April 15, 2014
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BOSTON - Police took one man into custody and detonated two backpacks Tuesday night after the packs were found unattended on Boylston Street near the Boston Marathon finish line.

RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A specialized rescue team has returned to Riverside after spending nearly three weeks at the scene of the Washington state landslide.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – More homeowners are breathing a sigh of relief. Fewer are ‘underwater’ as their homes are worth more than their outstanding mortgage.
Around 100 girls are thought to have been abducted in an attack on a school in north-east Nigeria, officials say. Gunmen reportedly arrived at the school in Chibok, Borno state, late last night, and ordered the hostel's teenage residents on to lorries.
YUCAIPA – (INT) – San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon will lead Wednesday’s dedication of a segment of Highway 38 in memory of slain deputy Jeremiah MacKay.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – A double spring spike has emerged as gasoline prices shift into overdrive. Oil industry analyst Trilby Lundberg says Southern California has a distinction not to be envied.
LAKE ARROWHEAD – (INT) – The late-Monday-early-Tuesday eclipse of the moon was spectacular. It’s the first of more to come.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Former police chief and long time community leader B. Warren Cocke died Tuesday. Cocke was a native of San Bernardino.
ORLAND - Both drivers who perished in last week's truck-bus collision on Interstate 5 in Northern California had clean driving records with no history of violations.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - The majority of traffic mishaps in California that end in death or injury begin with a speeding or aggressive driver. The California Highway Patrol wants to minimize that.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – ‘Inattention blindness’ is the newest setback to highway safety. Researchers are finding that there is no difference for drivers in the risks between hands-free and hand-held cell phone conversations.
GRAND TERRACE – (INT) – An engineering marvel is unfolding this month spanning the Route 215 freeway. Four railroad trestles will lowered onto concrete piers to enable the widening of the freeway.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Surplus government food is being distributed free to the public during April. Several additional locations have been set up.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – A new report finds that poorer Californians are paying a disproportionate of income taxes.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – A local expert on hate crimes says the white supremacist accused of killing three people outside a Jewish community center near Kansas City was motivated by hate and relevance.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) – It’s Holy Week – the most solemn time of the year for Christians. The 40 days of Lent winds down with the Last Supper and the Crucifixion of Christ on Good Friday.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Day to day temperature swings are becoming more abrupt as clouds and sunshine play tag. Spring weather is getting a firm grip on Southern California this week.
The Heart Bleed virus is being described as one of the greatest threats to ever surface on the World Wide Web. Heart Bleed poses a huge threat to consumers as it compromises sensitive personal consumer information.
HOLLYWOOD - 'Captain America 2' has now earned a massive $476.1 million worldwide -- eclipsing the $370 million earned by the first 'Captain America' in its entire run.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) - Robert Rizzo, the former top administrator in the City of Bell, was sentenced Monday to 33 months in federal prison in a tax fraud scheme.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the annual list of ENERGY STAR certified buildings.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – An early spring hot spell in ramping up the fire danger. Daniel Berlant at Calfire recalls few comparable fire seasons.
A firefighter suffered 2nd degree burns about his face and ears while putting down a fire Tuesday in a partially vacant San Bernardino four-plex on East 21st Street. Three dozen firefighters managed to contain the blaze in 40 minutes. The cause is suspicious. Damages were estimated at $100,000. (INT)

Community supporter and Hispanic advocate Graciano Gomez will be honored Thursday with the grand opening of Gomez Elementary School in San Bernardino. Gomez is a former San Bernardino school board member and the founder of the Inland Empire Hispanic News. (INT)

A Hemet motorist was killed in a single-vehicle accident Monday on the Ortega Highway near Lake Elsinore. Calfire said that David Pollock's vehicle flipped over east of the Tenaja Truck Trail. (INT)

The Riverside Public Utilities Department is hailing a judge’s denial of Jurupa Valley’s petition challenging the EIR on Riverside’s project to build high voltage power lines through the Mira Loma area. The 230-kilovolt lines are planned along the eastern edge of the Interstate 15 corridor. Riverside has argued that it has only one major substation, which means blackouts could occur if its capacity is exceeded or it goes out of service. (INT)

A hiker has been fatally injured near the peak of Mt. San Gorgonio. Witnesses saw the man fall from the Sky High Trail into an ice chute. A sheriff’s rescue helicopter flew the badly injured hiker to the Loma Linda University Medical Center. The coroner says that Thuan Pham, 49, of San Diego died in the hospital ER Saturday afternoon. (INT)

Earth Day celebrations are being held this week around the Inland Empire. Among the events are environmental shows and exhibits and hands-on Earth-friendly activities. Schools have scheduled field trips. (INT)

Riverside, Corona and Rancho Cucamonga are three of ten cities statewide to join the CoolCalifornia City Challenge. It’s a competition that engages households across California to save energy, reduce their carbon footprint and encourage more vibrant and sustainable communities. Residents are invited to sign up to participate in the CoolCalifornia City Challenge. (INT)

Simon Cortez is denying that he murdered his step-father, former Lake Elsinore city councilman George Alongi. Cortez insists he was not at Alongi’s home the day he was stabbed at least a dozen times. Cortez made his first court appearance in the murder case Tuesday in Murrieta. (INT)

A motorist killed in a midnight crash on the I-15 at Barstow was identified Tuesday. The coroner says that Katrina Collier, 38, of Victorville died when her car drifted into the center median and overturned. (INT)

A gunman who injured three people at a San Bernardino strip mall Monday and caused the lockdown of two nearby schools remains unidentified. Two victims survived multiple gunshot wounds. A young woman sitting in a vehicle was injured by flying glass. Police say the motive for the gunfire on Highland Avenue is unknown. (INT)

A drive-by gunman and several accomplices are being sought in San Bernardino’s 11th homicide of the year. Shots fired into a group of people in front of an apartment on East Pumalo Street Sunday evening claimed the life of Alonzo Peterson, 18, of Highland. (INT)

The historic Ramona Pageant opened at Hemet for its 91st performance over the weekend. It will resume at the Ramona Bowl April 26th and 27th and again on May 3rd and 4th. (INT)

San Bernardino County prosecutors said Friday they will seek the death penalty for Jose Gomez, 20, a would-be car jacker accused in the deaths of two people and injuring a California Highway Patrol officer. Gomez was captured in San Bernardino last year after a 50-mile chase and a shootout. (INT)

Hemet Unified is among 14 California schools districts that will share $17 million in tobacco-use prevention grants. Hemet will get $584,334. State schools chief Tom Torlakson declared that “The safety and well-being of our students are at the heart of what we do as educators.” (INT)

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