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February 19, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
An early-morning fire destroyed the interior of the Brethren of Christ Church on Wednesday, causing about $100,000 in damage to the 1960s-era structure, investigators said. Pastor Scot Zagol said he was called to the church about 1:45 a.m. after a burglar alarm went off, and had just returned home when he received a second alarm call. By the time he got back to the church, about 2 a.m., he said, "the place was ablaze."
September 14, 2005 | From Times Staff Reports
Mexican law enforcement authorities Tuesday found a 14-year-old girl abducted from Ontario High School last week. Ontario police said the girl called detectives Tuesday afternoon from the airport in Morelia in Michoacan, Mexico, telling them that her suspected abductor, Elias Flores Martinez, 28, was in the restroom. Officers with the Mexican Agency of Federal Investigation found the girl and reported her in good condition. Martinez remains at large, police said.
April 28, 2007 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
It's hard to imagine a metropolis here. Not far from 13 pristine model homes, some with bathrooms the size of studio apartments, cows munch hay near a potholed two-lane road. There's a stench of manure in the air. City planners can see it: a tree-filled city-within-a-city crowded with playgrounds, business parks, lakes and shops, more than 30,000 houses on 8,200 acres of former pastureland.
May 29, 2003 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
An Ontario man who allegedly overdosed on methamphetamine early Wednesday morning stopped breathing and died after four police officers handcuffed him and were holding him down, authorities said. Police said Jesse Martinez, 29, was running in the street and screaming when rescue personnel arrived. When he became unruly, officers restrained him and he stopped breathing a short time later, police said. Attempts by paramedics to revive Martinez were unsuccessful.
August 11, 2004 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Police seeking a suspect in the Saturday slaying of a 23-year-old Oklahoma City woman are looking for the man's yellow Peterbilt tractor trailer with the Tasmanian Devil cartoon character on both sides. The truck was seen Monday at an Ontario truck stop, authorities said. The tractor was pulling a flat-bed trailer loaded with fabricated iron roofing trusses, which are believed to have been delivered in the Inland Empire.
May 30, 2003 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
The San Bernardino County coroner's office on Thursday announced that physical trauma did not cause the death of Jesse Martinez, a 29-year-old Ontario man who died while wrestling with police officers after he allegedly overdosed on methamphetamine. Martinez was pronounced dead Wednesday morning at Chino Valley Medical Center after being handcuffed and becoming combative with four Ontario police officers. The officers tried to control him by holding his arms and legs.
March 14, 2008 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
Citing health and safety concerns, the city of Ontario next week will dramatically reduce the size of a homeless encampment known as Tent City by expelling those residents who cannot prove clear ties to the city. Starting Monday, anyone who can't provide documents showing they once lived in Ontario will be given a bus or taxi ride back to where they came from. The homeless will be fitted with color-coded bands around their arms or wrists that will designate their status.
October 27, 2004 | Hugo Martin, Times Staff Writer
A lawsuit accuses Ontario's city manager of violating the state's open-meeting law by conferring individually with four of the five council members a few days before the council's biweekly meetings to discuss city issues. The suit, filed Friday in San Bernardino County Superior Court by Ontario resident and political activist Paul Neifert, says the regular private meetings with City Manager Greg Devereaux are "serial meetings" that violate the Ralph M. Brown Act.
October 19, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
A man threatening to jump off the interchange of Interstate 15 and the San Bernardino Freeway in Ontario created a major rush-hour traffic jam Monday afternoon after authorities temporarily halted traffic. Police said a 41-year-old Monrovia man stopped his Nissan Maxima on the interchange at 1:55 p.m., and at times dangled his legs off the highest part of the overpass, said David McBride, an Ontario police spokesman.
March 10, 2005 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
Six empty freight cars derailed near Ontario on Wednesday, shutting down early morning traffic along a major thoroughfare for about six hours until the cars were righted. The Union Pacific cars, which had unloaded a shipment of vehicles at the Mira Loma Auto Facility, derailed about 1:45 a.m. in the same area as they were being maneuvered by a locomotive to form a new train. Some of the cars derailed on an overpass above Etiwanda Avenue, prompting its precautionary closure.
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