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 […]

SAN JACINTO: Two to be arraigned in April killing

BANNING – An ex-con and another man accused of gunning down a San Jacinto woman are slated to be arraigned Monday in Banning. Traevon Denae Stewart, 40, and Michael Wayne Bird, 63, both of Banning, are accused in the April shooting death of 40-year-old Latoya Calhoun. Stewart is charged with murder, two counts of making […]

RIVERSIDE: Man killed in attempted stunt identified

RIVERSIDE – A 22-year-old man who was killed when he tried to climb out of a pickup truck to stand on its running boards was publicly identified today. Rio Rodriguez of Riverside was pronounced dead at 11:39 p.m. Saturday at Riverside Community Hospital, according to the Riverside County coroner’s office. Police were investigating whether alcohol […]

CABAZON: Man killed in collision with semi

CABAZON – A 67-year-old man was killed Sunday in a crash in the San Gorgonio Pass, involving a big rig and a convertible, authorities said. Adam Peters of Palm Springs was pronounced dead at the scene about 20 minutes after the crash was reported at 4 p.m. on the eastbound Interstate 10 about three miles […]

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