Soon to be appointed Hemet Police chief promises ‘taking a hardline stance’ on crime in the city

Soon to be appointed Hemet Police chief promises ‘taking a hardline stance’ on crime in the city

Hemet Police Department’s Deputy Chief Charles Webb who has been with the department for 25 years will become the new police chief, Dec. 22, replacing former Police Chief David Brown who has announced his intent to run for Riverside County Sheriff. Webb, 49, has worked a variety of assignments including patrol, field training officer, crime […]

Suspect in Temecula Walmart stabbing is identified

Suspect in Temecula Walmart stabbing is identified

UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 30, 9:15 p.m.  A suspect in a stabbing that left a teen dead on Wednesday afternoon was out on bail by the next day, according to online jail records. James Beckham Fortney, 40, of Temecula was arrested on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter and booked into the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center. Initially, […]

Total Wine & More enters Southwest Riverside County with first Temecula store

Total Wine & More enters Southwest Riverside County with first Temecula store

TEMECULA – Total Wine & More, America’s largest independent retailer of fine wine, beer and spirits, is expanding its presence in Southern California with its first store in Southwest Riverside County. The new store, located at 40432 Winchester Road in Temecula, opened Thursday, Nov. 16. “Riverside County is a natural next step in our Southern […]

Community forum looks at comprehensive approach to homelessness

Community forum looks at comprehensive approach to homelessness

Roughly 200 people gathered at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater Nov. 13 for a panel on homelessness that included city officials, law enforcement officers and religious leaders. The event, moderated by Rancho Community Church pastor Scott Treadway, gave officials a chance to talk about the homeless situation in Southwest Riverside County and what they […]

Law enforcement, fire personnel participate in active shooter training at Pechanga Resort & Casino

Law enforcement, fire personnel participate in active shooter training at Pechanga Resort & Casino

Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and emergency medical technicians flooded a Pechanga Resort & Casino parking lot as dozens of people – many seen complaining of injuries – were rushed out of the nearby employment training building. Several onlookers watched calmly from a nearby parking garage. The surreal scene was part of a planned active shooter training […]