Past Stories

Growing Pains

Eastvale emerging as a hotbed, er, hothouse, for illegal marijuana growing So it seems Eastvale has a bit of a problem with folks growing marijuana illegally. Of course, if you’re reading this, you probably know a handful...


Charges Dropped Against Former Moreno Valley Politician, But Legal Fight’s Not Over

Former Moreno Valley Board of Education member Mike Rios finally caught a break in the courtroom last week when prosecutors dropped attempted murder charges against him. While this is certainly good news for Rios, it doesn’t ...


FBI Raids Point to Possible Corruption in Moreno Valley

It’s been two weeks since the FBI descended on the city and raided the mayor’s house, the homes of four other city council members and a huge warehouse. And since that time, the FBI hasn’t anything about why they searched...



Deputy Cleared in Shooting Death of Intoxicated, Sword-Wielding Man

A few weeks ago, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office cleared a sheriff’s deputy from any wrongdoing in the June 4, 2012 shooting death of an (allegedly) drunk Apple Valley man who (allegedly) threatened to ...


Police Arrest 3 in Slaying of Elderly Woman in San Bernardino

San Bernardino police claim they’ve solved another in a rash of killings of elderly women in the city and arrested three people they say committed one of the crimes. Since 2005, at least four elderly women have been kill...


Police Cleared in Mass Shooting of Pursuit Suspect

Not many folks who get shot multiple times by police after (allegedly) firing at them during a high-speed pursuit live to tell about it. That’s exactly what 30-year-old Michael Ray Madrigal—who is now a paraplegic thanks to...



Sex-Offending Homeless Man Arrested for Killing of Elderly Woman

San Bernardino police recently announced a big arrest in the case of Mary Beth Blaskey, a 76-year-old woman they say was found dead Nov. 14 in her home. Suspect Jerome Rogers (Photo courtesy of San Bernardino Police Department...


San Bernardino Airport Developers Charged with Corruption

San Bernardino County has had its fair share of corruption in the last few years and if charges prosecutors filed last week against two men are true, the county’s not done yet. The District Attorney’s Office on March 25 fil...


Officer Cleared in Fatal Shooting of “Delusional” Man

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office released a report this week, announcing that it would clear a Rialto police officer in the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man allegedly armed with a brick. It began when ...



Rialto Hoops Coaches Having a Tough Run Off the Court

If you are, have been or ever want to be a basketball coach at Rialto High School, this might be a good time for you to lay low. Rialto High basketball coaches aren’t exactly having the greatest off-the-court run right…


School Board Member Convicted of Being a Straight-Up Pimp

Watch Dog readers may remember a gentleman from Moreno Valley named Mike Rios. Well, Rios was back in court a few weeks ago. Readers’ attention may have been drawn to a now-infamous manhunt that ended rather spectacularly in ...


Reward Offered After Double-Killing in Nuevo

Riverside County investigators are working a double homicide case and they’re looking for leads on who killed a woman and her daughter in Nuevo earlier this month. Unless homicide detectives know more about the case than they...



Loose Ends: Final Details in Christopher Dorner’s Death

By now, you’ve probably heard enough about Christopher Dorner. Lord knows we have too. But I felt it necessary to finish (at least for the time being) the Weekly’s coverage of Dorner’s story with a few details that hadn...


The Ex-Cop Everyone is Talking About (and Looking For)

Everybody’s talking about Christopher Jordan Dorner . . . and with good reason. Law enforcement agencies say the 33-year-old ex-LAPD officer is a triple murderer. Some folks on the Internet seem to think of him as a real-life...


Man Grabs Cop’s Gun, Cops Shoot Man, Prosecutors Clear Cops

There’s lots of things one shouldn’t do when being arrested. Grabbing a cop’s gun is probably at the top of that list. If it’s not, it should be. That’s what San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies say Kenneth Muno...



Young Boy Guilty of Murdering His Racist, Abusive Father

One of the saddest crime stories to come out of the Inland Empire in the last few years just got sadder. Riverside Juvenile Court Judge Jean P. Leonard ruled Jan. 14 that a 12-year-old boy was guilty of murdering his…


The New Year Starts Poorly for Medical Cannabis

Happy New Year, Watch Dog readers. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, you’ll have to forgive us for kicking off 2013 with some sad news for medical cannabis advocates and cannabis rights proponents. Last week, a U.S.&...


Child Rapist’s Sentence Lighter Than His Victim’s

It’s easy to put a case out of mind as soon as the accused has been convicted and sentenced. He (or she) got what they deserved, right? Sometimes that’s true and sometimes it’s not. What often slips through the cracks&hel...



al-Qaeda in the IE?

4 IE Men Arrested in Chino on Terrorism Charges Since Sept. 11, 2001, none of us (and by us, we mean Americans) have been immune from being hyper-aware, in one way or the other, of the threat—real or imagined—by Islamic&hel...


Counselor Accused of Forcing Foster Child into Sex Trade

So we were sitting around on a Sunday night, having procrastinated researching and writing this week’s Watch Dog, wondering what we’d write about. A check through the ol‘ email account yielded a San Bernardino County Dist...


Colton Cop Accused of Victimizing His Fellow Officers

Another week, another story of an Inland Empire cop accused of serious wrongdoing. What makes this one interesting is that other cops are actually the victims. The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office on Friday fi...



Accused Killer Pleads Not Guilty After Arrest in Mexico

A man appeared in court Friday to enter a plea in a case that investigators say began in Lake Elsinore before stretching to Poway and later, Mexico. That man is Joseph David Dorsey and he pleaded not guilty to killing…


Sadistic Rapist Cop Anthony Orban Kills Self in Jail

It can be a scary thing when we hear about cops who are just as prone to violent behavior as some of the most hardcore criminals. When you get into the details like those in the case of Anthony Nicolas …


Former Upland City Manager the Latest to Catch Felony Charges

Upland’s been giving crime reporters a lot to work with these days. This time, the city’s old city manager, Robb Quincey, popped up in the news after he was arrested Friday. The Upland city council sacked Quincey, 52, in Ma...



Murder, Strip Parties Spell Bad News for Seven Adopted Kids

We’re going to give our usual snark and general refusal to take stuff seriously to actually . . . well . . . take something kind of seriously. We don’t think we’re taking an unusually strong stance when we say…


Road Rage Doesn’t Pay Off For Four Unlucky Dudes

By Jesse B. Gill Living in Southern California, any one of us are only moments away from shedding our civility and going all murderballs on that JERK WHO JUST CUT US OFF ON THE FREEWAY. Ahem. Excuse us for a…


You Could Save a Murdering, Raping Arsonist’s Life–Will You?

As much murder and mayhem that goes on in Southern California, it’s actually rare that you stumble across a death penalty case, particularly in San Bernardino County. That’s part of what makes Rickie Lee Fowler’s stor...



They Never Took Him Alive: The Story of Tory Anthony Reed

Apologies to Watch Dog readers for running another a story about a fatal shooting involving sheriff’s deputies. We honestly haven’t got an axe to grind. It’s just that every time someone dies at the hands of deputies or p...