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Investigators Hold Checkpoint at Scene of Brutal French Valley Attack

A checkpoint was held at 7:30 a.m. at Brookridge Lane and Washington Street in Winchester, where 68-year-old Wanda McGlover was found traumatically injured Sept. 21. She died shortly thereafter.

As part of a continuing investigation into the brutal roadside attack of a French Valley woman, authorities held a checkpoint Friday.

The checkpoint was held at 7:30 a.m. at Brookridge Lane and Washington Street in Winchester, where 68-year-old Wanda McGlover was found traumatically injured Sept. 21. She died shortly thereafter at a local hospital.

Taking part in Friday's checkpoint were investigators from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department Central Homicide Unit and Southwest Station, officers from California Highway Patrol Temecula area and volunteers.

"The purpose of the checkpoint was to contact motorists and pedestrians to identify possible witnesses and hand out fliers asking for the public's help in locating the person(s) responsible for the death of Wanda McGlover," said sheriff's Sgt. Lisa McConnell, in a news release.

It is believed that McGlover walked her usual route near the intersection the morning of the attack. One of McGlover's daughters told authorities she was on the cellphone with her when the alleged attacker or attackers approached.

"The checkpoint enabled investigators to reach out to commuters who may travel through the area routinely," McConnell said.

In addition to this checkpoint, McConnell said investigators have conducted several extensive neighborhood canvasses and interviews of nearby homeowners.

McGlover's death was initially thought to be a hit-and-run, but the case is now being handled as a homicide investigation.

About 100 people turned out Sunday for a candlelight prayer vigil at a park near the scene of the attack.

McGlover's daughter, who does not wish to be indentified by the media, asked that people visit a website here to give any tips about the case and also to donate money, because the time might come when the family may have to launch its own investigation.

Donations would also help to gather funds for a possible reward for information leading to the killer, the daughter said.

"This was a brutal, brutal, brutal attack. Somebody knows something," she said.

Net October 06, 2012 at 01:31 AM
A week later they figure out to hold a checkpoint? What is anyone going to remember from a week later!?
Brenda October 06, 2012 at 01:50 AM
True O-Really, good point, but still they now have done it. I hope to god they get Ms. Wanda's killer and soon, as he/she does not deserve even one more day of freedom.
KB October 06, 2012 at 05:33 AM
I think this checkpoint was suggested by Paul Jacob's since he apparently likes to hang out at Stazi style checkpoints.
1 in the wilderness October 06, 2012 at 06:20 AM
I would also suggest the community look into hiring private security @ this point...the members of the community need to be able to feel safe again.
keepn it real October 06, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Sounds like the pd didn't do their job...and the more time that passes the less chance of getting answers.So sad for this family I pray that someone talks and this family gets anwers so they can have peace.Keep fighting for anwers
JJ Mclure October 06, 2012 at 01:34 PM
hire Blackwater and get the job done
1 in the wilderness October 06, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Who's blackwater & how can they be of help with the situation?
JJ Mclure October 06, 2012 at 06:45 PM
it's a security group made up of ex military special forces....they can help because they know what to do
Brenda October 06, 2012 at 07:13 PM
JJ is correct. They are hired to protect officials in other countries. These men/women are ex of the BEST, and I mean the BEST. They are in mass in Iraq, Ahgan and have been for years now. They literally are glued to the person they are protecting and ole cliche take a bullet for you is true.
Brenda October 06, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Major, the following statement is what they were there for. Now do you have personal information that they were doing a DUI, registration, Drivers Lic. Insurance, immigration check also?? Because I believe they were there for EXACTLY what they stated they were there for. If you had someone who says differently that would interesting. AS they did not say they were checking licenses or anything the only thing would be seeing a expired lic. plate to write a ticket for I guess. ""The purpose of the checkpoint was to contact motorists and pedestrians to identify possible witnesses and hand out fliers asking for the public's help in locating the person(s) responsible for the death of Wanda McGlover," said sheriff's Sgt. Lisa McConnell, in a news release."
Lady Saint October 06, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I agree. Such a botched job by CHP calling it a hit and run for almost a week!! First 48 hrs so important. One can only hope that they gathered appropriate evidence from scene at this point. So sad how this has changed our little community. I for one no longer frequent that park or run there. Praying for God to reveal the person responsible for this.
Brenda October 06, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Lady I am hoping they knew it was more then that within a hour or so. :/ And just didn't want to comment on the other possibility at that time. The first 48 is important, hopefully they have some footage somewhere, just one route that has a camera and got a picture of the suspects vehicle and zoom in for the face. Praying for it to all fall into place for Ms. Wanda and her family left behind. Her kids sound like some tough cookies and I do not think they will stop unti the person(s) who did this are behind bars for at least 30 yrs.
1 in the wilderness October 06, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I mean really, keepin it absolutely 100, I am praying we all can know the truth soon...because the other family does not deserve any false accusations either, for they have already suffered a lose as well.
maria October 06, 2012 at 10:18 PM
30 years? Wanda will not be back in 30 years. who ever did this should be excuted!! they should have had that checdkpoint within 24 hrs where everbody mind is fresh.
Pkmd October 07, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Wow Major!! I really don't know where you get your information from, but you are so wrong and on so many levels that I can't even begin to set you straight. These checkpoints are NOT about immigration or people with low IQ's (as you stated). They are federally funded programs to ensure public safety started by those people or victims families that wanted not only justice but hoping to prevent other tragedies from happening to other people. It is not about a cops overtime and it's not about catching the illegals. No matter what the federal (ICE or Boder Patrol) or state law enforcement agencies do to make people safer, there is an idiot governor making sure that the California citizen's safety falls in last place than deportation, free medical and failing schools that have the state of California the outstanding joke that it is! The checkpoints have however taken massive amounts of drugs away from people and taken huge amounts of illegal guns off the streets. If a DUI happens or someone is caught driving illegally then that is a topper on my list. Either way, I love these checkpoints and have no problems being stopped at any of them. If your not doing anything wrong, then you have nothing to be afraid of. Oh yeah, one more thing. The officers lean of the macigal number right before they begin the operation. It is not a quota figure it is how many cars pass before the stop one... NOTHING WRONG AT ALL>
Michael October 07, 2012 at 02:20 AM
To 1 in the wilderness, You suggest hiring private security.Who is going to pay for it?and for how long?Sure bring in Blackwater,off duty cops, the Marine corp etc...somebody has to pay these people.an idea not completely thought out.
Jay of Murrieta October 07, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Marine Corps not corp, we are not a corporation. We are a Corps of men and women who serve this country in the name of constitution.
1 in the wilderness October 07, 2012 at 06:24 AM
Well many communities have what is called an "hoa" & funds for private security/patrol can be a part of the home owners associations budget.
Ed Petrol October 08, 2012 at 12:33 AM
The crime happened on a Friday in the early morning...and the checkpoint is held on a Friday, early in the morning. They do this to check for vehicular traffic that might travel through this area on that day of the week at that time...hence the checkpoint. There is a method to the madness. Things are called crime "trends" for a reason...because statistical analysis comes into play. The Detectives have been on this thing from the start and have already canvassed the neighborhood...so I would give them a break O'Really
Net October 08, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Ed petrol: I guess this kind of "crime trend" happens in that area usually on Fridays? I thought they were questioning the people passing by, why do it a week later. No rush or hurry because it was a black lady right?. If it was an old white lady got hit and killed god forbid, it would of been on the god damn nightly news with helicopters in the air and checkpoints that day probably! Give me a break.
TNT October 08, 2012 at 02:45 AM
OH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!! O-Realllllly???? Don't start that OLD "race card" crap.... that ship has LONG since sailed!!!!!
TNT October 08, 2012 at 02:48 AM
My heart goes out to the FAMILY and the suffering they are going through.... I don't care what color they are and neither does anyone else I know......
Net October 08, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Admit it!~ Admit it! If she was a old white lady, heaven forbid. They CHP, sheriff, whoever, would of looked at it more closely and thought... hey those are drag marks inconsistent to a hit and run... hey her body was draged into a ditch... so on and so forth. Admit it, old black lady gets hit... ah, looks like a hit and run. Good job boys. Everyone call it a day. Then all hell breaks loose because people, especially her family call foul play... then a week later. A week later! They start doing something. Keep bending over backwards Major, you're the ass, not me. I'm voting for Romney.
V.W.D.S. October 08, 2012 at 04:09 AM
As I mentioned before - I had a close personal friend murdered and the investigators said all kinds of things in the hours even days after their death, that did not make any sense - it also appeared as though they were not doing anything productive and YES my friend was white, my point is, that they do not divulge information - they ARE actively investigating even though it does not appear to be so - they do this in order to not tip off any leads. Have faith that they are doing all they can. I believe this to be true. God Forbid anyone's family has to endure through this type of thing, but I can attest to the process. Its horrible and seems like no one cares, that they are not actively pursuing leads, but in fact, investigators work very hard to bring people to justice. They must be careful too- in the event an arrest is made, to make sure their case is solid and will withstand a trial. May Wanda's family find peace.
Net October 08, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Major: That is all what you're about, trying creating fear out of nothing. Thanks for trying to educate "US" people.
1 in the wilderness October 08, 2012 at 07:15 AM
Man really reading all the comments on how law enforcement has handled the situation, it almost leads you to believe maybe they had something to do with this tragic event. Knowing most ppl would think this had a connection to what took place back in August. Also maybe in fact law enforcement had something to do with the event in August & they figured if Ms. McG (rip) was deceased then the event that took place involving her would no longer be investigated...
1 in the wilderness October 08, 2012 at 07:25 AM
Also I hate to say it, but I'd have to agree, if this were a white lady they would have had the entire area blocked off & searching/questioning every person in or passing through the area that very day., & they would have already arrested probably a couple suspects even they only brought em in for questioning...thats why I say the police may have something to do with this. & to my white sisters/brothers this is not to upset you, but its the truth.
old neighbor October 08, 2012 at 08:58 PM
All you people just need to stop!!!!!!!!!!
Brenda October 12, 2012 at 01:15 AM
I do NOT agree with this having anything to do RACIALLY at all. Where it got started on here, should have ended it because its ludicrous. The police IF they missed the signs of an apparent very well set up murder, need to be investigated themselves because of the evidence that could have been tampered with or contaminated. IF THE news story is believed, the first one, they says possible hit and run, but that could mean they also saw the other evidence but it could still represent hit and run. Even the blood path......I AM STRETCHING IT too because that trail should have tipped them off that it just might be more then a hit and run, but it could also be an adempt to make sure they got away be pulling her body to the ditch. There are many scenerios and when no one witnesses something like this, it should be preserved well as a hit and run also, and it doesnt appear it was. But seriously, if the cops dropped the ball it has nothing to do with Ms. Wanda being black as I am sure it was obvious she was important to the community to the cops and even some of the cops may have seen her before. Drop the RACIST Stuff please.
Brenda October 12, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Pk, I think its going in one ear and out the other with this guy. :/


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