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SWG ‘Fuel For Life’ Program Supports VVAPL

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SWG Fuel For Life check presented to VVAPL. (left) SWG Customer Specialist Joe Pagano, VVAPL Executive Director Sherri Quinn, SWG MDC Kim Altmann, VVAPL Media & Community Relations Director Terry Saenz, and Ambassador Dog Millie. (submitted photo)

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) – Southwest Gas encourages a culture of giving, and their employees have a long and proud history of making a meaningful difference in the communities they serve. 

Through their employee charitable giving program – Fuel For Life – employees have the opportunity to support local nonprofits through one-time gifts or ongoing payroll deductions. 

This year, through the Fuel For Life program, the generous SWG employees donated $7,608.42 to VVAPL Humane Society, which will be used for animal care and adoption programs.  In addition, the employee-volunteer team called Blue – Building Lives Up Everywhere – will assist at VVAPL Humane Society during the nationwide pet adoption drive on August 19 called Clear the Shelters.

“Southwest Gas and their employees are amazing,” said Saenz.  “Because of their giving, we reach more prospective pet parents, which means more pets find homes.”

VVAPL Humane Society is a nonprofit located at 21779 Zuni Road in Apple Valley.  For information call 760/247-2102, visit www.vvapl.com to view animals, and like us on Facebook.

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Swim coach, 31, arrested after missing Apple Valley teen was found hiding in his bedroom

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Detectives locate the missing teen from Apple Valley and arrest 31-year-old John Casillas for concealment of a child from a parent

The suspect is employed as a swim instructor at several different swimming academies.

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Authorities searching for a missing 16-year-old girl found her hiding two weeks later in the bedroom of her 31-year-old former swim coach, officials said.

Detectives at the Apple Valley Station have been investigating a missing teenager since July 22, 2020. During the past two weeks, detectives followed up on several leads and authored several search warrants to locate evidence and determine the whereabouts of the missing teen, officials said.

Authorities discovered the 16-year-old victim had been communicating with John Casillas, her former swim coach.

According to a news release, On Wednesday, August 5th detectives served a search warrant at John’s home in the 1200 block of West 31st Street in San Bernardino and found the victim hiding in John’s bedroom. John’s father, 62-year-old Alfonso Casillas, was also at the residence.

“At the same time, detectives contacted and detained John at a local country club where he taught swim lessons. John and Alfonso were transported to Sheriff’s Headquarters for further investigation,” stated the release. “Apple Valley and Crimes Against Children Detectives determined that John was aware of the victim’s age and the ongoing search for her. Additionally, Alfonso knew the victim was a juvenile and did not alert law enforcement.”

Authorities said John was arrested and booked at West Valley Detention Center for PC278, Concealment of a Child from Legal Guardian/Parent with bail set at $50,000. On Thursday, August 6th at 5:45 a.m. John posted bail and was released from custody.

Regarding criminal charges against Alfonso, detectives will submit the investigation to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

Sheriff’s officials said John is employed as a swim instructor at several different swimming academies and has contact with many juveniles in the course of his employment.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Gus Garcia, Apple Valley Station at (760)240-7400. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com.

(John Casillas booking photo courtesy of Apple Valley Police Department)
Photo courtesy of Apple Valley Police Department

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Apple Valley man, 21, arrested for Elder Abuse after pushing relative to the ground

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APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A 21-year-old male on parole is facing new charges of Elder Abuse after allegedly pushing his 71-year-old relative to the ground and causing injuries, officials said.

On Sunday, August 2, 2020, at about 3:00 PM deputies from the Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to the 11800 block of Chimayo Road reference a battery report.

When deputies arrived they found the female victim with several lacerations to her arm after she was thrown to the ground by the suspect identified as Justin Patrick Flores.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jackie Alban said the victim was looking for her vehicle keys when she noticed Flores had them. “She asked him for her car keys but Flores refused, pushing her to the ground two times. The victim hit her head on the rocks and sustained several lacerations to the arms, stated Alban.

Flores was arrested for PC368(B)(1) Elder Abuse, PC148(A)(1) Obstructing a Peace Officer, PC415(2) Unreasonable Noise, and PC3056 Violation of Parole, a felony.

According to public court documents, in 2020 Justin has 6 open criminal cases against him both in Victorville and Rancho Cucamonga. In 2019, he had 7 charges in several counties.

Flores is currently being held without bail and is scheduled for arraignment in a Victorville courtroom on August 11, 2020.

(A view of the last 25 criminal related cases located in San Bernardino Count for Justin Flores)

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Town of Apple Valley offers day camp, reopens fields for youth sports

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APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (August 5, 2020) — The Town of Apple Valley has reopened some recreation programs, including Distance-Learning Day Camp and the use of its parks and ballfields for youth sports trainings and practices. The change comes as a result of revised industry guidelines issued by the California Department of Public Health announcement on August 3.

“The Town’s Distance-Learning Day Camp will allow us to serve Apple Valley parents and guardians who need additional support and a safe environment for their children during the workday,” said Parks and Recreation Manager David Coleman.

Day Camp was developed in accordance with all state and county public health regulations. Camp capacity has been reduced to ensure safe physical distancing and staff members have been trained on proper cleaning and sanitizing procedures, which will be conducted throughout the day. 

In addition to fun games and activities, Town recreation staff will support children as they work on their school-assigned curriculum. Town staff do not provide tutoring services and are not intended to replace a child’s primary educational instructor. Day Camp will be offered as long as possible or until in-person school resumes.

Youth sports clubs and programs will also be allowed to resume use of the Town’s parks and ballfields. Per state guidelines, physical distancing of at least six feet is required and outdoor activities are strongly encouraged. Face coverings must be worn at all times unless the activity is conducted outdoors and players are properly following social distancing guidelines.

Games, tournaments and competitions are not allowed at this time as they encourage crowds.

“Although we won’t see any official games being held just yet, we are excited to once again share Apple Valley’s parks and fields with our youth leagues,” said Coleman.

California’s guidance on youth sports can be found at covid19.ca.gov/industry-guidance

For information on the Town’s available programs visit avrecreation.org or call (760) 240-7880.

(source: Town of Apple Valley news release)

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