February 15, 2019
TOP STORIES
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Southern California’s famed sunshine has gone AWOL thanks to storm clouds that threaten still more rain, snow and trouble.
AURORA, Ill.--Five people were killed and six police officers injured in a shooting at a manufacturing company in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday afternoon.
WASHINGTON--President Trump declared the southern border of the United States to be a national emergency, catapulting the country into uncertain legal and political battles as he seeks to fulfill a campaign promise that eluded him for two years.
TOPEKA, KS--Payless ShoeSource confirmed Friday that it will close its 2,100 stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and start liquidation sales Sunday. The company is also shuttering its e-commerce operations.
BIG BEAR – (INT) – San Bernardino County officials are discouraging mountain travel this President’s Day weekend.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Visitors to the San Bernardino National Forest are urged to plan ahead before heading out this President’s Day weekend.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Praise is being heaped upon swift water rescue teams that pulled dozens of people from life-threatening situations.
MURRIETA – (INT) – A Temecula man has been handed a 12-year, 4-month prison sentence for an arson spree last summer
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Areas cities are inviting residents in areas of potential flash flooding to stock up on sandbags.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A new study by computer scientists at UC Riverside found home prices are more volatile around hospitals and colleges.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – An ex-felon in possession of a gun has been accused in last week’s car-to-car freeway shooting in Cajon Pass that injured a 10-year-old boy.
MORENO VALLEY – (INT) – There’s a major development in the mystery over a young girl missing for nearly a month.
MECCA – (INT) - Another Riverside County site will be transformed into a solar energy farm.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Four of the region’s largest cities ranked near the bottom in a study of the nation’s healthiest cities.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Surplus government food will be given out this month.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Governor Newsom is calling out President Trump for ‘manufacturing’ a national emergency.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – El Nino may have played a role in the back-to-back storms that have brought occasionally heavy rain to Southern California this month.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – More accurate weather forecasts are being promised thanks to a new stationary satellite.
A total of 18 million trees died in California last year.
SACRAMENTO--Governor Gavin Newsom is abandoning plans to build a high-speed railroad between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
HOLLYWOOD – The domestic box office might want to start sending out an S.O.S.
LOS ANGELES - Pop music's biggest awards, the 61st annual Grammys, is in the history books.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Crews have begun the removal of wildfire ash, debris, and contaminated soil on burned properties following last fall’s historic series of wildfires.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Three-dollar-a-gallon gasoline is quickly disappearing.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Climate change is not only being reflected in the oceans, but on land as well.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – New data shows that some areas of the Sacramento Valley are sinking.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Predicted deliveries of water along the State Water Project this year are increasing, but not much.
Authorities are trying to identify a man struck and killed early Friday as he walked along a darkened stretch of Highway 138 near Phelan. The California Highway Patrol said the man was in a traffic lane when he was struck by a big rig. (INT)

A Corona man, once a lawyer and a former Rialto police officer, was named in a federal indictment Friday after he was found with a fake FBI credential, a hand grenade, silencers and several illegal firearms, including a loaded AR-type semiautomatic rifle. Sergio Lopez de Tirado, 43, has been in custody since February 1st. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. (INT)

Storm clean-up paved the way for Friday’s opening of the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival at Indio. The 73rd annual festival runs through February 24th. (INT)

A Corona woman once employed at Fannie Mae has been found guilty of federal fraud charges related to bribes and kickbacks she took from brokers in exchange for Fannie Mae real estate listings and her approval of discounted sales of Fannie Mae-owned properties. Following the guilty verdicts on Tuesday, a federal jury on Wednesday found that Shirene Hernandez, 46, must forfeit the property she derived from her criminal conduct. (INT)

Riverside police have named a 38-year-old parolee as the prime suspect in the murder of a woman at the Salvation Army’s Senior Living complex. Steve Anthony Martinez II was picked up shortly after the early Tuesday morning incident. (INT)

Groundbreaking for the West Fontana Channel Flood Control Project will eventually remove nearly 2,500 parcels from a FEMA-mapped floodplain. First built as an earthen channel, improvements have been sought since the 1980s. The San Bernardino County Flood Control District is providing $64 million towards the project. (INT)

Construction has started on Moreno Valley’s newest skate park, the latest state-of-the-art facility to be added to the city’s recreational line-up. Located at Frederick Street and Cottonwood Avenue, it is scheduled to open in early summer. (INT)

Riverside University Health System—Medical Center has opened a new state-of-the-art cath lab that will expand services for heart and neurovascular patients in the Inland Empire. The $4.3 million GE lab includes imaging equipment to visualize the heart and other cerebrovascular structures, and a special system to monitor blood flow throughout the body. (INT)

A Redlands Police officer suffered major injuries when his patrol car sheared off a power pole while responding to a man-with-a-gun call early Friday. The officer, who was not named, lost control on Lugonia Avenue near Church Street. He was hospitalized with broken bones and other injuries. A police statement did not disclose the outcome of the firearm call. Power was cut off to a large area. (INT)

More than 3,000 students are expected to visit the fourth annual “Made in the High Desert” manufacturing event Thursday in Victorville. County Supervisor Robert Lovingood created the event to introduce local students to careers in well-paying jobs with local manufacturers and trade employers. (INT)

A 21-year-old motorcyclist has died after colliding with another vehicle at a Redlands intersection. Tristin Behr of Redlands was fatally injured Wednesday evening on Center Street at Brookside Avenue. (INT)

The shooting deaths of two men at Lytle Creek has been determined to be a murder-suicide. The bodies of Scott Allen Beetler, 56, of Corona and Quitlahauc Pantoja, 20, of Anaheim were found last Friday on a dirt road. (INT)

The Corona Police Department is the latest to deploy drones that it says will enhance the safety and service it provides while leveraging cost-effective technology. A team of seven Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified pilots has undergone 56 hours of specialized training in preparation of Thursday’s launch of the drones. (INT)

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