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On Tuesday, November 14, at approximately 9:30am, two suspects approached the front door of a home in the 600 block of East Elm Street. They knocked on the front door and when it was opened by the homeowner, the two identified themselves a probation officers. They even flashed a badge as they pushed their way through thefront door. Once inside, one of the suspects, later identified as Jonathan Cline pointed a gun at one of the victims and demanded to know where the safe was.

The Ontario Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on November 17, 2017 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.   

In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes.  The Ontario Police department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.”  If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI.  Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

Thirty years after the teenagers body was discovered in a vacant Ontario house, police have identified the victim as Joseph Pace of Ontario. Pace was just 18-years-old when he was murdered in 1986.

On August 21st 1986, Police were called to the abandoned house in the 1600 block of East Holt Blvd. The small house sat to the rear of The Branding Iron Restaurant & Bar. Inside a bedroom lie the nude, decomposing body of a young man whose age was estimated at the time to be between 17 and 21 years old. They also estimate that his body had been lying there for approximately a week.

They left during the middle of the night - often carrying little more than the knowledge that moss grows on the north side of trees. An estimated 100,000 slaves between 1830 and the end of the Civil War in 1865 chose to embark on this journey in search of freedom. They moved in constant fear of being killed or recaptured, returned, and beaten as an example of what would happen to others who might choose to run. Under the cover of darkness, “fugitives” traveled roughly twenty miles each night traversing rugged terrain while enduring all the hardships that Mother Nature could bring to bear. Occasionally, they were guided from one secret, safe location to the next by an ever-changing, clandestine group known as the Underground Railroad. Many consider the Underground Railroad to be the first great freedom movement in the Americas and the first time when people of different races and faiths worked together in harmony for freedom and justice. Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad opens Thursday, November 30, 2017 and runs through to Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Ontario Museum of History & Art.

On October 18, 2017, the California Transportation Commission approved $1,278,000 in Active Transportation Program (ATP) funds for the City of Ontario.  This grant will help pay for pedestrian improvements, such as missing sidewalks, handicap ramps and enhanced crosswalks around Sultana Elementary and De Anza Middle Schools.  

The Ontario Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on November 3, 2017 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

On Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 6:56 a.m., a major traffic collision occurred when a gray Chevy truck struck a 12-year-old child at the intersection of Grove Ave and G Street.

Join the Ontario Museum of History & Art on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from Noon to 4 PM for the free event, Family Discovery Day: Día de los Muertos. Celebrate Día de los Muertos through free art workshops, live performances, a photo backdrop and face painting for the whole family! 

During the month of November, Ontario Police personnel will be growing beards to raise money and awareness to fight cancer. Traditional grooming standards regarding facial hair are being relaxed so employees can participate in the month long No-Shave November. 

Ontario Police Department has been awarded a $765,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. Ontario Police Department will use the funding as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.

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