Riverside County News Round-Up February 12-19 2020

News Roundup Wednesday February 12, 2020 to Wednesday February 19, 2020

Riverside County/Inland Empire

PERRIS: 02-18-2020 3 dead bodies in possible Cartel related crime

Sheriff Chad Bianco detailed a triple homicide in the Perris area that seems tied to cartel activity. The scene of the crime was at a specific gravesite within the cemetery at 915 North Perris Blvd. Important notes included:

Sheriff’s department believed the positioning and manner of death for the three Perris residents (aged 50, 38 and 28) denoted execution/assassination.

Geographic relationship to a grave of a man killed prior to this incident, in Mexico, potentially ties this triple homicide to other cartel-related crime.

Recent crime increases in the area has Perris residents worried; Sheriff Bianco assured: “…we do not have a serial killer on the loose.” Mayor for Perris Michael Vargas announced a safety specific city council meeting slated for February 27th and is considering ways to increase physical deputy presence in the area under the contract with the city that RSD has.

HEMET: Plans for the old K-Mart Shopping Center get clarified and refined

Christopher Lopez, Hemet’s deputy city manager clarified that the 220 West Stetson Ave. location will house a McDonald’s and office/retail buildings/spaces.

There may be as many as 7 spaces, which will range in size between 1280 sq. ft. and 55,000 sq. ft.

This is a clarification on the previous design plans submitted to the planning commission and helps residents to understand the changes in landscape for the area.

The property is just over 7.5 acres and is titled KPC Hemet Center and lists Anthony Florek and Johnny Gonzalez on the paperwork. Well known Hemet resident Kali P. Chaudhuri is a Key Executive in the KPC Hemet Center, LLC.

HEMET/SAN JACINTO: 02-17-2020 Median work resumes on Florida Avenue

The median project is slated to be completed in February 2020, despite some major opposition in the city center business area and several breaks having been implemented, including a thanksgiving break which lasted until December 1st 2019.   

The 20 million dollar project with work being performed by Granite Construction Company includes work to connect the I-215 to state route 74.

AGUANGA: 02-12-2020 More than 400 lbs. of processed Marijuana and 10000 individual plants found in Drug Seizure

Six warrants were served to initiate a raid in Aguanga that ended up producing nearly two tons of Marijuana that did not meet legal growing parameters. Additionally, three firearms and two stolen vehicles were also seized, including an SKS rifle, which is a very old semi-automatic rifle produced in the hundreds of thousands in Eastern Bloc and Asian countries from the 1950’s to the 1980’s generally.

This was a joint effort by CA Dept. of Fish and Game; CA Water Board; Riverside County organizations including code enforcement; Sherriff’s Dept. and Auto Theft Interdiction detail.

BEAUMONT & LAKE ELSINORE: Two cities in Southwest Riverside County were named on a top ten list of fastest-growing cities in California

Based on the American Community Survey census data and proprietary algorithmic calculations by the website HomeSnacks, Beaumont and Lake Elsinore are top ten cities by growth this year. Beaumont ranked 2nd in growth with a 38.2% growth rate while Lake Elsinore was ranked 4th with 31.6% growth.

Interestingly, both cities were ranked in their respective positions last year as well. Clearly, the growth trends are solidly in place for the time being.

LAKE ELSINORE: 02-19-2020 Route 74/Ortega Highway will see additional delays in the upcoming week

CalTrans has updated the traffic alert for the Ortega Highway area stating it expected several delays during the upcoming week, which is likely to extend the frustration that motorists felt in past weeks.

They expect to have a single lane open for through traffic and have clarified that Wednesday through Friday, slope stabilization work will be occurring. You can follow updates at the Twitter account for CalTrans District 8 at @Caltrans8 on twitter.

RIVERSIDE COUNTY: 02-19-2020 Several new inclusions to the AAA Four Diamond rating list from Riverside County

Six restaurants were added to the list, notably Cielo at Morongo Casino in Cabazon; Great Oak Steakhouse at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula and Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood at Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in downtown Riverside.

Others included 2 Rancho mirage restaurants and one in Palm Springs.

Hotels that landed on the Four Diamond list included notables:

The Grand Idyllwild Lodge; Hotel Paseo Autograph Collection in Palm Desert; The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in downtown Riverside and two Temecula hotels including Ponte Vineyard Inn and Pechanga Resort and Casino.

Several others in La Quinta, Indian Springs, Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage as well as one additional in Palm Desert made the list.