Rodney King is Dead

Update On Rodney King Death.

Word is from officals that the toxicolligy reports showed that Rodney King was under the influence of a controlled substance. Watch ABC7 for interview with Cpt De Anda for press interview.

Update by ABC 7:

Rodney King, the victim in the infamous Los Angeles Police Department brutally case in 1991, has died.  He was 47.

Police do not suspect any kind of foul play in his death. King’s fiancée told police that she was inside the home, and King had been talking to her from the back patio. When she went outside at around 5:25 a.m., that’s when she saw him at the bottom of the pool under about 6 feet of water.

“She did try to save him. However, she is not a good swimmer and chose to dial 911 and call the police department,” said Capt. Randy De Anda with the Rialto Police Department.

When officers arrived, they removed King from the pool and said he was unresponsive. Officers and paramedics performed CPR before King was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, where he was pronounced dead at 6:11 a.m.

His fiancée told officers that King was a very good swimmer. Authorities say they are conducting a drowning investigation, but the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. The coroner will also conduct toxicology tests to see if King had anything in his system that may have contributed to his death.

King was known for being beaten by LAPD officers during a 1991 DUI traffic stop that eventually led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

A bystander videotaped much of the incident from a distance. The footage shows four white LAPD officers severely beating King, striking him 56 times with their night sticks. A jury with no black members acquitted three of the officers on state charges in the beating; a mistrial was declared for a forth.

On the 20th anniversary of the L.A. riots this past March, King looked back on the beating and verdict that set off the civil unrest. When the verdict was announced, King said he was beyond devastated.

“It felt like Armageddon. It felt like the end of the world,” he told Eyewitness News anchor Marc Brown. “I was hurt. I was past upset.”

The L.A. riots, which started April 29, 1992, was the worst riot in U.S history. Fifty-three people died and more than 2,000 were injured. Arsonists set some 7,000 fires and caused $1 billion in damage. At the height of the violence, King pleaded on television: “Can we all get along?”

In the years since the beating and the following riots, King has struggled to live a stable life. He was arrested or detained by police at least a dozen times on charges ranging from DUI to domestic violence.

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His neighbors said King mostly kept to himself, but when they did see him, he was very friendly.

“First thing this morning I got word from my kids, you know, ‘Happy Father’s Day.’ And to wake up and then to know that Mr. King had passed and found out that he had kids, it’s really saddening to hear that,” said neighbor Readus Carter. Neighbors say King had a daughter, and that his fiancée was one of the jurors on his civil trial.

King made numerous attempts at rehab, even going on two different reality shows. He appeared on the second season of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” in 2008 and also appeared on the show’s spin-off “Sober House,” which chronicled his attempt to lead a sober life, in 2009.

Just months ago, King released a book he co-wrote with author Lawrence Spagnola entitled, “The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption.” It chronicles his life before, during and since the now-notorious videotaped beating in 1991 that cemented his place in history.

TMZ is reporting that Rodney king Rialto’s most Infamous resident is now dead.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ they responded to a call at 5:25 AM PT. We’re told they physically removed King from the pool and attempted CPR.
Our sources say he was pronounced dead at 6:11 AM.
Law enforcement sources say Rialto PD will open a drowning investigation.

http://www.tmz.com/2012/06/17/rodney-king-dead/

“SPOTLIGHT” Sabrina with DOVE CHOCOLATE DISCOVERIES Chocolatier

Who wants some CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This “SPOTLIGHT” came from our outreach on Facebook and before being asked to do this interview I never even knew that this type of businesses existed. Sabrina Ruiz is the rep for Independent DOVE CHOCOLATE DISCOVERIES Chocolatier located here in Rialto.
RIALTO NOW – Sabrina, tell us a little about yourself. Did you grow up in Rialto? What’s your background and education? What prodded you to become a small business owner? Why Chocolate?
SABRINA RUIZ – My name is Sabrina Ruiz. I grew up in Ontario and  recently moved to Rialto two years ago. I attended Ontario Christian High School. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.  I am currently working on my Ph.D  in Organizational Management and Leadership thru Capella University. I have always had a desire to work for myself. I was laid off from my employer of seven years in late 2010. I wanted to produce an income that allowed me to have the flexibility to have time for my family and education .I have always been a Chocolate lover and baker; so of course when I had the opportunity to get paid to share Dove Chocolate I embraced it!
I have the unique ability to earn a full time income while still controlling my own hours, and life! I love the flexibility my Dove Chocolate Discoveries®. business allows me, I am able to always be there for my family and still support a wonderful lifestyle! It’s so much fun meeting my Hostesses and helping them throw great tasting parties that their guests LOVE while earning free products! Guests will learn more about how to entertain, give gifts, and make beautiful and delicious homemade treats.
RIALTO NOW – As an avid baker I do know that dove chocolate is very delicious. What has been your experience in introducing this product to people here in Rialto?
SABRINA RUIZ – I have had a few tasting parties at my home and locally in the area. Many people have not heard of Dove Chocolate Discoveries and were happy to come and sample some premium Dove Chocolate. Our Exclusive line of Dove Chocolate products include: Fabulous drinks, instant gratification, easy to prepare desserts, and professional candy making tools. All of our products feature the premium quality of the DOVE Chocolate you know and love!
RIALTO NOW – What are some of the struggles you have experienced as a Independent DOVE CHOCOLATE DISCOVERIES Chocolatier in the beginning?
SABRINA RUIZ – The struggles I had in the beginning were finding customers to purchase and host.
RIALTO NOW – What was your motivation on offering this product to our community? Where did you see the value in operating in and around Rialto?
SABRINA RUIZ – Small business in America has been the stabilizing force in the economy. Entrepreneurs are the backbone of creativity and production. Small business is what stimulates economic growth. I believe it is important to support your community that you live in. The City of Rialto is now my home and I want to contribute and support the community. Dove Chocolate is my vessel that I am using to bring business into the community.
RIALTO NOW – What are the struggles of owning a small business in today’s economy?
SABRINA RUIZ – Some of the struggles of owning a small business that I have come across include: marketing expenses, supplies, and building new clientele
RIALTO NOW – Run us through a Chocolate Party. How do we schedule one? What goes on? Is it similar to Tupperware parties only yummier?
SABRINA RUIZ – We do use the same party plan format similar to Tupperware. Dove chocolate parties are so much fun! We gather some friends together usually 20 or so, play a few games, sample about 5 products and enjoy each other’s company. At the end of the party guests are able to place orders and book parties. I am available to schedule parties at (909) 238-9397 or via email partywithbrini@gmail.com. You can also place orders on my website and have Dove Chocolate delivered right to your doorstep. www.mydcdsite.com/partywithbrini
RIALTO NOW – Were you at the Taste Of Rialto Event this past week?
SABRINA RUIZ – No, I was not did not hear about the event until after it took place.
RIALTO NOW – Are you going to have a booth at this years National Night Out?
SABRINA RUIZ – I am looking forward to attending the event and will be looking into having a booth.
RIALTO NOW – If you could pass one nugget of inspiration to future small business owners in Rialto what would it be?
SABRINA RUIZ – Small businesses are job creators. The best advice I would give to small business owners is don’t give up. Personally I support small business Saturday and make an effort to habitually shop at small businesses.
RIALTO NOW – Does your business support any local charities or sports groups?
SABRINA RUIZ – At this time my business does not. My business was recently involved with the making strides for breast cancer walk/run.  I would love to support any of Rialto’s local charities or sports groups thru fundraising.
RIALTO NOW – Is there anything else you would like the Rialto Readers to know?
SABRINA RUIZ – Yes, I am currently holding interviews for Dove Chocolatiers. The only requirements for the job is a functioning mode of transportation, must be 18 or older, and purchase a chocolate kit which is $115 including shipping ($200 retail value). I am the only Chocolatier in Rialto and there is plenty of room for growth within the Inland Empire.
Everyone loves our parties; after all it revolves around DOVE chocolate! I also enjoy sharing this opportunity with others. I have been fortunate to grow a very successful team of wonderful individuals. It is my pleasure to support chocolatiers in growing their own business and attaining their personal goals! Think about joining me today and create the lifestyle you have always dreamed of.
RIALTO NOW – Below is Sabrina’s contact info, if your intreased in a party or working with her please give her a call. Thank You Sabrina for your time and sitting down with us.
Sabrina Ruiz
Independent Dove Chocolatier
(909) 238-9397
partywithbrini@gmail.com
www.mydcdsite.com/partywithbrini
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Burglary Prevention Tips

Burglary Prevention Tips

The burglary basics:

• Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.

• Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.

• Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.

• Keep your garage door closed and locked.

• Don’t allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers to build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.

• Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.

• Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.

• Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.

• Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.

• Other windows may need better locks. Check with a locksmith or hardware store for alternatives. Don’t tempt a thief:

• Lawn mowers, snow blowers, barbecues and bicycles are best stored out of sight.

• Always lock your garden sheds and garages. • Use curtains on garage and basement windows.

• Never leave notes on your door such as “Gone shopping.” Locks…get the best:

• No lock, regardless of its quality, can be truly effective. Key-in dead bolt locks provide minimum security. Ask a locksmith for advice on your situation.

• Change locks immediately if your keys are lost or stolen.

• When moving into a new home, have all locks changed. Targeting the Outside:

• Have adequate exterior lighting. A motion-sensitive light is recommended for backyards.

• Trim trees and shrubs so that they cannot be used as hiding places for intruders.

• Make sure your door hinges are on the inside. Windows:

• Most windows can be pinned for security.

• Drill a 3/16″ hole on a slight downward slant through the inside window frame and halfway into the outside frame – place a nail in the hole to secure the window.

Alarms:

• An alarm system is excellent for home security. It provides peace of mind to homeowners, especially while on vacation. There is a wide variety of alarm systems on the market.

• Make several inquiries to different companies for the best security system available to you. If Your Home Is Broken Into: If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door:

• Do not enter – the perpetrator may still be inside.

• Use a neighbor’s phone or a cell phone to call police.

• Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.

• Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.

• Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons. Other precautions you should take:

• Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other “secret” hiding places — burglars know where to look for hidden keys.

• Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and original value, and serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from home — this is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.

• Trim your shrubbery around your home to reduce cover for burglars.

• Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call the Rialto Police Department immediately.

• Mark your valuables with your driver’s license number with an engraver. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.

• Form a Neighborhood Watch Group. We can help you work with your neighbors to improve security and reduce risk of burglary.
Consider installing a burglar alarm system.

The MOST important thing YOU can do is CALL THE POLICE to report a CRIME or any SUSPICIOUS activity.

You have to be the eyes of your neighborhood. And remember you can always remain a pair of anonymous eyes!

Remember the three L’s of Crime Prevention:

LIGHTS, LOCKS & the LAW!

Light up your residence, lock your doors at all times, and call the Law when you see something suspicious.

Fight between Rialto roommates leads to death

Melissa Pinion-Whitt, Staff Writersbsun.com

Posted:   06/08/2012 01:23:50 PM PDT
RIALTO – A fight between roommates ended with the death of a 49-year-old disabled postal worker and the other man suffering stab wounds, police said Friday.Police came to the 2900 block of North Orange Street at 4:19p.m. Wednesday and found Juan Tulio Valens dead from upper body trauma.

“It looks like he was probably choked to death,” said Rialto police Capt. Randy DeAnda.

Investigators are awaiting an autopsy from the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office.

Police said Valens’ roommate, William Michael O’Connor, 37, had been taken into custody by Rialto officers on May 17 and was taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation.

After he returned home Wednesday, O’Connor got into an argument with Valens, who was on leave from the San Bernardino Postal Distribution Center in Redlands due to a medical disability, DeAnda said.

Valens grabbed a kitchen knife and began stabbing O’Connor in the head, and O’Connor fought back, fatally injuring Valens, police said.

Paramedics took O’Connor to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton. He was expected to survive, authorities said.

Valens was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the District Attorney’s Office will review the case to determine whether any charges should be filed against O’Connor. Reach Melissa via email or call her at 909-386-3878.

Read more: http://www.sbsun.com/ci_20814956/fight-between-rialto-roommates-leads-death#ixzz1xP9H0JmN

Man and woman shot in Rialto

Ryan Hagensbsun.com

Posted:   06/09/2012 06:12:56 PM PDT

A man and a woman were both shot in the leg at about 5:45 p.m. Saturday at Ferguson Park, police said.Both victims were taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center to treat their wounds, which are not life-threatening, said Sgt. Andre Shourds.

Police are still collecting information on the shooter and the circumstances, he said.

“We just know there was a bunch of people there, and some kind of altercation that turned into a shooting,” Shourds said.

Some further information was collected but is being kept to protect the investigation, he said.

He said he didn’t know the names or ages of the two victims.

Ferguson Park is at the corner of West Casa Grande Drive and North Alder Avenue in Rialto.

http://www.sbsun.com/ci_20821990/rialto-police-respond-shooting#ixzz1xOwggIg6

Colton man in wheelchair falls into hole

Horrible incident but thank God he came out ok. Rialto Fire on scene assiting.

COLTON – Firefighters on Thursday rescued a man in a wheelchair who fell into a 6-foot-deep hole that was left covered with a weathered and unsecured piece of plywood, Colton fire officials said.Charles Walker, 67, of Colton was in his motorized wheelchair on a Wildrose Avenue sidewalk when he rolled across the plywood covering the hole over an open electrical vault, Colton Fire Department spokesman Tom Debellis said.

“The plywood appeared to be weathered,” Debellis said. “Mr. Walker was taken to the veterans hospital in Loma Linda just for precautionary measures.”

Walker didn’t have any obvious injuries, acting Fire Chief Tim McHargue said.

Firefighters used a hoist to lift Walker’s motorized wheelchair out of the electrical vault after they pulled him to safety.

“He was talking to us, and he was glad we were there,” McHargue said. Not including Walker’s weight, the board probably collapsed under 300 to 500 pounds from the wheelchair, McHargue said.

“We don’t have any information at this time who left the plywood covering the hole,” Debellis said.

City workers had been working on the underground vault earlier in the day, according to sources at Colton Public Utilities.

“Until this is completely investigated the city of Colton has no comment on this matter,” City Manager Rod Foster said in a phone interview Thursday evening.

Colton work crews secured the hole, Foster said.

San Bernardino and Rialto firefighters assisted in the incident.

Read more: http://www.sbsun.com/ci_20808805/colton-man-wheelchair-falls-into-hole#ixzz1xDAqp5YZ

Graffiti Removal, How important is it to you?

When I first moved back to Rialto I noticed how much graffiti was all over the place it was like little LA.

We rented for one year then made the decision to purchase our first home in Rialto, the graffiti was out of control.

We banded together with Lt Burkholder, Lt Crispin & Cpl Muir to get the graffiti under control. I personally held GPC the graffiti removal contractor to a hard-line of removing the graffiti ASAP. I helped GPC & the city of Rialto over obstacles such as private property right of ways and businesses that were no longer cleaning graffiti on their back walls because of retaliation against their maintenance employees. Councilman Ed Palmer and I developed a way to get property owners and leasing companies to keep their leasing signs free of graffiti.

And things were looking better……………………….. Until Now!!!!!

The city has decided to change contractors beginning last month May 2012 to save $3 a stop. Now everyone has heard the saying you get what you pay for, and we are getting just that cheaper service that has more excuses than results.

Larry De Corona the Owner of Superior Property Mainence ( http://www.4superior.com/ ) came out to the Area 1 Command Meeting stating that nothing will change but better faster services at a lower price. He tried to tell us his company can’t take care of our drainage Areas or Washes ( which is wrong ) and that they were brining in a new camera program, knowledgeable staff ect. None of his statements have shown to be true.

So I wonder why I have been calling and seeing graffiti up for days and days, poor painting, tags still showing through ect. Then I remembered something Mr. De Corona said at the meeting they are the largest graffiti removal program in LA County. Ah ha this is why who hasn’t driven around LA County and been blinded by graffiti.

Larry Decrona Owner & Managing partner in aquisition and Property Managment

Larry De Corona (pictured above) called me yesterday very upset that I am asking his company to remove the graffiti in a timely fashion. He said that they are working within the confines of the contract and that I couldn’t use his statements at the Area Command Meeting as gold. He told me that in April GPC billed the city $8K for the month of April, Superior billed the city $6K for May. This isn’t because they are so much cheaper it’s because they are slower to respond and GPC work some Saturdays in April Superior doesnt.

Mr. De Corona said something that speaks to where he is coming from a property management back ground that showed his lack of knowledge of this city or the War we wage her on Hoodlums. He said “Whats the difference if the graffiti stays up a few more days if it saves the city money”. Really did you just say that. Graffiti is a hoodlums way of saying he owns your neighborhood, street or city, and everyday it’s up there is another day to influence our teens, intimidate our communities and enrage community members.

I spoke with Tim Sullivan from public works and he told me that Superior is new and he is keeping close account of the complaints and looking at Superior’s response times and quality of work. We want to keep this from becoming a problem.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rid-Rialto-of-Graffitti/216882198324244 – We have a Facebook Page you can visit and post your problem areas with graffiti or just email them to rialtonw@aol.com and we will post for you.

Ferguson Park the Multi Million Dollar park that wont be stripped until the July Grand Opening was hit hard and it took Superior 3 days to remove this graffiti, so people’s questions on safety at our parks is still an issue and thanks to Superior the community is wondering if the new park is even worth visiting.

I have called the graffiti hotline numerous times to find MAJOR, MASSIVE tags up for days and even weeks.

The graffiti Hotline number is 909-820-2670 put this in your cell phone and call on every tag.

If you have questions, complaints or concerns please call 909-820-2602 and ask for Tim Sullivan.

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