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Barstow Man Arrested After Bicyclist Killed in hit-and-run



BARSTOW, Calif. ( Raymundo Alberto Rodriguez-Cordova, 22, was arrested Thursday afternoon for the murder of 40-year-old Bennett Warner.

On May 15, 2017, Bennett was riding his bicycle along the 1000 block of East Main Street when he was approached by Raymundo while in his Chevy S10 pickup truck. For reasons still unknown, the two men were involved in a verbal altercation. Raymundo followed the victim and intentionally rammed him with his truck forcing him into a parked vehicle, authorities said.

Raymundo immediately fled the scene, leaving Warner with life-threatening injuries. He was transported to Barstow Community Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Detectives reviewed surveillance cameras in the area and managed to obtain a vehicle plate number. Images of the suspect and his vehicle were released to the public.

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at approximately 10:32 a.m. Barstow Police Dispatch received a call from a citizen reporting a truck matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle was in the desert area east of Stringham Park located in the 1600 block of Rimrock Road.

Detectives responded to the area and confirmed that the vehicle was the suspect’s vehicle. The vehicle was unoccupied.

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 1:09 p.m., Dispatch received a call from a citizen reporting that a person matching the description of the suspect was inside a business located in the 25000 block of West Main Street. Officers and detectives responded to the area and located a subject matching the reported description.

Sergeant Adam Cortinas contacted the subject and positively identified him as Raymundo Cordova. Sergeant Cortinas placed Cordova under arrest and transported him to the Barstow Police Department Detective Division.

Raymundo Cordova will be booked at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Jail for PC 187(a) – Murder.

Barstow Police detectives are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information regarding this investigation can contact Detective Tom Lewis at 760-255-5187. Those wishing to remain anonymous may also report criminal activity by calling the WE-TIP hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME or may leave information on the We-Tip website at

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Helicopter lands on Amethyst Road for crash victim



VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( One person 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 one person still trapped inside.

Firefighters extricated the occupant from the vehicle and requested a helicopter to land near the scene to transport the person to a trauma center.

The Camry sustained major front-end damage. – Photo credit: Travis Dixon.

Two occupants of the Camry sustained minor injuries. The intersection was closed while authorities investigated the crash.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. – Photo Credit: Julio Solano.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, but 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



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



FORT IRWIN, Calif. ( — 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

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