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Here is what is going on in Southwest Riverside County and the surrounding areas today, Friday, March 3.
– Two people were killed yesterday and another person suffered life-threatening injuries in a two-vehicle collision just north of San Jacinto. The crash occurred about 2:15 p.m. on State Route 79, just south of Gilman Springs Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. Officers arrived moments later and found two vehicles located on a slope adjacent to the highway.
– Temecula war hero, Cpl. Juan Dominguez, is being honored for his sacrifices serving in the Marines by being given a free solar power system. Sullivan Solar Power is donating the solar power system, which will save Dominguez and his family on electricity costs over the next 20 years. While serving on an assignment in Afghanistan Dominguez lost both of his legs and his right arm in an explosion.
As a triple amputee, Dominguez now has a higher body temperature than average and his home must kept extra cool at all times, which in turn costs up to $600 every month in Edison electricity Charges. Sullivan Solar Power saw their need and offered to donate a complete solar power system to ease the financial burden.
– A former Vista Murrieta student and current Cerritos College football player is facing rape charges stemming from an alleged attack on a 19-year-old woman last year, and sheriff’s investigators said today there may be additional victims. Kishawn Holmes, 21, pleaded not guilty feb. 24 to two counts of forcible rape stemming from the alleged attack at a home in Norwalk last Sept. 8.
– A toddler was rescued yesterday from a residential swimming pool in French Valley, where he was submerged for an unknown period of time. The near-drowning was reported about 11:30 a.m. in the 27200 block of Cresta Del Norte, just off Sierra Madre Drive.
– In sports, Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps will be the keynote speaker at a Champion Honors Luncheon today, which will benefit The Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children. The 31-year-old Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in history and will share some life stories at today’s luncheon that starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Indian Wells Resort & Spa on Indian Wells Lane in Indian Wells.
– In Perris, the Citrus Hill boys’ soccer team advanced to the CIF division 5 championship game where they will face Indian Springs tonight at 5 p.m. at Corona High School. Game score updates and schedules can be found online at cifss.com.
– despite falling in the semifinals of the cif southern section basketball playoffs, Vista Murrieta and Rancho Christian’s boys’ teams, as well as Lake Elsinore’s Lakeside girls, are among 14 teams (seven boys and seven girls) that will fill at-large slots when the CIF-State Southern California Regional Playoff Pairings are announced Sunday.
– The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Riverside and San Bernardino counties increased three-tenths of a cent today and now stands at a fraction above $2.99 The average price has risen 31 consecutive days increasing 19 cents. The price is nearly 52 cents more than at this time last year. Experts say supplies seem tight in advance of the April 1 deadline to switch from winter blend to summer blend gasoline. That together with some planned and unplanned refinery maintenance is pushing prices higher, they say.
It will be sunny today and quite windy pretty much everywhere except the Coachella Valley where only light winds are expected. The National Weather Service is forecasting highs of 80 degrees Fahrenheit in the Temecula
Valley and surrounding areas and 69 in the mountains. There’s a chance of showers Sunday night. Once again, air quality will be in the good range today in the Banning area but only moderate in the rest of the county including the Temecula and Coachella valleys.