Riverside County

  • prison Jun 1

    Correctional Officer at Norco Prison Dies After Testing Positive for Coronavirus

    The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Sunday announced the death of a correctional officer who worked at the state prison in Norco and recently tested positive for COVID-19. Danny Mendoza, 53, died on Saturday, according to a CDCR statement issued late this afternoon that did not specify whether he died at a hospital. An exact cause of death will…

  • coronavirus May 26

    Riverside County Sees Highest One-Day Total of Coronavirus Cases

    Riverside County reported its highest one-day increase of COVID-19 cases on Monday on the heels of a major easing of public health orders this weekend that allowed in-person dining and shopping. Health officials reported three days worth of data, showing 88 new cases on Saturday, 180 on Sunday and 272 Monday, the highest single-day figure since the county began keeping…

  • NFL May 23

    Former NFL Quarterback Ryan Leaf Arrested For Alleged Domestic Battery

    Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested Friday afternoon in Palm Desert, California, for suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery. Leaf, 44, was arrested about 2 p.m. on Grapevine Street in Palm Desert, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The exact location was not released. Leaf was booked for domestic battery and held at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility…

  • Riverside County May 16

    Riverside County’s Soboba Casino Scheduled to Reopen May 27

    The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians announced plans to reopen their Soboba Casino near San Jacinto at noon on May 27 with new measures in place designed to guard against COVID-19. Those measures will include temperature checks with thermal cameras, a requirement that staff and visitors wear masks and a smoking ban on the casino floor, although there will be…

  • indio May 8

    Father Accused of Throwing 1-Year-Old Daughter to Her Death From Cliff Arrested

    A father who allegedly tossed his 1-year-old daughter to her death from a cliff after stabbing a passerby attempting to rescue her from a car crash on Highway 74 was behind bars Friday on suspicion of murder. Adam Slater, 49, of Palm Desert was arrested Thursday night following a short stay at a local hospital where he was treated for…

  • Riverside County Apr 26

    Riverside County Inmate Dies After Testing Positive for COVID-19

    A man being held on bail at a Riverside County jail who had tested positive for COVID-19 died Sunday, sheriff’s officials said. According to Sgt. Mark Wallace, the inmate died “from what appeared to be complications related to COVID-19,” but added that an exact cause of death had not yet been determined. The sheriff’s department had not previously reported...

  • Riverside County Apr 22

    Injured Pomeranian Dumped Near Jurupa Valley Animal Shelter

    Riverside County officials are investigating after an injured Pomeranian was abandoned outside a Jurupa Valley animal shelter Tuesday morning. The young male Pomeranian, named Lucky Sunshine by the shelter because of the dog’s “nice disposition,” was found with a fracture on his front right leg, according to county Animal Services. A staff veterinarian with the department placed a cast...

  • golf Apr 21

    Riverside County Reopens Golf Courses, With Restrictions, Amid COVID-19 Emergency

    Golf courses throughout Riverside County were permitted Monday to resume operations under an amended health order that had closed them earlier this month in response to the coronavirus emergency. County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser and CEO George Johnson jointly signed the amended order allowing the courses to reopen — with restrictions. Kaiser characterized the change as part of…

  • Riverside County Apr 18

    No Plan to Sue Riverside County Thanks to Revised Order on Religious Services, Attorney Said

    A Murrieta pastor who was threatening to sue Riverside County over prohibitions against religious gatherings under coronavirus-related public health orders will not move forward thanks to amended orders expressly permitting drive-in services. “We’re pleased Riverside County made the decision it did based on the governor’s order,” attorney Robert Tyler, representing Pastor Tim Thompson, told City News Service. “We’re looking...

  • coronavirus Apr 6

    30 Patients and Staff Test Positive for COVID-19 at Riverside Skilled Nursing Facility

    At least 30 patients at Extended Care Hospital of Riverside have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Riverside County health officials said Sunday. Officials said they were testing other patients and employees who have been exposed to COVID-19. The hospital is a skilled nursing facility. While officials were testing patients and staff members, the facility was closed to new patients,…

  • coronavirus Mar 29

    Two More Deputies and an Inmate in Riverside County Test Positive for COVID-19

    Two more sheriff’s deputies in Riverside County have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as an inmate — the county’s first incarcerated case — Sheriff Chad Bianco said Saturday. The announcement brings the total number of deputies known to be infected with the virus to three. On Thursday, officials said a deputy who worked at a jail tested positive. “I…

  • Riverside County Mar 25

    Riverside County Authorities Find Starving Dogs Locked in Shed

    A Riverside rental property where two dogs were found caged inside a padlocked storage shed, starving and lacking water, was the focus of an investigation Tuesday by the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. Agency spokesman John Welsh said animal control officers were alerted Saturday night to potentially injured canines in a shed adjacent to a house divided into separate…

  • Riverside Mar 25

    Riverside Day Care Operator Charged with Child Molestation

    A 73-year-old Riverside day care operator accused of molesting three children under his supervision over several years may be responsible for additional assaults, and authorities asked Tuesday for anyone with information to come forward. David Diaz was arrested and charged last week with 11 counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor. Diaz made his initial court appearance Friday…

  • coronavirus Mar 8

    Public Health Emergency Declared in Riverside County Over Coronavirus

    Riverside County Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser declared a local public health emergency Sunday amid news of the county’s first locally acquired case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. County officials said a patient who tested positive is being treated at Eisenhower Health in Rancho Mirage. It is the second case of the disease recorded in Riverside County, according to...

  • Riverside County Mar 3

    175-Acre Fire Burning in Norco Forces Evacuations

    A 175-acre fire was burning in the Norco area Tuesday, fueled by brush and light winds. The so-called Mann Fire began burning around 10 a.m. at California Avenue and Grulla Court in Norco. A large plume of smoke could be seen for miles in the area. Evacuations were order north of North Drive from Crest View to California Avenue. By…

  • Riverside County Feb 27

    Man Arrested in Connection With Execution-Style Slayings of 3 at Perris Cemetery

    The suspect in what authorities called an execution-style slaying of three men at a Riverside County cemetery more than a week ago was taken into custody 1,000 miles away in Wyoming, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said. Jose Luis Torres Garcia, 33, was being sought in connection with the killings after authorities made a grim discovery of the bodies of…

  • Riverside County Feb 22

    Riverside County Operation Rounds Up Drugs, Guns, Sex Offender

    A two-day interagency operation in Riverside County resulted in the arrests of nine people for various crimes, including firearm and drug possession, and the charge of one sex offender for a registration violation. Deputies and officers working the operation, which took place Thursday and Friday conducted compliance checks of registered sex offenders in Idyllwild, Mountain Center, Anza, Aguanga and Sage….

  • Riverside County Feb 20

    Man Identified in Execution-Style Slayings of 3 at Riverside County Cemetery

    The suspect in what authorities described as execution-style killings of three people whose bodies were found in a Perris cemetery has been identified. Jose Luis Torres Garcia, 33, is being sought in connection with the killings after authorities made a grim discovery of the bodies of three men at a Perris cemetery earlier this week, officials said. He is believed…

  • Riverside County Feb 17

    3 Men Found Dead at Riverside County Cemetery

    Three men were found dead Monday on the grounds of a cemetery in Perris, authorities said. It was not immediately known how the three died but homicide detectives are at the cemetery in Perris investigating, said Riverside County Sheriff spokeswoman Deputy Robyn Flores. Flores said the Perris Valley Cemetery remained closed to the public and that there was no other…

  • Riverside County Feb 10

    1,200 Pot Plants Found in Illegal Riverside County Grow House

    Authorities seized 1,200 marijuana plants from an illegal grow house in San Jacinto, a sheriff’s sergeant said Sunday. Deputies served a search warrant at 12:45 p.m. Saturday at a home in the 100 block of Northwood Avenue, according to Sgt. Julio Olguin of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Apart from the marijuana plants, deputies found 30 pounds of processed marijuana,…

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