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1 arrested after road rage shooting on 15 freeway; 2nd suspect at large

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HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A case of road rage on the I-15 turned into attempted murder after one driver fired multiple rounds into the other vehicle Tuesday afternoon.

Just before 1:00 pm, the male victim called 911 and reported a shooting that had just occurred on the northbound 15 freeway, north of Oak Hill Road.

Officers with the California Highway Patrol responded and made contact with the victim. The preliminary information obtained was, the victim was driving a blue Ford Crown Victoria northbound, in the number one lane when he changed into the number two lane, possibly cutting off a silver Ford Taurus.

According to a CHP news release, the driver of the Ford Taurus, Miguel Angel Talavera, 42, of Fontana changed lanes and fired several rounds at the Crown Victoria, striking the vehicle multiple times.

In an attempt to keep the suspect from fleeing, the victim rammed the Taurus but was unsuccessful and eventually lost sight of the vehicle, as the suspect exited at US-395.

A witness to the crash followed the suspect to a residence in the 13000 block of Nolina Drive in Hesperia. CHP officers responded and took Talavera into custody without incident. A male passenger in the vehicle foot-bailed towards the Hesperia Wal-Mart promoting assistance from San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies and a K9 blood-hound unit.

The second suspect has not been identified and remains at large as of March 28th. He is described as a slender, White Male, last seen wearing a green shirt and blue jeans.

(photo by Kathy Cheong)

Talavera was booked into the Adelanto Detention Center for various charges including, attempted murder-187(A), shooting at an inhabited vehicle/dwelling-PC246, and assault with a firearm on a person-PC245(A)(2).

is being held in lieu of a $1 million dollar bail and is scheduled for arraignment in a Victorville courtroom on March 29, 2018.

The CHP is asking for the public’s assistance to please call, (760) 241-1186, if they witnessed any part of this incident, to help identify the passenger from the Taurus, or if they witnessed the shooting.

(photo by Kathy Cheong)

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Helicopter lands on Amethyst Road for woman involved in crash

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) A woman was airlifted with critical injuries following a crash late Friday night.

At 11:30 p.m., the Victorville Fire Department, deputies from the Victorville Police Department, and two American Medical Response (AMR) ambulances were dispatched to the intersection of Amethyst and La Mesa Roads for reports of a head-on crash.

– Photo Credit: Travis Dixon.

Upon arrival, firefighters located two vehicles with major damage; a gray 2018 Toyota Camry and a dark-colored sedan with a woman still trapped inside.

Firefighters extricated the woman from the vehicle and requested a helicopter to land near the scene to transport her to a trauma center.

The Camry sustained major front-end damage. – Photo credit: Travis Dixon.

The driver of the Camry, Jaalen “Jay” Thompson, told Victor Valley News that he was traveling westbound on La Mesa Road on a green light when he was struck by the dark sedan that was traveling southbound on Amethyst Road.

Although Thompson did not sustain major injuries, his girlfriend who is pregnant was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation.

“The dark colored sedan ran the red light and smacked my car,” Thompson stated, “She was also pregnant.”

The intersection was closed while authorities investigated the crash.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. – Photo Credit: Julio Solano.

As of 12:30 a.m. Saturday, the intersection was reopened.

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State and San Bernardino County OK resumption of youth sports – with restrictions

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The State Department of Public Health has issued long-anticipated guidance allowing youth sports and physical education – including school-based, club, and recreational programs – to resume, as long as they are limited to groups of participants who regularly gather, such as a class or organized team, and only when physical distancing of at least six feet can be maintained.

Activities should take place outside to the maximum extent possible.

Sporting events, assemblies, and other activities that require close contact or that would promote congregating, such as tournaments and competitions, are not yet permitted either indoors or outdoors.

“This is an opportunity for young people to stay healthy, stay in shape, and be ready when the State allows team and other group activities to resume,” said San Bernardino County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. The County Health Officer has approved implementation of the guidance within San Bernardino County.

(San Bernardino County Health news release)

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18-year-old U.S. Army Reservist Stationed at Ft. Irwin arrested on child porn charges

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FORT IRWIN, Calif. (VVNG.com) — An 18-year-old reserve with the United States Army National Guard stationed at Fort Irwin was arrested for possession of child pornography Wednesday, officials said.

Detectives from multiple agencies conducted a joint investigation involving the suspect, Neal McCoy, a resident of Fridley, Minnesota, and subsequently arrested him on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

McCoy was booked at the High Desert Detention Center for PC 311.11(A) Possession of Child Pornography with a bail set at $100,000. McCoy is scheduled for arraignment on August 7th.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Specialized Investigations Division Crimes Against Children Detail (CAC), Barstow Sheriff’s Station, and the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) worked together in their investigation.

In January 2020, VVNG reported on similar arrests after Steven Berg, 38, was arrested by investigators who determined that child pornography was distributed from a home within the base at Fort Irwin.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Brian Arias of the Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children Detail at (909) 387-3615. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

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