Menifee 24/7 Adoptable Pet of the Week: Jazmin

Name: Jazmin

Age: 18 months

Breed: Siamese Mix

Color: Seal point with white on chest and paws and blue eyes.

Gender: Female, spayed

Jazmin's Story: Jazmin is a beautiful rescued cat whose estimated birthday is Oct. 15, 2011. She weighs approximately 8 pounds and is an absolute sweetheart. This gorgeous kitty is vocal and loves to be petted. Jazmin is healthy and has been spayed, vaccinated, dewormed and tested negative for feline leukemia virus. Do you have room in your heart and your home for this precious young cat?

Adoption Agency: Rescue and Rehome, a small private rescue located in the Quail Valley/ Menifee area and serving Southwest Riverside County. Animals are shown by appointment.

Adoption details: $50 adoption fee to help reimburse for the expense of spay, vaccinations, deworming, and any needed veterinary care. An adoption contract is required. Rescue and Rehome is looking for an owner who is willing and able to make a lifetime commitment to the care of this cat, which is anywhere between 15 and 20 years.

Hours of Operation: Animals are shown by appointment.

Contact: Email or call (951) 244-3215.

Website: Rescue and Rehome
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The Kids From Mesa View Have More Stories For You

A note from the Junior Editor:

Hi kids! Here are some more stories from the kids at my school, Mesa View.

Jeanette drew a pretty good picture of some fish trying to get away from the shark. What do you think happened? You just have to read the story.

After that, Shahan wrote about a giant named Jon. It's kind of like the Three Little Pigs story, I think. Then Andreese wrote about Ariel and three sharks. Like Ariel the mermaid, right?

Please send in more stories from other schools. Even when it's summer, you can still send in stories. And parents, please write here to tell us how we're doing.

-- Kaylee

Edmiston, Chilson Are Heritage's Athletes of the Month

Heritage High School's May honorees for the Menifee 24/7 Athlete of the Month award represent the type of solid individual accomplishment and solid leadership that made the Patriots' spring athletic season a successful one.

Nichole Chilson, junior softball player, and senior tennis player Matt Edmiston were the athletes selected by the Patriot coaching staffs. Each received a certificate of achievement and an iTunes gift card.

"We had a new coach this year, so I didn't know how we'd be," said Chilson, who plays second base for the Patriots. "But pretty much everybody returned and we had a good season."

Heritage beat out rival Paloma Valley by one game to win the Sunbelt League title -- a year after Paloma Valley did the same thing to the Patriots. Heritage advanced to the second round of the CIF-SS playoffs, finishing with a 20-9 overall record.

As the No. 3 batter in the lineup, the left-handed hitting Chilson batted .500 on the season, winning the team's Silver Slugger Award.

"It's my passion," said Chilson, who has played softball since her father encouraged her to join the Menifee youth program. "It clears my mind. If things are going on at school or somewhere else, softball helps me relieve the stress."

Although she has one year left with the Patriots -- her fourth year with the varsity -- Chilson has already accepted a scholarship offer from Ball State University, where she will continue her softball career.

Edmiston finished his fourth season with the tennis team with a successful season as the Patriots' No. 2 singles player. He helped the Patriots record an 8-2 record in Sunbelt League play.

Before he heads to UC Santa Barbara to play tennis and compete on the rowing team, Edmiston will spend the summer working on his tennis game with the Patriots' No. 1 singles player, Rob Drabik.

"We'll go over to Wheatfield Park to hit and practice," he said.

Edmiston says his strengths as a player are his speed and his serve, among other things.

"One of my strengths is my motivation to get every ball back over the net," he said. "My backhand helps me a lot with that."

Edmiston plans to study math and economics in college.

Freeway Lane, Ramp Closures for Next Week Announced

Here are the Interstate 215 freeway lane closures planned for next week, as announced today by officials of the Interstate 215 Central Project:

Monday, June 3 through Thursday, June 6, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.:
Friday, June 7, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

 Freeway lane closures northbound I-215 between Scott Road and Highway 74 and between SR-74/Redlands Avenue and Nuevo Road. No detour required because one lane will remain open.

Southbound I-215 between Nuevo Road and SR-74/Redlands Avenue and between Highway 74 and Scott Road. . No detour required because one lane will remain open.

Monday, June 3 through Friday, June 7, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Freeway ramp closures of northbound Highway 74 on- and off-ramps.

Owner of Hope's Chest to Receive Women in Business Award

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Hope Suhr, owner of Hope’s Chest Co., a bra and lingerie boutique in Canyon Lake, has been selected to receive the Small Business Administration’s 2013 Region IX Women in Business Champion of the Year Award.

Suhr was nominated for the award by Nicole Kinney, director of the Inland Empire Women’s Business Center, in recognition of her efforts to improve opportunities for women in business.

“Hope has built a profitable business based on something she’s passionate about and finds opportunities to give back to the community, particularly women’s groups,” said Adalberto Quijada, district director.

Suhr opened her brick and mortar retail lingerie boutique in 2011 and since that time has grown to hire several employees. The idea for the business came from her own brassiere fitting experience, which changed her look, comfort, and life. Following that experience, Suhr studied the culture of the brassiere and its proper fit and function in everyday life.

Hope’s Chest Co. has been featured in various local publications, Suhr has been a
guest speaker and exhibitor at a variety of events, including Loma Linda Medical Center’s Speaking of Women’s Health, Fallbrook Hospital’s Healthy Woman’s program and other women’s wellness groups.

Sleeper, Briley Named Paloma Valley Athletes of Month

As another school year comes to a close, it's obvious that Paloma Valley High School will suffer two big losses to its athletic program.

No longer will the Wildcats have the talents of Shawn Sleeper, a four-year member of the track and field team, and Courtney Briley, a four-year member of the softball team. Having made their mark on the school's athletic scene, Sleeper and Briley are set to move on to college.

Fortunately, they leave behind a legacy that will provide inspiration for solid Wildcat athletic programs that are competitive every year. And before they leave, they are being honored as Menifee 24/7's Athletes of the Month for May.

Sleeper began as a cross country runner in middle school and was about to give up the sport when his coaches convinced him to keep at it in high school.

"They said, 'You need to do this,'" Sleeper recalled. "So I ran cross country in high school and track just became the off-season way to train. Now track is my main sport."

The senior made it to the CIF-SS Division I finals in the mile run this spring, clocking a 4:21. He also competed in the 800-meter run and 4x400 relay this year. Distance running is his specialty, and he plans to continue his running career next fall at UC San Diego.

"A lot of it is mental," Sleeper said about distance running. "It's about pushing yourself, seeing much farther and faster you can go than the competition."

Briley does not plan to continue her softball career at Boise State in the fall, instead focusing on her chosen field of study -- kinesiology.

"I've had my fair share of doctor visits," said Briley, who suffered a slight tear of the miniscus during her freshman season. "I have an appreciation for what people with injuries go through."

Briley, who plays second base, hit .304 this season for the Wildcats, who finished one game behind Heritage in the Sunbelt League standings and advanced to the third round of the playoffs, winding up with a 20-8 overall record. Last season, she helped led Paloma Valley to the league title.

Perhaps more valuable than anything else are her leadership qualities.

"I like softball because it's all about teamwork," said Briley, who also played volleyball and basketball in high school. "People think they just hit the ball to you and that's it. There's a lot more to it."

Briley played baseball in youth leagues but made a smooth transition to softball in high school. She plans to coach youth sports for the Temecula Boys and Girls Club this summer.

Sleeper and Briley received a certificate in recognition of their award and an iTunes gift card.

Menifee 24/7 Expands Coverage, Adds New Features

At Menifee 24/7, we realize you have options in finding news coverage of Menifee. We know also that those options seem to be diminishing. Changes in methods of news delivery and in corporate ownership have made the newspaper business more challenging than ever before.

But we want you to know that we're here for you. Our mission to be Menifee's primary source of news is stronger than ever before. We don't answer to corporate officers. As an online-only news site, we don't have the overhead of printing and delivery costs. And we have a group of loyal advertisers that continues to grow.

So while other news sources are cutting back or shutting down, Menifee 24/7 is expanding. The changes you've seen in recent months are just the beginning. Over the next month, we'll offer our readers even more content, including:

-- More thorough, consistent coverage of city government.
-- More profiles of interesting people in the community.
-- Increased use of video reports.
-- Bylines from more staff members.
-- More of the real-time reporting of crime and other breaking news that you've seen on our Facebook page.
-- Additional fliers and news briefs about community non-profit groups, clubs, school activities and more.

All of these services are offered free of charge to our readers. But for those who want a little extra, we will soon be offering the following services for a nominal fee:

-- Repeated news postings on the website and promos on our Facebook page for non-profit groups that desire more than the one-time, free posting we now offer them.

-- Print copies of those "keeper" articles you always cut out of your newspaper to save or perhaps frame on your wall: An award won by a relative, a profile of a close friend, etc. For a small charge, readers will be able to order a hard copy of the article -- attractively displayed, without any ads or adjoining content, on a slick glossy finish.

Stay tuned for more details about these additional features we will offer to those who are interested.

So please let us hear from you as we implement these additions and expanded coverage of the next few weeks. Let us know what you'd like to see more of, what you like and don't like, and the things you longer get from other local news sources that you'd like to see here.

We encourage you to leave comments here or email And thanks for your continued support.

Rotary Club Blue Tie Affair Celebrates 50 Years of Service

The Menifee Rotary Club will make Thursday's meeting a special dinner affair at Menifee Lakes Country Club, celebrating 50 years of service.

The club, originally named the Sun City Rotary Club, held a 50th anniversary fundraiser earlier this year. This meeting will include a presentation regarding the club's 50 years and a tribute to Tom Carpenter, a charter member of the club who died earlier this year.

The event is sold out.

Driver of Truck in Accident on McCall Blvd. Arrested

Authorities today announced the arrest of the driver of a pickup truck that crashed into a guardrail on McCall Boulevard early Sunday morning, resulting in a serious injury to the passenger.

Officers from the Menifee Police Department were waiting at Inland Valley Medical Center as the driver of the vehicle was released after receiving medical treatment for his injuries. Robert Joseph Padilla, 21, of Nuevo, was taken to the Southwest Dentention Center, where he was booked on suspicion of causing injuries resulting from driving under the influence.

Padilla was released after posting a $50,000 bond. According to police, the case has been submitted to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office for filing of charges.

The victim, a woman from Perris whose name has not been released, remains hospitalized in critical condition. She was struck by the guardrail, which crashed through the length of the truck after the vehicle drifted off the side of the road at 12:49 a.m. Sunday

The investigation is continuing and anyone that may have witnessed the collision or may have further information is asked to call the Menifee Police Department Traffic Division at 951-210-1000.

Menifee Bicycles Is Forced to Find New Location

After 15 years of dedicated service to the Menifee area, family-owned and operated Menifee Bicycles is being forced to move to a new location. While they have only a few months to move, they are still not sure where exactly they will be moving.

Currently situated, along with another family-owned Menifee favorite Mexican restaurant on the corner of Newport and Murrieta Road, Menifee Bicycles will soon be elsewhere. The City of Menifee approved a permit for Auto Zone to take over the corner establishment in February, yet Menifee Bicycles employees were not aware of any changes until contractors came knocking on their back door with blueprints and a request to look around.

There is a non-compete ordinance that makes it somewhat difficult for them to find a new location. They cannot be too close to Countryside Marketplace, where their key competitor resides. On a positive note, they outgrew their current shop a couple of years ago and are looking forward to expanding into a larger space.

While there are positive and negative aspects to this unexpected move, it was really the element of surprise that has owner Craig Cooper disheartened.

“It was not knowing about it that was the worst part,” says daughter Tina Sirianano.

Sirianano’s grandfather opened Menifee Bicycles in 1982 (then located in Sun City), making her the third generation of family members involved in the business.

“I grew up here,” she laments.

Menifee Bicycles employees have watched other families grow up as well. There are families who have bought bikes from this local shop for decades. Their first bicycle was from here, their children’s bicycles were from here, and now they are buying bicycles for their grandchildren from the very same bike shop.

Menifee Bicycles has become a tradition to the Menifee community. And while they will continue their tradition of proven customer service and quality bicycles, they are sad at the way in which they were forced to relocate.

“This is our ministry; it’s what we do. We’ve been able to help a lot of people and we intend to continue doing just that,” says Sirianano.

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Menifee Ca. 92584

Monday –Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Phone: 951.672.1637
Website: Menifee Bicycles
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Temecula Californian Announces End of Publication

The Temecula Californian newspaper, a fixture in the area since the 1970s, officially ceased publication today.

In a news article on -- website of the Californian's parent U-T San Diego paper -- U-T Chief Executive Office John Lynch said the U-T would no longer publish the Californian. He cited declining circulation as the primary reason.

After acquiring the North County Times and Californian last September, the Californian became a section of the U-T. Southwest Riverside County news was de-emphasized in favor of San Diego area news.

“Upon our acquisition of the North County Times and Californian, the U-T fielded extensive research that showed that the U-T was respected for its coverage and quality and was favored over the other brands,” Lynch said in the article. “The fact is that the financial model for both the Californian and the North County Times was broken. We are interested in creating — and maintaining — healthy, sustainable multiplatform products for years to come.”

Lynch said the U-T newspaper would continue to be available in the Temecula area, but there was no indication whether it would include any news of Southwest Riverside County. Reports posted by Californian employees on social media sites today indicated that most if not all of the news staff had been laid off.

MSJC Schedules Orientation Day for Students on June 4

Mt. San Jacinto College will offer incoming students an opportunity to learn more about the school's programs and services during a June 4 event called Eagle Day on the Menifee campus. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A series of workshops will be offered on topics such as Transfer, STEM, Student Government/Clubs, Honors Enrichment, Nursing, Financial Aid and much more. Attendees will meet instructors, counselors and staff who will guide them through their college experience. Students will receive advice and assistance with the online application from experienced students in the college's web room, Eagle Access Center.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Selena Paez at 951-639-5202 or

Baby Bound Ultrasound Is There For Your Pregnancy Journey

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Baby Bound Ultrasound is so much more than just a single ultrasound appointment. Baby Bound owner and ultrasound technician Rachel Brady strives to build a relationship with each and every client to help create a memorable pregnancy experience. Through 2D, 3D and 4D imaging, she aims to capture the precious moments of the 40-week journey.

Because Baby Bound wants you to return as many times as you like during your pregnancy, returning customers automatically receive 10 percent off each successive appointment. There are also full packages and pricing options for multiple visits. The reoccurring package is designed especially for those excited parents who would like to watch their baby as they grow each month, and to start to bond with them during their development of life.

From your very first visit, you will feel right at home in their spa-like setting. The mission for each session is for mommy-to-be to feel relaxed and at ease all while enjoying a preview of her little one. Family, friends, and even children are welcome and made to feel comfortable during the appointment.

The first glimpse package is great for any time during your pregnancy and includes an ultrasound session in 2D, after which you will take home a printed 4” X 6” image on high quality photo paper and a CD with images from your session.

Baby Bound can determine the gender of your baby as early as 14 weeks, and they even guarantee accuracy or your money back. If you’d like to host a gender reveal party at your house, they can come to you. Their mobile option brings your ultrasound right to the comfort of your own home for a truly unique and customized experience. Their beautiful facility is also available for a hosting gender reveal party or even your baby shower at the studio. The large studio area is perfect for throwing a party, and you can have you 4D ultrasound done during the shower.

As you progress in your pregnancy, you may want to add a prenatal massage to your sessions. Their local licensed massage therapist has been practicing prenatal massage for seven years and is on call to create a relaxing and safe experience.

Baby Bound also partners with a newborn photographer, childbirth education classes, and handmade baby accessory company to offer you a full scope of baby centric services and products.

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Three Mice, Three Foxes, Three Birds: What Happens?

A note from the Junior Editor:

I think all the kids want to write and draw now. Here's two more from other kids at Mesa View Elementary School, plus mine.

Deegan wrote about three little mice and a big bad cat. You have to read it to see who won. Then Aiden wrote a story about three foxes and a bear. I like the pictures Aiden drew.

My story is about three little birds and a monster. I think I spelled monster wrong but I will know for next time.

See you on Friday!

 -- Kaylee


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Please have your child keep written submissions brief. Include the child's first name only, and his or her age.

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Menifee Veterans, Residents Celebrate Memorial Day

Mayor Scott Mann and Sgt. Mykel Anderson, who lives in Menifee and is stationed at March ARB, place a wreath in front of the Menifee Veterans Memorial.
Hundreds of Menifee residents, including active military and Veterans, paid their respects to our country and to the legacy of local service personnel during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in Wheatfield Park today.

Mayor Scott Mann, a Navy Veteran, joined a local active service member in placing a wreath in front of the Veterans Memorial following a ceremony featuring local dignitaries. Guests were invited to place a red rose atop the memorial, which stands in front of a plaza of bricks inscribed with the names of local Veterans.

The keynote speaker was Suzette Proctor, a retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and is a current member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1956. Proctor shared her first-hand experience with triage and medical practice in Iraq during the war. Her mobile medical unit served 91 seriously wounded Marines in a 24-hour period during the battle for Fallujah.

Dick Haynes led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Haynes is one of the senior members of the local VFW Post and is a veteran of the Pacific campaign in WWI, having served as a Petty Officer aboard the honored attack aircraft carrier UUS Hornet, CVA 12.

Mann addressed the audience and described a little-known sea battle with Imperial Japan in the 1860's. The point he made was that America has been about the business of Foreign Wars far longer than most Americans realize and this country has fallen warriors over a very long period of our history.

"How many battles have been forgotten?" Mann asked. "Today, we here in Menifee remember all who have served. We remember that freedom isn't free."

City Councilmen Greg August, John Denver, Tom Fuhrman and Deputy Mayor Wallace Edgerton were all in attendance. Michael Anderson, city public safety coordinator, and Pete Maroosis, Commander of Menifee VFW Post 1956, were the primary organizers of the event.

Several groups were represented in booths at the edge of the park, including VFW Post 1956, the Menifee Police Department and the City of Menifee. The city booth included information about the Menifee Military Banner Program, in which residents can purchase large banners honoring local military personnel and Veterans to be displayed on city streets.

Planning Commissioner Lesa Sobek, who staffed the booth, said that residents who have difficulty paying for the cost of a banner should contact Allen Yun at City Hall. Residents have made donations that may be used to help approve those requests.

After the ceremony, there were several children's games and contests and the City supplied free hot dog and hamburger meals to active duty personnel and their families.

Suzette Proctor's husband, retired Senior Chief Chris Proctor, also addressed the assembly and read the names of 16 recently deceased Veterans from the Menifee area whose dedicated Memorial Bricks were recently moved to Wheatfield Park from the Sun City Association Memorial. The names included WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War era Veterans.

Everett Hargreaves of the U.S. Navy Air Corps was one of these memorialized. Hargreaves is one of less than 1,500 Aces in the history of U.S. air power, having been credited with downing 8.5 enemy aircraft over the Pacific in WWII.

The list of all those deceased local Veterans honored in the rededication of the Memorial Bricks:

William J. Houser, Navy
Carley Sullenger, Army
Malcolm Alexander, WWII
Everett C, Hargreaves, Navy Lt. WWII Ace
Keith E. Flauding, Marines, Korea
Herman Krantz, Navy
Cornelius (Bud) G. Medcalf, Marines, WWII
Murl L. Boruff, Army, WWII
Robert Willard, Army
Jesse H, Judd, Army
Ben Jasinski, Army
Thomas R. Arbour Jr., Marines, Vietnam
Floyd H. Maples, Marines
Charles Ray, Marines
Robert I. Taylor, Navy
Alford M. Blumfield, Army Air Force, WWII

Joe Quinn of FVW Post 1956 contributed to this article. Photos by Doug Spoon, Joe Quinn and Linda Denver.

VFW Post 1956 Past Commander Dick Haynes join Suzette and Chris Proctor, both Retired Senior Chiefs and VFW Members, on the dais.

Mayor Scott Mann addresses the audience.

A table is set with places for each branch of the military, representing fallen comrades.

A large crowd gathered at Wheatfield Park for the ceremony.

The names of local Veterans are inscribed on bricks in front of the Memorial.

Residents young and old joined in leaving red roses on the Menifee Veterans Memorial.

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City of Menifee Plans Memorial Day Celebration for Today

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The City of Menifee is hosting a Memorial Day ceremony honoring members of the United States Armed Forces, followed by a picnic in the park.

The hour-long ceremony is scheduled for today at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in Wheatfield Park, located at the corner of La Piedra and Menifee roads. The picnic in the park will immediately follow and continue until 4 p.m. Military families and the entire Menifee community are invited.

The Memorial Day ceremony will include the posting of colors by the United States Marine Corps Honor Guard from Camp Pendleton. The local chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1956 will have a rededication ceremony, followed by keynote speaker Suzanne Procter from VFW Post 1956.

Menifee's Mayor, retired Lieutenant Commander Scott Mann, will lead a wreath ceremony with traditional Taps music and a 21-gun salute, followed by a bagpipe rendition of "Amazing Grace." The ceremony will conclude with the distribution of roses for attendees to set around the wreath and veterans memorial.

After the Memorial Day ceremony, attendees are invited to stay for a picnic in the park with family games, camouflage face painting and kids’ activities. Large humvees and other military equipment will be on display, along with war documentaries, military memorabilia, and the traditional fallen soldiers’ table with a reserved seat for deceased veterans, provided by VFW Post 1956.

Military members (and their families) with identification will receive a free hot dog lunch. Food will not be available for purchase for civilians, so please bring your own picnic lunch. The picnic also will include the Military Challenge, a five-event competition between City of Menifee employees and 163 Reconnaissance Wing (163rd RW). The teams will compete in events including softball, volleyball, basketball, tug-of-war and jumper jousting.

Skydiver Gets Tangled Up in Parachute, Falls to His Death

A 62-year-old skydiver fell to his death Saturday after he became entangled in a parachute during a multiple-person maneuver over Lake Elsinore, police said.

Ken Oka, 62, of Mira Loma was part of a group that was attempting the maneuver when he became tangled up in the parachute. Oka attempted to free himself but was unable to. He landed in the backyard of a Lake Elsinore residence about 3 p.m. Saturday.

Oka was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. This is an ongoing investigation by the Lake Elsinore Police Department. A representative with the Federal Aviation Administration is conducting an independent investigation into the death.

Anyone having further knowledge or information pertaining to this case is encouraged to contact the Riverside County Sheriff's Department at 951-245-3300, or after hours at 951-776-1099.

Menifee Woman Dies in Rollover Crash in Temecula

A Menifee woman was killed Saturday night when she was ejected from the car she was driving as it rolled over multiple times in a single-car accident in Temecula.

Racquel Kilisiak, 29, lost control of her vehicle on Warren Road north of Benton Road, according to a Riverside County Coroner's report. Kilisiak was ejected from the vehicle even though she was wearing a selt belt, the report said.

The accident occurred at about 8 p.m. She was prounounced dead at Rancho Springs Medical Center about an hour later.

Menifee State of the City Address Set for June 19

Woman in Critical Condition After Accident on McCall Blvd.

A 21-year-old Perris woman is in critical condition in a local hospital after a single-car collision early this morning in Menifee, police said.

At 12:49 a.m., officers from the Menifee Police Department responded to a collision on McCall Boulevard in front of the Menifee Valley Medical Center. According to police, a 21-year-old male driver from Nuevo was traveling east on McCall Boulevard when he drifted off the right edge of the roadway.

The pick-up truck he was driving struck a metal guardrail placed there to protect drivers from a small drain channel on the south side of the road. The guardrail became impaled though the entire length of the truck.

A 21-year-old female passenger was struck by the guardrail going through the truck. She was unconscious when police officers arrived. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment and remains hospitalized in critical condition. The driver received minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Identities of those involved were not released. Alcohol and drugs are considered a factor in this collision.

The investigation is continuing and anyone who may have witnessed the collision or may have further information is asked to call the Menifee Police Department Traffic Division at 951-210-1000.

Hospice of Valleys Presents Garden Tips Workshop

“Retired, Set, Go!” is a series offered by Hospice of the Valleys and Sun City Library.

The next installment of this popular series – “How to Create your own Backyard Garden” – will be presentede on Wednesday, June 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Sun City Library.

Andy Canella of Girasole Backyard Gardens will speak on the importance of eating locally sourced, chemical and GMO free food. He will address soil preparation, site location, seasonal crops, etc. Girasole Backyard Gardens installs garden beds and plants them with the vegetables the client desires.

The event is free and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served.

For further information, contact Hospice of the Valleys at 951-200-7800.

Rotaract Club of MSJC to Hold Children's Book Sale

The Rotaract Club of Mt San Jacinto College will hold a Children's Book Sale on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Sun City Library Community Room, 26982 Cherry Hills Blvd.

The book sale is co-sponsored by Friends of the Sun City Library and the Rotary Club of Menifee. Last year, the Rotaract Club collected more than 1,000 children's books to offer for sale to families of pre-school through middle school readers.

"Books will be reasonably priced for both the young readers and the grandparent's gifts," said Shayla Esarey, current president of the MSJC Rotaract Club.

Proceeds from the sale go toward the Rotaract's international project to bring clean, drinkable water to a third world community, as well as the Summer Reading Program at the library. Additionally, community leaders will be reading to the children as part of the "Menifee Reads" program.

For information, call 951-672-1731.

Sun City Quilt Club Presents Showcase Sunday at Library

Members of the Sun City Quilt Club will present a showcase of their work at the Sun City Library Sunday from noon to 3:30 p.m. Club members will show their Quilts of Valor, kids quilts for the Trauma Intervention Program and Ronald McDonald House, and personal quilting items for show and some for sale.

The location is 26982 Cherry Hills Blvd. in Sun City, corner of Cherry Hills Blvd. and Bradley Road.

Thieves Scared Off During Break-in at Menifee Radio Shack

A glass door and window at the Radio Shack store in Countryside Marketplace has been boarded up since last Sunday, when thieves broke in about 4 a.m. According to store employee Armando Lopez, they were scared away and police responded within minutes. The only items taken were a few headphones boxes -- which turned out to be empty.

According to Lopez, the store has been burglarized about six times in the last three years. It is open for business as usual and security patrols in the marketplace continue.

Residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activity anywhere in town immediately by calling 911 or contacting the Menifee Police Department at 951-776-1099.

Menifee 24/7 Adoptable Pet of the Week: George

Name: George

Breed: Domestic Short Hair Tabby

Age: 3 years

Color: Black & brown strips with white on chest and paws

Gender: Male, neutered

George's Story: George, as in George Clooney, is not only handsome but has a really sweet personality to match. He’s very friendly and likable. His estimated birthdate is May 2, 2010 and he weighs just 9 pounds. He is healthy and has been neutered, vaccinated, dewormed and tested negative for feline leukemia. George and his brother, Sam, a gray tabby, are both ready to go to loving homes.

Adoption Agency: Rescue and Rehome, a small private rescue located in the Quail Valley/ Menifee area and serving Southwest Riverside County. Animals are shown by appointment.

Adoption details: $40 adoption fee to help reimburse for the expense of neuter, vaccinations, deworming, and any needed veterinary care. An adoption contract is required. Rescue and Rehome is looking for an owner who is willing and able to make a lifetime commitment to the care of this cat, which is anywhere between 15 and 20 years.

Hours of Operation: Animals are shown by appointment.

Contact: Email or call (951) 244-3215.

Website: Rescue and Rehome
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Suspects in Thursday Burglary at MSJC Still at Large

Police continue to search for two suspects in an attempted burglary at Mt. San Jacinto College Thursday that resulted in a lockdown of nearby Callie Kirkpatrick Elementary School.

According to the Mt. San Jacinto College Police Department, two male Hispanics, ages 20-25, were seen removing tools and other items from a shed in the Menifee campus maintenance yard about 1 p.m. Thursday. When a school employee yelled at them, the suspects fled in a white pickup truck. As the truck accelerated through the parking lot, the stolen items fell out of the vehicle.

The truck drove eastbound on La Piedra Road, nearly striking an off-duty Sheriff's deputy. The deputy followed the truck but lost sight of it. According to police, the suspects abandoned the truck about a mile from the campus and fled into the neighborhood directly behind Callie Kirkpatrick Elementary School. Neighbors in the area called 911 upon seeing the fleeing suspects and the school was put on lockdown.

After a brief period of time, the suspects could not be located and the school was given the all clear to resume classes. The abandoned truck was registered in Riverside and may be a stolen vehicle, MSJC police said. The suspects are still at large and wanted for burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.

If anyone witnessed this incident or can provide additional information, contact college police at 951-639-5188.

Menifee in Pictures: Sun Pokes Through Above Holland Road

The kids begin to part as the sun's rays shine on Menifee Friday morning in this view looking east from Holland Road. Temperatures should get into the 80s as the clouds disappear.

"Menifee in Pictures" is a regular feature on Menifee 24/7. Readers are invited to contribute photos for publication. Email your photos as a .jpg file to and we'll select one for publication each day, along with your name as the photographer. Please include your full name on the submission and any explanation about where and when the photo was taken.

Show Your Support for the Artists of Mesa View Elementary!

A note from the Senior Editor:

Here at Menifee 24/7, we're excited that the Kids Edition has caught on at Mesa View Elementary School in Menifee. Many of the first graders are now submitting stories and drawings, and we hope the interest spreads to other grades and other schools. Because we have so many more submissions now, we are expanding Menifee 24/7 Kids Edition to twice a week -- Tuesday and Friday.

We believe it is important for our children to develop their creative skills and see the rewards that come with a good accomplishment. We also believe in helping them develop computer skills other than playing video games. So please encourage the students whose work you see here. Leave a comment here and let them know you appreciate their efforts!

-- Doug Spoon

A Note from the Junior Editor:

Wow, Menifee 24/7 now lets us put our stuff here on Fridays too. Thanks, Menifee 24/7!

Look at the three fairy tale stories we picked this time. Elijah wrote a story about the three little Aliens. I don't want to meet any of them. Look at the drawings. They're scary.

Seth wrote about the three little kids and the vampire. I don't like vampires either. But I guess Seth does.

Liam wrote about the three foxes and Yellow Riding Hood. You can see a picture of the foxes in front of her house.

This is so much fun! We'll do some more on Tuesday. Can we get more kids to send in stuff?

-- Kaylee

There are two ways to submit content for Menifee 24/7 Kids Edition.

One, items may be mailed to this address:

Menifee 24/7 Kids Edition 
31026 Fair Hill Court
Menifee, CA 92584

Two, submissions may be emailed to If your child drew something, scan it or take a picture of it and attach it to the email. If your child wrote something, we'd prefer to receive it in the original handwritten form. If it is typed into the email by the child, let us know it's their original work. If a parent retypes the work, assure us that your child dictated the content or wrote it out first.

Please have your child keep written submissions brief. Include the child's first name only, and his or her age.