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Turnover, high caseloads hinder child protective services, Riverside County grand jury says

The jury's report is the latest probe into the Children's Services Division, which has been under scrutiny for its care of youths. [...]

What’s open and closed on Independence Day in the Inland Empire

All government offices will be closed, but most stores are open [...]

What does Supreme Court school prayer ruling mean for Chino Valley Unified?

For years, the school board was embroiled in a legal battle of its own over prayers during its public meetings. [...]

UC Riverside to open a medical clinic for the homeless

Set to begin serving people in January, it's expected to see up to 4,800 patients a year. [...]

Riverside Arts Academy gets $19,000 California Arts Council grant

The funds will go toward maintaining and expanding Riverside Arts Academy's programs [...]

Reach Out’s conference addresses social justice in Inland Empire

The nonprofit organization's National Innovative Communities Conference was in downtown Riverside. [...]

Am I required to have a lifeguard for my backyard pool? Ask the lawyer

As of January 1, 2018, California pool owners are required to install at least two of seven specific drowning prevention safety features. [...]

Alvord Educational Foundation awards $52,000 in scholarships

The awards went to 42 graduates of Hillcrest, La Sierra and Norte Vista high schools. [...]

Redlands middle school teacher charged with alleged sexual abuse of student

More than five months after he was first arrested, Clement Middle School teacher Joseph Nardella was charged with five felonies in connection with the alleged abuse of a student from 2015 to 2020. [...]

Corona taekwondo studio trains special-needs youths

Action Martial Arts' course, which began in January, already has seen some students advance to upper-level martial arts classes. [...]

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Corona

Alvord Educational Foundation awards $52,000 in scholarships

The awards went to 42 graduates of Hillcrest, La Sierra and Norte Vista high schools. [...]

Corona taekwondo studio trains special-needs youths

Action Martial Arts' course, which began in January, already has seen some students advance to upper-level martial arts classes. [...]

Corona student, 8, hospitalized after pencil stabbing by bully, mother says

A Corona-Norco official says the incident at Corona Ranch Elementary School was an accident and "not the result of bullying." [...]

Corona man accused in Riverside sexual assaults in 2010 and 2014

Police said advances in forensic technology enabled investigators to identify the suspect in the assaults. [...]

Former OC police officers accused of kidnapping a woman while illegally working as bounty hunters

Both former officers left their law enforcement positions under unrelated clouds of controversy. One lives in Corona, the other in Fullerton. [...]

Woman found slain at Corona business, man arrested

Officers began a search for suspect James Billingsley, 24, and located him about a mile away from the business. [...]

Corona student chosen for softball Triple Crown International Challenge

Izabella "Izzy" Schultz, a Santiago High School student, will play for Team Germany [...]

Dine 909: J. Riley Distillery turns Escape Craft Brewery beer into whiskey

Also, local Jack in the Box restaurants are selling air fresheners to raise funds for Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino and shredded beef is back at Baker's Drive-Thru. [...]

Corona teen’s Eagle Scout project ensures old flags are properly discarded

Jensen McIntyre, 16, built a flag disposal box for residents to appropriately dispose of old, worn, and torn American flags. [...]

Corona 13-year-old competes in Scripps National Spelling Bee for 2nd time

Lara Randhawa finished in 14th place at the 2022 event. [...]

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Hemet

Hemet police officer dies at home; cause not immediately known

Officer John Dombrowski, 39, died "peacefully," the Hemet Police Department said. [...]

1 killed in Hemet shooting, suspect sought

Callers reported shots fired and said one person may have been hit in the area of 200 North Hamilton Avenue at 1:46 a.m. Wednesday, police said. [...]

Man suspected in 2 Hemet-area 7-Eleven robberies arrested

Brenden Elijah Jones was arrested and booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning Thursday on suspicion of armed robbery, and was being held on $105,000 bail. [...]

Paranormal Cirque brings theatrical show to Hemet

Cirque Italia's Paranormal Cirque, intended for mature audiences, will perform under a tent until Sunday, June 19. [...]

Hemet’s city manager resigns after several evaluations, missed council meetings

Christopher Lopez's resignation, effective Thursday, June 16, comes after several evaluation by city leaders behind closed doors. [...]

Pilot declared power loss prior to fiery plane crash in Hemet

The victim was flying a Beechcraft 77 Skipper solo from Redlands Municipal Airport to Hemet-Ryan Airport. [...]

Southern California cities, nonprofits receive millions for gun-violence prevention, Newsom announces

The money, part of $156 million in grants statewide, will go to cities and organizations throughout the Southland, including the Inland Empire, and Los Angeles and Orange counties. [...]

Virtual Hemet Pride event to celebrate LGBTQ community

The virtual event is set for Friday, June 10, at 5 p.m. [...]

Small plane crashes in backyard of Hemet home, pilot seriously injured

Parts of the craft were charred by flames, and one of the house's windows was shattered in the crash. [...]

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Lake Elsinore

Body of drowning victim recovered from Lake Elsinore

The victim was identified as 9-year-old Dante Clark of Palmdale. [...]

Riverside police car stolen; spike strip ends the ride

The 33-year-old was high on drugs and alcohol, according to jail records, after the car was stopped in Lake Elsinore. [...]

Battle rages anew over proposed $2 billion hydroelectric plant in Lake Elsinore

Riverside County officials oppose the project due to the potential adverse environmental impacts it would bring, but Vista-based company is still trying to get the LEAPS project off the ground. [...]

Three Lake Elsinore graduations canceled after tip about students bringing guns

Alternative and adult school ceremonies set for Wednesday, June 1, were rescheduled, but traditional high school graduations set for Thursday night, June 2, are on. [...]

Report: Sheriff’s captain didn’t illegally influence probe of deputy’s crash in Lake Elsinore

Michael Lujan, a challenger to Sheriff Chad Bianco in the June election, should have requested that a different agency investigate the crash, a document states. [...]

SUV driver killed, 2 children on school bus injured in Lake Elsinore collision

The crash was reported at 6:32 a.m. on Riverside Street near Highway 74 [...]

Elections 2022: Get to know State Senate 32nd District candidates Brian Nash, Kelly Seyarto

For the newly drawn 32nd state Senate District, the outcome of the June 7 primary is already a lock. With only two candidates on the ballot — and with state… [...]

15 Freeway, Railroad Canyon Road expansion project wraps up in Lake Elsinore

The $41 million interchange makeover added lanes on the freeway, road and ramps. [...]

Smoke seen from 15 Freeway near Lake Elsinore is from a controlled burn

"Smoke may be visible from Highway 74, Interstate 5 and Interstate 15," according to a USFS statement posted to social media. "Please do not report." [...]

Lake Elsinore schools name new superintendent

Ryan Lewis, an administrator with Riverside schools, will lead the district starting July 1. [...]

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Moreno Valley

CHP seeks information on crash that killed 2 off the 10 Freeway in Beaumont

The victims were residents of Jurupa Valley and Moreno Valley. [...]

Sprouts to hold July 8 grand opening for Moreno Valley market

Sprouts Farmers Market will hold a grand opening on Friday, July 8 for its new location in Moreno Valley. The opening coincides with the Phoenix-based grocery chain’s 20th anniversary on July… [...]

Moreno Valley clarifies mayor’s duties, roles

City attorney's proposal spells out responsibilities, from setting agendas to appointments. [...]

Warehouse hearing delayed in Moreno Valley

The proposed Moreno Valley Trade Center was pulled off the Tuesday, June 21, agenda at the developer's request, a city official says. [...]

Moreno Valley warehouse — larger than city’s mall — is back for consideration

Moreno Valley Trade Center would total almost 1.3 million square feet on city's east side and would be bigger than the Moreno Valley Mall. [...]

Dine 909: J. Riley Distillery turns Escape Craft Brewery beer into whiskey

Also, local Jack in the Box restaurants are selling air fresheners to raise funds for Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino and shredded beef is back at Baker's Drive-Thru. [...]

Moreno Valley, Norco, Riverside City colleges graduate in person again

Traditional commencements returned Friday, June 10, after two years of virtual, drive-thru events. [...]

The Eat Index IE: New restaurants in Riverside and Moreno Valley

Tacos Lokos and 5 Rivers Cuisine of India have recently opened in Riverside's Indiana Avenue, while Capriotti's Sandwhich shop has opened on Moreno Beach Drive. Also, sit-down restaurants update their… [...]

Bras collected for sexual violence victims in Riverside County

Molina Healthcare of California and the Riverside University Health System Foundation led the effort. [...]

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop opens in Moreno Valley

The shop, specializing in hot and cold sandwiches, is the chain's second location in Riverside County. [...]

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Murrieta

Hemet police officer dies at home; cause not immediately known

Officer John Dombrowski, 39, died "peacefully," the Hemet Police Department said. [...]

Woman killed when pickup hits pole near Murrieta

After hitting the power pole, the truck flipped over and landed on its roof. The CHP is investigating. [...]

Murrieta Birthday Bash marks 31st anniversary

Music, food and fireworks highlight the Saturday, June 25, event at California Oaks Sports Park. [...]

Carl Love: My 14-year-old computer has seen better times

Despite tape holding the screen together and slow speeds, the laptop continues to perform. [...]

Inmate dies at Banning jail; foul play not suspected

The woman is the fifth inmate in Riverside County to die since late April. [...]

California juvenile prison workers score retention bonuses

All of California’s youth prisons are expected to close by June 30, 2023, sending youth offenders to county detention centers. [...]

Border Patrol in Murrieta seize $60,000 worth of meth hidden in child booster seats

The inspection revealed that the driver -- a United States citizen -- was in possession of 26.9 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $60,000, authorities said. [...]

Man gets life sentence for murdering Menifee youth basketball coach

Othelon Dale Lyons of Los Angeles believed Claudell Garland Walter had stolen from him, prosecutors said. [...]

Carl Love: Texas school shooting has us again searching for answers

As grown-ups debate gun control and security measures, kids worry about the possibility of violence on their campus. [...]

Murrieta kindergarteners learning to ride bikes at school

Motocross and supercross star Ryan Dungey donated 24 bicycles to E. Hale Curran Elementary School under a program to promote active lifestyles. [...]

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Norco

Norco man gets nearly 14 years in prison for his role in the kidnapping of an Irvine woman

The victim was taken in an attempt to extort money from her family. [...]

Corona student, 8, hospitalized after pencil stabbing by bully, mother says

A Corona-Norco official says the incident at Corona Ranch Elementary School was an accident and "not the result of bullying." [...]

Felon who openly fantasized about shooting up Norco College gets 4 years in prison

Jacob Ryan McBain, 31, of Norco, who had access to guns, said on social media "he wanted to become a professional mass shooter," according to prosecutors. [...]

Vital emergency alerts can find your phone — if you help

As the worst of the wildfire year arrives, Southern California counties urge residents to sign up for the messages, only some of which come automatically. [...]

Moreno Valley, Norco, Riverside City colleges graduate in person again

Traditional commencements returned Friday, June 10, after two years of virtual, drive-thru events. [...]

Norco to unveil Gold Star Blue Star Families Monument

The site, to be dedicated Sunday, June 12, will salute veterans, past and present, and their families. [...]

Rising Japan MusicFest debuts in Norco with a musical and culinary celebration of Japanese culture

Music, food plus sake and beer from Japan will take the center stage at this new weekend festival [...]

Recall effort against Corona-Norco trustee Jose Lalas continues

Campaign backers have until Sept. 2 to gather 6,915 signatures in order to put the issue on a ballot. [...]

Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run collision in Norco, sheriff says

The collision was reported at 1:39 a.m. in the area of 5th Street and Hamner Avenue. [...]

Oregon man pleads guilty to role in Norco College shooting plot

Superior Court Judge Jeffrey J. Prevost sentenced him to three years and eight months in state prison. [...]

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Riverside

Riverside man, 22, arrested in suffocation death of infant daughter

Police said the suspect may have "purposely" wrapped the baby in a heavy blanket and positioned her in a way to get her to stop crying. [...]

UC Riverside to open a medical clinic for the homeless

Set to begin serving people in January, it's expected to see up to 4,800 patients a year. [...]

Admiring the eloquence of Wolfie’s special place after the death of his grandfather

There will always be a special place for families to witness the ebb and flow that is life. [...]

Riverside Arts Academy gets $19,000 California Arts Council grant

The funds will go toward maintaining and expanding Riverside Arts Academy's programs [...]

Alvord Educational Foundation awards $52,000 in scholarships

The awards went to 42 graduates of Hillcrest, La Sierra and Norte Vista high schools. [...]

Southern California heat advisory extended as triple-digit temperatures persist in inland areas

A heat advisory was extended an additional 24 hours until Tuesday evening to caution residents as temperatures over 100 degrees were expected to persist throughout Southern California, the National Weather… [...]

Riverside man accused of grooming girl he met on social media, sexually assaulting her

Robert Downing Scott Jr., 30, was booked on suspicion of 18 felony counts related to child sexual abuse. [...]

Riverside man, 64, accused of child sexual abuse in Chino

Investigators believe there may be additional victims, authorities said.  [...]

2 suspects sought in fatal shooting of man in Riverside

Bryan Davis, 33, of Riverside, was fatally shot Tuesday in the Ramona neighborhood. [...]

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San Bernardino

San Bernardino National Forest increases fire danger rating ahead of 4th of July weekend

The North Etiwanda Preserve, located north of Rancho Cucamonga, will be closed from July 1 through July 5 due to high fire danger. [...]

Dine 909: Neon Bear Brewery coming to Pomona in July

Plus, Blaze Pizza has opened in Colton and La Volata Pizzeria in Redlands is temporarily closed for its summer break. [...]

San Bernardino woman, 19, arrested after suspected DUI crash kills cyclist in Rancho Cucamonga

It was determined that 19-year-old Jessica Carrillo of San Bernardino was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, authorities said Tuesday.  [...]

Project Z: What you need to know about the single-day electronic music fest in San Bernardino

Insomniac Events' Basscon and Bassrush are ready to battle it out with dozens of artists across five themed stages on July 2. [...]

Southern California heat advisory extended as triple-digit temperatures persist in inland areas

A heat advisory was extended an additional 24 hours until Tuesday evening to caution residents as temperatures over 100 degrees were expected to persist throughout Southern California, the National Weather… [...]

Police shoot, kill domestic violence suspect in San Bernardino

Officers were summoned to the area of Mill and E Streets at 10:05 p.m., where they spoke to a woman who appeared to have been beaten, police said. [...]

3 Rialto officers injured after Colton man ‘rams’ patrol car, resists arrest

Witnesses at the scene said the suspect appeared to "deliberately swerve" at and "ram" the officers' car, according to police. [...]

5,600 primary election ballots remain uncounted in San Bernardino County

The next posting of unofficial returns is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, June 30. [...]

San Bernardino dedicates 9 streets to city’s original police officers

The nine men "played significant roles in the evolution of law enforcement and civil development," police historian says. [...]

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San Jacinto

Grandfathers for Golf offers free summer golf lessons for kids in San Jacinto

The summer program at Golden Era Golf Course begins June 14 [...]

Mt. San Jacinto College’s 2022 graduating class is largest ever

Graduates earned degrees and certificates in two Thursday, May 26, ceremonies at Pechanga Resort Casino. [...]

New San Jacinto school to be named for late Soboba leader

Rose Salgado, a Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Tribal Council member who died in 2021, will be honored with a campus set to open in 2025. [...]

After 20 years and $150 million, will Mid-County Parkway ever be built in Riverside County?

The fate of the planned Perris-San Jacinto route is in limbo amid concerns voiced by Perris leaders [...]

Man arrested in fatal February shooting in San Bernardino

Curtis Gregory Andrews, 27, of San Bernardino, was arrested in San Jacinto on Friday. [...]

Sheriff’s deputy loses 3 guns on San Jacinto road

Officials said they believe that a motorist picked up the firearms on Ramona Expressway. [...]

Party in Hemet park marks 50th birthday of park, recreation district

The Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District invited residents to the Saturday, April 2, event that included food, games and live music [...]

Mt. San Jacinto College debuts animatronic makerspace

The center, which debuted Tuesday, March 22, was created with Redlands-based animatronics expert Garner Holt [...]

Free party in Hemet to mark Valley-Wide park district’s 50th anniversary

Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District will celebrate Saturday, April 2, with concerts, food, activities at Diamond Valley Lake Community Park [...]

What’s new: Nearly 800 new homes coming to Ontario, Fontana

NUVO Parkside in Ontario touts homes that start at $500,000. In Fontana, the Narra Hills development will add 489 homes. [...]

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Temecula

6 concerts coming to Southern California casinos in July

Upcoming entertainment includes performances by Sammy Hagar, Skid Row, Los Tigres del Norte and more [...]

Temecula native participates in Eagle’s Fest at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jheferson Solares of Temecula serves as an aviation operations specialist with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 3 [...]

How Southern California casinos are celebrating 4th of July

Some 4th of July celebrations this year include a laser show, a roller rink, fireworks and more. [...]

Temecula’s Pride Month proclamation blasted by Council Member Jessica Alexander

Recognizing “an individual's private behavior” has nothing to do with the running of a city and recognition of LGBTQ people goes against her religious beliefs, Alexander said. [...]

How a Confederate sympathizer was captured in the Temecula area in 1861

Daniel Showalter once shot a fellow Assembly member dead in a duel stemming from an altercation over a vote. [...]

The Eat Index IE: Father’s Day deals, plus a new pizza place in Temecula

Restaurant chains have special menus and gift card bonuses for dad. Also, J. Riley Distillery in Redlands makes whiskey with beer and a research lab specializes in plant-based meats. [...]

Pizza Guys opens in Temecula

The chain offers pizza, pasta, flatbreads and salads. [...]

Dine 909: J. Riley Distillery turns Escape Craft Brewery beer into whiskey

Also, local Jack in the Box restaurants are selling air fresheners to raise funds for Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino and shredded beef is back at Baker's Drive-Thru. [...]

Man gets 4 years in prison for sexually assaulting 2 women sunbathing in Temecula

The defendant walked into the backyard of a property in the 41000 block of Zinfandel Avenue, stripped off his clothes and lunged at two women basking in the sun. authorities… [...]

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Riverside County

Norco man gets nearly 14 years in prison for his role in the kidnapping of an Irvine woman

The victim was taken in an attempt to extort money from her family. [...]

Riverside man, 22, arrested in suffocation death of infant daughter

Police said the suspect may have "purposely" wrapped the baby in a heavy blanket and positioned her in a way to get her to stop crying. [...]

Turnover, high caseloads hinder child protective services, Riverside County grand jury says

The jury's report is the latest probe into the Children's Services Division, which has been under scrutiny for its care of youths. [...]

What’s open and closed on Independence Day in the Inland Empire

All government offices will be closed, but most stores are open [...]

UC Riverside to open a medical clinic for the homeless

Set to begin serving people in January, it's expected to see up to 4,800 patients a year. [...]

Admiring the eloquence of Wolfie’s special place after the death of his grandfather

There will always be a special place for families to witness the ebb and flow that is life. [...]

Anti-Black, gay, Asian bias fuel 33% jump in reported California hate crimes

The 1,763 hate crimes reported in 2021 was the highest since 2001. [...]

Hemet police officer dies at home; cause not immediately known

Officer John Dombrowski, 39, died "peacefully," the Hemet Police Department said. [...]

Union fire in Jurupa Valley started in a homeless encampment, officials say

The concealed encampment was set up illegally along the Santa Ana River bank, according to fire investigators. [...]

Jungle, Polo & Pan, Dombresky added to Splash House’s resort takeover weekends in Palm Springs

The series will take place Aug. 12-14 and 19-21 across three different resorts in Palm Springs with after-hours parties at the Palm Springs Air Museum. [...]

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Sports

LAFC extends dominance with victory over FC Dallas

Christian Arango, Danny Musovski and Kwadwo Opoku score in a 3-1 victory as LAFC (11-3-3) reaches the midpoint of the MLS season with a seven-point lead in the Supporters’ Shield… [...]

Shohei Ohtani shuts down White Sox in Angels’ victory

Ohtani extends his scoreless streak to 21⅔ innings while pitching five-hit ball into the sixth with 11 strikeouts in a 4-1 victory. He is 4-0 with an 0.34 ERA and… [...]

Galaxy allows 3 first-half goals in loss to Minnesota United FC

Kevin Cabral receives a red card in the 25th minute, changing the complexion of the match. Despite playing short-handed, the hosts score twice in the second half of the 3-2… [...]

Angels still deciding who will manage Sunday, Tuesday

Acting manager Ray Montgomery and interim manager Phil Nevin must serve their suspensions simultaneously for two of the games during the upcoming nine-game trip. [...]

Dodgers’ offense finally wakes up at Coors Field in win over Rockies

Freddie Freeman, Will Smith and Cody Bellinger hit home runs as the Dodgers beat the Rockies, 8-4, to avoid a sweep of their three-game series in Denver. [...]

Italian veteran Giorgio Chiellini excited to join LAFC

The defender, who turns 38 in August, is hoping LAFC’s young roster can help him at least partially rediscover the fountain of youth while he tries to help the team… [...]

Hoornstra: Lakewood’s baseball culture lives on through 3 MLB alumni

The Angels’ Matt Duffy, the Braves’ Travis d’Arnaud and the Mariners’ J.P. Crawford are walking endorsements for their public high school and its former assistant coach, Matt Nuez. [...]

Ready to retire, Dodgers’ David Price content in relief role

The Dodgers have absorbed losses in their starting rotation without turning to the former Cy Young Award winner, and Price says he is fine with that. [...]

Lakers face daunting task in free agency without much to spend

In a lean market, the franchise finds itself needing to hit on more players like Malik Monk – players who still have untapped potential – while risking losing Monk himself. [...]

Andy Murray, Emma Raducanu eliminated at Wimbledon

Two-time Wimbledon champion Murray rallies before falling to John Isner in four sets, while reigning U.S. Open champ Raducanu loses in straight sets on a tough day for two of… [...]

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