Inland News Today, News of the Inland Empire, Riverside, San Bernardino Counties and Southern California

A bicyclist has been fatally injured when struck by two vehicles in San Jacinto. The victim of the Tuesday night mishap on San Jacinto Avenue had not been identified at last report. (INT)

George Johnson steps in Thursday to begin his tenure as Riverside County Administrative Officer. Johnson succeeds Jay Orr who retired to take a teaching position with Claremont Graduate University. Johnson was Orr’s assistant for the past 5-years. (INT)

In Palm Springs, a 68-year-old hiker was found dead Tuesday near Murray Peak nearly 24-hours after he sent an email saying his hike was going well. Michael Kleinschmidt of Palm Desert
was found unresponsive near the Garstin Trail. (INT)

Sheriff’s detectives are wrapping up a murder case that sent one Norco man to jail and another to the morgue. Klaus Foster, 55, was traced to a residence on the Colorado River where he was arrested on suspicion of killing Gerald Lee, 57, during a fight in Norco last Sunday. (INT)

Metrolink is expanding its implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC). The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded a $3.2 million grant to Metrolink PTC is an automated collision-avoidance system that can prevent train collisions, derailments and unauthorized train movement. (INT)

After a year-long investigation, the San Bernardino County DA’s office has cleared sheriff’s deputy Daniel Armenta of any criminal responsibility in the fatal shooting of Bijan Fardnazari. He was slain on May 20, 2016 in Fontana. (INT)

The UC Board of Regents has retained former California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno and a law firm to conduct a fact-finding review of actions undertaken by the Office of the UC President concerning the recent audit of her office that turned up millions in ‘hidden’ funds. Results will be presented to the Board of Regents. (INT)

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Riverside will get some attention in a pair of renowned holiday parades. The Riverside City College Marching Tigers band has been selected to perform in the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, representing the state of California. And for the first time in more than 50 years. Riverside will have a float in the Pasadena Rose Parade representing the state of California. (INT)

In Hemet, a motorist accidentally pulled his SUV in front of an oncoming car on Florida Avenue Wednesday causing a collision that killed the other driver. The coroner identified him as Robert Sheldon, 58, of Hemet. The at-fault driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. (INT)

A San Bernardino man drove to Hemet early Wednesday to surrender to police on suspicion of shooting his aunt and uncle hours earlier. San Bernardino police say a family dispute triggered the bloodshed that took the life of Danny Harring, age 62. The aunt survived. Jailed on suspicion of murder was Dwayne Butler, 36. (INT)

Near Corona, one person perished but another survived a crash Tuesday on the I-15. Calfire said one of two vehicles involved overturned. (INT)

A high impact collision Monday in the Coachella Valley left one person dead and at least one other injured. The California Highway Patrol said the force of the head-on crash on Thousand Palms Canyon Road tore the cab of an SUV from its frame. Killed was Karina Sandoval-Chavez, 33, of Desert Hot Springs. (INT)

More coyote sightings are being reported in Fontana and residents are being advised to protect their pets. Small dogs are especially vulnerable. Coyotes are frequently seen in vacant fields. They prefer natural, green space, parks and ravines. (INT)

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The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is providing $5 million in grant funds for food waste prevention and food rescue. The grants are aimed at combating climate change, to divert organic materials from landfills and alleviate food insecurity. The deadline to submit grant applications is July 18th. (INT)

Metrolink is offering discounts in hopes of boosting ridership on its year-old Perris Valley extension. The discounts apply to four stations and kick-in Thursday. The Riverside County Transportation Comission says daily passenger trips on the 91/Perris Valley Line have grown by 6.5 percent. The four new stations average nearly 400 total boardings each weekday.