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Jason Cunningham named Apple Valley Police Captain

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Jason Cunningham named Apple Valley Police Captain
  • A resident of the high desert for more than 42 years, Jason will begin his new assignment on Feb. 15.  
  • Jason became a police explorer at 16 years old.
  • He began working in the traffic division where he would become the first, and only, motorcycle officer the station has ever employed. 

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. — Lieutenant Jason Cunningham has been selected by the San Bernardino County Sheriff to serve as Captain for the Apple Valley Police Department. A resident of the high desert for more than 42 years, Jason will begin his new assignment on Feb. 15.  

Jason became a police explorer at 16 years old. In college, he followed in his father’s footsteps and became a reserve officer for the County of San Bernardino, later enrolling in the Sheriff’s Academy as a pre-service officer-graduate. He was hired by the County on January 20, 1996. 

“My dad, Ed Cunningham, was actually a reserve deputy sheriff for 10 years,” said Jason. “He started at the County station and then moved over to the Victorville station. That’s what really piqued my interest in law enforcement. I have called the Town of Apple Valley my home for over two decades now and am honored to serve as the new Captain for our station.”

Jason worked in the Custody Department at the West Valley Detention Center before being transferred to the Apple Valley station in 1997. He began working in the traffic division where he would become the first, and only, motorcycle officer the station has ever employed. 

“Jason and his service to Apple Valley has been one of our biggest assets,” said Mayor Scott Nassif. “Public safety has always been a top priority of our Council and we are honored to see Jason’s work continue in his new assignment as Captain. The Town and its residents are in good hands.” 

Manny Mendoza, who served as Apple Valley’s Captain since March 2018, retired on January 18, 2020, after serving more than 28 years in the Sheriff’s Department. Randy German, Administrative Lieutenant at the West Valley Detention Center, has been assigned as the new Lieutenant for the Apple Valley station. 

“The traffic and homeless challenges this station faces are our two top priorities right now,” said Cunningham. “I am looking forward to continuing my work with the Town to continue to make this place the safest community in the high desert for everyone.” 

The Apple Valley Police Department is located at 14931 Dale Evans Parkway, Apple Valley, CA. The department can be reached at (760) 240-7400. You can follow the Apple Valley Police Department on Facebook @AppleValleyPoliceDepartment.

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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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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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1900 lbs of marijuana seized from six residential locations in Victorville

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Victorville MET deputies served 6 search warrants at illegal marijuana cultivation sites;1900 lbs of marijuana seized

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Search warrants at six different homes in Victorville resulted with 1900 lbs of marijuana seized.

During the month of July, deputies with Victorville Police Department’s Multiple Enforcement Team (MET) conducted an extensive investigation into several residential locations throughout the city, suspected to be illegal, indoor marijuana cultivation sites.

Information obtained through the investigation led to the procurement of search warrants for multiple locations.

On July 23, 2020, MET deputies conducted a one-day operation, serving six search warrants. During the service of the search warrants, all six of the locations were confirmed to have been converted into illegal cultivation sites.

Deputies discovered 4,997 marijuana plants, in various stages of growth, inside the six houses. In total, over 1,900 pounds of marijuana was seized for destruction.

  • 14300 block of Pioneer Way, Victorville
  • 14300 block of Pioneer Way, Victorville
  • 15900 block of Opal Mountain Place, Victorville
  • 15900 block of Blue Colt Way, Victorville
  • 13700 block of Sunshine Terrace Street, Victorville
  • 14900 block of Stone Drive, Victorville

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department’s Multiple Enforcement Team at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.

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