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Silverwood Lake is now open to vehicles and boats for active recreation

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SILVERWOOD LAKE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Silverwood Lake announced on Friday the State Recreation Area is now open to vehicles and boats under new social distancing guidelines that will help limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors.

According to a California State Parks news release, swim beaches at Silverwood Lake and associated parking lots will remain closed. Also closed are shade structures, picnic tables, and BBQ grills. Swimming or wading from shore, beaching, or Mooring of boats, are also not currently allowed.

What is allowed? Boating – reduced capacity, Fishing, Hiking, Bicycling.

CA State Park officials said it’s important for visitors to continue to practice physical distancing and avoid congregating with people outside their immediate household. “Everyone has the responsibility to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”

Campgrounds, high public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers, special events, and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Effective May 22, 2020, limited parking lots are open and available to the public for active recreation. Open lots include: Boat Lot, Marina Lot, Black Oak, Reduced Cleghorn Day-use, and Miller Canyon Day-use.

Below is a list of new and important guidelines at Silverwood SRA:

  • No swimming or wading from shore
  • No beaching or mooring of boats
  • No umbrellas of any shape or size
  • No shade structures of any shape or size
  • No tents of any shape or size
  • No coolers of any shape or size
  • No BBQs, grills, or fire pits of any shape or size
  • No beach chairs of any shape or size
  • No wagons, carts, or other conveyances used to carry items
  • No Jet Skis or Personal Water Craft

Visitors are encouraged to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more and to bring soap/hand sanitizer. Face coverings should be worn when guests are unable to maintain a safe 6-foot distance from others. Visitors are also encouraged to stay active by walking, jogging, biking, and to watch out for one-way trails.

State Park officials said gatherings, picnics, and parties are not allowed. “Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance,” stated the news release. To read more about the update, visit SRA.

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Hugo Valdez has been providing news coverage for Victor Valley News Group since 2012, and has been a resident of Victorville for over 30 years. He enjoys utilizing the VVNG.com platform to create a more informed and connected community. Hugo can be reached by email at Hugo@vvng.com

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Helicopter lands on Amethyst Road for woman involved in crash

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) 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

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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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