Inland Empire

San Bernardino County sees highest daily coronavirus spike yet over holiday

The number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus jumped by more than a thousand July Fourth, the highest spike yet for San Bernardino County, which released the data Sunday due to the holiday. The number of cases rose by 1,024 Saturday and 222 Sunday for a total of 14,922. The number of people whom the county has confirmed died of COVID-19 complications stayed the same over the weekend at 269. If a city or unincorporated community isn’t on the map, officials say it hasn’t had any confirmed cases yet. Spokesman David Wert said the county could not immediately say what caused the spike, but that the state had warned the county to expect increases due to backlogged data. More information on the jump will be available Monday, he said. The next-highest daily jump in confirmed cases was by 753 on June 30. The county attributed that jump to a large amount of data entered as a result of a case backlog. The number of daily PCR tests also had a large jump reported Saturday, up 42% from the day before, for 6,075 on the holiday.…

Who’s the longest newspaper subscriber? Readers vie for honor

A while back I quoted Chino resident Gene Bohot’s email about having subscribed to the old Ontario Daily Report, the old Pomona Progress-Bulletin or their current successor, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, since 1958, and for fun asked if anyone had been associated with us longer. A few contenders emerged. (Others may still be planning to reply once they can get to the store for more quills and ink.) Karen Rosenthal is a relative newcomer, only taking our paper since 1970. She subscribes to three print papers and four online and said, “One of my traveling pleasures is picking up the local newspaper wherever I go, even if I’m just driving through a town or city.” Susan Purdy said she always remembers the Progress-Bulletin on her family’s front yard in the evenings going back to the late 1940s. Even after moving to Ontario in 1952, her father kept taking the Pomona paper because he didn’t like the politics of legendary Daily Report owner Jerene Appleby Harnish. Wes McDaniel asserts: “I’ve got Gene Bohot beaten by a mile … although it’s the San Bernardino Sun, not…

Thousands celebrate Fourth of July at Big Bear Lake despite postponed fireworks show

Tens of thousands thronged Big Bear Lake to celebrate the Fourth of July even though the city postponed its fireworks show to an undetermined date because of concerns over the coronavirus. The resort saw a small number of cancellations for the the holiday weekend, but for the most part, people have come, said Eddie Kirsch, spokesman for Visit Big Bear. Drivers are greeted by a decorated wooden bear at Hillcrest Lodge as they arrive in Big Bear Lake to celebrate the July 4th holiday in Big Bear on Saturday, July 4, 2020. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Thousands of people headed to Big Bear Lake to cool off and celebrate the July 4th holiday due to coronavirus closures and cancellations of fireworks all over SoCal even in Big Bear Lake on Saturday, July 4, 2020. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Families play and enjoy each other’s company as they cool off in Big Bear Lake near Stanfield Cutoff while celebrating the July 4th holiday in Big Bear on Saturday, July 4, 2020. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) A paddle boarder makes his…

San Quentin death row inmate, killer of Harbor City woman, dies of COVID-19

A former resident of Harbor City incarcerated in San Quentin’s death row for killing a woman died Saturday of complications from COVID-19 amid an outbreak at the state prison in Marin County, officials said. Dewayne Michael Carey, 59, was pronounced dead at an outside hospital, the third man to die of the disease in the past two days at the prison’s death row, said the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Carey had been incarcerated at  San Quentin’s death row since 1996 after he was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1995 killing of Ernestine Campbell, who was stabbed to death inside her Harbor City home, according to court records. Carey, also a resident of Harbor City, lived next door to Campbell. Dewayne Michael Carey, 59, who died of COVID-19 on July 4, 2020, had been incarcerated at San Quentin since 1996. (Courtesy of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation) His death underscores a massive outbreak of COVID-19 that has ravaged the San Quentin State Prison, where more than a third of its inmates have tested positive for the disease. The Marin County prison had…

Public’s help sought in Mount R fire investigation

San Bernardino National Forest officials are asking the public for help in identifying a person or persons of interest seen leaving the origin point of a fire Friday, July 3, at Mount R. According to a news release issued by the department on Saturday, July 4, a black Audi sedan with a broken left taillight was seen along City Creek Road, locally referred to as 1N09 for the Forest Service road number, as the incident began. The 100-acre Mount R fire began shortly before 3 p.m. Friday, July 3, off City Creek Road east of Highway 330. It is currently 15% contained. Officials are still looking into the cause of this fire. Air and ground units were working to contain the fire Saturday. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call 909-383-5651.

Beaches closed across Southern California, but did holiday revelers stay away?

Some people didn’t get the memo that most beaches were closed for the Fourth of July holiday – especially the surfers out to ride bombing waves without crowds as the summer’s largest south swell slammed the shore. Most beaches were clear of holiday revelers hoping to post up on the sand early Saturday. A hard closure was put in place by authorities for most of the Orange County and Los Angeles County coast to keep crowds away because of a spike in coronavirus cases in recent weeks. Police and lifeguards spent the morning shoo’ing away people on the sand and calling surfers out of the water, but at the busiest surf spots including Malibu, Doheny State Beach, the Wedge in Newport Beach and a few other of California’s prime surf locals, the rumble of the waves must have been too loud for them to hear authorities’ warnings. A group of five surfers and bodyboarders sat waiting for waves just south of the Balboa Pier early Saturday while three police officers stood watching from the beach, after unsuccessfully beckoning them to come in. Lifeguards sat in…

Furloughs could bring US immigration system to a halt

The federal agency responsible for granting citizenship, providing immigration benefits, and processing visa applications is bracing to furlough over 13,000 employees next month — a move that could grind the US immigration system to a halt. US Citizenship and Immigration Services, a fee-funded agency, says it’s in the hole after having to close offices and put services on pause during the pandemic. Over recent weeks, the agency has been preparing to furlough more than half of its workforce unless Congress provides additional funding. The agency has asked for $1.2 billion. The Trump administration has employed a litany of regulations intended to curb legal immigration to the United States, and mass furloughs would further curb operations. Notices went out to staff this week who can potentially be furloughed, about 13,400 people of roughly 20,000, according to an agency spokesperson. “If you were to take a straight two-third cut, that’s going to slow everything to a crawl,” said Ur Jaddou, director of DHS Watch and former USCIS chief counsel. Michael Knowles, president of the American Federation of Government Employees local union that represents Washington, DC, area employees, similarly expressed concerns over…

USC says most undergraduate classes will be online for fall semester

A surge in coronavirus cases in the Los Angeles region has prompted the University of Southern California to drop plans to have undergraduate students back in the classroom and instead offer most classes online. USC mentioned “the alarming spike” in a letter to students Wednesday. The school said it needed to “dramatically reduce our on-campus density and all indoor activities for the fall semester.” “Given the continuing safety restrictions and limited densities permissible on campus, our undergraduate students primarily or exclusively will be taking their courses online in the fall term, and our on-campus housing and activities will be limited,” the letter said. “While not what we hoped, we are now recommending all undergraduates take their courses online,” the letter added, “and reconsider living on or close to campus this semester.” A revised class schedule expected July 8 will show that a majority of undergraduate classes will only be offered online. Some will use a hybrid format, the letter said, combining both in-person and online class sessions. But only 10% to 20% of classes will be in-person, the letter said — mostly made up of courses that…

How to help Claremont’s Shoes That Fit provide new shoes for kids in need

Shoes That Fit, a nonprofit organization based in Claremont, provides new athletic shoes to children in need. (Courtesy of Shoes That Fit) Shoes That Fit, a Claremont-based nonprofit organization, is launching its Back to School Backpack Campaign Friday, July 3. The project is intended to provide shoes, socks and school supplies to children in need. Those who want to help may pick up backpacks from participating businesses in Claremont, Montclair, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana and fill each backpack with a new pair of athletic shoes, socks and school supplies, according to a news release. Filled backpacks should be returned by July 27 to a participating business or between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays to Shoes That Fit, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 204A, Claremont. The filled backpacks will be distributed to area children in need through the schools they attend or through social service agencies, according to the news release. Businesses in Claremont that are participating include Aromatique Skin & Body Care, Bert & Rocky’s Cream Co., Claremont Chamber of Commerce, Claremont Chef’s Academy,  Lizzie’s Gold Mine, Packing House Wines, Some Crust Bakery,…

Mt. San Jacinto College holds virtual Juneteenth celebration

More than 150 people attended and participated in Mt. San Jacinto College’s inaugural Juneteenth Celebration, held online June 19. (Courtesy of Mt. San Jacinto College) More than 150 people attended and participated in Mt. San Jacinto College’s inaugural Juneteenth Celebration on June 19. The two-and-a-half-hour virtual event hosted its speakers and a disc jockey in a Zoom chat and then livestreamed on YouTube for attendees. Mt. San Jacinto College was one of only a few colleges in Southern California that celebrated Juneteenth this year, according to a news release. Observed every June 19, Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. While President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation officially ended slavery in the Confederate states on Jan. 1, 1863, it took nearly two and half years for slaves in Galveston, Texas, to receive word that they were free. That occurred on June 19, 1865. One of the speakers at Mt. San Jacinto College’s event was DeAnthony Barney of Hemet, a 20-year-old administration of justice major at Mt. San Jacinto College and president of A2MEND (African American Male Education Network and Development) and vice president…

Here’s the new president of Rotary Club of Murrieta

Lou Ellen Ficke is president of the Rotary Club of Murrieta for 2020-21. (Photo by Jann Gentry, Rotary Club of Murrieta) Lou Ellen Ficke is the new president of the Rotary Club of Murrieta. She took office July 1 to serve for the 2020-21 year, succeeding Jacqui Dobens. A longtime resident of the Temecula Valley, Ficke has been active in community banking since 1973. She recently opened her seventh new community bank, serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Lexicon Bank in Las Vegas. Before that, she opened and served 10 years with Commerce Bank of Temecula Valley (now Nano Banc), according to a news release. She has served on the board of directors of the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce and has been active with the Temecula Valley Guild of Big Hearts for Little Hearts, Slow Food of Temecula Valley and Women’s Peer Connection group, while holding several positions with the Rotary Club of Murrieta. She is also chairman of the Murrieta-Wildomar Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month program. She was named Murrieta Rotarian of the Year in 2015 and…

Pomona man found with stolen police radio, drugs during traffic stop

Pomona police arrested a 27-year-old man after a traffic stop early Saturday morning, July 4, when they found him in possession of a firearm, a stolen police radio and methamphetamine, authorities said. The arrest occurred at 12:16 a.m. at Garey and Harrison avenues, according to Sgt. Mark Medellin of the Major Crimes Task Force. “They noticed a vehicle, with tinted windows, weaving through traffic,” Medellin said. The driver did not have a license and told officers he had methamphetamine in his car, Medellin said. A subsequent search led officers to discover a .357 caliber handgun and a stolen police radio, he said. Jesus Hernandez, a Pomona resident, had a previous conviction so is prohibited from possessing firearms, Medellin said. He was also found to have an outstanding no bail warrant for alleged vehicle theft. He was booked at the Pomona city jail.

Pomona develops police task force, makes moves to respond to calls for reform

A task force on policing, a moratorium on carotid restraint control holds and increased funding for youth services are among the changes city leaders say they’re implementing in response to calls for reform in Pomona. For weeks, protesters nationwide have taken to city streets to march and call for police reforms following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died on Memorial Day while in police custody in Minneapolis. Pomona community members have been vocal about their concerns, protesting in front of Mayor Tim Sandoval’s home and calling in to City Council meetings. Officials are listening, Sandoval says. At a June 15 council meeting, Sandoval announced a task force on police reform and accountability he says is in response to some of the community concerns that have been shared in the wake of Floyd’s death. The task force will consist of six committee members, including Sandoval, Pomona police Chief Mike Ellis, two Police Department members, one council member, a mental health expert and two youth from the community. The committee will focus on improving and strengthening police-community relations in Pomona. “This group…

Dog placed in isolation after discovered in Jurupa Valley home of possible COVID-19 victim who died

A dog has been placed in isolation after authorities discovered it inside the Jurupa Valley home where its 46-year-old owner died earlier this week, possibly from COVID-19, authorities said. Riverside Animal Services Officer John Hergenreder went Thursday night to the residence in the 6700 block of Mann Avenue  after being contacted by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, county officials said in a statement. A 1-year-old poodle mix was found in a crate inside the home. Hergenreder donned protective gear as a precaution because the man reportedly had been suffering from “flu-like” symptoms for the past three weeks and had missed work, officials said. The dog was transported to the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley, where it was placed in an isolation kennel. Signage has been posted at the kennel, marking the dog as possibly owned by someone exposed to coronavirus, said officials.

Dog placed in isolation after discovered in Jurupa Valley home of possible COVID-19 victim died

A dog has been placed in isolation after authorities discovered it inside the Jurupa Valley home where its 46-year-old owner died earlier this week, possibly from COVID-19, authorities said. Riverside Animal Services Officer John Hergenreder went Thursday night to the residence in the 6700 block of Mann Avenue  after being contacted by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, county officials said in a statement. A 1-year-old poodle mix was found in a crate inside the home. Hergenreder donned protective gear as a precaution because the man reportedly had been suffering from “flu-like” symptoms for the past three weeks and had missed work, officials said. The dog was transported to the Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley, where it was placed in an isolation kennel. Signage has been posted at the kennel, marking the dog as possibly owned by someone exposed to coronavirus, said officials.

Residents evacuated after brush fire breaks out near Running Springs

Running Springs residents were evacuated from their homes Friday afternoon when a brush fire broke out near Old City Creek Road and Highway 330. As of 7 p.m. the MountR Fire had burned about 100 acres and had been stopped from spreading, said Lisa Cox, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino National Forest. There was no containment. The fire was reported about 3 p.m., and the cause has not been determined. Initially, mandatory evacuations were ordered along School Road and other adjoining streets but later were lifted. Firefighters were battling a 100 acre wildfire in San Bernardino County on Friday July, 3, 2020 There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to structures, Cox said. Numerous firefighters with the San Bernardino National Forest, Cal Fire and the San Bernardino County Fire Department were battling the blaze. Additional crews were attacking it with air tankers. Southbound lanes of Highway 330 have been closed from Live Oak Drive to Highland Boulevard, Cox said. The road was slated to reopen about 8 p.m. Posts from Twitter indicated that smoke could be seen for miles. There is also…

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