12 Jul 1998
Officer Connelly passed away this afternoon as a result of injuries received in the accident described below.

11 Jul 1998


RIVERSIDE, CA. — A Riverside Police Officer was struck and critically injured while investigating a traffic accident.

At approximately 1:44 A.M., Officer Claire Connelly was standing on Van Buren Boulevard south of Jurupa Avenue when she was struck by a black Toyota Camry driven by Darlene Barbary, 34, of Riverside. The Camry also struck a parked tow truck.

The tow truck driver was standing outside the tow truck and was also injured. He is identified as Alejandro Garcia, 22, of Riverside. He received moderate injuries.

Both Off. Connelly and Mr. Garcia were transported to Riverside Community Hospital for treatment. Off. Connelly received major pelvic and abdominal injuries.

Ms. Barbary was taken into custody for felony driving under the influence.

The accident is being investigated by the Riverside Police Department Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT).

 2 June 1998

HUD Apartment Complex Gains Certification

Riverside, CA.— A once troublesome apartment complex has become a model for others to follow. The Breezewood Park Apartments located at Kirkwood / Satinwood, Riverside are the newest complex to complete the Crime Free Multi-Housing Certification Program.

The complex was purchased by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and has undergone an extensive rehabilitation effort. Together will the physical improvements to the property, management staff has created a partnership with the tenants and the Riverside Police Department.

This partnership has resulted in a safer environment for the residents and a commitment to maintaining the quality of life this effort represents. This certification brings the total to eighty complexes within the city who have completed the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program that was started in August 1995. For information regarding this program contact Barbara Morgan at 715-3423. 

 13 May 1998


RIVERSIDE, CA.— In two separate incidents, motorists were stopped by two males who were impersonating police officers. Both incidents occurred along Van Buren Blvd. On Sunday, May 10, 1998 the first incident occurred in the area of Van Buren and Equestrian. The second occurred in the area of Van Buren and Canyon Ridge. These two incidents occurred within 30 minutes of each other. These two locations are less than one mile apart. In both instances, the drivers were stopped for an unknown reason and a male suspect approaches the driver's door, carrying a handgun.

#1 Male Hispanic or Hawaiian 20's 5-10" 200 lbs. Dark Short Hair, Clean Shaven, Clothing: Dark B-Ball Cap, Dark Sweatshirt and Dark Pants. Armed with a handgun.

#2 Male White 30's 5-11" 160 lbs. Blond Hair (ponytail), Moustache, Clothing: Dark B-Ball Cap, Unknown Color T-Shirt and Jeans.

Suspect Vehicle: 1HRA690 (CA.) Lt. Gray 90's Possible Chrysler 4 dr Chrome spotlight on exterior driver's side. Blue/Yellow lights on front dash.

Any information please contact Detective Mike Eveland Phone 320-8024. 

 14 April 1998


Riverside, California—Three employees from Public Safety Communications will be honored at the California Public-Safety Radio Association Awards (C.P.R.A.) Banquet on Thursday, April 16, 1998.

Supervising Public Safety Dispatcher Jana Cook was voted first Runner-Up for Supervisor of the Year. Jana Cook has been a Communications Supervisor for the City of Riverside since June on 1991. Jana is currently assigned as the Training Supervisor, responsible for developing and providing training for all new and continuing employees in Communication. Jana was the coordinator of the "9-1-1 for Kids" program that was initiated in Riverside Elementary Schools this year.

Supervising Public Safety Dispatcher John Wright was voted Honorable Mention for Supervisor of the Year. John Wright became a Communications Supervisor in January of 1985 and now works as the Department's Communications Equipment Supervisor. In this capacity, he is responsible for the acquisition, inventory and maintenance of all electronic communications equipment for the Riverside Police Department.

Public Safety Dispatcher Gail Chavez-Muench is receiving Honorable Mention for Dispatcher of the Year. Gail has been described as one of Riverside's best team players, who takes great pride in her work and conducts herself in a professional manner. She takes on the role of Lead Dispatcher in the absence of her supervisor. Gail trains Police Officers and in Communications to ease the center's overtime burden as well as new employees assigned to Communications. Gail is known for handling the most difficult callers with positive results. This is the second year in a row that Gail has received this award.

The ceremony will be held at the West Coast Hotel located at 1855 S. Harbor Blvd. in Anaheim. This ceremony has been called the "Academy Awards Ceremony" for Public Safety Dispatchers. The awards are especially meaningful to the recipients because the voting is conducted by their peers.
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