Operation Valley Vigilance leads to more arrests

<strong>Operation Valley Vigilance leads to more arrests</strong>
Gang impact team in Hemet area makes 58 arrests and seizure of six firearms Hemet Police DepartmentHemet Police Chief Robert Webb gives a statement at a press conference announcing a Hemet gang impact team’s success. ■ Riverside County District Attorney / Contributed More than 50 people were arrested and six weapons were seized on Aug. 30 during Operation Valley Vigilance II, the second phase of an ongoing investigation by the Riverside County Gang Impact Team, which is supervised by the DA’s Office. The operation in the Hemet and San Jacinto Valley areas saw 30 teams of local, state, and federal law enforcement officers serving 41 arrest warrants and 21 search warrants. (more…)

National Preparedness Month

Weekly action plans to implement in September for emergencies ■ Servpro Industries, Inc. / Contributed Hemet-area Servpro disaster recovery specialists offer property owners tips for preparing for, surviving, and recovering from the unexpected. Disaster restoration specialists with Servpro remind Hemet-area property owners that September is National Preparedness Month. This annual event, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provides families and businesses with the information and resources they need to plan for, react to, survive, and recover from an emergency, before the emergency happens. For National Preparedness Month 2018, themed “Disasters happen, prepare now, learn how,” FEMA has prepared a week-by-week calendar of recommended actions property owners can take to (more…)

Staff promotions mark HPD reorganization

<strong>Staff promotions mark HPD reorganization</strong>
Chief thanks command team for department loyalty Photo by Cindy Boeing / The Valley ChronicleThe newly promoted command officers at the Hemet Police Department flank Chief Rob Webb, center, during a ceremony in city council chambers announcing the department reorganization and top-brass promotions. From left, Capt. Edward Pust, Lt. Nathan Miller, Chief Webb, Sgt. Michael Hall, Capt. Glen Brock, Cpl. Art Paez. ■ Chris Smith / Advisory Editor It was a day filled with pride as five top-performing officers received promotions and new badges to go along with enhanced levels of responsibility designed to help the Hemet Police Department fulfill its sworn duties to the people of Hemet. “Today we officially (more…)

Labor Day: Tips to stay out of the ER

<strong>Labor Day: Tips to stay out of the ER</strong>
Biking and driving are two risky activities on Labor Day Metro ServiceLabor Day traditionally is the number one holiday for greatest number of trips to the emergency room. ■ Darria Long Gillespie / MD/contributed It’s Labor Day! One last hurrah of a holiday before autumn, last chance to wear white (or so grandmother says) and—the number one holiday for the greatest number of injuries and trips to the emergency room—especially for children. Follow these tips for a safe holiday weekend: Biking More kids on bicycles over the last warm-weather holiday of the year plus more cars on the road equals a dangerous set-up for bicycle injuries. Keep your children safe by (more…)

Fire chief comes under fire from union

<strong>Fire chief comes under fire from union</strong>
Members of Hemet Firefighters Association point finger at Chief Scott Photo courtesy of Hemet Fire DepartmentChief Scott Brown is under fire after a HFFA statement was released to the public claiming the fire department morale is unsatisfactory. ■ Chronicle News Staff The Hemet Firefighters Association (HFFA) has released survey results claiming that, “More than 90 percent (of their members) indicate the chief prioritizes his own career over Hemet’s emergency response needs.” Chief Scott Brown, meanwhile, has remained mum in the face of this public attack by the union. According to the press release statement from HFFA, President of HFFA David Prietto said, “working conditions and morale have continued to deteriorate,” in (more…)

Writers unite for poetry

<strong>Writers unite for poetry</strong>
Diamond Valley Writers Guild meets at Hemet Library Photo by Cindy Boeing / The Valley ChronicleNineteen members of Diamond Valley Writers Guild who read their poems. Back row, l to r: Jim Hitt (ball cap), Suzanne Saunders, Eve Gaal (brown blouse in far back), Valerie Eitzen (blue floral blouse), Karen Robertson (orange top), Judie Mare’ (tall brunette), Jenois Harris (black lady), Greg Porterfield (plaid shirt at end of row).Front row: Bob Nickerson (glasses tucked in shirt front), Esther Feigenbaum, Lynette Tucker (long brunette hair), Howard Feigenbaum (seated), Mary Jo Bradley (blond with pink floral blouse), Beth Camarillo, Letty Flood (hand in pocket), Daniel Kuttner (“M” on tee shirt), Ellen Barker, Katherine (more…)

Hemet Chamber Business Expo a big hit!

<strong>Hemet Chamber Business Expo a big hit!</strong>
Photo by Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleBeltone’s Harmony Dick, right, and Grace Mitchell were on hand at the Hemet and San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce Business Expo Aug. 22 to talk hearing problems and solutions with the estimated 300 attendees at the Hemet Valley Mall, 2200 W. Florida. Harmony told our Advisory Editor Chris Smith that he was the 33rd person to walk up to her table and say “What?” … by then it was no longer funny! (more…)

SBA offers disaster assistance

Loans offered to Colorado small businesses economically impacted by Cranston Fire ■ U.S. Small Business Administration The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the Cranston Fire that occurred July 25 – Aug. 15, SBA Administrator Linda McMahon announced on Aug. 24. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr.’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, on Aug. 20. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties in California; and La (more…)

Idyllwild hosts 80 bands in benefit festival

<strong>Idyllwild hosts 80 bands in benefit festival</strong>
Nearly 3,000 supporters ascend to fire ravaged mountain town Photo by Michele MarshSunset Rumble sits atop the stage set up outside the Idyllwild Town Hall. The weather was in the mid 70s, which made outside performances a pleasure. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor It was exactly 49 years ago that 32 bands entertained more than 400,000 music lovers outside Woodstock, N.Y., during the weekend of Aug. 15-17, 1969. It was the merging of like spirits that changed the history of rock and roll. Ironically, this past weekend, Aug. 17-19, was an equally significant moment in time for the small mountain community of Idyllwild where 80 bands converged on the (more…)

Vandals tamper with Hemet P.O. boxes

<strong>Vandals tamper with Hemet P.O. boxes</strong>
Yale Street post office has some 50 damaged post boxes Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleA handwritten sign on the door of the Yale Street post office alerts patrons that the lobby no longer will be open after hours. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor Box holders at the small U.S. Post Office near Yale Street and E. Florida Avenue adjacent to True Value Hardware will no longer have the convenience of retrieving their mail after hours. The reason? Someone has repeatedly broken into mailboxes. Vandals don’t know or seem to care that they could go to federal prison for up to three years and fined $250,000 for breaking into (more…)