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Hemet Boy Suspected of Making Threatening Call to School

May 22, 2019

   HEMET (CNS) - Police today arrested a 15-year-old Hemet boy suspected
of calling a school and threatening to carry out a shooting, resulting in a
campus lockdown.
   The youth, whose name was not disclosed, made the call -- ultimately
determined to be a prank -- about 1:15 p.m. Monday to the reception area at
Diamond Valley Middle School, according to Hemet police.
   Sgt. Derek Maddox said a clerk was told by the caller that he intended
to ``shoot up'' the campus, prompting the staffer to immediately notify

   RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A 24-year-old man accused of threatening to carry
out a shooting at UC Riverside was charged Tuesday with making terrorist threats.
   Matthew Jeremiah Woolridge of Riverside was arrested in the predawn
hours last Friday following an investigation by UCR police, who allege he made
the threat via Snapchat on Thursday night. The posting read, ``I'm shooting up
UC Riverside tomorrow. 1st Black school shooter going down in History.''
   Investigators used the social media post to identify and locate the

JURUPA VALLEY (CNS) - A Jurupa Valley man was arrested for allegedly
shining a laser at two law enforcement aircraft, a sheriff's sergeant said
   A Riverside County Sheriff Department helicopter and a Riverside City
Police Department airplane were targeted by a green laser at about 12:19 a.m.
Saturday while over the Sunnyslope neighborhood, according to Sgt. Jafet Erazo.
   Authorities determined that the laser originated from a single-story
home in the 2600 block of Armstrong Road, and used an infrared camera to make

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INDIO (CNS) - Opening statements are scheduled today in the trial of a man accused of killing two Palm Springs police officers, with prosecutors expected to introduce evidence of past contacts between the defendant and police that could point to a possible motive for the 2016 shooting.
   John Hernandez Felix, 28, is charged with two counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder, with special circumstance allegations of killing police officers and committing multiple murders, making him eligible for the death penalty if convicted.

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A California Highway Patrol sergeant who was killed by an alleged drunken driver in Lake Elsinore was remembered Tuesday in Riverside, where loved ones and colleagues spoke of his ``memorable legacy'' and dedication to work and family.
   Sgt. Steve Lawrence Licon, 53, of Perris was fatally injured April 6 as he was conducting a traffic stop on the southbound shoulder of Interstate 15.

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A California Highway Patrol sergeant who was killed by an alleged drunken and reckless driver in Lake Elsinore is being remembered today (Tuesday) in Riverside, where loved ones, colleagues and those who never knew the lawman gathered for a memorial service to pay final respects.

   Sgt. Steve L. Licon, 53, of Perris was fatally injured April 6 as he was conducting a traffic stop on the southbound shoulder of Interstate 15.

   A service honoring the 28-year CHP veteran was held at Harvest Christian Fellowship on Arlington Avenue in Riverside.

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A Riverside high school teacher suspected of sending
inappropriate text messages to nearly a dozen female students was released
from jail today after posting a $55,000 bond.
   Frank Garcia, 49, of Fontana was arrested and booked into the Robert
Presley Jail Wednesday on suspicion of multiple acts of annoying a minor.
   Garcia posted bail this morning and was released from custody.
   ``We are shocked and disappointed by these allegations made against an
RUSD staff member,'' according to a Riverside Unified School District

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MURRIETA (CNS) - A man accused of striking a veteran California Highway Patrol sergeant while driving drunk on Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore last weekend was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder.
   Michael Joseph Callahan, 36, could face 15 years to life in state prison if convicted of killing Sgt. Steve Licon last Saturday.

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A memorial fund established in honor of the Riverside-based California Highway Patrol officer killed by an alleged drunken driver over the weekend is accepting donations to assist his family, it was announced Monday.
   ``Please keep Sgt. Licon's family, friends and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers as we mourn this heartbreaking loss,'' according to a CAHP statement. ``One hundred percent of all donations received will go directly to Sergeant Licon's wife and two children.''


   LAKE ELSINORE (CNS) - A veteran California Highway Patrol motorcycle sergeant was struck and killed by a car on Interstate 15 near Lake Elsinore, and the driver was arrested on suspicion of various crimes, CHP officials said Sunday.
   Sgt. Steve Licon had pulled over a Chrysler sedan for a traffic stop at 4:26 p.m. Saturday on the right shoulder of the southbound side of the freeway north of Nichols Road when a gray Toyota Corolla slammed into Licon, his motorcycle and the Chrysler, according to the CHP.

A new report says law enforcement agencies in California - including the Riverside and San Bernardino Counties' sheriff's departments - are skirting California's voter-passed immigrant sanctuary law by following out-of-date policies or exploiting loopholes.  MOre from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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LAKE ELSINORE (CNS) - Sunshine and rolling hills blanketed in eye- catching wildflowers are expected to draw major crowds to Lake Elsinore today (Saturday),
as more people seek to see the ``Super Bloom'' up close, while public safety agencies work to keep traffic moving and hazards to a minimum.
   On Thursday, officials announced a coordinated strategy to mitigate the influx of people likely to converge on Walker Canyon today and Sunday.
   ``The Super Bloom has created significant challenges for the community

San Bernardino County will pay about $1 million to LGBT inmates incarcerated in the so-called "alternative lifestyle tank" lock-up facility in a Rancho Cucamonga jail.  KVCR's Ben Purper filed this update for The California Report.


The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors this week held a public forum on cooperation between the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

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A local flower vendor is suing the Riverside County Sheriff's Department for allegedly using excessive force against her last year.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

8 people were shot - 2 are hospitalized in extremely serious condtion - in what's described as a gunfight in a northeast San Bernardino neighborhood late last night (Sunday).  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.


The Rev. Jesse Jackson visited San Bernardino last week (Thursday) to call for the disbarment of the San Bernardino County prosecutor who made offensive remarks online.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has the story.

A top San Bernardino County prosecutor has been placed on administrative leave after making offensive social media comments.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

The Riverside County District Attorney's office on Friday filed eight counts of perjury against the father of the thirteen siblings found tortured and shackled to beds in their home in Perris.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper reports.

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Prosecutors have dropped felony charges against the Joshua Tree couple accused of abusing their three children.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

The decision is a reversal from last week, when friends of the family told reporters that no deal to lift charges had been made.

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Now a follow-up on a story from Barstow, where a 26-year-old black man was shot and killed by police officers in a shopping center parking lot last month.  Now the attorney representing the family says the officer who filed those shots was once convicted of a hate crime.  The California Report's Alex Hall reports on the death of Diante Yarber. 

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Now to the case of the Joshua Tree couple arrested for child abuse after the family was found living in a makeshift shelter in the high desert.  The public defender assigned to the case believes local law enforcement was reacting to the Turpin child captivity and torture case in Perris a few months ago when they made the arrest.  KVCR's Benajmin Purper has more.

Elizabeth Crabtree is the public defender assigned to Mona Kirk, the mother of the family. Crabtree has been living and practicing in Joshua Tree for four years – and she says she’s never seen a case like this before.


The family of the suspected YouTube shooter, Nasim Ahgdam, says she was angry about YouTube's policies.  Meanwhile, federal and local authorities searched the Ahgdam family home in Menifee.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper filed this report for NPR news.

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A Pomona police officer killed in a standoff with an armed suspect Friday night is being remembered by his law enforcement colleagues and the community.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports a somber group of Pomona residents, city leaders and law enforcement personnel gathered Saturday evening for a vigil honoring fallen officer Gregory Casillas, killed in a standoff between a suspect and Pomona police.  Click here for more.


A bill has been introduced in the California state Senate to eliminate coroner's offices in counties around the state, and replace them with county medical examiners.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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The political rivalry between the two candidates running for Riverside County Sheriff - incumbent Stan Sniff and challenger Dave Brown - is heating up toward this fall's election.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Moreno Valley Police say they have in custody a couple of suspects they believe were behind a string of burglaries of a number of cosmetics retailers around Southern California.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


Today we're remembering Larry Falce, who was the oldest deputy sheriff in the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department before his death last week.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.


A man caught on video delivering a brutal roadside punch to an off-duty San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputy who later died has been charged with murder.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.