Monday morning report, May 23

Five things to know this Monday morning: 

1.) I always thought the empty Neil's Stationers store at Firestone and La Reina would have made a cool bookstore. Or maybe a hipster wine bar or tapas restaurant or dance studio.

Imagine if this was a newspaper office, and you could peer inside the windows and see local journalists furiously working against deadline on that week's newspaper? That would have been cool. (It's easy to spend other people's money lol)

Instead it will be a mattress store.


2.) A bus carrying 22 members of a Downey church overturned on Highway 330 yesterday near Big Bear. There were several serious injuries but everyone is expected to survive. 

From the San Bernardino Sun

More than 200 women from Iglesia de Cristo Ministerios Llamada Final were traveling in five or six buses from an annual retreat meeting in the San Bernardino Mountains, said Robert Acosta, the assistant to the senior pastor.

“At one point, there was contact between the front of the 2000 El Dorado bus and the rear of a 2013 Nissan Versa before the bus overturned at 2:11 p.m.,” CHP spokesman Juan Quintero said.

Of the bus passengers wounded, six suffered major but non life-threatening injures, Quintero said. No one in the Versa was injured.

Several of the first responders said they smelled the distinct odor of overheated brakes when they first arrived on scene, but Quintero said it’s too early in the investigation to say what caused the crash.


3.) Chick-Fil-A is hiring workers available mornings and afternoons. Apply at the restaurant. 


4.) The Downey Relay for Life raised nearly $80,000 this past weekend in the fight against cancer. 


5.) Three suspects wanted as part of a potential murder investigation in San Bernardino were arrested last Friday after a police pursuit that ended in Downey. 

From Cerritos-Artesia Patch

"The pursuit was triggered before 1 a.m., when a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy patrolling near Sixth Street and Sterling Avenue -- on the border between San Bernardino and Highland -- saw some people in a field "trying to light something on fire" and stopped to investigate..."

Two juveniles got out of the fleeing SUV during the chase and were taken into custody. 

The driver, identified as Highland resident Enrique Jimenez, eventually exited the 105 Freeway at Lakewood Boulevard and stopped on Orizaba Avenue, just north of Golden Avenue, where he was arrested.

"According to Lawhead, when investigators went back to Sixth Street and Sterling Avenue, they found the burned body," according to Patch. "Information was not immediately available on the man's identity or cause of death."