PINE COVE: Market employee accused of embezzling $100K, arrested

PINE COVE –A man who officials allege embezzled as much as $100,000 from a small market and gas station was arrested after an investigation revealed the alleged suspect regularly used the business’ cash register and ATM to funnel money from the market and into his own pockets. The embezzlement, which officials say took place over an eight-month period, happened at […]

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Hemet man, 28, ejected and crushed by vehicle, ID’d – intoxication ruled out for SJ driver

(Writer/Editor’s note: Although RCNS obtained both photos and video of this fatal accident, for the sake of the family, none were included due to their graphic nature.)   HEMET — Officials have identified a 28-year-old Hemet resident who died after he was ejected from a vehicle last Wednesday evening, May 9. After being ejected the victim was crushed by the […]

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BANNING: Seriously injured motorist airlifted after solo-vehicle rollover accident

BANNING — One person was air-lifted and hospitalized with major injuries after a single vehicle rollover accident yesterday afternoon, according to CHP and Cal Fire officials. The accident happened on Highway 243, just north of Mt. Edna Road, in an unincorporated area about six miles south of I-10 and Banning and about 19 miles north of Idyllwild. California Highway Patrol, […]

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HEMET: Officials investigating after man’s body found on hiking trail

HEMET — Sheriff’s officials have confirmed they are conducting an unattended death investigation after a man’s lifeless body was found along a hiking trail Sunday afternoon, Apr. 8. The victim’s body was discovered between Hemet and Mountain Center, along a hiking trail off SR-74, about seven miles east of Bee Canyon. Area resident Cindy Haskin later explained her adult son and a friend […]

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UPDATED: New details after Mountain Center man, 76, killed in Hwy 74 motorcycle wreck

UPDATED: Monday, Mar. 26, 2 a.m. MOUNTAIN CENTER — Officials have released some additional details regarding the victim killed last Friday evening, Mar. 24. The deadly crash happened along westbound Highway 74 just east of Scenic Drive, in the Pinyon Pines area of Mountain Center. In a partial coroner’s release, Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s officials identified the victim killed in the crash as […]

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MOUNTAIN CENTER: SUV trying to pass vehicles smashes head-on into commercial truck

MOUNTAIN CENTER — Two people were seriously injured – one critically – Saturday evening, when the driver of an SUV reportedly attempted to pass another vehicle on a winding mountain road and plowed head-on into an oncoming commercial vehicle. Firefighters spent nearly two hours cutting the victims from the wrecked SUV after the accident, which happened on Highway 74 near Mountain Center, […]

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MOUNTAIN CENTER: Unlicensed Banning motorcyclist killed in Hwy. 243 head-on collision

MOUNTAIN CENTER — An unlicensed motorcyclist died when his motorcycle drifted out of his lane of travel into oncoming traffic, Wednesday, Nov. 15. The fatal collision happened  on SR-243, about one mile north of SR-74, in the unincorporated community of Mountain Center. Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials later identified Thai Yang, 40, of Banning, as the motorcyclist killed in the crash. He was pronounced deceased at […]

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Three remote-area rescues on same day, all reported within hours, strain resources

Three different remote-area rescues that were all reported in just over a four-hour period strained fire and law enforcement resources, Saturday, Aug. 26. The three different and unrelated rescues took place in Lake Elsinore, San Jacinto and Mountain Center. One of the incidents resulted in one victim with major injuries and the other two both resulted in minor injuries. Two […]

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POPPET FLATS: Driver seriously injured in rollover traffic accident

POPPET FLATS – A motorist was seriously injured in a single-vehicle rollover traffic accident Tuesday, Jan. 31. The wreck happened on Highway 243 at Poppet Flats Road in the unincorporated community of Poppet Flats, south of Banning and north of Idyllwild. California Highway Patrol officers, Riverside County firefighters, and other emergency first responders rushed to the scene of the accident about 8:49 […]

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BANNING: Body found in wrecked car connected to missing persons investigation

A coroner’s official waits as the victim’s car is recovered from the embankment. Miguel Shannon photo   BANNING – Details are still emerging after a body was recovered from a car that was found over the side of the roadway and smashed into a tree along SR 243 near Lake Fulmor in Banning Thursday, Oct. 27. The area where the […]

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