A repeat DUI offender accused of crashing his pickup truck into an SUV in Palm Desert while under the influence, then leading sheriff’s deputies on a short pursuit, was charged Tuesday with hit-and-run causing injury, drunken driving and evading arrest.

William Christopher Fryrear, 48, of La Quinta, has six previous DUI convictions in addition to the latest charges, which prompted the sheriff’s department to request that his bail be increased to $750,000, according to a declaration in support of increased bail.


PALM SPRINGS (CNS) – Authorities Tuesday identified a Desert Hot Springs woman who died of injuries suffered in an evening crash in Palm Springs.

Jeannine Hill, 57, was injured in a two-car crash that happened at around 7 p.m. Monday on Gene Autry Trail, just south of the eastbound Interstate 10 off-ramp, according to the Palm Springs Police Department.


PALM SPRINGS (CNS) – A Murrieta man facing second-degree murder and drunken driving charges for allegedly causing a fatal Palm Springs crash last month is expected to make his initial court appearance Wednesday.

Michael Torrez, 33, is accused in the March 16 death of 25-year-old Palm Springs resident Mario Garcia.


PALM SPRINGS (CNS) – A hiker who suffered a medical emergency while on a hiking trail in an unincorporated area near Palm Springs was airlifted to safety Tuesday.

Emergency personnel received word of the downed hiker, whose name was withheld, at 10:41 a.m. on the Pacific Crest Trail, near Falls Creek Road, said April Newman of the Riverside County Fire Department.


PALM SPRINGS (CNS) – A man who held up a Palm Springs business at gunpoint Tuesday was being sought by police, who believe the same man also robbed the location last month.

The latest hold-up occurred at 7:14 a.m. at a liquor store in the 1400 block of South Palm Canyon Drive, the same location that police say the suspect robbed at around 10 p.m. March 21.


INDIO (CNS) – A woman who allegedly robbed a Coachella cellphone store at gunpoint, then triggered an injury crash during a police pursuit, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to robbery, kidnapping and evading arrest.

The charges against Mary Helen Delara, 29, of Coachella, stem from the March 7 armed robbery of a Metro PCS store at 52669 Harrison St. and subsequent crash in Thermal that seriously injured the defendant and two other men in the car.


CATHEDRAL CITY (CNS) – A former Cathedral City resident serving a prison sentence for child molestation was allegedly killed by his cellmate, according to corrections officials.

Robert Elsworth Hunter, 77, was found “unresponsive in his cell with blunt force injuries to his face,” according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He was pronounced dead just before 8 a.m. Monday at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione.


RIVERSIDE (CNS) – A July 16 trial date was confirmed Tuesday for a probationer and another man accused in a gang-related shooting last spring that wounded a Perris teenager.

Lawrence Fitzgerald Henderson, 27, and Christopher Devon Johnson, 23, are both charged with attempted murder and sentence-enhancing gang and great bodily injury allegations stemming from the May 3 attack near Eaton Memorial Park in Perris.


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

In a 5-0 vote without comment, the board directed the Emergency Management Department to document the exact costs absorbed by the county and request compensation by a future date.


PERRIS (CNS) – An ex-convict suspected of killing an acquaintance and torching the victim’s remains was being held Tuesday in lieu of $1 million bail.

Mario Salvador Aleja Renteria, 29, was arrested and booked Monday into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of murder.


RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Riverside County supervisors signed off Tuesday on a $6.5 million contract with a Corona-based firm to manage the reconfiguration of a major interchange to ease and expedite traffic flow.

In a 5-0 vote without comment, the Board of Supervisors authorized the Transportation & Land Management Agency to retain Falcon Engineering Services Inc. to handle the Limonite Avenue/Interstate 15 Interchange Project.


RIVERSIDE (CNS) – A divided Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved an agreement with Southern California Edison defining Riverside County’s responsibilities in establishing a “Community Choice Aggregation” program, under which the county will be able to buy electricity on the open market — in competition with sCE — based on the goal of delivering power to residents in unincorporated communities at lower rates.

Supervisors Kevin Jeffries and Chuck Washington cast dissenting votes, while Supervisors Marion Ashley, Manuel Perez and John Tavaglione supported the action requested by the Executive Office.


THOUSAND PALMS (CNS) – A driver crashed an Audi into a gas station in Thousand Palms Tuesday, causing significant damage to the building, but no serious injuries were reported.

The crash was reported at 7:09 a.m. at the Chevron gas station at 72276 Ramon Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. The unidentified driver was treated at the scene for minor injuries, according to April Newman of the Riverside County Fire Department.

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