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Needles Courthouse to Reopen One Day Per Month Starting July 2017

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NEEDLES, Calif. (VVNG.com) Effective July 7, 2017, the San Bernardino Superior Court will open limited services in Needles for members of the public to address traffic and non-traffic infraction matters.

The Needles Clerk’s Office will be open to the public on the first Friday of each month during the business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to provide limited services including non-cash payments, traffic school sign-ups, payments extensions or scheduling a court date.

In addition, remote video proceedings will be supported by a judge sitting in the Barstow District. This will allow residents to appear at the Needles District located at 1111 Bailey Avenue for remote appearance on traffic and non-traffic infraction arraignments. Additional services will be provided gradually as resources become available.

The Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) Route 200 will continue to make one round-trip each Friday, departing from Needles, traveling to Barstow in the morning and returning to Needles in the afternoon for those individuals who wish to appear at the Barstow District.

This ongoing collaboration between the San Bernardino Superior Court, Needles City Council members and Robert Lovingood, San Bernardino County 1sdt District Supervisor, represents a continuing effort to restore services that were reduced or eliminated due to budget cuts over the last several years.

“Bringing video court proceedings and other services to Needles will save countless hours of travel time and increase convenience for Needles residents,” San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair Robert A. Lovingood said. “We have long advocated at the state level for increased services for Needles. It’s great to see this new development and the focused, ongoing effort of restoring more services for the community of Needles and surrounding areas.”

For more information, please contact the Court Executive Office at 909-708-8746.

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Woman airlifted from crash on Sheep Creek and El Mirage Roads Saturday night

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Traffic Accident on El Mirage and Sheep Creek Road
(Photo by Jessica Christopherson)

ADELANTO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Several people were injured in a T-bone crash at the intersection of Sheep Creek near El Mirage Roads Saturday night.

According to the California Highway Patrol incident logs, the traffic accident was reported at about 9:30 PM on August 8th and involved a silver Chevy Tahoe and a silver Ford F-150.

San Bernardino County Firefighters responded and located the Tahoe with major damage to the passenger side and used extrication tools to remove a young child. A female adult sitting in the front passenger was critically injured and a helicopter was requested to airlift her to a trauma center.

A CHP helicopter H-80 landed in the roadway and subsequently flew the injured woman to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Jessica Christopherson was on her way home from work when she drove up to the accident and heard children inside the SUV screaming and pulled over to call 911. Jessica said the little girl’s leg was pinned but when firefighters removed her from the vehicle she only had some scrapes.

According to Jessica, the dad in the Tahoe was okay and another little girl was shaken up and all three were taken by ground ambulance to LLUMC. The driver of the pickup truck sustained a gash to the back of his head.

Jessica told VVNG she’s almost been involved in several accidents on El Mirage Road due to people speeding and would like to see at least a 3-way stop sign instead of just one.

The California Highway Patrol Victorville Station is handling the investigation into the cause of the crash.

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Man found dead at High Desert Inn Motel in Hesperia

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HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Police said no foul play was suspected after a man was found dead at the High Desert Inn.

On Thursday, August 6, 2020, at approximately 1:02 a.m., deputies responded to High Desert Inn, located at 14320 Main Street, in reference to a medical aid call.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Taylor Reynolds said A 59-year-old male was found unresponsive at the incident location. “Deputies did not discover any signs of foul play,” stated Reynolds.

The spokeswoman said the investigation is being handled by the Coroner’s Division and had no other information available for release.

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At least 3 killed, 3 airlifted in 15 freeway crash near Baker

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BAKER, Calif. (VVNG.com) – At least three people have been confirmed killed, and three others were airlifted from a crash that shut down a stretch of 15 freeway Saturday evening.

It happened just after 7 p.m. on the northbound I-15 near Baker after an SUV crashed into the back of a semi truck and caught fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene they located the vehicle fully involved in fire with an unknown amount occupants still trapped inside.

Scanner traffic indicated that the fire quickly spread from the SUV to the semi truck, which was described as a 53-foot general cargo truck loaded with clothing.

Scanner traffic also indicated that three helicopters landed on the freeway to transport a 15-year-old, a child, and the child’s mother to Las Vegas University Medical Center.

In all, 1 person sustained critical injuries, 3 others sustained moderate injuries, and at least 3 people were pronounced deceased onscene with a possible fourth person still in the wreckage, scanner traffic reported.

Firefighters had a knock-down of the fire at about 9:45 p.m.

The identification of the deceased is not expected to be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

Officers from the CHP Barstow Station are handling the investigation into the cause of the accident.

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