Jury Selection Set For Trial of Felon Accused of Killing Thermal Woman

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday for the murder trial of a Thermal man accused of using a knife and screwdriver to fatally stab a woman more than 120 times nearly nine years ago. Raul Alcantar Sanchez Jr., 41, is suspected of killing 34-year-old Thermal resident Carolina Vargas at her home in the 85000 block of Middleton Street in November 2012. According to Deputy District Attorney Anne-Marie Lofthouse, Sanchez allegedly stabbed the victim 125 times — including 65 times in the face. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, triggering a two- phase trial expected to span multiple weeks at the Larson Justice Center in Indio. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Anthony Villalobos ordered multiple panels of prospective jurors to begin reporting to the courthouse on Tuesday. Opening statements could be made as early as Aug. 5, according to prosecutors. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said the defendant and victim were acquaintances, but did not reveal a motive or additional details about the slaying. Deputies found the victim dead inside her home, and arrested Sanchez near the crime scene. Sanchez was previously…

As Covid-19 Cases Increase, Riverside County Public Health Officer Explains Next Steps

As Covid-19 case numbers continue to climb across the country and in Coachella Valley, neighboring counties have reinforced mask mandates, so what is next for Riverside County. NBC Palm Springs spoke to Public Health Information Officer Dr. Leung and brings us an update of what we can expect in the coming weeks. “It’s in our unvaccinated individuals and communities that continue to be at risk for outbreaks or even continued mutation,” said Dr. Geoffrey Leung, Riverside County Public Health Officer. “We have the tool to do this, this is an unnecessary predicament we are putting ourselves in,” explained Dr. Anthon Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Fauci speaking on Sunday morning talking about Covid-19 case numbers, saying based on what we’ve seen in the past we could be headed for another surge. “If you look historically at the modeling that has been done over the last 18 months, for the most part, it’s been pretty accurate. So I’m not so sure it would be the worst-case scenario, but it’s not going to be good. we’re going in the wrong…

Rain brings on outages across Coachella Valley

Southern California Edison’s (SCE) website is showing outages across Coachella Valley. A majority of them are in the Palm Springs area. The website currently shows outages in the Palm Springs area as of 10 a.m. near : W. Vista Chino due to storm conditions. 1406 people impacted. The estimated restoration is 3:30 PM. N. Cauhuilla Road. Cause beimg determined. 754 people impacted. No time frame on restoration. S. Grenfall Road. The cause is still being determined. 261 people are impacted. No time frame on restoration. You can view a map of more outages on the Edison website. A transformer explosion in Cathedral City has also closed down a neighborhood street as firefighters wait for repairs. There is a road closure on Baristo Road and Avenida el Pueblo where the transformer exploded. News Channel 3 arrived at the scene this morning where Cathedral City firefighters had closed the road down. Southern California Edison, to who the powerlines belong to was not at the scene yet. Bernardo Diaz, a local resident told News Channel 3 firefighters told him they couldn’t do anything until Edison showed up. Diaz…

Minuto a minuto: Así avanzan los Juegos Olímpicos de Tokio 2020

olivertapia Haz clic aquí para ver las actualizaciones más recientes Mira aquí los detalles de las competencias de los deportistas de México, de Colombia y de Argentina y sigue paso a paso su desempeño. The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. The post Minuto a minuto: Así avanzan los Juegos Olímpicos de Tokio 2020 appeared first on KESQ.

The Latest: Pakistan gets 3M more US vaccine doses from US

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan on Monday received 3 million more doses of the Moderna vaccine from the United States under the U.N.-backed COVAX initiative, according to the U.N. children’s agency. UNICEF used Twitter to announce the latest vaccine delivery to Pakistan, saying it brought the number of COVID-19 doses supplied to the country under the COVAX facility to 8 million. Earlier this month, Pakistan received 2.5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine from the U.S. as part of the global vaccine initiative. The coronavirus positivity rate in Pakistan jumped from 2% to about 7% percent in the past month, according to government data. Pakistan has reported 100,8446 confirmed cases and 230,48 virus-related deaths since the start of the pandemic. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — Some French health workers resent, resist mandatory vaccines — Pandemic leaves Indians mired in massive medical debts — What happens when your Olympics COVID test gets taken 39 minutes early? — Malaysian doctors walk off job in government hospitals ___ — Find more AP coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s president says…

‘What you’re doing is unprecedented’: McCarthy-Pelosi feud boils over

By Melanie Zanona and Manu Raju, CNN The relationship between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was never very warm. Now it’s in the downright gutter. After a whiplash week of power plays between the two party leaders over the January 6 select committee, tensions are at an all-time high between the California lawmakers, and there are zero signs of that simmering down anytime soon — with both lambasting each other publicly and erupting at each other privately. In a heated phone call last week, Pelosi informed McCarthy that she would reject two of his selections to the special House committee investigating the January 6 attack. Voices were raised, a source with knowledge of the matter said, and McCarthy protested, hinting the decision could come back to haunt her. “What you’re doing is unprecedented,” McCarthy told Pelosi, according to a second source familiar with the call. Publicly, Pelosi agreed. “The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision,” Pelosi said, contending that McCarthy’s selections of GOP Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio would have undercut the integrity…

Sydney Covid cases expected to rise after anti-lockdown protest as two charged for allegedly hitting police horse

By Helen Regan, CNN Two men have been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly striking a police horse during anti-lockdown protests in Sydney, Australia on Saturday, police said, as daily Covid-19 cases in New South Wales state continue to rise. Thousands of people breached coronavirus measures and marched through the center of Australia’s biggest city on Saturday, many unmasked and carrying banners with anti-vaccination messages, and clashing with police. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the protests “reckless” and “selfish.” Protests also broke out in other major cities, including Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. More than half of Australia’s population of 25 million people — including those in state capitals Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide — are again living under lockdown measures to halt an outbreak of the highly-contagious Delta variant. Frustration is growing over lockdowns and the country’s slow vaccine rollout. On Sunday, New South Wales (NSW) police said 63 people were arrested during the demonstrations, and authorities have launched an investigation to track down every participant. Hundreds of fines have been issued for breaches of the health order, including 107 in the past 24 hours…

Covid-19 en Latinoamérica: Argentina, Brasil, México, Colombia, entre otros, superan el promedio mundial de vacunación

Mariana Toro (CNN Español) — El 27,1% de la población mundial ha recibido al menos una dosis de la vacuna contra el covid-19, según cifras de Our World In Data. Pero algunos países latinoamericanos sobrepasan –y unos por mucho– el promedio mundial. Avanza la vacunación Es el caso de Uruguay y Chile, que con 72,95% y 71,22%, respectivamente, lideran las tasas de vacunación del mundo, por encima de países como Canadá, que tiene el 70,83% de su población vacunada al menos parcialmente, y el Reino Unido, con 68,35%. Pero no son los únicos países de América Latina que están superando el promedio mundial. Las naciones más pobladas de la región también están por encima del promedio: Argentina, con 51,98%; Brasil, con 46,35%; México, con 32,22%; y Colombia, con 31,20% de su población que ha recibido al menos una dosis. Además, se suman al grupo otros países latinoamericanos como Ecuador, con 41,39%; El Salvador, con 38,97%; Costa Rica, con 38,92%; Panamá, con 34,42%; y Cuba, con 30,48%, según datos de Our World In Data actualizados el 24 de julio. México México dijo que este martes enviará a…

Growing group of GOP members wants McCarthy to punish Kinzinger and Cheney for joining January 6 committee

By Ryan Nobles and Melanie Zanona, CNN A growing group of rank-and-file House Republicans wants House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and GOP leadership to punish Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for accepting a position from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on the select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection. The push to seek punishment rose to a new level on Sunday, after Pelosi announced that Kinzinger had accepted her invitation to join the committee. Initially, most rank-and-file Republicans were content to let Cheney serve without much of a fight, but Kinzinger’s addition has changed the conversation and has put a new level of pressure on McCarthy. While the loudest cries have come from members of the hard-right Freedom Caucus, sources say that the sentiment has started to spread beyond the hard-line crew. “There’s a lot,” said one GOP member about the push to have the pair removed from their other committees. “Supporting Pelosi’s unprecedented move to reject McCarthy’s picks was a bridge too far.” Pelosi rejected two of McCathy’s choices last week — Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio…

Flash Flood Warning issued July 25 at 8:37PM PDT until July 25 at 10:15PM PDT by NWS Phoenix AZ

At 837 PM PDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area, south of Interstate 10 near Ford Dry Lake. Between 1 and 3 inches of rain have fallen. Additional rainfall amounts up to 1 inch are possible in the warned area. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly. HAZARD…Life threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms producing flash flooding. SOURCE…Radar. IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses. Some locations that will experience flash flooding include… mainly rural areas of Riverside County This includes the following highways and roads… CA Interstate 10 between mile markers 111 and 120. Chuckwalla Valley Road. Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Find an alternate route. The post Flash Flood Warning issued July 25 at 8:37PM PDT until July 25 at 10:15PM PDT by NWS Phoenix AZ appeared first on KESQ.

Flash Flood Warning issued July 25 at 9:24PM PDT until July 25 at 10:45PM PDT by NWS Phoenix AZ

RRC At 924 PM PDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Between 0.5 and 1.5 inches of rain have fallen. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly. HAZARD…Life threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms producing flash flooding. SOURCE…Radar. IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses. Some locations that will experience flash flooding include… Desert Center and Eagle Mtn. This includes the following highways… CA Route 177 between mile markers 1 and 17. CA Interstate 10 between mile markers 101 and 110. Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Find an alternate route. The post Flash Flood Warning issued July 25 at 9:24PM PDT until July 25 at 10:45PM PDT by NWS Phoenix AZ appeared first on KESQ.

6 people are dead and several more injured after sandstorm leads to 20 vehicle crash in Utah

By Hollie Silverman and Gene Norman, CNN Six people are dead and several more were critically injured when authorities say a sand or dust storm caused visibility issues that led to a series of crashes involving 20 vehicles in Utah Sunday evening. The crashes happened on I-15 near Kanosh, the Utah Department of Public Service (DPS) said in a news release. Several people were transported to local hospitals in critical condition, officials said. Authorities did not specify how many people were injured but noted there could be more fatalities. “It appears that 20 vehicles were involved in Sunday’s crashes after high winds caused a sand or dust storm and impaired visibility on the roadway,” the release said. “The Utah Highway Patrol summoned troopers from Richfield and Beaver to assist. Multiple ground and air ambulances also responded to transport victims.” Images of the crash site show multiple tractor trailers and several damaged passenger vehicles littering the road, with debris scattered for yards. At least one vehicle appears to have had its passenger doors ripped off. DPS closed the road in both directions following the crash, which…

Muere César Monge, exministro y artífice en la carrera política de Guillermo Lasso

Luis Ernesto Quintana Barney (CNN Español) — El gobierno de Ecuador confirmó este domingo que el exministro de Gobierno y exasambleísta, César Monge, falleció a los 49 años tras padecer un cáncer digestivo. Monge fue cofundador del movimiento Creando Oportunidades (CREO) en 2012 junto al actual presidente Guillermo Lasso, a quien acompañó en sus tres campañas electorales hasta conseguir el triunfo presidencial en abril de 2021. Monge presidía el movimiento CREO y, antes de empezar el camino en la política, se desempeñó como empresario camaronero y dirigente de gremios empresariales. Lasso: Vamos a reestructurar el sistema carcelario de Ecuador En julio de 2020 anunció públicamente que debía realizar una pausa en su vida política para enfocarse en “salvar su vida” tras haber sido diagnosticado de un cáncer digestivo. “Hoy debo hacer un paréntesis en este camino”, había escrito en 2020 Monge, pero meses después, luego de recibir tratamiento en Estados Unidos, se reincorporó a la campaña electoral y acompañó a Lasso en la primera y segunda vuelta electoral. Este domingo, el presidente Guillermo Lasso lamentó la muerte de César Monge, a quien siempre calificó como…

Flash Flood Warning issued July 25 at 5:03PM PDT until July 25 at 7:30PM PDT by NWS Phoenix AZ

At 503 PM PDT, earlier this afternoon between 0.5 and 1.5 inches of rain have fallen over portions of Joshua Tree National Park. Area washes were reported to be flowing. HAZARD…Life threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms producing flash flooding. SOURCE…Radar. IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses. Some locations that will experience flash flooding include… mainly rural areas of Riverside County Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. The post Flash Flood Warning issued July 25 at 5:03PM PDT until July 25 at 7:30PM PDT by NWS Phoenix AZ appeared first on KESQ.

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