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SGV-IE News: Complete Edition December 2018

The SGV-IE News covers local news for Walnut, Diamond Bar, Chino, Chino Hills and the surrounding areas. Click the following link to access the complete issue in pdf format:  https://anaprdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/2018-12-sgvienews.pdf

Eastvale Man Among First West Nile Virus Cases in 2018

Staff Reports

Eastvale – A 74-year-old Riverside woman and 50-year-old Eastvale man are the first confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus in Riverside County this year, said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, county public health officer. They are also one of the first confirmed human cases in California this year.

The illness was confirmed this week based on test results and other clinical information. Both patients required hospitalization, thankfully both are expected to recover. There are no indications the two cases are related.

The virus is transmitted to humans and animals through a mosquito bite. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Health officials emphasized that the risk of serious illness to humans is low. Most individuals who are infected with the virus will not experience any illness. Elderly individuals and those with compromised immune systems are at greatest risk for serious illness.

“While West Nile is rarely life-threatening, it can be occasionally serious,” Kaiser said. “Unlike the common cold which is easily transmitted, the West Nile virus can only be spread by mosquito bites, and there are easy steps to take to reduce your risk of getting bitten.”

Here are some ways to protect yourself:

  • Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active, especially at dawn and dusk, and wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and other protective clothing outside.
  • Apply EPA-registered insect repellent that contains DEET.
  • Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
  • Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, such as old tires, buckets, flowerpots and toys that can support mosquito breeding.-
  • Empty and scrub the water sources. Some mosquitoes can even breed in the amount of water that fits in a bottle cap.

There were 33 human cases reported during 2017 in Riverside County. In 2016, there were 10 confirmed human West Nile Virus cases in the county and there has not been a death from the illness since 2015.

Anyone who becomes ill after exposure to mosquitoes should contact their health care provider.  The Disease Control office can be reached at 951.358.5107 for more information on West Nile Virus.  For more about mosquito abatement, click www.rivcoeh.org/Programs/vector. To download full press release, click here.

To prevent the West Nile Virus spreading in Eastvale, the Northwest Mosquito & Vector Control District performed adult mosquito spray treatments on Friday, June 29, 2018 to lower the mosquito population affecting recreational and residential areas along the Santa Ana River in the City of Eastvale. The spray application was conducted between the hours of 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. at the following locations:

  • Riverwalk Park and Bike Trail located next to the Santa Ana River
  • Eastvale Community Park
The District treated these areas with Aqua-Reslin (EPA Reg. 432-796), which is approved for use in mosquito control by the US EPA.  They have been working hard to use Integrated Pest Management Practices in these areas, and the majority of their efforts focus on preventing mosquito breeding and killing mosquito larvae before they become flying adults. However, due to elevated trap counts, they have decided that adult mosquito control via truck mounted ground fogger is their best means to control the current mosquito populations in these areas. Signs were posted on June 27, 2018 in the areas that will be sprayed to inform the public of these activities.

Information regarding the treatment will be posted on their website at www.northwestmvcd.org. If there are any questions or concerns please contact the District at 951-340-9792.

High Speed Chase Ends in Suicide in Corona

By Anthony Saude


Corona- A man, who authorities believe may be connected to a Los Angeles County homicide case,  shot and killed himself following a high speed  pursuit that began in Hesperia and ended in Corona, on Friday, March 23.

The driver, identified as Christopher Spotz, 33, of North Hollywood, was armed with a handgun during the pursuit and was later pronounced deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound according to California Highway Patrol Officials.

San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies began the pursuit around 8:45p.m.  on Friday night. They informed the CHP that their deputies were heading south on the 15 Freeway in Hesperia and were in pursuit of a Toyota Tacoma pickup that had been reported as stolen.

The pursuit began when a deputy from Hesperia, who was in the area of Mariposa Road and the 15 freeway,  received a license-plate reader alert that the Tacoma had been involved in a crime in LAPD’s jurisdiction. The deputy attempted to pull the driver of the vehicle over. Spotz apparently had other plans and instead continued driving south on the freeway at a high rate of speed.

Other deputies then joined the chase and pursued the vehicle through the Cajon Pass and into both San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Once they entered the Mira Loma area, in Riverside County, San Bernardino Deputies dropped out of the pursuit and California Highway Patrol officers assumed the pursuit.

During the pursuit, officials used two spike strips, which flattened the truck’s tires, but the driver refused to stop and eventually got onto the westbound 91 Freeway, officials said, exiting at Green River Road in Corona and heading to Rio Vista Street, a dirt road south of the 91. At approximately 9:38 p.m., the driver pulled over, turned his weapon on himself and pulled the trigger. The Riverside County Coroner stated that the official time of death was 10:23 p.m.

According to news reports, citing several law enforcement sources, Spotz was the boyfriend of a 25-year-old aspiring model and actress from Macedonia who went missing in Hollywood last month. Authorities suspect that the woman was most likely murdered  and believe that Spotz was somehow involved in her disappearance and/or homicide. ■


Burglary Suspect Arrested

Staff Reports

Corona – The arrest of a burglary suspect in Corona leads to the recovery of a mass of potentially stolen property and firearms.

On Monday, October 23, 2017, a residential burglary occurred in the 2300 block of Talbot Circle in the City of Corona. The victim of the burglary had security camera video that captured images of the suspect in the home. After the victim posted the video on social media websites, the Corona Police Department received numerous tips from concerned citizens on the identity of the suspect.

Corona Police detectives, working with the information from the public, identified 46-year-old Riverside resident Michael Cohan as a potential suspect. Corona detectives located Cohan in the 10800 block of Magnolia Avenue in the City of Riverside at about 7:30 a.m. today. Cohan, who was armed with a loaded handgun at the time of his arrest, was taken into custody for suspicion of residential burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of a concealed firearm, and conspiracy. He was transported and booked at the Corona Police Department jail facility, and bail has been set at $500,000.

Cohan’s female companion, 48-year-old Riverside resident Melissa Dillion, was also arrested for suspicion of possession of stolen property. Detectives served a search warrant associated with this case at a hotel in the 10500 block of Magnolia Avenue in the City of Riverside where they recovered a substantial amount of property from Cohan’s motel room. More than eight large plastic containers full of potentially stolen property including jewelry, watches, handbags, a specialty guitar, baseball cards, and other collectibles were recovered at the hotel. A secondary search warrant for a local storage facility resulted in the recovery of several additional firearms and other potential stolen property.

In the days to come, investigators will be releasing photographs of property that was recovered as a result of this investigation and may have been taken in other theft-related incidents. The Corona Police Department will provide a link to a photographic catalog of property that citizens can view in order to determine if any of the property belongs to them.

More details on this process and how property may be returned to the rightful owners will be announced once the property is cataloged and photographed. The investigation is ongoing and no additional details are available for release at this time.


Local Victims Identified After Las Vegas Shooting

Staff Reports

Police Officials states that on October 1st, Stephen Paddlock, 64, opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 concertgoers from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. At least 59 people were killed during the La Vegas shooting and more than 500 have been injured. Members of the local community were among those killed, injured, or witnessed the horrific event.

Rocio Guillen

Eastvale resident, Rocio Guillen, was killed during the shooting. Guillen had four children and was engaged to Chris Jaksha.  Reports also state she recently had a baby.

Three GoFundMe accounts have been setup for Rocio’s families. The first account was setup Rocio’s oldest son, with the help of his aunt.  An updated description on the GoFundMe page stated that the funds will go towards Rocio’s funeral service and be given to all four of her children.  Here is the link to this account: https://www.gofundme.com/support-for-marcus-chris. A second GoFundMe account was created by longtime family friends of Rocio’s fiancé. The funds will be given to Rocio’s fiancé and all four children: https://www.gofundme.com/4irnbc8. The last GoFundMe account was setup by Rocio’s cousin, Valerie, to help pay for funeral costs: https://www.gofundme.com/rocio-guillen-rocha. All three GoFundMe accounts have been confirmed to be legitimate.

Family friend, Rebecca Prunk McNeal, is also collecting donations for Rocio’s two infant children: a 18 month-old and a 2 months-old.  She requested community members drop off wipes, Enfamil Gentleease formula, applesauce or fruit type pouches, juice boxes, or toddler type bars and yogurt melts (non-perishable items) or Target, Walmart and grocery gift cards. A Facebook post stated they had quite a few diapers donated.

The donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Chino Hills North drop off location: 3393 Tupelo St. Chino Hills
  • Chino Hills South drop off location: 16656 Longacre Ave Chino Hills
  • Eastvale location: 13862 Almond Grove Ct. Eastvale 92880

Chris Roybal

It was reported that a United States military veteran who lived in Corona was also killed.  Chris Roybal, 28, previously served in Afghanistan and attended the concert to celebrate his 29th birthday.  However, he was one of the 59 people who were killed during the event. A friend of Chris’ setup this GoFundMe account for funeral costs: https://www.gofundme.com/chris-roybal-family-relief-fund. This account has been confirmed as legitimate.

Austin Davis


Another young man also lost his life at the concert. Austin Davis, 29, was loved by many. His mom is a staff member at Eleanor Roosevelt High School.  Staff members of ERHS setup the following GoFundMe account for his memorial: https://www.gofundme.com/austin-davis-memorial-fund.  This account has been confirmed as legitimate.


Brad Powers

Among those who were injured was San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s employee Sergeant Brad Powers.  He is a “19-year veteran, assigned to the Fontana Station,” stated Sheriff John McMahon. “He is currently in critical but stable condition, being treated at a Las Vegas area hospital. I want to thank everyone who came to Brad’s aid. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers,” continued McMahon. This GoFundMe account was setup by a family friend: https://www.gofundme.com/powers-assitance-fund. This account has not been confirmed as of yet.




Michael, Summer and their baby girl

Ontario Police Officer and former Eastvale resident, Michael Gracia, was shot in the head, but miraculously survived.  He was taken to surgery, along with his girlfriend and mother of his child, Summer. They recently had a daughter together. A recent report states that Michael and Summer have been released from the hospital and Michael was transported to a rehabilitation center for additional treatment.  A GoFundMe account was created by a friend who is raising money for medical bills and general bills: https://www.gofundme.com/michael-gracia-and-summer. This account has been confirmed as legitimate.



Rick Uribe and his wife

Rick Uribe of Chino was also injured: shot twice in the stomach on the right and left side. An update stated he is currently on a breathing machine to help stabilize his body but will hopefully be removed in the next 24 hours, starting his long road to recovery. This GoFundMe account was setup by Rick’s daughter to help pay for bills as her dad recovers: https://www.gofundme.com/x8yht-ricks-road-to-recovery. This account has been confirmed as legitimate.

Jason McMillian is another local resident that was shot.  He is a Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy, a father, and a fiancé. Jason and his fiancé Fiorella were both injured but are improving. Jason has a long recovery ahead so a GoFundMe was setup to cover the costs of his medical bills: https://www.gofundme.com/jason-mcmillan  This account has been confirmed as legitimate.

Rocky Palermo, of Diamond Bar, was shot in the back at the festival. Since doctors thought surgery would be too risky, he has to live with shrapnel in his back forever.  He was recently released from the hospital and a GoFundMe account was setup to help with medical expenses not covered by insurance: https://www.gofundme.com/rocky-palermo-medical-fund. This account has been confirmed as legitimate.

Many local members of the community attended the event but thankfully, weren’t physically harmed.

Eastvale resident, Brittany Calderon, described her experience at the concert: “I was there listening to Jason Aldean. About 4 songs in, we heard noise that sounded like fireworks. We thought nothing of it, so the show went on and everyone stayed calm. A few seconds later, we heard the noise again and this time we knew they were gunshots. We ran as fast as we could to the nearest exit. There was a mob of hundreds of people running for their lives while the gunshots were going nonstop. My friend and I found a “safe spot” across the street behind a big rig and as we as well as maybe 15 others thought we were safe, we heard more gunshots and they sounded really close to us so we ran and ran and ran. I don’t recall everything, but I jumped a fence, hid in an apartment complex, in a construction that was pitch black, a mob of us broke through a glass door, then ran to the Hooters Hotel. We all hid in their restaurant where I came across a young woman who had been shot on her arm and leg. (She was literally right next to me.) During this whole incident I had been so calm, up until I got into Hooters. I absolutely lost it. That was when I decided to call my mom to tell her what was happening. Someway somehow, we got out of the hotel and had a random man give us and as two others a ride away from the strip.”

Calderon describes how she felt when she returned home, “No injuries at all, just very mentally traumatized at the moment. This event was absolute devastating. I did not think I was going to make it but here I am.”

Pastor Mark Lee of VantagePoint Church shares the experience that Eastvale resident, Adam De Corte had.  De Corte is the church’s Pastor of Hospitality and he said, “We didn’t know what was going on. All we heard was pop, pop, pop until finally we realized that it wasn’t fireworks. People were dying. It’s one thing to talk or read of evil. It was something completely different to be caught right in the middle of it. I didn’t know what to do.” Lee’s Facebook post continued as he talked about the three things he can do for Las Vegas: pray for those involved, refuse to lose hope, and fight evil with good.

Local resident, Jana Elizabeth, wanted to help the community members affected by this tragedy.  She is a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in grief and loss counseling and posted the following message on various Eastvale Facebook groups: “I would like to offer my services pro bono for up to four sessions to anyone who has been affected by the incidents in Las Vegas. I can be contacted at 909-248-3671. Prayers to all those affected by this heinous crime.”

Avery Centre Counseling group also offered free counseling group sessions via Eastvale Facebook groups. “Free group sessions the rest of the week to help those affected by this tragedy. Please contact http://www.averycentre.com or on Facebook: The Avery Centre. 909-597-2226. We’re here for you!”

An Eastvale Candlelight Vigil will also take place for Las Vegas Victims on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The vigil will be held in the Eleanor Roosevelt High School front parking lot to honor those impacted by this tragic event.

“This is a tremendous loss for our community,” Mayor Joe Tessari said about the event in a recent statement. “I think all of us are aware of someone in the city who was either taken from us, injured or present when this horrific crime occurred. It’s time for us to, again, give our love and support to those who have been directly affected by this tragedy.” Tessari continued by saying “one of the characteristics I love most about Eastvale is how we come together to lift up members of our community in times of crisis.”

Corona Fire Evacuees Allowed To Return to Homes

By Anthony Saude


Inland Empire – Firefighters from Riverside and Orange counties are battling a brush fire that began Monday afternoon on the shoulder of the eastbound 91 Freeway near the Riverside-Orange county line. After four days of battling the fire, heat and wind in the hills above a Corona neighborhood the fire officials have increased the containment report to 45% as of Thursday morning.

Authorities received a report of the fire shortly before 1 pm on September 24 that a fire was burning in east Anaheim just west of the Green River Road exit. About 1900 firefighters, police and personnel have been attacking the wind-driven flames with hoses ont the ground and dropping water from aircraft overhead.  The over 1500 residents that were evacuated in the Corona area have been cleared to return to their homes as of September 26. Coronits, John Adams, Prado View, Eisenhower and Franklin elementary schools; and Cesar Cahavez Academy and Citrus Hills Intermediate School of CNUSD are still closed as of Wednesday.

Firefighters are continuing to build and reinforce the fire line, mop up hot spots and patrol the fire perimeter”, all according to a news release from the Orange County Fire Authority. Even though the fire hasn’t gotten any larger they have fire authorities have not updated to full containment. Historically until there is a physical line, some sort of break that will keep the fire from spreading has been built all around the fire. Firefighters would prefer to err on the side of caution before claiming full containment.

There haven’t been any injuries reported to date due to the fire and only one home was damaged and the trailer of a semi-truck was destroyed.

Although their neighborhoods were burning and the future of their homes were uncertain the residents had nothing but praises for the hard work and diligence the firefighters and all personnel responsible for their protection. Fire trucks in almost every driveway to protect the homes, dozens were saved thanks to the efforts of these community heroes. A unified command was composed of the Anaheim, Corona, and Los Angeles County fire departments, the OCFA, U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors declared a local emergency Tuesday for the Canyon Fire that order will increases stat and federal assistance in the firefight. The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.

https://www.coronaca.gov/government/departments-divisions/fire-department/canyon-fire-update will give you current updates about the fire and Corona roads and school information.

Facebook activated its “safety check” feature for users in the vicinity of the fire as a way to “check on friends or mark yourself safe,” according to the social media platform.


26 Year Old Substitute Teacher Arrested for Sex With A Minor

DATE/TIME: September 2, 2017/ 7:35 p.m. INCIDENT: PC 289(a)(1)(c) Digital Penetration With A Foreign Object On A Minor; PC 288(a)(c) Oral Copulation With A Minor 14-Years

LOCATION: Several locations within the City of Yucaipa

SUSPECT(S): Trevor Jack Trathen, WMA, 26 years of age, resident of Yucaipa

VICTIM(S): Confidential Female Minor


On Thursday, August 31, 2017, staff at the Yucaipa High School became aware of allegations regarding a student who had an inappropriate relationship with an employee of Yucaipa-Calimesa joint unified school district. The school immediately reported the allegations to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Yucaipa Station and to San Bernardino County Children and Family Services. Detectives at the Yucaipa Station contacted the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division – Crimes Against Children Detail (CACD) for assistance. Detectives immediately launched an investigation, gathered evidence, and conducted numerous interviews. Detectives learned Trathen had participated in illegal sexual conduct with the victim in February and March of 2014. At the time, Trathen was a coach at the Yucaipa High School and met the victim while she was a student at the school. Trathen was a substitute teacher at the Yucaipa High School at the time of this investigation; however he has been removed from the Yucaipa/Calimesa School District Substitute System.

Trathen was arrested on September 2, 2017, at about 12:02 a.m. and booked at the Sheriff’s Central Detention Center for oral copulation with a minor and penetration with a foreign object on a minor. The victim in this case was 14 years old at the time the alleged crime took place. Trathen is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail. Trathen’s booking photo will be released in the event there are additional victims or witnesses. If you have any information in reference here is the contact information.

Refer: Detective Josette Tracy or Sergeant Dana Foster

Station: Specialized Investigation Division – Crimes Against Children Detail

Phone No. 909-387-3615

Case No. 601700102


Wal-Mart Supercenter Being Built In Eastvale

Eastvale municipality leaders have approved the development of a Walmart supercenter.

By Marissa Mitchell

Eastvale – A new Wal-Mart Supercenter will be built in the city of Eastvale, as ratified by city council members. The Supercenter at large will feature Walmart and other stores, bearing the name “Eastvale Crossings”

On April 26, the project was unanimously approved for building. It will be built on the southeast corner of Limonite and Archibald. In the center covering over 25 acres, the Walmart itself will be approximately 192,000 square feet and include a gas station. Subsequent developments on other parcels of land will be subject to city and Planning Commission review, according to City Manager Michele Nissen.

Per city planning documents, the project will also feature a drive-through pharmacy for Eastvale residents. Time frame for construction, however, has yet to be determined.

Walmart spokeswoman Delia Garcia stated by phone, “The approval is the first step. We’re very early in the process here.”

The planning project is projected to serve not just Eastvale but also the surrounding communities, including Ontario, Chino, Norco, and Jurupa Valley, said officials.

Garcia added, “We know that many of our customers are already shopping at other Wal-Marts in Chino and Corona, and this will be a convenience to our Eastvale customers, but we’ll also serve a broader area.”

This novel Wal-Mart supercenter is expected to garner around $375,000 a year in sales tax revenue for the city, Nissen stated, which will help the city overall in many ways. In general, average sales tax revenue for any Wal-Mart supercenter can range from $250,000 to $900,000 per year, so the estimate is conservative.

“Those dollars go straight into the city’s general fund,” Nissen declared. “Ultimately, it’s up to the City Council and myself to decide how those dollars are spent, but it’s based on the needs of the community.” And, as a rapidly growing community, the needs are many.

Moreover, the new center is anticipated to help ease a challenge for the city, said Brandon Plott:   “For the last six years, we’ve been able to maintain a solvent budget, but it’s been very challenging. The topic of gaining more sales tax revenue comes up and Wal-Mart brings that to the city.”

More revenue generated leads in turn to greater benefits of the community at large. Simply the project in and of itself is expected to create approximately 100 construction jobs and around 300 retail jobs for the city.

The Wal-Mart will include a full grocery department, giving citizens choices and flexibility in food shopping in and around the marketplace of Eastvale.

Plott stated, “It does bring a level of service to the city that the residents want. People can shop for something at a lower price and it brings a level of competition to the city, which is good for our local economy. I think people want to pay lower prices for products.”

91 Project near Completion

By City of Eastvale

The 91 Project is now 91 percent complete! Work is continuing full speed ahead, with major milestones expected to be reached in early 2017.

The new westbound Maple Street off-ramp is nearing completion, and the Maple Street bridge is projected to return to two-way travel later this month.

The eastbound Serfas Club on-ramp, which has been closed since September 2015, is expected to reopen in February.

These dates are subject to change, based on weather and other factors.  Last month, crews completed the removal of the support structures of the Lincoln Avenue bridge. Work is continuing to widen the bridge over the 91.

Nighttime closures of eastbound 91 at Interstate 15 will continue through January for ongoing construction of the Express Connector from eastbound 91 to southbound 15 and from northbound 15 to westbound 91. Crews will be removing support structures on this flyover structure, which measures 3,700 feet long and 70 feet tall.

Also early this year, crews will coordinate restriping of travel lanes on the 91 and on city streets. Additional work will continue along Frontage Road, Wardlow Road and Pomona Road. Please watch for intermittent closures and detour signs.


Woman Murdered Alive

Staff Reports

Pomona – Alexander Anthony Clever was sentenced to life in prison without parole after the murder of his girlfriend, Yvette Silva, in 2014.

On Nov. 29, 2014, Clever and Silva were heard arguing in their motel bathroom, according to Michael Matoba, the Deputy District Attorney who prosecuted the case.

Two of the victim’s friends, who were also inside the motel, tried to intervene as soon as they heard muffle screaming coming from the bathroom. Inside, Clever held Silva in a chokehold as she lay unconscious, Matoba said. Unable to free Silva from Clever, the two witnesses went to find help.

When Pomona deputies arrived, they found Silva in the shower with her right lung and heart removed. Police determined that Silva was alive when her lung was cut out of her body.

Two days after the event, Clever was arrested outside his home where police found the knife that was linked to Silva’s murder inside.

Clever admitted to torturing Silva before ultimately killing her and pleaded to one count of first-degree murder, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

SB County To Rid Rave-Style Events

By Racine Guajardo

San BernardinoRave-style events have been held at the San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore for the past 3 years. However, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors proposed on June 28 to consider a ban on the events.

According to documents available online, as of September 6, 2016 it will go into effect to no longer permit Live Nation to host any more Electronic Dance Shows at the San Manuel Amphitheater at the Glen Helen Regional Park. This was due to numerous objections of noise and nuisance complaints generated by the Electronic Dance Show events.

The Board of Supervisors have also taken into consideration the results of deaths that have happened at these events. According to Janice Rutherford, “Sadly, two deaths have been linked to rave festivals at the Venue. Arrel Cochon, 22, of Hollywood suffered a seizure after taking Ecstasy and methamphetamine at the Nocturnal Wonderland festival in September 2013. John Hoang Dinh Vo, 22, of San Diego died at Loma Linda University Medical Center after suffering a seizure and collapsing at the Beyond Wonderland festival in March 2015. The cause of death was acute toxicity from MDMA (Ecstasy).”

No actual impact financially is known at this time. However, also according to Rutherford’s report, “it is unclear to what direct extent the EDS events contributed to the overage. The elimination of EDS may also impact the County’s negotiations with Live Nation to extend the management contract for the San Manuel Amphitheater and the level of financial guarantee. Additionally, the County may see a loss of revenue from Live Nation for the leasing of additional space at Glen Helen Regional Park for camping or other needs during EDS events or may recognize an increase in revenue resulting from other usage opportunities.”

Crime Recap

Staff Reports

Inland EmpireOngoing operations have been conducted to ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians to help prevent accidents. Here is a recap of the news releases from Riverside County’s Sheriff’s Department and Corona Police Department.

Norco- On May 20, Norco’s Sheriff’s officers conducted a Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation on Hamner Avenue and Second Street between the hours of 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Officers paid special attention to drivers and pedestrians who sped, made illegal turns, failed to stop for signs and signals, failed to yield to pedestrians, and other violations. During the operation, a total of 67 citations were issued for the following: 38 for failing to stop at red light, 25 for failing to stop for pedestrian in crosswalk, 3 for distracted driving,  and 1 misdemeanor warrant.

Corona- On May 22, the Corona Police Department responded to the 2000 block of Promenade Avenue of a vehicle versus a pedestrian traffic collision. At arrival, officers found a 15-year-old deceased body. Corona Police Departments Collision Reconstruction Team responded to handle the investigation. They believe the victim purposely entered the roadway. The driver involved was not injured or cited and the investigation remains active.

Jurupa Valley- On May 23, in Jurupa Valley, a fatal traffic collision occurred on Van Buren cross of Etiwanda. The driver was a 26-year-old male who was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was driving a Honda civic traveling south on Van Buren Boulevard, in which he veered off the roadway and struck a tree. Anyone with information is urged to contact Deputy Krusbe at the Jurupa Valley Station Traffic Department at (951) 955-2600.

Corona- On May 28, Corona Police Department and Corona Fire Department responded to the area of Hidden Valley East on the I-15 freeway for reports of a severe injury related traffic collision. A Ford Fusion driven by Debbie Ward of Norco entered the roadway and in the path of two motorcyclists, which were Zachariah Macias, 24-years old of Norco, and Phillip Borja, 25-years old of Upland. Borja struck the driver’s side and Macias took an evasive action to avoid colliding with the Ford Fusion, forcing him to drive eastbound in the westbound lanes of travel on Hidden Valley. Both motorcyclists ended up striking a Volkswagon Beetle driven by Marissa Frantz of Corona. The second collision caused Borja’s motorcycle and the Beetle to both catch fire. Both Macias and Borja were transported to Riverside Community Hospital for serious injuries. Macias was released from the hospital but Borja died at the hospital from the injuries he received. No arrests were made, and no one was cited. This collision is being further investigated by the Corona Police Department’s Collision Response Team. Anyone with information is asked to contact Traffic Investigation Clark Eveland at (951) 817-5764 or email at clark.eveland@DiscoverCorona.com


IE News: Inmate Missing From SB Camp

Staff Reports

CrestlineAInmate-BWn inmate walked away from a state conservation camp on Tuesday, May 31.

The inmate identified as Chad Ellebracht, 40, was reported missing at around 7:30 a.m. from the Pilot Rock Conservation Camp #15 in the San Bernardino County, officials stated.  Dormitory buildings and the camp perimeter were searched by the camp staff, but were unable to find him. The Camp reported his disappearance to the local law enforcement agencies. He was last seen at a routine inmate count at 5:40 a.m.

Ellebracht has multiple tattoos, including his last name across his upper chest. He weighs about 200 pounds and 5 feet, 11 inches tall. He was finishing a three year sentence, to be released on August 8, for possession of a controlled substance for sale.

If you have any information, please contact California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials camp commander at (909) 338-1950 or the Sierra Conservation Center Watch Commander at (209) 984-5291, ext 5439.

IE News: Bus Crash Injures 21

Staff Reports

HighlandOn Sunday, May 22, 22 people including the driver were on board a shuttle bus that was involved in a crash on High way 330 in Highland, according to the California Highway Patrol.

This shuttle bus was driving southbound on Highway 330 following a white Nissan versa, in which the bus rear-ended the vehicle, causing the shuttle bus to overturn. Apparently, this shuttle bus was one of many that were transporting women from Iglesia De Cristo Ministerios Llamada Final Church back home in Downey from a weekend women’s retreat in the Big Bear area.

According to CHP, of the 22 people inside the shuttle bus, 21 were treated for injuries and 4 were in critical condition without life threatening injuries. No reports of injury to the Nissan versa driver have been made thus far. The women have been transported to local hospitals, including St Bernardine Medical Center and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, to be treated for injuries.

Until the area was further investigated and cleaned up, the roads were briefly closed at Live Oak and Highland Ave on Highway 330. No details at this time have been released as to what exactly caused the shuttle bus to overturn. There is speculation that either the breaks weren’t working properly or speed was possibly a factor, but again nothing released as to the exact cause.

IE News: Litigation Threat Changes EV Elections

By Raymond Mendoza

Eastvale– Changes are in store for Eastvale for the upcoming November elections, as the Eastvale City Council recently voted to change its “at-large” system of city council elections to “by district” – meaning that council members must be elected from certain geographic areas within the city.

While the vote was 3-0 in favor of the change during a council meeting on April 27 (Councilmember Adam Rush was absent) the council members noted their decision was only made to appease litigation threats made by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

According to Attorney Betsy Martin, the City of Eastvale received a letter from the group in April stating that they would sue the city if Eastvale did not switch to “by district” elections in time for the November 2016 election. The group claimed that the City of Eastvale’s current election system is violating the California Voting Rights Act of 2002.

According to a statement issued by the city, Eastvale is not the only city being threatened with litigation. Inland Empire cities such as Rancho Cucamonga, Wildomar, Hesperia, Chino and Upland all received the same demands regarding by-district elections.

“We recommend that you do (change to “by district” elections),” said Martin. “No city has ever successful defended a voting rights challenge.”

Martin went on to discuss how the California Voting Rights Act of 2002 is intended to ensure that “protected groups” – such as minority races – have their voting rights protected. Martin mentioned that the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund was alerted due to the efforts of an unknown Eastvale community member.

“Rather than spend a lot of money on fighting something that will certainly be a losing proposition, we suggest you go forward and draw your own districts as rapidly as possible,” said Martin.

During the June 2010 Eastvale incorporation election, 54 percent of the voters were in favor of “at-large” elections – which allowed anyone who lives within the city to run for city council. “By district” only received 27 percent of the votes.

Council Member Clint Lorimore voiced his distaste for the election changes, stating that breaking the city into districts would accomplish very little since there is no major racial divide from one area of Eastvale to the next.

“I want to express my frustration with this process,” Lorimore said. “I believe that we in Eastvale are a homogenous community. We’re not broken into specific areas where one ethnicity lives. It is not going to be helpful, in my opinion, for our city to do this.”

To push these changes ahead at an accelerated rate, city officials hired the National Demographics Corporation to study the city’s population and prepare draft plans for the proposed districts that also meet legal requirements. The draft of proposed districts will be available to the public this month on the city’s website and residents are also encouraged to voice their opinions concerning the new districts during its upcoming public hearings on May 11, May 25, and June 8.

USPS Carriers Attacked By Dogs

Photo courtesy: USPS.com

Photo courtesy: USPS.com

Staff Reports

The United States Postal Service (USPS) released its annual Top Dog Attack City Rankings this week, which concluded that a total of 6,549 employees were attacked by dogs last year. Fifty-one cities make up the top 30 rankings, according to a USPS news release.

“Dogs are protective in nature and may view our letter carriers handing mail to their owner as a threat,” said USPS Safety Director Linda DeCarlo at a news conference in Houston.

Safety is the number one priority of USPS, so they’ve released new safety initiatives that have been put into place in order to keep their employees safe.

Two new safety measures will alert USPS Carriers of dogs on their delivery routes. The first safety measure went into effect on May 13 on usps.com’s Package Pickup application. “Customers will be asked to indicate if there is a dog at their address when they schedule a package pickup,” according to the news release. The second safety measure plans to be implemented later this spring.

“The Mobile Delivery Devices that letter carriers use to scan packages to confirm delivery will include a feature that allows carriers to indicate the presence of a dog at an individual address. This is especially helpful to substitutes who fill-in for letter carriers on their days off,” said DeCarlo.

The National Dog Bite Prevention Week was held in Houston from Sun., May 15 to Sat., May 21 in order to bring awareness to the nationwide issue of dog attacks. The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Humane Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Insurance Information Institute and State Farm Insurance joined forces with USPS to educate the community about this concern.

Of the 4.5 million Americans bitten by dogs annually, half of all victims are children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  “Many attacks to children are by the family pet or a dog familiar to the child, so it’s important to keep children and dogs separate, especially if a dog is known to act aggressively,” according to the USPS news release.

USPS believes that education can help prevent dog attacks to people of all ages. They have released the following tips to help keep our USPS mail carriers safe:

  • If a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to get at strangers.
  • Dog owners should keep the family dog secured. Parents should remind their children not to take mail directly from letter carriers in the presence of the family pet as the dog may view the letter carrier handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture.
  • The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. If a letter carrier feels threatened by a vicious dog or if a dog is running loose, the owner may be asked to pick up the mail at the Post Office until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner’s neighbors may be asked to pick up their mail at the Post Office as well.


Full Closure of Southbound 71

By Shelli Lombardo


The California Department of Transportation will close all southbound lanes of State Route 71 (SR-71) between Euclid Avenue and the Riverside County line from 8 p.m. Friday, May 20, 2016 to 5 a.m., Saturday, May 21, 2016.

Maintenance crews are repairing and/or replacing concrete slabs in the number one and two lanes of southbound SR-71. Northbound lanes will remain open.

The southbound detour is as follows: use eastbound SR-60 to the southbound I-15 to westbound SR-91 or use SR-60 as an alternate route into and out of Los Angeles and Orange County.

Thank you for your patience as Caltrans works to improve your commute.

To stay on top of roadwork in the Inland Empire go to http://www.caltrans8.info and sign up for commuter alerts. View traffic conditions at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov.

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Closures On 91 On-Ramp

Photo courtesy: Riverside County Transportation Commission The map shown above is the detour route for eastbound travelers.

Photo courtesy: Riverside County Transportation Commission
The map shown above is the detour route for eastbound travelers.

Staff Reports

Inland Empire-The Riverside County Transportation Commission has announced the reconfiguration of a 91 on-ramp and closure of nearby streets in Corona, beginning on May 16.

“As part of the Riverside County Transportation Commission’s (RCTC) 91 Project, the westbound 91 Lincoln Avenue on-ramp will be reconfigured to run parallel to westbound Pomona Road and enter the 91 just before the Smith Street overpass,” according to a news release. This reconfiguration will start Monday, May 16 at 4 a.m. through the end of 2016. Also, Pomona Road Eastbound will be closed from Industrial Way to just west of the westbound 91 Lincoln Avenue on-ramp. Pomona Road Westbound will remain open.

“As a detour for eastbound travel, motorists can head north on Smith Avenue and then east on Railroad Street to Lincoln Avenue,” according to Riverside County Transportation Commission.

“The reconfiguration of the on-ramp will allow crews to widen the roadway and the new westbound 91 Lincoln Avenue on-ramp that will connect directly from the Lincoln Avenue bridge,” added the Riverside County Transportation Commission.

In preparation for this reconfiguration, Pomona Road will be closed in both directions to through travel from just west of the Lincoln Avenue on-ramp to Industrial Way, starting Saturday, May 14 at 9 p.m. This new configuration will open Monday, May 16 at 4 a.m. Flaggers will be on site to allow access to local businesses on Saturday night to Monday morning.

Please note that closures may change depending on weather, field conditions or other operational factors.

For questions, please call the helpline or visit www.sr91project.info.

Wild Winds Blast through IE

Photo courtesy of Facebook A driveway covered with tumbleweeds greeted this Chino Hills’ homeowner.

Photo courtesy of Facebook
A driveway covered with tumbleweeds greeted this Chino Hills’ homeowner.

By Carol Heyen

Inland Empire – A National Weather Service wind advisory came to fruition Saturday as strong winds pummeled the Inland Empire.
Winds gusting over 40 miles per hour sent dirt and tumbleweeds flying across the 71 freeway and into Chino Hills’ yards.  Drivers swerved to avoid the damaging weeds as they flew by.
Houses were shaking from the winds and hundreds of trees were blown over as residents hunkered down to escape the gusts.
Residents took to Facebook to complain about the wild winds.  Many people lost brand-new drone and helicopter Christmas gifts as they were caught up in the gusts.  Garbage cans and Christmas decorations were found blown down streets, and wooden fences were blown over.
In Eastvale, a backyard palapa was snapped off its pole and landed upside down in the family’s Jacuzzi, and a trampoline that had been staked down flew up and over a brick wall.
Cleaning up the mess was no easy task.  Chino Hills’ resident Steven A. Velasquez Sr. likened clean-up to “bailing water out of a sinking boat.”
City clean-up crews were seen in Chino Hills on Sunday, helping to dispose of the tumbleweeds from residents’ front yards and streets.
Some blame El Niño for the windy and freezing conditions that swept across the southland over the Christmas holiday.
NASA reports that the 2015 El Niño, currently unfolding in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean, is the strongest since 1997-98. According to officials, the worst is yet to come with weather events likely to peak in early 2016.
The strong winds serve as a reminder to be prepared. The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) say that high winds can be just as dangerous as heavy rain or snow. They remind residents to remove or secure items that are typically outside.
Bring patio furniture, garden tools, garbage cans, and toys inside. Trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building. Anchor objects that are unsafe to bring inside, like gas grills or propane tanks.