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Proposed Prison Expansion in Adelanto Causes Public Apprehension

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ADELANTO: (VVNG.com) – Due to the pressure and the common public knowledge of the overcrowding of Los Angeles County Jails the county has voted to plunge into a $2-billion plan to tear down and rebuild the Men’s Central Jail located in downtown Los Angeles. The Men’s Central Jail, built in 1963, is one of the oldest County Prisons in the state of California and is said to be outdated. This new project’s objective is to address the need for more services and better for those prisoners with physical and mental health needs and to add beds to help solve the overcrowding problem, which yearly has led to thousands of early releases every year.

A private correctional facility developer, is proposing to build a 3280 bed facility in the city of Adelanto, to house the overflow of inmates from the LA County prison system. Once built the proposal states that the beds would be leased to Los Angeles county for a term of 20 years at the price of approximately $32,120 per bed, per year totaling about $105 million per year. Adelanto City Manager James Hart said, “The project is in the very preliminary discussion stages with no commitment from LA County. It is just a concept now.”  

This project is said to possibly bring some hope to the City of Adelanto, to help prevent a seemingly imminent bankruptcy of the struggling city. The city of Adelanto first announced a fiscal emergency in June 2013.  The obvious solution to most cities with such an emergency, would be a tax increase.  For the approximately, 31.000 Adelanto residents a tax increase can be detrimental being that out of the 7,300 households, 28% of live under the poverty line.

This proposal of new prison facilities can mean many things to for the city of Adelanto, also known as the city with unlimited possibilities. Although many in the Victor Valley area are strongly against this idea, feeling that it will bring more crime there are also those who feel it will benefit the community through jobs and other revenue brought to the area by those employed by the prison and those visiting inmates at the prison.  Apple Valley resident, Tim Galvan said, “Every service industry will benefit, from it (the expansion) including hotels, gas stations, restaurants, etc., more people means more dollars spent up here.” Others did not see the potential but felt there may be a better location for the prison. Victor Valley News group member, Francy Ragains-Lesh said, “There is so much open space out in the desert. Why can’t they put it there somewhere?  I do realize that would be an issue for those that work at the facilities, but the last thing we need is another prison up here.”.  

For now it is just a possibility for the city of unlimited possibilities, however, the city and the public must wait and see what the future holds. For the city, it can mean saving itself from bankruptcy, and for the people it can mean more jobs, more revenue but some still are very concerned with the crime rate increase the plan can potentially bring to the Victor Valley area.

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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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