Gone, a kind young man with a great heart

<strong>Gone, a kind young man with a great heart</strong>
Family friends grieve for Russell Bomgardner The Ford Ranger pickup Russell Bomgardner reportedly was driving was destroyed when it crashed into a tree Friday, Jan. 11, on Highway 74, four miles east of Cranston Fire Station. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor A 26-year-old Hemet man was killed Friday night, Jan. 11, when the the pickup he was driving crashed into a tree on Highway 74 about four miles east of the Cranston Fire Station, according to news reports. Courtesy of Catherine Davis and GoFundMeOn top of the world, Russell Bomgardner attacks a tree. Russell A. Bomgardner was identified by family and friends as the victim in the crash of (more…)

Nonprofit sponsors successful shoe drive

<strong>Nonprofit sponsors successful shoe drive</strong>
Hemet Women’s Club hosts fundraiser for local veterans Photo by Jan KrizFrom left to right: Margie Wachter; Jan Kriz, Project Chairman; Priscilla Lindquist; Penny Colgrove; and Reggie Mattox, Hemet Woman’s Club President. ■ By Jan Kriz / Contributed The Hemet Woman’s Club sponsored a gently-used shoe drive to raise funds to help local vets while providing a low cost footwear for people in developing nations on Tuesday, Jan. 8. All the shoes collected were given to L.A. based Angel Bins, a recycling company. The fundraising event took place at All Star Super Storage located on 302 South Lyon Avenue in Hemet. Angel Bins issued a check to the club based on (more…)

Support growing for Punx in the Park

<strong>Support growing for Punx in the Park</strong>
Group easily raises over $500 from individuals and a local business Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleMembers of Punx in the Park gather in Weston Park in December but were squelched in their efforts to feed the homeless. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor The city’s entrenched establishment may be witnessing the emergence of a youth movement that symbolizes increasing frustration with the problems of the homeless and the city’s anemic response to a growing national crisis. Punx in the Park, the group of Hemet’s young adults who has decided they have something to say about how the city’s homeless are treated have determined they won’t be silenced by their (more…)

Volunteers needed for Riverside County homeless survey

<strong>Volunteers needed for Riverside County homeless survey</strong>
2019 Point-in-Time Homeless Count and Survey due January 29 Melanie Lee / Hemet ScoopIt is anticipated that the results of the planned survey will provide critical new information to help ending homelessness on a national and local level. ■ By Dennis Fletcher / Contributed The Riverside County Department of Public Social Services has a webpage that is a goldmine of public services if you visit One important project that is once again up for action is the survey of Riverside County’s homeless population living alone on the street or in a shelter. This survey, called the “2019 Point-in-Time Homeless Count and Survey,” is a one-day, street-based and shelter-based effort by (more…)

Punx in the Park down – but not out!

<strong>Punx in the Park down – but not out!</strong>
Group’s attempt to feed homeless sparks clash of values Photos by Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleThe group of young Hemet residents who call themselves Punx in the Park pose for a photo after making a sign declaring that “Food Is a Right, Not a Privilege.” The group was the object of wrath from some members of the community when they attempted – unsuccessfully – to feed the homeless in Weston Park, a frequent hangout of the homeless and indigent. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor The city’s confusion over how to deal with the homeless population bubbled to the surface over the holidays as a group of young people (more…)

Our ‘angel’ is dead, killed in downtown

<strong>Our ‘angel’ is dead, killed in downtown</strong>
Courtesy of the Romero family and GoFundMe.comJuan Ernesto Romero, dead at 28. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor A shooting that happened just three days after Christmas has left a 28-year-old Hemet man dead and his family grieving. Juan Ernesto Romero died Dec. 29 in Riverside University Medical Center after being shot in the chest and arm, according to authorities. He was found wounded about 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, in the 100 block of N. Tahquitz Avenue, just north of Florida Avenue near the Circle K gas station. Police responded when witnesses called 911 reporting that someone had fired gunshots nearby. A passerby reportedly drove Romero to Hemet Valley (more…)

Evidence supports murder-suicide, say police

<strong>Evidence supports murder-suicide, say police</strong>
Did niece take aging aunt with her in deadly Sierra Dawn fire? Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleThe house fire at 1645 W. Johnston Ave. in Sierra Dawn Estates that killed two women also burned up the residents’ parked car. Neighbors saw the sedan burning and called the fire department even before the house went up. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor Arson investigators are piecing together bits of information and evidence gathered at the scene of a deadly fire in Hemet’s Sierra Dawn Estates that police believe involved a murder-suicide. The 8 p.m. fire Saturday, Dec. 29, that consumed a double-wide manufactured home at 1645 W. Johnston Ave., between (more…)

Chronicle, EZ-Ad, and PIP: One-stop marketing

<strong>Chronicle, EZ-Ad, and PIP: One-stop marketing</strong>
Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleThe PIP Printing offices are co-located with The Valley Chronicle at 135 E. Florida Ave. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor After having a newspaper publish his obituary, Mark Twain is said to have stated: “The rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” While rumors of the demise of Hemet’s long-standing PIP Printing shop have circulated recently on social media, the business is alive and well and operating from a new location – 135 E. Florida Ave., next door to Shooters. “We’re up and running and serving customers,” says John Mullany, owner for the past 45 years of Hemet’s PIP print shop, which has (more…)

Police shoot, kill knife-wielding San Jacinto man

Longtime resident suffering possible mental illness threatens family member ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor A San Jacinto man was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies Thursday night, Dec. 20, in downtown San Jacinto after he allegedly threatened people with a knife. The Riverside County Sheriff’s department has released little information on the officer-involved shooting, which happened about 7:30 p.m., nor by press time had it identified the victim who was rushed to an area hospital and died there from his injuries. The initial call came in to police as a domestic disturbance. Varying accounts of what happened exist, but apparently the man was in a disturbed state of mind (more…)

Casino job fair draws some 1,000 eager applicants

<strong>Casino job fair draws some 1,000 eager applicants</strong>
Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleThe Soboba Casino job fair Monday at the Soboba Country Club drew about 1,000 people who stood in line for hours waiting to be interviewed for some 400 positions. Hundreds wait for shuttles, then wait in line to be interviewed ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor NEW YEAR’S REVIEW First Published: Nov. 29, 2018 The line was long, the wait was frustrating, but for some, the payoff was like hitting the jackpot. When you have been unemployed – or underemployed – or have had to endure a long commute everyday, finding a new job is like getting a new lease on life. Monday, Nov. 27, (more…)