Pala Rez Radio 91.3 FM Local and Regional Headlines 06/23/2016

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A fire that started in some trees in Escondido spread to a nearby apartment building early this morning.  It was reported just before 2a on the 900 block of South Hale Avenue.  Several residents were safely evacuated.  The fire caused significant structural damage and destroyed at least one vehicle.

Residents of Potrero were allowed back into their homes late yesterday as about 1,900 firefighters continue to battle the Border Fire which began late Sunday morning near Tecate Junction.  SDG&E said the power had been restored to most homes in the area by midday and the evac order was lifted for residents of Potrero as of 4p.  The fire is still a threat to Lake Morena Village and Campo.  Five homes have been destroyed along with 11 outbuildings.  The evacuation center is Los Coches Creek Middle School on Dunba Lane in El Cajon.  The Border Fire had burned 6,840 acres with 20% containment as of 7a this morning.  (source – Cal Fire media release)

A Temecula doctor was arrested Tuesday among 22 charged in a nationwide health fraud crackdown involving 301 defendants and $900m in false billings.  50-year old Dr. Doanld Woo Lee was arrested Tuesday on seven counts of health care fraud.  He’s accused of fraudulently billing Medicare for almost $12.5m in unnecessary procedures at his clinics in Temecula and Mira Loma.  Lee is still facing charges two years ago on grand theft and money laundering, also involving Prime Partners Medical Group in Temecula.

Lake Elsinore Mayor Brian Tisdale is taking a leave of absence following his arrest Monday on charges of domestic violence.  Tisdale issued a public apology “to all of those who have, or will be impacted, particularly my children” and then announced his leave from the city office and his word with County Third District Supervisor Chuck Washington.  Few details of Monday’s incident have been released.  Tisdale is currently out on bail.

Three San Marcos sex traffickers pleaded not guilty to multiple felony counts in San Diego Superior Court this week.  Tyrone Evans, Lila Lefors, and Natasha McElrath were arrested last Friday as part of the second successful investigation this month by the county’s Human Trafficking Task Force.  Deputy DA Summer Stephan described Evans as the mastermind of “Operation Hotel Tango” and McElrath as an insider working in the hotel industry.  The operation moved drugs and forced women in their 20s and 30s into prostitution.  Authorities believe there are dozens of victims in seven states.   Evans faces over 29 years in prison if convicted on 22 felony counts.  Lefors and McElrath were each charged with six counts and face 24 years and eight months if convicted.

The City of Murrieta is having a 25th birthday party this Saturday at California Oaks Sports Park.  It beings at 2p with a kids zone and food vendors.  There’ll be a Firemans’ Hosedown at 4p and two live bands beginning at 5p, ending with fireworks at 9p.  Murrieta is named for two brothers who brought a flock of 100k sheep to the valley in 1873.  It became a city in 1991 with about 24k residents.  It’s now about five times that size.