Category Archives: Norco

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. 

Eastvale Area Crime Recap: October 2018

By RCSD

INCIDENT: HOMICIDE(UPDATE) WHEN (ORIGINAL INCIDENT): 5/8/2018 UPDATE/ARREST: 10/4/2018 WHERE:6700 Block of Pedley Rd., Jurupa Valley

DETAILS: On Tuesday,May 8, 2018, at 3:30 AM, Cal-Fire personnel and Jurupa Valley Police responded to the 6700 block of Pedley Road, where an abandoned trailer was engulfed inflames. After the fire was extinguished, the charred remains of an adult male were discovered inside. Based on the discovery, investigators from the Jurupa Valley Station, the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit, Cal-fire Arson, and the Coroner’s Office responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. An autopsy ofthe remains in conjunction with an examination of the scene suggested the adult male; later identified as 40-year-old, Michael Reynoso, was the victim of a homicide. Based on the findings, the Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit assumed the investigation. Further investigation revealed that August Nielsen was involved in Reynoso’s death. A warrant was issued for Nielsen for his involvement in the murder of Reynoso.

UPDATE: In the months that followed, Sheriff’s investigators identified 37-year-old, August Nielsen, as a suspect in the homicide of Michael Reynoso. Nielsen’s  whereabouts were unknown and a warrant was issued for his arrest. On October 4, 2018, the Desert Hawk Violent Crime TaskForce, with the assistance of the Inland Regional Apprehension Team, located and arrested August Nielsen near Phoenix, Arizona. Nielsen is currently held in a Maricopa county correctional facility awaiting extradition to Riverside county. He is held on $1,000,000 bail. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Investigator Dickey at the Central Homicide Unit by calling (951) 955-2777. 

INCIDENT: DEATH INVESTIGATION, WHEN: 10/11/18, WHERE: 12500 block of Limonite Ave., Eastvale

DETAILS: On Thursday, October 11, 2018, Eastvale deputies responded to the 12500 block of Limonite Avenue, in the City of Eastvale, for a medical aid call.  Cal-Fire personnel arrived prior to deputies and found a 25-year-old male Eastvale resident deceased on a bench in front of a business. Eastvale deputies initiated a death investigation. The deceased’s name will not be released until the Coroner’s Office notifies his next of kin.  The investigation is on-going. Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact Deputy Martinez #3809 from the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 955-2600. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

INCIDENT: ARMED ROBBERY INVESTIGATION AND ARREST WHEN: 10/17/18 WHERE: 1100 block of Hamner Ave., Norco

DETAILS: On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, about 2:20 PM, deputies assigned to the Norco Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a retail business in the 1100 block of Hamner Avenue, in the City of Norco, in reference to an armed robbery. Upon arrival, deputies learned two male suspects had entered the business and stole property while brandishing a weapon at an employee and assaulting another. The two male suspects fled to an awaiting vehicle, driven by a third female suspect. All three suspects fled the location in the vehicle. Neither victim sustained injuries. A description of the suspects and suspect vehicle were provided to nearby deputies. Several minutes later, an Eastvale Police Officer,located the suspect vehicle travelling north on the I-15 freeway, through the Eastvale area. Officers followed the suspect vehicle before stopping it near the intersection of Philadelphia Street and Vineyard Avenue, in the City of Ontario. The three suspects were detained without incident. Deputies located stolen property in the suspect’s vehicle. The suspects were identified as Drashawn Stewart, age 21, a resident of San Bernardino, Autumn Smith, age 20, a resident of Fontana, and the third suspect was identified as a male juvenile.The two adult suspects were arrested for robbery and booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center. The juvenile suspect was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant and booked at Riverside Juvenile Hall. The juvenile suspect is also facing robbery charges. Anyone with any information pertaining to this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Garcia Villa or Deputy Vawter of the Norco Sheriff’s Office, at (951) 270-5673.

INCIDENT: MAJOR INJURY TRAFFIC COLLISION INVESTIGATION WHEN: 10/19/18 WHERE: 5th St. and Broken Lance Dr., Norco

DETAILS: On Friday,October 19, 2018, at 2:36 AM, deputies assigned to the Norco Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of 5th Street and Broken Lance Drive, in the city of Norco, regarding a major-injury traffic collision.  The preliminary investigation revealed a vehicle traveling westbound on 5th Street at a high rate of speed, collided into the center median causing the vehicle to spin out of control. Three of the four occupants of the vehicle were ejected from the vehicle. All four occupants were transported to local area hospitals for serious injuries sustained during the collision. This investigation is ongoing; however, it appears that alcohol,and/or drug impairment appears to be a contributing factor in this collision.The Jurupa Valley Police Department’s Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the scene to conduct this investigation.  This investigation is ongoing, and we are asking anyone with additional information to contact Deputy Lewis at the Jurupa Valley Station at 951-955-2600.

INCIDENT: DEATH INVESTIGATION WHEN: 10/15/18 WHERE: Robert Presley Detention Center, Riverside

DETAILS: On Monday,October 15, 2018, about 7:57 P.M., deputies assigned to the Robert Presley Detention Center located an adult male Hispanic unresponsive within his cell ina 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 and Robert Presley Detention Center Investigators 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.  Please call Investigator Martinez of the JV Sheriff’s Station at 951-955-2600 with info.

INCIDENT: FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION WHEN: 10/23/18 WHERE: Van Buren Blvd. and 56th Street, Jurupa Valley

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. The victims were: 20 year old Daniel Smith of Riverside, 20 year old Nicholas Cahill of Riverside, 25 year old Clinton Jellsey of Riverside and 23 year old Marco Aguilar of Riverside. 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. 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 at800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847).  You can also leave anonymous information atwww.riversidesheriff.org/tipline or http://www.wetip.com

Norco Holds Elections Nov. 6

Staff Reports

Norco –The City of Norco encourages all residents to go out and vote, as two seats are up on the City Council this year.

The City of Norco utilizes an  at-large election system in which registered voters from the entire City choose each of the five City Council Members. On November 6, two City Council seats currently held by Kevin Bash and Greg Newton and are up for election. Five residents are vying for those seats, included with Bash and Newton the other candidates are Rob Koziel, Rod Taylor and Travis Walsh. The City Clerk is the local elections administrator and coordinates with the County of Riverside in the conduct of Municipal elections. This includes, but is not limited to, the preparation of necessary resolutions calling for General and Special Municipal Elections and declaring the result of the election, the coordination of the candidate nomination process and the receipt and processing of initiative, referendum and recall petitions. Regular elections are consolidated with statewide elections, scheduled on the first Tuesday of November of even numbered years to fill expired City Council terms. All election services are provided according the California Elections Code, according to the city of Norco’s website.

City Council members are elected at-large for a four year term. Council Members serve “staggered” terms, meaning that either 2 or 3 seats are open for election every two years. Council Members receive $550 per month stipend as compensation for their service.

Any member of the public who meets the following requirements may run for public office in the City of Norco. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, and be a registered voter in the City of Norco at the time the nomination papers are issued. In order to become a candidate, the first step in the process is to file a Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Form 501: Candidate Intention Statement. File Form 501 with the City Clerk before receiving or spending funds. Form 501 can be filed with the City Clerk prior to the official Nomination Period. Each candidate must file an original Form 501 with the City Clerk. The only exception is if no funds are raised and the only expenditure made is from personal funds for a candidate’s statement. Candidates must file the Form 501 before receiving or spending monies or opening a bank account. Candidates who receive any monetary contributions from others, or contribute $2,000 or more in personal funds to their campaigns, must still open a campaign bank account. The form may be obtained from the City Clerk or from FPPC’s website at www.fppc.ca.gov. The City Clerk will issue your Nomination Paper and Candidate Packet during the Nomination Period. The process to issue nomination papers takes approximately 30 minutes. Please note, you must be a registered voter in the City of Norco at the time the nomination papers are issued. A filing fee of $25 is paid to the City of Norco when nomination papers are pulled.

Pursuant to California Elections Code Section 10220, qualified candidates may be issued and file nomination papers during the nomination period. Candidates are nominated by no less than 20 registered voters of the City of Norco.

Voter registration forms are available at all public libraries, post offices and City Hall. To receive a registration form by mail, please call the Riverside County Registrar of Voters office at (951) 486-7200 or the City Clerk’s office at (951) 735-3900. Completed registration forms can be hand-delivered to the Registrar’s office located at 2724 Gateway Drive, Riverside, CA 92507 or 2870 Clark Ave, Norco, CA 92860or dropped off in any U.S. mailbox. No postage is necessary. For additional voter registration information visit www.voteinfo.net. (most information courtesy of the City of Eastvale)

 

1 Dead in Auto Accident in Norco

Staff Reports

Norco – There was a fatal accident in Norco on Sunday morning, one person died in the single-pickup truck crash that occurred on the southbound side of the 15 Freeway in Norco, authorities reported.

According to CHP logs and Cal Fire/Riverside County reports the accident took place at approximately 7:09 a.m. on an otherwise quiet morning.

The victim who at the time of the report who was still unidentified at the time this was released, was ejected from a white Toyota pickup truck. The pickup truck landed on its side in the area of the Second Street off ramp of the freeway,

The person was pronounced deceased at the scene. The witness who reported the incident said the pickup truck nearly hit their vehicle before the accident occurred, according to CHP logs.

There was no indication that there was a passenger with the driver in the pickup when the accident took place. If anybody else was a witness to the accident it is encouraged you contact the CHP and give them a statement.

 

DOJ Honors Families Of Norco Vietnam Veterans

Staff Reports
NORCO
– On behalf of the City of Norco and the families of Norco Vietnam veterans, the George A. Ingalls Veterans Memorial Executive Committee has successfully requested Certificates of Honor from the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. This honor is part of the Commemoration’s Commemorative Partner Program and recognizes immediate family members of the veterans who are listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. These veterans are also honored on the “Lest We Forget” Wall at the George A. Ingalls Veterans Memorial Plaza.

The Certificates of Honor and accompanying lapel pins will be presented to the immediate surviving family members of the following Norco Vietnam veterans: George A. Ingalls, Emmitt James Wilkey, Jr., Herold Troy Deardorff, Timothy J. McKiernan, and Clyde Douglas McDonald. The presentation will take place at the City of Norco’s Memorial Day Ceremony, Continuous Salute and Monument Unveiling on Monday, May 28, at the George A. Ingalls Veterans Memorial Plaza. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and the Continuous Salute will take place from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. The community is invited to celebrate the unveiling of the new POW/MIA Monument, honor two veterans who were recently inscribed on the “Lest We Forget” Wall, and recognize the recipients of the Certificates of Honor.

The City of Norco is proud to participate in the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration’s Commemorative Partner Program. City Council Member and founding member of the George A. Ingalls Veterans Memorial Executive Committee Kevin Bash stated, “I am really proud of the fact that the City of Norco is the first city in California to participate in this program, and I am really proud that the Veterans Committee and the Norco community never forget those that made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.”

The Commemorative Partner Program is an organizationally-based, hometown-centric, veteran-focused program designed for federal, state and local organizations to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring Vietnam veterans and their families where they live and work. It is the primary vehicle by which the nation thanks and honors Vietnam veterans and their families.

The City of Norco participates in the Commemorative Partner Program by planning and conducting events and activities that recognize Vietnam veterans and their families’ service and sacrifice. The City continues to host commemorative events and activities that are dignified, memorable occasions that show a sensitivity and appreciation for the solemnity of war, the losses suffered by many, and the sacrifices of all who served. The City’s events and activities meet the Congressionally-mandated objectives of the program, specifically by thanking and honoring veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States, thanking and honoring the families of these veterans, and highlighting the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War.

FOR INFORMATION:

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department
recreation@ci.norco.ca.us  |  (951) 270-5632
 

Public Park Ends Up With Admission Fee, Sit-Down Restaurant And Bar

Staff Reports

Norco – The Riverside County Grand Jury is allegedly indicating Norco turned the 122-acre SilverLakes property that was intended for “public park, recreational and open space purposes” into a money-making venture that charges admission and features a full-service restaurant and bar.

The grand jury is calling on the district attorney to probe Norco officials’ handling of the project, the panel stated in a report issued last week.

“The SilverLakes Equestrian and Sports Complex is not a public park” as envisioned in a 2002 federal court order restricting use of the land north of the Santa Ana River along Hamner Avenue, the report states.

Norco officials dispute the grand jury’s contention and say the development is in compliance with the court-ordered restriction.

“They are interpreting it wrong,” City Manager Andy Okoro said by phone Tuesday, May 22.

The city intends to issue a detailed written response in a few weeks.

The park opened in September 2015. It hosts concerts, equestrian competitions, soccer tournaments and regional cross-country meets, among other events. The complex boasts 24 soccer fields, five equestrian arenas, a 12,000-square-foot outdoor cafe, a 10,000-person capacity concert venue called The BackYard and a 150-seat restaurant called The FieldHouse.

It drew 1.4 million visitors in 2017, said Cheryl Link, Norco’s city clerk.

However, SilverLakes has had a long and often troubled history.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued an investment company that owned the property until the late 1990s, alleging unethical practices, the report said. A judgment concluded that some Norco residents who invested in a Ponzi scheme associated with the property had been defrauded of their money. That led to the 2002 U.S. District Court order restricting the property’s use, once it was sold. The city acquired it.

Development was delayed for years, though, and it didn’t help that a 2010 flood along the Santa Ana River caused major damage. After site repairs, construction was finally underway in 2013, before wrapping up in late 2015. The developer is the Balboa Management Group.

While investigating Silverlakes, the grand jury took testimony from the city manager, former Norco elected officials and “concerned” Norco residents. Sara Lipchak, who headed the grand jury, said she could not elaborate.

The grand jury determined that the 2002 development restriction remains in place and the city unsuccessfully sought to alter it in 2004. The panel suggested that the city in 2012 misled the Riverside County Superior Court, which validated the city’s development strategy based on a submitted plan that was “substantially different from what was actually constructed.”

The grand jury report said that the “plans had no reference to constructing a full-service commercial restaurant and bar.”

The grand jury urged:

  • The district attorney to investigate why Norco officials accepted the developer’s bid to build a park with a major commercial component and provided “misleading documents” to the Riverside County court to obtain approval for “a commercial sports park rather than a genuine public park.”
  • Norco to stop charging admission to the park — $8 per walk-in visitor and $10 per carload.
  • Norco to add “actual recreational assets and amenities” such as shade trees, picnic tables, playgrounds, barbecue grills, tennis courts and bike trails.

Brian Petree, deputy city manager, acknowledged the admission charges, but said those are reserved for large weekend events and payments generally are not required from people who visit the park at other times.

As for the restaurant, Petree said it is an appropriate component because it has a concession operation that provides food and drinks for park visitors and is not unusual for a park of SilverLakes’ size.

“We’re not talking about a neighborhood park here. We’re talking about a regional facility,” he said. “And so, you have to look at it in that aspect.”