District Attorney’s Wife Arrested for DUI After Crash

RIVERSIDE – The wife of Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach was arrested today on suspicion of driving under the influence of prescription drugs after crashing her car into a tree. Dr. Paige E. Zellerbach, a 50-year-old dentist, was detained following the 10:30 a.m. wreck at Orozco Drive and Overlook Parkway. According to Riverside police […]

Supervisors approve acquisition of helicopters for sheriff’s fleet

RIVERSIDE – The Board of Supervisors today approved Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff’s request to purchase two helicopters for public safety operations, but declined to entertain a proposal that the choppers come equipped to double as first-strike fire suppression aircraft. On a 4-0 vote, the board authorized the sheriff’s department to move forward with acquiring […]

Witness: “I told her I didn’t want her drinking and driving”

RIVERSIDE – The ex-boyfriend of a convicted DUI offender accused of killing an 86-year-old Menifee woman while drunk at the wheel testified today that he told the defendant three months before the fatal crash that she ”shouldn’t be drinking and driving.” ”I told her not to because it’s not safe. The law says you can’t,” […]

Supervisors choose to not address agencies’ budget deficits

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County supervisors today chose not to immediately address projected deficits in public safety agencies’ budgets, deferring to an Executive Office recommendation to wait until later in the fiscal year to apply fixes. In a 4-0 vote, with Supervisor John Benoit absent, the Board of Supervisors without comment received and filed a 76-page […]

Supervisor: Dormant Ordinance Still Needed for ‘Public Safety’

RIVERSIDE – An anti-picketing ordinance championed by Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone and opposed by free speech proponents remains as valid today as when it was enacted more than five years ago, according to Stone, even though the law has apparently not been used since its inception. County Ordinance No. 884, which bars protesting closer […]

Health Officer: County Is Taking ‘Proactive’ Steps to Prepare for Ebola

RIVERSIDE – If and when an Ebola case surfaces in Riverside County, area medical facilities will have the expertise and resources in place to contend with it, county Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said today. ”We’re being proactive. We’ve been running drills in emergency rooms to make sure people are following protocols. We’re going to […]

DeLuz marijuana crop seizure by armed men in helicopter mystery solved

DeLuz marijuana crop seizure by armed men in helicopter mystery solved

RIVERSIDE – A drug raid near Temecula that mystified a Riverside County supervisor and fueled suspicions that a private security firm — or a drug cartel — might be seizing local marijuana grows was described today by a federal law enforcement official as an ordinary interdiction operation. ”It was a pretty simple operation. We do […]

Supervisor seeks to uncover county’s liabilities

RIVERSIDE- Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries next week will be asking his colleagues to support lifting the veil on the county’s liability fund so that taxpaying residents have a better understanding of what’s being paid out to settle lawsuits and which agencies are the sources of civil actions. ”It’s a transparency issue because these kinds […]

New groundwater management law gets mixed reactions from farmers and water agencies in Riverside County

RIVERSIDE – Farmers and water agencies in Riverside County offered conflicting views today on newly enacted legislation mandating stricter guidelines for the use of groundwater throughout the state. ”Effective groundwater management is the best way to responsibly use what can be a region’s most reliable source of water,” Coachella Valley Water District General Manager Jim […]

Supervisors Give Selves, Other Elected Officials Pay Raises

RIVERSIDE – In a split vote, Riverside County supervisors today approved pay raises for themselves and five other elected officials, making the sheriff and district attorney better paid than their counterparts in several neighboring counties. Supervisors Kevin Jeffries and Jeff Stone opposed the increases, while Supervisors Marion Ashley, John Benoit and John Tavaglione supported them. […]