Jury recommends death for man who murdered teen

MURRIETA – A Murrieta jury today recommended the death penalty for a convicted felon who fatally stabbed a Hemet boy after the youth refused to hand over his mobile phone. Jurors weighing the fate of 23-year-old Francisco Roy Zavala deliberated two days before reaching a unanimous decision. The same panel convicted Zavala last month of first-degree murder with […]

Woman injured by alleged DUI driver dies

CORONA – A 22-year-old Corona woman died of injuries sustained in a weekend crash involving a suspected drunken driver, police reported today. Courtney Ferranto died Tuesday at Riverside Community Hospital, according to Corona police. She was riding in a Mazda 3 sports sedan involved in a collision Sunday night at the intersection of Sixth Street and Promenade Avenue. Eduardo […]

Deliberations Begin in Hemet Death Penalty Case

MURRIETA – Jury deliberations got underway today in the penalty trial of a convicted felon who fatally stabbed a Hemet teenager to take possession of the youth’s mobile phone. Francisco Roy Zavala, 23, was convicted last month of first-degree murder for the Jan. 14, 2013, slaying of 16-year-old Eric Ronald Sargeant Jr. Jurors also found true a special circumstance […]

Injured climber rescued by firefighters

IDYLLWILD  – An injured rock climber was safely airlifted out of the San Jacinto Mountains, the Riverside County Fire Department reported today. Firefighters reported to the scene at 6:48 p.m. Saturday at Suicide Rock, a popular rock climbing destination at about 7,000 feet elevation, said Jody Hagemann of the Riverside County Fire Department. The patient was airlifted out […]

Benoit to headline Jazz & Wine Festival at world-renown Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens

Benoit to headline Jazz & Wine Festival at world-renown Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens

Three-time Grammy-nominated jazz artist, David Benoit will headline the second annual Jazz & Wine Festival being held Saturday, August 22, in Fallbrook at the picturesque Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens. Dubbed “one of the founding fathers of contemporary jazz,” Benoit will meld his talent at the event with that of special guest vocalist, Jane Monheit. […]

City of Temecula’s 2015-16 Community Service Funding Grant Program applications available

TEMECULA—The city of Temecula has allocated a total of $63,000 for FY15-16 for community service projects that benefit the citizens of Temecula. Awards will be $5,000 or less each. Applications from community-based nonprofit organizations will be evaluated based on program criteria for funding by the city. The city gives special consideration to proposals that replace […]

From coast to coast, Temecula is well known

From coast to coast, Temecula is well known

John Hunneman Columnist Almost a century ago, in the winter of 1917, cowboys from the Vail Ranch captured a mountain lion who had been feeding on cattle grazing on the Santa Rosa Plateau. Ranch owner Mahlon Vail shipped the lion, nicknamed “Sally,” from Temecula to the Los Angeles Zoo. There the sign on the big […]

Murrieta Family YMCA opens to the public

MURRIETA—The Murrieta Family YMCA, a brand new health and wellness facility, is open to the public now and will host a grand opening on Saturday, Aug. 22 for the community from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event will include prize drawings for a 55” flat screen TV, three Fitbits, bike, youth sports package, […]

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