Jury finds school shooter sane

VISTA — The man who shot at children on the playground at Kelly Elementary School in Carlsbad was found sane at the time of the shooting, the jury announced March 16. The verdict followed deliberation during the sanity phase of the two-part trial to determine whether the 42-year-old Oceanside man was insane while he committed […]

Questions over shooter’s sanity resume in court

VISTA — Several doctors testified in a Vista courtroom the week of March 5 that the man who was found guilty of firing a gun at kids at Kelly Elementary School in Carlsbad on Oct. 8, 2010, has a severe mental illness including delusions, as the sanity phase of the trial continues.

Jurors find O’Rourke guilty

VISTA – Jury deliberations in the case against Brendan O’Rourke, the lone gunman accused of shooting at kids at a Carlsbad elementary school in October 2010 took less than one hour Monday to result in a guilty verdict.

Trial begins in Carlsbad Elementary shooting

VISTA — The trial of 42-year-old Brendan Liam O’Rourke, a former Oceanside electrician accused of a school shooting at Carlsbad elementary in October 2010, injuring two students, began with four children taking the witness stand Monday.

Unidentified suspects sought for Vista burglary

Unidentified suspects sought for Vista burglary

VISTA — San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s Vista Station are asking for assistance from the public in identifying two suspects wanted for committing a commercial burglary in Vista.   Investigators said that sometime between Jan. 14, 2012 at 6:30 P.M. and Jan. 15, 2012 at 9:00 […]

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.

Salesman pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges

VISTA — A door-to-door salesman pleaded not guilty in court Dec. 29 to 14 charges that allege he bound and sexually assaulted two sisters at knifepoint after being let inside their Escondido home to show a demonstration of a cleaning solution. Joshua Thomas Nitkin, 21, who is 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighs 145 pounds, was said […]

Man pleads not guilty to murdering ex

VISTA — A Fallbrook man pleaded not guilty to murdering his ex-girlfriend the night before her 34th birthday as he faced a judge in a Vista courtroom at his arraignment Nov. 30. Michael David Robles, 43, is charged with first-degree murder and a special allegation charge of lying in wait for the alleged strangulation of […]

Legal synthetic drug use on the rise

VISTA — A male student at Rancho Buena Vista High School suffered serious seizures in the school bathroom and it was later determined that the “fake drug” Spice had caused the episode, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. “He just started seizing up and went into convulsions,” Vista Detective Earnell Sease said. He […]

Pharmacy robbery suspect in court

VISTA – Alan Buckley, 19, of Carlsbad pleaded not guilty Oct. 27 to charges that he entered several North County pharmacies, said he was armed with a gun and demanded pills. He also pleaded not guilty to the charge of attempted armed robbery of a man who had just used the ATM at a Chase […]