Riverside County COVID Hospitalizations Drop to Under 40

RIVERSIDE (CNS) – The number of coronavirus patients in Riverside County hospitals is down to 38, 11 fewer than Friday’s total, according to the latest state data. Of those patients hospitalized as of Saturday, five were being treated in intensive care, down from eight the previous day. The statewide total of hospitalized patients was 1,725, down from 1,762 on Friday. Some of the hospitalized patients were admitted for other reasons and learned they had COVID after a mandated test. The county has recorded 736,530 cases of COVID-19 and 6,869 deaths linked to the virus since the pandemic began, according to the latest numbers provided last week by the Riverside University Health System. A majority of people who die with COVID-19 are elderly or have an underlying health condition such as diabetes, heart disease or hypertension, health officials have said. The county’s COVID test positivity rate is 7.6%. Copyright 2023, City News Service, Inc.

Driver Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash in Cathedral City Identified

CATHEDRAL CITY (CNS) – A driver who was killed when his vehicle drifted off a road in Cathedral City and struck a power pole was identified Sunday. Officers from the Cathedral City Police Department responded to the 67300 block of East Palm Canyon Drive at about 2:50 a.m. Saturday regarding a single-vehicle crash. When they arrived, they found the driver of the vehicle dead at the scene. The driver was identified as 42-year-old Christian Morales from Burbank. Traffic investigators found that the red Toyota sedan was traveling westbound at a high rate of speed when Morales drifted off the roadway. The vehicle hit a Southern California Edison power pole and rolled over, knocking down the pole and power lines, according to authorities. It was unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash. The east and westbound lanes were closed while SCE made the scene safe and traffic investigators completed the investigation. East Palm Canyon Drive was reopened at 8:45 a.m. Anyone with additional information about the crash was encouraged to contact Officer Brooke Kohrell at 760-770-0300, extension 728. Copyright 2023, City News

Average Riverside County Gas Price Decreases for 12th Time in 14 Days

RIVERSIDE (CNS) – The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Riverside County dropped one-tenth of a cent Monday to $4.777, a day after it was unchanged and resuming a streak of 12 decreases in 14 days. The average price dropped six consecutive days, was unchanged Monday and resumed dropping Tuesday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 3.6 cents less than one week ago and $1.189 lower than one year ago but 3.7 cents more than one month ago. The average price has dropped $1.596 since rising to a record $6.373 on Oct. 5. The national average price was unchanged at $3.439, a day after dropping one-tenth of a cent . It is four-tenths of a cent less than one week ago and 80.5 cents lower than one year ago but 7.4 cents more than one month ago. The national average price has decreased $1.577 since rising to a record $5.016 on June 14. Gas demand surged last week as drivers took advantage of better driving weather, but fears of a recession caused global oil

CVUSD Hosts First Ability Sports Festival

The Coachella Valley Unified School District held its first Ability Sports Festival, Saturday afternoon, offering students both with and without disabilities an opportunity to participate in adaptive sports. The event was held at Coachella Valley High School, put together by two special education teachers who’ve had the goal of adapting to meet the needs of all students. “We want our kids to know that there’s other things out there for them, there are sports that they can participate in… and we want the families to know that there’s people out here in the valley that provide these services to their children.” says Michelle Ramos, a teacher at CVUSD. Ramos and Kimberly Lopez are both special education teachers in the Coachella Valley Unified School District and are the faces behind the first annual Ability Sports Festival. “There’s a lot of resources for them that sometimes we don’t all know about… and so having an event like this allows all of our resources to come together so that parents can walk around and see every resource that’s available for them.” Lopez says. The event had several sports

Valley gets the fiery finish by David Toms at the Inaugural Galleri Classic

  https://nbcpalmsprings.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2023/03/TALI_6PM_ARTICLE.mp4 A wire-to-wire win is what locals here in the Coachella Valley got for the first ever Galleri Classic, someone who was familiar with the winners’ circle at nearly every level, David Toms. While the tournament was the first of its kind, this win marked David Toms’ second victory this year alone for the PGA Tour Champions. Toms hadn’t had a multi-win season since 2017, but he now has four wins on this tour under his belt. Now this was Toms 5th time leading or co-leading an event heading into Sunday, he was 1-for-4 when it came to converting those into victories. But this time around 13-time PGA Tour Champion, and four-time winner on the Champions Tour, did not let the lead go, capitalizing on the back nine when it mattered. Our Tali Letoi caught up with the first-ever Galleri Classic Champion after his win.

One Local Church Gives Back To Residents In Need

One local church spent their Saturday morning beautifying four homes in Cathedral City. Destiny Church in Cathedral City does their best to help out neighboring members of their community. “I’m just restoring the community here. Pretty much giving back you know, some community service outreach and doing God’s work.” says Joe Quevedo, a volunteer from Destiny Church. The “beautifying” included pulling weeds, trimming trees, and painting over old and chipped paint, all to help community members. “I know, it’s a team effort, community effort with the different cities, he goes to and talks to and sees where, who needs help.” Daniel Martinez, owner of Dantor Martinez Construction. It’s something the church does for members of the Coachella Valley, year after year. “Through Destiny Church, Rick Saldivar orchestrated this whole thing. He does it every year, we do it every year. Last year, we did something in Palm Springs. A year before that, we did something in Desert Hot Springs, and this year, here we are in Cathedral City.” Martinez says. Martinez actively attends Destiny Church and says he donated his time, equipment, and own trash

Temecula Valley CRT Workshop Disrupted by Critics, Proponents

TEMECULA (CNS) – A critical race theory workshop hosted by the Temecula Valley Unified School District turned contentious, with one woman escorted out of the meeting by police, and school board members scrambling Friday to answer questions about their decision to ban teaching CRT in the district. During public comment at the school board meeting Wednesday night, a Black man identified only as Deon argued that banning teaching CRT in the Temecula Valley Unified School District was unnecessary because no school in the country teaches it to kindergarten through 12th grade students. After making his comments, a woman told him to “get out of the country.” It prompted the man to yell at the woman, saying, “My family has been here since August 16th, 1619.” The exchange was shared on social media by others who attended the meeting. The school board president, Joseph Komrosky, warned the man he would be asked to leave if he continued to disrupt the meeting. The workshop and meeting was attended by Melissa Melendez, former state senator, Edwin Gomez, Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, Heather Williams, Riverside Assistant Superintendent, the

Preliminary Hearing Held For Man Suspected in Fatal Palm Springs Shooting

INDIO (CNS) – A 43-year-old man was accused of fatally shooting a man in Palm Springs whom he said had thrown rocks at him, an officer testified Friday during a preliminary hearing. Jeffrey Burgess of Sky Valley is charged with one felony count of murder for the June 22, 2021 killing of 44-year-old Jose Sosa of Coachella and faces a sentence-enhancing allegation of discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury, according to court records. During a preliminary hearing Friday at the Larson Justice Center in Indio, Palm Springs Police Department Officer Matthew Olson testified that when he responded to the scene, where he saw Sosa with gunshot wounds to his head, he was waved down by Burgess, who directed him to Sosa’s body. “He had brain matter coming out of his head,” Olson said. “On the north side of the street, (Burgess) had several items within five feet from him on the floor. From what I remember, he had the upper receiver to a rifle with a flashlight attached to it, there was a folding knife that was open and a cell phone.” When asked

Felon Charged with Stealing a Half-Dozen Travel Trailers in Temecula Area

MURRIETA (CNS) – A convicted felon accused of stealing multiple travel trailers from businesses in southwest Riverside County was charged Friday with a half-dozen counts of receiving stolen vehicles. Jessie Villalpando of Lake Elsinore was arrested Tuesday night following a sheriff’s department investigation. Along with the theft counts, Villalpando is charged with a sentence- enhancing allegation of causing damage during a felony theft. The defendant, who is being held in lieu of $40,000 bail at the Byrd Detention Center, was slated to make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta. According to sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Hephner, on March 8, deputies were sent to a storage facility in the 44600 block of Pechanga Parkway in Temecula to investigate the theft of a 2021 Forest River travel trailer. Witnesses described a heavyset man in a white pickup hitching up and driving away with the trailer, Hephner said. He said that investigators soon learned of similar thefts over the previous month at the same site, resulting in the three other travel trailers being taken. “Through investigative leads and video surveillance, (investigators) positively

Residential Fire in Beaumont Leaves One Person Dead; Investigation Underway

BEAUMONT (CNS) – A person died Friday at the scene of a fire that damaged a residence in Beaumont, authorities said. Firefighters sent to the 1000 block of Angus Glen Court at 5:15 a.m. extinguished the flames in the single-story building in about a half hour, the Riverside County Fire Department reported. Information on the identity of the person who died was not immediately available. The cause of the fire was under investigation. Copyright 2023, City News Service, Inc.