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March 9, 2005 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Former Riverside County Sheriff Ben Clark, who was instrumental in establishing formal, standardized training for all peace officers in California, has died. He was 78. Clark, who served as Riverside County sheriff for 23 years and retired in 1986, died of pancreatic cancer Friday at his Riverside home.
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April 6, 2014 | By Theshia Naidoo and Lynne Lyman
Jesse Snodgrass had recently transferred to Chaparral High School in Temecula and was feeling out of place and alone in 2012 when a boy named Dan, another newcomer, befriended him. Jesse, a 17-year-old autistic student, wasn't good at making friends and he was pleased by the overture. But there was something he didn't know about Dan: He was an undercover narcotics officer attending class at Chaparral hoping to bust student drug dealers. Dan quickly began exerting pressure on Jesse to sneak a pill from his parent's medicine cabinet or buy him some marijuana.
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NEWS
September 1, 2007
Riverside County sheriff: An article in some editions of the California section Aug. 23 about Riverside County Sheriff Bob Doyle's announcement that he would leave his post for an appointment to the state parole board included a wrong photo and caption. The photo was of Riverside County Dist. Atty. Grover Trask, not Doyle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf
Sheriff's deputies on Saturday remained in an armed standoff with a gunman hours after he allegedly shot the mother of his children, authorities said. The standoff began shortly before 9 a.m. following a police pursuit of the suspect that ended near the intersection of Norwalk Boulevard and Carson Street in Hawaiian Gardens, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. There, the suspect has refused to get out of his white truck and surrender to authorities. A Sheriff's SWAT team has been dispatched to the scene and the area has been cordoned off. Hours earlier, at about 12:30 a.m., the suspect shot the mother of his children in Eastvale, about four miles north of Corona, said Armando Munoz, a spokesman for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
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February 9, 2009 | Maeve Reston
A 21-year-old Menifee woman was killed in a single-vehicle accident near Lake Elsinore early Sunday, authorities said. Tiffany N. Whittemore lost control of her car while rounding a curve on the Ortega Highway shortly before 4 a.m., Riverside County Sheriff's officials said. They were investigating whether the accident was related to Saturday night's storm.
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November 26, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 53-year-old Norco man was arrested on suspicion of molesting two children over a period of several years, authorities said Tuesday. Ronald Littlefield turned himself in to detectives after they began investigating molestation allegations involving the children at a home in the 3700 block of Alhambra Street, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. "Detectives determined that the suspect had sexually molested two children," department officials said in a statement.
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October 29, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Human remains found on a boulder-strewn hillside in Cabazon have been identified as those of a 31-year-old man reported missing in 2009, authorities said Tuesday. Jason Timothy Swenddal was a resident of Cabazon when he disappeared, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The remains were discovered last week in the hilly area near Eucalyptus Street and Ida Avenue, authorities said. The investigation into Swenddal's death is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call (951)
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June 25, 1986 | From a Times Staff Writer
Police, continuing their search for a survivalist wanted for questioning in the shooting death of a 72-year-old Redlands woman a week ago, Tuesday stopped joggers and motorists who "by necessity or habit" travel in San Timoteo Canyon. Mary Rose Lengrich was shot in the back June 17 as she took her small dog for a walk through the rural, brushy canyon. Suspect Danny Figueroa, 26, who police said "lives off the land," was reportedly seen in the area clad in battle fatigues.
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January 2, 2008 | Jason Song
The body of a kayaker was discovered Tuesday in Lake Elsinore shortly after he was reported missing by family members. The victim, a 31-year-old man, lived in Los Angeles. His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, said Riverside County sheriff's deputies. The kayaker was reported missing about 11:30 a.m. and his body was discovered about 15 minutes later, deputies said. He may have been inexperienced, said Deputy Javier Rodriguez.
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May 27, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Paul Pringle
The last wish of a sky diver who died over the weekend was to be cremated and have his ashes spread across the sky, his family said. Ken Oka, 62, was performing a maneuver with a group of sky divers shortly after 3 p.m. when he got ensnared in the chute and couldn't free himself, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The Mira Loma man landed in a backyard in the 19000 block of Sweetwood Lane and was pronounced dead at the hospital, the department said. His last wish was to have his ashes spread during a final jump, KTLA reported.
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April 5, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
An hours-long armed standoff ended peacefully Saturday afternoon after a man who was suspected of shooting the mother of his children surrendered to authorities, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department said. The standoff began shortly before 9 a.m. after a police pursuit of the man ended in a strip mall near the intersection of Norwalk Boulevard and Carson Street in Hawaiian Gardens , authorities said. The man then barricaded himself in his white Dodge truck, refusing to surrender to authorities.
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March 22, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
A man on a bicycle stabbed another man sitting in his car outside a business in Perris early Saturday and then drove off with the victim's vehicle, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The victim did nothing to provoke the attack, the Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Deputies spoke to witnesses and watched surveillance video of the carjacking, which occurred about 5 a.m. The victim's vehicle was later found crashed nearby, authorities said. Deputies searched the area but could not find the assailant.
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March 22, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Pleading guilty to murder, a 35-year-old Mexican national admitted in federal court Friday that he killed two fellow drug gangsters by slashing their throats. Roberto Ochoa told District Court Judge Dana Sabraw that he suspected the two of having stolen their organization's profits from the sale of cocaine and methamphetamine. Ochoa was among 13 persons indicted in 2011 on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. He is the eighth to plead guilty. Ochoa pleaded guilty to using a knife to slit the throats of Hector Gonzalez and Rodolfo Robles in San Jacinto.
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March 14, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
A Riverside County pastor has been arrested on suspicion of rape, and authorities are searching for other possible victims. Jerome Anthony Clay Sr. -- who is pastor of Compassion Church in Perris -- was arrested Thursday after a search warrant was served at his home in the 400 block of Perris Boulevard, just around the corner from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Investigators also searched Compassion Church at 190 E. 5 th Street, according to the Sheriff's Department, which is under contract to provide policing services for the city of Perris.
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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...
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March 4, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The wife of a mountain bicyclist who died after he got lost in the Santa Ana Mountains last weekend said she was angry with the Riverside County Sheriff's officials for delaying rescue efforts amid extreme weather. “I don't think they made the right choice,” Christyna Arista, 33, said in an interview with the Riverside Press-Enterprise.   On Saturday morning, Arista's 34-year-old husband, Andres Marin, left his Corona home for an 18-mile bike ride as a heavy storm system moved into Southern California.
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January 5, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Riverside County sheriff's detectives are investigating a car-to-car freeway shooting near Cathedral City that left a 24-year-old man injured Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The unidentified victim was driving west on the 10 Freeway near Date Palm Drive about 3:15 p.m. when a white, 4-door sedan pulled alongside his vehicle, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The driver of the sedan "got the attention of the victim and then shot several times," according to a Sheriff's Department statement.
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November 8, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
An 8-year-old boy who went to school this week told officials that the marijuana he was caught with was grown in his father's backyard, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. After the student allegedly was caught with the marijuana at Good Hope Elementary, in the 24000 block of Theda Street in the community of Good Hope near Perris, officials alerted the sheriff's department to the incident around 2:30 p.m. Deputies went to the child's home in the 21600 block of Pepper Drive and found marijuana plants in the driveway and growing in the bed of a truck, according to the sheriff's department.
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March 4, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
When his body was discovered, 34-year-old Andres Marin was still sitting on his light blue mountain bike, leaning against the side of a hill in the Cleveland National Forest. He had his helmet on and his binoculars were around his neck; his hands were on the handlebars and his feet on the pedals.   “He was still trying, he was still fighting,” his wife, Christyna Arista, said. “He froze to death up there.” On Tuesday, Arista, 33, said she's not sure what happened to her husband during his birthday bike ride, but she was angry that the Riverside County Sheriff's Department had suspended its rescue efforts.
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March 2, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 34-year-old man who got lost overnight after setting out on an 18-mile bike ride was found dead Sunday along a stretch of Cleveland National Forest. Andres Marin left his home Saturday morning for a Corona trail that leads into Cleveland National Forest, said a spokesman for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. About 5:30 p.m., Marin called relatives at home to say he was lost and would try to make it down the hill before it got dark. Family members called authorities and a search was initiated at 6 p.m., but because of bad weather, rough terrain and other unsafe conditions, rescue teams weren't able to make their way up the trail Marin had taken.
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