Two cars on 91 Freeway in Corona and Riverside have windows shot out Tuesday evening

Just a day after drivers of three cars reported having their windows shot out on the 91 Freeway near Corona, two more cars travelling on the same freeway in Corona and Riverside had their windows shot out on Tuesday evening, May 11, the California Highway Patrol said.

At about 5:50 p.m., a white GMC Safari van was travelling east on the 91, east of Lincoln Avenue in Corona, when the van’s middle left side window was shattered. Responding officers determined the weapon used was a pellet or BB gun based on the damage, the CHP said.

Just about 10 minutes after the first incident, a white Jeep Wrangler was heading east on the 91 Freeway, east of Tyler Street in Riverside, when the driver reported hearing a pop, followed by their left side third row window shattering, the CHP said.

No injuries were reported in either incident and no suspect information was obtained in either incident, the CHP said.

Just late Sunday evening, May 9, into the early morning hours of Monday, drivers of four cars in Corona and Riverside reported having their windows shot out by what the CHP believe to be pellets or BBs. Officer Juan Quintero, spokesman for the CHP’s Riverside Office, said Tuesday’s incidents were “a little less definitive” as to whether they were related to those the day prior on the freeway.

“We’ve got to do more follow up before we can link (the incidents),” Quintero said. “We did an area search (on Tuesday), both on the freeway and off the freeway and we didn’t find anything.”

The CHP was already probing various other similar freeway incidents in previous months.

The windows of two drivers were reported being shattered while on the 91 near Corona on May 6 near Main Street and in Riverside near Pierce Street. One was believed to be the result of a BB gun while the other was believed to stem from a “big object,” according to Quintero.

The CHP’s Westminster office reported “approximately five” similar incidents in their area between April 19 and May 4.

Any witnesses who may have observed the incidents are encouraged to call the CHP at 951-637-8000.

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Winter storm warnings in place for Southern California mountains

With the season’s  first storm arriving late Sunday, winter storm warnings were issued for mountain areas of Southern California effective through Monday evening.

Now that rain is starting to come onshore, let’s take a look at those expected rain and snowfall totals through Monday. Generally 0.5-1″ or so of rain (locally 1-2 inches in the coastal slopes) is expected. 6-12 inches of snow above 5000 feet, mainly in LA Co. #CAwx #LArain

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) December 28, 2020

Up to a foot of snow was expected in L.A. County mountains, excluding the Santa Monica Range.

“Travel could be very difficult, including the Interstate 5 Corridor where the snow level is expected to lower to 4,000 feet, which would affect the top of the Tejon Grade with snow accumulations of one to two inches along with icy conditions,” the National Weather Service said in its warning.

The San Bernardino County mountains were expected to see snow above around 4,000 to 5,000 feet.

“Heavy snow and strong winds expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning and evening commutes Monday. Tree branches could fall as well. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches, with very localized amounts up to 20 inches, are expected,” the National Weather Service said in its warning for San Bernardino County mountain communities including Crestline, Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Running Springs and Wrightwood.

The Riverside County mountains, including in the Idyllwild area, generally could see up to eight inches of snow, the NWS said.

Please heed the advice of The CHP if planning any travel across the #SoCal Mountains through Tuesday! #CAwx

— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) December 27, 2020

At lower elevations, one half to one inch of rain was expected in Los Angeles County. The NWS said the Riverside and Santa Ana areas may see a quarter to a half inch.

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LA traffic is again the world’s worst, by this analytics firm’s accounting

The new toll lanes and general lanes are nearly completed as commuters travel in traffic on the westbound 91Freeway through Corona on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The new lanes are set to open Monday morning, March 20. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
According to an analysis of traffic congestion, Los Angeles drivers spend more time in gridlock than drivers anywhere else in the world. Drivers throughout Southern California — like these on the westbound 91 in Corona — feel the pain of hours spent behind the wheel. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

In a study that may come as no surprise to Southern California commuters, Los Angeles’ traffic is the most gridlocked in the world.

According to the Global Traffic Scorecard, an annual study by transportation analytics company Inrix, 2017 was the sixth year in a row that LA held that distinction. The study measured the percentage of drive time spent in gridlocked traffic during peak travel periods, as well as how much that gridlock cost the city or metropolitan area analyzed.

In 2017, Los Angeles drivers spent 12 percent of their time on the road in gridlock, which added up to 102 hours.

But there is some good news found in the study. Those 102 hours were 2 percent fewer than those spent sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic in 2016.

The cost to LA in 2017? According to Kirkland, Wash.-based Inrix, $19.2 billion.

Los Angeles did not have the most congested traffic corridor in 2017, however. The only Southern California freeway to appear on the list was the I-10 between the 405 and the 110. It came in No. 4. New Yorkers can lay claim to the most congested piece of highway: the Cross Bronx Expressway in New York City.


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CHP investigating fatal crash off northbound 405 at Goldenwest

Authorities are investigating a fatal crash Sunday evening, Jan. 21, in which a taxicab went off the northbound 405 Freeway at the Goldenwest Avenue exit in Westminster and struck a pole.

The off-ramp was closed to traffic following the 9:38 p.m. crash for investigation, the California Highway Patrol reported. A witness reported that the taxi had been traveling at a high speed, the CHP said.

The Highway Patrol was unable to say if the person killed was the driver or a passenger or whether there were other people in the vehicle.

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3 men arrested following Fullerton-to-Santa Ana pursuit

FULLERTON — Three men were arrested Thursday, Dec. 28, after leading police on a 20-minute pursuit, according to authorities.

Around 8:20 p.m. Fullerton officers attempted to pull over a Dodge Ram truck for a vehicle registration violation, Fullerton police Lt. Mike Chlebowski said. The driver sped off and someone inside the vehicle threw a handgun out of a window, he added.

The chase ended near Chestnut Avenue and Standard avenues in Santa Ana. The three men were taken into custody and face multiple felony charges, Chlebowski said. Their identities were not immediately released.

Santa Ana police officers assisted during the pursuit.





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Motorcyclist killed in Fountain Valley collision

FOUNTAIN VALLEY — A 24-year-old motorcyclist died Friday, Dec. 15, following a collision with a van, according to the Orange County Coroner Division.

Killed in the collision around 9 a.m. near Warner Avenue and Mount Hope Street was Danny Dement III, a coroner’s  report says.  Dement’s city of residence was not listed.

Fountain Valley Police Department officials could not immediately be reached for comment regarding details of the crash.


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Man hit, killed by car while crossing street in Stanton

STANTON — A man was killed by a car Tuesday night, Sept. 19, while crossing a street in Stanton, authorities said.

The incident was reported around 7:20 p.m. near the intersection of Katella and Dale avenues, said Orange County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Matthew Stiverson.

The victim was taken to an area hospital, where he died. His name was not released.

The driver of the car remained at the scene and is cooperating with deputies, Stiverson said. The incident was under investigation.

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