Suspected Car Thief on the Lam

TEMECULA – Sheriff’s deputies today requested the public’s help in finding a man suspected of stealing a car from a Temecula auto dealership. The alleged theft occurred at 2:30 a.m. Monday in the 41000 block of Motor Car Parkway. Surveillance footage attained by investigators showed the suspect driving off in a dark blue 2013 Nissan […]

Interest group aims to educate Riverside County residents on airbag recall

RIVERSIDE – A coalition of politicians, police and community activists today urged Riverside County residents to check whether their vehicles’ airbags are under a nationwide recall that was implemented following several deadly deployments, including one involving a Corona woman. “As a lifelong resident of Riverside County, and in my capacity as a city council member, […]

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 […]

Car catches fire on 15 Freeway

The southbound 15 Freeway was snarled with traffic through Rainbow Sunday afternoon after a vehicle caught fire just south of Rainbow Canyon Road. Around 3 p.m., the engine of a 2015 Mercedes traveling south on the freeway caught fire and the vehicle was forced to pull over to the right shoulder, said CHP officer Mike […]

Chef Ikeda of Umi Sushi wins 9th annual Pechanga Chili Cook-Off

Over 1,600 people bought tickets to the 9th Annual Pechanga Microbrew Festival and Chili Cook-Off held Saturday, June 10 at Pechanga’s Grand Ballroom. Guests enjoyed unlimited beer tastings from two dozen craft breweries and unlimited chili tastings from eleven of Pechanga’s top chefs. Chef Kiyokumi Ikeda, of Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar, beat out ten […]

Suspect pleads not guilty in Temecula rehab fraud case

RIVERSIDE – The owner of a Temecula drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, who’s accused of filing fraudulent medical insurance claims that netted her more than $200,000 in ill-gotten gains, pleaded not guilty Friday to felony charges and was released from custody. Brooke Elizabeth Best-Freeman, 34, was arrested June 1 and is facing four counts of […]