Third Juvenile Suspect Arrested For Alleged Involvement in Coachella Shooting

(CNS) – A third juvenile was arrested Thursday for his alleged involvement in a November shooting in Coachella, where shots were fired at multiple residences. Members from the Coachella Community Action Team, the La Quinta Special Enforcement Team, La Quinta Traffic Team and Riverside County’s SWAT Team searched two residences at 7 a.m. Thursday morning, according to Sgt. Mariano Matos III from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Matos said that the search warrants for the 84100 block of Laguna Lane in Coachella and the 82200 block of Santa Rosa Avenue in Indio stemmed from a shooting on Nov. 2. At 4:20 p.m. Nov. 2, the Coachella Community Action Team responded to a shooting at the intersection of Balboa Street and Westfield Way, according to Matos. Shots were fired at multiple residences after two people exited a vehicle. No injuries were reported. Two boys, 15 and 16, both documented gang members, were subsequently identified as suspects and were arrested two days later at around 2 a.m. in the 52300 block of Calle Camacho, Matos said. CCAT members and patrol deputies also allegedly found suspected methamphetamine and

Authorities Identify Man Killed in Crash into Power Pole

(CNS) – Authorities Thursday identified a man who died when his vehicle crashed into a power pole in Thermal. Officers responded to the intersection of Airport Boulevard and Tyler Street around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol. A Black Dodge Durango was eastbound on Airport Boulevard when it veered right, off the roadway and into a power pole, officer CHP Officer David Torres told City News Service. Torres said the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. “The Durango rolled and the driver was partially ejected,” Torres told CNS. “The driver suffered major head injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.” The Riverside County coroner’s office identified the man as 27-year- old Coachella resident Saul Bautista Hernandez. The passenger, a 27-year-old woman, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. It was unclear why Hernandez crashed. Copyright 2022, City News Service, Inc.

Man Arrested on Suspicion of Murdering Two Brothers

Indio Police have announced the arrest of a 21-year-old Indio man in connection to a double homicide investigation in North Indio. Luis Armenta Luis Armenta is facing two counts of murder with a special circumstances murder involving more than one victim, and two counts of discharge of a firearm causing great bodily injury, according to the Indio Police Department. Officers responded to Power Line Road just west of Dillion Road to a report of a burned vehicle on December 2 around 10:46 a.m. , according to public information officer Ben Guitron from the Indio Police Department. In the vehicle two burned bodies were located. Family has identified the victims as Abelardo Zuniga and Cesar “CJ” Zuniga through a gofundme account. Abelardo and Cesar “CJ” “Abelardo born July 7th, 2001 and Cesar born February 28th, 2004 took their last ride together and began their journey into heaven, “said Erica Ramirez creator of the gofundme page. “These boys were two peas in one pod. Since little boys they did everything together,” Ramirez continued. Armenta was identified as the suspect in the investigation and was arrested, according to

Father of Victim Involved In Indio Hit-and-run Speaks Out

Across the country, the number of fatal hit and run accidents has been increasing annually. Antonio Vinalay said he got an alarming call yesterday afternoon, a local contacted Vinalay, informing him that his son had been involved in a hit-and-run accident at the intersection of Clinton Street and Avenue 46. I spoke to Vinalay on how the incident played out. “Around 1:25 p.m. they told me that they ran over my kid and I got worried… supposedly the lady that hit him ran away.” Antonio Vinalay, spoke about the incident. According to a press release, released by the Indio Police Department, the driver who hit Antonio Vinalay’s 11-year-old son is a Hispanic female, driving a white two door sedan with gray polished rims.  The family is asking the community for help with any information about the incident as authorities continue to search for the suspect.  “There are no cameras at the traffic light where he was hit… we are asking for help from the City of Indio, if they can put cameras in that area, because all of the kids from the school walk around

Acrisure Arena Announces Opening Month Celebration Plans Starting Next Week

(CNS) – With comedy superstars Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle co-headlining the first show at Acrisure Arena a week from Wednesday, arena officials announced their opening month celebration plans and inaugural events set to begin next week. At 4 p.m. Tuesday, a free tree-lighting ceremony will be held in the arena’s plaza with a tour and cocktails event to follow. To celebrate the opening of the arena, an official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 14. Additionally, a Berger Foundation Iceplex Skating Exhibition will be held at 12:15 p.m. Rock and Chappelle will take over the stage at 7:30 p.m. the same day. Those interested in winning two tickets to the Dec. 14 comedy show will have an opportunity to enter a giveaway until noon Friday at AcrisureArena.com. Arena officials said The Doobie Brothers will perform the first music concert in Acrisure Arena at 8 p.m. Dec. 15. Grupo Firme will perform their sold-out show the following day at 8 p.m. Kicking off the Coachella Valley Firebirds home events, a Firebirds Fan Fest will be held Dec. 17 in advance of the

Jury Seated for Trial of Former Teacher Accused of Sexually Abusing Girl

(CNS) – A jury was seated Tuesday in the trial of a former Coachella Valley Unified School District teacher accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting his girlfriend’s young daughter. Luis Alfonso Martinez, 42, was arrested Thursday in La Quinta on suspicion of sexually assaulting a minor. Luis Alfonso Martinez, 43, of La Quinta, is charged with two counts each of lewd acts on a minor and oral copulation of a child under 10 years old, as well as one count each of committing multiple lewd acts on an underage victim and distributing explicit material to a minor. After more than a week of jury selection, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jerry Yang on Tuesday swore in a panel to hear the case at the Riverside Hall of Justice, after which the prosecution and defense made opening statements and initial witnesses were summoned. Martinez, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail, was arrested in August 2021 following a sheriff’s department investigation that spanned nearly a month. According to court records, the investigation was initiated after the victim, identified in

Palm Springs Airport to Double Restaurants, Include Local Representation

(CNS) – Palm Springs International Airport will double its restaurants and include more local representation with a new concessions program that will begin in 2023, officials said Tuesday. “Our staff has spent countless hours working with the Airport Commission and community stakeholders to ensure that a local feel and sense of place will be created at PSP,” Executive Director of Aviation Harry Barrett said in a statement. “The new concessions program will deliver an immersive Palm Springs and Coachella Valley experience for locals and tourists alike.” The current restaurant operator, Paradies-Lagardere, was awarded a contract to double the restaurants at the airport, according to a statement from PSP. In February 2023, Paradies will begin the first phase of the increase with the construction of El Mirasol, Coachella Valley Coffee Co., Nine Cities Craft and Half Moon Empanadas — which will replace the former Celebrity Bistro location as well as the restaurant and patio in the RJ Concourse, according to airport officials. Additionally, Buzz By Bar Fly will be relocated to the center of the Sonny Bono Concourse with a fully re-imagined design. Locations from the

One Local Church Gives Back This Holiday Season

Southwest Church kicked off the month of December, with what they call Serve Weekend. Volunteers from all around the valley come together to help serve and give back to the community in any way they can. “We rally all of our people, we rally all of our partners in the community schools, law enforcement rescue personnel at needy families, institutions that service the valley and we go out and we just help.” says Ricky Jenkins, senior pastor at Southwest Church. Southwest Church’s Serve Weekend started 5 years ago in the earliest days of December, just before Christmas, when giving, warmth, and cheer is at its peak… making it the perfect time to give back. “We’re really looking forward to making connections with the people of this valley. It is the people of the Coachella Valley that makes the Coachella Valley what it is.” Jenkins says. With so many connections, come many projects throughout the valley. “Saturday is really our day that we go out and serve throughout the day in different projects across the valley. But then Sunday what we’ll do is we’ll continue by