MECCA HILLS: Eight rescued from “Ladder Canyon” in 2 separate incidents within 2 hours

MECCA HILLS – Eight people were rescued in two separate incidents that happened just two hours apart in the Painted Hills area of the Mecca Hills Wilderness Area Sunday, March 26. The area where the victims were rescued from is known as “Ladder Canyon.” The remote hiking area is south of Interstate 10 and east of Highway 86.

Ladder Canyon is named for the numerous ladders needed to hike through the area. Pinterest photo

In both of Sunday’s remote-area rescues, a California Highway Patrol helicopter responded to the area and located the hikers. The helicopter was able to land and safely rescue the eight hikers.

The first incident was reported about 5:00 p.m., as two lost female hikers, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Daniel Porras said in a written press release after the incidents.

The two women, who are both residents of Fontana, had called 911 for assistance when they realized they had become lost while hiking in the area.

The second incident was reported about two hours later at 7:17 p.m. The 911 caller reported two men and four women, all from Running Springs, had become lost while hiking in the same area.

All eight victims were evaluated by medics after the rescues and all declined further treatment.

There were no reported injuries from either of the two incidents.

Three other victims were rescued from the same area just two weeks earlier, on Sunday, March 12, when the women became lost while hiking.

“The three female hikers, all residents of the Coachella Valley and in their early twenties, called 911 when it became dark and they realized they were lost,” an official explained at the time.

In that incident, a Sheriff’s Aviation Unit helicopter responded to the area and quickly located the hikers; however, they were unable to land the helicopter and assist with the evacuation.

Aviation crew members relayed the location of the trio to volunteer members from Riverside County’s Desert Search and Rescue who responded to the area to assist in the rescue.

When they arrived, search and rescue members hiked into the canyon and helped guide the three hikers out to safety.

There were no reported injuries from that incident.

Porras took the opportunity to remind hiking enthusiasts to always carry proper equipment for any outdoor excursions.

“Proper preparation includes a well thought-out travel plan shared with friends and family, as well as familiarity with common hiking equipment, such as GPS, maps and compasses,” Porras wrote.

 

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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.

 

LA QUINTA: Woman with drugs, paraphernalia, arrested after DUI hit and run

LA QUINTA – Sheriff’s officials arrested a woman who was allegedly involved in a DUI-related hit and run traffic collision Friday, March 24. The hit and run happened on Washington Street and Ave. 47 in La Quinta.

Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s La Quinta Police Station responded to reports of a hit and run traffic collision about 5:10 p.m.

Kelly Campbell was arrested for DUI, hit and run and other charges.

During their investigation, deputies determined the hit and run driver, who authorities later identified as Kelly Shannon Campbell, 45, of Seal Beach, was traveling northbound on Washington Street when she collided with another vehicle near Ave. 47, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Ben Ramirez explained in a written press release after the incident and arrest.

Campbell continued driving, without stopping to check on the occupants of the other vehicle or report the collision.

A Traffic Enforcement Officer responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

While the traffic officer was investigating the hit and run, members of La Quinta PD’s Special Enforcement Team located Campbell driving in the area of Washington Street and Hwy. 111.

SET deputies initiated a traffic stop, at which time Campbell was detained without further incident.

Investigating deputies determined Campbell was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of narcotics. They also found Campbell was in possession of heroin and prescription narcotics.

Based on their investigation, deputies arrested Campbell. She was booked at the Riverside County Jail in Indio on suspicion of DUI, hit and run and possession of narcotics and narcotics-related paraphernalia, according to Ramirez.

There were no reported injuries in the collision.

An online jail records search revealed Campbell was cited and released from the Indio Jail within hours of her arrest. She is scheduled to be arraigned at the Indio Larson Justice Center June 8.

Anyone with information regarding this incident and arrest is encouraged to contact La Quinta Police at (760) 863-8990. Callers can refer to incident file number LA170830051 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 Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with many 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.

Knife-wielding man attacking woman fatally shot by deputy

A man who was armed with a knife and physically assaulting a woman was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy Sunday, March 19. The deadly shooting happened in the area of Dillon Road and Johnson Road southeast of Desert Hot Springs, in the unincorporated community of Desert Edge.

The incident began about 9:20 a.m., when deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Palm Desert Station responded to a report of an in-progress assault.

“A deputy responded to the scene and located a male suspect who was physically beating a woman,” Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Chris Durham said in a written press release after the incident. “Due to the situation, the deputy requested additional deputies, a helicopter and medical services.”

“The deputy approached the suspect and noticed he was armed with a knife,” Durham continued. “The deputy ordered the suspect to drop the knife.”

“The suspect refused and continued to assault the female,” Durham wrote. “The suspect then threatened to stab the woman and a deputy involved shooting occurred.”

Deputies immediately began providing medical aid to the suspect and called for medical services to assist.

Emergency medical personnel responded to the scene and began treating the suspect. Medics transported the man to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by hospital staff.

The suspect’s name was not released pending notification of his family.

Medics also transported the female victim to a hospital and she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The deputy involved in the fatal shooting, whose name was not released, has been placed on administrative leave per department policy.

No other deputies or citizens were injured during the incident, according to Durham.

Investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff Department’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation. They were assisted by members from the department’s Forensic Services Bureau.

The investigation into the shooting is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Unit Investigator Dusek at (760) 393-3528 or Investigator Diaz at (760) 836-1600 from the Palm Desert Station. Callers can refer to incident file number O170780016 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

 

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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Trevor Montgomery 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 in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including the Robert Presley Detention Center, the Southwest Station in Temecula, the Hemet Station, and the Lake Elsinore Station, along with many 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, Personnel and 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.

MECCA HILLS: Three hikers rescued after becoming lost in “Ladder Canyon”

MECCA HILLS – Three women had to be rescued after they became lost while hiking Sunday, March 12. The area where the trio were rescued is known as “Ladder Canyon” in the Painted Hills area of the Mecca Hills Wilderness Area, south of Interstate 10 and east of Highway 86.

Ladder Canyon. Pinterest photo

Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Thermal Station responded to the area about 9 p.m., after the three hikers called 911 to report they were lost, Riverside Sheriff Sergeant Chris Olsen explained in a written press release after the incident.

“The three female hikers, all residents of the Coachella Valley and in their early twenties, called 911 when it became dark and they realized they were lost,” Olsen wrote.

The Sheriff’s Aviation Unit responded to the area and quickly located the hikers; however, they were unable to land the helicopter and assist with the evacuation.

Aviation crew members relayed the location of the trio to volunteer members from Riverside County’s Desert Search and Rescue who responded to the area to assist in the rescue.

When they arrived, search and rescue members hiked into the canyon and helped guide the three hikers out to safety.

There were no injuries reported from the incident.

Olsen reminded hiking enthusiasts to always carry proper equipment for any outdoor excursions.

“Proper preparation includes a well thought-out travel plan shared with friends and family, as well as familiarity with common hiking equipment, such as GPS, maps and compasses,” Olsen wrote.

 

Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

trevor main

Trevor Montgomery 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 in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including the Robert Presley Detention Center, the Southwest Station in Temecula, the Hemet Station, and the Lake Elsinore Station, along with many 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, Personnel and Background Investigations and he finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator.

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.

PALM SPRINGS: Domestic violence investigation leads to high-speed pursuit, crash

PALM SPRINGS – Details are still emerging after a short, high-speed pursuit ended in a two-car wreck Thursday, March 16. The collision forced the temporary closure of the intersection of North Sunrise Way and East Racquet Club Road in Palm Springs.

A Dodge sustained major damage in a two-car crash, after its driver fled from Palm Springs police officers. John Strangis photo

The crash happened about 5 p.m., after Palm Springs police officers responded to a private residence in the 1300 block of Francis Drive regarding reports of a domestic violence incident occurring at the home.

As officers were approaching the residence, a driver allegedly fled from responding officers. The driver, who has not been identified, led officers on a short, but high-speed pursuit.

During the chase the fleeing suspect reached speeds in excess of 75 miles per hour, according to a Palm Springs PD Watch Commander.

The pursuit ended about one minute after it started when the suspect’s vehicle smashed into another car, lost control, and then plowed into a traffic signal at the intersection. The traffic signal was sheared off at its base and destroyed. Vehicle parts and debris were left strewn across the entire intersection after the violent wreck.

The suspect’s vehicle, a red Dodge, sustained major damage in the high-speed crash. The other car, described as a silver Honda sustained moderate damage.

Vehicle parts and debris were strewn across the roadway after the accident. John Strangis photo

Officers arrived at the scene of the crash moments after it happened. They found a man and woman inside the vehicle that fled from them; however authorities could not confirm which person was driving the car.

At least one of the two occupants inside the fleeing vehicle sustained injuries in the crash and was taken to an area hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

It was not immediately known if anyone was injured in the other vehicle.

Officials shut down the the intersection while they investigated the crash and the wrecked vehicles were removed from the roadway.

City works employees responded to the scene to assess the damage to the traffic signal, which had to be replaced.

No further information was immediately available about the wreck.

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Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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Trevor Montgomery 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 in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including the Robert Presley Detention Center, the Southwest Station in Temecula, the Hemet Station, and the Lake Elsinore Station, along with many 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, Personnel and Background Investigations and he finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator.

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.