 100 block of S. Juniper St. regarding a possible burglary in process. Upon arrival, officers encountered two suspects cutting a hole through the back door of the business. They had numerous tools commonly used to commit thefts and burglaries. They both gave independent stories about being hired by the owner to replace the door. Unfortunately for them, the owner made no such arrangements. Both suspects were arrested after their plot was foiled.
Vehicle Pursuit Ends in Valley Center
On July 16, an officer attempted to stop a car for a vehicle code violation. The driver failed to stop and a traffic pursuit began. Officers pursued the car up into Valley Center and temporarily lost sight of it near Pauma Casino. It was located a short time later abandoned in an orange grove. It was then determined that the car had been stolen from Valley Center earlier in the day. The driver was not located, but information was found inside the car that may lead officers to the driver’s identity.
PAL Program Supports Local Teen
On July 15, cheers and support rang out for 18-year-old Escondido resident Matthew Tillyer as he drove to the Escondido Police Department and parked his car in front of police officers and a news crew. The police were first introduced to Matthew in 2014 when they were handing out donations that were provided by an anonymous donor through the Secret Santa program. Matthew was bedridden with an undiagnosed illness. Lt. Al Owens kept in touch with Matthew and supported him and his family with financial aid, respite car, and moral support. Matthew was eventually diagnosed with a rare inflammatory disorder, but that never slowed him down. He graduated this year from the Classical Academy and will be attending UCSD in the fall. His one request was the desire to get a driver’s license. One problem was that his family could not afford to convert the car to hand pedals and pay for the specialized driver’s training classes. That’s where the Police Athletic League (PAL) program stepped in and raised the funds needed. Matthew successfully passed his driver’s test on July 1 and proudly drove to the police station on the July 15. PAL surprised him that day with a scholarship that will help pay for books while in college. Congratulations Matthew on you achievements. You can see the full story as covered by Jeff Zevely from CBS News 8 on the Zevely Zone. https://www.cbs8.com/zevelyzone
Escondido Police Host Hiring Workshop
On July 18, the Escondido Police facilitated a hiring workshop focused on helping Escondido residents become police officers. They were given information on all aspects of the hiring process including, applications, written test, physical agility test, pre-investigative questionnaire, oral interviews, background investigation, polygraph, psychological evaluation, medical exam, job offer, and the police academy. They were given test prep material, practical application scenarios, tips on how to dress, etc. This was the first of these types of workshops designed to recruit local Escondido talent by helping them to successful join our police department.
Tip of the Week:
There are numerous types of scams where victims are contacted saying they won a large sum of money. The victims are then asked to provide a smaller amount of money up front that will then supposedly be refunded to them when they receive the larger sum of money. Most of these are fake lottery or sweep stakes scams and once the scammers get the money deposits from the victims, they are never heard from again. These schemes can be elaborate and often send fake letters or emails supposedly from the victims’ banks. Please be aware that these scams are out there. When in doubt, contact the police department before sending anyone money to make sure it’s not a scam.
FIRE DEPARTMENT UPDATES:
On Monday, July 13, the Escondido Fire Department responded with CAL FIRE to a vegetation fire in the area north of Safari Park and south of Rancho Vista Monte near Battleground Road. The first arriving Engine Captain reported a 1/4 acre vegetation fire burning in grass with no structures threatened. Escondido Fire and CAL FIRE ground resources quickly extinguished the fire and cancelled the air tanker and helicopter response. The cause of the fire was undetermined.
On Tuesday, July 14, Truck 131 led a training class for our firefighters which included orientation on our new battery powered extrication tools, also known as the “jaws of life”. This tool allows firefighters to operate at the scene of an extrication, without the need for a heavy power unit and hydraulic lines that are part of traditional extrication tools. The new tools make the task of cutting open a vehicle much more efficient and much safer.
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