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June 10, 2008 | Monte Morin
Health officials have collected mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus in Hemet and Murrieta, and in the Lake Skinner and Nuevo areas -- the second time infected mosquitoes have been found this year in Riverside County, according to health officials. The mosquitoes were found during routine surveillance by the county Department of Environmental Health's vector-control staff. The California Department of Public Health confirmed the presence of the virus Friday. No cases of West Nile virus among humans have been reported in 2008.
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April 18, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Before the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicked off on Friday, Indio police were investigating a death connected to last weekend's festivities. The Riverside County sheriff-coroner called it the result of an apparent drug or alcohol overdose. A 24-year-old woman in Indio at last weekend's festival died Thursday, the Riverside County sheriff-coroner said Friday morning. Kimchi Truong of Oakland collapsed while attending Coachella on Saturday and was taken to JFK Memorial Hospital in Indio.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1985
A man was in County Jail Monday after he allegedly stabbed and severely beat his 62-year-old mother in their Norco home, a Riverside County sheriff's spokesman said. Samuel S. Caterisano, 31, was booked Sunday into Riverside County Jail on a charge of attempted murder with great bodily injury, said Deputy Carl Allen. Caterisano was held in lieu of $100,000 bail. His mother, Esther Glass, was listed in guarded condition at Corona Community Hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Corona police Tuesday night were looking for a man armed with a knife who sexually assaulted a 34-year-old woman. The assault took place April 4 as the woman was getting out her car at a Walmart store in 400 block of North McKinley Avenue, the Corona Police Department said. The man approached the woman, asking for spare change. When the victim reached into her car, police said, the suspect brandished a knife and forced the woman to drive to a secluded area in Riverside County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2006 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Bernard J. Schwartz was censured Thursday by the state Commission on Judicial Performance for statements he made to police during his arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol last year in Pismo Beach. The director of the commission said censure was the panel's most serious punishment short of being removed from the bench. Schwartz, 45, can continue to preside over criminal hearings.
NEWS
October 16, 2013 | By Ken Schwencke
A shallow, magnitude-3.0 earthquake was reported Wednesday morning in Riverside County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:43 a.m. PDT at a depth of 9.9 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was four miles from Idyllwild-Pine Cove, 11 miles from Valle Vista, 13 miles from East Hemet and 14 miles from Palm Springs. In the past 10 days, there have been five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2012 | By Phil Willon and Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
A fast-moving wildfire stoked by triple-digit temperatures burned 3,000 acres Tuesday in the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains, creeping perilously close to tinder-dry areas of the San Bernardino National Forest, officials said. At least four structures, including one home, were destroyed by the blaze, which spread rapidly through dry brush and grasslands in a sparsely populated area south of Hemet and east of Temecula. The fire, just 5% contained as of Tuesday evening, was spreading rapidly through the rocky hills and desert scrub, and was within a mile of forest lands west of Anza, where drought has heightened fire danger all summer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A motorcyclist in Riverside County collided with a donkey Monday night, killing it, authorities said. The 35-year-old rider from Moreno Valley was traveling northbound on Reche Canyon Road around 8:45 p.m. when at least one donkey walked out onto the pavement. The motorcyclist, who was going about 60 mph, wasn't able to brake fast enough and the two collided, according to Travis Monks, a spokesman for the Riverside County California Highway Patrol. The collision happened north of Stewart Road, an area where packs of wild donkeys live.  "There was more than one on the road," Monks said about the donkeys that night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2013 | By a Times Staff Writer
A new, fast-moving brush fire broke out Wednesday south of Banning, prompting the closure of State Highway 243. The Silver Fire has burned 500 acres so far. Authorities said it was threatening several homes. According to CalFire, the blaze was burning at Poppet Flats Road near Hwy. 243. Here are photos from social media:   Why do I live in California? #SilverFire pic.twitter.com/7Vt7YXbXEx - Karrin Akisha (@Karrin_Akisha) August 7, 2013 Another #fire in #Banning . View from our house in the #Sundance community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A fast-moving fire in Riverside County grew to 5,000 acres Wednesday and destroyed an undetermined number of homes and buildings. The Silver fire forced the closure of Highway 243 and was burning in and around the communities of Poppet Flats, Twin Pines and Silent Valley, where authorities had issued mandatory evacuation orders within the last hour. TV footage showed numerous buildings fully involved, but there was no immediate tally. The fire was 0% contained. CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant said incident commanders had a “significant number of fire engines that are assigned to structure defense.” The fire was reported shortly after 2 p.m. and had consumed 300 acres by 4 p.m. An evacuation center has been opened at Hemet High School, 41701 E Stetson Ave., in Hemet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
A SWAT team used tear gas and a K-9 unit to end an hours-long standoff Saturday wi th a shooting suspect who had barricaded himself in a parked vehicle at a Hawaiian Gardens supermarket, according to a release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Authorities believe the man shot the mother of his two children at least six times with a small-caliber handgun about 12:30 a.m. in Riverside. He fled after taking her to a hospital, authorities said. The standoff began about 7 a.m. after deputies chased the man to a strip mall near Norwalk Boulevard and Carson Street in Hawaiian Gardens, authorities said.
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March 19, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer, This post has been updated as indicated below.
An Ohio attorney whose body was found in a Palm Springs hotel room in November died of carbon monoxide poisoning, the Riverside County coroner's office said Wednesday. The Palm Springs Police Department has been investigating the death and will present its findings to the Riverside County district attorney's office for possible criminal charges, said Palm Springs Police Lt. Mitch Spike. Mark Walter Ruf, 48, was found dead on the floor of his room at the Curve Palm Springs Hotel & Resort on Nov. 13. Ruf's family had notified Palm Springs police after he failed to return from a vacation as scheduled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Anh Do
A man known as the "Snowboarder Bandit" was sentenced Friday to two years in state prison for robbing nine Orange County banks -- adding to the time he received last month of seven years and eight months in Riverside County. Michael Brandon Franks of Riverside will serve the terms consecutively. He pleaded guilty last year in Orange County to a court offer to 10 felony counts of second-degree robbery and two felony counts of attempted second-degree robbery. Then in February, Franks, 31, also pleaded guilty in Riverside County to four felony counts of burglary, three felony counts of robbery and two felony counts of attempted robbery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Frank Shyong, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
Authorities charged two men Wednesday with the 2006 murders of three people discovered shot to death in a burning house in Riverside County. A grand jury indicted Cristin Conrad Smith, 25, and Robert Lars Pape, 25, on three counts of murder each, said John Hall, spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney's office. Smith and Pape were arrested Tuesday afternoon and are being held without bail at Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside. Prosecutors believe Smith and Pape killed Becky Friedli; her mother, Vicki; and Vicki's boyfriend, Jon Hayward, nearly eight years ago. The three victims were found shot to death in the Friedli's home in the Pinyon Pines community south of Palm Desert.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Nearly 200,000 people have signed up for Obamacare coverage in L.A. County, new state data show. To put that in a national perspective, if the Los Angeles area were a state, it would have the fifth-highest enrollment in the country. It would trail only the rest of California, Florida, New York and Texas. L.A. County had 198,158 enrollees through the end of January. In comparison, Texas posted a total of 207,524. Full coverage: Obamacare takes effect Among other states, Pennsylvania had enrollment of 123,681 through January, and Washington reported 88,945, according to federal data.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 5-year-old boy was reportedly killed by accidental gunfire in Riverside County on Tuesday, authorities said. The Perris Police Department was called to the 31000 block of Wolfskill Avenue just after 5:20 p.m. At the scene, detectives were interviewing family members to determine the cause of the shooting and how the boy may have died, according to a series of Twitter messages issued by Riverside County Sheriff's Department spokesman Deputy...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Riverside County supervisors are considering an ordinance that would require pit bulls not owned by certain groups to be sterilized in all unincorporated cities. The ordinance - which would affect pit bulls older than 4 months if they are not owned by licensed breeders, law enforcement or people who need them for assistance - was initially approved 5 to 0 Tuesday with a second reading scheduled for next month. Dogs in special training would also receive an exemption. Supervisor Jeff Stone said the law was particularly relevant given recent headlines on pit bull attacks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Pit bull advocates on Tuesday derided a new ordinance requiring that pit bulls be spayed or neutered in unincorporated parts of the Riverside County. Officials said the move was an attempt to reduce the number of pit bull-breed dogs euthanized by county shelters but also to stem a threat to public safety highlighted by recent attacks. Speakers became emotional as they stood before the Riverside County supervisors Tuesday, telling them about their encounters - both positive and negative - with pit bulls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Selling Girl Scout cookies can teach a children about hard work, fundraising and the best ways to get customers to buys Samoas, Thin Mints and Do-si-dos. Riverside County authorities say there is another lesson: Beware of fake money. In late February, police officers in Lake Elsinore were called to the area near Lakeshore and Riverside drives about at least one person suspected of buying cookies with counterfeit currency. Authorities say surveillance video captured a "person of interest," and investigators are hoping the public can help identify the woman on camera.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court upheld a death sentence Monday for a man who was forced to wear a stun belt during his trial, rejecting arguments that the prospect of being electrically shocked adversely affected his demeanor before jurors. In a 6-1 decision ,  the majority noted that the prosecution had conceded the court erred in requiring the stun belt, but the justices concluded it did not affect the outcome of the trial. The ruling came in an appeal by Jonathan Keith Jackson,  who was convicted of murdering a woman during an attempted drug-related robbery in Riverside County and sentenced to death.
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