July 23, 2014
TOP STORIES
Major American airlines stopped flying to Israel on Tuesday after a rocket fell near Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, and after the Federal Aviation Administration told the carriers not to fly to Tel Aviv for 24 hours.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Plans for a solar power generating plant at Phelan are moving ahead. The White Road Property Owners Association appealed the County Planning Commission’s approval before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
A US appeals court has thrown out a federal regulation implementing key subsidies of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. It means that participants in health exchanges run by the federal government in 34 states are not eligible for help.
OAKLAND – (INT) - California ranks 40th out of the 50 states in children’s overall well-being. That’s according to The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest edition of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book.
MORENO VALLEY – (INT) – Sheriff’s investigators are connecting the dots in a series of Tuesday afternoon shootings that left an elderly woman dead and a sheriff’s deputy wounded.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – A young mother is the city’s 27th murder victim of the year.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – City Attorney Gary Saenz is proposing an offensive against two issues perpetuating gang-related crime – slumlord housing and illegal marijuana dispensaries.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A fourth defendant accused in the murder of a Marine Corps sergeant and his wife has gone on trial. Kesaun Sykes, himself a former Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton, has denied involvement in the slayings.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Law enforcement continues to wage an intense campaign against DUI drivers. But, a study released Monday suggests it’s not having much impact in the region’s two largest cities.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Local job growth is slowly returning to pre-recession levels. The State Employment Development Department put the rate at 2.8 percent the past 12-months.
ADELANTO – (INT) – One person and two dogs perished in an early Monday morning fire that heavily damaged a family home. Flames originated in a front bedroom spreading smoke and heat throughout the house on Villa Street.
SAN BERNARDINO - (INT) - Groundwater levels in the Bunker Hill Basin are now at their lowest levels in recorded history, even lower than the previous low point in 1964, which took place at the end of the 20-year drought.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – County residents are taking a ‘selfie’ and most like what they see. About two-thirds say it’s a very good or fairly good place to live.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – The boating season is peaking and water safety is at the forefront. New statistics show the number of registered vessels in the Inland Empire is second only to Los Angeles County.
RANCHO MIRAGE – (INT) – The Coachella Valley has been home for past US presidents. Now it’s been disclosed that President Obama and the First Lady may be house shopping in Rancho Mirage.

SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Governor Brown is making an appointment to the State Supreme Court. His choice is Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Triple digit heat has been absent from the Metro area most of the summer, but forecasters say that’s about to change. High pressure over the Southwest will build into Southern California by mid-week.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – An updated outlook for an impending El Nino this winter keeps California in the window for some rain. A moderate El Nino is likely to arrive this fall and early winter.
LOS ANGELES - James Garner, a master of light comedy who shot to fame in the 1950s as the charming and dry-witted gambler on the hit TV western "Maverick" has died.
HOLLYWOOD - The sequel 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' narrowly beat 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' to remain the top movie this week.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - Governor Brown has signed 24 bills. They include six written by Inland Empire lawmakers.
HOLLYWOOD - Casey Kasem's body is missing — and the private detective for the late DJs daughter alleges Kasem's widow took it to hide signs of elder abuse.
New maps are out reflecting areas most likely to have earthquakes, how often they will occur and how hard the ground will shake. The US Geological Survey says California is among 16 states at high risk.
BAKER – (INT) – The world’s tallest thermometer is again measuring some of the planet’s hottest temperatures. At 134-feet, the thermometer invites travelers on busy Interstate 15 to take a break from the searing desert heat.
The Pirates got revenge and crushed the Dodgers 12-7 Tuesday. The series winds up Wednesday. (INT)

Colton police have re-opened the 16-year-old case of a missing waitress. Gabriela Escobar was 21 when she vanished from Taco’s Puebla where she worked in 1998. (INT)

There will be no action against Riverside City Councilman Mike Soubirous who allegedly interfered in the duties of Police Chief Sergio Diaz and City Manager Scott Barber. That was the decision Tuesday of the City Council. Soubirous had called the accusations a ‘witch hunt’. (INT)

A new law will allow graduates of accelerated and fully accredited medical education programs to become licensed physicians in California by as early as January. There is a shortage of medical doctors in California and it is estimated that the state will need an additional 8,000 primary care physicians by 2030. The UC Davis School of Medicine is the first UC campus to offer an accelerated program. (INT)

An assault suspect was believed to have been under the influence of PCP when he collapsed while being restrained by loss prevention personnel outside a business in Moreno Valley. The man stopped breathing as paramedics arrived on scene and died. (INT)

For the fifth year in a row, Loma Linda University Medical Center has been ranked the Number 1 hospital in the Inland Empire by U.S. News & World Report. It was ranked 14th best in California. (INT)

Two pedestrians have lost their lives in a pair of mishaps in Jurupa Valley and Colton. One victim was dead at the scene early Tuesday on Mission Boulevard at Glen Street. Another was struck and killed on Interstate 10 near Ninth Street in Colton. (INT)

A man accused of being Riverside County’s most prolific robber has gone on trial. Sergio Lopez is facing 69 charges stemming from 19 robberies at small businesses dating back to 2010. (INT)

Two shootings at Indio less than an hour apart have killed two men. Police are trying to determine if the Sunday night incidents are related. (INT)

A Colton police officer is recovering after being hit with a piece of asphalt during a scuffle with a suspected drug abuser. The incident Tuesday in an alley resulted in the arrest of Luis Coronado, 22, of Colton. (INT)

The Inland Empire’s latest motorcycle fatality is a 20-year-old man. Riverside police say he ran off Victoria Avenue Tuesday and hit a tree. (INT)

The iEfficient water conservation campaign was launched Tuesday. It’s the effort of the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District. It comes as groundwater aquifers sink to all-times lows. (INT)

A woman is San Bernardino’s 27th murder victim of the year. Michelle Miers, 26, was fatally stabbed late Monday night at an apartment on West 43rd Street. She had used a cell phone seeking help. (INT)

An Orange County businessman has pleaded guilty to federal charges related to a series of frauds including one in which he worked with his criminal defense attorney to fraudulently apply for millions of dollars in loans. Donald Keith Goff, 66, of Laguna Niguel, admitted to three felonies. (INT)

A motorcyclist has been killed as he sped down a Colton street passing other vehicles. The 17-year-old biker, Frank Ramos, crashed into the rear of one vehicle and died at the scene. (INT)

A Quail Valley man who admitted forcing a 14-year-old girl to work as a prostitute – was sentenced Monday to 17½ years in prison. Kawaum Scott, 24, was sentenced in federal court at Riverside. His co-defendant – Nekeyia Weatherspoon, 22, of Perris – earlier pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy. According to court documents, Scott and Weatherspoon took all the money paid to the girl for the sex acts. (INT)

The Riverside City Council gets results of an investigation Tuesday into whether Councilman Mike Soubirous interfered with the job performances of Police Chief Sergio Diaz and City Manager Scott Barber. Soubirous considers it a ‘witch hunt’. (INT)

With a heat wave possibly in the works next week, fire restrictions in the Cleveland National Forest are being shifted to the “Elevated” level. The Forest Service says expects dryer fuel conditions, higher temperatures, and the likelihood of small fires becoming larger fires. (INT)

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