PALM DESERT: Bee swarm critically injures one, traps others – multiple victims rescued

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 15, 12:45 p.m. PALM DESERT — Shortly before noon fire officials updated that Vector Control had mitigated the bee swarm and all fire and medical personnel had cleared the scene. There were no further updates and officials have not released any additional information about the critically injured elderly victim who was hospitalized after trying to escape the […]

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UPDATED: Transient shot at homeless encampment after reportedly pulling weapon on deputy ID’d

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 1, 2 a.m., With suspect’s booking information THOUSAND PALMS — A deputy conducting an area check of a “known transient encampment” earlier this morning encountered and later shot a 38-year-old transient who officials say had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The deputy opened fire after an altercation ensued when he tried arrest the alleged suspect, who pulled out […]

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COACHELLA: Couple driving stolen car arrested after officials find sawed-off rifle, drugs

COACHELLA — A man and woman were arrested at the conclusion of a traffic stop after officials found they were driving a stolen car and were in possession of an illegal, sawed-off rifle, ammunition, drugs, and narcotics paraphernalia, Thursday, Apr. 26. The traffic stop and arrest happened in the area of Vineta Lane and Genoa Street, northeast of Avenue 52 and Shady […]

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PALM DESERT: One hospitalized after vehicle plunges off Hwy. 74

PALM DESERT — A motorist had to be cut free from their wrecked vehicle after plunging down a steep and rugged embankment along Hwy. 74, in an unincorporated area south of Palm Desert earlier tonight. The victim was hospitalized with moderate injuries, according to fire officials. Emergency first responders were dispatched to an area near Hwy. 74’s Mile Marker 89 along the Roy […]

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DESERT CENTER: 100 gallons of diesel spilled after big-rig, RV crash

DESERT CENTER — Fire and environmental health officials spent just over an hour stopping a large fuel spill after a semi-truck and motor home collided Wednesday night, Mar. 27. Caltrans workers then spent about two additional hours cleaning up about 100 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled onto eastbound Interstate 10, west of Eagle Mountain Road, in Desert Center.  Emergency first responders […]

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PALM DESERT: Man, 35, arrested after allegedly molesting foster child

PALM DESERT — Authorities arrested a 35-year-old Cathedral City man Thursday, Mar. 22, after he allegedly molested a Palm Desert youth. One of the man’s charges indicated the young victim is or was a foster child at the time of the reported molestation. After an investigation, officials arrested Ismael Gaspar and he was later booked into Indio Jail on suspicion of lewd […]

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THERMAL: One arrested after SoCoVal CSD and R.A.I.D. task force locate six stolen vehicles

THERMAL — Officials from a multi-agency task force conducting a stolen vehicle investigation arrested a man after finding and recovering six stolen vehicles at a residence on the Torres-Martinez Indian Reservation, Friday, Mar. 23. After their investigation Malcom Luis Morreo, 37, of Thermal, was arrested and later booked into Indio Jail on suspicion of possession of stolen property as well as two […]

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THERMAL: Deputies go from auto theft to murder investigation after body discovered

THERMAL — Deputies conducting a stolen vehicle investigation yesterday morning got more than they bargained for when an area resident directed them to a man’s lifeless body in a nearby irrigation canal. Within hours of the discovery authorities had arrested a 50-year-old Thermal man. After an investigation, authorities arrested Saul Valenzuela Mayoral and he was booked into Indio Jail on suspicion of murder. He was […]

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS: “At-risk” missing man, 75, located after 10 days

UPDATED: Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2 a.m. DESERT HOT SPRINGS — A 75-year-old man who wandered away from his Desert Hot Springs home was found and has been returned home after being missing for 10 days. William Ballantine Dorsey left his home on the 18000 Block of Langlois Road, Saturday, Mar. 10. When he had not returned after 45 minutes his wife called 911 […]

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THERMAL: Man dies from injuries after family disturbance

THERMAL — Sheriff’s officials have confirmed they are investigating a family disturbance that ended with a 35-year-old man’s death, Monday morning, Mar. 12. According to officials, the man died from injuries he sustained prior to the disturbance at the family’s Thermal home. Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s officials have identified Alejandro Rodriguez, of Thermal, as the man who died about one hour after deputies responded […]

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