Riverside County Superior Court judge imposes sentence on gun battle case

■ Chronicle News Staff In February, a Murrieta jury convicted Rafael Rodriguez Diaz, 30 of attempted murder of a peace officer, assault on a peace officer, two counts each of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and felony evading, resisting arrest and sentence enhancing allegations of committing a crime while on bail and use of a firearm during a felony. According to court records, Diaz had prior convictions for criminal street gang activity, burglary and vandalism to a power or telephone line. Diaz was sentenced on Friday to 54 years in state prison. According to the prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney Scott Mason, Diaz had several issues with the (more…)

Pesticide training for marijuana farmers

<strong>Pesticide training  for marijuana farmers</strong>
County, state to train cannabis cultivators about pesticide compliance Pixabay.comUnder state law, cannabis cultivators and employees who apply pesticides must comply with relevant pesticide laws and regulations. ■ Riverside County Agricultural Commissioner Riverside County and the State of California are teaming up to train the local cannabis industry how to comply with laws regulating pesticide use. The training by the county Agricultural Commissioner’s Office and state Department of Pesticide Regulation is geared toward licensed cultivators operating in cities that allow cultivation. Ordinances prohibit cannabis cultivation in all unincorporated areas of Riverside County but registrants will not be required to show a license in order to attend the training. Under state law, (more…)

Tinsel Triathlon races to Hemet

<strong>Tinsel Triathlon races to Hemet</strong>
33rd annual triathlon to be held at West Valley High School Connie Hall, Certified Race Director & Triathlon MakerLast year’s triathlon was a major success with the help of local volunteers and law enforcement. ■ Connie Hall / Tinsel Triathlon The 33rd Annual Tinsel Triathlon is headed to West Valley High School in Hemet in less than 100 days. With over 90 percent of participants coming from outside of the San Jacinto Valley, the Tinsel Triathlon is the largest reverse pool sprint triathlon in the nation. Bob Babbitt, co-founder of the Challenged Athletes Foundation & Competitor Magazine, Ironman Hall of Fame Inductee, USA Triathlon Hall of Fame Inductee, and Host and (more…)

The opioid epidemic

<strong>The opioid epidemic</strong>
Fatalities rise as big pharma profits Pixabay.comWhile drug companies may prey on suffering, the betrayal costs more than just our paychecks. ■ Muriel Dufresne, Golden Era Productions / Contributed On July 19, San Bernardino County filed a lawsuit, joining Riverside County and several municipalities nationwide, against multiple drug companies, distributors and pharmacies alleging that their “aggressive and fraudulent” marketing and distribution practices of prescription opioid painkillers have led to a crisis plaguing our nation. Nearly 1.2 million prescriptions were written in San Bernardino County last year for opioid medications. Officials said at least 35 people died in 2017 from opioid overdoses, and there were at least 259 non-heroin opioid overdose emergency (more…)

Operation Valley Vigilance leads to more arrests

<strong>Operation Valley Vigilance leads to more arrests</strong>
Gang impact team in Hemet area makes 58 arrests and seizure of six firearms Hemet Police DepartmentHemet Police Chief Robert Webb gives a statement at a press conference announcing a Hemet gang impact team’s success. ■ Riverside County District Attorney / Contributed More than 50 people were arrested and six weapons were seized on Aug. 30 during Operation Valley Vigilance II, the second phase of an ongoing investigation by the Riverside County Gang Impact Team, which is supervised by the DA’s Office. The operation in the Hemet and San Jacinto Valley areas saw 30 teams of local, state, and federal law enforcement officers serving 41 arrest warrants and 21 search warrants. (more…)

National Preparedness Month

Weekly action plans to implement in September for emergencies ■ Servpro Industries, Inc. / Contributed Hemet-area Servpro disaster recovery specialists offer property owners tips for preparing for, surviving, and recovering from the unexpected. Disaster restoration specialists with Servpro remind Hemet-area property owners that September is National Preparedness Month. This annual event, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provides families and businesses with the information and resources they need to plan for, react to, survive, and recover from an emergency, before the emergency happens. For National Preparedness Month 2018, themed “Disasters happen, prepare now, learn how,” FEMA has prepared a week-by-week calendar of recommended actions property owners can take to (more…)

Mustangs suffer Bear attack

<strong>Mustangs suffer Bear attack</strong>
West Valley Football loses to Temecula Valley last Friday Photos by Corey EvanAction shot taken during Friday’s West Valley game against ‘Da Bears. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter Wild animals can throw very wild parties. The wild factor increases when the two haven’t come together in recent memory. And when West Valley High School invited the Temecula Valley Golden Bears for a game of football, it proved to be very wild, indeed. Temecula Valley received the kickoff from West Valley. From there, the first seven minutes of the game went by rather uneventfully, until the 4:59 mark when Abe Flores brought in touchdown number one for the Bears. With the (more…)

Reap the benefits of physical therapy

<strong>Reap the benefits of physical therapy</strong>
Metro ServiceWhile physical therapy can help heal injured parts of the body, it continues to evolve to assist with overall wellness. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Injuries have the potential to sideline people for weeks, months or permanently. Injury to the body can occur when participating in organized sports, fitness regimens or even after being in an accident. Recovering from incidents that can impact mobility and range of motion takes time, but physical therapy can help the body acclimate to regular activity once more. Physical therapy also can help healthy people as well. Those who have suffered a sprain or a broken bone or even spent a duration of time immobile (more…)
Faith & Fellowship

Clergy Corner: The Courage to Heal

<strong>Clergy Corner: The Courage to Heal</strong>
Bill HellerPastor Bill Heller. ■ By Bill Heller / Contributed If we break down the meaning of The Courage to Heal, we find that courage has its basis in the Latin word cor meaning heart. Today, it means strength. To heal means to make whole or healthy physically, mentally, or spiritually. So, The Courage to Heal means the strength to make whole. Undoubtedly, you have had some involvement in a healing process be it for yourself, your loved ones, your family, or your community whether you are aware or not. As you read this article, may you see how your involvement as a receiver or a giver of healing is a (more…)
Faith & Fellowship

FAITH IN BRIEF – September 6th, 2018

Spirit of Joy Community Church Spirit of Joy Community Church, ELCA, announces a new study series: Survey of World Religions. Beginning Wednesday,September 5th and continuing for 6 weeks, Pastor Brian Foxworth will introduce us to the practices and beliefs of several major religious groups. Why is the concept of suffering so crucial to the Buddhist faith tradition? Why do Muslims face East when they pray? Our goal is to develop understanding and respect for the beliefs of others. Join us Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM, 3126 W Johnston Avenue, Hemet. 951-652-2519. The First Church of Religious Science The First Church of Religious Science welcomes you to come and learn about the (more…)