HOMELAND: Two mobiles homes destroyed by fire, blaze seen for miles

HOMELAND — Two mobile homes were destroyed when they burned to the ground Saturday, June 24. The twin blazes, which could be seen from nearby Highway 74 broke out in the area of Falcon View Lane and Sea View Road in the unincorporated community of Homeland.

Two mobile homes were destroyed by fire Saturday evening. William Hayes photo

Emergency first responders were dispatched to the scene of the fire at 9:47 p.m., after multiple people called 911 to report the blaze.

Twenty-eight firefighters from seven engine companies and one truck company responded to the fire, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Public Information Officer April Newman. They were assisted by two water tenders.

“The first arriving engine company reported a structure fully involved in fire,” said Newman.

Nearly one hour later, just before 10:30 p.m., Newman updated that two double-wide mobile homes were engulfed in flames.

The blaze was threatening several nearby tractors, boats, farm implements, outbuildings, assorted vehicles and an RV; forcing firefighters to assume a defensive posture and protect the area surrounding the two burning mobile homes.

Firefighters successfully contained the blaze to the two structures.

After successfully knocking down the blaze, fire personnel remained at the scene for several hours conducting extensive overhaul operations.

The cause of the destructive blaze is under investigation.

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Trevor Montgomery runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News and Anza Valley Outlook and also writes for Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg and breaking his back in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.

Mongols member arrested exactly one month after deadly shooting of Hells Angels member

Exactly one month after the Sunday, May 21 shooting of two Hells Angels members at a city of Riverside gas station, authorities say they have located and arrested the alleged shooter. The man is reportedly a member of rival outlaw motorcycle gang Mongols.

The shooting that happened at Shell gas station at 3502 Adams Street in the city of Riverside resulted in the death of 31-year-old, Orange resident, James Duty. According to officials, Duty was a Hells Angels member.

SEE RELATED: Two bikers shot, one killed, in gas station shooting

SEE RELATED: “Several recent violent encounters between Hells Angels and Mongols” blamed in fatal gas station shooting

Mongols Motorcycle Club member Joshua Herbert was arrested for the May murder of James Duty, a Hells Angels member. RSO booking photo

After the shooting that left Duty dead, law enforcement officials from at least fourteen local, state and federal agencies worked together to first identify the alleged shooter, then execute search warrants at seven different “targeted locations” in six cities, spread across three counties.

Riverside PD officials say each of the seven locations where search warrants were served “were determined to be affiliated with current members or associates of the Mongols outlaw motorcycle gang.”

The search warrants – served in the cities of Anaheim, Cathedral City, Corona, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, and Riverside Wednesday, June 21 – were the result of the homicide investigation that began after the May shooting.

The search warrants resulted in the arrest of Joshua Ryan Herbert, 27, of Corona.

Officials say Herbert is a known Mongols gang member and allege he was responsible for the deadly May shooting. Herbert was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, weapons violations, and gang enhancements with special circumstances, according to officials.

An online jail records search revealed Herbert remains in custody, held without bail. His next court date is scheduled at the Riverside Hall of Justice July 14

“Decades-long feud” dates back to 70’s

Two of five Hells Angels members wait to be interviewed after the deadly shooting. Loudlabs News photo

Early into their investigation Riverside police officials cited “several recent violent encounters between Hells Angels and Mongols ‘outlaw motorcycle gang’ members in Riverside and Orange Counties.”

That, as well as the ongoing, decades-long feud between the two rival outlaw motorcycle gangs, which date back to the 1970’s – were quickly determined to be factors in the fatal incident.

During their investigation, officials determined the shooting happened after five Hells Angels members, pulled off the freeway and into the gas station.

The riders reportedly told investigating officials they had been riding through Riverside on the nearby 91 Freeway when they decided to stop at the shell gas station.

While the riders were standing near their motorcycles in the area of the fuel pumps a suspect, who authorities later identified as Herbert, opened fire on the men from the passenger side of a silver, four-door car before speeding away

One of the riders was struck by a bullet in the helmet he was wearing but was not injured. Duty, the other rider struck by gunfire, was shot “multiple times” and later succumbed to his injuries at Riverside Community Hospital.

Detectives from the department’s Robbery – Homicide Unit and Gang Intelligence Unit assumed the investigation. They were assisted by evidence technicians from the department’s Forensic Unit as well as the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s officials.

During their investigation, detectives obtained surveillance footage from surrounding businesses that showed the suspect vehicle racing through a parking lot.

“Utilizing resources from the California Department of Justice and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,” Riverside PD officials say their detectives were able to identify Herbert as the shooting suspect.

Shooting investigation brings local, state, federal agencies involved

One of several weapons illegally possessed by Herbert. Riverside PD photo

The investigation into the fatal shooting brought together more than one dozen agencies; including the Riverside, Anaheim, Garden Grove and Long Beach Police Departments; Los Angeles and Riverside County Sheriff’s Departments; University of California, Riverside’s Police Department; California Highway Patrol and Department of Justice; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and United States Marshals Service.

The different agencies were “led by the various units within the Riverside Police Department,” said officials.

During the service of Wednesday’s warrants at the seven different locations, officials located and seized several illegal weapons and various items with Mongols gang insignia.

Most importantly, the warrants resulted in locating and apprehending the man officials allege is responsible for last month’s deadly shooting.

After Wednesday’s arrest, Riverside Police Deputy Chief Jeff Greer said he was thankful for the multi-jurisdictional assistance in the investigation. (See full press conference below.)

As the federal agency responsible for reducing gun-related crime, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives “has special agents who have been building cases” and providing their “expertise and assistance” in criminal cases against the Mongols for decades, ATF Los Angeles Field Division Assistant Special Agent in Charge Monique Villegas explained.

One of the abbreviations used by the club is “MFFM”, which stands for “Mongols Forever, Forever Mongols”, RPD photo

“ATF remains committed to working with its local law enforcement partners in removing firearms from these violent gangs and building cases to put those responsible for the violence away,” said Villegas.

Calling the successful investigation, search warrants and arrest “a clear example” of the California Department of Justice’s Special Operations Unit working in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies, “to uphold the law and continue to keep Californians safe,” Attorney General Xavier Becerra said. “The DOJ sees the help of local law enforcement as vital to all public safety investigations.”

“Our communities are safer today from the criminal influence of these gangs in part due to the strong partnerships our department has with these allied agencies, including those from the state and federal levels,” said Greer.

The murder investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information about the incident or who witnessed the fatal shoting is encouraged to contact Riverside PD Detective Jim Simons at (951) 353-7138 or Detective Jim Brandt at (951) 353-7137. Callers can refer to incident file number P17-090790 and can remain anonymous.

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Riverside Police Department and assisting agencies held a press conference regarding this investigation.

 

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Trevor Montgomery runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News and Anza Valley Outlook and also writes for Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg and breaking his back in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.

UPDATED: HEMET: Hit and run suspect with “distinctive haircut” turns himself in

HEMET — A man who was chased down by a retired military veteran and photographed after he was allegedly involved in a hit and run traffic collision Tuesday June 20, turned himself in to authorities Friday afternoon, June 23.

SEE RELATED: Officials seek help after veteran chases down hit and run suspect, snaps photos

Ricardo Hernandez was arrested after a hit and run traffic collision when he turned himself in to authorities in Hemet. HPD photo

Bowing to increasing pressure from family and friends after Hemet police officials released photographs of the alleged hit and run suspect via social media, the man – identified as Ricardo Hernandez, 35, of Hemet – walked into Hemet PD and “voluntarily” turned himself in to authorities three days after the injury hit and run crash.

“Hernandez provided a statement to investigators, admitted he was involved in the collision and admitted he left the scene,” a Hemet PD official wrote after Hernandez’ arrest.

Hernandez was arrested and was booked into Riverside County Jail on suspicion of felony hit and run resulting in injuries. His bail was set at $10,000, according to the official.

“What else could he do?” a friend of Hernandez’, who requested not to be named, angrily commented after her friend’s arrest, “With his face plastered all over the Internet, there was nothing else he could do! You f—ing people are ruining Ricardo’s life and make making him miserable.”

When asked for clarification of “you people”, Hernandez’ friend responded, “All you f—ing Internet trolls with nothing better to do than sit around staring at your computer screens all f—ing day long.”

The incident began about 1:45 p.m., when police responded to reports of a hit and run traffic collision near the intersection of Acacia and Lyon Avenues in Hemet.

Hemet PD officials were able to quickly identify and arrest Hernandez, at least in part, due to his distinctive haircut. Hemet PD image

Callers told dispatchers and investigating officers that a newer-model, black Camaro, later determined to have been driven by Hernandez, rear-ended a Volkswagen Beetle.

“Immediately following the collision the driver of the Camaro fled the scene,” Hemet Police Sgt. Dan Reinbolt explained in a written press release after the incident.

Although both occupants from the VW were injured, when Hernandez reportedly fled the scene of the crash, the driver of the VW – a military veteran who lives in Riverside – ran after the suspect on foot.

When Hernandez became stuck in “heavy traffic,” the vet managed to catch up to the fleeing vehicle and snap several photos of the alleged suspect and his car, which he later provided to law enforcement officials investigating the crash.

Hemet PD issued a press release via social media asking for help from the community with identifying and locating the suspect. The press release included several photos of Hernandez and his car.

By the very next day, investigators obtained a lead from a patrol officer who recalled the suspect – and his “distinctive haircut” – from a previous contact during an “unrelated incident,” said the official.

Although investigators had the name of the alleged suspect and were actively looking for him, officials were not able to locate the man; leading to their releasing his photographs on social media.

After seeing his photographs plastered across the Internet and on numerous Hemet and San Jacinto-based Facebook newsgroup sites, Hernandez turned himself in at the Hemet Police station Friday, about 4:30 p.m.

In response to Hemet PD’s use of social media to spread the word about the hit and run and Hernandez’ images, area resident Cheryl Karwacky-Richards said, “It’s good to know the police are on top of info on social media like this.”

Eugenia “Jennie” Schaefer of San Jacinto agreed, saying, “The Internet and (social media) are such a powerful tool nowadays, it wouldn’t make sense if cops didn’t use it to track down and locate suspects and solve crimes.”

Law enforcement agencies around the country are quickly learning the power of social media, with ever-increasing numbers of departments turning to sites such as Facebook and Twitter as an effective means of getting out information about active incidents, major crimes and ongoing investigations.

Several attempts were made to contact Hernandez; however, as of this report he had not responded to requests for information about the incident.

 

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Trevor Montgomery runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News and Anza Valley Outlook and also writes for Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg and breaking his back in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.

TEMECULA: Family seeks information after woman disappears during lunch break

TEMECULA — Family members, friends and the two teenage children of a missing Temecula woman are asking for the public’s help locating her after the woman reportedly disappeared partway through her shift at a Temecula area grocery store.

According to her concerned family, 40-year-old, Tammy Lyon, was last seen Sunday, June 18, at Stater Bros. Markets at the intersection of Benton Road and SR-79 in the unincorporated community of Winchester.

French Valley is located on the opposite, west side of SR-79 and the cities of Temecula and Murrieta are situated to the south.

Tammy was last seen when she clocked out for a break about 11 a.m. She reportedly never clocked back in or returned from that lunch break.

When she was last seen, Lyon was wearing her Stater Bros uniform, which consisted of black pants, a white shirt and black sweater.

Tammy drives a 2014 red, Chevy Camaro, with CA personalized vanity plate LDDYBG, with a “star” symbol at the end.

Attempts to track Lyon using her cellular phone or her vehicle’s OnStar system have failed to yield any information to help determine the missing woman’s whereabouts.

Tammy’s parents, Wes and Peggy Lyon, have said they have no idea what might have happened to their daughter, who they said does not have a history of leaving for long periods of time without explanation.

Tammy’s parents, who admitted their daughter has been “a little depressed,” explained Tammy has dealt with several hardships over the last year, including a substantial injury when a car rolled over her leg, undergoing several surgeries and enduring the recent death of her uncle, to whom she was reportedly very close to.

Tammy’s two children, a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy, have taken their mother’s disappearance very hard. “They’re old enough to see and hear everything being said about their mother’s disappearance,” Peggy explained. “And they are just worried sick over their mom’s disappearance.”

Sheriff’s officials confirmed they received a report of Tammy’s disappearance, but have said nothing else regarding the status of their investigation or if they are treating the incident as a voluntary missing person or as a suspicious missing.

The sheriff’s Media Information Bureau has been contacted for further information regarding Tammy’s disappearance.

This is a developing story. Additional information will be updated as it becomes available.

A flier from Cal Advocates for the Missing described Tammy as being about 5′ 4″ and weighing about 200 pounds. She has blond hair with dark highlights and hazel eyes.

There is now a $10,000 reward being offered for the “safe recovery of Tammy Lyon.”

Peggy and Wes have expressed that they don’t care where their daughter has been or what she has been doing saying, “We just want our daughter to come back home safely to us.”

Anyone with information about Lyon’s disappearance or who knows where the missing woman is should immediately contact sheriff’s officials at (951) 696-3000. Callers can refer to incident file number SW171690035 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

 

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Trevor Montgomery runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News and Anza Valley Outlook and also writes for Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg and breaking his back in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.

UPDATED: HEMET: Bloody fight between sword and crowbar wielding men leaves both seriously injured

HEMET — Details are still emerging from an active crime scene where two men, one armed with a large sword and the other armed with a crowbar, were both seriously injured when they reportedly engaged in a “mutual assault” Friday, June 23. The violent and bloody incident resulted with one of the men being stabbed and the other left with a serious head injury.

Countless fire and police officials responded to reports of the sword versus crowbar fight. Robert Carter/Public Safety Incidents photo

The incident, that reportedly left several children who witnessed the violence terrified and traumatized, happened at Royal Gardens Apartments at 1025 S. Gilbert Street in Hemet.

The first call reporting the melee came in to the City of Hemet dispatch center just before 6 p.m., as a head-wound with no further information.

Without realizing what they were rolling into, firefighters who were dispatched to the reported head-injury suddenly found themselves in the middle of what appeared to be a large crime scene, with crowds of adults and angry groups of people yelling back and forth.

At about that time, the next call came in reporting a stabbing at the same location. After that, 911 calls reporting the incident began flooding in to overwhelmed dispatchers, who quickly and expertly worked through the incoming waves of information to determine what was happening at the scene and what emergency personnel would be needed.

With the dispatch center’s switchboards lit up like a 4th of July fireworks display, the incoming flood of 911 calls pouring in sent officers from around the city racing to the complex.

Paramedics treat a man who was stabbed during the incident. Robert Carter/Public Safety Incidents photo

During their initial investigation, as firefighter/paramedics were treating the two injured combatants, officers began to gather information from witnesses indicating some sort of altercation between the two men resulted in both men arming themselves, one with the sword, the other with a crowbar.

Officials spent several hours at the scene to determine the exact sequence of events that led to the violent incident.

Blood trails and medical paraphernalia littered the scene while officers were still interviewing witnesses. Both weapons were reportedly located at the scene and crime scene tape and ground markers could be seen at different locations inside the complex.

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, several young children were seen huddling near a tree, crying. With crowds of angry people yelling at each other nearby, there were no adults available to console or comfort them.

One witness to the chaotic and confusing incident, who was not identified, said he heard an altercation happening between “some black guy who was yelling at some lady across the way from us.” Thinking he was hearing “just a domestic dispute,” the man went back to what he had been doing. (See full interview below.)

A few minutes later, the man heard someone yelling for help.

During the incident, one of the men involved in the armed-fight dove through the glass living room window of this apartment. Robert Carter/Public Safety Incidents photo

As he was walking back towards his window to see what was happening, one of the men involved in the incident suddenly dove through his front window, crashing into his apartment.

“I seen this guy just “tank” through our living room window,” the witness explained. “He just smashed through, used his whole body and smashed (through the window.)”

The man, bleeding profusely from at least one stab wound and injuries possibly received from diving through the glass window, “picked himself up and started yelling, ‘Help! Help!'”

The heavily bleeding man then left the apartment, walked some distance through the complex and eventually ended up collapsing where he was later treated by paramedics.

The witness, who said he only later learned the man who crashed through his living room window had been stabbed, said, “I kind of started beating myself up a little bit for not going out there a little sooner, but at the same time I didn’t want to get out there without knowing what was going on and get stabbed myself.”

A lengthy blood trail could be seen leading away from the apartment. The trail continued along several pathways, past numerous apartment buildings, across a roadway and under a patrol vehicle within the complex, along several other walkways and then ended alongside a building.

Pools of blood, blood soaked bandages, discarded medical paraphernalia and medical equipment sat where the man was treated. Firefighters cleaned up the area before they left the location, however the blood trail remained.

After being stabbed and diving through a living room window, one of at least two men involved in the sword versus crowbar fight walked through the complex before collapsing near one of the apartment buildings. He was later transported to an area hospital.

The wild incident “happened in several locations,” Tabitha Meredyth, a resident at the apartments later said about the chaotic scene.

“The stabbing happened in the very front (of the complex) and the head injury (happened) in the very back of the property,” Meredyth explained. “I still can’t put together how there were only two involved or how they were connected.”

The entire incident happened “pretty quickly” and left bystanders, witnesses and children scrambling for safety, according to Meredyth. “Police, ambulance and fire personnel were everywhere within about 10 minutes.”

“Kids out playing (were) caught up in this and did not know where to go,” Meredyth explained.

At 7 p.m., paramedics were summoned back to the still very active crime scene to provide medical aid to a person – who was somehow involved in the investigation – began having a seizure.

The investigation is active and ongoing.

This is a breaking story and will be updated as information becomes available.

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Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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Trevor Montgomery runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News and Anza Valley Outlook and also writes for Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg and breaking his back in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.