February 24, 2021
TOP STORIES
Detailed information on a Johnson & Johnson candidate vaccine for COVID-19 raises no safety concerns, according to a report released early Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles County sheriff says Tiger Woods was "not drunk" at the time of the golf legend's car crash.
WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday to formally order a 100-day government review of global supply chains and potential U.S. vulnerabilities in key industries.
A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction indefinitely halting the enforcement of the Biden administration’s 100-day moratorium on most deportations, dealing a major blow to Biden’s expansive immigration reform agenda.
A new book makes the case that sperm counts have been falling for decades, and a major reason is chemicals in the environment that disrupt the body's hormonal system.
INLAND EMPRIE – (INT) - Riverside County’s adjusted case rate for new COVID-19 cases have dropped below a threshold that will allow transitional kindergarten through sixth grade education to reopen.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – The San Bernardino City Unified School District has mounted its most ambitious attempt yet to get absentee students into distance learning during the pandemic.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Santa Ana winds that have swept Southland skies clear are overextending their welcome.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A series of fires in vacant buildings along University Avenue is being linked to the growing homeless population.
PHELAN – (INT) – This High Desert community is the Inland Empire’s newest hot spot for those bent on illegally growing large amounts of marijuana.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – County health officials report a notable decline in testing for the COVID-19 virus.
CALIMESA – (INT) – A 15-month-long investigation into a wildfire that burned through a mobile home park killing two people has resulted in a criminal case.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - Public health officials are cautioning residents who receive a COVID-19 vaccine to continue to follow COVID-19 safety protocol.
WASHINGTON – (INT) – Inland Empire Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-Pomona) is raising awareness about white supremacy in law enforcement.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – The first Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) of 2021 is less than enthusiastic about the Inland Empire’s economy.
Sources for accurate local information about the coronavirus.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California has 3,455,361 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date.
SAN JOSE - Fry's Electronics has suddenly closed all of its stores, ending a nearly four-decade business run.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California is stepping up its contribution of COVID relief help.
Reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic and racial unrest, Americans are arming themselves at unprecedented rates.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – California students in distance learning may soon be graded on the learning they do, not when they do it.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State lawmakers Monday passed a $9.6 billion COVID Relief Package.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Youth baseball, cheerleading, softball and other outdoor high-contact sports will be resuming in California’s Purple and Red tier counties.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Southern California motorists are suddenly paying the highest gasoline prices since the pandemic struck.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – Two of the nation’s first community vaccination sites opened Monday in Oakland and Los Angeles.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – Three utility companies are being ordered to shop around for supplemental summer electricity.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State officials are touting California’s COVID eviction protections as the strongest in the nation.
SAN DIEGO - The FBI is warning the public about scammers who are using the COVID-19 vaccine to try and steal.
SAN DIEGO – (INT) – Robots could be taking ‘telehealth’ to a new level.
Prosecutors are considering felony charges against a 19-year-old Victorville youth who allegedly went on a 2-hour robbery spree in San Bernardino Monday night. Joseph Cosetta-Jenkins was arrested after leading police on a chase in his get-away vehicle. A firearm believed used in the stick-ups was recovered at a local motel. (INT)

A Sunday night hold-up at the Outpost Market in Cathedral City has become a case of murder. Police say the clerk-owner was fatally shot. He was later identified as Chris Sgouromitis, age 61. Investigators did not release any details or suspect information. (INT)

Record-breaking cold and winter storms across much of the U.S. has forced the cancellation of hundreds of American Red Cross blood drives in about 30 states and caused more than 15,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. Red Cross chapters across the Inland Empire are urging healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to give now to ensure blood products are available for patient emergencies. There are dozens of donation opportunities across Riverside and San Bernardino counties between now and March 15th. (INT)

Riverside County prosecutors have filed a 2nd degree murder charge against an Eastvale man in the death of an 18-year-old youth who overdosed on fentanyl-laced drugs and died. Joseph Michael Costanza, 21, is facing four felonies. Angel Vazquez, 18, was found unresponsive in an Eastvale home last October.

An off-duty San Bernardino police department (SBPD) employee is being questioned about an exchange of gunfire Saturday on the Ortega Highway above Lake Elsinore. According to a statement from the California Highway Patrol, Keith Frederick Prante, 34, abruptly twice stopped his vehicle and shot once toward the SBPD employee who returned fire. Working on the suspect’s license plate number, Prante was arrested the following morning at his residence in Mission Viejo. There were no reported injuries during the incident. (INT)

Applications are encouraged from Redlands residents interested in serving on the Measure T Oversight Committee. It is an independent committee established to serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council, providing independent advisory review of the proposed expenditure of revenues generated by the City’s transactions and use tax, Measure T, which was passed by voters in November 2020. (INT)

AMRO Fabricating Corporation, a space and defense supplier and manufacturer, has announced an expansion that could bring hundreds of jobs to Corona. AMRO is a supplier of highly engineered, metallic primary structures and assemblies. AMRO’s signature products can be found in almost every domestic launch vehicle, spacecraft and missile. (INT)

Prosecutors in Riverside and three other California counties have settled a consumer protection action against Best Buy Stores over misrepresented item prices, both in stores and in advertisements and failed to accurately disclose material aspects of it’s return policy. Best Buy also violated a previous injunction. Best Buy is required to make changes in its business practices agreed to pay $558,570 in civil costs and penalties and $75,000 in restitution. (INT)

Etiwanda High School secured a 5th San Bernardino County Academic Decathlon title. Etiwanda beat defending champion Redlands High School and advances to the state championships which will be held March 25-28 in Sacramento. (INT)

San Bernardino County at the top of the leaderboard toward becoming the first Southern California home of Topgolf, an internationally renowned technology-enabled entertainment experience. The county and Topgolf, a hugely popular sports and entertainment attraction with locations around the globe, entered into a 20-year lease agreement in 2019. Delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the deal is now set to go forward with construction beginning this month and completion in early 2022. The development is on 13.7 acres of undeveloped county-owned land adjacent to Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario. (INT)

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has partnered with San Bernardino County to host a super COVID vaccination site. The clinic will be held at IEHP's headquarters at 10801 Sixth Street in Rancho Cucamonga. Regular hours of operation will be Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The vaccination clinic is scheduled to run for approximately six months. Appointments are required and can be made at SBCovid19.com/vaccine. Nurses will administer approximately 500 vaccines per day and plan to work up to administering 1,000 vaccines per day, based on availability. (INT)

Riverside police say a male found Sunday on Crest Avenue in Arlanza had suffered multiple wounds. The individual, who was not named, died later at a local hospital. (INT)

Chaffey High School, Chino High School, Rancho Cucamonga High School and Redlands High School will join county champion Etiwanda High School at the State Academic Decathlon Championship, March 25-28th. Seventy-eight high school teams are in the race to secure the coveted state title. (INT)

A 27-year-old parolee is back in jail following an officer-involved shooting late Sunday in Riverside. Police had attempted to stop Leopold Acuna Leon, Jr., 27, on a traffic violation before his SUV crashed into another injuring the driver. Officers shot Leon when he rammed his vehicle into a police car. (INT)

A barroom brawl in Victorville has sent one person to the hospital, another to the morgue and a third to jail. Fatally stabbed while trying to break-up the early Sunday morning fight at the Bombshells Bar & Grill was Brian Lopez, 31, of Hesperia. Arrested on suspicion of murder was Rick Anthony Magana, 40, of San Bernardino. (INT)

The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) has approved 15 grants totaling more than $8 million in Proposition 68 funds for projects that will build coastal resilience in the face of sea-level rise. These projects, which include planning, research and construction, will help safeguard public health and safety, preserve biodiversity and cultural resources, and protect public access to and along the coast. The projects span the length of the California coast. (INT)

Moreno Valley is accepting applications from residents to serve the remainder of the District 2 City Council term left vacant by the passing last month of Dr. Carla Thornton. District 2 takes in most of the City north of State Route 60. Applicants must reside within the boundaries of District 2. The vacant term runs through 2022. Applications will be accepted in the City Clerk’s office until 4 p.m. on February 25. (INT)

City planners are gearing up for 18,000 homes to be built in Riverside over the next eight years. Input is sought on how housing, safety and equity needs will be met. A third and final virtual public workshop will be held February 25th at 6pm. (INT)

More emergency CalFresh benefits are on the way to Riverside County residents and families hit hard by the pandemic. The state is scheduled to add the allotment onto customers’ benefits cards on Feb. 14th. California has issued emergency food benefits to 75,000 households in Riverside County each month since the onset of the pandemic nearly a year ago. (INT)

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