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Hesperia Animal Shelter Adoption Rates Soar to an Impressive 95%

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HESPERIA, California – The Hesperia Animal Shelter continues to strive to reach new levels of excellence in the care and sheltering of the most vulnerable pets in the community – those that are homeless, unloved, lost and injured.

Hesperia Animal Shelter is proud to announce that its live-release rate for dogs is now at an impressive 95%.

This is a dramatic and hard-earned improvement that is the result of years of intensive work to reimagine how best to care for homeless pets. Just four years ago, the live-release rate for dogs was 38%.

To achieve this staggering advancement required significant support by Hesperia City Council and management, productive partnerships with regional rescue groups and animal care advocates, and the reaffirmed commitment by Shelter staff to provide love and care for the neediest pets in the community.

“Hesperia residents continue to show an abundance of love for the pets at the Hesperia Animal Shelter,” said Hesperia Mayor Larry Bird. “Caring for the vulnerable pets in our community is an important priority. We are so thankful to all those that have partnered with us to help us succeed.” 

For their part, Hesperia residents have continued to rally around the Hesperia Animal Shelter to support operations in a variety of ways.

Over the past few years, this support has included the donation of supplies like blankets, toys and other supplies for pets, the support of the Shelter’s inaugural Pet Thanksgiving Meal, and through the donation of funds to support expansion of the outdoor recreation area and sponsorship of special programs such as low-cost pet adoption events. Additionally, businesses across the region have generously donated supplies while teachers and students have thoughtfully organized supply drives to show their commitment to sharing love and kindness with pets waiting for adoptive families. 

Over the past few years, Shelter staff has shown extraordinary enthusiasm and commitment to going above-and-beyond each day to build a dynamic shelter that prioritizes both the care and love of animals and superior customer service. “The City is so proud of the staff at the Hesperia Animal Shelter,” said City Manager Nils Bentsen. “Staff’s efforts are impacting lives and enriching the community. Their hard-work is admirable and appreciated.”

The Hesperia Animal Shelter appreciates the kindness and generosity expressed by the community. There is an ongoing need for support of Shelter programs. For more information on how to support the Hesperia Animal Shelter, visit www.cityofhesperia.us/shelterdonations.

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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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