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Stores adjusting hours amid coronavirus panic shopping in the Victor Valley

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VICTOR VALLEY, Calif, (VVNG.com) — Stores like Walmart, Winco, and Stater Brothers are amongst the first to announce new hours of operation during the Covid-19 worldwide crisis.

Winco Foods released a statement on Friday night announcing that various locations would be closing between 12:00 am and 5:00 am for the next week, so the stores can clean and re-stock. The temporary policy would be re-evaluated after the week.

“We at WinCo Foods understand that you are relying on us in these difficult days to continue providing you with quality food at the lowest possible prices. On behalf of our 19,000+ employee owners, we have no intention of closing our stores and every intention of keeping our shelves as stocked as we possibly can,” stated the company’s official statement.

On Saturday Stater Brothers Markets also announced temporary hours of 8:00 am to 9:00 pm effective March 15th.

In a statement, the company said, “The reduced hours allow us sufficient time to thoroughly clean our stores, restock merchandise and ensure a safe and healthy shopping experience for our customers and employees.”

The temporary store hours will be effective until further notice and are due to the unique circumstances Covid-19 has created nationwide.

Walmart Supercenter in Hesperia also announced effective March 14th, the store would operate Monday to Sunday from 6 am to 10:00 pm.

Many of the stores in the Victor Valley have already placed a limit on items like toilet paper, water, hand sanitizer, Lysol, bleach, and sanitary products.

Information on other stores’ adjusting hours will be updated on this article as it becomes available. Be sure to check back or refresh for the latest info.

No cases of coronavirus have been reported in San Bernardino County, according to a March 13th news release.

—–UPDATE—–

Aldi announced they will open stores from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm every day until further notice. “Modified daily closure times will help us focus on restocking and cleaning tasks so that we can continue to serve our community,” stated the company’s statement.

(Tina Knight)

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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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