Rialto Unified School District Shines with 2023 Golden Bell Award

The Rialto Unified School District (RUSD) has been distinguished as one of just six school districts in San Bernardino County to be honored with the prestigious 2023 Golden Bell Award. The accolade, bestowed by the California School Boards Association, was officially presented during the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Golden Bell ceremony. The award celebrates RUSD’s innovative Rialto Incredible Talent Zone (RITZ) Gala program, a pioneering initiative designed to spotlight student talent while simultaneously generating funds to assist students via the District’s Sharing Our Love Foundation. This annual gala has become a cornerstone event for the community, underscoring the district’s commitment to fostering the arts and supporting its students beyond the classroom. Members of the RUSD Board of Education, alongside staff leaders and key members of the RITZ committee, were present to accept the award, marking a significant moment of recognition for the district’s efforts to enhance educational experiences and outcomes. The Golden Bell Award acknowledges and rewards outstanding programs and governance practices in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. RUSD’s receipt of this award underscores its dedication to creating exceptional

LIVE: Authorities pursue carjacking suspect in L.A. County

Authorities are pursuing a suspect in Los Angeles County on Wednesday night. The driver was initially wanted out of Riverside for possible charges of carjacking and domestic violence, according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver continued traveling at high speeds toward the San Gabriel Valley area and later the Woodland Hills area. At times, the driver hit speeds of up to 90 miles per hour as patrol units trailed closely behind. The driver hit a median when transitioning onto the 101 Freeway, sending sparks from underneath the car flying onto the freeway. A front tire was apparently damaged after that move and the suspect began slowing down. Officers successfully used a PIT maneuver against the vehicle, spinning the car around and knocking out a tire and a rear bumper. After a moment, however, the suspect continued speeding away while dragging the damaged bumper behind the car, eventually losing that piece as well. Sky5 is overhead. This developing story will be updated.

Scammers impersonating L.A. County deputies on the rise 

Authorities are warning the public of a rise in phone scams that involve callers impersonating Los Angeles County deputies. The callers will typically pretend to be a deputy sheriff or someone who works for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and will threaten victims by phone, email, or other forms of communication, officials said. Oftentimes, they will be asking for monetary payment of some sort. Before choosing their victims, the suspects will typically conduct reconnaissance on the victim’s social media profiles or any information they can find online. When communicating, scammers may call and pretend to be law enforcement officers or employees from a government agency. They may even spoof their phone number so that the victim’s caller ID will show the number is from the sheriff’s office or a similar agency. Authorities are warning locals to be on the lookout for these scam phone tactics: They threaten victims with arrest for outstanding warrants or other legal issues They instruct the victims to “resolve” the matter by “posting bail” with gift cards or Bitcoin payment Once a victim makes the purchase, the scammer instructs them to

Clippers don’t need Kawhi Leonard to defeat the Warriors

SAN FRANCISCO —  The momentum the Clippers built from a recent impressive trip had started to fizzle some as they headed towards the NBA’s All-Star weekend. And they were trying to find their groove again while playing their last game before Sunday’s All-Star game in Indianapolis without star Kawhi Leonard, who sat out the contest against the Golden State Warriors with a strained left adductor. Leonard has missed just five games this season, his 24.1 points per game and 6.1 rebounds sorely missed in this game against another worthy Western Conference foe in the Warriors. But he had to be happy to see the Clippers overcome coach Ty Lue get ejected from the game in the fourth quarter and Paul George foul out in the fourth and still pull out a 130-125 win over the Warriors on Wednesday night at Chase Center. Norman Powell had a strong fourth, scoring 12 of his 21 points in the final frame. James Harden had 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and George had 24 points. The win meant the Clippers are 2-2 their last four games. This was

Lakers brush off LeBron James trade rumors and beat Utah

SALT LAKE CITY —  LeBron James wasn’t with the Lakers as they played their final game prior to the All-Star break. In an alternate universe, maybe he’d be with the Golden State Warriors. In this one? It just meant the Lakers and James were able to steal an extra day before the break. Early Wednesday morning before the Lakers’ 138-122 win against the Utah Jazz, a story published by ESPN detailed attempts by the Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers to trigger trade discussions with the Lakers about James ahead of the deadline last week. Sources not authorized to speak publicly confirmed the calls, which were strongly rebuffed. The discussions about James’ availability came with his cryptic hourglass emoji post as the backdrop and his lack of patience around the deadline becoming a bit of an annual tradition with the Lakers. That rival teams even felt there was a shot at acquiring James speaks to the unease around the Lakers following recent losses to Houston and Atlanta. His player option this summer, plus the potential for his son Bronny James to enter the draft, are looming factors that

6 trapped hikers airlifted off Mt. Baldy

Six hikers trapped at around 9,000 feet on Mount Baldy were airlifted to safety Wednesday, authorities announced.   The group of hikers, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, got stuck on Bear Canyon Trail due to snow and were unable to continue.   Video of the rescue posted to X, formerly Twitter, shows several people in a line, each with a hand on the shoulder of the person in front of them moving toward the waiting rescue helicopter hovering just above ground.   LASD airlifted six hikers trapped at 9,000 feet off Mt. Baldy on Feb. 14, 2024 (LASD) LASD airlifted six hikers trapped at 9,000 feet off Mt. Baldy on Feb. 14, 2024 (LASD) LASD airlifted six hikers trapped at 9,000 feet off Mt. Baldy on Feb. 14, 2024 (LASD) The remains Lifei Huang, 22, who went missing during a hike on Mt. Baldy on Feb. 4 were recovered on Feb. 12, 2024 (Lifei Huang) One of the last videos Lifei Huang posted to social media of her hike into Mount Baldy on Feb. 4, 2024. (Lifei Huang) Search and rescue teams

Three injured in West San Jose apartment fire

SAN JOSE – Three people suffered minor injuries in a two-alarm fire Wednesday morning in West San Jose, authorities said. The blaze broke out around 10:10 a.m., at a two-story apartment complex in the 1100 block of Oakmont Drive, said San Jose Fire Department spokesperson Jake Pisani. Crews called a second alarm around 10:15 a.m., and had the fire under control by 10:41 a.m., Pisani said. Pisani said three residents suffered minor injuries, but they declined to be taken to the hospital. Three apartments were damaged in the fire. Pisani said the blaze displaced a total of seven residents, along with two small pets – a cat and a lizard. The American Red Cross is providing support to the residents. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Check back for updates.

CCS basketball playoffs 2024: The matchups are set. Here’s what to know

CCS basketball playoffs: Top storylines First-round schedule: Boys, girls Boys: Open Division Welcome to the West Catholic Athletic League Invitational. OK, it’s not all WCAL. Sacred Heart Prep of the West Bay Athletic League made the eight-team Central Coast Section Open Division when the matchups were unveiled Wednesday, as did two public schools, sixth-seeded Branham and seventh-seeded Half Moon Bay. But the rest are from the WCAL, including eighth-seeded Bellarmine, which went 5-5 in nonleague play (that gets you into the playoffs) and 5-9 in the league. The Open is not a traditional bracket. Hasn’t been since 2022. Instead, the eight teams are split into four-team pools — Nos. 1, 4, 5 and 8 in Pool A and Nos. 2, 3, 6 and 7 in Pool B. Each team plays the others in its pool once. The team that finishes first in the pool advances to the championship game. Last season, No. 2 Archbishop Riordan, No. 3 Sacred Heart Prep and No. 7 Sacred Heart Cathedral tied for first in Pool B, each with 2-1 records. SHC advanced because the teams it beat added up to

Prep sports roundup: Sierra Canyon, Etiwanda continue on collision course in girls’ basketball

Sierra Canyon (29-1) and Etiwanda (27-3) continue on their collision course to meeting for the Southern Section Open Division girls’ basketball championship. They are each one win away from winning their pools and earning a spot in next Friday’s final at Cal Baptist. On Wednesday, Jerzy Robinson scored 28 points and Izela Arenas had 21 points in Sierra Canyon’s 74-52 win over Sage Hill. Next up for the Trailblazers is a Saturday home game against Mater Dei, which defeated Orangewood Academy 65-48 behind 23 points from Jenessa Cotton. The winner of Saturday’s game advances to the Open Division final. Etiwanda rolled to an 80-43 win over Bishop Montgomery and will play host to Ontario Christian on Saturday to decide the other finalist. Kennedy Smith scored 19 points and Aliyahna Morris had 16 points. Ontario Christian defeated Corona Centennial 86-48 behind freshman Kaleena Smith, who scored 35 points. Brentwood 77, Lynwood 57: The Eagles advanced to the Division 1 semifinals and will face Orange Lutheran, a 60-47 winner over Oxnard. Jocelyn Pascual scored 23 points for Brentwood. Harvard-Westlake 50, Redondo Union 47: The Wolverines rallied to

Ex-MLB player Royce Clayton, caught up in socialite’s murder trial, is arrested on suspicion of DUI

Retired Major League Baseball player Royce Clayton was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to booking records. Clayton, a former shortstop and current baseball coach at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, was recently caught up in the drama surrounding Hidden Hills socialite Rebecca Grossman, who is charged with murder in the deaths of two young boys in a Westlake Village crosswalk. He testified at her trial that he drank margaritas with Grossman and her then-lover, former Dodgers pitcher Scott Erickson, in September 2020 before the pair went on to drive through the crosswalk where Mark and Jacob Iskander, ages 11 and 8, were struck and killed. Clayton was taken into custody Sunday shortly before 12:30 a.m. by Ventura County sheriff’s deputies. He was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence at 2:55 a.m. cited and released, booking records show. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office did not identify the person arrested as the former player, but his booking date of birth matches that of Clayton, records show. A news release about a DUI operation in Thousand Oaks on Saturday

Kahkonen shines, but Sharks shut out by stingy Winnipeg Jets

Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen made 39 saves, including 16 in the second period, but the San Jose Sharks were unable to generate any offense against the stingy Winnipeg Jets, losing 1-0 as they were shut out for the eighth time this season. The Sharks, facing several headwinds, had 18 shots but were unable to beat goalie Connor Hellebuyck, as Morgan Barron’s even-strength goal at the 17:47 mark of the first period stood up as the winner for Winnipeg. A failed clearing attempt by defenseman Kyle Burroughs gave the Jets possession inside the Sharks’ zone. The puck made its way to Adam Lowry, whose shot from inside the blue line went off Barron and got past Kahkonen for a 1-0 Jets lead 17:47 into the game. The Sharks (14-33-5) registered the first four shots on goal but were outshot 15-0 over the final 15-plus minutes of the first by the Jets (32-14-5). “You could see there were a lot of almost opportunities for us where we could have generated a lot more offense than we did,” Sharks coach David Quinn said. “It looked like we tried to

Sharks working on oft-scratched winger’s trade request

The San Jose Sharks and the agent for forward Kevin Labanc are working together to try and find a fresh start elsewhere for the 28-year-old forward who has been a healthy scratch 12 times in 17 games since Christmas. Both Sharks general manager Mike Grier and Michael Curran, Labanc’s agent, confirmed to Bay Area News Group that they would like to find the New York City native a new place to play either before the March 8 trade deadline or in the offseason. Neither Grier nor Curran would say where they are at in the process. “Regardless of the outcome, I know (Labanc) will continue to work as hard as he can to get back in the lineup and give the Sharks his best effort,” Curran told The Hockey News, which first reported the development earlier Wednesday. Labanc, in the final year of a four-year, $18.9 million contract and a pending unrestricted free agent, will be a healthy scratch for the seventh straight game Wednesday when the Sharks face the Winnipeg Jets and Canada Life Centre. Labanc was also out of the lineup five times

City Officials To Discuss Affordable Housing Development In Indio

Neighbors in Indio are encouraging the city to approve a 200-unit affordable housing development. The Indio Planning Commission is expected to consider the new project along Highway 1-11 proposed by Liberty Star Management. According to the US Census Bureau, roughly 60% of residents in Indio are considered rent-burdened. More than 200 residents signed a petition by Lift To Rise, in support of the project. The city was originally going to be discussed tonight but has been rescheduled for Thursday at 6pm at Indio City Hall.

Thieves stealing grave markers, bronze memorials busted in Los Angeles

Three people have been arrested in connection with several bronze plaques stolen in the city’s Harbor area as well as throughout greater Los Angeles, authorities announced Wednesday.  At the Port of Los Angeles, three bronze memorial plaques, including the American Merchant Marine Memorial, the International Warehouse and Longshore Union “Bloody Thursday” Memorial along Harbor Boulevard in San Pedro, and the Japanese Fishing Village Memorial on Terminal Island.  The three suspects were arrested in Southwest Los Angeles during a traffic stop, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Port Police.   “This disturbing series of thefts has had a significant emotional toll on members of our community whose loved ones were memorialized both in the maritime and fishing industry,” said Los Angeles Port Police Chief Tom Gazsi. “Additionally, we have found evidence linking the suspects to thefts of grave markers of community members that were lovingly interned at cemeteries in the region.  Thefts of this type have been on the rise in recent months. Because of the value of metals like bronze and copper, it is believed that the items are being stolen to

Woman allegedly stole thousands of dollars worth of gum in Orange County

Police are searching for a woman who allegedly stole thousands of dollars worth of chewing gum in Orange County. On Jan. 27, the woman was captured on surveillance cameras stealing around $1,800 worth of gum from a store in Irvine, according to the Irvine Police Department. After loading up her cart with the stolen items, she exited the store without paying, authorities said. A woman wanted by police for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of chewing gum at Orange County stores. (Irvine Police Department) The woman is also suspected of committing similar gum thefts at stores across Orange County. Typically, the stolen items will likely be sold on the secondary market for cash, officers said.  Irvine police, however, noted this particular theft was more unique. When it comes to retail theft, authorities generally see thieves steal higher-priced items such as razors or baby formula. Anyone who recognizes this woman or has additional information on the case is asked to call Irvine police at 949-724-7011 or email njohnson@cityofirvine.org.

Ambulance erupts in flames in East County

LA MESA, Calif. (FOX 5/KUSI) — An ambulance caught on fire Wednesday in La Mesa, authorities said. The vehicle fire occurred around 4:39 p.m. at 5495 Grossmont Center Drive, Heartland Fire & Rescue confirmed to FOX 5. Sinkhole snarls traffic to San Diego International Airport The ambulance was carrying three people, two paramedics and one patient, according to firefighters. All of the people in the emergency vehicle were able to get out safely without any injuries. Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire at this time. Check back for updates on this developing story.