The other day I went out to pick up something, and the person didn’t have it out for me. Now it wasn’t just next door; it wasn’t down the street. It was across town. I had packed up my kids and taken them over there, and I was not happy to find out it wasn’t left out for me and the person was not home.
I was a little upset that I had wasted my time, especially since we had agreed on a pickup time.
I drove away thinking I was not returning and how rude this person could be.
I didn’t care about the item anymore. All I thought why how inconsiderate this person was.
I was halfway home when a text said, “I’m so sorry, my day has been crazy, and I just got home. It’s out now; come whenever you want.”
I didn’t want to go back. I was upset that someone had wasted my time. I was upset that this person didn’t do what we agreed on.
At that moment, I felt my heart was being cold. I told myself I’m far from perfect, I forget things, and I live in a crazy world.
What if the shoe was on the other foot? I would want understanding and grace. The word grace kept flowing through my mind.
I turned around and went back to pick it up. It was a heated blanket for my boy; his had broken.
I handed it to him, and he hugged it all the way home with a smile. He plugged it in when we got home, and I had one happy autistic boy.
All it takes at times is to calm our thoughts and give grace because, when we do, the outcome will bless us.
Psalm 103:8 NIV
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
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Eastvale – In the last month, several crimes took place in the City of Eastvale, Norco, and Jurupa Valley. The information listed below is courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Date: May 9, 2023
Details: On May 9, 2023, at 3:30 pm, deputies from the Norco Station responded to a report of a juvenile medical aid at the 100 block of 8th Street in Norco. When deputies arrived, they found a female 17-month old juvenile not breathing. Life saving measures were conducted by deputies and Cal-Fire but the juvenile was unresponsive and was pronounced deceased. Investigators from the Jurupa Valley Station responded and believed the death to be suspicious. The Central Homicide Unit was contacted and responded to assume the investigation. The victim’s mother, Jennifer Johanna Allen, a 32-year old female from Norco, was later arrested for murder. During the course of the investigation, evidence was obtained showing fentanyl played a role in the juvenile’s death. This is an active investigation and anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Investigator Adams of the Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955–2777.
Incident: Illegal Marijuana Dispensary
Date: May 4, 2023
Location: Jurupa Valley
Details: On Thursday, May 4, 2023, at 5:30 p.m., deputies from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Special Enforcement Team (SET) responded to the 1700 block of Production Circle regarding a disturbance. Upon deputies’ arrival, numerous subjects attempted to flee, but several were detained. Jurupa Valley SET deputies located evidence of an illegal/unlicensed marijuana dispensary and secured the location. Jurupa Valley SET deputies obtained a search warrant for the property and requested assistance from the Riverside Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET).
During the service of the search warrant, deputies located approximately 115 pounds of processed marijuana, 10 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms, 100 pounds of marijuana concentrate, 2,400 marijuana vapes, and 1,200 edible marijuana items. The estimated value of the seized items was determined to be over $1,000,000.
The investigation is ongoing, and the Jurupa Valley Station SET is asking anyone with additional information on this case to contact Deputy Butler at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 955–2600.
Incident: Retail Theft Investigation
Date: April 30, 2023
Details: On April 30, 2023, at 1:33 p.m., deputies from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to a business in the 12000 block of Limonite Avenue, in Eastvale, reference a theft. Witnesses reported four black females, in their 20’s, entered the business, filled bags with miscellaneous merchandise such as purses and clothing before attempting to leave the location. Prior to the suspects exiting the business, a bystander attempted to prevent them from leaving, and a physical altercation occurred. Prior to deputies arrival, the suspects fled the location with an estimated $1500 of stolen property.
Deputies from the Eastvale Special Enforcement Team are investigating the incident. Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Deputy Linzey at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600.
Incident: Major Injury Traffic Collision
Date: April 29, 2023
Details: On April 29, 2023, about 1:02 PM, deputies responded to the area of Archibald Avenue and Fairchild Drive, in the city of Eastvale, regarding a single-vehicle roll over traffic collision with the driver trapped inside the overturned vehicle. After removing the driver from the vehicle, he was airlifted to a local hospital for treatment.
The Jurupa Valley Station Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.
This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact Deputy Corlew of the Jurupa Valley Station, at (951) 955-2600.
Incident: Driving Under the Influence Traffic Collision
Date: April 29, 2023
Location: Jurupa Valley
Details: On April 29, 2023, about 5:27 PM, deputies responded to the 9900 block of Limonite Avenue, in the city of Jurupa Valley, regarding a minor injury traffic collision. Two of the parties from one vehicle sustained minor injuries. The first victim a 43-year-old female and her 13-year-old male passenger were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
During the investigation it was determined the second party had consumed alcohol prior to the collision. The suspect 45-year-old, Rafael De La Torre Jr., also a resident of Jurupa Valley was taken into custody and taken to a local hospital for treatment and subsequently booked into Robert Presley Detention Center for 23153 (a) CVC driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in injury.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputy Medina at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600.
Incident: Death Investigation
Date: April 22, 2023
Details: On Saturday, April 22, 2023, at 2:57 p.m., deputies assigned to the Jurupa Valley Station responded to a parking lot located in the 3500 block of Hamner Avenue, Norco, to check on the welfare of a male who was seated in a Dodge van. When deputies arrived, they found a 58-year-old male seated in the vehicle and was unresponsive. Deputies entered the vehicle and determined he was deceased.
Investigators from the Jurupa Valley Station responded and assumed the investigation. During a search of the vehicle, investigators found a suicide note and a revolver. The decedent appeared to have suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Investigator Ko from the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600.
Eastvale – Several people in local schools and programs were recently recognized in the City of Eastvale.
At the last City Council meeting, Rosa Parks Elementary School Teacher, Michelle Torres, was recognized for her heroic actions of saving the life of one of her students. In class, her student accidentally swallowed a water bottle cap when trying to drink his water, and she conducted the Heimlich maneuver several times to save his life. “Thank you Ms. Torres for your heroism and being a positive example for your students and the Eastvale Community!” stated the City.
Participants of Eastvale’s Volunteer Program were also recognized at our most recent Public Safety Commission Meeting. “It was wonderful to meet the community members serving our city!” stated a City news release. “The great part about the Volunteer Program is that it encourages volunteers to serve in the capacity that they’d like. Some prefer monitoring streets and shopping centers while others prefer volunteering at an event. Wherever you’d like to serve is where we’d love to have you!”
Lastly, the Eastvale Planning Division recently won an Award of Merit from the Inland Empire Section of the American Planning Association for their Eastvale Civic Center and Downtown Plan. The Planning Division team has shown dedication and passion for the future civic center and downtown area.
Recently, they even welcomed 17 community members to City Hall to kick off a Civic Center and Downtown Community Advisory Committee. The committee is made up of volunteers who share ideas and perspectives regarding the design of the future downtown and civic center. “Feedback provided at these meetings will be heard and considered by the City Council as they make decisions,” stated the City. “Key words mentioned by the committee included clean, safe, growth, community, diversity, economic hub, and multi-functional. A big thank you to our residents for dedicating their time to this monumental project!”
Eastvale – Several thefts have taken place at nearby Eastvale businesses. However, the Eastvale Special Enforcement Team (SET) has done a great job investigating these incidents and arresting suspects.
In late 2022, Eastvale SET deputies began investigating a grand theft from a business located in the 12000 block of Limonite Avenue of Eastvale.
The suspect “walked into the store and grabbed as many items as she could and left the store with approximately $1,000 worth of product without paying,” stated a Riverside County Sheriff’s news release. For several months, “SET deputies tracked retail thefts and identified the unknown suspect to commit several grand thefts throughout the Inland Empire.”
SET deputies later identified the suspect as Gardenia Herrera, 31-year-old resident of Perris, and arrested her on March 5, 2023. Herrera was subsequently convicted and is serving a 4-year sentence.
Eastvale SET deputies continued this investigation working with local agencies and retail loss prevention members. They discovered several suspects linked to organized retail thefts throughout the Inland Empire. One of those suspects was Veronica Damian Estrada, a 39-year-old resident of Moreno Valley. Eastvale SET deputies arrested Estrada on April 26 in Moreno Valley.
Upon arrest, deputies located “several thousand dollars worth of stolen items in her vehicle,” stated a news release. “Deputies served a search warrant at Estrada’s residence and located thousands of stolen retail items estimated at $40,000 dollars in retail value. Estrada was subsequently booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for several felony charges related to organized retail theft.”
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind the community that “Community Policing” involves partnerships between law enforcement and community members. Business owners and residents are encouraged to report criminal activity directly to law enforcement by calling Sheriff’s Dispatch at (951) 776-1099, or by calling 911 if the matter is an emergency. Criminal activity can also be reported through the We-Tip Crime Reporting Hotline, (909) 987-5005.
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” 1 Timothy 1:5
When the great painter Benjamin West was a young boy, he decided to draw a picture of his sister. He got out bottles of ink and succeeded in making a mess. When his mother got home, she said, “What a beautiful picture,” and kissed him. Later in life he said, “That kiss made me a painter.”
Paul writes to his protégé, Timothy, encouraging him as a pastor and faith leader. In doing so, he acknowledges the influence of his grandmother and mother upon his faith. I love how Paul speaks of “sincere faith.” The greatest and lasting influence of Timothy’s mom and grandmother was their sincere faith. It wasn’t forced, it wasn’t showy, it was pure. Timothy saw faith through their hardships, and even through the supposed unbelief of his father. Timothy saw it was real because his mom and grandmother knew Jesus was alive and real in their lives.
If, as a mom, you are feeling underwhelmed with how you have been handling your role, or feeling as if you’re not making a difference, remember your kids are being shaped by the Lord. So, keep praying for them and never give up praying. My mom never stopped praying for me, despite my fierce rebellion, and I am eternally grateful for her diligence. Moms don’t underestimate your influence in this world starting with those whom God has put in your care. Your faithfulness to the Lord, strength, courage, and unconditional love all have good and eternal consequences. You have every reason to be confident because God is using you. (Your impact is greater than you may see right now). Your kiss (of sincere faith) has the potential to make soon to be men and women, men and women of great faith. So, Mama-bears assemble! (A little Marvel humor, sorry). Scripture says “her children will rise up and bless her…” (Proverbs 31).
Calvary Chapel meets at Eastvale Elementary School. Sunday service times are 8:30 and 10:30am. Calvary Chapel Eastvale is moving to the Eastvale Community Center starting July 2, 2023. More details to come. http://www.calvaryeastvale.org.
Corona – If you’re looking for a family fun day, you do not want to miss the Koroneburg Renaissance Festival in Corona. This annual festival will take place for 5 weekends, starting May 27th.
The Koroneburg Renaissance Festival is one of the only permanently built Renaissance Festivals in Southern California, and is the most interactive Renaissance experience around! They offer tremendous audience-participation content, giving you plenty to do and opportunities to learn about 1450-1600 A.D. history. The festival will have live performers, interactive demonstrations and games, music, German-inspired food, shopping of unique handmade items, and much more!
This festival has been around for 25 years, with the first festival taking place in 1998. “Entertaining families and friends for such a long time is a true privilege and a testament of our fantastic vendors, entertainers, and staff,” according to their website.
The Koroneburg Festival is a themed event that traditionally celebrates the artistic and cultural advancements made in Renaissance Europe. “Most festivals focus on England and Queen Elizabeth, but we do things a little differently at Koroneburg,” stated their website. “In honor of Johannesburg Gutenberg who made literacy and education accessible to all people with the movable type printing press, our event is set on the Rhine river on the border of France and Germany between 1450-1600.”
At this festival, you and your family will be welcomed by a community of people who are “passionate about entertaining, educating and creating amazing experiences that you can’t get anywhere else.” It is also not a requirement to dress in a costume, but some will dress up to join in on the fun!
The Koroneburg Renaissance Festival will be held at 14600 Baron Drive in Corona.
They will be open on the following dates:
May 27-29: Military Appreciation Weekend – This weekend is dedicated to recognizing current and retired members of the military. On this weekend, there will be a service member flag presentation, staff and organized by veterans in our community. On Memorial Day, Military & Veterans get in for FREE
June 3-4: Market Mayhem – Spend $150 at Participating Vendors & receive four tickets to return to the festival (earn 4 tickets for every $150 spent)
June 10-11: Pirate Weekend – Dress up as a Pirate & get $5 Off your Single Day Pass (Cannot be combined with other coupons or offers)
June 17-18: Celtic & Norse Weekend – Dress up in Celtic, Viking or Norse Costumes & get $5 Off your Single Day Pass (Cannot be combined with other coupons or offers)
June 24-25: Baron’s 67th Birthday Celebration-Come out and give him a big “OOMPHAA” to Celebrate!
To purchase your tickets for the event, please visit renfestcorona.com
Eastvale – There are several upcoming events coming to Eastvale and the surrounding cities.
The International Food Festival will be held on May 20 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and May 21 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 7447 Scholar Way, Eastvale. Parking and admission are FREE and everyone is welcome to attend.
The food festival will have more than 50 food vendors and 20 craft booths. They’ll have every type of food including burgers, hotdogs, Caribbean food, BBQ, tacos, donuts, kettle corn, soul food, and more. The festival will also have children’s activities, a beer garden, and entertainment. On May 20, an Armed Forces Tribute will take place at 5:30 p.m. The ceremony will include a special military plane flyover and tribute by a guest U.S. Military Veteran. “We are proud to support our Armed Forces and encourage attendees to join us at this special tribute,” stated the City. “A very special thank you also goes to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Explorers and Eastvale Boy Scout Troop 251 for their help with the ceremony.”
Another event coming up is the Koroneburg Renaissance Festival in Corona. This annual festival will take place for 5 weekends, starting May 27th. The festival will be held at 14600 Baron Drive in Corona and will have a theme with different discounts each weekend. For more information, read the article on page 1 or visit renfestcorona.com. Also check out their ad on page 7 for a $5 off coupon!
An additional event that we have been waiting for is the Mulch & Compost Giveaway. This event has been postponed twice due to unforeseen circumstances, but it is now expected to take place on Saturday, June 3 at 13200 Citrus Street. Eastvale residents can visit from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. to receive FREE mulch and compost. Residents are asked to bring shovels and bags as those will not be provided and asked to keep in mind of the ½ yard limit.
One more festival coming up is the EATSvale Food Truck Festival on Friday, June 9 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. This will take place at the New Day Christian Church parking lot, located at 7155 Hamner Avenue in Eastvale. Each EATSvale festival usually has food trucks, food booths, craft-retail booths, live music performances, a mini-beer garden, and children’s activities.
If you’re looking for a great time with good people, the Riverside Christian Alliance Church is having FREE Boba and lunch after their Father’s Day service on June 18. Their service is at 10:30 a.m. then a Bible Study follows at 11:30 a.m. The lunch will begin at 12:15 p.m. Check out their ad on page 8 for more information and to sign up your kids for their summer VBS program.
Lastly, the City of Eastvale will be partnering with the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce to host their 13th Annual State of the City on Thursday, October 5. This event will take place at 5:30 p.m. at VantagePoint Church, 8500 Archibald Avenue. This year’s theme is “Community, Pride, Prosperity.” These three words are listed at the bottom of the City’s seal. “Those three words represent the foundation of our city, and we’re excited to spend the night focusing on our roots and sharing how we’ll continue to prioritize those values,” stated the City in a news release. After the program, the Taste of Eastvale event will take place and feature the best food in Eastvale.
On Friday, March 10, 2023, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) collapsed after a bank run. This was the second-largest bank failure in US history and unfortunately the largest bank failure since 2008. Two days later, Signature Bank followed. Who’s next? Shockingly, it was Credit Suisse, a giant in the investment field. A raging wave of global banking crisis took us off guard and brought back the painful memory of the 2008 financial crisis.
What can we learn from these events in a spiritual sense? First, prosperity does not last forever. Society enjoyed the low-interest rate for a long while, but when inflation collides with us and the interest rate rapidly climbs, we do not prepare well enough, especially banks like SVB. The collapse of the SVB was truly a sad sight. The SVB helped many startups and promoted the growth of technology development. It was considered as “financially sound”. Sure, SVB had issues in keeping the liquidity, but no bank could possibly survive if customers withdraw $42 billion in a single day. We cannot do business without banks and banks operate on trust. SVB was destroyed by the fear of its customers, and this is the second lesson we learned. We are indeed living in a fragile world. Everything we build up can be destroyed in the blink of an eye. God gives us “fear” to avoid danger, but the Enemy can also use it to cripple us. Trust in the loving God who sustains His creation. “Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea” Psalms 46:2 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3. In times of financial turmoil, let us trust in our God, for He will restore the order of the world and give us the ultimate sense of security.
As adults, we seek understanding and knowledge of special needs. We teach our children to read, write and spell. We also teach them to be kind, loving and giving. However, we need to start educating all children about disabilities too. We hear of Autism and know some things about it, and somewhere, it seems everyone knows someone with a child on the spectrum. So when you hear Autism, you are familiar with it. But is that familiarity shared with the younger generation?
If we teach Awareness that others are different and God created each child special, then I believe we would have fewer stares and pointed fingers. Plus, have people not get scared or worried when an autistic child is around.
They may even stop asking, “What’s wrong with him/her?”
If we teach the kids now to be understanding and loving towards the special needs community, then as they grow older, they become more compassionate with more understanding, maybe more so than their parents were. If we kept this going through the generations, could you imagine the awareness level of Autism? That is something spectacular to think could happen.
Right now, we have to continue to bring awareness about Autism and educate; I dream that one day that all will understand and be aware of Autism, and we no longer have to bring Awareness.
In the meantime, I’m bringing Awareness where I can.
Also, please donate if you are inclined to do so with the link above.
John 15:12-13. “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
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Eastvale – New businesses open, new awards, new contests, and possibly a new zip code! Read more to find out what’s happening in Eastvale!
La Bufadora Baja Grill is now officially open, ready for you to taste their fresh food and experience their comfortable atmosphere. La Bufadora has authentic Mexican food, including street tacos, quesadillas, asada fries, ceviche, and cocktails. They are located at 14135 Limonite Avenue, Eastvale, CA 92880.
Eastvale residents are also waiting for the new future Civic Center and Downtown to come to town. As you wait for construction to start, you can share your suggestions on what you think the name of the Civic Center and Downtown should be. Take the short survey to provide your name suggestion and you will be entered into a raffle to win a special Eastvale gift basket. The survey is at https://bit.ly/3L9PHr7 and will be available until April 24.
The City also recently received an Award of Excellence from the California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) for the Marketing and Communication of last year’s International Food Festival. “This is a huge win for our Community Services and Communications teams,” stated the Ctiy. “Congratulations everyone and thank you to CPRS for selecting us!”
In addition, the City will be hosting another photo contest! Community members are encouraged to share a “shot of Eastvale” on their social media, tag the City’s page, and use #ShotofEastvale for a chance to win some special Eastvale merch. Winners will be announced on May 8. The photo contest categories are: 1) Love.Shop.Dine.Eastvale 2) Eastvale Landscape or 3) Faces of Eastvale.
Lastly, on March 29, Mayor Todd Rigby visited Sacramento to provide an in-person testimony regarding Senate Joint Resolution-3 The City of Eastvale: ZIP Code. “SJR-3 was introduced by Senator Roth and coauthored by Assembly Members Sabrina Cervantes and Bill Essayli,” stated the City. “The City of Corona was also kind enough to submit a testimony in support of the resolution. The Mayor’s comments were well received by the committee and the committee unanimously supported the measure! SJR-3 will now be placed on the Senate’s consent calendar. A big thank you to Mayor Rigby, Senator Roth, and Assembly Members Cervantes and Essayli for helping us with this ongoing endeavor!”
“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.…” 1 Corinthians 16:13
This is the final encouragement to a church from the Apostle Paul. Paul planted the Corinthian church, but the church had issues that needed addressing. The final comments to them is a calling to “stand fast.” This is actually a military term meaning to “hold your position” or “to refuse to be defeated.” There is to be no retreat. Paul is encouraging the Corinthian church to remain strong in the faith because opposition will come. Trials will ensue. Are you going through a time of drought? Are you going through a time of discouragement? Paul says, “stand firm and be brave.” I believe we need to share this encouragement all the more today.
I am reminded how “Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore, he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” This Scripture says God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs (Daniel 1:8-9). Under Babylonian rule, Daniel turned his back on the luxuries of the king’s court because eating defiled food would have been a compromise of his faith. God honored Daniel’s stand and he earned the respect of the chief of the eunuchs, because Daniel’s courage impressed him. Daniel stood for God and was strong. He didn’t seek man’s approval, but God’s will. If we allow ourselves to be dissuaded from doing anything unless we have complete approval, it almost assured we will never accomplish anything of value. Instead of being discouraged by opposition, we should take comfort in (God’s faithfulness) and keep on doing what is right.
Whatever you find yourself up against today, remember that “one,” with God, is the majority. “If God is for “you” who can stand against you (Romans 8:31). He sees what you don’t see. Faith is trusting and believing God. God does the impossible (Matthew 19:26).
Eastvale – Parents have made several complaints to our local sheriff’s department and City regarding unsafe driving in school zones, specifically on Scholar Way. In response to these complaints, the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station conducted traffic enforcement around the schools in the City of Eastvale. On the week of March 20th, deputies also educated the public in traffic laws and overall safety.
On April 13, the Eastvale Traffic Team and School Resource Deputies from Eleanor Roosevelt High School partnered up to remind motorists to use wise judgment when operating a motor vehicle in school zones.
“We understand the frustration of picking up and dropping off your kids,” stated a Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Department news release. “However, the attempts to hurry up the process of dropping off or picking up your kids should not overshadow the need to keep safety and courtesy in mind. The safety of everyone in the school zones is of upmost importance for all those in the area. With your help, we can make the process a safe one and everyone can make it home safely.”
The Sheriff’s Department wanted to remind residents to obey all traffic laws at all times and remember the following:
-Do not speed
-Do not block intersections
-Do not park on the red curbs
-Make a complete stop at all stop signs
-Do not allow your child to get out of your vehicle while in the middle of the street.
Eastvale – At the last City Council Meeting on April 12, the City Council introduced a Catalytic Converter Unlawful Possession Ordinance.
This ordinance was created to combat the catalytic converter theft that is happening across cities in California. The new ordinance “requires anyone who is not a licensed recycler found in possession of a catalytic converter to provide proof of ownership to law enforcement,” stated a City news release.
“As a City, we are taking a firm stance against crime and catalytic converter theft and want our policies and practices to reflect that,” stated a news release.
“It is important for the City Council to support the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in their fight against catalytic converter theft” said Mayor Todd Rigby. “Providing an additional tool like this helps them combat and prosecute these crimes and I’m glad we’re introducing the ordinance.”
The Catalytic Converter Unlawful Possession Ordinance will officially go into effect May 26, 2023.
Eastvale/Norco – In the last month, several crimes took place in the City of Eastvale, Norco, and Jurupa Valley. The information listed below is courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Incident: Possession of a Replica Handgun on a School Campus
Date: April 13, 2023
Location: Jurupa Valley
Details: On Thursday, April 13, 2023, at 11:01 P.M., deputies from the Jurupa Valley Station were dispatched to the report of a possible school violence threat. Deputies were informed there was a photograph posted on social media that showed what appeared to be a student in possession of a firearm on the school campus. Deputies investigated this incident and identified the person in the photograph as a 14-year-old high school student. A search of the student’s residence was conducted. The firearm depicted in the photograph was located and determined to be a replica firearm. The juvenile was arrested and booked into Riverside County Juvenile Hall for possession of a replica firearm on a school campus.
This is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Eddie Gonzalez at 951-955-2600.
Incident: Hate Crime Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Date: March 31, 2023
Details: On March 31, 2023, at 5:55 P.M., deputies assigned to the Norco Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of two males fighting in a parking lot in the 3100 block of Hamner Avenue, Norco. Upon arrival, deputies located one of the males, who stated his wife had been struck by the suspect’s vehicle and fled the scene. Further investigation revealed an unidentified white male adult used racial slurs toward the victim and her family. The victim exited her vehicle to address what was being said, at which point the suspect continued to use racial slurs and threatened to assault the victim. The suspect struck the victim with his vehicle, and the victim’s husband exited their vehicle and struck the suspect in defense of his wife. The suspect fled from the area in a silver older model four-door vehicle on Hamner Avenue.
The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries to her lower legs and was treated at the scene by paramedics. Deputies and Investigators are currently interviewing witnesses and reviewing evidence to identify the suspect.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Norco Sheriff Station at (951) 270-5673, or Investigator Ryan Morgan at (951) 955-2600.
Incident: Drug Dealer Arrested
Date: March 22, 2023
Details: On March 22, Eastvale patrol deputies and the Eastvale Special Enforcement Team (SET) responded to a call to investigate screams coming from a residence. When they got there, they stumbled on a drug dealer with a firearm. The suspect was arrested and booked. No one was found to be in distress.
“The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office wants to thank the public for their continued support. Remember, if you see something (or in this case, hear something) – say something.”
Jurupa Valley – If you’re looking for a new home church, consider Riverside Christian Alliance Church in Jurupa Valley. Their core values are centered on family, love, the Word of God, and missions.
Reverend Wayne Chu is the Pastor of Riverside Christian Alliance Church. He has 14 years of experience in this field and has a MDiv from Alliance Theological Seminary of C&MA.
Reverend Chu says their church mission is to “glorify God as a Christ-centered family by loving God and others, proclaiming the Good News, cultivating faithful living through teaching God’s Word, and reaching the lost in our local and global communities.”
Reverend Chu said he received the calling from God to pastor this church. He fulfills this calling by pastoring the people of the church through his teachings and preaching. But he also provides spiritual care to them, including Pastoral counseling, prayer, in person visits, and community work.
Riverside Christian Alliance Church is “commissioned by God to serve the community,” said Reverend Chu. “We love to meet people and provide resources to help the others,” he added.
The church hosts a 10:30 a.m. family service every Sunday, where both adults and children can sit together. Reverend Chu says the majority of the church are ethnic Chinese, so they offer a bilingual service in both English and Mandarin. However, he said there are people of different ethnicities that attend their service as well. Many of the congregants live in Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, and Riverside.
Riverside Christian Alliance Church also organizes various events like a Lunar New Year celebration, mid-Autumn festival celebration, a Thanksgiving gathering, and a Christmas program. All events are free and offer good food too! In addition, Riverside Christian Alliance has different fellowship groups for all ages that meet throughout the week.
Come visit Riverside Christian Alliance Church this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.! New visitors of the church will enjoy a free snack or lunch after Sunday worship.
“We love to get to know newcomers, neighbors, and friends. We welcome everyone coming to visit us and joining our events.”
Visit Riverside Christian Alliance Church of C&MA at 9640 Jurupa Road, in Jurupa Valley. If you have any questions, you can call them at 951-360-0113 or visit https://www.riversidecma.org/.
Riverside/San Bernardino Counties – If you have Medicare and need help finding the best insurance coverage that fits your needs, then you need to call Lizeth Ocana from Gallardo Premium Insurance Services. With 9 years of experience in this field, Lizeth is an insurance agent that genuinely cares for her clients.
“I provide excellent customer service and help my clients use their benefits all year long. I’m always available to answer any questions,” said Ocana.
Lizeth’s business philosophy is to help people as if they were her family. She continues in this field because she is passionate about helping people understand Medicare. “It’s a complex topic and every year, there are changes,” said Ocana.
Lizeth can help guide you understand all the areas of Medicare so you can find the best coverage. She can explain what Medicare covers, what Medicare Advantage and Supplement are, what you should do when you turn 65, and she can go into depth about Medicare part A, B, C and D.
Lizeth also speaks Spanish and she does not charge for her services!
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Gallardo Premium Insurance Services is located at 14252 Schleisman Rd Suite 201 in Eastvale. The building is at the corner of Schleisman and Archibald Avenue in the Vista Medical Plaza at the Marketplace at the Enclave.
Easter Sunday is right around the corner! This brings a question: did Jesus really rise from the grave? Interestingly, the resurrection of Jesus Christ has been a debated topic from the very beginning, and many have introduced theories to try to explain away this phenomenon. One of the theories that has been around since the resurrection is “the disciples stole the body.” In Matthew 28:11-13, the Jewish leaders listened to the guards’ accounts of what transpired and decided on a remedy that required bribery and an explanation. Essentially, the disciples stole the body while the guards were sleeping.
The first issue is how could the guards have known what the disciples did if they were sleeping? The second issue is that Matthew 28:2 and Mark 16:4 mention that a large stone was covering the entrance to the tomb. This large stone would have taken many hands to move and would have made enough noise to wake sleeping guards. Another issue would be why were the grave clothes left behind by the disciples? Not just left behind but the napkin that had been on Jesus’ head was folded and neatly left according to John 20:7.
The final issue is this: why would the disciples give their lives for a lie? These disciples were dejected and hiding in a room fearing they were next but after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension these men boldly stood before the Sanhedrin in Acts 4, propagated the gospel throughout the world, and most died a martyr’s death. Even staunch critics such as James (the half-brother of Jesus) and Saul (the Christian persecutor) dedicated their lives to Christ after His resurrection and died for Him. Why would these Christians and critics die for His cause?
The resurrection of Christ was a literal, life changing event in history! 1 Peter 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Through Jesus Christ’s resurrection the gospel is alive!
Hillcrest Baptist Church meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at Vandermolen Elementary located at 6744 Carnelian St. Mira Loma, CA 91752 and they can be reached at (951)357-6737.
Deciding to start therapy can be a very hard decision. It’s hard to admit to ourselves that we can’t do it on our own and that we need some help. The truth is even though we take care of ourselves sometimes we need the help of a good doctor or an antibiotic and sometimes surgery. I have always referred to myself as an emotional surgeon. What I mean by this, is that I open you up and help you begin to deal with all of those dysfunctional feelings that are making you feel so bad and so stuck. Starting therapy takes an incredible amount of courage and is a sign of strength not weakness. Please never feel embarrassed that you feel have run out of options and that now you need some help to get through some things.
Over the years I have worked with people 2-91 years of age dealing parenting, drugs, anxiety, depression, autistic spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, appropriate sexual boundaries and so many other issues. Between my groups and my private practice I have literally helped thousands of people learn how to live a happy and balanced life. I want my clients to be healthy mentally as well as physically and spiritually healthy. I think all three of these go hand in hand to maintain permanent well-being.
A good place to start is by visiting one of my groups and seeing if you like my style before you start spending your hard earned money. Keep in mind my co-therapist is a registered therapy dog named Jaida. If you are a dog lover you will have a great team on your side while you are doing some very necessary healing or just getting some tips on how to live more fully!!!!
This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T. Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a private practice in Diamond Bar and is currently accepting new clients; she is also a motivational speaker who can inspire your employees or group members. Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups on how to manage anger. For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at (909)229-072. You may e-mail Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may ask Purchase Nancy’s books Live Heal and Grow and Midnight the Therapy Dog at Amazon.com.