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Apple Valley teen drowns at Shaver Lake while celebrating his 19th birthday

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Jonathyn Bradford from Apple Valley drowned in Shaver Lake while celebrating his birthday.
Jonathyn Bradford from Apple Valley drowned in Shaver Lake while celebrating his birthday.

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Authorities identified a 19-year-old who drowned in a lake during his birthday celebration as Jonathyn Bradford, a resident of Apple Valley.

Bradford along with his family and friends left the Victor Valley on Monday night and traveled approximately 300 miles up north to Shaver Lake located in Fresno County.

On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, what should have been a joyous birthday celebration ended tragically after Bradford went underwater and never resurfaced.

According to an ABC30 report, “Bradford jumped off the rock into the water and while he was swimming back towards his family, he asked for help. Family members initially thought he was joking, but he went down and never came back up.”

The Fresno Sheriff’s Office said at about 5:00 PM their dispatch received a call of a possible drowning in the lake. Patrol deputies, along with members of the Sheriff’s Dive Unit, and Boating Enforcement responded.

“Our sergeant in charge of the Boating Unit happened to be camping at the lake, became aware of the situation and responded on his personal jet ski to help with the search,” stated Fresno County Sheriff’s spokesperson Tony Botti.

At about 7:00 PM, members of the Dive Unit found Jonathyn Bradford about 25 feet offshore from where his family was gathering, stated Botti.

Geancarlo Govea commented on the Fresno County Sheriff’s’ Office Facebook page and said she witnessed them jumping from the rocks and swimming. “I only wish I would’ve seen him asking for help. I would’ve jumped in. Hearing the family cry and scream was horrible, I can’t get it out of my head.”

Bradford graduated from Granite Hills and worked at the Recycling Center on I Avenue and the Jack in the Box on Bear Valley and Navajo Roads. He’s described as an extremely good kid that was always happy, funny, and making people smile.

Apple Valley man drowns in shaver lake
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Jonathyn’s best friends “Stavi” and Frankie shared the following messages with VVNG:

“I’m so thankful for all the advice you gave me and all of the times you were there for me. I could call you any time if it was midnight or the afternoon you would answer. I’m going to remember all of our little play fights and all the times you used to be like “now look at Chu”. I just can’t believe you’re gone, you will forever be remembered. As you would say I adore you, fly high goofball,” wrote Staviana Massie about her best friend.

“If you were here bro I would tell you that I just wanted to say that you are my brother and that I would do anything for you. When I got bullied and didn’t have friends you were there and even when I had my heart broken you were there. The bond we had was unlike anyone I had ever met. I wish I got the chance to say goodbye ..fly high brother Rest In Peace,” stated his best friend Frankie Lucas.

Frankie, Staviana, and Jonathyn posing for a photo in front of Silverwood Lake in Hesperia. (Photo courtesy of
Frankie, Staviana, and Jonathyn posing for a photo in front of Silverwood Lake in Hesperia.

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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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