May 6, 2016
TOP STORIES
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – A small uptick in gasoline prices should be short-lived as the re-start of the ExxonMobile refinery at Torrance is imminent. A key gasoline production unit was idled 15 months ago by an explosion at the plant.
House Speaker Paul Ryan says he is "not ready" to endorse presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. "I'm just not ready to do that at this point," he said of publicly backing Trump. "I'm not there right now."
In a long-awaited ruling, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized rules that give the agency authority to regulate all tobacco products including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, as well as other products.
The raging wildfire engulfing the Canadian city of Fort McMurray showed no signs of subsiding Thursday, forcing officials to relocate thousands of evacuees farther south for a second time and prepare to airlift 25,000 more from camps north of the embattled area.
WHITEWATER – (INT) – Several high-ranking government officials led a public celebration Thursday marking the designation of three desert national monuments.
PALM SPRINGS – (INT) - Cary Grant’s longtime home in the Movie Colony is for sale.
TEMECULA – (INT) – A teenager with a knife who threatened sheriff’s deputies was shot and killed late Wednesday.
PALM DESERT – (INT) – Three suspects have been linked to a tragic case of sex trafficking a 15-year-old Moreno Valley girl.
BEAUMONT – (INT) – City officials are reiterating they are fully cooperating in a federal investigation into the use of bond proceeds.
TEMECULA – (INT) – ‘The Donald’ won’t be there, but his supporters say they will.
REDLANDS – (INT) – Fire has ripped through another local church.
INDIO - Classic rock fans will be lining up for what is being unofficially billed as the “Concert of the Century”.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – A Riverside man is getting a 10-year prison term for possessing about 100 images depicting child pornography.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - New population estimates show that Riverside County was the fastest growing in Southern California last year at 1.3 percent.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The local economy was off to a good start for the first four months of 2016.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The region’s six largest cities ranked among the nation’s 25 worst to start a business.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Police have deployed their first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at a crime scene investigation.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Surplus government food is being distributed throughout May. The food is provided without cost.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The public is being enlisted to help fight what is shaping up to be the worst threat yet to California citrus.
LOS ANGELES — One of the most savage serial killers in American history was convicted Thursday of multiple murders spanning 30 years.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Strong earthquakes are almost a certainty in California in the next three decades, scientists are saying.
LA QUINTA – (INT) – Southern California’s growing pains come to the forefront during a 2-day planning discussion.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Coastal drizzle and mountain and desert winds have heralded the arrival of a late season Pacific storm. The action peaks on Friday.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Governor Brown has signed five bills, but vetoed another.
SACRAMENTO - California voters will NOT play a pivotal role in the GOP presidential primary.
SACRAMENTO – A measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use in California appears headed for the November 8th ballot.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State lawmakers have come to bat for property owners puzzled by the use of money generated by a controversial Calfire fire prevention fee.
HOLLYWOOD - Walt Disney's 'The Jungle Book' dominates the box office.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - Cheating to get ahead is likely to reduce your level of happiness.
HOLLYWOOD - Warner Bros. and AMC Theatres first returned the movie to the big screen last weekend after the performer's death.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Farmers and the twenty-nine agencies that draw from the State Water Project will be getting 60 percent of their requested allotments.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – As the much-hyped El Nino fades, the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) has posted the year’s first La Nina Watch.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - CalFire is staffing up for another fire season. CAL FIRE has already hired a surge of over 400 seasonal firefighters.
Construction signs are going up as Caltrans prepares for a $95 million pavement improvement project on Interstate 10 in the Riverside County desert. Beginning May 16th, 124 miles of pavement in both directions of I-10 between Cactus City and the State Route 177 junction will be rehabilitated. The job will take two years. (INT)

All films for the 14th annual Riverside International Film Festival will be screened at the Box Theater on Market Street through May 15th. Ten days of independent cinema will showcase feature, short, documentary and animated films. Janie Hendrix will accept a Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her late brother, Jimi.

A Mojave Riverbottom fire north of Victorville Wednesday endangered several horse stables. Three alarms were called for the wind-blown fire that covered about 20-acres at Helendale. (INT)

San Bernardino police have announced an arrest stemming from an assault on the athletic director at Rialto High School. Gerald Fields was arrested Tuesday and held on $75,000 bail. Daniel Williams suffered serious injuries in the assault last January while performing his duties, police said Wednesday. (INT)

Sheriff’s investigators in Temecula say they’ve solved an 8-month-old bank robbery. A search warrant served at a Murrieta residence turned up evidence related to the Chase Bank robbery, illegal firearms, a large amount of cash and illegal drugs. Two Murrieta men were arrested. Matthew Geyer, 35, is accused of the bank robbery last September. (INT)

The problem of worsening air quality in the Lower Coachella Valley gets an airing out at a Saturday workshop. Residents will voice their concerns about foul air originating over the Salton Sea. The AQMD workshop will be at the Toro Canyon Middle School in Thermal. (INT)

A funraiser was held Sunday evening for a hostage accidentally shot by Redlands police while being held by her distraught ex-boyfriend. Kristin Bauer is recovering from the March 24th ordeal that ended the life of the boyfriend. Shelley Marquis, Bauer’s supervisor at Office Depot in Redlands, said “Kristin is trying to focus on healing, is in a lot of pain and will be recovering for at least six months or more and the bills don’t stop, so we want to help our friend get through this.” (INT)

The San Bernardino County Tax Collector’s office holds its annual online auction of tax-defaulted properties beginning May 14th. Approximately 4,000 properties have been tax-defaulted for five or more years. Some bids start as low as $900, and the highest bid wins. Tax information, maps, and other material is available for viewing online at www.MyTaxCollector.com. (INT)

The visitor count at the Joshua Tree National Park in March was a record 327,000. Visitor centers, campgrounds and hiking trails were busy with park visitors enjoying warm spring weather and a much better wildflower bloom than in the past few years. (INT)

A new tool has helped San Bernardino police capture a bank robber. Using facial recognition software, investigators have matched a surveillance camera photo with a previous arrest mug shot to identify Dean Archibald as the bandit who robbed a Chase bank on March 30th. Archibald was arrested in San Bernardino Tuesday. (INT)

A Perris man has been killed when his motorcycle ran off Cajalco Road near Lake Mathews. The 56-year-old motorcyclist was fatally injured when he dirt berm. (INT)

In Hesperia, a man who attacked a bus driver had to be tasered twice by a sheriff’s deputy before he was subdued and arrested. Witnesses said that Ala Nifo, 45, from Hawaii attacked the driver without provocation as the Victor Valley Transit bus stopped for a traffic signal. None of the other 18 passengers on the bus were hurt. (INT)

Authorities are wrapping up their investigation into the slayings of an elderly couple in their Apple Valley home. DNA evidence has linked Keon Bailey, 20, to the home invasion robbery as part of a 3-week crime spree that ultimately ended with Bailey’s death when he was killed by a Torrance jewelry store owner during an attempted robbery. (INT)

Caltrans honored 184 employees Wednesday who have lost their lives on the job since 1921. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, highway construction and maintenance work is one of the most dangerous occupations in the US. (INT)

Drive-by shooters took aim at homes on East 17th Street near San Bernardino early Wednesday. At least three residences and several vehicles were hit with some of the bullets going through a bedroom. No one was injured. Sheriff’s deputies found ten shell casings in the street. A similar incident occurred in March at the same location. (INT)

Illegal marijuana cultivations in the Inland Empire are expanding and becoming more numerous. The most recent involved 5,400 plants and the arrest of two women and two men. San Bernardino County lawmen raided their pot farm at Newberry Springs, east of Barstow. The quartet is also accused of endangering the health and safety of two small children. (INT)

Two brothers are facing felony assault charges after attacking a Calfire captain and throwing bricks at an ambulance crew that had responded to a medical aid call in San Jacinto. Sheriff’s deputies had no explanation for the behavior of Bobby and Tyrone Henry. The patient seeking treatment was eventually taken to a local hospital. The fire captain suffered minor injuries. (INT)

Riverside County voters are about to have their voices heard. The first sample ballots for the June 7th Primary are arriving in voters’ mail boxes. May 9th is the first day of early voting. 876,000 sample ballots will be in the mail by May 6th. (INT)

Amazon says it new fulfillment center in San Bernardino will become one of 15 robotics buildings across the U.S. It will house Amazon’s cutting-edge robotics technology. (INT)

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