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Former Victorville prison guard sentenced to 2 years for sexually abusing female inmates

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. — Apolonio Gamez, a former correctional officer at a Federal Correctional Complex in Victorville was sentenced to 2 years in prison for sexually abusing several female inmates while on duty.

Gamez, 41, of Lake Elsinore, was sentenced late Monday by United States District Judge Jesus G. Bernal.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Bernal ordered that Gamez would be on supervised release for seven years after he is released from prison. Gamez was also ordered to pay a $5,000 special assessment and to register as a sex offender when he is released from prison.

Gamez pleaded guilty in October to three felony charges: two counts of sexual abuse of a ward and one count of attempted sexual abuse of a ward.

According to Gamez’s plea agreement, he engaged in sexual activity with the inmates between September 2016 and July 2017 while he was on duty as a correctional officer and employed by the United States Bureau of Prisons.

On two occasions in the autumn of 2016, Gamez engaged in sexual activity with one inmate while he was on duty.

In May 2017, Gamez caught another inmate stealing food, threatened to send her to the “hole” (a reference to the prison’s special housing unit), and then directed her to engage in sexual activity with him, his plea agreement states. Gamez’s victim did not resist because “she felt frozen and powerless with fear,” according to court documents.

Gamez also admitted to exposing himself to a third inmate and attempted to engage in sexual activity with her during the summer of 2017.

The case against Gamez was investigated by the Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

This matter was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sean Peterson of the Riverside Branch Office.

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Motorcyclist airlifted after crash on Pawnee Rd and Highway 18 in Apple Valley

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A motorcyclist was critically injured in a Tuesday night crash on Highway 18. (Hugo C. Mary's Valdez, VVNG.com)
A motorcyclist was critically injured in a Tuesday night crash on Highway 18. (Hugo C. Mary's Valdez, VVNG.com)

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A motorcycle rider was airlifted following a crash Tuesday in Apple Valley.

It happened at the intersection of Pawnee Road and Highway 18 at 7:35 p.m. and involved a minivan and black 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

When firefighters from the Apple Valley Fire Protection District arrived on scene they requested one airship to land at St. Mary’s Medical Center for the motorcycle rider, who sustained major injuries. Witnesses reported the rider suffered a serious leg injury.

The rider was subsequently airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, and a second ground ambulance was requested to the scene.

Westbound lanes of Highway 18 at Pawnee Ridge were shut down as authorities investigated the crash. Additional information will be updated as it becomes available.

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Downed Power Lines Blocking Arrowhead Lake Rd in Hesperia

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HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Downed power lines are blocking a stretch of busy Arrowhead Lake Road near Randall Road in Hesperia.

At about 5:22 PM on August 11th San Bernardino County Fire responded to the scene and located the snapped utility pole with low hanging high-tension wires across the roadway. Firefighters requested law enforcement to expedite to the scene and shut down the roadway

Southern California Edison will respond to complete the repairs and at this time it’s unknown how long the roadway will remain closed for. According to CHP incident logs, officials are providing traffic control.

Additional information will be updated as it becomes available.

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Rollover crash in Hesperia shuts down 15 freeway Tuesday, 2 airlifted

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HESPERIA, Calif.(VVNG.com) — Traffic along the northbound I-15 freeway remains jammed after it was briefly shutdown to land two helicopters Tuesday.

It was reported at 11:53 a.m. on August 11, 2020, about a mile before Main Street in Hesperia.

For reasons still unknown, the four-door sedan rolled over and landed on it’s roof in a drainage ditch along the right shoulder of the freeway.

San Bernardino County Fire responded to the incident and located two people with critical injuries inside the tan colored vehicle.

Firefighters requested that the California Highway Patrol shut down traffic in order to allow the two helicopters to land on the freeway.

A Mercy Air helicopter landed first followed by a Reach helicopter and both occupants were airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

The Victorville CHP is handling the investigation and anyone with information is asked to call 760-241-1186.

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