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Sister, Husband Of Fallen Palm Springs Officer Testify In Killer's Penalty Trial

May 23, 2019
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INDIO (CNS) - The sister of Palm Springs police Officer Lesley Kling Zerebny, who was gunned down along with another officer while responding to a domestic disturbance call, testified today that ``part of me died'' with her sibling.
   ``I wanted to see her grow old and I wanted to grow old with her,'' Britta Kling told jurors during the penalty phase of trial for John Hernandez Felix, who is facing a possible death penalty for the officers' killings.
``Part of me died with her that day -- the best part of me.''

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Riverside County supervisors Tuesday approved a four-
month postponement of a meeting on a proposed tax district to pay for
restoration of the upper half of the Salton Sea.
   In a 5-0 vote without comment, the Board of Supervisors moved the
previously set June 11 meeting to Oct. 15, at the same location -- the North
Shore Beach & Yacht Club at 9115 Sea View Drive in Mecca.
   The meeting time is currently set for 11 a.m. Any changes will be
publicized.
   According to Executive Office staff, the date change was necessary

MORENO VALLEY (CNS) - A homeless woman who attempted to cross a storm
channel in Moreno Valley after a thunderstorm swelled the spillway was swept
away today, floating downstream for nearly a mile before she was rescued.
   The victim was reported in chest-high waters in the Perris Valley
Channel, near the intersection of Alessandro Boulevard and Heacock Street,
about 1:25 p.m., according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
   Sheriff's deputies were called to the area first and spotted the woman

Sister of Slain Palm Springs Officer: `Part of Me Died With Her That Day'

May 22, 2019

INDIO (CNS) - The sister of Palm Springs police Officer Lesley Kling Zerebny, who was gunned down along with another officer while responding to a domestic disturbance call, testified today that ``part of me died'' with her sibling.
   ``I wanted to see her grow old and I wanted to grow old with her,'' Britta Kling told jurors during the penalty phase of trial for John Hernandez Felix, who is facing a possible death penalty for the officers' killings.
``Part of me died with her that day -- the best part of me.''

Hemet Boy Suspected of Making Threatening Call to School

May 22, 2019

   HEMET (CNS) - Police today arrested a 15-year-old Hemet boy suspected
of calling a school and threatening to carry out a shooting, resulting in a
campus lockdown.
   The youth, whose name was not disclosed, made the call -- ultimately
determined to be a prank -- about 1:15 p.m. Monday to the reception area at
Diamond Valley Middle School, according to Hemet police.
   Sgt. Derek Maddox said a clerk was told by the caller that he intended
to ``shoot up'' the campus, prompting the staffer to immediately notify

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Governor Gavin Newsom’s approach to charter schools has signaled a policy shift from his predecessor. The state Teachers’ Association, which plans to demonstrate at the Capitol today [WEDNESDAY], wasted little time advancing an aggressive legislative agenda to increase regulation of charter schools. Capital Public Radio’s Scott Rodd reports.

On the campaign trail, Newsom rebuked characterizations that he’s a charter school adversary.

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The California Senate has voted to require that middle and high schools start their classes no earlier than 8:30am.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Former Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill last year.

Democrat Anthony Portantino (pore-tan-TEE-no) says later start times allow students to get more sleep, which in turn helps learning.

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Backers of legislation to allow bars and night clubs in some of California’s biggest cities to close at 4am instead of 2am are hoping the third time will be the charm.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

The state Senate approved a bill today (TUESDAY) on a bipartisan vote of 28-to-6. Similar measures died in each of the last two years — including once by veto from former Governor Jerry Brown.

Republican Jeff Stone called it a matter of local control:

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A bill to establish specialized cannabis-only banks in California has been overwhelmingly approved by the state Senate.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Marijuana is still illegal at the federal level and federally insured banks won't do business with cannabis companies.

Democrat Bob Hertzberg authored the measure.

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A low-pressure system will bring scattered showers
throughout the Inland Empire today along with the possibility of snow in the
mountains, according to the National Weather Service.
   The agency issued a winter weather advisory that will last from 9 a.m.
today to midnight in the San Bernardino and Riverside County mountains.
   The storm system could bring anywhere from 1 to 4 inches of snow
between 5,500 and 7,500 feet today, with 4 to 8 inches expected above 7,500
feet, forecasters said.

   INDIO (CNS) - Family members of two fallen officers killed in a
fusillade of bullets from an AR-15 rifle will testify today (Wednesday) before jurors and
the 28-year-old man convicted of the attack.
   On Tuesday, surviving officers took the stand in the penalty phase of
John Hernandez Felix's trial, in which jurors must decide between the death
sentence or life without parole. The same jurors convicted the 28-year-old
Felix Monday of two counts of first-degree murder, along with six counts of

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ARCADIA (CNS) - A horse injured during a Sunday race at Santa Anita Park was euthanized, becoming the 25th horse fatality at the track since December and the second in the past four days, authorities confirmed Monday.
   Spectacular Music, a 3-year-old gelding, sustained a pelvic injury while running his first career race.


   RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Gusty winds will buffet the Inland Empire
mountains and deserts today and could cause hazardous driving conditions,
according to the National Weather Service.
   The agency issued a wind advisory that will last until 11 p.m. today
for the inland mountains of Riverside County mountains, the San Gorgonio Pass near
Banning and the Coachella Valley.
   Wind speeds today are expected to range from 20 to 30 mph with gusts
of 55 mph possible along the desert mountain slopes, forecasters said. Isolated

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INDIO (CNS) - Jurors are scheduled to hear testimony today (Tuesday) in the penalty phase of trial for a 28-year-old man who sprayed bullets from an AR-15 rifle at Palm Springs police officers standing outside his family's home, killing two.
   John Hernandez Felix faces a possible death sentence for the Oct. 8, 2016, killings of Officer Jose Gilbert Vega, 63, and Officer Lesley Kling Zerebny, 27. On top of first-degree murder, jurors Monday also convicted Felix of six counts of attempted murder, stemming from the shots he fired at the other

Jurors Reach Guilty Verdict In Trial Of Accused Palm Springs Cop Killer

May 20, 2019
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   INDIO (CNS) - A 28-year-old man who sprayed bullets from an AR-15 rifle at Palm Springs police standing outside his family's home, killing a veteran officer and a rookie who had just returned to duty after giving birth to a daughter, was convicted today of first-degree murder.
   John Hernandez Felix faces a possible death sentence for the Oct. 8, 2016, killings of Officer Jose Gilbert Vega, 63, and Officer Lesley Zerebny, 27. In addition to the murder charges, jurors found true special-circumstance allegations of murder of a peace officer and multiple murders.

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Riverside county will be the first in California to allow cooks to sell meals prepped in home kitchens. Other counties are taking a wait and see approach…as Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.

Starting June 6th, home cooks in Riverside will be able to apply for a permit to sell meals: up to 30 meals a day and 60 per week.  

A law legalizing "micro-enterprise kitchens" went into effect in January. But it's still up to counties whether to "opt in" and shape their own health and safety rules.

California added more jobs in April than the first three months of the year combined.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Employment lawyer Michael Bernick used to run the state agency that releases the jobs reports. He says April’s 46-thousand job gain suggests California isn’t heading for a recession anytime soon.

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - It'll be chilly and breezy in Inland Southern California today (Monday), as gusty winds - providing a wind chill factor to temperatures in the 60s -  will buffet the mountains and deserts in the Inland Empire today (Monday) and could cause hazardous driving conditions, according to the National Weather Service.  Meanwhile, an inch or two of snow is reported to have fallen in areas in the inland mountains overngiht, prompting the CHP to require chains or traction devices on non-4-wheel-drive vehicles on mountain highways.

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WINCHESTER (CNS) - The final round of the 17th annual Solar Cup Competition, during which students from more than 40 Southern California high schools rely on the sun's rays to power boats, is being held today (Sunday) at Lake Skinner in Winchester.
   The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California event got underway Friday, featuring teams from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. Over 750 students are involved in this year's contest.
   Contestants' 16-foot plywood skiffs, outfitted with solar-collection

MORENO VALLEY (CNS) - An investigation continued Friday into the crash of an armed F-16 Fighting Falcon that plunged into a warehouse just west of March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley, injuring the pilot and a dozen people at the crash site.
   The jet, attached to the 114th Fighter Wing in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, went down about 3:45 p.m. Thursday, going through the roof of the See Water Inc. warehouse at 22220 Opportunity Way, near Meridian Parkway, in the Arnold Heights neighborhood, just off of Interstate 215.

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   MORENO VALLEY (CNS) - An investigation was underway this morning into the crash of an F-16 Fighting Falcon into a warehouse just west of March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley, injuring the pilot and 12 people on the ground.
   The F-16, attached to the 114th Fighter Wing in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, went down about 3:45 p.m. Thursday and crashed into the See Water Inc. warehouse at 22220 Opportunity Way, near Meridian Parkway, in the Arnold Heights neighborhood just off of Interstate 215, authorities said.

Government agencies nationwide use facial recognition software to assist with policing and security. Some state lawmakers, however, are hoping to limit its use in California. Cap Radio's Scott Rodd has the story.

Spring Storm to Lash Inland Empire Thursday

May 15, 2019

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A storm packing wind and rain will impact the Inland
Empire on Thursday, lowering temperatures and potentially creating
hazardous driving conditions.
   According to the National Weather Service, the trough of low pressure
will start its slide toward the region Wednesday evening, gaining strength as
it makes landfall in the predawn hours Thursday.
   ``The trough axis will move through Thursday midday, just slightly
behind a well-marked cold front, and most, if not all, areas should have rain

   RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A 24-year-old man accused of threatening to carry
out a shooting at UC Riverside was charged Tuesday with making terrorist threats.
   Matthew Jeremiah Woolridge of Riverside was arrested in the predawn
hours last Friday following an investigation by UCR police, who allege he made
the threat via Snapchat on Thursday night. The posting read, ``I'm shooting up
UC Riverside tomorrow. 1st Black school shooter going down in History.''
   Investigators used the social media post to identify and locate the

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With shared bikes and e-scooters cropping up across California, state lawmakers are debating whether to give cities more power to collect ride data. Capital Public Radio’s Scott Rodd reports.

Adrian An [AHN] loves zipping through downtown Sacramento on e-scooters. But sharing data with the city about his rides? That’s a different story.

SCOOTERDATA-1-AN: “Then they’ll be tracking where I’m at all the time…I don’t know it’s like an invasion of privacy.” (:05)

Imagine renting a room at a hotel and there's no pocket-size toiletries in sight. Capital Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero reports that could be the new reality in California.

Inspired by Santa Cruz County banning tiny toiletries last year Democratic Assemblyman Ash Kalra wants to do the same statewide.

[KALRA] "On average only 30 percent of the product in the bottle is used. There's a lot of waste."

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MOUNTAIN CENTER (CNS) - A damaged stretch of state Route 74 between Hemet and Mountain Center will be available to motorists 18 hours a day for all
of Memorial Day weekend in an effort accommodate holiday travel, according to Caltrans.
   The agency announced that the 15-mile segment will be accessible from 6 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, May 25, Sunday, May 26, and Monday, May 27.
   Caltrans spokesman Shane Massoud said pilot drivers will be guiding motorists in both directions until clear of all construction zones on the two-
lane corridor.

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Felony and misdemeanor charges are expected to be
filed today against a 24-year-old Riverside man who allegedly threatened to
carry out a shooting at UC Riverside.
   Matthew Jeremiah Woolridge was booked Friday into the Robert Presley
Jail in Riverside on suspicion of making terrorist threats, with bail
originally set at $10,000. Authorities subsequently identified additional
alleged offenses, including presenting false identification to a peace officer,
resulting in a bail hike to $30,000.

When it comes to natural disasters, disease outbreaks and terrorism attacks, California may be slightly less prepared than the rest of the nation.  But the state has made improvements over the last few years, as CapRadio’s Sammy Caiola explains. 

There are a couple of key things states need to do to be prepared for health emergencies. They need backup stocks of vaccines and basic medical supplies. And they need to make sure government agencies, community groups and homeowners have a way to talk to each other.

Advocates for homeless people say they’re pleased with the one billion dollars California Governor Gavin Newsom included last week in his revised budget for those without permanent shelter.

But some, like Lisa Hershey of Housing California, say there’s too much of a focus on short-term fixes such as temporary shelters instead of permanent housing.

“It really isn’t addressing the basic needs or the longer-term solutions to keep Californians healthy, safe and stable.” (:08)

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