Corona, CA: 2 killed, 2 injured in Calif. bus bench crash

Two people were killed and two others were severely injured Friday after a car plowed into a bus bench in the Southern California city of Riverside, according to police.

The four-door Kia sedan crashed into a light pole before smashing into the bus stop bench, hitting four people who were waiting for a bus, said Officer Bryan Galbreath.

Witnessed told investigators the sedan stopped at a red light, proceeded when the light turned green, and veered sharply to the right, said Lieutenant Eric Charrette. It's unclear what caused the change in direction.

A 28-year-old woman and a 7-year-old girl, both of Corona, were pronounced dead at the scene.

A 31-year-old Riverside man and a 30-year-old Corona woman were taken to Riverside Community Hospital with severe injuries. No names have been released pending family identification.

Galbreath said the 45-year-old driver has been detained.

He told the Riverside Press-Enterprise there were no skid marks leading to the bus stop and neither speed nor intoxication immediately appeared to be a factor in the crash. Galbreath said police are investigating whether the driver was intoxicated.

Riverside is about 55 miles east of Los Angeles.

The Associated Press

Corona, CA: Fatal Traffic Collision

On December 24, 2012, at 5:30 pm., Corona Police Officers responded to an injury traffic collision on Green River Rd., east of Palisades Dr. Upon arrival, officers observed a 2003 Honda S2000 coupe that had collided with a tree, occupied by two people.

The driver and passenger, both from the Chino Hills area, were transported to local hospitals with traumatic injuries. The driver, identified as Elbert Chen, 19 years, remains hospitalized, but expected to recover. The passenger, identified as Ethan Gray, 22 years, died of his injuries.

The cause of the collision is unknown at this time and still under investigation by the Corona Police Department’s Collision Response Team. Anyone with information about this collision is requested to contact the Corona Police Department at (951) 736-2335.

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Corona, CA: Lucky Super Lotto ticket worth $10,000


A Super Lotto ticket purchased at a 7-Eleven on Hamner Avenue in Corona is worth more than $10,000.

The ticket in Wednesday night's draw matched five numbers -- 6, 9, 11, 28 and 45 -- but did not have the Mega number of 7. It was one of six such tickets, each worth $10,053.

Corona/Norco, CA: Free Christmas Day Dinner, Magic Show, & visit from Santa

The 8th Annual Christmas Dinner is on schedule at 2 new locations.

It will be held from 11am - 3pm at:

Maverick Steakhouse & Saloon 3841 Old Hamner Avenue Norco, CA 92860

Riverwalk Burgers 3812 Pierce Street Riverside, CA 92503

Corona/Norco, CA: Welcome Home a Local Soldier! Army Pvt Jason Fairchild


ONE of our OWN is coming home from Afganistan on FRIDAY @ 10:30!!! Most of us know Lori Fairchild of Pepperglen Farm on Pedley between 5th and 6th streets. Her son was badly injured when his ARMY vehicle was hit by an RPG. He has a traumatic brain injury and was awarded the purple heart! Lets show him a hero's welcome home!!! We did it in Corona, now lets do it for NORCO!!!! Line the streets of 6th and Pedley with flags waving and the cheers that are so rightfully due this hero! Someone with some pull contact the sheriff's dept and lets get some sirens going and an escort for this much deserved young soldier who has sacrificed so much so that we can remain free in this great country of ours!!!!


Corona, CA: Make snowflakes or donate to support Sandy Hook students

The National PTA reports that an effort is under way to cheer the Sandy Hook Elementary students when they resume instruction. They are asking children to make snowflakes or to donate change in support of the Sandy Hook PTSA.

The National PTA met with PTA leaders of all of the schools in Newtown, Conn., including the Sandy Hook PTA, as well as community leaders who requested the group’s help in supporting the families, according to a statement from the National PTA.

Below are details about the two efforts that have begun at the request of the parents group at Sandy Hook in the wake of last Friday’s school shooting.

Corona, CA: Please support Corona wounded Hero tomorrow Tuesday December 18

Army Sgt. Jordan Sisco, a Santiago High School graduate, stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) while on foot patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan this past July. Jordan lost both legs and his left thumb, and suffered serious damage to his pelvis, colon and bladder. He has been in Texas under medical care since his injury.

Jordan will be returning to Corona for a visit early Tuesday, December 18th.

We are reaching out to City of Corona residents and neighboring communities. Please come and pay your respects to our severely wounded hero, Jordan Sisco.

Corona, CA: Citizen’s Reports Lead to Arrest of Probationer for Residential Burglary and Car Theft

On Sunday, December 9, 2012, just after 12:30 p.m., Irvine Officers arrested Tony Angulo Jr. (5-9-80) of Riverside County for auto theft, multiple thefts from vehicles and residential burglary after a foot pursuit in the Turtle Ridge area of Irvine.

The first call of a suspicious subject came from a community member at about 9:30 a.m., who noticed Angulo walking in and around vehicles parked in a church parking lot. In addition to calling the police, she started her car and made eye contact with the subject, prompting him to walk away from the area. Just over an hour later, officers responded to the Turtle Ridge Apartments where a small amount of cash had been stolen from an unlocked vehicle. While taking that report, a second victim approached the officer and explained that he too had been a victim of theft from his vehicle. His phone was stolen and he had just tracked it using the “Find My Droid” application. As the man was giving the officer Angulo’s description, they spotted him. Angulo fled into a nearby marsh, but ultimately was caught by officers and taken into custody without incident.

Corona, CA: There's no safety in our vast numbers of guns

Even as the toll of violence mounts, Americans' love of firearms keeps growing and lawmakers remain cowed by the gun lobby.
He seemed pretty sure we were headed in that direction, but gun ownership is never going to be eliminated in this country. We love guns. We have more than 300 million of them, which is nearly one for every man, woman and child. In 2010, nearly 5.5 million firearms were manufactured in this country, 95% of them for the U.S. market.

And our support for guns just keeps growing. In 1969, Gallup reported that 60% of Americans supported a ban on handguns. In 2011, a Gallup poll found that only 26% wanted a ban.

Corona, CA: Christmas at Dos Lagos (Swedish Mom in California, a Blogger's perspective)

Today I took the kids to Dos Lagos shopping place.

It’s a playground there and some shops, a prefect place for a mom. ;) The Christmas decoration was on place and a bunch of moms were working out with their kids in strollers. It looked like a good idea now when the holidays are coming up. Maybe it’s time to get back to the gym. It was a while and too many treats ago. :S

Corona, CA: Dos Lagos Food Truck Festival

When: Saturday, December 22, 2012 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Where: The Shops at Dos Lagos 2780 Cabot Dr Corona, CA 92883


Corona, CA: Corona civil engineer named new Salton Sea executive director

A Corona civil engineer and technical director was named the Salton Sea Authority’s new executive director by the agency’s board, the authority announced Friday.

Roger Shintaku, who works at Elan Associates in Corona, will begin work in January.

His background includes experience in strategic planning, project development, water resources planning and liaison work with governmental agencies, the authority stated in a release. Shintaku has also helped secure and process hundreds of millions of dollars in government grants and loans, agency officials said.

Corona, CA: Man killed by truck after disturbance call

Police racing to quell a fight found the body of a 29-year-old Riverside man who apparently had been hit by a truck in a Corona parking lot, coroner’s officials say.

Bryan Vannoy died at the scene of the 12:51 a.m. incident Sunday, Dec. 9, along the 1500 block of East Ontario Avenue.
A call to police seeking details was not immediately answered.

Corona, CA: Barricade Suspect Fatally Shoots Himself After Standoff In Corona

Police in Corona say a man who barricaded himself inside a home after he reportedly ran through the streets trying to shoot a female acquaintance, took his own life Saturday.

According to authorities, police received several calls after 10:35 a.m. about shots being fired in the vicinity of Ingram Drive and Norgate Circle.

Witnesses told police they saw a man allegedly firing shots at a woman who was fleeing on foot. The unidentified woman was able to make it to a neighbor’s home without injury.

Officials said the man returned to his home in the 5000 block of Ingram Street and refused to come out.

The man’s relationship to the woman is unclear.

A SWAT team was called but authorities said they were unable to make contact with the alleged shooter.

Corona SWAT, along with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, made entry into the residence hours later and found the suspect dead as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The man’s name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

Corona, CA: Former baseball star Lenny Dykstra sentenced in federal bankruptcy case

Lenny Dykstra, the former New York Mets outfielder who became a successful self-taught investor, was sentenced Monday to 6 1/2 months in federal custody following bankruptcy fraud and other federal charges, authorities announced Monday.

Dykstra, 49, faced 20 years in prison but prosecutors recommended 2 1/2 years following his guilty plea to three felony counts -- bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets and money laundering, according to U.S. Attorney spokesman Thom Mrozek.

Dykstra is already serving a three-year state prison sentence after pleading no contest in July to grand theft auto in a separate case.

Corona, CA: Winterwonderland Craft Fair

Corona Heritage Park & Museum:

Winterwonderland Craft Fair
  Saturday, December 8, 2012 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Corona, CA: Dos Lagos theater screens ‘Scrooged,’ ‘Christmas Story’

Fun Tim fact: I love Bill Murray’s “Scrooged.”

Seriously, it’s my favorite Christmas movie. The story, the special effects, Murray cranking it to 11; all awesome. Plus that big song finale? Every time I hear “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” I think of this movie.

The Dos Lagos Stadium 15 in Corona will be screening “Scrooged” along with three other classic films for the holidays. And you’ll get three chances to see each film. The icing on the holiday cookie? The holiday classic film series is just $3 for each film.

Here is the full schedule: