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PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – August 30, 2018

Homeless Outreach Team Volunteers About this Group: We wish to grow and make a difference in helping the community. Please make the commitment to be as active in HOT Team participation as your schedule will allow before deciding to join the group. Our ability to expand and improve in what we are doing is greatly enhanced by increasing the activities we currently have in place, as well as developing future activities. Some of our current needs are: Business Outreach Volunteers: Team members are needed to visit local businesses and conduct surveys to determine what problems are being encountered by businesses related to panhandling and transient issues, identifying what the businesses have (more…)
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Hemet Police introduces online local crime map

<strong>Hemet Police introduces online local crime map</strong>
Photo by HPDThe Community Crime Map is readily available online for residents to access the latest updates on criminal activity in their local area. ■ Hemet Police Department The Hemet Police Department and LexisNexis Risk Solutions, recently partnered to provide a new way for the public to stay informed about crime in the City of Hemet. The Hemet Police Department now has an online crime map called Community Crime Map at the website http://communitycrimemap.com/ which maps and analyzes crime data, alerts Hemet citizens about crimes in their area, and allows the Hemet Police to quickly alert the public about crimes as they occur. Hemet citizens can now view a map and (more…)
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Hemet Harmonizer dies in bizarre collision

<strong>Hemet Harmonizer dies in bizarre collision</strong>
Joe Perry identified as second driver in fatal Winchester crash Courtesy of the Perry family and Jim RobinsonJoe Perry, second from right, a longtime barbershop quartet singer, here entertains a group of awestruck young people in an early photo from his family’s collection. ■ Chronicle News Staff The Hemet man who was one of two people killed July 24 in a head-on collision on Domenigoni Parkway has been identified as Joseph Perry, 82. Perry reportedly was returning to Hemet after leaving his daughter’s home in Temecula shortly before 9 p.m. when his eastbound 2000 Saturn Ion suddenly veered across the center dirt divider and stuck a westbound Toyota Corolla driven by (more…)
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Out of compliance sex registrant

■ Riverside County Sheriff Press Release According to a Riverside County Sheriff Press Release, on Sunday, August 5th, 2018 at 6:21 PM, deputies assigned to the Soboba Casino and Hemet Station responded to the casino in response to a request from casino security. Prior to their arrival a records check was conducted, and it was learned Kenneth Biggs, 38 years, who resides in Blythe had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest. As deputies approached the casino Biggs ran out of the casino and into the parking lot. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department helicopter assisted deputies in locating and arresting Biggs in a nearby dirt field without incident. Biggs was booked (more…)
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PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – August 23rd, 2018

DUI / DRIVER’S LICENSE CHECKPOINT The San Jacinto Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on August 17, 2018, on Esplanade Avenue between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public. In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The San Jacinto Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or (more…)
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Police taser wild man who refuses to submit

K9 Duke OK after clubbed by suspect ■ Chronicle News Staff An uncontrollable and enraged man who police subdued after he tried to break into a Hemet apartment was hospitalized Thursday, Aug. 9, after he stopped breathing following a fight with police. He survived but was in critical condition, police reported. The man, identified only as a 47-year-old Orange County resident, was trying to break into a woman’s apartment with a shovel, according to the frantic woman inside who called police. There was no indication from police whether she knew the man, but initial indications are that she did not. Standing outside on a second-story balcony, the man managed to break (more…)
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Suspected DUI driver sends officer to hospital

Devonshire closed while police investigate crash ■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed A police car was damaged and an officer sent to the hospital after the cruiser in which the officer was riding collided with another vehicle driven by a person who is suspected of driving under the influence. The crash occurred Thursday, Aug. 9 causing the Hemet Police Department to respond to a traffic collision involving a Hemet Police patrol vehicle and a Honda Accord. The collision occurred near the intersection of Devonshire and Tahquitz avenues within Hemet city limits. Both drivers suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital for treatment. The driver of the Honda is suspected (more…)
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PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – August 16th, 2018

Hemet, San Jacinto to benefit from large grant to fight alcohol-related crime The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded a $ 97,815 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) for 2018-2019, according to a release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The grant will help fund operations for a number of programs to battle alcohol related crime, combat underage drinking, and educate licensees about alcoholic beverage laws. The grant will cover those cities and unincorporated areas serviced by the Hemet, Jurupa Valley, Cabazon, and Palm Desert stations, and the contract cities: San Jacinto, Calimesa, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Indian Wells, Norco, Palm Desert, and Rancho Mirage. The grants (more…)
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Anza suspects arrested in Hemet SWAT raid

<strong>Anza suspects arrested in Hemet SWAT raid</strong>
EnMediaHemet Police and SWAT assisted in a search warrant for murder suspects. ■ John Strangis, En Media / Contributed On Aug. 2, the Riverside County Sheriff department along with a Hemet SWAT team raided a residence regarding an attempted murder investigation. The suspects in question were wanted in connection to an attempted murder shooting that occurred on Aug. 2 in the 54500 block of Moraza Road, in the unincorporated community of Anza. The incident began in Anza a little after 3 p.m. with reports of shots fired and ended in Hemet where SWAT executed a search warrant at a residence in the 200 block of South State Street in Hemet. The (more…)
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Traffic resumes to Mountain Center – but slowly

<strong>Traffic resumes to Mountain Center – but slowly</strong>
SR 74 requires pilot car; travelers report 45-minute delays www.publicdomainpictures.netA pilot car like this one is needed to escort traffic up and down SR 74. ■ Chronicle News Staff Residents and visitors to Idyllwild and Mountain Center and the surrounding areas were able to drive up and down the mountain as of last Saturday, albeit with some restrictions on Highway 74, where pilot cars escorted traffic in a single direction. Highway 243, however, had no restrictions when it opened Saturday. The Cranston Fire was 96 percent contained at press time after having burned more than 13,139 acres and was still burning in a small area back into the San Bernardino National (more…)