Category Archives: Corona

Mothers Day Party Ends in Tragedy

By Anthony Saude

CORONA – Corona police detectives are investigating a double shooting that happened on Mother’s Day.
It happened on the 1200 block of West 10th Street in Corona, around 8:45 p.m. on Sunday.

There was a Mother’s Day celebration going on in the parking lot of the apartment building between several apartment units. It was being attended by many of the residents. That’s when someone drove by, and opened fire at the crowd of people.
A father’s 22-year old son was killed and he was injured but survived the shooting.

“My baby,” said a distraught Phuong Leng, the victim’s mother, fighting back her tears. “Somebody killed my son.”
There were children playing with fireworks at the party at approximately the same time as the gunfire. Naturally Leng’s first thought it was some of the small fireworks the kids were playing with.  Just kids’ playing is what everybody in attendance first thought when they heard the noise.
When people in the crowd started shouting and running, she knew they weren’t fireworks. When she was able to make her way outside she saw her husband was suffering from a gunshot wound to the arm. Thankfully he would survive the incident but her son was pronounced dead a short time later at the hospital.
Corona police detectives say witness reports claim an argument was happening just moments before the shooting began.
The surviving victim will likely provide important information as they search for a suspect.
There are surveillance cameras throughout the property, but there’s been no description of the suspect given, and no description of a getaway vehicle either.
It was reported that the family thinks that it may have been a case of mistaken identity. The suspect may have been trying to shoot somebody else.
Detectives are investigating the shooting, and request anyone with information regarding the incident to call the Corona Police Department at (951) 736-2330.

Woman Crashes Into Corona Walmart Produce Section

Photo: courtesy of Corona Police Department
A vehicle crashed into the produce section of a Corona Walmart Sunday, April 15. The driver was cited for suspicion of driving under the influence. (Courtesy Corona Police Department)

By Anthony Saude

Corona– A Riverside woman crashed her sedan through the glass door and into the produce section of a Corona Neighborhood Walmart on an otherwise uneventful Sunday evening in April.

The woman who was later identified as Diane Mickens, 56, of Riverside, drove through the entrance of the store in the 1500 block of W. Sixth Street around 7:45 p.m. Sunday, April 15, Corona police officials said.

A Walmart employee called 911 after the vehicle came to a rest approximately 25 feet into the produce section. Witnesses say, Mickens got out of the sedan, walked away from the scene and left her two passengers engulfed bin debris and scattered fruits and vegetables.

Officers found Mickens a little later walking near Smith Street and Pleasant View Avenue, she was detained. When the Paramedics showed up at the scene they determined Mickens needed  medical attention. She was transported to a local hospital where she was issued a citation for suspicion of driving under the influence.

She was the only one hurt in the crash.

Many people enquired about the reason the woman wasn’t being held in jail.

“If a person in police custody is treated at a medical facility, the taxpayers end up paying for the cost of that treatment,” A Corona police representative explained on Facebook. Just issuing a citation has no impact on the charges the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office may file later date.

It’s standard operating procedure for the department to issue a citation when a suspect requires medical treatment.

 

Motorcyclist Killed, Corona Man Arrested

By Anthony Saude

Corona – A Corona man was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence when he collided with a motorcyclist early Sunday morning. The collision on the westbound 60 Freeway in Jurupa Valley left the motorcyclist, a Menifee resident, dead, the California Highway Patrol said Monday, April 2.

Tonga Tavake, 59, died at the scene of the accident on the freeway just west of Valley Way, the Riverside County Coroner said Monday. Tavake was struck by several passing motorists as he lay motionless on the pavement, the CHP incident log reported.

The initial call that went out for the 4:07 a.m. crash was that a 2006 Volkswagen had collided with a center divider. Only a few minutes later, a report of a motorcyclist down in the No. 1 (fast) lane of the freeway in the same area came across the radio, according to CHP reports. Later it was learned that the collision involved both the motorcycle, and the Volkswagen from the earlier report. The motorcycle rider had been ejected from the motorcycle, the Monday report said.

The driver of the Volkswagen, identified as a 24-year-old Wilson Mayora Jr. of Corona, was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter. He remained in custody Monday night at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.

The accident remains under investigation; anyone with information about it is encouraged to contact the Riverside California Highway Patrol Accident Investigation Unit at (951) 637-8000.

Corona Residents Sue Over 91 Contruction

By Anthony Saude

Corona – The residents, who live north of the 91 freeway, contend that the pile driving, jack hammering and round-the-clock work at Green River Road damaged their houses and robbed them of most of the mountain views they had previously enjoyed. The freeway construction was part of a larger $1.4 billion freeway improvement project that stretched from 2014 to 2017.

Sleepless nights, cracks in the walls and a rodent infestation is what a group of Corona homeowners say is just some of the damage caused by the 91 Freeway construction over the past few years.

A group of more than a dozen homeowners decided they had enough so they sued the Riverside County Transportation Commission and two companies that worked on the project in late 2016. The homeowners sued over property damage, loss of quality of life, loss in property values and of course now the cost of attorneys.

The lawsuit was filed over a year ago and the residents said they are still waiting for a resolution on the matter.

John Standiford, deputy executive director for the Riverside County Transportation Commission, declined to comment due to pending litigation. Attorneys for Atkinson Contractors and Walsh Construction Company, the two companies named in the lawsuit, have both failed to respond to a request for comment.

67 year old resident Warren Stockwell, has lived in his Pennyroyal Drive home for more than 30 years, and now has cracks running along his ceiling and driveway. He states that the damage was caused by the construction work related to the lengthening and widening of the Green River Road westbound off-ramp.

“I’m 67 years old and still partially working,” resident Warren Stockwell said. “I don’t need this. I want my house fixed.” His house still hasn’t been repaired.

The Green River Road improvements were part of a larger project that added two toll lanes and a general lane in both directions of an 8 mile stretch of freeway from Orange County to the 15 Freeway.

The issues for the homeowners began in 2014 when construction started on the 91 Freeway.

The group said they met with RCTC and construction firms at a neighborhood meeting to ask questions in October 2014. Soon after, Stockwell and other residents began seeking legal options to address the damage.

Sheila Lawrence, who has owned a house in the neighborhood since 1996, said the construction caused problems for her renters.

Lawrence alleges rodents, including kangaroo rats, were driven from their natural habitat outside the neighborhood into the neighborhood after crews started working.

One of the off ramps, the much taller one has caused a host of other problems other problems for the homeowners.

“I have more dirt and emissions coming into the yard and into the back of the house,” Lawrence said. “They can’t even open up the back of the house. If they do, within less than 20 minutes, it is covered in black soot.”

Other neighbors, including Diana Sanches and Julie Sanchez, suffered damage to their homes due to freeway construction. Both stayed at hotels during some of the construction phases after lawyers got involved.

It is estimated that it would cost about $8 million to cover all the damages and attorney fees for the homeowners in the suit.

 

High Speed Chase Ends in Suicide in Corona

By Anthony Saude

 

Corona- A man, who authorities believe may be connected to a Los Angeles County homicide case,  shot and killed himself following a high speed  pursuit that began in Hesperia and ended in Corona, on Friday, March 23.

The driver, identified as Christopher Spotz, 33, of North Hollywood, was armed with a handgun during the pursuit and was later pronounced deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound according to California Highway Patrol Officials.

San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies began the pursuit around 8:45p.m.  on Friday night. They informed the CHP that their deputies were heading south on the 15 Freeway in Hesperia and were in pursuit of a Toyota Tacoma pickup that had been reported as stolen.

The pursuit began when a deputy from Hesperia, who was in the area of Mariposa Road and the 15 freeway,  received a license-plate reader alert that the Tacoma had been involved in a crime in LAPD’s jurisdiction. The deputy attempted to pull the driver of the vehicle over. Spotz apparently had other plans and instead continued driving south on the freeway at a high rate of speed.

Other deputies then joined the chase and pursued the vehicle through the Cajon Pass and into both San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Once they entered the Mira Loma area, in Riverside County, San Bernardino Deputies dropped out of the pursuit and California Highway Patrol officers assumed the pursuit.

During the pursuit, officials used two spike strips, which flattened the truck’s tires, but the driver refused to stop and eventually got onto the westbound 91 Freeway, officials said, exiting at Green River Road in Corona and heading to Rio Vista Street, a dirt road south of the 91. At approximately 9:38 p.m., the driver pulled over, turned his weapon on himself and pulled the trigger. The Riverside County Coroner stated that the official time of death was 10:23 p.m.

According to news reports, citing several law enforcement sources, Spotz was the boyfriend of a 25-year-old aspiring model and actress from Macedonia who went missing in Hollywood last month. Authorities suspect that the woman was most likely murdered  and believe that Spotz was somehow involved in her disappearance and/or homicide. ■

 

Fatal Traffic Accident

Staff Reports

Corona – On Friday, March 16, 2018, at approximately 9:14 a.m., the Corona Police Department and the Corona Fire Department responded to a traffic collision involving two vehicles near the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and All American Way.
Upon arrival, bystanders were performing C.P.R. on one of the involved drivers. Paramedics, the Corona Fire Department and American Medical Response took over the patients’ care at the scene. After attempting to resuscitate the driver for several minutes, the driver was pronounced deceased.
The other driver at the scene suffered minor injuries but did not require immediate medical attention. The two vehicles at the scene sustained major collision damage and needed to be towed. Several hours later, it was determined that a third vehicle was involved in the collision but had unknowingly left the scene. The third driver later returned to the scene and provided a statement. Their vehicle suffered only minor damage and they were not injured. It has not yet been determined if drugs or alcohol were a factor in this collision.
The Riverside County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene. The name of the deceased driver is being withheld at this time pending notification to their family. The Corona Police Department Collision Response Team started their investigation of this collision and it is ongoing. Magnolia Avenue between All American Way and Trademark Circle was closed for several hours in order to complete the investigation, and is expected to reopen by approximately 6:30 p.m. this evening.
If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Officer Jason Gardner at 951-817-5784 or by emailing him at Jason.Gardner@CoronaCA.gov

26-Year-Old Man’s Body Identified

By Anthony Saude

Corona – The young man’s body that was unceremoniously discarded in the middle of a Corona street last week has been identified by family members. Michael Williams, who had recently turned 26, was an aspiring chef according to his grief-stricken relatives.

The family gathered for a vigil at the scene to mourn and remember their slain precious Michael. A little later on that Monday the Corona police confirmed that Williams was the person they had found.

Five days earlier the Corona Police Department responded to a report that there was a pedestrian lying in the middle of the street. When they arrived at the 1300 block of Old Temescal Road shortly before 2 a.m. they discovered Williams’s lifeless body. A homicide investigation into the crime was opened immediately.

His mother Elyse Vaughn told reporters, “it’s a call that you never want to get.” She told them that she wished it was like a bad dream that she could wake up from but it’s not.

Family members told reporters that they believe he may have been dumped in the remote industrial area where he was found. They had no idea why he would be in the area.

“Michael was fun-loving, he was a very sweet young man,” Vaughn told reporters. “There’s so much to say about him. It’s hard to put it in words. He was the light of our lives … he was the energy that walked into every room.”

The family is very confused about who would want to hurt their sweet Michael. They can’t think of anbody that would want to hurt him. The family says he was a very kind, gentle fun loving person that had a lot of friends.

There is a Gofundme page set up to help the family pay for funeral costs that describes Williams as “a kind, funny, gentle and truly compassionate soul,” who “loved basketball, music, fashion and food.”

It is always a tragedy when people are struck down senselessly at such a young age. They will never get to watch their child get married or see their grandchildren be born or grow up. This type of crime robs so many people of so much happiness that should have been part of their lives in the future.

Corona Police Department said that the investigation is still ongoing. They are searching for surveillance video from nearby businesses that could help solve the crime.

A cause of death has not been released at this time but it is being investigated as a homicide according to the police. If anyone has any information in relative to the crime they are encouraged to call the Corona police at 951-279-3628

 

Two Corona High Students Arrested For Threats

Staff Reports

CoronaThe Corona Police Department received information of a 15-year-old male Corona High School student who threatened violence towards the campus of Corona High School.  Through the investigation, officers were able to view social media posts sent by the suspect. The suspect was identified and subsequently arrested at his residence.  The suspect was later booked into Riverside Juvenile Hall.   No weapons were located at the suspect’s residence.

Today, another Corona High School student posted on social media a picture of himself with a weapon, making threats toward Corona High School students. School administration brought this to the attention of the School Resource Officer assigned to Corona High School. An 18-year-old male student was identified, detained and it was determined the weapon shown in the photo had been rented at a shooting range for use at that range.  No weapons were located at the suspect’s residence.  This investigation is ongoing.

We’d like to take this opportunity to remind our residents to avoid reposting or reporting crimes or suspicious behavior via social media that may not be monitored 24/7. Please call dispatch at (951)-736-2330, option 3 for issues that need immediate attention.

Unsubstantiated rumors about these arrests are being posted on various social media websites. For accurate information please follow official websites.

The Corona Police Department takes every threat seriously and has zero tolerance for any behavior that threatens the safety our schools.

To reassure students and school staff of their safety there will be an additional police presence on campus.

Thank you for your assistance in helping us keep Corona a safe place. If you see something, say something.

 

Corona Man Arrested for Sexual Assault on Children

By Anthony Saude

Benny Zavala a 22 year old Corona resident was arrested on multiple charges relating to sexual assault of children on January 19 by Corona Police detectives.

A Corona Police Officer was visiting a local elementary school campus as part of the “Adopt-A-School” program earlier in the day. One of the school’s counselors asked if she could meet with the officer privately after he had finished speaking to the children at the event. The counselor informed the officer that a student had just reported that they had been sexually assaulted by an adult relative the night before. The officer got the information he needed from the counselor and reported it to his superiors for follow up.

The Corona Police Department and the Riverside Department of Public Social Service joined forces in a joint investigation. The investigation revealed another child-victim who is also related to Zavala.

Both of the victims reported that Zavala has molested each of them on several occasions 2 to 3 years ago as well when they were both very young. All of the incidents reported by the victims took place in the City of Corona.

Zavala was arrested on Friday January 19, 2018 at about 12:40 p.m., in the 2000 block of Lockwood Circle in the City of Corona. He was taken to Robert Presley Detention in downtown Riverside. He was booked on charges that include Sexual Intercourse with a Minor under 10-years-old, Oral Copulation of a Minor under 10-years-old, Sexual Penetration of a Minor under 10-years-old and Lewd Acts with a minor.

Bail was set at $9,375,000.00.
Due to the sensitivity of this case, state privacy laws, and the ongoing investigation, the Corona Police Department is unable to release any further details that could tend to identify the victims in this case.

If anyone has information on this case, please call Detective Daryl Sailer at 951-817-5796 or email Daryl.Sailer@CoronaCA.gov.

 

Corona Man Is Run Over on 15 Freeway

By Anthony Saude

Corona – An accident on the north bound 15 freeway in Corona claimed the life of a young man from Corona California on New Year’s Day. Brett Mckinney was only 22 years old when he was pronounced dead at the scene just south of the Dos Lagos Drive exit.

According to CHP reports Mckinney was traveling in the back seat of a 2016 Volkswagen Jetta that was headed north when he opened the right side rear door and fell out onto the freeway. The CHP news release stated that the reason he opened the door is still unclear and for obvious reasons still under investigation.

Mckinney fell out of the car at around 2:20 am on January 1, and onto the 15 freeway. That was when a large 3 axel truck without a trailer attached happened to be passing by, ran Mckinney over and he was killed. The CHP news release sid that it is still unclear if the driver of the truck realized if he had run over Mckinney or anything at all for that matter.

The CHP asks anyone with information on the incident to call 951-637-8000.

When the CHP was contacted for further information on January 5, they said that “there isn’t any new information about the incident available at this time, the investigation is ongoing”.

Ex-Volunteer Coach At Corona, Eastvale Schools Accused Of Sexually Abusing Teen Girls

By Anthony Saude

Corona – Draper Mitchell has been arrested by Corona Police Department for suspicion of felony sexual misconduct with three teenage girls. According to the Police department they believe that there are still more young ladies out there that haven’t come forward at this time.

Mitchell a part owner of Player’s Edge basketball gym in Corona was also a volunteer basketball coach at Santiago High School in Corona and Roosevelt High School in Eastvale. It is believed he used all of these avenues to meet his victims, Corona police said in a news release. It was reported by the police that they are still searching for more victims. Corona-Norco Unified School District officials told police that Mitchell hasn’t volunteered at either school this year. None of the allegations being investigated took place on school grounds according to reports by the police.

A 15 year-old made allegations against Mitchell in 2010 but that case was suspended because of a lack of evidence the police reported. This most recent investigation had been going on for 4 months before Mitchell was arrested on the last day of November. Mitchell was booked on suspicion of committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child, oral copulation with a minor, sexual penetration with a minor and two counts of annoying or molesting children.

Jail records show that Mitchell was able to post his $90,000 bail and was released the next day Friday December 1. A 17 year old girl that worked at Player’s Edge reported that he had been having “sexually explicit” conservations with her according to the police. A different 17 year old told police that she also quit working at players edge because Mitchell had committed sexual battery against her. The other allegation was from another girl, whose age has not been released, said Mitchell and her had “engaged in a sex act” in Eastvale.

Detectives are asking anyone who was a victim of Mitchell or has any information related to the investigation to contact Detective John Garcia at 951-739-4858 or John.Garcia@CoronaCA.gov.

 

Corona Man Charged With Murder

Photo courtesy: Corona PD

By Anthony Saude

Corona – On Thanksgiving Day Corona Police Officers responded to a family disturbance call that involved an assault with a deadly weapon in the 1700 block of Rainbow Ridge on the west side of the City of Corona.

The Corona Fire Department paramedics were dispatched to the scene and found 64 year old Corona resident Lidia Urrutia unconscious with life threatening injuries. The victim was transported to a local trauma center via ambulance. The result of the injuries left Lidia with no brain function and she was pronounced dead on Sunday, November 26.

Gilberto Urrutia Perez a 45 year old male was visiting his mother from San Bernardino for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Following up on some information, officers from Corona Police arrested Perez at Brentwood Park in the City of Corona in connection with the crime without incident. “On Tuesday November 28 Perez has been charged with 1 count of homicide and 1 count of cruelty to an elder or dependant adult”, said Detective Andy Bryant of the Corona Police Department. Court records show his bail has been set at $1 million and his arraignment is scheduled for November 29. Detective Bryant said, “t the investigation is still ongoing and there aren’t any outstanding suspects at this time”. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Detective Jurado at 951-279-3628 or via email at jesse.jurado@corona.gov. For inquiries relating to the filed criminal case, please contact Riverside County District Attorney Public Information Officer John Hall at 951-955-8662 or via email at johnhall@rivcoda.org.

 

Corona Pd Receives $75,000 Grant

By Marissa Mitchell

Corona, CA – Corona Police Department recently received $75,000 in grant money for traffic enforcement and crash prevention, resulting in some crackdown on impaired drivers.

The Corona Department has been given the money from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long programs. This program will consist of special enforcements, particularly in the case of impaired drivers, and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries.

The $75,000 will be used to keep roadways safe. OTS Director Rhonda Craft states, “Unsafe behaviors account for 94 percent of traffic crashes. This grant emphasizes the two most effective ways to change behaviors – education and enforcement. The Corona Police Department, with assistance from the Office of Traffic Safety, will use these tools to help keep the City of Corona streets safe.”

The number of persons killed on roadways fell a record decade low in 2010, but since then it has risen almost 17 percent across the state, with 3,429 fatalities in the year 2015. Most notable is the climb of pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, now comprising nearly 25 percent of all traffic deaths. This has raised concerns of distracted driving and drug-impaired driving.

The grant funding will provide an avenue to combat distracted and impaired driving, as well as the problem of speeding and crashes at intersections.

“The rise in impaired drivers is very concerning,” declared Chief of Police Michael Abel. “The Corona Police Department is dedicated to reducing the amount of impaired drivers by education through our Drive 4 Life program, proactive enforcement operations, and our community outreach,” he continued.

The grant money presented will fund educational programs, DUI/DWI checkpoints, DUI saturation patrols, bicycle/pedestrian safety enforcement, motorcycle safety enforcement, distracted driving enforcement, Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement, and speeding/red light/stop sign enforcement.

Although alcohol remains the worst offender of DUI cases and crashes, the Corona PD will be supporting the effort of the OTS to increase awareness that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”

Prescription medications and marijuana can impair the driver alone as a substance, or in combination with alcohol, resulting in a DUI or DWI arrest.

 

 

Corona Life Pregnancy Center

Photo Courtesy of Anthony Saude

By Anthony Saude

Corona – It had been a full month now, she was late, and this was a much more serious “late” than missing homeroom class. She didn’t have a job or money; she had just graduated high school and was accepted to the college of her choice. Her and her boyfriend weren’t serious and decided that they wouldn’t continue the relationship when they went away to college. So she decided, on her own, to end this without telling anybody about it. Desperate and hopeless she looked up what she thought was an organization that would give her what she wanted. Instead she found a place that would help her navigate through all her options so she could make an informed decision. They confirmed her suspicions, she was pregnant. She and one of the counselors had a good cry and then a great talk. The information they gave her and the help they offered allowed her to make an informed decision. Today, because of that decision her daughter will be bringing the grandchildren to visit for the weekend. She looks up and thanks God that she is able to look into her grandson’s eyes at all. She has never forgotten the people at Corona Life Medical Clinic for showing love and compassion at the time she needed it most. She did get what she really wanted after all. Make the best decision for her and her family.

Corona life Services (CLS) is a non-profit organization located in Corona California has been open for business for the last 20 years helping women, men, and families understand the value and sanctity of all human life from the moment of conception. CLS provides physical, emotional and spiritual support for women and men with unplanned pregnancies.

Christi Bush, the outreach director said, “Most of the people we help bring a lot of guilt, shame and hopelessness with them to our office”. “It can be even worse for the Christian because they have been taught that not only abortion is a sin, but so was the premarital sex that got them here”. “We will ask the prospective parents tough questions that doctors simply don’t ask” says Christi. “For example, has there been any sexual abuse in the family and will your parents REALLY kill you” added Christi. That is why we provide support and counseling to show them there are options even though there may be some anger and emotional pain to navigate first” said Christi.

Kathy Ray the Chairman of CLS said, “In 2017 CLS has been reclassified from a services center to a medical clinic”. “The process was long and very intense; it took several years to accomplish said Kathy”. What does this classification mean to the public? “We are now able to perform Ultra sounds and give pregnancy tests” said Mrs. Ray. She added, “These services by law can only be administered by a registered nurse so now we have 3 paid RN’s and 1 volunteer RN so we always have one on site”. “We let them see their baby on the ultrasound monitor; at an abortion clinic it is policy not to show the parents the screen”.

There are 6 paid staff members and 20 volunteers that make this place run. In the past only women and families could take advantage of the counseling services. This year they have now expanded it to include counseling services for the fathers as well. Parenting classes for the new parents are available to better prepare them to use the tools a parent will need for a job that simply doesn’t come with a owner’s manual.

There is a rewards program for new parents to purchase clothing, bottles, and diapers and just about anything you would need for a new born baby. They can earn reward points towards the merchandise by doing a number of things. The rewards program is based on the honor system parents can earn those points by going to a counseling session, finding a job, reading their bible or taking a parenting class just to name a few.

The clinic has extended their hours of operation to stay open later on Thursdays and for the first time in the 20 year history they will now be open on Fridays. CLS is the only prolife medical center in a 20-30 mile radius.

As of September 30, 2017 CLS has had 891 visitors, administered 315 pregnancy test and 231 ultrasounds resulting in 79 saved babies. During that same time 333 of those visitors were believers, 531 were presented the Gospel and 33 of them accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

CLS has two major fundraising events per year, a dinner banquet and the Walk For Life event that was held on October 7 at Corona City Park. This year the event had the highest participation in the history of the event, over $53,000 raised. It takes a village to pull off an event of this size and the local community and churches did not disappoint again this year. Over the years the competition between individuals and organizations in the area to see who can raise the most money has become a fierce, loving, friendly rivalry. Each church/organization has a team made up of individuals wearing the same shirts so they can be identified with their church or organization. There are recognition awards given out to the top 3 organizations/churches and this year top honors went to New Beginnings Church, Calvary Chapel Corona and Olive Branch Community Church. The top individual honors went to Marlene Weyhgandt. The event was beautiful to see and inspiring to watch the love and dedication displayed by all the volunteers, organizers and the individuals participating.

Corona Life Services

623 N Main St, Corona, CA 92880

To contact, or donate, to Corona Life Services call (951) 272-3670 or go to website: http://www.clspregnancy.com/

Community Events – Inland Empire

EASTVALE

JCSD WINTER WONDERLAND DECEMBER 2, 3:00 – 9:00 P.M.

Where: Eastvale Community Center located at 13820 Schleisman Road, Eastvale.

Sneak Peek: Friday, December 1, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Tree Lighting Ceremony Saturday December 2, 6:30 pm

The first ten shoppers at the Friday sneak preview will win a T. Marie Boutique swag bag. For more information about meetings and other JCSD programs and projects, please visit our website at http://www.jcsd.us or call (951) 727-3524.

 

Eastvale 5k, 10k, & 1 Mile Fun Run

Date:11/18/2017 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location:Eastvale Community Park
Click here to register for Eastvale’s 9th Annual 5k/10k Run

Bib & T-Shirt Pickup Starts as Early as 6 A.M.
Race Begins at 8 AM!

 

Eastvale Health Fair

Hosted by JCSD

Date:11/18/2017 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Location:Eastvale Community Park
12750 Citrus Street
Eastvale, California 92880

 

Public Safety Commission Meeting

Date:11/28/2017 6:00 PM

Location:Rosa Parks Elementary School
13830 Whispering Hills Drive
Eastvale, California 92880

 

Cops and Clergy

On behalf of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station invites local faith based leaders to an introduction to Cops & Clergy.

Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station – 7477 Mission Blvd. Jurupa Valley, CA 92509

RSVP: Lt. Don Sharp at (951)955-2629 or dsharp@riversidesheriff.org

 

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On the Go @ Stagecoach Park

Date:11/20/2017 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location:Stagecoach Park
2125 Stagecoach Park
Corona, California 92880

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Join our On the Go team at a local park for stories, crafts and fun!

 

Recreation & Fitness Expo

Date:11/18/2017 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location:Circle City Center
365 N. Main Street
Corona, California 92880

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The Library & Recreation Services Department is hosting a Recreation & Fitness Expo showcasing recreation classes and local fitness vendors focusing on building a healthy lifestyle. The event is FREE and you will receive a $5 off coupon on your next class registration, excludes Kids Club registration. Check our new website www.CoronaCA.gov/recreation for updated information on the Expo. See you there!

 

THE SHOPS AT DOS LAGOS WELCOMES THE SEASON WITH ANNUAL HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING AND SANTA CLAUS ARRIVAL!! On Saturday, November 18 beginning at 10:00am, The Shops at Dos Lagos invites the community to kick-off the holiday season at the center’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony & Santa Arrival. The festivities begin at 10am with a FREE viewing of Santa’s arrival, and the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Guests will have a chance to take photos with Santa! 10am – Dos Lagos Luxury Theatres FREE viewing of “The Polar Express” Central Plaza • Stilt Walker (4pm-7pm) (View Full Event Description Here: http://shopdoslagos.com/event/tree-lighting-santa-claus-arrival/)

 

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November 15, 2017 Wednesday

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Open Equestrian Recreational Riding at Clark Arena 10am – 3pm

Open Equestrian Recreational Riding at Clark Arena. Riders under 18 years of age must wear a (ASTM) or nationally accepted equine standard helmet. Trainers are to contact the Parks & Recreation Office for Permit Use at 951.270.5632 or Patty Ireland at 951.545.7885

 

NATIONAL POLICE RODEO AT MORENO ARENA

When:Saturday, November 18, 2017

Time:8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Event Type:Ingalls Park, Ingalls Park Events

Contact:Missy – 760.218.1980

Event Map:Click Here

 

NORCO ALL BREED DOG CLUB OBEDIANCE SHOW

When:Saturday, November 18, 2017

Time:8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Event Type:Ingalls Park, Ingalls Park Events

Contact:ROBERT – 951.272.4679

 

Planning Commission Regular Meeting

Planning Commission Regular Meeting held in the Council Chambers, 2820 Clark Avenue, Norco.

Located at the rear of City Hall.

For additional information, contact the Planning Department at (951) 270-5661

When:Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Time:7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Where:Council Chamber, 2820 Clark Avenue, Norco, CA, 92860

Event Type:Boards, Commissions and Committees, Planning Commission

Contact:Planning Department – 951-270-5661

 

INSPIRATION IS IN THE AIR!

Join us for the 11th Annual Taste of Flight Gala at Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, CA on Saturday, November 18, 2017. It will be a night full of great food, pleasing libations, a fantastic Silent Auction, entertainment, and the presentation of the annual Planes of Fame Air Museum Achievement in Aviation Award, all for the benefit of the Museum’s Aviation Discovery Program. READ MORE

WINE TASTING • BEER TASTING • FOOD • DESSERTS • SILENT AUCTION • AVIATION MUSEUM • ENTERTAINMENT • MUSIC • PRO SOUVENIR PHOTO OPPORTUNITY • STUDENT ART CONTEST

 

Burglary Suspect Arrested

Staff Reports

Corona – The arrest of a burglary suspect in Corona leads to the recovery of a mass of potentially stolen property and firearms.

On Monday, October 23, 2017, a residential burglary occurred in the 2300 block of Talbot Circle in the City of Corona. The victim of the burglary had security camera video that captured images of the suspect in the home. After the victim posted the video on social media websites, the Corona Police Department received numerous tips from concerned citizens on the identity of the suspect.

Corona Police detectives, working with the information from the public, identified 46-year-old Riverside resident Michael Cohan as a potential suspect. Corona detectives located Cohan in the 10800 block of Magnolia Avenue in the City of Riverside at about 7:30 a.m. today. Cohan, who was armed with a loaded handgun at the time of his arrest, was taken into custody for suspicion of residential burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of a concealed firearm, and conspiracy. He was transported and booked at the Corona Police Department jail facility, and bail has been set at $500,000.

Cohan’s female companion, 48-year-old Riverside resident Melissa Dillion, was also arrested for suspicion of possession of stolen property. Detectives served a search warrant associated with this case at a hotel in the 10500 block of Magnolia Avenue in the City of Riverside where they recovered a substantial amount of property from Cohan’s motel room. More than eight large plastic containers full of potentially stolen property including jewelry, watches, handbags, a specialty guitar, baseball cards, and other collectibles were recovered at the hotel. A secondary search warrant for a local storage facility resulted in the recovery of several additional firearms and other potential stolen property.

In the days to come, investigators will be releasing photographs of property that was recovered as a result of this investigation and may have been taken in other theft-related incidents. The Corona Police Department will provide a link to a photographic catalog of property that citizens can view in order to determine if any of the property belongs to them.

More details on this process and how property may be returned to the rightful owners will be announced once the property is cataloged and photographed. The investigation is ongoing and no additional details are available for release at this time.

 

Total Care Heating And Air

By Anthony Saude

Corona– Total Care Heating and Air (TCHA) is more than just a catchy slogan, “Your wife is HOT, show her you care fix the air”, they are a full service plumbing, heating and air conditioning company. TCHA is a family owned business that has been open for the past 29 years. Four generations of tradesman are here to help with all your air conditioning and heating and plumbing needs. They pride themselves in providing superior service and customer relationships. At TCHA you can expect prompt and courteous service 6 days, a week and emergency service on Sundays.  Whether it is a new installation or a repair for your current equipment TCHA is the right AC company for the job. Plumbing has been in the family since the 1940’s and great pride is taken in that fact at the office by everyone. Their featured services include Air Conditioning, Heating, Duct Cleaning and Plumbing. Living in the Inland Empire can be very hot and people tend to put things off until they are broken, which of course is when the A/C companies are extremely busy. TCHA has a preventative maintenance plan that was created to help customers avoid the huge repair bills that dirty or inadequate equipment ultimately cost you. When the time comes to replace costly equipment, and it will, the financial burden can be too much for the customer to pay all at once. This is why TCHA offers Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA) Financing Program, a program developed by contractors, for Contractors. Historically the process a contractor had to use for a homeowner to get financed was labor intensive and very confusing. EGIA has put together what they believe is the simplest application processes in the history of the industry. They have made it possible for contractors to get approval for a reasonable payment while they are still in the home with the customer.  Indoor Air Quality Facts:The average 6 room house collects 40 pounds of dust a year (Discover Magazine)Air ducts have more germs than a chicken coop (American Lung Association)EPA claims indoor air has been found to be up to 70% more polluted than outdoor air (EPA)Children are more likely than adults to be affected by polluted indoor air (Dept. of Consumer Affairs)A build up of 0.42 inches of dirt on a heating or cooling coil can result in a decrease in efficiency of 21% (EPA)9 out of 10 heating, ventilating, air conditioning systems failures are caused by dust and dirt (Louisiana Coop Extension Service)Many people have allergic reactions to pollen, bacteria, dust mites, mold, and animal dander. Allergies including hay fever and asthma affect 41 million Americans or about one out of six people.The air inside your home is usually 10 times dirtier that it is outside. Major health issues can arise if you don’t make sure your equipment gets an A+ rating from the guys at Total Care Heating and Air. Servicing all of Southern California you can reach them at 844-438-8682 or request an estimate on the website https://www.totalcarehvac.com/ call them first, you won’t be disappointed. Their address is 2867 Sampson Ave, Corona CA 92879

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Bank Robbery Investigation Leads to Animal Cruelty Case

By Mireya De la Paz

Corona –  A man was arrested by the Corona Police Department on Wednesday July 26, 2017 for bank robbery in Corona, California.

72-year-old Robert Bustamante Flores threatened a teller of the Western Bank on 1050 W. Sixth Street in Corona July 20, 2017. Flores was suspected of robbery when he went to the police department and police were suspicious and got a search warrant. Corona police searched his home to look for evidence specifically among the robbery.

They found about 26 dogs living in his home in the 100 block N. Vincentia Avenue. Flores began to tell the police that he lived in the garage while the dogs lived inside the home. Corona Animal Control was given permission to search the home and found a total of 35 dogs and 7 small puppies.

Animal Control Officer Bill Sellers explained how he had never seen anything like it and how it was the worst call he had ever received.  They had to put one of the dogs to sleep due to his severe wounds while most of the dogs were found with multiple diseases. They explained the home as “destroyed” with demolished furniture and animal waste left on the floors. The dogs were all allegedly neglected and were not being properly fed and hydrated. Thankfully, Corona Animal Shelter was able to take all 36 dogs and are currently being taken care of and supervised. Flores was arrested for the charge of Robbery and his bail is $30,000 while the animal cruelty investigation is still ongoing.

 

 

Clark’s Nutrition

By Staff Reports

Chino- When my daughter was little, we would take her to Chuck E. Cheese every year for her birthday. Then one year I announced that rather than going to Chuck E. Cheese, we would take her to Disneyland for her very first time. She was upset and disappointed. All she had ever known was this small local pizza place ran by Chuck E., so she had no idea what was waiting for her at the “happiest place on earth.” Needless to say when she walked through the front gate at Disneyland, she “got it.” Disneyland was bigger, better, and more amazing.
I recently visited Clark’s Nutrition in Chino for the first time. It is the Disneyland of natural foods stores! For years I settled with what I knew from other stores, but after walking through the front door of Clark’s, I “got it!” Clark’s is not just bigger and better, but its one of the most amazing natural foods store I’ve ever been in.
What’s a Clarks store like? Imagine if you morphed Sprouts, Whole Foods, GNC, and Trader Joes into one store. It would be called Clarks! Clark’s has the largest selection of organic produce, supplements, and natural foods in the Inland Empire. They also have a great bulk foods section, they have grass-fed meats, a full dairy section, and the Chino location even has a juice bar! Clark’s was recently featured on a bus tour that brought other natural foods grocers from all over the world to visit Clarks in Chino. Clark’s has been told they have the largest supplement section in the United States in their Chino location. Basically, if you are looking for it, they’ve got it! I’ve also noticed that Clark’s prices are reasonable on most everything. I was surprised at the pricing since they had so much selection, I thought I would be paying for it; yet another pleasant surprise.
If that isn’t enough to get you into Clarks, they have Nutritional Consultants to help you. These Nutritional Consultants really know a lot about nutrition. Just look for the employees in the maroon shirts. They’re the Nutritional Consultants. Kyle and Joe are a couple of my favorites, but they’re all great. Clark’s has a 5-level training program that takes these Nutritional Consultants about 3 ½ years to complete. This sets them apart from everyone. Starkie Sowers, Clark’s Director of Education writes and teaches these in-house classes. Starkie says, “From the beginning, we knew we wanted to really help people educate themselves about their own health.” No one at Clarks is on commission. Starkie adds, “I’ve been with Clarks for 36 years and although the natural foods industry has grown and changed a great deal, the Clark family have always been committed to providing solid answers for customers trying to navigate their unique heath goals.” Clark’s attracts a wide variety of customers; people with food allergens, those wanting to get/remain fit, moms trying to help their family eat healthier, customers seeking holistic approaches to health and wellness, Vegans, Vegetarians…and the list goes on. Marketing Director, Mike Barnett says, “People are looking for a trusted source for their nutrition questions and Clark’s knowledgeable Nutritional Consultants are the final stop for people looking for real help.”
As a lifelong resident in the Inland Empire, I had heard of Clarks, but didn’t know where their locations are and that they’ve been around since 1972. Clarks’ is family owned and operated. It makes me feel good knowing that I am supporting a small local business rather helping shareholders make more money. All four of Clark’s locations are local: Chino, Riverside, Loma Linda, and Rancho Mirage. I am glad to finally count myself among those that “get it!” My family and I can be found at Clarks in Chino. Discover Clark’s Nutrition and stop settling for less. ■

Crime Re-cap for December

Staff Reports

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, including Eastvale Police and Corona Police, has done a great job combating crime in the area. Read a recap below to see what happened in the month of December.

Norco- On Thursday, December 22, 2016, at 5:45 A.M., deputies from the Norco Sheriff’s Office responded to the 3300 Block of Hamner Avenue in the city of Norco reference an unconscious male lying in a parking lot. Deputies arrived within minutes and located an adult male, deceased at the scene. Preliminary investigation indicates the deceased male may have been struck by a vehicle and the incident is being investigated as a fatal hit and run traffic collision. Traffic Investigators responded to the scene and have assumed the investigation. The name of the decedent is being withheld pending notification to next of kin. Preliminary investigation revealed the pedestrian was initially struck by an unknown vehicle and the driver fled the scene without stopping and providing aid.

Eastvale, CA – The Eastvale Police Department’s Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on December 16, 2016, at Hamner Ave. cross of Limonite Ave. between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

Results: 513 Vehicles Screened; 3 DUI-Alcohol suspects arrested, 5 Arrested for warrants, 20 Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked, and 43 Citations issued.

Eastvale- On Friday, December 9, 2016, the Eastvale Police Department’s Traffic Division conducted a grant-funded traffic enforcement operation as part of its commitment to public safety. This operation is one of many that will be conducted throughout the year. This operation was conducted at numerous locations in the city of Eastvale where major injury and fatal collisions have occurred. The purpose of this operation was to educate motorists about dangerous driving such as exceeding the posted speed limit, failing to stop at stop signs, and using cellular devices while driving to name a few. The operation was conducted from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The results ended in 35 citations being issued.

Jurupa Valley- On December 7, 2016, Jurupa Valley police officers received information the residents from an address in the 4000 block of Bain Street were involved in multiple vehicle thefts and vehicle burglaries. While surveilling the residence, deputies saw a silver Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck parked in the back of the property. A records check revealed the truck was stolen from a residence in Eastvale on December 2, 2016.

Deputies contacted the occupant of the stolen truck, Steven McCary (age 31 of Jurupa Valley) and detained him for possession of a stolen vehicle. With the assistance of the Jurupa Valley Police and Eastvale Police Special Enforcement Teams (SET), a wallet that had been stolen from an unlocked car in Eastvale on December 6, 2016, was also recovered. McCary was booked in jail for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, possession of stolen property, and committing a crime while on bail.

Corona- On Dec. 28, the Corona Police Department received a call regarding an in-progress commercial burglary at Graziano’s Pizza, 333 Magnolia Avenue, in Corona. Officers responded to the area while CPD dispatch relayed information from the reporting party. The suspect vehicle, a white Dodge Intrepid, was located in the area and a traffic stop was attempted, but the vehicle failed to yield, which initiated a vehicle pursuit. The suspect vehicle was pursued to the 1600 block of Leeson Lane, Corona where the suspect vehicle drove over a curb flattening its tires. The officers located and detained two of the three male suspects, who were later identified as brothers Rodney Shorter II, 21-year-old, and Rodney Shorter III, 19-year-old, of Long Beach. The third suspect was not located.

The investigation revealed that the suspects burglarized Graziano’s Pizza, removing a safe and cash register drawers, and minutes prior they had committed another commercial burglary at Chronic Taco, 160 E. Ontario Avenue, in Corona. The safe taken from Graziano’s Pizza was recovered from the suspect vehicle. In addition, burglary tools, two cloth masks, and a stolen firearm which had been reported stolen out of Los Angeles County were recovered. Both suspects were booked for Commercial Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Evading a Police Officer.