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Crime Recap June

Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner,
Pictured is Kyle Kammers

A recap of crime that took place in Norco during the month of June.

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – Last month, crime was limited in Eastvale and Corona, but there were a few cases in Norco.  Below is a list of the crime that took place in Norco during the month of June.

INCIDENT: Grand Theft / Residential Burglary

WHEN: June 3, 2019

WHERE: 2000 Block Mountain Avenue Norco

On June 3, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Deputies responded to a call of grand theft at the 2100 block of Hamner Ave in Norco.  The suspect fled the scene to a residence in the 2000 block of Mountain Ave., in Norco. 

“Entry was made to the residence and the subject was apprehended inside the residence,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner’s office.  The suspect was later identified as Rafael Murrillo Quezada, 21 of San Bernardino.  Quezada was arrested and booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center.  The property and currency that was stolen from the residence was recovered. 

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

INCIDENT: Sexual Assault Investigation

WHEN: June 20, 2019

WHERE: John F. Kennedy Middle College High School, Norco

A May 2019 investigation led to the recent arrest of Kyle Kammers, 33 of Riverside, who was a school employee at John F. Kennedy High School.  The investigation began in May 2019 when school administrators from the Corona-Norco Unified School District informed law enforcement of a possible inappropriate relationship between Kammers and a seventeen-year-old female student. 

Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station Investigators determined that Kammers and the student first interacted with each other at the school and communicated through text messaging, along with other social media platforms. “During some of their interactions, it was alleged Kammers started a sexual relationship with the student and received multiple inappropriate photographs of the minor,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Coroner’s office.

On June 20, a search warrant was served at Kammers residence, located in the 3300 block of July Drive, and Kammers was taken into custody.  Kammers was booked and transported into the Riverside County Jail for sexual assault against a minor, in addition to various crimes.

However, this is still an active investigation. Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Patrick at the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station by calling (951) 955-9234. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

Norco Holds Elections Nov. 6

Staff Reports

Norco –The City of Norco encourages all residents to go out and vote, as two seats are up on the City Council this year.

The City of Norco utilizes an  at-large election system in which registered voters from the entire City choose each of the five City Council Members. On November 6, two City Council seats currently held by Kevin Bash and Greg Newton and are up for election. Five residents are vying for those seats, included with Bash and Newton the other candidates are Rob Koziel, Rod Taylor and Travis Walsh. The City Clerk is the local elections administrator and coordinates with the County of Riverside in the conduct of Municipal elections. This includes, but is not limited to, the preparation of necessary resolutions calling for General and Special Municipal Elections and declaring the result of the election, the coordination of the candidate nomination process and the receipt and processing of initiative, referendum and recall petitions. Regular elections are consolidated with statewide elections, scheduled on the first Tuesday of November of even numbered years to fill expired City Council terms. All election services are provided according the California Elections Code, according to the city of Norco’s website.

City Council members are elected at-large for a four year term. Council Members serve “staggered” terms, meaning that either 2 or 3 seats are open for election every two years. Council Members receive $550 per month stipend as compensation for their service.

Any member of the public who meets the following requirements may run for public office in the City of Norco. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, and be a registered voter in the City of Norco at the time the nomination papers are issued. In order to become a candidate, the first step in the process is to file a Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Form 501: Candidate Intention Statement. File Form 501 with the City Clerk before receiving or spending funds. Form 501 can be filed with the City Clerk prior to the official Nomination Period. Each candidate must file an original Form 501 with the City Clerk. The only exception is if no funds are raised and the only expenditure made is from personal funds for a candidate’s statement. Candidates must file the Form 501 before receiving or spending monies or opening a bank account. Candidates who receive any monetary contributions from others, or contribute $2,000 or more in personal funds to their campaigns, must still open a campaign bank account. The form may be obtained from the City Clerk or from FPPC’s website at www.fppc.ca.gov. The City Clerk will issue your Nomination Paper and Candidate Packet during the Nomination Period. The process to issue nomination papers takes approximately 30 minutes. Please note, you must be a registered voter in the City of Norco at the time the nomination papers are issued. A filing fee of $25 is paid to the City of Norco when nomination papers are pulled.

Pursuant to California Elections Code Section 10220, qualified candidates may be issued and file nomination papers during the nomination period. Candidates are nominated by no less than 20 registered voters of the City of Norco.

Voter registration forms are available at all public libraries, post offices and City Hall. To receive a registration form by mail, please call the Riverside County Registrar of Voters office at (951) 486-7200 or the City Clerk’s office at (951) 735-3900. Completed registration forms can be hand-delivered to the Registrar’s office located at 2724 Gateway Drive, Riverside, CA 92507 or 2870 Clark Ave, Norco, CA 92860or dropped off in any U.S. mailbox. No postage is necessary. For additional voter registration information visit www.voteinfo.net. (most information courtesy of the City of Eastvale)

 

1 Dead in Auto Accident in Norco

Staff Reports

Norco – There was a fatal accident in Norco on Sunday morning, one person died in the single-pickup truck crash that occurred on the southbound side of the 15 Freeway in Norco, authorities reported.

According to CHP logs and Cal Fire/Riverside County reports the accident took place at approximately 7:09 a.m. on an otherwise quiet morning.

The victim who at the time of the report who was still unidentified at the time this was released, was ejected from a white Toyota pickup truck. The pickup truck landed on its side in the area of the Second Street off ramp of the freeway,

The person was pronounced deceased at the scene. The witness who reported the incident said the pickup truck nearly hit their vehicle before the accident occurred, according to CHP logs.

There was no indication that there was a passenger with the driver in the pickup when the accident took place. If anybody else was a witness to the accident it is encouraged you contact the CHP and give them a statement.

 

Tint Your Windows At Mr. Tint

Staff Reports

NORCO – Car window tinting is one of the best ways to improve the look and comfort of your vehicle. You can protect the interior of the vehicle from sun damage by tinting the windows. Sunlight and heat can cause your interior, like seats and the dashboard, to fade, crack and deteriorate. Window tinting reduces the sunlight allowed into the vehicle, which in turn reduces how hot it gets inside your car. Likewise, homes and offices heat up during the day, and trying to keep your air-conditioner ahead of the game can be costly.
Car window tinting also increases the value of your vehicle when done by professionals like Mr. Tint. Quality car window tinting and expert installation is essential for a professional tint job and maintaining a showroom-quality car.
Mr. Tint has a solution for autos, homes, and commercial buildings.  By tinting your windows, you can not only save up to 30% on your cooling costs with a significant decrease in heat, but you can reduce up to 99% of the UV rays that fade auto interiors, window coverings and furniture in your home and office.
There is one goal prevalent at Mr. Tint, and that is for their customers to be 100% satisfied.  They are focused on not only providing a superior product, but with offering competitive pricing alongside exceptional customer service.  Mr. Tint believes in treating the customer right in all aspects of their business.  By earning your loyalty, you will refer your family, friends and business associates, and come back time and again.
Family owned and operated, Mr. Tint offers free estimates and lifetime warranties.  With over 20 years of experience, the quality of their workmanship is second to none.  They are completely sure you will be satisfied, and invite you to see what other customers are saying on Yelp.com.
Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Same-day service is available, and you can enjoy free beverages and Wi-Fi while you wait, or take advantage of their free shuttle service (within 10 miles).
Mr. Tint is conveniently located just minutes from Eastvale at 1780 Town and Country Drive, #104, in Norco (near the post office and DMV).  Call them at (951) 737-7007 for more information, or visit their website at http://www.mrtint-ie.com. 

 

DOJ Honors Families Of Norco Vietnam Veterans

Staff Reports
NORCO
– On behalf of the City of Norco and the families of Norco Vietnam veterans, the George A. Ingalls Veterans Memorial Executive Committee has successfully requested Certificates of Honor from the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. This honor is part of the Commemoration’s Commemorative Partner Program and recognizes immediate family members of the veterans who are listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. These veterans are also honored on the “Lest We Forget” Wall at the George A. Ingalls Veterans Memorial Plaza.

The Certificates of Honor and accompanying lapel pins will be presented to the immediate surviving family members of the following Norco Vietnam veterans: George A. Ingalls, Emmitt James Wilkey, Jr., Herold Troy Deardorff, Timothy J. McKiernan, and Clyde Douglas McDonald. The presentation will take place at the City of Norco’s Memorial Day Ceremony, Continuous Salute and Monument Unveiling on Monday, May 28, at the George A. Ingalls Veterans Memorial Plaza. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and the Continuous Salute will take place from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. The community is invited to celebrate the unveiling of the new POW/MIA Monument, honor two veterans who were recently inscribed on the “Lest We Forget” Wall, and recognize the recipients of the Certificates of Honor.

The City of Norco is proud to participate in the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration’s Commemorative Partner Program. City Council Member and founding member of the George A. Ingalls Veterans Memorial Executive Committee Kevin Bash stated, “I am really proud of the fact that the City of Norco is the first city in California to participate in this program, and I am really proud that the Veterans Committee and the Norco community never forget those that made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.”

The Commemorative Partner Program is an organizationally-based, hometown-centric, veteran-focused program designed for federal, state and local organizations to assist a grateful nation in thanking and honoring Vietnam veterans and their families where they live and work. It is the primary vehicle by which the nation thanks and honors Vietnam veterans and their families.

The City of Norco participates in the Commemorative Partner Program by planning and conducting events and activities that recognize Vietnam veterans and their families’ service and sacrifice. The City continues to host commemorative events and activities that are dignified, memorable occasions that show a sensitivity and appreciation for the solemnity of war, the losses suffered by many, and the sacrifices of all who served. The City’s events and activities meet the Congressionally-mandated objectives of the program, specifically by thanking and honoring veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States, thanking and honoring the families of these veterans, and highlighting the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War.

FOR INFORMATION:

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department
recreation@ci.norco.ca.us  |  (951) 270-5632
 

Public Park Ends Up With Admission Fee, Sit-Down Restaurant And Bar

Staff Reports

Norco – The Riverside County Grand Jury is allegedly indicating Norco turned the 122-acre SilverLakes property that was intended for “public park, recreational and open space purposes” into a money-making venture that charges admission and features a full-service restaurant and bar.

The grand jury is calling on the district attorney to probe Norco officials’ handling of the project, the panel stated in a report issued last week.

“The SilverLakes Equestrian and Sports Complex is not a public park” as envisioned in a 2002 federal court order restricting use of the land north of the Santa Ana River along Hamner Avenue, the report states.

Norco officials dispute the grand jury’s contention and say the development is in compliance with the court-ordered restriction.

“They are interpreting it wrong,” City Manager Andy Okoro said by phone Tuesday, May 22.

The city intends to issue a detailed written response in a few weeks.

The park opened in September 2015. It hosts concerts, equestrian competitions, soccer tournaments and regional cross-country meets, among other events. The complex boasts 24 soccer fields, five equestrian arenas, a 12,000-square-foot outdoor cafe, a 10,000-person capacity concert venue called The BackYard and a 150-seat restaurant called The FieldHouse.

It drew 1.4 million visitors in 2017, said Cheryl Link, Norco’s city clerk.

However, SilverLakes has had a long and often troubled history.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued an investment company that owned the property until the late 1990s, alleging unethical practices, the report said. A judgment concluded that some Norco residents who invested in a Ponzi scheme associated with the property had been defrauded of their money. That led to the 2002 U.S. District Court order restricting the property’s use, once it was sold. The city acquired it.

Development was delayed for years, though, and it didn’t help that a 2010 flood along the Santa Ana River caused major damage. After site repairs, construction was finally underway in 2013, before wrapping up in late 2015. The developer is the Balboa Management Group.

While investigating Silverlakes, the grand jury took testimony from the city manager, former Norco elected officials and “concerned” Norco residents. Sara Lipchak, who headed the grand jury, said she could not elaborate.

The grand jury determined that the 2002 development restriction remains in place and the city unsuccessfully sought to alter it in 2004. The panel suggested that the city in 2012 misled the Riverside County Superior Court, which validated the city’s development strategy based on a submitted plan that was “substantially different from what was actually constructed.”

The grand jury report said that the “plans had no reference to constructing a full-service commercial restaurant and bar.”

The grand jury urged:

  • The district attorney to investigate why Norco officials accepted the developer’s bid to build a park with a major commercial component and provided “misleading documents” to the Riverside County court to obtain approval for “a commercial sports park rather than a genuine public park.”
  • Norco to stop charging admission to the park — $8 per walk-in visitor and $10 per carload.
  • Norco to add “actual recreational assets and amenities” such as shade trees, picnic tables, playgrounds, barbecue grills, tennis courts and bike trails.

Brian Petree, deputy city manager, acknowledged the admission charges, but said those are reserved for large weekend events and payments generally are not required from people who visit the park at other times.

As for the restaurant, Petree said it is an appropriate component because it has a concession operation that provides food and drinks for park visitors and is not unusual for a park of SilverLakes’ size.

“We’re not talking about a neighborhood park here. We’re talking about a regional facility,” he said. “And so, you have to look at it in that aspect.”

Tint Your Windows At Mr. Tint

Staff Reports

NORCO – Car window tinting is one of the best ways to improve the look and comfort of your vehicle. You can protect the interior of the vehicle from sun damage by tinting the windows. Sunlight and heat can cause your interior, like seats and the dashboard, to fade, crack and deteriorate. Window tinting reduces the sunlight allowed into the vehicle, which in turn reduces how hot it gets inside your car. Likewise, homes and offices heat up during the day, and trying to keep your air-conditioner ahead of the game can be costly.
Car window tinting also increases the value of your vehicle when done by professionals like Mr. Tint. Quality car window tinting and expert installation is essential for a professional tint job and maintaining a showroom-quality car.
Mr. Tint has a solution for autos, homes, and commercial buildings.  By tinting your windows, you can not only save up to 30% on your cooling costs with a significant decrease in heat, but you can reduce up to 99% of the UV rays that fade auto interiors, window coverings and furniture in your home and office.
There is one goal prevalent at Mr. Tint, and that is for their customers to be 100% satisfied.  They are focused on not only providing a superior product, but with offering competitive pricing alongside exceptional customer service.  Mr. Tint believes in treating the customer right in all aspects of their business.  By earning your loyalty, you will refer your family, friends and business associates, and come back time and again.
Family owned and operated, Mr. Tint offers free estimates and lifetime warranties.  With over 20 years of experience, the quality of their workmanship is second to none.  They are completely sure you will be satisfied, and invite you to see what other customers are saying on Yelp.com.
Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Same-day service is available, and you can enjoy free beverages and Wi-Fi while you wait, or take advantage of their free shuttle service (within 10 miles).
Mr. Tint is conveniently located just minutes from Eastvale at 1780 Town and Country Drive, #104, in Norco (near the post office and DMV).  Call them at (951) 737-7007 for more information, or visit their website at http://www.mrtint-ie.com.  See their ad on page 5 of the Eastvale News.

Riverside County Sheriff’s That Thwarted Norco College Attack Is Honored

By Anthony Saude

Norco – The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department team, who were responsible for thwarting an attack on Norco College, were honored by the Norco City Council. The forward thinking team used creative methods to stop the attack before the suspect could even start it.

All together there were about 20-30 people who worked for 18 hours straight on February 19 to identify and locate the suspect before his planned plot was able to be carried out. Deputies assigned to the Norco and Jurupa Valley stations, as well as Assistant Sheriff Joseph Cleary, Capt. Daniel Hedge, Norco station Lt. Eric Briddick and dispatcher Jennifer Hall along with other deputies assigned to the Norco and  Jurupa Valley stations were all part of the team.

The team was praised for some serious out-of-the-box thinking by members of the department that helped identify the people that were going to cause harm. The City Council members presented the sheriff’s employee’s with certificates of appreciation.

It was reported that Mayor Ted Hoffman said, “This is the least we do for the fine job you guys did on this matter. “We appreciate what you guys have done here.”

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department adamantly declined to describe the methods used by this team to thwart the attack. They also declined to allow Hall to be interviewed because the investigation is still ongoing.

On February 19, investigators tracked threats made on the Facebook page of Jacob Ryan McBain, 27, of Norco. He was arrested two days later at his Trail Street Home. Reports show that handguns and an assault rifle were seized from the residence.

McBain has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of making criminal threats, possession of an assault weapon, two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and three counts of illegally possessing ammunition. McBain plead  not guilty to all charges and is due back in court this month.

McBain’s social media accounts were then used to identify an alleged co-conspirator, Tarence Michael Thomas, 25, of Milwaukie, Oregon. Thomas was arrested on February 28; he faces one count of conspiracy to commit murder. He is currently awaiting extradition from Oregon.

Investigators then used McBain’s social media accounts to identify who they said was a co-conspirator, Tarence Michael Thomas, 25, of  Milwaukie, Oregon. He was arrested on Feb. 28 and faces one count of conspiracy to commit murder. He is awaiting extradition from Oregon.

 

Terrorist Threats Investigation and Arrest

Staff Reports

Inland Empire – On Monday, February 19, about 9:39 a.m., the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Norco Office, received information about a series of threats made on social media. An investigation was immediately initiated regarding a suspect posting comments on his Facebook page he intended on shooting people at a local college campus. The threats were deemed credible and the Norco Special Enforcement Team deputies along with detectives assigned to the Jurupa Valley Station Investigations Bureau initiated a detailed and expansive investigation.

The investigation revealed the suspect was making the threats from a residence located in the City of Norco. Deputies continued with their investigation and solicited the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Investigation Bureau, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, which consist of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), San Bernardino Police Department, Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS), and Riverside College District Police.

Based on information collected during the investigation, a search warrant was served at a residence located in the 5000 block of Trail Street in the City of Norco. During the service of the search warrant, the suspect, identified as Jacob Ryan McBain, age 27, a Norco resident, was taken into custody without incident. Deputies recovered a loaded AR-15, two loaded handguns, and a large amount of ammunition from McBain’s bedroom.

McBain was arrested for the charges of making terrorist threats and a felon in possession of a firearm. He was transported to the Robert Presley Detention Center in the City of Riverside where he was booked on the listed charges.

Local school district and college officials were notified of the investigation, even though there was no school in session during the national holiday.

Anyone with any information pertaining to this investigation is encouraged to call Deputy Robertson of the Norco Sheriff’s Office at (951) 270-5673.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form

State Approves Norconian Property For National Register

Staff Reports

Norco – The California State Historical Resources Commission unanimously voted to expand the current Lake Norconian Club Historic District to encompass the property’s World War II Naval hospital and Cold War guided missile laboratory-related buildings and grounds. Many Norco residents have supported Norco’s David and Goliath efforts and praised the Commission’s decision – a decision that completely reversed a previous denial by the State Office of Historic Preservation. The nomination cited four areas of historic significance: health/medicine, military history, social history, and architecture.

Norco’s nomination was produced by Norco’s Cultural Resources Consultant Bill Wilkman, who was hired by the City Council more than three years ago to prepare the documents to support the City’s nomination efforts. The nomination took three years to compile and was based on 10 years of comprehensive and painstaking research.  Nearly 20 letters were sent from leading local and national historians and historical organizations supporting the City of Norco’s nomination. Significantly, these included letters from the California Preservation Foundation, the Society for the History of Naval Medicine, and former California State Historic Preservation Officers Wayne Donaldson and Dr. Knox Mellon.

The State Commission praised the nomination and strongly declared the historic site was important to both local and national history and needed to be preserved. Council Member Kevin Bash stated, “It was very gratifying to hear the Commissioners give proper due and respect to the Navy physicians, nurses, Corpsmen and other medical staff who pioneered so many medical advances and saved lives.”

Chair of the City’s Historic Preservation Commission Matt Potter noted, “Some Norconians may not realize how significant it is to have the State Historic Preservation Commission approve our nomination to the National Register with a unanimous vote despite objecting statements and testimony from two large influential entities. The Herculean efforts made by Bill Wilkman and Council Member Kevin Bash to document and preserve the Lake Norconian property should be commended.”

This nomination places Norco in a similar situation to 1996 when Navy historians found the Norconian Resort did not qualify for National Register listing. Disagreeing with this finding, the City of Norco hired respected historian Dr. Knox Mellon, who supplied substantial documentation to support the historical significance of the resort-related buildings and grounds. The result was the listing of the Lake Norconian Club Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Because of this listing, the Navy subsequently received a sizable grant to repair the beautiful lakeside pavilion.

As in the year 2000, the Navy’s Federal Historic Preservation Officer must endorse the expanded historic district before it can be sent to the Keeper of the Register for final approval to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Keeper of the Register is the final arbiter of nominations to the National Register. Continued public support will be needed to assure the nomination successfully negotiates these final steps. Individuals interested in voicing support of the nomination are encouraged to visit the City’s website and social media accounts where news regarding the nomination’s status will be posted.

FOR INFORMATION:

Andy Okoro, City Manager

(951) 270-5617

 

Norco College Offers Degrees to Prisoners

By Anthony Saude

Norco – There are seven rows of desk that seat 23 Norco College students, all men all dressed with the same blue shirts and pants. Does college have a uniform these days? No the shirts the men wear all have “CDCR prisoner” printed on them. Each one of these college students are actually inmates at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, a medium security prison on the grounds of the former Lake Norconian Resort.

Norco College formed an alliance with the prison in February of 2016 to make college degrees for these men available. The core mission of the College in Norco has always been to educate the historically under-served populations. The college is just continuing to follow their core mission statement with the prison for no other reason other than it is right in their own backyard.

One student Robert Beebe, 41, dropped out of his Norwalk high school in the ninth grade. He got involved in gangs at a young age and served two, two-year terms in prison in the 90’s. Ultimately he was arrested for attempted murder and he is now in his 19th year of a 20 year sentence.

Beebe, got his GED while in solitary confinement and has been moving in a positive direction ever since. Beebe got out of the gangs, changed his whole mindset and will be living somewhere different when he is released. He has already earned an associate’s degree in theological studies while in prison. He plans to earn his associate’s degree in business by the spring of 2018. That will take 6 months off of his sentence.

The warden shows his support to the men and their efforts by having a graduation ceremony twice a year for GED and vocations. He works in the prison’s plumbing department. He would use his degree and experience to start a business installing ornamental koi ponds and waterfalls.

A lot of these men just made some bad choices but have been committed to turning their life around since the day they were convicted. This type of program shows them that people do care and there is hope and love out there for them.

Norco College’s original plan was to start offering classes in the fall of 2018 that just wasn’t fast enough for the official’s at the prison. The wanted it to happen immediately so the college made it happen.

Prisoners who take part in an educational program are 43 percent less likely to return to prison says a 2013 RAND Corporation report.  They’re 13 percent more likely to get a job. The report also says that for every $1 invested in prison education save the taxpayers $4 to $5 after prisoners are released.

105 students enrolled this fall, all of them with 10 years or less left on their sentences. Giving prisoners vocational skills gives them hope and options other than committing crimes.

The college hasn’t had any trouble with finding faculty members to take part in the program. They are knocking down the administration’s doors asking them to pick their major. They don’t focus on the crimes committed only on helping them make a new life for themselves. They understand that there is a danger there but that what they are dealing with are human beings that made a bad choice or choices in their lives.

 

New Veterans Center at Norco College

By Anthony Saude

 Norco – Norco College unveiled the future home of the Veterans Resource Center immediately following the Assembly Select Committee hearing on October 25. The Veterans Resource Center will include special programs that will involve the student veterans, college leadership, and elected officials.

Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes of the 60th District was instrumental in the effort to secure the $2 million allocation that was needed to build the Center at Norco College campus. The allocation was approved by the state budget in June of this year.

The new center will expand on the programs currently available to better help these student veterans make the adjustments needed to assimilate back into civilian life. The hope is to give the our young veterans a fighting chance using college credit articulation, counseling, health services, housing, child care, and access to a myriad of community and veteran resources. The current Center offers veteran students assistance with financial aid, military benefits, counseling and academic support.

“We are excited to expand the Veterans Resource Center and opportunities for veteran students, and invite the community to join us in celebrating this milestone” said Norco College President Bryan Reece, Ph.D in a press release. The men and women in the military put themselves in harm’s way all the time to secure our freedoms and liberties. They are selfless individuals that choose to watch our backs giving us the freedom to live out our daily lives the way we are accustomed to in this country.

When they finish their tour of duty in the military we want them to know that someone has their backs if they decide to attend college. Norco College has stepped up their game to make sure that these young men and women get all the help they need to lead a productive, healthy life when they get back to their homes. That is a college that the community can be proud to call their own.

Norco College was voted Best for Vets two out of the last three years by the Military Times, one of only two California community colleges to make the ranking. Find out more about Norco College’s award winning Veterans Resource Center at: www.norcocollege.edu/services/admissions/veterans

 

Sheriff Sniff Speaks in Norco

Sheriff Stan Sniff

By Marissa Mitchell

Norco– Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff joined the City of Norco’s City Council meeting this past Wednesday, October 18. He traveled there at the invitation of city council to speak at the beginning of the citywide meeting. Sheriff Sniff opened his visit by first sharing a brief history of the Riverside Sheriff’s Department’s fifty year contract partnership with the City of Norco.

For the next 30 minutes, Sheriff Sniff spoke to the Council and resident attendees of the meeting about a series of current topics. Relevant topics included police joint power authorities (otherwise known as JPA) considerations, contract policing issues, and local police studies gathered over a number of years. Sniff talked about how important it is for elected officials to understand how the Sheriff’s Department contract policing differs from cities having their own police departments. He said he understand that most cities want the Police Chief and Sheriff staff to be intentional about the local needs and opportunities that present themselves daily.

Riverside County Sheriff Sniff also spoke briefly about the recent Board labor imposition in the news. Also on this date October 18, Sheriff Supervisors had just imposed a one-year contract on Riverside County Sheriff’s Union. This agreement came after 16 months of unsuccessful bargaining between Riverside County Board and the Sheriff’s Union regarding overtime pay, salary step increases, and SWAT standby compensation, among other issues. This one-year imposition offers a brief “agreement” and a pause in the fight to reach a more final contract. Sheriff Sniff commented on mutual aid and that Riverside County Sheriff’s is a pure source of outsourcing with a flexible menu of services. After the meeting, Sheriff Sniff answered questions from council members.

 

 

 

Goblins and Ghouls Beware

Norco Sheriff’s Office

It’s that time of year again when the ghosts, ghouls, and superheroes come out and enjoy the Halloween spirit! Our primary concern on Halloween, and any other time, is the safety of children. Across Norco, children are preparing to dress up as their favorite characters and walk neighborhoods looking to score a bag full of treats.  With that in mind, the Norco Sheriff’s Office would like to share the following safety tips to keep Halloween safe for all families in our Norco community as they begin their “trick or treat” adventure.

Kids

  • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult and older children should never trick or treat alone.
  • Visit homes that are well lit and never go inside a stranger’s house.
  • Always stay on the sidewalk and only cross at corners; never cross in the middle of the street.
  • Trick or treat in well populated areas and never cut through alleys or parks for a short cut.
  • Do not eat candy that has not been inspected by a parent/guardian.
  • Never accept food or drinks from strangers.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Call 9-1-1 for all suspicious or illegal activity.

Parents/Guardians

  • Do not let children eat any homemade treats or unpackaged foods.
  • Make sure all candy is tightly wrapped, look for pin holes, discoloring, and opened packaging prior to your children eating any of the items.
  • Remember Poison Control has a toll-free hotline 1-800-222-1222.
  • DRIVE SLOW!!! Be cautious in all neighborhoods for children and parents crossing streets.
  • Remember the posted speed limit is usually 25 mph in most residential areas.
  • Call 9-1-1 for all suspicious or illegal activity.

Halloween can be a safe and enjoyable evening with a little preparation, communication and diligence. Of course, we will be on patrol and available to you and your children should you need us. The Norco Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone a safe and Happy Halloween and reminds all to never drink and drive.

 

Youth Basketball League-Register Now!

City of Norco

Is your child a basketball hopeful? Register her or him for the 2017-2018 Youth Basketball Season.  Register now!.

  • Pee Wee League (Co-ed):  Boys/Girls born 2012 & 2013
  • Instructional League (co-ed): Boys/Girls born 2010 & 2011
    Registration deadline for Pee Wee and Instructional has passed. 

For Ages 8-13 for “C”,”B”, “A” Divisions.

  • Boys and Girls “C” born 2008/2009
    (Boys and Girls born in 2007 and in the 4th grade are eligible-proof required)
  • Boys and Girls “B” born 2006/2007
    (Boys and Girls born in 2005 and in the 6th grade are eligible-proof required)
  • Boys and Girls “A” born 2004/2005
    (Boys and Girls born in 2003 and in the 8th grade are eligible-proof required)
    Registration deadline for Divisional leagues is Thursday, November 2, 2017.

    Registration Fees are $100 resident / $110 non-resident per participant. All games are held at Riley Gymnasium located at 3950 Acacia Ave, Norco 92860. NO REFUNDS issued after last day of registration. Please register at Parks and Recreation office at 2870 Clark Ave., Norco, CA Monday-Thursday, 10:00am to 3:00pm.
    For more information please contact  Emendez@ci.norco.ca.us

Adding A Family Member To Your Home

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By Jennifer Williams, 2nd Chances Rescue Norco

So you’re thinking about adding a new family member to your home? One with four legs and fur?? Let’s talk about the things that you should be considering:

  1. How much free time do I have to spend with my new friend?
  2. Do I care if my favorite pair of slippers gets chewed up if I forget and leave them out?
  3. Is there a way for my new friend to get outside and “do his business”??

If after you’ve thought about those three things you’re still thinking it might be a good idea to add a new family member, let’s talk about the decision to get either a puppy or an adult dog. While puppies can be a lot of fun, they also mean you need to potty train, leash train, probably will need to buy a mountain of chew toys and there might be a few other minor changes made in your life.

There are many adult dogs that need homes because their owner could no longer take care of them. These dogs have already probably been housetrained, are mostly done with the chewing phase, and you pretty much know what you’re getting- especially if you get one from a rescue.

What’s your narrow that down, start thinking about the types of breeds that are available. There are small dogs, medium dogs, big dogs, and super sized dogs. There are also low-energy medium energy and high-energy dogs.

For example if your perfect dog is one that wants to just cuddle up on the couch and watch movies till dawn with you, there’s a perfect breed for you! Our next article will be about different types of breeds and what’s the best for you!

Competitive Coverage To Meet Your Family’s Needs

Melanie Smith-Rice of State Farm Insurance in Norco.

Melanie Smith-Rice of State Farm Insurance in Norco.

Staff Reports

Norco – At the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office, 24-hour good neighbor service is at the forefront.  Smith-Rice is confident that she can meet your needs for all insurance and financial services, and promises to wow you with expert professional service.

A State Farm Agent since 1985 and a Corona resident since 1971, Smith-Rice understands the needs of the community and has worked hard to provide a palette of services that makes one-stop-shopping easy and affordable.  Along with Auto insurance, Smith-Rice provides Home Owners and Renters Insurance.

“A home is a big investment, so let’s make sure you have enough coverage at the right rate,” says Smith-Rice.  As well, protecting your personal property may be more affordable than you think.  “The average person has over $200,000 worth of stuff that is probably not covered under your landlord’s policy.  That’s where our State Farm Renters insurance comes into play,” she adds.

More important than the care of your property is the care of your family.  Along with Life Insurance, the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office can provide various types of health insurance, including Long-Term Care should you become unable to care for yourself.

And for the business owner, Smith-Rice says, “I understand the needs of a business owner like you.  Together we can help protect your business and plan a roadmap for your financial future.

As if all this weren’t enough, the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office can provide you with financial services such as Mutual Funds, Annuities, and even Banking (yes, Banking!), including Bank Accounts, Credit Cards, and Loans.

Don’t wait another minute to help ensure your family’s well being.  Call the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office today, and get peace of mind in return.  A staff of professional experts is standing by at (951) 734-5290, or Toll-Free at (888) 734-5292.  They are located at 2027 River Road in Norco, in the Stater Bros. shopping center at Second Street and River Road.

Competitive Coverage To Meet Your Family’s Needs

Melanie Smith-Rice of State Farm Insurance in Norco.

Melanie Smith-Rice of State Farm Insurance in Norco.

Staff Reports

 

Norco – At the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office, 24-hour good neighbor service is at the forefront.  Smith-Rice is confident that she can meet your needs for all insurance and financial services, and promises to wow you with expert professional service.

A State Farm Agent since 1985 and a Corona resident since 1971, Smith-Rice understands the needs of the community and has worked hard to provide a palette of services that makes one-stop-shopping easy and affordable.  Along with Auto insurance, Smith-Rice provides Home Owners and Renters Insurance.

“A home is a big investment, so let’s make sure you have enough coverage at the right rate,” says Smith-Rice.  As well, protecting your personal property may be more affordable than you think.  “The average person has over $200,000 worth of stuff that is probably not covered under your landlord’s policy.  That’s where our State Farm Renters insurance comes into play,” she adds.

More important than the care of your property is the care of your family.  Along with Life Insurance, the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office can provide various types of health insurance, including Long-Term Care should you become unable to care for yourself.

And for the business owner, Smith-Rice says, “I understand the needs of a business owner like you.  Together we can help protect your business and plan a roadmap for your financial future.

As if all this weren’t enough, the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office can provide you with financial services such as Mutual Funds, Annuities, and even Banking (yes, Banking!), including Bank Accounts, Credit Cards, and Loans.

Don’t wait another minute to help ensure your family’s well being.  Call the Melanie Smith-Rice State Farm Office today, and get peace of mind in return.  A staff of professional experts is standing by at (951) 734-5290, or Toll-Free at (888) 734-5292.  They are located at 2027 River Road in Norco, in the Stater Bros. shopping center at Second Street and River Road.

Norco College Turns 25!

Photo courtesy: Norco College

Photo courtesy: Norco College
Norco College students form the number “25” to help celebrate Norco’s Silver Anniversary

Staff Reports

NORCO– Norco College celebrated its 25th Silver Anniversary last month with a group photo, a time-capsule opening and a western-style jamboree.

Norco College, a branch of Riverside City College, first opened in 1991. Riverside Community College leaders first began to dream about a branch campus in the area in the early 1970s. On June 4, 1985, that dream was realized when more than 141 acres of U.S. government-owned land—the site of what would become Norco College—were acquired by RCCD for one dollar to build a satellite campus.

The campus was expected to open in 1989, but funding and construction delays pushed the date to 1991. On March 13 of that year, two classrooms in the Student Services and Little Theatre buildings were ready for students, and about 15 short-term classes in economics, philosophy, public speaking, and a handful of other traditional academic disciplines were held on campus that spring semester. (Approximately 100 other classes that began in January were taught in Norco area high schools and a church, as they had been for years.) The formal opening of the full campus (with two more classrooms: Science and Technology and Humanities) took place in the fall of 1991— coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Riverside City College.

The celebration, which included music, a snow cone truck, a birthday cake and real horses, brought in to represent the Norco Mustangs, was just part of the fun for students.  A large group of students had their photo taken on the quad as they stood in the shape of the number “25”.

Norco College freshman Jennifer Lyn, who was part of the photo, said that she “loves Norco College and its small feel.  All of the teachers and staff truly want to help students succeed.”

A time capsule left by the 1991-1992 Norco student body was opened on March 10.  Math Professor Bob Prior, who was also the Student Activities Coordinator in the early years of RCC’s Norco Campus, led the unveiling with special guest Pedro Argumendo, retired Grounds staff, who helped bury the time capsule in the 1990’s.  Included in the capsule were Norco College flags, a university-edition Bible, a student I.D., a photo CD and a convocation booklet, among other items.

On March 12, Norco College continued its 25-Year Anniversary celebration with a western-style jamboree that included individuals from the cities of Norco and Corona, RCCD Board of Trustee members, and current and past employees of the college.

More Students Qualify For Diplomas

Courtesy of Corona Norco Unified

 

Corona/Norco– On October 7, 2015, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 172, suspending the administration of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) as a condition of receiving a diploma of graduation or a condition of graduation from high school. The bill provides for the granting of a diploma of graduation from high school to any pupil who completed grade 12 during the years in which the CAHSEE was in effect, and has met all applicable graduation requirements other than the passage of the high school exit examination. With the passage of this bill, the effective date of granting the diploma can be no earlier than January 1, 2016.

Please assist us in spreading the word and notifying former CNUSD students who may be eligible to receive their high school diplomas. The Corona-Norco Unified School District staff is committed to granting high school diplomas to all eligible persons. We are currently in the process of reviewing transcripts to verify that all graduation requirements of the senior year when you were enrolled.

If you or someone that you know are eligible to receive a Corona-Norco Unified School District high school diploma, submit it either online, or in person to the CNUSD Student Services Office, located at 2820 Clark Avenue, Norco, CA 92860. After the high school transcript is evaluated, and it is determined that you have fulfilled all graduation requirements, you will be notified and mailed the diploma to the address you provide. If you have questions, please call the Student Services office at 951-736-5111.