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Mother Wanted for Kidnapping her Son

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BIG BEAR:(VVNG.com)- Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 3-year-old boy who police say was kidnapped by his mother.

According to authorities, the child’s father Anthony Tummarello had made numerous attempts to contact the child’s mother Melissa Epperley in an effort to visit the child. Tummarello stated he had not been allowed to see his son in 11 months due to the child’s mother purposely not allowing him to see their son.

In January 2014, police responded to a service call regarding child concealment at a residence located on the 400 block of San Bernardino Avenue in Sugarloaf. Deputies’ attempts to contact Melissa Epperley directly were unsuccessful. Epperley’s family members did not cooperate with deputies during the course of the investigation.

The matter was subsequently forwarded to the Child Abduction Unit of the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for review and filing of criminal charges. The District Attorney’s Office recently filed a complaint against Melissa Epperley on felony charges of kidnapping. A warrant in the amount of $650,000 has been issued for Epperley’s arrest.

Melissa Epperley is described as white female adult, 5’7” tall, 115 lbs., with dark brown waist-length hair and brown eyes. Epperley is depicted with her son in the attached photograph.

Anyone having information on the whereabouts of Melissa Epperley or her 3-year-old son, Anthony Tummarello, Jr., is requested to contact the Detective’s Bureau of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station at (909) 866-0100. Information can also be reported anonymously by contacting WETIP at (800) 87-CRIME or online at www.wetip.com.

(source: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department)

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Helicopter lands on Amethyst Road for crash victim

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) One person 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 one person still trapped inside.

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

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

Two occupants of the Camry sustained minor injuries. The intersection was closed while authorities investigated the crash.

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

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, but 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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