Inland Empire

How to attend Vintage Valentine Tea fundraiser hosted by Assistance League of Pomona Valley

Assistance League of Pomona Valley will hold its 21st annual Vintage Valentine Tea fundraiser Sunday, Feb. 9, at the historic Ebell Club, 585 E. Holt Ave., Pomona. The afternoon tea party kicks off at 12:30 p.m. with an extensive selection of teas, sandwiches, scones and desserts, according to a press release. The event includes drawings for opportunity prizes and door prizes and a sale of baked goods. Guests are encouraged to wear hats, and there will be a prize for the most distinguished hat. Tickets are $55, available at www.alpv.org. All proceeds go to projects that help children and their families in the Pomona Valley area. Assistance League of Pomona Valley, a local chapter of National Assistance League, is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that has been helping people in need in the Pomona Valley area since 1946, according to the press release. Assistance League of Pomona Valley’s projects include the following: • Operation School Bell provides clothing to school-age children. More than 1,400 children received a week’s worth of new clothing in 2018 through the Pomona Valley chapter’s program, As part of Operation School Bell,…

Riverside County High School Honor Band ready for debut concert

Most of these 70-plus high school students didn’t know each other. Now they’ve joined together with a name and a common goal: playing music as the Riverside County High School Honor Band. “This band stands out because most of these students had never met each other before, yet they are expected and do have that chemistry that you get from countless hours of dedication,” said Kevin McKeown, conductor of the honor band. Students from across Riverside County auditioned for and were chosen to join the band, which will give its debut performance Saturday, Feb 1, in Palm Springs. Members of the new Riverside County High School Honor Band rehearse Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, for their first show, which is set for Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in Palm Springs. (Photo by Misty Severi, Contributing Photographer) Breeze Salazar, right, a student at Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, plays with fellow members of the Riverside County High School Honor Band during a Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, rehearsal. (Photo by Misty Severi, Contributing Photographer) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds High School students who excelled at the…

Suspects arrested after SUV breaches Mar-a-Lago security

An SUV breached security checkpoints heading toward the main entrance of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida on Friday, and officials shot at the vehicle, the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office said. The vehicle fled and was pursued by authorities, and two people are now in custody, the sheriff’s office said. The Secret Service did not immediately comment on the situation and CNN has reached out to the White House. The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, Secret Service and Florida Highway Patrol are expected to address the media at a press conference at 3 p.m. ET. A person currently inside Mar-a-Lago said Secret Service agents instructed guests and staff to remain inside around 12:15 p.m. ET, describing an ongoing “situation” outside the club. Staff and guests were told they would be unable to come and go, and some were told it could be hours longer before they can leave. Guests are currently waiting around for more information. The person described the scene as calm and organized. Inside the main part of the club, guests could not hear shots from outside, and only learned from agents on…

American, Delta and United airlines suspend most US- China flights amid coronavirus outbreak

Three of the largest US airlines — Delta, American and United — have canceled more flights between the United States and China because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus. For American Airlines, the nation’s largest carrier, the decision comes after the union representing 15,000 pilots sued the company Thursday to immediately halt its US-China service, citing “serious, and in many ways still unknown, health threats posed by the coronavirus.” American moved up its planned suspension of flights between the United States and mainland China beginning Friday. It had originally announced that flights between Los Angeles and Shanghai and Los Angeles and Beijing would be suspended from February 9. Its Hong Kong flights will continue to operate. “Based on the U.S. Department of State’s recent increase of the China Travel Advisory to a Level 4 (Do Not Travel), American is suspending its operations to and from the Chinese mainland beginning today through March 27,” American said in a statement. The union applauded the move. “Now that American is ceasing operations in China, the ultimate goal is that all our passengers and crew will remain safe and that was our main…

Trump administration expected to expand travel ban to six new countries, source says

The Trump administration on Friday is expected to announce an expansion of the travel ban, a revision of one of the President’s signature policies, which has been derided by critics as an attempt to ban Muslims from the US, according to sources familiar with the updated restrictions. The latest iteration comes three years after President Donald Trump — in one of his first moves in office — signed the first travel ban, which caused chaos at airports and eventually landed at the Supreme Court. The announcement also comes at the end of a major week for Trump with the signing of the USMCA trade deal and expected acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial. The updated ban will include six new countries, according to a source familiar with the revisions. It has already sparked controversy over its expected targeting of African countries. The administration has argued that the travel ban is vital to national security and ensures countries meet US security needs. In 2018, the Supreme Court upheld the third version of the travel ban after the previous iterations were challenged in court. The current policy restricts entry…

Esri buys former La-Z-Boy factory in Redlands

Esri, a geographic software developer, has bought the factory formerly occupied by La-Z-Boy and will use the building to expand its Redlands operations. Esri, considered one of the Inland Empire’s leading technology-based companies, paid $11.5 million for the building at 301 Tennessee St. The company will use part of the facility and lease the remaining space to another party for several years. It eventually plans to occupy all 193,469 square feet, according to the brokerage Kidder Mathews, which represented the seller. La-Z-Boy announced last August it was closing the Redlands upholstery factory and moving those operations to other North America locations. The closure was completed in October and eliminated about 350 jobs in the city. The Michigan-based furniture company had been making recliners, sofas and other items in Redlands for 53 years. Esri did not respond to requests for comment on its plans for the new space, which is a short distance from the company’s main campus. The software developer has about 1,900 employees in Redlands, according to the city’s Chamber of Commerce. Worldwide, it has nearly 4,000 employees and operates in 49 countries. The…

From LA to IE, the frenzy for Kobe tattoos erupts

Tattoo artist Robert Robles poses next to El Monte resident Luciano Torres’ Kobe Bryant tribute tattoo, which took over six hours to make, at Pushing Ink Tattoo Studio in El Monte, Calif. on Thursday January 30, 2020. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer) El Monte resident Luciano Torres shows his Kobe Bryant tribute tattoo, which took over six hours to make, at Pushing Ink Tattoo Studio in El Monte, Calif. on Thursday January 30, 2020. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer) Tattoo artist Jessica Van Gorden outlines with yellow ink Montebello resident Candice Macias’ Kobe Bryant tribute tattoo at Carpe Diem Tattoo in Montebello, Calif. on Thursday January 30, 2020. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer) Tattoo artist Jessica Van Gorden works on Montebello resident Candice Macias’ Kobe Bryant tribute tattoo at Carpe Diem Tattoo in Montebello, Calif. on Thursday January 30, 2020. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer) East Los Angeles resident Victor Torres shows his finished Kobe Bryant tribute tattoo by artist Eddie Gutierrez, not pictured, at Carpe Diem Tattoo in Montebello, Calif. on Thursday January 30, 2020. (Photo…

Man dead after shots heard in Yucaipa

A man died after shots were heard in Yucaipa on Wednesday night, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death as a homicide. Deputies responded to the 34000 block of Yucaipa Boulevard at around 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, authorities said. The Sheriff’s Department responded to reports of shots heard in the area. When they arrived, deputies found neighbors giving life-saving measures to the victim, officials said. Sheriff’s officials said the man was transported to a local hospital for treatment, but was pronounced dead just after 9 p.m. He was later identified as Donny Lee White, 54, of Yucapia, officials said. No suspect or suspects have been identified, and no motive has been determined in the shooting. An investigation is ongoing. Related Articles Home Gardens man dead after suspected assault with a deadly weapon Man arrested in fatal San Bernardino shooting 23-year-old San Bernardino man killed in shooting Redlands man convicted of murder in 2018 collision in Riverside 22-year sentence ends Riverside MySpace murder case

Man shot, injured and arrested by Riverside police is identified

A man who was shot and injured by Riverside Police Department officers on Jan. 2 was publicly identified by the department on Thursday, and it was revealed that he was arrested on Jan. 8 on suspicion of various charges. Baltazar Lievano, 36, of Riverside, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of police officers, assault with a deadly weapon against police officers, negligent discharge of a firearm, possession of stolen property and weapons and drug violations. He was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center. Bail was set at $2 million. Police said officers responded to the 11400 block of Magnolia Avenue on Jan. 2 at around 7:30 a.m. in response to shots fired in the area, and reports that a man was trying to get into someone’s residence. “Officers quickly arrived on scene and heard gunfire, which they ran toward and encountered Mr. Lievano, who was heavily armed,” the department said on Thursday evening. Authorities said Lievano was shot by police, and officers gave him medical aid until paramedics from the Riverside Fire Department arrived. Lievano was transported to a local hospital for treatment…

Friends of Alyssa Altobelli honor her memory in candlelight vigil that draws hundreds in Newport Beach

Classmates and friends of Alyssa Altobelli congregate around candles in the shape of the number 5, Alyssa’s jersey number, during the vigil in remembrance for Alyssa at Mariners Park in Newport Beach on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Alyssa and her parents, John and Keri Altobelli, were among the 9 who died in the helicopter crash in Calabasas that killed legendary Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, 13. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) Hundreds of students, parents and friends gather for candleight vigil for Alyssa Altobelli in Mariners Park in Newport Beach on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Alyssa and her parents, John and Keri Altobelli, were among the 9 who died in the helicopter crash in Calabasas that killed legendary Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, 13. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) Hundreds of students, parents and friends gather for candleight vigil for Alyssa Altobelli in Mariners Park in Newport Beach on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Alyssa and her parents, John and Keri Altobelli, were among the 9 who died in the helicopter crash in Calabasas…

Bill would create agency to build Gold Line to Ontario International Airport

A San Gabriel Valley assemblyman wants to form a separate construction agency to build the Gold Line light-rail train to Ontario International Airport. Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, introduced a bill this week that would create the West San Bernardino County Rail Construction Authority to design and build a 6-mile extension of the popular passenger train from Montclair to Ontario airport. The bill is patterned after one in 1999 by then-state Sen. Adam Schiff. Schiff’s Senate Bill 1847 created the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority, taking it out of the hands of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Rep. Adam Schiff is interviewed at the Gold Line Foothill Extension ground-breaking ceremony at Citrus College in Glendora on Dec. 2, 2017. (Photo by Steve Scauzillo, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG). Now-Rep. Schiff, who recently led the House of Representatives in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, is known in the San Gabriel Valley as the “Father of the Gold Line” for acting when the project was being delayed. Holden said he’s patterning his bill after Schiff’s. The authority finished the line to Pasadena in 2003, then…

5 things Riverside’s mayor wants you to know in his last state of the city speech

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey gave a teary-eyed final state of the city speech Thursday, Jan. 30, that challenged all in the city to help solve homelessness while outlining a busy end to his eight years in office. Bailey, who announced in September that he would not run for re-election in the March 3 election, highlighted accomplishments by others and outlined an ambitious agenda for the rest of his time at City Hall. That could come after the coming election or, if no candidate wins a majority of the vote, after a November runoff. Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey asks for the audience’s help to wipe out child homelessness in Riverside during his last state of the city speech Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey’s wife Judy, center from right, and daughters Julia, 13, and Elizabeth, 17, were quick to their feet after his eighth and final state of the city address at the Riverside Convention Center on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds “We must make decisions based…

Kobe Bryant helicopter operator involved in 3 crashes before Calabasas tragedy

The Long Beach-based company that operated the helicopter that crashed in Calabasas Sunday, killing Kobe Bryant and eight others aboard, has had three other accidents involving its helicopters dating back to 1985, according to National Transportation Safety Board records. Island Express Helicopters, which has offered helicopter flights and tours in Southern California since 1982, owned the Sikorsky S76 that was being flown by the company’s chief pilot, Ara Zobayan, when it crashed Sunday. Zobayan, who was among those killed in the crash, had been with the company for more than a decade. There have been three helicopters operated by Island Express Helicopters that crashed during their Catalina routes, NTSB records show. Two of the three incidents involved engine failure. In May 2008, three died and three others were seriously injured when an Island Express helicopter starting to descend to its Catalina destination had a total loss of engine power at around 200 to 400 feet above the ground. Witnesses reported hearing a loud pop, followed by flames coming from the back of the engine before the helicopter hit the ground. The NTSB found that the…

Kobe Bryant honored with banner at Pechanga near Temecula

Fans of Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant can sign a banner honoring him at the Pechanga Resort Casino near Temecula. A 16-foot-wide, 4-foot-high, banner was set up inside the hotel atrium Wednesday, Jan. 29, but by Thursday morning, Jan. 30, it was nearly full of notes and signatures, said Ciara Green, the resort’s media and public relations director. “There has been a huge outpouring of support already,” she said. A second banner was set to go up Thursday afternoon to provide more room for messages, Green said. Related Articles Helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant calls attention to mental state of pilots Lakers play outside to lighten spirits as Rob Pelinka, Jeanie Buss express their grief Kobe Bryant helicopter operator involved in 3 crashes before Calabasas tragedy Lakers’ Rob Pelinka calls losing Kobe Bryant, Gianna ‘an amputation of part of my soul’ Kobe Bryant to be remembered tonight at Potter’s House Church in Moreno Valley The Lakers have staged several events, such as practices, at Pechanga in recent years, and Bryant appeared at some. He also visited the Inland Empire at least several times.…

Sam Maloof furniture exhibit in Ontario fills 2 museums

Your humble correspondent is out sick. It appears to be only a cold, and as the Centers for Disease Control has yet to show up at my house in Claremont, it’s probably not the coronavirus. In any event I’m taking it easy. As I had a column half-written earlier this week, let me do my best to wrap it up from the confines of my sofa before taking a nap. I’ll miss Sunday’s column and try to be back for Wednesday’s. That should give me time to recover from my illness. Maloof and friends “Shaping Wood, Shaping Artists,” a two-part exhibit about the late, celebrated woodworker Sam Maloof, is in downtown Ontario. And that’s fitting. Maloof, who was born in Chino in 1916, started making furniture in his Ontario garage in 1949. Later he built his own home in an Alta Loma lemon grove and had such clients as President Jimmy Carter. Maloof declined to mass produce his designs, instead crafting rocking chairs and such by hand from his studio. A MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, Maloof, who died in 2009, has a rocking chair in…

A man authorities say faked his death to avoid prosecution in a child rape case has been arrested

A Mississippi man has been arrested after authorities said he faked his own death to avoid prosecution in the alleged rape of his 14-year-old stepdaughter. Jacob Blair Scott, 43, was arrested Wednesday, the same day he was added to the US Marshals 15 Most Wanted list, according to US Marshals Inspector Jeremy Stilwell. Authorities found Scott in the Antlers, Oklahoma, area after a tip to the Pushmataha County Sheriff’s Office said an individual fitting his description was living there in an RV. Authorities responded and found the RV, Stilwell said. Scott initially refused to cooperate and denied his identity, Stilwell said Thursday. It wasn’t until authorities verified his tattoos that Scott admitted he was the man they were looking for. Scott has been indicted on 14 counts, including sexual battery, touching a child for lustful purposes and exploitation of a child, Stilwell said. He’s also wanted by federal authorities in Mississippi for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He’s being held in the Pittsburg County jail in Oklahoma. It’s unclear whether Scott is currently represented by an attorney, but CNN has reached out to a lawyer…

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