By Allen David
Several attendees at the Riverside Community Review Commission meeting criticize an episode at the Riverside City Council meeting 24 hours before, when Riverside police handcuffed 60-year-old Karen Wright, led her from council chambers and wrote her a citation for a misdemeanor after she exceeded her allotted three minutes of public comment. Council speakers regularly exceed the three-minute limit, but few, if any, have been handcuffed or arrested. Wright was commenting on a sludge-hauling contract. One of two police officers who provide security at meetings was leading her away when she stopped.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25
U.S. Army Sgt. Clinton Keith Ruiz, a 22-year-old—born in Poway, moved to Murrieta—with a wife and 14-month-old son, is killed in combat in Afghanistan. Ruiz’s unit is attacked in Khas Uruzgan, in Oruzgan Province, and Ruiz is killed by small arms fire. Ruiz enlisted in the Army a little more than three years ago—May 2009—as a psychological operations specialist. He completed basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. in August 2009 and the Basic Airborne School at Ft. Benning, Ga. in October 2009. He later attended the Psychological Operations Advanced Individual Training and Korean Language School at Ft. Bragg, where he graduated August 2010. The Alpha Company where Ruiz was assigned was deployed to Afghanistan in September of this year. Ruiz had already been awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghan Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Parachutist Badge. Now he’ll get whatever they give you when you give your life.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
After listening to a victim impact statement from the 24-year-old waitress who was raped in April by Westminster police officer Nicholas Orban as she left her job at the Dave & Busters in the Ontario Mills mall, court records show that San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Shahla S. Sabet had planned to sentence Orban to 82 years to life in prison, plus 95 additional years. But hours before this morning’s sentencing hearing, Orban converts the sentence to eternity, committing suicide in jail by hanging himself. When attorneys and family members arrive in court, sheriff’s officials inform them that Orban is deceased, found dead by sheriff’s deputies in his single-person cell shortly before 3 a.m. Orban had argued at trial that he was under the influence of the anti-depressant Zoloft when the crime was committed, but a jury found him guilty of eight felonies.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
After USC falls behind Arizona, 10-0, but recovers to take a 28-13 lead early in the third quarter, I pronounce the game boring and turn off the TV to read an Edith Wharton novel—Summer,’ a truly delightful tale, which I recommend . . . especially to anyone who does not like to watch USC play without good coaching, good discipline and good sportsmanship and play itself out of any chance for a national championship by losing to an outmanned opponent, 39-36. I don’t like to watch such things, but would have liked to have seen this thing because I don’t like USC football coach Lane Kiffin even more. Kiffin’s personality and deportment set the tone for the worst qualities of the USC football team he coaches. He is blessed with talent but undercuts it with immaturity, arrogance, a lack of discipline, rudeness and poor sportsmanship. For most of his young career, Kiffin’s talent has carried him, lifting him from a head coaching job with the Oakland Raiders to a head coaching job with the University of Tennessee to the head coaching job at USC in spite of his repulsive personal characteristics. But now Kiffin’s team is failing on the field, which is disintegrating any tolerance for him, and they are doing it in intolerable ways. This year’s team was a favorite to win the national title but this week’s loss was because of 117 yards in penalties, three lost fumbles and terrible play calling by Kiffin. Meanwhile, back in the Edith Wharton novel, is the affection between Charity Royall and the young Mister Harney the making of true love that lifts her out of her miserable life in North Dormer . . . or a mismatch that simply seals her sad destiny as he goes on to find someone more of his social station?
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28
On the Seventh Day, the residents of Sloan Drive in Corona got some rest, finally able to relax a day after Heart of Worship Community Church pastor Lonny Remmers and companions moved out. Remmers had held services at his home as recently as Friday, neighbors said, adding that Remmers would sometimes curse loudly, scream at them and spank congregants in his driveway. Remmers and co-defendants Nicholas Craig and Darryll Jeter Jr. are accused of kidnapping and assaulting a 13-year-old boy after the teen’s mother brought her son to Remmers after the boy raped his sister. Instead, the three men allegedly took the boy to the desert and forced him to dig a “grave.” Later, during a Bible study, Remmers allegedly pinched the boy’s nipples with pliers as congregants watched.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 29
It’s Halloween Eve, Eve.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30
It’s Halloween Eve.