April 14, 2021
TOP STORIES
Bernie Madoff, whose $65 billion Ponzi scheme made him one of the world’s most hated criminals, died Wednesday.
WASHINGTON - President Biden will withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan over the coming months, people familiar with the plans said, completing the military exit by or before the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001.
Federal health officials are recommending an immediate pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.
WASHINGTON - The White House on Tuesday issued its first-ever presidential proclamation marking Black Maternal Health Week as part of an effort to highlight racial gaps in pregnancy and childbirth-related deaths.
Iran will start enriching uranium at 60 percent purity, higher than ever before, following the attack on its Natanz nuclear facility, the country's deputy foreign minister said Tuesday.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – County health officials say they will follow the CDC recommendation to pause using the Johnson and Johnson 1-shot vaccine.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Domestic violence played a role in a murder-suicide of the adults, but their three children are physically unharmed.
CORONA – (INT) - The 15 Express Lanes in Riverside County opened Saturday, April 10th.
SAN BERNARDINO – (INT) – The San Bernardino County Rent Relief Partnership begins accepting applications Monday April 12th.
LOS ANGELES – (INT) - A Riverside County woman was sentenced Friday for fraudulently obtaining more than $500,000 in COVID-19-related unemployment benefits.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - Three Inland Empire women are facing fraud charges for pandemic-related unemployment benefits.
INLAND EMPIRE - (INT) - Riverside and San Bernardino counties moved into the pandemic's Orange Tier.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – Riverside County is taking a giant step toward herd immunity from the COVID-19 virus.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – New statistics suggest that the region is getting back toward solid footing as the economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
RIVERSIDE – (INT) – The City Council is offering two rewards, good for 60-days, in hopes of solving a pair of unrelated homicides.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – More undocumented immigrants are temporarily staying in Riverside County.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Two new judges have been appointed to the area Superior Courts.
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - Several COVID-19 vaccine clinic sites are shifting to new locations.
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Californians may have more reasons to celebrate Earth Day.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - California has 3,604,395 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date.
SOUTHLAND - (INT) - A marine layer may be deep enough to bring some drizzle to the coast, gusty winds to the mountains and deserts.
OROVILLE – (INT) - Governor Gavin Newsom Tuesday signed a $536 million wildfire suppression package.
SAN LUIS OBISPO - Search warrants have led to the arrest of father and son in the 25-year-old disappearance of Cal Poly student Kristin Smart.
Small business in California is getting an encouragement boost.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - Restaurant owners are seeking the return of state and local fees collected during the pandemic.
HOLLYWOOD - “Godzilla vs. Kong” has stormed to the top of the domestic box office.
LOS ANGELES — A woman arrested in connection with the slaying of her three children was embroiled in a tense child custody dispute.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - A $536 million funding plan to help improve California’s resilience to wildfires has been announced.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – The easing of pandemic restrictions is helping to drive up gasoline prices.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is rolling out tailored pandemic inoculation outreach.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond says schools should plan to conduct full-time, in-person instruction in the fall.
SACRAMENTO - (INT) - Governor Newsom outlined the state’s next step in the COVID-19 pandemic recovery.
There are an estimated 132,800 Californians who have not claimed federal income tax refunds.
SOUTHLAND – (INT) - Metrolink is unveiling a new Climate Action Plan that charts a course toward a greener future for the commuter agency.
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – State officials are touting California’s COVID eviction protections as the strongest in the nation.
Initial reports indicate that a man had been sleeping underneath a large truck when he was accidentally run over and killed Tuesday evening near Fontana. The California Highway Patrol said the truck driver didn’t know the 61-year-old man was there when he started to drive away on Valley Boulevard. His name was not immediately released. (INT)

San Bernardino police have released the identity of the city’s most recent homicide victim. Diego Duran, 18, was found last Friday in a parked vehicle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Police said Tuesday they have no motive and did not disclose any suspect information. (INT)

The names of two traffic accident victims were released Tuesday. Sean Clarke, 28, of Hemet was struck and killed on Interstate 10 near Haven Avenue in Ontario last Friday night. In Montclair, a collision at an intersection last Friday Killed Crystal Monseratt Martinez Morales, 18, of Ontario. (INT)

A former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy was sentenced Monday to 84 months in prison for orchestrating and leading a $2 million armed robbery – staged as a legitimate law enforcement search – at a downtown Los Angeles warehouse where more than half a ton of marijuana and over $600,000 in cash was stolen. Marc Antrim, 43, of South El Monte, who formerly was assigned to the LASD station in Temple City, was sentenced by United States District Judge Virginia A. Phillips, who said, the heist, which “sounded like a movie script,” was “tragic” for the victims and eroded “the public’s trust (in law enforcement).” (INT)

A motorist chased by sheriff’s deputies through Apple Valley Thursday for a traffic violation was killed in a collision with another vehicle. The coroner identified the victim as Thomas Michael Lira, 27, of Victorville. Lira died about an hour after deputies tried to stop his Honda Accord on Iroquois Road. (INT)

Omnitrans is offering two FREE shuttle services for those with COVID-19 vaccine appointments in Ontario and San Bernardino. The OmniAccess buses, are ADA compliant and wheelchair/mobility device accessible. Available until further notice, shuttles will serve two of the county’s largest vaccination sites – the Ontario Convention Center and Arroyo Valley High School in San Bernardino. (INT)

The Riverside City Council has appointed Donesia Gause as City Clerk. She starts on April 12th. Gause has 21 years of experience in government, most recently as the elected City Clerk in Carson. She replaces longtime City Clerk Colleen Nicol, who retired. (INT)

Universal Studios Hollywood resumes operations beginning on Friday, April 16th. A special park preview for Annual and Season Pass Members starts on Thursday, April 15. While most rides will be operational, some rides and attractions will reopen at a later date as the theme park complies with government restrictions. (INT)

Riverside County officials are seeking landlords who rent their units to families participating in the CalWORKS Housing Support Program who may qualify for a $1,000 incentive. The Housing Support Program helps families with children find stable housing while receiving workforce training and supportive services during the pandemic. Officials say they want to house at least 200 families before the program expires at the end of June. (INT)

Three members of a Fontana travel ball team are accusing their softball coach of sexual molestation. They allege that Osbaldo Gonzalez, 44, of Fontana assaulted them over the past 5-to-6 years at his home and other locations while traveling with the team. Gonzalez was arrested last Friday. (INT)

Those looking for relief from a year of staying at home may be cheered by the announcement that the Maloof Historic Home, Workshop and Discovery Garden in Rancho Cucamonga will reopen to the public on May 1st. The Maloof will be operating at 50% capacity during May. (INT)

A motorist killed in Victorville Sunday night when his vehicle was hit by a sheriff’s patrol car speeding Code 3 to another incident was identified Monday. The coroner says that Lavelle Hayes, 23, of Victorville died at the scene on Amargosa Road at Tawney Ridge Lane. (INT)

Fontana police are still looking for an individual who stole a police car Friday and later abandoned it. The suspect in a previous theft managed to slip through his handcuffs and drive off in the patrol car. His identity was not disclosed. (INT)

Closure areas for two wildfires that occurred last year in the San Bernardino National Forest are being modified. The Pacific Crest Trail between Black Mountain Road (4S01) and Snow Creek Village where the Snow Fire burned is now open. The Snow Fire started on September 17, 2020, and grew to 6,254 acres. The El Dorado Fire closure has been modified to reopen some areas of the San Gorgonio Wilderness in Sand-to-Snow National Monument but close additional areas in the Barton Flats area due to the threat of mud slides and debris flows from spring rains and summer monsoons. The El Dorado Fire began September 5, 2020, and grew to 22,744 acres. (INT)

College students who are struggling with food and housing insecurity are encouraged to apply for a program that can help them stretch their food budgets and eat healthier, Riverside county officials and student advocates said this week. Nearly 40,000 college students in Riverside County are now eligible for CalFresh. But officials say less than 10 percent of eligible students in the county have signed up. (INT)

California is implementing a new law requiring hospitals to create and maintain a three-month stockpile of N95 respirators, gowns, and other personal protective equipment (PPE). The California Nurses Association (CNA) was the sponsor of the bill, AB 2537, requiring the new rule. (INT)

Although the Inland Empire has improved to the red tier of coronavirus restrictions, the Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) is not lowering its safety requirements. Because ridership and funding levels remain lower than normal, RTA will also continue to operate a restricted level of bus service. (INT)

Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Thursday extending authorization for local governments to halt evictions for commercial renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through June 30th. (INT)

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