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15 Freeway Temporarily Closed Due to Weather

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UPDATE @11:25 PM: CHP is slowly starting to reopen the south bound side of the 15 freeway through the Cajon Pass.

UPDATE @10:30 PM: CHP has reopened the northbound lanes of the 15 freeway. Traffic on the southbound side is still at a crawl. Black ice is being reported in many areas including the back roads. Please continue to use caution and follow directions on all posted signs.

CAJON PASS:(VVNG.com)- As predicted the winter storm is causing major problems on our freeways and highways. Drivers commuting on the northbound 15 freeway are reporting traffic is at a crawl just north of Highway 138.

At approximately 9:00 PM CHP called for the closure of the north and south bound 15 freeway between the top of the Cajon Pass and Highway 138. At this time its unknown how long the closure will be in effect.

Before the closure CHP was escorting commuters on the northbound side of the Cajon Pass. Not only for your own safety but for the safety of other’s please be sure to follow CHP units as told.

Traffic on the Northbound 15 freeway. (Photo by: Jorge Figueroa)

Traffic on the Northbound 15 freeway. (Photo by: Jorge Figueroa)

According to CHP logs, state route 138 is closed at the 15 north until it can be plowed. Vehicles are reportedly sliding off and several others are stuck. Some commuters have been stuck without moving for many hours.

If you are planning on traveling along the 138 between Summit Valley and the 15 freeway please note a mandatory chain requirement is in effect.

Additionally CalTrans is also reporting Highway 38 is closed between Forrest Falls and Big Bear.

For 24/7 Highway Conditions you can call (800) 427-7623.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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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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