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1 child dead, 7 injured in Moreno Valley house fire

A child died and seven people were injured, including four Riverside County sheriff's deputies, after a fire tore through a home in Moreno Valley early Sunday morning, authorities said.

The fire was reported just before 1:30 a.m. at a single-story house on the 24300 block of Dolan Drive, according to Jody Hagemann, spokeswoman with the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department.

Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies got there first and attempted to rescue residents who were trapped inside “the residence engulfed in flames and filled with smoke,” Moreno Valley Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez said in a statement Sunday.

The deputies were able to get two people out, Gutierrez said.

“Unfortunately, the smoke and heat prevented deputies from reentering the residence for a child who perished," the mayor stated.

Fire officials said there were four victims rescued from the house fire, but it wasn’t clear if the fourth person was inside the house when deputies arrived.

All four victims were transported to a local hospital in serious condition, Hagemann said. 

Meanwhile, the deputies who went inside the burning house were also injured and treated at a hospital, the city said in a statement.

The fire was quickly knocked down, according to officials. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

No further details were immediately available.

Caught On Camera: Woman Falsely Accuses Black Man Of Stealing Her Son’s Phone At Moreno Valley Walmart

MORENO VALLEY (CBSLA) — A Black man leaving a Moreno Valley Walmart quickly turned on his camera phone after a woman accused him of stealing her son’s phone.

Ja’Shar Bryant said he was leaving the store when he said the woman started “running after him” and accused him of stealing the phone.

“I said, ‘Excuse me, do you have my son’s phone? Not, ‘You have my son’s phone,'” the woman can be heard saying in the video. “I did not come at you like that.”

Bryant can be heard replying that she did, in fact, approach him like that and even kept accusing him of stealing the phone even after he told her that he did not have her son’s phone.

The woman, at one point, even threatened to call police, prompting Bryant to walk back into the Walmart to talk with associates at the store.

A few minutes later, the woman’s son approached her with the phone in question that he apparently left in their vehicle.

After the boy walked up to the mom with his phone, Bryant said he was going to be pressing charges and asked for the woman’s name. She declined and told him to “go [expletive] himself” before walking into the store with her two children.

2 Wounded In Separate Fourth Of July Freeway Shootings In Riverside County

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — At least two people were wounded in separate Riverside County freeway shootings on the Fourth of July.

The Fourth of July freeway shootings come just a day after Luis Mendoza of La Puente was shot and killed while driving with his two sons, further west on the 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights. Mendoza’s 13-year-old boy remains hospitalized in the ICU at County-USC Medical Center Tuesday, and police say they are looking for a gray or silver 4-door sedan in that shooting.

According to the CHP, one of the Fourth of July shootings was reported at about 7:50 p.m. as a crash involving a gray Volkswagen Jetta that ran off the road on the westbound 60 Freeway at Day Street in Moreno Valley. Dispatchers said the people involved were seen leaving the area in another vehicle.

Officers who responded to the scene found the Volkswagen up an embankment on the left shoulder at the northbound 215 Freeway split with five bullet holes in the passenger-side doors and blood on the passenger seat. A person arrived at Riverside Community Hospital just before 8 p.m. with gunshot wounds who police later determined was the passenger in the Volkswagen.

The victim told the officers a blue sedan had pulled up next to them and opened fire, but could not explain why. The Volkswagen’s driver “indicated there might have been some sort of road rage situation going on” just before the shooting, according to the CHP.

Just hours earlier, another shooting was reported on the westbound 91 Freeway at the Central Avenue offramp. At least five rounds were fired at the victim’s vehicle, and one hit the driver. He was taken to Riverside Community Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, authorities said.

Both shootings are under active investigation. Any witnesses to either shooting can call the California Highway Patrol at (951) 637-8000.

EDD Fraud: 3 Inland Empire Women Plead Guilty After Collectively Receiving $1.3 Million In Unemployment Benefits

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — Three Inland Empire-area women pleaded guilty this week to charges in connection with filing fraudulent EDD claims using the names of California prison inmates.

Paris Thomas, 33, of San Bernardino; 42-year-old Mireya Ramos of Colton; and 35-year-old Sequoia Edwards of Moreno Valley, were all arrested in April on suspicion of filing dozens of fraudulent EDD claims in the names of inmates within the California state prison system.

According to her plea agreement, between June and December 2020, Thomas submitted at least 47 fraudulent unemployment benefits claims and received about $477,000 from the California EDD. Edwards admitted in her plea agreement that between July and August 2020, she submitted at least 27 bogus EDD claims and received $456,218. Ramos owned up to submitting approximately 37 false claims to EDD between June and December 2020, receiving $353,532, according to the Department of Justice.

Each woman pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud – Thomas on Monday, and Edwards and Ramos last Friday. Ramos is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 27, while Thomas’ sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 13. Edwards’ sentencing hearing will be scheduled by U.S. District Judge John W. Holcomb at a later date.

Each woman face a statutory maximum sentence of 30 years in federal prison.

Quentin Black Of Moreno Valley Arrested In Hit-And-Run Crash That Killed Long Beach Security Guard Derrick Smith

LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — A Moreno Valley man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a beloved security guard in Long Beach.

Quentin Darnell Black, 31, was arrested Monday and booked on one count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and one count of felony hit-and-run resulting in death or injury.

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Long Beach police say Black was the driver of a 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe that sped into a security guard shack at Century Villages at Cabrillo apartment complex in the 2000 block of San Gabriel Avenue on Saturday afternoon. The security guard inside the shack, 54-year-old Derrick Smith, was killed in the collision.

The SUV was abandoned at the scene, and the driver ran off.

Black is being held on $100,000 bail. A court date has not been scheduled in the case, according to Los Angeles County jail records.

3 Inland Empire women plead guilty to using inmates’ information to get COVID jobless aid

Three Inland Empire women have admitted to fraud charges alleging they submitted dozens of claims for pandemic-related unemployment benefits using other people’s identities, including state prison inmates’, prosecutors said Monday.  

Each of the women caused more than $350,000 in benefits and faces up to 30 years in federal prison as a result of their guilty plea, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Riverside said in a news release.

The three defendants — Paris Denise Thomas, a 33-year-old San Bernardino woman; Sequoia Edwards, 35, of Moreno Valley; and 42-year-old Mireya Ramos of Colton — were convicted on one count each of wire fraud, officials said.

The women applied for expanded unemployment benefits under the CARES Act, which extended eligibility to people who didn’t previously qualify such as business owners and self-employed workers. However, the pandemic relief law didn’t extend benefits to prison inmates.

California struggled to process the millions of claims submitted as businesses statewide were suddenly shuttered by stay-home orders. The state has acknowledged the Employment Development Department was bilked out of hundreds of millions of dollars that went to fraudsters, including inmates.

Thomas admitted in her plea agreement that she filed at least 47 bogus benefits claims from June to December last year after receiving the personal information of state inmates and others. She submitted the claims online under each stolen identity, falsely stating the person lost their job due to the pandemic, prosecutors said.

Thomas then allegedly sold for cash the electronic benefit payment debit cards and EDD website login credentials she received. She caused the disbursal of about $477,000 in fraudulent benefits, officials said.

Edwards admitted to using the information of inmates and others to file at least 27 fake claims last summer and took in the benefits up until March, garnering more than $456,000, prosecutors said.

Ramos, meanwhile, submitted around 37 false claims, also using personal information from inmates and others, from last June to December, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors say Ramos received around $356,000 in unemployment benefits.

Ramos is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 27, while Thomas’ sentencing is set for Sept. 13. Edwards’ sentencing will be scheduled at a later date, officials said.

Mukesh Kisun, A Riverside School Teacher Charged With Sexually Assaulting A Student, Out On Bail

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) – Mukesh Kisun, a 56-year-old Moreno Valley and a public school teacher, is out on $50,000 bail after being booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center Thursday for allegedly engaging in lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14.

Kisun’s arrest came after allegations surfaced from a female teenager that she was sexually abused by her fifth grade teacher in 2015 while attending Rosemary Kennedy Elementary school in Riverside. The alleged victim told a family member who then reported the allegations to a Riverside Police Department School Resources Officer assigned to the Alvord Unified School District.

According to the Riverside Police Department, an extensive investigation was conducted into the allegations and, ultimately, led to Kisun’s arrest.

“The district is aware Mukesh Kisun was arrested Thursday and will continue working law enforcement as requested,” Superintendent Dr. Allan Mucerino said in a statement. “Presently, regular classes for the district have concluded for the summer break. Mr. Kisun has not been assigned to a summer school position and the district will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that students are safe when classes resume in the fall.”

Investigators believe that because of Kisun’s position as a teacher, there could be other victims who have not yet come forward. They are urging anyone with additional information regarding this investigation contact School Resource Officer Jason Joseph at 951-353-7960 or by email at JJoseph@RiversideCA.gov.

Forward progress stopped in 300-acre Davis Fire in Moreno Valley

Firefighters were working to fully contain a brush fire that broke out and quickly spread to 300 acres at the southeast end of Moreno Valley Tuesday, officials said.

Dubbed the Davis Fire, the blaze started around 1:20 p.m. as two fires measuring about 5 acres that were burning near each other at the northeast end of the Lake Perris State Recreation Area, where Theodore Street turns into Davis Road, the Riverside County Fire Department said.

The fire covered 75 acres by 2:15 p.m., and 300 acres by 3 p.m. It was 60% contained, firefighters said.

At 3:15 p.m. crews said they had halted the flames' forward progress, and the blaze subsequently only grew by half an acre as of 7 p.m.

There were no evacuation orders, and no injuries had been reported, according to fire officials.

However, Gilman Springs Road was closed until further notice, the Fire Department said.

About 75 crew members were working to attack the blaze both on the ground and from the air.

Firefighters were expected to remain on scene overnight.

Temperatures in the area were expected to reach around 78 degrees Tuesday in the area of the fire, according to the National Weather Service. There were no wind warnings or advisories in place.

Additional COVID Vaccination Site To Open Friday At Moreno Valley Mall In Former Sears Building

MORENO VALLEY (CBSLA) – A new mass vaccination site will open Friday at the Moreno Valley Mall, on the first floor of the former Sears building, Kaiser Permanente announced Thursday.

The new clinic will run alongside Riverside County’s current vaccination site in the same building on the second floor.

The Kaiser Permanente vaccination site will be open to everyone – including children ages 12 to 15 – who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at no cost.

The clinic can administer about 2,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses daily through either walk-in service or by appointment.

The site will open Friday at 10 a.m. and will operate regularly Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The new site is one of seven Kaiser Permanente COVID-19 vaccination sites serving members and non-members in Riverside County.

Find more information about all Kaiser Permanente COVID-19 vaccine locations here.

Fatal Shooting Leads To 3-Vehicle Crash In Rancho Cucamonga

RANCHO CUCAMONGA (CBSLA) — A three-vehicle crash in Rancho Cucamonga led authorities to a Moreno Valley man who had been fatally shot.

Deputies responding to a three-vehicle crash in the 10800 block of Church Street at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday found 39-year-old Corey Deshawn Cooper in his car with a gunshot wound. Cooper was declared dead at the scene.

Detectives from the San Bernardino County sheriff’s specialized investigation division determined Cooper had been shot nearby and lost control of his vehicle, which veered into oncoming traffic and hit two vehicles.

The drivers of the other two vehicles involved in the crash were not hurt.

It’s not clear where Cooper was shot immediately before the crash, and investigators are looking into the events that led up to the collision.

Anyone with information about the crash or the shooting that killed Cooper can contact Detective Nicolas Craig at (909) 387-3589.