Friday, July 31, 2015
Pomona Police Department Joins Forces in Targeting Prostitution, Human Trafficking, and Internet Sex Trade
In response to tips from various neighborhoods and community groups regarding the public display of solicitation for sexual acts, the Pomona Police Department’s Major Crimes Task Force joined forces with local and federal agencies to nab the offenders. In a joint effort, the Pomona Police Department conducted a three day operation from July 28, 2015, through July 30, 2015, targeting the exploitation of prostitution in the City of Pomona. With the help from the AB109 San Gabriel Valley East Task Force, Arcadia Police Department, Claremont Police Department, San Bernardino Police Department, West Covina Police Department, and the FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Force, the three day operation yielded a total of 49 arrests. Each day during the three part operation focused on separate areas of the prostitution trade.
On July 28, 2015, undercover officers posed as prostitutes along the East Holt Avenue corridor soliciting Johns to engage in sexual acts. Among the suspects arrested were various customers from all walks of life.
Luis Lopez, 19 year old, Ontario resident
Francisco Monterroza, 57 year old, Fontana resident
Anthony Clay, 56 year old, Covina resident
Marin Hernandez, 37 year old, Pomona resident
Felipe Chaverria, 37 year old, Perris resident
Quirino Meneces, 27 year old, Montclair resident
Christopher Rivera, 22 year old, Pomona resident
Rogelio Navarro, 37 year old, Chino resident
Diego Mendez, 25 year old, Ontario resident
Anthony Grimo, 48 year old, San Dimas resident
Estaban Horne, 34 year old, Pomona resident
Albert Mccaskill, 64 year old, Montclair resident
Bernardo Saldivar, 37 year old, Chino resident
Luis Merino, 36 year old, Pomona resident
Miguel Soto, 48 year old, Azusa resident
Davon Dickens, 18 year old, Pomona resident
Everardo Herrera, 52 year old, Mira Loma resident
Christopher Carrasco, 27 year old, Pomona resident
Alfredo Torres, 19 year old, Pomona resident
Luis Sandoval, 40 year old, Baldwin Park resident
Heriberto Munoz, 22 year old, Ontario resident
Keith Oh, 65 year old, Pomona resident
Manoj Nanayakkara, 46 year old, San Dimas resident
Coupled with the arrests, came the seizure of several thousand dollars of U.S. currency and several vehicle impounds. A total of $4,690.00 was seized as evidence from the Johns soliciting sexual favors.
On July 29, 2015, officers posed as Johns and pursued prostitutes soliciting sex acts. Once again, the focus was on the East Holt Avenue corridor, an area that has a reputation for street walkers to loiter for solicitation of sex acts. The East Holt Avenue corridor has traditionally been known as “The Track” however, attempts by police to derail “The Track” has earned it a new street name, “The Blade.” A total of nineteen female prostitutes were arrested on “The Blade” during day two.
Although these prostitutes were arrested, the Pomona Police Department has taken a proactive approach by providing resources to help individuals get the help they need to remove themselves from their lifestyles. As law enforcement becomes more exposed to the reality that human trafficking exist domestically, local agencies are finding ways to provide the help needed to escape the culture of the money for sex trade. The Los Angeles County Dream Center assisted the Pomona Police Department by providing victim’s assistance advocates to help the arrestees. In addition, representatives from the Department of Children and Family Services also joined-in on the operation to provide services to any arrestees with children.
On July 30, 2015, officers set-up and operated an internet based sex advertisement sting at a local motel. The sting resulted in the arrest of five females and two males after they responded to ads on the internet that officers posted to trade money for sex. Undercover officers awaited as each suspect responded to a prearranged motel room only to realize that they were walking into an undercover operation.
The Pomona Police Department continues to improve the quality of life issues in Pomona by conducting such operations. It is encouraged that the citizens of Pomona continue to provide tips and information to the police in order to support these types of details.
Anyone with information regarding this incident or similar incidents is encouraged to contact the Pomona Police Department at 909-620-2085. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Cpl. M. Medellin
Pomona Police Department
HARD SUMMER EVENT @FAIRPLEX AUG 1 & 2 / VISITOR - PARKING -TAXI - UBER -DROP OFF - PICK UP INFORMATION
Visitors to the HARD Summer event @ Fairplex are urged to use Arrow Hwy or White Ave to enter the event. Passenger drop-off/pick-up for the event is ONLY through Gate 9 on White Ave between Arrow Hwy and McKinley Ave.
Use the GPS address below for location of the drop off/pick-up zone.
2118 N White Ave
The Blue Lot drop-off/pick-up zone inside Gate 9 is next to the Blue Gate Entrance. This is the ONLY designated Taxi, Uber, passenger drop-off/pick-up zone location at the festival. Be sure to head back to the same drop-off spot at the end of the night!
Directions from all areas to the event can be found here: http://hardsummer.com/travel
*Kindly refrain from parking in neighboring residential areas. Parking restrictions apply.
LONDON --An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work and might help shut down the waning epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday.
There is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, which has so far killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa since the world's biggest outbreak began in the forest region of Guinea last year. Cases have dropped dramatically in recent months in the other two hard-hit countries, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
"If proven effective, this is going to be a game-changer," said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, which sponsored the study. "It will change the management of the current outbreak and future outbreaks."
Scientists have struggled for years to develop Ebola treatments and vaccines but have faced numerous hurdles, including the sporadic nature of outbreaks and funding shortages. Many past attempts have failed, including a recently abandoned drug being tested in West Africa by Tekmira Pharmaceuticals.
The study involved several thousand people who had been near a new Ebola patient or a close contact of one. They were randomly assigned to get the vaccine right away or in three weeks.
Researchers started tracking results 10 days after they set up the groups to give time to weed out any people who might have been silently harboring the virus when the study began.
After that point, none of the people in the group that had been assigned to get the vaccine right away developed Ebola, versus 16 people in the group eligible to get the vaccine after 21 days.
The vaccine, developed by the Canadian government, has since been licensed to Merck & Co. but has not yet been approved by regulators. The study results were published online Friday in the journal Lancet.
At the moment, officials think the vaccine would only be used once an outbreak starts, to protect those at high-risk; there are no plans to introduce mass vaccination campaigns like those for measles or polio or to create huge stockpiles of the shots.
Merck, based in Kenilworth, New Jersey, noted its vaccine is in what is normally the final round of human testing in Sierra Leone, and in mid-stage testing in Liberia.
Merck will manufacture the vaccine if it's approved for use outside patient studies. In late-morning trading in the U.S., Merck shares were up 62 cents, or 1.1 percent, at $59.13.
Last December, Gavi, the vaccine alliance, said it would spend up to $300 million buying approved Ebola vaccines. The private-public partnership, which often buys immunizations for poor countries, said Friday that it "stands ready to support the implementation of a WHO-recommended Ebola vaccine."
An expert group monitoring the study's data and safety recommended the trial be stopped on July 26 so that everyone exposed to Ebola in Guinea could be immunized.
The vaccine uses an Ebola protein to prompt the body's immune system to attack the virus.
"It looks to be about as safe as a flu vaccine," said Ben Neuman, a virologist at the University of Reading who was not part of the trial. Researchers are still assessing possible side effects; the most serious seemed to be fever and the stress experienced by patients who believe such symptoms were due to Ebola.
"This (vaccine) could be the key that we've been missing to end the outbreak," Neuman said. "I don't see any reason on humanitarian grounds why it should not be used immediately." He said further tests would be necessary to see if the vaccine might also protect pregnant women, children and adolescents; those trials are already under way. It's also uncertain how long protection might last.
WHO vaccines expert Marie-Paule Kieny said having an effective vaccine might avert future disasters but added it would still take months to get the shot approved by regulators.
"Using a tool like this vaccine, we would be able to stop the epidemic from going really wild and spreading further," she told reporters, noting that stamping out future outbreaks still depends on early detection. WHO first identified Ebola in Guinea last March but did not declare the epidemic to be a global emergency until August, when the virus had killed nearly 1,000 people.
Other Ebola vaccines are being studied elsewhere but the declining caseload is complicating efforts to finish the trials.
Wrestler Roddy Piper has died, according to Variety. He was 61.
Piper died from cardiac arrest in his sleep at his Los Angeles home on Friday. The wrestler had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2006, but said last November that he was cancer-free.
Piper -- born Roderick George Toombs -- was a WWE icon in the 1980's, and faced off against challengers like Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. The Canadian-born wrestler was admitted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005, and made several appearances in WWE events in recent years.
Piper is survived by his wife Kitty and four children.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --Lynn Anderson, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the charts with "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," has died. She was 67.
A statement from the family said she passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday. Her publicist said the cause of death was cardiac arrest.
Anderson first soaked up the national spotlight as a young singer on "The Lawrence Welk Show" between 1967 and 1969. Although she was signed to an independent label, the exposure helped her nab a deal with Columbia Records in Nashville.
"He was absolutely wholesome," she said of Welk in a 1987 interview with The Associated Press. "He felt country music was coming into its own and deserved to be on national TV. At that time, I was the only one singing country music on national TV every week. He's one of my heroes and always will be."
And it was "Rose Garden" that sealed her country music legacy, earning her a Grammy and Country Music Association's female vocalist of the year award in 1971.
"It was popular because it touched on emotions," she told the AP. "It was perfectly timed. It was out just as we came out of the Vietnam years and a lot of people were trying to recover.
"This song stated that you can make something out of nothing. You take it and go ahead. It fit me well and I'll be proud to be connected to it until I die."
She made television appearances with such stars as Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby, John Wayne and Tom Jones and she performed for presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan. She was also in episodes of the TV show "Starsky and Hutch" and in the 1982 TV movie "Country Gold."
Anderson's other hits included, "Rocky Top," ''You're My Man," ''How Can I Unlove You," ''What a Man, My Man Is" and "Top of the World" (also recorded by the Carpenters).
She returned briefly to the country Top 10 with a Gary Morris duet in 1983, "You're Welcome to Tonight."
She was born Sept. 26, 1947, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, but raised in Sacramento, California. The daughter of country songwriters Casey and Liz Anderson, she started performing at the age of 6.
Anderson was an award-winning equestrian as a teenager, voted California Horse Show Queen in 1966.
She is survived by her father, her partner Mentor Williams and her children, Lisa Sutton, Melissa Hempel and Gray Stream.
DETROIT --An Ohio company is recalling about 90,000 SUV tires because the tread can separate, causing a loss of air and increasing the risk of a crash.
The recall covers certain 15- and 16-inch Hercules Tire & Rubber Co. All Trac A/T tires made from June of 2008 to May of 2010.
The Findlay, Ohio, company says in documents filed with U.S. safety regulators that dealers will replace the tires with a newer version that has a full nylon cap. The recalled tires have a partial nylon cap.
The recall was to start this month. It was unclear if there have been any crashes or injuries. The company said in a statement that it's committed to working with customers through the recall.
The recall came after an attorney notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the Hercules tires were similar in design and construction to other tires that had been recalled by distributor ITG Voma. The safety agency then began investigating.
ITG Voma had received complaints of tread separation while the tires were in use and recalled its tires last October. The Hercules tires were manufactured by the same company, Shandong Yongsheng Rubber Group of China.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. --The governor of California on Thursday allowed parole for one of three men convicted in the 1976 kidnapping of 26 children and their school bus driver who were held captive in a buried trailer.
Gov. Jerry Brown had until midnight Thursday to decide whether to approve parole for 63-year-old James Schoenfeld or send the case back to the board that recommended his release. The governor chose not to act, which allowed the parole board's decision to stand.
Schoenfeld, his brother, Richard, and a friend, Fred Woods - all from wealthy families in the San Francisco Bay Area - were convicted in 1976.
The men spent 18 months devising the plot and planned to ask for a $5 million ransom for the children, who ranged in age from 5 to 14.
The hostages were taken from Chowchilla to a quarry near Livermore and kept inside the ventilated trailer stocked with mattresses, food and water.
The scheme unraveled when the Dairyland Union School District students and bus driver Ed Ray escaped while the kidnappers took a nap.
The three men were given life sentences after pleading guilty to kidnapping charges. An appeals court later reduced their sentences to life with the possibility of parole.
James Schoenfeld is serving his sentence at California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo. Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Luis Patino says once the prison is notified of the decision, it will have five days to schedule Schoenfeld's release.
His brother, Richard Schoenfeld, was paroled in 2012. Woods could have a parole hearing this fall.
Check it out, Augusto and the downtown maintenance crew, have been installing, these new bench's and bike racks.
Porky, these guys do a great job, and this one is located at W.Second St and Parcels St.
And this one here on E. Third St. and Locust St. And under this tree is a great place for one.
People can come and take their lunch break here or just people watch, like we like to do.
And this one on the corner of W. Third St. and Main St..
The downtown maintenance crew are always making improvements, to make things pleasant and comfortable for our visitors.
Hats off to another great job.
We don't wear hats.
Well if we did, we would, pretend Dee O Gee, pretend.
Oh, yeah right, OK.
Fifth Annual Manly Men Of Opera
Sunday, August 16 at 5 pm
This is a dinner concert.
Tickets are $40 each. $320 for a table of 8.
This event will sell out. Buy your tickets now.
at First Christian Church of Pomona
1751 N. Park Ave,
Pomona, CA 91768
Click here for tickets
or call (909) 230-4949
Pomona, CA 91768
Click here for tickets
or call (909) 230-4949
Aug 08, 2015 - 09, 2015
Reptile Super ShowLocation: Expo Hall 9
Welcome to the world's largest reptile show with rare & unique animals including lizards, turtles, frogs, supplies and more
Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
$14 adults and $9 for ages 12 & under
Parking $10 at Gate 9 on White Ave.
Please leave your pets at home
Tickets are sold at the door
Visit for more information
Aug 01, 2015 - 02, 2015
HARD Summer Music FestivalLocation: Fairplex campus
HARD Summer Music Festival is back at Fairplex
Concert begins both days at 11 a.m.
Open to adults ages 18 and up (must be 21 to consume alcohol)
Parking is $20 at Gate 9 on White Ave. & Gate 17 on Fairplex Dr.
Parking gates & box office open at 9 a.m.; entrance gates open at 11 a.m.
All drop-offs, Uber & taxis go to Gate 9 on White Ave.
Visit the website for more information and tickets
SAN FRANCISCO --CVS Health Corp. deliberately overcharged some pharmacy customers for generic drugs by submitting claims to their insurance companies at inflated prices, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in San Francisco.
The suit says those inflated prices led to higher co-pays for customers that exceeded what they would have paid for the drugs if they had no insurance and participated in a CVS discount program.
"We've seen people who pay $20 for a 30-day supply as their copayments on a drug that was $11.99 for a 90-day supply had they been in the (discount program)," said Kristen Broz, an attorney with Hausfeld, the firm that filed the suit.
The lawsuit seeks class-action status, a court order prohibiting CVS from engaging in the behavior, and unspecified damages.
Broz estimated that hundreds of thousands of people may have been affected since 2008.
CVS Health spokesman Michael DeAngelis said the Rhode Island-based company had not been served with the lawsuit, so it couldn't comment on it. He said co-pays are determined by a patient's prescription coverage plan and added that a similar suit in Massachusetts was dismissed.
At issue in the lawsuit is CVS's "Health Savings Pass" program, which offers discounts to customers who do not have insurance or choose not to use insurance on hundreds of generic prescription drugs, including generic versions of the antibiotic Penicillin and the antidepressant Prozac, according to the suit.
Instead of presenting insurance companies with that discounted price, CVS reported the higher price that a normal retail customer not in the Health Savings Pass would pay, the lawsuit alleges.
Customers were then charged co-pays according to those higher prices.
"Not only was the HSP program a means by which CVS could maintain and increase its market share by fending off discounted prices from its competitors, but importantly, CVS also intended that the HSP program would serve as a mechanism to hide CVS's true usual and customary prices from third-party payors," the lawsuit says.
We invite all veterans to join in, meet other veterans from the area and share whatever is on your mind. Planes of Fame Executive Director Jerry Wilkins will host, complimentary refreshments will be served and museum admission is waived for attending veterans and their guests. The Kilroy Coffee Klatch will be held in the Maloney hangar at Planes of Fame Air Museum from 9-10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Planes of Fame is honored to serve as a venue for our veterans to gather. We hope this monthly meeting will provide an enjoyable and meaningful exchange of ideas for our veterans. Kilroy image courtesy of Patrick Tillery.
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July 31, 2015 – NATIONAL MUTT DAY – NATIONAL RASPBERRY CAKE DAY – NATIONAL SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR APPRECIATION DAY – NATIONAL TALK IN AN ELEVATOR DAY
Each year on July 31st and December 2nd, National Mutt Day is celebrated across the United States. This day was created as a day to embrace, save and celebrate mixed breed dogs.
Desperately longing for a new home, there are millions of loving and healthy mixed breed dogs, in shelters across the United States, awaiting for someone to come and adopt them.
For more information regarding National Mutt Day, see: http://www.nationalmuttday.com/CELEBRATE
Visit a dog shelter. If you are unable to adopt a dog, you can always volunteer. Post on social media using #NationalMuttDay and encourage others to join in.
National Mutt Day, an “unofficial” national holiday was created in 2005 by Celebrity Pet Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige. This day is celebrated on both December 2 and July 31 of each year.
NATIONAL RASPBERRY CAKE DAY
National Raspberry Cake Day is jubilantly celebrated each year on July 31. Raspberry cake is a cool and refreshing dessert that is a summer time favorite around the United States.
Raspberries are the edible fruit of a multitude of plant species in the genus Rubus of the rose family. The name also applies to the plants themselves.
- Raspberries are woody stemmed perennials.
- Raspberries are widely grown in all temperate regions of the World.
- Raspberries are a very important commercial fruit crop.
- At one time, raspberries were a midsummer crop, however with new technology, cultivars and transportation,
they can now be obtained year-round.
- An individual raspberry weighs 0.11 – 0.18 oz.
- An individual raspberry is made up of about 100 drupelets.
- One raspberry bush can yield several hundred berries a year.
- A raspberry has a hollow core once it is removed from the receptacle.
- Raspberries are a rich source of vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber.
- Raspberries contain vitamin B1, vitamin B3, folic acid, magnesium, copper and iron.
Enjoy the following “tried and true” Raspberry Cake recipe and share it with your friends and family!
Post on social media using #RaspberryCakeDay and encourage others to join in.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Raspberry Cake Day, an “unofficial” national holiday
NATIONAL SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR APPRECIATION DAY
Each year, on the last Friday in July, it is National System Administrator Appreciation Day. This day is also known as Sysadmin Day, SysAdminDay, SAD or SAAD.
National System Administrator Appreciation Day was created to show appreciation for the work of sysadmins and other IT workers. The official SysAdmin Day website includes suggestions for the proper observation of this day. http://sysadminday.com/
There are some geek and Internet culture businesses, like ThinkGeek and CafePress, that honor this holiday with special product offerings, discounts and contests and various folk songs have been written to commemorate System Administrator Day. E-cards are available to be sent to celebrate this special occasion.
This holiday has been recognized and has been promoted by many IT professional organizations, the League of Professional System Administrators and Sage/Usenix.
Thank a system administrator that has helped you out. Post on social media using #SysAdminDay and encourage others to join in.
National System Administrator Appreciation Day, an “unofficial” national holiday was created by Ted Kekatos. Kekatos was inspired by a Hewlett-Packard magazine advertisement in which a system administrator was given flowers and fruit-baskets by grateful co-workers as a ‘thank-you’ for installing new printers. Prior to seeing this advertisement, Kekatos had just installed several of the same model of printers at his place of work. The first System Administrator Appreciation Day was celebrated on July 28, 2000.
NATIONAL TALK IN AN ELEVATOR DAYNational Talk In An Elevator Day is observed annually on the last Friday in July. This day encourages people to make conversation while riding in an elevator. Most of us use this time to check our smart devices for email, messages, appointments and other notifications. Take a break and meet someone new while riding in an elevator.
Post on social media using #TalkInAnElevatorDay and encourage others to join in.
The origins of National Talk In An Elevator Day, an “unofficial” National Day, is currently being researched.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
SACRAMENTO, Calif. --Water use in California fell by 27 percent in June, passing the conservation target set by Gov. Jerry Brown during the drought, regulators said Thursday.
Data released by the State Water Resources Control Board shows 265 out of 411 local agencies hit or nearly reached savings targets.
The savings came during the hottest June on record, which would normally lead to an uptick in water use. Prior savings have occurred during unusually wet months
The report confirms figures previously released by California's largest cities, including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco, showing strong water conservation.
The agencies that met or came within 1 percent of their mandatory water conservation target serve 27 million Californians.
"The June numbers tell a story of conscious conservation, and that's what we need and are applauding today," said Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of the water board. "We need to save as much as possible. That is water essentially in the bank for a future dry year or more."
Brown previously ordered an overall 25 percent reduction in urban water use compared to 2013 levels. His administration gave each community nine months to hit assigned conservation targets as high as 36 percent.
The water board says it will contact every agency that didn't come close to its targets and ask for more information about what it's doing to conserve. The worst performers will be told to ramp up water waste enforcement or limit the number of days residents can water lawns.
Water waste enforcement also shot up drastically in June. Agencies issued more than 9,500 penalties compared to about 1,900 in May.
June was the month conservation went from a polite request to a demand by the governor to let lawns go brown, take shorter showers and implement other measures. Programs in Southern California offering millions of dollars to residents who rip out lawns have been exhausted.
State regulators assigned conservation targets between 8 and 36 percent. Water savings are compared to 2013, the year before Brown declared a drought emergency.
Meteorologists say a wet California winter is increasingly likely as a strong El Nino condition builds in the Pacific Ocean, although it's unclear if it will be a drought-buster.
So Porky, how long did Ren say we should stay out here?
Well, until we get a story, for the website.
OK Porky, I think this is long enough, and I'm getting hungry.
Yeah me too, let's go get something to eat before we go home.
I have no money Porky.
That's OK, I got some money from Ren's change bottle.
Why not, let's go.
OGUNQUIT, Maine (KABC) --Valerie Harper has been hospitalized as a precaution after reporting that she was not feeling well, Ogunquit Playhouse posted on its Facebook page.
The 75-year-old actress, who has battled cancer, was taken to a local hospital on Wednesday before the evening performance of "Nice Work If You Can Get It."
Ogunquit Playhouse said Harper is "resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital for observation for the time being."
Bradford Kenney, executive artistic director, says the playhouse and its audiences are encouraged that she's feeling better.
Harper has been performing in the production as Millicent Winter, along with Sally Struthers as Duchess Estonia Dulworth.
Harper has had a number of roles on Broadway, the big screen and TV. She's well known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Stop in to your local A&W Restaurant anytime between 2 p.m. and store closing.
As National Root Beer Float Day approaches, we want to honor our company's roots by continuing to provide support in the homecoming of our service members. So we ask you to join us on August 6th as we celebrate National Root Beer Float Day at A&W Restaurants across the U.S.
Stop in to your local A&W anytime between 2 p.m. and store closing (times will vary) for a FREE small A&W Root Beer Float*. As a part of the celebration, we will be collecting donations to honor and empower wounded warriors across the country through Wounded Warrior Project.