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New Voter Approved Sales Tax Could Fight Crime Surge

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) First District Supervisor Robert A. Lovingood says “crime is on the rise” as the State of California continues to release more criminals from prison and reducing penalties.

Lovingood is calling for the public to discuss local solutions, including a possible voter-approved sales tax dedicated to public safety.

“Unfortunately, Sacramento policies are creating these problems,” Lovingood said. “Until voters change the State’s soft-on-crime stance, we in San Bernardino County will need to create our own solutions. If we don’t, we are going to lose the battle.”

Crimes that once were felonies are now misdemeanors, Lovingood said. Sheriff’s officials, he said, have recounted instances where shoplifters have carefully tallied up just under $950 in merchandise, knowing that if they are caught, under California state law, they will only receive a ticket to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge. Lovingood said Propositions 47, 57, AB 109 and AB 953 are a boon for criminals and make California families less safe.

“My sense is that San Bernardino County residents are getting fed up with crime and are ready for solutions,” Lovingood said.

One option would be to consider a voter-approved sales tax dedicated for public safety to add more County Sheriff’s deputies, prosecutors, and finish opening the new County jail. To its credit, the Victorville City Council recently put a public safety sales tax measure on the ballot.

“Are taxes already too high? Absolutely,” Lovingood said. “I don’t want to pay more taxes. But the question is whether we are going to fight back or not. This is about starting a discussion on a local tax to combat local crime with local control and accountability to taxpayers. As a community, we need to tell the crooks that San Bernardino County is cracking down with more law enforcement officers and jail space.”

Lovingood outlines the proposal in an opinion piece to be released later this week.

It is too early to say whether a ballot measure would be for a quarter-cent, half-cent or three-quarter cent sales tax. On a $100 purchase, a quarter-cent sales tax would cost consumers an additional 25 cents and generate an estimated $81 million a year.

In June, the County Board of Supervisors allocated $1 million for special operations to combat crime. The Board also restored funding for fire camp work crews.

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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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