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2017 Happy Trails Parade winners announced

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Apple Valley, CA – October 25, 2017: Adults clapped and children cheered as dancers tumbled, tractors rumbled and live bands doubled the energy of the crowd along Outer Highway 18 in The Village during the third annual Happy Trails Parade last month. The event, which took place on September 30, added a street fair on Powhatan Road to the festivities for the first time this year.

“This year’s event has been the biggest one yet,” said Event Coordinator Kenneth Sousa. “We were very fortunate to have more than 50 entries in our parade and more than 40 vendor booths at the street fair.”

Contestants in the float, school marching band, equestrian, cheer and wheels categories were all eligible for cash prizes donated by The Village Property and Business Improvement District board members. Certain categories held only one or two entries with the winner taking home the first-place prize money.

This year’s winning entries were recognized at the October 24 council meeting. They were:

Best Overall – Sponsored by Big Apple Automotive

  • 1st Desert Rocks Film & Music – Float (TIE)
  • 1st Apple Valley Animal Services – Float (TIE)

Float Category

  • 2nd Mojave Historical Society

School Marching Band Category

  • 1st Granite Hills Mighty Cougars
  • 2nd Sitting Bull Academy & Vanguard Preparatory
  • 3rd Apple Valley High School

Drill & Cheer Category

  • 1st Apple Valley Rattlers
  • 2nd PCM Cheer & Tumbling

Wheels Category

  • 1st High Desert Antique Power Association (TIE)
  • 1st Drylie Clan Builds Memories (TIE)
  • 2nd Messenger Family, 1930 Ford Model A Sports Coupe

Equestrian Category

  • 1st Kathy Bradigan

“I would like to congratulate all of this year’s applicants for their enthusiasm and dedication,” said Sousa. “We are excited to see the culture growing here as The Village District draws more businesses and residents to its unique history. These events continue long traditions and bring Apple Valley’s past back to life.”

For more information on The Village in Apple Valley, visit www.applevalleyvillage.com or call 760-240-7000 x7075.

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(Source: Town of Apple Valley news release)

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Motorcyclist airlifted after crash on Pawnee Rd and Highway 18 in Apple Valley

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A motorcyclist was critically injured in a Tuesday night crash on Highway 18. (Hugo C. Mary's Valdez, VVNG.com)
A motorcyclist was critically injured in a Tuesday night crash on Highway 18. (Hugo C. Mary's Valdez, VVNG.com)

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A motorcycle rider was airlifted following a crash Tuesday in Apple Valley.

It happened at the intersection of Pawnee Road and Highway 18 at 7:35 p.m. and involved a minivan and black 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

When firefighters from the Apple Valley Fire Protection District arrived on scene they requested one airship to land at St. Mary’s Medical Center for the motorcycle rider, who sustained major injuries. Witnesses reported the rider suffered a serious leg injury.

The rider was subsequently airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, and a second ground ambulance was requested to the scene.

Westbound lanes of Highway 18 at Pawnee Ridge were shut down as authorities investigated the crash. Additional information will be updated as it becomes available.

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Swim coach, 31, arrested after missing Apple Valley teen was found hiding in his bedroom

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Detectives locate the missing teen from Apple Valley and arrest 31-year-old John Casillas for concealment of a child from a parent

The suspect is employed as a swim instructor at several different swimming academies.

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Authorities searching for a missing 16-year-old girl found her hiding two weeks later in the bedroom of her 31-year-old former swim coach, officials said.

Detectives at the Apple Valley Station have been investigating a missing teenager since July 22, 2020. During the past two weeks, detectives followed up on several leads and authored several search warrants to locate evidence and determine the whereabouts of the missing teen, officials said.

Authorities discovered the 16-year-old victim had been communicating with John Casillas, her former swim coach.

According to a news release, On Wednesday, August 5th detectives served a search warrant at John’s home in the 1200 block of West 31st Street in San Bernardino and found the victim hiding in John’s bedroom. John’s father, 62-year-old Alfonso Casillas, was also at the residence.

“At the same time, detectives contacted and detained John at a local country club where he taught swim lessons. John and Alfonso were transported to Sheriff’s Headquarters for further investigation,” stated the release. “Apple Valley and Crimes Against Children Detectives determined that John was aware of the victim’s age and the ongoing search for her. Additionally, Alfonso knew the victim was a juvenile and did not alert law enforcement.”

Authorities said John was arrested and booked at West Valley Detention Center for PC278, Concealment of a Child from Legal Guardian/Parent with bail set at $50,000. On Thursday, August 6th at 5:45 a.m. John posted bail and was released from custody.

Regarding criminal charges against Alfonso, detectives will submit the investigation to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

Sheriff’s officials said John is employed as a swim instructor at several different swimming academies and has contact with many juveniles in the course of his employment.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Gus Garcia, Apple Valley Station at (760)240-7400. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com.

(John Casillas booking photo courtesy of Apple Valley Police Department)
Photo courtesy of Apple Valley Police Department

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Apple Valley man, 21, arrested for Elder Abuse after pushing relative to the ground

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APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A 21-year-old male on parole is facing new charges of Elder Abuse after allegedly pushing his 71-year-old relative to the ground and causing injuries, officials said.

On Sunday, August 2, 2020, at about 3:00 PM deputies from the Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to the 11800 block of Chimayo Road reference a battery report.

When deputies arrived they found the female victim with several lacerations to her arm after she was thrown to the ground by the suspect identified as Justin Patrick Flores.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jackie Alban said the victim was looking for her vehicle keys when she noticed Flores had them. “She asked him for her car keys but Flores refused, pushing her to the ground two times. The victim hit her head on the rocks and sustained several lacerations to the arms, stated Alban.

Flores was arrested for PC368(B)(1) Elder Abuse, PC148(A)(1) Obstructing a Peace Officer, PC415(2) Unreasonable Noise, and PC3056 Violation of Parole, a felony.

According to public court documents, in 2020 Justin has 6 open criminal cases against him both in Victorville and Rancho Cucamonga. In 2019, he had 7 charges in several counties.

Flores is currently being held without bail and is scheduled for arraignment in a Victorville courtroom on August 11, 2020.

(A view of the last 25 criminal related cases located in San Bernardino Count for Justin Flores)

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