The Palm Springs Art Museum has agreed to resolve allegations that it violated federal law by failing to provide scripts for audio programs or properly functioning listening devices, as well as other aids and services, to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

Under the settlement agreement, signed in Los Angeles federal court last week, the downtown Palm Springs museum, which also has an outpost in Palm Desert, will provide equipment and services free of charge to ensure that people who are deaf or hard of hearing have full and equal enjoyment of all of the museum’s exhibits, programs and activities in each of its locations.


PALM SPRINGS (CNS) – A 15-year-old Palm Springs High School student was arrested for allegedly making threats toward classmates and staff, but no firearm was found at the teen’s home following a police search of the residence, Palm Springs police revealed Wednesday.

The student, whose name was withheld because he is a juvenile, was booked into Indio Juvenile Hall on suspicion of making criminal threats, according to the Palm Springs Police Department.


INDIO (CNS) – A man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend and another woman with a screwdriver, then barricading himself inside an Indio home for nearly three hours before surrendering, was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on attempted murder, torture and other charges.

Erick Maciel, 32, faces 10 felony counts stemming from the March 4, 2017, stabbings of his ex-girlfriend and her friend, identified only as Jane and Mary Doe in court documents. Maciel allegedly stabbed both women several times in the face and neck with multiple screwdrivers at a home in the 81500 block of Santa Barbara Court.


INDIO (CNS) – Police plan to utilize drones and tourniquets as part of security measures at next month’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival for the first time in the event’s history.

The Indio Police Department, which handles the bulk of law enforcement duties at the annual Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals, will use drones to manage security, traffic and crowd management at the Empire Polo Grounds, according to Sgt. Daniel Marshall. The drones will be rolled out in partnership with festival promoters, the sergeant said.


DESERT HOT SPRINGS (CNS) – A Desert Hot Springs woman who disappeared from her home has been safely located, police said Wednesday.

Evelis Alfaro, 60, was last seen around 11 p.m. Monday at her residence in the 11500 block of Cactus Drive.


INDIO (CNS) – A murder charge was filed Wednesday against a probationer accused in the beating death of a Thermal man whose body was found in the vicinity of a drainage channel near his mobile home last week.

Saul Mayoral, 50, allegedly killed the victim with a bat, according to the criminal complaint, in which the victim is identified only as Hector Q.


RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Inland Empire entrepreneurs seeking expert guidance on how to start and fund a technology-based business will, beginning next week, have a resource center staffed by seasoned hands available to them in downtown Riverside.

UC Riverside will open its EPIC Small Business Development Center on Tuesday at the Riverside County Business Center, 3403 10th St., providing a one-stop shop for startup hopefuls. The event, slated for 11 a.m., will be open to the general public.


MURRIETA (CNS) – A judge Wednesday denied a bail reduction request from a probationer accused of running over and killing a 10-year-old Lake Elsinore boy.

David Loperena, 25, of Lake Elsinore is charged with vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run resulting in death and sentence-enhancing allegations of fleeing the scene of a crime and causing an accident that resulted in a fatality for the March 13 death of Anthony Ochoa.


RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Police asked for the public’s help Wednesday in identifying a man and woman suspected of stealing a Riverside diner’s cash and credit cards and then going on a spending spree.

Detectives released photographs on the department’s Facebook page, hoping someone might recognize the duo.


CORONA (CNS) – A fire that erupted under the hood of a pickup truck Wednesday in Corona consumed the vehicle and briefly threatened a nearby storage building with fuel containers inside.

The non-injury blaze was reported about 1 p.m. at 1331 Hidden Springs Drive, near Joseph Canyon Trail, on the south edge of the city, according to the Corona Fire Department.

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