Motorist who struck, killed pedestrian still at large

PERRIS – A hit-and-run motorist who fatally injured a 35-year-old Perris man remained at large today, as authorities released a description of the suspect’s vehicle. Johnny Sambrano was struck about 6:45 a.m. Saturday on Old Elsinore Road, just south of Church Street, in Perris, according to the California Highway Patrol. Officer Dan Olivas said investigators obtained […]

Fire tears through Temecula home

TEMECULA – A fire caused major damage to a Temecula home today, Dec. 23, displacing a family of five. The non-injury blaze was reported about 3:30 p.m. in the 27000 block of Nellie Court, just off Chantemar Way, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. An agency spokeswoman said five engine crews and a truck […]

Felons accused of selling meth charged

MURRIETA – Two convicted felons accused of peddling methamphetamine in Menifee were charged today with possession of controlled substances for sale. Ron Olin Burrows, 57, of Menifee and Jimmy Clarence Santillan, 39, of Mead Valley were arrested Wednesday, Dec. 21, after they were allegedly caught selling the drug at a gas station. Along with the drug sales […]

Officer involved shooting in Hemet

HEMET – A man was killed today, Dec. 20, in an officer-involved shooting in an unincorporated part of Riverside County east of Hemet. The man died at the scene of the shooting, which occurred about 2 a.m. at Sharose Drive and Girard Street and involved Hemet police, said Riverside County sheriff’s Deputy Armando Munoz. Authorities […]

Couple suspected of stealing, tearing down vehicles

LAKE ELSINORE – A couple suspected of operating a “chop shop” at their Lake Elsinore property, where deputies seized vehicles and parts worth tens of thousands of dollars, were both being held today in lieu of $155,000 bail. Erick Tom Watkins, 40, and Leigh-Ann Marie Watkins, 35, were arrested Monday night, Dec. 19, on suspicion […]

Semi-truck flips over off I-215

MURRIETA – All lanes have been reopened after a big rig drove off the roadway and overturned today on the northbound 215 freeway south of Clinton Keith Road. The crash, reported at 11:07 a.m., caused minor injuries and is suspected to have been triggered by a tire blowout, according to the California Highway Patrol. The truck landed on […]

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