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Firearms and rare coins seized during search warrant in Barstow

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BARSTOW, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Barstow Police arrested two suspects and seized rare coins, several firearms, and a jig used for converting them into “ghost guns”.

On July 29, 2020, at approximately 3:34 P.M., Barstow detectives served a search warrant at the residence of Jace Criado on the 28000 block of Bonanza Road.

As detectives were knocking on the front door of the residence, 38-year-old David Tippett attempted to leave out the back door, stated officials. Tippett was stopped by detectives and was later found to have an outstanding felony warrant for H&S 11378 – Possession of Methamphetamine for Sale.

During the search of the residence, detectives located multiple rare coins that had been stolen during a home invasion robbery that occurred on the 1100 block of Borrego Drive on July 13, 2020.

Detectives met with the victim of the home invasion robbery and the victim positively identified the coins as their property that was stolen during the robbery. “Additionally, detectives seized drug paraphernalia, a firearm with a large capacity magazine, a firearm with a destroyed serial number and a jig for converting 80% lower receivers into functioning firearms, also known as “ghost guns”, stated the release.

Tippett was later booked at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto for his outstanding warrant. Criado was later booked at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto for PC 496(a) – Possession/Receiving stolen property.

Barstow Police said this is the second arrest associated with the home invasion investigation, which is ongoing.

(Photo courtesy of Barstow Police Department)

Anyone with further information regarding the incident is asked to contact Detective Thomas Lewis at 760-255-5187. People with information regarding the home invasion robbery who wish to remain anonymous can contact We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME or at wetip.com.

(Photo courtesy of Barstow Police Department)

“A ghost gun is a term for a privately-made firearm that lacks commercial serial numbers or other identifying marks. The term is used mostly in the United States by gun control advocates, gun rights advocates, law enforcement, and some in the firearm industry.”

*Wikipedia

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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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