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Here We Grow Again

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Even amongst a pandemic, Eastvale continues to grow.  Below is a recap of recent updates and new additions that have joined Eastvale.    

On July 3, the City of Eastvale announced that Fire Wings is coming soon to the Eastvale Gateway Food Court. Fire Wings will be located on the corner of Limonite and Hamner, where Pick Up Sticks used to be located. Fire Wings will offer over 20 wing flavors, beer on tap, a Pepsi Spire machine and a variety of sides. The Grand Opening date has not been announced yet.

On June 30, the city announced the success of the Automated License Plate Read (ALPR) systems that were installed last year. “ALPR systems are high-speed, computer-controlled cameras that automatically capture vehicles’ license plate information, compare the plate number to one or more databases available to law enforcement personnel, and send alerts when a vehicle of interest has been observed,” stated the City.

The City installed 30 fixed ALPR systems (located on entry and exit points of the city) that have “scanned over 32 million license plates, with approximately 14 thousand successful alerts. The mobile ALPR systems, installed on law enforcement vehicles servicing Eastvale, have scanned over 450 thousand license plates, with approximately 260 successful alerts. These combined alerts have led to the recovery of 43 stolen vehicles and 13 arrests for charges including the possession of a stolen vehicle. The data retrieved from these ALPR systems have also been used as evidence to assist in a large number of investigations that led to numerous arrests,” stated the City.

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale

On June 24 at the City Council Meeting, the City of Eastvale introduced our new CalFire Battalion Chief, Josh Janssen. “Chief Janssen served as the Riverside Training & Safety Chief in 2015, where he was responsible for overseeing the Unit’s Training & Safety Programs,” according to the City. “In 2017 he transferred to the BDU Training Chief position where he served for two years. He then transferred to the City of Highland Battalion Chief position for the remainder of his service before joining our community.”

On June 16 at the City Council Meeting, the City of Eastvale introduced our new Police Chief, Lieutenant Marc Boydd and our new Accounting Manager, Luis Hernandez.

On June 11, the City of Eastvale shared that the City will be updating their City’s General Plan. This plan “articulates the community vision and strategy through a series of eight required ‘elements’ or chapters which include: Land use, Circulation, Housing, Conservation, Open Space, Noise, Environmental Justice, and Safety,” according to the City. Visit engage.eastvaleca.gov to see the Eastvale 2040 “shorts” that discuss these elements.

Pandemic Updates for Eastvale

Staff Reports

Eastvale – The City of Eastvale has provided several updates over the last few weeks regarding face masks, businesses reopening, and new testing sites available in the City of Eastvale.

On July 2, Eastvale announced that appointments for COVID-19 testing are now available online. Health officials continue to encourage residents (those with and without symptoms) to get screened for the virus. The online scheduling will make it easier to make an appointment. To make an appointment, visit www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus/testing. Residents can also call ‪800-945-6171, seven days a week between the hours of ‪8 a.m. and ‪10 p.m. The wait time to make an appointment by phone is shorter ‪between 5 and 10 p.m. As of July 2, the county reported 679 new cases and two new deaths from the virus.

Also on July 2, the Corona-Norco Unified School District (CNUSD) provided an update to CNUSD families regarding reopening of schools. CNUSD families were encouraged to check their emails to see an update from Superintendent Dr. Lin, or visit their website at www.cnusd.k12.ca.us/2021 to download their 2020-2021 School Opening & Safety Plan. They also announced that all parents must complete Instructional Program Registration by July 14th in Parent Connect.

On July 1, California announced the closures of indoor operations, which included Riverside County. The indoor operations included: restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, cardrooms, and bars. For more information, please visit covid19.ca.gov.

Also effective July 1, the City resumed normal street sweeping enforcement in order to comply with storm water regulations. To see a copy of the street sweeping schedule, please visit: https://bit.ly/2M1CgtO

On June 29, Stratham Homes generously donated 2,500 masks to the City of Eastvale. These masks will be utilized for the City’s essential workers and residents who need a mask at the front counter at City Hall.

Also on June 29, the Riverside University Health System confirmed that recreational team sports, including youth sports, are still not permitted in Riverside County. It was clarified that the fitness guidance used for gyms and other fitness facilities is not for use for team sports activities.

On June 18, the Governor issued an executive order that Californians are now required to wear face coverings in public spaces – particularly indoors or when physical distancing is not possible.

On June 17, Riverside County announced that the following businesses were able to reopen Friday, June 19, as part of accelerated Stage 2: Nail services, facial and esthetician services, shaving, waxing and threading services, massage therapy services, body art, tattoo and piercing services, weddings (receptions excluded), and libraries. Among the business that are not allowed at this stage include youth sports, team sports, and wedding receptions.

On June 16, CVS Health opened a FREE COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in Eastvale, located at 14220 Schleisman Road. For more information, or to make an appointment please visit www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing

Eastvale Homeless Encampment

By Michael Armijo

Eastvale – A homeless encampment has developed in Eastvale on the southwest side of Limonite and the 15 freeway on ramp, and residents are wondering who’s responsible for the area.

“The jurisdiction of the camp falls under Caltrans,” said Marc Donohue, Communications Director at the city of Eastvale. “Caltrans would be the ones to clear the area,” he added.

The question remains bleak for Eastvale residents who have complained about the encampment. “It’s unlikely that this would happen under the Governors current order of a moratorium with regards to moving homeless,” Donohue added. Caltrans seems to agree, but Caltrans cites COVID-19 as their reason.

Upon contacting Caltrans they agreed, the encampment falls into their jurisdiction.

“Caltrans takes the health and safety of its employees very seriously and is monitoring and following all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, California Department of Public Health, CalHR and others,” said Chris Clark, Media Relations Manager for Caltrans Sacramento Headquarters.

Clark cites the concerns over COVID-19 spreading among the homeless population as the reason they won’t clear the area in Eastvale.

“Caltrans has temporarily suspended encampment cleanups unless there is an immediate safety concern,” Clark said. “But will continue to work with local partners to move individuals into safer situations as available.”

“How safe is a freeway on-ramp?” said Eastvale resident Rudy Delgado. “This is a huge safety concern for the homeless and for the residents.”

“They’ve been wandering into our neighborhood (68th and the 15), we saw a homeless man nearly incoherent and what I felt was hostile, and have been seen by the soccer fields,” said Cynthia R., via Facebook. “If he’s going to his campsite via our neighborhood it isn’t safe for our kids.”

The only way this encampment could be cleared is unless “there is an immediate safety concern,” according to Caltrans. The question remains if it is or not, or will it grow into a huge concern.

To voice concerns, you can contact Caltrans’ Media Relations Manager in Sacramento, Chris Clark (who we were referred to when contacting the local level). He can be emailed at Christopher.Clark@dot.ca.gov. His direct line is 916.416.8615. You can copy your email to Terri.Kasinga@dot.ca.gov to ensure the local level has a copy of your correspondence. Please watch verbosity, language, and remember that pictures are worth a thousand words.

Crime Recap

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – Last month, several incidents took place in the City of Eastvale and the City of Norco, including attempted murder and marijuana plants found.  The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. 

INCIDENT: Attempted Murder with a Firearm

INCIDENT DATE: June 7, 2020

WHERE: Intersection of Limonite Avenue and Scholar Way

On Sunday, June 7, 2020, about 8:23 AM, deputies responded to the intersection of Limonite Avenue and Scholar Way in the City of Eastvale, regarding a shooting. Deputies arrived and learned an altercation took place between a motorist and bicyclist. During the altercation, the bicyclist reached into a handbag and the motorist believed the bicyclist was reaching for a weapon. The motorist, along with three passengers feared for their safety and fled. The bicyclist fired a single gunshot at the motorist as the motorist fled the scene. Two of the four passengers were identified as juveniles.

Deputies searched the area and located the suspect, who was in possession of a loaded firearm. The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Eastvale resident, Donovan Moore. He was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on four counts of attempted murder.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Sergeant Frank Lodes of the Jurupa Valley Station at (951) 955-2634.

INCIDENT: Assault with a Deadly Weapon / Felon in Possession of a Firearm

INCIDENT DATE: June 6, 2020

WHERE: 3900 Block of Mount Shasta Place, Norco

Courtesy: RCSD
Dakota Halverson

On Saturday, June 6, 2020, around 1:07am, deputies responded to the 3900 block of Mount Shasta Pl., Norco, in reference to an assault with a deadly weapon. Upon arrival it was learned that a subject, later identified as Dakota Halverson, a 26-year-old male resident of Riverside, had arrived at the location and was in a verbal argument. During the altercation, Halverson fired a handgun into the air and fled behind the residence into the hills.

With the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department SWAT and SWAT K9 teams, deputies unsuccessfully canvassed the hillside and neighborhood for several hours.

Later that day, around 3:30pm, deputies received an additional call for service at the same residence advising that Halverson had returned. Deputies, the SWAT K9 team, and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit responded. Halverson was located at the residence and taken into custody.

Deputies recovered a firearm at the location. Halverson was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for Negligent Discharge of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Obstruct, Resist, Delay a Peace Officer, and Violation of Parole. He is currently be held on a No Bail hold.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Deputy X. Martinez at the Jurupa Valley Station by calling (951) 955-2600.

INCIDENT: Burglary – Resist Public Officer

INCIDENT DATE: June 1, 2020

WHERE: 1200 Block of Hamner Avenue, Norco

On Monday, June 1, 2020, about 10:00 PM, deputies from the Norco Sheriff’s Station responded to a burglary in progress at the Target retail store located in the 1200 block of Hamner Avenue., Norco.

Photo courtesy: RCSD
Van Bigman Lindsay

Upon arrival, deputies saw one of the suspects fleeing through a rear emergency door. After a brief struggle, he was taken into custody without further incident and with no injuries to the suspect or deputies. The suspect was identified as Van Bigman Lindsay, a 24-year-old resident of Apple Valley. Live surveillance inside Target showed there were three other suspects inside the store; however, they fled the scene in a white GMC Suburban before deputies arrived. The suspects gained entry by smashing glass doors at the front entrance. Information was received that the same suspects burglarized a pharmacy in a neighboring city earlier in the evening and evidence was collected at the scene.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Bergert at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600. Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information by visiting our Online Tip Form or wetip.com.

INCIDENT: Marijuana Indoor Cultivation Warrants

INCIDENT DATE: May 18, 2020

WHERE: Multiple locations throughout the city of Eastvale

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.

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

Deputies assigned to SET received complaints from residents of the city of Eastvale regarding possible illegal indoor marijuana cultivations. SET Deputies investigated and determined that properties located on the 6200 block of Arcadia St., 12200 block of Meadowvale St., and 7700 block of Stonegate Dr. in the city of Eastvale, had been converted to support illegal indoor marijuana cultivation and there was evidence that marijuana plants were harvested on the properties.

On May 18, 2020, members from the Jurupa Valley station’s SET, at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco, served three residential search warrants within the city of Eastvale. They recovered a total of 4,256 marijuana plants. Its estimated that $58,000 worth of combined electrical theft occurred. 

Eastvale Code Enforcement and Southern California Edison, were summoned to conduct their own separate investigation into various building and electrical code violations.

Anyone with further information about this incident is encouraged to call the Special Enforcement Team at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.

INCIDENT: Marijuana Indoor Cultivation Warrant

INCIDENT DATE: May 5, 2020

WHERE: 7400 block of Wild Rose Dr. City of Eastvale

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

SET Deputies investigated and determined that a property located on the 7400 block of Wild Rose Dr. city of Eastvale, had been converted to support illegal indoor marijuana cultivation and there was evidence that marijuana plants were harvested inside the property.

On May 5, 2020, at 6pm, members from the Jurupa Valley station’s SET conducted a marijuana eradication search warrant at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco. Deputies served the search warrant and recovered a total amount of 786 marijuana plants. Also, a combined theft of electrical utilities from the residence worth $30,000. Eastvale City Code Enforcement and Southern California Edison representatives were summoned to the location and they conducted their own separate investigations into various building code violations and utilities violations.

Anyone with further information about this incident is encouraged to call the Special Enforcement Team at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.

Looking Beyond Labels to Love

City of Eastvale

Courtesy City of Eastvale
Deputy Myers hugging ERHS student, Elysia.

Eastvale – In Eastvale, Black Lives Matter. In fact, all lives regardless of nationality, profession, politics, abilities, gender, religion, class, color, and culture matter in Eastvale. We look past labels to one’s heart. Our heart and actions define our character.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and the one below certainly qualifies. The photo of Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Deanna Myers embracing a young Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ERHS) student Elysia during the George Floyd protest tells the story of loving past labels.

The two met years before at ERHS where Deputy Myers served as a school resource officer and Elysia was a student. Upon seeing Elysia for the first time at school one day Deputy Myers greeted her with a hearty “Hi”. However, Elysia’s interaction with law enforcement before meeting Deputy Myers was guarded because of historical context of racism, social norms and labels.

It was that historical context that caused Elysia to respond, “I hate cops, why are you different?” This question sparked a female role model mentoring relationship that changed both of their lives. Their relationship grew over the years and they kept in touch over social media as time passed. Fast forward to Sunday, June 1, 2020 they found themselves on perceived opposite sides of a line drawn in response to a violent death. The picture is poignant because given the circumstances the rules forbid crossing the line. When Elysia caught sight of Deputy Myers, she bravely approached her and stood awaiting the embrace she had grown accustomed to receiving. Despite the reality of being on duty, armed to protect the constitutional right of those protesting and to keep the peace, Myers enlisted I another Deputy to replace her on the line and found her way to lovingly embrace Elysia. Once again, Myers looked past skin color to the heart of Elysia and Elysia looked past the badge to the heart of Myers. Their embrace is a sign of hope and peace.

Deputy Myers has seen her fair share of heartbreak and has had to triumph over obstacles in her life, which forced her to grow up quickly. She is a first generation immigrant, the first to go to college in her family, and she overcame discrimination as a woman in a male dominated law enforcement profession where she had to earn the trust and respect of her fellow peers as it wasn’t always freely given. She also endured the pain of her grandmother being abducted and murdered, the loss of her father and had to care for her ailing mother shortly after that, along with raising her teenage sibling.

Deputy Myers, because of losing her grandmother too early and in a violent way, could have chosen to be a victim or villain and instead chose to be a victor and take steps and actions to make a difference in her community. She chose to create a legacy that reflects the woman her grandmother and parents would have wanted her to become. Myer’s chose to make a difference and join the law enforcement profession. After creating a bond with Elysia and breaking down that barrier by serving as a female role model, Elysia wants to emulate her mentor and serve in the law enforcement profession.

Now with RSO for almost 13 years, Deputy Myers has a message of hope for our community for which will hopefully help change the language, conversation and culture.

“We need to advocate for the right voices to be heard. I take pride in being different and pushing out a positive message. Everyone is a blessing and there is good in everyone. Everyone has an opportunity to create their legacy.” – Deputy Myers

As a nation and as a community, we need to both respect the badge and hold the person wearing the badge accountable. After all, we are all people, regardless of the badge and color of our skin. We must learn to look past the label and see the heart. This will allow us to transcend the divide and breakdown barriers through seeking to understand each other’s unique differences and stories.

Photo was taken by Marc Danelian. This post was written after interview Deputy Myers. Next week, we’ll be sharing a perspective from an interview with Elysia.

Crime Recap April

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – Last month, a few crime incidents took place in the City of Eastvale and the surrounding communtiies.  The incidents are listed below, courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. 

INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision

WRITTEN DATE: April 26, 2020

INCIDENT DATE: April 23, 2020

WHERE: Limonite Avenue east of Camino Real, Jurupa Valley

On Thurs., April 23, at about 6:52 AM, deputies from the Jurupa Valley Station responded to a report of a traffic collision involving two vehicles and a pedestrian, on Limonite Avenue east of Camino Real, Jurupa Valley.

Upon arrival, deputies located a male adult with major injuries laying on the eastbound number two lane of Limonite Avenue. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene. The male victim was part of a landscaping crew doing work in the area and witnesses stated he was loading equipment on the bed of a parked work truck prior to being struck. The driver of the other vehicle is believed to have invaded the coned off lane of eastbound Limonite, striking the victim and the parked work truck. The male driver was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries. The Jurupa Valley Station’s Traffic Reconstruction Team is conducting a full investigation to determine the cause of the collision. No alcohol or drugs are believed to have been a factor in this collision.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Ditfurth at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600. Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information by visiting the Riverside Sheriff’s Tip Page or wetip.com.

INCIDENT: Commercial Burglary

WRITTEN DATE: April 10, 2020

INCIDENT DATE: March 31, 2020

WHERE: 6100 block of Hamner Avenue, Eastvale

On Tues., March 31, at approximately 10:05 a.m., deputies assigned to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department responded to a business located in the 6100 block of Hamner Avenue, Eastvale, regarding a theft. The suspect exited the store with a shopping cart full of merchandise and failed to pay for the items. An employee attempted to contact the suspect outside the store, but he fled on foot. 

Photo Courtesy: RCSD
Juan Lima

The Burglary Suppression Team was notified and assumed the investigation. After an extensive investigation, the suspect was identified as Juan Lima, 47-year-old resident of Muscoy. On Wed., April 8, at approximately 9:00 p.m., deputies located Lima in the 6000 block of Vista Del Verde, in the city of Jurupa Valley. He was taken into custody without incident. He was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for commercial burglary. 

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information pertaining to this investigation to contact Deputy Newman at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 955-2600.   

INCIDENT: Residential Burglary

WRITTEN DATE: April 9, 2020

INCIDENT DATE: March 22, 2020

WHERE: 3700 block of Milliken Avenue, Eastvale

On Mon., March 23, at approximately 7:37 a.m., deputies assigned to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department responded to a business located in the 3700 block of Milliken Avenue, Eastvale, regarding a commercial burglary. Their investigation revealed approximately $15,000.00 worth of DeWalt power tools were stolen from the location.  The Jurupa Valley Station’s Burglary Suppression Team was notified and assumed the investigation.   Surveillance video was obtained in the area of the burglary and a 2002 Blue Chevrolet Suburban was identified as the suspect vehicle used during the commission of this crime. 

Photo courtesy: RCSD
Vincent Poncinie

On Thurs., March 26, members from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Gang Task Force (Region 7) conducted a probation compliance search at a motel in the city of Jurupa Valley. During the search, Vincent Poncinie, a 32-year-old resident of Jurupa Valley, was found in possession of a homemade handgun, also known as a “ghost gun”, along with numerous stolen DeWalt power tools taken during the burglary. He was arrested for possessing the illegal firearm and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center.  

Further investigation revealed Poncinie and a second suspect, Rolando Gutierres, a 38-year-old resident of Fontana, were responsible for burglarizing the business in Eastvale. On Tues., March 31, a deputy assigned to the Burglary Suppression Team located Gutierres driving the blue Chevrolet Suburban in the area of California State Route 60 and Pedley Road, Jurupa Valley. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop, but Gutierres fled the area at a high rate of speed endangering the safety of the public. 

Photo courtesy: RCSD
Rolando Gutierres

On Wed., April 8, members from the Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Team located Gutierres in the 9800 block of Sierra Avenue, Fontana. Gutierres fled from the location on foot and was arrested after a short foot chase. Gutierres was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for commercial burglary, possession of stolen property, conspiracy to commit a crime, resisting arrest and violation of probation. Charges will be filed on Poncinie out of custody for his involvement during the commercial burglary. 

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information pertaining to this investigation to contact Deputy Arredondo at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 955-2600.   

Members Grow Together As A Community

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Amongst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, members of the community continue to come together to support one another and grow as a community.

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
Volunteers from the Eastvale Chinese American Association filled decorated
envelopes with face masks for the community.

This month, volunteers from the Eastvale Chinese American Association spread love to the community by providing face masks to those in need. The masks were placed in decorated envelopes to donate and each envelope came with 10 free face masks. On May 12, Eastvale members were able to pick up one envelope per household in front of Eastvale City Hall. Members drove by and the masks were handed through their car window. Jono’s Japanese Restaurant also donated lunch to all the volunteers that were handing out face masks that day. In addition, on April 30, the Wenzhou Association, presented by the Eastvale Chinese Association, donated masks for the Eastvale community as well.

On May 11, John and Jake Boyd of 12 Gauge Industries showed their generosity by donating custom patriotic signs for Fire Station 27 and Fire Station 31 in the City of Eastvale. John is a middle school math teacher and Jake is a sophomore at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. 

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
John and Jake Boyd of 12 Gauge Industries donated a custom patriotic sign
to Fire Station 27 and Fire Station 31 in Eastvale.

There are also great programs and resources offered to seniors and vulnerable adults in the community. The Great Plates Delivered Program is a meal delivery service that allows restaurants to provide meals to high-risk seniors in our area. Riverside County is currently accepting interest forms from seniors and restaurants that wish to participate in the Great Plates Program. To learn more, visit: https://www.rcaging.org/COVI…/Great-Plates-Delivered-Program,
or call the Riverside Office of Aging at 800-510-2020.

Resources are also available for seniors in Riverside County during a heat wave. With high temperatures this month, Riverside County health officials reminded seniors of available resources to help protect them from the heat. Officials urge that seniors remain at home during high temperatures and use their air conditioners to stay cool, then reach out to the Riverside County Office of Aging for utility assistance when the bill arrives. By dialing 2-1-1 from any phone in Riverside County, seniors can be connected to several services that are available.

The City of Eastvale also reminded the community that Riverside County is offering several free food options to disabled and vulnerable adults as the stay-at-home orders continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adults who have a disability or are over age 60 can contact Riverside County Office on Aging, which offers food delivery for critical emergencies, two weeks supply of pantry and essential items, home-delivered meals, and Grab-and-Go meal packages at community center locations.

Seniors or disabled adults can call 800-510-2020 or visit rcAging.org to determine their need for any of their service options. Details on Office on Aging’s program can be found at rcAging.org. Riverside County has also released a map showing where senior meals, school meals and food pantries are available.

To view the full media release, visit: https://bit.ly/2Whmpfi

Pandemic Updates for Eastvale

Staff Reports

Eastvale – The City of Eastvale has provided several updates over the last few weeks regarding face masks, businesses reopening, new testing sites available and parks reopening in the City of Eastvale.

On May 9, the City of Eastvale announced on their Facebook page that the “Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to direct the rescission of most local health orders to align with the Governor’s state-wide stay-at-home order.” Therefore, the City announced that starting May 9, face coverings and six feet of social distancing will no longer be required when outside the home in Eastvale. However, residents and businesses are strongly encouraged to do so when practical.

Photo courtesy: covid19.ca.gov
The City of Eastvale announced they are moving into Stage 2 of modifying the
stay-at-home order.

On May 8, The City also announced that they will now be moving into phase 2 of modifying the stay-at-home order, as announced by the State of California. They stated that retail, with curbside pickup, and associated supply chains can reopen with modifications that follow new State guidelines that can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov. As of Friday, May 8, businesses have started to re-open with modifications including some with curbside pickup for the following businesses: clothing stores, florists, bookstores, sporting goods stores, manufacturing, and warehouses. For a list of the types of businesses available for curb-side delivery and pick up, visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/.

On May 7, Supervisor Karen Spiegel shared a post stating that “County health officials have also expanded the county’s coronavirus testing capability – more than 2,200 daily tests at four sites – to help determine the extent of the illness spread.” Additional testing from a state vendor at eight locations will increase the county’s total testing capacity to more than 3,200 per day, Spiegel said in her post. Expanded testing is one of the criteria that state will use to decide to how to ease restrictions on business.

As of May 5, eight new locations were opened in Riverside County for COVID-19 testing. The eight locations are expected to test an additional 1,000 people per day, according to the Riverside University Health System. Riverside County residents who want to be tested for coronavirus will be able to choose among eight new testing sites being offered by state health officials. The City of Eastvale posted that the closest testing site to Eastvale will be in the City of Norco.

The locations, which are spread throughout the county, are in addition to the four drive-up testing sites – Perris, Indio, Riverside and Lake Elsinore – that are operated by Riverside County Health Officials.

Appointments can be made online by going to https://lhi.care/covidtesting or those without internet access can call 888-634-1123. Testing is available for everyone, regardless of insurance or immigration status, and is no cost to the resident, according to the Riverside University Health System.

Also announced on May 5, the City of Eastvale stated that they are extending the temporary suspension of enforcement of street sweeping violations through Friday, May 29, 2020 (with the date being subject to change). “This is designed to help our residents and our City get through this unique time together as more people will be at home during the next few weeks,” according to the City.

Please note that the City will continue to enforce violations that pose a risk to public safety and health. Those include parking in front of fire hydrants, along red curbs and in disabled/handicap stalls without a placard. “We ask that you do your part and park responsibly, be courteous to others and be mindful of public safety,” stated their Facebook post.

Lastly, on May 2, the City announced their alignment with the State of California update that the usage of park facilities may be allowed for additional recreational activities, as long as users of the facilities maintain a safe physical distance of six feet and wear face masks. Therefore, JCSD reopened the following park facilities: Outdoor Basketball courts, Outdoor Volleyball courts, Athletic Field space, Dog Parks, and Skate Parks.

All organized/team sports activities and special events are still prohibited. JCSD clarified that it’s okay to go outside to go for a walk, to exercise, and participate in healthy activities as long as you maintain a safe physical distance of six feet and gather only with members of your household. The restrooms, playgrounds and splash pads will remain closed until further notice from the State of California.

Eastvale News Complete Print Edition- April 2020

The City of Eastvale News covers local news for Eastvale, Norco, Corona, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Chino, Chino Hills and more. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:

Community Support Among COVID-19

Staff Reports

Eastvale – This month, the coronavirus (COVID-19) caused businesses to close instead of open. However, the Eastvale community continued to grow in a different way, as residents and City officials have come together to combat COVID-19.

As of April 6, the Riverside University Health System reported 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1 confirmed death in the City of Eastvale. Several residents have shown concern with the increase of cases in the city. But a third Riverside County community testing site has been established at Harvest Christian Fellowship church in Riverside for residents who want to be tested for COVID-19. Those who want to be tested can call 800-945-6171 for an appointment. To get tested, you must have symptoms and have an appointment before showing up at the church parking lot. Drive-ups without appointments cannot be accommodated. For more information on the COVID-19 and new testing facilities, please visit: https://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus.

The City has also done their part to provide resources to the community and remind residents to only leave your house for essential services, practice social distancing, and wear a face mask when leaving your house. In addition, a wide variety of helpful resources are currently available via the City’s Facebook page. They’ve shared videos of Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams showing how to make your own face mask and Councilmember Clint Lorimore showing how to wash your hands properly. The city has also posted a Riverside County Department of Public Social Services COVID protocol list, showing what to clean when you get home from buying essentials. Also shared was a caution to be aware of price gougers and scams. Price gougers are subject to criminal prosecution, which can result in imprisonment and/or a fine up to $10,000. You can report price gouging by filling out the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office price gouging complaint form: https://bit.ly/2WfQNID. For more information on price gouging, please visit: https://bit.ly/2R7onx5. Also shared was a Riverside University Health System announcement recommending to “Stay in Place, Maintain Your Space, and Cover Your Face” when out completing essential tasks. For more information please see the following video: https://vimeo.com/402767450.

Support for law enforcement and first responders has also been tremendous as local organizations and community members have donated supplies. Eastvale residents dropped off care packages last month to the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station. Eastvale Kiwanis also donated protective equipment to the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station. Lastly, the Eastvale Chinese American Association donated 1,000 N95 masks to the City to distribute to first responders and City personnel.

Local businesses are also being supported by the community. The City announced two Great American Take Out days in March, suggesting community members order takeout from local restaurants for the next month. They also listed businesses in Eastvale that are offering take out or delivery. The list can be found at: Eastvaleca.gov/coronavirus. Several businesses have even offered special times for individuals who are seniors, pregnant, or disabled. This list includes: Masala House Grocery (open from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. for seniors), Smart n Final (open at 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. for seniors, pregnant women, and disabled), Albertsons and Vons (open from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. for vulnerable at-risk people and seniors), Target (open from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. on Wednesday mornings to seniors 65+ and those with medical conditions) and Ralph’s (prioritizing seniors in line). In addition, Supervisor Karen Spiegel hosted a Riverside County Business Resources Town Hall meeting to discuss how businesses impacted by COVID-19 can obtain additional assistance or more information on the Federal Government’s CARES ACT.

Our children are also supported during this time, especially after CNUSD extended their closure date to June 19, 2020. The district’s Free To-Go-Meal Program is available during the temporary district-wide school closure. This program is open to all students 18-years-old & under as long as someone in their family is enrolled in CNUSD. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/3a1FbNE. JARPD and JCSD Parks & Recreation have both created virtual portals for our community to have fun, stay educated, and find resources throughout these uncertain times. JARPD’s Virtual Portal can be found by visiting: https://www.jarpd.org/virtual-recreation. JCSD Parks & Recreation’s Virtual Portal can be found by visiting: https://www.jcsd.us/services/parks-and-recreation/jcsd-to-go.

The City of Eastvale has also offered some ease by announcing they will not be enforcing street sweeping violations through Thursday, April 30, (with the date being subject to change). However, they will still enforce violations that pose a risk to public safety and health. Those include parking in front of fire hydrants, along red curbs and in disabled/handicap stalls without a placard.

The City of Eastvale also partnered with the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce to form the “Eastvale COVID-19 Restaurant Relief Fund”. Donations received will be utilized to purchase gift cards/certificates from our local Eastvale restaurants to infuse money into our small business economy, who have been significantly impacted by the lack of dine-in customers during the Governor’s Stay at Home Order. Those gift cards/certificates will then be distributed to public safety personnel, other essential workers, and local residents and families affected by COVID-19. If you wish to donate, please visit the Eastvale Chamber of Commerce website at: https://www.eastvalecoc.org. If you have any questions, please email info@eastvalecoc.org.

Lastly, the city of Eastvale have closed their doors, but they remain available online or by phone Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. You can contact staff by emailing info@eastvaleca.gov or calling 951.361.0900.

Crime Recap March

Staff Reports

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

INCIDENT: Marijuana Indoor Cultivation Warrants

WHEN: March 23, 2020

WHERE: 6500 block of Wells Springs St. and 13200 block of Paul St., Eastvale

Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner
Illegal indoor marijuana grows were found in two locations of Eastvale.

Illegal marijuana plants were found in two homes in the city of Eastvale last month.

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

On March 23, 2020, at 10 AM, members from the Jurupa Valley station’s SET conducted marijuana eradication search warrants at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco. They served the search warrants on the 6500 block of Wells Springs St. and 13200 block of Paul St, both within the city of Eastvale. 

Deputies recovered a total amount of 2,614 marijuana plants from both locations. Also, a combined theft of electrical utilities from the residences worth $70,237. Eastvale City Code Enforcement officers were summoned to the locations and they conducted their own separate investigations into various building code violations. 

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

INCIDENT: Residential Burglary

WHEN: March 5, 2020

WHERE: 14000 block of Ella Dr., Eastvale

Two suspects were arrested after a residential burglary took place in the city of Eastvale.

On Thursday, March 5, 2020, about 10:30 p.m., deputies responded to a call in the 14000 block of Ella Drive, Eastvale, regarding a residential burglary. The resident reported the suspect forced entry through the rear sliding glass door and stole multiple items from the residence. The Jurupa Valley Station’s Burglary Suppression Team was notified and assumed the investigation. 

Courtesy: RUSD
Sabatino Jablonski

Surveillance video was obtained in the neighborhood where the burglary occurred, which identified a champagne colored KIA Sorrento as being a vehicle used during the commission of this crime. Additionally, one of the suspects used the victim’s credit cards to purchase items at a retail store in San Bernardino County. After an extensive investigation, the suspects were identified as Sabatino Jablonski, 26-years-old and Angelica Camacho, 35-years-old, both residents of Pomona.

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at 6:00 p.m., deputies located Jablonski and Camacho at their residence, located in the 1300 block of West Mission Boulevard, Pomona. The apartment was searched and numerous items taken in the burglary were recovered. Additionally, deputies discovered hundreds of items believed to be stolen in other incidents of burglary and theft. These items include, but are not limited to watches, collectibles, electronic devices, cameras, and other miscellaneous items. 

Jablonski and Camacho were arrested for burglary, possession of stolen property, conspiracy, felon in possession of a firearm and violation of parole. Jablonski was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for the listed charges. Charges will be filed on Camacho out of custody.  

This investigation is still active and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department asks anyone with information pertaining to this investigation to contact members of the Burglary Suppression Team at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 955-2600. 

Here We Grow Again

New Restaurant Coming to Eastvale

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Many things are happening in Eastvale, from construction to restaurant openings. Below is a recap of how Eastvale continues to grow and change.    

This week, a reminder was announced that GMC Engineering will perform construction activities on Hamner Avenue between Riverboat Drive and Citrus Street. This construction will take place due to the Schleisman Road Extension and Hamner Storm Drain Project. Traffic delays are to be expected so the community is advised to plan accordingly by taking alternate routes and allowing more time for travel.

The construction will be conducted each day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until May 15, 2020. There will be intermittent lane closures on Hamner Avenue between Riverboat Drive and Citrus Street with at least one lane open at all times. The City of Eastvale states that “noise levels will also be monitored to ensure work performed is within the necessary compliance levels.” An advisory was also issued to remind Eastvale residents to obey all posted construction signs, to drive safely, and to not enter the construction work zone. The City also added that construction schedules are “subject to change for various reasons including but not limited to: weather conditions, unforeseen emergencies and other acts of nature,” according to a news release.

For more information about this project, please contact the City of Eastvale Public Works Department at 951-703-4470.

In addition to construction, new restaurants are coming to town! On Feb. 27, the City announced that Jinya Ramen Bar is coming to Eastvale. This restaurant will replace The Pizza Press in The Cloverdale Marketplace located at Hamner Avenue and Limonite Avenue. The community is sad to see The Pizza Press go, as many expressed their love for the restaurant on the City’s Facebook page. The City of Eastvale even thanked The Pizza Press for being a valued part of our business community on a recent Facebook post. 

However, the City stated they heard the needs of the community, and “wanted to bring something new, unique, and special to Eastvale!” Jinya Ramen Bar is just that. Not only will they offer a delicious assortment of in-house broth for ramen, but they will also offer a range of different food options for everyone to enjoy. For example, they will have vegan and vegetarian options, and plan to have a full premium bar with an outdoor seating area. Stay tuned for their grand opening date that will be announced soon.

Lastly, the Griddle Mongolian Grill is now open in The Eastvale Marketplace located at 13394 Limonite Ave., Suite B-100! They are open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Stop by for a wide variety of delicious veggies and other fresh ingredients that are prepared and cooked the spot. Keep an eye out for their promotional coupons and their grand opening date.

Photo courtesy: City of Eastvale
Griddle Mongolian Grill is now open in The Eastvale Marketplace located at 13394 Limonite Ave., Suite B-100.

Crime Recap February

Staff Reports

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

INCIDENT: Burglary

WHEN: February 29, 2020

WHERE: 5700 block of Daybreak Dr., Eastvale

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

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

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

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

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

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

INCIDENT: Residential Burglary Arrest

WHEN: February 23, 2020

WHERE: 5500 Block of Cambria Ave., Eastvale

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

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

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

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Delgado at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.  Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847).  Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

INCIDENT: Assault with a Deadly Weapon

WHEN: February 21, 2020

WHERE: Maggie Lane cross of Mayfield Street, Eastvale

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

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

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Hernandez at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.  Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847).  Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form or http://www.wetip.com.  

INCIDENT: Narcotics for Sale Search Warrant

WHEN: February 11, 2020

WHERE: 5800 Block of Hamner Avenue, Eastvale

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

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

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

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

INCIDENT: Marijuana Indoor Cultivation Warrants

WHEN: February 6, 2020

WHERE: Multiple locations throughout the City of Eastvale

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

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

INCIDENT: Major Injury – Hit and Run Traffic Collision

WHEN: February 3, 2020

WHERE: Hamner Avenue cross of Third Street, Norco

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

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

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Petersen at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600. Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information at the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form or www.wetip.com.

Here We Grow Again

Construction on February 10 – February 24, 2020: Delays

Post Date:02/05/2020 1:18 PM

AAA Contractors will perform construction activities at westbound Schleisman Road between Harrison Avenue and Archibald Avenue. Please be advised that traffic delays are to be expected.

Location: Schleisman Road between Harrison Avenue and Archibald Avenue

Duration: February 10- February 24, 2020

Time: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Traffic Impacts & Advisories During Construction:

• Intermittent lane closures on westbound Schleisman Road between Harrison Avenue and Archibald Avenue with at least one lane open at all times.

• Noise levels will be monitored to ensure work performed is within the necessary compliance levels.

• Please obey all posted construction signs, drive safely and do not enter the construction work zone.

• For known delays in traffic, plan accordingly by taking alternate routes and allowing more time for travel.

For additional information, contact the City of Eastvale Public Works Department at 951.703.4470. We appreciate your patience and cooperation through this inconvenience.

Note: Construction schedules are subject to change for various reasons including but not limited to: weather conditions, unforeseen emergencies and other acts of nature.

Crime Recap January

Staff Reports

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

INCIDENT: Major Injury Traffic Collision

WHEN: January 26, 2020

WHERE: River Road cross of Baron Road, Eastvale

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

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

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Shamhart at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.  Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847).  You can also leave anonymous information at //www.riversidesheriff.org/tipline or www.wetip.com.

INCIDENT: Robbery

WHEN: January 23, 2020

WHERE: 13000 block of Limonite Ave, Eastvale

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

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

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

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

INCIDENT: Residential Burglary Arrest

WHEN: January 15, 2020

WHERE: 4900 Block of Viceroy Avenue, Norco

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

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

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

INCIDENT: Robbery Arrest

WHEN: January 11, 2020

WHERE: 3000 Block of Shadow Canyon Circle, Norco

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

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

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

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

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

INCIDENT: Discharging a Firearm in a Grossly Negligent Manner

WHEN: January 11, 2020

WHERE: 6200 Block of Bay Street, Eastvale

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

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

Here We Grow Again

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Eastvale businesses are opening and construction is in process for several new establishments. Eastvale roads are even receiving a makeover.

Paving activities occurred on River Road west of Archibald Avenue on Feb. 12th. United Pavings performed these activities from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. For additional information about this project, contact the City of Eastvale Public Works Department at 951.703.4470.

On Sunday, Feb. 9, Griddle Mongolian Grill opened in The Eastvale Marketplace located at 13394 Limonite Ave., Suite B-100. They are open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Griddle Mongolian Grill offers a wide variety of delicious veggies and other fresh ingredients to pair with noodles, rice and their secret sauce.

As of Jan. 27, the traffic signal at Scholar Way and 68th Street is now active. This signal includes a flashing yellow arrow to assist with left turns.

The City of Eastvale reminds the community of these rules when approaching the new signal:

•Solid Red: Drivers may not turn.

•Solid Yellow: Drivers are cautioned, the light is about to change, drivers must prepare to stop or complete the left turn.

•Flashing Yellow: Drivers may turn but must yield to pedestrians and oncoming traffic.

•Solid Green: Drivers may turn.

For more information, please contact the Eastvale Public Works Department at 951.703.4470

On Jan. 24, the City of Eastvale announced that another gym will be joining the Eastvale health community soon. The City also has a location that provides assistance for mental health. To find more information on the gyms and health clinics within the City, we encourage you to email the Eastvale Economic Development Manager, Kimberly Wright at kwright@eastvaleca.gov.

On Jan. 23, the EastBrew Cafe held their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The new restaurant is located in the Eastvale Gateway Center at 12303 Limonite Ave., Suite 700. EastBrew Cafe features a variety of coffee and latte options, as well as an assortment of tea and food options. They are open on Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. with kitchen hours from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. & on Friday – Sunday from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. with kitchen hours 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. They also host weekend brunch.

On Jan. 16, the Little Eastern Café also held their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Little Eastern Cafe is located at the Station in Eastvale at 4910 Hamner Ave. They serve a delicious array of Asian, Chinese, and modern Chinese food.

Here We Grow Again

Staff Reports

Eastvale – Eastvale continues to grow with ground breakings and road changes.  Below is a recap of how Eastvale has grown in the last month.   

This week, a reminder was announced to be aware of paving activities that are expected to take place westbound on Schleisman Road between Harrison Avenue and Archibald Avenue. The construction will be conducted from Jan. 20 to Feb. 3, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Intermittent lane closures will take place westbound Schleisman Road with at least one lane open at all times. Noise levels will also be monitored to ensure work performed is within the necessary compliance levels.

Traffic delays are to be expected so please plan accordingly by taking alternate routes and allowing more time for travel. An advisory was also issued to obey all posted construction signs, drive safely and do not enter the construction work zone.

However, the City of Eastvale stated that construction schedules are subject to change for various reasons including but not limited to: weather conditions, unforeseen emergencies and other acts of nature.

Construction occurred several times in Eastvale during the month of January.  On Wednesday, January 8, the traffic signal at Citrus St. and Granja Vista Del Rio Dr. was modified.  These revisions took place in an effort to improve traffic flow and enhance safety for drivers and pedestrians. The City of Eastvale announced that the revisions included the following:

  • A dedicated right turn lane with a green arrow when driving out of the Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ERHS) parking lot.
  • A longer protected green light, allowing drivers to make secured left turns into ERHS from Citrus St.
  • Eliminated the ability to enter the high school through the Estancia neighborhood on Granja Vista Del Rio Dr.
  • The crosswalk across Citrus St. on the west side of the intersection has been removed. Pedestrians can only access the crosswalk from the east side of the intersection on Granja Vista Del Rio Dr.

The City of Eastvale encourages commuters to drive with caution and be patient as residents become familiar with the new signal.

Another new traffic signal was installed at Scholar Way and 68th Street on Jan. 1. This signal includes a flashing yellow arrow to assist with left turns.

The City of Eastvale issued an announcement to remember the following rules when approaching the signal:

  • Solid Red: Drivers may not turn
  • Solid Yellow: Drivers are cautioned, the light is about to change, drivers must prepare to stop or complete the left turn
  • Flashing Yellow: Drivers may turn but must yield to pedestrians and oncoming traffic
  • Solid Green: Drivers may turn.

For additional information regarding traffic signals, contact the City of Eastvale Public Works Department at 951.703.4470.

In addition, on Dec. 12, the City of Eastvale announced that Sprouts Farmers Market has recently broken ground in Eastvale. This grocery store sells fresh, natural and organic products at affordable prices. Sprouts will be located at the future Merge Retail Center, on the northeast corner of Archibald Avenue and Limonite Avenue and is expected to open in the summer of 2020.  Also joining the Merge Retail Center are Dog Haus Biergarten, Pure Barre, and more!

Lastly, on Dec. 12, a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place at Staples, in celebration of their new Spotlight Space. This new space was created for workshops, seminars, meetings, and anything that promotes collaboration and learning.  Staples is located in The Eastvale Gateway Center located at 12495 Limonite Ave, Eastvale, CA 91752.

Courtesy: City of Eastvale
A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place at Staples, in celebration of their new Spotlight Space.

Crime Recap December

Staff Reports

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

INCIDENT: Mail Theft / Arrest

WHEN: December 27, 2019  

WHERE: 5th Street and Hillside Avenue, Norco

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff
Tony Basenback Jr.

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

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff
Marlene Cambara

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

INCIDENT: DUI / Driver’s License Checkpoint

WHEN: December 21, 2019  

WHERE: Undisclosed location within the city of Eastvale

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

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

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

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

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

INCIDENT: Major Injury Traffic Collision

WHEN: December 16, 2019  

WHERE: Archibald Avenue cross of Baron Road, Eastvale 

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

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

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call Deputy Medina at the Jurupa Valley Station, 951-955-2600.  Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847).  You can also leave anonymous information at www.riversidesheriff.org/tipline or www.wetip.com.         

INCIDENT: Forgery / Arrest

WHEN: December 9, 2019

WHERE: 2400 block of River Road, Norco

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

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

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

WHEN: December 6, 2019

WHERE: 1700 Block of Hillside Avenue, Norco

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

Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff
Paul Stephen Otto

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

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

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

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

New Additions To Eastvale

Staff Reports

Eastvale – On October 1, the City of Eastvale turned 9-years-old!  Over the last nine years, the city has grown with new businesses opening almost every month. Here is what’s expected to open soon.       

Courtesy: City of Eastvale
The Little Eastern Cafe will be opening this fall at The Station.

On October 2, the City of Eastvale announced that the Little Eastern Café will be opening this fall at The Station.  Little Eastern Café will feature a delicious menu of Taiwanese and Japanese fusion.  The Station is located at Hamner Avenue and Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road in the Goodman Commerce Center.

In addition, Fire Station 31 had an Open House on October 12 in honor of National Fire Prevention Week.  The event took place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Fire Station 31, located at 14491 Chandler Street in Eastvale.  The open house included a static display, fire station tours and demonstrations for all ages.

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage, according to the City of Eastvale. 

“In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy,” states the City. “Fire safety education isn’t just for school children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.”

Another big project we have all been waiting to be completed is the I-15 Limonite Avenue Interchange Project. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place on November 14, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the Park & Ride located at 12105 Limonite Avenue, Jurupa Valley.

The City of Eastvale and City of Jurupa Valley will be celebrating the new Limonite Avenue bridge that connects our two cities.  The new design will feature a new 8-lane overcrossing; 3-through lanes in each direction plus 2 turn lanes; widening of the off-ramps from two to four lanes; the addition of two new loop on-ramps; and widening of Limonite to four lanes in each direction between Hamner Avenue and Wineville Avenue.

To RSVP for I-15 Limonite Avenue Interchange Project ribbon cutting ceremony, please email trollings@jurupavalley.org or call 951.332.6464. 

Crime Recap

Staff Reports

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

INCIDENT: Sexual Assault of a Minor

WHEN: September 18, 2019

WHERE: 13000 block of Coldwater Court, Eastvale  

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

Jay Myungbae Kim
Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept

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

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

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

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

WHEN: September 16, 2019

WHERE: 1900 block of Norco Dr., Norco

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

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

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

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

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

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

INCIDENT: Child Pornography/Illegal Marijuana Grow 

WHEN: September 12, 2019

WHERE: 7000 Block of Canterwood Court, Eastvale

Bryan James Green
Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept

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

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

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

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

INCIDENT: Theft of a Community Mailbox 

WHEN: September 5, 2019

WHERE: Emmerdale Street and Kensington Court, Eastvale 

David Avila
Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept

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

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

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

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

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

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

INCIDENT: Shooting Investigation

WHEN: August 27, 2019

WHERE: 6500 block of Gladiola Street, Eastvale

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

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

Bryce Anthony McDonald
Courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept

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

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

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