January 19, 2018
TOP STORIES
WASHINGTON--A meeting between President Donald Trump and the Senate's top Democrat on Friday failed to yield an agreement to avert a partial U.S. government shutdown at midnight Washington time, when federal spending authority expires.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – District Attorney Mike Hestrin outlined his case Thursday against David and Louise Turpin, the Perris couple accused of holding their 13 children captive.
WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump ends his first year in office with 39 percent of Americans approving of his job performance, according to the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Friday the social media site will ask its users to rank the news organizations they trust. The goal, he said, is to “make sure the news you see, while less overall, is high quality.”
For years, you’ve been told to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, especially when you’re sick. But a new study finds that it may be possible to spread the flu just by breathing, no coughing or sneezing required.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – For the first time in memory, the region’s unemployment rate (4.1%) has slipped below the California average (4.2%).
SKY FOREST - (INT) – It’ll be up to the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the cause of Wednesday’s crash landing of a light plane in the parking lot of Santa’s Village.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The Perris couple accused of holding their children captive for eight years won’t be going anywhere soon.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Moreno Valley and several other area cities have not made Amazon’s short list of candidates for its second headquarters.
SAN BERNARDINO _ (INT) - Health officials report three flu-related deaths in the county the past two weeks.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Riverside and San Bernardino counties are showing their economic strength.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The sentencing for Enrique Marquez, Jr., the Riverside man who purchased the weapons used in the 2015 San Bernardino mass killing, has been postponed.
RIVERSIDE - (INT) – The Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) is announcing two new express routes and dozens of schedule changes.
BRENTWOOD – (INT) – Former Riverside County Congressman John Tunney died Friday of prostate cancer at his home at the age of 83.
LAKE ARROWHEAD – (INT) – Representatives of the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) have agreed to appear at a community meeting over complaints of increasing aircraft noise.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – A supplemental assessment roll has added $5.7 billion to the value of all taxable property in San Bernardino County.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – City officials have initiated an effort to roust the homeless from the Santa Ana Riverbottom.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Surplus government food will be given out during January.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – ‘Slow’ earthquakes being detected deep in the San Jacinto Fault could be the forerunners to a large damaging earthquake.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - A cold, fast-moving storm will temporarily erase this week’s warm Southern California sunshine.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Gasoline prices seem to have settled down since a first-of-the-year surge.
SAN FRANCISCO--U.S. immigration officials have begun preparing for a major sweep in San Francisco and other Northern California cities.
MONTECITO - Residents are keeping a wary eye on the skies since heavy rains caused mudslides, flooding and the deaths of 20 people in this Santa Barbara County community.
HOLLYWOOD - 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' is dominating the box office for the second week.
VENTURA – (INT) – The battle took 5-weeks and 4-days, but Calfire is calling the massive Thomas Fire 100 percent contained.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Reaction and comment to Governor Brown’s proposed state budget is varied and along party lines.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Governor Brown is proposing a $131.7 billion General Fund budget plan for 2018-19.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Two major events are marking Governor Brown’s final year in office.
INDIO – (INT) – Tickets for April’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival sold out within 30 minutes of going on sale.
A new phone scam has been popping up, but with a strange new twist --- your own number is calling you.
Three Southern California lawmakers have introduced the SHARE Act (Stopping Harassment and Reporting Extension) aimed at addressing the issue of harassment in the workplace. Assemblymember Eloise Reyes (D-San Bernardino) noted that recent events all around the country have underlined the desperate need for increased protections and tools for victims of harassment. (INT)

The stage is set for the Riverside’s next two-year budget which will map out the city’s financial priorities through June 30, 2020. Deliberations are scheduled to culminate on June 12th with the adoption of a new 2018-20 budget. (INT)

A criminal investigation into a 2016 fatal officer-involved shooting in San Bernardino is complete. Prosecutors announced Thursday that officer San Bernardino Police Officer Jay Rutherford’s use of deadly force was a proper exercise of his right to defense of others. Killed was Michael Peacor, 55, of San Bernardino. (INT)

The US Forest Service is taking steps now to diminish the volatility of wildfires later this summer. Burning of trees and shrubs will begin on Thomas Mountain near Anza and continue around Idyllwild. Other prescribed burns for this winter are planned for areas near Big Bear and Angelus Oaks depending on weather conditions. (INT)

A Los Angeles County deputy sheriff who allegedly agreed on two occasions to oversee the delivery of narcotics and other contraband in exchange for cash payments is under arrest. Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Collins, who resided in Chino, was arrested this week along with three other men, on federal narcotics charges. During the FBI’s undercover investigation, Collins allegedly agreed that he and his team would accompany the narcotics and take calculated steps to prevent legitimate law enforcement from intercepting the drugs – in exchange for cash payments as high as $250,000. (INT)

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will examine the fire threat in California and what steps can be taken to mitigate fire hazards to utility infrastructure. In some instances it may also contribute to or be the cause of fire. Every year, there are more than 5,400 wildland fires that burn an average of more than 156,000 acres in California. (INT)

Metrolink’s Orange County (OC) and Inland Empire-Orange County (IEOC) lines will undergo track work causing service disruptions for all weekend trains on multiple weekends from now until April. Passengers are encouraged to plan ahead when making travel plans between Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo and Oceanside. (INT)

Expedia has listed Riverside and Palm Springs among the 20 best places for snowbirds this winter. Palm Springs was cited for pleasing temperatures and ‘a unique allure’. Riverside’s attractions included the UCR Botanic Gardens, the Riverside Dickens Festival, the California Citrus State Historic Park and average high temperatures in January of 66 degrees. (INT)

The California Highway Patrol says a motorist was speeding on a rural road near Temecula when he lost control of his car and crashed into a tree. The 68-year-old Corona Del Mar man was fatally injured the midnight mishap on De Luz Road. In Redlands, a similar mishap Thursday claimed another motorist when his out of control car left Interstate 10 near California Avenue and struck a pole. (INT)



For the third time, skeletal remains of an Apple Valley man missing for nearly 20 years have been found. Investigators still don’t know what happened to Donald Raiser, who was 48 when he was reported missing in 1998. Hikers made the most recent discovery near Apple Valley Road and Wato Road. (INT)

The last of seven Beaumont corruption defendants is awaiting a January 26th court ruling on his motion to have the embezzlement charges dismissed. Former city attorney Joseph Aklufi claims that his right to a speedy preliminary hearing was denied. Six other former city officials pleaded guilty. (INT)

The San Bernardino County Superior Court is opening two new, fully-staffed courtrooms. Those handling criminal cases will be located at the San Bernardino Justice Center and the Rancho Cucamonga Courthouse. The new courtrooms were made possible under funding changes and recent judicial appointments. (INT)

San Bernardino police have announced arrests in one of the five unrelated homicides this month. Jailed for the January 5th slaying of Anthony Hernandez are James Baltierra, 32, and his girlfriend Sylvia Smith, age 29. Baltierra was recently paroled after serving a 16 year sentence in another shooting. Baltierra is the son of Hernandez’ girlfriend. (INT)

Caltrans has announced completion of a pavement replacement project on Interstate 10 along the Crystal Springs Grade between Redlands and Yucaipa. The job cost $26 million. (INT)

Palm Springs is adding twelve public safety officers as the result of voter-approved Measure D. The half-cent sales tax increase was approved in November. The City Council has approved hiring six firefighter paramedics, four police officers for downtown and two police community service officers. City Manager David Ready says the additions come with the revitalization of the downtown core with a new hotel plus new dining and retail businesses. (INT)

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