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Tire theft suspect arrested

<strong>Tire theft suspect arrested</strong>
San Jacinto man allegedly stole $700 worth of tires Photos by HPDThe recovered vehicle after Les Schwab Tire Center retrieved the stolen tires. ■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed A San Jacinto resident was arrested after being identified as a suspect in a tire shop robbery. On Dec. 28, the Les Schwab Tire Center in Hemet reported to the Hemet Police Department that someone had stolen more than $700 worth of tires. The suspect, who was later identified as 27 year-old Jesse Moll, allegedly gave the store false information and had fake plates on the vehicle when he ordered tires for the vehicle. Moll allegedly returned later after the tires were (more…)
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Aggressive panhandler arrested

<strong>Aggressive panhandler arrested</strong>
Photo by HPD54 year-old Patrick Bradley of Palm Springs. ■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed A San Jacinto resident was arrested after being identified as a suspect in a tire shop robbery. On Dec. 28, the Les Schwab Tire Center in Hemet reported to the Hemet Police Department that someone had stolen more than $700 worth of tires. The suspect, who was later identified as 27 year-old Jesse Moll, allegedly gave the store false information and had fake plates on the vehicle when he ordered tires for the vehicle. Moll allegedly returned later after the tires were put on and took the vehicle without paying by using a spare key. When (more…)
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Man and woman assassinated on SJ highway

<strong>Man and woman assassinated on SJ highway</strong>
Photo by Kyle Selby / The Valley ChronicleLopez’s father, Carlos, holds a candle in the sky for his daughter. Hundreds of friends, family, coworkers, and classmates came to the vigil honoring Lopez, Saturday night. Woman’s family and friends honor her memory in candlelight vigil ■ By Kyle Selby / Reporter NEW YEAR’S REVIEW First Published: Jan. 11, 2018 Friends, family, classmates, and coworkers of Lauren Lopez shared warm embraces and wiped each others’ tears at a heartfelt candlelight vigil Saturday night at Team Quest Athletic Center in San Jacinto. “Justice for Lauren,” was the mantram everybody was murmuring, as they lit up the gym’s parking lot with handheld candles in Lopez’ (more…)
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Hemet Fire reopens Simpson Park

■ Hemet Fire Department / Contributed Hemet Fire Department reopened Simpson Park to the public on Dec. 12 at 8 a.m. The HFD takes these actions in concert with Riverside County (Cal Fire), which has initiated similar actions at seven hazardous fire areas: • Avery Canyon (Gibbel Road east of State Street in Hemet) • North Mountain and Indian Canyon (San Jacinto area) • Whitewater Canyon (Cabazon, north of Palm Springs) • Nuevo/Lakeview (east of Menifee Road and San Jacinto Avenue) • Minto (Sage) • Reinhardt Canyon (north of Highway 74 and California Avenue in Hemet) • Ramona Bowl and Bautista Canyon (southeast Hemet) The closure of the park was necessitated (more…)
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Hemet woman and juvenile flee robbery scene

<strong>Hemet woman and juvenile flee robbery scene</strong>
HPDSharice Williams, 23. ■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed Last Thursday, a Hemet woman and a juvenile fled the scene of a robbery after a victim was allegedly assaulted. Around 9 a.m. on Dec. 6, the Hemet Police Department received a call regarding a robbery that had occurred in the 100 block of South Buena Vista Street in Hemet. The caller had advised that someone had been punched in the face and their cell phone was stolen. The suspects, a male and a female, rode away from the scene on two black bicycles. The victim told officers that one of the suspects was wearing a red sweatshirt with the Sesame Street (more…)
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Man leads police on dangerous chase through Hemet

■ Chronicle News Staff A man was arrested after evading police and driving reckless throughout the City of Hemet on Dec. 6. Last Thursday a male suspect, later identified as Kile Dennis Kennedy, was driving a green Dodge caravan near Meridian Street when Hemet Police attempted to conduct a routine traffic stop. Kennedy, 38, did not comply with authorities so a high speed chase ensued. According to police, the driver drove dangerously as he attempted to evade pursuing officers. At one point Kennedy, attempting a reckless move, struck a Toyota and a rear tire off of the Dodge suffered in the impact. The driver still continued to flee. During the pursuit, (more…)
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Man bashes woman’s car with machete

Two are arrested after police scour neighborhoods ■ Chronicle News Staff A woman driving along Acacia Avenue in Hemet Sunday evening, Dec. 9, was attacked while inside her car by a man wielding a machete, according to news sources. The woman was unhurt, but her car incurred a gash to the rear body. Police later arrested a youth and a man, 18-year-old Jason Peterson, and Michael Martinez, 25, about a mile from where the incident occurred, according to news sources. Both individuals were reportedly under the influence of alcohol. The victim said it was about 8 p.m. when a man suddenly stepped out into the street as she was driving along (more…)
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Florida blocked by rollover crash Saturday night

Rear-end collision sends one driver to hospital ■ Chronicle News / Staff One person was hospitalized Saturday, Dec. 1, following a rear-end crash at Florida Avenue and Carmalita Street in front of City Nails and Spa in which a Jeep reportedly plowed into the back of a Chevy Silverado pickup sending the Jeep flying out of control and landing on its roof. Witnesses told police the pickup was stopped at the intersection waiting for the light to change when the Jeep failed to stop and smashed into the rear of it causing heavy damage to both vehicles. By the time paramedics arrived, both drivers had managed to escape from their vehicles (more…)
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Man killed in Perris crash identified as SJ resident

■ Chronicle News / Staff A man from San Jacinto has been identified as the motorcyclist in a fatal crash that occurred on Nov. 28 in Perris. The rider was 22 year-old Thomas Llamas. Last Wednesday evening, Llamas was traveling eastbound down Rider Street going towards Wilson Avenue. At the same time, the other vehicle involved was going westbound down Rider Street and then turned southbound onto Wilson Avenue. The vehicle came directly in front of the motorcyclist’s path and collided. Llamas was ejected from the motorcycle. When authorities first arrived on scene, they discovered Llamas who had sustained major injuries and the driver of the other vehicle, a 21 year-old (more…)
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Unraveling homicide cases gone cold

■ Chronicle News / Staff Too many horrific homicide cases remain unresolved. The perpetrators, in their perverse minds, must be planning to the minutest detail how to confuse police investigators until the case is superseded by other more recent crimes that impede the authorities from expeditiously coming to a just conclusion every murder case until they get lost in the shuffle for years. Fortunately for our communities, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Central Homicide Unit (CHU) is structured to restart an inactive investigation picking up where previous inquiries were suspended, until brought to a satisfactory conclusion. The unit utilizes four squads of five investigators to address the many critical aspects of (more…)