UPDATE: BEAUMONT: Hundreds of firefighters bring 6,300 acre “Manzanita” blaze under control

UPDATE: BEAUMONT: Hundreds of firefighters bring 6,300 acre “Manzanita” blaze under control

UPDATE Friday, June 30, 6 p.m. HEMET — The “Manzanita Fire,” which began burning Monday, June 26 and continued burning for several days has finally been brought under control and firefighters have reported 100% containment on the stubborn fire that began after a vehicle lost control while being driven on SR-79 Lamb Canyon and careened […]

BANNING: Infant nearly drowns in pool

BANNING – An infant nearly drowned in a pool today at a Banning residence. Firefighters were deployed at 10:13 a.m. to a house in the 800 Block West Nicolet Street, where they pulled the male baby from a pool, April Newman of the Riverside County Fire Department said. The child was hospitalized in stable condition, […]

BANNING: EPA awards grant to Morongo band for new vehicles

BANNING – The Banning-based Morongo Band of Mission Indians was awarded more than $167,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency to replace vehicles owned by the tribe with newer, cleaner energy vehicles, the federal agency announced today. The tribe will use the funds to replace several of its heavy-duty vehicles, including a dump truck and diesel […]

BANNING: NTSB releases report on June 2 plane crash, points to weather and handling errors

BANNING – A combination of gusty winds and the pilots’ inability to maintain control may have precipitated a fatal plane crash in Banning, according to federal investigators. The National Transportation Safety Board last night released its preliminary report on the June 2 crash of a Cessna 150 at Banning Municipal Airport, pointing to weather and […]

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 […]

BANNING: Brush fire near Morongo reservation contained

BANNING – A brush fire burned seven acres of land Sunday near the Morongo Indian Reservation and Banning, authorities said. The fire was reported at 4:18 p.m. at Old Banning Idyllwild and Mount Edna roads, April Newman of the Riverside County Fire Department said. Flames were fully contained by a ring of cleared vegetation at […]

BANNING: Plane crashes on roadway

BANNING  – A small plane crashed Friday morning on a Banning roadway just south of Interstate 10, injuring the two occupants. The crash was reported just after 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of John and Hargrave streets. The pilot and passenger both suffered moderate injuries and were taken to a hospital, said Tawny Cabral of […]

BANNING: Vegetation fire causes property damage

BANNING – Three motor homes and a garage were damaged Saturday in a non-injury vegetation fire. The fire was reported at 2:25 p.m. near the intersection of East Lincoln Street and South Florida Street, according to April Newman of the Riverside County Fire Department. The main fire burned 2.5 acres in a field and backyards […]

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