LAKE ELSINORE: Ortega Highway maintenance to take place next week

LAKE ELSINORE – Portions of the Ortega Highway near Lake Elsinore will be narrowed to one lane next week while crews conduct maintenance along a stretch of the two-lane corridor, but traffic delays should be minimal, according to Caltrans. Agency spokeswoman Shelli Lombardo said crews will be cutting vegetation along the shoulders of state route […]

Suspect pleads not guilty in Temecula rehab fraud case

RIVERSIDE – The owner of a Temecula drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, who’s accused of filing fraudulent medical insurance claims that netted her more than $200,000 in ill-gotten gains, pleaded not guilty Friday to felony charges and was released from custody. Brooke Elizabeth Best-Freeman, 34, was arrested June 1 and is facing four counts of […]

LAKE ELSINORE: Child in critical condition after near-drowning

LAKE ELSINORE – A child found submerged in a backyard pool in Lake Elsinore Friday afternoon was transported to a hospital in critical condition. Emergency personnel were dispatched about 2:25 p.m. to the 31000 block of Willow View Place, just off of Summerhill Drive, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Paramedics provided life-saving treatment […]

PALM SPRINGS: Marine faces charges for attempting to bring explosives onto plane

PALM SPRINGS – A 20-year-old Marine stationed in Twentynine Palms is facing a felony charge for allegedly trying to bring live military ordnance onto a plane at Palm Springs International Airport, court papers show. Steven Corey Vella was charged Thursday with one felony count of unlawfully possessing a destructive or explosive device in a prohibited […]

County supervisors to set hearing date for trash collection rate increases

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County supervisors will schedule a public hearing Tuesday to consider whether to increase fees for trash collection in unincorporated communities. According to Department of Environmental Health Director Steve Van Stockum, the four waste haulers under contract with the county—Burrtec Waste, CR&R Inc., Desert Valley Disposal and Waste Management Inc.—are seeking a 2 […]

RIVERSIDE: Man arrested for stealing same vehicle twice

RIVERSIDE – A 21-year-old man remained jailed today, accused of stealing the same vehicle twice in one morning. Riverside police officers first received a report of a carjacking at about 1 a.m. Friday in the 5100 block of Noble Street. “The victim told officers the suspect walked up to him, pointed a handgun and demanded […]

PALM SPRINGS: ShortFest film festival lineup announced

PALM SPRINGS – The lineup for the 23rd annual Palm Springs International ShortFest was announced Friday, with more than 300 films from five dozen countries to be shown. The festival, to be held from June 20-26 at Camelot Theatres, will feature 46 world premieres, 12 international premieres, 42 North American premieres and 16 U.S. premieres. […]

MENIFEE: Woman fatally struck by car identified

The coroner today identified a Menifee woman who was struck and killed by a motorist. The incident occurred at about 11:45 p.m. Thursday on State Route 74 near Third Street in the Romoland area, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Initial reports indicate that Teresa Garcia, 37, was standing in the roadway in an […]

HEMET: Man suspected in vandalism spree jailed

A 34-year-old Menifee man suspected of smashing the windows of several Hemet businesses remained jailed today. The alleged vandalism occurred on Sunday and resulted in $30,000 worth of damage, said Hemet police Lt. Glen Brock. Evidence gathered by law enforcement officials led to a search warrant being served Friday in the 29000 block of Escalante […]