Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Health and Wellness: The proposed use of HCQ (Hydroxychloroquine) for treatment of COVID-19 (Coronavirus aka SARS-CoV-2)

An article posted in the January 2021 issue of the American Journal of Medicine suggests use of HCQ as part of a treatment regimen for people with COVID-19 - other medical journals contradict this idea

By Bill Gould

There are many meme-type news posts floating around the internet recently, such as this one here to the right. These type of posts often politicize the issue, whatever that issue may be, with inflammatory language meant to cause fear or anger. In this case it is COVID-19 - and it's potential cures, preventative measures and vaccines. 

We are not about the fear and anger life, so we are going to hit you with some facts we found.

For clarity in this case, President Trump had promoted the use of HCQ (Hydroxychloroquine) 'prophylactically' - as a preventative measure. 

Monday, January 25, 2021

Country Music: Chapel Hart Inducted Into CMT's Next Women of Country Class of 2021

Full Performances and Past NWOC Faces Featured on CMT Facebook & YouTube on January 26 at 5p ET/4p CT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Rising country powerhouse trio Chapel Hart have recently been inducted into the CMT Next Women of Country Class of 2021. CMT has named ten rising artists to its prestigious “Next Women of Country” (NWOC) franchise, marking the first-ever linear reveal in program history. The news was shared during a dedicated three-hour special on CMT Hot 20 Countdown, which saw NWOC alum Ashley McBryde (2018), Carly Pearce (2016), Cassadee Pope (2014), Lauren Alaina (2014), Lindsay Ell (2014), Maggie Rose (2017), Maren Morris (2016), Mickey Guyton (2015), Tanya Tucker (2020-21 tour) and Tenille Townes (2019) welcoming the new class.

In addition to Chapel Hart, The “CMT Next Women of Country” Class of 2021 includes names such as Reyna Roberts, Ashland Craft, Brittney Spencer, Hannah Dasher, Harper Grae, MacKenzie Porter, Priscilla Block, Sacha, and Tenille Arts.

“We couldn’t be more honored to be a part of such a prestigious program! CMT Next Women of Country has given a voice to women in country music; we are so glad that Chapel Hart will now get a chance to be heard and we will be forever grateful,” shares Chapel Hart.

Tomorrow, Caylee Hammack (2020), Rissi Palmer, and Lauren Alaina will host a one-hour digital special, 'CMT Presents: Next Women of Country Class of 2021,' on CMT Facebook and YouTube channels featuring full performances from each of the new inductees, with a special appearance from CMT Equal Play ambassador Jennifer Nettles, who also headlined the 2016 CMT Next Women of Country Tour.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the newest class of CMT’s Next Women of Country,” said Leslie Fram, Senior Vice President, Music & Talent, CMT. “These artists represent the best of fresh new talent and the diversity of styles that country music has to offer. We look forward to providing this group more exposure than ever before, particularly within the ViacomCBS family on Pluto TV, as well as providing them with essential resources to help them build their musical careers.”

Over the next year, the new NWOC class will receive cross-brand support for their music and videos across CMT and CMT Music channels, CMT Radio (220+ channels), CMT Hot 20 Countdown, CMT.com, and @CMT social channels, in addition to cross-promotional opportunities for ViacomCBS’ MTV Entertainment Group.

In addition, CMT will offer its new NWOC inductees access to independent media training, photography consultations, and artist advocacy opportunities designed to assist them in supporting charitable causes and social issues. These resources will be provided by Nashville-based communications firm, The Change Agent·cy.

Chapel Hart kicks off the new year with the release of “I Will Follow.” This upbeat country single highlights the importance of following your heart. Despite the mixed signals that the world may send, the sure-fire way to happiness is through the heart. This trio struts into 2021 with nothing to lose and everything to prove, calling all to join them in loving life and not taking the world too seriously. A love for all humans no matter race or background is a message that we all need to hear after a long, confusing year. “I Will Follow” written by Savannah Keyes, Jennifer Hanson, and Nick Brophy and produced by Brophy with Jeffrey Glixman. The single will be available to download and stream on all digital services on Friday, February 5th, 2021.

"We heard this song and instantly knew we had to have it!” shares Chapel Hart. “This song is literally the song of our hearts! In the last year of our life during the dreadful pandemic, we somehow managed to follow the directions of these lyrics, and this is how, we believe, our success has skyrocketed! Following your heart works every time!"

For updates and to join the conversation, visit CMT.com, follow @CMT on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and use #CMTNextWomen to join the conversation.

Chapel Hart website: https://www.chapelhart.com/

HIP HOP NEWS: “CHOPPED AND SCREWED: THE FINAL MIXTAPE” SET TO HIGHLIGHT CAREER & IMPACT HIP HOP ARTIST DJ SCREW

Documentary Slated for Late 2021 Release

Austin, TEXAS – Slated for release late this year, “CHOPPED AND SCREWED: THE FINAL MIXTAPE” will explore the history of iconic hip hop DJ and producer DJ Screw by delving into his
signature sound, his struggles with police brutality and racism, and his impact on contemporary music and culture 20 years after his death. 

Executive Produced by Emmy-nominated Joseph Litzinger (“Life Below Zero”) and Peabody and Emmy Award-winning duo Darby Wheeler and Rodrigo Bascunan (both of Netflix show “Hip Hop Evolution”) alongside Bruce Kalmick and Isaac Yowman, who also serves as Director, the film gives a first-hand account of Screw’s life from the people closest to the icon and various artists influenced by him today.

In addition to interviews with Lil Keke, Slim Thug, Bun B of UGK, Trae Tha Truth, Nikki Williams (DJ Screw’s longtime girlfriend), D Reck from Wreckshop Records (who also serves as a producer), Mike D of SUC, Big Russ of BigTyme Records and more, the film will also feature DJ Screw’s sister Michelle Wheeler as Consulting Producer, allowing for exclusive access to never-before-seen footage and photos of DJ Screw.

“The idea of telling the story of DJ Screw is just as important today as it was during the time of his passing in 2000,” notes Yowman. “A tale of overcoming the odds, racial injustice and inspiration to many, this film will show the power of a man that prevailed over the adversities that blanketed his community and used his experiences to create a legacy that lives on today. Screw’s impact on Southern culture is no secret, but his influence on music globally is a story untold. With that noted, I feel as a native Houstonian and someone that’s grown up on Screw music, it’s my duty to add color to our culture by making sure his story is well-documented. November 2020 marked the 20th anniversary of his passing and its vital this documentary is shared to tell the full story of DJ Screw - the good, the bad, and the will to overcome.”

For more information, visit www.thefinalmixtape.com 

Retro Awesome: “The Muppet Show” With Special Guest Crystal Gayle Available to Stream February 19 Only On Disney+

To Feature Special Guests Crystal Gayle, Steve Martin, Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Alice Cooper and More

BURBANK, Calif. - The long wait for Muppet fans is almost over! “The Muppet Show,” Jim Henson’s iconic variety series that started it all, will begin streaming Friday, February 19 exclusively on Disney+. In addition for the first three seasons, fans will be able to enjoy seasons 4 and 5, which have never previously been released on home entertainment.

Originally premiering in 1976, some of Hollywood’s brightest stars stopped by “The Muppet Show” for unforgettable comedy and chaos including Crystal Gayle, Steve Martin, Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Alice Cooper, Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Gene Kelly, and Mark Hamill.

"I loved taping The Muppet Show in London. Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and all the Muppets made me feel like a part of their family," says Crystal Gayle.

"It's going to be great to welcome back longtime fans, and to give a new generation of fans a chance to see how we got our start, how Miss Piggy became a star and so much more,” said Kermit the Frog. “Today, I’m proud to say: ‘It’s time to play the music, light the lights and meet the Muppets on Disney Plus tonight!’ And as for Statler and Waldorf, the two old guys in the balcony, I can only add: ‘Sorry, guys, but… here we go again.”

With all five seasons of “The Muppet Show,” Muppet favorites like “Muppet Treasure Island” celebrating its 25th anniversary in February, and new hits like “Muppets Now,” Disney+ is now the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational streaming service on Earth. 

To stream The Muppets Collection, visit www.disneyplus.com.

COVID-19: Conditions improving statewide, allowing most Counties to return to outdoor dining and personal services being OK

With Pandemic Far from Over, Californians Urged to Wear Masks, Limit Mixing, Get Vaccinated When Eligible

SACRAMENTO CA – Officials with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today ended the Regional Stay at Home Order, lifting the order for all regions statewide, including the three regions that had still been under the order – San Joaquin Valley, Bay Area and Southern California. Four-week ICU capacity projections for these three regions are above 15%, the threshold that allows regions to exit the order. The Sacramento Region exited the order on January 12 and the Northern California region never entered the order.

This action allows all counties statewide to return to the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on local case rates and test positivity. The majority of the counties are in the strictest, or purple tier. Tier updates are provided weekly on Tuesdays. Individual counties could choose to impose stricter rules.

"Californians heard the urgent message to stay home as much as possible and accepted that challenge to slow the surge and save lives," said Dr. Tomás Aragón, CDPH director and state public health officer. "Together, we changed our activities knowing our short-term sacrifices would lead to longer-term gains. COVID-19 is still here and still deadly, so our work is not over, but it's important to recognize our collective actions saved lives and we are turning a critical corner." 

While there are positive signs that the virus is spreading at a slower rate across the state, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. It is still critical that Californians continue to wear masks when they leave their homes, maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet, wash their hands frequently, avoid gatherings and mixing with other households, follow all state and local health department guidance and get the vaccine when it's their turn.

The state, in collaboration with local health departments and health care facilities statewide, took a long list of actions to support California's hospitals and slow the surge in cases and hospitalizations. The Regional Stay at Home Order urged Californians to stay home except for essential activities, which helped lower disease transmission levels and reduce burden on the hospital system.

California deployed more than 4,100 medical professionals to facilities across the state to ease the burden on frontline health care workers. The state provided assistance within hospitals in the form of personal protective equipment, ventilators and help with oxygen supply.

California also helped hospitals expand their capacity by opening 16 alternate care sites, lower-acuity facilities where COVID-19 patients get a bridge from hospital to home as they are recovering. Public health leaders implemented a statewide order to make it easier to transfer patients from over-crowded hospitals to those with more space and staff.

The administration of vaccines to health care workers has meant that fewer health care workers are falling ill to the virus, which helps keep staffing levels more stable.

"California is slowly starting to emerge from the most dangerous surge of this pandemic yet, which is the light at the end of the tunnel we've been hoping for," said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. "Seven weeks ago, our hospitals and front-line medical workers were stretched to their limits, but Californians heard the urgent message to stay home when possible and our surge after the December holidays did not overwhelm the healthcare system to the degree we had feared."

Nearly all the counties exiting the Regional Stay at Home Order today are in the Purple or widespread (most restrictive) tier. Services and activities, such as outdoor dining and personal services, may resume immediately with required modifications, subject to any additional restrictions required by local jurisdictions. See the county map to find the status of activities open in each county.

Because case rates remain high across most of the state, the state's Hospital Surge Order remains in place to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. The Limited Stay at Home Order, which limits non-essential activities between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., expires with the Regional Stay At Home Order ending.

Crime Reports: Lake Elsinore Sheriff Station reports crime stats for the last week

Lake Elsinore Sheriff Station Weekly Recap 

In the past week, Deputies and Community Service Officers responded to a total of 1348 calls for services and arrested 80 individuals for various crimes. 

Below is the breakdown of the statistics, week of (1/17-1/23):

County - 233 Calls / 11 Arrests

City of Canyon Lake - 67 Calls / 7 Arrests

City of Lake Elsinore - 786 Calls / 52 Arrests

City of Wildomar - 262 Calls / 10 Arrests

Menifee: late night shooting results in one arrest and several guns confiscated

Raymond Martinez
(courtesy Menifee PD)
Menifee, CA - On January 23, 2021, at approximately 1:30am Menifee Police Officers responded to the 27000 Block of Vanilla Court, in reference to multiple calls of shots being fired and vehicles possibly fleeing the location. 

Officers immediately converged on the area and contacted residents that had heard the shots. Officers were able to track down a possible suspect at a nearby residence. The suspect, Raymond Martinez of Menifee, was arrested in connection to the shooting. 

Officers executed a search warrant of the suspect’s residence, where several firearms including an assault rifle and two handguns were seized. 

Guns confiscated

At this time there are no identified injuries as a result of the shooting, however, this investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Menifee Police Department at (951) 723-1500. 

Friday, January 22, 2021

COVID-19: County to change vaccine appointment sign up website

Riverside County CA - The county website for residents to get an appointment at an upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinic will soon change. This is in response to technical issues experienced today as thousands of Riverside County residents attempted to make appointments for vaccine.

A technical issue in the website code was uncovered at that time of opening 3,900 appointments for weekend vaccine clinics. Unfortunately, when many residents attempted to visit the appointment website, they saw a timeout screen.

“Residents are understandably frustrated that the appointment website did not perform today,” said Juan C. Perez, Interim County Executive Officer. “While we worked with our vendor to ensure it would be operational today, unfortunately, it was not. Frankly, that’s unacceptable. We apologize for this unfortunate situation and will soon direct residents to a new website.”

A new link will be announced soon for residents to sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations.

When appointments are open, the new county site will continue to link to the state’s vaccine registration portal. Please note that if all appointments are booked when completing the state’s registration, users will not be able to secure a time.

SW RivCo Crime Reports: Multiple types of stolen vehicles recovered

Pic courtesy of RivCo Sheriff
Riverside County CA - A variety of stolen vehicles were recovered by Southwest Riverside County Police agencies recently. 

The Lake Elsinore Sheriff's Station reports that while driving on the freeway, a recently victimized community member saw a really nice boat being pulled alongside them. The citizen noticed the boat looked a lot like the one they had stolen from them recently. 

"Imagine their surprise when they noticed it was one in the same. The citizen called dispatch and with the help of the departments helicopter, deputies were able to locate the stolen boat." 

The boat was returned to the owner and the thief was taken to jail.

Pic courtesy of Hemet PD

In Hemet on Thursday night, officers were searching for a reported stolen toy hauler in the west end of town. 

The Riverside County Sheriff's Aviation Unit came out and located the stolen toy hauler being pulled by a stolen truck. 

"Members of Patrol and Gang Task Force Region 3 conducted a traffic stop and the suspect was taken into custody and the vehicles were returned to their rightful owners. Thank you STAR-9!"


Pic courtesy of Murrieta PD
In Murrieta, three squad cars rolled up on a stolen Dodge Ram work van in a parking lot and took a suspect into custody without incident.


Thursday, January 21, 2021

San Jacinto: Suspected DUI driver takes police on short pursuit resulting in crash and arrest

San Jacinto CA - On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at approximately 4:48pm, deputies assigned to the San Jacinto Sheriff Station initiated a vehicle pursuit on a suspected impaired driver. The driver and sole occupant, later identified as Daniel George Hardesty (27 year-old Colorado resident) fled from law enforcement and drove in a reckless manner, including running stop signs and driving into oncoming traffic. 

Hardesty crashed into a street sign in the 900 block of East Florida Avenue, in the City of Hemet and was immediately taken into custody. Hardesty was later transported to and booked into the Larry Smith Correctional Facility for felony evading and driving under the influence.

The investigation is currently on-going. Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Deputy Curtis Cox at the San Jacinto Sheriff Station by calling (951) 766-2400.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Riverside County: COVID-19 vaccine distribution update

Participants must register and have an appointment to get vaccinated

Riverside County received 26,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine this week to distribute among community partners. Of this week’s allocation, 3,900 doses will be used for six additional county-run vaccine clinics. Supply of vaccine continues to be limited and demand for vaccine high.

Registration will be available Thursday (Jan. 21) at noon for six upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Lake Elsinore, Perris and Indio planned for people in Phase 1A (all tiers), 1B (tier 1), which includes individuals 65 and older.

“This is important news to so many of our residents who are eager to be vaccinated,” said Board Chair Karen Spiegel, Second District Supervisor. “We also ask for your patience. We continue to have very limited vaccine quantities and a high demand within the community for it. The county is distributing vaccine as quickly as we receive it.”

Those who want to get vaccinated can visit the Riverside University Health System-Public Health vaccine website www.ruhealth.org/covid-19-vaccine starting at noon Thursday for an appointment. Those over 65 years of age who need help registering can call 2-1-1.

Clinics are scheduled Jan. 22 and 23 at the Diamond Stadium located at 500 Diamond Drive, Lake Elsinore, CA, 92530. The Jan. 22 clinic is for those 65 and older only (appointment still required).

Clinics are scheduled Jan. 24 and 25 at the Perris Fairgrounds located at 18700 Lake Perris Drive, Perris, CA, 92571. The Jan. 25 clinic is for those 65 and older only (appointment still required).

Clinics are also scheduled Jan. 23 and 24 at the Indio Fairgrounds in the Fullenwider Auditorium located at 46350 Arabia Street, Indio, CA, 92201.

The clinics will operate from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The clinics will provide vaccines free of charge, however those who show up must register prior to arrival, have an appointment, and show proof of eligibility (work badge, business identification or letter of proof from employer). Medical insurance information will be requested, although not required.

Those 65 and older must have proof of age, such as a driver’s license. Seniors who need help registering can call 2-1-1.

To see the description of the various tiers and to sign up for an appointment, click https://www.ruhealth.org/covid-19-vaccine.

Murrieta: December home invasion robbery shootout results in two deaths and two arrests

Murrieta CA - On December 26, 2020, at about 4:01am, deputies from the Lake Elsinore Station were dispatched to a report of a shooting at a residence in the 37000 block of Calle de Lobo, in the La Cresta area west of the Murrieta city limits. 

Upon arrival, deputies made contact with two uninjured male residents. They were directed inside where deputies found four males with gunshot wounds. Two males had succumbed to their wounds, and two males were transported to a local hospital, also suffering from gunshot wounds. Deputies secured the area as a crime scene and investigators from the Lake Elsinore Station responded. The Central Homicide Unit also responded and assumed the investigation.

The investigation determined this to be a botched home invasion robbery, involving the suspects and residents to have exchanged gunfire. One of the surviving males and one of the deceased males were determined to be suspects who forced entry into the residence and began assaulting one of the occupants inside, leading to the shooting. At least one additional suspect fled the residence and drove away in an unknown make vehicle.

During the course of this investigation, several suspects were involved in this robbery. The suspect who was shot, but survived, was identified as Tong Shun Zhang, 34 years of Rowland Heights. Zhang was arrested and charged with two counts of Murder, Attempted Murder, and Burglary. 

The Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit conducted surveillance on several locations in Los Angeles County, and were able to locate one of the suspect vehicles. On January 15, 2021, the second suspect vehicle was stopped by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy in Temple City. The driver, Dong Yang, 33 years of Rowland Heights, was interviewed and identified as the driver of one of the suspect vehicles during the robbery. On January 16, 2021, Yang was arrested and booked for Robbery at the Robert Presley Detention Center.

The deceased subjects in this case were identified as suspect Wang Lin, 38 years of Rowland Heights, and victim Alejandro Camacho, 45 years of Bullhead City, AZ.

This case remains under investigation and no further information will be released at this time. If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to call Investigator Stites at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff Station 951-245-3300 or Investigator Button with the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777.

San Jacinto Area: UPDATE - Gilman Springs Rd four vehicle accident requires extraction of multiple victims, results in 1 death

**UPDATE**

Sadly, the adult injured in this crash has succumbed to her injuries. She has been identified as Lucretia Garland, 31 years old, of San Jacinto.

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Riverside County CA - A four vehicle car wreck reported at 6:59am required the extraction of one adult and 3 children from a vehicle this morning. The accident occurred near the intersection of Gilman Springs Rd and Alessandro. As of 7:30am, all four patients have been transported to local hospitals by ambulance. 

The one adult patient is in serious condition. No further information is available at this time. If further info becomes available, we will update this article.



Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Lake Elsinore and Wildomar: Community Policing event results in 4 people receiving homelessness assistance and 15 arrests

Lake Elsinore CA - On January 19, 2021, about 7:00 AM, the Lake Elsinore Sheriff Station Special Enforcement Team conducted a zero tolerance/quality of life operation in the cities of Lake Elsinore and Wildomar. The team concentrated on areas frequently described as "problem areas," throughout the cities of Lake Elsinore and Wildomar.

In a collaborative effort with the city's code enforcement, numerous subjects were contacted and arrested for various crimes related to quality of life. The Lake Elsinore Station continuously strives to ensure the citizens of Lake Elsinore live/function comfortably and are able to enjoy the activities of daily living unimpeded.


A total of 25 individuals were contacted, fifteen individuals were arrested for crimes related to quality of life and four individuals agreed to receive assistance. All fifteen individuals have had, and will continue to have, access to resources which will assist them in ending their endless cycle of homelessness.

As a reminder, "Community Policing" involves partnerships between law enforcement and community members. Business owners and residents are encouraged to report
criminal activity directly to law enforcement by calling Sheriff's Dispatch at (951) 776-1099, or by calling 911 if the matter is an emergency.

Murrieta: High winds are creating a mess across the valley

courtesy FB.com / Sandy Lord-Hunt
Murrieta CA - High winds have been blowing over trees, fences, spreading trash and of course rolling many tumbleweeds all over the valley today. 

Please take extra care while driving this evening. If you are a resident of Murrieta, the police department is here to help!

From the Murrieta Police Department:

"It's a bit windy today! We're getting reports of trees being blown over and yard decorations being blown into neighbors yards, so be careful out there.  

If you see any kind of hazard created by the wind, please be sure to call our dispatch center at 951-696-3615 and let them know so they can get the appropriate resources out to clean up the mess." 

Facts regarding the COVID-19 distribution here in Riverside County

Hello folks. 

Normally we like to focus on the happy stuff - but in this case we want to make sure that our local blog readers also have important facts. 

In this case, it is regarding the distro of the COVID-19 vaccine and the 'pause' that has been mentioned in the news recently. 

Here is a link to some facts: https://temcal.blogspot.com/2021/01/covid-19-public-health-clinics-in.html

San Jacinto: State St vehicle vs pedestrian collision results in death

San Jacinto CA - On Monday, January 18, at 3:16 a.m., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, San Jacinto Station, arrived at North State Street and Village at San Jacinto, regarding a traffic collision between a vehicle and pedestrian. Deputies located a person lying in the roadway suffering from major injuries, along with a vehicle and its driver. 

Cal-Fire and American Medical Response (AMR) were already on-scene and attempted lifesaving measures, but the pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The preliminary investigation revealed a black Toyota sedan was traveling northbound on State Street when it struck a pedestrian lying down in the middle of the roadway. The driver of the vehicle immediately pulled over and waited at the scene. 

An AMR unit was in the area at the time of the collision and provided immediate medical attention. The identification of the decedent is being withheld pending the Coroner’s notification of the next of kin.

The San Jacinto Station Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. During the investigation, State Street was closed at Ramona Expressway and Community College Drive until 11:15 a.m. This investigation is ongoing, anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact Deputy Cox at the San Jacinto Station, 951-654-2702.

California: CHP on tactical alert during Inauguration week

SACRAMENTO, CA – California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner Amanda Ray today issued the following statement announcing the CHP would go on tactical alert ahead of the upcoming Presidential Inauguration:

“For many months, the CHP has worked closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to ensure the outcome of the election will be respected and that any protests which may occur are free from violence.  The CHP maintains strong relationships with our security and intelligence partners around the country and is continually evaluating possible emerging threats to the state.  As such, the CHP is prepared to respond to any potential threats which may arise statewide.

“The protection of California highways and state buildings, including the Capitol, are the primary responsibility and jurisdiction of the CHP.

“Due to the potential for civil unrest related to the 2021 Presidential Inauguration, I have placed uniformed CHP personnel on tactical alert for an indefinite period.  This allows for the maximization of resources to protect public safety as well as state buildings and infrastructure.  The CHP will continue to monitor the situation and plan our resources accordingly.

“For security and safety reasons, the CHP cannot comment further on specific matters involving the tactical alert, local preparedness plans, or personnel deployment.” 

The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest level of Safety, Service, and Security.

COVID-19: Public Health clinics in Riverside County not impacted by ‘pause’ in Moderna vaccine

Suspect lot of Moderna doses not part of vaccine to be used at clinics in Corona, Menifee, Beaumont and Indio

Riverside County CA - The four county-operated COVID-19 vaccination sites, on all four scheduled days

this week, will not be impacted by the “pause” being requested by the state’s epidemiologist for some doses of the Moderna vaccine.

More than 330,000 doses from the affected lot have been distributed to 287 providers across the state, officials said. The shipments arrived in California between Jan. 5 and 12. The state has not been notified of any other cluster or individual events related to this lot (Lot 041L20A).

This week, a higher-than-usual number of adverse events were reported with a specific lot of Moderna vaccine (Moderna Lot 041L20A) administered at one community vaccination clinic. Fewer than ten individuals required medical attention over the span of 24 hours. That clinic was not in Riverside County.

In Riverside County, officials reviewed the Moderna doses planned for use at the vaccine clinics in Corona, Menifee, Beaumont and Indio and determined they were not part of the impacted lot. Any adverse reactions at the Riverside County vaccine clinics so far have been rare.

The clinics are scheduled Tuesday (Jan. 19) through Friday (Jan. 22) from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30p.m. The clinics are providing vaccines for those in Phase 1A (all tiers), 1B (tier 1), which includes individuals 65 and older.

For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, visit www.ruhealth.org/covid-19-vaccine.

Monday, January 18, 2021

RIVCO: HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TUESDAY TO 10 PM PST WEDNESDAY

Temecula CA - There is a high wind warning in effect tonight through Wednesday night. Here are further details on how to prepare:

* WHAT...East winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 50 mph expected.

* AREA: Orange County Coastal; Orange County Inland; San Bernardino and Riverside County Valleys-The Inland Empire; Santa Ana Mountains and Foothills

* WHEN...From 1 AM Tuesday to 10 PM PST Wednesday.

* IMPACTS...Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines,
and any unsecured objects. Power outages are possible. Travel
will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Highest gusts expected Tuesday morning
then again Tuesday night. Please report any severe damage to
NWS San Diego.

**Recommended actions**

People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.

67th Assembly District: Kelly Seyarto's statement on MLK day of Service

Martin Luther King Jr
Murrieta CA - The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service acknowledges the hard work and sacrifice that it takes to give back to your community. MLK was a true leader and on this day, we follow his example to make our world a better place.

It is not always easy to find ways to volunteer, especially this year, but there are many creative things you and your family can do to serve our community including:

• Pick up trash at a nearby park

• Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor

• Send military care packages to deployed troops overseas

• Provide a meal with Meals on Wheels. 

AD67 - Kelly Seyarto
• Donate blood at a drive. 

• Donate to a local food bank or non-profit

• Deliver lunch, snacks, or even a thank you note to local hospitals, police, or fire stations

Today, let’s continue the work of one of the most inspirational people who ever lived and work a little harder to make tomorrow a little brighter.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Anza Area: Person with injuries needs rescue in forest

San Bernardino National Forest CA - According to reports, CalFire responded to a call of a mountain biker with a lower extremity injury at 10:54am today. The biker was located 6-8 miles up a hiking trail that was inaccessible to vehicles. 

Due the the accessibility issue, CHP helicopter H60 was called in to assist. No further information about the condition of the injured person is available at this time. If more information becomes available, we will update this article.



A great way to help local bands AND restaurants

 Check out this rad online concert fundraiser!!

https://temcal.blogspot.com/2021/01/temecula-valley-music-help-raise-funds.html



A very sad situation in Menifee last night - if you have any info...

 ...please contact Menifee PD today. RIP Mr Herrera.

https://temcal.blogspot.com/2021/01/menifee-hwy-74-traffic-collision.html

Menifee: HWY 74 traffic collision results in death of bicyclist

Menifee CA - On Saturday January 16 at approximately 1045pm Menifee Officers responded to a call of a man down in the eastbound lanes of HWY 74 in Menifee, just west of Briggs Rd. After reaching the man in the roadway, he was pronounced deceased. He was later identified as 43 year old Alex Herrera of Lake Elsinore.

The driver of a white trunk was on scene and cooperated with officers as they investigated the situation. He stated that he believed he had hit someone, however was unsure due to darkness. Further investigation revealed that the cyclist, Mr Herrera, had crossed lanes where the westbound driver of the white truck has struck him resulting in him being thrown into the eastbound lanes; where he was subsequently hit by another vehicle. 

The second vehicle did not stop at the scene, however the front licence plate remained at the scene. Subsequent investigation revealed the driver was from Hemet. Menifee officers contacted him and indicated he may have not known he hit a person.

No arrests were made and there is no indication that driver intoxication resulted in the death. No other witnesses were on scene and Menifee Police are still investigating the death of Mr Herrera. Anyone with information should contact Menifee Police Traffic Division at 951-723-1500.

Hemet: Police Department gets a K-9 bloodhound

Hemet CA - Today is truly an exciting day for the Hemet Police Department. They are proud to announce the start of the Hemet Police Department K-9 Unit’s Bloodhound Team. As many residents know, the Hemet Police Department and Murrieta Police Department has had a long standing partnership that goes back well over two decades and frequently share resources. 

The Murrieta Police Department decided to restructure their K-9 Program, thus giving Hemet PD the opportunity to expand the K-9 unit with the addition of a bloodhound. Thank You Murrieta PD. Although the Hemet Police Department K-9 Unit has been in place for over 30 years, the addition of the bloodhound team will be the first in its history.


"Please join me in welcoming K-9 Duke to the Hemet Police Department Family. As you can see, K-9 Duke is a very handsome and very lovable 3 year old Bloodhound who has been partnered with his handler, equally handsome Officer Luke Tabor." said the Hemet PD. 

The new team has not wasted any time and have already began training with our friends at the Riverside County Sheriff's K-9 Team. Officer Tabor and K-9 Duke will bring a tremendous resource to the City of Hemet and Hemet/San Jacinto Valley and they are all so excited to be able to share the news with you, our Hemet family. 

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Temecula Valley Music: Help raise funds for local restaurants and free meals for healthcare workers

Temecula CA - Local entertainment guru Tim Moyer is producing another amazing streaming show coming up this Tuesday 1/19/21. Event starts at 6pm. 

This event is raising funds to buy meals from local Temecula Valley restaurants to be delivered to local frontline healthcare workers with the help of these generous artists: Jason Adamo, Scott Gates, Don Alder and the one and only Tim Moyer.

Tune in online at 6pm pacific time at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ToGive2

Donate online via Venmo or PayPal at these links: 

https://venmo.com/code?user_id=2267153113808896970

https://www.paypal.me/MEGInc

Business accelerator, coworking space Hera Hub Temecula announces virtual Business Acceleration Expo

Expo to support businesses in revamping, rethinking, refocusing, relaunching for a successful 2021

Temecula CA – Hera Hub, the first international female-focused coworking space and business accelerator, will host a two-day Business Acceleration Expo this month, Wednesday, January 27, and

Thursday, January 28, 2021.

This free, virtual, two-day event includes two parts — Wednesday’s Learning Day, which comprises six, back-to-back, 30-minute educational workshops designed to help businesses thrive in 2021, and Thursday’s Featured Guru Day, where more than a dozen experts are available to meet with participants one-on-one regarding their businesses. 

Both event components feature dynamic industry experts and business leaders, including Hera Hub Temecula’s own Darlene Hawley whose Client Attraction Marketing Made Easy – 5×5 Formula workshop and Online Marketing GURU session are sure to provide businesses with the insight they need to simplify and bolster their online/client attraction marketing strategies.

“Hera Hub Temecula is excited to partner with fellow Hera Hub communities throughout California and across the country to bring businesses and women the professional expertise and support they need during this crucial time,” Hera Hub Temecula Founder Dr. Alisha Wilkins said. “Hera Hub is committed to helping businesses succeed and accelerate, and given our current climate, there’s no time quite like the present to leverage our resources in a meaningful way for communities and businesses that need it.”

The Business Acceleration Expo runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 27, with GURU DAY sessions, Thursday, January 28, offered at various times throughout the day. Event registration is free, but spaces are limited. For more information or to register for Hera Hub’s Business Acceleration Expo, please visit HeraHub.com/BizExpo.

A drive-thru rave exhibit in Southern California, presented by Insomniac

If you are (or have been) into rave culture, it sounds like it could be a really cool event for you to attend. It's socially distance through your driving in your car. 

Click the link for further information and ticketing!

https://www.electricmilefun.com/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=display&utm_campaign=onsale&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-5vP5_mg7gIVYUDCBR25mwd6EAEYASAAEgK3gvD_BwE


Friday, January 15, 2021

COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE: Additional locations and appointments available for vaccines

Riverside County CA - Registration is now open for several COVID-19 vaccine clinics planned for those in Phase 1A (all tiers), and 1B (tier 1), which includes individuals 65 and older.

There will be more than 11,000 additional appointments available across all RUHS-Public Health clinics from Jan. 19 – Jan. 22. Appointments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis within the current tiers. More appointments will be available as additional vaccine is received.

“We continue to expand our county vaccine clinics, so that more people can get the vaccine and be protected from the virus,” said Board Chair Karen Spiegel, Second District Supervisor. “Our residents want this vaccine as quickly as possible and these clinics will help get it out to the community.”

The clinics will provide vaccines free of charge, however those who show up must register prior to arrival, have an appointment, and show proof of eligibility (badge, business identification, letter of proof from employer). Medical insurance information will be requested.

Those 65 and older must have proof of age, such as a driver’s license. Seniors who need help registering can call 2-1-1. To see the description of the various tiers and to sign up for an appointment, visit www.ruhealth.org/covid-19-vaccine

There are more than 175 COVID-19 vaccine providers in Riverside County. Residents should also check with their primary care physician, urgent care and pharmacy to see if they have vaccine available.

The following locations will have vaccine clinics starting Tuesday, Jan. 19 through Friday, Jan. 22. Hours of operation 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m:


Corona High School

1150 W. 10th Street

Corona, CA, 92882


Heritage High School

26001 Briggs Road

Menifee, CA, 92585


San Gorgonio Middle School

1591 Cherry Avenue

Beaumont, CA, 92223


Indio Fairgrounds (Fullenwider Auditorium)

46350 Arabia Street

Indio, CA. 92201

Homeland: chop shop raided, multiple stolen vehicles recovered

Homeland CA - On January 14, 2021 at 11:00am, deputies from the Perris Station served a search warrant at 32567 State Highway 74 in the unincorporated county area of Homeland. This search warrant was part of on ongoing burglary and vehicle theft investigation from the areas of Hemet, Murrieta, and Perris.

During a search of the location, six stolen vehicles were recovered. These vehicles included a Dodge Ram truck, a Chevy Corvette, a Suzuki street bike, a box trailer, and two quads. 

In addition to the vehicles, numerous items of stolen property were recovered.  These items were identified as items stolen in previous burglaries in the area.

A suspect identified as Rajendra Jagdeo was arrested at the location. This suspect is being charged with possession of stolen property, theft with priors, and operating a vehicle chop shop. He was later booked at Cois Byrd Detention Center.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Deputy Hefington at the Perris Station by calling 951-210-1000.

Oh No! There is an active fire burning near Idyllwild California

TemCal.com File Photo
Many of you know that Idyllwild is one of our most favorite places. Hell, our band Keenwild was named for an area of the forest near there. Unfortunately there is a fire burning in the area today. 

Please stay away from the area until the fire is extinguished. 

For more information visit Temecula Calendar - https://temcal.blogspot.com/2021/01/idyllwild-bonita-fire-burns-600-acres.html

Foo Fighters News - New song - Waiting on a War

Check out this great article about their new song at Metal Injection! 

https://metalinjection.net/av/new-music/foo-fighters-drops-heartbreaking-new-song-waiting-on-a-war-on-dave-grohls-51st-birthday

Idyllwild: *UPDATE* Bonita fire burns 600 acres, evacuation ordered for Mountain Center area

UPDATE #2 - 1:30pm - The Evacuation Order has been lifted for all residents West of Highways 74 and 243. An Evacuation Order remains in place for residents East of Highways 74 and 243 from Keenwild Fire Station to the north and Keen Camp Rd. to the south. Please use caution returning to the area as fire crews continue to work.

UPDATE #1 - 12:30pm - All road closures in the area of the Bonita Fire have been lifted, with the exception of Highway 74 from Mountain Center to Lake Hemet. This area will be reduced to one lane with law enforcement escorts. CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department is in Unified Command with Riverside County Sheriff's Office and San Bernardino National Forest.

Idyllwild CA - A fire that was reported at 1:16am on 1/15/2021 has now burned 600 acres and is only 5% contained as of 6:35am. The fire started in the 28000 block of Bonita Vista Drive. There are 265 firefighters, 4 air tankers and 3 helicopters fighting the blaze. 

An evacuation order is in effect for the residents of Mountain Center. Residents are asked to use Highway 243 towards Banning and Highway 74 towards the desert to leave the area. Evacuation center: Banning Community Center 789 N. San Gorgonio Ave. Large Animal Evacuations: San Jacinto Animal Campus (581 S. Grand Avenue, San Jacinto).

Please stay away from the area to allow fire personnel to work. The following road closures are in effect:

Highway 74 at Morris Ranch Rd.

Highway 74 at Strawberry Creek

Highway 243 at Saunders Meadow

Here is a link to a map of the fire area: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1pXVPyqjsxRsqqvqi_yaZaRSeo_TDRCdv&ll=33.77395919142745%2C-116.75301355&z=10

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Wildomar: DUI checkpoint planned for Friday January 22

Wildomar, CA - The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Lake Elsinore Station/Wildomar will hold a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, January 22, 2021 from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am at an undisclosed location within the city of Wildomar.

Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired.

During the checkpoint, deputies will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The safety of our community is and always will be our mission. Driving under the influence is dangerous and puts a further strain on critical resources.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving.

Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about “driving” or “operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a vehicle. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home. Drivers charged with DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to “Report Drunk Driver - Call 9-1-1.”

Lake Elsinore: search warrant nets over 5 pound of meth seized, one arrested

Edwardo Cortez
Lake Elsinore CA - On January 13, 2021, deputies assigned to the Lake Elsinore Station POP team served a search warrant at a residence in the 400 block of Adobe Street, in the city of Lake Elsinore, in reference to an ongoing narcotics investigation.

During the service of the search warrant, 5.5 pounds of methamphetamine, one rifle, a large sum of U.S. currency and other indications of narcotics sales were located. Eduardo Cortez (27 years of age) a resident of the city of Lake Elsinore, was arrested.

Eduardo Cortez was transported to Cois Byrd Detention Center and booked on the charges of possession of narcotics for sales and possession of narcotics for sales while armed with a firearm.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Deputy McCracken at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station (951) 245-3300.

As a reminder, "Community Policing" involves partnerships between law enforcement and community members. Business owners and residents are encouraged to report criminal activity directly to law enforcement by calling Sheriff's Dispatch at (951) 776-1099, or by calling 911 if the matter is an emergency.

Riverside County: COVID-19 roll out of vaccines begin - with links for appointments

Riverside County CA - Important information regarding vaccine distribution from the Riverside County Public Health System: 

A safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine will be one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. California is planning to distribute and administer vaccines as quickly as possible. 

It will take some time before the vaccine is available to everyone, and while experts learn more about the protection vaccines provide, it's important to keep using all the tools available to us to help stop the pandemic. This includes wearing masks, washing hands, staying 6 feet apart.

VACCINES AVAILABLE FOR EMPLOYEES WHO WORK IN PHASE 1A – ALL TIERS, PHASE 1B - TIER 1 AND PEOPLE AGED 65 YEARS AND OLDER:

Acute Care

Skilled Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities (medically vulnerable individuals)

First Responders (paramedic/EMTs)

Correctional Hospitals

Behavioral Health (psychiatric)

Dialysis Centers (staff)

Pharmacist & Pharmacy Staff

Intermediate Care Facilities

Education

Law Enforcement

Home Health and IHSS

Public Health (field)/DPSS

Community Health Workers

Primary Care & Community Clinics

Urgent Cares (stand-alone)

Specialty Clinics

Laboratory Workers

Dental/Oral Health Clinics

Mortuary Services Industries

Food and Agriculture

Emergency Services

**FOR EMPLOYEES IN PHASE 1A AND 1B – TIER 1, AN APPOINTMENT AND EMPLOYEE ID BADGE/LETTER FROM PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT REQUIRED OR YOU WILL NOT BE VACCINATED**

**FOR THOSE 65 YEARS AND OLDER, AN APPOINTMENT AND ID IS REQUIRED**

Follow the links below to get the latest information about appointments:


Anza: five marijuana farms raided, 2 guns found, 6 arrests made

Anza CA - On January 13, 2021, personnel from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside
County Code Enforcement, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and California Department of Food and Agriculture served five marijuana cultivation related search warrants in the unincorporated county areas of Anza and Aguanga. 

During the service, approximately 6795 plants were eradicated, and 2244 pounds of processed marijuana was collected, for a total combined weight of approximately two and a half tons. Two firearms, (one assault rifle and one handgun), were collected for evidence.

The following suspects were arrested for Marijuana Cultivation, (charges will be filed with the District Attorney’s Office):

  • 34-year-old Anza resident Edgar Mares
  • 37-year-old Anza resident Marlyn Liddle
  • 56-year-old Aguanga resident Pasith Khamphanh
  • 46-year-old Aguanga resident Samlith Linhthasack
  • 53-year-old Aguanga resident Bounma McKenyon
  • 70-year-old Aguanga resident Vang Phommachanh

The goal of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is to keep all of our citizens safe while also improving the quality of life for those residing within the community. Marijuana cultivation negatively impacts the environment in many ways including diminishing and poisoning the water table and pesticides adversely affecting the health of neighboring residents.  

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has a zero-tolerance policy for these offenses. If you suspect drug activity in your area, please contact your local Sheriff’s Station. The Hemet Sheriff’s Station can be reached at (951) 791-3400 and the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station can be reached at (951) 766-2400. Criminal activity can also be reported through the We-Tip Crime Reporting Hotline, (909) 987-5005 or wetip.com.