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Man Arrested on Suspicion of Burglary at Romoland Elementary

A resident of the Romoland area of Menifee was arrested in connection with a burglary at Romoland Elementary School on Wednesday.

Elias Velez, 39, was arrested following an investigation which located several pieces of stolen property, police said. A search of his residence revealed additional items stolen from the school.

The burglary occurred some time Wednesday at the school, located in the 25000 block of Antelope Road. The initial investigation revealed that an unknown subject or subjects entered the school grounds and forced entry into a classroom by breaking a window. Once inside, a projector, children's clothing, a printer and speakers were stolen.

Velez was arrested for burglary and possession of stolen property and booked into the Southwest Detention Center. Bail has not been determined.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Lead Investigator Omar Rodriguez at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department by calling 951-210-1053.

Audie Murphy Ranch Sports Park Opening Set for May 24

The City of Menifee this week formalized an answer to the question many have been asking -- especially young people hoping to attack the skate bowl at the new Audie Murphy Ranch Sports Park.

The official grand opening celebration for the 11-acre park on Newport Road west of Murrieta Road will take place Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Until then, all parts of the park remain closed and security officers are stationed to keep residents from jumping the gun.

The park includes a skate park, baseball field, soccer field, basketball courts and a playground. It will be open to all area residents, even though it is located within the Audie Murphy Ranch housing development.

But before Brookfield Homes officially turns over maintenance of the park to the City of Menifee and the gates are opened, Audie Murphy Ranch residents have the opportunity to hear the park usage rules and provide feedback during a homeowners' association meeting April 28. City staff will provide general information about the maintenance of the park and recreation programming services provided through the city's newly formed Community Services Department.

The city has notified Riverside County that as of June 30, it will terminate its contract with the County to maintain all parks west of the 215 Freeway. That contract could be extended, depending on City Council reaction to an April 30 workshop scheduled to discuss the benefits of City of Menifee control vs. control by Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District, which currently maintains parks on the east side of the freeway.

Either way, the city will go ahead with the May 24 opening of the sports park.

"We are thrilled to celebrate the highly anticipated grand opening of the long-awaited Audie Murphy Ranch Sports Park," city manager Rob Johnson said in a news release. "Our Community Services Department is establishing park programming options now, and we're reaching out to the community for input."

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Identity of Wednesday Crash Victim in Menifee is Released

The Riverside County Coroner's Office today released the identity of the man killed Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle rollover crash on Antelope Road near Scott Road.

The driver was identified as Adam Caughern, 38, of the city of Orange.

Caughern's Toyota 4-Runner left the road at a high rate of speed about 5:40 a.m. and rolled over in an adjacent field, ejecting the driver, according to police. The accident remains under investigation and no other details were given.

Menifee Maze 45: Win Dinner for Two at Texas Roadhouse!

Here’s the first piece of the puzzle in Menifee Maze 45, sponsored by Texas Roadhouse. The scene pictured is a specific location in Menifee. Every day, we will reveal another piece of the puzzle until someone can name the exact location.

Submit your guess in an email to The first person to correctly guess the location pictured will receive a “dinner for two” gift card at Texas Roadhouse, where the Great Steak of Texas is served just the way you like it. Only one guess per day per email address.

Each day, the updated "maze" will be posted simultaneously on our website and our Facebook page. But keep in mind, guesses posted as comments on our Facebook posts do not count as official guesses. Your guess must be sent in email form to

Teachers Assn. Donates $3,500 to Boys & Girls Club of Menifee

From left: John Whann, Sue Kristjansson, Brenda Myers, MaryAnn Jacobs, Jim Gammill, Bill Zimmerman.
(Photo by Neil Kristjansson)
The Menifee Teachers Association showed its support of the Boys & Girls Club of Menifee this week by presenting club officials with a donation check in the amount of $3,560.91.

MaryAnn Jacobs, president; Brenda Myers, vice president; and Jim Gammill, treasurer for the MTA, joined Sue Kristjansson, board chair; Bill Zimmerman, board member; and John Whann, the newly hired executive director of the Boys and Girls Club, for the presentation on April 21.

The MTA was established originally to offer support to candidates for School Board who shared the MTA's passion for helping kids in the community and to address the stringent reporting requirements that often make it difficult for candidates to accept or request donations. The board decided to donate its remaining funds to an organization with views in alignment with theirs.

"Many of our members have been long-time supporters of Boys & Girls Club, me included," Jacobs said during the presentation. "We are familiar with the good works done by your organization and are proud that we have the opportunity to donate our funds to you."

Kristjansson and Zimmerman, initial board members of the club, said they are thrilled to have the MTA’s backing, both financial and emotional.

"First the overwhelming support of the Menifee Union School District Board of Trustees and now the Menifee Teachers Association ... I feel like we are destined to be successful in serving the kids and families in Menifee with all of these like-minded people behind us," said Kristjansson.

Whann promised the group, "We’re going to do great things for the families of Menifee."

The Boys & Girls Club of Menifee Valley is expected to open this summer. It is based in the former Menifee Elementary School on Garbani Road.

Menifee Word Hunter 8: Win a Gift Card to The Beer Hunter

We're still looking for a winner in Menifee Word Hunter 8, sponsored by The Beer Hunter sports pub, so we're revealing two more letters today.

By guessing the correct letters to fill in the blanks, you will reveal a phrase or proper noun that has something to do with Menifee. If you are the first to email us with the correct guess, you win a $30 gift card to The Beer Hunter – which offers great food, a variety of beverages, and all the big sports events on big screen TVs.

Remember, this game is not Hangman or Wheel of Fortune. You don’t guess the letters. We reveal them to you – usually one letter a day, sometimes more – until someone guesses correctly. There may be duplicates of a revealed letter that are not yet revealed; just because we’ve shown you one letter S doesn’t mean there couldn’t be more. Each game has a clue to help you along the way.

Submit your guess in an email to Put “word hunter” in the subject line. The first person to correctly guess the phrase will receive a Beer Hunter gift card. Only one guess per day per email address.

Each day, the updated game will be posted simultaneously on our website and our Facebook page. But keep in mind, guesses posted as comments on our Facebook posts do not count as official guesses. Your guess must be sent in email form to
Good luck!

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Car Crashes Through Oasis Exit Gate, Lands on 215 Freeway

Car parts are scattered along the west side of Antelope Road where a car crashed through a fence and onto the northbound lanes of Interstate 215 this morning.
A man was hospitalized today after the car he was driving sped out of control through an exit gate at the Oasis senior community, through a fence bordering Interstate 215 and rolled onto its roof in the northbound lanes of the freeway.

According to witnesses, the driver was removed from the vehicle as traffic stopped on the freeway. He was seen sitting on the side of the freeway before being taken to a local hospital by ambulance, according to a security guard working the west gate at Oasis.

California Highway Patrol initially reported a car on its roof with a person trapped inside. It later reported the freeway cleared. There are no further reports from the CHP or Menifee Police at this time.

"I heard a loud boom," said Robin Hett, who was working the Oasis main gate. "I looked out and saw a car that was really smoking, coming through the exit. It definitely looked like it was out of control. Then it went across the street, over the embankment and onto the freeway.

"There was so much smoke I couldn't see for sure, but it sounded like another car made impact with it. Then I called 911."

The iron security gate on the exit side of the Oasis guard station was flattened, showing signs of major impact. There were car parts scattered on the embankment on the far side of Antelope Road. Beyond that, a portion of the fence bordering the freeway was down. A tow truck was removing a single vehicle from the scene.

Authorities have not identified the man nor given any information about his condition. There is no information about any other vehicles being involved.

Passing motorists were trying to help remove the man from the car when emergency crews arrived, said Tori Naranjo, who was driving southbound on Antelope moments after the crash.

"I saw no traffic on the freeway as I came down the street," she said. "Then I noticed traffic stopped and a car sitting on its roof. The good thing was, it appears traffic came to a standtill quick enough that there were no other crashes."

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Rightway Services Presents Menifee Max's Biggest Prize Yet!

Krysta Bryanne Rehm and her husband Travis are the lucky winners of five tickets to a Storm baseball game, courtesy of Rightway Site Services, Inc.
Menifee Max, our resident cowboy here at Menifee 24/7, has given away dozens of prizes the last couple months through the generosity of our sponsors. Today we welcome a new sponsor, Rightway Site Services Inc., which donated the use of a private suite at Saturday's Lake Elsinore Storm game as a prize!

Our first Storm suite winner was Krysta Bryanne Rehm, who was randomly selected by Menifee Max this afternoon from hundreds of entrants to receive five tickets to Saturday's 6 p.m. game against the Inland Empire 66ers at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore. Krysta and her family will enjoy the game from a private suite, courtesy of Rightway.

On Thursday, Menifee Max will give away five more tickets to the same game. That lucky group will join the Rehm family in the Rightway suite to cheer on the Storm. And Menifee Max assures us that the folks at Rightway Site Services Inc. have promised more Storm tickets soon!

Congratulations to Krysta Bryanne Rehm and welcome to our newest advertiser, Rightway Site Services Inc. See them for all your needs regarding septic tank services, portable restrooms and storage containers.

And get ready for Max's return tomorrow on the Menifee 24/7 Facebook page.

Arrests Made in Connection With Perris Home Invasion Robbery

Left to right: Derrick Marcellus Hill, Robert Martise Taylor, Kevin Nathaniel Wilcox.
Riverside County Sheriff's deputies have arrested three suspects in connection with a home invasion robbery that occurred April 10 in Perris, police said today.

Derrick Marcellus Hill, 19; Robert Martise Taylor, 23; and Kevin Nathaniel Wilcox, 28; were arrested this morning for various crimes including robbery, kidnapping, false imprisonment and conspiracy. They were booked into the Southwest Detention Center. No hometowns of the suspects was given.

Police had sought the suspects since the April 10 incident, in which a home invasion robbery took place in the 2000 block of Medical Center Drive in Perris. In that crime, the victims were asleep when three suspects entered the residence. Two of the suspects were armed, one with a handgun and one with a sawed-off shotgun, police said.

According to the police report, the suspects demanded money and property. While the victims were being brought into the living room, four of them ran out the front door. They were followed by the suspects and three gunshots were heard. The suspects fled on foot. No property or money was taken. None of the victims were injured by the gun fire.

Perris deputies and investigators quickly determined the robbery was gang related; however, the identity of the suspects was initially unknown. During the course of the investigation, in collaboration with the Perris Station Gang Task Force, the identities of the suspects were discovered and all three suspects were arrested.

Bail for Hill is set at $1 million; bail for Taylor is $500,000; and no bail amount was set for Wilcox.

City of Menifee Newsletter Wins Award in California Contest

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Menifee Matters, the city’s newsletter, won a California Association of Public Information Officers award of merit recently.

The newsletter competed in the "External Newsletter" category against other entries from California cities and government agencies with varying audience populations and community outreach budgets.

CAPIO is a professional association for communications professionals, many of whom represent California cities or government agencies.

"One of our top priorities is to effectively communicate with Menifee residents and to provide information about city news, events and services," said City Manager Rob Johnson. "We are thrilled to announce that our main tool for community outreach, Menifee Matters, was recognized by communications and public information professionals as an award winning piece."

Officials judged the external newsletter entries on design, layout, content, execution of stated goals, and project cost. The other two winners in the category were the City of Carlsbad and Eastern Municipal Water District.

Menifee Matters is produced three times each year in the winter, summer and fall. It features city news, construction updates for major projects, special event details and information about city services. Newsletters are mailed to Menifee households and are available at City Hall, libraries and community centers. An electronic version of current and past newsletters is available on the city’s website at

The next issue, due out at the end of June, will debut a new look and registration process for the city’s recreation classes, events and senior activities. For more information, contact Julie Woodruff at 951-672-6777 or