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Man who molested stepdaughter sentenced

MURRIETA – A Temecula man who molested his 6-year-old stepdaughter on occasions when her mother was away was sentenced today to 30 years to life in state prison. A Murrieta jury in August deliberated one day before convicting... — Updated 10/26/2018


Felon who tried to shoot a Hemet police officer sentenced

MURRIETA - A parolee who tried to shoot a Hemet police officer at the end of a chase, only a few months after he led law enforcement officers on a miles-long pursuit in the same... — Updated 8/31/2018

 By Jeff Pack    Crime

No DUI arrests reported at Murrieta checkpoint

More than 750 vehicles were screened from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, during a Murrieta Police Department DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on Margarita and Torrey Pines roads. Of the 758 vehicles screened, nobody was... — Updated 9/1/2018


Man found dead in driveway of Valle Vista home

VALLE VISTA - Deputies found a man dead in the driveway of a vacant home in Valle Vista in the San Jacinto Valley, a sheriff's sergeant said. Deputies dispatched at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 28 found the man dead in the driveway of a vacant... — Updated 9/1/2018


Three suspects with outstanding DUI warrants caught in sweep

Lake Elsinore - Some think if they just don’t show up for a court hearing, the police won’t have the manpower to come find them. If your violation is a DUI, don’t count on it. On Aug. 22, Lake Elsinore Police Department... — Updated 8/27/2018


Murrieta residents evacuated during five-hour standoff

MURRIETA - Residents of a Murrieta apartment building were evacuated during a five-hour overnight standoff, but police arrested their suspect just after midnight today. Murrieta... — Updated 8/26/2018


Felon to stand trial for allegedly possessing drugs, high-capacity rifle

MURRIETA - A convicted felon allegedly caught dealing drugs while armed with a semiautomatic rifle and other guns in Murrieta must stand trial on several felony charges, including... — Updated 8/29/2018


Temecula man found guilty of molesting stepdaughter

MURRIETA - A Temecula man who molested his 6-year-old stepdaughter repeatedly while her mother was at work was convicted today of felony sexual assault charges. After deliberating... — Updated 8/17/2018


Ex-con, boyfriend suspected of stealing car, gun

MENIFEE - A convicted felon and her boyfriend were behind bars today for allegedly stealing a car and gun, then going to a Menifee motel where sheriff's deputies caught up with... — Updated 8/21/2018


Possible cop impersonator charged with possessing assault rifle today

BANNING - Felony charges were filed today against an ex-con accused of possessing a large-caliber rifle, as well as law enforcement gear indicating that he might have posed as a... — Updated 8/15/2018

 By Jeff Pack    Crime

Riverside County Sheriff's Department asking for help in police impersonator case

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is asking the public's help and to come forward if they believe they were contacted by Jeovanny Landeros, a 24-year-old male from Hemet,... — Updated 8/13/2018

 By Jeff Pack    Crime

Central Homicide Unit asking for help in homicide investigation

The Sheriff's Central Homicide Unit is requesting the public's assistance in an open homicide investigation into the death of Silvano Gutierrez Estevez of Menifee who was killed at... — Updated 8/11/2018


Man allegedly tries to break into home with shovel, assaults police dog

HEMET - An Orange County man who allegedly broke into a Hemet woman's house and tried to attack her with a shovel, then assaulted a police canine set loose on him, was in critical... — Updated 8/12/2018


Jury seated for trial of Temecula man accused of molesting stepdaughter

MURRIETA - A jury was seated today for the trial of a Temecula man accused of molesting his 6-year-old stepdaughter. Dana Leon Wilber, 51, is charged with two counts each of lewd ac... — Updated 8/9/2018


Hemet teacher suspected of sex with student

RIVERSIDE - A Hemet High School teacher suspected of engaging in sex acts with a student was being held today in lieu of $500,000 bail. Miguel Angel Chavez Lopez, 27, of Riverside... — Updated 8/7/2018


Man who attacked Hemet elderly couple to stand trial

BANNING - A parolee accused of breaking into a Hemet home and attacking two senior citizens who both shot the ex-con in self-defense must stand trial for attempted robbery and... — Updated 8/4/2018


Man accused of trying to kill Hemet woman arrested

HEMET - A 38-year-old man accused of stabbing a Hemet woman multiple times and then eluding police for several weeks was being held today in lieu of $1 million bail. Abel Mondragon... — Updated 8/4/2018


More than 1,000 marijuana plants seized from Hemet home

HEMET - A police raid on a Hemet home today led to the seizure of more than 1,000 marijuana plants and the arrest of a man suspected of tending them. Jingwen Zhao, 43, of Monterey... — Updated 8/4/2018


Pair charged with snatching expensive pups in Hemet

BANNING - Two young men who allegedly stole purebred puppies from outside the Hemet Valley Mall were charged today with robbery. Menifee residents Sergio Ramirez, 18, and Samuel Ramirez, 20, were arrested last week following a... — Updated 8/4/2018

 By Kim Harris    Crime

Temecula man charged in series of arson fires

A Temecula man was charged with intentionally setting nine fires, including the Cranston fire which has charred 11,500 acres and destroyed five homes in the Mountain Center/Idyllwil... — Updated 7/27/2018

 By Jeff Pack    Crime

Temecula Police arrest duo for financial elder abuse, fraud

TEMECULA - The arrest of a Moreno Valley resident Ashia Wilson on July 25 and George Word of San Bernardino on July 26 was the result of months of work by the Temecula Police... — Updated 7/27/2018


Ex-felon who struck and killed man on scooter charged with second degree murder

A 64-year-old Hemet man on a mobility scooter was struck and killed by an alleged drunken driver, who tried unsuccessfully to elude police, authorities said Monday. Ray Billings... — Updated 7/25/2018

 By Jeff Pack    Crime

Police: Man found dead near French Valley Airport

According to the Riverside County Sheriffs office, at about 6:30 a.m. this morning, Temecula Police Department officers responded to a report of a "man down" at the 37000 block of... — Updated 7/20/2018


Man accused of fatally stabbing 19-year-old at Temecula store to stand trial

MURRIETA - A man accused of fatally stabbing a 19-year-old man during a dispute outside a Temecula Walmart must stand trial for second-degree murder and other charges, a judge... — Updated 7/20/2018


Suspect killed by police at end of pursuit that started in Hemet

RIVERSIDE - An armed man was shot and killed at the end of a police chase that began in Hemet, ended in Riverside and included the suspect driving recklessly and firing at authoriti... — Updated 7/23/2018


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