• Man Faces Charges Of Repeatedly Raping Ex-Girlfriend In Indio

    Jury selection will start Tuesday for the trial of a 51- year-old man accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home in Indio and repeatedly raping her while armed with a rifle. Juan Antonio Moreno is accused of sexually assaulting the woman, who was previously in a relationship with him, three separate times on the same […]

  • Mother, Grandmother Accused Of Child Abduction

    A mother and grandmother who allegedly abducted a girl in Thousand Palms were out on bail Monday. Sara Lee Almodovar, 36, the biological mother of the child, and Rosa Valenzuela-Walker, 58, the biological grandmother, are accused of forcibly removing the child from her elementary school, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The two women […]

  • Man Accused in DHS Hammer Slaying Makes Another Court Appearance

    A parolee charged with bludgeoning a woman to death with a hammer in Desert Hot Springs re-entered a not guilty plea Friday and was ordered to return to court on Sept. 20 for a trial-readiness conference. Joseph Cantu Montanez, 42, of Desert Hot Springs, is accused of killing 39-year-old Andrea Reyes, who was found dead […]

  • Palm Desert Man Accused of Killing Grandparents Pleads Not Guilty

    A 34-year-old man accused of gunning down his octogenarian grandparents in their gated Palm Desert home — and later reporting it to authorities — re-entered not guilty pleas Wednesday and was ordered to return to court on Oct. 8 for a trial readiness conference. Frank Scott Castro III of Palm Desert was arrested in September […]

  • Parolee Arrested With AR-15 Ghost Gun, Fake Law Enforcement Badge

    A parolee was behind bars Friday on suspicion of possessing firearms, including a so-called “ghost gun,” while being a convicted felon. Brandon Myers, 33, was booked into the John Benoit Detention Center in Indio on suspicion possessing firearms while being a felon, possessing ammunition while being a felon and possessing suspected methamphetamine. The Coachella Valley […]

  • Man Accused of Assaulting Romantic Rival in Palm Springs Pleads Guilty

    A 24-year-old man accused of assaulting a romantic rival with two other men, one of whom allegedly stabbed the victim outside a Palm Springs nightclub, pleaded guilty and was immediately sentenced to 180 days in custody followed by two years of probation Tuesday. Aaron Medina-Galaviz of Palm Desert admitted to one of two felony charges […]

  • Trial Nears For Thermal Shooting Suspect

    A 21-year-old man accused of shooting at three people in Thermal re-entered a not guilty plea Tuesday to attempted murder and other felony charges and was ordered to return to court on Sept. 2 for a trial- readiness conference. Juan Pablo Linares of Thermal was arrested in October 2019, a week after the shooting in […]

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