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…)

City drills for water in Gibbel Park

<strong>City drills for water in Gibbel Park</strong>
New state water standards are putting a pinch on city supplies Photo by Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleDriller Alex Kohn of ABC Liovin Drilling, Signal Hill, Calif., stands in front of the drilling rig in Gibbel Park as Bert Soakai, drilling assistant, is at rear. The city has hired the firm to search deep below ground for fresh new water sources for residents. ■ Chris Smith / Advisory Editor Stricter state water quality regulations are affecting Hemet’s water supply, and the city is starting to investigate additional new wells. A drilling rig has been in Gibbel Park all week drilling a hole more than 700 feet deep to test water (more…)

Valley residents warned to stay inside during fire

<strong>Valley residents warned to stay inside during fire</strong>
Smoke from Idyllwild blaze deemed bad for health Photo courtesy Dennis FletcherSmoke and ash from the Cranston fire in Idyllwild continues to pollute the air in the San Jacinto Valley. ■ Riverside County Health / Contributed A wildfire that is burning near Idyllwild is generating smoke and ash that is impacting the San Jacinto Valley and communities in and around the San Jacinto Mountains, prompting health officials to urge residents to take precautions with the unhealthy air quality levels. “Residents throughout Riverside County, particularly those living or working near the fire, need to be aware of the risks of breathing unhealthy air and take steps to keep safe,” said Dr. Cameron (more…)

Fire threatens Idyllwild

<strong>Fire threatens Idyllwild</strong>
Residents told to flee as flames spread Riverside County Fire DepartmentA fast-moving brush fire broke out around noon Wednesday in the San Jacinto Mountains threatening residents of Idyllwild and Mountain Center. ■ Chronicle News Staff Fire broke out in the San Jacinto Mountains near Idyllwild Wednesday causing evacuations and a major air and ground assault to quench the spreading blaze that may have been set by an arsonist. At press time the CHP had closed all roads into Idyllwild and Mountain Center from Hemet, Banning, and Palm Springs and had issued an evacuation order to residents in the southwest area of the popular mountain community. Fires reportedly were burning in several (more…)

San Jacinto man suspected in sex trafficking case

<strong>San Jacinto man suspected in sex trafficking case</strong>
Shocked neighbors describe suspect as “a good man” San Bernardino County SheriffDamian Lamont Beverly. ■ Chronicle News Staff A resident of San Jacinto has been arrested on sex trafficking charges with victims ranging from minors to adult women. The male suspect has been confirmed as 35-year-old Damian Lamont Beverly. In November 2017, two 14-year-old victims walked into the Ontario Police Department distraught but ready to tell their story. Reportedly, the girls had been trafficked by Beverly while staying at an Ontario motel. When the girls first reported the incident they could only identify him by his alias known as ‘KD,’ with his whereabouts and contact information unknown. The victims’ testimonies sparked (more…)

Hit-and-run driver kills man on scooter

<strong>Hit-and-run driver kills man on scooter</strong>
Elderly Hemet resident struck on way ‘to get a beer’ John Strangis, EnMediaA mangled mobility scooter is at the scene of a horrific hit-and-run that left an elderly man dead Sunday night. ■ By Taj Shorter / City Reporter On Sunday evening, July 22, a deadly hit and run killed a Hemet resident as he drove his scooter from a Florida Avenue liquor store where he went to get a beer. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene but was arrested later by police. Officers said they suspected the driver was highly intoxicated. When Hemet Police and Fire arrived, they discovered the body of Ray Billings Jr., 64, dead in (more…)

Rising temps cause recent deaths in Hemet

<strong>Rising temps cause recent deaths in Hemet</strong>
Officials find a couple dead in their home; man collapses outside Metro Service ■ Riverside University Health System – Public Health / Contributed After four recent deaths, and with temperatures rising, health officials again urge precautions for residents Forecasters are predicting sharp temperature increases starting Monday, and health officials are urging residents to protect themselves and others who are most susceptible to the heat. Three people in Hemet and one in Bermuda Dunes have died since July 7. Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer, said it appears three were elderly who had underlying health issues that made them more susceptible to the heat, but that high temperatures played a (more…)

It’s truly the good earth

<strong>It’s truly the good earth</strong>
County class on earthworms helps composters in Hemet Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental ProtectionChecking to see how well the worms have done their job. ■ By Gena Estrin / Contributed Volunteer master composters offered a special class in vermicomposting (the use of earthworms to convert organic waste into fertilizer) last month to teach county residents how to set up, build, care for, and harvest castings and worms. After the vermicomposting class, there was a hands-on “make your own worm bin” workshop. The class and workshop were free and held at the Hemet Public Library, 300 E. Latham Ave. Residents of Hemet and other San Jacinto Valley areas learned a new (more…)

Newest Hemet police officer takes oath of office

<strong>Newest Hemet police officer takes oath of office</strong>
Jake Dominguez sworn in as department’s latest recruit Chris Smith / The Valley ChronicleNewly sworn in police officer Jake Dominguez beams with pride following his swearing in Monday by Hemet Police Chief Rob Webb, right, in Hemet City Council Chambers. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor A big smile, a round of applause, and his wife pinning his badge on his neatly pressed uniform, and Officer Jake Dominguez was sworn in this week as the latest officer to join the growing ranks of the Hemet Police Department. There was a sense of appreciation mixed with relief as Dominguez took the oath of office to uphold the law and protect the (more…)

Hemet PD responds to concerned citizens

<strong>Hemet PD responds to concerned citizens</strong>
Scofflaw fireworks mischief rattles nerves July 4 Photo by Taj ShorterHemet Police Department’s Lt. Glen Brock reports police received more than 800 calls on July 4. While police were constrained from arresting fireworks scofflaws based on after-the-fact accounts, officers did issue three citations and made one arrest. ■ By Taj Shorter / City Reporter Fourth of July was memorable for many reasons – one of them being the evening fireworks that rang throughout local neighborhoods, which either amplified the excitement of all the festivities or disturbed many of those ready to retire in their homes after the eventful holiday. After receiving a letter to the editor from a concerned citizen of (more…)