July 30, 2014
WESTWOOD – (INT) – Damage is being assessed from the worst water main break in Los Angeles in at least five years.
House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday that House Republicans are finalizing a bill to address the surge of migrant children coming over the southern U.S. border from Central America.
ONTARIO - (INT) – Passenger volume at Ontario International Airport has made its first, 6-month gain in nearly nine years. Figures issued Monday show that just over 2 million passengers used the local air terminal the first half of the year.
More than a third of the country is in trouble when it comes to paying debts on time; 35% of Americans have debt in collections, according to a study out Tuesday from the Urban Institute, which analyzed the credit files of 7 million Americans.
PLYMOUTH - Firefighters battling the Sand fire in Amador County’s wine country continue to make good progress despite hot weather. Containment went to 80 percent Tuesday, according to Cal Fire.
LAKE PERRIS – (INT) – Upgrades on the Lake Perris Dam are imminent. Construction is about to begin.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – County Supervisors are putting commercial marijuana growers on notice. Three communities have been singled out.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Pretrial motions will resume Wednesday after a Superior Court judge ruled that prosecutors will get a second crack at the four defendants in the Colonies bribery case.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Opposition is building to a statewide initiative on the November ballot that would reduce most non-violent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Reported crime in the city took a double-digit drop during the first 6-months of the year. It was down nearly 16 percent as compared to the first-half of last year.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – The latest round of summer monsoon storms roamed across a wide area of the Inland Empire Monday. Flash flood warnings were issued for the Big Bear area and in the deserts from 29 Palms to extreme northeast San Bernardino County.
WASHINGTON – (INT) – Corona Congressman Ken Calvert has put a stronger spin on immigration reform demanding that President Obama enforce existing laws.
MORENO VALLEY - (INT) – Recent shootings have heightened the perception of rampant crime in the city. But, officials say it isn’t so. Councilman Richard Stewart represents an upscale area where a gunman recently killed two people and – apparently – himself.
MEXICO CITY – (INT) - Governor Brown has signed a broad agreement with Mexico’s Ministry of Economy to expand trade between businesses in Mexico and California.
INGLEWOOD – (INT) – Byron Scott has a game plan for the Los Angeles Lakers.

LOS ANGELES - A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Clippers.
VENICE BEACH - (INT) – Sunday’s lightning strike came without warning, and some are asking if lifeguards should take on that responsibility. A flagging system for water conditions has long been in place.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Average gasoline prices have finally eclipsed the $4 a gallon mark in most of Southern California. Oil industry analyst Trilby Lundberg in Camarillo says the usual culprit in keeping prices high was not the primary factor for the decrease.
HOLLYWOOD - Scarlett Johansson's 'Lucy' has an impressive start for an action film featuring a female heroine.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – The summer smog season is at the half-way point and some people aren’t breathing too deeply. There have been 53 days of unhealthy air so far this year.
SAN LUIS – (INT) – While the State Water Project has become a trickle, run-off along another key water resource has been fully up to par.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) – A 4 percent jump in electricity last month led an increase in the cost of living in the greater Los Angeles area. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said living expenses rose 1.5 percent the last 12 months.
San Bernardino was one of 16 cities in California where the Campaign for a Healthy California celebrated the 49th birthday of Medicare Wednesday. A new reports shows that Medicare will be on solid footing at least until 2030. (INT)

The Dodgers rolled over Atlanta 8-4 Tuesday night putting them 3 games ahead of San Francisco. Dodger announcer Vin Scully will return for a 66th season with the Blue Crew. (INT)

Baltimore scored a 12-inning, 7-6 victory over the Angels Tuesday. The Halos have dropped eight of their last eleven games to the Orioles. (INT)

Walmart is hiring 300 people to work at a new storm to open this fall at Indio. A temporary hiring center has been opened. Military veterans are encouraged to apply. (INT)

In Jurupa Valley, a pedestrian struck and killed in a nighttime mishap on Mission Boulevard has been identified. Jose Hurtado, 68, was hit by a car and died at the scene last Tuesday. (INT)

The California Highway Patrol has launched a new public safety campaign. It’s aimed at protecting workers in some 700 active highway construction zones throughout the state. Traffic fines are doubled in those zones. (INT)

Serial rapist Melbrough Williams, Jr. was given a 100-year-to-life prison term Monday. The 46-year-old Murrieta man was convicted of raping four women who’d all been working as prostitutes. Temecula investigators arrested Williams 2-years ago in Costa Mesa. Williams had met his most recent victims through an Internet website. (INT)

Evidence found at the home of a Moreno Valley woman indicates that she was the suspect who robbed a Chino bank July 14th. Rafaella Benoit, 18, was wearing hospital scrubs, sunglasses and a knit cap when she passed a demand note to a bank teller. Benoit was out on bail for a previous bank robbery she allegedly committed in May at a bank in Moreno Valley. (INT)

At Joshua Tree, a trail of stolen property spread across several miles of desert eventually led sheriff’s deputies from Copper Mountain College to a suspected burglar. Found hiding in some dense brush was Marcus Christensen, age 26. Property stolen from the college was recovered. (INT)

San Bernardino’s Little Mountain has been getting its annual burn-off. A fire broke out Tuesday evening on the north side of the mountain. There was a 3-alarm response by the city fire department bringing the fire under quick control. It covered about 3-acres. Fires routinely burn each year on Little Mountain. (INT)

Yxstian Gutierrez will fight his ouster from the Moreno Valley City Council. Gutierrez contends that a judge misinterpreted the law about whether he lives in the district he represents. Gutierrez argues that the old district boundaries were repealed by the City Council in 2011. He was sworn in 2-years later. (INT)

Former UC Riverside standout and 14-year major leaguer Troy Percival has been named head baseball coach at UCR. Percival is the fifth head baseball coach in UC Riverside’s six decades of NCAA competition. (INT)

Arson is suspected in a 2-alarm fire that heavily damaged a vacant building in San Bernardino. Monday’s fire in a one-time commercial building on North ‘E’ Street was knocked down in 30 minutes. (INT)

The last of three people who died in a shooting spree last Tuesday in Moreno Valley has been identified. Derek Hardy, 58, was found dead in a home on Delphinium Avenue. Alex Anderson, 34, is suspected of killing Hardy and Wilma Patterson, 74. Anderson was found dead several hours later with the murder weapon. Anderson was also suspected of wounding a sheriff’s deputy who is recovering. (INT)

Two young men were killed and two other people hurt in a Sunday night crash east of Perris. Three vehicles were involved. One overturned trapping the victims. The coroner identrified the dead Monday as Ruben Bailon, 24, and Omar Bolanos, 21, both of Perris. The incident shut down Nuevo road near Foothill Avenue. (INT)

Opposition to the North Peak Wind Project planned for 16 square miles of mountain ridges overlooking much of the Victor Valley is mounting. In a letter to the Bureau of Land Management, county supervisors James Ramos and Robert Lovingood Ramos and Lovingood cited the anticipated harm to property values, Native American cultural resources, interference with radar tracking of aircraft as well as environmental concerns. Lovingood pointed out that “San Bernardino County has already borne the brunt of renewable energy projects.” (INT)


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