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Convicted felon arrested on gun charges after wrong way I-15 pursuit



BARSTOW, Calif. ( A felon in possession of a loaded firearm was taken into custody after he led officers on a wrong-way pursuit on the I-15 freeway.

It happened at 8:17 a.m., when officers from the Barstow Police Department responded to the 1200 block of Barstow Road regarding a domestic violence incident, officials said.

“The caller stated that her boyfriend Jessie Lewis assaulted her and she is in need of medical treatment,” stated a news release.

The victim called back and informed dispatch the suspect was fleeing the scene in a white Chevy Suburban southbound on Barstow Road.

Corporal Angel Nevarez observed the vehicle and activated his lights and sirens. The vehicle ran two red lights and then entered I-15 south on-ramp from Barstow Road.

As the suspect, later identified as Jessie Lewis, 29, a resident of Barstow, drove on the on-ramp he threw a dark-colored backpack from the vehicle. The backpack was later retrieved by another responding police unit.

“Approximately 1 mile north of Avenue L, the vehicle pulled to the right shoulder. As Corporal Nevarez was attempting to exit his patrol vehicle to contact the occupants, the driver made a U-turn against traffic and fled northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 15,” officials said.

As the vehicle approached Barstow Road, it veered across several lanes of traffic and exited Barstow Road using the on-ramp. The pursued continued on residential streets and terminated at an apartment complex in the 700 block of East Virginia Way.

“Both the driver and front passenger exited the vehicle and ran west through the complex. Officers pursued the driver on foot and were able to apprehend him in the area of Lookout Drive and Virginia Way.

The officers positively identified the driver as Jessie Lewis and placed him under arrest. Officers searched the area for the passenger but they were unable to locate him.

Officers then searched the backpack that suspect’s discarded from the vehicle and located a large amount of Marijuana and a loaded 9mm handgun.

Corporal Nevarez interviewed the victim who reported that Lewis punched and scratched her in the face after they had an argument.

As a result, the victim suffered visible injuries to her face and neck. Barstow Fire Protection District responded to the scene and treated the victim.

Lewis was subsequently booked at the San Bernardino County Jail in Barstow for, Domestic Violence PC 273.5(A), Felon in Possession of a Loaded Firearm – PC 29800, Felony Evading – CVC 2800 (a)(2), and Driving on the Wrong Side of Road – CVC 2800.4.

Anyone with additional information regarding these investigations may contact Corporal Nevarez at the Barstow Police Department at (760) 256-2211. Those wishing to remain anonymous may also report criminal activity by calling the WE-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or may leave information on the We-Tip website at

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



VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — 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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