Inland Empire

Riverside painter inspired by trips to Africa

At this stage in her life, recent retiree Estelle Shay said she is surprised to find such satisfaction out of exploring her artistic instincts as a painter. “In the past, I’ve always been afraid to try and fail, and that has kept me from drawing or painting on a more regular basis,” the longtime Riverside resident said. Born and raised in New Jersey, Shay and her sister would spend their summers doing such creative things as beading, weaving, playing with modeling clay and making dioramas. She remembers loving her John Nagy art set and meticulously following the step-by-step instructions to complete the charcoal drawings. It was not art, however, that Shay would embrace as she grew up. She acted while in high school and college, then studied theater in graduate school. After settling in Riverside in 1978, she became involved with Riverside Community Players, performing and serving on the board of directors. One of Estelle Shay’s works, inspired by her many trips to Africa. (Photo courtesy of Estelle Shay) “It wasn’t until after I stopped doing theater that I sort of rediscovered my love of…

Loma Linda event aims to dispel coronavirus myths

Health experts will discuss coronavirus and what can be done to prevent its spread Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Loma Linda University. Panelists for “Dispelling Myths: What We Know About the Coronavirus” include doctors Adrian Cotton, chief of medical operations, Loma Linda University Health; Cameron Kaiser, health officer with the Riverside County Department of Public Health; and Erin Gustafson with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. Related Articles Passengers depart docked ship in Japan after virus quarantine ends Santa Clarita man evacuated from ship has coronavirus Trading quarantines, Americans from cruise land in U.S. Riverside County spent $1.3 million for coronavirus quarantine, wants federal government to pay Virus infects more than 1,700 health workers in China, 6 die The panelists will answer questions from attendees, and discuss what they know about the disease, also called COVID-19, how to be prepared and how to prevent its spread. The free event, sponsored by Loma Linda University Health and World Affairs Council Inland Southern California, is set for 6 p.m. at the Damazo Amphitheater, 24760 Stewart St. The event will also be livestreamed on Loma Linda University…

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Exhibits, Theater, Workshops, Classes, Talks: Now to March 8 – LifeHouse Theater, 1135 Church Street, Redlands, presents Seussical the Musical – Dr. Seuss is on the Loose! This musical features the Cat In The Hat telling the story of Horton, an elephant who not only must protect a speck of dust containing The Who’s from a world of naysayers, but also guard an abandoned egg. This family friendly story is of loyalty, friendship and community? For information on hours of performances and tickets call (909) 335-3037 or visit lifehousetheater.com Now to March 14 – the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art presents “Fashion Conscious” an exhibit on the social, economic and formal framework of fashion, including issues of labor, gender, power and more. Artists included in the exhibit are: Christy Roberts Berkowitz, Libby Black, Pilar Gallegos, Bean Gilsdorf, Anthony Lenore, Manny Llanura, Dr. Fahamu Pecou, the Rational Dress Society, and the Institute 4 Labor Generosity Workers & Uniforms. The Wignall is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. For information call Roman Stollenwerk (909) 652-6490 or…

Mexican tourist shot in the face by ICE agent in NY files federal lawsuit

(CNN) — A Mexican municipal worker visiting his mother in New York endured a “horrific, life-altering trip” after being shot point-blank in the face by a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. Erick Diaz Cruz, 26, was traveling with his girlfriend on tourist visas when he became embroiled in a confrontation between ICE agents and his mother’s longtime partner earlier this month in Brooklyn. The suit was filed in the Eastern District of New York against an unnamed federal officer. ICE declined comment on the pending litigation. The agency has said two federal officers were “physically attacked” and had to be taken to a hospital February 6 after the arrest of Gaspar Avendaño-Hernandez — identified by ICE as a twice-removed undocumented immigrant with a 2011 assault conviction. The suit said Diaz Cruz rushed from his mother’s home that morning to find two men in a confrontation with Avendaño-Hernandez. “Standing only a few feet from one of the officers, Mr. Diaz Cruz saw the ICE officer reach for something at his hip,” the complaint said. “Mr. Diaz Cruz covered his…

Harry and Meghan to return to UK for final round of official royal duties

(CNN) — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will return to the UK later this month to carry out their final official engagements before they step down as senior members of the royal family, a spokesperson for the couple said Wednesday. In a guidance statement, the spokesperson confirmed that Harry and Meghan’s office at Buckingham Palace would officially close and that the couple would begin a 12-month transition period from March 31, as they work on establishing their non-profit organization. Prince Harry will drop into a session by musician Jon Bon Jovi in which he will re-record his song “Unbroken” with the Invictus Games Choir on February 28. The couple will attend a series of other events through March, including the Endeavour Fund Awards “to recognize wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans who have gone on to use sport and adventurous challenge as part of their recovery and rehabilitation,” according to the statement, as well as an annual performance at the Royal Albert Hall to raise money for Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and CLIC Sargent, a UK cancer charity for children. The engagements were announced as Buckingham…

Murder of 7-year-old girl in Mexico fuels anger and protests over brutal killings

(CNN) — A young girl, known only as Fátima, was last seen being picked up from school by an unidentified woman in Mexico City on February 11. The next day, the 7-year-old girl was reported missing. She was later found dead, her body inside a plastic bag. The news of the killing was shocking, and sparked a fresh outpouring of fury and political finger-pointing in Mexico, where a crisis over the brutal slayings of women and girls has forced residents to spill onto the streets in anger. Fátima’s body was discovered in Tláhuac, a municipality in the south of Mexico City, over the weekend, according to Ulises Lara López, spokesman for the attorney general’s office in the city. The girl was sexually abused and beaten before she died, Mexico City’s Attorney General Ernestina Godoy Ramos said at a news conference Tuesday. The investigation is dominating headlines in the country, coming just days after another brutal killing, that of 25-year-old Ingrid Escamilla, who was skinned and mutilated in Mexico City before her partner was arrested, having confessed to killing her following an argument where he said she attacked him…

State Supreme Court to hear legal question over San Bernardino County Supervisor Dawn Rowe’s appointment

The state Supreme Court will hear San Bernardino County’s argument that I.E. United improperly challenged Supervisor Dawn Rowe’s appointment more than a year ago. The California Supreme Court will hear San Bernardino County’s petition to keep Dawn Rowe in office while it appeals a judge’s ruling that her appointment should be revoked. (File photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG) The argument is part of a petition the county filed Jan. 17 asking the Supreme Court to let Rowe stay in office while it appealed an earlier court’s ruling that her appointment was “null and void” and must be revoked. An appellate court had previously denied the same request. However, in its order Wednesday, Feb. 19, the high court said it will only consider whether I.E. United should have filed a legal action with the Attorney General on Rowe’s right to hold the position instead of going through the superior court. Rowe, meanwhile, is allowed to remain in office until the court says otherwise. “In reality it has nothing to do with Dawn Rowe,” Michael Gomez Daly, executive director of I.E. United, the political…

Gov. Newsom pledges emergency trailers for homeless in Riverside County

Riverside County will receive emergency trailers for homeless people to move into temporarily, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, Feb. 19, during his State of the State address. “Last month, I issued an Executive Order deploying emergency mobile housing trailers and services for homeless families and seniors,” Newsom said in the speech, which was dedicated to homelessness. “The first trailers have been deployed to Oakland and Los Angeles County.  The next, I’m pleased to announce today, are headed to Santa Clara, Riverside, Contra Costa, and Sonoma counties, as well as the City of Stockton.” The Riverside County Housing Authority is submitting paperwork to formally request the trailers, according to county spokeswoman Brooke Federico. Federico said she expects an unknown number to arrive in early March. In the meantime, county officials are working on a plan for where to place the trailers, she said. Related Articles Newly combined Redlands-San Bernardino Salvation Army has $450,000 shortfall Poll: Homelessness, not climate change or immigration, is No. 1 problem in California Homeless, low-income housing at Riverside church rejected Riverside County’s homeless youth situation called ‘shocking’ Volunteers hit streets to count…

Hear Raincross Master Chorale’s re-creation of a Dickens-era evensong service

During the 2020 Riverside Dickens Festival, Raincross Master Chorale will present an evensong service like one that Charles Dickens might have known. The evensong service is 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at First Congregational Church of Riverside, 3504 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, and “Queen Victoria” will make her presence known just before the service begins, according to a press release from Raincross Master Chorale. The evensong service will include anthems with themes of peace, rest and celebration, with the liturgy common in the Victorian era. First Congregational Church of Riverside, built in 1913, has “wonderful acoustics,” according to the press release. Cost is $10 at the door, and proceeds will support scholarships for local college students. For information about Raincross Master Chorale, go to www.raincrossmasterchorale.org. For information about the Riverside Dickens Festival, go to dickensfest.com.

One firefighter dead and another missing; two 13-year-olds accused of arson and manslaughter

(CNN) — One firefighter is dead and another is unaccounted for after battling a fire at the city library in Porterville, California. Multiple fire agencies responded to the blaze shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday. More than 50 firefighters were involved. Immediately after the fire started, two teens were seen running away from the library, said city police Chief Eric Kroutil. The 13-year-olds were arrested and booked on charges of arson, manslaughter and conspiracy. No other information about the juveniles was released Wednesday. Capt. Raymond Figueroa, 35, was killed. He started with the city in 2007, said Porterville Fire Chief David LaPere. Firefighter Patrick Jones, 25, is still unaccounted for. He joined the department in 2017. The library’s books likely contributed to the intensity of the fire, officials said. “Books, ordinary combustibles, they’re going to have an extensive fire loading,” Tulare County Fire Chief Charlie Norman told reporters. “But if it’s a typical library of this size and magnitude, there’s probably significant fuel loading in that building.” The Porterville Public Library was built in 1953 and was not equipped with a sprinkler system, according to Tulare…

Trial Begins For Palm Desert Man Accused of Severely Beating Pregnant Wife

Jury selection resumed Wednesday for the trial of a 29-year-old convicted felon accused of repeatedly kicking his pregnant wife in the stomach and head until she lost consciousness last summer. Andrew Phillip Allen, a two-strike defendant, could face a life sentence of convicted of nine felony counts, including inflicting corporal injury, assault with a gun, criminal threats and wilful child cruelty, according to prosecutors. Jury selection, which began Tuesday, is expected to carry into next week. Allen was arrested on Aug. 20, after Riverside County sheriff’s deputies responding to a 911 call arrived at the Palm Desert apartment that Allen, his wife and their two young children shared on Hovley Lane, according to court and jail records. A court filing submitted by Deputy District Attorney Shea Strand alleges that Allen abused his wife on two separate occasions in the early morning hours that day before a passerby called 911 about 10 a.m. The prosecutor alleged that one of the fights occurred while the couple’s children, who were 6 and 10 at the time, were eating breakfast. Allen allegedly slapped his wife, causing her to fall,…

President Trump Visits Coachella Valley For Private Fundraiser

President Donald Trump made a roughly three-hour fundraising visit to the Coachella Valley Wednesday, speaking to supporters who paid thousands of dollars for a chance to hear from the commander-in-chief and play golf at the Rancho Mirage estate of Oracle chairman Larry Ellison. Air Force One landed at Palm Springs International Airport at about 10:40 a.m., and a handful of supporters on the tarmac cheered as Trump emerged from the plane and walked toward them. Trump greeted the group, shook hands and posed for some photos as the small crowd broke into a chant of “Four more years!” Trump then climbed into the fortified limousine dubbed “The Beast” for a motorcade to Rancho Mirage. Onlookers dotted the route, with his supporters waving signs with slogans such as “Trump Landslide.” His detractors flashed signs of their own, including one that read, “Lock Him Up.” The private event at Ellison’s nearly 250-acre secluded estate was a fundraiser for Trump Victory, which is a “joint fundraising committee authorized by and composed of Donald J. Trump for President Inc. and the Republican National Committee,” according to White House Deputy…

Lawyers begin questioning potential jurors in LA’s Durst trial

Attorneys began questioning prospective jurors on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the trial of millionaire New York real estate scion Robert Durst, who is charged with murdering a friend inside her Benedict Canyon home in December 2000. With the trial expected to stretch for an estimated five months, attorneys and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Windham will look to choose 12 jurors and 12 alternates, with the jury selection process estimated to take at least two weeks. Prospective jurors have already been pre-screened to ensure they are able to serve on such a lengthy trial. On Wednesday, Durst, 76, was again brought into court in a wheelchair. His attorneys have said Durst suffers from various health problems, and he has often looked frail during previous hearings. With prospective jurors sitting in the courtroom, defense attorneys David Chesnoff and Dick DeGuerin helped Durst to his feet so DeGuerin could introduce him to the group. Durst — whose past was detailed in an HBO documentary series called “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” — is accused of killing Susan Berman, 55, inside her Benedict…

LA County fire chief asks homeowners to raise $134 million by passing tax Measure FD

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby is asking voters to pass Measure FD, a parcel tax he says is necessary to fund his department for the future, adding paramedics, improving the 911 system, upgrading firefighting equipment, combating devastating wildfires and keeping up with substantial increases in medical calls for service. Don’t forget: The way LA County votes is changing, big time The measure, which requires a two-thirds vote for approval, is on the ballot in unincorporated areas and 56 of the 58 cities served by Osby’s department under the Fire Protection District of Los Angeles County. The measure would levy a parcel tax of 6 cents per square foot on residential and commercial buildings, with a cap of 100,000-square-feet. A homeowner would pay about an extra $90 a year on a property tax bill, Osby said. Low-income seniors are exempt. A civilian oversight committee would be established as a watchdog for how the estimated $134 million in revenue is used. Funding from the measure cannot be used for retiree health benefits or workers compensation. Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby (File photo…

Some 10 Freeway lanes in Yucaipa to close for 55 hours starting Friday

Traffic moves along the eastbound 10 Freeway near the Live Oak Canyon Road on-ramp on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Yucaipa. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Traffic moves along the eastbound 10 Freeway near the Live Oak Canyon Road on-ramp on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Yucaipa. As part of a repaving project, Caltrans will be closing some on-ramps and lanes on the 10 between Yucaipa and Calimesa starting Friday and lasting 55 hours. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Traffic moves along the eastbound 10 Freeway on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, near the County Line Road exit in Yucaipa as construction is underway. As part of a repaving project, Caltrans will be closing some on-ramps and lanes on the 10 between Yucaipa and Calimesa starting Friday and lasting 55 hours. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Vehicles merge onto the eastbound 10 Freeway from Live Oak Canyon Road on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Yucaipa. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Traffic moves along the eastbound 10 Freeway near the Live Oak Canyon Road on-ramp on Wednesday,…

Perris City Council sets special meeting on violence for Thursday

Perris residents shaken after weeks of violence that have left at least six people dead this month can air their concerns and hear directly from the Perris City Council in a special meeting Thursday, Feb. 20. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Perris City Hall, 101 N. D St., according to city spokesman Stephen Hale. Related links Temecula man, 21, shot and killed outside Perris gas station 3 men shot in Perris Man wanted in fatal shooting at Perris park is arrested Man found dead after reports of gunfire outside Perris Sheriff: 3 men were slain at Perris cemetery; possible cartel connection investigated Six men have been killed in or around Perris since Sunday, Feb. 2, and four more have been shot and wounded. On Monday, Feb. 17, three men were found dead on the grounds of the Perris Valley Cemetery of as-yet-undisclosed fatal injuries. The session will be in the city council chambers.

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