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Girlfriend arrested for murdering boyfriend in Barstow

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BARSTOW, Calif. — A 58-year-old Barstow woman was arrested for the murder of her 64-year-old boyfriend after allegedly striking him over the head with a glass bottle and using a piece of broken glass to stab him, officials said.

On February 19, 2018, at approximately 6:22 PM, Barstow Police Dispatch Center received a call of a male subject not breathing and “CPR” in progress at a residence in the 1200 block of West Buena Vista Street.

When officers arrived at the residence, they observed a male subject suffering from a severe head injury and several stab wounds.

Officers identified the male as the person who lived at the residence. As officers investigated what happened to the victim they encountered a female inside the residence. They identified the female as Laura Mitchell, the victim’s live-in girlfriend.

Officers conducted further investigation and learned that Mitchell struck the victim on the head with a glass bottle and then stabbed him with a piece of the broken glass bottle. Mitchell reported to the officers that the victim had been physically abusing her. The officers on scene placed Mitchell under arrest and transported her to the Barstow Police Department.

Barstow Fire Protection District arrived on scene and began treating the victim for his injuries. Paramedics transported the victim to Barstow Community Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

Barstow Police Homicide Detectives and a Crime Scene Technician responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Detectives interviewed the neighboring witnesses and processed the scene.

Detectives also conducted an interview with Mitchell at the Barstow Police Detective Division.

A Deputy Coroner from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Coroner Division also responded to the scene and to Barstow Community Hospital and assisted detectives.

The release of the victim’s identity is pending confirmation from the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office.

Detectives later booked Laura Mitchell at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Barstow Jail for PC 187(a) – Murder

Anyone with information about this investigation may contact Detective Nathaniel Arias at 760-255-5134 or Detective Leo Griego at 760-255-5187. Those wishing to remain anonymous may also call the WE-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME or may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.

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Helicopter lands on Amethyst Road for woman involved in crash

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) A woman was airlifted with critical injuries following a crash late Friday night.

At 11:30 p.m., the Victorville Fire Department, deputies from the Victorville Police Department, and two American Medical Response (AMR) ambulances were dispatched to the intersection of Amethyst and La Mesa Roads for reports of a head-on crash.

– Photo Credit: Travis Dixon.

Upon arrival, firefighters located two vehicles with major damage; a gray 2018 Toyota Camry and a dark-colored sedan with a woman still trapped inside.

Firefighters extricated the woman from the vehicle and requested a helicopter to land near the scene to transport her to a trauma center.

The Camry sustained major front-end damage. – Photo credit: Travis Dixon.

The driver of the Camry, Jaalen “Jay” Thompson, told Victor Valley News that he was traveling westbound on La Mesa Road on a green light when he was struck by the dark sedan that was traveling southbound on Amethyst Road.

Although Thompson did not sustain major injuries, his girlfriend who is pregnant was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation.

“The dark colored sedan ran the red light and smacked my car,” Thompson stated, “She was also pregnant.”

The intersection was closed while authorities investigated the crash.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. – Photo Credit: Julio Solano.

As of 12:30 a.m. Saturday, the intersection was reopened.

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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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