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October 4, 1996 | From a Times Staff Writer
Fire investigators said a buildup of natural gas caused the explosion and fireball that ripped through two businesses in downtown San Jacinto on Wednesday, critically burning one man but, amazingly, only slightly injuring two others. The explosion devastated a building that housed the San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce and radio station KWRP-FM, toppled the front wall of the structure onto the street and shoved an interior wall four feet into an adjoining dry-cleaning business.
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February 6, 2010 | By David Kelly
The pit bulls sprawled around the Riverside County Animal Control office this week were an unusually tranquil lot -- more fluffy the cat than hound from hell. Each had been sedated before its turn on the operating table to get fixed, part of an ambitious project aimed at putting a dent in their exploding population here. "We always knew we had a lot of pit bulls, but when we analyzed the data we saw that half our population was dominated by this breed," said Robert Miller, director of Riverside County Department of Animal Services.
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November 28, 1996 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a landmark verdict, a jury on Wednesday convicted a 40-year-old mother of second-degree murder for the deaths of three of her young children because they were killed when she was manufacturing methamphetamine. The precedent-setting verdict now allows prosecutors to bring second-degree murder charges when someone dies in the methamphetamine-making process, even if prosecutors cannot prove that the defendant knew the dangers involved, according to Riverside County Deputy Dist. Atty. John Davis.
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November 28, 1996 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a landmark verdict, a jury on Wednesday convicted a 40-year-old mother of second-degree murder for the deaths of three of her young children because they were killed when she was manufacturing methamphetamine. The precedent-setting verdict now allows prosecutors to bring second-degree murder charges when someone dies in the methamphetamine-making process, even if prosecutors cannot prove that the defendant knew the dangers involved, according to Riverside County Deputy Dist. Atty. John Davis.
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May 8, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An explosion ripped open a Bank of America night deposit box on East Palm Canyon Drive, littering the bank parking lot with an unknown amount of money and causing $100,000 damage but no injuries, authorities said. "The night deposit door was blown about 500 feet away and there was money scattered. It was a pretty powerful explosion," said Fred Reagan, spokesman for the Los Angeles FBI office. Authorities had not determined whether the explosion was part of a robbery attempt.
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September 15, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
One person was killed and five others were hospitalized after leaking natural gas caused an explosion Saturday at a 300-unit condominium complex, authorities said. The explosion, which leveled eight units, forced the evacuation of the complex for at least six hours while police, fire and Red Cross officials administered aid and searched for the source of the leak, said dispatcher Gary Robertson of the Riverside County Fire Department.
NEWS
November 26, 1996 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first case of its kind, jury deliberations began Monday in the trial of a mother accused of murdering three of her children because they perished in an inferno allegedly sparked when she was cooking methamphetamine.
NEWS
December 27, 1995 | SHAWN HUBLER and NIESON HIMMEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Three toddlers burned to death and three adults were seriously injured Tuesday when an explosion in an apparent methamphetamine lab blew up a trailer in the scrubby hills near Temecula, authorities said. Mark Lohman, an investigator with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, said the fire was reported at 3:29 p.m. Neighbors heard an explosion at the double-wide mobile home, set back on a dirt path off rural White Mountain Road in the tiny outpost of Aguanga, about 12 miles east of Temecula.
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December 28, 1995 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While drug agents sifted through the blackened and melted metal of a mobile home, Art Burnstad remained haunted by the sight of adults fleeing for their lives--and leaving three young children for the flames. The children's mother was screaming and "six or eight men were running away from the fire, and none of those guys were trying to get the kids out," Burnstad, who was first on the scene with his wife, said Wednesday. "When we went up to help, one of the guys yelled, 'Get out of here!
NEWS
July 23, 1987
A weapons fancier apparently took his own life early Wednesday by touching off a gas explosion that demolished his home and damaged nine others nearby, one of them severely, authorities said. Riverside Fire Department Capt. Ed Couchman said investigators believe that Russell Gurney, 42, had turned on gas lines in the kitchen and in the fireplace before the 12:47 a.m. explosion in the 6200 block of Stover Avenue in west Riverside. In addition, investigators found a .
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November 26, 1996 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first case of its kind, jury deliberations began Monday in the trial of a mother accused of murdering three of her children because they perished in an inferno allegedly sparked when she was cooking methamphetamine.
NEWS
October 4, 1996 | From a Times Staff Writer
Fire investigators said a buildup of natural gas caused the explosion and fireball that ripped through two businesses in downtown San Jacinto on Wednesday, critically burning one man but, amazingly, only slightly injuring two others. The explosion devastated a building that housed the San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce and radio station KWRP-FM, toppled the front wall of the structure onto the street and shoved an interior wall four feet into an adjoining dry-cleaning business.
NEWS
October 3, 1996
Three people were injured, one critically, in an explosion Wednesday at the San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce, the Riverside County Fire Department said. The blast caused major damage to the Chamber of Commerce, located in a strip mall, and a nearby radio station and blew out the windows of several cars parked across the street. The cause was under investigation. Radio station KWRP suffered the most damage, said Fire Department spokeswoman Joanne Evans.
NEWS
December 28, 1995 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While drug agents sifted through the blackened and melted metal of a mobile home, Art Burnstad remained haunted by the sight of adults fleeing for their lives--and leaving three young children for the flames. The children's mother was screaming and "six or eight men were running away from the fire, and none of those guys were trying to get the kids out," Burnstad, who was first on the scene with his wife, said Wednesday. "When we went up to help, one of the guys yelled, 'Get out of here!
NEWS
December 27, 1995 | SHAWN HUBLER and NIESON HIMMEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Three toddlers burned to death and three adults were seriously injured Tuesday when an explosion in an apparent methamphetamine lab blew up a trailer in the scrubby hills near Temecula, authorities said. Mark Lohman, an investigator with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, said the fire was reported at 3:29 p.m. Neighbors heard an explosion at the double-wide mobile home, set back on a dirt path off rural White Mountain Road in the tiny outpost of Aguanga, about 12 miles east of Temecula.
NEWS
September 15, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
One person was killed and five others were hospitalized after leaking natural gas caused an explosion Saturday at a 300-unit condominium complex, authorities said. The explosion, which leveled eight units, forced the evacuation of the complex for at least six hours while police, fire and Red Cross officials administered aid and searched for the source of the leak, said dispatcher Gary Robertson of the Riverside County Fire Department.
NEWS
October 3, 1996
Three people were injured, one critically, in an explosion Wednesday at the San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce, the Riverside County Fire Department said. The blast caused major damage to the Chamber of Commerce, located in a strip mall, and a nearby radio station and blew out the windows of several cars parked across the street. The cause was under investigation. Radio station KWRP suffered the most damage, said Fire Department spokeswoman Joanne Evans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2010 | By David Kelly
The pit bulls sprawled around the Riverside County Animal Control office this week were an unusually tranquil lot -- more fluffy the cat than hound from hell. Each had been sedated before its turn on the operating table to get fixed, part of an ambitious project aimed at putting a dent in their exploding population here. "We always knew we had a lot of pit bulls, but when we analyzed the data we saw that half our population was dominated by this breed," said Robert Miller, director of Riverside County Department of Animal Services.
NEWS
May 8, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An explosion ripped open a Bank of America night deposit box on East Palm Canyon Drive, littering the bank parking lot with an unknown amount of money and causing $100,000 damage but no injuries, authorities said. "The night deposit door was blown about 500 feet away and there was money scattered. It was a pretty powerful explosion," said Fred Reagan, spokesman for the Los Angeles FBI office. Authorities had not determined whether the explosion was part of a robbery attempt.
NEWS
July 23, 1987
A weapons fancier apparently took his own life early Wednesday by touching off a gas explosion that demolished his home and damaged nine others nearby, one of them severely, authorities said. Riverside Fire Department Capt. Ed Couchman said investigators believe that Russell Gurney, 42, had turned on gas lines in the kitchen and in the fireplace before the 12:47 a.m. explosion in the 6200 block of Stover Avenue in west Riverside. In addition, investigators found a .
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