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Eastvale Reports Success of Automated License Plate Reader Systems

Staff Reports

Eastvale – In 2019, the City of Eastvale installed Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) systems at the entry and exit points of the City, and on law enforcement vehicles servicing the community.  These installations were achieved as part of the City’s commitment to enhance public safety and to assist the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department with identifying reported vehicles and finding stolen cars and license plates. The City of Eastvale is pleased to report the effectiveness and success of these ALPR systems since inception.

“Since they’ve been installed, the Automated License Plate Reader camera systems have proven to be a vital tool used daily by our Riverside County Sheriff’s Department” Mayor Brandon Plott said. “This technology is an effective investigative resource that has contributed to the recovery of numerous stolen vehicles.”

ALPR systems are high-speed, computer-controlled cameras that automatically capture vehicles’ license plate information, compare the plate number to one or more databases available to law enforcement personnel, and send alerts when a vehicle of interest has been observed.  The ALPR systems are separated into two categories: fixed ALPR and mobile ALPR.  The City installed 30 fixed ALPR systems that have scanned over 32 million license plates, with approximately 14 thousand successful alerts.  The mobile ALPR systems, installed on law enforcement vehicles servicing Eastvale, have scanned over 450 thousand license plates, with approximately 260 successful alerts.  These combined alerts have led to the recovery of 43 stolen vehicles and 13 arrests for charges including the possession of a stolen vehicle.  The data retrieved from these ALPR systems have also been used as evidence to assist in a large number of investigations that led to numerous arrests.

The ALPR systems installed throughout the City of Eastvale are provided by Vigilant Solutions. Riverside County Sheriff’s personnel that have acquired these systems are required to follow appropriate protocols and practices to ensure compiled data is observed and used with integrity, community confidence, and compliance. The use of ALPR systems and information is restricted to official and legitimate law enforcement purposes only.

About the City of Eastvale
The City of Eastvale was founded on October 1, 2010 as an independent local government agency, governed by a five-member, elected City Council.  The City of Eastvale serves over 73,700 residents and encompasses 13.1 square-miles in western Riverside County.  Eastvale is a young and dynamic community filled with economic opportunity, tremendous growth, and strong values. 

Voortman’s Egg Ranch

By K.P. Sander

Ontario – Voortman’s Egg Ranch has been in the business of providing farm fresh eggs to friends and visitors to the local area for over 60 years. Originally from Bellflower, the Voortman family – who has always been in the egg ranching business – moved their operation to Ontario in 1951.

(Photo Courtesy: Voortman’s Egg Ranch)
The Voortman Family circa 1956. Voortman’s Egg Ranch is located at 13960 Grove Avenue in Ontario. You can reach them at (909) 465-1319. They are open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Voortman’s has a small-town farm ambiance, with the latest in technology.  Their happy chickens are enjoying their newly remodeled home; and their egg-processing machine can handle about 36,000 eggs per hour at its peak. If the average bird lays one egg about every 26 hours, that equals a lot of chickens at the Voortman ranch!

Did you know that you can tell how fresh an egg is by how high the yolk stands up in the frying pan after you crack it?  Voortman’s will have your over-easies standing tall.  Their fresh eggs are the highest in quality, with dark, nutrient-dense yolks.  You will immediately notice a difference in your cooking and baking.

Have you ever wondered how long the eggs in the grocery stores have actually been sitting around?  Despite the use-by date, there is really no way to know how long ago they were produced.  With Voortman’s, the eggs are selected daily, on site, and readied for you in their store.

Third-generation egg rancher, Eddie Voortman, says, “We are a local, family-owned business that provides fresh, quality products to the public.”

Customers of Voortman’s rave about their all natural, cage free eggs, touting the freshness, and great pricing.  One customer said, “They make the fluffiest scrambled eggs!”

The eggs come in all sizes and colors, depending on your needs.  Whatever you choose, you will not be disappointed.

Voortman’s is centrally located just minutes from Chino at 13960 Grove Avenue in Ontario (just north of Edison).  You can reach Voortman’s at (909) 465-1319; and Like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Voortmans-Egg-Ranch-101350886592418/

Stop by any time Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Planes of Fame Air Museum

Courtesy: Planes of Fame Air Museum

Chino – After nearly a decade of wheeling and dealing to collect his first ten aircraft, Ed Maloney opened the Museum on January 12, 1957.

The site was a former lumber yard in Claremont, California. The sign out front read simply, “The Air Museum.” There was no need to be more specific. At the time, no other air museums existed west of the Mississippi River.

Ed continued to grow the Museum, acquiring new aircraft, aviation artifacts, and memorabilia. By 1962, the Claremont facility had run out of space. At this same time, a new idea began to take shape – why not restore some aircraft to flight? To achieve this would require an airport-based location.

In June 1963, the Air Museum relocated to Ontario Airport in Ontario, California. Occupying two hangars, the Museum now had a home large enough to display the collection and room to conduct restoration work.

A few years later, in 1970, a unique opportunity surfaced. The non-flying, static aircraft moved to Buena Park, California to become part of the “Movie World: Cars of the Stars and Planes of Fame Museum.” Housed in two large buildings on Orangethorpe Avenue, the Southern California attraction remained open until 1973.

With the closure of Movie World, the next chapter in the Museum’s history saw yet another relocation. The Chino Airport, located on the border of the cities of Chino and Ontario, California, was an ideal location for the display of the ever-expanding collection, provided room for the important restoration work, and offered plenty of airspace for flying demonstrations.

Another significant change occurred with the opening in 1974 of the Chino facility. The Museum was given a new name. Combining the current “The Air Museum” with the “Planes of Fame” moniker, the Museum hereafter would be known as the “Planes of Fame Air Museum.”

Over the next forty-plus years, the Museum would continue to flourish. New additions to the collection continued. Restoration work put several rare and unique aircraft back into the sky, including the Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero, the Boeing P-26 Peashooter, and the Northrop N9MB Flying Wing. The annual Airshow commenced, thrilling the public with the sights and sounds of bygone eras. Film and television work, and several air racing victories by staff and volunteers brought added notoriety to the Museum.

Chino remains the base of operations for the Museum. Seven hangars house the collection with several additional buildings including the Aviation Discovery Center, the Research Library, the Model Room, and a small theater. Altogether, including structures and outside tarmac displays, the Chino location comprises a 14-acre campus. The collection now numbers close to 160 aircraft, and nearly a quarter of these fly regularly.

With our mission to guide us, and Ed’s vision to lead the way, the Museum flies on into a very bright future.

Planes of Fame Air Museum is located at 14998 Cal Aero Dr, Chino, CA  91710-9056 and can be reached at (909) 597-3722. They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit planesoffame.org for more information and history.

Here We Grow Again

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Even amongst a pandemic, Eastvale continues to grow.  Below is a recap of recent updates and new additions that have joined Eastvale.    

On July 3, the City of Eastvale announced that Fire Wings is coming soon to the Eastvale Gateway Food Court. Fire Wings will be located on the corner of Limonite and Hamner, where Pick Up Sticks used to be located. Fire Wings will offer over 20 wing flavors, beer on tap, a Pepsi Spire machine and a variety of sides. The Grand Opening date has not been announced yet.

On June 30, the city announced the success of the Automated License Plate Read (ALPR) systems that were installed last year. “ALPR systems are high-speed, computer-controlled cameras that automatically capture vehicles’ license plate information, compare the plate number to one or more databases available to law enforcement personnel, and send alerts when a vehicle of interest has been observed,” stated the City.

The City installed 30 fixed ALPR systems (located on entry and exit points of the city) that have “scanned over 32 million license plates, with approximately 14 thousand successful alerts. The mobile ALPR systems, installed on law enforcement vehicles servicing Eastvale, have scanned over 450 thousand license plates, with approximately 260 successful alerts. These combined alerts have led to the recovery of 43 stolen vehicles and 13 arrests for charges including the possession of a stolen vehicle. The data retrieved from these ALPR systems have also been used as evidence to assist in a large number of investigations that led to numerous arrests,” stated the City.

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale

On June 24 at the City Council Meeting, the City of Eastvale introduced our new CalFire Battalion Chief, Josh Janssen. “Chief Janssen served as the Riverside Training & Safety Chief in 2015, where he was responsible for overseeing the Unit’s Training & Safety Programs,” according to the City. “In 2017 he transferred to the BDU Training Chief position where he served for two years. He then transferred to the City of Highland Battalion Chief position for the remainder of his service before joining our community.”

On June 16 at the City Council Meeting, the City of Eastvale introduced our new Police Chief, Lieutenant Marc Boydd and our new Accounting Manager, Luis Hernandez.

On June 11, the City of Eastvale shared that the City will be updating their City’s General Plan. This plan “articulates the community vision and strategy through a series of eight required ‘elements’ or chapters which include: Land use, Circulation, Housing, Conservation, Open Space, Noise, Environmental Justice, and Safety,” according to the City. Visit engage.eastvaleca.gov to see the Eastvale 2040 “shorts” that discuss these elements.

Crime Recap June

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – Last month, several incidents took place in the City of Eastvale and the City of Norco.  The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. 

INCIDENT: Assault with a Deadly Weapon – Firearm

INCIDENT DATE: June 28, 2020

WHERE: 13300 block of Heather Lee Street, Eastvale

On June 28, 2020, at 12:38 am, deputies assigned to the city of Eastvale responded to the 13300 block of Heather Lee Street for a large party and possible shooting.  Deputies learned a 25-year-old male had been shot.  The male was air lifted to a local trauma center where he received medical treatment for his gunshot wounds.  

The investigation is on-going. Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact Investigator Corey #2938 from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff Station’s Detective Bureau at (951) 955-2600.

INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision

INCIDENT DATE: June 24, 2020

WHERE: River Road cross of Baron Road, Eastvale

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, about 8:34 AM, deputies responded to a report of a traffic collision at River Road cross of Baron Road, in the city of Eastvale.

Upon arrival, deputies located an injury traffic collision involving two vehicles. A male adult driver was transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital for treatment. On the way to the hospital the male adult succumbed from his injuries. The driver of the other vehicle cooperated with the investigation and was released from the scene with minor injuries.

The preliminary investigation revealed one of the vehicles was traveling eastbound on Baron Road cross of River Road. The driver attempted to make a northbound turn onto River Road from a southbound only turning lane. The vehicle was struck by the second vehicle that was traveling southbound on River Road.

The Jurupa Valley Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation. River Road was closed in both directions while deputies processed the scene. At this time it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were a factor in this traffic collision.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Van Gorder at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600. Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information by using our online Tip Form or wetip.com.

INCIDENT: Major Injury Traffic Collision

INCIDENT DATE: June 19, 2020

WHERE: Hamner Avenue cross of Citrus Street, Eastvale

On Friday, June 19, 2020, about 10:28 PM, deputies responded to a report of a traffic collision at Hamner Avenue cross of Citrus Street, in the city of Eastvale.

Upon arrival, deputies located a major injury traffic collision involving two vehicles. One of the vehicles had two occupants and the other vehicle had a single occupant. All of the occupants involved in the collision were transported to a local hospital with moderate to major injuries.

The preliminary investigation revealed one of the vehicles was traveling southbound Hamner Avenue at a high rate of speed. The vehicle failed to stop for the red light at Hamner Avenue cross of Citrus Street where the collision occurred in the intersection. At this time, it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision.

The Jurupa Valley Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation. Hamner Avenue was closed in both directions while deputies processed the scene.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Nancarrow at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600. Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information by using our online Tip Form or wetip.com.

INCIDENT: Major Injury Traffic Collision

INCIDENT DATE: June 18, 2020

WHERE: Hamner Avenue, cross of 3rd. Street, Norco

On Thursday, June 18, 2020, deputies from the Norco Station responded to a report of traffic collision at Hamner avenue, cross of 3rd Street, in the city of Norco.

Upon arrival, deputies located a vehicle collision involving two vehicles and a motorcycle. During the collision the motorcyclist was ejected from his motorcycle. The motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital with major injuries.

The preliminary investigation revealed the motorcyclist was traveling northbound on Hamner Avenue, approaching 3rd street and  collided into the rear of a small pick-up truck. The collision caused the pick-up to travel into the southbound lanes colliding with another vehicle. The driver of the pick-up truck and the other vehicle remained on scene. Both drivers cooperated with the investigation. At this time, it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision.

The Jurupa Valley Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to the location and assumed the investigation. Hamner Avenue was closed for several hours in both directions while deputies processed the scene.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Lonthair at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600. Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information on our Crime Tip Form or wetip.com.

INCIDENT: Assault with a Deadly Weapon

INCIDENT DATE: June 1, 2020

WHERE: 13000 65th St. (Harada Heritage Park) Eastvale

Within the past couple of days, a video depicting a violent physical altercation at the Harada Heritage Park in Eastvale began circulating on social media.  The video clearly depicts numerous male and female adults engaged in a physical altercation, which ended up in a shooting with one person shot suffering a non-life-threatening injury. At the time of the initial investigation, it was believed the shooting was possibly gang related; however, no suspects were initially arrested or identified. 

Photo courtesy: RUSD

The deputy assigned to the parks within the city of Eastvale was made aware of the video. In an effort to establish the identity of the victims, potential witnesses and suspects deputies assigned to the Jurupa Valley Special Enforcement Team (SET) in conjunction with the parks deputy immediately assumed the investigation.  The suspect was later positively identified as 18-year old Alprentice Caleb Young, resident of Eastvale.

On June 17, 2020, about 1700 hours, SET deputies observed Young traveling westbound on 65th St. near Sumner Ave. A felony vehicle stop was conducted. Young was contacted and was in possession of a loaded firearm. 

Overnight search warrants were executed in the 13500 block of Gray Hawk Ct. and the 6500 block of Acey St, in Eastvale.  Multiple items of evidence related to the shooting, including a firearm were seized.  Efforts to locate additional suspect as well as other persons of interest in this investigation are ongoing. Young was booked into Robert Presley Detention Center for assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a loaded firearm.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Parham (951) 955-2600.

Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – July 2020

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

Pandemic Updates for Eastvale

Staff Reports

Eastvale – The City of Eastvale has provided several updates over the last few weeks regarding face masks, businesses reopening, and new testing sites available in the City of Eastvale.

On July 2, Eastvale announced that appointments for COVID-19 testing are now available online. Health officials continue to encourage residents (those with and without symptoms) to get screened for the virus. The online scheduling will make it easier to make an appointment. To make an appointment, visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus/testing. Residents can also call ‪800-945-6171, seven days a week between the hours of ‪8 a.m. and ‪10 p.m. The wait time to make an appointment by phone is shorter ‪between 5 and 10 p.m. As of July 2, the county reported 679 new cases and two new deaths from the virus.

Also on July 2, the Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) provided an update to CNUSD families regarding reopening of schools. CNUSD families were encouraged to check their emails to see an update from Superintendent Dr. Lin, or visit their website at www.cnusd.k12.ca.us/2021 to download their 2020-2021 School Opening & Safety Plan. They also announced that all parents must complete Instructional Program Registration by July 14th in Parent Connect.

On July 1, California announced the closures of indoor operations, which included Riverside County. The indoor operations included: restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, cardrooms, and bars. For more information, please visit covid19.ca.gov.

Also effective July 1, the City resumed normal street sweeping enforcement in order to comply with storm water regulations. To see a copy of the street sweeping schedule, please visit: https://bit.ly/2M1CgtO

On June 29, Stratham Homes generously donated 2,500 masks to the City of Eastvale. These masks will be utilized for the City’s essential workers and residents who need a mask at the front counter at City Hall.

Also on June 29, the Riverside University Health System confirmed that recreational team sports, including youth sports, are still not permitted in Riverside County. It was clarified that the fitness guidance used for gyms and other fitness facilities is not for use for team sports activities.

On June 18, the Governor issued an executive order that Californians are now required to wear face coverings in public spaces – particularly indoors or when physical distancing is not possible.

On June 17, Riverside County announced that the following businesses were able to reopen Friday, June 19, as part of accelerated Stage 2: Nail services, facial and esthetician services, shaving, waxing and threading services, massage therapy services, body art, tattoo and piercing services, weddings (receptions excluded), and libraries. Among the business that are not allowed at this stage include youth sports, team sports, and wedding receptions.

On June 16, CVS Health opened a FREE COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in Eastvale, located at 14220 Schleisman Road. For more information, or to make an appointment please visit www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing

Eastvale Homeless Encampment

By Michael Armijo

Eastvale – A homeless encampment has developed in Eastvale on the southwest side of Limonite and the 15 freeway on ramp, and residents are wondering who’s responsible for the area.

“The jurisdiction of the camp falls under Caltrans,” said Marc Donohue, Communications Director at the city of Eastvale. “Caltrans would be the ones to clear the area,” he added.

The question remains bleak for Eastvale residents who have complained about the encampment. “It’s unlikely that this would happen under the Governors current order of a moratorium with regards to moving homeless,” Donohue added. Caltrans seems to agree, but Caltrans cites COVID-19 as their reason.

Upon contacting Caltrans they agreed, the encampment falls into their jurisdiction.

“Caltrans takes the health and safety of its employees very seriously and is monitoring and following all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, California Department of Public Health, CalHR and others,” said Chris Clark, Media Relations Manager for Caltrans Sacramento Headquarters.

Clark cites the concerns over COVID-19 spreading among the homeless population as the reason they won’t clear the area in Eastvale.

“Caltrans has temporarily suspended encampment cleanups unless there is an immediate safety concern,” Clark said. “But will continue to work with local partners to move individuals into safer situations as available.”

“How safe is a freeway on-ramp?” said Eastvale resident Rudy Delgado. “This is a huge safety concern for the homeless and for the residents.”

“They’ve been wandering into our neighborhood (68th and the 15), we saw a homeless man nearly incoherent and what I felt was hostile, and have been seen by the soccer fields,” said Cynthia R., via Facebook. “If he’s going to his campsite via our neighborhood it isn’t safe for our kids.”

The only way this encampment could be cleared is unless “there is an immediate safety concern,” according to Caltrans. The question remains if it is or not, or will it grow into a huge concern.

To voice concerns, you can contact Caltrans’ Media Relations Manager in Sacramento, Chris Clark (who we were referred to when contacting the local level). He can be emailed at Christopher.Clark@dot.ca.gov. His direct line is 916.416.8615. You can copy your email to Terri.Kasinga@dot.ca.gov to ensure the local level has a copy of your correspondence. Please watch verbosity, language, and remember that pictures are worth a thousand words.

Father’s Day Essay Contest Winners!

Addison (8) and Kaitlyn (6)

Our dad is the coolest because he is the best snowboarder we have ever seen. He is always so determined, and he fought for his life. He had a brain bleed in 2019 and fought so hard to stay alive. He is also a great fireman. He has saved many lives.
Our dad is hilarious and he always plays pranks on us. He always plays with us. My dad is always there for us when we really need him. He cuddles with us, laughs with us, and always loves us.
My dad once in a while he gives us wheel barrow rides. We have so much fun! Also he loves gardening. Every spring we plant a big garden. On special occasions my dad makes chicken piccata. It is our favorite food.
Another thing that makes our dad cool is because he loves to surf. My dad is a great surfer. Something that makes my dad special is he loves to go on bike rides. When my dad is home we always go on bike rides. My dad loves going to the beach. In the summertime we always go. When my dad was 14 years old he started playing water polo.
These are the reasons why our dad is the coolest.

Maya (17)

Dad, you are very special
You mean so much to me
There aren’t many Dad’s like you
Who give so selflessly and teach resilience

When life has turned my world completely inside out
You are always there to lean on

This world has many heroes,
You’d know most by name,
It’s apparent they gave their personal best,
And they deserve the fame

But, among all of the heroes this world has ever had,
There is not one that I admire more than my precious, Dad
He’s more than just a hero, he never looks for praise,
He’s heroic in his in his quiet strength and in his various caring ways
He may not be famous as those you hear about or see,
But he’s so much more than a hero ought to be

Whenever things go wrong
And I don’t understand
I know that you will be there to lend a helping hand

The years have brought so many memories and adventures
For those have helped me grow
You’re guidance and empathy is what made me who I am
There’s not another dad who can ever take your place

He keeps his word, its good as gold, on this you can depend
He’s honest and loyal just to name a few,
Compassionate, Kind, Supportive, and Adventurous
I’m proud to call him my father

When I hear about a hero and the special things they have done,
It reminds me of my Dad for he is the COOLEST one out there!

Alice (37)

I truly appreciate that my dad always emphasized how he values me more than things. When I lost his favorite camera, after promising to take good care of it, and was sobbing as a high school freshman into the phone… I remember my dad asking if I can see my hands, then he asked me to focus on my pinkie. He told me my little pinkie finger was more valuable to him than that camera. He told me that items can be bought, but my well-being can not and that THAT was more important. Even years later, when I was in college, and crashed his car, I still remember my dad touching my pinkie and telling me that he was just happy that I was alive and unharmed.

I really appreciate how my dad loves me unconditionally. Even when I ran away from home and disobeyed all his house rules. He wanted to toss me out of the house in my rebellious years, but he never did. He tried hard to understand the filter of life that I was experiencing and compromised with me where he could. Even when I rejected his love back then, called him “uncool” and even yelled that I hated him (to his face), he didn’t cease to stop loving me.

I don’t think I truly realized all he did for me until I had my own child. Parenting isn’t easy and it was then that I began to realize how much my dad did for me. He worked hard to provide for me. Loved me even in my worst moments. Now that I’m a parent myself, I understand now how his worry and love for me had resulted in how he reacted to my early years. I realized how lacking my parenting skills are in comparison to my dad’s awesomeness. It was then I realized how cool he truly was… My dad is a cool dad indeed.

Businesses Re-Open in Eastvale

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Businesses are starting to reopen in Eastvale now that we are in the next phase. Below is an update with everything has opened or will reopen.
Starting June 12, California will allow schools, day camps, bars, gyms and professional sports with modifications to begin reopening.


The City of Eastvale reopened its doors to the public on Monday, June 8, 2020. City Hall will be available for walk-ins from Monday-Thursday between the hours of 8 a.m.- 12 p.m., and available by appointment only, after 12 p.m. Passport services will be available by appointment only, and will be limited to two appointments per day. The City stated they will be “practicing social distancing and will limit the lobby to five guests at a time. Overflow will be asked to wait outside, and will be notified when space becomes available.” While face masks are optional, the City will have them available as needed.


JCSD Parks and Recreation Department opened the Splash Pads on Saturday, May 30. The hours of operation will be from 9:30a.m.-5:30p.m. (Monday-Sunday) until September 30. Signage will be posted at the splash pads reminding the community of social distancing requirements. As of May 16, restrooms were opened at local parks.


On May 26, it was announced that hair salons and barbershops will be reopening. Statewide, retailers and places of worship can reopen with modifications.
As of May 8, the following businesses opened: clothing stores, florists, bookstores, sporting goods stores, manufacturing, and warehouses. In addition, limited services which do not generally require close customer contact have opened, such as: Pet grooming, dog walking, car washes, appliance repair, residential and janitorial cleaning, and plumbing.


Specifically, the following businesses have opened: AAA, Applebee’s, AT&T, Bank of America, Buffalo Wild Wings, CHASE Bank, CPR Cell Phone Repair, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Eastbrew Café, Fantastic Sam’s, Fashion Q, Gateway Dental Group, Gateway Medspa, Limonite Dental Group, Lucky Kitchen Thai, Mountain View Tire, On the Border, Petsmart, Pho Viet, Staples, Sunrise Optometry, Target, The Joint, Tillys, Tio’s Mexican, Tutor Time. For the most up-to-date information regarding businesses opening, please visit covid19.ca.gov.


In addition, the City announced they will resume normal street sweeping enforcement on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in order to comply with storm water regulations. To see a copy of the street sweeping schedule, please click here: https://bit.ly/2M1CgtO


Lastly, on May 15, Mayor Plott provided a comprehensive update to the Eastvale community. The City of Eastvale provided the following information: “Eastvale City Council adopted a resolution at their May 13th meeting, calling on the Governor and State Legislature to set a realistic timetable for the re-opening of the economy. A copy of that resolution can be found here: https://bit.ly/2TaCR07

The City Council also formed the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Ad-Hoc Committee, made up of Councilmember Rigby and Councilmember Tessari. This committee will work with local businesses and developers to help businesses re-open and enhance the local economy in Eastvale.


Referenced in the video is the Riverside County Readiness & Reopening Framework. Here is the link to that document: https://bit.ly/3dJ159E
Information about the re-opening of the economy at the State level can be found here: https://covid19.ca.gov/

Crime Recap

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – Last month, several incidents took place in the City of Eastvale and the City of Norco, including attempted murder and marijuana plants found.  The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. 

INCIDENT: Attempted Murder with a Firearm

INCIDENT DATE: June 7, 2020

WHERE: Intersection of Limonite Avenue and Scholar Way

On Sunday, June 7, 2020, about 8:23 AM, deputies responded to the intersection of Limonite Avenue and Scholar Way in the City of Eastvale, regarding a shooting. Deputies arrived and learned an altercation took place between a motorist and bicyclist. During the altercation, the bicyclist reached into a handbag and the motorist believed the bicyclist was reaching for a weapon. The motorist, along with three passengers feared for their safety and fled. The bicyclist fired a single gunshot at the motorist as the motorist fled the scene. Two of the four passengers were identified as juveniles.

Deputies searched the area and located the suspect, who was in possession of a loaded firearm. The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Eastvale resident, Donovan Moore. He was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on four counts of attempted murder.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Sergeant Frank Lodes of the Jurupa Valley Station at (951) 955-2634.

INCIDENT: Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Felon in Possession of a Firearm

INCIDENT DATE: June 6, 2020

WHERE: 3900 Block of Mount Shasta Place, Norco

Courtesy: RCSD
Dakota Halverson

On Saturday, June 6, 2020, around 1:07am, deputies responded to the 3900 block of Mount Shasta Pl., Norco, in reference to an assault with a deadly weapon. Upon arrival it was learned that a subject, later identified as Dakota Halverson, a 26-year-old male resident of Riverside, had arrived at the location and was in a verbal argument. During the altercation, Halverson fired a handgun into the air and fled behind the residence into the hills.

With the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department SWAT and SWAT K9 teams, deputies unsuccessfully canvassed the hillside and neighborhood for several hours.

Later that day, around 3:30pm, deputies received an additional call for service at the same residence advising that Halverson had returned. Deputies, the SWAT K9 team, and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit responded. Halverson was located at the residence and taken into custody.

Deputies recovered a firearm at the location. Halverson was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for Negligent Discharge of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Obstruct, Resist, Delay a Peace Officer, and Violation of Parole. He is currently be held on a No Bail hold.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Deputy X. Martinez at the Jurupa Valley Station by calling (951) 955-2600.

INCIDENT: Burglary – Resist Public Officer

INCIDENT DATE: June 1, 2020

WHERE: 1200 Block of Hamner Avenue, Norco

On Monday, June 1, 2020, about 10:00 PM, deputies from the Norco Sheriff’s Station responded to a burglary in progress at the Target retail store located in the 1200 block of Hamner Avenue., Norco.

Photo courtesy: RCSD
Van Bigman Lindsay

Upon arrival, deputies saw one of the suspects fleeing through a rear emergency door. After a brief struggle, he was taken into custody without further incident and with no injuries to the suspect or deputies. The suspect was identified as Van Bigman Lindsay, a 24-year-old resident of Apple Valley. Live surveillance inside Target showed there were three other suspects inside the store; however, they fled the scene in a white GMC Suburban before deputies arrived. The suspects gained entry by smashing glass doors at the front entrance. Information was received that the same suspects burglarized a pharmacy in a neighboring city earlier in the evening and evidence was collected at the scene.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Bergert at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600. Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information by visiting our Online Tip Form or wetip.com.

INCIDENT: Marijuana Indoor Cultivation Warrants

INCIDENT DATE: May 18, 2020

WHERE: Multiple locations throughout the city of Eastvale

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.

Members of the Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Teams (SET), representing the cities of Jurupa Valley and Eastvale, have been aggressively targeting illegal indoor marijuana grows throughout the cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley.

Deputies assigned to SET received complaints from residents of the city of Eastvale regarding possible illegal indoor marijuana cultivations. SET Deputies investigated and determined that properties located on the 6200 block of Arcadia St., 12200 block of Meadowvale St., and 7700 block of Stonegate Dr. in the city of Eastvale, had been converted to support illegal indoor marijuana cultivation and there was evidence that marijuana plants were harvested on the properties.

On May 18, 2020, members from the Jurupa Valley station’s SET, at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco, served three residential search warrants within the city of Eastvale. They recovered a total of 4,256 marijuana plants. Its estimated that $58,000 worth of combined electrical theft occurred. 

Eastvale Code Enforcement and Southern California Edison, were summoned to conduct their own separate investigation into various building and electrical code violations.

Anyone with further information about this incident is encouraged to call the Special Enforcement Team at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.

INCIDENT: Marijuana Indoor Cultivation Warrant

INCIDENT DATE: May 5, 2020

WHERE: 7400 block of Wild Rose Dr. City of Eastvale

Members of the Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Teams (SET) representing the cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley have been aggressively targeting illegal indoor marijuana grows throughout the cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley in 2020.

SET Deputies investigated and determined that a property located on the 7400 block of Wild Rose Dr. city of Eastvale, had been converted to support illegal indoor marijuana cultivation and there was evidence that marijuana plants were harvested inside the property.

On May 5, 2020, at 6pm, members from the Jurupa Valley station’s SET conducted a marijuana eradication search warrant at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco. Deputies served the search warrant and recovered a total amount of 786 marijuana plants. Also, a combined theft of electrical utilities from the residence worth $30,000. Eastvale City Code Enforcement and Southern California Edison representatives were summoned to the location and they conducted their own separate investigations into various building code violations and utilities violations.

Anyone with further information about this incident is encouraged to call the Special Enforcement Team at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.

Looking Beyond Labels to Love

City of Eastvale

Courtesy City of Eastvale
Deputy Myers hugging ERHS student, Elysia.

Eastvale – In Eastvale, Black Lives Matter. In fact, all lives regardless of nationality, profession, politics, abilities, gender, religion, class, color, and culture matter in Eastvale. We look past labels to one’s heart. Our heart and actions define our character.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and the one below certainly qualifies. The photo of Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Deanna Myers embracing a young Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ERHS) student Elysia during the George Floyd protest tells the story of loving past labels.

The two met years before at ERHS where Deputy Myers served as a school resource officer and Elysia was a student. Upon seeing Elysia for the first time at school one day Deputy Myers greeted her with a hearty “Hi”. However, Elysia’s interaction with law enforcement before meeting Deputy Myers was guarded because of historical context of racism, social norms and labels.

It was that historical context that caused Elysia to respond, “I hate cops, why are you different?” This question sparked a female role model mentoring relationship that changed both of their lives. Their relationship grew over the years and they kept in touch over social media as time passed. Fast forward to Sunday, June 1, 2020 they found themselves on perceived opposite sides of a line drawn in response to a violent death. The picture is poignant because given the circumstances the rules forbid crossing the line. When Elysia caught sight of Deputy Myers, she bravely approached her and stood awaiting the embrace she had grown accustomed to receiving. Despite the reality of being on duty, armed to protect the constitutional right of those protesting and to keep the peace, Myers enlisted I another Deputy to replace her on the line and found her way to lovingly embrace Elysia. Once again, Myers looked past skin color to the heart of Elysia and Elysia looked past the badge to the heart of Myers. Their embrace is a sign of hope and peace.

Deputy Myers has seen her fair share of heartbreak and has had to triumph over obstacles in her life, which forced her to grow up quickly. She is a first generation immigrant, the first to go to college in her family, and she overcame discrimination as a woman in a male dominated law enforcement profession where she had to earn the trust and respect of her fellow peers as it wasn’t always freely given. She also endured the pain of her grandmother being abducted and murdered, the loss of her father and had to care for her ailing mother shortly after that, along with raising her teenage sibling.

Deputy Myers, because of losing her grandmother too early and in a violent way, could have chosen to be a victim or villain and instead chose to be a victor and take steps and actions to make a difference in her community. She chose to create a legacy that reflects the woman her grandmother and parents would have wanted her to become. Myer’s chose to make a difference and join the law enforcement profession. After creating a bond with Elysia and breaking down that barrier by serving as a female role model, Elysia wants to emulate her mentor and serve in the law enforcement profession.

Now with RSO for almost 13 years, Deputy Myers has a message of hope for our community for which will hopefully help change the language, conversation and culture.

“We need to advocate for the right voices to be heard. I take pride in being different and pushing out a positive message. Everyone is a blessing and there is good in everyone. Everyone has an opportunity to create their legacy.” – Deputy Myers

As a nation and as a community, we need to both respect the badge and hold the person wearing the badge accountable. After all, we are all people, regardless of the badge and color of our skin. We must learn to look past the label and see the heart. This will allow us to transcend the divide and breakdown barriers through seeking to understand each other’s unique differences and stories.

Photo was taken by Marc Danelian. This post was written after interview Deputy Myers. Next week, we’ll be sharing a perspective from an interview with Elysia.

Does Eastvale Need Its Own School District?

Jennifer Madrigal

Eastvale – When the area of “Eastvale” first wanted to gain local control and map out what their destiny was, they began the “incorporation process.” Now with the many changes and growth in our area with over 60,000 residents, should the City of Eastvale consider developing their own school district as 15,000 of these residents are currently students? The idea of Eastvale becoming its own school district is one worthy of further investigation on the ramifications and the actual process.

So let’s examine the facts: The Corona-Norco School District (CNUSD) currently consists of thirty-one elementary schools, eight intermediate/middle schools, five comprehensive high schools, a middle college high school and three alternative schools. With the district serving over 53,000 students in the communities of Corona, Norco and Eastvale, CNUSD is the largest school district in Riverside County. Of the over 53,000 students in the district, 15,000 of them are Eastvale students.

Eastvale residents already pay a large amount of property taxes, special assessment taxes, a bond tax (Measure U), and also are asked to pay an additional $299m bond, on top of the $250 million general obligation Measure U Bond passed by voters in 2006.

“It was a huge process (to incorporate the city), but I believe it was worth the hundreds of hours of work,” said former Councilman Jeff DeGrandpre, who helped spearhead the process of the team who brought the decision to a vote. “It was tons of work, but now we have local control. We are right where we wanted to be as a community.”

Many smaller school districts have broken away from larger school districts for reasons from lack of accountability to simply a desire to run their own system. Walnut Valley Unified School District has a student population of 15,500 and became their own school district in the 1970’s when the area was in its infancy. Duarte Unified School District is a small district that serves about 4,700 students from the areas of Duarte, Bradbury, and the Maxwell Park area. Baldwin Park Unified has over 15,000 students and broke away from Covina Unified before the 1950’s. All of these school districts were part of larger areas that became smaller school districts and grew.

“We would support such a move if it benefitted our community,” said a group of parents at Clara Barton Elementary. “Especially if we have to pay for another bond. Our last bond, Measure U, we pay taxes on but only received 17% of that money.” Another parent felt they didn’t have enough control of the district and felt it’s because it’s too large. They all requested to remain anonymous because they’ve never researched the idea. “I never realized it was possible,” she said.

If Eastvale were to explore the possibility of separating from CNUSD and becoming its own individual school district, the California Department of Education requires a certain process to be followed. According to the California Department of Education District Organization Handbook- July 2010, this type of reorganization would seek to form one new school district of the same kind from parts of one existing school district of that same kind.

This type of reorganization is more commonly referred to as Unification. Although the exact method of Unification is based on a variety of factors, the first step in this process is a petition. This petition would then be presented to the County Superintendent of Schools and he/she would have 30 days to determine the legal sufficiency of the petition. If the petition is found to be legally sufficient, it is then sent to the County Committee on School District Organization and the State Board. A public hearing would then need to be held within 60 days to advise the public of the petition. After the hearing is held and within 120 days, the petition would need to be reviewed to see if it meets Section 35753 of the Educational Code.

These conditions are as follows: (a) The reorganized districts will be adequate in terms of number of pupils enrolled. (b) The districts are each organized on the basis of a substantial community identity. (c) The proposal will result in an equitable division of property and facilities of the original district or districts. (d) The reorganization of the districts will preserve each affected district’s ability to educate students in an integrated environment and will not promote racial or ethnic discrimination or segregation. (e) Any increase in costs to the state as a result of the proposed reorganization will be insignificant and otherwise incidental to the reorganization. (f) The proposed reorganization will continue to promote sound education performance and will not significantly disrupt the educational programs in the districts affected by the proposed reorganization. (g) Any increase in school facilities costs as a result of the proposed reorganization will be insignificant and otherwise incidental to the reorganization. (h) The proposed reorganization is primarily designed for purposes other than to significantly increase property values. (i) The proposed reorganization will continue to promote sound fiscal management and not cause a substantial negative effect on the fiscal status of the proposed district or any existing district affected by the proposed reorganization. (j) Any other criteria as the board may, by regulation, prescribe.

To maintain neutrality, the County Office of Education would most likely hire an independent consultant trained in evaluating this type of criteria. If the independent consultant does find the petition to be in compliance with EC35753, it is then passed on to the State Board of Education and they will determine if it is approved or sent to an election within the area affected. In most cases, this becomes a major obstacle, as a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) would need to be done, which can be expensive.

According to a source from the Department of Education, this is where most of these petitions “die”, mainly due to the large expense of the CEQA. This step often takes a few years due to the state pipeline and the Environmental Impact Study. If the petition makes it through all of these steps and wins in an election of the area affected by the Unification, then a new school district would be formed.

While there are many pros and cons to becoming our own school district, any action to do so would most likely come at a large expense, be extremely controversial as well as political, and would need to be thoroughly researched to truly understand the greater impact on the students and the communities involved.

“It took us 3.5 years to get the city incorporation to the ballot,” the former councilman said. “It’s definitely worth looking into, but a tough road because CNUSD is highly regarded within the state.”

(Michael Armijo contributed to this story.)

Tint Your Windows at Mr. Tint

Mr. Tint is conveniently located just minutes from Eastvale at 1780 Town and Country Drive, #104, in Norco (near the Post Office and DMV). Call them at (951) 737-7007 for more information, or visit their website at http://www.mrtint-ie.com.

Staff Reports

Norco- Car window tinting is one of the best ways to improve the look and comfort of your vehicle. You can protect the interior of the vehicle from sun damage by tinting the windows. Sunlight and heat can cause your interior, like seats and the dashboard, to fade, crack and deteriorate. Window tinting reduces the sunlight allowed into the vehicle, which in turn reduces how hot it gets inside your car. Likewise, homes and offices heat up during the day, and trying to keep your air-conditioner ahead of the game can be costly.


Car window tinting also increases the value of your vehicle when done by professionals like Mr. Tint. Quality car window tinting and expert installation is essential for a professional tint job and maintaining a showroom-quality car.


Mr. Tint has a solution for autos, homes, and commercial buildings.  By tinting your windows, you can not only save up to 30% on your cooling costs with a significant decrease in heat, but you can reduce up to 99% of the UV rays that fade auto interiors, window coverings and furniture in your home and office.


There is one goal prevalent at Mr. Tint, and that is for their customers to be 100% satisfied.  They are focused on not only providing a superior product, but with offering competitive pricing alongside exceptional customer service.  Mr. Tint believes in treating the customer right in all aspects of their business.  By earning your loyalty, you will refer your family, friends and business associates, and come back time and again.
Family owned and operated, Mr. Tint offers free estimates and lifetime warranties.  With over 20 years of experience, the quality of their workmanship is second to none.  They are completely sure you will be satisfied, and invite you to see what other customers are saying on Yelp.com.


Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Same-day service is available, and you can enjoy free beverages and Wi-Fi while you wait, or take advantage of their free shuttle service (within 10 miles).


Mr. Tint is conveniently located just minutes from Eastvale at 1780 Town and Country Drive, #104, in Norco (near the post office and DMV).  Call them at (951) 737-7007 for more information, or visit their website at http://www.mrtint-ie.com

Pastor’s Corner: A New Four Letter Word

Mark Hopper

There is a new four-letter word in our vocabulary. I know there are many appropriate four-letter words that people say like – love, hope, help, kind, sure and more. There are also some four-letter words that people use that I don’t think are necessary nor appropriate to mention.

But there is a new word that has become part of our vocabulary during the Corona Virus outbreak.  The word is Zoom.  I’m not sure if it is a noun or a verb. Maybe it can be used both ways. But I hear the word in many conversations by both older and younger people. Even our grandchildren are including Zoom in their vocabulary as they describe going to school and connecting with their teachers and classmates.  

Previously we used tools like Skype and Facetime to talk with people on the internet. But Zoom seems to have surpassed them in popularity. I teach an adult Bible class on Sunday mornings using Zoom. Many churches are using Zoom to broadcast their church services to people at home. Schools are using Zoom to teach their students. Doctors are meeting with their patients on Zoom instead of in their office.

In many ways. Zoom and similar tools are changing the way we do business, education and the way we connect with family and friends. This has been a very useful and helpful tool during the Corona crisis. We have a Zoom call with all of our children and grandchildren once-a-week. But I sense most people feel it is not the same as meeting with people face-to-face. Many teachers feel that online instruction is not the same as classroom instruction. Many students miss the benefit of connecting with their classmates in the classroom and on their school campus.

The Apostle Paul wrote to some church leaders in Corinth expressing how his written letters may give a different impression than when he met with them face to face (Second Corinthians 10:1). Phone calls, email and text messages can be useful. Cards and letters are too. But I believe that Zoom will never replace meeting face-to-face with grandkids, clients, customers and classmates. When this pandemic is over and restrictions are lifted, let me encourage you to spend more time with other people face-to-face. Theywill be glad you did and you will too!

Pastor Hopper has published a book with 365 of his articles and stories. The title is “Let Me Encourage You”. The cost is $25 which includes shipping. Order your copy at markh@efreedb.org.

Centro Basco: French Cuisine In Chino

Michael Armijo

Chino – If you’re tired of the traditional restaurants in your area you have to try a classy and delicious place locally here in Chino since 1940.


Centro Basco French Restaurant, located at 13432 S. Central Avenue, just south of Chino Avenue, has been the best kept secret and the oldest Basque restaurant in the Valley. Featuring delicious and tasty menu items brought here for the Basque lands stretch along the Pyrennes Mountains in the southern region of France and north region of Spain. The hometown of the owner Monique Berterretche can be found just outside of St. Jean Pied Port, France.

Featuring lunch menu items, served from 11 am to 2:30 pm, such as breaded shrimp, fettuccine Alfred, calamari state, rib eye and flat iron steak, lamb chops and their infamous meatloaf meals, among many other menu items.
Centro Basco also serves burgers and sandwiches: Angus beef, steak, French dip, tuna salad, tuna melt, Lukinka sausage and their infamous meatloaf on sandwich bread, among other items.


For dinner, a four course meal will be impressive among you spouse or your clients. Serving French onion soup, salad, and bread, entrees include Roasted chicken, chicken cordon blue, breast of chicken parmesan, fettuccini alfredo, Lukinka sausage and noodles, fresh baked salmon, trout, breaded shrimp, rack of lamb, angus prime rib (14 oz), rib eye and flat iron steak, veal cutlet or pork loin chops just to name a few!
During lunch and before dinner you can always relax in their full service bar, open to those who want to have a relaxing drink prior to eating. Always greeted with a smile and a handshake, always feel free to enjoy the Basque family atmosphere.


Their freshly made entrees for lunch or dinner are always made from scratch and always available the four course meal option, with soup of the day, salad, sourdough break, and main course. The freshness of the food is always obvious along with the feeling of the Basque Country: friendliness and sense of family that is experienced amongst the Basque people. An atmosphere that makes coming to Centro Basco in Chino a unique, memorable and cherished experience.

Centro Basco Restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday and can be reached at 909.628.9014, www.centrobasco.net, or just stop by at 13432 S. Central Avenue, just a block south of Chino avenue in Chino.

Eastvale News Complete Print Edition – June 2020

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

Celebrating the Simple Things

Nancy Stoops

I believe each day that we have the honor of being alive is call for celebration. Every morning as I awake and see the sun rising and filling the sky with majestic colors I am reminded of how lucky we are. As I step out in the morning with Midnight my therapy dog I feel blessed for his friendship and for the health that we both have. As we start our walk through our wonderful community I am proud to be part of it and I enjoy the morning song of the birds around us. As we walk I enjoy the trees and flowers that represent life in the neighborhood. Midnight and I are greeted by the other daily walkers with a friendly smile and warm hello. It’s so nice to be part of such a wonderful neighborhood filled with such lovely people. Sometimes the other dogs will visit with Midnight as we make our way through our neighborhood and that makes Midnight a very happy soul.


I think the feeling of the sun on my face is just magical. The fragrant plants and flowers are intoxicating and so very delightful. Swimming or floating in water has always been very freeing for me. Laughter truly is the best medicine and I think we all could do a lot more of it. Looking up at a night sky filled with stars and a full moon can be an experience that provides a wonderful kind of solace. Just hanging out with my grandson is fabulous.


These simple things I speak of don’t cost any money but are literally priceless. I think if we all take time to appreciate the simple things that are so wonderful in our world we will be more positive. I think then we will not dwell so much on what is wrong but focus on what is right. I know we are all struggling to look at what’s right in our world and celebrating the simple things helps us do just that. I have faith that we all are going to get through these difficult times and come out better people for it!!


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 909 229-0727. You may e-mail Nancy at nancyjstoops@verizon.net. You may purchase Nancy’s books Life Heal and Grow and Midnight the Therapy Dog at Amazon.net.

Crime Recap: May

Staff Reports


Inland Empire – Last month, several incidents took place in the City of Eastvale and the City of Norco, including attempted murder and marijuana plants found. The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.


INCIDENT: Attempted Murder with a Firearm
INCIDENT DATE: June 7, 2020
WHERE: Intersection of Limonite Avenue and Scholar Way
On Sunday, June 7, 2020, about 8:23 AM, deputies responded to the intersection of Limonite Avenue and Scholar Way in the City of Eastvale, regarding a shooting. Deputies arrived and learned an altercation took place between a motorist and bicyclist. During the altercation, the bicyclist reached into a handbag and the motorist believed the bicyclist was reaching for a weapon. The motorist, along with three passengers feared for their safety and fled. The bicyclist fired a single gunshot at the motorist as the motorist fled the scene. Two of the four passengers were identified as juveniles.
Deputies searched the area and located the suspect, who was in possession of a loaded firearm. The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Eastvale resident, Donovan Moore. He was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on four counts of attempted murder. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Sergeant Frank Lodes of the Jurupa Valley Station at (951) 955-2634.

Dakota Halverson. Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner.


INCIDENT: Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Felon in Possession of a Firearm
INCIDENT DATE: June 6, 2020
WHERE: 3900 Block of Mount Shasta Place, Norco
On Saturday, June 6, 2020, around 1:07am, deputies responded to the 3900 block of Mount Shasta Pl., Norco, in reference to an assault with a deadly weapon. Upon arrival it was learned that a subject, later identified as Dakota Halverson, a 26-year-old male resident of Riverside, had arrived at the location and was in a verbal argument. During the altercation, Halverson fired a handgun into the air and fled behind the residence into the hills.
With the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department SWAT and SWAT K9 teams, deputies unsuccessfully canvassed the hillside and neighborhood for several hours.
Later that day, around 3:30pm, deputies received an additional call for service at the same residence advising that Halverson had returned. Deputies, the SWAT K9 team, and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit responded. Halverson was located at the residence and taken into custody.
Deputies recovered a firearm at the location. Halverson was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for Negligent Discharge of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Obstruct, Resist, Delay a Peace Officer, and Violation of Parole. He is currently be held on a No Bail hold.
This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Deputy X. Martinez at the Jurupa Valley Station by calling (951) 955-2600.

Van Bigman Lindsay. Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner


INCIDENT: Burglary – Resist Public Officer
INCIDENT DATE: June 1, 2020
WHERE: 1200 Block of Hamner Avenue, Norco
On Monday, June 1, 2020, about 10:00 PM, deputies from the Norco Sheriff’s Station responded to a burglary in progress at the Target retail store located in the 1200 block of Hamner Avenue., Norco.
Upon arrival, deputies saw one of the suspects fleeing through a rear emergency door. After a brief struggle, he was taken into custody without further incident and with no injuries to the suspect or deputies. The suspect was identified as Van Bigman Lindsay, a 24-year-old resident of Apple Valley. Live surveillance inside Target showed there were three other suspects inside the store; however, they fled the scene in a white GMC Suburban before deputies arrived. The suspects gained entry by smashing glass doors at the front entrance. Information was received that the same suspects burglarized a pharmacy in a neighboring city earlier in the evening and evidence was collected at the scene.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Bergert at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600. Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information by visiting our Online Tip Form or wetip.com.

INCIDENT: Marijuana Indoor Cultivation Warrants
INCIDENT DATE: May 18, 2020
WHERE: Multiple locations throughout the city of Eastvale
Members of the Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Teams (SET), representing the cities of Jurupa Valley and Eastvale, have been aggressively targeting illegal indoor marijuana grows throughout the cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley.
Deputies assigned to SET received complaints from residents of the city of Eastvale regarding possible illegal indoor marijuana cultivations. SET Deputies investigated and determined that properties located on the 6200 block of Arcadia St., 12200 block of Meadowvale St., and 7700 block of Stonegate Dr. in the city of Eastvale, had been converted to support illegal indoor marijuana cultivation and there was evidence that marijuana plants were harvested on the properties.
On May 18, 2020, members from the Jurupa Valley station’s SET, at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco, served three residential search warrants within the city of Eastvale. They recovered a total of 4,256 marijuana plants. Its estimated that $58,000 worth of combined electrical theft occurred.
Eastvale Code Enforcement and Southern California Edison, were summoned to conduct their own separate investigation into various building and electrical code violations.
Anyone with further information about this incident is encouraged to call the Special Enforcement Team at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.

Photo Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner.


INCIDENT: Marijuana Indoor Cultivation Warrant
INCIDENT DATE: May 5, 2020
WHERE: 7400 block of Wild Rose Dr. City of Eastvale
Members of the Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Teams (SET) representing the cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley have been aggressively targeting illegal indoor marijuana grows throughout the cities of Eastvale and Jurupa Valley in 2020.
SET Deputies investigated and determined that a property located on the 7400 block of Wild Rose Dr. city of Eastvale, had been converted to support illegal indoor marijuana cultivation and there was evidence that marijuana plants were harvested inside the property.
On May 5, 2020, at 6pm, members from the Jurupa Valley station’s SET conducted a marijuana eradication search warrant at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco. Deputies served the search warrant and recovered a total amount of 786 marijuana plants. Also, a combined theft of electrical utilities from the residence worth $30,000. Eastvale City Code Enforcement and Southern California Edison representatives were summoned to the location and they conducted their own separate investigations into various building code violations and utilities violations.
Anyone with further information about this incident is encouraged to call the Special Enforcement Team at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.

Who Stole Norco Bob’s Big Boy Statue?

Staff Reports

Norco –   The iconic “Bob’s Big Boy” statue in Norco was reportedly stolen and the “thieves” were caught on camera. The story buzzed around local social media sites until the culprits admitted it was just a publicity stunt.

“OK, we’re busted!! Yes it’s true, we were in cahoots with Bob’s Big Boy Norco to “borrow” one of their iconic Big Boy statues,” boasted “Decked” on their Facebook page. “We hold a sentimental place in our hearts for Big Boy.”

Surveillance footage that circled social media sites showed four men lifting the 2,000 lb statue and loading it into a pickup. The statue was later found in a field of tall grass.

“We will be returning Big Boy to the Norco location later this evening along with a monetary donation to help them feed frontline heroes within their community,” according to the “Decked” Facebook page. “Thanks Big Boy- what a blast! Support your local Big Boy (and if you steal one, treat it with the respect it’s earned over all these years!)”

The statue was returned and the donation was much needed and appreciated.

“As kids we’ve craved their burgers and as adolescents stolen their statues; so how better to demonstrate the 2000 lb payload of our DECKED truck bed drawer system than with a real-life Big Boy himself,” said Decked. “We apologize for any stress this may have caused you, see you at your local Big Boy.”  #WhoStoleBigBoy