PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – Sep. 21st, 2017

One arrested for Idyllwild burglaries

Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Hemet Station responded to the 25000 block of Hotei Lane in Idyllwild on Sept. 1 and began an investigation regarding a string of residential burglaries.
After an extensive investigation, Brian Dustin Vowell, 36, of Idyllwild, was identified as one of the suspects responsible and he was arrested on Sept. 14 and booked into the county jail for burglary. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Hemet-Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-791-3400.

San Jacinto man dies in Bee Canyon collision

On Saturday morning at around 8:15 a.m., Cal Fire/Riverside County Firefighters responded to a report of a traffic collision with a vehicle over the side of Highway 74 east of Bee Canyon Truck Trail in the unincorporated area of Hemet. The first arriving engine company reported a single vehicle 40 feet over the side on its roof. Firefighters accessed the vehicle and found one person deceased at the scene.
The coroner’s office confirmed that Mark Disante, a 56-year-old man from San Jacinto, was killed. Nine firefighters from two engine companies responded. In addition, personnel from American Medical Response, California Highway Patrol, Riverside County Fire Department and the RSO – Coroner’s office responded.

San Jacinto railroad car fire extinguished

A fire broke out in a converted storage railcar in the 600 block of Shaver Street in San Jacinto on Sept. 18 at about 5:37 p.m. The fire was contained shortly before 6 p.m. No injuries were reported.
A total of 13 firefighters from three Cal Fire / Riverside County Fire Department engine companies responded, according to a press release by public information officer Jody Hagemann.

Hemet ROCS team operational

The city of Hemet announced it has staffed its Restoring Our Community Strategy (ROCS) Unit. ROCS is comprised of four officers and one supervisor who will go into the community as a proactive, two-officer team and target quality of life issues that citizens complain about. The team is spending a lot of time in Hemet parks and the downtown corridor and will concentrate on drug- and gang-related nuisance properties and properties that are identified as a chronic nuisance.
Lloyd Sanderson, who came to Hemet Police Department in 2014 from Colton Police Department, was promoted to rank of corporal. Cpl. Sanderson has worked as a motor officer, honor guard member, accident investigator and crisis negotiator. In 2014 he received the Medal of Merit for his actions during a violent confrontation; in 2016 he was officer of the year. He will be assigned to a patrol team as a field supervisor.
Sgt. Derek Maddox is a Hemet High School graduate and began his career with HPD in 2004. He has worked as a field training officer, accident investigator, K-9 officer and coordinator, chaplain team coordinator and crisis negotiator. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Police Cross Medal (2007 and 2009), 10851CVC Master Gold Pin in 2009 and supervisor of the year in 2014. He will be a patrol team supervisor.
If you have a specific issue you think the ROCS team could help with, contact Sgt. Mike Arellano at or call 1-855-513-ROCS (7627).
For more information on ROCS or to submit issues you see in your neighborhood, check out the “Hemet ROCS Issue Submission Form” on the city of Hemet’s website at

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