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17 firefighters knockdown house fire in Spring Valley Ridge Saturday night

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. — Firefighters with San Bernardino County Fire responded to a two-story structure fire in the Spring Valley Ridge community Saturday night.

At about 10:30 pm, firefighters were dispatched to the 13000 block of High Crest Street in Victorville and found heavy smoke and fire from the rear of the residence.

Lori Coscino, a neighbor, told Victor Valley News she heard what she thought was fireworks.

“I heard loud pops and thought they were fireworks until I looked outside. My dog was going crazy, it sounded like fireworks were going off over my roof it was that loud,” Coscino said.

When Coscino stepped outside she witnessed heavy smoke and fire coming from her neighbor’s backyard. She called her neighbors and the fire department immediately.

Firefighters made access to the rear of the home to find a patio well involved with fire that had extended into the kitchen and living room. Fire was showing from multiple windows on the first story.

Vehicles were found in the front driveway along with initial crews receiving conflicting reports on the status of occupants. An offensive attack was initiated with priorities to search for any trapped victims.

Crews encountered zero visibility conditions with significant heat inside the structure. Truck crews ventilated from the roof above to clear conditions inside which helped clear the primary and secondary search. No injuries were reported by civilians or firefighters.

Firefighters had the fire under control in approximately 30 minutes. Fire spread and damage was limited to the rear patio, kitchen and living room. Significant smoke and heat damage was sustained on both floors.

Two truck companies, three engines, one chief officer, and one investigator for a total of 17 personnel responded to the incident. No damage estimates were available at the time of release, the cause remains under investigation.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department reminds County residents to always have a home escape plan as well as planning for wildfire evacuations. For more information on these topics please visit www.sbcfire.org

(Photo: SBC Fire/Faebook)

(Photo: SBC Fire/Faebook)

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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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