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4 hrs ago | via KESQ-TV Palm Desert
An Indio man was arrested early Friday morning after a brief standoff with Desert Regional SWAT in the 81700 block of Dry Creek Lane. According to Sergeant Dan Marshall, 25-year-old Danny Ray Garcia was wanted on a felony warrant in connection to assaulting someone before stealing their car on February 16 in the 83300 block of Avenue 44. Detectives with the Indio Police Department's Street Crimes Unit identified Garcia during the investigation and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Comment?
Tuesday Feb 24 | via KESQ-TV Palm Desert
A teen who stayed at the home of a licensed foster parent and Palm Springs Unified School District aide facing molestation and child pornography charges testified Tuesday that he saw the man fondle a developmentally disabled boy who slept in a locked bedroom with the defendant. The account came from the first witness to testify in the preliminary hearing for John David Yoder, 43, of Desert Hot Springs, who is accused with two accomplices of molestation and producing child porn with boys he helped lure away from Riverside County parks, sometimes by offering to help them become child models. Comment?
Monday Feb 23 | via KESQ-TV Palm Desert
A Thousand Palms man was arrested over the weekend, accused of shooting two men during an altercation in the 78000 block of Varner Road. Deputies were called to the scene around 9:20 p.m. after someone reported hearing multiple gunshots and a woman screaming. Comment?
Wednesday Feb 18 | via KESQ-TV Palm Desert
A 48-year-old woman from La Quinta has been arrested on allegations of stealing over $100,000 from a business owner's bank account. Isabel Sonia Bandzej works for a local brokerage business. Comment?
Tuesday Feb 17 | via KESQ-TV Palm Desert
A Special Education aid at Desert Hot Springs High School has been arrested along with two other men on multiple charges of human trafficking and child pornography, according to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office. According to officials, the suspects were mostly going to parks in Desert Hot Springs and approaching children by representing themselves as a fake modeling agency. Comment?
Thursday Feb 12 | via KESQ-TV Palm Desert
Someone in the Coachella Valley has been getting away with the murder of Wendi Brant for nearly 17 years, but now an Indio detective says he's close to stopping them. While there were many leads, no one was ever arrested. Comment?
Wednesday Feb 11 | via KESQ-TV Palm Desert
While Brandon Vandenburg awaits formal sentencing after being found guilty of rape charges for an assault in a Vanderbilt University dorm room in 2013, his court date in Indio in connection to assaulting a local middle school security guard last year has been delayed. According to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, Vandenburg is facing one count of misdemeanor battery against a security guard at Palm Desert Charter Middle School. Comment?
Tuesday Feb 10 | via KESQ-TV Palm Desert
The Indio Police Department is warning the public to be aware of suspicious people who have been stealing from residential mailboxes. Officers began highlighting the problem in January, and now they've provided a handout to the community to help curb the crime. Comment?
Friday Feb 6 | via KESQ-TV Palm Desert
Two more arrests have been made in connection to a string of armed robberies that occurred in multiple locations within Coachella and Palm Desert, dating back to the summer of 2014. Officers with the Coachella Police Department said a 17-year-old Hispanic male and 15-year-old Hispanic male, both documented Coachella gang members, were arrested Thursday afternoon on several charges. Comment?
Monday Feb 2 | via Erie Times News
A Connecticut woman who fell ill on New Hampshire's Mount Washington was rescued by her hiking companions, who bundled her in a sleeping bag and dragged her 2 miles through the snow to safety. Twenty-eight-year-old Monoswita Saha, of Trumbull, Conn., survived and was out of the hospital within a matter of hours. Comment?
Monday Feb 2 | via Patch.com
An Indio judge lowered to $500,000 the bail for a Palm Desert woman charged with stealing tens of thousands of dollars from dozens of business owners for table-top advertising she never delivered. Bail had been set at $1 million for Theresa Marie Darrah, who has been in custody at the Riverside County jail in Indio since her arrest Jan. 6. Darrah, 49, pleaded not guilty on Jan. 9 to 18 counts of grand theft, 18 counts of second-degree burglary, five counts of first-degree burglary, and one misdemeanor charge each of petty theft and possessing a fake identification for the purpose of committing forgery. Comment?
Monday Feb 2 | via The York Daily Record
Former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, founder of one of the genre's leading labels, had his $2 million bail revoked in Los Angeles after his arrest in running down and killing a man. Los Angeles County sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida says detectives asked a bail commissioner Monday to keep the Death Row Records founder behind bars because he is a possible flight risk. Comment?
Monday Feb 2 | via Breckenridge American
The South Carolina Supreme Court has canceled a lower court's hearing in which a freelance journalist covering the fight over the estate of soul singer James Brown might have been forced to reveal her sources. The justices nixed the Circuit Court hearing less than 30 minutes before it was set to start Monday. Comment?
Monday Feb 2 | via El Paso Times
Justice Elena Kagan has bad news for people hoping to watch the Supreme Court's historic gay marriage arguments on TV: Don't expect cameras in the court anytime soon. Kagan told an audience at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics on Monday that it's not likely the court will soon lift its ban on cameras. Comment?
Monday Feb 2 | via Canon City Daily Record Newspaper
The judge overseeing the Colorado theater shooting case says jury selection is going so well that the first phase will be cut short by several days. Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. had planned to finish giving potential jurors lengthy, written questionnaires by Feb. 13. But he said Monday he will close that phase on Feb. 9 and begin the next one, which includes individual questioning of potential jurors, on Feb. 11. Those who make the second round will be asked in-depth questions about the death penalty, mental illness and other matters. Comment?
Monday Feb 2 | via Carlsbad Current-Argus
The agent of a former "Power Rangers" actor arrested by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in the stabbing death of his housemate says the man must have acted in self-defense. Gar Lester says he has represented actor Ricardo Medina for about a dozen years, back to when Medina played the Red Ranger on "Power Rangers Wild Force." Comment?
Monday Feb 2 | via Shirley Oracle
Ricardo Medina Jr., best known for his role on the TV's "Power Rangers Wild Force," allegedly killed his roommate Saturday with a sword. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said Medina and Joshua Sutter got into an argument that turned physical at the home they shared. Comment?
Friday Jan 30 | via KESQ-TV Palm Desert
A known gang member has been arrested in connection to a robbery at a Carl's Jr. Restaurant in Coachella. The robbery happened at the fast food restaurant located on the 50000 block of Harrison Street at 8:45 p.m. on Oct. 6, 2014. Comment?
Thursday Jan 29 | via KESQ-TV Palm Desert
Pena is wanted for the armed robbery of four victims Jan. 18 in the area of 80700 block of Diamondback Trial in the City of Indio. Police almost captured Pena on Jan 29. Detectives with the Indio Police Department attempted to stop a car where Pena was a passenger and 31-year-old Richard "Snoop" Alvarez was the driver. Comment?
Wednesday Jan 28 | via Palo Verde Valley Times
Jaclyn Randall Associate Editor INDIO, Calif. - An Indio judge sentenced Michael Reed McBeth, Aretha Tashawn Lidy, and Timothy Moore, to 15, 25, and 40 years to life, respectively, Jan. 26 for the murder and robbery of retired Marine Henry James Holmes in August 2012. Comment?
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