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Deputies find man dead after he holed up in Menifee home

MENIFEE - A mentally disturbed man who allegedly committed an assault was found dead hours after he refused to come out of his house in Menifee on Wednesday, Aug. 7, sparking a standoff with sheriff's deputies who feared he might... — Updated 8/9/2019

 By Jeff Pack    Crime

Jury recommends death penalty for Merritt

A San Bernardino County jury of 12 people recommended a sentence of death for Charles "Chase" Merritt Monday, June 24, in counts two, three and four, but life in prison without the... — Updated 6/28/2019


Temecula fire chief arrested after alleged domestic disturbance

Riverside County Sheriff's Department has confirmed the arrest of Jodie Lynn Gray – City of Temecula's first female fire chief – after a reported domestic disturbance involving... — Updated 6/4/2019

 By Jeff Pack    Crime

Prosecution, defense squabble over Kavanaugh and length of trial

The defense team for Charles "Chase" Merritt, accused of killing a Fallbrook family of four in 2010 and burying their bodies in a San Bernardino desert, asked for a continuance due... — Updated 5/16/2019


Father of missing Corona boy charged with murder, search for body continues

The father of an 8-year-old Corona boy missing for the last month was charged Thursday, Mach 28, with first-degree murder after investigators uncovered clues that left “no doubt” the child was the victim of a homicide,... — Updated 4/6/2019


Flames Damage Wildomar Home

Flames damaged a single family home Monday, April 1, in Wildomar, near Lake Elsinore, authorities said. The fire was reported at 2:50 a.m. in the 2130 block of Loquat Street, the Riverside County Fire Department said. Flames were... — Updated 4/6/2019


Head-on crash injures two people

Two people were injured in a head-on crash early Saturday, March 10, in the unincorporated area between Moreno Valley and San Jacinto. The three-vehicle crash was reported at about 1:10 a.m. on Gilman Springs Road near Bridge... — Updated 4/6/2019


Seven injured in three-vehicle crash near Lake Elsinore

A three-vehicle crash prompted a full closure of the southbound Interstate 15 just north of Lake Elsinore Saturday, March 30, and resulted in injuries to seven people. The crash was reported at 4:16 p.m. south of the Lake Street... — Updated 4/6/2019


Coroner releases name of pedestrian killed in Moreno Valley

A pedestrian struck and killed by a vehicle at a Moreno Valley intersection was a resident of that community, the Riverside County coroner’s office said. Marc Contreras, 19, was struck by a vehicle about 11:20 p.m. Friday, March... — Updated 4/6/2019

 By Kim Harris    Crime

Wildomar couple loses belongings in auto theft

A Wildomar couple preparing to move to Flagstaff lost all their belongings with the exception of the clothes on their backs, when their fully loaded U-Haul, complete with their vehi... — Updated 4/6/2019


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


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