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March 18, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Thieves broke into the historic Fox Theater this month and stole chandeliers and tiles valued at $251,000, according to city officials. Officials believe the thieves entered through a pried-open side door on an alley off Market Street between March 9 and Monday and stole three Spanish-style chandeliers from the main auditorium, 300 handmade 1920s-era Spanish tiles from a stairway and 85 additional tiles from the basement.
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November 17, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
The California Energy Commission on Tuesday recommended approval of a $75-million power plant for Riverside's city utility. The 96-megawatt plant would help meet the city's peak and emergency needs, said David Wright, interim director of Riverside Public Utilities, in a written statement. The recommendation will be final after a 30-day comment period. The utility still needs clearances from city planners and state water, wildlife and air-quality officials.
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August 17, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
Darryl Joseph Tavie, the first Riverside County defendant to stand trial after being identified through DNA tests in the state Department of Justice's so-called Cold Hit program, was convicted Monday of rape, robbery, and kidnapping to commit rape and robbery for his role in a 1997 incident in Riverside.
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August 17, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
The son of a former Norco mayor was shot and killed Sunday in the La Sierra section of Riverside. Johnny Casper Jr. died at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Riverside after several shots were fired during a dispute in the 11200 block of Cypress Avenue. Casper's father, John, served as Norco mayor in the late 1980s, a city official said. The victim's brother-in-law tried to intervene in the dispute and also was shot. He was in critical but stable condition Monday.
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August 5, 2004 | Regine Labossiere, Times Staff Writer
The bronze plaque tells the tale: "The most valuable fruit introduction yet made by the United States Department of Agriculture." And there, at Magnolia and Arlington avenues in Riverside, stands the last of California's original Washington navel orange trees, enclosed by an iron fence, looming over the plaque in the summer sun.
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July 29, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Federal officials arrested two men for allegedly smuggling illegal immigrants into the U.S. after Riverside police officers on Tuesday discovered a "drop house" with 60 immigrants packed inside. A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official said the suspects, identified only as nationals from Mexico and El Salvador, were spotted outside the Pleasant Street house in Riverside and appeared to be serving as lookouts.
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May 18, 2004 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
With the memory of deadly wildfires still fresh, Riverside voters overwhelmingly approved a $20-million bond in November to replace four fire stations and other facilities. But it now appears the measure will pay for only three stations, and City Council members are fuming. Today the council will consider stopping all design work on the stations and referring the matter to a council committee to figure out what to do next. "When we sold the bond, we said four fire stations.
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May 11, 2004 | Sandra Murillo, Times Staff Writer
Thousands of people were evacuated Monday and a five-mile stretch of freeway was shut down for more than seven hours after a construction crew punctured a 12-inch natural gas pipeline near UC Riverside. Authorities feared a fire or an explosion and quickly evacuated about one square mile after the 4:30 p.m. accident. The evacuation was expanded late Monday night because natural gas has a tendency to lay down in cooler temperatures, said Fire Department spokesman Tedd Laycock.
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April 16, 2004 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
A man was attacked and killed Thursday behind a Wal-Mart in Riverside, police said. Riverside police found the unidentified man shortly before noon while investigating a report of a man with a gun near the store in the 2600 block of Canyon Springs Parkway, said Felix Medina, a police spokesman. The man was found lying on the pavement near the truck loading area behind the store, he said. Although there was blood, there was no evidence that he had been shot, Medina said.
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