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AMBER ALERT ISSUED - CHILDREN RETURNED

July 28, 2015 

In an incident which began July 27, 2015 at 4:03 p.m. with the possible abduction of two young children, the Oceanside Police Department is very pleased to announce the incident has culminated peacefully with the return of both children and the arrest of the suspect.

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MOTORCYCLE THEFT AWARENESS

July 15, 2015 

Motorcycle thefts in San Diego County have been up for the past several years. In Oceanside the Oceanside Police Department has noticed a surge in motorcycle thefts in the last month.

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COFFEE WITH A COP

July 14, 2015 

On July 23, 2015, officers from Oceanside Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

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RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY SERIES STOPPED

July 8, 2015 

On July 7, 2015 at 4:13 p.m. Oceanside Police Department Communications Center began receiving phone calls regarding several residential burglaries in the eastern area of the city near North Santa Fe Avenue and Melrose Drive.

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FOURTH OF JULY IN OCEANSIDE

June 25, 2015 

The Oceanside Police Department wishes a happy, safe and sane Fourth of July to everyone. As in years past, members of the Oceanside Police Department will be out in full force throughout the city and particularly in the Harbor and at the beach for the entire day.

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Arrest of Dennis Lam and Ana Molina

June 13, 2015 

The Oceanside Police Department can now confirm that Dennis Lam, who was identified as the person who fired shots inside the Oceanside Target store yesterday afternoon, has been apprehended following a pursuit and subsequent carjacking by the California Highway Patrol in Orange County.

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SHOOTING INSIDE TARGET STORE

June 11, 2015 

Today at 1:10 p.m. Oceanside Police dispatchers began receiving many 911 phone calls reporting shots fired inside the Target Store at 2255 Vista Way. First arriving units were advised the suspects fled in a newer model BMW. Officers entered and cleared the store and checked for any injured people.

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COFFEE WITH A COP

June 11, 2015 

On June 18, 2015, officers from Oceanside Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

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SUMMER IS HERE

June 4, 2015 

It's that time of year again. The weather is warmer and everyone want s to enjoy it. It's one of the biggest benefits to living in San Diego County. However, recently there has been a rise in thefts reported from vehicles in Oceanside.

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ARREST IN MUSTAFA GORDON HOMICIDE

May 22, 2015 

Multiple search warrants were served at locations in the City of Oceanside this morning. The warrants were served attempting to locate evidence from the Mustafa Gordon homicide, which occurred February 16, 2015 at Buddy Todd Park.

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COFFEE WITH A COP

May 22, 2015 

On May 28, 2015, officers from Oceanside Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend.

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HOMICIDE SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

April 27, 2015 

On April 24, 2015 at 9:26 p.m. Oceanside Police Department dispatchers received a 911 call regarding a person covered in blood at 1435 Santa Rosa Street. The caller identified herself as a babysitter for the residents at the address. She told the dispatcher she saw one person covered in blood and another person down in the garage. She thought two young children might still be in the house.

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COFFEE WITH A COP

April 27, 2015 

On April 29, 2015, officers from Oceanside Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

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MISSING AT RISK JUVENILE

April 16, 2015 

Summary: On 04/15/2015 Haile Hopkins left her home on Greenbrier Drive, Oceanside. She was seen in the area of the Oceanside Pier at around 4:30 pm. Haile has not returned home and has some concerning health issues which require scheduled treatment. The Oceanside Police Department is asking for the communities help in locating Haile Hopkins in an effort to get her home safely. There is no information at this time to suggest suspicious circumstances are involved.

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ARREST MADE IN ARSON HOMICIDE

April 2, 2015 

On February 22, 2015 Oceanside Police officers and Oceanside Fire Department personnel responded to a structure fire at the Lamplighter Mobile Home Park at 4660 North River Road. First responders arrived and found the home fully engulfed.

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Silence the Distractions

April 1, 2015 

Oceanside, CA – To save lives and educate all Californians, especially young drivers, about the dangers of distracted driving, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), California Highway Patrol (CHP), Impact Teen Drivers, and more than 200 law enforcement agencies statewide are working together on increased education and enforcement efforts for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April and California Teen Safe Driving Week, the first week of April.

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SHOOTING INVESTIGATION

April 1, 2015 

On April 1, 2015 at 2:09 p.m. Oceanside Police Department dispatchers received a 911 call regarding possible shots fired inside a residence at 4215 Vista del Rio Way # 6 in Oceanside. The reporting party said he thought he saw blood coming from under a doorway.

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USE OF RESTRAINT LEADS TO SAFE ARREST

March 31, 2015 

On March 30, 2015 at 4:26 p.m. Oceanside Police officers contacted a person (later identified as Edward Nett; DOB May 9, 1966) loitering to the rear of a business at 1767 South Oceanside Boulevard. During the contact the officers told him the area was posted "no loitering" and he would be free to leave pending a records check.

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SUSPECT ATTACKS OFFICERS

March 31, 2015 

On March 30, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. Derrick Anders called and requested medical assistance. He told Oceanside Police Dispatchers he was at San Diego Street and Bush Street. Oceanside Fire personnel responded. Oceanside Police officers responded to assist.

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POLICE OFFICER INJURED IN COLLISION

March 23, 2015 

On March 23, 2015 at 7:27 a.m. Oceanside Police officers were responding to a traffic collision in the area of SR 76 and Benet Road. While responding one of the motorcycle officers and an uninvolved vehicle collided with one another.

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POLICE OFFICER ASSAULTED

March 21, 2015 

On March 21, 2015, at 6:42 a.m. Oceanside Police Officer Shannon Payfer contacted a person, who was sleeping on the beach near Surfrider and The Strand. Officer Payfer woke the person (later identified as Alan Wayne Croghan, DOB May 24, 1956, of Beaverton, OR) and asked him for identification.

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AUTO THEFT ARREST LEADS TO STOLEN PROPERTY

March 19, 2015 

This morning the Regional Auto Theft Task Force (RATT) conducted surveillance of a stolen Toyota Tacoma pickup at the Sprinter station located at Crouch Street and Oceanside Boulevard. Detectives in the Investigations Division of the Oceanside Police Department were previously aware of a possible series of vehicle burglaries in which a silver Toyota Tacoma was involved.

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COFFEE WITH A COP MARCH 24, 2015

March 16, 2015 

On March 24, 2015, officers from Oceanside Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

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HIT AND RUN DRIVER ARRESTED

March 9, 2015 

On March 7, 2015 Oceanside Police Dispatch received numerous calls regarding a traffic collision near South Coast Highway and Missouri Avenue. Callers said a motorcyclist was down in the roadway and the driver of a white Mercedes had fled the scene in the vehicle.

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SECOND ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF LIFE EVENT AT LIBBY LAKE PARK

March 5, 2015 

On Friday March 13, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. members of several departments within the City of Oceanside as well as a number of community groups will meet at Libby Lake Community Park in Oceanside for the second annual Celebration of Life event. The Celebration of Life is an event the City of Oceanside's Neighborhood Services Dept., Oceanside Police Dept., Vista Community Clinic’s Project REACH Youth Development Program and various additional other organizations and colleges partner together to support. All of these groups support the Libby Lake Community in remembering the Victims of Violence while celebrating the lives of the youth and families that have survived the violence and continue to live in the Libby Lake Community.

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HOMICIDE VICTIM IDENTIFIED

February 16, 2015 

On February 16, 2015 at 5:44 a.m. officers of the Oceanside Police Department responded to a report of a person down at Buddy Todd Park - 2800 Mesa Drive. Officers arrived and located a person who was deceased in the northern edge of the park.

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OPD SENIOR VOLUNTEERS TO THE RESCUE

February 13, 2015 

On February 6, 2015 Oceanside Police Department Senior Volunteer Patrol Program (SVPP) members Francesca Johnson and Melody Burch went to an address in the 4500 block of Golden Ridge in the city of Oceanside to conduct a YANA (You Are Not Alone) check on an elderly resident.

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IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE....

February 5, 2015 

You answer the phone and you hear great news. You never would have believed this could happen to you. It’s the Publisher’s Clearing House (PCH). They have called you and told you that you have won $100,000.00. The caller introduces himself as Lieutenant Aaron Doyle of the Oceanside Police Department. All you need to do to claim your prize is to send them a $1,000.00 processing fee in order to allow the check to be cleared in Mexico. What do you do? You look on the web site for the Oceanside Police Department and you see a picture of Lieutenant Aaron Doyle. However, it is a SCAM!

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PUBLIC SAFETY NIGHT AT SUNSET MARKET

February 3, 2015 

Main Street Oceanside will once again host its annual Public Safety Night on Thursday February 5, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Once again the Oceanside Police Department, Oceanside Lifeguards, and the Oceanside Fire Department will participate.

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STABBING AT TREMONT AND EUCALYPTUS

January 30, 2015 

On January 30, 2015 at 12:39 a.m. officers of the Oceanside Police Department responded to a stabbing at S. Tremont Street and Eucalyptus Street. Upon arrival they located two victims, a 29 year old male and a 25 year old male. The 29 year old male suffered a stab wound in the abdomen and a broken left arm. The 25 year old male suffered blunt force trauma to the head and a laceration on the side of his head. Both were flown to Scripps La Jolla and both are San Marcos residents.

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ONE IN CUSTODY FOR MANUFACTURING METHAMPHETAMINE

January 30, 2015 

On January 29, 2015 Oceanside Police Department’s S.W.A.T., Special Enforcement Section and the Narcotics Task Force executed a Search Warrant in the 600 block of Sleeping Indian. The property is approximately 17 acres and consists of numerous RV type trailers, shacks and outbuildings.

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TRAFFIC SAFETY IN 2015

January 30, 2015 

As we enter into the New Year, The Oceanside Police Department wants to remind you to be safe and courteous on the road. Here are some good reasons to slow down, wear your seatbelt, and drive distraction free:

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Traffic Safety in 2015

January 29, 2015 

As we enter into the New Year, The Oceanside Police Department wants to remind you to be safe and courteous on the road. Here are some good reasons to slow down, wear your seatbelt, and drive distraction free:

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ARREST MADE IN DEATH OF MARK GIRARD, JR

January 19, 2015 

On December 28, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Oceanside Police officers responded to an apartment in the 500 block of Sportfisher Drive regarding 27 year old Mark Girard, Jr. not breathing. Officers arrived and found Girard unconscious.

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BOMB THREAT AT OCEANSIDE HIGH

January 14, 2015 

On January 14, 2015 at 1:53 p.m. a staff member at Oceanside High School received a phone call indicating a threat to the school. The voice seemed to be automated and computer generated. The voice essentially said a truck loaded with explosives was going to drive into their building. The caller did not mention the high school or anyone by name.

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MOTORCYCLE FATALITY

December 30, 2014 

Officers responded to a serious injury traffic collision at North River Road and Festival Drive. A motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

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NOT THE USUAL SUSPECTS

December 23, 2014 

On December 22, 2014 officers of the Oceanside Police Department’s Neighborhood Policing Team developed information regarding a potential pending residential burglary on Lookout Court in the City of Oceanside. The officers responded to the shopping center at Lake Boulevard and Cannon Road. At that location they found the reporting party already engaged in conversation with the persons who were intent on committing the burglary.

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EIGHTH ANNUAL DAN BESSANT MEMORIAL RUN

December 22, 2014 

On December 20, 2014 the Oceanside Police Department will be conducting its Eighth Annual Dan Bessant memorial Run. The run is conducted in honor of slain Oceanside Police Officer Dan Bessant. Dan grew up and went to school in Oceanside. He became a cadet for the Oceanside Police Department and then a police officer. Dan worked in the Neighborhood Policing Unit and worked within the community of Oceanside to make a difference.

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Infant Homicide Arrest

December 12, 2014 

On 12/12/14 at approximately 5:25 a.m. Oceanside Police Officers responded to the Naval Hospital on Camp Pendleton to conduct an investigation of a suspicious circumstance involving a 7 month old infant who was brought in for a medical emergency.

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DUI Holiday Crackdown

December 10, 2014 

Oceanside CA— This time of year, with all the holiday office parties and festive occasions with friends and families, many partygoers will be drinking. If you’re celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, OceansidePolice Departmenthas a message for you: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

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Motorcyclist Dies in Traffic Collision

September 13, 2014 
Oceanside, CA – On Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 0735 hours, the Oceanside Police Department received calls of a collision involving a motorcycle and an agricultural truck on North River Road west of Holly Ln. Further information indicated the motorcyclist, a 23 year old male, was not breathing.
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DUI/DL Checkpoint Scheduled

September 10, 2014 
Oceanside, CA – Oceanside Police Department’s Traffic Services Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, September 12, 2014, at undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
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Public Service Announcement - IRS Sppofing Scam

September 10, 2014 
Your telephone rings. You answer it. “Hello,” the caller begins. “This is agent John Adams from the Internal Revenue Service.” If that did not stop your heart, the next line does. “An audit of your account shows you owe the federal government back taxes in the amount of several thousand dollars.” This is a particularly pernicious and malicious phone scam going on throughout the country. It has recently come to Oceanside as well.
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Follow-Up to Stabbing Investigation

September 4, 2014 
On September 4, 2014 at 9:20 a.m. San Diego County Sheriff’s Office deputies were flagged down near the Sprinter Station in downtown Oceanside. The deputies were working a rail enforcement detail. The deputies contacted dispatchers from the Oceanside Police Department and told them they had detained two people possibly related to a stabbing from the night before.
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COMMERCIAL BURGLARY AT 1002 MISSION AVENUE

August 28, 2014 
On August 28, 2014 at 7:04 a.m. the Oceanside Police Department received a call regarding an alarm activation at the Radio Shack at 1020 Mission Avenue. The first officer on scene saw displaced roof tiles and called for additional officers. The Radio Shack shares a business wing with Daniel’s Jewelers and Galaxy Shoes.
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Tagger ID Requested

August 13, 2014 
On July 19, 2014 Oceanside Police officers responded to an address in the 3800 block of Rosemary Way regarding vandalism. This area is a senior community located near El Camino High School. The investigation revealed that on July 18, 2014 at 11:43 p.m. three people vandalized three American flags. The vandals also damaged other private and public property at separate addresses. The locations were in the 3800 block of Rosemary Way and the 3800 block of Mesa Drive.
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Fourth of July in Oceanside

June 25, 2014 
The Oceanside Police Department wishes a happy, safe and sane Fourth of July to everyone. As in years past, members of the Oceanside Police Department will be out in full force throughout the city and particularly in the Harbor and at the beach for the entire day.
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Summer Fun in the Sun

June 23, 2014 
It's that time of year again. Everyone wants to go to the beach to enjoy the sun, sand and surf. It's one of the biggest benefits to living in San Diego County. The Oceanside Police Department wants everyone to enjoy their time at any of the beaches in our county. We want to take this opportunity to remind everyone what they can do to have a safe day at the beach, and protect their personal belongings.
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DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint

June 4, 2014 
Oceanside, CA – Oceanside Police Department’s Traffic Services Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, June 6, 2014, at undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
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Tagging Arrest

June 2, 2014 
On May 29, 2014, Oceanside Police officers conducted a fourth waiver (probation) check at a residence in the 5100 block of Barry Street. The officers were conducting a follow up investigation related to a series of graffiti/vandalism incidents.
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Click It or Ticket

May 21, 2014 
The Oceanside Police Department wants to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. In order to enforce this reminder, beginning Monday, May 19th, officers will be joining in the 2014 national seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted.
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Fatal Hit and Run

May 21, 2014 
On Friday May 16, 2014, at 2340 hours, the Oceanside Police Department responded to calls of a serious injury collision involving a vehicle and pedestrian on Buena Street and Santa Barbara Street.
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City of Oceanside Fire Update

May 16, 2014 
Currently, there are no fires within the City of Oceanside city boundary.

The Las Pulgas Fire on Camp Pendleton is what residents are seeing to the north of Oceanside. The Oceanside Fire Chief is in continuous communication with Camp Pendleton Fire. There is no immediate threat to Oceanside residents. The Las Pulgas Fire is several miles north of Oceanside and is north of Vandegrift Blvd on base.
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City of Oceanside Fire Update

May 16, 2014 
Currently, there are no fires within the City of Oceanside city boundary. The River Fire is 100 percent contained and it poses no threat to structures. A containment line has been established and the few remaining hot spots are being addressed by Oceanside Fire Department units. All mutual aid companies have been released.
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Oceanside - Motel Fire

May 15, 2014 
A motel fire occurred this morning at 888 N. Coast Highway in Oceanside. Response to the fire included Oceanside Fire, Oceanside Police Department and Camp Pendleton Fire. The fire displaced 87 adults and 22 children, mostly evacuees from other area fires. The evacuees are temporarily relocated while it is determined whether the motel guests can return to the rooms. At least one wing of the motel will not have access.
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Oceanside Urges Residents to be Cautious

May 15, 2014 
The City of Oceanside urges residents to be extra cautious during the extreme weather conditions. There is currently a Red Flag warning issued by the National Weather Service which requires residents to refrain from open fires. Oceanside urges residents to be extra cautious and also refrain from use of barbecues or anything that could potentially cause a spark. There is an extremely high fire danger continuing for the next few days.
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EVACUATION DUE TO FIRE

May 14, 2014 
Today at 1:30 pm a brush fire broke out in the San Luis Rey River riverbed east of College Boulevard. Units from Oceanside Fire and Oceanside Police responded to the area. The brush fire spread quickly.
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Officer Involved Shooting - Harbor

April 7, 2014 
This morning at 9:10 hours Oceanside Police Department dispatchers received a call to check a sleeper in the 1300 block of Harbor Drive North. At the same time an Oceanside Police officer working in the Oceanside Harbor was flagged by a resident of the harbor area and asked to check on the same person.
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Traffic Safety Appeal

February 27, 2014 
We are asking members of our community to use these tragic and unnecessary events as an opportunity to remind themselves and their loved ones of their obligations to be safe and cautious along our roadways.
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One Arrested at DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint

September 16, 2013 
Oceanside Police Department’s Traffic Services Unit conducted a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, September 13, 2013, on Oceanside Bl. west of Rancho Del Oro between the hours of 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Officers contacted 361 drivers during the checkpoint, and arrested one driver for driving under the influence of alcohol. Eleven other drivers were determined to be currently unlicensed, while two others had suspended drivers’ licenses. A total of 18 citations were issued, and nine vehicles were towed.
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Three Arrested at DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint

September 3, 2013 
Oceanside Police Department’s Traffic Services Unit conducted a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, August 30, 2013, on Coast Hwy. south of Eaton St. between the hours of 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Officers contacted 318 drivers during the checkpoint, and arrested three drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol. Eight other drivers were determined to be currently unlicensed. A total of 18 citations were issued.
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Two Arrested at DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint

August 5, 2013 
Oceanside Police Department’s Traffic Services Unit conducted a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, August 2, 2013, on Mission Avenue at Clementine Street between the hours of 9:20 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Officers contacted 330 drivers during the checkpoint, and arrested two drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol. 14 other drivers were determined to be currently unlicensed, and three more drivers had suspended drivers’ licenses. A total of 23 citations were issued.
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Two Arrested at DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint

June 19, 2013 
Oceanside Police Department’s Traffic Services Unit conducted a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, June 15, 2013, on College Bl. at Adams St. between the hours of 9:20 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Officers contacted 643 drivers during the checkpoint, and arrested two drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol. Nine other drivers were determined to be currently unlicensed, and one more driver had a suspended driver’s license. A total of 14 citations were issued.
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One Arrested at DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint

May 29, 2013 
Oceanside Police Department’s Traffic Services Unit conducted a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, May 25, 2013, on Oceanside Blvd. at Vine St. between the hours of 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Officers contacted 462 drivers during the checkpoint, and arrested one driver for driving under the influence of alcohol.
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Gun Buy Back Event

May 16, 2013 
The Oceanside Police Department is partnering with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and other local law enforcement agencies in hosting a Guns for Gift Cards event in the North County. The event will be held at the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station, 182 Santar Place, San Marcos on Saturday, May 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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