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November 2, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A man was killed and his passenger injured Friday night when the sports car he was driving at close to 100 mph smashed into a palm tree in Riverside, authorities said. The driver, whose identity was not released, was headed west on 3rd Street near Chicago Avenue about 7 p.m. when he lost control of his late-model Dodge Viper and hit h the tree, according to the Riverside Police Department. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and his female passenger, who was also not identified, was taken to a local hospital in serious condition, police said.
October 25, 2013 | By Rick Rojas and Joseph Serna
A hearing began Friday to determine where a 13-year-old boy found guilty of killing his neo-Nazi father will spend the next decade of his life. Prosecutors are arguing that he be placed in a state-run juvenile justice center, but his attorneys say such facilities are not equipped to handle the boy's severe emotional and social disabilities. They have proposed other options, including private facilities. A Riverside County judge found in January that the boy - who was 10 when he shot his father, Jeffrey Hall, in the head as he slept on a couch in the family's living room - possessed the mental capacity to know that killing his father was wrong.
October 22, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A lawyer for the family of a man who died in a confrontation with Riverside County sheriff's deputies at a Burger King drive-through is disputing official reports about how the 41-year-old plumber died. Raymond Lewis Johnson died Oct. 11 after deputies kicked, pepper-sprayed, Tasered and used a baton to extract him from his vehicle; but the coroner determined he died not from those actions but from preexisting physical problems. At least six to seven deputies were involved in the confrontation that lasted about 10 minutes, said Rickey Ivie, who represents the Johnson family and held a news conference Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles.
October 17, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
A Riverside County man convicted of creating a phony Facebook profile to lure a man and kill him is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday. Manuel Guzman Jr., who was 17 at the time of 2011 murder, created the profile under the name Rebecca Santhiago and used photos of an East Coast model, according to the Riverside County district attorney's office. Guzman tricked 23-year-old Eddie Leal into going to a park in San Jacinto, where Leal thought would meet Santhiago. Guzman shot Leal multiple times, according to prosecutors.
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.
October 11, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
After several recent, highly publicized pit bull attacks on people in Southern California, two of which were fatal, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors this week unanimously passed legislation requiring all pit bulls in the unincorporated areas of the county to be sterilized. The ordinance applies to pit bulls older than 4 months. Dogs owned by licensed breeders, canines used by law enforcement and therapy dogs are among the animals exempted. The supervisors said they acted out of concern for public safety - a Riverside County woman was hospitalized after being attacked by two pit bulls in August - and because so many pit bulls languish unadopted in the county's public shelters.
October 10, 2013 | By Rick Rojas and Richard Winton
A series of sexual assaults and robberies at massage parlors that investigators initially believed were the work of a serial rapist now appear to be the acts of two men, operating separately, authorities said. In a news conference Thursday, Riverside police said that one of the men believed to be connected to the string of violent attacks had been arrested and arraigned in the 2008 sexual assault and robbery of three women in Riverside County and 2009 robberies of two women in Corona.
October 10, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
  A 15-year-old boy was struck and killed by a Metrolink train in Riverside, authorities said Thursday night. The teen was hit by a train traveling west shortly before 6 p.m. at Madison Avenue just south of Indiana Avenue. The railroad crossing arms were down, but the boy rode around the arms "with no regard for the westbound train," the Riverside Police Department said. Police chaplains came to the scene to console grieving family members.  The boy's name was not released.
October 10, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Freedom Communications Holdings Inc., which owns the Orange County Register, has agreed to purchase the Riverside Press-Enterprise from its owner, A.H. Belo Corp., both companies said Thursday. The acquisition is part of a series of aggressive moves by Freedom, which has been rapidly expanding the Orange County Register, adding staff, pages and new editions, and launched the Long Beach Register, a new five-day daily newspaper in August. Freedom Communications will pay $27.25 million for the Press-Enterprise, its production facility and related land, the companies said.
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