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The Riverside County Sheriff's Department has raised the rates it charges cities to contract with the sheriff's department for police services.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

A police investigation in San Bernardino yesterday (Wednesday) prompted a possible criminal suspect to flee into traffic on the 210 freeway, resulting in his death after being hit by a vehicle.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A California lawmaker wants to let bars stay open two hours longer.  The proposal from San Francisco Democratic state Senator Scott Wiener would push back the closing time for bars from 2 a.m. to 4.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports.

One person died and another was injured as they hiked a trail on Mt. Baldy over the weekend.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Federal Aviation Administration investigators have arrived in Riverside to investigate the crash of a small plane into a Riverside neighborhood shortly after it took off from Riverside Municipal Airport Monday afternoon.  KVCR's Ken vincent has more.

San Bernardino County authorities have confirmed that three people who died at a music festival in Fontana last summer succumbed to drug overdoses.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

As they investigate the tour bus crash that killed 13 people in Palm Springs last weekend, National Transportation Safety Board officials are looking for common threads among a number of deadly casino bus crash incidents in recent years.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more. 

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are finding that the tour bus that crashed in Palm Springs on Sunday - killing 12 passengers and the driver, and injuring 31 others - had tire problems that could have disqualified the bus from operating.  More in this short news item from KVCR's Ken Vincent.


The driver of the tour bus that crashed in Palm Springs this past weekend had prior violations and involvement in other highway incidents, authorities say.  The driver and bus's owner - Teodulo Vides, of Alhambra - was killed along with 12 other people in the deadly crash on Interstate 10 on Sunday.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Federal investigators have joined local authorities in trying to determine what caused one of California's most deadly highway incidents in decades: a Los Angeles-based tour bus that careened into the rear end of a big rig tractor trailer on Interstate 10 in Palm Springs yesterday (Sunday).  KVCR's Ken Vincent filed this report for NPR News.

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Law enforcement personnel from across the nation joined residents of Palm Springs and other local cities

at a massive memorial service yesterday (Tuesday) for the two Palm Springs police officers shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance on Oct. 8.  KVCR's Ken Vincent attended the service

and has this recap.

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The man charged with the shooting deaths of two Palm Springs police officers last weekend entered a plea of not guilty in court yesterday (Thursday).  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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Plans have been announced for what's expected to be a heavily-attended public memorial service for the two Palm Springs police officers shot to death in the line of duty last weekend.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

The suspect accused of shooting to death two Palm Springs police officers last weekend will be arraigned in a Riverside courtroom today.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more on that, and on the effort to raise community funds for the families of the fallen officers.

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The IE-area resort community of Palm Springs is in mourning after two of the city's police officers were killed by a gunman in a residential area of the city as the officers responded to a domestic disturbance. 

KVCR's Ken Vincent has more in this report.

For the second time this year, law enforcement shut down streets around the California Capitol and evacuated some offices.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

SB County To Consider Raves

Aug 11, 2016

After three young people died at a recent rave party in Fontana, San Bernardino County takes up the question of these events in the region. KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports.

The father of an Inland Empire man shot and killed by Riverside County Sheriff's deputies says his son pointed what was a toy gun at deputies.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Hemet Shocked By 3 Homicides In 9 Hours

Jul 21, 2016

The Riverside County community of Hemet is reeling after three people were killed in a nine-hour span.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

With 2016 only half over, San Bernardino this past weekend recorded its 40th homicide of the year -- just a couple of murders shy of the total number of homicides in the city over all of last year -- including the 14 people massacred in the terrorist mass shooting on Dec. 2.  The statistics show that San Bernardino can now be considered one of the most deadly cities in the nation, as KVCR's Matt Guilhem explains in the following report.

The city of San Bernardino is in the midst of a violent crime wave.  Six people have been killed in the beleaguered city just in the last week alone.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on the latest rash of murders in San Bernardino.

In spite of concerns from some police scanner radio devotees, the City of Riverside Police Department says its recent switch to a new, encrypted police radio network will allow for better cross-agency communication and officer safety during emergency situations. KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

A rumor making the rounds on social media has some Redlands residents concerned and police trying to snuff it out.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Hundreds of firefighters are still battling a complex of two fires that have been burning in the mountains above the San Gabriel Valley, west of the Inland Empire.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has this update.

  NOTE:  Officials' latest update of the San Gabriel Fire Complex came at just before 10am Thursday morning, indicating the blaze has grown to just over 5200 acres, is still 15 percent contained, and is being fought by just under 1000 personnel.

A new report finds there's a discrepancy in the rate counties throughout California charge juveniles as adults.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more on the report and who's most affected by the variance.

Although authorities say they suspect no foul play, it'll take a coroner's report to discern why a 48-year-old Rialto city councilman was found dead in his vehicle over the weekend.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Five California peace officers who died in the line of duty -- including a San Bernardino police officer -- were honored yesterday at a ceremony at the California Peace Officers Memorial in Sacramento.  Captial Public Radio's Bob Moffitt reports.

Loud pops of gunfire have become a familiar sound in San Bernardino.  Shootings are on the rise in the beleaguered and bankrupt city, but reasons for the upswing in crime are scarce.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports on San Bernardino's skyrocketing homicide rate and one official's critique of the response.

Quick thinking by a police helicopter crew helped divert a major car/rail collision in Riverside over the weekend.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has the story.

Last week, emergency first responders and medical professionals reflected on the December 2nd terror attack at a state legislative hearing held in San Bernardino.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem was there and reports that while much praise was offered, strategies for improvement were also highlighted.