Hemet Police resource officer attacked by students

■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed A School Resource Officer from the Hemet Police was attacked by students when a fight broke out last Wednesday at West Valley High School. On Oct. 17, several students began fighting on the campus of WVHS. School staff and a Hemet Police officer assigned as the SRO attempted to defuse the situation. The officer saw one student preparing to assault another and grabbed her by the arm, telling her to stop. That student then began yelling at the officer and pulling away from him. The officer and student ended up falling to the ground. Another student ran up and began kicking and punching the officer (more…)

San Jacinto residents arrested for prostitution

■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed Last week, the Hemet Police Department Crime Suppression Unit initiated two separate investigations that resulted in the arrests of two San Jacinto residents for prostitution. An investigation initiated on Oct. 16 led detectives to the 900 block of West Esplanade Avenue in San Jacinto, where a 35 year-old woman named Kristin Gwin was arrested for investigation of prostitution. Gwin was transported to Riverside County Jail and then held on a $2,500 bail. Then on Oct. 17, Crime Suppression Unit Detectives conducted another prostitution investigation. The investigation led authorities to a motel located in the 600 block of North Ramona Boulevard in San Jacinto, where they (more…)
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PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – October 25, 2018

Deployment of NC4 Street Smart On Tuesday, October 16, 2018 the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved the Riverside County Sheriff Department’s request to acquire and implement NC4’s Street Smart software to more effectively fight crime. With the deployment of NC4 Street Smart, we will equip 1,400+ patrol and investigative personnel with the sophisticated technology and critical resources they need to reduce crime and contribute to the safety of the communities they serve, according to a Sheriff’s Department press release. Street Smart will help the department provide safety and security to the more than 2 million residents by providing a crime-fighting solution that arms officers with critical real-time data in their (more…)

Motorcyclist from San Jacinto killed in collision

■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed On Sunday, Oct. 7, Hemet Police officers responded to a traffic collision that occurred on San Jacinto Street near Morton Place, one block south of Florida Avenue. Officers arrived on scene and discovered a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle that had collided, and the motorcyclist was injured. Paramedics treated the man on scene and he was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. Unfortunately, the motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries at the hospital and passed away. The Riverside County Coroner has identified the motorcyclist as Marco Martinez, a 28 year-old resident of San Jacinto. The driver of the vehicle which collided with the motorcycle, a (more…)

Two men flee after stabbing in Hemet

■ Chronicle News Staff On Monday, Oct 15, Hemet Police and Fire were dispatched to a residence in the 1200 block of W. Oakland Avenue, between North Street and N. Hamilton Avenue after receiving reports of a gunshot wound victim. When authorities arrived, they located a victim suffering instead from stab wounds. Initial reports were that a victim was shot in the hand. Upon further investigation, police reported the victim’s injuries were revealed to be caused by a knife. The suspects involved were allegedly two white males who had already fled the scene by the time officers arrived. Officers quickly searched the area to locate the suspects, but to no avail. (more…)

PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – October 18th, 2018

<strong>PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – October 18th, 2018</strong> Horse and animal rescue training According to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department press release, on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, the Riverside County Sheriffs Aviation Unit and Riverside City Fire Horse and Animal Rescue Team (H.A.R.T.), will conduct joint training at the Hemet-Ryan Airport in Hemet. This training, which will take place between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, will consist of simulated horse rescues with H.A.R.T. personnel, Sheriffs Aviation Unit personnel and helicopters (S.T.A.R. 9), along with a replica horse. The replica horse is meant to simulate the weight and characteristics of a live animal without putting any animals in harm’s way as it is carried via the Anderson Sling ( (more…)

How to talk to kids about Halloween safety

<strong>How to talk to kids about Halloween safety</strong>
Metro ServiceIt can be hard for parents to get kids to grasp the importance of being safe on Halloween. The following strategies might make that task easier. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Come Halloween, youngsters’ attentions are understandably focused on costumes and candy. Their parents, however, are likely more concerned with their kids’ safety. Trick-or-treating kids might not pay much mind to safety. As a result, it can be hard for parents to get kids to grasp the importance of being safe on Halloween. The following strategies might make that task easier: • Discuss costumes well in advance of Halloween. Many kids are so enthusiastic about Halloween that they know which (more…)

Traffic collision results in pedestrian death

Man pushing shopping cart crosses against traffic light ■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed A 54-year-old man crossing Sanderson Avenue in Hemet was struck and killed by a car early Friday, according to police. Hemet Police Department officers responded to a traffic collision on Sanderson Avenue near Mustang Way in Hemet shortly before 6 a.m. Oct. 5. The collision was reported to HPD as involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. Officers arrived to find the pedestrian severely injured. Medical aid was provided, however, the man succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and cooperated with investigators, police said. A preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of (more…)

High school freshman collapses, dies during ROTC training

<strong>High school freshman collapses, dies during ROTC training</strong>
Known heart condition likely contributed to his passing Jeff Drost and the Drost FamilyJake Drost, 14, was training with his high school ROTC unit when he collapsed and died last Friday. ■ Chronicle News Staff Students and the Menifee community at large are mourning the loss of one of their own, a high school freshman who collapsed and died during ROTC practice. Jake Drost, 14, a student at Paloma Valley High School, died Friday, Oct. 5, after collapsing during ROTC training following a burst of running that was so fast he came out of his shoe. His father, Jeff Drost, told the Press Enterprise that his son bent over to pick (more…)

PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – October 11, 2018

Human Trafficking Task Force Receipt of Grant Award The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) announced recently it has received a combined total of $1.5 million dollars in federal grant funding following receipt of two awards announced by the United States Department of Justice. The grants were made possible through the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) divisions under the “Enhanced Collaborative Model to Combat Human Trafficking” program. The grant awards were announced Sept. 29 following a successful application for funding submitted by the task force last spring. The Department of Justice awards these grants through a competitive application and review (more…)