Author Archive for Shelli DeRobertis

Henderson receives 80-years to-life for murder of wife

VISTA – Dontaye Henderson, 29, of Oceanside, received a punishment of 80-years-to life in prison for the murder of his wife Tamara Henderson on New Year’s Day 2011, and the judge said that he wasn’t entitled to any good conduct credits before he is eligible for parole.

Police awards honor Carlsbad’s finest

Police awards honor Carlsbad’s finest

CARLSBAD — Driving more than 750,000 miles without even a fender-bender mishap, dealing with grumpy people and fake IDs, performing life-saving techniques on strangers, pulling drunk drivers off of the streets, arresting burglars, vandals and scam artists and solving a murder mystery after nearly a decade are some of the things the city’s police department […]

SDG&E requires tree to come down for safety

SDG&E requires tree to come down for safety

ENCINITAS — A large palm tree that hovered near rows of electrical wires was chopped to a tall stump, and instead of providing shade and nurturing birds with its fruit, it may soon guard the door of a beach cottage as an artist is being sought to carve it into a Moai tiki head.Ann Knight’s […]

Retailers warned of ban on sale of drugs disguised as incense, bath salts

SAN DIEGO — Warning letters are being sent to nearly 100 businesses by the county district attorney and sheriff after both agencies announced Jan. 31 enforcement of the new law banning the sale of the dangerous designer drug “bath salts.”

Missing teen found unharmed

Missing teen found unharmed

CARLSBAD — Carlsbad Police announced a missing teen was found unharmed in Temecula on Jan. 25 after a three-week disappearance that resulted in a police tipline being activated and a desperate plea by her family for the public’s help in finding her. Christine Jelinek was reported missing on Jan. 4 after her mother called police […]

Woman pleads guilty to fatal DUI collision with bicyclist

VISTA — A Carlsbad woman in her early 20s pleaded guilty on Jan. 12 to driving drunk and causing the death of a cyclist who was riding his bike to a nearby hotel where he worked.

Palm Springs woman pleads guilty

VISTA — A woman who had alcohol and drugs in her system when she plowed head-on into a car and killed two married couples near Pala Casino pleaded guilty Jan. 17 to a DUI causing injury and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Man found guilty of fatally shooting his wife

Man found guilty of fatally shooting his wife

VISTA — A jury deliberated for one day before reaching a guilty verdict Jan. 24 for Dontaye Henderson for the first-degree murder of his wife. The fatal shooting took place on New Year’s Day 2011 while the family was getting ready for church at their Oceanside apartment. Henderson, 29, was also found guilty of being […]

Body found at pier identified

OCEANSIDE — The body of a man who was discovered near the Oceanside Pier last weekend was identified Jan. 12. At approximately 1 a.m. Jan. 8, a person passing by the 100 block of North The Strand found the decedent, Thomas Edwin White, 44. “A 911 call was placed. Officers arrived, pulled him out of […]

FBI joins search for missing Carlsbad teen

FBI joins search for missing Carlsbad teen

CARLSBAD — A missing teenage girl who hasn’t been seen or heard from since Jan. 4 has prompted a federal investigation and tip line for anyone with any information on the 17-year-old who was last seen publicly with an older, unidentified man at a San Marcos restaurant.