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4 firefighters injured in Phelan house fire Sunday night

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Four firefighters were injured during a Sunday night fire in Phelan. (Photo courtesy of San Bernardino County Fire/Twitter)
Four firefighters were injured during a Sunday night fire in Phelan. (Photo courtesy of San Bernardino County Fire/Twitter)

PHELAN, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Four firefighters battling a structure fire Sunday night in Phelan were injured, officials said.

Just before 10:00 PM on July 12, 2020, San Bernardino County Firefighters responded to a residential structure fire in the 14400 block of Azalea Road.

When crews arrived they located a large home with heavy smoke and fire showing, prompting a *defensive posture from firefighters.

According to a tweet from County Fire, the Battalion Chief on scene reported 4 firefighters were hurt with minor to moderate injuries prompting a response for additional companies and ambulances.

The raging fire extended into a large detached garage, posing the threat of a roof collapse. The structure was suspected to be a possible marijuana grow house, according to County Fire.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s and County Fire Investigators remain on scene investigating the cause and origin of the fire.

Two of the injured firefighters were transported to hospitals with “moderate” injuries and the other two had only minor injuries. County fire did not say how the firefighters were injured.

7 engines, 1 truck, 2 water tenders, 2 Batallion Chiefs, and 2 ambulances responded to the incident. Crews will remain on scene working on hot spots and overhaul.

Additional information will be updated as it becomes available.

(A defensive posture occurs when fire conditions prevent an interior attack such as when the structure is unsafe for firefighters to enter.)

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(photo courtesy of San Bernardino County Fire Protection District//Twitter)
(photo courtesy of San Bernardino County Fire Protection District//Twitter)

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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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18-year-old out on bail arrested again after a pursuit in Victorville

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — An 18-year-old out on bail was arrested again after leading Victorville deputies on a pursuit.

At about 2:28 AM on August 6, 2020, a deputy from the Victorville Police Station observed a vehicle run a red light at Amargosa and Palmdale Roads and attempted a traffic stop.

The driver, identified as Antoine Jackson, of Victorville, failed to yield and led deputies on a pursuit for approximately 7 miles, officials said.

During the pursuit, Jackson drove at high speeds, exceeding 100 mph at times. He also drove in opposing traffic lanes and ran several red lights and stop signs.

The pursuit came to an end in the 12500 block of Terrano when Jackson crashed into a parked car.

Jackson, who was out on bail from a July 28, 2020 arrest, was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for VC2800.2(A) Evading a Peace Officer with disregard for safety and PC12022.1(B) New Felony Offense while on bail.

His bail is set at $100,000 and is scheduled for arraignment in a Victorville courtroom on August 10, 2020.

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