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Colorado River Station Acquires New Boat Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s2019 River Hawk – 20’ Paragon, patrol boat. In replacement of an unusable boat originally purchased in 2000, on Wednesday. October 24, 2018, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station took delivery of a new 2019 River Hawk – 20’ Paragon patrol boat, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s press release. Personnel from the station conduct high-visibility river patrols and search and rescue operations along a 60 mile stretch of the Colorado River along the California/Arizona border, from Imperial County in the south, up to San Bernardino County in the North. The state of the art 2019 River Hawk – 20’ (more…)
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Off-duty deputy nabs hit-and-run driver

A crash involving three vehicles sends one to the hospital ■ Chronicle News / Staff A driver who crashed into the back of another vehicle Saturday evening, Nov. 4, sending one person to the hospital, fled the scene but was apprehended by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy, according to witnesses. Witnesses told police a blue Hyundai crashed into the back of a white Honda on E. Thornton Avenue just north of Echo Hills Golf Course about 5:18 p.m. The Honda then crashed into a gold sedan sending vehicle parts flying, according to news reports. Unfazed by the crash, but with the front of his vehicle demolished, the driver of the Hyundai kept (more…)
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Hemet High student killed in mountain crash

Heroic medevac team arrives too late to save teen ■ Chronicle News / Staff A 15-year-old girl believed to be a student at Hemet High School was killed in a traffic collision near Idyllwild Sunday, Nov. 4, according to the California Highway Patrol. Lilah Grace Whitney, who lived in Mountain Center, died at 5:09 p.m., the Riverside County Coroner confirmed. Whitney is believed to have died while waiting to be airlifted from the mountain. She and an unknown number of other individuals were involved in a crash about 25 minutes earlier on the Banning-Idyllwild Panoramic Highway, or State Route 243, as the vehicle in which she was riding apparently collided with (more…)
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Man dies in shootout with Hemet Police

■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed A man has died after fleeing from Hemet Police and firing at officers in an officer involved shooting, according to police reports. On the evening of Sunday, Nov. 11, a Hemet Police officer attempted to conduct an enforcement stop on a vehicle in the 200 block of South Yale Street in Hemet, according to police. Initially, the vehicle didn’t pull over, then finally stopped in the parking lot of an apartment building nearby, officers said. Immediately after stopping, a passenger in the vehicle jumped out and fled on foot, and an officer gave chase. The male suspect fired a gun at the pursuing officer during (more…)
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Emergency preparedness do’s & don’ts

<strong>Emergency preparedness do’s & don’ts</strong>
■ Mike Olin, President of Country Lake C.E.R.T. / Contributed The following information is important for all C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) personnel to be aware of, as well as the general public. Consider the following Do’s and Don’ts, and how these rules could impact you during and following an emergency or disaster where you live. – Have a telephone contact outside California to report where you are and your condition. – Carry in your car: Disaster emergency kit with food & water that will last you 3 days, First Aid supplies, Fire Extinguisher, Blankets, Flash light & extra batteries, Tool kit. – Have extra cash on hand in small denominations. (more…)
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PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – November 8, 2018

About the Coroner’s Bureau The Coroner’s Office was established on May 2, 1893. On January 4, 1999, the Coroner’s Office consolidated with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, becoming the 42nd county in the state to consolidate the Coroner’s Office with the Sheriff’s Office. In 2015, over thirteen thousand deaths were reported to the Riverside County Coroner’s Bureau. The Coroner investigates and reports on all violent, sudden or unusual deaths of persons within the County as established by California law. The Coroner may hold an inquest if the circumstances warrant. The inquest may be held with or without a jury, at the Coroner’s discretion and shall be open to the public. Mandatory (more…)
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San Jacinto man reported killed Tuesday

■ Chronicle News Staff A 20-year-old San Jacinto man was reported killed early Tuesday, Oct. 30, in what may have been a vehicle crash on Alessandro Avenue several hundred feet south of Ramona Expressway in San Jacinto, according to the Riverside County Coroner. Jacob Gurrola, 20, a resident of San Jacinto, reportedly died at 5:34 a.m. following the incident, which occurred about 25 minutes earlier, the Coroner reported. The California Highway Patrol San Gorgonio office is investigating. No additional information was available at press time. (more…)
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The best ways to prevent car theft

■ Metro Service / Contributed The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that a vehicle is stolen every 44 seconds in the United States. And it’s not just the expensive models that are targets of thieves. Drivers may not realize they are making obvious mistakes that can make their vehicles targets for potential thieves. Guarding against car theft comes down to avoiding common pitfalls, using common sense and making vehicles less attractive to thieves. • Lock doors. This may seem like a no-brainer, but giving thieves easy access to vehicles increases the risk of theft. Always lock the vehicle, even if you’re only running into the house or a store for (more…)
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PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – November 1, 2018

<strong>PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – November 1, 2018</strong>
Driving under the influence – traffic collision According to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Press Release, on October 27, 2018, about 4:10 a.m., officers from the San Jacinto Police Department responded to an injury traffic collision at the intersection of Ramona Expressway and State Street in the City of San Jacinto which initially revealed that Angelica Huaste, 23 years old of San Jacinto was driving a 2017 Toyota Corolla east on Ramona Expressway while Richard Thomas, 72 years old of Yucaipa was driving a 2004 Chrysler Sebring and was making a left turn from northbound State Street to westbound Ramona Expressway. The vehicles collided broadside in the intersection causing major damage to (more…)
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5 tips for a fun, not frightful, Halloween night

■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed With Halloween creeping up on us, the Hemet Police Department wants everyone to have a safe and happy holiday experience. These five tips will help make sure you and your family stay safe while trick-or-treating. 1. Trick-or-treat with trusted neighbors. Use the Nextdoor Treat Map to plan your route ahead of time and find the safest, most efficient route to the candy. You can access the Treat Map here: http://www.nextdoor.com/treat. If you’re planning to hand out candy this year, add your house to the map! Don’t forget to choose the newly added Teal Pumpkin if you plan to hand out non-food treats for trick-or-treaters with (more…)