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Upcoming Road Closures for “Every Fifteen Minutes” Program at Ayala HS

Staff Reports


Chino Hills – Ruben S. Ayala High School students will safely experience the devastation caused by a drunk driving accident as part of the “Every 15 Minutes” program on Thursday, March 22nd. Peyton Drive will be closed for part of the morning. The simulated “accident scene” will be set up on Peyton Drive and will feature students portraying crash victims whose vehicle was hit by a drunk driver on Prom night. Emergency response will be conducted as if it were a real accident. From 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. two northbound lanes will be closed leaving just one northbound lane open in front of the school. From 9:30-10:30 a.m. Peyton Drive will be completely closed from Bulldog Way to Boys Republic Drive. At approximately 10:30 a.m. southbound lanes will open, and at 11:00 a.m. northbound lanes will open. Motorists may wish to avoid the area.

“Every 15 Minutes” is a two-day program focusing on high school juniors and seniors, which challenges them to think about drinking, driving, personal safety, the responsibility of making mature decisions and the impact their decisions have on family, friends, their community, and many others.

The two-day program is very dramatic and emotional and purposely so. Teenagers are constantly reminded about the choices they have in front of the involving alcohol and how others in their lives are affected.

Teens know the intellectual statistics they just share the belief it will never happen to them.

The program brings together a broad coalition of interested local agencies with the goal of reducing alcohol-related incidents among youth. The partnering of the California Highway Patrol, local law enforcement, local hospitals, emergency medical responders, schools, businesses, and service clubs validates the importance of working together to ensure a healthy community.

Four Ayala Students Injured In Collision

Staff Reports

Chino Hills – Four Ruben S. Ayala High School students were injured in a collision, Thursday, October 20 at 2:22 p.m.

Travis James Weible was driving a silver 2012 Honda Civic northbound on Peyton Dr. when he drifted off the road and struck a cement street light. The four students, aged 14-17,  were walking on the east sidewalk just north of the high school when the incident occurred. Weible’s vehicle was stopped by the street light but not before some of its debris struck the three youngest students. The oldest student was struck by the vehicle itself and is in critical condition.

Weible’s vehicle caught fire after he was assisted out of the mangled vehicle. He was later transported to a nearby hospital for moderate injuries. The three students hit by debris were attended to on site by the Chino Valley Fire Department while the other student was airlifted to the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton.

Before the incident, Weible was reportedly driving recklessly and was involved in two other collisions near the area. Investigators have deduced that Weible did not know the students personally and that this event was not intentional.

The Chino Hills Sheriff Deputies requested the assistance of the Sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation Team. Together, investigators have concluded that they cannot rule out DUI, speed or inattention as presenting factors to the collision.

Anyone with information regarding the incident are encouraged to contact investigators/deputies Ralph Naso or Anthony Ortega at 909-364-2000.

Three Area Teams Make CIF Finals

By Lyn Taylor


It’s a great year for basketball in the Inland Empire.  Chino Hills High School, Ayala High School and Diamond Ranch High School’s boys’ basketball teams have all made it into the CIF Southern Section Finals to be played this weekend, March 4-5.

Diamond Ranch High School (23-8) will play Chaminade, Friday night March 4, at Azusa Pacific University for the Division 3A Championship.    Diamond Ranch is led by former professional basketball player and multiple award-winning coach Eric Cooper.

The #1 team in the nation, Steve Baik’s Chino Hills Huskies (30-0),  have dominated this season in the Open Division, and will take on Chatsworth’s Sierra Canyon (26-3) at 6:30 p.m. for the prestigious Open Division Championship.   Chino Hills’ Ball brothers, Lonzo, Liangelo and Lamelo Ball lead the team, with Elizjah Scott and Onyeka Okongwu creating a starting five who are fun to watch and difficult to defeat.

Ayala’s Bulldogs (29-3) led by Coach John Mounce, will compete against Edison (24-7) at 8:30 p.m. the same night, also at the Honda Center, for the 2AA Championship.  The Bulldogs will have 6’5” senior star John Edgar to help them in their first championship quest.

Good luck to all of the boys!

Ayala Teacher Named to Wrestling Hall of Fame

Terry Martin

Terry Martin

Courtesy of CVUSD

CHINO HILLS– Ayala High School’s Terry Martin will be inducted this spring into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, California Chapter, for his Lifetime Service to Wrestling.  The Lifetime Service award is given in recognition of years of dedication to the development of leadership and citizenship in youth through the sport of wrestling.

Martin coached wrestling for more than 30 years, half of that time at Ayala. He began his coaching career at Oklahoma University after wrestling for the Sooners, and is a proud alumnus of the university.  Coach Martin is a member of the Mt. San Antonio College Hall of Fame and has been named L.A. Times Wrestling Coach of the Year once.  He is a member of the CIF Wrestling Advisory Committee, has 1 CIF Championship, been Runner-Up 7 times, has 11 Sierra League Championships, and has coached 16 CIF Individual Champions and 8 CIF State Champions.  Coach Martin continues to teach at the school but stepped away from coaching last year.

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum, headquartered in Stillwater, Oklahoma, pays tribute to coaches, officials, and contributors who represent “the best qualities the sport of wrestling has to offer and who share those characteristics with young people day in and out,” according to Dan Dierdorff, President of the California Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

This year’s induction ceremony will be held May 21 in Laguna Hills.


9 Wins for Ayala High Band and Colorguard

Courtesy of CVUSD Ayala HS Band

Courtesy of CVUSD
Ayala HS Band

By Julie Gobin/CVUSD

CHINO HILLS – For the ninth time, Ayala High Band and Colorguard has earned the title of Regional Champion by winning the Bands of America Regional Championship on Oct. 24 in Long Beach.
The nine wins are the most ever won by a California band, according to Ayala band director Mark Stone.
Ayala also won Regional Champion in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014. There was no regional competition in 2011, Mr. Stone, who was recently chosen as an instrumental staff director for the Bands of America Honor Band Tournament of Roses Parade in 2017, said.
Ayala Band and Colorguard (BAC) also won all caption awards at the Oct. 24 competition for outstanding music, performance, outstanding visual performance, and outstanding general effect. Twenty-one high school marching bands — representing California, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas — competed at the 2015 Bands of America Regional Championship.
In addition, Ayala High Band took first overall in the large band division at a Western Band Association contest on Oct. 10 at Vista Murrieta High in Murrieta. The band also took first place caption awards in general effect, music, visual, and percussion. The band’s color guard took fourth in the auxiliary category.
Chino’s Don Lugo High Band also went home with honors during the Oct. 10 competition. They came in first place in a smaller band division. Don Lugo also took first place caption awards in general effect, music, and auxiliary; second place in visual; and third place in percussion.

Stone said the 235 students in the Ayala BAC have been working hard since June to prepare themselves for their busy marching band season. The band even missed trick or treating on Halloween to perform at a competition at Mission Viejo High School. The Halloween spirit was in full swing with Booster members offering students candy from the trunks of their vehicles and a couple of students in costume.  The students began competing in October and continue this month.
Ayala will compete Saturday, Nov. 7 in the Mira Mesa High School Field Tournament in San Diego. It will also compete Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Riverside City College Big Orange Classic Field Show Tournament in Riverside, and Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Western Band Association Championships in Fresno.

Chino Area Crime

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West Valley Detention Center (Photo courtesy of County of San Bernardino)

West Valley Detention Center (Photo courtesy of County of San Bernardino)

Chino/Chino Hills – On Tues., Jan. 5, a juvenile female contacted School Resource Officer, Deputy Marlene Thompson, at Ayala High School in Chino Hills.  She advised Thompson of ongoing physical and mental abuse that she has suffered at her residence in Chino.

Fontana Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives initiated an investigation and identified the suspect as Joe Patino, 37, of Chino.  A search warrant was conducted at the suspect’s residence, and Detectives gathered additional information in regard to the allegations of abuse.

Patino was taken into custody and booked into the West Valley Detention Center for Cruelty to a Child.  The victim and other minors in the home were taken into protective custody by Children and Family Services.

Detectives are concerned there may be additional victims; anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Joe Parker or Sergeant Mark Martinez at (909) 356-6767.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact the

West Valley Detention Center (Photo courtesy of County of San Bernardino)

West Valley Detention Center (Photo courtesy of County of San Bernardino)

We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.

In another incident, Deputies from the Chino Hills Station arrested a felon in possession of a loaded assault rifle during a routine traffic stop on Fri., Jan. 16.  This incident let Deputies to an illicit identify theft crime ring being conducted from a nearby hotel room.

Joseph Sisenia, 31, of Los Angeles, and two female passengers were contacted at a vehicle traffic stop.  Sisenia provided identification to the Deputies with a different name on it that later proved to be fraudulent.  Upon a record search of the occupants, Deputies discovered that Skye Kelley, 24, of Moreno Valley, had an active warrant for her arrest.  The other female passenger, Aimee Rodriguez, 27, of Baldwin Park, was in possession of and under the influence of a controlled substance. Deputies also discovered Sisenia’s true identity, and learned he was on felony probation for identity theft out of Montclair.

A vehicle search was conducted which revealed a loaded assault rifle with a high capacity magazine; additional ammunition was discovered in the car as well.  Deputies also recovered several Green Dot cards, gift cards, credit cards, check making materials, and items used to commit identify theft.  Green Dot cards are commonly used to launder the illegal proceeds of identity theft by funneling it to a generic prepaid credit account.

During the course of the investigation, deputies learned that the suspects had been staying in a nearby Extended Stay America hotel room.  A search of the hotel room uncovered more suspected narcotics and evidence of identity theft related to a Chino Hills mail theft case from December 2014, as well as an additional suspect, David Chacon, 41, of El Monte.

All the evidence was recovered and Detectives will attempt to locate additional victims.

All suspects were booked into the West Valley Detention Center for their respective crimes, including identify theft, possession of a high capacity magazine, felon in possession of a firearm, parole violation, conspiracy to commit identity theft, and active warrant for weapons.

Chino Hills: In The News



Chino Hills – The City of Chino Hills has announced that a new drop off zone for students will be available at the Community Center, come Mon., May 12.


Ayala High School students will now be allowed to be dropped off at the Chino Hills Community Center parking lot for the remainder of the school year. Motorists may enter the parking lot at Bulldog Way, turn left to the southern parking lot, and exit south on Peyton Drive. Safety will be enhanced if motorists follow this one-way traffic flow during drop-off and pick-up periods. City officials will evaluate the effectiveness of the use of this parking lot as an ongoing student drop-off zone.


In more news, the City of Chino Hills’ 14th Annual Water Conservation Design-A-Sign contest recently honored its winners. This year’s theme was “Catch Those Drops, Don’t Let Them Get Away,” and local children designed water conservation signs to promote awareness and learn about this precious natural resource.


With a total of 267 entries, two grand prize winners were awarded. Calvin Park, a 6th Grade student at Oak Ridge Elementary won an X-Box 360 with Kinect; and Myra Zhan, a 10th Grade student from Ayala High School won an iPad Mini. The Chino Valley YMCA donated one-year Youth Facility Memberships, valued at $75, to all winners, who also received water conservation backpacks filled with various goodies, tickets to Harkin’s Theatres, and a $10 Gift Card for Cold Stone Creamery.


Winning posters for 2014 have been made into permanent Water Conservation Street Signs, now on display on streetlight poles along City Center Drive at the Chino Hills Government Center. The signs will also be moved to the winning students’ schools before being permanently installed at various locations throughout the City.