Board to OK funds for Zika detection equipment

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County board of supervisors Tuesday, July 11, authorized the Emergency Management Department to accept a $35,956 grant intended to cover the cost of laboratory equipment that permits early identification of the Zika virus. The California Department of Public Health is providing the funds, which originated under a federal program, as part […]

Assemblywoman Melendez resigns from position in Republican Caucus

RIVERSIDE – Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, resigned Thursday from her position as assistant leader of the Assembly’s Republican Caucus, saying she could no longer serve alongside its leader, Assemblyman Chad Mayes, because of his decision to vote to extend the state’s cap-and-trade system. “Californians are struggling to make ends meet and, unfortunately, what I […]

UC Riverside professor to head study into neutralizing mosquitoes’ ability to spread disease

RIVERSIDE – A UC Riverside scientist is taking charge of a research project funded by the federal government to determine how gene manipulation methods might neutralize mosquitoes’ ability to infect people with yellow fever and other diseases, according to campus officials. Entomology Professor Omar Akbari and his research team, whose members hail from five UC […]

San Diego County approves body cameras for sheriff’s deputies

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted today to spend more than $1.1 million to outfit sheriff’s deputies with body-worn cameras. According to a county staff report, the cameras will initially be deployed at sheriff’s stations in Alpine and Ramona, with full implementation taking about four or five months. Sheriff Bill Gore said video recorded […]

San Diego police dog bites handcuffed man

San Diego police dog bites handcuffed man

SAN DIEGO – A local activist called today on San Diego police Chief Shelley Zimmerman to release body-worn camera footage showing a police dog biting a handcuffed man. The Rev. Shane Harris, president of the National Action Network’s San Diego chapter, also called on the dog in the video to be taken out of service and said the footage […]

Man’s body found beneath freeway bridge east of Desert Center

DESERT CENTER – A man’s body was found today beneath a freeway bridge east of Desert Center. The discovery was reported by a passerby around 10:30 a.m., near the eastbound side of Interstate 10, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. A death investigation was underway, but authorities did not disclose whether foul play was believed to be involved.

Health investigators say filtration issue led to 13 falling ill at Palm Desert hotel pool

PALM DESERT – County health officials today were investigating how a seemingly routine filtration cleaning process at a Palm Desert hotel swimming pool apparently led 13 people to fall ill, including nine children who were transported for hospital treatment. County fire personnel were sent around 3 p.m. Monday to the Marriott Shadow Ridge Resort on a report of a […]

D.A. to announce campaign against Honey Oil Drug Labs

RIVERSIDE – District Attorney Mike Hestrin today will announce the start of a campaign warning Riverside County residents about the dangers of making honey oil, a marijuana derivative, with butane gas, which has triggered destructive fires and left people with serious burns. Butane honey oil — BHO — labs are illegal but have sprung up […]

San Diego Bay Park shooting

SAN DIEGO – A young man who was shot during a confrontation with a man he accused of checking out his girlfriend at a convenience store in the Bay Park neighborhood was hospitalized in serious but stable condition today, police said. The 18-year-old victim and his girlfriend walked up to the 7-Eleven store at the corner of Clairemont Drive […]