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    When Chad Bianco—the outspoken Sheriff of Riverside County who has drawn criticism for his ties to a far-right militia group and his opposition to public-health rules—was first elected in 2018, he was unknown but seemed like an improvement from the previous sheriff. “He was seen as an opportunity to do better,” Megan Beaman-Jacinto, a city councilwoman in Coachella and a...
    Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco was a paying member in 2014 of the Oath Keepers, a far-right, anti-government group whose ranks participated in the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, prompting some local leaders to call for his resignation. Bianco acknowledged his former membership — but did not denounce the group — after the information came to light through a...
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) -- Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco confirmed this week he was a dues-paying member in 2014 of the Oath Keepers, an extremist group.Bianco's name first emerged in connection with the Oath Keepers through a data hack of the organization's website, first reported by USA Today.Hackers then made public the names and addresses of purported members of the...
    Six people were shot at a large house party in Woodcrest early Saturday morning, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies became aware of the incident, in the 1600 block of Mariposa Avenue near Mockingbird Canyon, after hospitals alerted them to the six gunshot victims, according to a statement from Sheriff’s Department Correctional Sergeant Deanna Pecoraro. Four of the...
    In 2020, he hit out at Newsom's mandates, saying, "These [business] closures and stay-at-home orders are flat-out ridiculous. ... The Riverside County Sheriff's Department will not be blackmailed, bullied, or used as a muscle against Riverside County residents in the enforcement of the governor's order." At the time, he added, "Leaders do not threaten, attempt to intimidate, or cause fear;...
    A California sheriff said he will not enforce any vaccine mandate on employees of his department, citing the government having "no authority to mandate your health choices." "Over the past couple of weeks, the idea of forced vaccination has caused much concern across the entire country," Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said in a statement released Monday. "I will not...
    As President Biden escalates his administration’s efforts to require Americans to get vaccinated, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco says he will not enforce any vaccine mandates for Sheriff’s Department employees. Describing himself as “the last line of defense from tyrannical government overreach,” Bianco on Monday doubled down on statements he made during a Thursday episode of the department’s podcast, “RSO...
    RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) – The Sheriff of Riverside County is facing criticism for his stance on vaccine mandates. On his podcast, called RSO Roundup, Sheriff Chad Bianco discussed why he will not be mandating vaccines for his employees. READ MORE: Schurr High School Students To Return To Campus After Classroom Rat Infestation Sheriff Bianco said he thinks it should be a personal...
    The parents of a U.S. Marine Corps corporal who died in the suicide bombing in Kabul have spoken publicly for the first time since the tragedy.  Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California, was among the 13 U.S. service members caught in the explosion near the Kabul airport on Aug. 26 that also took the lives of about 170 Afghan...
    Law enforcement officers uprooted more than 100,000 illegal marijuana plants and seized almost 10,000 pounds of processed marijuana in a raid Thursday, July 8, on 51 properties in Anza. Five people were arrested, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said. The Sheriff’s Department has conducted numerous operations in Anza and other parts of rural southwest Riverside County to counteract illegal growing,...
    Authorities were searching Tuesday for a missing 2-year-old boy believed to have been taken by his father. The California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert on Monday evening on behalf of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for Celestine Stoot III. The toddler was last seen in Lake Elsinore on Sunday, CHP officials said. The boy was taken by his father,...
    SAN JACINTO, Calif. (KABC) -- Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a missing 11-year-old boy last seen at his San Jacinto home.Jose Escobedo went missing from his home in the 1500 block of Chardonnay Place Monday night, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department-Hemet Station.He was last seen wearing a black shirt, black shorts and black socks....
    A man who authorities said was armed and wanted was shot by deputies Tuesday while trying to flee by foot on the 215 Freeway in Menifee after a confrontation involving the U.S. Border Patrol and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Plainclothes Border Patrol agents driving unmarked vehicles and working routine patrol around 4:40 p.m. spotted a man identified in an...
    PERRIS (CBSLA) – Deputies with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department released a video of a shootout that left one person dead. “When we have a critical incident we want to share as much information as possible,” said Sheriff Chad Bianco in a video posted to YouTube by the department. READ MORE: LAPD Arrests And Indicts 12 Individuals In $15 Million...
    INDIAN WELLS (CBSLA) — The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Thursday released body camera footage of the fatal shooting of Joshua Tree Coffee Company owner Royce Robertson by a deputy. In body camera footage released Thursday by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Royce Robertson can be seen pulling out what appeared to be a firearm from his jacket. (Credit: RCSD) According...
    A Riverside County sheriff's deputy was injured Sunday morning in a Perris shooting that prompted a search for an "armed and dangerous" suspect, authorities said.A spokesperson for the agency said the deputy was "apparently shot" in the area of San Jacinto Avenue and Bond Road, suffering injuries that were not life threatening.The public was urged to avoid the area as...
    JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (CNS) -- Two people are dead and two Riverside County sheriff's deputies are in the hospital recovering after an Amazon delivery truck slammed into their sheriff's patrol vehicle that had responded to another accident.The initial crash took place at 5:54 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Van Buren Boulevard and 56th Street, according to the California Highway...
    JURUPA VALLEY (CBSLA) — The California Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash after an Amazon Prime van hit two members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, and two other pedestrians. The crash unfolded at Jurupa Valley at the intersection of Van Buren Boulevard and 56th Street on Saturday night. READ MORE: Due To Wind Concerns, Disneyland Vaccine Site To...
    INDIAN WELLS (CBSLA) — Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies Monday shot and killed 33-year-old Royce Robertson, owner of the popular Joshua Tree Coffee Company, during a confrontation at an Indian Wells country club. Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies Monday shot and killed 33-year-old Royce Robertson during a confrontation at an Indian Wells country club. (Family photo) According to Sheriff Chad Bianco, the...
    RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) – Sheriff Chad Bianco of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department shared in a Facebook post Wednesday that he and his entire immediate family caught COVID-19 and are quarantining as they recover. Bianco said he, his children, and his wife, Denise, all had mild symptoms. Bianco added he knew he had COVID-19 after losing his sense of taste and smell....
    Bystanders captured a man who wielded a knife inside a Costco in Temecula on Thursday, Jan. 7, prompting shoppers to flee in a panic. Shiraz Ali said in a telephone interview that he was inside the store on Ynez Road when he saw people running out the fire exits. Some shouted that a man had a gun and that the...
    JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (KABC) -- Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco on Monday released video and shared details regarding the death of a 33-year-old convicted felon who died while handcuffed in a Jurupa Valley grocery store, where he spent hours erratically coming and going while under the influence of drugs."This is in the interest of transparency," Bianco said during a media...
    (CNN)A California man died last week after he was arrested at a Jurupa Valley store, where the local sheriff's department says he tried to grab a security guard's gun during an altercation.According to a statement by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, deputies responded Tuesday evening to an alleged assault with a deadly weapon in the store on Mission Boulevard and...
    There are reasonable, respectful ways for politicians to oppose Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus shutdowns. And then there’s the way Southern California’s sheriffs do it. In November, the top lawmen in Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Orange and Los Angeles counties announced that they wouldn’t enforce a 10 p.m-to-5 a.m. curfew implemented to thwart a rise in coronavirus cases. All said then...
    Riverside County (Calif.) Sheriff Chad Bianco doubled down Tuesday on refusing to enforce Gov. Gavin Newsom’s mandates, despite facing threats from state officials to push coronavirus lockdown orders. “We still have a real job to do. We still are answering calls for service for a real crime where people are being victimized and hurt, and it’s almost like he’s expecting us to completely drop that,...
            by Jake Dima  A California Sheriff criticized recent coronavirus regulations and vowed that his department would not be used as “muscle” to enforce the orders on the residents of his county in a Friday announcement. Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco spoke out in a video against Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent COVID-19 mandate that restricts businesses and requires residents to stay...
    Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco on Friday said that his office will not be “blackmailed, bullied, or used as muscle” against county residents to enforce California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus orders. In a statement, Bianco criticized the Democratic governor’s “dictatorial attitude” toward Californians, while he dined in luxury, traveled, kept his own business open, and sent his kids to in-person private school. It...
    Originally Published by: San Mateo County waits to impose Newsom stay-at-home order, as rest of Bay Area takes early approach LA County sheriff: Deputies wont enforce Newsoms stay-at-home order Gov. Gavin Newsom threatens drastic new lockdown order Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco on Friday said that his office will not be “blackmailed,...
    Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco on Friday said that his office will not be “blackmailed, bullied, or used as muscle” against county residents to enforce California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus orders. In a statement, Bianco criticized the Democratic governor’s “dictatorial attitude” toward Californians, while he dined in luxury, traveled, kept his own business open, and sent his kids to...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Some Southern California sheriff’s departments are pushing back against enforcing new stay-at-home orders that are set to take effect on Sunday night, while others are focusing their messaging, instead, on helping residents stay educated about the transmission of the virus. Riverside County Among those speaking out against the order, which will restrict several non-essential businesses and...
    The Riverside County Sheriff is blasting California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) over his “dictatorial” approach to enforcing lockdown and stay-at-home orders, saying that the sheriff’s department will refuse to be “blackmailed, bullied, or used as muscle against Riverside County residents.” Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco released a video statement on Friday in which he excoriated the governor as a hypocrite...
    A California Sheriff criticized recent coronavirus regulations and vowed that his department would not be used as “muscle” to enforce the orders on the residents of his county in a Friday announcement. Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco spoke out in a video against Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent COVID-19 mandate that restricts businesses and requires residents to stay home if intensive...
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) -- As a state-ordered curfew for counties in the purple tier goes into effect this weekend, covering all of Southern California, some Inland Empire businesses already struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic are anticipating even more losses."I'd say probably 20% of our sales are going to be impacted by this decision," said Mike Brewer, who owns the Sire...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – After announcing Orange County would not be enforcing Gov. Gavin Newsom stay-at-home order, Sheriff Don Barnes said Friday the order “is not a matter of law enforcement”, echoing the statements of several other counties across Southern California. In a statement, Barnes said: “The Governor’s latest health orders have created a significant amount of uncertainty in the...
    RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — The Riverside County Probation Department is in mourning Tuesday for a deputy probation officer who died over the weekend of COVID-19. (credit: Riverside County Probation Department) Deputy Probation Officer Julio Beltran, 34, died Saturday of COVID-19, the Riverside Sheriff’s Association confirmed. “We are devastated and heartbroken,” Riverside County Chief Probation Officer Ron Miller II said in a...
    EASTVALE, Calif. (KABC) -- A 43-year-old gunman was hospitalized Saturday morning after a shootout with Riverside County sheriff's deputies at a residence in Eastvale, and three children "were removed from the home unharmed," authorities said.A standoff began about 3 a.m. when deputies responded to report of "unknown trouble" in the 14000 block of Alpaca Court, according to a sheriff's press...
    EASTVALE, Calif. (KABC) -- A 43-year-old gunman was hospitalized Saturday morning after a shootout with Riverside County sheriff's deputies at a residence in Eastvale, and three children "were removed from the home unharmed," authorities said.A standoff began about 3 a.m. when deputies responded to report of "unknown trouble" in the 14000 block of Alpaca Court, according to a sheriff's press...
    A Riverside County Sheriff’s Department deputy died Sunday night while on duty after appearing to suffer a heart attack while training with the K-9 unit, authorities said. Sgt. Harry Cohen spent “many years” as a handler for the K-9 team and was its supervisor at the time of his death, according to a Facebook post by Sheriff Chad Bianco....
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) -- The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is mourning the loss of one its members.The department announced in a Facebook post Sunday night that a sergeant in the K-9 unit died on duty after suffering a "medical emergency."The sergeant has not been publicly identified and additional details surrounding the death were not immediately released "out of respect for...
    RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — Canyon Lake man faces charges of attempted murder, mayhem and elder abuse after calling 911 to report he tried to kill his mother with a hacksaw, authorities said. (credit: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department) Mark Vermillion, 61, is scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday. He is being held without bail, according to Riverside County sheriff’s jail...
    AGUANGA (CBSLA) – Seven people were found shot and killed at an illegal marijuana grow in the Riverside County community of Aguanga in the early morning hours of Labor Day. Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the victims after being called to a property in the 45000 block of Highway 371 at about 12:30 a.m. Monday. Six people died at the...
    Seven people were shot to death early Monday, Sept. 7, at a home in the unincorporated Riverside County community of Aguanga, authorities reported. The victims were found in a residence in the 45000 block of Highway 371 in what was reportedly a house being used to grow illegal marijuana, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported. Investigators found more than 1,000...
    AGUANGA, Calif. (KABC) -- Seven people were fatally shot at an apparent illegal marijuana growing operation in the unincorporated area of Aguanga in Riverside County early Monday morning, authorities said.Riverside County sheriff's deputies responded at about 12:30 a.m. Monday to the 45000 block of Highway 371 to investigate a report of an assault with a deadly weapon.When deputies arrived, they...
    The Riverside Sheriff’s Department is looking for information on several mysterious disappearances: those of Rosario García, Ron Prifogle, Lydia “Dias” Abrams and Melissa Lane Riverside Sheriff’s Department. Photo: Riverside County Sheriff Dept. / Courtesy In the last five months, several people have disappeared after being last seen in the mountain communities near Idyllwild, in Riverside County,...
    MENIFEE (CBSLA) – Authorities are looking for a suspect wanted in a double-shooting in Menifee earlier this year which left a man dead. Isaac Delarosa, 18. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department) Isaac Delarosa, 18, is wanted in a double-shooting which occurred on Feb. 9 at Eller Park, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported Tuesday. Two people were shot, one of whom...
    Trump threatens to ban TikTok from operating in the U.S. At least 150 hospitalized due to salmonella outbreak in 48 states Dog Owner Arrested After Puppy Rescued from 131-Degree Car in California A small dog was rescued this week in Riverside County, California, after it was left in a hot car with a temperature of more than 100 degrees...
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