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Deputies Found Justified in Death of Man Following Foot Chase

June 2, 2010 was Jose Jesus Garcia’s unlucky day. That was the day the 38-year-old Las Vegas man ran from sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Marshals. The deputies chasing him through the grounds of a Bloomington school had just a...


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Man Wanted in Two Counties, Accused of Escaping Jail and Shooting a Deputy

Darnell Washington has a tattoo on his right forearm reading, “by any means.” The phrase no doubt means enough to the man to permanently emblazon it upon himself, but on Aug. 28, the phrase took new meaning. That was the&he...


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Homicide Numbers Rise as SBPD Prepares to Cut (Lots of) Staff

The city of San Bernardino just can’t seem to catch a break these days. It’s no secret that the city’s having pretty profound financial problems. It is one of a handful of California cities seeking Chapter 9 bankruptcy pr...



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One Victim, Five Suspects and a Metric Buttload of Felony Charges (Including Murder)

We don’t yet know a lot about how Fernando Renteria spent his days, but whatever life he led, he managed to get a solid handful of people who seemed to want him dead. When Riverside County sheriff’s deputies stumbled across...


Another Cock Block–Too Bad, Cops Didn’t Bust a Dogfighting Ring

Today’s “Watch Dog” is going to require a certain amount of maturity on the part of our readers. Not because the details of the forthcoming story are necessarily lurid—they’re not. But throughout the story, readers ar...


Rios drops City Council Bid, Still Charged With a Bunch of Felonies

Here at “The Watch Dog,” our goal is to post a wide variety of crime stories from around the Inland Empire and not to continually draw stories from one area, over and over. That said, in the six weeks “The&hel...



Pimpin’s Easy, City Council Elections Are Super Hard

In theory, one of the best things about this country’s governmental setup is that just about anyone can run for public office. As long as you’re a citizen and not a convicted felon, you’re just as welcome as anyone to&hel...


Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept. Opens Up About Fatal Moreno Valley Police Shooting

Police shootings are pretty common in Southern California but what’s uncommon is the way Riverside County sheriff’s officials are handling a recent shooting involving a deputy in Moreno Valley, being uncharacteristically up...


AB Miller’s Adventures with Rebar!

Today’s” Watch Dog” is brought to you by rebar. You know, those thick, rusty lengths of ribbed steel they stick in concrete to improve its structural integrity? It turns out there’s a class of Fontana masonry st...



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Was a Riverside PD Officer Driving Drunk or Sick? Neither is an Acceptable Answer

It all began like any other summer night–Olive Jones and her parents were hanging out in the backyard of their Moreno Valley home, enjoying the weather and the general pleasantness that goes along with it. Normally, lazy nigh...


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Former Upland Mayor’s Plea Deal Could’ve Been a Lot Worse . . . For Him

All Inland Empire cities whose mayor didn’t plead guilty to bribery, please step forward. Not so fast, Upland. The joke’s probably not funny to Upland residents (or, let’s be honest, anyone else) since they’re still dea...