Man maxes out power growing weed

<strong>Man maxes out power growing weed</strong>
Utility theft investigation leads to marijuana bust Photos by HPDMore than 1,200 marijuana plants were seized and destroyed on Aug. 1 ■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed An investigation at a home in Hemet regarding a possible theft of electricity led to the seizure and destruction of more than 1,200 illegal marijuana plants on Aug. 1. On July 31, members of the Hemet Police Department’s R.O.C.S. (Restoring Our Community Strategy) Team received information about a home in the 1000 block of Indiangrass Dr. that was possibly stealing large amounts of electricity. When R.O.C.S. Detectives responded to the residence they were able to smell what they believed to be marijuana and could (more…)

Hemet High teacher charged with sexual assault

<strong>Hemet High teacher charged with sexual assault</strong>
Math teacher from Riverside arrested after suspected involvement with local student riversidesheriff.orgMiguel Chavez, 27, is allegedly responsible for lewd acts with a child among other things. ■ By Taj Shorter / City Reporter A Riverside man teaching mathematics at Hemet High School has been arrested for multiple sexual assault charges on Aug. 6. According to the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, Hemet Police Investigators received a tip on Aug. 3 about a math teacher who may have been involved in a previous relationship with a student. A few days later the suspect, 27 year-old Miguel Chavez, was taken into custody after authorities located him in Hemet where he was detained near Florida and (more…)

Soboba pitches in for clean up

<strong>Soboba pitches in for clean up</strong>
TANF Youth and residents participate in annual community event Photo by Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansSoboba TANF Summer Youth Academy program volunteers made a difference during the annual community cleanup day at the Soboba reservation. Among the dozen youth who helped out were Asona Arres, Sica Rivera, Ciara Ramos and Jeremiah Ramos. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed With the Soboba Environmental Department leading the way, tons of waste were collected and properly disposed of during the annual Community Cleanup Day at the Soboba Reservation. Residents were encouraged to bring old furniture, appliances, paint cans and other items they no longer had a need for to the five-hour event on July (more…)

Hemet resident receives nation’s highest award

<strong>Hemet resident receives nation’s highest award</strong>
Sgt. Bill Becker flew black ops over Europe during WWII Dennis Fletcher / The Valley ChronicleU.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz presents the Congressional Medal of Honor to William “Bill” Becker for his work flying secret missions behind enemy lines in support of resistance groups during World War II. ■ Dennis Fletcher / Contributed The audience of over a hundred at the American Legion Post 53 hall was welcomed by Hemet Mayor Mike Perciful. The colors were posted by the Blue Eagles Honor Guard from March Air Force Base. The audience was treated to a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem by Darla Fox, singer, songwriter and vocal coach from Menifee. U.S. Rep. (more…)

Community, first responders come together for National Night Out

<strong>Community, first responders come together for National Night Out</strong>
Dennis Fletcher / The Valley ChronicleHemet Mayor Pro-tem Karlee Meyer, HPD’s Lt. Eric Dickson, and Project Hope founder Stacie Olson were among the city and community leaders on hand Tuesday evening, Aug. 7, for National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. National Night Out centered in Hemet’s Target shopping center parking lot. The event is recognized by millions nationally on the first Tuesday in August. Other groups participating included Hemet Police Volunteers, Hemet Fire Department, American Medical Response, CERT volunteers, and Hemet’s Homeless Outreach Task Force. (more…)

Local tribe powwows coming this fall

<strong>Local tribe powwows coming this fall</strong>
From Soboba to San Manuel, see the best in Native American art and culture Photo by Soboba Band of Luiseno IndiansThe powwow is a festive time of year celebrating arts, culture, and community. ■ Robin Underwood / Contributed Fall is the season for special kinds of gatherings. One in particular is known as the Southern California Pow Wow offering locals a chance to learn more about Native American culture. The Southern California Pow Wow Circuit is made up of all the tribes in the Southern California area. Each tribe has its own weekend to host a powwow competition for visiting tribes before heading off to the next powwow with another tribe, (more…)
Faith & Fellowship

Clergy Corner: Bridging the generational gaps

<strong>Clergy Corner: Bridging the generational gaps</strong>
Michael FalgoutPastor Michael Falgout strikes a pose with his family. ■ Michael Falgout / Contributed All families have their problems. More than a century ago, Thoreau wrote, “Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.” I’m sure you’ve also seen such shortsightedness in youth. But, I have also seen as much generational prejudice among those of us who ought to be mature. Many despair about the future that will be in the hands of our youth. Such pessimism is, for me, an even greater cause for concern. Some say our problem is that the family unit isn’t what it used to be. They point to the rising (more…)
Faith & Fellowship

FAITH IN BRIEF – August 9th, 2018

Bible Fellowship Church Missions Sunday 8/26 Come to our Adult Enrichment class at 8:30 am in the multipurpose room to get acquainted with Colin & Becca McDougall who have given their lives to missionary service in Africa. Learn what life in Africa is really like! Colin is a supervisor for Africa Inland Mission and works closely with other BFC missionaries, including Sonya Dilworth. Colin is a compelling speaker and will give a message on “The Sign of the Times” in our 10 am worship service. When asked how BFC could bless them, the McDougalls responded Colin needs $150 for books to take back to his leadership team in Africa and would (more…)
School Life

Hemet Unified serves up new dishes

<strong>Hemet Unified serves up new dishes</strong>
Nutrition Department innovates lunch and breakfast for students Photos by HUSDNew menu items will be served to students in the 2018-2019 school year. ■ By HUSD / Contributed Hemet Unified Nutrition Services Department announced plans of a new menu for the 2018-19 school year. Department staff have been working to find new ways in which they can better serve their students. During the summer, Nutrition Services, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), offered the Seamless Summer Meal Program. This program provided free meals during the summer to all children 18 years and younger. One of the possible new lunch items will be street tacos. Throughout June and (more…)
School Life

Help students get organized

<strong>Help students get organized</strong>
Invest in proper supplies for a strong start to the school year StatePoint MediaWith back to school approaching, it is important to supply your student with best, most durable tools available. ■ StatePoint Media / Contributed School-related stress is common among multi-tasking students. But smart organization can make it easier to dash from class to study hall to after-school activities. It all starts with the right supplies. Gear up for a successful, low-stress school year with these handy tips. Consult the list. Give your students the tools they’ll need to hit the ground running, and alleviate their stress of being unprepared, by referencing the supply list the school sends home. Then (more…)