Sheriff’s officials, FBI warn of spike in “virtual kidnapping” scams

After a recent spike of incidents in Riverside County involving phone-based, kidnapping scams, Riverside County sheriff’s officials are reminding citizens to be wary of and to immediately report any phone calls or texts from an unknown person claiming a family member or loved one has been kidnapped or is being held for ransom. The scams, which law enforcement officials and federal investigators first began […]

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TEMECULA: Teen run over, seriously injured, by own truck while “ghost riding”

TEMECULA – A teenager’s horseplay while driving a pickup truck resulted in the boy suffering major injuries Sunday evening, May 28, about 8:25 p.m. The 16-year-old victim was injured while participating in a dangerous new trend called “ghost riding” that has reportedly already resulted in many injuries and deaths across the country. The accident happened on Mandarin Lane near Nora Circle […]

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TEMECULA: “Vigilant resident’s” 911 call results in arrest of felon with firearm, stolen laptop

If page fails to load properly, or displays as a plain-text document, try refreshing the page. I am working to resolve the problem. -TM   TEMECULA — Officials are crediting a “vigilant resident” who spotted and called in a report of suspicious activity Friday, May 26, as resulting in the early-morning arrest of a convicted felon. The man, who was […]

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Jack-knifed big rig on I-15 Freeway wreaks havoc on evening commute

A jack-knifed big-rig on the northbound I-15 Freeway near SR 79 south has reportedly caused a major back up through the Temecula Valley. Northbound traffic is backed up several miles, with evening commuters stuck in heavy congestion well past the Rainbow Valley Boulevard exit. Southbound traffic is backed up in the area as well, with commuters slowing to see the […]

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TEMECULA: CHP announces planned school-zone traffic enforcement operation

TEMECULA – California Highway Patrol officials announced that as part of their ongoing efforts to improve pedestrian safety in Southwest Riverside County they will be conducting a traffic enforcement operation that will focus on traffic safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists on streets near Temecula area schools. The enforcement operation will take place Wednesday, May 17, at Lisa J. Mails […]

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TEMECULA: Missing Temecula man found “uninjured and under no duress”

TEMECULA – A man who was reported missing Saturday, April 8 was found safe and uninjured Saturday, May 13. The man was found just over one month after he was reported missing. Riverside County sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Temecula Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing team began searching for Mabry after he was reported missing by his family. Deputies found the […]

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TEMECULA: Man, accused of committing lewd acts, arrested for indecent exposure

TEMECULA – A man suspected of committing lewd acts was arrested for indecent exposure May 3. Deputies arrested the alleged suspect at a business near Pujol Street, south of Felix Valdez Road, in Temecula. After an investigation, sheriff’s officials arrested Gilberto Marquez, 48, of Temecula. He was booked into the Southwest Justice Center on suspicion of indecent exposure, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve […]

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TEMECULA: Man arrested, accused of molesting at least two children

TEMECULA – Sheriff’s officials announced yesterday the arrest of a Temecula resident suspected of molesting at least two juveniles. After a week-long investigation, authorities arrested the man on Main Street in Old Town Temecula Friday, April 28. Investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Temecula Police Station arrested 56-year-old Jose Benito Fabian a week after they were first notified regarding allegations that Fabian had […]

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TEMECULA: Bicyclist, struck by pickup truck yesterday, dies at hospital

TEMECULA – A bicyclist has died after he was struck by a pickup truck Wednesday evening, April 26. The deadly accident happened in the area of Temecula and Pechanga Parkways in Temecula. Despite life-saving efforts, the bicyclist succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by medical staff at the hospital the today, Thursday, April 27. The victim has not yet been identified, […]

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SAN JACINTO: Temecula carjacking suspect arrested after stealing second vehicle

Deputies converged on a residence after tracking a LoJack signal where they recovered a stolen motorcycle and apprehended a man who was not only charged with theft of the motorcycle, he was charged with an April 12 armed-carjacking. Will Whelan/Hemet Valley Incidents photo SAN JACINTO – Officials from several different local law enforcement agencies worked together while tracking a carjacking […]

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