January 27, 2022
TOP STORIES
WASHINGTON - Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer announced his retirement on Wednesday, giving President Biden a prized nomination to the high court early in his White House tenure.
WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve held short-term interest rates steady on Wednesday but signaled intentions to raise them in mid-March. It’s seen as the latest turn toward removing stimulus to temper elevated inflation.
WASHINGTON - Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order making sexual harassment an offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
WASHINGTON - The United States has shared 400 million coronavirus vaccine doses with the global population, more than any other nation, the Biden administration announced Wednesday.
A potent winter storm is forecast to wallop the East Coast on Friday and Saturday, forecasters said, with heavy snow and howling winds possible from the Carolinas to Maine.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - The 71-year-old director of the now-defunct Career Development Institute is being accused of sexual battery and dependent adult abuse.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - It seems like a windy outlook is becoming a mainstay of Southern California’s mid-winter weather.
HIGH DESERT – (INT) - San Bernardino County’s campaign against those growing large amounts of marijuana has shut down another 208 greenhouses
HEMET – (INT) - California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced Tuesday that the California Department of Justice will independently review an officer-involved shooting.
PALM SPRINGS – (INT) – Steps that could help resolve homelessness in the Coachella Valley are getting a boost.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - An arson investigation has been mounted in the aftermath of Tuesday’s fire that destroyed the former Mr. T’s Restaurant.
CORONA – (INT) – The rescheduled closure of the westbound Route 91 freeway through Corona is on again for this weekend.
UPLAND – (INT) – The extent of damage to the environment and public utilities from the January 20-21 windstorm is becoming more evident.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – A new ‘open-access’ study is putting divisive issues more in focus.
MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE – (INT) – The Air Force has selected March Air Reserve Base (MARB) to host a contingent of the new KC-46A refueling tankers.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – San Bernardino County-run testing sites have resumed the distribution of free over-the-counter COVID-19 antigen tests kits.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Two icons in the Inland Empire black community have died.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Unemployment across Riverside and San Bernardino counties has fallen to its lowest rate since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - The home shopping season appears to already be in full swing.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – Waterman Gardens, once known for its criminal element and deplorable living conditions, has been torn down and transformed into a new, affordable housing community.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California has 7,569,687 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date.
A new California law that took effect this month raises the minimum age for local law enforcement from 18 to 21.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - A UC Riverside astronomer and a group of citizen scientists have discovered a giant gas planet.
BIG SUR – Monterey County’s Colorado Fire has been downgraded to 700 acres but is still not contained.
TAMPA – (INT) - The Los Angeles Rams survived a 4th Quarter surge to beat Tampa Bay Sunday and advance to within one game of the Super Bowl.
HOLLYWOOD - After a brief hiatus to let another movie sell a few tickets, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” has unseated “Scream” and reclaimed the top spot.
Grammy winner Meat Loaf was 74 and comic Louie Anderson, 68.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – After a year of relentlessly rising gasoline prices, the Automobile Club of Southern California (ACSC) isn’t offering any encouragement.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Californians are getting a preliminary look at crime rates for 2021 – the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) – An effort to clean-up Union Pacific Railroad tracks littered by thieves who broke into parked container cars is being expanded.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - El Nino was once feared to have a high rainfall impact on California’s weather. It’s counterpart, La Niña, is proving to be an opposite factor.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – Consumers are increasing their appetites for organically-produced foods.
The next member of the San Bernardino City School Board will be appointed to fill out the unexpired term of the late Dr. Margaret Hill. The trustees have decided to forgo an election and, instead, invite potential candidates to submit an application by February 2nd. A selection to fill the vacant seat will be on February 15th. (INT)

The coroner has identified two motorists killed Monday when their vehicles collided on Route 330 near Highland Avenue in Highland. Andrea Lynn Hilscher, 38, or Arrowbear died at the scene. Jessica Baltierra, 26, of San Bernardino succumbed later at the Loma Linda University medical Center. (INT)

Taxpayers eager to get refunds should know that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has started processing 2021 returns. The IRS advises that again there are unprecedented circumstances surrounding the pandemic and unique challenges for this tax season that could delay refunds. (INT)

The San Bernardino City Unified School District is enrolling students who will start kindergarten or transitional kindergarten this year. Children who will be 5-years-old by September 1st are eligible to enroll in kindergarten. (INT)

Advancements in DNA technology have solved another cold case murder. San Bernardino County authorities announced Monday that Robert Wortman, who had a sexually violent criminal history, killed Helen Brooks in her Apple Valley apartment in 1985. The two had met just days earlier. Wortman died in prison in 1995 while serving a 22-year sentence in an unrelated rape case. (INT)

A federal grand jury indictment alleging a scheme to smuggle weapons and ammunition to one of the world’s most violent and dangerous transnational criminal organizations has led to the arrest of four defendants. One of those accused by the Justice Department is Michael Diaz, 33, of Moreno Valley. The firearms and ammunition were allegedly supplied to the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG). (INT)

Construction is beginning on the new South Fontana Park. The 18-acre park on Santa Ana Avenue will feature four artificial turf fields, sports lighting, a restroom/concession building, two storage buildings, playground equipment, exercise equipment and shade structures. (INT)

Riverside County’s point-in-time count of the homeless will begin February 23rd. During the last count 2-years ago, 2,884 homeless individuals were identified in Riverside County. About 75 percent were unsheltered. San Bernardino County has postponed its point-in-time count until February 24th. (INT)

Corona is implementing a Homeless Strategic Plan. At the forefront is a homeless shelter that will be situated at the corner of Harrison Street and Sheridan Street. When it is named, it will open later this year. A new mural will be created at the Success Center. (INT)

A 7-week investigation into a fatal shooting in Muscoy has landed a local man in jail. Juan Martinez, 20, is accused of killing Jimmy Vivian of Highland during a December 9th altercation at a residence on Macy Street. Sheriff’s detectives arrested Martinez on Monday. (INT)

Hemet police have identified a person of interest in an early Tuesday morning domestic disturbance that left a woman dead and a neighborhood briefly locked down. Five adults and two children lived in the home (on Green Gable Lane) when Koron Lowe, 24, began shooting during an argument. Lowe had fled by the time police showed up. There were no other injuries. (INT)

Riverside police say they’ve solved a fatal drive-by shooting at a busy intersection 4-months ago. Investigators aren’t saying how they implicated Freddy Cebrero, 27, and Francisco Rodriguez, 23, to the slaying. Damian Preciado, 21, was fatally wounded inside a vehicle at the intersection of Tyler Street and Arlington Avenue last September 19th. A motive for the murder was not disclosed. (INT)

A pedestrian was killed when she stepped into a crosswalk as a semi-truck was making a turn at a Temecula intersection Saturday. Dead at the scene was Robin Kropp, 54, of Murrieta. In San Bernardino Monday evening, a pedestrian, Timothy Orwig, 57, was struck and killed at an intersection on East Highland Avenue. (INT)

An injured pelican that flew its way to the Inland Empire is being treated for minor injuries after being rescued Monday at Rancho Jurupa Park in Jurupa Valley. A spokesman for Animal Services says it had been attacked by at least two Canadian geese. Animal service volunteer Diane Falconer said it’s rare to see a pelican this far from the ocean. (INT)

Food bank CEO Stephanie Otero is stepping down as head of Feeding America Riverside-San Bernardino. During her 6-year tenure, she oversaw seven new food distribution programs and provided a foundation for future food bank growth. (INT)

The California Department of Water Resources has stepped up to 15% the anticipated allocations this year in the State Water Project. December’s above-normal snow and rain resulted in the improvement. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California said Thursday the most severe cutbacks that had been expected will be avoided. (INT)

The north end of the Salton Sea in Riverside County is getting a new lease on life. The $19.2 million project would revitalize the community of North Shore. A 156-acre marina is envisioned to restore and manage habitat for fish, birds and wildlife and control dust. The first in a series of community outreach meetings is scheduled for February 5th. (INT)

Most Inland Empire cities are limiting in-person interaction with the public until the latest coronavirus surge subsides. Many governmental meetings are available only online through the end of the month. Moreno Valley officials say their limitations will last through February. Many San Bernardino County departments are offering services only online and over the phone, limiting visitors to their public offices through at least Jan. 28th. (INT)

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