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Deputies arrest two men accused of downloading child porn

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Nicholas B. Ray, 31 of Apple Valley and Israel O. Avila, 18 of Adelanto were arrested after being accused of downloading child pornography.

VICTOR VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) Deputies arrested a 31-year-old Apple Valley man and an 18-year-old Adelanto man, accused of downloading or possessing child pornography, officials said.

Nicholas Benjamin Ray and Israel Omar Avila were booked into jail this week after deputies received tips about the alleged crime.

Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station Deputy Thomas Gates, who is assigned to follow-up on Child Protective Services (CPS) referrals and Adult Protective Services (APS) referrals, received information on the above suspects and immediately started an investigation on both individuals, a news release stated.

“Deputy Gates was notified through a Cyber-Tipline Report that Nicholas Benjamin Ray was uploading images of child pornography on to his Gmail account,” Sheriff’s officials said.

Deputy Gates authored a search warrant for Ray’s Apple Valley residence in the 11200 block of Tujunga Drive and following the search, Ray was arrested and booked into the High Desert Detention Center lieu of $25,000.00 bail.

Additionally, Deputy Gates received another tip through a Cyber-Tipline which led to the arrest of Israel Omar Avila from Adelanto.

“The original tip could not identify the suspect; however, as a result of a thorough investigation, Deputy Gates was able to identify Avila as the suspect downloading the pornographic images of children,” officials said.

On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, he was arrested without incident. Avila was booked into the High Desert Detention Center where he was later released on bail.

“These cases would not have been so quickly solved without the hard work and dedication of Deputy Thomas Gates. The CPS/ APS position at the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station was implemented by Captain Gregg Herbert to work as a liaison with Child Protective Services (CPS) and Adult Protective Services (APS) to ensure these cases are quickly investigated to protect those who are unable to protect themselves,” Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station officials said.

Anyone with information regarding these cases is urged to contact Deputy Thomas Gates at the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, (760) 552-6801. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at www.wetip.com.

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Adelanto man asleep in Del Taco drive-thru arrested on weapon and drug violations

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After responding to a medical aid call, deputies arrested Leon Earl for weapon and narcotics violations

ADELANTO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Authorities arrested a previously convicted felon after they found him passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle at a fast-food restaurant, officials said.

It happened on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at about 1:00 AM at the Del Taco on Highway 395, near Palmdale Road in Adelanto.

Deputies Mora and Lopez from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station responded and located the suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Leon Earl, a resident of Adelanto, in the drive-through, asleep, and foaming at the mouth.

Officials said Leon appeared to be in distress and was woken by deputies to have him checked out by medical personnel.

“During the investigation, deputies searched his vehicle and located a loaded Glock handgun, high capacity magazine and a large amount of cash,” stated a sheriff’s news release. “Leon was found to be an ex-felon who is a documented gang member.”

Leon was arrested and booked at the High Desert Detention Center for the weapons violations. 

Deputy Mora authored a search warrant for his residence which was served later the same day. “During the execution of the warrant, deputies located narcotics for sale including suspected cocaine, packaging, scales, ammunition and an additional high capacity drum magazine were located,” stated authorities.

It was also discovered Leon was a wanted person by Corona Police for Assault with a Deadly Weapon with great bodily injury. Leon had bailed out of custody for the weapon violation but was arrested by Corona Police at the jail. 

After responding to a medical aid call, deputies arrested Leon Earl for weapon and narcotics violations
(Photo courtesy of Victor Valley Sheriff’s Department)

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, (760) 552-6800. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at www.wetip.com

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Adelanto man arrested for alleged child abuse of 3-month-old

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ADELANTO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — An Adelanto man is facing child abuse charges after detectives say he caused multiple injuries to a 3-month old.

25-year-old Jose Aragon, was arrested at his home in the 10500 block of Florence Court in the city of Adelanto and charged with PC 273a(a)- Willful Cruelty to a Child on Tuesday, July 21st.

According to a sheriff’s news release, detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children (CAC) Detail were notified of a three-month-old victim who was admitted to Victor Valley Hospital with multiple injuries. 

Through the investigation, detectives learned the victim was in the care of Jose Aragon, and while under his care, the victim sustained multiple injuries consistent with child abuse caused by Aragon, officials said.

The suspect was arrested and booked into the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino and is currently being held in lieu of $100,000 bond. Officials said the case will be submitted to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office for review. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Jonathan Cavender or Deputy Shelly Ponce at the San Bernardino County Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children Detail at (909) 387-3615. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463).

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Monday night rollover crash in Adelanto claims life of 47-year-old man from Coalinga

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A 47-year-old man from Coalinga, CA died as a result of his injuries in a Monday night crash. (google maps)

ADELANTO, Calif. (VVNG.com) —  A Monday night rollover crash in Adelanto claimed the life of a 47-year-old man from Coalinga, CA.

It happened at about 10:55 PM on July 13, 2020, in the area of Bellflower Street near Pansy Road in Adelanto.

San Bernardino County Fire responded to the incident and located a 2008 Ford Pickup truck approximately 30-50 feet off the roadway. The driver was trapped in the mangled wreck and required major extrication.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lora Way told VVNG the pickup truck was traveling northbound on Bellflower, north of Pansy when it collided with the dirt embankment and rolled several times into the vacant field.

Way said the male was extricated and transported to Victor Valley Global Medical Center where he passed away. The driver was the only occupant in the vehicle.

The identity of the deceased male will be released by the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office pending notification of next of kin.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station at 760-552-6800.

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