public safety

Southern California Man Accused of Shooting Arrows at Vehicles

Aug 26, 2019

A Southern California man has been arrested on suspicion of shooting arrows at passing vehicles. The Sun reported Saturday that San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies arrested the Big Bear City man on August 23.  The sheriff's department says witnesses reported seeing the 37-year-old man shooting arrows at traffic from the tailgate of his truck in the mountain town east of Los Angeles. The department says deputies found Jathon Musella in possession of multiple bows and arrows. The department says deputies did not see him shooting the arrows and could not find damage.

Menifee Builds Its Own Police Force... And Police Culture

Jul 24, 2019

Menifee is the second fastest-growing city in Riverside County, and the seventh fastest-growing in the state – and now, it’s building its own police force. KVCR’s Benjamin Purper has more.

Menifee incorporated in 2008 with a population of 65,000. Menifee City Manager Armando Villa says that number has increased significantly since then.

Villa: “Today, ten years forward, we've become a very desirable city for the developer community and for the new families, new residents. We are sitting about 94,000 residents now, we continue to grow about 3 and a half percent.”

The Menifee City Council has voted to create its own police dpeartment, transitioning police services from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department to its own city police force.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

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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

A retired police officer who shot a suspected shoplifter in the neck
at a Riverside home improvement store is under arrest. The shooting was
reported at about 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Home Depot at 33-23
Madison Street in Riverside. Initial reports indicate that the confrontation
began when a man tried to leave the store without paying for merchandise and
was stopped by a security guard. That's when the retired police officer stepped
in ... identified himself and allegedly drew a handgun.

Scores of police, firefighters and other first responders will be participating in a very  realistic-looking active shooter drill tomorrow in Riverside.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


The inland community of La Verne experienced two small plane crashes in two days.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo via Capital Public Radio

Doctors already ask us how much we smoke and drink, our sex life, our diet.  Should they also be asking about guns?  It's a hotly-debated question, as Capitol Public Radio's Sammy Caiola explains.

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The Inland Empire couple charged with abusing and torturing their children for years in their home in Perris is due in court today (Friday) in Riverside.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

City of San Bernardino

Hundreds of buildings across the Inland Empire are vulnerable to extreme damage and danger to occupants in the event of a major earthquake.  The analysis by the Los Angeles Times finds IE officials have not responded to the vulnerability like officials in Coastal communities have.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The Perris couple charged with imprisoning and torturing their 13 children in their home could face life in prison.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper was at a news conference held by Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin today (Thursday), where the extent of the Turpin family parents' abuse of their children was detailed.

In the wake of a Perris couple being held in jail for holding their children captive in their home - which was also registered as a "home school" - an Inland Empire lawmaker is proposing legislation to give the state some oversight over home schools.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper filed this report for NPR News.

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Residents of a normally quiet neighborhood in Perris were shocked to hear that their neighbors - David and Louise Turpin - were holding their 13 emaciated children hostage under inhospitable conditions in their home.  In this story aired  on the California Report on 91.9 KVCR this morning (Wednesday), reporter Valerie Hamilton profiles the neighbors and neighborhood where apparently no one suspected anything about what went on inside the house for years.

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In Perris, it's not just the neighbors who were unaware of what was happening inside the Turpin home where authorities found the 13 emaciated Turpin children.  The Turpin parents arrested on suspicion of child abuse were running a home school that authorities seem to know nothing about.  Now, the California Legislature is looking into changing rules for home schooling.  Reporter Vanessa Rancano has more.

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Cal State San Bernardino was put on lockdown Wednesday after a bullet shattered one of the windows on campus.  While no one was injured, the shot propmpted a large police response and kept students in darkened classrooms for hours.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

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Two Palm Springs police officers who were shot and killed in the line of duty - Jose "Gil" Vega, and Leslie Kling Zerebny -  will be remembered with memorials next month on the 1-year anniversary of their deaths.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Even though a mysterious white powder that was delivered to a Riverside County Sheriff's Department office was later revealed to be just cooking flour, a criminal investigation into the incident is ongoing.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

An online report Friday from the San Bernardino Sun said San Bernardino County Sheriff's investigators, following up on leads generated by a human trafficking arrest in Chino last week, made another arrest in San Bernardino.  KVCR's Rick Dulock has more.

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Violent demonstrations in Berkeley this year foreshadowed the recent white nationalist rally in Virginia that left 3 people dead.  With police forces around the country now on the watch for similar protests, Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter looks at what they can do to prepare.


Cal Fire reports the Aguanga fire is 100 percent contained at 92 acres.  Firefighters will remain on-scene today for mop-up.

(7am Tuesday:)  Firefighters from the Inland Empire and elsewhere around Southern California are fighting a brush fire near the southwestern Riverside County community of Aguanga.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

San Bernardino County authorities say a 23-year-old Yucaipa man has been arrested on suspicion of starting several recent wildfires, including one that injured a firefighter.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Local first responders and other Inland public safety officials gathered to pay their respects as the remains of an Inland Empire firefighter arrived in San Bernardino yesterday (Monday), following his death while fighting a wildfire in Montana.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


There's a new battle between California and the federal government - this time, over a new U.S. Justice Department policy on police seizures of cash and property.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, it could affect a new California law that took effect this year.

Residents who want a better understanding of police operations and how they can contribute to the safety of their neighborhoods are being encouraged to attend a "Citizen Academy" hosted by the Riverside Police Department.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin will today unveil the county's new media and public information campaign designed to discourage the production of marijuana-based "honey oil" throughout Riverside County.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Hate crimes in California increased by more than ten percent for the second year in a row, according to new data from the state Attorney General's Office.  But it's hard to know what to make of that, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

Riverside County Supervisors are scheduled to take action on an ordinance that would impose fines on people who have potentially hazardous interactions with wild burros that roam north of Moreno Valley.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A Colton woman pleaded not guilty yesterday (Thursday) to the murder of her 18-month-old granddaughter and the attempted murder of her daughter and another granddaughter in a knife attack.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Court documents show a Colton woman suspected of fatally-stabbing her 18-month-old granddaughter had spent nearly a decade in a state psychiatric hospital and outpatient treatment program before a jury ruled in 2015 that her sanity had been restored.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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A Colton woman is in custody under suspicion she killed her infant granddaughter and wounded 2 other family members in a stabbing attack in the woman's Colton home yesterday (Monday).  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.