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December 13, 2006 | Suzanne Muchnic, Times Staff Writer
Wurms Janitorial Service will not go quietly. The shabby old building on downtown Riverside's historic pedestrian mall will be knocked down by a bulldozer at 7:30 p.m. Saturday amid a cacophony of falling bricks, stucco, wood and metal. That's what happens to eyesores when their upscale neighbors are slated for renovation. The Wurms building clings to one side of the former Rouse department store.
November 25, 2006 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
Taking their cue from Rockefeller Center, Riverside city officials opened an outdoor ice skating rink and lighted 2 million Christmas lights downtown Friday evening at the start of its annual Festival of Lights celebration. Carolers sang and vendors hawked roasted chestnuts, cocoa and eggnog. This year's beefed-up festival, which runs nightly through Jan. 1, replaced the county fair-style summer Orange Blossom Festival as the city's signature event.
October 20, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police officers shot and killed a 34-year-old man early Thursday after he attacked one of them during a traffic stop, authorities said. The man's name was not released, and it was not clear why he was stopped. After obeying orders to get out of his car in the 5800 block of Babb Avenue, the man turned and threw one of the officers to the ground and assaulted him, said Steve Frasher, a spokesman for the Riverside Police Department. Police are investigating whether the suspect was armed.
October 20, 2006 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
Riverside has signed a deal with telecommunications giant AT&T to offer all city residents free wireless Internet access -- a move city leaders hope will help transform Riverside into a more business-friendly, tech-savvy city. Riverside is the latest city -- others include Philadelphia and Anaheim -- to embrace a nationwide trend of creating citywide wireless internet access for residents and businesses.
September 14, 2006 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
An appeals court Wednesday removed a federal judge in Los Angeles from a wrongful conviction lawsuit, ruling that U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson's impartiality in handling the case "might be questioned." The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals acted the same day Anderson declared a mistrial after the jury deadlocked over Herman Atkins' damages claim. The case will be retried before another judge.
August 31, 2006 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
When a thief ripped off two surveillance cameras outside a Riverside dentist's office last week, he appeared to make a clean getaway. His pudgy, mustached face also appeared live, on camera, while he was taking them down. Riverside police nabbed Charles Posvar, 35, this week after more than a dozen tipsters identified him from the camera footage, which was recorded inside the dentist's office and later broadcast throughout Southern California on news programs.
August 2, 2006 | Lynn Doan, Times Staff Writer
Carpooling commuters will enjoy a smoother ride between Moreno Valley and Los Angeles County when transportation officials complete a series of carpool lanes and bridges on the 60 Freeway. A $317-million Caltrans project, to be completed late next year, will add carpool lanes to the 60 Freeway between Interstate 215 and the 91 Freeway.
July 21, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A Riverside man whose truck was struck by a Metrolink train has died, officials said Thursday. Joshua Allen Freeman, 19, died Wednesday after a commuter train slammed into the driver's side of his pickup on the tracks at the Jurupa Avenue crossing, according to a Riverside County coroner's report. The Los Angeles-bound train hit the pickup at 6:25 a.m. and pushed it more than 2,000 feet, authorities said. None of the 98 passengers and two crew members aboard the train was hurt.
July 20, 2006 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles-bound commuter train slammed into a truck early Wednesday in Riverside, leaving the driver hospitalized and slowing Metrolink service, officials said. The Toyota pickup, which had stopped on the tracks, became wedged under the front of Metrolink train No. 405 at 6:25 a.m. The vehicle was pushed more than 2,000 feet before the train slowed to a stop, said Steven Frasher, spokesman for the Riverside Police Department.
July 7, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police were investigating the death Thursday of an elderly woman who was struck by a freight train near the intersection of Dewey and Palm avenues just before 1:30 a.m. The train engineer sounded the train's horn and applied the brakes but could not stop in time, police said. Evidence at the scene and inside the victim's vehicle, which was parked near the tracks, suggested the woman committed suicide, police said. The woman's name was withheld pending notification of relatives.
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