Man maxes out power growing weed

<strong>Man maxes out power growing weed</strong>
Utility theft investigation leads to marijuana bust Photos by HPDMore than 1,200 marijuana plants were seized and destroyed on Aug. 1 ■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed An investigation at a home in Hemet regarding a possible theft of electricity led to the seizure and destruction of more than 1,200 illegal marijuana plants on Aug. 1. On July 31, members of the Hemet Police Department’s R.O.C.S. (Restoring Our Community Strategy) Team received information about a home in the 1000 block of Indiangrass Dr. that was possibly stealing large amounts of electricity. When R.O.C.S. Detectives responded to the residence they were able to smell what they believed to be marijuana and could (more…)

Hemet High teacher charged with sexual assault

<strong>Hemet High teacher charged with sexual assault</strong>
Math teacher from Riverside arrested after suspected involvement with local student riversidesheriff.orgMiguel Chavez, 27, is allegedly responsible for lewd acts with a child among other things. ■ By Taj Shorter / City Reporter A Riverside man teaching mathematics at Hemet High School has been arrested for multiple sexual assault charges on Aug. 6. According to the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, Hemet Police Investigators received a tip on Aug. 3 about a math teacher who may have been involved in a previous relationship with a student. A few days later the suspect, 27 year-old Miguel Chavez, was taken into custody after authorities located him in Hemet where he was detained near Florida and (more…)

Soboba pitches in for clean up

<strong>Soboba pitches in for clean up</strong>
TANF Youth and residents participate in annual community event Photo by Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansSoboba TANF Summer Youth Academy program volunteers made a difference during the annual community cleanup day at the Soboba reservation. Among the dozen youth who helped out were Asona Arres, Sica Rivera, Ciara Ramos and Jeremiah Ramos. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed With the Soboba Environmental Department leading the way, tons of waste were collected and properly disposed of during the annual Community Cleanup Day at the Soboba Reservation. Residents were encouraged to bring old furniture, appliances, paint cans and other items they no longer had a need for to the five-hour event on July (more…)

Hemet resident receives nation’s highest award

<strong>Hemet resident receives nation’s highest award</strong>
Sgt. Bill Becker flew black ops over Europe during WWII Dennis Fletcher / The Valley ChronicleU.S. Rep. Raul Ruiz presents the Congressional Medal of Honor to William “Bill” Becker for his work flying secret missions behind enemy lines in support of resistance groups during World War II. ■ Dennis Fletcher / Contributed The audience of over a hundred at the American Legion Post 53 hall was welcomed by Hemet Mayor Mike Perciful. The colors were posted by the Blue Eagles Honor Guard from March Air Force Base. The audience was treated to a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem by Darla Fox, singer, songwriter and vocal coach from Menifee. U.S. Rep. (more…)

Community, first responders come together for National Night Out

<strong>Community, first responders come together for National Night Out</strong>
Dennis Fletcher / The Valley ChronicleHemet Mayor Pro-tem Karlee Meyer, HPD’s Lt. Eric Dickson, and Project Hope founder Stacie Olson were among the city and community leaders on hand Tuesday evening, Aug. 7, for National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. National Night Out centered in Hemet’s Target shopping center parking lot. The event is recognized by millions nationally on the first Tuesday in August. Other groups participating included Hemet Police Volunteers, Hemet Fire Department, American Medical Response, CERT volunteers, and Hemet’s Homeless Outreach Task Force. (more…)

Local tribe powwows coming this fall

<strong>Local tribe powwows coming this fall</strong>
From Soboba to San Manuel, see the best in Native American art and culture Photo by Soboba Band of Luiseno IndiansThe powwow is a festive time of year celebrating arts, culture, and community. ■ Robin Underwood / Contributed Fall is the season for special kinds of gatherings. One in particular is known as the Southern California Pow Wow offering locals a chance to learn more about Native American culture. The Southern California Pow Wow Circuit is made up of all the tribes in the Southern California area. Each tribe has its own weekend to host a powwow competition for visiting tribes before heading off to the next powwow with another tribe, (more…)

$150 million bond measure approved by Hemet Unified

<strong>$150 million bond measure approved by Hemet Unified</strong>
Hemet Unified board members vote to place measure on November ballot Photo by Robin UnderwoodBoard members voted on a $150 million bond measure in order to repair and upgrade HUSD schools. ■ Robin Underwood, Contributed The Hemet Unified School District has approved of a $150 million school bond measure allowing Hemet residents the opportunity to vote on the proposal this November. During a special meeting held on July 31, Board Member Rob Davis took the lead in commenting before the official vote, explaining how he was apprehensive on the issue but nevertheless was on board for the measure because of the bond being a tax extension and will not result in (more…)

Arrest made in arson causing Cranston/Idyllwild fire

<strong>Arrest made  in arson  causing Cranston/Idyllwild fire</strong>
Temecula man in custody for starting multiple fires in southwest Riverside County Photo by John Strangis/EnMediaAn eerie scene of burnt trees is remnant of the area that was burned by the Cranston fire, which spread almost 13,000 acres. ■ By John Strangis / Contributed Cal Fire law enforcement officers have arrested 32 year-old Brandon N. McGlover of Temecula for allegedly setting the fire in Idyllwild and others in southwest Riverside County. One of the fires McGlover allegedly caused is the Cranston Fire, which burned on federal land in the San Jacinto Ranger District and has consumed more than 13,000 acres. Evacuation orders were lifted this week for Idyllwild and Pine Cove (more…)

Despite fire, the show must go on

Jazz in the Pines festival celebrates 25 years ■ Chronicle News Staff One of the most festive jazz experiences in the city of Idyllwild will be celebrating a quarter century of success. Despite being temporarily evacuated due to the Cranston fire, Jazz in the Pines will be hosting its celebratory event up in the mountain area from Aug. 10-12. The show must go on! The jazz festival held for Idyllwild Arts scholarships kicked off in 1994 and has only prospered since then. “Just the fact that we’ve survived 25 years speaks for itself,” says Marshall Hawkins, co-founder and music director of Jazz in the Pines who has worked with the likes (more…)

Puppies taken in robbery reunited

<strong>Puppies taken in robbery reunited</strong>
Arrest leads Hemet Police to location of stolen pups Photos courtesy of HPDSamuel Ramirez, 20. ■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed Last Tuesday, Hemet Police Investigations Bureau tracked down and arrested two suspects involved in a robbery that took place outside the Hemet Valley Mall on July 21. Both men were taken into custody after allegedly stealing someone’s most precious cargo – a pair of puppies. On a Saturday evening, July 21, two male English bulldog puppies were forcefully taken from their owner outside of the Hemet Valley Mall, located in the 2300 block of Florida Avenue, by Quail Valley residents Samuel Ramirez, 20, and Sergio Ramirez, 18. Hemet Police were (more…)