Inland Empire

Man Suspected in 2013 Ambush-Style Slaying Ordered To Stand Trial For Murder

A man remained on the lam for nearly six years after a fellow San Jacinto resident was gunned down in an ambush-style revenge attack must stand trial on a murder charge, a judge ruled Friday. Abraham Daniel Palacios, 31, was arrested last March in Los Angeles in connection with the 2013 shooting death of 23-year-old Ivan Ibarra Carrillo. Palacios’ half-brother, Juan Javier Mejia, 46, of Palm Springs, was convicted in 2016 of first-degree murder, with jurors finding true a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait, and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Palacios faces the same charges, along with a conspiracy count, and possible life sentence if convicted. Palacios, who is being held at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on $1 million bail, is scheduled to return to court for a post- preliminary hearing arraignment on Feb. 20. According to court documents, Palacios allegedly wanted revenge against Carrillo because he believed the victim had orchestrated a home invasion robbery at his girlfriend’s house in October 2012. During Mejia’s trial, the prosecution contended that Palacios had been looking for…

PHOTOS: How Kobe Bryant was remembered at Staples Center as Lakers return to court

Fans turn on their cell phone lights as they fill the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) LeBron James speaks to the crowd during a Kobe Bryant tribute before the Lakers/Trailblazers game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna’s seats during a pregame tribute to Laker great Kobe Bryant at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Singer Usher performs “Amazing Grace” during a Kobe Bryant tribute at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) Fans listen as Usher performs “Amazing Grace” during a pregame tribute to Laker great Kobe Bryant at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, January 31, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) LeBron James, center, and his Lakers teammates are overcome with emotion during the pre-game tribute to Kobe Bryant at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan.…

Police: San Bernardino man killed after trying to assault or rob victim

A man was hit and killed by a vehicle in San Bernardino early on Wednesday. San Bernardino police said officers responded to the area of Baseline Street and Wall Avenue after getting reports of a hit-and-run involving a pedestrian. When the officers arrived, they found a man in the roadway, and he was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash, authorities said. The vehicle involved in the crash was located, and the people inside were questioned and released. The pedestrian in the crash was identified as Korey Arne King, 49, of San Bernardino. An early investigation indicated that King intended to assault or rob someone in the vehicle, police said in a news release. The probe is ongoing.

Moreno Valley College receives award for increasing student voting rates

Moreno Valley College was honored this fall at the ALL IN Challenge Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C, for increasing its student voter participation. The college received a Silver Seal for achieving a student voting rate between 30% and 39%, according to a press release. The ALL IN Challenge Awards are held to recognize colleges and universities committed to increasing college student voting rates. “Moreno Valley College is truly honored to receive this honor and recognition,” Dyrell Foster, vice president for student services, said in the press release. “We are proud of our student body for being active and engaged in American democracy.” From 2014 to 2018, Moreno Valley College saw an increase in voter participation from students ages 18 to 24, according to the press release, with faculty and student leaders working to help increase student voter turnout. The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a nonpartisan national initiative recognizing and supporting campuses as they work to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement and full student voter participation, according to the press release. The challenge encourages higher education institutions to help students form the habits of active…

The Goat and Vine will reopen in larger Old Town space Feb. 3

Old Town Temecula restaurant The Goat and Vine will close Sunday, Feb. 2, at its current spot on Old Town Temecula’s 5th Street and will reopen in a much larger space previously occupied by its sister concept, The Nightingale, the restaurant’s owners confirmed. The restaurant, which will now be located at the Truax building on the corner of 2nd and Mercedes streets, will boast additional seating, including nine booths as compared to the original location’s one booth, as well as more surrounding parking, Operating Owner Nathan Rivera said. The restaurant’s owners decided to move the highly popular Temecula restaurant because it was overperforming in its original location while its sister restaurant, The Nightingale, was underperforming for the much larger Truax space, Rivera said in an earlier interview with The Press-Enterprise. Rivera said that although the restaurant will move to a larger location, everything else will stay the same. The new spot will boast the same, recognizable rustic look as the 5th Street location did, with lots of wood paneling and green plants and the same menu and pricing. Related Articles Starbucks delivery comes to the…

Officers installed for Sun City Senior Travel Club in Menifee

The Sun City Senior Travel Club recently installed board members for 2020 and introduced volunteers who help on trips and at meetings. Officers include Debbie Gabel, president; Nyla Finch, first vice president, planning multi-day trips; and second vice presidents Sandi Kangas, who plans day trips, and Diane Cariseo, who assists with day trip documents. Others are Georgia Lyles, secretary; John Skocilic, treasurer; Betty Dennis, assistance second vice president; and Claude Dennis, membership. Crystal Jones creates the club’s monthly Trip Sheet that includes information about events and trips, and Carrie Olson handles publicity and Trip Sheet distribution. Serving as escorts are Louise Journee, Ron Gabel, Cleo Brown, Karl Young, Wayne Pemberton and Wiley Doss. They take signups for trips, collect payments and act as escorts on the trips. Social committee members are Jackie Pemberton, Joan Rheinheimer, Robin Savage and Fran Homant. The club, for people 55 and older, offers a variety of trips in Southern California and elsewhere. Meetings are 12:45 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month in North Town Hall, 26850 Sun City Blvd., Building C, Menifee. The club’s Trip Sheet, with information about…

Here are the winners in Corona Art Association’s ‘Still Life’ show

The Corona Art Association recently announced winners in its “Still Life” show. Best of Show award went to Janet Griffith, a member of the Corona Art Association, for her oil painting “Shiny Bright.” Other winners are Bill Gorajia, receiving first place for his pastel “The Vase”; Lori Alarcon, second place, for her “Monochrome Still Life” in colored pencil; and Lisa Brewer, third, for her photograph “Hood’s Poems.” All are members of the Corona Art Association. Honorable mentions went to Becky Floyd, stained glass; Norma White, acrylic painting; Lori Alarcon, pastels; and Janet Griffith, watercolor. The winning artworks and other entries in the show are on display until March 8 at the Corona Art Association Gallery in the Corona Historic Civic Center, 815 W. Sixth St. For information about the Corona Art Association, go to coronaartassociation.org or call 951-735-3226.

No hot water, roaches, rodent droppings: Restaurant inspections in Riverside County, Jan. 24-31

The Riverside Department of Environmental Health announced no closures of restaurants or other food facilities between Jan. 24 and 31, 2020. Non-closure inspections of note Here are selected inspections at facilities that weren’t closed but had other significant issues. Crazy Mel’s Burgers & Bar, at 166 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, was inspected Jan. 29 and received a failing grade of 83/B with two critical violations. There was no hot water when the inspector arrived, but the owner adjusted the water heater and restored hot water by the time the inspection ended. Also, some cooked beef, chicken and chili weren’t being kept hot enough. Among the six lesser violations, the bar dishwasher wasn’t dispensing sanitizer and was impounded, and the restaurant was found to be selling soft-serve ice cream without a permit, so that machine was impounded too. Tom’s #1, at 18492 Dexter Ave. in Lake Elsinore, was inspected Jan. 24 and received a failing grade of 86/B with one critical violation, for dishes not being sanitized. Among the six lesser violations, the inspector saw one live and two dead roaches (pest control…

Fire Chief to attend State of the Union, promote county support

San Bernardino County Fire Protection District Chief Dan Munsey will attend the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday as the guest of San Bernardino County Congressman Pete Aguilar. Chief Munsey said he sees his attendance as an opportunity to build upon the good working relationships the County has with federal agencies and lawmakers. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to represent our region and San Bernardino County Fire at the president’s State of the Union address,” Chief Munsey said. “Our county depends on the relationship we have with our federal partners to ensure the safety of our residents, and I look forward to the chance to reinforce that relationship.” “The County is proud and fortunate to have Chief Munsey represent us and the public safety needs of our residents in Washington and at the State of the Union address,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “When disaster strikes our county, the men and women of County Fire stand bravely on the front lines. It is appropriate to have their organization stand as a symbol of the value in partnerships with the federal…

The UK has left the EU — and the implications for the world are huge

Brexit has happened. After 1,316 days of political turmoil, the UK now stands alone as the first nation to have ever left the European Union. It has ended the careers of two Prime Ministers and left the very future of the United Kingdom in question. Scotland’s case for independence is becoming harder to ignore while Britain’s perceived selling out of Northern Ireland has played into the hands of those wishing to see Irish unification. That’s just the politics: Britain’s economic future and place in the world have not been this uncertain since the end of the World War II. Speaking to the nation an hour before Brexit finally happened, Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged that the country was divided: “For many people this is an astonishing moment of hope, a moment they thought would never come. And there are many of course who feel a sense of anxiety and loss … I understand all those feelings, and our job as the government — my job — is to bring this country together now and take us forward.” Johnson has political capital to spend. His election landslide…

US conducts strike targeting al Qaeda leader in Yemen

The United States conducted a strike recently targeting Qassim al-Rimi, the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror group’s franchise based in Yemen that has repeatedly expressed interest in conducting attacks targeting the United States, a US official told CNN. Asked about the report, the Pentagon would not elaborate on the situation. “While we are aware of the reports alleging the death of AQAP leader Qassim al-Rimi, the Department of Defense has nothing to offer on this matter,” a US Defense Official told CNN. The US government through its Rewards for Justice program had offered up to a $10 million reward for information on him. Officials continue to assess whether Rimi was killed in the strike through a variety of methods including monitoring social media and messaging apps regarding chatter about his possible death. The CIA declined to comment on the report. Many observers have considered AQAP among the most dangerous, if not the most dangerous, branch of al Qaeda since its formation in 2009. Rimi reportedly became its leader following a 2015 drone strike that killed Nasir al-Wuhayshi. He released an…

In-N-Out Burgers Ditches Proposal to Build Restaurant in Rancho Mirage

Residents Friday are feeling victorious as the Rancho Mirage City Council is expected to formally terminate a development agreement with In-N-Out Burgers, ending a lawsuit the potential neighbors lodged over what would have been the city’s first drive-thru restaurant on Highway 111. The Irvine-based chain gave the city notice on Thursday it would be abandoning its proposal to build a restaurant in the Rancho Las Palmas Shopping Center at Highway 111 and Bob Hope Drive, citing a looming — and potentially costly — California Environmental Quality Act lawsuit filed by neighbors who were seeking additional environmental review. In a short letter addressed to City Manager Isaiah Hagerman, the developer cited “continued opposition” to the project in its decision to back out of the proposal. “We continue to believe that In-N-Out is a good fit for Rancho Mirage and will promote infill development in one of the city’s main privately owned shopping centers that is not fully built out,” the letter read. “At the same time, we also believe the project… would not result in any significant environmental effects on any subject.” The lawsuit filed by…

Measure G backers in Redlands have a campaign war chest 25 times bigger than opponents’

With two official campaigns formed on opposite sides of a Redlands ballot measure easing development restrictions along the upcoming rail line, one is taking the lead in scoring large donations. The committee supporting Measure G has received three major contributions totaling $64,000 from builders with a stake in downtown development, while the group against the measure has not yet filed any declarations of contributions over $1,000. The Redlands Residents Coalition, Yes on G committee reported a $10,000 donation from Brixton Redlands LLC on Monday, Jan. 27, a $20,000 donation from Village Partners Ventures LLC on Jan. 21, and a $34,000 donation from VantageOne Real Estate Investments on Dec. 23. A vacant lot that once housed the Redlands Mall in Redlands on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds VantageOne Real Estate Investments, which owns the former Redlands safety hall site, pictured on Jan. 22, 2020, gave $34,000 to the Redlands Residents Coalition, Yes on G committee. Measure G, if approved by voters in March, will ease development restrictions along the upcoming rail line. (Photo by Jennifer…

Cockroaches, rodents, no permit: Restaurant closures, inspections in San Bernardino County, Jan. 24-13

Here are the closures of restaurants and other food facilities announced by the San Bernardino County Division of Environmental Health Services between Jan. 24 and 31, 2020. If no reopening date is mentioned, the agency had not listed that facility as reopened as of this publication. Super Chicken, 32999 Yucaipa Blvd. Suite 112, Yucaipa Closure date: Jan. 29 Grade: Not graded Reason for closure: Operating without a valid permit. The facility underwent a change of ownership in October 2018 but never filed the required forms, and its last health permit had expired in January 2018, records show. The restaurant received two warnings, inspectors said, then was closed. Reopening date: Later that day after the transfer of ownership application was faxed in The Bar & Grill Company/Whiskey Business Bar & Grill, 34536 Yucaipa Blvd., Yucaipa Closure date: Jan. 29 Grade: Not graded Reason for closure: Operating without a valid permit. The facility underwent a change of ownership but never filed the required forms, and its last health permit had expired in December 2018, records show. The restaurant received two warnings, inspectors said, then was closed. Canton…

County Honor Bands, Orchestras to perform in February, March

In February and March, two regional San Bernardino County honor bands and a countywide orchestra will hold their annual performances. The events, which feature musicians at the elementary, middle and high school levels, are organized by the County Music Educators’ Association, in conjunction with the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. The first performance — featuring three honor bands representing the San Bernardino Basin region of the county — will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1 at the University of Redlands’ Memorial Chapel. On Feb. 15, the honor bands representing the High Desert will perform at 7 p.m. at Barstow Community College. The final performance will take place at 7 p.m. on March 7 with the countywide honor orchestras playing at the University of Redlands’ Memorial Chapel.             Several hundred county students at the elementary, middle and high school levels participate each year in the performances, and guest conductors work with the students to perform their music selections. The post County Honor Bands, Orchestras to perform in February, March appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

L.A. County voters will use new ballot system for March 3 primary, despite lawsuit filed by Beverly Hills

Los Angeles County voters have some big decisions to make March 3: Everything from city council seats to the state’s pick for the Democratic presidential nominee will be up for grabs. Even the state’s clout nationally could change, now that California’s election is on Super Tuesday. But in-person voters will also notice another change: Casting a ballot will be, for the most part, easier than ever before. Or at least that’s what officials have tried to achieve. A new touchscreen device will replace the old InkaVote system, which was essentially a paper ballot. The new technology includes the ability to display the ballot in 13 different languages — critical given the county’s diverse population — and adjust the text size and contrast. It also offers the option to use an audio headset and control pad for people who are visually impaired. Along with the new devices, L.A. County has switched from neighborhood polling places to vote centers, where any voter, regardless of his or her address, can cast a ballot. There will also be an 11-day window when people can vote, which begins Feb. 22…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!