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Rancho Cucamonga Police arrest 2 High Desert men for burglary, GTA, and evading



RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. ( Two men, both from the High Desert, were arrested for felony evading, grand theft auto and residential burglary, officials said.

It happened on Thursday, September 21st at 9:40 a.m. when deputies from the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department located a stolen vehicle parked in the Terra Vista Shopping Center.

The Kia was occupied by two men, later identified as Michael McDonald, 24, of Apple Valley and Joey Catano, 20, of Hesperia.

As deputies approached the vehicle, McDonald was alerted and fled in the vehicle. Deputies pursued the vehicle until’ McDonald lost control and crashed as he attempted to turn northbound onto Milliken Avenue from Church Street.

The vehicle became disabled and McDonald quickly exited the vehicle and ran to an adjacent apartment complex, officials said. Catano stayed inside the vehicle and was immediately taken into custody.

Deputies continued their pursuit but lost visual of McDonald when he jumped a fence into a residential neighborhood.

In an abundance of caution, deputies requested that Coyote Canyon Elementary School be placed on lockdown due to the proximity to the scene.

At approximately 11:10 am, an alert resident noticed a suspicious person in his backyard. The resident quickly notified Sheriff’s Dispatch of the subject’s whereabouts, due to the law enforcement activity in the area.

The resident was able to communicate with the responding deputies which ultimately lead to the apprehension and arrest of McDonald.

Deputies determined that McDonald and Catano were involved in a residential burglary yesterday in the city of Hesperia. McDonald entered the victim’s garage and stole the vehicle and a 50cc mini motorcycle.

McDonald and Catano were arrested for Felony Evading, Residential Burglary, Grand Theft Auto, and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. Both were booked into the West Valley Detention Center, and their bail was set at $100,000.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department at (909) 477-2800. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

(photo courtesy of San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department)

(photo courtesy of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department)

(source: Rancho Cucamonga Police Station news release)

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Helicopter lands on Amethyst Road for woman involved in crash



VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( A woman 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 a woman still trapped inside.

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

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

The driver of the Camry, Jaalen “Jay” Thompson, told Victor Valley News that he was traveling westbound on La Mesa Road on a green light when he was struck by the dark sedan that was traveling southbound on Amethyst Road.

Although Thompson did not sustain major injuries, his girlfriend who is pregnant was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation.

“The dark colored sedan ran the red light and smacked my car,” Thompson stated, “She was also pregnant.”

The intersection was closed while authorities investigated the crash.

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

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



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



FORT IRWIN, Calif. ( — 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

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