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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.

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.