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California Highway Patrolman, gunman killed in gunfight near Riverside freeway

RIVERSIDE - An investigation was continuing into what police called a "long and horrific gun battle'' in south Riverside that left a California Highway Patrol officer dead, two... — Updated 8/13/2019


Father of gunman in Riverside says son may have committed suicide by cop

RIVERSIDE - The father of the suspect in a Riverside gun battle that killed a California Highway Patrol officer and wounded two others said he fears his son, suffering marital... — Updated 8/13/2019


Man allegedly tortures, carjacks girlfriend

CORONA (CNS) - A 45-year-old man suspected of severely beating and forcibly taking his girlfriend's car near Corona was being held on Tuesday, Aug. 13 in lieu of $1 million bail.... — Updated 8/13/2019


Man who killed Perris shopper during robbery sentenced

RIVERSIDE - A man who gunned down a 20-year-old Perris resident during a robbery in a shopping center parking lot was sentenced on Wednesday, Aug. 14 to 52 years to life in state prison. Tyler Nathaniel Washington, 21, pleaded... — Updated 8/14/2019


Man charged with beating girlfriend, stealing her car

RIVERSIDE - A 45-year-old man accused of severely beating his girlfriend and forcibly taking her car near Corona was charged on Wednesday, Aug. 14 with assault resulting in great bodily injury and other offenses. Jason Wayne... — Updated 8/14/2019


Slain CHP officer honored by colleagues in solemn ceremony

RIVERSIDE - The 34-year-old California Highway Patrol officer who was fatally shot during a dramatic gun battle off the 215 Freeway in Riverside was honored by his colleagues on... — Updated 8/14/2019


'Puppy dumper' pleads guilty to 14 charges

INDIO - A Coachella woman on Wednesday, Aug. 14 admitted to dumping seven newborn puppies in a trash bin and was sentenced to several months in jail. Deborah Sue Culwell, 59, changed her not-guilty plea to guilty on seven felony... — Updated 8/14/2019


Families of three children sickened by county fair E. coli outbreak file claims

SAN DIEGO - The families of three children affected by an E. coli outbreak linked to the San Diego County Fair have filed claims against the fair's operators, attorneys representing the families said on Monday, July 29. The... — Updated 7/29/2019


Young girls snatched from Riverside, suspect sought

RIVERSIDE - Authorities in Riverside asked for the public's help this morning in finding two small children taken by a 24-year-old man. The girls, 20-month-old Darla Yonko and 8-mon... — Updated 7/31/2019


Illegal Perris valley cannabis grows destroyed during crackdown

PERRIS - Multiple law enforcement raids carried out in communities surrounding Perris resulted in 47 tons of marijuana being destroyed, several drug labs being dismantled and... — Updated 7/19/2019


Man connected to shooting holed up inside home in Perris

PERRIS (CNS) - A man is holed inside a residence in Perris on Friday, June 28 in connection with a shooting that wounded another man, a sheriff's deputy said. The shooting occurred at 11:53 p.m. Thursday in the 30 block of Hart... — Updated 6/28/2019


Bail increased for accused puppy-dumper, suspect taken back into custody

INDIO - A Coachella woman suspected of dumping seven newborn puppies in a trash bin was taken into custody on Friday, June 28 when a judge raised her bail from $10,000 to $50,000. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Alfonso... — Updated 6/28/2019


Dozens of cages felines, some dead, found in MoVal home

MORENO VALLEY - Dozens of caged cats stuffed inside a Moreno Valley house, where a number of felines were found dead, were rescued on Monday, July 1, and their owner was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty. The cats -- and... — Updated 7/2/2019


Relative of alleged assailant critical of officer in Costco shooting

CORONA - Two police departments investigated a shooting inside a Costco in Corona, where an off-duty LAPD officer shopping with his family was allegedly attacked by a stranger as he held his young child and killed the unarmed and... — Updated 6/17/2019


Corona police chief vows fair investigation into fatal Costco officer involved shooting

CORONA - Corona's police chief said the investigation into an off-duty Los Angeles police officer's fatal shooting of a man inside a Costco store will take time and has been partially hampered by an inability to speak to all of... — Updated 6/19/2019

 By Jeff Pack    Regional

Jury finds Chase Merritt guilty of murdering McStay family

After more than six months of testimony and deliberation and more than 9 years since Joseph and Summer McStay and their two young sons disappeared from their Fallbrook home,... — Updated 6/11/2019


Deputy wounded, suspect killed in exchange of gunfire in Lake Hills

RIVERSIDE - A deputy who responded to a domestic disturbance was hospitalized Wednesday morning in stable condition with a gunshot wound he suffered in an exchange of gunfire with a suspect who was subsequently killed in the... — Updated 6/12/2019

 By Jeff Pack    Regional

McStay family murder trial in the hands of the jury

SAN BERNARDINO - A jury of 12 people has begun deliberations to decide whether the State of California proved its case in the capital murder trial of Charles "Chase" Merritt... — Updated 6/1/2019


One of two men suspected in series of robberies arrested

PERRIS - A man suspected of taking part in two armed robberies in Riverside and Perris was arrested, but his alleged partner-in-crime was still on the loose, a sheriff's sergeant said. On Thursday morning, deputies were dispatched... — Updated 5/25/2019

 By Jeff Pack    Regional

Closing arguments in Merritt trial for murder of McStay family to spill into Thursday

One of these days, a jury of 12 people will begin deciding whether the State of California proved its case in the capital murder trial of Charles "Chase" Merritt accused of killing... — Updated 5/30/2019


Shooting threat at UC Riverside results in arrest

RIVERSIDE - A person was arrested on Friday, May 10 for allegedly posting a threatening message on social media, vowing to carry out a shooting at UC Riverside. The suspect, whose name was not disclosed, was taken into custody by... — Updated 5/10/2019


Man charged with threatening violence on UC Riverside campus

RIVERSIDE - A 24-year-old man accused of threatening to carry out a shooting at UC Riverside was charged on Tuesday, May 14 with making terrorist threats. Matthew Jeremiah Woolridge of Riverside was arrested in the predawn hours... — Updated 5/14/2019


$20,000 reward offered for information leading to person who burned puppy

COACHELLA - The reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who burned a puppy and put her in a plastic bag in a dumpster in Coachella stands at $20,000 following $5,000 donations from actress Shannen Doherty and... — Updated 5/14/2019


Female found dead in rural area near MoVal identified

MORENO VALLEY - A woman whose remains were located at the foot of Box Springs Mountain just north of Moreno Valley in a condition that suggested foul play was identified as a 25-year-old Riverside resident. Ciara Harrison's body... — Updated 4/26/2019


Man who molested preteen girl at Perris home sentenced

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A 66-year-old Perris man who sexually assaulted a girl at his house was sentenced on Tuesday, April 30 to three years in state prison. Graylin Dennis Williams last month admitted one count of committing a lewd... — Updated 4/30/2019


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