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Family Seeks Answers After Pets Were Found Murdered in Lucerne Valley

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LUCERNE VALLEY, CALIF (VVNG.com)- A Lucerne Valley family is sickened and heartbroken about the gruesome discovery of their beloved pets Diamond and Sophia.

Mariah Figuieredo told Victor Valley News, her father’s dogs went missing about a week ago in the area of Rabbit Springs Road and Camp Rock Road.

“My dad has been looking for them this whole time,” said Mariah. “He went up and down the streets calling for them and looking everywhere.”

According to Mariah a neighbor near her father’s residence waved him down. “They told my dad they accidentally poisoned the dogs. They didn’t say where they were or why.”

Mariah says her father became very upset after hearing the devastating news. That’s when her father decided to call the police and file a report.

When police arrived to take the report Mariah says the officer informed her father there would be no point in filing the report since the dogs had “accidentally” been poisoned. According to Mariah, the neighbor who allegedly poisoned the dogs also confessed to the officer what they had done.

The family was left feeling hopeless and with many questions like why and how were they poisoned?

On Tuesday, August 2nd at about 8:30 p.m. Freddie Dodd, a friend of the family, came across one of the most horrific sites she’s ever encountered.

Freddie discovered the two dogs dead lying in the middle of a dirt road. “They showed as if they had been drug up and down the street multiple times and eventually killed,” stated Freddie via a Facebook post.

Both dogs were badly mangled, tied with rope, muddy, wounded, and nearly unrecognizable. Diamond, the white and blue female had a rope wrapped around her ankle. Sophia had a chain tightly wrapped around the middle of her body and neck.

Freddie decided to upload the photos to Facebook in hopes people would share them and help track down the person(s) responsible for committing the animal cruelty.

“I want everyone to share this and show how horrible and cruel some humans can be,” stated Freddie.

Mariah says all she wants is justice for her families dogs. “They were the sweetest dogs and they didn’t deserve this. I’m completely and utterly mortified, these poor girls had so much life left. My heart is in pieces.”

All photos have been turned into the police and animal control so anything that anybody else knows would greatly be appreciated.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Victor Valley Sheriff’s station at (760)552-6800.

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Hugo Valdez has been providing news coverage for Victor Valley News Group since 2012, and has been a resident of Victorville for over 30 years. He enjoys utilizing the VVNG.com platform to create a more informed and connected community. Hugo can be reached by email at Hugo@vvng.com

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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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