August 19, 2017
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WHITE HOUSE--President Donald Trump on Friday dismissed his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who from the beginning of the six-month-old tumultuous administration has been his most controversial adviser.
BARCELONA - A third person was arrested Friday and five suspects were shot dead following a deadly van attack in Barcelona that killed more than a dozen people and injured at least 100, Spanish authorities said.
The 17 members of President Donald Trump's Committee on the Arts and Humanities resigned Friday morning in response to Trump's reaction to the violence and protests in Charlottesville.
The first total solar eclipse across the United States in nearly 40 years will cast partial darkness over Southern California Monday in a rare celestial event. Southern California will be in the penumbra, or partially shaded area, with roughly 60 percent of the sun in shade.
The world’s largest retailer has applied for a U.S. patent for a floating warehouse that could make deliveries via drones, which would bring products from the aircraft down to shoppers’ homes.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Local unemployment jumped ahead 6-tenths-of-a-percentage point during July.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Two Riverside County men are the first in the Inland Empire to contract West Nile virus this year.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Riverside County Senator Jeff Stone has resigned from the California Legislative Jewish Caucus.
BEAUMONT – (INT) – A local police officer was awarded the Congressional Badge of Bravery Thursday for his actions in the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – The arson case against a young Yucaipa man has been expanded as prosecutors have now linked Jarrod Samra to 14 fires.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The San Bernardino Valley may not be the right place to spend your retirement years.
BANNING – (INT) – Riverside County firefighters are making headway against the Mias Fire.
VICTORVILLE – (INT) – Prosecutors have taken over the case of three suspects accused in the killing of a 12-year-old girl in her home.
LAKE ARROWHEAD – (INT) – Calfire is awarding multi-million dollar grants to local groups that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon.
VICTORVILLE – (INT) – The shotgun slaying of a 12-year-old girl inside her mother’s home has heightened concern about the soaring crime rate.
CRESTLINE – (INT) - Illegal drug trafficking organizations are responsible for an increasing number marijuana cultivations turning up in the San Bernardino National Forest.
JURUPA VALLEY – (INT) – One of the Inland Empire’s leaders for environmental justice is seeking a new role.
PALM SPRINGS – (INT) - Comic Con Palm Springs returns August 25-27th.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Surplus government food is available in San Bernardino County through August.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Southern California weather should continue on the mild mannered side through the coming week.
SAN YSIDRO - (INT) – It’s not unexpected to hear that smugglers are now using sophisticated drones to fly their contraband drugs over the border.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - A tentative settlement has been reached that provides over $51 million in debt relief.
SAN FRANCISCO - (INT) – Reported hate crime events in California rose by 11 percent last year.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Southern California motorists are in the grips of a late summer gasoline price increase.
SACRAMENTO - California’s corrections department’s failure to prepare when it moved hundreds of high-security female inmates may have contributed to a recent spike in suicide attempts by women prisoners.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - Researchers have devised a method to selectively erase particular fear memories.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Most Californians say the supply of water in their part of the state is a big problem or somewhat of a problem.
LOS ANGELES--Public transportation users across Los Angeles could soon find themselves going through a system that screens for weapons and explosives.
SAN FRANCISCO - (INT) - California filed a lawsuit Monday against the Trump administration over its threats to withhold public safety funds from so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions.
DUARTE - Joseph Bologna, an actor, writer and director known for his role in 1982’s “My Favorite Year,” has died after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82.
HOLLYWOOD - Moviegoers like playing with dolls — or at least menacing ones.
OAKLAND - The University of California has agreed to pay $1.3 million in back wages and damages.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - Corporate wellness programs have been shown to save companies money by reducing absenteeism and health insurance costs.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – In spite of soaring prices for new and previously lived-in homes, sales last month across Southern California was the highest for any June in 11 years.
VENTURA--A nursery for great white sharkssits just off Ventura and Oxnard, two of a half dozen hot spots along the Southern California coast.
A car-truck collision late Friday on the Ramona Expressway at Lakeview claimed the life of one person and sent the truck driver to the hospital with major injuries. A witness said the driver of a sedan turned in front of the oncoming big rig setting it on fire. (INT)

Transportation officials and government representatives joined in a celebration Friday to mark the 70th anniversary since Ontario and San Bernardino were linked by Interstate 10. It replaced Highway 99 which was built in 1947. I-10 was the first in the nation to employ a restoration method called diamond grinding which restores the pavement to its near-original condition. (INT)

The Salton Sea is going through another episode of indigestion. It’s emitting so much hydrogen sulfide that the AQMD issued an alert. It’s the fourth this month and continues until midnight Monday. The odor of rotten eggs created by natural processes in the Salton Sea is drifting north into the Coachella Valley. (INT)

A Los Angeles man is suspected of using a medical building in Chino for sex trafficking. Investigators were tipped off when multiple victims posted on “Backpage.com” advertising for prostitution at the location on 10th Street. Suspect Luis Lopez, 39, was located inside and was found to be acting as the pimp for two women. (INT)

Caltrans reports progress on a $71 million project to reconstruct interchanges on the I-15 in Victorville at Stoddard Wells, D Street, and E Street and widen the Mojave River Bridge. Installation of a reinforced concrete box culvert across Stoddard Wells Road begins Monday. (INT)

A Murrieta father and his live-in girlfriend are facing charges of torture for the abuse of his 5-year-old son who police say is in grave condition. Also found in the couple’s unkept home were 11 dogs and 4 cats. Under arrest are Benjamin Whitten and Jeryn Johnson. (INT)

The new Jefferson Street interchange at Indio will be dedicated at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday. It is the sixth interchange in the last seven years to be improved along Interstate 10 through the Coachella Valley. (INT)

A Coachella Valley man wanted for a double murder near Perris is on the run. Riverside County authorities say that Jesus Sanchez Ponce, 39, of Mecca should be considered armed and dangerous. Ponce is suspected of shooting two men late Sunday night on Waldon Road southwest of Perris. (INT)

Governor Brown has commuted the no-parole prison term of an inmate who has served 36-years behind bars for the drunken fatal beating of a taxi cab driver in Riverside County in 1981. The Governor says that Paul Carrillo “has demonstrated a sincere commitment to living without drugs or alcohol, mentoring others and being a Native American spiritual leader.” (INT)

A Redlands home has been red-tagged and another was damaged when a motorist lost control of her SUV sending it careening through a bathroom and two bedrooms of one home, including the bedroom where a 10-year-old girl was sleeping. The vehicle came to rest in the master bedroom of a second home injuring another child. The 20-year-old driver survived, but the cause of the Thursday mishap is still under investigation. (INT)

San Bernardino County Supervisors have allocated $1.1 million in supplemental funding for high-priority District Attorney programs that will tackle human trafficking, animal cruelty and other programs, Board Chairman Robert Lovingood announced. (INT)

A man suspected of robbing an elderly couple of their winnings at the Soboba Casino has been arrested. Sheriff’s investigators say that two men followed the couple deliberately sideswiping their vehicle, forcing the victims to stop and then robbing them. Arrested later was Curtis Lee Howard, 26, of San Jacinto. The amount of money stolen from the couple, aged 82 and 75, was not disclosed. (INT)

The Veterans Home of California – Barstow has received a “Four-Star” rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a two-star increase from its previous rating. The Department of Public Health evaluates compliance with Medicare health and safety standards. (INT)

A sticky-fingered shoplifting suspect has been linked to a series of thefts from retail stores through Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Richard Barrozo, 30, of Moreno Valley, was jailed on several counts of grand theft and burglary. Some of the stolen merchandise was recovered. (INT)

Palm Springs voters will decide two ballot measures for the upcoming November 7th Municipal Election. “Measure D,” is a half-cent sales tax for essential City services. “Measure E” updates the existing tax on medical cannabis collectives to apply to all new adult-use recreational cannabis sales and businesses, as allowed by State Law beginning in 2018. (INT)

A dispute between two women at Phelan sent one to jail and the other to the morgue. Ashley Beauchamp, 32, was arrested Wednesday at a residence several blocks from the crime scene. She’s accused of shooting Laura Morris, age 48. (INT)

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