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|December 13, 2013|
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Riverside and San Bernardino counties are California’s 4th and 5th largest, but the rate of population growth is slowing.
To mourn the 20 children and six educators killed a year ago at Sandy Hook elementary, residents of the Connecticut suburb of Newtown will take a quiet action on Saturday: placing candles in windows to remember the lives lost.
With a vote on a bipartisan budget deal looming, House Speaker John A. Boehner escalated his feud with outside conservative advocacy groups that have repeatedly undermined his agenda and now are taking aim at the $85 billion compromise agreement.
BEVERLY HILLS - '12 Years a Slave' and 'American Hustle' have emerged as the movie front-runners for the Golden Globe awards. Each picked up seven nominations.
MURRIETA – (INT) – A Superior Court jury found ex-sheriff’s deputy Dayle Long guilty of 2nd degree murder in the death of a Winchester man.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Another weekend of Christmas parades will brighten the streets of Chino and Beaumont.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Bell ringers are presiding over their Red Kettles as the Salvation Army launches its century-old tradition of gathering money for the poor.
HIGHLAND – (INT) – Sam Racadio has been a fixture in city government since 1988 and he’s taking on new responsibilities. Racadio has been appointed mayor by his fellow City Council members.
JOHNSON VALLEY – (INT) – A deal has been reached on the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) area. It would preserve approximately 100,000 acres of Johnson Valley while allowing the Marines to expand the Twentynine Palms Air Ground Combat Center.
DEVORE – (INT) – Rialto City Councilman Shawn O’Connell is recovering from a harrowing experience at the bottom of a freeway ramp. An air and ground search had been launched for O’Connell after he set out Tuesday for the High Desert, but failed to meet a friend.
CORONA – (INT) – Formalities have signaled the start of the billion dollar ’91 Project’. Dignitaries attending Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony hailed the massive improvement as the answer to the nagging freeway congestion through Corona.
MIRA LOMA – (INT) – A federal judge has approved a preliminary wage settlement of $4.7 million for hundreds of workers at one of Walmart’s largest contracted warehouses.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Hemet’s new mayor got an unwelcome surprise just minutes before he was appointed Tuesday evening. Larry Smith and two other members of the City Council were served with recall notices.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – One of the city’s biggest cheerleaders, retired judge John Gabbert, has died at his home at the age of 104. Judge Gabbert was born in 1909 and grew up in Riverside.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – An ordinance allowing food trucks in Riverside County’s unincorporated areas won approval of the county supervisors Tuesday.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Surplus government food will be given away during December at several locations throughout San Bernardino County.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The magic of Christmas is alive as the Festival of Lights transforms the Mission Inn into a holiday wonderland.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Weather changes are happening at a rapid pace. Sunny, warmer skies have replaced the chill that sent temperatures to their lowest marks since last winter.
Home foreclosures continue a steady decline now for 24 consecutive months. RealtyTrac’s Daren Blomquist says California is no longer among the top 10 foreclosure states.
LAS VEGAS – (INT) – Water watchers say the drought is beginning its 14th year. And, the consequences for Southern California are looming. Those attending a conference of Colorado River water users in Las Vegas were warned Wednesday that shortages could appear as soon as 2017.
HOLLYWOOD – (INT) – Nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards are out. The winners could set the pace for the more-prestigious Academy Awards.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) - Criminal cases naming 18 current or one-time Los Angeles County deputy sheriffs were unsealed Monday as part of ongoing FBI investigation into allegations of civil rights violations and corruption.
SAN FRANCISCO - (INT) - Legalizing the sale of marijuana has long been a contentious issue in California. But public opinion is changing. The Field Poll issued Tuesday found decades of public sentiment has moved from a resolute anti-marijuana position to one of general acceptance.
HOLLYWOOD - The movie 'Frozen' climbed to No. 1 in its second week toppling 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' from the top spot. Both films made life impossible for Scott Cooper's gritty thriller 'Out of the Furnace.'
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) - Property crime—particularly auto theft—increased in California as a result of prison realignment under AB 109.
MONTEREY - A mysterious pathogen is wiping out starfish along the Pacific coast. It's a potential catastrophe that has flummoxed marine biologists who are joining forces to find the culprit.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Two months of gasoline prices decreases may have run their course. he Auto Club’s Fuel Gauge Survey shows a slight increase since Thanksgiving.
LOS ANGELES - Production on "Fast & Furious 7" has been put on hold following the death of star Paul Walker. Shooting on the film had been scheduled to resume this week.
Chris Paul scored 20 points but had just two assists as the Clippers lost to the Brooklyn Nets Thursday night 102-93. (INT)
Three suspected home invasion robbers are under arrest in Riverside after a terrified couple scrambled onto the roof of their 2-story home shouting to police officers that the thieves were still inside. Officers quickly rounded up the trio – all from Los Angeles. (INT)
Former Bell city administrator Robert Rizzo, who became a symbol of municipal corruption, has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges in a scheme that resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid federal income tax. The plea agreement was filed Thursday in federal court. (INT)
A Fontana woman arrested nearly 6-years ago for killing her husband and their two children pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Thursday. Doctors will be appointed to evaluate Bertha Martinez, age 41. Prosecutors say her husband had been beaten. The children were found in their beds suffocated with their blankets. (INT)
A prolific robber the FBI dubbed the “Button-down Bandit,” is off the streets. Redlands police arrested David Michael Younger, 49, of Corona, Wednesday after a short vehicle chase in Montclair. Younger was jailed after the Pacific Western Bank in Redlands was robbed. Younger is accused of holding up six Southern California banks since November 15th. (INT)
More than 100 law enforcement officers swept through the Coachella Valley Wednesday arresting two dozen people, many who were prior offenders released under AB 109. One parolee-at-large who was found to be in possession of ammunition, drugs for sale and weapons. (INT)
A ramp closure has been announced on the I-215 widening project between Riverside and San Bernardino. Beginning Friday, the northbound Iowa Avenue onramp will be closed for 10-days. (INT)
A grand jury has indicted Joe Williams, 46, for the deaths of two people at a Riverside bus stop nearly a year ago. Williams was accelerating through a busy intersection near the Galleria at Tyler when he lost control causing his car to crash into a bus bench. Williams is accused of misdemeanor manslaughter in the deaths of Melissa Bernal and a 7-year-old girl, (INT)
A staff member at UC Riverside has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. The university is taking precautions to prevent the spread of the disease, which includes thoroughly cleaning the office areas affected. (INT)
Election officials say it will be mid-January before signatures on the recall petitions against Moreno Valley Mayor Tom Owings are verified for sufficiency. More than 5600 signatures were turned in or about twice the number required. Recall backers have until December 19th to turn over petitions against City Council members Richard Stewart and Jesse Molina. (INT)
Twenty-five students have been linked to the on-campus sales of drugs at Perris High School and Paloma Valley High School in Menifee. Most were arrested Thursday, offered counseling and hauled off to juvenile hall. Sheriff’s investigators seized various narcotics; including marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, hashish, and various types of prescription pills. (INT)
Residents living in the South Coast Air Basin are not permitted to burn wood in their fireplaces Friday due to an unhealthy air quality forecast. The Check Before You Burn program, is in effect each winter from November to the end of February. It is designed to protect public health by minimizing harmful wood smoke from residential wood burning. (INT)
A quality-of-life poll finds 43% of California voters believe their state is one of the best places to live. The Field Poll began asking that question in the late 1960’s. Livability sunk to a low in 1992, but has since been rising. Democrats, non-partisans and residents of coastal counties are most likely to rate California’s quality of life as superior to most other states. (INT)
San Bernardino County prosecutors have charged an attorney and his wife in a multi-million dollar loan modification scam. Search warrants were served Wednesday at five locations. Marijuana packaged for sale was seized. The scam was allegedly carried out by the Siringoringo Law Firm and Clausen & Cobb Management Company, Inc. Jailed were Stephen Siringoringo and his wife Kendi Smith-Siringoringo. (INT)
San Bernardino police have solved another of the city’s 45 homicides this year. Robert Cooney, 21, is suspected of slaying his roommate last September at the apartment complex where they lived. Investigators say the two had argued over a disrespect issue. (INT)
There isn’t much support for a secession movement in Northern California. A Field Poll found that only 1-in-4 voters back the idea of Modoc and Siskiyou counties breaking away from California to form a new state. (INT)
A police chase through Yucca Valley has claimed the life of a woman who failed to stop for a traffic violation. The 55-year-old woman lost control sending her vehicle into a concrete divider and overturning on the Twentynine Palms Highway. (INT)
A wind-blown fire at the Santiago Mobile Home Park in Moreno Valley Tuesday destroyed one home and heavily damaged two others. Two dozen other units were evacuated. Fire fighters struggled for an hour to contain the 3-alarm blaze. Eleven people were displaced. (INT)
A new procedure has been undertaken at Loma Linda University Medical Center in which a tiny telescope has been implanted allowing a Moreno Valley man to regain his eyesight. The 77-year old man had suffered from end-stage macular degeneration. (INT)