Good morning, Southwest Riverside County. Here are your headlines for Aug. 25. The forecast calls for chance of rain to much of the county, with thunderstorms possible. Temperatures will be higher than normal, with Temecula reaching a high of 92 degrees.
TEMECULA: Temecula police were in a standoff at an area motel for more than six hours yesterday, on a tip that wanted suspect Edgar Baca was inside. For more on this story, read:
RIVERSIDE: The stock market may have tumbled, but Riverside County Chief Finance Officer states that the county is safe. “Folks need to stop panicking,” CFO Paul McDonnell told City News Service. “It’s important not to run with the herd at a time like this.” For the full report, read:
PALM DESERT: Good news for officials at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert. The baby giraffe born at the facility seven weeks ago finally has a name. The new baby giraffe is named “Ayo” which means “happiness” or `”joy” in Yoruba, one of the languages spoken in Nigeria. Fewer than 80-thousand giraffes exist in the wild. The living Desert is home to four male and two female giraffes.
DESERT HOT SPRINGS: A 45-year-old woman has been sentenced to two years in federal prison and three years formal probation for filing dozens of fake income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service and getting nearly 90-thousand dollars in illegal refunds. Angelique Mobley of Desert Hot Springs was sentenced at the federal courthouse in Riverside.
BANNING: Jury selection will get underway at the Justice Center in a few hours in the trial of two gang members charged in the New Year’s Day 2012 shooting death of a 16-year-old boy in Desert Hot Springs. Roland JimenezArcos and Josue Agustin Magallanes are accused of gunning down Marcellino Anthony Moscozo and shooting at other people in Desert Hot Springs. Both of the accused are 21 years old. Each faces several charges including murder.
Thirty-one-year-old co-defendant Erik Godina faces the same charges. But he pleaded guilty last month to voluntary manslaughter and admitted to acting on behalf of a gang. In exchange, he’ll be sentenced on September 11 to 21 years in prison and prosecutors will drop all of the other charges against him. He’ll have to testify against his co-defendants. All three men remain in custody in lieu of $5,000,000 bail.
DESERT HOT SPRINGS: Two half-brothers from Desert Hot Springs have been ordered to stand trial for attempted murder and other charges stemming from a shooting that left a 19-year-old man seriously wounded. The defendants are 23-year-old Sean Daniel Bejarano and 25-year-old Anthony Ledesma. Each one faces several charges including attempted murder.
During a preliminary hearing at the Larson Justice Center in Indio victim Derrick Lopez identified the defendants as the gunmen who pumped 11 rounds into him with most of the shots fired after he had fallen to the sidewalk. He said this happened in Desert Hot Springs as the culmination of three days of tension. The judge presiding over the hearing ordered the defendants to stand trial.
Once again, the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Riverside and San Bernardino counties fell today for 11 straight days, 37 times in 39 days. The price of gasoline went down by a hefty 2-point-1 cents and now stands at a fraction above $3.60 cents.
Weather in Southwest Riverside County will be hot with cloud cover, and chance of rain looming from tropical moisture. Several areas of the county are running the chance of showers and thunderstorms, including the Coachella Valley where the chance of measurable precipitation has been set at 40-percent.
Blythe is especially likely to experience thunderstorms, as are the mountain locations. The National Weather Service is forecasting highs of 105 in Palm Springs, 103 in Thermal, 100 in Indio and Desert Hot Springs, 99 in Blythe, 97 in Lake Elsinore, 96 in Riverside and Moreno Valley, 95 in Hemet, 93 in Corona, 92 in Temecula, 91 in Banning, 83 in Idyllwild, and 73 on Mount San Jacinto.
Once again, air quality today will be unhealthful for sensitive groups around Banning but in the moderate range everywhere else in Riverside County.