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Krispy Kreme Starts Construction in Victorville



Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Moving Forward with Victorville Construction
(photo by Hugo C. Valdez)

Location of the new Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at the Desert Sky Plaza in Victorville. (photo by Hugo C. Valdez, Victor Valley News)

VICTORVILLE-( The first Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in the Victor Valley is set to break ground very soon, and has a sweet surprise in store for those late night snackers.

First signs of movement occurred today when fencing was placed around the lot where the 3,050 square foot building will sit near the In-N-Out Burger on 15200 block of Civic Drive, in the Desert Sky Plaza located just west of I-15 Freeway. The news was confirmed on Wednesday by Victorville Director of Development Chris Borchert, who told Victor Valley News that the developers pulled permits on Monday afternoon and immediately got to work.

“They will put the infrastructure in (plumbing/electrical), while preparing for the floor slab/foundation, then move right into putting the walls up,” said Borchert.

The location is expected to offer a 24-Hour drive-thru which will be open 7 days a week to satisfy your taste buds any time of the day or night. It will also add employment opportunities with up to 10 employees per shift

Since the time Victor Valley News first announced the plans back in August 2015 that the area would have its first Krispy Kreme Doughnut, it was well accepted by the dozens (no pun intended).

“Ahhh…PERFECT! Go to In-n-Out for lunch and then Krispy Kreme for dessert” commented Juanita Downs Vendura.

However, there was some concern raised as to what the new store will do for existing donut shops.

“This is going to hurt the little mom and pop donut shops. I support the little guy not corporations,” stated Michelle Sullivan.

Although the city knows of no set date, Borchert told Victor Valley News that the Victorville Building Official estimates the foundation should only take around 1-2 weeks. With the announcement in August 2015 came with a forecasted opening date for Spring/Summer 2016, which appears to be on schedule.

The next question many residents have now is when the Victor Valley will attract a King Taco or Trader Joe’s.

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Helicopter lands on Amethyst Road for woman involved in crash



VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( 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



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



FORT IRWIN, Calif. ( — 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

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