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UPDATE: Man killed on Highway 138 near Wrightwood

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WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Officers with the California Highway Patrol are currently investigating a fatal traffic collision after a man riding on the back of a tractor-trailer jumped off from the moving trailer and died early Monday morning.

The crash was reported at about 4:40 am, on February 12, 2018, on Highway 138, west of Highway 2 in Wrightwood.

According to San Bernardino County Fire spokesman Eric Sherwin, Medic Engine 10 arrived on scene at 4:53 a.m., and confirmed one deceased party at the scene.

Officers with the California Highway Patrol said, at about 4:34 am, dispatch received suspicious circumstances call of a white male wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt and black shorts riding on the back of a tractor-trailer combo, which was traveling eastbound on SR-138, approaching highway 2.

“The reporting party related the male appeared to be “hitching a ride” and not in distress,” CHP officials said. At 4:40 a.m., another call reporting a male down in the roadway was received by dispatch.

Through investigation, officers determined the male party seen earlier riding on the back of a tractor-trailer combo either fell or jumped off of the rear of the trailer possibly striking his head and becoming incapacitated while lying in the number 2. lane, officials said.

As the party laid stationary in the roadway, the driver of a 2012 Toyota Camry was traveling eastbound in the no.2 lane. Due to the male party wearing dark colored clothing, the driver was unable to stop and subsequently struck the pedestrian.  After the collision, the driver of the Camry made a U-turn and awaited emergency personnel’s arrival.

The identity of the deceased is pending notification of next of kin and will be released by the San Bernardino County Coroners Office.

The collision is still under investigation by the CHP – Victorville office. Anyone with information is asked to call (760)241-1186.

CHP is also working a separate incident along Sheep Creek Road and Highway 138 involving a single vehicle off the roadway and down an embankment.The incident was reported at 5:03 am, and no injuries were reported in this incident.

(photo by Tim R Alcoser JR via Wrightwood Facebook group)

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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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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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