Bail slashed for doctor, associate accused of ripping off banks

RIVERSIDE – A judge today more than halved the bail amounts on which a Temecula doctor and his business associate had been held since being arrested last week on charges stemming from an alleged $3.3 million money laundering scam. Dr. Donald Woo Lee and Sammy Ciling, both 49, could face more than 60 years in […]

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 […]

Riverside County bond agents accused of pretending to be cops

MURRIETA – A bail bondsman and one of his underlings are facing felony and misdemeanor charges for allegedly posing as law enforcement officers while breaking into the home of a Temecula woman and brandishing handguns. Fausto Atilano Jr., 52, the owner of Fausto’s Bail Bonds Inc. in Murrieta, and 23-year-old Vincent Edward Cusumano of Hemet, […]

Corona pastor who abused child sentenced

RIVERSIDE – A Corona pastor whose disciplinary measures included using pliers to twist a nipple of a 13-year-old boy was sentenced today to two years in state prison. Lonny Lee Remmers, 56, pleaded guilty in July to assault with a deadly weapon and inflicting corporal injury on a child. Under a plea deal with the […]

Felon who attacked Hemet girls gets life in prison

MURRIETA – A Hemet landscaper who sexually assaulted two teenagers — one of whom he bit and slashed — was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jorge Luis Herrera, 32, was convicted Sept. 19 of kidnapping to commit rape, assault to commit mayhem, attempted voluntary manslaughter, assault resulting in great […]

New charge filed against man accused of abducting UC Riverside student

RIVERSIDE – Prosecutors today filed a new charge that carries a potential life sentence against a man accused of abducting a UC Riverside student, who persuaded him to let her go. During a bail-setting conference at the Riverside Hall of Justice, Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Elan Zekster submitted an amended complaint against 30-year-old Donald […]

Charges dropped for triple murder in Pinyon Pines

INDIO – Charges against a U.S. Army Ranger and another man accused in a 2006 triple murder in Pinyon Pines were dismissed today at the prosecution’s request. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Charles Stafford granted the motion filed by the District Attorney’s Office to drop the charges against Cristin Conrad Smith and Robert Lars Pape, […]

Minor injuries sustained in Hemet stabbing attack

HEMET – A person suffered minor injuries today during a predawn stabbing attack in Hemet and the suspect evaded capture. Police were dispatched at 3:07 a.m. on the stabbing call to the intersection of Palm and Acacia avenues. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of what the Hemet Police Department described as […]