A Palm Springs woman who allegedly set a fire inside a Palm Desert hotel room was charged Friday with one felony count of arson of an inhabited structure.

Tiana Marie Hughes, 33, is accused of setting the non-injury blaze at 3:28 p.m. Tuesday at the three-story Embassy Suites at 74700 Highway 111. A motive was not disclosed.


INDIO (CNS) – A man found inside a car in La Quinta with a teenage boy must stand trial on a felony charge of committing lewd or lascivious acts with a minor, a judge ruled Friday.

Court documents indicate that the boy was 14 at the time of Fernando Cancino’s Dec. 13, 2016, arrest near La Palma Drive and Arosa Way.


PALM SPRINGS (CNS) – A senior citizen allegedly rammed his car into the locked gates of a Palm Springs parking lot Friday and then sped away from arriving officers, who quickly caught up to the driver and referred him for a mental health evaluation, according to police.

Officers were called to “a commercial property on Bird Center Drive” early Friday afternoon, according to the Palm Springs Police Department.


INDIO (CNS) – A man who allegedly beat and sexually assaulted his girlfriend shortly after being released from jail pleaded not guilty Friday to nearly a half-dozen felony counts, including attempted murder and torture.

Jorge Gilbert, 33, of Desert Hot Springs, was initially arrested March 29 after allegedly leading police on a pursuit while unlawfully possessing a gun and illegal fireworks.


LA QUINTA (CNS) – Two young males accused of breaking into a La Quinta home, then fleeing, were arrested while two other suspects remained outstanding Friday.

Alan Sandoval, 18, and a 17-year old boy whose name was withheld, both from Indio, were arrested Thursday on suspicion of residential burglary.


MORENO VALLEY (CNS) – Despite the tragedy involving the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds — and the team’s cancellation of all upcoming appearances — March Air Reserve Base’s “Air & Space Expo” is proceeding this weekend, with a range of supersonic jet demonstrations, mock dogfights and other low-flying, high-speed entertainment.

“Some people were calling and seemed to think that the whole show was canceled because of what happened to the Thunderbirds,” base spokeswoman Linda Welz told City News Service. “Everything is still going on as planned. We’ve got a loaded schedule.”


THERMAL (CNS) – A man who allegedly stole a tow truck from the scene of a crash Friday, then led sheriff’s deputies on a pursuit through Thermal, was arrested after ditching the vehicle and trying to outrun law enforcement.

Andrew William Draper, 38, of Thermal, was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and evading arrest, and was being held at the Riverside County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.


RIVERSIDE (CNS) – The Board of Supervisors next week is slated to approve several formal requests for reimbursement from Santa Barbara and Sonoma counties for the assistance provided by Riverside County agencies during catastrophic wildfires last fall.

The board will vote on the submissions during its policy agenda Tuesday, likely directing the Emergency Management Department to document the exact costs absorbed by the county and request compensation by an unspecified future date.


RIVERSIDE (CNS) – An ex-convict accused of taking shots at a passing car occupied by a family of five in Moreno Valley pleaded not guilty Friday to attempted murder and other charges.

Pierre Lamar Drew, 33, of Moreno Valley was taken into custody at the scene of the March 6 attack in the 22400 block of Alessandro Boulevard, near Elsworth Street.


BEAUMONT (CNS) – The westbound Moreno Valley (60) Freeway was partially shut down Friday just west of Beaumont to allow a hazardous materials crew to mop up remnants of a crash from earlier this week.

The No. 2 lane was shut down about 9 a.m. and will remain closed until at least 3 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.


MORENO VALLEY (CNS) – A 15-year-old girl is in custody Friday for allegedly intentionally starting a fire that killed a woman in the Moreno Valley home they lived in.

The relationship between the girl and the victim, identified by authorities as 45-year-old Amy Morrison, was not immediately disclosed. The girl’s name also was withheld due to her age, authorities said.

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