Uber Driver Accused of Assaulting Woman Arraigned

RIVERSIDE – An Uber driver who allegedly sexually assaulted a UC Riverside student pleaded not guilty today to felony charges. Jamaal Andrew Lee, 41, of Moreno Valley was arrested last month following an investigation by the UCR Police Department. Lee is charged with assault with the intent to commit rape, forced oral copulation and false […]

Probationer Convicted of Looking into San Jacinto Homes

RIVERSIDE – A probationer who peered into San Jacinto homes, possibly to prey on women and girls, was convicted today of misdemeanor charges. After deliberating only a few hours, a Riverside jury found 46-year-old Ramon Rojas guilty of three counts of peeping. The verdict came following a day-and-a-half of testimony. Riverside County Superior Court Judge […]

County Budget Chock Full of Cuts

RIVERSIDE  – The Board of Supervisors on Monday will open hearings on the proposed $5.45 billion budget for fiscal year 2017-18, which seeks across-the-board cuts from most Riverside County agencies, including a sizable chop to sheriff’s appropriations. “It will be difficult for many departments to maintain existing service levels while absorbing reduced support,” county Chief […]

 Two Blythe Men Arrested on Federal Indictment Warrants for Meth Sales

BLYTHE- Two Blythe men were in custody today on federal warrants for suspected meth sales and are awaiting extradition to the state of Wyoming. Francisco Felix, 37, and Angelo Reyes, 50, were arrested about 1 p.m. Thursday by sheriff’s deputies from the Blythe Narcotic Enforcement and the Riverside Sheriff’s Fugitive Warrant Enforcement teams, said sheriff’s […]

Blaze Breaks out near Moreno Valley Freeway

MORENO VALLEY – A brush fire that broke out today on the east end of Moreno Valley, forcing the closure of a road, blackened about 12 acres before crews got it under control. The non-injury blaze was reported about 2:50 p.m. near the eastbound Moreno Valley (60) Freeway, just west of Gilman Springs Road, according […]

Blaze Threatens Homes in West Riverside

RIVERSIDE- A fire broke out today in a rural area of west Riverside, threatening multiple properties until crews managed to head off the flames. The two-acre blaze was reported just before 4 p.m. at 7355 Graylock Avenue, near Lenox Avenue, in an area known as Alessandro Heights, according to the Riverside Fire Department. Officials said […]

 Wildfire Blackens Hillside near Lake Elsinore

LAKE ELSINORE – A wildfire erupted today on a hillside just west of Lake Elsinore, scorching about three acres before crews got it under control. The non-injury blaze was reported shortly after 3 p.m. near Fairview and Orange streets, just east of the Ortega (74) Highway, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.   With […]

INDIO: Coachella Valley arsonist to be sentenced

INDIO – A man who set 25 structures and vehicles ablaze throughout the Coachella Valley over the course of 14 months is scheduled to be sentenced today for numerous counts of arson. Luis Josue Perales, 23, pleaded guilty last month to setting 25 separate fires between Jan. 15, 2015 and March 31, 2016, including setting […]

INDIO: Indio man charged in murder of girlfriend

INDIO – A 22-year-old Indio man accused of killing his girlfriend and setting fire to the Thermal mobile home she shared with her children was ordered today to undergo an examination by a court-appointed psychiatrist. Superior Court Judge Dean Benjamini suspended criminal proceedings in the case of Christian Pacheco pending the results of the examination. […]

RIVERSIDE: Two escape injury in Riverside house fire

RIVERSIDE  – Two people escaped injury but were displaced today when a fire damaged their home in downtown Riverside. The blaze was reported about 10:50 a.m. in the 3800 block of Fourth Street, near Market Street, according to the Riverside Fire Department. Battalion Chief Jeff DeLaurie said more than two dozen personnel had the fire […]