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 […]

Suspect allegedly goes for officer’s gun during struggle

HEMET – A man suspected of attempting to disarm a Hemet police officer who was arresting him for alleged check fraud was being held today in lieu of $250,000 bail. Carleton Alvin Emerich, 49, was taken into custody Thursday night after a tussle with officers in the 1200 block of Florida Avenue. According to Hemet […]

Temecula checkpoint nets zero drunken drivers

The Riverside County Sheriff department held a sobriety checkpoint Friday evening. According to police, zero drunken drivers were found at the checkpoint held in the 28700 block of Old Town Front Street in Temecula. The checkpoint began operations Friday evening at 7 p.m. and ended at 1 a.m. Saturday. “Only one motorist was cited or […]

Three drunken drivers arrested at checkpoint

A sobriety checkpoint in Menifee Friday night led to the arrests of five people. Among the five taken into custody, three were suspected drunken drivers. According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, a fourth motorist was arrested for possessing methamphetamine and a second driver was arrested for a domestic violence warrant. Sheriff’s deputies began their […]

Two people found shot to death outside mobile home in Hemet

Two people were found dead today at a mobile home park in Hemet, both apparently shot to death. According to Hemet police, officers were called to the Hemet West Mobile Estates at 5001 Florida Ave. around 8 a.m. to investigate two deaths. The identities of the victims were not immediately released, and it was unclear […]

Trial to begin for trio accused in violent home invasion

MURRIETA – Jury selection is slated to get underway today in the trial of a woman and two men accused of committing a San Jacinto home invasion robbery that involved severely beating a man tied to a chair. Quadrea Lee Jackson, 24, John George Kiriakos, 39, and Sandi Faith Salah, 26, all from the San […]

Wildomar Church Members Asked to Check for Identity Theft

WILDOMAR – Authorities today asked members of a Wildomar church to check their bank accounts for identity theft following pilfering of cash and checks from church collections. An employee of St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in April reported the theft of donations made by parishioners between April 7 and April 13, Riverside County sheriff’s […]