April 24, 2014
TOP STORIES
SOUTHLAND - (INT) – The ongoing spike in gasoline prices seems to be on pause. Retailers may respond to dropping wholesale numbers. The Auto Club’s Marie Montgomery is watching the wholesale prices.
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine--Ukrainian security forces killed “up to five” pro-Russian activists Thursday in the restive eastern part of the country, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said, as Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned any use of the Ukrainian military against its own citizens.
Measles cases in the U.S. are surging at the fastest pace in nearly two decades, fueled mostly by unvaccinated travelers sparking outbreaks from California to New York, and, now, in Ohio, where 13 members of an Amish community may have fallen ill.
HEMET – (INT) – A 14-year-old boy has been implicated in the brutal beating of an elderly woman during a burglary at her home last week. Police usually withhold names and photographs of juveniles.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Mother Nature’s roller-coaster weather will hit the extremes over the next few days.

SAN BERNARDINO - (INT) - The Department of Housing and Urban Development is considering a realignment of the process to fund community grants.
INDIO – Police are investigating a complaint that District Attorney Paul Zellerbach tampered with a campaign sign Wednesday.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Surging prices are forcing more families away from homeownership and into rentals. And, the change is not coming cheap.
INDIO - (INT) – 'Stagecoach' makes a weekend stop at the Empire Polo Grounds. The 3-day lineup brings together some of the hottest stars in country music.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) – The rate of home foreclosures in California changed little the first quarter of the year and mirrors a level last seen in early 2006. Los Angeles County had a 5.2 percent increase.
GRAND TERRACE – (INT) – A quartet of train trestles crossing over the 215 freeway is about in place. The last goes into position Friday night when the freeway will be closed in both directions.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Final touches are clearing the way for Monday’s start of the sbX bus transit service. Spokesman Dave Rutherford says there’s been special attention to safety issues.
BARSTOW – (INT) – San Bernardino County has signed on to a Freeway Agreement with Caltrans to realign 7-miles of Highway 58 through the Hinkley area.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Supporters of solar power and preservationists of historic Route 66 clashed Tuesday before the County Board of Supervisors.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Surplus government food is being distributed free to the public during April. Several additional locations have been set up.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Saturday is drug ‘take-back’ day.
Police departments and other locations have been set-up where expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs can be turned in.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – It’s mid-spring, but we can’t put winter behind us. Forecaster Rob Krohn in Riverside is tracking a strong, cold late season storm.
SAN CLEMENTE - Consumer watchdog groups plan to fight a proposed settlement over the closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant that could cost utility users in South Orange County and San Diego more than $3.3 billion.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – A special session of the state Legislature convenes Thursday to take up Governor Brown’s plan to strengthen California's rainy day fund.
SAN JOSE - Experts were at a loss Monday as to how a 16-year-old boy from Santa Clara managed to survive a five-hour flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of a jetliner.
HOLLYWOOD - (INT) - The faith-based film 'Heaven Is for Real' is soaring at the Box Office. It is Number 3 in the weekly top 10 movies and clearly benefiting from the Easter holiday.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – A growing number of city governments are concerned about the potential health effects of E-cigarettes. Los Angeles has joined them.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California is entering the hot, dry summer months with the lowest allocation – ever – of State Water Project supplies. Department of Water Resources Director Mark Corwin says the 5 percent is better than nothing.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – There’s no debate among Californians that there’s a water shortage. But, the Field Poll found there is no clear consensus about what to do about it.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A specialized rescue team has returned to Riverside after spending nearly three weeks at the scene of the Washington state landslide.
The US Government is trying to recover more than $700,000 in alleged corruption proceeds of Chun Doo-hwan, the former president of South Korea. The money stems from the sale of a house located in Newport Beach which President Chun’s son, Chun Jae Yong, had purchased with proceeds allegedly traceable to his father’s corruption. President Chun was convicted in Korea in 1997 of receiving more than $200 million in bribes from Korean businesses and companies. (INT)

Caltrans has started work on five permanent median gate barriers on Interstate 10 in the Banning-Cabazon area. Those will allow the California Highway Patrol to safely turn around traffic in the event of an emergency. (INT)

UC Riverside Chancellor Kim Wilcox was formally invested at a ceremony Thursday. Among the 1,000 guests was UC President Janet Napolitano. Wilcox was appointed UCR’s ninth chancellor last August. (INT)

Sheriff’s deputies checking on the welfare of residents in a Menifee home Monday night were confronted in a garage by a man pointing a handgun at them. When Mickey Larragoitiy, 54, refused to drop the weapon, he was shot dead. None of the officers were hurt. An investigation into the situation at the home on Winged Foot Drive continues. (INT)

Sheriff’s Captain Jason Horton has been appointed police chief for Jurupa Valley. Horton attended school in Jurupa Valley and has spent his entire 20-year law enforcement career with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. His appointment is effective May 1st. (INT)

The University of Redlands is getting a jump start on the graduation season. The U of R’s 105th commencement ceremonies will be held Thursday and Saturday. More than 1,600 students will pickup their diplomas. (INT)

Local election officials are gearing up for the June 3rd primary. 880,000 sample ballots and information pamphlets are going out to voters in Riverside County. All will be in the mail by next week. (INT)

As many as five public hearings have been scheduled next month on the proposed San Bernardino city budget. It will reflect the bankrupt city’s direction for the next fiscal year. (INT)

The University of California expects a big increase in freshman enrollment this fall. The record high number includes more Californians, more Latinos, and a broad range of out-of-state and international residents. (INT)

Marijuana grow houses keep springing up around the Inland Empire. Police converged on one in Chino this week and discovered 100 plants inside a home on Melon Avenue. One man was arrested on suspicion of growing marijuana for sale and assorted Building Code violations. (INT)

Palm Springs has become one of the first cities in the Inland Empire to mount a campaign against single-use plastic bags. They are no longer provided at city facilities, city-managed concessions and city-sponsored events. Beginning in November, supermarkets in the desert resort will be prohibited from handing out single-use plastic bags to their customers. (INT)

Traffic mishaps Wednesday in widely separated areas of the Inland Empire claimed two lives. An SUV ran off a rural road in Menifee and killed the driver. An elderly motorcyclist, Lonnie Larson, 76, of Sacramento, lost his life in a crash on Cima Road in the middle of the Mojave Desert. (INT)

A murder investigation has been launched into the discovery of a woman’s body in an abandoned mine shaft. Searchers found the body Monday near Red Mountain off Highway 395 in extreme northwest San Bernardino County. Authorities identified the body Wednesday as that of Sandra McKinney, 71. She’d been reported missing from her home at Red Mountain last weekend. (INT)

The Riverside City Council has agreed to extend the 1.5 percent water conservation surcharge through the year 2024. The charge is about 70 cents per month for an average residential water customer. (INT)

Another death penalty case is moving closer to trial. A Riverside judge says there is enough evidence against Drew Stelp to put him on trial for the slayings of his mother and his ex-wife. They were found dead last year in their home at Moreno Valley. Stelp, 52, was the caretaker of both women. (INT)

William Foley has been hired to run the Arrowhead County Medical Center at Colton. His contract calls for an annual salary of just over $301,000 plus benefits worth another $152,000. Foley takes over no later than June 23rd. He is a veteran healthcare executive. (INT)

Online voter registration in California is being expanded to cover eight additional languages. Would-be voters need their California driver license or California identification card number, the last four digits of their Social Security number and their date of birth. Online registration in English and Spanish was launched 2-years ago. (INT)

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