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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 INFO AND TICKETS GO TO WWW.PLANESOFFAME.ORG

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   harry.geier@planesoffame.org   http://www.planesoffame.org

CNUSD Closes But Learning Will Continue

Staff Reports

Corona/Norco – 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 cnusd.k12.ca.us.

“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 cnusd.k12.ca.us 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.

Crime Recap February

Staff Reports

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

INCIDENT: Burglary

WHEN: February 29, 2020

WHERE: 5700 block of Daybreak Dr., Eastvale

On February 25, a deputy from the Jurupa Valley Station, assigned to the city of Eastvale, responded to the 5600 block of Serenity St, in the City of Eastvale regarding multiple burglaries. The suspect(s) involved in the burglaries entered apartment garages and removed several property items from the garages and fled the location.   

Deputies from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Special Enforcement Team (SET) assigned to the city of Eastvale assumed the investigation. During their investigation, they were able to determine a series of garage and vehicle burglaries were occurring in the Homecoming community in the city of Eastvale. 

On Saturday, February 29, the SET conducted an undercover operation within the Homecoming community. During the operation, they witnessed a burglary in progress. The suspect fled the scene on foot toward an unknown location. The SET established a perimeter around the area, located the suspect, and a short foot pursuit ensued. Subsequently, the suspect was taken into custody. 

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.
Garrett Thomas Bliven

Garrett Thomas Bliven, 20-year-old resident of Eastvale, was ultimately arrested for burglary, possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and resisting/delaying a peace officer. Bliven was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for the above listed charges. 

Anyone with further information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputies Hughes and Boggs at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.

INCIDENT: Residential Burglary Arrest

WHEN: February 23, 2020

WHERE: 5500 Block of Cambria Ave., Eastvale

On Monday, February 24, at 9:02 A.M., deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, responded to an in-progress residential burglary in the 5500 block of Cambria Avenue, located in the city of Eastvale. Deputies arrived and saw a backyard window smashed and other evidence of a burglary. Deputies conducted a protective sweep, but the suspect fled the residence, prior to their arrival. 

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.
Victor Manuel Lopez

Video surveillance from a Ring doorbell camera at the residence helped identify Victor Manuel Lopez, a 27-year-old male resident of Chino Hills, as the suspect. Joint investigation with the Ontario Police Department revealed Lopez was staying at a motel room, located in the 2300 block of South Grove Avenue, located in the city of Ontario. Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the Ontario Police Department located Lopez at the motel and he was taken into custody. Lopez was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Delgado 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).  Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

INCIDENT: Assault with a Deadly Weapon

WHEN: February 21, 2020

WHERE: Maggie Lane cross of Mayfield Street, Eastvale

On Friday, February 21, at about 3:25 PM, deputies from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of an Assault with a Deadly Weapon in the area of Maggie Lane and Mayfield Street, located in the city of Eastvale. Upon arrival, deputies located two female juveniles who sustained minor and non-life-threatening injuries. The preliminary investigation revealed the victims were walking home from school when a white, 4-door sedan with front end collision damage drove past them. The vehicle was occupied by four black male adults, who pointed a realistic looking pistol, then fired shots at them from the vehicle. The weapon used was not a firearm but possibly an airsoft or pellet pistol. The projectile that struck both victims left superficial marks on their body. The vehicle and suspects fled the area prior to deputies arrival.   

On Sunday, February 23, 2020, deputies from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s station conducted a follow-up investigation and located and arrested 18-year-old Eastvale resident, Markus Robert Zurawski. He was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center. 

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Hernandez 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).  Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form or http://www.wetip.com.  

INCIDENT: Narcotics for Sale Search Warrant

WHEN: February 11, 2020

WHERE: 5800 Block of Hamner Avenue, Eastvale

On February 11, at 7:30 PM, members of the Jurupa Valley’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) representing the cities of Jurupa Valley and Eastvale served a narcotic’s for sale search warrant in the 5800 block of Hamner Ave, in the city of Eastvale.  During the service of the search warrant, deputies located approximately 1oz of methamphetamine, 49 rounds of live 223 Cal. ammunition, 23 rounds of live 20 gage shotgun ammunition, miscellaneous ammunition, three high capacity AR-15 magazines, fictitious U.S. currency and additional items indicative with possession for sales. Also, located were two suspected stolen Los Angeles County Sheriff uniform shirts.

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.
Michael De La Madrid

Michael De La Madrid, a 35-year-old resident of Eastvale, was arrested for possession of narcotics for sales, Forgery, Felon in possession of ammunition and high capacity magazines. De La Madrid was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for the above listed charges. 

Anyone with further information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputy Boggs at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

INCIDENT: Marijuana Indoor Cultivation Warrants

WHEN: February 6, 2020

WHERE: Multiple locations throughout the City of Eastvale

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

On February 4 and 6, at 11:00 AM, members from the Jurupa Valley station’s SET conducted marijuana eradication search warrants at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco. They served two residential search warrants within the city of Eastvale. 

INCIDENT: Major Injury – Hit and Run Traffic Collision

WHEN: February 3, 2020

WHERE: Hamner Avenue cross of Third Street, Norco

On Monday, February 3, about 10:36 PM, deputies from the Jurupa Valley Station – Traffic Reconstruction Team responded to a report of a major injury traffic collision involving a vehicle versus a pedestrian on Hamner Avenue, cross of Third Street in Norco. 

Upon arrival, deputies located a male adult with major injuries. The male victim was transported to a local hospital, where he is listed in critical condition. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene northbound Hamner and subsequently eastbound on Third. The vehicle is described as a 2013-2017 dark color Jeep Patriot. The Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team is conducting a full investigation to determine the cause of the collision and if alcohol/drugs were a factor during this major injury traffic collision. 

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Petersen 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 the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form or www.wetip.com.

Crime Recap January

Staff Reports

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

INCIDENT: Major Injury Traffic Collision

WHEN: January 26, 2020

WHERE: River Road cross of Baron Road, Eastvale

On Sunday, January 26, 2020, about 7:34 AM, deputies from the Jurupa Valley Station responded to a report of a single vehicle traffic collision at River Road cross of Baron Road, in the city of Eastvale.

Upon arrival, a small compact vehicle was located in the embankment area of the Santa Ana River. The vehicle was occupied by a single male adult.  The male occupant sustained major injury and was transported to a local hospital. Preliminary investigation revealed that the vehicle was traveling southbound on River Road when the vehicle struck a curb and launched into the embankment at Baron Road. The Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team is conducting a full investigation to determine the cause of the collision.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Shamhart 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 //www.riversidesheriff.org/tipline or www.wetip.com.

INCIDENT: Robbery

WHEN: January 23, 2020

WHERE: 13000 block of Limonite Ave, Eastvale

On Thursday, January 23, 2020, at 11:15 AM, deputies assigned to the city of Eastvale responded to a strong-arm robbery at the CareMore Pharmacy, located in the 13000 block of Limonite Ave in the city of Eastvale.  Initial reports indicated an unknown white male adult entered the business and walked toward the cashier counter demanding money from the register, while holding one hand behind his back. The suspect fled with money taken form the cash register concealing it in a black bag.

Deputies arrived and established a perimeter around the area and searched for the suspect, but they did not locate him.  During the ongoing investigation, in collaboration with the Riverside Police Department, information was obtained that identified the suspect as 40-year old Haissam Massalkhy from Pomona who is currently on Parole. 

On Thursday, January 30, 2020, Deputies from the Eastvale Special Enforcement Team conducted a follow up investigation. They arrested Massalkhy, retrieved items of clothing that were worn during the incident, and charged him with robbery.

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

INCIDENT: Residential Burglary Arrest

WHEN: January 15, 2020

WHERE: 4900 Block of Viceroy Avenue, Norco

On January 15, 2029 at 5:15 P.M., Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Norco Station, responded to the location for an unknown subject inside of the victim’s garage. The subject fled the residence on foot, prior to deputy arrival. The family at the location provided vital identifying information and location of the suspect. Deputies contacted the subject near the Nature Center. He was reluctant to provide his name to the arresting deputies. Evidence of a burglary was located on the subject and he was consequently arrested. He was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for Burglary and Impeding an Investigation.

The subject was initially booked as a John Doe, but through the booking process was identified as Nathan Ahern, 40 years-old WMA and transient from the City of Riverside. Ahern was also wanted for two Felony Warrants out of Los Angeles County for Arson. He is being held without Bail.

Anybody with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy R. Whittenburg at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Norco Station at 951-270-5673

INCIDENT: Robbery Arrest

WHEN: January 11, 2020

WHERE: 3000 Block of Shadow Canyon Circle, Norco

On January 11, 2020, at 11:15 P.M., Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Norco Station, responded to the 3000 block of Shadow Canyon Circle, Norco, in reference to a burglary in progress. The victim awoke to noises inside his residence and located two unknown Hispanic Male Adults inside his spare bedroom attempting to take property. The victim confronted the suspects and an altercation occurred causing the victim to sustain minor injuries.

The suspects managed to get away from the victim and escape through a bedroom window, leaving behind several items. Th Riverside County Sheriff’s Forensics Team responded to process the scene that evening.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Norco Station’s Special Enforcement Team continued with the investigation. On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, crucial identifying information was obtained from Forensics which identified, Alberto Jose Cruz Perez, a 19-year-old male, resident of Inglewood, as one of the suspects. After an extensive search for Cruz, he was located and detained in the City of Riverside on February 5, 2020.

Alberto Jose Cruz was consequently placed under arrest for Robbery and booked into the Robert Presely Detention Center where he is being held on $35,000 bail.

This investigation is still ongoing. Anybody with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy J. Kehrier at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Norco Station at 951-270-5673

INCIDENT: Discharging a Firearm in a Grossly Negligent Manner

WHEN: January 11, 2020

WHERE: 6200 Block of Bay Street, Eastvale

On January 11, 2020, at 11:32 pm, deputies assigned to the city of Eastvale responded to the 6200 block of Bay Street regarding a man firing a gun outside.  Deputies located the male suspect, identified as 31-year-old Eastvale resident, Jorge M. Lopez, on the street and arrested him. No injuries were reported by residents in the area.  Deputies served a search warrant at Lopez’s residence and located four firearms.  Lopez was booked into Robert Presley Detention Center for discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner. 

The investigation is on-going. Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact Deputy Linfoot #3786 from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 955-2600

Crime Recap December

Staff Reports

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

INCIDENT: Mail Theft / Arrest

WHEN: December 27, 2019  

WHERE: 5th Street and Hillside Avenue, Norco

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff
Tony Basenback Jr.

On December 27, at about11:27 AM deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Norco Station, responded to the area of 5th Street near the intersection with Hillside Avenue to investigate a report of a man and woman stealing mail from residential mailboxes in the area. Deputies were able to contact the suspects and identify them as Marlene Cambara, a 39-year-old, Hispanic female, who is resident in the Corona area; and, Tony Basenback Jr., a 24-year-old, White male adult, who is resident in the Riverside area. Witnesses identified both suspects as the persons spotted stealing mail in the area.

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff
Marlene Cambara

Both suspects were arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention center for charges related to the theft. Both suspects are being held on $10,000 bail.  Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy S. Lycopolus at 951-270-5673.

INCIDENT: DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoint

WHEN: December 21, 2019  

WHERE: Undisclosed location within the city of Eastvale

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Jurupa Valley Station conducted a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on December 21. The checkpoint was on Limonite Avenue and Cloverdale Marketplace, in Eastvale between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. During the checkpoint operation a total of 866 vehicles were screened resulting in the following:

  • 1 – Driver was arrested for driving under the influence
  • 14 – Drivers were cited / arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or with a suspended / revoked license.
  • 6 vehicles towed

DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Last year deputies from the Jurupa Valley Station (Eastvale) investigated 9 DUI collisions which claimed 1 life and resulted in another 6 injuries.

Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be approximately $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

INCIDENT: Major Injury Traffic Collision

WHEN: December 16, 2019  

WHERE: Archibald Avenue cross of Baron Road, Eastvale 

On December 16, at about 5:23 AM, deputies from the Jurupa Valley Station responded to a report of a traffic collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian in Eastvale.

Upon arrival, deputies located a male adult with major injuries. The male was transported to a local hospital for his injuries.  The driver of the vehicle was uninjured and stayed on scene for the investigation. The Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team is conducting a full investigation to determine the cause of the collision.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Medina 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 www.riversidesheriff.org/tipline or www.wetip.com.         

INCIDENT: Forgery / Arrest

WHEN: December 9, 2019

WHERE: 2400 block of River Road, Norco

On December 9, 2019, about 10:12 PM, deputies from the Riverside Sheriff’s Department Norco station responded to a business located in the City of Norco to investigate a report of a forgery. The investigation revealed video showing suspect, 30-year-old Giana Bruneio, resident of the city of Pomona, enter the business. Bruneio attempted to use a fraudulently altered Coinstar receipt to receive more cash than the receipt was worth. The video also revealed she arrived in a vehicle with an accomplice.

Members of the Norco Special Enforcement Team responded to Bruneio’s home of record in the city of Pomona where they ultimately identified her accomplice as suspect, 26-year-old Wesley Wooten, a resident of Pomona. Evidence of the crime[s] was collected at the suspects residence. Both suspects were arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for charges related to the fraud. Bruneio’s bail was set at $20, 000. Wooten’s bail was set at $50,000.

INCIDENT: Assault Causing Great Bodily Injury/Elder Abuse-Arrest

WHEN: December 6, 2019

WHERE: 1700 Block of Hillside Avenue, Norco

On Friday, December 06, 2019, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Norco Station responded to a residence in the 1700 block Hillside, Norco, to investigate a reported assault. The victim reported to have been chocked and battered by a former tenant and acquaintance, who had illegally entered the victim’s residence for the purpose of stealing an automobile belonging to the victim.

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff
Paul Stephen Otto

The victim positively identified his former tenant, a white male and 27-years of age resident of Norco, Paul Stephen Otto, as the person responsible for the crime of assault causing great bodily injury. Paul Otto fled the scene in an older silver Volvo sedan which was registered to himself. The 83-year-old victim was treated for injuries at the scene. Paul Otto was later seen in front of the Norco Station where an attempt was made to detain him. Paul Otto fled south on Hamner Avenue, at a high rate of speed in the Volvo. Paul Otto evaded deputies and caused a traffic collision at the intersection of Hamner Avenue and First Street. Neither party involved in the traffic collision sustained any injuries.

As a result of the collision, Paul Otto damaged his vehicle deeming it inoperable. The vehicle came to a stop on Hamner Avenue south of First Street. Paul Otto was taken into custody without incident and transported to a nearby hospital for medical clearance prior to booking.

He was medically cleared and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for the above listed charges and is being held on $300,000 bail.

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

Halloween Events

Check out the list below for a variety of Halloween events that you and your family can enjoy in the surrounding areas!

Trunk or Treat

When: Wednesday, October 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  

Where: Sky Country Elementary, 5520 Lucretia Ave in Mira Loma

Details: Trunk or treat will begin promptly at 4 pm. and will conclude at 5:45 p.m. Come dressed to impress! Costume contest will take place at 5:45 p.m. No masks or weapons please. Fun free activities include bounce houses, craft tables, cakewalk, costume contest, decorated trunk contest.  Concessions will be for sale.

Host: Sky Country Elementary School

Trunk or Treat Carnival

When: Wednesday, October 23 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Granite Hill Elementary School, 9371 Granite Hill Dr. in Riverside

Details: Students are encouraged to wear costumes to participate in the parade. 

Cost: Admission is $1 per person. Additional tickets are needed to purchase food and play games at different booths. Ticket cost is $0.25 each during event

Host: Granite Hill Elementary School

Harvest Festival 2019

When: Friday, October 25 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Norco College, 2001 3rd St in Norco

Details: Free activities: face painting, pumpkin launching, carnival games, trick-or-treating, photo booths, pumpkin decorating, dance performances, live music and more

Cost: Admission is FREE

Host: Norco College

Trunk or Treat

When: Friday, October 25 at 6 p.m.

Where: Riverview Elementary, 4600 Pedley Ave. in Norco

Details: Games and food for all ages and families

Host: Riverview Elementary School

Spooktacular

When: Saturday, October 26 from 5 p.m to 9 p.m.

Where: Agate Park, 8623 Jurupa Rd. in Jurupa Valley

Details: Bring your family to enjoy a night of carnival style games.  The annual Spooktacular includes jumpers, music, game booths, FREE costume contest, train rides and new Trick or Treat Stations. Free Costume Contest for All Ages begins at 6:30 p.m. sharp!

Price: $5.00/wristbands for unlimited games, jumpers, trick or treat stations, and train rides, while supplies last.  (Excludes food vendors)

More info: www.jarpd.org

Harvest Festival

When: Saturday, October 26 at 5 p.m.

Where: Inland Vineyard Church, 935 McKinley St., Corona

Details: Photo ops, food, raffles, inflatables, trunk-n-treat, youth zone

Host: Inland Vineyard Church

Fall Festival

When: Sunday, October 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Inland Regional Center, off Main Street in Riverside

Details: Food, entertainment, resource and vendor booths, games, prizes and more. 

Price: Free entry

Host: Pathway Inc.

More info: community@inlandrc.org

Halloween Open House

When: Tuesday, October 29 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Arlington Heights Sports Park, 9401 Cleveland Ave in Riverside  

Details: Halloween themed games, Disney theme characters, costume parade (4:30 p.m.), trunk or treat (5 p.m.), opportunity drawing photo backdrop, fire truck tour, bubble artist, face painting, potluck, crafts

Host: Mom’s Club Riverside West

More info: momsclub.riversidewest@gmail.com

Bright Night

When: Thursday, October 31 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Orchard Park, 5900 E. Festival Way Eastvale

Details: Music, food, game trailer, jumpers, free candy.

Host: Calvary Chapel Eastvale

More info: calvaryeastvale.org 

Crime Recap

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – Over the last month, several crime incidents took place in Eastvale and Norco.  See the list below of crime in the last month, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

INCIDENT: Sexual Assault of a Minor

WHEN: September 18, 2019

WHERE: 13000 block of Coldwater Court, Eastvale  

On September 18, a School Resource Officer and Administrators at Centennial High School located in the City of Corona were notified of a sexual assault involving a 16-year-old female student. Based on preliminary information, the assault appeared to have occurred within the city limits of Eastvale. Deputies assigned to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department responded to the high school and contacted the victim. Due to the nature of this incident, investigators from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station assumed the investigation.

Jay Myungbae Kim
Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept

The investigation revealed on September 18, Jay Myungbae Kim, 23-year-old resident of Eastvale, communicated with the victim using a social media application. Kim drove a white 2017 Honda Accord, license plate #7UZV740, to the area of Rimpau Avenue and Olympic Drive, located in the City of Corona and picked up the victim after school. Kim drove to his residence, located in the 13000 block of Coldwater Court, Eastvale. While at his residence, Kim sexually assaulted the victim. After the assault, Kim drove the victim back to Centennial High School and dropped her off.

On September 25, investigators conducted an undercover operation and located Kim near Centennial High School. A search warrant was served at Kim’s residence and he was ultimately booked into the Riverside County Jail for sexual assault related charges and his bail was set at $500,000.00.        

Based on this investigation, it is believed Kim might have communicated with other underage females via social media applications. This investigation is still active and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department asks anyone with information pertaining to this investigation to contact Investigator Medina at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 955-0952.  

INCIDENT: Residential Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, Identity Theft, Felon in Possession of a Firearm

WHEN: September 16, 2019

WHERE: 1900 block of Norco Dr., Norco

On Monday, September 16, around 3:08 pm, deputies responded to the 1900 block of Norco Dr., Norco, in reference to a residential burglary investigation. The residents arrived home and reported that the residence had been forced into and several items were taken. Surveillance video was captured of the suspects as they left the residence. The Norco Special Enforcement Team took over the investigation.

Deputies learned that the suspects had utilized several credit cards belonging to the victim in the city of Fontana. After reviewing surveillance video, deputies followed up with suspect leads that led them to a residence located in the 2300 block of Orange St., Riverside.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence and on Thursday, September 19, 2019, deputies served the search warrant. Three suspects were arrested and during a search, deputies located the victims’ stolen property from the burglary and an altered sawed off shotgun.

The following suspects were arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center:

Justin Sorg, a 35-year-old male resident of Riverside, Leopoldo Lopez, a 30-year-old male resident of Riverside, and Raelynn Kruse, a 40-year-old female resident of Riverside.

If you have any information pertaining to this investigation, you are encouraged to contact Deputy Kehrier at (951) 270-5673 at the Norco Sheriff’s Station. 

INCIDENT: Child Pornography/Illegal Marijuana Grow 

WHEN: September 12, 2019

WHERE: 7000 Block of Canterwood Court, Eastvale

Bryan James Green
Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept

On Thursday, September 12, about 7 AM, members of the Riverside County SAFE/ICAC Task Force (Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement/Internet Crimes Against Children) and members of the Region-7 Gang Task Force conducted a joint operation regarding the service of a search warrant at a residence in the 7000 Block of Canterwood Court in the City of Eastvale. The search warrant stemmed from a lengthy investigation regarding the on-line sexual exploitation of children. Task force officers contacted the single occupant and renter inside the residence. He was identified as 45-year-old Eastvale resident, Bryan James Green. Task force officers determined Green was in possession of child sexual abuse images. Task force officers also discovered an indoor illegal marijuana grow operation with approximately 400 plants in various stages of growth. The plants have an estimated street value of $80,000. Task force officers also discovered electricity was being illegally bypassed with an estimated utility theft of $ 120,000. Members of the Eastvale Community Enhancement Safety Team (CEST) were also summoned to assist in the investigation.  

Green was later booked in custody at the Robert Presley Detention Center and booked into custody for the following charges:

  • Possession of child pornography
  • Possession of an illegal marijuana grow
  • Felony theft of utilities

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Investigator Rich Boyd with the SAFE/ICAC Task Force at (951) 955-5486 or Corporal James Herington with the Region-7 Gang Task Force at (951) 955-2460.

INCIDENT: Theft of a Community Mailbox 

WHEN: September 5, 2019

WHERE: Emmerdale Street and Kensington Court, Eastvale 

David Avila
Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept

On Thursday, September 5, a deputy assigned to the Eastvale Police Department responded to Emmerdale Street and Kensington Court, in the City of Eastvale regarding a theft of a community mailbox. The suspects involved in this theft removed the entire community mailbox from the ground and fled the location. A citizen within the Eastvale community provided video surveillance, which captured images of the suspects and the vehicle used during the commission of this crime. 

Investigators assigned to the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station and deputies assigned to the Eastvale Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team assumed the investigation. On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, a search warrant was written for a residence and a vehicle located in the 5800 block of Hamner Avenue, Eastvale, also known as Swan Lake. Several pieces of stolen mail and other items linking the suspects to the theft were located during the service of this search warrant.

Nadia Gomez-Nunez
Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept

Nadia Gomez-Nunez, 41-years-old, and David Avila, 31-years-old, both residents of Eastvale, were ultimately arrested for grand theft, conspiracy, mail theft and other applicable charges.

There are times when homeowners are not aware their mail has been stolen. The Eastvale Police Department encourages homeowners to visit the United States Postal Service website at www.USPS.com and enroll in the United States Postal Service’s Informed Delivery in an effort to protect their mail.

If you have any information pertaining to this investigation, you are encouraged to contact Investigator Medina at (951) 955-2600 at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station. 

INCIDENT: Shooting Investigation

WHEN: August 27, 2019

WHERE: 6500 block of Gladiola Street, Eastvale

On August 27, at 11:25 a.m. Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies assigned to the city of Eastvale responded to a report of a shooting near the 6500 block of Gladiola Street in the city Eastvale. Several reporting parties called to report the shooting and that two males were hiding in a front yard. Deputies responded and the suspects fled on foot into several backyards. A Riverside County Sheriff’s police service dog was utilized to find the suspects who were taken into custody. Numerous items of stolen property were recovered in area of the suspects to include a handgun. Deputies investigating the scene located several vehicles that were struck by gunfire and numerous spent shell casings were recovered in the street, sidewalks and yards.

At this point in the investigation, there are no outstanding victims or suspects and there is no threat to the public.

Bryce Anthony McDonald
Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept

Bryce Anthony Mcdonald, a Black male adult, 18 years old, a resident of Corona, was arrested at the scene for possession of stolen property, obstructing a peace officer and burglary.

The 15-year-old black male, resident of Corona, was booked into Juvenile Hall

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Deputy C. Johnson at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 955-2600.

DUI Checkpoint Results

Staff Reports

Eastvale/Norco – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department conducted two DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints recently, one in Eastvale and one in Norco.

The Eastvale checkpoint started on Friday, August 30 at 7 p.m. and ended on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 3 a.m.  The checkpoint took place at Schleisman Road and Archibald Avenue.  There were a total of 2,500 vehicles screened. The results included one DUI arrest, 25 Field Sobriety tests conducted, and 18 drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked. 

The Norco checkpoint started on Friday, August 16 at 8 p.m. and ended on Saturday, August 17 at 3 a.m.  The checkpoint took place at Hamner Avenue and Alhambra Street.  There were a total of 961 vehicles screened. The results included one DUI arrest, 10 Field Sobriety tests conducted, and 8 drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked. 

DUI Checkpoints are usually placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Funding for DUI enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reminds drivers to avoid getting behind the wheel after drinking or using drugs that affect your ability to drive safely. Driving while impaired is illegal, whether it is alcohol, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications or marijuana. 

In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The Norco Sheriff’s Station reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”  If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500, according to the Sheriff’s Department. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

 “There are so many ways to get home safely without driving,” said Jurupa Valley Station’s Eastvale Traffic, Sergeant Gutierrez. “Driving while drunk or high is dangerous, irresponsible and causes too many senseless tragedies. We hope that drivers get the message that driving impaired will never be tolerated.”

The Norco Sheriff’s Station issued a statement with these tips to ensure you have a safe night of fun that doesn’t involve a DUI

  • Always use a designated sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation – to get home.
  • See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take the keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home.
  • Report drunk drivers – Call 911.
  • Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who is drinking and how they are getting home.

Norco High Prepares For Active Shooter

Police officials partnered with CNUSD to conduct an Active Shooting Training at Norco High School.

Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Staff Reports

Norco– On Monday, July 22 to Thursday, July 25, an Active Shooter Training took place at Norco High School. Jurupa Valley Station patrol and investigative personnel partnered with the Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) to prepare and create a plan of action if an active shooter was ever on campus.

“The Jurupa Valley Station and the Corona-Norco Unified School District are committed to the safety of our students, faculty, and community,” stated a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department news release.

The Jurupa Valley Station Training Unit, School Resource Officer Unit, and Special Enforcement Team facilitated the 4-day training which consisted of “realistic, close-range, lethal and non-lethal scenarios simulating an active shooter event,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. “Under simulated stress, the scenarios created a positive training environment and helped department members strengthen the critical skills needed to respond to and effectively operate during such an event.”

The Jurupa Valley Station issued a statement to thank the following allied entities for their participation in the 4-day training: Riverside Community College District Police Department (Norco College), Perris Station, Robert Presley Detention Center, Smith Correctional Facility, and the Norco High School administrative staff.  

In addition, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said, “anyone making threats or reports of violence against any of [the CNUSD] schools will be thoroughly investigated and held accountable for their actions.”

For questions, concerns, or additional information, please contact Jurupa Valley Station School Resource Officer Supervisor, Sergeant Edward Soto, at (951) 955-2600.

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

The City of Eastvale News Complete Edition: July 2019

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format: https://anaprdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/2019-07-eastvalenews12pages.pdf

Crime Recap June

Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner,
Pictured is Kyle Kammers

A recap of crime that took place in Norco during the month of June.

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – Last month, crime was limited in Eastvale and Corona, but there were a few cases in Norco.  Below is a list of the crime that took place in Norco during the month of June.

INCIDENT: Grand Theft / Residential Burglary

WHEN: June 3, 2019

WHERE: 2000 Block Mountain Avenue Norco

On June 3, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Deputies responded to a call of grand theft at the 2100 block of Hamner Ave in Norco.  The suspect fled the scene to a residence in the 2000 block of Mountain Ave., in Norco. 

“Entry was made to the residence and the subject was apprehended inside the residence,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner’s office.  The suspect was later identified as Rafael Murrillo Quezada, 21 of San Bernardino.  Quezada was arrested and booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center.  The property and currency that was stolen from the residence was recovered. 

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

INCIDENT: Sexual Assault Investigation

WHEN: June 20, 2019

WHERE: John F. Kennedy Middle College High School, Norco

A May 2019 investigation led to the recent arrest of Kyle Kammers, 33 of Riverside, who was a school employee at John F. Kennedy High School.  The investigation began in May 2019 when school administrators from the Corona-Norco Unified School District informed law enforcement of a possible inappropriate relationship between Kammers and a seventeen-year-old female student. 

Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Investigators determined that Kammers and the student first interacted with each other at the school and communicated through text messaging, along with other social media platforms. “During some of their interactions, it was alleged Kammers started a sexual relationship with the student and received multiple inappropriate photographs of the minor,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner’s office.

On June 20, a search warrant was served at Kammers residence, located in the 3300 block of July Drive, and Kammers was taken into custody.  Kammers was booked and transported into the Riverside County Jail for sexual assault against a minor, in addition to various crimes.

However, this is still an active investigation. Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Patrick at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 955-9234. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

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:

Fireworks are Illegal in Eastvale

Photo Courtesy: Unsplash

Courtesy of City of Eastvale

Eastvale- Many cities and communities in or near Riverside County provide spectacular fireworks displays for their residents. The operators of these displays are licensed and have permits issued by the State Fire Marshal.

All fireworks are illegal in Riverside County – Let the experts entertain your family at one of these events throughout the southland.

ALL fireworks, including sparklers, are illegal in Riverside County. All fireworks are illegal because they cause serious injuries and very often, cause fires. Riverside County has very diverse terrain. The vegetation is very dry where fireworks can easily start a brush fire. Individuals who cause fires by using illegal fireworks will be held responsible for all suppression costs. These costs can run into the millions of dollars. Read more at the State Fire Marshal website.                                      

Those caught with illegal fireworks will be subject to fines, citation and/or arrest; including confiscation of all illegal fireworks. We urge you to leave the fireworks to the professionals!

The staff at the City of Eastvale News has compiled a list of Local 4th of July Fireworks Shows. Read about them below.

CORONA- 4th of July Parade, Celebration & Fireworks. A full day begins with Main Street USA parade! DETAILS: Thurs., 7/4/2019, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Parade: 9 a.m. Main Street, Corona CA, Music & Food & Fireworks: 5 p.m. -9 p.m., Fireworks: 9 p.m., Santana Park, 598 Santana Way, Corona, 92881

JURUPA VALLEY- Annual July 4th Family Fun & Fireworks. Live music, game booths, bounce houses & more. DETAILS: Wed. 7/3/2019, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fireworks: 9 p.m., Patriot High School, 4355 Camino Real. Jurupa Valley, 92509 Fireworks: 9 p.m.

NORCO- July 4th Fest, Fireworks & SmashMouth Concert. A full day of fun at SilverLakes Sports Complex DETAILS: Thurs., 7/4/2019, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., SilverLakes Sports Complex, 5555 Hamner Ave., Norco, CA 92880

RIVERSIDE- July 4th Fireworks 2019: Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. “Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery is located at the base of Mt. Rubidoux & has the best view of the fireworks on the 4th of July!” DETAILS: Thurs., 7/4/2019, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery, 4414 14th Street, Riverside, CA 92501

Fatal Plane Crash in Norco

Photo Courtesy: Tim Felce/ Wiki Commons
Northrop N-9M Flying Wing that crashed in Norco.

Staff Reports

Norco – On April 22, a small plane crashed into a Norco prison, killing the plane’s pilot.  The pilot was identified as Dave Vopat, 51, of Chino. 

Vopat was flying a rare and historic Northrop N-9M Flying Wing that was registered to the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino.  The plane was built by Northrop in 1944.  Local reports state that the pilot was flying the plane to prepare for an upcoming air show at the museum. 

On that Monday afternoon, multiple witnesses reported observing the airplane “flying on a northeastern heading at a low altitude,” according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).  The plane then performed a “barrel roll” and “wobbled [from] side to side,” before the airplane’s canopy separated.  At around 12:10 p.m., the airplane entered a steep right turn, and crashed into the outpatient-housing yard of the California Rehabilitation Center, which is located in the 1900 block of 4th street. 

The debris spread over 474 ft. in length and 200 ft. wide.  There were no reports of structural damage; sheriff officials stated that the area of the crash was currently under construction.  A report indicated that one inmate suffered from scratches, but there were no additional reports of serious injuries to the prison’s inmates or staff.

NTSB also reported that the flight originated from Chino Airport, at around 12:02 p.m.  In addition, “visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight,” stated NTSB.  The remaining parts of the airplane were recovered to another location for further examination and this incident is still under investigation. 

Tint Your Windows at Mr. Tint

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

Staff Reports

Norco- Car window tinting is one of the best ways to improve the look and comfort of your vehicle. You can protect the interior of the vehicle from sun damage by tinting the windows. Sunlight and heat can cause your interior, like seats and the dashboard, to fade, crack and deteriorate. Window tinting reduces the sunlight allowed into the vehicle, which in turn reduces how hot it gets inside your car. Likewise, homes and offices heat up during the day, and trying to keep your air-conditioner ahead of the game can be costly.
Car window tinting also increases the value of your vehicle when done by professionals like Mr. Tint. Quality car window tinting and expert installation is essential for a professional tint job and maintaining a showroom-quality car.
Mr. Tint has a solution for autos, homes, and commercial buildings.  By tinting your windows, you can not only save up to 30% on your cooling costs with a significant decrease in heat, but you can reduce up to 99% of the UV rays that fade auto interiors, window coverings and furniture in your home and office.
There is one goal prevalent at Mr. Tint, and that is for their customers to be 100% satisfied.  They are focused on not only providing a superior product, but with offering competitive pricing alongside exceptional customer service.  Mr. Tint believes in treating the customer right in all aspects of their business.  By earning your loyalty, you will refer your family, friends and business associates, and come back time and again.
Family owned and operated, Mr. Tint offers free estimates and lifetime warranties.  With over 20 years of experience, the quality of their workmanship is second to none.  They are completely sure you will be satisfied, and invite you to see what other customers are saying on Yelp.com.
Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Same-day service is available, and you can enjoy free beverages and Wi-Fi while you wait, or take advantage of their free shuttle service (within 10 miles).
Mr. Tint is conveniently located just minutes from Eastvale at 1780 Town and Country Drive, #104, in Norco (near the post office and DMV).  Call them at (951) 737-7007 for more information, or visit their website at http://www.mrtint-ie.com. 

Melanie Smith-Rice of State Farm Insurance in Norco.

Competitive Coverage to Meet Your Family’s Needs

Melanie Smith-Rice of State Farm Insurance in Norco.
Melanie Smith-Rice of State Farm Insurance in Norco.

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.

Local Residents Among Plane Crash Victims

Staff Reports

Eastvale/Norco– An Eastvale woman and a Norco man were among the victims of a Yorba Linda plane crash that occurred in the 19000 block of Crestknoll drive on Sunday, Feb. 3. 

On Superbowl Sunday, Stacie Norene Leber, 48, an Eastvale resident, and Donald Paul Elliot, 58, a Norco resident, were visiting relatives Roy Lee Anderson, 85, and his wife, Dahlia Marlies Leber Anderson, 68, at their Yorba Linda home.  Reports state they were at the home preparing for their annual Superbowl party.  However, all four people were killed when a local plane crashed into the Anderson’s home.  Two additional guests were also injured and taken to the hospital.  The plane’s pilot, Antonio Pastini, 75, of Nevada, was killed in the crash as well. 

The incident occurred after a Cessna 414 plane took off from the Fullerton Municipal Airport at around 1:35 p.m. and flew as high as 7,800 feet, according to a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator.  Witnesses reported seeing the plane flying in one piece about 10 minutes from the airport, stating it emerged from a cloud.  However, moments later, the plane started falling apart in the sky as the tail of the plane came off, with the wings following.  The plane started burning in mid-air before plunging into the Yorba Linda home at around 1:45 p.m., causing the home to catch fire.  NTSB reported debris of the crash was scattered among 16 other homes in the neighborhood, where they found the plane’s engine, exhaust pipe, and propeller.  Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the NTSB helped collect debris from the crash and took all the aircraft parts to a Phoenix facility for examination. 

There were also reports stating that the pilot, Pastini, was carrying credentials and retirement papers that identified him as a retired Chicago Police Officer.  However, the Chicago Police Department confirmed Pastini was not an officer with their department and that the badge found in the wreckage was reported lost in 1978.  It is unclear as to why Pastini was in possession of the badge and credentials. 

In addition, local reports reveal that prior to the plane crash, Pastini’s license was suspended twice by federal regulators for flying in dangerous conditions and lying about his credentials.  LA Times refers to the Library of Congress records that indicate Pastini lost his license for 4 months after flying in cloudy, icy conditions and then lying to an air traffic controller about having IFR clearance.  Three years later, Pastini’s license was suspended again due to his plane being behind on inspections, having a brake that was leaking hydraulic fluid, and carrying expired temporary registration.  A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman told the LA Times that Pastini also reported two name changes with the agency after the suspensions.  He was first registered as Jordan Albert Isaacson, then changed his name to Jordan Ike Aaron in 1991, and again changed his name to Antonio Peter Pastini in 2008. 

After the Yorba Linda crash, one of Pastini’s daughters, Julia Ackley, told local reporters that her father was a retired Chicago Police Officer, an experienced pilot, and a Nevada restaurant owner.  She also confirmed that her father changed his name years ago to Antonio Pastini but she didn’t state why.  She told local news that her father was an experienced pilot who flew to the Fullerton Airport at least twice a month to visit her and her daughter.  On Feb. 3, he was leaving the Fullerton Airport to go to his Nevada home after visiting Ackley in Torrance.   She then expressed she was grieving for and with the victims’ families. 

The family of Leber, Elliot, and Anderson issued a joint statement regarding their loved ones’ passing: “We are devastated by our loss of our family members who will be greatly missed.  Our family bond is tight and each member lost in this tragedy represents more than just one role within our family.  We lost parents, grandparents, great-parents, spouses, sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles.  The home lost was a beacon for so many family and friends where many celebrations were held.  We want to thank our extended family and friends who have provided amazing support, kindness and compassion.  It takes a village.”

The statement continued in thanking neighbors and first-responders who put themselves in harm’s way after the crash.  The family also thanked various city and county agencies who provided assistance, local city fire departments, Orange County Fire Authority, local law enforcement, Trauma Intervention Programs, Inc., Orange County Sheriff’s Department Coroner Division, UCI Medical Center, the National Transportation Safety Board, Yorba Linda personnel, and surrounding communities. 

City officials in Yorba Linda also planned a vigil at Glenn Knoll School on Thursday, Feb. 7, where hundreds attended to mourn the lives lost.  A GoFundMe account was setup for the victims’ families and can be accessed here: www.gofundme.com/f/2sswd-family-forever.   

As of now, reports indicate that there is no evidence that the crash was intentional.  However, this incident is still under investigation and could take as long as one year to complete.  Investigators are looking into why the plane broke apart, any environmental impacts, and the pilot’s history and flight experience.     

CarMax Appeals City of Norco’s Decision to Deny Zoning Change

By Izabella Salinas

Norco- The City Council for the City of Norco has issued a notice of a public hearing to revisit a previously denied project proposal.

On Nov. 28, 2018, CarMax auto retail’s request to build a CarMax location on property located on the southwest corner of Second St. and Valley View Ave was denied. This property is currently classified as an “A-1 Zone Agricultural Low Density.”

This zone type “is intended to provide and encourage the development of agriculturally oriented low-density living areas designed to take advantage of the rural environment,” according to the Norco Municipal Code.

The property is vacant but in order for it to be used by CarMax, there must first be a zone change from “A-1 Zone Agricultural Low Density” to “Specific Plan.” City Council members, as well as many residents of the nearby neighborhood, voiced their concerns about the added traffic that the commercial building would bring.

Resident Theo Zoetemelk spoke in opposition of the project. He lives down the street from the project, noting that traffic is already difficult without the added flow of commercial traffic, according to the notes from the November hearing.

“The Commission hears about traffic issues all the time, no matter what project is being presented; having CarMax or any other business will not fix or worsen this issue,” said Vice Chair Jaffarian.

CarMax representative, Mark Ostoich, argued that the company would benefit the City as it anticipates employing 20-25 people from the local region and generating $40 to $60 million annually.

On Jan. 3, 2019, the City Council posted a notice of a public hearing to address CarMax’s appeal of the Planning Commission’s denial of the proposed zone change.

The notice of a public hearing stated that City staff has determined that the project will not create significant negative impacts pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the City of Norco Environmental Guidelines.

“The hearing is for the Council to hear the claims and decide whether to uphold the decision or not,” said the City Clerk.

The hearing will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 2820 Clark Avenue.

I-15/Limonite Avenue Lane & Ramp Closures

By City of Eastvale

Contractor will be closing the freeway ramps and the Limonite Avenue Bridge on Tuesday and Thursday, January 15 and 17, 2019 from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am. The closures on Thursday, January 17, 2019 will only be used if the work is not completed on Tuesday.

Eastvale Area Crime Recap: November 2018

INCIDENT: GRAND THEFT INVESTIGATION AND ARREST

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.

INCIDENT: ATTEMPTED MURDER

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.  

INCIDENT: FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION

INCIDENT UPDATE: 11/9/2018

ORIGINAL INCIDENT: 10/23/2018

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 www.riversidesheriff.org/tipline or www.wetip.com

INCIDENT: DEATH INVESTIGATION

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.

INCIDENT: FALSE BOMB REPORT/ SCHOOL THREATS INVESTIGATION AND ARREST

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.

INCIDENT: MANUFACTURED DANGEROUS WEAPONS

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.

INCIDENT: HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION *PUBLIC ASSISTANCE REQUESTED*

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.