RV fire causes burn victim and displaced resident

<strong>RV fire causes burn victim and displaced resident</strong>
Multiple vehicle fire creates chaotic scene at mobile home park in San Jacinto Photos by John Strangis, EnMediaThe RV that caught fire is skeletal after firefighters extinguish the flames. ■ Robin Underwood / Contributed A resident is displaced, cats are missing, and an individual burned after a fire broke out in a mobile home park in San Jacinto last Tuesday. On the eve of the Fourth of July holiday, Cal Fire responded to a multiple vehicle fire at the Reflection Lake RV Park in the 3000 block of Cottonwood Ave. First responders and arriving crews discovered a motorhome and a black sedan fully inflamed. Immediately, firefighters initiated an aggressive attack on (more…)

PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – July 12th, 2018

CERT/Community Emergency Response Team Register: On the City of Hemet Website,, Fire Department, CERT Course or call 951-765-2451 WHERE: TBD DATE: August 24, 25, and 26 November 16, 17, and 18th TIME: Fri. – 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm; Sat. – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sun. – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (1hr break for lunch) Building resilient communities CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through training, citizens can manage (more…)

Fire victims use human chain to save children

<strong>Fire victims use human chain to save children</strong>
Fire department mum on cause of explosive carport fire Photos by Robin UnderwoodDebris from the fire is piled up to three feet high following an explosive fire at the Carson Street Apartments. ■ By Robin Underwood / Contributed Residents of the Carson Street Apartments used a human chain to save children in the building after they were trapped by a wall of flame in an explosive carport fire on June 15. Residents reported a nightmarish experience in which adults were climbing over a chain link fence in the rear of the building to escape the inferno out front that was threatening to engulf the entire apartment building. A burned up auto (more…)

Wife held in husband’s shooting death

Fast police work leads to quick apprehension ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor A Hemet man has been shot dead, and his wife is in custody after authorities caught her heading for the Mexican border, according to police. The victim was identified as Hector Navarrete, 41, whose body was found at a residence in the 900 block of Silver Dust Trail, according to Hemet Police Lt. Eddie Pust. Police were called to the residence shortly after 6 a.m. Monday, and medical personnel pronounced Navarrette dead at the scene from an apparent gunshot wound. Hemet Police Investigations Bureau responded and subsequently took over the investigation. After detectives surveyed the scene they (more…)


Parole and Probation Compliance Operation On Thursday, June 28, 2018, the San Jacinto Police Department, in conjunction with allied law enforcement resources from the Post Release Accountability and Compliance Team (PACT), Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force, Hemet Police Department, and Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), conducted a parole and probation compliance operation at a large apartment complex located in the 800 Block, E. Main Street, San Jacinto. The operation was organized in response to rising levels of criminal activity related directly to the location. Ten compliance checks were completed resulting in the arrest of six adults and one juvenile offender for various felony and misdemeanor violations. All (more…)

Driver gets hung up on way to church

<strong>Driver gets hung up on way to church</strong>
Photos courtesy Kellis Wong/The Valley ChronicleThe library and kitchen of the First Presbyterian Church of Hemet, 515 E. Kimball Ave., was severely damaged Sunday, June 24, when a parishioners’ auto accelerator stuck, her car smashed into the building and then careened across the parking lot finally stopping once it smashed through a retaining wall. Fortunately, no injuries were reported, and the church staff is working with insurance companies to estimate the damage. (more…)

PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – June 28th, 2018

Justice Department praises Riverside Sheriff for tribal best practices The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department announced it has hosted a peer exchange program sponsored and coordinated by the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) Office of Justice Programs, to assist the Rapid City Police and Pennington County Sheriff’s departments in South Dakota. The purpose of this peer exchange training effort is to highlight how the Riverside Sheriff’s Department partners with local Native American communities to improve relationships and conduct responsive community policing. The Justice Department has now released its final After-Action Report for the peer exchange program and notes it has selected the Riverside Sheriff’s Department to host the peer exchange based (more…)

Burglaries on the rise in senior parks

■ By Dennis Fletcher / Contributed Police and sheriff units in the San Jacinto Valley are on increased alert due to a recent rash of thievery that has invaded senior parks along the northern edge of San Jacinto. Many of the crimes being committed in these parks within both Hemet and San Jacinto have been classified as petty thefts. But they are anything but petty to the seniors who experience them. This includes a variety of crimes of opportunity: stealing from unlocked sheds, carports, porches and front/back yards, and break-ins. Break-ins have mostly occurred when the structure (usually a manufactured home) is unoccupied. Police have noted that these crimes are more (more…)

PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – June 21st, 2018

<strong>PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – June 21st, 2018</strong>
Hemet woman killed when thrown from pickup A 26-year-old Hemet woman was killed in the early morning hours of June 15 when she was thrown from her pickup truck after it rolled on Interstate 10 in San Bernardino, authorities said. The woman, identified by authorities as Daisy Martinez, died from injuries suffered in the crash that occurred about 3:35 a.m. near Tippecanoe Avenue, according to the CHP. Martinez was driving a 2007 Chevy Silverado westbound when the truck struck the center divider guardrail, then continued down an embankment. Martinez, who the CHP said was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle after it hit the guardrail. She was (more…)

Fatal crash on Ramona Expressway

<strong>Fatal crash on Ramona Expressway</strong>
John Strangis/EN Media Productions ■ John Strangis / Contributed On Tuesday night, June 12, one person died and another was injured after a two car collision. Cal Fire Riverside County firefighters responded to reports of a traffic accident at Ramona Expressway and Lakeview Avenue in Nuevo. The first arriving engine company reported two victims. One of the victims perished at the scene and the other sustained minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital by ground ambulance. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident and should be contacted with any questions. Another person died on the Ramona Expressway near E. Hanson Avenue in Nuevo on June 5. The coroner (more…)