October 24, 2014
TOP STORIES
HEMET – (INT) – Investigators say they have evidence linking a Hemet man to the slayings of two family members.
US-led air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria have killed 553 people since September, UK-based activists say. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 464 IS fighters, 57 other militants and 32 civilians have died.
Cash-strapped Sears Holdings is up 4.7% to $36.02 Thursday following a report that it plans to close over 100 Sears and Kmart stores and lay off more than 5,400 employees, many ahead of the Christmas shopping season.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Beacon Economics is out with an optimistic forecast for the Inland Empire. Population growth of 1.4 percent annually through 2019 is forecast.
UPLAND – (INT) – A motorist in a white Jeep Cherokee is being sought for the hit-run death of an 11-year-old boy.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – With gasoline prices in free fall, skeptical motorists are fearful that the money they’re saving may be only temporary.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA – (INT) – Witnesses say a driver accelerated his car with the headlights off when he entered the I-15 freeway going the wrong way early Wednesday.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA – (INT) - A federal class action lawsuit has been filed against San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon and the county over alleged discriminatory policies at the West Valley Detention Center.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) – A couple of days of Indian Summer will give way to sharply cooler weather this weekend.
SAN BERNARDINO - (INT) – Local disaster preparedness officials believe they’re on-point in the event of wildfires, floods or earthquakes.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Budgeting is an elusive money-managing technique in many households. And, the Inland Empire is no exception.
TEMECULA – (INT) – A Riverside County sheriff’s sergeant finds himself on the wrong side of the law. Terry Jones, a 16-year veteran of the sheriff’s department working out of Temecula, is on paid administrative leave after his arrest.
MORENO VALLEY – (INT) - The Riverside County District Attorney's Office has lifted its requirement that the City of Moreno Valley preserve all documents and electronically stored information.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – There have been no reported confirmed cases of flu yet this season. And, health officials want to keep it that way.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Clear skies gave skywatchers a front row seat for Thursday’s partial eclipse of the sun.
SAN FRANCISCO – (INT) – The latest voter opinion poll continues to give Governor Brown high marks in his bid for re-election. The Public Policy Institute of California also found voter favor with the water bond Proposition 1.
KANSAS CITY - The Kansas City Royals fought back from a Game 1 flop to beat the San Francisco Giants' brilliant bullpen and even the World Series.
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday said California will address the concerns and worries of nurses who say the hospitals where they work are ill-prepared for a potential case of the deadly Ebola virus.
FRESNO - (INT) - There’s very little in California’s farming industry that’s been left untouched by the ongoing drought. Bees are no exception.
ATLANTA - CNN and several other Turner cable channels were removed from satellite TV giant Dish Network's systems late Monday.
CARLSBAD - Welders and pipefitters nearly outnumber the surfers and sunbathers here. Within sight of the crashing waves, the laborers are assembling what some hope will make water scarcity a thing of the past.
LOS ANGELES - (INT) – A student’s attempt to sell his car on line cost him his life. His body was found last week at the side of Interstate 10 in Palm Desert.
HOLLYWOOD - Thanks to an army of older males, 'Fury' won this week's box office battle. "Fury' delivered one of the best openings of all time for a World War II war movie, not accounting for inflation.
SEAL BEACH – (INT) – This beach community is gaining back its identity. Surf generated by a series of distant summer hurricanes took its toll.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - Lending institutions began foreclosure proceedings last quarter on the fewest number of California homes in more than eight years.
San Bernardino City Manager Allen Parker is skeptical of forthcoming salary impacts under a section of the City Charter. In a statement, Parker says costs to the City represent over $1.3 million annually in additional base salaries, benefit and estimated overtime costs. The city is attempting to get back on its feet after declaring bankruptcy. (INT)

Prosecutors have cleared five law enforcement officers of any criminal wrong doing in the death of a Hesperia man. Alex Quintanilla had been running around in traffic lanes and throwing rocks at passing vehicles on the I-15 near Barstow. Quintanilla collapsed and died after officers deployed a taser at the scene of the incident in 2012. (INT)

A motorist has died of injuries she suffered when her car overturned last weekend in Hesperia. Sheriff’s investigators couldn’t explain the cause of the mishap that claimed the life of Tamara Sigmund, 45. (INT)

Two men found dead in a La Quinta home last weekend have been identified. Sheriff’s investigators say that Rick and Robert Bertrand were victims of a double homicide. An injured woman found at a nearby traffic accident scene was involved in the deaths, but investigators have not offe3red details. (INT)

UC President Janet Napolitano is supporting several projects as part of UC’s Global Food Initiative. They range from efforts that will increase local food security to those that will enhance efforts to inform and affect public policy. The announcement coincides with Food Day, Friday. It encourages Americans to change their diets and push for improved food policies. (INT)

A neutered pit bull will be euthanized after attacking a 61-year-old woman near Hemet. The Monday evening attack occurred when the dog broke loose from its tether as the woman walked in her neighborhood. The victim suffered bites over her entire body and a severe head wound. (INT)

San Bernardino police officer Gabe Garcia is improving from bullet wounds he suffered two months ago. Stater Brothers is giving the Garcia family $10,000 to help in his recovery. (INT)

Southern California water agencies have turned to new pricing policies and expanded rebate programs as the drought enters its fourth year. A report out of UC Riverside suggests some of those policies have greatly reduced per capita water consumption, while others have produced mixed results. (INT)

San Bernardino County authorities say they’ve arrested 56 suspects in a far-ranging campaign against High Desert marijuana growers. More than a half-ton of marijuana, 22 firearms, currency, and four cannabis extraction labs were seized. Twenty-one search warrants were served at residences mostly in the Victor Valley. (INT)

A young motorist killed Wednesday in a Freeway 60 accident in Jurupa Valley was Robert Andis, 19, of Corona. Andis was trapped in his vehicle and died at the scene before he could be taken to a hospital. (INT)

The death of a Victorville man who’d been tasered by sheriff’s deputies has been attributed to PCP intoxication.
Dante Parker, 36, was being arrested for an attempted break-in last August when he became combative and later collapsed. Results of a coroner’s autopsy were announced Wednesday. (INT)

Corona police have sidelined two suspected metal thieves. Derrick Aescheliman, 45, of Upland, and passenger, Nathion Gourley, 35, Corona, were arrested when they returned to Kohl’s department store where copper wiring had been stripped from a solar array a day earlier. Copper wiring and burglar tools were found in their truck. Damage at Kohl’s was estimated at $300,000. (INT)

Riverside County health officials have opened an Ebola website. It gives the public and health providers the latest updates on Ebola and what is being done to prevent the spread of the virus. There have been no confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola in Riverside County. The website is (INT)

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