5 Things to Know: Wednesday, October 21

Welcome to 5 Things to Know – a daily rundown of things you might want to be aware of if you live in, visit, or just like being aware about what’s going on in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. As always, thank you for your continued support of Cactus Hugs.

1) Two robbery suspects injured after being shot by police at Palm Springs casino

Two suspects in a series of armed robbery attempts were injured after being shot by police at the Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs early Wednesday morning.

The shooting happened about 2 am in the parking structure of the casino.  Police say the suspects were involved in an attempted robbery in the structure, then fled to Agua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage, where they attempted another robbery, before returning to the Palm Springs casino where a third attempted robbery occurred.

The Palm Springs PD say on their third robbery attempt, the suspects approached a woman from behind, covered her mouth, and held her at gunpoint while taking her purse. They were blocked by three officers in police cruisers, leading to a confrontation and to the shooting of two men who were inside of a vehicle by officers.

The injuries from the shooting were not life threatening.  All three officers are on administrative leave.

2) The Coronavirus

Riverside County reported 338 new cases and two new deaths in the last 24 hours. There have been 1,275 reported deaths from coronavirus this year in Riverside County.

Here is the latest on what’s going on in the desert:


  • A man in his 20s who was a volunteer involved in AstraZeneca and Oxford University’s coronavirus vaccine trial has died. An investigation into the death is ongoing, but the trials will continue.  It was not immediately clear if the man received the vaccine or had been part of a placebo group.
  • There were some issues with the county’s COVID testing online appointment system on Wednesday.  Those looking to schedule a time were given a couple of alternate ways to do so:


3) You can but Sonny Bono’s old place for $5 million

A Palm Springs estate once owned by Sonny Bono has hit the market for nearly $5 million. The house, on W. Crestview Drive in the Mesa neighborhood has six bedrooms, two guest houses, a tennis court, swimming pool and more.

The Desert Sun has the details.

4) You can vote even if you’re not wearing a mask – but, please, don’t be a jerk and just wear wear a flippin’ mask

Anti-maskers and those who follow social distancing protocols will still be allowed the right to vote, according to guidance from the California Secretary of State. Officials believe that by allowing unmasked voters to cast ballots, it will help to avoid potential escalated situations at polling places.

I guess this is where we are now as a country, people.  Just unbelievable.

5) No, seriously, it’s freakin’ unbelievable how ignorant and selfish people can be during a pandemic

This video was taken recently at a Starbucks in Santee:

Stay safe.  Stay smart.  Wear a mask.  Take care of and respect other people.