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…)

Multi-Vehicle pileup in Hemet resulting in major injuries

<strong>Multi-Vehicle pileup in Hemet resulting in major injuries</strong>
Photo Credit: EnMedia ■ John Strangis / Contributed On Monday June 11, multiple people were injured in a multi-vehicle crash on the intersection of Domenigoni Parkway and Warren Road. Arriving Cal Fire Riverside County located a semi, a black Mercedes sedan, a black Saturn mini SUV, and a gold minivan involved in the collision on Domenigoni and Warren. According to witness accounts, the Saturn had rear ended the Mercedes while traveling in the eastbound lanes on Domenigoni, causing the vehicle to lose control and veer into the opposite lanes of traffic which ultimately led to the collision with the semi. The Mercedes and the Saturn suffered major damage, while the big (more…)

PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – June 14th, 2018

<strong>PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – June 14th, 2018</strong>
Dangerous applications for kids In an undercover sting, authorities in Florida recently arrested 21 men accused of soliciting minors – both boys and girls – for sex through the use of social media apps, and officials in California have concerns that these applications may be misused by area youth. Authorities are urging parents to be aware of just what apps may be on their children’s phones (or tablets) and what some of them may really be used for. While some of the apps may seem innocent – they can be used to expose children to everything from online bullying to unwanted sexual messages. Certain apps can even give your child’s location. (more…)


<strong>PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – June 7th, 2018</strong>
Hemet residential structure fire EN Media Productions, John StrangisHemet Fire Department responds to a residential structure fire in the 1200 block of E. Lucerne Drive May 30. The Hemet Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 1200 block of E. Lucerne Drive last Wednesday, May 30, that, according to numerous 911 callers, had flames shooting out of the roof of this single story family home. Arriving crews located a residence with an ongoing attic fire with flames showing. Firefighters commenced an aggressive fire attack achieving knockdown in approximately 20 minutes. Firefighters remained on the scene for mop-up operations until around 9 p.m. The homeowner evacuated the residence at (more…)


Hyatt Elementary Family Festival Night Thank you Hyatt Elementary for inviting us to your Family Festival Night. We had a blast showing off some of our equipment to those who came to visit us at our booth. Kids got a chance to see and touch our LIDAR (Speed Gun), Roller-tape, IBIS (Lie detector) and some kids were brave and mounted the police motorcycle. There were many booths with fun activities for all who attended. One of my favorite games was the “Potty Toss.” Deputy Cortez of the San Jacinto Police Department said that “it was fun to watch the kid’s faces as they threw a roll of toilet paper and try (more…)

Bank robber takes taxi home after robbery

<strong>Bank robber takes taxi home after robbery</strong>
Photo courtesy of the Hemet Police DepartmentAfter robbing the bank, the suspect took a taxi home where he proceeded to overdose on drugs. ■ Chronicle News Staff A Hemet man is accused of robbing a bank, then hiring a taxi to take him home with the loot where he proceeded to overdose on drugs, according to police. On Monday, May 14, at approximately 2:05 p.m. Hemet Police received a call that a robbery had just occurred at the BBVA Compass Bank, 4100 E. Florida Ave. The suspect, later identified as 55 year old Howard Curtner, was seen getting into a taxi after leaving the bank. Shortly after, Hemet Police officers located (more…)