UPDATE: Pilot killed when plane crashed near Mountain Center ID’d

UPDATED: May 23, 3 p.m. With coroner’s release of information. MOUNTAIN CENTER, Calif. — Officials investigating a fatal plane crash have identified the victim killed when the twin engine plane he was piloting crashed in rugged, mountain terrain Thursday, April 30. The fatal crash sparked a vegetation fire southwest of Mountain Center and east of Hemet, according to Cal Fire […]

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Palm Desert sex offender stabbed two before throwing young daughter off cliff, say officials

UPDATED: Thursday, May 7, 7:15 p.m., With additional details. RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. — A Palm Desert registered sex offender remains hospitalized pending murder and other charges after he allegedly hurled his one-year-old daughter to her death from a steep cliff Wednesday morning, May 6. The child’s murder happened after a series of violent crimes that began at an Indian Wells […]

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Idyllwild man, 72, arrested while impersonating FEMA official

IDYLLWILD — Authorities arrested a 72-year-old Idyllwild resident Saturday afternoon, March 21, after he was found to be impersonating an armed FEMA official and contacting area residents and other citizens while “offering his services as a law enforcement professional,” according to CHP officials. “In these uncertain times, be wary of scams, cons and dishonesty,” CHP admonished area residents after the […]

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Nine arrested during SW RivCo sex offender compliance checks

SOUTHWEST RIVERSIDE COUNTY — Nine people were arrested for various charges and outstanding warrants when officials conducted a two-day “zero tolerance” compliance check of registered sex offenders Feb. 20 and 21. The targeted enforcement operation focused on the unincorporated areas of Idyllwild, Mountain Center, Anza, Aguanga, and Sage. During the operation, officials located and seized four firearms, five grams of […]

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Seriously injured motorcyclist airlifted after Mountain Center crash

MOUNTAIN CENTER — A motorcyclist was airlifted with serious injuries after crashing while riding in the mountains south of Idyllwild, in Mountain Center earlier this afternoon, Sunday, Jan. 19. The solo-vehicle crash happened on Hwy. 74 near Keen Camp Rd. LEADING THE RCNS HEADLINES: Former RSO Chief Deputy, 72, swept up in Temecula prostitution sting Yucaipa In-N-Out Burger and Corky‚Äôs […]

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Winchester couple, 56 & 54, killed in Idyllwild crash

UPDATED: Monday, Nov. 18, 3 p.m., With additional details from CHP. IDYLLWILD — A Winchester couple has been identified after a fatal motorcycle crash in Idyllwild Sunday afternoon, Nov. 17. Officials are still investigating the cause of the deadly accident, which happened on Highway 243, near Marian View Dr. LEADING THE RCNS HEADLINES: Search for gunman continuing after deadly San […]

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Two hospitalized after Hwy 74 crash near Pinyon Pines

PINYON PINES — Two drivers were hospitalized after a head-on crash along Highway 74 yesterday afternoon, Saturday, July 21. The two-vehicle crash, which happened near mile marker 86.28, between Palm Desert and Mountain Center, temporarily closed access between the two communities, a CHP incident log and witness statements indicated. LEADING THE RCNS HEADLINES: Speed cited in fatal Jurupa Valley crash […]

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Lake Hemet shooter was fending off rock attack, “acted in self-defense”

LAKE HEMET — Officials investigating a shooting at Lake Hemet Campground say the alleged shooter acted in self-defense after a person attacked him with a rock inside the victim’s trailer, Wednesday evening, June 12. The campground is located in the San Jacinto Mountains, south of the mountain communities of Mountain Center and Idyllwild. Last night’s shooting reportedly happened in the […]

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Hiker, 52, rescued after 100′ fall near Apache Peak

MOUNTAIN CENTER — A 52-year-old, Coronado man was airlifted to an area hospital after he reportedly slipped and fell more than 100 feet down a mountain while hiking near Apache Peak Thursday morning, April 4. Apache Peak is along the Pacific Crest Trail and located east of Mountain Center. LEADING THE RCNS HEADLINES: Paraglider suffers serious injuries, airlifted after SJ […]

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UPDATE: Body of missing Idyllwild man, 62, found

UPDATED: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m. See Original Story below. IDYLLWILD — Authorities today confirmed that the body of a missing Idyllwild man was located yesterday in Idyllwild. According to officials, the victim’s body was discovered just one street from where he had last been seen. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, along with assistance from other area agencies, had been searching […]

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