Category Archives: Chino

Board Member Files Claim Against CVUSD

By Anthony Saude

Chino– Some Don Lugo parents say they are satisfied with the way the school and the district handled investigations into sexual hazing incidents last year that involved freshmen on the football team. In Contrast to the statements made by Chino Valley school board member Irene Hernandez-Blair.

The parents speaking at a school board meeting said the school had notified them about the alleged incidents and student interviews were conducted by the district and the Chino Police Department.

Some of those parents also stated that the school offered counseling services to their sons but that their boys did not feel victimized in any way during the incidents. It is alleged the incidents took place over a period of several days in November 2017.

Four community members who do not have children attending Don Lugo spoke in support of Mrs. Blair.

Mrs. Blair announced she could no longer stay quiet about the “egregious acts” and this week told her story to NBC News in Los Angeles. The news station broadcast a video of an incident that appeared to show a student being held down by other students.

The students in the video were clothed and their faces were blurred.

Mrs. Blair told the media that “flesh to flesh contact” had also occurred.

On June 12, Blair filed a claim against the school district on behalf of her son, a member of the freshman football team last year.

The claim alleges sexual assault, humiliation, emotional distress and sexual harassment.

Sexual assault, by definition, places a person in fear of imminent sexual contact or sexual battery.

Sexual battery, on the other hand, is the physical sex act. Mr. Prince, Mrs. Blair’s attorney declined to answer if any physical contact was alleged in the claim.  It was reported that he said In this case there was not intercourse but there were clear victims and perpetrators.

After the investigations by the district it was recommended by the district’s human resources department that head football coach Greg Gano be terminated immediately.

At public meeting held on a February 15, the Don Lugo football community convinced the board to keep the coach. Mrs. Blair recused herself because of a possible conflict of interest.

Mr. Prince, Blair’s attorney said that parents were led to believe that Mrs. Blair was critical of the coach because her son was not given sufficient playing time in games and that the district allowed that perception to take root.

Their claim is that this was not being handled at all and was being swept under the rug and a false narrative was being perpetrated by the district. Mr. Prince also filed a claim June 12 on behalf of Corina Talamantes and her son, another Don Lugo student and a member of the freshman football team last year. The claim alleges sexual assault, humiliation, emotional distress, and sexual harassment.

The claims submitted by Mrs. Blair and Mrs. Talamantes seek an unspecified amount in damages and settlement demands.

The board rejected the claims and referred them to the district’s insurance carrier.

 

Sexual Hazing at Chino High School

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Students at Don Lugo High School in Chino were accused of sexually hazing other students in a classroom that was not being supervised by a teacher.

By Anthony Saude

Chino – Students at Don Lugo High School in Chino were accused of sexually hazing other students in a classroom that was not being supervised by a teacher.

A student caught some of the incident on video. The video shows two football players holding another player down on the ground while simulating sexual acts.

In the video everybody is clothed, but Irene Hernandez Blair says there have been other reports that the alleged assaults were even more graphic.

Some of these reports state that was actual flesh to flesh contact. Blair is not only a parent of one of the alleged hazing victims; she is also a Chino Valley Unified School District Board member. Blair spoke about these reported incidents at a recent board meeting on June 14.

“These are the facts: Egregious acts took place while the kids were unsupervised,” she said in a recording of the meeting.

She said she was notified by the school superintendent and other board members last November about several videos showing football players performing lewd acts on other players, including placing genitals on students.

“I wanted parents to be advised that their sons were being interviewed and the reason as to why,” she said.

The school board decided not to inform the parents what their children were being questioned in reference to the incidents. Technically the school board doesn’t have a legal obligation to notify parents that any students were even being interviewed, much less about what.

Chino police have been contacted and the incidents are currently under investigation.

Blair said the school district conducted their own investigation and human resources recommended terminating head football coach, Gred Gano, for leaving the class of students without any adult supervision.

But school board members voted in favor of the coach without any disciplinary action whatsoever.

Blair recused herself from the vote because her son is an alleged victim.

It was reported that four students were expelled and a 14-year-old boy has been cited by Chino police.

Two of those students were eventually reinstated and one was allowed back on the football team.

Should Coach Gano have been held accountable?

The school district released the following statement:

“At Chino Valley Unified School District, the safety of our students is our highest priority. At this point, we cannot comment on pending litigation.”

 

Man Arrested In Chino for Las Vegas Murder

Julius Trotter was wanted in a Las Vegas double homicide. He was found and arrested in Chino California

By Anthony Saude

Chino – A 31-year-old man wanted in the homicide of two Vietnamese tourists in Las Vegas was apprehended and arrested after a short police pursuit from Chino to Chino Hills. He is currently awaiting extradition to Nevada.

Julius Trotter is being held without bail at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga after his arrest on June 7 in the 4300 block of Lugo Avenue in Chino Hills.

Chino Police and FBI agents worked together to track Mr. Trotter to a residence in the 13900 block of Derby Avenue in Chino. Trotter must have seen them coming because he was able to get into a car being driven by a 27-year-old woman. They sped off in the car and lead officers on a short pursuit.

According to jail records, Itaska Lavon Dean, the woman driving the car, is being held on $100,000 bail at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore on suspicion of felony evading.

Trotter has been named as the main suspect in the homicides of Sang Boy Nghia, 38, and Khoung Ba Le Nguyen, 30, who were at the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Earlier this month the victims were part of a tour group that was preparing for a trip to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Video footage obtained by Las Vegas Police show a man burglarizing the victims’ hotel room shortly before the couple was stabbed to death. Reports state that the victims did not show up for a tour that was scheduled for that morning. One of the members of the tour group was concerned when the victims could not be contacted the entire day. The concerned party asked the hotel security to check on their welfare later that afternoon. When security officers entered the room they discovered the victims deceased and called police.

On June 6, Las Vegas Police identified the murder suspect on the security footage as Mr. Trotter, and worked until through the night trying to find him. He was found at the home in Chino.

Investigators have not said why Mr. Trotter, who is not a resident of Chino or Chino Hills, was at the Chino house.

 

Residents Ask Police For Help With a Neighbor

Anthony Saude

Chino – Residents of the 13300 block of San Marcos Place in Chino are pleading with the city council and police department for help with a neighbor who they claim has been disturbing the peace on their street for many years.

The situation has become so heated that the Chino Police Department recently installed a video camera overlooking the cul-de-sac to capture any criminal activity occurring there. The plan is to consult with the special prosecutor in an effort to identify other potential legal remedies.

Six residents attended the recent city council meeting to ask for help dealing with their neighbor, a 69-year-old female homeowner who lives on a cul-de-sac just east of Don Lugo High.

Neighbors claim the situation began about 17 years ago. It is alleged that the woman uses vulgar and foul language on the street, aimed particularly at children, the elderly, and women. Allegedly she has told neighbor children that their father is a rapist and their mother, a murderer.

By all the reports the neighbors are at the end of their rope and are concerned for everybody’s safety. They are afraid that if something isn’t done to stop this soon, presumably something horrible is going to happen.

Next door neighbor Frankie Lam was quoted as saying, when he leaves for work, the woman will often direct inappropriate gestures and use bad language towards him. He said that she told him he would get deported and raped in jail. He also said she plays music loudly, often in the wee hours of the morning.

Residents all have their own experience with the woman of yelling obscenities at neighbors, spraying water at people on the street and on residents’ vehicles. Two people have already moved from the neighborhood because of the disturbances.

Several residents showed up at a recent city council meeting and implied that the woman may suffer from mental illness and needs help.

Officers are working diligently to link the woman to some type of mental illness with the resources available through the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health.

Reports by the Police show that there have been approximately 200 calls to or from the residence that the police were obligated to investigate on some level since October 2014.Most of the calls have been related to loud noise or music, disturbing the peace, general nuisance activity, and most recently, court order violations.

The woman has been arrested eight times for misdemeanor violations, primarily for disturbing the peace. Neighbors have signed private person’s arrest forms for protection regarding misdemeanor crimes committed outside an officer’s presence.

The woman has been issued citations from the police department for disturbing the peace in the past.

They have encouraged resident’s to call 9-1-1 when the alleged disturbances take place, and to file the private person’s arrest forms. These forms are needed for the police to take any action in these types of cases. .

Officers recommended to several neighbors that they may want to seek restraining orders against the woman. Protection types of orders would prohibit her from having “negative contact” with them. The protective order would also allow police officers to possibly make an arrest and/or file a report with the District Attorney’s Office for a court order violation.

 

Bible Thrives At Public Schools

By Anthony Saude

Chino – Glory, Grace, and Hope all come in the form of white buses to the Chino Valley Unified School District they are driven by volunteers on a mission to share the Christian faith with children.

The buses can be found weekly parked near all 22 elementary schools. Children hop on board during school hours once a week to receive an hour of Bible teachings and character building.

The program has never been  associated with the district.

Every first-year student is given the Honey Word children’s Bible upon graduation.

The program celebrated its twentieth year in existence in the school district with a luncheon at Los Serranos Country Club.

Gail Blake-Smith of Chino Hills, Founder and director of the program, explained that the program is made possible by  the California State Education Code and is authorized by a school board policy.

There are rules to follow like no taxpayer money may be used, parent permission is required, and instruction must not take place on the school campus.

The program was started by Blake-Smith in 1998, two schools were involved—Cortez and E.J. Marshall–four volunteer teachers, and 11 children participated in the program that first year.

At this time all 22 elementary schools and 40 volunteers, half of those being teachers are now participating. Approximately 5,000 children have gone through the program since it inception.

Robert Ramirez of Chino Hills, known as the “bus godfather,” devotes his time to making sure the buses are always in clean good working order. He also a drives one of the buses and is a teacher assistant, and the go-to guy for the program.

Chino resident Maria Simpson said she attended when she was in the sixth grade and it was her first contact with Christians. Her experience was so special to her that she became volunteer teacher for several years and encountered children with deep questions about God.

Four graduates from the seven-month program gave heartfelt testimonies about how their lives have been changed forever.

One student said that in his second year of the program, he began to realize how much he loved and needed God  and started sharing the Gospel with my friends,” he said.

Mrs. Blake-Smith said today’s youth are faced with challenges and alarming problems that were unheard of a few years ago.

The program will is grateful to Calvary Chapel Chino Hills and Calvary Chapel Golden Springs for their “extraordinary support and continued love for the program.”

 

Chino Player Places at Angel Stadium

City Of Chino

Chino– Kaylee Pitts has some bragging rights.  The 12-year-old softball player from Chino Girls Fastpitch league took 3rd place in the Scott’s Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Team Championship competition at Angel Stadium on June 2.

 

To make it to this point, she had to win a few other events:  On March 24, Kaylee participated in Chino’s local competition after her softball game.  She was the hitting and running champion, and tied for the pitching champion.  She was also the all-around champion for her age group.  From there, she participated in the Sectionals hosted by Chino Hills at Chino Hills Community Park on May 20.  That day, she took the “Gold” for her age group, which made her eligible to go on to the Team Championships at Angel Stadium on June 2.

 

Kaylee will be in the seventh grade at Woodcrest Junior High School.  She plays in the Chino Girls Fastpitch, 12 & under division, on the team “All Stars.”  Her mother, Monica Pitts, said “I’m so proud of the hard work Kaylee has been putting in.  Chino Girls Fastpitch has been her home since she was 6-years-old, and for her to represent the league and the City of Chino at Angel Stadium was a great experience.”

 

The Pitch, Hit & Run competition is a free event that invites kids to demonstrate their pitching, hitting, and running abilities in baseball and softball, and is the official youth skills competition of Major League Baseball.  The City of Chino will host a local competition again in the spring of 2019.

 

Chino Community Leader Arrested

By Anthony Saude

Chino – Robert Basile a City of Chino community services commission member was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of theft. An elder abuse investigation uncovered a scheme that the suspect concoted to embezzle $130,000 from an elderly family member living in Idaho.

Mr. Basile, 60, of Chino, is the Chino Valley Unified School District’s representative to the Chino community services commission. Basile was booked into at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, bail has been set at $50,000.

Jail records indicate he was arrested at 8:15 a.m. in the 12500 block of Strawberry Place in Chino.

Investigators said the suspect is accused of unlawfully withdrawing money from a family trust fund for four years, said police spokeswoman Monica Gutierrez.

It is very concerning to learn about the arrest of community leader Robert Basile for caretaker theft. The community services commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Chino city council on matters pertaining to city-sponsored community service activities. These services include the valuable services provided to the senior community in Chino.

Chino police began their investigation in March of this year after they received information of an elder abuse case from adult protective services in Boise, Idaho, where the victim lives.

“The investigation revealed Mr. Basile, was responsible for the family trust and had embezzled the monies for personal use,” Ms. Gutierrez said.

Mr. Basile serves as a citizens’ oversight committee member for Chino Valley Unified’s Measure G school bond and was president of Rancho Del Chino Rotary in 2012.

 

Employee Assaulted During Robbery

By Anthony Saude

 

Chino– At approximately 12:02 p.m., a Chino police officer was flagged down while he was parked toward the rear of the business by employees. They advised the officer that there was possibly an active shooter inside the store. Numerous officers immediately arrived on scene; they entered the store to search for a possible suspect. Upon entering the store they soon discovered that the suspect had fled in a 4-door black Nissan Maxima with no license plates.

Officers quickly determined the reports of an active shooter were greatly exaggerated. The robbery had occurred involving a suspect that was described as an African-American male in his late 20s or early 30s. It was reported the suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, black hat, and he had a bandana covering his face.

The suspect sprayed an employee with pepper spray when he entered the business he then used a hammer to break a glass cabinet that secured the electronic merchandise. Customers and employees that were present mistook the sound of the hammer smashing glass as gunfire. The suspect took as much of the electronic devices he could carry before fleeing the scene.

The employee, who was sprayed with the pepper spray, was treated at a local hospital. There weren’t any other injuries to employees or customers reported after the incident.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chino Police Department at 909.628.1234.

a suspect that was described as an African-American male in his late 20s or early 30s. It was reported the suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, black hat, and he had a bandana covering his face.

The suspect sprayed an employee with pepper spray when he walked in he then used a hammer to break a glass cabinet that that secured the electronics merchandise. Customers and employees that were present mistook the sound of the hammer smashing glass as gunfire. The suspect took as much of the electronic devices he could carry before leaving the scene.

The employee, who was sprayed with the pepper spray, was treated at a local hospital. There weren’t any other injuries to employees or customers reported after the incident.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chino Police Department at 909.628.1234. ■

 

 

Magnolia Junior High Turns 50

By Anthony Saude

Chino – Magnolia Junior High of Chino celebrated its Golden Anniversary on April 13 with food, games, a presentation and special performances.

The school first opened in September of 1967 with more than 350 students enrolled. Walnut Avenue Elementary was also new and was bursting at the seams. It was decided that one of its fifth grade classes would transfer to Magnolia.

Nine years later construction was completed and in the same year, the school was rededicated.

Ramona Elementary vice Principal Victor Paulson, was named the school’s first principal and served loyally until he was promoted to Chino High principal. Then Dick Meyer who came from Arizona was named the new principal at Magnolia.

Klaas Weis, the wife of a dairy man and a mother, was the first ever parent-teacher organization president.

The celebration was rich with quality speakers which included current Magnolia principal Matt McCain and former principal John Miller, now the principal at Chino High.

Chino city councilman Gary George, retired physical education teacher Bob Dyer, and Bruce Warner, a teacher of Magnolia from the day the school opened until his retirement also spoke.

The school’s alumni band prepared a special musical performance just for the event.

Sean Jenkins, the school’s band instructor of 26 years, put together a community band comprised of former Magnolia students.

Most of the 40 band members were students of Chino High School, older alumni and a few advanced band students at the school also joined in.

Mr. Jenkins, is also an associate director of the USC school marching band, he said the band culture at Magnolia was set by, Perry Hal his predecessor as the school’s band director from 1992-2002. Mr. Hall’s position at Magnolia was filled by Mr. Jenkins when Hall left to teach at the high school. There are 113 students in the band and color guard program today  at Magnolia, this includes the advanced band members.

“Feedback from competition judges is that our students play better than many high schools,” Mr. Jenkins said.

Gaylen Roe, has spent all of her 28 years as a teacher at the school in the same classroom, said students there benefit from the collaborative teaching environment that has been created at the school.

Mrs. Roe will be retiring in June. She teaches an elective life skills class, that some of the older people used to know as home economics. Magnolia’s culinary arts program feeds into the culinary and hospitality academy offered at Chino High.

Magnolia currently has 659 students of which 73 percent are from low-income households.

Parent volunteer Elena Gomez-Lecaro said the school is connected by family generations and supportive community members.

The general feeling of the residents is that Magnolia is one of the best junior high schools in the community.

Planes of Fame Air Show

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STAFF REPORTS

Chino – Look to the skies on the weekend of May 5 and 6 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and watch all your favorite Planes of Fame as they soar through the skies at the Chino Airport. This year’s air show will be featuring over 40 historic aircraft, including P-47 Thunderbolts, P-38 Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs flying for your enjoyment. We invite you to join us in honoring the history, contributions, and sacrifices of our Veterans.
Performers include: A-10 Thunderbolt and Heritage Flight; Sean D. Tucker Team Oracle Aerobatics; World’s fastest piston engine aircraft P-51 Mustang Voodoo; N9MB Flying Wing Demo; Pacific, European, Korean & Vietnam Flight Displays, Sanders Sea Fury Aerobatics, Gregory ‘Wired’ Colyer T-33 Aerobatics and Rob Harrison the Tumbling Bear.

In addition to many other fantastic airplanes that will be performing and on static display, there will be a special panel discussion with some of our honored Veterans.

Follow our Planes of Fame Air show Facebook page to receive up to the minute news on Performers and attending Aircraft and Veterans!

This is an incredible event whether you are an aircraft enthusiast, or just looking to enjoy an amazing day.

The gates will open at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, with the flying show running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Static displays and vendors will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with special merchandise and delicious food and beverages available. See all your favorite airplanes fly!

There will be a Kids Zone, static displays, food & vendors, and more!
SAVE $5 ORDER TICKETS ONLINE! (Hurry! Limited Time Offer)

Free Admission Kids 11 Years & Under, General $25 FREE PARKING! (Preferred Parking $17.50) FOR INFO AND TICKETS GO TO http://www.planesoffame.org

The airport and museum are located at 7000 Merrill Avenue, in Chino.

 

Lawsuit Over Air Show Settled

By Anthony Saude

ChinoSpectators will get an up-close look at aircraft at the 2018 Planes of Fame Air Show. A lawsuit filed last year by several Chino Airport tenants, who were hoping to shut down the annual event, was settled last month. Allowing the May 5 and 6 events to proceed. So it appears that the show will go on.

A civil lawsuit was filed last year by several Chino Airport tenants including Zangeneh Aeronautics, Socal MRO, Flying Tigers Aviation, Yanks Air Museum, and AFT Center to shut down the annual Planes of Fame Museum air show. The lawsuit that claimed their businesses were affected adversely by the air show by physically blocking and obstructing various airport businesses from operating by erecting fences and other barriers that kept customers from accessing their businesses.” All parties have agreed to a settlement on the lawsuit, allowing the Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 event to go on as scheduled.

“We are happy to have reached an agreement so Planes of Fame Air Museum can bring to the aviation community one of the premier aviation events in the United States and the world,” said Planes of Fame president Steve Hinton in a statement on Tuesday. “We are pleased that the tradition will continue as many in the aviation community from all over the world look forward to their annual trip to Chino for the air show.”

The lawsuit also stated that the plaintiffs were seeking compensation for lost business, dating back to the year 2013. Since the lawsuit was filed, parties on both sides have been working together feverishly to come up with a solution that everybody could agree on. According to San Bernardino County Court records the lawsuit was dismissed last month, so it appears that they were able to reach an agreeement.

“I’m glad we have settled the lawsuit and are looking forward to better serving the aviation community,” said Flying Tigers president Michael Thayer in a news article. “I know with the additional support of Flying Tigers FBO and Yanks Air Museum, it will be the best air show ever and create a win-win for us all.” Moving forward, it looks like the airport tenants have pledged to work together with Planes of Fame for the success of future air shows. Which is good news for fans of the Annual Air Show.

Proposed Mental Health Hospital Concerns

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Residents have concerns over the 50 bed mental health hospital being added to the prison.

By Anthony Saude

Chino – The news that a 50-bed mental health hospital is being proposed for the California Institution for Men (CIM) got out it wasn’t welcomed with open arms by all residents. The residents from the College Park neighborhood in Chino have concerns and showed up to a scheduled meeting to voice them to the prison’s citizens advisory committee on Tuesday at 8:30 am. When they arrived they were told that prison officials had given some inaccurate information about the 8:30 start time and they had missed the opening by 30 minutes.

The residents, the neighbors north of CIM, ended up at the California Institution for Women’s citizens advisory committee that was being held at a conference room on the Chaffey College campus. The Women’s advisory committee and prison official allowed the residents to present their concerns to them even if they were addressing the wrong group.

Residents read about the mental health hospital being proposed and were shocked. It was said that they don’t want to increase the prison population; they would rather see a decrease. The possible increased safety issues that could arise by putting a mental hospital in a residential community were also an expressed concern. The residents were informed that the city plans to discuss the facility at length with Scott Kernan the secretary for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) at a date that has not yet been determined.

Courts are now requiring that all inmates that suffer from a mental illness must be treated so the prisons are essentially being forced to have the same complete care as mental health hospitals. The 50 beds in this facility will be used for inmates in crisis, after treatment they will either be sent back to the prison they were assigned or they will be transferred to a state mental health hospital if more extensive treatment has been prescribed.

It is obviously very important to have controls in place so that the inmates don’t become a danger to the community upon release, and that good security is in place to prevent escapes. It is policy that nobody from CIM is ever released into the community where the prison is located. The law actually requires the inmates to be returned to the county they came from and then released.

 

 

 

 

 

Planes of Fame Air Show

Photo Courtesy: PlanesofFame.org

STAFF REPORTS

Chino – Look to the skies on the weekend of May 5 and 6 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and watch all your favorite Planes of Fame as they soar through the skies at the Chino Airport. This year’s air show will be featuring over 40 historic aircraft, including P-47 Thunderbolts, P-38 Lightnings and P-51 Mustangs flying for your enjoyment. We invite you to join us in honoring the history, contributions, and sacrifices of our Veterans.
Performers include: A-10 Thunderbolt and Heritage Flight; Sean D. Tucker Team Oracle Aerobatics; World’s fastest piston engine aircraft P-51 Mustang Voodoo; N9MB Flying Wing Demo; Pacific, European, Korean & Vietnam Flight Displays, Sanders Sea Fury Aerobatics, Gregory

Photo Courtesy: PlanesofFame.org

‘Wired’ Colyer T-33 Aerobatics and Rob Harrison the Tumbling Bear.

In addition to many other fantastic airplanes that will be performing and on static display, there will be a special panel discussion with some of our honored Veterans.

Follow our Planes of Fame Air show Facebook page to receive up to the minute news on Performers and attending Aircraft and Veterans!

This is an incredible event whether you are an aircraft enthusiast, or just looking to enjoy an amazing day.

The gates will open at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, with the flying show running from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Static displays and vendors will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with special merchandise and delicious food and beverages available. See all your favorite airplanes fly!

There will be a Kids Zone, static displays, food & vendors, and more!
SAVE $5 ORDER TICKETS ONLINE! (Hurry! Limited Time Offer)

Free Admission Kids 11 Years & Under, General $25 FREE PARKING! (Preferred Parking $17.50) FOR INFO AND TICKETS GO TO http://www.planesoffame.org

The airport and museum are located at 7000 Merrill Avenue, in Chino.

 

Mental health hospital planned at CIM

California Institution for Men entrance

Staff Reports

A 50-bed mental health facility is expected to be built at the California Institution for Men in Chino in approximately four years.

The prison entrance is located at 14901 Central Ave. at the end of Chino Hills Parkway.

“The first dirt to move on this is at least two years from now and finished construction is at least four years away,” said Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Bill Sessa.

The 48,000-square-foot hospital will be built inside the existing prison at a cost of $56.6 million, Mr. Sessa said.

An old building that has outlived its usefulness will be demolished to make way for the facility, he said.

The hospital will be self-contained to provide the care that 50 inmates at a time would require, he said. It would include accommodations for doctors, nurses, and administrative staff.

He said the project will be budgeted in phases. Working drawings and preliminary plans are budgeted at $3.6 million and will probably be completed at the end of 2019, he said. The actual construction costs will be budgeted in future cycles.

Mr. Sessa said the Department of Corrections (CDCR) is required by law to provide mental health care to inmates, from counseling to medication to crisis beds.

He cited a case called Coleman vs. Brown that covers all inmates with serious mental disorders housed in California state prisons.

He said the hospital will be CDCR’s second such facility in southern California. The other one is in the Richard J. Donovan state prison in San Diego, he said.

There are currently 373 beds in CDCR prisons, he said.

“We have a need for these beds in southern California for inmates who need short-term acute care,” Mr. Sessa said. “We have an imbalance at the moment. We have facilities in northern and central California but not in southern California.”

This isn’t the first time  the community has been faced with a prison mental hospital. Back in 1973 it was announced that the Youth Training School on Euclid Avenue, which was being closed by the Youth Authority, would house a psychiatric and treatment center, a proposal that was nixed under local pressure.

A decade ago, the state was working on plans to use a vacant unit at CIM for a mental health hospital. Local leaders, headed by Mayor Dennis Yates, went to Sacramento to strenuously oppose it. The pressure, plus a reduction statewide ion prison population and a cutback in funds, shelved the proposal after several years of local hearings and opposition.

Residents who are interested in learning more about current affairs at the prison may attend the next citizens advisory committee meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 10 at Chaffey College Chino Community Center, 5890 College Park Ave.

The meetings are held the second Tuesday every two months and are open to the public.

The citizens advisory committee for California Institution for Women meets at 9:30 a.m. following the men’s meeting.

On April 20, Scott Kernan, secretary for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, will come to Chino for a meeting about CIM and safety concerns as a result of the January escape of an inmate.

Mr. Kernan is expected to meet with city and police officials from Chino Hills and Chino at the prison.

 

Perris Woman Dies On 60 Freeway In Chino

Staff Reports 

Chino –  At approximately 7:38 p.m. a 1998 Jeep Cherokee driven by a 19-year-old male in the far right lane veered into the right shoulder for reasons unknown and struck the back of a Ford Taurus. Three were injured in the accident. In addition to the driver, the car also contained two children. According to reports a 10-year-old girl was seated in the right front passenger seat and a 4-year-old boy in the right rear passenger seat.

About 7:45 p.m., firefighters with Chino Valley Fire District responded to a call of a two-car crash on the right shoulder of the eastbound 60 Freeway in Chino at Central Avenue, Sunday night, March 25.

The driver, 31-year old Ashley Sharade Morales of Perris, died in the hospital after her vehicle was struck by a motorist. Morlas was driving eastbound on the 60 Freeway when her car began having mechanical problems, she pulled over to the right shoulder and called for help, said Sgt. M. Solorzano of the California Highway Patrol.

Fire crews transported the four occupants of the two vehicles to Chino Valley Medical Center. According to a press release from the San Bernardino County Coroner, Morales succumbed to her injuries a short time after she arrived in the Emergency Room. There is no information on the children at this time.

The CHP is investigating whether speed, reckless driving, drugs or alcohol may have been a factor in the crash

Free Essential Oils Workshop

By Anthony Saude

Chino – There is so many uses for essential oils and countless combinations for even more uses, it can be downright confusing and overwhelming.

Clark’s Nutrition, as always, wants to inform and educate their customers on healthy habits and how it can affect their lives in a positive manner. The month of April is Essential Oils month at Clark’s in 2018. Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. during the month of April, Clark’s will have Free Essential Oils workshop at all locations. This workshop will educate you so you feel more comfortable with using your essential oils. You can come in for 1 hour every Tuesday and learn how to make your own essential oil blends. The last class will be on the last day of the month, a Saturday, and will be a 2 hour review of all that you have learned during all of the workshops combined. The Workshop schedule and topics are as follows:

Tuesday April 3 – Essential Oils Basics (How to use oils)

Tuesday April 10 – Spring in the Home

Tuesday April 17 – Spa Day!

Tuesday April 24 – Wellness Happy Hour

Saturday April 28 – Special 2-hour workshop on various oils from previous Tuesday classes

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Chino PD Investigate Murder/Suicide Following Standoff with S.W.A.T

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CSI collect evidence from the victim’s vehicle where she was found suffering from multiple stab wounds earlier in the afternoon this last Saturday, March 24.

By Anthony Saude

 

Chino – At around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, officers from the Chino Police Department responded to a call regarding an injured woman in the 12300 block of Cypress Avenue.  When the officers arrived on the scene, Fire officials were already on the scene & were performing first aid on the victim, who has been identified as Nicole Batoosingh, 32. According to the fire officials from Chino Valley Fire Department, Batoosingh was suffering from multiple stab wounds so they called the police for assistance. Fire personnel found the victim found inside her vehicle parked in front of home on the corner of Fillmore Ave and Cypress Avenue. The victims’ dog (who was not injured) was also found, spattered with the victim’s blood, sitting quietly in the backseat of the vehicle. Paramedics then arrived and performed CPR on the victim for approximately 45 minutes, in an attempt to stabilize her before transporting her to a nearby hospital

The police began their investigation and quickly learned that the male suspect, who police have identified as Daniel Batoosingh, 37, had barricaded himself in a residence at the end of the block and was refusing to come out. At that time the officers on scene requested assistance from SWAT officers who quickly arrived on the scene. The standoff ended shortly before 7:00 pm on Saturday evening after a police SWAT team entered the residence and found that the suspect dead inside the residence. He had apparently committed suicide hours after the stabbing that left the woman fatally wounded. Coroner’s officials have not yet announced the official cause of death.

Authorities were quick to cordon off the 12400 block of Cypress Avenue with yellow Crime Scene tape and continued with their investigation. The victim’s vehicle, which was now a crime scene, remained parked in the middle of the street during the barricade situation and investigation. A short time later, police learned that the victim had succumbed to her injuries and had been pronounced dead at the medical center. Her identity has also been withheld until the next of kin have been notified however police have confirmed that victim and suspect were known to each other.

It was reported that witness, Steve Loop, said:  “From what I can surmise she must have fell out of the car during the attack. She was lying in the street, bleeding. The paramedics were working on her for about 45 minutes.”

Neighbors said that the couple had been renting a room in a residence near the scene. One neighbor was reported as saying that the victim had multiple bruises on her body and she believed that the woman had been the victim of consistent domestic abuse. The investigation is ongoing and police urge anyone with any information about the crime to contact Detective Carlson of the Chino PD at (909) 334-3102 or email kcarlson@chinopd.org.

License Plate Recognition System Pays Off

Police Chase ends in Crash

By Anthony Saude

Chino-Two men, who were reportedly driving a stolen pickup truck, were spotted by Chino Police Officers near the intersection of Kimball and Cypress avenues late in the morning on Monday, March 19. According to police the vehicle had been reported as stolen from Fontana earlier that morning.

When officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver of the vehicle sped away on El Prado Road and south towards Pine next to El Prado Golf Course in attempt to evade police. After leading the officers on a short high speed chase the driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a chain-link fence and nearly struck a tree.

Neither of the suspects had been identified at the time but it was the license plate recognition system that helped officers identify the vehicle. The system has only recently been activated in the City of Chino. It is a system that alerts police to stolen cars or cars used in other reported crimes. Surrounding cities that have implemented systems like these have seen a significant impact in crime reduction. The system looks  like it might just meet the anticipated benefits that were talked about in August meetings. Real numbers the system may be recording on crime reduction are not available at this early date but it seems to be off to a good start.

The pair of suspects that were in the vehicle could be arrested and booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. ■

 

 

 

Parent Arrested On School Grounds

By Anthony Saude

Chino – Howard Cattle Elementary School in Chino was placed on lock down for both students and staff when school administrators had to deal with an irate parent. She was later arrested by Chino Police on suspicion of making criminal threats.

Gisele Chiquito was booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on a felony charge of making criminal threats. Jail records show Chiquito was released on $50,000 bail at 10:26 p.m.

Police were called to the school at 8:40 a.m., due to their quick and efficient response the lock down only lasted a few minutes.

“Apparently the parent was not happy with school administrators and a teacher,” police spokeswoman Monica Gutierrez said. “The parent was yelling. Police booked her on criminal threats charges.”

“School staff members called 911 and Chino Police Department were on scene within minutes,” according to a Chino Valley Unified written statement. “Cattle administration immediately worked with law enforcement on site to ensure the safety and security of our students and staff and confirm that the threat did not pose any danger to our students and staff while law enforcement conducted their investigation.”

The school district served her with a “no trespass” notice, a news release said.

“Investigators have concluded that there are no additional threats related to this investigation. The school day instruction was not interrupted by this incident and school followed the normal schedule,” district officials wrote.

 

Chino Man Gets Three Years For Embezzlement

By Anthony Saude

 

Chino – Robert Leland Johnson IV, a 39 year-old former securities broker and Chino resident, was sentenced to three years in state prison after he plead guilty to multiple counts of felony grand theft. This was in connection with the embezzlement of nearly $1.1 million as reported by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office.

In addition, Johnson was also ordered to pay $1 million in restitution to the victims that were affected by the crime, said spokesman Christopher Lee.

The thefts went on for approximately 2 years from 2013 to 2015, according to Deputy District Attorney Rick Lal of the Specialized Prosecutions Division of the DA’s office.

In a statement to the press, Lal said “The fraud included falsely reflecting significant trading profits, concealing losses, and overstating account balances by millions of dollars,”. The district attorney’s office utilized a forensic account to follow the money trail. They were able to trace the stolen funds and demonstrate Mr. Johnson’s sophisticated scheme to misappropriate victims’ funds for his own personal gain.

The Chino Police Department began an investigation after the victims reported financial discrepancies in their accounts. Johnson would transfer money to his own accounts to pay for his extravagant lifestyle expenses, sometimes diverting a portion in the same manner you would when running a Ponzi scheme.