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Man killed in Perris crash identified as SJ resident

■ Chronicle News / Staff A man from San Jacinto has been identified as the motorcyclist in a fatal crash that occurred on Nov. 28 in Perris. The rider was 22 year-old Thomas Llamas. Last Wednesday evening, Llamas was traveling eastbound down Rider Street going towards Wilson Avenue. At the same time, the other vehicle involved was going westbound down Rider Street and then turned southbound onto Wilson Avenue. The vehicle came directly in front of the motorcyclist’s path and collided. Llamas was ejected from the motorcycle. When authorities first arrived on scene, they discovered Llamas who had sustained major injuries and the driver of the other vehicle, a 21 year-old (more…)
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Unraveling homicide cases gone cold

■ Chronicle News / Staff Too many horrific homicide cases remain unresolved. The perpetrators, in their perverse minds, must be planning to the minutest detail how to confuse police investigators until the case is superseded by other more recent crimes that impede the authorities from expeditiously coming to a just conclusion every murder case until they get lost in the shuffle for years. Fortunately for our communities, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Central Homicide Unit (CHU) is structured to restart an inactive investigation picking up where previous inquiries were suspended, until brought to a satisfactory conclusion. The unit utilizes four squads of five investigators to address the many critical aspects of (more…)
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Don’t give thieves an opening over the holidays

<strong>Don’t give thieves an opening over the holidays</strong>
Metro ServiceUse any anti-theft device that your car is equipped with, and never leave packages on the seat in the open. Guard your packages at home and in the car ■ Hemet Police Deparment / Contributed During the holidays, police are reminding citizens to keep a close eye on your vehicles and the contents within them, and take precautions when taking delivery of online purchases. Advice from the Hemet Police Department on staying safe during the holiday season includes a few tips that we all would be wise to follow. First, always lock your car, use any anti-theft device that your car is equipped with, and never leave packages on the (more…)
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Trespassing call leads to arrests for guns and drugs

<strong>Trespassing call leads to arrests for guns and drugs</strong>
Photos by HPDGuns and drugs were seized at a residence in the 200 block of South Ramona Street where Hemet Police responded to a call about trespassing. ■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed Two Hemet residents were arrested last week for investigation of possessing drugs, firearms, and stolen property. On Nov.13, R.O.C.S. Detectives (Restoring Our Community Strategy) responded to a call about a parking lot near a restaurant in the 1800 block of East Florida Avenue. The call came from a business owner who reported that there was a transient encampment and that the occupants were refusing to leave. The reporting party also told dispatch that the occupants had needles with (more…)
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Hemet Police Department receives traffic grant

New funds will facilitate better education and enforcement on traffic safety ■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed The Hemet Police Department has been awarded a $130,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long enforcement and public awareness program. The traffic safety program is intended to educate the public on safe roadway habits and deter people from violating traffic laws or practicing other unsafe behaviors that lead to injuries and fatalities. The grant from OTS will fund various education and enforcement activities for the 2019 federal fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019) such as: • Traffic safety education presentations for youth and community members (more…)
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PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS

<strong>PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS</strong>
Colorado River Station Acquires New Boat Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s2019 River Hawk – 20’ Paragon, patrol boat. In replacement of an unusable boat originally purchased in 2000, on Wednesday. October 24, 2018, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station took delivery of a new 2019 River Hawk – 20’ Paragon patrol boat, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s press release. Personnel from the station conduct high-visibility river patrols and search and rescue operations along a 60 mile stretch of the Colorado River along the California/Arizona border, from Imperial County in the south, up to San Bernardino County in the North. The state of the art 2019 River Hawk – 20’ (more…)
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Off-duty deputy nabs hit-and-run driver

A crash involving three vehicles sends one to the hospital ■ Chronicle News / Staff A driver who crashed into the back of another vehicle Saturday evening, Nov. 4, sending one person to the hospital, fled the scene but was apprehended by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy, according to witnesses. Witnesses told police a blue Hyundai crashed into the back of a white Honda on E. Thornton Avenue just north of Echo Hills Golf Course about 5:18 p.m. The Honda then crashed into a gold sedan sending vehicle parts flying, according to news reports. Unfazed by the crash, but with the front of his vehicle demolished, the driver of the Hyundai kept (more…)
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Hemet High student killed in mountain crash

Heroic medevac team arrives too late to save teen ■ Chronicle News / Staff A 15-year-old girl believed to be a student at Hemet High School was killed in a traffic collision near Idyllwild Sunday, Nov. 4, according to the California Highway Patrol. Lilah Grace Whitney, who lived in Mountain Center, died at 5:09 p.m., the Riverside County Coroner confirmed. Whitney is believed to have died while waiting to be airlifted from the mountain. She and an unknown number of other individuals were involved in a crash about 25 minutes earlier on the Banning-Idyllwild Panoramic Highway, or State Route 243, as the vehicle in which she was riding apparently collided with (more…)
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Man dies in shootout with Hemet Police

■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed A man has died after fleeing from Hemet Police and firing at officers in an officer involved shooting, according to police reports. On the evening of Sunday, Nov. 11, a Hemet Police officer attempted to conduct an enforcement stop on a vehicle in the 200 block of South Yale Street in Hemet, according to police. Initially, the vehicle didn’t pull over, then finally stopped in the parking lot of an apartment building nearby, officers said. Immediately after stopping, a passenger in the vehicle jumped out and fled on foot, and an officer gave chase. The male suspect fired a gun at the pursuing officer during (more…)
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Emergency preparedness do’s & don’ts

<strong>Emergency preparedness do’s & don’ts</strong>
■ Mike Olin, President of Country Lake C.E.R.T. / Contributed The following information is important for all C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) personnel to be aware of, as well as the general public. Consider the following Do’s and Don’ts, and how these rules could impact you during and following an emergency or disaster where you live. – Have a telephone contact outside California to report where you are and your condition. – Carry in your car: Disaster emergency kit with food & water that will last you 3 days, First Aid supplies, Fire Extinguisher, Blankets, Flash light & extra batteries, Tool kit. – Have extra cash on hand in small denominations. (more…)