Police Blotter: CLPD kept busy with calls, traffic enforcement
By Shannon Weatherford
The Canyon Lake Police Department and officers from the City of Lake Elsinore issued a total of 118 tickets to motorists on Railroad Canyon Rd. Thursday morning, April 6, for violations of speed and unsafe driving as part of their on-going radar enforcement program; 100 of the citations were issued within Canyon Lake city limits.
Utilizing radar guns, officers issued tickets to motorists traveling 57 mph or faster. The speed limit on Railroad Canyon Rd. within Canyon Lake city limits is 45 mph and increases to 50 mph in Lake Elsinore. In addition to excessive speed, officers were also on the lookout for drivers exhibiting unsafe driving practices. According to the CLPD, there have been no accidents attributable to speed along that stretch of Railroad Canyon Rd. since the periodic radar enforcement program began last November.
Officers from Canyon Lake and Lake Elsinore have also begun monitoring traffic through construction areas, including the I-15/Railroad Canyon Rd. interchange and at the Canyon Hills Marketplace. Motorists are reminded to pay close attention to any detour signs as they can change daily and that the speed limit through construction activity is 25 mph; fines for citations issued in construction areas are doubled.
A party at a residence located on the 22500 block of Bass Place last Saturday, April 8, ended with a fight that resulted in the stabbing of one party-goer.
Deputies responding to a disturbance call at approximately 11:45 p.m. found one male stabbed in the arm. According to reports several males, juveniles as well as adults, attempted to gain access to the party. When they were not allowed in, a verbal argument ensued followed by a physical altercation that spilled out onto the driveway of the residence. The victim, a Canyon Lake man who was reportedly kicked in the head as well, was treated for his injuries, none of which were life-threatening. Two suspects were identified through witness interviews; neither is a resident of Canyon Lake.
In a related story, Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies interviewing witnesses to the stabbing say they were forced to shoot a family dog after the interview appeared to take a wrong turn. The witness, a 16-year old, was in front of his home in Menifee on Sunday when deputies drove up and motioned to speak with him. The boy instead ran into the house and moments later his brother, 21, exited holding a butter knife in his hand. The dog came toward one of the deputies after they had ordered the brother to the ground and handcuffed him; another deputy shot the dog, a pitbull mix. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Spokesman Chris Durham stated that although the incident was unfortunate, the deputy was justified in shooting the dog.
The Canyon Lake Police Department reports that during the month of March, they continue to see an increase in the number of calls for service. Since the beginning of the year, CLPD has received and responded to an average of 400 calls per month; and with more than 1,200 calls for service in just the first three months of 2006, the department has already logged in nearly half the number of calls made in all of 2005.
Deputies have recently completed investigations into several instances of check fraud originating from Terry’s Check Cashing. CLPD was able to obtain positive identification on several suspects through photos provided by the owners of Terry’s Check Cashing and all information has been forwarded to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office for review.
Several complaints concerning loud parties on Gray Fox were responded to by the department during the month; however, deputies have been unable to determine the source residence due to party-goers leaving or quieting down before they are able to respond. Extra patrols will be on hand to monitor the street on Friday and Saturday nights for the next several weekends to ascertain the exact location.
Residents are encouraged to contact the Canyon Lake Police Department directly to report any criminal activity in the city. Emergencies should always be called in to 9-1-1, while non-emergencies can be reported to the main switchboard at 800-950-2444. Deputy Chad Loeffler, Canyon Lake’s designated Community Oriented Policing (COP) Officer, can be reached at City Hall at 244-2955, ext. 16, to answer any questions residents may have.