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Never Forget: Terrorist Attack in San Bernardino 8 Years Ago

Issue #020

In This Issue of the CucamongaConnect Newsletter

🌧️ Today’s Weather

🥲 Never Forget: Terrorist Attack in San Bernardino 8 Years Ago

🚨 Gang-Related Shootings in Fontana Result in Three Deaths, Suspect in Custody

🤔 Hometown Trivia - How Much Do You Know About The City?

🎉 Things To Do

🔦 Local Business Highlight

Never Forget:
Terrorist Attack in San Bernardino 8 Years Ago

Saturday marks the eighth anniversary of the Dec. 2, 2015, terrorist attack in San Bernardino. On that day, 14 people were taken from us, including 13 County Environmental Health and Public Health employees. Many more were wounded, physically and emotionally.

The County government family will always remember these 14 souls. The public is invited to join us in observing a moment of remembrance at 10:55 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, on the County’s Facebook, X, and Instagram platforms.

Please watch this video to remember those who were taken from us. Flags at all County facilities will be flown at half-mast today, Friday, Dec. 1 until sunset on Monday, Dec. 4. The County invites those who fly an American flag at home or their place of work to also lower their flags during this time.

The public is also invited to visit the Curtain of Courage Memorial, which is located on the east side of the County Government Center at 385 N. Arrowhead Ave. in San Bernardino. This memorial serves to forever honor those who were taken from us, the survivors, and first responders from that tragic day.

Resources are available to help those experiencing trauma due to the events of Dec. 2, 2015.

Farewell to Beloved Bears: Big Bear Alpine Zoo Mourns Huck and Zuni

The Big Bear Alpine Zoo has recently experienced a profound loss with the passing of two cherished black bears, Huckleberry (Huck) and Zuni. These beloved animals were integral members of the zoo family and their absence will be deeply felt.

Huck, who lived a remarkable life despite his disability, faced increasing challenges in his later years. Having survived on three legs for nearly his entire life, Huck endured strain in his hips and joints, compounded by other age-related ailments. At the age of 21, well beyond the typical lifespan of 15 to 20 years for wild bears, the zoo made the compassionate decision to humanely euthanize him. Huck's journey began in 2002 when, as a young cub, he was severely injured by a car. Despite the odds and after losing a front leg, he thrived at the zoo, growing to a robust 450 pounds and becoming a favorite among visitors and staff.

Zuni's story was equally touching. Battling thyroid issues for years, his health saw a rapid decline recently. After thorough examinations and consultations, the zoo's veterinary team concluded that euthanasia was the kindest option. Zuni had been rescued as a young cub from a watermelon patch in Hinkley and had grown into a strong and beloved bear at the zoo.

The decisions to euthanize Huck and Zuni were made with heavy hearts, guided by the zoo's commitment to the welfare of its animals. Both bears served as ambassadors for their species, educating and delighting visitors. They were given a second chance at life at the zoo and surpassed the lifespans of their wild counterparts.

As the zoo community mourns Huck and Zuni, they also celebrate the nearly two decades of life shared with these magnificent bears. The focus now turns to providing extra care and love to the remaining black bears, Holly, Pooh, and Eleanor, who are also feeling the loss. While their passing brings sorrow, the zoo cherishes the memories and the joy they brought to so many.

Gang-Related Shootings in Fontana Result in Three Deaths, Suspect in Custody

A man is facing charges in connection with a series of shootings in Fontana and Jurupa Valley over the weekend. The accused, Louis Peter Hernandez III, pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder.

Hernandez, 41, identified as an alleged gang member, is accused of a violent spree that began on Saturday in Fontana, where he allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend and another man. The following day, in Riverside County, he is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend. During his court appearance in Superior Court in Rancho Cucamonga, Hernandez also denied allegations related to the use of a firearm causing serious injury. Judge Joni I. Sinclair ruled that Hernandez be held without bail, with his next court date set for December 4.

The motives behind the shootings have not been disclosed.

The initial incident occurred early Saturday morning in Fontana, where police discovered two victims at a residence on Eastwind Avenue. Romaldo De La Rosa, 54, from Colton, was found fatally shot on the first floor, and Angelina Urbano, 26, from San Bernardino, was found upstairs with a critical gunshot wound. Urbano succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday, as confirmed by the District Attorney’s Office.

On Sunday morning, the California Highway Patrol responded to a report of a shooting at a Park and Ride near Etiwanda Avenue and Mission Boulevard in Jurupa Valley. There, they found Dianna Couer, identified as Hernandez's ex-girlfriend, deceased in her vehicle. Another man, shot by Hernandez following a confrontation, was found injured but expected to survive.

Following the shooting, Hernandez reportedly jumped into the back of a pickup truck at a nearby traffic light. The driver, unaware of Hernandez's actions and armed status, was reportedly terrified as he drove away with Hernandez in the truck bed. The journey ended in Ontario, where Hernandez exited the vehicle, and the driver promptly called 911. Ontario police subsequently arrested Hernandez, recovering a firearm believed to be used in the shootings.

The District Attorney’s Office noted that Hernandez, a felon on probation with a history of violent offenses, may face additional charges related to the Jurupa Valley shooting survivor. The triple-homicide case, given its severity and Hernandez's prior felonies, could potentially lead to the death penalty.

The California Highway Patrol is seeking information from the public regarding the Park and Ride shootings and can be contacted at 951-637-8000.

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Come hither, on the joyous day of December 10th, from the hours of 2PM to 5PM, and partake in our 3rd Annual Santa Paws Adoption Extravaganza. Behold! The grandest of guests, Santa Claus himself, graces us with his presence. Prepare your four-legged companions for a free festive photo session, capturing your furry friend's irresistible charm with Santa! Experience the warmth of your heart, as we showcase the most deserving of pets, where adoption fees will be waived for these select few. But that's not all - witness the raffle of the century, with prizes beyond your wildest dreams. Shop with ease at our holiday boutique and peruse our famed Adopt a Plant booth. Satisfy your cravings with our delectable bake sale, knowing that all proceeds will benefit our beloved homeless pets.

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