Sun City Seniors to Present Comedy Production This Weekend

Local members of the Sun City senior community of Menifee will present an original comedy production, "Make Mine Metamucil," Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

The performance will take place in Webb Hall, 26850 Sun City Blvd. Donation is $5 at the door.

For information, call 951-679-1514.

Oasis Maids: A Quality Cleaning Every Time

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City Council Meeting to Provide Update on Road Projects

One of the hottest topics among Menifee residents -- traffic congestion and its potential solutions -- will be discussed Tuesday night in a special city council meeting at City Hall, 29714 Haun Road.

The meeting, which will begin at 5 p.m., is designed as a workshop to update council members and the public on projects, procedures and responsibilities relating to the Public Works Department in the City of Menifee. There will be an opportunity for public comments.

Subjects which may be discussed include:

-- Newport Road Widening (Antelope to Menifee Road)
-- Newport/I 215 Interchange Project
-- Menifee Road Missing Link (Between Newport & Simpson)
-- Bradley Bridge Project/Salt Creek
-- Holland Road Overpass
-- Scott Road/I 215 Interchange Project
-- McCall Interchange Project
-- 5-year Capital Improvement Project Budget Process

Residents concerned about traffic issues and with questions about projects planned and underway are urged to attend.

Baby Bound Ultrasound Moves to Bigger, Better Location

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In an effort to make them easier to find and more accessible to clients, Baby Bound Ultrasound has moved locations. They are still in the same convenient shopping center off of Railroad Canyon Road, but in a larger, much easier to find suite. Their beautiful new location now offers more square footage of services and plenty of room to continue to grow.

The new office is immaculately decorated in the same soothing tones and adorable baby items as the previous location. The addition of more boutique items and lovely white furniture makes the space feel like a luxury nursery. Baby Bound now features a private room for massage as well as an ultrasound room. A certified prenatal masseuse can be scheduled at the time of your ultrasound or separately.

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Cyrus Medor Named Santa Rosa's First Athlete of the Month

Sophomore baseball player Cyrus Medor, a versatile player who has proven to be a team leader, is the first Santa Rosa Academy athlete to receive a Menifee 24/7 Athlete of the Month award.

Cyrus has played a pivotal role for the team in the first year of its program. He is hitting an impressive .714 for the season and leads the team with 34 runs scored. He has 34 hits and 18 stolen bases.

Being used at several defensive positions, Cyrus has provided stability for Santa Rosa, which is 12-5 while playing an independent schedule against teams such as Cornerstone Christian and Upland Christian. His contributions will help build the foundation of a program that will have a permanent home facility when the school being built on Haun Road across from Countryside Marketplace is completed later this year.

Meanwhile, the team plays home games at Aldergate Park and prepares for what promises to be a bright future.

"It's a bummer not having a home field, but it's been a really good season," Cyrus said.

His favorite position, Cyrus said, is center field.

"I love tracking down the ball," he said. "Center field is my favorite, but I play all over. I tried basketball, but it wasn't for me. Baseball brings a smile to my face."

Cyrus' coach, Tony Miller, has high praise for the sophomore.

"Cyrus has been the spark plug in our season," Miller said. "He is also a leader in the classroom. He's never had a problem with his grades. Cyrus is just an overall great student-athlete, and I am so very proud of him."

Cyrus received a certificate in recognition of his honor and an iTunes gift card.

Single-Vehicle Accident, Fire Closes Part of I-215

Story updated at 11:45 p.m.:

The California Highway Patrol closed southbound Interstate 215 at D Street in Perris tonight after a single-car collision that injured four people and trapped one inside.

According to Riverside County Fire Officials, one person was extricated from the vehicle, which caught fire after colliding with the K-rail. Three people were transported by ambulance with moderate injuries.

Northbound lanes remained open to traffic. Southbound lanes were re-opened about 9 p.m., according to CalTrans.

Vacation Wear on Display at Woman's Club Fashion Show

Dozens of women gathered Saturday afternoon at the Sun City Civic Association to view the latest in vacation fashion while raising money for local charities.

Hosted by the GFWC Menifee/Sun City Woman's Club, the third annual event brought together local talent and commerce, with several small business vendors performing brisk business along the hall's perimeter.
Event proceeds benefited local charities The Alternative to Domestic Violence and Women Against Child Trafficking.

In keeping with the theme Come Fly With Me, guests tasted international cuisine provided by Thomas Catering. They were serenaded by local personalities Nicole Farrell and Tracy Bunn.

From left: Pam Finley, Belle Cayabyab of TJ Maxx, Sheila Caruso, Donna Noonan, Nicole Farrell, Linda Denver.
Farrell, who recently won first place in the Menifee's Got Talent competition, delighted the crowd with showtune classics from Chicago and 42nd Street. Bunn, a multi-talented performer with the band Kulayd, and owner of TST Entertainment Company, crooned the Frank Sinatra hit from which the event got its name, as well as other staples of the era.

Menifee's TJ Maxx franchise donated all clothing showcased.

Local women interested in learning more about the GFWC Menifee/Sun City Woman's Club are encouraged to contact Pam Finley at 951-961-6820.

Linda Denver wowed the audience with her gold evening wear outfit. 

Menifee/Sun City Woman's Club President Dee Wheatbread, Viola Dobson, Sheila Neal.
A local merchant shows jewelry to a group of attendees.

Menifee 24/7 Adoptable Pet of the Week: Ginger

Name: Ginger

Breed: English Mastiff Mix

Age: approx. 2 years old

Gender: Female

Ginger's Story: Ginger was adandoned by her owners and hit by a car before she was saved from a local shelter by the Menifee Valley Humane Society. She is a very sweet dog, seeking her forever home with a loving family. She is a large breed dog weighing 85 pounds and will need an owner who has some experience with larger breeds. She is current on all vaccines and will be spayed and microchipped prior to adoption.

Adoption Agency: Menifee Valley Humane Society

Adoption Details: $250 adoption fee to help reimburse for the expense of spay, vaccinations, deworming, and any needed veterinary care.

Contact:  951-757-5664 or 951-852-8174

Website: Menifee Valley Humane Society
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Hundreds Pay Tribute to Loved Ones in All-Night Relay for Life

Images of cancer victims who have passed on flashed across the screen on the darkened infield of Paloma Valley High School Saturday night. Moments later came images of cancer survivors -- both those now healthy and those still fighting the disease.

In between, hundreds of people slowly walked a lap around the track, led by a man playing "Amazing Grace" on bagpipes. With the stadium lights turned off and a full moon in the distance, those determined to help the world beat cancer stopped occasionally to read messages written on illuminated bags lining the track.

This was the scene at Relay for Life Menifee, a movement carried on across the world to increase awareness of cancer and raise funds to fight the disease. About 600 people and 23 teams rotated walkers, who began circling the track around 10 a.m. Saturday and were scheduled to stop at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Saturday's opening ceremony, with Mayor Scott Mann in attendance, included a lap walked by cancer survivors, each wearing a bright purple T-shirt. As the day progressed, volunteers took turns walking laps, some carrying brightly decorated "spirit sticks" like batons. Each of the 23 teams formed to raise donations and promote unity were required to have at least one walker on the track at all times.

Booths were set up in the infield, displaying photos and information about various forms of cancer. A band played on stage during the day. Tents were set up for those who stayed the night as the relay continued for 24 hours.

"The goal for this event is to raise $62,000, and we came in with $58,000, so we'll far exceed our goal this year," said Cathi Hill, senior manager of five local Relay for Life events and a cancer survivor.

Participants raised money through various fundraisers in recent weeks and offered items for sale to increase the fund over the weekend. Money generated goes into the general fund of the American Cancer Society but is designated for use locally to provide support for cancer victims and their families.

"I'm very excited to be here," said Regina Keller, chair of the Relay for Life Menifee comittee. "This is a great organization that touches many lives. I love seeing all the purple shirts out here and knowing we are truly making a difference."

Madison Keith, an 11-year-old Canyon Lake resident, was diagnosed with cancer in January. She is receiving treatments at Kaiser Hospital in Fontana. Along with her father Kevin, mother Rebecca and sister Caitlin, Madison attended Saturday's event.

"She's had four rounds of chemo and has three more to go," her mother said. "She's handling it well. She can't go to school because she can't be exposed to other kids, but her teacher comes to the house. She has a strong faith."

'Menifee Better Together' Provides Community Service

Members of the Mapleton Ward of the Mormon church unload dirt at horse stables at a home in Menifee.
Community service and unity took on new meanings today in Menifee, where for the first time, the City of Menifee partnered with a council of church organizations in a clean-up project through Habitat for Humanity.

About 300 adults and children from local churches, plus other community volunteers, spread out throughout town, performing various service projects. Cleaning up yards and making home repairs, volunteers worked in groups at 15 houses of Menifee seniors and others in need. Other volunteers performed street clean-up in Quail Valley, while still others collected trash and recyclables at Kabian Park.

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have partnered with Habitat for Humanity in the past in "Mormon Helping Hands" service projects. This year Lesa Sobek, an LDS church member and city Planning Commissioner, worked with Interim City Manager Rob Johnson and Menifee LDS Stake President Robert Wilson (pictured at left) along with her officials to bring the city and many other churches into the project.

Sobek is also chair of the Menifee Interfaith and Community Service Council, which unites local churches in acts of service. In addition to many wards in the LDS Menifee Stake, churches represented Saturday included Elevation Church, Faith Lutheran Church, New Hope Church, Menifee United Methodist Church and St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church. Other groups were represented, including the Rotary Club, Auto Air Pro and Evans Brown Mortuary.

In addition, Target donated items for the event and Verizon presented a check for $7,500 to Craig Evans, president of Inland Valley Habitat for Humanity.

"You are helping the community selflessly," said city council member Greg August, who addressed the volunteers along with councilman John Denver. "This sends a positive and invigorating message. There is nothing more important in our community than a project like this."

In Quail Valley, residents lined up in their vehicles outside Kabian Park to dump trash and unwanted items in containers maintained by awaiting volunteers.

"We capitalized on this, compared to going to the city dump and paying per pound," said Brent Leander, who drove in from Chino Hills to join his brothers in helping dispose items discarded by his mother Carla Schwietz, a resident of Quail Valley.

"We've done many trips to the dump before. This load is about the last remnants of it, so she called the boys and we're out here, giving her a helping hand."

Volunteers returned to the Sun City Civic Association facility afterward for a barbecue, celebrating an important day for the people of Menifee.

"Today, you are God's angels," Sobek told the group.

Another opportunity for community members to come together will take place on Thursday, May 2, when the Interfaith Council hosts Menifee's observance of the National Day of Prayer with a special program at the Veterans' Memorial in Wheatfield Park. That event will begin at noon.

Officials were pleasantly surprised with the large turnout of volunteers for Saturday's event.
Young church members find a way to have fun while cleaning up Kabian Park in Quail Valley.
Mormon missionaries pick up trash alongside a street in Quail Valley.
City council members John Denver and Greg August greet volunteers at the check-in center.
(From left): Jaylee, Kimberly and Drew Conaway help their parents clean up brush at Kabian Park.

Hundreds Camp Out, Run Laps in Relay for Life Menifee

Menifee residents as well as supporters and cancer survivors from surrounding areas are camped out at Paloma Valley High School this weekend, taking part in the eighth annual Relay for Life Menifee.

To raise funds for cancer treatment and research, supporters formed teams, collected donations in advance, and spend 24 hours taking turns circling the track in the Paloma Valley stadium. They started at 9 a.m. today and will continue in their efforts until 9 a.m. tomorrow. At 9 p.m. tonight, candles will be lit in honor of those who have died from cancer.

Check back here later for more coverage of this major event.

Interfaith Council, City Team Up in Habitat for Humanity Project

Members of Elevation Church and New Hope Church clear brush at Kabian Park in Quail Valley Saturday.
About 300 members of area churches and other volunteers joined forces Saturday in Menifee Better Together, a community service project coordinated by the Menifee Interfaith and Community Service Council, the City of Menifee and Habitat for Humanity.

Workers performed maintenance and repair work at 14 area homes in Menifee, conducted street clean-up in Quail Valley and collected recyclables and trash at Kabian Park in Quail Valley.

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It's Rally Time for Paloma Valley: Details in Sports

The rally caps worked for the Paloma Valley Wildcats, who scored three runs in the ninth inning for a 3-0 victory over Heritage Friday night at Storm Stadium. For all the details and more photos, click on the sports tab at the top of this page.

One Dead, Three Injured in Two Separate Traffic Accidents

One man died and three others were transported to local hospitals with injuries in two separate traffic accidents Friday in the Menifee area.

Ronald Owens, 55, of Sun City died at Loma Linda Medical Center Friday afternoon from injuries received in a two-car collision at the intersection of Scott Road and Winchester Road about 11:20 a.m. According to the Riverside County Coroner's Office, Owens was trapped in a large-size sedan that collided with a pickup truck. The driver of the truck was taken away by ambulance with what was described as minor injuries.

About five hours later, at Menifee Road and Watson Road in the northeast section of Menifee, two people were hospitalized with moderate injuries after being involved in a two-car collision. Both were trapped briefly in their vehicles.

Menifee Welcomes State Farm Agent With Ribbon Cutting

Mayor Scott Mann and other officials of Menifee and the Chamber of Commerce gathered today for the ribbon cutting announcing the formal opening of the State Farm Insurance office of agent Lisa Perez Houghtaling. With 20 years experience in the business, Houghtaling is ready to serve the needs of Menifee residents in her office at 29950 Haun Road.

SCE Creates Fund to Aid Family of Employee Killed in Accident

Southern California Edison officials announced today that a memorial fund has been established for the family of SCE employee Jose "Raul" Ros, who died Thursday while working on an infrastructure improvement project in Menifee.

Edison International, SCE’s parent company, has donated $25,000 to start the memorial fund. Any employee or member of the public who is interested in making a contribution to the fund can send donations to:

Jose "Raul" Ros Memorial Fund
c/o Edison International Community Investment
2244 Walnut Grove Ave.
Rosemead, Calif., 91770

For memorial fund questions, call 866-524-8533.

Ros, who worked as a distribution lineman, is survived by his wife and two young daughters. He was an employee at the company for 11 years.

"We are extremely saddened by this tragedy and extend our condolences to Raul’s family," SCE President Ron Litzinger said. "Members of the Edison family have expressed their desire to support Raul’s family, and with the establishment of the fund, we will be able to help them during this extremely difficult time."

Ros, 38, of Winchester was working in an underground vault near the intersection of Murrieta and Ridgemoor Roads about 7 a.m. Thursday, according to David Song, a spokesman for SCE. An explosion and fire at that location was reported at about 7:45. Firefighters arrived to find SCE workers trying to revive Ros, who died at the scene.

Hundreds to Participate in Relay for Life Menifee This Saturday

More than 500 people and 22 teams have registered to take part in Relay for Life Menifee, a 24-hour event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

The eighth annual event will take place at Paloma Valley High School from 9 a.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday. Walkers and runners will circle the track around the clock, raising awareness and funds in honor of friends and loved ones as well as anyone suffering from cancer. Similar events are held across the country year-round.

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s version of a relay, but with a twist. Relay for Life is a family-oriented team event where participants can walk or run around the track, relay-style, for 24 hours. Participants camp out around the track and when they aren’t taking their turn on the track, they take part in fun activities with family, neighbors, and co-workers.

Cancer survivors will participate in an inspirational "survivor's lap" during the opening ceremony. They will receive a special medal in celebration of their survivorship.

"Relay For Life is a unique opportunity for our community to come together in the fight against cancer" said Cathi Hill, staff partner for the Relay For Life of Menifee for the American Cancer Society. "Many of the participants are cancer survivors, which serves as a reminder that our community is not immune to this disease and that we can actually help our friends, families and neighbors that have been touched by cancer.”

Hill said education in cancer prevention, a healthy lifestyle and nutrition will be offered. Music and dance will be part of the day's events, and at nightfall there will be a candlelighting "Luminaria" ceremony.

Teams from companies and organizations collect donations and can win prizes for their efforts. A team consists of 10 or more members, and can be made up of neighbors, family members, co-workers, church friends, students and youth, or any combination of cancer fighters. Each team member is asked to collect $100 in donations to the American Cancer Society.

"Relay for Life is as much an awareness raiser about progress against cancer as it is a fundraiser to fight cancer," said Hill. "For cancer survivors, their involvement is proof of the progress that has been made, not only in cancer cure rates, but in the quality of life following cancer treatment.

"The funds raised will enable us to expand our services to cancer patients and their families, to offer more educational programs that will reduce people’s risk of getting cancer, and to expand cancer research programs," Hill added.

Registration forms and information about the Relay for Life are available at or from the American Cancer Society by calling the Inland Empire Area Office at 951-300-1220. For information on cancer prevention, detection, and treatment, call 800-ACS-2345, or visit the American Cancer Society at

Three Menifee Restaurants to Host VFW Fundraisers

In an effort help raise funds for Menifee VFW Post 1956, three restaurants in Menifee will donate a percentage of their sales on specified dates in the coming week.

City and regional officials will attend some of these events, which will help raise funds for Post 1956 to acquire and maintain a multi-purpose building for use by veterans, their families and the community.

The first fundraiser will take place this Saturday, April 27, at Pizza Factory, 25908 Newport Road. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Pizza Factory will donate a percentage of its sales to the VFW.

On Tuesday, April 30, BJ’s restaurant in the Countryside Marketplace will host a similar fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mayor Scott Mann and city council members Greg August and Wallace Edgerton will attend the BJ’s fundraiser at 7 p.m.

On the same day, Texas Road House on Haun Road will offer a percentage of its sales in a fundraiser from 4 p.m to 9 p.m. Assemblywoman Melisa Melendez and city council members John Denver and Thomas Fuhrman will be in attendance.

Best of the West Festival at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School This Saturday

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Menifee Ca 92584

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Coroner Releases ID of SCE Lineman Killed in Explosion

Staff Writers Doug Spoon, Melissa Land and Kristen Spoon contributed to this report.

Southern California Edison and local authorities are investigating the cause of an explosion and fire today that killed an SCE employee and injured three others.

Jose Raul Ros, 38, of Winchester was working in an underground vault near the intersection of Murrieta and Ridgemoor Roads about 7 a.m. today, performing maintenance on an infrastructure improvement project, according to David Song, a spokesman for SCE. An explosion and fire at that location was reported at about 7:45. Firefighters arrived to find SCE workers trying to revive Ros, who died at the scene.

Three other employees who were injured were treated at local hospitals and released.

The fatality occurred near the Newcomb substation, where an incident of copper theft on Wednesday resulted in a power outage affecting more than 22,000 customers. SCE officials said today's accident is not related to that incident, however.

Ros, a distribution lineman, is survived by his wife and two young daughters. He was an employee at the company for 11 years.

"We are deeply saddened by today’s tragic event and we extend our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Ros’ family," said Ron Litzinger, president of SCE. "We are in close contact with the injured employees and counseling is being offered to those affected by this unfortunate accident."

SCE has launched an investigation into the accident and is working with other parties to determine its cause.

Murrieta Road was blocked off between Lazy Creek Road and Ridgemoor Road during the investigation and a power outage affected about 4,000 homes.

Casino Night Scheduled Friday at St. Vincent Ferrer Church

Knights of Columbus Council 7846 will host a Casino Night this Friday, April 26 from 6:30-9 p.m. at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church Hall, 27931 Murrieta Road in Menifee.

The $25 buy-in includes $1,000 in chips, raffle drawing and food. The public is invited.

Newest State Farm Insurance Agency Opens in Menifee

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The familiar slogan “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there” can now ring true for Menifee residents as the newest local State Farm agency opens off Newport Road.

Situated in the professional building at the corner of Haun and Newport, State Farm agent Lisa Perez Houghtaling is proud to offer an even greater level of convenience and peace of mind for Menifee residents.

With 20 years of experience with State Farm, Houghtaling took over an existing Menifee State Farm agency, moving the location and implementing her good neighbor philosophy to better serve her clients. Her entire team is fully licensed and trained in all aspects of their offerings to ensure they are able to completely meet the needs of the customer at any time.

“We are the good neighbors,” Houghtaling exclaims.

“We could not be more excited to be in this community,” she says as she talks about her long-ime dream of moving to this area. Her mother worked and retired from State Farm, and she too has worked for State Farm from the beginning of her professional career. She intends to retire with them. You might say State Farm is a family business for Houghtaling, in every sense.

The first thing you will notice when you walk into their second story office is the friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Not often found in an insurance type environment, this State Farm agency invites you in and instantly makes you feel at home. They have made it a priority to get to know the people of Menifee by going back to the traditional “old school” way of doing business, face to face with a handshake and a smile. So don’t be surprised if you hear a knock at your door. It could be members of this agency team standing there just trying to introduce themselves.

Aside from their family oriented demeanor, the benefit of their State Farm agency is that they offer much more than just insurance. State Farm has one of the highest ranked bank services in the industry, offering competitive CD rates, low APR, car loans, virtual banking, and real time deposits. Their services also extend to financial planning, including assistance with preparation for college funds, IRAs, and retirement solutions. Come summer time, they will even offer home mortgages. The bottom line is simply that State Farm is your one stop shop for all insurance and financial needs.

“Our company grew one person at a time, one policy at a time, and that is how I plan to grow my agency,” says Houghtaling.

It is with this personalized attention that Menifee’s newest State Farm agency intends to fully serve their community.

Stop in and meet your friendly State Farm providers five days a week, and on Saturdays and Sundays by appointment. They are eager to help meet your needs.

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29950 Haun Road, Suite 205
Menifee, CA 92586

Phone: 951.723.1900
Website: State Farm
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Entertainment and Half Off Your First Drink Tonight at The Mountain View Lounge at Menifee Lakes Country Club

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Bulletin: Fatality Reported on Murrieta Road; Power Outage

Riverside County Fire is reporting there has been a fatality in some sort of industrial accident on Murrieta Road near Ridgemoor. Power is out to some customers and a section of the road is closed. We will update as soon as possible.

Win a Free Massage and Facial at Massage Envy Spa Menifee

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Church Volunteers Prepare for Community Service Project

Volunteer workers like these members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will take part in the "Menifee Better Together" event this Saturday.
Hundreds of church members and other community volunteers will take part in community service projects at three locations on Saturday as part of the "Menifee Better Together" project.

The idea for this project began last year, when members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints worked with Habitat for Humanity in the Sun City senior core area of Menifee. About 150 volunteers did yard work and other jobs on 11 homes as part of the "Mormon Helping Hands" program.

Lesa Sobek, a member of the LDS Church and chair of the Menifee Interfaith and Community Service Council, brought to the city the idea of uniting churches in the community to expand the program.

Sobek arranged a meeting with Interim City Manager Rob Johnson and Tammy Marine, the executive director at Inland Valley Habitat for Humanity. Together with Allen Yun, administrative analyst for the city, they incorporated the Habitat for Humanity project with the city's plan for a Quail Valley Clean-up.

Thus the Menifee Better Together program will include three projects beginning at 8 a.m on Saturday. About 90 volunteers are expected for a trail clean-up at Kabian Memorial Park in Quail Valley. A second group of about 70 volunteers will form a neighborhood street clean-up team in Quail Valley.

The largest group, numbering about 180, will help to clean up 14 homes of senior citizens in the Sun City area.

Volunteers must sign a release form and should report to the parking lot of the Sun City Civic Association on Cherry Hills Blvd. across from the golf course between 7:30 and 8 a.m.

Police Seek Two Men for Questioning in Larry Robinson Murder

Investigators have obtained composite sketches of two subjects that were seen in the business prior to the murder of a man in a Temecula music store last month. These subjects are not suspects, but investigators would like to speak to them.

On March 22 at about 7:28 p.m., Edward Lawrence Robinson was murdered during an apparent robbery at Pete's Music and Guitar Shop in the 28700 block of Old Front Street. Upon arrival, officers found the victim bound, unconscious and suffering from injuries that were sustained during the attack. Robinson, a part-time clerk at the store and well-known local musician, died the next day.

Investigators are seeking the public's assistance in gathering information from anyone who was in the business on March 22 and  might have seen anything or anyone suspicious in the business complex during that afternoon. The city of Temecula is offering a $25,000 reward for anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects.

Subject No. 1 is described as a thin white male in his 20s, about 5-foot-10, with dark hair and some facial hair. He was wearing a grey long-sleeved t-shirt, grey beanie and dark jeans. He is believed to have tattoos on both arms.

Subject No, 2 is described as a thin Asian male in his twenties, about 5-foot-10, with his spikey hair dyed red with blonde tips. He was wearing a white sleeveless t-shirt and dark pants. He has colorful tattoos on both arms.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Investigator Baeza of the Riverside Sheriff's Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777, or Investigator Topete of the Southwest Station at 951-696-3000.

Power Restored to Menifee Homes; Vandalism Apparent Cause

Power was restored shortly before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Menifee and Canyon Lake to more than 22,000 Southern California Edison customers who had been without electricity for about two hours.

According to SCE officials, the power outage was the result of vandalism at the Newcomb Substation near Murrieta Road and Newport Road.  The reported cause of the outage is the theft of copper at that location.

Power outages were sporadic throughout the city. In addition to many homes near the substation and throughout Sun City, there were reported outages at Scott Road and Antelope Road, all of Countryside Marketplace and several other locations.

Power Outage Affects Canyon Lake, Menifee; Cause Unknown

Update at 5:20: p.m.: SCE reports restoration of power should be taking place momentarily. Many residents have already reported that their power is back on. There still is no reported cause of the outage.

Power outages are being reported throughout Menifee and Canyon Lake. According to Southern California Edison officials, repair crews are investigating but the cause is not known and there is no estimated time for restoration of power.

SCE lists a power outage affecting more than 22,000 people centered near the intersection of Murrieta Road and Newport Road. However, Menifee 24/7 has received reports of outages at Scott Road and Antelope Road, all of Countryside Marketplace and several other locations.

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April Students of the Month Honored by Local Chambers

Pictured left to right: Sally Myers, Founder; Dr. Jonathan Greenberg, Superintendent, Perris Union High School District; Dorothy Wolons, President, Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce; Coakley Rathbun, Paloma Valley High School; Robert Osorio, The Academy; Kyra Santa Cruz, Perris High School; Vince Vanterpool, Heritage High School; Mayor Daryl Busch, City of Perris; Councilman John Denver, City of Menifee; and Councilman Julio Rodriguez, City of Perris.
Each month, the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce recognize an honorary Student of the Month from each of the local high schools. These exemplary students are nominated and selected by the teachers and faculty from each respective school. Students are chosen based on their continual demonstration of character, integrity, love of learning, ability to persevere and overcome challenging circumstances, community service, and how they make a difference on their high school campus.

April celebrated four local seniors who are destined for greatness with a commemorative luncheon for the recipients and their families. Local dignitaries and officials were also in attendance to present the students with recognition.

Heritage High School: Vince Vanterpool

Vince has been pronounced “wise beyond his years” and very well rounded. But his speech and debate coach, Mr. Cloo, says what really stands out about Vince is his true character. Aside from his many accomplishments, including holding the number one position at Heritage High, he is a humble role model to his peers and sibling. He plans to enter the field of neurosurgery and is deciding between attending Stanford or joining the Navy.

Perris High School: Kyra Santa Cruz

Kyra’s teacher, Mr. Wilson, says she remains undaunted toward achieving her goals and continually raises the bar for herself. “This (she) is why we teach,” he happily commented. Kyra’s sister, Ginger, shared that she would always see her in the back seat of their car with her bug net, books, calculator and pencils. So it comes as no surprise that she plans to attend either UC Santa Cruz or UC Davis to major in botany and entomology.

The Academy: Robert Osorio

According to Principal Dr. Narciso Iglesias, Robert personifies The Academy’s motto, “Show Up, Be Cool, Take Care of Business.” He also said that while Robert is very quiet and shy, he is aware of what he wants in life. His teacher, Ms. Frieberg, added that he comes up with some of the most outlandish questions and takes advantage of every opportunity, including FNL, Anti-bully conference, and other extracurricular activities. Through attending The Academy he has learned to keep his focus on what needs to be done. He plans to join the military to extend his education in criminal justice and eventually enter the field of law enforcement.

Paloma Valley High School: Coakley Rathbun

Paloma Valley Principal Brian Morris describes Coakley as an all-around brilliant student. His English teacher, Ms. McNicholas, went on to say that while he is a leader among his peers with an exemplary work ethic, he remains extremely humble. Coakley shared how honored he was to receive such a recognition and thanked his parents for their continual support. He plans to attend either UC San Diego or Arizona State to earn his master’s degree in computer science.

All of these students demonstrated a desire to work hard and have a drive to exceed others and their own expectations. The Menifee Valley Chamber and Perris Valley Chamber wish them the best in their endeavors. If you would like to learn more about the Student of the Month Program, please contact founder Sally Myers at (951) 506-8024.