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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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September 16, 2004 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
A Riverside man working for a U.S. government contractor in Afghanistan was carrying Soviet military explosives on an airplane that landed in New York, authorities said. Shaun Louis Marshall, 26, who is free on a $25,000 bond, has been charged with five counts of transporting explosives and ammunition on an airplane, according to an indictment filed by the U.S. attorney's office. He will be arraigned Friday in federal court in Brooklyn and, if convicted, could face 20 years in prison.
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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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July 27, 2004 | Matthew Lopas, Times Staff Writer
Local protesters are revving up for a demonstration outside Vice President Dick Cheney's fundraising dinner in Riverside on Tuesday, but authorities are not expecting a major disruption. Cheney is scheduled to speak at a $1,000-per-plate dinner for Republican senatorial candidate Bill Jones at the Mission Inn.
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June 16, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
A newly elected Riverside city councilman's motion to cut funding for the Riverside Community Police Review Commission did not receive the support of any other council member during a budget meeting Tuesday. The independent civilian panel, created after the December 1998 Tyisha Miller shooting, will continue operating with a budget of $300,000. Councilman Art Gage, who accepted $11,000 in campaign donations from Riverside Police Officers' Assn. proposed the funding cut. Mayor Ronald O.
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