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Man Killed After SUV Crashes Into Tree In Chino Hills

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By Anthony Saude

Chino Hills – A 74-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident when his Honda Pilot SUV crashed into a tree on Wednesday, December 20, in Chino Hills. The 73-year-old passenger in the vehicle escaped with only minor injuries.  The SUV crashed into the tree — which fell over and blocked both lanes of the Chino Hills Parkway, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.

It reported that investigators believe that Felipe Rustia, of Chino Hills, was driving southbound on Chino Hills parkway when drove over a raised cement center divider and into a tree on the divider. The accident took place just south of Walnut Creek Drive. The Passenger Noel Rustia, 73, also of Chino Hills was a passenger in the vehicle; she was transported to a local hospital via ambulance with only minor injuries, the police report said.

The release said that, the incident was reported just before 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. When deputies arrived on the scene they found the SUV had sustained serious front-end damage. The tree was also down, blocking the northbound and southbound lanes of Chino Hills Parkway.

Rustia crossed Walnut Creek Drive and for an unknown reason, drove over the cement divider and hit a large tree in the grass area, the release said.

Chino Hills Parkway between Grand Avenue and Walnut Creek Drive was closed until 6:30 am on Thursday the cause of the accident is still be determined.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call the sheriff’s Office at the Chino Hills Station at 909-364-2000.

$8,000 In Stolen Cash and Coins

By Anthony Saude

Chino Hills – Deputy Livi was patrolling his area like any other night when he noticed a car with Utah plates parked on Riverside Drive and E. End Avenue that at around 1:30 a.m., ther were two men sleeping in it, said Sgt. Randy Naquin of the Chino Hills Sheriff’s station.

Deputy Livi requested backup, when it arrived the deputies identified the two sleeping men as Utah residents, Christopher Giles, 46 and 39-year old Kris Vanleuven. The deputies searched the vehicle after they received consent from the men. During the search they found the men to be in possession of Methamphetamine and Heroin, said Sgt. Naquin.

Continuing the search the deputies found over $8,000 in stolen cash, gold coins, possible burglary tools and a slungshot. A slungshot is a maritime tool with a weight, or “shot”, affixed to the end of a long cord or rope that is used to assist in throwing mooring lines over a distance. According to California Penal Code section 12020 it is a felony be in possession of one. There are several other states that it is a felony to have one as well.

Both Giles and Vanleuven were arrested and booked into West Valley Detention Center on suspicion of  possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell and for possession of a slungshot.

Sgt. Noquin said that they have contacted outside agencies to determine if any reported burglaries might similar stolen property that could be claimed. Detectives are still investigating the case. If anyone has any information about the case you are encouraged to call the Chino Hills station at 909-364-2000

 

Chino Hills Grow House Fire

Photo courtesy: Anthony Saude

By Anthony Saude

Chino HillsOn November 17, 2017 Chino Valley Fire District firefighters and Sheriff’s Deputies from Chino Hills PD were dispatched to a house fire at 1807 Nordic Avenue in Chino Hills. When they arrived the residence was completely engulfed in flames.

While the firefighters were putting out the flames they discovered marijuana plants were being grown in inside the residence. The Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics joined in to assist with the investigation, search warrant in hand and assumed the lead in the investigation.

Chino Valley Fire Department and Southern California Edison also showed up at the scene to do their own investigation. It is believed that there were several hundred marijuana plants growing in the residence and most were destroyed in the fire.

Preliminary reports from the investigation have authorities believing that it was caused by faulty wiring due to the electrical meter being bypassed. This is a common tactic used to avoid detection by law enforcement of increased electricity use by the grow lights needed for an operation of this size.

Photo courtesy: Anthony Saude

It is very common for fires to start when using this method of utility theft, which of course is illegal itself. The loss of revinue to SCE in these cases will commonly be in the thousands of dollars.

The property owners leased their house to the residents through a property management company. This is an ongoing investigation. The San Bernardino County District Attorney will make the decision what criminal charges will be filed against the suspects. The charges they will be facing are utility theft, unlawful causing of a property fire, vandalism and marijuana cultivation.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gangs / Narcotics Division at 909-387-8400. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463).

 

Man Arrested For Dog Abuse

By Anthony Saude

Chino Hills – On November 7, 2017, Enping Qu, a 22 year old resident of Chino Hills was arrested after allegedly pouring boiling water on his girlfriends dog. The dog, Sophie was in her cage when the alleged crime place.

The San Bernardino County Sheriffs Deparment was dispatched to the 1600 block of Butterfield Ranch in response to an animal cruelty call from a nearby resident. The resident stated that he could hear a dog (Sophie) yelping in pain and observed the Qu pouring boiling water into the cage on the dog at least five times. It was reported that he told the deputies that he was able to capture it on video using his phone.

In a statement released by the Sheriff’s Department, the deputies conducted a welfare check on the dog and found a tea kettle with scorching hot water in it and the dog’s fur and skin were still warm to the touch.

Official at the Inland Valley Humane Society, where Sophie was taken, measured the water at 129 degrees. Sophie was transferred to a veterinarian and will remain there for observation and examination just to be sure she is ok. Due to the ongoing criminal investigation the video will not be released at this time.

It was reported Qu said the dog belonged to his girlfriend and told the deputies that he thought it was cold water he was using and he had given Sophie a bath earlier that day. The stories didn’t really go together or make a lot of sense at the time. Sophie may be returned to her owner based on what the investigation turns up. Qu was arrested and charged with a PC 597 Animal Cruelty.

Chino Hills Man Arrested In 2005 Cold Case Homicide

By Michael Armijo

 

Chino Hills – A Chino Hills man was arrested by Homicide Cold Case Detectives last week for the murder of Noel Cornelius that occurred in November of 2005.
Malachi Dawson, Caucasian male, 32 years old (today), resident of Chino Hills, was one of two victims who were named last week.

The victim, Noel Cornelius, 23 years old (at time of death), was a resident of Victorville.

The suspects were Dawson and Michael Marshall, Caucasian male, 33 years old (today), resident of Moultrie, Georgia

On November 27th, 2005, Victor Valley Station deputies responded to a call for service for a dead body in the desert several miles southwest of Dale Evans Parkway off the Interstate 15 freeway in unincorporated Apple Valley. An autopsy was conducted and cause of death was determined to be from gunshot wounds. The victim was identified as Noel Cornelius a resident of Victorville. At the time of the homicide, Noel was married to Rebekah Dawson. Rebekah had two brothers, Malachi and Isaac Dawson.

In 2012, cold case homicide detectives assumed the investigation. Witnesses reported Noel was last seen alive at Malachi and Isaac’s apartment in Apple Valley. Present at the apartment with Noel were Malachi, Isaac and Michael Marshall. Since 2012, cold case detectives have conducted numerous interviews and re-examined physical evidence. On September 11, 2017, Cold Case Detectives Salsberry and Hartleben arrested Malachi for the murder of Noel and booked him at West Valley Detention Center for PC 187-Murder. Bail was set at $1,000,000.00.

On Wednesday, August 16th, 2017, Cold Case Detectives Salsberry and Shumway interviewed Isaac Dawson in Pennsylvania. On Thursday, August 17th, 2017, Salsberry and Shumway interviewed Michael Marshall in Georgia. On Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, Marshall was arrested for PC 187-Murder and booked into Colquitt County Jail in Moultrie, Georgia. On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Salsberry and Hartleben conducted additional interviews with witnesses residing in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. On Friday, November 3rd, 2017, Marshall was extradited back to San Bernardino County and booked into West Valley Detention Center for PC 187-Murder.

The cold case team is comprised of Investigators Adam Salsberry, Nick Hartleben, Steve Shumway and Gerrit Tesselaar and Deputy District Attorneys Joel Buckingham and Denise Yoakum. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective Adam Salsberry or Sergeant Greg Myler, Homicide Detail (909) 387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at http://www.wetip.com 

Two Arrested in CH Burglary

By Anthony Saude

Chino Hills – The Chino Hills Police Department responded to a burglary call at a residence in Chino Hills early in the morning on October 30, 2017 on the 2100 block of San Tropez to investigate. When the officers arrived on scene it was determined that a residential burglary had taken place. The Chino Hills Police department immediately started their investigation into burglary but had little evidence to go on at the scene of the crime. Very few leads were produced during the first 48 hours of the investigation but then the victim turned over video surveillance footage that had been taken from inside the garage. The investigators received the video footage on Wednesday the first of November sometime after 4pm and made two arrests within 24 hours of receiving the evidence. The camera recorded 3 suspects in the garage; one of them was in possession of a handgun. It broke the case wide open, Detectives had identified two of the suspects involved in the crime and made the arrests. Mason Weymans who appears to be brandishing the handgun in the video and Patrick Gillins were both arrested and booked into the West Valley Detention Center for a PC459 (Residential Burglary). Both of the suspects are Chino Hills residents and the third suspect seen in the video is still being actively pursued by Chino Hills Police Department Detectives. The Detective  will continue to examine and reexamine all the leads concerning this burglary and any other crimes associated with these three suspects.

If anyone has any additional information on these suspects or any crimes they may have been involved in don’t hesitate to call the Chino Hills Police Department with the information. If you wish to remain anonymous please call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME.

 

Why Live In Chino Hills?

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By Marissa Mitchell

 

Chino Hills – It can be argued that many cities in and around the Inland Empire provide excellent residence advantages to citizens. This is also true of the City of Chino Hills.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Chino Hills in 2016 was 78,822, almost ten thousand less than neighboring Chino. Moreover, the median income for the city is $96,914 (according to the same census), more than that of neighboring Diamond Bar and Chino.

According to F.B.I. crime statistics for 2016, Chino Hills continues to rank among the safest cities in California. This is out of 106 cities throughout the state, ranging in population from 50,000 to 100,000.

Specifically, Chino Hills is the fourth safest city in the state in regards to violent crimes and thirteenth in regards to property crimes. “Violent crimes” include aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, and robbery. “Property crimes” are less severe, including arson, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft.

Often, social media and related outlets actually magnify the amount and severity of crimes committed in a city. Chino Hills is no different, according to Police Chief Captain Darren Goodman: “Social media magnifies crime activity in a city, which sometimes leads to the wrong impression. The partnership we have developed between our Police Department and our residents continues to help us catch criminals and solve crimes.”

Captain Goodman related how deputies from the Chino Hills Police Department are responsive to the community; deputies pursue leads with all of the means at their disposal. Moreover, Goodman states, “Our MET team (Multiple Enforcement Team) also does outstanding investigative work and we’ve had significant success in identifying, apprehending, and convicting criminal networks that have been responsible for dozens of residential burglaries.” Thus, the Department notes crime trends and proactively responds to observations of those trends.

“Our top priority is the safety of our residents, our businesses, and those who visit Chino Hills,” stated the Captain.

Persons of poverty within Chino Hills is a mere 6.5%, half that of the City of Chino, and the High School graduation rate is more than 93.2%, the highest of all surrounding cities, including Chino (77%), Diamond Bar (92.1%), Walnut (93%), and even Eastvale (87.7%).

The City of Chino Hills has other amenities most recently added that appeal residents. Dog Park for Chino Hills was established three years ago off of Pine Avenue and the 71 Freeway, and has attracted dog lovers across the city to bring their dogs.

City revenue has ramped up recently with the variety of businesses opening at the Shoppes in Chino Hills, built several years ago but since continually hosting events that benefit the City.

Housing is not quite as unaffordable as the more “posh” pockets of the city make it seem. In Chino Hills, the median housing value is $507,500, making it more affordable than both Diamond Bar (median value $562,000) and Walnut (median value $649,100).

Most notably, the notoriety of the Ball Brothers from Chino Hills High School and their respective brand and shoes has led to the speculation of other businesses related to the brothers opening in the area. The family recently relocated to another area of the City, but maintains that staying local is a priority.

All being said, the City of Chino Hills maintains the feel of a small town. There may be close to 80,000 people living in the city, but everyone seems to know each other, somehow.

 

Chino Hills Man Arrested

By Anthony Saude

Chino Hills – Eric Frazin, a 31 year old Chino Hills resident was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after he attacked someone with a skateboard. The victim was sent to the hospital after he sustained injuries from being “struck in the head several times” according to a statement released by the San Bernardino County sheriff’s office. The Chino Hills station was called just before 11:30 am on Thursday with a report of the attack. The deputies were dispatched to the 13000 block of Emerald Way; Frazin had left the scene before the deputies arrived. Upon further investigations the deputies found that they had been called to the same location earlier in the day. That call was made by Frazin’s neighbor alledging that he had vandalized his vehicle. It was not reported if both calls were related. The victim was transported by paramedics to an area hospital. It was reported that at approximately 7:15pm, deputies learned that Frazin was in Pomona. Booking records show that Frazin was found and arrested a short time later at Holt and Gary. He was booked into the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga according to the San Bernardino County Sheriffs new release.

Chino Hills Files Lawsuit Over Tres Hermanos Decision

By Anthony Saude

Chino Hills – Tres Hermanos is a small cattle ranch had at one-time been the private hunting grounds for generations of wealthy Los Angeles scions, including the late Los Angeles Times Publisher Harry Chandler. The land was purchased by City of Industry’s Industry redevelopment agency in 1978, before the state shut down such entities and put the land up for sale. When the state shut down redevelopment agencies like the city’s that bought the ranch in 1978 it put the property up for sale. City Of Industry leaders have been trying to buy back the ranch ever since, their plan, add it to the city’s adjacent Tonner Canyon holdings and use it to build a large solar energy farm.

For over a year, City Of Industry, a city of about 200 residents spent well over $1 million on leases, reimbursement and studies to determine the cost of building a huge solar power facility. Public records show the company, San Gabriel Valley Water and Power LLC, is managed by Ambient Communities, a San Diego-based residential and commercial developer. The scope of the project had previously been unreported and caught elected officials, nearby homeowners and conservationists who have been monitoring similar proposals for the Ranch off guard.

The latest in this 40 year saga, The City of Chino Hills will file a lawsuit against the City of Industry over its purchase of Tres Hermanos Ranch. The oversight board governing the sale of the land, the State Department of Finance, and the agency that replaced the Industry redevelopment agency .The City of Industry has been less than forthcoming with its intentions, Chino Hills City staff had to file multiple public records requests just to be able analyze thousands of pages before they uncovered proposal documents for a 444-watt solar farm.

The oversight board, a state-created panel, was given the task of selling off Tres Hermanos Ranch temporarily stopped meeting on the issue when they discovered that the City of Industry had been working on a multimillion-dollar solar farm on more than 2000 acres of the undeveloped ranch. The panel members stated that they could consider other offers that are submitted when they resume the meetings. Housing development builders, Contra GH America and Hoffman reportedly both had an offer on the table of approximately $100 million at the time the panel stopped meeting.

It seemed like a lot of fuss over a relatively small ranch especially land that the City of Industry has now purchased not only once but twice.

When the panel reconvened the meetings the only offer left on the table was the City of Industry’s for $41.65 million less than half of the other offers. The other two developers mysteriously dropped out of the bidding and Industry’s offer, being the highest bidder, was accepted. The difference in the price that Chino Hills and Diamond Bar had thought the land would sell for was now cut by nearly 60%. They cities could lose millions on just the sales tax on the purchase alone. That is to say nothing of the amount of property tax revenue will be lost if homes are not built on it.

Developers interested in buying the land had proposed as many as 10,000 homes. Chino Hills’ general plan would allow a maximum of 675 houses, and Diamond Bar’s general plan would allow about 500 homes maximum, that would be a total of 1,175 homes in the two cities combined. Jim Gallagher, a spokesman for the grass-roots group Save Tres Hermanos Ranch said “the residents I have talked to have almost all said they don’t want more homes built in the area”.  “Senator Josh Newman D-Brea, 29 district, who is the chair for Save Coyote Hills in Fullerton is helping us with this situation as well”. “He has brokered a couple of meetings between Chino Hills and Diamond Bar. He has one scheduled with the City of Industry.”

“I did some research and a 2015 report shows it takes 4 acres of land to produce 1 megawatt of solar power for crystal panels and 6 acres if thin film panels are used for the project”. Paul Phillips the city manager of City of Industry “assured me that the pan for the Solar farm was for 1000-1500 acres only and the rest open spaces”.“I don’t have the exact math in front of me right now but it is a lot more than that”. “I am all for green energy and if Industry can use less panels and make it unobtrusive we are all in; but the numbers aren’t adding up. “The residents think that it will look like the solar mirror farm in Las Vegas” said Gallagher. “That is the picture both cities, Chino Hills and Diamond Bar are painting for them for obvious monetary reasons.

Gallagher said that “he feels one of the motivators for the lawsuit was the lack of transparency from Industry about the solar farm”. “I don’t think the City of Industry was required to inform anybody what they might do with the land if it was their land until the purchase was made” said Gallagher. When Industry won the bid they submitted the proposal with their research that is what was legally required. “The only thing that the lawsuit does for “Save Tres Hermanos” is it may slow down the lawsuit some and that would us more time to fight”.

That is a big chunk of change to both Diamond Bar and Chino Hills on the taxes of the sale the cities will be losing. Then there are the property taxes that both cities would lose annually if no houses get built within their city limits. In the end it is all about the money in this situation.

Community Events September – November

Kids’ Night Out
Walnut Teen Center
6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Third Saturday of every month

 

Diamond Bar Restaurant Week 

A 14-day dining event that will take place Friday, October 6 – Friday, October 20, 2017.

The event showcases Diamond Bar as a premier dining destination offering diners a wide variety of culinary experiences. Participating restaurants offer special prix-fixe menus with breakfast, lunch and dinner specials available.

 

Walnut Family Fun Festival

The City of Walnut and the volunteer Festival Committee invite you to join us as we celebrate all that makes Walnut Special!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Suzanne Park – 625 Suzanne Rd, Walnut CA

http://www.cityofwalnut.org/for-residents/city-events/walnut-family-festival

 

Chino Hills Wine Walk

October 14, 2017

Presented by the Chino Hills Community Foundation

Please join the Chino Hills Community Foundation at the Shoppes at Chino Hills as they swirl, sip, and shop while raising money for a great cause in 2017!
 

CH Mobile Recreation Program Begins Fall Session

By City of Chino Hills

 

Chino Hills, CA — Chino Hills’ Mobile Recreation program is returning to local neighborhoods with a new fall schedule August 21st through December 8th (closed on major holidays). The self-contained recreation vehicle will visit various neighborhoods to provide fun activities in a safe environment for children from kindergarten through 6th grade. Kids can enjoy arts and crafts, sporting activities, outdoor games, board games, team-building activities, and healthy snacks. The Mobile Recreation van has a new stop this year, on Mondays at the City’s newest park, Pinehurst Park, located east of Butterfield Ranch Road at 5800 Park Drive.

Mobile Recreation is a free program that allows children to come and go as they please. However, participants are required to sign in and out, and each child must have an emergency card on file signed by a parent or guardian. The schedule is subject to change due to other events and/or weather conditions. Call the Field Conditions Hotline at (909) 364-2738 to determine if Mobile Recreation is cancelled for the day.

 

 

Mondays – New Location

3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Pinehurst Park

5800 Park Drive

 

Tuesdays

3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Butterfield Park

17671 Mystic Canyon Drive

 

Wednesdays

11:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Chino Hills Community Park

3280 Eucalyptus Drive

 

Thursdays

11:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Glenmeade Elementary School

15000 Whirlaway Lane

 

Fridays

3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Alterra Park

4921 Soquel Canyon Parkway

16 Vie For Open Council Seat

By Michael Armijo

 

Chino Hills – Ed Grahams abrupt resignation last month, the deadline to apply has passed and 16 people have responded by the closing date of July 31st.

Opening up the position and having someone apply for it instead of electing one saved the city around $100,000 for a special election. The term ends a year from November in 2018.

Of the 16 applications, 10 were submitted on the last day they were due, July 31st. The seat is in the fourth district but since Mr. Graham’s seat was originally at-large (voted in by entire city instead of a specific district) anyone living within city limits could apply. But if they want to run in the November 2018 election, they must reside in the fourth district that encompasses Los Serranos and Fairfield Ranch, the fourth district.

Of the 16 applicants, five live in the fourth district and will be eligible for election a year from November: Roanld Eaton, Gary Lawson, Stephen Romero, Brian Johsz, and Joshua Landis.

Other applicants are: Paul Molinaro, an attorney and physician who ran unsuccessfully in the 2016 election; Rossana Mitchell-Arrieta, an attorney and president of the Chino Hills Dog Park Committee who ran unsuccessfully in the 2016 election; Gary Larson, retired, a former Chino Hills councilman and planning commissioner; Jim Gallagher, retired, vice president of the Chino Valley Democratic Club and Chino Hills Dog Park Committee, and a spokesman for Save Tres Hermanos Ranch who ran unsuccessfully in the 2016 election. Joshua Landis, a planning manager for Foothill Transit who has lived in the city for two years, Stephen Romero, director of development for Mayans Development, Inc. and vice chairman of the Chino Hills planning commission; Brian Johsz, director of government affairs for Athens Services, a fire board director, and involved with several civic groups; Ronald Eaton, food service cashier at Disneyland, treasurer of the Chino Hills Historical Society, and lifelong resident of Los Serranos. Garry Poliakon, a certified public accountant, Al Matta, a retired physical education coach, Healthy Hills Steering Committee member, and regular council meeting attendee; Lou Alfonso, retired, Chino Hills citizens on patrol and volunteer for various organizations; Jennifer Holtkamp, homemaker and owner of an online jewelry business. Timothy Finneran, executive director for campus safety at Azusa Pacific University and retired lieutenant for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department; Bob Goodwin, distribution center manager for SG Companies, chairman of the Chino Hills public works commission, and Hope for the Hills president; Annabell Liao, Chapman University graduate and intern for State Senator Ed Hernandez in West Covina; and Bill Taylor, initiative director for homeless for L.A. County’s Public Social Services, vice chairman of the Chino Hills parks and recreation commission, Healthy Hills Steering Committee, president and boat parade coordinator for the Chino Hills Kiwanis Club, and board member of the Community Foundation.

The city council discussed how to select an applicant last Tuesday, Aug. 8 at a city council meeting.

Why Graham abruptly resigned seems to still be a mystery, although many community members are thinking he has his priorities in order.

“I hear he’s been traveling with his family a lot, and family is first in my book,” said 20 year resident of Chino Hills Ben Cortes. “He placed his priorities in order and I respect that. I wish him well.”

Graham resigned abruptly on July 7, 2017 in a one line hand written resignation letter: “Effective by the end of the business day today, I resign my position on the city council.” He then signed and dated it.

Graham was reportedly the last original councilman, being voted on the city council in 1991 and served as mayor six times.

According to the California Government Code, the council has 60 days from the beginning of the vacancy to either call for a special election or fill the vacancy by appointment. The council voted 4-0, with Mr. Graham’s seat vacant, to appoint a successor by Sept. 5 2017.

The council had previously voted 5-0 last November to change the current system of electing officials “at large” but instead to vote per district. This means each area of the city will promote their candidate based on geology opposed to the age old popularity contest. They were reportedly threatened by an advocacy group or face a lawsuit, local reports said.

The application includes a questionnaire consisting of 14 questions, such as: have you reviewed the city budget, have you reviewed the city’s general plan, and have you attended or participated in civic meetings. The selected resident will serve on the city council until November 2018. Results will be posted next month after the council decides.

2 CH Residents Jailed After Marijuana Bust

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By Mireya Delapaz

Chino Hills – A chase ensued in Chino Hills this week that led to 2 arrests for the growth and possession of marijuana.

The two suspects, Zhi Cheng, 40 and Hui Yuan Li, 37, were being chased for 5 miles on the 71 freeway near the Westbound I-10 before getting arrested.

There were arrested on suspicion of marijuana cultivation and failure to yield a traffic stop. Deputies then searched their 5 bedroom home that was turned into a grow house, in the block of Dynelo Avenue in Chino Hills on Tuesday at 3 pm to find 391 plants, over 4 pounds of marijuana.

The last arrest for this was in 2016, when cultivation of marijuana charges were filed on suspects Michael Nguyen and Sheryl Nyguen. They were arrested for having 157 marijuana plants and 16 pounds of processed marijuana in their home.

According to the California Marijuana Laws and Prop 64, it is legal to posess up to one ounce of marijuana and up to 6 plants for adults that are 21 and over. Commercial sale and cultivation is only allowed by licensed providers and Illegal sale and or possession is a misdemeanor. Not until 2018, Prop 64 will then allow the sale of marijuana for adult use in licensed stores under regulations. Therefore, it is illegal to have a grow house in California and sell without consent.

CH PD Chase Ends in PIT Maneuver, Arrest

Staff Reports

Chino Hills, CA – A driver of a stolen vehicle flee from deputies which ensured in a pursuit that ended in Los Angeles after a PIT maneuver.
Last week at about 1:52 am a vehicle failed to yield and a pursue ensued. The result was a stolen vehicle chase that ended on Kadota Ave and Mission Blvd in Montclair.

Alexander Granados-Benavides, 34-year-old resident of Ontario was arrested when deputies from the Chino Hills Sheriff’s Station were conducting proactive patrol in the county area of Montclair and observed a vehicle blacked out on Kadota Avenue near Mission Boulevard. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop and the driver of the Toyota pickup failed to yield. A check of the license plate revealed it was a stolen vehicle.

The driver, later identified as 34-year-old Alexander Granados-Benavides, led deputies on a pursuit which drove through surface streets, construction zones and freeways without due regard for public safety. The pursuit ended in downtown Los Angeles where deputies performed a PIT maneuver. Once the truck was disabled, Grenados-Benavides fled on foot and was captured a short time later.

Grenados-Benavides was arrested and booked at the West Valley Detention Center for failure to yield, vehicle theft and possession of narcotics.

Anyone who witnessed the incident please call the Chino Hills Sheriff’s Station at (909) 364-2000 and refer to Case No. 021700650.

Chino Hills Vacant Seat Open

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Chino Hills Councilman Ed Graham’s abrupt resignation leaves an open seat on the City Council.

By Michael Armijo

Chino Hills – After the abrupt resignation of councilman Ed Graham, the Chino Hills City Council voted to appoint his successor instead of electing one, a move that will save the city around $100,000 for a special election. The term ends a year from November in 2018 and Residents must apply by July 31.

Why Graham abruptly resigned seems to still be a mystery, although many community members are thinking he has his priorities in order.

“I hear he’s been traveling with his family a lot, and family is first in my book,” said 20 year resident of Chino Hills Ben Cortes. “He placed his priorities in order and I respect that. I wish him well.”

Graham resigned abruptly on July 7, 2017 in a one line hand written resignation letter: “Effective by the end of the business day today, I resign my position on the city council.” He then signed and dated it.

Graham was reportedly the last original councilman, being voted on the city council in 1991 and served as mayor six times.

According to the California Government Code, the council has 60 days from the beginning of the vacancy to either call for a special election or fill the vacancy by appointment. The council voted 4-0, with Mr. Graham’s seat vacant, to appoint a successor by Sept. 5 2017.

The council had previously voted 5-0 last November to change the current system of electing officials “at large” but instead to vote per district. This means each area of the city will promote their candidate based on geology opposed to the age old popularity contest. They were reportedly threatened by an advocacy group or face a lawsuit, local reports said.

Since Graham was elected under the old rule, that you can live anywhere within city limits, the appointee will not be required to abide by the new law, which goes into effect next year in November. He or she will just have to live within the city limits of Chino Hills.

Once suggestion from a community member was to appoint a candidate from the previous election. Those three are Jim Gallagher, Rosanna Mitchell-Arietta, and Paul Molinaro. Mr. Gallagher and Ms. Mitchell-Arrieta said they would apply for the seat, although Mr. Molinaro reportedly said he requested an application but is undecided if he will apply.

The applications must be returned via hand delivery or mail by 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 31 to the city clerk’s office at Chino Hills City Hall, 14000 City Center Drive.

Applications may be obtained from the city clerk’s office or by visiting www.chinohills.org and clicking “city council vacancy” under the heading “In the Spotlight” on the left side of the home page.

The application includes a questionnaire consisting of 14 questions, such as: have you reviewed the city budget, have you reviewed the city’s general plan, and have you attended or participated in civic meetings. The selected resident will serve on the city council until November 2018.

Looks Like It’s NO On Measure H

By Michael Armijo

 

Chino – Chino has spoken and their voice was heard. NO on H won, so this means there will be no zone changes for the proposed property and general plan.
Yesterday, Tuesday, July 11, a special election was held for the city of Chino registered voters to vote on Measure H, which would have amended the general plan the Chino Municipal Code. But it did not pass so no amendment will happen.
The Special Election was held to submit Measure H to voters within the City of Chino. Voters decided whether to amend the Chino General Plan and the Chino Municipal Code. The Registrar of Voters of the County of San Bernardino conducted the special election and canvassed the returns for Measure H.
“It has been defeated,”  Cyn Geithman Sielen, a volunteer on the No On H Committee, Protect Chino. “It was a team effort and we all worked hard to preserve our community.”
The Ballot Question was: Shall Ordinance No. 2017-004, entitled “Shall Ordinance No. 2017-004, entitled “An Ordinance of the People of the City of Chino, California, to Enact Section No. 20.15.160 of the Chino Municipal Code Converting 29.7 Acres From the General Plan Designation of RD 1 to RD 4.5, RD 8, and RD 12 Generally Located Between Vernon Avenue and Benson Avenue, South of Adams Street, and North of the Chino Promenade Shopping Center and rezoning the same from an RD 1 designation to RD 4.5, RD 8, RD 12 designations” be adopted?”
So what does that mean in layman’s terms? A large housing development would’ve been built if passed July 11. Developer D.R. Horton planned to build 180 homes in north Chino if the special election ballot had passed.
There was both an opposition and a proposition to this ballot in and around the surrounding neighborhoods. If approved, the measure stipulated that 20 acres of rural land south of Francis Avenue would’ve been rezoned. In place of rural space would’ve been 12 single-family homes, 87 detached single-family homes, and 73 condos.
The two groups, those opposing Measure H which had organized a committee “PROTECT CHINO” and the supporting Measure H called “Support Chino Jobs and Schools, Yes, on Measure H,” had been dueling for the ballot measure.
Currently, 30 acres of parceled land north of Cinemark Movies in Chino is zoned for one house per acre, possessing the grazing land and 8 single-family houses. In a Chino City Council meeting in April, the council voted 4-1 to place Measure H on the ballot for citywide election.
“Thank you for all your hard work!!” said Kristi Schwartz, an avid supporter of the NO movement said on social media this morning.
“Thank you, Laura, for being involved in this amazing effort,” said Chino Mayor Eunice Ulla in the same thread.
The property owners of the rural land are long-time Chino residents, and state that this development would’ve been a benefit for the city. Matt Evans and father-in-law Ron Brewer, stated that more than 600 Chino residents have expressed support for the project. Unfortunately, it was only 25% of the vote and just wasn’t enough.
“This just goes to show your vote DOES count,” added Daniel and Brenda Strong.

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Summer Concert Series Begins June 14th

City Release

Chino Hills, CA – Chino Hills residents may have been worried that the City of Chino Hills Summer Concerts in the Park series had been reduced to four concerts this summer due to a mistake on a “What’s Going on this Summer” wrap-up page in the City’s Summer Recreation Guide and City News. No worries! The concert series continues to have eight nights scheduled including the Independence Celebration that will be held on the June 28th concert night. Activities at the Independence Celebration get an early start at 5:00 p.m. and continue till 9:00 p.m. The ceremony will begin at 6:45 p.m.

The first concert will be Wednesday, June 14th when “Wanted” a Bon Jovi tribute band will kick-off the season. The concert series will go dark on July 5th after the Fourth of July holiday. Something new for 2017… a later start time – 7:00 p.m. After conducting a survey regarding the concert series, the start time was moved from 6:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For a schedule, please visit http://www.chinohills.org/Concerts.

Chino Hills Recreation Is On The Move, Literally

By Marissa Mitchell

 

Chino Hills, CA – Recreation in Chino Hills is now mobile. With its new “rec” van equipped to the tee with fun activities, Chino Hills Mobile Recreation is coming into local neighborhoods.

This year, the mobile recreation for the city has a new summer schedule, beginning June 12th through August 11th (closed on major holidays). The self-contained recreation vehicle will visit various neighborhoods to provide fun activities in a safe environment for children from Kindergarten through 6th grade.

Kids can enjoy arts and crafts, sporting activities, outdoor games, board games, team building activities, and healthy snacks, all provided with materials from the van. Mobile Recreation is a free program that the city of Chino Hills provides that allows children to come and go as they please. However, participants are required to sign in and out, and each child must have a signed emergency card on file.

The schedule is subject to change due to other events and/or weather conditions. Call the Chino Hills Field Conditions Hotline at (909) 364-2738 to determine if Mobile Recreation is cancelled for the day.

 

The following is the schedule for the mobile recreation van for the city of Chino Hills:

Mondays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Danbury Park 15701 Fairfield Ranch Road

Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Butterfield Park 17671 Mystic Canyon Drive

Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Chino Hills Community Park 3280 Eucalyptus Drive

Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Chaparral Elementary School 4849 Bird Farm Road

Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Alterra Park 4921 Soquel Canyon Parkway

City of Chino Hills Launches Mobile App

Staff Reports

 

Chino Hills, CA – The City of Chino Hills is proud to announce the launch of a customized App for Chino Hills residents and visitors. The official City of Chino Hills App is now available for free in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Marketplace for Android. Residents and visitors can stay connected with the community through their smart phone with just a few taps of the screen.

App users have access to incredible information about the City’s trails and parks with a simple touch of the smartphone screen. City staff completed a major project to compile useful information for trail and park users in the City as part of the Healthy Hills Program which promotes healthy lifestyles for residents. Click on any trail and check difficulty, time estimates for beginning hikers, distance, and even elevation gain. A chart shows the elevation of the entire trail so hikers can decide if they are ready to tackle a hike with multiple climbs in elevation. Trail photos, trailhead locations, access points, parking availability, and connections to other trails are noted and shown on a map. With GIS enabled on the smartphone, users can track their progress on the trail. For people without a smartphone, trails information is also available on the City website at http://www.chinohills.org/Trails.

Take a tour around the App for access to much more information. Looking to adopt a pet? Click on “Adopt-A-Pet” and be linked to photos of pets that are available at the Inland Valley Humane Society. Click on “News” for current events or items of interest. Click on “Recreation” for quick links to information on parks, facilities, and local attractions. Select any park or facility to view photos, special amenities and features, and get directions to the park. Some locations feature 360 degree video tours. Users may also easily report items of concern to the City from their smartphone. Select “Report an Issue” and report graffiti, a streetlight outage, code enforcement issues, and water waste or submit a service request. Residents taking those amazing pictures of Chino Hills from their smart phones can now share beauty shots of through a picture share feature on the app.

4 Chino Residents, 1 CH Resident Arrested For Attempted Burglary

By Michael Armijo

Chino Hills – Five area residents were arrested this week by Chino Hills Police when they were caught attempting to burglarize a home and apprehended at gunpoint.

Garret Rogers, 19, Ruben Medivil, 19, and Roberto Alonso Salmon, 18, all of Chino, Joaquin Leonardo Salmon Garcia, 20 from Chino Hills, and a 17 year-old male juvenile from Chino were arrested Monday May 1st, around 1 pm in the afternoon, after a homeowner caught them inside his residence. Three suspects were apprehended at the scene while two others ran away but were subsequently caught a short distance away by Chino Hills PD.

On Monday, May 1, 2017 at 1:05 p.m. the Zhang family was inside their home on the 13000 block of Gemstone Court when they heard noises on the upstairs balcony of their home. The suspects then attempted to enter the home through an upstairs door. Home owner Yan Zhang retrieved a handgun and confronted the suspects. Zhang held the suspects at gunpoint while a neighbor called 911, and his wife kept the children safe.
Two of the suspects fled, but were captured nearby when Deputy Eileen Smith arrived on scene. Many of the surrounding neighbors assisted by providing information to the responding deputies. All five suspects were taken into custody. Four of the suspects were booked into the West Valley Detention Center, and the juvenile suspect was cited and released to his parents.
The family spoke little English. Their neighbor told CBS2’s Crystal Cruz what happened Monday afternoon when the family heard unwanted guests in their back yard.

“They came home from supermarket, and they noticed somebody jump the fence and try to pry in. And he panicked. He had a gun. So he pulled out and do a warning shot,” neighbor Tony Tran said to CBS2 reporter Crystal Cruz.

Neighbors wondered why the burglars picked a home with bars on the windows and described as Fort Knox of the cul-de-sac.

“If that’s what he felt he needed to do, that’s what he needed to do. Because you don’t know. You walk in and someone’s in your house. You don’t know if they’re going to kill you.” neighbor Lapedtra Singleton said to the CBS2 reporter Crystal Cruz.

Last month, at another house nearby, the homeowner was sleeping when he said two people with their faces covered tried unsuccessfully to break into his place through the window and left in a white car, CBS2 Cruz reported.

Anyone with additional information reference this incident is urged to call the Chino Hills Police Department at (909) 364-2000. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME. And refer to case #221701495