Idyllwild man missing in mountains

<strong>Idyllwild man missing in mountains</strong>
As tempratures dip lower, family fears for his safety Riverside County SheriffPiotr Hopper-Jasinski has been missing since Monday in the mountains around Idyllwild. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor Authorities and Idyllwild residents were desperately searching Wednesday, Feb. 20, for a 62-year-old man who had been missing for more than 48 hours in the chilly mountains surrounding the arts community. Piotr Hopper-Jasinski was described as white, 6-foot-1, 170 pounds who was last seen wearing a dark gray jacket, dark green pants, a teal-green beanie, and black boots. Sgt. Ken Reichle of the Riverside Sheriff’s Hemet Station said that Hopper-Jasinski suffers from numerous medical conditions, and his family reported that his (more…)

Hemet Police search for hit and run driver

■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed Last week, a driver fled the scene after hitting a Hemet middle school student in broad daylight. On Feb. 6, at about 9 a.m., the Hemet Police Department responded to a hit and run traffic collision which occurred near the intersection of San Jacinto Street and Acacia Avenue in the City of Hemet. Investigators learned that an Acacia Middle School student was struck by a vehicle and injured while walking to school. The student’s injuries were not life threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery. The driver of the vehicle that struck the student fled the scene before police arrived. An investigation (more…)

Gang task force facilitates drug bust in the valley

<strong>Gang task force facilitates drug bust in the valley</strong>
Hemet Police Department42 year-old Hemet resident Jose Briones. Hemet Police Department39 year-old San Jacinto resident Steven Miranda ■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed Last Wednesday, Task Force Officers (TFO) from the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force conducted a vehicle stop at the intersection of Fairview Avenue and Tiber Street in Hemet for a vehicle code violation and arrested two males suspects on suspicion of possessing and selling drugs. TFOs apprehended the driver, 42 year-old Hemet resident Jose Briones, who was on formal probation out of Riverside County with search terms. Briones was found to be in possession of nearly one pound of methamphetamine and several non-prescribed pills of Percocet. With (more…)

Hemet man arrested after dangerous chase

<strong>Hemet man arrested after dangerous chase</strong>
Hemet Police Department24 year-old Justin Mitchell from Hemet. ■ By Taj Shorter / Metro Editor Last week, a Hemet man led a dangerous chase with Hemet PD after officers attempted to detain him for suspicion of selling drugs from a car. On Tuesday, Jan 29., Hemet Police officers responded to the 200 block of South Sanderson Avenue after receiving reports about a male suspect allegedly selling drugs from his vehicle. According to HPD, when they arrived on scene, the man immediately got into a yellow Ford Mustang and fled from authorities at a high rate of speed. There was a brief chase between Hemet Police officers and the suspect until the (more…)

Hemet businesses raided in search of illegal pot

<strong>Hemet businesses raided in search of illegal pot</strong>
One neighborhood dispensary masquerades as ice cream store Courtesy Riverside County District AttorneyAt Valley Ice Cream, 125 N. Tahquitz Ave., law enforcement officials confiscated five pounds of finished cannabis and arrested the security guard. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor Local and county authorities raided a number of illegal drug dispensaries in Hemet and San Jacinto during the past two weeks recovering thousands of dollars in illegal marijuana and methamphetamines, cash, and weapons, and arresting several individuals. In the most recent raid, officers from the Riverside District Attorney’s Office Cannabis Regulation Task Force searched four Hemet businesses Jan. 31 executing warrants and confiscating cannabis and marijuana paraphernalia. The Hemet businesses (more…)

Hemet adopts strict fireworks prohibition

<strong>Hemet adopts strict fireworks prohibition</strong>
Metro Service ■ By Tom Jones / Contributed After following California Fire Code for many years and incorporating a 2016 revision, which does not completely prohibit the use of fireworks, the Hemet City Council made a motion on Jan. 22 to pass a complete ban on personal use, sale and possession of fireworks. The revision of the Municipal Code and proposed amendments to the 2016 California Fire Code will prevent direct conflict between the added ban in the Hemet Code and the adopted 2016 California Fire Code. Citing the city’s location and resulting extreme fire hazards and long and volatile fire season, City Attorney Eric Vail noted that the hazard is (more…)

Hemet woman, 25, killed after trusted driver falls asleep

<strong>Hemet woman, 25, killed after trusted driver falls asleep</strong>
DUI suspected in early-morning crash on Domenigoni Riverside County Sheriff’s DepartmentDavid Alejandro Rostrosolis suspected of DUI. ■ By Taj Shorter / Metro Editor A 25-year-old Hemet woman was killed early Sunday, Jan. 27, when the the driver of the car in which she was riding apparently fell asleep as the couple was headed back to Hemet early in the morning along Domenigoni Parkway, according to the Riverside County Sheriff. Cindy Oropeza-Soto was reportedly partially ejected from the vehicle in which she and David Alejandro Rostrosolis, 23, were riding after Rostrosolis reportedly fell asleep at the wheel, and the car drifted into the roadway’s center median. When the vehicle hit the median (more…)

Peeping Tom caught on video

East Hemet couple shocked by backyard deviant ■ Chronicle News Staff Police and sheriff’s deputies are looking for a peeping Tom who was captured on video exposing himself outside a couple’s bedroom window in East Hemet. Sheriff’s deputies said the man was confronted by the male of the house on Cherrywood Drive in the unincorporated area of Riverside County just east of the Hemet city limits. The intruder, who hopped a fence to gain access to the couple’s yard, escaped following the 4:30 a.m. confrontation. The woman of the house told police she had never seen the man before, but residents are worried he might live in the neighborhood. Apparently the (more…)

Driver nearly hits HPD K9 unit, later crashes

<strong>Driver nearly hits HPD K9 unit, later crashes</strong>
Photos by Hemet Eye NewsThe suspect, 36-year-old Juan Carlos Peguero, is taken into custody by Hemet police after the crash. ■ By Taj Shorter / Metro Editor Hemet police arrested a man last week after he almost crashed into a K9 handler while speeding down the Ramona Expressway. On Tuesday, Jan. 15, a male suspect was driving an allegedly stolen sedan at a high rate of speed when he nearly swiped a HPD officer and K9 near Mountain Avenue. Suspecting the driver was under the influence, the officer attempted to conduct a routine traffic stop. Before the driver could be detained, he lost control and the car hit a curb going (more…)

Hemet Police remind drivers to slow down

<strong>Hemet Police remind drivers to slow down</strong>
Photos by HPDHemet PD reminded drivers to drive the speed limit on Florida Avenue with the help of community service officers. ■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed The Hemet Police Department Traffic Division conducted a special enforcement operation on Florida Avenue reminding drivers the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour on Jan 10. Last Thursday, community service officers dressed in bright green safety vests and standing on the sidewalk, waived and twirled a 35 mile per hour speed limit sign at passing drivers. The officers also wore bright pink hats embroidered with the words “Slow Down.” Drivers who chose not to obey the 35 MPH speed limit met one (more…)