Inland Empire

Highland man arrested on suspicion of downloading, distributing child pornography

A Highland man was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of downloading and distributing child pornography over the internet. The Fontana Police Department said in a press release on Wednesday evening that Kristoffer Dallas Buck, 37, was arrested after a search warrant was served at his residence in Highland. Kristoffer Dallas Buck, 37, of Highland, was arrested on suspicion of downloading and distributing child pornography. (Photo courtesy of the Fontana Police Department) A search of electronic storage devices that Buck owned showed evidence relating to the downloading and distribution of child pornography, according to police. Police said over 150 videos of child pornography were found in Buck’s possession. The Fontana Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated the case. Buck was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with a bail of $100,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, according to jail records. Related Articles Man alleges he was sexually abused 20 years ago by Jehovah’s Witness elder in San Dimas San Bernardino City Unified School District official accused of distributing child porn Riverside school district faces new sexual abuse lawsuit…

Secret World War II bombsight wanted for ‘Spiderwoman of Yucaipa’ display

Webs from a Yucaipa woman’s spider farm helped make a secret piece of World War II bombing equipment a legend, and now local historians want one of the slowly disappearing gadgets for their museum. Nan Songer, a chemist assistant and naturalist, established a spidery in Yucaipa in 1939 and supplied webs to make crosshairs for equipment such as scopes and sights, including the Norden Bombsight. The bombsight “was crucial in conducting … high-altitude precision strategic bombing by the U.S. Army Air Force and an essential factor in defining air war strategy,” according to the National Park Service. The equipment, according to the park service’s website, was a closely guarded secret. The Yucaipa Valley Historical Society would like to buy a Norden bombsight for its “Nan Songer: Spiderwoman of Yucaipa” display, pictured here on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. The group will hold a fundraiser on Saturday. Songer supplied webs to the U.S. government to make cross hairs for instruments such as the bombsight through World War II and beyond. (Photo courtesy of Yucaipa Valley Historical Society) Claire Marie Teeters, president of the Yucaipa Valley Historical Society,…

Mother Stands by Son as CVUSD Disputes Claims He Was Locked in Classroom

On Tuesday we heard from six-year-old Mark who says he was left alone inside a locked classroom at Peter Pendleton Elementary School in Coachella by his teacher because he didn’t finish his classwork. His mom Roxanne says he’s a special needs student and the school is aware of his diagnosis. “I got left alone from class … I started crying,” says Mark. The Coachella Valley Unified School District Superintendent Maria Gandera says she’s sorry for the misunderstanding, “We’re sorry, I‘m sorry that it happened. But Gandera says the picture being painted by the student and mother is inaccurate, “I do not for one second think that the teacher left the student in the classroom unattended, ever meant to, or ever did I think she walked him out to lunch with everybody else and then through a series of circumstances he may or may not have come back to the classroom.” She says several people contradict their story, “We have multiple witnesses after the investigation that show that the student walked out with the rest of the class … but the door was open and this…

Woman Killed in Head-on Wreck near Hemet Identified

Authorities Wednesday released the name of a 36-year-old woman who was killed in a head-on crash just west of Hemet that also left three people injured. Jennifer Haro Gonzalez of Hemet was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, which occurred about 12:50 p.m. Monday on state Route 74 near Winchester Road. Gonzalez was riding with 34-year-old Christopher Ortega, who was at the wheel of a 2005 Mini Cooper traveling westbound, according to the California Highway Patrol. Officer Darren Meyer said the pair were engaged in an argument when Ortega crossed into opposing traffic where a left-turn lane is available for a residential area, though it was unclear whether the driver intended to turn or was unaware he had driven into oncoming traffic. According to Meyer, the Mini Cooper ended up in the path of an eastbound 2018 Toyota Camry driven by a 26-year-old Perris man. “The impact was so violent that the engine from the Mini Cooper was torn (away) and flew across the westbound lanes,” the CHP spokesman said. “The engine landed on the north dirt shoulder of the highway, approximately 40…

Two people rescued after plane hits the water in California’s Half Moon Bay

A plane went down near northern California’s Half Moon Bay on Tuesday afternoon, but the pilot and passenger walked away practically unscathed thanks to some quick thinking and the US Coast Guard. David Lesh, 34, and his friend were doing a photoshoot of his new Beechcraft Bonanza, CNN affiliate KGO-TV reported, when things started to go wrong. Lesh told KGO-TV that the plane lost power, and he couldn’t get the engine running again. It skipped along the water a few times, but he said there was no impact and both he and his friend were fine. The plane floated for about 30 or 40 seconds, he said, during which Lesh and his passenger stood on the wing. The whole incident — from realizing something was going amiss to hitting the water — only lasted one or two minutes. Meanwhile, Owen Leipelt was flying overhead, where he and his passenger were tasked with taking photos of the Beechcraft in the sky. They both saw the plane fall. They called air traffic control, which sent the information to Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center. About 20 minutes later,…

Secret World War II bombsight wanted for “Spiderwoman of Yucaipa” display

Webs from a Yucaipa woman’s spider farm helped make a secret piece of World War II bombing equipment a legend, and now local historians want one of the slowly disappearing gadgets for their museum. Nan Songer, a chemist assistant and naturalist, established a spidery in Yucaipa in 1939 and supplied webs to make crosshairs for equipment such as scopes and sights, including the Norden Bombsight. The bombsight “was crucial in conducting … high-altitude precision strategic bombing by the U.S. Army Air Force and an essential factor in defining air war strategy,” according to the National Park Service. The equipment, according to the park service’s website, was a closely guarded secret. The Yucaipa Valley Historical Society would like to buy a Norden bombsight for its “Nan Songer: Spiderwoman of Yucaipa” display, pictured here on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. The group will hold a fundraiser on Saturday. Songer supplied webs to the U.S. government to make cross hairs for instruments such as the bombsight through World War II and beyond. (Photo courtesy of Yucaipa Valley Historical Society) Claire Marie Teeters, president of the Yucaipa Valley Historical Society,…

After warnings, Riverside County and city officials dismantle Hole Lake homeless camp

An angry Jonathan Lamb worked at a feverish pace to collect an empty water jug, cooler, rug, bicycle and other items. “This is my house,” Lamb said. Johnathan Lamb collects his belongings as Riverside’s Public Safety Engagement Team prepares to dismantle the homeless camp at a place called Hole Lake in Riverside on Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019. Hole Lake was emptied of water decades ago and reportedly has had problems with crime, drug deals and prostitution, along with a massive homeless encampment. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Johnathan Lamb moves his belongings as Riverside’s Public Safety Engagement Team prepares to dismantle the homeless camp at a place called Hole Lake in Riverside on Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019. Hole Lake was emptied of water decades ago and reportedly has had problems with crime, drug deals and prostitution, along with a massive homeless encampment. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Johnathan Lamb moves his belongings as Riverside’s Public Safety Engagement Team prepares to dismantle the homeless camp at a place called Hole Lake in Riverside on Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019.…

Murrieta to fill Councilman Randon Lane’s seat by appointment

Officials have decided to fill the Murrieta City Council vacancy that will be created by long-time Councilman Randon Lane’s Sept. 1 departure by appointment, rather than call a special election. City Clerk Stephanie Smith said the city will begin accepting applications online Monday, Aug. 26, and close the application period at midnight Sunday, Sept. 15. Smith said the council intends to schedule a special meeting to interview the candidates and has until Oct. 30 to make the appointment. Related links Murrieta Councilman Randon Lane stepping down after more than 10 years This Murrieta councilman spent two years and 113 hours riding 2,000 miles on buses Randon Lane to run for Riverside County supervisor in 2020 Murrieta chooses district election map despite protest Although the city recently moved to district representation, because Lane was elected from the community at-large, prospective candidates may live anywhere in the city. The appointee will serve until November 2020, when a new council member will be elected to a full, four-year term. Lane said he was stepping down because he is moving to Washington, D.C. to take a leadership post in…

Vocademy Awarded $100,000 by SBA

The SBA awarded $1 million in prize money to competition winners. Vocademy, located in Riverside County in a designated Opportunity Zone, with a mission to provide advanced manufacturing and maker skills, was awarded $100,000. The post Vocademy Awarded $100,000 by SBA appeared first on InlandEmpire.us. For the full article and photos, go to InlandEmpire.us

Universal Technical Institute Celebrates Launch of Peterbilt Technician Institute Program

Universal Technical Institute (UTI) celebrated the launch of the Peterbilt Technician Institute (PTI) Manufacturer-Specified Advanced Training Program at the Rancho Cucamonga campus with a ceremony that was attended by elected officials, future PTI students and community members. The post Universal Technical Institute Celebrates Launch of Peterbilt Technician Institute Program appeared first on InlandEmpire.us. For the full article and photos, go to InlandEmpire.us

Deputy Wounded in Ambush Outside Lancaster Sheriff’s Station

A deputy was struck by gunfire Wednesday afternoon when he and other deputies were ambushed outside the Lancaster sheriff’s station, which was placed on lockdown. The shots rang out at 2:53 p.m. at the sheriff’s station at 501 W. Lancaster Blvd., according to Deputy Morgan Arteaga of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. The deputy was wounded in the right shoulder, Arteaga said. According to reports from the scene, he was able to walk inside the station and was in stable condition when taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Other deputies were fired on, as well, but were not wounded, Arteaga said. A containment perimeter was set up and authorities were converging on a neighboring apartment complex where the suspect search appeared to be centered.

Trump makes student loan cancellation automatic for disabled vets

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he will sign an executive action making student loan cancellation for disabled veterans automatic — about three months after 51 attorneys general urged the Department of Education to make the change. “It is America who owes our heroes an extreme debt of gratitude,” Trump said, speaking at an American Veterans conference in Louisville, Kentucky. He thanked Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who was present, for helping to implement a policy he joked that “nobody can complain about.” Current law says that the government will discharge the student debt for any borrower who is “permanently and totally” disabled, but they had to submit an application. In a letter sent to DeVos in May, the attorneys general called this approach “inadequate.” They found that just 9,000 of 42,000 eligible veterans had applied for the loan discharge as of April 2018. More than 25,000 of those service members were in default on their loan payments, the letter said. The Department of Education said it would begin by notifying 25,000 eligible veterans. Veterans may have to pay taxes on the canceled debt, and will have 60 days to opt…

N.J. Man Arrest with Arsenal of Weapons, Drugs, and Racist Literature

A New Jersey man who had been in a car accident was arrested and charged with having an arsenal of weapons, as well as white supremacist material, after police spotted the weapons while giving him medical treatment, according to a criminal complaint. Joseph Rubino, 57, was arrested after New Jersey State Police on July 24 noticed various weapons in his vehicle after a traffic accident, New Jersey US Attorney Craig Carpenito said Tuesday. Police then searched his vehicle and found firearms and ammunition, and a search of his home found more than a dozen more weapons, including a grenade launcher, shotguns, rifles with scopes, silencers and high-capacity magazines. During the searches, authorities also found white supremacist and racist materials, Carpenito said. Rubino had a box with clothing and bumper stickers with “SS Bolts,” common white supremacist and neo-Nazi symbols, according to Carpenito. Rubino also had a document called “N****r Owner’s Manual,” containing racist material and purporting to be an instruction manual for owning a slave, authorities said. Further, police found meth, about three kilograms of marijuana and about 200 cannabis vape cartridges, the complaint shows. Rubino…

Hemet man completes basic training

U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Christopher Lopez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Lopez graduated in 2007 from West Valley High School in Hemet. He is the son of Richard Lopez of Hemet and husband of Sheila Lopez of Michigan. Have your own military accomplishment to share? Send items for possible inclusion in the column to IEcommunity@scng.com.

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