Cathedral City police Thursday were investigating the assault of a beloved local Jiu-Jitsu instructor, who died in a hospital after he was found suffering from traumatic injuries.

Officers were dispatched at 9:44 p.m. Wednesday to the 31300 block of Whispering Palms Trail, where the 46-year-old man was found “suffering from trauma to the body,” according to Cathedral City Police Department officials.

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INDIO (CNS) – A four-count criminal complaint was filed Thursday against a Cathedral City man accused of molesting a girl at a Palm Desert resort.

Ismael Gaspar, 35, pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon to three counts of committing lewd acts on a child and one count of burglary — all felonies.

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INDIO (CNS) – An Indio courtroom was cleared out Thursday when an inmate cut himself in a holding area, prompting his transportation to a local hospital.

Canaan Sloat, 29, was slated to appear in court Thursday on sexual assault and burglary charges, but just before 11 a.m., “attempted to slip his cuffs and became combative” in a courtroom holding area at the Larson Justice Center, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

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INDIO (CNS) – A Coachella man was shot eight times by an Indio police officer because he pointed a gun at the lawman after previously firing shots at a mobile home park, a prosecutor said Thursday, while a defense attorney claimed his client posed no threat and that the officer who shot him was out of control.

Jury deliberations began Thursday morning in the trial of Mario Alberto Soto, 43, who is accused of firing a gun at the Coachella Mobile Home Park on Nov. 13, 2014, prompting a law enforcement response that ended with Soto being hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

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HEMET (CNS) – Hemet police Thursday were searching for a motorist who ran over and killed a man on the east end of the city, fleeing the location before officers arrived.

The hit-and-run occurred about 11:55 p.m. Wednesday on Florida Avenue, near Girard Street, according to Sgt. Dan Reinbolt.

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Jury deliberations began Thursday afternoon in the trial of a man accused of robbing and aiding a cohort in sexually assaulting a Riverside woman after breaking into her residence nearly two years ago.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno directed the panel to return to the Riverside Hall of Justice on Monday morning — the court is not in session Friday due to Cesar Chavez Day — to resume deliberations on the fate of Keshawn Marquis Amis, 22, of Jurupa Valley.

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) – A distraught man led California Highway Patrol officers on a stop-and-go chase that ultimately ended peacefully on the westbound Riverside (91) Freeway in Riverside Thursday, initially insisting that he would not get out of his vehicle until he spoke with the news media or his mother.

The slow-speed pursuit began about 3:55 p.m. with an investigation into a possibly abandoned pickup truck in the carpool lane of the Riverside Freeway at University Avenue, according to the CHP.

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) – A convicted felon accused of selling heroin and methamphetamine out of his car in Jurupa Valley was charged Thursday with possession of controlled substances for sale and other offenses.

Stephen Leon Carreon, 29, of Jurupa Valley was arrested Tuesday by members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team, which was sweeping the area in search of possible illegal drug activity.

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MORENO VALLEY (CNS) – A convicted felon and her suspected cohort allegedly pepper-sprayed and struck a Moreno Valley man before stealing his car keys and cash, authorities said Thursday.

Patrice Olivia Jackson, 29, and Malik Nicholsel, 28, both of Moreno Valley, were arrested Wednesday following a Riverside County sheriff’s investigation.

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) – A convicted felon accused of holding a Moreno Valley man at gunpoint and stealing his possessions was charged Thursday with armed robbery.

Anthony Ray Lopez, 21, was arrested Monday following a three-week investigation by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

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BEAUMONT (CNS) – Beaumont police Thursday released surveillance images of a man and woman suspected of tricking a senior citizen into withdrawing money from two banks with a story that they needed to use the victim’s ID to claim lottery winnings.

The unidentified suspects approached the victim — who is over age 65, but whose name, sex and age were withheld — at an undisclosed Hemet business on Feb. 13.

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