AGUANGA: Fire breaks out along 79

AGUANGA – A brush fire that broke out today alongside state Route 79 in Aguanga scorched about three acres before crews got it under control. The non-injury blaze was reported about 11:30 a.m., just east of state Route 371, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. Crews were able to fully contain the flames within […]

Bomb scare closes Palm Springs police headquarters

UPDATED 3:22 p.m. PDT PALM SPRINGS – A cylindrical device with protruding wires was found near the main lobby entrance to Palm Springs Police Department headquarters today, leading to a shutdown of the building until a sheriff’s bomb squad team determined it was harmless. An employee discovered the device, which police said at first glance […]

Rep. Raul Ruiz responds to Alexandria shooting

PALM DESERT – Representative Raul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, said today his thoughts were with GOP colleagues targeted in a shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, while practicing for an annual congressional charity baseball game. Ruiz was practicing with the Democratic congressional baseball team at another location when a gunman opened fire on members of the Republican team […]

TEMECULA: First closures in interchange project announced

The first round of overnight closures for the Temecula Parkway interchange project will take place next week, Temecula officials said Monday. The closures will take place the nights of Tuesday, June 20, Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22. They’re planned so crews can set up to begin work on the interchange project, which broke […]

Fire crews to conduct prescribed burn in preserve

TEMECULA – Riverside County firefighters tomorrow will initiate a two-day controlled burn in the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, just west of Temecula, to eliminate excess vegetation. Crews will be burning off about 105 acres Tuesday and 155 acres on Wednesday, according to fire department officials. Operations will be concentrated in the area of Mesa de Colorado, between 6 […]

Poway couple arrested for having yorkie dogs in filthy conditions plead guilty to animal abuse

SAN DIEGO – A Poway couple who were arrested after more than 170 Yorkshire terrier and Yorkie-mix dogs were found in filthy conditions in their home and other locations pleaded guilty today to a pair of felony animal abuse charges. Mark Vattimo, 72, and Christine Calvert, 62, will be placed on three years probation when they are sentenced July […]

San Diego mall shooting

SAN DIEGO – Authorities today released the name of a 43-year-old active-duty Navy man killed over the weekend in an apparently unprovoked shooting at the Westfield Horton Plaza mall that also left the victim’s cousin wounded. James Celani of San Diego and his relative were shot about 11:45 p.m. Saturday during a confrontation with two other men on the […]

Man killed in crash along Interstate 215

MURRIETA – A motorist killed when his pickup truck slammed into two trees along Interstate 215 in Murrieta was identified today as a 26-year-old Temecula resident. Alejandro Alvarez died in the predawn hours Sunday when his 2017 GMC pickup crashed on the southbound 215, just north of Murrieta Hot Springs Road. California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Lassig […]

Workers rupture gas line at Riverside business

RIVERSIDE – A punctured gas line prompted the evacuation of a business today in east Riverside. The rupture was reported just before noon at 1550 Marlborough Ave., near Chicago Avenue, below the 60/91/215 interchange, according to the Riverside Fire Department. A crew working inside the structure penetrated the gas line, at which point staff and customers evacuated the building, […]

Pair accused of killing woman arraigned

BANNING – An ex-con and his alleged accomplice pleaded not guilty today to fatally shooting a San Jacinto woman. Traevon Denae Stewart, 40, and Michael Wayne Bird, 63, both of Banning, are accused in the April 29 slaying of 40-year-old Latoya Calhoun. Stewart is charged with murder, two counts of making criminal threats, one count of evading arrest […]