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Articles from the April 17, 2012 edition

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  • Home sales fall by 2.3 percent in March 2012 compared to March 2011

    Updated Apr 17, 2012

    RIVERSIDE - Home sales in Riverside County fell by 2.3 percent in March, compared to the same month a year ago, while prices rose by 1 percent, a real estate information service announced today. A total of 3,756 homes changed hands locally last month, compared to 3,843 in March 2011, according to La Jolla-based DataQuick. The median price of a home in Riverside County in March was $200,000, down from $198,000 in March 2011. A total of 19,953 new and resale houses and condos sold in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Ventura,...

  • Sheriff Sniff to ask Board of Supervisors to raise rates with contracted cities

    Updated Apr 17, 2012

    Supervisors OK Sheriff's Proposal to Charge More for Patrol Deputies Eds: ADDS quotes from sheriff; clarifies that some rates apply only to extra duty functions. Sheriff's PIO Sgt. Joe Borja can be reached at (951) 955- 2427. RIVERSIDE (CNS) - The Riverside County Board of Supervisors signed off today on a sheriff's department plan to hike the rate charged cities and other entities for use of a sheriff's deputy, as well as for temporary use of other personnel. In a 5-0 vote, the Board of Supervisors without comment approved t...

  • Authorities seek public's help finding man who attacked 16-year-old Anza girl

    Updated Apr 17, 2012

    ANZA - Authorities sought the public's help today in finding a man who attacked a 16-year-old girl as she walked home from school in Anza. The girl, whose name was not released, was walking home alone from Hamilton High School near Hill Street and Engstrom Road around 5 p.m. Monday when she decided to take a shortcut through an open field, sheriff's Sgt. Wally Clear said. ''She was ... taken to the ground by an adult male suspect. During the assault, the teenager fought back...

  • Incoming County CEO's Salary Set, Interim CEO Says So Long

    Updated Apr 17, 2012

    RIVERSIDE - The Board of Supervisors today approved a $275,546 annual salary for new Riverside County Executive Officer Jay Orr, who takes over this week from interim CEO David ''Larry'' Parrish, to whom the board bid farewell -- for the second time. ''This is a man who has proven himself from day one,'' board Chairman John Tavaglione said of Orr. ''We look forward to great things.'' The supervisors selected Orr in a 4-1 vote on April 10. The assistant executive officer was among 100 people who applied for the job. The sole...

  • Public Hearing Set to Consider Treasurer's Fee Changes

    Updated Apr 17, 2012

    RIVERSIDE - A May 8 public hearing date was confirmed today for Riverside County supervisors to review proposed changes to fees charged by the Treasurer-Tax Collector's office for document processing services. Treasurer-Tax Collector Don Kent is asking the Board of Supervisors to approve rate hikes for 14 services and decreases for 11 others. The adjustments are based on the treasurer's operating costs connected with preparing tax records, investigating tax claims and setting up payment plans on delinquent bills, among other...

  • Three car accident results in one vehicle destroyed by fire

    Updated Apr 17, 2012

    A three car accident that occurred around 4:30 p.m. today (Tues., April 17) at Old Highway 395 and Reche Road resulted in one of the vehicles being completely destroyed by fire. Authorities have only released limited information thus far. "It appears that a car may have pulled out into the path of another vehicle, causing a collision, and then one of those vehicles was bounced into a third car, engaging it in the collision," said John Buchanan, public information officer for North County Fire. One of the vehicles caught on...

  • Attempted sexual assault in Anza, suspect at large

    Updated Apr 17, 2012

    ANZA - On Monday, April 16, at approximately 5 p.m., deputies and investigators from the Hemet Station responded to an attempted sexual assault in the community of Anza. The victim, a 16-year-old girl, walked home alone from Hamilton High School. While taking a shortcut through an open field, she was attacked and taken to the ground by an adult male suspect. During the assault, the teenager fought back and was able break free from the attacker. She ran to the home of a nearby...

  • Sierra Club to learn about native grasses April 19

    Updated Apr 17, 2012

    TEMECULA – The featured program for the Sierra Club's April 19 meeting is all about the native grass that once dominated local hillsides and valleys but is now all but gone. Zachery Principe, a veteran biologist with the Nature Conservancy, will talk about the many benefits of native grasslands to humans and their environment and how people can help to restore it. Kathy Lynch, local food expert, will talk about the potential hazards with genetically modified foods. This is currently a hot topic with efforts underway to...

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