Big fire destroys auto body shop

<strong>Big fire destroys auto body shop</strong>
Prized vintage cars among inferno’s casualties Photos by John Strangis ENG News & Ricardo Ruelas HE NewsHemet firefighters battle a large commercial building fire Friday, March 15, at 1000 N. State Street. Damage to the building, equipment, and vehicles inside was estimated at $500,000. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor Firefighters from Hemet and surrounding areas battled a large fire in a commercial building Friday night, March 15, on North State Street in Hemet. The building and several vehicles were destroyed, but there were no reported injuries. Initial estimates place the damage at about $500,000. Around 8 p.m., the Hemet Fire Department responded to reports of a fire and explosions (more…)

Suspect attacks man with fire extinguisher

<strong>Suspect attacks man with fire extinguisher</strong>
Hemet Police Department19 year-old Joseph Anzelmo. ■ Chronicle News Staff In the early hours of Monday, Mar. 11, Hemet Police and Fire personnel responded to the 100 block of East Stetson Avenue regarding reports of a male victim being struck with a fire extinguisher. The 30 year-old victim was found unconscious and suffering from head trauma. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital where he was reported to be in critical condition. The suspect, 19 year-old Joseph Anzelmo, allegedly fled the scene with the victim’s property. Fortunately a witness had followed Anzelmo, which ultimately resulted in Anzelmo’s apprehension by police. After his arrest, Anzelmo was taken into custody for the (more…)

Local sting operation

Five adults arrested for selling alcohol to minors ■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed On Saturday, Mar. 9, the Hemet Police Department ROCS (Restoring Our Community Strategy) Team arrested five adults for furnishing alcohol to minors. One of those five adults was also arrested for allegedly driving a motor vehicle while under the influence. Two vehicles were towed and one of the businesses involved was found to be selling unlawful glassware, which was seized. These arrests were the result of a “shoulder tap” operation in which minors, under the direct supervision of ROCS Detectives, attempted to purchase alcohol from patrons visiting licensed liquor stores in the City of Hemet. During this (more…)

Man leads police chase from Menifee to Hemet

<strong>Man leads police chase from Menifee to Hemet</strong>
Eddie George / Hemet Eye NewsA fugitive, 30 year-old Johnny Ray Autry Jr., was arrested after leading officials on a dangerous pursuit from Menifee to Hemet where he fled on foot after crashing into two cars and a fence. ■ By Taj Shorter / Metro Editor A man was arrested after leading Menifee police on a reckless pursuit into Hemet on Mar. 10. Last Sunday, a Menifee Police Department deputy attempted to stop a white Honda that had ran a red light. After checking the plates, the deputy found out the car was reported stolen. The driver, Johnny Ray Autry Jr., 30, failed to yield to the deputy and began driving (more…)

Stabbed through the heart

<strong>Stabbed through the heart</strong>
Hemet man dead, accused attacker jailed Courtesy Wilver Garcia family and Facebook.comWilver Garcia died Friday night after being stabbed through the heart following a confrontation with a man police say was from Beaumont. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor A Beaumont man is in jail on a $1 million bond after being arrested for investigation of second degree murder in the stabbing death of Wilver Aroldo Garcia, a 23-year-old Guatemalan immigrant who lived in Hemet. Police reported arresting Mark Anthony Acevedo, 22, in connection with the crime, which is still under investigation. Acevedo was arrested by police early Sunday morning in Beaumont at a location on Sunburst Drive, according to (more…)

Traffic stop leads to suspected mailbox burglar

<strong>Traffic stop leads to suspected mailbox burglar</strong>
Hemet Police Crime Suppression Unit sniffs out trouble Photos by Hemet Police DepartmentPolice discovered a cache of contraband when they stopped a vehicle for a minor traffic infraction. ■ Chronicle News Service Alert Hemet Police detectives who spotted a vehicle with a minor traffic violation uncovered what appears to have been a string of mailbox burglaries. On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Hemet Police Department Crime Suppression detectives were patrolling in the area of Florida and Tahquitz avenues when they observed a black 2018 Jeep Compass with no front license plate. Police identified this man as Bradley Henry who was arrested in connection with illegal drugs and stealing mail out of mailboxes, police (more…)

Hemet Police discover hard drugs after traffic stop

<strong><h2>Hemet Police discover hard drugs after traffic stop</h2></strong>
Local man on community release taken back to jail Hemet PolicePolice confiscated a half pound of meth, 50 grams of heroin, and a wad of cash following a traffic stop on Palm Avenue a week ago Wednesday. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor Police arrested a 52-year-old Hemet man on drug charges last week and confiscated a sizable stash of methamphetamine and heroin. Hemet PoliceJoseph Navas, 52, arrested on suspicion of illegally possessing meth and heroin. Arrested and jailed on suspicion of drug and parole-related offenses was Joseph Navas, a resident of Hemet, according to Hemet Police Lt. Nate Miller. Police were patrolling in the 400 block of N. Palm (more…)

Elderly Hemet man drives into a home and tree

■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed Last week, an elderly Hemet man unknowingly drove through a residence and hit a tree after becoming incapacitated from a medical emergency. In the early afternoon on Wednesday, Feb. 20, the Hemet Police Department received calls about a traffic collision that had occurred in the 2600 block of Silver Oak Way, in the Seven Hills Community of Hemet. Several people had called 911 reporting a white Toyota truck that had driven through a front yard, collided into a home, and then ultimately hit a tree. When Hemet Police officers arrived on scene, they found the driver of a white Tacoma had collided into a tree (more…)

Update on murder/suicide in Hemet

■ Chronicle News Staff Two women have been identified in an apparent murder-suicide that occurred within a residential fire almost two months ago in Hemet. On the evening of Saturday, Dec. 29, Hemet Fire responded to the 1600 block of West Johnston Avenue regarding a residential fire. Fire personnel entered the home and located an elderly female who was suffering from significant burns over a majority of her body. She was transported to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced deceased. A second female was found already deceased in the residence. At the time, an investigation was put on hold pending notification of kin. Arson investigators and Hemet Police detectives recently (more…)

Traffic stop reveals over 100 ID theft victims

<strong>Traffic stop reveals over 100 ID theft victims</strong>
Hemet Police Department24 year-old Laurence Lennon Bealer from Hemet. Hemet Police Department47 year-old Laura Leigh Maynard from Hemet. ■ Chronicle News Staff Last month, Task Force Officers (TFO) of the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force discovered personal identifying documents affecting over 100 victims of possible identity theft after pulling over two suspects in Hemet. On Jan 29, Hemet TFOs conducted a routine traffic stop for a vehicle code violation in the 100 block of South Girard Street in Hemet. Officers identified the driver as 24 year-old Laurence Bealer and the passenger as 47 year-old Laura Maynard. Both suspects are residents of Hemet. Bealer was on probation for identity theft at (more…)