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Felon Who Allegedly Cheated Renters Due in Court Next Week

Share this article:A 23-year-old probationer accused of posing as a Riverside-area property manager and fraudulently renting out apartments and homes to collect deposits from unsuspecting victims is scheduled to make his first court appearance next week. Daniel Christopher Felix Castro is charged with real estate fraud and probation violations for offenses allegedly committed at the start of the year. Castro was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in Las Vegas this month and returned to Riverside County last week. Castro is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside and is slated to be arraigned on April 1 at the Riverside Hall of Justice. The hearing may be postponed because of the court’s restrictions stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. According to Riverside Police Department Officer Ryan Railsback, detectives from the department’s Economic Crimes Unit learned in January Castro allegedly had been advertising local properties for lease, putting himself forward as the leasing agent when, in fact, he had no connection to the vacant residences whatsoever. “After soliciting and collecting cash payments from the victims, the suspect would cease…

OC Health Care Agency to Begin Accepting Equipment/Supply Donations

Share this article:The Orange County Health Care Agency Wednesday will begin accepting donations of protective equipment and supplies from corporations and businesses for use by healthcare providers throughout the county. HCA will only be accepting donations from corporations and businesses, not the general public, at least for now, according to a county statement. The following types of protective medical supplies will be accepted in only new and unopened containers and boxes: — N-95 surgical masks and face shields (all sizes); — Disposable gloves (all sizes); — Eye protection; — Medical gowns: Disposable gowns and isolation gowns ; and — Antibacterial and disinfecting wipes. The donation offers will be handled by the county’s Emergency Operations Center. Personnel will screen the request, and if the criteria is met, the donation will be forwarded to the Orange County Health Care Agency for further vetting. Donations will be stored in a temperature-controlled environment prior to distribution. Businesses that would like to donate can call the Orange County Public Information Hotline at 714-628-7085. OC Health Care Agency to Begin Accepting Equipment/Supply Donations was last modified: March 24th, 2020 by Contributing…

1st COVID-19 death reported in San Bernardino County, where confirmed cases have more than doubled this week

Health officials on Tuesday announced the first coronavirus-related death in San Bernardino County, where confirmed COVID-19 cases have increased by 111% in the past two days. The person who died was a 50-year-old man with underlying health conditions, according to a news release from the county Department of Public Health. Throughout the day on Tuesday, officials confirmed another seven local cases, bringing the total to 38. The county had said it expected the number to climb as results rolls in from more widespread testing. Dr. Erin Gustafson, the county’s acting health officer, said it’s clear the virus is spreading broadly throughout the community. “Everyone should assume that anyone could have COVID-19 and unintentionally infect others,” Gustafson said in a statement. “Therefore, we are appealing to everyone who possibly can to stay safe at home.” Under a statewide order issued last Friday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, everyone in California must remain at home unless venturing out for vital goods, or going to an essential job. Curt Hagman, chair of the county Board of Supervisors, said the death illustrates the importance of public safety orders “to keep…

1st LAUSD employee diagnosed with coronavirus

Los Angeles Unified School District officials on Tuesday announced the first diagnosis of coronavirus within the agency, and a second case may be possible. The person who was diagnosed was described as a facilities contract employee who last worked on the 28th floor of one of the district’s buildings, located at 333 South Beaudry Ave., on March 13, officials said in a news release. Officials did not elaborate on the person already diagnosed or the second possible coronavirus case. Officials were made aware of the diagnosis late Monday, but the person was diagnosed with the virus on March 13, according to LAUSD. The employee, however, has not been tested “due to unavailability of the test,” officials said. Several employees who work in the Beaudry Avenue building and may have come in contact with the diagnosed worker met with staff on the 2nd floor of another LAUSD building in Pico Rivera, officials said. The Beaudry Avenue building closed on March 16 through March 18 for an unrelated issue and was “thoroughly cleaned,” officials said. “Based on guidance from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, anyone…

First ICE detainee tests positive for novel coronavirus

 A 31-year-old Mexican national is the first detainee in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody to test positive for the novel coronavirus, the agency announced Tuesday. The detainee, who has been held at the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey, has been quarantined and is receiving care, ICE said, adding that the agency “is suspending intake at the facility until further information is available.” “Consistent with CDC guidelines, those who have come in contact with the individual have been cohorted and are being monitored for symptoms,” ICE said. ICE’s statement Tuesday did not specify how long the detainee had been in custody or provide any details about how the detainee contracted coronavirus. A corrections officer working at the facility tested positive for the virus last week. At the time, the sheriff’s office said in a statement that no ICE detainees had been exposed. Last year CNN reported on a mumps outbreak at the 1,150-bed facility, which houses local and federal detainees. Calls to release detainees mount Confirmation of an ICE detainee in New Jersey contracting the novel coronavirus comes days after the state’s chief justice said he was ordering the release…

Mayor Garcetti announces water and power will be shut off for nonessential L.A. businesses that don’t close

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti opened his daily briefing Tuesday recognizing what may have been the first COVID-19 death of a teenager in L.A. County and went on to announce actions against nonessential businesses that don’t close and a new portal for recruiting medics. He reminded young people that the virus can hit them too, urging them to stay at home and practice social distancing. “Your behavior can save a life and take a life,” Garcetti said. “And that life could be yours.” The mayor addressed President Trump’s remarks from earlier Tuesday about having the nation “opened up and just raring to go by Easter.” Garcetti said he didn’t think L.A. would be back to normal “in that short time.” “We won’t extend it one day longer than we need to,” Garcetti said, but emphasized that the “safer at home” measure had to be followed through. The mayor said L.A. is six to 12 days behind New York in being hit with a wave of positive cases. “The peak is not here yet,” he said. “It will be bad.” Garcetti emphasized the need for medical…

Adding Bryan Bulaga To A Healthy Chargers Offensive Line Will Pay Dividends

(CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Chargers’ 2019 season left a lot to be desired. And the team hopes the moves it’s making in free agency can make the 2020 season look more like the 2018 season. Signing free agent right tackle Bryan Bulaga from the Green Bay Packers to a three-year $30 million deal is a step in the right direction. Enduring injuries and holdouts, the Bolts struggled to a 3-5 start last season, but seemed poised to put things together once playmakers returned to the field. It didn’t work out that way. Even with more personnel in place, the team crawled to a 5-11 finish, fourth in the AFC West. The only saving grace of this last-place finish was that nine of the 11 losses came by no more than seven points. Such narrow margins suggest a winning season was well within reach. That view may just be a pipe dream. The division wasn’t at all competitive, with the Kansas City Chiefs coasting into the playoffs and powering their way to a Super Bowl title. The changes in Los Angeles this offseason have been…

Orange, San Bernardino Counties Report First Coronavirus Deaths

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — San Bernardino and Orange counties Tuesday reported their first deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus. The first death in San Bernardino was a 50-year-old man with underlying health conditions. “Our hearts go out to this gentleman’s loved ones,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman said in a statement. “This is a sad milestone in our county’s fight against this global pandemic. This loss reminds us how vital it is that we comply with official health orders to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe.” RELATED: Coronavirus-Related Deaths In LA County Rise To 11, Including Lancaster Teen Orange County Health Care Agency also confirmed its first death, a man in his 70s with underlying health conditions who was being treated at a hospital. “We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the patient’s family and friends,” Dr. Nichole Quick, County Health Officer said in a statement. “This serves as a very unfortunate reminder to the community about the importance of staying at home and social distancing when leaving the household for essential activities, or to work at an essential business, in order…

Riot Games Donates Over $800K Towards Coronavirus Relief In LA

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — West Los Angeles-based video game developer Riot Games has donated over $800 thousand to help aide in coronavirus relief throughout the city. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the donation Tuesday during his daily coronavirus briefing. “We are blessed here in Los Angeles to have industries that not only fuel our city but fuel our country and our world’s economy,” Garcetti said. “E-gaming is one of those industries, and one of the leaders in that space is Riot Games…They are based right here in our city and today that company and its founders are donating more than $800 thousand to local non-profits, including $200 thousand to the Mayor’s Fund to support whatever is needed for COVID-19 relief.” According to Garcetti, the funds will help pay for meals given to seniors, who are more likely to contract the illness, healthcare, childcare, and cash grants to residents in need.

Coronavirus: Palm Springs Temporarily Bans All Vacation Rentals, Hotel Stays Not Related To Pandemic Response

PALM SPRINGS (CBSLA) — Palm Springs has placed a temporary ban on all vacation rentals and hotel stays that are not related to the COVID-19 response, effective Tuesday. “The health and safety of Palm Springs residents is our top priority,” City Manager David Ready said in a statement. “We continue to strongly urge our residents, unless they are an essential worker, to stay home and shelter in place per our emergency declaration mandate.” The order encompasses hotels, vacation rentals like Airbnb, and any other “temporary lodgings,” unless they are being using for”migration and containment measures related to the spread” of coronavirus, according to the city. Violators face a fine of $5,000 for a first offense, $10,000 for a second, and $25,000 for a third. City officials urged visitors to cancel all bookings through April 30, although the order is currently effective indefinitely. “Visitors currently staying in a vacation rental, homeshare or hotel should return to their home community immediately and shelter in place,” Ready said. On March 17, the Palm Springs City Council Tuesday directed City Manager David Ready to order to closure of all nonessential…

Mayor Garcetti announces that DWP will shut off water and power for nonessential businesses that don’t close

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti opened the daily briefing Tuesday recognizing the first COVID-19 death of a teenager in L.A. County. He reminded young people that the virus can hit them too, urging them to stay at home and practice social distancing. “Your behavior can save a life and take a life,” Garcetti said. “And that life could be yours.” The mayor addressed President Trump’s remarks from earlier Tuesday about having the nation “opened up and just raring to go by Easter.” Garcetti said he didn’t think L.A. would be back to normal “in that short time.” “We won’t extend it one day longer than we need to,” Garcetti said but emphasized that the ‘safe at home’ measure had to be followed through. The mayor said L.A. is six to 12 days behind New York in being hit with a wave of positive cases. “The peak is not here yet,” he said. “It will be bad” The mayor announced the “business ambassadors program” — an effort to get nonessential businesses to close. “This behavior is irresponsible and selfish,” he said of nonessential businesses that remain…

Clippers owner Steve Ballmer to buy the Forum, clearing way for new team arena blocks away

Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is buying the Forum for $400 million, clearing the way for the billionaire to build a new arena down the street in Inglewood, California. Ballmer announced the purchase of the venerated arena from the Madison Square Garden Company on Tuesday. Ballmer, the former Microsoft executive, and Clippers vice chairman Dennis Wong are making the cash purchase through a newly formed corporation that will continue to operate the Forum as a live music venue. Ballmer has been fighting with MSG over his desire to build a state-of-the-art home for the Clippers just a few blocks away from the Forum. MSG, fearing competition for concerts and other big events, has sued the Clippers in an attempt to stop Ballmer’s plan. The purchase abruptly wraps up the litigation fight and allows the Clippers to move ahead on their goal to open a new arena when their Staples Center lease expires in 2024. The Clippers currently share the downtown arena with the Los Angeles Lakers and the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings.

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