Category Archives: Corona

Pastor’s Corner: To Tell or Not To Tell

Mark Hopper

Many years ago we took our children on a trip to California. We spent two days at Disneyland and then drove north to visit my brother and his family in Grass Valley. Our kids enjoyed time with their cousins and we enjoyed catching up with my brother and his wife.


One day we went to a pumpkin patch and each of our kids and the cousins selected their own pumpkin. They looked forward to carving and decorating their own pumpkins for Halloween when we got home. On our way back to Arizona we realized we would need to stop at the border for an agricultural inspection. We knew we would be asked by the border agent if we had any agricultural products that we were bringing into Arizona from California.

My wife and I had a lively discussion about what we should say to the agriculture inspector. If we said that we did not have any agricultural items – our children would get to keep their precious pumpkins. But, our children would also know we did not tell the truth. On the other hand, if we did tell the border agent that we did have some agricultural items – their personal pumpkins might be confiscated at the border and they would have nothing to carve for Halloween.


What would you say if you were faced with a similar situation? Do you tell or not tell? Do you disclose or conceal. Do you tell the truth and risk the loss of the precious pumpkins? Or to you tell a lie and hope you don’t get caught?


A man named Abraham faced a similar test. His wife was beautiful. He told her to lie and tell people she was his sister. He told the same lie when he was asked about her. Abraham was afraid someone might kill him and take his wife (Genesis 20). Years later his own son Isaac did the same thing following of his father’s example (Genesis 26)!


I know people are more important than pumpkins. I believe it is better to tell the truth and face the consequences than to tell a lie. There is a verse in the Bible that says, “Put aside falsehood and speak truthfully” (Ephesians 4:25). Your reputation is on the line and your children may follow your example. When we got to the border we decided to tell the inspector about our precious pumpkins. We held our breath – then he said no problem. Pumpkins are permitted! Let me encourage you to tell the truth. We were glad we did and you will be too.

You can find more stories and articles by Mark Hopper at his web site – letmarkencourageyou.com. His book with 365 stories and articles (one for each day of the year) is available for $25 which includes postage – contact him 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, fettuccini Alfredo, calamari steak, rib eye and flat iron steak, lamb chops and their famous 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 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 bread, 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, http://www.centrobasco.net, or just stop by at 13432 S. Central Avenue, just a block south of Chino avenue in Chino.

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Crime Recap: September

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – in the month of September, a few 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.

Chazz Perez, age 22. Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner.


INCIDENT: Felon in Possession of a Firearm / Identity Theft / Fraud
INCIDENT DATE: September 23, 2020
WHERE: 3200 Block Hamner Avenue, Norco
On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, around 6:00 PM , deputies from the Norco Special Enforcement Team were conducting high visibility patrol at a hotel located in the 3200 block of Hamner Ave., Norco.
Deputies contacted a male subject who was on Post Release Community Supervision. A search of his room revealed an unregistered firearm and ammunition. In addition, deputies located several victims of fraud related to unemployment claims from the Economic Development Department (EDD). Several debit cards and an undisclosed amount of U.S. Currency was seized.Deputies took Chazz Perez, a 22-year-old resident of Riverside, into custody and transported him to the Robert Presley Detention Center for booking on the charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Ammunition by a Felon, Identity Theft, Possession of Stolen Property and a Violation of Probation. Perez is being held on a no bail hold.

Jaden Samsoe, age 24.

Also arrested was Jaden Samsoe, a 24-year-old resident of Riverside, for charges of Identity Theft and Possession of Stolen Property.
This investigation is continuing and anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Whittenburg at the Norco Station, 951-270-5673. 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 Online Tip Form or wetip.com.


INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision
INCIDENT DATE: September 21, 2020
WHERE: Limonite Avenue and Hamner Avenue, Eastvale
On September 21, 2020, at 9:48 PM, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Eastvale Station, responded to a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision on Limonite Avenue near Hamner Avenue. Caller reported a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. The pedestrian was transported to a local area hospital and later succumbed to her injuries.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Eastvale Station Traffic Reconstruction Team responded and assumed the investigation.
Westbound Limonite Avenue near Hamner Avenue was closed for the duration of the investigation.
The identity of the deceased subject is pending confirmation and notification to next of kin by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office. The identity of the driver of the vehicle involved will not be released at this time. Alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be a factor.
Anyone with any information about this incident is encouraged to called Deputy Van Gorder at the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-776-1099.


INCIDENT: Traffic Enforcement Operation
INCIDENT DATE: September 12, 2020
WHERE: Throughout the city of Eastvale
Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Eastvale Station conducted a Traffic Enforcement Saturation patrol on September 12, 2020 in the city of Eastvale. The patrol targeted unsafe drivers throughout the city of Eastvale from 2:00pm to 2:00am.
Deputies conducted 36 vehicle enforcement stops and cited 30 drivers for various traffic violations, with a focus on distracted driving and cell phone violations.
Traffic Safety Saturation patrol will continue throughout the year to help reduce the number of traffic collisions and ensure the safety of the motoring public.
Funding for this Saturation Patrol was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Here We Grow Again

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Celebrating their 10th anniversary on October 1, the City of Eastvale continues to grow each day. There were several announcements this month about businesses opening and what is expected to come to Eastvale. Check out the update below.


Expected to open in 2020:


•Stater Bros. Market is open as of October 14th! Stater’s is located at the New Haven Marketplace, on Ontario Ranch and Haven.
•Starbucks, located at the New Haven Marketplace on Ontario Ranch and Haven.
•Chase, located at the New Haven Marketplace on Ontario Ranch and Haven.
•Pio Pico’s Tacos, located at the New Haven Marketplace on Ontario Ranch and Haven.
•Kona Cleaners, located at the New Haven Marketplace on Ontario Ranch and Haven.
•Jersey Mikes, located at the New Haven Marketplace on Ontario Ranch and Haven.
•Great Clips, located at the New Haven Marketplace on Ontario Ranch and Haven.
•Oi Asian Fusion, located at the New Haven Marketplace on Ontario Ranch and Haven.
•Shomi Noods Ramen, located at the New Haven Marketplace on Ontario Ranch and Haven.


•Sprouts Farmers Market is opening on October 28! Sprouts will be located at The Merge, located on Archibald and Limonite. The first 200 customers in line will receive a 20% off coupon to use on opening day! Plus, you will have the chance to win a $500 Sprouts gift card! .Visit sprouts.com/Eastvale for additional details.
•Dog aus Biergarten, located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite
•Starbucks, located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite
•Chevron, located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite
•Pure Barrer, located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite
•The Vale, located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite
•Capriotti’s, located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite
•Tae Kwon Do, located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite
•Dentistry 4 Kids, located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite
•America First Credit Union, located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite
•Noodle St., located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite
•9Round, located at The Merge on Archibald and Limonite


•Jinya Ramen Bar, located at Cloverdale Marketplace on Hamner Avenue and Limonite Avenue
•Fire Wings, located at Eastvale Gateway on Limonite Avenue and Hamner Avenue
•Chik-Fil-A, located at The Station on Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road and Hamner Avenue
Expected to open in 2021:
•Meet Fresh, Spring 2021, located at The Station on Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road and Hamner Avenue
•Organic Nail Bar, Spring 2021, located at The Station on Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road and Hamner Avenue
•Sports Clips, Spring 2021, located at The Station on Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road and Hamner Avenue
•Altura Credit Union, Summer 2021, located at The Station on Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road and Hamner Avenue
•99 Ranch Market & Cravings, Summer 2021, located at The Station on Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road and Hamner Avenue


•Heroes Restaurant & Brewery, Summer 2021, located at Hamner Place north of Silverlakes on Hamner Avenue and Schleisman Road
•Tony’s Chop House, Summer 2021, located at Hamner Place north of Silverlakes on Hamner Avenue and Schleisman Road
•Starbucks, Summer 2021, located at Hamner Place north of Silverlakes on Hamner Avenue and Schleisman Road
•Chevron, Summer 2021, located at Hamner Place north of Silverlakes on Hamner Avenue and Schleisman Road
•Pepito’s Mexican Restaurant, Summer 2021, located at Hamner Place north of Silverlakes on Hamner Avenue and Schleisman Road
Expected to open in 2022:
•Staybridge Suites, Summer 2021, located at Hamner Place north of Silverlakes on Hamner Avenue and Schleisman Road


Expected to come to Eastvale:
•Dunkin’ Donuts is coming to Eastvale! This coffee brand with a drive-thru, has signed a lease for the vacant land adjacent to New Day Christian Church, 99 Cent Store and Fire Station 27.
•Devil Kitchen at The Station, located on Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road and Hamner Avenue, will break ground soon.

Norco College: LAUNCH

Norco College

Norco – Armando Gomez, 18, learned about the LAUNCH apprenticeship program while attending Corona High School.


“I was in the engineering program at Corona High for four years and when I learned about the apprenticeship program at Norco College, I decided to take advantage of it,” said Gomez. “It’s the best thing I’ve done to date.”


Gomez, a first generation college student, was recently hired at Brenner Fiedler as an apprentice where he is helping assemble pumps and wiring medical machinery. This allows him to learn the basics of wiring and electrical work while making a livable wage. Gomez’s long-term goal is to become an engineer. He finds joy in building and is grateful that the LAUNCH program allows him the opportunity to learn, earn, and work towards his ultimate career goal.


“The apprenticeship program helped me get to this step,” said Gomez. “I recommend anyone interested in this model to enroll because it is a great opportunity to explore different options while getting paid.”


For more information about the LAUNCH Apprenticeship program, visit the website or contact Carlos Vasquez, interim Apprenticeship director at carlos.vasquez@norcocollege.edu.

EMPLOYERS: Want to increase profits by hiring trained workers?
STUDENTS/JOB SEEKERS: Need training & education to earn higher wages in local industries?

Eastvale Elections Nov 3

Staff Reports

Eastvale – The next general municipal election for the City of Eastvale will be held on Nov. 3, for two City Council seats: Districts 2 and 5. Both elected Council Members will receive a full 4-year term.

The list of candidates for District 2 and District 5, in ballot order, is as follows:
District 2:
•Linda Ou
•Bashar Madani
•Christian Dinco
•Melissa Cochran
District 5:
•Ike Bootsma
•Raul Gutierrez


All City Council candidates must reside in the district in which they are running for, be a registered voter, at least 18 years of age, and a U.S. citizen.

Recent state and national changes mean that many voters may wish to cast their vote early. Below is a list of ways you can vote this year, courtesy of the City of Eastvale


Vote-by-Mail:
All registered voters in Riverside County will be mailed a ballot in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order. If you choose to vote at home, you can return your ballot by mail (no postage required). Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Election Day and received by November 20, 2020. Visit eastvaleca.gov for more details on how to vote by mail and track your ballot.


Ballot Drop-Off Locations in Eastvale:
•Eastvale City Hall, located at 12363 Limonite Avenue, Suite 910. Open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
•Eastvale Community Center, located at 13820 Schleisman Road. Open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
•Harada Neighborhood Center, located at 13099 Sixty Fifth Street. Open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Vote In-Person
Early voting is taking place the Registrar of Voters Office located at 2720 Gateway Drive, Riverside. You can vote early between Oct. 5 through Oct. 30, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Voting on Election Day, Nov. 3, will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Voting locations in Eastvale include:
•Eastvale Branch Library Community Room – 7447 Scholar Way
•Eastvale City Hall City Council Chamber – 12363 Limonite Avenue, Suite 910
•Eastvale Community Center Pinnacle Room – 13820 Schleisman Road
Harada Neighborhood Center Activity Room B – 13099 Sixty Fifth Street
Voter Assistance Centers will be available for four days beginning the Saturday before the November 3, 2020, election. If you visit a voter assistance center in person, it is recommended to go before Election Day to help with physical distancing.

Autism Mom: School Lunches

Melody Kraemer

Philippians 2:4 NKJV.

“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests but also for the interests of others.”

My boys and I go out almost every day to pick up school lunches. If anything, it gets us out of the house for a bit and gives us a break from on-line school.

On this one particular day, as I turned down the school street, there was a car in front of me that was going very slow. It was obvious this person was looking for something or someone. I just drove around them and proceeded into the school.

I was anxious to get the school lunches and get home before school started again. I still had to drop off something to a friend of mine, but she lived just right behind where the school was. 

As I left my friend’s house, I got in my car as a car pulled up beside me. They rolled down their window ( it was that same car in front of me at the school going slowly). She asked if I knew how to get to the school. ( I was confused a bit since she was right in front of the school.) I started to explain to her to go down the street, turn right, turn right again, and go to… I could see her face was saying, “what?” 

At that moment, I said, follow me. So I had her follow me to the front of the school. I pointed to the open driveway to get in, and I made a U-turn to go home. My son asked what I was doing, and did I know her? I said, no, I don’t know her, but whenever you can help someone do it. He said, I bet she appreciates you getting her to the school. I replied, Well, we may just have answered her prayer. 

“Remember, whenever you’re in a position to help someone, be glad and always do it because that’s God answering someone else’s prayers through you.”

Melody Kraemer is the Editor and Publisher of Macaroni Kid Jurupa Valley-Eastvale and Autism Mom Adventures. For more information or general encouragement, feel free to email her at: autismmomofboys@gmail.com.

Autism Mom:Frustration

Melody Kraemer

Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

“6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

I’m frustrated, are you frustrated?  I wake up, click my heels together, and say, “I wish we had  school on campus.” Though nothing happens, maybe it’s because I’m not wearing ruby red slippers. Does anyone know the way to “OZ?” 

Distant learning is not something my kids are not getting adjusted to at home.  I know it’s hard for the teachers and staff as well. The principle of their school stated this is all uncharted waters, but everyone is doing their best. 

Some children are probably doing wonderfully, though not the case in many families. I know how these parents feel, I am one of them. Have we looked at the impact of how it’s affecting our children, on the spectrum or not? 

Many children I have interviewed have expressed that they are angry, sad, bored, miss their friends, and are scared. 

There are so many emotions flying around for our little ones.  

We always think our children are resilient and happy in their childhood. But on the contrary, they are experiences far more than they may be showing. Kids may not be open to how they are feeling, for not wanting to disappoint mom or dad. 

Kids may think they don’t want to share their feelings since mom and/or dad may already be upset over this pandemic. 

Some kids can’t even express what they are feeling.  As parents, we need to hug our children more, reassure them they are awesome, and we will get through this. It’s time to remind them they will see their friends again and never give up hope. It’s a time to remind them God is in control and won’t leave us. We have to remember kids may not share their feelings fully, so sit down and have a heart to heart with them, if that’s feasible. If not just stay as positive as you can.

Staying positive is not always easy through this pandemic. For me anyway, but I see my children and look into their eyes, and it confirms they are trusting me to protect them, love them, and stay positive. So I smile and remind them they are the absolute best, and we are in this together along with everyone else. We all need to keep praying, keep loving, and stay positive. God is good and will take care of us and we should not be anxious about anything.

Melody Kraemer is the Editor and Publisher of Macaroni Kid Jurupa Valley-Eastvale and Autism Mom Adventures. For more information or general encouragement, feel free to email her at: autismmomofboys@gmail.com.

Here We Grow Again

The City celebrated the groundbreaking of the first hotel in Eastvale. Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale.

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Businesses are opening, ground is breaking, and more is coming soon to Eastvale! Below is an update of how the community is growing.

On Sept. 13, it was announced that Yoshiharu Ramen is now open for business at the Station. They had a soft opening and are offering outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery. They are also running a promotion of free ice cream for all outdoor dining customers. Yoshiharu Ramen was featured as “Best Ramen in OC” by OC Weekly and No.1 Ramen in O.C. by Orange County Register, according to the City. “They offer authentic Japanese ramen that is Hokkaido, Japan region style, rice bowls and appetizers in a family friendly and modern setting.”

On Sept. 11, the City announced that 99 Ranch Market and Cravings Food Hall is coming to Eastvale. This grocery store and food hall will be located at the Station in the Goodman Commerce Center, on Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road and Hamner Avenue.

“With over 50 locations nationwide, 99 Ranch Market, the leading Asian grocery store chain, is known for its unique Asian grocery selections, popular snacks, authentic sauces, and much more,” stated the City. This 99 Ranch March will offer a wide range of produce, meats, live seafood, and a full-service bakery and hot deli. Cravings by 99 Ranch Market will also be joining the Station. Cravings will serve an assortment of local and global foods in individual and bulk sizes. With nine vendors, the food hall presents a mélange of Asian, Mexican, and American tastes.

These new additions join the City’s first Ramen restaurant, Yoshiharu Ramen Bar, and popular Taiwanese dessert concept, Meet Fresh, which is coming to the Station in Spring 2021. Chick-Fil-A is also joining these restaurants at The Station and is currently under construction.

On Sept. 9 at the City Council Meeting, the City introduced their new Planning Technician Melissa Manzo. Welcome Melissa!

On Aug. 29, JCSD Parks and Recreation Department announced that Friday Flicks and Food Trucks will begin on Sept. 18th at Eastvale Community Park. Gates open at 6 p.m. for an ultimate Drive in Movie experience. Each vehicle will be asked to pay $20 each and pre-registration is required. Register at: bit.ly/32sk4ks. Jurassic Park will be playing on Sept. 18 and Jumanji The Next Level will be playing on Sept. 25.

On Aug. 25, the City shared the groundbreaking photos of the first hotel in the City of Eastvale. This hotel is “part of the Hamner Place Development and will be a 4.5 star hotel with an amazing rooftop bar/restaurant, resort style cabana pool area, conference/event center and only vegan food option hotel in western Riverside county, amazing views over SilverLakes and the Inland Empire, and much much more,” stated the City.

COVID Updates for Eastvale

Staff Reports

Here are 20 different pictures that identify how the County has diligently
worked to combat COVID-19, including creating new or expanding existing
programs to help the entire community deal with the impacts from the virus.
Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale.

Eastvale – The City of Eastvale has provided several updates over the last few weeks related to COVID.

The biggest change is that Eastvale restaurants are now open with COVID compliant exterior dining. Visit EastvaleGateway.com for more information. Also, both Cedar Creek and Dairyland Park splash Pads are now open daily from 9:30am to 5:30pm.

In addition, there have been several mask giveaway days at Eastvale City Hall over the last month. The County of Riverside initiated a “Masks are Medicine” campaign, which encourages all residents and visitors to “join the fight against COVID-19 by pledging to avoid social gatherings and to wear a face cover whenever leaving the home,” stated the City. The County generously donated masks to the City so that they could provide them to residents.

Riverside County has also partnered with Inland Empire nonprofit, Reach Out, to launch two new programs to help slow the spread of coronavirus through art. For the full news release, visit: https://bit.ly/3hXkV3s

On Sept. 15, it was announced that Riverside County residents whose employment was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic may receive up to $800 in assistance thanks to a state grant received by the Riverside County Workforce Development Division. The funding is available to “help provide supportive services for jobseekers enrolled in the agency’s various workforce assistance programs.” For more information and to apply contact Stephanie Macias at 951.955.0513 or at stmacias@rivco.org

On Sept. 11, Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) announced that the school Board plans to bring back small groups of traditional/remote students (not to exceed 16) to all campuses for intervention and support within the parameters outlined by the CA Department of Public Health.

“These small groups will focus on assessments, interventions, and support to our students with disabilities (Special Education), Foster, Homeless, English Learners, and Socioeconomically Disadvantaged (Expanded Learning) students,” stated Dr. Lin.

“The implementation for small group return is aimed to begin with a pilot phase on September 28th followed by a Phase One implementation on October 5th. The program will go to the Board for approval next Tuesday, Sept. 15th. More information will come in the following weeks with further details of these programs.” Additionally, the Board voted to approve a Resolution to transition to an in-person instructional model, which may include a hybrid format. Necessary equipment and PPE have been purchased to ensure proper sanitation of classrooms and school sites. Physical barriers, mass temperature scanners, and upgraded filtration systems in CNUSD’s HVAC systems have been installed at all sites.

Crime Recap: August

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – in the month of August, a few 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. 

Rachel Ferris Moore, age 56. Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner

INCIDENT: Possession of Heroin/Methamphetamine for Sales

INCIDENT DATE: August 28, 2020

WHERE: 3200 Block Hamner Avenue, Norco

Over several weeks deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Norco Station conducted an investigation into illegal narcotics activity at a local hotel located in the 3200 block of Hamner Ave., Norco. On Friday, August 28, 2020, Deputies authored and served a search warrant at the location.

Michelle Elaine Montano, age 50. Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner.

Several people were detained during the search warrant service. A search of the room revealed a large amount of narcotics to include heroin, methamphetamines, and cocaine. The following subjects were arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center;

Rachel Ferris Moore, a 56 year-old resident of Norco, for narcotic sales. Additionally, Michelle Elaine Montano, a 50 year-old  resident of Norco, for possession of a controlled substance.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Whittenburg at (951) 270-5673.

INCIDENT: Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Checkpoint Planned

INCIDENT DATE: August 28, 2020

WHERE: Undisclosed location in the city of Eastvale

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Jurupa Valley Station conducted a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) / Driver’s License checkpoint on August 28, 2020. The checkpoint was in the 12000 Block of Limonite Avenue between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. The checkpoint yielded the following:

  • 824 cars screened.
  • 24 citations for unlicensed drivers.
  • 3 citations for suspended license.
  • 2 driving under the influence arrests.
  • 3 misdemeanors warrant arrests.
  • 11 vehicles were towed.

Details:

City of Eastvale, Calif. – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Jurupa Valley Station will hold a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, August 28, 2020 from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am at an undisclosed location within the city of Eastvale.  

Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired.

During the checkpoint, deputies will look for signs that drivers are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The safety of our community is and always will be our mission. Driving under the influence is dangerous and puts a further strain on critical resources.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reminds the public that impaired driving is not just from alcohol. Some prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may interfere with driving. 

Always follow directions for use and read warning labels about “driving” or “operating heavy machinery,” which includes driving a vehicle. While medicinal and recreational marijuana are legal, driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal.

If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home.

Drivers charged with DUI face an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to “Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1”. 

INCIDENT: Assault with a Deadly Weapon

INCIDENT DATE: August 15, 2020

WHERE: 6400 block of Peridot Court, in Eastvale

Malik Minnix, age 49. Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner

On Saturday, August 15, 2020, about 9:52 A.M. deputies responded to a residence in the 6400 block of Peridot Court, in the city of Eastvale, in reference to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon.

Upon arrival, deputies located a female adult who sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Deputies learned the shooting was related to a domestic disturbance. The suspect fled from the residence prior to the deputies arrival. The female victim was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for her injuries.

The Jurupa Valley Stations Investigations Bureau responded and assumed the investigation.

During the course of this investigation, multiple witness interviews were conducted, and corroborating evidence helped identified the suspect as Malik Minnix (49 of Eastvale), who was on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) during the time of the incident. An arrest warrant for Minnix has been issued and the Sheriff’s Department is requesting the public’s help regarding the whereabouts of Malik Minnix. The investigation is on-going and no further information will be released at this time. If anyone has information regarding this investigation, thy are encouraged to contact Investigator Contreras with the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600.

Pastor’s Corner: The Man In The Mirror (Part Two)

Mark Hopper

In my previous article I shared about how we need to take a look in the mirror and see what changes we need to make in our own life. The words of the song Man in the Mirror and the story of the pastor with the rebellious daughter really drive home the principle that change needs to begin with you.

Many years ago I attended a helpful seminar on leadership. I picked up some useful ideas on how to be a more effective leader of our staff and our church. One of the speakers was Ken Blanchard, he was well known for his best-selling book – The One Minute Manager.  He shared an illustration that he often used with business leaders that has been very helpful to me as a husband, pastor and leader.

He said that when things are not going well, a foolish manager will look out his office window and place the blame on his workers. Why are sales and production declining? The employees must not be doing their jobs. On the other hand, when things are going well, a foolish manager will look in a mirror and congratulate himself for the great job he is doing.

Blanchard went on to say that when things are going well and sales are up and production is growing, a wise manager will look out the window and recognize the success is due to the hard work of his employees. And, when sales are down and production is declining, a wise manager will look in the mirror and ask himself – What am I doing wrong? What steps do I need to take to help our business improve?

There is a passage in the Bible where King David ignored the warning of his own advisors and demanded that his staff count the number of troops under his command. This action resulted in the death of a number of innocent people. David realized his mistake and asked God to forgive him and stop the devastation and destruction. He accepted responsibility for his arrogant behavior (Second Samuel chapter 24). If things aren’t going well in your life or business, let me encourage you to take a good look in the mirror. Ask yourself – what changes do you need to make in your life? Accept responsibility and change what you are doing. And if things are going well in your life or business, I hope you will give the credit to God and to the people who have made it possible. They will 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.

Make Your Backyard Extreme

Michael Armijo

Extreme Backyard Designs is located at 2330 S. Vineyard Ave in Ontario. They can be reached at 909.930.6111 or online at www.extremebackyarddesigns.com.

Eastvale – Companies come and go, so longevity is key when you’re modifying your home, both inside and out. Extreme Backyard Designs is a testimony of longevity as their family run business has been designing outdoor entertainment centers with name brand components for over 20 years.

“A key component to staying in business so long is to treat people the way we would want ourselves to be treated,” said James Deeley, founder of the family business. With so many years in business, you not only get quality products, you also gets years of experience of getting things done correctly and creatively.

Extreme Backyard Designs can provide custom Barbeque islands, outdoor fireplaces, fire pit tables, spas, patio furniture, and many other items all wholesale to the public.

“We are college and trade school educated and enjoy the interaction and satisfaction of transforming backyards into a family’s personal oasis,” Deeley said. “Since we buy at such a large volume, we always have monthly specials on our website.”

The Extreme Backyard Designs staff are the most knowledgeable and friendly people in the area, as they are centrally located on the corner of the 60 Freeway and Vineyard, right across from the newest Kaiser building.

“We believe what makes a business thrive is to provide the best quality components, a superior level of customer service, while providing an affordable price,” Deeley said.

Serving all of Southern California, Extreme Backyard Designs is located at 2330 S. Vineyard Ave in our neighboring city of Ontario. They can be reached at 909.930.6111, or you can view their website at www.extremebackyarddesigns.com.

Inland Christian Home: Quality Environment For Seniors

Staff Reports

Inland Christian Home offers a community that assists seniors in many ways. They are located at 1950 S. Mountain Ave. in Ontario. For more info call (909)467-6153 or visit http://www.ichome.org.

Ontario- Inland Christian Home, was founded by a number of local churches and began providing services in 1978. The primary mission of the community is a reflection of the heritage of its founders: to provide quality affordable individualized care to seniors in a Christian environment, it’s a place you can feel right at home. The community’s non-profit status promotes this mission as there are no owners who profit from its operation and all the revenues received are reinvested into the operations of the facility.

As the baby boomer generation continues to age, it is important to know they have options. The aging process is not always an easy one and, at times requires the assistance of others. Inland Christian Home offers a community that assists in many ways. Its primary mission is to provide quality, affordable, individualized care to seniors in a Christian environment, making it a place you can feel right at home.

Inland Christian Home, being licensed as a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) through the Department of Social Services, provides many different levels of care which include Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Adult day care, Skilled Nursing and Rehab and Custodial Home care Services. The availability of different levels of care and service arrangements on the same grounds, offers seniors very unique advantages. Our philosophy is to encourage our residents to live as independently as possible at the lowest level of care. Our residents’ individual needs and desires are always considered in the arrangement of these services. We want Inland to be their home, not the facility in which they live, where all are treated as individuals and they participate and are given choices in how they live.

The availability of different levels of care and service arrangements on the same grounds offers residents some very unique advantages. Residents can continue to reside at the community even though their abilities may change. Resident and their families have the comfort in knowing that their needs will be met. Inland Christian Home is a close-knit community that promotes the maintaining of social relationship residents have with other residents, friends, and family.

Inland Christian Home also provides services to those who prefer to stay in their own homes. Custodial Home Care services make it possible by providing assistance with housekeeping, cooking, shopping, meal preparation, bathing, and dressing through educated caregivers.

Inland Christian Home is here to promote aging in place, and gives seniors the ability to live at the lowest level of care even though their abilities change and their families have the comfort in knowing their needs will be met; making it a place you can feel right at home.

Inland Christian Home is located at 1950 S. Mountain Ave. in Ontario. To learn more about their facility or to schedule a tour, call (909) 467-6153 or (909) 983-0084 visit www.ichome.org.

Here We Grow Again

Staff Reports

Eastvale – There is a lot of construction happening in the City of Eastvale and new businesses proposed to come soon. Here is an update of how the community is growing.

On Aug. 10, JCSD started construction on water service lines, which will take place through Sept. 25. “Please be advised that there will be an increase in noise levels and temporary asphalt patches,” stated the City.

On Aug. 6, it was also announced that there will be construction work related to pressure betterment improvements on a gas main on Hellman Avenue beginning Aug. 10 – Aug. 14. “Please be advised that traffic delays are to be expected,” stated a news release. “It is recommended that the area be avoided if possible, as there will be intermittent lane closures on the north bound side. At least one lane will remain open at all times.”

On Aug. 5, Chino Preserve Development Corp performed construction activities on Legacy Park Street and East Preserve Loop in the City of Chino.

For additional information about any construction in Eastvale, contact the City of Eastvale Public Works Department at 951.703.4470.

On Aug. 2, a long-term lane reduction was announced to take place on the westbound SR-60 from Country Village Road to Wineville Road. Lanes will be reduced from five lanes to three lanes. Re-striping began on Aug. 2 followed by k-rail placement. This lane reduction will allow for accelerated pavement work to take place. Changeable message signs are utilized along the I-10 and the I-215 to alert motorists of the lane reductions on SR-60. “The right lane on eastbound SR-60 from Archibald Avenue to Mission Blvd. will remain closed during construction to allow for accelerated pavement work,” stated a news release. “The closure will be monitored for traffic impacts and based on traffic volumes.”

On July 28, the City of Eastvale reminded the community to join the conversation about the City’s general plan. Visit engage.eastvaleca.gov and click on the Eastvale 2040 project square to download worksheets from the kid’s corner, answer a survey, and share your voice through our forums.

On July 23, the City introduced the new Building Official, Jerry Arellano, and the City’s new Assistant Planner, Allen Lim.

On July 14, the City announced that new anchors are being proposed at The Station located in the Goodman Commerce Center. “This includes a Grocery Store, a medium retail building, and a Food Hall.”

On July 3, the City also announced that Fire Wings is coming soon to the Eastvale Gateway Food Court on the corner of Limonite and Hamner. Fire Wings will offer guests over 20 wing flavors, beer on tap, a Pepsi Spire machine and unbelievable sides to pair with your meal. More details will be added soon about their arrival.

Pastor’s Corner: The Man In The Mirror

Mark Hopper

Many years ago, I heard a pastor share his story about his relationship with his teenage daughter. He was discouraged and concerned that his daughter was angry and frustrated with him. One day he took his whole family to a local park. As they sat on some tree stumps, he asked his wife and each of their children this question – “What changes do I need to make in my life that can help heal our family”? He said it hurt deeply as each of them shared some of their frustrations with him. His teenage daughter was the most vocal. She told her father that he was too busy and he never listened to her.

After each of them shared, he told them he needed some time to be alone and think about what they had said. As he got up to leave, his daughter stopped him and said she needed to ask him the same question. “What changes did she need to make in her life?” This was a turning point in their strained relationship. His heart was softened and he began to make some changes in his schedule and he spent more time with his daughter. The daughter’s heart was softened and she began to make changes in her life too.

There is a passage in the Bible where Jesus said, “Before you try to remove the speck from your brother’s eye, you need to remove the log from your own eye” (Matthew 7:1-5). If there is a problem in your family, marriage or other relationship – the place to begin is in your own life. Look in a mirror and ask yourself this question – what am I doing that is causing problems in our relationship? What changes do I need to make in my life that will help heal the wounds and restore my relationship with others?

There is a song from the 1980’s written by a famous singer with the title – Man in the Mirror. Some of the words are, “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make a change. I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways”.

I love the phrase – Changed people change people. I believe that when you make positive changes in your life it will produce positive changes in others too.  Your words, attitudes and actions can have a positive or negative impact on others. Let me encourage you to look in the mirror and ask yourself – what changes do I need to make in my life. You can ask your spouse, children or a trusted friend too. Pray and ask God to reveal some things to you that you need to change in your life with His help. You will be glad you did and those around 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.

Eastvale Mayor Not Running For Re-Election

Staff Reports

Eastvale – On July 14th, Eastvale Mayor Brandon Plott announced that he will not run for re-election in Eastvale.

“I have been very fortunate the last few years to serve as a Councilmember and currently as Mayor for the Great City of Eastvale,” said Plott in a Facebook post. “After some personal reflection and conversations with the Family it has been determined that I will not run a re-election in our City.”

Plott says his reason for not running for re-election is because he and his wife are in process of extending their family. They are progressing through the Foster to Adopt Program and are planning ahead as they move closer to their goal.

Eastvale Mayor Brandon Plott. Photo Courtesy: City of Eastvale.

 “…I feel that it is best to make myself more available to the needs of my Family,” said Plot. “Furthermore, my workload is continuing to increase which plays another factor into this decision making process.”

“I will be forever grateful to the Residents and Constituents of this City. Your countless love and support during these years has not gone unnoticed,” said Plot. “I want you all to know that I have left nothing on the table. I have literally given a 100% energy and effort to this position in hopes to be the most suitable representative during these times. And it is my promise, that I will continue with that same energy and effort till the end of year….especially during these challenging times.”

He ended the Facebook post by thanking the community and saying how blessed he feels to have been able to serve as Mayor. He also thanked his wife, April, for her sacrifice as he served.

Plott has lived in Eastvale for several years and was born and raised in the City of Chino. He was elected Mayor in 2019 and he was previously a City Council Member for 3 years.

Brandon’s professional background evolves from the private sector and includes having worked in the field of Mergers & Acquisitions and as a Corporate Accounts Manager for a large privately-held Security/Fire Alarm Company, according to the City of Eastvale. “As a leader within the company, Brandon has a successful track record of generating revenues, implementing productive policies, and managing large teams in order to achieve growth.”

Brandon studied at Fullerton College, Brigham Young University, and California State University, Fullerton. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication from California State University, Fullerton. 

Crime Recap: July

Joseph Garibay, age 41. Photo Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner.

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – In the last month, a few 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: Possession of a Loaded Shotgun and Narcotics

INCIDENT DATE: August 2, 2020

WHERE: Harada Heritage Park, Eastvale

Rebeccah Fleming, age 28. Photo Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner.

On August 2, at 8:40 am, deputies assigned to the city of Eastvale saw a suspicious vehicle parked at Harada Heritage Park and contacted the occupants, Joseph Garibay (age 41) and Rebeccah Fleming (age 28).  Both reside of Northern California.  Deputies searched the vehicle pursuant to their probation terms and located a loaded shotgun, narcotics and narcotics paraphernalia.  Both occupants were arrested and booked for numerous felony charges, to include Previously Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Narcotics while Armed. 

The investigation is on-going. Anyone with further information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Huggins #4496 at (951) 955-2600.

INCIDENT: Theft of Mail, Identity Theft, Burglary, Violation of Probation, Felony Warrant-Arrest

INCIDENT DATE: July 18, 2020

WHERE: 1400 Block of Valley Drive, Norco

On Saturday, July 18, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Norco Station conducted an investigation regarding theft of mail in the 1400 block of Valley Drive, Norco. Deputies found that a suspect broke into the community mail box, stole mail, and used a credit card to make fraudulent purchases at various retail locations. 

Jacob Andrew Williamson, age 26. Photo Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner.

Norco Special Enforcement Team deputies followed up on several leads. On Tuesday, July 21, 2020 around 8:45 pm, they located the vehicle involved in the theft and conducted an enforcement stop in the City of Riverside. The driver was contacted and identified as Jacob Andrew Williamson, a 26-year old, resident of Jurupa Valley. After an interview with Williamson, he was arrested. 

Jacob Andrew Williamson, was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for the above listed charges and is being held on No-Bail for a Felony Warrant.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Faucher at (951) 270-5673.

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.

Autism Mom: School

Melody Kraemer

Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths

We had made it through March, April, May, June, and July, and we anticipated August. August was when school was going to start. It may not have been the traditional full learning days or even five days a week, but we would be back on campus.

Every day my little one asks me for school. I told him on August 10th. That was my mistake; I had high hopes. As the days got closer, the excitement got higher and I was so happy for him.

He doesn’t understand why he is home. He doesn’t understand anything about this pandemic around him. All he knows is he stopped going to school. I know he misses his daily routine, his classes, his teachers, and learning.

Every day he would tell me, “We go school August,10th!”

Then one afternoon, the governor came on and declared it was not safe to go back that only distance learning will take place until at least the end of August. Sadness filled my heart and the worrying about how I would explain this to him crossed my mind as I looked at my little boy.

Now I am all for safety and health, so when it is safe to go back, we will go back to school. Though try and explain that to an autistic child. 

I have to tell him his teacher is sick, that is why he can’t go to school. That statement does satisfy him. Thank goodness, he understands that much.

I am frustrated that distance learning will be part of our lives once again, which did not have a positive impact on our daily life back in March, April, and May. My two autistic boys had the hardest time with distant learning, but we will have to make the best of it and see where it takes us. We can only hope and pray that by the end of August, we will be able to step back on to the school campus and move forward. Though until then I have to trust God above and lean on his understanding and not mine. Better days are ahead; I do believe that. 

Melody Kraemer is the Editor and Publisher of Macaroni Kid Jurupa Valley-Eastvale and Autism Mom Adventures. For more information or general encouragement, feel free to email her at: autismmomofboys@gmail.com.

Construction Update: Week of August 17, 2020

Riverside County Transportation Commission

This week, crews will continue working on the project drainage systems. Photo courtesy: Riverside County Transportation Commission.

Daily intermittent lane closures will continue this week along Summerhill Dr. and Grape St. at Railroad Canyon Rd. for curb and gutter work. Northbound on- and off-ramps at Railroad Canyon will be closed nightly.

Community members may notice increased noise during the next two to three weeks as crews drive piles for the widening of the Railroad Canyon bridge at I-15. Work will occur during daytime hours. We apologize for this noisy work.

Local Street & Ramp Work

Date: Monday (8/17)  – Thursday (8/20)

Time: Daily 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Nightly 8 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Details: Intermittent lane closures along Summerhill Dr. and Grape St. at Railroad Canyon Rd. The streets will remain open to through traffic.

Date: Monday (8/17)  – Thursday (8/20)

Time: Nightly 8 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Details: Northbound Railroad Canyon on- and off-ramps closed intermittently.

Date: Friday (8/21)

Time: Daily 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Nightly 9 p.m. – 7 a.m.

Details: Intermittent lane closures along Summerhill Dr. and Grape St. at Railroad Canyon Rd. The streets will remain open to through traffic.

Date: Friday (8/21)

Time: Nightly 10 p.m. – 7 a.m.

Details: Northbound Railroad Canyon on- and off-ramps closed intermittently.

Project Background

The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), in partnership with Caltrans and the City of Lake Elsinore, is upgrading the Interstate 15 Railroad Canyon Interchange in Lake Elsinore. RCTC is the lead agency for this project.

The project will improve safety and capacity by adding lanes, modifying ramps, and building sidewalks and bike lanes along Railroad Canyon Road. These improvements will help residents and other travelers move through this area and reach businesses and other “Dream Extreme” attractions in Lake Elsinore.

Please expect periodic closures to lanes and ramps, slow down, allow extra travel time, watch for construction crews and equipment, be alert to changing conditions, follow detours, and stay informed by checking construction updates, social media, and mapping apps.