The 19th century woes of Rancho Chino owners Francesca and Merced Williams, heirs of Don Antonio Lugo and Isaac Williams, will be told at the Ontario Ovitt Library by historian Paul Spitzzeri, a Champion Newspapers contributor, on Tuesday, March 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Both women lost their husbands to murder, and their land was purchased later by Richard Gird.

The staff of the Old Schoolhouse Museum in Chino is seeking a missing framed burlap seed bag. In the past, the bag, bearing the name Capper’s Horse Feed with a drawing of a horse’s head, had been displayed in the museum with a saddle. Both were owned by the late LuAnn Capper Wolfinbarger. If the framed bag cannot be found, the museum would settle for another one with the Capper name. Email

A 1991 Ferrari F40, owned by Santa Monica parking lot operator Richard Scott, who pled guilty to bilking more than $13 million from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, was sold for $760,000 at a U.S. Marshal’s auction this week in Chino. The car was once owned by reality TV star Richard Rawlings and his business partner Dennis Collins and they refurbished the car on a 2013 show called “Fast N Loud” before the Ferrari was sold to Mr. Scott. 

Chino Valley Fire District firefighter-paramedic Ryan Pourhassanian presented St. Margaret Mary School Principal Waylynn Senn with an automated external defibrillator and bleeding control pack Tuesday, and trained school employees on its use. The $2,000 defibrillator was donated by firefighter-paramedic Nick Magallanes and his wife, Ann. Their daughter attends the school. 

Chino Hills resident Jane DeFrank told the city council Tuesday that Ayala High students are taking up prime parking spots at the Community Center across the street, forcing senior citizens attending 55+ Club meetings to park at the adjacent McCoy Equestrian Center. Mrs. DeFrank said last month seniors carrying big pots of soup for a potluck had to walk a distance. She observed a student with a handicapped placard park and cross Peyton carrying a backpack. 

Chino Hills Councilman Ray Marquez said he was amazed when 25 people from his district showed up to a police town hall meeting on a Friday night. Mr. Marquez said he anticipated only two or three because the meeting was scheduled on a Friday evening, an unusual and challenging night to hold a city meeting. 

After re-introducing himself to the Chino Hills City Council on Tuesday, newly-elected fire board member Winn Williams said he has seen fire chiefs come and go and that “our fire chief is a real good fire chief” and his staff is excellent. The following evening, the fire board had a heated discussion on Mr. Williams’ behavior since he has been on the board. (See story on Page A1). 

Chino Hills Councilman Brian Johsz is advising residents to call the Chino Hills Police when packages are stolen from their porch instead of posting videos of the crime on social media sites. The dispatch number for the Chino Hills Police Department is 465-6837. 

Chino water bills went out late again for a second month in a row because of issues with new billing software. The city will not charge late fees or shut off water for payments made after the date identified on the bill, said Deputy City Manager Vivian Castro. 

The city has added the cultural arts center proposed by the Chino Cultural Foundation (formerly the Chino Community Center Corporation) to the list of those uses suggested for the old county court building recently acquired by the city.

The Chino Senior Chorus is seeking a new name to avoid conflict with the Chino Valley Community Chorus. Both give annual holiday and late spring programs at senior homes and other locations and share some members.  

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