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 By Jeff Pack    News 

Report: $11M judgment handed down in Keyways sexual harassment claim

According to a report by The National Law Review, a jury awarded more than $11 million to two former employees of the now-defunct Keyways Winery in Temecula, following claims they were sexually harassed and retaliated against for... — Updated 2/17/2019 Full story


Felon suspect of transporting meth, heroin in Hemet

HEMET - A convicted felon allegedly caught carrying a half pound of methamphetamine and a smaller quantity of heroin in Hemet was being held without bail on Thursday, Feb. 21. Joseph Angelo Navas, 52, of Hemet was arrested and... — Updated 2/21/2019 Full story

 By City News Service    News

Man who allegedly killed woman in DUI collision to stand trial for murder

MURRIETA - A convicted drunken driver accused of killing a woman and seriously injuring her passenger while driving under the influence in French Valley must stand trial on... — Updated 2/9/2019 Full story


Murrieta tax preparer admits falsifying returns to fatten refund checks

MURRIETA - A Murrieta-based unregistered tax preparer who falsified several dozen federal returns to fatten his clients' refunds, without them knowing that he was violating the law, pleaded guilty today to two counts of aiding in... — Updated 2/13/2019 Full story

 By City News Service    News

Temecula man who started Cranston Fire near Idyllwild sentenced

MURRIETA - A Temecula man who ignited the 13,000-acre Cranston Fire south of Idyllwild pleaded guilty Thursday, Feb. 14 to two counts of arson and was immediately sentenced to 12... — Updated 2/14/2019 Full story

 By City News Service    News

Man who threatened deputies with knife sentenced

MURRIETA - A 63-year-old Lake Elsinore man who pulled a knife on sheriff's deputies when they attempted to take him into custody for willfully ignoring a restraining order was sentenced on Friday, Feb. 1 to four years in state pris... — Updated 2/1/2019 Full story

 By City News Service    News

Metrolink sued over Lake Elsinore man's death

LAKE ELSINORE - The widow of a Lake Elsinore man killed after being hit by a Metrolink train in 2018 in Dana Point is suing the rail authority, alleging the engineer failed to keep a proper lookout and did not sound his horn.... — Updated 2/2/2019 Full story

 By City News Service    News

Coroner IDs man found fatally beaten near Canyon Lake

CANYON LAKE - The Riverside County coroner's office on Sunday, Feb. 3 released the name of a Good Hope resident found beaten to death in a culvert near Canyon Lake. Rafael Quintero was 29, the coroner's office said. The victim now... — Updated 2/3/2019 Full story

 By City News Service    News

Felon who killed teen in drug-fueled to be sentenced in March

MURRIETA - A convicted drunken driver who killed his girlfriend's 15-year-old daughter and seriously injured her younger sister when he slammed his van into a utility pole across... — Updated 2/7/2019 Full story

 By City News Service    News

Jury deliberations begin in trial of man who allegedly killed store clerk

MURRIETA - Jury deliberations got underway on Thursday, Feb. 7 in the trial of a man accused of gunning down a 47-year-old Lake Elsinore store clerk during a robbery, firing... — Updated 2/7/2019 Full story

 By City News Service    News

Murrieta man charged with contact with a minor to commit a felony

MURRIETA - A 22-year-old Murrieta man suspected of soliciting sex from a Temecula girl during online conversations was charged with contacting a minor to commit a felony on Thursday... — Updated 1/25/2019 Full story

 By Jeff Pack    News

Wildomar burglary investigation nets four arrests

WILDOMAR - A burglary investigation on Jan. 10 resulted in a Wednesday, Jan. 23 search warrant which resulted in the detaining of five suspects and the arrest of four on a variety... — Updated 1/25/2019 Full story

 By Valley News Staff    News

Lake Elsinore Police conduct high-visibility patrol and enforcement operation

LAKE ELSINORE - The Lake Elsinore Police Department conducted high visibility patrol and enforcement within the historical downtown area of Lake Elsinore from Jan. 21-24 and the... — Updated 1/29/2019 Full story

 By Jeff Pack    News

Lake Elsinore PD reports officer-involved shooting

LAKE ELSINORE - Lake Elsinore Police said a gun-wielding man was shot by officers during an investigation on Monday, Jan. 28. Officers from the Lake Elsinore Police Department responded to the 3500 block of Raven Drive, in Lake... — Updated 1/29/2019 Full story

 By City News Service    News

Prison guard who sexually assaulted inmates sentenced

RIVERSIDE - A federal prison guard who engaged in coercive sex acts with two female inmates was bound for the penitentiary on Tuesday, Jan. 29 to serve a two-year sentence. Apolonio Gamez, 41, of Lake Elsinore, was sentenced... — Updated 1/29/2019 Full story

 By City News Service    News

Suspected drug dealer leads Hemet cops on chase

HEMET - A 23-year-old man suspected of dealing drugs out of his car and fleeing from Hemet police when they tried to detain him was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. Justin J. Mitchell of Hemet was arrested Tuesday and booked... — Updated 1/30/2019 Full story

 By Jeff Pack    News

Man found fatally beaten near Canyon Lake

CANYON LAKE - An investigation was underway today into the beating death of a man whose remains were found in a culvert near Canyon Lake on Wednesday, Jan. 29. The victim, whose identity was unconfirmed, was located about 8 a.m.... — Updated 1/30/2019 Full story

 By City News Service    News

Holy Fire arson suspect pleads not guilty

SANTA ANA - A man accused of igniting the Holy Fire that blackened 23,000 acres in Riverside and Orange counties pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Forrest Gordon Clark, 51,... — Updated 1/22/2019 Full story

 By Jeff Pack    News

Chase Bank robbed, suspect caught at Pechanga

TEMECULA - A San Diego County resident who walked into Chase Bank in Temecula on Saturday, Jan. 19 with an envelope demanding money and then fled to spend that money at nearby... — Updated 1/22/2019 Full story

 By City News Service    News

Man suspected of soliciting sex from Temecula girl during online chats

TEMECULA - A 22-year-old man suspected of soliciting sex from a Temecula girl during online conversations was being held on Wednesday, Jan. 23 in lieu of $10,000 bail. Alan Francis... — Updated 1/23/2019 Full story

 By City News Service    News

Jury selection set for trial of man who allegedly killed store clerk

MURRIETA - Jury selection is slated to get underway Thursday, Jan. 24 for the trial of a man accused of gunning down a 47-year-old Lake Elsinore store clerk and trying to shoot... — Updated 1/23/2019 Full story

 By City News Service    News

Felon charged with firing gun during road rage, fleeing deputies

MENIFEE - Felony charges were filed on Wednesday, Jan. 23 against a convicted felon accused of shooting at a Menifee motorist during a road rage confrontation, then leading... — Updated 1/23/2019 Full story

 By City News Service    News

Witness: Child exposed to sexual assailant because of caregiver's actions

MURRIETA - The grandmother of a 7-year-old Temecula boy molested by a convicted sex offender while the man showed him magic tricks said that the defendant should have never been in the house, and his presence resulted from a caregi... — Updated 1/12/2019 Full story

 By Valley News Staff    News

Stolen car pursuit ends in crash, arrest

LAKE ELSINORE - A 30-year-old Lake Elsinore resident was taken into custody and charged with vehicle theft, recklessly evading law enforcement and parole violations when he was apprehended following a short pursuit after police... — Updated 1/13/2019 Full story

 By City News Service    News

Temecula woman among group indicted for interstate sex trafficking operation

TEMECULA - A Temecula woman is among six defendants indicted for allegedly operating an interstate prostitution ring with ties to mainland China, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Yan "Sarah'' Wang, 33, is charged... — Updated 1/16/2019 Full story


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