RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Morning news, traffic, weather report Aug. 21

Barn Stage Company was founded by Jordan Beck, left, and Jeremy Scott Lapp. This off-Broadway style theater draws rare talent and productions to Old Town Temecula. Ashley Ludwig photo
Barn Stage Company was founded by Jordan Beck, left, and Jeremy Scott Lapp. This off-Broadway style theater draws rare talent and productions to Old Town Temecula. Ashley Ludwig photo

Good Friday morning, Southwest Riverside County. Here are your headlines for the weekend. Live music and Broadway musical Urinetown, produced and directed by Barn Stage Company, opens this weekend, Aug. 21-Aug. 30.

Local news has two doctors behind bars this morning. Carlsbad resident, Dr. John Francis McGuire, is currently behind bars while prosecutors evaluate the allegations raised against him at a Temecula Hospital. A Hemet Chiropractor, Dr. Jeffrey Richard Marrs, has been sentenced to one year in jail following his trial.

ENTERTAINMENT:

Barn Stage Company brings Broadway shows to Temecula with Broadway show “Urinetown” opening this weekend.

Just south, in Fallbrook, the Jazz and Wine festival promises to bring the best in live music, food, and fun. For more information, read:

LOCAL NEWS:

In Murrieta, an Ear Nose and Throat doctor suspected of sexually assaulting a patient during a surgical procedure in Temecula is behind bars as prosecutors scrutinize the allegations against him. Forty-four-year-old John Francis McGuire of San Diego County was booked into jail in lieu of 3 million dollars bail.

In Hemet, a chiropractor who groped two female patients during physical therapy sessions has been sentenced to a year in jail. He is 49-year-old Dr. Jeffrey Richard Marrs of Hemet. A jury last month convicted him of three misdemeanor counts of sexual battery against the women.

REGIONAL NEWS:

Desert Hot Springs: A preliminary hearing is scheduled today for a habitual DUI offender accused of driving under the influence and causing a fiery head-on collision that killed a 65-year-old woman in Desert Hot Springs last year. Thirty-five-year-old  Monica Hernandez Benavidez has been in custody in lieu of 1 million dollars bail since being released from the hospital after the crash that killed Desert Hot Springs resident Maria Soto Caballero on June 5, 2014. Two people, Rigoberto Valdez and Javier Alion, were seriously injured.

Also in Desert Hot Springs, an 18-day crackdown on drunk drivers will get underway today. Police in that city will step up the number of officers on the streets, mount saturation patrols and operate a checkpoint as part of a maximum DUI enforcement period meant to coincide with the Labor Day holiday period. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will be conducted in partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety. It runs through September 7. In all, 30 law enforcement agencies across Riverside County will conduct at least some stepped up activity as part of the crackdown.

GAS PRICES:

The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in Riverside and San Bernardino counties dropped today for the 33rd time in 35 days, decreasing 2-point-7 cents to settle at 3 dollars and 67-and-a-half cents. The average price has dropped around 52 cents over the past 35 days. The Automobile Club of Southern California is urging motorists to shop around for the cheapest gas.

TRAFFIC:

Traveling this weekend? Traffic northbound on I-15 to the 91 westbound will see bridge closure, due to 91 expansion project.

WEATHER:

It will be sunny, warm and windy today. The National Weather Service is forecasting highs of 107 in Blythe, 106 in Palm Springs, 105 in Thermal, 103 in Indio, 102 in Desert Hot Springs, 92 in Hemet, 91 in Riverside and Moreno Valley, 90 in Lake Elsinore, 88 in Banning and Corona, 85 in Temecula, 83 in Idyllwild, and 78 on Mount San Jacinto.

Air quality today will be unhealthful for sensitive groups around Banning but in the moderate range everywhere else in Riverside County.

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