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Stop signs to help aging bridge

■ Chronicle News Staff Hemet has installed stop signs and flashing red beacons at the Stetson Bridge crossing of the Hemet Channel located south of the Hemet Ryan Airport and east of Walden Weaver Drive. Although not at an intersection, the stop signs will help slow traffic to relieve pressure on the wood-beamed bridge built in 1940. The city’s Engineering Department is securing grant funds to rebuild the aging bridge, and once construction starts, Stetson Avenue at the bridge will be temporarily closed with detours posted. Meanwhile, bridge weight restrictions remain in effect and will be enforced by police. The city appreciates the public’s cooperation and hopes to have a new (more…)
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PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – August 2, 2018

Community Alert System According to the City of Hemet Fire Department webpage, the City of Hemet and Cassidian Communications have instituted an improved notification system that will be able to send telephone notifications to residents and businesses within City of Hemet. This system is an upgrade to our former Reverse911 (R911) system and will be used by emergency response personnel to notify homes and businesses with information on emergency events and/or actions (such as evacuation) by way of voice message, text or email. The system utilizes our area’s 9-1-1 database, provided by the local phone company, and is able to contact land-line telephones whether listed or unlisted. The system is TTY/TDD (more…)
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Deadly police chase leads from Hemet into Riverside

<strong>Deadly police chase leads from Hemet into Riverside</strong>
Witnesses concerned as Riverside police shoot at moving vehicle John Strangis, EN MediaThe fleeing suspect’s vehicle was finally stopped in Riverside after the driver suffered a gunshot wound and died. ■ Chronicle News Staff Last Friday, Hemet Police initiated a pursuit that led into the city of Riverside where the fleeing suspect eventually was killed either by police or his own hand. Around 7:30 p.m. on July 20, HPD officers attempted to stop a male suspect near the area of Devonshire Avenue and Kirby Street in Hemet after reports of someone discharging a firearm into a field. Once confronted by officers, the suspect fled. During the pursuit, the suspect turned out (more…)
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Deadly recreational vehicle accident

Off-road quad driver killed near San Jacinto ■ Chronicle News Staff A San Jacinto man has died after being ejected from a Yamaha quad while riding in a neighborhood south of Soboba Country Club on Saturday, July 21. The San Jacinto Police Department responded to reports of a traffic collision near the 1000 block of Soboba Road. The accident occurred within the cul-de-sac of Verona Avenue and Messina Drive which is a neighborhood adjacent to the The Country Club at Soboba Springs in San Jacinto. When first responders arrived, they immediately found the rider, who was later identified as 33-year-old Jose Sanvicente Jr., according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner reports. (more…)
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Hemet man, Menifee woman die in head-on crash

<strong>Hemet man, Menifee woman die in head-on crash</strong>
Driver veers off course along Domenigoni Parkway in Winchester Google MapsThe crash occurred along Domenigoni Parkway a half mile east of Patterson Avenue. ■ Chronicle News Staff A Hemet man and a woman from Menifee died in a head-on crash Tuesday night along Domenigoni Parkway, the CHP reported. The bizarre crash occurred shortly before 9 p.m. near the intersection of Domenigoni Parkway, about a half mile east of Patterson Avenue in Winchester, according to a CHP press release. The woman was identified as Lorraine Johansen, 81, of Menifee, according to the Riverside County Coroner. She was headed west on Domenigoni in a 2016 Toyota Corolla when a car headed in the (more…)
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PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – July 26th, 2018

Riverside Coroner’s Bureau moving forward with technology In 2014, the Sheriff’s Department began a year-long test of tablets for field use. In 2015, it selected one in particular was selected for a variety of reasons to include, a large screen, superior battery life, and an approximate 50 percent cost savings over the mobile data computers the department was using in the field. Today, the department has about 675 of these tablets in use, which has allowed patrol operations to reduce costs and be more efficient. The tablet allows deputy coroners to take their office into the field with them as they conduct death investigations throughout Riverside County. The tablets allow deputy (more…)
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Deadly shooting in Hemet neighborhood

Courtesy of the Hemet Police Department.The alleged shooter, Vincent Calderon, was arrested on Tuesday for the murder of Sequoyah Gavin. ■ By Taj Shorter / City Reporter A man is dead and another is in custody after a deadly shooting occurred last Friday within the Stoney Mountain Ranch neighborhood of Hemet. On July 13, around 8 p.m., the Hemet Police Department was dispatched to a residence in the 1100 block of Stepstone Court after reports of shots being fired. When officers arrived, they discovered the gruesome scene of a male victim shot in the head. The victim was later confirmed by HPD as 18 year-old Sequoyah Gavin. First responders did everything (more…)
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Drive-by shooting injures three victims

<strong>Drive-by shooting injures three victims</strong>
Facebook.com/HemetValleyIncidentsFirst responders transfer one of the gunshot victims to the nearest hospital for medical assistance. ■ By Taj Shorter / City Reporter Three men have been shot and wounded after a drive-by shooting occurred in Hemet on Saturday, July 14. A little after 2:30 p.m, shots rang out within the 100 block of S. Franklin St. The Hemet Police Department received a call about the shooting and arrived on the scene to discover three male victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Nearby witness accounts claimed there were a total of four shots fired followed by a white Nissan speeding away. A Hispanic male was reportedly described as the shooter by one eyewitness (more…)
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Pedestrian killed crossing dark street

■ By Taj Shorter / City Reporter On the evening of July 12, a pedestrian was struck and killed while crossing a poorly lit part of Menlo Ave. in Hemet. The victim has been identified as 32-year-old Jesse Herrera according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner Report. When Hemet Police and Fire crew arrived at the scene, they discovered Herrera lying in the street and a GMC pick-up parked nearby. Emergency responders immediately took necessary measures to save Herrera’s life but, ultimately, he was pronounced dead on the scene at approximately 9:55 p.m. after succumbing to his injuries. A little after 9 p.m. last Thursday, Herrera was crossing Menlo Ave without (more…)
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PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – July 19th, 2018

Dogs in Hot Cars and on Hot Pavement According to PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals webpage, every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car—even for “just a minute”—while they run an errand. Parked cars are death-traps for dogs: On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to 100 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 109 degrees in less than 10 minutes. Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough (more…)