TEMECULA: Man suffers major injuries in rollover accident near Lake Skinner

TEMECULA – A man sustained major injuries and had to be cut from his wrecked vehicle after it rolled several times Sunday, Jan. 8, according to CHP and Cal Fire officials.

The single-vehicle traffic accident happened near Lake Skinner in the 37700 block of Warren Road at the intersection of Borel Road in Winchester.

Cal Fire/Riverside County firefighters and other emergency first responders were dispatched to the scene of the accident about 3:26 p.m., after several people called 911 to report the accident.

Callers told Riverside County emergency dispatchers the victim was severely injured and was trapped inside his wrecked SUV.

Ten firefighters from three engine companies responded to the rollover traffic accident, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Public Information Officer April Newman.

When emergency officials began arriving, they found an SUV on its side.

Firefighter/paramedics determined the trapped victim had sustained major traumatic injuries and officials at the scene requested an air ambulance to respond to the location.

“There was a total of one patient who required extrication,” Newman explained in an update about 4:46 p.m. “It took 28 minutes to extricate the patient after firefighters arrived on scene.”

After the victim was safely extricated from his wrecked SUV, Mercy Air 3 airlifted him to an area hospital. Newman advised the victim was in serious condition when he was airlifted.

CHP officials, who are investigating the accident, later estimated the vehicle had rolled at least three times.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

 

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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.

 

WILDOMAR: Deputies pursue, arrest man who stole a sheriff’s vehicle

WILDOMAR – Deputies found themselves having to pursue one of their own patrol vehicles after a man allegedly stole the marked police car Saturday, Dec. 3. The police vehicle was stolen from the Inland Valley Medical Center in the 36400 block of Inland Valley Drive in Wildomar.

Alvin Smith was arrested after he stole a police vehicle that was parked at the Inland Valley Medical Center.

Alvin Smith was arrested after he stole a police vehicle that was parked at the Inland Valley Medical Center.

After the pursuit, deputies arrested 31-year-old, Alvin James Smith Jr., according to Riverside Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Sergeant Chris Durham. Smith was already on parole for previous crimes and he was charged with five felonies related to the arrest.

The incident began about 2:40 a.m., after a deputy was inside the hospital obtaining medical treatment for an arrestee. “The deputy assigned to the unit left the unit locked and secured in the parking lot,” Durham explained.

After the deputy realized the patrol vehicle had been stolen, they notified sheriff’s dispatchers and other deputies, who immediately began searching for the stolen police vehicle.

Deputies eventually located the police cruiser in the area and attempted to stop the driver, who was later identified as Smith.

Smith refused to yield to deputies, at which time they initiated a pursuit of one of their own vehicles.

Deputies were able to stop Smith in the area of Machado and Joy Streets in Lake Elsinore, where he was was taken into custody.

A jail records search revealed Smith was booked into the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, recklessly evading a police officer, being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition and violation of state parole.

Smith is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta Dec. 7.

“The circumstances regarding the theft are still under investigation and no one was injured during the incident,” Durham stated.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Riverside County Sheriff’s officials at (951) 210-1000. Callers can refer to incident file number WI163380005 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 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.

WILDOMAR: Stolen vehicle pursuit ends with fatal officer-involved shooting

The stolen van sits after the driver was fatally shot after he first crashed through a fence and then smashed into pursuing officers. Mike Lange / Loudlabs News

The stolen van sits after the driver was fatally shot after he first crashed through a fence and then smashed into pursuing officers. Mike Lange / Loudlabs News

WILDOMAR – A subject was fatally shot at the end of a dangerous, high-speed pursuit Saturday, Oct. 22. The pursuit began in the city of Murrieta and ended after the driver allegedly rammed several Murrieta Police patrol vehicles in the city of Wildomar. One Murrieta police officer was injured in the incident, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Deputy Armando Muñoz.

The incident began about 2 a.m., when officers from the Murrieta Police Department observed a stolen van being driven near Murrieta Hot Springs Road and Interstate 15 in Murrieta.

“Shortly thereafter, officers from the Murrieta Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop but the driver of the vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit ensued,” Muñoz explained in a written press release from the sheriff’s department.

Numerous police and sheriff's vehicles were seen lining Mesa Road, where the pursuit ended. Mike Lange / Loudlabs News

Numerous police and sheriff’s vehicles were seen lining Mesa Road, where the pursuit ended. Mike Lange / Loudlabs News

The driver of the vehicle, who has not been identified, refused to yield and accelerated away from officers at a high rate of speed. The alleged suspect drove northbound onto the Interstate 15 Freeway.

The pursuit continued north on I-15 until the suspect exited Bundy Canyon Road, in Wildomar.

After exiting the freeway, “the pursuit continued through several streets and the vehicle collided into a fence in the area of the 32500 block of Mesa Drive,” Muñoz explained.

After the driver smashed through a fence at the end of Mesa Drive, officers attempted to apprehend the driver, “who purposely accelerated and collided into multiple Murrieta Police patrol vehicles,” Muñoz explained. “The suspect also drove toward the officers’ direction and an officer involved shooting occurred.”

Deputies and officers at the scene of the fatal shooting. Mike Lange / Loudlabs News

Deputies and officers at the scene of the fatal shooting. Mike Lange / Loudlabs News

Officers immediately began to attempt life saving measures for the suspect and requested paramedics for medical assistance; however, the suspect succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

After the deadly shooting, Murrieta Police officials requested the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to conduct an independent investigation. Investigators from the department’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

The identity of the suspect is being withheld due to the ongoing investigation and pending notification of the person’s family.

“A Murrieta Police Officer was treated and released from a local hospital for injuries sustained during this incident,” according to Muñoz. The nature of his injuries or how he was injured was not released.

The driver of the stolen van first crashed through a fence before ramming several police vehicles. Mike Lange / Loudlabs News

The driver of the stolen van first crashed through a fence before ramming several police vehicles. Mike Lange / Loudlabs News

The involved officers, who have not yet been identified, have been placed on administrative leave per Murrieta Police Department’s policy.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Investigator Martin Alfaro with the Riverside County Sheriff Department’s Central Homicide Unit at (760) 393-3500. Callers can refer to incident file number R162960001 and can remain anonymous.

 

 

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.

WILDOMAR: Fire engine on emergency call struck by motorist on I-15

The Chevrolet that smashed into the fire engine was completely destroyed in the collision. IE Firefighter photo

The Chevrolet that smashed into the fire engine was completely destroyed in the collision. IE Firefighter photo

WILDOMAR – A Cal Fire/Riverside County fire engine sustained major damage while working on a traffic collision call when it was struck by a vehicle on Interstate 15 in Wildomar Sunday morning, Oct. 2.

Firefighters were providing medical aid for those injured in the first collision when it was struck from behind. The first accident was reported just before 7 a.m.

Paramedic Engine E-94 from the City of Lake Elsinore’s Canyon Hills Fire Station 94 was parked on the right side of the freeway in a position to provide protection for firefighters as they worked.

While firefighters were working with the victims injured in the first collision a Chevrolet HHR traveling at high-speed smashed into the back end of the rig, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department officials.

Paramedic Engine E-94 sustained major damage in the rear end collision. Tommy Voegele photo

Paramedic Engine E-94 sustained major damage in the rear end collision. Tommy Voegele photo

The two accidents happened on the freeway near the Olive Street underpass, which is south of Railroad Canyon and north of Bundy Canyon Roads

The second collision – that occurred at about 7:25 a.m. – caused a Sig Alert that shut down all southbound lanes of freeway traffic for several hours, according to a California Highway Patrol incident log.

16 firefighters from three engine companies and one truck company as well as a fire investigator and three battalion commanders responded to the scene after the accident involving the fire engine, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Public Information Officer Jody Hagemann.

The driver of the Chevrolet that struck the fire engine was trapped inside their vehicle and had to be extricated from his wrecked vehicle. Paramedics treated the victim at the scene before they transported him by ground ambulance to a nearby hospital. The victim sustained major injuries, according to Hagemann.

The Chevrolet was unrecognizable after the accident. Tommy Voegele photo

The Chevrolet was unrecognizable after the accident. Tommy Voegele photo

“(This is) a reminder of why we use our apparatus as a barrier on emergency incidents,” Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department Unit & Fire Chief John Hawkins wrote after the traffic collision.

As a precautionary measure one firefighter was taken to a hospital for evaluation, according to Hawkins.

Canyon Hills Station 94 is located on Railroad Canyon Road just outside the community of Canyon Hills. The station serves the southeast area of the City of Lake Elsinore, portions of Wildomar and Canyon Lake. Paramedic Engine 94 was the stations primary engine before it was destroyed in the collision.

Tommy Voegele, a tow truck driver who responded to the accident scene, later wrote on social media, “This morning, these firefighters were just doing their jobs and helping some people who got into an accident when another car hit the back of their fire truck.”

“The driver of the Chevrolet hit the fire engine so hard his motor flew out of his car and landed about 100 feet away,” Voegele explained. “Everyone needs to open their eyes and pay better attention.”

The impact was so severe the Chevrolet's engine was thrown over 100 yards after the collision. Tommy Voegele photo

The impact was so severe the Chevrolet’s engine was thrown over 100 feet after the collision. Tommy Voegele photo

“It’s easy,” Voegele explained, “just slow down and move over for emergency vehicles, police officers and tow trucks.”

Luckily, none of the firefighters where seriously injured,” Voegele said.

The I-15 on-ramp at Railroad Canyon Road was reopened at about 9:30 a.m. All other lanes of traffic were reopened just before 11 a.m.

California High Patrol officers are investigating the cause of the collision. Officers have not yet ruled out alcohol or drug intoxication as contributing factors in the collision.

 

 

 

 

The driver of the Chevrolet had to be extricated from his wrecked SUV. He sustained major injuries in the accident. Tommy Voegele photo

The driver of the Chevrolet had to be extricated from his wrecked SUV. He sustained major injuries in the accident. Tommy Voegele photo

 

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.

 

 

 

FRENCH VALLEY: More facts emerging about deputy who caused 20-hour stand-off

Alcide Galley was arrested after a 20-hour standoff at his home in French Valley.

Alcide Galley Jr. was arrested after a 20-hour standoff at his home in French Valley.

RIVERSIDE – More facts are emerging about Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Alcide Galley Jr., 49, who caused a nearly 20-hour stand-off Aug. 31 with deputies and members of the Hemet/Murrieta Special Operations Unit (SWAT) at his French Valley home. (Click link to view original report and subsequent updates.)

Towards the end of the nearly day long stand-off Galley Jr. was finally taken into custody without incident Sept. 1 at about 6:30 a.m. after a SWAT team deployed tear gas into the home.

The sheriff’s department has described Galley Jr. as a deputy sheriff trainee. New sheriff’s deputies are normally considered trainees for 18 months. The 18 month “trainee” designation begins after the successful conclusion of the sheriff’s academy.

About a week before Galley Jr. caused the lengthy stand-off, the sheriff’s department investigated his actions as part of an alleged spousal abuse case. As part of that investigation Galley Jr. was placed on a 72-hour mental health evaluation hold after he allegedly threatened to kill himself, according to Superior Court records.

During the 20-hour-long stand-off, sheriff's officials cordoned off and evacuated the entire neighborhood. Image courtesy of Loudlabs News

During the 20-hour-long stand-off, sheriff’s officials cordoned off and evacuated the entire neighborhood. William Hayes photo

During the stand-off officials evacuated neighboring homes and nearby residents as a precautionary measure, displacing dozens of families.

The overnight stand-off left many families with no place to stay and left some residents angered and frustrated, others were grateful for the protection the involved departments provided them and how they handled the dangerous incident. Many spent the entire night just outside the cordoned off neighborhood, kept from being able to go home, gather personal belongings, or take care of their pets.

In a court hearing related to the original domestic violence incident Tuesday, Sept. 6 in Riverside County Superior Court, Galley Jr. pleaded not guilty to felony spousal abuse, false imprisonment, and assault likely to cause great bodily injury charges. He also pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge related to the prolonged stand-off.

An additional original charge of assault with a deadly weapon likely to cause great bodily injury stemming from the stand-off was not filed by the District Attorney’s office.

The joint Hemet/Murrieta Special Operations Unit assisted the Sheriff's Emergency Response Team during the 20-hour standoff. William Hayes photo

The joint Hemet/Murrieta Special Operations Unit assisted the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team during the 20-hour standoff. William Hayes photo

During that hearing a declaration filed by a sheriff’s investigator sought an increase in Galley Jr.’s bail from $25,000 to $500,000.

The investigator’s increase in bail was granted after he described how Galley Jr. was asked repeatedly why he refused to exit his home despite being asked repeatedly by law enforcement peacefully exit his residence. Galley Jr. refused to exit his residence and reportedly said he did not want to leave his home allegedly saying, “Because I wanted to kill myself.”

During a Sept. 8 bail review hearing, a judge upheld the bail increase.

In a Sept. 12 email to Riverside County News Source, Galley Jr.’s sister Bridget Galley spoke about the incidents that led up to the stand-off.

“(My brother) was bullied and harassed at the department,” Bridget claimed. The department pushed him past his breaking point, according to Bridget.

A robot was used during the 20-hour stand-off. Image courtesy of Loudlabs News

A robot was used during the 20-hour stand-off. William Hayes photo

Before my brother went into the Aroura Behavioral Center the (sheriff’s Department) came and took all of (his) guns, except the one he had in that incident,” Bridget explained. 

Bridget also alleged that the sheriff’s department stole $800 from Galley Jr., explaining the cash her brother had was inside a backpack along with the gun and ammunition. According to Bridget the department left the gun and ammunition in the backpack, but took his cash. Bridget claimed the gun and ammunition left in the backpack were what he used during the subsequent stand-off.

“This whole incident would not have gotten that out of hand if they would have taken the gun,” Bridget alleged.

One of at least two windows that were broken during the hours-long standoff. Image courtesy of Loudlabs News

One of at least two windows that were broken during the hours-long standoff. William Hayes photo

Wadia Boyadjian, another person with close personal ties to Galley Jr.’s family wrote to Riverside County News Source on Sept. 10 complaining vehemently about the way the whole incident and stand-off was handled.

“I cannot begin to say how disgusted I am from the (involved departments) for going to this measure of destroying the home of this family to get Alcide Galley out of his home,” Boyadjian wrote. “He was alone in his home wanting to kill himself. He was only a threat to himself.”

Boyadjian claimed the departments involved in bringing the stand-off to a peaceful conclusion “left this family with a house that is in ruins,” and she claimed, “nobody offered to help them.”

“They left (his family) to fend for themselves, with a broken front door, 15 windows broken, and a substantial amount of money missing.”

Damage can be seen to the front door of the residence and at least two winows could be seen smashed out after the end of the 20-hour-long standoff. Image courtesy of Loudlabs News

Damage can be seen to the front door of the residence and at least two windows that were smashed out could be seen after the end of the 20-hour-long standoff. William Hayes photo

One of Boyadjian’s biggest complaints was that during the stand-off the involved departments would not allow Galley Jr.’s wife to speak with him during the incident, saying, “I’m sure she could have persuaded him to come out of the house.”

“I feel that this was handled in the worse manner that I have ever seen in my life,” Boyadjian continued. “(The incident caused) approximately $100,000 dollars in damages to this family home! I’m disgusted to say the least!”

Galley Jr. remains in custody at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside in lieu of $500,000 bail.

His next scheduled court date is scheduled for Oct 4 at 1:30 p.m. at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.

 

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 11 (soon to be 12) grandchildren.