October 23, 2020
TOP STORIES
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – It’s been nearly 5-years since the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center. On Friday the only surviving individual connected to the horrific event was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
As millions of Americans converge to vote in one of the most contentious elections in U.S. history, police forces across the nation are taking unprecedented steps to brace for potential disruption at the polls and post-election violence.
SEATTLE - Universal masking in the U.S. could save some 130,000 lives by the end of February, according to projections by some of the nation’s top Covid-19 trackers at the University of Washington.
OAKLAND - A California state appellate court upheld a lower court’s ruling that there was an "overwhelming likelihood” Uber and Lyft had misclassified their drivers as contractors rather than employees in violation of a landmark state law.
Scientists in Washington state have located the first “murder hornet" nest in the country, the state’s department of agriculture announced in a press release Friday.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – A career felon with several violation of probation arrests has been identified as the gunman who briefly overpowered a police officer.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - Two Riverside County men were arrested Thursday on an indictment alleging they participated in an international conspiracy.
BARSTOW – (INT) – A California Highway Patrol officer is expected to recover in the wake of a gunfight that claimed the life of a suspected car thief.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Riverside and San Bernardino counties are among seven in Southern California that will be under the watchful eye of federal District Election Officers.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Local residents are being encouraged to sign on to a Riverside Anti-Racist Vision.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Reopening the local economy may seem out of reach as Riverside and San Bernardino counties struggle against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - The CDPH announced Tuesday that Riverside County will move back to the state’s purple virus tier.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Local authorities say the California Employment Development Department (EDD) has been completely overwhelmed with the dramatic increase in unemployment fraud.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Riverside County is experiencing an ‘excess’ mortality rate.
ONTARIO – (INT) – Air travel is recovering at Ontario International Airport (ONT).
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - New guidance for private outdoor gatherings of people from three (or fewer) households are now compliant with State health orders.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Election officials in Riverside and San Bernardino counties are taking steps to advise ‘poll watchers’ for in-person balloting.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Another flu season is here and health officials are advising that being immunized with the influenza vaccine could help prevent a ‘twindemic'.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Voting in the highly anticipated 2020 presidential election is underway.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The third round of business assistance grants continues through October 30th.
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SOUTHLAND - (INT) - Forecasters are raising wind and fire danger warnings for early next week.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Planning to avert rotating electricity outages is not keeping pace with events related to climate change.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California has 886,865 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date.
ARLINGTON, TX – After an off-day, the Dodgers and Rays return for Game 3 Friday with the best pitching matchup of the series.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Southern California’s largest theme parks are not likely to reopen until next year.
LOS ANGELES - Nearly 270,000 kindergarten through 12th students in California experienced homelessness during the 2018-2019 school year.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Initial plans for the distribution of an eventual COVID-019 vaccine were announced Monday.
SACRAMENTO – Twenty wildfires are still considered not contained as the most dangerous weeks of the fire season lie ahead.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Those needing to get from ‘here’ to ‘there’ are doing so more economically.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - President Trump delivers quick response to California’s request for a Major Wildfire Disaster Declaration.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – A controversy over those unofficial ballot drop boxes appears to be deescalating.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – By a decision of the US Supreme Court, Thursday was the last day to respond to the 2020 Census.
MENLO PARK – (INT) – Facebook is taking a bold step to limit what is permitted on its social media platform.
SACRAMENTO - More than 100,000 low-income college students in California lack access to the technology they need in order to participate in online classes.
Cineworld could shutter 543 of its Regal Cinema venues in the U.S.
OAKLAND – (INT) - The University of California released results from a new survey of California youth Tuesday that provides insights into their political and civic engagement.
A $5,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of those who started a massive warehouse fire in Redlands June 5th. A third-party operator that helps Amazon ship extra-large items to customers was heavily damaged with losses in the millions of dollars. (INT)

Finishing touches are being placed on the new I-15 Express lanes in Jurupa Valley, Eastvale, Norco and Corona. The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) is planning for a Spring 2021 opening. It says the project is under budget. (INT)

Early voting is being expanded in Riverside County. Now through Sunday, voters can cast ballots at the Galleria at Tyler in Riverside, on the first floor near Nordstrom’s; at the Westfield Palm Desert on the first floor across from Express; and at the Promenade in Temecula on the first floor. Early voting is also available at the Registrar of Voters office. (INT)

The California Highway Patrol says a Fontana man died after suffering a cardiovascular event causing him to lose control of his utility truck on the I-15 at Lake Elsinore Wednesday. Mark Gaylord, 64, was unresponsive at the scene and died at the Loma Linda University Health Center in Murrieta. Later Thursday in Lake Elsinore, a motorcyclist died when he lost control at high speed and slid into oncoming traffic on Avenue 6. (INT)



Charges are being upgraded to murder now that a 20-year-old San Bernardino woman has succumbed to injuries she suffered at the hands of her boyfriend. Cynthia Monique Benavidez had been in grave condition following an assault at a residence on North Fairfax Drive. Police identified the suspect Wednesday as Carnellious Lamar Coleman, age 24. He was detained at the scene at the time of the October 5th incident. (INT)

Riverside County Supervisors have named Juan C. Perez as Interim County Executive Officer (CEO) following the retirement of CEO George Johnson in December. The selection of a new CEO is expected in early 2021. Perez will not apply for the permanent position. Perez’s current role is Assistant County Executive Officer/Transportation Land Management Agency Director, a post he’s held for the past three years. (INT)

California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner Warren Stanley is retiring after nearly four decades of service. Governor Newsom announced the appointment of CHP Deputy Commissioner Amanda Ray as the next CHP Commissioner effective November 17th. She is the first woman and second African American ever to lead the agency. (INT)

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department says Sergeant Harry Cohen collapsed and died while on-duty Sunday. He joined the department in 1996 and most recently was assigned to the K-9 unit. Sgt. Cohen was 48 when he suffered a heart attack. Governor Newsom's office said Tuesday that Sergeant Cohen was stricken during SWAT training. (INT)

Beaumont is bracing for the chance of floods following the Apple and El Dorado fires. Community meetings are scheduled for October 27th at the Beaumont Civic Center. Officials will present maps, preventive measures and emergency alerts. The fires denuded thousands of acres of foothills and mountainsides that could be prone to mud and landslides. (INT)

Walton real estate investors has acquired 80 acres in Hemet for construction of 299 single-family homes. The first homes at Elk Street and Thornton Avenue will be occupied in early 2022. (INT)

San Bernardino County has been awarded more than $1.1 million to acquire 8 short-term vacation rentals that will become permanent homes for families and individuals experiencing homelessness. Priority will be given to elderly individuals with disabilities who are at risk of health complications from COVID-19. The funding was made possible under the 6th round of the state Homekey Project. (INT)

San Bernardino police have determined that robbery was the motive for a shooting October 19th that killed a Riverside woman and wounded a man. Fatally injured on West Magnolia Avenue was Mercey Marie Brasher, age 24. The survivor has been released from a local hospital. (INT)

Initial reports indicate that a pedestrian was trying to run across the I-215 when he was struck and killed near the northbound Orange Show Road off-ramp in San Bernardino Thursday evening. The victim was not immediately identified. (INT)

Authorities say the death of a pedestrian on a darkened street near Lake Elsinore early Tuesday involved a hit-run driver. Evidence found at the scene on Grand Avenue in Lakeland Village led to the vehicle and the alleged motorist who was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. The pedestrian was identified as Angel Molina, age 65. (INT)

A carjacking incident has turned into a case of homicide. San Bernardino police said that Jose Luis Garcia, 60, was found seriously injured Monday on Cajon Boulevard. Garcia had tried to intervene in a carjacking causing a traffic collision. The suspects fled. Garcia later died. (INT)

San Bernardino County Supervisors allocated nearly $1.4 million of CARES Act funding to purchase 1,900 laptops to support county schools’ distance learning needs. Fourteen San Bernardino County school districts were selected to receive an allotment. (INT)

Caltrans says it’s resumed litter abatement efforts along freeways and state highways. It was scaled back during the summer because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Adopt-A-Highway program is being used to collect garbage and the California Highway Patrol is stepping up its enforcement of anti-littering laws. (INT)

Riverside County Supervisors are holding a series of listening sessions that will focus on county services and budget priorities, including public safety, behavioral health and social services. Residents can share the personal impact of the pandemic, ranging from loss of employment to in-person school closures, as well as lived experiences with systemic racism and social injustice in healthy communities. The sessions at the County Administrative Center in downtown Riverside resume October 24th. (INT)

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