Hemet residents flee explosive carport fire

<strong>Hemet residents flee explosive carport fire</strong>
Witnesses report clothes burned off one man, others injured escaping Photo by John Strangis/En MediaInvestigators assess the damage on the scene after the flames are put out. ■ Taj Shorter / Reporter In the early hours of Friday, June 15, residents of Carson St. Apartments in Hemet fled for their lives after an explosive carport fire let loose. A little after 1 a.m. the Hemet Fire Department responded to a structure and vehicle fire located at 626 Carson St. The Hemet Police Department were also on scene helping assist the evacuation of residents after reports of trapped civilians and multiple explosions. Responding firefighters were able to contain the fire before it (more…)

Firefighters contain brush fire near Hemet West

<strong>Firefighters contain brush fire near Hemet West</strong>
Flames erupt near homeless encampment Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley ChronicleHemet firefighters quickly extinguish a brush fire near Hemet West on Wednesday, June 13, that started near a homeless encampment. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter A fire started just to the east of Hemet West park around 2 p.m. on Wednesday June 13. Five Hemet Fire Department units, a unit from the Soboba fire department and two battalion chiefs were on the scene by 2:30 p.m. The fire scorched between 1.5 and 2 acres, and was contained by 3 p.m. Hemet Fire Battalion Chief James Majchrzak was not able to confirm the cause of the fire at the time, but (more…)

New Starbucks delivers a blast of nitrogen to San Jacinto

<strong>New Starbucks delivers a blast of nitrogen  to San Jacinto</strong>
Ribbon cutting brings city and Chamber officials Photo courtesy of Hemet SJ Valley Chamber of Commerce and City of SJLily Benitez, left, barista, and Kaily Wisdom, shift supervisor, serve up an iced decaf white mocha, perfect for hot summer days. ■ Dennis Fletcher / Contributed A grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by the Hemet San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce was held this month for a new Starbucks coffee shop that opened at 1555 S. San Jacinto Ave. Both Chamber of Commerce and city employees were present for the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the arrival of the popular coffee shop and meeting place for locals to bring Starbucks’ unique (more…)

K9 Unit a specialized branch of the Hemet Police Department

<strong>K9 Unit a specialized branch  of the Hemet Police Department</strong>
Dedicated Duke sets high bar for human colleagues cityofhemet.orgThe teamwork between a selected canine program team member and the K9 is crucial to success of various police operations. ■ By Taj Shorter / Reporter The K-9 unit is a dedicated branch of the Hemet Police Department. Specific duties performed by K9 officers and police dogs on a regular basis include discovering illicit drugs, explosives, chemicals and other illegal substances, finding and rescuing individuals that are missing or have been kidnapped, and tracking and apprehending fugitives fleeing from the law. Recently, one of Hemet’s finest, K-9 “Duke” assisted in an officer involved shooting on May 27 in Hemet. Out of discipline to (more…)

Measure U committee wants to save money for a rainy day

Seven members unanimously decide Measure U surplus should not be spent ■ Sue Savage / Contributed A public meeting was held by the Measure U Oversight Committee to determine what should be done with over a million Hemet taxpayer dollars at city council chambers on June 19. A decision made by all seven members determined that the money should ultimately be saved. Measure U taxes produced $1.2 million more than what was projected for this year. The members of the Measure U Oversight Committee are responsible for making sure Measure U dollars are spent only on Police, Fire, and Paramedics. Measure U is not intended for the rest of Hemet’s city (more…)

Domestic violence group receives trauma-center funding

<strong>Domestic violence group receives trauma-center funding</strong>
$750,000 grant to provide mental health and support services to victims Photo courtesy California Victim Compensation BoardCalVCB has awarded Alternatives to Domestic Violence $750,000 for a victims’ trauma center in Hemet. ■ Chronicle News Service Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV) has announced receipt of a $750,000 grant from the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) to establish a Trauma Recovery Center (TRC) in Hemet. Currently, CalVCB funds 12 trauma centers in Long Beach, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and the San Francisco Bay areas. CalVCB ensures that mental health services are widespread for victims of violent crimes. The trauma center will operate in collaboration with community service organizations to provide comprehensive treatment (more…)

Citizens group launches effort to recall Hemet City Treasurer

<strong>Citizens group launches effort to recall Hemet City Treasurer</strong>
Concerned citizens question city about safety of locally invested CD Photo by Pixabay.comAre the city’s investments being wisely managed? ■ By Taj Shorter / Reporter There’s a move afoot to recall the Hemet City Treasurer. In the Valley Chronicle’s May 17 issue, a petition to recall the City Treasurer was published by a group of citizens who are questioning the treasurer’s history of investing the city’s money. The petition highlighted multiple issues revolving around the City of Hemet’s investment practices. The main one concerns the “safety” of Hemet’s taxpayer dollars. The City of Hemet has about a half million dollars in a certificate of deposit (CD) with the Bank of Hemet (more…)

Hemet couple gets package with scaly stowaway

<strong>Hemet couple gets package with scaly stowaway</strong>
Dragon discovered inside bicycle box from online purchase Photos courtesy of Riverside County Animal ServicesThe scaly creature climbs on top of Officer Mathewson’s back. ■ Riverside County Department of Animal Services A couple in the Hemet area discovered a bearded dragon inside a package delivered to them on Wednesday June 6. Al and Chris Brummett ordered a bicycle from as a gift for one of their granddaughters. Mr. Brummett made the startling find after unboxing the bicycle. He was in the midst of his assemble job when he noticed a critter in the box staring back at him. “At first I freaked out because he was so big,” Brummett said. (more…)

Local firefighters advocate emergency preparedness

<strong>Local firefighters advocate emergency preparedness</strong>
City of Hemet Fire Department sets up booth outside of Walmart for National Safety Month Photo by Taj Shorter/The Valley ChronicleFrom left to right: Firefighter/Paramedic Daniel Rosenberg, Captain Pat Brown, and Engineer Aaron Sheehey pose outside of their booth at the Walmart Neighborhood Market off of Florida Avenue. ■ By Taj Shorter / Reporter On Friday June 8, Hemet Fire Department parked one of its fire trucks outside of the Walmart Neighborhood Market off of Florida Avenue and ran a booth to advocate emergency preparedness. Firefighter paramedic Daniel Rosenberg, Captain Pat Brown, and engineer Aaron Sheehey were present and in charge of operating the booth and greeting the public. “We’re just (more…)

Soboba Tribe contributes $1 million toward pool at San Jacinto High

<strong>Soboba Tribe contributes $1 million toward pool at San Jacinto High</strong>
School district to fulfill longtime dream of building competition swimming pool Photos courtesy of San Jacinto Unified School DistrictA ceremony for the Soboba Aquatics Center at San Jacinto High School brought smiles to the participants as School Board Member Deborah Rex’s grandsons Jared and Logan Hollist pitched in to help. From left, Trica Ojeda, Diane Perez, Jasmin Rubio, Willie Hamilton, John Norman, Deborah Rex, Rose Salgado, Isaiah Vivanco, Michael Castello and Kelli Hurtado. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed With the help of a $1 million donation by the Soboba Tribal Council, San Jacinto High School is going to be getting a new competition swimming pool. More than two decades have (more…)