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Temecula Man Jailed on Suspicion of Vandalizing Campaign Signs

Leland Barrett Mark, 67, was tracked down by Temecula police Tuesday after a witness allegedly saw him pulling out and damaging campaign signs near an intersection.

A Temecula man was jailed Tuesday on suspicion of vandalizing several campaign signs, which is chargeable as a misdemeanor, police said.

A witness told police they saw the man, later identified as Leland Barrett Mark, 67, pulling down and damaging multiple signs Tuesday morning at Jedediah Smith Road and Temecula Parkway, Temecula police Sgt. Jon Wade said in a news release.

The witness—whom Patch learned was Ernie White, husband of Temecula city council candidate Jamie White—took photos of Mark that were turned over to police.

The witness then followed Mark as he ran off, Wade said, and confronted him.

A verbal altercation ensued, according to the sergeant.

The incident was reported to police, who later found Mark in the 41000 block of Moreno Road, Wade said.

Mark was identified by the witness and placed under arrest on suspicion of vandalizing political signage and challenging another to fight in public—both misdemeanors.

Mark was booked at Southwest Detention Center, according to jail records, but has since been released after posting $2,500 bail.

"The Temecula Police Department would like to remind all citizens that the taking or damaging of political signs is a violation of the law," Wade said. "Anyone apprehended after the unlawful taking or damaging of political signage is subject to arrest and prosecution."

Anyone with information regarding the incident was encouraged to contact the Temecula Police Department at 951-696-3000.

The Patriot November 02, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Did anyone notice that this Joe Obama garbage started after this sign pirate Leland was released from jail? Naggar thugs,this one got caught. Shame on you Naggar. Take a hike Mike!
Rick Jones November 02, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Take a Hike Mike! Take a Hike Mike! Take a Hike Mike! Take a Hike Mike!
Jim November 04, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Tueday, we get to make a change in our country and in our city. Lets vote all of these mean thugs out of office.
sam November 06, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Temecula is not the only city with corrupt City Councils. Randon Lane the RINO has stupped to threatening those that oppose him. Nice example of someone we want to put our trust in. Randon supports Agenda 21 and the $500.00 ticken Red Light Cameras and he doesn't even now the facts. Do not vote this fraud back in. Thiis Political System is full of crap and corruption, no wonder the citizens are sick of these idiots that do nothing but lie, cheat the citizens and are doing everything to take away our properties at every chance they get. They all support Agenda 21. Get educated people and fight for your freedoms and rights and defeat Agenda 21 and anyone that supports it.
Diana Serafin November 06, 2012 at 12:43 AM
@Sam. You ought to postthe above on the Murrieta Patch under the article http://murrieta.patch.com/blog_posts/murrieta-red-light-cameras

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