Category Archives: Inland Empire

Eastvale Schools Close But Learning Will Continue

Staff Reports

Eastvale – On March 13, Superintendent Dr. Lin announced that all Corona-Norco Unified public Schools will be closed from Monday, March 16 to Friday, April 3.
Dr. Lin stated that “the public health crisis created by the Coronavirus is not something any of us could reasonably have expected to happen, and we are in uncharted waters as we work to prevent the spread of the illness.”
“We have been following the direction of public health experts to keep our school community — students, staff, family members and visitors — safe in the midst of a growing health crisis,” he said. “We are now at a point where the balance has shifted and the appropriate path is to close schools. Additionally, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency.”
Therefore, the CNUSD schools will be completely shut down and all activities on or off campus will be cancelled. However, Dr. Lin said they will evaluate and determine if the return date will change. “Parents and staff will hear from CNUSD directly in the event that the return date of April 6, 2020 changes,” stated the Superintendent.
He also said that there are plans for CNUSD students to continue to learn during the closure. The statement included a link to three phases of learning while the schools are closed. During Phase 1 (between 1 and 5 school days), students are encouraged to engage in enrichment activities and read grade level materials. During Phase 2 (between 6 and school 21 days), information will be sent via email and posted on the district website regarding “how to support students with additional enrichment activities they can complete from home.” Then in Phase 3, (longer than school 21 days), further communication will be sent via email and posted on the district website with “specific instructions for completion of school curriculum from home.”
CNUSD did acknowledge that they are aware all students do not have regular access to technology or the internet. Therefore, hard copies of the materials will be provided, and more information will be released at a later date. Direct access to both electronic and paper resources options are currently available on
“This is a difficult decision, but necessary, as we try to slow the spread of the virus,” stated Dr. Lin in his statement. “Corona-Norco Unified School District serves a wide-range of communities including a high-needs population, and our schools provide a social safety net for our children. The closing of any school has real consequences beyond the loss of instructional time. This is not an easy decision and not one we take lightly.”
Since this is a rapidly changing situation, CNUSD staff advises that parents and families check their email regularly and visit for frequent updates. Dr. Lin stated they will communicate via email, Facebook and Twitter during the course of this closure, as well.
“These are unprecedented and challenging times, but we will get through this as a community,” concluded Dr. Lin.

Planes of Fame Airshow 2020

Planes of Fame Airshow Fans

Planes of Fame Air Museum is proud to present the Planes of Fame Air Show on May 2-3, 2020 ‘Victory Through Air Power’. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII we will be  featuring over 50 historic aircraft, including the B-25 Mitchell, P-47 Thunderbolt, P-38 Lightning, F4U Corsair and P-51 Mustangs flying for your enjoyment. We invite you to join us in honoring the history, contributions, and sacrifices of our Veterans.

USAF Heritage Flight

Performers include: USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II Demo and Heritage Flight, Pacific, European & Korean war era Flight Displays, Gregory ‘Wired’ Colyer T-33 Aerobatics, Philipp Steinbach GB1 GameBird Aerobatics, Sanders Sea Fury Aerobatics, John Collver AT-6/SNJ Aerobatics, Rob Harrison the Tumbling Bear and more!

USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II Demo Team

There will be a Kids Zone, static displays and plenty of food & vendors!

In addition to many other fantastic airplanes that will be performing and on static display, there will be a special panel discussion with some of our honored Veterans. Follow our Planes of Fame Facebook page to receive up to the minute news on Performers, attending Aircraft and Veterans!

Start your Air Show weekend early! Planes of Fame Air Museum opens at 10:00 am on Friday May 1st. Regular admission to the Air Museum includes a tram ride out to the display area as well as access to Planes of Fame Air Museum. Participating aircraft will be arriving throughout the day. Display area closes to the public at 4:00 pm.

Planes of Fame Air Show, Saturday and Sunday May 2-3 2020  8am – 4pm   See all of your favorite airplanes fly!

Get there Early, you don’t want to miss the ‘Victory Through Air Power’ Opening Ceremony and National Anthem Commemoration!

F4U Corsair. Over 40 WWII aircraft will fly.

Free Admission Kids 11 Years & Under, General Admission $30, Preferred Parking $20,

Grandstand Seats, Sunrise Photo Access Passes and RV Parking are available to purchase online at: WWW.PLANESOFFAME.ORG

SAVE $5 on General Admission Tickets when you purchase online! (Limited Time Offer)


For more information please contact :

Harry ‘T’ Geier

Director of Marketing Planes of Fame Air Museum

14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino, CA  91710

Tel – 909-597-7576

Competitive Coverage to Meet Your Family’s Needs

Staff Reports

Norco – At the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office, 24-hour good neighbor service is at the forefront. Smith-Rice is confident that she can meet your needs for all insurance and financial services, and promises to wow you with expert professional service.

A State Farm Agent since 1985 and a Corona resident since 1971, Smith-Rice understands the needs of the community and has worked hard to provide a palette of services that makes one-stop-shopping easy and affordable. Along with Auto insurance, Smith-Rice provides Home Owners and Renters Insurance.

“A home is a big investment, so let’s make sure you have enough coverage at the right rate,” says Smith-Rice. As well, protecting your personal property may be more affordable than you think. “The average person has over $200,000 worth of stuff that is probably not covered under your landlord’s policy. That’s where our State Farm Renters insurance comes into play,” she adds.

More important than the care of your property is the care of your family. Along with Life Insurance, the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office can provide various types of health insurance, including Long-Term Care should you become unable to care for yourself.
And for the business owner, Smith-Rice says, “I understand the needs of a business owner like you. Together we can help protect your business and plan a roadmap for your financial future.

As if all this weren’t enough, the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office can provide you with financial services such as Mutual Funds, Annuities, and even Banking (yes, Banking!), including Bank Accounts, Credit Cards, and Loans.

Don’t wait another minute to help ensure your family’s well being. Call the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office today, and get peace of mind in return. A staff of professional experts is standing by at (951) 734-5290, or Toll-Free at (888) 734-5292. They are located at 2027 River Road in Norco, in the Stater Bros. shopping center at Second Street and River Road.

Make the Wright Choice for Your Insurance

Staff Reports

Chino – When looking for an insurance company, Wright Insurance Services is the right choice. For the last 30 years, they have been providing the best in auto, home, business, and life insurance…and they are still going strong!

JB Wright Insurance Services is an Independent Insurance Agency, which means they represent many different companies so they can find the one that is right for you. Their staff has the knowledge and experience of their insurance products to provide maximum benefit and protection to their clients.

“Our goal is to provide our clients with the insurance they want at the lowest possible price, while providing them with the highest level of customer service,” said owner and agent, Joel Wright. “We can furnish our clients with an assessment of their insurance needs and choice of which package fits them best,” he added.

Being an independent agency allows customers to have stronger coverage, better protection, and the lowest possible rates. Wright Insurance Services has access to more options than any one single insurance carrier can offer. “This ability to compare pricing helps us secure you a lower premium,” said Wright.

Wright Insurance was founded by Joel Wright and his parents Bob and Myrna, and their company is now an agency that the community knows and trusts.

“It’s quite fulfilling to have been a key source of insurance for thousands of people in the Southern California area, who have come to rely on us,” said Joel Wright.

Now, customers continue to spread the good word about Wright Insurance Services because they are treated like friends and family, rather than just clients. “Professional people who treat you like family is always The Wright Choice!”

Wright Insurance Services is located in both Chino, 909-628-0444 and in Santa Clarita, 661-244-5244. Visit one of their licensed professional insurance agents at 3340 Riverside Dr. Ste. L in Chino. However, if you want a quick quote, call 909-628-0444.
“It’s always FREE and always FAST! Better protection…lower premiums…the WRIGHT choice for 30 years!”

Construction Update: I-15 Limonite Avenue Interchange Project

Here is the latest construction update for the upcoming week (7/15/19-7/20/19) from the City of Eastvale:

60 Swarm: SR-60 Pavement Rehabilitation Project

Photo Courtesy: City of Eastvale

Courtesy: City of Eastvale

As part of the 60 Swarm Pavement Rehabilitation project, Caltrans is alerting motorists of full directional closures on the SR-60 Freeway beginning on July 26, 2019, for a period of fourteen weekends. The weekend closures will occur Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. through Monday mornings at 5:00 a.m. The closure details are as follows:
Full closure of eastbound SR-60, including all eastbound on and off ramps, between I-15 and the 60/91/215 junction in Riverside, from July 26, 2019, through September 9, 2019. There will be no eastbound access during this closure. Motorists may use westbound SR-60 to access locally on and off ramps.
Full closure of westbound SR-60, including all westbound on and off ramps, between the 60/91/215 junction in Riverside to I-15 from September 20, 2019, through October 28, 2019. There will be no access during this closure. Motorists may use eastbound SR 60 to access local on and off ramps.
The project will include rehabilitation pavement on freeway traffic lanes and shoulders; rehabilitation pavement on the freeway’s on and off ramps; and upgraded pedestrian sidewalk ADA ramps at the on and off ramp intersections. The repairs will improve pedestrian safety and ride quality for motorists. They also will extend the roadway’s service life with less required maintenance, minimalizing maintenance
worker exposure.
For more information on this project please view the Fact Sheet and Project Map, or follow @caltrans8 on Facebook and Twitter. For questions, please call 909.383.4631.
For those with sensory disabilities requiring alternate formats (i.e. Braille, large print, sign language interpreter, etc.) and those needing information in a language other than English, please contact Kimberly
Cherry at 909.383.6290 or TTY 71.

Paving Construction 7/3/19; Delays Expected

Courtesy City of Eastvale

Sendero Development will perform paving activities on Harrison Avenue between Limonite Avenue and Blossom Way. Please be advised that traffic delays are to be expected.
Location: Harrison Avenue between Limonite Avenue and Blossom Way
Duration: July 3, 2019
Time: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Traffic Impacts & Advisories During Construction:
Lane closures on Harrison Avenue between Limonite Avenue and Blossom Way with one lane open. Noise levels will be monitored to ensure work performed is within the necessary compliance levels.
Please obey all posted construction signs, drive safely and do not enter the construction work zone.
For known delays in traffic, plan accordingly by taking alternate routes and allowing more time for travel. For additional information, contact the City of Eastvale Public Works Department at 951.703.4470. We appreciate your patience and cooperation through this inconvenience.
Note: Construction schedules are subject to change for various reasons including but not limited to: weather conditions, unforeseen emergencies and other acts of nature.

Area Crime Recap: December 2018


WHEN: 12/8/2018

WHERE: 1400 block of Morab Way, Norco

DETAILS: On Saturday, December 8, 2018, about 9:34 a.m., deputies assigned to the Norco Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence located in the 1400 block of Morab Way, in the City of Norco, reference a theft.

The investigation revealed suspects had arrived at the location and stole property from the victim’s vehicle before fleeing the area in another vehicle. The crime was recorded on a residence video surveillance system.

Deputies assigned to the Special Enforcement Team (SET) conducted follow-up into the theft. On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, Special Enforcement Team deputies determined the stolen property had been listed “for sale” by the suspects through an electronic and mobile-driven market place. Deputies initiated an undercover operation and met with the suspects at a location in the City of Jurupa Valley. The suspects were detained without incident.

Further investigation revealed the suspects were in possession of stolen property affiliated with the Norco theft and had arrived at the location in a stolen vehicle, which was subsequently recovered. The suspects were identified as Danny Lee Petray, age 23, and Daniel Lee Shirley, age 28, both residents of Jurupa Valley.

Petray was arrested for grand theft, possession of stolen property, and violation of probation. Shirley was arrested for possession of stolen property and several outstanding warrants. Both suspects were booked into the county jail in the City of Riverside.

Anyone with any information pertaining to this case is encouraged to contact Deputies Darryl Robertson or Matt Faucher at (951) 270-5673.


WHEN: 12/22/2018

WHERE: 7800 block of Virtue Vista Dr., Jurupa Valley

DETAILS: On Saturday, December 22nd 2018, at about 9:15 pm, deputies assigned to the Jurupa Valley Station were dispatched to investigate a report of a male who had been shot in the 7800 block of Virtue Vista Drive in the city of Jurupa Valley. When deputies arrived, they located an adult male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Investigators from the Central Homicide Unit and investigators with the Jurupa Valley Station have assumed the investigation.

During the initial stages of the investigation, a suspect was identified as Tyler Borg, a 23-year-old male from Fontana. Borg was located in the 41800 block of Briarwood in Hemet and taken into custody without incident. Borg was later booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for 187(a) PC-Murder. There are no outstanding suspects and no present threat to the community. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Investigator Bishop of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777. 


WHEN: 12/26/2018

WHERE: 6000 block of Camino Real, Jurupa Valley

DETAILS: On Wednesday, December 26th, at 11:43 AM, officers from the Jurupa Valley Police Department responded to the 6000 block of Camino Real reference an in-progress fraud at a local business.  Officers contacted the suspects involved in the fraud and an officer involved shooting occurred.

Following the shooting the suspects fled the location in a vehicle which came to rest in a dirt field at Mission Boulevard and Camino Real.  No parties were struck by gunfire and the use of a police canine assisted in the apprehension of the suspects.  There were no injuries sustained by law enforcement personnel or the public, and there are no outstanding suspects or threat to public safety.  The Riverside County Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded and assumed the investigation.  The suspect’s names will not be released at this time pending the ongoing investigation.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave per Department policy.  The involved officer’s name will not be released at this time.  This is an active investigation and no additional details are available at this time.  The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Central Homicide Investigator Paz at (951) 955-2777, or Jurupa Valley Police Department’s Station Investigator Munoz at (951) 955-2600.

Eastvale Area Crime Recap: November 2018


WHEN: 10/20/2018 (Date of theft) & 11/7/2018 (Date of arrest)

WHERE: Norco High School, 2065 Temescal Ave., Norco

DETAILS: On Monday, October 22, 2018, a Riverside County Sheriff’s school resource officer investigated a reported theft at the Norco High School campus, located at 2065 Temescal Avenue, in the City of Norco. The investigation revealed that on Saturday, October 20, 2018, about 11:13 p.m., a suspect had entered the campus and removed copper drainage lines from several air-conditioner units located on different buildings within the campus. In addition to stealing the copper, the suspect caused approximately $10,000 in damage to the units. On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, about 11:56 p.m., the suspect returned to the campus and stole additional copper lines, causing further damage to the existing air-conditioning units. Both thefts were recorded through the campus camera surveillance system, providing deputies with the suspect’s physical identifying information. On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, about 2:00 p.m., a deputy assigned to the Norco Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Team, contacted Timothy Wayne Arnett, age 45, a Corona resident, during a narcotics related investigation. During this subsequent investigation, Arnett was identified as the theft suspect responsible for the Norco High School incident. Based on the information collected during the investigation, Arnett was arrested and booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for the charge of grand theft. Anyone with any information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Scott of the Jurupa Valley Station School Resource Unit, at (951) 955-2600.


WHEN: 11/7/18

WHERE: 5800 block of Samantha Pl., Jurupa Valley

DETAILS: On Wednesday, November 07, 2018, about 3:30 PM, members of the Region 7 Regional Gang Task Force were conducting a follow up investigation to a shooting that occurred in the 5800 Block of Samantha Place in Jurupa Valley where the victim sustained two gunshot wounds, which were non-life threatening. During the course of the investigation, Task Force Officers identified 25-year-old Jurupa Valley resident, George Ayala, a documented gang member, as the person responsible for the shooting. Further investigation also revealed Ayala was involved in an unrelated armed car-jacking, which occurred on Saturday, November 03, 2018, and for being in possession of a stolen vehicle, which occurred on Wednesday, November 07, 2018. Both unrelated incidents occurred in the Jurupa Valley area. Ayala was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for the following charges:  Attempted Murder with a Firearm, Armed Carjacking, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Criminal Street Gang Membership. The Region 7 Gang Task Force is one of eight teams composing the Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force, which is a collaborative effort of 25 law enforcement agencies with the goal of combating criminal street gangs throughout Riverside County. The Region 7 Gang Task Force is composed of members from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, and Riverside County Probation. Anyone with additional information regarding this arrest is encouraged to contact Sergeant Nathan Padilla from the Region 7 Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force at (951) 955-2734.  




WHERE: Van Buren Blvd & 56th St., Jurupa Valley

UPDATE: On Friday, November 9, 2018, George Ponce, of Jurupa Valley, was discharged from Riverside Community Hospital, where he had been treated for injuries sustained from the fatal traffic collision on October 23, 2018. George Ponce was immediately arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on four counts of 191.5 (a) P.C. (Gross Vehicular Manslaughter while Intoxicated).

ORIGINAL INCIDENT DETAILS: On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, about 11:45 PM, officers from the Jurupa Valley Police Department responded to a report of a major traffic collision on Van Buren Boulevard, south of 56th Street, Jurupa Valley. Upon arriving, officers located a traffic collision involving four vehicles. The preliminary investigation identified a single occupant vehicle was traveling northbound on Van Buren Boulevard and attempted to make a westbound turn onto 56th Street. The driver failed to negotiate the turn and traveled into southbound lanes of Van Buren Boulevard and collided with the vehicle occupied by four individuals.  All four individuals were pronounced deceased by emergency medical personnel on scene. Two additional vehicles traveling southbound sustained minor vehicle damage only attempting to avoid the collision. The driver who caused the collision sustained serious non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he was admitted. Alcohol appears to be a contributing factor in this traffic collision.  The Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team is conducting a full investigation. The identities of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Anyone with information regarding this fatal traffic collision is encouraged to call Deputy Ditfurth 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 at or


WHEN: 11/10/18

WHERE: Robert Presley Detention Center, Riverside

DETAILS: On Saturday, November 10, 2018, about 10:29 P.M., deputies assigned to the Robert Presley Detention Center located an adult male Hispanic unresponsive within his cell in a housing area of the facility. Deputies and medical personnel in the jail, initiated life-saving measures and the male Hispanic inmate was transported to a local hospital, where he later died. The Riverside Sheriff’s Department, Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Investigations Bureau responded and assumed the investigation.  The identification of the victim will not be released at this time pending notification of family.  There are no signs of foul play and due to the ongoing investigation, no further information will be released at this time.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Investigator Medina of the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600.


WHEN: August 2018- 11/14/18

WHERE:  Norco High School, Norco

DETAILS: Starting in August 2018 and spanning several months, the Norco Sheriff’s Office, received several school violence related threats from an unidentified suspect. The threats were directed toward Norco High School, located at 2065 Temescal Avenue, in the city of Norco. In each instance, the Norco Sheriff’s Office responded to the high school and conducted thorough safety sweeps to ensure the safety of students and faculty. The threats resulted in tying up Sheriff’s resources, delaying school schedules, as well as greatly inconveniencing students, faculty, and parents. The threats were determined not to be credible. The investigation was assumed by the Norco Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Team, who spent several months tracking down leads in an attempt to identify and locate the suspect. On Thursday, November 8, the Jurupa Valley Station School Resource Officer, assigned to Norco High School, developed information that led to the suspect’s identity and residence location. On Monday, November 12, deputies assigned to the School Resource Officer Unit, the Norco Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Team, and the Department’s Special Investigation Bureau, served a search warrant at a residence, located in the City of Corona. During the service of the warrant, deputies were able detain the suspect, identified as a male juvenile, in addition to recovering evidence related to the crime. The investigation revealed the threats were not credible. The suspect was subsequently arrested for making false bomb reports and transported to the Norco Sheriff’s Office for processing.  The Norco Sheriff’s Office and Jurupa Valley Station School Resource Unit, in our partnership with the Corona-Norco Unified School District, is committed to the safety of all our students and school faculty. Anyone making bomb threats, threats or reports of violence against any of our schools, students, or to our community, will be thoroughly investigated and held accountable for their actions. Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Jeff Scott or Matt Faucher, at (951) 270-5673.


WHEN: 11/16/18

WHERE: 5400 Block of 34th St., Jurupa Valley

DETAILS: On Friday, November 16, 2018, about 10:35 AM, members of the Region 7 Regional Gang Task Force conducted a license plate inquiry on a pick-up truck in the 5400 Block of 34th Street, Jurupa Valley. The pick-up truck returned stolen out of the City of Riverside. During the course of their investigation, Task Force Officers identified 35-year-old Jurupa Valley resident, Andy Acuna, as the person in possession of the stolen pick-up truck. Acuna is a self-admitted Criminal Street Gang Associate. With Acuna was 27-year old Jurupa Valley resident, Kayla Webb. Webb was identified as being on Post Release Community Supervision (P.R.C.S.) Further investigation revealed Acuna was in possession of two Manufactured Dangerous Weapons. Both weapons, the “Zip-Gun” also known as a “Slam-Fired Shotgun” and the “Cane-Gun” were both loaded and fully operable. Both Acuna and Webb were arrested and booked into custody at the Robert Presley Detention Center for the following charges: Andy Acuna: Manufactured Dangerous Weapons, Possession of a Cane-Gun, Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Convicted Felon in Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Controlled Substance While Armed, Possession of Stolen Property. Kayla Webb: Violation of Post Release Community Supervision Terms. The Region 7 Gang Task Force is one of eight teams composing the Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force , which is a collaborative effort of 25 law enforcement agencies with the goal of combating criminal street gangs throughout Riverside County. The Region 7 Gang Task Force is composed of members from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, and Riverside County Probation. Anyone with additional information regarding this arrest is encouraged to contact Sergeant Nathan Padilla from the Region 7 Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force at (951) 955-2734.


WHEN: 11/24/18

WHERE: 13000 Block of Jasper Loop, Eastvale

DETAILS: On Saturday, November 24th, 2018 at about 8:08 pm, officers assigned to the Eastvale Police Department were dispatched to “shots being fired” in the 13000 block of Jasper Loop, in the city of Eastvale. Officers arrived and located an adult female victim, identified as Alicia Rene Lopez, 28 of Eastvale, deceased in the roadway on Jasper Loop north of Aspen Leaf Lane. One adult male was seen running from the location after the shooting, but no further information is available at this time. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Central Homicide Unit and the Jurupa Valley Station Investigators have assumed the investigation. Investigators are requesting the public’s assistance with any information regarding this incident and are encouraged to please call Investigator Vasquez of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at (760) 393-3529. 

SB Sheriff Looking For Additional Underage Sex Victims

Man arrested for lewd and lascivious acts with a child 

DATE/TIME: November 7, 2018 / 07:00 p.m.

INCIDENT: PC 288(a), Lewd and Lascivious Acts With A Child
PC 261.5 (d), Unlawful Sex with a Minor

LOCATION: 2200 Block of Ogden St., San Bernardino
11000 Block of Primrose Ave., Hesperia

SUSPECT: Jose Alfredo Ortiz-Hernandez, 33 years old, Hesperia

VICTIM(S): Confidential females  

SUMMARY: Central Station has a dedicated Child and Adult Protective Services Deputy who investigates allegations of child and elder abuse. In October 2018, the deputy began an investigation on a referral from Children and Family Services. It was reported that two sisters who were 14 and 15 years of age were sexually abused by an adult.  

On November 6, 2018, a victim disclosed to the investigator she was sexually abused by Jose Alfredo Ortiz-Hernandez multiple times and they began communicating through social medi a. Through the investigation, Ortiz-Hernandez had sexual intercourse with the victims numerous times in the county area of San Bernardino, Colton and Hesperia. Ortiz-Hernandez provided drugs to the victims and sexually assaulted them. Hesperia and Central Station investigators worked together on the investigation.  

On November 7, 2018, Ortiz-Hernandez was arrested. He was booked at the High Desert Detention Center and charged with multiple felony sexual abuse crimes. Ortiz-Hernandez’s case has been adjudicated, he plead guilty to the charges and was sentenced to state prison which will require him to register as PC 290 Sex Registrant.

Ortiz-Hernandez is believed to have friended adolescents/teenagers and provided them with alcohol and drugs. Investigators believe there may be additional victims and urge the public to come forward if they have additional information on this case.

We urge the public to call or text law enforcement when they see suspicious activity. Witnessed and victims of crime can call Central Station at (909) 387-3545. Callers who want to remain anonymous can call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME(27463), or they can use  

Refer: Deputy B. Ortiz, Detective J. McDaniel

Station: Central Station, Hesperia Station

Phone No.909-387-3545

Case No.011803015, 11808788

Area Crime Recap April 2018

Staff Reports


Incident: Warrant Sweep

When: 4/14/18

Where: Jurupa Valley

Details: Some think if they just don’t show up for a court hearing, the police won’t have the manpower to come find them.  If your violation is a DUI or traffic related, don’t count on it.   On April 14, 2018, The Jurupa Valley Traffic Team with dozens of outstanding arrest warrants fanned out into neighborhoods in search of high risk DUI offenders and others with traffic related warrants. Officers served warrants and arrested offenders who either failed to show up for a court date or violated terms of their probation in an outstanding traffic-related case.  “The best bet for anyone with a missed court date is to go to court on their own now,” said Sergeant Raemie Wood. “If you don’t, that warrant isn’t going away. We’re going to come find you and take you to jail.” Those caught often face additional jail time for failing to appear in court or for violating probation. When family, friends, and co-workers find out, violators can also face personal embarrassment as they are led away in handcuffs, as well as missing work while sitting in jail. Special Warrant Service Operations along with regularly scheduled ‘High Visibility’ DUI enforcement has a deterrent effect on those who disregard driving safety and abuse alcohol and drugs.  The Jurupa Valley PD places a high priority on lowering deaths and injuries with the goal of removing impaired drivers and heightening awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Funding for the operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Report Drunk Drivers; Call 9-1-1! Results: Warrants Attempted: 28 ,  Warrants Served: 10

Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision

When: 4/18/18

Where: Mission Blvd. cross of Vernon Ave., Jurupa Valley

Details: On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, about 2:55 PM, officers from the Jurupa Valley Police Department responded to a traffic collision on Mission Boulevard cross of Vernon Avenue, in Jurupa Valley, involving a motorcycle and a vehicle.  Officers arrived on scene and immediately attempted life-saving measures to the motorcyclist until they were relieved by American Medical Response paramedics. The motorcyclist succumbed from his injuries. The Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team is conducting a full investigation to determine the cause of the collision. Alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in this collision. The victim will remain unidentified at this time pending Coroner notification to the next of kin. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Robles 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 at or

Incident: Homicide

When: 4/18/18

Where: 5200 Block of Stone Ave., Jurupa Valley

Details: On April 18, 2018, detectives from the Burbank Police Department requested assistance from the Riverside Sheriff’s Department regarding a homicide investigation involving three Hispanic male victims. Their investigation led Burbank detectives to a residence of interest on the 5200 block of Stone Avenue, in Jurupa Valley. Personnel from the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau and the Central Homicide Unit assisted Burbank detectives with serving a search warrant at the Stone Avenue address. Based on the circumstances and evidence found at the scene, the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit assumed the homicide investigation.   The identities of the victims are being withheld until families are notified.  This is an on-going investigation and no further information will be released at this time.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Central Homicide Unit Investigator Gonzales at 951-955-2777.

Incident: Homicide Investigation

When: 4/20/18

Where: Canal St. cross Mission Blvd., Jurupa Valley

Details: On Friday, April 20th, 2018 at about 7:37 pm, officers assigned to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Jurupa Valley Station were dispatched to a “Man Down” call in the area of Canal St. x Mission Blvd., in the city of Jurupa Valley.  Officers arrived and located an adult male victim deceased near the rail road tracks.  The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification to the next of kin.  There is no suspect information available for release at this time. The Riverside Sheriff’s Department-Central Homicide Unit and Jurupa Valley Station Investigators have assumed the investigation. Investigators are requesting the public’s assistance with any information regarding this incident and are encouraged to please call Investigator Button of the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at (760) 393-3531.


Incident: Street Racing & Traffic Safety Enforcement

When: 4/21/18

Where: Area of Augua Mansa x Brown, Jurupa Valley

Details: On Saturday, April 21, 2018, Jurupa Valley Police Officers conducted zero tolerance enforcement activities in an effort to combat illegal street racing, sideshows, reckless driving and other related traffic offenses.  A marked increase in street racing related activity has been noted at several locations throughout the city in recent months, jeopardizing the public as well as the participants themselves. During the enforcement operation, officers responded to multiple reports of vehicles and pedestrians congregating in the area of Auga Mansa and Brown, Jurupa Valley. Upon the arrival of officers, several vehicles were observed driving recklessly in close proximity to spectators. The following persons were arrested for street racing and/or reckless driving, blocking the road to facilitate street racing, and other related vehicle code violations. All three subject’s vehicles were towed.

In an effort to keep the community safe, the Jurupa Valley Police Department will continue zero tolerance enforcement operations targeting illegal street racing activities and reckless driving. It should be noted that these operations will include arresting and or citing participants and spectators at these illegal events.





Jurupa Valley Deputy Involved Shooting

By Anthony Saude

Jurupa Valley – On Monday, December 4 a deputy from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s station identified a vehicle that had been reported stolen earlier in the day. The deputy pulled the vehicle over to on a traffic stop near the area of Bellegrave Avenue and Van Buren to verify it was indeed the stolen vehicle.

During the traffic stop the suspect in the vehicle put the car in reverse and rammed into the the patrol unit several times and a deputy involved shooting occurred. The suspect took off and the deputy sped after the vehicle in pursuit. A short time after the pursuit began the suspect stopped and got out of the vehicle. He fled to the river bottom and ignited the car as well as the vegetation near Riverdale Place. Cal-Fire and Riverside County Fire responded to the report  of the fire to assist the Riverside City fire with the vegetation Fire.

It was reported that the Riverside Police Department assisted in locating the suspect, and after a brief struggle the suspect was arrested. Two Riverside Police Department officers sustained minor injuries during the struggle. The suspect, Clinton Althizer, 40 of Jurupa Valley was transported to a local hospital for a medical evaluation. The deputy whose car was rammed into by the suspect was taken to a local hospital as a precaution for observation. The Riverside County Sheriff’s department sent the Central Homicide Unit out to assume the investigation.

Althizer was released from the hospital as was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center located in the City of Riverside. He was booked for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace office, vehicle theft, and possession of stolen property, attempted assault on a peace officer, evading, and arson.

The deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative as per Department policy. The deputy’s name won’t be released at this time. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Central Homicide Unit Investigator Stoyer at (951) 955-2777

Community Events – Inland Empire



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 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




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 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:




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



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



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



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



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.


Can You Stop A Barking Dog?

Photo courtesy: Google Images

By Marissa Mitchell

Last week, a woman in Eastvale posted her frustration on the city Facebook page regarding a very loud dog her neighbors have.

What to do about neighboring barking dogs – particularly when they consistently disturb the peace of surrounding residents – can be a relevant question for many.

If a person calls Animal Control, this will not do much to alleviate the immediacy of the barking noises. Animal Control will mail a form to the complaining resident, one that stipulates that the dog is disturbing the peace. That form, in turn, will be sent to the address of the dog’s owner, after which the reporting resident will have to attend court to finally issue a citation. This process can take quite a while.

Those affected by the barking of a neighbor’s dog may take the old-fashioned approach of simply asking the dog owner/neighbor to control their dog’s barking, perhaps through a bark collar. This may or may not be effective depending of the type and receptivity of the person approached. If so confronted, the dog owner may also voice a concern of humane animal treatment, since dog collars are suspected on some level of incurring pain to the animal.

One resident responded to the Facebook complaint by suggesting a “Sonic Bird House Bark Control” sustainable outdoors. This essentially is a bark collar but in a birdhouse form, one that can be placed outdoors, in one’s own yard, without breaking down because of weather. If a person uses this, he or she is essentially controlling the barking of a neighbor’s dog without that neighbor’s permission through ultrasonic sound waves.

Back in 2009, Riverside County – Eastvale and Norco included – approved an anti-nuisance ordinance aimed at silencing noisy dogs by increasing fines for owners up to $500 and including remedies such as obedience training. This process, however, does go through Animal Services and through the Court process, as described above.  The law is meant to expedite the process by allowing an administrative hearing officer, sometimes a practicing attorney in arbitration, to hear the complaints and make the decisions quickly, but this is not always the case.

In Chino Hills, residents are instructed to contact the Inland Valley Humane Society. In Chino, citizens must call Animal Control, and if after hours, a police officer will be dispatched, but only if the caller reveals his or her identity. Generally, simply a warning is issued initially. The same process is outlined for Diamond Bar residents. Thus, there doesn’t seem to be any one expedient way to handle barking dogs in one’s neighborhood, and, while there is some sort of process, it will not be quickly remedied through the government.

Corona Fire Evacuees Allowed To Return to Homes

By Anthony Saude


Inland Empire – Firefighters from Riverside and Orange counties are battling a brush fire that began Monday afternoon on the shoulder of the eastbound 91 Freeway near the Riverside-Orange county line. After four days of battling the fire, heat and wind in the hills above a Corona neighborhood the fire officials have increased the containment report to 45% as of Thursday morning.

Authorities received a report of the fire shortly before 1 pm on September 24 that a fire was burning in east Anaheim just west of the Green River Road exit. About 1900 firefighters, police and personnel have been attacking the wind-driven flames with hoses ont the ground and dropping water from aircraft overhead.  The over 1500 residents that were evacuated in the Corona area have been cleared to return to their homes as of September 26. Coronits, John Adams, Prado View, Eisenhower and Franklin elementary schools; and Cesar Cahavez Academy and Citrus Hills Intermediate School of CNUSD are still closed as of Wednesday.

Firefighters are continuing to build and reinforce the fire line, mop up hot spots and patrol the fire perimeter”, all according to a news release from the Orange County Fire Authority. Even though the fire hasn’t gotten any larger they have fire authorities have not updated to full containment. Historically until there is a physical line, some sort of break that will keep the fire from spreading has been built all around the fire. Firefighters would prefer to err on the side of caution before claiming full containment.

There haven’t been any injuries reported to date due to the fire and only one home was damaged and the trailer of a semi-truck was destroyed.

Although their neighborhoods were burning and the future of their homes were uncertain the residents had nothing but praises for the hard work and diligence the firefighters and all personnel responsible for their protection. Fire trucks in almost every driveway to protect the homes, dozens were saved thanks to the efforts of these community heroes. A unified command was composed of the Anaheim, Corona, and Los Angeles County fire departments, the OCFA, U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency Tuesday for the Canyon Fire that order will increases stat and federal assistance in the firefight. The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time. will give you current updates about the fire and Corona roads and school information.

Facebook activated its “safety check” feature for users in the vicinity of the fire as a way to “check on friends or mark yourself safe,” according to the social media platform.


Eastvale Suicide Death Investigation

Post Date:07/24/2017 7:51 AM
Press Release: Suicide Death Investigation

Agency: Eastvale Police

Station Area: Jurupa Valley

Written Date: July 23, 2017 Time: 1:45 p.m.

Incident Date: July 23, 2017 Time: 9:00 a.m.

Incident Location: 5900 block of Festival Way, City of Eastvale (Orchard Park)

Reporting Officer: Lieutenant Eric Briddick

File Number(s): EV172040017


On Saturday, July 23, about 9:00 a.m., deputies assigned to the Eastvale Police Department responded to a suicide at Orchard Park, located in the 5900 block of Festival Way, city of Eastvale. Upon arrival, deputies located a deceased male adult in the restroom area of the park. The investigation revealed the victim’s death appears to be a result of suicide.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Bureau responded to the scene. This incident is still under investigation and the victim’s identity is being withheld until family is notified.

Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Deputy Loza at the Jurupa Valley Station at(951) 955-2600, or the Coroner’s Bureau at 951-443-2300.

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$65K Raised By SB Sheriff Rodeo

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Rodeo is one of the few community events that bring together residents, business owners, city and county officials, and law enforcement for one purpose – strengthening community ties and creating just plain fun!
The 17th Annual P.R.C.A Sheriff’s Rodeo was held at the Glen Helen Regional Park during the third weekend in September. Over 26,000 people attended the three-day event which provided a memorable experience for the community and all who participated. Several of the world’s top professional cowboys performed bareback and saddle bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, barrel racing and team roping. Those in attendance enjoyed performances by PRCA Rodeo Clown Punkintown, Norco Drill Team and Riata Ranch Cowgirls. Last year’s specialty act was Cowboy Kenny Bartram’s Steel Rodeo Tour. Fans were on the edge of their seats during their performance.
The success of the rodeo and the support from the sponsors has allowed over $65,000. in donations to be given back to the community. Proceeds from our event continue to support the youth in our community with the ultimate goal of developing them into responsible citizens.
Cash donations were given to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the Challenged Children’s Rodeo, Children’s Fund, the 4H Club of San Bernardino, Loma Linda University Hospital for breast cancer research, Man Up Crusade, Norco Cowgirls and various Sheriff’s Department Volunteer groups whose assistance is essential to the success of the rodeo.
Mark September 22nd, 23rd, and 24th on your calendars for this year’s Sheriff’s PRCA Rodeo that benefits the children of San Bernardino County. We encourage you to arrive early and meander among the many merchandise vendors and partake in the food and beverages that will be available to you.
The rodeo grounds are located in Devore a short distance from the I15/I215 interchange. Take the Devore turn off or Glen Helen Parkway exit.


91 Project near Completion

By City of Eastvale

The 91 Project is now 91 percent complete! Work is continuing full speed ahead, with major milestones expected to be reached in early 2017.

The new westbound Maple Street off-ramp is nearing completion, and the Maple Street bridge is projected to return to two-way travel later this month.

The eastbound Serfas Club on-ramp, which has been closed since September 2015, is expected to reopen in February.

These dates are subject to change, based on weather and other factors.  Last month, crews completed the removal of the support structures of the Lincoln Avenue bridge. Work is continuing to widen the bridge over the 91.

Nighttime closures of eastbound 91 at Interstate 15 will continue through January for ongoing construction of the Express Connector from eastbound 91 to southbound 15 and from northbound 15 to westbound 91. Crews will be removing support structures on this flyover structure, which measures 3,700 feet long and 70 feet tall.

Also early this year, crews will coordinate restriping of travel lanes on the 91 and on city streets. Additional work will continue along Frontage Road, Wardlow Road and Pomona Road. Please watch for intermittent closures and detour signs.


Farook Pleads Guilty in Immigration Fraud Case

By United States Attorney’s Office 

RIVERSIDE-Syed Raheel Farook, the brother of deceased San Bernardino attacker Syed Rizwan Farook, pleaded guilty today in federal court in an immigration fraud case stemming from the investigation of the December 2, 2015 attack in San Bernardino in which 14 people died and 22 were wounded.

Syed Raheel Farook, 31, of Corona, California, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud before United States District Judge Jesus Bernal.

As a result of today’s guilty plea, Syed Raheel Farook faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in federal prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release. Judge Bernal is scheduled to sentence the defendant on November 13.

Syed Raheel Farook; his wife, Tatiana Farook; and his sister-in-law, Mariyah Chernykh, were charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in April 2016. All three were charged with conspiracy to knowingly make under oath a false statement with respect to a material fact in an application, affidavit, and other document required by the immigration laws and regulations of the United States, and to commit perjury.

The indictment alleges that, beginning in late 2014 and continuing through February 2016, the three defendants conspired with Enrique Marquez Jr. to obtain immigration benefits for Chernykh by arranging and carrying out a fraudulent marriage between Chernykh, a Russian citizen, and Marquez, a United States citizen. The conspirators allegedly made false statements in immigration documents submitted on Chernykh’s behalf.

In addition to the conspiracy count, Chernykh is charged in the indictment with two counts of making false statements under oath in immigration documents and one count of making false statements to federal agents about the scheme. A trial for Tatiana Farook and Chernykh is currently scheduled for March 28.

Marquez was charged in a separate federal indictment with participating in the marriage fraud scheme, as well as plotting with San Bernardino attacker Syed Rizwan Farook in 2011 and 2012 to carry out attacks in the Inland Empire. Marquez is also charged with supplying two firearms that Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfin Malik, later used in the San Bernardino attack and during the shootout with law enforcement that ended in the couple’s death. Marquez is scheduled to go on trial before Judge Bernal on September 26.

“Today’s guilty plea is the result of the thorough investigation into the brutal attack in San Bernardino that took the lives of 14 innocent Americans and tragically affected many more shooting victims and family members,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “Law enforcement and prosecutors in my office continue to seek justice for the victims and the entire community of San Bernardino by uncovering and prosecuting all of the criminal activity related to the terrible events of December 2. As I have said many times, we are committed to leaving no stone unturned in this investigation.”

“The false statements Mr. Farook admittedly made allowed others to cut the line to attain citizenship ahead of legitimate applicants,” said Deirdre Fike, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. “This guilty plea should serve as a message for anyone contemplating similar activity that flouting the immigration laws of the United States has serious consequences.”

“Let there be no doubt, immigration benefit fraud is a serious crime,” said Joseph Macias, special agent in charge for HSI Los Angeles. “When people use false or misleading information in order to obtain an immigration benefit for themselves or others, it creates a security vulnerability that could be exploited by criminals and other individuals who pose a serious danger to our community. As this case makes clear, HSI will aggressively target those who conspire to corrupt the integrity of America’s legal immigration system, putting our nation’s security at risk in the process.” The investigation in this case was conducted by the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Riverside, which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the San Bernardino Police Department; the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department; and the United States Attorney’s Office.

These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jay H. Robinson, Melanie Sartoris and Deirdre Z. Eliot of the Terrorism and Export Crimes Section with substantial assistance from Trial Attorney C. Alexandria Bogle of the Justice Department’s Counterterrorism Section.