Crews pull two to safety in dramatic Ladder Canyon rescue

MECCA — Firefighters called to help two hikers who had become stranded in Ladder Canyon near Mecca plucked one of the injured victims to safety after the victim fell 25-40 feet into the canyon, Sunday morning, Aug. 11. CHP assisted in the rescue, by flying firefighters and other rescuers into the remote and inaccessible area. Ladder Canyon is a popular […]

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Injured hiker airlifted from Mecca’s Painted Canyon

MECCA — A person who was injured while hiking at Mecca’s Painted Canyon was airlifted from the scene after spending about four hours stranded in the remote and hard to access area Sunday, May 12. Yesterday’s rescue happened near Painted Canyon and Box Canyon roads, according to fire officials. LEADING THE RCNS HEADLINES: Too drunk to stand, driver arrested after […]

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UPDATE: Officials investigating murder-suicide involving mother and son ID pair

UPDATE: Monday, July 16, 4:50 p.m. MECCA — Officials have identified two people who died in a suspected murder-suicide last week. The pair, reported to be a mother and son, both died at the scene of the shooting, which happened on the 53000 block of Cesar Chavez Street, in the unincorporated community of Mecca. Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner officials identified today […]

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MECCA: Woman’s charred remains found at scene of earlier fatal deputy involved shooting

MECCA — Homicide officials already investigating the deadly deputy involved shooting of an axe-wielding man are now also investigating after a woman’s charred remains were discovered at the scene of the earlier fatal shooting. The fatal shooting and later grisly discovery of the woman’s remains happened in the area of Lincoln Street and 66th Avenue in Mecca. SEE RELATED: MECCA: […]

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MECCA: Search underway for man accused of murdering other man

MECCA — Sheriff’s homicide investigators are searching for a man they allege fatally shot another man just after midnight, Sunday morning, April 8. The deadly, early morning shooting happened on the 91000 block of 5th Street, northeast of the Salton Sea – between Highway’s 86 and 111, in the unincorporated community of Mecca. During their initial investigation officials identified the suspect as Gilbert […]

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MECCA: Man drugged and raped victim, officials allege

MECCA – Sheriff’s officials announced the arrest of a man they allege drugged and raped a victim in October, 2016. The alleged suspect was arrested in the 91-000 block of 66th Avenue in Mecca Thursday, Jan. 26. The alleged suspect, who officials identified as Erick Ceja Galvez, 26, of Mecca, was arrested after a search warrant was served at the  66th Avenue residence, according […]

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MECCA: Man arrested after exposing himself to minor

MECCA – Deputies arrested a man after he allegedly exposed himself to a minor Friday, Dec. 16. The incident and arrest happened in the area of the 91000 block of 3rd Street in Mecca. After an investigation, deputies arrested Martin Barajas Bautista, 49, of Mecca. He was booked into the Indio County Jail for indecent exposure, exposing himself to a minor, […]

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60-year-old Colorado pilot rescued after Mecca area plane crash

A pilot whose airplane crashed in the area between Painted Canyon and Box Canyon was rescued by sheriff’s officials Sunday, Dec. 11. The rugged, mountainous area where the plane went down is eight miles east of the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport and two and one half miles north of Box Canyon. The pilot and sole occupant of the private aircraft, who was identified […]

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MECCA: Two dead, 1 identified, after I-10 big-rig rollover

MECCA – Two occupants from a tractor-trailer big-rig were killed when their truck overturned Saturday, Dec. 3. The deadly accident happened on westbound Interstate 10 near mile post 10-73, according to a Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department press release. The fatal rollover accident occurred at 5:02 a.m. Coroner’s officials later identified one of the victims killed in the accident as […]

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Adult Gang Member Robs Juvenile In Mecca, Gets Arrested In Stolen Car

Written by Trevor Montgomery Riverside County News Source   Mecca, Calif.; On Thursday a 27-year-old Los Angeles area gang member threatened to shoot a 17-year -old student and stole the juvenile’s school-issued iPad as well as other property. On October 22, 2015, at approximately 6:00 a.m., deputies from the Sheriff’s Thermal Station responded to the area of National Avenue and […]

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