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Measure F passes in Apple Valley

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Apple Valley, CA – June 8, 2017: On Tuesday, Apple Valley voters overwhelmingly approved Measure F, which authorizes the Town to issue up to $150 million in revenue bonds for the purchase of the water system if the Town succeeds in its eminent domain case against Liberty Utilities. The bonds would be repaid by water customers and no taxes will be increased. The final vote will be certified in July but unofficial numbers suggest the measure passed by a margin of 57 percent to 43 percent.

Town officials said today they were buoyed by the Measure F vote that demonstrates the citizens of Apple Valley want the Town to purchase the water system from Liberty Utilities.

“I am very encouraged by the margin of support.” Said Mayor Scott Nassif “Apple Valley voters have spoken. They want the Town to purchase the system and stabilize, or lower the cost of water.”

Responding to years of citizens’ complaints about the cost of water, the Town Council first made a fair offer to the utility’s previous owners to purchase the system. That was rejected. Instead, the owners sold to a private company based in Canada that continued to increase rates. Once the purchase offer was rejected, the Town studied the matter and determined that if it owned the system, water rates could be stabilized or possibly lowered. The Town then began the legal process called eminent domain.

“We asked the community if they wanted local control of our water system and they responded with a ‘Yes’ vote by a wide margin. We also heard and understand the concerns of those who voted no,” said Nassif

“This vote is extremely gratifying when you consider that the Town could not advocate for the measure,” said Town Manager Frank Robinson. “Liberty Apple Valley spent more than half a million dollars of the ratepayers’ money in its campaign against Measure F. The people of Apple Valley are smart. They aren’t fooled by misinformation and false campaign promises.”

For more information on the Town’s water acquisition efforts, visit www.AppleValley.org.

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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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Barstow man wanted for kidnapping, robbery arrested after pursuit

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BARSTOW, Calif. –A 24-year-old suspect wanted for kidnapping, robbery, and several outstanding warrants, was arrested following a pursuit in a stolen vehicle that ended with a crash in Barstow, officials said.

On Sunday, August 9, 2020, at 7:26 a.m. deputies responded to a residence in the Needles area where the victim reported a robbery and kidnapping that began at the Motel 6 at 1420 J St in Needles. 

Deputies investigating learned the victim was kidnapped at gunpoint from the Motel 6 and forced to go to a residence by the suspects.  “Once at the residence, the suspects stole items and then made the victim take them to an ATM where the victim was forced to withdraw money,” stated sheriff’s officials.

The victim was released by the suspects and deputies were able to track them back to the Motel 6. The three suspects were identified as Jamil King-Hobbs, 24, a resident of Barstow, Terra Thomas, 18, and 21-year-old Dantiaja Almanzor, both residents of Las Vegas.

Officials said due to the suspects being armed and previously committed a violent crime, the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Division (SWAT) was called to assist. 

Prior to SWAT’s arrival, King-Hobbs got into a stolen vehicle and fled the motel.  Deputies attempted to stop him, but he led deputies on a high-speed pursuit on I-40 to Barstow. 

According to a sheriff’s news release, “King-Hobbs exited the freeway in Barstow and drove through neighborhoods where he intentionally rammed a marked Sheriff’s unit.” 

Valvalmarie Solis was driving by when she witnessed the ending of the pursuit and started recording with her cell phone. In the video, an unmarked white pick-up truck rams the suspect’s vehicle several times in an attempt to stop the suspect. The pursuit terminated when the suspect’s vehicle crashed into an apartment complex and was taken into custody. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident,

Deputies followed up at the Motel 6 in Needles where a search warrant was served and Thomas & Almanzor were arrested.  Weapons and evidence were located inside the motel room as well as inside the stolen vehicle driven by King-Hobbs.

King-Hobbs was booked into the Barstow Jail where he is being held pending a court hearing on $250,000 bail for PC 212.5 – Residential Robbery, PC207 – Kidnapping, CVC2800.2 – Felony Evading, PC 245 – Assault with A Deadly Weapon on A Peace Officer, and CVC 10851 – Vehicle Theft.  Hobbs was also found to have a no bail felony theft warrant and a $20,000 warrant for battery out of San Bernardino County.  He also has a no bail felony warrant out of Nevada for weapons violations.   

Thomas and Almanzor were booked into the Colorado River Station Jail for PC 207 – Kidnapping with bail at $250,000 each.      

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact Detective Brandon Abell or Detective Tim Preston at the Colorado River Station at (760)326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-788-CRIME (27463), or may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com

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Tractor-trailer catches fire on I-15 freeway in Fontana

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FONTANA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A tractor-trailer fire on the southbound I-15 prompted authorities to block the Duncan Canyon Road off-ramp in Fontana.

At about 11:00 AM on Monday, August 10, 2020, firefighters responded to a vehicle fire and located a red Volvo 18-wheeler with the cab fully engulfed and spreading to the trailer.

According to the CHP incident logs, the breaks on the truck were reported to be on fire and the trailer was reportedly hauling steel plates.

Just before 11:30 AM, crews reported the fire was under control to both the vegetation and the trailer. Firefighters will remain on scene for 30-45 minutes for mop-up.

No injuries were reported and the official cause of fire is under investigation.

(Cell phone video by Anthony M. Diaz)

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