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By: | October 14, 2005
WHAT: A proposed tunnel running through the Cleveland National Forest that would dump an estimated 70,000 vehicles a day onto Highway 133 at the Foothill Toll Road, affecting traffic in Laguna Beach. WHAT'S BEHIND IT: The Orange County Transportation Authority and the Riverside County Transportation Planning Agency are examining options to relieve traffic problems on the Riverside (91) Freeway. Three alternatives are being considered. Alternative 1 would create another road, to run parallel to the existing 91 corridor, at an estimated cost of between $2.5 and $5 billion.
LOCAL
May 11, 2010
A Costa Mesa man was killed Monday when an SUV hit him while he was cycling in Riverside County. Alan Earl Miller, 55, was northbound on Temescal Canyon Road in an unincorporated part of Riverside County, near Corona, about 2:30 p.m. when Scott J. Reis, 42, of Corona, hit him from behind with his 2003 Ford SUV, California Highway Patrol officials said. Miller was thrown from the bike and died at the scene. CHP officials said that Reis drove off the roadway and hit Miller.
LOCAL
January 6, 2010
Registration is now open for the third annual RockWater race, which starts in Riverside County and ends in Huntington Beach. The race begins at 9 a.m. March 20. The 28.9-mile race is meant to raise awareness of the Santa Ana River watershed. The race costs $100 per team, which can be up to seven people. Unlike in past years, bicyclists and skateboarders are also welcome to participate. The entry fee includes a RockWater shirt for each team member. The race begins at the border of Orange and Riverside counties and ends at the mouth of the Santa Ana River between Newport Beach and Huntington Beach.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | June 30, 2009
A robber from Costa Mesa was killed by his own gun Sunday in Riverside County when his victim wrestled away his weapon and turned it on him, police said Monday. Authorities declined to identify the 24-year-old Costa Mesa man pending notification of family, but said he and Amy Schinzel, 30, of Ontario, forced their way into a Mira Loma home about 8:11 a.m. Sunday intent on robbing the homeowners. Riverside County sheriff’s officials said they responded to the home after a report of gunshots.
NEWS
By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times | March 15, 2014
A man known as the "Snowboarder Bandit" was sentenced Friday to two years in state prison for robbing nine Orange County banks -- adding to the time he received last month of seven years and eight months in Riverside County.   Michael Brandon Franks of Riverside will serve the terms consecutively. He pleaded guilty last year in Orange County to a court offer to 10 felony counts of second-degree robbery and two felony counts of attempted second-degree robbery.   Then in February, Franks, 31, also pleaded guilty in Riverside County to four felony counts of burglary, three felony counts of robbery and two felony counts of attempted robbery.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | July 28, 2010
Three banks are offering a combined $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the so-called "Ho Hum Bandit," an unassuming young man who's suspected of a dozen bank robberies in the last five months, including two in Newport Beach. Citibank, Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank are offering rewards for information that would lead authorities to a man described by the FBI as a white man with brown hair, 25 to 35 years old, who stands between 5-feet-7 and 5-feet-10, and weighs 160 to 170 pounds.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | June 17, 2008
Some say the worst day for firefighters is when they lose one of their own. Tuesday morning, firefighters in Newport Beach and beyond experienced just that as news of Kevin Pryor’s death spread. Pryor, a three-year veteran of the Newport Beach Fire Department, died in a hospital after suffering a sudden, catastrophic brain aneurysm the night before. He was 31. “All of us are extremely saddened. Most of us are still in a state of shock,” said Deputy Chief Dave Mais.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | March 11, 2008
Two days after an off-duty Costa Mesa police officer shot and killed one man and wounded another in Temecula, authorities are saying little about their investigation but the family of the man killed in the fracas has offered its own version of what led to his death. “What gives that man the right to pull out his gun in public? When children are present?” said Karen Crowley, whose son, Shaun Vilan, was killed Saturday night. He was 30 years old. “I’m just so tired of this story getting twisted.
NEWS
February 19, 2003
You've got to start somewhere, even if it's a remote Riverside County town few Orange Countians have heard of. So, the Sage Hill School boys basketball team makes its debut in the CIF Southern Section Playoffs at Division IV-A foe Hamilton High tonight at 7:30. "I'll call in our results on a satellite phone," quipped Sage Hill Coach Steve Keith, who learned the round-trip may require about five hours on a bus. Even at 4,000 feet, however, the Sage Hill squad, as they say, is happy to be there.
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By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times | March 15, 2014
A man known as the "Snowboarder Bandit" was sentenced Friday to two years in state prison for robbing nine Orange County banks -- adding to the time he received last month of seven years and eight months in Riverside County.   Michael Brandon Franks of Riverside will serve the terms consecutively. He pleaded guilty last year in Orange County to a court offer to 10 felony counts of second-degree robbery and two felony counts of attempted second-degree robbery.   Then in February, Franks, 31, also pleaded guilty in Riverside County to four felony counts of burglary, three felony counts of robbery and two felony counts of attempted robbery.
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NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 31, 2013
A Newport Beach teenager died over the weekend, hours after being injured in an off-roading motorcycle crash in Riverside County. Alex Chisholm, 17, was riding alone about 4 p.m. Sunday at the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicle Recreation Area near Borrego Springs when he lost control, according to a California State Parks spokeswoman. Chisholm was going about 25 miles an hour when he hit an obstacle similar to a sand dune, spokeswoman Vicky Waters said. The crash ejected Chisholm, and the bike's handlebars hit him in the abdomen as he flew off, according to Waters.
NEWS
August 30, 2010
A new civilian crime scene investigator has been hired by the Newport Beach Police Department, in addition to a pair of promotions, the department announced Monday. Daniel Martinez, who has a master's degree in forensic science from National University and previously was employed by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, has been hired as the crime scene investigator, said Newport Police Lt. Bill Hartford. Martinez worked as a forensic technician in his last job in Riverside, Hartford said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | July 28, 2010
Three banks are offering a combined $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the so-called "Ho Hum Bandit," an unassuming young man who's suspected of a dozen bank robberies in the last five months, including two in Newport Beach. Citibank, Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank are offering rewards for information that would lead authorities to a man described by the FBI as a white man with brown hair, 25 to 35 years old, who stands between 5-feet-7 and 5-feet-10, and weighs 160 to 170 pounds.
LOCAL
May 11, 2010
A Costa Mesa man was killed Monday when an SUV hit him while he was cycling in Riverside County. Alan Earl Miller, 55, was northbound on Temescal Canyon Road in an unincorporated part of Riverside County, near Corona, about 2:30 p.m. when Scott J. Reis, 42, of Corona, hit him from behind with his 2003 Ford SUV, California Highway Patrol officials said. Miller was thrown from the bike and died at the scene. CHP officials said that Reis drove off the roadway and hit Miller.
LOCAL
January 6, 2010
Registration is now open for the third annual RockWater race, which starts in Riverside County and ends in Huntington Beach. The race begins at 9 a.m. March 20. The 28.9-mile race is meant to raise awareness of the Santa Ana River watershed. The race costs $100 per team, which can be up to seven people. Unlike in past years, bicyclists and skateboarders are also welcome to participate. The entry fee includes a RockWater shirt for each team member. The race begins at the border of Orange and Riverside counties and ends at the mouth of the Santa Ana River between Newport Beach and Huntington Beach.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | June 30, 2009
A robber from Costa Mesa was killed by his own gun Sunday in Riverside County when his victim wrestled away his weapon and turned it on him, police said Monday. Authorities declined to identify the 24-year-old Costa Mesa man pending notification of family, but said he and Amy Schinzel, 30, of Ontario, forced their way into a Mira Loma home about 8:11 a.m. Sunday intent on robbing the homeowners. Riverside County sheriff’s officials said they responded to the home after a report of gunshots.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | June 17, 2008
Some say the worst day for firefighters is when they lose one of their own. Tuesday morning, firefighters in Newport Beach and beyond experienced just that as news of Kevin Pryor’s death spread. Pryor, a three-year veteran of the Newport Beach Fire Department, died in a hospital after suffering a sudden, catastrophic brain aneurysm the night before. He was 31. “All of us are extremely saddened. Most of us are still in a state of shock,” said Deputy Chief Dave Mais.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | March 11, 2008
Two days after an off-duty Costa Mesa police officer shot and killed one man and wounded another in Temecula, authorities are saying little about their investigation but the family of the man killed in the fracas has offered its own version of what led to his death. “What gives that man the right to pull out his gun in public? When children are present?” said Karen Crowley, whose son, Shaun Vilan, was killed Saturday night. He was 30 years old. “I’m just so tired of this story getting twisted.
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