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Corona Pd Receives $75,000 Grant

By Marissa Mitchell

Corona, CA – Corona Police Department recently received $75,000 in grant money for traffic enforcement and crash prevention, resulting in some crackdown on impaired drivers.

The Corona Department has been given the money from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long programs. This program will consist of special enforcements, particularly in the case of impaired drivers, and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries.

The $75,000 will be used to keep roadways safe. OTS Director Rhonda Craft states, “Unsafe behaviors account for 94 percent of traffic crashes. This grant emphasizes the two most effective ways to change behaviors – education and enforcement. The Corona Police Department, with assistance from the Office of Traffic Safety, will use these tools to help keep the City of Corona streets safe.”

The number of persons killed on roadways fell a record decade low in 2010, but since then it has risen almost 17 percent across the state, with 3,429 fatalities in the year 2015. Most notable is the climb of pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, now comprising nearly 25 percent of all traffic deaths. This has raised concerns of distracted driving and drug-impaired driving.

The grant funding will provide an avenue to combat distracted and impaired driving, as well as the problem of speeding and crashes at intersections.

“The rise in impaired drivers is very concerning,” declared Chief of Police Michael Abel. “The Corona Police Department is dedicated to reducing the amount of impaired drivers by education through our Drive 4 Life program, proactive enforcement operations, and our community outreach,” he continued.

The grant money presented will fund educational programs, DUI/DWI checkpoints, DUI saturation patrols, bicycle/pedestrian safety enforcement, motorcycle safety enforcement, distracted driving enforcement, Seat belt and child safety seat enforcement, and speeding/red light/stop sign enforcement.

Although alcohol remains the worst offender of DUI cases and crashes, the Corona PD will be supporting the effort of the OTS to increase awareness that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”

Prescription medications and marijuana can impair the driver alone as a substance, or in combination with alcohol, resulting in a DUI or DWI arrest.



Non-Permitted Food Distribution at City Park

By Corona PD

The Corona Police Department has been working closely with County of Riverside Department of Environmental Health and local clergy members in order to work on a solution to the safety concerns regarding non-permitted food distribution at City Park.

Safety concerns that are being addressed include unsafe play areas for children, unusable public restrooms due to debris and inhabitation, and the possibility of persons becoming sick due to food borne illnesses. The growing number of our homeless citizens who frequent City Park for the non-permitted distribution of food has also negatively affected the surrounding residential and business community. These concerns include sleeping in the doorways of businesses, trespassing onto private property, and the accumulation of human waste in public spaces.

In order to educate the public about the ways non-permitted food distribution affects the surrounding residential and business communities, the Corona Police Department’s HOPE (Homeless, Outreach & Psychological Evaluation) Team has contacted many of the groups currently providing food in the park. The HOPE Team facilitated conversations with these groups and explained the safety concerns for homeless citizens, as well as the general public who use the park. The Corona PD has also met with members of the local clergy to discuss the safety and community concerns and to search for a solution. The members of the clergy and the Corona PD have both expressed their commitment to continue to meet and develop a solution to this issue.

As a first step in order to relieve some of the safety concerns, the City of Corona will post signs at City Park educating the public of the violation of existing California Health and Safety Codes related to non-permitted distribution of food. These signs will be clearly posted in the near future in order to discourage the non-permitted distribution of food.

Going forward, the HOPE Team, along with other Corona Police officers, will monitor City Park for the non-permitted distribution of food, and for a period of time will focus on the educational process rather than the enforcement process to inform those who have become accustomed to providing non-permitted food to our homeless citizens on the legal requirements to continue doing so.

For groups who wish to continue feeding the homeless at City Park, a “Special Use Permit” will be required by the City of Corona as well as a “Food Distribution Permit” required by the County of Riverside Department of Environmental Health. The process for both permits can be initiated simultaneously however the City permit must be granted prior to County permit approval. For further details on how to obtain a “Special Use Permit” from the City of Corona, please visit our Community Development Department at City Hall or go to www.DiscoverCorona.com. To obtain a “Food Distribution Permit” please contact the County of Riverside Department of Environmental Health at 951-273-9140 or visit their website at www.rivcoeh.org.

If you have any questions about the information provided please contact Lieutenant Alan Lorton at 951-736-2281 or email Alan.Lorton@DiscoverCorona.com.

Crime Re-cap for December

Staff Reports

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, including Eastvale Police and Corona Police, has done a great job combating crime in the area. Read a recap below to see what happened in the month of December.

Norco- On Thursday, December 22, 2016, at 5:45 A.M., deputies from the Norco Sheriff’s Office responded to the 3300 Block of Hamner Avenue in the city of Norco reference an unconscious male lying in a parking lot. Deputies arrived within minutes and located an adult male, deceased at the scene. Preliminary investigation indicates the deceased male may have been struck by a vehicle and the incident is being investigated as a fatal hit and run traffic collision. Traffic Investigators responded to the scene and have assumed the investigation. The name of the decedent is being withheld pending notification to next of kin. Preliminary investigation revealed the pedestrian was initially struck by an unknown vehicle and the driver fled the scene without stopping and providing aid.

Eastvale, CA – The Eastvale Police Department’s Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/Drivers License checkpoint on December 16, 2016, at Hamner Ave. cross of Limonite Ave. between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public.

Results: 513 Vehicles Screened; 3 DUI-Alcohol suspects arrested, 5 Arrested for warrants, 20 Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked, and 43 Citations issued.

Eastvale- On Friday, December 9, 2016, the Eastvale Police Department’s Traffic Division conducted a grant-funded traffic enforcement operation as part of its commitment to public safety. This operation is one of many that will be conducted throughout the year. This operation was conducted at numerous locations in the city of Eastvale where major injury and fatal collisions have occurred. The purpose of this operation was to educate motorists about dangerous driving such as exceeding the posted speed limit, failing to stop at stop signs, and using cellular devices while driving to name a few. The operation was conducted from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The results ended in 35 citations being issued.

Jurupa Valley- On December 7, 2016, Jurupa Valley police officers received information the residents from an address in the 4000 block of Bain Street were involved in multiple vehicle thefts and vehicle burglaries. While surveilling the residence, deputies saw a silver Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck parked in the back of the property. A records check revealed the truck was stolen from a residence in Eastvale on December 2, 2016.

Deputies contacted the occupant of the stolen truck, Steven McCary (age 31 of Jurupa Valley) and detained him for possession of a stolen vehicle. With the assistance of the Jurupa Valley Police and Eastvale Police Special Enforcement Teams (SET), a wallet that had been stolen from an unlocked car in Eastvale on December 6, 2016, was also recovered. McCary was booked in jail for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, possession of stolen property, and committing a crime while on bail.

Corona- On Dec. 28, the Corona Police Department received a call regarding an in-progress commercial burglary at Graziano’s Pizza, 333 Magnolia Avenue, in Corona. Officers responded to the area while CPD dispatch relayed information from the reporting party. The suspect vehicle, a white Dodge Intrepid, was located in the area and a traffic stop was attempted, but the vehicle failed to yield, which initiated a vehicle pursuit. The suspect vehicle was pursued to the 1600 block of Leeson Lane, Corona where the suspect vehicle drove over a curb flattening its tires. The officers located and detained two of the three male suspects, who were later identified as brothers Rodney Shorter II, 21-year-old, and Rodney Shorter III, 19-year-old, of Long Beach. The third suspect was not located.

The investigation revealed that the suspects burglarized Graziano’s Pizza, removing a safe and cash register drawers, and minutes prior they had committed another commercial burglary at Chronic Taco, 160 E. Ontario Avenue, in Corona. The safe taken from Graziano’s Pizza was recovered from the suspect vehicle. In addition, burglary tools, two cloth masks, and a stolen firearm which had been reported stolen out of Los Angeles County were recovered. Both suspects were booked for Commercial Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Evading a Police Officer.

Crime Recap

Staff Reports

Eastvale– The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, including Eastvale Police and Corona Police, have done a great job combating crime in the area. Read a recap below to see what happened in the month of July.

Eastvale – On July 4, Eastvale Police Department responded to assist Cal-Fire who was on scene of a possible overdose. The officers arrived with information that gunshots were heard and possibly someone was shot. The suspect was in a room and refused to come out. He later was identified as Thomas Williams. Williams fired multiple rounds through the door towards the officers and was not willing to cooperate. Therefore, assistance from the Corona Police Department and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department helped the Eastvale PD arrest Williams with no injuries.

Corona– On July 5, the Corona Police Department responded to a suspicious package at the Veterans Memorial located near City Hall. It was described as a newer duffel bag that was wedged between the kiosk and the building. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Hazardous Device Team (HDT) was called in and identified the package as not containing any hazardous materials or devices.

Eastvale– On July 26, the Eastvale Police Department’s Traffic Division conducted a grant-funded speed enforcement operation. It was conducted in areas where major injury and collisions happen, the operation was conducted from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. The results of the operation were: 45 citations for driving above the posted speed limit.

Jurupa Valley– On July 29, the Jurupa Valley Police Department deployed enforcement for Distracted Drivers. Not only are distracted drivers dangerous to themselves but to others as well. The results of the operations were: 7 citations were issued to drivers who were talking on their cellular phones or texting while driving and 2 of the drivers were also cited for driving without a valid driver’s license.

Jurupa Valley- On July 30, the Jurupa Valley Police Department conducted a sweep to find suspects with outstanding warrants. The officers served warrants and/or arrested offenders who had failed to appear for their scheduled court dates or who had also violated the terms of their probation in an outstanding traffic-related case. The results of the sweep were: 64 warrants attempted, and 34 warrants served.


Crime Recap

Staff Reports  

Crime- Alexis Serrano

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

Riverside County – Thank you to our local law enforcement who have arrested several criminals in the last month. Here is a recap of the local crime in the month of June, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and Corona Police Department.

Corona – On June 9, it was announced that 52 individuals were arrested and 67

firearms were seized, including assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons, 314 rounds of ammunition, 1 stolen car, $48,700 in currency, 7 pounds of methamphetamine, 1 pound of marijuana, and 10 grams of cocaine with a total street value of $1.6 million. The operation targeted criminal street gang Corona Varrio Locos and Mexican Mafia

prison gang La Eme and involved more than 300 law enforcement officers.

The Corona Varrio Locos are a criminal street gang operating in the city of Corona and surrounding areas of the Inland Empire. Corona Varrio Locos gang members are affiliated with the Sureños, a Southern California regional street gang that shows allegiance to the Mexican Mafia.

Norco – On June 9, three juveniles were arrested for burglary and conspiracy. A vehicle burglary investigation occurred on June 8 at a business parking lot, in the 1300 block of Hamner Ave., in the City of Norco.  The investigation determined the vehicle was stolen from the City of Perris.  Stolen property was recovered from a vehicle burglary that just occurred prior to the juveniles being contacted, as well as from a vehicle burglary in the City of Eastvale. One of the juveniles was

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department : Jose Serrano and Alexis Serrano were arrested last month for burglary. Crime Recap

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
: Jose Serrano and Alexis Serrano were arrested last month for burglary.
Crime Recap

also charged with possession of a firearm and possession of stolen property.

Corona – On June 9, the Corona Police Department arrested Delilah Cano, 37-year-old of Corona, for an outstanding felony warrant issued in Orange County for burglary. Corona Detectives found Cano inside a parked car in front of 1760 W. Sixth Street. Cano refused commands to exit the vehicle and barricaded herself inside the car. Negotiations continued in an attempt to have Cano surrender peacefully. Cano surrendered to Corona Special Response Team (SRT) members and was taken into custody without further incident. Detectives located a sawed off shotgun and a replica 9mm handgun inside the car. Cano was booked on the warrant in addition to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Norco – On June 25, two suspects were arrested for burglary from a business, located in the 1300 block of 6th Street, in the City of Norco. Police Officers witnessed two theft suspects fleeing the business, enter a red, 4-door Jaguar sedan, and quickly drive out of the business parking lot. The deputy pursued the Jaguar but the suspects attempted to flee on foot, eventually surrendering to the deputy. The two suspects were identified as Jose Serrano, 23, and Alexis Serrano, 18, both Riverside residents. An unidentified third suspect drove away before he could be detained. The suspects were arrested for stealing merchandise from the Norco business, but Jose Serrano was also arrested and charged with possession of drugs and Alexis Serrano was also arrested for the outstanding robbery warrant.

Corona – On June 26, a vehicle verses pedestrian collision ended in one victim becoming fatally injured. The investigation concluded that a gray Toyota Corolla driven by Timothy Herrera, 36-year-old of Buena Park, was heading westbound on W. Sixth Street and entered the intersection at Smith Street. The Toyota hit pedestrian Hugo Guzman, 34-year-old of Montebello, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jurupa Valley – Throughout the month of June, the Jurupa Valley Police Department’s Traffic Division conducted a grant-funded speed enforcement operation as part of its commitment to public safety. This operation was conducted at numerous locations in the city of Jurupa Valley from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., where major injury and fatal collisions have occurred. The results indicated that a total of 156 citations were made for driving above the posted speed limit in these areas. The operation was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.



K9 Claud Receives Vest

Photo Courtesy of Corona PD

Photo Courtesy of Corona PD

Courtesy of the Corona Police Dept.

CORONA– Corona Police Department’s K9 “Claud” has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by Hausman Family Foundation of CA and is embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by the Hausman Family Foundation”.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA. whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs in law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,700 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.6 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The donation to provide one protective vest for one law enforcement K9 is $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234, a five-year warranty and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.


Former Corona Teacher Arrested in Sex Crimes with Students

Photo Courtesy: Corona Police Department

Photo Courtesy: Corona Police Department
Anthony Joshua Perez

Staff Reports

CORONA – Former Lee V. Pollard High School teacher was arrested on Tuesday, Nov. 17, on charges that he had a four-month sexual relationship with a minor student, officials said.

Anthony Joshua Perez, 28, of Corona was arrested by Corona police officers for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and possession of child pornography.
Corona detectives determined that Perez engaged in a dating relationship with a minor student while teaching at Lee V. Pollard High School. Detectives determined that Perez and the minor had an ongoing inappropriate sexual relationship between December 2010 and April 2011.

In March 2015, Fontana Police Department notified the Corona Police Department regarding a child annoyance investigation involving Perez.

Fontana detectives discovered evidence that revealed Perez was engaging in inappropriate sexual acts with at least two minors in Corona, according to the Corona Police Department report.
Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this investigation to please call Senior Detective Gail Gottfried at 951-817-5873.

Arrest Made In Centennial Bomb Threats

Staff Reports

Corona – After an extensive investigation by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, the Corona Police Department (CPD) has confirmed the arrest of a Colorado Springs minor for making false bomb threats at Centennial High School in Corona, on Tues., Sept. 8.

According to the CPD, the false bomb threats made to the school resulted in significant monetary costs for law enforcement, and the Fire Department’s response and investigation. The CPD’s costs alone exceeded $21,000. The costs for additional security totaled approximately $20,000. In addition, there was the cost of wages and benefits paid to Centennial staff, unable to teach due to the campus closure.

The City of Corona and CNUSD officials intend to pursue restitution for those costs from the responsible parties.
“The Corona Police Department takes threats to our schools very seriously and will devote all necessary resources to investigating threats to their full potential so that people who engage in these crimes can be held accountable,” said Chief of Police Mike Abel. “The safety of our children and schools is our top priority.”

Corona: Baseball Player Arrested for Homicides

Local man arrested

Photo Courtesy: Corona PD Murder Suspect, Brandon Willie Martin, 22

Photo Courtesy: Corona PD
Murder Suspect, Brandon Willie Martin, 22

Staff Reports

Corona – On Thurs., Sept. 17, at approximately 6:35 p.m., the Corona Police Department responded to the 1000 block of Winthrop Dr. in Corona in response to a report of a male not breathing. Upon arrival, Officers located three male victims at the location. Michael Martin, 64, of Corona, and Barry Swanson, 62, of Riverside, were pronounced deceased at the residence. Ricky Lee Anderson, 51, of Corona, was found with life threatening injuries and taken to an area hospital.  Anderson succumbed to his injuries on Sept. 19.

According to the Corona Police Department, on Fri., Sept. 18, Officers located a truck that was seen at the crime scene the night before.  After a short vehicle pursuit, the suspect, Brandon Willie Martin, 22, of Corona, ran from the truck and hid himself in the backyard of a house in the 800 block of Derby St. in Corona.  He was apprehended with the use of a Police K-9 Team.  Brandon – the son of Michael Martin and the nephew of Anderson – was arrested for the homicides.
It is reported that Brandon – who was the 38th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft (BaseballAmerica.com) – was taken by authorities to a mental health facility in Riverside after he made threats against his family on Sept. 15.  Swanson – a subcontractor for ADT Security – was allegedly at the residence on Winthrop Dr. at the time of the murders to install a security system because of the threats.

It was reported by Police Sgt. Brent Nelson, that Brandon was released from the mental health facility on the day of the murders.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Sr. Detective Gottfried at the Corona Police Department Hotline: (951) 817-5837.

Corona Bar Stabbing Homicide

 Photo Courtesy: Corona PD Jesus Gonzalez Gutierrez

Photo Courtesy: Corona PD
Jesus Gonzalez Gutierrez

Staff Reports

Corona – On Sun., Aug. 9, Corona Police Officers were called to Rack’s Billiards & Bourbon – located on 6th Street in Corona – regarding a stabbing incident.

According to the Corona Police Department, the suspect – Jesus Gonzalez Gutierrez, 24, of Corona – had been a patron of the sports bar that evening.  At one point he left the establishment, and later returned, stabbing two people.  A witness reportedly chased Gutierrez away from the scene, and police were called in at approximately 11:23 p.m.

With assistance from Riverside Police Helicopter-Air1 and a Corona Police K-9, Gutierrez was located hiding in dense brush and taken into custody without incident near Promenade Ave. and Melissa Ct.  He was booked into the Riverside County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

On scene, Officers found two victims.  The survivor – Alec Arellano – reportedly described his assailant as a complete stranger who randomly stabbed him in the chest (he was transported to a local hospital).  The deceased – who was found outside in the parking lot – was later identified as John Fuller, III, 67, of San Fernando Valley.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Sr. Detective Dan Bloomfield at (951) 817-5767.

Corona Bank Robber Gets Prison

Driver and accomplice gets State Prison sentence

Photo Courtesy:  Corona PD  Patricia Cheree Smith, 26

Photo Courtesy: Corona PD
Patricia Cheree Smith, 26

By Claire Lewis

Riverside  – On Feb. 4, Paul Alfred Eugene Johnson, 59, and Patricia Cheree Smith, 26, both of Hemet, robbed the Pacific Premier Bank located at 102 E. Sixth Street in Corona.  Johnson threatened bank employees at gunpoint, and fled the scene with a large sum of money in a vehicle driven by Smith.

According to the Corona Police Department, Officers quickly intervened and located the vehicle, and a chase ensued into the city of Chino.  As Officers attempted a high risk enforcement stop, the vehicle stopped briefly nearly San Antonio and Bickmore avenues and the driver emerged.  That’s when things went from bad to worse.

The pursuit then continued with Johnson at the wheel.  He led Police to the 71 Freeway where he crashed off the side of the expressway.  As he exited the vehicle, he was struck multiple times by Police gunfire.  Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene.

As Smith exited the vehicle in Chino, she was immediately contacted by Police where she declared she was the victim of a hijacking at the scene of the robbery by a man with a gun.  Further investigation by Corona Police Detectives revealed that Smith was an accomplice in the bank robbery.

On May 18, Smith appeared in Riverside Superior Court.  She pleaded guilty on three counts of armed robbery.  With three strikes, Smith was sentenced to State Prison.

CPD Places 3rd @ B2V

Staff Reports

Corona – On the weekend of March 28 – 29, the Corona Police Department participated in the 31st Annual Challenge Cup Relay Race, which started in Baker, California, and ended in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After 120 miles of pavement, running all day and all night, the official results are in. Out of 265 teams, the Corona Police Department placed 74th overall and 3rd overall in the 500 Invitational Division, which was the best finish in CPD history. The official finishing team time was 16:33:33, which was an approximate 8:15 per mile pace.
This collaborative team effort would not have been possible if it was not for the hard work by all the runners and support personnel, but more importantly, the staff left back to keep the City in full operation.
Congratulations Team Corona!


Sexual Assault Arrest

(Photo Courtesy:  Corona PD) Shawn Edward Shaffer

(Photo Courtesy: Corona PD)
Shawn Edward Shaffer

Staff Reports

Corona – On Fri., Mar. 6, the Corona Police Department was contacted by multiple male adults who stated that they had been victims of sexual abuse as juveniles in the City of Corona.
Corona Police Detectives began an investigation into the allegations and on Mon., Mar. 9, arrested Shawn Edward Shaffer, 54, of Corona, for multiple counts of sexual molestation on a juvenile under 16 years of age. Shaffer is currently being held in the Robert Presley Detention Center on $3 million bail.
It has been reported to the Corona Police Department that Shaffer may have been conducting youth Bible studies in his home in Corona, and that he frequents local skateboard parks.
Parents are encouraged to talk with their children about any contact they may have had with Shaffer, and to call the Corona Police Department if they feel that their children may be a victim of abuse.

This is an ongoing investigation and any information concerning possible victims and or witnesses is appreciated. Please contact Detective Martin Vega at (951) 871-5796.

Local Heroes Save A Life

CPD Officer and Good Samaritans rescue driver from burning car

Photo Courtesy:  Flickr.com

Photo Courtesy: Flickr.com

Staff Reports

Corona – On Thurs., Mar. 5 at about 11:53 p.m., the Corona Police Department dispatched an Officer to the 1100 block of E. Foothill Parkway regarding a vehicle fire.

Upon arrival, Officer Michael Neff observed a white Ford Escape crashed into a tree with its engine compartment fully engulfed in flames. Two citizens were already on scene trying to render assistance to the trapped driver.
Officer Neff obtained a fire extinguisher from the trunk of his patrol vehicle and attempted to extinguish the fire.  Neff, citizen Kenneth Lee, and an unidentified person had just enough time to rescue the driver from the burning vehicle.

The Corona Fire Department arrived on scene and extinguished the fire.

The driver was later identified as Nicole Edson, 35, of Corona. She was transported to Riverside Community Hospital with major injuries related to the traffic collision. Edson was the sole occupant of the vehicle, and was later arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Officer Neff, Kenneth Lee, and the unidentified citizen were not injured during the incident and are being commended for their actions.

The Corona Police Department is seeking information that will help identify the unknown person who assisted with the rescue. Please call Sergeant Paul Mercado at (951) 736-2280.


Navigating The ‘Main Street Squeeze’

Staff Reports

Photo Courtesy: RCTC.org

Photo Courtesy: RCTC.org

Corona – If you are one of the local commuters who travel into the perfect storm of the 15 and 91 Freeways merging with the influx of vehicles entering from Main Street on your way to work, there might be some relief in your near future.

The Corona Police Department is offering five tips to help you navigate the traffic, and perhaps make for a more enjoyable drive.

  1. Allow extra travel time. Do yourself a favor and leave for work or school a little earlier. That will help you relax and be more patient as your drive through this area.
    2. Make good driving decisions. When the road narrows, move over and get behind the car in front of you. Please don’t try to go around that car and then get stuck at the K-rail (cement barrier) up ahead. There are “No U-Turn” signs at Third St. and on Grand Blvd, so don’t try and make a U-turn. Please follow all rules of the road and be patient during this time.
    3. Pay attention. Travel conditions will be changing during the next two years. K-rails will be shifting. There may be some additional lane closures at night. Follow the signs, put down your cell phones, and please be respectful with other motorists and contractors.
    4. Know alternate routes. The eastbound on-ramp of Main Street will be closed, so use Lincoln Ave., Magnolia Ave., McKinley St. or Hidden Valley Pkwy. instead.
    5. Watch for workers and equipment. Although crews will be primarily working behind K-rails, there are exceptions. Please keep an eye out for crew members and their vehicles. Safety is paramount and we want everyone to make it home safely.

The Corona Police Department would like to reiterate that this is a temporary inconvenience that will ultimately benefit all commuters in the long run traveling through this area. Please remember that we’re all in this together.

Corona Grand Theft Arrest


Corona – On Mon., Oct. 20, Corona Police Officers were dispatched to Kohl’s Department Store, located at 470 Hidden Valley Parkway, in response to possible grand theft and vandalism. The investigation revealed that during the previous weekend, an unknown suspect had cut and removed the copper wiring from the electrical panels that control the solar panels on the building. Several other electrical boxes were also cut, with the damage and repair costs estimated at $300,000.

According to the Corona Police Department, the same investigating officer was again patrolling Kohl’s on the morning of Tues., Oct. 21, when he observed a white truck driving out from behind the business. The plates on the truck were covered, so the officer initiated a traffic stop.

The two occupants in the vehicle were contacted and found to be in possession of copper wiring and several burglary tools. The wire found in the truck was the same type as that stolen in the earlier investigation. This interaction revealed that the subjects had returned to steal additional wire from the same location.


Derrick Aescheliman and
Nathion Gourley arrested for grand theft and felony vandalism. (Photo Courtesy: Corona Police Department)

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Derrick Aescheliman, 45, a resident of Upland; and the passenger was identified as Nathion Gourley, 35, a resident of Corona. Both men were arrested for grand theft and felony vandalism.



Corona: Corona PD Targets Adults Buying Alcohol for Minors

By Tiana Goegebuer

Corona – The City of Corona is making use of the state funding it receives from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, as well as other sources, in order to conduct Decoy Shoulder Tap Operations locally. “Shoulder Tap” is the term used by law enforcement to describe a situation in which a minor waits by a store that sells alcohol and asks a passing adult to do them a “favor”. The favor usually involves the adult purchasing a six-pack of beer, a bottle of wine (or something even stronger), who is then paid by the waiting minor.

Last month on a Saturday evening, teens were placed at eight locations in Corona for the operation. The Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation was carried out much like that of a scripted play on the part of law enforcement. The location choices are influenced by previous customer complaints or infractions involving alcohol. A minor – who is either a local teen or police cadet – stands by the front door of the store and waits for a customer to walk by. The teen’s job is to make it clear to the customer that he or she is underage but would like to purchase some alcohol from them. If the customer takes the minor’s money and buys the liquor, an undercover officer is waiting to issue a citation.

Of the 56 customers contacted by the minors, four adults agreed to purchase the alcohol. The minimum penalty for each of the cited adults is a $1,000 fine, 24 hours of community service work, and an appearance in court to answer for the charges.